Parents Support

Participation of Bradley University parents in a number of important areas has become increasingly vital to the University's growth and progress in recent years. Involvement in admissions, placement, student activities, and the Parent Projects Fund is becoming traditional and indispensable. 

Funding for Parents’ Association projects and services are derived from 2 main sources. 

  • First, although every Bradley parent is automatically included in Parents’ Association membership, we do ask for a voluntary annual membership fee of $20.
  • Secondly, we also rely on unrestricted gifts to the Parents Projects fund to ensure that all of the important projects chosen for the year will receive adequate funding.  Parents may go online to make their Parents Projects Fund gifts.

A History of Projects Sponsored by the Parents Projects Fund

2018

Best Buddies Group PhotoBest Buddies - Student Organization - The Bradley University chapter of Best Buddies provides students with the opportunity to forge friendships with individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, break down barriers and raise awareness, and develop skills through their unique experiences and interactions. Best Buddies hosts numerous events throughout the year, including their Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and the Light It Up Blue event. (Photo provided by Best Buddies)

Office of Diversity and InclusionBradley Advocating for Diversity - Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Bradley Advocating for Diversity (B.A.D.) is an organization of student leaders that is committed to enriching the lives of the student body through initiative dialogue and discussion related to the ideas of diversity and inclusion. B.A.D. impacts over a thousand freshman students through engaging and interactive presentations during EHS120 classes. ​(Photo provided by B.A.D.)

Coffee With A CopCoffee with a Cop - Bradley University Police Department​ - The BUPD’s Coffee with a Cop is a monthly program in which over 400 Bradley students engage with BUPD officers in a casual environment over coffee, donuts, and other refreshments. Coffee with a Cop promotes trust and fosters collaborative relationships between the BUPD and the Bradley community. (Photo provided by the Bradley University Police Department)

Bradley University Physical Therapy Clinic for Fitness & Function - Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science - The on-campus PT clinic provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable career-related experiential learning experiences while serving uninsured and underinsured community members through individualized exercise instruction. For this program, the Parents' Association helped fund an Easy Stand for the clinic.

Fit FairFit Fair - Get Fit Stay Fit, Wellness Office​ - The annual Fit Fair is a showcase of opportunities and information about living a healthy lifestyle as a part of the Bradley community. Since its inception in 2012, the Fit Fair has aimed to increase knowledge of Bradley and community resources for all areas of health (physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, and social) and serves as a healthy jumpstart to the new year/semester to help Bradley students live a well-balanced life. The 2018 Fit Fair connected over 600 attendees with dozens of on and off-campus vendors. ​(Photo provided by Get Fit Stay Fit)

DUI InitiativeThe DUI Initiative - Bradley University Police Department​ - The DUI Initiative aims to educate students on the dangers of drunk driving and offer proactive enforcement opportunities through activities and informative programs. For this program, the Parents'’ Association funding a EC/IR II instrument, which is required to successfully process a DUI.

Midnight MunchiesMidnight Munchies - Cullom-Davis Library - Since 2005, the Cullom-Davis Library has hosted their Midnight Munchies program during finals week every semester to provide students with healthy snacks and drinks while studying in the library. In partnership with the Bradley Fellows, snacks are served at midnight and drinks are available 24/7 for students, who are encouraged to bring their own mugs. Approximately 200 students are served each midnight during finals week. ​(Photo provided by the Cullom-Davis Library)

Outdoor Adventures - Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities - ​Outdoor Adventures is a new student organization that provides students with the opportunity and resources to explore nature through trips to state parks, caves, and ski resorts. This program seeks to foster friendships and allow student leaders to educate others on their areas of athletic and recreational interest.

Bradley University Parents Association

Bradley NetWORK - Smith Career Center - The Bradley NetWORK is a web-based career management system used by employers, students, alumni, and the Smith Career Center staff. It connects Bradley candidates to local, regional, and national employers who are seeking applicants for campus, part-time, internship, and full-time opportunities. The Bradley NetWORK recently underwent a major site update, which recently improved functionality and now allows users to access the site from a variety of devices.

Welcome Week Service Project - Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service​ - Modeled after the Service on Saturday program, the Welcome Week Service Project annually engages over 200 student volunteers in community service during the Monday of Welcome Week. The WWSP provides students with an opportunity to build relationships with the Peoria community, learn the value of service, and make an impact beyond campus. This past year, approximately 243 student volunteers participated.

STRETCH Student OrganizationSTRETCH - Students Read to Make Change -Department of Teacher Education - STRETCH is a student organization whose goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of K-12 students through interactive anti-bullying presentations. STRETCH student leaders have impacted over 4,000 K-12 students in the Peoria community and nationally to date. This year, STRETCH will be bringing their outreach efforts to Nevada. ​(Photo provided by STRETCH)

Pop-Up Peer Advising - Academic Success Center - Pop-Up Peer Advising provides students with an opportunity to engage with student aides who are able to assist them with course selection, registration, and schedule planning prior to meetings with their advisors. This program seeks to alleviate the stress and confusion that may arise when registering for classes for the first time.

Bradley Hockey Team - Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities - Bradley Hockey competes in the ACHA with division II and division III teams comprised of over 45 athletes and non-athletes whose efforts are responsible for all operations, management, promotion, travel, and fundraising. The Parents' Association helped fund the Bradley Hockey Team uniforms for the players.

Orchesis Dance Company - Student Organization - ​As a competitive dance group, Orchesis provides students with the opportunity to perform and showcase their skills both within and outside the university context at various competitions and events. The Parents' Association helped fund new costumes as well as competition fees for Orchesis.

2017

Best Buddies - Student Organization - The Bradley University chapter of Best Buddies provides students with the opportunity to forge friendships with individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, break down barriers and raise awareness, and develop skills through their unique experiences and interactions. Best Buddies hosts numerous events throughout the year, including their Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.

White LectureWendel White & David Taylor Exhibition and Lecture - Art Department - The Bradley University Bunn Lectureship in Photography has brought nationally and internationally recognized photographers to campus annually for the past 25 years. The series provides an enriching educational experience for students through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and critiques. In 2017, the Bunn Lecture series featured Guggenheim-award winning photographers Wendel White and David Taylor and was attended by over 300 students and members of the Bradley community.

Advocating For DiversityBradley Advocating for Diversity - Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Bradley Advocating for Diversity (B.A.D.) is an organization of student leaders that is committed to enriching the lives of the student body through initiative dialogue and discussion related to the ideas of diversity and inclusion. B.A.D. impacts hundreds of freshman EHS120 students through engaging and interactive presentations.

Coffee With A CopCoffee with a Cop - Bradley University Police Department - The BUPD’s Coffee with a Cop is a monthly program in which over 400 Bradley students engage with BUPD officers in a casual environment over coffee, donuts, and other refreshments. Coffee with a Cop promotes trust and fosters collaborative relationships between the BUPD and the Bradley community.

Family Weekend: Cram the Coliseum Volleyball Match - The Office of Student Activities/Athletics - Cram the Coliseum is a Bradley Volleyball match that takes place during Family Weekend attended by over 800 students and members of the Bradley community. At the event, Bradley students and families showed their school spirit and enjoyed an engaging fan experience, which included activities and giveaways such as mini volleyballs and water bottles.

Fit FairFit Fair - Get Fit Stay Fit, Wellness Office - The annual Fit Fair is a showcase of opportunities and information about living a healthy lifestyle as a part of the Bradley community. Since its inception in 2012, the Fit Fair has aimed to increase knowledge of Bradley and community resources for all areas of health (physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, and social) and serves as a healthy jumpstart to the new yea /semester to help Bradley students live a well-balanced life. The 2018 Fit Fair brought in over 500 attendees.

Multicultural Leadership Seminar - Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service - The LJB Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborated on the Multicultural Leadership Seminar hosted in the spring of 2018. The seminar offered students a half-day workshop customized to the needs of rising student leaders, designed to develop their skills in areas of diversity, leadership, change managemen, collaboration, and relationship-building.

Midnight MunchiesMidnight Munchies - Cullom-Davis Library - Since 2005, the Cullom-Davis Library has hosted their Midnight Munchies program during finals week ever semester to provide students with healthy snacks and drinks while studying in the library. In partnership with the Bradley Fellows, snacks are served at midnight and drinks are available 24/7 for students, who are encouraged to bring their own mugs. Approximately 100-200 students are served each midnight during finals week.

Parent Tote Bags - Center for Orientation - Parents, family members, and guests who accompany their Bradley students to the two and a half day orientation session during the summer are provided with tote bags to carry all their accrued materials and personal items in. These tote bags are a practical gift that welcomes new parents and families to the Bradley community.

Preventative Health Task Force - Student Affairs/Health Services - The Preventative Health Task force is a collaborative venture between Health Services and Counseling, Wellness, Residential Living, Greek Life, and Athletics to provide cohesive and pertinent information to the student body about healthy practices in eight key areas: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. A different area is highlighted in monthly programs.

Midnight Munchies

Bradley NetWORK - Smith Career Center - The Bradley NetWORK is a web-based career management system used by employers, students, alumni, and the Smith Career Center staff. It connects Bradley candidates to local, regional, and national employers who are seeking applicants for campus, part-time, internship, and full-time opportunities. The Bradley NetWORK links many students with experiences that expand upon classroom learning and launch their career.

Welcome Week Service Project - Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service - Modeled after the Service on Saturday program, the Welcome Week Service Project annually engages over 200 student volunteers in community service during the Monday of Welcome Week. The WWSP provides students with an opportunity to build relationships with the Peoria community, learn the value of service, and make an impact beyond campus.

STRETCH Student OrganizationSTRETCH - Students Read to Make Change -Department of Teacher Education - STRETCH is a student organization whose goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of K-12 students through interactive anti-bullying presentations. STRETCH student leaders have impacted over 3,000 students in the Peoria community and nationally to date.

Student Tutoring Services - Academic Success Center - Student Tutoring Services annually employs over 138 student tutors and helps over 1,000 students academically succeed. Undergraduate students are able to receive up to two free hours of tutoring each week.

2016

The Parents Project Fund supported the following 14 projects:

Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Transfer Aides – Student Affairs & Office for Transfer Student Assistance - Transfer Aides are peer mentors who assist transfer students to get acquainted with campus and help them get socially integrated. Each aide communicates with a small group of new students to ensure that they have all of the individual guidance they are promised as part of the Bradley experience.

Welcome Week Service Project – Lewis J Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service - Student Affairs - The Welcome Week Service Project through SERVE is a volunteering opportunity for all students to attend and give back to the community. This is a chance for students to make relationships with the community members as well as fellow peers.

Parent Tote Bags – Center for Orientation - Student Affairs - Parent Tote Bags are given to parents who have attended orientation. These are used to help parents carry around any materials they brought from home and new materials that are acquired from orientation itself.

Midnight Munchies – Cullom-Davis Library - Midnight Munchies provides students a time to relax during the stress of finals with free snacks and drinks. Students have lined up every night to receive food and drinks during finals andhave been very grateful for this support. The goal of Midnight Munchies is to provide a boost of energy and a feeling of good will.

Acquisition of a Small Trailer for Transporting Equipment to Bradley Science Outreach Events - LAS - The Bradley University Chemistry Club Demo Crew is a program that has traveled to 190 different events to teach people about science through live science outreach events.

Home Cooked Family Skype Meals for Healthier and Connected On-Campus Living – C.C. Wheeler Institute- Family and Consumer Sciences - Home Cooked Family Skype Meals all students who stay in the dormitories to cook healthy meals together with their peers, and reconnect with their families over Skype during a family cooking session and meal. This allows students to cook their meals in the Food Labs, learn new recipes, and connect with one another, while maintaining their relationships and traditions with their families.

The Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication – Department of Communication - The Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication is the only named school of sports communication in the nation. The program helps bring students, professors, and professionals together for a dialogue about the most important sports communication issues of our day.

Student Tutoring Services & Tutoring Training – Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services & Tutoring Training is a program to students develops skills, strategies, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to be successful learners. Students are entitled to two free of tutoring per week, and 132 student-tutors are available to help students with any class they may need assisting in.

Bradley netWORK – Smith Career Center - The Bradley netWORK is a web-based career management system used by employers, students, alumni, and Smith Career Center. It allows employers to post jobs, contacts students, and review resumes. Students and alumni use Bradley netWORK to find and research posted positions.

HeartMath Intervention Program Training and Equipment for 4 Counseling Center Counselors - Bradley Health Services Counseling Center - With HeartMath Intervention Program Training and Equipment for 4 Counseling Center Counselors, our counselors can help students develop greater emotional self-regulation. The program will help lessen the impact of stress and anxiety for students.

Get Fit Stay Fit

Fit Fair 2017 – Get Fit Stay Fit - Wellness Program - The Fit Fair challenges the Bradley community to stay active with nine different departments helping the development of the program. The mission of the program is to teach and convey knowledge on various topics all related to health and wellness with multiple activities from interactive activities to demonstrations to experts providing information. The Fit Fair is to encourage individuals to strive to be a better, healthier you.

Bradley University Physical Therapy Clinic for Fitness & Function – Department of Physical Therapy & Health Sciences - The Bradley University Physical Therapy Clinic for Fitness & Function is a pro bono clinic designed to provide uninsured or under-insured individuals an individualized exercise instruction designed by faculty and students in physical therapy and Health Sciences.

Best Buddies – University-based Organization - Best Buddies is a program where Bradley students are paired up with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students have an opportunity to make long lasting relationships with individuals with IDD. This helps break down the barriers and raises awareness for a cause that is overlooked and ignored.

STRETCH: STUDENTS READY TO MAKE CHANGE – Department of Teacher Education - STRETCH makes a difference in Peoria district schools by developing and encouraging the use of anti-bull programs. They strive to perform acts of kindness for all individuals and teach the harms that bulling can have on individuals.

2015

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 10 projects:

Bradley netWORK — Smith Career Center — Bradley netWORK is designed to assist students in their pursuit of career options and is used by employers, students, alumni and SCC staff to develop job search strategies. Students can sort employment opportunities by major, location, job type and keyword. Bradley netWORK is available to all current enrolled students and alumni free of charge.

Parent Tote Bags — Center for Orientation — Student Affairs - Parent Tote Bags are given to parents who have attended orientation. These are used to help parents carry around any materials they brought from home and new materials that are acquired from orientation itself.

Get Fit Stay Fit — Bradley University Fit Fair 2015 - Get Fit Stay Fit has been designed to promote healthy lifestyle decisions. A point system has been created to track each individual’s participation. Participants will be able to score points by working out, viewing and submitting quizzes on various wellness topics, or by coming to specific Get Fit, Stay Fit functions, such as the Fit Fair. Incentive items will be given for several different point levels. This is not a competition, and it will not be necessary for individuals to be weighed or measured at any time.

Best Buddies International — Bradley University Chapter — Best Buddies Events - The Best Buddies International mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Here at Bradley we work to fulfill this mission by creating, maintaining, and supporting friendships with our buddies.

Student Tutoring Services & Tutor Training — Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services has been supported by the Parent’s Fund for many years now. They continue to support every undergraduate student to receive up to two hours of free tutoring per week. While training their excellent tutors to fulfill each student’s individual needs.

Midnight Munchies — Cullom-Davis Library - With Midnight Munchies, students have lined up every night during exam week for Midnight Munchies in the Cullom-Davis Library. The building does not close during finals, allowing students to pull all-nighters. To keep them energized, the library offers food and drinks provided by Bradley staff and faculty, food services, and local businesses.

Welcome Week Service Project — Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership & Public Service — Student Affairs - Welcome Week Service Project through SERVE is the new organization that coordinates volunteer opportunities for Bradley University students to build relationships within the community while providing service to meet the community’s needs. SERVE strives to develop servant leadership and creates a sense of civic responsibility in Bradley students by providing opportunities for leadership through community service to all students.

Bradley Advocating for Diversity (B.A.D.) — Office of Multicultural Student Services — Student Affairs - Bradley Advocating for Diversity is a newly designed peer education program that aims to initiate and facilitate dialogue within the campus community about personal and social identity, diversity, and strategies to become agents of social change.

STRETCH (STudents REady To make CHange) — Department of Teacher Education - With STRETCH, fifteen Bradley students are committed to making a difference in the Peoria community by developing and implementing anti-bullying programs in Peoria District Schools. Their focus is centered on providing strategies and encouragement to students who encounter problems with bullying.

Transitions Lounge — Center for Student Development & Transitional Services - The Center for Student Development & Transitional Services created a "Transitions Lounge" for off-campus commuter, transfer and active military/veteran students. The development, implementation, and promotion of a distinct lounge space designed for these students' unique needs.

2014

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 8 projects:

Get Fit, Stay Fit

Get Fit, Stay Fit - Bradley University Fit Fair 2014 - Get Fit, Stay Fit is an incentive program developed by several Bradley University Departments as a way to become more active and make better nutritional decisions. Individual participation is tracked through a point system, which participants earn through working out, completing quizzes or attending Get Fit, Stay Fit functions.

USB drives for freshmen and transfer students - Student Affairs - USB drives replace binders full of campus information, including a section on student organizations. This is an eco-friendly and cost-effective way for student organizations to get the word about themselves out to students. It is also a convenient way for new students to access information about the University on the go.

Best Buddies International - Bradley University Chapter - Best Buddies Events - Best Buddies is an opportunity for students to build relationships with persons with disabilities. Introduced during the activities fair, this program runs throughout the academic year. Twice a month there are fun activities for students and persons with disabilities to do life with each other. Best Buddies breaks down barriers to form one-on-one lifelong friendships.

Bradley netWORK

Bradley netWORK - Smith Career Center - Bradley netWORK is designed to assist students in their pursuit of career options and is used by employers, students, alumni and SCC staff to develop job search strategies, obtain career-related work experience and identify and connect with prospective employers. Students can sort employment opportunities by major, location, job type and keyword. Bradley netWORK is available to all current enrolled students and alumni free of charge.

Welcome Week Service

Welcome Week Service Project - Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service - Student Affairs - Service is one of the University’s core values. Because of this, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of different service opportunities. The Welcome Week Service Project includes sites like Wild Life Prairie Park, Salvation Army, Children’s Home, Common Place and American Red Cross. In 2012 and 2013, this project attracted over 200 new and current students.

Midnight Munchies - Cullom-Davis Library - Midnight Munchies is a program that provides drinks 24 hours a day during the week of finals in addition to snacks being served at midnight to students studying in the libraStretchry.

Student Tutoring Services and Tutor Training - Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services and Tutor Training is a program to help students develop the skills, strategies, behaviors and attitudes to be successful learners. For the 2013/2014 school year, 177 student-tutors and one full-time coordinator are available to assist fellow Bradley classmates.

STRETCH (STudents REady To make CHange) - Department of Teacher Education -  With STRETCH, fifteen Bradley students are committed to making a difference in the Peoria community by developing and implementing anti-bullying programs in Peoria District Schools. Their focus is centered on providing strategies and encouragement to students who encounter problems with bullying.

2013 

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 7  projects:

TAP Test Prep- Department of Teacher Education - The TAP Test is a required test of the State of Illinois for all students seeking teacher certification. In recent years, test score requirements have been raised leading to a significant decrease in pass rates among students. Consequently, these changes have prevented many students from progressing in their programs. Funding will help the Teacher Education Department provide support to struggling students by offering tutoring and instructional sessions throughout the semester. These supplemental resources will help Bradley students strengthen their skills, focus on areas of weakness, and ultimately provide better preparation that will increase test scores and pass rates.

eRecruiting web-based Management System - Smith Career Center - eRecruiting is a web-based career management system used by employers, students, and alumni to post or obtain jobs. Through funding, The Smith Career Center of Bradley University has the opportunity to offer easy access to eRecruiting through the MyBU portal, administer career fairs, and manage on-campus recruiting. These services help students and alumni explore and define career options, develop job-search strategies, and identify and connect with prospective employers. Additionally, a module specifically designed for alumni has been made available through collaboration with the Alumni Relations Office.

Welcome Week Service Project- Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership & Public Service - Welcome Week Service Project is hosted by the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service. This project provides an opportunity for students to volunteer and demonstrate leadership in the community during welcome week. Its implementation last fall allowed over 200 students to travel to various volunteer sites in the community which included: Wild Life Prairie Park, Salvation Army, Children’s Home, Center for Prevention of Abuse, and Habitat for Humanity. The Welcome Week Service project helped fulfill one of Bradley University’s core values and culminated in over 600 hours of community service in the Peoria Area. With Funding, The Center for Student Leadership & Public Service would like to expand the project to accommodate over 300 students for upcoming Welcome Week projects which will help provide lunch for volunteers, training for facilitators, and advertising on campus.

Midnight Munchies- Cullom-Davis Library - Midnight Munchies is a program sponsored by Cullom-Davis Library in collaboration with Bradley Fellows to ensure that students have snacks and beverages to get them through the long and stressful hours of studying during finals. This program gives hard-working students the energy boost they need by providing free drinks 24 hours a day as well as serving various snacks at midnight. Midnight munchies create a feeling of good will in the library for students and helps show our support for their endeavors.

Student Tutoring Services – Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services fulfills the vision and mission of the Center for Learning Assistance: to support students in being active, independent, self-advocating, and confident learners who can successfully respond to specific academic challenges of the Bradley University undergraduate curriculum. Student Tutoring Services offers free tutoring to all Bradley undergraduate students who are struggling with their coursework and need additional help and resources. The tutors are Bradley students who have excelled in their field of study and are hired to assist their peers in developing the skills, strategies, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to be successful learners.

Student Tutoring Training- provides training programs for students wanting to become tutors for the Center for Learning Assistance.  Those interested have to go through an application process and meet certain standards before becoming a tutor. Tutors are required to attend two of three tutor training workshops each semester to stay in the program. Funds help provide tutors with the workshops and training sessions needed to become familiar with the new Tutor Trac software as well as excel in learning new tutoring techniques.  At these meetings, coordinators of tutoring programs around the nation share their training tips and ideas with tutors to help provide exceptional services conducive to each student’s academic needs.

USB Drives for New Students – Student Affairs - USB Drives for New Students- will be provided to incoming freshman and transfer students. These flash drives will be pre-loaded with information about student organizations. This is an environmentally-friendly tool that will save a great deal of paper and resources for the organizations. New students will have all of the information stored in one place on a resource that can be used for their school work as well.

2012

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 10 projects:

Bradley Student Interns at the NBC/Universal Olympics- Department of Communications - Bradley Student Interns at the NBC/Universal Olympics In 2010, NBC/Universal and Bradley University announced their partnership to provide student interns the opportunity to experience unparalleled sports production at the 2012 London Olympics. Of the ten students chosen to represent Bradley, seven were assigned to report from New York City while three others went on to London. Funding went directly to help the students with the costs of their trips. This opportunity also provides the Sports Communication Department at Bradley the chance to be recognized on a global level of distinction.

TAP Test Prep- Department of Teacher Education - The TAP Test is a required test of the State of Illinois for all students seeking teacher certification. Test score requirements have changed in recent years, leading to more students in Illinois failing the test. Funding will help the Teacher Education Department provide tutoring and instructional sessions to Bradley students throughout the semester, in hopes that they are better prepared for the test.

eRecruiting web-based Management System- Smith Career Center - eRecruiting is a web-based career management system used by employers, students, and alumni to post or obtain jobs. Through funding, The Smith Career Center of Bradley University has the opportunity to offer easy access to eRecruiting through the MyBU portal, administer career fairs, and manage on-campus recruiting. Through collaboration with the Alumni Relations Office, a module specifically designed for alumni is available.

Best Buddies Events- Department of Teacher Education - Best Buddies is a volunteer program designed to promote special friendships between University students and persons with disabilities. Funding through the Parent’s Association is used to provide several events throughout the school year, including a Halloween party.

Welcome Week Service Project- Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership & Public Service - A Welcome Week Service Project hosted by the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership & Public Service is a new project to campus. An estimated 600 hours of community service will be done by Bradley students for the Peoria community. Funding will go to providing lunch for volunteers, training for facilitators, and advertising on campus.

Midnight Munchies- Cullom-Davis Library - Midnight Munchies is a program sponsored by Cullom-Davis Library in collaboration with Bradley Fellows to ensure that students have snacks and beverages to get them through the long and stressful hours of studying during finals.

Welcome Week Block Party- Bradley Greeks - The Welcome Week Block Party is a long-established tradition on move-in day at Bradley, integrating faculty, staff, and new and old students. The men of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will be hosting a table that includes a hamburger grill, snow cone machine, and water balloon launch. Funding will be provided to fraternity to assist in the costs of running their table.

Student Tutoring Services/Training – Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services is a core program that the Parent Projects Fund has supported for over 15 years. Their support ensures that Bradley undergraduate students will be provided up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses. Bradley University is one of the few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. In addition to the appointment-based tutoring program, the Parent Projects Fund wants to ensure that there is sufficient support for walk-in tutoring. Funding also is provided in order to train tutors upon the start of the semester.

USB Drives for New Students – Student Affairs - USB Flash drives will be provided to incoming freshman and transfer students. These flash drives will be pre-loaded with information about student organizations. This is an environmentally-friendly tool that will save a great deal of paper and resources for the organizations. New students will have all of the information stored in one place on a resource that can be used for their school work as well.

2011

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 10 projects:

Welcome Week Block Party – BU Greek Life - The Welcome Week Block Party is part of a long standing tradition at Bradley University. The fraternity and sorority community ensured that the first day for students back on campus would be full of fun, energy, and assistance. After supporting the all-campus move-in day, the focus quickly shifted from moving in the last couple car loads, to preparing for the evenings Block Party. Fredonia Avenue was blocked off to traffic, and a campus-wide alcohol free party quickly sprang up. Walking down the street, visitors were greeting with smoking volcanoes, live bands, swimming pools, a mechanical bull, games of cornhole, and plenty of free food and drinks. (Source: Bradley Greeks Start the New Academic Year off Right by: Jesse Koch)

Student transportation to and from BU Hockey games – Campus Recreation - Transportation to and from BU Hockey games was funded by The Parent Projects Fund to increase student attendance at games of Bradley’s oldest sports club. The hockey club was started in 1966 and is still a strong University tradition today.

Leadership Studies Minor Program – Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service - Leadership Studies Minor Program was an idea initiated by students, faculty, and staff alike; being worked and reworked through committees and curriculum review; came to fruition in the Fall semester of 2005 through Bradley University’s newest minor, Leadership Studies. The Bradley University Leadership Studies Minor is designed to provide students the information, experience and opportunities necessary for them to gain an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of leadership.

eRecruiting web-based Career Management System – Smith Career Center - The Smith Career Center continues to provide comprehensive career services for Bradley University students, alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers through the use of Experience’s eRecruiting online career services product. The programs and services offered by the Smith Career Center are innovative and responsive to current trends, which has made it a very useful resource over the last several years.

Best Buddies Events – Department of Teacher Education - Best Buddies is a volunteer program designed to promote special friendships between University students and persons with disabilities.

Student Tutoring Services – Center for Learning Assistance - Student Tutoring Services is a core program that the Parent Projects Fund has supported for over 15 years. Their support ensures that Bradley undergraduate students will be provided up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses. Bradley University is one of the few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. In addition to the appointment-based tutoring program, the Parent Projects Fund wants to ensure that there is sufficient support for walk-in tutoring.

Midnight Munchies – Library Office - Midnight Munchies is a program sponsored by Cullom-Davis Library to ensure that students have snacks and beverages to get them through the long and stressful hours of studying during finals.

Get Fit Stay Fit – Wellness Program, Campus Recreation & Dining Services - Get Fit Stay Fit is a new program developed collaboratively by several Bradley University Departments to challenge the Bradley University Community to become more active and make healthy lifestyle decisions.

USB Drives for New Students – Student Affairs - USB Flash drives will be provided to incoming freshman and transfer students. These flash drives will be pre-loaded with information about student organizations. This is an environmentally-friendly tool that will save a great deal of paper and resources for the organizations. New students will have all of the information stored in one place on a resource that can be used for their school work as well.

2010

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 7 projects:

Center for Orientation & Advisement; Bradley University Lanyards, USB Flash Drives for new students, Center for Learning Assistance; Student Tutoring Services, Tutor Training, Assistive Technology, Smith Career Center; eRecruiting web-based Career Management System, Cullom Davis-Library; Midnight Munchies

The Center for Orientation and Advisement will provide a lanyard to each incoming freshman, funded by the Parent Projects Fund.  The lanyards will have Bradley University – Orientation and Advisement screen printed on them.  The lanyards serve the purpose of keeping their room key accessible.

USB Flash drives will be provided to incoming freshman and transfer students.  These flash drives will be pre-loaded with information about student organizations. This is an environmentally-friendly tool that will save a great deal of paper and resources for the organizations.  New students will have all of the information stored in one place on a resource that can be used for their school work as well.

Student Tutoring Services is a core program that the Parent Projects Fund has supported for over 15 years. Their support ensures that Bradley undergraduate students will be provided up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses. Bradley University is one of the few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. In addition to the appointment-based tutoring program, the Parent Projects Fund wants to ensure that there is sufficient support for walk-in tutoring.

Training for Student Tutors is also being supported by the Parent Projects Fund this year.  Funding will insure that each tutor receives two tutor training workshops each semester.  Research has shown that students who consistently interact with trained tutors have higher first time GPA’s, higher cumulative GPAs and an increased retention at the University.

Funding for Assistive Technology will be used to purchase a Learning Lab and Web License Editions of Kurzwell 3000 (K3000) assistive reading software.  Web licensing allows students to install K3000 on any computer – school, home, library or other – and access one of the school licenses.  The Web license allows for portability allowing students to access virtually any information, printed, electronic, or on the web from  anywhere.

The Smith Career Center continues to provide comprehensive career services for Bradley University students, alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers through the use of Experience’s eRecruiting online career services product. The programs and services offered by the Smith Career Center are innovative and responsive to current trends, which has made it a very useful resource over the last several years.

Midnight Munchies is a program sponsored by Cullom-Davis Library to ensure that students have snacks and beverages to get them through the long and stressful hours of studying during finals.

2009

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 9 projects:

Tours of Peoria for Parents, Student Tutoring Services, True BU, the Center for Orientation & Advisement, eRecruiting web-based Career Management System, Midnight Munchies, BU Math, the Nursing Center for Academic Excellence and the National Art Education Association.

Tours of Peoria for Parents will be a new part of the Freshman Orientation program. It is a wonderful way to show parents the city that their student will be living in while attending Bradley University and to learn about the history of the Peoria.

Student Tutoring Services is a core program that the Parent Projects Fund has supported for over 15 years. Their support ensures that Bradley undergraduate students will be provided up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses. Bradley University is one of the few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. In addition to the appointment-based tutoring program, the Parent Projects Fund wants to ensure that there is sufficient support for walk-in tutoring.

True BU is a project designed to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues. Bradley HEAT leaders will conduct training and workshops and students will have the opportunity to create postcards that will focus on suicide prevention and promote mental health awareness.

Flash drives will be provided to incoming freshman and transfer students that will be pre-loaded with information about student organizations. This is an environmentally-friendly tool that will save a great deal of paper and resources for the organizations and the new students will have all of the information stored in one place on a resource that can be used for their school work as well.

The Smith Career Center continues to provide comprehensive career services for Bradley University students, alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers through the use of Experience’s eRecruiting online career services product. The programs and services offered by the Smith Career Center are innovative and responsive to current trends, which has made it a very useful resource over the last several years.

Midnight Munchies is a program sponsored by Cullom-Davis Library to ensure that students have snacks and beverages to get them through the long and stressful hours of studying during finals.

BUmath: Precalculus on Demand is a web-based assessment and learning system to help students excel in mathematics courses, focusing on calculus, which is taken by most Bradley students. It is filled with assessments and review materials on prerequisites for math courses.

A pilot program for a Nursing Academic Coach is part of the newly established Nursing Center for Academic Success. The program will integrate learning resources into the student academic culture and optimize academic achievement for students that may be struggling in the program.

Art Education students will attend the National Art Education Association National Convention. This is a tremendous opportunity for professional development and involvement in workshops, discussion panels, exhibits and seminars for program participants; they will also have the opportunity to meet with fellow educators, artists and colleagues from around the world.

2008

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 7 projects: 

Student Tutoring Services, Walk In Tutoring, Women in Business, The Body Project, ELJ Graduate Learning in Counseling Center, eRecruiting web-based Career Management System, and the Garrett Hall Improvement Program.

Student Tutoring Services is a core program that the Parent Projects Fund has supported for over 15 years. Their support ensures that Bradley undergraduate students will be provided up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses. Bradley University is one of the few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. In addition to the appointment-based tutoring program, the Parent Projects Fund wants to ensure that there is sufficient support for walk-in tutoring.

Women in Business

The Women in Business organization will be inviting a professional speaker to an event at Bradley University. They believe that an individual with international experience can share important information and serve as a valuable role model for the participants. A prestigious speaker will provide an important educational opportunity for many groups on campus.

The Body Project

  The Body Project is a multi-faceted collaborative
  research and service project involving academic faculty,
  wellness staff and students. The main aims for the
  project are to investigate the scope and nature of body
  image disturbances among Bradley students, to educate
  the campus community on issues related to body image
  and eating disorders, and to improve campus resources
  and programming in this area.

The ELH Graduate Learning in Counseling Center will be using the funds from the Parent Projects Fund to purchase technology and equipment to enhance the counseling practice of graduate students. This program provides Bradley graduate student interns with a unique experience in learning counseling with young adults and it provides an additional resource for Bradley students who request counseling from Health Services.

Job Fairs

The Smith Career Center continues to provide comprehensive career services for Bradley University students, alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers through the use of Experience's eRecruiting online career services product. The programs and services offered by the Smith Career Center are innovative and responsive to current trends, which has made it a very useful resource over the last several years.


The Garrett Center

  The Office of Multicultural Student Services will be purchasing
  new chairs and folding caddies for use in Garrett Hall.
  The Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center was founded 30 years
  ago and provides a venue that is used for workshops, seminars,
  social events, weekly meetings of the student senate, and
  film viewings.

2007

The Parents Projects Fund supported the following 9 projects: 

Move-In Day Hospitality by FOCUS, Multicultural Student Services Computer Lab, Laptop Computer Lab for the Psychology department, National Student Advertising Competition, Multi-media Enhancement of the Writing Center, Interactive Volunteer/Leadership website, Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference, eRecruiting web-based Career Management System, and Student Tutoring Services.

Move-in Day

The Fellowship of Faculty University Students (FOCUS)
provided Move-In day hospitality to the parents and students
that came to campus in the fall.

 

The Multicultural Student Services computer lab was able to replace old, outdated computers in order to provide another resource that is available for the entire campus community.

Computer Lab

  The Department of Psychology was able to acquire laptop
  computers for their portable computer laboratory. This improves
  the student's ability to conduct their research individually and in
  collaboration with professors.

 

The Bradley chapter of the American Advertising Federation will be able to compete in the National Student Advertising Competition which provides real-world experience for communication and advertising students who will present a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate sponsor.

The Writing Center will be able to obtain two multi-media computers that will be used for one-on-one tutorial sessions. Typically the center offers over 700 individual sessions to Bradley students.

The Volunteer Network will be supporting the design, implementation and maintenance of an all-school volunteer and leadership website and search engine that will serve as the hub of community service, philanthropic giving and leadership development for the Bradley community.

The Society of Women Engineers is proud to be hosting their regional conference here in Peoria. The expected attendance of more than 600 participants spans across eight states, includes over 40 universities and 13 professional sections.

The Smith Career Center continues to provide comprehensive career services for Bradley University students, alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers through the use of Experience's eRecruiting online career services product. The programs and services offered by the Smith Career Center are innovative and responsive to current trends, which has made it a very useful resource over the last several years.

Student Tutoring Services

Student Tutoring Services continue to be an important program for the Parent Projects Fund. Bradley University is one of the
few universities in the country that offers a program featuring one-on-one tutoring on an appointment basis. This program
also provides Bradley undergraduate students with up to two hours per week of free tutoring in select courses.

2006

The Parents Projects Fund funded the following 6 projects: 

Campus Wireless Network Expansion, Smith Career Center E Recruiting Program, Intramural Sports Equipment, Library Furniture Replacement, Student Tutoring Services, Substance Abuse Screening and the Special Projects Fund

The Campus Wireless Network Expansion will add twelve wireless access points (WAPs) to common and residential spaces to greatly increase the wireless network connectivity available to students.

The Smith Career Center provides career services to Bradley University students, alumni, and employers easily and conveniently by utilizing Experience's eRecruiting online career services product. More than 3,300 Bradley students and alumni utilized eRecruiting during fiscal year 2005.

Intramural and Recreational Sports Department

The Intramural and Recreational Sports Department is
committed to providing recreational opportunities to Bradley Students. Additional equipment for the Cardiovascular Room will enhance those opportunities. Gifts from parents will be used to purchase 2 new treadmills for the cardiovascular room in Haussler Hall.

Cullom-Davis Library

  The Cullom-Davis Library is committed to meeting the information
  needs of Bradley University's students, faculty and staff. Most of
  the furniture in the Library is at least 15 years old. Gifts from
  parents will be used to acquire round tables to replace the four   person study carrels that currently exist. All students who use the
  library will benefit from this new furniture.

Free Tutoring Services enables Undergraduate students to
Free Tutoring Services receive up to two hours per week of free tutoring in selected courses. Gifts from Bradley parents will enable the Bradley Health Services and Counseling Center to purchase the GAIN screening tool as well as follow up training for staff. Any student referred to counseling for a substance abuse assessment will benefit from this new tool. The G.A.I.N. tool will standardize the interview and screening for substance abuse and provide information to make recommendations for treatment planning.

The special projects fund provides the parent calendar distributed to parents each year, as well as other projects throughout the year as determined by the special projects committee.

2005

The Parents Projects Fund will fund the following 5 projects:
Fresh Start Program, Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Career Search, Program Surround Sound Audio Upgrade for Marty Theatre

The Fresh Start Program is a one-on one, non confrontational, non-judgmental, and flexible alcohol education program that seeks to increase the student’s interest and readiness for change regarding their use of alcohol and consequences resulting from their alcohol use. The tutorial program offers students one on one free tutoring for up to two hours per week. The special projects fund provides the parent calendar distributed to parents each year, as well as other projects throughout the year as determined by the special projects committee. The Career Search program is a web-based, nation-wide database of employers that is available to students throughout the year, 24 hours per day. The Surround Sound Audio Upgrade for the Marty theatre will provide much needed technology to enhance the quality of audio playback for movies and lectures inside the theatre.

2004

The Parents Projects Fund will fund the following 4 projects for a third year:
Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Career Search Program, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service

The Parent Projects Fund will fund the same four projects this year, which will include ongoing support to the Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and the Career Search Program which is offered through the Smith Career Center.

2003

The Parents Projects Fund will fund the following 5 projects for a second year:
Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Career Search Program, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, Multicultural Resource Library

The Parent Projects Fund will fund the same five projects this year, which will include ongoing support to the Multicultural Resource Library, Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and the Career Search Program which is offered through the Smith Career Center.

2002

The Parents Projects Fund will fund the following 5 projects: Tutorial Program, Special Projects Fund, Career Search Program, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, Multicultural Resource Library

The Parent Projects Fund will fund five projects this year, adding the new Multicultural Resource Library. Support to the Multicultural Resource Library will go towards the purchase of videotapes, audiotapes, CD-ROM materials, educational books workbooks, activity books, directories, cultural educational games, and diversity promotional materials. These items will be available for use by the entire Bradley University Community.

In addition, the parents will continue to fund four projects from last fiscal year. First, is ongoing support to the Tutorial Program, second; Special Projects Fund, third; the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and fourth; The Career Search Program which is offered through the Smith Career Center.

2001

Tutorial Program, Parents’ Board Fund, Career Search Program, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership, and Public Service

The parents’ board will continue to fund four projects from last fiscal year. First, is ongoing support to the Tutorial Program, second; The Parents’ Board Fund, third; the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and fourth; The Career Search Program which is offered through the Smith Career Center.

2000

Tutorial Program, Parents’ Board Fund, Career Search Program, Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership, and Public Service ASAP (Alcohol and Security Awareness Program)

The parents’ board will fund five projects this fiscal year. First, is ongoing support to the Tutorial Program, established in 1991; Parents’ Board Fund, established in 1995 the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, established in 1996. Support for the Career Search Program established in 1998, which is offered through the Smith Career Center, and parent support of the Center for Wellness and Counseling. This project has been renamed ASAP or the Alcohol and Security Awareness Program.

1999

Tutorial Program, Parents’ Board Fund, Career Search Program, Center for Student Leadership, and Public Service Center for Wellness and Counseling

Ongoing support to the Tutorial Program, established in 1991; Parents’ Board Fund, established in 1995 and Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, established in 1996. Two projects are new this year; support for the Career Search Program, which is offered through the Smith Career Center, and parent support of the Center for Wellness and Counseling will allow them to purchase FATAL VISION goggles and develop a computerized system for record keeping.

1997 & 1998

Tutorial Program Special Projects, Fitness Equipment for the Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports, Center for Student Leadership and Public Service

The parents’ board continued to fund several projects. The first was continued support to the Tutorial Program which they began in 1991. Second, was continued support of the Parents’ Board Fund which was established in 1995. Third, was continued support for Fitness Equipment for the Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports. Parent gifts will help replace and purchase additional equipment such as treadmills, a ski machine, climber, aerobic steps, floor mats and hand weights. Finally, there was the addition of the Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, which helps student leaders learn to be effective and prepares them to be society’s future leaders.

1996

Tutorial Program Establishment of Special Projects, Fitness Equipment for the Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports

For the first time, the parents’ board decided to fund several projects. They first chose to continue support to the Tutorial Program which they began in 1991. Second, was the establishment of the Parents’ Board Fund which is used by the Parents’ Board of Directors for special projects and to keep parents informed. Third, was support for Fitness Equipment for the Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports. Parent gifts will help replace and purchase additional equipment such as treadmills, a ski machine, climber, aerobic steps, floor mats and hand weights.

1995

Smith Career Center

This parent project provided the resources necessary to help the Smith Career Center offer additional career services for students and reach a higher level of computer automation. Parent gifts purchased office equipment, career library materials, and ongoing computing needs.

1994

Computer and Printer Equipment for the Library

The Packard Room at the library is now a place where students learn how to use computerized Library resources, with 18 new computer workstations with Windows software, thanks to the Parents’ Fund. In addition, the fund helped purchase two new Minolta reader/printers for microfilm and microfiche so students can print out paper copies from periodicals stored on film.

1992 & 1993

Free Tutoring Services

Individual students may receive up to two hours a week of free tutoring in selected courses, thanks to the Parents’ Fund. The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) in the Library administers the program, screening and training more than 60 student tutors who provide individual help and group review sessions. Parent donations funded the program for 3 years.

1991

Landscaping the Campus Entranceway

The Parents’ Fund supported construction and landscaping of the new campus entranceway. Bradley parents contributed significantly to the project.

1990

After Hours Study Room in the Library

Funded by the parents, this special study room on the first floor of the Library is kept open two to three hours after the rest of the Library closes, and 24 hours a day for the last three weeks of each semester.

1989

Meeting Room in the Student Center

In recognition of donations by parents, a meeting room on the lower level of the Student Center is named the Parents’ Association Board Room. This room, which seats 20 and adjoins the Marty Theater, has reservations almost every day for meetings of student groups and University departments.