March 15, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

March 18: Last day to register for Italy trip
April 2, 6pm: 
Great Gatsby
Silver Screen 
at Peoria Riverfront Museum; 
May 4, 9am: OLLI Summer 2016 Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
March 19
, 6pm: 
Bonnie and Clyde Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; click here to purchase tickets!
April 7 and 21, 2pm:  Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite (3rd session June 1)
March 23, 12pm: OLLI Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon; free with OLLI Classes, $20 for Luncheon only
April 8, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

March 29, 7pm: 
OLLI-sponsored Lecture: 
Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra 
in Westlake 116; free
April 15, 9am: Cinema Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Room 203

April 16, 6pm: 
 The Untouchables Silver Screen
 at Peoria Riverfront Museum; 
click here to purchase tickets!

Featured Spring Classes

Classes begin
Wednesday, April 6, and continue for all four Wednesdays in April.  There are still plenty of spaces available in several classes.  Here are some featured available classes!

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.   Introductory to Meditation for Spiritual Awareness (Class 1-3) 
Learn how to reduce stress and receive other benefits through meditation!

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Coming to Peoria: The New #1 Destination for Softball and Baseball (Class 2-21) 
Learn about the new Louisville Slugger Complex and the implications for Peoria as its hosting city.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Chiropractic Care Can Change Your World (Class 3-35) 
Examine alternative health care options for chronic health problems.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Daniel (1-6) (Class 4-56) 
Ask questions and answer them with direct text from the first six chapters of the book of Daniel.

The Spring Kickoff Luncheon, on Wednesday, March 23, is included in your class fee.  

To register for Spring Classes, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Bring Your Partner in Crime to See Bonnie and Clyde

OLLI is sponsoring the Silver Screen Saturdays film series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum this spring, and tickets are still available for this weekend's screening of Bonnie and Clyde.  Tied in with the museum's temporary exhibit on the Prohibition, this film is sure to put you in the mood to learn more about this fascinating period in our country's history.

Film synopsis: 
Small-time crook Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) tries to steal a car and winds up with its owner's daughter, dissatisfied small-town girl Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway). Their crimes quickly spiral from petty theft to bank robbery, but tensions between the couple and the other members of their gang--hapless driver C.W. (Michael J. Pollard), Clyde's suave older brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and Buck's flibbertigibbet wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons) --could destroy them all. 

To purchase tickets in advance, click here!
Try New "Scribe to Screen," Featuring Atonement

This spring, a brand new Cinema program called Scribe to Screen will feature a book and its adapted film and give participants an opportunity to compare and contrast each format, examine the process of adapting a book to film, and discuss which version was more effective.

In this debut session, Jane Hense will lead the group through a discussion of the book Atonement, a story of pre-WWII lovers who end up separated by a horrible misunderstanding, after viewing its 2007 film counterpart.

There are a handful of spots left, so sign up today!

To register online for this group, please click here.  For more information or to register over the phone, call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

OLLI Co-Sponsored Lecture

As you may know, starting in 2016, OLLI will begin sponsoring lectures held on Bradley's campus by other academic departments.  The first OLLI-sponsored lecture will be this spring as a part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences lecture series.

Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra: Modeling Complexity in Financial Networks
Presented by Dr. Mat Timm, Professor of Mathematics
Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Lecture
Westlake Hall, Room 116, Bradley University

Advance registration is not required.  Come join OLLI and the LAS department for this free event!

Visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum with OLLI

Peoria Riverfront Museum Learning Trip (Activity Level 2)
Friday, March 18
9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Step back in time as we visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum for a private tour of the traveling exhibit American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of the Prohibition.  Featuring the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation, this exhibition was created by the National Constitution Center, and is the first comprehensive exhibition about America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.  

In addition, we'll have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Dome Planetarium with the Zeiss Powerdome Planetarium System, which projects the world's most realistic night sky.  We will also check out the museum's Giant Screen Theater, which, at 52 feet high and 70 feet wide, extends beyond your field of vision for a completely lifelike experience.

$35 - includes lunch at New Amsterdam, gratuities, admission fees, private tour, and round-trip shuttle transportation

To register, call 309-677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system.

Hilltop Happenings

Judges Needed for Bradley Student Scholarship Exposition

The Student Scholarship Expo at Bradley University is an annual celebration of the research, scholarship, and creative production of Bradley undergraduate and graduate students.  Students showcase and present their work to a judging team comprised of both Bradley faculty members and representatives from the surrounding community in the hopes of receiving an EXPO Award for the best presentation of their work to a generalist audience.

In this 24th year, there are more student submissions than ever before in almost every discipline represented in Bradley's academic programs.  Your contributions as an EXPO Judge would include listening to and assessing 3-5 brief student presentations as an informed generalist audience-- someone who has interest a and working knowledge of the students' topics, without necessarily being an expert in the field--  with a focus on the presentation and dissemination skills of the students.

Your judging period would consist of a two-hour block on April 13th, between 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley.

For more information, please check out the following links:
If you have any further questions, please email one of the following representatives from the Office of Sponsored Programs:
Sandra Shumaker, Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Luke Burton, Graduate Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs
World of Wonder Wants Your Recyclables!

Continuing Education hosts a popular summer camp for gifted and talented students in June and August called World of Wonder, which provides a fun and challenging opportunity for a younger generation of lifelong learners!

Our teachers love to use clean, recyclable materials in their hands-on class projects, including the following:

- paper towel, toilet paper, and wrapping paper rolls
- shoe boxes
- cereal and snack boxes
- plastic containers and lids
- egg cartons
- newspapers and magazines (age-appropriate)

If you are able to collect any of the above materials, we would like to take them off your hands!  Materials can be dropped off at our office, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  If you are attending Spring Classes, you may also drop off materials at the registration desk on class days.

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder!

Beyond the Hilltop
International Trivia Challenge with PAWAC

International Trivia Challenge!
Sunday, April 3 
2:00 pm
Itoo Hall, 4909 W. Farmington Road
$20 per person, includes free international hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Peoria Area World Affairs Council will hold its Fifth Annual International Trivia Challenge on Sunday, April 3rd at Itoo Hall, 4909 Farmington Road, in Peoria.  Doors open at 2:00 pm and the competition will start promptly at 2:30 pm.  The event also features a silent auction and raffle prizes.  Among the many items on the silent auction are artwork by Suzette Boulais, a Downton Abbey table runner, a gift basket from Kickapoo Creek Winery, and a private seminar with OLLI lecturer Angela Weck, including Russian tea and apple baba!
Players are welcome to form teams of eight, or to register individually.  Students are just $10 with a valid student ID.  Although walk-ins are welcome, participants who pre-register will receive two free raffle tickets with each pre-paid registration.  Proceeds from this fundraising event send the team of high school students from Central Illinois to compete in the national Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition in Washington, DC.  Those students will offer their services to your team for the day!
For more information and to register, visit or call Kristin at (309) 677-2454.

Correcting Corrections in Illinois

OLLI members are invited to a rare opportunity to hear directly how we can correct corrections in our state. And, in case you haven't had a strong interest in corrections in IL up to this point, let me point out why you should care:
  • A significant portion of your taxes ($1.3 billion annually) goes to DOC (Department of Corrections).
  • Our communities are challenged every year with the return of 30,000 offenders, resulting in issues for employment, housing, public and private services, families, and neighborhoods.
  • And the recidivism rate for those returning is 47% within three years of release.
Please join concerned citizens in our community to hear John R. Baldwin, the Director of IL Department of Corrections, address the topic "Correcting Corrections in Illinois" on the evening of Thursday, April 7 at the Waterhouse Ballroom in downtown Peoria. In addition to the serious business of Director Baldwin's comments and conversation with the audience, the League of Women Voters (LWV) will also offer a cash bar, delicious dinner, conversation, and raffle. You may make electronic or mail reservations by going to The site will also provide a specific schedule for the evening. Please contact me with any questions or comments. Pat Landes, 309-648-3504 or

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