Posted: November 24, 2008
According to John Laprade, director of student programs, more students than ever are planning to participate in Mount Holyoke's upcoming January Term. "We've already seen unprecedented early interest in all our programs this year, with some noncredit courses already reaching capacity enrollment and brisk advance registration for trips," Laprade said.
The theme of this year's J-Term is "Explore, Restore, and Enjoy," reflecting the College's aim to offer students the chance to expand their horizons and enjoy a change of pace on campus. "More and more students are taking advantage of J-Term credit courses to catch up, get ahead, or simply try something new," Laprade said. "With a variety of credit and noncredit courses and other activities, we strive to make J-Term a chance for students to replenish themselves between semesters while exploring new interests and gaining new skills in a slower-paced environment and in the beauty of a New England winter."
Laprade is pleased to be offering a record number of noncredit courses--31--including several taught by College administrative staffers. These include Philanthropy: From Mary Lyon to Bill Gates--Where Do the Dollars Come From and Go, taught by Charlie Haight, vice president for development and members of the development staff; Digital Scrapbooking, taught by Ivy Tillman, coordinator of student technology assistants; and Web Sites with Standards and Introduction to Computer Programming in Ruby, taught by Web team leader Sven Aas. Courses taught by students include Claire Desoi '09's Writing the "Great American Novel"…in a Month, and Sexuality in Pop Culture, taught by May Navamon Aunaetitrakul '11.
In addition to short courses, J-Term is packed with evening activities and entertainment. Offerings include the popular Friday Night Live Series and the Saturday evening series Club du Monde.
New this year is "Coffee House M&Cs" at Blanchard Lounge on Thursday nights, featuring a selection of sweet treats, coffee, tea, and healthy snack options accompanied by live musical performances from local indie artists.
Popular treks off campus will include bus trips to New York City and Boston, and local trips for ice skating and outlet shopping. There's also an overnight ski trip to Stratton Mountain in Vermont.