OLLI News from Bradley University
May 1, 2018
OLLI Summer  Registration Begins May 2

Our Summer 2018 brochures hit post offices on April 23, so we hope you have received your copy and are excited about our offerings this season.  

Registration starts tomorrow (May 2).  Here are some important details:

To register in person, attend the OLLI Registration Social (formerly the Open House) on Wednesday, May 2 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms. Free round-trip shuttle service will be available from Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Avenue, beginning at 7:20 a.m.  On-campus parking is not available; if you park anywhere on campus, you will receive a ticket.

Please note: The Michel Student Center does not open until 7:30 a.m.  Doors to the upstairs ballroom will open at 8:00 a.m. for number distribution.  From 8:00 - 8:45 a.m., staff and volunteers will check your forms, answer questions, and discuss programming while you enjoy refreshments and meet new friends. Starting at 8:45 a.m., numbers will be called in order; forms received at the social will be processed that same day.

To register online, visit OLLI's webpage at bradley.edu/olli  to make your selections starting on Thursday,  May 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  

To register by telephone, please call (309) 677-3900 starting on Thursday, May 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  

To register by mail, please mail your completed form at any time (address is located on the form).  If you have not received a copy of the brochure via mail, you can view and download a copy on our webpage, bradley.edu/olli.  F orms will be queued in the order received and  processed once those from the Registration Social have been entered.

Experts to Co-Facilitate
Counting Backwards Study Group

Counting Backwards
Wednesdays, June 6 - June 27
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Oops!  We left two important facilitators out of a study group description in our brochure!

Our apologies to Dr. Beverley Ketel, MD, a retired local surgeon, and Dr. Steven Schrader, a practicing anesthesiologist and director of surgery at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, who will be co-facilitating with Tom Pilat, retired dean and biology professor from Illinois Central College, for  Counting Backward s.

The group will explore the phenomenon of anesthesia and its complexity while discussing the book, Counting Backwards.  Author Dr. Przybylo shares his experiences while treating infants, toddlers, teens and even a gorilla. Some stories are funny, others heartbreaking. We will all benefit from the insights he provides.
We plan to offer an optional field trip at OSF St. Francis for a behind-the-scenes tour of an operating room and anesthesiology equipment, including a visit with Dr. Schrader, who studied under the author and knew him well.
Find out more about this study group on page 5 of the Summer 2018 OLLI brochure .
Judy Gross:  A Winning Donor!

Congratulations to OLLI member Judy Gross, the winner of a new Bradley University hoodie!  

Judy was one of 39 people who turned in donations during the last three weeks of OLLI classes in April, and her name was randomly selected to win the prize.

Judy says the hoodie will come in handy when she and her husband attend BU basketball games later this year.  

Thank you for your donation, Judy!

Your Donations Make a Difference!

On April 30, two Bradley University students, junior early childhood major Liana Pavese and senior public relations major Kelly Wrobel, were awarded the OLLI Student Volunteer of the Year Award.  They are pictured above with OLLI President Cornell Carr and OLLI Past President Jennifer Bass, along with Tuck, a service dog being trained by Liana as part of her volunteer work with Paws Giving Independence.

OLLI annually awards $1,000 each to two students who exhibit exemplary volunteer service.  These awards are made possible through the generous donations from you, our OLLI members.   

If you haven't yet given this year (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018), please consider donating to OLLI.  It only takes a minute or two to do so when you use our secure online form.

Your donation, no matter the amount, helps build a sustainable OLLI and allows us to continue our valued connection to Bradley University students with these awards. 

Kelly and Liana will attend the Registration Social on May 2 to thank OLLI members for their donations and to discuss how they will use the awards.

Message From Your Curriculum Committee Chair

OLLI Curriculum Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W. Main, Peoria
Your ideas, please!  

OLLI members represent a unique network of people and organizations that help create our learning community's offerings.  A great opportunity for our members to provide their input and brainstorming is coming on May, 9 when the Curriculum Committee meets to wrap up Spring 2018 classes and brainstorm ideas for the Fall 2018 class lineup.

Please note the new location (with plenty of free parking)! 

This meeting is always an engaging, highly participative session with refreshments and wonderful conversation.  All OLLI members are invited and encouraged to suggest classes that you've always hoped would be considered or to encourage a repeat of a past offering. 
Keith Butterfield
Chair, Curriculum Committee
Registration begins May 9 for Glacier Express Trip!


Join OLLI in July 2020 for the travel event of the decade as we journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, culminating with a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play. 

Highlights of the trip include spectacular Alpine vistas; an unforgettable train ride through the Alps on the Glacier Express; a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant in Salzburg; Germany's Bavarian capital of Munich; and the world-renowned Passion Play, hosted by the quaint village of  Oberammergau.
Due to the immense worldwide popularity of the event, we must book our reservations two years in advance!
Registration will open on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, following a 1:00 p.m. informational meeting in the Marty Theater at Bradley University.   Reservations made after May 31 will be based on availability.

Registrations will be first come, first served UNLESS we receive more registrations on May 9 than spaces allocated, in which case we will hold a lottery.

A refundable deposit of $750 and non-refundable insurance payment of $500 are due at the time of registration; a discount of $50 off the final payment will be applied to any registrations submitted on May 9.  

Click here for more information, including pricing and trip details, or to receive information by mail, contact our office at (309) 677-3900.  

Arboretum Tour to Include Science and Scenery

Starhill Forest Arboretum

Starhill Forest Arboretum
Thursday, May 24
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Activity Level: 3

If you think you would enjoy visiting a scenic natural environment offering an expansive collection of plants, then you will not want to miss this learning trip to Starhill Forest Arboretum, 50 miles northwest of Springfield.  During our visit, we will enjoy this private arboretum and learn how it was established, discuss the scientific programs associated with the arboretum, and tour select areas.  Spaces are still available on this trip that offers  natural-appearing plants in the context of a living collection.

$39 - includes lunch, gratuities, guided tours, and shuttle transportation

Register online, or call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900

Enjoy OLLI Discount During May at Bradley Bookstore 

Upcoming OLLI Events 

May 2, 9 a.m.: Summer Registration Social in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
May 9, 16, and 30, 9 a.m.
: Curriculum Committee 
Meetings  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 9, 1 p.m.: Information/Registration Meeting for 2020 international trip: Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau in Michel Student Center Marty Theatre

Thank You for the WOW Recyclables!

OLLI members have nearly filled an office with much-needed recyclable items for World of Wonder (WOW), a summer camp coordinated by Continuing Education and designed for gifted and talented students.  

WOW teachers are coming up with creative activities to challenge campers' higher order thinking processes, and they have developed this list of recyclable supplies that will help them with their program.  We welcome the donation of any of these items:

- 2-liter bottles
- medium-sized plastic jars  
- shoeboxes
- cereal boxes
- rinsed soup cans 
- empty water bottles
- newspapers

If you are able to share any of the items on this list,  please bring them to  the Continuing Education building (corner of Main and University streets) any time between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Be sure to watch for updates to this list, as teachers are updating their requests weekly.  

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder 2018!

Hilltop Happenings
OLLI Members Invited to Participate in Jaw Pain Study

Do you suffer from JAW PAIN? Looking for relief? Now's your chance! Bradley University Physical Therapy Department is conducting a research study, in collaboration with Rock Valley Physical Therapy, to determine if manual physical therapy and education improve pain and dysfunction for those with jaw pain. The study includes four visits of hands-on physical therapy, exercise, and education on self management provided by a trained physical therapist. Individuals age 18-65 with jaw pain are able to participate! Eligible participants will be compensated. 

For more information, please contact Bre Reynolds, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT at (309) 677-3293,  or you can email Bre at bcreynolds@bradley.edu.
Beyond the Hilltop
Fine Arts Society Lecture - Edgar Miller 

Edgar Miller Woodwork
Edgar Miller: Chicago's Forgotten
Renaissance Man

Lecture by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy Project
Thursday, May 10
10:00 - 11:00  a.m. 
Peoria Riverfront Museum

The final lecture of the 2017-2018 season will explore the rich history of Chicago artist 
J. Edgar Miller (1899-1993) and his significant - even incredible - body of work. Miller was a designer, painter, craftsman, master woodcarver, and one of the nation's foremost stained glass designers. He could sculpt and draw haunting portraits, and he was considered a pioneer in the use of graphic art in advertising.  

Bleicher, Executive Director of the Edgar Miller Legacy Project, an organization dedicated to preserving Miller's art and history, will tell the compelling story of the man who was once called "the blond boy Michelangelo" and a "new luminary" by Architecture Magazine.

This program is provided by the Fine Arts Society of Peoria, founded in 1962 to offer lectures and other programs devoted to the exploration of the arts.  Tickets are available at the door:  Adults - $12 /  Students - $5
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