College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
May 2022
2022 graduates posing under Upham Arch
Class of 2022 graduates pose under Upham Arch in their Miami caps and gowns
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
It's that magical, bittersweet time of year again. Here in Oxford, there's a growing sense of celebration and excitement as we finish up our academic year and prepare to send off a new and talented graduating Class of 2022 into a messy and complicated world of opportunity and promise.
A total of 1461 undergraduate CAS students, plus 230 graduate students, are expected to collectively turn their tassels to the left here in Oxford by the conclusion of our Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The event will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.
Matthew Sause '99 (see below), the President and CEO of Roche Diagnostics, is our Guest Speaker, and our Student Speaker will be Augustus Lake, a triple major in International Studies, Linguistics, and Political Science who is also receiving his Master of Arts in Political Science. Gus has also recently been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant that will take him to Germany as an assistant English teacher later this year.
As always I wish to thank all of our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends for your support, perseverance, flexibility, and well wishes. Miami University and the College of Arts and Science have emerged through an unusually challenging couple of years with a renewed sense of purpose and determination for the future of all of our students past, present, and future. I am prouder than ever to be a Miamian, and I hope all of you are sharing that same feeling.
Best wishes to all, including our newest alums, for a wonderful and prosperous summer.
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories

Matthew Sause '99 CAS alumni speaker
Matt, who majored in Microbiology at Miami, is now the President and CEO of Roche Diagnostics, a Switzerland-based company which focuses on finding deeper understandings of genetic mutations and inherited diseases.
“I want to make an impact on human health and on access to innovative healthcare technologies,” he says. “That’s why I’m doing the job.”
Air Force Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Sharon Bannister '88
Dr. Bannister, a Chemistry graduate, is director of Medical Operations of the Air Force’s Office of the Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia. She talks about her path from Miami University to becoming a two-star general.
"I just hope I’m the kind of leader that takes care of the community that I’m serving so that maybe I’d recognize their children 20 years later," she says.
Erin's ethnographic fieldwork, under her faculty mentor Leighton Peterson, takes place at the "haunted" Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, known from the film "The Shawshank Redemption."
“I want to see how people are constructing their stories at the reformatory, what the tour guides are telling them, and how other people interact with the building," Erin says.
After graduation, Erin plans on continuing her media analysis and speaking with paranormal investigators, with potential related projects yet to come.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

CAS 2022 President's Distinguished Service Award Recipients
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CAS Fulbright Scholarship Recipients 2022-23
Five CAS students have received Fulbright 2022-2023 grants, plus one CAS alum named as an alternate.
Haley Knuth
History Masters student Haley Knuth's research on the role of the newspaper industry in pre-Civil War Cincinnati's anti-Black riots is on exhibit in Cincinnati's Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

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    Anastasia Dorenbusch '23
    Biology major and Neuroscience co-major Anastasia Dorenbusch '23 (Biology and Neuroscience) was named as a Summer 2022 Scholar by the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), enablng her to travel to Rhotia, Tanzania.
    Zoe Platow '22
    Biochemistry and Psychology major Zoe Platow '22 (Biochemistry and Psychology) is one of two Miami students awarded the 2022 Goldwater Scholarship, making this the 11th year in a row for Miami. Zoe's faculty mentor is Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew McMurray.
    Noshin Yesmin '22
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    • Physics masters student Casey Scoggins and Psychology doctoral student Tyler Jacobs are the 2022 CAS Graduate Student Award winners.
    • Victoria Lopez-Rangel '22 (Spanish and Speech Pathology) won the national Critical Scholarship Language grant in Portuguese and will be studying abroad in Brazil this summer.

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    Shefali Razdan Duggal '93
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    In Memoriam

    Beloved former Miami University Distinguished Professor of Ecology Gary Barrett passed away on April 10 at age 82
    Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Gary W. Barrett Endowed Scholarship, Miami University, 926 Chestnut Lane, Oxford, Ohio 45056.
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