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Reid McDowell '11

Brightpoint, Inc

Bachelor of Science in Marketing,
Minor in Economics,
Concentration in Business Creation
and Development
Byrum School of Business
School of Liberal Arts

“At Marian University, students aren’t just a face in the lecture hall. You are individually encouraged and you get to know your professors on a personal level.”

McDowell was also able to participate in many different experiential learning opportunities such as internships, projectbased classes, and advertising competitions. He has learned how to apply classroom experiences to hands-on business situations. “We were given the tools,” he says, “but they’re useless unless you use them.” During the summer of 2010, he was an intern for Brightpoint, Inc, a Fortune 500 distribution and supply chain services company for the global wireless industry. The company was so impressed with his work ethic, knowledge, and experience that they offered him a permanent position. McDowell started working for the company in the summer of 2011. Today he’s still with the company and taking on even greater responsibilities.

When looking for colleges, Reid McDowell’s mother, a Catholic school teacher, encouraged him to look at Marian University. When he visited the university, McDowell fell in love with the campus and the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. He liked the intimate atmosphere and immediately felt like he mattered. As a business student, McDowell appreciated how Marian University’s core Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship were integrated into his coursework. “Morals and ethics in business were given a lot of emphasis,” he says, “We were taught to not just give lip service to business ethics, but to be ethical business men and women in all aspects of our lives and careers.”

He credits Marian University with his success. “As a student, I was developing myself for bigger and better things. I feel more equipped to be a businessman with integrity and ability.”

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