Professors win award for achievements

Professors Katie Johnson and Marguerite (Peggy) Shaffer have been named 2010 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Educators. Johnson, an associate professor of English, and Shaffer, an associate professor of American studies and history, will receive a $2,000 professional expense account. Each professor will also present a lecture during the academic year.

Johnson specializes in theater, film and gender studies and is the author of Sisters in Sin: The Image of the Prostitute on the New York Stage. She is working on Sex for Sale: American Brothel Plays, 1909-1926 and on a book project called Razing the Great White Way: Toward a New Genealogy of Broadway’s Golden Era. Shaffer specializes in U.S. cultural history with an emphasis on conceptions of nature and the construction of public culture. Her research focuses on the expressions and activities of popular environmentalism. She has written See America First: Tourism and National Identity, 1880-1940 and edited of Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy and Community in the United States.

John Mackie, co-CEO of Whole Foods, will launch Miami’s 2010-2011 Executive Speakers Series when he visits the university Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Hosted by the Farmer School of Business (FSB), the lecture series will kick off with Mackey’s lecture, Conscious Business and Conscious Capitalism: New Paradigms for the 21st Century, at 5 p.m. in FSB’s Taylor Auditorium.

As co-CEO of Whole Foods, Mackey’s company is the leading purveyor of natural and organic foods. Named 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Mackey represents the future of health food in the global marketplace. After opening a small Texas-based health food store in 1978, Mackey helped merge his store with another natural food store to create Whole Foods. With over $8 billion in annual sales, Whole Foods currently has 270 locations in North America and the U.K.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Entrepreneurship ranks in top 25 programs

After evaluation of over 2,000 programs, Miami University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship has recently been named the 20th top undergraduate program in the United States.

The ranking and evaluation was conducted by both Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review.

The Miami program, which is located in the Farmer School of Business, has been ranked in the top 25 nationally four times in the last five years.

The assessment analyzed Miami’s success in entrepreneurship fundamentals, success of instructors as an entrepreneur, staff and student relationships and experimental or opportunities involving entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

Campus video services temporarily go offline

On-campus video on demand service will be unavailable for four hours Sept. 24 beginning at 1 p.m. for maintenance and to improve performance issues. During this time, no system videos will be accessible and no content can be uploaded. After the maintenance, there will be no VPN requirement for the service. It will be accessible through Contact the IT Services Support Desk at or (513) 529-7900 with questions.