Nina Kneitel | SS21

Student takes on Central Ohio with bread business

Maggie Boland bakes about 20 loaves a week. — Contributed photo

An aspiring chef, Maggie Boland, 16, runs a local bread business called Maggie’s Rise and Shine Baked Goods from her home in Grove City, Ohio. Throughout the week, Boland whips up 15-20 loaves of plain bread, asiago and cinnamon in her family’s kitchen to sell to members of the community.

She is attending the Miami University Summer Scholars Program to learn more about entrepreneurship to become a restaurateur. 

Like many others, the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on Boland’s employment plans. When plans for a job fell through in the spring of 2020, Boland turned to the bread business to make money and gain experience in the kitchen. The pandemic gave her the time to develop the business.

 “I am in marching band and show choir during the school year. I would not have had the time to start this if it weren’t for COVID,” said Boland.

Boland said she knows most of her customers.

“A lot of my customer base is the community of the smaller town that I’m in…A lot of people know each other…A lot of people who know a lot of people know who I am.”

Rise and Shine Baked Goods offers delivery. — Contributed photo

Along with word of mouth, Boland uses Instagram and a Facebook page to promote her business and take orders. She devotes considerable time to the work, as it takes about two-and-half hours  to make one or two loaves and another half hour for every two more orders. 

Boland would like to keep her business running for another year or so, as long as she is still in high school. Once she settles on a college choice, she’ll decide  the future of her bread making. Since she currently lives in Ohio, Boland is familiar with the rules and regulations that come with running a food business out of her home. If she ends up in Illinois — another option for college — she will get up to speed on policies  and laws there related to her business.

“I am really really grateful that I have the opportunity that I did and I am very very excited to see where it will go this year,” said Boland.


Art students dive into portfolios and 3D creations

Jayla Ross creates her wire shoe sculpture. — Photo by Nina Kneitel

In a classroom with one professor and multiple art supplies, nine students are able to let their imaginations run as they create art for the Miami University Summer Scholars Program in the Studio Art: Portfolios that Punch module led by Michael Stillion, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Art. 

Although the students work on the same assignments, they opted for the course for different reasons.  Jayla Ross, 17, who will be a senior in Cleveland, Ohio this fall, went with studio art to sharpen her skills

“I chose it because it helps me grow my portfolio,” Ross said.

Adam Edwards, 17 and a rising senior in Dayton, Ohio, is using the course to expand his artistic output. 

“My main focus with art is graphic design but in order for me to study that in college I have to build a portfolio with other forms of art,” Edwards said.

Throughout the two-week program, this module does many different activities that build the students as artists. Stillion highlighted the relationship between 2D and 3D art by assigning students to create wire shoes.

Students started by sketching their chosen shoe. Stillion taught them to “cross contour” — that is, lines that reflect the movement of the eye — to develop their art. 

Student Cassie Rollins, 17 and a rising senior in Grove City, Ohio, says she “envisions it and makes it.” That applied to the shoe project, with Rollins designing a sneaker-style sculpture. 

Along with wire shoes, Stillion taught students the fundamentals of drawing, sculpture, cross contouring, graphite drawing and more. A favorite activity of many students was creating pictures with charcoal, especially self portraits.  

“I usually like to do portraits but I’ve never used charcoal before so it was cool to try a new medium,” Ross said. 

Stillion said he wanted Summer Scholar students to leave campus with the makings of a portfolio — and more.

 “The basics of art: that it is fun but it is hard work.”


Media ever-changing with the times

Media careers have changed over the decades, but remain plentiful for students who prepare for them. That’s the view of Dr. Bruce Drushel, chair of Miami University’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film, who’s been a faculty member for 34 years and chair for the last three. 

“There is a continual appetite for newer, quicker, cheaper, smaller ways for putting together media messages and media content, ” Drushel said.

Dr. Bruce Drushel (right) coaches Inside London participants in front of BBC headquarters. — Contributed photo

Since content and types of media are ever-changing, careers in this field constantly come and go. Radio used to be one of the main forms of media and when television and video started becoming more popular, radio had started fading out. As podcasts are becoming popular, audio-based media is coming back as a more common form of media intake. 

Drushel personally has an interest in more classic media.“I’m fascinated by how well done it was given the technology that was available,” he said. 

Not only have forms of media been changing, but so have the audiences and creators of media. 

“The advent of social media, admittedly, has probably been the biggest revolution in terms of media because social media has enabled people to be both creators and consumers of media,” said Drushel. 

Social media also has advertising demands, with new career options in managing social media. 

Media content and college courses have likewise been changing. As a person who identifies as a gay man, Drushel has been particularly interested in LGBTQ media studies and content.

“Like a lot of people in my situation, the more I sort of self identified, the more I became curious. The more I became curious the more I started using the tools I had learned in graduate school to find out a lot about gay and lesbian history. Because I was also interested in media, that seemed to be kind of a natural mesh of two areas,” he said.


Run Cambri, run!

Cambri Mushrush runs cross country. — Contributed photo

High school junior Cambri Mushrush, 16, from New Philadelphia, Ohio, created a running group on Day 1 of Miami University Summer Scholars Program 2021 to share her love of running with other students. While Mushrush runs cross country at home, she led 4-7-mile Summer Scholars runs each morning at 6 a.m.

Question: What got you into running?

Answer: So I started running when I was in fifth grade because I had always been really active. And my brother, he loved running — and he was in the cross country program and so I just started running just because of his influence, honestly. He has influenced me so much. Also, I used to do cheerleading so I kind of found out quickly that I really liked the more involved and fast-paced kind of sports. I took up cross country. I was actually doing both at one point then I was like, ‘I’m kind of good at this,’ and I started going to all the practices and the games that we played at practice were so much fun. And I started going to the races and it was fun. I have trained hard ever since.

Q: What made you decide to form a running group here?

A: My summer training is a really big part of my cross country season. So I knew if I was going to go here I was going to have to run and keep working hard as I’ve been doing the whole summer. Additionally, when I was going into this I was like, ‘I need to find a group,’ because I’m on a new campus, I didn’t know where I was going and I felt like it would be a really great way to make friends and meet new people. So I formed this because I knew there would be other people who need to train and it would be a great way to bring people together.

Q: Is the group mostly your friends or have you reached out to others?

A: So it’s mostly the people I reached out to on the very first day. Our group definitely grew throughout the time here. We’ve had a lot of people just join us for runs every now and then,  people that are really consistent every single day running. So we’re really inclusive. Anyone who wants to run, we want them with us. 

This Q&A has been condensed lightly.


Two weeks of inspiration

I don’t know what I expected when I signed up to some random summer program across the country a couple months ago, but it was definitely not this. Coming to Miami University and the journalism module in particular, I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. These past two weeks have been better than ever imagined. I have learned so much about journalism and I’m thankful that I have been able to do it in this two week program. 

Media Matters students visit the TV studio in Williams Hall. –Contributed photo

Honestly, I was not very interested in journalism as a field of study or a career at all, but I thought it seemed like an interesting course. After this program, I have learned that there is more to it than just what I had thought. Coming into this, I had some interest in radio and after visiting a radio station and talking to people in the field, my fascination has only grown. 

Professor Patricia Gallagher Newberry, Sharon Coolidge, and Kristyn Hartman were by far my favorite journalists that I have met these past two weeks. It is obvious by speaking to her former students that Newberry is an inspiration to everyone. This was supported by my experience with her as my teacher with an unforgettable experience. Coolidge showed her great perseverance by trying to get us a tour through Cincinnati City Hall. I could tell she really cared about educating us about her job and its importance. Hartman was a great guest when she gave us a tour of her newsroom and answered our questions. She inspired me when she asked me what I wanted to do with my career and gave me advice and feedback. It helped me figure out what I wanted. 

Along with class time and journalism, this program helped me learn about others by creating friendships. During my time at Miami I have met some of the most amazing people. My friends are so funny and deep and creative, I am so grateful for everything in my life that has led me to meeting and spending these past two weeks with them.


About the author

Nina Kneitel is a 16-year-old incoming senior at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, California. At home, she is the youngest of two siblings. At school, she is interested in social sciences and math. She enjoys being involved in her school including being in the the IB Program and participating in extra school events such as her previous involvement in the cheer squad.

In her free time, Kneitel researches colleges and is involved in the Sacramento chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). She came to the Summer Scholars program in hopes of learning something new and getting a feel for college life. She plans to get an undergraduate degree in psychology or a similar area of study.