OLLI News from Bradley University
September 5, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

September October November
Sept. 6, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25: OLLI Fall Classes in the Michel Student Center
Nov. 1, 9am: Winter 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Sept. 18, 9am: Spring Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Oct. 5, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Nov. 8, 15, & 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Sept. 20, 12pm: Fall 2017 Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Sept. 21, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Back to School... Register for OLLI Fall Classes!

OLLI classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25!  Have you registered yet?  OLLI classes offer a great way to go "back to school" and learn about the topics that interest you most from experts in those fields -- without any homework, tests, or tardy slips!

For $95, you can take four classes of your choice, enjoy door-to-door shuttle service and plenty of snacks throughout the day, and join in the camaraderie that is truly unique to OLLI classes.  

Your class fee also includes a complimentary invitation to our Fall Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, September 20  , featuring guest speaker Walter Zakahi, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bradley University.

Our instructors this fall include experts and enthusiasts in a wide variety of fields.  For example, you can learn about Peoria's great architects of the early 20th century with amateur historian Sue Grawey in class #19:

Peoria's Prolific Architects: Hewitt, Emerson, and Gregg 
(10:30 - 11:00 a.m. block)
From Washington to Western, Main to Moss, Glen Oak to Grandview, Herbert Hewitt, Frank Emerson, and Richard Gregg shaped Peoria's skyline.  Who were these architects?  Which edifice was built in memory of a beloved husband, a deceased daughter, a slain school teacher?  Did a bank president get away with murder?  We'll view early 20th century Peoria through photographs and stories of these architects' work.  The class instructor Sue Grawey, a retired social worker and amateur historian, will share her research, but don't expect information about architecture per se; she can't identify a parapet or a pediment, but she does know about the lives and legacy of these architects!

Click here to view a PDF of our class offerings this fall.  Register today by calling (309) 677-3900 or click here to sign up online!
A Message from Host Coordinator Calista Reed

Hello - I am Calista Reed, OLLI Study Group Host Coordinator.  As the number of our study groups expands, OLLI is in need of volunteers to help see that the sessions run smoothly.  Between  September 5 and December 8, OLLI  will provide 20 study group opportunities for our members.  As our facilitators prepare to bring us weeks of interesting information and discussions, I will be contacting study group participants to ask them to serve as a host or co-host for the groups. Our host duties generally include: picking up the study group packet at the OLLI office prior to the first day, bringing treats for the first session, helping the facilitator, familiarizing members with the facility, and returning evaluation forms to the office at the end of the sessions.  To help you with the process, we send you an email with specific information about hosting your study group.  Please don't turn down the opportunity just because you may need to miss a session - we can always check with the group for someone to fill in for a session or two.  

I asked a couple of members to share their reasons for hosting.  Mary Carrara, a six-year OLLI member, and Deb Clay, who has been a member since 2009, have similar thoughts about hosting: "Being a host takes little time and effort. The reward is knowing you have contributed and helped in some small way.  You get to set the right atmosphere for the group and make sure everything works ok."    

This fall, when I call you, or leave a voice mail for you, or send you an email, please know that OLLI truly appreciates your willingness to consider hosting a study group!  

Calista Reed
OLLI Study Group Host Coordinator

Travel with OLLI: Signature City Washington D.C.
March 21 - 28, 2018

Join OLLI as we partner with Road Scholar for a private charter to Washington D.C.  Gain a deeper understanding of the nation's capital, uncovering D.C.'s hidden landmarks, iconography, and vibrant history.

All registrations received by Friday, September 15, will get first priority.  If we receive more registrations than we have spots, we will us a new, lottery-style registration procedure for this trip.  

Registrations will be accepted via phone, mail, and walk-in.  For more information, please click on the links below:

Registration form (required for registration)
Activity level waiver form (required for registration)

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Come for the Gems, Stay for the Beer

We still need registrations for this unique regional trip featuring the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum and the new microbrewery in Bloomington, DESTIHL. Call our office at (309) 677-3900 to sign up, or click here to register online!

Funks Grove and DESTIHL Brewery (Activity Level 3)
Friday, September 22
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Don't miss the u nique opportunity to tour the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum, the largest one-man mineral collection in the world, featuring  gems, minerals, fossils, petrified wood, and lapidary art.   We'll also have a guided tour of the home itself, which is a museum dedicated to memorabilia and antiques collected by several generations of the Funk family, including a working Victrola.  

After lunch, we'll tour one of the newest breweries in the area, DESTIHL , which is an independent, production brewery that was established in 2013. Their goal is to brew beyond the confines of typical beers, so we'll find out what they are brewing up, how they go about it, and of course we'll try a sample or two!

$89 - includes admission fees, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

Parking Assistance Needed for Luncheon and 
Class Mornings

Why Serve as a Parking Coordinator? 

"I found that it was an easy job and great way to get to know some of the most friendly, intelligent and wonderful people you could ever meet."

- Larry Trollope

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to serve as parking coordinators this fall!

We are still in need of some volunteers to help before and after the Fall Kick-Off Luncheon on  September 20, and some to assist with the Shea park-and-ride before classes on  October 4, 11, 18, and 25.

If you would like to give us an hour or two of your morning or afternoon on one (or more) of those five dates, we'll provide a handy-dandy reflective parking vest, sign, and very short training session. 

More than 400 people volunteer for OLLI each year - we'd love to add you to this growing number of fantastic people within our lifelong learning community. Sign up using the link below and we'll be in touch with more information!

If you have any questions, please email Michelle Riggio, Associate Director, Continuing Education, at  mriggio@bradley.edu.

Learn more and sign up here:  Parking coordinator sign up

Seeking Legacy Speech Volunteers

Thank you to the four dozen members who have already volunteered!  
If another dozen people sign up, we will enable a third class of students to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. 

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

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 September 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.

Beyond the Hilltop
You're Invited to Chillicothe Public Library Programs

The Chillicothe Public Library offers numerous programs each month, and OLLI members are invited!  A few of our favorites are listed below, or you can view the full September newsletter by clicking here.  Or, to sign up to receive their newsletter each month, click here!

Mon., September 11 @ 6 p.m. 
Expand your horizons - and your palate! Register by 9/5. Visit our website for recipes and photos from past programs.  Note: Register by 9/25 for the program on 10/2.

Thur., September 14 @ 6:30 p.m. 
Take a trip back in time with Conversational Italian for Travelers author Kathryn Occhipinti and discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world today. Learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous - and is now available again today! You'll also have the chance to taste a few of these wines.  Registration requested by 9/11.
September 15 @ 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Play tabletop and strategy games, including Catan, Pandemic, King of Tokyo, and Munchkin! Create a Pathfinder character and learn the basics of Role Playing Games! Pizza & snacks provided for donation. Outside food encouraged.  Ages 18 & up. Questions? Contact Genevieve at 274-2719.

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