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Winter 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 1  

View Point

Thank you, Mr. Markin

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center has created a new level of excitement on campus. As a result, a “virtual thank-you card” to DAVID MARKIN ’53 is available online at for the Bradley community to express its gratitude to the Markin family. Below are some of the comments:


By any measure, whether it is improving the quality of life for our Bradley community, the sheer size of contribution, or the intangible value of making Bradley more attractive to prospective students, this special gift is in a class by itself. Heartfelt thanks, Mr. Markin.

Shah M. Tarzi
Professor of International Studies


As a tour guide and student on Bradley’s campus, it is an honor for me to use your name when referencing the fantastic facility you’ve helped build. It is beyond anything I could have hoped for, especially as a student. I envision that the building and your memory will live on for many, many years.

Thank you so much for your dedication to your alma mater and its students.



I would like to thank you and your family for your incredible generosity to and support of Bradley University. I attended the grand opening and was speechless from the moment I walked through the door. The excitement on the students’ faces and the awe of many faculty and staff spoke volumes. Bless you.

Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service


Thank you so much for your generous contribution to Bradley’s campus. The new recreation center puts Bradley in the ranks where it should be. No words can possibly explain the gratitude everyone on this campus has for you. My brothers [Alpha Epsilon Pi] said the breakfast with you was a lot of fun, and we hope to see you during Alumni Weekend.



Thank you for your generous gift to the University. The Center is magnificent to say the least, and the students, faculty, and staff are thrilled. This is a wonderful facility to house Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Wellness Program. To have these programs centralized in a building that promotes the pursuit of self-care with so much accessibility and “style” is wonderful. I am very appreciative of the workspace we have now to deliver therapeutic services.

Lisa Fix-Griffin
Health Services Counselor


Thank you for the new recreational center you have made possible. Mr. Markin, you have not only invested in our careers, but foremost our health. My favorite thing in the Markin Center is the dance studio because I love to dance.



Thank you for your generous support of Bradley and the Markin Center. Our nursing labs will be great to work in, for both students and faculty. With the simulation and hands-on type of experiences, students will have an even greater educational preparation than before.

Carol Gard
Assistant Professor of Nursing


Thank you for this wonderful addition to the Bradley University campus. It is truly an amazing place! Combining recreation and study space is a great idea.

BOB BROWN ’63 MA ’89


Thank you and WOW. I’ve been waiting for a new pool for two years and because of your charitable gift, other students, faculty, and staff, as well as myself, can enjoy this immense facility. It’s amazing. Thank you!



Looking at the future

I always enjoy the magazine. In a future issue, it would be nice to see an overhead view of how the University’s layout is going to look with all of these new buildings that are going to be constructed.

Springfield, Ill.

Editor’s Note:
The new Markin Center replaces Haussler Hall and extends south on Glenwood Ave. to Bradley Ave. It faces the side of the Library and the back of Westlake Hall. Visit to view an updated campus map.