Miami University LSAMP
Early Arrival Program
The 2016 LSAMP Early Arrival Program at Miami University welcomed our incoming class with a combination of community-building and scholastic activities. The 40 first-year students arrived with their parents on Saturday, August 20 and were greeted by Miami's new President, Dr. Greg Crawford, three upper-class LSAMP students, and the LSAMP leadership team. Over the next two and a half days, these students formed a strong community of scholars and friends through physical activities, such as a challenging "ropes" course that facilitated team building and surviving the fun of ice skating in Goggin Arena. However, the highlight of the early arrival program was the team-based research project. Keith Oliver, Kroger Company Vice President of Facility Engineering, presented a real engineering problem that faces Kroger grocery stores – water usage. The students were divided into groups of four, and over two days researched solutions to the water usage challenge. On Tuesday, each team presented their creative solutions to the other student teams and representatives from Kroger. The winning team members each received $50 Kroger gift cards. Mr. Oliver provided a critique of the projects and expressed his delight at the high quality of the research and solutions presented. The conclusion of the program was a picnic for all Early Arrival Program attendees at Peffer Park.