OLLI News from Bradley University
October 9, 2018  
BU Student Leaders Seeking School Supplies

Last year, OLLI members donated more than 420 books for Bradley University's Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service's "Fall in Love with Reading" book drive for Trewyn School.

This year, the Center is holding a school supply drive to benefit students at Whittier Elementary and Lincoln K-8 School.

The schools are in need of pencils, pens, paper (lined, copy paper, and construction paper), markers, crayons, colored pencils, children's scissors, big erasers, folders with pockets, and composition notebooks.

If you would like to donate any of these items, please bring them to OLLI classes or the Continuing Education office (corner of University and Main) this month.  Bradley students will collect them, and we'll receive a photo of the supplies being distributed at the schools.  Donation deadline is Wednesday, October 24.

For more information, please see email OLLI Director Michelle Riggio.

Study Group Facilitator Training Set for December 5

Study Group Facilitator Training

Wednesday, December 5
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center
Cost:  FREE - includes materials and lunch
RSVP required - call (309) 677-3900

OLLI is experiencing steady annual growth in the number of study groups offered and number of participants registered.  In fact, 2018 has been a record year in both categories.   As we grow, new leaders become necessary.

If you're interested in leading a study group, or if you've facilitated before but would like to learn new tips and best practices, we encourage you to take advantage of our FREE training session on December 5 at Peoria Next.  

Veteran facilitators will be on hand to discuss what has worked well and what innovations might serve groups well in the future.  You'll also receive a facilitator handbook and enjoy lunch while we learn.

Facilitating (or, to use a less lofty term, leading) a study group is an opportunity to take a passion and learn more about it while sharing that passion with others who have a curiosity about that topic.  It does not require expertise.

A study group leader does NOT give a two hour lecture each week.  A leader fosters discussion by providing topical questions and avenues of inquiry for our curious members.   As a new leader, you will not be alone.  You will have friends at OLLI to guide you, support you, and even co-facilitate your group.  

If you have questions, or need more information about the facilitator training, please email OLLI Director Michelle Riggio.

The OLLI Insider:  Your Questions Answered   

Dear OLLI Insider:

I have some dietary concerns, and want to make sure optional meals are available when I attend classes or a learning trip.  How do I go about communicating my needs?

Gluten is a No-Go

We're happy to help!  All OLLI programs will provide options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals upon request.  If you have a dietary issue, please contact our office at (309) 677-3900 at least two weeks before your program so we can meet your dietary needs.

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 .
Meet Greg Peine, OLLI Treasurer

As part of our ongoing series of introducing you to some of the people who make OLLI happen, this
 week we'd like you to meet OLLI Treasurer Greg Peine.

"Our OLLI today metaphorically thrives on vines planted and well cared for by the lifelong learners that started it all 25 years ago," he says.

Upcoming OLLI Events

Oct. 10, 17, 24, OLLI Fall Classes,  Bradley University Michel Student Center

Nov. 7, 14, 28, 9:00 a.m.,  Curriculum Committee Meetings , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Oct. 31, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Winter Registration Social, Bradley University
Michel Student Center Ballrooms

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

  Hilltop Happenings
Vote for Lydia as an Illinois Trailblazer
The Illinois State Bicentennial Commission has been conducting various polls to determine the top ten people in various categories. 

Voting is now underway for the most groundbreaking women, and one of the nominees is our very own Lydia Moss Bradley, whose vision and financial support led to the creation of Bradley University. 

 You can vote cast your vote for Lydia by visiting  illinoistop200.com .

Guerrilla Girl to Visit Bradley
9 Steps to Make a Difference with Activism and Art
Monday, October 15
6:30 p.m.
Bradley University Alumni Center Peplow Pavillion

Artist-activist Donna Kaz (also known as Aphra Behn) will present a lecture on campus about the creative activism of the famed Guerrilla Girls.  

She will address how the group of artist-activists used their creativity, artistic skills, knowledge of art history and contemporary art, and their study of feminist theory to critique the ways in which women had been rendered invisible in a traditionally male-dominated industry and to force a conversation about how women artists had been excluded systematically from educational resources and cultural institutions that foster great art.

The event is free, and begins with a book signing at 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7:00 p.m.  Registration is not required.

Acting Consul General to Speak on Campus

China's New Developments and China-U.S. Relations 
Wednesday, October 24
7:00 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Hayden Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

Liu Jun, Acting Consul General in the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, will give a public lecture on China's new developments and China-U.S. relations, one of the world's most important bilateral relationships.

Jun, a career diplomat, has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for China for more than 20 years.  

The event is free and open to the public.
  Beyond the Hilltop
Street and Film Festival to Focus on Art in Peoria

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Street Festival, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1200-1300 Block of SW Adams, Warehouse District

Film Festival, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Big Picture is a dedicated team of artists, arts advocates, and visionaries who have committed their efforts to shed light on Peoria's potential through arts education opportunities, public murals, and a public arts festival.

The festival in the Warehouse District will feature live mural painting, a community paint-by-number mural, children's projects, interactive public art, live music, dance cyphers, performances, street artists, moving inflatable sculptures, a film festival, and food.

Later that evening, a film festival will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, featuring entries from filmmakers in Central Illinois.

The Big Picture Festival will raise funds to hire teaching artists in Peoria schools, after-school programs, and community centers. For more information about the program, please visit bigpicturepeoria.org.

PPL's Great American Read Events Continue

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
3001 W. Grand Parkway, Peoria
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
The Great American Read: Heroes 
Some literary heroes are not what people normally think of when they think "hero." Instead of slaying the bad guy, they slay racism.  Instead of selling their soul to capitalism, they somehow escape the rat race to talk about the excesses of capitalism. In this heroic journey, we will explore some concepts unique to the literary hero.  Join us for a discussion led by Paul Resnick of Illinois Central College. 

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
3001 W. Grand Parkway, Peoria
Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
The Great American Read: Other Worlds  
Joe Chianakas of Illinois Central College will lead a discussion on our favorite worlds from literature, from Middle Earth to Hogwarts. Participants will have an opportunity to share their favorites and discuss why we enjoy those worlds and what we can learn from them.

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