Hattiesburg

  

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

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Arts – Visual

Watercolor - $25 per term

Term I – Mondays, February 11 – March 18

Term II – Mondays, March 25 – April 22

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Five Week Class by Marty Broadus

Learn watercolor basics, color theory, tricks, and techniques, wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry. Marty is a retired art and drama teacher and is Secretary of the South Mississippi Art Association.

  • Supply List:  watercolors; round watercolor brushes (assorted sizes, S - L); watercolor paper (9 X 12 or so); painter's tape, resist medium such as crayons, pastels and/or masking fluid.

 

Beginning Drawing - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19

Term II – Tuesdays, March 26 – April 23

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Five Week Class by Marty Broadus

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. In Term II, you will build on what you know and what you've learned in Term I. 

  • Supply List: #2 pencil; mechanical pencil (optional); eraser; colored pencils; Sharpie with two tips (fine and medium); small drawing pad; 10-12 sheets copy paper.

 

Intermediate Drawing - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19

Term II – Tuesdays, March 26 – April 23

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Five Week Class by Marty Broadus

This course will pick up with the skills you learned in Beginning Drawing. 

  • Supply List: #2 pencil; mechanical pencil (optional); eraser; colored pencils; Sharpie with two tips (fine and medium); small drawing pad; 10-12 sheets copy paper.

 

Calligraphy - $40

Thursdays, February 28 and March 7

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Two-Part Seminar by Susan Graham

Whether you've been doing art at home for years, or never picked up a pen, this class will be fun at all skill levels! We will learn the basics of hand lettering, using dipped ink and a calligraphy Oblique Pen Holder. Supplies included are: workbook with practice pages, Oblique Pen Holder, nib, and one (1) ink well with black ink. All supplies are included in tuition. Water will be provided to students, and snacks are allowed. Susan works at Forrest General Healthcare Foundation and has a lifelong passion for art. She is the owner of Susan Graham Art and specializes in invitations and gifts using calligraphy.

 

Glass and Resin - $30

Friday, April 5

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Off-site – Bristles Art Studio, 16 Office Park Drive, Hattiesburg

Seminar by Lissa Ortego

Come create a beautiful, contemporary, abstract art piece using paint, glass bits, and finish with an epoxy resin. Fee includes all necessary supplies. Lissa is an alumna of USM and owner of Bristles Art Studio, where she teaches art to children and adults. She has twice been voted Best Artist in Best of the Pine Belt.

 

The Muses of Midcentury Manhattan: Guggenheim, Pollock and the New York School Poets - $10

Friday, April 12

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Monika Gehlawat and Catherine Parker Edmonson

This seminar will focus on the art scene in midcentury Manhattan, where painters and poets rubbed shoulders at the Cedar Bar and gallery openings as well as the art patrons who supported their work. Specifically, we will consider the relationship between heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim and the famous, and famously destructive, American painter Jackson Pollock. This class will consider another riveting relationship between two male artists and an influential female art patron. We will read Frank O'Hara's ekphrastic poems about paintings, study Pollock's radically abstract "drip" paintings, and come to know the eccentric visionary Peggy Guggenheim who was at the center of the European expatriate coterie in postwar New York. Dr. Gehlawat is a professor in USM’s English Department where she teaches courses on contemporary literature and art. Before earning her PhD at UC Berkeley, she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum in Chicago. Catherine Parker Edmonson teaches art history at USM. After a decade in New York City in the auction world, she now runs Seven Hills Art Consulting. The art market’s charming inefficacies and expatriate life are at the core of her novel-in-progress.

Photographing with your Phone - $25

Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Class by Betty Press

Many people now take photos with their phone but often do not know how to use all the available features to enhance photos. We will practice in class and, if wanted, take a photo walk to explore these features. Along the way we will talk about composition, lighting 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 will be best for people who have an iPhone 5 or later model. It would also be of interest to Android users. Betty, a former photography instructor in the USM Art Department, has published several books, exhibits regularly and is a member of the Women’s Art Collective and South Mississippi Art Association.

                       Painting with a Limited Palette - $25                         

Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Five Week Class by Dana Stratton

This will be a watercolor class designed for intermediate and advanced students.  We will explore the great variety of results that can be achieved with only two or three colors.  Students will be expected to bring their own supplies and reference materials. Dana is a retired art and art history teacher who has taught at OLLI since 2000.

  • Supply List: watercolors, watercolor paper (half-sheets preferred), and a variety of brushes.

 

Arts – Performing Arts

 

Introduction to Playwriting - $25

Mondays, February 11 – March 11

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Board Room

Five Week Class by Dewey Douglas

This course will include methods used for play formatting, tips on plot structure and character development, and ways to create believable dialogue. Dewey is currently an assistant professor of theatre at William Carey University and has a career spanning 45 years and 400 theatrical productions.

 

Staged Reading - $15

Mondays, April 1 and 8

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Peck House – Board Room

Two-Part Seminar by Dewey Douglas

Join a staged reading of material written for the performing arts and performed by members of OLLI.

 

Arts – Music

 

                 Intermediate Piano - $15 per term                  

Term I – Mondays, February 11 – March 18

Term II – Mondays, March 25 – April 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Yu Lei

*Book available for purchase in the OLLI office - $15

This class is for students who have previous piano experience and are ready to move to the next level. You will 1) continue to build your skills (in reading, theory, and playing), 2) play an ever-expanding variety of tunes, 3) listen and share your favorite music, 4) discover new and fun ways to experience music. Yu holds a Master of Fine Arts in piano and a performance diploma in piano from the Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacevicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland. She is currently a doctoral student in piano performance at USM. 

 

Latin Jazz - $25

Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Annex

Five Week Class by Dr. Douglas Rust

This class will explore how jazz artists appropriated traditional popular music from Cuba (such as son, descarga, cha-cha, and mambo) and Brazil (such as bossa nova, samba, and partido alto) into combo and big band arrangements for an American audience. The class will provide a history of the music and its artists, introduce dance and cultural movements associated with this music and mix in some description of how the music is composed and arranged. Five lecture-format classes and two optional field trips (February 20 and March 8) are involved. Dr. Rust serves as Associate Director for the School of Music at USM, where he has taught since 2007. His research interests include twentieth-century concert music and jazz.

 

Beginning Piano - $25 per term

Term I – Wednesdays and Fridays, February 13 – March 22

Term II – Wednesdays and Fridays, March 27 – April 26 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Yu Lei

*Book available for purchase in the OLLI office- $15

This piano class is perfect for beginners or anyone wanting a refresher. Learn the joy of music making at the piano in a relaxed, supportive, small group environment. You will: 1) learn basic skills to get you started, 2) play familiar tunes, 3) listen and share your favorite music, 4) discover new and fun ways to experience music.

 

The Sacred Music of J. S. Bach - $25

Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Ed Hafer

"If Beethoven is a prodigy of man, Bach is a miracle of God." - Gioachino Rossini
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) spent much of his life in the service of the Lutheran church. His sacred music reflects the tenets of his faith in sometimes subtle, sometimes spectacular ways. This course will examine selected works in their historical and cultural contexts. Dr. Hafer teaches music history at USM and has led summer study-abroad trips to Vienna for the past ten years.

 

USM Jazz Band Rehearsal - No Charge

Term I - Thursday, February 28

Term II – Tuesday, April 16

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Off-site - Marsh HallFine Arts Building Room 105

Seminar by Larry Panella

This is a Jazz Lab Band 1 rehearsal session open to OLLI members.

 

Arts – Dance

 

Swing Dance - $15

Thursdays, February 14 – March 21

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Off-site – Anatomies, 120 98 Place Blvd., Hattiesburg  

Five Week Class by Kelly Vuyovich

In this class, you will learn fun swing moves to dazzle on the dance floor! Learn the Rhumba to work your hips and legs and, of course, the waltz for beauty and elegance. Kelly is a professional ballroom and Latin dance instructor, coach, judge, and choreographer. He has a non-profit dance organization that works with special needs children and senior citizens.

 

Line Dancing - $15

Fridays, February 15 – March 22

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Annex

Five Week Class by Joni Guthrie

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 has been a country line dance instructor for 20 years. She is currently teaching for the Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine and The Claiborne retirement community.

 

Health and Fitness - Exercise

 

Tai Chi Easy - $25 per term

Term I – Mondays and Wednesdays, February 11 – March 20

Term II - Mondays and Wednesdays, March 25 – April 24

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by 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, and balance and has an array of health benefits. Susan is a retired biology teacher. She 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.

 

Pilates - $25 per term

Term I – Mondays and Wednesdays, February 11 – March 20

Term II - Mondays and Wednesdays, March 25 – April 24 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Valerie Webber

Pilates will feature standing, kneeling and traditional mat-based exercises. This class uses small movements to improve flexibility, increase muscular strength and endurance, and enhance balance and coordination. Additionally, the course will focus on breathing, developing a strong core, and promoting postural alignment. Valerie is a fitness professional with a passion for serving active older adults, children, and special populations such as disabled clients, pregnant women and bariatric patients. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise, Athletics and Fitness Association of America, as well as licensed to teach Zumba and Silver Sneakers.

 

Zumba Gold - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 12 – March 21

Term II - Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – April 25

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Sylvia Kolakowski 

Zumba Gold involves Latin and modern dance moves incorporated with simple cardio exercises.Sylvia is a current Zumba instructor at Temple Baptist Church.

 

Tai Chi 24 Movements - $25 per term

Term I – Mondays and Wednesdays, February 12 – March 20

Term II - Mondays and Wednesdays, March 25 – April 24

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Susan Nodurft

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

 

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 12 – March 21

Term II - Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – April 25

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by 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 is a 500-hour registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been practicing yoga since 2004. She teaches Hatha yoga and places emphasis on body alignment and movement.

 

Yoga Flow - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 12 – March 21

Term II - Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – April 25

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Michele Ferguson

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

 

Strength and Tone - $25 per term

Term I – Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 12 – March 21

Term II - Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – April 25

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Peck House - Annex

Five Week Class by Valerie Webber

This class will offer full body exercise of all major muscle groups. The focus is on increasing strength and flexibility. The class includes warm up, main activities, cool down, and final stretch and relaxation. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. Light weights and bands will be incorporated in the class, but equipment usage is optional.

 

Restorative Yoga - $25 

Wednesdays, February 13 – April 24

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Peck House - Annex

Ten Week Class by Michele Ferguson

In this class, 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 breath in and out of the body.

 

Tai Chi 64 Movements - $25 

Fridays, February 15 through April 26

Term I - 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Term II - 10:30 am – 11:30 am * 

Peck House - Annex

Ten Week Class by Susan Nodurft

This Tai Chi “long form” consists of a sequence of 64 movements and is intended for practitioners who would like to advance their practice beyond the introductory “Tai Chi Easy” (5 movements) and intermediate “Tai Chi Short Form” (24 movements) courses.

*Please note the time change for Term II.

 

Nia Dance - $25 

Fridays, February 15 – April 26

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Peck House - Annex

Ten Week Class by Dr. Josh Berthelot 

Set to music, Nia Dance gets you moving in non-impactful and healthy ways. Nia Dance is a total body (physical, mental, and emotional) workout. The movements are creative, fun, and adaptable to your ability level. Benefits of doing Nia Dance include increased strength, endurance, balance, flexibility, and body awareness. Come take your shoes off or leave them on if you want and experience the fun you can have doing Nia Dance. Dr. Berthelot has taught Nia for a decade and is a brown belt level teacher. He recently received his EdD in Education Research and Administration.

 

Health and Fitness – Health

 

Service, Therapy, and Support Animals - $10

Thursday, February 21

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House - Annex

Seminar by Alison Patrolia

This seminar will teach you the differences in service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. Alison is a certified veterinary technician who serves as training director of Hub City Service Dogs.

 

Naturopathic Medicine and the Therapeutic Order: A Way to Live - $10

Monday, March 25

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Computer Lab

Seminar by Dr. Kirby Thompson

Have you wondered about naturopathic medicine and the differences between that and what may be currently available in your health network? Dr. Thompson will show you a new horizon in health care that you can start at home. Dr. Thompson earned a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences, a master’s degree in oriental medicine, and a Bachelor of Science at Carson Newman College after which she taught chemistry and biology.

 

Optimizing the Use of the Hospice Team - $10

Thursday, March 28

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Rebecca Pardue

In this seminar, students will learn to understand the importance of hospice in the health care realm.  You will also learn the components of a Perfect Interdisciplinary Team that cares for the terminally ill, and the roles of the team and importance of each. Rebecca is a Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse and has practiced in hospice care since 2000.

 

Healthy Aging through Dance - $10

Friday, April 12

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Annex

Seminar by Dr. Michael Forster

Want to age physically and mentally strong and have a lot of fun doing it?  A building body of scientific research shows that social (partner) dancing is perhaps the single best thing you can do to stay healthy and enjoy an overall sense of well-being.  This session will summarize key research findings, and demonstrate basic steps in a number of popular social dances, including Waltz, Rumba, and Swing. Willing participants will have a chance to learn and practice steps and to hear about social dance opportunities in the Hattiesburg area. Dr. Forster is a professor of social work at USM and vice president of the USA Dance Hattiesburg Chapter.

 

Acupuncture - $10

Monday, April 15

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Dr. Kirby Thompson

Acupuncture is a tradition of healing that is thousands of years old. You'll be educated and entertained by the interactive presentation of how this healing art can help with your health. 

 

My Smile and Me - $10

Monday, April 15

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Peck House – Board Room

Seminar by Abimbola Oladayo

This seminar will center on the oral health awareness and education of the elderly as this population is of particular interest in dentistry. The class will be interactive with live demonstrations of oral hygiene techniques and well-detailed illustrations on oral health care. It will also involve the identification of what the mouth looks like in health and disease, the common causes of oral diseases and their prevention, and the maintenance of optimal oral health as the aging process progresses. Abimbola is a licensed dentist in her home country of Nigeria. She is pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Public Health at USM. 

Health and Fitness – Sports/Games

 

Basketball 101 - $10

Monday, February 11

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Computer Lab

Seminar by Dr. Chris Croft

March Madness is almost here! Basketball, that is. This seminar will teach you the basics of basketball, so you can better understand what's going on while watching a game. You'll learn about the rules, scoring, strategies, and what's happening on the court. Come and have some fun learning about this fast-paced game. Dr. Croft coached college basketball for over 20 years and is currently a visiting assistant professor of sport management in the College of Business at USM.


Humanities – History

 

Archaic Greece - $25

Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Board Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Marvin Kendrick

The Heroic Age of Greece, Troy, Thebes, Mycenae, Tiryns, Knossos, and the Palace Cultures are encapsulated in Homer's Epics of Achilles and Odysseus. Archaeological and literary sources from Hittite archives, contemporary with the age, including the recently deciphered and translated Phaistos Disk, will be considered. Dr. Kendrick holds degrees from Yale University, Harvard University, and has taught art history in the Art and Design Department at USM.

 

Westward Ho! The Making of the United States - $10

Wednesday, February 13

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Computer Lab

Seminar by Jim Dryden

Maps, historical timelines, and stories of exploration will be used to discuss how various treaties and other land acquisitions were used to make the land boundaries the US has today.  From the original colonies, state cessions, the Louisiana Purchase, Western expansions, and, finally, the Alaska Purchase, everyone will have an opportunity to understand how we became who we are - the United States. Jim is a retired land manager from the Bureau of Land Management. He has worked as an archaeologist and geologist in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Virginia. 

 

Find the Missing: USM and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency - $10

Friday, February 15

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Jeremy Maxwell

This seminar will highlight the program that USM is working on in conjunction with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency(DPAA). Dr. Maxwell is a DPAA Postdoctoral Fellow and will discuss the number of unaccounted service personnel from WWII forward and highlight the historical and archaeological research that takes place to locate and account for these individuals. 

 

Anna, the Mississippi Girl - $10

Wednesday, February 20

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dorothy Marsh

Experience the life of the woman from Jasper County, Mississippi, who became the first missionary to India.  Follow Anna, a mixed-race woman born in the beginning of post-abolition America and whose life was dedicated to education and her faith. This woman of courage and determination, too white to be black and too black to be white, accomplished what others could not with so little. Follow her from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the mission fields of India. Find out what connection she has with the movie The Free State of Jones. Dorothy Marsh is a retired businesswoman and a published author. 

 

Growing Up Chinese in the Mississippi Delta - $10

Tuesday, March 26

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Sherman Hong

Come learn why and how Chinese came to the Mississippi Delta and the economic and societal influences on the Chinese families. Dr. Hong is a retired professor of music (emeritus), former professional musician, band judge, drum corps adjudicator, and writer for national publications. He is currently conductor for the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band. 

 

Preserving Historical Documents, Books, and Artifacts - $10

Wednesday, April 3

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Jennifer Brannock

In archives, librarians and archivists strive to preserve and make materials accessible to researchers. This is not limited to archives. Many people have family correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, bibles, and other items that document family or local history. This seminar 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 would like preserved. Jennifer is Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at USM. She has a BA in art history and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky.

Humanities – Religion and Spirituality

 

A New Christianity in a New World - $25

Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19 

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Course by Clint Gill

The study for these fine sessions grows out of John Shelby Spong's latest book, Biblical Literalism, a Gentile Heresy. This study covers the original meaning behind the Gospel of Matthew with profound implication for how we look at Jesus and follow him today. According to Peter Francis, the study is liberating for those looking for a rational authentic faith that honors its Biblical roots and is an essential building block in the search for a new Christianity in a new world.  Clint Gill is a retired United Methodist Pastor and has been in the active ministry for more than 50 years.

 

The Novels of Will Campbell - $25

Thursdays, February 14 – March 21

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Course by Brett Harris

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 RiverThe 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 is Co-Pastor of University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

 

The Apostle Paul: The Man, His Missions, and the Origins of Christianity - $25

Fridays, February 15 – March 22

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Course by Dr. Amy Slagle

This course explores the life and teachings of the Apostle Paul and his role in the development of early Christianity. Special attention will be paid to the fundamental Jewishness of Paul as well as the role apocalypticism played in his understanding of Jesus. This course emphasizes the historical and cultural contexts for Paul and his missions rather than a faith perspective. Dr. Slagle is an associate professor of religion at the USM.

 

Life Path Numerology - $15

Friday, February 22

9:30 am – 11:30 am and

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Two-Part Seminar by Duann Kier

What can your birth date tell you about your life path? What will transform your life challenges into major opportunities? What are your identifiable channels for growth toward your spiritual calling? Join us for this seminar that uses the basics of numerology to discover how the date of your birth can give you major insights into your personal life path. Duann is a professional psychic, hypnotist, author, and humorist from Florence, Mississippi. 

 

Evolution and Christianity - $25

Mondays,March 25 – April 22

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Course by Dr. Mac Alford

This course will introduce the participant to the conflict between evolution and Christianity, particularly to reasons that have been amplified by poor understanding of philosophy, science, and Biblical hermeneutics (textual interpretation). We will begin with a broad overview of epistemology (how we know what we know) and different philosophical approaches. We will then focus on the approaches of science and several forms of Christianity, mainly Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, mainstream and evangelical Protestantism. After reviewing the scientific evidence for an old Earth, relatedness of living beings, and evolution, we will consider the creation stories (and related themes based on creation) of the Bible, their context, and interpretation. Areas of conflict will be identified, and we will try to resolve those conflicts. As a course guide, we will work through Ken Miller's book Finding Darwin's God, and participants may bring a copy of the Bible

 

Humanities – Politics and Government

 

 

Lottery Benefits to Mississippi - $10

Monday, March 4

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Sen. Juan Barnett

Join us in this seminar to hear the senator speak on the proposed lottery and its effects on the citizens of Mississippi. Senator Barnett is the former Mayor of Heidelberg, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and serves as Vice President of the CWA Local 3509.

 

Protections from Persecution: An Overview of Asylum Law - $10

Friday, March 29

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Amelia McGowan

From the migrant caravan to "zero-tolerance" policies, asylum law has dominated the news in recent months.  But how does it work in practice?  Who is eligible for asylum, and how does one seek it? What types of asylum claims are common among asylum-seekers in Mississippi?  We'll explore these questions and more in this seminar. Amelia is an immigration attorney with eight years of experience focusing on asylum representation for immigrants fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Voter Suppression - $10

Wednesday, April 10

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Johnny Dupree

Join this seminar to discuss the ever-decreasing percentage of people of color who vote and the reasons why. Dr. Dupree served as mayor of Hattiesburg for 16 years and was a 2011 Democratic candidate for governor of Mississippi. He holds a BS and MS in political science from the USM and a PhD in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

 

Humanities – Women’s Studies

 

Boys Will Be Boys?  - $10

Friday, April 5

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Katie James

Social movements in 2018 bring light to mass shootings and sexual assault. Some people frame these problems in terms of access to guns and mental health. This seminar will add to these explanations by exploring how a culture of toxic masculinity contributes to an array of social issues. What are boys being told about what it means to be a successful man? How is our society set up for these boys to fail? How do they take out their frustrations on marginalized groups? And most importantly, what can we do to change things? In this seminar, we will focus on answering these questions. Along the way, we will challenge stereotypical ideas of masculinity by engaging with work from preeminent gender scholars. Dr. James is an assistant professor of sociology and interdisciplinary studies. She studies gender and justice and has studied these two issues in the workplace, families and schools.


Science and Technology – Biology, Chemistry, Genetics

 

Users’ Manual of the Human Body - $25

Mondays, February 11 – March 18

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Computer Lab

Five Week Class by Dr. Aleta Sullivan

In other words, this seminar will cover basic human anatomy so the participant understands exactly what their doctors are saying. Dr. Sullivan taught biology and human anatomy and physiology for decades, both at Hattiesburg High School and Pearl River Community College.

 

Aleta’s Book Reports - $10

Monday, April 8

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Dr. Aleta Sullivan

Dr. Sullivan shares good books to read in the sciences.

 

Infectious Diseases - $10

Tuesday, April 2

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Mohamed Elasri

This seminar is an introduction to infectious disease research and antibiotic-resistance as a public health problem. Dr. Elasri is a scientist and professor who specializes in infectious diseases. He is focused on staph infections and finding new approaches to address antibiotic resistance.

 

Introduction to Genealogy - $10

Wednesday, April 17

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Kathy Goss

This seminar will provide an overview of basic genealogy -- where to start; what sources to use; where to find sources, including information about Internet sources; how to document research findings; how to deal with contradicting information and family legends; and saving research results. People who are interested in more detailed research may want to continue with more in-depth classes. Kathy grew up in the Hattiesburg area and is currently Vice President of the South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society. She volunteers at the local Genealogy Library where she assists other members and guests researching their families.

 

Geology of the Chickasawhay River - $10

Monday, February 11

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Mark Puckett

This seminar will focus on the geology of the Chickasawhay River, which cuts through some of the most fossiliferous deposits in Mississippi. Geologists have been coming to the Chickasawhay for decades, and many new species were described from the deposits. The strata also record the changes in sea level that occurred during the Eocene and Oligocene epochs (about 55 to 26 million years ago). These changes in sea level were used to help calibrate the world sea level changes for that time interval. Dr. Puckett is Professor of Geology at USM. His research is in stratigraphy and paleontology, with specialization in tiny crustaceans called ostracods. He has described almost 50 new species of ostracods and has applied their use to studying the ages of sediments, world sea level history, and plate tectonics.

 

 

Bacteria: Friend or Foe? - $10

Wednesday, March 27

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Dr. Sabine Heinhorst

This seminar will introduce various little or unknown facts about bacteria, their characteristics, and ways in which they interact with and affect the environment and their host organisms. Dr. Heinhorst is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the USM and has been working with plants and bacteria on various aspects of biochemistry.

 

The Genogram - $10

Tuesday, February 19

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Board Room

Seminar by Valerie Loeschen

Freud and his theoretical "offspring" worked to understand human behavior by exploring ideas around inner conflicts and congruence. Through the years, the theory has continued to evolve, bringing the maternal/child dynamic into the equation. In the 1950s, Murray Bowen developed his family therapy work stating, “We can't understand human behavior outside the family and community context.” He outlined eight key concepts and introduced a tool called the “genogram” (a family tree using symbols) to help visualize the patterns that affect an individual. In this seminar, we will create our own genograms and apply his concepts to our Families of Origin. Valerie is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in psychotherapy. 

Science and Technology – Computer Literacy

 

Introduction to Apple Computers, Part 1 - $25

Mondays, February 11 – March 18

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Computer Lab

Five Week Class by Dr. Ralph Bisland  

Apple 101 - This class is a basic introduction to how to use an Apple computer, either a desktop or a laptop. It will cover the basics of the 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 10.14, called Mojave. This course is apropos for both beginners and experienced Mac users. If you have a Mac, please bring your laptop or desktop to class. Dr. Bisland entered the computing field in 1965. He retired from university teaching after 37 years of service as professor of computer science with specialty areas in software engineering. He received a BS from Louisiana State University, a MBA from Loyola University, and a DBA from Mississippi State University.

 

Introduction to Apple Computers, Part 2 - $25

Mondays, March 25 – April 22

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Computer Lab

Five Week Class by Dr. Ralph Bisland

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


Literature and Language – Literature

 

Ken Burns and Mark Twain’s America - $25

Thursdays, February 14 – March 21

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Tom Richardson

This five-week class will examine American culture during Mark Twain's life and time through the lens of Ken Burns in his documentary film Mark Twain. This is a timely topic given the difficult politics of our own era. Dr. Richardson is Department Chair and Professor of Language and Literature at William Carey University.

 

American Fiction of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars - $10

Thursday, February 28

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Maureen Ryan

There is already a substantial body of literature (poems, novels, memoirs) and film that presents and responds to America's long military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most -- but not all --of these texts are by veterans on the recent and ongoing wars. The narratives (novels, specifically) adapt many of the conventions of war literature yet offer interesting variations on traditional fictional patterns. Dr. Ryan is University Distinguished Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Southern Mississippi. She teaches modern and contemporary American literature. Her scholarly work is about American narratives about Vietnam and more recent American wars.

 

Literature and Language – World Languages

 

Arabic Literature II - $25

Wednesdays, March 27 – April 24

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Board Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Marvin Kendrick

This class is a continuation of a review of 'Adab al-Arabi from pre-Islamic poetry to modern prose. Consideration will be given to Ibn Khaldoun's Muqqadimah("Introduction"), a work contemporary with the Italian Renaissance, of which Arnold Toynbee has said: "...undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place." Dr. Kendrick holds degrees from Yale University, Harvard, and has taught art history in the Art and Design Department at USM.

 French Language and Culture for Traveling - $25

Wednesdays, March 27 – April 24

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Class by Keltoum Rowland

In this course, we will learn about what is needed to know about the French language and culture in order to have a great experience while visiting France. Keltoum is an instructor of French at USM.


Personal Enrichment - Cooking

 

Five More Cookbooks That Changed How Americans Eat - $10

Monday, February 18

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Seminar by Dr. Andrew Haley

This two-hour seminar explores key moments in American culinary history through five long-forgotten cookbooks.  A follow-up to last year’s OLLI seminar, “Five Cookbooks,” the class looks at the first Southern cookbook as well as other cookbooks that shaped regional cuisines, explores how a mass-marketed series reshaped the American diet in the 1960s, and dives into the origins of one of the earliest dieting fads.  The seminar spans over 200 years of history and eating in the US and will surprise even the most seasoned chef. Dr. Haley is a cultural historian at the University of Southern Mississippi who studies food. His first book, Turning the Tables, won a James Beard Award in 2012. He is currently working on a book that explores how Mississippi community cookbooks tell the story of changing dining habits, race relations, gender politics, and American nationalism in the twentieth century.

 

Love, Nourish, and Inspire - $10

Wednesday, April 3

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Off-Site – The Birdhouse Café, 6763 Hwy. 98, Hattiesburg (inside B & S Appliances)

Seminar by Katie Dixon

Join Katie Dixon, MasterChef finalist, and her team for a Cooking 101 course about general nutrition. It will feature some management skills, targeted meal plans, and healthy substitutes. This seminar will include a sampling of soup, entrée, and dessert. Katie is a local celebrity chef whose love for food was born from a desire to fuel her body while developing a passion for healthy eating.

 

Easter Entertaining with Wine - $15

Wednesday, April 10 

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Off-site – Cotton Blues, 6116 Hwy. 98 W., Hattiesburg

Seminar by Carl van Coppenhagen

Are you planning a meal and wondering what wine to serve with what? Come and enjoy listening to Carl share his vast knowledge of wine. You’ll enjoy sampling some of his suggestions and will have an opportunity to ask questions. At the conclusion of the seminar, order your meal (on your own) and ask Carl to help you choose wine from the menu to pair with your meal. As the owner of Carl’s Wine and Spirits, van Coppenhagen has a great knowledge of the history of wine, the importing and exporting process, and is a vineyard owner.

Creole Jazz Lunch - $55

Wednesday, April 17

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Off-Site – The Kitchen Table, 3720 Hardy St. #3, Hattiesburg

Seminar by Julie Hall

Join Julie at The Kitchen Table for a Creole Jazz Lunch. The seminar will include a lunch of Sparkling Mimosas; Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar Breakfast Muffins; Shrimp and Grits; Creole Roasted Vegetables; and Bananas Foster Flambé. Julie is a culinary instructor at The Kitchen Table in Midtown Market. She has an extensive working career with restaurants in Hattiesburg and Jackson including Nick’s, The Purple Parrot, and Jody’s Bakery.

 

Personal Enrichment – Crafts and Fashion

 

Appearance, Confidence, and Success - Through Color!  - $25

Wednesday, February 20 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Catherine Nowicki

Do you have a closet full of clothes and only wear 10%?  Do you have a drawer full of makeup, most of which you don't use?  Are you tired of wasting money and asking yourself or others, "Does this look good on me" with unsuccessful results?  Then this is the seminar for you! Catherine is a nationally certified color/image consultant and will help you to discover a whole new way of looking at clothing selection through color. She will present concepts to give you the right tools to make the right choices at the store. She will educate you on how to clean your closet and pack for a trip and address all your fashion questions. She will help you to "see" color in a way you've not seen it before. Discover what's changed in color analysis since the 1980s, even if you already had your colors done then! Fee includes a personalized lip product. Catherine is a certified national color consultant since 1988. She trained with Color Me Beautiful and consulted for a national department store before opening her own business.

 

Shop! Shop! Shop! - $25

Wednesday, February 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Off-site – Turtle Creek Mall, Interior Entrance to Dillard’s

Seminar by Catherine Nowicki

This topic was so popular last semester that Catherine is offering it again! Whether you love or hate to shop, learn how to navigate easily through a department store with Catherine, a nationally certified color/style consultant and personal shopper. She will advise you on what and what not to buy...and why! Have fun and laughs as she guides you through the sometimes confusing and dizzying array of clothes, shoes and accessories. Meet at the mall interior door of Dillard’s at Turtle Creek at 10 am for a two-hour shopping trip. You won't be disappointed! Fee includes a personalized lip product

 

Personal Enrichment – Finance

 

Am I Financially Ready For My Future? - $25

Thursdays, March 28 - April 25

11:30 am -1:30 pm

Peck House – Living Room

Five Week Class by Scott Miller

This class will cover basic information on where to begin with saving for your future or changing up the way you are currently saving. Scott will discuss different types of retirement accounts, annuities, long-term care insurance and how you can leave a legacy for your family. He has been a financial advisor for Edward Jones for seven years.

 

Personal Enrichment – Home and Garden

 

Vegetable Gardening for Everyone - $10

Friday, March 8

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House –Art Room

Seminar by Dr. Christine Coker

Dr. Coker will discuss vegetable gardening from containers to raised beds. We will cover the basics and discuss techniques for gardening success. Dr. Coker is Associate Extension/Research Professor with Mississippi State Extension Services.

 

Spring Wildflower Walk - $10

Monday,March 18

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Transportation Provided

Off-site –Various Sites in Wayne County

Seminar by Dr. Mac Alford

We will take a one-hour drive (transportation provided) to a limestone outcrop in rural Wayne County where we will see an abundance of spring wildflowers. Many of the species are more common in the Piedmont and Appalachians than to southern Mississippi. Highlights include two species of Trillium (wake-robin), a rare spleenwort fern, hepatica, wild ginger, and mayapple.  After our walk, we'll stop and enjoy a BBQ lunch (on your own) in Waynesboro. 

 

Planting for Birds and Butterflies - $10

Wednesday, March 27

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Diane Lafferty

In this seminar, we will look at what plants and trees will attract birds, butterflies, and moths to your backyard, including plants that serve as the food source for caterpillars that turn into those beautiful butterflies and moths. You might find that some of the plants that we often refer to as “weeds” are very important in the life cycle of those winged creatures we get so much pleasure from seeing. Diane is a longtime member of the local chapter of the National Audubon Society. 

 

What’s That Bird - $10

Thursday, April 4

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Peck House – Art Room

Seminar by Larry Basden

This seminar will present some basic information to help anyone identify and begin to appreciate the birds with which we share this area.  By using pictures and sounds we will identify bird groupings: year-round residents, part-year residents (summer and winter) and those we might see "just passing through." Larry is a self-trained and self-professed “bird nerd.”

 

Personal Enrichment – Table Games

 

Beginning Bridge - $25 per term

Term I – Monday,February 11 – March 18

Term II – Mondays, March 25 – April 22

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Card Room

Five Week Class by Ellen Davies

The Term I class offers an opportunity to learn Bridge, beginning with the very basics.  It can also be a review of Bridge for those who want to update their skills. Term II is a follow-up to Beginning Bridge, Part 1; it is not a course for those who are new to Bridge. Participants need to have completed Part 1 of Beginning Bridge or a similar study. Ellen is a retired teacher and lawyer who learned Bridge as a teenager from her mother. She has taught a number of Bridge classes at OLLI.

 

Mah Jongg - $25

Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Card Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Jeanne Phillips and Linda Shemper

Similar to the Western card game Rummy, Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. It's played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. This course is designed for absolute beginners and those who have some familiarity with the game and want to refresh their skills. Come join us! Dr. Phillips and Linda Shemper have been playing Mah Jongg for several years and are eager to share with others. Linda has taught at OLLI and gained some eager players. Jeanne has also taught at OLLI and now plays at game day at Parkway Heights. 

 

Intro to Duplicate Bridge - $25

Wednesdays, February 13 – March 20

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Off-site – Sigler Senior Center, 315 Conti Street, Hattiesburg

Five Week Class by Linda Valentine

This class will introduce intermediate Bridge conventions. Players need to understand basic conventions before taking this class. Players will have the opportunity to play Duplicate after class. 

 

Supervised Bridge - $25

Tuesdays, March 26 – April 23

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Peck House – Card Room

Five Week Class by Dr. Vivien Carver

This course offers players an opportunity to play while the instructor is available to provide suggestions and answer questions. Dr. Carver is a retired faculty member from USM in the field of public health.

 

 

 

 

Special Events 

 

Mississippi’s Pioneer Conservationist: Fannye Cook – No Charge (Open to the Public)

Thursday, March 7

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Peck House – Annex

Seminar by Michele Frazier-Robinson and Ellen Ruffin

In her one-woman show, wildlife biologist Cathy Shropshire will portray Fannye Cook (1889-1964), an extraordinary woman ahead of her time who was instrumental in establishing the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the game laws of our state. Editors Libby Hartfield and Marion Barnwell will autograph and provide contexts for Fannye Cook: Mississippi’s Pioneering Conservationistby Dorothy Shawhan.

 

Let’s Do Lunch – On your own

Friday, March 1

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Taziki’s Café – 3102 Hardy Street, Ste. 20, Hattiesburg

Let’s meet and enjoy lunch and fellowship. Taziki’s Café is in the Midtown area (and close to shopping). See you there!


Travel – Field Trips

Ancient Animals 
- $45

Thursday, February 28

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Off-site – Red Gate Bison Ranch and the Frank Brown Farm, Poplarville 

Field Trip

Red Gate Bison Ranch is offering a tour of their Bison herd from a safe place. We will venture safely out to the herd to feed the bison and enjoy a lecture on the properties of bison meat. Bring a cooler and purchase bison meat for a delicious home recipe. After the bison ranch, we will meet Frank Brown to tour his farm. His herds include horses, sheep, and cows, direct descendants of the lines of horses the Colonial Spanish brought over in 1500 whose lineage was preserved by the Choctaws.

 

Mississippi Enhanced Carry Permit - $100 per term

Term I-Fri., March 1, 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Fri., March 8, 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Fri., March 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Term II–Fri., April 5, 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Fri., April 12, 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Fri., April 26, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Off-site – Brothers N Arms Gun Range, 4957 Highway 49 South, Hattiesburg

Three-Part Seminar by Patty Saliba

This eight-hour seminar series will help you develop a solid foundation in marksmanship fundamentals and the confidence to employ a handgun in a personal defense situation. After completing the course successfully, you will be issued a certificate required for applying for an enhanced carry permit. You do not have to own a firearm to take this seminar. Topics include: firearm safety, ballistics, shooting fundamentals, handgun ownership responsibilities, MS law, methods of concealed carry and more. This class includes four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of range instruction. Patty started and led the first chapter in Mississippi of the Well-Armed Woman, a national female shooting organization.

 

Hamilton- $134 - $174 (plus an estimated $35 bus fee)

Tuesday, March 19

7:30 pm showtime (Departure time from Hattiesburg TBD)

Off-site – Saenger Theatre, New Orleans

Field Trip

Join us for the wildly popular musical Hamilton!  Tickets to participate in this field trip will be in high demand, and the supply is limited.  Register fast!  We will provide more concrete details in regards to bus fee and departure time from Hattiesburg as soon as possible.

 

Festival of Flowers Dutch Gardens - $55  

Thursday, March 21

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Off-site – Providence Hospital, Mobile

Field Trip

Visit the Festival of Flowers Dutch Gardens held at Providence Hospital in Mobile. We will spend time enjoying the 8+ acres of beautiful exhibits and floral displays in the main tent, then visit the marketplace where you may purchase garden-related items from 40-50 vendors. Fee includes bus transportation and admission to the gardens. There will be space under the bus to store your purchases. Lunch will be on your own in the café on the grounds.

 

College Town Escape Room - $20

Wednesday, March 27

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Off-site – College Town Escape Room, 2206 Hardy Street (Behind Gold Post), Hattiesburg

Field Trip

College Town Escape Room creates unique, scenario-based, live-action puzzle games that require participants to combine brainpower with teamwork to complete an entertaining challenge. Put your detective skills to work. Tremendous amount of fun! Owner Kody Liston is a USM entrepreneurship major who opened the College Town Escape Room in 2016.

 

McClain Resort - $45

Monday, April 1

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Off-site – McClain General Store and Restaurants, Brandon

Field Trip

Join us for a trip to the McClain General Store & Restaurants by bus. We will depart OLLI at 8:30 a.m. We will take a tour that includes a one-hour ride on a pulled covered wagon and a half-hour at the petting zoo. We will also visit the on-site farmers market and the general store. Lunch is on your own, on the grounds.

 

Travel – International Travel

 

Bucket List Cruises - $10

Wednesday, April 3

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Peck House – Annex

Seminar by Dick Vogel

This is an introduction to some of the top cruise stops from St Petersburg to the Panama Canal, Alaska, and Hawaii. Dick toured the world while serving in the Army. He is also an extensive cruiser with over thirty cruises under his belt. He is a Virginia Military Institute graduate with a master’s degree from USM.

 

Special Interest Groups

Current Events Discussion SIG                                         Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Spring Sing-Along                                                       Mondays at 11:45 a.m.

Knit & Crochet SIG                                                     Mondays at 12:30 a.m.

Advanced Tai Chi SIG                                                   Tuesdays/Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

Guitar SIG (held at University Baptist)                                Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

Photography SIG                                                       1stand 3rdThursday at 11:30 a.m.

Life Story Writing SIG                                                   1stFriday at 11:30 a.m.

OLLI Book Club SIG                                                     2ndFriday at 10:00 a.m.

Poetry Writing SIG                                                     3rdFriday at 11:30 a.m.

MS Books and Authors SIG                                             4thFriday at 11:00 a.m.