If at first you don’t succeed… grad finds success twice
Discovering that a major is too difficult can be stressful and discouraging, and for some college students, it is the equivalent of failure. When faced with this problem, Christian Hawkinson ’95 and ‘02 decided instead to change the scope of his dreams.
Hawkinson began his path at Bradley as a civil engineering major. “Differential equations were my downfall,” he said, and decided to change his major to history. “If I couldn’t be there, helping with construction, I thought it would be neat to study the architecture.”
After graduating from Bradley, Hawkinson landed a job at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center through the aid of friend and mentor, English professor Dr. Robert Prescott. As he was leaving his job one day, he noticed a group of men working on a structure near OSF. Hawkinson realized how much he missed civil engineering and decided to return to Bradley. Working at OSF while taking classes was difficult, but living off campus made it “easier to study,” and on his second attempt, he earned his civil engineering degree.
Since his second turn as a graduate, Hawkinson has put his education to use in Iraq as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. He served in Baghdad for five months as a civilian engineer, and then returned to the United States for six months. He has since returned to Iraq to continue his work.
Dr. Prescott believes Hawkinson was successful at his second try because he was more focused. Hawkinson encourages students who are struggling with their studies to get to know their professors. “I learned so many things,” he said. “They give you a whole other view. It’s really valuable.”
The Reynolds receive President‘s Award
Warren Reynolds ’53 MA ‘67 (left) and his wife Carol (far right) were recognized recently for their years of service to Bradley with the 2005 President’s Award. They are shown above with BU president David Broski and his wife Sharon (center).
Warren retired from Keystone Steel and Wire in 1983, where he served as vice president and corporate secretary. He received the Centurion Award in 1993, was a member of the National Alumni Association serving as president in 1971, and has been a member of the Bradley Council since 1987. He chaired the committee that planned Bradley’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1972, and helped Bradley celebrate its centennial 25 years later.
The Reynolds have endowed two scholarships, a travel fund for forensics, and named the Business Management and Administration wing of Baker Hall. They beautified campus by endowing a garden near Bradley Hall in memory of a family member. The Reynolds are perpetual members of the Founder’s Society and charter members of the 1897 Society.
Officer serves in D.C.
Bradley police officer Scott Fryer recently returned from a deployment to Washington D.C., where he served as
During his trip to D.C., Fryer was a liaison for five military bases, supervised personnel, and helped set up a new
Fryer said his job was very similar to his tasks at Bradley.
“You still have to deal with many different policies and guidelines,” Fryer said. “My skills and time spent as a Bradley police officer and in the Marine Corps definitely qualified me for the job.”
Fryer said his work in D.C. was a “wonderful opportunity.”
Officer Fryer has been awarded two Navy Achievement medals. He also served in Operation Desert Storm. Fryer and his wife Claudia have two sons.