News and announcements for CAS alumni, faculty, and staff
News and announcements for CAS alumni, faculty, and staff
College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
February 2023
Inside Hollywood students visiting the Late, Late Show with James Corden
In January, Andy Rice, assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film (right), and his students in the Inside Hollywood program visited The Late, Late Show with James Corden in Los Angeles and were featured in the show's opening monologue. Backstage, they met with Nick Bernstein (center), who was the assistant of the late Rick Ludwin '70 for 11 years.
Chris Makaroff, Dean of CAS
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Although we are only a few weeks into our spring semester, this time of year goes by quickly, and our annual commencement activities will be here before we know it.
I am pleased to announce that this year's CAS Recognition Ceremony speaker is Jay Livingston '94, who majored in Communications and minored in Political Science. Jay is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Shake Shack, which started in 2001 and has rapidly been sweeping the country — and the globe — with over 400 worldwide locations. We will have more about Jay's experiences at Miami as well as his work philosophy and vision in our next newsletter, due in the latter half of the semester.
I'm also proud to mention that Jay will be in good company, joining another esteemed CAS graduate this spring. Nicole Fleetwood '94, from Miami’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies (aka Western College Program) and winner of the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, will be Miami's commencement speaker in May.
As our lead photo suggests, CAS students headed to locations near and far during Winter Term 2023 to bolster their experiential learning and career networking opportunities. As we have discussed in the past, a major focus here in CAS is to help our students better understand how the transferable skills provided through their CAS degrees can be used to solve challenging problems in the private and public sectors. Examples of CAS study abroad/study away programs include Borders and Bridges: An Honors Exploration of the New Europe, Inside Hollywood, Law and Policy in London, and Miami in Oman and UAE.
CAS also facilitated numerous preceptorships, internships, and other experiential learning programs this January that took students into hospitals and healthcare centers, courtrooms and law firms, government offices, corporate boardrooms and offices, schools, non-profits, and so much more. Social justice instructor Mark Curnutte's program (highlighted below) is a prime example of these endeavors, whose positive impact is immeasurable.
On behalf of our students, I wish to thank all our faculty, staff, and alumni who helped to make these programs such a resounding success — particularly after the pandemic suspended them for a couple years. It's been heartening to see CAS and Miami flourish again in so many ways.
And of course, if you would like to contribute to our students' experiences  either financially or by providing internships, projects, or mentorship please reach out to me at or take a look at our Support page.
See all of you later this spring.
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories

Steven Conn
Diplomacy Lab projects for the U.S. Department of State, led by faculty in CAS, FSB, and Miami Regionals, offer students the chance to help shape international policy.
Project AWARE
$1.2M award for Project AWARE, managed jointly by Miami’s Ohio School-Based Center of Excellence (SBCOE) via Cricket Meehan at CAS and colleagues at EHS, increases early identification and mental health support for K-12 youth.
Social justice interns challenged in real-world situations of social inequality
Social justice interns are challenged in real-world situations of social inequality by participating in the Social Justice Internship Program with Mark Curnutte, visiting instructor of Social Justice.
Immaculee Ingabire and Anthony Petulla received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this year.
Immaculee Ingabire (Medical Laboratory Science and Biology) and Anthony Petulla (Biology and Data Analytics) have both received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this year.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

CAS Fulbright semifinalists 2023-2024
Four CAS seniors and two alumni were named semifinalists in the 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. They will learn the final results this spring. They are:
(Row 1) Erin Fetters (Spanish - MA; Latin American Studies), Olivia Kelly (English - Linguistics; Spanish - MA), Colton Powaski (International Studies; Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies).
(Row 2) Sam Ross (Spanish; Premedical Studies), Sinait Sarfino '22 (Diplomacy and Global Politics; East Asian Languages and Cultures), Samantha Shetterly '19 (Spanish; Psychology)
Stories on Undergraduate Student Research
Alexandra Bagg Gretchen Allman Jon Sciortino
More Student News

CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

Shefali Razdan Duggal '93
Shefali Razdan Duggal ’93 (Mass Communications) has realized her dream by serving as U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "I want to gently remind young people that you have as much of a right as anyone to excel and shine."
Megan Burkhart '95
Burkhart '95
Rita Dove '73
Dove '73
Kyle T. Molidor '11
Molidor '11
Prnuv Sharma '07, '11
Sharma '07, '11

CAS Faculty and Staff News and Spotlights

Dominik Konkolewicz (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been selected as a University Faculty Scholar. He is joined by Imran Mirza (Physics), Andrea Kravats (Chemistry and Biochemistry), and Jeffrey Hunger (Psychology), who were all named as University Junior Faculty Scholars.
Dominik Konkolewicz (Chemistry and Biochemistry, left) has been selected as a University Faculty Scholar. He is joined by Jeffrey Hunger (Psychology), Andrea Kravats (Chemistry and Biochemistry), and Imran Mirza (Physics), who were all named as University Junior Faculty Scholars.
Yvette Harris
Hongmei Li
Cricket Meehan
Rick Page
Rodney Coates (2nd from left) in the panel,
Rodney Coates (2nd from left) in the panel, "From Black Health & Wellness to Black Resistance"
Vaishali Raval received Excellence in Internationalization Award
Raval (right)
Funded Projects
  • Michael Crowder, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and dean of the Graduate School, received over $433K from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his project, "Machine Learning Approach for Finding Novel Metallo-b-lactamase Inhibitors."
  • Cameron Hay Rollins, professor of Anthropology, received continued support of $279K from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for her project, "Finding Recovery: Research and Development to Match People with Substance Use Disorders to Recovery Services in Real Time."
  • Dominik Konkolewicz, professor and assistant chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received two research grants. One, "Polymer-Lipid Particles Investigated by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy," is for nearly $428K from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The other, "Macromolecules by Wavelength Controlled Vinyl Ketone Photopolymerization and Photodegradation," is for $450K from the National Science Foundation.
  • Andrea Kravats, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received funding of nearly $310K from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for her project, "Elucidating the Mechanistic Details of the Grp94 Molecular Chaperone through an Integrated Computational and Experimental Approach."
  • Rock Mancini, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded over $319K for his project, "Exploiting Cancer Metabolism and Drug Efflux with Bystander-Assisted Immunotherapy," by the National Cancer Institute. He also received $10K from the U.S. Department of Defense and Montana State University for his project, "Synthesis, characterization and delivery of immune stimulating materials."
  • Cricket Meehan and Debora Robison (Psychology) and Kristy Brann (Educational Psychology) were awarded pass-through funds from the Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of over $1.2 million for their project, "Ohio's Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness And Resiliency in Education)."
  • Miami's Humanities Center, directed by Professor of English Timothy Melley, was awarded an NEH Infrastructure Challenge grant of $500K for “A New Humanities Hub at Miami University," which creates a renovated space in Bachelor Hall.
  • Rick Page, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received funding from the Beckman Foundation in the amount of $156K for his project, "2023 Beckman Scholars Program - Miami University."
  • Michael Robinson and Chun Liang in the Department of Biology received over $180K from the National Eye Institute for a project entitled "Regulation of the Lens Transcriptome and Chromatin Architecture by FOXE3."
  • Kevin Yehl, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a new award from the PhRMA Foundation in the amount of $100K for "A Generalizable Biomineralization Strategy for Improving Formulation and Delivery of Phage Therapies."
In Memoriam:
Dr. Judith de Luce, Emeritus Professor and Chair of Classics
It is with great sadness that I inform you that Judith de Luce passed in early February. Although unexpected, her final wishes were carried out meticulously and compassionately. Throughout her life, Judith was surrounded by the enormous network she was constantly creating of friends and people she considered family. Along with her warmth and exuberance (and at times her blue hair!), Judith’s passion for teaching was one of her defining features.
Following her retirement from the Classics department, Judith remained very involved in Miami’s Institute for Learning in Retirement program, excitedly planning courses on topics such as the contemporary mystery novel and Cleopatra. Judith was devoted to service—to her students, to Miami University, and to the field of Classics at large. Many of you will know her from her extensive committee work and the papers she gave at conferences over the years.
Judith was interdisciplinary long before it was fashionable, and she published on topics as wide-ranging as landscape and primate languages. Within Classics, she was at the forefront of women’s studies, and her interests focused largely on aging, gender, and power, as well as her beloved Ovid; a project on the “helpful princess” in classical literature was especially close to her heart.
Judith was a relentless advocate for Classics at Miami, and she remained deeply engaged in the larger Oxford community, not least in the choral ensembles she cherished. Her love of both music and the ancient world were abiding. Just last spring I asked her to help me with an event we were planning on the Medea. The response she gave is one I received many times from her over the years and it is impossible not to hear her voice when recounting it: “This will be fun!”
If you are a former student of Judith’s, know that you honor her legacy by maintaining a deep curiosity about the world and a commitment to using your voice to make it better. We are inviting people to join us in sharing their memories of Judith.
Denise McCoskey, Professor of Classics
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