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UM Communiversity Classes offer Variety of Enrichment Activities for Locals

Several new options this spring to include Latin dancing and sushi making

Ginger Patterson, middle, with her sister Carol McGonagill (far right) participated in the essential oils class offered through the UM Communiversity program this past fall. The full spring 2017 Communiversity class schedule is now available and includes an advanced essential oils class taught by Dr. Anne Farrell. To learn more or to request the the spring class brochure please visit

OXFORD, Miss.— Trying something new this spring might be the spark that energizes you for the new year, and the University of Mississippi Communiversity program has a great lineup of classes ready to help you explore new subjects and hobbies.

A full slate of enrichment course opportunities are scheduled this spring to help participants learn more about technology, healthy living, baking, floral design, landscaping, and much more. The full spring 2017 class schedule can be found online at

This past fall Carol McGonagill gifted her sister Ginger Patterson, both of Oxford, with the Communiversity class “Intro to Essential Oils.” The two enjoyed learning about different plants and minerals beneficial to healing and good-health.

“The class was awesome,” Patterson said. “I learned so many different ways to take care of my body without needing to turn to medication.”

Patterson is looking forward to learning more about this subject in the second part of the class that is being offered this spring on the UM campus.

The “Advanced Essential Oils—Lifestyle Change” class will be held on Tuesdays, April 11, 18, and 25. Participants will try their hand at creating oil-based blends that are perfect for bath, body, and home. They will also learn how to safely replace household, personal care, and wellness products with essential oils. Each person will leave with samples made in class. The cost is $85 plus a $9 materials fee.

Communiversity will be hosting a free class on Wednesday, Feb. 8 with UM registered dietitian Mariana Jurss. "Delicious Soups to Warm Your Body and Soul" will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to prepare favorites like potato corn chowder and catfish stew. Although there will be no charge for this class, please register as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

Gardeners will have several opportunities to plan for their spring gardens and explore floral design from area professionals during the popular lunch-and-learn classes that are returning this spring. Each class, offered from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the UM Depot, costs just $10.

The lunch-and learn-series kicks off with guided tips for “How to Create a Beautiful Hummingbird Garden” taught by Mitch Robinson from Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.  Learn how to attract and support hummers and other pollinators with native plants and habitat enhancement on Wednesday, March 22.

The following week, Jordan Brown of Oxford’s Discount Building Materials design center, will share tips on easy-to-do, affordable tablescapes and eye-catching centerpieces.  Learn how to decorate your Easter table on Wednesday, March 29.

Proper techniques for pruning trees and shrubs will be taught during “Spring Pruning with Jeff McManus” on Wednesday, April 26.  McManus will share tips from his book Pruning Like a Pro during the final lunch-and-learn of the season.

Oxford Floral’s Whitney Pullen will demonstrate how to pair different flowers to compliment any theme during the hands-on course, “Making a Beautiful Spring Bouquet” on Thursday, May 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will be inspired to pair different flower variations and design ideas for weddings and home decorating. Participants will design their own arrangement to take home. The cost is $69 plus a $10 materials fee.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, couples might enjoy the new class, “Ballroom and Latin Dance with Arman.” Learn step-by-step instructions with expert dance instructor Arman Sahakyan. The class will be taught on Thursdays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9. The cost is $69.

Arman will be hosting a free meet-and-greet to discuss his class on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:45- 7:45 p.m. at the Turner Center dance studio on campus. There is no charge for this introductory event.

Many locals will remember the popular “Two Stick” sushi restaurant on the Oxford Square. Sushi chef Jesse Mullin was trained by the owners of the former hot spot and will share tips on how you can create your own “Rebel Roll” at home.

Join him on Monday, April 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn to make the perfect sticky rice and sushi’s most popular sauces. The class fee is $39 plus $9 for ingredients.

Jeff and Kathleen Taylor of Oxford’s Sweet T’s Bakery were recently contestants on Food Network’s “Cake Wars” program. Come find out all of their secrets to decorating like the pros during the new “DYI: Make Award Winning Cake Designs” offered on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 5:30-8 p.m.  The class cost is $75 plus $9 materials fee.

Helping local first responders communicate effectively will be discussed in the new class “Medical Spanish for Emergency Responders” offered on Feb. 28, March 3, 7, and 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.  

The instructor starts with the basics of Spanish pronunciation and then moves into simple words for everyday emergency situations. This class will provide basic knowledge needed when working with a Spanish-speaking patient. This class is perfect for first responders, EMTs, police officers, and all medical personnel. The cost is $85.

There are a wide variety of classes available for local professionals this spring including “Marketing Your Business Using Social Media” offered on February 13, 20, and 27 for $69. Learn how to set up social media sites for your business, generate targeted leads using Facebook ads, and increase traffic to your website.

Find out more about these and the variety of other classes available this spring at or call 662-915-7158 to request the spring class brochure.