Founder's Day Celebration 2008

July 1, 2010

The 112th Bradley University Founder's Day Celebrations was held on October 3. The Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts was recognized with significant award winners during the presentation. Among the five faculty awards given, professors from the Department of Communication walked away with two of them. Dr. Steve Banning received the Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship and Dr. Robert Jacobs received the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award. Dr. Steve Banning, assistant professor of Communications, researches media theory along with effects in general and the third-person effect in particular. Since Banning came to Bradley two years ago, he has published a variety of articles as well as a book chapter in academia journals. In addition to all of his scholarly publications, Banning has addressed numerous research conferences in Columbia, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Robert Jacobs instructs radio/television majors with a creative focus on audio/video production. Jacobs has a variety of film and television credits as well as Associated Honors for Postcards from Home, Connections, Peoria 911, Postcards from the Heart, and a variety of others. His publications include books as well as book chapters and numerous articles. In addition, Jacobs has film, television, and radio scripts to his credit. Sal Tinajero, a 1995 Communication graduate, received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Graduate award. Tinajero teaches speech and coaches the speech and debate team for Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. Among his various honors, most recently he was awarded the 2006 National Hispanic Teacher of the Year. Renee Byer, a 1980 Photojournalist graduate, was named to the prestigious Bradley University Centurion Society. Centurions are distinguished alumni who are recognized for their excellence in all endeavors. Byer received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She is employed with the Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, California.