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16 / Virtual Leader Elizabeth Baron (BA87) championed immersive virtual reality at Ford Motor Company at a time when many in senior leadership thought it was a joke. She kept the dream alive until the technology and hardware caught up with her vision.


20 / Could These Helmets Save Lives? EMU student Zach Push has produced a revolutionary helmet prototype that can do more than save lives. It can locate them.


24 / From ‘Family Life’ to television’s ‘Modern Family’ Sally Young (BS72) majored in something once called Family Life at EMU—setting the stage for her serendipitous future as a producer on the hit television show ‘Modern Family.’


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DEPARTMENTS 4 / Editor’s Note 5 / From the President


6-15 / Around Campus ■


Renowned media historian and EMU professor Mary Ann Watson helps Syracuse University and Oprah Winfrey honor Dick Clark


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DEPARTMENTS CONTINUED ■


28-39 / Alumni News ■


Professor Sherry Jerome Wilkinson talks ballet, art and the human experience in “A Conversation With…”


Chef Ryan Leinonen (BA01) savors the success of his culinary career


■ Remembering Coleman Jewett (BS61, MA72) Cover photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company 24


Have you ever wondered how Eastern’s buildings, classrooms and residence halls got their names?





Eagle cross country runners Willy Fink and Victoria Voronko capture individual MAC championships


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