2014 Bradley University Graduate Student Leadership and Service Awards Select MBA Winners

Amirali third from the left, Sultana second from the right, pictured with Jeffrey Bakken, Associate Provost for Research & Dean of the Graduate School, and other award winners

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May 30, 2014

By Lindsay Anderson

Earlier this month, Safura Sultana ‘14 and Shabeer Hussain Amirali ’14 each received the MBA program’s 2014 Bradley University Graduate Student Leadership and Service Awards. 

“Sultana exemplifies the best qualities of our students at Bradley University,” Director of Bradley University MBA and EMBA Programs, Lisa Stufflebeam said.  “It was my pleasure to nominate her for this award.  Not only was she an outstanding scholar, but she has admirable leadership qualities that set her apart.”

Sultana learned she was nominated for the award because of her involvement at the University, and her passion for pushing Bradley’s MBA Association into the region.  Just last month, Sultana coordinated a trip to Boeing’s manufacturing and defense site in St. Louis.

Sultana was also the President of Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) and founded Bradley University’s chapter.  The student organization was very successful and promoted great work and brought worldly global awareness both to campus and the community.

“I’ve enjoyed all my classes,” Sultana said.  “If I had to pick a couple that stood out, I really enjoyed Dr. Chuck Stoner’s Interpersonal Relations class and Dr. Gerald Hills’ Entrepreneurship Elective course.  Through those classes, I learned how a corporation works, how to start a business and the motivation to push yourself to get the results you seek.”

Sultana recently accepted a finance position in the healthcare industry in central Illinois. 

Shabeer Hussain Amirali ’14 was in the Accelerated MBA program with management as his concentration. 

“Amirali’s creative approaches and solutions have made the graduate school a better place,” said Graduate School Associate Dean Stephen Banning.  “We are excited to see what great things he will do in the future.  From taking overseas calls at home to helping plan events for students, Amirali has shown remarkable ability and a willingness to share his gifts with others.”

While at the Foster College of Business, he was a member of the MBA Association Board where he worked with the organization in order to implement collaboration, progress, innovation, impact and fun.  The MBA Association also works to enhance the educational experience and professional development of students.

Amirali was also a CARE group member and a Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member, providing international student support.

“I am truly thrilled to have received this award,” Amirali said.  “Receiving this award from Bradley University makes me happy and grateful and it was such an amazing honor.  I dedicate this award to my family – my spouse and two kids.”

Hussain graduated at May commencement and will move into working in the industry he studied while here at Bradley.