Grad assistant chases down Intercultural career calling

Quincy University, a private Roman Catholic liberal arts university in the Midwest, seeks applicants for the master’s degree program, tailored to assist individuals in achieving their education and career goals.

According to Quincy University, the Office of Graduate Studies supports students and faculty by promoting graduate programs, facilitating the admissions process, assisting current graduate students, and collaborating with various campus entities to better serve our students.

This caught the attention of former Culver Stockton College baseball standout, Edward Madera, who was a 6-foot-2 outfielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In his career, Madera started in 85 of the 89 games, recorded a .292 batting average, and tallied 82 career hits which included 18 doubles, three triples, and eight home runs.

In his final year at Culver Stockton College, Madera was named the Primo’s Pizza and Subs Student Athlete of the Month in April, 2018.

Off the field, Madera was named to the honor’s list and appeared on the President’s List in all three of his completed semesters as a Wildcat.

“After I graduated, I applied for the Graduate Assistant position opening in the Athletic Communications department here at QU and I got the position,” Madera said.

As a GA within the Athletic Communications department, Madera operates under the wing of the Director of Athletic Communications, Brendan Saak.

Saak got the torch passed down to him in June of 2020 when he officially accepted the position of Director of Athletic Communications at Quincy University.

The process of hiring Madera was a little strange for Saak as it begun with former Sports Information Director, Dylan Shick.

“Dylan actually interviewed him before he left and told me another candidate might be better,” Saak said. “But when Will Conerly and I interviewed him, we thought he was professional and would be able to adapt.”

“I assist with fixing the website for the sports of the university – we fix the bios for every sport,” Madera said. “Any new students we make their bios for the year, we fix their stats, we also help out by broadcasting the games, pretty much setting up videos so we can have the website looking fresh and clear,” Madera said.

Saak thinks Madera has executed very well this fall while providing several skills to the athletic communication branch.

“He has a very good work ethic and I think he has brought a new sense of diversity to my department,” Saak said. “He’s also a very hands-on person who likes to solve problems and get things done.”

While enjoying his time in the Tri-states, Madera plans to stay in the game after he graduates.

“Maybe it could be within college or sports organizations more at a professional level,” Madera said. “It could be with coaching or I could be working in the communications area just as I have been doing here at QU.”

Madera will graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree in May of 2022.

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