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NBC awards 10 Olympic internships

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The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, built in one of the poorest areas of London, is a centerpiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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NBC recently selected 10 students from a field of 43 finalists from the Department of Communication for internships in London and New York for the 2012 Summer Olympics: ELISE ANDERT ’13 from Bridgeton, Mo.; MATHEW DeFREITAS ’13 from Metamora; ELISE DISMER ’12 from Alpharetta, Ga.; MONTEL HARDY ’13 from Calumet Park; JUSTINE HARRIS ’11 from Normal; MILES HIMMEL ’14 from San Diego; ZACHARY KEESEE ’12 from Ransom; KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11 from Berea, Ohio; CHRISTOPHER MORGAN ’14 from East St. Louis; and KRISTINA PUERTO ’13 from Chesterfield, Mo. 

Other colleges also awarded NBC internships include the University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, the University of Southern California, and Ithaca College.

“We have 10 students absolutely floating on air right now,” said Dr. Paul Gullifor, chairperson of the Department of Communication. “This exceeds our expectations and is a testament to the great work we do at Bradley.”  

Justine Harris is looking forward to being part of the NBC culture. With her heart set on event planning, the 2012 Olympics should be the opportunity of a lifetime for Harris and her fellow interns. 

“We will know in September if we have been chosen to work our internships in New York or London. I like being on my feet and staying active throughout the day, so being on the ground in the middle of all the Olympic action would be pretty cool.”

Harris commended Bradley’s Smith Career Center, the Department of Communication, and Alumni Relations and its 12 volunteers from the Bradley University Communications Alumni Network (BU-CAN) for preparing them for the competitive NBC interview process. “With all the great campus resources we had, I was more prepared for an interview than I think I’ve ever been. I was asked about work I’ve done in the past and my goals for the future. The NBC interview was more about getting to know me as a person,” Harris added. 

Currently interning in Florida for LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam, Harris sees the Olympics internship as a strong continuance of her interest in sports and PR. “Bradley provided us all with a fantastic opportunity,” said Harris. “I still can’t believe it’s happening. A lot was expected of me at Bradley. That alone prepared me for what will surely be a demanding job at the Olympics. Bradley kept its promise to me that my education would prepare me to do great things. I’m on my way, and it’s so exciting.”

—Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97


Semester in Hollywood

Does living under the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles sound like a sweet deal? How about going behind the scenes at places like Pixar and Warner Bros.? Starting in spring 2012, Bradley students in all disciplines have the opportunity to experience a semester in Hollywood firsthand.

“From the beginning we wanted to include everyone,” said BJ Lawrence, associate dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts. “We want to make this opportunity available to any student who has the dream of experiencing life in Hollywood’s entertainment industry.”

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Applicants must be of junior or senior status with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students who are accepted into the program will take classes at the University of Texas, Los Angeles. The 12-credit-hour experience is similar to a study abroad trip. The hours would not be considered transfer credit, but credit earned through Bradley. Financial aid can be applied to the Hollywood semester as well.

The curriculum covers show business and marketing, the evolution of a story from the idea to the big screen, careers available in the entertainment industry, other forms of media such as gaming and mobile entertainment, and the music industry. “Classes are all held on one day each week … then students spend the other four days at their internships and planned special activities, such as going to the set of NCIS: Los Angeles and other television sets, or attending
a movie premiere,” Lawrence said. 

With more than 250 Bradley alumni in the Los Angeles area and internship opportunities at places such as Paramount, Universal, NBC, and Dreamworks, which are conveniently right down the street, students will have fantastic networking capabilities. “I think the Hollywood semester is an exciting opportunity that will refocus their entire career,” said Lawrence. “They will be able to go back to Hollywood if they choose to do so with connections, experience, and knowledge of the entertainment industry.” 

—Sarah Hallstein ’12


University Conference draws record crowd

Five professors, a police lieutenant, and three departments received awards for recent accomplishments at Bradley’s University Conference on August 16. A record crowd of 448 faculty and staff members attended the afternoon event at the Markin Center. More than 50 new employees hired since last year were introduced. The honors include:

Burgess award  The Theodore C. Burgess Award for Excellence in Interdepartmental Collaboration went to a trio of departments for their collaboration in preparing students to be interviewed as potential NBC interns during the Summer Olympics next year. Bradley’s Department of Communication, the Smith Career Center, and Alumni Relations were the recipients.

Caterpillar professor  Dr. LARRY WEINZIMMER ’83 MBA ’85 was selected for a Caterpillar professorship, a distinction that rewards the highest level of scholarship among senior faculty. A professor of strategic management, Weinzimmer is working on his fourth book and has authored numerous articles. He helped create Bradley’s EMBA program and advises the MBA case competition sales team, which has won three national championships. He has completed more than 70 consulting projects, many for Fortune 100 companies. Weinzimmer holds a doctorate in management science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Presidential awards  Three individuals received awards for extraordinary service during the past year: Dr. Kurt Field, Dr. Paul Gullifor, and Lt. Troy Eeten. Field was praised for his role in creating the Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the first named department at Bradley. Gullifor was recognized for his efforts in securing internships for 10 students with NBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Eeten was honored for serving as senior commanding officer of Bradley’s police force during the 2010–11 school year.

First-year faculty award  Dr. Stephenie Chaudoir, assistant professor of psychology, was honored for her “tough, but fair” demeanor. One hundred percent of students in a new class she developed said they would recommend her as an instructor. She holds a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut.

Outstanding advisor award  Dr. Michael Greene was introduced as the 2011 Academic Advisor of the Year, an award he received last spring. He is an assistant professor of philosophy.