Intersession 2015 Non-Credit Courses/ Workshops

January Intersession at MHC 2015


Students who meet eligibility requirements to return to campus for any portion of Intersession must pre-register with The Office of Residential Life before being eligible to take one of these courses. The Registration Form can be found on ISIS, and the criteria for eligibility are outlined on that form. 

Eligible MHC students, 5-College students, (and Community members if space allows) can sign up for courses. Priority is given to MHC students.  Courses are generally free, although some may have materials fees, so check the course description. All courses do have a capacity limit, however, so please make sure to register.

If you are interested in volunteering to be an instructor or workshop leader, please contact the Office of Student Programs with your ideas.

Additional credit and non-credit classes are also being offered by Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education

See also, links to opportunities on the other Five College campuses, and in the local region.

Student Programs-Sponsored Non-Credit Courses and Workshops

Introduction to Marketing
Instructor: Roderick M. McNealy

This annual favorite, taught also at Princeton Univ., is an intensive one day class. Instructor Rod McNealy will introduce you to the fundamentals of marketing, focusing on critical marketing concepts and tools. Best-in-class examples are utilized throughout and application versus theory is a key course centerpiece. Much of the content of this two day class is identical to that taught in MBA programs. Roderick M. McNealy is the Principal of McNealy Advanced Communications and previously served as Director of the Johnson & Johnson Marketing and advertising College, responsible for global marketing training. In total, he has trained over 4000 managers, spoken at over 150 organizations, taught at Princeton University, Yale School of Management and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of two books.  His advertising and marketing classes have been perennial favorites at MHC.

Dates & Times: Saturday January 10, 2015 ~ 10am-12p/1-4pm (Coffee break/snacks provided. Students to lunch on dining plan).
Location: Willits Hallowell Center, Wiese-Merriwether Rm

The Sky for a Winter's Night
Instructor: Ronald Zissell

Learn the legends and lore of the stars and constellations. The course format will classroom lectures and slide shows, followed by outdoor viewing. Be sure to dress warmly for cold January nights. Hot cocoa will be provided for all class sessions. Ronald Zissell served for many years as lab director of the MHC observatory. He attended Lehigh University and received a B.A. in physics, then worked as a research assistant for four years at Yale University's observatory. He next earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and has been honored by the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) for his lifetime dedication to the science. This class has 6 sessions; students must commit to attending all.

Dates & Times: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (1/5, 1/7, 1/9, 1/12, 1/14, 1/16) ~ 7pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Williston Observatory
Register - CLASS IS FULL.

Story Slam & Storytelling Workshops
Instructor: Dr. Gail N. Herman

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, from literature, research, or any folk genre.  At the end of Intersession there will be an optional Story Slam Sharing Session with Storytelling Certificates for the tellers. Storyteller Gail N. Herman, PhD will teach and mentor students during these Intersession workshops.  To enter the slam a student needs to attend one or more workshops.  At the Slam, anyone is invited to come, listen, and help vote for the various certificates of award and recognition. In the workshops, participants will try out ideas, practice, and receive helpful information about storytelling as well as receive information about opportunities to share spoken word pieces locally throughout the year. Storyteller Dr. Gail N. Herman taught storytelling for 15 years.  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.

Dates & Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays (1/6, 1/8, 1/13, 1/15; snow makeup session 1/14) ~ 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Location: Blanchard Room 318 (only 1/15), Room 213 (all other dates)
Register - CLASS IS FULL - but you can still join them for the Story Slam on Jan.15th - see event calendar for details.

Let's talk About Sex
Instructor:  Lindsay Steadman '13, Masters of Social Work, 2016, Columbia University

Lindsay Steadman '13, currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Columbia University is researching sexual health education received by adolescents and young adults, and its impact.  Lindsay would love to facilitate a lively conversation on this topic with her fellow Mount Holyokers. In the spirit of an informal taboo-like dialogue this conversation should prove engaging and illuminating for all. Some discussion topics to be covered include: What was your experience like in high school?  What did you learn? Did folks feel safe or comfortable enough to ask questions when learning? Were topics such as consent, gender, sexuality, and sexual practices other than heteronormative practices ever addressed? Where did you learn the most about sex and sexual health?  Who do/did you talk with about sex and sexual health?  What do you wish they taught you in school? Join the conversation! Five college students welcome.

Dates & Times: Friday Jan. 9, 2015 ~ 4pm to 5:30pm
Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)
Register (not required)

If you are interested in volunteering to be an instructor or workshop leader, please contact the Office of Student Programs with your ideas.