OLLI News from Bradley University

September 6, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

September October November
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
Nov. 2, 9am: Winter 2017 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Sept. 21, 12pm: Fall Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Oct. 21, 9am: Spring Cinema Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Nov. 9, 16, & 30, 9am: Spring 2017 Curriculum Committee Meetings 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

Have You Registered for Fall Classes Yet?

At OLLI Classes, you will experience a fun, stimulating environment with classes led by local experts and enthusiasts, camaraderie of peers with a love of learning, personalized customer service by Continuing Education staff, and even plenty of delicious snacks!  Choose four courses from our wide variety of class offerings to take on  October 5, 12, 19, and 26, and enjoy complimentary transportation, snack breaks, and a seat at the Kickoff Luncheon on  September 21 -- all for $95.  

Click here to view class offerings and additional information.  To register for classes,  click here to utilize our online registration system or call Bonnie at  309-677-3900.  We can't wait to see you there!

Visit Fair Oaks Farm!

Fair Oaks Farm (Activity Level 3)
Wednesday, September 28
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Witness how four million glasses of milk are produced daily by 32,000 cows when we travel to the amazing 25,000 acre Fair Oaks Farm, located in northwestern Indiana. We'll learn how approximately 80 or more calves are born on the farm daily, and (if we are lucky) will have an opportunity to witness one of the real and extraordinary
events in the Birthing Barn while the dairy midwife assists. We'll also get to see the nursery where newborns are hand-fed, tour the milking parlor, and more. This tour also includes The Pig Experience, where we can see piglets in the growing barn and maybe even another chance to witness the miracle of life in the farrowing barn.

$109 - includes admission fees, tours, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

Spend the Day with OLLI on a Local Trip

The following local trips still have spaces available!  

Peoria Disposal Company and Peoria County Landfill (Activity Level 3)
Friday, September 9
9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join OLLI's very own Les Bergsten, Chairman of the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee, for a visit to the Peoria Disposal Company (PDC) offices and a tour of
the landfill. As the City of Peoria's waste and recycling collection service contractor, PDC handles hazardous and non-hazardous waste collection and disposal, waste
treatment, waste transportation and brokerage, laboratory analysis, and more.

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

Wheels O' Time featuring the Silver Streak (Activity Level 2)
Wednesday, September 14
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
In 1979, two Peoria-area men needed storage space for a number of collector cars. They bought a five-acre tract of land, erected a building, and asked other hobbyists to
join them. The result of their effort is Wheels O' Time, a museum near Dunlap that features a multitude of interactive exhibits that describe what life was like in Peoria between 50 and 100 years ago. During this private, guided tour of the museum, we'll visit three spacious buildings that house an eclectic collection of antique autos (including a Ford Model T, Packard, Austin Healey and more), Caterpillar machinery, clocks, toys, tools, coin-operated machines, visitor-activated train layouts, and a calliope. We will also have a unique opportunity to see the featured exhibit "Silver Streak," a 1926 Ford Model T owned by John Butte, w hich is the subject of his book  Darlene's Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls. 

$30 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, fees, and shuttle transportation

CSE Software and Simformotion (Activity Level 2)
Monday, September 19
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Headquartered in Peoria, CSE Software is a privately held company founded in 1990 by President Ken Pflederer. Partners Lara Aaron and Renee Gorrell joined the
business in 1992. Sister company Simformotion LLC was established by the three owners as a separate company in 2008 to handle the design, manufacturing, and sales of simulators. In 2009 CSE Software was awarded the license for CAT heavy equipment simulators by Caterpillar. CSE manufacturers 13 models sold on a global scale, with more in development. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at this innovative company where we'll learn how they "make magic."

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these and other trips online, please  click here and utilize our online system, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

Join an Upcoming Study Group 

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

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. 

Director of Intelligence Robotics Laboratory Hiroshi Ishiguro (right) with his realistic look-alike android.

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. 

OLLI's Reader's Theatre: Spoon River Anthology
Thursdays, September 15 - October 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Humana Guidance Center

Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters' collection of epitaphs of people who lived
in a small-town in Illinois, remains a reader's favorite to this day. Enrollees in this group will rehearse and then perform the play in a reader's theatre format. All participants will be included in all aspects of the production process. As part of the
preparation for their four performances, participants will also visit Lewistown, Illinois, the fictional site of the play. Scripts are included in the fee.

$45 - facilitated by Dr. Bettsey Barhorst, President-Emeritus, Madison Area Technical College, Illinois Central College administrator, and speech professor.

To register for these 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!

OLLI Reads

Many  OLLI participants are using the  OLLI  Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and  read the list yourself.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the book and a free sample of the book ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle Reader.

Contact Greg Peine at  gspeine@comcast.net with your suggestions for additions to the OLLI  Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


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 was introduced last week at the shop, located at 718 W Glen Ave.  Mrs. Bradley's Birthday Blend will be on sale through December.

Free Exhibitions in Heuser Art Center

Two exhibits are open in the Heuser Art Center.  Admission to both is free.  Feel free to stop in if you're on campus this month!

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
A Global Mindset for a 21st Century Education

"A Global Mindset for a 21st Century Education"
Presented by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Thursday, September 15
6:30 p.m.
Westlake Hall, Room 130, Bradley University

An increasingly globalized economy and world interdependency fueled by rapidly changing technology make a change in the skills needed by our workforce evident.  The Peoria World Affairs Council will host a panel discussion addressing not only skills required by global companies or organizations, but also some of the most current educational innovations and challenges in Central Illinois and around the world.

Panelists include:
Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Superintendent of Peoria Public Schools
Mr. Chris Yates, Director of Development and Education, Caterpillar, Inc.
Dr. Helj รค Antola Crowe, Professor of Education, Bradley University

This program is free and open to the public.  Advance notice of attendance strongly encouraged via director@pawac.org to ensure seats.  This program will be of interest to students, teachers, school administrators, business and political leaders, and anyone interested in the innovations and challenges in today's educational systems.

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