Awards, recognition, grants, and external funding

Dzapo among 12 winners worldwide

An edition of Salonstücke, Op. 52, co-composed by Dr. Kyle Dzapo, professor of music, was selected as one of 12 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition winners. Dzapo and Joachim Anderson composed the lively flute and piano piece, which was published by Zimmermann-Frankfurt Music Publishers
in Frankfurt, Germany.

The winning pieces were selected from among 250 entries submitted by publishers worldwide. The world’s largest flute organization, the National Flute Association, was founded in 1972.

International society selects Schmitt

Dr. David Schmitt was elected in 2010 as a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP). A scientific organization, SESP has 800 members worldwide and is dedicated to the advancement of social psychology.

SESP members are determined by nomination and formal election. They must be published in recognized journals or books and show evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology as an empirical science.

Art professor joins Sculpture Center board

Associate Professor of Art Fisher Stolz was elected to the board of directors of the Chicago Sculpture Center, an arm of the International Sculpture Center and Sculpture Magazine

Stolz, a nationally exhibiting sculptor, is best known for his work created in stone, steel, and cast metals (see page 2). The International Sculpture Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1960 that promotes the creation and understanding of sculpture throughout the world. Members include sculptors, patrons, journalists, historians, critics, and gallery owners, among others.

EHC chair shares academic expertise in India

Dr. Christopher Rybak traveled to India in the winter of 2009–2010 as part of the U.S. Fulbright Scholar South Central Asia Regional Travel Grant Award. Rybak previously spent time in Nepal in fall 2009 through the program. The Regional Travel Program offers Fulbright scholars the opportunity to work in another country for three days to two weeks to share their academic and professional expertise.

Rybak, chair of the Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling, spent more than
a week in Nepal participating in seminars and discussions at Fergusson College in Pune, India. He also presented a group therapy workshop for psychology students, conduct-ed a group leadership skills seminar, and discussed further collaborations between Bradley and Fergusson.

Upon returning to Bradley, Rybak set up online exchanges between Bradley and Fergusson students and said that he found the experience very rewarding and renewing.

Professor earns two coveted art residencies

Assistant Professor of Art Heather Brammeier was awarded an artist residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, for the summer of 2010. Yaddo is an artists’ community whose mission is to provide artists an environment of support and creativity while they work on projects.

Brammeier also was awarded a residency at the Banff Art Center in Banff, Canada. The art center maintains Canada’s oldest cultural history museum. Its residency represents an internationally coveted award. The center is located in Banff National Park and allows artists an opportunity to create and perform new works of art, share skills and ideas with peers, and explore ideas that relate to art and leadership.

Brammeier works primarily in the field of painting.

Chaudoir co-authors internationally recognized paper

An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Stephenie Chaudoir received attention from the press worldwide. Dr. Chaudoir co-wrote the paper about the ways cat-calls affect women’s emotions and intentions toward men. The paper, also authored by Diane Quinn of the University of Connecticut, was published in Sex Roles, a journal that documents research related to gender roles.

The paper, entitled “Bystander sexism in the intergroup context: The impact of cat-calls on women’s emotions and intentions towards men,” was published in the journal’s spring 2010 issue. The news release regarding the article garnered significant press attention and was featured by Fox News, Reuters, ABC News, and Yahoo in countries such as Australia, India, Canada, China, and South Africa, in addition to the United States.

Bradley among the best

Bradley received top praises in 2010 from The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

In its 2010 edition of the annual college guide “The Best 373 Colleges,” The Princeton Review named Bradley one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. It described Bradley as affordable yet prestigious with “intimate class settings” and “devoted professors.”

Only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. are featured. Two Canadian colleges were also highlighted. The guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with ratings in eight categories.

It says students are attracted to Bradley because of its “job placement, good facilities, diverse areas of study, student/teacher relationships, and class sizes.”

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual publication “America’s Best Colleges 2011” ranked Bradley for the 12th
consecutive year among the top universities. The University ranked first in the U.S. News rankings among master’s level universities in Illinois and sixth in the Midwest. 

U.S. News recognized Bradley’s College of Engineering and Technology as among the nation’s best. The University’s internship program also received national recognition, and Bradley was named one of the five best Great Schools at Great Prices in the Midwest.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine placed Bradley on its “Best Values in Private Colleges 2010–11” report, which appeared in December 2010. Bradley ranked 56th in the nation and third in the state based on its academic quality and affordable cost.

Northwestern University and the University of Chicago were the only other Illinois schools in the top 50.

Markin Center a ‘Facility of Merit’

Bradley’s Markin Family Student Recreation Center received national recognition for its open design, high-quality amenities, and ability to create recreational, social, and educational opportunities. It was named a “Facility of Merit” by Athletic Business, an online and print publication known as a leader in the athletics and recreation industry.

The Markin Center was selected from among 87 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase entries that included collegiate facilities and other recreation centers not associated with education. The Markin Center was featured in the journal’s December issue.

With its climbing wall, multi-sport courts, natatorium, and cardio- and weight-training equipment, the Markin Center has helped enhance student living on campus and has helped Bradley attract scores of students.

MBA team wins first place third consecutive year

For the third consecutive year, a Bradley MBA student team, at left, won first place in the Society for the Advancement of Management’s annual international case study competition. The event was held at the 2010 International Business Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Bradley is the first university to have the winning team in the open division for three consecutive years. The team was coached by Dr. Larry Weinzimmer, professor of strategic management in the Department of Business Management and Administration. Winning the Thomas Greensmith Trophy were team members Brad Eskridge, Tibor Gerliczky, Svatava Kubankova, and Martina Stavikova. 

To prepare for the event, the team conducted research, surveys, and market assessments on TomTom, a market leader in portable navigation devices.

Sales program joins prestigious alliance

Bradley University’s Professional Sales Program became one of only 14 schools in the nation accepted to the University Sales Center Alliance. The USCA consists of sales centers located in American universities and provides official recognition for academic sales programs.

The sales program, directed by Dr. Mark Johlke, continues to gain national recognition, especially after its strong six-year showing at the National Collegiate Sales Contest, including a sixth-place finish in the
2010 event. Bradley’s sales program also maintains a 100 percent placement rate for its students.

Sconduto’s book receives national recognition

A book published by Dr. Leslie Sconduto, Department of Foreign Languages chair, was recognized as a finalist
for the 2010 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies.

The book, entitled Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance, was named one of five finalists in the competition, which is sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society, a national organization that promotes the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantasy and mythopoeic literature. The
book explores literary narratives involving the werewolf, whose origins in stories can be traced back to ancient myth and folklore.

The finalists were honored at the society’s annual conference in Dallas in July 2010. Members of the society and a committee of society members selected the honorees.

Russell-Chapin wins counseling award

For her passion, vision, and mentoring, Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin was awarded the Association for Creativity
in Counseling’s Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award. The national award, given by the American Counseling Association, recognized Dr. Russell-Chapin’s leadership in helping Bradley University improve its counseling program. 

Dr. Russell-Chapin was instrumental in helping Bradley and other local institutions create the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (see page 30), which offers cutting-edge research in the medical field. She also offered a course that used Second Life, a virtual reality program, to create a grief workshop.

Dr. Russell-Chapin serves as the associate dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Brain Research. She accepted the award in September at the counseling association’s national conference in Portland, Oregon.

Jacobs receives two international awards

Two of Dr. Bob Jacobs’ stories, “The Fifty Year Race” and “The Blue Knight,” from his biweekly television news feature series called Postcards from Home won Telly Awards for 2010. Dr. Jacobs, professor of communication and director of Bradley’s John C. Hench Production Art Studios, produces the series for WEEK-TV (NBC) in Peoria.

The best local, regional, and cable commercials, programs, and video and film productions are honored with Telly Awards. The 2010 international contest received more than 13,000 entries, which were judged by television producers and directors from across the country.

Dr. Jacobs also won a Telly in 2009 and an Emmy in 2000 for Postcards.