May 12, 2015


Register for Summer 2015

Come One, Come All-- to OLLI's Curriculum Committee!

Help Grow the OLLI Community through Facebook

Donation of Recyclable Materials

Video Gaming for Adult Beginners

Keep Up with OLLI

Register for Summer 2015


Registration for Summer 2015 Learning Trips, Study Groups, and Cinema is in full swing!  Don't miss these featured programs!

If you would like to view the Summer brochure as a PDF, please click here.

Five Came Back: Hollywood and World War II
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 14
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Humana Guidance Center

While the American public and its politicians debated about our participation in another European war in 1940, Hollywood movie makers were being pressured to release films in support of a conflict that seemed unwelcome, but inevitable. Five of Tinseltown's most honored directors-- Frank Capra, John Ford, George Stevens, William Wyler, and John Huston-- all stepped forward to participate in the war effort.  In this Study Group, we'll read about, see clips of, and discuss both feature and documentary films that they directed either before, during, or after World War II.  Participants should read Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris.  This book is available new or used in paperback or in electronic formats or through local libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Randy Wilson and Carol May, who are both OLLI Study Group facilitators and members of the OLLI Study Group and Cinema Committees.

Galesburg Orpheum Theatre: Sunset Boulevard
Monday, June 1
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Our day in Galesburg will begin with lunch at the Packinghouse Company, located in the historic former Swift & Company meat packing shop.  We will then head to the historic Orpheum Theatre, a beautifully restored venue built in the vaudeville days of the early 1900s, for a tour and a screening of the classic 1950s film, Sunset Boulevard.  Nominated for 11 Academy awards, this example of film noir is widely accepted as a classic in American cinematic history.  After the film, Todd Heidt, Assistant Professor of German at Knox College, will moderate a short discussion on the film and its Austrian-born writer and director, Billy Wilder.

$79 - includes tour, film screening, presentation, lunch, gratuities, and charter coach transportation

Summer Social Aboard Spirit of Peoria
Wednesday, August 12
12:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon traveling up and down the Illinois River while learning first-hand about the fascinating story of the World War II B-24 bomber, Lady Be Good.  Retired history teacher Don Stamford will give a private lecture detailing the experiences of Lady Be Good and her 9-man crew, which ventured into the harsh Libyan Desert after missing their intended landing site.  We will dine on a hot buffet on the boat while we enjoy good company and the scenic view of the Illinois River.

$44 - includes presentation, cruise, and lunch.  Transportation not provided - meet us at the riverfront!

To register online for Summer programs, please click here.

Come One, Come All-- to OLLI Curriculum Committee!

Dates: Wednesday, May 13 and 27
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Executive Suite, Michel Student Center, Bradley

Have you ever thought of a topic that would make a great OLLI Class?   Everyone is welcome to join in the selection process for Classes.  Fall 2015 Classes will be the focus of the upcoming Curriculum Committee Meetings, so mark your calendar!  Whether you have ideas to suggest or just want to see how the process works, please join us. 

Help Grow the OLLI Community through Facebook
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, family, and even OLLI!  If you are new to Facebook, click here to get started-- anyone can sign up for free!

Here is an example of what your home page may look like-- here, you will see updates from everyone you want to follow, or become "friends" with.  If you follow OLLI, you will see updates and photos from Learning Trips, Study Groups, Classes, and other events, as well as comments from your OLLI friends!  

Here's how to follow us:

In your search bar at the top, type "OLLI at Bradley University."  Click on our page as shown below. 

Now, click "Like," and OLLI's updates will come up on your home page.  The more of OLLI's posts you Like, Share, or Comment on, the more often they will show up on your home page, so be sure to get involved!

Tip: If you come across a page called "OLLI Bradley," with the yellow profile picture, you are on the account page rather than the up-to-date posting page.  From here, click on the link in the most recent post (circled below), and it will take you to the right place!

Help us bring the friendly OLLI sense of community to social media!  You can even post to OLLI's Facebook page, whether you have a great article worth sharing, photos from a Learning Trip, or just want to say hi to your OLLI friends!

See you on Facebook!

Donation of Recyclable Materials

Continuing Education is collecting clean, recyclable materials for the summer youth program, World of Wonder.  If you have any of the following items laying around, we would love to have them for teachers to use in hands-on learning this summer.

- Bubble wrap
- Round cardboard pieces from frozen pizzas
- Empty tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper, etc.
- Soup cans
- Half-gallon juice or milk jugs
- Lids to plastic food containers
- Newspaper
- Newspaper, local and political sections
- Old magazines

Items can be dropped off at the Continuing Education office, located at the corner of Main Street and University Street. 

Thank you!



Peoria Public Library presents:  Beginner Adult Video Gaming 

Date: Monday, June 15

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Peoria Public Library, Main Street Branch, 107 NE Monroe

Cost: Free!


All adults new to video gaming are welcome to attend and learn how to play selected video games.  We will take turns playing and watching as we try popular titles and genres.  


At this first session in the series, we will play rhythm games and, time permitting, party games.  No prior knowledge of how to play video games is needed.


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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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