April 21, 2015


Spring Wrapup and Summer Registration Information

Spring Classes Review

Critic's Corner

Limited Spaces Left in Popular Study Group

Local Author to Speak at Bradley

Volunteer at Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

Keep Up with OLLI

Goodbye Spring, and Hello Summer!


Join us tomorrow, April 29, as we wrap up Spring Classes and open registration for Summer programs! 

Spring 2015 Wrapup Meeting  
Wednesday, April 29
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms A, B, & C

Summer 2015 Registration Open House
Wednesday, April 29
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Michel Student Cetner Ballrooms A, B, & C
*Please note: online registration will open at 2:00 p.m.

Please utilize our park-and-shuttle service on the day of the wrapup and open house.  Parking will be available at Westminster Church, 1420 W Moss Avenue.  OLLI shuttles will be running between the church parking lot and the Michel Student Center on campus starting at 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  If you need a ride and don't see an OLLI shuttle, please call the OLLI Cell Phone at 309-258-4142.

Spring Classes Review

At classes this April, OLLI members studied a wide variety of topics, ranging from investing to practicing artistic skills to meditation.  See for yourself in the pictures below!  

The Big Bands and Vocalists class was treated to live entertainment!  Pictured above is the Bradley Jazz Band.  OLLI was also visited by the Peoria Jazz AllStars, a group comprised of the top musicians in Peoria District #150.  

Some OLLI members chose to hone their artistic skills in Drawing in Perspective with instructor Fran Smith. 

OLLI favorite Bob Gayhart's students sure learned a lot in A Brief History of Chemistry!

One of the best aspects of OLLI Classes is just spending time in good company with others who love learning (without tests or homework, of course!).

Have a wonderful summer!


In Early February of this year, five movies were nominated for Best Documentary Film in 2014 at the Academy Awards.  Among them was Last Days in Vietnam, which tells the story of what happened in April of 1975 when the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled.


Approximately 5000 Americans along with their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends had 24 hours to evacuate or face certain imprisonment.


But no official evacuation plan existed for them to follow.  Nevertheless, over a hundred-thousand South Vietnamese, with the help of Americans, managed to get out alive. 


Directed by Rory Kennedy, this documentary is an account of that escape forty years ago.


OLLI members may recall that Kennedy is the youngest child and daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy.  Her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, had expanded America's involvement in that war before he was assassinated in 1963.  While running for President in 1968, her father became a passionate critic of American support and participation in that conflict.  


Tragically, Senator Kennedy was also assassinated in June of 1968 before his filmmaker daughter, Rory, was born in December of that same year.  


Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a score of 95%, Internet Movie Database, a 7.7 of 10, and Roger Ebert, 4 of 4.


New York Times film critic A. O. Scott says the film is a calm treatment of one of the "angriest topics in American political life."  He goes on to state that while the film could have been filled with partisan rage and invective, Kennedy's measured account recalls the "danger, heroism, and treachery" related to the escape.


OLLI members can see the film on our local PBS affiliate, Channel 47, on Tuesday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the acclaimed American Experience Series.  If you can't catch it at that time, it re-airs at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and again on Thursday, April 30, at 3:00 a.m.  Or, use that DVR and record it!


See you at the movies!


Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee


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Limited Space Left in Popular 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

Last Fall, demand for Carol May's Study Group, A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns, was such that she hosted two sessions back-to-back.  If you missed out on this group before, now is your chance to see what all the buzz is about!

Here is what a few previous participants had to say about the group:

"Great subject... Looking forward to more programs in the future."


"Great subject - wealth of information."

"Great teacher - well-informed and interesting.  Carols is such a skillful discussion leader and poses challenging questions."

"I thought about so many things that I knew but has 'forgotten.'  We really now live with respect to actions undertaken by the Roosevelts.  What would our lives be like with they had not existed?"

Spaces are limited, so be sure to register today!

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

Click here to register online for this Study Group.

Local Author to Speak at Bradley

Local author Victoria Loberg, M.D., will speak on campus in the Wycoff Room of the Cullom-Davis Library on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 discuss her most recent book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives.  


Dr. Loberg has researched the early years of medical practice in Peoria.  This new book focuses on Peoria's women physicians, succeeding her earlier one, From Pest House to Medical Centers, Peoria's Medical Journey into the 20th Century.


This program is FREE and open to the public.  


Volunteer at Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

This June, the Peoria Park District will be opening a children's museum in the Glen Oak Park Pavilion building.  The Peoria PlayHouse will be a hands-on, interactive children's museum where children, along with their families, will dream, explore, and learn through play.


As they prepare to open their doors in June, 2015, they need a solid group of wonderful volunteers to help the PlayHouse be a huge success!


Here are just a few of the volunteer positions available:


Carpentry Facilitator:  Assist children in the Real Tools exhibit as they use hammers, saws, drills, and other tools.  Must be comfortable with basic carpentry tools and interested in working with children.


Greeter:  Welcome museum visitors with a warm smile, direct visitors, answer questions, assist with checking strollers, engage children and families waiting to enter museum.


Play Specialist:  Facilitate exceptional guest experiences by engaging visitors with exhibitions.  Organize and tidy exhibits and props.  An outgoing personality and approachability are highly desirable for this position.


For more information, and a complete list of volunteer positions, please click here.


If you have any questions or would like to apply, you may contact Kristin Vannatta, Operations Manager, at 309-232-6900 or


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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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