President's Prelude

President Joanne Glasser

The Bradley Experience includes a vibrant residence hall community life that plays a pivotal role on campus. From the excitement of the high-energy Move-in Day to late-night cramming for tests to staff-led programs, residence halls serve as a social hub for students. As I greet students when they arrive for fall semester, I marvel at their ability to maximize storage space and find a home for their clothes, technology, and special treasures that make them feel at home. 

Inside this issue of Bradley Hilltopics, I hope you will relive the excitement and cherished memories from your residence hall experience in our special feature. Bradley has welcomed students to live on campus for nearly 100 years, beginning with a small women’s dormitory in 1915. Today, the University operates 12 residence halls with beds for 2,140 students and high-speed Internet connections. Unlike when many of you were students, the rooms no longer have landline telephones; cellular technology has made them obsolete. 

Residence halls are still where students make lifelong friends, continue classroom conversations on interesting topics, explore different ideas and cultures, overcome homesickness, and learn to share and thrive in an environment that will never be replicated.

The University’s five-year strategic plan includes a comprehensive review of our residential facilities, with an exploration of options that vary from the traditional dorm room. I look forward to this feasibility study and the future it affords our students and their residence halls.

On our cover is Tami Lane, a 1996 Bradley graduate. Tami won an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This year, Tami was nominated for an Academy Award in makeup and hairstyling for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We are very proud of our talented alumna and look forward to more success to come in her illustrious career.

In January, Bradley’s Hayden-Clark Alumni Center was LEED certified at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first new building in Peoria to receive this designation. We are awaiting a certification award for Westlake Hall, which was designed and built to meet LEED Gold certification standards.

I invite you to attend our inaugural Leadership Summit that will be held from June 13–15 on Bradley’s campus. Proven leaders in finance, education, government, technology, and nonprofits will share their personal experiences that will help you address current leadership challenges in your career and community. While on campus, take a stroll by a residence hall, perhaps the one you first called your Bradley home. I hope to see you soon on the Hilltop.