Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

Here, members can discuss what they learned, what they enjoyed, and offer suggestions to enhance future program offerings.

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Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.


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Friday, January 30, 2015

WMBD- Tuesday, January 20, 2015

OLLI members were seen on set and behind the camera for our visit to WMBD Television.

During the behind-the-scenes tour, we were albe to walk through the control room, where producers and directors receive network satellite feeds, create the newscast graphics (stock reports, etc.) and manage the schedule of each newscast. When news breaks, these staffers are responsible for determining what stories should be cut from the existing script, then make sure the information is placed into the anchors' teleprompters.

Most of our time was spent in the actual studio where WMBD broadcasts its morning, noon, and evening newscasts. OLLI members were very impressed how the anchors were very comfortable in front of the cameras. When you are watching the news at home, you don't realize how fast-paced the action is in the studio. The entire news team must work diligently under pressure to get a story off the ground. The anchors seemed to truly enjoy their jobs. When the cameras weren't rolling, they were seen laughing and were very eager to answer any questions our group had. OLLI at Bradley University would like to thank WMBD for a wonderful tour. We are very fortunate to have strong local news stations in our community. To view WMBD-TV's website, visit http://www.ciproud.com/.

Toraason Glass- Monday, January 19, 2015

The Winter Learning Trip season was kicked-off this year with a trip to Torrason Glass. Hiram Torrason is a great example of how art is truly alive in Peoria, IL. Hiram led a tour of his gallery and demonstrated the techniques of working with 2,000-degree molten glass to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

In addition to working with the glass, Hiram also discussed the development of the arts scene in Peoria, and why central Illinois became the home for his glass blowing business. One area that Hiram expanded upon was the First Friday event that takes place once a month throughout Peoria. First Friday is an event in which a variety of artists can display their work for the public. Peoria is very fortunate to have unique talents such as Hiram who truly enrich the arts scene within our community.

OLLI would like to thank Hiram for another great tour. We look forward to our next visit.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Philharmonic Chorale- Sunday, December 6, 2014

OLLI gets in the holiday spirit with a tradition that has taken place in Peoria for 90 years.

OLLI attended Sunday afternoon’s performance of Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale held at the Performing Arts Center at Illinois Central College. The Philharmonic Chorale welcomed singers from all over Central Illinois, and there were close to 50 performers present for this holiday production. The Philharmonic Chorale is led by J. Michael Morris who entered his twelfth year as director.

The music for the performance ranged in repertoire with selections such as, Three Nativity Carols, In the Bleak Midwinter, and Love Came Down at Christmas. It can often be said that music is such an integral part of the Holiday season; and OLLI members could be found singing themselves, as a number of selections asked for audience participation. A number of the selections also included instrumentation from a variety of professional guest artists which added another musical layer to the performance.

OLLI’s own Dottie Strickler, Philharmonic Chorale Executive Board Member, sang with the choir. Dottie also spoke with OLLI members regarding the various nuisances of organizing a musical production for the Philharmonic Chorale. Peoria is very fortunate to have volunteer groups that work hard each year to bring quality musical performances to the community. Towards the end of the concert the chorale led the audience with the holiday classic Joy to the World. It was truly fascinating to hear so many voices coming together to express the meaning of the holiday season through the beauty of music.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Toraason Glass # 2- Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Once again, Hiram Torrason showed OLLI a great example of how art is truly alive in Peoria, IL. Toraason Glass has been a popular Learning Trip site over the years, and this was our second trip this year alone. Hiram led a tour of his gallery and demonstrated the techniques of working with 2,000-degree molten glass to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

In addition to working with the glass, Hiram also discussed the development of the arts scene in Peoria, and why central Illinois became the home for his glass blowing business. One area that Hiram expanded upon was the First Friday event that takes place once a month throughout Peoria. First Friday is an event in which a variety of artists can display their work for the public. Peoria is very fortunate to have unique talents such as Hiram who truly enrich the arts scene within our community.

OLLI would like to thank Hiram for another great tour. We always enjoy his enthusiasm.

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