Oakhill Senior Scholars

Fall 2014 Courses (September 23 - November 18)


For more information, please contact Alice Stevens at astevens@berry.edu or 706-368-6776. 

Senior Scholars Brochure (PDF)  -  Register Here

Village at Maplewood Classes 

A History of Rome and Floyd County: As Seen Through the Lives of the People Who Helped Shape It

History is a record of humanity: it tells us of those who went before us, their experiences and how they lived. True history is interesting and exciting because it is reality, and we can relate to the people who lived it. This course will look at the rich and colorful histories of the men and women of Rome and its surrounding environs; from its frontier days through the mid-twentieth century, we will learn about Rome and the the individuals who shaped Rome—and were, in turn, shaped by it. Kenneth Studdard is the owner of Dogwood Books of Rome and is a lifetime student of history, both local and Southern. 

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Cost: $75
Location: Village at Maplewood clubhouse


Fundamentals of Drawing – Level II

A class for beginners and continuing drawing students, fundamental will allow students to develop basic drawing techniques. Drawing is a versatile medium and is the foundation of work in any art medium. Desired skill level: beginning and intermediate students. A materials list will be sent to each student upon registration. Instructor Bill Thompson, a new Roman with a master’s degree in visual art from Florida State University, builds upon the Level I class. 

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon Cost: $75
Location: Village at Maplewood clubhouse


Berry Campus Classes

The Bible, Physics and Theories of Origin

What is the answer to the eternal question, “How did it all begin?” The Bible teaches “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth,” while modern astronomy textbooks teach “In the beginning there was a big bang.” Guaranteed to promote lively discussions, this presentation class will be led by Malcolm McDonald, a Christian and retired Berry College Physics Department professor, as he offers his perspective on the answer to how it all began.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 7
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   Cost: $30

Beginning Fly Fishing

Join us for four fun-filled sessions learning the art of fly fishing. A partial outline of what will be covered includes:

• Brief history of fly fishing and species to target

• Overview of tackle from rods and reels to fly lines, leaders and flies

• Entomology and the study of what fish eat        

• Fly selection and methods of fishing dries, nymphs, steamers, etc.

• Casting basics, overhead, roll cast, off shoulder, shooting line, etc.

The first three classes will consist of a combination of indoor classroom instruction and outside casting instruction. The final class will be off site and will include lunch, a two-hour on water (pond) class to practice casting skills and hopefully catching a fish or two!

Leading this class is Becky Strain. Becky has over 25 years’ experience fly fishing, teaching and guiding and is a certified casting instructor by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. She is a world record holder for bonefish on fly and a Grand Champion winner many times over.

The class fee includes an Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing book and final class lunch. If you do not own your own equipment, the instructor can provide at no additional cost.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.   Cost: $125 (final class lunch included)

Political Thought of the Civil War

This class will examine a number of major ideas and thinkers that shaped the American Civil War, with particular attention devoted to the struggle over slavery. Authors to be considered include Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, John Calhoun, Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and others. The course will also discuss how these authors interacted with major events in shaping the conflict. A packet of readings will be included with the class. Dr. Eric Sands is an associate professor in Government & International Studies for the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and is guaranteed to provide a lively discussion!

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon Cost: $75

It’s Party Time! Learning to Have Fun at Your Own Party

Cooking Class

A perfect party requires high level planning to help keep you sane while having fun with your guests. Learn how to choose foods that will be a hit with your guests and can be made ahead of time. Once you set the menu, use food styling techniques that will make the food look pretty (and pretty impressive!). Create a timetable starting two days before the party, so you can cruise into the fun. Pull it all together for the last class off campus, where you will take all you have learned and create your own party!

Kathy Patrick, owner of Meals on Heals, will be your instructor. Kathy provides personal and entertainment chef services. She’s a master at making weeknight meals a snap by filling the refrigerator with fresh and healthy dinners, and she makes parties easy and fun for her clients.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – October 21 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.   Cost: $125 (final class meal included)

Portrait Painting in Oils: A Weekend Workshop

This comprehensive workshop is designed for artists who have basic drawing and oil painting experience. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, good composition, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce one finished portrait. Friday night will begin with an introduction to the instructor’s technique, and then move to canvas work. A live model will be provided and a materials list will be sent upon registration.

Suzanne Royal is a well-known portrait artist and has portraits, still-life paintings and landscape paintings hanging in many private and public collections throughout the southeast including the Georgia State Capitol, Berry College, The University of Georgia, and Emory University.

Dates: October 10 – 12
Times: Friday, 6 – 10 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $200

The Meaning of Life: An exploration of Different Religions and Philosophies

This class will focus on the questions regarding the purpose of human life and the best way to live, as seen by thinkers in a number of different religions and philosophies: Christianity, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Buddhism, Existentialism, and Scientific Naturalism. Each class session will be devoted to one of these traditions and the ideas of one or more representative thinkers within those traditions. Leading this class is Dr. Michael Papazian, a Professor of Religion & Philosophy in Berry College’s Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   Cost: $75

Classical Music and Beyond: An Exploration of Composers and Music from Around the World

The focus of this class is to expand your musical ear, while introducing new terminology and listening skills that can be used at concerts. Explore an overview of all periods of music from famous composers to music samples of each period. Travel through musical theatre to the development of instruments like harpsichord and piano. Discover the difference between an orchestra and a band and many other tips to help improve your ear for all music. Join Lauren Denney Wright, Director of the Wind Ensemble and clarinet professor at Berry College, as she shares her love of music. 

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon   Cost: $75

Yoga for Seniors

This course is a favorite for senior participants, as it provides the basics for building physical stamina as well as pursuing a more tranquil, peaceful lifestyle. Yoga is beneficial in stretching and toning the body by continuously working to extend a student’s range of motion at their own specific pace. This is achieved through calming breathing exercises as well as gentle strength and endurance training, which assists not only in the study of yoga but also in coping with the stressful situations of everyday life. Acquire the skills to maintain serenity and ascertain tips for a more balanced, healthier lifestyle in this enjoyable, comprehensive activity. Dr. Jeanne Schul, Dance Specialist and Lecturer for the Berry College Kinesiology Department, has led a variety of Senior Scholars classes over the years.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18 (no class on Oct. 14)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon   Cost: $75

Special Events

The Art of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson - Private Reception for Senior Scholars

Witness a part of history as you walk through the exhibition of Ellen Axson Wilson’s original oil paintings, on loan from the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC, the Sara Hightower Regional Library, The Wilson Library, and private collections. One of Rome’s most admired citizens, Ellen Wilson was wife of President Woodrow Wilson and a master landscape painter who studied with important artists of her day. The evening will include a a docent-led tour of the exhibition, as well as a discussion by Anne Culpepper, local historian, who will share the history of Mrs. Wilson’s fascinating life. 

Thursday, October 9, 3 – 5 p.m.; Cost: no charge but must register

Civil War Boat Ride Down the Coosa River with Mike Ragland

During the era of the Civil War, Rome’s rivers could be compared to modern-day I-75 – these busy corridors were the main travel routes of the day. Along with the Western and Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga, the Coosa River was a major artery, and the area below Rome was strategically critical for the distribution of supplies and troops during the Civil War. As we float down the river, history will unfold as Mike Ragland tells the story of two steamboats that ran the Yankee gauntlet and received cannon fire from Shorter Hill. You will learn how our legendary rivers were an element of security from attack and helped propel Rome into a major trade and port city—Rome’s rivers were indeed, the lifeblood of the region.

Thursday, October 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Cost: $23 (includes box lunch)