Vic Thomas ’74 is the associate entertainment director at Summerfest, where he started working in 1974 to earn money for college. Today, he’s responsible for booking acts, negotiating contracts, and coordinating entertainment staff. The annual music festival attracts roughly 800,000 people each year, with more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 12 stages. During the 11 days of Summerfest, I typically wake up between … Continue reading What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?
Peter Straub MCDS’61 is the author of 17 bestselling novels, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won numerous awards and has co-authored two books with close friend Stephen King. Straub also taught English at USM in the late 1960s. He is married to Susie (Bitker) Straub MUS’62 and they live in Brooklyn, New York. By the mid-1970s, I had published … Continue reading What is it Like… To Co-write a Bestselling Novel with Stephen King?
Helen (Holly) Lovejoy ’68 is a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago, and hopes to follow it with a doctorate in Turkic linguistics. In 1967, during the summer between my junior and senior years at … Continue reading What is it Like… To Live in Perpetual Movement?
On Sept. 11, 2001, Jonathan McBride ’88 was 31 and running a start-up media company in New York City. Since then, he’s worked under former President Barack Obama as assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel and, currently, as managing director and global head of inclusion and diversity at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. In the mid-1990s, I was living in New … Continue reading What is it Like… To Lead in the Face of Adversity?
Graham Baldwin ’95 graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 and served as a commissioned officer until 2007. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2008. Currently, he is the director of asset management and operations for Invenergy, a clean-energy company based in Chicago. As a naval flight officer, I served as the weapons systems officer and navigator … Continue reading What is it Like… To Save a Life?
Madeline Cohen ’15 is a senior computer science major at Villanova University. She lived in Italy for six months in 2017, during which time she held an internship with the Department of Telecommunications at the Vatican City State. My main job was to create a website for the Vatican City’s pharmacy, which didn’t have one before I got there, just a single web page. The … Continue reading What is it Like… To Work at the Vatican?