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Department of English

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Past Alumni News Stories
Angela Smith (PhD), professor
Jerr Boschee (BA), social entrepreneur
Reina del Cid (BA), bandleader
Arthur Schuhart (BA), CC professor
Amanda Coplin (MFA), novelist
David Wojahn (BA), poet
Sarah Wadsworth (PhD), professor
Mark Baumgarten (BA), writer/editor
Esther Porter (BA), editor
Gerald Jay Goldberg (PhD), writer
Peter Geye (BA), novelist
Sam Kean (BA), nonfiction writer
Joyce Sutphen (BA, MA, PhD), poet
Susan Taylor (MFA), CC professor
Sheila O'Connor (BA), novelist
Susan Niz (BA), novelist
Scott Burns (BA), screenwriter/director
Swati Avasthi (MFA), novelist
Marilyn Nelson (PhD), poet
Garrison Keillor (BA), radio host
Carol Mason (PhD), professor
Amy Shearn (MFA), novelist
Virginia McDavid (BA, MA, PhD), prof
Tim Nolan (BA), poet
Kevin Reilly (PhD), administrator

Michael Tisserand (BA), writer

An Investment in English

Banker (and BA alumnus) Andrew Nath finds that the degree is still paying off

Andrew NathAndrew Nath (BA 1991) is Executive Vice President at the Premier Bank in Maplewood, an 850 million dollar bank. He himself manages an individual portfolio of 180 million dollars. The best part of his job? "Interacting with people to determine the issues that need resolution and working within a creative environment to solve those issues." Nath has high school-age children looking at colleges, and he says he's advocating for the U. We caught up with him via email.

1. Okay—English major to banker: How do the skills translate?

English classes teach you to read, assess, critique, analyze, and report. I can’t think of a career that is not driven by the need to perform these tasks as taught by English classes. Even financial statements, which are numbers driven, have financial notes that paint a landscape of the company.

2. How did you got to the place you are now? Any advice for current students interested in entering finance?

Professional connections and networking opportunities with the right groups are important. Volunteer at a nonprofit: show your prospective employer that you care about someone other than yourself. Work at a business where your brain plays more a role that your ability to perform manual tasks. That said, flipping burgers was not beneath my dignity. My grandparents had a different word for burger flipping—they called it opportunity.

Meet with your adviser as early as possible. Explore as many opportunities as you can. Don’t underestimate the power of interviewing. Through interviews you will learn what to say, what not to say, how to dress, how to speak. Employers look for driven individuals who show a capacity for work and a critical mind.

3. What book are you reading?

Mary Adams Trujillo’s Re-Centering: Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice. I am intrigued by different perspectives, and culture drives these perspectives. The book is a series of essays about conflict management from people of different cultures who are outside mainstream America.

4. What was the last good book you read?

The Phalen Corridor by Curt Milburn. The book chronicles the history of St. Paul's east side dating back to the 1800s and focuses on the early 1900s when much of neighborhood's social and financial infrastructures were built.

5. What English class do you most remember and why?

Freshman writing, the instructor I think was Geoff Sirc. (Forgive me, but this was 1986.) I do remember his energy and his encouragement to take risks within the framework of the class; it led to a great journey of exploration.



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