OLLI News from Bradley University
March 5, 2019  
Kick-off Your Spring Learning 
at the OLLI Luncheon

Spring 2019 Kick-Off Luncheon
Wednesday, March 13

Catch up with all your OLLI friends at our lunch that kicks off the spring season of OLLI learning.  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. 

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.

OLLI to Visit Distinguished
Print, Drawing Exhibition

37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Show
Friday, March 8
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bradley University Galleries and
Peoria's Prairie Center of the Arts 
Level 2 Learning Trip

Join OLLI this Friday to visit the 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.  The Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country, and it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. Don't miss this exhibit that visits our community every two years.  Our trip will include: 
  • Opportunity to meet the Juror, Janet Ballweg, who selected the artwork.  Janet Ballweg is an internationally-recognized printmaker and Professor of Printmaking at Bowling Green University in Ohio.
  • Opportunity to hear Erin Buczynski, Bradley University Director of Galleries, discuss the decisions that were made for the artwork displayed at seven different Peoria venues.
  • A handout that describes the printing and drawing techniques that were used to create the artwork.
  • Pre-show tours of Bradley University Hartmann Center Gallery and Heuser Art Center Gallery,  and exhibits at Prairie Center of the Arts
John Amdall, OLLI member and active supporter of the arts, will lead our tour.  The trip fee is $25 and includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation.

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

(Image credit:  Bourgeois Blues , Linocut by David Johnson)

Help Us Determine 2020 Multi-Day Trip

In 2020, OLLI would like to offer a domestic multi-day learning trip, and you can help us decide where to go.

Take the OLLI Trip Survey, and let us know where you would like for us to travel in 2020.  The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.


OLLI to Visit Venue Not Open to the Public

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've seen staff and volunteers take pictures at some trips and study groups I've attended.  Where can I view these pictures?

Phyllis the Photographer

Dear Phyllis,

You're right - staff and volunteers take photos at nearly every class session, study groups, learning trips, and OLLI Originals.  You can see many of these photos on our Facebook page - we try to post new ones each day.  

To see the pictures, visit Facebook.com/OLLIatBradleyUniversity.  Be sure to "like" our page, too, so you can see the updates daily.

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 .

Remember When...?

Remember when OLLI used to be called the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)?  That was our first name, and it represents our beginning.  What memories do you have of the ILR years that began in 1994?  Were you among the 84 people who attended our first ILR that fall?  What stories do you have from that inaugural year?

These are the memories we seek as we prepare for our 25th anniversary.  Whether you're an ILR original or an OLLI regular, we invite you to share your memories, experiences, stories - and more.  Send them to us at Your OLLI Memories, or email them to continue@bradley.edu.  We'll reminisce with you and then compile your recollections for OLLI's silver anniversary.

Museum Offers OLLI Discount to Hitchcock Film Festival

The Art of Film: Hitchcock as Master of Suspense  is an

film festival  event, featuring international bestselling author, film critic, and historian Marc Eliot. Mr. Eliot will be giving pre-show presentations, as well as leading post-show audience discussions, to trace the progress of Alfred Hitchcock's personal expression and stylistic development, to reveal the deeper meanings of his 52-film career. 

The Film Festival Lineup includes:
Thursday, March 7 | 6:00 p.m. - Strangers on a Train 
Friday, March 8 | 6:00 p.m. - North by Northwest
Saturday, March 9 | 6:00  p.m. - Vertigo 
Sunday, March 10 | 2:00 p.m. - Psycho

These tickets are regularly $25, but OLLI members will enjoy a 50% discount to attend.  Use discount code NXNW when purchasing tickets.

For more information, contact the Peoria Riverfront Museum at (309) 863-2020.

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
Forum to Feature City Council,
Park District  Candidates

Candidate Forum
Wednesday, March 6
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Peplow Paviliion

This forum will feature candidates who are running for the offices of  At-Large City Council, Peoria Park District Board President, and Peoria Park District Central District Trustee.  It will be moderated by WMBD anchor Eugene Daniel, and there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

The Candidate Forum is open to the public.  Guests are asked to be seated by 6:45 p.m. as the program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. when Peoria City Council  At-Large candidates will lead off the evening.

This program is hosted by the Moss Bradley Residential Association, the Bradley University Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, the West Bluff Council, and WMBD-TV which will televise the event online.  
Concerto-Aria at Dingeldine 

Concerto-Aria Concert
Sunday, March 10
3:00 p.m.

The Bradley Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present the three winners of the university's annual concerto/aria competition:  Aria Cramer, soprano,  Taylor Wells, marimba, and Nina Bui, flute.   The program will also include works performed by the BSO under the direction of music director   Dr. Timothy Semanik .

The concert is part of the Music Department's Music Scholarship Concert Series.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information email Dr. Timothy Semanik.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Programs Coming to Area Libraries

Tom MacIntyre: Things I Learned Along the Way
Saturday, March 9
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join veteran broadcaster Tom McIntyre as he shares his lively retrospective.  A fixture on Central Illinois radio and television for half a century, Tom has seen a lot of Peoria history unfold. A highly respected TV personality in the Peoria area, Tom will recount some of his highlights.

The Story of a Solar-Powered Satellite
Monday, March 11
6:00 p.m.

The CubeSail Satellite has been in development for over a decade by students and faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This past December, it was finally launched from a site in New Zealand, as part of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission.   Dr. Michael F. Lembeck from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss the project. (Note: this program is rescheduled from January.)

Estate Planning
Monday, March 11

Think estate planning is only for the rich? Think again! Understand why you might need one, what is covered in the plan, and how to offer protection to your children and family, even if you're not here. The presenter is Richard Kirk with the Association of Financial Educators. 

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.

For more information about these free programs, contact:
Chillicothe Public Library (309) 274-2719
Peoria Public Library (309) 497-2186

Andrew Wyeth to be Topic of Fine Arts Society Lecture

The Art of Andrew Wyeth
Thursday, March 14
10:00 a.m. (social time 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Examine a painting by Andrew Wyeth, and you will discover that nothing is as it first seems. Mary Cronin, Dean of Education and Public Programs at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, will unravel the mysteries in this renowned artist's creations, including the significant influence of film on his work.

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

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

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