With heartfelt thanks to all the dedicated members of our Bradley family, I am proud to share phenomenal news with you: The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance exceeded our goal of $150 million. Together, we raised $161,206,751, the largest campaign in the history of our beloved University. The unprecedented success of this campaign will enable us to propel our esteemed institution toward becoming a university of national distinction.
I am deeply touched and overwhelmed by the spirit of generosity I encountered as I traveled the country for the past 3½ years, sharing our campaign vision. When I reached out to you for support of our students, faculty, and facilities, I asked you to imagine what we would do next. Your response was greater than I could have imagined.
Please join me in thanking our campaign chair, GERRY SHAHEEN ’66 MBA ’68, for his exceptional leadership and continued love for his alma mater. I hope you will read about the campaign’s success and campus celebrations and view the videos at bradley.edu/hilltopics/go/campaignspotlight.
In keeping with a fall season of “firsts,” I want to share with you the energy and enthusiasm on campus when we combined Homecoming with Parents’ Weekend this fall for the first time. The spirit was absolutely contagious. I truly believe this past October will be remembered in Bradley history as one of the most exhilarating months on the Hilltop. Our students kicked off Homecoming on Wednesday evening with the lighting of a newly constructed “B” atop Bradley Hall, created by our own BILL HARDIN ’50.
On Friday, we celebrated our 115th Founder’s Day — one of my favorite events of the year — when our campus reflects on the rich history of our institution and the visionary gifts of our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley. In remembrance of her countless accomplishments, we pause to honor alumni, faculty, and special friends for their unique contributions to our University, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements.
In particular, four stellar alumni who bring national and international honor to our University were inducted into Bradley’s Centurion Society: Our 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, STEVE GORMAN, MBA ’78; BOB TURNER ’77 MBA ’78; CHUCK EBELING ’66; and JIM SHADID ’79, are recognized in our Founder's Day article.
On Saturday, I was so pleased to personally welcome so many parents and alumni back to campus to enjoy a variety of activities planned especially for them. The dedication of our new $12 million alumni home on the Hilltop — the extraordinary Hayden-Clark Alumni Center — was the highlight of the eventful weekend for hundreds who joined me on campus on a sunny, crisp Saturday morning. I could think of no better way to celebrate the dedication than to host a lunch of Avanti’s gondolas in the gorgeous Peplow Pavilion and Terrace, a most generous gift from Judy and GARY PEPLOW ’62.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank JERRY HAYDEN ’59 and MARILYN KELLER HAYDEN ’61 and Kathleen and BOB CLARK ’67, who made our new home a stunning reality. You can view the video of the dedication at bradley.edu/hilltopics/go/hcacdedication.
Although this issue of Bradley Hilltopics takes you on a visual tour of our spectacular Alumni Center, I invite you to come home and experience firsthand the state-of–the-art Shaheen Hall of Pride and its interactive features. We have proudly opened its doors to you seven days a week. Once you step inside its magnificent grand entry, I am sure you’ll agree that the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center rivals any alumni center in the country.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead our wonderful University. Together, let’s continue to imagine what we’ll do next.