OLLI News from Bradley University
Spring Registration Social is Tomorrow

Spring Registration Social
Wednesday, January 16
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms 
Registration for OLLI's Spring 2019 programs opens Wednesday, January 16. You should receive your brochure in the mail prior to registration. Please take time to review our offerings, then choose YOUR way to register:
  • 8:00 a.m.  Ballroom doors on the second floor open for number distribution,  enjoy refreshments and meet new friends 
  • 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.  Staff and volunteers check your registration forms and answer questions while you enjoy refreshments and socialize with friends 
  • 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Numbers are called in order for same-day registration processing
Please note:  The Michel Student Center does not open until 7:30 a.m.  Doors to the Ballroom will open at 8:00 a.m.

ONLINE: Visit Bradley.edu/olli  to make your selections on Thursday, January 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
MAIL: You may mail your completed registration form at any time after receiving the brochure (it is currently available to download and print at Bradley.edu/olli); forms will be queued in the order received and processed on Thursday, January 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
TELEPHONE: If you would like to speak with a staff member about your registration, please call (309) 677-3900 on Thursday, January 17, after 12 p.m.

If you have not received your brochure in the mail you may visit the  OLLI website  to see the spring brochure.  Select your events ahead of time, so that you can come to the Registration Social with your spring programs already chosen.  Then you'll have more time for socializing!  

Free parking is available on campus during the spring Registration Social, so shuttle service will not be offered.  

For more information about the spring Registration Social, contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
I would like to attend the Registration Social for OLLI on Bradley's campus January 16, but I am unsure where to park, as I thought I was not allowed to park on campus?

Pondering Parker

Dear Pondering Parker,
Since the Bradley students are not on campus at this time, parking is available on campus. Please obey all posted signs, such as "Handicapped Only" or " Admissions Parking Only."

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.

It's Time to Plan for Summer Study Groups 

Even though we're still digging out from last weekend's snowstorm, it's time to start thinking summer - study groups, that is!

The OLLI Study Group Committee will meet this Thursday, January 17, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street, Peoria.  There is free, plentiful parking available, too.   

We can't wait to hear your ideas!  The meeting is open to everyone, and we encourage you to bring your suggestions for what we can offer this June, July, and August.

As a reminder, OLLI study groups offer you the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth with like-minded peers.  These groups are your connection to studying what you most enjoy with people who share your enthusiasm, and they meet at convenient locations throughout our community.

If you have an idea and can't make the meeting, please forward your suggestions to our Study Group Chairman Gary Nelson.

Upcoming OLLI Events

January 2019
Jan. 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Jan. 16, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Spring Registration SocialBradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Jan. 17 and 31, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee MeetingsPeoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Cross-Collaboration is Distinctive Feature of 
Innovative Bradley Programs

Cross-disciplinary collaboration results in innovation, and nowhere is it more apparent than at Bradley.  Several programs are collaborating across disciplines with the aim to facilitate the diverse thinking and innovation that results.

"The key is to rethink how we educate our students," says Bill McDowell, executive/academic director of Bradley's Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  " Whether it is engineering and business students coming together to develop a new product idea, or nursing and computer science students analyzing dental records for the nursing profession, Bradley faculty understand how to collaborate," says McDowell.  

Among the Bradley programs that are utilizing cross-disciplinary collaboration are the NASA Challenge, a program in which students build display systems for astronauts; the IDEA Factory, providing student entrepreneurs a space for creating and testing product prototypes; and the Big Idea Competition, a fun and competitive opportunity for students to pitch a business idea that includes mentoring and prize money.

Read more about these and other cross-disciplinary programs that help make Bradley distinctive.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Irish Band Connla to Perform
at Peoria Public Library

Connla Concert
Tuesday, January 22
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Friends of Clonmel and Peoria Public Library will host a free concert featuring Connla "the hottest new group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News)."

Connla is an exciting new band with strong traditional roots but reflecting influences from across the globe.  Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community.  The group is a full mix of musical knowledge, training, and performance experience and is formed from close friends and family who have deep roots in the Northern Ireland music scene.  

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.  For more information please call the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2143.

Cheesman Returns to
Chillicothe Public for Free Concert

Across the Pond
Concert by Mike Cheesman
Sunday, January 27
2:00 p.m.

Mike Cheesman returns to Chillicothe Public Library with folk songs from his "wild youth" in his homeland of England and his journey to America, along with entertaining stories and banter with his fellow performer Rick Noetzel.

Starting in the 1960s, Mike Cheesman honed his guitar style and relaxed delivery performing throughout England's pubs and folk clubs. He left his home in Godalming, Surrey, in 1979 to come to America, where he performed in Chicago - including a singing of the National Anthem at a Cubs game. Eventually, Mike settled in Peoria, married, raised a family, and opened the English-themed Fox Pub and Café (now owned by his son Matt and his wife, Cortney).

Mike has a passion for history and storytelling, and his songs encompass many musical genres. Mike's latest project is a tribute CD commemorating the 100thanniversary of World War I, selections of which he performed at Chillicothe Public Library earlier this year.

For more information, please visit  chillipld.org,  or call (309) 274-2719.

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