Professor receives honor for accomplishments

Ann Rypstra, distinguished professor of zoology and director of the Ecology Research Center, will receive the Benjamin Harrison Medallion at commencement.

Rypstra will receive the award for her work as a behavioral ecologist and her collaborative efforts at the University of Oxford.

Rypstra was nominated for her productivity and teaches a number of courses at Miami University Hamilton.

She has also published more than 70 articles in scientific journals.

Rypstra has done work with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Geographic Society.

The Harrison Medallion honors Miami faculty or staff who make significant national contributions to education.

Dance Theatre to perform jazz, modern, ballet, tap

This weekend, Miami University Dance Theatre will perform spring concerts, featuring elements from a variety of styles including  modern, modern ballet and jazz.

The performance features dances choreographed by Dance Theatre director Lana Kay Rosenberg. Guest artists include Gregory Robinson, Judith Mikita and returning alumna Margaret Donohue.

Student-choreographed works include “Cello Suites” by Lisa Walsh, a jazz piece titled “Lady in the Red Dress” by Carolann Crittenden, “Plastic Makes Perfect” by Lauren Schaeffer and “You Were There” by Hauna Viox.

Sophomore theatre major Charlotte Stauffer designed the costumes for Rosenberg’s “Tutu Tap.” Miami architecture students designed and created hanging set pieces for Mikita’s “5 Arc-Shaped Subphrases,” which depicts the mathematics involved in the art of dance.

A “talkback” will be held after the performance Saturday.

The performances will be at 8 p.m. April 24 to 25 in Hall Auditorium. Admission is free for Miami students. For other students and seniors, tickets are $6 at the Shriver Center box office or $8 at the door. General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Grad student hosts discussion on politics

Graduate practicum student Craig Berger invites all Miami University students to participate in his third and final dialogue session, titled “Pondering Politics.” No political experience or knowledge is necessary.

Through his work at the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, Berger stresses the need for better dialogue in our society to confront major issues. The purpose of the dialogue series is to explore the meaning and purpose of politics. The discussion, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in McGuffey 117, will allow for participants to talk about politics in a safe forum. Tuesday’s session will focus on political parties. Berger plans to continue the dialogue series next fall. For more information, contact Craig Berger at