Love & Honor Story Project

The Love & Honor Story Project is designed to recognize and honor students enacting the values articulated in the Code of Love and Honor. Nominees selected for recognition will be featured in the story project and will receive an award for their contributions to our community. Enrolled Miami University students are eligible recipients for this award.

To nominate a student for this award, please fill out the following application. If you have any questions please email us at deanofstudents@miamioh.edu. Selected students will be recognized and featured in monthly communications and channels, will be recognized at this year’s SEAL awards, and will receive a gift to honor their commitment to the community.

Nominating Criteria

Only current students may nominate a student for the Love & Honor Story Project. The Dean of Students’ Advisory Board will review all applicants to determine the monthly finalist. 

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Recipients

Sophie DornsifeSophie Dornsife - March, 2020

Major: Marketing

Anticipated graduation year: 2023

Hometown: Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

Student organizations: Women in Business; Undergraduate Association for BUS 102; Chi Omega

 

How do you embody the Code of Love and Honor here at Miami University?

At Miami University, I embody the Code of Love and Honor through my relationships with my peers, dedication to my studies, and holding responsibility. In my friendships, I strive to uplift others by encouraging them to reach their full potential. I am so grateful for the fantastic people I have had the chance to meet at Miami, and I am energized by pouring back into my relationships. To me, responsibility means accountability. Accountability is a part of my relationships; I expect my friends to keep me accountable for my actions and meeting my goals, and in turn, I do the same for them. To make a difference, a person needs to have a strong work ethic and exhibit determination and persistence. Since my childhood, I have never run from obstacles. I conquer my challenges, and I believe that anything is possible with hard work.

What is your most fond memory of Miami University?

My favorite memory is the “Bachelor” watch parties, my roommate and I hosted with the girls on our floor. We had so much fun making brownies, laughing, and sharing stories about our day during the show. The relationships and community that developed is something that I hold so dear to my heart and know will last a lifetime.

If you could pick one quote that embodies your leadership style, what would it be and why?

A quote that embodies my leadership style is by Simon Sinek: “Leadership is not a journey to rise in the ranks. It is a journey to help those around us rise.” I feel that this quote encapsulates my leadership style because helping and supporting others is the most important way to demonstrate leadership.

What prompted you to make a change at Miami?

I have been inspired by my older sister, who has impacted my life by showing me constant support and guidance and has formed me into who I am today. There is no better mission than making the world a better place and my sister has been a great counsel and support. With her leadership and the support of Miami University, I have dedicated my values of integrity, honesty, and open-mindedness to the Miami community. More importantly, I believe that contribution is not just about making a difference, but also about delivering it inclusively and genuinely. As a student, I have ensured that my leadership and learning have continually been built upon the invaluable principles of Miami University’s Code of Love and Honor.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you, and how do you make sure to promote these characteristics in all of your actions?

Diversity means being open to new people, ideas, and activities. It also implies adaptability based on other cultures and respective contributions. I intentionally try to learn about different backgrounds and various beliefs so that I can find ways to relate and connect with those around me. By forming genuine connections with individuals with diverse backgrounds, I have started to build a strong community here at Miami University.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment would be the development of the ECA Women’s Summit, which was my graduation project during my senior year of high school. The goal of this project was to enlighten the young women in Eden Christian Academy’s high school about various opportunities and careers. By having mothers in our school community come in and discuss their careers and what specifically influenced their career journey, I was able to form an encouraging environment that would allow these young women to broaden their spectrum of potential opportunities for their future. This program was able to inspire these girls and remind them that possibilities for them are endless through hard work. These discussions were able to create an uplifting and supportive environment that encouraged the girls to strive for success while remembering that everything that happens in their lives happens for a purpose and for them to improve as an individual.

Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you knew when you started at Miami?

I wish that I knew to not be afraid of embarking on this new journey in my life because I would find a great support system of friends that would continually show me love and push me to become the best version of myself possible.

How do you use the Code of Love and Honor outside of Miami?

Specifically, outside of Miami, I value volunteering and helping those around me. To me, this code demonstrates that the school’s inner fiber aligns with my lifelong values. Like Miami University, a personal commitment to living with integrity guides all that I do. During a mission trip to West Virginia, for example, I collaborated and upheld integrity with my friends as we worked to improve living conditions for a young unwed mother. Personally, it was important that I put myself in her shoes and was able to rally other teen girls to make sure that at all times she felt respected and supported.

Shelby FryeShelby Frye - February, 2020

Major: Political Science; Sociology; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Anticipated graduation year: 2020

Hometown: Hebron, Kentucky

Student organizations: Associated Student Government; Tour Guide; Undergraduate Associate; Research Assistant; University Honors Program Ambassador; former SOUL (Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader); Communication Intern for the Office of Orientation & Transition Programs; GradU8 Mentor

How do you embody the Code of Love and Honor here at Miami University?

Through extensive community involvement, such as being in student government and winning awards such as the Provost Award, I believe that all the things I am currently doing (and will continue to do) will make the world a better place. I am always looking to learn new information, even if it is not relevant to my major.

What is your most fond memory of Miami University?

As a Student Coordinator for SOUL, I was able to support the SOUL leaders and was able to make a connection with the orientation leaders. By working with Orientation and Transition Programs, I was given the opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level beyond just their majors and hometowns. We were able to go out and create a positive and exciting experience for incoming students.

If you could pick one quote that embodies your leadership style, what would it be and why?

I tend to be drawn to the quote "Lukewarm is no good" by the British novelist Roald Dahl. To me, this means do things with intention and not because they look good at the moment. Remember that the passion and excitement you bring to things engages others to want to be involved in them.. If you're excited, then they'll be excited too!

What prompted you to make a change at Miami?

As soon as I came to Miami University I witnessed many positive changes already happening all over campus. My RA, my UNV 101 professor, and others invested in me during a time where we were all trying to figure out who we were and where we belonged. My first role at Miami University was being a SOUL. In this position, I felt that I was able to contribute to the cause and I feel I'm still doing that. I am always trying to make Miami a home for others and let them know that they not just fit in, but also belong.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you, and how do you make sure to promote these characteristics in all of your actions?

To me, diversity and inclusion means making sure everyone has a seat at the table and that their voices are heard. It means actively listening, and exploring and offering opportunities for all. Recognizing our own journeys and privileges is important, but we also need to recognize the space that each of us takes up in a room. Finally, valuing peoples' opinions is really important and being open to peoples' experiences that might not be your own. Maybe that's not your experience but it's your responsibility to listen.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

I'm most proud of the fact that I'm proud of who I am. I was hesitant about finding my own voice, but I found it! Overall, I think my biggest accomplishment is learning to love and embrace my true and authentic self.

Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you knew when you started at Miami?

You don't have to change yourself to fit in. Also, I wished I had realized earlier that it's okay to say "no" when an opportunity comes my way, even if it may look good in my portfolio. Your worth isn't measured by the various accomplishments you may put on your resume. I do things because I love doing them!

How do you use the Code of Love and Honor outside of Miami?

I think Love and Honor should be something that we always remember in our everyday lives. Kindness and respect for others should be practiced throughout the world. It goes back to the idea of getting to know someone and making them feel comfortable with you before you ever do anything with them.