OLLI News from Bradley University
March 12, 2019  
Luncheon Coming This Week

Spring 2019 Kick-Off Luncheon
Wednesday, March 13

The program, menu, and handouts are ready.  The invitations have been sent.  Won't you join us for the OLLI spring kick-off luncheon this Wednesday?  Enjoy news from your OLLI president, get fundraising updates, and enjoy keynote speaker, Mark Spenny (pictured), President and CEO of CEFCU.

Our event will center around a delicious meal prepared by staff in Bradley's Dining Services.  The menu will feature  teriyaki beef with saffron jasmine rice, Italian herbed vegetables, and r ed velvet bistro cakes over creme anglaise. 

Important reminder:  Parking is NOT available on campus.  Please use our free park-and-ride shuttle service from Shea Stadium and Westminster Church.

Questions?   Call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.
Bradley's Turner School of Entrepreneurship Needs Volunteer Judges

Big Idea Competition Trade Show
Wednesday, March 13
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. (before the OLLI Kick-Off Luncheon)

Bradley University's Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation's "Big Idea Competition" is a contest for BU students and alumni to present their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges and potential investors.  

Volunteer judges are needed that day to visit each table, learn about the ideas, then rank your favorites.  Judging should take less than one hour to complete.

No registration is needed; just visit the Alumni Center, third floor Peplow Pavilion, to receive your materials and meet the teams!  Thank you in advance for your support of our students and their efforts to develop ideas for innovations, products, services, and solutions to social issues.
Registration Lottery is Open for 'Grant Moves South' Trip

About the Lottery:  We are accepting registrations until March 22 for the lottery to determine the participants for "Grant Moves South,"  the fall learning trip to Vicksburg.   When interest exceeds capacity - in this case, 36 spots - a lottery enables us to randomly determine who can go (no more first-come, first-served concerns).

Couples and roommates can bundle their registrations together to ensure that their spots are allocated together.  Participants will be notified Monday, March 25 of the lottery results.  

About the Trip:  Bernie Drake, OLLI past president, frequent instructor and facilitator, and former president of the Peoria Historical Society, will be our docent on this charter coach trip that will feature tours of significant Civil War sites and battlefields.  As a bonus, we'll also drive by Elvis' birthplace, tour lovely antebellum homes, enjoy Memphis  barbecue , visit the National Civil Rights Museum, and stop at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   It's a trip that will allow us to re-imagine the great Civil War battles while also enjoying highlights along the way.  " Grant Moves South" travels Monday, September 9 - Tuesday, September 17, 2019.   View trip details

Phone, walk-in, and mail registrations are accepted.  Download the lottery registration form (PDF), or c ontact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900 if you have questions. 

The lottery for "Grant Moves South" closes at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 22.

Update to Class #20 for Spring

For those of you registered for the spring class #20, A Study of  The Shepherd of the Hills, we want to clarify some information that was in the brochure.

You do not need to read the novel prior to class, but you should bring the novel for use during class.

Participants will be asked to read parts of the book each week and then discuss the characters, plots, and sub-plots. 

The Shepherd of the Hills is available at local and online retailers and in libraries.  


Save the Date for OLLI's 25th Anniversary Gala

OLLI Silver Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, October 30
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Help us kick-off our 25th year with this wonderful gathering of lifelong learners and friends.  Watch for more details in upcoming newsletters as we look forward to our next quarter century with even more programs and events.  

In the meantime, don't forget to share your memories about OLLI!.   Send your remembrances to us at  Your OLLI Memories , or email them to continue@bradley.edu

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I'm proud to call BU home of our OLLI, but am wondering if we engage with the students in some way.  Can you give me some examples how OLLI is tied in with Bradley University?  

Curious Chris

Dear Curious Chris,

Like you, we are very proud to call Bradley home, and OLLI is connected to the university in myriad ways.  For this article, I'll just mention a few examples.

First, OLLI's annual fundraising campaign provides two $1,000 Student Volunteer Awards to Bradley students who display outstanding volunteer service to the community.  

Second, we support and collaborate with Bradley professors and students every year.  Some recent examples include our iPhone 101 study group, facilitated by Bradley Fellows; our donation of coffee mugs for use by BU students during their finals study program at the library; and as serving as volunteer judges for the Bradley Student Scholarship Expo and the Turner Center's Big Idea Trade Show.

We look forward to sharing more examples of our wonderful relationship with Bradley in upcoming editions.

OLLI Insider

OLLI Insider
  is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu .

Upcoming OLLI Events

March 2019
April 2019
March 13, NoonSpring Kick-Off Luncheon Bradley University Michel Student Center
April 3, 10, 17, 24, OLLI Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center

April 4, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

April 9, 12:30 p.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

April 18, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Music, Engineering to be Contexts of Gender Lecture

Gender Scholars Lecture: To Hide or
to Reveal the Body as Text
Tuesday, March 12
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Bradley University Bradley Hall, Room 250

As an organizational communication scholar focusing on vocational and organizational socialization processes, Dr. Elena Gabor will discuss the body-as-text in two vocational/organizational contexts: classical music and engineering.   Hear more about qualitative studies distinguishing how female classical musicians and immigrant engineers use their bodies differently to express their work.
  Beyond the Hilltop
Library Offering Programs About Retirement, Pollinators

Retirement Income

Tuesday, March 12
6:00 p.m.

Conducted by Fran McKay, a certified financial planner with Catalyst Wealth Planning,
this program will focus on planning for income in retirement.  Topics will include social security, pensions, employer-sponsored retirement plans, individual retirement accounts, personal savings, and earned income in retirement.

Estate Conservation
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 p.m.

McKay will continue her retirement planning series when she discusses estate planning including estate conservation, distribution techniques, and trust strategies.

What You Plant Matters: The Collective Impact of Urban Habitat
on People and Nature
Thursday, March 21
6:00 p.m.

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis will discuss the Field Museum's Urban Monarch Conservation program and its efforts to understand the role and opportunities small and mid-sized cities have in supporting monarchs and other pollinators.

For more information about these programs, contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719.

Fine Arts Society Lecture to Feature Wyeth

The Art of Andrew Wyeth
Thursday, March 14
10:00 a.m. (social time 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Mary Cronin, Dean of Education and Public Programs at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, will unravel the mysteries in creations of this renowned artist, including the significant influence of film on his work.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, visit the  Fine Arts Society website

(Painting by  Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009),  Siri,  1970, © Brandywine River Museum of Art)

Program Tackles Aging in Newest Selection

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Peoria Reads 2019 Book Discussion 
Wednesday, March 20
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Deb Disney, Director of Counseling and Wellness at Methodist College, will lead a discussion about the book that tackles caring for aging parents.  A narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, this memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering process of being an adult child accepting a parental role.

This program is sponsored by  Peoria Reads , a project instituted and led by Common Place and the Peoria Public Library.

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