OLLI News from Bradley University
Winter Preview:  
Look What's Coming in January

Each week until winter OLLI begins, we'll be profiling some events that are ready for you to sign up.  Take a look at this week's featured programs.

It Takes a Region: Economic Development Beyond a City's Borders (Class #21) 
Wednesday, January 9 and Friday, January 11
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley University Michel Student Center

The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication (Class #29)
Wednesday, January 9 and Friday, January 11
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Bradley University Michel Student Center

Study Groups
Revisiting Eyes on the Prize (Study Group #3)
Tuesdays, January 15 - February 19
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St.

Earth, Wind, Water, and Waste - Environmental Sustainability (Study Group #4)
Wednesdays, January 16 - February 20
1:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St.

Making a Video - The Cheap and Easy Way to Remember Vacations and More (Study Group #13)
Tuesdays, January 15 - February 19
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Drive

For more information about these Winter 2019 classes and study groups:
  • View class descriptions here.
  • View study group descriptions here.
  • Register online.
  • If you have questions, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

We love calling Bradley University our OLLI home.  Can you explain how OLLI collaborates with the campus community?

Appreciative OLLI Member

Dear Appreciative OLLI Member,

We, too, our proud to call Bradley our home and are thankful for the incredible support we receive from the university!  We work with the students, faculty, and staff in many ways - here are a few examples of collaboration from last year, as noted in our annual endowment report to The Bernard Osher Foundation:
  • Three dozen OLLI members accepted an invitation from frequent OLLI instructor and study group facilitator Margie Getz to assist students in her Bradley University graduate course, Counseling and the Dynamics of Aging. The OLLI members attended a class in February, ate pizza with the students, and had conversations about how they felt about life as they are aging.

  • Six OLLI members participated in a cohort study group with Bradley University graduate students on brain-based counseling interventions. The group was led by Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, a nationally recognized leader on neurocounseling, professor in Bradley's department of leadership, education, nonprofits and counseling, and co-director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research at Bradley.

  • The OLLI shuttles were loaned to several departments for use during campus tours, on graduation day to transport Trustees to the ceremony, and to athletics to transport students to various games and events. Bradley students are also hired to drive the shuttles to transport OLLI members to and from parking lots and buildings on class days.

  • In May, the executive committee reviewed applications, selected two Bradley students who exhibited exceptional volunteering efforts, and presented each with $1,000 OLLI Student Volunteer Awards. OLLI President Cornell Carr and Past President Jennifer Bass attended the award ceremony and met this year's winners, Liana Pavese and Kelly Wrobel. The next day, the students attended OLLI's Registration Open House, where they were again congratulated and recognized for their community service.

OLLI Insider   is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu .
Upcoming OLLI Events

November/December 2018
January 2019
Nov. 28, 9:00 a.m. Curriculum Committee Meeting,  Peoria Next Innovation Center
Jan. 1, New Year's Day, Bradley University Offices Closed
Dec. 24 - 31 Holiday Break,  Bradley University Offices Closed
Jan. 8 - 11, OLLI Winter Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center

Jan. 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 16, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Spring Registration SocialBradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 17 and 31, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee MeetingsPeoria Next Innovation Center

  Hilltop Happenings
Holiday Gift Drive to
 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' and
Family Caregivers

Help 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' and family caregivers this holiday season by donating an unwrapped gift for grandchildren from ages birth to 12 years old, or by contributing a gift card or a monetary donation ($10 limit suggested). 

Gifts and holiday cheer will be shared at the annual Holiday Party hosted by Bradley
University Counseling Research and Training Clinic (CRTC) Caregiver Program and Chi Sigma Iota. 

If you'd like to help, please bring your gift to the Continuing Education office by November 29, and we will arrange for your contribution to be picked up by the event sponsors.  
  Beyond the Hilltop
                 Travel the 'Mother Road'
 With Hall of Fame Curator

Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Thursday, November 29
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway

Come join us for an evening of traveling the Mother Road.  John Wille, curator of the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum, will provide an overview of the history of this famous route and what is being done to preserve this iconic highway. Once again you can "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

For more information, contact the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186.

Planetarium Director
to Speak About
Andes Telescope

Exploring Telescopes from
the Top of the World
Tuesday, December 4
6:30 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library

Renae Kerrigan, Planetarium Director at Peoria Riverfront Museum, will share stories, images, and science from her trip to the telescopes high on the Andes mountains in remote parts of Chile.  

In 2015, Kerrigan was one of nine astronomy educators in the United States to visit some of the best telescopes in the world.  Her assignment: U.S. astonomy facilities in Chile. 

While there, Kerrigan learned about the instruments, the science, data products, and how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are communicated.  Now her job is to share her experiences and observatory resources with schools and community groups across the U.S.

For more information about this program, please contact the Chillicothe Public Library at  (309) 274-2719.
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