OLLI News from Bradley University

October 18, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

October November
Oct. 21, 9am: Spring Cinema Committee Meeting  in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Nov. 2, 9am: Winter 2017 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Nov. 9, 16, & 30, 9am: Spring 2017 Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Here's an Opportunity to Help Develop OLLI Classes

Have you enjoyed your Fall classes so far?  Would you like to suggest some new classes?  Or, have you not attended classes because  you couldn't find any that appealed to you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, attending an upcoming Curriculum Committee meeting is the perfect way to share your ideas for new classes. 

Attending a committee meeting is also an easy way to learn more about OLLI and how the curriculum is developed ... we welcome all newcomers with an orientation packet, and you can suggest ideas while enjoying scones!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m.  We will gather in the Michel Student Center Executive Suite to review our Fall offerings and brainstorm possible classes for Spring.  Parking is available in the Visitor's Lot adjacent to the Bradley Bookstore.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 677-3900.  We can't wait to see you there!

Congratulations to Vickie Koch & Bradley Wright-Hulett

Vickie Koch, left, pictured with Viki Burnett, marketing manager for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, won symphony tickets last week during OLLI classes.  

OLLI also participated in last weekend's Boomers and Seniors Expo and the Peoria Civic Center, and raffled off a free class membership for our 2017 Spring season.  The winner of that raffle was Bradley Wright-Hulett.  

Staff is contacting Bradley to give him the good news.  If you see Vickie or Brad at an upcoming OLLI event, be sure to tell them congratulations!

Parking Reminders for Class Participants

On campus:  Parking is NOT permitted on campus without a permit.  If you park on campus and receive a ticket, please note that OLLI is unable to assist in the appeal or payment of your fine(s).

Visitor's Center:  The gated Visitor's Center parking lot is reserved for short-term visitors only.  Please do NOT park in this lot if you are participating in OLLI Classes.    
CampusTown parking:  Please do NOT park in any CampusTown parking lots as you may be ticketed and/or towed.

OLLI members are reminded to use our free park-and-ride service on Class days.  
Parking Locations:
  • Westminster Church, 1420 W. Moss Avenue, Peoria
  • Shea Stadium, 1523 W. Nebraska Avenue, Peoria
Shuttle Service:

  • Shuttle service is available from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at both parking locations
  • Peoria Charter Coach will transport you from Shea Stadium to the Michel Student Center
  • OLLI Shuttles will transport you from Westminster Church to the Michel Student Center
Between Classes:
  • OLLI shuttles are on duty all day to transport members to and from the Michel Student Center, Westlake Hall, Morgan Hall, the Garrett Center, Shea Stadium, and Westminster Church.  To request a ride, call the OLLI cell phone, (309) 258-4142
  • Shuttle service is available from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Michel Student Center
  • Peoria Charter Coach will transport participants to Shea Stadium
  • OLLI Shuttles will transport participants to Westminster Church

If you have any questions regarding parking, please call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.

Argo: Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979

Tuesday, November 15
1:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre

OLLI presents a special screening of the film  Argo, a drama based on events that took place in 1979 when 52 Americans were taken hostage during the Iranian revolution. Winner of three Academy Awards, the film describes the story of six Americans who attempted to escape the hostage crisis under the guise of producing a Hollywood film. 

Following the movie, our moderator, Doug Frank, will discuss his former role as President of Music Operations for Warner Pictures. He will also discuss his supervision of the music for Argo and many other films, such as the Harry Potter series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Dark Knight.

$5 - includes admission and discussion. Transportation not provided - meet us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! Free parking available in the deck accessible from Water Street.

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

Spend the Day with OLLI on a Local Learning Trip

Local trips are a great way to get out for the day and learn more about our community!  Spaces are still available for the following trips this fall:

Studios on Sheridan with Jeremie Draper
Friday, Oct. 21
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The former Sunbeam Bakery at Sheridan and Main streets has been transformed into Studios on Sheridan, a 22,000 square-foot haven for local artists to create and display their works in private studios. On this trip, we'll be treated to a private glass blowing demonstration and talk with Jeremie Draper. Afterward we'll take time for a short tour of the facility, learn about the redevelopment process, and then have an opportunity to explore the other businesses located throughout the building.

$37 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, presentation fees, and shuttle transportation

Proctor Recreation Center
Monday, October 24
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join OLLI for this tour of the historic John C. Proctor Recreation Center, a facility designated by its founder to provide "free baths for the worthy poor of the city." Built in 1913, and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the facility was acquired by the Peoria Park District in 1934. It hosts programs and services to the neighborhood including literacy and GED classes for adults, camps and after-school programs for youth, and is the home of the African American Hall of Fame Museum. After the tour the group will be eating at Sugar!

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

Pekin Hospital
Friday, Nov. 18
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Since 1913, Pekin Hospital has been dedicated to improving the health of its community through its 107-bed medical center that provides advanced care and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. As part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital works with highly credentialed nursing staff and healthcare professionals including more than 300 physicians working in over 40 medical specialties. On this tour, we'll learn how the hospital utilizes hospitalists to offer a new level of patient-centered care, and we'll hear about The Baby Place, which holds the international designation as a "baby-friendly birth facility."

$27 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these or other trips, click here to utilize our online registration system or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
Hilltop Happenings
Peace Through Strength and Diplomacy

"Peace Through Strength and Diplomacy: Policy Options Past and Present"
Presented by Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Eureka College
Thursday, October 20
4:30 p.m.
Cerf Center, Eureka College
Cost: $40.00 for dinner and panel discussion; $15.00 for panel discussion only

Presented by Peoria World Affairs Council and Eureka college, this event will feature dinner and multiple presentations focusing on past and present policy issues regarding Russia, Iran, and the Middle East.  

The featured panelists are:
  • Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, who served as President Reagan's deputy press secretary in his second term and was the first U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine appointed by President George H. W. Bush.
  • Dr. Arya Amirie, who served as a Middle East advisor to President Reagan in his first term and later headed a think tank in Iran.  Dr. Amirie, a native of Iran, is a Eureka College graduate.
As the leader of United States foreign policy, Presidents are offered many options to handle international relations and situations.  This panel discussion will open with a focus on policy options offered to President Ronald Reagan concerning Russia, the Middle East, and Iran.  Panelists will then discuss policy options the next United States President could be offered towards the same countries today. The conversation will explore the intersections of the similarities and differences between policy options of the 1980s and 2016.
The summit begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Becker Auditorium of the Cerf Center with a special presentation from Dr. Amirie on ISIS, using the most current information from his many sources in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.  This presentation is free to the public.
Tickets for the dinner and evening panel presentation are $35.00 for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members; $40.00 for the general public.  Tickets are available only online via the Peoria Area World Affairs Council Website:   www.pawac.org .  Dinner reservations must be made in advance no later than Friday, October 14, 2016.   Tickets for those wishing to only attend the panel presentation at 7:30 p.m. are $10.00 for PAWAC members; $15.00 for the general public.  Students and educators may attend the lecture portion of the evening for free with their current school ID.  Advance notice for those only attending the presentation is appreciated via  director@pawac.org.

Chris Foreman Jazz Trio featuring Andy Brown

Chris Foreman Jazz Trio featuring Andy Brown
Wednesday, October 26
7:00 p.m.
Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Ave, Peoria

Chris Foreman and Andy Brown are legendary Chicago jazz artists.  These recording artists tour around the world when they are not performing in Chicago's greatest jazz clubs.  Chris was recently featured on NPR's Fresh Air where his new CD with Andy Brown, Now is the Time (Sirens Records), received great acclaim.  Because of generous funding from Bradley University's Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee, this one-time event is free to the public. 

To read press releases about Chris Foreman or Andy Brown, click on their names below:
Jazz Ensemble to Present Jazz Tribute Concert

2nd Annual Jazz Tribute Concert: Unforgettable
Friday, November 18
7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Hartmann Center, Bradley University campus (just south of the bookstore)
Cost: $25

This tribute concert features Bradley's Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Todd Kelly, with vocalist and Bradley alumna Stephanie Aaron, featuring such beloved songs as Cheek to Cheek, Unforgettable, Almost Like Being in Love, and many others.

Stephanie Aaron has been singing and acting for most of her life, from grade school through college at Bradley, where she received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance.  Her favorite roles have included Philia in  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Audrey in  Little Shop of Horrors, Viola in  Twelfth Night, and Sally Bowles in  Cabaret.  Stephanie began a career as a Peoria  radio personality, which lasted for several years and culminated in a stint co-hosting a popular Peoria morning show.  She performs in the Peoria Jazz scene with Larry Harms.  Moving to Chicago in 2004, she left radio and focused on becoming a working musician: studying jazz, and teaching. Among her favorite Chicago shows are long running residencies at the legendary Jilly's on Rush Street and at The Drake Hotel's Coq D'or. She currently performs with small groups as well as with the DePaul Alumni Big Band at the Jazz Showcase.    

Other special guests appearing on stage include Doug Frank, former President of Warner Bros Music Operations, Bradley vocalist Maggie Sloter, and pianist Molly Sloter.

Tickets are limited; call the Cultural Events Box Office at 309-677-2650 to reserve your ticket.

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