‘Sandwich King’ reigns at Food Network

JEFF MAURO ’00 became “obsessed with food in all its glory” as a child growing up in an Italian-American family. “We made sure food was the focal point of every occasion,” Mauro said. 

That obsession served him well on August 14, when he won the seventh season of Next Food Network Star. Mauro competed against 14 participants in various cooking challenges for the honor of hosting his own cooking show. Sandwich King premiered at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on August 21 on Food Network. The show promises to “turn any meal into a sandwich and any sandwich into a delicious meal.

Mauro quickly became known for his sandwiches during the competition, a passion that also began early. “I even started packing my own lunches as a kid and separated every sandwich ingredient in its own sandwich bag. … Not to mention I would usually transform whatever I was served at the dinner table into a sandwich,” the 33-year-old said.


Visit Food Network to watch videos of Mauro and learn his sandwich recipes.

His obsession continued at Bradley, where he always had a stock of turkey, cheese, and bread from Thompson’s supermarket in Campustown. As a student, Mauro honed his TV personality while studying radio and television and participating in theater. He ventured to Hollywood to try his luck at becoming a comedian, but then ended up at culinary school.

Sandwiches continued to be a staple in Mauro’s life when he became the private corporate chef for a large mortgage firm in Chicago; however, TV still interested him, which led him to audition for Next Food Network Star

—Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10


Mobile learning conference

Did you know?

There are more than 5.3 billion mobile subscribers in the world. –mobithinking

By 2015, more people will access the Internet through mobile phones than through computers. –Mashable

Cell phones are becoming increasingly popular in underdeveloped countries because they provide a more affordable and accessible alternative to computers.


Visit floatlearning.com for more information.

 The Caterpillar Global Communications Center became a hub for mobile learning expertise on June 10, when about 100 participants gathered for the Float Mobile Learning Symposium, co-sponsored by Bradley’s interactive media department and Continuing Education. Float Mobile Learning, a mobile development company in Morton, hosted the event. 

According to CHAD UDELL ’99, Float’s managing director and a Web design instructor in Bradley’s interactive media department, many mobile experts are located on the coasts. “There are a lot of great businesses in central Illinois that wouldn’t get to see the people who spoke unless we brought them here,” he said. 

The symposium focused on mobile learning, or mLearning — the use of a mobile device, such as an iPad or smartphone, to learn and discover. Udell delivered the symposium’s keynote presentation. Other speakers included authors Gary Woodill and Steve Hoober; Jeff Tillett, a former designer and developer for T-Mobile; and Josh Campbell, former design manager at Motorola; Jim Ferolo, chairman of Bradley’s interactive media department; and DANIEL PFEIFFER ’10, a developer with Float. Topics ranged from design and development of mobile applications to business strategy to theory behind mLearning. 

ALEX MINER ’12, MATTHEW VROMAN ’12, and ADAM ZIMMERMANN ’12 (above, left to right) presented their research on the effectiveness of mobile interaction in advertising, such as QR codes and texting.

—Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10

Braves of the future

For the past five years, the Bradley Ambassadors have been promoting Bradley to groups of fourth grade students who may someday also call the Hilltop home. As part of a national program called No Excuses University, the Ambassadors serve as pen pals to the younger students. 

Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine is part of the program, which encourages each classroom to adopt a university. 

“It’s a college readiness program designed to motivate students to begin thinking about attending college even while they’re in grade school,” explains CAITLIN MADDOCK BAHR ’08, associate director of alumni relations and adviser to the Bradley Ambassadors. 

KIMBERLY NAGY POPP ’03, a fourth grade teacher at Jane Addams, contacted Bradley in 2007, requesting that Bradley students write periodically to the fourth graders. 


Visit facebook.com/bradleyambassadors for more information.

“Having the Bradley Ambassadors as pen pals has been amazing,” Popp said. “The kids’ faces light up when they see the envelope of letters from Bradley.”

“[Popp] wanted Bradley students to write about college, about what it’s like to be at Bradley, motivating them to work hard in school so that they’re able to attend a good school like Bradley when they are ready,” Bahr said. The Ambassadors correspond one or two times a semester with the Jane Addams students,
who are eager to hear about the excitement of campus life. 

For the Ambassadors, being a pen pal is a way to give back to Bradley, and they look forward to hearing from the younger students. “We’ve even had a couple of them say that they want to come to Bradley now,” said Bahr.

The Ambassadors devote one or two of their weekly meetings each semester to writing to the fourth graders. The volunteer group, made up of more than 20 current students, enhances the Bradley Experience by promoting lifelong relationships with the University among the student body. They foster a culture of giving through campus programs, work to establish relationships between current  Bradley students and alumni, and provide opportunities for students to develop as leaders. 

—Ashley Huston ’11

'Skirting Convention' exhibition delves into art history

Acclaimed artists Eleanor Coen and her husband MAX KAHN ’26 were based in Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Their children will take part in a symposium about Midwestern women artists at Bradley on October 21.

Eleanor Coen and her husband MAX KAHN ’26 were known as “Chicago’s dynamic printmaking and painting duo” in the 1940s and ’50s. Eleanor had solo exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution. Now, she is one of 60 women represented in Skirting Convention: Illinois Women Artists, 1840 to 1940, an art exhibition at Lakeview Museum that opens this fall.

A free symposium at Bradley University, Uncovering the Stories of Midwestern Women Artists, 1840–1940, coincides with the exhibition. Participants will view the exhibit at Lakeview on Thursday evening, October 20. On Friday, the symposium moves to Bradley where art historians and professors of art history, history, and women’s studies will discuss the state of women’s history research. 

“We have the most exciting panelists and keynote speakers. It’s very unique to bring them together. I can hardly wait to hear them,” said CHANNY LYONS, MA ’97. In 2006 Lyons began researching female artists from Illinois, and the Illinois Women Artists Project was born. Bradley designed and hosts the website providing information about more than 450 artists. “I get very attached to these women. They faced many challenges, but they overcame them well,” said Lyons, guest curator of the Lakeview exhibit.

Keynote speakers are Susan Weininger, professor emerita of art history at Roosevelt University; and Michelle Citron, chairman of interdisciplinary arts at Columbia College Chicago. Six other Midwestern professors and art historians comprise a panel that will discuss the state of women’s history research. 

Katie Kahn and Noah Kahn, Eleanor and Max’s children, will join a conversation led by Dr. James Ballowe, Bradley professor emeritus of English. Katie is an assistant professor of art at Northern Illinois University, and Noah is an architect in California.

This 23-by-16-inch ink drawing was created by the late Eleanor Coen in 1944. (Courtesy of the Estate of Eleanor Coen and Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery) It will be displayed at an art exhibit featuring Illinois women artists at Lakeview Museum this fall. Patrons will be able to learn about the artists’ lives by using smartphones and QR codes.

The interdisciplinary conference is being arranged by Bradley’s art history program and the women’s studies department, with support from Lakeview, the Inland Visual Studies Center at Bradley, and the Illinois Women Artists Project.

The exhibit at Lakeview runs from October 1 until January 14, 2012. Visit iwa.bradley.edu to learn more about the symposium.

—Gayle Erwin McDowell ’77