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Fall 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 4
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BU moves up in rankings

Magazine coverBradley University ranks among the best in several categories in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Bradley is sixth among Midwestern universities granting master’s degrees, up from seventh place last year. In addition, Bradley is second among the same group of schools in the category of “great school at a great price,” rising from fifth place last year. Bradley, Creighton University, and Drake University are the only three schools in the Missouri Valley Conference in the Top 10 in these lists.

In addition, Bradley’s College of Engineering and Technology ties for 20th among all universities nationwide whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The five-way tie includes Baylor University in Texas, Embry Riddle Aeronaut University in Arizona, Santa Clara University in California, and Valparaiso University in Indiana. BU’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology ranks third nationally, as well.

Bradley is the only university in the MVC named to either of the engineering-related lists and is the only Illinois school named to any of the four categories mentioned. U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are based on data collected about student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving.

The formula used to determine schools that offer the best value relates a school’s academic quality as indicated by its ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.


Jungck named Caterpillar Professor

Dr. Gerald Jungck recently was named Caterpillar Professor of Mathematics. The award recognizes the highest level of scholarship among senior faculty who hold tenure and have the rank of full professor. He is the 10th professor recognized since the inception of the award in 2000.

Jungck has been with the University since 1959, rising to the level of professor of mathematics in 1982. Throughout his tenure he has been widely published in prestigious journals and has authored more than 40 publications.

Koeltzow receives First Year Faculty Award

Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, assistant professor of psychology, recently received the 2007 First Year Faculty Award. His selection was based on student evaluations, peer visitation, course innovation, and instructional improvement.

Koeltzow received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, his master’s from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and his Ph.D. at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. He served as an assistant professor of psychology at Saint Anselm College. Since arriving at Bradley in 2006, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he developed two new courses, advised more than 20 psychology majors, assumed a leadership role as faculty advisor to the psychology department’s two student organizations, and developed research collaborations with 10 students.

Burger Center and FCS Department share Harper Award

The Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are the recipients of the 2007 William Rainey Harper Award. The award recognizes a department or support unit that has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an ever-improving level of performance.

Through the Burger Center’s Fellows Program, students are receiving the necessary skills to become effective leaders. Annually, more than 110 local agencies have utilized Bradley students as volunteers. These students have given in excess of 36,500 service hours and raised more than $170,000— almost a 500 percent increase from the $30,000 raised during the first year of the Center’s existence in 1996.

Over the past decade, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has grown from 69 majors, three minors, and four faculty to 149 majors, 38 minors, and six faculty. Current students are working on real-life product development with companies and agencies, and graduates have had a 100 percent placement since 1990 in industries worldwide.


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