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 Join us for the OLLI Winter Fundraiser at Salt

Register Today for the Upcoming Free MOOCs Lecture

2015 OLLI at Bradley Oscar Contest

Registration is Now Open for the OLLI Documentary Series

c.12015 Winter Fundraising Event at Salt
The OLLI Fundraising Committee cordially invites you to attend an evening of delicious food, incredible wine, and camaraderie at Salt in Peoria Heights. OLLI has reserved the entire restaurant for this event, which will feature a four-course dinner with a fine wine selection to accompany the meal.

2015 Winter Fundraising Event at Salt
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
542 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights

A total of 50 seats are available for this event at a cost of $150 per person; $25 of each ticket is tax-deductible.

Click here to register for this fundraising event.

Mushroom and goat cheese ravioli, served with Prosecco
Calamari Chowder, served with Chardonnay
Carnitas, pickled jalapenos, and puffed yellow rice, served with Red Zinfandel
New York strip steak, potato croquette, beets and red wine demi-glace, served with Cabernet Sauvignon
Crème brulee with garnishes

Salt's Executive Chef Vince Swanson will discuss each menu item as it is served, and a representative from the selected winery will provide insight about the wine, its history, and why it was selected as a paring with each course.

Free parking will be available along Prospect Road and in a public parking lot across the street from the restaurant.
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Register Today for the Free Upcoming MOOCs Lecture
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the Future of Education
Sunday, February 8
Refreshments: 1:30 -2:00 p.m.
Presentation: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theater
MOOCs, "Massive Open Online Courses," are shaking up education because they enable thousands of students to take classes online. But are MOOCs good for learning? Although MOOCs have existed for years, they are in early stages of evolution- both the technology and educational methods. Learn how this technology will impact students and educators over the next 10-20 years.

Dr. Chuck West, Executive in Residence at Bradley University, will help us understand the issues and trend. He is a member of the Bradley University Committee for Academic Technology and Excellence, which has examined MOOCs from the perspective of both the student and the university. His research interests focus on interface through technology. In 2008, he won the Federal Communications Bar Association Teaching Innovation award for his creative approach to instruction design.

This lecture is free, but we do ask that you register in advance. You can register for this lecture by clicking here.

For those who would like to read more about MOOCs in advance of the lecture, please click on the links below:
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F.22015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest

The 2015 Oscar nominations have been revealed, and the Cinema Committee would like you to participate in our OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest. To participate, click on the "click here" link below.

The committee has chosen 10 categories from the nominations list. Simply select which film or individual you think will take home the trophy on Oscar night to submit your answers electronically. 

The winner of the 2015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest will be revealed in our newsletter on Tuesday, February 24.  In the event that multiple participants guess the correct winner in all 10 categories, we have selected a tie-breaker question. The winners will then be placed in a drawing. Our first place winner will receive a free passport to the OLLI film festival- Four from the War: A Cinema Remembrance of World War 2. The second place winner will receive 2 free tickets to Corn Stock Theatre and Peoria Players Theatre. Finally, the third place winner will receive a gift certificate worth 4 movie tickets to Landmark Cinema. The deadline for the Oscar contest is Tuesday, February 10. Click here to start the contest. 

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f.3Registration is Now Open for the Documentary Series 
Sponsored by OLLI's Cinema Committee


If you are interested in film, food, and friendly discussion, then this group is for you. In the Documentary Series: Looking at Issues Through Film, OLLI members will have the opportunity to watch five documentary films that explore social, environmental and political issues of our times.  


Immediately after each film, participants will gather at Avanti's North on Knoxville Avenue or another local eatery for a moderated discussion, allowing everyone to explore the topic in greater depth with each other. You do not have to dine in order to participate in the discussion. 


Click here to register online for the Documentary Series.


Marge Semmens, a frequent OLLI Study Group Facilitator, or community experts will lead the discussions following the films. Descriptions of the films can be found below.


February 2- The Great Invisible

A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. This film is seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors, and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand, and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.


February 9- The Overnighters

A local Pastor risks everything to help the Dakota oil fields. Broken and desperate men chase their dreams as they run from their demons in the North.

February 16- Keep on Keepin' On

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, as the young man prepares to complete in an elite, international competition.  


March 9- Barefoot Bandit

A telling of the life of Colton Harris-Moore, notorious airplane thief. The young boy's dream of flying and designing airplanes becomes a reality when he breaks out of the halfway house at the age of 15 and steals the first of five airplanes. Colton's captor, lawyer, mother, and the FBI team that haunted him for several years tell the almost unbelievable story of the Barefoot Bandit.


March 16- Where Was God?

May 20, 2013--an EF5 Tornado ripped through Moore, OK. the Magnitude of the Devastation measured over eight times greater than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. As the world watched, one question continued to surface- Where Was God?  


Dates: February 2, 9, 16 and March 9 and 16

Time: All films will begin at 5:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. to receive your ticket. No previews are shown before the films, so please be prompt.

Location: Goodrich Willow Knolls 14 Theatre, 4100 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria.

Parking:  Free parking is available in the lot in front of the theatre.

Cost:  $45 per person - includes tickets to all five films, discussion and best of all socialization.


 A  Registration is now  available for the Documentary Series.  

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f.4Join OLLI for these Upcoming Learning Trips

Explore Bradley's New Renaissance Coliseum

Monday, February 9

8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Monday, February 9 as we tour one of the new facilities on campus, the Renaissance Coliseum. Dave Snell, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications and the "Voice of the Braves" for over 35 years, will be our guide as we see the Mitchell "JJ" Anderson Court practice facility, an athletics museum within the Burklund Family Heritage Hall, state-of-the-art strength conditioning and athletic training facilities, academic centers, locker rooms, and offices for the entire Department of Athletics. Cost $25 - includes, lunch, gratuities, and tour.


Click here to utilize our online registration link.


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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 nearly 1,100 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