OLLI News from Bradley University
February 26, 2019  
We're Turning 25 ... and Getting Better Each Year!  

Starting this Fall, we'll begin celebrating 25 years of lifelong learning at Bradley, and we've got some big news and improvements on the way.  

Be sure to watch this space in the coming weeks for more information about how our community will celebrate our past and look forward to our future with even more programs and events that will launch us into our next quarter-century.

RSVP ASAP for our
Spring Kick-off Luncheon

There's still time to register for the spring kick-off luncheon.  Register online, or contact Bonnie or Gwen by Wednesday, February 27 if you would like to join us.  

The luncheon is Wednesday, March 13 beginning at noon in the Bradley University Michel Student Center.  Our keynote speaker is Mark Spenny, President and CEO of Citizens Equity Federal Credit Union (CEFCU).

The menu will feature t eriyaki  top sirloin steak, a u gratin  potatoes, r oasted Italian vegetables, garden salad, dinner rolls, and red velvet cake.  

Questions?   Call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.

Treasures, Nostalgia, 'Musique'
to be Highlights of April Trip

The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique"
Thursday, April 11
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Barrington Hills, Illinois
Activity Level 3 Learning Trip

The Sanfilippo Estate, a private residence in Barrington Hills not open to the general public, is an exquisite home filled with treasures, including one of the most historically significant mechanical music collections in the world.

We'll also get a unique look at other aspects of this inventive era, including restored working steam engines and a 1890s Pullman passenger car. This is a venue you cannot visit on your own, so don't miss it!  

$130 - includes admissions, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

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

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I would like to participate in your program, but am concerned about my dietary needs.  Do you make modifications to your menus?

Allergic Allie

Dear Allergic Allie,

All OLLI programs will provide options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals upon request.  If you have a dietary issue or allergy, please contact our office at (309) 677-3900 at least two weeks before your program so we can meet your dietary needs. 

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Upcoming OLLI Events

March 2019
April 2019

April 3, 10, 17, 24, OLLI Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center
March 7, 9:00 a.m., Informational Meeting for Vicksburg Learning Trip , Peoria Next Innovation Center
April 4, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
March 13, Noon, Spring Kick-Off Luncheon Bradley University Michel Student 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
Program Examines Who We Are 
and Who We Want to Be 

Who Do We Think We Are?  Roots Quests, Identity, and Belonging ( Gender Scholars Lecture)
Tuesday, February 26
3:00 p.m.

Jackie Hogan, Bradley University Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, examines the booming interest in genealogy, and asks what our quest for understanding our roots tells us about who we think we are and who we want to be. 

Mark you calendar for the next program in the Gender Scholars Lecture Series that meets March 5 at 4:00 p.m.  Carmen Keist, Assistant Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, will speak on "Sizing Up the American Woman."

Bradley Music Department to Host Two Concerts 

Michael Hull Concert
Sunday, March 3
3:00 p.m.

Michael W. Hull, a ffiliate guitar faculty member, will present a free recital concert featuring works by Bogdanovic, Handel,
Lauridsen, and others plus solo and chamber music by the Bradley University Guitar Quartet.  The Hull  Family Guitar Trio, featuring Michael Hull and his children, Evelyne and Nik, will add a set of Renaissance pieces to this free program.

Illinois Saxophone Quintet Recital Concert

Sunday, March 3 
7:30 p.m.

Enjoy this concert by the world's only ongoing five saxophone group, Illinois Saxophone Quintet (ISQ).  Under the leadership of Keith M. Zimmerman, ISQ co-founder, soprano saxophonist, and Bradley saxophone professor, the recital will include both original and transcription works drawn from Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Faure, Borodin, and Mozart, as well as works by Scott and Hertzer in transcriptions by Zimmerman and the late co-founder of the quintet, Robert Sibbing. Also on the program, will be the premiere of ISQ member Matthew Winkler's original "Runaway Player Piano." 

For more information about these concerts, call the Bradley University Music Department at (309) 677-2595.

Super Brain Summit Returns in April

Super Brain Summit
Friday, April 26
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

OLLI members are invited to the fourth annual  Super Brain Summit , where keynote speaker Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. will discuss trauma history and define how trauma is remembered in mind, body, perception, and action.  He will be joined by Amy Serin, M.D. who will talk about non-invasive wearable technology that relieves stress.

This one-day conference offers multiple viewing options plus a discounted registration fee to OLL members.  For more information, visit the Super Brain Summit website, or  contact Debbie Devine at (309) 677-2820.  You may also  register online .

  Beyond the Hilltop
Fine Arts Society to Host Trip to Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Orientation Meeting
Tuesday, February 26
6:00 p.m.

The Fine Arts Society of Peoria (FAS) is sponsoring a charter coach trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas from May 23-26, 2019.  For Society members the cost is $450 double/$600 single; non-members will pay $490 double/$640 single (and includes an FAS membership through June 2019).

An informational meeting will be held TONIGHT, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

For more information, please refer to the following documents provided by FAS:

Monthly Program to Address Alzheimer's, Dementia

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care and Education
Tuesday, February 26

This month, Daryl Carlson of the Alzheimer's Association will provide background information about these issues and his organization's initiatives, and then the floor will be opened up for questions and discussion. 

Peoria Speaks is a monthly community discussion program which focuses on topics of interest to Peorians. Funding for Peoria Speaks is being provided by Illinois Humanities through their Illinois Speaks program.  The program is free.  Contact (309) 497-2000 for more information.

Peoria Reads , Methodist College Explore 
Successful Aging in Two Events 

Peoria Reads Presents Successful Aging
Sunday, March 3
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The newest Peoria Reads selection, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is described as a remarkable graphic memoir depicting two lives at their end and an only child caretaker coping as best she can.  Using the themes of this book, Marjorie Getz, Professor of Arts and Sciences at Methodist College, will take a closer look at the factors that influence the well-being of individuals in later life, successful aging, and recommendations for a higher quality of life at older ages.  This program is sponsored by Peoria Reads, a project instituted and led by Common Place and the Peoria Public Library.

Methodist College Hosts First Death Cafe
Sunday, March 3
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Methodist College

After Professor Marjorie Getz's presentation, stay for Peoria's very first Death Cafe, a gathering and discussion about death and dying held in a social setting with refreshments and food (typically cake). The Death Cafe movement was started to re-normalize the discourse of death.   Colleen Karn, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Methodist College, will facilitate the discussion.   The program is sponsored by Methodist College.

For more information about these free events, call the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186

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