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Fall 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 4  

Notebook

 

Navigate the redesigned bradley.edu

By JACQUELINE R. KOCH ’07

Seven years may not seem like a long time to some people, but it represents a lifetime in the technology world.

So after about seven years of little change, the Bradley website has been completely overhauled.

“I think the general consensus was that the old site was well past its prime,” said JIM CRONE ’02, Bradley’s director of Web marketing/communications.

The resulting upgrade, which debuted in April, includes a fresh look and feel for Bradley’s site. A new content management system (CMS) allows the pages to be updated as needed. The CMS also maintains a consistent theme so viewers recognize pages as being within the Bradley site.

“They instantly know they are interfacing with Bradley,” Crone said. “The design is cleaner and is easier for users to find what they are looking for.”

The upgrade also makes it easier to incorporate multimedia within the site. Photos are now larger. Videos are more easily incorporated and more prevalently featured. The entire site is more attractive and useful to prospective and current students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Crone and assistant director OME CANO LOPEZ ’08 were responsible for the upgrade, but received help from all departments.

“It takes the cooperation of a whole university to do this,” he said. Crone said he plans to have updated the Web pages for all departments, colleges, and centers within Bradley’s site to reflect the new theme by next year.

Response to the site has been overwhelmingly positive, Crone said.

“It’s been unanimously supported, be it within the University community or outside it.”

 

Faculty and staff kick off new school year

Fall classes began on August 25, but the annual University Conference welcomed many faculty and staff members back to campus a week earlier. The conference featured speeches by President Joanne Glasser and Dr. David Glassman, Bradley provost. Personnel hired during the past year were introduced, and several awards were presented:

William Rainey Harper award The Center for Orientation and Advisement was honored for its commitment to excellence and an ever-improving level of performance. Gary Will, assistant professor of art/graphic design, was recognized as the 2010 outstanding adviser, an award he received last spring.

First year faculty award DR. KELLY REICHERT SCHWEND ’82, assistant professor of nursing, was lauded for bringing the real world of nursing to students. She holds a master’s degree in public health nursing from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from Illinois State.

Caterpillar professors Dr. Kyle Dzapo is the newest of seven Caterpillar professors at Bradley. A Caterpillar professor of music, she performs internationally as a flutist and is an expert on composer Joachim Anderson. She plays in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and is a pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Dr. Dzapo holds a doctorate from Northwestern. The Caterpillar professorship is among Bradley’s highest faculty honors and comes with an annual stipend. Three other faculty members have had their Caterpillar professorships renewed, a process that occurs every five years. Dr. Robert Fuller and Dr. Kevin Stein have been Caterpillar professors since 2000. Dr. Allen Huffcutt earned the distinction in 2005. Fuller is a professor of religious studies; Stein is an English professor, and poet laureate of Illinois; and Huffcutt is a professor of psychology.

President’s awards Special awards recognizing extraordinary service to BU were given in 2008 and were again presented by President Glasser on August 17. Recipients include Dr. Nina Collins, chair of Family and Consumer Sciences; KIM GREEN ’96, planning supervisor responsible for the construction of the Markin Center and the new arena; and Mike Keup, executive director of campus recreation and athletics facilities.

 

Renaissance Campaign Update

Campaign Status

Reaching $139.5 million by September 1, 2010, the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance is moving closer to its goal of $150 million. With 61,537 alumni sharing the bond of the Bradley Experience, the time is right to lend your support to the campaign and the construction of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, the new campus home for alumni.

In 2011, the center will welcome alumni back to the Hilltop and forever change the Bradley alumni experience. University traditions, memories, and memorabilia will be on display to honor our heritage and inspire our bright future. Visit campaign.bradley.edu to learn more about the state-of-the-art facility adjoining the west side of historic Bradley Hall.