OLLI News from Bradley University
August 22, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

August September October
Aug. 23, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
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
Aug. 25, 5pm: Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser  at the Hayden Clark Alumni Center

Back to School... Our Way!

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 September 15, featuring guest speaker Walter Zakahi, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bradley University.

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!
Join Us in Planning Winter Classes

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend tomorrow's (August 23) Winter Curriculum Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center Executive Suite.
Your ideas and input are needed to help put together 32 classes for our 2018 Winter programming. 
What's especially important are the contacts our volunteers have throughout the community - it's a wonderful feeling to see an idea grow into a reality, and you can help make that happen!
Even if you don't have any ideas, feel free to pop in and socialize ... rumor has it there may be scones available for those in attendance.
Please utilize the Visitor's Lot on campus (adjacent to the bookstore) or park in a free, off-street space in areas surrounding the Michel Student Center.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Parking Assistance Needed for Luncheon and 
Class Mornings

Why Serve as a Parking Coordinator? 

"It was a great time to meet and get to know even more of the regular members who attend classes at OLLI.  I know everyone liked to see a friendly OLLI member there each week."

- Dean Costello

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 groups.  Register today by calling (309) 677-3900 or by clicking here!

Project Mercury (Participation-Based)
Tuesdays, September 5 - October 10
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 to 1963. An early highlight of the "Space Race," its goal was to put a man into Earth orbit and return him safely - ideally before the Soviet Union did so. In this group, we will review the technical, political, and cultural issues surrounding Project Mercury, focusing on how things were done, rather than what happened. Participants are asked to obtain and read This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, available through the Government Printing Office, as well as local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Mark Golden, instructor in the math, science, and engineering department at Illinois Central College.

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.

Travel with OLLI on Regional Learning Trips

There are still seats available on these regional trips this fall!  Call our office at (309) 677-3900 to sign up, or click here to register online!

Art Institute of Chicago with Donna Carr Roberts (Activity Level 2)
Wednesday, September 13
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Get acquainted - or reacquainted - with the Art Institute of Chicago when we spend a day admiring the collection of the second largest art museum in the United States.  We'll explore the Modern Wing, a 264,000 square-foot addition designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, and its amazing selection of contemporary art.  In addition, participants will enjoy a keynote lecture in Rubloff Auditorium, experience docent-led presentations in front of many of the museum's masterpieces, and watch artist demonstrations throughout the museum.  Donna Carr Roberts, Bradley University's Slane College Artist-in-Residence, will join us to enhance our experience by sharing her artistic insights.  

$109 - includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

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

Spend a day with OLLI as we explore the hidden gems (literally) in the small McLean County town of Funks Grove.  Bill and Emma Funk will provide a private tour of the Funk Prairie Home and its adjoining Gem Museum, the largest one-owner gem and mineral collection in the world.  We'll partake in a lunch buffet at the Dixie Trucker's Home, a Route 66 historic site in nearby McLean.  In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a private tour of the new DESTIHL brewery to learn about its history, why the brewmasters boycott bland beer, and get a glimpse (or taste) of what they'll soon be brewing.  

$89 - includes admission fees, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation
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.
NASA, Caterpillar, & Bradley Offer Unparalleled Opportunity to the Community

Bradley University invites OLLI to attend the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Community Day on August 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Caterpillar Edwards
Demonstration and Learning Center. Watch teams as they print and test components
that could one day be used to build a habitat on Mars.

Using 3D printing technologies and mission recycled materials, as well as local
indigenous materials, teams will build a miniature dome that will be tested to see how it withstands certain loads and pressure that are found on Mars.

Additionally, visitors can experience interactive displays, meet an astronaut, see an
actual moon rock, and participate in a new video game that's "out of this world."
Because Bradley is hosting the event, Bradley students are not eligible to compete, but
teams from around the world will participate in this incredible event that unites highly
trained scientists from three world class organizations: NASA, Caterpillar, and Bradley

Registration is required, and the event has a limited capacity. Safety  requirements will be strictly enforced.

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