In Tribute


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David Markin ’53 HON ’06

Bradley students enjoy one of the finest fitness facilities in the nation thanks in large part to David Markin ’53 HON ’06. The former CEO of Checker Motors Co. funded the David Markin Tennis Courts in 1998 and was the primary donor for the Markin Family Student Recreation Center in 2006. He died on May 30 in Palm Beach, Fla.

Markin’s interest in tennis flourished at Bradley where he became team captain. Having earned recognition as a doubles champion, he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. He served as president of the United States Tennis Association from 1989 to 1990 and later chaired the U.S. Open site committee that built the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. 

While a Bradley student, Markin helped found the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and was its president for two years. He was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2004 and held the title of Honorary Trustee since. A member of the Centurion Society, he received Bradley’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. He also held the distinction of being the only individual to twice receive the President’s Award.

His philanthropic work extended to his hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich., where he helped shape the city. Markin was a lieutenant in the Air Force and is survived by his wife, Tracy; six children, including Justin Markin ’02; and five grandchildren.

— G.M.




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OLLI Earns Grant

In April, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded Bradley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) a $50,000 operating grant in response to OLLI’s first fundraising initiative. The group raised $94,518 in gifts and pledges from June 2012 to May 2013. The funds will provide additional staff who will focus on expanding OLLI programs and enhancing learning trips. OLLI at Bradley is recognized as a program of national distinction for lifelong learners from the age of 50.

“From our growing membership of 1,027, five generous individuals pledged $5,000 each and challenged our members to match their $25,000 gift,” said Janet Lange, MA ’93, executive director of Continuing Education. “OLLI exceeded its fundraising goal by nearly 100 percent, giving us greater latitude to sponsor additional educational opportunities. As Nancy Merz Nordstrom noted in Learning Later, Living Greater, ‘Learning experiences are like a health club for your brain.’”



Princeton Review Lauds Bradley


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Bradley was included in The Princeton Review’s annual guide of The Best 378 Colleges for the 15th consecutive year. The 2014 guide to the top schools in the nation touts Bradley for providing hands-on learning and preparing students for life after commencement. The edition, published by Random House, also ranks the University’s athletics and recreation facilities among the top 20 in the country. 

Only 15 percent of U.S. four-year colleges and universities are named to Princeton Review’s guide each year. Rankings are based on detailed profiles and responses from college counselors, students and parents. 

“We are thrilled to once again be recognized as one of the best institutions in the nation,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “The faculty, staff, and administration continue to work diligently to further our vision of being a university of national distinction, and this is proof that we are indeed reaching that goal.” 

The Princeton Review also has awarded top rankings to Bradley’s entrepreneurship and video game design programs.

— B.G.