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Xavier Magazine | February 22, 2018

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Posts By Felix Winternitz

Picture This

January 1, 2012 |

Talk about your animal magnetism. David FitzSimmons always finds himself spellbound by the curious creatures of the world. Toads. Snakes. Centipedes. Snails. Crickets. Lizards. Beetles. Even the odd dragonfly.

Get an up-close look at some of FitzSimmons’ critters.

Fortunately for … Read More

Our Favorite Martian

January 1, 2012 |

When Howard Hendrix was taking his first biology classes in Albers Hall many eons ago, he found himself firmly grounded in the botanical basics. It was customary and orthodox, planted deep into examinations of down-to-Earth dirt and mundane single-cell lifeforms. … Read More

The Suds Buds

January 1, 2012 |

 They were a band of brothers. A ragtag affiliation of students who thought Xavier was a fountain of knowledge—and they were here to drink. Or something like that.

They called themselves the “Golden Grainers.” They weren’t an official campus club … Read More

Building History

January 1, 2012 |

You’ll forgive Gary Sexton if he gets a bit exuberant about log cabins. And coal mines. And chicken coops. This energetic high school instructor is the middle-aged brain behind the teenaged brawn that built The Museum of Scott County, the … Read More

The Inside Scoop

January 1, 2012 |

You could call Luconda and Joanne Dager chips off the old block. The ice block, that is. The sisters manage the industrious Velvet Ice Cream Co. in Utica, Ohio—a going concern within their family for some four generations now.

Before … Read More

A Chip Off Xavier’s Block

January 1, 2012 |

With news breaking that the cereal giant Kellogg is acquiring the Pringles chip brand from Procter & Gamble for a crispy $2.7 billion, it’s worth noting the Xavier links to the iconic snack food—as well as some trivia about the … Read More

Inside the Vault

October 1, 2011 |

Prior to his Xavier speech, LaVaughn Henry, vice president and senior regional officer for the Cincinnati Federal Reserve Bank, offered a reporter a rare insider’s tour of the Fed bank vault.

This isn’t the sanitized version provided to school kids, … Read More

Profile: Claire Slemmer

October 1, 2011 |

Claire Slemmer

Master of Education in elementary education, 1974

Actress, voiceover artist, Zen instructor

New York

Early On | After graduating from Denison University with an economics degree in 1970, Claire Slemmer took to the stage as a singer-guitarist at … Read More

Profile: Kenny Malone

October 1, 2011 |

Kenny Malone

Bachelor of Science in mathematics and economics, 2007

Reporter, WLRN public radio and Miami Herald



The Heart of the Story | How do you go from a mathematics degree to a career as an investigative journalist? … Read More

Profile: Pepper Sweeny

October 1, 2011 |

Pepper Sweeney

Bachelor of Arts in communications and theater, 1988

Television actor

Los Angeles | Cincinnati

A Familiar Face | You could label Pepper Sweeney “the man who came to TV dinner.” During the past two decades, the affable actor … Read More

Change Agents

October 1, 2011 |

Neil F. Tilow has a few choice words for his former colleagues inside the Xavier post office: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The president and CEO of the Talbert House—Cincinnati’s largest addiction recovery community—says his career path all started … Read More

What’s the Rush?

October 1, 2011 |

Brian Shircliff wants you to stop for a moment. Slow down. Breathe. Live. Try it. Stop what you’re doing. Take a big, deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale. Ahhh. That’s it. Try that again. Now that you’re nice and relaxed, … Read More

The Good Fight: Sarah Niemoeller Bears Witness to History

October 1, 2011 |

Sarah Niemoeller’s life bears witness to the turbulent history of the past century. Strike that—not just mere “witness.” The feisty aristocrat and activist has always found herself as a full-fledged participant and combatant.

The nearly 90-year-old baroness—full name: Sibylle Augusta … Read More

The Driving Force

October 1, 2011 |

To say you’ll find Bob Philion in the sporting goods aisle doesn’t quite do justice to the 1993 marketing graduate. Philion is the president of Cobra-Puma Golf, the sports lifestyle conglomerate based jointly in Boston and San Diego. The firm … Read More

Profile: LaVaughn Henry

October 1, 2011 |

The 49-year-old LaVaughn Henry arrived near the end of 2009 to manage the Tristate’s most guarded institution. Along with his 130 Fed employees in Cincinnati, the economist is responsible for safeguarding new bills delivered from the United States Treasury, as … Read More