Aug 04

Make Big $ Writing Alumni Profiles

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 ­­___________, but is not contented to rest on his well-earned laurels. “It was a great honor,” said NAME, “but there’s much more to be done.” He points to the ___________, adding, “___________.”

NAME, a native of ___________, has been ___________ for ___ years, and before that, ___________. “I was lucky to ___________,” NAME said. “And 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.”

In his [lab/book-lined office] NAME works most of the time on ___________ but also is responsible for ___________. He is the “go-to” person for ___________. And there is always the challenge of securing funding for his projects. “It takes a lot of time and teamwork,” 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. “It’s not so much a career as a calling,” he explained.

His colleague ___________said, “I admire NAME’s commitment to ___________. On the job he always gives 110 percent. At the same time he’s very down-to-earth and approachable.” Another colleague, ___________, said “Although he’s achieved so much already, ___________. He’s a great inspiration and role model.”

NAME’s reputation for excellence is gaining him leverage in the ___________community, and funding is being sought for [expansion/equipment] which will ___________. “Not only will this ___________, but it will also, hopefully, ___________,” 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. “Technology has certainly changed the face of the profession,” he said, “but the goal is the same. Ultimately it’s all about providing people with the best possible ___________.”

And “___________,” he smiled, “___________.”