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Southern Oregon University

ACADEMY  

SESSION II Classes - June 19-25, 2016
for 7th and 8th graders

NOTE: We schedule classes based on the date we receive payment and registration forms. We make every effort to ensure that students get their starred choice and one of their top three choices each period. You will receive your class schedule at ACADEMY check-in.

Course Descriptions 2016

COMMUNICATION/LANGUAGE ARTS  

FICTION CHARACTER BOOT CAMP
How do fiction writers come up with characters that readers love? If you are a writer of fiction, fantasy, romance or plays this class will help you to get inside the head of your characters to make them stronger and more fun to read about. Guided by a published novelist, you’ll play Character Hot Seat and share other group brainstorming activities to inspire you and help you think creatively about character traits and development. Learn to write outside the box and then share your work on the final day as your characters come to life!
Instructor: Emily Robbins attended ACADEMY three times. She is a writer and translator of Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a M.F.A from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria which inspired her first novel, A Word for Love forthcoming in 2016. 

PEACEMAKERS 
What is non-verbal communication? What is the difference between perception and perspective? Conflicts occur between people at every age and in every setting. You’ll develop skills like active listening and learn how to referee a discourse to diffuse conflicts before they escalate in this energetic, interactive class.  Amaze yourself as you devise strategies of communicating with others to find mutually beneficial resolutions in situations at home, at school and with friends that will serve you for a lifetime.
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU.  He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for
Community Peacemaking in 2009.

QUESTIONS FOR INQUIRING MINDS 
Healthy debate is a powerful communication tool and employs critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and civic engagement. You’ll learn how to work with others, gain confidence in your own ideas and learn to articulate them in a logical way while discovering how to keep your cool and organize an effective response to defend your ideas in this energizing class.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 7 years.  He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach.  Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

VISUAL ARTS

CONJURING ART
Conjuring implies calling forth something magical and mysterious and this class will give you the chance to use your imagination to conjure art. Create unique art each day inspired by prompts from written passages, classics and many other inspirational sources. All of your artistic talents will come together as you use charcoal, pens, pencils and more under the guidance of a professional artist to learn new techniques and create art that illustrates masterpieces from your imagination.  
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master’s in Art Education and is a professional artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience. 

MAKE YOUR MARK IT’S ART! 
Everyone is an artist in this dynamic new art class with a twist! Discover how making a mark on a page – a line, a squiggle or a single dot can be transformed into a unique and meaningful work of art. Under the guidance of a professional artist you will explore the concepts of art and discover that what has artistic value can be as exciting and changeable as you would like it to be. Beginning with the humblest of ideas you will transform your most basic marks into works of beauty.
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master’s in Art Education and is a professional artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience.

TO DYE FOR: THE PATTERNS AND PRACTICE OF TIE DYE 
Tie dyeing techniques have been used for centuries and some of the earliest surviving examples date from 500 to 810 AD. You’ll discover the history and mysteries of dyeing textiles in this messy hands-on class! Explore the many styles of dyeing from Batik to Bandhani as you learn about their history and cultural significance. Experiment with modern techniques to replicate dye application and then create your own unique wearable art shirt to keep and show off! 
Instructor: Erin Reed has worked extensively with youth using art therapy with her clients. As a felting and textile artist, she has taught and sold her work at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford, Oregon. She is a returning ACADEMY instructor.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALL TIME
Has the auto-correct on your phone ever produced a miscommunication that was better than what you originally intended? Did you know chance can play a key role in creating art? Chance can lead you to new and unusual places that become a launching point for your imagination. In this class you will make two handmade books using high-quality materials and guided by a professionally trained bookmaker. Your first book’s content will be determined by a game of chance and will lead you to develop a short story for the second book. Dive into the beautiful and bizarre ideas that come from using chance and push your imagination to new creative heights.
Instructor: Kyle Peets is an adjunct faculty member in the Emerging Media and Digital Art Program at SOU. He teaches photography, sculpture and sound design and holds an M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Iowa and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts from the University of Iowa, Center for The Book.

SOCIAL STUDIES

BEYOND PIRATES, COWBOYS AND SPIES
The past is present in this exciting time traveler’s class! Get ready to explore the Cold War and understand how the art of espionage defined cultural changes or how a cattle rustler ate prairie fast food on the run. Every day you’ll “map” a new time period and explore its language, food, manners, period dress, lifestyle and more. 
Instructor: Joye Otto has been a classroom teacher for over 15 years. She loves working with middle school students and in particular, loves to create things with digital tools.

DIFFERENT IN BELIEFS – THE SAME IN BLOOD
Come explore the history of a war that forever altered American society pitting citizen against citizen as you travel back in time in this riveting class with Civil War Re-enactors as your guides. You’ll get a hands-on understanding of weapons and artillery as you review and recreate infantry drills and battlefield tactics. Find out what doctors used to treat the wounded, what the soldiers ate and try on some authentic historic clothing. You’ll end the week with a ‘bang’!
Instructors: Cascade Civil War Society Members. The CCWS is a non-profit educational and living history organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the American Civil War and its impact on frontier expansion.

HALLS OF JUSTICE 
Speak up! Take part in an elaborate criminal mock trial simulating a real courtroom trial. You may take on the role of judge, juror, prosecutor, defender, or witness as you learn about the presentation of a legal case and applicable rules of evidence and objections. Discover how to organize facts, develop your speaking and questioning abilities, and understand the concepts of justice through jury deliberation. This will be a courtroom drama you will never forget! 
Instructor: Anna Schatz specializes in test prep and has a background in law and teaching. She is a Rogue Valley native and longtime Portlander. 

IMAGINE EARTH! 
Imagine it is the year 2226. You are a part of a special expedition sent to inhabit the future! In this exciting class, you will create a brand new community and government from the ground up. You and your peers will be challenged to learn what it takes to organize this community. Who will lead and how will things be governed? How will things get built? What laws will there be? You’ll use critical thinking and group activities to envision and design your community. 
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU. He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009.

IMPACT ENTREPRENEURS: BUILD A BUSINESS AND CHANGE THE WORLD
Do you have a good idea that can help save the world and make money? This is your class! Come learn about the international B Corp movement and how businesses around the world incorporate sustainability and happy employees into their "Impact" business plans. Conduct an overview of companies and products you are familiar with first and then create a model company of your own and pitch your ideas to your "Impact Investors!" Discuss everything from financial plans to business plans and incorporate sustainability models and concepts to introduce your business to the world. 
Instructor: Elizabeth Bauer is the President, Founder and CEO of Gilded Rogue Enterprises, LLC. Gilded Rogue is an impact growth fund that invests in rural Pacific Northwest companies with strong potential for sales growth and social impact.  

JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE  
Study Japanese art and culture through musical instruments, Shuji (writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink), Origami (paper folding art work), clay work and the Japanese language. Broaden your cultural horizons while having fun! You will learn about Japanese cultural traditions such as making a replica of Japan’s ancient clay bell. Instructor: Wataru Sugiyama is an international sculptor and native of Japan. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. 

VINYL REWIND 
As music booms cool tunes through turntables and woofers you’ll not only be entertained, you will hear the lyrics echo lessons in biography, civil rights, publishing and multiculturalism. Engage in classic yet still culturally relevant technology while learning about individual musicians, lyrical production and ownership, civil rights, and personal lives. Throughout the week the format will transition from lecture to action culminating in you writing and performing your own ‘classic’ songs.
Instructor: Timothy Hill graduated at the top of his SOU class, with honors, in 2015 and is now pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching. Passionate about literature, music, lyrics, multicultural history and Civil Rights, Tim brings unequaled energy, superior communication skills, and myriad experience with youth to his teaching career, and looks forward to the challenges and rewards of ACADEMY!  

HUMANITIES AND CULTURE

COMMONPLACE BOOKS, JOURNALS AND CREATIVE NONFICTION 
If you love to write, collect quotes and record your experiences, this engaging class will excite your creative senses!  Commonplace Books are unique to the person who keeps them and date back at least until the 18th Century. These journals are generally chronological and record the activities and thoughts of their owners’ daily life. With your very own blank book you’ll discover that keeping all forms of your writing in one place is as much an art as it is a practice. You’ll read excerpts from published journals to see how different authors approach their own life and their writing and discuss what is possible with journaling—how can we capture our lives on the page, keep our goals there, collage our experiences, and incorporate other people’s thoughts to inform our own.
Instructor: Fatima Farheen Mirza began working on her first novel as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in Fiction Writing. She has taught at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and at The University of Iowa.

THE GREAT ESCAPE: DIGITAL TRAVEL WRITING WITH A TWIST 
Come explore fiction, travel writing, and research! Complete a travel essay that will make your readers feel they are looking over your shoulder, smelling the scents of exotic plants or tasting foods from faraway lands. Discussions on what travel writing is and how a writer can engage the senses and portray a place vividly to a reader will be central to this class. Daily workshops will help you develop your own persona or voice for your essay as you incorporate researched facts into fictional prose. Come create a great escape of your own!
Instructor: Fatima Farheen Mirza was born and raised in California. She began working on her first novel as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in Fiction Writing. She has taught at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and at The University of Iowa.

THE ORIGINAL MIND 
Buddha said, “Original Mind is Nirvana.” Nirvana represents “a state or place of great happiness and peace.” Everyone needs to find a time to rest, to quiet the mind and to recharge. Albert Einstein, one of the world’s greatest scientists, knew this and he gave himself time every day to be quiet and allow his mind to open and relax. The Original Mind class will help you discover how to use a variety of tools; tools you already possess and will have for your lifetime to help you calm your mind whenever you need it. Class activities will focus on life as play, not on what is right or wrong. You’ll learn to laugh a lot and experience playful movement and yogic breathing techniques to release excess energy. Meditation skills will help you discover how to cleanse your body and mind and to get comfortable being quiet when you need to be. The final class will be a celebration tying all of the elements of what you have learned together. Note: Anyone interested in this class must be capable of quick movement, deep breathing and an ability to sit quietly for extended periods of time.
Instructor: Oona Meade has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies. 

TURNINGTHE PRISM: PHILOSOPHY, THOUGHT AND INTERPRETATION 
Become a deeper thinker as you examine how you form your viewpoints on the world around you and what influences your thoughts. Turn the prism and examine how you reach conclusions about social and political issues as you delve into Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and look at different philosophies and perspectives on how major world issues can be viewed from radically different perspectives. This class invites you to pose questions and engage in discussions as you draw your own informed conclusions on a variety of important social issues.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 8 years.  He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach.  Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS/ENGINEERING

ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: MASTER CLOCK OF THE UNIVERSE
Ancient cultures understood and studied the solar system in ways that are still shrouded in mystery. Discover how history collides with astronomy, seasonal changes, and alignment of the planets in this fascinating class. You’ll explore the patterns and possible meanings of ancient stone circles and sites like Stonehenge in England and the Stones of Wonder in Scotland, and learn about the mysteries of the megalithic tomb called Newgrange in Ireland. The Egyptian Pyramids hold more secrets and clues – you’ll examine their hieroglyphs and construct a model of your own ‘ancient’ stone structure to keep.
Instructor: Lauran Rose
holds a M.A.T. degree from Southern Oregon University. She has worked extensively as a teacher at Talent Elementary School, Hedrick Middle School and Phoenix Elementary School and is passionate about her work and inspired by her students.  

‘CACHING’ IN ON CAMPUS 
In this hands-on class, you’ll engage in the study of geography by exploring the interplay between humans and natural landscapes. You’ll embark on a scavenger hunt using GPS coordinates (geocaching) and learn to use the interactive tools available on Google Earth to find treasure. You and your team will create a geo-caching box and post it on the geo-caching website for others to find using the correct coordinates. Using maps and compasses you’ll also learn how to geocache without electronics in this big, wide world!
Instructor: Sarai Lacy holds a B.A. in Business Administration. She will receive her M.A.T. and her Oregon Preliminary Teaching License with a dual endorsement in Business and Social Science in June 2016.

SUMO ROBOT RUMBLE! 
Engineering and inspiration meet as you work in teams to design and build your own sumo-bot robot in this cutting edge class. Learn mechanical and software design as you design, build and program a robot and challenge other teams to bring their robots to the ring to compete. You’ll celebrate your engineering skills by using advanced LEGO structures, Mindstorms software and equipment.  
Instructor: Chris Duval has been teaching LEGO Robotics classes for 9 years. He enjoys technology and owns his own business fixing computers. He has been interested in LEGOS and robots since he was old enough to walk.

THE BACKYARD ENTOMOLOGIST 
Entomology is the scientific study of insects, a branch of zoology. Insects account for more than two-thirds of known organisms on planet Earth. Discover the diversity of the intricate insects living in your own backyard as you use scientific collection methods and tools like nets, bug boxes, pooters and pit fall traps to examine them. Then test your observations and findings to make identifications and predictions about global insect diversity in this fascinating class. 
Instructor: Colleen Cavanaugh is a graduate student the Environmental Education program at SOU. She has taught in environmental education camps, aquariums, and zoos including Disney's Animal Kingdom.

COMPUTERS/VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY

LIVING THROUGH THE LENS: SELF PORTRAITS IN PHOTOGRAPHY 
Have you ever wanted to share your personal vision with the world?  In this photography class you’ll use the art of self-portraits as you are challenged to be the subject of your camera’s lens. Discover creative new ways to use photography to express your uniqueness and how you see yourself. Through exploratory photography walks you will gather images and then experiment with paints and mixed media techniques to create a self-discovery photo journal to keep. Please note: All students need to bring a digital camera with fully charged batteries.
Instructor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of mixed media and photography with her students. She has 18 years of teaching experience. 

MINECRAFT 
Explore Turtle Island! Join other students who share your passion for Minecraft and take your gameplay to the next level. You’ll learn key gameplay aspects and building techniques, create complex machines, explore command blocks, and experiment with changing the look of the game.  Using the infinite possibilities of Minecraft you will create, explore and problem-solve as you approach the game from a new angle. Employ all you have learned at the end of the week to complete the Puzzles and Challenges using only your turtle!
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia from SOU. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force. 

VIDEO GAME DESIGN 
Explore the high-tech, fast moving world of video games and design concepts and learn how video game design can become a career path. From Atari's Pong to the Natal Projection XBOX 360 you will canvass the various genres and gaming platforms. Use game development tools like GameMaker to learn basic game design elements from game flow and sprite creation to backgrounds and sound all wrapped into basic programming exercises.
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia from SOU. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force.

PERFORMING ARTS   

A MIME IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE 
Come free your silly side and expand your imagination! This class will introduce you to the fantastical art of Mime. Originating in Ancient Greece, mime has been used over the centuries to tell stories without the use of speech. From historical reenactments, to comical skits, to political commentaries, mime can help us share our deepest thoughts and our wildest dreams. Through movement exercises and theater games you will explore the basics of mime while exercising your imagination and growing your self-confidence.
Instructor: Ben Morgen graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Community Environment & Planning with minors in Political Science, and Urban Planning. He is an aspiring philosopher and avid adventurer who is also a mime enthusiast and part of Pacific Northwest duo, ‘Mimes over Matter.’

FANTASTIC FENCING
En guard…ready…fence! Safe inside a mask and jacket, you will be introduced to the exciting sport of fencing. Learn the skills of “touching” (scoring on) your partner while avoiding being scored on and learn the respect, ethics and camaraderie involved in this sport.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton has fenced both foil and epee with the Southern Oregon Fencing Center for five years and has taught many SOU-sponsored fencing classes.

ROBOTS MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT DRUM 
This exciting class will explore the relationship between music and robotic technology as these two mediums become more intertwined in our world. You’ll learn about effective 3D fabrication, and experiment with sound and performance. It’s your studio so the possibilities are endless! Projects will include constructing musical (percussive) instruments from wood, cardboard, paint, wire, metal and everyday objects as you discover the unique blend of sounds that can be made in a combination of technology and the human touch. While technology is increasingly entering every aspect of life this class will encourage you to embrace it while maintaining a critical stance by creating hand made things. The result will be a performance to showcase what you’ve made at the end of the week. Instructor: Kyle Peets is an adjunct faculty member in the Emerging Media and Digital Art Program at SOU. He teaches photography, sculpture and sound design and holds an M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Iowa. 

THEATRICAL MAKE UP WORKSHOP
Theatrical make up has the power to transform the performance experience of both the actor and the audience. Explore a variety of basic ‘looks’ used on stage and work with old age, black eyes, broken noses, open wounds and more as you get hands on experience with a professional to guide you. You’ll discover how lighting, distance, audience perspective and other factors on stage affect how the magic of stage make up works as you experiment with your own creations in this new workshop.
Instructor: Oona Meade has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies.  


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