Olympics Interns Warming Up for Winter Games


Photo by Steve Tannock.


Going to Sochi

  • Jake Hermann ’14
  • Brianna Karls ’15
  • Lee Pikelny ’14
  • Jonathan Teich ’14
  • Frank Van Almsick ’14
  • Anna Wilks ’15

Going to Stamford

  • Ben Arellano ’14
  • Daniel Bradley ’14
  • Tyler Dalsin ’15
  • Tim Lahey ’14
  • Jesse Marczewski ’14
  • Dominique Moore ’15
  • Christopher Morgan ’14
  • Kelly O’Brien ’15
  • Laura O’Radnik ’14
  • Spence Siegel ’15
  • Tim van Straten ’15
  • Lauren Watts ’14

Eighteen Bradley students became Olympic winners when they were selected as interns to help with NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

Six of the students will work in Sochi, and the remainder will be stationed at the NBC Sports studios in Stamford, Conn. A total of 36 Bradley students interviewed for the coveted positions. Their appointments follow the great success 10 Bradley students had working for NBC during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“The funny thing is that the Bradley interns working the Olympics in London were one of the main reasons I chose Bradley,” said Anna Wilks ’15, who will be traveling to Sochi. “I heard about their opportunity, and it made me excited for what could come my way.” 

“This experience is stepping out of my comfort zone,” added Jonathan Teich ’14, another Sochi-bound intern. “I’ve watched the Olympics atmosphere on TV so many times; being live at the Games is going to be absolutely incredible.”

The internships will last from three to five weeks, and the students expect to be working seven days a week and 12 or more hours a day at jobs ranging from running supplies and gear to personnel at the Games to behind-the-scenes television and Internet production tasks in Connecticut.

“The fact that NBC returned to us for the Winter Games and selected even more students than for the Summer Games is strong testament to our students, our communications professors, and the superb performance of those who worked the Summer Games,” said Dr. Paul Gullifor, Communications Department chairman.

A follow-up story detailing the students’ experiences with the Games — being held February 6–23 — will be included in an upcoming issue of Bradley Hilltopics.

— B.G.



Bradley Is Central Illinois Strong 

On November 17, several communities near Bradley were devastated by a historic late fall tornado outbreak. While the University was spared, many of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni suffered losses ranging from slightly damaged to completely destroyed homes. Members of the Bradley family immediately offered their support, with more than 400 volunteers assisting where needed in the following weeks.



Jake Heuser Named VP for Advancement

Last August, Jake Heuser was announced as the new vice president for advancement at Bradley. A member of the University’s development office staff since 2007, he previously held the roles of senior director and executive director, which helped prepare him for his new fundraising and alumni engagement responsibilities.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jake to my senior leadership team,” said President Joanne Glasser. “Having been actively involved in the successful completion of the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance, he brings with him to the position a comprehensive knowledge about our advancement efforts while also possessing a deep appreciation for the core values on which our University was founded.”

Before coming to the Hilltop, Heuser served as an associate director of planned giving at Saint Louis University and as an account executive consulting on fundraising efforts for the marketing firm Gabriel Group. He also worked for Phi Delta Theta fraternity, focusing on member recruitment and new chapter development.

Heuser holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Missouri State University. He and his wife, Lea Ann, have two children.

— C.M.