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Spring 2007 Volume 13 Issue 2

Broski to retire


University president Dr. David C. Broski will retire June 30. Building a strong collaboration between Bradley and the Peoria-area community is one of his accomplishments.

Access to Hollywood


Bradley students met studio executives, writers, producers, sound designers, visual effects artists, animators, and others, many of them alumni, during expedition courses to L.A.

Friends on safari


When Barb Proctor Drake ’67 MA’82 and Mary Ann Huber Hanelt ’68 took 40 years of friendship on an African safari, they discovered an added value of a Bradley education.

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O’ Brien Field was dedicated during the tenure of Bradley president Dr. David Broski, shown throwing out the first pitch.


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Karen Crowley Metzinger MA ’97 editor

Dr. David C. Broski president

Nancy Ridgeway associate editor

William Engelbrecht vice president for advancement

Justin Phelps ‘05 assistant editor Gayle Erwin McDowell ’77 contributing editor

Kathy Fuller assistant vice president for university relations

Aimée Roy contributing writer Michelle Bowers Gray designer/illustrator Duane Zehr university photographer Daniel Manson web communications Student Staff Assistants

Allison Camp ’07 Katie Hamill ’08 Taija Jenkins ’08 On the cover : (1) Christine Braskich ‘07 (2) Lindsey Rathjen ‘07 (3) Jerry Seinfeld (4) Jenni Read ‘08 (5) Lijana Labanauskas ‘08 (6) Bethany Stagen ‘08 (7) Caitlin Solomon ‘07 (8) Marie Becker ‘07 (9) Lauren Greene ‘07



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Sharing Bradley Hilltopics I just received my copy of Hilltopics, and I am in awe of the quality of the magazine. From the paper used on the cover and throughout, the clarity and color of the pictures and the writing, this issue was first class! My friend is editor of The Alpaca Magazine and wins awards every year. It’s first class, but nothing like this. I will send this issue to him in Canada so he can see for himself. It may be a while, because I want to look at this issue again and again and again. Congratulations on such a fine publication. Can’t wait for the next issue! Paul Matlock ‘60, Pagosa Springs, CO

Memories of legends Thanks for rekindling the memories of the great Bradley basketball teams of the late 1950s with Hilltopics’ coverage of Gene Morse ’59 receiving a prestigious award and the sad news of the death of Bobby Joe Mason ‘60. Morse was prominent as a sophomore with the 1957 NIT Champs, but he saved his best game for his last home appearance on March 7, 1959. In the first-ever nationally televised game at the Field House, Morse defended Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, holding him to one of his all-time lows in scoring. Oscar managed just 20 points as Bradley rolled 84-66.

Mason was also on the ’57 squad, joining the team second semester after a celebrated all-state high school career at Centralia. Incredible as a ball handler, passer, defender, and free throw shooter, Mason was an instant star at Bradley. In one of his final home games on January 16, 1960, Mason played all 40 minutes in the epic 91-90 victory over top-ranked and unbeaten Cincinnati, despite Oscar’s 46 points. That Bradley team also won the NIT, posting a 27-2 record. (The NIT was a much more eminent event at this time. Conferences could send only one team to the NCAA tournament, making the NIT field much stronger than it has been in recent years.) As for Mason playing for the Globetrotters, he was “The Dribbler” on that team for many years. Howard Cosell said of Mason during a ‘”Trotters” telecast in the early 1970s, “Don’t be fooled by all that [on-court high jinx]. That’s Bobby Joe Mason, all-time, all-Missouri Valley out of Bradley.” Greg Florey ‘69, Montgomery, AL

Mascot musings I just took the survey on mascot names. Sorry to say that they are all bad choices. One name I didn’t ever see was “Rivercats.” Not great, but it does reflect our local area…river and, of course, Caterpillar…Just a thought! Ron Roberts ’54 MA ‘59, Peoria, IL

In response to “Oldest BU sports club celebrates 40 years of hockey” in the Winter ’07 issue of Bradley Hilltopics, Tom Dittmeier ’71 provided a photo of the 1971 Bradley club hockey team, which won the Central States Collegiate Hockey League’s Central Division.

No new mascot for BU Braves Bradley University’s President David Broski, in consultation with the mascot committee, has decided to end the search for a mascot to represent Bradley’s athletic teams. More than 5,000 alumni, students, and friends responded to an online survey to test the acceptability of seven mascot concepts. The results of that survey failed to identify a mascot that was wellreceived and widely embraced. Dr. Broski and the mascot committee thank everyone who took the time to both submit mascot ideas and complete the survey. Bradley will continue to use its historic Braves nickname for its athletic teams. The University has not had a mascot since 2000, when the bobcat mascot was discontinued.

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Photos at right, top to bottom: Cheering on the Braves’ 2006 Sweet 16 appearance in Oakland Honoring David Markin ’53, the only individual to twice receive the President’s Award Serving the community as a founding director and current president of Peoria NEXT Introducing Centurion award winner Anne Maple Fox ’63 on Founder’s Day


Dr. David C. Broski, Bradley University’s ninth president, has announced his intention to retire effective June 30, 2007, after seven years of service to the University and the Peoria community. “My philosophy was to take the job and get some things done,” said Broski. “I’m proud of all the collaborations we’ve entered into and the strong ties we’ve created in the community. I’m leaving at a good time. Bradley is a nice target for someone to come in and build an even better university.” A national search for his replacement has begun and is being led by Gerald Shaheen ’66 MBA ’68, Caterpillar Group President and Chairman of the Bradley University Board of Trustees. “During his tenure, David Broski created a new vision for Bradley,” said Shaheen. “His emphasis on collaboration between the academic community and the Peoria community has enabled Bradley to grow in stature and gain national recognition in many areas. I’d like to attract another action-oriented visionary like David.” While president, Broski oversaw the renovation of three academic buildings: Olin, Constance, and Bradley halls. He guided the development of a campus master plan that addresses Bradley’s facility needs for the next 15 years and includes plans to break ground this spring for the $30 million Markin Family Student Recreation Center. Academically, the quality of students as measured by average ACT scores has improved, and the University has seen a significant increase in the number of minority students. Programs including the Executive MBA and Doctor of Physical Therapy were initiated, and financially, the University’s endowment is at its highest point in history. During Broski’s tenure, Bradley athletics have enjoyed a return to prominence with the men’s basketball team making the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in 51 years, and both the women’s golf team and the soccer team receiving an NCAA tournament bid in 2006. “I don’t have a crystal ball, but communities are going to look more to colleges to help them solve problems,” said Broski. “We have the direction set. The future of Bradley University is inextricably entwined with the future of Peoria; they go hand in hand.”

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Active in the community, Broski has worked to improve the Main Street corridor with the establishment of the Renaissance Park district. He was a founding director of Peoria NEXT, and as its current president, he leads the development of the new $12 million innovation center along Main Street. He is also a founding director of the Peoria Civic Federation, director of the Heartland Partnership, and serves as chairman of the Methodist Health Services Corporation. He is a member of the Creve Coeur Club Board and sits on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Institute aims to prepare public servants by Justin Phelps ‘05 partner with community organizations. Dirksen Congressional Center Director Frank Mackaman first approached Johnsen with the most recent idea. That led to conversations with Brad McMillan, who was District Chief of Staff for Congressman Ray LaHood ‘71 for nine years. “But, as with all great ideas, they converge from multiple sources,” says Johnsen, who asked Aspin for his thoughts. “He smiled at me and described a proposal that he and his department had written about very similar things. At that moment we knew we were on to something.” McMillan began working on campus as executive director of the Institute in January. His primary objective in the early years of the Institute is to make it a self-sufficient project. In the meantime, he hopes to incorporate students into every aspect of the project from topic selection to execution of events. “Among the things I enjoyed the most From left to right, Brad McMillan, in my time with Congressman LaHood Dr. Peter Johnsen and Dr. Larry Aspin were the great Bradley interns we had in our office,” said McMillan. “I always was a big believer that giving students maximum opportuThe Institute, a collaborative project between nities to showcase their own leadership is important. Bradley and The Dirksen Congressional Center, will The Institute will be driven by student leaders offer public speakers and a public policy series while educating ethical, collaborative, and bipartisan leaders on campus.” Additional student benefits Johnsen expects from who possess an understanding of both current public the Institute are internship offers and activities, inpolicy issues and the importance of public service. cluding trips to Washington, D.C. He recently attended The inaugural event will be April 26 with Congressa meeting with students who had visited the nation’s man Robert H. Michel ’48 HON ‘81 speaking on capital. “As a former Fed who spent a lot of time in campus. A member of Congress for 38 years, Michel Washington, it didn’t dawn on me how significant a was House Minority Leader from 1980 until 1995. He trip to Washington for a student interested in leaderreceived the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. ship can be. They would be able to meet significant Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. leaders, watch them in action and really become Peter Johnsen said the Institute is a product of a inspired to become public service leaders,” he said. series of conversations about how the University can Duane Zehr

Dr. Larry Aspin, chair of the political science department, and his colleagues envisioned an idea about a decade ago: an on-campus program in which Bradley students are trained to be leaders in public service. Now some of the ideas from Aspin’s department are being used in creating the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service.

Partnerships between the University and The Dirksen Congressional Center began when the Class of 1970 proposed the Everett McKinley Dirksen Chair in American Government. Among the inaugural speakers were President Gerald R. Ford, Senators Charles Percy HON ‘63, Adlai Stevenson III, Birch Bayh, and Congressman John B. Anderson. The speaker series was reinstated in the 1980s when Congressman Michel, Senator Howard H. Baker HON ‘83, Congressman James C. Wright HON ’85, and political correspondent Sander Vanocur HON ’85 participated in the program. Pictured is a ticket to Ford’s speech, courtesy of Dorothy and Bill Gleason ‘49.

Institute event to feature Michel Robert H. Michel ’48 HON ’81 will be the inaugural guest in the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service’s speaker series. Michel will hold a public forum at the Neumiller Lecture Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26. The Institute’s kick-off event celebrating the outstanding congressional leaders who have served the Peoria area will be held at the Hotel Pére Marquette on April 27. The event’s theme is A Legacy of Principled Leadership. Michel and Congressman Ray LaHood ’71 will be among the elected officials in attendance for the 6 p.m. reception in the Cotillion Ballroom and a 7:00 p.m. banquet in the Marquette Ballroom. Tickets are $100 per person. If businesses or corporations buy a table for the kick-off event, they will be able hold one spot at their table for a Bradley student. For information, e-mail

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Carillon chimes in by Taija Jenkins ’08


a lithograph by St. Lawrence University assistant professor Melissa Schulenberg, is among the more than 100 works included in the 31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition. An open biennial competition, the exhibition runs March 9 through April 13. The exhibition showcases an international selection of art by more than 111 artists, with works chosen from more than 875 pieces submitted. Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and founding director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, is the exhibition’s juror. Susanne Nestory, curator of the exhibition, recently joined the staff of the Department of Art as the gallery director.

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Homecoming 2006 brought a special treat from the tower of Bradley Hall for students, faculty, and staff. Several times a day during Homecoming week, two Bradley students played requested music on the carillon [karuh-luhn]. Requests came from the Student Activities Office and were made via phone. Dr. Ray Zarvell ’62 MA ’69 has now hired three students to play the carillon: Vanessa Welch ’08, an advertising and music major, Mary Pentecost ‘08, a music performance major with a concentration in piano, and music business major Jared Bartman ‘10. The carillon is a computer-controlled electronic system that synthesizes chimes and bells. It consists of an organ-like console with two keyboards and a computer-controlled console to create the synthesized sound. It is responsible for the music heard around campus on Fridays and visit days. Any music played on the carillon can be stored in its memory and played again. Some music had been programmed into its memory prior to its purchase. The carillon has been at Bradley since the 1963 fire. However, the new carillon was purchased and placed in Bradley Hall during last year’s renovation. The University purchased the carillon through internal funds that are set aside for special projects.

Mary Pentecost ’08, plays music ranging from the Beatles to Debussy on the Bradley carillon.

Students win big with Vegas experience Six Bradley students helped manage the 2007 National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference, annually held in January in Las Vegas. Dr. Greg Pitts, NATPE’s Director of Faculty and Student Programs and Bradley associate professor, has taken students to the conference for the last six years. Students typically help run sessions, hand out conference credentials, help with registration, and occasionally escort VIPs to sessions. One student, Joey Ortega ‘08, left with an internship offer from Michael Davies, a New York-based reality television show producer and executive producer of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. As part of the inaugural Pitch-Me Contest, Ortega and David Ruckman ‘07 presented television show ideas to Hollywood talent agents in a session sponsored by the NATPE Education Foundation. “They go to do conference work,” said Pitts, who is also the interim associate department chair for the Department of Communication in the Slane College. “But by being there, they get access to the event. It’s a backdoor kind of approach to get into an event that would ordinarily be closed to the general public.” Ortega and Ruckman were among five students and faculty competing in the Pitch-Me Contest. Pitts initially offered the opportunity to the 30 fellowship faculty members nationwide who were invited to attend the NATPE Conference. Later, he opened the competition to students.

Springing student entrepreneurs into business by Justin Phelps ‘05 students that is very entrepreneurial,” Fry said. “We’re seeing major growth here at Bradley in the entrepreneurship major.” With entrepreneurs come new ideas, which is exciting to Junction Ventures owner Alexis Khazzam. “There are very good ideas coming out of Peoria,” said Khazzam, who would like to see the groups stay in Peoria to start their businesses. “There aren’t a lot of big companies here; we have to try to create as much new business as possible, and that’s going to come from Bradley.” In addition to funding the competition, Khazzam hired Illinois State Representative Aaron Schock ‘02 to be a liaison between Junction Ventures and Bradley for Project Springboard. “He’s a Bradley grad, he’s young, he can add good relationships with the school, and he travels a lot to Springfield, Champaign, all around Illinois,” Khazzam said. “As he grows, this project will grow too.” Khazzam’s $200,000 donation, in addition to support from The Leiter Group, Converse Marketing, Saturn of Peoria and Coyle Insurance Agency, made the competition possible. Duane Zehr

Entrepreneurially-minded students will have a chance to earn funding for their own businesses this semester through Project Springboard, a partnership between Junction Ventures LLC, Bradley University, and others. Student teams can earn as much as $10,000 for start-up costs through the Springboard Business Plan Competition, in which three to five undergraduate students create and present a business plan for a company they would like to start. During the first round of competition, teams will submit written business plans. Finalists will then make oral presentations to a panel of judges made up of venture capitalists. Details are in the guidelines section on the Web site, springboard. Project Springboard is targeted toward business students this year, according to Dr. Fred Fry, professor of management. “However, all students are eligible to enter. Next year, the award money will grow, and the project will be marketed to all Bradley students. Later, we’ll bump it again and market it to students regionally, perhaps throughout Illinois and contiguous states.” In addition to the prize money and possible financial backing, the winning team will receive office space, the use of a car, and marketing and legal assistance. The second- and third-place finishers will also receive a monetary award, and all students can receive mentoring help. “We plan to find mentors for student teams,” said Springboard Business Plan Competition Coordinator Amy Doering ‘93 MBA ‘95. “We’re looking for folks in the community perhaps, or graduate students who are in the MBA program, maybe alums.” Individuals interested in mentoring may e-mail Doering at

Program of growth Fry says the entrepreneurship program at Bradley has grown considerably since 2003 when the Department of Business Administration had 25 entrepreneurship majors. There were 80 entrepreneurship majors in the Fall of 2006, and Fry projects 100 next fall. “We’re finding nationwide there’s something about this generation of

Bradley graduates achieved the highest placement rate since 2000, according to a study of 2005-2006 graduates released by the Smith Career Center. The overall rate of 96 percent is up one percent from last year’s rate. The placement rate of master’s degree recipients is 97 percent. The report covers graduates who are employed, continuing their education, or engaged in other activities of their choice. Seventeen percent of graduates earning bachelor’s degree are continuing their education. Graduates accepted employment with 526 different employers, compared to 506 in 2004-2005 and 476 in 2003-2004. About half of the graduates are employed in Illinois, one of 29 states in which graduates accepted employment offers. In addition, a record 400 different employers conducted recruiting activities on campus during the 2005-2006 school year, and the outlook for the current class is very strong, with record numbers of employers participating in job fairs and recruitment activities.

Professor of Management Fred Fry, shown talking with reporters about Project Springboard, says the Department of Business Administration has seen significant growth in the entrepreneurship program since 2003. Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2007


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WCBU offers state-of-the-art digital broadcast


same manner as other stations. HD Radio receivers can also tune in analog-only stations. WCBU’s conversion is the result of funding provided by listeners and area businesses during a recently completed capital campaign, as well as grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Hunt said the digital signal will reach about half the distance of the station’s analog signal. “We’ll be able to cover the Peoria metropolitan area very well, about 500,000 people, with our digital signal,” he said. Hunt is hopeful the Federal Communication Commission will offer the station a stronger digital signal as the technology develops. Within a year, Hunt also expects WCBU to offer a third digital signal. WCBU reaches a worldwide audience through their Web site,, where the station streams programming of both digital signals. More information about digital radio and a program schedule for both digital signals are available at WCBU’s Web site. WCBU is Peoria’s public radio station operated by Bradley. The station has served central Illinois for 37 years with a mix of classical music and news. Duane Zehr

Department of Mechanical Engineering design team members are studying boiling behavior in an engine’s cooling system. “If not properly designed, boiling may impact the reliability of the cooling system,” said Dr. David Zietlow ‘82 MSME ’88. “We’ll look at where boiling may occur within engine and heat exchanger geometries. Fiber optics will give us light when we use high-speed video to capture the bubbles and their motion. We’re testing different conditions and geometries so Caterpillar’s engineers can use our model to predict when boiling will occur. This is just another example of Bradley performing at high levels throughout the institution, from the 2006 basketball team’s performance in the Sweet 16 to academically performing world-class research.” Pictured above are (left) Jon Cone ‘07, Chaitanya Kaki MSME ‘08, and Zietlow. Not pictured are Santhosh Challakonda MSME ’08 and Avinash Chinthaluri MSME ’08.

WCBU, Peoria’s classical music and NPR News station, is set to improve the radio experience of its listeners. On February 15, WCBU entered the age of digital broadcasting with its adoption of digital HD Radio™ technology. Listeners with digital HD Radio compatible receivers can now enjoy the improved sound of WCBU’s main channel 89.9 and an additional multicast channel, WCBU2, that will offer more NPR News and Talk programming. WCBU is among the 1,200 public and commercial stations nationwide that have deployed this next generation broadcast technology. Digital HD Radio technology works by transmitting digital audio and data in tandem with existing AM and FM analog signals. In the same manner in which digital technology enabled many new opportunities with CDs, DVDs, cameras, and cell phones, HD Radio technology is doing the same for AM and FM radio. “HD Radio is the most revolutionary change in our industry since the introduction of FM more than 40 years ago,” said Thomas Hunt, WCBU’s executive director. “Its combination of radically improved sound quality, multicast capabilities and WCBU’s award-winning news coverage will provide listeners with more of public radio’s most popular programming, including the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, BBC News, and more classical music,” Hunt added.

More choices for listeners WCBU2 programs will complement and expand the main channel offerings of WCBU. “Our listeners will have more choices. When news is on the main channel, we’ll have classical music on WCBU2. In this way, listeners can hear local, national and international news and public affairs programming and music whenever they want it, 24 hours a day,” Hunt added. In addition to improved sound, WCBU will transmit information scrolled as text on HD Radio receiver displays, including artist names and music titles, weather forecasts, and emergency information. HD Radio technology allows FM stations to divide their signals into separate channels of unique programming, called multicasts. WCBU is the first in the area to offer multicasting, which increases the amount of content available to listeners. As with all digital radio stations, WCBU will remain at its current analog frequency. New digital HD Radio receivers are set up to detect the main channel’s digital signal and tune it in; HD Radio multicast channels will be accessed in the

More than 300 students, including Zachary Zetterberg ‘06 and Sarah Williamson ‘06 were awarded degrees on December 16, 2006 at Robertson Memorial Field House. David Markin ‘53 was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and gave the commencement address.

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Celebrate Joe Stowell’s 80th Sunday, June 3

Bradley fans are invited to return to campus on Sunday, June 3 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Joe Stowell ’50 MA ’56, in conjunction with the men’s final alumni basketball game at Robertson Memorial Field House. The 3 p.m. game will also include players from Stowell’s two women’s basketball teams between 1981-1983. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children (K-12). Contact the ticket office at 309-677-2623 or 309-677-2625 for more information. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. A dinner buffet and program featuring emcee Dave Snell ’76 and a variety of speakers honoring Stowell’s legacy, will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. Proceeds support the Joe Stowell Endowed Scholarship Fund. Visit or contact Ken Goldin ’64 MA ‘72 at 309-677-3000.

Defining America: University receives rare dictionary by Aimée Roy

agree upon candidates to be proposed for election to offices, or to concert measures for supporting a party.” As a definition of national identity and cultural values, the 1828 dictionary is thought by some scholars to rival the significance of the Declaration of Independence. The dictionary resides in Special Collections, but the Library hopes to put it on public display this spring.



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David Connor HON ’90 recently donated a copy of the 1828 first edition of Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language to the Cullom-Davis Library. One of the most popular American books ever published, the two-volume set contained 70,000 words of which 12,000 had never appeared in any previously published dictionary. The press run for the edition was 2,500 copies. “This dictionary is one of the most important cultural artifacts of America,” said Bradley University librarian Charles Frey, who oversees Special Collections. “It is the work that defined in words a national identity distinct from that of England.” The true significance of the dictionary lay in Webster’s conviction that the United States had to shake off “foreign manners” and build an independent national culture reflecting the language that Americans were actually speaking. Purists condemned the new words in Webster’s dictionary as a “radical departure from the English language” and were horrified by the Americanized spellings such as “color” instead of “colour” and “music” instead of “musick.” Many of the words held different meanings in America than they would have in Europe, or were newly identified words being published in a dictionary for the first time. For example, “caucus,” for the first time meant, “…a meeting of citizens to

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Community collaboration: Painting new perspectives by Karen Crowley Metzinger MA ’97 and clients a new perspective from the top of the hill,” said Brammeier. “We were asked to illustrate the Bible passage from Proverbs 3:5-6, to represent the new direction and hope the mission offers its residents.” With a grant from the Office for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, Brammeier, Zach Zetterberg ’06, Emily Hoerdemann ’08, Katie Thompson ’08, Elizabeth Albert ’08, Becky Goughnour ’09, Elizabeth Pfiester ’10, and assistant professor of mathematics Tony Bedenikovic made the service project their gift to the mission. “Many residents have commented on how happy they are that people from Bradley cared enough about them to donate their time to make their ‘home’ so beautiful,” said Annette Jones, director of corporate and church giving. Duane Zehr

The 2006 Bradley for Bradley Campaign has exceeded its dollar total and participation rate goals with 71 percent of faculty and staff members pledging a total of $268,114 to the annual campaign. In 2005, a total of $234,722 was pledged, and a 69 percent participation rate was achieved. The Bradley participation rate is nearly double the national average of 35 percent for employee participation at other private institutions.

A welcoming wintry view from the Moss Avenue bluff apartment of assistant professor of art Heather Brammeier ’04 is the foundation of a 7-by-21-foot mural she designed for Peoria’s South Side Mission. Brammeier, along with several Bradley art students, painted the mural on the mission’s stark entrance hallway. “The goal of the mission is to give its residents


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Art students Elizabeth Albert ’08, front, and Katie Thompson ’08 work on the mural designed for the South Side Mission by art professor Heather Brammeier ’04. With Bradley as its initial contributor, the mission hopes to attract other artists and organizations to volunteer to design and paint additional hallways.


Poet laureate compiles CD by Karen Crowley Metzinger MA ’97 Taking listeners on a journey along the roads of Illinois’ diverse poetic landscape, Illinois’ poet laureate and Bradley Caterpillar Professor of English Dr. Kevin Stein offers Bread & Steel, his CD anthology of 21st century Illinois poetry. In an effort to gener-

ate support for the promotion of Illinois poetry, Stein’s Poetry Now! project involves donating funds to Illinois libraries to purchase and promote books written by contemporary Illinois poets. Bradley University funded Bread & Steel, provided technical expertise, and sustained Stein’s efforts. “In general, my idea is to offer a literal ”record” of 24 poetic voices of contemporary Illinois poets, an audio record to enhance the usual textual sources,” said Stein. “The audio history accentuates these poems’ fundamental oral appeal.“ Stein’s first goal is to place the CD in most Illinois public libraries, giving the public access to the CD where it can offer a lasting historical record of Illinois poetic voices. His second goal is to attract the attention of Illinois English teachers so the CD’s audio appeal reaches students in classrooms across the state. “Today’s students have been reared in a digital age that values hearing poetry as much as reading it,” added Stein. “I hope this CD finds a home in Illinois classrooms from kindergarten to graduate schools. I aim to persuade audiences that current poets do indeed speak to the pressures and anxieties and beauties of our everyday lives.” Visit for information about the CD. Visit and for information on Illinois poetry and other projects promoting Illinois poets.

Mockers take on “courtroom” by Allison Camp ‘07

Led by coach Scott Paulsen, a Peoria-area attorney, Bradley’s mock trial team claimed the Spirit of AMTA Award at the regional meet in Joliet on February 16-17. Ashley Christensen ‘07, team president, explained the award recognizes a team for its display of civility, justice, and fair play. “It’s an honor to receive this award, and it shows Bradley’s outstanding professionalism and sportsmanship,” she said. Other season highlights include a second-place finish at the Illinois State University Invitational and fifth-place finish at the Quincy University Riverside Classic. The team’s second-place tie with the University of Illinois had special significance, as Paulsen started his mock-trial coaching career in Champaign. “Obviously, the students I taught are long gone, but I always like competing well against U of I,” he said. “They’re the big boys in the state.” Bradley’s mock trial team began in 1993 after Todd Naylor ’94 and Joe Watson ’94 approached political science professor Dr. Craig Curtis about an interest in the American Mock Trial Association. Since their first meet at Eureka College in 1994, the team has cultivated Bradley’s Mock Trial Team 776: (front) Sarah several individual awards Fischer ‘09, Sarah Shadnia ‘09 (back, from left) and taken many trips to the Coach Scott Paulsen, Matt Allen ‘09, Jessica annual National Championship Lenz, ‘07, Ashley Christensen ‘07, David Tournament. Mullner ‘09, and Mason Cole ‘07. Curtis and Paulsen coached the team together until this year when Curtis took a leave. “I can’t emphasize enough how much he carried the ball,” Paulsen said. He credited the team, his “enthusiastic and intellectual bunch” with keeping him sharp for his practice. “They say if you want to get better at your craft, teach it,” he said. “There’s a lot of truth to that.” In a mock trial meet, two teams of six to eight mockers compete in four rounds. Each member plays a different role and is scored on 14 different activities. Christensen explained the trial process: “The meet begins after the details of the case are explained. After the witnesses are called, we go into the courtroom, which is actually a classroom, and start the trial. After the opening statements, the plaintiff questions witnesses and the other side cross-examines. Next we have a break, then the defense presents its witnesses, and the plaintiff crosses. Closing arguments follow, then judges fill out ballots and give comments.” Christensen said the team that wins the round is not always the team that wins the case. To compete with the mock trial team, students need not try out or even have a background in political science. “All they have to do is volunteer,” Paulsen said. “Many come from high school mock trial teams and want to continue in college.” Christensen, a senior political science major, said some mockers have surprising academic backgrounds, such as theatre, engineering, and biology. “I don’t have the dramatic flair to be a good witness,” Christensen said. “That’s why the theatre majors are helpful.”

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Europe beckons former Braves by David Driver

Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, graduated in December with a mechanical engineering degree and is one of two Americans on the team. Bradley’s second former volleyball player to play professionally, she is expected to play middle blocker for Las Divas. The season runs from January to March. Laura Benzing ‘02 played professional volleyball in Germany for four seasons. She is the director of volleyball operations at Oregon State.

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Lindsay Stalzer ’06 is playing professional volleyball for Las Divas de Aguadilla of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation. Stalzer, the 2005

Marcellus Sommerville ’06 was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as Bradley made an exciting run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament during the 2005-06 season. On more than one occasion this season, Sommerville’s photo has been in Nemzeti Sport, a colorful, national daily sports newspaper in Hungary. Things have changed for Sommerville, who had never been outside of North America. However, he was grateful for the chance to begin his pro career in Europe. “It seemed like this was a good situation for me as a first-year guy,” Sommerville said, who joined a Hungarian team that won the league title in 2005 and 2006. He lived with his family in an apartment building in Paks, a town of about 20,000 people in southwest Hungary, just one hour south of the capital city Budapest. The coach of his team spoke broken English. “It was just different, a different way of living than in the United States,” said Sommerville, who graduated with a degree in advertising/communications. Sommerville came home to Peoria over Christmas, spent time with former teammates, and then went back to Europe. This time, he headed to France to play in the Pro B league after his team in Hungary allowed him to leave and his contract was bought out by Angers BC 49. “I just saw a better opportunity in a better league, so I came here to France,” Sommerville said in an interview in January. Angers, France is a town of about 140,000 people, less than three hours southwest of Paris. The French Pro B league is among the best in Europe, along with the Pro A league in France, and leagues in Spain and Italy. Sommerville said his team in Hungary was willing to let him leave because, for one reason, the team was not doing as well as it had in the past two seasons. “I thought the Missouri Valley Conference was a little bit more competitive,” Sommerville said of the Hungarian league, in which a few NBA players have played. The Hungarian leagues, like several leagues in Europe, allow at least two non-Europeans (usually

North American imports) per team. Most European teams provide American players with the free use of an apartment and a car, and some provide free meals. On the down side, if a team is doing poorly, the North American players are the first to be blamed for the team’s performance. European teams are quick to find other imports to take their place. North Americans can make at least $100,000 per season in many leagues, and the salary is not taxed by the host country in Europe.

Braves around Europe As 2007 began, Sommerville was one of several former Braves playing pro basketball overseas. The list includes Eddie Cage ’01 (England), James Gillingham ’04 (Germany), Jerome Robinson ’03 (France) and Angelo Flanders ‘01 (Belgium). Last season, Jason Faulknor ’04 played in Portugal, Aba Koita ‘00 in France and Phillip Gilbert ’04 in England. Robinson, a veteran of European hoops and good friends with Gillingham, was averaging about 14 points and three rebounds per game in January. In addition, he was among the league leaders in blocks for Etendard de Brest, a team in the same French B league as Sommerville. “Brest is a coastal, naval city of about 150,000 people. I live about a block from the Atlantic, and I can see the ocean from my window,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail. “I spend my free time with my wife and daughter.” “My biggest challenge on the court is for my team and myself to be consistent. Continuing to play at a high level in every game is also a challenge. Off-the-court challenges would be not knowing the language and not having food that I am used to.” A native of Canada who has also played in Austria and Belgium, Robinson is provided a furnished house and a car, and the team pays most utilities. He is also provided with basketball apparel and shoes. He keeps in touch with Cage and Gillingham. In his third season in Germany, Gillingham was averaging about 11 points, three rebounds, three

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assists and one steal per game in late January. He is playing in the top league in Germany for Trier, one of the oldest towns in Germany. “There are a lot of old Roman monuments here and that makes the town very beautiful,” he wrote. “The city has about 100,000 citizens. In my free time I like to go downtown and go out for dinner or go to a café and relax. “The biggest challenge on the court would be making the playoffs; we have a strong league. Off the court, the biggest challenges would be all of the down time and being away from loved ones.” Gillingham is provided an apartment, car and insurance, and the team pays his German taxes. He calls it a “pretty sweet deal.” Some of his former Bradley teammates would most likely say the same thing about playing hoops for pay in Europe. For former Braves in Europe, they need to look no further than Anthony Parker ’97 for inspiration. Parker, who played in the NBA for Philadelphia and Orlando several years ago, returned to the NBA in 2006-07 with Toronto after playing overseas several years, most recently in Israel in 2005-06 when he was named Euroleague Player of the Year. Editor’s note: David Driver, a freelance writer from Maryland, lived in Hungary from 2003-06 and covered American basketball players in Europe. He also covered the 2005 European championships in Serbia.

Former Bradley soccer All-American Bryan Namoff ‘04 became the first Brave to play soccer for the U.S. Men’s National Team when he logged about 30 minutes in America’s 2-1 victory over Denmark on Jan. 21. One of 29 players to begin early preparations for the 2010 World Cup, the defender for D.C. United of the MLS also became the first Bradley player to receive an invite to the national team’s training camp.

Bradley’s Best In her second winter triathlon, Heather Best ‘00 finished third at the International Triathlon Union’s American Championships in February and qualified to represent America in March at the World Championships in Italy. “It’s very surreal to think I’m going to put on a Team USA uniform and go through an opening ceremony as a member of Team USA,” said Best, who began training in October and won in her first race in January. “It’s not at the level of the Winter Olympics, but it’s the top of the winter triathlon season.” Best, who earned a master’s degree in geophysics from Boise State in 2003 and is a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, is ranked 10th in the world according to triathlon. org. She says her athletic career, which included four years of volleyball and basketball at Bradley, prepared her for the physical and mental toughness needed for winter triathlons. However, she says nothing on the Hilltop could prepare her for the altitude at which the run-bike-ski event takes place. According to Best, the sport is being petitioned to become an Olympic event.

11/11....... DePaul.......................... W 78-58 11/15....... SIU-Edwardsville............ W 74-58 11/19....... Illinois-Chicago.............. W 81-72 11/21....... Florida A&M.................. W 107-75 11/24....... Rutgers........................... W 101-72 11/25....... Univ. of Illinois................ L 71-75 11/29....... Tennessee Tech................ L 84-86 12/03....... Michigan State................. L 53-82 12/05....... Wright State.................. W 88-49 12/16....... Iowa State...................... W 76-66 12/19....... Loyola-Chicago.............. W 82-73 12/23....... Southern Miss................ W 83-73 12/27....... Northern Iowa*................ L 65-76 12/30....... Evansville*.................... W 85-78 1/02......... Missouri State*.............. L 78-86 1/04......... Wichita State*................. L 63-84 1/06......... Drake*............................ W 89-86 1/10......... Southern Illinois*........... W 48-46 1/13......... Indiana State*................. W 76-59 1/18......... Creighton*...................... L 54-65 1/20......... Wichita State*............... W 78-63 1/24......... Illinois State*................. W 88-67 1/27......... Missouri State*................ L 70-85 1/31......... Creighton*.................... L 71-82 2/03......... Illinois State*.................. W 70-62 2/07......... Southern Illinois*............. L 50-60 2/10......... Drake*........................... W 100-85 2/14......... Evansville*...................... W 72-71 2/17......... Va. Commonwealth........ W 73-64 2/20......... Northern Iowa*.............. L 70-79 2/24......... Indiana State*............... W 74-58 3/01-3/04.MVC Tournament...............

Women’s basketball results 11/11....... Chicago State................ W 67-60 11/14....... Eastern Illinois................ L 75-92 11/17....... Butler............................. L 73-85 11/20....... Western Illinois.............. W 90-77 11/24....... Southern Methodist........... L 61-80 11/25....... San Jose State................. W 72-56 11/28....... Valparaiso....................... L 73-82 12/03....... Loyola-Chicago.............. W 79-59 12/15....... Illinois-Chicago................ L 69-83 12/17....... Northern Illinois............ L 75-85 12/21....... Univ. of Illinois............... L 41-57 12/29....... Northern Iowa*................ L 47-74 1/06......... Creighton*...................... L 63-73 1/08......... Drake*............................ W 62-57 1/11......... Southern Illinois*........... L 40-64 1/13......... Evansville*.................... W 67-65 1/19......... Wichita State*................. L 60-73 1/21......... Missouri State*................ W 76-68 1/25......... Indiana State*............... L 50-63 1/28......... Illinois State*.................. L 47-55 2/01......... Creighton*.................... L 65-69 2/03......... Drake*.......................... W 58-51 2/09......... Southern Illinois*............. L 50-55 2/11......... Evansville*...................... W OT 82-76 2/15......... Missouri State*.............. W 78-75 2/17......... Wichita State*............... W 88-77 2/23......... Illinois State*................. L 66-75 2/25......... Indiana State*................. L 50-86 3/03......... Northern Iowa*.............. 3/08-3/11.MVC Tournament............... Home games in bold. *Missouri Valley Conference game.

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Bradley Avenue seemed to intersect with Hollywood Boulevard when students flew to

California for two-week expedition courses focused on the entertainment industry over the January interim. LAX airport, palm trees, and sunny skies all said, “Los Angeles,” but it was the famous “Hollywood” sign in the hills that affirmed they were in the entertainment capital of the world. On the sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard, pink marbled stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame boasted the names of celebrities. The famed Warner Bros. water tower stood sentry over Warner Bros. Studios, and driving down wellknown streets like Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive proved that the fantasy world of glamour and fame is indeed real. But this was not a sightseeing trip. It was experiential education at its best, as students gained an executive level examination into the world of entertainment that took them inside Paramount Studios, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kodak Theatre, DreamWorks, and other hallmarks in entertainment. Dr. Bob Jacobs, professor of communication, and Dr. Ron Koperski, associate professor of communication, have each led separate expedition courses to Los Angeles for more than 20 years. Discussing his Commercial Film and Television Seminar, Jacobs said, “I take our kids to Hollywood to show them what they just can’t experience here at Bradley. That is, [to see] the rich and incredible variety of jobs and skills there are in the real world of commercial production. When they come back from this adventure, they are ready to focus and to speak with some authority about the career field they have d is c us se s chosen.” s


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The annual expedition courses teach students that success in Hollywood not only happens in front of the camera, but in each aspect of creating, producing, promoting, and distributing everything from CDs to major motion pictures. They hear success stories from alumni such as Tami Lane ‘96, Oscar-winning special effects makeup artist; David Horowitz ’59, consumer advocate and president of Fight Back! Productions; Jim Tanker ’72, director of television’s Big Brother; Jonathan Buss ’94, Emmy Award-winning television director, writer, and producer; Ryan Saul ’93, co-head of the literary department for Metropolitan Talent Agency; and others who have forged careers in the entertainment industry. Jacobs said the “former students working there now have become a rich networking pantheon for the next generation of grads.”

Meeting Seinfeld While Koperski had carefully planned an agenda geared toward public relations, advertising, and programming for his Entertainment Industry Seminar, a highlight of the trip was an impromptu visit by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote, is producing, and stars in the upcoming animated Bee Movie. At DreamWorks, production supervisor Jed Schlanger ’96 was explaining the world of computer-generS e in fe ld c h a ts ated animation when w it h Seinfeld walked in the a b o u t B e e M s tu d e n ts o vi e door to record dialogue for the movie. He detoured to greet the group, to chat a bit, and to pose for pictures. Asked if he likes doing an animated film, Seinfeld quipped, “It’s great. You show up in a hooded sweatshirt, you say your lines for 15 minutes, and you’re gone.” Some celebrity sightings were planned. The agenda included attending tapings of Ellen, where Ellen DeGeneres danced down the students’ aisle before interviewing the cast of Little Miss Sunshine; The Tonight Show, where they saw Jay Leno interview Paula Abdul; and The New Adventures of Old Christine, where students laughed at lines delivered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Seeing the stars was a thrill, but the best lessons came from those whose names are not household words.

“The road to Los Angeles goes through Peoria, and this access to Hollywood can only be had from Bradley University.” Dr. Jeff Huberman In one day alone, students met with a music executive who works with rappers, another music executive who works on movie soundtracks, a sitcom television producer, a movie producer, a casting director, and a movie publicist.

Rapping about music Kevin Black is the ranking executive for urban music at Warner Bros. Records. Black, who says he’s an executive who “can go from the street to the suite,” could moonlight as a motivational speaker. He shared his “Four ‘F’ Theory:” be friendly and “walk into people with energy,” be focused and “get to your job on time;” be firm because

Bradley’s own Walk of Fame More than 100 Bradley alumni and friends gathered

January 18 in Beverly Hills for an alumni reception. Several responded to the following question: How has your experience at Bradley impacted your career in the entertainment industry? Charley Steiner ‘71, play-by-play announcer for the L.A. Dodgers: From the moment of my arrival on campus in September 1967, Bradley’s AM radio station, WRBU, Steiner became my home. It is entirely the fault of that radio station, with the coverage of a postage stamp and the listenership of a dozen or so, that I am doing what I do today. Like any laboratory, WRBU and Bradley gave me a chance to experiment, to fail more often than not, understand why I failed, and work toward improving with a goal toward perfecting—a goal I continue to pursue 40 years later. Laura Herlovich ’79, owner and founder of PR Plus, Las Vegas: Bradley taught me to maximize every opportunity. If I wanted to be assistant sports director, I could do that. Bradley was small enough that I could do many things. Heidi Rotbart ’79, producer, Heidi Rotbart Management: Besides the classes, the social aspect was important. Student government, admissions, tours, Gamma Phi Beta—I was constantly organizing Rotbart things, which is now what I do in producing. Production is details, putting things together, moving things forward. My years at Bradley were the best four years of my life.

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“people like someone who tells them the truth,” and know when to say, “forget it, because sometimes that hill ain’t worth going up.” After meeting with Black, students headed to the office of Doug Frank HON ‘06, president of music operations for Warner Bros. Pictures, for an afternoon of meetings with senior executives in the entertainment industry. They first learned about Frank’s role with Warner Bros. “We distribute over 20 films per year. Happy Feet had over 80 songs,” Frank said, noting Prince and k.d. lang were among the performers. Frank said the role of music in a movie is to enhance the “image,” or the movie itself. He said downloading music from the Internet has changed the music business, and it’s important for the music industry to make the transition to keep the industry profitable. In addition, the growing popularity of buying and renting DVDs is changing the movie industry. “We’re trying to keep the box office alive. The opening of a film is treated like an event,” Frank said. He also talked with students about issues such as film piracy and considerations when determining when a DVD will be released. Discussing the value of expedition courses, Frank said, “I think it’s imperative and absolutely necessary for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the entertainment industry to come out here. You can’t do this long distance, and the opportunity to come out here and be immersed in it for even a short time is invaluable.”

Talking with an alumna/producer Emmy Award-winning Lisa Helfrich Jackson ’86 met with students to discuss her role as co-executive producer of The New Adventures of Old Christine. The show stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also played Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. “We shot a pilot last spring and were chosen as a mid-season replacement. We went on in March with 13 episodes. The show was perceived as a ‘chick’ show, and we had many meetings about how to launch it. We made a mad rush to get Julia on every talk show we could. When the show first went on the air, every review talked about the ‘Seinfeld Curse.’ Luckily, the reviews were positive, and Julia had a positive attitude. She says you can’t hit a home run every time you come up to bat, but you have to keep trying.” Jackson was offered the position on Christine by the show’s creator, Carrie Lizer, whom she had met on the schoolyard while picking up her child. “This business is very relationship based. People ask you to work with them because they know you and like you.”

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“This business is very relationship based. People ask you to work with them because they know you and like you.” Lisa Helfrich Jackson ’86 It’s also about taking risks. Jackson was working on the original Ellen television show when she was offered a job with Everybody Loves Raymond. “No one knew who Ray Romano was, and people told me I was making a mistake. Obviously, it worked out. The show was a success,” Jackson said, adding her advice. “Don’t be afraid to do what you want. If it feels right, do it. The job was supposed to be for three weeks, but I didn’t have a day off for three years. I hope Old Christine goes for a long time, too. I love it.” Jackson became interested in production while working at WTVP-Channel 47 on Bradley’s campus. She explained a producer’s responsibilities include all logistics of a show including finances, scheduling, working with publicists, serving as liaison between the network and the studio, and “all the everyday stuff.”

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Learning about movie making Hunt Lowry, movie producer and CEO/president of Roserock Films, explained movies are aimed at any of four quadrants: males both under 25 and over 25 and females in the same age categories. “If you make a four-quadrant movie like Pirates of the Carib-

bean or Men in Black, it’s a big deal. If a movie appeals to one or two quadrants, you can’t spend as much.” He receives about 20 movie scripts a week. When considering a movie, Lowry said, “I look for freshness, great characters, and a great story.” A few of the titles he has produced include Airplane!, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, White Oleander, and A Time to Kill, starring Matthew McConaughey. He counts McConaughey among his best friends, adding, “We knew right away that Matthew was going to explode.”

D ou g Fr an k HO N ‘0 so un dt ra ck pr od uc tio n at6 ex pl ai ns Wa rn er B ro s. Lora Kennedy, senior vice president, feature casting, at Warner Bros., has cast actors in movies such as Superman Returns, The Matrix, Harry Potter movies, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Syriana. She currently is casting Get Smart and has started the process for Batman Begins. When casting an individual for a part, Kennedy said, “I try to latch onto somebody who has certain qualities. But, these are actors, and sometimes, they can make you see something you hadn’t seen before [in the characters they’re portraying]…There’s just something that comes across—an essence.” The afternoon in Frank’s office ended with a visit from Mark Cohen, vice president of national publicity at Warner Bros. Cohen outlined the promotions and publicity that went into introducing the animated movie Happy Feet. “I was assigned to the movie about two years ago and had to learn everything penguin. Our job became educating first the press, then the public. All hands were on deck for this, and each department was finding a way to help other departments. We had Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, and many more doing voices. Most voice actors don’t like to do publicity, but luckily, the actors really liked the director and the film.” Cohen outlined ways the movie was publicized, including preparing study guides for schools, distributing trickor-treat bags at malls, and working with zoos across the country, just to name a few. “This was the most extensive national promotion Warner Bros. had ever done,” he said. Dr. Jeff Huberman, dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, said, “When we finish the day at Warner Bros., I always ask students to think about where they’ve just been. They’ve just had an entire day

Bradley’s own Walk of Fame Eva Loseth ’90, actress: Jeff Huberman prepared me for a life as an actress. His classes and his guidance gave me the foundation to go out there and feel well-equipped. Bradley has a Loseth program that brings guest artists to Peoria, and we could interact with guest stars and establish a relationship with them. When the Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy came to Peoria, Jeff took the whole class. We went to tea with two of the actors and met Ted Lange, who was Isaac on Love Boat. Pip Lilly ’91, actor and comedian: I was from Peoria. I had no one to tell me how to be an actor until I came to Bradley, where Jeff Huberman taught me. Now I’m a writer, too. I learned to write from all the LAS classes I had to take. Dawn Ascher ’92, art department coordinator for feature films and television, Lilly Salama currently working on Get Smart: Bradley gave me a lot of confidence to go for what I want and be proud of where I come from and the education I have. The size of classes gave me more opportunities to learn than big lecture halls would have. Dr. Paul Gullifor was my favorite professor. He made that school feel like home. There was always someone I could go to and ask questions. He was extremely encouraging. Amro Salama ’93, actor: I started at Bradley as a civil engineering major, but I had done theatre since high school. I did a show at the Hartmann Center, met Jeff Huberman, and I was sold. Jeff sparked an interest. At Hartmann, we got hands-on experience both onstage and backstage. I’ve had roles in Law and Order, Third Watch, and Sleeper Cell on Showtime, and I was in the movie, The Siege. A “Jeff lesson” is that an actor’s job is to audition. Getting the role is the cherry on top. Being an actor means hitting the pavement and letting people know you’re out there. It’s about persistence. Ryan Saul ’93, co-head of the literary department at Metropolitan Talent Agency: Being from the theatre department helped raise my confidence to a level where I could walk into a room Saul and assess what I wanted, as a director, an actor, and an agent. Jonathan Buss ’94, director, writer and producer, Herzog-Cowen Productions: When I was at Bradley, there was no Caterpillar Global Communications Center. We had limited equipment and no editing facilities. That taught me to get motivated, because people don’t hand you anything in Hollywood. The best thing students interested in movies can do is take their own cameras and shoot their own little films. They are great stepping stones to a career in filmmaking. Buss

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with top creative people at Warner Bros. The president of music operations at Warner Bros. Pictures hosted them in his office and arranged in-depth discussions of the entertainment business with some of the industry’s top executives. No other students have such access, and people in this industry would give their eye teeth for even a brief e-mail from any one of these executives. The road to Los Angeles goes through Peoria, and this access to Hollywood can only be had from Bradley University.”

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Though the students were expected to research each of the entertainment industry professionals they met and be prepared with questions during the sessions, their work didn’t stop there. They also were required to write a 20-page research paper once they returned from L.A. As they waited for a taping of The New Adventures of Old Christine to begin, several of Koperski’s students commented on the overall experience of the Entertainment Industry Seminar: Lauren Greene ’07, a music business major with a minor in French, said, “I’m going to law school and am interested in entertainment law, so this is great to see every part of the entertainment industry.” Lijana Labanauskas ’08, a journalism major, said meeting with consumer advocate Horowitz was her favorite part of the seminar. “It was interesting to see the variety of work he’s had in his career as a journalist. He made me see I don’t have to go down one specific path. I would like to do an internship, and I would love to do one with Mr. Horowitz,” said Labanauskas, who hopes to pursue a journalism career in the entertainment industry. Bethany Stagen ’08, an advertising major with a marketing minor, said, “Keeping up with the entertainment industry has always been a hobby for me. It’s been great hearing real life stories and being able to ask questions I’ve always had. It was interesting to see how the professionals view this as a business. They don’t get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour. This seminar opened my eyes. There is business in everything. This has caused me to rethink what I want to do with my career.” Caitlin Solomon ’07, an organizational communications major, said, “A lot of people talked about the importance of being willing to start at the bottom, introduce yourself to people, make contacts, and work on networking skills. This seminar has taught me that if I am patient and work hard, I will be in a position I will be proud of. It’s very refreshing to meet all these important people who can still be genuine and appreciative and be so willing to help and give advice to students.”

“Alumni are now working in various parts of the industry and are making their mark on what we see, hear, and enjoy on the screen and behind the scenes.” Dr. Ron Koperski

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Students from Jacobs’ seminar also commented on their experiences. All are electronic media majors. Laura McCully ’08 said, “Being out here and seeing what L.A. has to offer has been helpful. We’ve been to shops I really like—post-production houses and special effects houses. We also met author Ray Bradbury.” Landon Battles ’08 said, “I am a DJ [on BU Edge 98.9 FM], and I have a passion for music and sound. At Warner Bros., we saw how sound effects are done. We went behind the scenes, and the sound effects area looked like a junkyard. But, they use all those objects to make sounds. They use celery sticks to make bones crunch.” Brandon Kurzweg ’07 said, “We’ve been able to have a lot of close conversations with alumni who have been out for two or three years. They told us exactly what it’s like to be in L.A. They also would be the best connections if we come out. I’m definitely considering coming to L.A. I’m also looking at grad school for radio/TV.”

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Anna Diep ’07 said, “Being in Hollywood is important, because we get to see another side of the industry that we don’t see at school. When we started planning to go to L.A., I never thought I would be interested in the entertainment industry [as a career]. I thought I would go the news reporter route. But, I found this more interesting, and I know that if I work hard, I can be here.” Koperski summed up the impact of the expedition courses. “One of my greatest satisfactions from offering this expedition class in the fast-paced, creatively charged Hollywood environment has been to see students broaden their scope of interest in the overall field of communication. By having unprecedented access to these on-site conference room meetings with high-level entertainment industry executives, students see first-hand, a variety of non-classroom real world settings. What they have already learned in the classroom is now validated—that successful, profitable, and artistically pleasing entertainment products are a magical blend of ethical public relations, appealing advertising, and solid communication principles and skills.” He concluded, “A large number of Department of Communication ‘expedition alumni’ are now working in various parts of the industry and are making their mark on what we see, hear, and enjoy on the screen and behind the scenes.”

Ta m i L a w it h p ro st he ti c ne ‘9 6 , c e nt e r, w or k s m a k e -u p a nd ha ir Oscar winner Tami Lane ’96 demonstrates working with prosthetic make-up and hair as Bradley students look on. They visited Lane’s studio while in Los Angeles with the Commercial Film and Television Seminar. Lane also made a recent appearance on NBC’s Identity, a game show in which contestants size up a group of strangers in an effort to match their identities and win a top prize of $500,000. Contestants did not guess that 31-year-old Lane had won a 2006 Oscar for her prosthetic make-up work in The Chronicles of Narnia. Anthony Maggiore ‘04, casting associate for Identity, read about Lane’s Academy Award in the Summer 2006 issue of Bradley Hilltopics and contacted her about appearing on the show.

Bradley’s own Walk of Fame Nickella Moschetti ’96, has co-written a play with husband Jed Schlanger ’96: At Bradley, I met a diverse group of people. I came from a small town and met people from different parts of the country. Diversity is my favorite thing about Los Angeles. Nick Thurkettle ’99, self-employed screenwriter: I have always viewed my university Moschetti experience as a safe place to fail. When you come to L.A., you will stumble, mess up, and be denied over and over. Unless you know how to dust yourself off, you won’t survive. Bradley was a tremendously nurturing place to go through that process. When I came to Bradley, I was a theatre major, but I had a traumatic experience while acting. I started to become ill when I stepped on stage. When I decided to go into writing, I suddenly realized I could still find a way to contribute. By my senior year, I was acting in plays again. I wouldn’t have had that unless I could mess up inside and be OK. Bradley is the ideal place for that. Adam Cohen ’02, associate producer, MTV: Thurkettle My best experience at Bradley was in the fraternity house (Alpha Epsilon Pi), where I learned to act, not react, in situations. The frat house was “real world.” In the classroom, I learned how to learn. I talked to Bob Jacobs’ class here in L.A., and I gave it to them straight. It’s not easy out here, but if you use the doors that are open to you, you will move up in the industry. Jonathan Dean ’03, associate producer, Heartbeat of America: My years at Bradley sparked my passion toward the entertainment industry. It gave me the necessary job skills and tools to perform my real life job now. The pride people have in Bradley has been instilled in me and helps me Cohen in Hollywood. The Caterpillar Global Communications Center is why I came to Bradley as a junior college transfer. I saw students in the editing bays and positive teachers who were there to help. They were not there for their egos and money, but to teach, guide, and help me grow as a person as well as a communications specialist. Charles Whitaker ’03, freelance writer and executive assistant for Persaud Bros., a media acquisitions firm for radio and TV: I have learned you have to network and cultivate relationships with people. Networking opportunities are amazing at Bradley. You get to apply real world experience before you enter the real world. Whitaker Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2007


Friends on safari By Barb Proctor Drake ’67 MA ’82


Mary Ann called from California with a proposition late last summer. The Hanelts had

won a week-long African safari at a charity auction and wanted the Drakes to come along, for next to nothing. Were we interested? Interested? Interested? More like crazy-ecstatic. I committed before hanging up the phone. “Thanks, but maybe later” are words to be used sparingly when one is turning 60. I met Mary Ann Huber at the Chi Omega house at Bradley University in the fall of 1964. We were both Peoria girls—“townies” in the lingo of the day—whose families could not afford to pay for college. We were at Bradley on scholarship—mine academic, hers from the Army, which needed nurses for Vietnam. Mary Ann wanted to see the world, and I wanted to write about it.

Planning for the unexpected Just as one short beer had a way of evolving into one long evening at Si’s in the mid-‘60s, our cheap and simple safari grew into a three-week, nearly 3,000-mile journey through South Africa. Of course, we wanted to see Cape Town, the Paris of the southern hemisphere, and sample wine from the vineyards nearby. We couldn’t pass up the Cape of Good Hope, that stormy point on the southern edge of Africa, which first attracted sailors and traders almost seven centuries ago. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison, was a must for me. I wanted to see Soweto, the Johannesburg Township that symbolizes both the desperation of apartheid and the hope of renewal. Mary Ann wanted whales, penguins, flowers, baby animals, sunsets. For nearly a year, we planned our trip by guidebook, phone, and e-mail. We couldn’t plan everything… We didn’t plan on being charged by an elephant protecting her baby from our Land Rover. Mama whipped around, raised her trunk, bellowed, and came right for us. First in line to be gored, I responded by ducking under the dashboard. You have to appreciate a friend who agrees I didn’t lack courage. I just had good reflexes. We hadn’t planned on riding an ostrich – and kissing one, certainly not. Then again, I said as I puckered up, I’ve probably kissed worse. You have to love a friend who doesn’t tell you how stupid you look astride a 250-pound, 7-foot-tall, goofy-faced bird. Not being experts on whales, we were wholly unprepared for three of them to engage in prolonged foreplay alongside our small boat on a windy day. And I never figured on what wind and motion would do to Mary Ann’s stomach. A couple of days later, we were exchanging favorite trip moments. “The whaling cruise,” she said. Now you really have to love a friend who has a great time even while throwing up. We hadn’t planned on awakening in the morning to find warthogs fighting on our patio, or nyalas nibbling from our trees, or monkeys clearing off the breakfast plates. We expected yawning hippos but not giraffes visible over the treetops. We did not imagine a golf course maintained by zebras or an afterdark journey through the preserve, our guide identifying animals by their eyes. We knew South Africa was simultaneously a first-world and a third-world country but did not anticipate how bizarre it would feel to be talking on a cell phone in the remote countryside while driving past women washing their clothes in a roadside stream.

Forget-you-nevers Before we went to South Africa, I told Mary Ann I hoped our friendship could endure that much togetherness. I needn’t have fretted. Much as we had done four decades ago, we shared our hopes for our futures—and our worries. We laughed and talked and traded toiletries we’d forgotten to pack. We even used the outdoor “facilities” together, in the bush alongside a major highway, shielding each other from the traffic. (And they said we’d learn no useful skills at those fraternity picnics!) Not once when I trudged across the Bradley campus in the ‘60s did I see myself trekking through Africa at the age of 60 with my college friend. Sorority songs of “friendship forever” to the contrary, I never expected to be hanging out the rest of my life with women I’d met in college. I assumed my career would be permanent and my friends, well, transitory. I was wrong. When I retired from the newspaper business in 2005, friends I’d made at Bradley were there to celebrate. And why not? For 40 years, whether getting married or blowing out birthday candles, enjoying a triumph or enduring a tragedy, raising kids or burying parents, we’ve been doing it together. I don’t suppose universities should tell their students to forget their studies and concentrate on their relationships. But I do think relationships are important, in college and after, and they should be cultivated. I suppose that’s true on any campus, but I can speak only of this one. Mary Ann and I came to Bradley from small worlds, aspired to bigger ones, and counted on the University to get us there. It did. But Bradley is also the sort of school where students tend to sink roots that hold even after the wings they spread carry them away ... to South Africa.

Mary Ann Huber Hanelt ‘68, left, was among the nation’s first 100 recipients of Vietnam-era Army nursing scholarships. After two years at Bradley, she finished her education at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as her scholarship required. She served the country as a nurse and nursing consultant in Germany, Japan, England, and the United States. After taking a significant role in contingency planning for Army hospitals on two continents, she retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel in 1998. She and her husband Peter live in Lafayette, California. Barb Proctor Drake ‘67 MA ‘82 is the retired editorial page editor of the Journal Star in Peoria. Her work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, the Rocky Mountain News, and other publications. She and her husband Bernie live in Peoria.

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Batter up! Long before baseball became the national pastime, the sport was popular on the Hilltop. Harriet Foster Horton ’37 has loaned original photos of turn-ofthe-century sports teams to the Special Collections Center at Bradley. Her father-in-law, team catcher P.Z. Horton (lower right), is shown in this 1903 photo. Harriet lives in Peoria.

Larry Richman ‘74 Donna Wilcoxon Bonifield ’56 received an achievement award for outstanding teaching and dedication at Orchard School. Donna taught drama, literature, writing, and gifted and talented classes for 23 years, retiring in 2004. The parents of four children, she and her husband William Bonifield ’58 live in Indianapolis.


Don Russo ‘74

Russell Carll ’59 is chairman of the board of Odyssey House of Louisiana, a residential drug treatment facility. He also serves on the Human Relations Committee for the city of New Orleans. He is a financial advisor. Russell and his wife Angela live in New Orleans.


Ken Milani ’62 MBA ’67 is faculty coordinator of the Notre Dame-Saint Mary’s College Tax Assistance Program. He oversees students, faculty, and CPAs who provide free income tax service to low-income area residents. Ken has been a professor of accountancy at the University of Notre Dame since 1972. He has written tax guides and his work


Gloria Knapp Colgan ‘85 * see photo


has appeared in several journals. He is active in Notre Dame Executive Development programs. Ken holds a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Joan Whelan Milani ‘63 live in South Bend, Indiana.* Paul Clinton ’63 and his wife Doris spend most of the year in Largo, Florida, and spend the rest of their time in New Hampshire. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Paul is a retired minister.


Charles August ’68 was elected to the town council of Livingston, New Jersey, last November. He is senior vice president of J.B. Hanauer & Co. Charles and his wife Eileen are residents of Livingston. William Bering ’68 recently retired from Elmer’s Products Inc. as vice president of sales. He and his wife Linda live on a horse farm near Johnstown, Ohio.


David Hardt ’70 recently received the Electric Association’s gold medal award. He has


served as president of the association and was inducted into its hall of fame in 2002. He currently serves as governor of the Chicago chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). He and his brother Bill formed Hardt Electric Inc. more than 33 years ago. David and his wife Chris live in Lake Forest. Joan Myers Hartnett ’74 was honored with an award for leadership and contributions to the field of special education last September. The award is presented by the Illinois Association of Administrators for Special Education (IAASE). Joan is director of special education in Woodford County. She and her husband Blair have three daughters. They live in Metamora. Larry Richman ’74 became president and CEO of LaSalle Bank on March 1. He holds an MBA from Indiana University and a graduate degree from Stanford University. He is a trustee for Bradley University and the Museum of Science and Industry. He and his wife Corinne Pfeister Richman ‘74 are the parents of four children.*


Donald Russo ’74 has been elected to the executive board of the Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest Scout councils. He is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Vancouver, Washington. Don has served as chairman of the city’s parks and recreation commission. He also serves on the steering committee of the county’s Loaves & Fishes program. He holds a juris doctor degree from St. Louis University.* Christopher Pratt MA ’77 and his wife Jimmie spent last October and November in Kosovo. At the request of the U.S. State Department, they worked to design and implement Career Guidance and Academic Advising Centers on the four campuses of the University of Prishtina/Pristina. Chris holds a doctoral degree from Seton Hall University. He and his wife returned to the U.S. in December and are living in Asheville, North Carolina.


Steven Joos ’78 is sports editor of the Posey County News. He lives in Poseyville, Indiana.


Wil Burns ’80 has been appointed as a senior fellow in the Center for Global Law & Policy at the Santa Clara University School of Law in California. He has written a book, Climate Change Litigation: Problems and Prospects. Wil holds a doctoral degree in environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.


Gloria Knapp Colgan ’85 was named senior vice president of marketing at Discover Financial Services LLC last year. She is in charge of worldwide marketing for the Discover Network. A feature about her career appeared in the Chicago Tribune in December. Gloria previously worked in Chicago for JPMorgan Chase, Sears Roebuck & Co., and Andersen Con-



account executive. Laurie has worked as a real estate agent for a homebuilder and operated her own copywriting service. She and her husband Jay Taylor ’86 live with their daughter in Flemington, New Jersey.*

Laurie Hallagan Taylor ’87 has joined Oxford Communications as a public relations

Karen Mueller Bryson ’88 MA ’90 recently published Those They Left Behind: Interviews, Stories, Essays and Poems by Survivors of Suicide. More than 50

sulting. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1991. Gloria and her husband Tom live in Glen Ellyn with their son.* Nancy DeMuro ’86 is employed as a counselor at the College of Lake County. Nancy lives in Waukegan.



Laurie Hallagan Taylor ‘87

Montana man with a plan by Aimée Roy

“There’s always something new and interesting to make me look forward to coming to work each day,” says Paul Spengler ’63, who has worked for 26 years as the Lewis and Clark County disaster and emergency services coordinator in Helena, Montana. He was honored with the 2006 Kim Potter Memorial Award, which honors top disaster planners in the state. Spengler is responsible for organizing earthquake drills at local schools, asking employers to come up with their own emergency plans, reminding citizens to keep three days’ worth of provisions on hand, and forming citizen groups to help out during emergencies. Ranked fourth largest in land area in the United States, Montana is sparsely populated with about 930,000 residents. Lewis and Clark County is approximately 110 miles long and 55 miles wide with about 60,000 residents. Spengler says the top hazards in Lewis and Clark County include floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hazardous materials. “People like to build homes in the mountains of Montana, surrounded by trees. We educate them about wildfires and explain how clearing some space around the homes can aid in preventing home loss to the fires.” Approximately three percent of the cars on the 20 trains that pass through East Helena and

Helena each day carry hazardous materials. About one-fourth of all trucks that travel through the county on I-15 carry hazardous materials. Helena has seven sites that contain the extremely toxic substance of chlorine, and East Helena has a major bulk storage plant of sulfuric acid. Spengler also helps prepare for floods. Major floods hit Lewis and Clark County in 1975, 1981, and 1996. “There is also much more emphasis on counter terrorism since the September 11 terrorist attack,” says Spengler. “We ran a counterterrorism plan and revised our hazardous materials plan. After the September 11 attack, a number of people were angry, anxious, and wanting to do something. President Bush instituted the Citizen Corps/CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). Participants receive 20 hours of training in basic first aid, fire extinguisher use, and hazard analysis. I’m now working with several businesses with this program, and more than 200 people have been trained,” says Spengler. Spengler, who studied journalism at Bradley, says he enjoys his job so much that he would do it for free. “I love that I get to work with so many different people and businesses. It’s important, fascinating work.”

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individuals share how their lives were impacted by the suicide of a family member or friend. An assistant professor at Ottawa University, Karen lives with her husband Tony in Gold Canyon, Arizona. Chris Brathwaite ’89 has been promoted to divisional vice president of corporate public relations for Sears Holding Corp. Sears Holdings was created in connection with the merger of Kmart Holding Corp. and Sears Roebuck & Co. Chris resides in Glendale Heights. Dan LaConte ’89 and Rosemary Griffin-LaConte ’92 announce the birth of their daughter Cheyenne Gabrielle on August 11, 2006. Rosemary is a quality control associate for a firm that administers 401(k) accounts for national companies. The LaContes live in San Antonio, Texas.


Denise Strode Knoblauch ’88 and Eric Knoblauch were married on September 2, 2006. Denise is an occupational health nurse at OSF CNH medical department in Goodfield. The Knoblauchs live in East Peoria.

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Jeffrey M. Evans ’91 and his wife Sheila announce the birth of their second son, Connor Patrick, on May 10, 2006. Jeff has joined Enspiria Solutions as a principal consultant to the automated metering infrastructure industry. The Evans family lives in Chicago. Dale Paustian ’91 and his wife Robyn announce the birth of their third son, Lucas Riley, on August 18, 2006. Dale is senior vice president of corporate marketing/client relations for Davis Vision. They reside in Northport, New York.


Gregg Berliant ’92 and Kris Carpenter Berliant ’93 welcomed their second child, Jacob Ryan, on January 18, 2006. Kris is a meeting planner for the American Bar Association. The family lives in Highland Park. Jim Jacobson ’92 and Laurie Smith Jacobson ’92 welcomed twin boys, Anders Martin and Erik Nolan, on April 3, 2006. Jim is a financial adviser with Univest Investments. They live in New Britain, Pennsylvania.


John Maher ’92 has joined the Chicago office of Epstein Becker & Green P.C. in the national litigation practice. His focus is white collar criminal defense, government contracts, and health law. John also is a major in the Army Reserves. Nicole Wickenhauser San Jose ’92 MBA ’99 and Rodney San Jose ’93 announce the birth of their second daughter, Courtney Ann, on October 26, 2006. Rodney is director of admissions at Bradley. The San Jose family lives in Dunlap. David Tenhundfeld ’92 and Candace Hill were married on May 13, 2006. He is a pilot for Pinnacle Airlines. They reside in Woodstock, Georgia. Sheila Buechler Charlton ’93 and her husband Brian announce the birth of their second daughter, Madison Elizabeth, on May 28, 2006. Sheila is a homemaker. They live in Chesterfield, Missouri. Edward Counsil III ’93 MS ’97 and his wife Sara announce the


birth of Sierra Maureen on July 2, 2006. He manages the Chicago area office of River City Construction LLC. The Counsils live in Cherry Valley. Amy Baumer Kuehl ’93 and her husband Bill announce the birth of Connor Allen on August 8, 2006. Amy is a strategic program manager for Zurich Insurance. The Kuehls live in Oak Park. Howard K. Smith ’93 and his wife Corrine announce the birth of their daughter Nona Lucy on October 30, 2006. Howard is a senior family service coordinator for the St. Louis County First Steps program. The Smith family lives in St. Louis. Rob Bailey ’94 MA ’96 and Kellie Rose Bailey ’96 announce the birth of their son Adam Robert on September 15, 2006. Rob is a professor at South Suburban College. Kellie is a registered dietitian at Silver Cross Hospital. The Baileys live in Joliet. Jennifer Zajdel Garrels ’94 and John Garrels ’94 announce the birth of their third child, Corinne


Scott Randolph ’95 won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives last November in a highly publicized race. The Republican incumbent in his Central Florida district had switched from the Democratic party the previous January. Earlier Scott had also changed parties, going from the Green Party to the Democratic Party. Scott is an attorney and routinely represents environmental groups. He and his wife Susannah live in Orlando.

Grace, on September 16, 2006. The family lives in Barrington. Michael Kenney ’94 is a videographer for SportsNet New York. He won a 2005 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for work on a behind-the-scenes special about a Philadelphia high school football team. Michael and his wife Amanda welcomed their daughter Robin Jean on March 28, 2006. They reside in Floral Park, New York. Todd Marquardt ’94 and Laura Grant Marquardt ’95 welcomed their third child, Matthew Todd, on March 1, 2006. Todd is a senior manager with Accenture and Laura is a homemaker. They live in Batavia. Jim Schneider ’94 and his wife Rachel announce the birth of their second son, John Edward, on September 22, 2006. Jim is a project engineer with Machine Solution Providers Inc. They live in Naperville. Lisa Holmlund Ventrella ’94 and her husband Frank announce the birth of a daughter, Brooklyn Reece, on August 23, 2006. Lisa is studio manager at Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications. The Ventrellas and their three children live in Aurora. Tim Burns ’95 was elected in November to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the governing body of the county. Tim operates his own law practice in Troy, Michigan. He and his wife Barbra live in Clawson, Michigan. Stephanie Weisberger Pregent ’95 welcomed her second daughter, Miriam Grace, on April 29, 2006. She is curriculum adviser for Sinai Temple Religious School. The family lives in Champaign. Angela Hillebrand Suwanski ’95 and her husband Jonathan announce the birth of their second daughter, Alyssa Nicole, on September 29, 2006. Angela teaches preschool at St. Alexander School. The family lives in Aurora.


Gillian Babicz Campbell ’96 and Kevin J. Campbell ’96 welcomed their second son, Kyler Carson, on January 15, 2006. Gillian is editor of Quality Magazine and Kevin is senior editor of Plant Engineering magazine. The Campbells live in Carol Stream. April Kleckner Johnson ’96 has operated Minute Massage Inc. for 11 years. It is the first therapeutic chair and table massage in the Chicago loop. April and her husband Nathan live in Geneseo. Kurt Kaiser ’96 and Laurie Kleine Kaiser ’96 announce the birth of their second daughter, Grace Addison, on September 15, 2006. Kurt is a business support team leader at Kimberly-Clark Corp. Laurie is a pediatric nurse for ThedaCare. The Kaisers live in Appleton, Wisconsin. Greg McClain ’96 is a project engineer for Hendrickson International. Nicole Levine McClain ’95 works part-time as an HR manager for Banner Personnel. Nicki and Greg live in Homer Glen with their two children. The youngest, Kaylee Alexis, was born in August 2005. Jason Pearce ’96 MBA ’97 and Jennifer Brower Pearce ’98 announce the birth of their second child, Austin Michael, on July 5, 2006. Jason is a finance manager for Caterpillar Inc. They live in Washington.


Corey Gorman ’97 recently became a 6 Sigma black belt at Caterpillar Inc. He and his wife Kimberly Ruck Gorman ’98 live in Peoria Heights. Amy Gengenbacher Keys ’97 and Brandon Keys ’97 announce the birth of their second child, Leyton Gene, on October 16, 2006. Amy is an attorney with Snyder, Park & Nelson P.C. Brandon is a financial analyst in the construction and forestry division of John Deere. The Keys family lives in Moline. Joseph Knepp ’97 and Kara Woodcock Knepp ’98 announce the birth of a daughter, Raegan,


on May 7, 2006. Joe is vice president of manufacturing for JTec Industries. Kara is a 6 Sigma black belt with Caterpillar Logistics. The Knepps live in Morton with their two children. Cindy Loos ’97 has been promoted to regional vice president of the Peoria office of Hanson Professional Services Inc. A civil engineer, she has been the project manager of the Northmoor and Sheridan Roads’ design study, as well as the reconstruction of Forrest Hill Avenue. Cindy also serves as treasurer of the Women’s Transportation Seminar of Central Illinois.* Matthew Smolka ’97 and Julia Jensen were married on November 25, 2005. He is a market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Matt and Julie live in Chicago.

Holly Wasserman Busack ’97 and James Busack were married on October 29, 2005. She is a manager at Information Resources Inc. They live in Lombard.

Jerry Curran ’98 and Allison Corzine Curran ’99 welcomed their son Matthew on February 12, 2006. Jerry is an accountant at Topel Forman LLC. Allison is an RN at Loyola University Medical Center. The family lives in Joliet. Julie Erskine Drewes ’98 and her husband Matt announce the birth of Ella Grace on July 23, 2006. Julie is an attorney with Briggs and Morgan P.A. She holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota. The family lives in Woodbury, Minnesota. Stacia Newton Drover ’98 and her husband Chase announce the birth of Austin Eugene on July 16, 2006. Stacia is commercial finance manager for Hospira. The Drovers live in West Dundee. Eric Hogberg ’98 is an energy engineer for Siemens. Gretchen Baird Hogberg ’99 is an account manager for American Hotel Register. Their daughter Paige Karen was born on February 24, 2005. The family lives in Gurnee. Anne Proehl Woodley MBA ’98 has been promoted to corporate and foundation relations


Cindy Loos ‘97

Anne Proehl Woodley MBA ‘98 * see photo

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Darin Mock ’99 and Bethany Reinacher Mock were married on July 8, 2006. He is a sales manager at CDW Corp. and is pursuing an MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. The Mocks live in Lindenhurst.

Nicole Lustig Cohen ’01 and Lauren Cohen were married on January 15, 2006. She is a learning disabilities specialist at The Foote School. The Cohens live in New Haven, Connecticut. * see photo

manager for Bradley. She provides leadership and support to further corporate fundraising efforts for the University. Anne also holds a degree from the University of Illinois. She and her husband Craig live with their two children near Manito.* Jonathan Wright ’98 has joined Central Illinois Business Publishers as director of development. Previously he worked as a programmer/analyst for MetLife in Denver, and as lead Web developer for Integrity Technology Solutions. Glen Birnbaum ’99 has been named as a shareholder of Heinold-Banwart Ltd. Glen has been with the East Peoria accounting firm for seven years. He holds two business valuation appellations and has performed almost 100 valuations. Glen lives in Morton. Kim Weeden Bosworth ’99 and Wade Bosworth ’99 announce the birth of their second son, Jonah Bradley, on July 20, 2006. The family lives in Franklin, Wisconsin. Jennifer Grant Bunting ’99 and Bill Bunting were married on June 17, 2006. She is a compensation analyst with GE. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Michael Pinelli ’99 and Nina Craft Pinelli ’99 announce the birth of their son Michael Logan on September 9, 2006. Michael is a project executive with J&M Construction Management and Consulting. Nina is employed by Abbott Laboratories as a senior employee relations specialist. They live in Chicago. Laura Dahlem Van Well ’99 and her husband Mike welcomed their son Luke Michael on March 30, 2006. She is a human resources officer at Enterprise Bank & Trust. The family lives in St. Louis.


Sarah Meinen Jedd ’00 and Ben Jedd ’01 announce the birth of Harrison Benjamin on June 14, 2006. Sarah holds



a master’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and is pursuing a doctoral degree in rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin. Ben holds a master’s degree from Ball State University. He is a regional director of sales at NameProtect. The Jedds live in Madison, Wisconsin. Rich Krasin ’00 and Ellen Shaver Krasin ’02 announce the birth of their second daughter, Emily Mia, on June 7, 2006. The Krasins live in Bolingbrook. Rebekah Keyster Strasma ’00 and her husband Brett announce the birth of their third son, Ethan Asher, on September 7, 2006. She is the art photographer for Splash Studios. The family lives in Peoria. Kevin Hall ’01 and Nicole Adolphson Hall ’01 welcomed their daughter Natalie Nicole on May 21, 2006. Nicole is a kindergarten teacher. Kevin and Nicole live with their two children in Taylor Ridge. Catherine Riebold Neu ’01 earned a master’s degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She is a foster care case manager at Presbyterian Children Services. She and her husband C.J. Neu ’01 live in St. Louis. Joshua Russell ’01 and Anna Williams Russell ’04 announce the birth of Kathryn Marie on July 28, 2006. The Russells live in Coralville, Iowa.


Andy Sondgeroth ’01 and his wife Jill announce the birth of their daughter Emma Margaret on September 14, 2006. Andy is a quality consultant with Hewitt Associates. They live in Schaumburg. Ryan Woody ’01 and Annette Schott were married on June 3, 2006. Ryan is an attorney with Matthisen, Wickert & Lehrer S.C. He earned his juris doctor degree from Marquette in 2004. They live in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Kayla Hanson Wilke ’02 and Chad Wilke ‘02 welcomed their daughter Amelia Grace on November 16, 2006. Chad is an operations analyst for Charter Communications. Kayla is an editor for Beyond Hello Inc. They live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Rachel Cramer ’03 is an English teacher at Proviso West High School. She coaches girls’ and boys’ volleyball at the school. Rachel lives in Barrington. Marion Willingham McKenney ’03 has written A Dream Come True, the story of a teacher who believes her teaching dreams have come true only to find out otherwise. Marion writes under the pen name A.J.C. Mackey. Her book is published by PublishAmerica. She is an elementary school teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Marion and her husband Joe live in Huntersville, North Carolina.



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Alan “A.J.” Roberts ’03 and Amy Magarity Roberts ’04 were married on March 4, 2006. He is employed by KOMO television station. Amy is pursuing a master’s degree. They live in Lynnwood, Washington. Kevin VanDeWoestyne ’03 is a resident engineer with K-Plus Engineering in Naperville. He oversees municipal and heavy highway projects in the Chicago area. Kevin and his wife Beth Bedoe VanDeWoestyne ’03 live in Downers Grove. Eric Bochtler ’04 and Mackenzie Shields Bochtler ’05 were married on May 27, 2006. Eric is an air freight coordinator for CRST Van Expedited. Mackenzie is a clinical dietitian for the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics. The Bochtlers live in Coralville, Iowa. Tiffani Ziemann ’04 earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University last May. She is employed by Ithaca College as coordinator of judicial and educational programs in the office of residential life and judicial affairs. Tiffani lives in Ithaca, New York.


Kelly Kolton ’05 is a graphic designer and editor for the special projects department at the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Peoria. Recently Kelly took a language course in Slovenia and reunited with students from Bradley’s journalism exchange. She lives in Peoria. Andrew Nelch ’05 has joined Tarlton Corp. as a project engineer. He lives in Brentwood, Missouri.* David Printz ’05 and Crystal Vergenz were married on July 22, 2006. He is a risk management analyst at RMS. They live in Peoria.


Kelcy Hale ’06 is an account coordinator with Clear! Blue. Kelcy lives in Chicago.


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Ashley Hanson Van Sandt ’02 and Trevor Van Sandt ’02 were married on July 22, 2006. Ashley is manager of corporate accounting for Select Hotel Group LLC. Trevor is pursuing a degree at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. They live in Chicago.

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1930s Naola Sulzberger Bruninga ’30, August 23, 2006, Peoria. She was a homemaker and a member of Pi Beta Phi. Her daughter, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive. Irma Windish ’32, December 26, 2006, Galva. Abraham Citron ’34, December 7, 2006, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Survivors include his wife Shirlee Oberman Citron ’57, two children, two grandchildren, and a greatgranddaughter. Joseph Burke ’35, September 12, 2006, Pekin. He worked in maintenance at Corn Products for 36 years, retiring in 1972. At Bradley he was a member of Beta Phi Theta. His son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive. Walter Hill ’35, October 31, 2006, Tucson, Arizona. He owned and operated The Charles Restaurant and KFC franchises. Survivors include his wife Mayo, two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. William L. Rutherford ’35 HON ’91, November 21, 2006, Peoria. He and his late wife Hazel created Wildlife Prairie Park which opened in 1978. It was named in their honor in 2000 when it became a state park. The couple helped purchase more than 600,000 acres of land around the world and turned it over to parks. Bill headed the Forest Park Foundation and facilitated many local projects, such as IPMR, the observation tower in Peoria Heights, and the Rock Island Trail. He practiced law and held a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago. During World War II, Bill was a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War. Surviving are two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Joseph Daily ’36, September 25, 2006, Clearwater, Florida. He retired in 1980 from Fortune Federal Bank. He had served as president of a number of organizations and was co-founder of the Clearwater Downtown Foundation. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Louise, two sons, nine grandchildren, and two greatgrandsons.


Robert “Bo” Grundy ’36, September 9, 2006, Plainfield, Indiana. As a civilian pilot during World War II, he provided basic flight training to Army Air Corps cadets. He was a test pilot from 1945 until 1960 when he began farming. He was inducted into the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1990. Surviving are his wife Marjorie, four children, and nine grandchildren. Eleanor Wrigley Monahan ’36, November 7, 2006, Homewood, Maryland. Eleanor was a social worker with the District of Columbia Department of Human Services and an analyst with the National Institute of Mental Health. She held a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She was a longtime hospice volunteer in North Carolina and Maryland. Survivors include three children and a granddaughter. Gerald “Jake” Goby ’37, July 2, 2006, Raymond. A former member of the local school board, he retired from farming in 1988. Three daughters, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren survive. Dorothy Rogina ’39, July 31, 2006, Peoria. She was an executive secretary at Keystone Steel & Wire for 37 years. At Bradley she was a member of Sigma Kappa. Mary Luke Ziegle ’39, November 17, 2006, Peoria. Mary taught physical education at Manual High School for 12 years. Her son and granddaughter survive.

1940s Bill Hembrough ’41, November 12, 2006, Rockford. He operated Hembrough Motors from 1960 to 1995. Bill and his family operated another dealership in Janesville, Wisconsin, from 1998 to 2005. He was a World War II pilot and escaped from a POW camp. Bill was active in the Tebala Shrine Temple. Survivors include his wife Jean, four children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Malcolm McKenzie ’41, November 6, 2006, Des Moines, Iowa. After 48 years in the securities business, he retired as vice president of Merrill Lynch in 1997. He held a master’s degree from Drake University. A World War II Air Force veteran, Malcolm had been honored by the Lions Club and was active in the community. Two children survive.

Richard Court ’42, June 19, 2006, Kankakee. He was vice president and office manager of Kankakee Investment Co., retiring after 41 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was active in his church, served as president of the Exchange Club, and was a charter member of the local Jaycees. Survivors include his son and granddaughter. Thomas McCrorie ’42 Ed.D. ’52, September 22, 2006, Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was a teacher in the Montgomery County Schools. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Ellen Siebenthal McCrorie ’43, two children, and four grandchildren. Ruth Sauer Spaits ’42, December 1, 2006, Bloomington. She was a nurse in her husband’s medical practice in Atlanta and in Sun City, Arizona, from 1947 to 1981. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, and six greatgrandchildren. Bill Altorfer ’43, November 16, 2006, Peoria. He co-founded United Facilities in East Peoria and served as chairman. Bill enjoyed flying and playing in his band, Pals of the Saddle. He served on the board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Surviving are his wife Ellen, two children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Robert Brodbeck ’44, January 3, Peoria. For more than 40 years he was an official at IHSA, Big Ten, and Missouri Valley games. He was a referee at the 1973 Rose Bowl. A World War II Army veteran, he had been inducted into the sports halls of fame in Peoria and Bloomington. He was executive secretary for the Pipe Trades Industry Fund. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Phyllis Smith Reed ’44, December 10, 2006, Elkart, Indiana. Surviving are her husband John H. Reed Sr. ’48, two sons, and five grandchildren. George Marmé ’46, November 14, 2006, DeWitt, Iowa. He earned his medical degree from Loyola and practiced medicine for 56 years in DeWitt and in Clinton, Iowa. George was a World War II Army veteran. He also was a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Joyce, seven children, and four grandchildren.

Rosemary Moran Randolph ’46, November 29, 2006, Peoria. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse many years ago. In 1938 she was part of a group driving cross country in a Model A. The “Gypsy Coeds” attended two World’s Fairs and met Henry Ford and mayors of major cities. Surviving are two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Donald G. Peterson ’47 MA ’53, October 10, 2006, Metamora. During his 35 years with Caterpillar Inc., he produced more than 100 information films, winning a number of national and international awards. Don was a World War II Army veteran and had earned a Bronze Star. Five sons, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren survive. Anthony Chorak ’48, July 5, 2006, Hollywood, Florida. He operated Accounting Systems and Tax Planning with his wife from 1970 to 1995. Earlier he was an IRS auditor and comptroller for the Archdiocese of Miami. Anthony was a World War II Navy veteran. Six children, 10 grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren survive. William Crone ’48, December 23, 2006, Dunedin, Florida. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He owned and operated the local Dog ’n Suds drive-in for 26 years. His wife Adeline, two children, and two grandchildren survive. Mary Jean McLinden Roche ’48, October 13, 2006, Watertown, Wisconsin. She had been an active member of St. Monica’s Church in East Peoria. Jean is survived by five sons and eight grandchildren. Henry Sinnock ’48, June 30, 2006, Springfield. He was an industrial engineer and had worked for the city, state, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He founded scholarships and a tennis tournament in honor of his late son. Surviving are one son and two grandchildren. Beverly “Becky” Totten Strand ’48, November 24, 2006, Peoria. She was a member of Chi Omega and the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter. Survivors include her husband Robert Strand ’48, two children, and four grandchildren. Richard Bierly Sr. ’49, November 27, 2006, Peoria Heights. He was a draftsman

for Caterpillar Inc. for 36 years, retiring in 1982. An Army Air Corps veteran, he served in World War II and Korea. He was active in the Mohammed Shrine Temple and volunteered at Proctor Hospital. Survivors include his wife Frances Riley Bierly ’69, four children, and two granddaughters.

1950s Carolyn Powell Blackmon ’50, October 12, 2006, Chicago. She was an active volunteer in Peoria and Flossmoor before moving to Chicago. Carolyn retired from the Field Museum of Natural History after 18 years as chairman of the education department. She then served as chairman of the Old Town Art Fair. Survivors include her husband Jack, four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Frederick Larke ’50, August 28, 2006, Peoria. He was a well-known local artist, specializing in watercolors. He exhibited at numerous galleries and was in juried national shows. Fred also was active in theatre. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Doris Wilcoxon Larke ’53, one son, and two grandchildren. Edward “Buck” Malouf ’50, September 12, 2006, Peoria. He worked in government sales and contracts at Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 1990. He also operated an antiques sale business. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Charles T. Bowen ’51 MA ’52, May 27, 2006, Jacksonville. He retired from Jonathan Turner Elementary School in 1985. Charlie was a World War II Navy veteran and had served as commander of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife Jean, two sons, and a grandson. Charles Buker ’51, September 25, 2006, West Covina, California. He was a manufacturer’s representative in the West for Howard Miller Clock Co. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Donna Faulkner Buker ’52, two children, and five grandchildren. William N. Becker ’52 MA ’53, November 8, 2006, Peoria. He was a clinical psychologist for more than 30 years and helped establish numerous treatment programs in the area. He

later became a developer of senior housing with the Lexington House Corp. A World War II Army veteran, he served with the Army Reserves for 40 years, including three years as commandant in Peoria. Survivors include his wife Mary Martin Becker ’61 MA ’64 and their daughter. June Eubanks ’52, December 3, 2006, Ashland, Ohio. She was a social worker for Ashland County Human Services. LaVere “Bud” Keeney ’52, June 3, 2006, Upland, California. He was a Chicago Bear for a short time after graduation. Bud spent most of his career with Kaiser Steel, retiring as a superintendent. He owned and operated the House of Tools. He was an active volunteer and an award-winning woodcarver. Survivors include his wife Sarah. Jackie Davis Knudsen ’52, June 19, 2006, San Diego. Survivors include her husband Paul Knudsen ’52, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Dennis Maher ’52, July 30, 2006, Elgin. He owned and operated Valley Engineering for many years. Dennis was an Army veteran. His wife Joanne, eight children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive. Bernice Laws Tuell ’52 MA ’53, September 11, 2006, Canton. Donald Aldag ’53 MS ’57, November 16, 2006, East Peoria. He taught drafting and heating and air conditioning at Illinois Central College from 1967 until 1990. Earlier he taught at Belleville High School. Don also operated his own service business. A Korean War Army veteran, he was active in his church. Surviving are his wife Jean Kerz Aldag ’57, two children, eight grandchildren, and a greatgrandchild. Gale Barton ’53, September 23, 2006, Hemet, California. An Army veteran, he worked in sales for Valley Detroit Diesel. Survivors include his wife Itsuko, four children, and 13 grandchildren. John S. Davis ’53, August 15, 2006, Lakewood, Washington. He was a fighter pilot and a career Air Force officer. He served around the world and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, John worked for the Department of Transportation and Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2007


was president of the local school board. Four children and eight grandchildren survive. Dolores Haller ’53, January 6, Bartonville. She retired from teaching in 1988 after 10 years in Delavan and 25 in Aurora. She held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Active in her church, Dolores was a reading tutor at Common Place. She enjoyed quilting and geneology. Arthur “Buzz” Ott ’53, January 1, Peoria. He was captain of the Bradley basketball team for two years and was MVP his senior year. Buzz was inducted into the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 2000. He served in the Marine Corps in Korea. Buzz was a high school coach before running Highview Nursing Center from 1960 to 1984. He then was administrator of Riverview until retiring in 1995. He owned Illini Golf with his son. Survivors include his wife Emma, two sons, and six grandchildren. Patricia Dunning Richards ’53, November 20, 2006, Peoria Heights. She was a 40year member of the International Order of Kings Daughters and Sons. Her husband Paul Richards ’53, four children, and 11 grandchildren survive. Richard Eichelkraut ’54, December 25, 2006, Washington. He was a research engineer at WABCO for 28 years, retiring in 1990. Rich received the Washingtonian award in 1997 in honor of his volunteer work. His efforts led to conservation license plates used to support Illinois parks. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Carol, four children, and four grandchildren. Harry Foster ’54, October 28, 2006, East Peoria. He had owned and operated Peoria Arts and Crafts. Harry was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Dorothy, their daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Dale Hunziker ’55, September 2, 2006, Peoria. He was owner and general manager of Home Comfort Insulation and was a charter member of a national contractors’ association. A Korean War Army veteran, Dale was a member of Sigma Chi at Bradley. He founded Light House Academy Christian School in 2001 and was active in the Apostolic Christian church, serving as administrator of the church


cemetery and on the board of the retirement facility. Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren. Robert McManus ’55, May 15, 2006, Crossett, Arkansas. He retired in 1996 from ADN Railroad and Georgia-Pacific. He was an Army veteran and a lay minister. Survivors include his wife Ruth Ann, two sons, and five grandchildren. Robert Wanner ’56, September 16, 2006, Morton. He worked in purchasing at Caterpillar Inc. for 34 years, retiring in 1989. He later taught art at Illinois Central College. A World War II and Korean War Navy veteran, he served on the local zoning board for 11 years. Surviving are his wife Harriet Schweitz Wanner ’45, two daughters, and a grandson. Richard Boswell ’57, December 21, 2006, Loves Park. A long-time resident of Wyoming, he was a professor of economics at Sheridan College for 19 years. He held a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. His wife Virginia Covey Boswell ’57, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.

1960s Lawrence Baumann ’60, October 17, 2006, Fairfield Township, Ohio. He and his wife Deb founded Baumann Engineering in Peoria in 1970. They later operated the company in Sarasota, Florida, and in Cincinnati. His wife survives, along with six children and six grandchildren. Nancy Raber Martin ’60, December 1, 2006, Castle Rock, Colorado. She had been an elementary school teacher. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her husband William R. Martin ’61, two children, and four grandchildren. William Carr ’61, Sept 25, 2006, Metamora. Bill owned Metamora Parts Marts. He was a bus driver for Peoria Charter Coach and the local high school. He was active in Community Worship Center in East Peoria. Two children and four grandchildren survive. Daniel May ’61, August 1, 2006, St. Ann, Missouri. He was employed by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a World War II Army veteran and had trained for the Green Berets. Survivors

include his wife Carolyn, four children, and 23 grandchildren. Virginia Lambert Bodine ’62, November 22, 2006, Mesa, Arizona. Survivors include her husband Paul Bodine ’61. Jane Corzine Nelson ’62, October 21, 2006, Portage, Michigan. She was a teacher and an advocate for preschool education programs and kidney dialysis patients. Her husband Bruce L. Nelson ’61, three children, and four grandchildren survive. Thomas “Tim” Norvell ’62, August 31, 2006, Alma. He was a pharmaceutical sales rep for Winthrop Laboratories. Tim served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Two daughters, his mother, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive. Owen Duffy IV MA ’63, September 1, 2006, Iowa City. He held doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa where he worked until 1969. Later he was a school psychologist and opened two private practices. His specialty was using hypnosis to help patients undergoing chemotherapy. His wife Jimmye, two daughters, and six grandchildren survive. Carolyn “Ging” Smith Thomas ’64, August 17, 2006, Salem, South Carolina. She was a reading specialist at Illinois Central College and had served as board president at St. Thomas School in Peoria. She was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Her husband David, three children, and five grandchildren survive. Geraldine Wasson Collins ’65, October 10, 2006, Hanna City. She was a teacher for 35 years, primarily at Illini Bluffs. She held state offices in Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and served on the International Music Committee. She was active in the Eastern Star. Two children, eight grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren survive. Owen “Rick” Enright ’66, January 1, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Survivors include his wife Deborah, six children, and seven grandchildren. Robert Pindar MS ’67, November 19, 2006, Columbia, South Carolina. He founded Pindar Electric Service after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He also taught college courses in electronics. Bob retired from his state’s department of

1970s Arlene Horvath Crawford ’70, September 11, 2006, Peoria. She was an RN at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and was also a graduate of its nursing school. Survivors include her husband George Crawford ’70, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Susan Blender ‘72, January 6, Peoria. She was a caregiver for PARC. Susan was an Army veteran. Her sister survives. Alana Anderson Stahl ’72 MS ’74, November 7, 2006, Peoria. She taught math at Princeville High School for 30 years. Her mother and brother survive. John Catlin ’73, November 30, 2006, Indianapolis. He spent his career in the electric utility industry. A registered professional engineer in Indiana and Illinois, John was director of client relations for the Midwest ISO in Carmel, Indiana. His wife Jolien and four children survive. Margaret Hamilton ’73, October 6, 2006, Washington. She retired from teaching in 1982. Margaret was an active member of Washington Christian Church and had written its history. Her husband Deforrest, two children, and two grandsons survive. Richard Cemenska ’74 MS ’91, November 26, 2006, Edelstein. A product and technology manager at Caterpillar Inc., he was an avid runner and automobile enthusiast. Surviving are his wife Pamela and two sons. Sheryl Bull Govedarica ’74, October 24, 2006, Chicago. She was national advertising director for Modern Healthcare magazine from the late ’80s until 2000. She later worked as a sales manager for Plate magazine. Sheryl was an active volunteer at St. Alphonsus Church. Survivors include her husband Thomas, one daughter, and her mother.

Frederick White MA ’74, October 7, 2006, Mesa, Arizona. He practiced medicine in Chillicothe for many years and served as president of the Illinois State Medical Society in 1982. Fred co-founded the family practice residency at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Peoria. In 1996 he wrote Forty Years of Caring, and also published a monthly newsletter about Brittany spaniels for five years. Survivors include his wife Judith, four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. David A. Nelson MA ’76, November 21, 2006, Pekin. He retired in 1998 after 14 years as director of administrative services for the Tazewell County Board. Earlier he was a high school teacher and worked in personnel. Dave was active in his church and had served on the Pekin Park Board for eight years. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His wife Brenda and one son survive. Janice Reifsteck Flentje ’79, July 28, 2006, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jan was a nursing instructor. Survivors include her husband Greg and two children. James O’Rourke ’79, December 23, 2006, LaGrange. A retired Army officer, he was an ROTC instructor in Chicago for eight years. He was an active volunteer and served as military affairs coordinator for the Illinois state treasurer. Earlier he was a police officer in Peoria Heights. Survivors include his wife Kimberly and three children.


vocational rehabilitation. Survivors include three sons and four grandchildren. Gladys Schertz Burkholder ’69, December 17, 2006, Goshen, Indiana. Carl “Bud” Smith ’69, June 8, 2006, Peoria. He was foreman of the tool crib at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for more than 35 years. He was a hospital volunteer in Peoria and Naples, Florida, where he lived part of the year. Bud was a World War II Navy veteran.

1980s Michael D. Alexander ’83, October 23, 2006, Center Point, Iowa. He was a principal software engineer at Rockwell Collins for 17 years. Mike was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran. He was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Surviving are his wife Suzanne, two children, and his parents. Frank McCue III ’85, October 7, 2006, Waukegan. He was employed by MPC in Skokie for 20 years. He had served as president of Pi Kappa Phi. Frank enjoyed boating and had won trophies for his 1931 Buick. Survivors include his mother and three brothers. Max Teasdale MSME ’89, October 14, 2006, Caldwell, Idaho. After a 30-year career at Caterpillar Inc., Max taught engineering courses at Bradley. He and his wife Juliann enjoyed travel. Three children also survive.

1990s Jon-Stephen Norman ’92, August 14, 2006, St. Louis. He was an Air Force veteran.

2000s Kerry Ann Keca ’04, October 15, 2006, Homewood. She was advertising and promotions coordinator for Margie Korshak Inc. in Chicago. At Bradley she was a member of Sigma Kappa and worked as a caller for the Bradley Fund. Kerry’s survivors include her parents, brother, and fiancé.

Marvin G. Moore, professor of mathematics emeritus, died on January 12. He lived in Springdale, Arkansas. Dr. Moore was a mathematics professor from 1943 to 1974. He received the Putnam Award for excellence in teaching in 1959. He held a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Survivors include his daughter and several grandchildren. G. Katherine Watson, professor of home economics emeritus, died on February 6. She lived in Peoria. A home economics professor from 1951 to 1978, Katherine was chairman of the department from 1958 to 1970 and in 1972. A member of Kappa Omicron Phi and Delta Kappa Gamma, she taught for one year in Seoul, South Korea, after retiring. She was involved in her church, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and community organizations including Common Place.

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people & events

Alumni Events April 12 Chicago Kane County alumni networking event, Royal Fox Country Club, St. Charles, 6-8 p.m. May 4 Peoria CIBAC wine tasting party, WTVP Studios, 101 State Street, 5:30 p.m. May 9 Chicago Lincoln Park alumni networking event, Trattoria Roma, 1535 N. Wells, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 30 Chicago 1980-89 alumni networking event, Hinsdale Golf Club, 6-8 p.m. June 7 Joliet Alumni networking event, Joliet Country Club, 11:30 a.m. lunch, noon golf, 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception June 16 San Francisco Oakland A’s vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball outing, McAfee Coliseum, 6:05 p.m. July 19 Chicago Kane and DuPage counties alumni boat cruise, St. Charles paddlewheel riverboats, 6-7:30 p.m. July 23 Chicago Golf outing, Royal Fox Country Club, St. Charles, 11:30 a.m. August 12 St. Louis Picnic & new student send-off, Creve Coeur Park, 1-4 p.m.

University Events

Peoria More than 350 Bradley alumni, family, and friends gathered on February 10 for the Alumni Weekend pregame party at the Peoria Civic Center. Fans were treated to an ice cream sundae bar and a performance by the Bradley Pep Band. Following Bradley’s 100-85 win over Drake, more than 100 attended a post-game party at InPlay where the Bradley Braves talked to fans and signed autographs.

Submit nominations for alumni awards The Bradley University Alumni Association (BUAA) annually presents three awards to alumni and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their professions or civic activities or have demonstrated outstanding service to Bradley University. The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award (DAA) recognizes graduates whose professional or civic activities bring the highest distinction to themselves, their community, and to Bradley. Recipients of the DAA are automatically inducted into Bradley University’s Centurion Society. The Outstanding Young Graduate Award recognizes graduates 40 years of age or younger for early and exceptional professional or civic achievement. The Lydia Moss Bradley Award is presented to the alumnus/a or friend who has provided outstanding service to the University. For more information about criteria or to receive a nomination form, visit or call 800-952-8258 or 309-677-2240. Mail nominations and supporting materials by April 15 to Alumni Awards, Bradley University, 1501 W. Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625; fax them to 309-677-3595; or fill out the online nomination form at the Web address above.

May 19 Commencement, Peoria Civic Center, 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 309-677-2240 or 800-952-8258.

Contact your local alumni chapter at


Kansas City Fifteen alumni chapters hosted game-watching parties on December 16 to see Bradley beat Iowa State 76-66. Pictured above are members of the Kansas City chapter, who met at the Fox and Hound English Pub.


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BUAA has two new homes

Houston Fifteen alumni and friends attended the December 16 TV viewing party at Mama’s Café to watch Bradley beat Iowa State 76-66 on ESPN2. View photos of other game-day parties at

San Diego Alumni attending the San Diego wine tasting and dinner on January 13 enjoyed the wines and hospitality of the Orfila Vineyards & Winery. From left are Joan Himmel, Larry Himmel ’68 MA ’69, Lynn Forster Terhorst ’75, John Perkins ’79, Lori Winters Fan ’80, Richard Luehring ’63, Mary Ellen Eagelston ’81, Kerry Leuhring, John Mathews ’80, John Wellwood ’54.

Children of alumni invited to Visit Day Bring your college-bound students to the Homecoming 2007 Visit Day on Friday, September 28. Spend the day learning what Bradley has to offer your student, then reunite with your Bradley classmates for the Homecoming Parade, tailgating and Bradley soccer match. For more information, contact Erin Durbin ‘97 MA ‘05 at 800-952-8258. 

Alumni association adds new benefit Show your pride!  Carry the new Bradley University credit card.  Each time you use your card, you’ll be earning rewards points and making a contribution to Bradley University at no additional expense to you.  This enhanced rewards program offers cash, travel, merchandise, and gift certificate rewards, with no annual fee. Visit and click on the Benefits link.

BUAA has moved, both physically and virtually. To make way for the new Markin Family Student Recreation Center, BUAA and the Office of Alumni Relations have temporarily relocated to Comstock Hall (corner of Bradley Avenue and Institute).  Along with new office space, they have also moved to a new Web location with a new look. Visit or stop by the Alumni Center to say hello.


Los Angeles The Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Hollywood Gala Reception was January 12 at Le Meridien Hotel in Beverly Hills. More than 100 Bradley University alumni, students, and friends attended the event. Pictured from left to right are Kris Sandheinrich ’94, Cal Gibson ’68, Pip Lilly ’92, Adrianne Alvarez ’93, Ryan Saul ’93, Amro Salama ’93.

Class of 1957

Golden Reunion

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of your graduation on September 27-30 as we mark Bradley’s 111th Founder’s Day and Homecoming 2007!

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What is Second Life? Second Life (SL) is a virtual international community where residents work, relax, buy and develop land, shop and sell, dance, attend classes, and do just about anything people can do in their real lives—plus a few extras like flying and teleporting. Gamers might compare SL to “The Sims,” but it differs in that residents go about their lives in a virtual world where they set their own goals or time constraints. There is no “game over.” Just as in real life, everything from work and play to friendships and lifestyles are chosen and achieved by each individual. Developed in 2003 by Linden Lab in San Francisco, SL has over 3 million residents. Residents choose an avatar, or visual presence, from a variety of body styles available at the Welcome Center. Then they create any first name and choose a last name from a list. Individuals customize their avatars’ appearance. They create or buy new clothing, objects ranging from rocket boots to hot air balloons, and homes with assorted furnishings. Becoming an SL resident is free. Many objects are free, while others must be purchased with Linden dollars, which have a 300:1 ratio to U.S. dollars.


Students ‘get their game on’ in class by Nancy Ridgeway/composite images by Duane Zehr Known as Professor Beliveau in SL, Lamoureux is Dr. Ed Lamoureux, associate professor for the Multimedia Program, sported a new look and a new name when skeptical of typical virtual games that involve myth, quest, and violence. However, he says most multimedia he walked into class to teach Multimedia 490 over the majors aspire to be game designers or work in some January interim. No one put on coats for a cold walk sort of virtual environment. This class allows students across campus. Instead, the professor and students to work within a virtual environment that is conducive logged onto their computers from the comfort of their to education. For the class, each student chose to own homes. Unlike typical distance learning classes, study a special interest group within SL, such as music each member of the class chose a digital alias and enthusiasts; those who avatar (visual presence), teach residents to build and “met” in a virtual objects in SL; “goons,” a classroom that appears group of trouble-making to be floating about 300 hacks; and “furries,” a meters above a college segment of the populacampus in the digital tion, both in real life world of Second Life (SL). and in SL, that dresses Last summer, Lamoureux in animal costumes. A attended a conference fifth student served as hosted by the New Media class videographer. Consortium (NMC), a Ryan Culp ’07 group representing about researched people who 200 universities and other teach classes on creating learning institutions dediobjects in SL. Objects cated to exploring and range from clothing to using new media and new jewelry to rocket boots. technologies in educa“I’ve always been intertion. NMC unveiled its ested in objects in other virtual campus on one of virtual games. I wanted the islands in SL as part to see how teaching to of the consortium’s effort build objects worked to understand how teachwith using them.” ing and learning work in a Culp says, “I realize virtual environment. how field research, at Lamoureux offered Mulleast in basic terms, is timedia 490 as a threedone. Most classes I’ve week January interim taken didn’t really talk course that combines about research. By doing his background in field research in SL, we can research with his role in learn from people from teaching multimedia. He Digital imaging allows Dr. Ed Lamoureux to be shown around the world. SL is says, “The class taught with his avatar, Professor Beliveau, in Second Life, an so big, and there are so qualitative field research online community where he recently conducted class. many things to do.” methods, sometimes The class met from 6 called ethnography, so to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday for three weeks. Usstudents can study people who are interested in a ing audio software, Lamoureux led an hour of lecture mutual activity (in this case, activities inside SL) by and discussion and gave an oral quiz each night. In looking at the social and cultural structure of their the second hour, each student presented his latest activities as a ‘community of practice.’” research results. Students conducted further research “SL is a great place to do a study like this because it’s a user-created world with communities that people during the final hour. They kept blogs to share their online have formed. It’s as if we had a nuclear war and observations with SL residents and with the broader community of gamers. were asked to start all over,” he adds.

Culp says, “The style of the class was a relief for me. I’m not much of a public speaker, so talking through a microphone instead of in front of the class was good for me. The homework we had is the type I prefer, because you’re actually researching something rather than always going to a textbook. It’s more hands-on.” Culp also appreciated the distance learning aspect of the course. A Chicago area native, he could attend class while staying home during the semester break. Lamoureux says he could be more in tune with his students in SL than in typical distance learning classes that employ e-mail and programs like Blackboard. With the audio capabilities, he could have more rapport with students as he lectured, asked and answered questions, and listened to the class. He could see the students’ avatars, both in the classroom and as they conducted research, and even knew if students stepped away from their computers because the avatars began sleeping or tying their shoes. “It’s not the same as having eye contact, but it’s better than some other ways of doing distance learning,” he says. Lamoureux plans to offer the class again in May and will open it to all Communications and Fine Arts students. “I need to make sure they are technologically savvy and have the equipment needed,” he says. Visit to view Lamoureux’s report on the class. Visit to experience SL first-hand.

Ryan Culp ’07 is shown with his avatar, Judge Cannned, inside the classroom where he and fellow students “met” with Dr. Ed Lamoureux for class.

Barbara A. Galik, executive director of Cullom-Davis Library; her avatar, Puglet Dancer; and Al Quiros, technical information specialist, with his avatar, Watsnu Pussycat, are shown with the Second Life version of the Cullom-Davis Library behind them.

Check out BU’s virtual library Bradley University has a virtual presence in the digital world of Second Life (SL). Located on Info Island II, the exterior of Cullom-Davis Library looks much like Bradley’s real-life campus library. The first floor offers a slide show highlighting many aspects of the real life campus. On the second floor, visitors can access virtual computers to search the online catalog. Bradley students, faculty, and staff can search licensed databases. “Essentially, you can search anything we have on our Web page,” explains Barbara A. Galik, the Library’s executive director. The second and third floors currently spotlight artwork by artists Bradley librarians have met on SL. Galik hopes to eventually spotlight artwork by Bradley students in this area. Outside the library stands a statue of founder Lydia Moss Bradley, surrounded by flowers with benches nearby. Talking squirrels scamper about the area, offering information and humorous quips. With a click, residents can be teleported to different rooms in the three-story Lydia Moss Bradley House next door to the library. The founder’s imaginary house has a Horology Room with slide shows about clock making, a Lydia Moss Bradley Room, and a video re-enactment of Mrs. Bradley, originally presented during the University’s Centennial celebration. Al Quiros, technical information specialist at Bradley, “constructed” the building to look like Bradley’s real library and designed the circle with the statue, flowers, benches, and squirrels. The Lydia Moss Bradley House was pre-built. An SL Task Force, consisting of Galik, Quiros, and BU librarians Skip Burhans and Denise Johnson, added furniture, viewers, and other amenities. Galik has found a home in SL, both personally and professionally. She frequents Info Island, gathering with other librarians to conduct meetings, discuss issues, and network. She has made friends from Holland, England, and other countries, as well as people from all over the U.S. “You get to know people faster and better because there are no barriers. I have met some extremely kind and caring people. They’re from all walks of life and have many points of view.” Galik welcomes Bradley people in SL to contact her (send an instant message to Puglet Dancer) so they can be added to the Bradley University group.

Duane Zehr

After competing with research institutions worldwide, Bradley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was commissioned by Caterpillar Inc.’s Sound and Cooling Research Division to create a nucleate boiling test apparatus. Pictured above are (left) Jon Cone ’07, Chaitanya Kaki MSME ’08, and Dr. David Zietlow ’82 MSME ’88, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Story on page 6.

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