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Success in St. Louis

Imagine over 100 St. Louis alumni, together for a Celebration of Bradley at the St. Louis Club in Clayton, Missouri.  They are welcomed by the beautiful piano music of Dr. Josh Russell, member of the Class of 2001 and now on the Bradley faculty.

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Imagine walking thru a lit corridor of wrought iron streetlights decorated with colorful Bradley banners to enter a rose-adorned ballroom that’s swinging to the upbeat notes of the Bradley Jazz Combo. Todd Kelly on trumpet directs the combo comprised of Jared Voelker ’09 on guitar, Jeff Rice ’10 on piano, Ian Brown ’10 on bass, Brian Spicklemire ’09 on drums, and Doug Steward ’10 playing the sax.

Bradley pride abounds as the audience is treated to a video highlighting the many achievements of our talented students, faculty and staff.  Following a conversation-filled dinner, the audience is amazed by the electrifying performance of Jared Boyer ’10, member of Bradley’s national championship speech team—it’s no wonder why Bradley is nationally recognized.

But the night is still young. After more music by Bradley’s Jazz Combo and an opportunity to imagine what Bradley will look like in the future, Gerry Shaheen, ’66, MBA ’68, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Campaign for the Bradley Renaissance, describes a campus with a  renovated and expanded Westlake Hall, a new Engineering and Business Convergence Center, Athletic Performance Center, Men’s Basketball Practice Facility, and Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.

President Joanne Glasser expresses her confidence that the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance will be a success. And it will be. Bradley already has a record of success. With $120 million raised toward the $150 million goal, changes are taking place on campus. This fall the University will enroll its first class of sports communication students. There’s a new pre-law center, and more academic programs are in the works to meet demands of our students. The Markin Family Student Recreation Center, dedicated last October, is already a huge success with over 1,600 students, faculty and staff members using it each day.

Our St. Louis alumni are treated to an invigorating new video of the Markin Center in action and our campaign video before the evening comes to a successful conclusion.

“This was wonderful. We’ve got to do more events like this in St. Louis,” said Deb Grossman ’78, attendee and former Board of Trustee member. “I’ve been to many events at the St. Louis Club, but this was the first that looked like Bradley.”

Imagine what we’ll do next. Campaign kick-off events are scheduled for Washington, D.C., on June 6th,  Chicago on July 23rd and  Los Angeles on August 15th.