Skip navigation

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Hattiesburg Courses

Due to the threat COVID-19 poses to our community, all spring and summer 2020 OLLI classes, events, and field trips have been postponed. We aim to offer in-person classes again beginning Monday, August 17. Masks and distancing will be required. This remains a fluid situation, and we appreciate your patience as we work to update this website with accurate course details.

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

Ready to Register?

Call 601.264.2780 in Hattiesburg or 228.214.3277 in Long Beach if you have questions about joining or registering.

Course or Field Trip Suggestions

Acrylics - $25
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus
Join Marty for this much-requested acrylic class. Don't worry if you're not an expert or if you're the next great artist. All levels of knowledge accepted. Let's have some fun!

Watercolor - $25
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus
Learn watercolor basics, color theory, tricks, and techniques, wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry. This class is for all who love watercolor or want to try; let's have fun! Supply List: watercolors, round watercolor brushes (assorted sizes, S - L); watercolor paper (9 x 12 or so), painter's tape, resist medium such as crayons, pastels and/or masking fluid.

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

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

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

The Art of Early Christianity - $10
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Dr. Jennifer Courts
This course investigates the origins of Christian art, tracks its development in the first centuries after the death of Christ, and explores the important role images played in the spread of Christianity.
Love a Pothead - $15
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seminar led by Diane Jeske
Come and create an adorable little planter made from clay flowerpots. Once you learn how to put one together, you can create one of any size...even a life- size one to watch over your garden! You can even design a pothead critter. A supply list will be available in the office.
Tai Chi for Health/Fall Prevention - $25 
 Mondays and Wednesdays
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Susan Nodurft
This is a beginning Tai Chi course for those with or without previous experience and is designed to prevent falls and improve balance, health, and well- being. This specific program was developed by health and Tai Chi professionals to be safe, easy to learn, and proven effective by medical studies.

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

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

Strength and Tone
- $25
Tuesdays and Thursdays
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Valerie Webber
The class will offer full-body exercise of all major muscle groups, with a focus on increasing strength and flexibility. The class includes warm up, main activities, cool down, and final stretch and relaxation. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. Light weights, bands, etc., will be incorporated in the class, but equipment usage is optional.

Zumba Gold
- $25
Tuesdays and Thursdays
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Sylvia Kolakowski
Come enjoy energizing Latin and modern dance moves incorporated with simple cardio exercises. No dance experience necessary. Do what you can and have lots of fun!

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

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

Beginner Yoga - $25
Mondays and Fridays
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Payton Reedy
This class will introduce yoga concepts of meditation, breath control and basic asanas. Our goal is to evaluate and improve participant strength, flexibility and balance. You will gain ability to meditate and understand the benefits of meditation and breath control.

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
- $25
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Ashley Stewart
This yoga class is suitable for all levels of ability except the basic beginner. Practice will include seated as well as standing poses. Students unable to sit on the floor may sit in chairs. The class will incorporate shoulder and hip flexibility as well as arm and leg strengthening practices.

Yoga Flow
- $25
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Five-Week Class led by Arielle Hartz
This yoga class is for the student who has been practicing yoga and is ready to move to the next level. It will consist of a series of sun salutations and standing poses followed by a cool down stand with seated pines and supine poses.

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

Maintaining an Acid/Alkaline Balance is Crucial To Your Health
- $10
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Barbara Dale Washer
In this seminar we will explore facts and information about acidity and alkalinity as it relates to the physical body and what foods are important. We will also learn how it affects one's health and why it is crucial to maintain a healthy balance,focusing mostly on how to maintain this balance through one's diet.
The Joys of Forest Bathing - $10
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 - p.m.
Seminar led by Nadine Phillips
Come and explore the healing practice of forest bathing. Also known as shinrin-yoku, you will learn about the simple, immersive activity of mindfully taking in the forest atmosphere through the senses. Forest bathing invites you to slow down and connect with the natural world. Possible side effects are better health, happiness and a sense of calm.

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

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

Nature's Gourmet Farm
- $10
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Off Site: 367 McKenzie Road, Petal
Join us at Nature's Gourmet Farm for a tour and learn about rural farming practices with grass-fed beef. Come prepared; you will have an opportunity to shop in the farm store. Meet at the farm, located at 367 McKenzie Road, Petal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Communicating to Connect with Others - $15
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Two-Part Seminar led by Duann Kier
In this seminar, we'll use the "My B.E.S.T. Profile" Personality Assessment Instrument. The instructor will collect a $6 fee for the assessment instrument (cash only, please). We'll explore why it is so easy to connect with some people and so difficult to connect with others, and how to communicate with almost everyone. Are there ways you can make yourself heard? Can most misunderstandings be prevent or minimized? Come and learn! 

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

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

Telling The Southern Miss Story
- $10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Seminar led by Jim Coll
The elements of good storytelling are as old as Aristotle. Learn how marketing and public relations professionals use classic storytelling elements to bring The University of Southern Mississippi to life for its audiences.
Author Alert! - $10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Seminar led by Sean Farrell
In this seminar we will look at some trends in current best-selling fiction and nonfiction works. Sean will also introduce some of the online tools that the library provides which allow users to best utilize the library's collection.

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

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

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

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

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

Trees In Your Yard - $15
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Off Site: 294 Hickory Hills Loop, Purvis
Seminar led by Thomas Price
Participants will have the opportunity to see and identify about 20 common trees in our area. Bring your lunch and we'll and have a picnic and enjoy nature. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Meet at the Price home, 294 Hickory Hills Loop, Purvis.  
Communication Technology - $25
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
5G NR - 5th Generation New Radio is the newest version of wireless communication technology that will shortly be available. It promises to deliver vastly increased speeds over the current 4G, and increased use in the IoT (Internet of Things).

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

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

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

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

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

Coastal Art Field Trip
- $55

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

 The John Ford Home - $25
Off Site: Columbia, Mississippi
Join us as we visit the Marion County Museum and Archives in Columbia and have lunch in the village of Sandy Hook at 35 Diner (at your own expense). After lunch, we will tour the John Ford Home, an 18th-century family home, maintained but never restored, where the first Mississippi Territorial Constitutional Convention was held. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.
Trip to New Orleans - $55
Off Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Choose between a two-hour walking tour of the French Quarter, a visit to the Cabildo Museum, a visit to the St. Louis Cathedral, or a tour of the 1850 House, all with guided tours by docents. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee
Carnivorous Plants of Mississippi - $25
Off Site: Buttercup Flats, Wiggins
Field Trip led by Dr. Mac Alford
Participants will take a field trip to one of the largest contiguous pitcher plant bogs in the world, right here in Mississippi, to see and learn about the diversity of carnivorous plants, including pitcher plants, butterworts, bladderworts and sundews. Lunch is at your own expense and transportation is included in trip fee.

(No Charge and All are Exclusive to OLLI Members)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry Writing  – 3rd Friday at 11:30 a.m.

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



Contact Us

Hattiesburg Campus

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

Campus Map



Contact Us

Gulf Park Campus

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

Campus Map