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Fall 2015 Community Enrichment Series



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Basic Enameling
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $40 (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 15 & 22 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

What could be more rewarding than creating your own unique jewelry? Learn enameling techniques including the importance of counter enameling, differences in mesh size, and using glass stringers, twisters and milleflori. Students will complete 2-3 projects. The class will meet at the instructor’s studio in Brandon; a map will be mailed with the confirmation.

FULL -- Viking Knit
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton Cost: $45 (plus $25 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 29 & October 13 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Viking Knit is an ancient wire-weaving technique. It is created from thin wire that is “woven” together. Learn this fun and easy technique to create bracelets and necklaces. We will learn the steps of Viking knitting the first class and complete a bracelet in the second class. All supplies will be provided.

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

FULL -- Digital Photo Editing
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $ 95
Dates: Thursday, October 8 and Thursday, October 15 (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.

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

Beginning Knitting I
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $60
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this beginner class, students will learn 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 20 - November 10 (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.

FULL -- 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: Friday, September 25  (1 class mtg.)
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 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. 

FULL -- Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Instructor: Dain Hayes
Cost: $75
Date: Mondays, September 21 - October 12 (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.

FULL -- 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: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 13 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn everything you need to know to become skilled in calligraphy. Using the flexible pointed pen as your instrument, you will learn Copperplate script calligraphy, which is much admired for its fluidity and beauty. 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!

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.

FULL -- Christmas Is Coming!
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre
Cost: $25
Date: Tuesday, November 3 (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.

Floral Design
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre
Cost: $50 (plus $30 materials fee)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 15 & 22 (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.

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

Creating Your Own Art Fabric
Instructor: Rhonda Blasingame
Cost: $100 (plus $15 supply fee)
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 27 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Using acrylic and latex paints, participants will learn to create their own art fabrics from plain white fabric. Many different effects will be covered including tie-dye, shattering, sun prints, rust dying and whole-cloth painting. Learn how to use familiar household supplies and objects to make one-of-a-kind fabrics that can be used in a variety of ways, from clothing to quilts to home decor. Class will be held off campus at the instructor’s studio in downtown Jackson.

Rhonda Blasingame is an award-winning art quilter and mixed media fiber artist and teaches fiber classes around the South. She is an exhibiting member of the MS Craftsmen’s Guild and
co-owns Bottletree Studios with Anne Campbell. 

Intro to Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $125 (plus $40 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Wednesdays, September 23 - October 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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.

Intermediate Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $125 (plus $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Mondays, September 28 - October 26 (skipping October 19) (4 class mtgs.) 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

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. 

Loop 2 Loop Easy Crochet
Instructor: Regina Powell
Cost: $70
Dates: Mondays, September 21 - October 12 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Crochet is the process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other materials. In this class you will learn key terms and the basic skills of crocheting while creating rectangles that can be crocheted together to make a blanket or afghan. There will be a $5 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Regina Powell is a native Mississippian. Ever since she learned to crochet in the sixth grade from her math teacher, she has loved teaching and making /selling crocheted items. The Southern Needle in Ridgeland opened in August 2013 with her assistance, and she is a member of Stitchin Sisters at First Baptist Church of Madison. Her crocheted items have been entered in local arts and crafts fairs.

FULL -- Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Laurel Schoolar
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 27 (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.


Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $100 per person
Dates: Mondays, October 5-26 (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.  

Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness!
Instructor: Sandra Plunkett
Cost: $80
Dates: Mondays, September 21 - October 26 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

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, and you will also make new friends, which is great for your mental and social health.

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.



Jackson’s North State Street – An Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, September 22 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

The architectural history of what was Jackson’s premier residential street from the 1840s until the 1920s will be discussed, and 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, September 24 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

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 they relate to the time in which they were built.

The Mississippi Architecture of Albert Hays Town
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, September 29 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Architect Albert Hays Town, who designed many elegant houses in both Louisiana and Mississippi, began his career working for one of Mississippi’s great architects, N. W. Overstreet. This class will examine some of his earliest influences including his involvement with the Historic American Buildings Survey during the Great Depression and conclude with a discussion of the houses he designed in the 1980s and 90s.

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

Contrary to popular opinion, plantation houses are not necessarily the large white columned mansions found in Natchez and other cities. In this class, we will be looking at those houses actually built as the main residence on a functioning plantation. Some of which were grand and elegant, but many more were smaller simpler structures reflecting the life of a working plantation.

The Mississippi Architecture of William Nichols
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, October 6 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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. We will discuss the early work of Mr. Nichols, or Captain Nichols as he was often called, and then his most productive years in Mississippi when he was responsible for the design and construction of many of the state's finest buildings in the Greek Revival Style.

Pilgrimage Primer: What To Know Before You Go
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40 for each class
Date: Thursday, October 8 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever gone on Pilgrimage to any town in Mississippi (Natchez, Columbus or Holly Springs, just to name a few) and felt that you were missing something? Did you come away wishing you knew more about the architecture and interiors of the period? You’ll come away from this class with enough information to feel like an expert.

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.

Military Medicine During the American Civil War
Instructor: William Hanigan
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 20-29 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This series of four lectures will give a comprehensive view of military medicine during the American Civil War. Responses of the Union and Confederate medical service to military operations and changes in political conditions will emphasize the interrelationships of military medical care and issues of total war in the 19th century.

William Hanigan is a retired neurosurgeon who writes and lectures extensively on the development of military medicine from 1840 to 1939. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and taught at the University of Illinois and University of Mississippi medical schools. He holds an M.D. degree from the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine and and M.S. and Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from Loyola-Chicago. He has recently published articles on military medical care in East Africa, Salonika, and North Russia, and aviation medicine during World War I. He is co-founder of the section on history of the Association of Neurological Surgeons and the U.S. branch of the Western Front Association.

Researching Your Mississippi Civil War Ancestor
Instructor: Jeff Giambrone
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, September 24 - October 15 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This class will cover the basics on researching the military service of Mississippians who served in the Union or Confederate armies during the Civil War. Among the topics to be covered will be locating and understanding Civil War service records, pensions, and burial information. The class will also explain how to research an ancestor's Civil War unit to find out which battles they may have participated in, and how to research post-war participation in veteran's organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans.

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.

Witness to History: Mississippi’s Old Capitol
Instructor: Clay Williams
Cost: $40
Date: Monday, September 21 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Participants take a journey through Mississippi’s most important years of development through the eyes of the Old Capitol. From 1839-1903, some of the state’s most pivotal events took place within the walls of Mississippi’s most historic building. Learn about Mississippi leaving the Union, the formation of two of our state’s constitutions and other key legislation, as well as speeches from important statesmen.

Clay Williams graduated from Mississippi State University with bachelor's and master's degrees. He served as Director of the Old Capitol Museum from 2008 to 2014. He is now Sites Administrator for MDAH where he oversees the activities of six historic sites across the state. 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).


Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing®
Instructor: Jeremy Gordon and Staff
Cost: $150
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesdays, September 23 – December 2 (skipping Nov. 25) (10 class mtgs.)

Boxers Rebellion® introduces Hybrid Kickboxing® and Jeet June Do and is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense as it pertains to the modern world. You will learn basic self-defense tactics to stop an attacker and also gain insight into the basic philosophies, theories, concepts, and principles of Hybrid Kickboxing®. No martial arts background is required.

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.

Introduction to Tennis (Adult Group Class)
Instructors: Millsaps varsity tennis team under the directorship of Coach Jason Box
Cost: $120
Dates: Mondays, September 21 - November 9 (8 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $140
Date: Thursdays, September 24 - November 12 (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.

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.

Yoga for Everyone
Instructor: Sally Holly Cost: $140
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - December 15 (skipping November 24) (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 to participate at his/her own level.

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.



How to Edit What You Write
Instructor: Gerard Helferich
Cost: $100
Dates: Mondays, September 21 - October 19 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This hands-on class will help writers of fiction and nonfiction go from first draft to finished manuscript. Each session will focus on a specific topic--conciseness, precision, style, overwriting, and structure—and will include time for editing. By the end of the course, students will have a list of six 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.

***NEW!*** The Jane Austen Book Club: Love and Friendship
Instructors: Carolyn Brown and Susan Allen Ford
Cost: $40
Date: Wednesday, October 21 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Beware of fainting-fits….Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint,” the heroine of Love and Friendship solemnly advises her young correspondent. This short epistolary novel, written in 1790 when Jane Austen was only fourteen, exuberantly parodies the sentimental fiction of her day. Join Carolyn Brown and Susan Allen Ford in an exploration of Austen’s early fiction-making: her use of conventions, her experiments with irony and comedy, and her play with language.

Note: Love and Friendship can be found as a stand-alone text as well as in collections of Jane Austen’s juvenilia.

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 Region 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 (2012) and Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker (2014).

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.

Talking Your Way Through the Spanish-Speaking World
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Thursdays, September 24 - October 22 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 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.

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

To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, September 21 - October 26 (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 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: $100
Date: Mondays, September 21 - November 2 (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 22 - November 3 (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 (2014). 



Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $70
Date: Mondays, September 21 - October 19 (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 22 - October 27 (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 24 (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 1-15 (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 22 (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. Common dilemmas will be addressed with solutions drawn from the highest professional standards.

Introduction to Social Media and Content Strategy

Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50 per session
Date: Tuesday, September 22 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Are you new to a position in social media or feel like your business needs to get in the “social media game” to keep up? This introductory course will cover all the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms for businesses. 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. The course will also include a discussion about larger content strategy as it relates to social media as part of a business strategic plan.

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.

Power Communication for Executives
Instructor: Linda Berry
Cost: $200
Date: Saturday, September 26 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This is a seminar in effective, persuasive communication under performance pressure with major results at stake. Designed for professional, executive, and political officeholders and students wishing to make a difference in their careers, this seminar focuses on private and public speaking, group and one-on-one encounters, and media and press events. The instructor is on call for class members for six months following the seminar. There will be an hour off for lunch on your own.

Linda Tomlinson Berry has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, private industry, and government for 24 years. Her clients have included NASA, the aerospace industry, and international corporations.


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 21 - October 26 (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.

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 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 22 - November 12 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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: $90 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, September 21 - October 19 (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. 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.

***NEW!*** The Mojo Triangle
Instructor: James L. Dickerson
Cost: $125
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 20 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

At long last—the truth about the birth of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country and jazz!!   Draw a straight line from New Orleans to Nashville, then over to Memphis and back down to New Orleans, following the curves of the Mississippi River, and you have a geographical area named Mojo Triangle, a phrase coined by James L. Dickerson in the early 2000’s. It is an area in which most of America’s original roots music was created: country, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. This class, which will be based on lectures on the history of the music and selected recordings, will explain the Mojo Triangle.

Greenville native James L. Dickerson is the publisher of Sartoris Literary Group, one of the few American–owned book publishers left, and the author of more than 30 books.

Instructor: David Womack
Cost: $90
Dates: Mondays, September 28 - October 19 (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.



Beginning Meditation
Instructors: Amy Hudson and Bebe Wolfe
Cost: $30
Date: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 6 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Meditation traditions from around the world will be introduced in this class. Psychological and physiological benefits of meditation, heart rate variability in meditation, and practical suggestions for starting a daily meditative practice will be discussed. The class will include lecture/slides, practice and a field trip to a local meditation dojo.

Please note: Participants should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Bringing a cushion to sit on (for chair or floor) is optional.

Amy Hudson, PhD., is a staff psychologist at GV “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

Bebe Wolfe, artist and owner of The Wolfe Studio, earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Portland School of Art in Portland, ME. Her interest in Buddhism and meditation began more than 20 years ago.

***NEW!*** Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gift of Intuition
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $15 materials fee payable to instructor)
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Do you know you already possess the spiritual gift of intuition? Why does everyone possess this gift? What will energize your own intuitive potential? What is the simplest way your intuition works and in what environment can you most easily develop it? How do you determine the significance of the messages you receive? What are your major vulnerabilities and temptations as you develop your gift? Come learn how to find spiritual inspiration from your gift of intuition!

***NEW!*** Pursuing Peace of Mind
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $10 materials fee payable to instructor)
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone seems to be stressed out but you? How about a situation where everyone else seems to be perfectly fine but you feel like you’re about to go off the deep end? Is stress really that individualized? How can we pursue peace of mind in the midst of daily stresses that affect everyone differently? Come learn strategies to maintain balance in your life no matter what stresses you out or the others around you.

***NEW!*** Communicating to Connect with Others
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $5 materials fee payable to instructor)
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Why is it so easy to connect with some people and so incredibly difficult to connect with others? Are there ways to communicate with almost anyone? How can you make yourself heard? Is it possible to prevent or at least minimize most misunderstandings? Come learn how to speak in a language that almost anyone can understand!

Duann Kier is a self-employed teacher, author, humorist and spiritual intuitive. 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.



ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost: $70
Date: Saturday, September 5 (1 class mtg.) Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 17 (1 class mtg.) Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 5 (1 class mtg.) Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies including subject-matter connection and time management tips is designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. This common sense approach to improving scores will assist students in identifying and addressing obstacles to optimum performance.

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 26 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.

Backyard Astronomy
Instructor: Jim Waltman
Cost: $100 + $5 materials fee
Date: Tuesdays, September 22 - October 20 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Astronomy is a challenging, beautiful, and rewarding hobby! 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. A field trip to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium 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.

Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructor: Krista Bower, Melissa Lea, Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $100 per couple
Date: Mondays, August 31 - December 14 (skipping September 7, October 12 and November 30) (13 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dance for Parkinson’s is a fun and interactive social activity for individuals with movement related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease that uses music and dance to improve motor behavior. The program is offered one evening a week, is led by professional dance instructors, and participation of caregivers is encouraged.

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 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 2015
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 - November 10 (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 lighting. Among the many topics to be discussed are choosing plants, placing plants, and controlling bugs to name just a few.

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.

Wine 101
Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100 (plus $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class.)
Dates: Thursdays, September 24 - October 15 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

This course provides the basic knowledge to further your wine studies. In the end, you will have the basic skills to evaluate wines using your senses of sight, smell, and taste; pair wines with food; and have a general understanding of the geographic settings of the world’s great wine regions. During each of our four meetings, we will taste three different wines from many of these regions. This class is for 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.



A $10 service fee is charged for processing all withdrawals. Refunds will be given up to two working days before a course begins; after that no refunds will be given. If at the last minute you are unable to attend, you may send a friend or colleague in your place–just let us know. Classes are often filled and have waiting lists; therefore, someone who doesn’t show up may deprive someone else of a place in the class.

Cancellation Policy
Classes with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation. Students will be notified of a class cancellation by telephone before the first class meeting. Since we must call you during working hours, please supply a phone number where you can be reached during the day or where a message may be left for you. Full refunds of course fees will be given for courses which are cancelled or the registrant may choose an alternate course or receive a credit voucher for future courses. Please allow two or three weeks for refund checks to arrive. Credit card charges will be credited back to the charge card.