Spring Semester, 2017


Friday, April 28  Twelfth Night and Dessert Buffet

There will be a dessert buffet and tickets to see the Bradley production of Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" at the Hartmann Center Theater.  Dessert buffet will be in the Student Center’s Executive Suite at 7:15. Please email Debbie at or call (309) 677-3283 to reserve your ticket and dessert.

News item:  The Honors Housing will expand

This Fall Semester will include both the 2nd and 3rd floors of Williams Hall.  Keep this possibility in mind (and you can request to have a roommate who isn’t in the Honors Program).

Saturday, April 15--- Forest Park Nature Center

The Saturday over Easter weekend, Dr. Fuller invites anyone who is interested to join him going to the Forest Park Nature Center for an hour-long hike through the woods, followed by a stop at Spotted Cow for ice cream or snacks on the way home.  We will leave campus at 1:30 and arrive back about 4.  Weather dependent.  Sign up by calling (677-3283), emailing (, or stopping by the Honors Program office any morning.  Friends welcome!

This coming Wednesday---April 5:  Breakfast in the Honors Program office

Donuts, Bagels, and Coffee/Tea/Hot chocolate in the Honors Program office (BR 295) from 8:30-10:30.   Stop by for free food and drink on the day before registration first begins.  Ask any questions about how to sign up for Honors classes/seminars. 


Friday, March 3rd:  Bradley Theater Department’s production of “These Shining Lives

—a play based on the true story of women in an Ottawa, Illinois watchmaking factory who were exposed to radiation.    We will have a dessert buffet in the Executive Suite in the Student Center at 7:15 before the play, followed by free tickets to the play at 8 pm.  Sign up with Ms. Debbie Beard in the Honors Program office from 8:30-12, or email her at (We have some, but limited, spaces for non-Honors guests).  


Friday, Feb. 17.   Late afternoon at the Riverfront Museum, Planetarium, and Titanic Exhibit3-6 pm.

       We will leave from Heuser Art Center at 3 sharp and travel downtown to the Peoria  Riverfront Museum.  You have to see the reconstruction of Peoria’s Main Street in the late 1800s.  There are free planetarium shows at both 3:30 (about how we will explore other worlds likely to have water) and 4:15 (about how/why we learn so much from solar eclipses---in preparation for the great solar eclipse later in 2017).   The museum also has a great exhibit about the sinking of the Titanic.

       Free.  The Honors Program will pay your entrance fee.

       To make a reservation (you can reserve for one guest, too), call the Honors Program office at 677-3283 or email Debbie Beard at


Wednesday, Feb. 15.  Breakfast all morning in the Honors Program office. 

Stop by for bagels and pastries any time from 8:30-11:30.  Sit down with friends, even if only for a few minutes.  If you don’t know Dr. Fuller (who is helping out with the Honors Program this semester while Dr. Dzapo is on sabbatical leave), take this opportunity to introduce yourself.



Friday, February 3  4:50-7:30pm

      We will leave from Heuser Art Center (so you have a place to be inside while waiting) at ten minutes to five and head downtown to the Contemporary Art Center.  First, we will walk around and see the artists’ work areas to get a feel for the lively art community in Peoria.  Then, from 5:30-7:30 (unless we choose to leave a little early) we will enjoy the CAC’s weekly Five Spot featuring The Brazilionaires who play an upbeat range of music in the samba/pop genres.  You will love them. 

       Free.  The Honors Program will pay your entrance fee and provide snacks during the concert.  Come and see how cool Peoria is on weekends.  You will learn about other music venues such as the Rhythm Kitchen located one floor below the CAC.  The CAC offers salsa dancing two Friday nights per month (Feb. 3 being one of them) and spoken word evenings.

      Remember, too, that Peoria has a “First Friday” every month where local art galleries are open all evening for people to stop in and browse----------a great social scene (and free).

      To make a reservation (you can reserve for one guest, too), call the Honors Program office at 677-3283 or email Debbie Beard at


Fall, 2016

Previous Events:


Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm

Tickets have been reserved for the Peoria Civic Center's performance of "Wicked" on Thursday evening, November 3rd. We'll gather on campus at 6 pm, head downtown to Dr. Dzapo's home for dessert and social time together, then walk across the street to the Civic Center Theater for the 7:30 performance. Immediately afterward, we'll provide transportation back to campus.

"Multi Rotor Drones and the Democratization of Remote Sensing"

Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30 pm

Dr. Bob Podlasek, a Bradley faculty member and expert on drones, will give a special talk for us on the development of drones and the advances that have made them affordable and led to their integration with new technologies, including autonomous vehicles. This will be fascinating....whether you have any knowledge of drones or not! Dr. Podlasek will include interesting ties to many subjects, including interactive media, photography, law, and business.  There is an informal dinner in Room 132 Bradley Hall at 6:45 for those who would like to join us.

"Media, Money, and Democracy"

Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30 pm, in GCC Room 104

Dr. Sara Netzley, Associate Professor of Journalism from the Department of Communications, will present a special Honors Program event discussing the ownership structures, reporting trends, and technological advances that influence media.  This is a timely and important subject, especially given the upcoming elections.

"Honors Program Meet and Greet"

Friday, September 9th at 4:15 pm in Westlake Hall 116

Informal meet-and-greet event for all Honors students next Friday, Sept. 9th at 4:15 in Westlake Hall, room 116.  Please join us to get to know other Honors students, enjoy delicious snacks, and hear about upcoming events.

Previous Events:

An Afternoon at the Peoria Zoo

Sunday, April 17, 1:00 departure from campus

The Honors Advisory Council recommended that we continue our exploration of the Peoria area with a visit to the zoo. Hopefully, we'll have a nice spring day for a walk through the zoo and a peek at the new lion cubs. Sign up with an email to Debbie. ( There is no charge or deposit for this event.


Tuesday, April 12, 6:15 departure from campus

Our Kinky Boots outings were such a success that I thought I'd offer a similar event for the Civic Center's production of Annie. We'll depart campus at 6:15, have dessert at my home on the 17th floor of the Twin Towers, then walk over to the Civic Center for the show. For this very special, expensive, ticketed event, please sign up in the Honors office, 295 Bradley Hall, with a $10 deposit. This deposit will be refunded on the evening of the performance when you attend. 

Bagels and Pastry mornings

Honors Program office, 295 Bradley Hall

No reservation necessary

These informal events offer opportunities to get to know others in the Program. Stay for a minute or stay for an hour; it’s up to you!

    Tuesday, March 1st, 8:30-11 -- All are welcome

    Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 8:30-11 – All are welcome

    Thursday, Oct. 29th, 8:30-11 – All are welcome

    Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 8:30-11 – Freshmen only, please

Hike at Forest Park Nature Center            

Saturday, October 17th, departing from Heuser Art Center at 9:45 a.m.     

Reserve by Oct. 14th with an email to Debbie (

Join us for an exhilarating hour-long hike through the beautiful, wooded trails of Forest Park. We’ll board vans at 9:45 outside Heuser Art Center for a short drive along the Illinois River to the Preserve, enjoy a hike, and return to campus by 11:30.

Trolley Tour of Historic Peoria

Friday, October 16th, 4:15-6:00

Reserve your place by Friday, Oct. 9th with an email to Debbie (

It may be a trolley, it may be a bus, but it’s sure to be a fun and informative look at Peoria. With the Peoria Historical Society’s expert tour guide Bernie Drake, we’ll learn about the Native Americans, the French, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world, and the grand mansions and Grandview Drive as we travel through the most interesting locations in Peoria.


Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 7:30-8:30

Reserve by Oct. 2nd with an email to Debbie (

Contact the Honors office if you are interested but cannot attend.

For those interested in participating in Honors Study Abroad during Spring Break ’16, please join Dr. Conley, Dr. Dzapo, and students who participated in last year’s classes to hear more about this opportunity. Students who enroll in the semester-long ENG 123 or 385 with Dr. Conley or MUS 109 (all general education classes) with Dr. Dzapo for spring semester will spend eight days exploring the sites in which great Austrian literature was created and hearing first-rate concerts in the finest venues in the world. An additional fee to cover travel and accommodations: $1900.

Poetry Reading by Dr. Kevin Stein

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 6:30-7:30

Reserve by Sept. 25th with an email to Debbie (

I am thrilled that Dr. Stein will present a poetry reading for us this semester. You won’t want to miss this one. Dr. Stein is Illinois Poet Laureate and Director of Bradley’s creative writing program. He’s a brilliant writer and a captivating speaker. This is an event you will adore and remember.


Kinky Boots: The Musical                                               

Tuesday, September 22nd, Depart campus at 6:30

Reserve a place as soon as possible; space is limited. Details below.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend—cabaret star Lola—who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. This musical won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Score by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein.

For this very special, expensive, ticketed event, we will leave campus at 6:30 p.m., stop at Dr. Dzapo’s 17th-floor condo in the Twin Towers downtown for dessert, then walk across the street to the Civic Center for the show. Please sign up in the Honors office, 295 Bradley Hall, with a $10 deposit. This deposit will be refunded on the evening of the performance when you attend.  


Freshman Event: Preparing for a Successful Bradley Experience 

Friday, September 11th 3:30-4:15 p.m. Lydia’s Lounge, first floor of University Hall

No reservation necessary

We’ve invited several outstanding sophomores, juniors, and seniors to share tips and strategies to help you achieve success and experience the best of Bradley and our Honors Program. We'll meet in Lydia’s lounge at 3:30. It will be a great chance to hear ideas from those who have gone just before you. This event is followed by:


Meet-and-Greet Snack Social                    

Friday, September 11th 4:15-5:30 p.m. (Come when you can)

Lydia’s Lounge, first floor of University Hall

No reservation necessary

Because we want everyone in the Program to get to know other, we’re offering an early fall event: great snacks and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones. We’re a friendly group, so feel free to come alone and start meeting others.

Dessert and Theatre

Thursday, April 16th, 7:15 p.m.

Reserve by April 9th

We’ll celebrate opening night of the Bradley Theatre's production of "As You Like It" with a special dessert buffet and a pre-show talk by Kevin Rich, the play's director. Please join us for an inside look into this Shakespearean masterpiece followed by attendance at the 8:00 performance. Reservations may be made with Debbie at the Honors office, 295 Bradley Hall. This event is free for all Honors students. 

Service on Saturday with the Honors Program

March 7th

Sign up at:

The Service subcommittee of the Honors Advisory Council has arranged for the Honors Program to participate in Bradley's "Service on Saturday" on March 7th. Loaves & Fish, a weekly program sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in downtown Peoria, provides a free hot meal and other services to those in need. Serving approximately 300 people each week, the program requires many volunteers. Honors Program students are encouraged to join together, enjoy each other's company, and help needy people in central Illinois.


Relationships and Health: The Neurobiology of Human Connection and Well-Being

Monday evening, February 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

Bradley Hall -- Fourth-floor lounge

A "Nibbles and Notables" event with snacks provided 

RSVP by Friday, February 20th, by sending a message to

Dr. Lane Beckes, a young, bright, and engaging Bradley professor of Psychology, will speak to us next Monday evening. Hope you can join us. Be sure to RSVP by this Friday.

Decades of research indicates that strong social connections lead to happier and healthier people. The impact of social connection on human health is as strong as the most concerning risk factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyle. What are the neurobiological features that make the link between social connection and health so powerful? In this talk, Dr. Beckes will highlight what we know about this link, what we don't know, and what kinds of interventions might be important to pursue given our current knowledge.

Preparing a Winning Application for a Position with Bradley's Residential Life 

Monday, February 16th, 9:00 pm

Lydia's Lounge, University Hall

The Honors Floor in Williams Hall has been a great success and, as we prepare for its second year, we want to encourage Honors students to apply for positions as Residence Hall Advisors and Assistants. Please join Residential Life staff members Jen Boakye and Betsy Podkowa for an informal meeting that will help you explore the benefits and responsibilities of working as an ARA/RA and provide ideas for preparing successful applications and interviews.

Meet-and-Greet Snack Social

Sunday, February 8th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Westlake Hall 116 

The Social and Cultural Activities subcommittee of the Honors Advisory Council will host a Meet-and-Greet Snack Social on Sunday, February 8th, in the beautiful new Westlake Hall. This provides an informal opportunity for Honors students to meet new people and enjoy delicious free food. Please join us for a good time while getting to know others in the Program.

Honors Study Abroad In Vienna And Fulbright Grants   

Tuesday, September 30th

Bradley Hall, Fourth-floor Lounge, 7:30

One event with information about two opportunities for Honors students:

1. Study Abroad -- The Honors Program will offer its first Study Abroad Program in the Spring 2015 semester. Students who enroll in ENG 123-40, ENG 385-40, or MUS 109-40 will, for an additional $1900 fee, travel to Vienna for a Spring break trip to see and hear first-hand the sites and sounds of the information discussed in class. It will be a fabulous trip and a memorable way to be introduced to these subjects.

2. Fulbright Grants – These prestigious awards, available in over 100 countries worldwide, offer students financial support and the opportunity to study, conduct research, or serve as English teaching assistants after graduation. Dr. Conley, a three-time Fulbright Scholar, and Dr. Blouch, Director of Bradley’s International Programs, will lead this event.

Campus Walk                             

Sunday, September 28th 

Departing from the Student Center at 4:00 p.m.                 

Reserve by September 25th

Generations of gargoyles and a prodigal one-of-a-kind sundial. A forgotten baseball field and a time capsule. Stories of murder, memorials, and mistakes. Enjoy a one-hour walk about campus with Theatre Arts Emeritus James Ludwig to take a closer look at his favorite outdoor sculptures that you have often passed, but not yet really seen. Bring a friend and your camera, wear walking shoes, and hope for clear skies. Headphones will be provided; bring ear buds if you wish. This will be a great chance to get to know our campus. It’s a free event, but you’ll need to reserve places by September 25th. Contact Debbie in the Honors Office (Extension 3283,, or stop by Bradley Hall 295)


Dessert And Theatre 

Thursday, September 25th, 7:15 p.m.

Reserve by Wednesday, Sept. 17th

We’ll celebrate opening night of Bradley’s theatre season with a scrumptious dessert buffet and a pre-performance talk by professor Travis Stern, then head to the theater for Spring Awakening at 8:00. Reservations may be made with Debbie at the Honors office, 295 Bradley Hall. Cost is $5 for freshmen which includes dessert and a ticket to the musical. Cost for all other Honors Program students is $7. Each Honors student may bring a guest for a price of $7 (freshmen) or $9 (all other students).

Being Successful And Making The Most Of The Bradley Experience   

Tuesday, September 9th

Bradley Hall, Fourth-floor Lounge 7:30

Reserve by Monday, September 8th

 This is a special first event for freshmen. Top junior and senior Honors Program students will share their ideas to help you make the most of your experience at Bradley University. It will be a great chance to meet other freshmen in the Program, to ask questions of those who walked in your shoes just a few years ago, and to hear ideas that will help you get off to a strong start. Free event with snacks provided. Reserve your place by contacting Debbie in the Honors Office (, extension 3283, or stop by Bradley Hall 295).


Keyboard Conversation with Jeffrey Siegel: Music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Tuesday, April 8th 6:30

Reserve by noon, April 1st with an email to

Honors students free/guests $4.00 with reservation

Jeffrey Siegel is a world-renowned pianist famous for virtuoso performances combined with lively commentary. You need not have any knowledge of classical music to enjoy the evening: Mr. Siegel will introduce you to the composers and the works he will perform. We’ll meet on campus for one of our special dessert buffets (Yes, Oreo Cookie Bash, Big Blitz with Snickers, and other favorites) during which time Mr. Siegel will join us for a pre-concert chat. We’ll then walk over to Dingeldine Music Center to enjoy his performance. This promises to be among the finest musical events to hit our campus in years!

Lessons Learned During a Career of Leadership

Wednesday, March 26th

6:30 p.m. Informal Honors dinner with remarks by Dr. Lex Akers, Dean, Caterpillar College of Engineering, Fourth-floor Lounge, Bradley Hall

7:30 p.m. Presentation by Mr. Lance, Hayden-Clark Pavilion

Reserve by March 25th with an email to Debbie:

Bradley University graduate Howard Lance returns to campus to speak about his diverse career since completing an industrial engineering degree at the University. Given his experience as CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Harris Corporation, as a member of President George W. Bush’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and now as an executive advisor at The Blackstone Group where he works with select portfolio companies to enhance their business strategy, operational excellence, and organizational development, he will speak effectively about leadership and the development of a successful career in business, information technology including health care and global communications, and construction. Please join us at 6:30 for an informal dinner and an introduction by Dr. Lex Akers, Bradley’s Dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering, after which we’ll walk to the Alumni Center for an engaging and informative talk by one of Bradley’s very successful graduates.

That All-Important Interview

Friday, February 28th  4:30, Fourth-Floor Lounge, Bradley Hall

Reserve by February 24th with an email to Debbie:

As Human Resources Manager for a division of Caterpillar, Alice Winget interviewed hundreds of candidates for important positions at the Fortune 500 Company’s world headquarters. Who got the job and who didn’t? What made the difference? She will join us to provide insights from the employer’s perspective. Don’t miss the chance to connect with this extraordinary woman whose years of experience will help you prepare for professional and graduate school interviews. 


Dr. Phil Jones: The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met

Tuesday, February 18;  7:15 Fourth-floor Lounge, Bradley Hall

Reserve by February 14th with an email to Debbie:

Dr. Jones will present a special talk for this semester’s “Nibbles and Notables” event. Borrowing from the popular, long-running series, “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met,” he will speak about a special character and contemporaneous events from his early years in West Virginia. It promises to be a great evening with one of Bradley’s favorite professors.