Skip Navigation

Southern Oregon University

ACADEMY  

SESSION II Classes - June 21-27, 2015
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 2015

COMMUNICATION/LANGUAGE ARTS  

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

MIXED MEDIA MADNESS
Mixed Media in the world of visual art means that the artist has used more than one medium to create a piece of artwork. Discover some unique ways of using art materials to create a stunning mixed media painting as you experiment with gel mediums or oil based spray paint on water. You’ll master how to apply these fun, fast, and easy techniques to many art projects and will have your friends asking “How’d you do that?”  Perhaps you’ll choose to create a surreal pop art painting that integrates text to change or create meaning. It’s your studio so the possibilities are endless!
Instructor: Christopher LaGasse is an art teacher at Central Medford High School with professional experience in the fields of animation, comic book illustration, graphic design, political cartooning, and production/character design for film.

MONOPRINT MASTERPIECES
Explore the elements and principles of art and design with Monoprinting! Monoprints are a fun and approachable introduction to the medium of fine art printmaking. With a focus on the expressive and experimental process of making art, you will be challenged to plan and execute several prints. Working from photos, drawings and through examining pieces from Art History, you will have a great collection of prints to add to your portfolio by the end of the class!
Instructor: Jenna Crawford has taught art at the middle and high school level.  She will be graduating from the SOU Masters in Teaching Program in June with an endorsement in art education. Her undergraduate degree is in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking.

THE EYES HAVE IT 
On the face of it, artists begin drawing faces starting with the eyes and work outward from there. In this amazing class with a master teacher, you’ll experiment with drawing the kinds of faces that interest you the most. Using the ‘human face formula’ you may draw human faces, manga faces, comic faces, caricatures and more. You’ll explore fundamental skills of drawing facial features and experiment with light and shade as you apply new skills and detail to each piece and master new techniques each day.
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.

SUPER HEROES AND HEROINES DESIGN STUDIO 
Every Superhero and heroine has a story and each one possesses some super power that makes them stand out. Bring all of your artistic super powers with you and learn how to draw the essential parts of virtually every Superhero or heroine in history. Explore the shapes, sizes and style of these characters as you create drawings of the Caped Crusader fighting crime in Gotham or Wonder Woman’s homeland Themyscira and her famous Lasso of Truth. Villains may also make an appearance as you draw as many details of each superhero story as you can imagine!
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.

SOCIAL STUDIES

MILLENNIALS AND MARKETING
You might think that big name companies have monopolized the market on the sale of today’s products but this is your opportunity to beat the kings at their own game. Digital marketing and social media are available to everyone and drive our relationships with people and the businesses behind them. Guided by a professional graphic designer, you will design, produce and engage in a professional digital marketing campaign to sell your brand new, one-of-a kind product. You'll begin to understand the competitive world of marketing, supply and demand, and the goal that drives all companies—profit.
Instructor: Jessica Courtney
is a professional art coordinator and graphic designer who is a resourceful artistic visionary. She is skilled in translating abstract concepts into practical solutions with artistic design. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Art Direction and Graphic Design.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

TIGHTEN MY CORSET AND LOOSEN MY SPATS
The past is present in this exciting time traveler’s class! Get ready to explore the Jazz Age and understand how music defined cultural changes in the 1920s or how food in the Renaissance era defined your station in life. Every day you’ll use the latest technology to “map” a new time period and explore its language, food, manners, period dress, lifestyle and more. You will use historical maps to track information on cultural heroes and social trends as you discover uncharted lands and learn something new every day!
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.

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 yourthoughts. 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 6 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

BEE ACADEMY
See what all the buzz is about!  Participants in The Bee Academy will have the amazing opportunity to get hands-on, up close experience studying the fascinating life of the honeybee.  Wearing protective bee suits and beekeeping equipment you will explore the inner workings of a bee hive to learn basic bee biology, inspect bee hives, and identify the role of pollinators in the health of the ecosystem. You’ll record observations in your Bee Log, conduct science experiments, taste real honey, and plant native wildflowers in the garden as a food source for the honeybees.
Instructor: Ryan King graduated from Southern Oregon University with a master's degree in environmental education.  His thesis focused on beekeeping. Ryan currently teaches science at Ruch Elementary School. 

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Learn crime scene analysis and study actual physical and chemical evidence for clues that MIGHT let you piece together what really happened at a mock crime scene. Using your intuitive senses and hard science skills you’ll conduct forensic tests on the evidence and study physical evidence for clues. Fingerprints, hair, fibers and trace evidence will supply you with what you need to crack the case as you examine liquid samples, test fiber types, and interpret it all to piece together what really happened at the scene of the crime.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 9 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

ENGINEERING/STRATEGY    

SUMO ROBOT RUMBLE!
Engineering and inspirationmeet 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 8 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.

PARKOUR PRO: FREE RUNNING BASICS
Discover and practice the basics of the best sport on the planet! Inspired by obstacle course training, the goal is to get from point A to B in the most efficient way possible. As you explore this popular training discipline you’ll learn how to run, jump, climb and vault like a pro. Safety is number one and so is fun! As you master basic parkour moves and stretching techniques you’ll be able to perform basic parkour maneuvers in a safe way as you clear vaults and learn hand guided bar vaults and experience parkour scenario re-enactments for fun!
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 9 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

COMPUTERS/VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY

PROGRAMMING MASTERS WITH ALICE 3
Alice was designed to teach the principles of programming without the hassles of syntax errors while making it easy and fun to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game or making a video. As part of a design team, your mission will be to use Alice to tell the team’s story. Your results may not be Halo or Hollywood, but with a little effort you can show off some pretty amazing 3D worlds while having a blast!
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and is a recent graduate of SOU with a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force. 

EXPEDITIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL EDITING
Reach for the stars with your digital camera as you use your creative eye to capture images that you will be excited to share. You’ll learn how to use your camera to visually express the world around you as you explore the use of light, color, pattern and composition. In the computer lab using hands on techniques you’ll experiment with fun editing techniques to enhance your amazing images. 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. 

INTRODUCTION TO 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 is a recent graduate of SOU with a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force.

PERFORMING ARTS   

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.

RHYME AND REASON: THE ART OF RAPPING
Word play is at its best in the art of Rap music. Come explore the poetic elements of Rap lyrics while you develop skills to identify complex rhyme patterns and comprehend lyrical content. Wrap your head around poetic language as you employ rhyme, rhythm, meter, metaphor, and word play to create Raps that express who you are. This exciting class is filled with interactive activities to help you experiment and creatively interact with lyrics, how they function and the deeper meaning behind them.
Instructor: Wind Woods is a playwright and educator. Currently working on a doctorate in Theatre at UC Irvine, Wind has taught a variety of courses in the performing arts and creative writing fields from K-12 to the university level.

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.  

WOMEN WIELDING SWORDS
The word sword comes from the Old English sweord meaning a ‘pricking, piercing thing’. You will spring into action as you explore the history of famous and not so famous women who have wielded swords on and off the stage in this exciting class.  Both males and females who are interested in learning about women warriors in history and how sword play on stage is choreographed and executed will experience the thrill and skill behind stage fights and sword play. Your final class will be used to show off your expertise!
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.

Return to top of the page