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Alumni Stories: Maurissa Horwitz '98, Sony Pictures Animation Editor

An image of Ms. Horwitz created by a fellow animation artist. Maurissa Horwitz '98, associate editor for Sony Pictures animation, has spent the last 15 years building up her experience editing film in Los Angeles.  She entered the field as an apprentice, worked on some television projects, and now edits full-length animation films. Some recent titles she has worked on include "Over the Hedge" (2006), "Monsters vs Aliens" (2009), "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010), and "Gnomeo & Juliet" (2011).

Position: Associate editor  for Sony Pictures Animation

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I edit animated feature films, which includes cutting together storyboards and editing the various stages of animation with dialogue, sound effects and music.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

Honestly, I find a lot of satisfaction just in having a small part of bringing a movie to life. The cherry on top is that, since I work mostly in animation, my projects are family-oriented and I can encourage absolutely everyone to see them.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

A film major isn't necessary, but a serious interest in animation or film is required. Since there is so much film and animation equipment available to Dartmouth students with the gorgeous, new Black Family Visual Arts Center, I would recommend trying to get as much time in there as you can.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Being a great editor requires someone who is extremely detail oriented (one frame at a time), but who can also step back and see how the whole narrative is working. It takes time to cultivate those skills, so be prepared to spend quite a few years as an apprentice and assistant editor when you enter the industry. These are mostly organizational (not creative) roles, but what you learn from the various editors you work with and their management styles will be invaluable for a long career ahead.

Photo courtesy of Maurissa Horwitz.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I have Dartmouth to thank for many reasons. First, the fact that a well-rounded liberal arts education is stressed at Dartmouth meant that when I decided to change from a chemistry major to film major in the middle of my junior year, it was easy and I was still able to graduate on time.  I had taken my time making that decision so I knew it was right for me.

Second, I found Dartmouth very challenging n every way. I really had to work my butt off for both good grades and to make personal connections with students and professors. If you want to tackle the entertainment business, you have to be a self-starter, work really hard and play very nice. The challenges of Dartmouth made me strong enough to be successful in this industry.

Lastly, the film studies department was incredibly supportive and encouraging, and having brilliant people who believe in you (which includes my parents) can make all the difference. My first internship came via an outdated listing at the career center; even though the program listed wasn't offered any more, I kept calling and harassing the company and spent my first summer in LA working on a low budget sci-fi movie thanks to them. The apprentice editor I met that summer has been my mentor for 15 years.

Joseph Scott '00, Senior Air & Missile Defense Operations Officer for the U.S. Army

Joseph Scott '00Senior Air & Missile Defense Operations Officer, U.S. Army Fort Bragg, NC

What do you do?joseph_scott

I plan and coordinate air and missile defense operations for the US Army's XVIII Airborne Corps, a rapid-deployment unit. My last job was teaching military history at the US Military Academy at West Point.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

The most satisfying aspect of my current job is the important role I play in serving my nation and supporting the young men and women who fight our nation's wars. The most satisfying aspect of my job at West Point was the opportunity to mix thrilling, rewarding academic exploits with service to my nation.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

In my opinion, the best way to enter my field is through ROTC, which allows you to mix challenging Army training with the "normal" Dartmouth experience. (Plus, a government-funded graduate degree, which most officers selected to teach at West Point receive, is also a plus.) If students missed out on the chance to do ROTC, they can still enter the Army through a traditional enlistment or through Officer Candidate School. The most important elements of preparation are to develop the self-discipline to balance the wonderful academic, social, and cultural experiences of College with the physical and mental requirements of military service.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Don't be afraid of the military's reputation as an anti-intellectual wasteland. The current operational and strategic environment requires the intelligent, well-rounded individuals, and the Army knows this. That's one of the reasons they rotate officers in and out of teaching positions at West Point; they want graduate-educated thinkers in the operational force.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The ROTC program had to be largely self-reliant during my time at the College, and that shaped me as a student and as an officer.

Alumni Stories: Alexis Jhamb '03, Commercial Coordinator at Chevron

Houston, TXEnergy Industry

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I am a commercial project manager, responsible for alexis_jhambthe commercialization of all products (oil, gas, natural gas liquids) from new onshore developments. I also frequently work on joint ventures with partner oil producing companies.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

The ability to make a tangible impact on the domestic energy independence story for the US. The energy industry is constantly changing and the work I do is never the same from day to day-- it keeps things very interesting for me!

What's the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Having an engineering degree is helpful (without one, I entered with an MBA). Chevron and other majors have structured recruiting programs post-college, and these allow you to get onto a quicker track than others. Reach out to alums who can guide you through the process.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Be persistent, and know that having a strong network can propel you into exciting roles. Don't be afraid to take a job/role that you think you are overqualified for-- chances are others will notice this also, but recognize your ability to step in where there is a need.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The opportunities to study and work overseas (Beijing FSP, and then work in Taiwan during an off-term) remain those that were quite helpful to my career progression, as I later worked as a negotiator in Shanghai, using those language skills.

Alumni Stories: Matthew Megill '00, Missionary Physician in Niger

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Matthew Megill ’00 is a missionary physician at a Christian hospital in Niger. His work focuses on HIV prevention and treatment. The hospital  employs 30 to 40 full time staffers and cares for about 300 outpatient and 100 inpatients daily.

Megill was a Classics major and involved in various Christian groups in his time at Dartmouth. He spent an off-term volunteering at a hospital in Jordan and taught middle school students at an English-speaking school in Cairo, Egypt following graduation. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 2005.

Position: HIV Program Director at Galmi hospital

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I am a missionary physician serving at a Christian hospital in Niger. As HIV Program Director, I head HIV services, which covers screening, treatment, and outreach.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love to see our patients get better on ARVs (anti-retroviral medications). In 2012, we screened over 22,000 patients for HIV and follow about 600 on ARVs.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Medical school is pretty linear. Missions preparation involves quite a bit of concurrent screening and preparation as well.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read widely and have a strong intellectual appetite.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth was a wonderful stepping stone.

Alumni Story: S. Caroline Kerr '05, CEO for Joyce Ivy Foundation

Courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr. S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs and scholarships to help young women from the Midwest attend college. At Dartmouth, Kerr majored in Sociology major modified with Women's and Gender Studies. She also earned a minor in Education. She was also a member of Palaeopitus senior society, competed on the women's crew team, and was Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, among other activities.

Kerr is president of DGALA, Dartmouth's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni association. She has previously worked in Dartmouth's admissions office and recently completed a master's degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I lead a non-profit organization that seeks to raise and broaden the college aspirations of talented female high schools students. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works with a variety of partner organizations across different sectors as we engage in our work.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I believe in the mission of helping to connect talented youth with educational opportunities at highly selective colleges and universities (such as Dartmouth.) I enjoy the variety in my work: developing strategy, launching new initiatives, managing a team, and thinking creatively about how we contribute to the national landscape of college access.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation works specifically in the realm of college access, and I have previously worked in college admissions and college counseling. In an entrepreneurial setting, thinking creatively about partnerships and bringing an enthusiasm to relationships with potential partners, donors, and other supporters is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Take advantage of volunteer or internship opportunities as a way to gain exposure to the field or work of interest, and use those opportunities to build your network.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

My undergraduate courses, jobs and internships, and involvement in student organizations prepared me to work effectively with a range of colleagues. I worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office after college, and the work environment and mentoring I received prepared me well for graduate school and other professional roles. I have also been active in Dartmouth alumni leadership, such as the Alumni Council and affiliated groups, which has significantly contributed to my leadership development as well as provided me an opportunity to  stay engaged with Dartmouth.

Alumni Stories: Dan August, Financial Planner and Analyst for the NFL

Dan August with New York Giants' defensive tackle Rock Bernard at the XLVI Super Bowl Dan August '07 has worked for the past five years as a financial planner and analyst for the National Football League.  He previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.  At Dartmouth, August pursued a major in Economics and volunteered for DREAM.  He is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

What is your position?

Financial planner and analyst for the National Football League

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

Manage financial processes for NFL businesses including budgeting, forecasting and business planning. I also assist with analysis for key strategic NFL initiatives.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

Working for a company that I am a fan of and that millions of others take an interest in.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Develop a strong skill set externally and keep an eye on the NFL career center. Depending upon what area we are hiring for, experience in sports is not necessarily a prerequisite.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Do not simply try to get your foot in the door, but rather look for positions that are good fits for your skill set. The NFL has a rotational program for students right out of college, but otherwise we generally hire people in specific fields or with sports backgrounds. Network with people in the field, ask smart questions, and check career centers if you are very interested.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth gave me the opportunity to get a great first job out of college (investment banking), which gave me the skills to join the NFL. Dartmouth's career center also helped me learn to be a better interviewee and make sure my resume was focusing on my strongest aspects.

Alumni Stories: Charlie Stoebe '08 on Entering the Media Industry

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2008 with a degree in Psychology, Charlie Stoebe immediately began a two-year Rotational Program at NBC Universal focused on digital media. Since completing the program, he's spent the past three years working in the sales and marketing side of NBC Sports. We asked him to tell us a little bit more about what it is like to work in Advertising and how to best enter the field: Position: Marketing Manager at NBC Universal (NBC Sports).

Two sentence description of what you do

Charlie Stoebe

The role of the Sales Marketing group is to generate revenue for NBC Sports through advertising. My specific role on the Marketing side is to come up with custom solutions for brands to execute on NBC Sports properties.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love how challenging and different each day is. On Monday I'll be thinking of how to convince McDonald's to spend money within Sunday Night Football, and then on Tuesday I'm working on an idea for Allstate within Premier League soccer. It's the benefit of working in a fast paced environment for a large company.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

I think the best way is to get a job within a large media company. I started in a rotational program where I got to see different sides of the organization (News Publishing, Ad Sales, & Digital Products) before settling down into my current role. Obviously that is not available everywhere but any exposure within a large media company will help you learn about the different skills needed within each department.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I think the most important thing for Sales Marketing is writing. I have always loved writing - whether it be ridiculous emails to my fraternity or the infinite-page Psych papers each term. My job at its core is creative writing so having any background where writing is key will be extremely helpful.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The NBC rotational program I started in came to campus for the Employer Connections Fair and that's how I got my start. Luckily for me the head of the program was a Dartmouth '97 and he was intent on having someone from Dartmouth get into the program - forever grateful to have been that someone.

Is there anything that we haven't asked you that you think we should?

The media industry is definitely underrepresented at most (if not all) career fairs, but don't let that fool you - there is a job for every passion and major. Check the careers section of the websites of all the major networks (NBC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, etc.) to see what's available. There are an infinite number of entry-level jobs at these companies so just because they don't come to campus does not mean they are not hiring.

Alumni Stories: Yuki Kondo-Shah '07 Gives Advice and Expectations for a Career as a Foreign Service Officer

At Dartmouth, Yuki Kondo-Shah ’07 pursued a double major in Government and Asian Middle Eastern Studies and used her junior summer to intern at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo with a Dickey Center Grant. After moving on to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvard, she began work for the U.S. State Department in September 2012 and will be starting her first post abroad in Bolivia come July 2013. We asked Yuki what it’s like to work as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department and how to go about obtaining a similar position. Take a look at what she has to say: Position: Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat) at the U.S. State Department.

Two sentence description of what you do:

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I am a diplomat representing the United States. I work at Embassies and Consulates abroad in the Public Affairs Section. This means that I work to explain U.S. policies to foreign audiences and learn about foreign cultures and policies to relate it back to our government.

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

I get up every day excited to serve my country. I know that may sound cheesy, but I have benefited so much from the educational system in this country, and I hope that I can give back in a small way. I love working and living abroad, and learning about new people, histories, and cultures. Part of my job is to publicize U.S. higher education opportunities and scholarships to foreign audiences, what a gift! I am so happy! Come and join me at the State Department!

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Foreign Service Officer is a generalist position, so even though I studied Government at Dartmouth and know Japanese and Mandarin, many of my colleagues come from law, science, or media. That's the best part about working at the State Department: there are so many interesting people with different professional backgrounds. You need to take the Foreign Service test and pass an interview to enter. There are also fellowships that will pay for your graduate studies and train you to pass these tests called the Pickering and Rangel Fellowships.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I would pursue some other professional experiences first, and I also recommend graduate studies. It helps to have some work experience to bring into the field. Also, be open-minded because for your first two tours, the State Department tells you where to go. I was ready to work in Asia because of my language skills, but the Department decided to send me to Bolivia instead and pay me to learn Spanish. It's been amazing so far, and I am really excited because I will work with youth and indigenous communities. I really enjoyed working with the Native American student community at Dartmouth during my undergrad years, so I am especially looking forward to working with Bolivian indigenous communities.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I would not be here without Dartmouth. Professor Valentino in the Government Department helped me to secure an internship my junior summer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and I got funded through the Dickey Center. Dartmouth gave me scholarships to attend Harvard for graduate studies, and at each of my internships and jobs, Dartmouth alumni helped me as mentors. I am so thankful for my education and connections from Dartmouth.

5. Is there anything that we haven't asked you that you think we should?

The State Department is FULL of Dartmouth grads! From the Assistant Secretary level to entry level officers, there are Dartmouth alumni at every stage of their career. We will help you and support you, so think about joining! Sure, public service doesn't make you rich, but I know I will experience things in this career that will be impossible in other jobs. I want to encourage as many Dartmouth grads as possible to join the Foreign Service. We need you!

Alumni Stories: Tom Schenck '89 on How to Break into Careers in Fundraising

Over the course of his career, Tom Schenck has worked in entertainment sales, served as a head of school, coached water polo and wrestling, and worked in Entertainment Marketing for Marvel -- where he also played Spiderman for fundraising events. We asked him to share information on his current work in fundraising and education. Position: Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Wasatch Academy.

Two sentence description of what you do:

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I oversee the total landscape of marketing and fundraising to reach all development goals—from annual fund and planned giving to alumni relations and grants. I also work with major gifts  and money raising events.

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

Connecting people with their passions to the right model of philanthropy, and achieving goals by being a life-long student.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Start by volunteering in a local charity...I founded my own foundation and worked in admissions. You should enjoy helping people and enjoy competition. Don't personalize rejection. You should have a diverse background of experiences. Be organized and be passionate about the cause you are promoting.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Call people at various charities and arrange an informational interview to see what they are looking for. Attend a conference of fundraisers. Do your online research.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

It has given me a sense of creating a big picture view of the world and its possibilities.

5. Is there anything that we haven't asked you that you think we should?

I am interested in talking with people who are interested in learning more about working in development or education...life is about giving back.

Alumni Stories: Noel Danforth '85 on Working as an Independent Graphic Designer

Position: Principal, Gold Star Studios/Independent Graphic Design Professional 
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Description of what you do: I am a graphic designer. I use visual communication (design) skills to design and develop a broad range of materials for my clients. You can see some of my work on my website: www.goldstarstudios.com
Major at Dartmouth: French
What is most satisfying about your current work? 
Being fulfilled by what I do each day. Design exposes you to so many of life's currents and allows you to use your intuition to explore.  I have variously fallen in love with different aspects of my design practice: form, color, typography, layout, my tools and my current obsession—my camera. I've been exploring the idea of seeing and perspective through the camera lens.  
The beauty of a career in design is that there are so many possibilities and if you like learning (most liberal arts students do) it's a great field as it is continues to evolve and there are always new things to learn. When I started my career in graphic design the computer was a relatively new tool for designers; with the computer and of course the web, many new areas of design practice have been born. 
What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 
There are various ways to obtain the background you need to be a designer and it's a multifaceted field with many specializations. My advice is to research what type of design you'd ultimately like to practice and to have that information direct your educational path. Pick a school and culture that aligns with your goals. The traditional path is to attend a BFA or MFA program. Ultimately an MFA is the best route if you'd like to teach design. 
When I started looking into a career in design, I was initially disheartened as it seemed the best approach was a BFA and that I had, in a sense, "missed the boat" and an MFA seemed beyond my reach not having any background in design nor a portfolio. After researching the possibilities open to me and considering school locations, finances and work prospects I decided to take a less traditional path. I attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's graphic design certificate program, an evening program, and gained work experience by day. Before entering the program I took design courses to see if pursuing design studies was something I really wanted, and I was able to build a portfolio to gain entrance. A portfolio allows potential employers/design schools to assess your design skills.  It is a reflection of you and your work, and a good portfolio is a necessity when you start looking for work or are seeking to gain admission to a design program.
What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in graphic design?
For exploring the field I recommend taking courses in design at an art college. This will expose you to the design skills you need to develop, the culture of art schools, and allow you to start building a portfolio. Once you have developed a portfolio you can apply to a design program and/or start looking for work. Personally I found attending an evening program and gaining work experience simultaneously to be very rewarding; I was able to immediately put my new skills into practice. Design is about practice, the more you do the better you get.
Can you tell us about your experiences in different work environments as a graphic designer? Which has been your favorite?
I have worked in-house for educational institutions, financial services companies, a medium-sized design firm, and an in-house advertising agency. I enjoyed all these experiences to different degrees and I learned something from each environment. One distinction often made in the design world is working in-house as opposed to working independently or as a freelancer. All have their advantages; for me it comes down to personal preference and that can change over the course of your career. Having this varied background is what allowed me to start my own practice. It enabled me to broaden the scope of my portfolio and develop a network for future work opportunities. Running my own small practice suits me now and is my current favorite.
How would you recommend students who are interested in freelancing get into the field?
A freelance design career is something that develops over time and doing good work is the best marketing tool. If your work is good, clients will become repeat customers and new clients will seek you out. To start out you must be armed with a strong portfolio then you can either introduce yourself to prospective clients/employers or seek out an agency that specializes in connecting employers with temporary design help. This latter approach is an excellent way to see different work environments and to explore what type of work you might enjoy as a practice long-term. 
What do you do to keep your practice/perspective fresh and evolving?
I enjoy experimenting in different media; this gets me away from my computer and allows me to access different thought pathways for problem solving. I believe design is about keeping open and developing a keen eye. Also, I find it important to remind myself in a more tactile way why I love what I do. Picking up another media and working with color, shape and texture in an intuitive way helps me to connect to less directed problem-solving. Whether it's drawing, painting, sewing, or beading, I love to work in a way that allows more freedom for my intuition to connect with an unconscious flow. We all carry ideas around that sometimes need a little coaxing into the light.
How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth's dedication to undergraduate liberal arts is legend, the broad spectrum and depth of course offerings allows students many lens on the world. Design is a big picture field, it's everywhere and in everything, the more of the world you understand the better you will be at your practice. Though my design skills are essential to my practice the underlying skills are from the liberal arts: having a broad knowledge-base from sciences to languages, the ability to problem solve and communicate clearly, having curiosity and discipline, and a love of learning. Dartmouth serves these up in spades.

CAREER CONVERSATION with Joe LaBracio '00 (Agent for United Talent Agency)

  • Career Services is hosting a Career Conversation via Skype with Talent Agent Joe LaBracio '00
  • April 2 (Tues) @ 12:30 PM in the Career Services Workshop Room
  • 63 South Main Street (Bank of America Bldg), 2nd Floor
  • RSVP:  http://www.wejoinin.com/career.services@dartmouth.edu 

Joe LaBracio '00

Agent, United Talent Agency

Joe LaBracio is the co-head of the Alternative Television department at United Talent Agency (UTA), where he has played an integral role in building the agency’s international and cable television business, packaging over 100 cable and network television shows in the past year. LaBracio represents Emmy and Peabody-award winning executive producers, directors and production companies as well as several independent UK and European production companies. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Italian, LaBracio began his television career doing a producer fellowship at ABC News Nightline. He cut the fellowship short to work as Ted Koppel’s assistant for two years before moving to Los Angeles to work at CBS where he was hired as an assistant to then Senior Vice President of Alternative Series Development. LaBracio was rapidly promoted through the ranks at CBS in 10 months and served as Director of Alternative Series Development, where he oversaw production on The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and Rock Star, among other shows before leaving to join CAA as an agent in 2006. He left CAA to join UTA in 2008. Several of the shows that he has helped to put together in the passed few years are: Catfish (MTV), The Great Food Truck Race (Food), Gloryhounds (special on Animal Planet), The American Baking Competition (coming to CBS in May), Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), Big Rig Bounty Hunters (History). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.  (Bio kindly submitted by Joe LaBracio's office)

Joe LaBracio '00 on DAEMA

United Talent Agency

Creative Arts Alumni Career Panel - March 29th @ 3:30 PM

Learn about the Career Paths of the following Alumni on the Creative Arts Career Panel on Fri, 3/29 @ 3:30 PM:

Nance Silliman '95 '96MALS – Artist/Gallery Owner @ Nuance Gallery

Nance Silliman, the owner of Nuance Gallery in Windsor, Vermont, is an accomplished artist and art educator. She has exhibited her oil and acrylic paintings, as well as prints, multi-media works, and charcoal and pastel drawings, in multiple locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Venues have included AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, Artful Things in Lebanon, Gallery 147 in Windsor, Black River Art Guild in Ludlow, Baker Berry Library and the Women's Resource Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Twin Columns in Claremont, and West River Art in Rutland. Recent exhibitions include AVA Gallery members' exhibition THE WAY WE WORK; Blue Angel Studio, Chester, Massachusetts; Hartland Public Library, Hartland, Vermont; and the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont. For 12 years, through 2010, Nancy Silliman was Assistant to the Director of Dartmouth's Studio Art Exhibition Program. She holds a B.A. Degree and a Masters of Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College. She is also a published poet and playwright whose work has been performed by such theater groups as The Parish Players and written about in the MALS quarterly publication. (Bio kindly submitted by Nance Silliman)

 Bradford Drazen '90 – News Anchor @ NBC 

Brad Drazen ‘90 has had quite an eclectic career arc. After majoring in Drama and English at Dartmouth, he moved to New York to pursue an acting career.  He worked (periodically) in theater, commercials and independent films. His tour de force role was playing Greg in “The Real Live Brady Bunch” Off-Broadway.  He then moved to Los Angeles where he continued to work (a little less often) in theater, TV and film.

In 1997, Brad transitioned to the world of broadcast journalism, and he’s currently the morning news anchor and education correspondent for NBC Connecticut. Since arriving at the station in 2000, his assignments have run the gamut from crime and breaking news to presidential politics and sports. Brad has interviewed newsmakers ranging from governors and senators to Bill Cosby and Dr. Bill Petit ‘78. He has several won several awards for his work, including four Boston/New England Emmy Awards for writing, producing and feature reporting.

Brad is perhaps most proud of the work he’s done in the community over the past decade.  The opportunity to make a difference while working with organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way and Special Olympics is the most rewarding aspect of his job.

Brad also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA Anderson and has taught courses in marketing and communications at Central Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University. (Bio kindly submitted by Brad Drazen)

Paul Gross '73 – Jeweler @ Designer Gold

Paul Gross discovered a passion for making jewelry when he stumbled into the Hopkins Center Student Workshops Jewelry Studio as a freshman in 1969.  He had never even taken an art course in high school, so finding that he had some artistic talent was a surprising revelation.  He worked as a student assistant in the Jewelry Studio all four years at Dartmouth, learning all aspects of his craft.  After 2 years teaching school in Lebanon, Paul decided to try goldsmithing as a profession, first working for The Goldsmith, Ltd in Chicago, then moving back to Hanover in 1976 and establishing his business in 1977.  Paul and his wife, Peggy Sadler, own Designer Gold in Hanover, where he has been making custom designed and limited edition jewelry for 36 years.  He was won several national and regional design awards for his jewelry. (Bio kindly submitted by Paul Gross)

 

Eli Burakian '00 – Photographer @ Dartmouth College 

Eli Burakian joined the Office of Public Affairs at Dartmouth College in November 2011 as the official college photographer. Burakian says he never expected to come back to his alma mater as a full-time staff member but found the position to be the perfect fit.   While at Dartmouth, Burak majored in geography with a minor in earth sciences. Outside of class, he raced on the Alpine Development Ski Team, enjoyed the outdoors with the DOC, and hiked 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Eli previously worked as a freelance photographer; has co-photographed books; and now is responsible for the documentation of the College's history through the visual medium of photography.  For further information, please consult the press release upon his hire. To learn more join us on Friday, March 29th @ 3:30 PM in the Career Services office.

 

 

 

 

 

This program is presented as part of the celebration of Dartmouth's Year of the Arts initiative.

Google Hangout with Andrew Asnes '87 - Entrepreneur/Theatrical Producer - March 28th @ 12:15 PM

Want to 'hangout' with a Broadway Producer?  Here's your chance.  Career Services will be facilitating a Google Hangout with Andrew Asnes '87 (see Bio below) on Thursday, March 28th @ 12:15 PM. If you're on-campus, please RSVP & let us know you will stop by the Career Services Office to join.  If you're off-campus, please contact Kate Yee (kate.yee@dartmouth.edu) to be added to the Google Hangout. Mr. Asnes kindly submitted the following Biography (but, I am sure there is a great deal more he can tell us!):

Andrew Asnes is an entrepreneur and theatrical producer. As a producer he has a keen eye for projects with both commercial appeal and artistic viability. Mr. Asnes is drawn to projects that attract audiences on various levels from emotional power to cultural commentary to pure entertainment. For Broadway he has been a producer of SUPERIOR DONUTS, THE COLOR PURPLE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL and  ALL MY SONS, as well producing tours and international productions of THE COLOR PURPLE MUSICAL and LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL. He is currently producing a new musical comedy spoof titled 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL which is touring the US and planning for an Off-Broadway production.

His production company financed the Original Cast Album of LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL and has placed profitable investments in productions of Noel Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT and DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

He is the Founder of TheaterAdvisor.com, a website and technology tool for theatergoers to share their opinions of plays and musical and leverage the power of word-of-mouth as well as publisher of the upcoming book 1001 Broadway Fun Facts.  Previously Mr. Asnes was a principal dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance and performed in the Broadway productions of CONTACT, JUMPERS and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS as well as in several television programs and films. A Dartmouth graduate from the class of 1987, he states, "Had I not attended Dartmouth College, I would never have been a dancer."

This program is presented as part of the celebration of Dartmouth's Year of the Arts initiative

Alumni Conversations: Charles Li, Manager of Mobile Strategy at EF Education First (Part 2)

This is part two of our interview with Charles Li ’12. In our first installment, he spoke about EF (Education First), a leading private education company. Picture of Charles Li '12 for Interview on EF Fellow Program

In today’s installment Charles, who is part of the EF360 Global Management Trainee program, explains how Dartmouth prepared him for his work at EF and why he likes his job.

1. How did your Dartmouth Education prepare you for the work at EF?

I learned everything from economics to drawing to skeet shooting at Dartmouth. Overall, I learned three things both inside and outside the classroom that I put to work every single day:

  1. How to work in a team,
  2. How to creatively solve problems, and
  3. How to become a leader.

My group projects were invaluable. My out-of-class experience in a fraternity was also helpful. Even in college before I worked in mobile, I was always buying the latest phone.  I think I went through seven different phones in one year.  My economic studies got me interested in the business of this particular industry.

2. What’s the most challenging aspect of your current position?

There is not a huge amount of structure inside EF, which is sometimes challenging. It’s up to everyone on the team (34,000 people around the world) to take a great deal of initiative to find solutions to the business challenges they face. You have a mentor you can ask for advice when you need it, but it’s up to you to make things happen.

3. What are the tangible results or rewards of the work that you do?

In addition to seeing progress on the products we’re creating, it is exceptionally rewarding to see the team come together since we’re building it from the ground up. I also really appreciate the opportunity to support a company with a mission to break down barriers of education, language and culture. EF’s mission is particularly meaningful to me as my parents worked in education.

4. What are you working on right now?

I am currently recruiting a mobile development team that will bring programmers and designers together to work on new initiatives. As a global society, we are increasingly using mobile technologies over traditional desktop PCs and mobile usage is expected to overtake desktop usage by 2015.  Our mission is to break down barriers of culture, geography and language. 

5. What’s been the most interesting project you’ve worked on at EF?

My current project with mobile applications is the most interesting one I have worked on in my five months at EF. I get to brainstorm ideas for apps and then hire the people to make it happen. I’m learning a lot about management, hiring, and product development; essentially I’m learning how to transform ideas into tangible user experiences, and then bringing those ideas to life.

6. Where have you traveled?

In the past five months, I have been to London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Shanghai. I am exceptionally grateful for these opportunities. You definitely want to have a passport before you apply to EF. At EF, experiential learning and travel is an essential component of education.

7. In your opinion, what’s the most important thing that students can do as undergraduates if they are interested in working in the consulting field?

Use your time at Dartmouth to find opportunities to solve problems creatively. My position is all about coming up with creative solutions – and implementing them! Sometimes this skill is easier gained in the real world, through internships or by launching some sort of initiative that is meaningful to you, rather than in the classroom. My advice would be to get out there and see the world, learn about education, and always attempt to find ways to hone your creative problem solving skills.

8. What’s the one question that most people don’t ask you that they really should?

What are your hobbies? I am an audiophile. I am obsessed with music. I am now obsessed with technology. I keep on buying and selling phones because they fascinate me. I use them, I explore them, and I sell them when I have learned how they do and don’t work. Now I get to do this as part of my work, too.

9. Any parting advice in two sentences or less?

When you look at jobs, make sure the mission speaks to you – and where you can see your role as helping to drive that mission forward.

Wed. 1/30: If You Want to Work in Theatre Don't Miss this Program!

William (Bill) Partland '73 spent thirty years working as a free-lance director and as an artistic director in both the not-for-profit and commercial theatre before moving into education - join us via Skype to ask any questions related to either working professionally in the theater and/or pursuing graduate studies.

January 30th @ 3:30 PM in Rockefeller 1930s Room

RSVP:  http://www.wejoinin.com/career.services@dartmouth.edu

WILLIAM PARTLAN

Bill Partlan is Associate Professor and head of Directing in the School of Theatre and Film of the Herberger Institute for Design and  the Arts at Arizona State University. He is also the Artistic Director of Triple Espresso LLC. in Minneapolis.  His world premier production of TRIPLE ESPRESSO has been performed in 44 American cities, as well as in Canada, Ireland, London’s West End, Belgium in Flemish, and Munich and Berlin in German.

He has directed such well-known talents as Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Mary McDonnell, Frances McDormand, Howard Rollins, and John Turturro in off-Broadway, regional and international premiers over the last twenty-five years.  Known for his work with new plays and playwrights like Alan Ball, Lee Blessing, Jeffrey Hatcher, and John Patrick Shanley, he has directed forty-four new plays at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference including premiers of August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM and FENCES.

Bill directed the world premier of ALL GOD’S DANGERS, starring Cleavon Little at the Cricket Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway and for PBS American Playhouse. His American-premiere production of Hugh Whitemore’s THE BEST OF FRIENDS was produced off-Broadway by Michael Douglas and Producer Circle.  He directed SWIM VISIT and SACRED JOURNEY off-Broadway at Primary Stages.  His production of SACRED JOURNEY toured the U.S. and Great Britain, twice.  He has directed regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, The Empty Space, Florida Stage, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Bill was for nine years the Artistic Director of the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis. He served as Producing Artistic Director of New Stage Theatre in Jackson,  Mississippi and founded and directed the New Play Series at New York’s Bottom Line Theatre where he premiered the musical LEADER OF THE PACK, the music of Ellie Greenwich, featuring Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Vivino, Lenny Pickett and Ellie Greenwich herself.   Bill has directed for National Public Radio’s EARPLAY series and has served as an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts and as Jury Chairman for the 2000 Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and the National Theatre Institute.  He earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota on a Bush Foundation Fellowship.  (Biography supplied to us courtesy of Bill Partlan)

Alumni Conversations: Charles Li, Manager of Mobile Strategy at EF Education First (Part 1)

EF Education First, commonly referred to as EF, is a leading private education company, offering “every imaginable way to learn a language, travel abroad, experience another culture, or earn an academic degree.” EF recruits at Dartmouth for the EF360 Global Management Trainee program, a hands-on program that provides one-on-one mentoring with senior leaders, the opportunity to learn the company’s unique entrepreneurial style, and the chance to oversee a major project central to EF’s business.

We sat down with economics major Charles Li ’12, an EF360 Global Management Trainee, to learn about his work and get advice on best practices to prepare for this type of unconventional management track program.

1. Tell me about the EF360 program.

For the 360 global management training program, you work with a senior executive who serves as your mentor and guide, and you begin by rotating through departments such as sales, marketing, finance and operations.   Trainees then work with their mentors to identify a challenging project or projects to lead which will have a tangible impact on EF’s business, and you spend the remainder of your first year as a 360 implementing those projects.

2. Describe your job.

Everyone’s career path is unique. I’m fascinated by mobile technology and did a great team project on mobile application development while at Dartmouth. I now work as a Manager of Mobile Strategy, and my 360 project within EF is focused on recruiting mobile developers and other “digital natives” to help drive our mobile business objectives.

Many management training programs at other corporations hire a large number of people to work in specific positions and weed out based on performance. The EF360 program works in reverse.  They hire a small number of people, identify their strengths, and groom them to fit a position that capitalizes on their interests and the company’s needs. Because we travel to each of EF’s global headquarters for training, we have an opportunity to work closely with a small group of management trainees who share a passion for education and the company cause. Yet at the same time, each EF360 is working on his or her own unique project.

3. What’s most surprised you about the position?

The level of responsibility. After four months, I am already hiring a team. I’m grateful for the responsibility.  It demonstrates a level of trust that EF has in its recruits, and that trust naturally supports creativity and collaboration both within teams and across product lines. 

4. Is it necessary to have advanced coursework in Economics, Education, or any particular subject area to join the EF360 program?

Absolutely not. We don’t hire skills, we hire people. We recruit at Dartmouth because graduates have the leadership skills, problem solving ability, and a can-do attitude.  The recruiters here would rather find someone with a passion for education, travel, and learning languages, and the ability to problem solve, than someone who is an expert at one skill and only one skill.

5. EF is known for having a really unique interviewing process? Can you describe this, and share a few tips on how to best prepare?

EF is looking for creative thinkers. I was asked “what is the best business to create using the items in this hypothetical box?”  I created a business plan.

Once you make the interview round, you begin a series of meetings with key leaders across EF business units.  You do not receive a schedule of meetings before you arrive at EF.  The first few interviews focus on identifying your strengths and specific areas of interest.  Then you meet with executives within several specific products with whom they think you will have the greatest synergy.

The best advice I have is to simply be yourself.  Hopefully you’ll bring a love of learning and a passion for education and travel to the interview too.

Intern Stories: Jonathan Gault '13 on New England Sports Network

Position: New England Sports Network, Intern, New Media Department Location: Watertown, MA

Short description of what you do: I wrote, edited and posted content to NESN.com. Often this would involve editing beat writers' articles, editing photos and videos and jumping on trends by producing either articles or photo galleries on hot topics in the world of sports.

Major at Dartmouth: English

1. What was most satisfying about your internship?

It was great to be able to write about sports and have an outlet for my opinions. I also learned a lot while researching content, particularly when I compiled Top 10 lists/photo galleries.

2. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read and write as much as you can. Those are the two best ways to make you a better writer, and being a good writer is the best way to get a job.

3. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Career Services looked over my resume and provided a letter of support for my internships.

4. What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I plan to work as a sportswriter at either a newspaper or a website.

5. What are you involved in at Dartmouth?

I am a member of the men's cross country and track and field teams, and I am the former sports editor of The Dartmouth. I spend a lot of my free time following sports, reading publications including Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and The Boston Globe, as well as ESPN.com and Grantland.com.

Alumni Conversations: Dax Tejera '07, NBC News Producer

Over the next few months, we'll be featuring stories of Dartmouth alums. We kick off our series with this Q & A. (Hat tip to our intern Emily Fletcher '12 for conducting the interview.) Dax Tejera ’07

Position: Producer, NBC News Location: New York City

Short description of what you do: Produce a daily political news show for MSNBC, and travel around the country to cover breaking news events on a moment’s notice.

Major at Dartmouth: History/Government double major

1. What is most satisfying about your current work? 

My  colleagues and I are writing the first draft of history; we have a unique privilege to learn about things well before they become public.  The responsibility of getting it right and making it clear when it matters most is never lost to me.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

You need to have some degree of experience before getting into the big leagues.  How that takes form is increasingly open-ended.  I tell Dartmouth students all the time that if they want to get into this business, all they need is a blog.  You need to prove you can tell a story. Obviously it helps if you get a real-world internship, or like me, work for The D.  But you can't go into this cold.  You have to prove you are tough, and that you have the stuff.  If not, employers will move on quickly.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Talk to everyone even remotely associated with media. In the end, it's a small world, and a conversation with someone you might not think is in the pipeline often leads you to exactly the right path. Keep up with the latest industry trends too. News and information are directly correlated with developments in technology — it affects how we disseminate the message. You have to stay current.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth connections got me my job and have fueled it along the way.  I got my foot in the door through a chance meeting with a Dartmouth alum who was a correspondent for NBC News.  After I joined the company, I had the opportunity to collaborate with him.  Life is a two-way street, and it doesn't surprise me that Dartmouth features prominently along the road.

This photo of Dax at work shows him with anchor Tamron Hall in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2011 for coverage of the final Space Shuttle Launch.

Luke Antal '07: Research Employers for Cover Letters & Interviews.

Recently we interviewed Luke Antal ’07, Sr. V.P. of Finance & Operations for Pavé Life; an e-commerce company that facilitates the sale of tickets for high-end cultural events.  Luke provided us with many words of wisdom which we will be highlighting over the next few weeks.  As the December interim period begins Luke highlighted the importance of employer research in creating compelling cover letters and preparing for interviews.

LA: … at Pavé Life over the last year, we have relied heavily on Dartmouth interns to help our company here. So, this summer here, we had 5 or 6 ‘13s intern here.  And so over the summer and this fall, those guys with advice “How are you best prepared for interviews and job applications?” What I told them is what I learned at school and what I know from the hiring side; is that you need to; obviously … put your work in on your resume.  Everybody does that, it’s standard.  Where you need to really shine is on the cover letter and put the extra time into networking and talking with folks to get a feel for what’s important in the mind of the company. I know what helped me get the job at IGS is that I did that. They really value their collegial atmosphere at IGS;  I referenced that in my cover letter and I referenced that in my job interviews and that helped them understand that I had done my research and that I would be a good culture fit. And then from the hiring side, you know assuming that the resume is a qualified resume, what differentiates job applicants is really the cover letter.  You can learn a lot from seeing somebody write, and seeing how they understand that a cover letter is meant to describe things that can’t be found on a resume; it’s meant to augment the resume, not just reference it and repeat what can already be found in two seconds by looking at it. So I really put a lot of emphasis on the cover letter.  … the last step that I don’t think a lot of people do but I think is most important, is actually doing that preparation face-to-face with a friend or somebody who can be sitting across the table from you to try to mimic what it’s going to be like in the interview; if that’s possible.  It’s not effective enough to just rehearse in your head or write down your answers in a Word document, it’s not effective enough to speak them out loud in front of a mirror.  The only really effective way is to do it face to face with somebody, because at that point you realize “Wow! I am saying UHM a lot”; or “I don’t have a good answer for that question”; or “I need to focus on my eye contact”.  You really have to go the full nine yards in the interview prep as far as the face to face stuff goes.

CS:  We actually now do Mock Interviews in our office with staff.  We do have the Tuck students help us with the finance and consulting interviews because they have the work experience. But it’s been really helpful and well received here. 

LA: Great!

CS:  that’s great advice. And it sounds like researching the employer and knowing what is important to the employer is key to that, too.

LA:  Yes! You have to research what the employer wants to hear.  … So, research what is going to perk their ears up when they hear you say it and surprise them if (you)  know that about (their) company, that’s what employers are going to remember once you leave the room.

The December break is a perfect time to reach out to alumni and to put that extra effort into researching the employers that interest you.  Research includes the workplace dynamics/culture, as well as what tasks they assign interns and entry-level workers, and put that information into the cover letter.  Rashelle, an intern at Career Services, also listened to Luke speak and reflected:  “Use the cover letter to convey that you know the company's objectives and projects as well as the culture and how you would fit in”.

Please note:  Luke and his firm, Pavé Life, are seeking spring and summer marketing interns; interested students should view the internship description in DartBoard and apply by Jan. 15, 2013.

Andrew Kintner '05, Jamie Gumpper '06, Luke Antal '07

 

 

Alumni Story: Shari Hubert '92 (Peace Corps Panelist)

SHARI HUBERT '92 (Peace Corps Panelist on 11/15/2011)

Shari Hubert '92 is the first Director of Recruitment for the Peace Corps, developing the strategy associated with recruiting over 4500 Volunteers annually and managing the operations of nine regional recruitment offices within the United States.  Her priorities as Director of Recruitment include meeting the growing global demand for Peace Corps Volunteers with backgrounds in small business development and experience in fields such as microfinance.  Hubert stepped away from a Wall Street career to join Peace Corps in 2009 after positions with Citi's Global Bank in North America and GE Corporate Headquarters, and the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, an enrichment program for emerging private sector leaders at the Partnership for New York City.  She also held a consulting position with the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, and spent five years at Merck & Company working in a variety of sales and marketing roles.  Hubert earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000.