Message from Dean Callahan
I am extremely proud of our 2012 graduating class. Not only are their achievements built upon a strong liberal arts and science foundation, but these graduates have acquired an understanding of basic principles as well as significant knowledge in their fields of study that will lead to successful careers and professions. Here are just a few examples of the futures that await them:
Four CAS seniors and two 2011 CAS graduates received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships to teach in Russia, Mongolia, Germany, Azerbaijan, and Austria. These awards represent the highest number of Fulbright scholarships in Miami's history.
Brad Kasberg (Anthropology & Geography) will use the 2012 Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize ($30,000) to develop a sustainable land use plan for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Brad is a member of the Miami Nation of Indiana.
Alexa Pohl (Zoology) received the Krishnan-Ang Studentship, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, to pursue a doctorate in psychiatry at the Autism Research Centre.
In large part, the quality of undergraduates in the College can be attributed to the teaching and mentorship of our faculty. Important, too, are the scholarships, awards, and support for undergraduate research and study abroad that further enrich their experiences.
As we get ready to welcome the incoming class—the Class of 2016—to Summer Orientation, the promise of the College to these first-year students is that their Miami education will be as meaningful as that of the Class of 2012.
With warm regards,
Phyllis Callahan, Ph.D.
Professor of Zoology and Dean
Distinguished Scholars and Educators
Kathleen Johnson (English) received the 2011 E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award in recognition of her creative and innovative teaching at the undergraduate level. Dr. Johnson has also taught in film studies, women's studies, and the Western program.
Nicholas Money (Botany) was named Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year (2012). Professor Money was featured on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, where he discussed his research with Terry Gross in a segment called "The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us."
Anita Mannur (English and Asian/Asian American studies) was awarded the Early Career Award from the Association of Asian American Studies for her contributions as a scholar and teacher.
During Charter Day celebrations, the Miami University Alumni Association awarded the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award to Robert Essner ('69).
Rita Dove ('73) received the 2011 National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama. Ms. Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and former poet laureate.
Alumni Perspective: The Miami I Carry With Me
In this video, Whittney Barth ('08) reflects on her Miami experience and talks about what it's like to return to campus.