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Pets and People: A Simple "How to Do Portraits" | $25
Tuesdays, September 6 – October 4 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dana Stratton
In this class we will take a brief look at the shape of heads and bodies of animals and humans. You may work in whatever media you choose but please bring your own supplies and photos of the animal or person you wish to draw or paint. Dana Stratton is a longtime instructor for OLLI, retired art teacher, published illustrator, practicing artist and all-around lazy housekeeper.

Beginner Knitting | $45
Tuesdays, September 6 - October 4 | HB In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Teresa Odom
Participants will learn how to cast on (make stitches on needle), knit, purl and bind off (remove stitches from needle). By the end of the session, participants will have begun a scarf and a washcloth. Help is available at any time. Supply fee is included in the course fee. Teresa Odom is a longtime knitter and previously owned a yarn store for 7 years, where she sold knitting and crochet materials as well as held knitting classes. She graduated from USM and has lived in several states, following her military husband. Both are now retired. She spends most days knitting and helping others with their knitting problems as well as making hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless.
 
Watercolor | $25 
Wednesdays, September 7 - October 5 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus Turnbo
Join us to learn watercolor basics such as color theory, tricks and techniques, wet-on-wet vs wet-on-dry. This class is for all who love watercolor or want to try. Supply List: Watercolors, round watercolor brushes (assorted sizes, S - L), watercolor paper (9X12 or so), painter’s tape, resist medium such as crayons, pastels and masking fluid. Marty Broadus Turnbo is a retired art and drama teacher from Oak Grove and is a longtime member of the South Mississippi Art Association.

Readers Theatre and Acting Class | $25
Thursdays, September 8 - October 13 | HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Sherri Marengo
ANYBODY can act; you just need a little encouragement and a big voice! Join us for Readers Theatre and learn some of the most fun acting techniques and hilarious skits. Spend 5 classes getting comfy with props and costumes, learning new scripts and then the big finale—putting on a show for your family and friends. It is YOUR time to step into the spotlight! Sherri Marengo is a community theater veteran actress, director and producer. She seeks to share her love of the stage with others over 60 who still have so much to offer but may not know they can act. She is the creator of Legacy Actors Theatre Experience, or L.A.T.E., the first and only readers theater in the state. The group does lunchtime shows and works with the local arts councils and senior centers. Their motto—'Better LATE than never'!

Mono Printing with a Gelli Plate | $20
Thursday, September 8 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Lilian Hill
In this seminar, we will learn about Monotype printing, which uses a Gelli Plate made of non-perishable gelatin. A brayer (roller) is used, and acrylic paint is spread on the plate surface. Textured surfaces are impressed into the paint and transferred to paper or fabric. We will use stencils and any number of found objects in nature or in home that have a texture to make varied designs that you transfer onto paper or fabric. Using paint in different colors and different textures to make impressions on the Gelli Plate can provide an infinite variety of designs. The Gelli Plate surface can be easily cleaned and reused endlessly. Completed Gelli Plates can be framed or used in art journals, collages or making greeting cards. Bring textured objects from nature (e.g., leaves, grasses) or textured items from home that are relatively flat. Students must wear clothes or a coverup they don't mind splashing with washable paint. Gelli plates, nitrile gloves, paints and paper are provided. Supply cost is included in the course fee. Additional supplies: Bottled acrylic paint and 1 ream of white copy paper. Dr. Lilian Hill is an award-winning university professor, recently retired from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Painting in Pastels | $25
Mondays, September 12 - October 10 |GP In-Person 
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Henry Stiller
In this class, learn the best materials to use in painting with pastels including the best qualities in pastels and surfaces to use. You will also learn the best methods in layout and design using pastels. Contact OLLI Offices for supply list. Henry Stiller is a retired Air Force veteran with a career in arts. Mr. Stiller has experience in medical illustration, graphics and was Art Director of a national magazine (Air Reservist Magazine). He has illustrated medical journals, training manuals, a children’s book and has over 45 years’ experience in art-related programs. Mr. Stiller has been commissioned for many paintings related to his favorite subjects like wildlife and landscapes.

Using Alcohol Markers in Art: Color a Dreamcatcher | $10 Each Seminar
Seminar 1: Wednesday, September 21|GP In-Person 
Seminar 2: Thursday, September 22 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath
Many different products can be used to create colorful canvases: Acrylics, watercolor, oils, etc. A lesser-known product for coloring is alcohol-based markers. These markers can be blended in unique ways that can give art an amazing look. Many comic artists and fashion illustrators use alcohol markers for their projects, creating bright and colorful pieces. The uses are limitless, and examples of landscapes, florals and portraiture will be shared. Our goal in this seminar will be to learn the basics and create a magnificent colored picture of a dreamcatcher. Supply List: Alcohol markers (available at craft stores) and heavyweight typing paper. Christi Magrath is a biology professor that rediscovered her excitement for art after retiring.
 
Harp Party Live! Past, Present and Future | $10
Monday, September 26 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Kristina Finch
Come for an event of music, history and harp with local professional harpist Kristina Finch. The harp has a long and fascinating history full of interesting characters, engineering miracles and some of the most beautiful repertoire you will ever experience. This class will offer the student an overview of the history and development of the harp and its life as a performance instrument while featuring some of our most significant and exciting music. Harpist Dr. Kristina Finch is a model of an independent modern musician based in Hattiesburg, who is constantly striving to connect with new and diverse audiences using classical training and a passion for popular music to defy expectations and expand perceptions of the harp. Dr. Finch teaches harp and music appreciation at the University of Southern Mississippi and holds degrees from Florida State University and the Eastman School of Music.

Explore the World of the Acclaimed Anderson Brothers, 
                                                   Walter and Peter | $15, Lunch Dutch treat.
Friday, September 30 | GP Meet-Up
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Meet-Up led by Carol Ann Lewando
Meet at the Walter Anderson Museum, 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs.
This meet-up will begin with a docent led tour of the nationally-accredited Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The museum features the works of Walter Anderson, the most studied and well-known Mississippi visual artist. Visit the famous "little room" where he spent much of his time, with every inch of the walls, ceiling and floors completely covered with his art work. After a stroll down Washington Avenue, we will enjoy lunch at Maison Du Lu. The afternoon will feature a visit to Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson, brother of Walter, who used his artistic talents to create unique pottery. For 93 years, the family of Peter Anderson has been throwing, glazing and firing pottery at Shearwater. We will visit the showroom and also have an opportunity to see the Anderson family at work in the studio. Museum entry is included in the course fee. Lunch is Dutch treat. 
Schedule:  11:00-12:30, Walter Anderson Museum |12:30-2:00, Maison Du Lu | 2:00-4:00, Shearwater Pottery 

Modified Darling Bracelet | $20
Monday, October 3 | GP Off-Site
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Sue West
Meet at Gallery 782, 773 Jackson Street, Biloxi.
During this seminar, learn to make a bracelet out of 10-gauge copper wire. The bracelet will be completed in time to wear home. No previous experience is necessary. Supply fee included in class fee. Sue West is a retired accountant who worked at the Naval Construction Battalion Center. After retirement, Sue became interested in making wire wrap jewelry. She studied jewelry-making at William Holland Lapidary School in northern Georgia. Over the past thirteen years she has been teaching classes on the coast and some of her students have been studying with her for over ten years. Sue enjoys teaching and sharing her art with others.

Bagpipes in Mississippi | $5
Monday, October 17 |HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Jessie Mathias
Meet at 502 Sheeplo Loop, Petal.
In 27 years of playing bagpipes all over the world, especially in south Mississippi, Jessie Mathias has amassed quite a collection of stories and anecdotes relating to the characters encountered. This course will incorporate a brief history of the bagpipes, the significance of bagpipes at USM and some anecdotes from Jessie's global adventures. Jessie Mathias has been playing the bagpipes for 27 years. She has traveled the world playing and competing in bagpipe festivals and playing bagpipes in south Mississippi has given her a glimpse of the world that no other art or hobby could offer. 

Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner | $25
Mondays, October 17 - November 14 |GP In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Tammy Gragg
Always wanted to paint with watercolor but didn't know how to begin? This class is for you! During the first class we will discuss paints, brushes and tools, then learn several watercolor techniques, including flat and graduated washes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry brushing. We will create a painting in each of the remaining classes. No drawing experience is needed. Supply List:  Watercolors, medium round synthetic watercolor brush (size 6 or 8), 9X12 watercolor paper pad, graphite pencil and plastic eraser. All supplies are available from Walmart, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. After retiring from the U.S. Public Health Service,
Dr. Tammy Gragg studied Fine Art at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and New Academy of Art. Her award-winning art has been exhibited locally and regionally.

Beginning Acrylics | $25
Mondays, October 17 - November 14 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus Turnbo
This class focuses on learning the techniques and skills needed to create acrylic paintings. Students will learn how to paint different compositions and have fun! Supply List: Surface to paint (watercolor paper, card-board, mat board, wooden board, etc.), acrylic paints (a variety of colors), acrylic brushes (three sizes), design to paint, transfer paper and pencil. Marty Broadus Turnbo is a retired art and drama teacher from Oak Grove and is a longtime member of the South Mississippi Art Association.

Visit the Louvre | $10
Tuesdays, October 18 and 25 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Catherine Parker Edmonson
If you are an art lover, the Louvre is likely on your bucket list. Let's visit Paris from the comfort of the Peck House. With artworks spanning 35,000 years, the Louvre can be an intimidating madhouse. It's a bacchanalia of crowds and can seem overwhelming. Now you can avoid the throngs of crowds and tour the Louvre virtually at your leisure from home. Together, we will visit the Louvre's must-see masterpieces. Get your Leonardo or Michelangelo fix in blissful solitude. Catherine Parker Edmonson is an art historian with two decades' experience. While working at Christie's Auctions in New York City, Catherine’s tasks ranged from counting silverware and shutting down Fifth Avenue when a pesky bookcase required extraction. An enthusiastic art educator, she advocates that everyone deserves a well-balanced visual diet, is a member of the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art and spearheaded the 'Spread Your Wings' mural.

Intro to the Architectural History of Mississippi: 1760 to 1960 | $15
Wednesdays, October 19 and 26 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Jeff Rosenberg
Come join this seminar and be immersed in the architectural history of Mississippi. Covering buildings from the European settlement period through to the post WWII modern era, discover that Mississippi's architectural canon carries much further beyond the white columned houses frequently stereotyped. Jeff Rosenberg is the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area Historic Preservation Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources where he works to promote historic preservation in Mississippi's six coastal counties.

Beginning Drawing | $25
Wednesdays, October 19 - November 16 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus Turnbo
This is a drawing class for those who would like to practice drawing objects, shapes and shading techniques. 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 and medium), small drawing pad and 10-12 sheets copy paper. Marty Broadus Turnbo is a retired art and drama teacher from Oak Grove and is a longtime member of the South Mississippi Art Association.

My Life’s Journey and Unique Experience | $5
Thursday, October 20 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Rick Bleiweiss
Come hear my life's journey, including being an award-winning author, publishing senior executive, music industry senior executive, rock performer and songwriter, university educator, Grammy-nominated record producer, mail order video company owner, Times Square tourist business owner, consultant to multiple companies, actor and more. At 77-years-old, Rick Bleiweiss' first novel, "Pignon Scorbion and The Barbershop Detectives" was published to great acclaim. He started his career in music as a rock performer, producer of over fifty records (including a Grammy nomination) and record company senior executive in New York City. Since 2006 as a publishing company executive with Blackstone Publishing, he has acquired works by bestselling and award-winning authors and celebrities.

Let’s Play the Ukulele | $25 
Mondays, October 17 - November 14 | GP In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Gina Aguilar
In this class, OLLI members come to understand the ukulele as a musical instrument, learn to read ukulele chords and play while reading the chords. Left-handed members will need left-handed ukuleles. Supply List: Soprano, concert, tenor or baritone (with GCEA strings) ukulele and a ukulele tuner (tuned before each class begins). Gina Aguilar has worked with various Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for over 20 years and has been in leadership roles for 16 years. Her work experience covers the areas of customer service, fraud and abuse and appeals, as a Hearing Officer and Sr. Appeals Specialist. In her leadership roles, Gina worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS), the Administrative Law Judges of the Office of Hearing Appeals and law enforcement.

Make Some Happy Holiday Cards | $15
Hattiesburg: Tuesday, October 25 
Gulf Park: Thursday, November 3
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | In-Person
Seminar led by Karen LeBeau
In this seminar, we will make 8 holiday inspired cards, 2 each of 4 designs. All supplies including envelopes will be provided—all you must do is come and have fun. These will be all new designs so if you have made cards with me before these will not be duplicates. In the past, Karen LeBeau taught Kindergarten, was office manager for her husband's business, sold designer ladies clothing and worked for a small builder helping people design their new homes. Now she is retired and has time to play with fabric and make clothing. She is happiest when she is creating something.

Creative Fun with Origami | $10                            
Thursday, October 27 | GP Off-Site 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Sherryl LaPointe
Location to be determined.
In this seminar, learn origami from the very basic paper folds and then continue to more difficult folds, making a wide variety of fun, decorative and useful items. Supply List: Origami or typing paper, pencil and scissors. Sherryl LaPointe is a certified elementary teacher who has taught many years in different states and more recently has done a great deal of tutoring. She has also previously taught several OLLI classes.

Cupcake Decorate! Cake Decorating Class | $15
Tuesdays, November 1 | HB In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Elizabeth Laird
Learn new and exciting ways to decorate a cupcake using a few common decorating techniques and delicious buttercream! Course will include four cupcakes and Petit Joie's signature buttercream, as well as a decorator's tip and icing bags to take home to continue your decorating adventures! Food fee is included in the course fee. Elizabeth Laird is the owner of the home bakery, Petit Joie Bakery and is a self-taught baker and cake decorator.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement | $10
Tuesdays, November 1 and 8 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Yasuko Naiki
This class will introduce you to the Ohara styles of Ikebana that can be enjoyed in your home. We will follow the Ohara School of Ikebana curriculum and will include placement of each stem with questions and answers as the arrangements are completed. The hope is the class inspires you to attempt and enjoy Ikebana. Dr. Yasuko Naiki is accredited by the Ohara Ikebana School of Japan as instructor and 3rd term Master. She has been teaching flower arrangement in a Japanese Senior Home in San Francisco since 2014 and has demonstrated at the Ikebana International Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco and other venues. Dr. Naiki is a dentist (periodontist) and runs offices in Japan.                                  

Old, Obsolete and Weird Musical Instruments | $10
Wednesday, November 2 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Ed Hafer
Serpents, Sackbutts, Crumhorns and Racketts. These are a few of the long-forgotten instruments that offered color and flavor to the music of the Renaissance. Learn about these odd creations, hear them in recorded performances and see how they were supplanted by the more familiar modern instruments. We may even learn some of the rules of Renaissance-style dirty dancing. Dr. Ed Hafer teaches music history at USM.

Coastal Christmas Crab | $25
Tuesday, November 15 |GP In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Tammy Gragg
Come spend an afternoon painting an acrylic whimsical crab on canvas to add to your holiday decor and enjoying time with OLLI friends! No experience necessary. Bring a table cover to protect surfaces and wear something to protect your clothing. Supply fee included in course fee. After retiring from the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Tammy Gragg studied Fine Art at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and New Academy of Art. Her award-winning art has been exhibited locally and regionally.

Downtown Mural Tour | $10
Thursday, November 17 | HB Meet-Up 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Meet-Up led by Catherine Parker Edmonson
Meet at the Saenger, 201 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg.
Curious about Hattiesburg's burgeoning public art scene? Interested in exploring our fair city, but aren't sure where to start? Join a walking tour of downtown's murals, including a stop at the Pocket Museum. The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is a 36" x 48" window in a downtown alleyway with only four display shelves, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. The exhibits, tiny but no-less cohesive, are selected from public submissions, making the free-admission, secretly located "museum" a cheeky little portal into community imagination when folks need it most. Catherine Parker Edmonson is an art historian with two decades' experience. While working at Christie's Auctions in New York City, Catherine’s tasks ranged from counting silverware and shutting down Fifth Avenue when a pesky bookcase required extraction. An enthusiastic art educator, Edmonson advocates that everyone deserves a well-balanced visual diet. She is a member of the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art and spearheaded the 'Spread Your Wings' mural.

Making a Beaded Ornament Cover | $10                
Thursday, November 17 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Michelle Magrath Greene
Using beads to create beautiful art and jewelry can be very enjoyable. In this seminar, we will learn the simple steps required to make a decorative cover for a round Christmas ornament. Supply List: Medium-sized ornament, Perciosa Crystal Bicone Beads 4mm crystal AB, JET AB #5328 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone beads, pack of 20, Miyuki round 11/0 seed beads 19-gram tube, your choice of color, Fireline Beading Thread 6lb smoke grey .006 50 yards (can also use crystal clear), scissors and container or mat for beads. Michelle Magrath Greene is an avid crafter who enjoys beading, needlework and reading. 

Holiday in July in December | $15
Tuesday, December 13 | GP In-Person
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath  
Holiday in July was such a great time everyone decided we would get together during th actual holiday season! Join OLLI for a cookie and treats swap (baked or store-bought, individually wrapped). We will exchange fun seasonal stories and make an easy Christmas ornament, too. Ugly sweaters encouraged! Supply fee is included in the course fee. Bring enough cookies to share with the class. Dr. Christi Magrath loves science and crafting!

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Chronic Disease Self-Management | $25 
Tuesdays, September 6 – October 11 | HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Brandi Sanford
This class is designed for individuals with different chronic health problems. The members of the class will actively participate to build mutual support and confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Brandi Sanford is the Community Health Director in Southeast Mississippi for the Mississippi State Department of Health. She has worked in public health for 15 years and says she has a passion for improving the health of all Mississippians.

Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner | $25 Each Term                                        
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | GP In-Person                     
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays | September 6 - October 6  
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays | October 18 – November 29 
No class on October 20, November 3 or November 24.
Five-Week Exercise Class led by Susie Pham
This class is for newcomers and will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress and increase energy flow. Susie Pham has practiced Tai Chi for years and was trained by Grand Master Shi DeRu, 31st generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple.

Intermediate Tai Chi Chih | $25 Each Term
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | GP In-Person                   
Term I: Tuesdays, Thursdays | September 6 - October 6 
Term II: Tuesdays, Thursdays | October 18 – November 29
No class on October 20, November 3 or November 24.
Five-Week Exercise Class led by Susie Pham
This class is for those who have previously taken Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner. This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress and increase energy flow.  Susie Pham has practiced Tai Chi for years and was trained by Grand Master Shi DeRu, 31st generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple.

Tai Chi for Health on Zoom | $25 Each Term
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Zoom (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16 
Five-Week Exercise Class led by Susan Nodurft
This class is open to all participants of the 2021-2022 Zoom class or with permission of the instructor. Participants must be familiar with Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (40 Sun forms) and Tai Chi for Beginners (first 6 forms of the 24 Yang style Forms). Emphasis will be placed on advancing the practice and learning new forms. Susan Nodurft is a retired biology teacher. After retirement, she began the study and practice of Qigong/Tai Chi. She is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s medically and researched-based program, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, as well as Tai Chi for Beginners. She has also received certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong Tai Chi as a Tai Chi Easy practice leader.

Morning Yoga | $25 Each Term
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | HB In-Person (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16
Five-Week Exercise Class led by Serina Carpenter 
This class will introduce yoga concepts of meditation, breath control and basic asanas (poses or positions). Our goal is to evaluate and improve participant strength, flexibility and balance. Emphasis will be on the functional practice of yoga, not the perfect pose. Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, come join us. "It's your mat and it's your yoga." Serina Carpenter earned a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017 and a 300-hour teacher training in 2019. She taught multiple classes at the Yoga Room and The YMCA in Petal.

Chairobics on Zoom | $25 Each Term
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Zoom (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16 
Five-Week Exercise 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. Valerie Webber is a Southern Miss graduate with a BSBA and MBA. She is a life member of the USM Alumni Association and has worked in the accounting and finance industry and in IT.
 
Afternoon Yoga | $25 Each Term
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | HB In-Person (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16 
Five-Week Exercise Class led by Serina Carpenter 
This class will introduce yoga concepts of meditation, breath control and basic asanas (poses or positions). Our goal is to evaluate and improve participant strength, flexibility and balance. The emphasis is on the functional practice of yoga, not the perfect pose. Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, come join us. "It's your mat and it's your yoga." Serina Carpenter earned a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017 and a 300-hour teacher training in 2019. She has taught multiple classes at the Yoga Room and The Family YMCA in Petal.

Intermediate Tai Chi for Health | $25 Each Term
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | HB In-Person (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16 
Five-Week Exercise 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. The offering will include practice of previously learned sets as well as new forms based on the Sun and Yang styles of Tai Chi. Susan Nodurft is a retired biology teacher. After retirement, she began the study and practice of Qigong/Tai Chi. She is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s medically and researched-based program, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, as well as Tai Chi for Beginners. She has also received certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong Tai Chi as a Tai Chi Easy practice leader.

Tai Chi for Health and Fall Prevention | $25 Each Term
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | HB In-Person (Begins on Wednesday, September 7)
Term I: Mondays, Wednesdays | September 7 - October 10
Term II: Mondays, Wednesdays | October 17 – November 16 
Five-Week Exercise 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. Susan Nodurft is a retired biology teacher. After retirement, she began the study and practice of Qigong/Tai Chi. She is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s medically and researched-based program, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, as well as Tai Chi for Beginners. She has also received certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong Tai Chi as a Tai Chi Easy practice leader.

H-A-N-D it to ME! | $20
Mondays, September 12 - October 3 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Four-Week Class led by Florence Keppner
Hydration, Aging, Nutrition and Dehydration (H-A-N-D) acronym and common issues plaguing America's geriatric population. Learn the value of good nutrition as one ages. This course will help in reducing and prevention of age-related diseases, developing awareness and control in some changes that happen as one ages such as a decrease in sense of taste, smell, diminished eyesight, poor oral health, dentition and gum problems, hearing loss, altered cognitive level, swallowing issues, inadequate oral intake leading to loss of appetite, lessened social interactions and side effects of medications. The Aging Well Formula is “delayed disease development/progress + good nutritional status = living longer with good quality of life.” Florence Keppner is a registered, licensed dietitian and semi-retired physical therapy consultant for Encompass Home Health and Canon Hospice. She has worked as a dietitian consultant for the Mississippi State Department of Health and is the former Dietetic Health and Nutrition Director and an adjunct instructor for MS Gulf Coast Community College. Florence has also worked as a  consultant for nursing homes, personal assisted living, long-term acute care hospital and as a teaching dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Self-Hypnosis | $10
Friday, September 16 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Joseph Tramontana
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which the conscious and subconscious minds are focused and receptive to therapeutic suggestions. Participants will learn self-hypnotic techniques. Dr. Joseph Tramontana is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in both adult and child clinical services. He is certified in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).

Take a Trip to Tuscany | $10
Thursday, September 22 | GP Meet-Up
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Meet-Up led by Kyla Jacobs
Meet at Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegars, 141 Davis Avenue, Pass Christian.
Drive down Highway 90 to downtown Pass Christian to Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegars where you will feel like you stepped off the steps to Tuscany! In this seminar, you will tour the tasting room, sample over 70 different varieties of olive oil and balsamic from around the world and learn a little more about the world of olive oil and balsamic. Kyla Jacobs is a graduate of USM Gulf Park, studied in the College of Arts and Letters with a focus on Nonprofit and Child and Family Studies and is the Regional Manager of Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegars. Serving the Gulf Coast community for almost 9 years, she provides a new twist to everyday cooking in the kitchen with their UP Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars from around the world. She is excited to teach again with OLLI!

Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Risk Reduction | $5
Monday, October 3 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Kristen White
For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Kristen White is a licensed master social worker. She received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi College and master’s degree from The University of Alabama. Kristen has experience working with those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers both in the nursing home and hospital settings. She has been the Program Manager for the Alzheimer's Association since Fall 2019. Her work at the Association includes educating the public about Alzheimer's.

S-T-O-P . . . Listen! | $20
Mondays, October 17 - November 14 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Four-Week Class led by Florence Keppner
Symptoms, Simple Treatment (Remedies) or Prevention (S-T-O-P) is an acronym about the most common health issues of the geriatric population: heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Join OLLI for a sequel to the H-A-N-D It to Me! class. Symptoms of respective diseases, simple treatment (remedies) and prevention will be presented in a straightforward manner. Learn to help manage the medical condition(s) from the standpoint of nutrition, awareness of food, drug interactions and therapeutic diet implementation (foods allowed and to avoid, meal plan and pattern). Discover the severity of these diseases and learn how you can: 
1. Prevent frequent trips to the Emergency Room 
2. Avoid being stressed 
3. Live longer with good quality of life. 
This class does not replace the doctor's advice or other health care provider guidance but will help manage the most common health problems plaguing seniors. Florence Keppner is a registered, licensed dietitian and semi-retired physical therapy consultant for Encompass Home Health and Canon Hospice. She has worked as a dietitian consultant for the Mississippi State Department of Health and is the former Dietetic Health and Nutrition Director and an adjunct instructor for MS Gulf Coast Community College. Florence has also worked as a consultant for nursing homes, personal assisted living, long-term acute care hospital and as a teaching dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

HUMANITIES

Ancient Cultures, Part I | $25
Tuesdays, September 6 – October 4 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
This is not your grandfather's history course! This class will be a survey of early history from Prehistoric times to 500 B.C. This course will include early civilization, Sumer, Egypt, Babylonia and the legacy of the Near East. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.  

CASA 101: How You Can Change a Child’s Story! | $10
Wednesday, September 7 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Cathy Pitalo and Tiffany Dillard
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Join us for CASA 101 to learn how you can change a child's story. In this seminar, explore how CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Harrison and Stone Counties trains and empowers caring community members like you, to become volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). CASA volunteers play a major role in the lives of foster children by ensuring every child can thrive in a safe, loving home. Attend CASA 101 and learn more about how you can change a child's story of trauma and abuse to one of resilience and triumph. During this class you will learn the role of the CASA advocate and how you can become a CASA advocate. Cathy Pitalo is a 26-year retired educator with extensive experience working with underserved populations. She currently recruits and trains volunteer CASA advocates to advocate for and support abused and neglected children in foster care.  Before joining CASA's team in May 2021, Cathy worked as a homeless housing counselor, case manager for families involved with Child Protection Services and Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator. Tiffany Dillard is the Executive Director of CASA of Harrison and Stone Counties where she has led a phenomenal team of employees and volunteer advocates since March 2021. Mrs. Dillard has been an avid advocate and leader for children and families throughout Mississippi and Gulf Coast region for over 24 years. She has worked in various leadership and administrative roles on both state and local levels for social service agencies for over 15 years. Tiffany has most recently worked closely with local, county and federal law enforcement, Youth Court systems, Child Protective Services, District Attorney’s Offices, Child Advocacy Centers and trauma-focused service providers while serving in these advocacy and leadership positions.

Ancient Egypt | $15 Each Term                                           
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | HB In-Person 
Term I: Thursdays | September 8 – October 6  
Term II: Thursdays | October 20 – November 17
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Marvin Kendrick
This class will be an inquiry into the archaeological record of the Egyptian civilization from 3,100 BCE to the Ptolemaic period. Emphasis will be on the evolutionary points of transition between Early Dynastic and Late Dynastic achievements in agriculture and irrigation, religion, architecture, art and extant literary texts.  Attention will be called to the Egyptian influence and interaction with neighboring civilizational cultures and languages. Special topics will include the Pyramids and Pyramid Complexes from Abydos to Giza. Note will be taken of the unique hieroglyphic writing system. Dr. Marvin Kendrick taught at Yale University in 1964, earned a degree from Harvard Divinity School and returned to Yale to earn a Master of Fine Art in 1980. Retiring to Hattiesburg, he taught art history in the Art and Design Department at USM. 

Roe, Dobbs: Is There a Path Forward? | $10
Monday, September 12 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Hon. Michael Adelman
In this seminar, we will delve into the legal history of Roe v. Wade, analyze the recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Center overruling Roe, the possible effect on other cases involving contraception, same sex marriage, privacy in the bedroom and delve into the possible future legal path. Michael Adelman is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1962, BA with Honors) and the University of Michigan Law School (1967, Juris Doctor Cum Laude). He has practiced in Mississippi since 1974 in both trial level and appellate courts and in both state and federal court. He won two landmark decisions, Collin v. State and Mississippi Power v. Blanton et al., the latter resulting in a $380 million refund to Mississippi Power customers.

Voudo: A Tradition of Resilience | $10                              
Wednesday, September 14 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Victoria Hippard
Like all religious traditions, Vodou offers intangible benefits and gifts to practitioners and believers. What is symbolic in Judeo Christian traditions, however, is experienced as reality in Vodou through the power of possession trance. Vodou has protected and preserved the spirits of pre-Diasporan religious beliefs in its deepest levels of practice. This seminar presents the syncretic collection of influences that has allowed these traditions to survive the dehumanization and upheavals of slavery. In movies like White Zombie (1932), Hollywood has encouraged popular misconceptions about Vodou. We will look at some of the authentic symbols and rituals of this resilient religious tradition. Dr. Victoria Hippard MSW, PhD, LCSW now lives in Whitehouse, Texas. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans, maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and balances a bit of work with lots of art and writing projects. She enjoys learning about the ways in which people find meaning and enlightenment in our world.

Walking the Crooked Path | $10
Monday, September 19 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Amanda Dear
This seminar is an overview of modern western occultism developed from over 25 years of study and personal practice. This interactive class will take you wandering down the crooked path of the witch. Explore the history of witchcraft in both folklore and modern practices and examine the archetype of the witch as a healer, walker between the worlds and weaver of destiny. Amanda Dear is High Priestess, Ordained Minister and teacher of the Temple of Witchcraft. She facilitates sabbats, rites of passage and ritual events in Jackson, Mississippi. Her ministry focuses on community building, bringing a solid occult education and creating space for transformative ritual experiences to the people of Mississippi. She is a co-host and artistic director for Crossroads and Cauldrons Podcast, as well as a spinner, weaver and artist.

Big Foot Possibilities and Probabilities | $5
Monday, September 19 | GP In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Connie Rainey
During this mini-seminar, we will discuss what Big Foot may be, how it arrived in this country and the laws to protect it. In addition, we will learn about DNA evidence and stories of various encounters. Connie Rainey is a retired RN, an active paranormal investigator/researcher and a member of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) She has been investigating all things paranormal for over fifteen years and lectures on Big Foot, UFOs, Aliens, Witchcraft, New Orleans Voodoo, Vampires and other subjects in the range of the paranormal. She is a married artist, writer and lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Captured! Stories of WWII Prisoners of War | $5
Wednesday, September 21 | Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Kayleen Reusser
In 1942 a teenage sailor escapes from his Japanese captors in the Java Sea only to be betrayed and sent back into their hands. Can he summon the fortitude to carry on through months of ill health, back-breaking work and lack of food? A ball turret gunner escapes from and is recaptured not once but four times by his German captors. Can he get a message to American forces before his prison is bombed? The memoirs of a Bataan Death March soldier who survived as a slave laborer of the Japanese from age 16 through 19 are part of the class. Kayleen Reusser is the author of 10 books on World War II. She has interviewed 260 World War II veterans and has presented programs virtually and in-person in Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Indiana. In 2017, she and her husband participated in a World War II Tour of Europe. She lives with her husband in Bluffton, Indiana.

When Evil Lived in Laurel | $10
Wednesday, September 28| HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Mike Landrum
Join Mike Landrum to hear about the 6 years of intellectual property collection that lead to Curtis Wilkie’s bestseller, When Evil Lived in Laurel, an NPR favorite and Edgar Award finalist in the True Crime Category. View never-before-seen documents, videos and commentary on this important topic of Civil Rights History in America. Mike Landrum grew up in Laurel and has been a financial services business owner for the last 32 years. He played tight end at the University of Southern Mississippi, with the Atlanta Falcons and is the family spokesperson for Tom Landrum's family, the central character of Curtis Wilkie's best seller, When Evil Lived in Laurel.

Bored and Loving It: Film Noir and the Postwar Marketplace | $25
Mondays, October 17 – November 14 | Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Brian McCarty
Film noir continues to captivate audiences with its unflinching depictions of crime and sex in America's decaying cityscapes and its equally bold aesthetic, which employed expressionistic shadows and jarring camera angles to further emphasize its fatalistic themes. Despite its thrilling plots and aesthetics, however, film noir is a genre obsessed with boredom and malaise; as such, it illuminates a troubling trend in postwar America, as abundance and an endless array of diversions left people alienated, listless and vulnerable to commercial exploitation. We will look at how boredom, a particularly intense brand of alienation characterized by a lack of meaning and susceptibility to dangerous behaviors, is formalized within film noir's characterizations, plots and aesthetics. Rather than focusing on a particular film, we will look at examples from across the genre, paying attention to larger trends and individual frames to understand how the genre theorizes boredom in the postwar marketplace. Brian McCarty is a PhD candidate at Southern Illinois University, where he studies representations of boredom and spatiality in post-World War II film and literature. Brian received his BA at USM in 2009, taught at Kansas State University as a master’s student and then a term instructor prior to working on his doctorate at SIU.

The Life and Legacy of Helen Keller | $10
Wednesday, November 9 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath
Explore the life of this amazing woman. Helen Keller, who was blind and could not hear, cofounded the ACLU and was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and French Legion of Honour. Helen Keller authored twelve books, including an autobiography at age 22. This seminar will pay homage to the accomplishments of this American author, speaker, activist and disability rights advocate. Details of her life and her lasting impacts on the world will be discussed. Her impact on pop culture will also be included. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired Biology professor with a BS from USM, a PhD from Tulane and a lifelong appreciation of the life of Helen Keller.

Roy Orbison: The “Caruso of Rock” | $10  
Thursday, November 10 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Jim Dryden
From west Texas to Nashville to the world, Roy Orbison was one of the Founding Fathers of Rock and Roll. "A great voice but lonely sound (NPR)" and is recognized as soon as he hits a high note. Walk through some highs and lows of his too-short life, tell stories and listen (maybe sing along) to some hits we all grew up on. Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s in geology and environmental studies and spent 6 years on the Archaeological Research staff at the University of Alabama. He spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in 6 States and Washington, DC. Hailing from Dayton, Jim could not avoid a lifelong connection to the Wright Bros, including attending Wright State University, near Wright-Patterson AFB, and the connections don't end there.

A History of Fraud Cases in the US | $15
Thursdays, November 10 and 17 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Lorraine Magrath
This course examines cases in which individuals working in companies committed fraudulent activities that enhanced the financial reports of the companies. We will discuss how the frauds were committed and how the perpetrators were caught. This will go beyond the well-known Enron case and discuss at length at least five lesser known but very interesting fraud cases. Dr. Lorraine Magrath is Interim Director of the Troy University School of Accountancy. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and her PhD from the University of Alabama. She loves coding and crafting and sitting in the sun with her dog Splash.

Wilbur and Orville: First in Flight | $10  
Gulf Park: Thursday, November 17 
Hattiesburg: Thursday, October 27 
In-Person and Zoom | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Seminar led by Jim Dryden
From a small town to worldwide fame, you don't even have to say their last name and you know who they are. Walk with me as we discover how a couple of brothers (and a sister) with a bicycle shop worked through obstacles (including patent fights), but succeeded in designing, constructing and flying the first "lighter than air aeroplane." Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s in geology and environmental studies. Jim spent 6 years on the Archaeological Research staff at the University of Alabama. He spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in 6 States and Washington, DC. Hailing from Dayton, Jim could not avoid a lifelong connection to the Wright Bros, including attending Wright State University, near Wright-Patterson AFB, and the connections don't end there.
 
Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Hattiesburg | $10
Tuesday, November 8 | HB Meet-Up 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Carey Varnado
Meet at 100 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg.
Why was a city here in 1880 when the area was a pine forest? This walking tour features descriptions of historic buildings and information about events that have occurred in and near downtown Hattiesburg. We will begin with a discussion of the founding of Hattiesburg and the group will see numerous photos of downtown buildings which no longer exist. The public art in the downtown area will also be discussed. Carey Varnado was an undergraduate history major and has been a lifelong student of history. He is a native of Hattiesburg who has studied local history, particularly the history of the downtown area where he has had a law office for over 40 years.

Love and Sexuality | $10
Wednesday, October 5 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Susan Mullican
In this seminar, discover matters such as the nature and origin of both love and sexuality, the relationship between love, sexuality and marriage, erotic love, Christian love, romantic love, psychoanalytic theories of love and sexuality, feminist perspectives on love, etc. Susan Mullican has a master’s in philosophy with an emphasis on ethics and women's studies. She has been teaching at USM for over 20 years.

Those Terrible Middle Ages | $25
Mondays, October 17 – November 14 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
Beginning after the fall of the Roman Empire, this course will discuss the period onward from this important change of the western history. It will include the church's influence on the period, the supremacy of England, France and Germany and the impact of the Crusades.     Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.

Ancient Cultures, Part II | $25
Wednesdays, October 19 – November 16 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
Come learn about human history from the first days of the Ancient Greek Empire through the successes and failures of Ancient Rome. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

French for All! | $25 Each Term | GP In-Person 
Part I: Tuesdays, September 6 - October 4
Part II: Tuesdays, October 18 – November 15
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Sidonie Sawyer
Join this class to consider grammar, vocabulary, sentence construction and speaking practice. You will also integrate cultural instruction, etiquette, history, cuisine and preparation to travel to France. Ms. Sidonie Sawyer is a French teacher, all levels, all ages. She has worked at several private schools in Florida and Texas and has recently moved to this area.

Spanish Conversation | $25 Each Term | HB In-Person
Term I: Wednesdays | September 7 - October 5
Term II: Wednesdays | October 19 - November 16 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Giulia Saucier
In this class we will build conversations around basic themes: getting to know you, getting around, shopping, eating out and planning a trip. ¡Ven con nosotros! (Come join us!) Dr. Giulia Saucier is a retired teacher and educational administrator. Dr. Saucier has taught classes in Spanish and French, including several French classes at OLLI. She has also studied Italian, Russian and modern Greek simply because she likes to study languages. She and her five dogs have recently moved to Hattiesburg and are loving it.

Worst. Roommate. EVER. | $5
Thursday, September 8 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Leah Holmes
Got a room for rent? Jamison Bachman wants to be your new tenant . . . forever. We will review how this renter-turned-serial-squatter conned multiple landlords, who all attempted to evict the law school grad (and who all ended up regretting it). A wild, true crime goody with some horrific and jaw-dropping details. Leah Holmes is a veteran high school, junior college and part-time English Instructor at USM 26 years. She quietly retired from classroom teaching in 2021. Once passionate about British mysteries, crimes and detective stories, she now studies the true crime genre, sharing bizarre and shocking tales with whomever will listen.

Literature of the Sea | $25
Thursdays, September 8 – October 6 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Benny Hornsby
In this class, we will read and discuss some of the classic sea novels such as Billy Budd, Captains Courageous, The Old Man and the Sea, Heart of Darkness and Moby Dick. We will examine themes common to each book and the genre. Course texts will come from Project Gutenberg or other free online sources. Benny Hornsby is a retired Navy captain with over 20 years at sea, filled with off-watch reading. After leaving the Navy, he taught English for 20 years at PRCC, William Carey and USM. He holds a MA in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island and recently retired as Chair of the Psychology Department of William Carey. He is a longtime columnist for the Pine Belt News and the Hattiesburg American, where he writes about the sea, ships, travel and exotic places.

Your Last Self-Help Retreat: James Ray’s Deadly Arizona Sweat Lodge | $5
Thursday, September 15 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Leah Holmes
In 2006, the release of an unassuming book called "The Secret" swept the nation—its teachings on "the law of attraction" being perfectly suited for DVDs, gurus and Oprah. High-earning yuppie types gave their money and their time as they flocked to intense, multi-week retreats where some ended up giving their lives.  Buckle up for this cautionary tale of cults, cult leaders and the self-help genre in general. Leah Holmes is a veteran high school, junior college and part-time English Instructor at USM 26 years. She quietly retired from classroom teaching in 2021. Once passionate about British mysteries, crimes and detective stories, she now studies the true crime genre, sharing bizarre and shocking tales with whomever will listen.

Homer’s Odyssey and the Family Today | $10
Thursday, September 29 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes
Written over two millennia ago, Homer's Odyssey is a tale of gods and mortals, love and adventure and has messages about the importance of parents and grandparents to children. Learn how the only thing second in importance to the gods is family. Dr. Richard Scott Nokes is a professor of medieval literature at Troy University, the founder of Witan Publishing and host of the "Pop Medieval" podcast. He is also known as "Professor Awesome" in the convention circuit.

Where is Brandon? An Unsolved Mystery | $10
Thursdays, October 27 and November 3 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Leah Holmes
Their 19-year-old son called after the party needing help with the car, now in a ditch. But when they arrived at the designated location, Brandon was gone, along with the car. In Part 1, we will examine Brandon's movements earlier in the night, the details he gave his folks plus the clues that he left behind. Part II unfolds several theories surfacing over the years in this strange and, sadly, open-ended Minnesota mystery. Get your thinking cap ready! Leah Holmes is a veteran high school, junior college and part-time English Instructor at USM twenty-six years. She quietly retired from classroom teaching in 2021. Once passionate about British mysteries, crimes and detective stories, she now studies the true crime genre, sharing bizarre and shocking tales with whomever will listen.

 

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

Ancient Cultures, Part I | $25
Tuesdays, September 6 – October 4 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
This is not your grandfather's history course! This class will be a survey of early history from Prehistoric times to 500 B.C. This course will include early civilization, Sumer, Egypt, Babylonia and the legacy of the Near East. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.  

CASA 101: How You Can Change a Child’s Story! | $10
Wednesday, September 7 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Cathy Pitalo and Tiffany Dillard
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Join us for CASA 101 to learn how you can change a child's story. In this seminar, explore how CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Harrison and Stone Counties trains and empowers caring community members like you, to become volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). CASA volunteers play a major role in the lives of foster children by ensuring every child can thrive in a safe, loving home. Attend CASA 101 and learn more about how you can change a child's story of trauma and abuse to one of resilience and triumph. During this class you will learn the role of the CASA advocate and how you can become a CASA advocate. Cathy Pitalo is a 26-year retired educator with extensive experience working with underserved populations. She currently recruits and trains volunteer CASA advocates to advocate for and support abused and neglected children in foster care.  Before joining CASA's team in May 2021, Cathy worked as a homeless housing counselor, case manager for families involved with Child Protection Services and Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator. Tiffany Dillard is the Executive Director of CASA of Harrison and Stone Counties where she has led a phenomenal team of employees and volunteer advocates since March 2021. Mrs. Dillard has been an avid advocate and leader for children and families throughout Mississippi and Gulf Coast region for over 24 years. She has worked in various leadership and administrative roles on both state and local levels for social service agencies for over 15 years. Tiffany has most recently worked closely with local, county and federal law enforcement, Youth Court systems, Child Protective Services, District Attorney’s Offices, Child Advocacy Centers and trauma-focused service providers while serving in these advocacy and leadership positions.

Ancient Egypt | $15 Each Term                                           
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | HB In-Person 
Term I: Thursdays | September 8 – October 6  
Term II: Thursdays | October 20 – November 17
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Marvin Kendrick
This class will be an inquiry into the archaeological record of the Egyptian civilization from 3,100 BCE to the Ptolemaic period. Emphasis will be on the evolutionary points of transition between Early Dynastic and Late Dynastic achievements in agriculture and irrigation, religion, architecture, art and extant literary texts.  Attention will be called to the Egyptian influence and interaction with neighboring civilizational cultures and languages. Special topics will include the Pyramids and Pyramid Complexes from Abydos to Giza. Note will be taken of the unique hieroglyphic writing system. Dr. Marvin Kendrick taught at Yale University in 1964, earned a degree from Harvard Divinity School and returned to Yale to earn a Master of Fine Art in 1980. Retiring to Hattiesburg, he taught art history in the Art and Design Department at USM. 

Roe, Dobbs: Is There a Path Forward? | $10
Monday, September 12 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Hon. Michael Adelman
In this seminar, we will delve into the legal history of Roe v. Wade, analyze the recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Center overruling Roe, the possible effect on other cases involving contraception, same sex marriage, privacy in the bedroom and delve into the possible future legal path. Michael Adelman is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1962, BA with Honors) and the University of Michigan Law School (1967, Juris Doctor Cum Laude). He has practiced in Mississippi since 1974 in both trial level and appellate courts and in both state and federal court. He won two landmark decisions, Collin v. State and Mississippi Power v. Blanton et al., the latter resulting in a $380 million refund to Mississippi Power customers.

Voudo: A Tradition of Resilience | $10                              
Wednesday, September 14 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Victoria Hippard
Like all religious traditions, Vodou offers intangible benefits and gifts to practitioners and believers. What is symbolic in Judeo Christian traditions, however, is experienced as reality in Vodou through the power of possession trance. Vodou has protected and preserved the spirits of pre-Diasporan religious beliefs in its deepest levels of practice. This seminar presents the syncretic collection of influences that has allowed these traditions to survive the dehumanization and upheavals of slavery. In movies like White Zombie (1932), Hollywood has encouraged popular misconceptions about Vodou. We will look at some of the authentic symbols and rituals of this resilient religious tradition. Dr. Victoria Hippard MSW, PhD, LCSW now lives in Whitehouse, Texas. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans, maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and balances a bit of work with lots of art and writing projects. She enjoys learning about the ways in which people find meaning and enlightenment in our world.

Walking the Crooked Path | $10
Monday, September 19 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Amanda Dear
This seminar is an overview of modern western occultism developed from over 25 years of study and personal practice. This interactive class will take you wandering down the crooked path of the witch. Explore the history of witchcraft in both folklore and modern practices and examine the archetype of the witch as a healer, walker between the worlds and weaver of destiny. Amanda Dear is High Priestess, Ordained Minister and teacher of the Temple of Witchcraft. She facilitates sabbats, rites of passage and ritual events in Jackson, Mississippi. Her ministry focuses on community building, bringing a solid occult education and creating space for transformative ritual experiences to the people of Mississippi. She is a co-host and artistic director for Crossroads and Cauldrons Podcast, as well as a spinner, weaver and artist.

Big Foot Possibilities and Probabilities | $5
Monday, September 19 | GP In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Connie Rainey
During this mini-seminar, we will discuss what Big Foot may be, how it arrived in this country and the laws to protect it. In addition, we will learn about DNA evidence and stories of various encounters. Connie Rainey is a retired RN, an active paranormal investigator/researcher and a member of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) She has been investigating all things paranormal for over fifteen years and lectures on Big Foot, UFOs, Aliens, Witchcraft, New Orleans Voodoo, Vampires and other subjects in the range of the paranormal. She is a married artist, writer and lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Captured! Stories of WWII Prisoners of War | $5
Wednesday, September 21 | Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Kayleen Reusser
In 1942 a teenage sailor escapes from his Japanese captors in the Java Sea only to be betrayed and sent back into their hands. Can he summon the fortitude to carry on through months of ill health, back-breaking work and lack of food? A ball turret gunner escapes from and is recaptured not once but four times by his German captors. Can he get a message to American forces before his prison is bombed? The memoirs of a Bataan Death March soldier who survived as a slave laborer of the Japanese from age 16 through 19 are part of the class. Kayleen Reusser is the author of 10 books on World War II. She has interviewed 260 World War II veterans and has presented programs virtually and in-person in Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Indiana. In 2017, she and her husband participated in a World War II Tour of Europe. She lives with her husband in Bluffton, Indiana.

When Evil Lived in Laurel | $10
Wednesday, September 28| HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Mike Landrum
Join Mike Landrum to hear about the 6 years of intellectual property collection that lead to Curtis Wilkie’s bestseller, When Evil Lived in Laurel, an NPR favorite and Edgar Award finalist in the True Crime Category. View never-before-seen documents, videos and commentary on this important topic of Civil Rights History in America. Mike Landrum grew up in Laurel and has been a financial services business owner for the last 32 years. He played tight end at the University of Southern Mississippi, with the Atlanta Falcons and is the family spokesperson for Tom Landrum's family, the central character of Curtis Wilkie's best seller, When Evil Lived in Laurel.

Bored and Loving It: Film Noir and the Postwar Marketplace | $25
Mondays, October 17 – November 14 | Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Brian McCarty
Film noir continues to captivate audiences with its unflinching depictions of crime and sex in America's decaying cityscapes and its equally bold aesthetic, which employed expressionistic shadows and jarring camera angles to further emphasize its fatalistic themes. Despite its thrilling plots and aesthetics, however, film noir is a genre obsessed with boredom and malaise; as such, it illuminates a troubling trend in postwar America, as abundance and an endless array of diversions left people alienated, listless and vulnerable to commercial exploitation. We will look at how boredom, a particularly intense brand of alienation characterized by a lack of meaning and susceptibility to dangerous behaviors, is formalized within film noir's characterizations, plots and aesthetics. Rather than focusing on a particular film, we will look at examples from across the genre, paying attention to larger trends and individual frames to understand how the genre theorizes boredom in the postwar marketplace. Brian McCarty is a PhD candidate at Southern Illinois University, where he studies representations of boredom and spatiality in post-World War II film and literature. Brian received his BA at USM in 2009, taught at Kansas State University as a master’s student and then a term instructor prior to working on his doctorate at SIU.

The Life and Legacy of Helen Keller | $10
Wednesday, November 9 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath
Explore the life of this amazing woman. Helen Keller, who was blind and could not hear, cofounded the ACLU and was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and French Legion of Honour. Helen Keller authored twelve books, including an autobiography at age 22. This seminar will pay homage to the accomplishments of this American author, speaker, activist and disability rights advocate. Details of her life and her lasting impacts on the world will be discussed. Her impact on pop culture will also be included. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired Biology professor with a BS from USM, a PhD from Tulane and a lifelong appreciation of the life of Helen Keller.

Roy Orbison: The “Caruso of Rock” | $10  
Thursday, November 10 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Jim Dryden
From west Texas to Nashville to the world, Roy Orbison was one of the Founding Fathers of Rock and Roll. "A great voice but lonely sound (NPR)" and is recognized as soon as he hits a high note. Walk through some highs and lows of his too-short life, tell stories and listen (maybe sing along) to some hits we all grew up on. Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s in geology and environmental studies and spent 6 years on the Archaeological Research staff at the University of Alabama. He spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in 6 States and Washington, DC. Hailing from Dayton, Jim could not avoid a lifelong connection to the Wright Bros, including attending Wright State University, near Wright-Patterson AFB, and the connections don't end there.

A History of Fraud Cases in the US | $15
Thursdays, November 10 and 17 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Lorraine Magrath
This course examines cases in which individuals working in companies committed fraudulent activities that enhanced the financial reports of the companies. We will discuss how the frauds were committed and how the perpetrators were caught. This will go beyond the well-known Enron case and discuss at length at least five lesser known but very interesting fraud cases. Dr. Lorraine Magrath is Interim Director of the Troy University School of Accountancy. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and her PhD from the University of Alabama. She loves coding and crafting and sitting in the sun with her dog Splash.

Wilbur and Orville: First in Flight | $10  
Gulf Park: Thursday, November 17 
Hattiesburg: Thursday, October 27 
In-Person and Zoom | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Seminar led by Jim Dryden
From a small town to worldwide fame, you don't even have to say their last name and you know who they are. Walk with me as we discover how a couple of brothers (and a sister) with a bicycle shop worked through obstacles (including patent fights), but succeeded in designing, constructing and flying the first "lighter than air aeroplane." Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s in geology and environmental studies. Jim spent 6 years on the Archaeological Research staff at the University of Alabama. He spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in 6 States and Washington, DC. Hailing from Dayton, Jim could not avoid a lifelong connection to the Wright Bros, including attending Wright State University, near Wright-Patterson AFB, and the connections don't end there.

Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Hattiesburg | $10
Tuesday, November 8 | HB Meet-Up 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Carey Varnado
Meet at 100 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg.
Why was a city here in 1880 when the area was a pine forest? This walking tour features descriptions of historic buildings and information about events that have occurred in and near downtown Hattiesburg. We will begin with a discussion of the founding of Hattiesburg and the group will see numerous photos of downtown buildings which no longer exist. The public art in the downtown area will also be discussed. Carey Varnado was an undergraduate history major and has been a lifelong student of history. He is a native of Hattiesburg who has studied local history, particularly the history of the downtown area where he has had a law office for over 40 years.

Love and Sexuality | $10
Wednesday, October 5 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Susan Mullican
In this seminar, discover matters such as the nature and origin of both love and sexuality, the relationship between love, sexuality and marriage, erotic love, Christian love, romantic love, psychoanalytic theories of love and sexuality, feminist perspectives on love, etc. Susan Mullican has a master’s in philosophy with an emphasis on ethics and women's studies. She has been teaching at USM for over 20 years.

Those Terrible Middle Ages | $25
Mondays, October 17 – November 14 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
Beginning after the fall of the Roman Empire, this course will discuss the period onward from this important change of the western history. It will include the church's influence on the period, the supremacy of England, France and Germany and the impact of the Crusades.     Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.

Ancient Cultures, Part II | $25
Wednesdays, October 19 – November 16 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad
Come learn about human history from the first days of the Ancient Greek Empire through the successes and failures of Ancient Rome. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Tracking the Fall Migration of the Monarch Butterflies | $10
Wednesday, September 7 | GP In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Jennifer Buchanan
Every fall and spring, thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate throughout coastal Mississippi habitats, but, where are they heading? In the spring, it usually takes four generations of Monarchs to reach the northern-most regions of their range, but in the fall it takes just one supergeneration to return to Mexico. However, lately, Monarch “watchers" have observed many Monarchs have been overwintering here along the northern Gulf of Mexico and in Florida. Learn how you can help track where the Monarchs are going by participating in the Monarch Watch citizen science program. You will learn how to tag a Monarch butterfly and report your observations of the life stages of this species of butterfly to Monarch Watch. You will also learn how to attract the Monarchs to your yard so that you can observe their amazing metamorphosis from caterpillar through chrysalis to adult. In addition, participants will receive information regarding the Butterflies in the Pass Festival on October 1. Jennifer Buchanan is a "Double Eagle,” having earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is retired from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources where she worked as a coastal ecologist and was the first Education Coordinator of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Additionally, she has served as the Education Curator at the Crosby Arboretum.

Excel Spreadsheet Made Easy | $25
Wednesdays, September 7 – October 5 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Catherine Merrikin
Excel can be used for financial applications such as budgets and checking accounts, but it can also be used as a simple database to create address labels and name tags as well as sorting long lists of information. It is extremely versatile and user friendly. Catherine Merrikin taught Business Technology for 43 years. She was Chair of the Occupations Training Department at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College and an Office Systems Technology Instructor for 24 years. Before moving to Mississippi many years ago, she taught at several Boston area high schools.

Maintaining Your Home Landscape | $10
Thursday, September 8 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Tim Ray
Maintaining Your Home Landscape will help participants improve home landscapes and retain property value through regular maintenance and proper care. Through this course, participants will: gain an understanding of proper landscape maintenance; be able to scout for diseases, pests, nutrient deficiencies and other issues; be able to prepare landscapes for changing seasons; and be able to adapt maintenance practices to a maturing landscape. Tim Ray is the agriculture/horticulture agent for Mississippi State University in Harrison County. He has over 25 years working in the horticulture industry, having worked in lawn and landscape management, tree farm and orchard management and now with Extension serving the needs of Harrison County clientele. He holds both a bachelor's in agriculture and extension education and a master's in horticulture from Mississippi State University.

Google Software | $25
Mondays, September 12 – October 10 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
Google software is a package that runs on any platform and any hardware (computer), tablets or smart phones. It is a complete package that consists of Google Docs (a word processor), Google Sheets (a spreadsheet), Google Forms (charts and graphs), Google Slides (presentation software), Google Drawings (draw figures) and Google Sites (develop a website). This class will cover how to use this software. Dr. Ralph Bisland retired from university teaching after 37 years as professor of computing science with specialties in software engineering, database management and the internet. Ralph has been an OLLI instructor since 2007, teaching mainly computer-related courses.

Basic Veterinary First Aid | $10
Wednesday, September 14 | HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Jennifer Lewando-Sutton

Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for your furry family members. It may save the life of your pet until you can reach a veterinary hospital or clinic. Live demonstration will be provided with the assistance of Belle, a certified Search and Rescue canine. Dr. Jennifer Lewando-Sutton is a graduate of Millsaps College and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Along with her husband, Jeffrey D. Sutton, DVM, they established the only 24-hour veterinary hospital on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital.

Vaccines and the US Military | $10
Thursday, September 15 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath
From the American Revolution to modern times, vaccines and vaccination have been an integral part of preparing and protecting the US military. Governmental policy relating to using inoculation for disease prevention began with George Washington using mandatory variolation (a vaccination precursor) to protect the Continental Army. The US military is usually a critical player in the development of vaccines against disease of significant impact, from yellow fever and malaria to HIV. Our historical perspective in class will begin just before the American Revolution and explore various events, focusing on warfare, from American history where vaccines played critical roles. Discussions of the basics of how vaccines work, the types of vaccines used by the military, military research initiatives and the socio-political aspects of vaccines, especially mandates, are included. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired Biology Professor who received her BS from USM (Microbiology and Biochemistry) and her PhD from Tulane (Molecular and Cell Biology).

Feline Golden Years: Enjoying the Aging Cat! | $10
Wednesdays, September 21 and 28 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Kirk Frazier
Come learn the health concerns affecting cats as they age and their unique requirements.     Dr. Kirk Frazier is a veterinarian in West Hattiesburg. He is a 1989 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.

Introduction to Apple Phones and iPads: Newbie Special | $10
Hattiesburg: Thursdays, October 20 and 27 
Gulf Park: Wednesdays, November 2 and 9
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | In-Person and Zoom 
Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Santha Walters
Class 1 will include such topics as: the Apple ID and why it rules your life, getting synced (for multiple devices), the Gearbox (control your device) and survey for special topics to address next week. Class 2 will include such topics as: Tap vs swipe, Apple gestures, apps and the library, organizing apps for living, find my iPhone and special topics as requested. Santha Walters is a 27-year veteran of the classroom, specializing in technological integration into the secondary curriculum. Santha also has a passion for learning and teaching technology skills in all educational arenas. It is her firm belief that computer literacy is as essential a skill as reading literacy and her drive to bring this curriculum to all communities, especially those from underrepresented populations.  

Live Oak Trees, a Mississippi Gulf Coast Icon | $10
Thursday, September 22 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Pat Alford
In this seminar, you will learn characteristics and types of live oak trees and their ecological importance. Two species of live oak trees and their habitat will be discussed, as well as why live oak trees are different from other oak trees. Pat Alford is a retired educator who graduated from Mississippi State with a BS in secondary education and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Marine Biology. Pat volunteers with the National Park Service at Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs and conducts tours of Ship Island.

Tour of The Accelerator and MS Polymer Institute Overview | $10
Monday, September 26 | HB Meet-Up
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Meet-Up led by Robert Thompson
Meet at The Accelerator, 46 Shelby Thames Drive, Hattiesburg.
This course will provide an overview and tour of the Accelerator and the Mississippi Polymer Institute. On this tour, we will discuss physical and analytical testing, other laboratory activities and 3D printing. Robert Thompson is currently the Assistant Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) where he serves as an interface with MPI customers and provides technical oversight to projects. Robert is also involved with ASTM test method development as the chair of D20.30.08 section on Thermal Processing Properties and as chair of D20.30 Subcommittee on Thermal Properties.  Robert is also a Staff Approved Lead Assessor with A2LA.  

Birding Coastal Mississippi | $15
Thursdays, September 29 and October 6 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dave Reed
There are over 400 bird species that have been seen in southern Mississippi. Come learn about the birds of the area and how to identify them. Discussions will also focus on popular birding spots in the area and what is needed to get started in this exciting hobby. Dave Reed worked as a hydrologist/river forecaster for the National Weather Service for 32 years. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed traveling and pursuing his hobbies of bird watching and bird photography.

“Fintastic” Billfishes and Where to Find Them: 
                   Current Research of Billfish in the Gulf of Mexico | $5
Wednesday, October 5 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Jeremy Higgs
The Gulf of Mexico is a diverse ecosystem that supports numerous unique marine fishes including multiple species of billfish. Within the waters of the Gulf, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Roundscale Spearfish and Swordfish are known to occur. These top predators are important to the ecosystem and scientists in the Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD) have been conducting research on billfish in the Gulf of Mexico for over 25 years. These studies have largely focused on Blue Marlin and Swordfish with partners from: the recreational fishing community, conservation groups and the fishing industry. These partnerships have provided the means to conduct research on life history projects (age, growth and reproduction), diet studies, satellite tagging projects, larval fish surveys and habitat surveys. This seminar will discuss the work conducted by CFRD and provide a unique insight into the “Fintastic” Billfishes and the current research being conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. Jeremy Higgs is the Research Manager and Anna Millender is Research Associate for USM's Center of Fisheries Research and Development. Their research has largely focused on highly migratory species including billfishes and sharks with an emphasis on understanding their life history, distributions and movements within the Gulf of Mexico.

Global Warming: What’s Happening and What Can We Do? | $15
Thursdays, October 6 and 20 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Chris Werle
In the 1st session we will discuss the science behind why our atmosphere and oceans are heating up so rapidly, as well as the consequences. In the 2nd, we will discuss bipartisan solutions for this important problem. Dr. Chris Werle is a horticultural entomologist with degrees from the University of Maine, University of Tennessee and LSU. He serves as state coordinator for the non-profit Citizens' Climate Education.

Computer Virus, Worms, Trojan Horses and Ransomware | $25
Mondays, October 17 – November 14 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
This course will explain various types of computer malware such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware/adware, etc. We will discuss methods of blocking and eliminating them from your computer (PC, Macintosh or Chromebook) such as firewalls and virus protection programs. We will also discuss cookies - what they are and what to do with them. Various types of system backup strategies will be presented. E-mail spam and strategies for reducing/eliminating it will be presented. Encrypted electronic online transactions and digital signatures will also be investigated. Phishing is also presented as a topic for discussion. Social Engineering is the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. This will also be addressed. Dr. Ralph Bisland retired from university teaching after 37 years as professor of computing science with specialties in software engineering, database management and the internet. Ralph has been an OLLI instructor since 2007, teaching mainly computer-related courses.

Lawn Winterizer Fertilizer: Is it Beneficial? | $10
Thursday, October 20 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Tim Ray
There are so many lawn winterizer products on the shelves today. This seminar will help you gain an understanding of lawn winterizers and what benefits they may have. In addition, you will gain and learn how to understand your soil test results to help you decide what program is best for your situation. Tim Ray is the agriculture/horticulture agent for Mississippi State University in Harrison County. He has over 25 years working in the Horticulture industry, having worked in lawn and landscape management, tree farm and orchard management and now with extension serving the needs of Harrison County clientele. He holds both a bachelor's in agriculture and extension education and a master's in horticulture from Mississippi State University.

Smart Phone Basics | $5
Wednesday, November 16 | Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Lauren-Colby Nickels
During this seminar, participants will learn to use basic features of their smart phones (iPhones and Androids) such as saving contacts, sending emails, browsing the web, enhancing safety features and more. Lauren-Colby Nickels is an instructor for the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach (MSU-ES CTO). During her tenure with MSU-ES CTO, she has specialized in digital technology outreach and online marketing. She helps small businesses and organizations build their brand and marketing plan using digital outreach such as websites, social media and third-party affiliates.

TRAVEL

The Douro River - Portugal's River of Gold | $10
Wednesday, October 5 |GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dave Reed
Come see the beauty of the Douro River in Portugal and learn about Port wine and cork. Learn why the locals say, "God made the world but man made the Douro." Dave Reed worked as a hydrologist/river forecaster for the National Weather Service for 32 years. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed traveling and pursuing his hobbies of bird watching and bird photography.

Honey Island Swamp Tour | $30                 
Friday, September 23 | HB Meet-Up
Time To Be Determined
Meet at Honey Island Swamp Tour, 41490 Crawford Landing, Slidell.
Honey Island earned its name because of the honeybees once seen on a nearby island. A tract of bottomland timber lying between the East Pearl and West Pearl rivers, Honey Island Swamp Tours has provided unique, interpretative boat tours since 1982. Our personal wildlife tour appeals to the majority of the population and, in particular, to those people who enjoy getting back to nature. Join OLLI members and get back to nature! Tour fee is included in the field trip fee.

Ship Island Excursions Dolphin Watching Tour | $35
Friday, October 7 | GP Meet-Up
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Meet at Ship Island Excursions, 1040 23rd Avenue, Gulfport.
Come aboard for a 90-minute shoreline cruise on a quest for Atlantic bottle-nose dolphins. Snack bar service is available onboard, but no outside food or drinks are permitted. Please arrive 30 minutes before your departure time. Ship Island Excursions and the Skrmetta Family are celebrating 96 years of transporting visitors to the Mississippi Islands.

A Fall Visit to the Hattiesburg Zoo | $25
Tuesday, November 15 | HB Meet-Up
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Meet-Up led by Zoo Personnel
Meet at the Hattiesburg Zoo, 107 S. 17th Avenue, Hattiesburg.
Now that the weather is cooler, meet at the Hattiesburg Zoo where we will enjoy a train ride, an animal encounter and a behind-the-scenes look at the Zoo. You may tour the zoo after.
 
Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights | $85                                  
Thursday, December 1 | Field Trip
1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Meet at OLLI Hattiesburg, at the gravel lot on the corner of 36th and Montague.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s Magic Christmas in Lights is their annual holiday light display, opening every year the Friday after Thanksgiving and extending through the New Year. Join OLLI members to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home, enjoy a special dinner in the Magnolia Café and enjoy a walking tour of the gardens, lit with Christmas lights. Dinner, admission and bus fees are included in the field trip price.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Look Around Mississippi with Walt Grayson | Free and open to the public.
Gulf Park:  Thursday, August 18 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | In-Person, 
                    Fleming Education Auditorium
Hattiesburg: Thursday, September 15 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | In-Person, Peck House Annex
From the Delta to the Coast, from the Mighty Mississippi to the Gulf, the "Look Around Mississippi" series is a big umbrella that tells stories about people, places, events, geography, culture, history and all things Mississippi. Walt Grayson grew up in Greenville where he started his broadcasting career at one of the Greenville radio stations while he was in high school. He moved from radio to television in 1984 when he became a weather anchor and occasional feature reporter for Jackson's WLBT-TV. He is the host of Mississippi Roads on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Lunch at Roberts Place Café | Dutch Treat
Friday, September 23 | GP Meet-Up
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Meet at Roberts Place Café, 233 Davis Avenue, Pass Christian.
Join OLLI members at a cafe currently serving American Southern cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Lunch is Dutch treat.

Recover from a Pandemic the Medieval Literary Way: Community Outreach and Social  
No charge
Thursday, October 6 | GP In-Person
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes
In the aftermath of the Black Plague, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote The Decameron, a hundred short stories of laughter, love, loss and adventure. Come join “Professor Awesome” to learn about how Boccaccio and his audience of pandemic survivors used storytelling to rebuild their world in a spirit of hope and optimism. Dr. Richard Scott Nokes is a professor of medieval literature at Troy University, the founder of Witan Publishing and host of the "Pop Medieval" podcast. He is also known as "Professor Awesome" in the convention circuit.

Lunch at El Aguila | Dutch Treat
Friday, October 21 | GP Meet-Up
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Meet at El Aguila, 6187 Teagarden Road, Gulfport.
Join OLLI members for great Mexican food and amazing conversation. Lunch is Dutch treat.
 
Dinner and Murder with a Side of Laughter | $60                        
Thursday, October 27 | GP In-Person
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Seminar led by The Detectives
Prepare to laugh as "The Detectives Comedy Dinner Theatre" guides us through an interactive comedic event in which guests enjoy a 3-course meal that includes a murder mystery to solve. Part sit-com and part crime drama, dinner will be a unique experience. Is that your friend’s new boyfriend or a serial killer? It is up to audience members to determine the guilty party, the motive and how the murder was done. With a little luck, good detective work and loads of laughs, your table could be the one to unlock the mystery and win some prizes. Join us: we are "Dying to Meet You"! Membership not required.

Lunch at La Vita Bella Italian Ristorant | Dutch Treat
Friday, November 11 | GP Meet-Up
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Meet at La Vita Bella Italian Ristorant, 229 Klondyke Road, Suite 3, Long Beach.
Join OLLI for an Italian cuisine experience. Connect with OLLI members and enjoy a delicious lunch. Lunch is Dutch treat.

Hattiesburg Holiday Open House and Social | No charge
Tuesday, December 6 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
In-Person | Peck House Annex
Registration required by November 15.
 
Gulf Park Holiday Social | No charge
Thursday, December 8 | 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In-Person | Location to be determined.
Registration required by November 15.
 
Holiday Dinner with OLLI | $20
Thursday, December 15 | GP Off-Site
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Registration required by December 1.
Meet at the Rusty Pelican, 6174 Beatline Road, Long Beach.
Join OLLI for an early holiday dinner at the Rusty Pelican. Dinner Includes: appetizers, two meats, veggie sides, rolls, dessert, beverage, tax and gratuities. 

On the coast? Register online, email your class list to Maryann.Herodes@usm.edu, or call 228.214.3277.

In Hattiesburg? Register online, email your class list to olli@usm.edu or call 601.266.6554. 

Ready to Register?

Call 601.266.6554 in Hattiesburg or 228.214.3277 in Long Beach if you have questions about joining or registering.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs)

SIGs are free with membership!  
The schedule for SIGs currently meeting in Zoom is below. Your OLLI membership 
must be current to participate in a SIG. Also, to receive emails with 
the Zoom joining details, you must be registered in the SIG.

Contact either office with questions:
228.214.3277 (Gulf Park) or 601.266.6554 (Hattiesburg).
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           Art (Gulf Park)                                                                      1st Friday at 9:30 a.m.

           Coffee Chat (GP)                                                                2nd Friday at 9:30 a.m.

           Knitting                                                                    1st and 3rd Friday at 2:00 p.m.

           Life Story and Poetry                                                         3rd Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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

           OLLI GP Book Club                                                              3rd Friday at 1:00 p.m. 

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

           OLLI Outdoors in South Mississippi (GP)                         4th Friday at 11:00 a.m.

           Photography (Zoom)                                             1st and 3rd Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

           Ukulele (Gulf Park)                                                                  Mondays at 9:30 a.m.

           Ukulele (Hattiesburg)                                                                Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Contact Us

Hattiesburg Campus

3601 Pearl Street               Peck House                            118 College Drive, #5055 Hattiesburg, MS 39406     

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Email
tay.baucumFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.6554

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Gulf Park Campus

Elizabeth Hall 104               730 E. Beach Blvd.          
Long Beach, MS 39560

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Email
maryann.herodesFREEMississippi

Phone
228.214.3277