OLLI News from Bradley University
July 24, 2018
How Do We Spell Success?  Y-O-U!

It's one thing to meet a fundraising goal, but to surpass it by over $28,000 is remarkable.  Not only that, but over 410  people made gifts.  That number represents 37% of our members.  Remarkable AGAIN!

But the good news news doesn't stop there.  We have already put your money to work.  By combining it with the funds from past campaigns, plus some additional support from Continuing Education, we have made needed improvements in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms.  Take a look at the soundproof, retractable wall that has now replaced the curtains.  And when you attend your next event there, you'll notice that the Ballrooms now feature state-of-the-art audio visual equipment thus improving sound and picture quality.  

So how does OLLI spell success?  It's Y-O-U, our members, who sustain us!  How generous you are, and how willing you are to make sure our OLLI not just survives.  It thrives!

Thank you, OLLI!  
Fall Registration Social Coming Wednesday

Fall Registration Social
Wednesday, July 25
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Michel Student Center 

Don't miss the fall Registration Social tomorrow, July 25, at the Michel Student Center Ballrooms.

Here's the schedule:

8:00 a.m.  Ballroom doors (second floor) open for number distribution.  

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.  Staff and volunteers check your registration forms and answer questions while you enjoy refreshments and socialize with friends both new and old.

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Numbers are called in order for same-day registration processing.

Special note:  The Michel Student Center does not open until 7:30 a.m.

Free parking is available on campus during the Fall Registration Social, so shuttle service will not be offered.  

In case you are unable to attend the Fall Registration Social, you can still register for fall programs online and via phone beginning Thursday, July 26.  

For more information about fall registration, contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.
Change in the OLLI Class Schedule for Fall

We regret to announce that the class 
"How to Listen to Music" (Class #27 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.) is cancelled for Fall 2018.  The instructor, David Commanday, is unavailable due to a change in his professional schedule. 

If you had planned to take this class, please select a replacement class for the 12:30 time slot.  In the meantime, we look forward to the maestro's return to OLLI in late 2019 or early 2020. 
Upcoming Trip to Feature 
Those Who Serve the Most Vulnerable

The Baby Fold
Monday, August 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Normal, Illinois
Activity Level 2

On August 6, join OLLI as we visit the agency that "never gives up on a child," The Baby Fold in Normal. Working with children and youth who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders and their families, the Baby Fold has many services it can wrap around a child and family. We'll visit two facilities, meet members of the leadership team, and learn about the agency's work with foster care, special needs adoption services, special education, and early intervention programs that annually serve over 1,000 clients.

$32 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transporation

Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie for details at (309) 677-3900.

Why Take OLLI Classes?

OLLI Classes
Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24
Bradley University Michel Student Center

Why should anyone take OLLI classes?

For one thing, OLLI classes aren't like traditional school. Instead, you get to choose the topic, learn from an engaging instructor, avoid homework and tests, attend at a welcoming college campus, and participate with people your age. It's learning suited just for you.
And there's more!
Where else can you participate in an event that features presentations by community leaders and local experts - all who volunteer their time with OLLI?  What events can you attend that offer free shuttle service?  Who else serves such delicious scones?  And where can you find all this at such a great price - $99 for four classes?  Add in the networking and socializing opportunities, and the full value of classes becomes even more apparent.
This fall, OLLI will host 43 classes. If you haven't attended classes, or if you've missed a session or two, we invite you to join us this fall.  We're sure there's a seat just for you!
Reminder: Registration for OLLI's fall programs opens Wednesday, July 25 (see details in the story above, "Fall Registration Social Coming Wednesday").

Request for Study Group Facilitators and Leaders

Study groups are one of OLLI's most popular offerings, as indicated by our growing study group enrollments.  Yet we are striving to stay ahead of of this increasing demand.  Can you help us keep up? 

Please consider leading or facilitating a study group.  

It may surprise you to know that study group leaders are not subject matter experts.  They are subject matter enthusiasts.  In other words, they enjoy the topic so much that they want to hear what others have to say about it.

So our study groups need champions - people who are eager to lead a conversation about a subject that may have wider interest.  You don't have to be a veteran group leader, nor do you need to be an expert in the field that interests you.  What we're really looking for is someone with passion - someone who wants to know more and welcomes others who feel the same way.

Study Group Chair, Gary Nelson, is a perfect example.  Gary has facilitated or co-led five different study groups on five very diverse subjects.  "I was not an expert in any of those topics, but I enjoyed learning more about [them] and discussing the topics with others."    

We invite you to follow Gary's example.  Give your passion its opportunity to be shared with others.  Please consider leading or facilitating a study group.  Or if you prefer, find a friend who will do it with you - as co-facilitators!  Gary is anxious to hear you're willing to help, so please email him at garynelson1018@gmail.com   


August Trivia Night Promises to be Groovy

Trivia Night Fundraiser for OLLI
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center

Dig out your love beads and lava lamps for OLLI's 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on August 24.  O ur theme is "The Sixties - 50 Years Later,"  so  plan to wear something funky.  Or if you prefer, bring groovy items to adorn your tables!  Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team and best decorated table.  

Our evening will feature questions in nine categories, plus you'll have the chance to purchase "brain power" from Bradley students who will assist your table with some wicked good answers.  As always, emcees Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton, from WMBD radio, will make sure the evening is far out, and we'll make sure you get to enjoy plenty of drinks and munchies.

Reserve your seat (or table of 8) by calling Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  If you don't have a team, don't worry!  We'll place you on one!

Upcoming OLLI Events

July 25, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.,  Fall Registration Social, Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Aug 15 and Aug 22, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 26, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 24, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser, Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center

Aug 30, 1:30 p.m., Informational Meeting for Music Cities Trip, Peoria Next Innovation Center

  Beyond the Hilltop
Quest Seeking Volunteers

for Welcome Event

Quest Welcome Back to School
August 1, 2018
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Quest Middle School OR Quest High School
Free, but advanced reservations requested

Quest Charter Academy will begin the new school year with a welcome back to school that features the "Village of Men."  Over 100 men from the community will line the sidewalks and offer students encouraging words and support.  

OLLI men are invited to join in this effort to show Quest students they are supported - especially by positive male role models in the community.  "We want to show students they are loved, valued, and supported on their 'quest to be the best,'' said Deb Spencer, Chief Development Officer.

Women are welcome too!   For more details, or to make your reservation, email Spencer and tell her the school where you will participate (Quest Middle School or Quest High School).  Email Deb Spencer:   spencer@questpeoria.org
Great American Read Program Returns to Library

Who Am I?  A Discussion of Young Adult Literature
The Great American Read Program
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch

The fast-growing field of Young Adult (YA) literature offers stories that help us make sense of our own lives as we observe the characters on their journeys.  No matter our age, these books provide us with new perspectives.  Dr. Melinda J. McBee Orzulak, associate professor of English at Bradley University who specializes in YA literature and teaching methods, will be our discussion leader as we reflect on the question, "How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life's journey?" 

Programming for The Great American Read  is offered as part of a grant from the  American Library Association and PBS.   For more information, contact the Peoria Public Library
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