What's New at Miami this Year? The Top 10

compiled by Margo Kissell, university news and communications, kisselm@MiamiOH.edu

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The Crawfords and the First Dog, Emma.

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Miami’s Tuition Promise — a guaranteed tuition plan — begins with this fall’s entering class.

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Dining services is ready to serve up some exciting additions this fall. Two new a la carte concepts are open at Maplestreet Station and Armstrong Student Center. The Q at Maplestreet (formerly Red Brick Pizza) brings on-site smoked BBQ to campus. Miami Traditions (formerly Serrano) features carved meats and delicious sides that will make you feel right at home. And Miami has doubled the number of buffet locations, all of which have a mixture of vegetarian and vegan options at every meal.

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Miami's Student Success Center, located in the Campus Avenue Building, pilots three programs to further support students.

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A new arts management co-major is being offered in the College of Creative Arts and there are six new bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree at the Regionals this fall.

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There are 129 new full-time faculty (38 tenure-track or lecturer/clinical positions) at the Oxford campus and 19 (10 tenure-track or lecturer/clinical positions) at the Regionals. The bachelor’s degree programs that can be completed entirely at the regional campuses are organized under the new academic division, the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (formerly the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences).

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In North Quad, Brandon, Flower, Hahne and Hepburn residence halls have been completely renovated with new landscaped seating areas outside, and Martin Dining Center has a fresh look — plus a new 1,625-square-foot fitness center.

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Changes have been made to boost the fan experience at Yager Stadium this year as a result of feedback from fan surveys.

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Teams participating in Miami’s new varsity eSports program will start competing this fall.

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The two-year project to widen and resurface a mile of U.S. 27 between Chestnut Street and Southpointe Road was completed over the summer. Safety was a driving factor for the project, which resulted in new sidewalks and freshly marked bicycle lanes in both directions.

Coming Soon to the Oxford Campus

New residence hall construction

Starting this fall, construction will begin on two new residence halls near North Quad.

Work will start in early September on a 340-bed residential hall at the site of the former tennis courts by Hahne Hall. (New courts have been built at the Yager Stadium complex.) In October, work will start on a 270-bed residence hall on Tallawanda Road where the recently deconstructed former gymnasium Withrow Court stood for 85 years. They are both slated to open in fall 2018 semester. Mary Lyon Hall on Western campus also has been deconstructed. That location will return to green space and will extend the Western Walk to Clawson, McKee and Boyd halls.

Changes to Shriver Center

When the renovated Shriver Center reopens in January, it will become home to the Rinella Learning Center, student disability services and the admission welcome center.

The renovated center also will include a 250-seat admission auditorium, expanded retail space in the bookstore and a convenience store, among other features.