Meet Herb Lentz, '00
Where do you call home? Chicago, IL
What did you study? Music and Political Science, Ford Institute
Activities as a student: Student Senate, choir, orchesta, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, BTS, Sleight Leadership Academy, SOAR leader, Kappa Delta Daggerman
Why did you choose Albion?
My high school took me on a tour of multiple colleges in the state. When I arrived at Albion, I just felt at home. It was more a feeling than anything. Coming from a small town, I appreciated the close-knit community. I was also encouraged to attend by Jane Purkis, who is an alumna.
What is one of your favorite Albion memories?
I have many, but one of my favorites is Lessons and Carols. At the end of the concert, we would circle the chapel and sing Silent Night by candlelight. Such a magical moment. I get chills thinking about it! A close second is Tuesday nights at Cascarelli's after meetings with Phi Mu Alpha and friends.
What have you been up to since you left Albion?
I went on to obtain a master's degree and professional diploma in music. After briefly living on the east coast, I returned to the midwest and Chicago. I currently work as a professional singer, both in concert and a number of liturgical and professional choirs. I also help run day-to-day operations at a Chicago-based architecture firm. Additionally, I am a volunteer for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
How have you remained connected to Albion?
I have helped with special events for Albion in the Chicago area. I became involved in the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2008, and am the President-elect. I have also been involved in a number of events with the Chicago alumni chapter.
Besides my large circle of close friends I made during my my time at Albion, I remain in contact with a number of professors, and came back to campus in 2004 to present a masterclass and recital in partnership with the Music Department.
How do you believe Albion alumni can effect change at their alma mater?
In so many ways! Everyone automatically thinks of support for their alma matter in terms of donations. While this obviously helps, alumni can also have a direct impact with their time and voice. There are opportunities to provide career mentorship through the Career and Internship Center. Alumni can provide information about their fantastic education to prospective students and pass along those names to the Admission Office. And alumni can serve as ambassadors for Albion by simply speaking well of their alma mater to others they see. I wear Albion attire frequently, and while it's often a fellow Brit on the street stopping me, I'm more often asked about Albion by those who haven't attended. Being a vocal cheerleader for Albion is a fantastic way for alumni to have an easy, direct impact.
There are a number of local alumni chapters that provide programming for alumni across the country; one only needs to stay tuned to their mail, email, or chapter Facebook page to learn more. The Alumni Engagement Office provides multiple ways to connect over the course of any given month. Coming to an event, or taking an active leadership role in these chapters, is another fantastic way to increase the network of Britons across the country, and a means of impacting the strength of our alma mater.