OLLI News from Bradley University

December 20, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

December January
Dec. 23 - Jan. 2: Continuing Education Office closed 
Jan. 3: Continuing Education Office re-opens

Jan. 10-13: OLLI Winter Classes in the Michel Student Center

Jan. 18, 9am: Spring 2017 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Happy Holidays from Continuing Education

The Continuing Education staff (and Kaboom!) wish you and your family a wonderful, happy holiday season!

Please note that our office will be closed Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2, 2017.  Our online registration site for Winter Classes, Study Groups, Trips, and Cinema will remain open, and we will return all phone and email messages on Tuesday, January 3.  

Winter Class Reminders

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, it will be time to relax, learn something new, and stay warm with OLLI at Winter Classes!

Winter Classes will be held on Tuesday - Friday, January 10 - 13, 2017, in the Michel Student Center.  You can take four different classes for $95, which also includes a Kickoff buffet lunch on Tuesday, warm drinks throughout the day every day, and snacks every morning and afternoon during class breaks.  

Parking on campus will be available during classes, so please feel free to park in any of the blue- or white-lined spaces near the Michel Student Center.   Click here to view a map of campus.

To view a complete list of classes with their descriptions, time periods, and other details, please click here.

To register for Winter classes, please call 309-677-3900 or sign up online by clicking here.
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Seeking Legacy Speech Volunteers

Laura Bruns, a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Bradley, is seeking OLLI volunteers to serve as subjects for her students' "Legacy Speeches" next semester. 

You will be paired with a student who will interview you and write a speech in your honor for their class assignment. This volunteer opportunity would only require that you let the student interview you in person or by phone during the month of February 2017. You will be invited to watch the classroom speech and will be given a copy of the speech to keep! 

If you are interested, please sign up by clicking here.

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Bon Appetit: A Celebration of Julia Child

Join OLLI in a study group featuring Julia Child this winter!  Register by January 9.

Bon Appetit: A Celebration of Julia Child
Monday, January 23 - February 27
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N Main St

In the upcoming 2017 Winter Session,  OLLI members can have loads of fun and laughter as they learn about the life and loves of an American television pioneer,  Julia Child.  After growing up in a well-to-do family, Child went on to Smith College and then served with the  OSS (forerunner to the CIA) where she met her husband, Paul.   After the war they moved to Paris and in the search for something worthwhile to do,  she decided to attend cooking school.  After finishing her culinary classes, she went on to change the way that ordinary Americans think about food and eating.  Now when there is an entire television channel devoted to food, we'll look back at how Child singlehandedly paved the way for people like Emeril Lagasse and Jacques Pepin and all the other Food Network personalities.   

Our discussion will focus on a remarkable person and free spirit who gave us so many good times.  You don't have to like to cook to enjoy learning about Child. And OLLI guys,  you can learn about the man behind Julia Child's fame, too.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, retired Social Science Professor at Illinois Central College and OLLI Cinema Committee Chair.

To register, call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system.

Click on the video to watch a clip of Julia Child preparing a souffle and entree exactly the way her friend requested-- burned to a crisp!
No, Not in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis

Join this study group to take part in the important discussion surrounding the recent spike in opiate use in Peoria.

No, Not in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis
Tuesdays, January 24 - February 28
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N Main St, Peoria

During the last few months, OLLI participants have learned, through national and local  media, about the issue of opiate abuse in the United States, Illinois and Peoria. In  reaction to our local situation, Mayor Jim Ardis has organized a committee of  professionals and citizens to address the opiate crisis in the River City and surrounding  communities.  While OLLI members may think that the abuse issue mainly  impacts teenagers, young adults, and the middle-aged, data suggests that it is an  important health problem among seniors.  According to the Hazelden Betty Ford  Foundation website, the incidence of addiction in older adults is rising, due to greater  access to prescription drugs for the treatment of physical and emotional pain as well as  a decreased ability to metabolize dosage levels that were tolerated in younger  years.  Join professionals and citizens who battle daily against drug abuse in "Not  in Our Town: Peoria's Opiate Crisis."   Using film  and participant discussion, we'll explore this important health issue.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, retired Social Science Professor at Illinois Central College and OLLI Cinema Committee chair, and Roberta Koscielski, Assistant Director, Peoria Public Library and member of the Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin. 

To register, please call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system.  

Click on this video link to watch a clip from CBS news that focuses on rising rates of drug addiction among Baby Boomers.

Hilltop Happenings
Travel to Europe with WCBU

WCBU, Peoria Public Radio is excited to announce its station-sponsored trip to Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland April 20-29, 2017. The trip will depart from Bradley University and will visit Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital. The group will also enjoy an excursion to see Lake Bled and the surrounding area. From there, the group will enjoy two nights in Verona, visiting this artful center, along with Milan, the fashion capital. Then, the group will head north to the Italian Lake District and spend three nights in picturesque Lake Como. On the final day, there will be a one-day trip to St. Moritz, Switzerland, host city of two Winter Olympics. The travelers will take the Bernina Express, a cogwheel train, back down to almost sea level while enjoying breathtaking views.

The trip will provide many delicious meals and the opportunity to see beautiful sites and make memories to last a lifetime. The deadline to sign up is December 21. Questions can be directed to Cindy Dermody at 677-2340 or cdermody@fsmail.bradley.edu. Click here to view the complete itinerary and registration.

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