2020 Homecoming Court

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Members of the Homecoming Court are seniors or graduate students (Class of 2021) who promote the values of Miami University, take pride in the University, represent the student body and enhance the University as a whole through on campus involvement, academic achievement, and community service.

Nominations were collected from September 25th - October 9th. Students, faculty, staff and community members were able to nominate students.

From those selected to serve on Homecoming Court, voting will take place October 13-16 in the Hub (students must sign in to vote). All Miami University students are eligible to cast a vote. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:00pm on Instagram Live. Visit the Miami University Alumni Association Instagram to be a part of the live announcement.

2020 Homecoming Court

Danielle Allaire

Danielle Allaire

About Danielle

Danielle Allaire is a senior in the University Honors Program working towards obtaining her B.A. in biology with a premedical studies co-major and minors in Spanish and general business. She has served as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Haifei Shi’s research group in the Department of Biology since her freshman year and researches various factors that may affect colon cancer growth. Danielle is also involved across many different areas of campus such as the Rinella Learning Center, where she serves as the head biology supplemental instruction (SI) leader, and the Office of Admissions, as a tour guide manager. She values serving as an SI leader for the relationships it has allowed her to form with students of different ages and her professors.

Danielle enjoys working as a tour guide manager because it allows her to share her Miami experiences and help prospective students along their college search process. Furthermore, Danielle is the current president of the Miami chapter of MEDLIFE, an international global health organization, and is a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Danielle appreciates all the opportunities she has been able to take advantage of at Miami and will miss the supportive Miami atmosphere after graduation.

Major

Biology & Pre-Medical Studies Co-Major

Minors

Spanish & General Business

Campus Involvement

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant - Dr. Haifei Shi's research lab since her first year; named as 2021 College of Arts Science (CAS) Dean's Scholar.
  • MEDLIFE Miami - Current president
  • Rinella Learning Center - Biology head for the supplemental instruction, SI leader for BIO/MBI 115H in the fall and BIO/MBI 116H in the spring.
  • Office of Admissions - Tour guide manager and tour guide
  • University Honors Program
  • Chi Omega

First Year Residence Hall

Emmerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory has to be the incredible relationships I have formed during my time here. Whether that be the lifelong friends I have made or the faculty and staff that have taken the time to mentor me, I am so grateful for the Miami community. The friends I have made here are such a strong support network and my professors have always been so willing to help me learn and grow as a student. I thrive in collaborative environments and that’s exactly what Miami is. I cannot believe I will be graduating in the spring and leaving Oxford. It’s too hard to pick a single memory that stands out as my favorite!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

I would encourage the incoming class to go after any opportunity that interests them! Whether it be opportunities like the ones they experienced in high school or something completely different. College is a great time to find and explore the topics you are truly passionate about, and Miami has so many resources to help you along the way!

Neena Allen

Neena Allen

About Neena

Neena Allen is a senior Human Capital Management & Leadership major from Cleveland Ohio. She aspires to work in the hotel industry as an event coordinator after graduation. Outside of class, she enjoys planning campus events with Miami Activities and Programming and working with the Multicultural Business Association to help students with professional development. One of her favorite programs at Miami is Bridges, where she had the opportunity to engage with diverse prospective students and give them an inside look into the Miami experience. She has loved her jobs while attending Miami, they include 2 positions within the Student Activities & Fraternity & Sorority Life office and baby sitting for children of Miami staff. Like many Miami students, she has made relationships that will last a life time. She'd like to thank her family for pushing her to attend Miami University and her aunt for inspiring her to become a founding member of Alpha Xi Delta. Neena will dearly miss all of her wonderful professors, mentors and friends that she has gotten to know during her time at Miami. She'd also like to shout out the Men's basketball staff, Gina and Diana for being her first friends at Miami.

Major

Human Capital Management & Leadership

Campus Involvement

  • Miami Activities & Programming (MAP)
  • Multicultural Business Association
  • Alpha Xi Delta - Founding member
  • Bridges Scholar for Excellence Scholarship Recipient & Host
  • Camp Chaperone - Farmer Accounting Camp - 2020
  • Camp Chaperone - Discover U in Business - 2018
  • Miami Men's basketball manager - 2017/2018

Miami University Board of Trustees, Armstrong Student Center Board, Law and Public Policy Scholars, Community Action Plan Team, Janus Steering Committee, Miami University Government Relations Network, Miami University Council for the Social Studies

First Year Residence Hall

Havighurst Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

There are so many to choose from but my favorite Miami memory would have to be during my junior year, when I got to plan our annual event, Fallin' for Goggin. I remember we had perfect weather and everyone was so happy that day. My MAP team and I had been preparing for months for the event and it was amazing to see all of our hard work paid off. I remember seeing new mappers so eager and excited to help out with the event and my heart was so full! There were over 500 students, faculty and staff there. It was incredible to see the whole community come together like that. Also the empanada food truck was delicious!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Don't be afraid to try new things! One of the most beneficial things to do on this campus is to get involved, even if you have to step out of your comfort zone to do so. It is 100% worth it. You get to meet new people and give yourself the chance to find an organization, program or activity that you'll cherish forever!

Elizabeth Bode

Elizabeth Bode

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bode is a senior at Miami University double majoring in Theatre and Broadcast Journalism. Through her sister, Camille, Elizabeth came to love Miami, its campus, and all it had to offer. Since freshman year, she has been involved with The Miami Misfitz a cappella group, the Miami University Theatre Department and its productions, as well as varying service opportunities throughout the community. Additionally, Elizabeth had the opportunity to study abroad in our sister school in Luxembourg last Fall and loved every minute. Sustaining a vigorous course load, maintaining and creating life-long relationships and taking advantage of all Miami has to offer her, Elizabeth's four years in Oxford have been beyond memorable and she would like to thank Miami for the incredible life-changing experiences. Love and Honor!

Majors

Theatre & Broadcast Journalism

Campus Involvement

  • Miami University Theatre Department
  • The Miami Misfitz
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

First Year Residence Hall

Morris Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Studying Abroad: Running off the edge of a cliff in Interlaken, Switzerland to paraglide over the snowy town.

On Campus: Tailgating before the Miami/Cincinnati football game with friends and family, then watching the game!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Take things one step at a time. This year has been full of surprises and change. You have to give yourself grace, and give yourself a pat on the back because no one has EVER done what you have. Don't forget how resilient you are and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

Becca Breen

Becca Breen

About Becca

Becca Breen is a senior from London, Ohio, majoring in speech pathology & audiology. She has minors in child studies & youth development as well as disability studies. Becca is involved in several student organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega and Circle K International, where she has held many leadership positions throughout her time at Miami. She also conducts undergraduate research in her major's department and works at Dunkin' in Oxford.

During her free time, Becca enjoys reading, doing community service, and spending time with her roommates and friends. She plans to go to graduate school next fall to pursue a Masters degree in Speech Pathology, and eventually wants to work in a hospital setting with children who have swallowing disorders.

Major

Speech Pathology & Audiology

Minors

Child Studies & Youth Development & Disability Studies

Campus Involvement

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant - Dysphagia Lab in Speech Pathology & Audiology Dept.
  • Alpha Phi Omega - co-ed service fraternity; current Secretary, former VP of Community service, Philanthropy Chair, pledge trainer
  • Circle K International - service organization; former Service Chair, Kiwanis Family Relations chair
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) - student speech pathology organization; current Service Chair
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) - national honor organization; former VP of Community Service
  • Research Participant - voice perception analysis study in speech pathology & audiology department

First Year Residence Hall

Dennison Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory has been working with my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, for the past 6 semesters. I joined second semester of my freshman year, and this organization has allowed me to partner with many organizations at Miami, as well as places all over Oxford an the surrounding areas. From sponsoring blood drives to working with Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald house, I have been able to make connections and discover my true love for helping others through APhiO. I've also had an opportunity to hold a leadership role in my fraternity almost every semester that I've been involved, which has helped me break out of my shell and develop my leadership skills, along with my sense of self. This organization at Miami is my home, and it has been one of the greatest parts of my college experience.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

I would say to make sure you make the most of your Miami experience, and don't be afraid to try new things! My first semester, I was scared to break out of my comfort zone and join student organizations, but since then I have joined several student orgs, I now participate in on-campus research, and because of these opportunities Miami has given me I have grown in my leadership skills and ability to take risks. College is such a short part of your life, but it can really set the foundation for what happens in the years to come. Be sure to get involved and make your mark on campus, because it's very worth it in the long run!

LeeAnn Burczynski

LeeAnn Burczynski

About LeeAnn

LeeAnn Burczynski is a senior from Massillon, OH majoring in strategic communication and interactive media studies with a minor in mathematics. As a student leader, LeeAnn serves as the president of Miami Activities and Programming (MAP). Additionally, LeeAnn is a member of PRSSA, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and works in the University Communications and Marketing Department as a digital marketing social media student specialist. Her passions lie in traveling, dancing like no one is watching, buffalo chicken dip, learning, and uplifting others.

Majors

Strategic Communication & Interactive Media Studies

Minor

Mathematics

Campus Involvement

  • Miami Activities & Programming (MAP) - President
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Digital Marketing Club
  • Public Relations Student Society of America

First Year Residence Hall

Havighurst Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory was attending the "Made at Miami" pre-semester program. College was a very hard transition for me and this program allowed me to adjust to this new chapter in my life as well as meet my forever friends. It's been amazing seeing the people I met as a freshman grow throughout the years. This program was a great way to start my college career and I am thankful for it every day!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My biggest advice is to take chances and to be okay to embarrass yourself. Be okay to ask questions in class, to make friends with your classmates, to go to an event in the quad, to grab lunch with your neighbors, anything! College is the time to truly grow not just as a student but also as a person. Being put in difficult situations is the best way to grow and to put yourself out there. Find the good in every situation and make the most of every minute of your time at Miami, it goes by fast.

Kate Hemm

Kate Hemm

About Kate

Kate Hemm is a Senior studying Human Capital Management and Leadership along with Arts Management and Interactive Media Studies. She is the Executive Chair of the Miami University Student Foundation, a member of Miami Activities and Programming along with serving on the executive board of her sorority, Chi Omega. Post-graduation she is planning to join the Textron team within the Leadership Development Program. Her favorite restaurant in Oxford is Bodega and her favorite study spot is at Kofenya. She loves being a part of the RedHawk family!

Major

Human Capital Management and Leadership

Minors

Arts Management and Interactive Media Studies

Campus Involvement

  • Chi Omega
  • Miami Activities and Programing
  • Miami University Student Foundation
  • Wilks Leadership Certificate Program

First Year Residence Hall

Havighurst Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

One of my favorite things about Miami is the fact that we really are a family! Whether it is going to Goggin for a hockey game, studying uptown at a local business or hanging out in a hammock on Western campus, I can always count on seeing someone I know. My professors have supported my career growth while my family and friends push me to be the best, I can be outside of school. The people are what make Miami feel like home to me! I have made lifelong friends here at Miami and could not be more grateful to call this beautiful campus home.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Put yourself outside of your comfort zone and that is how you will grow. Ask your professors questions, go out to dinner with a new group of friends, grow by joining an organization you are passionate about and take a class just because you think it is interesting. Seize little opportunities. This will help you figure out what your definition of success is and will help you achieve it!

Lauren Hodkey

Lauren Hodkey

About Lauren

Lauren Hodkey is a senior at Miami from Mentor, Ohio. She is majoring in kinesiology with a minor in gerontology, with plans to attend a Doctor of Physical Therapy program after graduation. She is passionate about health and wellness, music and advocacy. On campus, she is a member of Pre-PT/OT Club, National Residence Hall Honorary, Alpha Phi Omega, Stage Left and Alpha Xi Delta, where she is currently serving her second term as Vice President of Member Development. She spent the summer of 2019 studying healthcare abroad in the Gambia, Africa. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, watching movies and volunteering in and around Oxford.

Major

kinesiology

Minor

Gerontologyu

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assistant
  • National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
  • Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Club
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Stage Left
  • Alpha Xi Delta - founding member

First Year Residence Hall

Morris Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite memory at Miami has been welcome weekend my freshman year. Right after moving into Morris Hall for my first year at Miami,I was feeling excited and nervous all at the same time about what college would be like. The fun activities and opportunities Welcome Weekend provided were where I met some people who I can call my best friends today and was also the first time Miami really felt like home.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

I would encourage incoming classes at Miami to take advantage of all the new and unique opportunities Miami has to offer. Every department, from Global Initiatives to Residence Life to Miami Activities and Programming and more goes above and beyond to provide students with countless possibilities of ways to get involved on campus and beyond. Taking a chance on attending these kind of events and experiences could prove to be more meaningful than you ever thought possible, so don't hesitate to put yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Jannie Kamara

Jannie Kamara

About Jannie

Jannie Kamara is a fourth year double majoring in Black World Studies and Diversity in Leadership from Columbus, Ohio. Her passion for creating spaces that foster creativity and inclusivity has allowed her to work as a researcher and panelist on the revived historical anti-racist education initiative, Racial Consciousness 101. During her time at Miami she served as the President of the Diversity Affairs Council, served as the It’s On Us Co-Coordinator at Miami, and served as a Student Senator on the Associated Student Government. What drives Jannie is her commitment to creating spaces on campus where feel students feel a sense of belonging through connecting with people,and educating people in the Miami community about diversity and inclusion. Jannie is member of the Miami University Treblemakers Acapella group and is one of the lead beatboxers for the group.

Jannie is excited to continue her leadership journey as Student Body President and to show her passion for working with other leaders to create resources for students that enhance their Miami experience.

Majors

Black World Studies and Diversity in Leadership

Campus Involvement

  • Student Body President
  • Varsity Athlete - Track and Field
  • ASG - Student Senator
  • Government Relations Network
  • Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL)
  • Scholar Leader
  • Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)
  • Miami University Treblemakers
  • Diversity Affairs Council - President
  • Dean of Students Advisory Board

First Year Residence Hall

Hahne Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

One of my favorite Miami memories was during my sophomore year I was a part of the scholar leaders living learning community and within the community I was a part of the WISE planning committee through WILKS. The Winter Immersion Service Experience (WISE) trip is an opportunity for students to travel to a different city every year to connect students with communities outside of Oxford. The main goal is to engage in discussions regarding power, privilege, social justice, responsibility, change, and our roles in bettering our communities. We took roughly around 30 students and staff members to New Orleans which is one of my favorite cities to visit. There I met and got to know one of my now closest friends and it was amazing to be able to explore the city. I tried my first beignet at the famous Cafe De Mode and we also got to go to the lower ninth ward and volunteer at an environmental non profit organization called the Green Project. That experience in that city and with the wonderful people that I got to know will always be in my heart.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My advice for incoming first year students is to take your first year as a test run for you to find your passions and interests. College places such a heavy emphasis on finding you place right away that people become stuck in orgs and activities that do not particularly serve them. Your Miami experience is your experience so take it all in your first year and set out of your comfort zone. The more you challenge yourself to step out the more you will connect to wonderful people in this community.

Tre King

Tre King

About Tre

Tre King is a senior Media & Culture and Arts Management double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his time at Miami, he has been dedicated to serving and protecting the code of Love and Honor in selfless ways. His Miami experience rests on the foundation of being the best and most authentic version of himself in ways that challenge and excite him, both inside and outside of the classroom. He practices love and honor by pushing himself to take advantage of opportunities that provide self-growth in order to enact positive change at Miami. Some of his extracurricular activities outside of the classroom include serving as a third year Resident Assistant, as well as a former Undergraduate Assistant in the Media, Journalism, and Film Department. These opportunities and more have allowed him to explore and adapt his leadership style that make him unique.

As he prepares to pursue graduate school after graduation, he looks back at his experiences with joy, and forward with the desire of continuing his journey of creating meaningful experiences for himself and those around him. His hope is that his work within this community will continue to empower future Miami students to come.

Major

Media and Culture, co-major in Arts Management

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assisant - 3 years
  • Miami Television News - Marketing Director
  • Miami Activities and Programming (MAP)
  • Black Student Action Association/li>
  • Miami University Gospel Singers

First Year Residence Hall

Morris Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite and most fulfilling Miami memory is having the opportunity to serve as a Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) in the summer of 2019. Through this position, I worked with a team of 23 other SOULs to lead and mentor a total of 12 small groups of first year students from the Miami University class of 2023 on a daily basis for the duration of the month of June. By the end, I formed long lasting relationships with all of the members in my small groups as well as the families of those students in an effort to ease their first year transition process. Being able to have a positive impact on the incoming Miami students at that time allowed me to play to my strengths not only as a student, but also as a leader.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My biggest piece of advice to the incoming class is to never doubt your true potential. This means stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things that may seem scary at first. One of the main ways to do this is by getting involved outside of the classroom. These opportunities are just as important as those inside the classroom as they increase networking opportunities, leadership skills, and individual growth. Lastly, give yourself room for growth in a way that embraces vulnerability and change. College is a period where change plays an important role in our development as individuals. Create your own story and live by it authentically.

Connor Morton

Connor Moreton

About Connor

Connor Moreton has made sure his time here in Oxford has been worthwhile. At the end of summer in 2017, Connor left his hometown just 3 hours away in Galion, Ohio to begin his journey as a Miamian. Once he arrived at his first year dorm, Collins Hall, Connor began to meet dozens of incredible faculty, staff, and fellow students through MADE @ Miami, a pre-semester program that allows students from underrepresented communities and their allies to build a strong Miami family. That program inspired Connor to be a present force for change in his community through his involvement in PSE, AWE, and student government. After being elected to his dorm’s Community Leadership Team, he worked to improve the Miami experience for all students. These roles led to Connor’s election to the Resident Hall Association’s executive board and the Diversity Affairs Council thereafter as the Chief of Staff. While in this role, he supported his friends Jannie Kamara and Jessica Von Zastrow on their campaign team and later celebrated their election this past year. Since then, Connor has collaborated with student leaders and administrators to support the Miami community through this hectic year in his role as ASG’s Chief of Staff.

Majors

Marketing and Corporate Sustainability

Campus Involvement

  • Community Leadership Team (CLT)
  • Resident Hall Association (RHA)
  • Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE)
  • Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) - Founder
  • Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) - Chief of Staff
  • Associated Student Government (ASG) - Chief of Staff
  • ESP103 Undergraduate Assistant

First Year Residence Hall

Collins Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My Miami experience has been full of life-changing moments, but my most impactful and exciting moment to date has to be the minutes leading up to the results of the 2020 Miami ASG Student Body President/Vice President Election. I was sitting in my living room with candidates Jannie and Jessica, as well as my first year roommate and best friend, Brandon. Notice that my favorite moment isn’t the announcement that the J&J ticket won, but rather the time directly prior. We had dedicated countless hours the past three years to best serve the Miami community and condense Jannie and Jessica’s accomplishments into just a month-long campaign and couldn’t wait to hear the results of our commitment. It was in that moment that we came to a collective realization that no matter the outcome – whether it be an interview, exam, or election – we would always support and uplift each other. Nothing was necessarily spoken aloud or even discussed later, but we all knew and felt it. I hope everyone is able to find their family here like I did.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

There are three pieces of advice I wish I would have known my first year at Miami. First and most importantly, GO TO OFFICE HOURS. I know we hear it all the time but the professors here are incredible! They are dedicated to your success and will become amazing mentors for your professional journey. Second, JUST RUN FOR THE ROLE. Leadership opportunities here are plentiful, so take that leap of faith and run for a role. Whether you win or lose, you learn how to become a stronger leader and how to better your community. Lastly, USE GOOGLE CALENDAR. It’s super easy to get caught up in the fast pace of campus involvement, but trust and believe that Google Calendar will solve 99% of your time management troubles.

Keresa Murray

Keresa Murray

About Keresa

Keresa Murray (she/her/hers) is a Senior Education Studies Major from West Jefferson, Ohio. On campus you can find her in Presidents Hall , where she’s been an RA for three years, or hammocking, as she is the president for hammocking club. Keresa plans to attend graduate school and purse a degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She has a passion for helping students and can’t wait to help them smoothly transition to college. In her free time she loves listening to music on Spotify, watching youtube or walking around campus. I am truly thankful for my time here at Miami and can’t wait to see where life takes me.

Majors

Education Studies

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assistant - three years
  • MU Hammocking Club - President
  • Miami University Marching & Pep Band
  • Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL)
  • Love You Like A Sister (LYLAS)
  • Office of Residence Life Marketing and Video Committee

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory was traveling to Mobile Alabama with the Miami University Marching Band! On this trip we got to explore Mobile, cheer on the team, and participate in the Mardi Gras parade.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My best advice for the incoming class is to make the most out of your time at Miami! These years will fly by so make sure you use them well...also use google calendar :)

Simone Rackmill

Simone Rackmill

About Simone

Simone Rackmill is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in Anthropology and Political Science. Upon graduation in May Simone is hoping to continue her studies abroad in Eastern Europe, and she hopes to take the values of love and honor with her.

While at Miami University Simone has taken this time to try new things and found a passion in studying Russian politics and language. This past summer Simone took online Russian, learned how to crochet, and worked on her baking skills. She is very honored to be on the Homecoming Court.

Majors

Anthropology & Political Science

Campus Involvement

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Urban Cohort
  • Peoples of the World - Undergraduate Assistant
  • Community Leadership Team (CLT) President of Thomson Hall
  • Peer Academic and Student Success (P.A.S.S.) Mentor
  • Resident Assistant
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)
  • Summer Scholars Camp Counselor

First Year Residence Hall

Thomson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

I have so many cherished Miami Memories...but if I had to pick just one I would say my junior year as an RA during freshman move in. I was getting ready to greet new residents and as I left my room I found a huge, orange, dinosaur pinata outside of my door! I was confused but thought someone had accidentally left it by my door as they were moving in. But then, I ran into my RDs and they told me a woman had asked where my room was so she could drop off the pinata. We didn’t know who this woman was or where the pinata came from, and my residents said they did not know where the pinata came from. At our floor meeting, we decided to keep the pinata and name it Larry. Larry became our floor mascot. Sadly, it was destroyed but the residents on the third floor came together to buy a smaller, orange, dinosaur dubbed “Lil’ Larry”. When move-out came I decided to ask, one more time, if anyone knew where Larry came from, and finally one of my residents told me that she and her mom brought Larry. To me, Larry came to represent the friendship, community, and bonds that my residents made, so receiving this pinata has come to be one of my favorite Miami moments.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

If I could only give one piece of advice to the freshman class it would be to celebrate the little victories. Especially now. You all started freshman year in the middle of a pandemic, and I know it is not the freshman year you imagined but you’re doing something incredible right now. You are proud of an assignment? Celebrate it. You got through midterms? Celebrate it! You safely made a new friend in class? Celebrate it!!! Do the things that bring you joy. College can be hard enough in a normal year and now more than ever it is so important to be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and to do the things that bring you joy.

Carolyn Scully

Carolyn Scully

About Carolyn

Carolyn Scully is a senior majoring in Strategic Communication and Psychology with a minor in Human Capital Management and Leadership. On campus, she is actively involved with the Miami University Student Foundation (MUSF) as the co-chair for scholarship and stewardship. She also works as a Service & Leadership Coordinator for the Harry T. Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service, as well as being involved as a Recruitment Counselor for the Panhellenic Association. In her free time, she can be seen exploring the new trails of Oxford while training for her next half marathon. Upon graduation, Carolyn will be entering a General Management Leadership Development Program with CVS Health/Aetna and is looking forward to helping people on their path to better health!

Majors

Strategic Communication & Psychology

Minor

Human Capital Management & Leadership

Campus Involvement

  • Miami University Student Foundation
  • Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service - Service & Leadership Coordinator
  • Panhellenic Association
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • Lois K. Klawon Scholarship Recipient, Access Fellows Council

First Year Residence Hall

Morris Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory is most definitely the Outdoor Leadership trip I went on this past January in Costa Rica! I was fortunate enough to be awarded a grant from the Lois K. Klawon Scholarship that allowed me to take a course outside of my major during J-term, and ultimately travel abroad for the first time. I was able to spend several weeks working with students from various backgrounds and majors to navigate a new culture, community and country. Some of my best life experiences and friendships have come from this trip, and I cannot thank Miami enough for giving me the opportunity to attend. As a result of the experience of myself and another participant, a program was created for students to be able to attend this future trip with an emphasis using the outdoors as a therapeutic to stress, anxiety and other mental health pressures in partnership with the Student Disability Services. Destination Wellness received a grant from the Miami HAWK tank and raised more than $10,000 in #MoveInMiami. While my outdoor experience has been great for myself and my own growth, knowing that it has the opportunity to help other students, both in their wellness and leadership journeys, truly makes it that much more meaningful.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My biggest piece of advice to the incoming class is simple: explore! Explore interests, majors, classes, student organizations - everything! There is a lot of pressure coming into college to find out what your passion and purpose is, both as a person and as a student. But, four years is a long time to develop your own identity and take time to step outside of your comfort zone. Talk to your peers in class, attend office hours to get to know your professors and go to those lectures that seem interesting! Always remember to be proud of who you are, what you stand for and who you want to be.

Sarah Strack

Sarah Strack

About Sarah

Sarah Strack is majoring in educational leadership and entrepreneurship with an IMS minor. She is from West Chester, OH, and is a proud alumna of Lakota East. Go Hawks! Sarah has been involved in MAP, club softball, two Winter Immersion Service Trips, and Global Buddies. Sarah also served two years as an RA in Minnich and Hamilton Hall.

Sarah has participated in many events through the entrepreneurship department such as; Social Innovation Weekend, Chicago Innovation Weekend (1st), and Start-Up Weekend (finalists). It was at start-up weekend where Sarah got the opportunity, along with two teammates, to participate in an accelerator program down at Cincinnati’s Union Hall for their start-up where Sarah serves as CEO. The team was admitted into TCU's 2020 Values and Ventures pitch competition and came in 2nd at the 2020 RedHawk Values and Ventures Pitch competition.

Another one of Sarah’s passion projects is her nonprofit, 2Eyes.JustDrive, which focuses on advocacy for people not to drive distracted. She founded this nonprofit in honor of her Uncle Mark who lost his life in 2015 due to a texting and driving semi-truck driver. Sarah got the opportunity to collaborate with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on his #HandsFree Ohio legislation.

Majors

Entrepreneurship & Educational Leadership

Minor

Interactive Media Studies

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assistant - 2 years
  • Community Leadership Team Advisor (2019-2020)
  • University Honors Program
  • Miami Club Softball
  • Miami Activities and Programming (MAP)
  • Start-Up Weekend 2019 (finalists)
  • Social Innovation Weekend 2020
  • Chicago Innovation Weekend (2020)
  • Global Buddies
  • Altman Intern
  • WISE Trip 2018 and 2019
  • RedHawk Accelerator Program

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite Miami memory was October 2nd, 2017 when I went to Maple Street Dining Hall to meet up with Binfang, my global buddy, for the first time. Binfang is an international student from Meizhou, China and at the time we were both freshmen. The conversation during our first lunch was hard with the language barrier and it was almost all via translation apps. We continued to hang out, explore Miami together, and integrate our cultures. Binfang and I are best friends to this day and just celebrated our three-year friendversary. I realized this is my favorite Miami memory when reflecting on how much this friendship has brought to my life and Binfang’s. He recently just told me that he hadn’t had a real conversation with a domestic student until we had lunch that day in October.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

In order to make the most of your short four years, you need to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. You don’t grow by being safe and staying in your comfort zone. While some of the learning in college happens in the classroom, a majority of it happens outside of the classroom and outside of your comfort zone. So push yourself to try the things that scare you and never be closed off to meeting new people.

Jessica von Zastrow

Jessica von Zastrow

About Jessica

Jessica von Zastrow is a senior from New Albany, OH majoring in Business Economics and Political Science. She embraces learning and has taken various opportunities to lead and grow through her involvement at Miami University. On campus, she serves as the Student Body Vice President, the Chair of the Armstrong Student Center Board, and the President of Women In Social Entrepreneurship. You also might see Jessica leading prospective students around campus as a tour guide, or see her stopping by Armstrong's Emporium market to pick up a pint of Black Raspberry Chip ice cream! When she's not studying or attending meetings, Jessica can be found by her sewing machine designing her next fashion collection, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

Jessica is grateful for the Miami community and for the friends, faculty, and mentors, who have helped her grow as a leader during her time as a student. Despite her senior year occurring amidst a pandemic, Jessica is cherishing her last several months in Oxford. Even after graduation in May, Jessica will be a Redhawk forever and a day!

Majors

Business Economics & Political Science/p>

Minor

Marketing

Campus Involvement

  • Associated Student Government - Student Body Vice President
  • Wilks Institute for Leadership & Service - Student Leadership Coordinator
  • Armstrong Student Center Board - Chair
  • Women In Social Entrepreneurship - President
  • Miami University Fashion & Design - Designer
  • Honors Student Advisory Board - Executive Manager
  • Campus Tour Guide
  • Scholar Leader

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Honestly, some of my favorite Miami moments are the most mundane. Whether it was getting a midnight milkshake from Pulley's with a group of friends, spontaneously deciding to explore the trails behind Bachelor hall, or even just enjoying holiday tunes playing on the bell tower during exam week, those memories are the ones that stand out to me the most when I think of my college experience.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

During my first semester on campus, I took an introductory entrepreneurship class, and one of the key things that we learned was to stay curious. During your time in college, you will have so many opportunities to get involved, try new things, and meet the most amazing people. Always approach these experiences with excitement and say yes!

Will Wagner

Will wagner

About Will

Will Wagner is a senior Psychology major, with the Pre-medical Studies and Neuroscience Co-majors, who hopes to go to medical school and become a physician. In his free time, Will enjoys watching Netflix, spending time with friends and family, and walking around campus. Will has a passion for community building, which lead to his involvement in Community Leadership Team, Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and as an RA for two years. He loves being a Miami student and wants all students he encounters to have the best experience possible. He is a Research Assistant in the Medical Decision Making Lab, through the psychology department and is involved in Miami's Chapter of MEDLIFE, where he was able to go on a Service Learning Trip to Cusco, Peru last January. Will is also involved in Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity on campus. He has a strong passion for service and is grateful that he has been provided with so many service opportunities through his involvement on campus. Will is extremely excited to represent the class of 2021 on Homecoming Court and will cherish this memory, along with countless others, when looking back on his time at Miami!

Majors

Psychology & Pre-Medical Studies & Neuroscience(co-majors)/p>

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assistant - 2 years
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • MEDLIFE Miami
  • Medical Decision Making Lab
  • Stanton Hall CLT as Pre-Medical Studies LLC Rep
  • Presidents Hall CLT as Hall President
  • Residence Hall Association

First Year Residence Hall

Stanton Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite memory from Miami is my experience as an RA. Last year, I got to work with some awesome people who I got to know really well with and still consider good friends. We had a crazy time last year, but we always made the best out of it. Despite a crazy semester, especially with the whirlwind ending, I will always cherish the memories I made as an RA in Tappan Hall.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

My advice to the incoming class is to get involved and meet as many new people as you can. Try to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Introduce yourself to people you might not have in the past, go to Mega Fair and sign up for a few student orgs, and go to the countless events put on by MAP and other organizations. College is all about finding yourself and having new experiences. If you put yourself out there, you will find amazing people and experiences that will truly make Miami a home to you.