March 24, 2015


Road Scholar Trip to New Mexico: Informational Meeting

Last Week to Sign Up For Spring Classes!

Spaces Still Available on Popular Learning Trips

Become Tech-Savvy or Explore the Natural World in an OLLI Study Group

A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns 
Hilltop Happenings

Keep Up with OLLI 

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities
Learn More about OLLI's Road Scholar Trip to New Mexico

OLLI is off on another adventure with Road Scholar!  This September, we will visit Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, to experience the breathtaking scenery, stunning artwork, and rich culture of the American Southwest.  

For those interested in learning more about the trip, we will host an informational meeting, where we will discuss details such as pricing, flight information, and an overview of the itinerary.

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale of Two Cities
Informational Meeting
Monday, March 30
1:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W Main Street, Peoria

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 309-677-3900.  If you are unable to attend, we will mail or email you the informational packet by request.

Online registration for this trip will open on Tuesday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.  A limited number of spaces will be available.

Questions?  Call or email Elly at 309-677-3900 or

Last Week to Register for Spring Classes!
Next Wednesday, April 1, marks the beginning of OLLI Spring Classes.  There are still a wide variety of available classes to take-- from exciting topics like "World War I at Sea" to calming "Introduction to Meditation," and local interest topics like our featured class below:

Caterpillar's History
In this class, you will learn about Caterpillar's history and milestones from various points of view. 
For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent.  Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.  
The class instructors are Lee Fosburgh, Nicole Thaxton, Kate Kenny, Aaron Lowe of Caterpillar Inc.  

Register today for Spring Classes by clicking here.

OLLI Classes will be offered on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

You may bring a guest to try one day of OLLI Classes for FREE! But you must register your guest by first calling 677-3900.
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Spaces Still Available on Popular Learning Trips


If you haven't experienced one of these popular Learning Trips, now is your chance to register!

Studios on Sheridan (Activity Level 2)

Friday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In 2012, the former Sunbeam Bakery at the corner of Sheridan and Main streets was transformed into Studios on Sheridan, a 22,000 square-foot haven for local artists to display their works and create new art in private studios.  On this trip, we'll be treated to a private tour of the facility, learn about the redevelopment process, visit with artists at work preparing for that evening's First Friday exhibit, experience a short glass blowing demonstration with Jeremie Draper, and have an opportunity to explore the many other businesses located throughout the building.

$35 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, presentation fees, and shuttle transportation

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (Activity Level 2)

Tuesday, April 28, 10:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Learn about wine making and wine tasting with this behind-the-scenes look at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, located just east of Mackinaw in Tazewell County.  Bradley University alumnae Diane Hahn and her husband Paul, owners of the working vineyard, will guide our private tour of the winery that sits on a glacial moraine and features an amazing 30-mile view of the valley and farms below.  Our tour will include a walk-through of the wine making room, a formal tasting of at least six wines, and the opportunity to learn more about the 20 different wines available for purchase, including six varieties named after the Hahn children.

$35 - includes hot buffet lunch, gratuities, private tour, wine tasting, and shuttle transportation

OLLI's Day in the Jump Education Lab: Simulations, Dissections, and Suturing (Activity Level 2)

Friday, May 1, 8:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.  

The Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center is a virtual care delivery setting that replicates patient care with actual medical equipment and state-of-the-art simulation devices that provide the highest level of medical research, training, and innovation and to attract the finest minds in clinical education.   On this visit, back by popular demand after our Winter tour filled up quickly, participants will spend nearly five hours at the Center, participating in four separate "labs," including a simulation lab, a pig heart dissection lab, a suturing lab, and a tour of the overall facility.

$75 - includes lab fees, presenter fees, catered lunch, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for any of these trips, please click here or call Elly at 309-677-3900.

Become Tech-Savvy or Explore the Natural World in an OLLI Study Group This Spring


iPad for Lifelong Learning
Thursdays, April 30 - May 28
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This Study Group condenses and combines previous information from both the iPad Basics and iPad Intermediate Study Groups.  We will focus on ways to enhance our lifelong learning experiences through our iPads.  

We will start by reviewing basic iPad skills and then move into more specific ways to find, capture, and organize lifelong learning resources with our iPads.  These resources will include e-reading applications along with a variety of online learning opportunities.  

This Study Group is iPad specific.  Your iPad will need iOS 8.0 or higher for this Study Group.  Participants will also need an active e-mail address and Apple ID.  Video tutorials will be available to help participants review class activities.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and frequent Study Group facilitator.

Click here to register for this study group.  


Exploring the Natural World as a Community
Mondays, May 4 - June 1 (skip May 25)
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

In today's technology-driven world, it is easy to lose touch with our natural surroundings.  But that does not mean we aren't affecting our environment.  


In this study group, we will take a closer look at the ecological challenges we face in a 21st century world and the impact we have on the environment.  Our discussions will be based on the book A Sand Country Almanac by leading conservationist Aldo Leopold, who is known as the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management, and the science of ecological restoration.  Join the exploration of how we relate to our natural surroundings.

The book A Sand Country Almanac can be obtained from online or local booksellers, or from facilitator Lee Maki, who will have copies available for purchase at cost.


$45 - facilitated by Lee Maki, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist and OLLI Curriculum Coordinator. 


Click here to register for this study group.  

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Join Us for the Study Group: Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor: A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns
Thursdays, May 7 - June 18 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Starting on May 5, 2015, PBS and WTVP will once again air Ken Burns' seven episode documentary called The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. In this series, Burns chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of perhaps the most prominent and influential family in 20th century American political history. Between 1858 and 1962 (Teddy Roosevelt's birth and Eleanor's death), the Roosevelts redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and the wider world. Major historical events of that time period will be interwoven with their personal stories throughout the series. Paul Giamatt (Teddy), Edward Herrmann (Franklin), and Meryl Streep (Eleanor) will provide the voices of the three Roosevelts. 

Join in a lively discussion of the many dimensions of the Roosevelt story based on viewing the Burns documentary. Participants must be able to watch this series as it is aired (multiple showings will be available on WTVP) and participate in group discussions based on study questions provided by the facilitator. Participants may read The Three Roosevelts by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn or Geoffrey Ward's companion book for the series, titled The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. These titles are  recommended, but not required. These titles may be purchased online or obtained through local libraries. 

$45- Facilitated by Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair

Registration will open on April 1.  

Hilltop Happenings - Lectures This Week


Frontiers in STEM Education Lecture Series
"Weathering the Storm: Severe Thunderstorms and Climate Change"
Tuesday, March 24
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University, Westlake 116

Dr. Harold Brooks, senior research scientist with NOAA's Severe Storms Forecasting Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, will speak about the relationship between severe weather and climate change.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus is open after 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kevin Finson at 309-677-3196 or

Armstrong Lecture
"The Apocalyptic First Crusade, Or Why the World Ended in 1099"
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University, Cullom-Davis Library, Wykoff Room

The Armstrong Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History, will feature historian Dr. Jay Rubenstein, an expert in medieval history.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus is open after 6:00 p.m.

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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.

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