Community Enrichment Series - Winter 2017


Since 1972, Millsaps College has offered to the Greater Jackson community a variety of opportunities through the Community Enrichment Series. These are noncredit courses which have no prerequisites and no examinations and cover a variety of special interest areas. Enrichment courses are available in the fall, winter and spring.


Arts and Crafts

An Introduction to Observational Drawing – for the Absolute Beginner
Instructor: Richard Cawthon                        
Cost: $50
Date: Monday,  January 23 (1 class mtg.)   
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Would you like to gain the confidence and knowledge to begin to explore drawing on your own?  This class will introduce some basic drawing techniques and you will discuss how to perceive shape, proportion and placement in order to be able to draw. The goal of this class is to give participants who may think they “can’t draw a stick man,” the confidence and knowledge to begin to explore drawing on their own. If you have never done observational drawing before, this class will introduce you to some of the basic skills and concepts in only one evening. All materials will be provided.

Observational Drawing I - Developing the Basic Skills
Instructor: Richard Cawthon
Cost: $150
Dates: Mondays, February 6 – March 6 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Do you want to learn the skills of drawing from observation, but don’t know where to start?  Whether you have never drawn before or you are an “advanced beginner” wanting to expand your abilities, this multi-week course will help you develop those skills. This class will be similar to the single-evening “Introduction to Observational Drawing” class, but will extend over five weeks, offering more thorough instruction, more demonstrations, more practical exercises, and exposure to additional materials and methods. All materials will be provided.

Observational Drawing II – Further Developing the Basic Skills
Instructor: Richard Cawthon
Cost: $150
Dates: Mondays, March 20 – April 17 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Intended for those who have already taken the five-week introductory observational drawing class or who have had some previous drawing instruction, this class will offer a further exploration of basic observational drawing techniques and concepts. Topics will include perspective, observing relationships between multiple objects in a composition, and the expression of light and shadow. All materials will be provided.

Richard Cawthon has a BA in Geography from Louisiana State University and a Master of Architectural History degree from the University of Virginia. From 1985 to 2006, he worked as Chief Architectural Historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Now “semi-retired,” he works as a consulting architectural historian. He has been active as an artist for many years, specializing in drawing in pencil and in ink, but also working in watercolor, oils, and pastels. His art work includes drawings of historic buildings, still life painting, portraits in pencil, and human figure studies, and has been exhibited in Jackson and other Mississippi communities, the Shreveport area, and in commercial galleries in Jackson and Fort Worth, Texas. Examples of his artwork can be seen on his Facebook page, Richard J. Cawthon, Artist.



Floral Design
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre   
Cost: $50 (plus $35 materials fee payable to instructors at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, February 28 & March 7 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

Have you ever wanted to make your own floral arrangements? Learn the basics of floral design and have fun at the same time!  This is a hands-on course to learn floral decorating for your home or friends. Bring a pen, paper, knife, scissors and your desire to create something original! Enrollment is limited. Please note: The materials fee will cover lovely arrangements that you will create and take home to enjoy. The class will meet at A Daisy A Day in Highland Village.

Tom and Nancy McIntyre have been in the floral business in Jackson for more than 25 years. They have taught numerous floral design classes for the Millsaps College Enrichment Series.



***NEW*** Knitting a Cotton T-shirt
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70 (plus materials)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 – February 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 8pm

This class is for students who have a basic knowledge of knitting. In this class, the students will learn to make a short-sleeved cotton t-shirt to fit their own measurements. Students will learn garment construction from the bottom up. Students need to know basic knitting skills, including casting on, knitting, purling, decreases, and binding off. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.

Knitting a Sock
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70 (plus materials)
Dates: Tuesdays, February 21 – March 14
Time: 6 – 8pm

In this class students will learn to knit a top down sock. Techniques covered in this class are turning a heel, picking up stitches, and gusset shaping. Students should already know knit and purl stitches, decreasing, and how to knit in the round. A supply list will be sent with the registration 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.



Beginning Photography
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $ 185
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 – February 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, January 24 – February 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

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.



Bob Ross® Painting Class: Landscape (Winter)
Instructor: Michael Hughes
Cost: $60 (plus $20 supply fee payable to instructor at class meeting)
Date: Saturday, March 25 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 2 – 6pm

Using the Bob Ross® wet-on-wet technique, students will be instructed in the basic application of oil paint to a canvas, will be introduced to different types of brushes, and will complete a painting by the end of the class.   This class will meet at Hobby Lobby on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

Michael Hughes is a certified Bob Ross® instructor in floral, landscape, and wildlife painting.



Intro to Mosaics: Garden Brick
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $70 (plus $25 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 7 & 8 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 8pm
Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 21 & 22 (2 class mtgs)
Time: 6 – 8pm

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 collecting leftover stained glass bits for several years, she decided to put them to use and made her first mosaic in the summer of 1998. 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. Teresa has participated in the Chimneyville Arts Festival from 2004 to present and enjoys teaching this beautiful art form to others.



Exciting and New Guide to Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Keisi D.V. Ward
Cost: $100 (plus supplies)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 – February 28 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

The instructor will create a fun/relaxed atmosphere to teach students the basic steps and details on how to sketch/draw faces using various drawing techniques. The lecturer will share art experiences, useful portrait tips, and provide one-on-one assistance to students. In turn, students will be able to tap into their artistic abilities and utilize methods in order to draw a wonderful facial portrait of their favorite friend or loved one by the end of the six weeks program!  A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Keisi D.V. Ward is an artist and photographer. As a young child, her father, Rev. Earl W. Ward, Sr., noticed she inherited his natural drawing abilities and provided her with the skills to be proficient in her craft. She studied art as an avocation since high school. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Jackson State University  and a Bachelor of Science in Management/Health Care Administration from Fisk University. She is the Chief of the Division of Health Planning and Resource Development at the Mississippi State Department of Health.



Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $100 per person
Dates: Mondays, February 6 - 27 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 7 – 8pm

This class teaches the basics of six major ballroom dances: waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha-cha and triple step (EC) swing.

Wear clothing and shoes that you can move in comfortably.

Mike and Lisa Day teach at Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center in Pearl, MS.,  Mississippi’s largest and most popular social/ballroom dance studio. Please visit their website:



Irish Céilí and Set Dancing
Instructors: Alex McCord, Margaret Cupples, Harvey Kimble, and members of Jackson Irish Dancers
Cost: $50 per person (*Plus an annual JID membership, if not already a member. Memberships are payable to JID.)
Dates: Mondays, January 23 – February 27 (6 class mtgs.)   
Time: 7 – 8pm

Céilí and set dancing are traditional Irish social dancing, but you don’t have to be Irish or even a great dancer to enjoy them! If you’ve seen Irish dancing at CelticFest Mississippi or elsewhere and wanted to give it a try—or if you have participated in one of our previous classes in this series—then this class is for you. You don’t need a partner, and beginners are welcome—we’ll also have new material for those who have taken prior classes. Join us for this six-week class series, which is a fun family activity (ages 16 and up) and a great way to meet some new people in a relaxed environment … not to mention that it’s great aerobic exercise that’s much more fun than going to the gym! Classes will be held at the Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland.

Participants should bring water to drink, and wear clean, smooth-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. Irish dancing is fun for all experience levels from novice to expert; but it’s also high-energy and can be high-impact. As with any new fitness activity, you are encouraged to check with your doctor before beginning if you have any special health concerns.

About Jackson Irish Dancers: Since 1998, Jackson Irish Dancers has brought classes, performances, and Irish dance events to Mississippi and beyond. We perform, teach and sometimes even compete from Ireland to Dallas and from New Orleans to Memphis – and especially right here at home. We’re not focused on competition like many Irish dancing schools; instead, we do this for the craic – in Irish, the good fun of it all. These classes are taught by founding members of JID – Margaret Cupples and Alex McCord, with help from other experienced dancers. More information is available at

*A JID membership is $25/year for family memberships and $15/year for individual memberships. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. JID will provide membership forms and the required release form so they can be completed and brought to the first class meeting (if information is not already on file with JID).



Adult Ballet Class
Instructor: Kathryn Gurtler Wilson
Cost: $50 per person
Date: Mondays, January 16 – February 6 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Date: Mondays, February 13 – March 6 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Date: Mondays, March 20 – April 10 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

The Adult Ballet class will utilize the Vaganova Technique and Vocabulary.  Classes will be designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of classical dance vocabulary, coordination, musicality, strength, and flexibility. Each class will consist of a warm up, barre exercises, center work, and a cool down. Prior dance experience is not required. 

Kathryn Gurtler Wilson holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Dance from Belhaven University. She has danced with Sarasota Contemporary Dance (formerly Fuzion Dance Artists), Intersect Dance Collective, and co-founded her own company, Kinetic Etchings. She served as the assistant stage manager for the International Ballet Competition USA 2014, and currently teaches for the IBC through their City Dance Program. Kathryn also teaches and choreographs for other dance schools in the metro Jackson area including The Studio, Epic Dance, and Repeat Performance. 


Health and Fitness

Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing®
Instructors: Jeremy Gordon and Staff
Cost: $160
Date: Wednesdays, January 25 – March 29 (10 class mtgs.)
Time: 7 – 8pm

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 30 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, self-defense, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Pressure Points and Control Tactics (PPCT) instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor for Law Enforcement, and is a certified law enforcement officer. Jeremy graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.



T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $150
Date: Thursdays, January 19 – March 9 (8 class mtgs.)   
Time: 6:15 - 7:45pm

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
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 – April 11 (12 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 – 7:30pm

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

Jackson’s North State Street – An Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, January 26 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

This class will cover the architectural history of what was Jackson’s premier residential street from the 1840s until the 1920s. We will look at photographs of many long gone houses and institutional and religious structures as well as photographs of those that have survived. In so doing, we will try to understand what happened to this once beautiful thoroughfare that caused it to decline from one of the greatest streets in Mississippi to just another busy traffic artery.

Belhaven: A Brief Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, February 2 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Most people who live in or near Jackson, from lifetime residents to recent arrivals, are familiar with the Belhaven neighborhood. As with any place, Belhaven 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; where they went to school or church, and so on. To more recent arrivals, Belhaven means beautiful tree lined streets and stately old houses and possibly the university located near its center.
In this class, we will examine the built environment of this, arguably Jackson’s most revered 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 touch briefly on why and how Belhaven developed and how it has remained a vibrant neighborhood. We will also discuss the role that historic preservation has played in the neighborhood.

The Architect of Jackson’s Old Capitol – William Nichols and his work in Mississippi’s Capitol City and Beyond
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, February 9 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

While everyone in Jackson, indeed throughout the entire state, is familiar with his greatest works, the Old Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and the Lyceum at Ole Miss, most know nothing more about this very interesting man whose architecture made such an impact on this city and state. In this class we will discuss the early work of Mr. Nichols or Captain Nichols as he was often called, when he first arrived in North Carolina in 1800, then moved west with the nation to Alabama, and his brief sojourn in New Orleans. Nichols’ most productive years were in Mississippi when he was responsible for the design and construction of many of the state’s finest buildings in the Greek Revival Style. Instructor Todd Sanders had the great honor and privilege of working on the new biography of William Nichols written by Paul Kapp and published by University Press of Mississippi in February 2015.

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.



Mississippi During World War II
Instructor: Jeff Giambrone
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, January 26 – February 9 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7pm

World War II had a profound impact on the state of Mississippi, and this class will explore how the greatest conflict of the 20th century affected the Magnolia State. The first class will focus on the over 240,000 Mississippians who served in the military during World War II, and discuss the experiences they had while fighting in a global conflict. The second class will discuss life on the Mississippi home front during World War II, and explain the economic and social changes brought about by the war. The third class will concern the military installations built in Mississippi during the war, and the impact made by 1,000,000 men and women from all over the United States coming to work and train in the state from 1942 - 1945.

Jeff T. Giambrone is a native of Bolton, Mississippi, and has a B.A. in history from Mississippi State University and an M.A. in history from Mississippi College. He worked as a historian at the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg for 9 years, and as a historian at Communication Arts Company in Jackson for 7 years. Jeff is currently employed as a Historic Resources Specialist by the Mississippi Department of Archives & History in Jackson. He has published four books: Beneath Torn and Tattered Flags: A Regimental History of the 38th Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A, Vicksburg and the War (co-authored with Gordon Cotton), An Illustrated Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign & National Military Park, and Remembering Mississippi's Confederates.


Language and Literature

To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $115
Date: Mondays, January 23 – February 27 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

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 and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. The producer-director of the documentary film Eyes on Mississippi, she is an M.F.A. graduate of Bennington College.



Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $110
Date: Mondays, January 23 – March 6 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

This introductory course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for beginning writers as well as for established writers who want to hone their skills. The course will cover two areas: writing (first four sessions) and marketing (next three sessions). The overall course goal is to create a short story suitable for submission to a publication.

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part II
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $110
Date: Tuesdays, January 24 – March 7 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

This follow-up course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for writers who have already completed the introductory course “Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.” The class will cover advanced writing and marketing techniques, narrative structure, and the analysis of both literary and commercial short fiction. The overall course goal is to submit a previously written short story to a publication and to create and submit another by the end of the class.

Please note: Prerequisites for this class are a completed or nearly-completed short story to bring to the first class session and having completed Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.

John Floyd’s work has appeared in more than 200 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. A three-time Derringer Award winner and Edgar Award nominee, John is the author of six books: Rainbow’s End, Midnight, Clockwork, Deception, Fifty Mysteries, and Dreamland.



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)
Date: Tuesdays, January 24 – February 7 (3 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

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.


Money and Business

Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $80
Date: Mondays, January 23 – February 20 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark Maxwell will attempt to demystify stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, taxation, tax shelter, 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.



FULL - Introduction to Social Media and Content Strategy: The Basics
Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50
Date: Tuesday, January 24 (1 class meeting)
Time: 6 – 9pm

People are talking about social media more than ever!  This introductory course will cover all the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms for businesses along with some tips for personal use. Is every platform right for you and your company?  We’ll discuss best practices and how to strategize resources to make social platforms work for your specific needs.

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Social Media Workshop
Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50
Date: Tuesday, February 7 (1 class meeting)
Time: 6 – 9pm

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 advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn; strategies for Snapchat; ideas for campaigns; how to work with other influencers to boost reach, useful apps and more.

Sophie Wolf, Marketing Coordinator 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 magazine, and has done freelance work in Mississippi and nationally.



Growing Your Existing Business
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $150
Dates: Thursdays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

This course is designed to help the existing small or family business become more profitable through increased efficiency and/or growth. We will focus on operations, financial management, marketing and information management. We will develop “KPIs,” key performance indicators, and how to use the information.

Advanced Entrepreneurial Development
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, January 30 – February 27 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

This class is designed for the startup business that is ready to “take it to the next level.”  One of the primary questions we will explore is do you want to turn your hobby into a business?  What factors do you  need to consider?  How do you do a market analysis?  Can I make money with my startup business?  How do I “scale it up?”

Joe Donovan earned his B.B.A. from Thomas More College and his M.B.A. from Millsaps College. An active entrepreneur, Mr. Donovan, has twenty-five years of progressive senior management experience, serving in the last 18 years as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CFO/Vice President of Finance for three multi-state organizations with gross sales exceeding $65 million annually. He served as the executive director of the MS Center for Nonprofits for five years and as a member of the faculty in the Else School of Management, Millsaps College, since 2010.



***NEW*** How to Create a Business Story That Sells
Instructor: Dawn Dugle
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, January 5, 12 & 26 (3 class mtgs.)   
Time: 6 – 7pm

Please note: class will not meet January 19th.

Everyone has a story, even a business. Your business story is how you represent yourself to customers, investors, the media and in advertising. It can make or break your success. So where do you start, and how do you create a story that sells?

How to Create a Business Story that Sells is a three-week course that includes:

  • Branding 101: You are a brand (whether you like it or not)
  • How to create the different types of business stories
  • Where to tell and sell these stories to your target audience

Dawn Dugle is an award-winning storyteller and CEO of Dugle Media, a Business Branding and Storytelling firm. She spent 23 years as a broadcast and digital journalist.



***NEW*** How to Be a Creative Entrepreneur
Instructor: Tracie L. James
Cost: $50 (plus $10 materials payable to instructor at class meeting)
Date: Saturday, January 28 (1 class mtg)
Time: 9am – 12pm

Are you a visual artist, dancer, writer, singer, musician or any other type of creative artist? Do you love your art form? Do you want to learn how to make money with your art form? Then this is the class for you! This new workshop will bring the business world to you, the artist, and help you develop an effective plan for making a living with your art form. Tracie L. James, local entrepreneur and creative artist, will teach this class.

Tracie L. James is a sales and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and nonprofits. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA, as well as extensive experience as a trainer and instructor.



Beginning Guitar
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $100 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, April 6 - 27 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

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 Program.



Beginning Harmonica
Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $100 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, February 13 – March 6 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm

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 recently 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, and Mike Mills. Scott was voted "Best Musician" by the readers of the Jackson Free Press in 2009 and 2010. He won a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission for 2013-2014. Read more at



Instructor: David Womack
Cost: $100
Dates: Mondays, January 23 – February 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
A lighthearted look at the craft of songwriting, this course includes constructing lyric/music; learning about copyrights/contracts/licenses; making a song a hit; and producing demos that attract music publisher/producers. Writing for the theater and how to create a “jingle” for radio/television advertising will also be discussed. A general knowledge of music and chords is helpful.

David Womack is an ASCAP award winning songwriter/publisher. He is the two time recipient of the Eudora Welty New Play Series Award and received a Parents Choice Award for his children’s CD Hold Your Nose When You Swallow A Goat. He is the children’s music teacher at Galloway United Methodist Church and performs in various venues around the state. He has had songs recorded by John Conlee, Stella Parton, Lou Reid, and Don Henry.


Personal Development

Jump Start Your Career with Volunteerism
Instructor: Jean Farish 
Cost: $85 (plus a $15 workbook fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Saturdays, January 28 – February 11 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 10am – 12pm

This course will provide an overview of the concept of volunteerism, necessary skills and ethical implications to become an effective volunteer, and how to transfer volunteer skills to the workplace. Students who are interested in volunteering and/or required to engage in service learning activities will learn skills to become competent and effective in various work environments.

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.



***NEW*** Awakening Your Archetype
Instructor: Duann Kier 
Cost: $55 (plus a $25 workbook fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Saturday, January 28 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where are you on your spiritual journey? How do you gain access to your unrealized potential and grasp the importance of your life? What characters are you presently playing in your life's story? What gifts are they helping you to develop? What other archetypes can you activate when you need them in your life? How can you become conscious of your shadow self and use its energy in a conscious way? How do you free yourself from limiting patterns and behaviors and follow the best path for your life? Why are all the steps on your life's path important?

Duann Kier is a self-employed teacher, spiritual intuitive, hypnotist, author, and humorist. She earned her BA in English from Mississippi College and a master of religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has previously worked at Coastal Carolina Community College and the Center for Personal and Professional Development in North Carolina.



Understanding Your Dreams: A Brief Introduction
Instructor: Karen Mori Bonner
Cost: $45
Date: Saturday, March 25 (1 class mtg)
Time: 9am - 1pm

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.



***NEW*** Mindfulness, Compassion and Buddha’s Way
Instructor: Bebe Wolfe
Cost: $110
Date: Thursdays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 8pm

The class explores how the framework of the Buddha’s core teaching relates to the practice of ‘mindfulness’. The course is geared toward experiential exploration through class discussion and guided meditation. Practical applications of meditation in everyday life will be introduced and homework will be offered for each week between class meetings.

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.


Special Offerings

ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost:  $70
Date: Saturday, February 4 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10am – 3:30pm
Date: Saturday, April 1 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10am – 3:30pm

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: Krista Bower, Melissa Lea, Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $110 per couple
Date: Mondays, January 23 – April 24 (12 class mtgs)
Time: 6 – 7pm

Please note: class will not meet March 13 or April 17

Winter 2017 Dance for Parkinson’s classes are partially supported by a fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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.

Krista Bower, M.F.A., is a Specialty Instructor of Dance at Belhaven University and is the co-founder / co-director of Front Porch Dance in Jackson, MS. She is also owner and director of the Yazoo City School of Dance, where she teaches students of all ages. In 2013, Krista participated in a Dance for PD teacher training course, and she has enjoyed co-teaching weekly Dance for Parkinson’s classes at Millsaps since September of 2013.

Melissa Lea is Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Support and associate professor of psychology at Millsaps.

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 2017
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $130
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 – February 28 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

This 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, VIP magazines, and 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*** This Is Italy!
Instructor: Patsy Ricks
Cost: $130 (plus $40 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs) 
Time: 6 – 7pm

Life is beautiful in Italy, the land of robust wines, simple yet elegant food, rich art, captivating cities and countryside, and a musical language. For each of the six weeks of this course, participants will taste Italian wines, learn to pronounce food and wine terms and speak some basic sentences. In addition students will learn Italian history, study Italian art, discuss Italian foods, and travel via PowerPoint presentations to the major cities and the places in-between. There will be a $40 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Instructor Patsy Ricks has spent a lifetime traveling and living in Italy. As owner and operator of Inside Italy Tours, she frequently gives tours in Italy. Patsy is a former Latin and Italian teacher and also teaches the art of authentic Italian cooking and wine tasting.


Contact Us

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