OLLI News from Bradley University
November 21, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

November December January
Nov. 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meetings  at Peoria Next Innovation Center -

Jan. 8, 1:30pm: Portugal and Spain Informational Meeting at the Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 9-12: Winter 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center

Jan. 16, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 17, 9am: Spring 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 24, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
We are thankful for all our wonderful members and volunteers who make our programs possible!  We wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Please note that our office will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and will re-open on Monday, November 27.
Osher Survey Results

Earlier this year, we sent a membership survey to 3,502 people who receive our weekly newsletters.  The survey was needed to help the Osher National Resource Center accurately provide data comparing and contrasting the demographics of OLLI at Bradley with our colleagues at Northwestern and the University of Illinois. 

We'd like to thank those of you who responded, as well as share some of the information that emerged from the survey:
  • Nearly 66% of the respondents were female
  • 80% reported ages between 60-79
  • 95% completed education beyond high school
  • 85% are fully retired; 69% have been retired more than 5 years
  • 93% have lived near Peoria more than 10 years  
  • History, fine arts, current affairs, travel, and health were the top 5 categories of program interest
  • 94% use computers, 72% use smartphones, and 58% use tablet devices
In response to the question "What about OLLI at Bradley has been valuable/important to you," 307 people answered with a variety of comments, including:
  • "Socialization, learning new things, meeting new people, staying active"
  • "Excellent learning and social opportunity for me as a new retiree"
  •  "Feeling valuable, useful, and capable of expanding my social network and stretching my understanding of learning in the senior years of my life"
  • "Great learning, friends, exposure to new ideas, staying current"
  • "Interesting topics presented by knowledgeable and enthusiastic people"
  • "The learning of many things, of course, but maybe the making of new friends and the fellowship was the best"
  • "I am completely blown away by the quality of the programs, the quality of the instructors, the quality of the attendees, and the quality of the people who administrate OLLI"
Again, we want to thank everyone who responded to the survey and commented about our lifelong learning community.  

We are thrilled to know that our focus on socialization, quality offerings, customer service, and member involvement is working, and want you to know that we will continue these efforts into 2018 and beyond to make our OLLI one of the best OLLIs in the country.

Location Change for Curriculum Committee

OLLI Class Curriculum Committee Meetings
Wednesday, November
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

All are invited to attend the Class Curriculum Committee Meetings on Wednesday, November 29.  

Please note that the location of the meetings has been changed to the Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street.  The building, located about five blocks east of campus, has plentiful, free parking.

Attending these meetings is a great way to learn more about OLLI and the class planning process, connect with your fellow OLLI members, hear fresh ideas for future classes, and even suggest ideas of your own, if you like!  You choose your own level of involvement - no contribution to the process is too small.  

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
 From Aromatherapy to Public Health Issues, 
OLLI Winter Classes Have Something for Everyone

Don't let the cold weather get you down-- make the most of this winter at OLLI Classes in January!   For $95, you can choose four classes from a wide variety of stimulating topics and expand your knowledge on a favorite subject or learn something completely new.  

OLLI Winter 2018 Classes
Tuesday, January 9 - Friday, January 12
9:00 - 3:00 p.m
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Read about two of our featured classes below:

Class #1: Alternative Health Care
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and aromatherapy?  This class will explain these and other alternative therapies that can help you live a healthier lifestyle.  Instructor Dr. Kurt Pepperell, a local chiropractor and acupuncturist, will also discuss chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Class #30: Local Environmental Public Health
Wednesday/Friday, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
In this class, representatives from the Peoria City/County Health Department will present information on environmental health programs and services, including, but not limited to, food safety, private water well safety, West Nile Virus Surveillance, and childhood lead exposure.  

You'll love the fun atmosphere and strong sense of camaraderie, not to mention the plentiful snacks and refreshments to fuel your quest for knowledge!

View a complete listing of class offerings by clicking here.   To register, visit our online registration site or call Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  
Hilltop Happenings
Peoria Fine Arts Concert Featuring Original Composition by Bradley's Dr. John Orfe

Setting Text to Music: "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"
Thursday, December 14
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria
Cost: $12 for adults; $5 for students

John Orfe, Assistant Professor of Music at Bradley University and Organist at First Methodist Church Peoria, will premiere a new work commissioned by Theo Jean Kenyon as part of the Fine Arts Society of Peoria on December 14 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  

In "Setting Text to Music: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Orfe will perform the musical work as Lee Wenger narrates the iconic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, then give a slide presentation providing historical context for the work.  Lee Wenger is the Radio Information Service Director at WCBU-Radio.  This program is presented in collaboration with the Peoria Symphony Guild.

Everyone is welcome!  Tickets will be available at the door; $12 for adults and $5 for students.  A social hour with refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, click here.

Emergence Features Bradley University Artists

The Department of Art is proud to announce that twenty-four artists exhibiting in Peoria Riverfront Museum's Exhibition Emergence are connected with the Bradley University Department of Art, either as a faculty member (including adjunct), former faculty member, current student, or alumni. Once again, this demonstrates the tremendous impact of our department's collaborations and our influence within the arts community, locally, regionally and nationally.

Click here to learn more about the artists from Bradley University featured in the exhibit.
Beyond the Hilltop
Charlie Chaplin Movie Marathon

Charlie Chaplin Movie Marathon
Saturday, November 25
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N Bradley Ave, Chillicothe
Cost: FREE!

The Chillicothe Public Library will host an all-day movie marathon this Saturday, featuring the following Charlie Chaplin films:
10:00 a.m. -  Modern Times
11:30 a.m. - The Kid
12:45 p.m. - The Gold Rush
2:45 p.m. - Short Films

Drop by any time to enjoy Chaplin's humor and pathos.  Popcorn will be served, but please bring a bowl.
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