topic: alumni news


  • Seizing the Dream

    Seizing the Dream

    When Bethany Baxter started her journey at Northern Kentucky University in 1999, she was undecided on what her future would hold.


  • Mystery Photo...Solved!

    Mystery Photo...Solved!

    On the back cover of the print version of NKU Magazine, we always include a photo from the Schlachter University Archives that has us puzzling over what's going on.


  • Circles of Light

    Circles of Light

    Michael Wilson (’82) is gazing back in time, and he seems amused over what he sees. We’re seated in Wilson’s Cincinnati home, a compact Cape Cod in the city’s Price Hill neighborhood, and he’s sipping a homemade latte—a midday ritual he observes despite the summer heat—with a look of puzzlement on his face.


  • The Real McCoy

    The Real McCoy

    Actress and musician Annalyse McCoy can say she’s been a lot of things in her time on earth, from rooftop landscaper in New York City to international performer.


  • Improv is Life

    Improv is Life

    They say that laughter is the best medicine, but is this really true? Elizabeth “E.B.” Byland thinks so—and she’s sharing her own love of humor with people she believes could use an extra chuckle or two.


  • Driving Success

    Driving Success

    Northern Kentucky University graduates Jeff Neises (’95) and Jared Frisk (‘96, ‘07) met in 1989 when both responded to an ad for a valet position at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. This inauspicious meeting in a parking lot along the Ohio River started an unexpected adventure that took the pair to some of the nation’s top sporting events. How? The friendship led to a successful business that, over two decades later, the partners own and operate with pride.


  • The Bridge Between Science and Practice

    The Bridge Between Science and Practice

    How does a small-town girl from Oregon, Ohio, end up working for two of the most well-known companies in the world and on a “Women to Watch in Tech in 2017” list? Just ask Tiffany Poeppelman (’10), whose work as an internal consultant to LinkedIn’s sales team in London, lies at the intersection of psychology and technology.


  • Purpose Over Passion

    Purpose Over Passion

    Just reading Adaora Mbelu-Dania’s (‘08) resume is enough to tire most of us. She launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor at age 16, a magazine produced in her home country of Nigeria that celebrated the work of Africans in the diaspora.


  • Into the Fire

    Into the Fire

    “Do you want to go to Africa?” When first he heard the question, Dave Moore, who had recently accepted the position of fire chief in Cincinnati’s Glendale Fire Department, didn’t know everything he understood about fighting fires was about to change.


  • Home Plate to Pole Position

    Home Plate to Pole Position

    When you’re the offspring of a well-known sportscaster, growing up around professional athletics, your life options boil down to two equal but opposite reactions: run as far away from sports as possible or lean into the call buried in your genes. For Ashley Brennaman Shirley (‘05), youngest daughter of Cincinnati Reds baseball radio announcer Marty Brennaman, there was never any uncertainty—she planned to get in the game from an early age.

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