MHC's January Term 2007

Posted: December 1, 2006

From the Lunar Howl scheduled for the full moon on January 3, 2007, to the two-day ski trip at Stratton Mountain, Vermont, January 24-26, this year's J-Term is packed with activities and events to suit a wide range of interests.

Students who want to earn academic credit have plenty of courses to choose from. John Laprade, director of student programs, encourages students to use J-Term as an opportunity "to enjoy a change of pace as they explore new areas of academic interest." Courses range from Cleopatra: The Not Humble Woman to Hatha Yoga, Pilates, and Farming in African Cities.

In addition to the attraction of credit course offerings, many students also stay on campus to "enjoy the quiet, slower pace, and lower density," Laprade said. In the spring, students, faculty, staff, and others are invited to submit proposals to teach noncredit J-Term courses. This year, there are approximately 30 noncredit offerings including old favorites such as the Sky For a Winter Night and Greenhouse Basics. Also back by popular demand is Advertising Leadership Process, taught by Roderick McNealy, director of the Johnson & Johnson Marketing and Advertising College and father of Becky McNealy '04. The course, required for all Johnson & Johnson marketing personnel, covers the fundamentals of marketing and advertising, using a business school case study approach with extensive exposure to international television and print advertising.

New noncredit offerings this year include Ghanaian Cuisine 101, a three-session class in the cooking of Ghana and West Africa taught by Phyllis Kodi '07. For superhero fans, there's a class examining Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in comics and the media, and for comedy fans, a class on Monty Python. Crafty types will want to check out How to Knit a Lace Scarf.

As always, J-Term will offer more than classes. There will be movies and a live performance series in the Blanchard Great Room, and a new feature, Club du Monde, a Saturday-night event where different international dance styles will be taught each week. Students can take trips to Boston and New York City and also to local shopping and outlet malls. Registration is going on now.

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