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Hattiesburg Courses

Below is a list of all the courses being offered on the Hattiesburg campus for spring.

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INTERSESSION COURSES - HATTIESBURG

Art Workshop for Pastels - $20
Thursday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Workshop led by Henry Stiller

Join us for an intersession Art Workshop with Pastels, led by renowned artist, Henry Stiller. Bring your lunch and learn from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (Yes, we'll break for lunch!). The workshop will be held in the Art Room in Hattiesburg and the cost is $20. Email olli@ism.edu to request the supply list. Come unleash your inner artist!

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility  - $5/class
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.
Class led by Caitlin Weiss
This yoga class is suitable for all levels of ability except the basic beginner. Practice will include seated as well as standing poses. Students unable to sit on the floor may sit in chairs. The class will incorporate shoulder and hip flexibility as well as arm and leg strengthening practices.

Evening Yoga Flow - $5/class
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Class led by Brittany Wooten
This yoga class is for the student who has been practicing yoga and is ready to move to the next level. It will be a series of sun salutations and standing poses followed by a cool down stand with seated pines and supine poses.
 
ARTS - HATTIESBURG
 
Beginning Drawing - $25 each term
Term I: Thursdays, February 13 - March 12
Term II: Thursdays, March 26 - April 23
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class by Marty Broadus
This is a drawing class for those who would like to practice drawing objects, shapes and shading techniques. You'll learn about perspective, how to enlarge and much more. Let's draw! Supply List: #2 pencil, mechanical pencil (optional), eraser, colored pencils, Sharpie with two tips (fine & medium), small drawing pad, 10-12 sheets copy paper.

Watercolor - $25 each term
Term I: Thursdays, February 13 - March 12
Term II: Thursdays, March 26 - April 23
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Five-Week Class by Marty Broadus
Learn watercolor basics, color theory, tricks, and techniques, wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry. This class is for all who love watercolor or want to try; let's have fun! 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.

Hawaiian Music and Dance - $25
Wednesdays, March 25 - April 8
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class by Jim Mossman
In this class we will explore the language and history of Hawaii through music and dance. Jim will be the Kumu or teacher and will demonstrate movement while integrating Hawaiian sign language at the same time. Basic steps and movements with music and chanting will also be covered. Jim and his family are hula dancers.

Origins of Modern Art - $25
Wednesdays, February 12 - March 11
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
One-Hour, Five-Week Class by Dr. Marvin Kendrick
Dr. Kendrick will discuss the origins and evolution of modern art from landscape to abstract from naturalistic color to the emancipation of color in its own right in visual media. This is a one-hour per week class.

Mohawk Steel & Glass Experience - $45
Wednesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Off Site: 50 Hegwood Road, Hattiesburg
Seminar by Jeremy Thomley
Glassblowing experiences with Jeremy Thomley at Mohawk Glass do not disappoint. Through years of dedication and commitment, Thomley has built quite a following for his work. Come along and see what it's all about and blow your own item!

William Levi Dawson: Path of Persistence - $10
Tuesday, March 10, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar by Dr. Mark Malone
Composer/Arranger William L. Dawson rose above race discrimination and hardship to achieve greatness as a music educator and pen some of the most incredible music closely aligned with the Harlem Renaissance. Being the first to write significantly about Dawson, I was privileged to conduct interviews with the man in his home!

Which Way Is Up? Intro to Art Appreciation - $10
Tuesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar by Catherine Edmonson
By popular demand, this seminar will focus on a discussion of the Elements and Foundations of Design.

Fast and Loose With Your Art! - $25
Mondays, February 10 - March 9
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class by Dana Stratton
On day one we will look at a variety of works from different periods of art and choose an approach that stimulates us to branch out from our usual style. You may choose your own materials/media with which to work as well as your own subject matter. Be sure to bring your own supplies and reference materials. Let's do this!

History of Gospel Music - $10
Monday, April 20, 4:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m
Seminar led by Mae Siggers and Kathi Jackson
Kathi Jackson and Mae Siggers will present the history of the origin of gospel music, its place in the American experience, and the evolution of gospel music from African slaves to the main street arena of American music. This seminar is part of a continuing music series, but there is no prerequisite.

Polymers and Art - $15
Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. John Pojman
We will explore how polymers have been used in art since the beginning of art. We will also work with a new material called "QuickCure Clay." Cost includes supplies.

The Art of Early Christianity - $10
Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Jennifer Courts
This course investigates the origins of Christian art, tracks its development in the first centuries after the death of Christ, and explores the important role images played in the spread of Christianity.

Introduction to Revelry - $10
Monday, February 10, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Catherine Edmonson
USM's Revelry event provides an introduction to the School of Performing and Visual Arts at USM. One aspect of Revelry is to reveal the “behind the scenes” in the classrooms, studios, and rehearsals of USM through open observation times and tours.

Through the Looking Glass: Introduction to Stained Glass - $10
Tuesday, February 18, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Kyle Baughman
Join OLLI members at the Peck House for this stained glass seminar, where participants will cut patterns, cut glass and prepare a stained glass piece. Participants will then lead the glass pieces together and solder the joints to complete the glass creation.

Love a Pothead - $15
Monday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Diane Jeske
Come and create an adorable little planter made from clay flowerpots. Once you learn how to put one together, you can create one of any size...even a life- size one to watch over your garden! You can even design a pothead critter. A supply list will be available in the office.
 
HEALTH AND FITNESS - HATTIESBURG
 
Tai Chi for Health/Fall Prevention - $25 each term
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays, Feb. 10-Mar. 11
Term II: Mondays,Wednesdays, Mar. 23-Apr. 22
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Susan Nodurft
This is a beginning Tai Chi course for those with or without previous experience and is designed to prevent falls and improve balance, health, and well- being. This specific program was developed by health and Tai Chi professionals to be safe, easy to learn, and proven effective by medical studies.

Evening Tai Chi for Health
- $25 each term
Mondays, February 10 - April 20
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ten-Week Class led by Susan Nodurft
This course introduces the basic principles and practices of Tai Chi and requires no previous experience. The program includes the teaching of an easy-to-learn Tai Chi routine, discussion of the beneficial effects on health and well-being, and an outline of resources to support and further a home practice.

Chairobics
- $25 each term
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays, Feb. 10-Mar. 11
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays, Mar. 23 - Apr. 22
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Valerie Webber
Chairobics combines fun and fitness while moving to music. This class is designed to increase muscle strength and range of movement as well as improve cardiovascular health. Small hand weights and elastic bands are used for toning. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support. No on-the- floor exercises.

Strength and Tone
- $25 each term
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 11 - Mar. 12
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mar. 24-Apr. 23
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Valerie Webber
The class will offer full-body exercise of all major muscle groups, with a focus 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, bands, etc., will be incorporated in the class, but equipment usage is optional.

Zumba Gold
- $25 each term
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 11 - Mar. 12
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mar. 24-Apr. 23
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Sylvia Kolakowski
Come enjoy energizing Latin and modern dance moves incorporated with simple cardio exercises. No dance experience necessary. Do what you can and have lots of fun!

Tai Chi for Health/Intermediate
- $25 each term
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays, Feb. 10-Mar. 11
Term II: Mondays,Wednesdays, Mar. 23-Apr. 22
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Susan Nodurft
This class is designed for students who have previously taken Tai Chi and would like to advance their skills. The course includes the practice of the Yang style 24-forms as well as an introduction to the 64-forms and short Sun-style set developed by Dr. Paul Lam. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring a deeper understanding and integration of the Tai Chi principles in practice.

Evening Tai Chi for Health/Intermediate II - $25
Mondays, February 10 - April 20
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Ten-Week Class led by Susan Nodurft
This class is for Tai Chi students who would like to advance their practice beyond the introductory Tai Chi for Health and Fall Prevention and Tai Chi for Health/ Intermediate (24-Forms)courses. The offering will include practice of previously learned sets as well as new forms based on the Sun and Yang styles of Tai Chi.

Beginner Yoga - $25 each term
Term I: Mondays, Fridays, Feb.10 - March 13
Term II: Mondays, Fridays, March 23 - April 24
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Five-Week Class, Instructor TBD
This class will introduce yoga concepts of meditation, breath control and basic asanas. Our goal is to evaluate and improve participant strength, flexibility and balance. You will gain ability to meditate and understand the benefits of meditation and breath control.


Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
- $25 each term
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 11 - Mar. 12
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mar. 24-Apr. 22
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Five-Week Class, Instructor TBD
This yoga class is suitable for all levels of ability except the basic beginner. Practice will include seated as well as standing poses. Students unable to sit on the floor may sit in chairs. The class will incorporate shoulder and hip flexibility as well as arm and leg strengthening practices.


Yoga Flow
- $25 each term
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 11 - Mar. 12
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mar. 24-Apr. 23
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Arielle Hartz
This yoga class is for the student who has been practicing yoga and is 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.

Restorative Yoga - $25
Wednesdays, February 12 - April 22
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Ten-Week Class, Instructor TBD
In this class, the 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.

Evening Yoga Flow - $25
Tuesdays, February 11 - April 21
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ten-Week Class led by Brittany Wooten
This yoga class is for the student who has been regularly practicing yoga and is ready for more challenging sequencing. The class is structured to warm the student up slowly, building to sun salutations and a series of standing poses, followed by balance work, before moving to the floor for core- strengthening exercises and deeper stretching.

Full Moon Meditation and Feast
- $10
Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Arielle Hartz
Ari Hartz will lead this seminar March 9, 2020, the date of the full moon in that month. Participants should bring a covered dish to share. Please include a card with the name of the dish, along with a list of ingredients used in the dish.

Eat Right Now! Hacking Your Brain: Understanding Reward-Based Learning
- $55 Mondays, February 10 - March 9
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Missy Brame
This course will serve as a group facilitation to help participants navigate an app-based program called Eat Right Now. Participants will learn mindfulness skills to help identify triggers and patterns of habitual eating. They will examine reward based learning and become more familiar with their automatic responses in order to affect change. Cost includes app.

The Low Carb Diet with Intermittent Fasting
- $25
Tuesdays, March 24 - April 21
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Sandra Bender
Using information based on books by Jason Fung, MD, participants will learn how to use a low carbohydrate diet with intermittent fasting to prevent and reverse obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure as well as to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. This course is for educational purposes only and will not replace medical treatment.

What Happened With My Pet In The Hospital?
- $10
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Karen Rogers
Using our hospital as an example, we will take a tour and explain in detail how your pet is handled, tested, restrained and monitored. We will examine equipment and the procedures and tests available. Many people have never visited the working space of a veterinary hospital and may have questions, concerns or misinformation.

Trends in Opioid Abuse
- $10
Thursday, February 13, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Lt. John Harless
This seminar will provide an overview of the ongoing opioid crisis facing our nation. We will examine trends in prescription narcotics, heroin and fentanyl abuse. The course will also offer solutions in protecting any prescribed medications from misuse. We will discuss the history of the issue in our nation and ongoing solutions.

Maintaining an Acid/Alkaline Balance is Crucial To Your Health
- $10
Wednesdays, Mar. 25 and Apr. 1,
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Barbara Dale Washer
In this seminar we will explore facts and information about acidity and alkalinity as it relates to the physical body and what foods are important. We will also learn how it affects one's health and why it is crucial to maintain a healthy balance,focusing mostly on how to maintain this balance through one's diet.

Just Kidding
- $10
Friday, April 3, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Perry Combs
Classical composers and performers are not always serious. In this seminar, Dr. Combs will provide examples and explain the humor.

Health, Aging, and Climate Change
- $10
Monday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Michael Forster
The climate crisis portends numerous health challenges for everyone, but perhaps especially for older adults. This seminar will explore the vulnerabilities confronting older persons, as well as available means of mitigating threats and enhancing resilience.

Nature's Gourmet Farm
- $10
Friday, April 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Off Site: 367 McKenzie Road, Petal
Join us at Nature's Gourmet Farm for a tour and learn about rural farming practices with grass-fed beef. Come prepared; you will have an opportunity to shop in the farm store. Meet at the farm, located at 367 McKenzie Road, Petal.
 
HUMANITIES - HATTIESBURG
 
 The Travels of Paul the Apostle - $25
Mondays, February 10 - March 9
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Jerret Grisham, LTC Ret.
In this class, we will look at many of the places, cities and towns through which the Apostle Paul traveled during his missionary journeys. We will cover information about his life, his experiences and look at several of the Epistles he penned. Come join us as we vicariously experience Paul's 10,000 miles of travel, spreading the Gospel.

Building on Shifting Sand? The Future of American Christianity - $25
Tuesdays, February 11 - March 10
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Rev. Brett Harris
Throughout the history of Christianity, the Church has evolved and adapted to change. In the 21st century, the Church continues to wrestle with how to do so while remaining aligned with its traditional roots, especially in America. We will look at general trends in American religion and specific responses across several denominations.

Choosing a President - $25
Wednesdays, February 12 - March 11
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Joe Parker
In this class we will examine the lengthy process of nominating and electing a United States President.

Bridging the Partisan Divide - $25
Thursdays, February 13 - March 12
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Nelson Easterling
In this class, we will review Benjamin Franklin's closing speech to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and use it to identify negotiating principles that guided that Convention. We will use these principles to prove that the current partisan divide can be overcome. Franklin's speech will be available in the OLLI office one week before class.

Death and the Afterlife in World Religions - $25
Fridays, February 14 - March 13
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Amy Slagle
Join us in this class as we explore the diverse perspectives major world religions (such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity) have taken in defining and making sense of death and the afterlife.

College Athletics: What's Past is Prologue - $15
Tuesdays, February 11 and February 18
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Dennis Phillips and Dr. Chris Croft
The past is often preface to the future. The ideals that college presidents and Teddy Roosevelt used to form the NCAA have evolved since the early 1900s. The landscape of today's college sports is fraught with many legal, social, financial and security challenges. This seminar will discuss those present issues with an "eye to future developments."

The Green Zone - What About Today's Military Students? - $10
Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Maj. Gen. (ret.) Jeff Hammond
This seminar will address the unique nature associated with the young men and women who volunteered to serve our military following the 9/11 attacks. We will explore such questions as: “Who are these young people?” and “Why did they serve?” Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the challenges these young people face on a daily basis.

Runaway Slaves in Mississippi - $15
Thursdays, February 20 and February 27
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Douglas Chambers
This two-part seminar will explore the experience of runaway slaves in antebellum Mississippi. Each participant will have the opportunity to read an extensive as-yet unpublished collection of runaway advertisements and notices published in Miss. newspapers (1800-1860), which will then guide our discussion.

Baseball is Serious Business: Until It Becomes Hilarious - $10
Friday, February 21, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Jim Dryden
Join us in this seminar for a short history of baseball focusing on players from Mississippi and surrounding states. You will hear some of the more colorful stories of some of the heroes and lunatics who have played our national pastime. Memorabilia will be presented and everyone is welcome to bring items and tell stories (the goofier the better!).

History of Work from Guilds to Unions - $10
Monday, February 24, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Sen. Juan Barnett
In this seminar, Senator Barnett will trace the history of work from the middle ages to present day from the perspective of the evolution of the workforce and how guilds provided the groundwork for labor unions to evolve.

SUGARMAN, A Real Life Black Super Hero - $10
Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Jody Gore
Andrew 'Sugarman' Daniel, dove into cold, turbulent water to rescue people from cars that went into Clear Creek in Warren County in 1939 and became a hero at age 39. He died in 1969 without getting much- deserved recognition. Come learn about this fascinating, seven-foot, larger-than-life hero who got his nickname from giving candy to kids.

How Psychics See the Future - $10
Monday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Connie Rainey
Did you ever wonder how Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus and many other psychics could see the future? They used the Akashic Records. They are, simply put, the universal web, much like the World Wide Web, only more vast. We will try to understand the records, where they are and how to read them.

Too Small to Be a Country But Too Big to Be an Asylum - $10
Monday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Bo Morgan
This seminar will offer sketches of some of 20th- century Mississippi's more colorful personalities, with particular attention to their use of the written and spoken word.

The History of Black Townships - $10
Thursday, March 26, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Dena Semmons
The seminar will explore the history of black townships throughout the United States, including Mound Bayou, which is one of the few sites remaining in Mississippi. We will look at why there was a need for them, how they thrived and the causes of their demise.

What's Up With Those Pentecostals? - $10
Tuesday, March 31, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Susan Jenkins
From brush arbors to beautiful sanctuaries, from rotten tomatoes to a trendy religion, Pentecostalism in general has shifted in popularity over the years. But what is it, really, and when did it start? How is it different from the other religious groups of today? And what is meant by Apostolic Pentecostal? Come and see!

Dolls Are Us: How Dolls Have Depicted Humans Through Time - $10
Tuesday, March 31, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Jeanne Johnsey
Through a display of antique and modern dolls, Jeanne discuss how dolls have reflected and influenced us from the porcelain French Fashion Ladies to the vinyl American Girls (touching on Barbie’s “scandals”). Antique dolls will include china head, paper mache and bisque dolls. Among modern dolls will be composition, hard plastic and vinyl.

Church and State in the United States - $15
Wednesdays, April 1 and April 8
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Jerold Waltman
In this seminar we will examine the Constitution's two religion clauses and look at how the Supreme Court has interpreted them.

Downtown Safari: Discovering the Early History of Hattiesburg - $15
Thursdays, April 2 and April 9
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Russell Archer
This course will explore the unique early history of Hattiesburg through a combination of lectures and guided walking tours through the downtown business district. Participants will discover the story of the Hub City by exploring its architectural, historical, and cultural significance to the Piney Woods region. Meeting location TBD; the OLLI office will contact you with details.

History of Camp Shelby Trip - No Charge
Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Off Site: Building 850, Forrest Ave, Hattiesburg
Meet other OLLI members at Camp Shelby for a tour of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum to learn the history of the camp. We will also tour a bit of the grounds. Contact the OLLI office if you are interested in meeting at OLLI and carpooling.

The History of OLLI at USM - No Charge
Monday, April 13, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Sue Pace
Join us to learn how OLLI at USM has evolved, from the founder. Sue Pace will take us from the beginning of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) to the current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Latin American Migration to the US - $15
Wednesdays, April 15 and April 22
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Bridget Hayden
This seminar will explore the history and causes of Latin America migration to the United States and how the country has responded.

Communicating to Connect with Others - $15
Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Duann Kier
In this seminar, we'll use the "My B.E.S.T. Profile" Personality Assessment Instrument. The instructor will collect a $6 fee for the assessment instrument (cash only, please). We'll explore why it is so easy to connect with some people and so difficult to connect with others, and how to communicate with almost everyone. Are there ways you can make yourself heard? Can most misunderstandings be prevent or minimized? Come and learn! 
 
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - HATTIESBURG 
 
Riot of Color - $10
Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Monika Gehlawat and Catherine Edmonson
In this seminar, writer Virginia Woolf and writers and artists of The Bloomsbury Group and the Post- Impressionists will be examined.

Who's That? Mississippi Authors You've Never Heard Of
- $10
Friday, February 28, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Jennifer Brannock
Faulkner, Welty, Grisham, Foote and Morris. These authors have been knighted Mississippi literary royalty. What about the scores of other Mississippi writers who have been overlooked? This seminar will provide an introduction to these often ignored and obscure Mississippi writers. Materials from Special Collections will be highlighted.

Looking at Genre
- $10
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Carolyn Haines
In this seminar we will explore the elements that make fiction sell in the different genres while also looking at the basic questions writers should ask themselves before they begin writing.

The Gem: What IS the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection? - $10
Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Ellen Ruffin
This seminar will provide an overview of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, tell of the history of de Grummond and cover some of the highlights. One specific collection with Mississippi connections will be presented during the second half. Meet at the Collection at McCain Library.

Comparative Mythology
- $25
Wednesdays, March 25 - April 22
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Tom Richardson
Join this class to view and discuss PBS' famous discussions between mythologist Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers, called The Power of Myth. We will review broad understandings of myth, great mysteries of human experience and spiritual transformation, narratives of metaphor and meaning that remind us of what it means to be human.

Humor in your Life
- $25
Thursdays, March 26 and April 30
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. John Meyer
In this seminar, you will explore some background and explanations of humor. What makes things funny? Understand some functions of humor for us in communication and society. Why do we value and enjoy it so much? Look for ways that humor can persuade and help us build relationships. Learn how humor can be essential to life.

Telling The Southern Miss Story
- $10
Friday, March 27, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Jim Coll
The elements of good storytelling are as old as Aristotle. Learn how marketing and public relations professionals use classic storytelling elements to bring The University of Southern Mississippi to life for its audiences.
 
PERSONAL ENRICHMENT - HATTIESBURG
 
Introducing Birdwatching - $25
Mondays, February 10 - March 9
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Clarke Millette
This class is an introduction to birding, concentrating on local common birds, and is not designed for experienced birders. We'll discuss equipment, feeding, guide books, internet birding, basic principles of bird identification, birding ethics, particular bird species and topics suggest by participants.

Supervised Bridge - $25
Tuesdays, February 11 - March 10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Vivien Carver
During this class the instructor will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions while you play bridge.

Author Alert! - $10
Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Sean Farrell
In this seminar we will look at some trends in current best-selling fiction and nonfiction works. Sean will also introduce some of the online tools that the library provides which allow users to best utilize the library's collection.

Introduction to Duplicate Bridge - $25
Wednesdays, February 12 - March 11
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Off Site: Sigler Center, Hattiesburg
Five-Week Class led by Linda Valentine Intermediate bridge conventions, bidding and defensive play strategies will be covered in this course. This class is for players who want to play duplicate bridge and have mastered basic bridge strategies.

Look and Feel Your Best Through Color! - $25
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Catherine Nowicki
Color analysis has changed SIGNIFICANTLY since the 1980s! If your hair has changed color since you were younger, or you had your colors done way back when, or have NEVER had them done, this seminar is for you! Fee includes a personalized lip product.

Basic Bridge - $25 each term
Term I: Thursdays, February 13 - March 12
Term II: Thursdays, March 26 - April 23
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Cathy Garner
Basic Bridge I is a first course for all beginning bridge players. It is also designed for those who have not played in a number of years and need a refresher course to learn new bridge rules. Basic Bridge II, in Term II, is a continuation of Basic Bridge 1. Additional basic bridge skills will be covered.

Essential Oil Basics Make-N-Take - $20
Tuesday, February 18, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Julie Pickering
For this two-part seminar, learn about essential oils, how they are made and regulated, and factors affecting quality. Also, learn basic use and safety, pitfalls to avoid when purchasing, and detailed information on a total of 12 different essential oils illustrating how they can be used to kick toxic chemicals from your home. Supplies are included in class fee.

Crocheted Grocery Bag - $15
Thursdays, February 20 and February 27
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Sherry Dryden
This seminar is for all level crocheters. We will start a grocery bag made from any color cotton yarn and use three simple crochet stitches. The bag should take approximately 8-10 hours to complete, but you will learn enough to finish at home.

Cajun Coast Search and Rescue - $10
Tuesday, February 25, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Tony Wade
Cajun Coast is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help find missing/lost persons and provide support during natural disasters through the use of highly trained canines. This seminar will include a talking lecture about the organization and a canine demonstration.

Insider's Guide to Cook Library - $10
Tuesday, February 25, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Off Site: Cook Library, Hattiesburg Campus
Seminar led by Tisha Zelner
Participants will be introduced to the resources and services of Cook Library. The visit will include a walking tour of the first and second floors, with an opportunity to observe the ongoing renovation work and see the most recent building improvements. After the physical tour, we’ll take a virtual tour, exploring the Libraries’ website.

Shopping With Your Pro BFF! - $25
Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Off Site: Inside Turtle Creek Mall, at Steinmart
Seminar led by Catherine Nowicki
Do you love to shop or hate to shop? Let Catherine help you learn to navigate easily through a store, finding the trends to stay away from and the bargains you want, based on your coloring. Meet at the inside mall door of Stein Mart at 10:00 a.m. Fee includes personalized lip product. FUN!

Get Your Lawn Ready to Spring Into Spring! - $10
Friday, February 28, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Matthew Thornton
In this seminar, we will cover common weed control, fertilizer applications and plant diseases that homeowners will need to address in early spring to prepare their lawn for the growing season.

Interior Design 101 - $15
Tuesdays, March 3 and March 10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Off Site: Anderson Design Center
11 Office Park Dr., Hattiesburg
Two-Part Seminar led by Gwynn Guy
In this seminar, Gwynn will use over 30 years' experience in interior design to share tips and design basics. Learn to decorate a bookcase, find the latest color trends, discover use of rugs and effective lighting for your home.

Child Asset Builder for Grandparents - $15
Tuesdays, March 3 and March 10
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Jackie Calhoun and Kim Casano-Ware
In the first session we'll discuss investing in your grandchildren's future. The second meeting we'll discuss investing in your future for a tax-free supplemental retirement.

Strategies for Playing Bridge - $25
Mondays, March 23 - April 20
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Ellen Davies
This course will cover the more unusual bridge conventions and techniques. There will be a lecture and handout for every class, with plenty of time to play. Names of students who took this class in fall, 2018, will be placed on the waiting list to ensure that there will be space for others.

A Popover - To Wear and Not To Eat! - $15
Mondays, March 23 and March 30
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Karen LeBeau
The Popover Top is a one-piece, open-front top that can be made any length, with long or short sleeves (or even sleeveless). Sound complicated? No! It is easy-peasy. Even if you have never sewn, you can do it. Promise!
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Pâte à Choux - $20
Tuesday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Off Site: The Birdhouse, 6763 US 98, Hattiesburg
Seminar led by Chef Brandi Lott
In this seminar we will learn how to make the French pastry, Pâte à Choux, and the different ways it can be used such as for profiteroles, cream puffs, and eclairs.

Container Vegetable Gardening - $10
Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Christine Coker
Vegetable gardening doesn't require a lot of space. In fact, any vegetable that can be grown in a traditional garden can be grown in a container. In this seminar, we will discuss different containers, sub-irrigated containers, raised beds and vegetable selection.

How to Deal With the Loss of a Beloved Pet - $10
Tuesday, April 14, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Nanci Youngblood and Rita Clark
This seminar will be a discussion on the subject, beginning with best practices on honoring the pet that has shared its life with you. It will be a time to honor and remember with joy your animal companion, and will include a sharing time.

Trees In Your Yard - $15
Thursday, April 23, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Off Site: 294 Hickory Hills Loop, Purvis
Seminar led by Thomas Price
Participants will have the opportunity to see and identify about 20 common trees in our area. Bring your lunch and we'll and have a picnic and enjoy nature. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Meet at the Price home, 294 Hickory Hills Loop, Purvis.  
 
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - HATTIESBURG

Basic Apple Computers - $25
Term I: Mondays, February 10 - March 9
Term II: Mondays, March 23 - April 27
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
So; you have an Apple computer and you want to know how to use it? This is the course for you! This course is equally applicable to beginners and experienced Apple computer owners or folks thinking about acquiring an Apple computer. We will illustrate the latest version of the Apple Macintosh Operating System - macOS Catalina. If you have your own Apple computer please bring it to class.

Genealogy...Among Plant Families - $25
Mondays, February 10 - March 9
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Aleta Sullivan
In this course, we will discuss the various common plant families and how they affect us, improve our lives, or torment us!

The Ocean-Atmosphere Connection - $15
Tuesdays, February 11 and February 18
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by James Rigney
From sea breezes to hurricanes, from El Nino to climate change, the ocean and atmosphere profoundly influence one another. We will explore how these two fluids interact from the smallest to the largest scales of time and space, and how these interactions help determine everything from our weather to the seafood industry to the future climate.
 
The Amazing Elephant Talks - $10
Tuesday, February 18 , 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Carol Durham
This seminar includes a diverse selection of images, videos and personal experiences of elephants in sanctuary and in the wild. Elephants do "talk" in many ways and "yes," they never forget. The elephant's personality, individualism, intelligence and family dynamics will be explored.

5G: Next Generation of Wireless Communication Technology - $25
Wednesdays, February 12 - March 11
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
5G NR - 5th Generation New Radio is the newest version of wireless communication technology that will shortly be available. It promises to deliver vastly increased speeds over the current 4G, and increased use in the IoT (Internet of Things).

Virtual Reality in Education - $10
Monday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Cody Robertson
This seminar covers Virtual Reality in Education, and how using virtual reality (VR) as a tool-set can be used as a powerful means to help visualize a vast array of educational topics through kinesthetic, visual and auditory methods. We'll also see physical demonstrations within VR.

Fire Safety 101 - $10
Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Billy Russell
In this seminar we will cover home fire safety, cooking fire safety and fire extinguisher training. Come learn ways to keep yourself safe.

Raptors, Rodents and Fowl, Oh, My! - $25
Monday, March 30, Time TBD
Off Site: Freedom Ranch,
1091 Howell Road, Purvis
Seminar led by Krissy Hamilton
Encounter hawks, owls, vultures, emus, fowl and rodents of unusual size at Freedom Ranch. This tour will be one to remember with plenty of photo opportunities of the most beautiful predators of our skies. Enjoy a raptor presentation, emu encounters and meet some other interesting animal characters from all over the world.

Effective Communication Across Generations: Making It Work - $10
Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Shuanita Weathersby
This fun and interactive seminar will provide insight aimed at helping participants honor, appreciate and identify with different generations. In this age of ever-changing technology, there is one factor that remains constant, and that is the human factor. It is critical for individuals to enhance their soft skills in order to communicate more effectively.

Psychology of Happiness - $15
Thursdays, April 16 and April 23
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Randy Arnau
This seminar explores the psychology behind what makes us happy and highlights several key character strengths that we can cultivate to increase our overall contentment and joy. The session is part discussion, part instruction, with an emphasis on research- supported, actionable takeaways that you can implement in your daily life.

Geology of the National Parks Series: Grand Canyon - $10
Friday, April 17, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Jim Dryden
The most recognizable force impacting the Grand Canyon was erosion, but a number of processes combined to create the views that we see today, including the river, vulcanism and continental drift. This seminar will provide enough geological background to understand these processes, as well as recognizing several features when you visit the Park.
 
FIELD TRIPS - HATTIESBURG


Coastal Art Field Trip
- $55

Friday, March 27, Time TBD
Off Site: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Joins us to tour The Walter Anderson Museum, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, Mardi Gras Museum, and have lunch at Half Shell Oyster House. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.

Tour Mobile: Botanical Gardens, Carnival Museum,
and Oakleigh Antebellum Museum - $55

Friday, February 21, Time TBD
Off Site: Mobile, Alabama
On this day trip to Mobile, Alabama, we will visit Oakleigh Antebellum Museum on the site of the historic structure built in 1883. Oakleigh is a Greek Revival treasure and we may also explore a group of working-class cottages. Next is the Mardi Gras Museum, which houses a 300-year collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia, and finally, we will tour the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.

Explore Marion County and
the John Ford Home
- $25
Friday, March 13, Time TBD
Off Site: Columbia, Mississippi
Join us as we visit the Marion County Museum and Archives in Columbia and have lunch in the village of Sandy Hook at 35 Diner (at your own expense). After lunch, we will tour the John Ford Home, an 18th-century family home, maintained but never restored, where the first Mississippi Territorial Constitutional Convention was held. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.

 Trip to New Orleans - $55
Friday, April 3, Time TBD
Off Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Choose between a two-hour walking tour of the French Quarter, a visit to the Cabildo Museum, a visit to the St. Louis Cathedral, or a tour of the 1850 House, all with guided tours by docents. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee
 
Carnivorous Plants of Mississippi - $25
Monday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Off Site: Buttercup Flats, Wiggins
Field Trip led by Dr. Mac Alford
Participants will take a field trip to one of the largest contiguous pitcher plant bogs in the world, right here in Mississippi, to see and learn about the diversity of carnivorous plants, including pitcher plants, butterworts, bladderworts and sundews. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.
 
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs) - HATTIESBURG
 

(No Charge and All are Exclusive to OLLI Members)

Advanced Tai Chi  – Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

Bridge Party  – 1st Monday of each month at 2:15 p.m.

Current Events Discussion Group  – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Knit and Crochet  Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

Life Story Writing  – 1st Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Mississippi Books and Authors  – 4th Friday at 11:00 a.m.

OLLI Book Club  – 2nd Friday at 10:00 a.m. 

Photography  – 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.

Pickleball (at Kamper Park Tennis Courts) — Mondays at 9:00 a.m. 
 
Poetry Writing  – 3rd Friday at 11:30 a.m.
 

Spring Sing-Along - Mondays at 11:30 a.m.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker - Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

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