Homegrown rivalry


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The fabled Bradley vs. Illinois State University rivalry runs deep for the Schwartz family.

Eric Schwartz ’88 is one of three in the group who graduated from the university, along with his brother Jonathan ’90 and sister-in-law Susan Lang Schwartz ’89, while his youngest brother, Greg, also attended Bradley. Schwartz’s wife, Beth, is one of three in the extended family from ISU.

“There’s constant joking in the household,” he said.

While many of his high school classmates headed for the University of Illinois, Schwartz liked the size and compact nature of the Hilltop, where he majored in finance before a career in financial services. The late Kal Goldberg, who served as distinguished professor of economics before becoming provost, was among his favorite teachers. 

“It was a place that put me on my path today,” said Schwartz. “It taught me about real life, what goes on in the world. It helped me grow up.”

Greek life was another important part of his Bradley Experience. Schwartz joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he often connected with Vice President for Student Affairs Emeritus Alan Galsky.

“He stood out as someone I could turn to when needed,” said Schwartz.

Rebecca Schwartz ’16, a dual elementary and special education major, also saw Bradley’s advantages. She visited the Hilltop and ISU before choosing a college, and like her father, chose Greek life as a member of Kappa Delta.

“Bradley runs in the family,” she said. “I (believe) Bradley’s campus is very personal. The education program is so close; we all know each other.”

Schwartz’s younger daughter, Sarah Schwartz ’20, will continue the family’s Bradley tradition this fall.

“Everyone said that the college you choose should feel like home,” the prospective education major said. “Bradley feels like home to me every time I step on campus.”

With two daughters attending his alma mater, it’s no surprise that Eric Schwartz chose to join the Parents Association, where he is a member of the executive board. 

“This is a way for me to give back,” he said. “It felt like the right thing to do.”

— B.G.