Digital Photography: Post-Processing - $25

Five-week Class by Tim Orsi

Mondays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16 at 9:30am

Peck House

This will be an overview of Adobe's Lightroom for organizing and enhancing digital images. Although Lightroom can easily be used for the entire process, we will also review the use of Adobe's Photoshop for certain applications. Lastly, we will review a few other useful programs such as those in Google's Nik Collection. Tim Orsi is a retired geology/geophysics/ oceanography professional who has an interest in fine art and photography. He recently exhibited his fine art pieces at OLLI's Art Gallery and he has interest in developing a similar exhibit of his photography.


SmartPhone Photography - $25

Five-week Class by Betty Press

Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Many people now take photos with their phone but many of us do not know how to use all the available features to take better photos. We will practice in class and take some photo walks to explore these features. Along the way we will talk about lighting, composition, and other photographic principles. We will also discuss some of the post processing apps such as Snapseed and Instagram where we can share our photos. This course is best for people who have an iPhone 5 to 7Plus, and is also of interest to Android users. Betty Press was formerly a photography instructor at USM. She has published several books, exhibits regularly, and is represented locally at Oddfellows Gallery. Find her online at bettypress.com and on Instagram by following @bettypress.


Beginning Drawing - $25

Five-week Class by Marty Broadus

Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 at 9:30am

Peck House

This is a beginning drawing class for those who would like to learn the basics of drawing objects, shapes and shading techniques. You'll learn about perspective and how to enlarge. You’ll need to acquire the following supplies: #2 pencil, mechanical pencil (optional), eraser, colored pencils, Sharpie with two tips (fine & medium), small drawing pad, 10-12 sheets copy paper. Marty is a retired art and drama teacher and is a secretary for the South MS Art Association. In 2011, she assisted her daughter, Lola, in starting the Painting with a Twist studio.


Advanced Drawing and Painting: Part I- $25

Five-week Class by Marty Broadus

Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 at 9:30am

Peck House

In this course, you will build on previous skills in drawing and watercolor. The same supplies listed for beginning classes will be needed. 


Beginning Watercolor - $25

Five-week Class by Marty Broadus

Thursdays, Mar. 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 19 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Learn watercolor basics, color theory, tricks and techniques, wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry.

You’ll need to acquire the following supplies:

watercolors, brushes (different sizes, small - large), watercolor paper (9x12 or so), painter's tape, resist medium (crayons, pastels and/or masking fluid).


Advanced Drawing and Painting: Part II - $25

Five-week Class by Marty Broadus

Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 at 9:30am

Peck House

In this course, you will build on previous skills in drawing and watercolor. The same supplies listed for beginning classes will be needed.


Ka Pottery Demonstration - $35

Seminar by Claudia Cartee

Wednesday, February 7 at 2:30pm

Off-site: Cartee Pottery, Seminary, MS

Come enjoy a wonderful pottery demonstration led by Claudia Cartee of Ka Pottery. Cartee has 45 years experience as a professional artist and potter. She owns a studio and gallery near the town of Seminary.

Ka Pottery Studio and Gallery - 506 Shirley Sanford Rd, Seminary, MS 39479.




Happy Kitchen! - $30

Five-week Class by Laura Foote

Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 at 11:30am

Peck House

Come have fun and be a part of an intimate setting where we will upgrade your favorite recipes from snacks to desserts and all between. You'll do your homework in your own kitchen and have hands-on help in the classroom. Let's see what we can do over a five-week period to make meals that not only inspire you but improve your health. Class size will be limited to 10 to ensure personal interaction. Laura Foote is a self-taught illustrator who found her way from crayons to the kitchen when her life was detoured by Lyme Disease. She radically altered her diet using food as one of her main healing tools.


Crescent City at Home - $45

Seminar by Julie Hall

Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30am

Off-site – Kitchen Table

The Luncheon course will be held at The Kitchen Table where a cooking demonstration will include:

Pecan Crusted Trout with Creole Meinere Sauce with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Oven Roasted Aspargus. Dessert:  Mixed Berrry Crumble with Warm Vanilla Custard. Printed recipes included with luncheon. Julie Hall is a Culinary Instructor at The Kitchen Table.  Originally from the Jackson area, Julie has extensive experience with restaurants in Hattiesburg and Jackson including Nicks, The Purple Parrot, and Jody's Bakery.




Birthday Cards by You - $20

Seminar by Karen LeBeau

Thursday, February 15 at 12:30pm

Peck House

You will be making Birthday Cards -  2 each out of at least 4 designs. Kits will have almost all the necessary parts pre-cut to make for easy assembly.  Other necessary tools and supplies will be provided. All you have to do is come and have a fun time making cards to send to your friends. Karen LeBeau's first love is fabric and creating clothing.  She also enjoys knitting and many other types of crafts. She recently spent a week in France doing various kinds of stitching and dyeing and another week with an English expert designer making a modified Chanel jacket.


Just Meshing Around - $20

Seminar by Michelle Freeman

Friday, March 23 at 2:30pm - Peck House

In this class we’ll work with mesh fabrics and ribbon to create unique and fun crafts of varying designs. We’ll create accent pieces for enjoyment and decoration. Michelle Freeman she spends her spare time making and creating things out of mesh fabrics.


Your Best Colors! - $10

Seminar by Catherine Nowicki

Wednesday, February 21 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Discover a whole new way of looking at clothing selection. Nowicki’s concepts will help you make the right choices at the store. If you haven't organized your closet for a while or find yourself unsure how to shop, join her for 2 hours of fun! Catherine Nowicki has her own company - Color You - and works out of her studio in Laurel.


Looking Your Best! - $10

Seminar by Catherine Nowicki

Wednesday, February 28 at 12:30pm - Peck House

This is a follow-up seminar to Your Best Colors! We will determine your style through color, line and personality and then use items students bring to swap/give away! Please bring up to three articles of accessories and/or tops (clean and current in style) that you no longer want!




Tai Chi Easy for Self-Care - $25 per term

Exercise Class by Susan Nodurft

Mondays and Wednesdays

February 5 through March 7 at 9:15am

March 19 through April 18 at 9:15am

Peck House

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 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 at The Yoga Room.


Tai Chi Short Form: 24 Movements) - $25 per term

Exercise Class by Susan Nodurft

Mondays and Wednesdays

February 5 through March 7 at 10:30am

March 19 through April 18 at 10:30am

Peck House

This is an intermediate class for students who have previously taken Tai Chi. This class will expand their knowledge of the poses and practice.


Tai Chi 64 Movements - $25 for both terms

Exercise Class by Susan Nodurft

Fridays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 at 9:15am

Fridays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 at 9:15am

This “long form” course consists of a sequence of 64 movements intended for practitioners who would like to advance their practice beyond further.


Nia Dance - $25 per term

Exercise Class by Josh Berthelot

Mondays and Wednesdays

February 5 through March 7 at 1:00pm

March 19 through April 18 at 1:00pm

Nia Dance is a fun, self-healing activity that combines music with different movements which can be adapted to one's ability level. Nia combines choreographed movement and free dance for a fun workout. Come dance! Josh Berthelot is a certified brown belt Nia instructor with nine years experience.


Yoga for Strength & Flexibility - $25

Exercise Class by Michele Ferguson

Mondays and Wednesdays

February 5 through March 7 at 11:45am

March 19 through April 18 at 11:45am

Peck House

This yoga class is perfect for beginner students and 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, a 500-hour registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, has practiced yoga since 2004. She places emphasis on body alignment & movement. Classes are designed to bring awareness to these aspects while creating body strength & flexibility.


Yoga Flow - $25

Exercise Class by Michele Ferguson

Tuesdays and Thursdays

February 6 through March 8 at 9:15am

March 20 through April 19 at 9:15am

Peck House

This class is for students who have practiced yoga previously and are ready to move to the next level. It will consist of a series of sun salutations and standing poses followed by a cool down stand with seated pines and supine poses.


Yoga for Strength & Flexibility - $25 per term

Exercise Class by Michele Ferguson

Tuesdays and Thursdays

February 6 through March 8 at 10:30am

March 20 through April 19 at 10:30am

Peck House

This yoga class is perfect for beginner yoga students and 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.


Zumba Gold - $25 per term

Exercise Class by Sylvia Kolakowski

Tuesdays and Thursdays

February 6 through March 8 at 11:45am

March 20 through April 19 at 11:45am

Peck House

Zumba Gold incorporates Latin and modern dance moves with simple cardio exercises and provides a great cardio workout. Sylvia teaches Zumba at several locations throughout the Hattiesburg area.


Restorative Yoga - $25 for both terms

Exercise Class by Michele Ferguson

Fridays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 at 10:30am

Fridays, March 23, 30, April 7, 14, 21 at 10:30am

Peck House

Students will practice deep relaxation through the use of props, deep breathing, and meditation. The entire class is conducted in different reclining poses designed to allow the body to completely relax while focusing on the movement of the breath.


Fitness for Wellness & Injury Prevention - $40

Five-week class by Anita Davis

Mondays and Wednesdays

March 21, through April 18 at 3:00pm

Peck House

Live well? Live healthy? Exercise! This exercise program for adults over 50 aims to assist individuals seeking to maintain and improve flexibility and core stabilization, to increase strength, and to correct muscle imbalances that lead to injury. Classes include basic balance training and low-level reactive training, along with cardiovascular training through a prescriptive walking program that is individualized for each participant. Anita Davis is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Fitness Trainer with a specialization in senior fitness, and additional certification by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as a trainer for the Arthritis Foundation’s “Walk with Ease” program.


Brain Aerobics

Six-Week Class by Susie Jones

Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7 at 12:30pm

Peck House

This class will demonstrate different ways to "work-out" our brains! This class will be taught in six sessions. Each session will focus on our different senses and how they are important for memory and brain health. We will learn exercises & tips for keeping our brain fit & sharp. Susie Jones is a Recreation Specialist for the City of Hattiesburg's Parks & Recreation Department. She graduated from USM and has worked with special populations and senior citizens in several states.




Why Are There So Many Weeds? - $10

Seminar by Matthew Thornton

Monday, February 12 at 9:30am

Peck House

Every honest homeowner will tell you that there are weeds in their lawn or flowerbed. Often times there seems to be one for every season. In this course we will discuss why weeds occur, a year round approach to lawn management, and the whys and whens to fertilizing. This course will focus on centipede lawns, but the information is just as applicable to Bermudagrass and St. Augustine. Additionally, we will discuss some seasonal issues in the Hattiesburg area. Matthew Thornton is an Extension Agent with Mississippi State University Extension Service.


Building a Salad Table - $10

Seminar by Paul Cavanaugh

Tuesday, February 13 at 10:30am

Peck House

Students will build handicap accessible salad tables under the supervision of Master Gardeners who have built more than 600 tables. All tools, materials, hearing and eye protection will be provided.  We ask that students bring their own work gloves. One of the salad tables will be donated to a student in a random drawing.


Building and Using Herb Boxes - $10

Seminar by Paul Cavanaugh

Tuesday, March 6 at 10:30am

Peck House

Herb boxes are miniature gardens which are ideal for growing all types of herbs. These boxes can be taken from the garden into the kitchen so that you are always using the freshest herbs and other spices in your recipes. All tools, materials, hearing and eye protection will be provided to build an herb box. Three boxes will be donated to students in a random drawing. Paul Cavanaugh is a home gardener.  He is past president, vice president, and treasurer of the Pine Belt Master Gardeners and member since 2012.  He chairs PBMG's salad table project.



Kitchen and Bath Design

Seminar by Susan Rogers

Tuesday, April 5 at 9:30am

Peck House

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most used rooms in a home. Is your space meeting your needs or as functional as it could be? Please join us to learn the most current trends and tips for planning kitchen and bathroom spaces. Susan Rogers is an Interior Designer at Anderson Design Center, specializing currently in their Cabinetry Department.




Scams and Theft: What to Know and Do - $10

Seminar by DeCarlo Hood

Thursday, March 8 at 12:30pm

Peck House

The Forrest County District Attorney’s Office has prepared an informative presentation about what you need to know and do about scams and theft.  This presentation covers common scams and auto or residential burglaries. Don’t be a victim! Join three attorneys from the District Attorney’s office for a full discussion. DeCarlo Hood is the Sr. Assistant District Attorney for the Forrest/Perry County District Attorney's Office. He has been a criminal prosecutor for 15 years.


Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention - $10

Seminar by Lt. Edward Murray

Wednesday, February 21 at 9:30am

Peck House

This session will give participants vital information on how to protect themselves against identity theft and identify attempted scams and fraud against senior citizens. Lt. Murray is the Public Affairs Officer for the Hattiesburg Police Department with experience and expertise in presenting on identity theft and fraud prevention.




Five Wishes - $10

Seminar by Nanci Youngblood

Wednesday, February 7 at 12:30pm

Peck House

This seminar is a presentation and group discussion of a document, Five Wishes, that deals with physical, personal, and emotional issues that are unique to our experience in later years. The accompanying booklet aids in expressing our personal wishes and communicating them with loved ones. Nanci is a wife, mother of two, and "Nana" of three. She is aware of the importance of open family communication and has seen Five Wishes stimulate family conversation in a non-threatening and open way in her family.


Hearing Loss and Aging: What to Know - $10

Seminar by Kimberly Ward

Monday, February 19 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Hearing loss occurs in 1 out of 3 adults aged 65-74 years and more than half of those individuals 75 years of age or older. Unfortunately, hearing loss is often left untreated which may lead to social, emotional, and cognitive decline. This session will discuss the occurrence and causes of hearing loss and the different types of hearing loss. Social, emotional, and cognitive effects of untreated hearing loss will also be discussed. Different treatment options for hearing loss in adults will be discussed as well. Kimberly Ward is an Assistant Professor and Audiologist at USM.


Laser Cataract Surgery: What to Know - $10

Seminar by David Richardson

Friday, March 2 at 12:30pm
Peck House

In this seminar, we’ll discuss laser cataract surgery risks and benefits in detail and save time for your questions about the procedure. Dr. David Richardson is an Ophthalmologist at Hattiesburg Eye Clinic since 1986. His practice includes Laser Cataract and Glaucoma surgery, Lasik surgery, Glaucoma Management, and Diabetic Retinopathy.


Discussing Illness and Death with Children - $10

Seminar by Rick Boyte

Tuesday, March 20 at 2:30pm

Peck House

The topic of serious illness, especially if the possibility of death is involved, is naturally very difficult to discuss with children. Unfortunately, many children will face serious illness in a loved one or themselves. This course will provide suggested approaches to discussion based on collected advice of experts in child development and the instructor's personal experience as a pediatrician and parent. Dr. Boyte is a physician in Forrest General Hospital’s Palliative and Supportive Care unit. Previously, he was a professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with specialties in critical care and palliative care.


The End of Alzheimer's - $10

Seminar by Sandra Bender

Wednesday, March 21 at 9:30am

Peck House

Based on the book, The End of Alzheimer's by Dale E. Bredesen, this seminar considers Dr. Bredesen’s treatment of Alzheimer's disease by identifying familiar medical conditions in the body and correcting them. Factors increasing the risk of Alzheimer's disease include inflammation, high blood sugar, genetics, and toxin exposure. Bredesen describes methods for correcting every risk factor. Participants will get more out of the class if they have read the book prior to class. Sandra Bender is a retired nurse and psychologist. She practiced psychology for 39 years and has studied naturopathic treatment of cancer.


Understanding Hospice

Seminar by Jennifer Keyes

Thursday, March 29 at 2:30pm

Peck House

We’ll clarify the meaning of hospice, how it affects the patient and family members, and answer any questions on hospice myths and the importance of hospice volunteers. Jennifer Keyes is the hospice volunteer coordinator for Asbury Hospice House and Forrest General Hospice.




Vietnam: At War and In Peace - $10

Seminar by John Pendergrass

Tuesday, February 6 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Racing Back to Vietnam: A Journey in War and Peace, Pendergrass’s most recent book, tells the story of the author's year as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the Vietnam War and his return 45 years later for a month-long tour of the country. John Pendergrass is an eye surgeon, decorated Vietnam veteran, and six-time Ironman triathlon competitor. A native Mississippian and graduate of Delta State and the University of Mississippi, he has practiced ophthalmology in Hattiesburg for over 40 years.


OLLI Through the Years: Stories and Memories of a Life-Changing Idea – FREE

Seminar by Sue Pace

Friday, February 9 at 10:00am

Peck House

Have you ever wondered how OLLI came to be? In this seminar, you will learn the origins of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) and how it came to be the OLLI you know today. You’ll hear interesting and humorous stories about the early “movers and shakers.” Sue Pace is the founder of ILR and OLLI at Southern Miss. She holds a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Oklahoma State University. She served as Director of Continuing Education at three universities and as Director of St. Catherine’s Retirement Village in Jackson.


Betty Ford: Taking a Stand for Others - $10

Seminar by Ellie Forsyth

Monday, February 12 at 4:30pm

Peck House

Come explore how Betty Ford used her position as First Lady to take a stand for others: fighting breast cancer, taking a stand for the Equal Rights Amendment, and taking a stand against addictions. Ford spoke out about highly controversial issues of her day and shed light on personal issues facing women. Ellie Forsyth, a student at Sacred Heart High School, is a two-time state champion of exhibits for the National History Day competition at USM.


Five Cookbooks that Changed How We Eat - $10

Seminar by Andrew Haley

Wednesday, February 14 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Five cookbooks shaped how we eat in this country. This seminar explores key moments in American culinary history through these cookbooks. Over the course of two hours we will explore the rise of a national cuisine, the incorporation of culinary innovations from around the world, and the emergence of celebrity chefs. The course spans over 200 years of history and eating in the United States, and will surprise even the most seasoned chef. Andrew Haley is a cultural historian at Southern Miss who studies food. His first book, Turning the Tables, won a James Beard Award in 2012. He is currently working on a project that explores local and national culture through the foods that Mississippians ate.


The Italian Renaissance - $25 per term

Five-week Classes by Marvin Kendrick

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7

Wednesdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Peck House

The first term will cover the early Italian Renaissance including the recovery of Roman antiquity, various art forms and expressions of the period, the Medici School, and the literature of the day. The second term will cover the later Renaissance including greats like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. We will also cover the science, philosophy, and mathematics that shaped the period. Dr. Kendrick holds a degree from Harvard Divinity School and an MFA from Yale University. He has also taught art history in the Art and Design Department at USM.


Lunch and Local History - $30

Field Trip by Dean Smith

Monday, February 26 at 12:30pm

Off-site – Meador Homestead

Lunch with an oral history of the cabins and grounds of Meador Homestead. Dean will prepare a southern luncheon with soup, main course, dessert and drink. Dean Meador is a fifth generation Meador. She owns and operates Meador Bed and Breakfest in town. She will prepare a southern lunch and give an oral history of the Meador Homestead.


Mississippi's Mighty Trail Blazer: Evelyn Gandy's Life in Politics and Beyond - $10

Seminar by Jennifer Johnson

Thursday, March 8 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Evelyn Gandy, the first female state-wide elected official, first female Insurance Commissioner, and first female Lt. Governor, was a trailblazer. This seminar will outline her political and professional accomplishments with a glimpse into the people and events in her personal life that were part of her enormous and unprecedented success. Jennifer Ingram Johnson currently practices law in Hattiesburg. She has been involved in politics from an early age, and was fortunate to be mentored by her former law partner, former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy. She has a special interest in women's roles in government, politics and the community.


History of Hawaii - $25

Five-week Class by Dennis Cowles

Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, and 17

Peck House

Join us for a discussion of the history of Hawaii! The course will cover the geological origins of the islands, Polynesian colonization and European discovery, the kingdom of Hawaii, and the American era through statehood. Dennis Cowles is a doctoral candidate in USM's History Department, where he specializes in colonial American history.


Preserving Our Historical Treasures - $10

Seminar by Jennifer Brannock

Tuesday, March 27 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Librarians and archivists strive to preserve and make materials accessible to researchers. These efforts, however, are not limited to professionals. Many people have family correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, bibles, and other items that document family or local history. This talk will focus on ways to preserve these materials, so that they are available for future generations. Feel free to come to the class with questions and items that you'd like preserved for discussion. Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana in Special Collections at USM. She has a BA in Art History and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky. She has experience in preservation and has spent time in a conservation lab repairing old books.


Treasure Hunting for Old Books - $10

Seminar by Jerry Shepherd

Wednesday, March 28 at 12:30pm

Peck House

If you love good ol’ books this is a class for you. What makes a book rare and valuable? How do you determine the value of a book? Participants are invited to bring a book or two from home that we can look at, admire, appreciate, and appraise. You just might have gold sitting on your bookshelf. Jerry Shepherd and his wife, Diane, own and operate Main Street Books in Downtown Hattiesburg. Jerry loves books. He enjoys cruising yard sales and estate sales in search of rare, collectible and valuable books. He is an accomplished bibliophile!



Introductory American Sign Language (ASL) - $25

Five-week Class by Amber Williams

Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 at


Peck House

Students will learn about the 3-dimensional aspects of ASL (body language, facial expression, use of space, etc.), grammar, and structural features. Basic sign vocabulary, fingerspelling, and numbers will be introduced and practiced.  Elements of Deaf culture will be introduced/explored. Amber Williams learned sign language at an early age. During her time at USM, she performed with "A Show of Hands Sign Coir" before graduating with a BA in Deaf Education in 2005. In 2009, she earned a Masters in Mild/Moderate Disabilities from William Carey. She teaches 6-8 grade Special Needs English Language Arts at Oak Grove Middle School. 


Introductory ASL, Cont’d. - $25

Five-week Class by Amber Williams

Thursdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 at 4:00pm

Peck House

Students will learn about the 3-dimensional aspects of ASL (body language, facial expression, use of space, etc.), grammar, and structural features. Basic sign vocabulary, fingerspelling, and numbers will be introduced and practiced.  Elements of Deaf culture will be introduced/explored.


Intermediate American Sign Language (ASL) - $25

Five-week Class by Jerry Buisson

Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Mar. 6 at 4:00pm

Peck House

Students will continue learning the structure of ASL as well as vocabulary.  Skills in fingerspelling, numbers, and signing will be expanded.  Class time will be used for instruction, practice, and for learning about aspects of Deaf culture.


Intermediate American Sign Language, Cont’d. - $25

Five-week Class by Jerry Buisson

Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 at 4:00pm

Peck House

Students will continue learning the structure of ASL as well as vocabulary.  Skills in fingerspelling, numbers, and signing will be expanded.  Class time will be used for instruction, practice, and for learning about aspects of Deaf culture.




Wagner’s Ring

Five-week Class by Ed Hafer

Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7 at 12:30pm

Peck House

This course will examine the music and cultural context surrounding Wagner’s four opera Ring Cycle. Ed Hafer holds a PhD iin Historical Musicology from the University of Illinois. He teaches Music History at USM.


What is Music? - $10

Seminar by Richard Kravchak

Monday, April 2 at 2:30pm

Peck House

This talk will include a discussion of what qualifies as music, what place music has in our lives, and what the future may hold for music. The class will include lecture, live performance, and recorded examples. Dr. Richard Kravchak has performed as an oboe soloist around the world. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. He is Director of the School of Music at USM.


Historic Laurel's Music and Legends! - $35

Field Trip by Kay Guiles

Friday, April 6 at 9:00am


This tour will introduce you to the historic area of Laurel, rich in culture and beauty. The morning will begin in the sanctuary of the historic First-Trinity Presbyterian Church with a brief organ recital by Kay Guiles, followed by a trip through the organ chambers and building. We will continue the morning with a walk through the neighborhood as we look in on the First United Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and the Lauren Rogers Museum. A guide will introduce you to the beautiful area. Afterwards we’ll have lunch in historic downtown Laurel, followed by a visit to the Lauren Rogers Museum. Kay Guiles is organist of Hattiesburg's Main Street United Methodist Church and a retired instructor of music at Jones County Junior College.


VINYL: Everything Old Is New Again - $10

Seminar by Mik Davis

Monday, April 9 at 12:30pm

Peck House

We will discuss the merits of vinyl records, their foundations and discovery as well as their return from being declared a dead format in 1988. Mik is the Record Store Manager of T-Bones Records and Cafe where he regularly supervises all activities and purchases the music, books and more for that facet of the store. In addition, he has a BSBA in American Studies where he specialized in film and music. Davis has also worked as a producer and engineer.


FestivalSouth Preview – FREE

Seminar by Mike Lopinto

Thursday, April 19 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Mike Lopinto is back again this Spring to give OLLI members a preview of what’s ahead this Summer at FestivalSouth. It promises to be another incredible summer of music, film, and artistic expression. Come join Mike for this free afternoon which will include a sneak peek of the summer performances. Dr. Mike Lopinto is the PR/Marketing Coordinator for the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Under his professional leadership, Lopinto has brought a high level of recognition to the arts programs at the University, as well as the state of Mississippi. 




What Happened to Good Government?

Seminar by Bill Crawford

Monday, February 5 at 9:30am

Peck House

This seminar will offer candid perspectives, reflecting attendee interests, on Mississippi government's historic ability to foster distress, disappointment, dysfunction, distrust, and discombobulation rather than discourse and distinction. What is good government? According to Thomas Jefferson, it is, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction.” Bill Crawford draws on his unique blend of government, civic, business, education and political experience to explain and examine issues of interest in his weekly newspaper column.


Global Responses to Human Trafficking - $10

Seminar by Dora Harbin

Thursday, February 8 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Human Trafficking is second largest and fastest growing crime in the world today.  There are an extimated 20.9 million victims globally.  Approximately 1.8 million teens have been affected by human trafficking in the United States. We’ll look broadly at human trafficking, consider indicators of trafficking, and look at the effects on victims and how you can help. Dora Harbin served in Brazil for 30 years working in public health with street children and AIDS awareness. Since 2011, she has worked to raise awareness and assist victims.


Migration: Who, Why, and How it Matters - $10

Seminar by Bob Press

Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30am

Peck House

More people are migrating globally now than at almost any time in history. We will examine the issue broadly, focusing on an often over-looked aspect: mass African migration to Europe, their stories and what they tell us about who they are and why Europe needs them and other migrants. Bob Press teaches human rights and related political science issues at USM. His most recent research is on the journey and human rights abuses of Africans in Italy/Europe.


Objective Journalism: Does it Exist? - $10

Seminar by Loren Colemna, Cheryl Jenkins, and Chris Campbell

Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00pm

Peck House

Come hear Drs. Coleman, Jenkins, and Campbell offer their perspective of the impacts and influence of bias in journalism today as we consider the rise of social media as a news outlet and the varying ways events and issues are covered in the modern media. Coleman, Jenkins, and Campbell are professors in Mass Communications and Journalism at USM.


The Evolution of the Modern Presidency - $25

Five-week Class by Joseph Parker

Mondays, March, 19, 26, April, 2, 9, 16 at 9:30am

Peck House

Article II of the U.S. Constitution gives the President vague powers.  Most 18th and 19th century presidents used those powers sparingly.  In the 20th and 21th centuries, presidential powers have expanded dramatically.  This class will explore the growth of those powers. Joe Parker is a retired professor of Political Science at USM. One of his favorite courses to teach was the U.S. Presidency.  He continues to have a keen interest in that topic.


Justice Reform: Drug Courts Then and Now- $10

Seminar by Hon. Bob Helfrich

Tuesday, March 20 at 2:30pm

Peck House

We will discuss the Drug-DUI-Veterans Court, the program requirements of each, and the importance of Drug Courts to criminal justice reform. The Honorable Bob Helfrich is a Coast Guard veteran with an undergraduate degree from George Mason University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He has served as an assistant public defender, an assistant district attorney, and Circuit Court Judge since 2002.


Second Chance Mississippi - $10

Seminar by Zach and Dickie Scruggs

Monday, March 26 at 9:30am

Peck House

Second Chance Mississippi is all about giving adults who dropped out of school a second chance to earn a high school diploma and a skill certification. We will bring representatives from PRCC and adult students we sponsored to discuss challenges in going back to school. The Scruggs are both former attorneys who spent time in prison for judicial bribery. They will talk about their experiences in prison that led them to start this foundation whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for adult education and skill training in Mississippi.


Media Literacy - $15

Two-part Seminar by Torie Fowler

Wednesday, March 21 and 28 at 12:30pm

Peck House

The first part will take a deep dive into how you can become a more conscious consumer of media. The second part will be how you can teach others to be media literate. The course will cover various forms of media, including movies, music, television, and social. We will cover how to access, analyze, and evaluate media for ourselves and for those around us. While certainly not required, this course will be particularly interesting for those with children or grands. Torie Fowler is the manager of donor engagement and stewardship at The USM Foundation. She has a BA in communication from Mississippi State University, a MA in public relations from Ball State University and is pursuing a doctorate in mass communication at Southern Miss.


Cultural Perspectives in Film and Television

Five-week Class by LaToysha Brown & Brett Harris

Mondays, Feb. 12, 26, March 19, April 2, 16

Peck House

In the five-week course spread over the entire semester, we’ll look at episodes, clips, and possibly shorter documentaries that provide insight into our own cultural perspectives and those of others. We’ll consider how these media both hinder and expand our perspectives, play into and dissect stereotypes, and how learning to watch film and television differently can impact our interactions with those around us. LaToysha Brown is a senior sociology major at USM. Brett Harris is the director of OLLI.


Law School 101: Knowledge is Power - $10

Seminar by Jennifer Johnson

Thursday, April 19 at 12:30pm

Peck House

This course will give an overview of relevant laws, legal proceedings, and legal procedures available to all Mississippi citizens. Legal issues can be daunting and overwhelming, but they don't have to be. We will review topics regarding estate planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, etc.), healthcare issues (Living Wills, Confidentiality), conservatorships for mentally and/or physically impaired adults, guardianships for minors, what to do if you are injured while driving, while working, or any other time, what to do if you cause injury to another and face legal action, how to select an appropriate attorney for your specific needs, and your rights and responsibilities in the attorney/client relationship.  Come be empowered by going to Law School 101!





Supervised Bridge - $25

Five-week Class by Ellen Davies

Mondays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course offers participants an opportunity to play bridge with an instructor available to answer questions and make suggestions.  Participants should have played bridge for about a year or have completed two sets of bridge courses. Ellen Davies is a retired teacher and lawyer who was taught bridge by her mother many years ago.  She has taught a number of bridge courses at OLLI.


Line Dancing - $25

Five-week Class by Joni Guthrie

Fridays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 at 11:45am

Peck House

Line dance for beginners. You will have fun with the simple footwork and the casual style of line dancing. This style of dance gives everyone a chance to dance. There is no age barrier and no partner necessary. Joni Guthrie has been a country line dance instructor for 20 years at The Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine (IWSM), The Claiborne, OLLI Quest fitness, and offers private lessons as well.


Bridge Practices and Strategies Review: Part 2 - $25

Five-week Class by Ellen Davies

Thursdays, Feb. 8 15, 22, March 1, 8, 29 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course is part two of a class taught in the summer of 2017.  We will study the more unusual bids and strategies of bridge.  Completion of part 1 of this course is a prerequisite.


Mexican Train Dominoes - $30

Five-week Class by Denise Weeks

Mondays, March, 19, 26, April, 2, 9, and 16 at 9:30am

Peck House

Participants will learn the rules of the game and how to set up a train to play. Denise Weeks is a retired teacher and has taught many people this game. Some have shared and enjoyed quality time with their family. Some have formed groups to play with weekly. Come and learn the game and if you already know how we will have some tables for just play.


Downtown is Hoppin’ - $10

Seminar by Andrea Saffle

Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm

Peck House

I love Downtown, and you should too! Come hear about everything that’s bringinig life to our local downtown, how we got here, and where Hattiesburg is headed. Andrea Saffle is the executive director of the Hattiesburg Downtown Association. She is responsible for the economic revitalization of downtown through efforts of economic development, historic preservation, and promotion.


Craft Your Own Hattiesburg Adventure - $10

Field Trip by Marlo Dorsey

Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30am


Hattiesburg is filled with great museums, galleries, and tourism attractions. In 2016, Hattiesburg was Mississippi's third most visited city, hosting more than 1.8 million visitors. Let's take  a day exploring Hattiesburg through the eyes of a visitor by stopping at Hattiesburg Zoo, African American Military History Museum, The Visitors Center, OddFellows Gallery, Town Square Park and a few area hotels. 

Signage, maps, and community guides are vital to our visitors’ experience. Each group member will have a packet to enjoy a day as a visitor. Lunch is included in the field trip. Marlo Dorsey is the Executive Director of Visit Hattiesburg, where she leads Hattiesburg's tourism efforts promoting the community as a visitor destination for business and leisure travel.



From Writing to Translation: A History of the

Biblical Text - $25

Five-Week Class by Dan Browning

Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course reveals how the biblical text came to be in the form one reads today. We'll begin with the invention of writing, the alphabet, and how the Hebrew and Greek languages affected the original biblical text. We’ll explore how the words were preserved and passed forward from antiquity, how certain books came into scripture, and look at some "lost books" that did not make the cut. Alternate versions and differences between the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Old Testaments and the Hebrew Bible will be explained. We'll investigate textual variants of the New Testament and how all these things show up in various modern translations. Daniel C Browning, Jr. was Professor of Religion and History for 26 years and has taught several OLLI classes in the past. His specialty is Biblical Archaeology and his research includes megalithic tombs, Dead Sea Scrolls, and entrances to Hades.


Is the World Ending?: A Study of Revelation - $25

Five-Week Class by Dan Browning

Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course will review the historical background and writing of The Revelation (Apocalypse) of John, its literary genre, various approaches to analyzing the book, and their popularity in Christian history. A survey of the contents of Revelation will focus on specific interpretations of important passages.


The Novels of Will Campbell - $25

Five-week Class by Brett Harris

Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 at 12:30pm

Peck House

Known more for his quick wit and reflections on his work in the South both in and beyond the church, Campbell also penned three novels - The Glad River, The Convention, and Cecilia's Sin. Each covers a different topic including small town life, the politics of religion, and the Anabaptist movement. This course will be discussion-based like a book club and participants are strongly encouraged to acquire copies of the books if possible. Brett Harris is the Director of OLLI and has taught several prior courses on Will Campbell, a maverick minister from South Mississippi whose papers are housed at USM.


Interpreting Your Dreams - $15

Two-part Seminar by Duann Kier

Friday, February 16, 9:30-11:30am and 1:00-3:00pm

Peck House

A number of questions come to mind when we think about our dreams: How can you remember your dreams? How do you begin interpreting a dream? What are dream symbols? What is lucid dreaming? Can you know when you're in a dream? Come learn about how to better intrepret what happens in your mind after you close your eyes. Duann Kier is a professional psychic, hypnotist, author and humorist from Florence, Mississippi. (www.DuannKier.com)


Islam: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Five-week Class by Jalil Buti

Thursdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 at 9:30am

Peck House

This seminar will provide an inside view of Islam as it pertains to the daily lives of practitioners of the faith. We will consider the basic beliefs of Islam, how they manifest themselves in individual lives in our local context, and consider the relationship and conversation between Islam and Christianity. Jalil Buti is a practicing Muslim, longtime resident of Hattiesburg, and a local entrepreneur.



Human Genetics: The Easy Way! - $25

Five-week Class by Aleta Sullivan

Mondays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5 at 9:30am

Peck House

Using hands-on activities and manipulatives, Aleta will help OLLI students get a better grasp on the topic of human genetics. She will start with the basic cell processes and guide students to understand inheritance. Aleta was a biology teacher her entire career. She loves to use active learning experiences to help her students understand concepts.


Our Dueling Brains - $10

Seminar by Valerie Loeschen

Monday, March 19 at 12:30pm

Peck House

To quote Arthur Koestler: "The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars; it is in the crocodile and horse in our skulls.” This seminar will look at our competing brains using real life struggles experienced by people of all ages, from young ones to us. We’ll consider case studies seen in therapy. Valerie Loeschen, LCSW, operates Patterns Counseling Service.


The Fungus Among Us! - $35

Friday, March 23 at 9:00am

Off-site – Shroomdom, Poplarville

Shroodom is a field-to-forest mushroom and open farm in Poplarville with 14 wild edible mushrooms, 4 medicinal mushrooms, and an in-house lab. The staff picks from the forest floor and the organic garden and cooks what we have gathered! They also serve seasonal fresh food! Prepare for an outdoor adventure – bring boots, mosquito spray, and water. 


Let's Go! I'll Pack an Alpaca! - $35 (Lunch on own)

Friday, April 6 at 9:00am

Off-site – A-Stroka Gene-Us Alpaca Farm, Stringer

Alpacas? In Mississippi? Visit the A-Stroka Gene Us Alpaca Farm in Stringer, Mississippi, where we will learn about this gentle, fleece-bearing member of the camelid family. The owners will give us a tour, and teach us to make felted soap to take home. We will stop at Dean's Smokehouse for lunch.



A Day at the Musuems! (Lunch on Own)

$50 Members/$60 Non-Members

Thursday, February 1 at 8:00am

Off-site – Musuem Tour in Jackson, MS

With two new museums now open in Jackson celebrating Mississippi’s vibrant and important history, let’s take a tour. There’s also a great installation at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Picturing Mississippi, displaying art from across Mississippi’s two hundred years. Stops may also be made at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Muslim Culture. Visit one or visit all – the bus will drop-off and pick up throughout the day so you can go in depth at one museum or hit ‘em all.


An American in Paris (Lunch on Own)

$115 Members/$125 Non-Members

Saturday, February 3 at 8:30am

Saenger Theatre, New Orleans

Come enjoy a wonderful Off Broadway performance of the classic play about struggling artists and the difficulties of falling in love at the beautfiul Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. We’ll have lunch at Two Jacks in New Orleans and you’ll be dropped off at the door of the theatre for the afternoon matinee.


Space Camp!

Members: $380/$450 (Double/Single)

Non-Members: $430/$500 (Double/Single)

Thursday, April 26 through Friday, April 27

University of Alabama-Huntsville

Leave gravity behind! Come learn what it’s like to be an astronaut! This fun, overnight excursion includes at tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center, dinner at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Biergarten on Thursday night, the Space Camp Experience on Friday, and one night’s lodging at the Huntsville Marriott. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. You won’t want to miss out!




Intro to Apple Computers - Part 1 - $25

Five-week Class by Ralph Bisland

Mondays, Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Apple 101: This course is a basic introduction to how to use an Apple computer, either a desktop or a laptop. It will cover the basics computer’s operating system. The more operating systems features you learn to use, the more “things” you can do with your computer. The course will encompass the basics of the latest incantation of the Apple Mac operating system – macOS 10.13, called High Sierra. This course is apropos for both beginners and experienced Mac users. If you have one please bring your laptop or desktop to class. Ralph Bisland entered the computing field in 1965 and taught computer science at the univesity level for 37 years.


Intro to Apple Computers - Part 2 - $25

Five-week Class by Ralph Bisland

Mondays, March, 19, 26, April, 2, 9, 16 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Apple 102: This course is essentially a continuation of Part 1 of the course taught in Term 1 of this semester. The course begins with where Part 1 terminated. Please bring your Mac laptop or desktop to class (if you have one.) Course prerequisite: The completion of Part 1 of this course would be very helpful.


Introduction to the PC (Windows system)

Five-week Class by Ashley Davis

Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course is for beginners who wish to learn about the PC and what it can do. We will cover basic concepts including start up, programs, Internet, sending and receiving email and photos. We'll also cover other functions as time permits. Please bring your laptop (or PC, if you wish) to class. We will have a few laptops available for class use for those without. Ashley Davis is a senior at USM pursuing a degree in Polymer Science. She is an accomplished PC coach and has taught Microsoft at OLLI.


Survey of Artificial Inteligence - $10

Seminar by Ralph Bisland

Wednesday, February 14 at 2:30pm

Peck House

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field of study in Computer Science consisting of robotics, expert systems, natural language processing, and more recently, virtual reality. We will discuss what these technologies are, and what that they are being used for today and what they could be used for in the future.


Twitter’s Influence on Sports

Seminar by Chris Croft

Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00pm

Peck House

Twitter has changed how we follow not only the games, but the athletes who play them at every level. This course will enable attendees to learn how to use Twitter, follow breaking sports news, and engage in sports communication. Chris Croft is a former college basketball coach and currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the USM. Chris has been actively involved in social media professionally and personally in sports.


Online Safety - $15

Two-part Seminar by Bob Wilson

Wednesdays, March 21 and 28 at 4:30pm

Peck House

We'll talk about the techniques cyber criminals use, and how to protect yourself from them. Bob is the Technology Security Officer for the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and excitement of information security with as many people as he can.


Introduction to the iPad - $10

Seminar by Ashley Davis

Thursday, March 22 at 9:30am

Peck House

This course is for beginners. The course will cover an overview of what the iPad can do and basic applications such as sending and receiving emails and photos, downloading music, photos and more. Please bring your iPad and your questions!




Up the Publishing Odds - $15

Two-part Seminar by Virginia McGee Butler

Tuesday, March 27 and April 3 at 2:30pm

Peck House

In the first session, examine and enjoy the concept of Thema Magazine, analyzing the wide variety of published writings. The goal of the second session is to produce a writing sample worthy of submission, using calls for topics and examples from the previous examination. Virginia McGee Butler, retired teacher and working writer, has been published in Thema five times with and additional article scheduled for summer 2018.


Secrets to Using Create Space to Self-Publish - $15

Two-part Seminar by Dallas Gorbett

Thursdays, April 5 and 12 at 2:30pm

Peck House

CreateSpace is a very user friendly platform for easily and economically publishing - in any quantity - that collection of stories, remembrances, or poems you've written. Think of this seminar as a means of getting your toe into the publishing waters and arriving at the "beach" with the necessary supplies. If you have a laptop, bring it - sort of like using your own swimsuit. Dallas Gorbett is an OLLI member and has become involved in writing groups within the community. As a result he has now published three books with CreateSpace. He has learned some steps and tricks that make using this publishing service easier and wants to share the knowledge.