OLLI News from Bradley University
March 13, 2018
Notable OLLI Dates

March April May
Mar. 14, 12pm: Kickoff Luncheon for Spring 2018 Classes in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 4, 11, 18, & 25: Spring 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
May 2, 9am: Summer 2018 Registration Social in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Apr. 13 & 27, 9am: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 9, 16, & 30, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meetings at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Reminders for Tomorrow's Kickoff Luncheon

Tomorrow is the Spring 2018 Kickoff Luncheon, and we can't wait to see everyone on campus!  Please review the following reminders for the event.

The luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m., with an orientation for new class members at 11:00 a.m.

For easy parking and door-to-door shuttle service, please park at one of the the following locations:
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria
Per the church's request, please park in the LOWER lot (left side).

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Peoria Charter Coaches will transport you from Shea Stadium, and OLLI shuttles will transport you from Westminster Church to the Student Center at Bradley.  Parking attendants will be available at both locations to assist you as needed.

Our keynote speaker will be Bradley Professor and author Devin Murphy.  After the luncheon, he will sign copies of his book, The Boat Runner, which will be available for purchase for $15.99 ($17.43 with tax; cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted).
Learn Something New This Spring at OLLI Classes

There's still time to sign up for OLLI Spring Classes!

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, on Bradley's campus.   You can take four different classes, selected from a wide variety of topics and fields of interest, such as these featured classes below!

Class #8, Getting to Know the Peoria County Sheriff's Department (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
Learn the inner workings of the Sheriff's department from 4 different visitors.

Class #10, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
Chuck Collins, member of the Ian Fleming Foundation, will talk about the creator of the super spy James Bond.

Class #12, Matters of the Heart -- and More (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
Four health care professionals will discuss topics related to cardiovascular health.

Class #19, Literary Lions (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Study a different author each week, including the author of the Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, Annie Dillard, Anne Frank, and Bradley's own Kevin Stein, retired professor and Illinois Poet Laureate.

Class #21, Organize and Downsize! (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Pick up some practical strategies to better organize your home - such as how to combat clutter or manage paper.

Class #32, Live Big Bands and Dixieland (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
Enjoy live big band and Dixieland music performed by groups from Bradley and local public high schools.  

Class #33, Look Where I Went (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
Share in four presenters' incredible journeys, from Cairo, to Ohio, to the British Virgin Islands, and beyond.

Class #35, Cranbrook: Incubator of Design (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Learn about the significant impact of one school on the world of art, architecture, and design.

Class #42, Look What I Did (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Hear from four presenters about their unique experiences in their fields, including wildlife rehabilitation, nonprofit leadership, pork production, and performance magic.

The class fee of $99 also includes plentiful snacks on class days, complimentary shuttle service from two spacious parking lots near campus, and a seat at the Spring Kickoff Luncheon  on Wednesday, March 14, at 12:00 p.m.  

Register today by clicking here to visit our online registration site, or by calling Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  We can't wait to see you in April!

Spend an Afternoon With OLLI on a Local Trip

Creating Collage with Judith Koren-Shanahan- Activity Level 1
Tuesday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 On this learning trip, we'll visit the studio of artist Judith Koren-Shananhan, a former commercial artist who continues her art journey by exploring collage, creating mixed media, artist trading cards, and more. We'll have an opportunity to create art as we explore the smallest collage form, artist trading cards. No previous art experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided for you to discover your creative self!
$33 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, fees, and shuttle transportation


Rothan Millwork Company - Activity Level 3
Friday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Founded in 1873, Rothan produces fine architectural millwork specializing in commercial and residential woodworking, doors, and door hardware.  We'll discover the history of this family-owned business, located in its original location in downtown Peoria, and learn how Rothan continues its tradition of expert craftsmanship and quality.  
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Getz Fire Equipment Company- Activity Level 2
Thursday April 19, 11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Getz family will introduce OLLI to their diversified company and show how they have grown into a multi-million dollar business. Our visit to the 30,000 square-foot building will include a look at the fire extinguisher pressure test rooms, recharge rooms, and training areas as we learn about fire protection and more
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register call 677-3900 or click here to use our online registration system.
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Hilltop Happenings
Volunteer to Help Healthcare Research:
Observe a Simulation at JUMP Center

Are you interested in being part of a medical research project with the JUMP Simulation Center and Bradley University right here in Peoria?

Take part in this collaborative research opportunity by observing a simulation and completing surveys beforehand and afterward.   This experience is open to anyone over 18 and should be interesting and eye-opening as you work together with healthcare professionals and social scientists.

The whole process will take roughly 2 hours.  For your time, you will be compensated with a $30 Visa gift card.

Time slots are available on Monday, March 19, or Monday, March 26.  Sign up by clicking here.

Research will take place at the JUMP Simulation Center, 1306 N Berkeley Ave, Peoria.  Free parking is available int he OSF parking deck.   For more information, email simresearch@bradley.edu.  
Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Reads Events

This week Peoria Reads is hosting two events related to this year's selected novel, Station Eleven.  Both are free and open to the public.

Pandemic Simulation at Methodist College
Thursday, March 15
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Methodist College, 7600 N Academic Drive, Peoria
Experience what it's like to face a pandemic like the one in Station Eleven with an evening at Methodist College.  See a live action simulation of the progression of an epidemic outbreak in a hospital and its effects on the population and health care providers.  There will also be an interactive lab on transmission of diseases.  Then attend the final "debriefing" discussion while enjoying refreshments.  Registration is limited; click here to register online and reserve your spot.  You need not have read Station Eleven to attend!

Station Eleven Discussion with Colleen Karn
Sunday, March 18
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria
Peoria Reads is the annual "one city, one book" project created by Peoria Public Library and Common Place Family Learning Center.  The 2018 selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it.  A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band's existence.  Ultimately and intentionally a hopeful book, it's a reminder that art -- a play, a comic book, a musical interlude, a museum display, even an apocalyptic novel -- can be the best means towards cultivating a civilization and preserving our humanity.  A discussion of Station Eleven facilitated by Collen Karn, Instructor of English & Humanities at Methodist College, will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Contact Roberta Koscielski at Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186 or robertakoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us to check out copies of Station Eleven

Presentation on  Women in World War II 

The Journey to Mollie's War: The Women's Army Corps and WWII
Tuesday, March 13
7:00 p.m.
Morton Public Library, 315 W Pershing, Morton

The Morton Public Library and Morton AAUW (American Association of University Women) are hosting the program "The Journey to Mollie's War: The Women's Army Corps and WWII," presented by Illinois author Cyndee Schaffer.  

Members of the Women's Corps, WACs, were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II.  Cyndee Schaffer's mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them.  Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie's letters written home during the war, this presentation provides a romantic, yet frightful, insight into the life of a woman during this crucial time in history.  

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Morton Library at (309) 263-2200 or go to www.mortonlibrary.org.  
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