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Convocation 2013: Opening activities for academic year

Miami University President David Hodge invites the Miami Community to participate in the annual Convocation ceremony to be held 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Hub.

Below is an open invitation to the Miami community from President Hodge.

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken, Miami's 2013 summer reading book.

The Convocation ceremony celebrates the start of a new academic year and signals the beginning of the Miami Experience for our incoming class of Miami scholars—more than 3,650 this year!  We are honored to welcome Jane McGonigal, author of our Summer Reading Program book “Reality Is Broken,” who will be our featured speaker at the ceremony.

To celebrate the entrance of these new scholars into our Miami University community, we will be starting a new tradition this year.  Students will receive an “I Am Miami” pin and also recite together the Code of Love and Honor that is an extended and personalized version of the Miami University values statement that articulates the behavioral expectations for members of our Miami University community.

“I Am Miami” and the Code of Love and Honor emphasize that individuals also have an obligation to the greater good, and this theme – the relationship between the individual and the community – is also a focal point of McGonigal’s book.  In addition, the book examines features of games that make them so attractive and argues for ways games can be used to address significant real-world problems such as depression and poverty.  Publisher’s Weekly describes the book as “an inspiring case for the way games can both enhance our personal happiness and help society.”

The schedule includes:

8:30-8:55 a.m. – Gathering of first-year students and faculty, The Hub

(Stage will be setup between Roudebush and Upham Hall)

Faculty and staff are asked to arrive no later than 8:40 a.m. (no academic regalia will be required).  Because we will be at the Hub, there will be a limited number of chairs for faculty and administration.  The students will be provided with cushioned stadium seats and encouraged to sit on the grass.  Marshals and Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) will be on-site to assist with seating as you arrive.

9-9:50 a.m. –  Procession of Platform Party and the Convocation Ceremony

10-11 a.m. – Student Discussion Sessions

Please join me and many other faculty and staff members in facilitating discussion sessions about the book.  To sign up, complete the online registration form.  You can learn more about our Summer Reading Program and this year’s selection online.

This is an excellent opportunity to begin engaging students in real and sustained learning experiences that will set a tone for their undergraduate education at Miami. 
Let me also take this opportunity to thank all faculty, staff and students who were involved in planning this event.


Editor’s note: Convocation has been moved to the Hub this year due to construction at MacCracken Quad.

Opening Activities

August 19–26, 2013

See highlights below. A complete list is available online.

Monday, Aug. 19
MU Libraries Orientation and Luncheon (new faculty)
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
King Library

Tuesday, Aug. 20
All-University New Faculty Workshop
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Shriver Center, Heritage Room

Divisional Orientation (new faculty)
2 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

First-Year and Transfer Student Orientation 1-6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 22
Move-in Day for First-year Students
All day, beginning at 9 a.m.

Welcome Week Begins*
6 p.m.
(Visit the office of new student programs)

Friday, August 23
Convocation
9-10 a.m.
The Hub (behind Roudebush Hall)

First-Year Summer Reading Program Discussions
10-11 a.m.
Various locations

Saturday, Aug. 24
Move-in Day for Upper-class Students
All day, beginning at 9 a.m.


* Programs are scheduled daily through Monday, Sept. 2.

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency