Awards, recognition, grants and external funding

Bradley creates entrepreneurship school

Pictured at the inauguration of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation are, from right, Carolyn Turner, Robert Turner ’77 MBA ’78, President Joanne Glasser, and the Turners’ son Andrew ’11.

Bradley inaugurated the Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation last fall. The first of its kind in the nation, the school is a stand-alone academic unit open to students in all disciplines.

Named for Bradley alumnus Robert Turner ’77 MBA ’78 and his wife Carolyn, the Turner School welcomed its first students during the fall semester. Students will learn how to start a business or social enterprise; network with colleagues, investors, employees and other stake-holders; evaluate opportunities and risks; develop products or services; and gain a global perspective on the business marketplace.

Hills honored as creative pioneer

Dr. Gerald E. Hills won the Karl Vesper Pioneer Award in September 2012, given annually by Oklahoma State University to a significant person in the entrepreneurship discipline. Dr. Hills, left, was recognized for overcoming obstacles in advancing entrepreneurship within the academic environment and pioneering significant change in the field.

Dr. Hills has written and edited more than 100 entrepreneurship articles and 25 books. He was the co-founder and first president of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is president of the International Council for Small Business.

Dr. Hills holds the endowed Turner Chair in Entrepreneurship, is a professor of entrepreneurship and is the founding academic and executive director of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Students win Caterpillar forecasting competition

Dr. Christos Nikolopoulos, professor of computer science and information systems, and his research team won gold in the International Demand Forecasting Competition sponsored by Caterpillar Logistics last June.

The team competed against universities from around the globe to develop the most innovative solution to a Caterpillar consumer demand problem. Caterpillar’s contest focused on determining the consumption patterns of its randomly purchased parts.

The team, above, included Dr. Ross Fink, professor of business management and administration, graduate students John Griffith, MS ’13 and Shashwati Ramteke, MS ’12 and Dr. Nikolopoulos. Team member Shua Murtaza ’12 is not pictured.

Speech Team wins two national titles

Bradley’s Speech Team, above, won two national championships in 2012: the American Forensic Association (AFA) and the National Forensic Association (NFA) tournaments. The wins marked the 14th time the speech team swept both national titles in the same year.

Speech team member Jacoby Cochran ’13 helped guide the team to victory, winning the title of national champion and taking first place in communication analysis, individual sweepstakes and duo interpretation with Justin Restaino ’14 at the AFA, and the pentathlon and rhetorical criticism titles at the NFA. Cecil Stark Blutcher ’13 won the poetry championships at both the AFA and NFA, and Camille Yameen ’12 took home the prose title. 

The most successful forensics program in the nation, the Bradley Speech Team has earned 39 national championships and 141 individual national championships since 1980.

Service program earns national recognition

The Jenzabar Foundation selected Bradley’s Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service as the winner of its Student Leadership Award last September. Along with this honor, the Burger Center received a $5,000 grant to continue its work.

Bradley student-volunteers distinguished themselves by raising $194,000 for more than 75 charities and spending more than 48,500 hours volunteering during the 2011–12 academic year.

The Jenzabar Foundation, a public charity that aims to encourage humanitarian efforts of students worldwide, also invited the Bradley team to Boston in September to attend the Millennium Conference, where universities unite to end world hunger.

Bradley ranked among the best universities

Bradley received top praise in 2012 from The Princeton Review, U.S.News & World Report, Entrepreneur Magazine, G.I. Jobs, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Animation Career Review.

In its 2012 edition of the annual college guide The Best 373 Colleges, The Princeton Review named Bradley one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate study, as it has done consistently for many years. Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the guide.

The Princeton Review also ranked Bradley’s athletic facilities among the top 20 in America. The Markin Family Student Recreation Center, opened in 2008, and Renaissance Coliseum, completed in 2010, provide students with large, modern fitness facilities for training, intercollegiate competition and leisure.

Bradley also earned an honorable mention on The Princeton Review’s list of the best undergraduate videogame design programs in the U.S. and Canada, and Animation Career Review named Bradley’s animation program among the 20 best in the Midwest.

U.S.News & World Report’s annual publication America’s Best Colleges 2012 ranked Bradley sixth among Midwest regional universities, and Bradley moved up to fifth place for “best value,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s analysis on institutions’ academic quality, net tuition and housing costs.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked Bradley as the 86th best value in private education in its annual ranking of universities.

Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Bradley’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program among the top 25 in the nation for the second consecutive year. The annual survey placed Bradley 23rd of 2,000 schools reviewed.

G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools placed Bradley University on its Military Friendly School list, a designation honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to ensure America’s military service members, veterans and spouses succeed as students.

Student receives Fulbright to teach in Korea

Bradley graduate Brittany Horton ’12 won a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in the spring of 2012. Horton is teaching English in South Korea during the 2012–13 academic year as a part of the Fulbright program. The program brings approximately 80 Americans to South Korea each year, pairing them with a Korean instructor for an English class.

An English and sociology major at Bradley, Horton, above, is spending a year in Korea, living with a host family. After completing her Fulbright, she plans to pursue a master’s or doctorate in education, sociology or business.

Jazz ensemble, math professor bring skills to Italy

Bradley’s 18-student Jazz Ensemble, below, played its way through Rome, Sienna and Perugia on a 10-day tour of Italy in July. Under director Dr. Todd Kelly, the band performed six concerts. “The 2012 ensemble is one of the very strongest in my 14-year tenure at Bradley,” Dr. Kelly said.

This trip marks the fourth time the Jazz Ensemble has traveled to Europe. For a video slideshow of their trip, visit

Another Bradley faculty member, Dr. Herbert Kasube, associate professor of mathematics, went to Italy in June on his seventh study tour with the Mathematical Association of America, the nation’s largest mathematical society.

Dr. Kasube is on the executive committee of the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA. During his journey, Kasube researched Italian Renaissance mathematicians and the influence that mathematics has on art.

On previous MAA study tours, Kasube visited England, Mexico, Egypt, Guatemala, Peru, Russia, Switzerland and Germany.

Accounting professors win Lawler Award

Dr. Coleen Troutman, associate professor of accounting, left; Gail Petravick, adjunct professor of business management and a bankruptcy attorney with Ostling and Associates Ltd.; and Dr. Mollie Adams, assistant professor of accounting, won the Journal of Accountancy’s Lawler Award for editorial excellence in 2012.

Their winning article, “Advising Financially Stressed Clients,” advises CPAs what to do and what to avoid when assisting clients in financial crisis. The article focuses on the various options and alternatives available to a client in a variety of situations.

According to the Journal of Accountancy, “The winning articles provide an interesting overview of the most important topics throughout the profession’s recent history and highlight some of the timeless themes that continue to resonate with CPAs today.”

The journal is published by the largest CPA organization in the country.

Bradley takes silver at Case Competition

Bradley University’s team of MBA students won second place at the Society for the Advancement of Management National Case Competition in Las Vegas last March. Jana Kotkova, MBA ’13, Veronika Koubova, MBA ’13, Candace Esken ’11 MBA ’13 and Kyle Malinowski ’11 MBA ’13 faced off against teams from 26 universities across the country.

Their task was to create a strategic plan within two months for Tesla Motors, an electric car manufacturer based in California. A panel of business professionals serving as judges evaluated each plan. This is the fifth consecutive year that Bradley MBA students have won first or second in the national competition. Dr. Larry Weinzimmer is the team’s faculty adviser.

Jacobs earns award for weekly television series

Dr. Bob Jacobs, professor of communication and director of Bradley’s John C. Hench Production Art Studios, earned a Silver Telly Award, the highest such award, in March 2012 for his local news feature story Postcards from Home: Little Big Man. The Telly Awards are an annual international competition for professional video and television artists.

In June 2012, Dr. Jacobs won the Communicator’s Gold Award of Excellence for Postcards from Home, which also was nominated for an Emmy by the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2011. Dr. Jacobs produces and hosts the TV news feature weekly on WCIA (CBS) in Champaign-Springfield.

Putting poetry to music

Dr. John Orfe, assistant professor of music, was one of two composers to win the Pacific Chorale’s Young Composers Contest in January 2012.

Dr. Orfe won for his a capella piece Fire! based on the poem by Langston Hughes. The piece was premiered by the John Alexander Singers on March 11, 2012, at California State University, Fullerton.

Pacific Chorale’s 2012 Young Composers Competition, created to encourage the proliferation of America’s choral music, was opened in fall 2011 to choral composers under the age of 35.

Dr. Orfe’s works have been performed in Thailand, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Central and South America and throughout the United States.

Student accounting group takes national honors

Bradley’s Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary organization for accounting majors, was honored with the Gold Chapter Award at the national convention in August 2011 for its Books to Baskets service project and for showing outstanding leadership.

Members collected textbooks from students and faculty and sold them to online buyers, with the funds going to local charities and schools.

Bradley’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, below, has received the Gold Chapter Award three out of the past four years. The chapter is led by Dr. Simon Petravick, chair of the accounting department, and Dr. Stephen Kerr, associate professor of accounting.