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Each fall, Miami hosts Family Weekend and Homecoming on campus for family, friends, students, and alumni. These important events allow members of the Miami community to connect with each other and with the university. As with most things, this year’s Homecoming and Family weekends will look different than previous years. But whether the community comes together in Oxford or while spread across the world, the ties to Miami are strong.

The Miami Community: Forever and a Day honors these ties by virtually celebrating Homecoming and Family Weekend together for 2020. This year, between October 9 and 18, all Miamians have the opportunity to connect with each other and the university through a menu of virtual options. Below you'll see ways engage with each other in real time as well as pre-recorded options available whenever it’s most convenient.

Events occurring live or at a specific time

Connections and Community: Livestream Trap and Paint

October 9, 12 p.m.

Join the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion for this edition of their weekly connections and community event. We'll be playing all of your favorite trap and R&B music, while painting. All materials included (limited quantity available). Students can register for this event and all can join live.

Forever and a Day Kick-Off

October 9, 4 p.m.

Head to to kick off the "The Miami Community: Forever and a Day" celebration! We'll be streaming live from Millett Hall and you'll hear from Miami coaches and student athletes. Make sure you follow along with @MiamiRedHawks social media accounts for giveaways throughout the live stream!

The Exit Files Virtual Escape Room

October 9, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Join Miami Activities & Programming (MAP) and help find long lost Uncle John after receiving an email from him. Log in with your friends and family and use your intelligence to solve the mystery! Link to come!

RedHawk Virtual Yoga

October 10, livestreamed at 10 a.m., recording available after

Looking for some wellness and relaxation? Bring the studio to your home and join the Miami Community from wherever you are for this virtual yoga livestream! Recording at same link afterwards.

Painting Beyond the Red Bricks

October 15, livestreamed at 7 p.m., recording available after

Grab those paint brushes and join Miami Activities & Programming (MAP) for an interactive virtual painting class to create your own iconic Miami University masterpiece. Tune in live on YouTube or access the recording later.

Miami Presents: Red and White Wine Tasting with Jack Keegan

October 16th, livestreamed 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., recording available after

Kick off the weekend by showing your Miami spirit with a Red and White Wine Tasting with Jack Keegan. Jack is still working on the wine selection, but once we have them they will be posted. All registrants will be sent an email with the selections. He will talk about red and white wine making, different grapes, and then discuss the specific wines. If you don't have them or can't find these specific brands, pull out a favorite red or white and enjoy the show! This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Toasted Roll Cooking Demo

Livestreamed October 17, time TBD, recording available after

Join the Miami University Alumni Association's own Mark Macechko '01, in a celebration of our Toasted Roll tradition. Head to MUAA's Facebook page with friends and family to see a live demonstration of how a toasted roll is made!

Miami Love & Honor Trivia

October 17, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Join Miami Activities & Programming (MAP) as we test your knowledge on the friendship tree, the Peabody ghost, the Cradle of Coaches, and all things Miami University. Compete against fellow Miamians around the world for Miami themed prizes! Use this link to access Trivia.

Ongoing activities or competitions with specific deadlines

Paint the Town Red

October 9-13 on social media

Whether you are on the legendary red bricks, or far from Oxford, tune in on Instagram as we decorate Uptown windows and celebrate the town we call home and the businesses we all love. We are excited to feature some incredible Uptown Businesses that help make Oxford unique! Tune in to @Miami_MAP & @MUSF1809 on Instagram for different ways to engage and win prizes.

Run for Love and Honor Virtual 5K

October 9-18 on social media

Celebrate The Miami Community: Forever and a Day as you walk or run in the Virtual Run for Love & Honor 5K. The host for our run is the Miami University Student Foundation, the student arm of the Alumni Association, who strives to connect students; past, present and future. This 5k connects alumni and current students to run or walk to raise money for future students. We encourage you to get out to run or walk this week in support of raising money for student scholarships! Registration link coming soon. And submit your photos from your virtual run or walk to @MUSF1809 on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #loveandhonor5K.

Wear RED Fridays!

Fridays, October 9 and 16

Wear Red Friday presented by EAS Sportswear! Show your #MiamiOH pride by wearing Miami gear on Fridays! Take a selfie and share on social media tagging @miami_redhawks on Instagram or @MiamiRedHawks on Twitter with your photos! Fill your social media feed with Miami!

Swoop's Kids Club Coloring Contest

October 9-18

Open to all future RedHawks, 13 years old and under! Check the Miami RedHawks social media accounts for a special coloring page to print out, submit your coloring sheet back to Miami RedHawks and receive a prize!

Opportunities available all the time

Miami Presents: The Evolution of our Campus & its Student Life

Join University Architect Emeritus Bob Keller ’73 as he takes you on a journey through the decades of Miami’s campus - the history, the layout, the buildings and their architecture. We will examine the development of our campus and buildings from a log school house built in 1811 along a dirt road that would become Campus Ave., to a university of 150+ buildings. Explore student life, from students cutting their own firewood for the cast iron stoves in their small rooms in Stoddard & Elliott Halls, the beginnings of Greek life, impact of the Civil War, advent of sports, the first women students, from horse & buggy to trains to cars, on up through two World Wars, social upheaval of the 60's & 70's and a stroll to uptown Oxford and some of our favorite establishments!

Miami Presents: News from 1970! Student Cultures, the Vietnam War, and Birth of the Public Ivy

On April 15, 1970, students staged a sit-in at Rowan Hall to protest ROTC on campus during the Vietnam War. It absorbed other grievances, resulted in 176 suspensions, passive resistance, mass arrests, and a police action featuring tear gas and dogs. Mass rallies, a student/faculty strike, and draining the town's water tower followed. The National Guard was deployed to Oxford but never came to campus. Then in May, events at Kent State earned Ohio notoriety and prompted President Shriver to close all Miami campuses. After the university reopened, students were added to governance bodies, grading and curriculum were reformed, and student life regulations liberalized. The Rowan Hall occupation was a turning point in Miami history because in years that followed, students, faculty and administrators together created a different kind of campus than had previously existed. Learn more about this fascinating time at Miami.

Miami Presents: Black History at Miami

The session will focus on the unique story of Black students at Miami University. It began with a Civil War veteran seeking to come to Miami and to the present time of students electing the university's first Black woman student body president. The presentation will focus on the triumphs and struggles of black students during their time at Miami. Presenters are University Archivist Jacky Johnson, Manager of Smith Library of Regional History Valerie Edwards Elliott '75, and Assistant Director of Alumni Groups Seth Seward '11.

Miami Presents: Helen Hamilton Gardener & the Secret History of the 19th Amendment

Watch a presentation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Dr. Kimberly Hamlin, Associate Professor, will share the story of her biography, "Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener."

Exposed in Ohio newspapers for an affair with a married man, Alice Chenoweth refused to cower in shame. Instead she changed her name to Helen Hamilton Gardener, moved to New York, and became a wildly popular lecturer and author, brazenly opposed to sexist piety and propriety. In 1910, she moved to Washington, D.C., right next-door to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and became the suffragists’ lead negotiator in the nation’s capital. Gardener persuaded Woodrow Wilson and other male politicians to support the Nineteenth Amendment, often drawing on her Southern heritage and marriage to a Civil War hero.

Miami Presents: iPhoneography Part One

Do you want to learn more about what your iPhone’s camera settings and functions have to offer? In this hour-long session, photographer and Miami alumnus Judd Redmond ‘01 will help you discover when and how to effectively utilize your camera. Specifically, we will discuss the following:

  • Settings
  • Functions: Time-Lapse, SLO-Mo, Photo, Portrait, Square, and Panoramic
  • Focusing and brightness
  • Filters and hue
  • Flash

Miami Presents: iPhoneography Part 2

Ready to take your iPhone photos to the next level? In this hour-long follow-up session, photographer and Miami alumnus Judd Redmond ‘01 will discuss how to improve the quality of your iPhone pictures. Specifically, we will discuss:

  • DigitalSLR settings (Aperture, IOS, Shutter Speed & Exposure)
  • Composition/Perspective: Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines & Framing

Miami Presents: The Stonewall Riots

Join Dr. Erik Jensen, as he covers the history of Stonewall and its impact. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other nearby lesbian and gay bars, and residents fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to be one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.

Miami Presents: The History and Future of Crossword Puzzles

During good times and bad, solving crossword puzzles can be both a great recreational diversion and a way to keep your mind sharp. Dr. Jeffrey Wanko discusses some of the history of crossword puzzles and the various benefits of solving crossword puzzles. He dives into the various types of themes that are used by crossword designers and explores some new ideas. Watch the session with a sharp pencil and a sharp mind!