Alumni Inducted into Bradley Centurion Society
October 4, 2019
In 1982, during the University’s 85th-anniversary celebration, the Board of Trustees formed the Centurion Society as a way to honor exceptional Bradley alumni. Today, Bradley has more than 70,000 living alumni, but only a select few have received this prestigious honor. Members of the Centurion Society have brought national and international credit to the University. The society includes those who received Bradley’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, as well as other alumni who have achieved great honor in their fields and therefore serve as examples of commitment and excellence for all Bradley alumni and students.
At the university's annual Founder's Day Convocation Ceremony, three alumni were inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society.
Lisa Helfrich Jackson. Not only has she achieved a remarkable career and two Primetime Emmy awards, she has given Bradley students the opportunity to see behind the curtain, and she’s given them access to the offices and sets she works in. She’s worked hard since her graduation in 1986 from Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts. She’s also part of a legacy: all of her siblings attended Bradley, a niece graduated in 2018, and her nephew is currently a student.
Jory F. Luster. Jory is a 1975 graduate of the Foster College and President of Luster Products, which is based in Chicago. He has made the company that was started by his father into the leading African American owned manufacturer of premium personal care products. They have 400 employees in Chicago, an office in London and a presence in the Caribbean and in Africa. The philanthropic arm of the company has distributed more than a million dollars to community-based organizations that promote positive values, community service, and aspirational role models for the African-American community. The Luster family also has a legacy presence at Bradley: Jory’s brother Fred Jr. is a Bradley alum.
Dr. Lynne Jalovec. The hallmarks of Dr. Lynne’s approach to medicine have always been care for the patient, helping the greatest number of people with the best care possible, and never losing the connection to a patient’s humanity. She graduated from Bradley in 1978 with a degree in Biology, and earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria. Near the end of her residency she took the opportunity to play a key role in establishing what is now the OSF Saint Francis Komen Breast Center. She was also part of a group that brought multidisciplinary cancer treatment to the United States. Dr. Lynne is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria. Bradley previously honored her as Outstanding Young Graduate in 1996.