Brave New World

Personal computing devices have revolutionized University School of Milwaukee’s curriculum, putting unparalleled knowledge into students’ hands with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger. But they can also serve as a distracting temptation—one that can be difficult for children and their parents to manage. So why are these devices important in the classroom, and how is USM teaching students to use … Continue reading Brave New World

What is it Like…

Ever wonder what it’s like to write with Stephen King? Or to work at the Vatican? These alumni know—and they’re spilling all the details. -As told to Pamela Seiler What is it Like… to Run the World’s Largest Music Festival? What is it Like… to Co-Write a Bestselling Novel with Stephen King? What is it Like… to Live in Perpetual Movement? What is it Like… … Continue reading What is it Like…

What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?

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?

What is it Like… To Co-write a Bestselling Novel with Stephen King?

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?

What is it Like… To Live in Perpetual Movement?

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?

What is it Like… To Lead in the Face of Adversity?

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?