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?

What is it Like… To Save a Life?

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?

What is it Like… To Work at the Vatican?

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?

Our Common Bond

On a cold, windy day in January 1983, former USM headmaster Robert D. Johnston sat down at his desk to pen his “Headmaster’s Corner” article for USM Today. At the time, USM was poised on the precipice of great change. Construction had begun to consolidate two campuses into one, thanks to the launch of a $13 million Our Future is Now capital campaign—the largest fundraising … Continue reading Our Common Bond

A Classroom Without Walls

Imagine that you have been given a 4″x6″ notecard with a horizontal line drawn through the middle. The space above the line represents air, and the space below represents soil. Now, without any help from Google, draw the entire potato plant, from the roots to leaves. Can you do it? For students in Kip Jacobs’ 7th-grade science class, that is their first assignment at the … Continue reading A Classroom Without Walls

Educating at the Speed of Change

For her senior-year capstone project, Anne Havlik ’17 tasked herself with the ambitious goal of building—from scratch—a solar-powered computer. She knew it would be a challenge but, given her interest in technology, it would also be a good opportunity to teach herself new skills. In her mind, Havlik envisioned a laptop powered by solar panels that could fit in a backpack, combining portability over rough … Continue reading Educating at the Speed of Change