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Summer 2005 • Volume 11, Issue 3

Bradley attracts achievers from abroad

by Justin Phelps ‘05

Bradley is known for its outstanding Study Abroad program. Some may be surprised to learn that hundreds of international students come to Bradley to complete their education and return home equipped to take on successful careers in their chosen fields.

 


Marek PawlikMarek Pawlik ’05 came to Bradley to study business. He wanted to be an entrepreneur.
“That’s the career I want to pursue,” the 24-year-old Polish native said. “I was always excited about being involved in a small business. That’s because I’ve been surrounded by my dad’s business.”

Pawlik, who majored in entrepreneurship, is back in Poland after graduating in May. He is working with his father, Boguslaw, who owns Patronic, a wholesale company specializing in security devices.

“The business is in trouble,” said Pawlik, because of increased competition and the need to implement changes within Patronic. He plans to implement a new strategy based on what he has learned from Dr. Fred Fry, professor of business administration, and Dr. Larry Weinzimmer, associate professor of management.

Pawlik chose Bradley for a couple of reasons. One, he was offered a tennis scholarship, which helped offset the cost of his education. Pawlik said, “The average income in Poland is $500 a month.” Two, “I was looking for a really good school. My primary reason for coming to the U.S. was school, not athletics,” he said.

Pawlik transfered to Bradley after his sophomore year at Szczecin University located in Poland. Ninety hours of his course work were accepted. While most students would have about 60 hours after two years, he acquired more because in Poland students take as many as 15 classes in a semester.

“You end up just passing those classes, and you don’t remember anything,” Pawlik says. “What I like here is the emphasis on useable knowledge. When teachers here teach you something, they make sure you know how to use it in the future.”

Last fall, an entrepreneurship major was added to the business administration curriculum. The major includes two new classes – an entrepreneur finance course and a technology entrepreneur course. Pawlik is one of the first entrepreneurship graduates. “I always knew this was the type of job I’d like, not in order to get rich,” Pawlik said. “I just feel good in that kind of environment, not a huge company.”

 

From Bangalore to Bradley and back

by Nancy Ridgeway

Byju JosephWhen Byju Joseph MIE ‘05 returned to his hometown of Bangalore, India, this spring, he not only had a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley, but also a job with Cat Logistics.

As part of his master’s degree project, Joseph worked with Cat Logistics in Peoria. His supervisors in the Peoria facility were so impressed with Joseph’s work that they recommended him to the Bangalore facility. “I worked on a facility layout planning project, and I will do exactly the same work there,” Joseph said shortly before departing for India.
“It’s amazing that I came over here and now am going back not only to my country, but to my hometown, with a job that I got while I was here.”

When Joseph graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a university in India, the job market was tight, so he settled for a job in the garment industry that was not related to his studies. “The first six months were O.K. I was making money, but it was not what I wanted to do. That’s when I thought about earning my master’s degree.”

Joseph applied to five universities, including Bradley because he had a friend who had attended here. He was attracted to Bradley because of the scholarship he received. Dr. Joseph Emanuel, professor of industrial engineering, says, “Many of our international students keep passing the word, and in most cases, they are very good students.”

Joseph’s wife remained in Bangalore, where she works in the chemical industry. “That was pretty tough, leaving her at home, but I was that desperate to leave the garment industry. Now, the place I work will be just 15 to 20 minutes from home. It’s like a perfect ending.”

 

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