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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers grad a 'Major' success in politics, dentistry in his native Bahamas

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. In the annals of Big Ten Conference history, the island nation of the Bahamas probably is best known for supplying an export named Mychal Thompson. The former University of Minnesota basketball star wound up winning an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers and fathering budding hoops pro star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. But the talented Thompsons

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland Grad and Radio Legend Dave McConnell’s 50 Years on (W)TOP

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. From policy debates to plane crashes, Dave McConnell has been voice of record in the Beltway for decades. Since 1965, McConnell has worked for Washington’s Top News (WTOP) radio station. Starting out as a general field reporter, he’s been the station’s congressional correspondent since 1981, and today he’s the only person on the radio doing that full-time. It’s somewhat surprising,

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern instructor Stuart Dybek’s road to writing mastery

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. It’s a pretty big deal when The New York Times singles you out as “not only our most relevant writer, but maybe our best.” Still, Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is modest about the acclaim. A seasoned writer in multiple mediums, Dybek has been described a “virtuoso” of the short

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois grad Josh George wheels his way to glory

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. Some men are born with greatness, while others have it thrust upon them. For Josh George, it’s a little bit of both. Despite losing the use of his legs at an early age, the University of Illinois grad went on to become an Olympic and marathon champion, American ambassador and entrepreneur. Oh, and he just turned 30 this year. His

BTN LiveBIG: Penn State student brings hope and joy to thousands of children worldwide

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. Not many 18-year-olds can say they’ve led a charity that’s raised more than $1 million and helped 25,000 children. But Penn State’s Neha Gupta has done just that — and a lot more. Most recently, she was given the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize. A student at Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, Gupta accepted the prestigious award on Nov. 18

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan alum Tom Hayden’s career in activism turns, turns, turns

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. It sounds like the set-up for a punchline: What do philosopher Albert Camus, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and actor James Dean have in common? But for legendary activist and University of Michigan graduate Tom Hayden, it’s no joke. He cites those figures as major influences on his career, which covers more than a half-century and continues

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue’s Keith Krach on leadership, entrepreneurship and success

Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. “Entrepreneur” is a title without a precise job description. Generally, it’s thought to be someone who has a grand vision or incredibly innovative ideas, but Purdue University graduate Keith Krach believes anyone can be a successful entrepreneur. “But you have to put your mind to it,” he adds. “The definition of being an entrepreneur is being able to create something