OLLI News from Bradley University
February 12, 2019  
Don't Miss These Spring Study Groups 

The Fight for Women's Right to Vote

Mondays, March 4 - 25
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

In this study group, we will discuss the historical, social, and economic factors of women's suffrage.  On the last day, Farrell Davies, president of the local League of Women Voters, will speak about the League's historical connection and current work.
$45 - facilitated by Cheryl Budzinski, past president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, and Janet McGrath, OLLI volunteer. 

Fall and Redemption in Film

Mondays, March 4 - April 8
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

What do Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and even the White Witch of Narnia have in common? How do they relate with the timeless stories we read in the Bible? At the heart of everything is the simple, powerful story of fall and redemption. Join us these six weeks as we explore this theme through the films of today. 
$45 - facilitated by Bill Dohle, pastor serving St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peoria. 

Fly Me to the Moon - The Social and Technical History  of Apollo 11
Mondays, March 4 - April 8
1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Goodwill Commons

This study group will investigate the history of Apollo 11 and the turbulent times of the 1960s. The technical achievement of Apollo 11 cannot be told in a vacuum, as NASA's execution of the Apollo program took place during a decade of searing racial divisions, intense political divisiveness over the Vietnam War, and rapid changes in social norms. 
$45 - facilitated by Mark Golden, retired Caterpillar engineer. 

For more details about each of the study groups, view the study groups section of the spring OLLI brochure, or contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.    You may also
register online .

The deadline to register for each of these study groups is Monday, February 18.  

Sign Up Now for Vicksburg Trip Meeting 

Vicksburg Trip Info Meeting
Thursday, March 7
9:00 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St.

From September 9 - 17, 2019, OLLI will travel via charter coach to Vicksburg to visit the major battlefields of the Vicksburg Campaign, including related historic sites in the South.  Our personal docent will be Bernie Drake, an OLLI past president, frequent instructor and facilitator, and former president of the Peoria Historical Society.

The informational meeting on March 7 will discuss the trip itinerary, pricing, and registration information.  

For more information, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  

Share Your Memories About
Our Lifelong Learning Community

Starting this fall, OLLI will begin celebrating its 25th anniversary as a lifelong learning community at Bradley University.  We'd like your help in reliving our past. 

We want to learn more about your memories of OLLI and its predecessor, the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), so that we can compile memories that will help us commemorate our silver anniversary.  

You can even use a convenient online link to share your memories:   Your OLLI Memories.  

If you prefer to email your memories, please send them to continue@bradley.edu.

Tell us something about your experiences; share a funny or heartfelt story; let us know what OLLI has meant to you - or comment about the memory you most value. 

In the meantime, enjoy reminiscing! 

'OLLI Reads' Site Features New Titles

Some new titles have been added to OLLI Reads, a website created and updated by OLLI members who love to read.

Looking for a good book to read?  Want to share a favorite book with others?  Find out what OLLI members are recommending!

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
I've heard some OLLI members talk about a kick-off luncheon.  Is this only for people who take classes?  I think I'd like to attend, but am not sure if I'm invited.  Can you help?

Hungry Hank

We're so glad word is spreading about our Spring Kick-Off Luncheon on March 13.  Everyone is invited to attend, of course!  Members who are registered for Spring classes do not need to pay, because the cost of the luncheon is included in class fees.  If you attend a trip or a study group, we ask you to make a reservation and pay a fee of $25.  You can do both of these by calling our office at (309) 677-3900.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 27.

The season's keynote speaker will be Mark Spenny, President and CEO of CEFCU.  We also have a delicious menu planned, which will feature a garden salad, teriyaki top sirloin steak, au gratin potatoes, roasted vegetables, and red velvet cake.

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 .

Scholarship Expo Seeking Volunteer Judges

If you are interested in witnessing the exemplary research, scholarship, and creative work of Bradley's students, OLLI members are invited to serve as a volunteer judges for the Student Scholarship Expo in April.  

What is the Expo?  Students present poster displays of their projects and share a 5-10 minute presentation about their work.  A panel of judges evaluates the students' presentation skills, making note of how organized their poster is, how well they share their project to a generalized audience, and the quality of their public speaking and presentations skills.  Faculty mentors and advisors supplement the judging with expert evaluation of the projects themselves.

How can you help?  If you are interested in serving as a judge for the Student Scholarship Expo, you will be asked to contribute 2.5 hours on Tuesday, April 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for viewing posters, listening to students' presentations, and scoring.  As an additional bonus, judges are also invited to the public viewing and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17.  All Expo events will be held in Bradley's Renaissance Coliseum.

For more information about the Student Scholarship Expo, visit the Expo website.  You may also email questions to the Expo organizers, Kristen Woods and Dannielle Wentzel, at  studentexpo@bradley.edu .  If you are ready to sign up, you may register online if you wish to serve as a judge.

Upcoming OLLI Events

March 2019
April 2019
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
Concert to Feature Broadway, Opera Hits

Music Scholarship Concert:
Broadway Lights and Opera Stars
Sunday, February 17
3:00 p.m.
Bradley University Dingeldine Music Center

Greatest hits from the opera and musical theatre stages will be presented by voice faculty Courtney Huffman and Kerry Walters, sopranos, and Saul Nache, baritone. Bradley alums Rebecca Crumrine, Katie Burnham, Alex Pullen and Becca Largent will also perform along with members of the BU Women's Choir and voice students from the Department of Music. 

Cost: $10 adults/students free
 ( available at the door the day of the performance ) .

Love Bradley Week Three

It's week three of the Love Bradley campaign, an initiative to spread kindness on the Hilltop.  This week's suggestions for "spreading the love" include these activities: 
Smile at everyone you pass for a full day
Support an organization by attending an event
Surprise someone with flowers
Pass out valentines 
Mail a card to a family member

Students, faculty, staff, and OLLI members are encouraged to complete any of these acts of kindness (or to create your own!) and share your experience on social media.  Use the hashtag #LoveBradley, and tag Bradley University in your post for a chance to win one of the weekly prizes!    Email Liz Gunty if you have any questions.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Learn About Maple Syrup, Pollinators at Library Events

Making Maple Syrup
Tuesday, February 19
6:00 p.m.

From drilling for sap to bottling the final product, learn about the process that Camp Wokanda staff uses to produce delicious maple syrup (yes, you get to try it!)  Registration is requested by February 15. 

Gardening for Pollinators

Tuesday, February 26
6:00 p.m.

Mike Contratto, master naturalist and experienced gardener, will share tips anyone can use to make their yards and gardens more inviting and attractive to pollinators.  This can lead to a win-win situation that results in more colorful and fruitful gardens.  Contratto's own landscape is full of pollinator-friendly plants which bring many birds and insects to his yard.

Both programs will meet at the Chillicothe Public Library.  For more information,  call (309) 274-2719.

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