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Interterm 2018

Click on the classes below to open or close its description.  Registration begins November 27 and ends on December 8.



167 A Healthy YOU !

Joan E Griswold
A Healthy YOU will begin with an assessment of ones personal health and well being. We will then participate in a couple of fitness assessments to determine current status, set SMART goals, participate in cardio/strength exercise appropriate to our level of fitness. We will review the basics of balanced nutrition and plan meals, shopping lists and prepare a simple recipe together for all to share. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their personal health needs ($ 15 for photo copies of materials,access to health screening equipment, information & food sampling at food demonstration)

Enrollment: 25   Cost: $15
Jan 10 and Jan 17, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel


168 Animal Tracking

Scott Johnson: Outdoor Program Coordinator
Have you ever seen a track in the mud, sand or snow and wondered what it was? Want to learn how to read and interpret animal tracks and other clues to the natural world? Gaining these skills will make even a casual walk across town into an adventure! This course will start on campus with the basics, and then head out into various local wildlife refuges and state forests in search of all kinds of critters varying from porcupines and weasels to fox and moose! Please dress for hiking outside.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 18, from 1:00 - 5:15 pm
Paradise Pond Boathouse

169 Bike Maintenance Basics

Bruce Myint
This course will cover the mechanics of some of the basic systems of the bicycle. Participants will learn the ins and outs of bike anatomy, braking systems, and shifting systems. Have you ever wanted to know how to true a wheel, adjust a derailleur, or tighten your brakes? This workshop is for you! Students who attend are encouraged (but not required) to become members of Bike Kitchen after completing the course.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 19, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bike Kitchen in lower level of Talbot House


170 Canvas and Cookies

Marie Crane - Yvon
Join artist Marie Crane - Yvon for this inspiring step - by - step paint class. No experience or talent is necessary. You will be amazed at your very own work of ART! This is a fun 2 hours of painting and socializing with friends on a cold winter night. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 10
Jan 17, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Campus Center Garden Level


171 Cracking the Technical Interview

R. Jordan Crouser 2008, Computer Science Department
Hoping to land your tech dream job/internship, but nervous about the application and interview process? In this 5 day course, we will cover where to look for opportunities, tips for polishing your technical resume, how to leverage your professional network, and what to prepare for the interview itself.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: 0
Jan 8 - 12, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McConnell 102


172 Cuban Salsa Rueda

Daniel Trenner, Dance Department
The Cuban Salsa Rueda is a circle dance game that is a great way to begin learning Salsa. There is a constant rotation of partners, and every dancer will experience the roles of lead, follow, and calling the circle. All the steps learned can be applied to club dancing, and the group functions as a team building experience. Wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes or socks, no heels please. Open to all levels of dance experience.

Enrollment: 50   Cost: 0
Jan 8 - 11, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Theatre 207A


173 Dreams and Dreamwork

Peg Horan Toscanini, Dining Services
What are dreams? Why should we care? Learn how people have worked with their dreams through history and what it is they were hoping to find - the meaning behind the seemingly random, sometimes bewildering experiences we have in the night. Learn how to keep a dream journal and work with your own dreams, both on your own and in a group. Group Dreamwork is a fun, intimate, and enlightening process, stressing confidentiality and safety. Depending on interest, we will explore Dream Theater or other expressive modality such as a Dream Board Collage.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 5
Jan 8, 10, 17, 22 , from 2:30 - 4:00pm
Seelye 206


174 Drone Thinking

Jon Caris, Spatial Analysis Lab
The Interterm 2018 Drone Course will offer students an opportunity to learn about drone technology with a focus on aerial cinematography, and mapping analysis. In addition to gaining an understanding of the technology, students will learn how to fly drones safely, legally, and responsibly in the national and public airspace. The course is open to, and supportive of, emerging ideas for drone application in other domains such as art, film, theater, etc.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 10
January 16 - 19, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sabin Reed 104


175 English Change Bell Ringing

Hannah Durrant, Residence Life
This workshop offers instruction in bell handling and theory of English Change Bell Ringing. Though common in England, only about 45 towers in North America have bells like ours. We will use the tower bells, handbells, and other exercises to develop an understanding of this art. Participants will tour the Mendenhall Bell Tower and ring the 8 bells ranging from 300 to 960 lbs. No experience necessary. Select one or more of the daily sessions by emailing the instructor. For more information: www.smith.edu/bellringing or contact Hannah Durrant at hdurrant@smith.edu.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 19 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Jan 20 - 21 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Jan 22 - 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, from Jan 16 - 19 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Jan 20 - 21 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Jan 22 - 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Mendhall Bell Tower


176 Environmental Leadership and Organizing: From Idea to Impact

Fadia Hasan, English Language and Literature Department
This course will focus on the entire arc of starting with an inspired idea on environmental solution seeking and walking through significant steps of developing an idea into impact. We will talk about how theory and praxis connect to bring about sustained environmental social change on the ground. Case - studies of different local and global environmental leadership and organizing initiatives will be explored to familiarize ourselves with the growth of these individuals, groups, projects or organizations. Throughout our time together students will work on their individual environmental sustainability project vision from idea to impact.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan 8, 9, 11, 12 , from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
McConnell 104


177 Food Preservation by Canning, Drying, and Blanching

Paul R. Wetzel, CEEDS
Fall is an abundant time of the year. So much fresh produce that you cannot even begin to eat it all. Winter is very inconvenient. You cannot grow food, but you still get hungry. How to preserve all that fall produce so that you can eat it during the winter? This course is designed to teach the basics of canning, blanching, and drying food for long term storage. Students will learn tips on buying or picking produce, equipment needed for canning, blanching, and drying, the actual steps of the canning process, safety in the process, and what information resources are available in books and on the internet. We emphasize a hands—on approach to the class and you will go home with many “fruits” of your labor.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 15
Jan 9, 10 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Jan 11 from 9:00 - 11:00 am, from Jan 9, 10 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Jan 11 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel Kitchen


178 Google Workshop: Mobile Computing with Android

Dominque Thiebaut, Computer Science Department
This workshop is open to Smith Computer Science majors only. It will cover various aspects of back - end and front - end technologies involved in the creation of apps for the Android platforms. Prerequisite for the workshop: CSC212.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: 0
Jan 4 - 5, Jan 8 - 12, Jan 16 - 19, Jan 22 - 23 , from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ford Hall 241


179 Impress your Boo with Handmade Cards!: Card - making 101

Monica Sy Munoz 2015
In the digital age we live in, handmade cards add a warm, heartfelt touch to your gift or message and can be so much more than a simple fold. Learn about different styles of cards, how to make the right card to suit the situation, and how to give it the special handmade touch that only you can bring. This workshop will consist of a presentation on card - making fundamentals and then allow you to make your own cards. You will leave this workshop with finished cards and a card - making kit to keep them coming.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $5 card - making kit fee.
Jan 20, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Seelye 102


180 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Tracy Tien, Post Bac Spatial Analysis Fellow
The introductory course will lay the advanced and theoretical GIS study by introducing the major tools and techniques for processing geographic data. Through lecture, discussion, and practice, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts behind GIS and Map Science.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 , from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sabin Reed 104

181 Introduction to LaTeX

Nate Merrill, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Have you ever wanted to be able to type documents with mathematical symbols, complicated tables, and accurate figures? LaTeX is a typesetting system, which allows people to compile technical and scientific documents. Many textbooks, as well as papers and worksheets created by your math professors are produced using LaTeX. Learning to use LaTeX is a great skill for anyone who wants to make elegant documents, not just math majors! We will start from scratch in this course, but if you already have some exposure to LaTeX, you may still find it fun and interesting.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 19, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Burton 302

182 Java for Python Programmers

Silvana Saca 2018
This intensive week - long course is intended to ease the transition between Introduction to Computer Science through Programming (CSC 111) and Data Structures (CSC 212) for students by teaching them the basics of the Java Programming language, using Python as a starting point. Students will also learn how to work with emacs, the preferred text editor for CSC 212. The course will cover program structure and execution, simple data types and expressions, simple statements, input and output, control statements and class definitions.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 19, from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
McConnell 102


183 Knitting with Scraps

Meg Thacher, Astronomy Department
How many knitting projects have you done since coming to Smith? Is the space in your closet rapidly filling up with half - used balls of yarn you just cannot bear to part with? In this class, we will try to get rid of all your scraps. I will give you ideas for small, quick projects that only take a little bit of yarn, and big, colorful projects that will use lots of different scraps. Along the way, we will learn techniques for knitting with multiple colors, adjusting patterns to fit your measurements, and finishing. You do not need to be an expert knitter to join this class, but you should know the basics of casting on, knitting, and purling. Bring your favorite yarns and needles to the first class!

Enrollment: 25   Cost: Photocopying, $1
Jan 9, 11, 16, 18, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

184 Learn Needle Felting Today!

Heather McQueen, Science Center Administration
Needle felting is a fiber sculpture technique that uses a special needle to shape unspun wool. No water, glues, or stitches are employed. If you have ever been frustrated by knitting or crocheting and wished you could just poke the yarn into shape, needle felting is the craft for you! Students will make a bunny (https://www.instagram.com/p/BLRrKhRhv_G/?taken - by=vireo99) to learn learn about three dimensional needle felting techniques, working with felting tools, and how to create and join different shapes.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 10
Jan 17, from 1:30 - 4 pm
Sabin Reed 224


185 Qigong - Movement Meditation for Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Makani Freitas, Office of Admission
This gentle practice of physical conditioning is an exquisite choreography of flowing standing movements. It fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Among the goals of the class: healing, stress reduction, growth, opening, connecting, working toward embodied wholeness and relaxation while being grounded and centered.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
Jan 8 - 11 and 17 , from 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Ainsworth Studio 151


186 Rock Climbing - Intro to Rock Climbing (beginner level)

Stefanie Frazee, Outdoor Program Instructor
This course introduces the fundamentals of rock climbing to the beginner. It will cover smooth climbing technique, familiarity with equipment, various knots, belaying and safety protocol. This is a great course for those interested in starting to climb for fun or fitness.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $0 (gear is provided)
Jan 9 - 12, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ainsworth 304, Climbing wall

187 Rock Climbing - Learning to Lead (Intermediate - Advanced level)

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program Coordinator
Learning to lead climb better allows you to access many outdoor climbing areas that you otherwise could not climb. With lead climbing you place protection along the way, as opposed to top - rope climbing., where the anchor is preset above you. This fun indoor gymnastic course will review the basics, but focus on strategy, equipment, lead belaying, anchoring and rappelling on sport rock climbs. This is not a course for beginner climbers. Previous experience belaying and climbing is required.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $0 (gear is provided)
Jan 16 - 18, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ainsworth 304, Climbing wall

188 Shrubs, Syrups, and Spreads: Sophisticated Smithie Skills

Sara Lark, Global Studies Center and Tom Lark, Dining Services
This course will focus on making simple yet tasty concoctions to elevate your drinks, desserts, cheese boards, and even your breakfast toast. During this course, we will teach the basics behind crafting drinking shrubs, syrups, and a few additional spreads. We will make one of each as a hands on learning experience. There will be snacks during the class, and everyone will get some of everything we make to take home after! Come learn how these simple ingredients can add a twist to everyday food and drink.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $8 for food supplies and jars
Jan 13, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel


189 Social Justice Mediation Training

Raven Fowlkes - Witten 2017
As a part of the innovation grant initiative from recent graduate, Raven Fowlkes - Witten, the Social Justice Mediation Institute will be conducting Social Justice Mediation Training during Jterm. Training participants will explore the relationship between social justice and the development and resolution of conflicts in mediation through lecturettes, interactive activities, analyses of (actual) videotaped mediation sessions, and a series of roleplays and simulations. For more information about the Social Justice Mediation Institute visit http://www.sjmediation.org.

Enrollment: 24   Cost: 0
Jan 6 - 10, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Seeyle 202, 204, 208, 211


190 Stargazing 101: Astronomy for Everyone

Michaela Guzzetti 2020
Do you love space, but have a visceral reaction to seeing equations? This is the course for you! Join us to learn about the universe without the pressure of doing any math! We will discuss topics such as the scale of the universe, star death, black holes, identifying constellations and more. We will also be going onto the roof of McConnell to view constellations as well as astronomical objects with a telescope. Snacks and warm beverages will be provided!

Enrollment: 25   Cost: $5 for photocopying, snacks and drinks
Jan 18, 19, 22, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
McConnell 406


191 Starting Your Own Non - Profit and Teaching Outdoor Education

Jake Krain 2012
Curious about starting your own non - profit? Interested in outdoor education and educational farming? This is the workshop for you! Join us at Red Gate Farm for a fun - filled and informative 2 day workshop where you will learn: the ins and outs of starting a non - profit, outdoor education programming, sustainable practices, operating a small vegetable garden, livestock care including learning to train oxen, cooking and operating in a commerical kitchen and seed saving and seed libraries Students should come prepared to work and spend time outside (warn clothing and boots). Lunch provided by the farm!

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
Jan 17, 18, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Red Gate Farm, Ashfield, MA


192 Swing Dance! East Coast, Lindy Hop and Charleston

Gregory Perham
Lindy Hop is a fun, expressive American social dance form with a rich history that is danced today all over the world. This crash course will teach you what you need to feel at home on any of those dance floors. We will explore the various styles that compose swing dance, including East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Charleston. Participants will have the opportunity to learn both leader and follower roles. Each class will include DJed social dancing. No partner or experience necessary! The class will be geared toward beginners and offer plenty for experienced dancers as well.

Enrollment: 50   Cost: 0
Jan 16 - 19, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Theatre 207A


193 Womens Wellness for Modern Times

Artemis Parvati, ND 2009
Become aware of self care practices you can use daily to feel more vitality and prevent chronic disease. Artemis Parvati is a trained naturopathic Doctor and Smith alumna who will share the power of prevention in a class that explores spa treatments, whole food nutrition, kitchen herbalism, mind body techniques for stress management and balance, common womens health ailments and concerns, as well as, a vitalistic approach to health care. In times when womens health care may be in jeopardy, you can become empowered by effective and nourishing home care.

Enrollment: 50   Cost: Photocopying as needed
Jan 8 - 12, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Seelye 102