OLLI News from Bradley University

January 31, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

February March April
Feb. 2, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Mar. 15, 12pm: Spring 2017 Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26: OLLI Spring Classes 
Feb. 3, 9am: Registration  for Road Scholar trip to Berkshires opens (call/walk-in only)

Don't Miss This Intriguing Spring Class

Do you have a nagging sports injury?  Do you have children or grandchildren who play sports and are concerned about injuries?

Steve Tippet, PT, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science at Bradley University with 34 years of practice as a Sports Clinical Specialist Consultant to the Bradley Sports Medicine staff, has volunteered to teach a course on " The Fan's Guide to Sports Injuries" (class #13).

This class, scheduled during the  10:30 a.m. period, will focus on common sports injuries sustained across the lifespan.  Pertinent anatomy, mechanism of injury, and treatment (surgical and non-surgical) will be discussed in easy to understand terms.

Be sure to register today to enjoy Dr. Tippet's intriguing class - please call the Continuing Education office at 677-3900 to sign up.
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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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OLLI Reads

Many  OLLI participants are using the  OLLI  Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

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

Contact Greg Peine at  gspeine@comcast.net with your suggestions for additions to the  OLLI  Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


Hilltop Happenings
Host of "Monster Fish" to Speak at Bradley

"Saving Imperiled Giant Freshwater Fish Around the World"
Presented by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" 
Saturday, April 1
1:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms (second floor), Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

The Center for STEM Education at Bradley invites you to a FREE presentation by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" television program.  Hogan leads the National Geographic Society's Megafishes Project, a multi-year effort to document the 20-some species of freshwater fish at least 6.5 feet in length or 220 pounds in weight.  Through the Megafishes Project, Hogan travels to the most endangered of these environments, striving to save critically endangered fish and the livelihood of people who share their habitats.  

Click here to view an informational flyer.  For additional information, contact the Center for STEM Education at 309-677-3001 or stemed@bradley.edu.

Be a Volunteer Judge at the Student Scholarship EXPO

The Student Scholarship Exposition at Bradley University is an annual celebration of the research, scholarship, and creative production of Bradley undergraduate and graduate students.  Students showcase and present their work to a judging team comprised of both Bradley faculty members and representatives from the surrounding community in hopes of receiving an EXPO Award for the best presentation of their work to  generalist audience.

In this 25th year, we expect to receive more student submissions than ever before.  Your contributions as an EXPO Judge will include listening to and assessing 3-5 brief student presentations as an informed generalist audience-- someone who has interest and a working knowledge of the students' topics, without necessarily being an expert in the field-- with a focus on the presentation and dissemination skills of the students.  

Your judging period would consist of a two-hour block on April 12th, between 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley.

For more information, please check out the following links:

A public viewing session will be held on April 13th, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.; all are invited to attend and support our students' work.

If you have any further questions, please email one of the following representatives from the Office of Sponsored Programs:
Sandra Shumaker, Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Email: sshumaker@bradley.edu
Luke Burton, Graduate Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs
Email: lsburton@mail.bradley.edu

Super Brain Summit

The Super Brain Summit, a one-day conference showcasing two internationally known  experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neurotherapy, will take place on March 3 at  Bradley University. Additionally, this year's event will focus on discussing and teaching  emotional and physiological self-regulation, so attendees can learn how to take charge  of their brains and bodies.

This conference, sponsored by Bradley's Center for Collaborative Brain Research, was  a popular event last year for scores of OLLI members. This year, the Summit will take  place at the Michel Student Center with options to participate real-time from your  computer or by watching recorded sessions at a later date. For more information or to  register, visit the Super Brain Summit website at bradley.edu/superbrainsummit or  contact Debbie Devine at devine@bradley.edu or call (309) 677-2820.

ACT and SAT Review Classes

Do you know a high school student who is preparing to take the SAT or ACT tests?

Make sure you tell them about the SAT - ACT review classes that  will be offered at Bradley on five consecutive Tuesdays  February 7 - March 7.

Designed for high school students taking the test for the first time, or for those hoping to improve a previous score, the review will help students sharpen their test-taking strategies and review comprehensive content in English, math, reading, and writing.

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

Documenting Latino Life in the Midwest

Documenting Latino Life in the Midwest
Presented by Dr. Elena Foulis
Monday, February 27
5:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Marty Theatre, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Dr. Elena Foulis will discuss how to use elements of oral history methodology to collect  historias  about Latinos/as in the U.S., how to reach out to traditionally underrepresented groups to collect and archive oral histories, and use digital storytelling and interactive cultural components to engage readers and provide context. 

The presentation is sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department and the Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee. The event is free and open to the public.

Beyond the Hilltop
Travel to Bosnia with the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a U.S. Department of Education-designated National Resource Center, is offering a 10-day program to Bosnia-Herzegovina for lifelong learners.  Participants will not only enjoy a high-quality travel and learning experience, but will also help the Center for Middle Eastern Studies provide more public programs.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Crossroads of History and Culture
March 17 - 28, 2017
Cost: $3,000 per person single occupancy; $2,800 per person double occupancy

Click here to view an informational flyer, or visit their website at  https://cmes.arizona.edu/outreach/community/bosnia2017 .
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