OLLI News from Bradley University
August 7, 2018
Trivia Night Quickly Approaching - Register Today!

4th Annual OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser 
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Kickapoo Creek Winery

OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser is an annual event that combines fun, friends, and a friendly battle of the wits.  We'd love to see you at this year's event on August 24 at Kickapoo Creek Winery!

This year's theme  is "The Sixties - 50 Years Later," so plan to wear something groovy.  Or if you prefer, bring funky items to adorn your tables!  Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team and best decorated table.  Prizes will also be awarded to the top-scoring team ... and the lowest-scoring team!

Our evening will feature eight rounds of questions in nine categories, plus you'll have the chance to purchase "brain power" from Bradley students who will assist your table with answers.  As always, hosts Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton, from WMBD radio, will emcee the evening that will also feature plentiful hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a cash bar.

Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.   Individual registrations are $45 per seat, or purchase a table for your team of 8 for $360.   If you don't have a team, don't worry, we'll place you on one! 

Join OLLI on a Trip to Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fair Oaks, Indiana
Level 2 Learning Trip

What produces four million glasses of milk each day, delivers 80 babies, and is 36,000 members strong?  The Fair Oaks Farms dairy herd!

On our daylong agricultural adventure to Indiana, we'll have the opportunity to see all things milk cows including the birthing barn, the nursery, and the milking parlor.  If we're lucky, we may even witness the arrival of a new calf!  We'll also get some pork education as we visit the farrowing barn to watch piglets being born before touring the facility where growing up (for piglets) begins. 

In total, our visit will offer experiences that allow us to witness and learn what's happening on this 25,000 acre working farm in northwest Indiana.

$119 - includes admissions, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.  

Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.
Looking to Volunteer?  OLLI Parking Coordinators Needed 

If you have taken the shuttle from either Shea or Westminster, you have been met there by welcoming volunteers to help you with parking.
If you like to join our team of parking coordinators (and wear  a neon parking vest), we'd love to have your help!

Parking Coordinator Duties
  • Arrive at Shea Stadium lot or Westminster lot at 7:15 a.m. on class days (and at 10:15 on luncheon day) 
  • Place directional signs
  • Greet arriving OLLI members
  • Direct cars to parking spaces
  • Return to lots, via shuttles, at end of class day (or end of luncheon) to facilitate members' departure
Let us know if this "job" describes you!  Contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900, and we will make sure the OLLI vice president knows you're available to serve as a Parking Coordinator .  
2018 Fall Class #27 Cancelled

We regret to announce that the class  "How to Listen to Music" (Class #27 from  12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ) is cancelled for Fall 2018.  The instructor, David Commanday, is unavailable due to a change in his professional schedule. 

If you had planned to take this class, please select a replacement class for the 12:30  time slot.  In the meantime, we look forward to the maestro's return to OLLI in late 2019 or early 2020. 

Upcoming OLLI Events

Aug 15 and Aug 22, 9:00 a.m.,
Curriculum Committee Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Sept 5, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee MeetingPeoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 24, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.,  OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser Kickapoo Creek Winery, 6605 N. Smith Road, Edwards
Sept 5, 1:30 - 3:30  p.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 30, 1:30 p.m., Informational Meeting for Music Cities Trip, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Sept 20, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Sept 26, 12:00 p.m., OLLI Kick-Off LuncheonBradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms

   Hilltop Happenings

NASA, Bradley Pick Winners 
of 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

NASA and partner Bradley University have selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of the 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge Competition. Using specialized software, w inning teams created digital representations of a deep space habitat consisting of mission recycled materials and local indigenous materials.

Eighteen teams, from all over the world, submitted projects that were reviewed by a panel of judges.  The five winning teams will split a $100,000 cash award.

The NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, begun in 2014, is part of NASA's Centennial Challenges program celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight.   In the next phase of the competition, the winning teams will build a one-third scale printed habitat set to be completed by spring, 2019.

Read more about the top five teams and their designs.  
  Beyond the Hilltop
Great American Read Programs Continue at PPL

Monsters vs. Villains
Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library (PPL) North Branch
In literature, not all monsters are the bad guys.  Using examples from books on The Great American Read list, Colleen Karn will illustrate how monsters aren't always the villains, and that often human beings are the villains.  Our presenter, Colleen Karn, is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Methodist College.  Her scholarship focuses on the cultural use of monsters.

Programming for The Great American Read  is offered as part of a grant from the  American Library Association and PBS.   For more information, contact the Peoria Public Library
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