OLLI News from Bradley University
April 10, 2018

Notable OLLI Dates

April May
Apr. 11, 18, & 25: Spring 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
May 2, 9 a.m.: Summer 2018 Registration Social in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 13 & 27, 9 a.m.: Study Group Committee Meetings  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 9, 16, & 30, 9 a.m.: Curriculum Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

May 9, 1 p.m.: Informational/Registration Meeting for 2020 international trip: Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau in Michel Student Center Marty Theatre
OLLI Class Reminders

It may not yet feel like Spring, but our classes are underway!  As you prepare to come to campus, please take a moment to review the following reminders.

Bus and Shuttle Service
Please use our park-and-ride service from Westminster Church and Shea Stadium beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing all day. 

The OLLI Parking Captains (Paul Buck and Tom Malone; thank you to Bob Beckenbaugh as serving as a sub!) are on site at both locations to assist you each morning and afternoon:

Shea Stadium1523 W Nebraska Ave, Peoria
Westminster Presbyterian Church1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria (please park in lower lot)

Please remember that parking on campus is not permitted during OLLI classes. If you choose to park on campus (including the visitor's lot) you will receive one or more tickets throughout the day.  OLLI is unable to assist in the appeal or payment of your fine.

All classes are located in the Michel Student Center.  When you arrive, please check in at the registration desk on the second floor to pick up your name badge with your schedule and a copy of the daily announcements.  If you are hosting a class, your instructor's name badge and any handouts will also be available at the registration desk.  

Lunch Options
On class days, we offer convenient buffet lunches served in the ballrooms on the second floor of the student center.  The buffet will consist of soup, salad, and sandwiches, and is available for $9.50 per day.  You can also bring a lunch from home or purchase take-out from the cafeteria in the student center.  Click  here to view the Student Center Marketplace cafeteria options.

If you have any questions, please call us at  (309) 677-3900.  We can't wait to see everyone  tomorrow!

Study Group Committee Changes

The Study Group Committee will meet on Friday, April 13 and Friday, April 27 from 9:00 - 11:00 at Peoria NEXT.

If you have an idea for a study group, please consider attending.  We are always looking for new ideas for groups in a wide array of categories, and anyone with a passion (expertise not required) for a subject is always welcome to facilitate a group.

For more information about the meeting, or if you'd like more information about becoming a study group facilitator, please contact OLLI Director Michelle Riggio at mriggio@bradley.edu.

Peoria NEXT is located at 801 W. Main St .
OLLI Co-Sponsoring Ethics Lecture on April 17

Technology, Democracy, and the Future of Human Character
Tuesday, April 17
7.00 pm
Peplow Pavilio n, Hayden-Clark Alumni Center
Dr. Shannon Vallor, department chair of Philosophy a t Santa Clara University, will be on campus next week to discuss virtue ethics and emerging technologies of social media.  Her recent book, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth  Wanting , provides a groundbreaking application of virtue ethics to the modern condition of community as it is problematized by emerging social media and automated technologies.

This lecture, organized by the Bradley University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is co-sponsored by Bradley's Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee and the generous donations of OLLI members.

No RSVP is necessary, and parking will be open on campus after 6:00 p.m.

2018 Spring Pop-Up Study Groups -- Register Now!

Study groups offer the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth with like-minded peers. You  may work independently outside the group; you may lead the group; or anything in between.  Study groups are your connection to studying what you most enjoy with people who share your  enthusiasm. 

Sign up today by clicking here to for online registration, or by calling our office at (309) 677-3900!

Will It Play in Peoria - Behind the Camera
Mondays, April 30 - May 21
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Kidder Music, 7728 N. Crestline Drive, Peoria
Minimum 12 participants; register by Monday, April 16
In this group, you'll learn about areas of film making (on a 1940s piece) and then how to apply that knowledge and those skills by being a part of one of the crews during the filming of "Real Prayers Are Said In German" to be shot in the Peoria area.  We'll explore independent vs. studio projects and get an inside look into the business of film making, Learn about the stages of development, (idea or story concept to screenplay), and the duties of production designer, properties, set design,  wardrobe, costume, hair and make-up, and art/set decoration.  

$45 - facilitated by Ann Hagemann, creator and producer of "Real Prayers Are Said in German, a live action family film project.  (New facilitator/new group)

Neurocounseling: The Therapeutic Power Behind Neuroscience Findings
Mondays and Tuesdays, May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29
4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Hall Room 306, Bradley University
No minimum; register by Tuesday, May 1
Join Dr. Russell-Chapin and her Bradley University students for this joint graduate school class/OLLI study group on neurocounseling.  New technologies have upended long-held notions of the brain's ability to grow and change and are allowing us to peer into the brain's structure and function.  Mental health counselors are harnessing these discoveries into interventions such as mindfulness, meditation, neurotherapy, and neurofeedback.  These strategies will be demonstrated, discussed, and practiced. This is Bradley course ENC 608 - Brain-Based Counseling Interventions.  Participants are requested to purchase or rent Neurocounseling: Brain-Based Clinical Approaches (ISBN 9781556203640) from the Bradley Bookstore or local and online retailers.

$45 - facilitated by Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, nationally recognized leader on neurocounseling, and professor, Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits, and Counseling at Bradley University. (Returning facilitator/new group)
Save the Date for the Travel Event of the Decade!

Alpine Explorer, Glacier Express Train, and Oberammergau: July 14 - 25, 2020

Join OLLI in 2020 for the travel event of the decade as we journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, culminating with a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play. Highlights of the trip include spectacular Alpine vistas, an unforgettable train ride through the Alps on the Glacier Express; a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant in Salzburg; Germany's Bavarian capital of Munich; and the world-renowned Passion Play, hosted by the quaint village of Oberammergau.
Due to the immense worldwide popularity of the event, we must book our reservations two years in advance!
Registration will open on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, following a 1:00 p.m. informational meeting in the Marty Theater at Bradley University. Reservations made after May 31 will be based on availability.
Registrations will be first come, first served UNLESS we receive more registrations on May 9 than spaces allocated, in which case we will hold a lottery.
A refundable deposit of $750 and non-refundable insurance payment of $500 are due at the time of registration; a discount of $50 off the final payment will be applied to any registrations submitted on May 9. To receive information by mail, including pricing and trip details, contact our office at (309) 677-3900.  

WOW Needs Your Recyclables!

World of Wonder, a summer camp for gifted and talented students coordinated by Continuing Education, needs your recyclable items!  Our teachers are coming up with creative activities to challenge students' higher order thinking processes, and below is a list of recyclable supplies they would love to have.

- empty tubes from toilet paper, paper towels, and wrapping paper
- 2-liter bottles
- medium-sized plastic jars (such as peanut butter, etc.)
- shoeboxes
- cereal boxes
- rinsed soda cans
- rinsed soup cans 
- plastic grocery bags (with no holes)
- empty water bottles
- newspapers

If you are able to collect any of the above items, we will take them!  

You may bring your items to Spring classes and drop them off at the registration desk, or you can bring them to the Continuing Education building (corner of Main and University streets) any time between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder 2018!

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Hilltop Happenings
STEM Day Events on April 14

The Bradley University Center for STEM Education, Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Peoria Astronomical Society will host a variety of events on Saturday, April 14th, for STEM Day!  

Activities include a rocket-building workshop for kids at Bradley, a special planetarium program at the Riverfront Museum, nighttime star-gazing with the Peoria Astronomical Society, and the featured Frontiers in STEM Education Presentation, described below.  Click here to view a full listing of events and locations!

The Mission to Mars: NASA and Future Human Exploration of the Solar System
Presented by Bryan Palaszewski, Research Scientist at NASA's Stennis Space Center
Saturday, April 14
1:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms, Bradley University

Mr. Bryan Palaszewski from NASA's Stennis Space Center will speak about NASA's past and current plans to send humans to the planet Mars, various possible space propulsion systems that could get us there, what it will be like to live on Mars, potential colonization plans, and more.  This presentation is free and open to the public; contact the Center for STEM Education for more information at (309) 677-3001 or stemed@bradley.edu.

Beyond the Hilltop
BU Professor to Facilitate Station Eleven Discussion 

Discussion with Dr. Melinda McBee-Orzulak
Tuesday, April 10
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch, 1137 West Lake, Peoria

A discussion of Station Eleven facilitated by Dr. Melinda McBee-Orzulak, Assistant Professor, Department of English at Bradley University, will be held at the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

The books is the 2018 selection for Peoria Reads, the annual "one city, one book" project created by Peoria Public Library and Common Place Family Learning Center.  Station Eleven is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it.   

Ultimately and intentionally a hopeful book, it's a reminder that art -- a play, a comic book, a musical interlude, a museum display, even an apocalyptic novel -- can be the best means towards cultivating a civilization and preserving our humanity.  

For more information, or to check out copies of Station Eleven, please contact Roberta Koscielski at the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186 or via email at robertakoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Upcoming Events at Chillicothe Public Library 

Soul of a Soldier Concert
Thursday, April 12
6:30 p.m.

Concerts in the Stacks presents Mike Cheesman's World War I commemoration. With his gentle performance of songs and powerful storytelling, Cheesman gives a glimpse of the patriotism that drove so many on the battlefields; the sacrifice of soldiers and their loved ones; and the heroism of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Free. Refreshments served.

Poetry and the Public Realm
Saturday, April 28
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Kevin Stein, our state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2017, will discuss the many roles of that position, present poems composed by Illinois youth writers, and recite selections from his own work.

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