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Spring 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 2  



New VP arrives from Iowa State

Pat Vickerman was named Bradley’s vice president for advancement in January. He supervises development and alumni relations.

Pat Vickerman, vice president for advancement

Pat Vickerman
Vice President for Advancement


“I am excited that Mr. Vickerman has accepted this challenge and look forward to working with him,” said Bradley University President Joanne Glasser. “He shares my passion for students and creating the best educational environment to serve them. He possesses the ability and professional skills to coordinate the University’s $150 million Renaissance Campaign and our advancement effort.”

Vickerman comes to Bradley from Iowa State University at Ames where he most recently served as associate vice president for development and campaign director for Iowa State’s ongoing $800 million campaign. Vickerman had primary planning responsibility for the campaign, the largest in the university’s history.

Before joining Iowa State in 2002, Vickerman held executive development positions at the University of Iowa, where he was gift planning director during its $1 billion campaign, and at Butler University, where he served as associate director of annual giving.

Vickerman holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Tracey are the parents of three children.

Lt. Col. James Keith and Maj. Paul Freeland of the ROTC

Lt. Col. James Keith, left, is the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer for Bradley, Illinois State, and Illinois Wesleyan. Maj. Paul Freeland is the Battalion Executive Officer.


ROTC returns to campus


The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program has returned to Bradley after a 10-year hiatus. According to ROTC scholarship and enrollment officer Lt. Col. James Keith, programs were eliminated at Bradley when the Army downsized in the ’90s. While military science classes continued to be offered through Bradley, students needed to cross-enroll and commute to Illinois State University, an ROTC partner campus, to attend.

More personnel were assigned to ISU last year, however, and after numerous inquiries about an ROTC program at Bradley, ROTC personnel decided to return. ROTC eventually plans to offer eight leadership courses on campus. Two are currently available to all interested students. Some later courses will be available for students who have made a commitment to the Army and plan to be commissioned upon graduation. “ROTC is multi-faceted,” says assistant professor of military science Maj. Paul Freeland, “and we are a premier leadership development program.”

MATTHEW BRADLEY ’10, one of the first recruits on campus, contacted Keith about ROTC at Bradley. He knew he wanted to join ROTC for college, but that he also wanted to attend Bradley University, so he found the nearest ROTC campus. “Lucky for me, they ended up coming here,” Bradley says.

“A lot of students like the leadership development that we do,” adds Keith. “It’s very hands-on; you become good at being a leader by practicing leadership activities.”

While there is not yet a permanent cadre presence on campus, officers from ISU are frequently on campus to teach and hold office hours. When leadership labs begin, they will be offered in the Markin Family Student Recreation Center.

Keith says ROTC is looking for “scholar-athlete leaders.” They are most interested in students who have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, are involved in some form of sport or exercise, and are leaders in a campus, community, or church organization.

ROTC has a recruitment goal of commissioning five to 10 soldiers by 2013. Upon commission, an officer accepts an eight-year commitment to the Army.

The officer can serve that term as a three- or four-year active duty assignment and then spend time in the National Guard, Reserves, or the Individual Ready Reserve.

Keith encourages interested students to try the program. “Students may find it’s not a fit for them, and that’s OK. They can at least go through life knowing they gave it a shot and it wasn’t for them, as opposed to going through life saying, ‘I wish I would have.’”

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