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Happy Birthday, OLLI at Bradley!

Friday, August 29   Kickapoo Creek Winery   3:30 – 7:00 p.m.   $60 per person

Help us celebrate OLLI’s 20th birthday by attending our inaugural fundraiser on Friday, August 29.  We have a fun evening planned at Kickapoo Creek Winery PLUS your registration fee will support OLLI at Bradley.  In effect, you can have fun while helping OLLI continue its tradition of unique, high quality, engaging, and educational programming.

You will really enjoy what the Fundraising Committee has planned for you.

  • Narrated “Grape Train” tours of the vineyard
  • Music on the pavilion patio by the Bradley University Jazz Combo
  • Wine tastings, including a keepsake glass
  • Scrumptious appetizers
  • Dinner plus entertainment with college professor-turned-stand-up-comedian, Rex Havens
  • Cash bar during dinner

Don’t miss this opportunity to help us celebrate OLLI’s 20th birthday.  But if you are unable to join us, please consider donating to OLLI through a separate tax-deductible gift.  Your donation directly impacts OLLI and helps us continue the quality programming you enjoy!

For example, your generous support last year enabled OLLI to purchase a second shuttle (coming in September!) and to offer Lectures and Cinema programs at no cost.  This year, funds will help us make improvements in the audio visual equipment and technology used for OLLI Classes, Study Groups, Cinema, Learning Trips, and Lectures, and we’ll still offer free Lectures and Cinema.

For more information about the 20th Birthday Party Fundraiser at Kickapoo Creek Winery, contact Elly Peterson at (309) 677-3900.

For more information about annual or planned giving, email Janet Lange, Executive Director of Continuing Education, or call Janet at (309) 677-3900.

Register online for this the OLLI Fundraiser on August 29th!

View the itinerary for this event.

Connecting OLLI to Bradley

View the survey summary

We know you enjoy OLLI at Bradley, but did you realize you’re connected to Bradley in a lot of other ways?

That’s the key finding of a survey that was conducted in February with OLLI members having email addresses.  In the survey, members were invited to indicate the ways in which they engaged with Bradley in 2012, in addition to their OLLI activities.

Here’s a summary of the findings from those who responded to the survey:

  • Over 30% of survey recipients (303 OLLI members) responded to the survey.
  • OLLI members most often attended these Bradley events:

Athletic events (13.9% of respondents)

Music events (13.4% of respondents)

Theatre events (10.5% of respondents) 

  • 35.6% financially supported areas of the University other than OLLI. 
  • 56% listened to WCBU public radio. 
  • 30% were Bradley alumni.

In effect, OLLI is connected to Bradley in many ways, and your impact is widely felt throughout the University.  Thanks for everything you do to strengthen Bradley and OLLI!   

And thanks to everyone who completed the survey. 

View the survey summary.

The OLLI Shuttle is Here!

OLLI Shuttle

After a successful first fundraising initiative in 2013, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) purchased a 14-passenger shuttle bus to transport members on Learning Trips and across campus on class days. 

Three of the University’s Student Admissions Representatives (STARs) – Allen Ghareeb ’14, Holly Alguire ’15, and Joe Waytula ’15 – serve as shuttle drivers on class days.

The shuttle has a wide aisle and step-up entrance for improved accessibility and comfort for OLLI members.  OLLI can now accommodate four more members on each local trip and eliminate the use of one of the university’s 10-passenger vans. 

OLLI’s 2014 annual giving campaign goal is to raise $35,000, which will allow for the purchase of a second shuttle bus so that everyone who takes a local Learning Trip can enjoy a comfortable ride. 

In addition, OLLI plans to use fundraising dollars to provide ongoing maintenance for the shuttle, begin building a reserve for future replacements, continue supporting free Sunday Cinema and OLLI lectures, and invest 5% of total gifts into the OLLI endowment fund.  

For more information about donating to OLLI, please visit bradley.edu/olli/giving.

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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.