Faculty, staff, alumni receive awards

October 17, 2012

Peoria, IL (October 12, 2012) Bradley University faculty, staff and alumni were recognized with some of the University’s highest honors today during Founder’s Day ceremonies on campus.

The University community paid tribute to founder Lydia Moss Bradley and recognized faculty and staff members for achievements in scholarship, leadership, teaching and service during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation this morning.

The award recipients follow.

Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence

The recognition of excellence in teaching became a tradition at Bradley in 1957 when Charles M. Putnam established the prestigious Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Heljä Antola-Crowe
Professor of Education

In her 19 years at Bradley, Antola-Crowe has taught 21 undergraduate courses and 8 graduate courses. She has twice held the William T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Fellowship and has directed Bradley’s Professional Development Schools project. She has presented at numerous international professional conferences and published twelve refereed journal articles, five book chapters, one book and five research reports.

Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award

The Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research and creativity by a senior faculty member. Recipients are expected to make original contributions to their field and submit these contributions for critical appraisal by their professional peers.

Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin
Professor of Education

Russell-Chapin has authored an important textbook that confirms her national reputation as a researcher and leader in the area of supervision in counselor education. It is considered state of the art and has garnered wide acclaim in the field of counselor education. Additionally, she has published in a wide range of journals including top counseling journals in Britain and Canada. She has made impressive contributions in the field of neurofeedback, where her research on an innovative approach to therapeutic medical care offers promising treatment. She also has created the cutting-edge Center for Collaborative Brain Research that makes a needed contribution to the profession of counseling.

Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching

Dr. Maria Aurea Toxqui Garay.
Assistant Professor of History

At Bradley since 2008, Dr. Garay has gained the admiration of her students because she pushes them to learn actively in a rigorous academic format.She uses art, music, literature, and thought provoking discussion to help her students gain a deeper understanding of her subject matter. She promotes

a classroom atmosphere that encourages her students to embrace diversity, debate, and sensitivity to the issues that challenge our world.

Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching

Dr. Angela Pratt
Assistant Professor of Communication

Dr. Pratt came to Bradley in 2009 and demonstrated excellent teaching from day one. She established a classroom atmosphere of engaged critical thinking and interaction. Her students comment on her ability to blend classroom theory with her own industry experience. One student notes she “is a moderator in the classroom for lively topical debates that enable students to view multiple perspectives on a topic and to express views without criticism.”

Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship

Dr. Enad Mahmoud
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction

Dr. Mahmoud has published nine papers in refereed journals; has secured collaborative external grants in the amount of $675,000; has mentored seven students through his research; and has supervised eight undergraduate student research projects that have earned scholarship awards from a professional association.

Francis C. Mergen Award for Public Service

Dr. Peggy Flannigan
Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Flannigan has served in leadership roles in the community, the University and in the nursing profession. Within the community she has been a leader with the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind, serving as its chair since 2006. She has been a member of the Tazewell County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition for many years, has volunteered at the Tazewell County Women’s Health Event and the annual Mammogram Day for uninsured women. In addition, she has served on numerous committees at the Tremont United Methodist Church and has volunteered at the Tremont Turkey Festival. For the past three summers she has volunteered at the SAME Café (a pay what you can restaurant) in Denver, Colorado.

In addition, three alumni, including one Peorian, were inducted into the Centurion Society during the ceremony.  The Centurion Society, founded in 1982, honors alumni who have become national or international leaders in their field and recognizes them for achievements in business, public life, and their professions. The inductees are:

James J. Barr, EGT ’68; retired President and Co-Founder, River City Construction, Peoria.

Nuria I. Fernandez, EGT ’82, MBA ’89 Roosevelt University; Bradley 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner; Chief Operating Officer, New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Kary G. McIlwain, CFA ’81, MS ’86, Northwestern University; President, Y&R Midwest and Managing Partner, Y&R North America, Chicago, Illinois.

The Bradley University Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Outstanding Young Graduate Award, and the Lydia Moss Bradley Award during the Founder’s Day Luncheon in the Michel Student Center. The recipients follow.

Nuria (White) Fernandez ’82
Distinguished Alumna

Fernandez is the chief operating officer of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Carrie Gruenloh ’94
Outstanding Young Graduate

Gruenloh is a senior conflict specialist for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM).

Glenn R. Ross MBA ‘87
Lydia Moss Bradley Award

Ross is Manager of IT Consulting and Mergers and Acquisitions for Caterpillar Inc.



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