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Fall 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 4  



sending postcards from home

ABOVE: Dr. Bob Jacobs has been teaching communications at Bradley since 1992.


Dr. Bob Jacobs uses a simple formula for producing his award-winning television series Postcards from Home: find people doing good things and tell their stories.

Jacobs produces the three-minute Postcards series for Peoria’s WEEK-TV that recently won two international Telly Awards. The award honors the best local, regional, and cable commercials, programs, and video and film productions. More than 13,000 entries were submitted to the international contest, which is judged by television producers and directors from across the country.


Visit Web Extras to watch some segments.

“I’m blessed with natural curiosity,” Jacobs says. “I ride my motorcycle everywhere and I just open my eyes and look around and talk to a lot of people.” During the summer, Jacobs travels around the country and produces Postcards from the Road.

One of the winning postcards, entitled “The Blue Knight,” showcased a former police officer from Belleville, who was shot in the face while on duty. The officer, an avid motorcycle rider, lost his vision and could no longer ride. But local members of the Blue Knights, a national law enforcement motorcycle club, bought their brother officer a new three-wheeled motorcycle for him to ride on while either his wife or a member of the Blue Knights drives.

The other winning segment was about a man who won a motorcycle race in Daytona in 1959 and returned to the track 50 years later to race on the same bike. Jacobs also captured a Telly in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2000 for Postcards. He has been producing the series in the Peoria area for 18 years, including the past 11 at WEEK. He began Postcards in Bangor, Maine, in 1987 for the NBC affiliate there.

Postcards airs on WEEK the second and fourth Friday of every month on the 6 p.m. news and re-airs the following Monday at noon.


ABOVE, Former Republican leader BOB MICHEL ’48 HON ’81, former Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, and David Conover, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, urged younger members of Congress toward bipartisanship at a Washington, D.C., luncheon in June.


Brad McMillan learned so much about bipartisan leadership as chief of staff for then-U.S. Rep. RAY LaHOOD ’71 that he wants to continue dialogue across party lines.

“It became clear to me that so much more good can happen if people work together instead of fighting,” said the executive director of Bradley’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service.

To that end, the institute cosponsored a bipartisan luncheon in June for new members of Congress. U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK ’02 helped promote the event among his colleagues, who attended the event in Washington, D.C.

McMillan said it is especially important to reach out to new legislators. “Obviously things aren’t very bipartisan in Congress right now,” he said. “We asked the freshman members to come because they’re new to their jobs and haven't been entrenched in their ways.”

Legislators from Hawaii to New York attended the luncheon, which also was sponsored by the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin and the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  Former House minority leader Rep. BOB MICHEL ’48 HON ’81 and former House majority leader Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri challenged legislators to come up with compromises in the best interest of the country.

McMillan said he plans to create more bipartisan opportunities in the nation’s capital so Republicans and Democrats can work together more often. “It gives Bradley some national exposure in the area of promoting bipartisan leadership,” he said. “We’re excited to be a part of it. This is the first step of many that will be taken.”


Bringing the ‘campus’ to Campustown

Former Save-a-lot now temporary home of EHS

As an expansion of Westlake Hall is being constructed on campus, the College of Education and Health Sciences has relocated to Campustown Shopping Center, just east of University Street. The space occupied by Save-a-Lot supermarket (formerly Sullivan’s and Thompson’s) was remodeled to house five classroom/labs and office space for about 40 personnel from two departments: Teacher Education and Educational Leadership and Human Development. According to EHS dean Dr. Joan Sattler, whose office is in the new facility, the faculty and staff are pleased with their new quarters, its ample parking, and security measures. The College will move back to the heart of campus when Westlake Hall construction is completed in 2012.