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Fall 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 4

Wearing Bradley red in Illini land

Living only a few miles from the University of Illinois campus, naturally, the Illinois basketball team is the team getting the most coverage in the local news. But in March, all of that changed when the Illini bowed out of the tournament early and the Braves were still alive. To my delight, Bradley was suddenly garnering all the local headlines. In the land of orange and blue, I proudly wore my red and white and cheered on the Braves!  

Thanks, guys, for an exciting run and for making me proud to be a Brave in the land of the Illini!

Kathleen Schelp Smith ‘90
Champaign, IL

International alum recalls friendships

I always enjoy reading Bradley Hilltopics magazine very much. It reminds me of the wonderful days that I spent at Bradley University and in Peoria. It is very important for me to receive updated news about my alma mater, classmates, professors, and friends.

My classmate Fikret Yolacan ‘64 and I were two Turkish students at Bradley University. We rented an apartment house on West Main Street. During our stay in Peoria, we had opportunities to meet many families and students, specifically, Frances and Terry O’Neill ’60 MS ‘61 who were living in Freeport, and have been very close friends of ours. They helped us so much that we felt at home. After returning to my country, our friendship with the O’Neill family has continued with correspondence. Now the O’Neills are living in Gwinn, Michigan. I feel so fortunate to have enjoyed our friendship over 41 years.

I had taught electrical technology subjects at Technical Education College of Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. I wrote textbooks for the technical colleges and the technical high schools. My first book, Fundamentals of Electricity, was published in 1971. The names of the textbooks are DC and AC Circuits and Solved Problems, Senkron Machines, and Induction Motors. I have written new and
revised editions for the texts. The 18th printing of Induction Motors took place in 2005.

After my retirement, I planted orange trees and olive trees on my small land in my village, Dallica, Turkey. My wife, Nezahat, our two sons and I have been living in Izmir, a city of three million people located on the Aegean Sea coast.

Unfortunately, my classmate, Fikret Yolacan ‘64, died on May 10, 2004. Surviving are his wife, one son, and one daughter.