When Brian Switzer ’13 was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with hearing loss. Two years later, his vision started to go. When he was 11, his parents told him that he had Usher Syndrome Type 2. He would slowly become both deaf and blind. An athlete at heart, Switzer transitioned from soccer to running. Today, he has run nine marathons, five half marathons, three ultra relays and counting.
Winter | Spring 2020
When the call went out for retired physicians to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Judith Salerno, M.D., M.S. ’73 came out of retirement as a clinician to serve on the frontlines at Bellevue Hospital in N.Y.C. "If ever it took a village," this takes a village she says.
Peter Ubertaccio, dean of the May School of Arts & Sciences, reflects on an empty campus. "What would we lose if our only connections were digital and not on the quad or in the classroom, in worship in the chapel, in the theater, on the athletic field? We’d lose community—so important to our identity and to shaping the next generation of informed citizens—and the benefits of social interaction and learning."
Brendan Hughes ’16 returned to his hometown of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to help the local economy in more ways than one. After opening St. Johnsbury Distillery in downtown, he quickly shifted manufacturing in response to COVID-19 to make hand sanitizer for the community, frontline workers and essential businesses.