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Bradley Hilltopics

Winter 2011 • Volume 17, Issue 1  

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Driving transportation forward

The keynote speaker at the Future of Midwest Transportation Symposium on November 10 at the Peoria Civic Center, U.S. Secretary of Transportation RAY LaHOOD '71, discussed the Obama administration's high-speed rail plans and the six-year, $500 billion federal transportation bill headed for Congress.

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"Twenty-five years from now, because of the president's vision, we will be connected by high-speed rail," LaHood said at the symposium, which was sponsored by Bradley's Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. Following the program, LaHood met with Bradley students. "These are the people who are going to be planning our roads, bridges, and high-speed rail, and really, they're the innovators," he said.

 

Geisert will have kosher kitchen makeover

By SARAH HALLSTEIN ’12

Kosher sandwiches and salads are among the newest meal options on campus. Specially prepared kosher entrees became available earlier this semester at Center Court in Williams Hall and Outtakes in the Michel Student Center. The new options give students observing Jewish dietary laws an on-campus solution. "The kosher program is also a recruiting tool," said Ron Gibson, director of Food Services.

Kosher rules state that meat and dairy must be stored and prepared separately, and a trained observer must approve the finished product. Rabbi Eli Langsam of Chabad Lubavitch helps with the preparation, which takes place about every other day, depending on demand.

As a midsize institution, Bradley is ahead of the curve in providing kosher food. Only larger universities in the region are providing full meals. For example, the University of Illinois offers a kosher dinner every day, and Washington University in St. Louis has a complete kosher program.

Food Services employee Cindy Cabrera prepares kosher salads and sandwiches under the supervision of Rabbi Eli Langsam. In an effort to meet the dietary needs of Bradley's diverse student body, halal meats for Muslim students were another new offering last fall. Visit bradley.edu/hilltopics/go/halal for more information.

Plans are underway to expand Bradley's sandwiches and soups into a complete kosher kitchen with additions to the Geisert Hall cafeteria. The renovations begin this December and will be fully operational at the start of the 2011–12 school year. With these renovations, a kosher kitchen will be added and, as a result, students will be able to enjoy full kosher meals.

Gibson said that the kosher options have been well received by the local Jewish community. "I've actually received some inquiries from the outside public, because there isn't a Jewish or kosher carrier in the area. People who are practicing kosher must have goods shipped from Chicago, or go there and drive it back." The kosher food on campus is also available to the public.

According to Dr. Seth Katz, faculty adviser for Hillel, the University is recruiting more on the East Coast in cities such as New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, which have a greater population of Jewish families. He believes the kosher expansion is in line with the University's founding principles.

"We have a distinguished history of diversity here. Mrs. Bradley admitted everybody from the beginning. She admitted women to Bradley Polytechnic Institute at a time when many colleges and universities didn't. African-Americans from as far back as we know were admitted. Kosher food is creating the potential for a greater diversity of students to be comfortable at Bradley."

Muslim students are also appreciative of changes in food service. Halal food guidelines require animals to be slaughtered a certain way, and until now, Muslim students on campus could only get halal meat from home, or large cities like Chicago. "My mom would pack a whole bunch of food to send back with me," said BILALUDDIN MOHAMMED '11, president of the Muslim Student Association. Lunchmeat for sandwiches and meat for pizzas are available in Center Court, while chicken patties and hot dogs will be available soon. "There is no other university in Illinois offering this kind of access to halal food," said Mohammed.

 

Pekin native recognized by Lincoln Academy

NICHOLAS FAHNDERS '11 received the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award on November 6 in Springfield. The award includes an honorarium check and a medallion.

The Lincoln Academy, which was established 46 years ago, honors Illinoisans whose achievements bring honor to the state. The student division of the program recognizes overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities at four-year institutions.

Fahnders, a psychology major, has been active on campus as the Heitz Hall director and adviser to the Heitz Hall council, the student aide coordinator for the campus orientation program, and the chair of the Student Activities Budget Review Committee. He serves on the Student and University senates, and has also been involved with Dance Marathon and the Activities Council of Bradley University.

 

Bradley Honors

Bradley named a "best value" among private universities

Bradley is among the top 100 best values in private universities, according to the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Bradley was ranked 56th in the nation and third in Illinois based on its academic quality and affordable cost.

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Bradley's total annual tuition and housing is sixth lowest, according to the survey, at $34,574. Bradley students receive an average $12,618 in need-based financial aid, and an average $7,764 in non-need-based aid.

Kiplinger's bases its rankings on a combination of quality and affordability, considering measures such as the admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and five-year graduation rates. Tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid are also factors in the rankings.

More kudos for Markin Center

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center was named a "Facility of Merit" by Athletic Business last October. The widely respected source in the athletics and recreation industry gave high marks to the Markin Center's open design, modern amenities, and its unique potential for fostering recreational, social, and educational use.

The two-year-old, $25 million gem was selected from 87 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase entries that included collegiate facilities and public and private recreation centers. Information about the Markin Center and photos of the complex are featured in the journal's December issue.