Alumni Close-Ups

Lisa Nett ’97: Arbor Day All The Time

Winter 2014 — 1 comment

For Lisa Nett ’97, a tree doesn’t just grow in Brooklyn.

Mark Riccobono ’99: Pioneer for the Blind

Winter 2014

Mark Riccobono's UW–Madison experience served as an awakening.

Alexandra DeWalt ’13: E-Book Sensation

Fall 2014

Ali Dewalt got a taste of what it’s like to be a hit author before she even arrived on campus.

Kevin Henkes x’83: Connecting with Kids

Fall 2014

A class project sparked a career as an author and illustrator.

Anna Therese Day ’10: Freelancer Advocate

Summer 2014

For Anna Therese Day ’10, going the freelance route in pursuit of a journalism career wasn’t so much a choice as it was a calling.

Dan Venne ’01: From Bands to Brands

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

The work of Dan Venne ’01 is everywhere.

David Bither MA’78: Record-Holding Record Label

Spring 2014

David Bither MA’78 of Nonesuch Records goes with his heart.

Melinda Myers MS’86: Turning Black Thumbs Green

Spring 2014 — 1 comment

For Melinda Myers MS’86, there’s something special about helping people grow their first tomato.

Geraldine Hines JD’71: Defending Justice

Winter 2013 — 3 comments

Hines traces her path to the judge’s bench directly back to her experience as one of four black students in the UW Law School’s Class of 1971.

Viveca Chan ’76: Ad Agency Pioneer

Winter 2013

Chen had no idea what she wanted to do with her life — only that she wanted a U.S. education.

D. Wayne Lukas ’57, MS’60:
Still Racing Strong

Winter 2013

There’s no how-to book in thoroughbred racing ... experience is paramount.

Sweet and Scary: Leigh Henderson MBA’07

Fall 2013

When it comes to baking cakes, Leigh Henderson MBA’07 is good — scary good.

Andrew Stoltmann ’94: Defending Investors

Fall 2013 — 1 comment

Andrew Stoltmann ’94 witnessed the cruel effects of fiscal crime when his father was swindled in a real estate deal, losing $80,000.

Jeff DeGraff PhD’85: Dean of Innovation

Summer 2013 — 2 comments

"If you want to become better and new, the positive tension that comes from diversity, people holding divergent views, is essential to making innovation happen."

Marshall Brickman ’62: The Jersey Score “Dueling Banjos” to Jersey Boys

Summer 2013

“My theory of life — and career choices — then and now is to hang out with people that I don’t mind having lunch with.”

Rich Varda ’75: A Sustainable Target

Spring 2013

When you want to reduce your energy consumption, you might swap an incandescent light bulb for a more efficient compact fluorescent. But Rich Varda ’75 thinks bigger — much bigger.

Carolyn Smith ’87: Pushing the Limits

Spring 2013

Carolyn Smith ’87’s calves have powered her through more grueling miles than most people can even fathom.

John Schmitt ’80: The Long Road

Winter 2012

For years, John Schmitt ’80 had heard that many of the world’s people live without access to clean, safe water

Bob Wills MS’81, PhD’83, JD’91: Urban Cheesemaker

Winter 2012 — 1 comment

When night settles on Milwaukee’s near south side, Clock Shadow Creamery starts humming

Dave and Rachel ’03 Brown: Amazing Race Champions

Fall 2012

. . . the Browns became the most successful team in race history by winning a record eight challenges.

Jamie Yuenger ’04: Mini-Documentarian

Fall 2012

“We are all part of a bigger story.”

Emily Friedman ’07: On the Campaign Trail

Summer 2012

Emily Friedman has a front-row seat to history as an ABC News digital reporter covering Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Tom Hall ’86: Video Game Innovator

Summer 2012 — 1 comment

“I felt guilty eating breakfast. I had to get in to work and make the game.”

Michael Wenninger DVM’04: Exotic Animal Vet

Spring 2012 — 1 comment

A typical day for veterinarian Michael Wenninger DVM’04 brings to mind something that you’d see on Animal Planet.

Sarah Wu ’99: Exposing School Lunches

Spring 2012 — 1 comment

A hotdog encased in soggy bagel dough with a side of Tater Tots and a skimpy fruit cup might not seem like much to write home about, but . . .

Michael Eddy ’90: Assisting in the Birth of a Nation

Winter 2011 — 1 comment

Making history in southern Sudan

Harris ’06 & Lyle ’08 Friess: Taking a Shot at Making a Difference

Winter 2011

Brooklyn Youth Sports Club: Basketball to promote academic excellence

Bruce Kania ’75: Floating a Sustainable Idea

Fall 2011 — 3 comments

No man is an island. However, one man’s name is becoming synonymous with them.

Ronald Silverman ’69: Dentist to a Dictator

Fall 2011 — 1 comment

Ron Silverman ’69 stared into the jaws of death five years ago when he found himself fitting a crown molding for the mouth of Saddam Hussein.

Estella Leopold ’48: Carrying on the Leopold Legacy

Summer 2011

“We can learn plenty from the past,” says Estella Leopold ’48.

Marjorie Liu JD’03: Genre Bender

Summer 2011

There’s nothing in the family law classes to prepare future Badger attorneys to understand the relationship between a woman and a merman.

Ben Weiner ’06 and Kelly Korevec ’06: Partnership in Motion

Spring 2011 — 3 comments

Weiner and Korevec create dailymile.com.

Madelon Rosenfeld ’71: Staying Sharp as a Fencing Champion

Spring 2011 — 1 comment

Judge (and fencing champ) Rosenfeld makes her point with cold steel.

Zach Bassett ’09: Setting Sail through Craigslist

Winter 2010

Just days before launching his professional career in Hastings, Minnesota, Zach Bassett ’09 was sailing a forty-six-foot yacht in the Mediterranean.

Rod Clark ’71: Literature in Bloom

Winter 2010

As the editor of the literary magazine Rosebud, Rod Clark has published nearly 50 issues

The New Adventures of Tricia O’Kelley

Fall 2010

After years of being what she called a “professional guest star,” (Patricia) Tricia O’Kelley ’90 scored a steady gig when she landed a role in CBS’s hit sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Dennis White: Saving an Ancient Art

Fall 2010 — 4 comments

Dennis White works to preserve Ojibwe culture.

Pam Alexander ’90, JD ’02: Animal Defender

Summer 2010 — 2 comments

Pam Hart Alexander co-founded SAAV to help save animals.

Kurt Unterholzner ’82: Transplant Hero

Summer 2010 — 3 comments

Kurt Unterholzner makes the most of his second chance.

Tony Dreyfuss ’97: The Philosophy of Joe

Summer 2009

Since Tony Dreyfuss ’97 opened Metropolis Coffee in 2003 in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, it’s garnered publicity in publications ranging from Saveur to London’s Evening Standard.