OLLI News from Bradley University
September 25, 2018  
OLLI's Fall Kick-Off 
Luncheon is Tomorrow!

The OLLI Fall 2018 Kick-Off Luncheon is tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the Michel Student Center.  We can't wait to see everyone on campus as we celebrate the start of our 24th year of lifelong learning on The Hilltop!

Here are a few reminders about the luncheon:

Please use OLLI's free park-and-ride service from the following locations:
Shuttle service begins at 10:30 a.m., and volunteer parking coordinators (and OLLI past presidents) Larry Trollope and Jennifer Bass will be on site to greet you.

A new member orientation meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m.  in the Marty Theater.

Our keynote speaker will be John Morris, President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

A brief class host meeting will be held immediately following the luncheon - if you're hosting a class this Fall, please plan on attending to learn more about how to make the most of your hosting duties.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (309) 677-3900.

2018-19 Fundraising Goal:  $55k, 400+ donors

OLLI members have shown support of our lifelong learning community through consistent and generous donations to our annual fundraising campaigns.

Your donations have funded audio-visual improvements and the construction of a soundproof wall in the Michel Student Center ballrooms, the purchase and ongoing maintenance of two 14-passenger shuttles, the sponsorship of cinema and lecture programming, and the support of Bradley University students through student volunteer awards.

For this fiscal year ( ending May 31, 2019 ), the OLLI Executive Committee has set a monetary goal of $55,000 to purchase new audio-visual equipment for the Marty Theater, site of many of our large classes each season.  This new equipment should greatly enhance your learning experiences during OLLI classes.  In addition, it will be a wonderful benefit to our campus, as the new sound system will improve the events held in the theater year-round.

We are so proud to have kept our donor participation rate near 40% for the past several years, and hope for at least 475 people to donate again this year.  By maintaining this high  rate of participation, we show Bradley University and The Bernard Osher Foundation that our members appreciate and support our lifelong learning program.

Every dollar - and donor - makes a difference.  Donate to OLLI and help us grow our program for 2020 and beyond!  Use our secure online system to make a convenient donation today.  Thank you so much for your support of OLLI!

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 contact OLLI Director Michelle Riggio at mriggio@bradley.edu.

The OLLI Insider:  Your Questions Answered   

Dear OLLI Insider:

My neighbor is interested in taking an OLLI class, but would like to sit in on one first to see if she'll enjoy it.  Are we allowed to bring guests to classes?

Absolutely!  We encourage our members to bring a friend for one day at no charge - simply contact our office at (309) 677-3900 at least one day in advance so we can have a list of available classes prepared for their visit.

Please note:  it is important to reserve this privilege for those who haven't yet experienced OLLI classes.

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 Jennifer Bass, OLLI Past President

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 Past President Jennifer Bass , who has  seen many changes since she attended her first OLLI event.

"I know many of the changes have been suggested by those who participate," she said.  "The changes help me know this is an organization that is really designed for and by its members."
Upcoming OLLI Events

Sept 26, 12:00 p.m., OLLI Kick-Off Luncheon,  Bradley University Michel Student Center
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24,  OLLI Classes , Bradley University Michel Student Center

Oct 4, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.,  Study Group Committee Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center

Oct 31, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Winter Registration Social, Bradley University
Michel Student Center Ballrooms

  Hilltop Happenings
OLLI Members Welcome to Celebrate Lydia! 

Founder's Day Convocation 
Friday, September 28
10:00 a.m. 
Bradley University Dingeldine Music Center

Founder Lydia Moss Bradley will be remembered, and faculty and staff awards will be presented during the 122nd Founder's Day Convocation that will take place on Friday, September 28 at 10 a.m. in the Dingeldine Music Center.  All are welcome!
  Beyond the Hilltop
Thor Hanson to Speak on Bees

Conservationist and Author Thor Hanson
Wednesday, October 3 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway

Thor Hanson, internationally known author, Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, speaker, biologist, researcher, and conservationist, will present a program on his latest book,  Buzz: the Nature and Necessity of Bees .  

Hanson's research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. His  work on the interface between warfare and biodiversity conservation has been covered by news outlets around the world, including  Reuters, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India .  Copies of  Buzz  will be available for sale and signing with a portion of sales benefiting the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

Fine Arts Society Presents Architect Cynthia Weese

Architecture and Life
Thursday, October 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. (social time 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Admission $12 for adults, $5 for students

Cynthia Weese became an architect at a time when few women entered this field. In this Fine Arts Society (FAS) program, she will talk about the influences in her life, including the landscape of her childhood, and working in the revitalization of Chicago's older urban neighborhoods during the turbulent 1960s.  Weese, FAIA and Principal in Weese Langley Weese, Ltd., is the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Women in Architecture. 

For more information, visit the FAS website at  FineArtsSociety.net  or call (309) 692-1858.
BU's Brad McMillan to Discuss Voting

Does My Vote Really Matter?
Thursday, September 27
6:00 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Avenue

How do concepts like gerrymandering and the Electoral College impact the value of your vote? And what can you do to make sure your voice counts?  Dig into these questions and more when Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Bradley University Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service sheds light into the obscure corners of our participatory democracy.

For more information about this free program at the Chillicothe Public Library, visit   chillipld.org  or call  (309) 274-2719.
OLLI Volunteer's Work on Display in East Peoria

Coke Mattingly Exhibit
Clock Tower Gallery
201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria

The fine art photography of Coleman (Coke) Mattingly will be on display beginning October 2 and continuing through the month of October.  

An artist reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mattingly, a Washington resident, has participated in several exhibits and teaches photography classes.  A frequent OLLI volunteer, he is well-known for his photography classes and learning trips.  

Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Admission is free.
Register Now for 'Why Lebanon Matters' Event

Why Lebanon Matters
Saturday, October 6
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Itoo Society Banquet Hall
4909 W. Farmington Road, Peoria

Gabriel Issa, Lebanon's Ambassador to the United States; Lebanese presidential adviser Dr. Elias Bou Saab; and 18th District Congressman Darin LaHood will speak at this program co-sponsored by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) and the Itoo Society.  

Join this noted group of experts as they discuss the history of Lebanon as the regional center of finance and trade and its challenges amidst the conflict in the rest of the Middle East.  Find out "why Lebanon matters" and the opportunities and challenges for its future and the region.   

Tickets are $50 and include the program and a dinner featuring Lebanese food and music.  The deadline to register is September 30.  

For more information, visit the PAWAC website.  You may also r egister online, or contact PAWAC Executive Director Angela Weck at (309) 677-2454.  

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