March 22, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

March 23, 12pm: OLLI Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon; free with OLLI Classes, $20 for Luncheon only
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 29, 7pm:  
OLLI-sponsored Lecture: 
Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra 
in Westlake 116; free
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)
April 8, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

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!

The Passing of Emeritus James Ludwig

Dear Campus Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of James Ludwig, Associate Dean of the Slane College and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Emeritus. Mr. Ludwig joined the faculty in 1968 and directed the Theatre Arts program for many years. His creative endeavors included producing numerous theatrical productions for Bradley University Theatre, the University, and the major professional arts organizations in Peoria.

Please join me in extending sincere condolences to Mr. Ludwig's family. In his honor, the Bradley flags will be lowered to half-staff for three days.

In sympathy,

Gary R. Roberts
Bradley University

Over the weekend, President Roberts sent the above message to the Bradley community.  Jim has been a beloved part of OLLI for the past several years.  His unique Monument Tours constituted our most popular learning trips because of his wealth of knowledge and friendly nature.  The OLLI learning community was blessed to enjoy nine Monument tours, a Riverwalk tour, numerous trips to theater performances at Bradley and in Chicago, and so much more because of Jim's incredible dedication to our lifelong learners.  His passion for his work and his complete generosity in sharing his knowledge with our members will never be forgotten.  Please join us in keeping his wife Rosemarie and the entire Ludwig family in your thoughts as we remember Jim with love.

Kickoff Luncheon Reminders

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23, is the Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon!  The luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m., with a New Member orientation beforehand at 11:00 a.m.

To utilize our door-to-door shuttle service, please park at one of the two following locations:
Shea Stadium, 1523 W Nebraska Ave, Peoria
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Peoria Charter buses will transport you from Shea Stadium and OLLI Shuttles will transport you from Westminster Church to the Student Center at Bradley.  Parking attendants will be on-site to assist you.
What Do You Love about OLLI Classes?

Why do you attend classes at OLLI at Bradley?  The expert instructors, the opportunity to see friends or learn something new, or the scone breaks?  Reply to this message and let us know what you like best about classes!

To register for Spring Classes, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

Where Would You Go with OLLI and Road Scholar?

OLLI at Bradley is seeking input to select its Road Scholar private charter trip for 2017.  The OLLI Learning Trip Committee has narrowed the selections to three destinations.

To take the one-question survey, please click here.

Thank you for your input!

Joins Us for an Afternoon at Morton Arboretum in Chicago

Morton Arboretum with James Ballowe (Activity Level 3)
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Bradley Alumni Association has invited OLLI members to share a special opportunity with their Chicago Alumni as they join Bradley University's Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus James Ballowe for a visit to the Morton Aboretum in Lisle. We will have a private lunch in the Founder's room at the Aboretum, followed by a short presentation from Professor Ballowe, who is the author of A Great Outdoor Museum, a history of the Morton
Arboretum, and A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton, a biography of Joy Morton. 

After lunch, we will board trams to tour the facility, with the rare privilege of having Dr. Ballowe and Craig Johnson, former director of education at the Arboretum, as our guides. We'll learn from the best as they narrate our trip through the Arboretum, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Its 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants from around the world. This trip will allow us to be inspired by Joy Morton's vision for a "great outdoor museum" of trees, where one can appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. As an added bonus, Bradley alums from the Chicagoland area have been invited to join us at the Aboretum. 

$119- includes tours, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

To register, utilize our online registration system by clicking here, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
OLLI Co-Sponsored Lectures

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!

A second lecture has been added to the LAS series this spring!

Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema and Television
Presented by Dr. Tim Conley, Professor of English
Tuesdays, April 19
4:30 p.m. Lecture, followed by reception
Cullom-Davis Library, Wyckoff Room, Bradley University

Advance registration is not required; parking will be available in the Main Street parking deck or in the Visitor's parking lot.
OLLI Reads

Many OLLI participants are using the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list yourself.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the book and a free sample of the book ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle Reader.

Contact Greg Peine at with your suggestions for additions to the OLLI Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


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 Illinois residents can correct corrections in our state.  John R. Baldwin, the Director of Illinois Department of Corrections, will present "Correcting Corrections in Illinois" on Thursday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m. in the Waterhouse Ballroom in downtown Peoria.  

The League of Women Voters (LWV) will also offer a cash bar, dinner, conversation, and raffle.  To make reservations, visit The site will also provide a specific schedule for the evening.  Please contact Pat Landes with any questions or comments at:  309-648-3504 or

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