OLLI News from Bradley University
October 31, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

November December January
Nov. 1, 9am: Winter 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 8, 1:30pm: Portugal and Spain Informational Meeting at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Nov. 8, 15, & 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

Jan. 9-12: Winter 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center

Jan. 16, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

Jan. 17, 9am: Spring 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 24, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
From all of us at Continuing Education, we wish you a fun-filled Halloween!
Register for Winter Programming This Week

Tomorrow is the beginning of registration for Winter 2018 OLLI events, starting with the Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms at 9:00 a.m.

If you would like to view the brochure online, it is available now in PDF format: Winter 2018 Brochure

Choose your way to register:

Open House  - attend Wednesday, November 1, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms.  Doors open and queue numbers distributed at 8:45 a.m.  Shuttle service from Westminster Church on Moss Avenue begins at 7:45 a.m.  Enjoy snacks and refreshments, meet new friends, or simply drop off your form for processing.  Forms received at the Open House will be processed November 1.

Online  - visit OLLI's webpage (bradley.edu/olli) to make your selections starting on Thursday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Mail  - you may mail your form at any time; forms will be queued by postmark date and processed on Thursday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Telephone - if you would like to speak with a staff member about your registration, please call (309) 677-3900 on Thursday, November 2 after 12:00 p.m.

OLLI Endowment Update

As OLLI continues its annual fundraising drive (our fundraising year starts on June 1 and ends on May 31), we want to help our members understand why we ask for donations.

Nearly six years ago, we were asked by The Bernard Osher Foundation to develop a robust fundraising plan to promote our program's sustainability. The creation of an ongoing culture of giving was essential, and we have done just that: OLLI members have donated an incredible $365,000, and our donor levels have reached an all-time high of 40% of our membership!

But what about the endowment? Here are some facts about those funds:

* Each $1 million endowment (the first was received in 2010, and the second was received in 2014) from The Bernard Osher Foundation was invested by Bradley University.

* OLLI receives 5% of the value of the fund each year (an average of $108,411 annually since 2014)

* That revenue is used to fund the salaries and fringe benefits of Continuing Education's Program Director, Program Coordinator, and Associate Director.

The fundraising money is used for expenses that go above and beyond our class, study group, and learning trip fees. With donations, we have purchased and maintained our shuttles, funded two annual student volunteer awards, sponsored campus lectures and cinema programs at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, purchased audio-visual equipment and services, kept a savings account for future programming, and set aside $100,000 for audio-visual improvements to the Michel Student Center ballrooms.

This year's campaign (which ends May 31, 2018) focuses on raising our overall donor rate to 50% and raising $50,000 to fund the ongoing expenses (shuttle, awards, sponsored programs, and AV) and to develop new programming that will allow more people to enjoy the OLLI experience.

We thank all of our donors for their generosity, and hope that others will consider making a gift to our lifelong learning community. Don't forget, we have an anonymous donor who has pledged to MATCH all donations up to $25,000 ... whether you give a little or a lot, your donation is important!

To give to OLLI, please visit our fundraising page at Bradley.edu/olli/giving.

2017 OLLI Service Pins Awarded

Earlier this month, OLLI service pins were delivered to volunteers who, based upon member nominations and selection by the Executive Committee, were honored with the award.  These volunteers have contributed greatly to our learning community and we truly appreciate their time and energy.  The following people join the 245 other volunteers who have been previously honored:

Laurie Bailey
Pat Sullivan
John Williams
Ken Zurski
Mike Haughney
Ann Schmidt
Greg Batton
Diane Hahn
Barb Drake
Col. William Robertson
John Dust
Dan DiOrio
Greg Guzman
Paul Buck
Calista Reed

We owe a great deal of thanks to all of our volunteers - you make our program one of the best OLLIs in the nation!

Portugal and Spain Informational Meeting

On page 12 of the 2018 Winter OLLI brochure, there is an announcement about an informational meeting for our upcoming trip to Portugal and Spain.  Unfortunately, we forgot to include a checkbox on our registration page to RSVP for the meeting on January 8.  

If you plan to register at the November 1 open house, please make a note on page 19 of your form so we can note your interest in the trip and the meeting.  If you have already sent in your form via mail (or plan to register online) and are interested in attending the meeting, please call our office on Thursday, November 2 after 12:00 p.m. so we can add you to the list.  We apologize for any inconvenience!

Take These Trips in November

Limited spaces are still available on these local learning trips, so register today!  Click here to sign up online, or call Gwen at (309) 677-3900.

FOLEPI Floatmaking (Activity Level 2)
Friday, November 10
9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join OLLI for a unique behind-the-scenes look at the East Peoria Festival of Lights parade.  You'll have the chance to see the "Folepi Construction Company" and some of its staff: a merry band of volunteers who design and build the floats.  During our tour, we'll meet some volunteers who work year-round designing, welding, and maintaining the floats (and their 500,000 lights) and learn how the floats evolve from concept to reality.  Chamber of Commerce Director Rick Swan will also join us to discuss the latest commercial developments throughout the city of East Peoria.  
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

OSF Rehabilitation Services (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, November 16
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
We will tour the Sheridan Avenue location and learn more about OSF's occupational and physical therapy programs and the Adaptive Driving School (a driving evaluation and training program).  We will learn about other programs offered by OSF Rehabilitation Services and gain insight into how therapy works to reduce fall risk and how exercise can slow and prevent many aging processes.  With 17 clinic locations, OSF Rehabilitation Services continues to expand and be a prominent leader in the healthcare industry.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Grand View Alzheimer's Special Care Center (Activity Level 2)
Friday, November 17
9:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Grand View Alzheimer's Special Care Center is one of the newest assisted living care facilities in our community.  During our tour, we'll learn how the staff approaches memory care and dementia while incorporating each resident's life story, interests, and preferences into a unique support plan.  Our tour will also include information about how residents can choose between long-term assisted living arrangements and short-term respite care, the different forms of dementia, and what to do when a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation
Attend a Special Performance by 
OLLI's Readers' Theatre Group!

Thursday, November 2, 2017
5:00 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
2400 W. Northmoor Road, Peoria
FREE - registration required by noon today

This fall, OLLI offered our second Readers' Theatre Study Group. Under the direction of Dr. Bettsey Barhorst, nine study group participants have met over six weeks and rehearsed a stage adaption of poetry written by inmates of the Douglas County Jail in Lawrence, Kansas.  For more than fifteen years, inmates at that jail have participated in a weekly poetry writing class where they share powerful and moving words that provide a glimpse into their lives and issues that touch us all, such as family, loneliness, love, longing, and self-doubt. Their poetry has been published in an anthology titled Douglas County Jail Blues .   Please note that the original language of the poems has been left as-is for the performance, and contains a small number of strong words.

The OLLI Study Group Committee invites OLLI members and their guests to a special performance of Prose & Cons  on  Thursday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.  at United Presbyterian Church Sanctuary,  2400 W. Northmoor Road, Peoria .  Please note that if the construction on Northmoor Road is still going on at that time, you will need to access the church via Allen Road.

The performance will feature the following OLLI members: Elaine and Gary Clark, Dottie Drake, Lynn Furness, Kathleen Kowal, Tom Malone, Calista Reed, Lucretia Sturges, and Jim Wilhelm.  It will include music by Bob Drake.  

Following the 45 minute performance, the director and cast will be available for discussion about the play and their learning experience.  

The event is free to OLLI members and their guests, but please RSVP by calling the Continuing Education office at 677-3900 by  noon  on  Tuesday, October 31.

Book Drive Results

Thank you to the OLLI members who donated books to the Bradley University Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service's "Fall in Love with Reading" book drive for Trewyn School. 
OLLI members donated 1,093 books, representing 40% of all donations!

The books will be used to enhance the school's library and provide the students with the resources needed to succeed in school and in life.   Thank you again!

Hilltop Happenings
Emergence Features Bradley University Artists

The Department of Art is proud to announce that twenty-four artists exhibiting in Peoria Riverfront Museum's Exhibition Emergence are connected with the Bradley University Department of Art, either as a faculty member (including adjunct), former faculty member, current student, or alumni. Once again, this demonstrates the tremendous impact of our department's collaborations and our influence within the arts community, locally, regionally and nationally.

Click here to learn more about the artists from Bradley University featured in the exhibit.
Symposium on Restoring America's Democracy

Restoring America's Democracy: Inspiring a New Generation of Civic Engagement
Friday, November 10
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

OLLI members are invited to attend the symposium "Restoring America's Democracy: Inspiring a New Generation of Civic Engagement" on Friday, November 10, on the third floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  Sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center in partnership with the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, a variety of speakers will discuss topics related to civic engagement on local and national levels.  Featured speakers will include Congressman Darin LaHood, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, State Representative Mike Unes, and more.

To view a complete listing of speakers and topics, click here.

This event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested.  Please call (309) 677-2820 to register over the phone, or click here to register online.
Tunnel of Oppression

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley University will host its annual Tunnel of Oppression event November 7, 8, and 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-media, interactive, guided tour that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.  It is designed to introduce people to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power by guiding them through a series of "tunnels" designed by people in certain marginalized populations.

Nearly 1,000 participants attend each year.  The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required at Bradley.edu/diversity
Midwest Women Artists Symposium

4th Biennial Midwest Women Artists Symposium
Transforming Midwest Culture and Society: Women Artists, 1960s to 1980s
November 2 and 3
Bradley University campus
Cost: FREE

The Art Department of Bradley University and the Illinois Women Artists Project (IWA) are organizing the fourth biennial Midwest Women Artists Symposium to be held on the Bradley University campus.  The event is co-sponsored by the University's Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee and the Women's & Gender Studies Program.

This interdisciplinary symposium will explore the art, life experiences, and legacies of Midwest women artists working from the 1960s into the 1980s.  Anyone interested in the women of those decades and their connection to today's artists and to the future of women in the arts will want to attend.

Join historians, artists, writers, students, collectors, and instructors for conversations and presentations.

For more information about the symposium, visit the IWA website:

Advance registration is required.  Register online by clicking here, or contact Kristan H. McKinsey, Director of Illinois Women Artists Project, at kmckinsey@fsmail.bradley.edu or call (309) 677-2860.

3rd Annual  Charley Steiner Symposium on 
Sports Communication

Some big names in sports communication will gather at Bradley University for the 3rd annual Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication on Tuesday, November 7.
The event's namesake, Charley  Steiner ( four-time Emmy Award winner, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, LA Dodgers play-by-play announcer, and Bradley alumnus) will headline the event.  Participants include  Larry King, Matt Savoie (Bradley alumnus, Olympian and  former competitive figure skater)  and Rick Telander ( senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times)  and many more .  

The program includes multiple sessions  covering topics of The Rise and Fall of ESPN, New Media Challenges and Opportunities, Perspectives of the Olympics and Paralympics, and others.  All are  open to the public.
For more information and to view the full symposium schedule, click here.
To view a flyer for the event, click here.

Beyond the Hilltop
Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder in Delavan

"Road to the Little House"
Sunday, November 5
2:00 p.m.
1st United Methodist Church, 417 S Locust St, Delavan
Cost: FREE

First Impressions, the Delavan Women's Club, and the Ayer Public Library proudly present Jessica Michna as Laura Ingalls Wilder as she presents "Road to the Little House."

Generations of Children worldwide have been fascinated by the stories and books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Her "Little House" series was the basis for a successful television series.  But how did her life really evolve?  What motivated her to put her experiences to paper?  In this new First Impressions presentation by Jessica Michna you will meet Mrs. Wilder, older, wiser, and reflecting back on her life.  She will tell you her life story and how she came to produce her literary works.
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