Bradley Police present funds from No Shave November to Special Olympics

Press release:
eye_on_bradleyPeoria, IL – November 30 –  The media is invited to  join the Bradley Police Department and students from Bradley’s Greek System as members present a donation to Special Olympics.  The Bradley Police Department joined forces with members of the Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council to participate in No Shave November, a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Officers and fraternity members donated money and voluntarily agreed not to shave for the month. Police Chief Brian Joschko has suspended the policy on facial hair for the month.
Representatives will present a check to Special Olympic athletes and representatives at 1:00 TODAY in the Michel Student Center atrium on Bradley’s campus.  Beyond the check presentation the winner of the “Best Beard” will also be announced.
The check presentation is taking place during the monthly Coffee with a Cop program that provides students and employees  an opportunity to interact with the men and women who serve Bradley and surrounding communities.

New Trustees elected to Bradley University board

Press release:
Peoria, IL (October 28, 2016) — Three new members have been elected to the Bradley University Board of Trustees.  Chairman Doug Stewart says these three trustees represent a variety of backgrounds and credentials and they all have a passion for Bradley University.
Jonathan Michael is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of RLI Corp. and subsidiaries. RLI is a specialty insurer headquartered in Peoria.  He joined RLI in 1982 where he held numerous positions prior to being named President, including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. He is a certified public accountant who received his degree from Ohio Dominican College in 1977.  Michael is an active volunteer in the region and involved in higher education.  He has served as president of the ICC Foundation Board and as a trustee of Eureka College.  He resides in Dunlap.
Gary Peplow is an attorney and retired Managing Partner with Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen law firm in Peoria.  He graduated from Bradley with a B.A in 1962 and received his J.D from the University of Illinois, in 1966.  He served as Bradley’s Alumni Association President from 1996-1997 and is also a member of the prestigious Bradley Centurion Society since 2008.  After graduation he served in the Peoria Air National Guard, then in 1967 he joined the law firm.  Thanks to his generosity, the third-floor ballroom of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center is named the “Gary and Judy Peplow Pavilion and Terrace.”  He resides in Peoria.
George Reubenson is a 1970 graduate of Bradley where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. He is a retired President of Allstate Property Liability Co where he spent 40 years with the company.  In 1990 he became Vice President of Finance and Planning, in 1997 he became Vice President of Procurement Governance, in 2000 he became VP for the Property-Casualty Claims Service Organization, and from 2007-09 he was President of Allstate Protection, where he was responsible for all of the property-casualty insurance operations with total revenues of $29.6 billion.  He was inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society in 2010.  He resides in Lincolnshire, IL.
All officers will remain in place for one more year.  These are the current members of the Bradley University Board of Trustees:
  • David Bozeman: Senior Vice President, Caterpillar – Peoria, IL

  • Gary Burke: Retired Chief Operating Officer, Duke Realty – Indianapolis, IN

  • Calvin Butler (Vice Chairman): Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Gas & Electric – Baltimore, MD

  • Robert Clark: Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, 3 Bear Energy, LLC – Denver, CO

  • Cheryl Corley:  Midwest Correspondent, National Public Radio – Chicago, IL

  • Michael Cullinan: Chairman, United Contractors Midwest – Peoria, IL

  • Stephen Gorman: Chief Executive Officer, Borden Dairy Company – Dallas, TX

  • Georgina Heard-Labonne: Executive Director, Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce – Chicago, IL

  • Kathi Holst: President, RCMS – Warrenville, IL

  • Robin Kelly: U.S. House of Representatives – Matteson, IL

  • Joan Janssen (Secretary): Community Volunteer – Peoria, IL

  • Wayne Klassing: Retired President/Chief Executive Officer, Klasing Industries, INC – Joliet, IL

  • Lindsey Rolston: Orthopedic Surgeon – New Castle, IN

  • James Shadid: Federal Judge, Central District of Illinois – Peoria, IL

  • Gerald Shaheen:  Retired Group President, Caterpillar – Peoria, IL

  • Mel Smith:  President, Investment Concepts –Chicago, IL

  • Rajesh Soin: Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Soin International – Dayton, OH

  • Doug Stewart (Chairman): Regional President of PNC Bank – Peoria IL

  • Phillip Wilmington: Chairman, STC Capital Bancshares Corporation – St. Charles, IL

  • Robert H. Michel (honorary member)

Starbucks invaded by very tall people …

So, who just walked into Starbucks? Bradley University’s new men’s basketball coach, a bunch of red-shirted assistants and some very tall high school looking kids.  I suppose he’ll be handing out cash and hookers later in the evening …

Just kidding. No Bradley coach has ever distributed cash and/or hookers. Except when they did back in the day. Or when Versace ran the place.

Someone is moving on up in the academic food chain


Kudos to Bradley University provost David Glassman. He’s been promoted to President of Eastern Illinois University. So he’s been abandoning the private college setting to a college with a reputation for being a small “public ivy” setting. EIU is a small school with a renowned zoology department, a very decent teacher education department and a kick-ass journalism department (don’t let the fact that I graduated from EIU sway you).