Bradley University Continuing Education

ANC.1Contents for December 9, 2014

Join Us for the OLLI Music Video

Sign-up for Piano and Guitar Lessons for Adults

Join Us for the OLLI Music Video
Do you enjoy singing? If so, join us for our first OLLI music video.

Program Coordinator Bryan Blanks will produce a fun music video featuring OLLI members that will be used to personally thank our OLLI donors. The video will also be shared on Facebook and posted to our OLLI Youtube page.

There will be an informational meeting regarding the music video after the new year. If you are interested in participating in this music event, please contact Bryan Blanks at We hope you will join us in this unique OLLI opportunity.
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Sign-up for Piano and Guitar Lessons for Adults
New for Adult Learners! Have you ever dreamed of playing piano or classical guitar? Would you like to rekindle your interest in playing a musical instrument? Have you put off taking lessons because you couldn't find the right teacher? We can help, and you have the option to study piano, classic guitar, or both!

Piano Lessons (group or private)
We are now forming two new classes of group piano lessons for adults--one for absolute beginners and one for people with a little experience. Starting with the 2014 spring semester, Asako Bishop, instructor in Bradley's Music Preparatory School, will teach a series of ten group lessons for adults. Your fee is $315 and includes 10 fifteen minute sessions and the required music book. The group will meet in the Constance Piano Hall Lab at Bradley University.
Class sizes are limited to 10 participants, so register early!
Group Piano Lessons- We offer two levels-Beginner (no experience) and Beginner Plus (some piano experience). Lessons are scheduled from 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on level.

Private Piano Lessons- If you prefer private piano lessons, our full semester schedule provides fifteen 30-minute lessons for $380. To get you started, we will offer a 10% discount for your first semester of lessons- pay just $342. After your first semester, the regular fee will apply for all subsequent terms.

Guitar Lessons (Group Lessons Only)
We offer classical guitar lessons in small groups of 2-4 students. These classes are scheduled during the regular Bradley University semester by our instructor, Michael Hull, who teaches guitar at Bradley University. You will be placed in an adult group based on your level of experience. To get you started, we will offer a 10% discount for you first semester of lessons- pay just $270 for fifteen 30-minute lessons or $405 for fifteen 45-minute lessons. After your first semester, you will pay the regular fee for all subsequent terms.

For more information about piano or guitar lessons you may also print an inquiry form for guitar by clicking here, or print an inquiry form for piano by clicking here. These forms can be used to express your interest in taking lessons.

Would you like to give someone the gift of music or receive more information about our music lessons? Please call Debbie Devine at (309) 677-2820.

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Anch.3Register for the Study Group: Great Decisions
Tuesdays, February 3- March 24
Peoria Next Innovation Center
Registration Starts on January 14, 2014

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. It is administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. The program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing America each year. It provides background information, current data, and policy options for each topic and serves as the focal text for discussion groups. The topics for 2015 include: Privacy in the Digital Age, India Changes Course, and Syria's Refuge Crisis. Click here to view the Foreign Policy website for a full list of topics.  Participants are expected to purchase the Great Decisions 2015 briefing book from the website. We will be utilizing film, guest speakers, and other materials as well. Each participant will be expected to read the assignment from the briefing book before each discussion.
Please click here to utilize our online registration system.

Facilitators: Marge Semmens and Angela Weck
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Seats Still Available for This Winter Class 



Why do I have to Take That!?" --Why Liberal Education Matters to All of Us
This course is part of the overall curriculum for Winter 2015 courses. Seats are still available, so if you haven't yet registered for Classes, please consider doing so today!

 This course will be taught by long-time OLLI instructor Marjorie A. Getz, Associate Professor Methodist College.

In June, President Obama, while delivering a speech on education was quoted saying "A great liberal arts/humanities education is still critically important because of today's economy, one of the most important skills you have is your ability to work with people and communicate clearly and effectively." Many people are often use to the refrain from students that sounds something like: "why do I need to know this STUFF. I'm going to be an___. You fill in the blank. This new OLLI course will help remind all participants about the great STUFF they learned as they pursed and education  focused on the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, the sciences, fine arts and communication sciences and why it still matters.  

Click here to utilize our online registration system.
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Register Today for the Study Group: Women in Science
OLLI Study Group: Women in Science
Click above to watch the trailer for
 Women in Science


Mondays, January 12- February 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center


Join us in exploring the personal lives and professional careers of women who have made a significant contribution across various scientific disciplines. We will look at how they asked different questions, used different methods, came up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world, and transformed forever the scientist's role.


Discussions will focus on the work of psychologist and industrial engineer Lillian Gilbreth; physicist Rosalyn Yalow, who developed radio isotopes in nuclear medicine; geneticist Barbra McClintock, who worked on chromosomal structures in maize; Rachel Carson, marine biologist, environmentalist, and author of Silent Spring; and primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Gilldakas, who helped us understand human behavior through the study of chimps, gorillas, and orangutans.

Facilitators: Dr. Regina Pope-Ford, Bradley University; Carol Schutz-Ferino, OSF St. Francis Medical Center; Dr. Amy Kelly, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research and Carol May, Retired Sociology Instructor, Illinois Central College.

$45 Click here to register for this Study Group.                                                                                                                                                                Back to Contents
Anch.6Keep up with OLLI!
Stay up-to-date with the latest in OLLI news on any of our social media platforms. 

Find out what OLLI members are up to--follow us on our learning trips, and stay informed on class information.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
 is an organization at Bradley University whose members share a common goal:  to remain vital and active in their late career and post-career lives.

Consisting of more than 1,000 people ages 50+, OLLI members come from all backgrounds and educational levels.  Together they enjoy a diverse collection of year-round programs including non-credit classes, educational travel, study groups, cinema, and lectures.

To learn more about OLLI, please visit