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Call (601) 264-2780 in Hattiesburg or (228) 214-3277 in Long Beach if you have any questions. 


               Arts – Visual                     

 

Fused Glass Jewelry - $45

Thursdays, February 14 & 21

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Off-Site - Gallery 782, 773 Jackson St., Biloxi

Two-Part Seminar by Julie Boudreaux

Fusing glass is the process of stacking glass to be melted in a kiln to create unique projects. In this class, participants will use dichroic glass to create beautiful glass pendants to make necklaces.  Participants will learn to cut, clean and prepare the glass for fusing and will also learn about using a kiln and fusing schedules. Julie Boudreaux is a retired clinical social worker who has fused glass and has made jewelry for over 10 years, often combining the skills to make unique pieces. She is an artist member of the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild and Gallery 782 in Biloxi.

 

Spin that Wheel for the Beginner - $25

Thursday, February 21

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Off-Site - Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

In this seminar, students will learn the basics on how to create pottery on the wheel, and each student will create two pots. The studio will glaze and fire pots for you.Charlie Mabry is the Director of Ceramics at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. A practicing potter and ceramic sculptor, he is a former resident artist at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta and has been working with clay professionally for nine years.

 

Deviled Egg Platter - $25

Thursday, March 21

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Off-Site - Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Come learn how to construct a decorative deviled egg platter out of clay. You may add your own touch of style to make it fit any occasion. You will then glaze the piece with colorful Lowfire glazes.

 

Putting Your Best Face Forward: A Lesson In Portrait Photography - $10

Thursday, April 4

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Off-Site - Brandi Stage Portraiture, 833 B Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis

Seminar by Brandi Stage

This is an introductory seminar in the basics of portrait photography focusing on composition, posing, lighting and wardrobe selection to help students build a foundation in portrait photography and to create better images of their loved ones.Brandi Stage is a professional portrait photographer and a graduate of New York Institute of Photography. 

 

                                                                                                                                  
Decorative Clay Bowl 
- $25

Thursday, April 11

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Off-Site - Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

Seminar by Charlie Mabry 

Come learn how to construct a decorative bowl out of clay. You may add your own touch of style to make it fit your personality. You will then glaze the piece with colorful Lowfire glazes.

Arts - Music

 

Getting a Handle on Handel's Messiah - $10

Wednesday, April 3

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Sheila Edwards

Discover the genius of George Frederic Handel and his masterpiece oratorio, The Messiah, through historical description and discussion. We will focus on the Easter portion and listen to and deconstruct the music using recordings and examples. After attending the course, participants will be invited to free local performances of The Messiah.Sheila Edwards has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Education, both from Michigan State University. She taught public school vocal and general music and directed church and civic choirs as well as the Gentlemen Songsters of Detroit.

Health and Fitness - Exercise

 

Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner - $25 per term 

Term I:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 12 - March 14

Term II: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 19 -April 18

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Fleming Education Center, Auditorium Stage

Five Week Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress and increase energy flow. It is for newcomers to learn and for existing Tai Chi followers to enhance their skills.Susie Pham has been a resident of the coast for 30 years. During a trip to China, she was fascinated to see how the Chinese practiced Tai Chi in the park. Susie has practiced Tai Chi for 10 years and was trained by Grand-Master Shi DeRu, 31st Generation of the Shaolin temple.

 

Intermediate Tai Chi Chih - $25 per term

Term I:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 12 - March 14

Term II: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 19 - April 18

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Gulf Park Campus - Fleming Education Center, Auditorium Stage

Five Week Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress and increase energy flow. This class is for those who have previously taken Beginning Tai Chi Chih.

 

Yoga for Seniors - $25 per term

Term I: Wednesdays, February 13 - March 13

Term II: Wednesdays, March 20 – April 17

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Fleming Education Center, Auditorium Stage

Five Week Class by Buck Lawrence

This class will teach gentle yoga that will help build and maintain flexibility, stamina and range of motion in our bodies.Buck Lawrence is a certified Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Alliance. He has taught for 14 years, specializing in classes for seniors.

 

A Matter of Balance - $10

Wednesday, March 13

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Fleming Education Center, Auditorium Stage

Seminar by Chrissy Klein

This seminar will present the six steps to improve balance and prevent falls. Exercise demonstrations will be given to encourage flexibility, strength and endurance. A home safety checklist will be dispersed with a discussion about alternatives to "fall-ty" habits.Chrissy Klein, LSW, is a Program Coordinator with Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District. She is a "Matter of Balance" Master Trainer for the state. Chrissy and the Mississippi Department of Health together trained forty-five leaders from across the state to present the program to anyone with a fear of falling. She has given presentations on fall prevention or has taught classes in all lower fifteen counties of Mississippi.

Health and Fitness - Health

 

Aging and End-of-Life Planning - $15

Tuesdays, February 12 & 19

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Two-Part Seminar by Dr. Curt Burge

We will examine the multiple issues encountered in aging and approaching the end of life. This seminar will focus on the myths of aging, attitudes, social involvements, physical changes, cognitive attention, relationships and end-of-life planning.Dr. Burge, diplomat of The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, served parish churches more than forty years. He retired from Memorial Hospital in Gulfport as the Pastoral Care Director, which he founded and led for twelve years. He served three hospice organizations as Chaplain and has been a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor for fifteen years.

 

Self-Help Psychotherapy - $25

Tuesdays, February 12 - March 12

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Five Week Class by Raymond Swan

This class helps you to deal with the many problems of living but is not intended to deal with serious emotional illness. All of us have things that irritate us. You will learn how to relax under conditions that cause you to experience negative emotions and to employ strategies that help you get these experiences under your emotional control. You will also learn how to be removed from concrete thinking, cope with fears and improve your relationships.Dr. Swan is a professor emeritus of Tulane University. He has extensive experience in psychotherapy and has taught in the OLLI program for the past five years. He is the author of Explore Your Options: A Personal Guide to Self-Help Psychotherapy.

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I Must be Dreaming - $25

Fridays, February 15 - March 15

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Five Week Class by Victoria Hippard

This class on dreams and dream analysis includes a required initial session during which the framework for dream analysis, confidentiality and making a safe place will be discussed. The introductory meeting also includes a powerpoint on aspects of dreams and their symbolism in various cultures and eras. The next four meetings will include dream analysis for a total of five sessions. Discussions on individual dreams will follow the Jeremy Taylor Dream Work Guidelines.Victoria Hippard MSW, LCSW lives in Bay St Louis. She maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy in New Orleans and balances work with art and writing projects. 

 

Self-Hypnosis - $10

Monday, February 25

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 304

Seminar by Dr. Joseph Tramontana

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which the conscious and subconscious mind is focused and receptive to therapeutic suggestions.  Hypnotherapy can be used for pain management, weight loss, smoking cessation and addictions. Dr. Tramontana is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in both adult and child clinical services.  He has received a certification in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is a certified consultant for ASCH.  Dr. Tramontana currently maintains private practices in Baton Rouge, Metairie and Pass Christian.

 

The Art of Caregiving - $15

Tuesdays, February 26 & March 12

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Two-Part Seminar by Dr. Curt Burge

In this two-part seminar, learn skills for caregiving with the sick, terminally ill, bereaved and their families. Topics include the following foundations of care: developing empathic relationships, structuring visits and becoming a skilled listener. Also included will be discussion on end-of-life situations for both the individual and family members.

 

What is Diabetes and How to Manage It? - $10

Friday, March 1

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Seminar by Pamela Davis

In this seminar we will review the basic pathophysiology of diabetes. Participants will learn the target ranges for lab tests (A1C, FBS, and two-hour post-meal blood glucose readings), basic carbohydrate counting, using CBG numbers for problem solving and the roles of medications and activities in diabetes control.Mrs. Davis is a registered nurse, certified in Diabetes Education. She teaches and coordinates the American Diabetic Association certified education classes at Memorial Hospital Gulfport.

 

Hakuna Matata; Don't Worry Be Happy - $25

Mondays, March 18 - April 15

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

Men and women in the 21stcentury find themselves victim to their many stresses. As society becomes more complicated, so too do the stresses of life. In this course, participants will be encouraged to explore the causes of stress, stressful situations and how these stresses can be alleviated by good, positive thinking. Topics under discussion will  be wide-ranging, and everyone will be encouraged to become part of the solution.Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.

Humanities – History

 

A History of Long Beach, Mississippi - $10

 Monday, February 11 

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

Gulf Park Campus - Library Room 213 

Seminar by Allisa Beck

Long Beach, the "Friendly City," has a long and fascinating history. Did you know that Long Beach was a hub of truck farming and was once the "radish capital of the world?” Have you heard about historic Gulf Park College for Women? In this seminar, learn how Long Beach grew from small one-family settlement called "The Chimneys" into the city we know today with shops, restaurants and a beautiful beach.Allisa Beck is the Collection Management/Arts & Humanities Librarian at the USM Gulf Coast Library. Her responsibilities include administering the Gulf Park College for Women archives located in the library. She is a member of both the Long Beach Historical Society and the Historical Society of Gulfport. She has written a book on the history of Long Beach, published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.

 

Famous Trials of the Early 20th Century Part II - $10 

Friday, February 15

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Lise Pearlman

Seven different trials on landmark cases from America's past are brought vividly back to life from headlines in the early 20th century. Fixing the World Series, anarchism, charges of robbery, rape, murder and abuse of power are all featured. In this seminar, we will revisit the infamous 1919 White Sox scandal, Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, the Sweet murder trial in Detroit, the Scottsboro Boys, the Massie trials in Hawaii and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.A retired California judge, Lise Pearlman is an award-winning author of four American history books and a nationally recognized speaker on famous trials of the 20th century.

 

The Old Spanish Trail Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast - $10

Wednesday, February 20

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Seminar by Dan Ellis

The Old Spanish Trail (the OST) was an auto trail that once spanned the United States with approximately 3,000 miles of roadway from ocean to ocean.  It crossed eight states and 67 counties along the southern border of the US.  Plans for the auto highway began in 1915 at a meeting held in Mobile, AL, and, by the 1920s the trail began to link St. Augustine to San Diego. In celebration of near completion motorcades traversed the continent in 1929.Dan Ellis, originally from New Orleans, was best known as an educator, computer entrepreneur and for his community and political activities.  He has been active in Pass Christian as a writer and promoter (1993-2005); following Hurricane Katrina, he was active in Arkansas as a writer and promoter (2005-2014).  On return to Pass Christian in 2014, he resumed writing books and organizing events.

  

Intro to the Architecture of Mississippi: 1760 to 1960 - $10 

Wednesday, February 20

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Seminar by Jeff Rosenberg

This seminar highlights 200 years of Mississippi architectural history, citing examples that can be seen in both urban and rural settings throughout Mississippi and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  From settlement period folk architecture to Mississippi’s early modernist works, the State’s architectural history is vast and deep, going well beyond the big white columns for which Mississippi is typically known.Jeff Rosenberg is the MGCNHA Historic Preservation Coordinator, working to support and promote the preservation of historic places in Mississippi’s lower six counties. From 2007-2014, he was a technical preservation specialist for the MS Department of Archives and History, overseeing Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation grants.  He is the author of several National Register of Historic Places nominations, and he currently serves as the MS Representative on the board of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

 

The Charnley-Norwood House Tour – No Charge 

Friday, March 1 

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Off-Site - 509 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs

Seminar by Jeff Rosenberg

Tour the Charnley-Norwood House, one of Mississippi’s most important contributions to American architectural history.  Learn about the rich history of this residence from the involvement of architects Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, all the way up to the restoration undertaken by the MS Department of Archives and History (MDAH) and the MS Department of Marine Resources after the house was significantly damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  The house and its beautiful beachfront location are a must-see.Jeff Rosenberg is the MGCNHA Historic Preservation Coordinator, working to support and promote the preservation of historic places in Mississippi’s lower six counties. From 2007-2014, he was a technical preservation specialist for the MDAH, overseeing Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation grants.  He is a National Association of Interpreters Certified Interpretive Guide, and he is the MS Representative on the board of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

 

A Time to Stand: Siege of the Alamo - $10

Wednesday, March 6

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303 

Seminar by Anthony Rhodes

On March 6, 2019, the Alamo fell 183 years ago. The last stand at the Alamo has been recognized as a defining moment in US history. Political events leading to the siege will be discussed from both Texan and Mexican sides of battle. Many controversies will be discussed,  e.g., Did David Crockett surrender? Did Travis draw his famous line? We will also learn about the major effort by the Alamo Society to redesign the plaza to reflect the original Alamo ground.Tony Rhodes, a graduate of Florida State University, is an avid amateur historian who retired from the US Navy where he flew jets and from the FAA where he served as air traffic controller and automation engineer. He had tours at CIA and NSA working on classified projects. 

 

Cemetery Tours & Studies in Pass Christian - $25 

Wednesdays, March 20 - April 17

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302 

Five Week Class by Becky Orfila

This course will examine the history of cemeteries (prehistoric through today), headstone motifs, mausoleum practices, examination of causes of death and why it matters. Stories of the interred and a list of the cemeteries in Harrison County will be provided. Class member discussion is encouraged.Becky Orfila (M.A. Anthropology) is a retired archaeologist specializing in historical archaeology, religious sites in the Southwest US and cemetery studies.  Her interest in cemeteries is lifelong and she has led workshops on the subject at the Pass Christian Historical Society and serves on the Live Oak Cemetery Association of Pass Christian. 

 

Ambassador to Local History - $15 

Thursday, March 21

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Off-Site - Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi 

Seminar by Kitsaa Stevens 

Come learn not only history of the past, but see how history of the present is helping to form history for the future. The home to Jefferson Davis is 52 acres of historical property, and home to 79 different species of Mississippi birds, including the Great Blue Heron. Oyster Bayou, that runs through the middle of the property, is home to many different species of fish and turtles.Kitsaa Stevens has been the director of development and programs at Beauvoir for four years and has performed many jobs on the property, i.e. tour guide, event coordinator, program coordinator and docent. She has a love for this historical property.

 

A Visit To The La Pointe-Krebs House - $5

Tuesday, March 26

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Off-Site - The La Pointe-Krebs House, 4602 Fort St., Pascagoula 

Seminar by Marks Sokolosky-Wixon

This seminar will consist of a guided tour by the Executive Director of The La Pointe-Krebs House and Museum in Pascagoula.  The tour will cover the history of the LPK House and some of the general history of the Gulf Coast.Marks Sokolosky-Wixon is the Executive Director of The La Pointe-Krebs Foundation and operates the LPK House and grounds on a daily basis.

Humanities – Religion and Spirituality

 

Comparative Religions - $25 

Mondays, February 11 - March 11 

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302 

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

In this class, discussions will include a working definition of religion and how it is viewed and practiced by the major world religious traditions. We will focus on defining religion as opposed to faith and the major questions that religion seeks to answer. The religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity will be examined. 

 

Personalities of the Old Testament - $25 

Fridays, March 22 - April 19 

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

The Old Testament in Hebrew and Christian tradition is full of stories, legends and myths about some very unique individuals. After a brief introduction to the Judaic tradition which inspired the Old Testament, this class will highlight some notable people who were part of the tradition and legend, such as Moses, Rahab, Ruth, King Saul, King David and others. These figures will be put into historical context as well as interpreted according to their vital importance in the Judeo-Christian Narrative.

Science and Technology – Biology, Chemistry, Genetics

 

The Good, the Bad and the Buggy: Mississippi Insects - $20

Friday, March 15

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Off-Site - Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point

Seminar by Andrea Belcher

This seminar will showcase local beneficial and harmful insects at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, give a basic overview of what defines insects and also gives an opportunity to collect insects on-site in fields, trees, and ponds to see who calls the Center home.Andrea works at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and handles marketing and building management. Her background and hobbies are a bit more outdoorsy and buggy. She received a master degree in entomology in 2013 and studied urban ant diversity. Her favorite part of jobs over the years is sharing the intrigue of insects and huge diversity of invertebrates to those unfamiliar.

 

Analysis of a Mock Murder Crime Scene - $10

Friday, April 5

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - The USM Pavillion, USM Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Dr. Marie Danforth

In an outdoor setting, students will investigate a faux murder scene to solve a murder. They will conduct a search to find both the remains of the victim as well as other evidence related to the dastardly deed. The crime scene will subsequently be mapped and the bones analyzed to determine the identity of the decedent as well as the cause of death. A number of methods used in forensic science will also be employed to help figure out who might have committed the crime and why.Dr. Danforth is a professor of anthropology at USM.  She specializes in bioarchaeology, which is the study of human remains in archaeological settings, and has also participated in numerous forensic cases in the state.

 

Medicine Woman - $10

Wednesday, April 10

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Diane Edrington

This seminar will focus on medical mission work performed among the indigenous tribes of Panama, Central America. The Embera Indian culture and traditions will be discussed and photographs will be shared.Diane Edrington is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has spent the last 20 years working among the indigenous tribes of Panama providing health care. She attended Gorgas Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease in Lima, Peru. She also has a graduate degree in archeology which makes her appreciative of the Embera Indian culture and traditions. Diane currently has an internal medicine practice in Long Beach.

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Estuarine Ecosystems/LEED Building Tour - $10

Wednesday, April 17

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Off-Site - Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point

Seminar by Rick Ranew

The educator will give a presentation in this seminar about the Grand Bay NERR followed by a tour of the LEED building/exhibits. A hike of the Savanna Trail Boardwalk will demonstrate the natural transition from pine savannas to a freshwater marsh. Rick primarily runs the K-12 “On the Road” program at the NERR. Rick works with the education coordinator to prioritize a list of topics that can be developed into teacher workshops and activities for students, encouraging stewardship and knowledge of our diverse coastal habitats.

 

Paranormal Facts - $10

Wednesday, February 13

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Connie Rainey

Does the paranormal scare you or intrigue you? Do you want to learn facts on the paranormal such as how it is possible and how investigators investigate? This seminar will discuss all of this as well as sharing findings, equipment used, and how they conduct an investigation.Connie is a retired registered nurse and has been a paranormal investigator for nine years. She writes under the name of G.G. Houston and is the author of Death, Facts, and Afterlife Stories. She frequently lectures around the coast on paranormal activities and is a current investigator at Beauvoir in Biloxi.

Science and Technology – Psychology

 

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - $10

Thursday, February 28

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

Dr. John C. Maxwell says if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. Anyone can make every communication an opportunity for a connection. In Everone Communicates, Few Connect, Dr. Maxwell shares principles and practices to develop the crucial skill of connecting. Connecting can be learned and applied in your personal, professional and family relationships. This is a lunch and learn presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch. Pre-reading the book is not required.Laura Parker is a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team.  She is also certified in the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. Laura teaches communication principles for greater understanding and influence in our world.

 

Becoming a Person of Influence by Dr. John C. Maxwell - $10

Thursday, March 7

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

Whatever your vocation or aspiration, you can increase your impact on others by becoming a person of influence. Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational relationships improve. With influence, you can achieve more harmony in every other area of life. This seminar presents the concepts in Becoming a Person of Influenceby Dr. Maxwell. Come and bring a lunch for this discussion. Pre-reading the book is not required.

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Intentional Living by Dr. John C. Maxwell - $10

Thursday, March 14

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

What does every person want most? To live a life that matters. We all want to make a difference in our world. How do we achieve that? Dr. John C. Maxwell believes the answer is intentional living. Dr. Maxwell says, “When you intentionally use your influence every day to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you achieve significance.” This seminar presents the key concepts of the book, Intentional Living.  Come to discuss. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-reading the book is not required.

 

            Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator - $25                       

Monday, March 18

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) is in instrument for measuring personality preferences. We assume our preferences are shared by others and are often surprised when others respond in a different way. The MBTI gives us understanding into our own preferences and a vocabulary for discussing our differences with others. Come learn the meaning of the letters of your type. There is an additional $20 fee to take the MBTI in class.  

 

Experiencing the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator - $10       

Monday, March 25

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

This is a seminar for those who have taken the introduction class or have taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) and know their type.  Let's take the MBTI to the next level!  We will discuss how the MBTI impacts our leadership style, our communication, our personal relationships and even our spiritual life. Come prepared to interact and discuss our preferences. This seminar is open to both extroverts and introverts.

 

Put Your Dream to the Test - $10

Thursday, April 11

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

Your dream has power. It can inspire you. It can empower you. But will it reward you? In this course, Dr. John C. Maxwell shows you how to do the things needed to make your dream come true. Most people fail to realize their potential because their dream remains hypothetical. Put Your Dream to the Test takes your dream from ethereal to achievable. This course is a lunch and learn presentation and discussion so bring your lunch.  Pre-reading the book is not required.

 

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth - $10

Thursday, April 18

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Laura Parker

Dr. John C. Maxwell says in order to reach your potential, you must be intentional about personal growth. Understand how personal growth really works, and how you can develop yourself to become a more effective and fulfilled individual. Learn how to build up your sense of purpose in your life. This lunch and learn will have a presentation and discussion format. Bring your lunch and a friend! Pre-reading the book is not required.

Literature and Language - Literature

 

Poetry; Rhyme and Free Verse - $10

Monday, February 11

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Dr. Philip Levin

Participants will be encouraged to create poems intertwined with the concepts of what constitutes a poem.A well known local author from the Gulf Coast, Dr. Levin has 25 published books, over 200 published articles and has given dozens of lectures.  He hosts a local television show on Ocean7 in Ocean Springs, "Meet the Authors."

 

Buddhist and Shinto Influence in Classical Haiku - $10

Friday, February 15

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Allison Mull

This seminar will consider haiku from some of the classical haiku poets such as Basho,  Issa and possibly others. There will be discussion on typical Buddhist and Shinto features one may find in haiku poems and look for these within the poems examined. Learn how these poems may be said to be uniquely Japanese but also why they appeal so broadly cross-culturally.Allison Mull is a computer science instructor who has studied a number of Buddhist traditions and lineages over the past 15 years.  At the same time she has been active in the New Orleans Haiku Society and has written and read haiku for this group for almost 10 years. As an educator, she enjoys sharing her intertwining interests.

 

Orphans, Criminals, Prostitutes and Rogues: Dickens’ Oliver Twist - $10

Thursday, March 28

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Dr. Leah Holmes

Join us in this seminar as we examine the sinister underbelly of Victorian London’s street culture. Using Dickens’ novel, we will review representations of pickpockets, burglars and prostitutes. We will also explore the inner workings of Fagin’s den, an unseen epicenter of organized crime where orphaned children are at once revered and exploited and where frightening associates reveal the darkest corners of human nature. We will loosely consider the role of the environment in shaping human behavior.Dr. Holmes has a PhD (ABD) from USM in English Literature with a specialty in the Victorian Era. She currently teaches literature at the USM Gulf Park campus. She taught for numerous junior colleges and is a veteran high school English teacher. Her passion is the mystery/detective genre of the 1800s.

 

Literature and Language - Writing

 

Personalized Communication - $15

Friday, February 22

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

In this seminar, we will learn to tell people who matter the most to you in the world how you feel about them with a heartfelt handwritten card or letter.  You will learn how to start the practice of sending letters weekly to enrich the lives of others.Jennifer Gates is a Certified Financial Planner for The CGS Group at Merrill Lynch. 

Personal Enrichment - Cooking

 

Learn to Create a Tasty Meal at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center - $25                 

Tuesdays, February 26

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Off-site - The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center

Seminar by Kimme Hargrove

During this seminar, you will enjoy lunch, a demonstration of new techniques, kitchen secrets and you will take recipes home. While there, wander the historic halls of the art gallery, history museum or gift shop. The menu will include Butternut Squash Bisque with Lime Crema, Grilled Bread, Arugula and Spinach Salad (cranberries, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, homemade balsamic dressing) and Key Lime Tartlets.Kimme Hargrove is the new Culinary Arts Coordinator for The Mary C and was a culinary instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood for several years before relocating to Ocean Springs.

 

Baking Beyond Basics - $25 

Tuesdays, March 19 - April 16

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Off-Site - Westside Community Center

Five Week Class by Charles Martinez

This class is designed to introduce the everyday cook to go beyond the use of mixes or ready-made materials. By the end of class, each student will have made bread, cakes, pies and cookies from scratch recipes. Each student will learn, use and become competent with multiple baking tools and practices.Charles Martinez learned to bake at age 12 in a family-owned bakery in Waveland.  Most recently, Charles owned Traditions Bakery in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Traditions has earned numerous awards including a 2018 Five Star Certificate of Excellence from nationally recognized Trip Advisor. Charles is a full-spectrum baker with decades of versatility and experience. Charles is returning home to Bay St. Louis with a continued desire to bake. He has a current teaching certificate in Education from USM and a Master of Education from William Carey University.

Personal Enrichment – Crafts and Fashion

 

 Beginning/Intermediate Crocheting - $15

Tuesdays, February 12 & 19

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Two-Part Seminar by Sherryl LaPointe

This seminar is for the person who has done no crocheting or for one who wants to improve their elementary skills.  By the end of the second class, all participants will have the ability to crochet a variety of stitches and will complete at least one project or have it well on the way to completion according to the individual’s working speed. The project will be chosen by class members. 

SoulCollage® - $25

Fridays, March 22 - April 19

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Five Week Class by Victoria Hippard

Learn what SoulCollage® is all about in this introductory workshop. You will take home finished card(s) created by you. This therapeutic process is a very simple one of cutting, arranging and pasting images from magazines, photos, and old cards that enable you to reflect on your life, your dreams, and what influences you. All supplies will be provided. For more information visit www.soulcollage.com.Victoria Hippard, MSW, LCSW, lives in Bay St Louis but maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy in New Orleans. She balances a little bit of work with lots of art projects and received facilitator training in SoulCollage® in 2011.

Personal Enrichment - Finance 

 

Social Security Strategy - $10

Wednesday, February 13

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Justin Jones

In this seminar, we will discuss strategies and considerations to help maximize Social Security benefits.  Since social security is complicated in nature and everyone's situation is unique, it is important to understand how certain decisions can impact your financial future.Justin Jones is a financial advisor for Edward Jones.  He specializes in strategies for the serious long-term investor, including social security strategy as part of the financial planning process.

 

Lunch and Learn - Medicare Supplements - $10

Tuesday, April 2

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Kim Casano Ware

This lunch and learn seminar is geared for those turning 65 who would like a better understanding of retirement benefits.  A light lunch will be provided. Kim Casano Ware is an independent insurance agent and broker who enjoys studying history and religion. She is most proud of developing the equine events for MS Special Olympics.

Personal Enrichment – Home and Garden

 

Retire On Purpose - $10

Friday, March 22

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Money isn't the most important factor contributing to your happiness in retirement. It is important, but so are your purpose and social ties to the community. This seminar will an exercise that will either confirm your current pastimes or encourage you to seek more fulfilling hobbies.

 

Maintaining Home Landscapes - $10

Thursday, February 28

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Seminar by Tim Ray

Through this seminar you will learn how to conduct proper maintenance practices in all facets of your landscape including identifying and controlling insect, disease, and weed pests, proper pruning and timing, identifying year round maintenance needs, and fertilization and irrigation.Tim is the Agriculture/Horticulture Agent in Harrison County for Mississippi State University Extension. He has 25 years of practical experience in greenhouse, landscape and tree farm management. He holds a Master of Science in Horticulture from MSU.

Personal Enrichment – Table Games

 

Learn Bridge I- $25

Mondays, February 11 - March 11

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall Room 303

Five Week Class by Rick Logan

Learn how to play the fun card game of Bridge in this seminar.  This is a beginning class for those who have never played or for those who would like to freshen up on the game. Richard Logan is an Emerald Life Master in Bridge. He has taught Bridge for ten years.

Special Events

 

Tea on the Titanic Spring Kickoff – No Charge (Open to Public)

Friday, February 1

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Hardy Hall Ballroom

Seminar by Allisa Beck

The story of the RMS Titanic, which sank in April 1912 after striking an iceberg, has endured over the decades. Join us for tea and light refreshments while you learn about the history of the famed ship and the fascinating stories behind some of her passengers.Allisa Beck is the Collection Management/Arts & Humanities/Business Librarian at the USM Gulf Coast Library. Her responsibilities include administering the Gulf Park College for Women Archives, located in the Library. She is also a member of both the Long Beach Historical Society and the Historical Society of Gulfport.

 

Tony's Brick Oven – OLLI Luncheon(Dutch treat)

Thursday, February 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-Site - Tony's Brick Oven Luncheon, 2417 14thSt., Gulfport

*All OLLI luncheons are Dutch treat with great conversation and fellowship.  Feel free to bring a friend!  

 

Wine and Charcuterie - $25

Thursday, February 21

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Off-Site - Rackhouse, 1301 26th Ave, Gulfport 

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Come to the luxurious Rackhouse in Gulfport and enjoy your choice of a red wine flight or a white wine flight and some delectable bites. The staff of the Rackhouse will teach you the grapes’ trip to your glass while you eat and drink. The wine will only be topped by the familiar company of your OLLI friends!Jennifer Gates is a Certified Financial Planner for The CGS Group at Merrill Lynch.  She enjoys running, reading and family.

 

May Wah Chinese Restaurant – OLLI Luncheon (Dutch treat)

Tuesday, March 12

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-Site - 610 W Railroad St., Long Beach

 

Blind Tiger Restaurant – OLLI  Luncheon (Dutch treat)

Thursday, March 28

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-Site - 119 N Beach Blvd., Bay St Louis

 

Diamondhead Country Club – OLLI Luncheon (Dutch treat)

Thursday, April 18

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-Site - 7600 Country Club Circle, Diamondhead


Travel – Field Trips

 

Biloxi Shrimping Trip - $20

Monday, April 15, (Backup date, April 29)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Offsite - Biloxi Shrimping Trip, 693 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

Seminar by Capt. Michael Moore

This is a 70-minute tour with complete instruction on the history and heritage of the shrimping industry.  We will give students the complete shrimping experience along with the full description of each of the sea creatures that are caught in the net.  They will have the chance to touch and learn about each creature and what its purpose is in the Gulf of Mexico.Capt. Michael Moore has his BA in marketing and BA in business management. He was raised in the shrimping industry on the MS Gulf Coast and has owned the Biloxi Shrimping Trip for ten years. He has also taught for OLLI twice previously.

 

Birds and Boats: Touring the Pascagoula River - $35

Friday, April 12, (Back-up date, May 3)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-Site - Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point

Seminar by Andrea Belcher

Join Andrea Belcher, Master Naturalist, Coast Guard Certified boat captain Benny McCoy, and expert birder and trip leader Dave Reed for a unique boat tour of the Pascagoula River. Stop along the way to learn about birds, plants, wildlife, and the people of the river. Perfect for novice or expert birders, this is a wonderful way to explore the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. The tour begins and ends at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.Andrea Belcher is a Master Naturalist, and Benny McCoy is a Coast Guard certified captain of McCoy's River and Swamp Tours.

 

Lazy Magnolia Brewery Tour - $15

Thursday, March 28

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Off-Site - Lazy Magnolia Brewery, 7030 Roscoe Turner Road, Kiln

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Tour Mississippi's oldest brewery,and the first one since prohibition was enacted in 1907,and enjoy four 6-ounce samples. 

 

Travel – International Travel

 

Get Ready for European Travel - $25

Wednesdays, February 13 - March 13

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Five Week Class by Ted duCharm

In this class, learn to get ready for European travel next spring or summer. Learn tips for international travel, review geography, history, currency and the customs of Europeans.Ted is a world traveler, Pan American World Airways Passenger Service Agent, former student in tours in the Loire Valley and at the Sorbonne in Paris and in Glion sur Montreaux, Switzerland.  He is a member of Les Clefs d'Or, the International Luxury Hotel Concierge Association, and is an instructor in French, history, social studies, English as a Second Language, hospitality, and is a former travel agent.

 

Central America Bus Tours - Visit Costa Rica and Panama - $10

Tuesday, April 9

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Lloyd Hall 302

Seminar by David Reed

D​​o you want ​to visit Central America?  Join this seminar to see the sights in Panama and Costa Rica experienced by the facilitator during a bus trip to these two countries.  Sights include the amazing natural wonders of Costa Rica and Panama, the modern engineering marvel of the Panama Canal and the very modern city of Panama City.Dave Reed and his wife have been retired for several years and enjoy travel. They have made several trips to Central America and Europe.

Special Interest Group 

 

OLLI Book Club – No Charge (Exclusive to OLLI Members)

3rdFriday of the Month

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Gulf Park Campus - Elizabeth Hall Lobby

Seminar by OLLI

Once a month this group gathers to read and discuss recent works of fiction and non-fiction. All book selections are made by the group and are typically decided on a month-to-month basis. Interested in having someone to discuss your reading with? This is your group!