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* Course descriptions will be available in spring 

Course Descriptions 2013

Session I Classes - June 22-28
for 5th and 6th 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.

Communication/Language Arts

EXPEDITIONS IN ETHICS
What does it mean to have ethics?  This course will cover strategies to manage those stressful situations in which we find ourselves-when it is harder to take the "high road".  You’ll explore the definition and consequences of unethical behavior, the emotions tied to decisions about ethical behavior, and learn about alternative solutions that don't include violence and/or illegal behavior. More importantly, we will discuss how to keep ourselves out of situations that lead to poor choices.
Instructor: Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan is a doctoral candidate with Liberty University and currently works as a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Alaska.  She also teaches graduate level courses for Grand Canyon University, online. 

KEEPING THE PEACE
Conflict happens between people at every age and in every setting. Developing skills like active listening and being able to interpret how people use non-verbal communication will help you reap the benefits of diffusing conflicts before they escalate. You’ll explore how to referee conversations and how to 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. 

SUPER HERO ME!
Discover the hero within as you explore your own strengths and challenges, envisioning yourself as a superhero.  Through media analysis of modern films and ancient stories, you’ll discover the universal pattern of hero formation.  Explore the challenges, change, and triumph of archetypal heroes in your favorite films and stories as you create your own fictional hero’s story as a graphic novel or short story. Find yourself growing into a great and powerful you!
Instructor: Hannah Kolni is completing her Masters of Science in Environmental Education at SOU. She has a background in Anthropology with a Bachelors of Science and teaches middle and high school Social Studies.

POETRY FOR WIZARDS IN TRAINING
Poets are modern day wizards who cast spells on readers with words and the images they conjure. You’ll learn about the magic of words and discover how to use poems to take people places, make them laugh, and cast a spell over how they experience your creative imagination. You don’t need to know anything about poetry; just bring a notebook and your favorite writing wand, and be prepared to play with the magic of language.
Instructor: Jay Schroder is a published poet and creative writing teacher at Eagle Point High School where his students regularly win writing awards.  He is a six-time winner of the Oregon Poetry Association's contest.

PSYCHED!
What does Nature vs.Nurture mean? How do we create memories? Come explore the power of the mind as you begin to understand that human interaction is one of the keys to lifelong success.   You’ll survey the psychology of why people respond to situations when they do. You’ll delve into the psychology topics of human interaction, learn about multiple intelligences and explore how psychological conditions affect our learning and our perceptions.
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. 

Visual Arts

CHAIR TODAY, ART TOMORROW
Get ready to set your imagination free as you learn to artistically alter furniture! Transform a simple chair into a beautiful masterpiece! Learn about the latest trend in ‘upcycling’ and experiment using various surface design techniques to create sculptural art.  Students will be provided with a chair that they can alter and take home. Hands on demonstrations include sanding, painting, collage and adding paper mache sculptural detail. 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.

CREATIVE CLAY SCULPTURE
Experience the art of Japan while you learn how to sculpt beautiful oranina (Japanese clay flutes), dishes, garden sculptures and other traditional Japanese pieces. Take home many of your creations that have been fired and glazed.
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.

DARE TO WEAR ART
Try out fun ways to decorate, embellish and alter different fabrics. Learn to hand sew, use fabric paint, screen print, batik and tie dye your clothing. Bring t-shirts. jeans, shoes or scarves to transform into colorful, unique wearable art.
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.

GREAT AND POWERFUL ANIMATIONS
Experience the fun of drawing characters from popular animated films.  You’ll learn technique in drawing, shading and learn to expand your artistic observation skills as you create characters from Brave, Frankinweenie, Hotel Transylvania, The Great and Powerful Oz and more. Explore the landscapes, towers, crevices and magical worlds where these fanciful, frightening creatures come  alive through your art.
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master’s in Art Education and is a local artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience.

FOUND AROUND ART
Amaze yourself as you use found objects from nature or recycled materials to boldly create dynamic one-of-a-kind sculptures. Revealed from inside a shadow box you will design a sculpture that expresses your own unique ideas, moods and landscapes and then create another that expresses the opposite sensory experience and connect them together. You may want to add intrigue by including a treasure in your sculpture that is seen or unseen by others. In the end, your masterpiece will be yours alone!
Instructor: Samar Dawisha is a local artist and performer who has taught art, videography and animation classes in the Rogue Valley for many years.

TANTILIZING TRIPTYCHS
Triptychs date clear back to the ancient Romans, who used three waxed leaves hinged together as writing tablets.  Today triptychs are used as shrines or to showcase artwork.  Tell your own story as you create a free-standing triptych by experimenting with collage, painting, stamping, drawing, and mixed media techniques. 
Instructor: Sherri Beeler teaches English and Paper/Altered Arts and her published artwork appears in multiple magazines. She has also performed with the Oregon Chamber Ballet and the Suzee Grilley Dance Company.

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Social Studies

21st CENTURY COBBLER
People say that the secret to life is comfortable shoes. You might think that Nike and Adidas have the comfortable shoe market cornered, but now is your opportunity to beat the kings at their own game. You will design, produce and engage in a flashy marketing campaign to sell your brand new, state-of-the-art athletic shoe. You'll begin to understand the competitive world of advertisement, supply and demand, and the goal that drives all shoe companies—profit.
Instructor: Justin Silva is studying Political Science at SOU. He has worked extensively with youth including children with special needs and at-risk teenagers.

HEROES AMONG US
Put on your goggles, strap in, and get ready to travel through time and discover the stories of local heroes both past and present who have shaped this community and others like it.  Discover how Lithia Park got its name, why the plaza was once 6 feet underwater, the importance of Ashland in the Civil War and what the local Indians’ name for Ashland once was.  Guest speakers will let you ask questions and express your own ideas about what it takes to be a local hero and how you might make your mark on history.  All history is local history so come learn how you can become a part of the story of this place!
Instructor: Hannah Kolni is completing her Masters of Science in Environmental Education at SOU. She has a background in Anthropology with a Bachelors of Science and teaches middle/high school Social Studies.

Science/ Mathematics/Engineering

COOLEST CRYOGENICS
Become a cryogenicist as you study the physics of extreme low temperatures. You’ll explore the three forms of matter, learn about phase change of matter and have a great time experimenting with various substances to discover how they react to being cooler than cool!
Instructor: Tom Bieber has been in the safety field for over 20 years where science plays an important role, especially in dealing with hazardous waste.  He became involved with the Visiting Wizards Program (Cryogenics and Air and Vacuum) about 18 years ago which was sponsored by 3M where he was employed at the time. 

DISSECTION INSPECTION
Inspect the structure of many different animals and plants as you learn the art of dissection. Using illustrations, games and hands on activities, you’ll take a closer look at these specimens to understand their ecological and anatomical functions within nature that allows them to survive. Each day will include a new animal to study and dissect.
Instructor: Jessica Kelleher holds a Master of Science in Environmental Education and an Oregon teaching license endorsed in biology. She is inspired by the ability of environmental education to engage students.

EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ADVENTURES
Ever wonder if extra-terrestrials like Yoda and others like him actually exist in the universe?  Could there be alien life right here in our solar system?  You’ll develop the skills to differentiate between fact and fiction, science and conjecture as you learn analytic and creative aspects of problem solving. You'll learn about Earth's extreme life forms, search for life on Mars, investigate planets orbiting other stars as candidates for ET life, and create your own alien!
Instructor: Selima Siddiqui earned a M.S. in geology and remote sensing from University of Hawaii.  She has taught for the Hawaii Upward Bound program and loves sharing the excitement of scientific discovery with students of all ages.

MOUSETRAP ENGINEERING
You will be challenged to use your creativity and construction skills to design and build a vehicle that will attempt to travel thirty meters powered only by the energy of a mousetrap! Advanced designs and speedier cars will be possible for those willing to exceed the challenge.
Instructor: Justin Silva is studying Political Science at SOU. He has worked extensively with youth including children with special needs and at-risk teenagers. 

SCIENCE FOR INQUIRING MINDS
Did you know that DNA can be extracted from a strawberry or a banana? What is the biodiversity of the SOU campus? You’ll find the answers in this science inquiry class as you explore the plant animal and soil biomes around us. Examine bones found in owl pellets, learn about neuroscience as you conduct brain exercises, and make a new plastic material while you conduct experiments and work with microscopes using the diverse specimens you’ve collected.
Instructor: Chris Rennaker holds a MS in Environmental Education from SOU and a BS in Biology from Ball State University. Most recently he was the high school science teacher at Prospect High School. He has also developed curriculum for the Deer Creek Center environmental education program.

WHO DUNNIT?
Use your intuitive and hard science skills as you conduct forensic tests on the evidence found at a mock crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study actual physical and chemical evidence for clues that MIGHT let you piece together what really happened at the crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study physical evidence for clues. You’ll work with fingerprints, hair, fibers and trace evidence. Crack the case as you investigate and examine liquid samples, test fiber types, and interpret it all to piece together what really happened at the scene of the crime.
Instructor: Jesse Stonewood holds a BS in Chemistry from SOU and is completing his MAT as a+ first-year teacher certified in Chemistry and Integrated Science at the high school level.  He is also a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow.

Strategy

GAME CHANGERS: COOPERATIVE CHESS
Chess means war, but cooperative chess means peace and collaborative adventure. In Game Changers - Cooperative Chess, you'll learn how to transform one of the world's most influential games into a new dynamic that champions collaboration over competition. Through lots of hands on activities and strategies you’ll investigate the traditional and alternative rules of play as you discover how the game can benefit your personal, academic and future professional life. You’ll be a game changer by week’s end!
Instructor: Aaron Lundstrom is a writer and conceptual artist who has taught foreign language classes (Romanian) and who designed the cooperative chess variant "Piece."

Computers/Video/Photography

BLOG IT!
Create your own blog in this new class as you learn how the internet and social media can serve a useful purpose with lots of fun involved. Explore the wide variety of blogs online to gain inspiration as you learn the basics and discover the variety of styles you can use to build a blog. You’ll use pictures, special features and a professional layout to create your own page about your experience at ACADEMY to share with friends and family.
Instructor: Martha Street is a graduate student at SOU earning her Masters in English Language Arts. She also holds a BA in French and International Studies from the University of Oregon.

CLAYMATION ANIMATION
Explore the world of object and clay animation. Using colorful modeling clay, create fanciful creatures and cartoon-like characters with settings for your stories. You will be using "stop-action" animation and learn basic camera techniques and composition to record your character’s movements. Build on your camera and storytelling skills in this hands-on, fun-filled class and take home your projects on a disk.
Instructor: Samar Dawisha is a local artist who has taught art, videography and animation classes in the Rogue Valley for many years.

MOVIE MAKING MAGIC
Explore the world of video and cinematic production from pre-production and production through post-production. You’ll create a storyboard, learn camera operation, editing techniques and publishing content. You’ll be assigned a different position within a production team to create a video to promote what ACADEMY is all about.
Instructor: Jared Hail is an SOU instructor in digital media. He has produced videos for local businesses, and has accompanied on projects for larger companies, like UPS, HP, and Gap.

iDESIGN It!
Digital media is rapidly changing the way we view and interact with the world. You’ll delve into the latest Web 2.0 tools to manipulate photos, compose your own music, produce animated movies, and create stunning 3D environments. Learn the language of visual communication as you construct and publish a website with your signature personality. At the end of the week you’ll have an amazing portfolio of work and the skills to take your digital creations to a whole new level.
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

FOCUS ON FACES
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Explore the art of photographing people and develop your own style of documenting the face.  Learn about indoor flash, natural lighting, posing, composition and other cool techniques that will help you take better photos of your family and friends. 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.

PROGRAMMING ADVENTURES
Prepare yourself for the wonderful world of computer programming! This class will make programming so much fun it will almost seem easy.  You’ll learn the building blocks of programming by teaching Karel the dog some new tricks and gain essential problem solving skills through a visual and entertaining environment. No prior experience necessary!
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

Culinary Arts

GOTTA’ GRILL IT!
It’s summer and the weather is fine and it’s time to fire up the grill to create delectable dishes for you and your family. Working alongside a professional chef, you’ll discover plenty of keys to the kitchen as you learn the importance of food safety, the dos and don’ts of using marinades on meat and even how to grill summer fruits, vegetables. Every day will be a hands-on culinary experience you won’t forget!
Instructor: Marilyn Moore is a Le Cordon Bleu Graduate and a Certified Culinary Educator for the American Culinary Federation. She is the owner of Creative Organic Catering.

Performing Arts

ACTING OFF BOOK
Build your confidence as a performer in this energy filled theatre class. You will explore action on the stage as you learn the techniques of trust and being trusted on stage through theatre games and improvisation. Find out how body language sends messages and how vocal and physical actions entertain and inform us.  Amaze yourself as you combine these techniques to entertain and to be entertained!
Instructor: Mike Fitzgerald has over 20 years professional theater experience and has taught in the Rogue Valley for the past 16 years.

CENTER STAGE
Start your creative engines and strap yourself in for a wild and wonderful ride as you explore a variety of acting styles in this blast of a class. Each day you’ll dive into technique from Shakespeare to Charlie Chaplin as you discover the ways to convey strong characters and build engaging scenes on stage. By the end of the week, you will understand the acting style that suits you best as you collaborate to write and perform your very own scene to share.
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego’s Eveoke Dance Theatre, now in its 19th year creating original theatre and dance. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theatre with diverse student populations.

FUN WITH 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 four years and has taught SOU-sponsored fencing classes.

MUSE INTO MUSIC
Awaken your muse and stretch your writing and musical abilities through journaling, song form study, and improvised melodies. If you have ever dreamed of putting your writing to music but don't know where to start this is the class that will teach you that the process of creating a song combines many skills and modalities integrating music, writing, and emotions. You will have a finished product of your very own by the end of this song-filled week!
Instructor: Heather Hutton has a Bachelor's degree in music and 15 years of professional teaching experience. She works and lives locally as a singer, substitute school teacher and as a music and voice coach through her private practice: "Unified Voice-Works".

SLAP CLAP HIP HOP!
Everybody can hip hop once they find their own style! Get ready to break a sweat as you learn basic slap clap rhythms, physical coordination, footwork patterns, isolation and hip hop vocabulary from an expert. You’ll explore hip hop music, write your own raps and build a hip hop dance performance to amaze your family and friends!
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego’s Eveoke Dance Theatre, now in its 19th year creating original theatre and dance. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theater with diverse student populations.

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