Distinguished Guests Visit Campus

Many notable individuals, including authors, artists, speakers, and even a celebrity chef, visited campus this fall. Students, parents, and for most events the general public were invited to enjoy the guests and broaden their horizons. “The USM assembly program is an important enhancement to our curriculum,” said Assistant Head of School Gregg Bach. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring a variety of prominent national speakers to campus.”

Chef Jet Tila, who has appeared on national TV shows like “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” visited our Middle School students. Not only did they get to meet Tila and sample his fried rice, they enjoyed a high-energy interactive demonstration from the chef himself.

Lower School students enjoyed a special treat when Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor visited to discuss his artwork and share behind-the-scenes information about a few of his pieces. “Reginald’s art is focused on elements like line, color, and structure, all of which students study in class,” said Katelyn Peter, 4th-grade teacher.

Ben Rawlence came to USM to present on activism, politics, and responsible citizenship in the 21st century and to discuss his newest book, “City of Camp.” His visit was sponsored by USM’s Global Scholars Program and ties in with this year’s crisis simulation theme: global water issues.

Artist, writer, and comics creator Ben Hatke well-known for his “Zita the Spacegirl” trilogy, spoke with Lower School students about his work. “In my storytelling, I find myself thinking a lot about, and being fascinated by, how words and pictures can work together to tell a story,” Hatke said.

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