President’s Welcome

A New Beginning

Ah, another beginning! As August roars to a close and the crisp, cool air quietly adds to autumn’s full golden glory, I excitedly anticipate the beginning of another school year on the Hilltop. 

Each fall, the campus comes alive with the return of our students and faculty. We look forward to witnessing the ongoing growth of our students, both personally and academically, as they continue to develop into fine young men and women. We also extend a warm welcome to the talented and intelligent members of the Class of 2017. You will read about five of these wonderful students in this issue.

At Bradley, we have much to be proud of in terms of our outstanding faculty who are teachers, scholars and researchers. You will read about a few of them in this issue, including Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, who studies the most complex tangible object in the universe — the human brain. Dr. Craig Cady and his student research assistants achieve success in his lab that sets the stage for future scientific breakthroughs and potential cures for major diseases. And, Dr. Amy Bacon eloquently talks about the good and bad aspects of stress.

You also will learn about Dr. Michael Rezak, MA ’72, a neurologist and movement disorders specialist, who studied at many exceptional institutions but said his Bradley education is unrivaled by any of them.

As a community, we look forward to a special yearlong celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We invite you to join us as we pay tribute to the people who paved the long and arduous path to equality for all.

Though we marvel at the progress and the people who have brought us to a better, more inclusive place today, we have much, much more work to do in this world. As we increasingly become a more diverse Bradley community, we continue to play an integral role in making a positive impact on society.

Sadly, we recently lost two of Bradley’s distinguished alumni and longtime supporters of our University. David Markin ’53 HON ’06 served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2004, and Pete Vonachen ’49 served on the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1994.

And finally, you will notice that this issue introduces a fresh, more contemporary look that was designed in-house. Our last major magazine redesign occurred in 2004. Through our passion for our community, well-chosen words, and strong visual imagery, we strive to do justice to all that is Bradley University. 

As you turn the pages of our redesigned publication, we hope you will feel the excitement, once again, of the intellectual landscape and welcoming community that you experienced as a student or a visitor on the Hilltop. If you have not paid a visit in recent years, I want to welcome you back. I hope this is the year I will personally greet you on campus — perhaps in October for Homecoming!