Winterim is the centerpiece of Lawrence Academy's commitment to immersive education -- learning in the concrete and physical world of activity as a complement to learning in the vicarious and symbol-filled world of traditional classrooms. The 2017 catalog, listing this year's course offerings, is posted online (PDF at right, ISSUU is here). Note: Individual programs are subject to change.
The Winterim program is an opportunity to explore a wider range of subjects and skills than is otherwise possible in a regular classroom. In that spirit, student reporters assist the LA communications staff in covering their classmates experiences, while gaining some experience of their own.
For a more historical perspective, check out the 2016 and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view our students' 2014 Winterim Blog here, 2013 Winterim Blog, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.
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By Junior Saldanha ‘18
Lowell, MA – On Day 5 of Winterim, the Winterim News Team went to Lowell to visit the city’s National Historical Park and attend a Hockey East men’s ice hockey playoff game between the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of New Hampshire.
During this trip, we were fortunate to tour the UMass Lowell ice hockey facilities at the Tsongas Center and interview UML Associate Athletic Director of Communications, Peter Souris.
“We oversee all of the live streaming events for our division 1 sports,” he explained about his job, adding, “we also have the more traditional role where we’re writing press releases.”
Then we asked what his main job during game nights to which he simply responded, “craziness.”
“Just a lot of different things,” continued Mr. Souris with a smile. “Juggling [tasks], working with the visiting team…getting our video stream set, and just setting up press box; making sure the media has everything they need.”
Mr. Souris has been in athletic communications for some time, starting as a University of New Hampshire in 1995.
“So, I was at UNH as a student and then as an intern, and then as a full-time employee,” he said. “I went to Hockey East for six and a half years.
“I’ve been in UMass-Lowell for the last three.”
Asked what was his favorite part of the job he said, “just working with a team.
“I could be doing a bunch of different things,” continued Mr. Souris. “People say I get paid to go to sporting events, which is really simplifying it.
“[I enjoy] working with, and being part of, something bigger than you are.”
We then asked what academic education prepared him for this job, Mr. Souris explained that hands-on experience was far more helpful.
“There’s only so much I could learn in the classroom,” explained Mr. Souris. “I just spent a lot of time doing internships; with the Celtics doing marketing…and then I did an internship with Fox Sports New England, which is Comcast now.
“[While at UNH] I just literally spent my whole day pretty much in the office at school just to learn as much as I could and [earned] every role I got came from a previous role I [had].”
Asked him what college courses would’ve helped him, Souris said anything pertaining to “the business aspect of [athletics].
“I think I’ve learned a lot of the business and marketing side since I’ve been here and we, as an external staff, place high value on the fan experience, so…just learning more about how to fill the building.
“I would say that would be the one area that I would’ve loved to learn more,” he said.
Finally, we asked him what is one of the keys to finding these jobs and he explained “hard work is obviously the most important thing, and I think having the contacts is helpful.
“You just never know who you’re going to meet,” adding that, “you want to always be prepared to make your little sales pitch to whoever you’re talking to.”
That was the big takeaway for the Winterim News Team; how Mr. Souris spoke to the importance of hands on experience and hard work.
“Nothing is handed to you,” emphasized Mr. Souris. “You have to work for it.”
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