Miami University’s alumni are known and appreciated for their loyalty, passion, love and honor for alma mater, and that is expressed through a lifetime of commitment and involvement. Miami is grateful for the support of its alumni and friends and celebrates its most committed supporters by recognizing their cumulative donations through lifetime giving societies.
Benjamin Harrison Society
($10 million and up)
An 1852 Miami University graduate, Benjamin Harrison was elected as the 23rd U.S. President in 1888 and served until 1893. In many ways Harrison’s term pointed the way to the modern presidency. He signed into law the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, a powerful piece of legislation that remains in effect today. He supported African American voting rights decades before it became popular to do so. He advocated the conservation of forest reserves and installed electric lights in the White House. His energetic pursuit of American foreign policy gave life to an expanded vision of the nation’s role in world affairs. Known as a forward-thinking and highly principled man, Harrison is a fitting namesake for this society recognizing donors who continue to lead Miami boldly into the future.
John E. Dolibois Society
($5 million - $9.99 million)
The story and transcendent charm of John E. Dolibois are inextricably entwined with the story of Miami University itself. A native of Luxembourg and a 1942 Miami graduate, Dolibois interrogated high-ranking Nazi war criminals during the Nuremberg trials, served 34 years as Miami’s first alumni director and fundraiser, and later earned an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. His vision also led to the creation of the Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg. In 1978, Dolibois led the then-most ambitious fundraising campaign in Miami’s history raising $15 million in three years. Members of the John E. Dolibois Society have repeatedly provided visionary leadership to turn inspiring visions into reality.
Slant Walk Society
($1 million-$4.99 million)
Oxford’s oldest and most enduring thoroughfare was never planned, marked or designated, but Miami students have followed this path leading through central campus to Oxford since 1824. While the Slant Walk and the campus around it have evolved from the simple beginnings of a muddy path, it remains an important and indelible part of every Miami Experience. The pursuit of knowledge has no end, but for every generation of Miami youth, the Slant Walk—leading to the library, laboratory, and lecture hall—has been a path toward insight and understanding. Members of the Slant Walk Society support that enduring legacy of student discovery.
Upham Arch Society
Upon its completion, Upham Arch was recognized as a gateway between Miami’s original campus and the campus yet to come. Named for Dr. Alfred Horatio Upham, an 1897 alumnus, English professor and the longest-serving president in university history (1928-1945), the arch has inspired the legend that those who kiss beneath it may one day become a Miami Merger. Professor Upham became linked to another enduring Miami tradition when he wrote the Old Miami anthem, the original version of the alma mater, in celebration of Miami’s Centennial in 1909. Upham’s romantic verses looked back at the decades past and then ahead—“Days of old and days to be.” Evoking the spirit of Dr. Upham, members of the Upham Arch Society ensure that the legacy left by Miami’s past continues to enrich Miami’s future.
Phillip R. Shriver Society
Referred to affectionately as “Uncle Phil” by Miami University students, Dr. Phillip R. Shriver was the University’s 17th President (1965-1981). He provided steady leadership during a period of tremendous growth and change, including a near doubling of Miami’s enrollment. Dr. Shriver was an engaging lecturer with a passion for teaching and a fondness for Miami whose course on the history of Miami was often standing-room only. “The real continuity of a university,” he once said, “is the generations of young people who come to us, and older generations who meet with them, deal with them and try to help them into adulthood.” So it is with the donors of the Phillip R. Shriver Society, who continue to leave an indelible mark on the success of our students.
Miami University’s official motto, Prodesse Quam Conspici, first appeared on University diplomas in 1826. Its English equivalent, “To achieve without being conspicuous,” remains a fitting description of both the ambition and the humility exhibited by Miami’s alumni. Miami founded the Prodesse Society in 1984 in order to advance the goals of the institution, and its members have made a meaningful difference by enriching the academic community and invigorating campus life.
Calvin S. Brice Society
Named in honor of one of Miami’s first major benefactors, the Calvin S. Brice Society recognizes those who provide visionary support to the university through estate planning. Brice was a student at Miami in 1863, when he dropped out to join the Union Army. He would later rise to president of Lake Erie and Western Railroad, and his political influence and philanthropic support were integral to the University reopening in 1885, after a lack of private support had resulted in its 1873 closing. His major gift in 1890 named Brice Hall on Miami’s campus. Just as Brice helped give Miami a new beginning, members of the Calvin S. Brice Society help to ensure a bright future for the next generations of Miamians.