Gulf Park

 

Below you'll find a list of all the courses currently being offered on the Gulf Park campus for fall. 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. 


ART

 

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

Thursday, October 25

1:30pm-3:30pm

Off-Site: 833 B Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis

Seminar by Brandi Stage

This is an introductory course 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 New York Institute of Photography graduate that draws the beauty of women out and captures it with her camera to create stunning heirloom portraits of them that will be cherished for many years to come.

 

Spin that Wheel for the Beginner - $25

Wednesday, September 26

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Students will learn the basics on how to create pottery on the wheel, and each student will create two pots. Studio will glaze (your choice of a selection of glazes) and fire pots for students.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. He has been working in clay professionally for 8 years.

 

 Spin That Wheel Part II - $25

Wednesday, November 14

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Students will learn the basics on how to create pottery on the wheel, and each student will create two pots. Studio will glaze (your choice of a selection of glazes) and fire pots for students. This class will expand on the first Spin That Wheel class. Recommended for students who have taken Spin That Wheel previously.

 

 

 

The Famous Kitchen Witch -$25

Wednesday, October 10

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Come create your very own "Kitchen Witch" out of clay. This creation was started as a good luck charm. For centuries,people have hung this good witch in their kitchen. They believe she has the power to keep roasts from burning, pots from boiling over, and sauces from spilling." It is also considered good luck to give a kitchen witch to a friend or family member.

 

The Porcelian Wall Flower - $25

Thursday, November 1

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Join OLLI in creating a porcelain "Wall Flower" hanging accent you'll love! This Porcelain Flower Decorative Wall Sculpture will bring some popping 3D art to your living space. The ceramic wall sculpture features detailed petals and a shiny glaze that looks great against walls of any color. Hang it in your living room, bathroom, bedroom or office space for a wow-worthy work of art you'll appreciate every day.

 

Wine Glass Artwork By You - $25

Friday, September 28

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Brynn Santalla

Come create your very own personalized set of two wine glasses. The instructor will walk you through the process of creating your very own "drinking" masterpiece. Cheers!Brynn Santalla has degrees in Public Relations and Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. She has successfully owned and operated Twisted Tree Studios for 9 years!

 

Wood Door Hanger Created By You - $40

Monday, October 8

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Brynn Santalla

Come create your very own wooden door hanger. Choose from several assorted wooden cutouts and personalize it to make it yours.Brynn Santalla has degrees in Public Relations and Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. She has successfully owned and operated Twisted Tree Studios for 9 years!

 

 

 

CONSERVATION

 

 

 

Application and Ecology of Prescribed Fire in Coastal Habitats - $10

Wednesday, November 7

8:30am-10:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Tony & Susan Wilder

This course will provide a basic overview of the use and role of fire in coastal environments. It will include the history of prescribed fire, management of wildfires and the impact of fire on plant and animal communities.Dr. Sue Wilder served as an ecologist with the Department of Interior (DOI) for over 20 years. She worked to protect habitat for endangered and threatened species habitats throughout her career. She actively participates in prescribed burning and teaching the importance of fire ecology across the gulf coast.  Tony Wilder worked for the DOI for over 40 years and has conducted hundreds of prescribed fires in 10 states and two foreign countries.  He has served as incident commander on numerous wildfires and continues to stay active providing fire management training courses for the US Air Force Wildland Fire Center.

 

COOKING AND EATING  

Lunch, Learn and Art at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center - $25

Friday, September 14

11:00am-1:00pm

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

Seminar by Kimme Hargrove

Welcome to Becky's Kitchen at the Mary C! Come enjoy a Fall Luncheon with homemade autumn squash soup and other gourmet selections cooked before your eyes with recipes to take home. We'll enjoy lunch then tour the latest art exhibit down the hall. We look forward to you taking this educational opportunity home to share with friends!Kimme Hargrove is currently the Culinary Arts Coordinator at the Mary C. Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs. She began her culinary career as an instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood. She loves to cook and is founder of the Delta Supper Club.

 

Lunch with OLLI! Starfish Cafe Luncheon - Free (Purchase Own Lunch)

Friday, September 21

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-site: Bay St Louis

Seminar at Starfish Cafe

We’ll go Dutch treat and have a great afternoon of conversation and fellowship. Bring a friend!

 

Lunch with OLLI! 200 North Beach Restaurant & Bar Luncheon - Free (Purchase Own Lunch)

Friday, November 9

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-site: Bay St Louis

Seminar at 200 North Beach Restaurant & Bar

We’ll go Dutch treat and have a great afternoon of conversation and fellowship. Bring a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFTS   

Beads & Pins & Nuts = Bracelet - $25

Wednesday, September 12, 11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Karen LeBeau

Come make a statement bracelet with safety pins, beads, hex nuts and other supplies. You will choose the colors and everything will be provided. Come have fun, chat and create. Your bracelet will be like no other and beautiful.Karen LeBeau's first love is fabric and creating clothing.  She also enjoys, knitting, needlepoint and many other crafts. Frequently she travels to sewing events in other cities.

Cards, Cards and More Cards - $15

Friday, October 19, 11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Karen LeBeau

Come make a few greeting cards that you can send to friends and loved ones. All materials will be provided including envelopes. Come and be surprised at the selection for this session.  It is easy and fun!

 

EXERCISE

 

 

Yoga for a Healthy Back - $25 per term

Term I - Mondays & Fridays, September 10 - October 12

Term II – Mondays & Fridays, October 15 – November 16

8:30am-9:45pm

Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Vanessa Chatelain

This course will teach participants to use stretching, dynamic movement, rhythmic breathing, and meditation to help maintain a healthy back.Vanessa Chatelain is a certified 200 RYT Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

 

Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner - $25 per term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 11 – October 11

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 16 – November 15

8:30am-9:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Exercise 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, September 11 - October 11

Term II - Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 16 - November 15

9:45am-10:45am

Gulf Park Campus

Exercise 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 Tai Chi.

 

Yoga for Seniors - $25 per term

Wednesdays, September 12 – October 10

Wednesdays, October 17 – November 14

1:30pm-2:45pm

Gulf Park Campus

Exercise Class by Buck Lawrence

This Course will teach gentle yoga that will help build and maintain flexibility, stamina, and range of motion in both the muscular and skeletal systems of our body.Buck Lawrence is a certified Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Alliance. He has taught for 13 years, specializing in classes for seniors.

FINANCE

 

 

The History of Trust - $10

Wednesday, September 12

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Ann Guice

Come learn about the introduction to the other side of banking, its origins and importance in history.Ann Guice is a Sr. Vice President/Trust Officer with The Peoples Bank. She has served on the faculty of three banking schools and often speak to groups about the exciting world of trust, financial and estate planning, etc.

 

Investing Basics and Healthcare in Retirement-$15

Wednesdays, October 3 & 10

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

 Two-Part Seminarby Jennifer Gates

The first class we will review the basics of investing. Whether you are a beginner or have been investing for years, these principles will be helpful. The second class will inform you about healthcare expenses in retirement and what Medicare will help with.Jenny Gates is a Certified Financial Planner at Merrill Lynch in Biloxi.  She has two adorable, exceptionally kind children, Rebecca and Timothy.  She enjoys working out and reading. 

GARDENING

 

Pruning, Dividing, and Repotting, Oh My! - $10

Tuesday, October 30

1:30pm-3:30pm

Off-Site: Pine Hills Nursery

Seminar by Polly Cuevas

Want to learn more about plants? Come enjoy demonstrations of pruning of various plants and dividing of bulbs. We will also discuss the various sizes and types of plants.Polly Cuevas is the manager of Pine Hills Nursery in Pass Christian and has been for the past 32 years. Pine Hills is a family owned retail garden center. They specialize in plants grown on site in greenhouses including unusual plants. 

HISTORY

 

Ancient Cultures I - $25

Wednesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, & 10

8:30am-10:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

This is not your grandfather's history course! This is a survey of early history, from the Prehistoric times to 500 B.C. This course includes the early civilization, Sumer, Egypt, Babylonia, and the legacy of the Near East.Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest, with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies. He taught in Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and England.

 

Ancient Cultures II - $25

Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, & 14

8:30am-10:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

Come learn about human history from the first days of the Ancient Greek Empire through the successful and failures of Ancient Rome. 

 

Biloxi Shrimping Trip - $20

Thursdays, September 13, Backup Rain Date- September 20

1:30pm-3:30pm

Off-Site: 679 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Seminar by Brandy Moore

Join us on a 70 minute Living Marine Adventure!  They will shrimp and show the class all of the wonderful and unique sea life that are caught here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They will demonstrate in full detail the process for catching shrimp.  They will also teach the history of the shrimping industry here on the coast and all of the trials and tribulations that the shrimpers have endured throughout the years.Captains Brandy and Mike Moore have lived on the water and have been boaters their entire lives. They purchased the Biloxi Shrimping Trip in 2008 and brought in marine biologist to make sure that each species is identified correctly.

 

Brief History of the Ship Island Ferry - $10

Friday, September 14

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Louis Skrmetta

This course will discuss the origins of the popular excursion ferry to West Ship Island and Fort Massachusetts, now part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Approximately 45 minute presentation will include how the Skrmetta family operated the boat and island service over the past 92 years, and why the islands became a National Park in 1971.Louis Skrmetta is CEO of Ship Island Excursions, a local passenger ferry service started by his grandfather in 1926. He is a third generation boat captain. He is passionate about protecting the fragile Mississippi Sound and barrier islands and has a keen knowledge of Gulf Coast history. Louis graduated from USM in 1979 with a degree in political science and history. 

 

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

Wednesday, September 26

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Jeff Rosenberg

This course highlights 200 years of Mississippi architectural history, citing examples that can be seen in cities and rural sites across South Mississippi, and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  From folk architecture to Mississippi’s early modernist works, the State’s architectural history is vast and deep, going well beyond the big white columns that Mississippi is typically known for.Jeff Rosenberg is the MGCNHA Historic Preservation Coordinator, working to support & promote the preservation of historic places in Mississippi’s lower 6 counties. Previously he has worked for multiple State Historic Preservation Offices on a variety of historic preservation programs.

 

Duel of Eagles: Evolution of US and Mexican Border-$10

Wednesday, October 17

11:00am-2:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Anthony Rhodes

An unpopular war, a country convinced of its Manifest Destiny, illegal immigrants pouring across the borders…these were hot topics in 1846. This class will present the history of how the American Southwest borders were formed and its impact on both United States and Mexico. We will discuss cultural differences that led to war and review the military campaigns during the Mexican War. Discussion will include the personalities who dominated the era.Tony Rhodes, an avid amateur historian, retired from US Navy where he flew jets, and from FAA where he served as Air Traffic Controller and Automation Engineer. He has had tour at CIA & NSA working on classified aviation projects. He graduated from Florida State University.

 

The La Pointe - Krebs House: Past, Present, and Future-$10

Tuesday, October 16

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Marks Sokolosky-Wixon

Enjoy a lecture that will tell the story of the La Pointe - Krebs House and grounds from earliest Native American occupation all the way to present.  It will include the colonial era (in which the House was built) and cover many aspects of its use in the past and present (and also the foreseeable future).Marks is the Executive Director of the La Pointe - Krebs Foundation in Pascagoula and runs the property containing the La Pointe - Krebs House and the La Pointe - Krebs Museum on a daily basis. Marks helped design and install the museum as well as oversees the massive historical restoration project.

 

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

Friday, October 26

10:00am-11:30am

Off-Site: 509 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs

Seminar by Jeff Rosenberg

Tour and learn about 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. 

LITERATURE

 

OLLI Book Club-Free (Exclusive to OLLI Members)

Fridays: Third Week of the Month

1:00pm-3:00pm

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.

 

Words to Save a Soul - $25

Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, & 11

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Donna Bradbrook

How did Daniel Webster secure the soul of Jabez Stone from the brink of eternal fire in Stephen Vincent Benet's "The Devil and Daniel Webster"? Unquestionably, it was Webster's words that stirred the souls of Stone's jury of the damned, and it was those words that won for Benet the O. Henry Award for short story excellence.

Let's take a closer look at some of literature's best short stories and discuss their finest merits while we enjoy sharing our own creative writing endeavors.Donna Bradbrook has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education.  She has enjoyed teaching literature, AP English literature classes, and serving as the head of the English Department at Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

 

Monsters Inside and Out: Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-$15

Wednesdays, October 24 & 31

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Leah Holmes

Perfect for the Halloween season, this 2-part seminar offers poignant discussions of Stevenson's well-known horror/mystery title from the late-Victorian period. In addition to identifying key components of the novella, we will examine the book's historical and cultural contexts, view photos and film clips, and appreciate the narrative generally as a frightening portrayal of a gentle scientist's epic descent into drug addiction.Leah Holmes has a Ph.D. 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. 

NUTRITION

 

The Daniel Plan - $15

Fridays, October 12 & 19

1:30pm-3:30pm

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.  We will watch a Christian based DVD series then discuss practical ways to apply the lesson to our lives.  There are some great resources available on Amazon that would be helpful, but not required; The Daniel Plan, The Study Guide, Cookbook, 365 Day Devotional, Journal, and Jumpstart Guide.Jenny Gates is a Certified Financial Planner with Merrill Lynch who strives every day to eat more of what God gave us and less factory-made foods so that she can have more energy to chase her 7 and 4 year old.

 

 

 

RECREATION

 

Learn Bridge I - $25

Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, & 8

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Rick Logan

Learn how to play the fun card game of bridge.  This is a beginning class for those who have never played up to 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.

 

Learn Bridge II - $25

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, & 12

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Rick Logan

Learn how to play the fun card game of bridge. This is a beginning class for those who have never played up to those who would like to freshen up on the game. This is a continuance to Learn Bridge I.

  

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

 

Conservative Judaism in the Modern World - $25

Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, & 8

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

The Hasidic Jewish community is an old and highly traditional approach to a historic faith. By using a novel or two written by Chaim Potok, we will examine and interpret conservative Judaism and its place in the modern world. "The Chosen" and "The Promise" by Chaim Potok are books one can read to accompany the course.Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest, with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies. He taught in Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and England. 

 

C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters - $25

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, & 12

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

C.S. Lewis was a highly influential and widely read English philosopher, author and theologian. In The Screwtape Letters, Lewis proposes a series of letters written by the Prince of Darkness to his disciple; outlining and describing methods by which to sabotage the growth and popularity  of the Christian  Faith. The collection of letters is recommended for the reader to fully appreciate Lewis's though process.

 

The Didache - The Rediscovered Teachings of the Early Church - $10

Wednesday, September 19

8:30am-10:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by David Gauthier

How did first century Christian's pray?  What did they teach?  And how did they tell the difference between a true apostle and a fake apostle when one came knocking on their door? The Didache is a brief text from the earliest Christian communities, instructing not only how to pray, fast, perform Baptisms and other rituals, but also how to show love for one another.Dave Gauthier is the parish lead for Evangelization outreach at St Thomas Parish in Long Beach.  He has a deep interest in Biblical studies and has led faith based bible study programs in the parish setting for the last 15 years.

SCIENCE 

 

Building Your Own Mississippi Aquarium - $15

Thursday, September 13, 11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Ric Urban

What do you get when you mix a million gallons of freshwater and saltwater and over 100 species of animals sprinkled over 5.8 acres? Where do the animals come from? How do you make salt water? Learn what goes on behind the scenes in creating a family adventure with animals that will stimulate curiosity and discovery. 

Discover how the Mississippi Aquarium was filled with animals.Rick Urban, Mississippi's Aquarium Director of Animal Care and Conservation, has been in the aquarium and zoo world for 36 years. He has worked with all types of animals and he has many colorful stories to go along with these experiences.

 

 

Earth Science From Space: 

A remote sensing overview - $10

Wednesday, September 19

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Bruce Spiering

Want to learn about satellite remote sensing?  This class will provide the the basics of satellite remote sensing and ow it is used in the ocean.  A case study of how remote sensing was used in Bay St. Louis will be presented.Bruce has a PhD in Oceanography from USM.  He is retired from the US Navy where he worked at Stennis Space Center for 27 years as an oceanographer in remote sensing.

 

Forensic Anthropology - $10

Friday, September 21

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Marie Danforth

This class will be introduce the methods used by forensic anthropologists in analyzing both a crime scene and the skeletal remains recovered, including determination of age/sex/ancestry. Participants will work a mock scene, applying the techniques they have learned to solve the mystery of Edwin (or Edwina?) LeBoeuf.Marie Danforth is a skeletal biologist who has taught at USM since 1987.  She worked with a number of prehistoric and historic populations in Mississippi as well as assisting with a variety of forensic cases.

 

iNaturalist: Digital Field Guide and Social Network for Scientists and Nature Lovers - $15

Fridays, October 5 & 12

8:30am-10:30pm

GCRL Marine Education Center

Two-Part Seminar by Janet Wright

You love nature, but what’s that plant?  Wouldn’t it be great to have a naturalist buddy along every time you take a walk? This class introduces iNaturalist, the FREE AND EASY-TO-USE online database and social network for nature observations. With your camera or smartphone, you’ll start your own gallery of living things, connect with experts to identify what you see, and share your discoveries; then we'll conduct a mini-BioBlitz to create a guide to biodiversity at our course site.Janet Wright is a retired ecology professor who relishes learning about the Gulf Coast. She has led bird and amphibian surveys, marsh restoration efforts, and mapping of trails and blueways, and promotes programs that help people learn about biodiversity and contribute to conservation.

TRAVEL 

 

Journey Through Panama and Costa Rica in South America - $10

Wednesday, October 3

1:00pm-3:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Edward McCormack

In addition to Panama's history and culture, the focus on this class will be the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel, built by the United States, 1904-14, and it links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Costa Rica, the longest standing democracy in Central America, has 800 miles of coastline, both on the Atlantic and Pacific, and 10% of the world’s butterflies are in Costa Rica. The presentation will include slides of recent trips and objective perspectives of both cultures.Edward McCormack is a professor and the Associate Dean at the USM Gulf Coast Library and has traveled extensively throughout the world. 

WRITING

 

Creative Writing Workshop- $25

Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, & 11

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Johnnie Bernhard

Aspiring writers will learn about the writing process, from development to the final draft.  Studying examples of quality, published writing as examples of craft, students will bring examples of their own writing to class for discussion and productive critique as they learn the techniques of developmental editing and copy editing.As a retired English teacher and journalist, Mrs. Bernhard's non-fiction work has appeared in the Mississippi Press, the international Word Among Us, World Oil Magazine, and other magazines. She is the author of two award-winning novels, "A Good Girl" and "How We Came to Be."