Coming full circle

1989 graduate on publishing a book with Loyola's Apprentice House

By Stephanie Weaver  |  Photo courtesy of Chuck Acquisto, '89

When Charles “Chuck” Acquisto’s son, Nick, was born in 2001, Acquisto wrote to respected politicians, athletes, and actors to ask for letters of life lessons and wisdom to pass along to his child.

Astounded by the response, Acquisto went on to publish the letters in his book, Wisdom to Grow On.

Now the 1989 Loyola grad is at it again with another collection of letters. Wisdom for a Young Golfer was published in 2015 by Loyola’s Apprentice House.

Modeled off his first book, the collection features letters of wisdom, life advice, and more from Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and other professional golfers.

For Acquisto, it’s the perfect metaphor: the game of golf; the game of life.

“You can always learn something from someone’s life experience. That has always fascinated me,” Acquisto said of his work.

What’s more, partnering with Apprentice House to publish the book brought Acquisto’s experience with his alma mater full circle.

As he explained, Loyola offered him endless opportunities during his undergraduate years, and working with Apprentice House was “like coming home.”

“Loyola is like family, and the people are very encouraging,” he said.

As a student, Acquisto majored in communication. He founded the men’s baseball club during his first year at Loyola. He had played baseball for several years, but wasn’t recruited to play for the Greyhounds. His advisor, Andrew Ciafolo, encouraged him to start a club to support his passion, a program which still exists today.

He also wrote for Loyola’s student newspaper, The Greyhound. He had a passion for interviewing and said he always knew he wanted to work in media. After graduation, Acquisto worked as a newspaper journalist, including for The Baltimore Sun, for seven years before deciding to attend law school and beginning his career as an attorney.

Looking back, Acquisto said he is grateful for the opportunities he was provided as a studentand thankful for those he seized. He hopes current Loyola students take the same chances.

“You should go and make your dream come true. It’s not going to be easy. There’s going to be bumps in the road. But the process makes it that much more rewarding when you achieve your goal.”

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