September 22, 2015


Kick-Off Luncheon Reminders

Get Customized OLLI Swag from Land's End

Dig In to the Life and Works of Poet Laureates 

Visit Pekin High School's Career Center

Reader's Report

How Do They Find These Places

Keep Up with OLLI

Kick-Off Luncheon Reminders
For those of you registered for Wednesday's Kick-Off Luncheon, here are a few reminders:
  • Shuttle buses will run from Shea Stadium and Westminster Church starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • A new member orientation will begin at 11:00 a.m., in the Marty Theatre, in the basement of the Michel Student Center.
  • The luncheon will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom on the second floor.
  • Class hosts are asked to attend a short meeting after the luncheon in Room 203 (outside Ballroom). Shuttle busses will be available after the meeting.
We can't wait to see you tomorrow as we kick-off another OLLI academic year!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bonnie at 309-677-2523 or
Get Customized OLLI Swag from Land's End
Attend Fall Classes in style with your own custom OLLI shirt, fleece jacket, and more!

Land's End will embroider the OLLI at Bradley University logo (pictured above) on your order from Land's End Business Outfitters.  Here's how to place your order online:
  • Click here to visit the OLLI at Bradley online Land's End store
  • Select the item you would like embroidered with the OLLI logo
  • Click "Apply Logo(s)" at the bottom of the item page
  • Select the OLLI logo and choose the location you would like it to appear
For questions about your order or for further customization options, call Land's End at 800-587-1541.

Dig in to the Life and Works Poet Laureates 
Five U.S. Poet Laureates and One Scottish Bard (Discussion-Based Study Group)
Thursdays, October 1 - November 5 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 

Since 1937, the Librarian of the U.S. Congress has annually chosen a distinguished American poet to serve as the official Poet Laureate of our nation. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise our national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. 

In this study group, a different facilitator each week will talk about the life and works of five U.S. Poet Laureates and one Scottish Bard (Poet Laureate). The six facilitators are Ed Douglas (Howard Nemerov), Peggy Carter (Maxine Kumin), George Tanner (Ted Kooser), Jane Hense (Mona Van Duryn), Brooks McDaniel (William Carlos Williams) and Scotland native, Catriona Ritenhouse (Robert Bruns, the Bard of Scotland). 

$45 - coordinated by Vick Steward, OLLI Study Group facilitator and member of the OLLI Study Group Committee; facilitated by volunteers as listed above

To register for Fall Study Groups online, please click here.

Visit Pekin High School's Career Center
Pekin Community High School's Career & Technical Education Department (Activity Level 2)
Friday, September 25
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

The vocational training available at Pekin Community High School is a well-kept secret that the staff wants more people to know about.  The program offers students over 60 different courses in a variety of fields, internship opportunities, and invaluable learning experiences they will need to be successful in their future careers.  

During our visit, we'll tour the classrooms, listen to a short presentation, see student working in hands-on, state-of-the-art labs, and dine on lunch prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register online for Fall Learning Trips, please click here.

Reader's Report
One of our wonderful OLLI volunteers, Greg Peine, has been keeping a running list of books that other OLLI members have suggested as being of interest to other members.  

In this new weekly article, we will spotlight one of these book suggestions in hopes that you will discover new, interesting titles.  This week the featured book is  Boys in the Boat 
by Daniel Brown.
This is the story about the American Olympic crew team's triumph against all odds in Nazi Germany in 1936.

Daniel James Brown tells the passionate and heartwarming story of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers who never expected to beat the great teams of the East Coast, and yet they go on to shock the world.

This story revolves around Joe Rantz, a teenager without a family, who rows to regain his self respect and a place in the world!

I hope you read this book and enjoy it as much as I did!

-- submission by Shari Dearing

If you have a book to add to the list, send your suggestion via email to Greg Peine at

If you are interested in viewing the entire list as it currently stands, please click on the following link: OLLI Reads
How Do They Find These Places?
We are often asked on trips, "how did you find out about this place?" ...  and our answer is always, "The OLLI Trip Committee suggested it!"   

If you are interested in helping to select trips, or have ideas for a great class, study group, or cinema program, please consider attending one of our upcoming OLLI Committee meetings. 

We are proud to say OLLI at Bradley University is member-driven.  As such, we welcome your input and ideas for all of our programming.  Mark your calendars and visit one (or all) of these meetings and find out how your ideas become reality:

Study Group Committee: 
Thursdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8
2:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N. Main Street, Peoria

Learning Trip Committee:  
Friday, Oct. 9
9:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center 203

Cinema Committee:  
Friday Oct. 16
9:00 a.m.  
Michel Student Center 203

Curriculum Committee:  
Wednesdays, Nov. 11 & 18, Dec. 2
9:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Executive Suite (basement)

For more information, please call our office at 309-677-3900.

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 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