OLLI News from Bradley University
April 16, 2019  
'Building Bradley' Campaign Thanks OLLI!

We are honored that OLLI generously supported the 1-day 'Building Bradley' fundraising campaign.  Through your donations, $1,550 was raised from 39 donors to support our OLLI Student Volunteer of the Year Award (which is part of our annual giving campaign).  Thanks to you, we will use these funds to recognize two deserving Bradley students with $1,000 scholarships in appreciation for their exemplary volunteer service in the community.

Thank you, OLLI!
Learn More About Ethanol Processing on Trip to Galva

Big River Resources
Tuesday May 14
7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Level 3 Learning Trip

What consumes 39 million bushels of corn, produces ethanol, and generates high quality livestock feed?  Big River Resources in Galva is a facility that processes corn for multiple purposes, particularly corn-based ethanol.  Learn how this plant is helping agriculture and local employment while also processing corn into a renewable fuel.  
$35 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Register online, or contact Bonnie or Gwen if you have questions: (309) 677-3900.

OLLI Website Adds Membership Info, FAQs

In last week's newsletter, we shared information about the quarterly OLLI membership fee that will be implemented this fall. With the fee - a modest $5 per quarter - you can expect to see some advantages which we have detailed on the OLLI website.

For more information about OLLI Membership, visit the new  Membership Information page  (pictured) on the OLLI website  where you can also view the Membership Fee FAQs.

If you have any questions, please call Michelle Riggio at (309) 677-3900, or email Michelle at mriggio@bradley.edu.

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I've taken classes for the first time this April, and have had a wonderful time.  I have some ideas for classes for the Fall, but am not sure how to get my ideas to the right person.  What do I do?

Loving Life

Dear Loving Life,

We're delighted to learn you're having a great time during our Spring classes.  All of our classes are cultivated by our members.  We have a Fall brainstorming session scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 9 a.m. at Peoria Next, but if you can't make that meeting, you're more than welcome to email our Curriculum Chair, Keith Butterfield.  Or, please feel free to stop by the OLLI Registration Desk during the next two weeks of classes where staff and volunteers will be happy to jot down your ideas and send them to the Curriculum Committee.

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 .
Keep Those Recyclables Coming!

Thanks to all of you who have shared your recyclables!  We have received bottles and boxes and bolts (oh my!), but we're still accepting donations for use at World of Wonder (WOW), the summer camp for gifted kids coordinated by Continuing Education. 

Bring your recyclables to the Registration Desk at Spring Classes this Wednesday, or drop them off at the Continuing Education office (southwest corner of University and Main).

Here's what we still need.  
  • cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper
  • rinsed 2-liter bottles
  • clean medium-sized plastic jars (for example, peanut butter jars)
  • shoe boxes
  • egg cartons
  • cereal boxes
  • rinsed soda cans
  • rinsed soup cans
  • empty water bottles
  • CDs
  • buttons of any size
  • screws, washers, nuts, or bolts of any size
Upcoming OLLI Events

April 2019
May 2019
April 17, 24, OLLI Classes Bradley University Michel Student Center
May 1, 8:00 a.m., Summer Registration Social, Bradley University Michel Student Center
April 18, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 8, 9:00 a.m., Meeting to Wrap-up Winter and Spring Classes, Begin Fall Curriculum Brainstorming, Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 8, 15, 29, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meeting Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
  Register to Attend Competition 

Community Day -
NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Saturday, May 4
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bradley, Caterpillar Inc., and NASA are working together to advance critical systems needed for human space exploration to Mars and deeper into the solar system. Together, they are hosting a competition where teams will use 3D printers to create habitats that could be built on Mars! And it's happening right here in our back yard.
Experience this incredible competition in person at this free event.  Registration is required, and participants must follow safety requirements for attire.

Register for the Habitat Challenge (limited seating available)

Lobbyist, Peoria Native to Address World Affairs Council

Confessions of a Corporate Lobbyist
Thursday, April 18
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Westlake Hall, Room 116

Peoria native and long-time Washington, D.C., lobbyist Michael Maibach will provide insight into the relationships between Congress, the federal government, and corporate interests when he speaks to the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC).  

Maibach will share experiences involving ethics, strategy, decision-making, and greater political polarization - all of which is knowledge gained from working at Caterpillar Inc. and Intel Corp.  Maibach's remarks provide a personal look at how transnational corporations seek legislative and regulatory support for their global initiatives.

Following his remarks, transmitted via Skype, Maibach will take questions. The event will be moderated by Shelley Epstein, former associate editor of the Peoria Journal Star,  PAWAC Board Member, and OLLI member.

For more information, visit pawac.org or email Angela Weck, PAWAC executive director.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Enjoy Library's Poetry Month Events

Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thursday, April 18

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Chillicothe Public Library encourages people to carry a poem with them and share it with people they meet.  

Poetry Cafe
Tuesday, April 30
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  
Chillicothe Public Library

Enjoy refreshments while sharing poems, playing poetry-inspired games, and more!  Drop in, or stay for the event.  

For more information on National Poetry Month programming, please visit   chillipld.org or call (309)274-2719.

Preparedness Series
Continues at Library

Are You Prepared? Don't Become a Victim
Tuesday, April 23
6:00 p.m.

The first step to avoid becoming a victim is knowing how to protect yourself. The Peoria County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall, will explain the best practices in helping to keep your family safe from abusive behaviors, residential burglary, common scams, and more.

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

Museum to Host Scholar to Discuss American Inventions

History of America in 101 Objects
Thursday, May 2
7:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Richard Kurin, Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large for the Smithsonian Institution, for a special lecture on American Inventions. Dr. Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, created a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Learn more about these objects and American ingenuity.   A book signing will follow in the lobby.

Free for Members | $8 Public

For more information, contact the Museum at (309) 686-7000, or visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum website.

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