OLLI News from Bradley University

February 7, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

March April
Mar. 15, 12pm: Spring 2017 Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26: OLLI Spring Classes 
2018 Road Scholar Trip Survey

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is seeking input to select its Road Scholar private charter trip for 2018.  

The OLLI Learning Trip Committee has narrowed the selections to four destinations.  We would like to know which of the following trips you would most likely register for.  Click on the survey link below the options to weigh in!

Costa Rica and Panama
Holland and Belgium by river barge
Spain and Portugal

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback!  We look forward to traveling with you.

The Battle of Britain in World War II

This new study group will examine the brave efforts of the Royal Air Force during WWII, facilitated by two experienced aviators.  To register, call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

The Battle of Britain: How a Few Good Men and Women of the RAF Saved the United Kingdom from Invasion 
Thursdays, April 27 - May 25
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Minimum 8 participants, register by April 13

A fter France's defeat in 1940, only Great Britain stood in the way of Germany's domination of Europe. When the Luftwaffe began its relentless bombing of the island nation as a prelude to the invasion, defeat seemed inevitable for the Brits. The personnel of the Royal Air Force, however, successfully defended the English people and turned away the forces of the Third Reich. Two experienced aviators will lead participants in a discussion of this famous aerial encounter of World War II. 

Participants should acquire Michael Korda's book With Wings Like Eagles: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain, available at local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by OLLI members David Jackson, aviator, and Dewey Fitch, retired aviator. 
OLLI Reads

Many  OLLI participants are using the  OLLI  Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and  read the list yourself.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the book and a free sample of the book ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle Reader.

Contact Greg Peine at  gspeine@comcast.net with your suggestions for additions to the  OLLI  Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


Hilltop Happenings
Coming Soon: Business and Engineering Complex 

An exciting, new major project is in the works at Bradley. The university is taking the next steps to move forward with the new business and engineering complex. Located on the current sites of Baker and Jobst halls, the building will be the new home for the Foster College of Business and the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology, as well as the Center for Innovation through Collaboration.

To read more about this exciting project, click here.
Host of "Monster Fish" to Speak at Bradley

"Saving Imperiled Giant Freshwater Fish Around the World"
Presented by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" 
Saturday, April 1
1:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms (second floor), Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

The Center for STEM Education at Bradley invites you to a FREE presentation by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" television program.  Hogan leads the National Geographic Society's Megafishes Project, a multi-year effort to document the 20-some species of freshwater fish at least 6.5 feet in length or 220 pounds in weight.  Through the Megafishes Project, Hogan travels to the most endangered of these environments, striving to save critically endangered fish and the livelihood of people who share their habitats.  

Click here to view an informational flyer.  For additional information, contact the Center for STEM Education at 309-677-3001 or stemed@bradley.edu.

Be a Volunteer Judge at the Student Scholarship EXPO

The Student Scholarship Exposition at Bradley University is an annual celebration of the research, scholarship, and creative production of Bradley undergraduate and graduate students.  Students showcase and present their work to a judging team comprised of both Bradley faculty members and representatives from the surrounding community in hopes of receiving an EXPO Award for the best presentation of their work to  generalist audience.

In this 25th year, we expect to receive more student submissions than ever before.  Your contributions as an EXPO Judge will include listening to and assessing 3-5 brief student presentations as an informed generalist audience-- someone who has interest and a working knowledge of the students' topics, without necessarily being an expert in the field-- with a focus on the presentation and dissemination skills of the students.  

Your judging period would consist of a two-hour block on April 12th, between 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley.

For more information, please check out the following links:

A public viewing session will be held on April 13th, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.; all are invited to attend and support our students' work.

If you have any further questions, please email one of the following representatives from the Office of Sponsored Programs:
Sandra Shumaker, Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Email: sshumaker@bradley.edu
Luke Burton, Graduate Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs
Email: lsburton@mail.bradley.edu

Super Brain Summit

The Super Brain Summit, a one-day conference showcasing two internationally known experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neurotherapy, will take place on  March 3 at Bradley University. Additionally, this year's event will focus on discussing and teaching emotional and physiological self-regulation, so attendees can learn how to take charge of their brains and bodies.

This conference, sponsored by Bradley's Center for Collaborative Brain Research, was a popular event last year for scores of OLLI members. This year, the Summit will take place at the Michel Student Center with options to participate real-time from your computer or by watching recorded sessions at a later date. For more information or to register, visit the Super Brain Summit website at bradley.edu/superbrainsummit or contact Debbie Devine at devine@bradley.edu or call (309) 677-2820.

Documenting Latino Life in the Midwest

Documenting Latino Life in the Midwest
Presented by Dr. Elena Foulis
Monday, February 27
5:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Marty Theatre, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Dr. Elena Foulis will discuss how to use elements of oral history methodology to collect  historias  about Latinos/as in the U.S., how to reach out to traditionally underrepresented groups to collect and archive oral histories, and use digital storytelling and interactive cultural components to engage readers and provide context. 

The presentation is sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department and the Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee. The event is free and open to the public.

Beyond the Hilltop
International Documentaries at Riverfront Museum

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Peoria Riverfront Museum are pleased to announce special screenings of international documentaries nominated for Academy Awards during the month of February.

Cartel Land
Sunday, February 12
2:00 p.m.
Giant Screen Theater, Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Oscar-nominated documentary Cartel Land focuses on the Mexican drug trade.  An informal audience discussion on how the international drug trade affects Central Illinois, led by Sgt. Erin Barisch of the Peoria Police Department, will follow the showing.

The Look of Silence
Sunday, February 26
2:00 p.m.
Giant Screen Theater, Peoria Riverfront Museum
The 2016 Academy Award nominated documentary T he Look of Silence focuses on the 1965 Indonesian genocide.  An informal audience discussion on present-day genocide issues, led by Keith Porter of the Stanley Foundation, will follow the showing.

Tickets for each film are $10.00 and can be purchased online by clicking here, or over the phone at 309-686-7000.  Tickets will also be available at the door as long as the screening is not sold out.  

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