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reading these stories in Bradley Hilltopics brought me back to my freshman year at George Washington University. If I wanted to call home, I had to use the single rotary-dial pay phone on my residence hall floor. Frequently that meant waiting in line with other women on my floor; yes, it was an all-girls dorm. If I wanted to write my parents back in Baltimore, I’d pull out a pen and paper. Computers and e-mail were something from Flash Gordon. It was an uncomplicated, simpler time. Students on Bradley’s campus today communicate very President Joanne Glasser visits with six of the 60 Bradley Fund callers. differently. Virtually every one of them has a cell phone. Walk across Visit to learn more. the quad and you’ll see as many students talking on their phones or texting as enjoying all the beautiful flowers that brighten our campus. And that’s not the only way they stay in touch. They are on Facebook; they tweet on Twitter; they have their own blogs; and they post videos on YouTube. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that we started sending e-mails? It seems like every year or two new ways are being conceived to communicate. At Bradley, we are keeping up with this communications whirlwind because we know that you want to stay connected. So we’ve created a Bradley Facebook fan page; more than 2,600 of you already have joined us on Facebook. Those fans are getting regular updates on the latest Hilltop news right on their FB homepages. Several alumni affinity groups, like Bradley University Communications Alumni Network (BU-CAN) and Bradley University Black Alumni Association (BUBAA), have created their own Facebook sites. They, too, are a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends. So I invite you to become a virtual Bradley fan by visiting Of course, this communications revolution offers unlimited new opportunities for the University. For example, the Bradley Fund, our annual giving endeavor that supports day-to-day operations, academic initiatives and scholarships throughout the University, has created an e-philanthrophy program. Like other contributions, these gifts can be restricted or unrestricted, for capital projects, equipment, student assistance or whatever is your interest and passion. You can find out more about electronic giving at Yet personal contact remains the staple of our solicitations. The cornerstone of those telephone requests are our outstanding students who are living the Bradley Experience. Take, for example, TERESA SIMPKIN ’09. She has made calls for the Bradley Fund for two years, first as an undergrad and now as a team leader and graduate student. Teresa really enjoys talking to alumni while listening to stories about their days on the Hilltop. In fact, Teresa told me she’s been known to spend more than an hour on the phone learning and listening. The discussions have made her realize the great value of a Bradley degree. “I really appreciate what a Bradley degree means and the history of the University,” Teresa said. “So many alumni have been dramatically changed by this University, and I have, as well.” So when Teresa or any other student from the Bradley Fund calls, tell them about your Bradley experience and let them know the impact Bradley has had on your life. We have raised $131 million, more than any other campaign in our history, but there is still more to be done. Through our Renaissance Campaign, our other academic and program initiatives, and your assistance, we are on our way to making Bradley a university of national distinction. Please consider making a gift that will continue to enrich the lives of students today and tomorrow so that they can enjoy the same wonderful Bradley experience that you did. As you know better than anyone, a Bradley education is a terrific investment in our nation’s future. Know that I remain humbled to continue to serve our faithful alumni and our wonderful University. Go Braves! Warm regards,

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Can we talk?


Touch-tone phones were sleek and ultra modern in 1985, but touching the screen of a very tiny phone (texting) is how most students communicate in 2010.

Social networking: the new town square



People of all ages are gravitating toward Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. It’s entirely possible to stay in touch without talking at all.

Touching Haiti



A Bradley alumna’s 13th medical mission to Haiti came just a week after the devastating earthquake in January. Almost 2,500 Haitians were treated at The Friends of the Children of Haiti clinic.

Rebuilding Wisconsin’s lost lake


How can a 267-acre lake disappear in two hours? Lake Delton did, and a Bradley engineering grad has been honored for leading its resurrection, all in record time.



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Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97 editor

Joanne K. Glasser president

Gayle Erwin mcdowell ’77 associate editor

shelley epstein associate vice president for university communications

ERIN WOOD ’09 assistant editor sarah dukes art director Duane Zehr university photographer

Kathy Fuller assistant vice president for university relations

Student Staff Assistants Abby Wilson ’10 melissa vogrin ’10


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On the cover: Methods of communication for Bradley students through the years include (from top left to right): landline phone, Facebook, text messaging, e-mail, instant messaging, and Twitter.

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Racing for a cure Thank you for the Cancer Warriors feature in the Winter 2010 edition of Bradley Hilltopics. My involvement with Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1984, while I was a student-athlete at Bradley (cross country and track). At that time, I never imagined the reach and impact that Komen would have on so many lives, including my own. Linda Washkuhn, Suzy Komen’s best friend, returned from the first Race for the Cure in Dallas in 1983 and sought assistance to create a similar event in Peoria, Suzy’s hometown. Together with other members of the Illinois Valley Striders, we designed a course, planned the logistics, promoted, and managed the first Komen Peoria Race for the Cure in 1986. I have served as the race director for the past 20 years. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is now the global leader of the online Visit bradley. breast cancer movement, investing more than $1.5 billion since edu/jointeam 1982. We have more than 125 Affiliates and Komen Race for the bradley Cure events in the U.S. and internationally. Please join President Joanne Glasser, honorary chairwoman, and Team Bradley at the 25th Komen Peoria Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 8. Otherwise, please join or create a Team Bradley at the Race for the Cure in your city. PHILIP LOCKWOOD ’85

I am the granddaughter of DR. JOHN I. BREWER ’25 HON ’76, whom you featured in the InMemory section of your latest issue of Bradley Hilltopics. My sister found the article and passed it around to the family. The article reminded us all of what a dear man he was and how passionate he was about medicine. We were all surprised with the basketball photo! We knew he played basketball at Bradley, but we had never seen a photo before. Thank you. Pam brewer

Boise, Idaho Thanks to ABBY WILSON ’10 for her article on my grandfather. What a treat to see his memory is still alive, and to be reminded of the things he did. He was a great guy and often told me stories of his days at Bradley. He sure made the most of his life and Bradley was a huge part of what made him what he was. Thanks so much! John H. Brewer

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The last Hilltopics was a beauty with a number of interesting articles. You and your staff are to be commended for your creative talents. DR. martin “jerry” abegg ’47 hon ’93

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Sad farewell to two unique favorites Just days before the closing of New York City’s famed Tavern on the Green, December 2009 also brought sad news about two landmark Peoria restaurants. Jumer’s, located just a few blocks west of campus, closed on December 21. Opened in 1970 by Jim Jumer, the hotel/ restaurant was known for its Bavarian decor and towering black bear, but might have been most famous for the scrumptious cinnamon rolls. Since 1956, alumni have also had fond memories of meeting and eating at Vonachen’s — either in the dining room or in one of the train cars. The restaurant at the intersection of Knoxville Avenue and Prospect Road was opened by PETE VONACHEN ’49, and became VOP’s (Vonachen’s Old Place) in 1979. The last meal was served in 2008, and the building was demolished on December 3, 2009. The two train cars have been donated to Wheels O’ Time Museum in Peoria. Read an earlier story about the museum at wheelsoftime05. Fortunately, there are many other good eateries in the area, but these two legendary restaurants were truly unique. They will be missed. TOP: Jumer’s Castle Lodge in the 1970s Bottom: Vonachen’s Junction in the

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Communication for safety’s sake The Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, followed by the shooting at Northern Illinois University less than one year later, prompted many college administrators to reexamine campus security. Though already a priority for President Joanne Glasser, ensuring the safety of Bradley’s students, faculty, and staff became even more crucial. “Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our students and our entire University community,” Glasser said. “Our intention is to make Bradley a safer community to live, learn, work, and play. We have made significant improvements in recent years, and we will continue to strive to make Bradley among the safest campuses in the nation.” What Bradley needed was a comprehensive communication system that addressed the wide array of possible threats to campus safety. Mass Notification/Emergency Communications (MNEC) emerged as the solution. Capable of alerting the campus population about everything from fires to hazardous weather to armed intruders, Bradley’s EST3-Sixty system is at the forefront where MNEC is concerned. It includes a paging system, fire alarms, electronic signage, and other forms of communication. The system is backed up by batteries and will remain operational for 24 hours, even if the rest of campus is without power. “Right now, we are one of the leaders in the country,” said Bradley’s safety supervisor Rollin Arnett. “I think our system is truly state of the art.” The system’s multi-dimensional approach provides real-time information and instructions that can be customized to different locations. “We can send a specific message to one building and another to the rest of the campus,” Arnett said. Administrators can choose to send out a prerecorded voice message or use one of the microphones placed throughout the major buildings on campus to give more specific instructions. The system has been used twice so far, both times to relay information about severe weather.

Turning to Thompson Bradley turned to Thompson Electronics Co. (TEC) in Bartonville about 2½ years ago to install the emergency communication system. Owner CRAIG THOMPSON ’74 and his team donated fire alarm installations several years ago and helped Bradley gain the rank of number one in fire safety for colleges and universities by the Princeton Review. Arnett explained that the University’s satisfaction with TEC’s earlier work was a major factor in choosing the company to update the emergency communication system. Thompson said the new EST3-Sixty system, along with the other renovations on campus, should help Bradley stand out even more to prospective students and their parents. “The Bradley campus has evolved and is continually improving

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Bradley’s safety supervisor Rollin at an ever increasing pace. It has been a pleasure to be part Arnett, at left, worked with Thompson of enhancing the safety of the campus environment.” Electronics Co. owner CRAIG THOMPSON The installation of EST3-Sixty is being done in phases. ’74 to install a state-of-the-art emergency About 20 buildings are fully equipped, and there are about communication system on campus. 10 more to complete. Priority went to buildings with free access and the highest occupancy during the day, such as Bradley Hall, Olin Hall, and Cullom-Davis Library. Additionally, speakers have been placed on rooftops so announcements can be heard outside and in buildings where the system has not yet been installed. TEC also upgraded Bradley’s existing fire alarm system to work in conjunction with the new MNEC system. “In the past when a fire alarm went off, we knew it was in a particular building, but we didn’t know more than that,” said Ron Doerzaph, Bradley’s director of facilities management. “Now, the control “We will continue to strive to panel tells us which detector is going off, and it can pinpoint the fire.” make Bradley among the

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safest campuses in the nation.”

Bradley’s new technology works hand in hand with the foreWarn emergency notification system, which conveys messages to the campus community through text messages, a telephone hotline, e-mail, and public address announcements on the Bradley homepage. “With the combination of the new system, the Web updates, e-mails and text messaging, we are really at the top of the line in what we are doing,” Arnett said. “You can’t put a value on the need for safety,” Doerzaph added. “We need to be prepared for any type of emergency.”

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a century of women artists Four years ago, CHANNY LYONS, MBA ’97 curated an exhibit at the Peoria Art Guild featuring 50 local women artists who worked in the 19th and early 20th centuries. After the event, she started researching female artists in Illinois history and found that little is known about most of them. Lyons decided to do her own research, and began work on the Illinois Women Artists Project 1840–1940. The project is online with a database containing biographies of around 500 female artists and exhibits featuring their works. “You feel like you’re adding to American history, and you’re able to document our creative past,” said Lyons. “You become a historian.” The century between 1840 and 1940 has always interested Lyons — her grandmother was an artist during that time. She wanted to know what life was like for her grandmother as an artist. Lyons has partnered with universities, students, museums, collectors, libraries, and artists’ relatives to build the database. Bradley designed and is hosting the Web site. Lyons plans to publish a book in conjunction with the Web site. Much of the material in the database will be housed in the Cullom-Davis Library. OME CANO LOPEZ ’08, assistant director of Web marketing and communication at Bradley, designed the Web site. “It was a fun project for me,” said Lopez. “The project involved a learning curve because it was in Drupal.” Lyons has written several books about art, including Hedley Waycott, Peoria’s Premier Painter, which won an award from the Illinois Museum Association in 2007.

Nancy Brinker, Raj Soin to address May grads


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Nancy Goodman Brinker will address graduates at commencement on May 15. The Peoria native is CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which she founded in 1982 in memory of her sister. Last year she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Brinker is currently the World Health Organization’s Ambassador for Cancer Control. RAJ SOIN, MSIE ’71, will give the commencement address to graduate students. He is an entrepreneur and the founder, chairman, and CEO of Soin International in Dayton, Ohio. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Captain of Industry Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2009.


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Though Larry King’s lighthearted stories kept the crowd laughing while he gave the keynote address for Bradley’s mid-year commencement at the Peoria Civic Center on December 19, his message was sincere as he stressed the importance of being willing to take risks in order to succeed. Dr. LINDSEY ROLSTON ’85, orthopedic surgeon, inventor, and 2009 Bradley Centurion, addressed graduate school candidates on December 17. Officially, 226 students earned bachelor’s degrees, while 69 graduate degrees were awarded.



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new athletic director arrives Dr. Michael Cross became Bradley’s new athletic director in January, coming to Peoria from Princeton University, where he had been the executive associate director of athletics since July 2006. Cross supervises operations, athletic performance, NCAA compliance, communications, and fundraising for Bradley’s 14 intercollegiate athletic programs. He also serves as a liaison between the Department of Athletics and other divisions of the University and as a member of the president’s cabinet. Cross said his top priorities for the next nine months include reviewing the organization of the Department of

Athletics, enhancing its Web presence, and opening the Athletic Performance Center and the Puterbaugh Men’s Basketball Practice Facility. “At the simplest level, I look forward to going to work every day and making a difference in the lives of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff,” Cross said. “More broadly, I look forward to establishing strong relationships with all of the department staff, the campus community, alumni, and the Peoria community as we work to move Bradley forward.” Cross holds an economics degree and a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he played basketball for three years and was the assistant men’s basketball coach for a year. He earned his doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan, where he was assistant director of compliance. Cross and his wife Jennifer have two sons. He succeeds Ken Kavanagh, who became athletic director at Florida Gulf Coast University last May. Following his departure, Virnette House-Browning served as interim director of athletics.



A record high $131 million has been raised in the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance, surpassing the previous record of $127.4 million that was raised in the late 1990s during the University’s Centennial Campaign. The new record also greatly surpasses the $31.7 million raised in the 1980s during the Campaign for Bradley. A $1 million gift from Peoria businessman Dale Burklund in January boosted the current campaign past the University’s previous fundraising record. (See page 33). The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance was launched in April 2008, with a goal of raising $150 million to recreate the face of the campus by renovating and expanding existing buildings and constructing new state-of-the-art facilities.

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The hydrotherapy room in the Athletic Performance Center houses three therapy pools — one hot, one cold, and one with an underwater treadmill and adjustable water levels to accommodate athletes of all heights. Bradley’s hydrotherapy room is the only one of its kind in the state.

Temporary heating units allowed construction of the Athletic Performance Center to continue through the winter. The maple flooring for the Puterbaugh Practice Facility has been laid. The catwalk system above the arena was installed. Installation of the subfloor system for the arena court began in February, after work on the upper walls was completed. The final pieces of structural steel were erected at the north entry into the lobby of the arena, and the in-floor radiant heat tubing system was being installed prior to the placement of the concrete floor. Work continues on the glass entry and skylight system. Installation of the building’s four elevators is in progress, as is work on the

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chiller plant in the basement. A new boiler plant located below the adjacent parking deck became operational in January and is providing steam to campus. The Athletic Performance Center is on target to be completed by mid summer. More than 200 cubic yards of concrete for the west foundation wall and the north wall footing of the HaydenClark Alumni Center were poured in January. Workers continue to form footings and foundation walls, as weather allows. The 34,700-square-foot facility located on the west side of Bradley Hall is expected to open in 2011.

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tutors reach out to community By nancy ridgeway

LAYODESI DeKEZEL ’10 is committed to making a difference in the life of a child, and her work in the America Reads tutoring program is leading her toward that goal. America Reads was established in 1997 to help fight illiteracy by providing free tutoring to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Since that time, Bradley students have provided more than 72,000 hours of tutoring, with an average of 300 children participating in the program each year. During the 2008–09 academic year, 299 children were tutored, which involved 74 Bradley students working 5,235 tutoring hours. Funds from the Federal Work-Study Program pay their wages. This school year, DeKezel, an early childhood education major, is serving in a supervisory role with the program. She has been involved in America Reads since her freshman year and has tutored six children at Whittier Primary School and a couple more at Bradley’s Smith Career Center (SCC). Bradley

a cappella plays in peoria, too By melissa vogrin ’10


Last December, NBC’s successful four-night holiday premiere of “The Sing-Off” demonstrated that a cappella-style singing holds a prominent position in today’s music industry. In 2004, the a cappella phenomenon caught on at Bradley when PETER BOBIS ’06 founded On The Rocks, an all-male group, whose roster is often in flux. Currently, JOSH GALASSO ’09, ANDREW WIESER ’10, CHRIS PENNANT ’10, DAN ECKERT ’10, JAKE HIER ’11, JAKE SCHRINER ’12, PHILIP CHOONG ’12, MARCUS COLE ’13, and DAN CALABRO ’13 are involved with the organization. Auditions for On The Rocks take place every semester, but this is the first year the group officially registered as a Bradley organization. In his first semester as the group’s director, Chris Pennant shares that On The Rocks provides a fun learning experience. “Being in an a cappella group has taught


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Bradley students provide free tutoring to local children through the America Reads program. Shown, ROBIN RASMUSSEN ’13 tutors Bryant McDowell while LAYODESI DeKEZEL ’10, now a supervisor in the program, observes.

students tutor during the school day at Whittier, Lincoln Middle School, St. Mark’s Catholic School, and Common Place, a social service agency. Children come to campus for an evening program. Each tutor works with one to three children during 45-minute sessions that involve helping with reading homework, comprehension, grammar, and phonics. Children are enrolled for one or two sessions per week. Dawn Koeltzow, assistant director of the Springer Center for Excellence in Internships at the SCC, says no assessment tests or income restrictions are involved. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children if they believe they would benefit. While many tutors are education majors, that is not a requirement. Business major ROBIN RASMUSSEN ’13 comments, “I just love being able to interact with the kids and to help them learn new things. When they need help, I like to show them new ways to learn.”

online Facebook users can view On the Rocks’ performance at /go/ontherocks

me some things about singing that I wouldn’t have otherwise had a chance to learn. My favorite part is looking at the audience in the middle of a song and knowing that all our parts came together exactly right.” On The Rocks primarily performs free shows on campus. They have sung at Bradley events such as 24 Hours of Music, Relay for Life, Shack-A-Thon, and the Chorale talent show. Occasionally, RAs invite them to sing in the residence halls. Pennant enjoys this particular venue, pointing out, “It doesn’t hurt that the ladies love it when we serenade their dorm floors.” The group performs songs by artists such as Ben Folds, Billy Joel, Jackson Five, Imogen Heap, and Guster. In November 2008, On The Rocks participated in the A Cappella Invasion at Saint Louis University with four other a cappella groups. KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11, former director of On The Rocks, says this was his favorite experience. He explains, “We were able to watch other a cappella groups perform, and it was great to see so many people excited about a cappella.” This semester, On The Rocks will perform during a half-hour slot at Sigma Alpha Iota/Phi Mu Alpha’s 24 Hours of Music event on April 23. They also plan an April concert.

homegrown educators make a difference By erin wood ’09

For SONYA NUNEZ ’11, a mother of two with a full-time job, earning a college degree seemed close to impossible. She didn’t have the time or the finances. But when the 32-year-old heard about Peoria Grow Your Own Teachers (PGYO), a grant-funded initiative that helps non-traditional students from the Peoria area become educators, Nunez’s dream became more realistic. She filled out an application for the program at the suggestion of a colleague. “When I found out I was one of the ones chosen, I just cried,” she said. PGYO is a partnership among several community organizations that allows students to spend two years at Illinois Central College before completing their degrees in elementary education or special education at Bradley. The program pays for up to two courses per semester. Upon earning their degrees, the new teachers must work in Peoria District 150 schools for at least five years. “The biggest significance is that we are getting teachers who know and live in their community to become a part of supporting and nurturing children in their own neighborhoods and communities,” said Dr. Helja Antola Crowe, a liaison for PGYO at Bradley. “One of the challenges of our teaching force is that we have high levels of minority children, but not so many minority teachers.” PGYO began in 2007. Its first graduate, LYDIA BRANCH ’09, earned her degree last May at the age of 45 and is teaching fifth grade at Glen Oak Primary School. Branch’s daughter, ANGELA BRANCH ’09, though not a part of the PGYO program, earned her degree from Bradley last December and now teaches fourth grade at Glen Oak. Lydia Branch and a co-instructor teach a class of about 30 students, many with learning disabilities. “I love working with the students and seeing the light shine in their eyes as they understand a concept that is being taught, or they get the answer correct,” Branch said. “I have found this to be the most exciting and rewarding part of teaching.” Dr. Antonio Cantu, chairman of the Department of Education, said he is proud of the faculty members and students who have proven PGYO to be a successful program. “This past spring, when Ms. Branch became the first PGYO student to complete the program, we had an opportunity to reflect on how far the first cohort of PGYO students have come, as well as how much the program itself has developed over the past couple of years,” Cantu said. “ … It truly is a program that has afforded an opportunity for many in our community, such as Ms. Nunez, to realize their dreams.” Twenty-six students are enrolled in PGYO, with 19 of them in the Bradley phase of the program. DR. JANA HUNZICKER ’89 MA ’94, a liaison for PGYO at Bradley, said the program plays an important role not only in increasing diversity in District 150 schools, but also on both Bradley’s and ICC’s campuses. “It’s a win-win situation all around,” she said. For Nunez, it’s a chance to change her life. “I have achieved a lot already just being in the PGYO,” she said. “I have gained belief, courage, strength, integrity, and the ability to realize life is what you make of it. … I have faith that one day, I will hold that degree in my hand. That day will be a gift and the beginning of a new dream.”

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above: Lydia Branch ’09, the first graduate of the Peoria Grow Your Own Teachers program, teaches fifth grade at Glen Oak Primary School in Peoria.

The Civil War — A 2010 Learning Trip Join the Peoria Historical Society and Bradley University’s Division of Continuing Education on an educational tour April 27–May 4 to explore some of the most significant sites of the Civil War. Stops include the National Civil War Museum and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania,

Antietam in Maryland, Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the U.S. Air Force Museum, both in Ohio. Bernie Drake, former president of the Peoria Historical Society board, will guide the learning trip. Randy Saxon, a former Gettysburg guide, will enrich the historical perspective of the Civil War through his

personal insights. Sue Manley, ma ’01, veteran traveler and program director of Continuing Education, is the host. The trip costs $1,499 per person for double occupancy, or $1,799 for single occupancy. The cost includes charter coach, hotels, admissions, and all but two meals. Space is limited. Visit, or contact Debbie Devine at (309) 677-2820. Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010


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Dana Davis ’78, vice president of basketball operations and team programs for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, talks with Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo as they help with a community cleanup project in Memphis.

grizzlies vp focuses on player development By benjamin gleisser DANA DAVIS ’78, vice

president of basketball operations and team programs for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, knows what he would do if any players brandished handguns in the team’s locker room, as two members of the Washington Wizards did earlier this season. “When something like that arises, you stay calm and defuse the situation as fast as you can,” says Davis, 53. “The most important thing to do is make sure everyone’s as safe as possible. If that means I have to walk one guy out of the locker room to calm him down, I will. And after that, I’d start damage control.” In the high-pressure, highly competitive world of professional sports, athletes can easily let their emotions get the best of them, but Davis is thankful that his Grizzlies only attack when they’re on the parquet floor. “Sure, someone will get defiant now and then, but I’ve got a good group of kids with lots of character,” says Davis, whose duties during his 10 years with the Grizzlies have included managing the players’ personal, professional, and social development through educational programs, support services, and one-on-one mentoring. This involves everything from helping players earn their college degrees to being a father figure to an athlete with personal concerns.

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“NBA players are younger and younger,” he says. “They’re turning pro after only a year or two of college, and some of them have never had a bank account, or don’t know how to read a paycheck with tax deductions. Friends think they’re rich and now ask them, ‘Hey, man, can I borrow $5,000 from you?’ They need to learn life skills, so we schedule team awareness meetings to talk with them about issues they’ll face.” The Grizzlies also encourage players to become community role models and to make a number of

court public appearances every year. Davis sends players to local schools to read to children and to hospitals to visit children, many of whom are seriously or terminally ill. “Players take that hard,” he says. “They connect with some of those kids and are saddened when they pass away.”

Back in Peoria Davis is also personally committed to community activism. Every summer since 1997, he has staged the weeklong Mitchell “JJ” Anderson All-Star Basketball Camp — named after a Bradley basketball star — for underprivileged youth in Peoria. Besides playing sports, kids receive free health physicals and eye screenings, and learn about the importance of education, hygiene, and good nutrition. “When I was growing up in Peoria, my family didn’t have a lot of money for doctors and physicals,” he says. “I want to give these kids the best physicals they could ever get. Every year we find heart murmurs and lots of asthma.” The program was so successful that in 2004, Grizzlies’ owner Michael Heisley asked Davis to hold a similar camp in Memphis. For this work and other community efforts, Davis was inducted into the African-American Hall of Fame Museum in Peoria in 2007. “Being born and raised here, I was honored that my peers inducted me into something that means so much,” Davis says. “It felt great to be acknowledged for my commitment to the community.” Davis has many fond memories of Bradley. In fact, whenever he visits his hometown, he makes time to visit the campus. Besides earning his business degree at Bradley, Davis was the basketball team’s student assistant from 1976–78. “I went to Bradley because the school has great traditions,” he says. “And the business school has an excellent reputation. I knew it was ahead of the curve and would prepare me well for the business world.” Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies’ general manager and vice president of basketball operations, calls Davis “an integral part of our franchise. His work in player development has been frequently praised by the NBA league office. Dana is truly indispensable to our team.”

hoops action By d.j. piehowski ’10

Men’s basketball

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The men’s basketball team’s February 13 win over #18 Northern Iowa marked Bradley’s first home win over a ranked opponent since the Braves moved to Carver Arena in 1982. Bradley overcame a nine-point halftime deficit with an 11-0 run to start the final frame, winning 68-59. The win was Bradley’s second of the year over ranked opponents, the other coming November 28 at the expense of #20 Illinois, who fell to the Braves, 72-68, in the final round of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational. With a 75-73 win over Wichita State on February 24, the Braves (15-13, 9-8 in Missouri Valley Conference play) clinched a key 4-5 seed at the MVC Tournament, avoiding the March 4 play-in game in St. Louis. Above right: Andrew Warren ’11 celebrates with fans who rushed the floor after the win over Northern Iowa.

Women’s basketball February 21 marked the women’s basketball team’s seventh annual Pink Zone game and the Braves celebrated by collecting a 63-55 win over Drake and more than $7,300 in donations for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As part of Coach Paula Buscher’s Coach’s Challenge, $5,418 was donated as a result of Bradley’s six 3-pointers, three of which came from Renee Frericks ’10, #3 at right. The team’s loss to Illinois State on February 25 tied Bradley (14-11, 10-5 MVC) with Creighton for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference with three games to play at press time. Buscher could become the first Bradley coach to post back-to-back winning records since the program upgraded to a major schedule in 1982–83. The MVC Tournament kicks off March 11 in St. Charles, Missouri. ethan zentz ’13

At right: SONYA HARRIS ’11 finished with 11 points on four-of-six shooting during the Pink Zone game.

glasser chairs ncaa committee President Joanne Glasser has been appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification that works with Division I schools to review compliance to NCAA rules, academic and fiscal integrity, equity, welfare, and sportsmanship. This is Glasser’s second term on the committee. She succeeds Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch. The committee provides a peer-review process to ensure certified schools are following NCAA regulations so that student-athletes’ experiences are continually improving. The committee also decides if a Division I-sized school should be certified by the NCAA.

“My work on the committee is so gratifying as I witness firsthand the commitment of institutions around the country to integrity in intercollegiate athletics,” Glasser said. Glasser also was appointed to represent the Missouri Valley Conference during a four-year term on the Presidential Advisory Group (PAG). The group is online made up of presidents from each of the Division Visit for I conferences and Football Championship Subdivimore information. sion, including: Robert Caret, Towson University; Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University; Penelope Kyle, Radford University; and Kenneth Peacock, Appalachian State University.


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Can¬we¬ talk? by gayle erwin mcdowell ’77

1:1 Pre-1970s

Often, the ratio of phones per dorm floor, sorority, or frat house.

Timing was everything



Sunday evenings were prime time for phoning home. It was cheaper than other nights — unless you waited until 11:00 on a weeknight, or 11:01 just to be safe.

1959 1981 10 cents



The phone bill was more than a bill — it was a monthly project. Roommates had to claim their own calls and pay their share of the bill. For students in longdistance relationships, the phone bill could be a source of dread.



who called anchorage??

Cost to place a local call from a pay phone. And, if your party didn’t answer, you got your dime back.

Cell phones and texting allow today’s students to maintain almost-constant contact with friends and family. Most alumni can tell you it hasn’t always been that way. Take a look back at the not-so-olden days.


TALK WAS NOT CHEAP 1960s/70s/80s

Calling long distance was always expensive, especially during the day. A 15-minute conversation could easily cost $6. That’s why crafty students and their families devised signals. Using the operator to call “collect” or “person-to-person” and not accepting the charges was one ploy. Letting the phone ring twice was another signal.

no more dorm room phones 2009

They are obsolete. Students have their own!

sending a message 2010

8 out of 10 accidents are caused by distracted driving. The #1 culprit is cell phones. Ray LaHood ’71, U.S. secretary of transportation, began the FocusDriven campaign against deadly distracted driving in January. is the Department of Transportation’s new Web site.

our own phone! 1972


Phones (rotary dial) are installed in every BU dorm room.


duane zehr

2010 how classy! 1986

Students use their new touch-tone room phones to register for classes, but are frustrated by busy signals. Bradley was one of the first three schools in the nation to try the concept. (along with Brigham Young and Georgia State)

“can you hear me now?” 2004

Verizon commercials signal that soon people everywhere, including most Bradley students, will be on their cellular phones — a lot. Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010


social networking: the new town square


mike davis ’75

martin note ’02

andy heaton ’82


off last year, are among the most popular sites. Facebook members post brief messages and photos, play online games, take personality quizzes, and more. Many users have been reunited with former neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Twitter is an online micro-blogging site where members post and read “tweets” of 140 characters or less. They can search to see what people are saying about particular topics, and they can “follow” celebrities and others who post tweets. Many companies and organizations have a presence on the sites, including Bradley.

Planning events Awl joined Facebook in 2007, when BU speech team alumni were using e-mail to plan a reunion. He was invited by two other forensics alumni to join Facebook. “A handful of people from the team were on Facebook, but over the next few months, more and more started to show up, and it snowballed.” TRACEY BETTERMANN WETZSTEIN ’91, an attorney in Valparaiso, Indiana, is one of the friends who invited Awl to join Facebook. “We didn’t intentionally gang up on Dave. I had connected with other people I knew were his close friends. It seemed to me that he should be on there.” In today’s busy world, sites like Facebook allow people to keep in touch without making an extended time commitment. Wetzstein says, “It’s nice to be able to touch base with somebody briefly without having a big conversation on the phone. … I have to limit myself, though. It’s something that can be addictive.” Wetzstein says Facebook became an organizing tool for the speech team reunion, and team members “became almost evangelists for Facebook. It helped everyone get together virtually. If we ran across someone who wasn’t on there, we’d send an invitation.” MIKE DAVIS ’75 of Chicago had a similar experience as president of the Bradley University Black Alumni Alliance. BUBAA formed a social network with 10 people on Ning — a site allowing people to create

dave awl: Gerardo Herrera; martin note: self-portrait

dave awl ’88

Growing up in the Internet age means a wealth of information has always been as close as the click of a mouse. Social networking is an extension of that, offering an alternate way of staying informed. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and similar Web sites allow their users to stay in touch at lightning speed. Since its founding in 2004, the growth of Facebook alone has been nothing short of phenomenal. Facebook had 20 million users in the United States in April 2007. By January 2010, the number climbed to 103 million. Around the world, Facebook presently claims more than 400 million active users. “Facebook has become the new town square. It’s where everyone gathers to share information,” says Chicagoan DAVE AWL ’88, author of Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook. The face of Facebook has aged recently. Initially reserved for students with a college e-mail address, those young adults have kept their Facebook accounts past college. Now their parents are likely to be there, too, since the site is now open to everyone. Just a year ago, 18- to 24-year-olds was the prime user group. Now, 35- to 54-year-olds comprise the largest group (29 percent) of Facebook users. Grandparents are proudly posting photos, and universities are entering the Facebook world to reunite college friends and update alumni. Dipping their toes into the world of social networking can be daunting for those who didn’t grow up in the world of the Web. “It sounds bizarre, and you can’t understand the appeal until you experience a little bit of it,” Awl says. “Some will grumble, but few regret it.” Awl adds, “The real appeal is your particular mix of friends and what they bring to it. It’s very personalized.” Wikipedia lists more than 150 social networking sites, many directed at special interests such as art and books, others offering a place to journal or blog, and still others providing a place to create your own community. Facebook and Twitter, which really took

by nancy ridgeway

From Facebook to MySpace, texting to Twitter, there are more ways every day for people in the same town or across the globe to reach out, reconnect, and stay in touch. All it takes is a few clicks.

their own special interest network — on a Wednesday. By Saturday, 250 people had joined. “It was powerful how we were able to connect with black alumni. I’m also on the board for the Bradley University Alumni Association (BUAA), and we have initiatives about how we can leverage social networking,” says Davis. A member of BUAA’s marketing committee, Davis uses Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Ning accounts to publicize alumni events and to encourage people to visit the alumni Web site at

Business tools Having witnessed the impact social networking can have, Davis realized it is a valuable tool professionally, too. A franchise owner of The Entrepreneur’s Source, he is a business placement coach and networks with clients, potential clients, and people in the franchising community with sites like LinkedIn, a professional networking site. “All things being equal, people tend to do business with those that they know, like, and trust. … Social media enables you to establish those types of relationships. On LinkedIn, people can ask a question, and you can answer it. You look for questions that are your sweet spot, and you can become identified as an authority within LinkedIn,” Davis adds. MARTIN NOTE ’02 of Austin, Texas, is a new media developer for Whole Foods Market, a company known for effectively utilizing Twitter. Whole Foods Market employees post answers to questions directed to the company and send out updates and links to corporate blogs and videos. Since Whole Foods Market is divided into 13 somewhat autonomous regions, Note joined a team developing a Facebook-style internal network. The company hopes the network will encourage more collaboration between similar departments in different regional offices. “It takes away from everyone inventing the wheel at the same time,” says Note, citing the example of all the stores using the same holiday or seasonal promotion rather than each region coming up with its own.

ANDY HEATON ’82 is helping to develop social networking guidelines for employees at Ernst & Young. The company first used Facebook as a recruiting tool, allowing recruiters and potential employees to communicate after an interview. “We recruit a large number of people out of college, so we have a fairly young workforce. It’s important for us to be up on the technology folks coming out of college are comfortable using,” explains Heaton, who works in the Washington, D.C., office. With 40,000 partners and employees in the Americas and 130,000 worldwide, Ernst & Young has tens of thousands of its people active on social networking sites every day. The firm recently established an official presence on YouTube and Twitter. “We want to make sure our people are aware of what you can do with social networking and how you can get in trouble if you use it in ways that are not responsible,” says Heaton. “We really want people to understand that when they are on the Web, they are serving as ambassadors for us, no matter what they do.”

Staying in touch Awl compares the increasing popularity of social networking to the growth of e-mail in the mid- to late-90s, when eventually many individuals without e-mail were left out of the loop. He disagrees with the common criticism that social networking distances people. “Some say that instead of getting together face-to-face, people hide behind their computers. It’s been the opposite for me. It keeps me in touch with others, and pretty soon, we’re making plans. I can name five or six people I hadn’t seen for 10 years, and now, I see them on a regular basis.” The ultimate impact of social networking could be far-reaching. Heaton recently had a discussion with a friend about whether Facebook will fundamentally change the way people interact with one another. “We have a generation of people who never have to lose a friend. They’ll just continue to add them.”

Follow Bradley Bradley alumni can stay connected with their alma mater on Facebook and Twitter. Users can become fans of Bradley pages at bradleyuniversity and twitter. com/bradleyu. More than 2,800 “friends” and “followers” of Bradley receive news updates and may make comments. LinkedIn also has a Bradley alumni group on its Web site. “This opens up two-way communication that everyone can participate in,” says JIM CRONE ’02, director of Web marketing and communications, as he explains the advantages of social networking to Bradley. The University also has Facebook-style private networks that are used as recruitment tools where prospective students and admissions representatives can communicate. The networks allow for special interest groups within the site. For instance, one group may be for students from New York, while another group might include students interested in a particular major. Discussing Bradley’s approach to social networking, Crone says the right combination of tools is continually changing as the technology changes. “There’s not one prescription for how to do it right.” Bradley has a presence on the most popular sites. ”We can’t say we’re only going to use one social networking Web site, because we won’t reach our whole audience. There is not a single platform that can be all things to all people,” Crone said. Become a fan of Bradley Hilltopics on bradleyhilltopics. Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010



haiti by karen crowley metzinger, ma ’97 photography courtesy friends of the children of haiti

“Nothing can replace the human touch. That’s what I

found in this experience,” said Kay Shank ’85 MSN ’92, as her eyes filled with tears. She was speaking of the 2,334 suffering Haitians whom the Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH) clinic volunteers  treated during their medical mission following the catastrophic January 12 earthquake. “Our simple  human touch tells the Haitians we care.”

h TOP: Registered nurse Kay Shank ’85 MSN ’92 helps secure vitals outside the

Friends of the Children of Haiti clinic. ABOVE: She cuddles a newborn

whose mother was crushed by the earthquake moments after giving birth in the Jacmel hospital. The infant’s aunt, pictured, had swaddled the baby and taken her outside for fresh air before the quake hit, saving her life. Photo courtesy Kay Shank.


ealing Haitians has been a calling for Kay Shank for 13 years. “I would never have considering traveling to Haiti on my first medical mission in 1997 if I had not earned my nursing degree,” said Shank. “Both my Bradley nursing degrees are gifts that keep on giving. Bradley certainly gave me the gift of being able to heal.” Attending Bradley was Shank’s second life because she was a stay-at-home mother who raised three children before deciding to become a nurse. After five years on the oncology floor at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Shank moved into the position of nursing recruiter, so she truly embraces the opportunities in Haiti to provide direct patient care. After all, she said, “Once a nurse, always a nurse.” Although Shank still believes her first mission to Haiti was her most memorable, her recent January trip was one she’ll never forget. Larry, her husband of 43 years, had left for Haiti a week earlier and was inside the clinic in Cyvadier, 25 miles from the quake’s epicenter in the capital, Port-au-Prince, when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred. Along with team leaders Dick and Barb Hammond, he was preparing the clinic for 22 additional volunteers, including his wife. A staff of two physicians, one surgeon, five nurses, two pharmacists, two EMTs, and several

volunteers had been scheduled to arrive in early January for the first of six two-week clinics FOTCOH has sponsored annually for the last 20-plus years. The group treats a total of about 15,000 patients each year and has made great strides in combatting hypertension, scabies, worms, TB, AIDS, and diabetes. When news of the quake reached Peoria, the team quickly repacked for completely different types of injuries. Seven hours after the quake, Shank was reassured that her husband and the Hammonds were safe. Fortunately, the Haitians had built the clinic with steel reinforcements to withstand hurricanes due to Cyvadier’s location on the southern coast. Although the clinic sustained some damage, it maintained power and water thanks to its new Caterpillar generator.

Flying into Haiti Once the logistical nightmare of flying into Haiti was resolved through the use of eight small chartered planes from Florida, the group landed in Jacmel, one week after the quake. A port city of 40,000 residents and Haiti’s cultural center, Jacmel provides some of the clinic’s supplies. But the city lay in ruins, with an estimated 10 percent of its population dead. However, each member of the team arrived with a carry-on containing personal supplies for two weeks and two 45-pound




duffel bags filled with medications and supplies — $100,000 worth donated by OSF. “I have no other way of describing our first impression except total devastation on top of perpetual poverty,” said Shank. “It’s impossible to share the experience unless you go to Haiti, see it, smell it, breathe it, and live it. Your heart just breaks.” Eager to begin work, the team opened the clinic the next morning with triage and provider stations outside, and a stocked pharmacy inside. Grief-stricken men, women, and children filled Shank’s chair each day, needing Creole translators to relate their stories and injuries. “There was not one patient in my chair who did not thank us for our help,” said Shank. “It was one sad story after another. But the Haitians keep putting one foot in front of the other because this is the life they have. The loss for surviving Haitians is incomprehensible.” Many had journeyed from Port-au-Prince over a rugged mountain road, some on motor scooter, others on a tap tap (crowded bus) in desperate need of medical care. One woman rode on a motor scooter for three hours across the mountains with a broken leg. She had lost her husband and one of her sons, but her other son had dug her out of the rubble. Hundreds waited quietly in line for treatment under the hot sun, often for as long as seven hours.



Fulfilling a promise Now back in the states, thanks to the volunteer efforts of United Airlines, Shank’s voice often trembled as she reflected on the misery of her beloved Haitians. Her office is filled with photos of many of her patients over the years, and picturesque tropical landscapes that belie the harsh realities of the island. She picked up a cherished photo of a young mother, her first patient 13 years ago. Although Shank received word that she had died later that year, Shank had promised the woman that she would return to Haiti. “She is the reason I go back each year,” Shank said. “There is so much goodness in people. I guess I always go back to the goodness.” Emphasizing that the challenge for the Haitians is just beginning, Shank stressed that there is no sanitation, no running water, and very little shelter. Haitians will be faced with disease after disease — dysentery, diphtheria, and so much more. Volunteers are needed to make a difference now and for many years to come. “Children need homes. They are beautiful, beautiful children, a joyful people,” said Shank. “Now, they have such sorrowful expressions. My heart remains in Haiti. The people of Haiti are my heroes.”

(1) Despair and grief cloud the face of a survivor, who lost her pregnant sister, as she sits amidst the ruins of her house in Jacmel. (2) Hundreds of subdued Haitians line up in 90-degree heat to patiently await medical care in Cyvadier. (3) A mother suffers with her 5-year-old daughter who had surgery in an attempt to save her crushed hand. (4) Clinic doctors had casted this Haitian’s broken leg earlier in the week. A friend carries him and his crutches for a return checkup. (5) The clinic’s EMTs built an incubator from a poncho, aluminum window trim, and foil. They used exam lamps to warm the threepound premature twins born after the earthquake.


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dale janzen

june 2008: lake delton disappeared in just two hours after a breach in a county highway caused it to empty into the wisconsin river.

Rebuilding Wisconsin’s

by gayle erwin mcdowell ’77

It had been a soggy spring in 2008 in the Wisconsin Dells, not ideal for tourism, when the unthinkable happened. Extremely heavy rains breached a county highway, and the water from nearby Lake Delton gushed into the Wisconsin River, taking several luxury homes along for a horrific ride.


this page: photography by Mead & Hunt Inc.

2008: during construction

2009: The rebuilt dam and highway

ithin a few short hours on June 9, Lake Delton was empty — no water for the Tommy Bartlett skiers, and definitely no water views or aquatic fun for vacationers at the lakeside resorts. It looked like it might be years before the lost lake could be restored. Like everyone else, JIM BORG ’72 watched the catastrophe on the news. “I saw the houses floating through the breach, and the next morning I told some coworkers, ‘I’m glad I’m not responsible for restoring that.’” Within hours, Mead & Hunt was contacted about the disaster. By the following week, Borg had designed three alternatives to present to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “We had to divert Dell Creek away from the breach and back to the dam,” he explains. He became Mead & Hunt’s project manager for what he terms a “once-in-alifetime” project, in part because of the steppedup timetable for the reconstruction. Attracting 1.5 million tourists annually, the area’s success is crucial to the state, prompting Gov. Jim Doyle to “fast-track” the project. Incredibly, within six months, the highway was rebuilt and the capacity of Dell Creek Dam was increased. Rather than years later, water began refilling Lake Delton on December 5, 2008, in ample time for the 2009 tourist season. For their roles in working with a number of contractors and governmental agencies, Borg and another Mead & Hunt engineer, Rusty Chesmore, were named 2009 Engineers of the Year by Wisconsin Builder magazine. “Some of the pressure to open up the road by December was because it was the primary emergency route around the lake,” Borg explains. Because the lake is only 45 minutes from Borg’s home, he spent a great deal of time monitoring the progress.


“I was amazed at how a online project could get done in six View a time-lapse video of the refilling months that would normally of the lake at take three years,” Borg remarks. “It shows the lake-delton.html. importance of a really good working relationship with everybody involved. People worked selflessly. We knew how important it was to get it done.”

Providing power abroad Jim Borg is no stranger to challenging assignments. As young Bradley graduates, he and his wife RUTH STEINWEDEL BORG ’74, a sociology major, embraced the idea of living and working abroad. “We looked at it as an adventure and a chance to see how the rest of the world lives.” Most of Borg’s overseas jobs have been in climates with tropical temperatures year-round, in places like Quito, Ecuador, a city that almost straddles the equator in the Andes Mountains. Before moving to Wisconsin in 2005, the Borgs were missionaries there with HCJB World Radio. Borg was project manager for the Loreto Hydro project. The hydroelectric project powered the mission group’s mountaintop antenna farm and its hospital and clinic in Quito; the rest of the power was sold. When the three Borg children were under the age of eight, the family lived in Pakistan for 14 months. Borg was the hydraulic design engineer for the Kalabagh Dam on the Indus River, funded by the United Nations. As new parents in the late ’70s, the couple spent 2½ years in Venezuela while Borg was the hydraulic engineer on the Guri Hydroelectric Project. “It was the third largest project in the world at the time,” Borg says. To this day, the dam supplies almost 75 percent of Venezuela’s electricity.

jim borg ’72 Vice president, water resources, Mead & Hunt Inc., 2005–present Recent honor: 2009 Engineer of

the Year in Wisconsin for leading dam and highway reconstruction to restore Lake Delton Career: hydroelectric projects in Venezuela, Pakistan, El Salvador, etc. for Harza Engineering, 1973– 1998; HCJB World Radio missionary in charge of Loreto Hydro project in Ecuador, 1998–2002; Ecoluz S.A. executive director, 2002–2005 Education: BSCE, Bradley; MSCEhydraulics, Montana State, 1973 Family: wife RUTH STEINWEDEL BORG ’74, three children Residence: Madison, Wis. Favorite BU activity: intramural

basketball Interests: reading, Bradley

basketball, collecting old engineering books — “When you rehab old dams, you want information about how they were built then.” Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010


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joyce cordell lindstrom ’64

JOYCE CORDELL LINDSTROM ’64 was recognized by Saint

Charles Business Magazine in its “50 Over 50 Community Shaper Awards.” Joyce is a math professor and education coordinator at St. Charles Community College, where she helped design the associate of arts in teaching degree. Joyce holds a master’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri. She and her husband ROGER LINDSTROM ’64 have three children and live in Maryland Heights, Mo.* KAREN MILLER LAMB ’65 is the national secretary of the American Society of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and a member of the society’s board of governors in Washington, D.C. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband Denis.


virginia lannamann barney ’70


bob zyskowski ’73

one of eight IBM employees to receive the company’s highest technical honor, IBM Fellow. Roger is chief engineer for data center energy efficiency at IBM and was recognized for his expertise in electronic cooling and data center thermal management. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Rocille have one son and live in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


david neel ’81 * see photo



named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Jeff’s trial practice seminar “Kiss” has been chosen by the Georgia State Bar as the first to be simulcast to all three bar offices in the state. Jeff and his wife Christine live in Atlanta. PHIL BROWN ’69 joined the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a sales executive. He and his wife Luisa Regalado live in Mokena.


VIRGINIA LANNAMANN BARNEY ’70 is the city manager of

Upper Arlington, Ohio. Ginny chairs


on air in cincinnati JIM KELCH ’80 is now a radio and TV broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. He works alongside Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and former MLB player Jeff Brantley. Jim has worked as an announcer for the Louisville Bats, triple-A baseball affiliate of the Reds, since 1989. His broadcast career began in 1984 with the Peoria Chiefs, and he made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 1990s. Since 1995, Jim has also been the radio voice of University of Louisville women’s basketball. Jim and his wife DIANE MceWING KELCH ’80 have three children and live in Louisville.

the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security board. She is a chapter author of Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Secrets. Her husband MARSHALL BARNEY ’70 owns and operates Barney Corp. and an online company that distributes filtration products. The Barneys have two children.*



research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research labor studies program. He is also the AFL-CIO chair of labor policy and a professor at the University of Minnesota and a visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. His latest book is Licensing Occupations: Ensuring Quality or Restricting Competition. Morris holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. He and his wife SALLY MOSOW KLEINER ’71 have three children and live in Edina, Minn. BOB ZYSKOWSKI ’73 completed a term as president of the Catholic Press Association last year. His newspaper in Minneapolis-St. Paul, The Catholic Spirit, was chosen the best large-circulation Catholic newspaper by the American Press Institute. Bob and his wife Barb have


four children. They live in Oakdale, Minn.*


DEBRA LANDRE ’76 MS ’77 was

named to the 2009 edition of Who’s Who. She is an online math professor for San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. She is the author of five mathematics books and co-author of three books. Debra was a math instructor at Bradley from 1977 to 1979. She lives in The Villages, Fla. BRUCE MECKLER ’77 was named to the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board last fall. He is founder and chairman of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson. Bruce and his wife Marcy live in Chicago. They have two children. ROBERT TURNER ’77 MBA ’78 recently helped launch the Beta Gamma Sigma Center for Ethical Business Leadership, an online resource for information on effective ethical leadership practices. Bob is the founder and chief investment officer of Turner Investment Partners and is a Bradley Trustee. The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship were named in honor of Bob and his wife Carolyn. They live in Paoli, Pa. Their son ANDREW TURNER ’11 attends Bradley.


trigonometry? there’s an app for that! BY nancy ridgeway

When MICHAEL HANSEN ’83 looks at the future of education, he sees a classroom where students pull out their cell phones — not to text or talk, but to learn. “Cell phones today are computers. Many are more powerful than desktop computers of just a few years ago,” says Mike, a high school math teacher at Saint Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C. Mike and one of his students have developed a trigonometry application (app) for the iPhone and iPod Touch. BallparkIt™ is an educational game with a calculator that teaches trigonometry in a multiple-choice, quiz-game format. The game encourages players to use their intuition, or “ballpark it,” before they calculate the right answer. The app can be downloaded from the online iPhone App Store for $1.99. “I’m not doing it to get rich,” Mike says. “I’m doing it for the experience and to advance the whole notion of educational games. The App Store has 1.5 billion downloads, and a lot of them are educational. This is the only calculator trigonometry game I know of, but there are all sorts of math games there.” The idea for the app grew out of the annual Big Trig competition Mike started at Saint Albans in 2002. Using obsolete laptops with software Mike has written, students apply their trigonometry skills to compute missing sides or angles at the competition. Nicholas Ink, a 2009 Saint Albans graduate, suggested developing an app so students could use today’s technology rather than computers from the 1980s. Ink ported the Big Trig software to the iPhone App Store and added updated graphics and a touch-screen interface for the calculator. “If you watch kids playing their video games, you see they are totally absorbed. If they’re going to play games anyway, why shouldn’t they learn something?” Mike says, adding that educational games have two distinct advantages. Games allow players to advance at their own pace. And, if students become emotionally interested in something like a game, they are motivated to learn it. Mike holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Alexandria, Va. His mother Eleonore Hansen was a librarian at Bradley for many years.

CHRIS GAMBLA ’79 owns Gambla Dental Care. He holds a doctor of dental surgery degree from Loyola University. Chris enjoys photography. He and his wife Kathy live in Tinley Park with their three children.


RENEE C. BYER ’80 will be a James H. Ottoway visiting professor of journalism at the State University of New York, New Paltz, this spring. Renee is a senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in photojournalism for her black-and-white photo series, “A Mother’s Journey.” She is a Bradley Centurion. Renee and her


husband Paul Kitagaki Jr. live in Sacramento. See an earlier feature at byer07.


JON AUSTIN ’81 is the

new executive director of Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. He was previously the executive director of the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield and most recently was executive director of the Jacksonville Symphony Society. Jon holds a master’s degree and a certificate in museum studies from New York University. DAVID NEEL ’81 was re-elected to a three-year term as a Lockheed Martin Fellow, honoring him for his engineer-


online Visit for a direct link to the app.

michael hansen ’83

ing expertise. David works in the advanced development programs area. He lives in Benbrook, Texas.*


MARK E. WOJCIK ’83 completed

a year-long sabbatical in Italy from his position as a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He published new editions of his books on Illinois legal research and legal English. He and his partner David Austin live in Chicago.


charlene dewey riley ’85

Charlene Dewey Riley ’85 is

an associate professor of medical education and administration and an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. She co-directs Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010


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the Center for Professional Health and is the director for the Educator Development Program. She received a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and a master’s degree in education from the University of Houston. Charlene and her husband Wayne live in Nashville with their two daughters.* dena abdallah ’92



is the new superintendent of

Fremont School District. She previously served as superintendent at Harrison School in Wonder Lake for three years. Jill holds a master’s degree from National-Louis University and a doctorate from Northern Illinois University. Jill and her husband GREG GILDEA ’87 live in Lakewood with their four children.


kaRI MAGEE ’87 works at

Laboratory in California, where she manages a team that plans and implements science observations of Saturn, including the Equinox Mission in August 2009, which documented seasonal changes brought by the changing sun angle on Saturn. Kari holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from Brown University. She and her husband Dave Senske live in Pasadena with their daughter.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion

bronze star for major bonetti by erin wood ’09 MAJ. NATALIE BARTUSEK BONETTI ’94 was a “mother hen,” as she puts it. As the 332nd Expeditionary Force Support Squadron commander at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, the former Bradley dietetics major was accountable for 25,000 coalition personnel between July 2008 and July 2009. “I was in charge of a lot of the quality-oflife services — dining facilities, lodging, recreational activities, fitness centers, and USO events,” she said. “As a commander, you’re charged with guarding the lives and morale of your troops. This is even more challenging in a warzone, where rockets and mortars are fired at you.” After her yearlong deployment in Iraq, Bonetti was presented with a Bronze Star last October at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, where she and her husband Peter are currently stationed. “I was selected to go to Iraq because my superiors felt I was ready to command a squadron in a combat environment,” she said. “Receiving this honor means I fulfilled my obligations and met Air Force expectations during my service there.” Bonetti’s duties in Iraq included leading more than 200 airmen during four consecutive four-month Air Expeditionary Force rotations and executing the Base Operating SupportIntegration. In short, she was charged with integrating Army and Air Force base support functions, so they could jointly carry out their mission in Iraq. The major facilitated a 500 percent increase in programs and managed more than $100 million in assets. “It has been the most rewarding part of my military career,” Bonetti said. “You feel like you are truly contributing to something greater than yourself.”


Bonetti holds a master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University. She received Bradley’s Outstanding Young Graduate Award in 2006. She is currently inspector general of the Air Force’s 341st Missile Wing, managing the Complaints Resolution Program. Prior to her deployment, she was the deputy director of protocol at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Earlier, she completed the Air Force dietetics internship and was one of only 50 from a field of 8,000 selected to intern at the Pentagon for two years.

top teacher SUSAN FINN CARTER ’95 received President

Susan Finn Carter ’95 and U.S.

Sec. of Education Arne Duncan.


Barack Obama’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington, D.C., on January 6. She was a second grade mathematics teacher at Jackson Park Elementary School in University City, Mo., when she won the award. She currently teaches kindergarten at Glenridge Elementary School in St. Louis. Susan holds a master’s degree from Washington University. She and her husband Cameron live in St. Charles, Mo., with their three children.


named vice president of North American sales, marketing, and service for Provisur Technologies Inc. Kevin previously worked for CC Industries, Provisur’s parent company, and helped create Provisur Technologies. Kevin holds an MBA from DePaul University. He and his wife LISA KOVACS HOWARD ’89 and their three sons live in Naperville.


KEVIN DeJOVINE ’89 and his

wife Kathy welcomed Ethan Joseph on March 14, 2009. Kevin is a project manager at IBM. They live in Chicago. MARK JATCZAK ’89 was elected to a four-year term as a trustee of Wayne Township during the April 2009 election. Mark and his wife KELLIANN GADOMSKI JATCZAK ’88 live in Carol Stream with their three children. Scott Estes ’91 was recently named the associate superintendent of East Peoria Grade School District 86. He will take the new post in July. Currently, Scott is the principal of Glenwood Elementary School. Scott holds a master’s degree from Illinois State. His wife Danielle Ricca Estes ’01 MA ’08 is a third grade teacher at Glendale Elementary School. They live in Morton with their two children.



DENA ABDALLAH ’92 has joined

U.S. Foodservice as director of risk management. She lives in Naperville.* KIMBERLY KNUDSEN HOOD ’92 has owned Studio 21 Salon and Spa for

more than 10 years. After earning her communications degree at Bradley, Kimberly attended cosmetology school. She and her husband James live in Midlothian with their daughter.



recently published “Implanting impairment: contextualizing U.S. special education category” in Disability & Society. It is her first article in a peer-reviewed journal. She is a special education teacher for Wheaton-Warrenville schools. Deb and her husband DAVE HAMILTON, MA ’98 live in Batavia. RANDAL HILL ’94 and his wife Stacy announce the birth of Sadie Elizabeth on September 25, 2009. Randal is a solutions consultant for Siemens. The Hills live in St. Charles, Mo. PETER E. JONES ’94 joined Thompson Hine LLP in Columbus, Ohio, as a member of the law firm’s business litigation team. He earned his juris doctorate from Capital University. Prior to entering law school, Peter taught high school English. He and his wife Danielle live in Worthington, Ohio, with their three children. MONA MEHTA STONE ’94 recently authored the law guide Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, published by Aspatore. Mona is a partner in the Chicago law office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell and was recently named one of the Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch. She received her juris doctorate from Tulane University. Mona and her husband SCOTT STONE ’93 live in Darien.*


JENNIFER KNUDSON RONSPIES ’95 and her husband Jeff

announce the birth of their second child, Sarah Catherine, on October 12, 2009. Jennifer is a nurse at Metrosouth Medical Center. They live in New Lenox.



announce the birth of Jack Bradley on July 9, 2009. Jeremy is the applications manager at Jordan Valley Semiconductors, and Jennifer is a nurse at North Austin Medical Center. They live in Manor, Texas. PHIL RAINES ’96 and MARIA ESGUERRA RAINES ’98 welcomed their second daughter, Alexandra, on September 10, 2009. Phil is director of government affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota. Maria is a clinical nurse specialist at HealthEast. They live in Lakeville, Minn. TODD HOLLIS ’97 and his wife Anne welcomed their fourth child, Alina Faith, in April 2009. She was adopted from Ukraine. Todd teaches chemistry at Elmwood High School, where he is also the head football coach. The Hollises live in Elmwood. TARA STEEDE PEARCE ’97 and her husband Benjamin welcomed Wyatt Collin on June 14, 2009. Tara is an assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis. The Pearces live in Birmingham, Ala.

mona mehta stone ’94

mark lichtenberg ’98



MELISSA LANE WATERMAN ’98 and Paul Waterman were married on November 7, 2009. Melissa is a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church. They live in Waterloo, Iowa.

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middle school honors band director for Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. and is treasurer for the Evansville Teachers Association. He was recently elected vice president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity. Mark and his wife Courtney have three children and live in Evansville, Ind.*

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ERIC HOGBERG ’98 and GRETCHEN BAIRD HOGBERG ’99 welcomed their

HEIDI HOMER BRAUN ’01 and Michael Braun were married October 17, 2009. Heidi is a senior account manager for Autobytel Inc. They live in Volo.

second child, Ryan Thomas, on March 15, 2009. Eric is energy manager for Grainger, and Gretchen is a senior sales consultant for American Hotel Register. They live in Gurnee. PETER KNIESEL ’98 and his wife Ana welcomed their second son, Ethan Nicholas, on April 27, 2009. Peter is a subsystems engineer for Boeing. They live in St. Peters, Mo. JENNIFER WALLIN ’98 earned her master’s degree in nursing from Clemson University last May. She is a nurse manager in the perioperative area at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Jen lives in Easley, S.C.



and PAUL GAYDOS ’02 were married September 26, 2009. Paul holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. They reside in Edwards and are mechanical engineers at Caterpillar.


and SCOTT SHOUP ’00 welcomed their second child, Kara Elyse, on April 28, 2009. The family lives near Springfield. DAVID VERDICK ’99 MA ’04 and his wife Sarah welcomed Tori Beth on September 9, 2009. David is an application systems programmer for OSF HealthCare System. The Verdicks live in Washington. MARY NEUDECKER WICKLEIN ’99 and her husband Christopher announce the birth of their second son, Noah Phillip, on November 20, 2009. The Wickleins live in Arlington Heights.





her husband Joe announce the birth of their third daughter, Eryn Maureen, on October 14, 2009. They live in Crystal Lake.

ANDREW FORD ’03 and Lacy

Mazzotti were married on July 3, 2009. Andrew is an athletic director for the Rochester school district. They live in Springfield.


and her husband John welcomed Jon Inaki on November 9, 2009. Kristen teaches English as a second language in Alexandria, Va. They live in Arlington, Va. JOSEPH BUSH ’01 and his wife Debbie welcomed Michael David on December 18, 2009. Joseph is a network administrator for the city of Elgin. They live in Hanover Park. JOHN REDLINGSHAFER ’01 was elected president of the Illinois

Township Attorneys Association (ITAA) and also as president of the Peoria Friendship House board of directors. He is an attorney at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. John has served on the ITAA board of directors since 2004 and also chairs the Peoria County Bar Association’s communications and technology committees. He holds a juris doctorate from DePaul University. John and his wife Stephanie live in East Peoria with their two daughters. LIBBY BIRKY, MA ’02 and her

’02 husband Brad were voted the “Best Hometown Heroes” and received $10,000 in the MSN Butterfly Awards after appearing on the NBC Nightly News segment “Making a Difference.” The Birkys own the SAME Cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Denver where there are no prices on the menu. See an earlier feature at same09. KRISTIN HEDRICK KIRK ’02 and JARED KIRK ’03 welcomed Sophia Elizabeth on August 13, 2009. Kristin

JOHN SCACCHETTI ’02 is performing in the off-Broadway show Time Step at the New Victory Theatre in New York City, where he lives. John teaches dance at the Broadway Training Center in Westchester, N.Y., and he performed in summer stock at Kansas City Starlight Theatre last year. He also appeared in Gypsy on Broadway.



Colin Stephen on January 2, 2009. Maggie is an assistant director of financial aid at Northwestern. Brian is a circuit design engineer for Northrop Grumman. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. The family lives in Arlington Heights. LAURA NORVEL ROHLFS ’03 is the new postmaster in Galesburg. Laura is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service. She was postmaster in Mason City and officer-in-charge in Lincoln before taking over the Galesburg office. Laura and her husband Craig live in Dunlap.

green engineer ANDREW NELCH ’05 was promoted to senior

project engineer at Tarlton Corp. Andrew served as project engineer for the construction of Pfizer’s new research building and the Pfizer Chesterfield Village site utilities master plan. Last year he became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. He lives in Clayton, Mo.

is a behavioral health therapist at the Children’s Home. Jared is an engineer at Caterpillar. They live in Peoria. RYAN LEWIS ’02 MBA ’05 and his wife Joy announce the birth of their second son, Drew Richard, on August 1, 2009. Ryan is an IT manager for Nevco. They live in Coffeen.

FARAH SALIM ’03 recently opened Emphasis, a business providing fundraising and marketing services for organizations and businesses. Farah lives in Springfield.*


LAUREN BERWANGER ’04 was sworn in as an assistant

recipe for success

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BY greg forbes siegman


Every autumn at Bradley, DEAN BATOGOWSKI ’97 enjoyed a schedule familiar to millions of students. During the week, he attended class and studied. On weekends, he ate food and watched football. Thirteen years later, the enterprising alum has combined what he learned and what he loved into two budding businesses. “One business revolves around sauce,” said Batogowski. “In college, I made honey mustard sauce for my buddies to put on sandwiches and french fries while we watched games. I didn’t know how to cook anything else, but everybody agreed the sauce was special.” After graduation, the marketing major entered corporate America — but the temptation of starting a business to produce his celebrated sauce lingered. In 2005, galvanized by his father’s passing, Batogowski took the leap and launched Dean’s World Famous (DWF). The 36-year-old native of suburban Chicago said, “Dad’s best days were when he went into business on his own. I wanted to do the same thing.” The ties between Dean’s World Famous and Bradley do not online end with the inspiration for Batogowski’s initial sauce. It was Visit BILL MAHERAS ’98, owner of Olivia’s Market in Chicago, who first deansworld put the fledgling company’s product on his shelves. Batogowski’s sauces — DWF has since expanded with additional flavors for more information. created by friends or family members — are now in nearly two dozen stores and are available online. “In a business class taught by Professor Larry Weinzimmer ’83 MBA ’85, we had to launch a profitable business using a team approach,” said Batogowski. “That’s when you learn nobody does it completely on their own.” That team mentality guides Batogowski’s other business, too. JHB Sports in Chicago offers a team-based fantasy sports concept for football fanatics. Batogowski acknowledges the immense popularity of traditional player-based fantasy football, but he believes his service can fulfill an overlooked niche in the market. He explains, “The zero-maintenance, team-based model is less time consuming and allows you to root for full NFL teams. It’s perfect for a social network, fans who have limited time, or ones who just don’t want to pull for specific players.” Despite Bradley’s pronounced influence on Batogowski’s career, the school’s most lasting impact involves his personal life. During his junior year, he met TONIA LEOFANTI ’97. They are now married and have two children. Batogowski jokes, “I make sauce, watch football, and spend time with Tonia. There are days when I feel like I’m still an undergrad in Peoria.” Greg Forbes Siegman is co-author of The First Thirty and The Silhouette Man.

state’s attorney in Cook County. She received her juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. Lauren lives in the Chicago area.* MICHELLE ALLEN JARVIS ’04 and her husband Jason welcomed Elizabeth Pauline on August 19, 2009. Michelle is a financial adviser with Edward Jones. They live in Kansas City, Mo. CHAD KEPPNER ’04 and JENNIFER BAEHR KEPPNER ’04 welcomed Nolan Alan on January 2. Chad is a project manager for Diamond Construction, and Jennifer is a special education coordinator for Quincy Public Schools. They live in Quincy. CHARLIE MARLOW ’04 is a sports reporter, producer, and anchor for FOX 2 News in St. Louis. He is also the co-host of a new sports talk radio show, “Nick and the Badger.” He was previously a sports reporter and

anchor in Lansing, Mich., where he won four awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Charlie lives in St. Louis. JEFFREY SEDIG ’04 was recently promoted to senior engineer at Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. He specializes in highway design and construction. He lives in Oswego.


Mark Roberts, MA ’05 is the

executive director and chief executive officer at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Previously, he was the director of the office of advancement and community relations at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, and a director of development at Bradley. Mark is president of the Central Illinois chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He and

farah salim ’03


and JIM JUDD ’06 were married May 9, 2009. Elizabeth is a development associate for Jewish Child and Family Services, and Jim is a prospect data analyst for Northwestern. They live in Evanston. * see photo

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BY melissa vogrin ’10

his wife Pam live in Morton with their two children.


Julie Pfleeger Holmes ’06 MA ’09 and John Holmes ’07

welcomed Connor Charles on December 31, 2009. Julie is the associate director of student and young alumni relations at Bradley, and John is a manufacturing supervisor for Parker Hannifin. They live in Morton.


From left, TIM BEUTEL ’09, KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11, DAN WESSLER ’08, and seated, BEN HARDING ’11 are members of After Hours, a Bradley-based barbershop quartet.


Out of the 30,000 or so men in the United States and Canada registered in the Barbershop Harmony Society, Bradley has been home to a quartet since 2006. After Hours was founded by CHRIS DELBRIDGE ’07 with the intention of performing at a Bradley Chorale talent show, but the group has continued to sing together ever since. The quartet now features DAN WESSLER ’08, TIM BEUTEL ’09, BEN HARDING ’11, and KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11, all of whom met in Chorale. Though the quartet’s primary objective is having fun, online they also have a competitive side. In September, After To hear After Hours competed in the 2009 convention of the Illinois Hours perform, District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The quartets visit ahquartet. were judged on three categories: music, presentation, com/media. html and singing. Out of the 20 quartets in attendance, After Hours claimed second place. The quartet regularly performs with the Peoria Barbershop Chapter and at community centers in the area. They sang for Bradley University’s emeritus dinner last October. After Hours charges about $300 for a half-hour set. After Hours’ goal is to attend the 2010 International Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Only 40 to 45 quartets worldwide qualify for internationals each year. McClelland points out, “People think you just get up and sing, but there’s so much more than that.” In order to attend the competition in Philadelphia, After Hours must compete in the Illinois Spring District Contest and earn a qualifying score of at least 76 out of 100. In preparation, After Hours trains with several champion barbershoppers and practices together four hours per week. After Hours will participate in the Illinois District Spring Contest in Peoria April 16–18, and if they qualify, they will compete in the international convention June 27–July 4. They will also perform at Bradley’s 24 Hours of Music on April 23.



is a human resources businesses partner for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She earned a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Illinois last December. Danielle lives in Forth Worth, Texas. HEIDI KILGUS ’08 received an Individual Achievement Award from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Bureau of Workforce Development. She is a cardiac nurse at Pekin Hospital. Heidi worked in printing for 18 years before returning to school. She lives in Peoria.*


heidi kilgus ’08


and MITCHELL BRAAM ’05 were married March 7, 2009. Mitchell is a project manager for Bovis Lend Lease. Kimberly is an international meeting planner for Rotary International. They live in North Aurora.

MATT RUPERT ’09 MSA ’09 is

a corporate tax accountant for State Farm. He lives in Peoria.

ABIGAIL TORRES PROUTY ’05 and RYAN PROUTY ’05 were married

LAUREN FERKET BURKE ’06 and DAVID M. BURKE ’07 were married

on June 20, 2009. Lauren is an early childhood special education teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center. David is a nurse at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. The Burkes live in Madison.

May 2, 2009. Ryan is a photographer, and Abigail is a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. They live in Marquette Heights. * see photo

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October 17, 2009. He is a sales rep for JBS Swift & Co. She is an RN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. They live in Wicker Park.

married on August 8, 2009. Dave is a quality specialist at Caterpillar. Ashlyn is development coordinator at the Cancer Center for Healthy Living. They live in Peoria.

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married on June 28, 2009. Adam is an electrical engineer for 3 Phoenix Inc. Erica is a special education teacher in Takoma Park, Md. They live in Beltsville, Md.

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were married on June 13, 2009. Nathan is operations supervisor at J.B. Hunt Transport. Stephanie is an accountant for Citigroup. They live in Chesterfield, Mo.

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BETTY SPEERS RADLEY ’32, Sept. 29, 2009, Peoria. Betty worked for the Peoria Public Library from 1932 to 1956. She was a board member of the Methodist Medical Center Service League and a charter member of Lakeview Museum. Betty was active in Entre Nous and was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley. Survivors include two stepchildren, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. ESTHER BECSEY ROWE ’32, Oct. 23, 2009, Belleville. She volunteered at Methodist Medical Center while living in Peoria. Esther enjoyed bridge, decorating, and playing the piano. She was 100. Two daughters survive including JUDITH GREGG BRACKEN ’56. ROBERT ANNASENZ ’33, Dec. 6, 2009, Marietta, Ohio. He taught industrial arts at Marietta High School for 38 years, and received many honors for his success as track and cross country coach. He was in a number of halls of fame, including Bradley’s. Bob was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was 100. His wife Helen survives. LYNN GIBBS ’33, Jan. 26, Rantoul. The longtime principal and superintendent of Rantoul High School, a wing was dedicated to him in 1966. As a Bradley track, basketball, and football player, he was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Lynn also was in the state hall of fame for basketball coaches. He was treasurer of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) for many years. Surviving are his wife Carol, three children including JANICE GIBBS KEELEY ’66, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. MARY ANNE MEAD WHEELER ’33, March 18, 2009, Phoenix. She was a librarian for the Peoria Public Library for 20 years. Earlier she operated a gift shop in her home. Active in the community and her church, Mary Anne was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley. Two sons and two grandchildren survive. JEAN CRAVENS BORLAND ’36, Dec. 4, 2009, Peoria. She taught piano at Bradley and sang in several choirs. She enjoyed bridge. Surviving are four children including LYNN BORLAND GUYON ’65, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. SIDNEY DAVIDSON ’37, Dec. 27, 2009, Rochester, Minn. He practiced law in Peoria for many years, beginning in 1939. He served as president of B’nai B’rith and his synagogue. A founder of Madison Park Bank in 1964, he served on its board for 26 years. He was a member of the Founders Society at Bradley University, as well as the 1897 Associates. Sidney was a World War II veteran. Three grandchildren survive. EMILY JACK ’38, Sept. 29, 2009, Washington, D.C. She served in the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation


administration in Germany during World War II. Emily received a Career Intelligence Medal in 1980 for her work at the CIA where she analyzed Soviet energy resources. VELMA CARDINAL ’39, Oct. 7, 2009, Peoria. She proofed tax returns for Ginoli and Co., retiring in 1986. Velma was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. DONALD GOODYEAR ’39, Nov. 8, 2009, Peoria. He was an accountant for WABCO for 41 years, retiring in 1980. DAVID HARSCH ’39, April 28, 2009, Tucson, Ariz. He worked in sales and marketing for IBM for 30 years in Peoria, Quincy, and Chicago. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed boating and was commodore at the Bradenton Yacht Club in Florida. He was a longtime hospital volunteer. Three children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren survive. His wife Beth died in December. (see below)


BETH MERRILL HARSCH ’40, Dec. 10, 2009, Tucson, Ariz. A member of Pi Beta Phi and P.E.O., Beth had been an active member of churches in Wheaton and Bradenton, Fla. She enjoyed bridge and boating in Florida. Surviving are three children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband David preceded her in death last April. ANNA LAWLER COOPER ’42, Jan. 25, Peoria. She was office manager for Dr. C.V. Ward before working for a law firm for 20 years. Previously she taught at St. Philomena’s Catholic School. Anna was an active volunteer. Two children, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive. EVERETT GALLUP ’42, Dec. 11, 2009, O’Fallon, Mo. JEANNE DARLING INGERSOLL ’43, Oct. 19, 2009, Batesville, Ind. She worked at Caterpillar for 18 years and then worked for Western Electric in Chicago for 20 years. Jeanne and her husband DONALD INGERSOLL ’48 operated hardware stores in LaGrange and Peoria for many years. He survives, along with their daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. CLARA RENCH McCRAITH ’43 MA ’63, Oct. 23, 2009, Peoria. A home economics teacher, she was dean of girls at Limestone High School and headed the guidance department. She volunteered for more than 25 years as a guidance counselor at Academy of Our Lady, Spalding, and Notre Dame high schools. Clara received many honors, including the Tom Connor Award and the Golden Rule Award. She was a member of Sigma Kappa at Bradley. Two children, five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive.

SUZANNE SPRENGER WHITE ’43, Dec. 3, 2009, Maitland, Fla. She and her late husband moved from Peoria to Florida in 1957. Sue was an active member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. GEORGE RUNKLE ’46, Dec. 24, 2009, Peoria. He worked for his family’s grocery store in Rushville for 20 years and then in sales for Key Equipment. George played basketball at Bradley and was a member of Sigma Phi. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife JEANNE WAUGH RUNKLE ’44, four children including SUSAN BLASCO ’99, brothers DONALD RUNKLE ’46 and ROBERT RUNKLE ’51, four grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. DONALD CASE ’47, Jan. 28, East Peoria. He was an adjudicator for the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 20 years. A member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, Donald was on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He played with the Cincinnati Reds organization. Donald was a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Kathryn, a son, and two grandsons. BENJAMIN MEISTER ’48 MA ’70, Jan. 16, Peoria. A science teacher at Washington School in Peoria, he retired in 1983 after a 35-year teaching career. He sang and played guitar in the Pals of the Saddle band for more than 50 years. A World War II Army veteran, he was active in his church. Two sons and two grandchildren survive. ROBERT D. SCHMIDT ’48, Nov. 14, 2009, Peoria. He was a technician at Uftring auto dealership for 38 years. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. His wife Beverly, one son, three stepchildren, and several grandchildren survive. MARY JO EILERS BRENNAN ’49, Oct. 22, 2009, Kansas City, Mo. She taught at Kellar School in Peoria before marrying her husband John. Also surviving are two children, her brother JAMES EILERS ’51, and five grandchildren. ROBERT DERGES ’49, Nov. 24, 2009, Wright City, Mo. He retired from Boeing in St. Louis as a senior engineer. He was a member of Sigma Nu at Bradley. Five sons and seven grandchildren survive. GENE HANCOCK ’49, March 28, 2009, Paxton. He was a civilian technical instructor at Chanute Air Force Base for 30 years, retiring in 1981. Earlier he taught and coached at Lafayette High School. Gene was a World War II veteran. His wife Clarice, three children, seven grandchildren, and eight greatgrandchildren survive. ROY HERRUD ’49, April 9, 2009, Langdon, N.D. He owned Herrud Jewelry for 20 years, last working in 2008. Roy was active in the community and in Masonic work. A Marine Corps veteran, he earned a Purple Heart during World War II. His wife Lyla,

Barbershop Singers JAMES FOLCK ’49, Nov. 2, 2009, Peoria. He retired from Caterpillar in 1983 after 35 years of service. He also managed the Caterpillar Employees Credit Union at that time. A World War II Navy veteran, he sang in the Pekin barbershop chorus that won international contests in 1958, 1963, and 1968. He was a member of Sigma Phi at Bradley. His wife JOANNE STRAWN DIXON-FOLCK ’46, two sons, and three grandchildren survive. RICHARD MOEN ’50, Jan. 1, La Crosse, Wis. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, he practiced law at Moen Sheehan Meyer Ltd., retiring in 1992. Dick sang with the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen for 25 years and was the barbershop group’s director for 11 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Lottie, two children including MICHAEL MOEN ’73, and four grandchildren. RICHARD FALZONE ’60, Nov. 21, 2009, Rochester. He owned and operated San Jose Harley Davidson in California until 1993. He returned to Illinois in 1998. Rick sang in the Land of Lincoln barbershop chorus and the Saturday Matinee Comedy Quartet. Survivors include his wife Mary, two children, two stepdaughters, and several grandchildren.

two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive. HUGH NORRIS ’49 MA ’51, Nov. 12, 2009, San Antonio, Texas. He retired from the Panama Canal Co. in 1979 after serving as director of executive planning and in various other positions since 1954. Hugh had been executive director of the United Way and was honored by the Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone. He then spent 25 years of his retirement in Alabama. Hugh was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his son and granddaughter. WILLIAM O’LAUGHLIN ’49, Sept. 13, 2009, Davison, Mich. William was a World War II Navy veteran. He worked in the retail industry, retiring in 1982. He was an active member of his church. Five daughters, his sister, his brother JAMES O’LAUGHLIN ’50, and four grandchildren survive. JAMES D. RICHARDSON ’49, Oct. 15, 2009, Peoria. He was CEO of Insulation Dealers & Supply Co. until retiring in 1984 to raise cattle near London Mills. A decorated World War II Army veteran, he was active in Masonic work. James was potentate of Mohammed Shrine in 1982. Two children, a grandson, and a great-grandson survive. FRED RUMP ’49, Oct. 12, 2009, Peoria. He was president of George H. Rump Construction Co. until retiring in 1986. A World War II Air Force veteran, he was a commercial pilot. Fred was a member of Sigma Phi at Bradley. Survivors include four children, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his companion Diana Brodeur. ARTHUR SEIDL ’49, Oct. 26, 2009, Wausau, Wis. He operated Seidl Jewelers for almost 50 years. Art was active in his church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife Connie, six children, 13 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive.


E. DUANE BITNER ’50, Nov. 23, 2009, Farmington. He was a chemist at the USDA Research Laboratory in Peoria for 35 years. A World War II Navy veteran, Duane was a licensed pilot. His wife Emily, three children, eight grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren survive. CLYDE “DICK” DUNCAN ’50, Oct. 14, 2009, Marysville, Wash. He was a veteran, and previously lived in Avon, Ill. PHILLIP DUNN ’50, Aug. 27, 2009, Macomb. Phillip worked as a design engineer for Cooper Industry, retiring in 1988. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, and was awarded a Bronze Star. Three children, three grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren survive. His wife Shirley preceded him in death in May. MYRA DIETRICH HOLMSTROM ’50, Dec. 27, 2009, Farmington. She was a homemaker. Myra and her husband Kenneth were active in the Spoon River Scenic Drive. He survives, along with three children, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. PAUL ROMAN ’50, Nov. 24, 2009, West Des Moines, Iowa. He was executive vice president in market research for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, retiring in 1988. Paul was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Audrey, daughter ELLEN ROMAN KRAMER ’83, and two grandchildren survive. ROBERT WINN ’50, Nov. 8, 2009, Peoria. He was an electrician at Komatsu for 43 years, retiring in 1996. A World War II Navy veteran, he was an avid runner with the Illinois Valley Striders. Survivors include his wife VICKI ABRAHAM WINN ’71 MS ’73, four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. BILL DIGGS ’51, Oct. 18, 2009, Morton. He worked for 43 years at Hicks Oil and Freedom Oil, retiring in 1993. Bill enjoyed square dancing. His wife Frances, two children, and two grandchildren survive.

ELEANOR JOLLY TUTTLE ’51, Nov. 14, 2009, Peoria. She worked in the technical information division and later the benefits department at Caterpillar, retiring in 1996. Elly was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Four children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive. JAMES P. KELLY ’52, Dec. 5, 2009, Peoria. He retired from Midwest Sales and Midwest Grain Products. A member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, he played on the University’s championship basketball team. His wife Patricia, two children, several grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive. GEORGE “BILL” MUSE, MA ’52, Dec. 2, 2009, Monroe, La. He retired as regional director of vocational-technical schools. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Knights of Columbus. He was active in his church. Bill was a World War II Army veteran. Three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive. LETITIA “TISH” SMITH ROBERTS ’53, Dec. 4, 2009, Peoria. She worked as a nurse in her late husband’s surgical practice for many years. An active volunteer, she enjoyed needlework. Four children survive including SUZANNE ROBERTS AUSTIN ’81, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. DONNA ZIEGLER UNRUH ’53, Nov. 22, 2009, Peoria. An active volunteer, Donna was involved in numerous fundraising drives. She competed in horse shows with her daughter, and modeled in local fashion shows. Surviving are her husband PAUL UNRUH ’50, three children including BRYCE UNRUH ’80 and BRENDA UNRUH graves ’94, and five grandchildren. ALBERT BRUNS ’54, Nov. 4, 2009, Peoria. He worked for Klaus Radio for 35 years and later for Forts Auto Mall and Lakeview Museum. An Army veteran, he was a member of Knights of Columbus and Sigma Chi. Five children, six grandchildren, and his companion Kathy Ireland survive. JAMES McFARLIN ’54, Dec. 8, 2009, Havana. He retired from teaching at Balyki High School in Bath. WAYNE OBERLANDER ’54, Sept. 21, 2009, Peoria. Wayne was owner and president of Oberlander Electric Co., Oberlander Protection Alarms, and Oberlander Communications and Security Services Inc. He was a founding member of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, the Peoria Ski Club, and Christian Charities Foundation. His wife Joyce, four children including DOUG OBERLANDER ’72, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive. PATRICIA DEMLING BARR ’55, Dec. 9, 2009, Bloomington. She was the assistant director of housing at Illinois State University where she worked for 34 years. Patricia held an MBA from Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2010


InMemory Illinois State and was inducted into its gallery of distinguished women in 1998. She was a member of the DAR. Her three children survive, along with 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. JAMES SEIBERT ’55, Nov. 10, 2009, Lincoln. He retired from Morton Metalcraft as vice president of sales and marketing. His wife Annette, three children, and eight grandchildren survive. LLOYD STUBER ’55, Dec. 31, 2009, Morton. He owned a retail furniture store for many years. Lloyd was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife Hannah survives, along with three children including JULIANA STUBER HONEGGER ’81, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. ALFRED “BUD” FOSS ’56, Oct. 28, 2009, Hot Springs, Ark. He owned and operated A.M. Foss Jewelers in Minot, N.D., for many years. Bud was an Army veteran. His wife Vi, six children, 11 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive. RONALD LUNDGREN ’56, Sept. 10, 2009, Peoria. Ron held a doctorate in education from Columbia Pacific University. An Army veteran, he worked as a teacher, an industrial psychologist, and a sales rep. He was a pitcher on Bradley’s baseball team that placed third in the NCAA. Ron was inducted into halls of fame in Peoria and at Bradley. Survivors include his brother ROGER LUNDGREN ’61. JOHN MONKE ’56, Nov. 10, 2009, Bloomington. He worked for Alexander Lumber for 43 years, retiring in 1999 as a district manager. John was an Army veteran. His wife Jan, three daughters, and five grandsons survive. MICHAEL R. CARLSON ’58, Dec. 21, 2009, Arlington, Texas. He served in the Air Force for more than 24 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mike served four tours of duty in Vietnam, earning many awards, including a Bronze Star. In 1983 he became a real estate agent and broker. Survivors include his wife Sharon, four children, and 10 grandchildren. C. WENDELL CASSADY, MA ’58, Nov. 16, 2009, East Peoria. He retired in 1972, last teaching at East Peoria High School for 17 years. Previously he taught in Missouri. Two grandsons survive.

“In Memory” Guidelines: In Memory is written from newspaper clippings, as well as published obituaries supplied by friends and family. Bradley Hilltopics attempts to identify spouses, parents, children, and siblings who are also Bradley alumni. Submit an obituary by mailing a newspaper clipping or memory card from the funeral home to Bradley Hilltopics, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.


JEROME KENNY ’58 MA ’66, Jan. 16, Peoria. He taught elementary school at Blaine-Sumner and White schools for 30 years, retiring in 1988. A Korean War veteran, he was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. His sister and two brothers survive. ROBERT J. MILLER ’58, Dec. 26, 2009, Peoria. A graduate of the University of Illinois School of Dentistry in Chicago, he practiced dentistry until 1999. He was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Downtown Peoria. An Army veteran, he was active in his church and sang in several choirs. Surviving are his wife BETTY WOERNER MILLER ’76, four children including MARY ANN MILLER WILLIS ’82, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. ROBERT PEFFER ’58, Oct. 25, 2009, Morton. He retired from Frigidaire Co. in 1996, and later taught marketing at Illinois Central College. He was a member of Theta Xi at Bradley. Surviving are his wife Sheila, five children, 13 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. FRED KOWALSKE ’59, Dec. 3, 2009, Peoria. After 41 years with Ross Advertising, he retired as chairman in 2002. Fred then became executive director of Habitat for Humanity. He served on a number of community boards and was active in his church. In 1992, he was named man of the year by the local Ad Club. Surviving are his wife Sharon, five children including KENT KOWALSKE, MBA ’91, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. LaDONNA ANDERSON WANACK ’59, Nov. 12, 2009, Dunlap. She taught at Timber Hollis High School until 1966. Later she was a special education teacher for SEAPCO for 20 years, retiring in 2002. A member of Sigma Alpha Iota music honorary at Bradley, LaDonna also gave piano lessons. Her husband Norman and one daughter survive. DELMAR WILSON ’59, Sept. 13, 2009, Morton. A World War II Navy veteran, Delmar retired from Keystone Steel and Wire as an electrician. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post in Morton.


ROBERT ERBE ’60 MEA ‘71, Dec. 2, 2009, Peoria. Bob worked for CILCO in various engineering positions. He retired as general manager of the Peoria division, as well as gas operations. He was active in Masonic work. Bob was an Air Force veteran. His wife DOROTHY STOTLER ERBE ’59 survives, along with five children including LAURA ERBE KOWALSKE, MLS ’93, and five grandchildren.

KENNETH RUTH, MS ’60, Jan. 15, Pekin. He was principal of Edison Junior High School for 20 years, retiring in 1989, and earlier taught and coached there. He also was president and treasurer of the credit union for school employees in Tazewell County for 22 years. Ken was an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. His wife Carol, two sons including JAMES RUTH, MLS ’02, and two grandchildren survive. KATHLEEN “KIT” SANDERSON BRECKENRIDGE ’61, Oct. 26, 2009, Galena. She was a children’s librarian with the Philadelphia City Institute for many years. She held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Kit was a member of Gamma Phi Beta at Bradley. MICHAEL BABROWSKI ’63, Oct. 13, 2009, Louisville, Ky. He retired from Zoeller Co. as vice president of marketing. Michael was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife Emily, two children, his mother, and three grandchildren. THEODORE MUNNS ’63, Jan. 4, St. Petersburg, Fla. He retired in 2008 as dean emeritus of Pikesville College Osteopathic Medical School in Kentucky. Earlier, Ted directed biomedical research at Washington University for 20 years. He and his team were nominated for a Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in cancer research. Ted held a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. He was a Bradley basketball player. His twin brother THOMAS MUNNS ’64 survives. ALLEN SANDER ’63, Jan. 6, Huntley. He retired as public works director of Arlington Heights after 31 years. He then worked for Mackie Consultants for seven years. In 1984, he was selected as a Top 10 Public Works Leader in North America. A Navy veteran, Al held a master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. Survivors include his wife Virginia, two daughters, four stepchildren, and 12 grandchildren. LYNN CHURCH ’64, Dec. 20, 2009, St. Petersburg, Fla. He retired in 2005 as a civil engineer with IDOT, working on projects such as the McClugage Bridge and Interstate 474. Survivors include his sister, brother, and stepdaughter. RICHARD GRIFFIN ’64 MA ’68, Sept. 29, 2009, Peoria. Richard taught at Norwood and Mapleton elementary schools for many years. He was active in his church and enjoyed politics, travel, racquetball, and music. DONALD MARKLEY ’64 MSEE ’66, Oct. 22, 2009, Peoria. He began teaching in Bradley’s electrical engineering department in 1964, and went on to operate a consulting firm for radio and TV for 40 years. Don was a Navy veteran. His wife Phyllis, daughters ANGELA MARKLEY PETERSON ’91 and

MELISSA MARKLEY, MBA ’00, and a granddaughter

survive. WILLIAM E. SCHILLING ’64, Jan. 2, The Woodlands,

Texas. He worked for International Harvester for 18 years and Tenneco for 16 years, retiring in 1998. Bill enjoyed tennis and volunteer work. He served on the local board of Habitat for Humanity. Survivors include his wife Judy, three children, and several grandchildren. GENE RHODES, MEA ’66, Nov. 27, 2009, Peoria. He retired from Caterpillar as an engineer in 1985. Gene then worked as a senior tax preparer at H&R Block. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. Survivors include his son, his brother JACK RHODES, MBA ’60, and his companion Flo Charest. GLENN WEINSTEIN, MA ’67, Dec. 11, 2009, Fiatt. He was an educator in public and Christian schools, where he also coached baseball and basketball. His wife Donna, three children, and his mother survive. DENNIS SIMAC ’68 MA ’71, Oct. 31, 2009, Canton. Dennis was an Army veteran. His father survives. NANCY JONES KEISER ’69, Sept. 28, 2009, Marne, Mich. She and her husband Paul operated a certified organic farm. They shared their knowledge of organic farming and the environment across the nation. Nancy was an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College and Baker College. She held a master’s degree from Temple University. Her husband survives.


JACK SERAMUR ’70, Oct. 8, 2009, Palos Park. He was an artist and the director of an art gallery. An Army veteran, Jack held a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. His wife Gail, one son, and his mother survive. RUTH DRAKE, MA ’71, Jan. 1, Lake Zurich. She taught fifth grade for 35 years, including 23 at White School in Peoria. Ruth was a charter member of Lakeview Museum. Survivors include three children, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. GEORGIA JANICKI, MA ’72, Nov. 8, 2009, Kewanee. SAMUEL COFFEY ’73, Dec. 9, 2009, Canton. He was an engineer at Komatsu, retiring in 2005 after 30 years. Survivors include his wife SHERRY BABCOCK COFFEY ’97, and children SAMANTHA COFFEY PRESTON ’02 and SHANE COFFEY ’05. GORDON SEITSINGER, MS ’73, Sept. 28, 2009, Peoria. Gordon worked at Caterpillar, retiring in 1985. He served with the Army Air Corps and enjoyed golf. His wife Delores, two children, and two grandchildren survive.

GREGORY THOMPSON ’78, Dec. 18, 2009,

Jacksonville. He worked at the Jacksonville Developmental Center for many years. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are two daughters, his parents, and a granddaughter. THERESA PESTRAK ’79, Jan. 3, Chicago. She held a master’s degree in public health from Antioch College. Her sister survives.


JAMES LEE “JT GOODFOOT” THOMAS ’80, Sept. 28, 2009, Peoria. He worked for the Department of Children and Family Services for 29 years. He founded a popular R&B band. James was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha at Bradley. His wife Eunice, four children, his mother, and many grandchildren survive. CHRISTOPHER EVERT ’88, Jan. 6, Terre Haute, Ind. BRIAN SOLLENBERGER ’89, Oct. 31, 2009, Mukilteo, Wash. Brian worked at Boeing for more than 20 years. He founded the Diamond Knot Brewery in 1994, which he co-owned. Brian was active in the local Boys & Girls Club. Survivors include his wife ANN ROGERS SOLLENBERGER ’84, three sons, his parents, and stepparents.


KIMBERLY PEQUETTE ’99, Nov. 10, 2009, Peoria. Kim was an active member of Richwoods Christian Church and its children’s ministry. Her husband Troy, three sons, and her parents survive.


SARAH McDOWELL LAMPE ’03, Nov. 18, 2009, Tremont. She was a case coordinator at the Community Workshop Training Center in Peoria. Sarah also worked at the Tazwood Mental Health Center. She held a master’s degree from Illinois State University. Surviving are her mother, brother, and sister. CURTIS BYARS ’07, Jan. 27, Pekin. Curtis was a member of Bradley’s speech team. He was a speech coach and taught communications at the University of Alabama, where he earned a master’s degree in forensic communication. He was an Eagle Scout. His parents, stepparents, sister, two stepsisters, and stepbrother survive.


Nicole Clark ’10, Dec. 12, 2009, Tremont. She was majoring in elementary education. An accomplished seamstress, Nicki had worked at several day care centers. In 1996 she was crowned Miss Tremont. Survivors include her parents, stepparents, and sister.

Faculty and Staff clara gilgan, professor emeritus of dietetics, died on Nov. 30, 2009, in Peoria. She retired from teaching at Bradley in 1989. She held a master’s degree from Purdue. A World War II Army veteran, she also was a registered dietitian. She volunteered at her church’s food pantry. Surviving are her two daughters and three grandsons. JAMES HANSEN, associate professor emeritus of art, died on Jan. 26 in Peoria. He retired in 2005 after 41 years at Bradley. He taught lecture courses for non-majors, drawing courses, and ceramics. Jim’s ceramics are in collections around the world. He was regional director of the Scholastic Fine Arts program for many years, and judged the national awards in New York in 1977. Jim served two terms as president of both the Peoria Art Guild and the local chapter of AAUP. His wife Angeline, four children including ERIC HANSEN ’86 and ALLAN HANSEN ’99, and 10 grandchildren survive. INGEBURG MATTHEWS ’69 MA ’72, foreign language instructor, died on Jan. 29 in Peoria. She taught German and French at Bradley for 30 years. Inge tutored Caterpillar employees in French for many years. She was a past president of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council. Her stepson and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren survive. JANE REID, home economics instructor in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Dec. 4, 2009, in Peoria. She served as president of Women’s Civic Federation, sang in her church choir, and volunteered at Proctor Hospital. She was the co-author of a holiday cookbook. Her two children survive. STEVE “ASH” AESCHLEMAN, Bradley baseball public address announcer since 1990, died on Feb. 7 in Peoria. He worked in sports at the Journal Star, and was the PA at Illinois Valley Central (IVC) High School events. His mother survives. JAMES LAWRENCE, card swiper in residence hall cafeterias, died on Jan. 16. Jimmy worked at Bradley for more than 10 years, and resided in Groveland. His parents survive.

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D i rector ’ s C orner Alumni Events April 9 St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Swarm lacrosse game and alumni dinner, Xcel Energy Center, 6 p.m., $29 April 16–18 Peoria BU Black Alumni Alliance reunion; visit for more information May 7 Peoria CIBAC wine tasting, Heuser Art Center, 5:30 p.m. May 22 Milwaukee Wine tasting and alumni reception, Cedar Creek Winery, Bridge Road, Cedarburg, Wis., 6:30 p.m., $20; tour, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes May 27 Chicago CABAC night at the theater, “Billy Elliot,” Ford Center, 7:30 p.m., $65. Meet George Brown, chairman of Theatre Arts Department, at Sopraffina Marketcaffe, 5:30 p.m.

Some of my most meaningful conversations have taken place over a simple cup of coffee with friends. In fact, the very best part of my job is listening to the stories and special memories Bradley alumni have about their days on campus. Therefore, the BUAA and I invite you to enjoy Taste of the Hilltop Blend coffee to help stir up some of your fond Bradley memories! Whether you graduated in 1949 or 2009, your tales never cease to amaze and inspire me. They are stories of opportunity, hardship, friendship, and achievement. They include tales of love, loss, determination, and great joy … not to mention great fun! Up close these anecdotes are ours alone, unique stitches of many brilliant colors. But take a step back and they become a fantastic tapestry that tells a much bigger story, the Bradley story. Imagine — your unique tale is inextricably woven together with the stories of thousands of fellow Bradley grads like GEN. JOHN SHALIKASHVILI ’58, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; TOM TARADASH ’65, NFL committee member and life director of the Fiesta Bowl; CHERYL CORLEY ’76, NPR reporter; DR. LARRY WEINZIMMER ’83 MBA ’85, Bradley professor; GWEN HOLDMANN ’94, renewable energy pioneer; and MANDY PIERCE-ELLIS ’04 MA ’07, special education teacher. Ultimately, your story is Bradley’s story, and we would love to hear what you are doing! Won’t you join me for a cup of coffee? If you can’t make it to campus, call, text, or invite your college friends over for some conversation and a “Taste of the Hilltop!” Come on … let’s talk!

June 24 Chicago BUCAN networking event, Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli, 1141 S. Jefferson St., 5:30 p.m. June 28 Chicago Chicagoland golf outing, Royal Fox Country Club, St. Charles, 11:30 a.m. August 8 St. Louis Alumni picnic and student send-off, Stacy Park, 9750 Old Bonhomme Road, Olivette, 1–3 p.m. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 309-677-2240 or 800-952-8258.

Submit nominations for alumni awards The BUAA seeks nominations for three annual awards: the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, the Outstanding Young Graduate Award, and the Lydia Moss Bradley Award. For information about criteria or to receive a nomination form, call 800-952-8258 or 309-677-2240 or visit The deadline for nominations is April 1.

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Race for the Cure events April 17 Indianapolis Race for the Cure, IUPUI Library, 9 a.m., contact team captain Roxanne Cerda ’96, May 8 Peoria Race for the Cure, Metro Centre, 8 a.m., contact team captain KAREN CROWLEY METZINGER, MA ’97,

May 9 Philadelphia Race for the Cure, Eakins Oval/ Philadelphia Museum of Art, 7 a.m., contact team captain RICH JANKOWSKI ’83, 856-904-5481 or June 12 St. Louis Race for the Cure, downtown St. Louis, 8:30 a.m. September 25 Chicago Race for the Cure, Grant Park, 8 a.m.


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Rising Stars

BU Oustanding First Year Student Awards President Glasser, the Bradley University Alumni Association, and the Center for Student Development and Health Services recognized 44 outstanding freshmen at the second annual Rising Star Dinner on February 12. Front: Kendra Smith, Emily Strudeman, Robin Marcinkevich, Hannah Bridgeland, Abigail Vogel, Emily Smith, Amanda Patton, Amanda Westpfahl, Kelsy Schmidbauer, Danielle Kniep, Alyssa Fara, Katelyn Hofstetter, Tori Scotti, and Kelsey Newell. Middle: David Erickson, Alicia Thomas, Sara McNamara, Elyse Vernon, Ashley Pierce, Shelby Spierling, Rachel Servos, Colten Brunenn, Lance Littleton, Elizabeth Boulton, Sadie Salsman, Chelsea Griffin, and Kaitlin Adams-Wenger. Back: Derek Cantu, Andrew Hopkins, Michael Zeniecki, Michael Ryan, Ethan Roberts, Abby Baron, Paige Pennycuff, Kyle Palmer, Mathew DeFreitas, Spenser Warren, Alan Bukingolts, Marlan Foster, Matthew Kemper, and Catherine Lipovsky.

Houston The Houston Area Alumni Chapter was one of 24 locations nationwide to host BU Coast to Coast, a national game watch party on January 12. Bradley fell to the University of Northern Iowa 50-52.

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Naples Margery Miller Bettman ’46 and Keith Bane ’61 visit with President Joanne Glasser on February 3 at an alumni reception at the Royal Poinciana Country Club. More than 65 alumni attended the event hosted by Joan Lorig Janssen ’69 and Jay Janssen ’59.

Alumni Weekend 2010 Alumni and fans celebrated the big win against #18-ranked Northern Iowa at the post-game party on February 13. Fans were treated to ice cream sundaes, a visit by the Bradley cheerleaders, and an autograph-signing session with the Bradley Braves and Coach JIM LES ’86 (shown).

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Dr. Martha Dallmeyer, in red, works alongside senior dietetics majors in their capstone course at Lydia’s Late Night Food Service in Lydia’s Lounge. Before this program, the course consisted of students observing food preparation at various locations. The course now allows for hands-on experience and customer feedback.

late nights with lydia By abby wilson ’10

The old kitchen in University Hall has new life on the weekends when it becomes the home of Lydia’s Late Night Food Service. Part of Lydia’s Lounge, Lydia’s Late Night is different from any other food service on campus because it’s run by students for students. The operation began in fall 2008. “I don’t know of any other school in Illinois where students run a food service for other students,” said Dr. Martha Dallmeyer, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences. Lydia’s Late Night serves as the lab portion of a required course for senior dietetics majors. Students work with Eurest Dining Services, Bradley’s food service provider, to order, store, and cook the food to order. The students must be certified to follow sanitation regulations.

Students returned to campus in January to find several changes to the Cullom-Davis Library, including a name for the coffee shop that opened last fall, The Stacks. The popular cafe serves Starbucks coffee and pastries, as well as snack foods. A grant from the Office for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development enabled the Library to purchase eight Kindle electronic book readers. Kindles are available for students, faculty, and staff to check out for one week at a time, as the Library works on building an electronic book library. Other improvements include the addition of the Gallery of Excellence (see back cover), a card-swipe entry system for Library access after 10 p.m., and new projectors, screens, and computer monitors.


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Students work five nights a semester from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., or until cleanup and inventory is complete. Lydia’s Late Night is open from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, providing students with a place to eat on the weekends, since the cafeterias are closed Saturday and Sunday evenings. Student organizations are encouraged to sponsor events in Lydia’s Lounge and utilize Lydia’s Late Night. Themed menus are planned for special events. “We get into the fun, too,” said Dallmeyer. For example, typical tailgating food is served during football games on Sunday evenings. “The food lends itself to a ‘bar’ atmosphere without being a bar,” said Student Activities Director Michelle Whited. The menu is different every weekend, but there are a few staples, like puppy chow, brownies, fries, and fresh fruit. The most popular items are chicken wings, burgers, and mozzarella sticks, according to SABA ZAHID ’10 and AMY SCHUSTER ’10. “Hopefully this will give me more of a well-rounded perspective on what it takes to run a full operation, especially from a financial point of view,” said Schuster. “I have learned that it takes a lot of time, effort, care, and knowledge to run a food service system,” added Zahid. KELLY EVOLA ’11 worked at Lydia’s Late Night last year and chose to return for an internship. “This has been a great opportunity for me to take advantage of gaining experience in food service,” she said. “I am walking away with leadership skills, management and teamwork skills, plus a deeper knowledge of what to expect when working in the service. … I am excited when I go into work.”

InAppreciation tion Burklunds’ $1 million gift names new Bradley athletics museum When Dale and Shirley Burklund’s grandchildren celebrated their sixth birthdays, Grandpa took them on a special fishing trip up North. When their eight grandchildren graduated from high school, they offered to pay for their college educations. In fact, Dale proudly notes that grandson Corey Burklund ’13 is currently studying business at Bradley, and grandchildren Jennifer Perino ’97 and Frank Perino II ’98 followed their parents, Joyce Burklund Perino ’71 and Frank Perino ’66, to the Hilltop. A $1 million gift from Burklund and his late wife continues their commitment to the Bradley family. The gift has boosted the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance to the highest level in Bradley fundraising history: $131 million toward a $150 million campaign goal. In appreciation of Dale and Shirley’s benevolence, the Bradley athletics museum in the new Athletic Performance Center will be named in honor of the Burklund family. The Burklund Family Heritage Hall will be dedicated to the history of Bradley athletics, recognizing the accomplishments of Bradley teams and individuals with large displays, championship trophies, and memorabilia. Visitors will learn about A.J. Robertson, student-athletes who have gone on to play at the highest level of professional sports and in the Olympics, Bradley’s All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and much more. It will also house an exhibit dedicated to the Robertson Memorial Field House. The Hall will serve as the new home of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, with display space featuring photos, videos, and interactive kiosks with biographical information on the approximately 600 Hall of Fame members who have contributed to the tradition of Bradley athletics.

Longtime fans It’s the perfect honor for a couple who has actively supported the Braves Scholarship Society for nearly a decade by sponsoring several men’s basketball players. They’ve been devoted Bradley basketball fans for 70 years and also funded the men’s basketball locker room in the Robertson Memorial Field House. Through gifts both large and small, the Bradley community has benefited from their longtime generosity. “Dale and Shirley have been two of our longest season ticket holders, supporting the Braves in the ’40s at the Armory, then on to the Field House, and now at the Civic Center,” said President Joanne Glasser. “Their many contributions have shown their commitment to the University. I want to thank the Burklund family for moving the Renaissance Campaign forward and for encouraging others to support the University.” In 2009, the Burklunds were named Bradley University honorary alumni, an honor given to individuals whose

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contributions to Bradley are outstanding, meritorious, and distinctive. They were the 37th and 38th honorary alumni named since the program’s inception in 1997. As community philanthropists, Dale and Shirley touched many lives and improved the Peoria area. In 2005, the couple was honored as Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Central Illinois chapter. Their generous spirit encompasses too much to detail, including everything from Shirley’s 40 years of volunteering at Proctor Hospital to their unparalleled support of WTVP 47, to an Easter Seals motor therapy room that bears their name. Dale reminisced about his late wife of 64 years, their lifelong Peoria roots, and their desire to give back to the community. “Shirley sat behind me in second grade at Glen Oak, and we both graduated from Woodruff High School. Even though I attended Purdue and Shirley went to Brown College of Business, we have supported Bradley. Up until Shirley grew ill, she loved to go to the Bradley games. We’d wear our Bradley shirts, and Shirley would wear the Bradley pin I gave her years ago. Shirley is a very important part of our gift.” Dale Burklund is chairman and CEO of Burklund Distributors Inc. and one of the founders and chairman of Par-A-Dice Gaming Corp. “I’m proud to support Bradley and its legendary athletic tradition,” Burklund said. “It is an honor to be associated with an institution that does such an outstanding job educating students and student-athletes. I thank Bradley for playing a significant role in my family and in the life of our community.”

Bradley supporters Shirley and Dale Burklund pause during a Gameday Luncheon before Bradley played Northern Iowa last year. The Bradley athletics museum at the new Athletic Performance Center is being named in honor of their family. Shirley Burklund died on August 9, 2009.

“I’m proud  to support  Bradley and  its legendary  athletic  tradition.” — dale burklund

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shines spotlight on outstanding faculty On the first floor of Cullom-Davis Library, 17 portraits of Bradley’s most outstanding current faculty members now line the walls. They include the holders of endowed chairs, endowed professorships, and Caterpillar professorships. Long-term financial stability for teaching, research, and scholarship in specific fields is provided by endowed chairs. They also recognize distinguished faculty members for academic excellence. Endowed professorships honor exceptional professors who pursue research and scholarship while enhancing intellectual quality the classroom. Caterpillar DO the NOT resize theoflogo badge larger than the largest or smaller than the smallest badge. professorships reward senior faculty for an exemplary level of The logo badge has Visit a white outside border to offset it from a dark or photographic background. scholarship and creative production. The one-color (here, black) logo galleryofexcellence to read the honorees’ biographies.badge may be put into any color needed for your layout.

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