OLLI News from Bradley University

November 1, 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
Winter Registration Begins Tomorrow

Registration for OLLI's Winter 2017 programs opens tomorrow, November 2.  You should have received a brochure in the mail this week.   To view the brochure online, click here.  Please take time to review our offerings, then choose YOUR way to register:  
Wednesday, November 2, 9 - 11 a.m.:  Attend the OLLI Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms.  Free shuttle service will provided from Westminster Presbyterian Church starting at 8:15 a.m.  During the open house, you'll have the chance to interact one-on-one with staff, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and spend time with your friends (or meet some new ones).  Registration forms received at the Open House will be processed first.
We highly encourage you NOT to arrive before 8:30 a.m.  Doors will open and numbers for the queue will be handed out at 8:40 a.m.  Between 8:40 - 9:00 a.m., you will have time to enjoy refreshments, sit and socialize with other members, and complete your registration materials.  Shortly after staff announcements at 9:00 a.m., registrations will be accepted in numerical order.  You'll also have the opportunity to meet Diane Venzera, Assistant Director of Adult Learning at the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Learning Institutes.  Diane will be in town to visit our learning community and start preparations for the 2017 OLLI National Conference.
Thursday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.:  Online, mail, and telephone registration opens:

Online - visit OLLI's webpage, Bradley.edu/olli, to make your selections.  You can access your Winter 2017 account using the same email (and password, if you'd like) as your Fall account.  If you've never used the system, please create an account as shown on the first page of the online system.  To avoid errors, we recommend using one of the following web browsers for your online registration:  Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari (for Mac users).  On registration day, the high volume of participants on the site may cause pages to load slowly.  We appreciate your patience as the system processes your information.
Mail - you may mail your form at any time; forms will be queued in the order received and processed on November 3.
Telephone - if you would like to speak with a staff members about your registration on November 3, please call (309) 677-3900.

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!

Have You Taken an Interesting Trip?

Do you have a travel experience you would like to share?  OLLI's popular "Look Where I Went" class offers you an opportunity to present a one hour session in April or October of 2017 as one of four different presenters for the class.
If you would like to share your photographs and what you learned about the people and places you visited on your particular path, we would love to make your perspective a part of the OLLI class.
If interested in presenting, please contact John Dust, member of the Curriculum Committee, at WaywardPilot@aol.com or 309-339-0227 for more detailed information.

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
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.

Sports Illustrated  Photographer Bill Frakes at Bradley

Emotional Motion: 25 Years of Covering Sports from the Best Seat in the House
Presented by Bill Frakes
Wednesday, November 9
6:00 p.m.
Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
Reception: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Heuser Art Gallery

A native Nebraskan, Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator based in Florida who has worked in every US state and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients, including Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, and more.  He directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world.  His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hudreds of Websites as well as on most major television networks.  He is currently ib the masthead of Sports Illustrated.  

His work is currently on display in the Heuser Art Gallery until November 10.
Historic Presentation: The Bayeux Tapestry 

The Bayeux Tapestry at Bradley
Thursday, November 10
7:00 p.m.
116 Westlake Hall, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Come hear an historic presentation of this most magnificent medieval tapestry housed in Bayeux, France --
A clarification of its role in the Norman Conquest
An explanation of its artisitc creators
A presentation of replicas
A discussion with the audience

This inspirational exhibition by Cathy Grafton displays one of the finest medieval tapestries, revealing the work of conquered women between 1066 and 1100.  She considers the nature of the art produced and the details of human and animal interaction in the text and borders.  We will appreciate Grafton's own replica of the segments of the tapestry.  Come for an amazing evening of enlightenment, enrichment, and entertainment!  This presentation is free and open to the public. 
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.

Verdi at the Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem 
Bradley Community Chorus, Bradley Chorale, and Bradley Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, November 20
4:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral, 607 NE Madison, Peoria
Cost: $10

Verdi wrote the Requiem in 1874 to commemorate the death of his hero, the Italian writer  Alessandro Manzoni. It is one of the most dramatic musical settings of the Requiem text  ever written, with powerfully effective use of voices and instruments.

Soloists will be Penelope Shumate, soprano, of the Western Illinois University Music
Department; Jill Phillips, mezzo-soprano, Luther College Music Department; Eric
Ashcraft, tenor, who has taught at Luther and Augustana Colleges; and John Hines, bass,
of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. John Jost, professor of music and
director of choral activities at Bradley, will conduct.

General admission is $10, students $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 677-2650.

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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