Spring 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 2
Participating in competitions since the University was founded in 1897, the Bradley speech team has become the most successful intercollegiate team in history. The team has won 38 national championship titles since beginning national competition in 1978, and every four-year member of the team has known the experience of being a national champion. Bradley’s 134 individual national titles are more than the other top 25 schools combined. No other school has claimed more than 15.
At the state level, the Bradley speech team has won 32 of the last 36 state tournaments. At those 36 tournaments, Bradley students have won 163 state titles, including at least one in every year of competition. The current speech team competes in the 2006 Nationals in April.
Current and former Bradley speech team members, along with communication faculty, displayed a portion of the trophies the team has earned throughout the years during halftime of a Bradley men’s basketball game on February 14 (above). Visit speechteam.bradley.edu for details about Night Before Nationals, two evening presentations on March 24 and 25, featuring material the team will take to Nationals.
“When forty of us walked into the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization conference in Orlando wearing red polo shirts, we made quite a splash,” noted Dr. Fred Fry, professor of business management and administration and the voice of entrepreneurship at Bradley. Fry said later a colleague commented to him, “We knew it had to be Bradley.”
And thanks to the Gorman Entrepreneurship Education Fund, the polo shirts were just about the only expense the students incurred during their three-day October stay in Florida.
Three months later, Steve Gorman MBA ’78, president and CEO of Greyhound Lines, Inc. headquartered in Dallas, Texas, while on campus for a Board of Trustees meeting, heard firsthand from many of the entrepreneurship majors how his fund continues to enhance opportunities for promising entrepreneurs. Gorman is pictured above with A.J Brown '06.
“The conference was phenomenal, inspiring,” said Michael Tasner ’06. “I was ten feet away from CEOs of major corporations. I learned how to write business plans and much more. Each day I learned something different. I collected 100 business cards.”
Emily Johnson ’07, an accounting major and member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) chapter on campus, added, “I was personally inspired. The conference opened my eyes to entrepreneurship. It gave me many ideas and taught me that anything is possible with the right resources.”
Gorman has fond memories of being a grad assistant at Bradley. “We were just punk kids who thought we had great ideas,” he recalled. “We had textbook knowledge with no real-world knowledge, but we were in class with folks who were out in the working world, who worked full-time. I’m happy to give to the entrepreneurship program where future business leaders will take their knowledge out to the real world, where graduates take the thought processes and approaches out to the big businesses, as well as lead people towards goals and along a directed path. I want to continue to recognize how much Bradley has meant to my career. Success doesn’t just fall out of the trees.”
Would you like to own a Marcellus Sommerville ‘06 limited-edition bobble head? On September 30, at the “Bids for the Braves” fifth annual auction at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, two bobble heads will go to the highest bidder(s). The first 2,500 fans at the Bradley men’s basketball game on February 14 took the 6-foot-7-inch senior’s bobble-head figure home with them.
Visit Chiefs Club at bubraves.com for more information.
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