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This week, we're talking with Susan Felder, who's directing Bradley University Theatre's production of "The Mountaintop." The play, by Katori Hall, depicts an invented interaction between Dr. Martin Luther King and a hotel maid, in the hours before King's assassination. Felder talks about the play's "warts-and-all" look at King, and the realities of race in 1960s America. She also talks about the two actors featured in the production, and working with them to create performances that worth both as history, and as drama.

BU and ICC team up to help international students

Feb 2, 2015

Bradley University and Illinois Central College are hoping to attract more international students with a new partnership. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding for BU undergraduate and graduate international students to study English as a Second Language at ICC.

Steiner lends name to BU program

Jan 16, 2015

Bradley University is naming its nationally-recognized sports communication program after one significant alumnus.

An Ohio appeals court has upheld a $1.2 million judgment against former Kent State men's basketball coach Geno Ford over his 2011 departure to become coach at Bradley University.

Report: BU president tops salary scale

Dec 11, 2014

Bradley University President Joanne Glasser is cited as the highest-paid president compared to other peer institutions. The Chronicle of Higher Education report is based on 2012 data.

Bradley University is offering its graduate students more global opportunities through new partnerships with universities in India.

Bradley University Theatre

This week, we're talking with Danielle Dyksterhouse. The fifth-year senior at Bradley University is directing their mainstage production of "Proof." The four-person play explores themes of family, identity, and mental illness. Dyksterhouse talks about what drew her to the play,, about working with her actors, and about how she prepared for her role as director. "Proof" continues through Sunday, Novemebr 23rd, at the Hartman Center Theatre at Bradley University.

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Governor Quinn was at Bradley University today to announce funding for several private Central Illinois colleges and universities. The investments total $5.8 million. 

Bradley University celebrates 118th Founder's Day

Oct 17, 2014

Bradley University honored its faculty, staff and alumni during its 118th Founder's Day Convocation. The annual event celebrates the University’s 1897 founding by Lydia Moss Bradley.

LaHood: "U.S. is one big pothole"

Oct 16, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation says the country is one big pothole. Republican Ray LaHood spoke to an economics class Thursday at Bradley University on how building a strong infrastructure can boost the U.S. economy.

Bradley's Engineering Program ranks among Top 10

Oct 9, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

Bradley University is ranked among the top 10 schools in terms of salary potential in an annual report. 

Crossing Borders Music Collective

This week, we're talking with John Jost, from the Bradley University Music Department. They're presenting the Crossing Borders Music Collective, with a program of Haitian music. John Jost talks about his own connection to Haiti, about some of the works on the program, and about the role classical music plays in Haiti. The concert is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dingeldine Music Center.

BU remains among top universities in the Midwest

Sep 9, 2014

Bradley University remains among the top universities in the Midwest according to U.S. News and Work Report. The publication Tuesday released its 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

A Bradley University professor is involving his students in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Dr. Steven Tippett is Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science. He’s taking the plunge Wednesday at noon outside Olin Hall of Science.

Mobile cable-free charging the aim of BU students

Jun 19, 2014
Daniela Vidal / Peoria Public Radio

A group of Bradley students is working on a project that may allow cell phone users to cut the final cord.

Bradley University Theatre

This week, we're talking with Egla Birmingham, director of Bradley University Theatre's production of "Clybourne Park." Set in the same house as "A Raisin in the Sun," the play offers a perspective on how race and family have changed over the past fifty years. Birmingham talks about what she finds appealing in the script, and about working with young actors to bring the text to life. "Clybourne Park" continues through Sunday, March 9th.

Peoria Police officers are getting some backup

Jan 22, 2014

The Peoria Police Department is hiring seven new officers. The new hires all have prior police service and have already completed the Illinois Police Training Institute. That means most of the seven will make it to the street for active service in June, just before the peak of Summer. 

BU students particpate in National Day of Service

Jan 20, 2014
Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

Some Bradley University students celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by donating their time at a local food bank. About ten students from four student organizations volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank in Peoria.

photo: Bradley University Department of Music

This week, we're talking with John Jost, conductor of the Bradley Community Chorus. Their fall concert, with the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, presents settings of the "Te Deum."  Jost talks about the celebratory nature of the text has inspired many composers to "pull out all the stops," and about how the chorus and orchestra practice separately for most of the rehearsal process. The concert will be presented Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

BU and Startup Peoria to host Startup Weekend

Nov 4, 2013

Those with business ideas, designers and developers are encouraged to come together to develop new ventures over a 54-hour period. Startup Peoria and Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting “Startup Weekend” from November 15th through the 17th.

BU ranks 6th for producing Fulbright students

Oct 30, 2013

Bradley University is among the top schools in the nation of its type producing Fulbright students. The U.S Department of State recently announced a list of colleges and universities generating the most Fulbright students in 2013-2014. Bradley ranked sixth this year after three of its students received the awards.

In conjunction with the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, Bradley University’s Heuser Gallery is showing paintings by Chicago artist Eleanor Coen. Bradley’s Hartmann Center exhibits works from Bradley’s collection. Nearby are the Studios on Sheridan, with pieces by six women artists. And further north on Sheridan Road, Gallery Romain shows work by Sapphire and Crystals, a collective of African-American women artists in Chicago.

Celebrating Bradley University's Founder

Oct 18, 2013

Bradley University is celebrating its founder today. The annual Founder’s Day event comes during the University's Homecoming week. 

BU sees increase in retention rate

Oct 7, 2013

Bradley University officials say they are doing a better job of keeping students from leaving after their freshmen year. BU is reporting a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of nearly 88-percent for the last school year. That’s a nearly two-percent increase from the entering freshman class of 2011, and it’s the highest retention rate in five years.

Bradley University director gets global recognition

Sep 17, 2013
Duane Zehr, Bradley University

The director of Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship is receiving global recognition for his work.  Jim Foley is an expert on trade and international business.  He’s getting a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Trade Training Organizations.  Foley was instrumental in establishing a certification system that sets professional skill standards in international trade.  He also runs a program for training in business planning, marketing and export finance at Bradley’s International Trade Center.

Lilly Ledbetter to speak at BU

Sep 16, 2013

A well-known women’s rights activist is speaking at Bradley University Tuesday to talk about her fight for equal pay.  Lilly Ledbetter is speaking at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  Her pay-discrimination case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Bradley Jewish group honors 9/11 victims

Sep 11, 2013
Denise Molina / WCBU

A group at Bradley University commemorated the 12th anniversary of 9/11 Wednesday by encouraging fellow students, staff and other passersby to do something good for humanity. Peoria Public Radio’s Denise Molina reports. 

Rabbi Eli Langsam stood in front a mini-replica of the twin towers asking passing students to do a good deed in memory of the victims of 9/11. 

Bradley University was named the fifth top university in the Midwest according to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings.  The University’s College of Engineering and Technology is again listed among the best undergraduate engineering programs.

LaHood named Distinguished Fellow at BU

Aug 21, 2013

Bradley University is honoring a politically famous alumnus. The university is naming former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Congressman Ray LaHood the first Honorary Senior Distinguished Fellow for the Institute of Principled Leadership in Public Service.

Bradley University freshman class grows six-percent from last year

Aug 20, 2013

Bradley University’s incoming freshman class is the largest the school has seen in the last two classes. It’s more than 60 students than last year’s freshman class.