Awards, recognition, grants, and external funding

Economics professor earns lifetime achievement award

Professor of Economics Dr. Bob Weinstein received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership in 2011. Dr. Weinstein was recognized for his contributions to the development of the national MEP system, his leadership in strengthening U.S. supply chains, and his work on behalf of small manufacturers.

Dr. Weinstein is president emeritus of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center on Bradley’s campus, where he served as president from 1996–2011.

Composer wins commissioning contest

Dr. John Orfe, temporary assistant professor of music, won the 2011 Choral Arts Ensemble Commissioning Contest for his piece O Crux for choir and solo trombone. The piece will be premiered by the Choral Arts Ensemble during its 2012–13 season.

Dr. Orfe’s piece was selected from five finalists by composers from around the world, including Italy and Switzerland. He is the composer-in-residence for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

Jacobs earns international award

Dr. Bob Jacobs earned a Communicator’s Award for Excellence in the television news features category in May 2011 for his series Postcards from Home.

A professor of communication and director of Bradley’s John C. Hench Production Art Studios, Dr. Jacobs produced the series biweekly for WEEK-TV (NBC) in Peoria through March 2011, and the TV news feature now appears weekly on WCIA (CBS) in Champaign-Springfield.

The Communicator Awards are judged by the International Association of Visual Artists. Dr. Jacobs also earned a Communicator’s Award for Excellence and a Telly Award for Excellence in Television News Features in 2010. He won an Emmy in 2000 for Postcards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chicago/Midwest chapter, and he has had eight Emmy nominations.

Grant secures 3D prototyping machines

Bradley University is the first and only university in the world to obtain a 3D Systems Project 6000 rapid prototyping machine. The installation of the state-of-the-art equipment was just the third in the United States and the fourth in the world.

The prototyping machine creates 3D objects made of plastic resin that can be used as models in research and for mass production.

The University also purchased a Fortus 250mc 3D printer, another machine used in rapid prototyping applications, for the College of Engineering and Technology’s Manufacturing Laboratory for Next Generation Engineers.

The acquisitions came from a $2 million federal grant received as part of the partnership between the Department of Defense and Bradley University. The grant was established to educate and train the next generation of engineers to be innovative, creative, and successful in the global economy.

The interdisciplinary laboratory allows students, faculty, and industry participants to perform significant applied research. It will provide students with critical hands-on experience in current, advanced, and future manufacturing processes.

History professor’s dissertation honored

Dr. Robert Hawkins, assistant professor of history, received the 2011 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize of the American Studies Association and the 2011 Journal of Social History Award. The dissertation award recognizes the best dissertation from scholars across the country.

Dr. Hawkins’ dissertation, “Natural Born Ease Man?: Work, Masculinity, and the Itinerant Black Musician,” blended in-depth analysis, original research, and compelling prose.

“I am especially honored to be able to teach African-American history,” Dr. Hawkins says. “As a white scholar, it’s a very special opportunity for me and also a special responsibility. I have to do it very well. It’s something I care about and want to do my best.” Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in American studies from Saint Louis University, a Master of Arts in Southern studies from the University of Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College.

Psychology Department awarded for service

Bradley’s Department of Psychology was selected as a 2011 recipient of the American Psychological Association Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences. The award, initiated by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, recognizes graduate and undergraduate departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.

The psychology department received a formal citation and $5,000 to use for departmental activities, and was recognized for its ability to connect new psychology students with upperclassmen and for its service projects in the community. “The award recognizes a department’s service to the discipline of psychology,” says Dr. Derek Montgomery, chair of the Department of Psychology. “In some ways it means giving back to the community. In addition to that, it’s about drawing students into that culture so that they learn how to give psychology away.”

BU earns Three Palmes Award for fourth year

The Foster College of Business Administration received the 2011 Three Palmes Award from Eduniversal, an organization that ranks the top business schools in the world. Bradley has received this designation for the fourth consecutive year based on its excellent accreditation, high ranking, international awareness, and recommendations by the International Scientific Committee. The award is determined by a panel of nine international judges.

National Magazines Laud Bradley

Bradley University recently received recognition from multiple national publications, including U.S.News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and G.I. Jobs.

U.S.News and World Report ranked Bradley sixth overall in the Midwest and made the list of Great Schools at Great Prices in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. For the 13th consecutive year, Bradley made The Princeton Review’s list of top schools, appearing in the 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges. Published annually by Random House, the guide profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review, with Entrepreneur magazine, commended Bradley’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program, ranking it 20th in the nation based on a survey of more than 2,000 institutions.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included Bradley on its list of the top 100 private universities that offer excellent, affordable academics. The rankings of the “best value” schools were based on several criteria, including small class size, financial aid, high graduation rates, and low debt for students after completing their degrees.

For its effort to support America’s military service personnel and veterans, Bradley was among the 15 percent of institutions highlighted as a Military Friendly School in G.I. Jobs magazine.

Nursing chapter recognized for excellence

Bradley University’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, won two 2009–2011 Showcase of Regional Excellence Awards. The awards are designed to recognize chapters that promote progress, technology, and health in the fields of nursing and within their chapters.

Bradley’s Epsilon Epsilon chapter won awards for “Contributing to Global Health” and “Creating Welcoming Environments” for increasing student participation in chapter activities and encouraging new members to remain active. The chapter also received the Chapter Key Award from Sigma Theta Tau, which honors chapters for membership, recruitment, retention, publicity, programming, and professional and leadership development.

Psychology adviser honored

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Timothy Koeltzow was honored with the 2011 Regional Faculty Adviser Award from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in psychology. Bradley Psi Chi members nominated Dr. Koeltzow.

Dr. Koeltzow helped guide Bradley’s Psi Chi chapter to the 2011 Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award, which recognizes the chapter that best embodies Psi Chi’s purpose of encouraging and stimulating psychology students, and advancing the science of psychology.

Accounting professor named “Outstanding Educator”

Dr. Simon Petravick, associate professor of accounting, received the 2011 Outstanding Educator Award from the Illinois CPA Society. The award recognizes outstanding teaching, curriculum development, and advising by an Illinois educator.

Dr. Petravick, who has more than 20 years of teaching experience, serves as an academic adviser to 25 accounting students and is the faculty adviser for Bradley’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, an honorary organization for financial information students. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses.

Librarian’s Google article tops charts

An article written by Bradley’s electronic services librarian was ranked No. 1 on SciVerse ScienceDirect’s list of the Top 25 Hottest Articles. Xiaotian Chen’s article “Google Scholar’s Dramatic Coverage Improvement Five Years after Debut” remained at the top of the list for two consecutive quarters in 2010 and 2011 and was ranked No. 3 from April to June of 2011. The article, which appears in the journal Series Review, compares Google Scholar’s coverage of scholarly journals with commercial services.

Bradley receives Komen volunteer award

Bradley received the annual Outstanding Volunteer Group Award in March 2011 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s leading network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

Bradley entered the largest team for the 25th Race for the Cure in Peoria last May, after promoting involvement through pink balloons, ribbons, fliers, posters, pink bake sales, social media messaging, and on-campus registration events. Many student organizations and athletic teams also were involved. Nearly 300 faculty, students, staff, and Bradley supporters gathered to form Bradley’s first human ribbon. The crowd wore pink T-shirts and formed a large-scale version of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure logo on Bradley’s Meinen Field.

A breast cancer survivor, Bradley President Joanne Glasser served as the honorary chair of the 2010 race, and she has been a visible spokesperson for the event for several years. She and Team Bradley captain Karen Metzinger were invited to Fort Worth, Texas, last spring to accept the award.

Speech Team continues success

Bradley speech team member Jacoby Cochran won the individual sweepstakes award and the persuasive championship title at last spring’s National Forensic Association Tournament. The NFA individual sweepstakes award goes to the top scorer competing in at least four events.

“Speech is a mixture of talent, hard work, and luck,” says Cochran, a junior philosophy major from Chicago Heights. “I caught four days where I had all three of them at the same time.”

The Bradley speech team placed second of 90 teams and also placed second at the American Forensic Association Tournament hosted by Missouri State University and Drury University earlier that month. Illinois State University hosted the four-day NFA tournament last April.

The most successful forensics program in the nation, the Bradley speech team has earned 37 national championships and 133 individual national championships since 1980.