Cecelia Johanni: Media & Me

Entrepreneurs in the Making

Program: The Entrepreneurship Experience: Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures, was aimed to shape the minds of students into an entrepreneurial mindset by using business principles. It included hands on experience that taught students the secret of success in this field.

Instructor: Dr. Jim Friedman teaches creativity in the Institute of Entrepreneurship/Farmer School of Business. He is the faculty advisor for all majors and minors of the Farmer School of Business.

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Students gather after meeting their client at Hubbard Broadcasting, located in Cincinnati. -Photo contributed by Jim Friedman

Inspiration to offer the course: Friedman stated that, “The earlier that we can get young people to embrace and understand how their natural creativity can make their lives better, the stronger they will be when they begin their college careers.”

What students got out of the program: Students gained perspective, context, and confidence, as well as some great stories, Friedman remarked.


Project(s) students worked on: “The major project of this class is creativity consulting for a Cincinnati company.  Students will visit the company offices, work with the client, and return to campus to develop solutions, ” he said.

Success in this field after college: According to Friedman, this information is valuable to a corporate CEO, small business owner, or even a stay-at-home parent. He remarked, “students who master the skills of this class will be successful in any venture – personal or professional.”


Students Learn the Basics of Nutrition and Dietetics

Program: The Dynamics of Nutrition and Dietetics, was designed to explore how nutrition and health are interlocked through interactive experiences, such as cooking. Students learnt a variety of aspects that deal with healthy eating. They are able to recognize Phytochemicals, antioxidants, and use the software in the Dietetics Food Science Laboratory.

Instructor: Professor Nancy Parkinson is a full time clinical faculty member in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. She has been at Miami University for 10 years and loves her work.

Inspiration to offer the course: Parkinson wanted to “give participants an overview of the variety of careers and opportunities in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

What students got out of the program: Students saw the challenges of being a food and nutrition professional. They focussed on addressing trends in the general public. “ All of these deal with the research, science, and technology behind the decision making process and understanding the history of food systems, production, marketing and distribution of food and nutrition services,” stated Parkinson.

Project(s) students worked on: Students participated in reflective writings, reading, service learning and engaging activities.

Success in this field after college: Parkinson stated that Miami has graduates working in the food industry in areas such as research and development of food products, food regulations and corporate wellness programs. “We have graduates working with all types of specialty populations like children with special needs, diabetes, [and] obesity,” she said, “We have graduates in Food Systems Management positions, and culinary school graduates.”

Final presentation: Parkinson stated that students documented and researched different topics.


Basic Business Skills

Program: Basics of Business, focused on all areas of business, it strengthened the students’ understanding of business processes. Students worked in groups to solve a business problem while thinking and working together. They also practiced presenting in a professional environment.

Instructor: Professor Helen Koons teaches in the Marketing department at Farmer School of Business. She also advises marketing students throughout the year and works with Miami PRIME, a program that teaches business basics to non-business majors and minors. Koons works with the Club of Fashion Design and is building a curriculum that will compensate a new co-major between Fashion and Business.

Inspiration to offer the course: “I love teaching others about business and I have a passion for educating young adults,” said Professor Koons. She frequently volunteers her time to students in this age group. “This is a program that impacts everyone’s career life, all fields need to understand business to be successful in their endeavors,” she said.

Students visit Kitchen Aid to see how it mixes up business. — Photo contributed by Helen Koons

Sucess after college: Opportunities in business vary, with jobs like an accountant, entrepreneur, or marketer. Professor Koons stated, “There are a lot of different career paths to match your skills, passions, and desires to a career that meets your personality and wants.”

Final Presentation: Students will show their new Apple product that will be presented on the last day of class. They needed to use basic business strategies to help them “justify, support, and innovate,” said Professor Koons.


Meet Helena Han

Helena Han, a sixteen year old summer scholar originally from the city of Jinan in the Shandong province of China, participated in the “Free Trade, Fair Trade” module. She has been living in Indiana for the past two years and currently resides there with her mom. Helena attends Bloomington High School, where she enjoys being a part of Japanese Club. She was taught English at the school she attended in China before coming to the US for high school.

Helena Han is currently learning Japanese, her third language. — Photo contributed by Helena Han

 Reflecting on the vast differences between the education systems of China and the United States, Helena stated, “[In China] we have school from six to seven, after that we have dinner. Then we have night study from from eight to ten.” She also noted the strict focus on academics, mentioning that only educational clubs exist at her school in China. When thinking about college, she is considering staying in the US, “In high school and middle school [in China,] there is too much pressure, so no one is studying [in college]. I prefer it here because everyone is studying.” Han is interested in a career involving marketing or advertisement.

Han also talked about the vast environmental and cultural differences between the countries, “My friends’ families are harsh,” she said, “no bikinis, no shorter shorts, no fast food.” She mentioned that her parents are more relaxed, saying,  “They are the best.” One notable problem in her city is air pollution, “Three sides of the city is [surrounded by] mountains, so when the wind blows into the city all the dirty stuff stays in there.”

Overall, Helena has enjoyed her time at the Miami Summer Scholars Program, “I hoped to meet new friends…it’s cool to meet friends here from a whole different country,” she stated. Through the program, she made many connections and has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Miami.

Meet Molly DeFilippo

Molly DeFilippo, a seventeen year old summer scholar from a Pittsburgh suburb, participated in the “Entrepreneurship Experience” module. She attends Oakland Catholic High School, where she participates in Chinese Club, cross country, school newspaper, and Future Business Leaders of America. DeFilippo previously played CYO basketball. She also has an interest in community service, “I volunteer once a month at The Center of Hope, a soup kitchen in my town,” she stated.

Molly DeFilippo says you have to grow up a little” in the Summer Scholars program. — Photo contributed y Molly DeFilippo

DeFilippo’s interest in business started at an early age, “Both my parents studied business, hearing them talk about it interested me,” she said, “They work for the same company, that’s actually how they met.”  When questioned about the benefits of the entrepreneurship trek, she stated, “I think it will help me with other areas outside of business…entrepreneurship is all about creating different careers.”

“In my spare time,” DeFilippo remarked, “I hang out with my friends and family and I like to travel.” Her most recent trip was with her school to China, “We visited Beijing and Shanghai,” she said. Another interest of DeFilippo’s is fashion magazines, “I’ve been collecting Vogue and putting it on my shelf”.

When reflecting on her time in the Summer Scholars program, Defilippo said, “I didn’t know what to expect [at first], but I found that I relate to a lot of people here.”  She also spoke about the first hand experience her module witnessed, “We sat in one of Hubbard Broadcasting’s brainstorming meetings for creating a new show,” she stated. Defilippo enjoyed her time at Miami University, “it’s a preview of college…it helped reinforce if Miami is a good choice for me,” she remarked.  


My Journalism Journey

Journalism is a constantly evolving field filled with a vast amount of opportunities. Many factors have contributed to the decline of print news in this industry. Things such as lower subscriptions due to online content and the challenge of tracking value through websites have caused fear to those hoping to break into news reporting. Through this program, I have learned that although we live in digital age, we can still find many ways to break into the news industry through media.

My first impression of journalism did not include many of the essential branches that make modern news reporting possible. I have learned the importance social media now plays in the news industry. When speaking to Katie Vogel of the Cincinnati Enquirer, I was able to receive an in depth view of the responsibilities an engagement editor holds. She told us about the creative aspects that go into making social media platforms attract a wider following. This was particularly interesting to me because I have always held an interest in social media and trends that come along with it. While visiting WVXU I was able to witness a live broadcast, which was a side of journalism that I never knew much about until now.

When the class spoke to JM Rieger, we saw a production oriented side of journalism. It was fascinating to learn how much work goes into Huffington Post’s online videos. Some of my favorite visitors included Taylor Dolvan, a researcher for VICE, and Ellie Conoly who will soon be starting at Odyssey. Learning more about the digital journalism world was a captivating experience that genuinely opened my mind to a whole new side of the news industry.

My time as a Summer Scholar has been very positive. Immersing myself into such a diverse profession has definitely broadened my perspective of the journalism and media world. Learning about potential jobs was a mind opening experience that caused me to consider the wide range of interests I have and how I can apply my passions to a future career. Meeting all of our guests and exploring new places sparked my interest in magazines, social media, and newspaper related careers. I hope to further my understanding of these paths in college and use my job as a platform to inform and make a difference.