OLLI News from Bradley University
January 9, 2018
Notable OLLI Dates

January February March
Jan. 9-12:  Winter 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
Feb. 7, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Mar. 14, 12pm: Kickoff Luncheon for Spring 2018 Classes in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Jan. 16, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 17, 9am: Spring 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 24, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center

Final Reminders for Classes

OLLI Winter Classes begin today!  As you bundle up and travel to campus this morning, please keep in mind the following reminders:

Most classes will be held in the Michel Student Center (915 N Elmwood Ave, Peoria).  When you arrive, please stop by the registration table on the first floor to pick up your name badge and schedule, daily announcements, and other helpful materials.  

Percussion Class in Dingeldine Music Center
As a reminder for our members taking the Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. percussion class, the OLLI shuttles will transport you to and from Dingeldine Music Center each day.  Please wait for the shuttles at the main entrance of the Michel Student Center.

With the students away for winter break, parking on campus is open to the public.  Feel free to park in any blue- or white-lined space near the Student Center, or in the Duryea Parking Deck (at the corner of St. James and Bradley Avenues).  Please use caution when walking on campus to avoid any icy areas.   The OLLI shuttles will continually patrol the parking lots on campus to offer a ride to anyone walking to the Student Center from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  If you need parking lot assistance at any time, please call the OLLI cell phone at (309) 258-4142.

Today's complimentary buffet lunch will feature Teriyaki top sirloin steak, Caesar salad, steamed rice, roasted Italian vegetables, and soft dinner rolls. 

For lunches during the remainder of the week, you are welcome to visit the food court's Chik-Fil-A or deli, walk to one of the  restaurants near campus, or bring a sack lunch.

Each morning from  8:30 - 9:00 a.m., please start your day with our beverage service on the first floor of the Michel Student Center, just outside of the Marketplace food court.  Our breaks with refreshments and snacks (with healthy options) will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the same location.  During the afternoon breaks, Catherine will lead a brief yoga session on the second floor, so come on up and stretch with her!

Show Your Spirit!
Each day during classes, we will feature a different way for you to show your OLLI and school spirit!
Tuesday, 1/9 - I Love OLLI Day
Why do you love OLLI?  Wear it on your sleeve and see what others love, too!  Pick up a sticker at the registration table.
Wednesday, 1/10 - I Volunteer Day
Do you volunteer for a worthy cause?  Help spread awareness by sharing your passion with pride.  Pick up a sticker at the registration table.
Thursday, 1/11 - Alma Mater Day
Wear your school colors, from high school or beyond.  Maybe you'll spot a classmate!
Friday, 1/12 - Rise of the Red Day
Wear Bradley RED, and lots of it!  We will be showing our pride in being a part of the Bradley family!

Inclement Weather
As long as Bradley University is open, OLLI classes will be held as planned.  In the event that Bradley is closed, it will be listed among local school closings.  
Spring 2018 Brochure Update

The OLLI Spring 2018 brochure is on its way!  Even before it arrives at your mailbox, you can view a PDF version online by clicking here.

Please note the following correction to the print brochure (online resources have been updated to reflect this change):

Study group #2, Great Decisions (pg. 12) - due to a change in the facilitator's schedule, this group will begin on Tuesday, March 13 instead of March 6 as shown in the brochure.  All subsequent sessions through April 24 will occur as planned.

Registration will open on Wednesday, January 17, beginning with the Registration Open House on campus.  Choose your way to register from the options below:

OPEN HOUSE  - attend the OLLI Registration Open House on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms.  Doors will open and queue numbers will be distributed at 8:30 a.m.  Limited seating will be provided in the foyer before the doors open.  Free shuttle service will be available from Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Ave., from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. (parking on campus limited to permit-only starting 1/17/18)  Enjoy snacks and refreshments, meet new friends, or simply drop off your form for processing.  Forms received at the Open House will be processed that day.

ONLINE - visit OLLI's webpage ( bradley.edu/olli) to make your selections starting on
Thursday, January 18, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

MAIL - you may
mail your form at any time after receiving the brochure (or printed from our webpage, available now by clicking here); forms will be queued in the order received and
processed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

TELEPHONE - if you would like to speak with a staff member about your registration, please call (309) 677-3900 on
Thursday, January 18, 2018 after 12:00 p.m.
Registration for Portugal and Spain Trip Now Open

In September 2018, OLLI will travel with Road Scholar to Portugal and Spain, where we will spend two weeks experiencing Portuguese and Spanish culture, food, and history with expert, local guides.  

The trip will take place from September 8 - 22, 2018.  For additional trip details, including costs and a tentative itinerary, click on the link below.  The PowerPoint presentation given at the trip informational meeting yesterday, January 8, is also linked below.

Due to high demand on our Road Scholar trips, we will use a lottery-style registration process.  Registrations will be accepted by phone, mail, and walk-in through Tuesday, January 30.  If we receive more registrations than we have available tickets, we will use a random lottery to select trip participants.   Couples/roommates/friends can bundle their registrations to be selected together.  

We will contact selected participants by Thursday, February 1, at which time we will require a $250 non-refundable deposit on each ticket (to be paid within 1 week to keep the spot).  

Below are links to two documents required for lottery registration: the registration form itself and the activity level waiver.  Please fill out and return both forms to the Continuing Education office, located in the brick building on the corner of Main and University streets (mail: Continuing Education, 1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625). 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (309) 677-3900 or reply to this message.  

OLLI Reads

Looking for a few new books to cozy up with next to the fire this winter?  OLLI members have contributed to the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about each book and a free sample ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle reader or mobile app.  

OLLI Reads

We would like to thank Greg Peine for starting and maintaining this list for the past few years!  If you have a great book you would like added to the list, please contact Elly Peterson at eepeterson@bradley.edu.

Hilltop Happenings
SAT/ACT Review Classes

If you know a high school student who is preparing to take college admissions tests, be sure to tell him/her about Bradley's SAT/ACT Review to be offered in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on five consecutive Tuesday evenings February 6 through March 6.

Designed for high school students taking the tests for the first time, or for those wishing to improve a previous score, the classes will cover exam content, sharpen test-taking strategies, and help build confidence while also providing immediate feedback from experienced instructors.  As a bonus, participants will also receive guidance on the college admissions process and an optional tour of the Bradley campus.

The cost is $95 per student for the SAT or ACT review, or $99 for the combined review.  For more information and to register, visit  bradley.edu/SAT, or call Debbie in Continuing Education at  (309) 677-2820.

The deadline to register is  January 30.

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