Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars

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Genealogy - Your Family’s Backstory

Cheryl Huffman, a local family history researcher who holds a Certificate in Genealogy Research from Boston University, will guide this class through various methods, websites, types of records and the physical locations of records that can be used to discover your family’s past.  One goal of the class will be to create an ancestral chart that records ancestors from whom you directly descend.  A research log will be used to keep track of records searched and develop future research plans. Depending on the needs of the class, there is a possibility of a field trip or two to local repositories to do onsite research.

Please bring supplies for taking notes and your laptop or other electronic device, if you’d like to work along with the instructor.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 10 (no class Sept. 29)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: $80

Family Bicycle Ride through Berry College’s History

This 3.5-mile bike tour of the main campus begins and ends in the Hermann Hall parking lot. The ride will take participants through the history of the school, from its beginnings in the area around Roosevelt Cabin and the Hoge Building to the present. We will stop briefly in or near the following areas: Green Hall and Memorial Library, Roosevelt Cabin, Faculty Row, College Chapel and Martha Berry’s gravesite, Emery Barns, Log Cabin Campus, and the Ford Buildings. The ride is on paved roads with a few moderate hills. The pace will be easy. A basic level of fitness and bike-handling skills are required. Helmets are required and bring a water bottle.  The ride is designed for ages 6 and up.

The tour will be led by Dr. Jennifer Dickey, former director and curator of Historic Berry and current Associate Professor of Public History at Kennesaw State University.  Also contributing will be Kathy Knapp, chief mechanic for Performance Bicycle in Atlanta.  

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 24
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Cost: Free - pre-registration required

The Original Shades of Gray

Author Dan Roper presents a series of compelling stories from Georgia’s history, most set right here in Rome and Floyd County. These are tales of bravery and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, kindness and cruelty, and of life and death.  From the deck of Titanic to ramparts of Fort Sumter to the Georgia Battalion at Goliad, you’ll enjoy hearing about Georgians who participated in some of America’s great historic moments.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 10 (no class Oct. 13)
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Boat Ride Down the Coosa River: Understanding Our Rivers’ Biodiversity

This year’s boat ride will focus on the biodiversity of the rivers that flow together through Rome, creating one of the most unique ecosystems in North America. The class starts with a tour of the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. River Education Center. Lunch will be provided along with a ride down the river on the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday Riverboat, bringing the biodiversity of the rivers to life. (The Riverboat will launch from either Ridge Ferry Park or Heritage Park depending on the water levels on class day.)

Dates: Thursday, Oct. 22
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $26

Introduction to Pickleball

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. A Pickleball paddle is smaller than a tennis racket but larger than a ping pong paddle.  The ball used is similar to a whiffle ball. The history, explanation of the equipment, the unique rules, the scoring system and the instructions on how to play will be presented by Bob Hood, affectionately known as “Pickleball Bob.” Participants will practice serving, drop shots, smashes, spins and volleys. All classes will have both practice time as well as play time.  The social and health benefits for this sport are immeasurable and the number one rule is have FUN!

All equipment needed to play will be provided. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 10 (no class Oct. 13)
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 
Cost: $30

Georgia Landscapes in Watercolor

Instructor Marilyn Lindholm will assist students in creating four separate landscape paintings that reflect the scenic variety of the Georgia countryside. Throughout the course she will demonstrate how to plan compositions, make watercolor mixes, paint skies, draw rocks and paint trees. In addition, Marilyn will demonstrate the use of watercolor pencils. Marilyn Lindholm is an award-winning watercolor artist who has taught painting for 15 years. She has been president of several Texas painting societies and holds a degree in education from the University of Illinois. Supply list upon registration.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 and 29 & Oct. 6 and 20
Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $125

Brain Fitness 101: Strategies for Preserving Memory and Promoting Brain Health

Dr. Nicole Styperek is a neuropsychologist in Rome who sees patients concerned about memory problems. In addition to diagnosing memory disorders, she teaches her patients strategies for preserving memory and keeping their brains healthy. Her class will focus on promoting brain health and slowing memory loss that occurs with normal aging and with dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Topics to be discussed include brain games, diet, exercise, and social activities. She will also discuss risk factors for memory loss and how to manage them. Finally, she will provide participants with information on local resources for promoting brain health. This is a rare opportunity to learn what you can do to maintain a healthy brain at any stage in life.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Oct. 7 
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $80

C’est bon? American Women Writers in Paris

“I like Paris because I find something here, something of integrity, which I seem to have strangely lost in my own country. It is simplest of all to say that I like to live among people and surroundings where I am not always conscious of ‘thou shalt not.’ I am colored, and wish to be known as colored, but sometimes I feel that my growth as a writer has been hampered in my own country. And so–but only temporarily–I have fled from it.”       ~ Jessie Redmond Fauset, 1923. 

  This course will take us on a whirlwind tour of a range of American women writers from the Colonial era to the present who either spent significant time in Paris or became expatriates, never returning to the United States. We’ll explore what drew them to the City of Light, how their time there affected their lives, and whether they – and we – are in danger of over-romanticizing the city.  Students will be provided with a booklet of readings on the first day of class; in addition, they should purchase a copy of Le Divorce by Diane Johnson. If at all possible, students should view Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris, prior to the first class meeting. (French language skills NOT required). Dr. Tina Bucher is an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at Berry College and voted a fan favorite at Senior Scholars.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 10 (no class Oct. 13)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: $80

Sharing Stories from Lives that Matter: Life Stories Series II

Our second in a series will present three people, who all share the distinction of making an indelible mark in our community and schools: Frank Barron, Mary Outlaw, and John Bennett. Frank Barron, a Roman native, will share stories that will include tales from his time in the Navy on the USS Eversole through his long and exciting career with Coca-Cola. Dr. Mary Outlaw, retired senior lecturer emeritus in the department of teacher education at Berry College, will explore teacher education from a historic perspective, including the role schools like Possum Trot served in this area of Georgia. John Bennett spent his youth in North Carolina, moving to Rome as a transportation planner. During his 45-year career, John held a variety of jobs culminating in serving as City Manager-City of Rome.

Join us each week as a different speaker shares stories in a comfortable rocking-chair setting.  

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - 29
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
Cost: $30