OLLI News from Bradley University
April 17, 2018
Join Pop-Up Study Group Before May 1

Join Dr. Russell-Chapin and her Bradley University students for this joint graduate school class/OLLI study group on neurocounseling.  Registration ends May 1: 

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
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)

Register online, or call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.
Registration begins May 9 for Glacier Express Trip!

Join OLLI in July 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.  

Click here for more information, including pricing and trip details, or to receive information by mail contact our office at (309) 677-3900.  

Rockford Gardens with Rhonda Ferree
Tuesday, May 15
6:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
Note: this trip has an Activity Level of 3

On Tuesday, May 15, enjoy tours of three beautiful gardens, accompanied by our very own nature expert, Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension educator and frequent OLLI instructor.  

Our first stop will be the Midway Village Museum's Victorian Village and Heritage Garden, where 26 Victorian buildings and eight heirloom gardens preserve and showcase the heritage of the 19th century.  Next, we will enjoy lunch and a tour at Anderson Japanese Gardens, a 14-acre garden that features a waterfall, stone lanterns, Koi fish, gazebo, guest and teahouse, and a traditional main gate. Our final stop will be the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, where we will learn about the tropical plants housed inside the conservatory greenhouse.  

$119 - includes museum admissions, presentations, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.

Register online , or call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.

Why Our Donors Give to OLLI

We're about six weeks away from the end of OLLI's fiscal year, and by May 31, we hope to have a 50% giving rate to our learning community.   We are so very close ... as of today, we need 200 more people to donate to meet this goal!  

If you haven't yet given this year (June 2017 to today), please watch this video to see why others do ... and learn how your donation, no matter the amount, will build a sustainable OLLI  that benefits YOU now, and helps FUTURE members participate in our learning community.

Why We Give to OLLI
Why We Give to OLLI

Upcoming1Upcoming OLLI Events

April May
Apr. 18 and 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. 27, 9 a.m.: Study Group Committee Meetings  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 9, 16, and 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
WOW in Action
WOW Wants  Your Recyclables

World of Wonder (WOW), a summer camp coordinated by Continuing Education and designed for gifted and talented students, is asking for your recyclable items.  WOW teachers are coming up with creative activities to challenge campers' higher order thinking processes, and they have developed this list of recyclable supplies that will help them with their program.  We welcome the donation of any of these items:

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

And watch for updates to this list.  Teachers are updating their requests weekly.  

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder 2018!

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Hilltop Happenings
Heidemarie Kaiser Laurent

Professor to Discuss Transmission of Stress 
Across Generations

Intergenerational Stress and the Promise of Mindfulness
Presented by Heidemarie Kaiser Laurent, Assistant Professor of Psychology,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Monday, April 23
6:30 p.m.
Michael Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Heidemarie Kaiser Laurent will discuss how stress dysregulation and associated mental health difficulties are transmitted across generations, and how we can potentially stem the tide of such transmission.    She will present research she has conducted on the origins of risk, in particular, how stress responsive systems are calibrated by the early caregiving environment and how this translates into mental health vulnerabilities.    She will also present evidence that mindfulness - present-moment nonjudgmental awareness - may improve stress regulation in parents and children.  

This program is sponsored by the  Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund and the Bradley University Department of Psychology.  Admission is free.  
Prominent Business Executive to Present 
Annual McCord Lecture

Shannon Schuyler

42nd McCord Lecture Featuring Shannon Schuyler, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Thursday, April 26
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. presentation
5:00 - 5:30 networking, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks
Bradley University Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion

As a strong voice in the global business community, Shannon Schuyler is working to infuse purpose into PwC's core business strategy by elevating the global conversation on building trust, collaboration, and action with intention and meaning in every practice, service offering, and engagement.  In this program, enjoy the opportunity to meet a leader who is helping redefine the role of purpose as a critical vehicle for driving organization performance.

This program is sponsored by the Foster College of Business.  Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by emailing Karla Layne by April 20 at ksl@bradley.edu 

Beyond the Hilltop
Library Hosting Peoria Reads Tie-In Program

Thursday, April 19
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch

A discussion of the genre of plague literature will be hosted by the Peoria Public Library North Branch as a tie-in program of the 2018 Peoria Reads selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel.  Dr. Lirim Neziroski, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Methodist College, will facilitate this discussion prompted by the novel's references to a devastating flu pandemic that destroys civilization.  

For more information, contact Roberta  Koscielski at Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186 or  robertakoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us    
Learn More About Peoria's Heroin and Opioid Crisis

Did you know library staffers are now being given Narcan to deal with overdoses occurring at their facilities?  We'll learn more about the heroin and opioid crisis in an OLLI class in October 2018, but until then, OLLI members are invited to attend an informational event about this issue.

The Peoria Recovery Project will host a community open house for those interested in learning more about heroin and opioid addiction, treatment options, and resources for those impacted by the national epidemic in heroin and opioid use.  The event will also feature more than 50 informational booths hosted by local and regional resources.  

Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center
Free admission

For more information, visit the event's  Facebook page.

Kevin Stein to Speak at Chillicothe Public Library 

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.

For more information, please contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719.

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