OLLI News from Bradley University

August 23, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

August September October
Aug. 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

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 24, and September 7, at 9:00 a.m.  
* P arking is available in the Visitor's Lot  
* Michel Student Center, Executive Suite (downstairs)
* 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 #5 - LAST ONE!
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 25.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser Week 5
**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 #5:  What national nonprofit organization operates their local chapter out of a historic home on High Street in Peoria?

Congratulations to last week's winner, Richard Lansdowne!  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 

It's not too late to register for the following study groups this Fall!

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.

TED Talks #5 for Lifelong Learners
Tuesdays, September 13 - October 11
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Register by August 30

This study group will bring together a community of curious OLLI souls for five sessions to engage with ideas and each other.  We will watch and listen to several of the TED talks at our leisure during the week and then come together to critically discuss our thoughts and observations about the ideas presented in the talks.  The talks selected by the facilitator will include ideas about life, art, and global issues and will be different from those discussed in previous TED study groups.  Remote attendance will be available (maximum remote 2).  Contact the facilitator for details.  

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and frequent study group facilitator. 

Arguments for and Against the 'Promise of Artificial Intelligence'
Tuesdays, September 13 - October 11
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 
Register by August 30

As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence (AI) believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans.  AI's critics say that we should proceed with caution - that its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in unintended consequences.  Is this the stuff of science fiction?  Should we fear AI, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?  In this study group we will take a close look at the arguments presented by both proponents and critics of "the promise of AI."  Regardless  of the side you favor at the beginning of the discussions, be prepared to discover good reasons to switch.  Remote attendance is available (maximum remote 2).  Contact the facilitator for details.  During our meetings we will view additional video snippets and engage in a facilitated discussion focused on questions from a study guide provided by the facilitator.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and frequent study group facilitator. 

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
Mrs. Bradley's Birthday Blend at The Spotted Cow

The Spotted Cow has created a limited time, special edition ice cream flavor to celebrate Bradley founder Lydia Moss Bradley's 200th birthday.  

The special Birthday Blend of vanilla with a swirl of red velvet cake will be introduced on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the shop, located at 718 W Glen Ave.  Mrs. Bradley's Birthday Blend will be on sale starting Wednesday through December.

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

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