Writer, with 30+ years' writing and publishing experience, 20+ years' teaching experience. Last book read: Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton.
For all freelance writers who want to (or have to) write for college-alumni magazines, don't go crazy; save your soul and sanity by using this template. Copying or reprinting just this template, though, requires permission from me, the author.
On the job, NAME, class of ___, is busily working on ___________. NAME recently won the ___________award for ÂÂ___________, but is not contented to rest on his well-earned laurels. â€œIt was a great honor,â€ said NAME, â€œbut thereâ€™s much more to be done.â€ He points to the ___________, adding, â€œ___________.â€
NAME, a native of ___________, has been ___________ for ___ years, and before that, ___________. â€œI was lucky to ___________,â€ NAME said. â€œAnd I am so grateful for my time at ___________University. A professor in the ___________department, Dr. ___________, was like a mentor to me and urged me to follow my dreams.â€
In his [lab/book-lined office] NAME works most of the time on ___________ but also is responsible for ___________. He is the â€œgo-toâ€ person for ___________. And there is always the challenge of securing funding for his projects. â€œIt takes a lot of time and teamwork,â€ he said.
NAME is married to___________, who is a professional ___________, and has two children: ___________, age ___, who attends [name of fancy private school], and daughter ___________, whom they adopted from China. The family lives in a renovated home in ___________, and NAME enjoys ___________ and ___________ when he can, although his work is always on his mind. â€œItâ€™s not so much a career as a calling,â€ he explained.
His colleague ___________said, â€œI admire NAMEâ€™s commitment to ___________. On the job he always gives 110 percent. At the same time heâ€™s very down-to-earth and approachable.â€ Another colleague, ___________, said â€œAlthough heâ€™s achieved so much already, ___________. Heâ€™s a great inspiration and role model.â€
NAMEâ€™s reputation for excellence is gaining him leverage in the ___________community, and funding is being sought for [expansion/equipment] which will ___________. â€œNot only will this ___________, but it will also, hopefully, ___________,â€ he said. That will fulfill a lifelong dream. He is already planning for ___________.
NAME says the values he learned at ___________University were crucial to his success. â€œTechnology has certainly changed the face of the profession,â€ he said, â€œbut the goal is the same. Ultimately itâ€™s all about providing people with the best possible ___________.â€
And â€œ___________,â€ he smiled, â€œ___________.â€