Catching the Future
Melissa Hegg ’14 shakes hands with Dr. Darrell Radson, dean of the Foster College of Business. The business management and administration major is accompanied by Journey, a future service dog Hegg helped train through the campus Wags for Mags organization.
On May 17, more than 1,000 Bradley Braves marked a major milestone in their lives — the transition from the role of student to that of alum — by walking across the stage at Commencement.
The day’s events began with the undergraduate ceremony at the Peoria Civic Center. Student speaker Joseph Sholl ’14, an electrical engineering major and business management minor, persevered through illness, medical treatments, and family obligations for six years before achieving his goal. However, he acknowledged all his classmates overcame obstacles along the way and will continue to do so: “By adapting and showing the resilience and determination of what it means to be a Bradley Brave, we will move past anything that gets in our way.”
Howard Lance ’77 (right) — executive advisor at the Blackstone Group and retired chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Harris Corporation — presented the keynote address, “Catching the Future: How to Make the Most of Your Bradley Education,” offering the graduates eight recommendations to help them make a “truly outstanding” future. Noting the importance of passion and courage, he advised setting the bar high, stating, “The reality is that, in life, if you’re not making progress and getting better, then others around you are either catching up to you or pulling away in the lead ahead of you.” Lance, a member of the University’s Centurion Society, also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments.
Later that afternoon, graduate students attended their ceremony at Renaissance Coliseum. David Bozeman ’91 (left), a senior vice president at Caterpillar Inc., reminded them, “The speed in which you can shape, share, and stimulate the world’s economy and empower its people is faster than the classes that came before you. Leave here today empowered to put your degree to work while recognizing your work is only beginning.”
Dr. Christopher Jones
Dr. Christopher Jones was announced as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective June 9.
Jones had been dean of Arts and Sciences at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Previously, he served as associate vice provost for University Honors and chair of the political science department at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
“Bradley is a highly regarded institution, both regionally and nationally,” Jones commented. “I look forward to working with the college’s impressive faculty and dedicated staff, serving its talented students, and collaborating with members of the University and local communities.”
Specializing in the field of international relations, his research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics and U.S. foreign and national security policy. An author of more than 30 journal articles, chapters, and books, Jones received the Yvonne Captain Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education from the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in 2013.
Dr. Claire Etaugh, Caterpillar Professor of Psychology, was dean of the college from 1992 to 2012. Since then, Dr. Stacey Robertson, Oglesby Professor of American Heritage, has served as interim dean.
Finance major Max Bromley ’15 was the first student in the Foster College of Business Global Scholars program to intern in Sydney, Australia. The program is designed to give students an international experience that will enhance their professional development and supplement their academic coursework.
During the eight-week internship, Bromley worked full time for BT Finance, a wealth management company, reviewing and reporting on certain elements of companies’ finances. “The biggest benefits for me,” Bromley noted, “were the international experience, being somewhere new, and experiencing both the workplace environment and the independence of being completely on my own.”
Chris Douglas ’14 became the second Bradley student and the first in 47 years to receive a graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. The mechanical engineering major is active in campus activities, such as the triathlon club and as president of the University’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi. He also participated in a May Interim thermodynamics class in Friedrichshafen, Germany, with Bradley professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Marty Morris ’77 MSME ’79.
The Anderson Fellowship, one of 26 awarded by Tau Beta Pi nationally, will enable Douglas to continue his studies at Georgia Tech, where he also received a research fellowship. “I’ve received many opportunities at Bradley that I couldn’t have at other schools,” he said.
Gregory Theus ’67 was Bradley’s first Tau Beta Pi fellowship recipient. The group, founded in 1885, has chapters at 242 U.S. colleges and universities.