October was a very special month on the Hilltop. It began with a fabulous Homecoming and Founder’s Day, and ended with the dedication and opening of the Markin Family Student Recreation Center. Bradley has renovated and expanded many of its campus buildings, but the Markin Center is the first new building to grace our campus in a dozen years. It is absolutely fantastic.
The photos in this issue of Bradley Hilltopics tell its story. Architecturally, it is welcoming and bright. Functionally, it is user-friendly and flexible. Educationally, it significantly expands our ability to teach generations of Bradley students.
The Markin Center will be a social hub for students. It will keep our campus community healthier. It will help us recruit students to Bradley. It will become an exciting, active center of campus.
I’ve seen that already. During the grand opening, hundreds of students were amazed at the newest addition to campus. On Parents’ Weekend, students proudly showed off the facility. On our first Visit Day after the opening, prospective students were awestruck by all it has to offer. The fitness equipment, running track, and racquetball courts have been getting a workout. Students have already formed a new water polo club and a rock climbing club!
The Markin Center is state-of-the-art in every way — from the 46-foot-high climbing wall to the simulated robotic patients in the nursing labs; from the array of fitness equipment and beautiful swimming pool to the new offices of Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Wellness Program; and from the mirrored dance studio to the green technology used in construction. A deck and a juice bar offer a place to meet friends.
It’s a must-see when you come back to the Hilltop. You’ll love it.
Best of all, it is only the beginning of our Bradley Renaissance. Our new Athletic Performance Center and Puterbaugh Men’s Basketball Practice Facility are well underway. Ground will be broken for the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center in the spring. We hope to have good news soon on the expansion and renovation of Westlake Hall and construction of the Engineering and Business Convergence Center. All of those projects will be built of the same high quality, the same attractive architecture, and the same cutting-edge classrooms and interiors as we’ve put into the Markin Center.
This is a tremendously exciting time on the Hilltop. We are on the cusp of a giant leap ahead on our journey toward becoming a university of national distinction. I am so pleased that you are all part of our journey together; and I am humbled to be at Bradley.
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