Roanoke, Va. – Touring with a children’s theatre production, putting together a navigation plan for an actual aircraft flight, learning to cook like Julia Child, exploring the history of shopping, and discovering what it takes to be president of a liberal arts university are just a few of the distinctive course options engaging Hollins University students during the school’s January 2011 Short Term session.
Throughout the month, while many students participate in travel/study programs (France, Germany, Greece, and Ireland are among this year’s destinations), internships, and independent study projects, others are choosing from a creative mix of on-campus seminars that are unlike anything they experience during the rest of the academic year. This year’s highlights include:
- Touring Theatre Production for Children. Taught by Associate Professor of Theatre Ernest Zulia and Theatre Technical Director John Forsman, this class will mount a production of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid.” The first three weeks of Short Term are devoted to rehearsal and building costumes and scenery. In the
final week, the show will be performed in the Hollins Theatre and at several area elementary schools.
- Learning Navigation Skills. Associate Professor of Chemistry and licensed pilot Daniel Derringer leads this class in which students learn to navigate using a compass, sextant, and GPS technology. The course’s capstone experience gives students the opportunity to develop a navigation plan for a light aircraft flight between two airports that are at least 50 nautical miles apart and then make the trip with the professor in a plane he co-owns.
- Julie and Julia and Me: French Cooking and Food Culture for Everyone. Students join Professor of Art Kathleen Nolan in learning how to prepare (and eat) some of the classic French recipes that Julia Child introduced to American cooks in her famous 1961 cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
- A History of Shopping: Gender and Consumer Culture. Why do we shop? What cultural meanings are attached to shopping? Why has shopping been stereotyped as a feminine activity? Assistant Professor of History Rachel Nuñez addresses the history of modern consumer culture, with a focus on Europe and the United States.
- So You Want to be President of Hollins? Professor of History Joe Leedom and Associate Professor of History Peter Coogan ask students what they would do if they were in charge of Hollins. Students design marketing materials, discuss how to recruit students, formulate a curriculum, create a student life plan, and figure out how to pay for it all.
Other on-campus courses at Hollins in January cover such diverse topics as China, the British gothic cinema, women’s activism, art criticism, and photography.
Hollins’ Short Term began January 4 and continues through January 28. It has been a valuable component of the university’s curriculum for more than forty years and has served as an avenue for Hollins to inject fresh courses, programs, and approaches to education into the curriculum.