Alumni Encounters Around the World

The world is smaller than you think—especially when you’re a Badger! From Pacific Island beaches to New York City cafés, UW–Madison alumni run into each other all over the world.

NEW YORK

Jacob Erlichman (BBA ’19)

Equity Research Associate Analyst, The Buckhingham Research Group in New York City

I was doing some work at a coffee shop on the Upper West Side in New York City with a current student and we were talking about topics related to UW–Madison. The gentleman sitting next to us suddenly chimed in about his time at UW in the ’80s and how his career had taken him from Los Angeles to New York, through several different industries. I realized through this alumni connection the valuable principle of not necessarily planning too far ahead, and letting your journey play out.

TAHITI

Curtis Rochette (MBA ’11)

Senior Associate, Bridge Investment Group in Salt Lake City

I am Polynesian and was living in Tahiti in 2014. I was walking through a beachcomber hotel when I heard, “What’s up, dude!” Not knowing how this person even knew that I spoke English, someone pointed at the visor I had on with the motion W. I knew immediately it was a Badger—two of them—honeymooning there. I run into Badgers and Wisconsin folks all across the U.S., but in another hemisphere? Amazing.

MEXICO CITY

Jeff Schlinsog (BBA ’84)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Milwaukee

I was at the International Actuarial Association meeting in Mexico City in November 2018. At lunch I sat at a table of attendees—none of whom I knew. To my immediate left was Jeng-Shiu "Daniel" Ye (MS ’96), a fellow Badger. Not only were we fellow Badgers of the same major, we had several friends and contacts in common. Never underestimate how many fellow Badgers are out there!

PHILIPPINES

Bill Graf (BBA ’11)

Partner, Kreindler Graf in Madison

I was in a hostel on the beach in El Nido, Palawan, wearing a “Wisco” shirt while checking in and two people spotted me and yelled, “Go Badgers!” Turns out they were in Air Force ROTC with some of my friends, and we had a handful of friends in common. Badgers really are everywhere. You can be walking a beach solo on the other side of the world and run into people you know. You’re never alone when you’re a Badger.

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Rollie Heath (BBA ’59)

and his wife, Josie, were honored on October 9 by Great Education Colorado for their impact on the community. The breadth of their contributions can be seen in the organizations they have founded and supported, including the Community Foundation of Boulder County, the Public Education Business Coalition, the Women’s Foundation, the Colorado Community College System, and the World Trade Center. Formerly, Heath was a member of the Wisconsin School of Business' Dean’s Advisory Board and served as a Colorado state senator from 2015-2017. More Class Notes »

Nick Millot (BBA ’12)

was named one of Chicago Crain’s "20 in Their 20s." Now vice president of development at Related Midwest, Millot oversees some of the biggest projects in Chicago real estate, including One Bennett Park, a new 70-story luxury residential tower in Streeterville, and 400 Lake Shore Drive, a $1 billion mixed-use proposal that features residential units, the expansion of the Chicago Riverwalk, and the development of a public park. Prior to joining Related Midwest in 2013, Millot worked in the Real Estate Banking Group for Wells Fargo.More Class Notes »

Pamela Hart (BBA ’90, JD ’02)

became executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in June 2019. She was the first person to develop and teach an animal law course at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as at UW–Madison. She is also a co-founder of Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims, a Dane County nonprofit dedicated to recognizing the role of animals in family violence. Hart lives in Middleton, Wisconsin. More Class Notes »