Miamian magazine

Miamian Winter Spring 2017 cover 
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GREAT IDEA! Passion drives alums from ideas to innovations
Jackie Conway Wachter ’05 and husband Phillip turn a hobby into a 36-employee leather goods studio in less than 4 years, page 20. Photo by Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photography.

Great Idea!
Passion. That’s a trait Ashley VanBuskirk ’14, Jackie Conway Wachter ’05, and Renata Rottinger Storer ’84 share. Each of their ideas was born out of a desire to offer others something that would change their lives for the better. For these entrepreneurs, it’s not about the money.

2 For the Record Books
With a nail-biting 21-20 come-from-behind win against Ball State, the 2016 Miami football team rewrote NCAA history. At the same time the football team was gaining yards and attention, the volleyball team was generating its own buzz.

The Virtual Reality of Life
Austin Mace ’15 couldn’t find an affordable 360-degree video camera. So he built one. Taking on this project for his senior thesis, the interactive media studies major crafted the six-sided camera frame using a 3-D printer.

Seize Your Opportunities
Back in the 20th century when I earned my PhD in chemical physics, I had no thought of becoming an entrepreneur.

To and From the Editor

Campus News Highlights

A Tall Order

Firearms and Fabric Focus of Young U.S.
As a historian of early American political economy, Lindsay Schakenbach Regele was into Alexander Hamilton before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash Hamilton made America’s first secretary of the treasury cool.

Well Played
Although his fans called him The King, golfing great Arnold Palmer hated that nickname, according to Dave Shedloski ’84, who assisted Palmer with his final memoir, A Life Well Played. My Stories. Shedloski talked with the world-famous sportsman for 30 hours throughout the course of a year.

Musical Crossroads
How do you tell the story of the vast history of black music-making in America in a limited amount of space? Music Professor Tammy Kernodle finds out when she’s asked to serve as a scholarly consultant to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Staying Connected
MUSF hosted the 10/10 and 20/20 bike races during Lil’ Sibs Weekend for years. Find out what else MUSF has accomplished since its start in 1972 and how it has impacted Miamians for life.

Notes, News, and Weddings

Winter/Spring 2017 Obituaries

Gateway to the Past
If you ever attended a football game at Miami Field, you might have passed through this turnstile or one of its three associates.


Miamian Winter Spring 2017 cover


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Miamian, Miami University's alumni magazine, highlights alumni, student, faculty, and staff involvement with the University, updating readers on campus news and events, arts, sports, and alumni news. Miami's primary communication link with alumni and close friends of the University, the magazine sets out to inform and entertain while generating a sense of knowledge and involvement with Miami University. Miamian is published three times a year.