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BU Student Receives Fulbright

Mar 21, 2016
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Bradley University senior Sojourner White is receiving the Fulbright U.S. Student Award.


White is a psychology and Spanish double major. White plans to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador in Spain.


The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. White is one of more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants since its inception in 1948.

Bradley also has 10 faculty members who’ve received Fulbright Scholarships.

BU Speech Team wins 16th State Championship

Mar 7, 2016
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The Bradley University Speech Team is celebrating its 16th straight state championship title. Bradley topped second place finisher Illinois State University and secured eight of the 11 individual state championships.

The Bradley Speech Team will spend the rest of the month practicing to compete in two national championships in April.

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This week, we're talking with Susan Felder, from the Bradley University Theatre Department. She's directing their production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull."

She talks about how the characters and conflicts in the play make it a good fit for younger actors, and about how Chekhov writing style. His works profoundly changed both the way characters are written, and how actors today try to interpret those characters.

"The Seagull" runs through Sunday, March 6th, at the Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus in Peoria.

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The Alumni Center on the campus of Bradley University was standing room only last night. That was the community turnout welcoming the university’s 11th president, Gary Roberts, who is also a 1970 Bradley graduate.

Roberts says he looks forward to working with the local community and calls it essential.

“Bradley and the Peoria and central Illinois communities are integrally linked and we are dependent on one and other," Roberts said. "When one succeeds, the other benefits, and if one has a failure, the other suffers.”  

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Bradley University is welcoming students back to the classroom today. But the school is also welcoming President Gary Roberts to the university community. Roberts is the 11th president in Bradley’s history. The welcome reception with faculty/staff was yesterday.

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Bradley University is now among the growing choir of schools nationwide adding controls on the use and storage of hoverboards on campus.

Today’s announcement comes the same week the U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission reported it’s looking into fires linked to the two-wheeled motorized scooters. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Bradley University says about 400 undergraduates and graduate students will be part of its mid-year commencement ceremony Saturday. 

 The event will be at the Renaissance Coliseum on the private school's Peoria campus.  

Bradley University student killed in head-on collision

Dec 15, 2015

Bradley University student Zakery Haubrich, 21, was one of the two victims identified in Monday night's fatal crash. 

In an email sent out to the campus Tuesday morning, Bradley's Interm President Stan Liberty says the senior business major "would be missed by all." Liberty says flags on campus will fly at half-staff for three days to honor his memory.

Haubrich was a member of the Bradley Jazz Ensemble and the Bradley Symphonic Winds.  He was also involved with the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Hilltop Studios, and Musicians in Business.

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The Bradley University Police Department is holding security briefings on campus to prepare students and faculty in the event an active shooter.

The department's steps come as colleges and universities across the country review security plans in the wake of recent mass shootings

Chief Brian Joschko says the aim is to give people the best information about how to keep themselves safe if they ever find themselves in a grave situation:

We're joined this week by John Jost, conductor of the Bradley Community Chorus, and Bradley Symphony Orchestra conductor Tim Semanik. They're both conducting this weekend's concert, which features Mozart's "Mass in C" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem." They talk about the contrasting moods of the two selections -- the Mozart is a boisterous, joyful work; the Vaughan Williams is more solemn. They also talk a little about the process of rehearsing the two ensembles separately, before joining them in the final few rehearsals.

Legendary broadcaster Larry King returned to Peoria Monday as part of an inaugural Symposium for the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication.  King is friends with Steiner, who is one of Bradley’s most notable alumni and the longtime play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. King says the new Sports Communication program can teach aspiring sports reporters the foundations of journalism:

This week, we're talking with Scott Kanoff, from the Bradley Theatre Department, about their production of "High Fidelity." The musical is an adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel (and the subsequent film), and features a score that draws inspiration from several decades of rock and pop music. Kanoff talks about some of the music featured in the show. He also talks about introducing his students -- raised in a world of iTunes and Spotify -- to vinyl LPs.

Performances of "High Fidelity" continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at the Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus.

Bradley University Announces 11th President

Oct 16, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Bradley University announced an alumnus and sports law expert as its 11th president. Gary Roberts outlined some broad goals for the school, and says he’s looking for input.

BU rolls out new student engagement platform

Sep 25, 2015

Bradley University is offering a new social engagement platform for prospective students to interact with the school in a personalized way. inside BU is a web portal geared to give those interested in attending Bradley a unique window to the school’s offerings through handheld electronic devices. Tom Richmond manages enrollment marketing for Bradley. He says it a matter of communicating in a way natural to today’s 17-year-old.

This week’s Hidden Treasures takes us to the Foster Art Gallery at the First United Methodist Church.  Here we will find works by Sherri Burritt & Florence Gaffney.  Then traveling to the Heuser Gallery we find Painting by Michiko Itatani.

Planning for Bradley University move in day

Aug 17, 2015

Those driving around Bradley University next weekend will want to plan ahead for the annual move in ritual. Those driving University between Interstate-74 and the Bradley Campus can expect considerable delays Saturday especially between 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.


Bradley University earns high ranks

Jul 22, 2015

Bradley University was ranked in the top 100 colleges that gives high value for the price of education.  MONEY Magazine ranked Bradley 88th nationwide among colleges that look at the cost of education and the career success of graduates.  The study says Bradley’s net price of a degree is $143,000. It says graduates have average early career earnings of nearly $50,000.

Bradley University begins offering advanced nursing courses online this summer. 

A three-year grant will pay for in-depth science and math training for more than 100 regional school teachers this summer. 

The public is invited to attend Bradley's final practice at Dozer Park before the Braves head to Louisville for the weekend's NCAA Baseball Regional.

Bradley hosts Career and Public Service Expo

Apr 8, 2015

Bradley University students interested in pursuing a career in Public Service can meet with potential employers Thursday.  

Investigative reporter and author Carl Bernstein is scheduled next month to deliver a lecture on seeking the truth at Bradley University.

Chris Reynolds named next BU Athletics Director

Mar 16, 2015

Bradley University tapped Peoria native Chris Reynolds as its next Athletics Director.  Reynolds graduated from Peoria High where he was an all-state player and led Indiana University to Big Ten titles in 1991 and 1993.  Reynolds has served as Deputy Director of Athletics at Northwestern since 2012.  He replaces Michael Cross, who resigned this month from the post.  

Bradley University tackles food waste

Feb 25, 2015
Alex Rusciano

Bradley University is encouraging responsible eating at their two buffet style cafeterias. The Waste Tree program kicked off today with a visual reminder of the amount of uneaten food wasted each day. 

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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.