Bradley’s 2006 Centurions: from
At the October 26 Founder’s Day ceremony, five alumni were initiated into the Centurion Society. Founded in 1982, the award honors alumni who are national and international leaders in their fields and recognizes them for achievements in public life and their professions. As the Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Ron Maestri ’63 MA ’67 was named to the Centurion Society. In addition, the following alumni were inducted:
Jerry Hayden ’59, MBA in 1970 from Northwestern University; chairman, CEO and owner, Peacock Engineering Co., food packaging company with plants in Itasca, Geneva, and Carol Stream; founder/past president, Itasca Business Council; member, United Republican Fund of Illinois, World Presidents’ Organization; former board member, Illinois Manufacturing Association, Contact Packaging Association, Young Presidents’ Organization; Bradley University Athletics Hall of Fame, track team captain in 1959; held Bradley’s discus throw record for 17 years.
Anne Maple Fox ’63, CEO of the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross; serves on the boards of the Forest Park Foundation, Employer’s Association of Illinois, Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center; previously served on the Children’s Home Association of Illinois Board, Peoria Public Library Board, Junior League Board, United Way of Illinois, and the Bradley University National Alumni Association; was instrumental in establishing the Community Foundation of Central Illinois; received the Junior League Volunteer of the Year Award, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Tom Connor Award for Volunteerism, the American Red Cross Tiffany Award for Employee Excellence, the Francis M. Krossa Professions Award, the Athena Award for Professional Women, and the 25 Women in Leadership Award.
Joe Stowell ’50 MA ’56; former men’s and women’s head basketball coach and professor of health and movement science, emeritus; began Bradley coaching career as assistant in 1956, coach from 1965 to 1981; conducted basketball clinics for over 35 years worldwide including Asia, South America, Europe, Africa; IBCA Hall of Fame, Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, 1992 IBCA Buzzy O’Connor Award for Contributions to Illinois Basketball, 1973 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, 1973 NABC District 5 Coach of the Year, 1978 NABC Award of Merit, 1983 NABC Award of Honor, 2000 A.J. Robertson Award, 2004 Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award; WMBD radio analyst for Bradley basketball broadcasts 1983 to the present.
Ken Hinton ’69 MA ’71; superintendent, Peoria Public School District 150; General Administrative Endorsement, Illinois State University; Superintendent’s Endorsement, Western Illinois University; actively involved in the United Way, Peoria Civic Federation, Hult Health Education Center, Vision 2020 Leadership Council, Mayor’s Task Force on Education, American Red Cross, Lakeview Museum, Children’s Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board; recipient, PHA Achievement Award for Community Service, African-American Hall of Fame Museum, Dr. Martin L. King Leadership Award, Jaycees Young Educator Award, Outstanding Educational Leader Award, South Side Businessmen Eagle Award, and the Center for the Prevention of Abuse Partners in Peace Award.
A $10,000 matching gift to generate additional scholarship funds for the Bradley University Black Alumni Annual Scholarship was announced by Dr. William Hallmon Jr. ‘78. Hallmon will match all gifts supporting the Black Alumni Annual Scholarship between now and Homecoming 2007 up to $10,000.
He announced his challenge at the 2006 Homecoming Black Alumni Reunion dinner in Peoria, where he received an award for his continued and generous support of the scholarship fund. Hallmon compared the alumni to a football team, stating in his remarks that although he issued this challenge, it is up to the alumni base to serve as the linemen to work together to build the fund into an endowed fund.
Hallmon, who earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, operates a gastroenterology practice in Racine, Wisconsin. He has supported the Black Alumni Scholarship since its inception in 1992. To date, the scholarship has provided 66 scholarships and awarded $61,650.
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