April 5, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

April 7 and 21, 2pm:  Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 4, 9am: OLLI Summer 2016 Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
June 1, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Students Center Executive Suite
April 8, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum 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!

April 19, 4:30pm: OLLI-sponsored Lecture:  Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema and Television in Westlake 116; free

OLLI Classes Start Tomorrow!

We hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute of learning and socializing. We also want to extend a special welcome to our classmates who are attending for the first time!

To help prepare those of you attending classes, we've compiled some notes and reminders below.
  • Please park and utilize the shuttle that serves both Westminster Church (1420 W Moss Ave) and Shea Stadium (1523 W Nebraska Ave)Peoria Charter Coaches will transport members to and from Shea Stadium; the OLLI shuttles will transport members to and from Westminster Church. The OLLI Parking Captains are on site at both locations to assist you each morning.      
  • Shuttle service begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs continuously all day. Please note: If you have an 8:30 a.m. class, be sure to arrive at your parking location early to allow sufficient time to get to class. To request pickup anytime during the day, call the OLLI Cell Phone at (309) 258-4142.   
  • On the first day of class, please check in and pick up your name tag at the registration desk in the Michel Student Center, second floor.  
  • A printed list of announcements will be available at the registration desk at the Michel Student Center and Westlake each morning.  
  • CATCH A RIDE TO WESTLAKE! We're utilizing the new OLLI Shuttle to transport you to and from Westlake Hall and the Michel Student Center. Bradley University Student Drivers will be available to pick-up and drop-off OLLI members in front of the Student Center and behind Westlake Hall throughout the day. If you need assistance during the day, please call (309) 258-4142.  
  • Our breaks with beverages and snacks will be offered in two locations: Ballroom B of the Michel Student Center (2nd floor) and the first floor atrium of Westlake Hall.     
  • The buffet lunches will be served in the Ballrooms of the Michel Student Center. Daily buffet lunch tickets may be purchased BEFORE 9:00 a.m. at our registration desk on the second floor of the Michel Student Center.  If you pre-purchased the four buffet lunches, your OLLI name badge will indicate the purchase with a green dot for hearty buffet or a blue dot for healthy buffet.     
  • If you choose to eat at the Michel Student Center Marketplace, you will have a variety of choices:  Chick-fil-A (chicken sandwiches), Topio's (pizza and pasta), Moe's (southwestern grill), Greens-to-Go (soup and salads), and POD, a convenience market with to-go food items.

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.
Join this study group and learn about featured women artists like Dana Baldwin, fiber artist and co-owner of The Sheared Edge in the Studios on Sheridan.

Baldwin's work has been displayed nationally and internationally, including the Art Gallery of Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York, NY.  

In this group, we'll explore how and why art is thriving in our town and the role of women in that growth.  Four Peoria women artists - Dana Baldwin, Jaci Willis, Cathie Crawford, and Barb Hoffman - will join our discussions over the last four weeks. 

To register online, please click here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Cinema Conversations on Gang Violence in Chicago

The Interrupters
Thursdays, May 5, 12 , and 19
2:00 - 400 p.m.
May 5: film viewing at Bradley University's Visitor's Center
May 12 and 19: discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

During a turbulent and violent period in Chicago, The Interrupters follows the moving and surprising stories of three "Violence Interrupters," who try to protect their neighborhoods from the violence that was a daily part of their lives. The film's main protagonists are Ameena
Matthews, daughter of one of the city's most notorious gang leaders, Cobe Williams, a good-natured young man moving down the wrong path after his father's murder, and Eddie Bocanegra, who is haunted by a murder he committed when he was seventeen. The three Chicagoans work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. Using their street reputations, the "Violence Interrupters" attempt to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. Recommended reading material will include online articles related to gang violence in Chicago. 

Guest speakers will include Judy Huff, former Director of the Human Services Program at Illinois Central College and Facilitator of Poverty Simulation Programs, and a representative from the Peoria Police department's "Don't Shoot" Initiative.

$29 - facilitated by Jennifer Bass, retired teacher, frequent OLLI instructor, and OLLI secretary.

To register for this group online, please click here, or call Gwen at 309-677=3900.

OLLI Co-Sponsored Lecture

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.
Hilltop Happenings

Help a Bradley Student: Research on Retirement

You are invited to participate in a brief survey titled "Life after Retirement" to assist a Bradley student with a class research project.

Your participation will be kept anonymous, and the survey should only take one minute to complete.

Thank you for supporting our students!

"Speak Up" Event at Bradley's Cullom-Davis Library

One of Bradley's librarians will discuss the 2016 Children's book award winners tomorrow, April 6, at 12:00 p.m. in the Wyckoff Room, Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University.

This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to stop by!  Parking is available along Bradley Avenue and surrounding streets, and in the Visitor's parking lot on St. James Street.
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
April Lectures 

"Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing"
Tuesday, April 19
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University
Free and open to the public

Dr. Kenneth Himes , of the Department of Theology at Boston College, will examine American conduct of warfare in the last decade within the context of long-established theories of Just War.

"The Psychology of Political Attitudes"
Tuesday, April 26
7:00 p.m.
Neumiller Lecture Hall, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
Free and open to the public

Dr. John Jost of New York University is a renowned psychologist with extensive research in the psychological processes through which individuals construct their social, religious, and political outlooks.

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!

Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present and the Future

Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future
Presented by Jack Horner, internationally-known paleontologist
Saturday, April 23
1:00 p.m.
Neumiler Auditorium, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
FREE and open to the public

The Bradley University Center for STEM Education invites the public to this FREE presentation by internationally-known paleontologist, Jack Horner!  Senior adjunct scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and Curator at the Museum of the Rockies, Horner directs the larges dinosaur field research program in the world and has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel.  He also served as the technical advisor for Steven Spielberg on all of the Jurassic Park movies and for the FOX television show Terra Nova.

Horner's free presentation at 1:00 p.m. is preceded by morning activities on campus featuring fossil exhibits.  To view a flyer with exhibition details, parking information, and more, please click here.
Beyond the Hilltop
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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