July 7, 2015


OLLI Fall Regstration Improvements Coming

Trivia Teaser #3

2015 White House Conference on Aging

Methodist Students Seeking OLLI Volunteers

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee

Join an OLLI Study Group

Keep Up with OLLI

OLLI Fall Registration Improvements Coming
Many members asked to receive the OLLI brochure earlier - and we listened!

Watch your mailbox after July 23, take time to review our offerings, then choose your way to register, beginning July 29:

1. Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.:  Attend the OLLI Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballroom A with free, open parking on campus.  During this time, you'll have the chance to interact one-on-one with staff, enjoy delicious scones, and spend time with your friends (or meet some new ones).  Registration forms received at the Open House will be processed first.

2. Wednesday, July 19, 2:00 p.m.:  Starting at 2:00 p.m., visit OLLI's webpage ( and make your selections online.  Online registration is fast, easy, and gives you immediate confirmation of your selections.  You can continue to register online throughout the season!

3.  Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.:  Staff will begin to process registration forms received via the postal service.  You may mail your form at any time, but it will be queued and processed in the order received.

4.  Thursday, July 30, 9:00 a.m.:  Staff will be available to answer registration questions over the phone on this date.  If you need further information about your registration form, or have questions about a particular program described in the brochure, please call (309) 677-3900 on this date.


Trivia Teaser #3

In anticipation of OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, we will be awarding weekly prizes to the winning answers for Trivia Teaser sample questions!  

For the first seven weeks, the winners will choose from an OLLI T-Shirt (size XL or XXL), and OLLI Tote Bag or Grocery Bag.  For the final three weeks leading up to the fundraiser, each winner will receive a "Correct Answer Pass" that their team can use for an automatic correct answer at the Trivia Night Fundraiser!


How to Play:
1. Read the Trivia Teaser question below.

2. Email your answer to Elly at BEFORE 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser 3
**Please note-- One entry per person per week.  

3. Each winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

4. Check back the following week-- you can play as many times as you'd like!

Trivia Teaser 3: Where would you look to find the Islets of Langerhans?

Congratulations to last week's winner, Kathleen Krippel!  

To last week's Trivia Teaser 2 question, "Who was the author of
The Leatherstocking Tales?" the answer was "James Fenimore Cooper." 

To register online for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, please click here.

2015 White House Conference on Aging


2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.

Some policy topics to be addressed at the conference include:

- Healthy Aging

- Long Term Services and Supports

- Elder Justice

- Retirement Security

OLLI members have a variety of opportunities to participate in the event virtually.  The entire event will be broadcast via a live webcast, and you can even participate in a question-and-answer session via Twitter or Facebook.

For more information, or to bookmark a link to watch the conference on Monday, July 13, visit:

To view an informational video about the event, click on the image below.
Methodist Students Seeking OLLI Volunteers
Marjorie Getz, frequent OLLI instructor and facilitator, is seeking five OLLI volunteers who would be willing to be interviewed by her students taking Gerontology 300, Biophysical Aspects of Aging, at Methodist College.

The interviews will deal with the visible signs of aging, and will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Methodist College.  In addition to helping these students, participants will be treated to a free Chinese dinner!

To volunteer to help Marjorie and her students, please email her within the next few days at

She will provide information about parking, length of the program, and answer any other questions you may have. 

Thanks in advance to our OLLI members for volunteering!

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee
Even though it's summer outside, the OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee has January on its mind!

Come and join your OLLI friends on the Winter Curriculum Committee as we plan Winter 2016 Classes.  Over four consecutive days in the beginning of January, Winter Classes offer a unique experience for OLLI members to really delve into class topics and create stronger bonds with classmates.

While we plan, we will munch on snacks and sip coffee, and enjoy open parking on Bradley's campus.

Wednesday, July 8
9:00 - 11:00 am 
Michel Student Center, Executive Suite

We hope to see you there!

Join an OLLI Study Group

Renewing Peoria from the Ground Level Up
Tuesdays, July 21 - August 25
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
United Presbyterian Church

Author and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  And, so it goes with people in programs in the Peoria Area.  In this Study Group, participants will learn through facilitated discussions about the demographics, delivery, and degree of effectiveness of a variety of grassroots level programs from individuals involved with the populations and/or services they were designed to serve.  Presentations will be made by Ken and Judy Zika (Volunteers, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-- Meeting the Needs of the Poor), Reverend Jim Carlson (First Baptist Church Spanish Language GED Preparation), Connie Voss (Executive Director, Common Place), Marty Yonker/Volunteer (United Way/Power of the Purse), Patti Gratton (Executive Director, Community Workshop and Training Center), Jamie Taylor (Jesse's House Founder), Crystal Kyle (Co-Executive Director and Business Manager, The Dream Center), and Robbie Criss (Youth Services Director, The Dream Center). 

Participants will be expected to read brief profiles of each of the programs and handouts provided by the facilitator.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair, former Study Group Chair, and frequent Study Group facilitator and class instructor

iPad for Lifelong Learning
Mondays, July 20 - August 17
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 reading applications along with a variety of online learning opportunities.  This Study Group is iPad specific; you will need iOS 8.0 or higher, an active email address, and Apple identification to participate.  Video tutorials will be available to help participants review class activities.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and popular iPad Study Group facilitator 

To register for any Study Groups, please utilize our online registration system by clicking here.

Keep Up with OLLI!
Stay up-to-date with the latest in OLLI news on any of our social media platforms. 

Find out what OLLI members are up to--follow us on our learning trips, and stay informed on class information.

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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