2018 Alumni Spotlight

Christopher Dennison

photo of Christopher Dennison(Class of 2011)

"The liberal arts challenges what you thought you knew. We all have these preconceived ideas of what we think is going on, but by and large you generate those ideas largely from your own surroundings. When you go through a liberal arts education, you're exposed to problems and issues in society that you would never have been introduced to otherwise. Learning particular sides of things is crucial to develop a more critical perspective."

Read what Christopher had to say about his career as a teacher and researcher.

Ken Pulkkinen

photo of Ken Pulkkinen(MS Class of 1971)

"My graduate degree, on a broader level, taught me to question things and to find useful ways to apply my learning. My research was on nuclear physics, but when I graduated, I didn't go into that field at all because there weren't many job openings at that time. However, I was also interested in astrophysics, so that lead me to working in astronomy at the Naval Observatory."

Read what Ken had to say about his work on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Chuck Konrad

photo of Chuck Konrad(Class of 1989)

"Miami graduates have a brotherhood and sisterhood that I've never seen in any other university's alumni. The connection that Miami graduates have regardless of when you graduated is unique."

Read what Chuck had to say about how his psychology degree helped him in the business world.

Steve Crutchfield

photo of Steve Crutchfield(Class of 1972)

"This is my first visit back to Miami in close to 20 years, and boy have things changed. This place looks good. Walking around campus, there's a palpable feeling that I want to be here. Even on a cold gray day in early April you can look around and see that pride and energy — someone is doing something right."

Read what Steve had to say about a career that has taken him around the world and back.

Marissa Clark

photo of Marissa Clark(Class of 2007)

"My career path has been an exciting one, full of opportunity — not only the opportunity to do really cool stuff, but the opportunity to make a positive difference in people's lives…I wanted to have a job that I could be proud of, where I wasn't just a cog in the wheel. Miami helped me achieve it."

Read what Marissa had to say about her work as an advanced analytics senior analyst in the healthcare.

Jason C. Brown

photo of Jason C. Brown(Class of 1999)

"With my major and minor, I was all over the map as a Miami student, but it was interesting and fun. The mixture of science and theater and film classes I took gave me great insight into the possibilities that lay ahead of me."

Read what Jason had to say about his work as a first assistant director for movies and television.

Edward "Jed" Frees

photo of Jed Frees(Class of 1975)

"Liberal arts education is critical because it teaches you how to think. It's important to have foundations in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences, and knitting them all together is the most important thing. It's not really what you learn but how you learn, and that's what I think a liberal arts education provides."

Read what Jed had to say about the path he took on the way to becoming a professor.

Justin Heuser

photo of Justin Heuser(PhD Class of 2008)

"I tell undergrads to always keep learning, as cliché as that seems. It does not matter if they are planning to further their education with a masters or doctoral or medical degree or pursue a career directly. Success is measured from a great number of perspectives. People say this often, but it is true that by picking up new scraps of knowledge each day you make yourself and those around you better."

Read what Justin had to say about his role as a technical manager for a specialty chemical company.

Benjamin Gray

photo of Benjamin Gray(Class of 2010)

"My roommate convinced me to apply for housing in the international dormitory on Western campus. Besides the unique experiences and perspectives this provided, the dorm was where I met many of my closest friends and was introduced to books and ideas that would shape my interests and career plans."

Read what Benjamin had to say about his perspectives on the field of medicine.

Jonathon Dreeze

photo of Jonathon Dreeze(Class of 2011)

"One wouldn't necessarily think that Miami, tucked away as it is in this little corner of Ohio, has such a robust Russian language, culture, and history program — especially such an active and well-known Russian area studies center as the Havighurst Center. Most people expect to find programs of this quality at the big universities like OSU, Indiana, Bloomington, or Madison, Wisconsin."

Read what Jonathon had to say about his research interests in Russian history.

Pamela Miller

photo of Pamela Miller(Class of 2005)

"My Miami education has helped me reach my full potential, taught me how the world works, and made me smart enough to go on to complete law school and a master's degree at the same time. Every day in my career, I use skills I learned at Miami, such as high level reading and research ability, excellent writing skills, strong persuasive argument skills, and the ability to think creatively and forge new paths in my field."

Read what Pamela had to say about her work as a clinical social worker and attorney.

Judith Kaufmann

photo of Judith Kaufmann(Class of 1969)

"When I was an undergraduate at Miami in the late 1960s … I was interested in government and politics but also what were then called area studies. There weren't any formal programs in international affairs at Miami so I cobbled together one myself by taking courses in government, history, and language."

Read what Judith had to say about her career path from Foreign Service Officer to consultant and expert on diplomacy for global health.

Matt Francis

photo of Matt Francis(Class of 1994)

"Chemistry is often called the central science because there are so many ways it can interface with other types of science. For pure chemistry, there are jobs in materials, in polymers, and in pharmaceuticals. If you want to interface with other fields, there are incredible opportunities with biology, physics, environmental science, and more at national labs, renewable energy companies, medical schools, and so on. Chemistry is also a great platform to learn medicine, practice law, and even start a business, for those who have the entrepreneurial spirit."

Read what Matt had to say about his profession as a professor of chemistry and executive associate dean.

Margo Rosner

photo of Margo Rosner(Class of 2012)

"Majoring in anthropology allows people who are interested in learning about culture to forge their own path. For me, public health became a smooth transition, as I discovered ways to use social and behavioral methods to impact health and healthcare. My background in behavioral health has given me experience building holistic programs for different facets of an all-encompassing, complex problem."

Read what Margo had to say about her profession as a health social and behavioral scientist.

Katie Lehmann

photo of Katie Lehmann(Class of 2012)

"At Miami, I learned from extraordinary professors and mentors, and they instilled in me a desire to work hard and push myself to reach my goals. I also learned that the Miami network is extensive, which one of my professors utilized to help me land my first job."

Read what Katie had to say about her profession as a petroleum geologist.

Commander Jeffrey Betz

photo of Commander Jeffrey Betz(Class of 2001)

"As a college student, your life is filled with opportunities, and you have so many things that you can do next. That's a great place to be! It may sound something like what you'd read in a Hallmark card, but in a lot of ways it's true. Being equipped with that Miami degree makes the whole world open to you — you can really go out and do anything that you want when you leave here."

Read what Commander Betz had to say about his profession as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Tony Albrecht

photo of Tony Albrecht(Class of 2003)

"Developing relationships has always been one of the biggest rewards. At Miami, I worked closely with professors and built mentorships, and this helped accelerate my learning and hone in on what I was passionate about in geology and geophysics."

Read what Tony had to say about his profession as a senior geologist.