NKU MAGAZINE Spring-Summer 2019


The Spring/Summer 2019 issue of NKU Magazine is a savory treat, with a cover story that features food entrepreneurs spicing up the Greater Cincinnati area. From lunch at Covington spot The Gruff, dinner at Lucius Q, donuts from Moonrise and sweets at Maysville’s Sprinkles of Hope—not to mention The Rhined’s delicious cheeses and decadent brews from Higher Gravity—we tried it all and chatted with the folks behind the business names. These alums are changing the region one dish at a time, and we’ve got the scoop on their flavor-forward careers.

When Dr. Jessica Hindman was hired as a violinist with a travelling troupe of musicians, she thought her childhood dream of being a professional instrumentalist was coming true—until she realized the audience couldn’t hear her over the pre-recorded sounds blasting through the speakers at performances. Hers is a strange story, full of questions around identity and purpose, and, lucky for us, she worked much of it out in her debut memoir, “Sounds Like Titanic,” which picked up an Amazon Best Book of February 2019 nod, as well as attention from O, The Oprah Magazine; The New Yorker; NPR; and more. We chat with her about her experiences, the book and how she landed in NKU’s Department of English.

We report on the day that Umi, the Cincinnati Museum Center’s resident mummy, visited NKU to get a new set of scans, as well as break down details about the university’s recently launched campaign, Further, Faster; new strategic framework, Success by Design; and the hiring of men’s basketball coach, Darrin Horn.

And this issue features chats with some impressive alums, such as the talented and driven Ebony J (a/k/a Jeffonia Wynn), a radio host, entrepreneur and advocate for survivors of abuse. Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace, talks about the chemistry behind the brand’s award-winning bourbons. Singer-songwriter Annalyse McCoy tells us about making roots music in the city that never sleeps, while Jared Jolly shares some of his experiences in the plumbing and service industry.

Check out the Spring/Summer issue of NKU Magazine today!