Ten new things Miami University students will see this school year

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A new academic department in the College of Arts and Science


Global and intercultural studies (GIC) incorporates existing programs in American studies, Asian/Asian American studies, black world studies, international studies, Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean studies, and women's, gender and sexuality studies. Department offices are located in MacMillan Hall.

New degrees being offered


A new neuroscience co-major is offered in the College of Arts and Science this year. At the regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, new bachelor's degrees are offered in information technology, commerce and liberal studies. majors & minors

Shideler Hall


A major makeover that will bring classrooms and laboratories to the forefront of 21st century collaborative research and teaching will be completed this winter and ready for students in the 2016 spring semester. The departments of geography and of geology and environmental Earth science will join Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability under one ecologically efficient roof. The renovated building sits at the high-traffic corner of U.S. 27 and state Route 73 and its entry will greet visitors coming to campus on state Route 73.

Armstrong Student Center, east wing expansion


Construction is slated to start this winter on a $23.6 million addition to the Armstrong Student Center. The east wing expansion will connect the existing student center to a renovated Culler Hall via an atrium. The second phase, scheduled for completion in summer 2017, will feature a new home for the office of career services, student senate chambers, a large Miami sports lounge called "The Red Zone" and plenty of quiet study and meeting spaces.

Bishop Woods reopens


The woods reopened this fall after undergoing a transformation creating a managed diverse wooded ecosystem and safe and accessible pathways. Bishop Woods features a central lawn with benches, realigned paved pathways to link destinations and adjacent sidewalks and safety improvements including walkway lighting. The project included removing dead and/or diseased vegetation and invasive plant species. Native plant species are being planted and will continue to be introduced in the fall.

David and Anita Dauch Indoor Sports Center


Student-athletes have a new $14 million, 91,000-square-foot practice facility just north of Yager Stadium. The center features a full 120-yard football field used by Miami's varsity sports teams, netting for baseball, softball and golf, along with four 100-yard sprint lanes, a high-jump area and long-jump pit.

East Quad residence halls reopen


The renovated Collins, Dennison, Dorsey, McBride and Symmes residence halls opened fall semester. The former Erickson Dining Hall has been renovated as additional living space in Dennison Hall. Fisher Drive, previously located in the middle of the quad, has been replaced with a re-landscaped pedestrian walkway connecting to the Marcum Hotel & Conference Center. Motorists should use East Withrow Street (on the north side of Symmes Hall) to access Marcum.

Garden Commons and Dorsey Market


The newly constructed addition to the northwest side of Symmes Hall provides a new dining venue replacing Erickson Dining Hall. Garden Commons offers buffet-style dining and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a small market with a walk-up window on Patterson Avenue. The new Dorsey Market (southeast corner of Dorsey Hall, next to Cook Field) replaces the Eastside Market in Erickson.

Legacy Project at Hayden Park


Located along the third-base line of McKie Field at Hayden Park, the complex opens this fall and creates a new home for Miami baseball. The space features coaches’ offices, locker room, players' lounge and equipment room facilities, and a reception area and legacy hallway celebrating Miami's baseball history and tradition.

Chestnut Fields offers more parking, recreational fields


Chestnut Fields is the newly paved parking lot at the former site of Talawanda High School on Chestnut Street. It is a remote lot like the Millett Hall West and Ditmer Field lots, where students with a valid university permit (yellow) can park and ride the BCRTA buses beginning Aug. 24. Employees with white parking permits can park at Chestnut Fields for free. Recreational fields also are available for use at that location.