Community Enrichment Series - Fall 2018


Welcome to the Millsaps Enrichment Series for Fall 2018! We hope that what you read between these pages inspires you to stretch your mind, pursue a passion, update your skills, or discover your gift or special interest. These noncredit classes for adults add to the richness of your life—sign up for one today!

Since 1972, Millsaps College has offered to the Greater Jackson community a variety of opportunities through the Community Enrichment Series. These noncredit courses are open to individuals 16 and older of any race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin. They have no prerequisites, no grades, and no exams. Enrichment courses are available in the fall, winter and spring.


Arts and Crafts

Beginning Photography

Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $185
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – October 15 (4 class mtg.) 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is THE photography class for beginners. You will learn how to operate your digital or film camera and compose better photographs. We will cover all of the basic principles of photography in this four week course. Topics will include exposure (F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO), camera controls, basic composition, lighting, picking the right equipment, digital photography and more.

Ron Blaylock is the owner of Blaylock Fine Art Photography in Fondren. His editorial and advertising work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications, including the Washington Post, Real Simple Magazine, Living Blues, and Mississippi Magazine. His fine art photography has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art and is in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art.



Beginning Knitting I

Instructor: Donna Peyton 
Cost: $70 (plus materials)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 25 - October 16 (4 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Knitting is the art of creating fabric from thread and two needles. Begun out of the necessity of creating clothing for protection from the elements, knitting has evolved into a creative hobby that produces not only practical but fashionable garments and accessories. In this beginner class instructor Donna Peyton will teach students basic knitting techniques such as casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing stitches, binding off, and seaming. Projects completed will include a washcloth, a hat, and fingerless mitts. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.


Beginning Knitting II

Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70 (plus materials)
Dates: Tuesdays, October 23 - November 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This class is a continuation of the part I class. Students will learn cable and lace stitches and knitting in the round. Projects included in this class are two scarves, a hat, and a cowl. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.

Donna Peyton is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. After living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Auburn, Alabama, Donna moved to the Metro Jackson area in 2001. She has been knitting since 1993 and spinning her own yarn since 2009. A member of the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has taught knitting classes for several years. She is a tech editor and pattern designer for The Defarge series of books by Cooperative Press.



NEW! Copperplate Calligraphy

Instructor: Cathy O’Rear
Cost: $110 (plus $20 payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, September 27 - November 8 (6 class mtgs.)
(Class will not meet October 11)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn the art of pointed pen Calligraphy. This class will be for beginners as well as intermediate students who want to fine tune their skills. This class will be two weeks longer so that we can try different writing fluids and tools, learn how to address envelopes, learn simple flourishing techniques, and make a holiday project.

Cathy O'Rear has studied calligraphy since 1981 and has enjoyed helping clients with their projects (weddings, signage, family trees, etc.).   It is a great pleasure for her to share her lifelong love of letters.



NEW! Basic Stamped Jewelry

Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $40 (plus $40 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesday, October 9 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

In this basic metal jewelry class, students will create a stamped component bracelet with wire and beaded links. We will used textured copper rectangles. We will then stamp it with your favorite word or design. We will then create bead & wire links and clasp to finish your bracelet. The instructor will give the student ideas on how these simple wire techniques can be used in a variety of jewelry. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Brandon, where you will have the use of the instructor’s tools and equipment.


Precious Metal Clay Round Medallion

Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $30 (plus $20 supply fee payable to the  instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesday, October 16 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Students will create a stylized medallion using Precious Metal Clay and various tools that will be attached to a leather cord to create a necklace. Hour 1:  Create the medallion using your own inspiration letting it dry and cleaning the edges. Hour 2:  We will learn how to torch-fire Precious Metal Clay, clean and patina the medallion and complete the project. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Brandon.


Basic Glass Fusion Cabochons

Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $40 (plus $40 supply fee payable to the  instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, October 23 & 30 (2 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this basic glass fusion class, students will create glass pendants with sheet glass and dichroic glass. Glass stringers and frit and twisties will also be used. Students will fill a tray with pieces to be fired in the kiln. The instructor will give the student ideas on how these cabochons can be used in a variety of jewelry techniques including PMC, polymer clay or glue-on bails, which will be provided to finish your pieces in class, or you can explore other options on your own. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Brandon, where you will have the use of the instructor’s tools and equipment.

Laura Tarbutton has been involved in arts and crafts all her life, but creating jewelry is her first love. Laura teaches PMC and beading classes at local craft stores and her studio. She has also taught at national bead shows and presents classes and workshops with Gem and Mineral Society chapters. Laura is a member of the Precious Metal Clay Guild and a Level II certified instructor.



Intro to Mosaics: Garden Brick

Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $70 (plus $25 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 23 & 24 (2 class mtgs)
Time 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own mosaic? This class will teach you everything you need to know to make beautiful mosaics for the garden. We will learn the process of mosaic design, including how to cut and shape glass, how to choose proper adhesives, and techniques to grout the final project. Supply fee will not include mosaic nippers and glass cutters but the students will be able to use tools provided by the instructor. Students will make an outdoor  mosaic that they can take home at the end of the class.

Teresa Haygood discovered her passion for mosaics somewhat accidentally. After several years of working in stained glass, she collected the leftover glass bits in hopes of using them someday. In the summer of 1998, she put them to use and made her first mosaic. It was love at first creation! She continued to hone her craft in this ancient art form, and in the fall of 2004, she was admitted to the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi, where she is now a Fellow member. Teresa creates custom mosaics for the home and garden, and her greatest joy is teaching this beautiful art form to others.


Health and Fitness

NEW! Beginning Basketball

Instructor: Coach Jimmy Smith
Cost: $120
Date: Mondays, September 24 – October 29 (6 class mtgs)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m

This class is open to anyone interested in improving their basketball skill and knowledge. The class will focus on basic skill development and basic team strategies. There will also be some individual time spent on film review and skill development outside the scheduled class time. 


NEW! Advanced Basketball

Instructor: Coach Jimmy Smith
Cost: $120
Date: Wednesdays, September 26 – October 31 (6 class mtgs) 
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m

This class is for current or former college basketball players. The class will focus on advanced skill development and complex team strategies. There will also be some individual time spent on film review and skill development.   

Jimmy Smith was named the head men's basketball coach at Millsaps in April of 2017, bringing head coaching experience at both Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University with him to the Majors program. Smith brings a proven track record of success at the Division III level to Millsaps. 



Fundamentals of Baseball

Instructor: Coach Scott DeLoach
Cost: $130
Dates: Wednesdays, September 26 – November 14 (8 class mtgs) 
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

This class is for college level and above players as well as high school and college coaches.

The class will cover different gameplay techniques (from player and coach view) as well as different methods/theories of situations. Video analysis techniques will also be covered.

Scott DeLoach returned to Millsaps in 2014 as an assistant baseball coach and the recruiting coordinator after one season at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi.

In his first two-year stint at Millsaps from 2012-13, DeLoach assisted with recruiting, oversaw the catchers and helped with the hitters. He coached Millsaps catcher Wes Perkins to first team All-American status in 2013. Also in 2013, DeLoach was a member of the Southern Athletic Conference (SAA) and south region coach of the year staff that helped the Majors win the SAA regular season, tournament championship, and south region en route to the College World Series. Prior to Millsaps, DeLoach played three years for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He started his senior season as a catcher and led the team with a .353 average including seven doubles, one triple, one home run, and 21 RBIs in 47 games played. DeLoach was a member of the MSU team in 2007 that reached the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

DeLoach was a two time SEC Honor Roll recipient and graduated from Mississippi State in the Fall of 2009 with a degree in physical education. He earned his Master’s in 2011 in sports administration.



Introduction to Tennis (Adult Group Class)

Instructors: Millsaps Varsity Tennis Team under the directorship of Coach Davis Elkins
Cost: $130
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – November 12 (8 class mtgs)   
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This is your opportunity to learn the basics of a wonderful life-long sport. Get weekly instruction from Millsaps varsity tennis players under the supervision of Coach Davis Elkins. This adult group class is for beginners who have never picked up a racquet or for anyone wanting to increase the skills they already have. You will learn all the strokes, how to keep score, match strategy, and doubles play. Classes will be one hour long and will consist of drills, point play, and games. You must bring your own racquet and water bottle.


Advanced Tennis

Instructor: Coach Davis Elkins
Cost: $130
Dates: Wednesdays, October 10 – November 14 (6 class mtgs)  
Time: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

This class is open to adults who have a USTA NTRP rating of 4.0 or higher. It is also open to students who are currently on a varsity college tennis team. We will teach match strategy, advanced technical skills, and have video analysis. Classes will be one hour long and you must bring your own racquet and water bottle.

Davis Elkins joined the Millsaps tennis program as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017.

Prior to Millsaps, Elkins played four years of collegiate tennis at the College of Wooster in Ohio, graduating in 2017 with a degree in economics. There he found most of his success on the doubles court, earning first team All-NCAC honors his junior year, and second team honors his senior year. In his senior year, Elkins and his doubles partner, Jack Buchan, broke the 33-year old school record for most doubles wins in program history.

A native of Davidson, N.C., Elkins has spent the last five summers coaching tennis to youth tennis players at Skybrook Racquet Club in Charlotte and Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston.



Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing®

Instructor: Jeremy Gordon and Staff
Cost: $160
Dates: Wednesdays, September 26 – December 5 (10 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet November 21)
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, Master Instructor Sifu Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing® and Jeet Kune Do. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation of Martial Arts as it pertains to the modern world. No martial arts background required. You will learn the basic self-defense tactics to stop an attacker and also gain insight into the basic philosophies, theories, concepts, and principles of Hybrid Kickboxing®. All Boxers Rebellion® courses improve a practitioner's physical attributes, or "bio-motor abilities," which include strength, power, speed, balance, flexibility, agility, endurance, and coordination.

The Master Instructor is Sifu Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by Boxers Rebellion® staff. Gordon has been training in the martial arts for over 35 years and is the founder of Hybrid Kickboxing®. He is a second generation Bruce Lee student in the art of Jeet Kune Do and was taught by his protégé Ted Wong. He is an instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do and is a second generation Bruce Lee student under Grandmaster Joe Lewis who also promoted him to Black Belt.  He holds Blackbelt (Dan ranking) or certification in the following: Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, crime prevention, Judo, self-defense, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Pressure Points and Control Tactics (PPCT) instructor, Defensive Tactics Law Enforcement Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, and Crime Prevention Specialist.  Jeremy graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.



T'ai Chi (Taiji)

Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $150
Dates: Thursdays, October 4 – November 29 (8 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet November 22)
Time: 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

This course is designed to be an introduction to the Yang Short Form, which is one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise. Participants will learn about and practice Yang Style T'ai Chi with an emphasis on health, stress management, relief from arthritic pain, increased balance, and full range of motion. Qigong (or warm-up exercises), Wu Ji (a standing form of meditation), an introduction to the Yang Short Form, and closing exercises will be taught. New students are welcome.  

Class size is limited.

Mike Chadwick, a University of Mississippi graduate, has been studying Tai Ji for 17 years. He studied the Yang Family Style Taiji under Michael Bishop, John Symonds Vanderwell, and Rusty Williard. He studied the Chen Family Style Taiji under Stanley Graham and actively practices both styles of Taiji at this time. Additionally, he has trained in Dragon Claw Kung Fu and Tai-Kwan-Do. Chadwick also teaches the 108-posture Yang Long Form and the Chen Essential 48 Posture Form.



Yoga for Everyone

Instructor: Sally Holly
Cost: $150
Date: Tuesdays, September 25 – December 18 (12 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet November 20)
Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Restore, awaken and renew the body, mind and spirit. This yoga class is a blend of postures designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and release stress. You will be introduced to techniques in breath awareness while combining movement and alignment principles to emphasize flexibility and injury prevention. This class will enable the more advanced student to be challenged, while encouraging those new to yoga or looking for a gentler class to participate at his/her own level. Modifications will be given according to the student’s needs. Standing, seated, mild backbends, balancing, and relaxation poses will be introduced in a positive and nurturing way. Home practice will be encouraged and supported with personalized guidance.

Please note: Bring a yoga sticky mat and a firm blanket. Mats and blankets can be purchased from local merchants or online. Please come to class on an empty stomach and wear comfortable clothes.

Sally Holly has been teaching fitness classes since 1981 at health clubs in and around Mississippi. Her certification list is extensive, and she has studied yoga for many years with various teachers. In addition to her other certifications, Sally is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. Sally’s teaching style mixes fun with vast experience and knowledge while offering encouragement and inspiration to her students.


Heritage and History

A Brief Architectural History of Woodland Hills

Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, September 25 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Most people who live in or near Jackson, from lifetime residents to recent arrivals, are familiar with the Woodland Hills neighborhoods. As with any place, Woodland Hills means different things to different people. To longtime Jacksonians it means fond memories of family and friends; of who lived where and what parties happened here or there, and so on. To more recent arrivals, Woodland Hills means beautiful tree lined streets and magnificent mansions, including one designed by one of America’s most famous architects.

This class will examine the architecture of one of Jackson’s most architecturally significant historic neighborhood, focusing on the rich variety of architectural styles found there. We will discuss the defining characteristics of these various styles as well as what time period these styles were most popular. We will also discuss the famous architects involved in the design of several of these houses.


Fondren: A Brief Architectural History

Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 2 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Fondren was originally known as Asylum Heights due to its proximity to the original State Mental Asylum. After a post office was established in the 1890s, the settlement took the name of the Fondren family, early settlers in the area who were instrumental in developing the community we know today.  From these early beginnings, through the prosperity of the mid-20th century to its current revival, Fondren has remained a strong and vibrant community.  In this class we will discuss the architectural history of Fondren, one of Jackson's best known neighborhoods. 


The Architecture of Antebellum Jackson

Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 9 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Jackson, established in 1821 just a few years after Mississippi entered the union in 1817, is one of the older communities in the state. In fact, it is nearly the same age as Vicksburg and Columbus and approximately a decade older than Holly Springs. However, when compared with these Mississippi city’s, relatively few structures survive from the cities first 40 years. The most notable of those structures that do survive, the Old Capitol and the Governor's Mansions, are local, state and national landmarks.

Many people interested in the architecture of Antebellum or Civil War Jackson know about the devastation that the war brought to Jackson. In fact, the devastation was so severe that many people have believed that the city was totally, or very nearly, destroyed. This belief, supported by the eyewitness accounts of some soldiers during the war who referred to Jackson as "Chimneyville", has helped perpetuate this myth. But is this the whole story?

In this class we will discuss the architecture of Jackson, from the earliest structures built, including the surviving landmarks, to those completed right before the devastation of the war.


NEW! What Style Is My House?

Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 16 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what style your house is? Is Victorian really a style or just a time period? Is it Colonial Revival or Tudor? What makes it so? What makes a house a Ranch style house and how is it different from mid-century modern; or is it?

This class will discuss the various architectural styles seen in historic Mississippi domestic architecture from the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. We will start with the Federal style, proceed through the Greek revival, the other 19th century revivals and on into the 20th century.

For this class, each attendee is encouraged, if they wish, to email a photograph (or photographs) of their house, or a house they have wondered about, to the instructor one week before the class. We will then discuss that house in class and explain what style it is what makes it so.

Todd Sanders has a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in architectural history from Mississippi State University. He has worked as an architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since 1999.


Language and Literature

How to Edit What You Write

Instructor: Gerard Helferich
Cost: $110
Dates: Tuesdays, November 6 – December 4 (5 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Published authors will tell you that most of their time and effort is spent not in writing but in revising. In this hands-on class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will learn how to go from first draft to finished manuscript. Each session will focus on a specific topic— conciseness, precision, style, overwriting, and structure --and will include time for editing exercises. We will also analyze the work of past and present masters of the craft. At the end of the course, students will have a list of questions to consider as they review their future work.

Gerard Helferich is the author of five critically praised books, including High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta, which won the Authors Award for Nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he publishes reviews in the Wall Street Journal. For sixteen years he was on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York and he has presented workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference since 2006. Before turning to writing in 2002, he was an editor and publisher for 25 years at companies such as Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley. For more, please visit



How to Sell What You Write

Instructor: James L. Dickerson
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, September 25 – October 23 (5 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This course is designed to help writers and would-be writers sell what they write to editors. It is suitable for unpublished writers and professionals who want to sell books and magazine articles to national publications. The instructor will provide one-on-one evaluations of nonfiction book proposals, magazine query letters, synopses and first chapters of novels. Also discussed will be selling to the movies and what to expect from movie contracts.

James L. Dickerson, award-winning author of more than 30 published books and more than 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles, is the founder of Sartoris Literary Group, a traditional book publisher. He is a former staff writer with The Commercial Appeal and a contributor to various magazines, including Good Housekeeping and BookPage.



NEW! How to Write Your Book in 60 Days

Instructor: Tonya Ware
Cost: $350 (plus $50 materials fee due to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Saturdays, October 13 – December 8 (8 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet November 24)
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The “How To Write Your Book in 60 Days” Program is an eight (8) week course designed to assist new and seasoned authors in writing their book. Each student has the potential to have a completed manuscript by the close of the course, provided all assignments and other requirements are met.   Join aspiring writers and write your book, discover publishing options, design your book cover, test your title, learn meditation for writer’s block and more.

In a matter of seconds, Tonya Ware went from being a multi-million dollar executive and singing starlet to dead in her bathroom. Even more shockingly, she came back to life against all odds and fought through debilitating physical handicaps and heart health challenges to reclaim her life. She is the 2017 Heart Survivor for the American Heart Association and the creator and host of the only “Saturday Success Church” in the U.S. Ms. Ware has been featured on ABC, FOX, BET and more and recently delivered her first speech at the United Nations in New York. She is a managing partner with The Success House and the Project Manager for both Leadership Greater Jackson and Youth Leadership Jackson. Ms. Ware is transforming lives and is a Certified Success Trainer and Coach with the Jack Canfield Breakthroughs to Success and the Canfield Methodology Programs. She wrote her first book in 60 days and is now sharing her secrets with those who want to become published authors too!



NEW! The Jane Austen Book Club: Sense and Sensibility

Instructors: Carolyn J. Brown and Susan Allen Ford
Cost: $40
Date: Monday, November 5 (1 class mtg)   
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility, Austen's first novel, published in 1811, is often overshadowed by the more widely read Pride and Prejudice, the more technically complex Emma, and the more lyrical Persuasion. Join us as we examine how Austen responded to her literary inheritance, satirized the values of her society, and, combining sense and sensibility, created characters her audiences have cared for, argued about, and reimagined for generations. 

Led by Susan Allen Ford and Carolyn Brown, the class will examine the characters, backgrounds, themes, and critical questions that create the tensions of Sense and Sensibility.

Dr. Susan Allen Ford is Professor of English Emerita at Delta State University, where she taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature, and won awards for both her teaching and research. Since 2006, she has served as editor of the journals of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line. She is the author of many articles on Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and is currently at work on a book about reading in Austen’s novels.

Dr. Carolyn J. Brown has taught at UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, and Millsaps College, and currently teaches high school English at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, and the Eudora Welty Review, as well as three biographies: A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty (2012), Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker (2014), and her most recent book, The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark (2017).



To Tell the Truth: The Art of Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $110
Dates:  Mondays, September 24 – November 5 (6 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet October 15)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In this class, participants will explore nonfiction forms, including memoir, personal essay, humor, and criticism. We'll look at ways to generate potential topics and explore narrative writing basics. Not only will participants write two major pieces but they also will develop sharper eyes as readers and stronger everyday skills as writers.

Ellen Ann Fentress's essays have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Oxford American, Scalawag and other literary journals, as well as on state public radio. The producer-director of the documentary film Eyes on Mississippi, she is an M.F.A. graduate of Bennington College. In 2018, she is Visiting Writer in the Mississippi University for Women’s low-residency MFA program in creative writing.



Transformational Writing: How to Find Your Voice

Instructor: Jean Farish
Cost: $110 (plus $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 25 – October 30  (6 class mtgs)
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This course will provide an overview of transformational writing and will help emerging writers sharpen their skills, develop their unique voice, and discover their stories. A variety of writing forms will expand the student’s creative skills and talents. Literary works will be showcased in the classroom forum. Publishing opportunities will be shared.


Money and Business

Basics of Investing

Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $80
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – October 22 (5 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark Maxwell will attempt to demystify stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, taxation, tax shelters, and qualified plans. Using the internet for research and investing and point and figure stock charting will also be covered.

Please note: The material presented in this course is intended to inform but not to advise.

Mark Maxwell has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, is an investment broker, and works in all areas of investments, including stocks, bonds, and retirement planning. He began his career with J.C. Bradford & Company as an investment broker in 1993 and is now associated with Morgan Keegan.



Beyond the Basics: Advanced Social Media Workshop

Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50
Date: Tuesday, September 25 (1 class mtg)  
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Familiar with the mechanics of social media, but want to workshop with other professionals and learn new tricks? Our advanced social media workshop will discuss practices on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; how to refine your strategy; how to work with other influencers to boost reach, useful apps and more. (Note: Some knowledge of social media channels required.)


Facebook Advertising

Instructor:  Sophie Wolf 
Cost:  $50
Date:  Tuesday, October 2 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Want to up your Facebook advertising game? This class will help walk you through placing ads on Facebook and targeting for various markets.

Sophie Wolf, Creative Content Manager at Millsaps College, earned a bachelor of liberal arts in journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi and a graduate certificate in the Millsaps Business Advantage Program. She has worked at the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the editor of Find It In Fondren and Explore LeFleur magazines, and has done freelance work in Mississippi and nationally.



Beginning Guitar

Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $100 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, October 4 - 25 (4 class mtgs)
Time: : 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

You can learn to play the guitar! Its simplicity has made it one of the world's most popular musical instruments. In contrast to “concert classical guitar,” which may take a lifetime to master, simple "chord" strumming can be learned in just a few weeks. If you are interested primarily in learning to play casual “living room/campfire” guitar, all you need is a guitar, the desire to learn, and a little practice. This course will teach the basic skills of guitar accompaniment: the most common major, minor, and 7th chords, various strumming patterns, chord groupings, and a representative selection of folk songs. (Reading will not be taught in this course.)

Jimmy Turner has performed extensively throughout the South and Midwest. He has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, and The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Turner has been heard in recital on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and he has served as an adjudicator for the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs. He maintains an active private studio and a busy performing schedule. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Millsaps College and also teaches the Guitar Workshop through the Millsaps College Summer Enrichment Camps.



Beginning Harmonica

Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $100 (plus harmonica)
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – October 22 (4 class mtgs) 
(Class will not meet October 15)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica? The humble "harp" has become an integral part of many genres of contemporary music, from blues to rock, bluegrass to jazz. Whether you want to play songs around the campfire or trade licks with a blues band, now's your chance to get started with an instructional course from one of today's top rising professional players, right here in Jackson.  In this beginner’s class, you will learn the rudiments of playing single notes, the differences between melodic and blues playing, the technique of bending notes, and basic songs and phrases.

Scott Albert Johnson was a featured guest artist with the Boston Pops in May 2017. He recently was named one of the "Hot 100 Harmonica Players" worldwide by the Harmonica Company, a top UK-based harmonica retailer and website.  He has shared the stage with such musical legends as Marty Stuart, James Burton, Dorothy Moore, China Forbes (of Pink Martini), and Mike Mills (of R.E.M.). Scott won a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission for 2013-2014. Read more at


Personal Development

NEW! Wellness and Wholistic Living in Everyday Life

Instructor: Jean Farish
Cost: $110 (plus book purchase)
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – October 29  (6 class mtgs)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This class provides an opportunity for self-discovery to enhance well-being, share a wholistic approach, develop a personalized Life Care Plan for enrichment and purposeful living.

Participants will need to purchase a book for the class (JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS: Reflections for Transforming Your Life by Jean Farish, Ph.D. The book is available at for $15.99.)

Jean Farish, Ph.D., CRC, earned a B.A. degree at Tougaloo College, M.S. at Jackson State University and Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At JSU, she has served as department chair and professor for School, Community and Rehabilitation Counseling; and Honorary Consultant at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has specialized in community engagement and volunteerism and is a Life Care Coach. Dr. Farish is an award winner of the 4th global Transformation Author Experience (TAE) writing contest and has been inducted into the Bestselling Authors International Organization. She is a Life Care Coach and CEO of Life Care Wellness PEP For Angels, Inc.



Mindfulness, Compassion and Buddha’s Way

Instructor: Bebe Wolfe
Cost: $110
Dates: Wednesdays, September 26 – October 17 (4 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

The class is an introduction to The Buddha’s core teaching of The Four Noble Truths and how this conceptual framework relates to ‘mindfulness’ meditation. The course is geared toward experiential exploration though class discussion and guided meditation practices, rather than focusing solely on philosophical or historical overview. The class will introduce practical applications of meditation in everyday life and ‘Metta’ or ‘Lovingkindness’ practice. Homework will be offered for the week between class meetings. Class will meet in the Meditation Dojo on the instructor’s property. A map will be sent with registration confirmation.

Elizabeth Wolfe, “Bebe” as she is called, grew up in an environment that was rich in creative potential. She is the daughter of two artists, Karl and Mildred Wolfe. She attended the Portland School of Art in Portland Maine from 1980 -1984, and received a BFA in painting.

Bebe and her husband David Weidemann moved back to Jackson in 1985 to help Bebe’s mother Mildred with the studio business. The Wolfe Studio is today a full time business, employing many talented artists from the area.

Bebe’s interest in Buddhism and meditation began twenty years ago with an introduction to Zen practice. In 2002 she and David designed and built the Meditation Dojo on their property to provide a place for the Jackson Zen Group to practice. Bebe served as the facilitator for the Jackson Zen Group from 1995 to 2012. She is now helping to facilitate practice for the Jackson Insight Meditation Group. She also acts as host to two other meditation groups that use the Dojo every week as a place of practice.



NEW! Everyday Psychology

Instructor: Angela Essary
Cost: $125
Dates: Wednesdays, September 26 – October 31 (6 class mtgs) 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Participants will learn the things to know from psychology and mental health to thrive in today’s culture. We will incorporate lecture and practice techniques.

Angela Essary earned a BA from University of Mississippi and an MS from University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and has a private practice.



Understanding Your Dreams: A Brief Introduction

Instructor::  Karen Mori Bonner       
Cost: $45
Dates: Saturday, September 29 (1 class mtg)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What are these images and stories that come in our sleep? Do they mean anything? Yes! If you want better self-understanding, better relationships and more inspiration and energy, come learn what your deeper wisdom is showing you in your dreams!

Karen Mori Bonner, MS, LPC, is a licensed counselor practicing in Ridgeland whose particular interest is in dreams and how understanding them can lead to health and wholeness. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Mississippi College, she sees individuals in her private practice, facilitates groups, and leads workshops on dreams. She is also affiliated with Three Oaks Behavioral Health as a group therapist specializing in dream work and journal therapy.



Special Offerings


ACT Test Prep Course

Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost:  $85
Date: Saturday, August 25 (1 class mtg) 
Date: Cancelled - Saturday, October 20 (1 class mtg)
Date: Saturday, December 1 (1 class mtg)           
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This test prep course is a fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. The course will assist students in identifying and addressing obstacles to optimum performance, including starting too late, no or incorrect information about the test, fear, fatigue, perfectionism, and/or lack of experience at solving counterintuitive problems. This common sense approach to improving scores includes subject matter connection, time management tips, and ways to build confidence. Students will be allowed two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch. 

Please note:  This course will NOT be a review of  subject matter per se.

Leonard H. Blanton began working with test prep with his own children and has been giving ACT/SAT workshops for 30 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.



Dance for Parkinson’s

Instructor: Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $80 per couple
Dates: Mondays, September 24 – November 26 (8 class mtgs)
(Class will not meet Oct. 8 or Nov. 19)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Millsaps College offers a program that incorporates music and dance for individuals with movement related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This program is led by professional dance instructors who have been trained by the founders of Dance for PD™ from the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group. Dance for PD classes are offered in over 100 communities and 9 countries, and we are fortunate to have the program here in Jackson, MS. This fun and interactive activity is designed to help individuals with PD improve their motor coordination and to provide a rich social environment to improve mood and cognition. Participants have described this activity as refreshing, stimulating, creative, and that it has facilitated friendships among the group. Classes are designed to assist individuals with a diverse range of motor abilities, as instructors teach dance phrases from both seated and standing positions. No prior dance experience is necessary.

This program is offered one evening a week and caregivers are encouraged to participate alongside. Please join us in our growing community of friends. Please inquire at for information about scholarships.

Phoebe Pearigen has been involved in dance most of her life. She received her BA in Dance and Business Administration and an MFA in dance from Southern Methodist University. A community volunteer, she currently serves on the USA IBC Board of Directors.



Garden Design

Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $130
Dates: Tuesdays, October 2 – November 6 (6 class mtgs)
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

This totally new garden design class will offer the latest techniques and ideas for making your garden a usable, inviting place. The emphasis is on making your landscape low maintenance while incorporating affordable innovations in outdoor furniture, art, and outdoor lighting. Rick will discuss his favorite slap, kick, and abuse plants along with the plants he does not like and why. Other topics will include finding the top priority areas in the garden, keeping gardening affordable, controlling pesky bugs, and making all of your garden totally usable.

This class will meet at Latitudes, 1491 Canton Mart Square, Jackson.

Rick Griffin is a landscape architect in private practice. He received his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Mississippi State University, where he was named the first outstanding alumnus in the School of Landscape Architecture. His work has been featured in Southern Living, Mississippi, Family Circle, Delta, Mississippi Gardener, Landscape Architecture, Stages, Portico, and VIP magazinesand the Clarion Ledger newspaper. His hobbies include painting and gardening. Rick is also an owner of Latitudes Design Center, a unique home furnishing and accessories store in Jackson.



NEW! The Selection and Care of Indoor Plants

Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100 (plus $25 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, September 27 – October 18 (4 class mtgs)
Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Bring the outdoors inside and enjoy plants year round! Research has shown that indoor plants are good for your health and well-being. Indoor plants for the house or office require little maintenance as long as the following environmental factors are met: light, temperature, water, humidity, soil, and fertilization. And let’s not forget about addressing those pesky insects and mites that can harm your plants. Please join John Malanchak and friends and share in these fun-filled classes. Wines from around the world will be served.

Must be 21 or older to take this class.

John Malanchak is a professional geologist, certified sommelier, wine instructor and consultant, certified Mississippi Master Gardener, and certified Mississippi Master Naturalist.


NEW! Law School Admission Test Preparation

Instructor: Jacques Grant
Cost: : $225
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26 (2 class mtgs)
Time: : 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This is an intensive class, with ten contact hours, focused on the logical reasoning (LR) and analytical reason (AR) portions of the LSAT. The reading comprehension and writing portions of the LSAT are usually the least problematic, so they are not included. The class includes presentation on logic theory (nature of an argument, deduction vs, induction, propositional and categorical logic, Venn diagrams, formal and informational fallacies), but priority is given LSAT preparation over mastery of formal logic. The instructor will also demonstrate how to approach and solve each type of AR problem likely to be encountered on the test. Tips will be given on best strategies for taking the LSAT. This class is intended as a last-minute ramp-up for someone wanting to go to law school, but who has to be both time-and cost-conscious.


NEW!  Math Reboot

Instructor: Jacques Grant
Cost: : $125
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 25 & 27 and October 2 & 4 (4 class mtgs)
Time: : 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Consider taking this class if you are in the workforce and need to prepare for a certification, promotion test, or other examination requiring basic mathematical knowledge, or if you simply want to refresh math skills you have forgotten since grade school. Instructor will provide an overview of what mathematics is all about and why it is important for everyone in daily life to have some basic understanding of mathematical concepts. For example: Do you know how e-signatures work, or the difference between MegaBytes and GigaBytes when selecting an Internet provider? The class will explore some of these concepts from a more-or-less non-mathematical  approach, while revisiting those basic mathematical operations everyone should understand. There will also be some fun along the way with some classical math puzzles.

Jacques Grant retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force in 1994 after twenty years as an electronics systems officer. He taught philosophy ten years at Auburn University Montgomery and four years at Troy State University Montgomery; mathematics, three years at a senior high school in Louisiana; and continues to teach electronics and other related courses on a freelance basis. He studies mathematics, electrical engineering, philosophy, humanities, and law to earn BS, BA, and MS degrees, and over 33 hours toward a Juris Doctorate.


Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education,, 601.974.1130.