OLLI News from Bradley University

January 10, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

January February March
Jan. 10-13: OLLI Winter Classes  in the Michel Student Center
Feb. 2, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Mar. 15, 12pm: Spring 2017 KIckoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Jan. 17, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting  in Michel Student Center room 203
Feb. 3, 9am: Registration  for Road Scholar trip to Berkshires opens (call/walk-in only)

Jan. 18, 9am: Spring 2017 Registration Open House  in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 19, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Winter Class Reminders

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, it is time to relax, learn something new, and stay warm with OLLI at Winter Classes!  

Parking on campus will be available during classes, so please feel free to park in any of the blue- or white-lined spaces near the Michel Student Center.   Click here to view a map of campus.

Today, the Kickoff buffet lunch is included in your class fee.  For Wednesday-Friday, you are welcome to bring a lunch from home or enjoy one of the many options on and around campus.  

To view a listing of dining options inside the Michel Student Center, click here (please note that Winter Break may affect the availability of these options).  

Or, if you would prefer to find lunch elsewhere, there are several restaurants in the nearby CampusTown shopping center.

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OLLI Spirit Days during Classes

Today is the first day of Winter Classes at  OLLI!  Each day, we will have a different theme to start some fun conversations.  Today and tomorrow, we will have special name tags you can fill in, and on Thursday and Friday you can dress to show your "school spirit!"

Tuesday, 1/10 - I   OLLI Day
Why do you love OLLI?  Wear it on your sleeve and see what others love, too!

Wednesday, 1/11 - I Volunteer Day
Do you give volunteer hours to a worthy cause?  Help spread awareness by sharing your passion with pride.

Thursday, 1/12 - Alma Mater Day
Wear your school colors, from high school or beyond.  Maybe you'll spot a classmate!

Friday, 1/13 - Rise of the Red Day
Wear Bradley RED, and lots of it!  We will be showing our pride in being a part of the Bradley family!  We'll take a group photo on this day.

Show Your Spirit on Social Media

If you are on social media, we encourage you to post your pictures and include " #RiseOfTheRed" in your description.  This phrase is a hashtag created by Bradley University to promote school spirit.  

What's a hashtag, you ask?  A hashtag is a keyword phrase, spelled out without spaces, with a pound sign (#) in front of it. For example, #BradleyAlum and #RiseOfTheRed are both hashtags.  You can put these hashtags anywhere in your social media posts:  in the beginning, at the end, or anywhere in between. They tie public conversations from all different users into a single stream, which you can find by searching for a hashtag or clicking on one. 

Have questions about theme days or hashtags?  Come see a Continuing Education staffer at the registration desk and we'll be happy to help!

We can't wait to see everyone this morning and learn why you  OLLI!

No, Not in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis

Join this study group to take part in the important discussion surrounding the recent spike in opiate use in Peoria.

No, Not in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis
Tuesdays, January 24 - February 28
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N Main St, Peoria

During the last few months, OLLI participants have learned, through national and local  media, about the issue of opiate abuse in the United States, Illinois and Peoria. In  reaction to our local situation, Mayor Jim Ardis has organized a committee of  professionals and citizens to address the opiate crisis in the River City and surrounding  communities.  While OLLI members may think that the abuse issue mainly  impacts teenagers, young adults, and the middle-aged, data suggests that it is an  important health problem among seniors.  According to the Hazelden Betty Ford  Foundation website, the incidence of addiction in older adults is rising, due to greater  access to prescription drugs for the treatment of physical and emotional pain as well as  a decreased ability to metabolize dosage levels that were tolerated in younger  years.  Join professionals and citizens who battle daily against drug abuse in "Not  in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis."   Using film  and participant discussion, we'll explore this important health issue.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, retired Social Science Professor at Illinois Central College and OLLI Cinema Committee chair, and Roberta Koscielski, Assistant Director, Peoria Public Library and member of the Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin. 

To register, please call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system.  
Hilltop Happenings
FACES - Original Artwork by Donna Carr Roberts

FACES - Original Artwork by Donna Carr Roberts
Exhibition: January 12 - February 23
Reception: January 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hartmann Center Gallery, Bradley University

Donna Carr Roberts serves as the Artist in Residence at the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University.  Donna is an award-winning artist living in Peoria, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her work includes life portraits and still life images.  She works in Oils, Watercolors and Charcoal.

From the artist:
"My passion for art comes from everything around me - I am driven to paint what I see and what I imagine. My 'mission' is to paint beautifully constructed images that impart positive energy and are full of life."

Donna is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, and Hoosier Salon.

To learn more about the artist visit her website at:  carrart.com

Reading by Author Matt de la Pe ña

Reading by Matt de la Peña, New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-Winning Author of We Were Here and Mexican Whiteboy
Thursday, February 9
4:30 p.m. -  Peoria Public Library, Lincoln Branch
7:30 p.m. - Bradley University, Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion
Cost: FREE!

Matt de la Peña writes children's and young adult novels.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches creative writing.  Matt also visits high schools and colleges across the country on literary tours.  He is the author of books Ball Don't Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and the Hunted, A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and Last Stop on Market Street.  

Both events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Bradley University's Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee, Visiting Writers Series, English Department, Department of Teacher Education, and the Peoria Public Library.

Beyond the Hilltop
"Peoria Pledged to Progress"

"Peoria Pledged to Progress" Film Screening
Saturday, January 14
2:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Main Street Branch
Cost: FREE!

A little over a year ago a long-forgotten copy of the film Peoria Pledged to Progress was discovered in the Local History and Genealogy archives of the Peoria Public Library.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's Peoria was on the precipice of major change and growth.  Peoria still had a reputation for brewing and distilling in the form of Pabst and Hiram Walker facilities.   The Murray Baker Bridge and a new airport terminal had just been dedicated and Peoria was preparing to build a new County Courthouse.  Industry and commerce were growing with plans in development for a new Caterpillar world headquarters and a new Sears store downtown.  Peoria was a city that had pledged itself to progress.
The 20 minute film Peoria Pledged to Progress  was produced by the City of Peoria and was used to promote the forward thinking Peoria of over a half century ago. The film features many images from Peoria's downtown and other well-known locations throughout the area.
Please join us as we screen this 16 mm film as it was originally intended.  The screening will take place on  Saturday, January 14th at the Peoria Public Library Main Library at  2:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.

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