Student Services

Vice President for Student Affairs

Nathan Thomas
100 Sisson Hall, ext. 3140

The Division of Student Affairs is one of the major administrative divisions of the University. The philosophy of Student Affairs correlates with the University’s major goals and supporting policies. The programs and activities conducted by the Division of Student Affairs are integral to the mission of the University, address the diversities of the environment in which it resides, and respond to student needs. The Bradley environment provides opportunities for the deliberate and total development of its students and encompasses experiences beyond the classroom. The Division is concerned with the whole student and believes that what students learn and experience influences their aspirations, development, and achievements.

The Division also works closely with Bradley parents and is responsible for Parents'/Family Weekend, the Parents' Board and the Office of Parent Relations.

The Division complements the academic experience through programming activities and resources provided by the Centers for Student Involvement; Student Development, Health, and Transitional Services; Residential Living and Leadership; Smith Career Center and Student Support Services.

Housing Office (Center for Residential Living and Leadership)

Ryan Bair, Director
133 Sisson Hall, ext. 3221

Housing is responsible for room assignments within the residence hall system and supports the residence hall staff Residence and Community Directors and Assistant/Resident Advisors. The residence hall system facilitates maintenance and repairs for daily problems through the Facilities Management Department. Student security personnel are assigned to each residence hall and supervised by the Housing Office. The office manages twelve residence halls and the Student Apartment Complex.

International Student Services

(See Multicultural Student Services)

Learning Assistance, Center for

Dr. Deborah Fischer,
312 Library, ext. 3654

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Center for Learning Assistance (CLA) provides assistance for students with their college experience. The people who use the CLA are a diverse group: students who have higher GPAs and want to keep them, students who have lower GPAs and want to improve them, and everyone in between. Many of the students are self-referred to the CLA or are referred by faculty, staff, resident advisors, or friends

Bradley undergraduate students may receive two hours of free peer tutoring per week. Tutor contact information is available online through the CLA or tutoring website.  Students log in using their user name and passwords to access tutor names and availability.  Funding for tutoring is paid for in part by the Bradley Parents' Association.

Bradley University requires participation in the Turning Point Program (TPP) for students placed on academic probation for the first time. Once final semester grades are processed, students are notified in writing about being automatically enrolled in the TPP program.

The CLA assists students with identified disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations. Students who wish to request a reasonable accommodation must submit appropriate documentation of the disability to the Director of the CLA. Students will be offered help advocating for identified accommodations and learning support throughout their years here at the University.  Support utilizing assistive technology is also available.

Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service

Jessica Chandler, Director
20A Harper Hall, ext.. 3682 leadership

The Bradley Center for Student Leadership and Public Service represents the University's commitment to educate and prepare our students for civic responsibility to become committed leaders for the 21st century. By involving our students in a myriad of service activities and leadership programs, the Center will benefit the Bradley students, the Central Illinois Community and our society.

The Center has three main components:

  1. Volunteer Opportunities - including Service on Saturday and Volunteer Placement Booklets, individual or group volunteer placements, Students Today Leaders Forever Pay it Forward Spring Break Tour

  2. Programs - including the Bradley University Elite Leadership Conference, LINCS (peer to peer leadership facilitation), Students Today Leaders Forever Pay it Forward Spring Break Tour, and the Leadership Studies Minor

  3. The Student Leadership and Public Service Fellows Program

In addition, the Center provides information on a wide range of peer advising, leadership consulting, and service and leadership opportunities throughout the United States. Each year Bradley will designate 15 freshmen as Student Leadership and Public Service Fellows selected through a competitive application process. Each Fellow will receive a $1,000/year scholarship for four years and, in addition to their normal course studies, agrees to complete specified activities and internships over eight semesters which prepare them for leadership roles and careers in public service.

The Center promotes service and leadership among the Bradley student body. It provides opportunities for students to be involved in community service and leadership activities and promotes the incorporation of a service component into the curriculum where appropriate.

Markin Center

Kristen Nesvacil, Director, Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities
120 Markin Center, ext.2677

Nick Kramer, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation
120 Markin Center, ext.2677

Matt Lacy, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation & Athletic Facilities
120 Markin Center, ext. 2677

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened in October 2008. The Markin Center houses 5 basketball courts, one being a Multi-Purpose Activity Court (MAC) and another being an Intramural Performance Court along with a 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, 2 racquetball courts, a climbing wall and a bouldering wall. It is also the home to 3 multi-purpose rooms, a suspended, 1/8 mile, jogging/walking track, a group fitness room, a spinning room, a juice bar and a vast selection of cardio and weight training equipment. Policies and procedures of the Markin Center are available in the Campus Recreation Office as well as online at

The Markin Center, scheduled through the Campus Recreation Office, is designed for use by all Bradley students, faculty and staff. The various facility areas are used for informal recreation, intramural sports events, sport and fitness classes, and club and student organization activities. Students, faculty and staff members must swipe a valid Bradley ID into the turnstiles to be allowed access to the facility. Access will be denied if ID is not present or declined.

The Markin Center is open over 120 hours a week, including until midnight 7 days a week, in an effort to provide ample opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to use the facility at their convenience. In addition, 25 different intramural sports events are scheduled during the academic year. Sports and fitness classes are taught on a not-for-credit basis and are registered for in the Campus Recreation Office, Room 120. Traffic and usage of the building is often heavy, especially later in the day, so those seeking to make the most efficient use of the facilities should consider the following “tricks of the trade.”

A locker is a wise acquisition if you plan to use the Markin Center regularly. For students, half lockers are available for $7/semester and full lockers are available for $10/semester. Lockers can be purchased in the Campus Recreation Office. Whether you choose to purchase a locker or not, you are encouraged to leave any valuables at home.

If you are interested in playing racquetball, it is usually necessary to make a reservation at one of our two available courts. Courts can be reserved up to a day in advance and the reservation sheets are located at the Control Desk in the Markin Center. All reservations must be made in person, no reservations will be taken over the phone.

At various times during the year, scheduled events and activities may impact the availability of some areas of the Markin Center. Every attempt will be made to post changes in hours. Call ext. 2677 to check space availability.

Guest Passes

  • A guest pass will be issued to a person who wishes to enter the facility and must be sponsored by a current student or Markin Privilege-holding faculty/staff member. 
  • Each student, faculty, or staff member may sponsor only ONE guest per day.
  • The cost for a guest pass is $5.00 per visit and can be purchased in the Campus Recreation Office during regular business hours or at the Control Desk during off-hours.
  • The student, faculty, or staff members must present a valid ID to the Control Desk Attendant before a guest pass will be issued to any individual.
  • Each student, faculty, or staff member is required to accompany the guest while in the Markin Center in addition to being responsible for the guest’s behavior. Unaccompanied or disruptive guests will be asked to leave the facility.

Faculty/Staff Passes

Faculty and staff members who wish to use the Markin Center can purchase the privilege to do so in the Campus Recreation Office. The pass is valid from January 1 to December 31 of the respective years.

Family Passes

Family passes for the immediate family and dependents of students, faculty, and staff are available, in the Campus Recreation Office. The family members of faculty and staff will only be issued family passes if the faculty or staff member has purchased the privilege to use the Markin Center. Family members are limited to posted Family Hours of the facility. The Family Member Pass must be presented to be allowed into the building. Family members are not allowed to sponsor guests.

Alumni and Community Passes

Currently members of the community are not allowed to purchase the privilege to use the Markin Center. If they wish to use the facility, they can be sponsored by a current Bradley student or paying faculty or staff member and purchase a daily $5 guest pass. Call 677-2677 for more information.

Markin Center General Building Hours

Monday – Friday, 6 am – 11:45 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 11:45 pm

Pool Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    • 7 am – 8 am – lap swim
  • Monday – Friday
    • 11 am - 1:30 pm - lap swim
  • Saturday & Sunday
    • 12 pm – 2 pm – family swim
    •   2 pm – 3 pm – lap swim
    •   3 pm – 6 pm – open swim

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are run by the Campus Recreation Office and take place in the Markin Center, Meinen Field, Markin Tennis Courts as well as a few other locations in the community. Intramural sports are Bradley’s effort to provide all students with opportunities for physical fitness and participation in structured athletic events. There are over 20 organized intramural sports events that are open to all students, regardless of their experience or skill level. For more information call ext. 2677, stop by the Campus Recreation Office, Room 120, or visit our website at

Minority Student Services

(See Multicultural Student Services)

Multicultural Student Services and Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center

Norris Chase, Interim Director
Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center, ext. 2648

The Office of Multicultural Student Services provides a wide range of support services and programs for students who identify with historically underrepresented ethnic groups, international students, and all students here at Bradley University. We encourage a healthy student participation in campus life, student organizations, and academic excellence, and community service.


  • Advocacy on behalf of individual students as it pertains to overall student development issues
  • Cultural sensitivity workshops for students and University departments
  • Advisement of multicultural student organizations
  • Academic advising and appropriate referrals
  • Assist international students maintaining their F-1 student status

Key Programs:

  • How to workshops (Laundry and Maintaining religious affiliation)
  • Freshman Student of Color Mixer
  • International Student Orientation
  • Cultural programming that helps encourage Bradley students to explore diversity
  • Multicultural Arts Festival 
  • Student of Color Graduation Banquet and Reception (December and May)


  • Computer Lab with printer and copier
  • Multicultural Resource Library
  • Student lounge and study space
  • Auditorium and conference center

*The Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center is located across from Williams Hall

Off-Campus and Nontraditional Student Services

Anne Hollis, Director
101 Sisson Hall, ext. 3658

This office helps to coordinate special services and programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of off-campus and nontraditional students. Additional program information for nontraditional students is available through the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Continuing Education Bldg. Nontraditional students are invited to make use of the Garrett Center and the Michel Student Center.

Orientation and Advisement

David Trillizio
100 Heitz, ext. 2420

The Center assists students in transitioning to Bradley University through first-year programs that help students right from the start. Orientation allows new parents, freshmen and transfer students to learn about the myriad of services that Bradley University offers while providing opportunities to network with other parents and students—thereby easing the transition into the University.

The Center is responsible for the Academic Exploration Program which assists students who seek guidance about academic major and career choices. The program provides students with the support and tools to assess themselves, the resources to explore academic and career opportunities, and numerous opportunities to interact one-on-one with their academic advisor, who may also be their instructor for the Student Planning Seminar Course (AEP 100) or the Student Strategies Seminar (AEP 115). Students may also utilize our academic advising hotline—regardless of their major. Please visit us with any questions or concerns!

Residential Living and Leadership, Center for

133 Sisson Hall, ext. 3221

Ryan Bair, Director, Residential Living
135 Sisson Hall, ext. 3218

Nancy Schwartz, Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life
21D Harper Hall, ext. 2428

Jessica Chandler, Director, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service
20C Harper Hall, ext. 2428

The Center for Residential Living and Leadership is responsible for the general welfare of residence hall students and fraternities and sororities, particularly concerning their out-of-class activities, living environment, and leadership development. Additionally, the Center coordinates room assignments and administers the student judicial system.

Residential Living hires and trains the residence hall staff for the university’s residence halls. They include: University Hall, Geisert Hall, Harper Hall, Wyckoff Hall, Heitz Hall, Williams Hall, College Hall, Wendle Hall, Elmwood Hall, Lovelace Hall, and Student Apartment Complex. Juniors and seniors have the option of moving into St. James apartments operated by Cambridge Property Management.

The Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service strives to educate and prepare students to be committed and effective leaders in their careers, families, and communities. Through programs such as BUILD, Team Bradley, and the Leadership Studies Minor, students develop skills critical for campus and community leadership positions. The Center also coordinates the Volunteer Network, which connects Bradley students with Peoria service agencies in an effort to promote community service and volunteerism.

Smith Career Center

Jon C. Neidy, Executive Director
Burgess Hall, ext. 2510

The Smith Career Center assists students in exploring and defining career options, developing job search strategies, obtaining career-related work experience, and identifying and connecting with prospective employers. The center provides individual career advisement, job search workshops, a career information library, a one-credit course in job search strategy, several job fairs, a graduate/professional school fair, campus interviews with prospective employers, and extensive online resources at

Through the Smith Career Center’s eRecruiting service students may submit resumes for the Web Resume Book, review Web job listings, and participate in campus interviews. Use of eRecruiting is restricted to currently enrolled Bradley University students and alumni.

Extensive web-based resources are available to help students learn more about career information, job availability, and networking. Specific resources including eRecruiting (resume database, job listings, and campus recruiting sign-ups), an online practice interview system, Optimal Resume (resume development website),GoinGlobal, and “What Can I Do With A Major In …?” can be accessed through the Smith Career Center website.

Typically 350 or more employers visit the Bradley campus each year to consider Bradley candidates for internship, cooperative education, summer, part-time and full-time jobs. Students have the opportunity to meet employers during special presentations, job fairs, and campus interviews.

The Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships: Students are encouraged to gain career-related work experience prior to graduation through internships, cooperative education and summer or part-time employment. Internships and cooperative education experiences provide opportunities for professional development, which integrate classroom theory with supervised work experience. Students have a choice of several options to follow.

The part-time option allows students to attend classes while working part-time with a local employer. The full-time option allows students to work full-time during an academic semester or summer. The full-time alternating option is based upon alternating periods of full-time work and full-time school. All the above options correspond with the academic calendar.

Internship/Cooperative Education Policy

While on a full-time internship or cooperative education work assignment, students registered for the appropriate Co-op/Intern course are considered to have full-time student status, making normal progress toward a degree in a recognized university program and are entitled to all student privileges at Bradley University. Also while on a full-time assignment, students may register for additional hours of classroom study upon departmental approval.

In order to be referred to an employer or participate in an internship or cooperative education work assignment, students must be classified as a Bradley University student and meet program requirements. They also must be either registered for a minimum of three hours of non-cooperative education/internship credit or be on a full-time cooperative education or internship assignment. A work assignment or credit will not be approved retroactively.

Misrepresentation Policy

If any information provided in a registrant's eRecruiting account, resume, or other application materials/activities is found to be inaccurate, disciplinary action through the Smith Career Center and/or the University’s judicial system may be taken. Examples of misrepresentation, as they apply to the Smith Career Center, would include falsifying information provided during an interview, at a career fair, in a written resume or cover letter, and in eRecruiting profiles, resume books, and uploaded resumes.

Campus Interview Cancellation Policy

If you MUST cancel a scheduled campus interview with an employer visiting Bradley University, the deadline for doing so is 24 hours prior (8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday) to the interview. You are responsible for contacting the Smith Career Center’s receptionist at 677-2510 and requesting that your name be removed from a schedule. Failure to cancel your interview 24 hours prior to the interview will result in the interview being classified as a “no show.”

Campus Interview No Show Policy

A “no show” is defined as a missed scheduled interview where the student does not appear for a scheduled interview and has not notified or given sufficient cancellation notification (as defined above) to the Smith Career Center prior to the interview. Campus interviews are an important service provided by the Smith Career Center. Failure to follow interview cancellation procedures means an opportunity denied to other students who could have taken advantage of an interview on a campus interview schedule. It also means time and money lost to the employer and a less favorable view of Bradley University and its candidates.

Student Activities

Tom Coy, Director
141 Sisson Hall, ext. 3050

Lauren Smetana, Assistant Director, ext. 3050

The Student Activities Office provides support services to all students involved in co-curricular activities. Services are offered to over 200 registered organizations including the Activities Council, residence hall units, SABRC, Student Senate, cultural, international, and graduate students, the Greek system, professional societies, and service organizations. Support services include program planning, leadership development, organizational and audience development, contracts negotiation, major concert production, film and video, posting validation, promotion and publicity, talent acquisition and financial management. The office manages the Sisson Hall Student Organizations offices and Michel Student Center information area, Lydia’s Lounge and use of campus grounds. The Student Activities Office additionally maintains a master calendar of events to enable student organizations to schedule programs without conflict. The calendar is maintained on Bradley's homepage.

Student Development, Health, and Transitional Services, Center for

100 Heitz   Hall, ext. 2420

The services provided by the Center for Student Development, Health, and Transitional Services are designed to provide opportunities and assistance to students for the realization of their educational goals. Beginning with an extensive introduction to the University environment through summer orientation, students are subsequently provided with a course for new students, advisement, counseling services, health services, and opportunities to investigate and explore new academic areas and challenges.

The Academic Exploration Program is a unique program for students who are learning to identify an academic interest. In addition to individual diagnostic evaluations and course sampling, special advisement services are provided to help students begin understanding the opportunities of their educational and career interests.

Student Aides are students who work during the academic year to provide freshmen with programs regarding their studies, academic choices, and their involvement on campus. The Student Aides also serve as orientation leaders during student and parent summer orientation sessions. Advisement Hotline, ext. 2420.

Do you have questions about registration, requirements, drop/add, academic majors, tutors, and other advisement concerns? Call the "Advisement Hotline" Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for assistance.

Student Involvement, Center for

Mike Keup, Executive Director
120 Markin Center, ext. 2404

This unit provides a cohesive plan of programs, activities, events, and services designed to respond to the cultural, social, physical, and recreational needs of all students enrolled at Bradley. Opportunities for leadership and organization development are provided for students to learn new skills, broaden their abilities, and manage their organizational activities. Communication among faculty, administration, students, and staff is encouraged as a means to promote a well-informed campus community regarding student activities and government.

Student Support Services, Center for

Anne Hollis, Director
101 Sisson Hall, ext. 3658

The Center for Student Support Services is designed to offer guidance to students in times of need. Our mission is to provide personal attention and resources to students as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals. The Center serves as a major link between academic and student affairs striving to improve student retention through positive communication and relationships with students, faculty, staff and families. We will help students find the necessary information or resources so they may have a personally rewarding education at Bradley University.

Testing, Center for

Ms. Sherry Winkle
100 Heitz Hall, ext. 2416

If you are undecided about a major or if you want to identify your strengths, the Center for Testing can provide valuable information. Tests and inventories, specially selected according to your needs, will match your primary career interests, abilities and personality style.