OLLI News from Bradley University

October 25, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

Nov. 2, 9am: Winter 2017 Registration Open House  in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Your Winter Brochure is on its way!
Nov. 9, 9am: Fall 2016 Wrap-up Curriculum Committee Meeting
 in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Nov. 16 & 30, 9am: Spring 2017 Brainstorming Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Welcome to OLLI!

For those of you who are new to our email newsletter, welcome!  Each Tuesday, we will send you updates on learning opportunities at OLLI, Bradley University, and around the Peoria area.

If you have any questions about OLLI, the contents of this newsletter, or upcoming events, please feel free to reply to this message.  

We're glad to have you join the OLLI community, and we look forward to meeting you at an OLLI event!

Wear Bradley Red to Classes Tomorrow!

For our last day of Fall Classes tomorrow, show your OLLI spirit by wearing red for our Class photo!

We will gather on the 1st floor of the Michel Student Center during our first break at 10:15 a.m. below the balcony to take a group photo.  

Here's an Opportunity to Help Develop OLLI Classes

Have you enjoyed your Fall classes so far?  Would you like to suggest some new classes?  Or, have you not attended classes because  you couldn't find any that appealed to you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, attending an upcoming Curriculum Committee meeting is the perfect way to share your ideas for new classes. 

Attending a committee meeting is also an easy way to learn more about OLLI and how the curriculum is developed ... we welcome all newcomers with an orientation packet, and you can suggest ideas while enjoying scones!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m.  We will gather in the Michel Student Center Executive Suite to review our Fall offerings and brainstorm possible classes for Spring.  Parking is available in the Visitor's Lot adjacent to the Bradley Bookstore.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 677-3900.  We can't wait to see you there!

Argo: Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979

Tuesday, November 15
1:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre

OLLI presents a special screening of the film  Argo, a drama based on events that took place in 1979 when 52 Americans were taken hostage during the Iranian revolution. Winner of three Academy Awards, the film describes the story of six Americans who attempted to escape the hostage crisis under the guise of producing a Hollywood film. 

Following the movie, our moderator, Doug Frank, will discuss his former role as President of Music Operations for Warner Pictures. He will also discuss his supervision of the music for Argo and many other films, such as the Harry Potter series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Dark Knight.

$5 - includes admission and discussion. Transportation not provided - meet us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! Free parking available in the deck accessible from Water Street.

To register, click here to utilize our online registration system or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

Spend the Day with OLLI on a Local Learning Trip

Local trips are a great way to get out for the day and learn more about our community!  Spaces are still available for the following trips this fall:

Pekin Hospital
Friday, Nov. 18
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Since 1913, Pekin Hospital has been dedicated to improving the health of its community through its 107-bed medical center that provides advanced care and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. As part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital works with highly credentialed nursing staff and healthcare professionals including more than 300 physicians working in over 40 medical specialties. On this tour, we'll learn how the hospital utilizes hospitalists to offer a new level of patient-centered care, and we'll hear about The Baby Place, which holds the international designation as a "baby-friendly birth facility."

$27 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these or other trips, click here to utilize our online registration system or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
Hilltop Happenings
Chris Foreman Jazz Trio featuring Andy Brown

Chris Foreman Jazz Trio featuring Andy Brown
Wednesday, October 26
7:00 p.m.
Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Ave, Peoria

Chris Foreman and Andy Brown are legendary Chicago jazz artists.  These recording artists tour around the world when they are not performing in Chicago's greatest jazz clubs.  Chris was recently featured on NPR's Fresh Air where his new CD with Andy Brown, Now is the Time (Sirens Records), received great acclaim.  Because of generous funding from Bradley University's Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee, this one-time event is free to the public. 

To read press releases about Chris Foreman or Andy Brown, click on their names below:
Speaker on the Syrian Crisis and Human Rights

"A Personal View of the Syrian Crisis and Human Rights: Why It Matters in the Election Year"
Presented by Qutaiba Idlbi, Syrian refugee and torture survivor
Tuesday, November 1
8:00 p.m.
Neumiller Lecture Hall, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
Cost: FREE

Qutaiba Idlbi is a native of Damascus. He was in Syria at the outbreak of protests in March 2011, detained twice by Syrian internal security services, and forced to leave the country. After leaving Syria, he volunteered for various relief organizations working with the refugees in Lebanon and Egypt. Qutaiba was selected as a fellow for the Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program in Washington, D.C. and was a visiting fellow at the International Republican Institute. He's also part of a peace exchange program with his holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India on prejudice reduction and the role of spirituality in peace building. Qutaiba holds a degree from the University of Damascus' Technical Institute for Finance and Banking Sciences and he studied at the International University for Science and Technology in Damascus until he was forced to flee Syria. He will discuss the controversial refugee policies that will be a challenge in America's future.

Hosted by the student club International Affairs Organization, this event is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus is open after 6:00 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble to Present Jazz Tribute Concert

2nd Annual Jazz Tribute Concert: Unforgettable
Friday, November 18,  8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Hartmann Center, Bradley University campus (just south of the bookstore)
Cost: $25

This tribute concert features Bradley's Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Todd Kelly, with vocalist and Bradley alumna Stephanie Aaron, featuring such beloved songs as Cheek to Cheek, Unforgettable, Almost Like Being in Love, and many others.

Stephanie Aaron has been singing and acting for most of her life, from grade school through college at Bradley, where she received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance.  Her favorite roles have included Philia in  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Audrey in  Little Shop of Horrors, Viola in  Twelfth Night, and Sally Bowles in  Cabaret.  Stephanie began a career as a Peoria  radio personality, which lasted for several years and culminated in a stint co-hosting a popular Peoria morning show.  She performs in the Peoria Jazz scene with Larry Harms.  Moving to Chicago in 2004, she left radio and focused on becoming a working musician: studying jazz, and teaching. Among her favorite Chicago shows are long running residencies at the legendary Jilly's on Rush Street and at The Drake Hotel's Coq D'or. She currently performs with small groups as well as with the DePaul Alumni Big Band at the Jazz Showcase.    

Other special guests appearing on stage include Doug Frank, former President of Warner Bros Music Operations, Bradley vocalist Maggie Sloter, and pianist Molly Sloter.

Tickets are limited; call the Cultural Events Box Office at 309-677-2650 to reserve your ticket.

Beyond the Hilltop
Community Dialogue on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Mike Kennedy, president and CEO of the Human Service Center in Peoria, will moderate community discussions about the increasing use and abuse of heroin and opiates in the Peoria area, with time allotted for brainstorming community strategies to address this issue.

To attend any of the following discussions, please contact Roberta Koscielski at 309-497-2186 or robertakoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Wednesday, November 2
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Lakeview Branch, Lakeview Room

Monday, November 7
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
North Branch, McKenzie Room

Thursday, November 17
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Lincoln Branch, Hot Air Balloon Room

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