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Fall 2014 Community Enrichment Series


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Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Laurel Schoolar  
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 28 (6 class mtgs.)  
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Watercolors are rich translucent paints that create beautiful and exciting results. This course is for beginning as well as more experienced students. In this class you will learn different painting techniques and sharpen your creative and technical skills by painting still life and landscape. Composition and use of color will be stressed. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Laurel Schoolar holds a B.F.A. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has taught drawing and watercolor painting classes, and her works have been exhibited throughout the Southeast.



Floral Design
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre  
Cost: $50 (plus $30 materials fee)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 & 30 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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.

Christmas Is Coming!
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre   
Cost: $25
Date: Tuesday, November 4 (1 class mtg.)  
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This is a demonstration-style workshop on the newest trends in decorating your mantle, tablescapes, and wreaths for the upcoming holidays. This class will be 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.



Beginning Photography
Instructor: Ron Blaylock    
Cost: $ 175
Dates: Mondays, September 22 – October 13  (4 class mtgs.) 
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Dates: Mondays, September 22 – October 13  (4 class mtgs.) 
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.

Digital Photo Editing
Instructor: Ron Blaylock      
Cost: $ 95
Dates: Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 23 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn to successfully edit pictures to create sensational photo memories. Professional fine art photographer Ron Blaylock will lead participants through the steps to correct, enhance, and experiment with their own digital photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements software.

Location Portrait Workshop
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $185
Date: Saturday, November 1 (1 class mtg.) 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

In this hands-on one-day workshop, we will work with a model on several locations around Canton to learn the ins and outs of location portrait photography. We will learn to modify the existing light and use off-camera flash. We will learn about camera and lens selection, picking the right location, posing subjects, working with families and children, and more.

Please note: This class requires a digital SLR camera and completion of the Beginning Photography class or equivalent knowledge of your camera. The class will begin in front of the courthouse on the square in Canton, and then proceed to various locations.

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.



Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Instructor: Dain Hayes     
Cost: $75
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 13 (4 class mtgs.)  
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Would you like to capture the natural beauty of plants and flowers with paper and pencil?  This introductory class on botanical drawing will help you develop that unique skill. Each week the instructor will focus on different topics, which will include drawing leaves, stems, bark, and flowers. A list of supplies will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Instructor Dain Hayes grew up in an artistic atmosphere where she was inspired by her graphic artist father, who carefully nurtured her natural talent. Throughout high school, Dain took art lessons winning the Gold Key award in her senior year. She has also trained under noted artist Bob Pennebaker. Dain has taught children’s art classes and continues to paint in various genres including portraits and murals. Her murals now grace several areas at Millsaps College and Wesley Biblical Seminary.



Intro to Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood    
Cost: $100 (plus $30 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 15 (4 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 home and 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. Students will make both an indoor and an outdoor mosaic that they can take home at the end of the class. Come join in the fun and experience the joy of creating through this ancient art form!

Intermediate Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood     
Cost: $100 (plus $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Mondays, September 29 – October 27 (4 class mtgs. Skipping October 20) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this class, students will learn to advance their skill at mosaic design by creating a larger 3-dimensional project. Students who register for this class will be required to bring their own mosaic nippers and glass cutters. They should have previous experience with cutting and shaping glass, a fundamental knowledge of mosaic design, and experience with finishing techniques such as grouting the final project. The goals of this 4 part class will be to advance beginners to the next level of mosaic creation and build confidence to design and create independently.

Teresa Haygood discovered her passion for mosaics somewhat accidently. 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.



Linoleum Block Relief Printmaking: Introduction
Instructor: Laurin Stennis    
Cost: $75 (please $50 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Saturdays, November 1 & 8 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Follow in the footsteps of famed Mississippi artist Walter Anderson by learning how to design and develop a relief print by carving a linoleum block!  Students (17 yrs and older) will learn techniques for composition, carving the block, inking and printing the block, and how to sign and edition the finished prints. Each participant will come away from class with a completed print and enough skills and tools to continue printmaking at home. No prior printmaking experience is required, but students should come prepared with ideas for a 5” x 7” print such as a black and white drawing or photograph.

Laurin Stennis exhibits and sells her work in juried fine art shows across the southeast as well as out of her home studio, Laurin Stennis, Ink. (https://www.facebook.com/StennisInk). Stennis is an Exhibiting Member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and a Millsaps College alum.



Basic Enameling
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton    
Cost: $45 (plus a a $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor the first night the class meets; other optional supplies will be available for purchase.)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 16 & 23 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn enameling techniques including the importance of counter enameling, differences in mesh sizes, wet pack technique, and using glass stringers, twisters and millefiori. Students will complete 2-3 projects in this two evening class with the option to continue studying. The class will meet at the instructor’s studio in Brandon; a map will be mailed with the confirmation.

Back to Basics – Beginning Precious Metal Clay
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton   Cost: $70 (plus $70 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, October 21 & 28 (2 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn basic Precious Metal Clay (PMC) techniques including using the torch to make headpins. When fired, this unique substance creates one-of-a-kind fine silver jewelry. Seating is limited. The class will meet at the instructor’s studio in Brandon; a map will be mailed with the confirmation.

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.



Beginning Knitting I
Instructor: Donna Peyton   
Cost: $60
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14 (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: $60
Dates: Tuesdays, October 21– November 11 (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 Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has taught knitting classes for several years.



Calligraphy – the Art of Beautiful Writing
Instructor: Betsy Greener     
Cost: $100 (plus $35 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates:  Wednesdays, September 24 – October 15 (4 class mtgs.) 
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn everything you need to know to become skilled in calligraphy. The instructor will provide lots of individual attention and step-by-step instructions. Using the flexible pointed pen as your instrument, you will learn Copperplate script calligraphy, which is much admired for its fluidity and beauty. Calligraphy can be both a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the spirit. In our technological age, the appreciation for the art of calligraphy has grown incredibly; it is a fun hobby, a great business and a creative art. Opportunities for beautiful lettering are vast - this class will include a discussion of the many ways to use calligraphy, both for personal satisfaction and as a lucrative source of income. Calligraphy is an art form in which patience and attention to detail are more important than artistic talent – you don’t have to be an “artist” to be good at calligraphy!

Calligraphy – The Graceful Flourish (Advanced Class)
Instructor: Betsy Greener     
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14 (4 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This is an advanced calligraphy class for students who have previous experience with the pointed pen. Flourishing is an expressive and ornate non-lettering calligraphic art form with limitless possibilities. Elegant designs that appear complex and labor intensive are demystified throughout this class. Beginning with a blank piece of paper, the student will be guided through the process of creating these fascinating flourishes. We will explore the essential strokes of off-hand flourishing as well as ways of adding depth and color to these beautiful designs. This is an excellent course for those who are new to flourishing or for anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of flourishing. A supply list will be sent with the confirmation.

Betsy Greener is a wedding/special events calligrapher in the Jackson area. She holds the bachelor of business administration degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.



Instructor: Tom Morrison    
Cost: $150 (plus $40 glazing fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.)
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 22 (5 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this class you will be introduced to slab building and other hand building techniques. You will make your own forms, draw out surface designs, learn about and apply ceramic glazes, and take home fired ceramic artwork of your own design. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Wishbone Studios. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

Oil Painting
Instructor: Tom Morrison      
Cost: $150
Dates: Saturdays, September 27 – October 18 (4 class mtgs.) 
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Basic elements of design and composition along with techniques for applying charcoal, graphite, and oil paint to canvas will be taught in this class. Color mixing and layering to create a multitude of effects will also be covered. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Thomas Clinton Morrison earned a B.S. in radio, television, and film with a minor in art from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tom has a M.F.A. from the Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and he completed a fellowship at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, where he learned advanced techniques in Raku firing, wheel-throwing, and high fired porcelain. He owns and operates Wishbone Studios, a pottery studio in Jackson. Visit his website: http://www.thomasmorrisonstudio.com/.



Paint & Antique Furniture Like A Pro
Instructor: Latresa Enns     
Cost: $150 (plus $50 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14 (4 class mtgs.)  
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14 (4 class mtgs.)  
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn the proper way to paint and antique furniture and cabinets at a fraction of the cost. In addition to learning antiquing concepts, you will learn different ways to achieve an antique finish on several types of surfaces. You will learn how to make your own chalk and milk paints, and you will also learn where to buy local products without a professional license. When you finish this course, you will be able to antique your furniture or kitchen cabinets with confidence for under $100.00. Wear old clothes and bring a hair dryer. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Madison.

Latresa Enns comes from a long line of artists and entrepreneurs. She has been finishing and restoring wood furniture for 32 years. Her earliest painting experience involved working for her parents in their construction and painting business where she learned to paint and wallpaper as well as learning different painting techniques. In 2005 she decided to further her career by taking professional decorative painting courses, and she also started her own business.



Bob Ross® Painting Class: Landscape (Autumn Scene)
Instructor: Michael Hughes   
Cost: $60 (You may rent the instructor’s supplies for $20 or you may bring your own supplies.)
Date: Saturday, October 18 (1 class mtg.)   
Time: 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Using the Bob Ross® wet-on-wet technique, these classes are specifically suited to beginners. 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.

Before becoming a certified Bob Ross® instructor, Michael Hughes was an ICU nurse at UMC. He received his B.S.N. from the University of the State of New York. He has earned Bob Ross® certifications in floral, landscape, and wildlife painting.



Beginning Basketry 
Instructor: Linda Mann    
Cost: $100 (plus $40 materials fee)
Date: Thursdays,  September 25 – October 9 with a field trip on Saturday, September 27 (4 class mtgs.)      
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Basket weaving is one of the oldest crafts known to man. Evidence of baskets that were made thousands of years ago have been found, and this art continues to thrive throughout the world today. In this class you will create a unique basket using purchased natural reed and other materials that you collect yourself during the class field trip. There will be a small list of simple tools included with the registration confirmation.

Linda Mann has been making baskets for many years. In 1979 she earned an exhibiting membership in the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and began teaching classes for the Guild, selling her work, and participating in the annual Chimneyville Crafts Festival and other events. She served as executive director of the Guild from 1993 until 1995, and her career includes over twenty years in the Mississippi tourism industry. She is now a Fellow Exhibiting Member of the Crafsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and is always happy to share the satisfying art of basketry.




Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $100 per person
Dates: Mondays, September 22 – October 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This four week course, which will be taught at Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center in Pearl, teaches the basics of six of the most popular social dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, and Single Step Swing. Class participants are required to wear shoes with leather soles. Singles and couples are welcome.

Mike and Lisa Day teach at Dance Connection, central Mississippi’s largest and most popular social/ballroom dance studio. Please visit their website: www.msdanceconnection.com.



Instructor: Ashleigh Risher
Cost: $60
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 29 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic and international rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: we want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked on working out!

Ashleigh Risher has four fitness certifications, three of them being Zumba®. She has been teaching Zumba® in the Jackson area for nearly seven years. She first taught at Fitness Lady and most recently at Salsa Mississippi Dance Studio. She is passionate about fitness and dance and is looking forward to sharing that passion with her students.



Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness!
Instructor: Sandra Plunkett
Cost: $80
Dates: Mondays, September 22 – October 27 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

The dictionary's definition of line dancing is “a type of country and western dancing in which dancers line up in a row without partners and follow a choreographed pattern of steps to music.” It's so much more than that! Learn to line dance to all types of music and beats, from cha cha to swing to waltz to something a little funky. While you are having fun line dancing, you are also promoting your cardiovascular health, getting a low intensity aerobic workout, and improving your memory. You’ll also make new friends, which is great for your mental and social health. Wear shoes comfortable for dancing. Each student will receive a packet of dance steps along with a CD of the songs that we will be dancing to.

Sandra Plunkett was hooked after taking her first line dance class 20 years ago; and she still is! She competed and performed with the line dance team, Southern Style, for several years; has taken classes with instructors from all over the world; has choreographed dances and routines; teaches private parties; and currently teaches at Dance Unlimited. Sandra holds a B.S. in accounting and works with her husband at their construction company. She reads and gardens when she isn't on the dance floor.





The Old Capitol: Mississippi’s Greatest Treasure
Instructor: Clay Williams
Cost: $40
Date: Monday, September 22 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about the rich and fascinating history of the Old Capitol, Mississippi's most historic building. Built in 1839, the building served as state house until 1903 and was witness to such important events as the secession convention, the writing of two state constitutions and visits by important statesmen—all reasons the building is a National Historic Landmark. We will also consider the architecture of the Greek revival masterpiece and its recent restoration following damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. Finally, we will look at the building as it stands today. It now serves as a museum where interactive exhibits educate adults and children alike on Mississippi history and government.

Clay Williams graduated from Mississippi State University with bachelor's and master's degrees. After serving as project liaison for the Old Capitol Restoration following Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed Director of the Old Capitol Museum on July 1, 2008. Author of many papers on history, Williams published his first book, Battle for the Southern Frontier, the Creek War and the War of 1812, co-authored with Mike Bunn, in July 2008 by The History Press. He is currently under contract to write a volume with the Heritage of Mississippi Series on Frontier Mississippi (1800-1840).



Jackson’s North State Street – An Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, September 23 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

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: Monday, September 29 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

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 Mississippi Architecture of Albert Hays Town
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, September 30 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Many people who are familiar with the architect Albert Hays Town know about the elegant houses he designed in the last quarter of the 20th century based on the historic vernacular architecture of his native Louisiana. These houses were built all over Louisiana and into neighboring states including Mississippi. But did you know that he actually began his architecture career in Mississippi during the 1920s working for one of Mississippi’s greatest architects, N.W. Overstreet? And did you know that his first brush with fame as an architect came with his, and Mr. Overstreet’s, design for a very modern school building constructed in the 1930s?

In this class, we will look at Mr. Town’s earliest designs which reflect the modern architecture of the day. We will also examine how his involvement with the Historic American Buildings Survey during the Great Depression, where he helped to document many antebellum houses in Natchez, influenced his architectural style shown in the many houses for which he is so well known. We will end our discussion of Mr. Town’s architecture by looking at many of the great Mississippi houses he designed in the 1980s and 90s.



Mississippi Plantation Houses
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, October 2 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

If you say “Mississippi plantation house” to most people, they immediately think of the large white columned mansions found in Natchez, Vicksburg, Columbus and other towns and cities located around the state. The fact is the houses that they are envisioning aren’t plantation houses at all but rather town houses or suburban villas, definitely not located on a plantation. While many were built as a residence for a planter, or a man who made his money from growing cotton, many more of these were built by men who made their fortunes in other pursuits. So, having said that, what do we mean when we say plantation house? Contrary to what some believe, “antebellum” does not mean “big white columns” and “plantation house” is not an architectural style.

In this class, we will be looking at those houses actually built as the main residence on a functioning plantation. Many of these were large, grand and elegantly furnished on a par with the town houses and suburban villas mentioned earlier. However, many more were much smaller, simpler structures reflecting the reality of life on a working cotton plantation. We will discuss the various vernacular architectural forms and architectural styles displayed in plantation houses across the state from the earliest years of statehood to those houses built well after the end of the Civil War and into the 20th century. In fact, some of the grandest plantation houses in Mississippi were built in the Delta in the early 1900’s.

Pilgrimage Primer: What To Know Before You Go
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40 for each class
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.
Natchez – Tuesday, October 7
Vicksburg – Thursday, October 9
Columbus – Tuesday, October 14
Holly Springs – Thursday, October 16

Have you ever gone on pilgrimage tour and felt that you were missing something? Did you come away wishing you knew more about the history of the city in general and about its architecture specifically? Did you wish that someone had told you of other sites to see while there and maybe even a good restaurant or two?
Well, wish no more. In this class, that is precisely what we will be doing. In addition to learning more about the architectural history of these cities, we will end each class with a brief version of “The Truth Sleuth” to arm you with the knowledge of what a “petticoat mirror” really is or why these old houses don’t have closets. You’ll come away from this class with enough information to feel like an insider.

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.


Basic Military Research
Instructor: Jeff Giambrone
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Would you like to know more about a relative or friend’s military service? This class will cover how to do basic research on someone who served in the military, covering the period from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War. The Civil War and World Wars I and II will be discussed in detail.

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.




Yoga for Everyone
Instructor: Sally Holly
Cost: $140
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – December 9 (12 class mtgs.)
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.



T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $140
Date: Thursdays, September 25 – November 13 (8 class mtgs.)
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.

Mike Chadwick, a University of Mississippi graduate, has been studying Tai Ji for 15 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.



Introduction to Tennis (Adult Group Class)
Instructors: Millsaps varsity tennis team under the directorship of Coach Jason Box
Cost: $120
Dates: Tuesdays, Septembers 30 – November 18 (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 Head Coach Jason Box. 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.

Jason Box, who has been the Millsaps Men's and Women's Head Tennis Coach since 2011, is a former two-time All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tennis player and captain at the University of the South. At Millsaps, Coach Box has compiled a 30-13 record as the women’s coach and 22-21 record on the men’s side. He has coached three All-Conference women and three All-Conference men including Malte Schick who was named the Southern Athletic Association player of the year in 2013. Eight players have been named ITA Scholar Athletes and Coach Box was named the 2012 SCAC Women’s Coach of the Year.



Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing™
Instructor: Jeremy Gordon
Cost: $75
Session I
Date: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 22 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Session II
Date: Wednesdays, October 29 – November 26 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, Master Instructor Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing™ and Jeet June Do. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense 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. This class will be held off campus at Boxers Rebellion® in Fondren.

The Master Instructor is Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by Coach Roscoe N. Forch and 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 and owns the only authorized Joe Lewis Fighting Systems training center in Mississippi. He holds Blackbelt (Dan ranking) or certification in the following: Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, 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.




Garden Design 2014
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 11 (8 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 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.

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, and Delta magazines. His hobbies include painting and gardening. Rick is also an owner of Latitudes Design Center, a unique home furnishing and accessories store in Jackson.



Container and Raised Bed Kitchen Gardening
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, September 23 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

How to select and grow knock-out flowers, "designer" vegetables, and practical culinary herbs in all sorts of containers will be covered in this class. You will also learn practical tips on container selection, homemade potting soil, mixing and matching beautiful plants, container garden care, and great indoor plants for a touch of the tropics indoors all winter.

Southern Cottage Gardening
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, September 30 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This class focuses on carving out a small area of your landscape for an attractive garden filled with all kinds of flowers, edible herbs, and vegetables. By focusing on tried-and-true plants and techniques specific to Mississippi conditions and busy lifestyles, this approach will work anywhere in your yard.

Felder Rushing, who gardens around both his celebrated Mississippi cottage and a farmhouse in northern England, is a much sought-after lecturer nation-wide. The author of 18 books and countless magazine articles hosts a popular NPR-affiliate radio program, and longtime columnist is without doubt the most laid-back yet passionate garden expert around. His classes are straightforward, both practical and philosophical, and illustrated with highly evocative photography.





Spanish at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 22 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Spanish is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. In this class you will develop basic language skills for travel, business, and enjoyment. This course covers the vocabulary needed to deal with everyday situations wherever Spanish is spoken. In addition, various aspects of daily life in the Hispanic world will be discussed.

French at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

If you plan to go to France, Quebec, or any place else where French is spoken, for business or pleasure, this course is a must! Come join us and learn basic pronunciation and practical conversational French. In addition, various aspects of daily life in French-speaking countries will be discussed.

Robert Kahn, Ph.D., taught Spanish and French for many years at Millsaps College. Presently, he is Senior Consultant for International Education at the college.



How to Edit What You Write
Instructor: Gerard Helferich
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 30 (6 class mtgs.)         
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 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, word choice, overwriting, flow, and voice--and will include time for self-editing. 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 four 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. He is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference. 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 gerardhelferich.com.



The Jane Austen Book Club: Much Ado about Mansfield Park
Instructors: Carolyn Brown and Susan Allen Ford
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 28 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This fall The Jane Austen Book Club will discuss Mansfield Park in recognition of its two-hundredth anniversary. Mansfield Park is Jane Austen’s third published novel but the first of her maturity—the first wholly conceived and written after she moved to Chawton. Readers disagree wildly about its timid heroine (Fanny Price is no Elizabeth Bennet!) and about the novel itself: is it oppressively moralistic, or does it challenge easy judgments? According to one of Jane Austen’s earliest readers, however, “All who think deeply and feel much will give the preference to Mansfield Park.” Join Carolyn Brown, Coordinator for the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and Susan Allen Ford, Professor of English at Delta State University and Editor of Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, JASNA’s scholarly journals, as they make much ado about Mansfield Park.

Dr. Carolyn J. Brown earned her Master’s and Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro and has taught at UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, and Millsaps College. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, as well as the books A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty and Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker, to be published later this year.

Dr. Susan Allen Ford is on the faculty of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University, where she teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature. 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 she is currently at work on a book about Austen.



Great Books Series: The Seven Deadly Sins
Instructor: Steve Overman
Cost: $60 (plus book)
Dates: Every other Monday, September 15 – December 8 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This is the sixth offering of the Great Books discussion format. The series provides stimulating and challenging readings from the classics and contemporary literature with discussions based on thought-provoking questions from the selections. This group will be reading from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. The anthology includes works by Flannery O’Conner, William Faulkner, D. H. Lawrence, and Margaret Atwood among others. The fourteen short stories cover the sinful topics of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust. Ideally, the group members should be willing to share in the role of discussion leader.

Please note: Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler ($19.95) available at http://store.greatbooks.org/ or by calling 1-800-222-5870.

Steve Overman is a retired professor who taught in the College of Education at Jackson State University. Professor Overman earned his Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in the social sciences. In his retirement, he writes about sports from a critical perspective and is currently working on his sixth book. He completed the Great Books Foundation Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop and has led Great Books discussion groups in Oklahoma City and Jackson. Steve is an avid reader of historical fiction.



The Art and Science Of Writing Biographies And Memoirs
Instructor: James Dickerson 
Cost: $150
Date: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 21 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This course will offer instruction on how to write a proposal for a biography or memoir that will attract the attention of publishers. It also will offer suggestions on how to structure biographies and memoirs, how to research them, and how to undertake the writing of the book.

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.



To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 27 (6 class mtgs.)
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, 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, Oxford American, Wilson Quarterly and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. She is an M.F.A. graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.



Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Mondays, September 22 – November 3 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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: $100
Date: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 4 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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, Grit, The Saturday Evening Post, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John is the author of five books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), and Fifty Mysteries (scheduled for October 2014).



Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $50 (Plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Date: Saturday, October 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Do you have a wonderful idea for a book? Have you written a collection of poetry? Self-publishing just may be your answer. However, the process of self-publishing can be both confusing and overwhelming. This three hour class is designed to assist people, who desire to complete much of the self-publishing process themselves. Using Createspace, which is affiliated with Amazon, this class takes students through the process step-by-step. At the end of the course, students will create a sample text and receive a free electronic copy of Life and Struggles by the instructor.

Please note: Students should have basic computer skills.

Cassandra Hawkins Wilson is a self-published author of the poetry book, Life and Struggles, which has been showcased at several conferences. She is also an experienced English instructor, business owner, image consultant, and public speaker.




Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $70
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 20 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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.



Exploring Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 28 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Providing a survey of the basic concepts of starting a business, this course covers the personal origins for motivation for entrepreneurship and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the entrepreneur. Guest speakers who have successfully started their own businesses will talk about their experiences. The class will conclude with students assessing their own potential and developing an idea for a new business.

Joe Donovan, Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Millsaps College, 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 is also the executive director of the MS Center for Nonprofits.

The following classes will be led by Joe Donovan and are taught in partnership with Mississippi Center for Nonprofits.

Serving Your Community: Board Service 101

Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $25
Date: Thursday, September 25 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Have you considered serving on a community, church, or hospital board? Board service is a great way to be involved in your community as well as an avenue for achieving personal/professional development. You will learn the legal and fiduciary responsibilities that are required of board members. Discover the pros and cons of board service to find out if it’s the right fit for you.

Becoming a Better Board Volunteer: A Serious Look at Board Service
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, October 2 - 16 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Board members have a responsibility to their community to provide high quality service to their chosen organization. Best practices of board roles and responsibilities, recruitment and orientation, strategic planning, and fundraising will be covered. This course will help strengthen the individual board member and in turn increase the effectiveness of community board oversight.

Fundraising Ethics
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $25
Date: Thursday, October 23 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Fundraising demands integrity and public trust, but sometimes the ethical lines are not clearly drawn. Explore the ethical implications of fundraising for your organization as a professional or as a volunteer.





Instructor: David Womack
Cost: $90
Dates: Mondays, September 22 – October 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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.



History of Popular Music
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, September 4 – October 9 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

This course is designed to increase the perception and enjoyment of 20th century popular music genres. Participants will be able to identify various periods, styles, and elements of popular music, in addition to techniques, medias, and instruments that are related to our modern musical language.

Beginning Guitar
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $90 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor the first night of class)
Dates: Thursdays, October 16 – November 6 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 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 Program.



Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part I
Instructor: Christy Jenkins Turner
Cost : $100 (plus $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 27 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Experience the joy of music making and fulfill that life-long dream of playing the piano in a supportive atmosphere! In just six meetings, you should begin to be able to read written music, perform elementary-level pieces, know the basics of music theory, and have improved hand coordination. People who continuously learn new things enjoy good memory health, and group piano lessons are proven to relieve stress and stimulate the immune system. Learn the fundamentals of piano playing and improve your health….what more can you ask?

Christy Jenkins Turner is a piano instructor and music educator. She held the position of instructor of music in piano and music theory at Tougaloo College. She holds a master of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor of music degree from Millsaps College. Additional piano and theory studies include the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.



Beginning Harmonica
Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $90 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, September 22 – October 13 (4 class mtgs.)
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 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 www.scottalbertjohnson.com.




Organize Your Life: The Full Length Course
Instructor: Gretchen Cook
Cost: $125 (plus $12 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is the year you were going to get organized, isn’t it? It’s not too late! As participants in this workshop will learn, organization has more to do with how you think than how many shelves you have in your closet or how many tabs you have in your DayTimer. With a little practice and the right thinking tools, anyone can learn how to become more organized, resulting in less stress in daily living. This four-week class will equip you with principles you can put to work immediately to conquer areas of chaos in your life. By meeting weekly for four weeks and completing homework assignments, participants will learn and employ organizational principles in their lives. The objective is to create an opportunity for real behavioral change during a month-long adventure into great organization. This class will meet at the instructor’s office. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

Gretchen W. Cook, a former academic library director and publisher of Parents & Kids Magazine, developed methods to assist coworkers in organizing work areas, processes, and projects. These same skills can be applied to any setting, from home to church to work.



Thresholds and Thin Places: Perspectives on Pilgrimage
Instructor: Rebecca Youngblood
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, September 18 – October 16 (4 class mtgs. The class will not meet October 9.)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. (with one longer session on September 25)

In these four sessions, we will explore practices that can enrich any travel, whether to a distant sacred site or back and forth on our daily rounds. We will immerse ourselves in the centuries-old, but ever-new, process of going on pilgrimage. What prompts people to take such journeys? What is gained by doing so? How might the movements of pilgrimage—Intentional Preparation, Mindful Presence, and Purposeful Integration—inform our lives even when we stay at home? The class will include a mini-pilgrimage in the Jackson area.

Rebecca Youngblood is a Millsaps alumna who majored in sociology and loved anthropology and the study of culture. She is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. The practice of pilgrimage brings these two streams together, inviting in-person interaction with other peoples and cultures and engagement with their holy places and religious traditions. She has journeyed to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Angola, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Currently, she directs the Center for Ministry, which is based at Millsaps and offers continuing education and spiritual formation for religious leaders of many denominations across Mississippi.



Spirituality, Romance, and Relationships
Instructor: Bob Nevels
Cost: $75
Date: Thursdays, September 25 – October 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This course will examine the neuroscience and therapeutic understandings of the most highly valued personal experiences in the human journey. Many “common sense” beliefs will be challenged and alternatives with new possibilities, but outside of traditional “comfort zones,” will be presented. We will look at newer research on male/female sex differences in brain morphology, hormones and downstream neurochemistry that may profoundly affect courting and mating. We will examine the difference between spirituality and religion and the powerful influence each has on sexuality and sexual behavior. We also will look at current cultural and psychosocial factors that are increasingly playing a major role in these phenomena. Finally, we will crystal ball project the future of romance and religion into a world of virtual reality, cyborg technology, and indefinitely extended life.

Bob Nevels is a clinical and medical psychologist in private practice in Ridgeland. Bob has practiced, supervised, and taught psychology and marriage and family therapy for over thirty-seven years. He is an associate staff psychologist at University Hospitals and Clinics. His research and theoretical papers have been published in professional journals, textbooks, and popular literature; he has presented at international and national conferences.



Enhancing Your Professional Image
Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $25 (plus $5 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Dated: Saturday, September 27 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Does your business wardrobe make you look and feel dumpy or self-conscious? Do you dress to impress others to prove your ability to perform on the job? This class addresses your concerns about your current business wardrobe. Discover how to enhance your business attire, body language, and communication skills to acquire a well-polished image.

Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson is an image consultant and owner of Sensational Image Consulting, Inc., based in the Metro Jackson area. Since 2007, Cassandra has assisted clients with image, personal management, and communication. A seminar leader, published author, and motivational speaker, she focuses on educating clients on the importance of maintaining a polished image to affect the way people treat you and to help contribute to a successful career.





ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton Cost: $70
Date: Saturday, September 6 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6 (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 the subject matter the tests are designed to measure.

Leonard H. Blanton began working with test prep with his own children and has been giving ACT/SAT workshops for 25 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.



Basics of Bird Watching
Instructor: Chris King
Cost: $100
Date: Thursdays, September 25 – October 23 & Field Trip Saturday, October 25 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn to identify birds by sight and sound in this exciting introduction to bird watching. Topics covered include taking good field notes, identifying birds by their songs and calls, making tough IDs, observing migration patterns, attracting birds to your yard, and using your observations to directly contribute to ongoing scientific research.

Chris King worked for 20 years in the veterinary industry, and he has been an avid birder since childhood. He has worked extensively with the Audubon Birds of Prey Center where he served as the director of raptor rescues for Volusia County, Florida.



Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructor: Krista Bower and Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $100 for 2 people (participant and caregiver/spouse)
Date: Mondays, September 8 – December 8 (skipping November 24) (13 class mtgs.)
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 leama@millsaps.edu 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 the owner and director of the Yazoo City School of Dance, where she teaches students of all ages. Krista served as the school administrator for the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition Dance School and Teacher Training Program. In August of 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 College since September of 2013.

Phoebe Pearigen has been involved in dance most of her life. She received her B.A. in Dance and Business Administration and an M.F.A. in dance from Southern Methodist University. She is a community volunteer and currently serves on the USA IBC Board of Directors.



Understanding Wine: The Basics
Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100 (plus $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class.)
Dates: Thursdays, September 25 – October 16 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

The focus of this course will be to discover a simpler approach to wine study and to remove the shroud of mystery so often encountered when studying wine. In the end, you will have the basic skills that allow you to evaluate wines using your senses of sight, smell, and taste. You will be able to pair wines with food and have the confidence to select the perfect bottle of wine when dining out or attending a dinner party. At each of our four meetings, we will taste three different wines from regions spanning the globe. Come join us for this exciting class sure to be beneficial to both the novice and experienced wine drinker. This class is only available to persons 21 and older.

John Malanchak is a geologist, wine instructor and consultant, and the certified sommelier at Joe T's Wine and Spirits in Ridgeland, Mississippi.



Backyard Astronomy
Instructor: Jim Waltman
Cost: $100 + $5 materials fee
Date: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 28 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Astronomy is one of the most challenging, beautiful, and rewarding hobbies! This is your chance to learn about the subject in nonpressured, instructor-led meetings and through “hands-on” experience. Surveying some of the simpler concepts of astronomy, this intro class also focuses on what can be observed, the tools used, types of observation specialties available, and the strategies for a successful observing session. Resources are identified to continue the learning process and for help along the way. A field trip to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, located in downtown Jackson, is planned toward the end of the course.

Retired computer consultant Jim Waltman is a past president and newsletter editor of the Jackson Astronomical Association, a member of the Planetary Society, and a member of the Astronomical League. A former adjunct professor of computer science, he has participated in the workshop for Mississippi astronomy educators at French Camp and has been an award-winning participant in local and regional Star Gatherings. Jim has 30 years experience in amateur astronomy.



What’s Really in The Bible?
Instructor: James Bowley
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, October 2 – October 23 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about all the different strange stories and books in the Bible, and how this literature was written and read in the ancient world? This quick guide to the Bible will be a fast paced journey to all the destinations of the Bible, including all the places that usually get overlooked or ignored. Surprises await!

James E. Bowley earned his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion. He is author/editor of five books, including Living Traditions of the Bible: Scripture in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Practice. As Professor of Religious Studies at Millsaps, he has enjoyed teaching the department’s Introduction to Religious Studies course for many years.