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Winter 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 1

Hurricane repairsHands of hope

Hurricane Katrina cast a sobering reality over New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast. However, renewed hope and determination are fueled by great numbers of volunteers who have come to help. Read about Bradley alumni who live in the area impacted by Katrina, as well as alumni and students who have offered a helping hand. Full Story>

View a slide-show from the 53 Bradley students and 10 other volunteers who dedicated their fall break to hurricane relief. Go>

Read a journal that was kept by Bob Wiltz ’69 MA ’70, a psychologist from Peoria with a practice in Morris, who volunteered with the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge and the Greater New Orleans area from September 2 to 17. Go>


SnowflakeLet it snow

With the use of fiber-optic light and techniques such as optical staining, snowflakes become beautiful works of art. At Rochester Institute of Technology, Dr. Michael Peres ’78 offers a unique class in which students use a microscope to photograph images of just about anything they can imagine, including snowflakes. Full Story>

Pullman State Historic SiteA passion for preservation

Mike Wagenbach ’89 has been commissioned to preserve the Pullman State Historic Site, 15 miles south of the Chicago loop. The Pullman factory town, built in the late 1800s by industrialist George Pullman, is famous for the variety of cars manufactured there, as well as the town’s aesthetic beauty and progressive urban design. Full Story>




In the spotlight

BU License plateTake your Braves spirit on the road! 

Purchase a BU license plate and display Bradley pride everywhere you travel.  A portion of the fee lends financial assistance to Bradley students. Go>

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Matt Savoie '02 places seventh at 2006 Winter Olympics 

With a personal-best score of 137.52 in the long program, peoria figure skater Matt Savoie '02 finished seventh overall in men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. For more information, visit or

See Matt Savoie '02 skate in person

Olympic skater Matt Savoie '02 will be on tour with Champions on Ice from June 23 through July 2 at the following venues:
Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 23
Chicago, Illinois United Center, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25
Moline, Illinois The MARK of the Quad Cities, 7 p.m. Monday, June 26
Duluth, Minnesota DECC Arena, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 30
Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1
Omaha, Nebraska Civic Auditorium, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 2

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Coming Bradley Hilltopics Spring 2006

Students on a camelLive like an Egyptian  

For the past three years in late December, Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, professor and department chair of civil engineering and construction, has led a group of Bradley students on a life-changing adventure through Egypt. To see photos from this year's trip, visit, then click on the Study Abroad tab and Egypt.


Catch up with Bradley grad Tami Lane '96, who recently won an Oscar for her work as a makeup artist in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." See a related article featured in the Peoria Journal Star at


Are you a Bradley alum who plans to participate in Steamboat Days in Peoria? How about the Chicago Marathon?  If you are planning to participate in either of these events and are willing to be featured in an article in Bradley Hilltopics magazine, and/or be part of an alumni gathering of individuals participating in one of these events, please send us an e-mail at


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