OLLI News from Bradley University
June 11, 2019  
Greg and Dan Want YOU to Attend Trivia Night

2019 Trivia Night is Coming!
2019 Trivia Night is Coming!

August 23 will be here before you know it, so be sure to save the date AND register for OLLI's Fifth Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser!

We'll be back on the Bradley campus for the event, once again emceed by WMBD 1470-AM radio personalities (and OLLI instructors) Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton.

Our theme for the evening's dress and table decorations is A Night at the Movies.  You don't need to be a cinema expert to answer the questions - only a handful of them will focus on movies and entertainment.  

For just $45 per person ($360 for a table of 8), the evening will include plentiful hors d'oeuvres, coffee, tea, water, and cash bar; eight rounds of trivia fun; prizes for first and last teams, best-decorated table and best-dressed team; interactive competitions during breaks; and outstanding customer service from Continuing Education staff and friends.  

If you don't have a team, no worries!  We'll place you on one, and you'll have a great night of fun while we raise money for our shuttle savings fund, student volunteer awards, audio-visual purchases, and more!

Bradley students will also be on hand to escort you to and from the parking deck in golf carts and to serve as your "Bradley Brains" for an additional donation of $25.

Online registration is easy - click here to sign up!  Thank you in advance for supporting OLLI on this fun and relaxing evening!


Reserve Your Seat for OLLI's Ravinia Festival Trip

Ravinia Festival:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Wednesday, August 7
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 a.m.

Did you know OLLI is heading to Ravinia on August 7 for a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra? 

We'll enjoy an exclusive evening with a buffet dinner in a private tent, sit in the pavilion for the performance, and participate in a pre-concert discussion with Dr. Stephen Alltop of Northwestern University. 

As an added bonus, we'll be joined by our peers from two other OLLIs:  Northwestern and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Tickets are $175 each and include pavilion seat for the performance, presentation, two-hour buffet dinner (with wine, soda, coffee, tea), gratuities , snacks, and charter coach transportation.

Register online or give us a call at (309) 677-3900 to learn more about this annual outing.


OLLI Learns - Share Your Favorite Books and More

Lifelong learning can continue outside of OLLI events.  Many OLLI members choose to find learning in what they read, listen to, and watch when away from OLLI activities. And they have a lot of choices. 

Amazon lists 32 million books, YouTube has 5 billion videos watched daily, and there are at least 700,000 podcasts with 90 million episodes.   

So, with all these choices, what have OLLI members discovered worthwhile?  The answer can be found on  OLLI Learns, a page on OLLI's website here members can both share what they have found useful and see what others recommend. 

OLLI Learns currently has 4 categories:  Books (previously OLLI Reads), Podcasts, YouTubes, and TED Talks.  The site also includes a "Submit Item" tab that allows you to share your findings in these categories.  Please do!  A help page is also available where you can find FAQs and send in any comments or questions about the site.

OLLI Learns is unique to our OLLI at Bradley University.  Please support it by submitting items that you have found enhanced your lifelong learning.  


OLLI Insider:
Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I've heard OLLI has a new Membership Development Committee.  What will the committee do, and can I attend the meetings?

Interested  Isabelle

Dea r Interested Isabelle,

Yes, a Membership Development Committee has been formed, and we'd love for you to be involved!

The committee members will be responsible for recruiting new members to OLLI, providing new member orientations, and working to retain members once they join the OLLI community.

If you are passionate about OLLI and love to introduce OLLI to people that don't know about it then this committee is for you!  Everyone is invited to participate.

The first meeting is July 31, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Peoria Next (801 W. Main Street, Peoria, with plenty of parking behind the building).

If you'd like more information about the committee, including how to contact the chair, please visit our website.

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 olli@bradley.edu.

Upcoming OLLI Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for new ideas! Are you passionate about a subject or hobby? Share your knowledge and experience by teaching a class or facilitating a study group. Is there a business in the area you've always wanted to see, but could never get in the doors? 

Attend a learning trip committee meeting and share the idea. Are you looking for a way to connect with members on an ongoing basis? OLLI has committees and activities that match any interest.  You can learn much more about our volunteer opportunities on OLLI's website, too.

Consider attending these upcoming committees to share some new ideas for trips and study groups for our Winter 2020 season, as well as ways to welcome and retain our wonderful members!

Important schedule change:  the Study Group Committee will meet on consecutive Thursdays in July.

July 9, 9:00 a.m.,  Learning Trip Committee Peoria Next Innovation Center

July 11, 9:00 a.m.,  Study Group Committee , Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 19, 9:00 a.m.,  Study Group Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center

July 31, 9:00 a.m., Membership Development Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Highlights from Bradley Magazine

Quick selfies and fast cars, poster presentations and live demonstrations, and a play based on a beloved novel by Jane Austen.  Cap it off with the academic year's biggest event - Commencement - and we had a lot going on in May at Bradley. 

Click here to see "The Best of Campus" in the digital version of  Bradley Magazine.   (All photos by Duane Zehr).

  Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Area World Affairs Council to Host
Discussion on Venezuela

Making Sense of Venezula
Thursday, June 20
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University, Westlake Hall, Room 116
Ticket info:   pawac.org

With Venezuela in political and economic turmoil, central Illinoisans have an opportunity to get an expert's inside view about what may happen there in the weeks and months ahead.
Dr. Damarys Canache, a Latin American scholar and professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will speak at an event sponsored by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) on June 20 at 7 p.m. at Westlake Hall, Room 116, on the Bradley University campus.
In her speech, "Making Sense of Venezuela," Dr. Canache will give context to the current upheaval in Venezuela, explaining what has happened there and the likelihood of deeper American involvement in the future.  
Tickets for dinner and the presentation are $35 per person for PAWAC members and students, and $40 for the general public.  Dinner tickets must be purchased by June 14.  

Tickets for the presentation only are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Students are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the PAWAC website or at the door.

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