January Intersession

Intersession is the break period between the winter break and start of the spring academic semester, typically occurring in the first two to three weeks of January.  Students who wish to return to campus for any portion of Intersession must register with the Office of Residential Life. Those who are on-campus or in the area are able to participate in various workshops, non-credit courses, and social gatherings.

Join the Student Programs Facebook page to get updates about events and programs, check out the MHC Calendar, see the Professional and Graduate Education site for information on courses, and see below for non-credit workshops!

Non-Credit Courses and Workshops:

WebApp Development for the Mobile Cloud World
Dates: Jan 5th through 22nd with no class on the weekends or Jan 15th
Location: Kendade 307
This J-Term course offers a blended learning opportunity for students who want to build their Java skills, apply their data structures knowledge, and learn how to program for Android. Students should expect a mixture of lecture material and workshops. In workshops, students will work in small groups to build pre-defined projects (including several games) in Android using concepts reviewed in class. Lead by a full-time Google engineer, students will have the opportunity to work directly with CS professionals and software engineers throughout the course.
Collaboration and the Commons

Instructor: five college alum Ali Kruger, '04

Dates: Jan 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12; 2018
Time: 9am to noon

Location: Shattuck 203; Shattuck 107 on Tuesday the 9th
As we feel compelled to contribute to solving complex, global challenges, in what ways might we develop the skills necessary to drive this unprecedented collaboration and positive change? From this workshop, each changemaker will take away tools, case studies, role models, and knowledge of interpersonal dynamics that she can utilize to effect the change she envisions. Day 1: Home; Day 2: Enduring Narratives; Day 3: Nature’s Pulse; Day 4: Water; Day 5: Revealing a Global Emotional Commons
The Sky for a Winter Night

Instructor: Ronald Zissell

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (1/8, 1/10, 1/12, 1/15, 1/17, 1/19)

Time: 7pm to 9:30pm

Location: John Payson Williston Observatory Classroom

To Register: email Ronald Zissell at rzissell@mtholyoke.edu

Learn the legends and lore of the stars and constellations. Course format will be classroom lectures and slide shows followed by outdoor sky viewing. Sign up with your friends and be sure to dress warmly for cold January nights. Cocoa and marshmallows will be served!

Storytelling Workshops and Story Slam

Instructor: Gail N. Herman, PhD
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays (1/9, 1/11, 1/16, 1/18)

Time:  6pm to 8pm

Location: Blanchard 213; Thursday, January 18th Blanchard 318

We tell stories to engage our audiences; we tell our stories to discover what we need to say and write.  Stories can be experiential, personal or family stories; they can be from literature, research, or any folktale from any culture. In the workshops, participants will try out their ideas, practice, and receive helpful information about storytelling as well as receive information about opportunities to share spoken word pieces locally. 

At the end of the course there will be an optional Story Slam Sharing Event with Storytelling Certificates for the tellers. Although the sessions are accumulative, a student needs to attend one or more workshops to participate in the Slam.  At the Slam, all Five College students are invited to attend and help vote for the favorite story and for various certificates of award and recognition with prizes.  If time allows after the Slam, audience members will be invited to tell at the Open Mic session.
Storyteller Dr. Gail N. Herman taught storytelling for 16 years and will teach and mentor students during the workshops.  She holds an MA in Speech and Theater and a PhD in Education. She has been a popular Intersession instructor, teaching classes in mime and storytelling in previous years. Dr. Herman also produces “Tellabration!-A Night of Storytelling Around the World in Easthampton, MA, and is the Northeast Representative on the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network.