Monthly Archives: September 2018

Honors director finalist interviews

From Carolyn Haynes, Associate Provost:

As some of you may know, David Pennock, Director of the University Honors Program, will be retiring at the end of the calendar year. So, we are in the process of searching for a new honors director. The search committee has selected two finalists for interviews. If you are interested in attending the interviews for the following candidates, please let me know.

Zeb Baker
Tuesday, October 2 from 2:30 – 3:00 pm in 202 Roudebush

Ann Elizabeth Armstrong
Thursday, October 4 from 9:30 – 10:00 am in 104 Roudebush

Diversity & inclusion events next week

Russia Abroad: Homesick and Sick of Home
When: Monday 10/1 11:30am-1pm
Where: HRN 202
Description: Leonid Livak, from the University of Toronto, will present a talk on the experiences of Russian and Russian-Jewish writers in France’s long second world war.

Untangling the Web: Indigenous Linguistic and Cultural Knowledge and Americanist Anthropology
When: Monday 10/1 4:30-5:30pm
Where: Heritage Room, Shriver Center
Description: “Through a series of ethnographic vignettes, this talk considers the opportunities and challenges of repatriating intangible cultural property for American Indian communities in the United States. “

Gandhi Lecture
When: Monday 10/1 5-7:30pm
Where: 319 Kreger Hall
Description: Suzanne Klatt is organizing this lecture.

Simchat Torah
When: Monday 10/1 7:30-8:30pm
Where: Armstrong Student Center’s seal
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish Students will host a traditional event, where attendees will witness the torah scroll be completely unrolled.

Clothesline Project
When: Wednesday 10/3, Thursday 10/4, and Friday 10/5 10am-3pm
Where: HUB (SEAL) behind Roudebush Hall (though if raining, will be in Women*s and LGBTQ* Center, Armstrong 3012)
Description: This event displays t-shirts created by interpersonal violence survivors and their families and friends, or people who want to raise awareness about interpersonal violence.

Cookie Baking and Learning about Israel
When: Wednesday 10/3 6-7:30pm
Where: Hillel Building, 11 E Walnut St, Oxford, OH
Description: Attendees will bake cookies while “learning about the geography, cities, environmentalism, and current environmental terrorism threats in Israel.”

Barbouillage/Blackface à la Française
When: Thursday 10/4 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Irvin Hall 040
Description: Noémi Ndiaye will give a talk where she will “discuss the long-forgotten history of blackface in early modern France and interrogate the cultural work that this set of performance practices effected.”

Psychological Intervention to High School and College Students in China
When: Thursday 10/4 7-8:30pm
Where: McGuffey Hall 322
Description: Cuihong Zhang, the director of and a psychiatrist in the Clinical Psychology Department in Shandong, will present a talk detailing a psychological intervention delivered to high school and college students in China.

When: Friday 10/5 6-8pm
Where: Hillel Building 11 E Walnut St, Oxford, OH
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish students will host its weekly Shabbat dinner and service.

Nominate students for CAS College Ambassadors

From Ted Peters, Assistant Dean in CAS Advising:

We are writing to ask for your help. The College of Arts and Science is once again looking for CAS students who might be willing to serve as College Ambassadors and represent the division at various events on campus. We think our ambassadors are true assets, especially during our Admission recruitment and yield events- without them much of what we do during the Make It Miami events would be lackluster. Your assistance is essential, though. Without your nominations it is near impossible for us to create a thorough, cognate-balanced, list. If you would please share our request for nominations with your departmental colleagues we would greatly appreciate it.

Please submit nominations before Friday, October 5th using this Ambassador Nomination FormAlso, it is important for you to know that students who accept their nomination to serve as a College Ambassadors will also be given the opportunity to join the Deans Student Advisory Council (DSAC). When thinking of nominees, here are some of the characteristics we are looking for:

  • Articulate/comfortable with public speaking
  • Intellectually engaged
  • Average to strong academic record (we do not want only honors students)
  • Interacts well with peers

After we receive your nominations we will contact each student via email, letting them know they have been nominated for the program and give them more information about what our ambassadors do. In this email we tell the student who nominated them, so if you are sending in one list for your entire department please list the nominating faculty member. Many of the ambassadors from past years expressed how excited they were to be nominated and felt it really was an honor to be singled out.

Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ginny Engwall or Mike Loeffelman, as they coordinate the Ambassador Program.

Invite students to meet 18 of the last 9

From Joy Usner, MU Alumni Association:

In October, the Miami University Alumni Association will welcome an outstanding group of recent graduates to campus to be honored as the 2018 cohort of 18 of the Last 9. The 18 of the Last 9 award recognizes 18 alumni who have graduated in the last 9 years and are succeeding in their professional careers and serving their communities. The honorees will be on campus October 25 and 26 to interact with students in classes, student organization meetings, and small group discussions.

We also have the opportunity to invite 10 students to the awards dinner on Friday, October 26. These student will receive complimentary tickets to the dinner and have the chance to interact with the honorees in a more personal setting. If you would like nominate a student to attend the dinner, please send email directly to Joy (usnerjm) with the student’s name, year, major, and a sentence or two on why they should attend or who you would like them to meet.

Congrats to our Psi Chi Junior Scientist!

Second-year graduate student Shelby Ortiz has been awarded the APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship! Shelby is working with April Smith to examine the relationship between stress, executive functioning, and overeating in those with varying levels of interoception. Please join me in congratulating Shelby for this prestigious award.

Diversity & Inclusion events next week

Racial Consciousness 101
When: Monday 9/24 3-4:30pm
Where: Harry T. Wilks Theatre
Description: “This initiative consists of panelists surveying students about racial ‘myths’ and then hosting panels to share with these students their own experiences and insights as students of color at Miami University.”

Bridging the Gap: Race in America
When: Monday 9/24 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Hall Auditorium Green Room
Description: Ice T will present a lecture on the topic of race in America.

Pictorial Prosthetics: Martial Masculinity and Veteran Amputees in Early 1920s European Visual Culture
When: Tuesday 9/25 4:30-6pm
Where: Harrison Hall 111
Description: “Dr. Bradley Boovy analyzes a selection of paintings by German artist, Otto Dix, from the years following World War I. He focuses on the ways in which the painter used depictions of veteran amputees to critique the gendered impacts of war on German and European society.”

Reception for New Faculty/Staff Women
When: Wednesday 9/26 4:30-6pm
Where: Armstrong 1066
Description: “The Women*s Center, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, hosts an annual fall gathering to welcome new faculty and staff women to the University. All are welcome. This year’s event will be held in Armstrong 1066.”

Latinx Student Welcome Reception
When: Wednesday 9/26 6-8pm
Where: Cultural Center, Room 2030, Armstrong
Description: “All members of Miami University are invited to a Meet and Greet Opportunity with a focus of connecting Latinx students and members of the association of Latino/a faculty and staff.”

Sukkah Project
When: Thursday 9/27 10am-4pm
Where: Armstrong Student Center
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish students will build a sukkah on campus. A sukkah is a “temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.”

Chinese Festival
When: Friday 9/28 2-4pm and 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Cook Field (2-4pm) and Oxford Uptown Park (5:30-8:30pm)
Description: Miami’s Confucius Institute will host its annual Chinese Festival. From 2-4pm Chinese Martial Arts will be performed and a kite flying competition will be held at Cook Field. From 5:30-8:30pm, games, food, Chinese language learning, and cultural performances will take place at Oxford Uptown Park.

When: Friday 9/28 6-8pm
Where: 11 E. Walnut St, Oxford, OH
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish Students will host its weekly Shabbat.

Vietnamese Board Game Night
When: Saturday 9/29 5-8pm
Where: Shideler 52
Description: The Vietnamese Student Association is hosting a game night, where people will play traditional Vietnamese games and sample Vietnamese snacks, coffee, and tea. This event is open to everyone.

Important deadlines upcoming

There are several annual deadlines upcoming of which you should all be aware. Please plan ahead if you are considering pursuit of any of the following, and let me know of your intent as soon as possible.

Student Technology Fee (October 12 to CAS): This should also have appeared in your MyMiami, and more information can be found here. If you plan to submit a proposal for equipment, software, etc. from this annual competition, please notify me asap and plan to have it ready by October 5 to be prepared for the CAS deadline.

CFR grant proposals (October 19 to OARS): The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) offers several funding programs for summer research, GA support, publication/presentation subsidies, etc. This deadline is particularly for the faculty research grants. Although applications are submitted directly to OARS, please let me know if you plan to submit and I can help advise (especially if you are requesting GA support).

Leave requests (November 1 to CAS): Any faculty who are considering taking a research leave next year (2019-20 AY) should let me know. This includes both one-semester (ARA) and year-long (FIL) leaves, including those from junior faculty who get an “automatic” leave but still must apply. Please have your applications to me at least a week in advance so that I can provide feedback and then provide the required ranking of applications to CAS. By the way, if you are contemplating a leave, you might want to take a look at the Cattell Sabbatical Fund which is a national competition for support to psychology faculty during leaves.


Diversity & Inclusion events next week

Asian American Association Potluck
When: 9/15 1-3pm
Where: Heritage Commons
Description: This is a free, potluck event for people interested in joining Fusion and meeting new members.

Asian American Association Watches Crazy Rich Asians
When: 9/15 6-8pm
Where: AMC Classic Hamilton 8
Description: Members of the Asian American Association are traveling to Hamilton to watch the film, Crazy Rich Asians. While the film has received some criticism, it has also received praise from many Asian Americans by providing an accurate representation of Asian American experiences.

Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event
When: 9/17 5-7pm
Where: Armstrong Pavillion AB
Description: “The Diversity and Inclusion Networking event is designed to provide a networking opportunity for our increasingly diverse student population and prospective employers. The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Event is a unique experience that provides talented students with diverse backgrounds the opportunity to network with accredited employers. This is a great opportunity to meet with promising candidates for your recruiting needs before the fall career fair.”

Inclusion Forum: Miami’s State of Diversity
When: 9/17 6-9pm
Where: Wilks Theater, Armstrong Student Center
Description: “A collaborative effort dedicated to providing a space for our Miami community to discuss inclusive initiatives for the upcoming school year.”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
When: 9/17 7-9pm
Where: Kreger 224
Description: The Genetics Club is hosting this viewing party of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This film is relevant not only for its portrayal of discovering the immortal cell line, HeLa, but also because of its depiction of class and racial disparities in medical research.

Yom Kippur Dinner and Services
When: 9/18 6-7pm (dinner) and 7-8pm (services)
Where: 11 E Walnut St., Oxford, OH
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish Students “offers High Holiday meals and services for Yom Kippur.” These are free and open to all.

Yom Kippur Break the Fast and Services
When: 9/19 10-11am (services) and 8-9pm (break the Yom Kippur fast)
Where: Services will be at the Sesquicentennial Chapel. Breaking the fast will be held at 11 E Walnut St., Oxford, OH.
Description: Yom Kippur services are offered in the mornings, and the Yom Kippur fast will be broken in the evening.

Beyond Borders
When: 9/19 5-8pm
Where: 114 Rentschler Hall (Hamilton campus)
Description: Beyond Borders is a fictional film about an American woman who travels to Ethiopia to provide aid in refugee camps. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services.

International Student Participation: Methods of Enhancing International Student Participation: A Hands-on Workshop
When: 9/20 1-2:30pm
Where: 320 Laws Hall
Description: “Participants will engage in a series of activities to identify aspects of participation that are most essential to student learning in their courses. Informed by theories from the field of second language studies, they will modify existing tasks or create new ones that are designed to reduce anxiety and increase participation and engagement for all students. Instructors are asked to bring the participation sections of their syllabi and some classroom activities in which students struggle to engage. They will have the opportunity to gain feedback from invited international students during the workshop.”

16th Annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival
When: 9/21 5:30-9pm
Where: Uptown Park, Oxford
Description: “This festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities encompassed within the National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at Miami University and Oxford, Ohio.” Events at the festival include a live animal show and petting zoo, face painting, a ballet folkloric performance, the Monarch Butterflies program of McGuffey Montessori, performances by the Miami University steel band and a salsa and Latin band, and an address by the Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Latino Affaris, Lilleana Cavanaugh.

Shabbat Across Campus
When: 9/21 6-7pm
Where: 11 E Walnut St., Oxford, OH
Description: “Bring friends to various locations around the Oxford and Miami Community to celebrate Shabbat. Free dinner will be included, and everyone is encouraged to attend!”

Oxford Community Choice Pantry Service
When: 9/22 10am-1pm
Where: Oxford Community Choice Pantry, PO box 391, Oxford, OH
Description: Volunteer students will gather to distribute food and goods to people in need, including children in orphanages and elderly men. Volunteers may help categorize and organize food, and clean up the organization.