Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
"Come be OPEN with us.
Open to learning,
Open to fun and friends,
Open to new experiences."
—OLLI Advisory Board President Dallas Gorbett
OLLI will start the Spring 2022 semester in an online only setting, Zoom. We hope to offer courses in person, online and in a combination setting (i.e., in person with live stream in Zoom) beginning in mid-February. The online platform Zoom provides us an opportunity to learn and socialize together in a virtual setting when virus conditions preclude gathering in person. It also allows us to participate in courses with peers from both campuses and most anywhere, no driving required. It’s a user-friendly program, and instructions on downloading it are available in the short, straightforward video available here: ZOOM with OLLI! If you need assistance or practice in ZOOM, please call us.
Spring course lists are now available in the Gulf Park Courses and Hattiesburg Courses pages of this website. Icons for each are in the left-side menu, and no matter which city you're in, you may enroll in classes listed for either campus.
Music and Culture of the Philippines and the Diaspora includes providing knowledge about the history, diversity and contexts of musical genres of Filipinos living both in the Philippines and the Diaspora. The course makes connections between the social lives, worldviews, as well as Philippine peoples and their performance practices, and learning to play various kinds of music and cultural dances. Dr. Bernard Ellorin, PhD, is an adjunct faculty of music at Miramar College and MiraCosta College in San Diego County, California. He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2015. Ellorin’s academic and community work spans over 28 years of educating the greater San Diego community.
Participants will learn how to cast on (put stitches on needle), knit, purl and bind off (finish knitting) as well as how to fix mistakes made while knitting. By the end of the course, a simple washcloth for home use will be the prized result. (Kit with yarn and needles is provided.) Teresa Odom is a longtime knitter and former owner of The Yarn Basket in Petal, selling knitting and crochet supplies and yarns. She also held knitting classes for all levels of knitting including beginner classes. She graduated from USM and is a member of the Alumni Club. She spends her retirement time knitting for others.
Temari balls are beautiful, colorful balls with geometric thread designs, which can be either abstract or traditional. In this class, we will learn how to use common objects such as Styrofoam balls, darning needles, sewing thread, and embroidery floss to create unique designs. The ball you create will make a beautiful and lasting Christmas tree ornament, Easter decoration, or it can be used as a simple decoration. Supply List: embroidery floss, Styrofoam ball, colored pins, darning needle, sewing thread paper, scissors, measuring tape. Dr. Lorraine Magrath is a self-taught “maker” who spends her spare time creating. She is proficient at most thread and yarn arts, such as embroidery, knitting, and beading, and loves combining media to create beautiful objects. When not creating, Lorraine teaches accounting at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
This is a drawing class for those who would like to practice drawing objects, shapes and shading techniques. You’ll learn about perspective, how to enlarge and much more. Let’s draw! Supply list: #2 pencil, mechanical pencil (optional), eraser, colored pencils, Sharpie with two tips (fine and medium), small drawing pad, 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.
Let’s make something pretty and sparkly! Diamond painting is a bit of cross-stitch and paint by number, rolled into one. Each faceted “diamond” (plastic) catches the light allowing the project to sparkle and shine. It’s easy with virtually no mess to clean up. All you need is a kit and flat surface; kits are affordable and can be purchased from most craft stores. You are responsible for purchasing your own kit. Our goal is to learn a new craft, make something beautiful, and have fun. In addition to learning the basic techniques, special tools and tricks will be demonstrated. Michelle Magrath-Greene is an avid crafter that is skilled at cross-stitch, crochet, beading, needlepoint, and diamond painting. While an employee at Troy University, she supervised and instructed numerous young scientists on basic safety and lab techniques. She has frequently volunteered as a science and arts and craft instructor for youth groups.
Come and create an adorable little planter made from clay flower pots. Once you learn how to put one together, you can create one of any size...even a life-size planter to watch over your garden! You can even design a pothead critter. A supply list will be available in the office. Diane Jeske has been a member of OLLI since 2013 and worked in the OLLI office from 2014 until 2019. Diane enjoys working in her yard, golfing, shopping and spending time with her friends, husband Fred and her pup children, all boys.
We will explore how polymers have been used in art since the beginning of art. We will also work with a new material called "QuickCure Clay." Dr. John Pojman is Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University and an expert on "cure-on-demand polymerizations." He invented QuickCure Clay and QuickCure Glaze, which are products participants will use as part of the seminar.
This mini-seminar will introduce participants to the possibilities available through the book arts. We will discuss both artist books containing my own content and blank journals for others to use for their writings, art, or whatever other purpose they imagine. SusanMary Reynolds is an artist, adventurer, writer, and genealogist. She has worked in a variety of artistic media but found a new passion with the book arts. Her award-winning artist books have been in exhibitions from NYC to Portland, Oregon. In addition to her artist books SusanMary creates journals for others to use. These are often collected by other artists and art instructors. Some have found international homes as far away as Australia.
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 (9X12 or so), painter's tape, resist medium such as crayons, pastels and/or 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.
In this seminar we will learn about the early years, the formative years, the early successes and tragic end for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. If you have a personal story, please share!. Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and earned a bachelor's degree with dual majors in geology and environmental studies. He spent six years on the Archaeological Research staff at the University of Alabama. Jim then spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in various positions: Archaeologist, Geologist, Land Manager—ending his career as the Deputy Director, Fish, Wildlife and Endangered Species.
This session is designed to cover fiber characteristics, how to chose an appropriate fiber for the appropriate project, and finally, how to spin said fiber on a simple drop spindle. Erin Haynes is a practicing teacher at a local middle school and has taught for 20 years. She graduated from USM in 1999. For the past two years she has traveled to various events showing attendees how to spin wool fiber. Her class design is geared to bring this knowledge to anyone who has an interest in preparing natural animal fiber for crocheting, knitting or weaving.
Glassblowing experiences with Jeremy Thomley at Mohawk Glass do not disappoint. Through the 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! Jeremy Thomley received a bachelor's degree in speech communications from USM and served a two-year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission. He always wanted to be a teacher and a great storyteller. His experiences made him trade his cubicle for a workshop.
If you're just "listening" to music, you might be missing the most important part! Throughout history, some composers have turned their scores into works of art or intellectual puzzles that can go completely unnoticed by the casual listener. In this seminar we will consider a few of these "hidden" masterworks written between the 14th and 20th centuries. Come and see the music! Dr. Ed Hafer holds a BA in music history and literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the MM and PhD in historical musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches music history at USM.
This class is designed for participants who have previous tai chi experience and would like to advance their skills. The course includes the practice of the Yang style 24-forms, as well as more advanced Sun style sets developed by Dr. Paul Lam. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring a deeper understanding and integration of the tai chi principles in 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.
This class is an introduction to the principles and practice of tai chi. In general, tai chi practice involves slow, mindful movements with the breath. The benefits of tai chi are well documented—stress reduction, improved balance, lower blood pressure, just to name a few. This program is based on Dr. Paul Lam’s medically developed Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. This safe and easy to learn routine will provide participants an opportunity to learn the basics of tai chi and experience the benefits of this life-giving 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.
This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress, and increase energy flow. It is for newcomers to learn and for experienced Tai Chi followers to enhance their skills. Susie Pham has practiced Tai Chi for years and was trained by Grand Master Shi DeRu, 31st generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple.
This class offers a creative approach to modern dance and is accessible to students of all levels of experience and physical mobility. Participants will learn to understand dance as a language for creative expression and will improve balance, strength and mobility. The class incorporates dance technique, improvisation, choreography and folk dance. We will create, collaborate and have fun learning and moving together. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Lauren Wilson Phillis is a dance educator with 14 years of experience teaching in public and private K-12 schools, dance studios and nonprofit community organizations. She has taught students ages 3 to 70+ and loves working with beginners as well as experienced students. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in dance education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Essential oils are therapeutic extracts from plants, sometimes known as the essence or life force of the plant. They are potent, volatile compounds that come from roots, stems, flowers, leaves or fruits. These powerful oils can provide physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join this interactive class to learn more about how these amazing oils are made and how to use them safely. Dr. Tammy Gragg is a retired nurse practitioner who incorporated integrative modalities, including aromatherapy and energy medicine, into her medical practice. She holds a BSN and MSN from the Medical College of Georgia, and DNP from Arizona State University. She completed graduate studies in aromatherapy with the American College of Healthcare Studies.
Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and discuss some of the risk factors that you can change with lifestyle modifications. Dr. Tammy Gragg is retired from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps where she served as a family nurse practitioner. During her career, she developed and directed Healthy Heart Programs in five clinics and hospitals in Southern Arizona.
Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and discuss some of the risk factors that you can change with lifestyle modifications. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired biologist who was at Troy University in Alabama for 20 years. She recently returned home (retired) to Biloxi and suffers from a vestibular dysfunction (and other conditions) that have greatly impacted her mobility.
The purpose of this class is to give you enough information to promote feeling good about your life and enhance your ability to make satisfying decisions along your aging journey. The book Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, by Daniel Levitin, will be used as background. Some topics will be purpose in life, relationships, personal traits, health and your brain, and happiness. We will explore resources to support seniors in the Hattiesburg area. We will allow plenty of time for discussion. Drs. Nate and Sandra Bender, psychologists retired from private practice, have had experience helping adults of all ages in individual, family and group settings. Nate is also a retired Army officer and Sandra has a nursing degree.
The course will include the history of the Black business and entertainment district in Hattiesburg, which was located on Mobile Street. During segregation Black businesses were limited on where they could locate and Black customers were restricted in many ways in their effort to purchase goods from white merchants. For example, Blacks were not allowed to try on clothing and shoes as were white customers. The course will cover the type of businesses and the story of many Black business owners located in the Mobile Street area. Deborah Delgado is a Hattiesburg City Council member in her sixth term. She has a BA in Political Science and a Master's in History from Jackson State University and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University. She has taught history, political science and business law at Jackson State and legal writing at Texas Southern. She is currently a full-time volunteer at Twin Forks Rising Community Development Corporation of which she is founder.
This course will cover the wars since 1975, starting with the remaking of the US military after the Vietnam War. It will pay special attention to the Persian Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Andrew Wiest is University Distinguished Professor of History and the Founding Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at Southern Miss. He has published widely on military history.
Most studies of the Bible focus on the text and its implications for theology or devotional use. This class will avoid the well-trodden middle ground in favor of the margins. On the “Big History” side, we will look at some of the conclusions of “Deep History” and its reflections in the biblical record. On the practical side, we’ll examine some familiar biblical stories from the perspective of individuals dealing with real life issues. On tap: the Garden of Eden, the Exodus tradition, . . . and Paul’s Missionary Journeys. Dr. Daniel Browning is currently Instructor of History, Religion, and Geography at PRCC, following a long career as Professor of Religion and History at William Carey. He holds a PhD in Biblical backgrounds and archaeology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a recent MS in geography/GIS from USM, and a BSE in industrial engineering. His research focuses on the intersection between spatial references in ancient texts and archaeological remains.
Aprons: From Protection to Pop Culture is a textile history seminar on the evolution of the apron from a simple labor item into a piece of textile art. The apron is an item that has ties to class systems, industrial life and domestic toil. Join us for a look at our collective past and maybe a bit of nostalgia. E. W. Suarez is a research assistant at the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Public Library. E.W. graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA in Fabric Design.
This course explores the theological and experiential diversity of Christianity in its early centuries of development (from the first to fifth centuries CE). There will be a special focus on the so-called "Lost Gospels," (including the Gospels of Thomas and Mary), which provide different views on the nature of Christ, salvation and the origins of the universe from those enshrined in what became normative "orthodox" Christianity. The contents of these writings as well as the reasons for their eventual rejection will be covered. Dr. Amy Slagle is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Bletchley Park (the Government Code and Cypher School - GC&CS) was the center for British Intelligence code breaking activities, code name Ultra, during World War II. It was the location of highly secret activities that led to the decoding of the German Enigma and Lorenz coding machines. It was also the location where the first stored program electronic computer, Colossus, was built. Churchill stated that the intelligence produced at BP shorted the war by two to four years. BP is located about 50 miles north of London. 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.
The Hasidic Jewish community is an old and highly traditional approach to a historic faith. By using a novel or two written by Chaim Potok, we will examine and interpret conservative Judaism and its place in the modern world. The Chosen and The Promise by Chaim Potok are books one can read to accompany the course. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.
In this two-part seminar, we will review of the events that preceded the attempts of James Meredith to enroll as the first African American at The University of Mississippi, the riot that occurred on campus the night before his enrollment and the aftermath and changes that were possible following his enrollment. This event has been suggested as the last battle of The American Civil War. Rodney Nichols is a retired physical therapist who attended Ole Miss and, while there, met people present during the riot of 1962. This is when James Meredith enrolled as the first African American to attend any of the "white" colleges in Mississippi. Rodney has read several books on this subject and talked to several people who were present the night of the riot.
In the 1980s, the renegade bootleg preacher from Amite County, Mississippi Will Campbell wrote several works of fiction—one that was semi-autobiographical and two that were purely historical fiction. On their face, they seem to be unrelated, but a deeper look uncovers a trilogy in which Campbell discusses his thoughts on religion, doctrine, and practice in the only way he knows how: through stories. Together we’ll look at these works, review some archival documents from Campbell at the McCain Library, and wonder along with him if there are, as he understands them, any Baptists left in the world. Rev. Brett Harris is the pastor of University Baptist Church. His career has wound through faith communities, fundraising and education (including three years at OLLI). Brett received his BA in religion from Wake Forest University and Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He and his wife live in Laurel with their boys.
Come learn about the Harrison County seawall construction and how it changed the coast forever. Philip Shaw is a 3rd generation architect and native of Gulfport. He was educated at Georgia Tech and continues in the firm his grandfather opened in 1906. Among the many projects designed by the firm, is the Harrison County seawall.
The Hagans not only lived in Kuwait in challenging times, but they also worked with and trained nationals. Don was in the oil fields and Lynn was in the museum field as well as providing consultant social work with the US Embassy. They have a wide range of experiences including preparation for war, terrorist attacks, and evacuation, just to name a few of the adventures they had during this time. Dr. Blackmon will host a discussion with the Hagans focusing on the challenges and opportunities they faced in Kuwait from 2001 - 2006. Dr. Lynn Hagan is a clinical social worker who lived and worked in the Middle East for several years. She received her MSW from USM and recently was inducted into the USM Alumni Hall of Fame. Dr. Bret Blackmon is Associate Professor and Interim Associate Director of the School of Social Work at USM. Don Hagan is a retired geoscientist with Chevron. He spent 20 years working overseas. He is an avid Southern Miss supporter.
Join Betty Shaw for a tour of the Gulfport History Museum. She will also include a presentation on the unique history of Gulfport. Betty Shaw is the president of the Historical Society in Gulfport, which established a Gulfport history museum in the 1904 train depot in downtown Gulfport.
An overview of Mississippi outlaws: the Harpes, Harry Sawyer, the Copeland Gang, plus others. We will examine the outlaw culture and crime history in our state. Becky Orfila is a retired archaeologist and avocational historian. She writes narrative nonfiction, researches for her next OLLI class and takes naps. Retirement suits her.
Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. Her powerful stories have been published by her son, who will share excerpts from Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust, shedding light on her experiences and indomitable spirit, as well as his experience as a child of Holocaust survivors. Prof. Irv Lubliner teaches classes for OLLI at Southern Oregon University and recently completed his three-year term on its Council of Directors. With a specialty in mathematics education, he taught for 40 years (all levels, kindergarten through graduate school) and led seminars for teachers in 39 states. In 2019, he created Felabra Press and published the book that will serve as the theme for this presentation.
Through the life story of Ida B. Wells Barnett, participants in this writing workshop will learn and explore their passion through creative writing and expressing appreciation for the works of this great American human rights leader. Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed is the 2017 Diversity Educator of the Year for the State of Mississippi’s Institute of Higher Learning (IHL). As a public historian/educator and community outreach specialist Turnipseed serves as the executive director of Khafre, Inc., where she leads the international campaign to erect a monument and historic site to Cotton Pickers and Sharecroppers of American. Turnipseed is an assistant professor of history at Jackson State University.
The Catholic Next Door and the Bible | $10
Monday, January 24 | GP In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar Class led by David Gauthier
One of 15 Mississippians is a Catholic, the least of any state in the nation. You may know one, or have worked with one, or even have one in your family. What do these Mississippians believe about the Bible? Is a "Catholic Bible" different than another Christian bible? Where do Catholics get their Bible? What does the Pope say about reading the Bible? And what if the Pope and the Bible disagree? Or can they disagree? We’ll look at these questions and others. Dave Gauthier retired after a long career working in shipyards across the country. He currently lives in Long Beach where he enjoys talking about matters related to scripture and religion.
The Catholic Next Door and Marriage | $10
Monday, March 21 | GP In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar Class led by David Gauthier
One of 15 Mississippians is a Catholic, the least of any state in the nation. You may know one, or have worked with one, or even have one in your family. What do these Mississippians believe about marriage? What makes a marriage valid? Is “Sacramental” marriage different then “State Licensed” marriage? What is different in a Catholic wedding ceremony? How about church teachings on divorce and annulments? Why can’t priests marry? And is there a Catholic same-sex marriage? We'll look at these questions and others. Dave Gauthier retired after a long career working in shipyards across the country. He currently lives in Long Beach where he enjoys talking about matters related to scripture and religion.
In Part I of this course, participants will learn the basics of writing a first draft of a novel. Classes will include teacher/student discussion, power points, practice exercises and positive feedback. Evelyn Timidaiski is a retired biology teacher of 30 years and a published author by the Wild Rose Press. Evelyn enjoys painting with water colors and acrylic and loves interaction with adult students. She is originally from South Carolina but has been here over 30 years, which hopefully makes her a native. This course will be in two parts covering both terms.
This interactive seminar will begin with an overview of the possibilities for publishing your writing with a generous segment for the questions and answers you bring. Virginia McGee Butler has been published in a variety of magazines including Highlights, The LLI Review, Wildlife Mississippi, The Writer, and Thema, and has received an abundance of rejections from some of the most respected publishers in the business.
We will cover prefixes, root words, common expressions from Latin, medical and legal Latin, words and stories from Greek and Latin mythology. A main emphasis will be how to pick words apart to find their basic meaning and then put them back together to understand how we use them. We will also explore words used in various religions and why they are used that way. We might also create some new words! Nancy Ratliff is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her master's degree at USM. She taught Latin, Greek and Roman Civilization, and mythology at Hattiesburg High School and Latin at Presbyterian Christian School and at Sacred Heart. She has a passion for tracing English words to their Latin and Greek roots.
This is Part II of the course and will offer participants the basics of writing a first draft of a novel. Classes will include teacher/student discussion, power points, practice exercises and positive feedback. Evelyn Timidaiski is a retired biology teacher of 30 years and a published author by the Wild Rose Press. Evelyn enjoys painting with water colors and acrylic and loves interaction with adult students. She is originally from South Carolina but has been here over 30 years, which hopefully makes her a native. This course will be in two parts covering both terms.
This seminar will explore the threats to savings including administrative costs, litigation, creditors, estate taxes and nursing home costs. We will discuss opportunities available for protecting assets received from the government, such as Medicaid, as well as other possible threats to your finances. Ronald Morton is an Elder Law Attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. He has earned a Master of Laws in Taxation and is an Estate Planning Law Specialist. Morton's Mississippi practice is limited to the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and public benefit qualification, including qualification for VA benefits and Medicaid benefits for nursing homes. He is an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.
This class is line dancing for beginners. Participants will enjoy the simple footwork and the casual style of line dancing. This style of dance allows everyone a chance to dance and there is no age barrier and no partner necessary. Joni Guthrie has been a country line dance instructor for 20 years at The Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine (IWSM), The Claiborne, OLLI and Quest Fitness and offers private lessons as well.
The presentation will provide an introductory overview of the recent NCAA name, image, and likeness (NIL) rule that allows Southern Miss student-athletes to seek and obtain endorsement deals, to promote themselves and their merchandise, and receive financial compensation. The session will include details of the State of Mississippi law and its implications. Dr. Chris Croft is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the College of Business and Economic Development and School of Marketing at the University of Southern Mississippi. Croft has been involved in intercollegiate athletics specifically in college basketball for over 20 years.
Are you thinking of covering up your gray hair? Or going to a shorter cut? Ask Jeanie! This seminar will cover the basics of styling, perming and coloring hair. Jeanie has been a stylist for 26 years. She and her husband live in Oak Grove, where they are rearing two sons. Jeanie Coward owns Belle and Beau Salon in Hattiesburg, where she cuts, colors, perms and styles hair.
Medicare beneficiaries (Part B) and members (Managed care or Part C) receive Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) on medical services they receive from Medicare suppliers and providers. These notices include important information for the beneficiaries and members. However, the multiple pieces of information can be confusing. In this seminar, we will review the critical information in the MSNs. At the end of the session, participants will have gained a better understanding of the information in their MSNs. Gina Aguilar worked with various Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for over 20 years and was in leadership roles for 16 years. During this time she worked closely with law enforcement, lawyers from the Department of Justice and the Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) of the Office of Hearings and Appeal. Her Medicare Part B experience covers the area of fraud and abuse and appeals. She also worked for 9 years in the Managed Care program.
An educational and entertaining wine and food pairing dinner will be led by wine educator, Melanie Hankins Booth, Certified Specialist of Wine. Using a list provided in advance, join other beginners and enthusiasts to taste wines (that you can easily purchase locally) and pair with simple food selections ("grab and go" or recipes). Participate at whatever level you are comfortable. Learn concepts, terminology, world wine regions and more. We don’t just drink wine, we experience it. See www.WineTheExperience.me. Melanie Hankins Booth, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), teaches wine appreciation and personal enrichment classes thru MSU Extension's Continuing Ed program as well as wine appreciation at MUW's Culinary Arts Institute. She teaches private classes, provides restaurant training and offers consulting in the hospitality industry.
This course will focus on money management strategies and lifestyle issues facing retirees. The five-course schedule is: Financial Basics, Retirement Income, Investments, Risk Management and Estate Planning. Each course will introduce concepts and strategies that help manage day-to-day finances and manage investments. The coursework is objective and factual, without reference to specific investment products. Concepts and strategies that may help participants make more informed financial decisions will be introduced. Jim Rasberry is a lifelong resident of Laurel and has been a practicing financial advisor for more than 18 years. He is a 2006 graduate of USM with a degree in Business Administration. Jim has taken his Certified Financial Planning coursework through Florida State University and holds series 6,7,63, and 66 FINRA registrations along with various state insurance licenses. He was also named a "Leader in Finance" by the MS Business Journal.
Five Wishes is an easy to use document that deals with personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes. This seminar reviews the document and provides opportunities for discussion. Nanci Youngblood believes facing age-related issues openly with others is instrumental in the process of aging "gracefully," The Five Wishes Document helps with that and helps alleviate the "fear factor" related to aging issues.
Do you love to shop? Hate to shop? Let Catherine help you learn to navigate easily through a store, finding the trends to avoid and the bargains you desire based on your coloring and shape...with style! Meet at the entrance to TJMaxx at 10:00 am. Fee includes personalized lip product. Catherine Nowicki has been a certified color and image consultant since 1988. She trained with Color Me Beautiful and has a private studio in Laurel. She has spoken at conventions, universities , bookstores and conferences, and has helped hundreds of women and men look and feel their best through color and style.
Join us for a cook-along! April will provide recipes and shopping lists for two dishes using canned beans. April Sins is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master's in health care management and is the retail dietitian for Rouses Markets.
This seminar is designed to educate current and future recipients of Medicare on how the system works. It will cover Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D, along with how to make decisions about choosing to opt in or out. Knowing this information can prevent future penalties that can last a lifetime. Terri Gonzalez has been teaching financial education classes for over 15 years. She is proficient in financial counseling, budgeting, retirement planning and Medicare consulting. Terri received her bachelors degree from William Carey University. She enjoys equipping people with the knowledge to take their finances into their own hands and make decisions that will provide a fulfilling retirement. She firmly believes knowledge is power. Lonzie Burgess is a two-time graduate of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he earned his BA in criminal justice and MS in management. He has been with Humana for 11 years, which includes five years as a direct marketing sales/tele-sales agent, four years as a career market point field agent and is currently the Broker Relationship Manager in Mississippi, covering all 82 Counties.
This session will include presentations on both past and present sites and events that have had profound impact on the area. We will provide materials for reading and future reference and tour some of the most popular and available locations for onsite experiences and interaction. Myrna Green is Tourism Director of Hancock County and has been involved with the hospitality industry on the Miss Gulf Coast since 1980.
A fun and relaxed introduction to popular dance styles - including waltz, rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha, and swing - for brand-new dancers, and a refresher for those who have not danced in a while. The course will feature a different dance style each week, but will review earlier material as the term moves along. No partner necessary. Mounting research evidence attests to the many health benefits - physical, cognitive, emotional, and social - of dancing, especially for older adults. Dr. Michael Forster is a USM emeritus Social Work faculty member, and director of "Dance for the Health of It," a community program that promotes the multiple health, mental health, and community health benefits of social dancing. Michael is vice president of the Hattiesburg chapter of USA Dance and has been working with novice social dancers for 10 years.
Ellen Davies is a retired teacher and lawyer who started playing bridge as a teenager. She has taken and taught many bridge courses at OLLI.
Join us to learn about the history of the Crosby Arboretum, an award-winning public botanical garden, and its mission to educate the public on the plants native to our region. The classroom portion will provide you with an engaging overview of the Arboretum and the native plants you will discover during the second day of the class that will take place during a guided tour of the Arboretum and its Mississippi Landmark Pinecote Pavilion designed by E. Fay Jones. Participants are responsible for driving to the Arboretum but the $7 tour cost is included in class fee. Pat Drackett is the Director of Mississippi State University’s (MSU) Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, and an assistant extension professor of landscape architecture. She holds degrees in botany and landscape architecture. Pat is also an instructor and content contributor for the MSU Mississippi Smart Landscapes program, which helps homeowners create good-looking, low maintenance yards that support wildlife, use water wisely and lower energy costs.
Tour Freedom Ranch Wildlife Center and meet native birds of prey, brown pelicans, and exotic birds such as parrots and emus. Take a trip through South America as we meet and greet Patagonian Cavies. We will also make time to touch a tortoise and feed a porcupine! Krissy Hamilton is a wildlife educator specializing in native birds of prey. Her passion is inspiring people to care for wildlife in their own backyards and to see the important role each plays in our ecosystem.
Plastic is so embedded within our lives and in our homes we often don’t recognize how much plastic we live with. During this class, students will begin the process of evaluating and documenting their plastic use at home, learn about alternative products and recipes, and get hands on making beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are used to wrap and cover foods for the fridge or on the go. The 100% cotton wax coated clothes are easy to clean and eliminate the need for single use plastic. Materials provided. Elizabeth Englebretson is Plastic Free Gulf Coast project lead and works as Extension Associate with the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Elizabeth has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of New Mexico. Jessi James is the current Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program based out of Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. This newly funded terrestrial litter research, education, and community outreach program aims to serve southeastern Mississippi counties—helping to spread trash awareness and plastic reduction education through community cleanups and other initiatives. More information can be found at www.nolittermovement.com! Keith Chenier is an Extension Program Assistant at the MSU Extension Center in Biloxi. He works in the Derelict Trap Program when he is not conducting his thesis research. He graduated from Nicholls State University in south Louisiana where he studied mainly coastal restoration and coastal ecology. There he also worked growing restoration plants like Black Mangroves and Iris.
Combination pots or containers can solve a problem with spots with poor soil or conditions, or just to add color. There are many possibilities for growing combination pots for your garden. From flowering plants, to herbs, to vegetables. Helpful hints and good combinations will be discussed. Polly Cuevas has been the manager at Pine Hills Nursery from its beginning in 1986.
The two-part mini-seminar will basically follow the Ohara School of Ikebana curriculum. Basic terms will be introduced along with demonstrations of beginner arrangements. Hopefully, this should help prepare and inspire participants to actually challenge Ikebana with me. 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 Japanese Senior Home in San Francisco since 2014 and has presented demonstrations of her art at Ikebana International and other venues. She is also a dentist (periodontist), with dental offices in Japan.
In this introductory two-part seminar, you will learn how to adequately plan ahead and prepare for your day-hiking adventure so that you will feel safe and secure on the trail. During the lecture portion, participants will learn how to dress, what to bring, how to follow a trail, how to avoid poisonous plants and venomous animals and how to “leave no trace.” During the second part of the seminar, participants will meet on campus and carpool to a local trail for a two-hour hike. Jennifer Buchanan is a “Double Eagle,” having earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Sciences from USM. She is retired from the MS Department of Marine Resources where she was a coastal ecologist and the first Education Coordinator of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Additionally, she served as the Education Curator at the Crosby Arboretum. She is a certified interpretive guide.
Learn tips to help provide habitat for wildlife in your own backyard. This seminar will cover naturescaping, gardening and conservation practices that help build good wildlife habitats. We will talk about the naturescaping efforts on the USM campus. And, there will be an optional walk around campus to highlight what we discuss in class. Dr. Sue Wilder received her Master's and Doctorate degrees from LSU in botany. She then pursued a career in ecology as a research ecologist and as a regional ecologist. She recently retired and continues to support efforts in wildlife conservation and habitat management as a volunteer for many Gulf Coast conservation organizations. In addition to her volunteer efforts, she enjoys working on her golf game and playing with her grandchildren.
If there is a specific topic you would like to discuss, please write it down and bring it to the seminar. This seminar is planned as a learning experience, and we will cover topics you want to learn more about. Brooke Carney is a recent Pearl River Community College ADN graduate, and mother to a little boy. She has always had a love for organizing, and helping others get organized. In the summer of 2021, Brooke began her organizing business, called Sweet Perfection. She visits and helps organize any space requested by a client. Brooke has spent countless hours finding the most efficient, cost friendly ways to organize and to help others stay organized.
This beginner-level seminar introduces the user to basic computer functions, as well as Windows 10. Users will become familiar with computer hardware, software, operating systems, terminology and best practices. Participants will also learn how to use the mouse, open/close programs and install and remove programs on the computer as well as transporting pictures. Lauren-Colby Nickels is an Instructor for the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach (MSU-ES CTO). During her six years with MSU-ES CTO, she has specialized in digital technology outreach and online marketing. She received her BA in Communications and Master of Public Policy and Administration from MSU, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Agriculture Education, Leadership and Communication.
In a continuation of the natural hazards series, Dr. Holt will discuss the formation and locations of volcanoes and how volcanologists keep tabs on these natural hazards. We will also discuss the Ring of Fire, plate tectonics and hotspot volcanoes. Dr. David Holt is an associate professor of geography and teaches physical geography, cartography, natural resources, sustainable development, and field methods at the University of Southern Mississippi.
This seminar will provide a description of how our three main neurological systems function and how they communicate between brain and body to help us. We will discuss strategies to use if you find yourself locked in unhealthy patterns. Valerie Loeschen Hale is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice at Patterns Counseling Center in Laurel since 2002. Valerie received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship at Menninger in 1995.
This five-week course in on concepts around natural resource conservation with examples of how conservation is practiced. There will be an initial lecture on concepts of conservation followed by three field trips to sites that exemplify the ways and means of conservation of natural resources. The last session will focus on a review of conservation organizations. Session topics: What is Conservation, Habitat Restoration, Green Infrastructure, Tools of Land Conservation, and Conservation Organizations. Dr. Mark LaSalle is a naturalist and wetland ecologist, providing expertise on wetlands, water quality and environmental impacts of humans. He developed and conducted a number of environmental education programs and workshops for youth, teachers, realtors, and the general public on a variety of subjects including wetlands, natural history, and environmental landscaping.
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.
This seminar on dreams and dream analysis includes a required initial session during which the framework for dream analysis, confidentiality and making a safe place will be discussed. The introductory meeting also includes a PowerPoint on aspects of dreams and their symbolism in various cultures and eras. The second meeting will include group dream analysis. Discussions on individual dreams will follow the Jeremy Taylor Dream Work Guidelines. Dr. Victoria Hippard, MSW, PhD, LCSW, has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University and Tulane University. She maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and balances a little bit of work with lots of art and writing projects.
Enjoy a walk through and discussion of some of Earth's most beautiful and mesmerizing geological features. Each will be described and analyzed as to how it came to be and what we are doing to save these majestic wonders. Jim Dryden grew up in Dayton, OH. He earned a Bachelors with a dual major in Geology and Environmental Studies. He spent 6 years on the Archaeological staff at the University of Alabama. Jim then spent 31 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in various positions: Archaeologist, Geologist, Land Manager, and ended his career as the Deputy Director—Fish, Wildlife and Endangered Species.
TikTok is a social media platform that provides users opportunities to view, create and share short videos on a huge number of subjects. From comical to utilitarian, the platform uses machine-learning to provide videos catered to each user's viewing patterns. With over a billion world-wide users, TikTok is a way to meet people with similar interests in a “TikTok community.” This seminar will introduce the basics of using TikTok (viewing/engaging and creating), while also explaining some of the algorithms that are vital to the app. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired Biology professor that taught at Troy University for 20 years. She is embarrassed by how many hours she has spent "playing" on TikTok and looks forward to sharing her enjoyment of this platform.
This seminar will cover bluebird mating, nesting and fledglings. Also included will be information about habitat, bluebird box placement and predators. John Lipscomb is Master Naturalist who has collected data on a bluebird trail for the last 14 years. Data is shared with Cornell University’s NestWatch program. As many as 1090 birds have fledged from this trail.
This course is essentially a continuation of Part 1 of the course taught in Term 1 of this semester. Please bring your Mac laptop or desktop to class for the hands-on experience. Course prerequisite: It would be best if you completed Part 1 of this course. 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.
When we discuss plastic pollution, we often focus on large-scale litter cleanups or the great pacific garbage patch. Microplastics are any piece of plastic 5mm or smaller--this is the equivalent to the size of a lentil and smaller. During this course students will learn the ins and outs of microplastics and how they are changing our water and our world. Students will also participate in the process of in- class water filtration from local sources to capture microplastics for viewing under microscopes. Elizabeth Englebretson is Plastic Free Gulf Coast project lead and works as Extension Associate with the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Elizabeth has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of New Mexico. Jessi James is the current Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program based out of Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. This newly funded terrestrial litter research, education, and community outreach program aims to serve southeastern Mississippi counties—helping to spread trash awareness and plastic reduction education through community cleanups and other initiatives. More information can be found at www.nolittermovement.com! Keith Chenier is an Extension Program Assistant at the MSU Extension Center in Biloxi. He works in the Derelict Trap Program when he is not conducting his thesis research. He graduated from Nicholls State University in south Louisiana where he studied mainly coastal restoration and coastal ecology. There he also worked on a farm growing restoration plants like Black Mangroves and Iris.
Participants will gain an understanding of how the use of ornamental plants is creating a dessert for birds, pollinators and insects. We will explore information regarding the decline of various species of birds and discuss how adding native plants to the landscape is what is best for birds, insects and pollinators as well as the environment. Susan Stachowski is a retired public school teacher and administrator now working as the manager of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Also on staff is Katie Fetzer who has a degree in Environmental Education.
Food waste is a major local and global issue. According to the UN, “an estimated one-third of all the food produced in the world ends up as rubbish before it even gets to the table.” During this class students will learn the importance of building a robust and accessible local food system, eliminating food waste, and how to participate in and promote food recovery. We will discuss home composting to reduce food waste, the importance of healthy living soil, and rethinking “ugly produce”. Students will get hands-on making worm hotels. Elizabeth Englebretson is Plastic Free Gulf Coast project lead and works as Extension Associate with the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Elizabeth has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of New Mexico. Jessi James is the current Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program based out of Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. This newly funded terrestrial litter research, education, and community outreach program aims to serve southeastern Mississippi counties—helping to spread trash awareness and plastic reduction education through community cleanups and other initiatives. More information can be found at www.nolittermovement.com! Keith Chenier is an Extension Program Assistant at the MSU Extension Center in Biloxi. He works in the Derelict Trap Program when he is not conducting his thesis research. He graduated from Nicholls State University in south Louisiana where he studied mainly coastal restoration and coastal ecology. There he also worked on a farm growing restoration plants like Black Mangroves and Iris.
Pollinators such as bees, moths, and bats, play a vital role in food production for our planet. During this class students will learn more about pollinators and ways to increase pollinator habitat through DIY projects that provide shelter, water, and food. These projects can be scaled up or down to fit any space from a window box to a city park. Students will get hands on making a bug hotel and potting a native pollinator friendly plant. All materials provided. Elizabeth Englebretson is Plastic Free Gulf Coast project lead and works as Extension Associate with the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Elizabeth has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of New Mexico. Jessi James is the current Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Inland Cleanup Program based out of Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. This newly funded terrestrial litter research, education, and community outreach program aims to serve southeastern Mississippi counties—helping to spread trash awareness and plastic reduction education through community cleanups and other initiatives. More information can be found at www.nolittermovement.com! Keith Chenier is an Extension Program Assistant at the MSU Extension Center in Biloxi. He works in the Derelict Trap Program when he is not conducting his thesis research. He graduated from Nicholls State University in south Louisiana where he studied mainly coastal restoration and coastal ecology. There he also worked on a farm growing restoration plants like Black Mangroves and Iris.
We will look at the archetypal theories of Carl Jung, PhD and some of the stories from antiquity to the present that affect us as individuals, consciously as well as unconsciously. The Archetypal, in the form of historical legacies, informs us every day if we are interested or brave enough to imagine its presence. Archetypes offered by Jungian studies include the divine child and orphan, puer and senex, and trickster (to name a few). In addition to lecture, imaginal exercises will allow participants to work with some of these archetypal images. Dr. Victoria Hippard, MSW, PhD, LCSW, has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University and Tulane University. She maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and balances a little bit of work with lots of art and writing projects.
The University of Southern Mississippi is championing the innovation sector of 'blue economy' efforts along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the most recent announcement being the Gulf Blue Initiative. This field trip will provide tours and information from three locations: 1-Gulf Park Campus (Long Beach), education briefing, 2-Marine Research Center (Port of Gulfport), research briefing, 3-Gulf and Ship Island Building (Downtown Gulfport), partnering with private-sector companies, We will finish up at a local restaurant. Dr. Shannon Campbell is Senior Associate Vice-President for USM’s Coastal Operations which encompasses teaching and research sites across the MS Gulf Coast. She oversees the universities’ vision for its coastal operations being a national leader in addressing issues relevant to people in coastal and maritime settings. Dr. Campbell served eight years as the Director of USM’s Trent Lott National Center.
Life Story and Poetry Writing (Hattiesburg) — 3rd Friday at 10:30 a.m.
OLLI Book Club (Gulf Park) — 3rd Friday at 1 p.m.
OLLI Book Club (Hattiesburg)— 2nd Friday at 10 a.m.
Photography — 1st and 3rd Fridays at 2:30 p.m.
Ukulele (Gulf Park) --Fridays at 12 p.m.
Ukulele (Hattiesburg) — Fridays at 2:00 p.m.