Monthly Archives: September 2009

Student Loan Gremlin Cartoon – or how you might stop ridiculous monthly payments and learn to love your nonprofit job

Check it out – IBR (Income-Based Repayment) is a new Direct Student Loan repayment option that’s worth at least a once-over. Anyone who qualifies for, and enrolls in IBR (through their lender) will be assessed a monthly payment that – for all save those in the highest income brackets (watch out humanities grads!) – will not be more than 10% of their income, and could be as low as zero dollars. Even cooler, whatever debt is left over after twenty-five years of repayment will be forgiven. And the coolest yet, after ten years of repayment whilst working in government, service, or nonprofit jobs, that forgiveness could come even sooner. If this sounds enticing to you or someone you love, bounce over to this site at, run by the nonprofit of the same name, to learn more. Plus, the cartoon is kind of cute, if low-rent.

Phoenixfest Alumni Event


Join us September 24 or 25 for the University of Chicago’s annual Phoenixphest event in 15+ cities across the U.S. and around the world. Phoenixphest is a decadelong tradition bringing graduates together for refreshments, conversation, and networking in their own cities.

Chicago’s event will be held on the 24th, at
1531 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
It will run from 6:30 to 8:30PM.

According to the website, “it’s one party you won’t want to miss.” Especially enticing for recent grads is the fact that members of the class of ’09 don’t have to pay the admission charge, which is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.

You can find more information (and register for the event) at the alumni website.

Working After MAPH

The job hunt can be a tiresome and trying experience, especially in this economic climate.  I thought I would share a success story with you to brighten your day! MAPH alum Alan Kellner has just landed a fantastic job as a Writer/Researcher at Zimmerman LLC, whose core focus is “centered on the research of best practices and education pertaining to the most pressing Revenue Cycle issues for hospitals across the nation.”  Alan has agreed to share some of his insights into the job hunt with us.  Take a look at his posting below!

Alan’s tips on finding a job:
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Remember Social Hour?

Hello Maph Alums!

Fall is upon us.  The leaves are starting to turn, the nights are growing cooler, and a new group of MAPHers are en route to the University of Chicago’s stoney gates.  For them, this means the year of intense and rigorous academics you know so well.  And for you?  Social hour!

We’ll be hosting social hour every Friday evening in the fall and we’d love for any of you in the area to stop by, grab a drink, and let us know what you’re up to!