Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars


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More Shades of Gray

Back by popular demand, author and Georgia Backroads editor Dan Roper shares stories from Georgia’s history, most set here in the northwestern part of the state. These are tales of bravery and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, kindness and cruelty, and of life and death. Stories will include “No Darker Field of Crime,” “Rotten from the Beginning,” “They were Devils and I Killed Them,” “Enemy on the Home Front,” and others.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – April 19 (no class on March 8)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Becoming a Personality Profiler

Back by popular demand, Barry Benton, a former operational asset profiler for the CIA and Army Rangers, returns to teach on a subject near and dear to his heart. Do you know your personality type? Do you prefer being organized and following a schedule, or playing by ear? Are you energized by being around people, or by spending time alone? Whatever your personality type is, it affects all aspects of your life. Find out your type and how knowing more about it can help you when communicating with people.

Barry Benton received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a master’s degree in estate planning and taxation from Emory University, and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Benton has lived with his wife in Calhoun, Ga., for the past 20 years. 

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – April 19 (no class on March 8)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $80

You Are What You Read

Join Kenneth Studdard, a fan favorite among the Senior Scholars, as he discusses books that have shaped his life. Through this exploration you will learn about the importance of books, how they influence your life and why they still matter. Kenneth has owned Dogwood Books for nine years and is a recent winner of the coveted “I Beat Norm” t-shirt. This will be an excellent class for book lovers of all genres.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – April 19 (no class on March 8)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Painting with Acrylics

If you can hold a pencil, you can use a paint brush. This introductory class, perfect for beginners with no previous experience, is led by Bill Thompson, a recently arrived Roman with a master’s degree in visual art from Florida State University. This class’s purpose is to gain an understanding of color relationships through the mixing of paint, the art of brushwork and how it relates to texture, and the use of light and dark values to create dimension. Students will receive a list of required art supplies upon registration. Each class lasts two hours. Easels will not be available; however, if you have a French easel, you are welcome to bring it. Otherwise, students will lean their canvasses against the edge of the table while painting.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – March 22 (no class on March 8)
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $120

Life Stories: Sharing Stories from Lives that Mater

The third semester of our Life Stories series will present three people, all of whom share the distinction of making an indelible mark in our community and schools: Hal Storey, Nelle Reagan, and Paul Ferguson. 
Hal’s impressive military career included combat duty in the European Theatre, for which he was awarded four major battle ribbons, the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, fought in the 5th Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army and won the French Legion of Honor.

Nelle Reagan is the “talk of the town,” serving our area as an on-air radio personality since the early 1960s. She has worked to promote Rome and causes such as advocating for area children and promoting Rome Floyd Animal Control. Her years of broadcasting have garnered many awards, including induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

Last but not least is Paul Ferguson, M.D., former President and CEO of the Harbin Clinic. A native of Waycross, Ga., Dr. Ferguson received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Emory University and completed his neurosurgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a Captain in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Medical Badge and other military awards. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – March 15 (no class on March 8)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $30

Boat ride Down the Coosa River: A Look Back Over Time

Captain Dennis Nordeman will weave the stories of the many persons and moments of Rome’s three-river history. As you drift down Rome’s waterways, you will learn about the importance of the Oostanaula, the Etowah, and the Coosa Rivers in the history of the region. From the time of the Native Americans through the reign of steam ships and riverboats in the 19th century, stories of the river will allow passengers to visualize a time when cotton was king and the region’s commerce depended upon this vital route to the Gulf of Mexico. Learn why the Coosa River Valley watershed is one of the most diverse and robust river systems in the nation — where even the character Popeye comes to life. 

Sulzbacher Holiday Riverboat will launch from Heritage Park, and lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $26

Introduction to Pickleball 

One of the fastest-growing sports in the country, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong — a pickleball paddle is smaller than a tennis racket but larger than a ping pong paddle and uses a ball similar to a whiffle ball. Bill Thornton, a lifelong tennis enthusiast, will present the history of the game, explain the equipment, and give instructions on how to play. Participants will practice serving, drop shots, smashes, spins and volleys — and all classes will have practice time as well as play time. The social and health benefits of this sport are immeasurable and the number one rule is to have FUN! 

All equipment needed to play will be provided.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 23 – March 22 (no class on March 8) 
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Cost: $30 

Yoga for Seniors

Exercise is the key to longevity, and the many healthful benefits of Yoga are well known: better flexibility and joint mobility, better sleeping, reduction of chronic pain, reduction of anxiety, improvement of breathing, and assistance with mental clarity. Led by Rebecca Roberts, RYT Yoga Instructor, Senior Scholars’ eight-week yoga course allows students to progress to deeper poses meant to strengthen and stretch the body — as well as to increase breath awareness and mindful living. Poses will be adapted to individual abilities, and students will learn about the benefits of each posture; this slower-paced class will build a basic understanding of yoga postures and breath work. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a yoga mat, if possible. Other accessories such as a yoga strap, block, and blanket can be extremely helpful as well — extra mats, blocks and straps may be available. 

Dates: Thursdays, February 25 – April 21 (no class on March 8)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $80