I was a phone caller for the Bradley Fund and did babysitting for local churches and families.
Kerri Sklar Alper ’95
My career at Bradley all started when I was hired in November 1958 to clean the Student Center Ballroom at night for 75 cents/hour! I liked working there so much I stayed for 54 years!
Ken Goldin ’64M.A. ’72
As a freshman in 1955, I worked as a member of the Fieldhouse cleanup crew for 75 cents/hour and stayed there all four years. That same year I lived in the home of the university’s then-night watchman, Gus Beach, and worked in the bookstore during registration, watching for shoplifters. With help from journalism professor Paul Snider, I did an internship in my junior and senior years at the Peoria Journal Star that gave me a class credit and paid $15/week for 12 hours of work. I had a job cleaning the women’s gym that started at 7 a.m. and out by 8 a.m. before classes started, also for 75 cents/hour. Finally, one of the funeral homes in town occasionally needed pall bearers for a person who had no living relatives, and a buddy of mine would ask me to help. That paid about $5 or $6, but those were rare. My senior year, Professor Snider got me a summer job at the UPI office in the Chicago Tribune Tower. I got through Bradley without owing a cent.
Fred J. Filip ’59
My first student job in 1978 was lifeguarding, which was quite easy since people were only swimming laps. A second, more “interesting” job we called “Slip Sliding.” Several days a week some of my University Hall pals and I would sit in a room in a warehouse and stuff newspaper advertising circulars into plastic bags. The other days we would drive out into the various neighborhoods. The driver, Steve Corich ’76, would suddenly stop the van and we would all scamper out like a SWAT team: “Two Left!!! Two Right!!!” Dashing up to the various front doors to deposit our stash, we would try to run away before the homeowner would see us or some dog would go nuts. In winter, we would slip and slide all over the streets. Paul Simon’s song, “Slip Slidin’ Away,” was popular so that gave us an anthem. There were very strict rules about not hanging the bags on mail boxes or throwing them on lawns. Problems arose when someone didn’t have a doorknob or when there were long driveways or large entry gates. The diversity of the neighborhoods and dwellings made us realize why Peoria was considered to be a cross-section of America.
Sally Pemberton ’81
I visited my father, Thomas Cromwell, who was then director of Financial Aid and Student Employment, for my weekly allowance. I told him I wanted to get into computers, which surprised him. He said he would talk with Herb Morris, manager of the Student Computer Center, about a job. Once I started working there, I no longer needed weekly financial assistance from my parents. Herb suggested I become a math major, thinking I wanted to go into the hardware/engineering aspect of computers. I worked as an input/output student assistant in the Keypunch Lab, where students created the punch cards for their program assignments and submitted the jobs for execution into the computer. I made sure the jobs were properly assembled, and identified and helped students debug invalid results and fix the errors. I did not give them the answers but helped them think their way through the results, which led to the answers themselves. I went back to Herb and discussed whether computer engineering was really the right direction for me. I realized a business major made more sense. Herb also encouraged me to seek employment with temporary office employment services for summer jobs, since the business experience would help broaden my education of information and data needs for corporations. The experience did prove invaluable throughout my career as it gave me a running start in my first job. And it allowed me to be the most respected business analyst and system tester wherever I worked. Also, many of the engineering students who had to take programming swore I got them an A. But I explained they got their own A; I only taught them how to think. They had to pass the tests on their own. However, the grades got me free beer and pizza at the local hangout, Mecca.
Lyn Cromwell ’72
I worked in the Lovelace Hall Kitchen, six mornings a week for the breakfast shift. The kitchen head, Frank, gave my roommate, Don Canfield ’69, and I breakfast, lunch and dinner because we were on time, did a great job washing dishes, cleaning up and taking trash to the two dumpsters outside. We arrived at 6:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday, and left in time for our 8:30 a.m. class. This lasted for three-plus years.
Arthur Beane ’68
During my last year or two at Bradley, I worked at Sears. I also worked at Montgomery Ward and at a steak restaurant. Occasionally, I co-hosted an open-mike at a bar/restaurant with another Bradley student. We played blues and some other stuff together. I used to play in a pub in the basement of the Student Center but that wasn’t for pay. The other guy is a professional now — Howie Golub ’75 of the Boat Drunks.
Rich Burger ’75
I typed and edited papers for friends. I also worked in the front office of the College of Education and Health Sciences.
Wendy Copeland ’87
During the summer of ’73 as I prepared to enter BU, I worked loading steel I-beams onto railcars in the structural finishing mill at U.S. Steel’s Southworks complex in Chicago. The actual job title was “Hooker,” which earned me my life-lasting fraternity (Pi Kappa Alpha) nickname. During the school year, I washed dishes at Williams Hall. Other college summer jobs included working on road crews on the Illinois Toll Road and as an assembly line worker for Federal Signal Corporation in Blue Island, Ill.
John Mikenis ’77
I was a lifeguard during summer days and a waitress in the evenings. At Bradley, I worked in the library, taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded at the Peoria YMCA. I waitressed at Avanti’s and sold my artwork. My small scholarship in art helped pay the tuition.
Claudia Bordin ’75
My three most interesting jobs required me to dress up: as a campus tour guide for Admission, as a bus boy for the Pere Marquette Hotel weekend dinner service and as a pall bearer at various Peoria funeral homes. I met many wonderful families and prospective students and ate some great leftover meals from bussing. But it was very sad to experience a person passing with no one to bid them goodbye except six college guys. Quite a learning experience for the time spent at Bradley.
George Fraggos ’66
I had a variety of jobs, from waiting tables at Kane’s on Main and University to working at a bottom-of-the-line men’s clothing store for a buck an hour. The best, however, was during my senior year when Dr. Paul Snider arranged for me and my friend, David Horowitz ’59, to be the first two Bradley interns in the Peoria Journal-Star’s newsroom. I think we even got paid.
Edgar Vovsi ’59
I worked in the Admission office, and my favorite days were when I gave campus tours to prospective students and their families. Not only did I get paid, I usually got a great lunch at Jumer’s. I also taught cheerleading for the Peoria Park District to elementary school kids. It was a fun project since I was a Bradley cheerleader!
Mary Ann Morck ’74
I babysat for two Bradley professors and was able to manipulate my schedule so I only had class two days a week. This
allowed me to babysit for three days while they were teaching. It was a perfect job!
Rebecca Fisher Gromala ’00
I worked as a meal card puncher in the cafeteria, as a residence hall staff member (from RA to assistant head resident at Harper), as a graduate assistant at the counseling center and as a copier in the audiovisual department.
Wilma Torres Walls ’80M.S. ’84
I did secretarial work at the ROTC office on campus. In the summers I was a lifeguard at the pool in my hometown.
Carol Miller Renneck Quell ’60MFA ’78
My freshman year I delivered mailers door-to-door for Steve Corich ’76’s business. He had a group of us that he drove around in a van, and we hit different neighborhoods in Peoria. I was a tour guide for the rest of my college days.
Nancy Cooney Taub ’80
I had many jobs during my four years at Bradley because I had very little money saved for college. These included washing home windows, unloading lumber from box cars, selling kitchen knives door-to-door, selling women’s shoes, helping to build a mobile home park on Farmington Road while living in a trailer, washing dishes at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house for free meals and working at a rubber stamp company in downtown Peoria. My first summer, I worked for my dad on a farm in western Illinois. Later, I worked for the Northwestern Railroad in Chicago as a fireman on a diesel locomotive. When I graduated in June, I had a $1,000 loan from my parents. We had one child, and my wife was expecting a baby that October.
Merlin Foresman ’58
During my junior and senior year, I worked at a muffler repair shop in Canton, Ill., on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
David Oedewaldt ’60
During my senior year, I carried 18 hours each semester, working afternoon/evening shifts at WHOI and late nights at Sully’s. That was a bit rough, but I lived to tell about it!
John Mathis ’87
Like many others, I have to thank Caterpillar Inc. I worked there the summer of 1950 and quit when school started. Needing a bed and food, I went back during the first semester and worked second shift and left again in the first semester of my junior year. For my accounting internship during my junior and senior years, I had to leave campus at the start of Christmas break and return after March 15 (at that time Tax Day). Later, I kept books for Advanced Blind & Shade. From there I loafed until the U.S. Army gave me a job. Then it became really interesting.
Kenton Hancock ’54
I worked at a florist shop in Washington, Ill., on the weekends. I had a number of retail tasks, but mostly I delivered and set up wedding flowers on Saturdays and funeral flowers on Sundays.
Kenna Pope Atherton ’93
I earned money at Cullom-Davislibrary, babysitting and working at The Fieldhouse.
Kelsey McGuire ’13