Community Enrichment Series – Spring 2020


Welcome to the Millsaps Enrichment Series for Winter and Spring 2020! We hope that what you read on this page inspires you to stretch your mind, pursue a passion, update your skills, or discover your gift or special interest. These noncredit classes for adults add to the richness of your life—sign up for one today!

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


Arts and Crafts

Beginning Knitting I

Donna Peyton | $70 (+ materials)
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28–February 18 | 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. As a beginner, you 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.

NEW! Copperplate Calligraphy

Graham Carraway | $200
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28–March 3 | 6:00–7:30 p.m.

This Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy course is designed specifically for beginners to pointed pen calligraphy, but open and beneficial to those of all skill levels! All supplies are included. This course is designed with first-timers in mind and is meant for everyone, no matter your background or experience. It is a fundamental approach with hands on guidance and one-on-one instruction. You will walk away from this course with a solid foundation of the fundamentals of Calligraphy and the knowledge to train your eyes and hands to create beautiful script for years to come!

Beginning Knitting II

Donna Peyton | $70 (+ materials)
Tuesdays (Winter): February 25–March 17 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Continuing Knitting I class, you 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.

Knitting a Cardigan

Donna Peyton | $70 (+ materials)
Tuesdays (Spring): March 24–April 14 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Stay warm this winter! This class is for students who have a basic knowledge of knitting. In this class, the students will learn to make a cardigan to fit their own measurements and learn garment construction from the top down. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.

Knitting a Sock

Donna Peyton | $70 (+ materials)
Tuesdays (Spring): April 21–May 12 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Want to keep your feet warm? In this class students will learn to knit a sock. Students need to know the basics of knitting: casting on, knit, and purl. Knitting in the round is helpful, but can be learned in class. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.

Beginning Photography

Ron Blaylock | $185
Mondays (Winter and Spring): January 27–February 18 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.
March 16–April 6 | 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.

NEW! Crochet Basics

Beverly Anglin | $50.00
Tuesdays (Winter): Jan. 28–Feb. 25 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Come and learn the basics of crocheting! Participants will learn these basic techniques: basic crochet stitches, hook sizes, yarn choices, and basic pattern reading. The students will learn how to hold a hook and how to make basic crochet stitches. Students will make a cotton dishcloth and a simple granny square. A supply list will be sent when registration is received.

NEW! Beginner Crochet Class

Beverly Anglin | $50.00
Tuesdays (Winter and Spring): March 3–31 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
April 7–May 5 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

The Beginners class is a follow-up to the basics class and the student must have basic knowledge of how to crochet as well as an understanding of how to read simple crochet patterns. In this class the student will crochet a hat in the round and then pick a project that is more in-depth, such as an afghan or shawl. Pattern ideas will be provided to the students and how to develop a project will be covered. If the student has a project that they need help with finishing before the end of each class, if time permits, the class will help with identifying the issues and how to resolve them. A supply list will be sent when registration is received.

Basic Enameling

Laura Tarbutton | $45 (plus $40 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Tuesdays (Spring): March 3 and 10 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Create your unique jewelry and learn enameling techniques including the importance of counter enameling, differences in mesh size, and using glass stringers, twisters, and millefiori. Students will cut their blanks to 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.

Viking Knit

Laura Tarbutton | $40 (plus $25 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28 & February 4 | Time: 6:00–8:00 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, necklaces, rings and more. We will learn the steps of Viking knit the first class and complete a bracelet in the second class. All supplies will be provided. The class will meet at the instructor’s studio in Brandon; a map will be mailed with the confirmation.

Intermediate Mosaics

Teresa Haygood | $75 (plus $30 supply fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays (Winter and Spring): January 28 & 29 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
February 11 & 12 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
April 21 & 22 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

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


Health and Fitness

Say Goodbye to Prediabetes!

Johanna Fassbender | $40
Monday (Winter and Spring): January 27 | 6:00–7:30 pm March 9 | 6:00–7:30 p.m.

So you’ve just been diagnosed with prediabetes. You might be feeling shock, denial, worry and maybe even guilt over letting it come this far. It’s ok. Take a deep breath! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. According to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health, prediabetes is reversible and, with the right guidance, you can do it, too. In this workshop you will learn about the three necessary steps to take through hands-on exercises and activities. You will take home worksheets and recipes, as well as new knowledge and confidence to tackle your prediabetes.

Sculpt & Relax

Johanna Fassbender | Cost: $150
Thursdays (Winter): January 30–March 19 | 6:30–7:45 p.m.

We will focus on body-weighted exercises to sweat, get your heart rate up, and tone all your major muscle groups during the first half of class and end in relaxing yoga poses and stretching. The best of both worlds! Participants will also get healthy recipes to start 2020 off right. All levels are welcome.

Advanced Basketball

Coach Jimmy Smith | $120
Wednesdays (Winter): January 29–March 11 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.

For college basketball players, this class will focus on advanced skill development and complex team strategies. There will also be some individual time spent on film review and skill development.

Fundamentals of Volleyball

Coach Jaime Fisher | $120
Sundays (Winter): January 12–March 1 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

T’ai Chi (Taiji)

Mike Chadwick & Brad Chadwick | $150
Thursdays (Winter and Spring): January 9–February 27 | 6:45–8:15 p.m.
April 2–May 21 | 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Designed to be an introduction to the Yang Short Form, T’ai Chi 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.

Yoga for Everyone

Sally Holly | $150
Tuesdays (Winter and Spring): January 14–March 31 | 6:15–7:30 p.m.
April 14–June 30 | 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. 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.


Heritage and History

A Brief Architectural History of Woodland Hills

Todd Sanders | $40
Tuesday (Winter): January 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

As with any place, Woodland Hills means different things to different people. To longtime Jacksonians it means fond memories of family and friends; of who lived where and what parties happened here or there, and so on. To more recent arrivals, Woodland Hills means beautiful tree lined streets and magnificent mansions, including one designed by one of America’s most famous architects. In this class, we will examine the architecture of one of Jackson’s most architecturally significant historic neighborhoods.

Fondren: A Brief Architectural History

Todd Sanders | $40
Tuesday (Winter): February 4 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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

Jackson Houses by Hays Town

Todd Sanders | $40
Tuesday (Winter): February 11 | 6:30–8:30 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.

The Architect of Jackson’s Old Capitol—William Nichols and His Work in Mississippi’s Capitol City and Beyond

Todd Sanders | $40
Tuesday (Winter): February 18 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Lyceum at Ole Miss, most know nothing more about this very interesting man whose architecture made such an impact on this city and state. In this class we will discuss the early work of Mr. Nichols or Captain Nichols as he was often called, when he first arrived in North Carolina in 1800, then moved west with the nation to Alabama, and his brief sojourn in New Orleans. Nichols’ most productive years were in Mississippi when he was responsible for the design and construction of many of the state’s finest buildings in the Greek Revival Style.


Home and Garden

NEW! The Art and Science of Bonsai

Caroline Lin | $125 (+ $45 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28–March 3 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Come and learn about the ancient art of growing Bonsai trees. You will both learn the basic botany of what makes a Bonsai tree different from any old tree, as well as learn hands-on techniques like styling, potting, and air layering on various species.

The Art of the Home

Rick Griffin | $130
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28–March 3 | 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Focusing on your home’s overall look is what this class is all about. In past classes focus has been on the function and now the focus will be on your home as a piece of art. This class will meet at Latitudes, 1491 Canton Mart Square, Jackson, on six Tuesdays. Two classes will meet at residential homes and will showcase what the art of the home encompasses. Directions will be provided.


Language and Literature

Not the Jane Austen Book Club: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Susan Allen Ford & Carolyn J. Brown | $40
Tuesday (Spring): March 17 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Half a century after Jane Austen wrote the first drafts of her gothic parody Northanger Abbey, Emily Brontë published her only novel, Wuthering Heights, in 1847. A gothic story of love, obsession, power, and revenge, this novel set on the wild Yorkshire moors still grips readers.  The class will focus on Brontë’s vivid characterization (including her archetypal Byronic hero, Heathcliff) and the novel’s narrative tactics.  We’ll also consider how the Victorian gothic is different from Austen’s gothic novel. What would Catherine Morland think? Led by Susan Allen Ford and Carolyn Brown, the class will examine the characters, backgrounds, themes, and critical questions that create the passions of Wuthering Heights.

To Tell the Truth: The Art of Creative Nonfiction

Ellen Ann Fentress | $110
Mondays (Winter and Spring): January 27–March 2 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.
March 30–May 4 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

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.

Transformational Writing: How to Find Your Voice

Jean Farish | $110 (+ $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Mondays (Winter): January 27–March 2 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Providing an overview of transformational writing, this course will help emerging writers sharpen their skills, develop their unique voice, and discover their stories. A variety of writing techniques and resources will expand the student’s creative skills and talents. Literary works will be showcased in the classroom forum. Publishing opportunities will be shared. There is a $15 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

NEW! Screenwriting Basics

Michele Mathis-Shiflett | $150 (+ $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Wednesdays (Winter): February 5–19 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturdays (Spring): March 28 & April 4 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

In this amazing new class, you will acquire basic screenwriting techniques – structure and format, plot points, character development, and thematic principles – to help you create and develop your writing skills. You will have a working script outline by the end of this course.


Money and Business

Basics of Investing

Mark Maxwell | $80
Mondays (Winter and Spring): January 27–February 24 | 6:00–7:15 p.m.
March 2–30 | 6:00–7:15 p.m.

Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark Maxwell will attempt to demystify stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, taxation, tax shelters, and qualified plans. Using the internet for research and investing and point and figure stock charting will also be covered. Please note: The material presented in this course is intended to inform but not to advise.

Exploring Entrepreneurship

Joe Donovan | $125
Mondays (Winter): January 27–February 17 | 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.



Beginning Guitar

Jimmy Turner | $100 (+ guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Thursdays (Winter): January 30–February 20 | 6:00–7:30 p.m.

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

Beginning Harmonica

Scott Albert Johnson | $100 (+ harmonica)
Mondays (Winter and Spring): January 27–February 17 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
March 16–April 6 | 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.

Music and the Mind: Listening Intelligently to Symphonic Music

Dr. Tim Coker | $150
Thursdays (Winter): January 30–March 19 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Discover an overview of major musical organizational principles. Dr. Tim Coker will help you hone the skills you need to listen to classical music, especially orchestral music. You will begin to understand repetition constructs from music and get lots of practice in hearing. Coker continues to pursue his interest in assisting concertgoers to hear better and appreciate more deeply works presented by MSO at their Bravo Series concerts. This has led him to explore how the mind and music intertwine, especially how music can be used to improve mental health and extend quality of life for persons with dementia, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s.


Personal Development

Living in the Spirit of Love

Jean Farish | $110 (+ $15 workbook fee payable to instructor at first class meeting+ book purchase)
Tuesdays (Winter): January 28–March 3 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Do you want an interactive and engaging class to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of LOVE and how it influences us in major aspects? Then this is the class for you! You will learn how love influences you in these key life areas: Spiritual, personal development, health/fitness, family, romance, finances, business/career, fun/recreation, and social. A Love Devotion Exercise will be included to heighten awareness and strengthen the practice of love in our everyday life. There is a $15 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Mindfulness, Compassion and Buddha’s Way

Bebe Wolfe | $110

Wednesdays (Winter): February 26–March 18 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Explore the framework of the Buddha’s core teaching, and how this framework enhances and deepens the practice of ‘mindfulness’. This course is geared toward experiential exploration through class discussion and guided meditation. Practical applications of meditation in everyday life will be introduced. Homework will be offered for each week between class meetings. This class is good for newcomers to meditation as well as those already engaged in meditation practices.

Note: This class will meet off campus at the Meditation Dojo on the grounds of Wolfe Studio. Class is limited to 12.

Understanding Your Dreams: A Brief Introduction

Karen Mori Bonner | $95
Saturday (Spring): March 28 | 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

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

Soul Care for Caregivers

Rev. Sherry Johnson | $55 (+ $12 workbook fee
payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Saturday (Winter and Spring): February 1 | 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
March 14 | 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Soul Care for Caregivers is a retreat experience designed to nurture and inspire those who tend elderly parents, ailing spouses and other beloved care-receivers. Grounded in Christian spirituality, this day of renewal invites you to: embrace the sacredness of your caregiving journey; discern the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of your caregiving; celebrate God’s gifts of love and grace for you and for your care receiver; and explore practical ways to care for yourself emotionally and spiritually. The Courage for Caregivers Workbook, featuring the wisdom of spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen, guides the session. Course schedule includes lunch on your own from noon until 1:00 pm.

Computer Basics

Rachel Long | $100
Wednesdays (Winter and Spring): January 29–February 26 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
March 18–April 15 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Hands-on help will be given in exploring and experiencing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You will navigate the internet, create documents and spread sheets, make slides, and so much more. Every level is welcome and will learn the basics and even some advanced tricks.


Contact Us

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


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