JS currently has the pleasure of serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Miami University. In his role he gets the honor of working with the registered student organizations at Miami, serve on the University Lecture Series (where he has had the pleasure to bring some of the inspirations for this class, including Wil Wheaton and Drew Dudley), and serves as the coordinator for the EDL 290 family of courses. He loves getting to teach EDL classes each semester. He also gets the pleasure of directly advising some amazing organizations, including the League of Geeks, Miami Quidditch, the Miami Electronic Gaming Association, and the Miami Wrestling Fans. He also supervises the graduate assistant that advises Charter Day Ball. JS also is a member of NASAGA: The North American Simulation & Gaming Association!
Some of his earliest memories are playing tabletop games with his amazing mother at a very early age. Games have always been an important part of his life, and he came up with the concept for the tabletop gaming class and worked with graduate student Bethany MacMillan to make the class a reality. This fall he gets to take the idea into the classroom with Dane Winiesdorffer, president of Miami’s Strategy Gaming Club. JS gets to go home each day to an amazing wife, Jennifer; an awesome dog, Quinn; and a devil cat, Azrael.
Bethany MacMillan is the Regional Director of New Student Programs & Engagement at Miami University Regionals. In this role, Bethany has the opportunity to work with collegiate students and inspire them through interactive learning and programming initiatives. Bethany graduated from Wittenberg University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Education with a P-12 Ohio 4-Year Residential Teaching License, and from Miami University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education (Focus: Leadership) with a Certificate in College Teaching. Long story short, Bethany loves teaching.
Bethany’s favorite part of growing up included spending week nights playing games with her grandfather after dinner. Before she left home, she was fluent in most of the traditional tabletop games. However, she (positively) blames JS for expanding her gaming repertoire in graduate school. She now brings home a new set of games to test with her grandfather every time she visits. Her personal collection has grown from 7 to losing count after 200 (and Grandfather’s collection started expanding too!).
Dane’s bio coming soon!
The Students of EDL 290T!
The students in EDL 290T will occasionally be contributing to this blog as well! Look out for amazing reflections and contributions as they help make this blog come to life!