Homecoming Court

                  Homecoming Court 2018

                  2018 Homecoming Court and 2018 Love & Honor Cup Winners—Ambika Kumar and Scott Butts

                  Members of the Homecoming Court are seniors or graduate students (Class of 2020) who promote the values of Miami University, take pride in the University, represent the student body and enhance the University as a whole through on campus involvement, academic achievement, and community service.

                  Nominations were collected in the spring from the Miami community. Students, faculty, staff and community members were able to nominate students. They will represent the Class of 2020 at events throughout the week leading up to the Homecoming football game.

                  From those selected to serve on Homecoming Court, voting will take place August 30–September 6 in the Hub. All Miami University students are eligible to cast a vote. The top two vote recipients will be recognized with the Love & Honor Cup at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

                  2019 Homecoming Court

                  Tori Cheffer


                  About Tori

                  Tori Cheffer is a senior from Belleville, IL majoring in Information Systems & Analytics. Tori is the current President of MAP (Miami Activities and Programming), where she oversees over 100 events per semester for students on campus. As a Director, she planned notable events such as Fallin' for Goggin and SpringFest. She is also a founding member of Alpha Xi Delta, and actively involved in Cru. Tori enjoyed her time as a RA for two years in the sorority LLC.

                  In her free time, you can find Tori drinking iced coffee, cheering on the Redhawks at hockey games, and hanging out with friends.

                  Major

                  Information Systems and Analytics

                  Campus Involvement

                  • Miami Activities and Programming (MAP) - President
                  • Past RA
                  • Alpha Xi Delta - Founding Member
                  • Acropolis Mentor
                  • Cru

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Havighurst Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite Miami memory was Family Weekend 2018, when my parents were able to come to Oxford and get a glimpse of why Miami holds such a special place in my heart. We went to the tailgate, cheered on the RedHawks at the football game, and ended the day laughing at Gabriel Iglesias. They were able to meet my friends, and I showed them all my favorite spots around campus.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Don't be afraid to get involved with something that piques your interest, just because none of your friends are doing it. I applied to MAP without knowing anybody, and it allowed me to meet and become friends with so many new people. It was definitely one of the best decisions I made, since coming to Miami!

                  Megan Cremeans

                  About Megan

                  Megan Cremeans is a senior from Somerset, Ohio majoring in Political Science and Integrated Social Studies Education. She is passionate about education and feels fortunate to have many opportunities to learn and experience the intersection of education and democracy. In 2018, she was appointed as a Student Trustee to the Miami University Board of Trustees. Now into her second year on the Board, her mission is to serve Miami's student body and the diverse needs of students. Megan has also served Miami students by leading the Community Action Plan team to design curriculum for incoming pre-service teachers, as funded by the 2018 M.I.A.M.I Women Grant. She was also awarded the 2019 Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize to continue to conduct independent research on the impact of school funding on rural and Appalachian communities in Ohio.

                  In addition, Megan is a student employee, an Ohio Public Leaders fellow, an active member of the Government Relations Network, Chair of the Armstrong Student Center Board, Law and Public Policy Representative to the University Academic Scholars Program, Treasurer of the Miami University Council for the Social Studies and served as a moderator for Janus Forum. Megan is proud to serve her Miami family and is thankful for a community built on Love and Honor.

                  Majors

                  Political Science, AYA Social Studies Education

                  Minor

                  History

                  Campus Involvement

                  Miami University Board of Trustees, Armstrong Student Center Board, Law and Public Policy Scholars, Community Action Plan Team, Janus Steering Committee, Miami University Government Relations Network, Miami University Council for the Social Studies

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Scott Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  I have so many favorite Miami memories that I can barely pick just one...my favorite memory from this year was playing kickball as part of a lesson demonstration for Dr. Misco's methods class. After all of the other amazing demonstrations by my peers, I had designed a lesson (using kickball) that was a bit of a risk, but proved to be a great reward. It made me feel confident as a future educator and we had a lot of fun!

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  I have learned our biggest heroes have spent most of their time preparing for greatness by doing tiny, decent things. Do tiny, decent things every day while you are here. It adds up. (And read the lines from Percy MacKaye's "An Ode to the Universities" inscribed on the side of Upham. It gives me chills every time.)

                  Annika Fowler


                  About Annika

                  Annika is a senior from Dublin, OH majoring in Political Science and Finance with minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is passionate about serving her community and country and plans to pursue a lifelong career in public service following graduation. On campus, she serves as President of the JANUS Forum, Chief of Staff for Associated Student Government, and as a member of the Business Student Advisory Council. With a passion for affordability, one of her proudest Miami moments is winning $10,000 for the Textbooks on Reserve program within the University Libraries through the MIAMI WOMEN Hawk Tank.

                  During her time in Oxford, she has also served as the Secretary for Academic Affairs within ASG, an Honors Program Ambassador, an Ohio Public Leaders Fellow, and a member of the Government Relations Network. She is a dedicated Crawford-sponsored fitness event enthusiast, but also enjoys a good Crunch 'n Munch and scoop of Black Raspberry Chip with her favorite stand-up comedy specials on Netflix. Coming from a family of RedHawks, she is grateful for the Miami community and honored to represent the Class of 2020 during Homecoming - Love & Honor, Forever and a Day!

                  Majors

                  Political Science; Finance

                  Minors

                  Spanish; Latin American Studies

                  Campus Involvement

                  • JANUS Forum - President
                  • Associated Student Government - Chief of Staff, previously Secretary for Academic Affairs
                  • Honors Student Advisory Board - previously Director of PR and Secretary
                  • Business Student Advisory Council
                  • University Honors Program Ambassador
                  • Government Relations Network
                  • 2018 Ohio Public Leaders Fellow
                  • Scholar Leader LLC 2017-2018

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Emerson Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite Miami memory occurred not in Oxford, but actually on a glacier in southern Argentina. With my classmates and newfound friends on our study abroad trip, I felt such a sense of Miami pride when I hiked across that glacier in Patagonia with a large Miami flag wrapped around my back, waving in the wind. We joked that we were going to open up Miami's newest campus... in the Southern Hemisphere on a glacier. At the beginning of the trip, I was worried about my level of Spanish and ability to communicate with my host family as we lived on the farm, but I came home with a new family over 5,000 miles away, improved language skills, and a great appreciation for the beautiful country and generous people. Love & Honor truly spans the globe!

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Explore activities and fields of study you may not have encountered in high school! Within those new adventures, you just might find your best friends or mentors who will help guide you. Surround yourself with Miamians who push you to be a better person, tell you the hard truths, and inspire you to be a force for positive change. Your Miami story will be uniquely yours - in an exciting way that you could not have imagined!

                  Cassidy Hemm


                  About Cassidy

                  Cassidy is a senior from Piqua, Ohio majoring in Strategic Communication and Public Health. She spent this past summer as a marketing intern for CareSource. Cassidy has thoroughly embraced her Miami experience by being very active in campus life, connecting with other Miami students and the alumni community. On campus, she is an active leader in her sorority, her campus job as a student leadership coordinator, and her role as the executive chair of the Miami University Student Foundation. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys traveling, trying out new recipes and spending time outside. Most people describe Cassidy as driven, dedicated and responsible. She is incredibly grateful to the Miami community for affording her the opportunities to grow during her time as a student, and to understand the importance of growing as a leader and a friend. Cassidy is looking forward to spending her last year as an undergraduate completing Miami traditions and representing the Class of 2020 with Love and Honor!

                  Majors

                  Strategic Communication; Public Health

                  Minor

                  Human Capital Management and Leadership

                  Campus Involvement

                  • Alpha Omicron Pi
                  • Miami University Student Foundation
                  • Miami University Lecture Series
                  • Omicron Kappa Delta
                  • President's Coalition
                  • PRSSA
                  • Rho Gamma
                  • Senior Class Gift Committee
                  • Student Leadership Coordinator- Wilks Leadership Institute

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Emerson Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite memory from my time as a student at Miami was when I got the opportunity to challenge President and Dr. Crawford to a water balloon toss. After finishing a shift working at Wilks, a few other Student Leadership Coordinators and I filled up some water balloons and headed to the seal. When President and Dr. Crawford walked by we knew we needed to challenge them to a competition. My experience ended with a water balloon toss over the seal as a break to the stress of Spring finals week.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Take advantage of all of the first 50 days programming events, and don't stop there! Miami has so many organizations and opportunities to get involved with and you never know where you might find your community.

                  Emma Hendy


                  About Emma

                  Emma is a senior double majoring in Nutrition with a concentration in dietetics and Journalism. She is from Florence, Kentucky. Emma is the publicity chair for the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Emma has a passion for food and plans her days around her meals. She enjoys all the restaurants Oxford has to offer with her favorite being quesadillas from Fiesta Charra. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and has worked on the editorial desk for the Oxford Observer. Next semester, Emma is excited to start her internship at the Miami University Employee Wellness Center and connect with Miami employees. She enjoys wake surfing at Norris Lake and boating with her family. Emma wants to thank her family and friends for the constant love and support. Love and Honor!

                  Majors

                  Journalism and Nutrition

                  Campus Involvement

                  Emma is involved in the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the publicity chair. She has worked on the editorial desk of the Oxford Observer. She also is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and volunteered at the Miami Institute for Food. Emma will be starting her internship this semester at the Miami University Employee Wellness Center.

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Scott Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite memory at Miami is volunteering at the farm of the Miami Institute for Food. The first day of volunteering, I got to ride on the back of the tractor and was able to plant seeds. Throughout the next few weeks, I got to see the plants grow and watch sustainable agriculture in action. If you're looking for a good snack, raw asparagus is a great treat!

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Be open to meeting new people because you never know who you are going to befriend. The amazing thing about Miami is you will meet people from all over the world. All freshmen are in the same position and looking to meet new friends. Be the friend you would want to have and dare yourself to talk to someone new. You may be surprised with the people that will surround you during your time at Miami.

                  Brian McDonald


                  About Brian

                  Brian is a Senior IMS major with a minor in Marketing who loves cold brew coffee, Game of Thrones, and afternoons on a porch swing. He is originally from Wheaton, IL and is the 4th of 6 kids. During his time at Miami, he has dedicated a majority of his four years to PSE, a business fraternity on campus. He has served as a general member, Recruitment Director and now President. He works to push the organization to reach goals of $13,000 in service donations and $38,500 in chapter revenue.

                  Beyond his time in PSE, Brian has had the privilege to gain experience as a Resident Assistant at Miami, a content creator for Needle's Eye Media (a company started by a Miami Alum) and recently interning with Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide. On campus, you can find Brian in the Farmer commons, King Library cafe or uptown for 1868's monthly Drag Shows.

                  As a Love & Honor Cup recipeint Brian hopes to be a representative for the LGBTQ+ community on Miami's campus and serve as a representative to build a strong community for all students. He would like to thank everyone for this incredible opportunity and is excited to be nominated for 2019 Homecoming Court.

                  Major

                  Interactive Media Studies

                  Minor

                  Marketing

                  Campus Involvement

                  • Pi Sigma Epsilon - Professional Business Fraternity - President
                  • Resident Assistant (Thomson Hall)
                  • Professional Fraternity Council
                  • Sports for Business Networking

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Dennison Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  When I first came to Miami I got involved quickly with a business fraternity, PSE. In my first 6 weeks in the organization, I met some of my best friends in my new member project. I will never forget spending more than 13 hours in Armstrong frantically finishing our new member project. We not only won the competition, but I walked away with some of my closest friends at Miami to this day.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Say yes! Opportunities at Miami are unlike any other and leaning into the community early will benefit you greatly in the long run. Sometimes lunch with an old friend is more important than the extra hour of studying. Push yourself to get out of your comfort zone and embrace the change!

                  Hunter Meacham

                  Daniela Munoz Perales

                  About Hunter

                  Hunter Meacham is a senior from Medina, Ohio studying Information Systems and Data Analytics. He is a current member of Sigma Chi and Pi Sigma Epsilon and sang bass in Miami's Collegiate Chorale during his freshman year. After college, he hopes to enter the field of accounting to assist companies with compliance within ERP system configurations.

                  Major

                  Information Systems and Data Analytics

                  Minor

                  Accountancy

                  Campus Involvement

                  • Sigma Chi Fraternity
                  • Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Business Fraternity
                  • Collegiate Chorale

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Flower Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  Meeting new people who I now have the privilege to call my best friends. Always being able to recognize people around campus and Uptown.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  The only things you truly have control of in your life are your own actions and decisions in the present. Plans and memories are important, but worrying too much about the future or focusing too much on the past will only distract you from being truly in the moment. There's nothing I've encountered in my life quite like living in the moment at Miami University.

                  Gaby Meissner


                  About Gaby

                  Gaby Meissner, avid SoulCycler and food photographer, was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana; however, spent some time living in Moscow and Tokyo.

                  As a senior Marketing major and Interactive Media Studies minor, Gaby's mission is "turning creativity into possibility". During her time on campus, she has had the opportunities to do so in and out of many campus activities including, Associated Student Government as an On-Campus and Farmer School of Business Senator and Secretary for Communications and Media Relations; Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Business Fraternity as the Director of Technology; UP Magazine as the first Social Media Manager; and Alpha Phi Fraternity. When she is not in class, studying, or at meetings, you can find her front row at Eric's 8am spin classes at the Rec or meeting friends uptown for a nitro cold brew.

                  After graduation, Gaby will be moving to Boston, Massachusetts to work for E. & J. Winery as a Sales Representative in the Sales Leadership Development Program. Go Sox... and Redhawks!

                  Major

                  Marketing

                  Minor

                  Interactive Media Studies

                  Campus Involvement

                  • UP Magazine- Social Media Manager 2016-2017
                  • Miami University Rowing- Fall 2016
                  • Associated Student Government- 2016-Now
                  • Pi Sigma Epsilon- 2017-Now
                  • Alpha Phi- 2017-Now
                  • Ran for Student Body President- 2019

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Havighurst Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  2016 Commencement. Not only was commencement memorable as the beginning of my educational journey at Miami, but in hindsight it was the beginning of my leadership journey. I will never forget 2016 Student Body President, Maggie Reilly's, speech about the Miami experience through Coldplay songs. Sounds cheesy, but this captured my interest in joining Associated Student Government and potentially running for Student Body President. I have had the privilege of many leadership experiences since then, but as I come to my senior year, I can proudly say I have achieved both of those goals and then some because of this moment.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  Get involved but not too involved. Getting involved will provide you the opportunity to meet like minded people, but also those who are different than you- both have the potential to be lifelong friends. Interacting with new people in this way will present you with so many opportunities and challenges surrounding something you're truly passionate about. If you try to over exert yourself, you may not get the same experiences and fulfillment. Make sure its worth it to YOU!

                  Anthony Mussari


                  About Anthony

                  Anthony Mussari is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is majoring in Interactive Media Studies and minoring in Graphic Design, so you could say graphic design is his passion. He is a third-year Resident Assistant at Tappan Hall and received the 2019 Most Spirited RA Award from the Office of Residence Life. He serves on the executive board with Miami Activities + Programming as director of Graphics and with Alpha Chi Rho as New Member Educator. Anthony is also a proud member of National Residence Hall Honorary, where he served on the executive board as Coordinator of Outreach this past year. Outside of academics, Anthony is an active blood donor at the Hoxworth Blood Center and enjoys playing board games, watching movies and going to trivia with friends. According to his friends, Anthony is "the coolest person I know" and "a pleasure to have in class." Anthony is also a meme expert and received a black belt in 4th grade for playing "Ode to Joy" on the recorder.

                  Major

                  Interactive Media Studies

                  Minor

                  Graphic Design

                  Campus Involvement

                  I am currently involved with:

                  • Miami Activities + Programming as Director of Graphics
                  • Third-Year Resident Assistant
                  • Alpha Chi Rho as New Member Educator
                  • National Residence Hall Honorary
                  • Interactive Media Studies Department as a Undergrad Assistant

                  I was previously involved with:

                  • Resident Hall Association as Hall President of McBride
                  • Alpha Rho Chi as Sergeant in Arms
                  • Miami Athletics with Mascot & Promotions

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  McBride Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite Miami memory is when I got the email that I was going to be a Resident Assistant. When I went through the interview process I got wait-listed initially and I waited a few weeks before I counted out the possibility of getting the position in my head. Then halfway through the summer I was on vacation, beachside actually and I got an email from the office of residence life. I was filled with emotion and I remember calling my future roommate and apologizing but he was so supportive of me and actually later went on to be an RA himself. Then when RA training began and I met my staff for the first time they were so welcoming and every single one of them went on to be one of my closest friends here at Miami.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  My advice to the incoming class is to get involved and find out why Miami is your home. Whether you like it or not Miami is your home as you will be spending 4 years so I encourage you to find your belonging in your home. One of the best ways to do that is to join student organizations on campus and the best way to join student organizations is by going to Mega Fair. Mega Fair is quite possibly one of the most critical events you go to in your college career because it plays a big role in determining how involved and what you will be involved with at Miami.

                  Jermaine Thomas, II


                  About Jermaine

                  Jermaine Thomas, II is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio. He majors in Media and Culture with a co-major in Fashion-Entrepreneurship. Currently, the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Co-Director of Modeling for MUF&D, Jermaine is so excited to make life-lasting memories during his senior year, along with memories of years' prior. He couldn't be more excited to represent Miami on the 2019 Homecoming Court!

                  Majors

                  Media and Culture, Fashion - Entreprenuership

                   

                  Campus Involvement

                  • Miami University Fashion & Design
                  • Miami University Gospel Singers
                  • Presidential Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion
                  • BAM 2.0
                  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
                  • ASC Student Ambassador
                  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
                  • Summer Scholars Program Counselor
                  • MADE@Miami Group Leader

                  First Year Residence Hall

                  Havighurst Hall

                  Favorite Miami Memory

                  My favorite Miami memory was working with BAM 2.0 to create the Black State of the Union in Fall '17. It was so wonderful to work with such an amazing group of students to mobilize the community to make larger strides towards Diversity and Inclusion equity.

                  What advice would you give to the incoming class?

                  To the incoming class, don't forget to stop and smell the roses on campus! The time is going to go by so fast, you're going to work hard, it's going to be really rough at some points, and you're probably going to fall and bump your head a few times. But remember to always value yourself and your overall well-being. You matter, and the person next to you does, too.

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