December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday: What is it?
Giving Tuesday: What is it?

Bradley's first #GivingTuesday started earlier today, and you are vital to its success.

Consider making a gift - no matter the amount - to support any area of the University  you designate. Spread the word on social media using #GivingTuesdayBradleyU or sharing/retweeting our posts. Stop by the Michel Student Center to write a thank you note to donors on a paper rose. Visit throughout the day for details and to follow the donor count.
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.
Seeking Travelers for "Look Where I Went"

Have you had an interesting traveling experience you'd like to share?  

This Fall, OLLI debuted a new Class: "Look Where I Went," during which four different presenters spoke about their experiences in faraway places.

We would love to have four more travelers share their experiences with us in a repeat class next Spring!

If you have visited an interesting place and would like to share what you have learned about its culture and history, we would love to make your unique observations a part of OLLI Classes in Spring of 2016. 

If you are interested in presenting, please contact John Dust, a member of the Curriculum Committee, at

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 style 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 the Daytime by Eileen Davidson, The Cat Who Saw Stars by Lillian 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 call Bonnie at 309-677-2523.
Survey to Select Silver Screen Films

In the Spring of 2016, OLLI will co-sponsor the Silver Screen Saturdays program at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

For next year's series, the theme of the films will be The Prohibition Era, to tie-in with the exhibit that will be on display.

If you would like to help with the selection of these films, please take a brief survey by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

The Migrant Problem in Europe: a Global Crisis? 

The Migrant Problem in Europe: A Global Humanitarian Crisis?
Tuesday, December 1
7:00 p.m.
116 Westlake Hall, Bradley University

The Institute of International Studies and the Peoria World Affairs Council will host a program and discussion on the timely topic of refugees in Europe.  

Will Ball, Caterpillar VP and board member of the USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will discuss Europe's growing migrant crisis, the majority of whom may be refugees who seek to escape war in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  He will share insights from his work with the UNHCR as European countries look for help to register and find new places to settle these migrants.  

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact PAWAC at 309-677-2454.

Upcoming Musical Performances at Bradley

If you are in the mood to see a musical performance this week, you have come to the right place!  Please feel free to attend any of the events listed below.  All events will be held at the Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W Barker Avenue.

Women's Choir
Friday, December 4
7:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

String Chamber Music Concert
Saturday, December 5
3:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

Jazz Concert: The Bradley Groove Project and Hilltop Combo
Saturday, December 5
7:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

Holiday Concert by Chorale and Chamber Singers
Sunday, December 6
3:00 p.m.
$10 for adults; students are free

Collegium Musicum 
Sunday, December 6
7:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

Peoria Lunaire Faculty Ensemble
Monday, December 7
7:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
BeyondBeyond the Hilltop
Children's Lego League Seeking Coaches

A new program is available at the Peoria Public Library!  Junior FIRST Lego League is designed for children ages 6 - 9 years old and features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination.  

Guided by Coaches, teams use Lego elements to build a model that moves, experience the engineering design process, and develop a Show Me poster to illustrate their journey.

Anyone can help!  You do not need a technical background to be a Coach -- just a willingness to learn with the kids.

Coaches are requested to sign up by Tuesday, December 1.  A downloadable PDF flyer is available here.

For more information about coaching, please contact Elise Hearn at 309-497-2204 or

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