OLLI News from Bradley University
April 24, 2018
OLLI Summer Brochure is In the Mail 
Registration Opens in May

Summer 2018 OLLI Brochure

Start watching for you Summer 2018 that  was mailed April 23.  And don't forget that registration begins in May according to your preferred style of signing up.

I WANT TO REGISTER IN PERSON - Attend the OLLI Registration Social (formerly the Open House) on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms. Free round-trip shuttle service will be available from Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Avenue, beginning at 7:20 a.m.

Please note: The Michel Student Center does not open until 7:30 a.m. Doors to the upstairs ballroom will open at 8:00 a.m. for number distribution. From 8:00 - 8:45 a.m., staff and volunteers will check your forms, answer questions, and discuss programming while you enjoy refreshments and meet new friends. Starting at 8:45 a.m., numbers will be called in order; forms received at the social will be processed that same day.

I WANT TO REGISTER ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE - Visit OLLI's webpage at bradley.edu/olli
to make your selections starting on Thursday,  May 3, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  If you would like to  speak with a staff member about your registration, please call  (309) 
677-3900 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

I WANT TO SEND MY REGISTRATION FORM IN THE MAIL - You may mail your completed form at any time after receiving  the brochure (it is also available online on OLLI's webpage at  bradley.edu/olli ; forms will be queued in the order received and  processed once those from the Registration Social on May 2 have been entered.

Message From Your Study Group Chair

Study Group Committee Meeting
Friday, April 27
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Hello OLLI Members, 
Please consider this your invitation to attend the planning session for fall 2018 study groups. You, your ideas, and your enthusiasm are exactly what we need to make sure our program offers the topics you want to learn about. 

We look forward to seeing you!  And don't forget - free p arking and the entrance are both located behind the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center. 

Jane Hense
Chair, Study Groups and OLLI Vice President
Join Pop-Up Study Group Before May 1

Join Dr. Russell-Chapin and her Bradley University students for this joint graduate school class/OLLI study group on neurocounseling.  Registration ends May 1: 

Neurocounseling: The Therapeutic Power Behind Neuroscience Findings
Mondays and Tuesdays, May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29
4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Hall Room 306, Bradley University
No minimum; register by Tuesday, May 1
New technologies have upended long-held notions of the brain's ability to grow and change and are allowing us to peer into the brain's structure and function.  Mental health counselors are harnessing these discoveries into interventions such as mindfulness, meditation, neurotherapy, and neurofeedback.  These strategies will be demonstrated, discussed, and practiced. This is Bradley course ENC 608 - Brain-Based Counseling Interventions.  Participants are requested to purchase or rent Neurocounseling: Brain-Based Clinical Approaches (ISBN 9781556203640) from the Bradley Bookstore or local and online retailers.

$45 - facilitated by Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, nationally recognized leader on neurocounseling, and professor, Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits, and Counseling at Bradley University. (Returning facilitator/new group)

Register online, or call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.
Registration begins May 9 for Glacier Express Trip!

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Join OLLI in July 2020 for the travel event of the decade as we journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, culminating with a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play. 

Highlights of the trip include spectacular Alpine vistas, an unforgettable train ride through the Alps on the Glacier Express; a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant in Salzburg; Germany's Bavarian capital of Munich; and the world-renowned Passion Play, hosted by the quaint village of  Oberammergau.
Due to the immense worldwide popularity of the event, we must book our reservations two years in advance!
Registration will open on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, following a 1:00 p.m. informational meeting in the Marty Theater at Bradley University.   Reservations made after May 31 will be based on availability.

Registrations will be first come, first served UNLESS we receive more registrations on May 9 than spaces allocated, in which case we will hold a lottery.

A refundable deposit of $750 and non-refundable insurance payment of $500 are due at the time of registration; a discount of $50 off the final payment will be applied to any registrations submitted on May 9.  

Click here for more information, including pricing and trip details, or to receive information by mail contact our office at (309) 677-3900.  

Anderson Japenese Gardens

Rockford Gardens with Rhonda Ferree
Tuesday, May 15
6:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
Note: this trip has an Activity Level of 3

On Tuesday, May 15, enjoy tours of three beautiful gardens, accompanied by our very own nature expert, Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension educator and frequent OLLI instructor.  

Our first stop will be the Midway Village Museum's Victorian Village and Heritage Garden, where 26 Victorian buildings and eight heirloom gardens preserve and showcase the heritage of the 19th century.  Next, we will enjoy lunch and a tour at Anderson Japanese Gardens, a 14-acre garden that features a waterfall, stone lanterns, Koi fish, gazebo, guest and teahouse, and a traditional main gate. Our final stop will be the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, where we will learn about the tropical plants housed inside the conservatory greenhouse.  

$119 - includes museum admissions, presentations, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.

Register online , or call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.

OLLI Members' "Happiness Curve" Results Published

In 2015, more than 175 OLLI members participated in a survey about happiness in late life. The survey was an offshoot of an OLLI class on the "happiness curve," taught by Marjorie Getz, associate professor, UnityPoint Health-Methodist College, and frequent OLLI instructor and facilitator.

Marjorie offered the survey to assist Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, complete his research on the topic of happiness. That research has resulted in a new book, The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 , which will be published May 1 by St. Martin's Press.

The Washington Post Magazine has also recently published an excerpt .
"It's exciting to see the study come to fruition," Marjorie said, "I'm so thankful to all of the OLLI members who helped make the research a reality."
Why Our Members Give to OLLI

We're about six weeks away from the end of OLLI's fiscal year, and by May 31, we hope to have a 50% giving rate to our learning community.   We are so very close ... as of today, we need 200 more people to donate to meet this goal!  

If you haven't yet given this year (June 2017 to today), please watch this video to see why others do ... and learn how your donation, no matter the amount, will build a sustainable OLLI  that benefits YOU now, and helps FUTURE members participate in our learning community.

Why We Give to OLLI
Why We Give to OLLI

Upcoming OLLI Events

April May
Apr. 25: Spring 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
May 2, 9 a.m.: Summer 2018 Registration Social in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 27, 9 a.m.: Study Group Committee Meetings  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 9, 16, and 30, 9 a.m.: Curriculum Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

May 9, 1 p.m.: Informational/Registration Meeting for 2020 international trip: Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau in Michel Student Center Marty Theatre

Fun at World of Wonder
WOW Wants  Your Recyclables

World of Wonder (WOW), a summer camp coordinated by Continuing Education and designed for gifted and talented students, is asking for your recyclable items.  WOW teachers are coming up with creative activities to challenge campers' higher order thinking processes, and they have developed this list of recyclable supplies that will help them with their program.  We welcome the donation of any of these items:

- empty tubes from toilet paper, paper towels, and wrapping paper
- 2-liter bottles
- medium-sized plastic jars (such as peanut butter, etc.)
- shoeboxes
- cereal boxes
- rinsed soda cans
- rinsed soup cans 
- plastic grocery bags (with no holes)
- empty water bottles
- newspapers

If you are able to share any of the items on this list, please bring them to Spring classes, and drop them off at the registration desk.  Or  you can drop them off at the Continuing Education building (corner of Main and University streets) any time between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

And watch for updates to this list.  Teachers are updating their requests weekly.  

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder 2018!
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Hilltop Happenings
PAWAC Hosts Ambassador - Makes Special Offer to OLLI

William Taylor

Ukraine at the Forefront
Wednesday, April 25
5:00 p.m. Dinner, Executive Suite
7:00 p.m. Program, Marty Theater
Bradley University Michel Student Center

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host Ambassador William Taylor, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006-2009, at this special program in which the Ambassador explores the importance of Ukraine in U.S. policies.  

Ukraine finds itself caught between East and West, seemingly with no resolution for its territorial disputes with Russia in sight.  With Russia's involvement in Syria heating up, Ukraine may play an even more pivotal role in developments in the region, likely not in her favor.  Ambassador Taylor has State Department service in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, giving him a unique ability to address current events.

Dinner costs $35 for PAWAC members, $45 for non-members.  SPECIAL OFFER: OLLI friends may register at the PAWAC member rate! Seating for the dinner is limited, so register soon!  

For more information or to register, visit  pawac.org or call Angela Weck at (309) 645-2580.

Prominent Business Executive to Present 
Annual McCord Lecture

Shannon Schuyler

42nd McCord Lecture Featuring Shannon Schuyler, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Thursday, April 26
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. presentation
5:00 - 5:30 networking, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks
Bradley University Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion

As a strong voice in the global business community, Shannon Schuyler is working to infuse purpose into PwC's core business strategy by elevating the global conversation on building trust, collaboration, and action with intention and meaning in every practice, service offering, and engagement.  In this program, enjoy the opportunity to meet a leader who is helping redefine the role of purpose as a critical vehicle for driving organization performance.

This program is sponsored by the Foster College of Business.  Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by emailing Karla Layne by April 20 at ksl@bradley.edu 

Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Reads! Program at Peoria Public Library

Is Severe Weather Really Getting Worse
Thursday, April 26
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
Peoria Public Library North Branch
Get the facts in this presentation by Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Events at Chillicothe Public Library 

Poetry and the Public Realm - new date and time
Thursday, April 26
6:30 p.m.
Kevin Stein, our state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2017, will discuss the many roles of that position, present poems composed by Illinois youth writers, and recite selections from his own work.

Year of Beer: Craft Beer in Illinois
Tuesday, May 1
6:00 p.m.
Tour the history and growth of craft beer in Illinois with Matt Rixner of Fox Pub & CafĂ©, including the Chicago area, Central and Southern Illinois, and the Peoria area. Matt will also provide a rundown of beer festivals in Illinois and tips on getting involved with craft beer locally and throughout the state. Samples will provide compelling reasons to support local breweries. Ages 21 and up. Please register by  April 30 .

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

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