OLLI News from Bradley University
May 21, 2019  

Continuing Education Celebrates Two Retirements
By the end of this month, Continuing Education will lose 60 years of institutional knowledge with the retirements of two long-time employees.

Debbie Devine, Administrative Support, celebrated her last day at Bradley on May 17.  She started her career at Bradley in 1989 in the Admissions Office, and after 13 years there, she transferred to our department.  Debbie is pictured in the front row, center.

Carla Rich Montez, Director of Marketing in Continuing Education and the Office of Summer and Interim Sessions, will retire on May 31.  Carla is pictured in the second row, second from left.

For 20 years, Carla taught OLLI classes, study groups, and workshops on how to tell the story of your life.  This past fall, she published the book, Then Again: How to Write the Story of Your Life.

If you wish to recognize Carla's 30 years of service to Bradley and OLLI, she asks that you send a card or note to her home address:  5109 N. Sunnyside Court, Peoria, 61614.

The entire staff at Continuing Education sends our best wishes to Debbie and Carla as they begin the next chapters in their lives.  


Jennifer Bass Shares an OLLI Memory

After 25 years, we've created a lot of memories as lifelong learners.  In recent newsletters, we've been asking our members to share theirs to help us commemorate our silver anniversary this Fall.

Jennifer Bass, OLLI Past President ('18-'19) wanted to share hers in today's newsletter to encourage readers to send in their own anecdotes:

"I was asked to host a documentary film and discussion study group that was facilitated by the late Carol May.  The discussion was so lively and interesting and I got caught up in the talk.  All of a sudden I heard a cane tapping the table and a voice saying, 'Here, here!  We need to bring this discussion back on topic.' 

We all knew Carol well enough that I would live to host again the next week.  Thinking about that day just makes me smile!  We miss Carol and we continue to honor her by expanding and carrying on her ideas and her desire to challenging our minds and our thinking."

Let us know what OLLI has meant to you by sharing your thoughts about a favorite experience or telling us a favorite story.  

With your help, we can create a permanent record of our time together!  Email your favorite memory to olli@bradley.edu, o r submit your OLLI memories  online

Pictured front row, left to right:  Sharon Amdall, Laurie Bailey, Sal Allan, Cornell Carr; back row:  Gary Nelson, Jane Hense, Jennifer Bass, Keith Butterfield, Sally Yocum, and Greg Peine.

OLLI Executive Committee - Thank You!

Thank you to the members of OLLI's Executive Committee for their countless hours of volunteer work over the past year!  

These dedicated members meet monthly to help guide the development of our lifelong learning program, provide valuable insight for overall improvements, and are our most enthusiastic fans who spread the word about OLLI throughout the community.

Earlier this month, we said goodbye to four members whose terms expired:  Jennifer Bass, Past President; Greg Peine, Treasurer; Sally Yocum, Secretary; and Sharon Amdall, Strategic Planning Chair.

We also welcomed three new members to the committee:  John Amdall, Vice President; Bob Drake, Treasurer; and Phyllis Baylor, Secretary.

Thank you all so very much - your time and dedication is appreciated by everyone! 


Register Today for OLLI-AARP Legislative Breakfast

2019 Legislative Breakfast 
Tuesday, July 30
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Doors open 7:30 a.m.)
Bradley University, Westlake Hall 116
810 North Tobias Lane, Peoria

OLLI is proud to co-sponsor the third annual AARP-OLLI Legislative Breakfast, during which participants can meet elected officials and discuss issues.

Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley, will moderate the event.  As of press time, the following elected officials have been confirmed:  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Illinois State Senator David Koehler, and Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver.

The event is free and includes a hot buffet breakfast.  Parking is available on Bradley's campus and in the parking deck adjacent to the Renaissance Coliseum.

Advanced registration is required.  To RSVP, call 1-877-926-8300 or register online

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I took OLLI classes for this first time last spring, and was raving to my neighbors about how they should join.  They asked me about the background of OLLI, and I drew a blank.  Can you give me a brief description so I can tell my friends and neighbors?

Neighborly Nora

Dear Neighborly Nora,

Thank you so much for telling your friends about OLLI - it's our best form of advertising the program.

OLLI stands for The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University.  We are o
ne of 123 prestigious lifelong learning institutes in the United States that are funded in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco.  We were formerly known as the Institute for Learning in Retirement (founded 25 years ago in 1994), and were renamed in 2008 after our first generous grant from the Foundation.

Bradley University is the home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Bradley recognizes the importance of its OLLI as a standard of excellence in lifelong learning. Bradley also generously supports OLLI through its provision of staff, meeting space, and services for OLLI.  Bradley University Continuing Education sponsors the OLLI program and provides staff for program leadership and oversight. 

If you would like more details about our history, we encourage you to visit our website at bradley.edu/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 olli@bradley.edu.
volUpcoming OLLI Volunteer Opportunities

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

Hilltop Happenings

Bradley Students Shine at Eco-Marathon Competition

OLLI congratulates the members of Bradley's 2019 Shell Eco Car team, one of the competing teams from Bradley's relatively new Motor Sports Club!

These students have dedicated the past eight months to develop and troubleshoot a moving vehicle to compete against other students across the globe.

Out of more than 30 competing teams, ranging from the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Brazil, the team placed 11th, achieving an official score of 816 miles per gallon. This performance was 3.5 times better than Bradley's team five short years ago. 

Bradley's Motor Sports Club gives all engineering majors opportunities to work on four student-designed cars each year and can gain hands-on experience with the college's eco marathon, Formula SAE, SAE baja and solar cars.

Students enrolled in the senior capstone design course make sure to provide professional engineering services to the club to help create a successful design.  All teams typically work 20 to 40 hours a week outside of class until completion, some members even staying in Peoria over spring break.

Team members are pictured above, left to right:  Megan Voss, Bryce Bothast, Jared Benckendorf, Nicholas Turner, and Michael Dovel.  

  Beyond the Hilltop
German Diplomat to Discuss Transatlantic Relations

Transatlantic Ties: 
The Importance of German - U.S. Relations

Thursday, May 30
5:00 p.m.

A top German diplomat will discuss the status of U.S. - German relations when she speaks to a dinner meeting of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

Helga Barth, minister and head of political affairs at the Federal Republic of Germany's Washington, D.C., embassy, will speak at an event co-sponsored by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) and the German-American Central Society of Peoria.

She is expected to discuss the impact of Brexit on the U.S., Germany, and the European Union, and the economic, political, and cultural ties that link Germany and the United States. She will share her thoughts on how Central Illinois will be affected by the economic and political changes in Europe.

Tickets must be purchased by May 27.  More information and methods of purchasing tickets are available at   pawac.org  or by calling PAWAC Executive Director Angela Weck at (309) 677-2454.
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