Facilities and Services
Bradley University provides a comfortable setting designed for living and learning. A beautiful 85-acre campus contains both historic buildings and state-of-the-art learning centers. Surrounded by an historic residential district, the campus has restaurants, shops, and a supermarket within walking distance.
Bradley continuously updates facilities to keep pace with new methods of teaching and learning. In recent years complete renovations have taken place in Olin Hall (science), Constance Hall (music), and Bradley Hall. In Fall 2008, the new state-of-the art Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened, offering a swimming pool, exercise facilities, and practice space for intramural sports. It serves as the social hub for student life on campus, houses the Wellness Program, Counseling Services, the Health Center, and labs to support the Department of Nursing. A 600-space parking deck also opened in 2008. Work is underway on the new Athletic Performance Center and the Puterbaugh Men’s Basketball Practice Facility. The APC will be home court for women’s basketball and volleyball and provide a spacious venue for concerts and other performances. Bradley recently launched a major capital campaign that will bring more renovations and new facilities to campus.
St. James Place, a student residential community, provides suite-style living for upper-class students and outdoor intramural facilities—Meinen Field. In addition to these playing fields, the university has lighted tennis courts on campus. A food court in Williams Hall offers a variety of dining options for all students seven days a week until 8 p.m.
For students who are unsure about what major or career would be best for them, the Center for Academic Transition Programs and Assessment Services can provide valuable information to help with their decision-making. Tests and inventories, specially selected for individual needs, can match primary interests and abilities as well as personality and learning styles. Each student receives a personalized interpretation of their test results regarding compatible majors and careers. Informational materials are provided to assist with educational and career planning.
The Bradley Bookstore provides the books and supplies necessary for coursework at the university. A large selection of emblematic clothing and gifts, as well as medical, reference, and general reading books, are available at the bookstore. Any book not carried in stock can be special ordered. All students, faculty, and staff with a valid school ID may purchase academically priced software online at campusestore.com. For your convenience, greeting cards, snacks, and soda are also stocked at the bookstore.
Personal checks written for up to $30 can be cashed for a small fee. Discover, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express cards or Quick Cash are accepted at the Bradley Bookstore. Barnes & Noble gift cards are also accepted and available for purchase to be used at any Barnes & Noble college bookstore or superstore.
Computing Services supports both the academic and administrative aspects of university computing. Computing Services supports campus-wide computer networks, connections to the Internet, and electronic mail. Bradley is a member of Internet2, which provides high-speed network access to more than 300 research-oriented universities, laboratories, and companies. In addition, Internet2 participation provides high-speed access to all major research networks in the United States, as well as access to the major international research networks.
Academic resources include a variety of computer systems and software used for instruction, research, and public service. Student workstations are located in the Cullom-Davis Library and many academic buildings. All residence hall rooms and St. James suites have network connections giving access to the campus network as well as the Internet. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer with them to campus. There is no charge to access the campus data network or the Internet. HelpDesk services are available in the Reserves area of the Library.
Student e-mail accounts
E-mail and network access accounts are automatically established for every student at Bradley University. Bradley uses e-mail as an official means of communication with students, so you should check your account on a regular basis.
Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center
Located at 824 North Duryea Place (across from Williams Hall), the Garrett Center houses the office of Multicultural Student Services. Multicultural Student Services functions to meet the various needs of international students and students of color. The Center serves as a meeting place for students and community groups as well as a place for social and cultural events. It also has a fully-equipped computer lab and small multicultural library. Named in honor of the late professor emeritus of sociology, Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, the Center is open every day during the regular academic year.
The hub of social and recreational activity on campus, the new Markin Center provides 130,000-square-foot of space. It features four basketball courts for intramural and recreational games, a championship basketball court, a 1/8-mile running/walking track, climbing wall, juice bar, indoor pool, weight room, exercise rooms, and other amenities.
Student Health Services is an outpatient clinic that provides service to enrolled Bradley students who experience health problems. Students are assisted through advisement, treatment, consultations with health providers, and referral for extended treatment if necessary. While there is no charge for most on-site treatment, services provided through referral to outside agencies are charged by that care provider and are the student’s financial responsibility. The Center’s qualified staff of physicians, psychiatrist, counselors, and nurses is located in modern treatment offices in the Markin Center. They provide a point-of-entry for all university students to receive health care both at the Center and in the Peoria community. Professional counselors and supportive staff are trained to work with Bradley students in their growth and total development—social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and occupational—as well as the environment in which they live.
Personal growth and development issues of adjustment to college, relationship concerns, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety and stress management, communication skills, eating disorders, assertiveness, and lifestyle choices are some of the issues addressed by the counselors. Visits are confidential and free for Bradley students. The Center is open during the school year 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Center is open limited hours during breaks and regular summer school sessions. Students are seen on an appointment basis. At times when the Health Center is closed, patients are referred to the after hours number, 677-3200, which connects to OSF St. Francis Phone Nurses Triage.
In addition to regular medical services, Health Services also offers special men’s and women’s clinics during the regular academic year. All students are required to have a student health form on file at Health Services before registering. To avoid penalties and delays in registering, return the completed health form and then verify through Health Services that it has been received and is complete.
Immunization Requirement: To comply with Illinois State law, all students registering for classes for the first time in a four-year college must show proof of proper immunization or titer showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Instructional Technology Engineering and Media Services provides a diverse range of instructional media and production services in support of the academic and administrative needs of faculty, students, and staff. Primary services include: the Instructional Technology Assistance Center (ITAC); Blackboard course management system; technology training; AV equipment and staff assistance; telephone support; Internet2/IP videoconferencing; digital graphic, photographic, video, and copy production services; and a variety of general media services.
Instructional Technology Assistance Center (ITAC)
ITAC provides instructional technology training and assistance to faculty, staff, and students as they apply technology to teaching and learning. Services available include application training, instructional design, production seminars, use of mediated facilities, and multimedia support. ITAC also administers and assists faculty in the creation of Web-enhanced supplemental and asynchronous course sites using Sakai course management software.
The Center for Learning Assistance provides learning enhancement services to help students achieve their academic goals. Services available include peer tutoring, study skills, contract study tables, and assistance for student athletes.
The Center for Learning Assistance can assist those students with documented learning disabilities by providing “select coordinated accommodations” as defined by standardized national service-delivery models. This includes the provision of a contact person, generic support services, testing accommodations, peer tutors, and student referral service for off-campus testing resources. These services are available only during the academic year. To be eligible for accommodations the student must provide current documentation of the learning disability (testing data from within the last three years) and possess strong self-advocacy skills. The following course is offered through the Center:
AEP 115 Study Skills SeminarDevelops reading and study skills demanded in college classes. Develops flexibility in reading rate; improves critical reading techniques, skimming and scanning, and study skills such as textbook reading, notetaking, time management, and test taking.
Turning Point ProgramThe Turning Point Program is an academic support service program offered through the Center for Learning Assistance. Enrollment in this program is required for and limited to all undergraduate students on academic probation for the first time. When final semester grades are processed, students are notified in writing about being automatically enrolled in The Turning Point Program.
The Bradley University Library primarily serves the needs of the University’s students and faculty. Its collection encompasses more than 1,304,000 items – including approximately 518,000 books, periodicals, and government documents, electronic resources (journals, books, etc.), and a variety of audiovisual resources, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Library is a depository for both U.S. and Illinois government documents.
The Library’s resources and services are housed in the Cullom-Davis Library, which was renovated and enlarged to 107,000 square feet in 1990. The facility provides seating for 1,000 students and offers a coffee shop where students can take a study break, read, and socialize.
Among the facilities is the Virginius H. Chase Special Collections Center, established in 1979 in honor of a Peorian who became a widely recognized authority on the botany and natural history of Illinois; it houses and exhibits rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and other resources that require special management, including the collections of the Peoria Historical Society and the Citizens to Preserve Jubilee College.
About 13,800 music scores, 10,000 recordings, and selected music reference materials are in the Music Resource Collection, which is located on the third floor. The Sports Communication Resource Center is also located on the third floor and contains books, clippings, and guides, all of which require special management.
As a participant in OCLC, a computerized bibliographic network, the Library and its clientele have ready access to millions of resources in over 6,000 libraries across the country and abroad. The Library also provides access to a wide variety of electronic journal indexes and abstracts and to many full text databases at no charge to Bradley students and faculty. Through the University’s participation in the Alliance Library System, students and faculty may borrow materials from most other Peoria-area libraries. The Library is a member of CARLI (Consortia of Academic Research Libraries in Illinois), which provides an online catalog and circulation system that incorporates Bradley’s holdings and those of most of the other academic libraries in Illinois.
Bradley University makes every attempt to provide a safe and secure campus.
The primary function of the University Police Department is to protect life and property within the University community. Its officers are commissioned by the State of Illinois, have full law enforcement powers on and off University property, and are graduates of the Police Training Institute. University Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols of the campus and residence halls; and make crime prevention presentations to student groups. University Police also coordinate patrol and call responses with City of Peoria and Peoria County law enforcement agencies.
For the safety of anyone walking alone at night on campus or in the immediate neighborhood, Bradley police escorts can be requested from dusk until dawn for an area generally bounding local neighborhoods. This opportunity replaces the previous “student escort service” and may be modified after the first semester trial period.
Numerous clearly marked emergency telephones are located strategically on campus. All ring directly into a police dispatcher and automatically display the location of the caller so that help can be dispatched.
All residence halls have limited access, with some halls having all outside doors locked on a 24-hour basis and others having main doors unlocked during daytime hours. The residence hall lobby offices are staffed during the afternoon and evening and residence hall student security staff make rounds during the night.
Security-related concerns and campus crime information are reported to the campus community through the Scout student newspaper, the University’s Police Web site, AUDIX campus-wide voice mail, and other media. The University has also instituted a campus mass notification system using text messaging and public address announcements if circumstances warrant such. For more information, see bradley.edu/police and emergency.bradley.edu.
Students may borrow from the University Police Department engraving equipment to mark valuables such as electronic equipment and bicycles. Literature on safety and security is also available.
A safe campus can be achieved only with the cooperation of the entire University community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. For more information about crime prevention and crime statistics for the campus and local neighborhood, see http://www.bradley.edu/police/crime/.
Robert H. Michel Student Center
The Student Center symbolizes the philosophy that makes this truly a “campus community center.” The Center is the focus of many campus activities. The wide variety of facilities and varied programs make a significant contribution to campus life outside the classroom.
Facilities include: a ballroom, OutTakes convenience store, meeting rooms, pool table, television, browsing lounges, dining center, and Café Bradley featuring Sunset Strips, Starbuck’s, Mill Street Deli, and Freshëns smoothies. In addition, meeting rooms with food service can accommodate 10 to 100 people, and the ballroom can accommodate up to 500 people for a banquet, dance, reception, or lecture.
A special invitation is extended to all incoming students and their parents to attend Summer Orientation. This program is specifically designed to introduce and familiarize students and parents with Bradley University, its faculty, student body, and special services. The program is required for all incoming freshmen and highly recommended for their parents.
Multiple sessions of the 21/2-day program are offered during June and July. A fee is charged to parents who attend, which can include on-campus housing and meals. Advance reservations are required; information will be available in May to all students who have made a tuition deposit.
The Telecommunications Office operates a telephone switch and voice mail system for the campus. Technical staff support telephone equipment and information outlets in offices, residence hall rooms, and many public areas. Information outlets supply voice, data, and video services through connections to Internet2, AT&T, and other carriers’ local and long distance networks. Persons calling campus phones may call direct by dialing (309) 677- or (309) 495- and a phone’s four-digit extension.
Operated by Bradley University, WCBU is the member-supported public radio service and National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate for central Illinois. WCBU’s mission is to provide excellence in music and news programming with a local emphasis, while at the same time providing valuable professional experience for Bradley students.
WCBU provides a full 24-hour schedule of NPR news and information, local news, and classical music on WCBU 89.9 as well as WCBU2, a digital HD Radio service. Additional information and online streaming of both the main and digital channels can be found at the station web site, wcbufm.org.