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Celebrate Citizenship and Democracy Week

The Department of Justice and Community Studies, College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences is sponsoring a number of events aimed at exploring civic engagement and the rights, privileges and responsibilities of American citizens.

  • Sept. 14, Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Keynote speaker, best-selling author and founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, Paul Loeb will explore the role of ordinary citizens in democratic life and how grassroots activism can lead to significant political and social change in our communities. Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While each won the Nautilus Award for best social change books in their respective years of publication. A reception and question and answer session will follow the lecture. Funding for this event is provided by the Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture in Government endowment.
  • Sept. 15, Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Come and watch your government in action! Observe as the Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District hears oral arguments in a special on-campus session
  • Sept. 15, Hamilton City Schools Board of Education, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Take part in a special on-campus meeting of the Hamilton City Schools’ Board of Education.
  • Sept. 16, Social Justice Theater, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Phelps Hall, Studio 307. In this interactive performance, students at Miami Hamilton will present a short piece of theatre designed to engender the sharing of ideas about social justice and injustice in our communities. Following the performance, audience members will engage in a lively discussion with the performers and other attendees about the themes presented in the piece.
  • Sept. 17, U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony, 2 p.m. on the Campus Quad. Celebrate with approximately 75 new U.S. citizens. Miami Hamilton is hosting the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for a formal naturalization ceremony at which new citizens will take their oaths of citizenship. Enjoy music provided by Miami’s Collegiate Chorale. Rain location is Parrish Auditorium.

These events are also supported by Miami University’s Departments of Justice and Community Studies, Political Science, Office of Community Engagement and Service, Miami Middletown’s Office of Community Engagement and Service, and Miami Hamilton’s Center for Civic Engagement, Theatre, Student Government Association and Student Association for Law and Politics.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, call 513.785.7702 or emailcriminaljustice@MiamiOH.edu. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

Colligan series explores ‘American Wars & American Life’

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will continue its public history series focusing on “American Wars & American Life.”

  • Sept. 9, Witnessing the War on Terror in American Culture, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. John E. Bodnar, Distinguished Professor of History at Indiana University and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, explores encounters with mass violence that horribly rupture people’s lives and extraordinary efforts to heal them, highlighting the trauma and pain caused by the 9/11 attacks and experiencing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Sept. 30Reconciling and Reuniting the Nation: How Americans Have Remembered the Civil War, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Caroline E. Janney, Professor of History at Purdue University, Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, and President of the Society of Civil War Historians, discusses reuniting and reconciling the nation after the American Civil War, how civilians, veterans, women and U.S. Colored Troops understood that war, and how its meanings changed in later centuries.
  • Nov. 10World War I and the Modern American Woman, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Lynn Dumenil, Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History Emerita at Occidental College and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, shares popular visual imagery of American women during World War I that reveals a key issue of women’s history: the rise of the modern “new woman.” Learn how media attention to women who were engaged in war service at home and abroad helped consolidate the perception of a “new woman” who challenged boundaries that had previously restricted women’s lives.
  • April 5Ernie Pyle & Americans at War, Jim Blount History Educator Award Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. James Tobin, Professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University, considers the famous journalist Ernie Pyle as the nation’s eyewitness to World War II, who as its most popular war correspondent left a lasting imprint on the way Americans perceive that war, all U.S. wars since, and the image of the American soldier.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a partnership of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. Its goals are bringing the past to life, creating historical thinking, and building community identity. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit www.colliganproject.org.  Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

Image: Ernie Pyle (second from right), famed war correspondent, prepares for takeoff with the crew. Via Ancestry.com

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Bluegrass show set for North End Park, September 13


Ma Crow and the Ladyslippers will headline Bluegrass at the Ball Fields, 1 to 8 p.m. September 13 at L.J. Smith Park in the North End.

Ma Crow and The Lady Slippers is an all-female band from Cincinnati and a 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominee featuring Bluegrass, Americana, and Old-time Mountain music.  The Lady Slippers include Ma Crow (vocals and guitar), Trina Emig (banjo and mandolin), Margie Drees (vocals and fiddle), and Vicki Abbott (vocals and bass). Each member brings decades of professional experience, creating a unique blend of superb instrumentation and vocals.

The Back Porch Hounds and The Pineridge Partners will also perform.

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Miami’s Regional Locations Schedule Health Information Technology Series  


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The rapidly growing field of Health Information Technology will be the topic of a series of talks to be hosted by Miami University’s Regional locations. The series will begin on Aug. 25, with additional talks scheduled through November.  All talks will be held in Room 312 Mosler Hall at Miami Hamilton, from 5:30-6:50 p.m.

The series begins on August 25 with a presentation on Meeting User Needs – Addressing the Generational Divide by Carolyn Young of the Kettering Health Network.

The series will continue in September with Using Technology to Improve Public Health with Tim Ingram, A Drug Dealer in Health IT? from Steve Motil of Kettering Health Network, and Modernizing Military Health IT with John Beighle of Wright Patterson’s Medical Center.

In October the series spotlights 3D printing for Biohealth Applications with Jessica Sparks of Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University, and Telehealth – One pediatric organization’s experience with building a sustainable program by Jennifer Ruschman of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The series concludes in November with Past, Present and Future of Healthcare IT from Ajay Sharma of Healthcare IT Advocate, Victor Simha of The Christ Hospital, Alex Vaillancourt of Physician Technology Partners, and Better Data, Better Care by JD Whitlock of Mercy Health.

“We developed this series for our students, but were so pleased with the caliber of the speakers that we decided to share with the community” said Miami Computer and Information Technology Lecturer Donna Evans. “Anyone interested in the field is welcome to join us.”

These lectures are free and open to the public.  For more information on the series, visit regionals.miamioh.edu/hit-speakers. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

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Golf Scramble to benefit MUH baseball

Miami University Hamilton will hold its Fifteenth Annual Golf Scramble on Sunday, August 23 at Walden Ponds in Fairfield Township. The shotgun start is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The four-person team fee is $360 and includes 18 holes of golf, door prizes, driving range balls and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for individual long drive contest, closest-to-the pin contest, and skins game.

Proceeds from the scramble will benefit Miami Hamilton Harriers Baseball team.

Deadline for registration is Monday, August 17. For more information or to register, call Coach Darrel Grissom (513) 659-0746 or email grissodl@MiamiOH.edu. Walden Ponds Golf Course is located at 6090 Golf Club Lane in Fairfield Township.

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Campus Kids gain accreditation and Four Stars

 When the tiny students of the Hamilton “Miami University Campus Kids” return this fall, they will be coming to a nationally-accredited and state-rated Four-Star facility.
Campus Kids is the licensed daycare and preschool that has occupied the south end of Schwarm Hall since it was built in 1997.
“Before that, there was a parent co-op on the first floor of Rentschler Hall,” said Traci Anderson, program director. “The parents would help and the students would help, but due to a state policy change for group care we relocated.”
For the past two years, Anderson has led Campus Kids through a self-study with the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs.
“Everything we do was considered,” she said, “our curriculum, our parent letters, our activities we do with the children, how we assess the children, how we do observations.”
A box of paperwork in her office topped with a thick three-ring binder containing the manual testified to the rigors of the accreditation.
“It’s a lot of work because it’s already things we were doing, but we had to document it all,” she said. “Sometimes, you’re wondering how you’re going to prove it. It was just a lot of paperwork because our focus is really on the children and being with them every day, so doing all the paperwork is very time consuming.”
After the intensive two-year self-study, an observer visited the classrooms in May to further substantiate that the program met the requirements.
“By achieving accreditation Miami University-Campus Kids provides a high quality program for children, professional development opportunities for staff, and an environment for children that is conducive to their individual growth and development that exceeds state licensing requirements,” said a letter of acknowledgement from the Association for Early Learning Leaders.
Earlier this year, Campus Kids received a Four-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
The upgraded rating was based on a number of criteria:
  • Having lower staff to child ratios. The state requires a 1:7 ratio; Campus Kids has a 1:4 ratio.
  • Using child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
  • Working with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
  • Having an active and organized parent volunteer group.
  • Using input from families and community partners to inform continuous improvement process.
  • Having accreditation by an approved organization.
Campus Kids serves between 30 and 35 toddlers and preschoolers, Anderson said. About half of them are children of Hamilton Campus students, and there is financial assistance available. The other half are children of faculty and staff. The center does not accept children from the community at large.
“There’s a degreed teacher in each classroom, and both of them are Miami University graduates who started working there when they were student workers,” Anderson said.
For more information on the Step Up to Quality program, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org on the Internet. For more information on the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs visit www.earlylearningleaders.org. To learn more about Campus Kids, visit www.regionals.miamioh.edu/campuskids.


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Miami Hamilton to Host Yard Sale on August 22

Miami University Hamilton’s Association of Latino and American Students will host a Yard Sale on Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the campus parking lot.

Items for sale include: chairs, desks, furniture, plants, holiday decorations, televisions, air conditioners, clothing, home items, house wares, linens, books, collectibles, games, DVD movies and more.

All are welcome to participate in the yard sale! Table rental is $5 per table; vendors will keep all their proceeds. Donated items to sale are welcome. To rent a table, donate items or for more information, call Pat Camacho at 513.785.3071.

Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

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Jaree Naqvi on His Journey at Miami Hamilton


Enrolling at Miami University Hamilton was admittedly a last-minute decision for Jaree Naqvi, made three days before classes started.

“I was torn between here and the University of Cincinnati,” said the Lakota West High School graduate. “My brother actually went to this campus, so he convinced me because it is a lot closer, a little bit cheaper and a lot more convenient overall.”

He had actually gone so far as attending the U.C. freshman orientation.

“But then I came here and it felt more homey, a lot more comfortable,” he said.

The late decision had its challenges. The classes he wanted to get into were closed, for instance, but he never regretted the sudden shift.

“I know I would have been miserable at U.C. because I would have been commuting the whole time,” he said. “But career and goal wise, I had the same goal and I think I would have stayed on the same path, so I don’t think there would be much of a difference.”

Jaree is studying biology with an eye toward medical school.

“I came in and I really liked the atmosphere,” he said. “There were over 800 students in my high school graduating class–and a lot of people I didn’t know.”

He spent half of his high school career at Butler Tech to get nursing certification, so he wasn’t immersed in the big-school culture that much, and found a similar coziness at Miami Hamilton.

“I like the small class size so much more because you get to know each person individually,” he said. “When I came here I realized that is really what I value, and that’s really the type of environment I would thrive in. The professors really get to know your name and the name of all the students. It’s a personalized education and that’s something I really value.”

Jaree got involved in student government and served a term as president, so that helped him get to know people.

“I got involved in student government my very first week of school,” he said, “and that’s really opened my eyes. There are people here who have traveled, held full-time jobs, have had life experiences, so I can hear about all the things I haven’t done yet. There’s a person in one of my classes who’s already gotten his degree but is coming back for his personal education. It’s really changed my perspective on life, helps me understand what I value, what I want to do, what I want to get out of my life.

“I’m also part of Project Civility, so we’re always on outreach, always in Schwarm Commons holding events and interacting with students,” he said. “There’s never been a lack of social interaction. I really like that. That’s not something I would have gotten on U.C. campus.”

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Teddy Roosevelt to Visit Hamilton in 2016 for Ohio Chautauqua

Local history buffs and mavens of culture should take note that Teddy Roosevelt, Madame Marie Curie and a caravan of scholars will be coming to Hamilton next summer for the Ohio Chautauqua.

Hamilton is one of four cities around the state selected for the 18th annual Ohio Chautauqua, a week-long program of cultural enrichment and education, according to Fran Tiburzio, coordinator of the event for the Ohio Humanities Council.

“The Ohio Chautauqua is a traveling living history program,” Tiburzio said. “Each evening we have a different living history performance under a big red-and-white striped tent, and during the daytime our scholars present fun hands-on workshops for kids and adult programs like lectures in different venues throughout the community.”

The tent will be set up on the Hamilton Campus of Miami University, said Sarah Templeton Wilson, the Regional Campus’s assistant director of development, who led the local effort to bring the Chautauqua to town.

“It will be a full week of events,” she said. “The evening programs will always be at the Miami Hamilton Campus and during the day the re-enactors will go out to different community spots. So we will probably do things with Partners in Prime, the Lane Library, Pyramid Hill and Miami Hamilton Downtown to try and get a lot of different audiences from senior citizens to little kids.”

The dates of the 2016 Ohio Chautauqua have yet to be arranged, Tiburzio said, coordinated with the other host cities–Rossford, Gallipolis and Brimfield–but will be around late June or in July. More living history speakers will also be announced with the theme of “The Natural World.”

“The evening starts with some musical entertainment, then our scholar comes out on-stage, in costume, tells some stories from his life, then takes questions in character,” Tiburzio said. “So people in the audience will get to ask Teddy Roosevelt what made him go West, and what did he really think of the Rough Riders. Then the scholar steps out of character, that way he can answer question that the character would not have answered himself.”

Communities must apply for the Ohio Chautauqua in a competitive process that includes a site visit. Tiburzio said that Wilson and the local team “knocked it out of the ballpark” when she came to town. It was the second time Hamilton applied.

“The first year they were turned down just because the competition is so fierce,” she said. “But because the community is undergoing an arts renaissance and has such a strong interest in history, I think they are really going to glom onto this program. After 17 years of site visits, you get a feel for where it’s going to work and where it isn’t, and Hamilton was completely positive all the way.”

Wilson said that hosting a Chautauqua coincides with a movement on the regional campuses to generate more alumni involvement, especially with programming that will appeal to families, but that the event should have a broad impact across the community and Southwestern Ohio in general.”

Hamilton City Council member Kathleen Klink, who served on the site visit committee, said that the event will showcase both Miami Hamilton and the city at large.

“Attendees will be able to enjoy the events while also engaging with Hamilton amenities, a wonderful experience for families,” Klink said. “This event brings together those interested in history and Ohio and Hamilton remains a key contributor to the history of our region and state.”

History of the Chautauqua Movement

Tiburzio said the Chautauqua movement began in 1874 on the banks of Lake Chautauqua in New York as a school for Methodist Sunday School teachers.

“The popularity of the program spread to the surrounding regions and eventually throughout the country people started demanding this kind of cultural enrichment, so the traveling Chautauquas began around the turn of the century,” she said. “They were so popular that there were dozens of Chautauqua circuits around the country. Ohio had six Chautauqua circuits, and at the turn of the century, one in four Americans attended a Chautauqua programs. That’s how popular they were.

“It was a really great way to bring culture to the masses,” she said, noting that Teddy Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.”

The traveling Chautauqua events gave people a place to discuss important issues of the day. As time went on, however, the quality and nature of the Chautauqua programs began to decline, becoming less about enrichment and more about entertainment. Consequently, their popularity declined as well and the movement died out by the end of the 1930s.

“For the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976, the North Dakota Humanities Council was looking for a way to revive interest in history and came up with what we call ‘the modern revival of Chautauqua,’ Tiburzio said. “The popularity of the program again began to spread across the country. We were a little late to jump on the bandwagon. We didn’t start the Ohio Chautauqua until 1999, but we now have the biggest Chautauqua program in the country.”

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Summer Office Hours Set at MUH

Miami University’s regional locations announce summer hours at Miami Hamilton and Miami Middletown from June 1 – July 31.

The admission, advising, cashiers, financial aid, learning assistance, and records offices will be open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

From August 1 – August 14, these offices will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.

From August 17 – September 4, these offices will be open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.

Fall classes will begin on Aug. 24; application materials must be received by August 1.

For more information on other offices hours or to enroll at Miami Hamilton call 513. 785.3000 or at Miami Middletown call 513.727.3200. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami University Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.