Santa Fe and Taos with OLLI and Road Scholar

Experience the rich culture of New Mexico with OLLI this summer!  OLLI has chartered a private Road Scholar Trip to explore Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, in September. 

For more information, call Elly at 309-677-3900.

Online registration is now open!

Strategic Plan: 2015-2018 Executive Summary

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University embarked on a strategic planning process in October 2014.  The objective of this process was to assess current key issues, define essential organization characteristics, determine core member needs and expectations, and specify critical success factors to enhance and improve our lifelong learning program.

OLLI Executive Committee members and recent OLLI Past Presidents, under the guidance of Dr. Aaron Buchko, Professor of Management at Bradley University, have given many hours of their time to devote to this strategic plan.  The volunteers involved in this process include: 

Bernie Drake, OLLI President

Keith Butterfield, Secretary

Wayne Goetz, Learning Trip Chair 

Mary Ellen Krum, Vice President 

Larry Trollope, Treasurer 

Jane Hense, Winter Chair

Sharon Lansdowne, Past President 

Sharon Amdall, Lecture Chair 

Carol May, Cinema Chair

Gil Nolde, Past President

Ralph Dalton, Curriculum Chair 


Carolyn Shepherd, Past President 

Mary Franck, Study Group Chair


In everything we do, OLLI at Bradley believes there is value to lifelong learning in an open, social environment.  We provide a welcoming and social experience that is volunteer-driven, sponsored by Bradley University and The Bernard Osher Foundation, and we develop high quality learning opportunities for our core members.

The primary member expectations are social engagement (opportunities for socialization and a sense of belonging), quality offerings (wide variety of high quality experiences), customer service (the inviting and helpful nature of volunteers and staff), and involvement (an outlet to feel relevant and to keep growing intellectually).  In order to ensure the continuing success of our programming and to meet the needs and expectations of our members, OLLI will address:

Social engagement - We will establish a systematic process of program reviews to ensure that our programming drives social engagement. 

Quality focused programs with optimal accessibility and availability - We will evaluate and ensure the knowledge and instructional ability of the lead instructor/facilitator and identify standards for that position. 

Customer Service - We will modify and simplify the registration process by providing training and support, and modify the food service provided at programs.  As a result of early task force action, OLLI has already added a healthy choice option to its lunch buffet during Classes.   

Involvement - We will establish a well-coordinated marketing effort to increase community awareness, attract new members, keep current members engaged, and encourage volunteer involvement.

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OLLI Store at Lands' End

If you've ever wanted to own a polo, shirt, or other clothing item with the OLLI logo, here's your chance!

We've opened up an online store with Lands' End, where you can quickly and easily custom-order a variety of apparel, bags, and other items with a pre-approved OLLI logo.

To visit the store, please click here.  The OLLI logo will appear as a choice in a drop-down menu when you select your item(s).  If you have questions, or want to change the color of the logo, please call Lands' End at 800-587-1541.