College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
August 2022
2022 LSAMP Scholars
2022 student scholars in Miami University’s award-winning Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which provides incentives and opportunities for high-achieving
underrepresented students in STEM.
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
As I often mention in this newsletter, the start of the new academic year at Miami and CAS is one of my favorite times of the university calendar. It's always a delight and a privilege to welcome back our returning students while reaching out to our newest class  in this case, the over 1,600 members of the CAS Class of 2026.
When our students arrived on the Oxford campus this past week, they were greeted with a few big changes particularly two new construction sites for classroom buildings that are slated to open in 2023:
  • the Clinical Health Science building, which will house our Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Physician Associate program, as well as the new Oxford-based nursing curriculum
  • the McVey Data Science building, to become the new home of our Department of Statistics along with the Center for Analytics & Data Science and several units outside CAS
Further down the road, we are planning the renovation of Bachelor Hall, which will gather together our humanities departments for English, History, Media, Journalism and Film, Philosophy, and Comparative Religion, as well as the Miami University Humanities Center. 
As part of our campus sustainability efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, CAS and particularly Upham Hall have been at the center of Miami's ongoing steam to hot water conversion project. By 2026, nearly all Oxford campus buildings will be heated or cooled by efficient geothermal energy.
CAS recently received an incredible $1 million donation from David Koschik '79, a founding member of the Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board, along with his wife, Izumi Hara. Be sure to read our CAS news article to learn more about David's motivations and how these funds will benefit our high-achieving students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Last, but not least, on the Friday before the start of the semester I officially welcomed our newest faculty members to CAS. They are an extremely accomplished and passionate group of scholars and mentors who will play a key role in shaping the future of our students. I look forward to tackling our many new opportunities and challenges here at CAS at Miami together.
I hope you have all had a wonderful summer, and I look forward to hearing from many of you in the coming weeks and months. Thank you for everything you do.
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories

David Koschik '79 and wife Izumi Hara
Miami’s LEADS Institute receives a $1 million donation from David Koschik '79 and Izumi Hara to support high-achieving, diverse students in humanities, the social sciences, and STEMM (science, technology, equity in public health, mathematics, and medicine).
Miami LSAMP wins 2022 award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
Miami's LSAMP Program wins the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its support for underrepresented students.
SUSI Program at Miami University 2022
The SUSI Program resumes in-person intercultural engagement for student participants from Latin American countries.
Student Citizens program
The Student Citizens program, directed by W.E. Smith Professor of History Steven Conn, offers a pathway to college for underserved high-school students.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

 Miami University students played important role in contact tracing during pandemic
Students on the Miami University Contact Tracing Team, coordinated by the Public Health Program, played an important role in contact tracing during the pandemic. Many of them came together to celebrate at an ice cream social in the spring.
Elise Belanger (left) and Michael Mrsan have been named Astronaut Scholars for 2022-2023.
Seniors Elise Belanger (left) and Michael Mrsan have been named Astronaut Scholars for 2022-2023.

CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

Susan Hennike '94
Hennike '94
Todd Johnson
Johnson '82
Todd Shields '90
Shields '90
  • Susan Elizabeth (Wright) Hennike ’94 has been appointed as the new chief brand officer for Carhartt, America's family-owned workwear brand since 1889.
  • Steve Anderson '79 (Managing Director at Charles Schwab) and Beth McNellie '86 (Partner at BakerHostetler), both graduates of Miami's Interdisciplinary Studies/Western Program and members of the Miami University Foundation Board of Directors, have been appointed to Miami University's Board of Trustees.
  • Todd Johnson '82 (Political Science) has been selected as the interim CEO of Activate, a non-profit which funds postdoctoral students with innovative ideas that can be brought to market.
  • Todd G. Shields ’90 (Political Science, Psychology) has been chosen by Arkansas State University as its new Jonesboro campus chancellor. He has served as dean of the University of Arkansas’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences since 2014.

CAS Faculty and Staff News and Spotlights

New CAS Faculty 2022-23
Please welcome our new CAS faculty for the 2022-23 academic year!

More Faculty and Staff News

Dominik Konkolewicz
Carolyn Craig
Bruce Drushel
Elizabeth Wardle
Kimberly Hamlin
In Memoriam: Donald Kelly and Frank Jordan, Jr. 
Donald Kelly passed away on June 23, 2022. He graduated from Miami University in 1955 and 1956 and Yale University in 1959. He returned to Oxford in 1960 and taught physics at Miami for 33 years.
He loved Oxford - a great place to live, work, play, raise a family, and grow old with your friends.
Dr. Frank Jordan, Jr.
Dr. Frank Jordan, Jr. passed away on July 1, 2022. He joined the Miami University English faculty in 1965, and during his 36-year career he taught composition and British literature survey courses to undergraduates.
His memorial service was held on Aug 20 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford.
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