topic: athletics

  • First Step to the Olympics

    First Step to the Olympics

    When Clara Fightmaster was a teenager, she approached a milestone all 16 year olds spend a lifetime waiting for: getting a driver’s license. But when she took the vision screening, she couldn’t see anything in her peripherals. After a frantic visit to her optometrist, Clara was faced with a life-altering diagnosis: retinitis pigmentosa.

  • Nate's Nation

    Nate's Nation

    Another hot summer day is drawing to a close, and the barn’s shadow stretches long and lazy over an open field. Young Nate Jones of Pendleton County, Kentucky, and his siblings spent the day playing baseball on this small piece of land, and he’s not ready to head in for the evening—he’s always ready for another pitch, another swing. Another game.

  • NKU Magazine Spring-Summer 2018

    NKU Magazine Spring-Summer 2018

    Warm weather is here, and so is the Spring-Summer issue of NKU Magazine. This issue's cover feature introduces readers to NKU's sixth president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya—born and raised across various parts of India, Vaidya made his way to the California during his own university years. From grad student to economics professor to administrator, Vaidya’s path to the presidency has been driven by a desire to tackle tough challenges. This summer, he arrives at NKU to begin the adventure of leading the university into its bright future.

  • Game-Winning Shots

    Game-Winning Shots

    Whether it’s watching a breakaway dunk from the student section or cracking peanuts in the bleachers behind home plate, most sports fans have any number of indelible memories watching their favorite teams.

  • NKU Magazine Fall-Winter 17-18

    NKU Magazine Fall-Winter 17-18

    The Fall/Winter 2017-18 issue of NKU Magazine features a look back at the people, places and things that made NKU’s first half-century “The Big 50.” And, looking to what’s ahead for the university, we introduce you to NKU’s new, incoming president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya, who ponders identity in the modern age, discusses the need for collaborative vision-development moving forward and tosses up an enthusiastic set of horns for his inaugural "Norse Up.”

  • Tough Calls and Soccer Balls

    Tough Calls and Soccer Balls

    He laces his cleats, pulls up his socks and checks his uniform. The roar of thousands of fans leaks through his headphones. Pregame complete, he steps into the dark tunnel and, flanked by players, walks out to the field. Adrenaline flows through his veins like an electric current as he stares down the freshly treated pitch.

  • #TBT to 1974: NKU’s Golden Girls

    #TBT to 1974: NKU’s Golden Girls

    Years before Northern Kentucky University had a championship-winning cheerleading squad, there were the Golden Girls. While we didn’t have Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, or Rue McClanahan, NKU’s Golden Girls and the popular sitcom of the same name did exist simultaneously for nearly four years.

  • #TBT to 1981: NKU's Miraculous Basketball Win

    #TBT to 1981: NKU's Miraculous Basketball Win

    During a January 1981 game against Oakland City College, Northern Kentucky University’s basketball team took home a well-deserved yet unusual win. A miraculous 70-55 score was something to celebrate, but not for the reason most might think. Only six of the team’s 14 team members made it onto the court during the entire game.