Hayden-Clark Alumni Center

“The definition of love is knowledge, care, respect and responsibility. Those are the things that we teach. These are our core values. That’s what I learned at Bradley. We have something here that is unique. It’s going to continue, and I’m excited about who we are and where we’re going.”

-ED KING ’54 MA ’62
 from the Shaheen Hall of Pride


Celebrating a new day on the Hilltop, hundreds gathered for the dedication of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on October 15, 2011. The beautiful, breezy Saturday featured music, heartfelt speeches from alumni, and even fireworks, but the true star of the morning was the magnificent limestone edifice. The building’s namesakes ceremoniously handed keys to Bradley President Joanne Glasser. The red and white ribbons originally held keys to Bradley Hall and were used by Lydia Moss Bradley on the very first Founder’s Day in 1897. In 2009, also on Founder’s Day, ground was broken for Bradley’s new home for alumni.JERRY HAYDEN ’59 and his wife MARILYN KELLER HAYDEN ’61 (in red) and BOB CLARK ’67 and his wife Kathleen (in black) provided the lead gift for the building.

Bradley history comes alive in the Shaheen Hall of Pride, a gift from GERALD SHAHEEN ’66 MBA ’68 and PAMELA CUTHBERT SHAHEEN ’73. Discover campus through the decades in display cases of memorabilia and memories from the 1940s to today. Reminisce about dorm life with dioramas depicting the evolution of residence hall rooms. Use interactive maps to watch campus develop, view photos of major events, and discover what life at Bradley has been like since its founding. Watch videos of campus history in the Decades Theatre, or find old friends and learn about alumni events with BUconnect computers.

Upstairs, with a lovely view of the sunset and the lush Alumni Quad, the Peplow Pavilion and Terrace on the third floor provides an upscale setting for alumni reunions, wedding receptions, and other special events. The gift from Judy and GARY PEPLOW ’62 encompasses 4,560 square feet of banquet space.

The second floor features an office suite for Alumni Relations and the vice president for advancement and one of five mediated conference rooms. The building features 1,716 square feet of office space. It also offers a view of the dramatic staircase and the display cases that take alumni back to their days on the Hilltop.

Visitors can browse and explore the early days of Bradley Polytechnic Institute, including a portion of Lydia Moss Bradley’s jewelry collection and a mourning dress from her era. Lydia’s Grove, designed with a sustainability feature on the new Alumni Quad, will offer seating niches and gravel walkways within a grove of trees. A replica of a marble fireplace in Lydia’s home on Moss Avenue is a focal point in the main floor library. The library, a gift from Christine and MARK TURNER ’80 and their family, provides a place for alumni to reminisce while perusing old yearbooks and magazines. Bradley’s official seal is embedded near the building’s entrance.