Ringing up wins
Simon Sarraf ‘06 and Stephanie Linder ‘07 placed first among 38 university sales teams from across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
comprised of marketing majors Simon Sarraf ‘06 and Stephanie Linder ‘07, took first place in the eighth annual National Collegiate Sales Competition held March 17 and 18 at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia.
Students presented two 20-minute sales role-plays, one as a representative of ACT! Software (in the product category), and one as a representative of UPS (in the service category). Sales professors and sales professionals from the sponsoring firms served as judges.
To prepare for the competition, Linder and Sarraf met with Dr. Mark Johlke, associate professor of marketing, for two-hour bi-weekly sessions, in addition to their own individual preparation.
“The most satisfying aspect of the entire sales competition was to represent Bradley University well,” said Sarraf. ”It’s time people all over the country know what Bradley is all about.”
Bradley’s speech team placed second at the National Forensics Association championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Bringing home individual national championship titles were Collin McDonnell ’06 in rhetorical criticism and Lacy Lowrey ’06 in prose interpretation. Lowrey also placed in the top 10 in the pentathlon, after-dinner speaking, and poetry interpretation. Mitch Colgan ’06 and Brae Tilton ’08 placed second and fifth respectively in extemporaneous speaking, while Jillian Riewerts ’06 and Emma Atabong ’08 placed fourth and sixth respectively in prose interpretation. Jon Meinen ’06 placed fifth in both persuasive and informative speaking, as well as 11th in the pentathlon. Curt Byars ’07 placed 15th in the pentathlon and fifth in rhetorical criticism.
Bradley’s mock trial team received four top individual awards at the American Mock Trial Association tournament. Devin Burns ’07 received the outstanding attorney award; Katherine Fox ’06, Jessica Lenz ’06, and Tim Allen ‘06 earned top witness awards. Political science professors Craig Curtis and Scott Paulsen coached the team. “We were just one trial away from having two teams qualify for the national tournament,” Curtis said. “This was my goal from day one.”
Scout staff members recently accepted 14 awards at the 2005 Illinois College Press Association’s award luncheon. Alissa Raschke ’06 received first-place awards for column writing and headline writing. Rich Gioiosa ‘06 was awarded second-place for sports news story and sports feature story. Jake Kasper ’06, Arius Elvikus ’05, and Katelin Siska ‘06 also received awards for their contributions in sports column writing, cartoon strip, and sports photo respectively. The ICPA awarded honorable mentions to Rich Ducat ‘06, Matt Styka ‘06, and Sarah Wienman ‘05.
Peoria’s Richwoods High School boys’ basketball team advanced to sectionals in the Illinois basketball tournament at Robertson Memorial Field House. There, sophomore guard James Robertson #31 played in the building named in honor of his great-grandfather, legendary Bradley coach A.J. Robertson. He is the son of William ’83 and Sally Grimm Robertson ’83 and the grandson of William “Corky” ’53 MA ’64 and Dolores Frels Robertson ’54.
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