Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars


An example of our previous session is listed below for your convenience.

Senior Scholars Brochure (PDF) 

Village at Maplewood Classes 

True Stories of Remarkable People and Dramatic Events: Accounts of History That Took Place at Berry Before There Was a College

Georgia Backroads magazine is an award-winning publication that features stories from Georgia’s rich history intertwined with its uncommon heritage and culture. Publisher Dan Roper’s career at the magazine began as a guest contributor of his unique, well-researched stories. Years later he came full circle to become editor and publisher of the magazine. Dan’s love of history leads him down many roads towards discovery – including the stories of the people who lived on the Berry property before there was a college. He has collected many interesting stories relating to the people who lived, worked, triumphed or suffered here in the 1800s and early 1900s. Topics range from Civil War to murder mysteries to the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1919. These stories relate to communities that once occupied the Berry property – Possum Trot, Central Grove, Mountain Springs, Flatwoods and Freemantown, the community of former slaves. If you love history, this is a “do not miss” class!

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Cost: $75  

Igniting the Pastel Artist in You

Learn how to draw with soft pastels in this beginner-level class. Using this exciting medium, we will learn about the use of colors, how to mix them as well as their application. Follow along with the instructor Bill Thompson, a new Roman with a master’s degree in visual art from Florida State University, as he demonstrates different techniques with soft pastel sticks to complete a minimum of four drawings. A simple list to purchase materials is provided at registration. Please note that each class is two hours long

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – March 24 (no class on March 10)  
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Cost: $75  


Berry Campus Classes

Sharing Stories From Lives That Matter Life Stories Series, Part One

Kicking off this new series are three people, all authors, who have rich stories to share; Lee Walburn, Ouida Dickey and Russell McClanahan will each host a class in a comfortable rocking-chair setting. Starting off will be Lee Walburn, an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, whose humorous and thought-provoking column appears weekly in the Rome News-Tribune. Join him as he shares his heartfelt stories of his journey with working with the Atlanta Crackers and the Atlanta Braves, as well as his friendships with the likes of authors Lewis Grizzard and Terry Kay. Dr. Ouida Dickey will share stories of her experiences as a young student attending Berry College during the late 1940s. Contrasting the traditions and school expectations from yesteryear to today will be an enlightening experience. A 1950 graduate of Berry, Dr. Dickey worked as a professor and academic dean at the college for a total of 43 years and retired as Emerita Dean of Academic Services and Professor of Business. Russell McClanahan, Archivist for the Rome Area History Museum, has a real love for the history of Rome, Georgia. Through his quest to learn about his own family stories, he became friends with local historians C.J. Wyatt and Roger Aycock. McClanahan will spin stories around his work at the Rome History Museum and will share how his research has affected the city of Rome.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – March 17 (no class on March 10)  
Time: 11 a.m. – noon  Cost: $30

Seven Key Books of the Bible

Join Dr. Jonathan Huggins, Chaplain at Berry College and Pastor of Mount Berry Church, as he introduces students to seven of the most important books of the Bible. The goal of the lecture-style course is to understand each of these books so well that the entire Bible will become more familiar and easier to grasp. The seven books that we will focus on are Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Luke, Acts, Romans and Revelation. Students will gain the ability to properly interpret each book while also gaining a sense of the whole biblical story.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon  Cost: $75 

The Place of Mythology in the Making of Community: Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples

Thomas E. Dasher, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing at Berry College, will lead a discussion of Eudora Welty’s book of seven interrelated short stories, The Golden Apples, focusing upon her use of mythology in creating a fictional world about a community in early 20th-century Mississippi. Along the journey, discussion will explore the way in which authors, such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Faulkner, Hemingway, etc., experimented with using interrelated stories as a new form for the novel.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Cost: $75 

The Modern Olympic Games: Sport History from 1896–2014

Your tour guide will be Bob Pearson, who recently retired from Berry College where he served in the Kinesiology Department for 32 years. Students will view Olympic highlights, discuss important issues and learn more about talented Olympians. Using vintage footage from the modern Olympics, these fascinating visuals prompt discussions and opportunities for learning from past summer and winter Olympiads. Participants will recognize much of the footage and numerous Olympic stars, as well as learning many new names.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Cost: $75 

The Curious Cook

The field of food chemistry seeks to explain what we eat and how we prepare food in terms of the chemistry. This introductory class will look at how food is made of chemicals, from the main constituents of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to the trace components of vitamins, minerals, preservatives and flavoring. When food is cooked, these components interact and undergo chemical changes in ways that can be explained and predicted using chemical principles. Understanding the chemistry underlying food and cooking can lead to a better understanding of the food that we eat. A first-time teacher with Senior Scholars, Alice Suroviec is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Berry College.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.  Cost: $75 

Strength Training for the Core

Nate Masters, Assistant Football Coach at Berry College, leads a team of kinesiology students as they develop a program to meet the needs of Senior Scholars students. They will work through a series of exercises designed to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. Participants should consult a physician before becoming more physically active.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – April 21 (no class on March 10)
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Cost: $75 

Capturing the Essence of Spring at Berry College— A Photographer’s Paradise

Bring your digital camera to a different destination each week on Berry’s campus. Alan Storey, Berry College’s official photographer, will choose sites for their optimum beauty. He will be available to answer technical questions if needed as students walk around and photograph the site. Locations may include destinations such as Oak Hill as the cherry trees burst in to full bloom or the House O’ Dreams gardens when the beautiful flower beds are at their peak. Students must bring a digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera and have a working knowledge of their camera’s function, including:
• How a digital camera works
• How to capture light and color
• How to control sharpness and exposure
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing due to the very uneven terrain you will encounter in order to get the “perfect shot.”

Dates: March 31 – April 21
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.  Cost: $75