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Student tech fee

They have just announced the timeline for the next Student Tech Fee cycle, with a deadline of September 23. Although this is well in advance, this may prompt faculty to think of potentially useful acquisitions for the department.

Nominate outstanding undergrads for alumni board

At their recent meeting, the alumni board decided on recruiting two undergraduate student members. Eligible students should have received an email, but you are also encouraged to reach out to your talented research assistants, etc. Erika Minnick (B.A. ’11) is organizing a selection process for the board, and writes:

The Psychology Alumni Board is looking for a rising Junior (graduating in ‘21) and a rising Senior (graduating in ‘20) to join them as student representatives on the board for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the Miami Psychology community and to connect with Alums. As an Alumni Board Student Liaison, your role would involve: Representing the voice of the Psychology Major Miami student to the Alumni Board meetings (2x per year – Sept/March); and providing feedback on proposed Alumni board areas of focus and events to ensure the board is best serving the Miami Psychology Majors.

Point your interested and eligible students to the application link, or to Erika or Vaishali for further questions. This is a great opportunity for any of our majors, especially if it can offer broader representation to the board.

CUR student travel awards

The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offers travel awards to students presenting at regional and national conferences. The deadline for the current cycle is April 22, but this is another source for your research assistants to complement department and ORU support. Miami’s institutional membership makes all of our students eligible.

Seeking faculty to pilot e-textbook platform

From Carolyn Haynes, Associate Provost:

I am writing to you about a new and voluntary textbook initiative that could result in significant cost savings to your students as well as ensure that your students have their texts prior to the beginning of the semester or term.

Miami University recently secured a contract for the Unizin Engage platform. The Unizin Engage e-textbook platform allows students to gain easy access to the text via the faculty member’s Canvas Course site. Because Unizin has a partnership with Canvas, the textbook is integrated into the course site for easy viewing and access by students and faculty from day one of the course.

Students in the course will be sent an email informing them of the course text and how to access it via the Canvas course site. Unless students opt out of using this e-textbook, they will be billed via their Bursar account once the semester or term begins.

Students have the ability to highlight and annotate the text as well as download the full textbook and print out the entire book or portions of it on a copy machine. The faculty member will also be able to annotate the text and use the platform’s analytics feature to identify whether students are reading the text.

As part of the Unizin contract, Miami will join a consortium with other institutions using the platform such as the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Ohio State University and the entire Florida and Nebraska systems. The sheer size of this consortium enables Unizin to negotiate with all of the major textbook publishers to secure significant cost savings (60% on average) for students.

We are seeking faculty on the Oxford campus who would be willing to pilot the Unizin Engage e-textbook platform in the spring 2020 semester. Interested faculty should contact Caroyln directly (

Government, social services, and NPO employer expo

From Katie Bowling (CCES), an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to network and learn more about employers and careers in a variety of fields. Faculty interested in learning how to prepare students for such careers are also welcome:

The Government, Social Services & Nonprofit Expo is March 14 from 9-11am at the Shriver Center (JDOL Rooms). This event is open to all students, but I think it would be of particular interest to Psychology, Gerontology, Sociology, Social Justice Studies, Pre-Law, Political Science, and many other majors. Registration is not required, but highly encouraged so that we can print a name tag for the student.

I want to draw your attention to the nearly 50 employers that will be in attendance to see exactly with whom your students might want to interact. The goal of this event is to network with employers, but also to inquire and secure internships and full time positions.

Fulbright student program

From Karla Guinigundo, Global Initiatives:

Global Initiatives is currently recruiting Miami’s cohort of applicants for the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports approximately 2,000 U.S. students to engage in study, research, or English teaching assistantships abroad annually.
Academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to increasing intercultural understanding between the Americans and citizens of other countries are qualities the Fulbright program seeks in applicants.
Nominations by faculty members can be a powerful source of motivation for students. Are there students in your departments or programs that you think would be interested in learning more about Fulbright? If so, please Nominate a Student and we will reach out with an invitation to attend one of the spring information sessions.