Homecoming Court

Homecoming Court 2017

2017 Homecoming Court and 2017 Love & Honor Cup Winners—Sofa Bah and Marta Stewart

Members of the Homecoming Court are seniors or graduate students (Class of 2019) 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 in the spring from the Miami community. Students, faculty, staff and community members were able to nominate students. They will represent the Class of 2019 at events throughout the week leading up to the Homecoming football game.

From those selected to serve on Homecoming Court, voting will take place August 27–31. All Miami University students are eligible to cast a vote. The top two vote recipients will be recognized with the Love & Honor Cup at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

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2018 Homecoming Court

Alex Boster

Alex Boster

About Alex

Alex is a senior from Cincinnati, OH majoring in Comparative Religion and Political Science. She spent the summer in New York City interning for a law firm on their pro bono team, allowing her to use her passion for social justice issues in the workplace. As a freshman, she was appointed by Governor John Kasich as a Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees. For her two-year term on the Board, she represented the needs of all Miami students as a part of the University's administration. This spring, she began her term on Miami University's Comparative Religion Alumni Advisory Board to further serve students as an advocate. Outside of student service, Alex is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and serves on the leadership team of the Comparative Religion Student Association. During her time at Miami, Alex had the opportunity to study abroad in the Middle East and also spent last summer in the Philippines for a pre-law internship. After graduation, Alex plans on attending law school and returning to New York City.

Major

Comparative Religion and Political Science

Campus Involvement

Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees (2016-2018), Recruitment Director of the Comparative Religion Student Association, University Academic Scholars Program, Kappa Alpha Theta, Student Member on the Comparative Religion Advisory Board, Senator for Student Government (Spring 2018), Pre-Law Program Student

First Year Residence Hall

Dennison Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

I was sitting in a REL 101 class freshman year, taking the course for the Miami Plan. As we studied 9/11/01 in depth, I was exposed to a field of study and thought I had not been before exposed to. During one particular lecture, my previous beliefs and context were completely challenged, and I could feel my thought processes changing. The next month, I changed my major to Religion and haven't turned back since.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Give yourself time when you step on campus to explore yourself and all of the opportunities that await you. Keep and open mind, and be patient during your growth. Sometimes your plans and trajectory will change shape, and it's important to be okay with that.

Scott Butts

Scott Butts

About Scott

Scott Butts is a senior mechanical engineering major who loves working on cars, playing tennis, and meeting new people. On campus, he holds positions in Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity (with a focus on community service, professional development, and networking), Redhawk Racing (where students design, build, and race an off-road racecar against other schools across the globe), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Outside of school, other interests of Scott's include (but are not limited to):

  • Driving and working on his Jeep
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Gardening
  • Dogs
  • Talking too much about cars
  • Playing music a little too loudly
  • Long walks on the beach
  • Listening to your feelings

Scott Butts is honored to be selected for Homecoming Court and wishes everyone a happy, successful year at Miami!

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Campus Involvement

  • Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity - Current Pledge Education Chair and former Service, Professional Development, and Brotherhood committee member.
  • Redhawk Racing - Team member and Social Media Chair
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - President

First Year Residence Hall

Morris Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Going swimming in the old Shriver Fountain the weekend before finals at the end of my first year. For an hour or so we forgot about exams and just played like kids in the fountain.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

You are in a place where people your age from all over the country and even the world have come to learn. A gathering of young minds with different cultures, childhoods, and past relationships. Take this opportunity to branch out - to meet new people and try new things. You'll learn a lot about the world and even more about yourself. Even once you've found a solid, core group of friends, never stop introducing yourself to new people; you never know who you might meet.

Alex D'Errico-Bronston

Alex D'Errico-Bronston

About Alex

Alex D'Errico-Bronston is a senior, psychology major and social science minor, from Middletown, Ohio. During his time on campus, Alex has been heavily involved in several organizations on campus including Miami Activities and Programming (MAP), The MU Men's Glee Club, and the Action, Cognition, and Emotion (ACE) Lab. In addition to this, he works part-time as a furniture agent at Macy's Credit and Customer Services and as a Student Associate in the University Honors Program. Following graduation, Alex plans on attending a graduate institution of his choice to obtain a Master's of Social Work. With this, he hopes to one day work with Mental Health and Wellness among veterans.

Major

Psychology

Minor

Social Science

Campus Involvement

Miami Activities and Programming (MAP), Glee Club, Undergraduate Research, Compilation of Miami Publications Advancing the Social Sciences (COMPASS), Psi Chi, SPECTRUM, Former Resident Assistant, 2017 SOUL, Undergraduate Associate, the University Honors Program,

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite memory at Miami University has been presenting take-aways from a series of interviews with members of the Westboro Baptist Church. In 2017, after traveling to Topeka in order to conduct interviews with members of the church, 4 other students and I were able to convey what we experienced and learned from the members. Each student articulated their perspectives, in room 0019 of Farmer School of Business, to roughly 70 attendees. A successful, and informative, discussion was facilitated by the 5 of us for fellow Miami students, as well as faculty and family. As of fall of 2018, another round of interviews has been conducted, and I look forward to future opportunities to discuss exposure to members of the church.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

For the incoming class, I'd like to say that it's certainly okay to branch out and fill other's buckets by using your own, however, don't forget to fill yours. Self-care is uber important while meeting new people, serving the public, and being an ambitious student! Learn what recharges you so that you can give 100% when you truly need to. Find great people that can not only supplement and challenge you but those who also understand and encourage the ways you recharge. At the end of the day, It's really okay to slow down and breathe.

Megan Dorsey

Megan Dorsey

About Megan

Megan Dorsey, more commonly known as "Moogz," is a senior from Vernon Hills, Illinois. Megan cares deeply about education, "The Office," and ranch dressing. At home, Megan works as a professional dog-walker (like, seriously) and loves to spend time with her family, friends, and Charli (the cutest Yorkie-poo to ever exist). She's known famously around Oxford for her buffalo chicken dip, as well as her below average dance moves. When she took the "Which Vine Are You?" Buzzfeed quiz this summer, she got the answer of "You know what? I love myself. Even though I look like a burnt chicken nugget, I still love myself," which is freakishly representative of who she is as a person. In her free time, Megan loves to travel, hike, read, and hang out with her wonderful pals. Megan is unbelievably grateful for her time at Miami, and for all the people she has met in the last three years. Lastly, Megan would like to thank her beautiful (and crazy) friends who nominated her for homecoming court! To think in such a place, she'd meet so many great humans!!!

Major

Secondary English Language Arts Education

Minor

Educational Technology

Campus Involvement

  • National Council of Teachers of English: Member 2015- President 2018
  • Chi Omega Fraternity Alum: Member 2016 - Dad's Weekend Chair 2017
  • Miami Student Education Association: Member 2015 - Present
  • Intergenerational Mentoring Program: Member 2015 - Present

First Year Residence Hall

Dodds Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Last year, I jokingly threw a dip party in hopes that my friends would come over and try my buffalo chicken dip (I had just bought a new crock pot from Walmart and wanted a reason to use it). It turns out, this was an incredible idea as all my friends brought over a dip-- from queso to Skyline dip to a fancy dessert dip! Some friends even brought over their dogs (which was a bonus). We spent the whole day together eating dip, dancing to music, and enjoying each other's company. While a dip party is quite silly, that day will always stand out in my head because it was a day that I realized Oxford truly felt like a home away from home. I cannot wait to throw my next dip party!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

LOVE YOURSELF!!! I know that sounds silly, but it is so important to check in with yourself, especially at the beginning of college. Take time for you! Join clubs that you're interested in and introduce yourself to that really cool person in your class/dorm. Miami has many great opportunities for you to grow, so if you're offered a research opportunity or have the chance to go abroad- take it! These four years will fly by so it's important to take advantage of every moment you get to become a better you!

Ambika Kumar

Ambika Kumar

About Ambika

Ambika is a senior from Oak Brook, IL majoring in psychology, neuroscience, and pre-medical studies with a minor in management & leadership. Ambika has a passion for community service and has been involved with a variety of service organizations and non-profits. On campus, she is an active student leader. She is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity and was honored to serve as the president this past Spring. She is also part of the Miami Honors Program and was part of the 2016-2017 Scholar Leader Community, where she worked to plan the Scholar Leader's annual Winter service trip. Last academic year, she worked as a Resident Assistant in Hahne Hall on North Quad and greatly enjoyed being a mentor and leader for her first-year residents. This year, she is excited to start her new job in the Office of Community Engagement and Service! Off campus, she can be found catching up on school work or spending a night in watching Game of Thrones and Netflix. She is incredibly grateful to the Miami community for allowing her to grow as both a leader and a student and by giving her some of her lifelong best friends.

Majors

Psychology, Neuroscience, Pre-medical Studies

Minor

Management & Leadership

Campus Involvement

Alpha Phi Omega, Resident Assistant, University Honors Program, Scholar Leader Community, SOUP Fellow in the Office of Community Engagement and Service, HSAB, ISA, Bridges program, I Am Miami "Just to See you Smile" campaign

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite memory is from my first Fall Break on campus. I was with a few other first year students from my floor in Emerson and as we were hanging out, we began to hear music coming out of the air vent. Now when I say music, I mean the creepy, little girl singing music that plays in horror films right before someone gets murdered. We all gave each other that look of like "did you hear that too" and so once we all realized we had heard the same thing, we were all equally on the same page of completely freaked out. It was about midnight, so at that point we decided to take a late-night trip to pulley to distract ourselves. After a while, we got bored but were still too freaked out to go back to Emerson, so we decided to explore campus! After walking around, we eventually found this incredibly beautiful rose garden outside of Phillips Hall where we could look up and see the stars. From there, we all wondered over to Western Campus where we found Western Lodge, explored the area, and met a family of deer. Before going back to Emerson, we ended up in Morris knocking on this random person's door because we were surprised that his light was still on at 4am. Even though we had never met this person before, he let us into his room where we ended up having an hour-long conversation about the randomest things from our majors and hometowns to our favorite guilty pleasure TV shows. Finally, we walked back into Emerson thinking that whatever noise that came out of the vent would be gone but instead we came home to flickering lights in our bathroom (even though we had motion censored lights!!!). At that point, we all went running for my dorm room and all 4 of us spent the night sleeping on the floor. This was probably one of my favorite memories at Miami because even though we were so scared about the creepy music coming from the vent we ended up on such an incredibly journey and got to see so many beautiful places in the quiet moonlight.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

The advice that I would give to incoming freshman is to get involved on campus as soon as possible! Joining organizations and communities can allow for students to grow as individuals and leaders, as well as find a home on campus. For me, the most cherishing aspect of my time at Miami has been through joining organizations like Alpha Phi Omega and Scholar Leader which have helped me grow as a leader and find incredible life-long friends. It is never too early to start getting involved and finding what you are passionate about!

Sean McKeon

Sean McKeon

About Sean

Sean McKeon is a senior Finance/accounting major from Hudson Ohio. He is the second oldest of five children and recently served as the Best Man in his brother Danny's wedding. Sean has thoroughly embraced the Miami experience being very active in many aspects of campus life! He is a proud member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity serving as both President and Philanthropy Chairman. As the Chair he organized many events and activities raising over $13,000 for his Chapter which earned him the 2017 Philanthropy Chairman of the Year award. Sean is also a member of the Private Equity Club and an active member of St. Mary's Oxford where he serves as both a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Sean works on campus as a referee for intramural sports which he enjoys very much and is also on staff at the Cliff Alexander Office. In pursuit of a successful career Sean interned in the banking field for two summers and most recently interned with Ernst and Young, FSO Assurance service line. In his free time he enjoys watching sports on TV, especially his favorite basketball player, LeBron James; visiting the REC center where he works out and/or plays basketball; and doing anything outdoors like hiking or playing Frisbee. Sean loves to be social and enjoys hanging out with friends and meeting new people.

Major

Finance

Minor

Accountancy

Campus Involvement

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Intramural Sports, Private Equity Club, Inter Fraternity Council

First Year Residence Hall

Havighurst Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My fraternity went on a weekend long service trip to Gainsborough, Tennessee. Throughout the weekend we had the opportunity to reface a barn, insulate multiple cabins, and paint the interior of other cabins. This was an amazing weekend were we really all came together as a group and got a lot closer and also were able to have a positive impact on the camp.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Miami is going to present you with countless opportunities to be successful and grow, take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you.

Daniela Munoz Perales

Daniela Munoz Perales

About Daniela

Daniela is from Aurora, Ohio a suburb outside of Cleveland (Go Tribe!). Daniela is studying psychology and sociology of business at Miami and currently applying to graduate schools to pursue a masters in school psychology. This is a very important goal for Daniela because she is passionate about mental health and working with children. During her time at Miami, Daniela has been part of clubs and activities that focus on diversity, professional development, and psychology. Most people would describe Daniela as loud, friendly, extroverted, and VERY busy. Apart from learning about how people think and act, she highly enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family (including her dog Paco), and watching Netflix! Daniela is truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent the Class of 2019 and looks forward to living her last year at Miami to the fullest and cheering on the Redhawks! Love & Honor!

Majors

Psychology

Minor

Sociology of Business

Campus Involvement

  • Resident Assistant (Flower Hall and Presidents Hall)
  • Vice President of the Association of Latin American Students
  • Research Assistant at the BEAR Lab in the Psychology Department
  • Intern for the Benefits and Wellness Internship at Miami
  • Member of the Multicultural Business Association

First Year Residence Hall

Flower Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Getting dressed up and dancing the night away with my friends at the Charter Day Ball 2018.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Don't let fear or self-doubt stop you from having the best four years of your life at Miami. Everything you need is here you just have to look for it, you cannot live the Miami experience from your dorm room.

Courtney Rose

Courtney Rose

About Courtney

Courtney is a senior at Miami University majoring in Integrated English Language Arts and minoring in Political Science, taking a special interest in educational politics and policies. Specifically, this semester, Courtney is ecstatic to have the opportunity to student teach locally. Currently, Courtney serves as Miami University's Associated Student Government's (ASG) Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion, where they are responsible for actively making policy recommendations in the areas of diversity and inclusion to heighten cultural awareness and foster positive environments. In their free time, Courtney hikes, travels, and loves a good cup of tea with a book.

Major

Integrated Language Arts

Minor

Political Science

Campus Involvement

I currently serve as Associated Student Government's (ASG) Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion. Specifically, through this position, I sit on the Office of Residence Life's (ORL) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Community on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) Committee, and Student Life Council (SLC). Additionally, I have the opportunity to chair ASG's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Last semester, our Committee was able to successfully pass legislation on the floor detailing ASG's first-ever Inclusion Plan for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year. This piece of legislation analyzes the cross-marketing of student government and the coalition building within student government. I also had the opportunity to serve a term as the Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) President. DAC fosters relationships with 90 of our multicultural organization and programs the annual Global Holiday Party and Diversity Week. Last summer, I was able to take classes and intern at St. Mary Magadelene's Academy in London, England through Miami's Study Abroad Program. I was a previous Writing Consultant at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) within my sophomore and junior year. And, within my sophomore year, I served on the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board as Director for Advocacy.

First Year Residence Hall

Dodds Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My favorite memory consists of an entire week at Miami - Diversity Week! The Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) annually programs a multitude of initiatives throughout the first week of March to celebrate ourselves and our Miami community. Last semester, a Unity March and workshop featuring foundational coalition building strategies started the week off. A Late Night Miami arts and crafts session featuring food and a student band concluded the week. Throughout the duration of the week, DAC programmed an informative tabling session and partnered with a variety of departments/offices to feature Dr. Damon Williams, a Miami Alum and one of this nation's distinguished experts in strategic diversity leadership. Diversity Week allowed for members of our executive board to work together diligently and provided me with so many memorable, rewarding opportunities to celebrate with our Miami community!

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Once you are a part of our Miami community, you hold that with you for the rest of your life. It does not matter if you are a first generation college student or have multiple members in your family who have attended Miami University, you are still no more or no less a Redhawk. It does not matter if your hometown is local or far away, you are still no more or no less a Redhawk. And to be a Redhawk means to uphold ourselves and our peers to the values of our community. To embrace our individuality is single-handedly the most impactful tool we can use to foster our community positively. Take this opportunity to continually invest genuine time and energy into yourself and others, to question and challenge yourself and others.

Delayna Shulak

Delayna Shulak

About Delayna

Delayna is a senior International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish major from Louisville, KY. This summer, Delayna lived in Chicago, IL and interned for a full-service, Hispanic-oriented marketing agency. During her time at Miami, she has served as a peer mentor for both the University Honors Program and the Global Studies division of the University Academic Scholars Program. Outside of classes, Delayna devotes most of her time to and has served as an officer for Model United Nations and her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. She studied abroad with the Miami in Spain Summer 2017 program and will serve as an Undergraduate Associate for a section of UNV101, a freshman transition course, this Fall. Her friends recognize her for her love of corgis, adorable animal videos, and trivia/Jeopardy. Her love of animals has led her to volunteer at the Animal Adoption Foundation in Hamilton, OH since her sophomore year. Delayna believes that Love & Honor is more important than ever through all students contributing to a supportive and inclusive environment in increasingly divisive and polarizing political times.

Majors

International Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish

Minor

International Business

Campus Involvement

Miami University Model United Nations, currently Deputy Secretary General; Delta Delta Delta, previously Community Service Chair; Miami University History Association; Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honors Society); University Honors Program; University Academic Scholars Program, Global Studies Division

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

Completing the Way of St. James was an amazing experience that stood out during my summer abroad in Spain. I walked over 200 kilometers from Braga, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain with other Miami students. It was a very physically challenging experience; we walked over 30 kilometers our first two days, but the scenery and people along the way were amazing and completing it was one of the most satisfying experiences ever.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Go out of your way to try new clubs, new classes, and talk to your professors! Sometimes your best connections and experiences will come from the most unexpected places, but Miami has so much to offer you that you just have to work to appreciate it all before you graduate!

Alyson Yawitz

Alyson Yawitz

About Alyson

Alyson is a senior from St. Louis, MO. She is pursuing a Psychology Major, and a Disability Studies Minor. After graduation she plans to enroll in a Doctorate Program for Occupational Therapy. Since stepping foot on campus, Alyson has taken advantage of the variety of opportunities offered at Miami and has loved being involved in the community. She is a member of Vision Dance Company, Best Buddies, Chi Omega, Best Buddies Friends Choir, Hillel and is also a Tour Guide. Having a diverse set of extra curricular activities has given Alyson the chance to meet many great people and make lifelong friends. While she can't believe she is beginning her last year at Miami, she is so thankful for the memories she has made and is looking forward to many more nights on the couch with her housemates, late night study breaks in King Cafe, and selling the best grilled cheese the Phi Delt Gates has ever seen. Alyson is so honored to be on Homecoming Court and can't wait for upcoming year. Love and Honor!

Major

Psychology

Minor

Disability Studies

Campus Involvement

Vision Dance Company, Best Buddies, Chi Omega, Best Buddies Friends Choir, Hillel, Tour Guiding

First Year Residence Hall

Emerson Hall

Favorite Miami Memory

My absolute favorite Miami memory was during Chi Omega's Wish Party for Quintin. Last year, I was the Make A Wish Chair for Chi Omega. I assisted in the efforts to raise enough money to grant 2 wishes for deserving kids! We had a football party for our fall Wish Kid, Quintin. We created a Hawk Walk for Quintin with the entire football team, cheerleading team, the members of Chi Omega, and Quintin's family and friends. Watching him walk proudly, and cancer free, towards Yager Stadium surrounded by cheering fans who loved him and knowing that I was a part of making it happen, was one of the proudest moments of my life. I am so grateful for the many parts of the Miami community who came together to make that moment happen.

What advice would you give to the incoming class?

Get a doorstop! Having your door open offers the opportunity to meet people passing by. They may become a friendly face, or might even turn out to be your best friend.