President Kurt Meets with Alumni Spread Across Varied Careers

President Kurt has had the pleasure of visiting with Montserrat alumni on a regular basis to learn about their experiences at the college and their current careers. Recently, he had meetings with alumnus John Love, Class of ’93, a longtime photojournalist and videographer for the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper of Fitchburg and the Boston Herald. John said his Montserrat education has helped him adapt to the changing technology of today’s newspaper industry. Love studied graphic design, knows how to use a darkroom and is an excellent photographer and videographer. His versatility has served him well, he said. 

Next, President Kurt met with Adam Kooken, Class of ’15, who is employed as a director at Salem Access Television, where he conducted his internship prior to graduating. Adam said the station asked him to come in and help out with projects after he graduated, which led him to a full-time video job fist, and then a promotion to access production director at the studio. Adam has been gainfully employed at SATV since right after graduation, shooting both in the studio and on location.

Most recently, Michael Amaru, Class of ’05, visited and toured the college. Michael is the CEO of Display Stream, used by colleges, hotels, restaurants, and other industries to post real-time information on monitors that can be tailored to each business. Michael graduated with a BFA in graphic design and he has been involved with other tech-startups in the past, including a windshield display app to make driving safer. Michael lives on the North Shore.

Other alums wishing to meet with president Kurt are encouraged to reach out to Joe Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu.