Student Services

Vice President for Student Affairs

Nathan Thomas
100 Sisson Hall, ext. 3140
nthomas@fsmail.bradley.edu

The Division of Student Affairs provides a wide variety of services and activities to students to enhance their University experience. The environment shaped by Student Affairs provides opportunities for the deliberate and total development of the whole student, encompassing experiences beyond the classroom and addressing the diversities of the environment in which they reside and in responding to student needs.

We believe that what students experience outside of the classroom experience influences their aspirations, development, achievements and is integral to their development at Bradley University. Our goal is to ensure an enriched environment for learning, personal growth, and satisfaction for Bradley University students.

The Division of Student Affairs complements and supports the academic experience through programming, student organizations, and resources that assist a student in discovering their place, getting involved, and being their best. This is accomplished through a commitment to collaboration, diversity and inclusion, experiential learning, retention, and student wellness.

Diversity & Inclusion

Norris Chase, Executive Director
212 Garrett Center, ext. 2646
nchase@fsmail.bradley.edu

Diversity and Inclusion functions to meet the various needs of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds—including students who are ethnically diverse, first generation, low income, and/or are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. The Center serves as a meeting place for students and community groups as well as a place for social and cultural events. It also has access to computers for students to use, as well as an auditorium on the first level for programming. Named in honor of the late professor emeritus of sociology, Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, the Center is open every day during the regular academic year.

Off-Campus Properties Office

Greg Colwell, General Manager
1103 W Main St, Office Ext. 2100
gcolwell@fsmail.bradley.edu

The Off-Campus Properties Office is responsible for various university owned properties that do not directly lie within the University's main footprint including primary oversight of St James Apartments. Day to day operations including leasing, room assignments, maintenance and St James accounting services are all managed from this office. St James Apartments exclusively houses upper classmen and graduate students in 17 buildings located to the East of Campus. We provide a unique opportunity for students to experience apartment style living with the benefits of living in university housing and all within walking distance of campus.

Residential Living and Student Conduct

Ryan Bair, Executive Director
135 Sisson Hall, ext. 3218
rbair@fsmail.bradley.edu

Residential Living and Student Conduct is responsible for the general welfare of residence hall students, particularly concerning their out-of-class activities, living environment, and leadership development. Additionally, they coordinate room assignments and administer the student conduct system.

Residential Living hires and trains the residence hall staff for the university’s residence halls. They include: University Hall, Geisert Hall, Harper Hall, Wyckoff Hall, Heitz Hall, Williams Hall, College Hall, Wendle Hall, Elmwood Hall, Lovelace Hall, and Student Apartment Complex. Juniors and seniors have the option of moving into St. James apartments operated by Bradley University's off-campus property management office.

Smith Career Center

Jon C. Neidy, Executive Director
Burgess Hall, ext. 2510
neidy@fsmail.bradley.edu

The Smith Career Center assists students in exploring and defining career options, developing job search strategies, obtaining career-related work experience, and identifying and connecting with prospective employers. The center provides individual career advisement, job search workshops, a one-credit course in job search strategy, several job fairs, a graduate/professional school fair, campus interviews with prospective employers, and extensive online resources at bradley.edu/scc.

Through the Smith Career Center’s Bradley network, students may submit resumes, review job listings, and coordinate campus interviews. Use of Bradley netWORK is restricted to currently enrolled Bradley University students and alumni.

Extensive web-based resources are available to help students learn more about career information, job availability, and networking. Typically, 400 or more employers visit the Bradley campus each year to consider Bradley candidates for internship, cooperative education, summer, part-time and full-time jobs. Students have the opportunity to meet employers during special presentations, job fairs, and campus interviews.

The Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships: With the establishment of the Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships in 2008, Bradley University and the Smith Career Center rededicated the commitment to providing students with opportunities for career-related work experience. The Center provides resources to help students secure meaningful internships, co-ops, and part-time jobs. A centralized Cooperative Education and Internship Program provide students with the opportunity to register their internship for official transcript notation and possible credit.

Internship/Cooperative Education Program

Please review the program on our website at http://www.bradley.edu/offices/student/scc/internship/student/coop/

Misrepresentation Policy

Please review the policy at http://www.bradley.edu/campuslife/studenthandbook/policies/violations/scc/

Campus Interview and Special Event Cancellation/No-show Policy:

Please review the policy at http://www.bradley.edu/campuslife/studenthandbook/policies/violations/scc/

Student Involvement

Tom Coy, Executive Director
Markin Center, ext. 2892
tcoy@fsmail.bradley.edu

  • Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities
  • Conference Facilities
  • Student Activities
    • Student Activities – Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Student Activities – Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service

Student Involvement provides a cohesive plan of programs, activities, events and services designed to respond to the cultural, social, physical, and recreational needs of all students enrolled at Bradley. Opportunities for leadership and group development are provided for students to learn new skills, broaden their abilities, and manage their organizational activities. Communication between faculty, administration, students, and staff will be encouraged as a means to promote a well-informed campus community regarding student activities and government.

Campus Recreation offers students opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sport and recreational activities. A diversified schedule of activities is maintained for the novice to the advanced competitor.

Conference Facilities provides facility management to the Michel Student Center and support for the Hayden Clark Alumni Center and Westlake Hall.

Student Activities organizes social life, which includes concerts, dances, lectures, and special events such as homecoming and a variety of student committees and programs. The office also registers student organizations and provides information and certain administrative services for more than 200 student groups.

Student government organizations provide leadership opportunities for students to participate in the governing process of the University, particularly as it relates to student concerns and welfare.

Student media, including the weekly newspaper the Bradley Scout, the literary publication Broadside, and the radio station WRBU, offer communication experiences and opportunities for interested students. All student media bearing the name of or sponsored by Bradley University must be approved and supervised by the Communications Council.

Campus Recreation & Athletic Facilities

126 Markin, ext.2656

Campus Recreation provides a variety of programs to meet the recreational needs of all students. The Markin Family Student Recreation Center is a multi-use indoor facility. The center provides opportunities for intramural events, sports and fitness classes, and unscheduled, informal activity. It has exercise and fitness equipment, an indoor pool, two racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall that stands 46 feet, a bouldering wall, a Multi-Activity Court (MAC court), a 1/8-mile running/walking track, and a juice bar. It has four basketball courts for intramural and recreational games and a championship court, which seats about 300 and will be used for, among other things, hosting championship intramural events. The intramural sports calendar includes 25 different events.

Outdoor recreational opportunities exist at the David Markin Tennis Courts and the Meinen Field outdoor recreation complex, which houses basketball courts and a multi-sport field where soccer, softball, flag football, and a variety of other activities occur.

Campus Recreation also offers a variety of club sports students can participate in. Some of the most popular are men's ice hockey, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, softball, and ultimate frisbee among many others.

Athletic Facilities provides facility management to the Renaissance Coliseum, Markin Tennis Courts, and Meinen Field.

With a capacity of 4,200, the Renaissance Coliseum is home to some of Bradley University's largest events, including concerts, women's basketball and volleyball, commencements, and other special events. Past concerts have featured Weezer, Wiz Khalifa, The Band Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Students receive free or discounted tickets to most events.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are run by the Campus Recreation Office and take place in the Markin Center, Meinen Field, Markin Tennis Courts as well as a few other locations in the community. Intramural sports are Bradley’s effort to provide all students with opportunities for physical fitness and participation in structured athletic events. There are over 20 organized intramural sports events that are open to all students, regardless of their experience or skill level. For more information call ext. 2656 or visit our website at www.bradley.edu/campusrec.

Markin Center

120 Markin Center, ext.2677

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened in October 2008. The Markin Center houses 5 basketball courts, one being a Multi-Purpose Activity Court (MAC) and another being an Intramural Performance Court along with a 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, 2 racquetball courts, a climbing wall and a bouldering wall. It is also the home to 3 multi-purpose rooms, a suspended, 1/8 mile, jogging/walking track, a group fitness room, a spinning room, a juice bar and a vast selection of cardio and weight training equipment. Policies and procedures of the Markin Center are available in the Campus Recreation Office as well as online at www.bradley.edu/campusrec.

The Markin Center, scheduled through the Campus Recreation Office, is designed for use by all Bradley students, faculty and staff. The various facility areas are used for informal recreation, intramural sports events, fitness classes, and club and student organization activities. Students, faculty and staff members must swipe a valid Bradley ID into the turnstiles to be allowed access to the facility. Access will be denied if ID is not present or declined.
Visit www.bradley.edu/campusrec to view our Hours of Operation.

A locker is a wise acquisition if you plan to use the Markin Center regularly. Lockers can be purchased in the Campus Recreation Office. Whether you choose to purchase a locker or not, you are encouraged to leave any valuables at home.

If you are interested in playing racquetball, it is usually necessary to make a reservation at one of our two available courts. Courts can be reserved up to a day in advance and the reservation sheets are located at the Control Desk in the Markin Center. All reservations must be made in person; no reservations will be taken over the phone.

At various times during the year, scheduled events and activities may impact the availability of some areas of the Markin Center. Every attempt will be made to post changes in hours. Call ext. 2677 to check space availability.

Guest Passes

  • A guest pass will be issued to a person who wishes to enter the facility and must be sponsored by a current student or Markin Privilege-holding faculty/staff member. Alumni can also purchase a guest pass.
  • Each student, faculty, or staff member may sponsor only ONE guest per day.
  • The cost for a guest pass is $5.00 per visit and can be purchased in the Campus Recreation Office during regular business hours or at the Control Desk during off-hours.
  • The student, faculty, or staff members must present a valid ID to the Facility Supervisor before a guest pass will be issued to any individual.
  • Each student, faculty, or staff member is required to accompany the guest while in the Markin Center in addition to being responsible for the guest’s behavior. Unaccompanied or disruptive guests will be asked to leave the facility.

Faculty/Staff Passes

Faculty and staff members who wish to use the Markin Center can purchase the privilege in the Campus Recreation Office. The pass is valid from January 1 to December 31 of the respective years.

Family Passes

Family passes for the immediate family and dependents of students, faculty, and staff are available, in the Campus Recreation Office. The family members of faculty and staff will only be issued family passes if the faculty or staff member has purchased the privilege to use the Markin Center. Family members are limited to posted Family Hours of the facility. The Family Member Pass must be presented to be allowed into the building. Family members are not allowed to sponsor guests.

Student Activities

28 Student Center, ext.3050

Student Activities Office (Student Organizations)

The Student Activities Office maintains a master calendar of events, coordinates reservations for campus grounds and the Michel Student Center foyer, and approves fundraising requests. For a complete list of recognized student organizations, please visit bradley.edu/sao.

The Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Service

4 Student Center, ext. 3682

The Burger Center represents the University’s commitment to educate and prepare our students for civic responsibility to become committed leaders for the 21st century. By involving our students in a myriad of service activities and leadership seminars, the Center benefits not only Bradley students, but the Central Illinois Community and our society.

The Center has three main components:

  1. Volunteer Services: The Center provides students with resources and programs that make volunteering accessible, including volunteer placement, Service on Saturday events, and alternative spring break trips.
  2. Leadership Development Programs: Through the Leadership Studies minor, LINCS Leadership Trainings, and a variety of leadership-based campus organizations, the Center provides students with a multitude of ways to develop their skills and increase their effectiveness as a leader.
  3. Student Leadership and Service Fellows Program: This scholarship-based program accepts 15 incoming freshmen students annually and strives to instill lifelong leadership skills and civic responsibility in its members through a comprehensive four-year experience.

The Lewis J. Burger Center is home to student organizations including Fellows, SERVE, LINCS and facilitates programs such as Service on Saturday, and the LINCS Leadership Conference. In collaboration with the College of Education and Health Sciences, the Center coordinates the Leadership Studies minor. In addition, the Center provides information on a wide range of peer advising, service learning initiatives and leadership opportunities throughout the United States.

The Center promotes service and leadership among the Bradley student body. It provides opportunities for students to be involved in community service and leadership activities and promotes the incorporation of a service component into the curriculum where appropriate.

Student Support Services

Anne Hollis, Executive Director
101 Sisson Hall, ext. 3658
ahollis@bradley.edu

The Center for Student Support Services is designed to offer guidance to students in times of need. Our mission is to provide personal attention and resources to students as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals. The Center serves as a major link between academic and student affairs striving to improve student retention through positive communication and relationships with students, faculty, staff and families. We will help students find the necessary information or resources so they may have a personally rewarding education at Bradley University.

Academic Success Center

320 Library, ext. 2416

The Academic Success Center strengthens comprehensive learning, enhances retention, and promotes student success by providing academic support services to Bradley students. The programs provided include:

University Program

The University Program helps students get started at Bradley on the right track by ensuring appropriate academic advisement and goal-setting for major(s) of interest. Students in University Program majors will be assigned an advisor in their college or a professional advisor and will spend time outside of their traditional classes working toward developing habits that enhance academic success and identifying major options that align with students’ interests, skills, and goals.

Academic Exploration Program

The Academic Exploration Program assists students who seek guidance about academic major and career choices. The program provides students with the support and tools to assess themselves, the resources to explore academic and career options, and numerous opportunities to interact one-on-one with their academic advisor, who may also be their instructor for the Student Planning Seminar Course (AEP 100). Please visit us with any questions or concerns.

Tutoring

Bradley undergraduate students qualify for one hour of free one-on-one peer tutoring per subject, per day. Free drop-in tutoring is also provided for select courses each semester. Check the ASC website for a specific list.

Turning Point Retention Program

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. At Bradley, students whose difficulty has resulted in academic probation are required to participate in the Turning Point Program (TPP). The Turning Point Program's mission is to assist first-time probation students as they work to regain good academic standing. Program participants meet with TPP staff and create and accomplish a plan for the semester that may include the Learning Enhancement Strategies Seminar (AEP 115), weekly accountability meetings, or connections to other campus resources.

Academic Coaching

Students experiencing challenges that are causing academic difficulty (poor time management, test anxiety or inadequate test-taking strategies, low reading comprehension, etc.) can meet with an ASC staff member to create a learning improvement plan and to identify strategies to improve their likelihood of academic success.

AEP 115: Learning Enhancement Strategies Seminar

The Learning Enhancement Seminar (AEP 115) is for University program students to ensure they have the college-level study skills necessary to be successful at Bradley and to help explore a broader set of major options. Topics include self-regulation, time management, note taking, test taking, textbook reading, and goal setting.

Orientation and Advisement

139 Sisson, ext. 2420

The Center assists students in transitioning to Bradley University through first-year programs that help students right from the start. Orientation allows new parents, family members, guests, first-year students, and transfer students to learn about the myriad of services that Bradley University offers while providing opportunities to network with each other—thereby easing the transition into the University.

Student Aides are students who are hired to assist in the implementation of all aspects of student and parent orientation programming. Throughout all 13 two and a half day summer orientation sessions, Student Aides live on campus and aid new students with class schedules and integration into the university through numerous one-on-one and small group meetings and/or activities.

Transfer Aides are students who have successfully navigated the transition from their previous two or four-year institution(s). Each of them serves as a mentor to incoming transfer students and is responsible for communicating and building relationships with new transfer students both prior to and after their arrival on campus. Transfer Aides also provide assistance during transfer registration days, transfer orientation sessions and programming throughout the year.

Commuter Student Services

This office helps to coordinate special services and programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of off-campus and nontraditional students. Additional program information for nontraditional students is available through the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Continuing Education Bldg. Nontraditional students are invited to make use of the Garrett Center and the Michel Student Center.

Office for Transfer Student Assistance (OTSA)

The Office for Transfer Student Assistance (OTSA) provides general academic advisement to students who have transferred to Bradley University. This office also coordinates workshops and presentations that assist transfer students in their transition to the institution beyond orientation programming. OTSA provides advisory services to the Transfer Student Advisory Council student organization, guidance and resources for students before and after they have transferred, oversight of the Transfer Aide program, administration of the Transfer Community, and instruction of the transfer student specific section of EHS 120: The University Experience.

Student Access Services

100 Heitz Hall, ext. 4358

Student Access Services ensures that students with disabilities have equal access to all Bradley University programs, activities and provides students with the opportunity to reach their full potential by coordinating academic accommodations, promoting independence and self-advocacy and providing information and referral to appropriate resources.

Wellness Office

50 Markin Center, ext. 3381

The Bradley University Wellness Office offers current and accurate health information and programming on the 8 dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual, by promoting smart and healthy behavioral choices through collaboration within the university, out in the community, and nationwide.

Our vision is to create a culture where making healthy choices in all 8 dimensions of wellness and acceptance of all individuals is the norm at Bradley University. This is accomplished through the programming provided by the student groups housed from the Wellness Office that include HEAT (Help, Empower and Teach), SONOR (SOcial NORming), Get Fit Stay Fit, and the Body Project.