OLLI News from Bradley University
March 27, 2018
Notable OLLI Dates

April May
Apr. 4, 11, 18, & 25: Spring 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
May 2, 9am: Summer 2018 Registration Social in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 10, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 9, 16, & 30, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meetings at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Apr. 13 & 27, 9am: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 9, 1pm: Informational/Registration Meeting for 2020 international trip: Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau in Michel Student Center Marty Theatre
Last Chance to Register for Spring Classes!

OLLI spring classes begin next week, but don't worry-- there's still time to sign up this week.  

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, on Bradley's campus.   You can take four different classes, selected from a wide variety of topics and fields of interest!

The class fee of $99 also includes plentiful snacks on class days, complimentary shuttle service from two spacious parking lots near campus, and a seat at the Spring Kickoff Luncheon  on Wednesday, March 14, at 12:00 p.m.  

Register today by clicking here to visit our online registration site, or by calling our office at (309) 677-3900.  We can't wait to see you in April!

2018 Spring Pop-Up Study Groups -- Register Now!

Study groups offer the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth with like-minded peers. You  may work independently outside the group; you may lead the group; or anything in between.  Study groups are your connection to studying what you most enjoy with people who share your  enthusiasm. The groups meet at convenient locations throughout our community.

Register for these groups now by clicking here to utilize our online registration site or by calling our office at (309) 677-3900!

Will It Play in Peoria - Behind the Camera
Mondays, April 30 - May 21
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Kidder Music, 7728 N. Crestline Drive, Peoria
Minimum 12 participants; register by Monday, April 16
Learn about areas of film making (on a 1940s piece) and then how to apply that knowledge and those skills by being a part of one of the crews during the filming of "Real Prayers Are Said In German" to be shot in the Peoria area.  Explore independent vs. studio projects and get an inside look into the business of filmmaking.  Learn about the stages of Development, (idea or story concept to screenplay).  Learn the duties of Production designer, Properties, Set Design,
Wardrobe, Creating costume, hair and make-up plots, and Art/Set Decoration.  

$45 - facilitated by Ann Hagemann, creator and producer of "Real Prayers Are Said in German, a live action family film project.  She studied music and theatre at Edgecliff, AADA and Actors Center of Chicago and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA.  Ryan Juszkiewicz, producer and director of photography on many films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and industrials across the US.  He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Film & Video Production, lighting, cinematography and Film History.  (New facilitator/new group)

Neurocounseling: The Therapeutic Power Behind Neuroscience Findings
Mondays and Tuesdays, May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29
4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Hall Room 306, Bradley University
No minimum; register by Tuesday, May 1
Join Dr. Russell-Chapin and her Bradley University students for this joint graduate school class/OLLI study group on neurocounseling. New technologies have upended long-held notions of the brain's ability to grow and change and are allowing us to peer into the brain's structure and function. Mental health counselors are harnessing these discoveries into interventions such as mindfulness, meditation, neurotherapy, and neurofeedback. These strategies will be demonstrated, discussed, and practiced. This is Bradley course ENC 608 - Brain-Based Counseling Interventions. Participants are requested to purchase or rent Neurocounseling: Brain-Based Clinical Approaches (ISBN 9781556203640) from the Bradley Bookstore or online retailers.

$45 - facilitated by Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, nationally recognized leader on neurocounseling and professor, Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits, and Counseling at Bradley University. (Returning facilitator/new group)
OLLI Staffing Update

Please join us in congratulating Elly Peterson on her new position as Graduate Program Coordinator in the Foster College of Business. We are sad to see Elly leave Continuing Education, where she started as a student worker in her college years, and where she returned to work full-time in 2014. A year later, she was promoted to Program Coordinator, with responsibilities for OLLI and World of Wonder. Elly will still be just around the corner and part of the Bradley family. Good luck, Elly!

Bonnie Davis is recovering from surgery to repair a broken wrist. We wish her a speedy recovery. We will miss her smiling face on the first day of OLLI classes, but we hope she will be back with us soon.

Save the Date for the Travel Event of the Decade!

Alpine Explorer, Glacier Express Train, and Oberammergau: July 14 - 25, 2020

Join OLLI in 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. To receive information by mail, including pricing and trip details, contact our office at (309) 677-3900.  

Seats Still Available on This New Learning Trip

Don't miss your chance to go behind-the-scenes at local business Prairie Home Alliance!  Limited seats are still available.

Prairie Home Alliance
Monday, April 23
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the Prairie Home Alliance showroom in Washington, where home improvement companies from across the state have joined forces to provide homeowners with quality products and services. Starting with Peoria Siding and Window in 1992, Prairie Home Alliance has since acquired a well-rounded group of home improvement businesses, including Woodfront Kitchens, B Dry Basement Systems, Custom Bath Solutions, and more. During our visit, we'll learn how Prairie Home Alliance provides management and administration for member companies, and tour the showroom where customers experience samples of the numerous options available for home improvement.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register call 677-3900 or click here to use our online registration system.
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Hilltop Happenings
Working Together in Congress

Working Together in Congress
Wednesday, March 28
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Professional Development Center - Room 116 Westlake Hall, Bradley University

Please come hear Congressman Darin LaHood, a Republican representing the 18th District in Illinois, and Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat representing the 8th District in Illinois, speak about bipartisanship and current issues facing the U.S. Congress.  There will be an opportunity to submit questions.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and The Dirksen Congressional Center.

STEM Day Events on April 14

The Bradley University Center for STEM Education, Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Peoria Astronomical Society will host a variety of events on Saturday, April 14th, for STEM Day!  

Activities include a rocket-building workshop for kids at Bradley, a special planetarium program at the Riverfront Museum, nighttime star-gazing with the Peoria Astronomical Society, and the featured Frontiers in STEM Education Presentation, described below.  Click here to view a full listing of events and locations!

The Mission to Mars: NASA and Future Human Exploration of the Solar System
Presented by Bryan Palaszewski, Research Scientist at NASA's Stennis Space Center
Saturday, April 14
1:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms, Bradley University

Mr. Bryan Palaszewski from NASA's Stennis Space Center will speak about NASA's past and current plans to send humans to the planet Mars, various possible space propulsion systems that could get us there, what it will be like to live on Mars, potential colonization plans, and more.  This presentation is free and open to the public; contact the Center for STEM Education for more information at (309) 677-3001 or stemed@bradley.edu.

Beyond the Hilltop
International Trivia Challenge

International Trivia Challenge 
Hosted by Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Sunday, April 8
2:00 p.m.
Itoo Banquet Hall, 4909 W Farmington Road, Peoria 

Join the Peoria Area World Affairs Council for a fun afternoon of trivia, food, and fundraising at the annual International Trivia Challenge on Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.  This event is full of news, pop culture, and general knowledge from around the world, and teams of eight work together earn bragging rights!

The cost is $20 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres and snacks.  There will be gift certificates and other prizes in a silent auction, and the cash bar will feature special international drinks for the day!

More information and registration materials are available at www.pawac.org, or call Angela Weck at (309) 645-2580.

Get your game on!

All Castles, No Hassles: Planning a Stress-Free UK Holiday

All Castles, No Hassles: Planning a Stress-Free UK Holiday
Sunday, April 15
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria

Join Anglophile and former United Kingdom (UK) resident Claire Evans for a lively discussion about everything you've always wanted to know about planning travel to the UK.  She'll give tips on transportation, destinations, everyday living, food, accommodation, and culture.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Reserve your spot by calling (309) 497-2143.

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