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New rec complex

WOWS campus

president’s prelude october was a very special month on the Hilltop. It began with a fabulous Homecoming and Founder’s Day, and ended with the dedication and opening of the Markin Family Student Recreation Center. Bradley has renovated and expanded many of its campus buildings, but the Markin Center is the first new building to grace our campus in a dozen years. It is absolutely fantastic. The photos in this issue of Bradley Hilltopics tell its story. Architecturally, it is welcoming and bright. Functionally, it is user-friendly and flexible. Educationally, it significantly expands our ability to teach generations of Bradley students.

The Markin Center will be a social hub for students. It will keep our campus community healthier. It will help us recruit students to Bradley. It will become an exciting, active center of campus. I’ve seen that already. During the grand opening, hundreds of students were amazed at the newest addition to campus. On Parents’ Weekend, students proudly showed off the facility. On our first Visit Day after the opening, prospective students were awestruck by all it has to offer. The fitness equipment, running track, and racquetball courts have been getting a workout.

Best of all, it is only the beginning of our Bradley Renaissance. Our new Athletic Performance Center and Puterbaugh Men’s Basketball Practice Facility are well underway. Ground will be broken for the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center in the spring. We hope to have good news soon on the expansion and renovation of Westlake Hall and construction of the Engineering and Business Convergence Center. All of those projects will be built of the same high quality, the same attractive architecture, and the same cutting-edge classrooms and interiors as we’ve put into the Markin Center.

This is a tremendously exciting time on the Hilltop. We are on the cusp of a giant leap ahead on our journey toward becoming a university of national distinction. I am so pleased that you are all part of our journey together; and I am humbled to be at Bradley. Warm regards,

sarah dukes

Students have already formed a new water polo club and a rock climbing club! The Markin Center is state-of-the-art in every way — from the 46-foot-high climbing wall to the simulated robotic patients in the nursing labs; from the array of fitness equipment and beautiful swimming pool to the new offices of Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Wellness Program; and from the mirrored dance studio to the green technology used in construction. A deck and a juice bar offer a place to meet friends. It’s a must-see when you come back to the Hilltop. You’ll love it.

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Founder’s Day

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Accomplished alumni and professors were recognized last October on Founder’s Day. Membership in the BU Centurion Society now exceeds 150.

Good sports


Meet an octogenarian with a unique goal for his golf game, and an NBA announcer who appeared in the Disney movie, Glory Road.

Rec complex wows campus


The Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened to a crowd of about 1,000 in October, and early usage was through the roof, as expected. Students are thrilled with the new 130,000-square-foot recreation facility that marks the beginning of the Bradley Renaissance. Take a pictorial tour of the newest building on campus.

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One thrifty alumnus decided years ago to put together a crew of volunteers for keeping game stats and making sure sporting events went smoothly. In the fall he was honored with the Lydia Moss Bradley Award.

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Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97 editor

Joanne K. Glasser president

Nancy Ridgeway associate editor

shelley epstein assistant vice president for university communications

Justin Phelps ’05 assistant editor Gayle Erwin mcdowell ’77 contributing editor sarah dukes designer

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Duane Zehr university photographer

Cover photo by duane zehr

Kathy Fuller assistant vice president for university relations

Student Staff Assistants Abby Wilson ’10 tyler fox ’10 kristin muckerheide ’11 oliver squibb ’09, photographer Dana mashek ’11, photographer

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Thank you, Mr. Markin The Markin Family Student Recreation Center has created a new level of excitement on campus. As a result, a “virtual thank-you card” to David Markin ’53 is available online at markin for the Bradley community to express its gratitude to the Markin family. Below are some of the comments: By any measure, whether it is improving the quality of life for our Bradley community, the sheer size of contribution, or the intangible value of making Bradley more attractive to prospective students, this special gift is in a class by itself. Heartfelt thanks, Mr. Markin. Shah M. Tarzi Professor of International Studies As a tour guide and student on Bradley’s campus, it is an honor for me to use your name when referencing the fantastic facility you’ve helped build. It is beyond anything I could have hoped for, especially as a student. I envision that the building and your memory will live on for many, many years. Thank you so much for your dedication to your alma mater and its students. Kevin McClelland ’11 I would like to thank you and your family for your incredible generosity to and support of Bradley University. I attended the grand opening and was speechless from the moment I walked through the door. The excitement on the students’ faces and the awe of many faculty and staff spoke volumes. Bless you. Julie Schifeling ’96 MA ’03 Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service

Thank you so much for your generous contribution to Bradley’s campus. The new recreation center puts Bradley in the ranks where it should be. No words can possibly explain the gratitude everyone on this campus has for you. My brothers [Alpha Epsilon Pi] said the breakfast with you was a lot of fun, and we hope to see you during Alumni Weekend.

Thank you for your generous support of Bradley and the Markin Center. Our nursing labs will be great to work in, for both students and faculty. With the simulation and hands-on type of experiences, students will have an even greater educational preparation than before. Carol Gard Assistant Professor of Nursing

Paul Benario ’11 Thank you for your generous gift to the University. The Center is magnificent to say the least, and the students, faculty, and staff are thrilled. This is a wonderful facility to house Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Wellness Program. To have these programs centralized in a building that promotes the pursuit of self-care with so much accessibility and “style” is wonderful. I am very appreciative of the workspace we have now to deliver therapeutic services. Lisa Fix-Griffin Health Services Counselor Thank you for the new recreational center you have made possible. Mr. Markin, you have not only invested in our careers, but foremost our health. My favorite thing in the Markin Center is the dance studio because I love to dance. Shavonna Warren ’10

Thank you for this wonderful addition to the Bradley University campus. It is truly an amazing place! Combining recreation and study space is a great idea. Bob Brown ’63 MA ’89 Barb Black Brown ’62 MLS ’91 Thank you and WOW. I’ve been waiting for a new pool for two years and because of your charitable gift, other students, faculty, and staff, as well as myself, can enjoy this immense facility. It’s amazing. Thank you! Amanda Seguin ’10

Looking at the future I always enjoy the magazine. In a future issue, it would be nice to see an overhead view of how the University’s layout is going to look with all of these new buildings that are going to be constructed. Tony Agatucci ’73 Springfield, Ill. Editor’s note: The new Markin Center replaces Haussler Hall and extends south on Glenwood Ave. to Bradley Ave. It faces the side of the Library and the back of Westlake Hall. Visit to view an updated campus map.

© Bradley University 2008 Bradley Hilltopics is published in winter, spring, summer, and fall by Bradley University for alumni, faculty, staff, parents of students, and other friends of the University. Send letters and address changes to: Hilltopics, Bradley University, 1501 West Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625. 309-677-2249 fax 309-677-4055 e-mail: Web site: campus information: 309-676-7611 Bradley University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities for all persons regardless of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University also is committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding non-discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action. Bradley Hilltopics reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor based on length and content.


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Hallmark Hall of Fame presents grad’s story CBS and Hallmark Hall of Fame aired Front of the Class — the made-for-TV movie about Brad Cohen ’96 and his life with Tourette syndrome — on December 7. Cohen, shown second from right at a basketball game during his junior year, said he was impressed with the channel’s interest in maintaining the authenticity of the story. At right, actor Jimmy Wolk is shown portraying Cohen. Visit frontoftheclass for more about the production and Cohen, a Georgia teacher.

Entertainment with an alcohol-free twist / aaron schock for congress

youngest in congress Aaron Schock ’02 followed in the footsteps of Bob Michel ’48 HON ’81 and Ray LaHood ’71 when he was elected to fill the same seat in the United States House of Representatives for the 18th Congressional District in the November election. Schock has also served as president of the Peoria District 150 School Board, as a representative in the Illinois General Assembly, and at the age of 27, will be the youngest member of Congress when he is sworn in January 6. Look for more on Schock, as well as Michel and LaHood, in the Spring 2009 issue of Bradley Hilltopics.

Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership, The Dirksen Congressional Center, and Peoria NEXT co-sponsored the Midwest Energy Solutions symposium in October. Speakers at the bipartisan event included Bill Von Hoene, executive vice president at Exelon Corp.; Mark Matlock, senior vice president at Archer Daniels Midland; and Congressman Ray LaHood ’71. The discussion aimed at identifying how the Midwest can play a critical role in reshaping the national energy strategy.

The inaugural Late Night BU, an event created as part of Bradley’s Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan, drew more than 1,000 students to the Markin Center on Halloween night. Alexander’s Steakhouse sponsored the event and provided food while students participated in activities including a dodge ball tournament, costume contest, pumpkin painting, mummy wrapping, tarot card readings, and jumping on a Velcro wall. Lydia’s Lounge, which opened in University Hall in early 2008, also provides students with a late-night, alcohol-free social environment. Comedians and bands have played Lydia’s Lounge, which is open Friday to Sunday but available throughout the week for relaxing, studying, or watching TV. Numerous events, including a voter registration day, have been hosted at Lydia’s Lounge.

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Professors receive Putnam, Rothberg awards Two professors were announced as recipients of the 2008 Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence on Founder’s Day. Dr. Stacey Robertson (center), associate professor of history, came to Bradley in 1994. Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji (right), professor and chairman of the department of Civil Engineering and Construction, arrived at Bradley in 1986. The Samuel Rothberg Award for Professional Excellence was awarded to Dr. Robert Jacobs (left). The professor of communication has been teaching at Bradley since 1992. Visit for more on the professors.

buaa honors Congressman as distinguished alumnus U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood ’71 was named the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient on Founder’s Day. Due to the pressing bailout vote in Congress on October 3, his wife Kathy LaHood, MBA ’87 and his son-in-law Brian Smith accepted the award for LaHood. Elected to represent the 18th District of Illinois in 1994, the congressman is completing his seventh and final term in Washington. He has served on the House Appropriations Committee as a ranking member of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, as well as a number of subcommittees. LaHood has pushed for higher levels of civility, decorum, and bipartisanship in the House of Representatives. In Illinois, he led efforts to establish the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, helped locate a federal health clinic in Peoria, worked to establish the Peoria NEXT business incubator on Main Street, and aided rural communities in his district. LaHood was honored by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2005 for his leadership on agriculture issues, and in 2001 by the Illinois chapter of the Nature Conservancy for his efforts regarding the Illinois River. LaHood grew up working in his father’s tavern/restaurant and at a grocery store. After earning his Bradley degree in sociology, he taught junior high social studies in Peoria. He began working for a congressman in Rock Island and was soon appointed to a vacant seat in the Illinois General Assembly. In 1982, he went on to work for U.S. House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel ’48 HON ’81, first running his Peoria office and then serving as his chief of staff in Washington. When Michel announced he would not seek a 20th term, LaHood ran for and was elected to his seat in Congress. LaHood served on Bradley’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2006. He was president of the University’s National Alumni Association in 1989–90. On October 18, the LaHoods were honored with a tribute dinner sponsored by Easter Seals. With a goal of raising $1 million, the proceeds will fund the new Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy in Peoria.


U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood ’71, the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Centurions represent diverse professions Six prominent alumni were inducted into the Centurion Society on Founder’s Day in October. Their professions range from photojournalist to physician to ambassador. The Centurion Society began in 1982 and has inducted 154 distinguished members who have been leaders in their fields.

Renée C. Byer ’80 Pulitzer winner

Renée Byer has been a photojournalist for the Sacramento Bee for five years. In 2007 she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her photo series, “A Mother’s Journey,” chronicling a mother and her young son as they battled his cancer. The black-andwhite photographs were on display at the Hartmann Center for six weeks prior to Founder’s Day. The series also won several national awards and resulted in more than $40,000 in donations to help the family. Byer received the AP News Executive Council’s top honor, the Mark Twain Award. Her series titled “Seeds of Doubt” won several major awards in 2005. Also that year she was honored for her “Women at War” series. She was a photographer for the Peoria Journal Star until 1988, and went on to work at newspapers in New York, Oregon, and Seattle. Byer presented the annual Bunn Lecture at Bradley on October 2. She was profiled in the Fall 2007 issue of Bradley Hilltopics. View the article at

Dr. Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan, MBA ’05 M.D. and CEO

Dr. Falcon-Cullinan first attended college in the Philippines. She earned her M.D. in 1969 from the University of Santo Thomas Medical School in Manila. After many years as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Peoria, she enrolled in Bradley’s Executive MBA program. She continued to work in her OB-GYN practice, the Falcon Center for Women. She has also distinguished herself as CEO of Health Professionals Ltd., a company serving the medical needs of more than 60,000 inmates in eight states. The company employs a staff of about 425 technicians and nurses. Dr. Falcon-Cullinan serves on several local boards, including Easter Seals.

James C. Kenny ’76

Ambassador/construction executive Jim Kenny’s career has taken him from Chicago to Ireland, and back. He and his family moved overseas for three years when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ireland in 2003. During that time, he was awarded a doctor of humane letters from Lynn University and the American College Dublin. Kenny is executive vice president of Kenny Construction Company. He also serves as president of Kenny Management Services, which oversaw projects such as the expansion of Midway Airport and the new Soldier Field. Kenny has won

numerous awards and has served on boards in Chicago, as well as at Bradley. He is a former Bradley Trustee. He served on the transition team for President George W. Bush in 2000–2001, and he was a member of the President’s first overseas delegation in 2002. He was profiled in the Spring 2008 issue of Bradley Hilltopics. View the article at

Edward M. King ’54 MA ’62

Bradley emeritus dean/director Ed King served Bradley for 38 years from 1957 until 1995, first as dean of men, and ultimately as executive director of housing, residential life, and the student judicial system. During his college days in the early ’50s, King was a basketball player and member of Sigma Chi. He has received several national awards for fraternity service and his program that focuses on fraternity rituals. In 1992, he received Bradley’s Frances C. Mergen award for community service. Ten years later, he was awarded the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, he was honored with the Lydia Moss Bradley Award at Founder’s Day.

U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood ’71 Congressman

As the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Rep. Ray LaHood becomes a member of the Bradley Centurion Society. His biography appears on page 4.

Gary M. Peplow ’62 Attorney

Gary Peplow is retired from the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Peoria. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois. Peplow opened the firm’s first branch office in Springfield in 1970 and was named managing partner in 1987. He became chairman of its board in 1997. Peplow served as outside trial counsel for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He lectured on loss prevention for the Illinois State Medical Society. He was named Outstanding Member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys in 1998. His articles have been printed in legal publications, including the American Bar Association’s The Brief. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Peplow was president of the Bradley University Alumni Association in 1996–97. Additional Founder’s Day Award winners appear on pages 6, 23, and 32.

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Faculty honored on Founder’s Day Two Caterpillar Inc. faculty awards were presented on Founder’s Day, and CIBAC honored a mathematics instructor with its Francis C. Mergen award for public service. Dr. Stephen Banning (left), assistant professor of communication, received the Caterpillar Inc. faculty award for scholarship. Dr. Kevin Randall (right) was presented with the faculty achievement award for teaching. Randall is an assistant professor in family and consumer sciences. He is director of the C.C. Wheeler Institute for the Holistic Study of Family Well-being. Mary Jane Sterling (center), mathematics lecturer, was honored by the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (CIBAC). Visit for details.

young engineers help major corporation By abby wilson ’10


For three Bradley industrial engineering students, a trip to Melbourne, Fla., last year consisted of only one day at the beach. The other six days were spent at Harris Corp., studying the ribs on commercial deployable antenna reflectors. For their senior project, Laura Hogard ’08, Eric Moss ’08, and Nathan Leech ’08 were assigned the task of reducing the manufacturing cycle time of antenna reflector ribs on Sirius Satellite Radio and CMB satellites. (The ribs act as an umbrella frame for the satellites.) In January, the team had visited Harris, a corporation run by CEO and industrial engineering graduate Howard Lance ’77, to familiarize themselves with the production process of the antenna reflector ribs. During that initial trip, they identified several factors contributing to the 162-hour manufacturing time. They chose to assess three of them: the manufacturing plant had to share tools; Harris had to transport the ribs in mid-assembly to other nearby buildings; and workers had to change production methods to avoid H-52 discrepancies, or manufacturing techniques that did not comply with American satellite standards. When the students used ARENA, a computer simulation program to map out the production process, they discovered that minimizing transportation and maximizing tool availability would only reduce the manufacturing cycle time by a few hours. However, eliminating the H-52s, which occurred every 22 working days on average and stopped production for hours at a time, would reduce cycle time to only 40 hours. Their findings provided Harris with the information they needed to examine the time wasted when an H-52 occurred. The three students agree that the most challenging aspect of the project was working with a company over such a long distance — Harris is 1,200 miles from Bradley. Although they had good support from Harris, they found they were unable to get some information without actually being there and seeing the project. “The project completely changed after we saw it over spring break. It more or less started once we were physically there and got the information we needed,” said Moss. They returned to Harris at the end of the semester, along with Dr. Joe Emanuel, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. They presented their findings to Harris and had a question-and-answer session. While videoconferencing facilities are available in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center, Emanuel felt having a physical presence at Harris for the final presentation was imperative. “Harris wanted everything the students had thought about, everything they had tried but didn’t work — they wanted a brain dump. And they were not going to get that if we were sitting in Peoria. They were going to get that if we were down there.”

Streamlining the manufacturing process of antenna ribs used in satellites (shown) was the goal of three industrial engineering students who completed their senior projects for Harris Corp. Laura Hogard ’08; Professor Joe Emanuel; Nathan Leech ’08; Harris employees Tom Buschor, Gwen Malone, and James Lawson; Eric Moss ’08; and Jeff Ferris of Harris, pause after a meeting in Melbourne, Fla.


finding the right niche

Center for Testing helps students and community After 60 years of serving the campus and surrounding community, the Center for Testing continues to be a hub of productive outreach. Created in 1948 by the late Chet Zebell ’48 MA ’50, the center initially focused on helping GI Bill veterans with their educational and vocational planning. Today its scope is far reaching, and dr. Diane Rigley ’75 MA ’76, director of division research and testing, is a strong proponent of getting the word out to alumni and the community. “Alumni might be unaware that we offer services that they could still use,” says Rigley, a 28-year employee of the center. “We conduct personnel-oriented testing for businesses, governmental units, and nonprofit organizations and boards. We do ‘distance testing’ online or through the mail for out-of-town groups. We can develop tests specifically for an organization’s needs. We also provide educational and vocational guidance for adults who may be considering a career change.” Adds Ken Harding, director of campus and community testing, “We have been the best-kept secret in terms of business testing. We’ve been word-of-mouth, but we are working hard to change that perception.” The center has two primary criteria for helping employers to better understand their job candidates: assessing an employee’s interests and work style, while measuring the employee’s abilities. The bottom line is how will an employee fit in the company and be successful. A sampling of clients includes CEFCU, the City of Peoria, and the Federal Companies, as well as the campus police force. Primary campus clients include students in the Academic Exploration Program, referrals from faculty for students interested in clarifying career

paths, and the Division of Student Affairs for compiling and analyzing student survey data. Along with Rigley and Harding, Sherry Winkle ’93 MA ’97, assistant director of campus and community testing, works one-on-one with students and has been an instructor for the AEP 100 Student Planning Seminar and EHS 120 freshman year course each fall. “We hold a mirror up for our students to see how their interests and values correspond with the life they want to lead. We are a service with great resources,” says Winkle. The Center for Testing has been located for the past four years on Bradley Avenue near University Hall at the southeast corner of campus, a convenient location for both campus and business clientele. From January through April, the center conducts testing for gifted children in Peoria School District 150 and administers IQ tests year-round for parents who are curious about their child’s performance level. Office manager Brenda Ruck, a Bradley staffer of 18 years, noted that parents appreciate the center’s location on the edge of campus for picking up their children. The center is also a designated official professional development provider for the Illinois State Board of Education and offers a correspondence course on personality testing for professional development credit (CPDU) for teachers anywhere in the state. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing, which can enhance the speed of graduation and cut costs from a college degree by offering course credit, is also available. Visit for more information on services offered by the Center for Testing.

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By Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97

Ken Harding, above, director of campus and community testing, is reflected in a one-way mirror while timing a client taking a career placement test. Below, the Center also administers IQ tests to children.


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final phase of a three-year campus lighting project will begin this winter, weather permitting. It will add lights to the quad area from Bradley Avenue to Main Street.

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Gift boosts Smith Career Center’s internship opportunities By abby wilson ’10

A gift from Bill and Marjorie Springer ’81 allows for the expansion of Bradley’s internship program.

pointofpride ’08 campaign trail Two influential campaign workers spoke about the presidential election at Bradley on September 19. The national spokesperson for the John McCain campaign, Ben Porritt ’02 was media coordinator for VP candidate Sarah Palin. John Kamis ’00 worked on the Obama campaign, serving as coordinator of “war room” communications on Super Tuesday during the primary. He is the assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Porritt and Kamis, Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, offered their insights and answered questions during the forum.


Building on the momentum that has placed the Smith Career Center at the top of its class, Bradley recently announced the establishment of The Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships, a gift from a former employee and her husband. Marjorie Springer ’81 was a career adviser in the Center for Career Development from 1982 to 1992, working with business and engineering students. Bill, a Caterpillar vice president and member of the Bradley Council, has been instrumental in supporting Bradley interns in a variety of departments. The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance inspired the Springers to make the donation. “We wanted to give something that will continue for years to come,” said Marjorie, who helped develop the Smith Career Center into a valuable resource for students interested in internships and full-time employment. As an employee at Bradley, Marjorie saw firsthand the invaluable experiences internships provide students. For example, Bradley students working as interns in 2007 earned nearly $2 million to supplement college costs. “Eighty percent of our students who gained valuable intern experience found full-time employment after graduation, compared to 65 percent for those without career-related experience,” says Jane Linnenburger, MA ’79, executive director of the Smith Career Center, who has been with Bradley 31 years. “Bradley has had co-op opportunities for more than 75 years, beginning in the 1930s with the College of Engineering and Technology.” With the creation of the Springer Center, Bradley has rededicated its commitment to providing students with enhanced opportunities for career-related work experience. Sharon St. Germain, director of experiential education, who has worked at the Career Center for 25 years said, “The

ultimate goal of the Springers’ gift is to bring greater recognition to the internship program, to bring it back to the forefront, and to renew the importance of the program.” The couple’s gift is the third endowed gift to the Smith Career Center. The Springer Center for Excellence in Internships will focus on five areas: expanding opportunities for students to gain career-related experience; generating more student participation in the cooperative education and internship program; increasing awareness of international internship opportunities; enhancing activities that assist students in conducting their job searches and preparing them for on-the-job success; and providing continuous evaluation and improvement of the cooperative education and internship program policies, procedures, and data collected. Along with the Springer Center, the Smith Career Center offers a myriad of resources to assist students in their job searches, including individual career advisement and job fairs. Online resources include: eRecruiting, a program where students can post their resumes for potential employers to see; Going Global, an international job search tool; Optimal Resume, a resume-building program; and Interview Stream, a video stream of practice interviews with a critique of the student’s performance at the end. These tools have contributed to the success of students finding jobs and internships before and after graduation. “Intern programs are becoming more and more important as employers view them as the pipeline to future full-time hires,” adds St. Germain. “Ninety-six percent of Bradley’s 2007 graduates found jobs or furthered their education within six months of graduation.” Visit for more information. If you know of available internships or full-time positions for Bradley interns and graduates, please contact the SCC at 309-677-2510 or

Baghdad revisited In the 1950s, Bradley was selected by the United States Technical Cooperation Administration to plan and direct a technical institute in Baghdad, Iraq. As outlined in the five-year contract, Bradley developed and equipped the American Technical Institute in Baghdad. Programs included refrigeration, automotive mechanics, building trades, machine shop, electricity, air conditioning, radio, and graphic arts. Bradley also shipped $100,000 worth of equipment to Iraq for use in the school. Dr. Beryl Cunningham (pictured at left), head of Bradley’s woodworking department at the time, coordinated the program. The partnership ended in 1958 with the conclusion of the contract.

In the field

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of history

by Nancy Ridgeway

Leafing through the diaries of women who lived on the prairie in the 1800s … finding a leather-bound book with the handwritten name of abolitionist Lucretia Mott … reading a letter written and signed by composer Ludwig von Beethoven … Courtney Wiersema ’09 treasures these memories as she reflects on her experience as one of 10 history students nationwide to receive an Undergraduate Fellowship in Early American History. Wiersema went to Philadelphia last June for a three-week seminar sponsored by SHEAR-Mellon (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). She studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for the Study of Early America, which facilitates scholarly research into the histories and cultures of North America before 1850. The seminar involved sessions on the theory of history, discussions about graduate school, and research time. “The daily getting up and going to the archives and sharing what I found with others gave me a better self-understanding. We all look at the same material differently, and it tells us more about ourselves,” says Wiersema, noting she remains in contact with the professors, graduate assistants, and fellow participants. Wiersema completed preliminary work on her senior research project, which looks at differences in male and female reactions to the Illinois prairie between 1800 and 1860. She comments, “When settlers came to Illinois, it was a drastically different environment than what they were used to. Europeans were used to a lot of trees, so what did it mean to not have that? The reactions of visitors and settlers to the prairie ecosystem are revealing. Since they approached Illinois with fresh eyes, the way they wrote about the tall-grass prairie shows much about their character, hopes, struggles, and reservations.” Dr. Stacey Robertson, associate professor of history, attended the seminar during its final week. Faculty advisers were encouraged to both help students hone their prospectuses and to do their own research. Wiersema and Robertson, enjoyed that collaboration, including the opportunity to get to know each other better as individuals. Robertson is writing a manuscript about female abolitionists. Robertson concludes, “This experience was profound. For Courtney, she learned what it means to be a historian, looking into the archives and seeing handwritten words in an old leather-bound book. For both of us, it was about understanding people and how people understood the world 150 years ago. For me, it was the potential of working with a student in many different ways. I was less of an instructor and more of a collaborator. Historians are a solitary bunch. We don’t do collaborative work much.”

“Gender on the Prairie” is the topic for Courtney Wiersema’s senior research project. Dr. Stacey Robertson, left, is her adviser.

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Fall sports wrap-up Soccer player Grant Campbell ’10 was named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team for the Braves, who finished 6-12-2 this season. Travis English ’10 and Chris Cutshaw ’10 were selected to the second team and Bryan Gaul ’12, Bobby Smith ’12, and Christian Meza ’12 were picked for the all-freshman team … The women’s golf team won the MVC Preview tournament in October by three shots over Drake. Caitlin Deeken ’11 finished tied for third with a season-best round of 79 at the par-72 Lake Panorama National Golf Course near Des Moines … At the women’s tennis MVC Individual Championships, Veronika Wojakowska ’12 and Erin Krubeck ’09 finished third in No. 3 doubles and Emily Regenold ’10 and Nicole Miller ’11 finished fourth in No. 1 doubles … The volleyball team’s record was 6-24, 2-14 in the MVC, at press time.

fine-tuned golf game by justin phelps ’05 gave me this putter when I was 50,” said Perdue, who attended Bradley when it didn’t offer golf as a varsity sport. “I have a bunch of clubs in the house and a milk can full of putters. I put it down in the basement because it’s so ugly I couldn’t stand to look at it. It’s different. It’s the first of the triangular putters. Now they’ve got all kinds of them.” It sat for two years. “I took it out one night to play a round with my daughter at Newman, and I knocked in everything I looked at,” said Perdue, who lives in Peoria with his wife Mari Lou and has four children, eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. “This putter was like a magic wand. I look at it now and wonder how I did that. The next day I shot a 67 at Newman and on that Sunday I shot a 68 with eight 3s with this putter.” He has golfed with the same putter ever since and plans to keep using it. “I’m going for 104,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll play that long, but I’ll keep playing until I can’t walk.”

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When Glenn Perdue ’49 worked full time as a piano tuner and repairman, he wouldn’t put his golf clubs in his car on work days. “If I would get a cancellation on tuning, I would have gone to play golf,” said Perdue, who started caddying in 1934 at age 9. “Instead, if I didn’t have the clubs, I would look for another tuning. I could always go into the stores. I just worked and played golf three days — Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.” Now semi-retired, he’s still on the golf course a few times each week at age 83, and last summer he carded a score better than his age once again. Since the age of 66 when he shot a 66 at Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Perdue has recorded an 18-hole round matching or better than his age each year except one. A 71 or better at 71 years old is the only blemish preventing an 18-year streak. He attributes much of his success to a well-worn putter. The bronze club head was a golden tool in his bag, despite his initial reaction to it. “My brother


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mavericks broadcaster credits bu by justin phelps ’05

Ortegel began his 28th season — 21st with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks — as a television broadcaster in the fall. “I was scared to death to give a speech,” said Ortegel. “The professor got me through that, and look at what I’m doing today.” His TV career began two weeks after Ortegel left coaching in 1981. Instrumental in developing the Missouri Valley Conference game of the week during his seven-year stint as head coach at Drake, Ortegel was asked by the league to be the analyst for the eight-game MVC television package after he left Drake to become director of franchising with ShowBiz Pizza. Within 10 years, he was working more than 100 games each season and became a full-time broadcaster, covering Southwest Conference and MVC games and working with ABC and ESPN. Then the Dallas Mavericks called. Mavericks general manager Norm Sonju, who had seen Ortegel’s work, asked if he could substitute for analyst Bob Wiess, who had to miss a game. Ortegel hesitated — NBA rules were considerably different than college rules, and he had to work a game at Texas A&M the same day — but he opted to cover it. A few years later, the Mavericks asked him to join the staff full-time as broadcaster and director of the Mavericks Speakers Bureau. Ortegel’s television experience later landed him on the big screen. Longtime broadcaster Merle Harmon was asked to submit an audition tape for Glory Road, a 2006 Disney film based on the 1966 Texas Western national championship basketball team which was the first all-black starting lineup to play for a championship. Harmon asked Ortegel if he’d help him with the tape because he needed someone to play off. Three weeks later, Ortegel was added to the cast with Harmon. Ortegel played the role of broadcaster for Texas Western’s double-overtime victory over Kansas in the regional final. “For that one little segment, I was in New Orleans for 10 days,” he said. “I had my own trailer; I couldn’t believe it. They take you to wardrobe because everyone had to be in clothes that were worn in the ’60s, and, of course, I knew all about that. They gave me a tie tack and I said, ‘You know, we wore tie bars more than tie tacks.’ The next day, the director of clothing left me a tie bar to wear.”

Unlike preparing for a sports broadcast, Ortegel needed little research to play the movie role. He knew Texas Western coach Don Haskins, and was 26 when Texas Western defeated Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats for the championship. “I was coaching at Pekin High when that happened in 1966,” he said. “Don Haskins was a friend of mine. We’ve spoken at clinics before — years ago — back when I was at Drake. I remember those players, I remember Haskins, I remember the way they were treated, and how Rupp felt about the whole thing.” Ortegel never planned to get involved in TV — or movies for that matter. A Bradley basketball player with the likes of Chet Walker ’62 and Bobby Joe Mason ’60, Ortegel wanted to coach college basketball. He gives much of the credit for his hires to his Bradley coaches, Joe Stowell ’50 MA ’56 and Chuck Orsborn ’39. From Mason City High School, he joined Dawdy Hawkins’ staff at Pekin High School, which won the 1967 state championship. “Dawdy’s the one who called me into his office in 1968,” Ortegel said. “I had been offered a position at Northern Michigan, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. He chewed me out and said, ‘What do you want to do? What do you want to be?’ I said, ‘Well, I want to be a head coach at a Division I school.’ He said, ‘You can’t do that at Pekin High School.’ ” Ortegel followed Hawkins’ advice. While an assistant under Glenn Brown ’56 for two years at NMU, he earned a master’s degree in education. A finalist for the head coaching job at Illinois State, he was ultimately offered an assistant’s job under Will Robinson —the first black head coach at a Division I university — at ISU, where he coached Doug Collins during the 1970–71 season. The following season Ortegel was lured to Drake where he was an assistant for three years before being promoted to head coach in 1974. “The reason I went to Drake was that they had just been to the Final Four in ’69,” said Ortegel, who mentions the great rivalry with Bradley during his tenure there. “It was a step up.” Throughout his coaching career, Ortegel remembered an acronym from Bradley education professor Dr. Perry Davis: SMOP, or selection, motivation, organization, presentation. “He said that’s what teaching was, SMOP. I used that in coaching all the time,” Ortegel said. “I love that University.”

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bob ortegel ’62 remembers walking into speech class as a freshman, nervous and frightened at the idea of speaking in front of people. How times have changed.

pointofpride Sports Comm major coming to BU Bradley will offer a sports communication concentration within the Department of Communication, beginning with the fall 2009 semester. The University created a sports communication program because the sports industry is a dynamic field undergoing significant economic growth, providing great opportunity for students. Visit bradley. edu/spotlight/08/ sportscom for more information.

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photography by duane zehr



New rec complex

23 steps to scale the


climbing wall

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who have made this facility possible, enjoy the pictorial tour.

With many “thank-yous” to David Markin ’53 and all the other donors

housed in the lower level.

Center, which serve a combined 17,000 patients each year, are now

addition, Health Services, the Wellness Program, and the Counseling

sophisticated electronic manikins that respond to students’ care. In

lab, skills lab, health assessment lab, and a virtual simulation lab with

Academically, the Department of Nursing boasts a new computer

and other group activities.

many multipurpose rooms for dance, spinning classes, martial arts,

roller hockey, a pool, a rock climbing wall, a 1/8-mile indoor track, and

five basketball courts, a multi-activity court (MAC) for indoor soccer or

availability was — the Markin Center is a true recreation center with

While Haussler Hall provided fitness equipment — as limited as

Now students have a state-of-the-art, first-rate recreation complex.

130,000-square-foot facility.

floor, construction workers needed 550 days to complete the

maplewood to create the more-than-30,000 square feet of hardwood

backbreaking work of securing individual 2¼-inch-wide strips of

From painstakingly installing 136 doorknobs by hand, to the

Bradley Renaissance.

For now, the Markin Center stands as a beautiful beginning to the

to Westlake Hall.

Alumni Center. A major addition is also planned

Basketball Practice Facility, and the Hayden-Clark

Athletic Performance Center, the Puterbaugh Men’s

structures anchoring a new west quad with the new

construction site. It eventually will be one of four

Center is a diamond in the rough of a 4.3-acre

What a gem. The Markin Family Student Recreation

David Markin ’53, pictured with his wife Tracy, donated $8 million toward the building’s construction. He was president of Checker Motors Co. for many years. He serves on the Bradley Board of Trustees and several public boards in Kalamazoo, Mich. The campus tennis courts, dedicated in 1998, were named in honor of his generous support.

$25,000,000 project cost of the Markin Center Enjoy video comments from the October 23rd grand opening at Use event code: dedication


160,000+ man-hours to complete the project

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Some students attended in costume the first Late Night BU on Halloween night. Among the activities was a dodge ball tournament on the multi-activity court.

30,000 of sports floor

291 seats in Championship Gym


691 lockers

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of mirrors



of hardwood floor


ratio of cardio machines in the Markin Center compared to Haussler Hall


Twenty years ago, David Markin ’53 received a call from a student working for the Bradley Fund requesting a $100 gift. He has obviously come a long way since then. At the dedication of the Markin Family Student Recreation Center, Markin said, “I love my school and am happy my family can participate in the Bradley Renaissance. Please use and enjoy this beautiful building. We’re thrilled with this reception and thank you for honoring my family. It is our honor and privilege.”

tux provided courtesy of ducky’s formal wear

New for the Department of Nursing are nursing skills and health assessment labs, which assist with patient room simulation to better prepare students. The clinical simulation lab, which has highly sophisticated electronic manikins, allows students to practice critical thinking skills in a controlled environment. Above: Lifelike limbs allow students to practice before working on patients.


student jobs within

12,230 ft


of exterior glass

the building

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Bradley grad and family wrote medical history by Justin Phelps ’05 Dr. Hugh Macdonald ’14 likely saved millions of lives from whooping cough when he perfected his vaccine in 1933. After creating a vaccine for the disease, Macdonald, a 1919 graduate of Rush Medical College, volunteered his own family as test subjects. Scientists nationwide were consulted, and planning lasted more than a year. In the summer of 1933, Macdonald’s wife, Edith, and their four children were quarantined in a flat that still exists on Knox Avenue in Skokie. The family spent the entire summer, with no air conditioning, in the small apartment, while Macdonald continued his practice as an internist. Edith and her two sons, 9-year-old Robert and 8-year-old John Macdonald ’51, were given the vaccine in February 1933, while 8-year-old William Macdonald ’49 and 6-year-old

David were not. In June, all four boys were given 150 pertussis bacilli — whooping cough germs and the ‘P’ in the DPT vaccine — through their noses. “The way they explained it was William and John were twins, so genetically you had a close match there,” Richard said. “One was given the vaccine, the other wasn’t.” The testing was a success, but it wasn’t without struggles. Within two days, William and David developed a cough that became progressively worse. “We started coughing within a week,” remembered William, who later was a star track athlete with John at Bradley. “I slept with my twin brother, and he didn’t start coughing at all.” While the condition of both unvaccinated boys deteriorated, David’s turned considerably worse. “Mom said David’s temperature got so high that they put him in the bathtub with ice,” Richard said. “That’s when she said to give him the vaccine and that’s what brought his temperature down,” William claimed. The family survived the summer, and their story was told to the world through newspapers and scientific journals. The January 1943 issue of Reader’s Digest included this caption under a photo: “These four boys helped write medical history a few years ago by submitting to experiments — conducted by their father and his associates — which aided development of the whooping cough vaccine.” The pertussis vaccine — now part of a shot called DTaP — is still given to children. DTaP, which was introduced to America in 1991, is considered safer than DPT because it doesn’t use whole-cell pertussis germs. Use of whole-cell DPT vaccines ended in America in 2002. Macdonald served in World War II before returning with his family to Peoria, where he practiced dermatology. He also researched the effects of chlorine on viruses, the safety of drinking water, the structure of viruses, the polio virus, and his theory that cancer was a “man-made” disease. After working toward a polio vaccine, he wanted to test it on Richard, who was not part of the pertussis testing. “My mother said, ‘Timeout. Once in a lifetime is enough.’ ”

Dr. Hugh Macdonald ’14, seated with his family in this 1941 photo, developed the vaccine for whooping cough and served in World War II before returning to Peoria. Pictured from left, back row, are William ’49, David, John ’51 and Robert; front row, Edith, Richard, and Dr. Hugh Macdonald. Bradley Hilltopics Winter 2009


InMemory 1930s

Annice Harris Gouveia ’33 MA ’66, September 15, 2008, Petersburg. She was a guidance counselor at Farmington High School for 13 years. After retiring in 1977, she lived in Lombard and in Colorado. She was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Two children, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive. Helen Travers Kessler ’36, September 8, 2008, Creve Coeur. She was employed by the Peoria Public Library for 41 years, retiring in 1979 as head of the children’s and young people’s services. Helen was active in the community and enjoyed volunteering in Peoria. Two step-grandchildren survive. George Zweifel ’37, August 31, 2008, Peoria. After 39 years at First Federal Savings and Loan, he retired in 1978 as senior vice president. He served on the boards of his church, the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement, and the Tri-County Urban League. George received a Bronze Star for his World War II service in the Army. Three daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive. Richard “Jack” Roberts ’38, August 25, 2008, Chenoa. He was an engineer in the planning department at Caterpillar in East Peoria for more than 40 years. Jack enjoyed outdoor sports. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Evelyn, three children, nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren survive.


Whitney Sapp ’40, August 30, 2008, Venice, Fla. He retired in 1977 from Illinois Bell as a division commercial manager in Springfield. An Army veteran, he received a Purple Heart during World War II. He was active in Masonic work in Peoria and Sarasota. He was a member of Sigma Phi at Bradley. Two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive. Robert Walker ’40, September 27, 2008, Springfield. He worked at Caterpillar for 41 years, retiring in 1981. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a Mason. He enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife Millie, their daughter, two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. George Yakoff ’40, October 13, 2008, Peoria. He owned a liquor store and a tavern with his brothers. A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he had served as president of the Eagles. George was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife Frances, a daughter, two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. Norman Gebauer ’41, October 13, 2008, Peoria. He worked for Keystone Steel & Wire Co. for 40


years, retiring in 1978 as a sales director. An Army Air Forces veteran, he served in World War II and the Korean War. He volunteered at Proctor Hospital. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Jean Graham Gorges ’43, August 7, 2008, Columbia, Mo. She worked at the University of Missouri for 20 years, retiring in 1988. Two children and three grandchildren survive. Marilyn Lundgren Derr ’45, August 11, 2008, Mt. Lebanon, Pa. She was active in her church. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley. Two children and her granddaughter survive. Robert Addis ’48, September 1, 2008, Seattle. Bob spent 25 years in Washington after retiring from Caterpillar. Three sons and five grandchildren survive. His wife Pat died on September 23. Robert E. Davis ’48, August 10, 2008, Fort Myers, Fla. He worked in sales, specializing in building materials and floor coverings. Robert was active in Araba Shrine and its Legion of Honor. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Joanne, two children, and two grandsons. Frederick “Bud” Waldmier ’48, July 11, 2008, Bloomington. He worked for Eureka Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1986. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Bud was active in Kiwanis. His wife Jean survives. Anna Mohn Honness ’49, August 13, 2008, Peoria. She was a teacher in School District 150 for 33 years, retiring in 1975. Anna was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Daughters of the Nile. Three nieces survive. Maurice “Frank” Riddile ’49, September 22, 2008, Fort Worth, Texas. He founded Frank Riddile & Associates, a manufacturer’s rep firm, in Peoria, Chicago, Rockford, and Moline. He served on the boards of Bradley Corp. in Wisconsin and the Peoria Heights Bank. Frank was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. His wife Patricia, their son, and two grandsons survive.


Walter Harris ’50, September 23, 2008, Springfield. He was a social studies teacher in Illinois and California, and held a master’s degree in history from Illinois State University. Walter was a researcher for the Illinois General Assembly until retiring in 1990. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His volunteer efforts helped build the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial. Surviving are his wife Shirley, four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Richard Kemple ’50, August 24, 2008, Gibson City. He operated a restaurant and an insurance agency for many years. Dick served on the library board and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. Later he worked for Youth for Christ in Wheaton and the Quad Cities. Before retiring, he was a family counselor in Texas. Dick was part of March of Dimes history as one of the first local children diagnosed with polio in 1932. His wife Marilyn, three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive. Robert B. Kennedy ’50, October 12, 2008, Pekin. He opened Pekin Tire Center in 1959 and operated it for almost 20 years. Bob was active in state and national associations for tire dealers. Later he worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue. The recipient of the 2002 Pere Marquette Award for volunteer work, he was active in the Knights of Columbus and OSF Saint Francis Hospice. Bob was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran. His wife Ruth, four children, and seven grandchildren survive. John M. Macdonald IV, MA ’50, September 1, 2008, Sarasota, Fla. He was a chemistry and physics teacher, guidance director, and principal of Vicksburg High School in Michigan for many years. John was active in the Lions Club and the Masons. He was board president of Unity Church. Surviving are his wife Joanne, three children, and seven grandchildren. Robert McCune ’50, September 18, 2008, Dubuque, Iowa. His lifelong career was at John Deere. He retired in 1982 as distribution administrator. An active member of his church, Robert was also involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was the district governor of Iowa, and had earned the fraternity’s highest honor for service. Surviving are two sisters and his brother. Thaddeus “Ted” Sawa ’50, October 15, 2008, Chicago. He ran the manufacturing operations of two Chicago businesses and later worked for the federal government. Ted retired in 1993. He had served as president of the National Metal Trades Association. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Terry, six children, many grandchildren, and a great-grandson. William H. Gardner ’51, May 29, 2008, Elmhurst. He was an engineer and a manufacturer’s rep. Bill was a World War II Army veteran. His wife Jean, one son, and three grandchildren survive. Arlyn Jones ’51, August 30, 2008, Peoria. He was a teacher at Marquette Heights Elementary School for many years. Arlyn was a former pastor at Wesleyan Church in Creve Coeur. He enjoyed photography. Surviving are his wife Geneva, a son,

four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. James Pittman ’51, July 1, 2008, Walnut Creek, Calif. He taught industrial arts and drafting in the Oakland schools for 34 years. James was an Army veteran and a Mason. He was a founding member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church. He and his wife Katie enjoyed travel and were members of an RV club. She survives. Barbara Lehman Sommer ’51, September 5, 2008, Peoria. She was active in Junior League, and took part in its children’s theater. She organized a TV production that featured puppets teaching French to children. Her daughter and two grandchildren survive. Janice Bratt Zook ’54, August 20, 2008, Washburn. She worked in a doctor’s office and later at Nuske’s Plumbing. Janice was active in her church and Woodford County Home Extension. Her husband Paul, four children, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive. Bonnie Mason Foster ’57, September 10, 2008, Demorest, Ga. She was the first female engineering graduate at Bradley. Bonnie co-owned Balok Printing in Clarksville, Ga., for 13 years. Survivors include her husband Larry, one daughter, her mother, and two grandchildren. Sally Green McGauvran ’57, April 15, 2008, Clinton, Iowa. Sally was a member of Gamma Phi Beta at Bradley. Her husband Ron McGauvran ’55, four children, and seven grandchildren survive. Don Carothers ’58, September 26, 2008, Cary, N.C. He worked in insurance in the Quad Cities for many years. He was the first three-letter athlete at Bradley, participating in football, basketball, and track. Don played on the 1957 NIT championship basketball team. He was the 10th-round draft pick by the Chicago Cardinals football team. He later played for the Bears and the Denver Broncos. Surviving are three daughters and six grandchildren. Marilyn Terrell Hatler ’58, September 14, 2008, Dallas, Texas. She had been a Realtor in Park Cities, Texas. Marilyn was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Her son and sister survive. Merle Dean Heidenreich ’58, August 28, 2008, Pekin. After 30 years of service, he retired from Caterpillar as an engineer in 1990. Dean enjoyed sports. He is survived by his wife Margaret, three children, seven grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. Sylvia Jurkovich ’58, September 20, 2008, New York, N.Y. She worked in communications in the insurance industry in Chicago and New York. She retired in 2004 as executive vice president of a

communications consulting firm. She was active in the Public Relations Society of America. Sylvia served on Bradley’s national alumni advisory board. A member of Delta Zeta, she was on the Scout staff as a student. Her husband Roger Yanule survives. Glen Growe ’59, August 5, 2008, Sun Lakes, Ariz. He founded Holiday International Inc., and was involved in product development and mass merchandising. A Korean War Marine Corps veteran, Glen was a member of Sigma Nu at Bradley. He formerly lived in St. Paul, Minn. Survivors include his wife JoAnn, three children, 11 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.


Earl Hietter, MA ’60, August 25, 2008, Peoria. He was principal of Lincoln Grade School in Washington for 27 years, retiring in 1985. He was ordained a deacon in 1979 and served at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington. Earl was active in Knights of Columbus. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Bonnie, six children, 20 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. James Serre ’60, August 8, 2008, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. Jim was an engineer, retired from Mueller Co. in Chattanooga. His wife Timm, three children, and two grandsons survive. James Swanson ’61, September 23, 2008, Blue Eye, Mo. Raymond Sprehe, MA ’62, October 12, 2008, Buckley. He was retired from teaching. Surviving are his wife Velma, four children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Duane Burk ’64 MSME ’68, September 25, 2008, Germantown Hills. He was an engineering specialist at Caterpillar, retiring after 40 years of service. Duane enjoyed golf and oil painting. He was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife Judith, five children, his parents, and 12 grandchildren. Steve Ahlrich ’68, September 15, 2008, Placida, Fla. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Service after graduation. He was a marketing manager for Lucent Technologies in Bloomington, retiring in 2000. Steve was president of a local Republican club in Florida. Surviving are his wife and daughter. Hallie Case, MA ’69, August 25, 2008, Hot Springs Village, Ark. A retired RN, she had served on the board of Spoon River Mental Health Services.


Mary Streitmatter Minton ’71, August 7, 2008, Toulon. Mary was a teacher for 32 years and later operated the Corner Shop. She was active in the

Eastern Star. Survivors include her son, stepson, and step-grandson. Libby Shore Parks ’73, October 2, 2008, Schaumburg. She worked for 10 years at AT&T as a business manager writing technical documents. Libby was a supporter of Junior Achievement. She was an active member of Beth Tikvah Congregation. Surviving are her husband Richard, their daughter, and her mother. Oleeda Albrecht ’74, September 8, 2008, Tiskilwa. A retired teacher, she was a member of Willow Springs Mennonite Church. Survivors include her husband Marion, four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. James Thorwegen ’75, April 15, 2008, Portland, Ore. He was employed by Ash Grove Cement West Inc. Survivors include his wife Melodee Walter Thorwegen ’76. David Dunne ’77, September 10, 2008, Creve Coeur. He worked at Peoria Plastics for 40 years, retiring in 2005. David was an Army veteran. He was an avid hiker and an active volunteer. His wife Diane, two children, his mother, and two grandchildren survive.


Cynthia Cohen ’82 MA ’93, August 30, 2008, Peoria. She had been director of nursing for six nursing homes. Cynthia played on Bradley’s tennis team and helped establish the local tennis tots program. She is survived by her father and three brothers.


Mary Ellen Zerkle ’90, October 25, 2008, Peoria. She was a legal secretary, then an accounting technician for Fort Transfer for 14 years. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. Her daughter, sister, and four brothers survive.


Imelda Corral-Mills ’04, October 27, 2008, Raleigh, N.C. She was a fourth grade teacher at Forestville Road Elementary School. Survivors include her husband Sam Mills ’03, her parents, sister, and three brothers. Matthew Tyler ’05, October 20, 2008, Addison. He was an engineer for WCW Engineering. Matt enjoyed building and playing guitars, and the martial arts. His parents, sister, brother, and niece survive. “In Memory” Guidelines: To submit an obituary, please mail a newspaper clipping or memory card from the funeral home to: Bradley Hilltopics, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625. Bradley Hilltopics Winter 2009


AlumniNews people & events

D i r e c t o r ’ s Co r n e r Alumni Events January 15 Los Angeles annual CFA Hollywood Gala, Skirball Center, 6:30 p.m. January 23–25 Peoria Alumni Weekend January 30 Springfield murder-mystery dinner, “Lifeless in Seattle,” Hill Prairie Winery, Route 97, Oakford, 6 p.m.; $45 March 6–8 St. Louis men’s basketball MVC Tournament March 12–15 St. Charles, Mo. women’s basketball MVC Tournament April 10 Peoria Theta Chi 60th Reunion weekend May 8 Peoria CIBAC alumni art show and wine tasting, Prairie Center of the Arts, 1506 SW Washington St.

Homecoming 2008 is just a memory now, but what a marvelous memory! It was wonderful to see so many smiling alumni faces on a Bradley campus that is more vibrant than ever — and growing! Reunion-goers renewed friendships and celebrated favorite professors. Bradley’s outstanding theater students, along with the incomparable Lee Wenger ’76, “wowed” a sold-out Hartmann Center with their performance of The Pirates of Penzance. The Communication Alumni Network was born; President Glasser shared her vision for Bradley’s future at a “Fireside Chat”; and alums were entertained by faculty and staff at Sunday brunch. More than a dozen groups hosted tailgate tents at Shea Stadium, providing games and activities for alumni, students, and families; and tailgaters enjoyed live music, a pep rally, and a great soccer game. As the BUAA proudly added Sal Tinajero ’94, Glen McCullough ’50 MA ’56, and the Honorable Ray LaHood ’71 to its distinguished list of award recipients, we also celebrated the life of our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley. The Founder’s Day luncheon was the perfect place for President Glasser to announce the lead gifts of Jerry Hayden ’59 and his wife Marilyn Keller Hayden ’61, and Kathleen and Bob Clark ’67 which make our future home — the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center — a reality. Throughout it all, dozens of alumni were preparing today’s students for their role as future alumni. Alumni association volunteers educated more than 900 new Bradley students about the history and traditions of their home on the Hilltop (see photo, next page). Others hosted ‘Dinner for Ten’ events, providing a meal for up to eight students for fun, fellowship, and the opportunity to expand their networking skills. Fall semester has been one great adventure on the Hilltop. Imagine what we’ll do next!

For more information, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 309-677-2240 or 800-952-8258.

Mystery Indy revealed Who was that striking likeness of Indiana Jones, featured in our 2008 Homecoming ads? It was none other than Dr. Paul Gullifor, professor of communication. Gullifor came to Bradley in 1988, during the same decade the popular Indiana Jones trilogy premiered.

REFER A STUDENT Help us attract top

students. Refer prospective students by visiting, and the Office of Admissions will send information to them.


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Friday, January 23 Alumni Night at Jimmy’s Jimmy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 W. Farmington Rd.

Saturday, January 24 Alumni Happy Hour Hoops Pizza & Pub, 516 Main St., 4 p.m. BU men’s basketball vs. Indiana State Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center, 6:05 p.m. Up to eight discounted tickets ($10 lower bowl, $4 upper bowl) may be purchased through the Office of Alumni Relations. Post-game party Pere Marquette Hotel, Marquette South Room, 8-11 p.m., free Overnight package at Pere Marquette available. Enjoy the new Markin Rec Center from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 24, and from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday, January 25, with limited pool and climbing wall hours. The performance court will be available to alumni for pick-up basketball or volleyball games from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Groups may reserve time on the court by contacting Mike Keup at mkeup@bradley. edu. Passes must be reserved in advance through the Office of Alumni Relations. To purchase discounted game tickets, reserve rec center passes, or reserve your overnight stay, visit or call 800-952-8258 or 309-677-2241 by Thursday, January 22.

Atlanta Thirty-four alumni and friends attended the President’s Reception on September 23 at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Shown with President Glasser, from left, are Karen Emanuel Miller ’93, Nicole Mountjoy ’99, and Tom Sargeant ’87.

San Antonio President Joanne Glasser, along with 30 alumni, parents of current students, and friends enjoyed a reception hosted by Peggy and Don Maisel ’55 at the Clubs at Sonterra on November 6. From left are Chester Trim ’50, Don Kirchhoff ’70, Henry “Paul” Volkman ’58, and Mary Volkman.

San Francisco Forty alumni gathered October 28 at the home of Elizabeth Asip Evans ’76. Shown with her are George Shaheen ’66 MBA ’68 and President Joanne Glasser.

During Homecoming week, alumni volunteers spoke about Bradley’s history and traditions to 35 sections of EHS 120, the freshman experience course. Shown is Amanda PierceEllis ’04 MA ’07 discussing Forgotten Angel, a biography of founder Lydia Moss Bradley.

St. Louis Dr. Craig Curtis, associate professor of political science, discussed this year’s local and national politics with nearly 25 alumni and friends at Favazza’s on October 14.

The Institute of International Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reunion during Homecoming week. Among the 30 alumni and friends who attended the event were, from left, Mark Woerner ’77; John Nyaradi ’72, son of the Institute’s founder; Dr. Andy Dvorak; Colleen Flynn Goebel ’75; Dr. Jeanie Bukowski ’86, associate professor of international studies; Dr. John Howard ’53 MA ’54, professor of international studies emeritus, who gave a history of the Institute at the reunion banquet; Dr. Chuck Bukowski ’77, Institute director; Mary Lohmar Howard, MA ’80; and Dr. Roy Ginsberg ’75. Activities included a career workshop at which seven alumni discussed their work and offered career development advice, and an open house and banquet for alumni, students, and faculty. Keynote speaker was Gerry Anderson ’76, deputy assistant secretary of state for economic and social affairs in the Bureau of International Organizations Affairs.

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It began innocently enough when Glen McCullough ’50 MA ’56 and the late Allen Upton ’48 MA ’49 attended a Bradley basketball game together in 1959. McCullough noticed two young men keeping stats and another typing. “Somehow we got around to the conversation that these young men were getting paid to keep stats,” McCullough said. “We can’t afford that, I told someone. I can get it done for nothing.” McCullough proceeded to find two volunteers who could type and one to keep the stats. From the simple philosophy of saving his alma mater some money, McCullough evolved into the consummate Bradley volunteer and director of Bradley’s game management crew for more than 40 years. The Bradley University Alumni Association recognized his outstanding commitment and service by naming him the 2008 Lydia Moss Bradley Award winner on Founder’s Day. McCullough, who was a manager for nationally ranked Bradley basketball teams during his student days, has become a modernday icon in basketball and volleyball at Bradley. His crew’s behindthe-scenes work includes everything from preparing the locker rooms and greeting the visiting coaches to protecting the officials and serving the media, plus a list of additional duties essential to the success of the athletic events. McCullough estimates he and his crew volunteer for approximately 50 events each year, totaling at least 250 hours. The 1999 recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Award of Merit and his crew have done such an outstanding job of game management for Bradley University that they now manage MVC, NCAA, and the Illinois State High School Association basketball tournaments — as volunteers. Ironically, the Bradley Athletics Hall of Famer claims he is not a sports fanatic; he is motivated, instead, by his penchant for taking on the challenge of organizing people and making things happen. He touts the fact that his communications crew could develop final stat sheets at halftime and at the end of games within five minutes. “We were the talk of the Missouri Valley, and I did nothing more than organize the crew. They did all the work, and they were good at it.” Of course, it didn’t hurt that the retired Caterpillar administrator knew how to “network” before the term became part of popular vernacular. McCullough has had remarkable success persuading friends to donate office machinery to expedite the stats process — and to volunteer time. His family joined in his volunteer efforts, as well. Their home near campus provided ideal parking for friends and a convenient place to party after every home game for 43 years. In years past, Joan, his wife of 52 years, his son Christopher, and daughter Laura Heiden took turns running stats and supporting his mission of saving the university money. Heiden now travels from California to work the press gate at the MVC tournament in St. Louis. McCullough’s current crew includes Ron Anthony, Tom Chambers, Mike Connors ’83, Gloria Meyer, Julie Sutter Nelson ’80, Keith and

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Beginning in the early 1960s, Glen McCullough ’50 MA ’56 volunteered to manage game day activities with a mission to save his university some money. Above, he works at a Bradley volleyball game. below, McCullough (bottom left) managed the 1949–50 Braves. Also in front, from left, Fred Schlictman, Don Schnake, Don Alford, David Suffield (child), Joe Stowell, and Jack Hills. Second row: Mike Chianakas, Dick Mize, Aaron Preece, Bill Mann, Charley “Bud” Grover, Gene Melchiorre, and Coach Forddy Anderson. Back row: Dave Humerickhouse, Paul Unruh, Jim Kelly, Elmer Behnke, and two unidentified players.

Carole Rassi, Dan Ricks, Curt Wardelman ’77, Jim Wolfe ’74 MS ’89, Wes Foster, and Andy Loyd, who started with McCullough in the mid ’70s when he was in high school. One of his favorite fundraising memories once again involved Allen Upton. They set up a booth to benefit the Alumni Association and took orders for Bradley rocking chairs and captain chairs. McCullough diligently lugged the rocking chair from his home on the corner of Glenwood and Columbia Terrace to the Field House for every home game. “We sold all of them and made quite a profit,” he said. A long-time member of the Alumni “B” Club, McCullough prefers to watch the Braves on a TV in a back room of the Civic Center — his “office.” He is constantly attached to his radio and is available to answer questions, provide hospitality, and ensure there is no confusion behind the scenes — his favorite place to be.

From the lighting of the “B� with a rappelling Indiana Jones, to dancing in a tent of foam, to the soccer game, to the musical Pirates of Penzance, everyone got a kick out of Homecoming.

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