OLLI News from Bradley University

January 3, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

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

Jan. 17, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center room 203

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

New Bradley University Website

If you have visited Bradley University's main website over the holidays, you may have noticed that it has been updated to a new style for the new year!

For now, the OLLI website at www.bradley.edu/olli will remain unchanged.  On other pages of the new site, you can navigate by using the Tools in the top red ribbon, which looks like a grid.  Tools will give you access to the A-Z site index, Directory, and Campus Map.

Still Time to Register for Winter Classes!

It's not too late to sign up for Winter Classes next week on January 10 - 13.  Choose four different classes for $95, which also includes a Kickoff buffet lunch on Tuesday, warm drinks throughout the day every day, and snacks every morning and afternoon during class breaks.

To view a complete list of classes with their descriptions, time periods, and other details, please click here.

To register for Winter classes, please call 309-677-3900, or sign up online by clicking here.

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.

On Tuesday, 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.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

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Seeking Legacy Speech Volunteers

Laura Bruns, a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Bradley, is seeking OLLI volunteers to serve as subjects for her students' "Legacy Speeches" next semester. 

You will be paired with a student who will interview you and write a speech in your honor for their class assignment. This volunteer opportunity would only require that you let the student interview you in person or by phone during the month of February 2017. You will be invited to watch the classroom speech and will be given a copy of the speech to keep! 

If you are interested, please sign up by clicking here.

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Bon Appetit: A Celebration of Julia Child

Join OLLI in a study group featuring Julia Child this winter!  Register by January 9.

Bon Appetit: A Celebration of Julia Child
Monday, January 23 - February 27
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N Main St

Here's a chance to ring in 2017 in an OLLI study group about the life and  times of an American original, the incomparable Julia Child. We'll explore  her life from childhood to college to a stint with the OSS in China in World  War II where she met and married Paul Child. The role that Paul played in  Julia's success in American public television will be a special topic of  discussion in this group which still has a couple of seats waiting to be filled.   Call Bonnie at the OLLI Office (677-2523) before January 20 to learn and  laugh in the New Year.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, retired Social Science Professor at Illinois Central College and OLLI Cinema Committee Chair.

To register, call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system before January 20.

Click on the video to watch a clip of an interview with Stanley Tucci, who played Paul Child in Julia and Julia.
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.  

Click on this video link to watch a clip from CBS news that focuses on rising rates of drug addiction among Baby Boomers.

Beyond the Hilltop
Ken Zurski on The Wreck of the Columbia

The Wreck of the Columbia: 
A Broken Boat, a Town's Sorrow and the End of the Steamboat Era on the Illinois River
Lecture Featuring Author Ken Zurski
Thursday, January 5
6:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium
Cost: FREE!

On the night of July 5, 1918, a steamboat named Columbia, returning from a moonlight excursion, collapsed and sank in the middle of the Illinois River. Of the nearly 500 passengers on board that night, most were from the town of Pekin. Eighty-seven people lost their lives in the disaster. The rest were left to tell their stories of fortitude and survival. The worst maritime accident in the history of the Illinois River, the wreck of the Columbia is a mostly forgotten tragedy today.

Ken Zurski is a longtime broadcaster and author of The Wreck of the Columbia. A native of Chicagoland, where he was a radio personality for many years, Ken now works in Peoria and resides in Morton with his wife Connie and two children, Sam and Nora.

Both of Ken's books, The Wreck of the Columbia and Peoria Stories are part of the permanent collection at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Ken has a website of forgotten history stories:  www.unremberedhistory.com

More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000. 

"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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