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Author: Megan Zahneis

Restructuring to bring six new departments to regional campuses

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student By the time students and staff head home for the holidays, Miami’s regional campuses could be on their way to an entirely new infrastructure. University Senate will vote on the proposed restructuring plan at its meetings Nov. 23 and 30. If passed, the legislation would rename and reorganize many academic departments on the regional campuses. Process coordinator John Skillings explained that the reorganization is part of an initiative to offer more bachelor’s degrees at the regional campuses. Skillings said that growth would necessitate a new departmental structure to house the new degree...

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Faculty feel slighted in regional campus restructuring, voice concerns

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student John Krafft, a tenured English professor on the Hamilton campus, has been teaching at Miami for 25 years. But, now, he said, he can’t recommend the school to any prospective faculty or students. Krafft’s voice has been among the loudest of those protesting the restructuring of Miami’s regional campuses — a process that continues to spark controversy after Monday’s report to University Senate. Krafft, along with other regional faculty members, feels that he has not been given a fair chance to voice his concerns. In support, Miami’s chapter of the American Association of...

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Senate proposes regional changes

Faculty angered, seek more say in regional campus restructuring By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Miami faculty and administrators discussed potential changes to the regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown during yesterday’s University Senate meeting. The changes have sparked backlash from many faculty members, who circulated a petition calling for increased faculty input in the process. If passed, the legislature will split the regional campuses into larger, broader academic departments, with already-tenured faculty receiving new “dual appointments.” John Skillings, the process coordinator for the proposed changes, delivered a report yesterday that is expected to be the last before...

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Young journalist’s World Series experience

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Megan, a first year student, is a correspondent for Major League Baseball and authors a column on mlb.com. Last weekend, she covered Games 3 and 4 of the World Series, played in New York City between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. I issued an official apology to Miami University on my Twitter account. It’s poor form to skip class, I know, but even my geology professor got on board with this one (my mom was a bit harder to convince). After all, I figured, covering the World Series was...

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Humans of Oxford: The man from 7,000 miles away

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Farooq sits alone on a Friday evening, studying on a bench in a quiet wooded area of campus as sunset approaches. A binder rests next to him, and he strokes a neatly trimmed beard, twirling a yellow pencil as he speaks. He has been in Oxford since June, and expects to stay for two years while he completes his degree. Then, he will make the journey back home, a 17-hour flight that spans 7,176 miles and nine time zones. He will reunite with his two young children, his wife, parents, brothers and...

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