OLLI News from Bradley University

August 16, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

August September October
Aug. 17 & 24, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Sept. 7, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Oct. 6, 2pm: Spring Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W Main St
Aug. 26, 5pm: OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser: 1950s At The Hop in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center - register online
Sept. 21, 12pm: Fall Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Oct. 21, 9am: Spring Cinema Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

Sept. 22, 2pm: Spring Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W Main St

Sept. 26, 9am: Spring Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

Fall Registration Updates

Fall Registration Update #1
As many of you know, due to an untimely failure of OLLI's registration system software on the day of our Fall 2016 Registration Open House, we had to postpone our online, mail, telephone, and walk-in registration for 24 hours.

This delay gave staff time to enter the 241 registrations received at the Open House, and to find a solution to the system failure, which was caused by our system vendor's software update on the morning of our Registration Open House.   

We wanted to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as we continue to adapt to this new system.   Your feedback is very important, as it allows us to pinpoint some errors within the system and find solutions that will make the registration process easier for all of our members who want to register online.

If you are registering online and encounter a problem, please call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900 and we will be happy to assist you!

As always, we thank you for your support of OLLI and the Continuing Education staff!
Fall Registration Update #2
Software issues aside, the Fall 2016 Registration Open House was an incredible success!  We thank the 241 OLLI members who took time to receive one-on-one customer service, to socialize with their peers, and to learn more about upcoming OLLI programming!

Top-notch customer service is a critical success factor for OLLI.  According to the evaluation results from the Registration Open House, we are meeting this goal:
  • 94% of participants were pleased the brochure was mailed in advance of the open house
  • 99% appreciated the one-on-one customer service provided by Continuing Education staff
  • 95% spent time socializing with other members during the open house
Some suggestions to improve the registration process included:
  • Include a campus map in the brochure
  • This is my first time and it was fun to come here
  • If registration opened all at once it might be fairer, but the renewing of friendships is important, too
  • I am new to the process and this is so well-organized
We thank everyone for their feedback - each comment is reviewed by staff and the OLLI Executive Committee, and we will continue to work to improve our registration process as OLLI continues to evolve.

Help Plan OLLI Winter Classes

More than 500 volunteers create and deliver the OLLI experience each year - including volunteers who teach classes, guide our tours on our learning trips, moderate our cinema events, assist in the park-and-ride lots during classes, decorate tables for our kick-off luncheons, serve as hosts during classes, facilitate our study groups, develop our curriculum, and more.  
We invite you to attend the following OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee meetings to provide insight about your past class experiences and to help us create a slate of courses for the upcoming season.  Each of our volunteers - like you - brings a unique personal network of people and organizations that can help create the activities that OLLI offers its members.   
* Wednesdays, August 17, 24, and September 7 at 9:00 a.m.  
* P arking is open on campus in August; please use the Visitor's Lot on September 7 
* Michel Student Center, Executive Suite (downstairs)
* At the August 17 meeting, we will brainstorm ideas for Winter classes (or upcoming seasons), contribute ideas for possible instructors, and work together to find volunteers to reach out to possible instructors.
* Between the last two meetings, volunteers will recruit qualified instructors for classes, construct class descriptions, and assist those instructors to submit a class worksheet by the September 16 deadline.  
For more information, please call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.
We look forward to seeing you at the OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee meetings!

Trivia Teaser #4
In anticipation of OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 26, we will be awarding weekly prizes to the winning answers for Trivia Teaser sample questions!  

For these final five  weeks leading up to the fundraiser, each weekly winner will receive a prize selcted by the staff such as "Correct Answer Pass" OR a "Free Break Game Entry".

How to Play:
1. Read the Trivia Teaser question below.

2. Email your answer to Elly at eepeterson@bradley.edu BEFORE 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser Week 4
**Please note-- One entry per person per week.

3. Each winner will be randomly selected from all winnng answers. The winner will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

4. Check back the following week-- you can play as many times as you'd like!

Trivia Teaser #4:   In 1954, baseball legend Hank Aaron began his career by joining which team?

Congratulations to last week's winner, Elaine Clark!  Thanks to all who participated!

And don't forget to sign up for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser "At the Hop" - be there or be square!

OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser - 1950s: At the Hop
Friday, August 26,  5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University
$45 per ticket

To register online, please click here; or call 309-677-3900 to register over the phone.

Join an Upcoming Study Group on the Olympics or Bradley Basketball

It's not too late to register for the following study groups on the Politics of the Olympic Games or Bradley Basketball since 1950!

The P olitics of the Olympic Games
Mondays, September 12 - October 17
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

The international Olympic Committee states that the "goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world" filled with the "spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." Yet, modern Olympic Games have become sites of tension, conflict, and hypocrisy. With a focus on international relations, this study group will explore pertinent issues that have shaped the Olympic Games from 1936 to 2016. Participants will read Dick Pound's Inside the Olympics: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals and the Glory of the Games available from local or online retailers and libraries and articles recommended by the facilitator.

$45 - facilitated by Dr. Dunja Antunovic, Assistant Professor of Communication at Bradley University.

Bradley Basketball 1950-Present: Big Games and Big Players

Thursdays, September 1 - September 29
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum

In this group, we will take a look back at some of the big games and big players in Bradley basketball, starting with the Bradley vs CCNY games in 1950 and ending with the Pittsburg and Kansas games in the run to the Sweet 16 in 2008. We will use video and written material plus guest speakers who will offer insight into some of the big games.  Important players to be discussed include (but not limited to) Paul Unruh, Squeaky Melchiorre, Joe Billy McDade, Chet Walker, Joe Allen, Roger Phegley, Mitchel Anderson, and Hersey Hawkins. Participants are encouraged to read Victory, Honor, Glory, available from local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Joe Emanuel, retired Bradley University faculty member, member of Bradley's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee for more than 20 years, and Bradley University basketball fan since 1967 and Dave Snell, Voice of the Bradley Braves.

To register for theses and other study groups online, please click here and utilize our online system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Help a Bradley Speech Student

Last spring, Laura Bruns, a Bradley University  Speech Communication Lecturer, brought her students to OLLI class breaks so they could meet OLLI members and practice their conversational skills.

We will repeat this activity during Fall Class breaks, but are working to further develop the relationship between OLLI members and undergraduate students.  

As such, we would like to offer you the chance to be paired with an honors Communication 103 student who will write a "tribute  speech" about you.

Tribute  speeches are short talks about a person's life, accomplishments, and advice.  Once you've been matched, an honors student would meet with you at a mutually convenient time, talk about your career, hobbies, family, goals, etc., then write a  speechabout what they've learned about you. You will be invited to attend class with the student and listen to his or her completed  speech, but attendance is not required.

If you would like to participate in this great inter-generational activity, please fill out an online form by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for helping our Bradley students further develop their communication skills!

Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Community Chorus Auditions

Experienced choral singers who enjoy performing choral masterworks with orchestra are invited to audition for the Bradley Community Chorus on Tuesday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Constance Hall room 205.  

The Community Chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting August 31.  The Chorus will perform in the Verdi Requiem with the Bradley Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Peoria.

Call Dr. John Jost at 309-677-2600 for more information.
Free Exhibitions in Heuser Art Center

Two exhibits opened yesterday in the Heuser Art Center.  Admission to both is free.

I Witness: Activist Art and Social Movement Politics 
Heuser Art Center gallery
August 8 - September 23

Krista Wortendyke
Heuser Art Center 2nd floor
August 8 - September 23

Beyond the Hilltop
Update Cuba: Illinois Leading the Way

"Update Cuba: Illinois Agriculture and Business Leading the Way"
Presented by Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Thursday, August 18
5:30 p.m.
Fondulac Room, Clock Tower Building, 201 Clock Tower Dr, East Peoria

Illinois agriculture and business are actively engaged in changing U.S. policy toward Cuba and expanding Illinois' already important business interests in Cuba.  Join PAWAC President Don Samford, who in May accompanied the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation to the island nation where they met with several government leaders and ministries, as the moderator of a panel of USACC leaders and business.  This panel discussion will include an update on the business and government changes taking place in Cuba.  Panelists will also address what changes are necessary for Cuba to grow foreign investment and trade.  

Panelists include:
  • Mark Albertson, Director of Strategic Market Development, Illinois Soybean Association
  • Paul Johnson, President and Owner of CFI, and Co-Chairman of U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba
  • Jennifer Zammuto, Chief Operating Officer, Caterpillar Foundation 
This event is free and open to the public.   Advance notice of event attendance strongly encouraged via director@pawac.org to secure seats.
Free Caregiving Resources from OLLI Sponsor

Heartis Village, a sponsor of the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser, will host two free events this month in order to provide resources including information, support, and guidance to families who are caring for loved ones.  

Caring for Aging Parents and Dependent Children
Thursday, August 25
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria
Presented by: Mitch Forrest, MSW, LSW, CIRS, Family Caregiver Information and Assistance Specialist, Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc. 

Know the Signs of Alzheimer's: Early Detection Matters
Tuesday, August 30
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Room at Schnuck's Grocery Store, 4800 N University Street, Peoria
Presented by: Daryl Carlson, Education and Outreach Manager, Alzheimer's Association, Central Illinois Chapter

Please RSVP for these events no later than Monday, August 22, at 309-693-3960 or peoriamarketing@heartispeoria.com. 

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