Northern Kentucky University NKU Magazine Spring-Summer 2016 : Page 3

CONTENTS SPRING/SUMMER 2016 nku magazine SPRING/SUMMER 2016 VOL. 1 // NO. 2 EDITOR BRENT DONALDSON ’05 ART DIRECTOR DIONNE LAYCOCK ’90 PHOTOGRAPHER TIMOTHY D. SOFRANKO PUBLISHER ERIC GENTRY Vice President for University Advancement KELLY L. MARTIN Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications 28 FEATURES COOL COURSE CATALOG CHRIS COLE Director of University Communications CONTRIBUTORS MIKE ANDERSON JAYNA BARKER CAROL BEIRNE KELSEY BUGENSTOCK ’16 RYAN CLARK ’10 CHRIS COLE ’99, ’04, ’09 GAVIN COLTON ’16 BRIAN HACKETT SHARYN JONES WILLIAM LANDON AMANDA NAGELEISEN ’04 MELISSA POWELL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FRANK A. BIRKENHAUER ’92 President JIM CUTTER ’81 Past President JESSICA JOHNSTON ’99 Vice President TOM WIEDEMANN ’90 President-Elect MICHELLE MCMULLEN ’15 Director of Alumni Programs & Councils CORRESPONDENCE NKU MAGAZINE OFFICE OF MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS AC 701 1 Nunn Dr. Highland Heights, KY 41099 PHONE (859) 572-6948 WEB MARCOMM.NKU.EDU 14 THE LEADING LIGHT How do you go from struggling first-generation college student to president, chair, and CEO of one of the nation’s largest TV and digital news companies? Just ask Rich Boehne. P AGE 22 FINDING GRACE IN AMERICA’S DARKEST HOUR A photographic look at artifacts unearthed at the site of a pre-Civil War racially integrated grade school—the first of its kind in the country. P AGE 28 TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Innovative and challenging programs are why NKU is consistently ranked among the top universities in the nation by Forbes . But a handful of classes in particular turn conventional teaching methods on their heads. P AGE DEPARTMENTS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 4 Around Campus 5 EMAIL NKUMAGAZINE@NKU.EDU NKU MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY FOR ITS GRADUATES, DONORS, AND FRIENDS. COPYRIGHT 2016 NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, CONCERNS? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! EMAIL US AT NKUMAGAZINE@NKU.EDU. NORSE NOW 32 MYSTERY PHOTO 36 AROUND THE HORNS 6 NKU 360º 8 NKU News 10 NKU Athletics 12 Christine Roush joins the 1000-point club for the Norse. Page 13 spring/summer 2016 3

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