Learning for Life

Learning for Life: St. Mary's Community Courses

Our St. Mary’s Community Courses offer educational opportunities for adults to learn something new or discover a hidden passion. Courses will cover a variety of topics and be led by alumnae, faculty, staff, and local professionals. From calligraphy to gardening, there's something for everyone!  

To register online, please visit UltraCamp. If you haven’t done so before, please create a complete profile for your family. You may also contact Briana Morrow, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs, via email or by phone at 901-537-1415 for registration and to make payments. 

Class Listing

Calligraphy is decorative handwriting using a dip pen. Both cursive and other hands let you create lovely notes, invitations, headings, and addresses on ordinary communications. You’ll learn: a brief background of different alphabets, the pens and papers that work best, how to use and hold pens, how to practice and layout spacing and text, and fun ways to use your calligraphy. Students will need to purchase supplies. A list will be sent once registration is complete.
Instructor: Nancy Prillaman
Schedule: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, and 30
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $75 (plus supplies that range from $50 to $75)

C.S. Lewis: Three Classic Works
During this 4-week class, you will read three C.S. Lewis classics: Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and The Screwtape Letters. You will receive a reading guide for each book to complete on your own in a Google Doc shared with Ms. Segars, and you will receive feedback, interaction, and discussion in your Google Doc as you read and answer the prompts. You are also invited to four weekly book club discussions.
Instructor: Rainey Ray Segars ’05, Assistant Chaplain
Schedule: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27 
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Morrow Room, virtual link available
Cost: $100

Whoo Can I Help How To's
How To: purge and organize your kitchen, declutter the clutter, manage the junk drawer and storage closet.
Whoo AM I — with 41 years of education experience, it's time to show others how to use organizational and multitasking skills in everyday life. While I worked as Director of Auxiliary Programs, Athletic Departments, and Student Life, I have watched working people juggle multiple daily responsibilities, while stuffing the "stresses" into drawers or closets. Join me for one or all three of this series. I would love to share tips and lend a helping hand to get your spaces in order ahead of spring cleaning. 
Instructor: Sandra Pitts, Owner Whoo Can I Help
Schedule: Thursdays, February 22, 29, and March 7
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Morrow Room
Cost: $25/class or $75 for the series

Running Form Clinic
Do you want to start running and don't know how? Are you an experienced runner and want to run faster? Are you injury prone and want to not be so injured? This 60-minute clinic is aimed at helping people learn to run more efficiently, smoother, lighter...and faster. We will focus on body awareness, posture, learning to lean, and cadence. In the clinic, you will go through some light drills, posture work, and approximately a half-mile of running to teach you these skills. Coach Hensarling will watch you run and provide specific feedback. 
Instructor: Holly Hensarling
Session 1: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Saturday, April 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $50/session

Container Gardening
Container gardening is a terrific way to add instant color and texture to your porch, deck, or yard. So, do not contain yourself any longer, and join us for a hands-on class. Plenty of tips, tricks, and ideas will inspire you, and best of all, you will leave with your planted container.
Instructor: Diane Chambliss
Schedule: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $75