In March, the University School of Milwaukee community went from anticipating a relaxing spring break to preparing for self-isolation amid a global pandemic—all in a matter of a few days. Although teachers and students had to dramatically change how they taught and learned, everyone rallied together to implement the school’s USM@HOME distance learning plan. On the following pages, you’ll hear from members of our community … Continue reading Learning in the Time of Coronavirus
Laura Fuller is set to retire following nine years as USM’s head of school. When Laura Fuller arrived at University School of Milwaukee in 2011, she was given the charge to build upon a very good school and make it an even better one. Hired as the school’s first female head, she was seen as a strong leader, excellent collaborator, and wonderful listener—qualities that have … Continue reading A Job (and Career) Well Done
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
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…
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?