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Winter 2011 • Volume 17, Issue 1  

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Renaissance Coliseum dedicated

Renaissance Coliseum dedicated

The brand new, state-of-the-art arena situated on Main Street on the west side of campus was officially named the Renaissance Coliseum during a dedication ceremony on October 15. The $50 million facility, a product of the largest construction project in Bradley's history, now serves as home for many of Bradley's sports teams, as well as a venue for concerts, commencements, and other gatherings.

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to watch the ceremony.

Construction Update

Also part of the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance is the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, expected to open this spring. Installation of the limestone exterior is nearly complete, and carving of the four gargoyles similar to those atop Bradley Hall is in progress. Inside the three-story building, framing, drywall installation, and painting is underway, and the first of three elevators is in place. After occupants of Westlake Hall were moved to Campustown, interior demolition of the building began. Pouring of the foundation walls continues through December, and structural steel will be erected this winter.


Young alum scores sound effects Emmy


JOEL RAABE '06 won an Emmy at the News and Documentary Awards last September for his sound design and mixing work in the History Channel's series World War II in HD.

As a supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer, Raabe worked with his three-person team on crafting an impactful sonic experience for the program. Raabe and his team were constantly working, creating a soundscape from silent, decades-old archival footage of the war. Raabe admitted that long nights and weekends were part of the schedule and being in charge of such a project taught him a lot. "The whole grueling process was worth it in the end," he said, "not just because of the Emmy award, but to see the first episode air on television and to see people's reactions to it. We do a lot of reality TV here, which people love, but it's here one day and gone the next. This [World War II in HD] will have a more enduring presence, at least in my mind."

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Visit to view excerpts from Raabe's work on History's World War II series.

Raabe works for Gramercy Post, an audio post-production facility in New York City, and said there is no such thing as a typical workday. One day he may work on restoring a piece of poorly recorded audio, while the next he creates sound effects for a TV spot.

Five years ago, Raabe never would have seen himself winning an Emmy. He said he appreciates the recognition though, since the awards use a peer-based voting system. "It shows that people in the industry are recognizing the hard work that's going in, and the quality of the craft."

Raabe, who graduated with a degree in multimedia, still keeps in touch with his mentor, professor Jim Ferolo, chairman of the interactive media department. "He taught a program that allowed me to step up to the next level and prepare for a job. He never thought small," said Raabe. "He was always trying to up the ante."


Passengers say "Capt. Jack" is a plane hero


Diane Sawyer called him a hero on ABC Nightly News, but JACK CONROYD JR. '78 claims he was just doing his job when he flawlessly landed his crippled aircraft at New York's JFK International Airport on September 25.

Conroyd left Atlanta that Saturday with 64 people onboard Delta Connection Flight 4951, bound for White Plains Airport in New York. When the jet's main landing gear on its right side would not come down, the former Navy pilot requested a landing at JFK due to its longer runways. With emergency crews in place midfield, sparks flew as a wing dragged along the tarmac, but Conroyd smoothly landed the CRJ-900 jet. Grateful passengers praised him and the flight crew, and immediately began comparing Conroyd to Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the celebrated pilot who landed his Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in 2009.

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to view footage of the landing.

Greeted by reporters when he returned to his Florida home several days after the emergency landing, Conroyd said, "I'm retired Navy, and this is the most significant incident I've ever had in the 32 years that I've been flying." Conroyd was quick to praise his crew and the flight's passengers. He credited the training provided by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the airline that operates the Delta Connection flight, as instrumental in the successful landing.

"Everyone onboard did their job. The passengers stayed calm. There were no injuries when we landed. If they had panicked, the outcome could have been much different," Conroyd told AOL News. A segment about the emergency landing of Flight 4951 was also featured on The Early Show on CBS.

After receiving his degree in industrial engineering from Bradley in 1978, the Park Forest native became a decorated Navy pilot, earning a Bronze Star and several other awards. He retired from the Navy in 1994. In 2003, he began flying for Atlantic Southeast Airlines. He and his wife Shelly reside near Orlando in Lake Mary, Florida.