OLLI News from Bradley University
May 7, 2019  
Join Us at OLLI Curriculum Committee Meetings  

OLLI Curriculum Committee Meetings
Wednesday, May 8, 15, and 29
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Do you have a suggestion for an OLLI class you think would be interesting?  Do you know a dynamic or knowledgeable speaker who could lead a class this fall?  Then please join us at the OLLI Curriculum Committee meetings this month as we plan the classes and recruit the speakers for OLLI's fall class line-up.

Keith Butterfield is the Curriculum Committee Chair, and he welcomes your participation.  Talk to Keith at the Curriculum Committee meetings, or contact him at his email address: kardstar55@gmail.com

In addition to meeting new friends and participating in fun discussions, there will be scones to enjoy!


'OLLI Learns' Has Launched!

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.   These contain lifelong learning opportunities to the max.

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

OLLI Learns currently has 4 categories. They are Books (previously OLLI Reads), Podcasts, YouTubes, and TED Talks.  Additionally there is a "Submit Item" tab that allows you to share your findings in these categories.  Please do!  Help us all separate the wheat from the chaff in these countless learning opportunities. Finally, a help page is 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.

Make sure you visit a new website created and updated by OLLI members who are sharing their recommendations about the things they are reading, watching, and listening to.  Thank you so much!


Dates Changed for Summer Study Group

The dates for one of this summer's study groups, Option B:  Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, have been changed.

Margie Getz, the group's facilitator, has been invited to present her research at a conference in Japan, so she has moved the start date to Friday, June 14 (the original start date was June 7).

If you have already registered for the group, or plan to do so, please mark your calendars so you won't miss a minute of Margie's insights.  Congratulations, Margie! 

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I read about OLLI's transition to a membership-based program, and think it's a great idea.  I'm not sure how it will be collected - and if I don't sign up for a season, will that mean I no longer get this newsletter and the quarterly brochures?

Questioning Quin

Dear Questioning Quin,

We're glad you understand the need for this transition, and we also think these are some great questions!  First, everyone on our brochure and newsletter mailing lists will continue to receive these materials, even if you don't sign up for a program.  These are our marketing materials, and won't stop sending them unless you request to be removed from the lists.

Next, the membership fee will be collected each quarter on the OLLI registration form in our brochures.  We are charging $5 per quarter, and you only have to pay it once for the season for which you're registering.  Think of it as another box to check on your registration form.

We hope this helps to answer your questions!

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 Events

May 2019
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 Meetings Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Announces Online EdD Program

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Bradley University will launch a Doctor of Education online degree program in partnership with Pearson Online Learning Services.  The degree program will have two tracks, one in
pre K-12 educational leadership and one in higher education administration.  Both tracks will be designed for working students, and include action research courses that will allow students to immediately apply new skills within their organizations.

"This program of excellence will add to Bradley University's growing suite of graduate offerings providing choice for adult learners who wish to become a school superintendent or administrative leader in higher education," said Dr. Joan Sattler, Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley.

OLLI salutes Bradley on this expansion of its online degree partnership!  For more information, please visit the College of Education's website

  Beyond the Hilltop
Landmarks Foundation to Host Celebration

Celebration of Historic Preservation Month, 
Birthday for the G.A.R. Hall
Saturday, May 11
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation members and friends will gather to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month as well as the 110th birthday for the G.A.R. Hall. 

It will be a very special social gathering featuring light hors d'oeuvres and a birthday cake.  A cash bar will also be available.  Entertainment will feature vocalist Stephanie Aaron accompanied by Kevin Hart on keyboard and Tim Brickner on bass. 

Reservations are required.  Call Susan Parr at (309) 636-7022.
Chillicothe Library Presents Santa Fe Railway Program

The Santa Fe Railway
Monday, May 13
6:00 p.m.

Learn about the history of the Santa Fe Railway with author James A. Brown who interviewed many former Santa Fe employees from Chillicothe as part of his presentation.  Brown will  trace the development of Santa Fe facilities, the town's significance as a division headquarters for the railway, the operations on nearby Edelstein Hill, and the decline of the town's importance to the railway. 

As a special bonus, the library will be giving away tickets for the historic train ride from Chillicothe to Henry on May 18.  All attendees may enter the drawing and must be present to win.

For more information, contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719. 
Personal Safety is Topic
at Library Event

Personal Safety: Don't Become a Victim
Tuesday, May 14
6:00 - 8:00 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 Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186.

World Affairs Council Hosts
Brexit Program

Who Rules Britannia? A Discussion on Brexit, Then and Now
Thursday, May 16
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Confused about Brexit and what it means for the United Kingdom, Europe, and the American economy? Dr. David Cleeton will explain the history and future of Brexit,  the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and discuss the ramifications pf Brexit on the global economy.  

Cleeton is the chair of the Economics Department and a professor of Economics and European Policy at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tickets for the presentation only are $5 for PAWAC members and $10 for the general public. Students are free. For those who want to participate in the dinner before the presentation, the cost is $35 for PAWAC members and students and $40 for others. 

Register online, or email Angela Weck , Executive Director of PAWAC, for more information. 

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