Founded in 1996, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College continues to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of South Mississippi’s maturing population. The member led organization is for mature adults over the age of 50 who care about lifelong learning, are self-motivated and want to continue their experiences with other like-minded individuals. Membership fee is $50 annually with a July to June calendar year.
LLI membership includes opportunities for varied activities:
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures near home
- Classes – determined by members
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures at all MGCCC campus locations
- Student rates at MGCCC athletic and performing arts events
- Use of the campus Wellness/Fitness Centers
- MGCCC Learning Resource Centers Access
- Access to LLI activities and classes at all MGCCC campus locations
- Free computer classes
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Student Parking Permit
- Plus 50′s Encore Completion Program for seniors age 65 and over
- Membership in the MGCCC Alumni Association which includes:
- Subscription to Action, the alumni magazine
- Alumni Association membership card and window decal
- Use of campus tennis courts and walking trails at designated times
- Discounted rates for admission to athletic and fine arts events
- Notification of special events
- Gregory War Memorial chapel privileges
To Join or For More Information Please Contact the Campus Near You
Peggy Howell April Grace
George County Stone County
(601) 766-6429 601-528-8931
Judy Platt Jenifer Freridge
Harrison County Jackson County
(228) 896-2549 601-928-6288
Upcoming Lifelong Learning Institute Trips
Christmas at Callaway Gardens
December 9-12, 2014
Member, per person $625 Guest, per person $675
Member, Single $775 Guest, single $825
Thursday, September 25, 2014: registration & $350 deposit due
Monday, November 3, 2014: Final Payment Due
Cost includes round trip transportation, 3 night hotel accommodations, baggage handling, 8 meals including 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and entrance to all 8 attractions.
From Hank Williams Boyhood Home to the world famous Callaway Gardens Resort and every-thing in between will prove to be an inviting adventure for us during this Christmas Holiday Season.
Callaway Gardens is a 13,000 acre, award winning luxurious Pine Mountain Resort located in the Applachian Mountains. We’ll tour it’s famous Ida Cason Callaway memorial Chapel, Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Virginia hand Callaway Discovery Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Birds of Prey, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, and Holiday Fantasy In Lights 2014, which celebrates their 23rd Anniversary of Christmas fun! Other attractions include the Meadowlark Gardens, Log Cabin, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail. There is also a .8 mile Holly Trail—featuring English, Asian, and American varieties and a half-mile Rhododendron Trail. We’re sure to find beauty at every turn of our visit.
Our trip will alsoo include a visit to the Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Geor-gia, Hills & Dales Estate, The Explorations in Antiquity Center, and Bellevue Mansion located in LaGrange, Georgia.
Magical Mystery Tour
Tuesday, October 24, 2014
Member: $70, Guest: $80
Friday, May 9, 2014: Registration
Where are we going ? We’ll never tell ….. You’ll just have to wait until we get there. But along the way you will travel back in time thousands of years and get back to the future in time for a delightful lunch.
Along the way, we’ll visit Ancient Israel and the Holy Land and experience Biblical sights and places first hand. We will also journey to India in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, as seen through the eyes of a British ad-venturer. Finally, we’ll learn about the history of a nearby coastal city and the French fort built there.
You’re going to love this mystery tour and you can leave your luggage at home, because the past is closer than you think !
“LLI Gives Thanks!”
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Combined Chapter Thanksgiving Celebration
Member: $25, Guest: $30
Friday, October 31, 2014 – Registration
When Autumn leaves are falling and Thanksgiving time is near.
It warms the hear to think of those who mean so much all year !
Join LLI members from our four-county district as we gather with old friends and make new ones to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving in Jackson County.
Transportation will be provided for
George County, Harrison County, and Stone County
“Charmed by Charleston Tour”
October 6-10, 2014 at Charleston, SC
Member: $915 (Double Occupancy) Guest :$ 965 (Double Occupancy)
Single Member: $ 1125 Single Guest: $ 1275
Friday, August 29, 2014: Registration and $450 Deposit
Friday, August 29, 2014: Balance Due
Cost includes round trip transportation, 4 night double-occupancy hotel accommodations, 9 meals including 4 hot breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and entrance to all atractions and per-formances, as well as guide services our entire stay in Charleston.
Are you ready to discover the “Charms” of Charleston ?
Our tour will begin in the old historic district of Charleston where we will explore the Joseph Manigualt House, St. Michael’s church, view the lovely homes along the Battery, and see the 18th century Rainbow Row. We will end up in the Old City market, where you can grab a bite of lunch and spend time exploring its treasures on your own. We will cruise Charleston’s scenic har-bor, and watch the sea gulls and dolphins play. When we arrive at Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, we will be greeted by a National Park Ranger who will give us a guided tour of this fa-mous bastion and its museum. At days end we will journey on to James Island for dinner at a local favorite, The Crab House Restaurant.
Our second day in Charleston will begin with a tour of Magnolia Gardens. We will tour the gar-dens and then board the nature train which will take us into the Audubon Swamp Gardens. We will enjoy lunch in the gardens and then continue our journey to the Charleston Tea Plantation. The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only tea plantation in the United States. We will dine at A.W. Shuck’s and then on to the historic Circular Congregational church where we will experi-ence the Sound of Charleston, a musical presentation I am told we don’t want to miss.
On our third day we will journey to Mepkin Abbey and rice plantation which is currently a rapist Monastery that observes the Rules of St. Benedict. We will tour both the gardens and the monas-tery and then continue on to Gullah Cuisine for a delicious low country lunch. After lunch, we will end our day at the Boone Hall Plantation where we will be treated to a program about Gullah life on the plantation.
If you want to experience the Charms of Charleston this is the trip for you.
Global Wildlife Experience
Friday, September 12, 2014 - An Exhilarating & Educational Adventure
Member: $65 Guest: $75
Friday, August 1, 2014: Registration
The adventure will continue as we enjoy a one and a half hour guided Safari Wagon tour over 900 acres of beautiful Louisiana countryside complete with 12 ponds and a lake. During the tour you’ll come face to face with bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland, and much more! The animals roam free – It’s Africa, in Louisiana!
How Long is a Giraffe’s Tongue?
You’ll find out during your tour when you have the opportunity to feed one right from your souvenir feed cup! Adults and children alike experience the excitement of feeding the animals during the safari while remaining safe and secure in our custom-built covered wagons with padded seating. The Global Wildlife Center is unique because we foster a personal interaction with the animals and believe that touch is the best teaching tool. Be prepared for an exhilarating and educational adventure!
“The Spirit That Builds”
Thursday, August 14, 2014 – Hattiesburg, MS
Members: $48.00 Guest: $60.00
Friday, July 25, 2014: Registration
Join us as we sample the best of Hattiesburg, MS. Our first stop takes us to the site that gave its name to our adventure: “The Spirit That Builds”, a 360-degree mural housed in the Hattiesburg Library.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi inspired the creation of our group. Its cornerstones are peer learning and shared responsibility. We will tour their LLI home on campus, the Peck House, and visit with their LLI Board.
After lunch, we will visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, which honors the service and sacrifices of servicemen and women of all branches. Located at Camp Shelby, the museum’s state-of-the-art exhibits tell personal stories of heroes and heroines and the price paid for the freedom we enjoy today.