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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. 

Retired Illinois State Senator George Shadid is donating his remaining campaign funds to Bradley University.

A national publication is recognizing Bradley University as a top animation and design school. B-U offers a variety of programs for those who want to become game designers. Animation Career Review ranked Bradley 15th in the Midwest. This is the second year in a row the university has received the ranking. Some of the programs Bradley offers include computer science or computer information systems degrees with a game technology or game software concentration. Students can also receive degrees in interactive media with concentrations in game design, animation and visual effects.  

BU Alumni Association's Leadership Summit underway

Jun 14, 2013

The Bradley University Alumni Association’s first Leadership Summit is underway. The event began Thursday and runs through Saturday on campus. The goal of the summit is to motivate aspiring leaders working to advance their careers and enhance their leadership skills.

US Transportation Secretary keynotes ICAT

Apr 3, 2013

U-S Transportation Secretary and Peoria native Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ICAT-Transportation Conference in East Peoria. 

Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of one African-American family in the early days of the civil rights movement. A production is now on stage at Bradley University. Reviewer Douglas Okey says the play has as much to say today as it did in 1959. He has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre  League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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