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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Special Opportunities and Programs

International Education

Miami University's policy on international programs and educational interchange:

It is essential in today's interdependent world to provide a clear international perspective in the university's curriculum. Citizens of all nations have a growing need to understand their citizenship in terms of global concerns as well as in terms of issues of local or national significance. People who have this awareness are likely not only to recognize and respect the legitimate rights and needs of other nations but also to realize how their own fate is ultimately bound to the fate of all peoples.

In this context, Miami University meets its responsibility to its students and to the state of Ohio by providing educational opportunities that recognize the plurality of cultures, the existence of common concerns, and the need for more effective methods of international and intercultural cooperation. The university is therefore committed to provide to the student body significant educational opportunities with international perspective. To this end, the university encourages the enrollment of foreign students who lend diversity to the campus community and serve as educational and cultural resources. It further encourages specialization in subject areas that have an international/intercultural dimension, such as the undergraduate program of International Studies, and informs students and faculty of overseas study and research opportunities that will enhance their international experience.

The university encourages international programs on campus and research and study abroad in a manner consistent with its policies on academic freedom and nondiscrimination. Believing generally that the interests of education are best served by access to all areas of the world, the university also believes that international education should promote the development of a humane and cooperative world order including respect for internationally recognized standards of human rights. The university seeks to ensure that its exchange programs remain consistent with these goals through regular review of all such programs. Creation of a program by Miami University constitutes no expressed or implied endorsement of the policies of the government of the other country.

John E. Dolibois European Center at the Château de Differdange, Luxembourg

Miami's fourth campus, the Dolibois European Campus, founded in 1968, provides students with an opportunity to live and study in Europe while earning Miami credit. The Campus is located at the historic castle of Differdange, Luxembourg's third largest city. Situated in the heart of Western Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg retains the charm of its thousand-year heritage while standing in the vanguard of the European Union, as one of its three capitals. Both French and German are spoken.

Students pursue an in-depth study of Europe in 30 or more courses and field studies designed to take advantage of the European location. All courses apply Miami standards and offer Miami credit; instruction is in English except in language courses. Faculty is composed of both European professors and Miami professors on assignment from the Oxford and regional campuses. The experience of living with a Luxembourg family and the opportunity to explore Europe during vacation periods and weekends are integral parts of the Dolibois European Campus concept.

If you intend to apply, you should plan your academic program carefully. One of the advantages of studying at the Campus is that you can complete a Miami Plan Thematic Sequence in one semester or during the seven week summer program.

All Miami students with at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a good conduct record are eligible to apply for study at the Campus during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Students from other colleges and universities may also apply, provided they are admitted to Miami as transfer or transient students. The first-round application deadline is January 24 for fall and spring semesters. It is suggested that you apply "Early Admission" if you are applying for the full year. The deadline is before Thanksgiving. For the summer program, the application deadline is December 7.

For the year and semester programs, tuition and fees are the same as at the Oxford campus and you may apply your university scholarships or financial aid. In addition, to offset the cost of travel, you may be eligible for a Dolibois European Campus scholarship, interest-free loan, and air travel grant. Costs for the summer program are based on Oxford campus tuition and fee rates. Honors Program students can use their tuition waiver. A limited number of general scholarships are available for summer.

Some music performance majors may be eligible to take classes at the Luxembourg or Esch Conservatory of Music.

For more information and applications, contact the Dolibois European Campus Oxford-campus coordinator, 220 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5050).

International Agreements

Agreements for the Exchange of Students

Miami has exchange agreements that provide opportunities for you to enroll directly in academic institutions overseas for a period of one semester or for a full academic year. You must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at Miami University to be eligible for application to a university student exchange program. In all cases, students maintain their enrollment by paying the full cost of tuition and fees to Miami, therefore creating a place for an international student to come here. If you receive financial aid, this arrangement allows you to maintain your eligibility. Depending on the terms of the agreement, students may also pay room and board charges to Miami that will, in turn, provide these same benefits when studying overseas. Academic credit for successful study at the overseas institution is guaranteed upon your return. Advance approval for the transfer of credit must be obtained in consultation with your academic adviser and with the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5628).

Student Exchange Agreements

Aarhus University, Denmark
Semester/academic year. Courses offered in English.

Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg
Semester only. Application is made to the Department of Music.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
Semester/academic year. Opportunities to choose from more than 100 institutions in approximately 30 countries. Courses of instruction are normally offered in the language of the host country, but some institutions may offer a variety of courses taught in English.

Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Academic year only. Courses offered in English.

University of Tsukuba, Japan
Semester/academic year
Courses offered in English

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Academic year only.

University of the Americas-Puebla, Mexico
Semester/academic year. Spanish language skills required.

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
Semester/academic year. German language skills preferred;
business courses available in English.

Agreements of Cooperation

Other agreements with overseas institutions provide a general framework for cooperation in all areas related to teaching, study, exchange of scholarship, and joint research. Many of these accords are based on relationships established by individual departments or other academic units of the university. Inquiries should be made to the Office of International Education to determine if opportunities exist for study abroad. Since agreements with the institutions listed below do not make specific provision for the exchange of students on a one-for-one basis, you may be able to study or conduct research at one of these institutions only by special arrangement. Miami has agreements of cooperation with the following institutions:

  • Brazil: University of Brasilia, University of Fluminense, University of Minas Gerais
  • China: Fudan University, Jinan University, Zhongshan University
  • Czech Republic: Palacky University
  • France: Nantes Atlantique Higher School of Commerce
  • Mexico: University of Tamaulipas

Summer Study Abroad

Miami is a national leader in the number and variety of summer study abroad learning opportunities.

Language and culture programs include French in Dijon, France; German in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany; journalism in Italy; and Russian in Novgorod, Russia. Programs vary from two to ten weeks and may be equivalent to a semester of study.

Other recent workshops and locations include the new Summer MUDEC Program in Luxembourg; marketing practice in London; international business in Russia, Korea, Luxembourg, London, and the Pacific Rim; ecology and geology in the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Kenya; and arts, culture, heritage, and archeology in the Bahamas, the Czech Republic, and Ghana.

Information on summer offerings is available at the Office of Lifelong Learning website at www.muohio.edu/lll or at the Office of Lifelong Learning, 127 McGuffey.

Other Overseas Programs: Transfer Credit

Many American universities sponsor study abroad programs all over the world. Information is available in the Study Abroad Library at the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall. No student should study abroad without first making certain that the program is approved and that credits will transfer.

Transfer of your credit may be automatic if the overseas program is sponsored by an accredited university, but you should seek confirmation from the study abroad adviser before you apply. If you choose to enroll directly in an overseas institution, you should consult with your academic adviser and the study abroad adviser in the Office of International Programs about transfer credit.

If you are admitted to an overseas program not sponsored by Miami University, obtain a Study Abroad form at the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5628). This office will determine if the credits earned can be transferred back to Miami. After the form is completed, it will be submitted to the Registrar's office so that registration can be arranged for the next applicable semester. No readmission procedure is necessary if your Study Abroad form is on file at the Office of the Registrar.

Honors

Honors and Scholars Programs

A select number of students are admitted each year into the University Honors Program through a special essay application. Students with strong records of academic achievement are invited, upon admission to Miami, to participate in the University Scholars Program. Current and transfer students may apply to both programs.

University Honors Program

A rigorous academic program that attracts and intellectually challenges highly motivated students, the University Honors Program includes special seminars, independent research, faculty mentoring, possibilities for internship and overseas-study experiences, as well as a close-knit learning and social community, and other unique activities.

Students selected to participate in the University Honors Program receive a renewable scholarship, priority registration for courses, the opportunity to earn up to eight hours of free tuition credit for summer study (on campus or overseas), and other special opportunities. Students are required to complete a select number of Honors Experiences, which consist of small seminar classes and special learning opportunities, and have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.50 or better in order to graduate with "University Honors." Students earning "University Honors With Distinction" complete an Honors thesis in addition to successfully completing the requirements for University Honors.

All Honors students have the option of living in the first-year or upper-class Honors and Scholars themed residence halls.

Students also have the opportunity to apply to the University Honors Program after completing at least 15 credit hours at Miami, post high school graduation, and fewer that 45 credit hours with an earned g.p.a. of 3.50. Applications are considered on a space-available basis only.

First-year students have the option of living in the Honors and Scholars themed learning community. Bishop Hall and Wells Hall are the coeducational residence halls for upperclass honors students.

Students not invited to participate in the University Honors Program have an opportunity to apply after completing 15 Miami semester hours (normally one semester) with an earned g.p.a. of 3.50. Applications are considered on a space-available basis only.

University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program is a co-curricular and living-learning community designed for high-ability students who have the desire to shape and make the most of their academic and student life experiences.

Students selected for this program receive recognition as an University Scholar, an annual renewable scholarship award, priority registration for participation in an Honors and Scholars living-learning community, the opportunity to enroll in select honors seminars, and access to travel grants to present research/scholarship accomplishments. Students in the University Scholars Program (USP) must maintain a requisite g.p.a. and make progress towards the completion of University Scholars Certificate requirements, through a variety of academic and co-curricular options, to remain in good standing in the USP. University Scholars who meet all requirements of the program are awarded a special certificate and cord at the Honors and Scholars Recognition Ceremony during Commencement Weekend in May.

Students who are in the University Honors Program cannot also be in the University Scholars Program, but can elect to live in the Honors and Scholars living-learning community.

For more information on the University Honors Program or the University Scholars Program, please contact the Honors and Scholars Program Office, 102 Bishop Hall, (513-529-3399), or visit the Honors and Scholars website at www.honors.muohio.edu.

Departmental Honors

If you are interested in additional study in your major area, you may enroll in a departmental honors program in most departments. Consult your chief departmental adviser about departmental honors; these programs vary from department to department. You graduate with departmental honors when you complete the program.

President's List, Dean's List

The President's List recognizes undergraduate students who receive a 4.00 g.p.a. for a semester of 12 or more credit hours attempted for grades (A+ through F).

The Dean's List recognizes undergraduate students who receive a 3.50 to 3.90 g.p.a. for a semester of 12 or more hours attempted for grades (A+ through F).

Miami's News and Public Information Office notifies your hometown newspaper when you are on the President's or Dean's List.

Graduation with Distinction

A student pursuing a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree can graduate with distinction. The current criteria are based upon university-wide grade point averages: 3.50 for cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude, or 3.90 summa cum laude. Effective with spring commencement 2011, the criteria are division-based, awarding the distinction of summa cum laude to the highest 2 percent, magna cum laude to the next 5 percent, and cum laude to the next 10 percent, with no more than 17 percent being awarded honors. The College of Arts and Science will calculate separately within the three cognate areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Associates

Sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are interested in college teaching or another professional field can become undergraduate associates. Each associate is sponsored by a faculty member. The student and the sponsoring faculty member decide what the associateship should involve.

Students may complete the undergraduate associateship through either university-wide or department-based programs. Students successfully completing the university-wide program will receive a notation on their transcript. Each of these programs has special eligibility requirements. Additional information about the university-wide program is available online (http://www.muohio.edu/honors) or by contacting the Honors and Scholars Office, 96 Bishop Hall or by calling 513-529-3399. Additional information about the department-based program is available through the appropriate academic department.

Undergraduate Research Program

You can apply for a grant to do independent research or other creative endeavor from the Undergraduate Research Committee. Research can be in any discipline. Funding for the grants comes from alumni and friends of Miami.

Approximately $40,000 is available yearly for individual grants. Typically 90 to 100 grants are awarded ranging from $200 to $800 each.

This program is publicized in early fall. For more information, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) at 513-529-3600.

Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

This ten-week summer program enables Miami undergraduates to do research or other creative activities in the summer with the supervision of individual faculty mentors. About 100 awards are available each summer.

You can apply for an award along with a faculty member as a student-mentor pair. For the student, each award includes a student fellowship, 12 hours of academic credit with waiver of instructional fees and tuition, and an allowance for supplies, services, and travel; the faculty mentor receives a modest allowance.

The program is publicized, and applications are due in late fall. For more information, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) at 513-529-3600 or visit www.muohio.edu/oars.

Science and Engineering Research Semester

Central States Universities, Inc., in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois, sponsors this program. Qualified majors participate in basic research in physical and life sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering, as well as in applied research programs relating to coal, conservation, environmental impact and technology, fission, fusion, and solar energy.

Students receive a stipend from Argonne National Laboratory, housing, and reimbursement for travel from Miami University to Argonne.

To apply for this program, you must have completed your sophomore year, be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien, be 18 years of age or older, and have an overall g.p.a. of 3.00 or better.

For more information, contact the Department of Physics, 133 Culler Hall (513-529-5625) or the Department of Geology, 114 Shideler Hall (513-529-3216).

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Students can earn commissions as officers in the U.S. Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) or the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC).

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

For information contact the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps office at 50 Millett Hall (513-529-2031).

AFROTC was established at Miami in 1949 as the Department of Air Science and Tactics. In 1952, a joint university-Air Force agreement resulted in the unit's designation as a Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Department of Aerospace Studies.

Membership Eligibility

All AFROTC classes may be taken by Miami students for university credit, however only students meeting AFROTC entry requirements may be considered as cadets working toward an Air Force office commission.

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 14 years of age. You must be 17 years of age for enlistment and 18 years of age for commissioning.
  • be under the maximum age for commissioning. To compete for the pilot or navigator categories, a cadet must be able to complete their bachelor's degree and be commissioned through Air Force ROTC before they are 29 years old. Scholarship applicants must be less than 31 years old as of December 31 of the year they will commission. Tech, non-tech, and non-rated must be commissioned by age 30 (waiverable up to age 35 in some cases).
  • be a United States citizen
  • be of good moral character
  • meet Department of Defense and Air Force Dependency Policy requirements
  • meet medical entrance requirements
  • meet academic requirements and be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.00 or higher) to compete for an enrollment allocation
  • pass the the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
  • meet weight and physical fitness standards

Veterans with previous honorable active U.S. military service who wish to enroll in the Professional Officer Course may be qualified for a waiver for the General Military Course (GMC) requirement. Veterans who meet all other requirements may be enrolled at the beginning of their junior year.

Scholarship Program

This AFROTC scholarship program offers highly qualified high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores opportunities to compete for scholarships on a national level. Awards range from four-year to two-year scholarships which can cover up to full tuition and provide money for books, fees, and a monthly tax-free stipend.

Other Scholarships

Several other university (i.e., non-government) scholarships are also available to Miami Air Force ROTC cadets. These privately funded scholarships vary by amount and eligibility criteria and are awarded by the professor of aerospace studies.

Curriculum

The curriculum in aerospace studies is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC), taken during your freshman and sophomore years, and the Professional Officer Course (POC), taken during your junior and senior years.

General Military Course (GMC)
The GMC includes one class (one credit hour) and two leadership laboratory hours (one credit hour) per week plus physical fitness training. Class and leadership laboratory comprise a total of two credit hours each semester.

Professional Officer Course (POC)
The POC includes three classroom hours and two leadership laboratory hours per week plus physical fitness training. Class and leadership laboratory comprise a total of four credit hours each semester for a total of sixteen semester hours upon completion of the POC program.

Leadership Laboratory
The leadership laboratory includes activities designed to apply the leadership knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Activities include demonstration of command, team projects, problem solving, military customs and courtesies, effective communication, fitness development, and field training preparation among other things. POC cadets have the added responsibility of planning and running leadership laboratory in order to gain practical application of the leadership principles learned in the classroom.

Field Training
Applicants for the Professional Officer Course must attend a summer field training course between their sophomore and junior years. Those who complete the GMC are assigned to a four-week training session; however, students who do not complete the entire GMC must attend an expanded six-week field training session. Field training is an opportunity to further develop leadership and team-building skills. Those who successfully complete field training are eligible to enter the POC. Academic credit may be obtained for completing field training. The Air Force provides uniforms, housing, medical care, meals, travel allowance, and pay while attending field training.

Uniforms and Textbooks

AFROTC provides books to all students enrolled in AFROTC classes and also provides uniforms for cadets in the program. Books and uniforms must be returned upon completion of or withdrawal from the courses.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)

For information contact the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps office at 67 Millett Hall (513-529-3700).

Naval ROTC was founded at Miami in 1946. With satisfactory completion of naval science and bachelor's degree requirements, graduates are commissioned either an Ensign in the United States Navy, or Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

All NROTC programs are open to men and women. You may qualify for the scholarship program, college program, or two-year program.

Scholarship Program

Students admitted to Miami as midshipmen in the scholarship program receive a monthly subsistence allowance and an allowance each semester for the purchase of textbooks. The Navy pays all registration and general fees, all tuition ( in state or out of state), all instructional fees, provides all naval science textbooks, and furnishes all uniforms.

Between academic years, midshipmen participate in summer training periods held throughout the world. During these training periods, you are furnished all meals, housing, medical care, travel expenses, and military pay. Upon commissioning, you serve a minimum of four years on active duty.

You can major in any field of study leading to a bachelor's degree; you can choose Navy option, Navy nurse option, or Marine Corps option.

Navy scholarship option. You take 31 semester hours of naval science, one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of American military affairs or national security policy, and one semester of world culture.

Navy nurse scholarship option. This program is for students seeking a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps. In addition to the school of nursing requirements, you take 18 semester hours of naval science.

Marine scholarship option. You take 24 semester hours of Naval Science; one semester of American military affairs or national security policy. You must also complete six weeks of training at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, during the summer between your junior and senior years.

College Program

Selection to this program is made by the professor of naval science, based on evaluation of the applicant's potential to serve as a commissioned officer, ACT or SAT scores, and high school record. You receive books and materials for all naval science courses, uniforms, $350 per month during your junior year, and $400 per month during your senior year.

Freshmen apply during the Summer Orientation Program. Applications are accepted, however, any time during a student's first two years at Miami. Submit applications to the NROTC Unit, Millett Hall.

Midshipmen participate in one summer training period, held throughout the world, normally the summer between your junior and senior years. During training, meals, housing, and medical care are furnished, and you receive military pay and reimbursement for cruise travel expenses. After you are commissioned, you serve a minimum of three years on active duty.

You can compete for Navy and Marine Corps scholarships throughout your first two years in the NROTC program. You follow the same requirements as the scholarship students while competing for those scholarships.

Two-Year Program

Sophomores can apply for the two-year program at the NROTC Unit, Millett Hall. Selection is based upon your cumulative grade point average and potential as a commissioned officer. If you are selected, you must attend the Naval Science Institute at Newport, Rhode Island, between your sophomore and junior years. You then enter NROTC as a junior in the scholarship or college program. You have the same benefits and take the same naval science courses as other NROTC students.

Other Information

NROTC midshipmen may change from the Navy to the Marine Corps option, or vice versa, anytime during their first three years at Miami provided they are qualified and both services agree.

Scholarship program midshipmen do not incur any obligation until the beginning of their sophomore year. College program midshipmen do not incur any obligation until the beginning of their junior year.

Initial duty assignments depend upon needs of the service and the individual's preference, qualifications, and performance. Navy option midshipmen may choose assignments in naval aviation, nuclear submarines, or surface warfare. Marine option midshipmen also choose from a variety of assignments, including aviation, combat arms, and combat support.

Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP)

This program provides support to specially admitted students who show academic promise, but whose academic profiles suggest the need for academic and personal guidance to ensure completion of a degree program. Students admitted through SEP are required to follow an individually developed educational plan provided by program coordinators that includes: additional assessment of academic skills, early advising with supervised course selection, personal counseling, and other scholastic activities to assist in their adjustment to Miami. SEP also provides a residential program called URO (Undergraduate Research Option). This learning community matches students with a faculty sponsor who engages the student in a research project.

For more information, contact the Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Center, 14 Campus Avenue Building (513-529-5528) or visit www.muohio.edu/learningassistance.

Student Leadership Programs

CHANGE: Emerging Community Leaders

The CHANGE program is for emerging community leaders who are dedicated to making the world a better place. Live in a community of committed students interested in finding their voices and taking positive action on Miami's campus and beyond.

For more information contact the coordinator of Living Learning Communities in the Office of Transition and Assessment at 513-529-5936.

Community Engagement and Service

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (CE&S) serves as a catalyst for mutually beneficial campus and community partnerships. Community engagement is a reciprocal, continuous learning process that builds sustainable partnerships among campuses and communities to facilitate change. Community engagement includes service learning, volunteerism, social advocacy and engaged scholarship. Service learning combines scholarship and experience through reflection, to deepen course content and enhance civic responsibility. MU offers courses that use service learning as an effective teaching approach.

For more information on all programs and services, contact the office at 513-529-2961 or email slclgroup@muohio.edu.

Programs and Services

America Reads
The America Reads program is funded through federal work-study. Through extensive training and weekly lesson plans, tutors develop effective and efficient ways of working to help children become better readers. The tutors are trained to provide individual assistance in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary to students in Butler County.

Students interested in the America Reads program complete an application and an interview with one of the program coordinators. Additionally, students must be eligible for federal work-study. Once hired, America Reads tutors are required to attend one mandatory four-hour training session prior to tutoring and participate in additional monthly trainings throughout the semester. For more information contact the office at 513-529-2999 or e-mail americareads@muohio.edu.

Adopt A School
The Adopt A School Program involves more than 500 Miami students and is an excellent way for students to become better connected to the local communities and become role models for area students. Highly coordinated, Adopt A School allows Miami students to volunteer in a way that easily fits their schedule and the needs of area teachers. Working with grades K-12, volunteers help in the classroom, on the playground, in the lunchroom, or with after school programs.

Students interested in the Adopt A School program must complete an application and attend a one-hour training session prior to volunteering. For more information about the Adopt A School Program, contact the office at 513-529-8720 or e-mail adoptaschool@muohio.edu.

Empower
This service learning program encourages students to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom in order to learn about how social issues impact the local communities surrounding the university. Through a combination of interactive seminars and community service, Empower challenges students to think critically, reflect, and take purposeful action towards social change.

Empower runs for nine weeks, during which students meet weekly for the seminar portion. Community service opportunities are available continuously. For students living in select residence halls, Empower sessions are also available that focus on the themes of the living learning communities For more information, contact the Office of Community Engagement & Service at 513-529-2961.

Empower II
For students who have completed the Empower program and want to gain an even deeper level of understanding in a particular social issue or community agency, Empower II provides the opportunity for student-driven community engagement. Students and communities benefit mutually through this partnership.

Empower II students meet regularly for discussions and learning experiences that are determined by student interest. Throughout the program, students immerse themselves in an agency and learn from the experiences of other Empower II participants, concluding with each student producing a portfolio of the agency and community in which he or she worked. For more information, contact the Office of Community Engagement & Service at 513-529-2961.

Service Guides
Students who have completed both Empower I & II, or have a deeply engaged relationship with the community, are eligible to become service guides for the Office of Community Engagement & Service. As paid student employees, service guides receive continuous training in order to lead volunteers into the community and engage them in thoughtful service and reflection. In addition to acting as a relatable leader for student volunteers, service guides also help strengthen relationships between Miami University and community partners.

Service guides attend regular meetings to receive ongoing training on reflection activities and service leadership.

Pledge-A-Meal
Pledge-A-Meal is a university-wide fundraiser that asks students to donate one dinner off of their university meal plans with the proceeds going to area food banks. In operation each November since 1999, the project's purpose is twofold. The immediate benefit goes to the agencies receiving the monetary donations, while the larger purpose of the event occurs through bringing attention to issues of local hunger in order to foster social awareness and inspire students to take action towards positive social change.

Besides pledging a meal, student volunteers are also needed to collect pledges at dining halls across campus.

Volunteer Fair
Once each semester, local agencies are formally invited to Miami's Oxford campus, giving both students and agencies a chance to communicate about their mutual needs. Students can speak to a wide variety of agencies which address many different service areas, while agencies can better learn about what types of engagement are of interest to students. This is a rewarding experience for all and an opportunity to welcome community partners to campus.

MU Volunteers! Community Plunge
This plunge introduces new Miami students to the local communities through meaningful service and reflection. Students who participate will serve at a variety of agencies, ranging from choice food pantries to children's summer programs. During the three day service experience, students will meet peers who are also dedicated to service, while enhancing their understanding of volunteerism and community engagement.

The Community Plunge is a part of the Office of New Student Programs' Miami Connections and is open to any incoming first-year students interested in learning more about social justice and engaging in their new community. For more information and to apply, contact the Office of Community Engagement & Service or the Office of New Student Programs.

MU Volunteers ListServe
For student interested in community service or looking for a way to get involved, the MU Volunteers ListServe provides a weekly update on service opportunities ranging from one-time needs to ongoing service experiences. To learn more, visit the website at www.muohio.edu/servicelearning.

Peer Education Opportunities

Through peer education programs, students develop knowledge and skills to educate their peers about important student issues.

The Office of Health Education (513-529-8544) coordinates the HAWKS Peer Health Educators (Health Advocates for Wellness Knowledge and Skills) and addresses issues around student health such as alcohol and other drug use; sexual health and decision making; nutrition and wellness; body image and eating disorders; and relationships.

The Career Exploration and Testing Center (513-529-4645) coordinates the Career Assistant Program.

Scholar Leader Program

The Scholar Leader Program is a living-learning program involving a one-year residence in Elliott or Stoddard Hall, two of the most historic residence halls in the nation. Endowments for each room provide scholarships to those students selected to live in the community. The Scholar Leader community encourages resident-guided programming, academic involvement, service-learning projects, and the opportunity to explore leadership through intensive group engagement. Upper-class students must have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the university. For more information, please visit www.muohio.edu/wilks.


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