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Fall 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 4

Learning on the go

by Sue Manley MA ’01


Wanda Lane and Mike Foley tour Chicago on Segways as part of an Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) travel experience.

When Continuing Education started its travel programs in 1995, it had a single mission: that every trip have a significant learning component. Today, that vision is Continuing Education’s niche as it begins its 11th year in educational travel. Not only do participants go behind the scenes at many destinations, they also enjoy informative presentations by subject experts at the sites. The travel program, therefore, matches the overall goal of Continuing Education—participants receive outstanding opportunities for lifelong learning, and they have lots of fun!

On a half-day jaunt or full-day bus trip, participants often come away with a new understanding of history, creativity, gardening, or even law enforcement. After touring the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department and Peoria County Jail, attendees developed new insights into the department’s high standards and those who work to maintain them. Another unique opportunity was the Chicago Segway Experience, where participants saw the sights on Segways (self-balancing, two-wheeled electric human transporter devices).

Continuing Education has also taken groups to international destinations including Spain, Portugal, France, and Ireland. In conjunction with Bradley University’s Study Abroad program, Continuing Education has scheduled a 2007 learning trip to London from May 23 – June 1. The trip, titled “London’s Sacred and Cultural Spaces,” will focus on learning about Eastern religions and London theater. For many years, Daniel Getz, associate professor of religious studies, and James Ludwig, associate dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts/associate professor of theatre arts, have guided undergraduate students through London’s religious and theater destinations, and now their expertise will be available to those who participate in the London trip. The trip is open to all Bradley University alumni and friends.

For more information, visit or call 309-677-2523.