President’s Welcome

For the Greater Good

President Joanne GlasserThough she walked the grounds of campus more than a century ago, we continue to feel the effects of her philanthropic efforts. The achievements of Lydia Moss Bradley are legendary and legion to Bradley and Peoria. Equal access to education, land contribution for parks, and evidence that women can be drivers of change are just a few highlights of her life and legacy.

And so, too, in her footsteps, members of the Bradley community change the world through their research, scholarship, teaching, leadership, mentoring, and desire to make a positive impact on others and the planet we inhabit.

Our students pursue academic excellence, engage in experiential learning, excel as leaders, and find time to make the world a better place. They continue to impress me every day with their intellect, their creativity and their generosity. This altruism was on great display by our students and the entire Bradley community when they provided a wellspring of support for the victims of the November tornadoes that devastated central Illinois. 

Our faculty as teachers and mentors make a difference in the lives of our students and provide them with the tools to enact change. As researchers and scholars, they contribute to the greater good by addressing and developing solutions to today’s most complex problems. 

Our alumni excel in their fields and lead change in the workplace and in their communities, serving as excellent role models to our students. You will read about a few of our standout alumni in this issue.

We enjoyed welcoming our alumni back to campus for Founder’s Day. They saw firsthand the expanded and enhanced Westlake Hall, which brought back fond memories and stands as a testament to the bright future of this University. Our beautiful edifice is also environmentally friendly, having recently earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design.

Several alumni received special recognition by the campus community this fall, including the six newest members of our Centurion Society: Wayne Baum ’60; William Benman ’74; Marta Peláez ’83; David Frederick ’59; Chester “Chet” Walker ’62; and the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus, Earl Feldhorn ’62.

Celebrate our newest graduates and relive the pomp and circumstance of graduation in the article on the Dec. 21 midyear commencement. We were pleased to have Judge Joe Billy McDade ’59 MA ’60 HON ’13 as our guest speaker at the ceremony.

We also are excited about the ongoing cross-disciplinary collaboration of our engineering and business students in two of our distinguished professional colleges. An innovative educational model and teaching methods create a remarkable synergy between students and faculty that produces graduates who are ready to make an immediate impact in the workplace. In this issue, we feature three outstanding integrated team projects from 2012–13 that set the stage for this year’s expansion of the successful initiative.

Our students hold tremendous promise for a better tomorrow. This is in part due to the education, mentoring, and encouragement given generously by the members of the Bradley family. I offer my gratitude to those of you who make a difference through your personal efforts that inspire the next generation of catalysts for change.