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                           —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. 

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SPRING 2022 COURSES

ARTS

Music and Culture of the Philippines and the Diaspora | $10
Tuesday, January 25 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Bernard Ellorin

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.

Beginner Knitting | $45
Tuesdays, January 25 - February 22 | 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 (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.

Blaan: Learning their Weaving Traditions | $15
Tuesdays, January 25 and February 1 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Josephine Turner
Blaan is one of the Indigenous Peoples groups of the Philippines primarily located in south central Mindanao. This two-part seminar will focus on sharing about the Blaan weaving traditions with respect to its indigenous textile and also its mat weaving from communities trying to keep these traditions alive through the School of Living Tradition. First Part: Blaan Tabih Traditional Textile. Second Part: Blaan Mat Weaving Tradition. Josephine Turner is a certified program and project management professional by the Project Management Institute. With a BS degree in Agriculture and MS degree in Environment from the University of the Philippines, she also earned the Certificate of Accomplishment for Philippine Arts and Culture. Recently, she was awarded the Public Leadership Credential by the Harvard Kennedy School. Sharing culture and the arts of the Philippines is her passion.
 
Learn Temari: The Art of Japanese Thread Balls | $15
Wednesdays, January 26 and February 2 |Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Lorraine Magrath

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.

Beginning Drawing | $25 
Tuesdays, February 8 - March 8 | 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. 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.

Acrylics | $25
Thursdays, February 10 - March 10 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus Turnbo
This class focuses on learning the techniques and skills needed to create acrylic paintings. Participants will learn how to paint different compositions and to have fun! Supply list: surface for paint (watercolor paper, cardboard, mat board, wooden board, etc.), acrylic paints (a variety of colors), acrylic brushes (three sizes), design to paint, transfer paper, 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. 
 
It’s Sparkle Time: An Introduction to Diamond Painting | $15
Tuesdays, February 22 and March 1 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Michelle Magrath-Greene

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.

Love a Pothead! |$10
Tuesday, March 8 |HB In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Diane Jeske

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.

Polymers and Art | $10
Tuesday, February 8 | HB In-Person 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. John Pojman

We will explore how polymers have been used in art since the beginning of art. We will also work with a new material called "QuickCure Clay." 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.  

Introduction to Book Arts | $5
Tuesday, March 8 | GP In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by SusanMary Reynolds

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.

Watercolor | $25
Mondays, March 21 - April 18 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Marty Broadus Turnbo

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.

The Day the Music Died: The Short (But Full) Life of Buddy Holly | $10
Thursday, March 24 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | HB In-Person 
Thursday, March 31 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | GP In-Person 
Seminar led by Jim Dryden

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.

Fiber Spinning | $35
Friday, April 1 |GP Off-Site
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Erin Haynes
Meet at 1118 Road 350, Kiln

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.

Mohawk Steel and Glass | $55
Wednesday, April 6 | HB Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Jeremy Thomley
Meet at Mohawk Steel and Glass, 50 Hegwood Road, Hattiesburg

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.

What is Audio Engineering?  | $10
Thursday, April 7 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Bryon Knight
Audio Engineering involves the recording of sounds produced during in-studio or live performances.  Achieving the correct balance and the best audio quality, as well as adjusting audio effects, mixing, and reinforcing sound are all critical parts of audio engineering.  This two-part seminar will introduce the rudimentary concepts of sound engineering and is ideal for all musicians, actors, and performers that would like to understand the basic concepts of recording and manipulating sound. Bryon Knight is the audio engineer (and owner) of Asphodel Studios in Metairie, Louisiana.  He completed his BS at Troy University in Music with an emphasis in Music Industry and a minor in fine and performing arts. He is an accomplished guitar player, passionate about making quality music.
 
Music for the Eyes | $10
Wednesday, April 20 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Ed Hafer

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.

Seeing is Believing: Exploring How Performers' Ages 
        and Genders Influence Our Opinions of Their Music | $5
Tuesday, March 22 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Ann Harrington
This course will discuss the role of visual information in our processing of musical events. Many musical settings allow us to see the individual or group that is performing. We will examine examples of research that suggest that the appearance of the performer influences our opinions about their musical performances. In particular, we will discuss how the age and gender of performers appear to influence our perceptions of the quality of their musical performances. Dr. Ann Harrington is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi where she serves as the Elementary General Music Specialist. Her research focuses on music perception and cognition. In particular, Ann is interested in the effects of performer age and gender on listeners' opinions of musical performances. She also researches adult and community music education.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Tai Chi for Health on Zoom
Mondays and Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Term I: January 24 - March 9 | Zoom | $35
Term II: March 21 - April 20 | Zoom | $25  
Exercise Class led by Susan Nodurft
This is a continuation of a Zoom class initiated during the Covid interruption in spring 2020. The class is open to all participants of the 2020/2021 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.
 
Chairobics | HB In-Person and Zoom
Mondays and Wednesdays | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Term I: January 24 - March 9 | $35
Term II: March 21 - April 20 | $25  
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.
 
Tai Chi II: Intermediate | HB In-Person
Mondays and Wednesdays | 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Term I: January 24 - March 9 | $35
Term II: March 21 - April 20 | $25  
Exercise Class led by Susan Nodurft

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.

Tai Chi I: Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention | HB In-Person  
Mondays and Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Term I: January 24 - March 9 | $35
Term II: March 21 - April 20 | $25  
Exercise Class led by Susan Nodurft

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.

Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner | GP In-Person 
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Term I: January 25 - March 10 | $35
Term II: March 22 - April 21 | $25  
Exercise Class led by Susie Pham

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.

Dance for Body and Mind | HB In-Person and Zoom
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Term I: January 25 - March 10 | $35
Term II: March 22 - April 21 | $25  
Exercise Class led by Lauren Wilson Phillis

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.

Intermediate Tai Chi Chih | GP In-Person 
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  
Term I: January 25 - March 10 | $35
Term II: March 22 - April 21 | $25  
Exercise Class led by Susie Pham
This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress, and increase energy flow. This class is for those who have previously taken Tai Chi for the Beginner. Susie Pham has practiced Tai Chi for years and was trained by Grand Master Shi DeRu, 31st generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple.
 
Essential Oils: An Introduction |$10
Monday, January 31 | GP In-Person
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Tammy Gragg

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.

Heart Health: Know Your Risk Factors | $5
Wednesday, February 2 | GP In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Tammy Gragg

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.

Accessibility Issues in Southern Mississippi | $10
Thursday, February 3 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath

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.

Understanding Immunity | $15
Thursdays, February 17 and 24 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath
Understanding the immune system is a critical part of maintaining health. Recent world-wide challenges have brought the need for more scientific understanding of immunity. In this introduction to immunity, we will distinguish between natural and acquired immunity. Mechanisms the immune system uses to respond to foreign invaders of our bodies, as well as an explanation of the types and use of vaccines, immune system diseases, and immunotherapies will be considered. This seminar does not require any extensive background in biology. Dr. Christi Magrath is a retired biologist (biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology) who was at Troy University in Alabama for 20 years, teaching courses including cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioethics, and environmental chemistry. She finds passion in sharing the joy and excitement she finds in science with others. She earned a BS at USM in 1993 (chemistry and biological science) and a PhD at Tulane in 1999.
 
The Power and Potential of Seniors | $25
Tuesdays, March 22 - April 19 | HB In-Person 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Drs. Sandra and Nate Bender

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.

Beginner Yoga | $25
Wednesdays, March 23 - April 20 | HB In-Person
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Joni Guthrie
No spandex, no head stands, no pretzel moves! Learn gentle yoga postures that tone, improve, balance and flexibility. This class is slower paced than an all-levels class and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn, play and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment. All bodies are welcome. 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.
 
Caregiver Support Services | $5
Wednesday, April 13 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | HB In-Person and Zoom
Thursday, April 19 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | GP In-Person and Zoom
Mini-Seminar led by Roshandra Culberson and Ashlee Dearman
In this mini-seminar, we will be discussing Trualta, which is an innovative program designed to bring actionable, skill-based training directly to the family caregiver. Trualta helps caregivers manage difficult situations when caring for an aging loved one at home. Roshandra Culberson and Ashlee Dearman are both employed by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development Agency, working under the Area Agency on Aging department as caregiver specialists.

HUMANITIES 

Mobile Street History | $25
Mondays, January 24 - February 21 | Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Deborah Delgado

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.

Warfare Since 1975 | $25
Tuesdays, January 25 - February 22 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Andrew Wiest

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.

Cave Art of Spain | $10
Wednesday, January 26 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Becky Orfila
This seminar will present an overview of Paleolithic cave art in Spain. Methods, symbolic meanings and the artists will be discussed. 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.
 
Deep History, Real Life and the Biblical Record | $25
Wednesdays, January 26 - February 23 | HB In-Person 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Daniel Browning, Jr.

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 | $10
Thursday, January 27 | GP In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by E. W. Suarez

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.

Criminal Justice from A to Z | $10
Thursday, January 27 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Tangi Carter
This seminar will be a behind-the-scenes look at our criminal justice system. We will learn what happens from arrest through trial phase and have a Q and A session during the last hour. Tangi Carter is a criminal defense attorney who practices in Mississippi and Louisiana. She has done this type of work for 25 years. She served as an adjunct professor at USM in the Department of Criminal Justice for a time. She graduated from USM in 1994 with a BA in English.
 
The Lost Gospels: Diversity in Early Christianity | $25
Fridays, January 28 - February 25 | HB In-Person
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Amy Slagle

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 | $10
Monday, January 31 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Ralph Bisland

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.

Roman Towns in Great Britain | $10
Tuesday, February 1 | GP In-Person
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Rev. Jon Caridad
When the Romans arrived in Britain in 43 A.D., they took over a territory which was disorganized, fragmented and divided into sections, each section occupied by a different race of people. Nothing was centralized; there was no road network and no law and order. The Romans built Britain's first towns, all  over the territory and connected the towns with the Roman roads. Within 17 years of the invasion, they had several major towns in place. We will trace the growth and establishment of those Roman towns and their effect on the history of Britain. Rev. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies.
 
Conservative Judaism in the Modern World | $25
Wednesdays, February 9 - March 9 | GP In-Person
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Jon Caridad

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.

The 1962 Battle of Oxford | $15 
Mondays, February 21 and 28 | Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Rodney Nichols

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.

Are There Any Baptists Left? | $25
Tuesdays, March 22 - April 19 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Rev. Brett Harris

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.

Engineering Wonder: Construction of the Harrison County Seawall | $10
Wednesday, February 2 | GP In-Person 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Philip Shaw

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.

Exploration Kuwait: Our Life in the Desert | $5
Wednesday, February 23 | GP In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Lynn and Don Hagan and Dr. Bret Blackmon

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.

Founding History of Gulfport Tour | $10
Thursday, March 3 | GP Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Betty Shaw
Meet at Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Avenue, South, Gulfport

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.

Old Outlaws and Young Guns | $15
Thursdays, March 3 and 10 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Becky Orfila

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.

Only Hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought to Light | $10
Thursday, March 10 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Prof. Irv Lubliner

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.

Ancient Cultures, Part I | $25
Wednesdays, March 23 - April 20 | 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 is a survey of early history from the prehistoric times to 500 BC. This course includes the 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.
 
Ida B. Wells Barnett: The Mother of the Human Rights Movement | $10
Tuesday, March 29 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed

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.

An Introduction to Better Capitalism: You Are Right! There is a Better Way! | No Charge
Tuesdays, April 5 and 12 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Rev. Paul Knowlton and Aaron Hedges
At some point you’ve looked up from a business-related task, paused before your head explodes, and thought, “There’s got to be a better way!” Here it is. With this two-part mini-seminar, led by one of the authors of the new book Better Capitalism: Jesus, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand and MLK Jr. on Moving from Plantation to Partnership Economics (an Amazon No. 1 new release), you’ll see that capitalism reinvents itself and that a post-pandemic reinvention with the principles of Partnership Economics leads to a more profitable and ethical form of capitalism that is that better way. Join us to unleash mutually beneficial capitalism! Rev. Paul Knowlton is the co-author of the recently published book Better Capitalism: Jesus, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand and MLK Jr. on Moving from Plantation to Partnership Economics. An engineer turned attorney and ordained minister, Paul holds a bachelor's in engineering, Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) for a truly interdisciplinary approach to every question. He has taught primarily at the college and professional levels. Aaron Hedges, MBA, MDiv, is the co-author of the recently published book Better Capitalism: Jesus, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand and MLK Jr. on Moving from Plantation to Partnership Economics. He has lived the organizational life from first paid employee of an entrepreneurial start-up to CEO as the organization has grown to serve families from 48 states.
 
The Philippines: History and Culture | $10
Tuesday, April 19 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Oscar Peñaranda
This class will offer a study on the culture, history, contributions and impacts of Filipinos (mainly in the Philippines and US). Included will be a look at stereotypes, misconceptions, hidden histories and colonial mentality. Oscar Peñaranda is a retired university professor (14 years), high school (15 years) and middle school (10 years) teacher, who graduated from San Francisco State University, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. He taught English, Tagalog, writing, reading, history, culture, social studies and ethnic studies.
 
What Happened to Black Townships?  | $10
Thursday, April 21 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Dena Semmons
The seminar will focus on Black Settlements vs Black Townships, why they were developed and what happened to them. Information will be provided on several townships that still exist, including Mound Bayou in Mississippi. Dr. Dena Semmons is a retired educator who has taught and conducted diversity workshops throughout her career.  She has a BA in Theater Education and a minor in Black Studies and a MS in College Student Personnel/Counseling and Guidance from Western Illinois University.  She received a master's and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College in California.  She has facilitated previous OLLI classes including on the Harlem Renaissance.
 

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.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Spanish Conversation | $25
Wednesdays, January 26 - February 23 | HB In-Person
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; planning a trip. Dr. Giulia Saucier is a retired teacher and educational administrator. She 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.
 
At the Back of Narnia: C. S. Lewis as Author and Academic | $25
Thursdays, January 27 - February 24 | HB In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Prof. Jameela Lares
We will explore some of the influences, both biographical and intellectual, on C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books, from which we also will be reading aloud and discussing various passages. For a textbook, we will use Paul Ford’s Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (HarperOne, 2005). Prof. Jameela Lares is Professor of English and Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught C. S. Lewis for many years, both at USM and abroad.
 
Writing your Novel, Part I | $25
Thursdays, January 27 - February 24 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Evelyn Timidaiski

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.

Publishing Possibilities, but No Promises | $10
Tuesday, January 25 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Virginia McGee Butler

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.

The Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Literary Fellowship | $25
Fridays, March 4 - April 8 | HB In-Person
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Randy Pope
We will explore the fellowship--and friendship--of a group of men who met weekly (and often more) for 15 years to read aloud to each other what they were writing and to receive encouragement, praise and criticism. Among the works read aloud were J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy and The Great Divorce. We will use as a textbook Diana Glyer's Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings. Randy Pope is the City Attorney for the City of Hattiesburg and is a founder of the C. S. Lewis Society of South Mississippi.
 
Latin Isn't Dead: It's Immortal! | $25
Thursdays, March 24 - April 21 | HB In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Nancy Ratliff

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.

Writing your Novel, Part II | $25
Thursdays, March 24 - April 21 | Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Evelyn Timidaiski

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.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

Protecting Your Assets from Creditors, Predators and Politicians | $10
Monday, January 24 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Ronald Morton

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.

Beginning Bridge, Part I | $25
Tuesdays, January 25 - February 22 | HB In-Person
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Ellen Davies
This course is for students who have never played bridge and those who played many years ago and are now rusty. We will cover the very basics of bidding and playing bridge. NOTE: Experienced bridge players are not guaranteed a seat but will be placed on a waitlist.
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.
 
Line Dancing | $35
Wednesdays, January 26 - March 9 | HB In-Person
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seven-Week Class led by Joni Guthrie

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.

Name, Image and Likeness for Southern Miss Student/Athletes | $5
Wednesday, January 26 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Chris Croft

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.

Crowning Glory | $5
Monday, January 31 | HB In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Jeanie Coward

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.

Reading the Medicare Summary Notice | $10
Monday, January 31 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | GP In-Person 
Monday, February 7 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | HB In-Person 
Seminar led by Gina Aguilar 

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.

Wine—The Experience | $10
Monday, February 7 | Zoom 
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Melanie Hankins Booth

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.

Financial Strategies for Successful Investors | $25
Tuesdays, February 8 - March 8 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | HB In-Person and Zoom
Thursdays, March 24 - April 21 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | GP In-Person and Zoom
Five-Week Class led by Jim Rasberry

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.

Both Sides Now: Reflections for Women at Midlife | $10
Monday, February 21 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Colette Tracy
The class is about reflecting on our lives and culture to help us understand how and why we are who we are. However, just as importantly, we will look at where we are now, in life, and what we want for the rest of our lives. How do we stay vibrant and alive throughout the joy and pain that is life? Colette Tracy has been a business development leader and college instructor, respectively, for most of her career, which spans more than three decades. She is Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Education for Growth, which works with underserved students and young adults to teach skills.
 
Color Power Workshop and Fashion Show | $25
Wednesday, February 23 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Catherine Nowicki
Color analysis is back and hot again since the 1980s! Has your hair color changed? Do you have a drawerful of old makeup? Do you only wear 10% of your wardrobe? This seminar is for you. Several Olli women will model their right colors and styles. We'll have lots of fun. Fee includes a 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 conferences, bookstores, universities, conventions, and organizations throughout her career and has helped hundreds of women and men look and feel better about themselves through the power of color and style.
 
Five Wishes | $10
Tuesday, March 1 |HB In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Nanci Youngblood

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.

Shop with Your BFF Color Pro! | $25
Wednesday, March 2 | HB In-Person 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Catherine Nowicki

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.

Healthy Cook-Along | $5
Thursday, March 3 | Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by April Sins

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.

Medicare 101 | $5
Wednesday, March 9 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Terri Gonzalez and Lonzie Burgess

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.

A Day in the Bay | $10
Friday, March 11 | GP Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Off-Site Seminar and Tours led by Myrna Green

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.

Everybody Can Social Dance | $25
Mondays, March 21 - April 18 | HB In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Michael Forster

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.

Beginning Bridge, Part II | $25
Tuesdays, March 22 - April 19 | HB In-Person
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Ellen Davies
This course is a continuation of Beginning Bridge, Part I. Students must have completed a beginning course or have played bridge for about one year. We will study basic bridge concepts and conventions. There will be a lecture with plenty of time left to play. NOTE: Experienced bridge players are not guaranteed a seat but will be placed on a waitlist.

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.

Discover The Crosby Arboretum: The Premier Native Plant Conservatory in the SE | $25
Thursdays, March 24 GP In-Person | March 31 Off-Site 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Pat Drackett
Meet on March 31 at the Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune

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 of Freedom Ranch Wildlife Center: Where the Birds Are! | $10
Monday, March 28 | HB Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Krissy Hamilton
Meet at Freedom Ranch Wildlife Center, 1091 Howell Road, Purvis

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.

DIY a Plastic-Free Home: Beeswax Wraps and Other Recipes | $10
Wednesday, March 30 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Elizabeth Englebretson, Jessi James, Keith Chenier

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: Planting and Care |$10
Monday, April 4 | GP Off-Site 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Polly Cuevas
Meet outside Pine Hills Nursery, 7434 Cuevas Road, Pass Christian

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.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement | $10
Tuesdays, April 5 and 19 | Zoom 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Two-Part Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Yasuko Naiki 

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.

Walking in the Wild: What You Need to Know Before You Go | $15
Mondays, April 11 | GP In-Person and April 18 | GP Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Jennifer Buchanan
On April 18, Meet at Enchanted Nature Trail, Fort Henry Street, Pass Christian

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.

Backyard Wildlife Gardening | $5
Tuesday, April 12 | GP In-Person 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Dr. Sue Wilder

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.

Don't Stress The Mess: Tips From a Professional Organizer |$10
Wednesday, April 13 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Brooke Carney
In this seminar Brooke Carney, a professional organizer, will discuss ways to organize any space.  Topics that will be covered include: 
            - Efficient and cost friendly ways to get organized; 
            - How to stay organized; 
            - How to get rid/minimize clutter; 
            - How to get the most out of your space; 
            - Organizing do's and don'ts. 

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.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Secrets of the Marsh | $10
Thursday, January 27 | GP In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Mark Woodrey
This seminar will explore and highlight the intimate lives of secretive marsh birds that skulk unseen through our tidal marshes. The presentation will focus on why marsh birds are important, how they make a living in these harsh coastal environments, and how the information learned is used to help conserve these birds for future generations. Dr. Mark Woodrey is a research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. His Coastal Avian Ecology Lab conducts research to conserve the birdlife of the northern Gulf of Mexico region.
 
Computer Basics | $10
Tuesday, February 1 | Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Lauren-Colby Nickels

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.

Volcanoes: Do I Take a Photo or Run for Cover? | $10
Wednesday, February 2 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. David Holt

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.

Social Media 101 | $10
Thursday, February 3 | Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Seminar led by Lauren-Colby Nickels
Today’s top social media outlets are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. While all similarly developed to stay social online, they each have very distinct features and functions. Learn how to create and use the top social media platforms of 2021. 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.
 
Polyvagal Theory in Action | $10
Thursday, February 3 | HB In-Person and Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Valerie Loeschen Hale

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.

Understanding Environmental Conservation | $25
Mondays, February 7 - March 7 | GP In-Person and Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Mark LaSalle

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.

Birding Coastal Mississippi | $15
Mondays, February 7 and 14 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 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.

Apple Computers, Part 1 | $25
Mondays, February 7 - March 7 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland
This is Apple 101. This course is a synopsis of how to use an Apple computer, either a desktop or a laptop. It will cover the basics computer’s recently released operating system—macOS Monterey (macOS 11.7). The more operating systems features you learn to use, the more “things” you can do with your Mac. This course is apropos for both beginners and experienced Mac users. If you have a Mac, please bring it to class for the “hands on” experience. 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.
 
I Must Be Dreaming | $15
Thursdays, February 17 and 24 | Zoom 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Dr. Victoria Hippard

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.

The 10 Most Extraordinary and Fascinating Geological Structures on Earth | $10
Tuesday, March 1 | GP In-Person and Zoom
Thursday, April 7 | HB In-Person and Zoom
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Jim Dryden

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.

Power Grid Basics | $5
Monday, March 7 | GP In-Person 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mini-Seminar led by Brad Falls
In this mini-seminar we will discuss a general power grid overview, disaster restoration, the smart grid, storm hardening, asset management and grid investment. Brad Falls is a Civil Engineer and current Engineering Supervisor for Mississippi Power, responsible for Engineering, Construction, Maintenance, and Operations for Mississippi Power's Distribution System in Gulfport and Long Beach.
 
Talk the Tok: Introduction to TikTok | $10
Wednesday, March 9 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Seminar led by Dr. Christi Magrath

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.

What the Bluebirds Told Me | $10
Thursday, March 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | HB In-Person and Zoom 
Tuesday, March 22 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | GP In-Person and Zoom
Seminar led by John Lipscomb

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. 

Apple Computers, Part 2 | $25
Mondays, March 21 - April 18 | HB In-Person 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Five-Week Class led by Dr. Ralph Bisland

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.

Microplastics and Our Water: From Kitchen Tap to Gulf of Mexico |$10
Wednesday, March 23 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Elizabeth Englebretson, Jessi James, Keith Chenier

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.

Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats | $20
Friday, March 25 | GP Off-Site 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Susan Stachowski
Meet at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point

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.

Nature's Calendar | $15
Wednesdays, April 6 | GP In-Person and April 20 | GP Off-Site 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Two-Part Seminar led by Laura Bishop
Meet on April 20 at the MS Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge,
             7200 Crane Lane, Gautier
This seminar in phenology will help participants learn to observe the changes in plants throughout a year and how to record the information using an app, Nature's Notebook. A field trip to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge in Gautier to observe plants and animals on site will be scheduled for a time following the seminar. Laura Bishop is a retired National Park Service superintendent and has worked as a citizen science coordinator for the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail for the past five years. She is a graduate of USM where she received her undergraduate in geography and master's degree in science education.
 
Food Waste and Recovery: Why is Reducing Food Waste So Important | $10
Wednesday, April 6 | GP In-Person and Zoom 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Elizabeth Englebretson, Jessi James, Keith Chenier

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.

Support Your Local Pollinator: DIY Projects to Increase Habitat | $10
Wednesday, April 13 | GP In-Person and Zoom
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Seminar led by Elizabeth Englebretson, Jessi James, Keith Chenier

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.

Once Upon a Time: What is Archetypal? | $10
Thursday, April 14 | Zoom 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Seminar led by Dr. Victoria Hippard

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.

Gulf Blue—USM's Leadership Role in Driving the Innovation
        Sector of the Mississippi Gulf Coast | $10
Friday, May 6 | GP In-Person and Two Off-Site Locations 
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Off-Site Seminar led by Dr. Shannon Campbell

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.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs)

SIGs are free with membership!
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register in SIGs, listed below, you wish to participate in.
Contact either office with questions:
228.214.3277 (Gulf Park) or 601.264.2780 (Hattiesburg).
 
Art (Gulf Park )— 1st Friday at 9:30 a.m.
 

Life Story and Poetry Writing (Hattiesburg) —  3rd Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Mississippi Books and Authors 4th Friday at 11 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. 

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