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John Beck

Class of 2005
Major/Minor: English/ Minors in Creative Writing and Political Science

As a member of WC’s Alumni Relations & Annual Giving team, I do a lot of project management, problem solving, communications and analytics.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

I use my liberal arts education every day. As a member of WC’s Alumni Relations & Annual Giving team, I do a lot of project management, problem solving, communications and analytics. I try to connect WC’s alumni with our current students, finding the links between the generations to inspire our alumni to become more involved in the college today- as role models, as mentors, and as donors.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Larry Stahl ’81 said the thing that I quote most often to my colleagues: “When something goes wrong, blame it on someone who’s not in the room. That way no one wastes time defending themselves, and we can get straight to fixing it.”

Tim Maloney said my other favorite thing to a student director during a thesis production in my freshman year. We needed a chair for a scene and he was showing her a few options. She said it didn’t matter which, and he said: “You can make any decision you want for any reason except indifference.”

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

All the good times spent in the theatre and the Lit House.

Did your Senior Capstone Experience have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today. 

I wrote a series of interconnected short stories as my English thesis. Obviously, I didn’t become a world famous novelist.

But looking back at it, Bob Mooney set an example for me in what kind of person I’d like to be in the attention and consideration that he gave me in trying to help me improve those stories, at a time in my life when I was too young and stupid to appreciate how valuable that care was.

Campus Involvement
  • Writers’ Union
  • Dramalumni
  • Vocal Consort
  • Writing Center
  • Peer Consultants 
  • Current Advisor for the Chess Club.
  • Current Lecturer in the Drama Department, teaching Principles of Effective Speaking.
Graduate School:

SUNY Binghamton, Master of Arts in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition