OLLI News from Bradley University
January 23, 2018
Notable OLLI Dates

January February March
Jan. 24, 2pm:  Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Feb. 7, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Mar. 14, 12pm: Kickoff Luncheon for Spring 2018 Classes in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Help Us Choose Multi-Day Trips for 2019!

In 2019, we would like to plan two domestic multi-day learning trips, and we need your help deciding where to go!  Based on suggestions from past multi-day trip participants and learning trip evaluations, the volunteers on our Learning Trip Committee have narrowed down the options, and we want to find out where you want to go next!

Click on the link below to access the survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete.  

You will be asked to rank the options in order from your top choice to your least favorite on two categories: National Parks and other destinations.  We will build a trip around the top pick in each category.

Thank you for providing your feedback!

Wanted: Volunteers to Help Plan Summer Study Groups

Study Group Committee Meeting - planning for Summer 2018
Wednesday, January 24
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W Main St, Peoria

Have you ever wondered how OLLI programs are planned?  Do you have an idea for a great study group?  Join us at tomorrow's Study Group Committee meeting!  All are welcome to attend - whether you are just curious about how groups are planned, have any suggestions to share, or are ready to help make arrangements, no contribution is too small.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this message or call us at (309) 677-3900.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Experience a Local Learning Trip This Winter

We still have available seats on the following upcoming local trips - the perfect way to learn more about our community.  Call us at (309) 677-3900 or click here to register today!

J. K. Williams Distilling (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, January 25
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We'll visit J. K. Williams Distilling, a distillery formed to bring craft whiskey- and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area.  During our tour of the facility in East Peoria, we'll learn how J. K. Williams was a man ahead of his time, stubbornly refusing to sacrifice quality when crafting his bootleg whiskey.  We'll also learn (and taste!) how the family recipe is being revived four generations later, using local grain to produce whiskey and bourbon.
$32 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, tastings, & shuttle transportation

Behind-the-Scenes at Peoria Public Library (Activity Level 1)
Friday, February 9
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Main Library, and see how the brand new books, DVDs, and other materials make it from selection to shipping to the shelves.  Visit the "Friendly Finds" bookstore to find out where the sale books come from and how the receive a second life courtesy of the Friends of Peoria Public Library.  You will also have an opportunity for hands-on learning via a choice of library resources available on the Library website.  
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, & shuttle transportation

Caterpillar Visitor's Center Antique Equipment Expo (Activity Level 2)
Wednesday, February 21
9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
During this private tour of the facility in Downtown Peoria, participants will have two hours to explore interactive displays and exhibits with a Caterpillar docent.  The new expo features seven antique Holt, Best, and Caterpillar machines from the Veerkamp Family California collection.  Additional highlights will include climbing into the seat of a massive two-story mining truck, taking a virtual ride into a customer's mine site down a haul road, and visiting the Immersive Visualization Center, where we'll see how Caterpillar uses 3-D technology to design and build machines, engines, and factories.
$30 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, & shuttle transportation

OLLI Reads

Looking for a great new book to get lost in?  OLLI members have contributed to the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about each book and a free sample ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle reader or mobile app.  

OLLI Reads

We would like to thank Greg Peine for starting and maintaining this list for the past few years!  If you have a great book you would like added to the list, please contact Elly Peterson at eepeterson@bradley.edu.

Hilltop Happenings
Lecture on Japanese Culture by 
OLLI Study Group Facilitator

Japanese Culture and the Geopolitics of East Asia with Aaron Hoover
Thursday, January 25
7:00 p.m. 
Westlake Hall Room 116, Bradley University 

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present a lecture, "Japanese Culture and the Geopolitics of East Asia," given by Aaron Hoover.  Aaron is also facilitating an OLLI study group this winter, "Nihon e Yokouso! (Welcome to Japan)."  

The Asia Pacific region has become increasingly important in world affairs and it is likely to become increasingly significant for various reasons.  The current political climate in the region appears to be turbulent, but perhaps we can use an alternative perspective to understand current events.  In particular, what is the Japanese perspective?  Aaron Hoover will provide a lecture on the sociocultural themes present in Japan, both historically and currently.  The lecture will be followed by an open discussion about current events in East Asia, with an interpretation utilizing the previously discussed social forces.

Aaron Hoover is a Bradley University alumnus ('14) who majored in international studies and religions studies, and minored in Asian studies.  After graduation, he moved to Japan for work and study.  His previous research experience relates to religion and culture in contemporary Japan, as well as contemporary international relations concerning Japan and China.  He will begin graduate work in East Asian studies next fall.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  

Super Brain Summit Welcomes OLLI

OLLI members are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Super Brain Summit on  February 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00  p.m. at Bradley's Hayden Clark Alumni Center.  This year's keynote speaker is leading psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Amen, M.D. who will discuss brain systems and how to optimize their impact on daily life.  He will also talk about the latest research on the effects of trauma on brain health.

Registrants have three options to participate: live on campus, online via live stream, or through the purchase of recorded sessions.  The in person fee for OLLI members, including lunch, is $210 for four sessions.  Individual sessions are available for $40.  CEUs (.6) will be awarded for the day.

To register, visit  bradley.edu/superbrainsummit

For information about registration, email  Debbie Devine in Continuing Education, or call  (309) 677-2820.

For more information about the program, email  Lori Russell-Chapin, or call  (309) 677-3186.

The deadline to register is  February 14, 2018.

SAT/ACT Review Classes

If you know a high school student who is preparing to take college admissions tests, be sure to tell him/her about Bradley's SAT/ACT Review to be offered in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on five consecutive Tuesday evenings February 6 through March 6.

Designed for high school students taking the tests for the first time, or for those wishing to improve a previous score, the classes will cover exam content, sharpen test-taking strategies, and help build confidence while also providing immediate feedback from experienced instructors.  As a bonus, participants will also receive guidance on the college admissions process and an optional tour of the Bradley campus.

The cost is $95 per student for the SAT or ACT review, or $99 for the combined review.  For more information and to register, visit  bradley.edu/SAT, or call Debbie in Continuing Education at  (309) 677-2820.

The deadline to register is  January 30.

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