Founder’s Day recognizes and celebrates university staff, faculty, alumni and others who have carried on the traditions of Lydia Moss Bradley. These awards honor their excellence and success for various achievements both on and off campus.

2023 Centurion Society Inductees

Tami L. Lane ’96 is a special effects and make-up professional who has brought characters to life in more than 25 films and television shows. She has won several industry awards, including an Academy Award for her work on The Chronicles of Narnia.

Wayne G. Klasing ’64 has been a successful business leader and generous philanthropist for over 50 years. Since retiring in 2012, he has provided professional guidance to several organizations, served as chair of the Engineering & Technology Executive Advisory Council for the Caterpillar College of Engineering and on the Board of Trustees.

Joan E. Janssen ’69 has dedicated herself to her family and community. She has been a prolific volunteer, civic leader and inspirational supporter of Bradley University for more than 50 years.

2023 Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

Joan E. Janssen ’69

Lydia Moss Bradley Award

Kathy Ma

Outstanding Young Graduate Award

Vannesia Darby ’12

2023 Faculty Awards

Francis C. Mergen Memorial Award for Public Service

Michelle Nielsen-Ott

Assistant Professor, Sciences Health Sciences Librarian

Academic Advisor of the Year

Heidi Rottier

Instructor of Marketing

First-Year Faculty Award

Dr. Priscilla Charrat Nelson

Department of World Languages and Cultures

Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Kerrie Schattler

Professor of Civil Engineering

Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship

Dr. Cory Barker

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching

Dr. David Dominguese

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award

Dr. Dean Campbell

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Theodore C. Burgess Award recognizes excellence in collaboration between departments

Interactive Media, Theatre Arts, and Mechanical Engineering departments

collaborated for the experiential learning- based excursion to Las Vegas to study and work behind the scenes with Cirque du Soleil and TAIT.

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