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Life Enrichment Program Spring Term 1

January 22 - March 2

 

Mondays

Lunch Bunch Mondays

11 a.m.
Do you enjoy eating, networking, and did we mention eating? Hear’s your chance to explore restaurants around the Golden Triangle with your old or new friends. Please register to confirm your seat. Don’t forget to invite someone.

Class Meets: Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Location: A schedule of restaurants will be sent to registered participants.


Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons

3 p.m.

Instructor: Leslie Stratyner, Professor of English, The W

At the dawn of the English language we find Beowulf, the first and greatest epic poem in English. What does this poem tell us about the Anglo-Saxons who created it? How can we see ourselves in this more than one thousand year old poem? These are the issues this course will address.
Class Meets: Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Location: Painter Hall, Room 208

Healthy & Happy Feet

6 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Vern Christensen, President, Mississippi Podiatric Medical Association
This course will offer a basic overview of good foot health covering sports, diabetes, surgery, shoe wear, and exercise. Healthy, happy feet lead to a healthy, happy life. Dr. Christensen is a physician/surgeon in private practice with offices in Amory and Starkville. He is dual board certified in podiatric surgery and wound care and is CEO and medical director at Foot Specialists of Mississippi.
Class Meets: January 22 only
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 120
This is a free bonus class (will not count towards your 3 course limit).

Tuesdays

Cardio Mix

9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Marion McEwen, Wellness Coordinator, The W Campus Recreation Center
Participants can expect cardio routines based on Dance Aerobics, Latin fitness and Step Aerobics; this class will get you started on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Bring your sneakers, your energy and your smile for a 30 minute cardio class.
Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: MUW Stark Rec Center, Aerobic Studio

Smartphone Basics: Android

11 a.m.

Instructors: Kelvin Young and Darick Jones,
C Spire Columbus
Get the most out of your smart device with in-depth instruction on key aspects of Android devices from the experts. Learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the Google Play Store and extend the functionality of your device. Please bring your Android device to class.
Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

Stretch, Breathe, and Relax

11 a.m.

Instructor: Patty Keffer, Senior Water Aerobics and Silver Sneakers Instructor, YMCA

Muscles tight and hurt all of the time? Come join us for an hour of gentle stretching and relaxing and see if you don’t feel better. Participants will stand, sit, and lie on the floor to stretch, but are welcome to remain in the chair if preferred.

Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: MUW Stark Rec Center, Aerobic Studio

Splash Time

Instructor: Patty Keffer, Senior Water Aerobics and Silver Sneakers Instructor, YMCA

Come exercise and play like a child again while your body is being supported by the water which reduces the stress on joints. The pool water can be cool; please contact your doctor if you have issues of joint pain or discomfort and are not sure if this would be suitable for you. Swimming ability is not needed as we work in the shallow water.

Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: MUW Stark Rec Center, Pool

Tabletop Gaming for Beginners

3 p.m.

Instructor: Ashley Gressett, Owner of Books & Boards

Have you ever wanted to play tabletop (board, dice, card, role-playing) games, but you weren’t sure where to begin? Now is your chance to learn! Participants will learn a new type of game each week, including 2-player, cooperative, party, and filler games.

Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: Books & Boards, 422 Main St, Columbus, MS

Stories and History Along the Tombigbee

6 p.m.

Instructor: Rufus Ward, Historical Research Consultant, Author, Newspaper Columnist and Recovering Attorney

Participants will hear stories of the people and events that shaped the history of Columbus and the Tombigbee River Valley. This area is alive with almost 500 years of recorded history enabling participants to look at the past through the eyes of the people who lived it.

Class Meets: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

Wednesdays

Family Life Skills

9 a.m.

Instructors: Diane Sherrod and Iris Sharp, Educators and Trainers, Families First, Family Resource Center

The Family Life Skills classes are designed to help families enhance their day to day lives. The classes gives the student user friendly, tips and techniques on budgeting; money management; credit repair; couponing; job readiness skills; and much more.

Class Meets: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

The Weather Forecast

11 a.m.

Instructors: WCBI Staff Meteorologists

Week 1: Day in the life of a weather forecaster (Keith)
Week 2: Weather maps and meteorology symbols (Amanda)
Week 3: Severe weather products shown WCBI (Alex)
Week 4: Weather history: important days in history due to weather & some weather related sports history too (Amanda)
Week 5: Storm chasing adventures (Jacob)
Week 6: Station tour, weather center tour, watching mid day live (Alex)

Class Meets: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

Thursdays

Walk-A-Weigh

8:30 a.m.

Instructor: Vivian Cade, MSU Extension Agent III

A combination of nutrition classroom program in physical activity on walking track in gym. The main purpose is to encourage adults to adopt a healthy lifestyle by modifying eating habits and increasing daily/weekly physical activity. Please bring bottled water and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Class Meets: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1
Location: Pohl, Rm 206

Your Great Transformation

11 a.m.

Instructor: Diane Malone, Certified Nutritionist

Are you ready for a change, but overwhelmed by the information on getting healthy? Come learn the Life Habits that this instructor has used to lose over 80 pounds and has helped others do the same! Not looking for weight loss, but want to build muscle or improve overall health? These habits can help with that too! This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix diet! Participants will need a three-ring binder.

Class Meets: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

Volunteer for What?

1 p.m.

Coordinator: Renee Sanders, United Way of Lowndes County, Volunteer Director

Volunteers are the unsung heroes of most non-profit organization because they are passionate about what they do! This course will help you find your passion, find a cause, and find a non-profit where you can serve in your community.

Class Meets: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121

Aquatic Conditioning

2 p.m.

Instructor: Mary Chism, Water Exercise Enthusiast

People with arthritis and other issues that affect their mobility can benefit from this class. The class will concentrate on very low impact exercises using water resistance dumbbells and various stretches to improve mobility, flexibility, endurance, and overall quality of life. Exercise done in water is a great choice for people with joint problems because the water supports your body while the water resistance provides a great workout.

Class Meets: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1

Location: MUW Stark Rec Center, Pool


Pickleball 101

3 p.m.

Instructor: David and Yvonne Barron, USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors

Participants will learn how to play Pickleball, one of the fastest growing new sports in the U.S. Played on a court 1/3rd the size of a tennis court it combines elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. With a smaller court it is low impact and easier on the joints. Played at a slow leisurely pace or aggressively for a real work out it provides a great experience regardless of your athletic ability.

Class Meets: Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1
Location: MUW Stark Rec Center, Stark Gym

Creating Your Healthy Self

6 p.m.

Instructor: Kristi Carrico, Certified Holistic Health Coach

In this course, participants will explore many levels of health, from eating healing foods, using the healthiest personal care and household cleaning products to be our best healthiest selves.

Class Meets: Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 18, 22 & March 1
Location: Education & Human Sciences, Rm 121