contContents for February 17, 2015


Spring Class Registration- It's Not Too Late! 

Join OLLI for a Road Scholar Trip to Oregon 

Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene 

Join Us for An Evening of Laughter with a Classic Comedy  

Spots Are Still Available for These Upcoming Learning Trips 

Hilltop Happenings: Tribute to John Phillip Sousa and Ebola Lecture

Spring Class Registration - It's Not Too Late!
With the cold temperatures outside, it is hard to believe that spring is right around the corner! If you have been putting off registering for OLLI Spring Classes, now is the perfect time to get registered. 

If you would like to review the schedule of classes, click here for our Spring Brochure.

You can also register for classes online, 24 hours a day, by clicking here.

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p2Join OLLI for a Road Scholar trip to Oregon!
OLLI has chartered a private Road Scholar charter trip to Oregon June 21-26, 2015.  Among the highlights are visits to the Columbia River Gorge, downtown Portland, historical Astoria, Mt. Hood, and the Cascade Mountains.

This educational adventure will include field trips and lectures led by Road Scholar expert instructors, who are authorities in their fields of study.
You will be accompanied by a Bradley Continuing Education staff member.  The trip will include round-trip charter transportation to and from Chicago, plus roundtrip airfare to Portland.

For an information packet, please call or email Elly at 677-3900 or or to register, click here.

The deadline to register with a deposit is March 2.
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Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene 

The Midwest is often erroneously scorned as the cultural wasteland- sometimes referred to "flyover country." Peoria, however, represents a vibrant arts destination that may not be well known to everyone. A vibrant arts destination for all forms of the art- visual arts (more than 200 artists work here), theatre, music, literary arts (the Illinois Poet Laureate lives here), dance, architecture, and more - exists here, now. 

A few years ago, one our speakers  Kathy Chitwood, along with Suzette Boulias, challenged the then-new President of the National Endowment for the Arts to experience Peoria arts for one day. He accepted, and his experience left him deeply impressed and a friend of Peoria. Join us as our speakers Sharron Amdall and Kathy Chitwood discuss the amazing variety and abundance of the arts available to all in the Peoria area. 

We would like to thank Suzette Boulais who will be retiring as Executive Director for ArtsPartners prior to our March 4 lecture. Suzette made this lecture possible. 

Discover Peoria Arts: The Emerging Arts Destination 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Refreshments: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theater

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

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Join Us for An Evening of Laughter with a Classic Comedy
In the Lady Eve Barbara Stanwyck portrays a con-artist and card shark, Jean Harrington, who sets out to fleece rich, but naive Charles Pike, the heir to a brewery empire, who has just returned from the Amazon where he's been researching snakes. During the swindle, Jean manages to fall in love with Charles, played by Henry Fonda, who then turns around and dumps her when he figures out what she's up to. Scorned by rejection, she seeks revenge by conning him yet again as Lady Eve Sidwich.

Join the fun and hijinks as we screen one of director Preston Sturgis' all-time classic movies. The moderators will discuss why The Lady Eve is considered an excellent example of the screwball comedy genre. The discussion will also focus on the film's director, Preston Sturgis, and stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. 

The Lady Eve
Theme: Screwball Comedies of Hollywood's Golden Age
Monday, March 2: 6:30 p.m. 
Moderators: Randy Wilson, OLLI Class Instructor, and Carol May, OLLI Study Group and Class Instructor and OLLI Cinema Committee Chair 
Michel Student Center, Marty Theatre

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Spots Are Still Available for These Upcoming Learning Trips

Caterpillar Research and Development Headquarters
Tuesday, March 3, 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour and shuttle transportation
Click here to register. 

During this tour, we will learn how Caterpillar spends $8 million on research and development each day. We'll also find out more about Caterpillar's testing, simulation, and validation work that ensure its equipment delivers value over the entire lifecycle of the equipment. 

Join us as we find out how employees at this facility help keep Caterpillar up-to-date on regulations, product certifications, and industry standards. 

Heddington Oaks
Monday, March 2, 8:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
$25- includes lunch, gratuities, tour and shuttle transportation. 
Click here to register. 

On this trip we'll visit Heddington Oaks, an elder care facility that replaced county owned Bel-Wood Nursing Home. We'll meet Executive Director Matt Nieukirk and learn about the process of constructing a tax-supported facility. 

Nieukirk will give us a private tour of the 214 bed, state-of-the-art facility that was built to LEED Silver design and construction standards and offers secure housing for 80 Alzheimer's patients. Following the tour, we'll meet with representatives from the county's TRIAD program, a safety organization that focuses on reducing crime victimization of seniors.  
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Hilltop Happenings 

A Tribute to John Phillip Sousa
Did you know that John Phillip Sousa played in Peoria 17 times between 1892 and 1931? And thanks to Bradley University's Music Department, his music will continue to be celebrated. On Sunday, February 22,  join Dr. David Vroman, Chairperson of the Bradley University Music Department, for a Tribute to John Phillip Sousa. 

This performance will be a costumed, turn-of-the-century performance from the Bradley Symphonic Winds; featuring a pre-show lecture by Lee Wenger, Dr. David Vroman as John Phillip Sousa,  Soprano soloist Kristin Lelm as "Lady in White", flute soloists Clara Capriotti, and narration by Lee Ranson. Seating is limited; therefore it is encouraged to order your tickets in advance by calling 309-677-2650. 

Sunday, February 22
Pre-Show Lecture-:Lee Wenger: 2:15 p.m.
Performance: 3:00 p.m.
Dingeldine Music Center, Bradley University
Admission: $20.00- Purchase tickets by calling (309) 677-2650


The Ebola Effect: The Impact of the Global Health Crisis
Join the Peoria Area World Affairs Council for this dynamic discussion featuring a panel discussion on Thursday, February 19 in the Student Center Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. The panel will address global health crises and their broader impact on the economy and security, where the health crises occur, and where they end up. What will be the next health crisis ,and are we prepared to deal with it? What would you do if you were traveling in a place hit by disease? What precautions are we taking locally to prepare for these global crises?

The panel includes Dr. Marc Carrigan, Unity Point physician with first hand experience working in these health hot zones; Dr. Greg Chance, Administrator with Peoria City/County Health Department, who crafts a local plan; James Bender, Professor of Health Studies at ICC, who prepares first responders for dangerous situations; and Dr. Rick Connor, a doctor for a corporation that prepares its staff for the global workplace. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Shekleton of OSF.

The Ebola Effect: The Impact of the Global Health Crisis
Thursday, February 19
Student Center Ballroom, Bradley University
7:00 p.m.
PAWAC invites OLLI friends to register at the PAWAC member rate
You can find the registration form by clicking here or by calling (309) 677-2454

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Join us for the OLLI Study Group: Immigrants Enriching America: Stages, Struggles and Stories
Tuesdays, February 24- March 31
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Humana Guidance Center

For most of its history, the United States has been portrayed as a nation of people who migrated here from around the world to find a better way of life for themselves and their children. In spite of this heritage, immigration has long been a hot-button political, financial, and social issue in our society. Efforts to develop, enact, and implement meaningful immigration policy and reform have remained highly controversial to this day.

In Collaboration with the Peoria Public Library and Peoria reads, we invite you to join us in a discussion of immigration, and review how our nation's ethnic profile has changed since 1840, how it will continue to do so in the next twenty-five years, and how major immigration laws have defined who has come to the Promise Land.

Discussion Leaders: Julie Issa-Ghantous (Adjunct French Instructor, Illinois Central College), Najeebe Abbound (Sales, Helzberg Diamonds), Sonni Choi Williams (Deputy Corporation Counsel, City of Peoria Legal Department), Faisal Hasan (Inventory Management Manager, Caterpillar, Inc.)  and William Ordaz (President, Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation).

$45- Facilitated by Roberta Koscielski, Assistant Director , Peoria Public Library and Carol May, retired ICC Social Sciences Department Chair.

Click here to register for the Study Group online.
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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