OLLI News from Bradley University
August 29, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

September October
Sept. 6, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25: OLLI Fall Classes in the Michel Student Center
Sept. 20, 12pm: Fall 2017 Kickoff Luncheon in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Trivia Night Update: Thank You for Supporting OLLI!

OLLI's third annual Trivia Night Fundraiser last Friday was a blast!  We were thrilled to see so many of you having a great time, and thanks to your generosity we raised $9,000!

Congratulations to the winning team, The Dashers!  They are pictured in the collage below, proudly sporting their new medals.  

A big thank you to our hosts, Greg Batton and Dan DiOrio, who did a fantastic job emceeing the event and keeping everyone entertained.  

We would also like to thank Health Alliance for their second consecutive year supporting OLLI as a Trivia Night sponsor!

And thank you to the wonderful Bradley students, also pictured below, who served as Bradley Brains and provided their assistance throughout the night!  
Back to School... Register for OLLI Fall Classes!

OLLI classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25!  Have you registered yet?  OLLI classes offer a great way to go "back to school" and learn about the topics that interest you most from experts in those fields -- without any homework, tests, or tardy slips!

For $95, you can take four classes of your choice, enjoy door-to-door shuttle service and plenty of snacks throughout the day, and join in the camaraderie that is truly unique to OLLI classes.  

Your class fee also includes a complimentary invitation to our Fall Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, September 20  (corrected date) , featuring guest speaker Walter Zakahi, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bradley University.

Our instructors this fall include experts in a wide variety of fields.  For example, you can learn about stem cells from Dr. Craig Cady, Director of Stem Cell Research Laboratory at Bradley, in class #11:

Stem Cells, Tissue Regeneration, and Biotechnology  (9:00 - 10:00 a.m. block)
Uniting biotechnologies with stem cells has advanced the field of regenerative medicine with the promise of successfully treating many complex diseases.  Dr. Craig Cady, Director, Stem Cell Research Laboratory at Bradley University, will provide an overview of stem cell biology, nanotechnology, new approaches to genetic engineering, and other technologies important to regenerative medicine.  After learning the basics, the class will consider specific advances in treating diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, cardiac and parathyroid disease as well as methods for regenerating tissues.

Click here to view a PDF of our class offerings this fall.  Register today by calling (309) 677-3900 or click here to sign up online!
Come for the Gems, Stay for the Beer

We still need registrations for this unique regional trip featuring the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum and the new microbrewery in Bloomington, DESTIHL. Call our office at (309) 677-3900 to sign up, or click here to register online!

Funks Grove and DESTIHL Brewery (Activity Level 3)
Friday, September 22
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Don't miss the u nique opportunity to tour the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum the largest one-man mineral collection in the world. featuring  gems, minerals, fossils, petrified wood, and lapidary art.   We'll also have a guided tour of the home itself, which is a museum dedicated to memorabilia and antiques collected by several generations of the Funk family, including a working Victrola.  

After lunch, we'll tour one of the newest breweries in the area, DESTIHL , which is an independent, production brewery that was established in 2013. Their goal is to brew beyond the confines of typical beers, so we'll find out what they are brewing up, how they go about it, and of course we'll try a sample or two!

$89 - includes admission fees, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

Parking Assistance Needed for Luncheon and 
Class Mornings

Why Serve as a Parking Coordinator? 

"I found that it was an easy job and great way to get to know some of the most friendly, intelligent and wonderful people you could ever meet."

- Larry Trollope

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to serve as parking coordinators this fall!

We are still in need of some volunteers to help before and after the Fall Kick-Off Luncheon on  September 20, and some to assist with the Shea park-and-ride before classes on  October 4, 11, 18, and 25.

If you would like to give us an hour or two of your morning or afternoon on one (or more) of those five dates, we'll provide a handy-dandy reflective parking vest, sign, and very short training session. 

More than 400 people volunteer for OLLI each year - we'd love to add you to this growing number of fantastic people within our lifelong learning community. Sign up using the link below and we'll be in touch with more information!

If you have any questions, please email Michelle Riggio, Associate Director, Continuing Education, at  mriggio@bradley.edu.

Learn more and sign up here:  Parking coordinator sign up

Expand Your Knowledge in a Study Group

Join OLLI this fall in a thought-provoking study group!  Spaces are still available in the following group.  Register today by calling (309) 677-3900 or by clicking here!

Terrorism in America a Hundred Years Ago (Discussion-Based)
Tuesdays, September 12 - October 10
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Terrorism is not new in America. In fact, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, several outbursts of terrorist activity occurred. In this group, we will discuss anarchism,
communism, and other movements that advocated violence. Participants will also review the Chicago Haymarket Riot, the bombing of the USS Maine (which
led to the Spanish-American War), the assassination of President McKinley, and German terrorist bombings during World War I. Other topics for discussion will
include public reactions to the violence, government and agency responses, the real and perceived role of immigrants in these events, and the perceived role of the
media in inciting outrage and action.

$45 - facilitated by Richard Popp, co-owner, Waxwing Books.

Seeking Legacy Speech Volunteers

Thank you to the four dozen members who have already volunteered!  
If another dozen people sign up, we will enable a third class of students to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. 

Laura Bruns, a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Bradley, is seeking OLLI volunteers to serve as subjects for her students' "Legacy Speeches" this fall. 

You will be paired with a student who will interview you and write a speech in your honor for their class assignment. This volunteer opportunity would only require that you let the student interview you in person or by phone during the month of September 2017. You will be invited to watch the classroom speech and will be given a copy of the speech to keep! 

If you are interested, please sign up by  clicking here.

Hilltop Happenings
Hate Crime Forum with Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center Forum on Hate Crime
Tuesday, August 29
7:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

The Southern Poverty Law Center will participate in a panel discussion at Bradley regarding hate crimes.  The Centers' Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks, will join several local representatives to discuss national and local trends in the rise of hate groups and hate crime.  The free public forum will take place in the Michel Student Center Ballroom on Bradley's campus on August 29th beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Brooks will share thoughts from the Center on what people can do to combat hate crimes in their own communities.  Local panelists will include Rev. Marvin Hightower , Peoria Chapter NAACP; Imam Kamil Mufti, Islamic Foundation of Peoria; Rebecca Carlson, Jewish Federation of Peoria; and Sonny Garcia, Illinois People's Action. It will be moderated by Garry Moore.

The program is sponsored by Bradley University's Department of Sociology, Criminology, & Social Work; African American Studies Program; and the Community Word.
Beyond the Hilltop
You're Invited to Chillicothe Public Library Programs

The Chillicothe Public Library offers numerous programs each month, and OLLI members are invited!  A few of our favorites are listed below, or you can view the full September newsletter by clicking here.  Or, to sign up to receive their newsletter each month, click here!

Mon., September 11 @ 6 p.m. 
Expand your horizons - and your palate! Register by 9/5. Visit our website for recipes and photos from past programs.  Note: Register by 9/25 for the program on 10/2.

Thur., September 14 @ 6:30 p.m. 
Take a trip back in time with Conversational Italian for Travelers author Kathryn Occhipinti and discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world today. Learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous - and is now available again today! You'll also have the chance to taste a few of these wines.  Registration requested by 9/11.
September 15 @ 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Play tabletop and strategy games, including Catan, Pandemic, King of Tokyo, and Munchkin! Create a Pathfinder character and learn the basics of Role Playing Games! Pizza & snacks provided for donation. Outside food encouraged.  Ages 18 & up. Questions? Contact Genevieve at 274-2719.

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