OLLI News from Bradley University
November 6, 2018  
Learn with OLLI this Winter 

Registration for OLLI Winter 2019 is open, so it's time to sign up for some events in January and February.

Interested in Classes?
On January 8 - 11, OLLI classes will convene in Bradley University's Michel Student Center.  Among the 35 classes that will be offered, you can choose four.

Ready to Dig In to Some Study Groups?
Between January 14 and February 28, OLLI is offering 13 different study groups.  Imagine all you can learn in just one month.    

Interested in a Road Trip?
Winter doesn't slow us down when it comes to traveling.  If you'd like, you can go on  21 trips with OLLI this winter!

Bottom Line?
Don't let winter keep you from learning with OLLI!  We'll be here.  Join us!
  • Questions?  Call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900
Curriculum Committee to Review  Fall, 
Plan Spring Classes

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, and 28
9:00 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St.

Here's a message from OLLI's Spring, Fall Curriculum Chair, Keith Butterfield:

We're quickly transitioning from fall to winter and to more days ahead of Jack or Josephine Frost nipping at our noses.  In other words, it's a perfect time to join the seasonal glow of attendance at OLLI's November curriculum meetings! 

Each of our dedicated volunteers - like you - brings a unique personal network of people and organizations that can help create the activities that OLLI offers its members.  And with 44 spring classes to plan across a spectrum of topics, we need your help in creating another diverse and engaging lineup! 

At our first session on Wednesday, November 7, we'll conduct a short review of the 2018 fall classes, followed by a creative brainstorming session for 2019 spring classes. 

Then at our meetings on November 14 and 28, we'll follow up with additional planning.  In all cases, parking and scones (or other delectables) will be plentiful.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Hoping to see you there! 

Keith  Butterfield
OLLI Spring, Fall Curriculum Chair
(309) 634-9897

  Study Group Chair 
Has "Loved OLLI from the Start"

"The best thing to happen to me since joining OLLI has been making new friends and renewing old friendships, as well as the intellectual stimulation from participating in and leading study groups."  

Find out why OLLI study group chair, Gary Nelson, enjoys OLLI and how its welcoming members keep him involved.  Read more about Gary Nelson.

Enjoy Viewing and Discussion of Timeless Film

The Graduate
Friday, November 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.

Join us in viewing this romantic comedy-drama on the Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen!  Both humorous and satirical, The Graduate depicts not only the "generation gap"
of the late sixties, but also that generation's angst and disillusionment of life after college, a theme as prevalent today as it was fifty years ago. Gary Nelson, OLLI study group chair and avid movie buff, will lead a pre-film discussion on how the films from 1967, including The Graduate, changed the film industry.

OLLI is partnering with AARP, the Encore program at the Hult Center for Healthy Living, Senior Care Network, and the Fondulac Park District to present this special program.

$5 - includes moderated discussion, film screening, popcorn, and soda. Transportation not provided - meet us there!

For more information, contact  Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  You may also  register online .  
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
What should I do if the weather is questionable for an OLLI event?  Do you have some guidelines on what to do when the forecast or conditions are iffy?   

Go?  No Go?

Dear Go?  No Go?
Thanks for asking about our weather policy.  Our answer has two parts.

First, OLLI events are cancelled only when Bradley University closes due to inclement weather.  You can find out if Bradley is closed by checking your local radio and television stations.   They faithfully report weather-related closings and cancellations in our area.

Second, do what is best for you.  If the weather conditions make you uncomfortable about participating in the day's OLLI event, follow your instincts.  We want you to enjoy your time with OLLI!

OLLI Insider   is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu .
New Book Features  OLLI Life Story Writers 

We are to excited to share the news that a recently released book features 46 stories written by OLLI members.  

Then Again, How to Write the Story of Your Life, is a how-to book that offers suggestions for getting your story started - with ease.
Highlighting the book are life  stories written and contributed by members of OLLI's life story writing study groups led by Carla Rich Montez, who also wrote the book.  According to Carla, "their stories are the real stars of the book."

Then Again, How to Write the Story of Your Life, is available for purchase on Amazon.com  Carla is the Marketing Director in Continuing Education. 

Goodwill Commons, OLLI Study Group Site, Seeks Volunteers for Computer Lab

Goodwill Commons is seeking volunteers to assist users who visit its computer lab at its War Memorial Drive facility.  Interested volunteers will help visitors at Goodwill's Open Lab every other Wednesday, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

Among the skills required are: proficiency in Windows 10, helping participants become more comfortable using Internet browsers, answering basic computer questions, and more.  For more information, call Samantha Kinsey, Program Manager at Goodwill at (309) 682-1113 (extension 2118).

Upcoming OLLI Events

Nov. 7, 9:00 a.m. Fall 2018 Class Wrap-Up, Spring Class Brainstorming Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Dec 24 - 31, Bradley University Offices Closed
Nov. 7, 14, 28, 9:00 a.m.Curriculum Committee Meetings , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Happy Holidays
Nov 21, noon - 5:00 p.m., Bradley University Offices Closed

Nov 22, Thanksgiving, Bradley University Offices Closed

Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m.,  Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks Trip Informational Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center

  Hilltop Happenings
Make-a-Wish Founder to Speak, Receive Honor
at Bradley Entrepreneurship Program

Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker, Frank Shankwitz
Tuesday, November 6
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion

The Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host speaker  Frank Shankwitz, the founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Shankwitz will share the startup challenges he faced while building one of the world's most beloved social ventures. Bradley President Gary Roberts will also present him with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The event, which is part of the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series,  is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Turner Center at (309) 677-1700.   

Ambassador to Address Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis:  A Way Forward with Cohort 2030
Thursday, November 15
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Global Communications Center, Room 126

Exploring the multi-faceted issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery from the global to the local levels, the student-led International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign will host a lecture by U.N. Ambassador Sarah Mendelson.

Mendelson is the Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.  She served as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations, lead its program on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs, oversaw campaigns to get country-specific resolutions passed in the General Assembly and to get NGOs, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, accredited to the U.N.    She also led efforts to elevate the issue of combating human trafficking and was senior lead for the President's Summit on Refugees. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of over 70 scholarly and public policy publications, Mendelson will speak on the issue of human trafficking as a human rights crisis.

The program is free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Institute for International Studies at Bradley University, (309) 677-2450.
  Beyond the Hilltop

Authors to Speak at Chillicothe Public Library

Meet writers and hear about their works at these author presentations in November.

On Wednesday,  November 7 at 4:00 p.m., Chistina Uss will talk about her first middle-grade novel, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle.   Released to stellar reviews in June, it is the quirky story of a determined twelve-year-old who rides her bike from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco in search of her first true friend.   Uss is a bike rider and a bike writer: she has ridden across the United States twice (lengthwise and widthwise), and writes about bicycling for magazines and newspapers. 

Author Tim Pletkovich will talk about his book, Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame: Stories of the Great Depression, WWII, and the Fighting Irish, on Thursday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. and on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.  The book is about Gerald Ambrose O' Reilly, whose life was often interwoven with people from national celebrity.  Pletkovich will read excerpts from the book and may even play a round of "Jeopardy" with the audience. 

On Wednesday, November 28Pletkovich will return for an author signing. He'll be at Chillicothe Public Library all day, signing copies of his two books, Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II and Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame
All these author events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719, or visit chillipld.org

Fine Arts Society to Present Lecture 
on Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges: The Experiment in the Ozarks
Thursday, November 8
10:00 a.m. (social time 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington

In 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors in the heart of the Ozarks, squarely in what many would call flyover country.  In the years since, the museum has welcomed millions of visitors and presented a unique program of exhibitions and experiences.  In this lecture, Alejo Benedetti, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will explore a few of the museum's landmark projects and offer a peek into what is on the horizon.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students    For more information, visit the Fine Arts Society website, or call (309) 692-1858.  

Photo credit:   Adair Creative, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum

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