November 3, 2015

Registration for Winter 2016 Opens Tomorrow!

As a reminder, here are your registration options for Winter 2016:

Wednesday, November 4 
9:00 a.m. - Registration Open House at the Michel Student Center.  Come in person and receive personalized customer service from OLLI staff and socialize with friends.
2:00 p.m. - Online registration opens

Thursday, November 5
8:30 a.m. - Call our office if you have questions about your brochure or need one-on-one assistance: 309-677-3900.

Renewable Energy Lecture

Renewable Energy - Advantages, Disadvantages, and Trade-offs
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Refreshments: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center

Some environmentalists would like everyone to change all our energy consumption to renewable resources, but there are trade-offs between renewable and non-renewable
resources. Every type of renewable energy has advantages and disadvantages that makes one preferable in any given application or geographic area (For example, wind farms are not cost effective in the southeastern United States because of the low winds there). 

Dr. David Loomis, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University, will
outline both the positive and the negative of each type of renewable energy and provide an understanding of the economics of these choices.

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus will be available after 6:00 p.m.

To register online, please click here.

OLLI Needs Your Wrap-Up and Brainstorming Help

We are proud to say that OLLI at Bradley University is member-driven.  If you enjoy the OLLI classes offered in October, January, and April, please consider attending our upcoming wrap-up and brainstorming session to help create our curriculum for Spring 2016.

Mark your calendars:

OLLI Curriculum Committee:  Fall class wrap-up, Spring class brainstorming
Wednesday, November 11
9:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Executive Suite (basement)
Parking: Volunteers may utilize the Visitor's Lot adjacent to the bookstore or spaces along Bradley Avenue and Main Street

During this meeting, volunteers will provide feedback from our Fall classes, review evaluation summaries for those Fall classes, plus brainstorm ideas for Spring classes, identify volunteer instructors, and organize the details for the classes.  

It takes a lot of volunteers to organize 60 classes in Fall, 30 classes in Winter, and 58 classes in Spring.  But many hands make light work!  With your help, we'll be able to schedule a variety of educational courses that appeal to our membership.

If you have questions, or would like to propose a class in advance of the meeting, please contact Michelle Riggio at

Addition to Winter Brochure: Study Group on Berlin Airlift

The following Study Group is not printed in your brochure.  Please feel free to write it in on your registration form if you plan on mailing it in.

The Cold War Begins: Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948 - 1949
Mondays, January 18 & 25, February 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Hult Center for Healthy Living, 5215 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria

Although the Allied Powers were victorious over the Third Reich in May of 1945, maintenance of unity and peace in Europe was much more difficult to achieve over the next four years in the aftermath of Germany's political, economic and military collapse. By April of 1948, the first major inter-national crisis of what we now call the Cold War had begun when the Soviet Union prevented the Western Allies access to their zones in the city of Berlin by rail, road and canal. 

In this study group we'll discuss conditions in Germany in 1945, the time frame and basics of Cold War conflicts, the Soviet implementation of the Berlin Blockade and the Allied response--the Berlin Airlift, a monumental effort to secure the survival of Germany and Berlin between June of 1948 and May of 1949. Discussion of the airlift will include how it was organized, the airplanes who were its "war horses" and the aviators who flew them. 

Guest discussion leaders will include Dr. John Williams, Bradley University Professor of History, specializing in the history of Germany and Colonel William RobertsonCommander of the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria. Film clips will also be used to stimulate discussion. 

Participants are expected to read Richard Reeves' book, Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift---June of 1948-May of 1949 prior to the first day the group meets. That book can be obtained new or used online and/or at local bookstores and libraries. Information from various websites will also be assigned for specific topics; access to the Internet is strongly advised.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee chair and frequent Study Group facilitator.

If you plan on registering online after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, please visit the OLLI homepage:  This Study Group will be available online.

If you have any questions, please call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

Special Presentation of Still Alice 

Still Alice
Friday, November 13
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Giant Screen Theatre, Peoria Riverfront Museum

After renowned linguistics professor Alice Howland is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, she and her family face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread.  Along the way, Alice struggles to fight the inner decay, to make the most of her remaining time, and to find the love and peace needed to make living worthwhile. 

OLLI has partnered with 50 Plus News & Views magazine, the Heart of Illinois Senior Care Network, and the Peoria Riverfront Museum to present the film, starring Academy
Award-winning actress Julienne Moore, and a brief forum featuring representatives from Central Illinois Chapter Alzheimer's Association and Adult Day Services IPMR/Senior World.

$5 - includes admission and presentation. Transportation not provided - meet us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! Free parking is available in the deck accessible from
Water Street.

To register online for this event, please click here.
Free Percussion Ensemble Performance Tonight

Percussion Ensemble
Tuesday, November 3
7:30 p.m.
Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Ave, Peoria

Join the Bradley University Percussion Ensemble for a FREE performance at Dingeldine Music Center tonight at 7:30 p.m.!

For more information, please call 309-677-2650.

Understanding the Civil War in Syria

Understanding the Civil War in Syria: History, Politics, and Religion
Thursday, November 5
7:00 p.m.
Caterpillar Global Communications Center Room 126, Bradley University

The Institute of International Studies and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies presents a special presentation featuring three Bradley scholars who will speak about various dimensions of the conflict in Syria, and invite discussion with the audience.

Panelists include Dr. Shah Tarzi (international policy), Dr. Jason Zaborowski (religious studies), and Angela Weck (Russian studies).  

Visual Voices Lecture

Visual Voices Lecture
Thursday, November 5
5:00 p.m.
Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center, Bradley University

Presented by the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, Matt Dunlap, Manager of Creative Services for the Chicago Bears, and Valerie Hebda, Senior Designed at Liska + Associates, will give a FREE lecture this Thursday in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on campus.

For more information, please call 309-677-2967.

World Famous Saxophonist to Perform at Saxfest 

Eugene Rousseau Concert
Saturday, November 7
7:30 p.m.
Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Ave, Peoria

For the final event in Saxfest, world famous saxophonist Eugene Rousseau will appear in a free concert this Saturday evening.  He will play several pieces and also join his long time friend, Bradley saxophone professor Keith Zimmerman in a performance.

The concert will close out the program which also include performances by the Bradley Saxophone Quartet, the Bradley Saxophone Quintet, and the world's only professional group of its kind, the Illinois Saxophone Quintet led by Zimmerman.

For more information and a complete schedule of events for Saxfest, please call the Bradley Music Department at 309-677-2595.

You're Invited: The Inaugural Charley Steiner Symposium

The Inaugural Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication
November 9 - 12, 2015
Free and open to the public

Last March, Bradley University named the first sports communication school in the nation after alum Charley Steiner, who is a four-time Emmy Award winner and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee as a play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  

In honor of The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication, the Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts will host a symposium on sports communication this November.  Among the panelists and presenters are Charley Steiner, Larry King, Dave Snell, Chris Reynolds, and several sports reporters and authors. 

To view a complete schedule of events, please click here.

Ray LaHood Special Book Signing Reception

Special Book Signing with the Honorable Ray LaHood
Friday, November 13
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Westlake Hall Room 116, Bradley University

Please join the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University for a special book signing reception with former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Congressman Ray LaHood.

LaHood's newly released book, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, will be available for purchase and signing.  

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Brad McMillan at

Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me!

Come Fly With Me! 
Friday, November 20 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21 - 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley University
$25 for adults

In honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, join the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble for a special Musical Tribute!  This live concert will feature Broadway star and Bradley alum Eric Petersen, who will sing Sinatra's most beloved, iconic hits including "New York," "My Way," "Come Fly With Me," "My Kind of Town," and many more.

For more information, please click here.

To purchase tickets, please call 309-677-2605.

BeyondBeyond the Hilltop
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Special Screening of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History
Monday, November 9
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library, North Branch

Join the Peoria Public Library for a special screening of the award-winning documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  Dr. Aurea Toxqui, Professor of History at Bradley University, will lead a discussion of Episode VI: Peril and Promise (1980-2000). 

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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