Gulf Park

Below you'll find a list of all the courses currently being offered on the Gulf Park campus this summer. Scroll through and see what's happening. When you're ready to register click here and sign into your account.

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

Canvas Art by “YOU”- $25

Monday: June 9, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Brynn Santalla

Be amazed at the artist in you! Come create your very own acrylic canvas artwork. Paint a piece that will fit in your home perfectly. Let us know what you want to paint, and the instructor will walk you through the painting process step by step. No experience necessary. Santalla owns and operates Twisted Tree Studios.


Anyone Can Paint- $25

Tuesday: June 12 & 19, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Allison Doolittle

Find your hidden passion! Join us for an introduction to painting. We know creativity is in the right side of your brain, we just need to tap into it. Allison Will help you achieve this with a method called “Reckless Abandon.” The student will bring in a picture of their choosing (no portraits please) and walk out that day with a finished painting. Doolittle is the founder of Sip-n-doodle, LLC Paint Party Studios. She is a certified intuitive painting and expressive arts facilitator. Painting is her passion and she loves helping others find their “right brain.”


Anyone Can Paint III - $40

Tuesdays: June 26, July 10, 17, 24, & 31


Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Allison Doolittle

You won't look at a painting the same way again! Allison will help you tap into your creative side with a method called “Reckless Abandon.” This course will take a much deeper view into breaking a picture down in order to create a masterpiece of your own. Students are required to bring a picture of their choosing (no portraits please). You do not have to take Part I or Part II prior to attend this class.


Art with Kids - $20

Tuesday: July 24, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allison Doolittle

This class is great for you and any budding little artists you may know. It covers the elements of painting including palette, brushes, and basic drawing with shapes. Every painter will walk out with a new found confidence, encouragement, and self esteem. Grandchildren are welcome (Ages 6 -12).


Pinch Pot Fish Wind Chimes - $25

Wednesday: August 1, 2018


Off-site: Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Create a fun and colorful fish wind chime by making a series of nesting pinch pots that fit inside one another to make the segments of the fish's body. Add texture and detail to make the fish come alive! Charlie Mabry, Director of Ceramics at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, is a practicing potter and ceramic sculptor. He is a former Resident Artist at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. He has been working in clay professionally for 9 years.




Wine Flight with a Nibble-$15

Wednesday: July 25, 2018


Off-site: Sea Grapes Wine Café

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Come have a wine flight at Sea Grapes Wine Café at Sunset "Winedown." Come enjoy a wine tasting and snacks. Jennifer Gates is a Certified Financial Planner at Merrill Lynch who also enjoys wine, especially at Gulfport's premier wine bar.


Summer Social: Open to the Public

Darwell's Café Luncheon-Free (Purchase Own Lunch)

Tuesday: June 5, 2018



Let's Do Lunch! 

Bacchus on the Beach-Free (Purchase Own Lunch)

Monday: July 9, 2018



Let's Do Lunch!

Joe’s Italian Ristorante Luncheon-Free (Purchase Own Lunch)

Wednesday: July 25, 2018





Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner-$25

Tuesdays & Thursdays: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, August 2, 7, & 9


Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practices. 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 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

Tuesdays & Thursdays: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, August 2, 7, & 9


Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practices. 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.


Yoga for Seniors - $25

Wednesdays: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, & 18


Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Buck Lawrence

Practice gentle yoga to help build and maintain flexibility, stamina, and range of motion in both the muscular and skeletal systems of the body. Buck Lawrence is a certified Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Alliance. He has taught for 12 years, specializing in classes for seniors.


Yoga for Beginners - $25

Tuesdays: June 12, 19, 26, July 10, & 17


Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Allison Doolittle

No spandex, no head stands, no pretzel moves!  Learn gentle yoga postures that tone, improve, balance and flexibility. Allison is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching for over ten years.




The Daniel Plan-$15

Thursdays: June 14 & 21


Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Learn how to improve your health using Steve Warren's Plan of Faith, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Focus based on the Book of Daniel. We will watch a DVD series and discuss practical ways to apply the lesson to our lives. Jenny Gates is a Certified Financial Planner with Merrill Lynch who strives every day to eat natural foods so she can have more energy to chase her 7 and 4 year old.




Peace Corps History-$10

Monday: June 11, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Julie Crow

On October 14, 1960, John F. Kennedy gave a 2 a.m. campaign speech to more than 5,000 students at the University of Michigan challenging young Americans to give two years of their lives to volunteer in the developing world. Peace Corps was founded in 1961, and has placed over 200,000 volunteers in 139 countries around the globe. Come learn about the history and mission of this iconic federal agency. Julie Crow is a Peace Corps recruiter based in New Orleans. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2011 to 2013, teaching English on a small island.



Famous Trials of the Early 20th Century-$10

Wednesday: June 20, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Lise Pearlman

Learn about the important trials in history that are often overlooked. Do you know about the murder at Madison Square Garden that helped topple the Gilded Age or about the two tragic deaths in Atlanta that launched the modern KKK? Topics will include the 1919 World Series scandal to the establishment of the statehood of Hawaii. The Honourable Lise Pearlman is a retired judge and author of three critically-acclaimed American history books.


The Charnley-Norwood House, "The Bon Silene" Tour-Free

Friday: June 22, 2018


Off-site: The Charnley-Norwood House

Seminar by Jeff Rosenberg

One of the largest and most important projects undertaken by MDAH through the Hurricane Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation was the restoration of the Charnley-Norwood House (also known as Bon Silene) in Ocean Springs.  Designed by two of America’s most important architects, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, it is one of the most significant and influential houses in American architectural history. Jeff Rosenberg is the Preservation Coordinator for the Office of Restoration & Resiliency and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.


History of Gulf Park College for Women-$10

Monday: June 25, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allisa Beck

From 1917 to 1971, Gulf Park College for Women operated on the site of what is now the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus. As well as the usual academic offerings, there were athletics, artistic pursuits, and extra-curricular activities. This lecture will present a photographic history of the college as well as actual memorabilia from the archives. Allisa Beck is the Collection Management/Arts & Letters/Business Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library. Her responsibilities include administering the Gulf Park College for Women Archives.


Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum-$5

Friday: June 29, 2018


Off-site: Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum

Seminar by Katherine Sutton

The Model Railroad Club and Museum has over 200 years of railroad history dedicated to bringing the spirit of the American Railroad back to life. The museum is the home of the largest LEGO(R) railroad display in Mississippi, multiple scale model train layouts, elevated and ground level G scale trains, interactive layouts for kids to operate and enjoy, outdoor garden displays, and multiple riding trains!  There are also many fun, themed outdoor railroad displays to enjoy like Jurassic Park. Katherine Sutton is the Development Manager at the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum. Grandchildren are welcome to attend. 




Sustainable Home Lawn Management-$10

Thursday: July 26, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Tim Ray

Home Lawn Management will teach you how to better manage your home lawns by increasing knowledge about recommended agronomic practices with an emphasis on responsible use and protection of natural resources and the environment through sustainable management practices. Tim Ray is an extension agent with Mississippi State University in Harrison County. He received a Master of Science in horticulture from MSU and has backgrounds in landscape and tree farm management. He is currently a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.




OLLI Book Club-Free (Exclusive to OLLI Members)

Fridays: Third Week of the Month


Elizabeth Hall Lobby

Interested in having someone to discuss your reading with? This is your Group! 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.

Book Selection: Jun 15-A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 




Line Dancing - Beginner Level-$25

Mondays: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, & 16


Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Michelle Fleming

This beginner's level class will introduce the basic steps in line dancing. We will learn some of the most popular dances. The music will include several genres. Dancing is one of Michelle's favorite past times. She lead line dancing classes for the Gulf Park Fitness Center.


OLLI Little Theater featuring Moana- Free (Open to Public)

Thursday: June 21, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Join OLLI for the Disney movie of the year, Moana. A Polynesian girl destined to be her island's chief makes a perilous trip with a boastful demigod to undo his mistakes and save her people. Grandchildren are welcome. Bring your favorite movie time snacks.



OLLI Bigger Theater featuring Newsies - Free (Open to Public)

Monday: July 23, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Join OLLI for a musical delight. Newspaper delivery boys in 1899 New York face danger and destitution by striking against their greedy media-mogul employers in this 2017 acclaimed musical. Bring your own snacks and drinks.




Pilgrimage of Joy-$25

Wednesdays: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, & 18


Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

Many classes in churches focus on the preparations for Easter during the season of Lent. This course is an examination of the joyful time of Easter and the fifty days which follow it.  Discussions will revolve around the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus of Nazareth, and the establishment of the early Church. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.


The Abundance of Mindfulness as Approached via the Eightfold Path-$25

Thursdays: June 14, 21, 28, July 12, & 19


Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Allison Mull

Using the text "Buddha Is as Buddha Does," we will explore the foundations of mindfulness in the Buddhist Mahayana tradition. Our aim is to explore and discuss a chapter per week as well as reactions and insights (text recommended to purchase, but not required).  In so doing, we will become grounded in the fundamentals of an approach to life known as the eight-fold path that can lead to a saner, more enlightened way to live as one chooses. Exploration of mindfulness practice included. Although an instructor of Computer Science at MGCCC, Allison Mull has pursued her interest in and practice of mindfulness for decades. She has studied in several Buddhist traditions, within recognized lineages, read deeply of the literature, has taught seminars to faculty and offered public seminars




Institute for Marine Mammal Studies-$15

Monday: June 18, 2018


Off-site: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS)

Come engage in a fun, hands-on learning experience that will help you understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique. We will explore the interactive museum, and encounter sea creatures such as stingrays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, sea stars, and sea urchins. Learn about tropical birds and reptiles in an animal presentations. You will see our Bottlenose Dolphins work with their trainers and interact with other guests during a Dolphin Presentation. Grandchildren are welcome.


Discover What's New at Hattiesburg Zoo-$5

Friday: July 13, 2018


Off-site: Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo is a small twelve-acre zoo located within Kamper Park among a grove of oak and pine trees. Upon entering the Zoo, visitors pass through a promenade that contains prairie dogs and leads to the Africa section. The African veldt contains antelope, monkeys, ostrichs, servals, and zebras. In the South American exhibit area are capybaras, iguanas, jaguars, macaws, howler monkeys, llamas, tapirs, and tigers. The tiger boardwalk gives a close view of American alligators. Kamper Park has landscaped walking trails, tennis courts, grassy picnic areas, and playgrounds. Grandchildren are welcome to join you.


Infinity Science Center-Admission: $20

Friday: July 20, 2018


Off-site: Infinity Science Center

The Infinity Science Center is a place where the curious at any age can lose themselves in the depths of the ocean and the farthest reaches of space. Guests will explore our earth, oceans and space through deepening levels of involvement, ranging from walks through museum galleries, bus tour rides to historic sights, memorable videos and live presentations, engaging, unique citizen science programs, and occasionally participating in world-class historic events. INFINITY is a non-profit science museum dedicated to providing guests with quality, fun, and fascinating learning experiences. Grandchildren are welcome to join you. Bring photo ID. Grandchildren are welcome to attend.


Fish Fry Fishing-$20

Friday: July 27, 2018


Off-site: Gulf Coast Research Lab

Seminar by Aaron Lamey

Living on the Gulf Coast, knowing how to rig a pole, throw a cast net, clean and cook your catch is typically something learned at a young age. Participants will learn about the different inshore fish fishermen like to go after and some research done on these sought after fish by the Gulf Coast Research Lab.  They will also learn some basic skills of fishing, cleaning fish and cooking. Aaron Lamey is a marine educator for USM's GCRL Marine Education Center. Aaron Lamey is a marine education specialist at the USM Gulf Coast Research Lab's Marine Education Center.  He received his bachelor's degree from USM.




Journeys through Belize in Central America and Greece in Western Europe-$10

Monday: July 30, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Edward McCormack

Take a historical journey through Central America's Belize and Greece's Athens and Athenian Islands. We will see fantastic and educational pictures from journeys to Belize in 2016 and Greece in 2017 and learn about their cultures and history. Preparation for cost effective international travel will be presented. Edward McCormack is a professor and the Associate Dean at the USM Gulf Coast Library and has traveled extensively throughout the world.




Writing Your Memoir-$10

Monday: July 16, 2018


Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Philip Levin

We will discuss what it takes to create a memoir, provide suggestions on organizing your chapters, discuss writing styles, and present other published memoirs as examples.  We will discuss publication as well. Author of 24 published books and nearly 200 published articles and poems, Dr. Levin presided over the Gulf Coast Writers Association for 12 years and has given many lectures about writing.