OLLI News from Bradley University
May 14, 2019  
17 Days to Go ... 94 Donors Needed!

We have 17 days until the end of Bradley's fiscal year, and we are just 94 donors short of meeting our goal of a 40% donation rate!  With a membership of 1,193 people, we are counting on our members to help us cross the finish line.  

If you haven't given to OLLI since last June, this is a perfect time to do so.

Our members who haven't been able to attend our seasonal kick-off luncheons  might not be aware how much we need your gift - however small - for our fundraising efforts.  

This year's major purchase will be a new audio-visual system in the Marty Theatre, but each and every year donation dollars are used to improve your experience throughout our programs.

For instance, donations have been used to purchase audio-visual improvements in the rooms at Peoria Next that are frequently used for study groups and committee meetings, as well as the two shuttles for the trips you love.  

Donations also recently allowed us to purchase new tires for both of those shuttles to ensure your comfort and safety.  It's important that you know that your gifts stay right here in our program to cover improvements our ordinary budget cannot cover.

Giving is easy, secure, and fast - you can do it right now by clicking here.  Thank you!

OLLI Student Volunteers of the Year Announced

In conjunction with Bradley University, the generosity of OLLI members, and the leadership of the OLLI Executive Committee, our lifelong learning community annual awards two $1,000 awards to Bradley students who exhibit exemplary volunteer service.

The 2019 award winners are:

Malini Wijesinghe (pictured second to left, next to OLLI President Jane Hense), a senior majoring in biochemistry, Spanish, and philosophy.  She has volunteered over 240 hours for Whittier Primary School, the BU Clean Up Crew, Volunteer Tutoring, the Tazewell County Resource Center, Neighborhood House, Special Olympics, and more.  

Annie Carroll (pictured second to right, next to OLLI Past President Cornell Carr) is a senior secondary education major who has volunteered nearly 600 hours for area organizations, including Trewyn Grade School, Christ Lutheran Grade School, Cornstock for Kids, South Side Mission, Career Spark, and many more. 

Thank you to all of our donors who made these awards possible.  Each and every dollar donated to OLLI makes a difference!

Help Us Decide!  Take a 25th Anniversary Survey!

Staff and volunteers are gearing up for OLLI's Silver Anniversary starting this Fall, and we need your input about a celebration idea.

Many of you have seen yard signs touting a child's extracurricular activity, a promotion for a library's reading program, and more.

We are considering offering full-color yard signs with our 25th logo that read "An OLLI Member Lives Here," so our members can show OLLI pride and spread the word about our program.

Please click here to take a 10-second survey and let us know what you think.  Thank you so much!
We'll Be in the Room Where it Happened!  
OLLI is Touring  HAMILTON: The Exhibition

  Hamilton: The Exhibition                 
 Thursday, August 29, 2019
 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Alexander Hamilton's remarkable story has inspired millions  of Americans.  

Join OLLI as we see it thought his eyes in a  360-degree immersive museum exhibition in Chicago from the creators of the revolutionary musical

Although this trip does not include a performance of the musical, we have arranged for a unique opportunity  - we'll tour the CIBC Theatre where Hamilton is performed.

To sign up for this trip, please use our online registration system, or call our office at (309) 677-3900.
Scones + Your Ideas = OLLI Classes

OLLI Curriculum Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main, Peoria

We know you love our famous scones, and you know we love your ideas, so attending the Curriculum Committee meetings is a win-win for everyone!   

Tomorrow morning (May 15), we'll meet at Peoria Next to continue work on our Fall lineup.  Peoria Next is located at 801 W. Main Street, and has plentiful, free parking behind the building.

This meeting is always an engaging session with refreshments and wonderful conversation.  All OLLI members are invited and encouraged to suggest classes that you've always hoped would be considered or to encourage a repeat of a past offering. 
For more information, contact OLLI Director Michelle Riggio at mriggio@bradley.edu.

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I signed up for summer trips and study groups and received my email receipt.  Should I be expecting something else with more information about each program?

Anticipating Annie

Dear Anticipating Annie,

We're so happy you've signed up for OLLI this summer!  You should expect an envelope from the Continuing Education office in the next few days.  It will include a paper receipt with general information about our summer season, as well as colored sheets that detail the specifics of each trip and study group for which you've registered.  If you don't receive this envelope by May 22, please call our office at (309) 677-3900 and let us know.

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.
Join Bernie Drake for a Unique Look at Fantasy Sports

Have you ever thought you could manage a baseball, basketball, or football team better than the coach?

OLLI volunteer Bernie Drake is facilitating a study group that will investigate the history of fantasy sports and discover how they work for each of the major professional sports.

The group will meet on Wednesdays, August 14 - September 14, at Goodwill Commons.

Although not required, it is highly recommended that you bring a laptop to the group.

To sign up for this study group, please use our  online registration system , or call our office at (309) 677-3900.

Upcoming OLLI Volunteer Opportunities

May 2019
May 15, 29, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meetings Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Celebrates the Class of 2019 This Weekend

May Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 19
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bradley University will honor its graduates this weekend at the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony at Carver Arena.  Visit the Commencement website for details.

OLLI congratulates our newest graduates of Bradley University!
  Beyond the Hilltop
Terry Bibo to Discuss Book at 
Peoria Public Library

Discussion of 'The Library Book' with Terry Bibo
Wednesday, May 29
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

The Library Book  by award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean tells the story of the 1986 Los Angeles Central Library fire, in which nearly a million books were damaged or destroyed.  Discussion leader Terry Bibo Knight is a long-time columnist/reporter for the Journal Star.  She is currently a freelance journalist and an avid reader and book club member.  Free and open to the public.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition Opens This Week  at 
Peoria Riverfront Museum 

Apollo 11:  First Steps Edition
Opens Saturday, May 18

A thrilling giant-screen experience that showcases the real-life moments of the first lunar landing, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition takes you straight to the heart of this historic human endeavor.  With never-before-seen 70mm footage and a trove of newly discovered audio recordings, the filmmakers reconstruct the Apollo 11 mission in astonishing detail.  

Audiences will experience the exhilarating final moments of preparation, the countdown, liftoff, landing, and return of this historic mission - one of mankind's greatest achievements.

For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit the museum's website.

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