Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

See individual course description for registration requirements.

Class Location Sunny Slope
Date Time Main Classroom
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 10:00 – 11:00 am Exploring Index Mutual Funds
Harold Bruner
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.edu to register.

Class Location Pebble Hill Sunny Slope
Date Time Annex Classroom Kitchen Area
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 9:30 – 11:00 am Writing Our Lives
Terry Ley
No registration necessary.
 
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Brown Bag:
Samantha Shaw presents
Honey Bees and Beekeeping

No registration necessary.
 
12:30 – 1:45 pm   Southern Food and Culture
Elijah Gaddis and Scott Bishop
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.edu to register.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Line Dancing
Betsy Keown and Wanda Knight
No registration necessary.
 
Class Location Sunny Slope
Time Conference Room Main Classroom
10:00 – 11:30 am Engineering
Special Interest Group (SIG)
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Spanish
Special Interest Group (SIG)
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 13, 27

Class Location Pebble Hill Sunny Slope
Date Time Annex Classroom Kitchen Area
TUESDAY, JULY 23 9:30 – 11:00 am Writing Our Lives
Terry Ley
No registration necessary.
 
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Brown Bag:
Ford and Betty McMurty present their book
The Growing Season: Cotton Chronicles 2

No registration necessary.
 
12:30 – 1:45 pm   Southern Food and Culture
Elijah Gaddis and Scott Bishop
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.edu to register.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Line Dancing
Betsy Keown and Wanda Knight
No registration necessary.
 
Class Location Pebble Hill AU Fisheries Building
Date Time Annex Classroom 2101 N. College St. Auburn
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 9:30 – 11:00 am Writing Our Lives
Terry Ley
No registration necessary.
 
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Yoga Sampler
Tammy Hollis
No registration necessary.
Brown Bag:
Stanley Arington, School of Fisheries, presents
No registration necessary.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Line Dancing
Betsy Keown and Wanda Knight
No registration necessary.
 

Class Location Ursula Higgins’ Home: 503 Sanders Street, Auburn
Date Time Culinary Creations: Cooking with Ursula
June 19 1:00 – 4:00 pm Summer Fruit Desserts
July 24 Cool Summer Salads
August 7 Cool Summer Suppers
August 21 End of Summer Vegetables

 

Culinary Creations: Cooking with Ursula Higgins
Thursday, June 19, July 24, August 7, and August 21
1:00 – 4:00 pm
503 Sanders St. Auburn
Ursula Higgins, Instructor
$15 fee per class, non-refundable, payable to Ursula
Enrollment limited to seven students.
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.edu to register.

Respected culinary expert Ursula Higgins presents a series of cooking classes. Each week features a hands-on class. Students will eat their culinary creations. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Ursula. If a student registers for a culinary course and then is unable to attend, he or she is responsible for finding an OLLI member to fill the opening.

  • June 19 – Summer Fruit Desserts
  • July 24 – Cool Summer Salads
  • August 7 – Cool Summer Suppers
  • August 21 – End of Summer Vegetables

Exploring Index Mutual Funds
Thursday, June 13
10:00 – 11:00 am
Main Classroom, Sunny Slope
Harold Bruner, Instructor
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.edu to register.

Index Mutual Funds are a valuable and simple investment tool that should be considered by everyone. This introductory one-hour class will present a broad overview of fund choices, and the many things you can do with index funds. We will focus primarily on how they can be used for IRAs, and their advantages over other forms of retirement investments. If there is sufficient interest, there will be a follow-up series of three or so classes to allow participants the opportunity to learn how they can manage at least a part of their own investments.

*Harold Bruner is a Purdue forestry graduate who is retired and has managed his own retirement funds for over 40 years. He has no ties to anyone in the investment business.


Line Dancing
Tuesday, June 18, July 23, August 20
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Pebble Hill
Betsy Keown and Wanda Knight, Instructors
No registration necessary.

Line dancing class for beginners and also an intermediate class, done to a variety of music - everything from Glenn Miller to Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Little Big Town and many more. Not only is it fun, but great exercise for the body and the mind. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably not rubber-soled, and bring a water bottle.

*Betsy Keown has been line dancing weekly for nine years and teaching for the past four. She loves the exercise and the joy of performing at nursing homes and other venues.

*Wanda Knight has been line dancing a little over eight years and has assisted Betsy Keown for several classes.


Southern Food and Culture
Tuesday, June 18 and July 23
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Kitchen Area, Sunny Slope
Elijah Gaddis and Scott Bishop, Instructors
Enrollment limited to ten students.
Call 844-3146 or email olli@auburn.eduto register.

This course will explore the role of food in southern life and culture. We will listen to and view oral histories, art, and documentary films about food and even cook and eat some ourselves! Our final project will be a series of collaborative oral histories and a recipe book.

*Dr. Elijah Gaddis is assistant professor of public history at Auburn University.

*Scott Bishop is Interim Director of OLLI at Auburn.


Writing Our Lives
Tuesday, June 18, July 23, August 20
9:30 – 11:00 am
Pebble Hill
Terry Ley, Instructor
No registration necessary.

“Our Lives are like a patchwork quilt, and it is only in the evening of life that we can see the pattern of what we have woven.” (Richard L. Morgan, Saving Our Stories: A Legacy We Leave) We all have life stories to tell! Here is an opportunity to reclaim your memories, write about them, and share them with a receptive audience of peers. We will write, responding to stimulus prompts provided by the instructor. Recommended homework: finishing and revising what you have begun in class and reading self-selected memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies.

*Terry Ley taught high school English in Iowa before coming to Auburn University, where he was a professor of English education. He has taught Writing Our Lives each OLLI term for fourteen years.


Yoga Sampler
Tuesday, August 20
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tammy Hollis, Instructor
No registration necessary.

This course is for anyone who has practiced yoga. All levels are welcome. The focus is on stretching, movement, and balance, all interwoven with breathing techniques. Bring your mat and towel to support your knees or back, and wear comfortable clothing as we continue our yoga journey together.

*Tammy Hollis is certified by the American Council on Exercise Group Fitness. She also has certifications for YogaFit and Silver Sneakers. Currently, Tammy serves as an instructor for Yin Yoga for the City of Auburn for its 50+ program, for Yin Yoga for Opelika Sportsplex, for Silver Sneakers Circuit and Classic Classes, and for Silver Sneakers and Gentle Yoga for Opelika Sportsplex.


Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, June 18
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Pebble Hill
No registration necessary. Free and Open to the public.

Samantha Shaw presents Honey Bees and Beekeeping
A general overview of honey bees and beekeeping will be discussed. We will learn about honey bees in the hive, the importance of pollination and how honey bees and beekeepers are struggling to over-come some of the common pests and pathogens.

*Greg and Samantha Shaw are hobby beekeepers. Their apiary is located in Daviston, AL. which is located in Tallapoosa County. Samantha Shaw is serving her third year as the President of Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association in Lee County. Greg is serving his third year as Vice-President and Program Chair. The Shaws became interested in beekeeping in 2013 hoping to increase the bee population on their small farm, to aid in pollination of the white clover. Starting with just two hives, they have gone up and down in hive numbers each year. Currently they maintain 15 hives but they have maintained as many as 25 hives. Greg and Sam hold Journeyman level beekeeper status here in Alabama. Greg is currently participating in the Georgia Master Beekeepers Program as well. As part of their beekeeping hobby, both Greg and Sam enjoy teaching beginner’s beekeeping classes, presenting honey bee programs to children and adults, as well as manning the Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association Education tent on “Honey Bees and Beekeeping” at the annual Garden in the Park. When not tending to bees, horses, cows, donkeys, goats and German Shepherds, Greg’s full-time job is that of Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. A position he has held since being elected in 2008. Sam served two terms as the Alabama State Auditor from 2007 through 2015, before becoming a full-time “Farm-Her.”


Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, July 23
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Pebble Hill
No registration necessary. Free and Open to the public.

Ford and Betty McMurty present their book The Growing Season: Cotton Chronicles 2
Olivia Turner was pretty, smart, kind, God-fearing and hard working. She was the girl every family hoped their daughters would grow up to be. That is until she made one mistake which would divide a small town and forever change the course of two families. A Growing Season follows the hard pan lives of two south Alabama families as they navigate the Great Depression. Featuring strong women who succeed in spite of the cultural norms of the times and their ne'er-do-well men, you will cheer for some characters while plotting the demise of others. Bring a shovel and tissue. You will need both! A Growing Season is the second of six volumes spanning the years 1932 to 1937.

*Betty Cotton McMurtry was born and raised near Hartford, AL and attended Auburn University. Then, she worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, Farmers Home Administration as a civil servant. After early retirement, she owned and operated a successful management consulting firm. In 1998, she became licensed as a National Football League agent and represented seven NFL players from schools such as Auburn University, the University of Alabama, and Florida State University. Betty retired in 2015 and has spent the past two years writing The Cotton Chronicles.

*Ford McMurtry was born in Columbus, Georgia. After high school, he attended Auburn University where he was a walk-on member of the football team. In addition to becoming a successful coach at the high school, college, and professional levels, He counts NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal among his most accomplished players. Ford's career included stints as an NFL agent, sports journalist, business owner, and auto insurance claims director. He resides in Auburn, Alabama where he enjoys spending time with the family and dog, Missy.


Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, August 20
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
AU Fisheries Bldg, 2101 N. College St. Auburn
No registration necessary. Free and Open to the public.

Stanley Arington presents AU Fisheries and Aqua Culture
*Stanley Arington works for Auburn University Fisheries.

Last Updated: June 12, 2019