Prestigious Navy path for May grad

BRYCE RANDALL ’12 was one of 15 students nationwide to be accepted into the U.S. Navy’s Naval Reactors Engineer program. After graduating in May with his mechanical engineering degree, he will attend Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island, before being commissioned as an ensign in the Navy. 

Randall will then move to Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a five-year position, where he will help approve, confirm, and plan the design, operations, and maintenance of more than 100 nuclear reactors. He also will receive graduate-level education in nuclear engineering at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh. 

The Groveland native was selected after a rigorous application process that ended in a round of technical interviews with senior engineers at the Naval Reactors headquarters and a final interview with Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. 

“I’m excited to serve my country using my degree,” Randall said. “I can’t think of a more exciting field to work in as an engineer.”

 Randall’s father, Dr. Kevin Randall, is assistant professor of family and consumer sciences and director of the C.C. Wheeler Institute at Bradley. 

— Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10

Lincoln laureate

KATHLEEN CLEMENS ’12 received the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award in Springfield last November. The academy selects a recipient from each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Clemens has been active on campus as a resident adviser, a member of the LINCS senior leadership group, and as director of Panhellenic recruitment. As the 2011 recipient from Bradley, the English and secondary education major received a medallion, honorarium check, and a certificate of achievement.