November 17, 2015

OLLI Needs Your 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 brainstorming session to help create our curriculum for Spring 2016.

Mark your calendars:

OLLI Curriculum Committee:   Spring class brainstorming
Wednesday, November 18
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

Date Correction: Journaling and More Study Group

Please make note of the following date correction in your Winter 2016 brochure.

For the study group "Journaling and More," the dates listed are Fridays, January 12 - February 16 (page 10).  While the dates themselves are correct, they land on Tuesdays, not Fridays.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.  To register for this study group, please utilize our online registration system by clicking here or by calling 309-677-3900.
Free Flick: Cabaret

Moderator: Chip Joyce, Director, 2015 Peoria Players production of Cabaret
Tuesday, November 17
6:30 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret is the story of two young people, Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and Brian Roberts (Michael York), living in a country whose economic and political future is volatile: Sally performs at the Kit Kat Club, a deliciously decadent dive where people with questionable reputations congregate for different kinds of mischief. Brian teaches English to earn enough cash to finish his doctorate. He and Sally become lovers, but their relationship becomes troubled with the arrival of a wealthy playboy. This love triangle plays out against the rise to power of the Nazi Party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic in Germany.  Cabaret walked home with 8 Oscars, including Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Grey).

This is a free event, but advance registration is requested.  Please utilize OLLI's online registration system by clicking here.

For more information, please call 309-677-3900.
Upcoming Lecture: Economic Perspectives on the Arts

Economic Perspectives on the Arts: Money in the Bank
Thursday, November 19
Refreshments: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center

Maestro George Stelluto, Music Director and Conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will speak about the real benefits of the arts for communities, the economy, and education (especially related to the effectiveness of STEM topics).  He will share facts that prove measurable benefits of the arts, as well as the impact he has personally seen in his work with youth and adults of four continents.  

Parking will be available on campus after 6:00 p.m.  

This is a free event, but advance registration is requested.  Please click here to utilize OLLI's online registration system.

For more information, please call 309-677-3900.

Curl up with a Few Good Books This Winter

What Makes A Cozy Mystery Cozy?
Thursdays, January 14 - February 18
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
United Presbyterian Church

Unlike the tales of Sam Spade, Sherlock Holmes, or Alex Cross, the cozy mystery is warmer and friendlier with a crime-solver who is generally an educated, working woman and an amateur sleuth. In this study group we will discuss various cozy mystery authors and what makes their particular styles successful. 

Participants are expected to read a book a week and prepare simple outlines of their own cozy mysteries. If so inclined, participants can present their own favorite cozy mystery author. Titles to read include Sticks and Scones by Diane Mott Davidson,
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, Killer in the Kitchen by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, Death in Daytime by Eileen Davidson, The Cat Who Saw Stars by Lilian Jackson Braun, and On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay. All books are available from local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Terry Meismer, retired teacher and social worker, OLLI study group committee coordinator, and cinema committee member.

To register for this study group, please utilize our online registration system by clicking here.
Guest Speaker on Entrepreneurship 

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship 
Presented by Jason Parkinson, Vice President & COO, OneFire
Tuesday, November 17
12:00 p.m. 
Baker Hall B-52 (basement), Bradley University

Tonight the Bradley MBA Association presents a free lecture on entrepreneurship by Jason Parkinson, Vice President and COO of OneFire, a Peoria-based development and design team.  A born entrepreneur and entertainer, Jason used his innate determination, focus, and drive to produce his first theatrical production in the fifth grade and start his own business by the age of 15.  While in high school, he founded a mobile DJ service, DJ4U, which he still owns and operates today.

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Bradley University Visitor's lot and along Main and University Streets.
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.

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