OLLI News from Bradley University

May 3, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

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
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite 

Summer Registration Information

Tomorrow is our Registration Open House!  Come by to register in person and enjoy one-on-one assistance from staff, time to mingle with your OLLI friends, and of course some delicious scones!

Our complimentary shuttle service will transport you door-to-door from the parking lot at Westminster Presbyterian (1420 W Moss Ave) to the Michel Student Center.  Shuttles will begin their routes at 8:15 a.m., doors to the ballroom will open at 8:40 a.m., and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.

If you choose to register online, you may do so by visiting www.bradley.edu/olli starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5.

Curriculum Committee - Join Us!

All of the activities offered by OLLI are organized by committees of volunteers who do the work to bring the programs to life.  

We invite you to attend the following OLLI Curriculum Committee meetings to provide insight about your past class experiences and to help us create a slate of courses for the upcoming season.  Each of our volunteers - like you - brings a unique personal network of people and organizations that can help create the activities that OLLI offers its members.   

*Wednesdays, May 11, 18, and June 1 at 9:00 a.m.
*Please use the Visitor's Lot on May 11; parking is open on campus after May 16

*Michel Student Center, Executive Suite (downstairs)

*At the May 11 meeting, we will "wrap up" the Winter and Spring classes and discuss our experiences so needed improvements can be made for Fall.  We will also brainstorm ideas for Fall classes, and contribute ideas for possible instructors for those classes.

*Between the last two meetings, volunteers will recruit qualified instructors for classes, construct class descriptions, and assist those instructors to submit a class worksheet by the June 3 deadline.  

For more information, please call the Continuing Education office at (309) 677-3900.

We look forward to seeing you at the OLLI Curriculum Committee meetings!

Class Survey - Please Complete by May 5

Last week, we emailed a survey regarding OLLI class programming.  

If you haven't already done so, please click on the link below to take a short survey about OLLI classes and curriculum.

The survey will close on May 5.

Even if you haven't attended classes recently, we still want to hear from you! Your insight and evaluation is a priority in our overall program improvement efforts.

The Executive Committee will review the results this summer.  Thank you! 

Survey link:  OLLI Class Survey

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.  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.

Hilltop Happenings
World of Wonder Supplies

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 are looking for the following specific items:

- wire hangers
- marbles
- thimbles
- newspaper
- cereal boxes

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. 

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder!

Peace for Peoria 

Peace for Peoria will host a Q&A at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday, May 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A panel of local civic, business, and religious leaders will answer questions from attendees about Islam and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and understanding through education.

Peace for Peoria is an interfaith alliance dedicated to fighting fear by opening doors and hearts, bringing people of diverse faiths together in opposition to irrational fear of Islam and Muslims, building loving relationships rooted in the traditions of each faith without denying their differences, and fellowshipping with the entire city of Peoria.

Learn more at www.peaceforpeoria.com.
Beyond the Hilltop
A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents:
"A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer"
Tuesday, May 3
7:00 p.m. lecture (arrive by 5:15 p.m. to enjoy dinner)
Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W Glen Ave, Peoria

The Peoria World Affairs Council presents a free lecture given by Chillicothe native Frankie Sturm: "A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer."  

Frankie Sturm joined the Foreign Service in 2010. In May 2016, he will begin his next assignment as Press Officer in the Office of the Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Poland (2011-2013) and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala (2014-2016). Sturm worked as Communications Director for the Truman National Security Project from 2008-2010, and he spent two years as an English teacher in France.

This dynamic event about the daily routine and unexpected daily happenings in United States embassies is informal and free of charge for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members, students, and the public. The lecture will begin at 7:00 P.M. Those wishing to enjoy a meal prior to the lecture are encouraged to arrive by 5:15 P.M. to place an order from a menu developed specifically for this event. All meal costs are the responsibility of attendees on the night of the event. Advance notice of dinner and event attendance desired via director@pawac.org.
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