OLLI News from Bradley University
March 26, 2019  
Picture Yourself at Spring Classes - Coming April 3

Besides the fact that you have 44 classes to choose from.

In addition to the format that involves no homework or tests.

On top of all this, you can learn and socialize with people just like you.

So why don't you join us for OLLI Classes this spring?  Can't you just see yourself here?

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

Join This Trip: Enjoy Relaxing Venue, Meet Owner 

OM on the River
Thursday, April 4
11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Level 2 Learning Trip

Seats are still available to join us when we visit this new Water Street business located in the Le Vieux Carre building.  OM on the River (formerly Heading OM) is a yoga studio hosting local and traveling teachers who offer a range of self-care classes and workshops.  We'll meet owner, Tammy Mitchell, and we'll experience this beautiful space first-hand as we participate in chair yoga and mediation.  Please dress comfortably to enable gentle movement.
$35 - includes lunch, gratuities, tours, fees, and shuttle transportation

Register online.  Or call Bonnie and Gwen if you have questions: (309) 677-3900.  

         Spring Study Group Brings

     Planet Earth to Your Front Door

So You Think You Know Planet Earth
Tuesdays, April 16 - May 21

The mountains located near the east coast of Africa have Gelada baboons, Walia ibex, and Ethiopian wolves.  On the eastern coast of China, discover giant pandas, and discover why they eat very low nutrition bamboo.  Next explore southern Asia with its animals of markhor and the snow leopards.  Don't miss this chance to learn more about your planet as we visit 64 different countries as they've never been seen before.  Download the trailer of Planet Earth, a documentary which will be featured during the study group.  
$45 - facilitated by Bob Pfohl, Doug McCarthy, and Bob Yonker, all retired Caterpillar engineers. (RFs/NG)

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

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
I have a question about the pronunciation of OLLI. My friend pronounces it with an O like in Ocean, but I thought it was more like the O like in Oblong.

Confused Carol

Dear Confused Carol,
Yes you are correct, and by the way we have this question asked all the time! 

OLLI is pronounced with an O as in Oblong.  It helps to remember it rhymes with golly, as in "OLLI by golly." However, our namesake Bernard Osher, (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) pronounces his name with an O, like in Ocean,  and it helps to remember Osher rhymes with kosher. 

While it is nice to know the correct pronunciation, when you tell your friends about OLLI, we don't care if you say ooli, ahlie, or olie, as long as you mention OLLI!

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 .
Bradley Student Seeks Your Input

If you are 18 - 64 years old and without type 1 diabetes and/or gestational diabetes, you are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by a Bradley student researching quality of life issues.  Participation is voluntary.  

To learn more, visit the Quality of Life site where you can also complete an anonymous survey.

For more information, contact Collette Ulivarri, a Bradley graduate student in the Nutrition and Wellness master's program.

Upcoming OLLI Events

April 2019
May 2019
April 3, 10, 17, 24 , OLLI Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center
May 1, 8:00 a.m., Summer Registration Social, Bradley University Michel Student Center
April 4, 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
April 9, 12:30 p.m. , Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 8, 15, 29, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meeting Peoria Next Innovation Center
April 18, 9:00 a.m. , Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Innovation Institute to Host Speaker
Discussing Autonomous Technology

Autonomous Mobility

Tuesday, March 26
5:30 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. Presentation

The Bradley Institute for Innovation Through Collaboration presents Joe Buckner, Director of  Engineering  at AutonomouStuff.  As a world leader in the advancement of robotics and autonomy systems, AutonomousStuff has grown exponentially with offices in the US, China, and Europe including its headquarters in Morton.  Learn about the historical trajectory of the autonomous mobility industry and hear how this Bradley graduate and entrepreneur used hard-learned business principles to focus on innovative, cutting-edge advances in autonomous technology.
Qatar is Focus of
World Affairs Council Forum

Qatar: Kingdom of  Contrasts
Thursday, March 28
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation
Bradley University Westlake Hall, Room 116

The small, but influential nation of Qatar, and its impact on American foreign policy in the Middle East, will be topic of a public forum hosted by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council. 

Dr. Janice Jayes, a professor of Middle East history at Illinois State University, will join Don Samford, a recent guest of the government of Qatar and a national World Affairs Councils leader, and Julia Ghantous, a former Qatar resident, in exploring the country's strategic importance, its enormous wealth, and its application of Sharia law.

The discussion is free and open to the public.  Those wishing to attend the dinner can purchase tickets for $35 by emailing director@pawac.org

  Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Public Library Continues Peoria Reads
End-of-Life' Series 

Can We Talk: An End of Life Symposium

Wednesday, March 27
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Methodist College

Methodist College, as a community partner with the Peoria Reads! and the Peoria Public Library, is hosting an end-of-life symposium to provide the public with beneficial information and advice regarding various aspects of end-of-life planning. The symposium will begin with a panel discussion comprised of ordinary people who have faced end-of-life issues on a personal or professional level and what they learned from their experiences. Then there will be "break out" sessions with professionals in the following areas: hospice care, legal planning, financial planning, and funerary planning. 

How to Have the Talk of a Lifetime
Sunday, March 31
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Veronica Haskell, co-owner of Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services, will provide education on the importance of talking about death before it happens and how it is the best, last gift you can give your loved ones. She will also discuss how their funeral home has tackled grief in a unique way by adding a professionally trained comfort dog to their staff and showing what a day in the life of a comfort dog looks like. 

For more information about these free programs, contact the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186.
Chillicothe Public Library Hosts
Safety and Preparedness Series

Situational Awareness
Tuesday, April 2

Do you have the savvy to navigate potentially dangerous situations? This spring, Chillicothe Public Library will host a special "Learn with Peoria County" program series that will inform attendees about how to prepare for emergencies and give them tools to make safe decisions.

In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Captain Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff's Office as he walks through the importance of situational awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern.

Other programs in the series:
April 9  Developing a Family Emergency Plan
April 23  How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
May 7  Protecting Yourself Online

For more information about these programs, visit the Chillicothe Public Library  website, or call at (309) 274-2719.
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