Education: Marquette University, Bachelor of Science, College of Business Administration; Marquette University, Master of Arts, British & American Literature
Hometown: Depends on whether your definition of “hometown” is where you were born or where you were raised, if different. For me, it’s Sycamore, Illinois, and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, respectively.
Favorite books: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon; The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway; A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving; Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott; The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, by Paul Tough.
Favorite movies: To Kill a Mockingbird (one of the only adaptations of a novel that does justice; the book is one of my favorites, too); Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder; nothing finer); Field of Dreams (because “Hey… dad? Wanna have a catch?” works every time).
Hobbies: Bicycling, running, podcasting, finding as many ways to eat foods containing Hatch chiles from New Mexico...
When you visit Appleton, be sure to: Look up as you walk down College Avenue. The buildings have beautiful details on the outside which match the tin-stamped ceilings you’ll find on the inside of many of them.
When you visit Lawrence, check out: Andrew Commons for a meal, any meal. Best deal and some of the best food in Appleton. And that’s not because the food in Appleton isn’t magnificent (because much of it is), but because the food at Lawrence is seriously that good. Trust me on this.
I was surprised to learn this about Lawrence: That Loren Pope (author of Colleges That Change Lives) was right: if Lawrence were on either of the coasts, it would probably be one of the most selective colleges in the country, because the quality of the education, the faculty, and the students are as strong as any you’ll find anywhere, and it’s all done on a beautiful campus.
Favorite Appleton restaurant: Basil Cafe. (great Asian fusion)
Best day at Lawrence is: Tie: the day of our Welcome Convocation during Welcome Week when our new students arrive; Commencement, where we send them off four years later fully equipped for a world quite different than the one that existed back during their own Welcome Convocations.
Advice to prospective Lawrentians' parents: We are looking forward to helping your sons and daughters become who they want to become.
Advice to prospective Lawrentians: Be yourself... even as you're still developing into the person you want to become.