Whatever Your Art Desires - $20

12:30 PM – Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6

Facilitator: Dana Stratton

This is a "Your Choice" class: You choose your medium and your subject matter - we can paint or draw whatever you choose - just bring your own supplies and reference photos. Stratton is a retired art and art history teacher who has been teaching for OLLI since 1999.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Beyond Beginner Art: Acrylics - $25

12:30 PM – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Facilitator: Marty Broadus

"Beyond Beginner Art: Acrylics" is not an advanced art class. It's an introduction to acrylics and how the medium is different from watercolor and oil. This class builds on the Beginning Drawing class taught in Fall 2016. Marty is a retired Art teacher from Oak Grove Middle School and a long-time secretary for the South MS Art Association with a Master's degree and National Board Certification. In 2011, she assisted her daughter in starting the local Painting with a Twist studio.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - $20

2:30 PM – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Facilitator: Dinny St. John

Sometimes you simply have to look at things from a different perspective. Artistic work is not often associated with the right side of the brain, but in this class, St. John will show you how it can be and how you can improve as an artist. St. John received a BFA and a Master of Art Education from USM. She taught drawing and painting for 48 years at Thames Junior High, Hattiesburg High, PCS, and William Carey University.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Advanced Art - $25/5 wks or $50/10 wks

9:30 AM - Thursdays

February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and 9

March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Facilitator: Brandi Downs

Help will be provided with problem-solving on an individual basis. This class is open to any students who have taken art in the past on any level from Brandi. Brandi Downs (Bessie Douglas) taught Art in Dallas Public Schools and in the New Orleans Senior Program. She worked at Jackson Square as a portrait artist for more than 30 years.  Enrollment Cap: 12


Art Talk: Renaissance Artists, Part II - $8

12:30 PM - Tuesday, February 7

Facilitator: Marvin Kendrick

In this continuation of the first Art Talk last Fall, we will explore more of the lesser-known masters of the Renaissance. Marvin Kendrick received his MA and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Chicago, MLS in Rare Books & Manuscripts from Columbia, and an MFA from Yale. He holds Advanced Certificates in Arabic and German Classics as well. He has taught at Yale, Princeton, and completed a brief stint at USM after retiring to Hattiesburg. Enrollment Cap: 30


Complete a Painting in Two Hours - $23

12:30 PM - Monday, March 27

Facilitator: Barbara Brodtmann

This class is designed for all students who think they can't paint and want to experience the joy of completing a painting with no fuss or muss in two hours. Each student starts the class with a pre-drawn subject by the artist on a 9x12" canvas board. All materials and individual art instruction included. Come give it a try and surprise yourself. Brodtmann also has a long history of teaching art to both children and adults. Brodtmann's work is featured at several regional galleries.

Enrollment Cap: 15




Jewelry From A to Z - $8/session or $20/5wk

9:30 AM – Mondays, Feb. 20, Mar. 6, 20, Apr. 3 and 17

Facilitator: Suzanne Boyd

Over five sessions we will explore various different jewelry-making techniques using supplies donated to OLLI by the family of Warren Dale, a past OLLI president. The sessions are as follows:


Memory Wire and Copper Wire Bangles

Make Your Own Earrings

Oops! I Broke My String Jewelry

Repurpose Your Old or Broken Costume Jewelry

Make Your Own Chandelier Earrings.


By education, Boyd is an environmental geologist, who worked on staff in the Geology Department as a wetlands specialist. She later discovered Precious Metal Clay in a pottery class and became a self-taught jewelry artisan. Boyd is a member 0f the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild and owner of Anderson Square, an art and fine craft studio in Laurel.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Iris Folding 2.0:  Easter Egg Cards - $8

9:30 AM - Monday, April 10

Facilitator: Aleta Sullivan

We will visit Iris Folding again, but with an emphasis on Easter Cards. Aleta is a retired science educator who still loves sharing. Enrollment Cap: 14


Get Lucky in Hattiesburg - $8

2:30 PM - Wednesday, April 12

Facilitator: Abby Thaxton

We'll start with a tour of our downtown building and describe the work and dedication that makes our business possible.  It is a unique place with a unique back story.  We'll showcase our variety of "upcycled" and reused items and also discuss the business side of things. Thaxton is a graduate of Southern Mississippi with a BA degree in Sociology and has owned The Lucky Rabbit for the past 6 years. She is co-founder of the Avenues Alliance, a group dedicated to bettering the Avenues of Hattiesburg, and an advocate for downtown. She works day in and day out to bring people to the heart of Hattiesburg. Enrollment Cap: 30





Tai Chi Easy for Self Care

$20/5wks or $40/10wks

9:15 AM – Mondays and Wednesdays

Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, Mar. 1, 6, & 8

Mar. 20, 22, 27, 29, Apr. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, & 19

Facilitator: Susan Nodurft

Tai Chi Easy, a mind body practice, combines gentle exercise and meditation to activate self-healing properties. The coordinating of slow movements with breath and relaxation techniques improves circulation, balance and has an array of health benefits. Susan Nodurft is a retired biology teacher. After retirement, she began the study and practice of Qigong/Tai Chi. Susan is certified as a Tai Chi Easy "Practice Leader" by the Institute of Integral Qigong Tai Chi and teaches Tai Chi Easy at The Yoga Room. Enrollment Cap: 18


Tai Chi II - 24 Movements (Intermediate) - $20/5wks or $40/10wks

10:30 AM - Mondays and Wednesdays

Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, Mar. 1, 6, & 8

Mar. 20, 22, 27, 29, Apr. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, & 19

Facilitator: Susan Nodurft

This is an advanced class for students who have previously taken Tai Chi. This class will expand their knowledge of the poses and practice. Enrollment Cap: 18


Yoga for Strength and Flexibility

$20/5wks or $40/10wks

11:45 AM - Mondays and Wednesdays

Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, Mar. 1, 6, & 8

Mar. 20, 22, 27, 29, Apr. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, & 19

Facilitator: Michele Ferguson

This yoga class is perfect for beginner yoga students as well as seasoned yogis. In this class you will learn a gentle yoga sequence that will emphasize the mind-body-breath connection to accessing more strength and better flexibility in daily living. Michele Ferguson, RYT200, has been teaching yoga at OLLI since the spring of 2014. Michele also teaches at The Yoga Room on Oak Grove Rd in Hattiesburg. Michele teaches a gentle, but challenging alignment based on Hatha yoga.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Nia Dance

$20/5wks or $40/10wks

1:00 PM - Mondays and Wednesdays

Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, Mar. 1, 6, & 8

Mar. 20, 22, 27, 29, Apr. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, & 19

Facilitator: Josh Berthelot

Nia is a low impact cardio workout set to music. Berthelot is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher who has trained under international acclaimed Nia trainers. He is a regular OLLI instructor. Enrollment Cap: 15


Yoga Flow Second Level

$20/5wks or $40/10wks

9:15 AM - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, Mar. 2, 7, & 9

Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30, Apr. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20

Facilitator: Michele Ferguson

This class is for the student who has been practicing yoga is ready to move to the next level. It will consist of a series of sun salutations and standing poses following a cool down with seated & supine poses.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Yoga for Strength and Flexibility

$20/5wks or $40/10wks

10:30 AM - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, Mar. 2, 7, & 9

Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30, Apr. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20

Facilitator: Michele Ferguson

This class is perfect for beginner yoga students as well as seasoned yogis. You will learn a gentle yoga sequence that will emphasize the mind-body-breath connection to access more strength and better flexibility.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Zumba Gold - $20/5wks or $40/10wks

11:45am - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, Mar. 2, 7, & 9

Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30, Apr. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20

Facilitator: Sylvia Kolakowski

Latin and modern dance moves incorporated with simple cardio exercises. Sylvia Kolakowski is a current Zumba Instructor at Temple Baptist. Enrollment Cap: 20




Piney Woods School Visit - $35

8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 8

OLLI  returns to the Piney Woods School this Spring to visit one of Mississippi’s most innovative learning environments. The school, founded in 1909 in rural Rankin County, draws students from across the country and around the world to learn in its exciting environment. Price includes bus and lunch at school.

Enrollment Cap: 30


New Medina Friday Service - FREE

11:30 AM - Friday, February 10

Facilitator: Alvin Shareef

This trip presents an opportunity to learn more about the Islamic tradition by attending a Friday prayer service at New Medina in Sumrall. Imam Alvin Shareef is the spiritual leader of New Medina Muslin Community near Sumrall, Ms. He and his congregation have invited OLLI to take a field trip to share their Friday services.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Armed Forces Museum Visit - FREE

9:30 AM - Wednesday, March 8

Facilitator: Tasha Lowry

The Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby has recently reopened to wide acclaim. Join OLLI as we explore the newly renovated and highly regarded museum.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Gopher Tortoise Experience - FREE

9:30 AM - March 28

Facilitator: Becky Stowe

During this fieldtrip we will travel to Camp Shelby to learn about a gopher tortoise headstarting program. Participants will be able to tour the tortoise facility and interact with scientists conducting research. Stowe is the Director of Forest Programs for The Nature Conservancy's Mississippi Chapter. She leads conservation efforts in longleaf restoration across the state.

Enrollment Cap: 25


USM Orchestra Performance - FREE

2:00 PM - Wednesday, April 5

Facilitator: Jay Dean

Let’s enjoy an afternoon the USM Orchestra! Founded in 1920, the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is the oldest operating symphony orchestra in the state of Mississippi. Jay Dean has been the Music Director and conductor of the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since 1988. During his tenure the orchestra has grown into a university ensemble that has earned a distinguished national reputation. He has conducted concerts featuring world-renown soloists such as Plácido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma among many others.

Enrollment Cap: 20


USM Jazz Quintet Performance - FREE

12:00 PM - Monday, April 10

Facilitator: Larry Panella

The USM Jazz Band is a sight to see! Director Lawrence Panella has invited OLLI members to join the band for a rehearsal during the Fall semester to see what it's like when a jazz band rehearses. This promises to be a fun afternoon! Panella serves on the faculty of USM as an associate professor of music and director of the jazz studies program. He is the founder and leader of the USM Jazz Quintet and has performed with numerous artists including The Phil Collins Big Band, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Steve Allen, Nelson Riddle, and Frank Sinatra Jr. His recordings include his recently released CD entitled Larry Panella: The Gestures Project and his earlier release, Larry Panella: Under The Influence.

Enrollment Cap: 20




Bounce into Spring: Nutritional Habits for a Healthier You!! - $20

9:30 AM – Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and 9

Facilitator: Dianne Smith

This course will include discussion of various food groups; the function, effect, and promotion of a strong healthy body; and how to prepare, coordinate, store, and have available healthy, nutritional meals. We will explore the world of supplementation; multivitamins, probiotics, etc. and discuss ways to protect and promote a sharp brain through super nutrition. We will also cover how our diet relates to many disease processes and how we can control many issues related to our emotional, physical and spiritual well being. Smith is a semi-retired Registered Nurse with 30+ years in the medical field working in many aspects of client care. Having worked with many diverse types of Illness, I have seen the importance of maintaining good health and promoting wellness. My  greatest interest is to continue to seek and learn about longevity, better nutrition, and healthier living.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Wine History - $18

4:30 PM - Thursday, March 2, 2016

Facilitator: Carl van Coppenhagen

This seminar will explore South African wine history and celebrity wine-making history. As the owner of Carl's Wine and Spirits, van Coppenhagen has a great deal of knowledge regarding the history of wine, the importing and exporting process, and is himself a vineyard owner.

Enrollment Cap: 25


Winter Comfort Food - $23

11:30 AM - Monday, February 6

Facilitator: Tetyana Suprun

There is nothing like tucking into a warm, lovely bowl of one of winter's best comfort foods: goulash. Tetyana will share her recipe and include a side dish. Tetyana is a well-known OLLI chef who uses influences from her native Ukraine in her delicious Mississippi recipes.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Spring Vegan Cooking - $11

9:30 AM - Wednesday, February 22

Facilitator: Lici Beveridge

Lici Beveridge returns with more recipes for cooking meatless for healthy, low-cost tasty meals. This class will feature fresh spring vegetables used in a variety of dishes. Lici Beveridge, a reporter at the Hattiesburg American, enjoys the challenge of cooking healthy, tasty and filling vegan meals on a budget.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Tasty, Juicy…Bacony - $23

11:30 AM - Monday, March 6

Facilitator: Tetyana Suprun

Bacon's not just for breakfast anymore. Come enjoy Tetyana's cooking once again as she explores creative uses for bacon in several dishes.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Homemade Pasta - $23

11:30 AM - Monday, March 20

Facilitator: Tetyana Suprun

Come learn how to make pasta in your own home! Tetyana knows all the tricks to making your own pasta. She’ll show you how and pair it with some delicious side dishes.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Vegan on the Grill - $13

9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 28

Facilitator: Lici Beveridge

With summer approaching, thoughts of outdoor grilling are filling the air. What can vegans grill and how do you do it?

Enrollment Cap: 12


Stress-Free Easter Recipes - $23

11:30 AM - Monday, April 3

Facilitator: Tetyana Suprun

Why are the holidays always so stressful? They don’t have to be when it comes to your meal. Let Tetyana show you some stress-free recipes to make your holiday the best yet!

Enrollment Cap: 15



Social Dance - $20/5wks or $40/10wks

1:00 PM - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, Mar. 2, 7, & 9

Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30, Apr. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20

Facilitator: Rebecca Chandler

No experience necessary! Members will be introduced to basic dance patterns including waltz, rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, and swing. Chandler is a certified instructor and owns Hattiesburg Ballroom & Beyond.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Chronic Disease Self Management - $20

2:30 PM - Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8

Facilitator: Paige Kennedy

Participants will complete a 6 week course with sessions designed to improve self care, resulting in overall improved health. Paige Kennedy and Chrissy Wilburn are certified trainers for the Stanford University developed programs, Chronic Disease Self Management and Diabetes Self Management. Participants will learn to improve healthful behaviors resulting in improved health status.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Estate Planning: A Banker’s Perspective - $8

9:30 AM - Thursday, February 9

Facilitator: Emily Martelli

This seminar will review the main planning documents that everyone should have in their estate. In addition, participants will learn and discuss the differences between a will and trust based estate plan structure. Emily is responsible for trust administration and estate planning. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Washington, a master’s in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University, a doctorate in law from Florida A&M University and an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She has broad legal experience, especially in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning, business succession and trust matters.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Understanding Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, February 14

Facilitator: Ellen Davies

In this course we will discuss who is eligible for disability insurance benefits and how to apply.  There will be plenty of time for questions and participants may bring forms for help in completing. Ellen Davies is a retired lawyer who worked for the disability component of Social Security for 22 years.  She worked for five years as a staff attorney and then became the supervising staff attorney and hearing office director for the balance of her career.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Social Security: More than Retirement - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, February 21

Facilitator: Shawn Mercer

Social Security is so much more than retirement and will impact almost everyone. Retirement is what we are all anticipating, but survivor and disability benefits are often overlooked. Options are available to individuals experiencing the loss of a spouse or other life changing events. These options can be accessed from your home computer or by phone. We'll discuss the various benefits and how to navigate the federal agency without leaving home. Mercer is District Manager with the Social Security Administration in Laurel. He has more than 25 years with the agency in field office operations and Public Affairs. He is an alumnus of USM.

Enrollment Cap: 20


What is Osteopathic Medicine? - $8

9:30 AM - Wednesday, March 1

Facilitator: Italo Subbarao

This is an introduction to the world of osteopathic medicine and what it means to be a Doctor of Osteopathy. Members will learn what an osteopathic physician can do for their patients and why the osteopathic physician is so invaluable to the medical community. Subbarao serves as the Sr. Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He studied at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Why Would Anyone Want to Know More About Depression?? - $8

12:30 PM - Wednesday, March 1

Facilitator: Amy Adelman

Mental health and its treatments are of paramount concern for many. The heartache and sorrow that accompany depression can be paralyzing and may be completely hidden. We'll learn about diagnoses, symptoms, and causes as well as why it's so widespread. Adelman is a retired MS licensed professional counselor with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from USM. She was an addictions counselor at Pine Belt Mental Healthcare, an Employee Assistance Counselor at Merit Health Center and South Central Regional Medical Center, and an addiction prevention specialist at DREAM.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Estate Planning: Avoiding Probate - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 7

Facilitator: Bill McLeod

We will discuss the importance of having an estate plan, including a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.  We will also discuss Living Trusts and how to avoid probate, as well as the current gift and estate tax exemption amount, annual gift exclusion amount, and estate tax rates. Bill McLeod, LL.M. (Tax), JD, CPA, practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, business entity formations and business transactions.  Bill is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, and Main Street United Methodist Church where he serves as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee.  Bill is serving on the Board of Directors of the USM Foundation and is past chair of Partners for the Arts.

Enrollment Cap: 20


AARP Safe Driving Course - $16

2:00 PM - Mon. and Tues., March 20 and 21

Facilitator: Eleanor Harris

This class is a great refresher class for senior drivers (50+). Additionally, the class provides updates on the multitude of changes to the vehicles we drive. Eleanor Harris retired from Hattiesburg Public Schools after 47 years of service. She is a certified AARP Instructor and is the District 5 Coordinator for AARP.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Learning to Play…Again - $16

2:30 PM - Tuesdays, March 21 and 28

Facilitator: Elyssa Temple

In this 2-hour interactive lecture/workshop, we will first discuss the virtues, values, and contributions that PLAY has towards personal, mental and psychological development. We will discuss the ways in which it can be used to revitalize society and ourselves. Once we have our intellectual basis covered, we will open up the floor and do a series of activities and forms that will be lightly guided; with the  intention to prompt playfulness, self-discovery and connection through improvisational play. There will be time for noticing and feedback at the end of the course. Elyssa  attended Montreat College in Montreat, NC and majored in Human Services. Elyssa is currently working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher teaching ESL to children and adults in China, online. Elyssa is a certified facilitator in Interplay.

Enrollment Cap: 20




Revolutionary Losers - $20

2:30 PM – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Facilitator: Dennis Cowles

We often tell the story of the American Revolution from the winning side, but many lost out from the American victory. This course will look at the Revolution from the perspective of women, Native Americans, African Americans, and loyalists. How revolutionary was the American Revolution, anyway? Dennis Cowles is a doctoral candidate in early American history at USM, specializing in social and imperial history.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Ancient Egypt - $20

9:30 AM – Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8

Facilitator: Marvin Kendrick

We often consider the building feats of the Egyptian civilization - the pyramids, the sphinx and so on. The culture, writings and teachings that came out of this region have shaped societies and cultures for millennia similarly to those of Mesopotamia. Dr. Kendrick will explore the weight of this influence in human history in comparison with Mesopotamia.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Clash of Wings: Air Warfare in WW II - $20

12:30 PM – Wednesdays, February 22, March 1, 8, and 15

Facilitator: Anthony Rhodes

This is a four part survey of the great air campaigns of World War II. We will cover the fight for aerial supremacy over Western Europe, the little known but decisive Russian front, and the vast aerial war over the Pacific Ocean. Class will discuss tactics and technology, key personalities and the strategy that won the war. Rhodes, a retired Navy pilot and automation engineer, has traveled around the world studying history. Aviation history has been his greatest research area followed by Roman Empire.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Land between the Levees: The Mississippi River Batture - $8

4:30 PM - Thursday, February 9

Facilitator: Boyce Upholt

Alongside the famous Mississippi River is a landscape largely unknown—“the batture," the muddy woods between the levee and the river. It’s the leftovers, half domesticated and half wild, that remain after our centuries-long attempt to wrest the river into control.

This seminar, based on research for an book-in-progress, will examine the history of the batture, and its current uses and inhabitants—from fishermen to scientists to hunters. Boyce Upholt is a journalist and editor, with work published in The Atlantic and The New Republic, among other publications. He is currently working on a book about the Mississippi River with the generous support of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and the Lower Mississippi River Foundation.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Bob Dylan: Borderless Troubadour, Nobel Laureate - $8

12:30 PM - Monday, February 13

Facilitator: Heather Stur

This talk will examine the music of Bob Dylan in its historical context, including its impact throughout the world. It will also focus on Dylan as a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. Dr. Heather Stur is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. She specializes in U.S. foreign relations, the Vietnam War, the global Cold War, and women and war. She is the author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era (Cambridge 2011). In 2013-14, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, where she taught international relations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Saigon.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Early British Architecture - $20

9:30 AM – Wednesdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, and 19

Facilitator: Marvin Kendrick

Come explore British architecture with Marvin Kendrick. When we consider British architecture, we are often drawn to English Gardens of Capability Brown and the structural forms of palaces and royal homes, but there’s much more to explore and from which to learn. 

Enrollment Cap: 20


Trumpet of Prophecy: The Fellowship of Southern Churchmen and Neo-Orthodox Theology - $8

9:30 AM - Wednesday, March 22

Facilitator: Sean Farrell

The Fellowship of Southern Churchmen used neo-orthodox Protestant theology and the influence of theologians like Reinhold Niebuhr to address issues of race, economic justice, and environmentalism in the early to mid-20th century. Sean Farrell is the Director of the Library of Hattiesburg Petal & Forrest County.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Theodore G. Bilbo: The Life and Career of a Mississippi's Rabble-Rouser - $8

2:30 PM - Tuesday, April 4

Facilitator: Jennifer Brannock

Theodore G. Bilbo was a well-known Mississippi governor and United States senator. Even though he was an adopter of New Deal programs that benefitted the state, his views on race relations overshadowed this fact. Special Collections at USM houses his papers. This course will focus on aspects of Bilbo's life and career as seen through the letters, photographs, and legislation found in his archival collection. Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books &

Mississippiana at USM.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Mississippi: Ground Zero for the Movement

$8/session or $20/All 5 sessions

9:30 AM – Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, and 17

Facilitators: Rebecca Tuuri, Kevin Greene, Olivia Moore, Jennifer Brannock & Dick Conville

From Emmett Till’s murder and the subsequent trial that catalyzed the nation and massive operations like Freedom Summer to the localized efforts of small town business owners and activists, Mississippi served as ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This five-week course will focus on Mississippi - the statewide context and Hattiesburg area context - as well as the responses of the white community, both pro and con. Members will also have a chance to look at archives from the movement housed at the university, tour local historical sites, and hear from one of Hattiesburg’s most crucial voices, Ms. Peggy Jean Connor. Members may register for individual sessions or the entire five week course. The sessions are as follows:


Overview of the Movement in Mississippi – Rebecca Tuuri, Monday, March 20

Hattiesburg Movement with Ms. Peggy Jean Connor – Kevin Greene, Monday, March 27

White Responses to the Local Movements – Olivia Moore, Monday, April 3

The Movement’s Archives – Jennifer Brannock, Monday, April 10 (McCain Library)

Local Tour of Historical Sites – Kevin Greene & Dick Conville, Monday, April 17 (Depart from Peck House)


Rebecca Tuuri is an assistant professor of history at USM whose work explores the history of women in the civil rights movement. Kevin Greene is an assistant professor of history and the co-director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Olivia Moore is a graduate student in history at USM studying  the role and response of the white community in efforts toward racial equality. Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana at USM. Dick Conville is a retired professor of communications at USM, avid local historian, and longstanding OLLI member.

Enrollment Cap: 20




Botanicals in Appliqué - $20

2:30 PM - Thursdays

February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and 9

Facilitator: Betty Allen

This is a five-week course in appliqué and quilting techniques featuring beautiful flowers, or other pattern selections. Students will learn basics of making realistic flowers, stems, leaves, etc. The finished product can be either a pillow top or a wall hanging. Supplies needed are minimal. Betty became a serious quilter after she retired in 1996. She is a longtime member of Pinebelt Quilters. She especially enjoys appliqué and has won several ribbons at the Pinebelt Quilters Fiber Arts and Quilt Show for her appliqué projects.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Easy Downsizing: Sell Your Home for the Most $$ Possible. - $8

2:30 PM - Thursday, February 23

Facilitator: Dennis Baum

If you're thinking about "downsizing," NOW is the time to do it. We'll discuss the process as well as the why's and how's. Finally, we'll learn about the nuts and bolts info sellers need in order to obtain the most money possible, in the least amount of time, with as little aggravation as possible. Baum works for the All-Star Team Realtors. Prior to that he worked for 17 years for Keller Williams Realty in Dallas, TX.

Enrollment Cap: 20


How to Build an Herb Box - $13

9:30 AM - Friday, February 24

Facilitator: Paul Cavanaugh

Members will build an herb box, a portable garden 12" x 18" x 6" deep that can be brought into the kitchen from the garden so that you can harvest herbs and other essential vegetables for your meals. You will be using cordless drills, cordless screwdrivers, and pneumatic stapler. Construction will be supervised by Master Gardeners. Safety goggles will be provided but please bring your own work gloves. Cavanaugh is a past president of the Pine Belt Master Gardeners. He is a graduate of the MSU Extension Master Gardener University course.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Turf and Lawn Care - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, March 3

Facilitator: Ross Overstreet

This course will provide a brief overview of general turf/lawn care for lawns in South Mississippi including grass identification, weed management, mowing practices, disease/insect control, etc. Overstreet is Mississippi State Extension Agent for Lamar County in Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is a graduate of Mississippi State in Turf Management and has prior experience as a golf course superintendent.

Enrollment Cap: 20


How to Build a Salad Table - $16

9:30 AM - Monday, March 6

Facilitator: Paul Cavanaugh

Members will build the cypress frame, attach fiberglass screen and hardware cloth to the frame, build table legs, and attach legs to the table. You will be using cordless drills, cordless screwdrivers, and pneumatic stapler. All construction will be supervised by experienced Salad Table builders. Safety goggles will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Statement Pieces: An Interior that Pops - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 21

Facilitator: Kevin Mauseth

We will focus on interior furnishings and decor with an emphasis on how to make your room stand out for the right reasons. Statement pieces and strategic accents can be very helpful if done correctly. This seminar will have tips and trends as well as allow time for a question and answer session to talk about your specific needs. Mauseth is an interior designer focusing on residential design and construction. He has an architectural background and has worked on projects large and small. His project background includes just about every renovation possible.

Enrollment Cap: 25




Exploring Shakespeare - $20

2:30 PM – Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8

Facilitator: Dewey Douglas

An in-depth examination of one or more of William Shakespeare's plays, including the text as well as the events and history surrounding the work. Dewey Douglas has been involved in theatre since 1970, earning a BFA and an MFA in Theatre from The University of Southern Mississippi.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at William Carey University.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Conversational Spanish - $20

12:30 PM – Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and 9

Facilitator: Martha Adams

Want to improve your Spanish? Want to brush up on basic Spanish before you travel abroad? Martha Adams is here to help build your Spanish vocabulary and strengthen your confidence in speaking the language. Adams is a native Spanish speaker, a former educator, and an OLLI member.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Vaulting Ambition: Macbeth and the Legacy and Lunacy of Shakespeare in the Open Air - $8

12:00 PM - Monday, February 27

Facilitator: Miles Doleac

This seminar traces the origins and history of Shakespeare performed outdoors and chronicles some of the more tragic results of open air performance (especially with regard to the legendary Macbeth curse). Miles Doleac, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film and a professor of Classical Studies at USM. He holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an MA from USM and a PhD Tulane. He has studied the history of antiquity all over the world, including at the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Let's Raise a Glass to_____! - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, April 7

Facilitator: Laura Stengrim

Don't be a wedding crasher! Learn how to prepare and deliver an excellent speech at your next anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement celebration, graduation, or any other special occasion. In this fun, interactive workshop, brought to you by the USM Speaking Center, you'll practice giving memorable speeches with confidence. Drawing on the rhetorical tradition, we will discuss approaches as well as how to avoid common pitfalls. Come prepared with an upcoming event in mind! Laura Stengrim is Director of the USM Speaking Center and an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Resolving Conflict: A Win-Win Method - $16

4:30 PM - Wednesdays, April 12 and 19

Facilitator: Piyawan Charoensap

Conflict negotiation involves both one’s head and heart. Oftentimes, emotions often get in the way of effective conflict resolutions. In this interactive workshop, we address how to deal with negative emotions and stimulate positive emotions to facilitate conflict resolutions. The workshop is based on Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro’s (2005) influential core concerns framework which seeks to uncover interests of the negotiation counterparts to bring about cooperative behavior, improved relationships, and mutual gains.

Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at USM. She has done extensive research on conflict management and delivered successful workshops on the Core Concerns Framework, a conflict management strategy focusing on creating positive emotions in negotiation. In addition, her team has extensive experience in communication training and development.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Literary Biography - $8

12:30 PM - Tuesday, April 18

Facilitator: Donna Davis

This seminar will look at literary biographies as a way of learning both about the writers' lives and how those lives influenced their work. Donna Davis is a retired librarian and lifelong reader.

Enrollment Cap: 20




Songs of the Jazz Age - $20

2:30 PM – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Facilitator: Douglas Rust

This class will introduce songs from the heart of the Jazz Age in the USA: their history, their design, their arrangement and the different genres from which they came (from Broadway to Bossa Nova). The class culminates in a live performance on the last day of class. Dr. Rust teaches at the USM School of Music. He has a Ph.D. in music theory and a BA in jazz piano.

Enrollment Cap: 20


History in Song: America’s Folk Music - $16

9:30 AM - Tuesdays, February 7 and 14

Facilitator: Anna Bethea

Trace the history of our great country through the legacy of folk songs. From colonial times and the Revolutionary War, slavery and the Civil War, the gold rush and cowboys, and the folk tunes of recent times, celebrate our country’s history and sing along as we learn about the songs, the times in which they were written, and the patriotic spirit they invoke in us still today! Anna Bethea is a graduate clarinet teaching assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is pursuing the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance degree. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Enrollment Cap: 20


The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 7

Facilitator: Anna Bethea

Celebrate Charles Wesley’s legacy and influence in hymnology. Learn the story behind some of Charles Wesley’s most popular hymns and sing along as we remember one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time.

Enrollment Cap: 20


History of the Military Bands - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 21

Facilitator: Anna Bethea

Come learn about the founding, history, and legacy of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine bands. Join in the discussion about the roles of the premier and field bands, and the differences among bands in the various branches of service. Finally, learn about what you can do to support the future of military bands in our country!

Enrollment Cap: 20


Beethoven's Symphonies - $20

12:30 PM – Wednesdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, and 19

Facilitator: Ed Hafer

From the playful first symphony to the grand "Ode to Joy," Beethoven's symphonies stand as some of the most beloved and familiar works in all of Classical music. This course will consider the life of the composer and the lively historical context that facilitated the creation of these enduring masterworks. Ed Hafer holds a B.A. in music history and literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.M. and Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Illinois. He teaches music history at USM.

Enrollment Cap: 20


How Does it All Come Together??? - $16

2:30 PM - Wednesdays, April 12 and 19

Facilitator: Mark Waymire

Ever wonder how composers and musicians are able to get together and create the music you love? the sounds? the rhythms? the way it feels? These two seminars will take a look at how notes can be put together so that the end result makes us want to come back for more. We will look at many styles of music, from jazz to classical, Broadway to popular. Dr. Waymire is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Southern Miss. He has taught serval courses for OLLI. They reflect his diverse interests in music. Enrollment Cap: 20


The King of Instruments! - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, April 18

Facilitator: Kay Guiles

The pipe organ is an enormous mysterious musical instrument of many sounds and colors.  Participants will hear its history, see inside the chambers, and find out just what are those gizmos and gadgets.  A brief concert will include favorites such as Bach's "Toccata in D Minor" and the Widor "Toccata." Pianists, feel free to bring along a piece of sheet music so that you too can play pipe organ! Kay Guiles was a music instructor at Jones Junior College until her recent retirement and is organist at Main Street United Methodist Church. She has been a FestivalSouth performer and continues to teach organ, perform, accompany, and compose.

Enrollment Cap: 20


FestivalSouth 2017: A Preview - $8

2:30 PM - Tuesday, April 18

Facilitator: Mike Lopinto

The Hattiesburg Concert Association will proudly presently FestivalSouth 2017, June 1-17. This year's lineup will capture the true meaning of the festival by presenting high quality cultural events that are accessible to the Hattiesburg and neighboring communities.  This seminar will present the 2017 festival as well as select performances. Dr. Mike Lopinto’s vision and efforts brought FestivalSouth to existence almost eight years ago.  Since its inception, Mike’s extensive marketing experience and musical education has greatly contributed to its success and growth. In just the past three years, FestivalSouth has doubled in size, broadening the audience reach as well as the community support.

Enrollment Cap: 20




2016: Epic Election or Odd Anomaly? - $16

9:30 AM - Monday and Wednesday, February 13 and 15

Facilitator: Joseph Parker

This seminar will explore the 2016 Presidential election comparing it to other recent elections.  We will look at candidates, strategy, money, and strength of candidates among various demographic groups. Dr. Parker is a retired professor of Political Science at The University of Southern Mississippi.  His specialty is American politics.

Enrollment Cap: 20



Beginning Bridge: PART I - $20

9:30 AM – Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6

Facilitator: Ellen Davies

We will study the basic rules of bridge from the very beginning.  There will be a lecture and handout every day, and we will have plenty of time to play. The course is designed for participants who have never played bridge, as well as those who played years ago and would like to brush up their skills. Davies is a retired teacher and lawyer who learned bridge from her mother. She has taken a number of bridge courses at OLLI and has taught bridge several times.

Enrollment Cap: 12


Mexican Train Dominoes - $20

2:30 PM – Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8

Facilitator: Denise Weeks

We will learn to play a very simple social game of Dominoes. We will be learning how to set up your trains and the different ways to play and win. Denise Weeks is a retired school teacher. After retirement worked with banks, teacher consultants and the Junior Achievement organization.

Enrollment Cap: 20


From Trash to Treasure: Finding Collectible Books at Sales and Auctions. - $8

12:30 PM - Wednesday, February 15

Facilitator: Jerry Shepherd

We will look at what makes a book collectible, how to tell if a book is a first edition, what determines a books value, and how to describe the condition of the book. We will find out where the really good sales are and where to look for the best books. Shepherd’s passion is in visiting yard sales, auctions, and estate sales in search of valuable, rare and collectible books.  He and his wife, Diane own Main Street Books in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Nevermind Stonehenge: Scotland's Stone Age Masterpieces - $8

2:30 PM - Monday, February 20

Facilitator: Kate Greene

This course is an introduction to the World Heritage Sites of Orkney, Scotland (Skara Brae, Masehowe, Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar) as well as the Ness of Brodgar and other neolithic chamber cairns and settlements. These sites are 5000 years old and have provided new information about the neolithic world, including art in domestic and monumental contexts. Greene is a political science professor who has recently visited Orkney to explore the Neolithic monuments and villages there. She has read extensively about Neolithic Orkney.

Enrollment Cap: 20


How Best To Travel in England - $8

9:30 AM - Tuesday, February 21

Facilitator: Eva Wilkie

This seminar will include visual material about England including maps, mileage charts, and suggested routes to assist in future travel. A discussion of navigating local transportation and time for questions will also take place. Born and raised in England, Wilkie moved to Hattiesburg two years ago. She began her career in pharmaceuticals, and after a brief spell in teaching she also worked in investing.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Beginning Bridge: PART II - $20

9:30 AM – Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, and 17

Facilitator: Ellen Davies

This course offers an opportunity to expand on basic bridge knowledge and is for students with previous experience. The participants should have completed at least one bridge course or have played bridge for at least a year. There will be a lecture and handout at every session with plenty of time to play.

Enrollment Cap: 16


Learn Mah Jongg - $20

2:30 PM - Thursdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, and 20

Facilitator: Linda Shemper

Come learn to play Mah Jongg, a fun game of Chinese origin! The game is played with 144 domino-like tiles depicting Chinese characters and symbols. This class is for beginners. Game tiles will be provided and an $8 Game Card is included in the registration cost. Linda Shemper is an active member of OLLI.  She has been playing Mah Jongg since her teenage years.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the game. Enrollment Cap: 16




The Gospels and the Origins of Christianity - $20

9:30 AM – Fridays, February 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10

Facilitator: Amy Slagle

This course is an academically-geared historical and cultural exploration of the New Testament gospels as well as other gospels (such as Thomas, Philip, and Mary), written and circulated by early Christians, that came to be rejected from inclusion in the New Testament canon. A key theme for discussion will include the ways in which the gospels reflect the theological and socio-cultural diversity of early Christianity. Dr. Amy Slagle is an associate professor of religion at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Perspectives on Genesis 1-11 - $20

9:30 AM – Tuesdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Facilitator: Daniel Browning

A look at the creation accounts, flood story, tower at Babel, and other narratives in the early chapters of Genesis. Special attention will be given to the genre of the biblical material, its composition, emphases obscured by translation from the original Hebrew, the cultural and religious setting of its human authors, and the text's meaning for those who received it. Daniel C Browning, Jr. is a former Professor of Religion and History at William Carey. His specialty is Biblical Archaeology and he has taught several OLLI classes in the past. His recent research activities include megalithic tombs called dolmens in Jordan and graphic evidence for possible pagan-Jewish syncretism in ancient Cilicia.

Enrollment Cap: 20


A Will for Grace: The Theology and Politics of an Outlaw Preacher - $20

12:30 PM - Thursdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, and 20

Facilitator: Brett Harris

Campbell is known for his contributions during the Civil Rights Movement. Known for his wit and humor, Campbell offered his voice and action to those fighting for equality. We will look at essays, letters, and excerpts from books including Brother to a Dragonfly, Forty Acres and a Goat, and Providence and view portions of interviews with Campbell.  We will consider the political implications of Campbell’s theology both in his time and ours. Brett Harris is the Director of OLLI. He studied religion and theology at Wake Forest and Emory Universities.

Enrollment Cap: 10




Sacrifici di una Madre: Excavating a Faux Crime Scene - $16

2:30 PM - Wednesdays, February 15 and 22

Facilitator: Marie Danforth

Several members of a small Italian village went missing during World War I. Authorities think they may have found their remains in a small meadow area and are needing assistance. First we’ll learn about proper recovery of remains and determination of the biological profile. Then we’ll get to excavate the purported crime scene. Marie Danforth is a Professor of Anthropology, specializing in the bioarchaeology (study of human remains in archaeological settings).

Enrollment Cap: 15


Dodging Raindrops and Tornadoes: Surviving South Mississippi Weather - $8

4:30 PM - Wednesday, February 15

Facilitator: Nick Lilja

We will take a look at south Mississippi weather, what causes it to be so volatile, where it is the worst, how to be prepared, and why understanding all the weather maps is so important. Plus we'll look at cool storm videos, too! Nick Lilja is a meteorologist at WDAM and has been forecasting the weather on TV for five years. He was a storm chaser for a few years, too. He loves getting out in the community to chat with people about the weather and what makes it so interesting in south

Mississippi. Enrollment Cap: 20


Unwrapping Your Psychic Gift - $34

9:30 AM and 1:00 PM - Friday, February 17

Facilitator: Duann Kier

Do you have a psychic gift? Does everyone? How can you most easily develop your psychic ability? How do you use your psychic ability in the most moral and ethical way? Participants will complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (cost included in price) for this two-part seminar. Duann is a professional psychic, hypnotist, author and humorist from Florence, Mississippi.

Enrollment Cap: 15


A Little Genetics Before Lunch - $8

9:30 AM - Monday, February 20

Facilitator: Aleta Sullivan

Come join as we discuss a small part of the huge amount of genetic knowledge available to us.  We will talk chromosomes, disorders, and coping.  We will discuss the DNA testing like 23andme, ancestry.com, and programs on genealogy. Aleta is a retired science educator who still likes to share her knowledge.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Supernatural vs. Paranormal - $8

12:30 PM - Wednesday, March 8

Facilitator: Connie Rainey

We will be learning the differences between the two subjects and how science might prove their possible existence. Connie is a retired nurse and an active paranormal researcher. She has been a researcher for seven years with over a hundred investigations under her belt.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Catch More Fish with Science - $25 Member/$35 Non-Member

6:00 PM - Thursday, March 23

Facilitator: USM Gulf Coast Research Lab

Marine scientists from Gulf Cost Research Laboratory and local professional fishing guides are teaming up to teach you about the habits, habitats and movements of Speckled Trout and Redfish. Discover how to recognize where these fish live and why they're there. A local guest chef will prepare dishes using these fish.

Open to the public.

Enrollment Cap: 100


Spring Wildflowers - $8

9:30 AM - Monday, April 3

Facilitator: Mac Alford

Participants will take a walk and learn about common spring wildflowers and their natural history. Methods of identification as well as uses in gardens and for wildlife will be discussed. Alford is Associate Professor of Biology at USM. His research focuses on plants of the tropics and the southeastern United States.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Attention, Memory, and Aging - $16

9:30 AM - Tuesdays, April 4 and 11

Facilitator: Mark Huff

This course provides a seminar of attention and memory functions and how these processes change in healthy aging with some discussion of changes that occur with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. We’ll examine potential ways in which these processes can be maintained or improved (i.e., mnemonics, cognitive training programs, etc.). Huff is an assistant professor of Psychology at USM. He is particularly interested in how attention and memory processes change as a function of age and how these functions can be preserved in older adulthood.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Conservation at Home and Abroad - $8

9:30 AM - Monday, April 17

Facilitators: Grover Brown and Chris Pellecchia

While most people have heard of the term "conservation biology," it often seems nebulous. This seminar aims to address the term both in its application as well as the science behind it - ecology, natural history, population size, genetic health, and habitat management. Brown and Pellecchia are both Ph.D. students in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at USM. Both have extensive experience in international conservation and fieldwork, specifically with reptile species, in the Caribbean, the Americas, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Enrollment Cap: 20




Macintosh Sierra Part 1 - $20

2:30 PM – Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6

Facilitator: Ralph Bisland

This course is essentially Apple Macintosh 101 and beyond. This course will encompass the basics of the latest incantation of the Apple Macintosh OS. Sierra’s new features include the integration of Siri, Apple Pay, continuity, iCloud, and windowing. This course is apropos for new Mac users, intermediate users, and experienced users. Please bring your Mac laptop or desktop to class. Course prerequisite: Basic knowledge of any type computer. Ralph Bisland entered the computing field in 1965. He retired from university teaching after 37 years of service. His specialty areas were Software Engineering, Database Management Systems, and the Internet.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Introduction to Microsoft Office - $20

12:30 PM – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Facilitator: Gabrielle Chamoun

Learn the basics of using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Gabrielle Chamoun is a senior Therapeutic Recreation major at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is interested in helping people pursue their interest in technology, and spends her summer breaks teaching older individuals how to use computer programs in one-on-one tutoring sessions.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Basic Microsoft Word - $8

9:30 AM - Friday, February 10

Facilitator: Tamara Wright

This course will cover basic features of Microsoft Word. It will include formatting texts, inserting clip-art, and  configuring the page's layout. No experience with Microsoft Suite is required. Members are allowed to bring their personal laptops to class. Tamara is a well decorated scholar and a catalyst for change in her community. Tamara is pursuing a BS in Recreational Therapy with a concentration in Occupational Therapy at USM. She has been a member of the OLLI staff since 2014.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Code Breaking: Past and Present - $8

2:30 PM - Wednesday, February 22

Facilitator: Ralph Bisland

Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. We will discuss simple substitution encryption used by Julius Caesar to send messages to his generals. The Enigma and Lorenz engines used by the Germans to encrypt messages in WWII will be described. We will also study public key and private key algorithms used to transmit financial transactions over the Internet.

Enrollment Cap: 20


Basic Power Point - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, February 24

Facilitator: Tamara Wright

This course will cover the basic features of Microsoft Word PowerPoint. Those features include but are not limited to: inserting pictures, ClipArt, creating and editing animations, transitions and images, as well as covering the formatting options on each tab. No prior experience in Microsoft Word is needed to participate.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Facebook and Social Media: Connect with Family and Friends - $8

4:30 PM - Tuesday, February 28

Facilitator: Dave Davies

This short course will help you get the most out of Facebook and social media to keep up with friends and family. Dr. Davies is director of the School of Mass Communication & Journalism at Southern Miss, where he teaches courses on social media and writing.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Macintosh Sierra: Part II - $20

2:30 PM – Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, and 17

Facilitator: Ralph Bisland

This course is essentially Macintosh 102, a continuation of Part I. Please bring your Mac laptop or desktop to class (if you have one). Basic knowledge of any type computer and the completion of Part 1 of this course would be very helpful.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Let's Go! - Introduction to Social Media - $20

12:30 PM – Tuesdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Facilitator: Gabrielle Chamoun

This course will cover the basics of creating accounts for and using various social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Enrollment Cap: 15


Figuring Out Facebook - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, March 31

Facilitator: Tamara Wright

This course will go over security and notifications settings as well as other basic features of Facebook, such as how to search and add friends, make posts, and add photos. No prior knowledge of the social media site is needed. All participants must have their current login information if they are Facebook users. If you would like to create a Facebook page, members must have an email account.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Using PowerPoint to Create Flyers - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, April 14

Facilitator: Tamara Wright

Members will learn how to utilize basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint to create flyers and advertisements. All members are free to bring in their own ideas for a flyer. No previous experience necessary.

Enrollment Cap: 10




Speaking Your Life in Poems - $8

12:30 PM - Friday, February 17

Facilitator: Angela Ball

This course will be a workshop in distilling life experience into poems. The goal is an increased awareness of how language can recreate experience using only a few words. Examples will be drawn from Emily Dickinson and Anna Akhmatova. It will be helpful if each student brings a brief paragraph of material that she or he would like to make into a poem. Ball is the author of five poetry collections, including the Museum of the Revolution: 58 Exhibits, Possession, Quartet and Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds (winner of the Donald Hall Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs). She is a professor of English at USM.

Enrollment Cap: 12


Journalistic Inquiry

9:30 AM - Tuesday, February 28

Facilitator: Lici Beveridge

Have you ever wondered how journalists know exactly the right questions to ask or why they chose to ask the questions they did? In this seminar we’ll learn how to conduct a thorough interview from the perspective of a journalist. Learn how to ask the right questions and find the information you want to know. Lici Beveridge is a longtime journalist with the Hattiesburg American. Lici brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of journalism, from writing and editing to photography and videography.

Enrollment Cap: 10


Writing What You Don’t Know About What You Know

12:30 PM - Monday, April 17

Facilitator: Anne Sanow

Living in Saudi Arabia for two years provided Dr. Sanow with experience she used to write a book of stories—a process that took years and many false starts to turn into successful fiction. In this talk she’ll provide insight into how she used facts to spark imagination, and discuss some of the challenges inherent in writing about a very different culture. She will also share some tips on how you might take your own experiences and write about them.  Sanow is a visiting professor of creative writing at USM. Her story collection Triple Time won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction.

Enrollment Cap: 20