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Alumni Center showcase: 1960s

The “decades cases” in the new Hayden-Clark Alumni Center provide a look back at Bradley University since its name changed from Bradley Polytechnic Institute in 1946. 

The 1940s decade case showcases the effect of World War II on campus, including a serviceman’s cap and dog tag. The case also features past Bradley traditions, such as a beanie that freshmen wore.  A timeline notes important campus events, such as the Tech newspaper becoming The Scout, a tripled freshman enrollment rate between 1945 and 1946, and the bestowing of the first honorary degree in 1949 to former Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson II.  A parallel timeline of events in the city, state, and nation, such as the discovery at the Northern Regional Research Lab that allowed for the mass production of penicillin, provides a broader context. Pictures show The Scout staff working on typewriters, Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) soldiers training on the football field, and students enjoying dances and other social events. Dr. Ernest Ising, professor emeritus of physics, is remembered for his Ising Model, a “widely used standard model of statistical physics.” A diorama in a display series nearby shows what a contemporary dorm room may have looked like.

— Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10