He's danced with Bob Herzog on Dance Party Friday. His best friend is Drew Lachey. He's stood before an international crowd on Fountain Square and made goo-goo eyes at his purple significant other.

With his oversized "Queen City" crown, the blue mascot Whirl is certainly the man for the job of revving up the PR engines in the countdown to the largest international arts event in the city's history "” next July's 2012 World Choir Games. It's a big job and the numbers are staggering:

"¢ $73.5 million economic impact for the U.S.

"¢ $22.3 million in increased earnings for Tristate households

"¢ $1.8 million in tax revenues for Cincinnati and other local governments

"¢ 20,000 participants from 70 countries

"¢ 200,000 spectators

Whirl was designed by Cincinnati native Davis Stanard, who co-owns Stanard Design Partners with his wife Cynthia.

Now, with Twirl at his side, there's no stopping him.

"”The Editors


University of Cincinnati student Cameron Hoerig has given a classic college drinking game a bright twist. Hoerig, 21 and a third-year electrical engineering major, developed a beer pong table equipped with LED lights and photocells that create a ring of light around each cup.

The table contains 10 rings of eight LED lights on either end. When a cup is placed in a ring, the photocell in the middle detects the cup and lights up the ring. The lights turn on in succession, making it look like the ring is spinning around the cup.

Hoerig began the project in last August after, uh, research into friends' beer pong tables. The second version of the table, controlled mainly by software, was started in February.

He does not plan on reproducing and selling the table, but is more than willing to give others the instructions to make their own. He has ideas to take it to the next level. "I would like to place an LED array in the middle of the table along with a camera. Doing so would allow the table to track the trajectory of a ball throw and light up a trace in the LED array," Hoerig says.

All he needs now is the time and money.

"” Rachel Schowalter


Project Iris Clothing has unveiled its summer women's shirt line, a series of chic graphic tees with vibrant floral prints.

The line is the latest by Ripple Junction, a Cincinnati-based clothing company. Five percent of all sales from Project Iris go toward World Food Program USA, a U.S.-based nonprofit focused on building support for the United Nations World Food Program, which works to feed hungry people in developing countries.

Project Iris is based in Cincinnati and all of its garments are manufactured in the U.S. Their clothing lines are sold in approximately 125 boutiques nationwide and online at



Combine two education and training programs, both with 90 percent placement rates: How can you not succeed? That's the thinking behind the partnership between Warren County Career Center and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, created to prepare workers for the electric power industry.

"Our electrical engineering technologies program is one of our bedrock offerings," says Dr. O'dell M. Owens, president of Cincinnati State. "It is a pathway not only to traditional jobs in factories and commercial complexes throughout the region, but also for opportunities in renewable energy that will be opening up down the road."

The partnership links the two programs, leading to an associate degree in electrical power technology. Students in the northern suburbs will be able to earn industry certification at WCCC, where classes are close to home and in the evenings. They can then apply those credits toward the associate degree at Cincinnati State, where they will have access to the co-op program and additional job experience.

"After students earn their certifications, they will be able to be employed and can work their way through to their degree," WCCC Coordinator Ben Brigham says.


Wright State's Supply Chain Program a Hit

As Mike Anuci points out, "Companies don't compete company to company. They compete supply chain to supply chain." The 10-year Procter & Gamble employee specializes in supply chain and information technology.

He enrolled in Wright State's Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduate program in July of 2010, and has been impressed. "The program challenges you and gives you the research to make the right decisions," Anuci says. "Business supply chain opportunities are so vast. With the knowledge, experience and new ideas I'm gaining from the program, I'll be able to apply what I've learned to P&G's supply chain operations to produce savings across the board."

Mark Potticary, director of logistics for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, enrolled since January, says the program provides a well-rounded view. "I have a much improved awareness of the importance of relationships across the entire supply chain."

Potticary says the program strength is two-fold: a highly qualified faculty and classmates with experience and insight. "Learning from the experience of classmates is a big benefit. There's so much stimulating discussion in the class that provides real world learning for everyone."

Program chair Dwight E. Smith-Daniels, says that is the strategy "” to ask questions that lead to rich discussion. He says 64 percent of related costs in producing a product are supply chain costs, so the emphasis must be on efficiency and effectiveness.

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Last year, when Dean Miuccio got "canned," as he so eloquently puts it, from his job as a radio show host, he wasn't ready to hang up his mike. Instead, he has developed and produced a TV show that features local news and people using local "downsized" talent.

A pilot has been filmed and the next step is to pitch it to local stations.

It's entertaining and it's local, says Miuccio. He calls the show "Cincinnality" and he roped four other Cincinnati radio and TV personalities into joining him as co-hosts. Every one of them was a successful, mid-career media professional before losing his or her job.

"I thought, "¢Why don't I just grab some of the top talent that's just been let go from their jobs?'" Miuccio says. "We all got together. I saw that there was chemistry. They all climbed on board with me."

Combined, the show's four hosts have more than 50 years of experience. Miuccio and his partner Randi Douglas were the stars of the Dean & Randi Morning Show on radio station WARM 98 for almost nine years. Amanda Orlando was a radio personality for 16 years, last heard on WUBE-B105 where she and Bill Whyte were nominated three years in a row for Best Personality at the Country Music Association Awards. Dan Carroll spent 17 years at Fox 19, ending his career as an evening anchor.

"I think local management at TV stations would love to have a show like this that can anchor them to the city and bring notoriety to their TV station and ratings," he says.

To other unemployed media professionals, his endeavor sends a message: "It was the first time I've ever been let go from a job, so it was kind of devastating for me. I think no matter what type of job you have, your future is whatever you want to make out of it."

"”Brianna Bodine