Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans robust spring schedule

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans robust spring schedule

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will touch a wide variety of interests and enjoyments, with more than 100 course offerings planned.

OLLI offers programming geared toward individuals 50 years of age or older, with any level of education, working or retired. The premise behind OLLI is that learning at any age is fun and a great way to keep mind, body and, spirit healthy. All offerings are presented in a relaxed atmosphere with break time to socialize.

In the upcoming spring history buffs will find classes taught by a number of experts including Jon Caridad who will teach two courses on Ancient Cultures. Additionally Dr. Davin Wallace will lead an exploration of the Earth's geologic history and Polly Cuevas will teach a class about preservation history in Mississippi.

Avid readers will enjoy Theresa Miles' "Cozy Coast Mysteries" and award-winning author Margaret McMullan's how-to class on starting a book club. Artists will find classes Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Printing), Digital Photography, and Cezanne.

Armchair theologians will have the opportunity to explore two 20th century theologians, Howard Thurman and Myles Horton, led by OLLI director Brett Harris. Techies can learn about smart phones and social media with Sarah Pryor.

If you fancy yourself a scientist you will find a number of science and health opportunities spearheaded by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, including "Gumbo Biology" and a field trip to Deer Island. For those who love to be outside, OLLI will head to the Crosby Arboretum for a Spring Plant Walk in April. Other courses include health classes on organ donation, dermatology, and stroke and back pain recovery.

Not to be forgotten is OLLI's love of eating. Linda Bigler will host those with a culinary interest for three separate cooking courses: "Easy Chinese," "Fun with Filo" and "North of the Border."

Rounding out a full semester with a wide variety of interests will be Tai Chi classes with Susie Pham and Yoga with M.O. Lawrence.

OLLI Walk-In Registration for the spring semester in Hattiesburg will be Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 19 and 20; 10 am – 2 pm at the Fleming Education Center on the Gulf Park Campus.

Individuals interested in receiving a schedule, or joining OLLI should call the OLLI office at 601.264.2780, visit the web site at: www.usm.edu/olli, e-mail at olli@usm.edu or visit the OLLI headquarters at the Fleming Education Center in Long Beach during normal office hours.  New members may join at any time.