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Interterm 2016

Click on the classes below to open or close its description.  Registration begins November 28 and ends on December 9.


Social/Personal Development

143 English Change Bell Ringing

Sarah Moriarty, Administrative Technology Administration
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

Enrollment: 24   Cost: 0
Jan. 3-13, from 3-5 pm
Mendenhall Bell Tower


144 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 about three dimensional needle felting techniques, working with felting tools, and how to create and join different shapes.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $10 per person $5 foam felting surface $2 needle
Jan. 17, from 1:30-4 pm
Sabin Reed 224

Social/Personal Development

145 Writing Words, Building Stories

Naila Moreira, Jacobson Center Administration
Stories, essays, poems, novels - the work of a writer does not happen by itself. The first step for any writer is to sit down and write. Students in this course will gather daily to write together. Each session, we will briefly discuss our writing plans for that day, then, after writing independently, reconvene at the end of the writing time to share our progress and optionally read aloud from our efforts. We'll gain inspiration from setting: this course will take place at the Macleish field station, with a shared van traveling there daily.

Enrollment: 11   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-20, from 1:30-3:30 pm
MacLeish Field Station (van provided)


146 Astronomy and You

Alexandria Brenon '17
Do you enjoy looking up at the night sky, marveling at its wonders? In this short course, you can learn more about the science behind the night sky without having to use any math! This course will teach you about topics such as how the life cycles of stars led to life on Earth, what meteor showers are, and constellation stories. We will make the best of the late class time to observe constellations, with cocoa and tea provided to help with the cold January nights.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $5 per student for photocopies, hot drinks/snacks
Jan. 17-19, from 7-9:30 pm
McConnell 406


147 Fundamentals of Fiber: Knitting and Crocheting

Quincy Dean-Slobod '17
Come one, come all, and learn how to make stuff with yarn! This workshop will teach you the basics of both knitting and crocheting, as well as give some background on how yarn is made and the fibers it is made from. By the end of the week you will have knit a headband or a hat and will have crocheted various shapes from square, to circle, to cylinder, and from there the possibilities are endless. No experience necessary!

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $15 materials fee
Jan. 17-20, from 1:30-3:30 pm
Seelye 202

Useful and Fun Skills

148 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 become a nature detective? Learn 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: 11   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-19, from 1-5 pm
Paradise Pond Boathouse


149 Introduction to Mobile Computing

Dominique Thiebaut, Computer Science Department
This class is offered by Google for Computer Science majors and introduces students to the the processes and tools that bring successful Android apps to life. In a final project, students integrate their newly acquired skills and build their own app. The course is taught by a Google engineer.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan. 4-6, Jan. 9-13, Jan. 17-20, Jan. 23-24, from 9-3:30 pm
Ford 241


150 Make your own Spa Products

Ann Mayo, Museum of Art
I will introduce students to making their own beauty (and or "spa") products at home using natural ingredients such as; cocoa butter, coconut oil, lavender buds, essential oils and many more. These products will include: body butter, lip balm, hair rinse, foot scrub, thermal pillow (microwave it for a few minutes and use it on sore joints), as well as recipes and instructions for all of the above.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $ 10 per student
Jan. 9, 11, 12, from 2-4 pm
Seelye 105


151 Qigong-Movement Meditation for Stress

Makani Freitas, Office of Admission
Qigong is an internal art practice that is a combination of two ideas: Qi (pronounced chee), which means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe and Gong (pronounced gung as in lung) which means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. Relax…Move…Flow… This gentle practice of physical conditioning is an exquisite choreography of flowing standing postures. Qigong fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate movements foster sound body and mind, boosts the immune system and creates a more focused, relaxed state of mind and releases stress.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
Jan. 9-12, Jan. 17-20, from 4:30-5:30 pm
Ainsworth 151


152 Recording Electronic Music

James Middlebrook, Art Department
This short course will cover basic techniques for recording electronic music. These methods are commonly used to produce music in many popular styles. Through hands-on experimentation, students learn about tracking, mixing, equalization, samples, and various effects. Practical tips for optimizing workflow will be discussed, as well as for building a composition using DAW (digital audio workstation) software. The sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday are geared towards students with little or no experience with this type of software, while those on Thursday and Friday will cover intermediate-level concepts, such as synthesis, compression, and reverb.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-20, from 2-4:30 pm
Sage 305


153 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Scott Gilman, Spatial Analysis Lab
The introductory course will lay the foundation for more 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: 14   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-20, from 10-12:30 pm
Sabin Reed 104 (Spatial Analysis Lab)

154 Fun with Drones

Jon Caris, Spatial Analysis Lab
Fun with Drones will teach students to use and be inspired by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly known as drones. Over the course of five days, students will be learn the technology that enables drone flight and also how to fly drones (at MacLeish Field Station). There is a voluntary research trip scheduled during Spring Break (March 2017) to St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia where students will put their skills to use in a variety of environmental research efforts.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $10 to cover trips to MacLeish and incidentals
Jan. 9-13, from 10-3 pm
MacLeish Field Station (van provided)


155 CPR-First Aid- AED Certification with American Heart Association

Joan E. Griswold
Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. For this Heartsaver course, students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $ 40 (quick reference guide & certification card)
Jan. 12, from 1-5 pm
Ainsworth 150

156 The Importance of Stength Conditioning

Joan E. Griswold
You do not need to belong to a gym to reap the benefits of a strength training routine. A total body routine can be performed in less than an hour with little to no equipment. This course will explore the variety of exercises that increase the strength for those who engage in the routine at least twice each week. Do not underestimate the benefit of being a participant in this workshop. Upon completion you will have a personalized routine.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $20
Jan. 11, from 9-12 pm
Ainsworth 304


157 Swing Dance! East Coast, Lindy Hop & 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'll 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 a period of DJ'd 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. 17-20, from 1:30-3:30 pm
Theatre 207A

Useful and Fun Skills

158 Putting Food By: Food Preservation by Canning and Drying

Paul 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 do you 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 will emphasize a hands—on approach to the class and you will go home with many “fruits” of your labor.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $15
Jan. 9-10, from 8:30-12:30 pm
Helen Hills Hills Chapel Kitchen


159 Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

Sahra Ibrahimi '17
Are you looking for a fun and cool course? Do you want to try Arabic/Persian calligraphy? If yes, then join me for a fun and relaxing experience. There will be a brief instruction at the beginning of each session to learn the alphabet and how to write them along with phrases and sentences. No prior experience is required.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-19, from 7-9 pm
Seelye 102


160 Introduction to Java Programming

Claudia Yun '17 & Youyou Tian '17
This course will introduce students to the programming language Java. Subjects covered will be basic setup, variables, conditional statements, loops, getting user input, classes and objects. The class is designed for students who have taken CSC 111 and will be taking CSC 212. The class will smooth out the transition process and help students succeed in CSC 212.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 17-20, from 2-4 pm
Ford 342


161 Art of Henna Design

Isabel Brinton-Fenlason '19, Courtney Lowe '19J, Sushmitha Ram '18
This class offers beginning lessons on the designs of Mehendi Art and the creation of them. The class will start with creating designs on paper and progress to the same on different mediums.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 11 and 12, from 6:30-9:30 pm
Seelye 102


162 Conversational Chinese

Yiwen Fu '19 and Murong Li '17
This course is designed for students with basic conversational and listening skills of Chinese to improve their speaking skills. Students will practice and learn Chinese culture through watching Chinese TV dramas and/or movies with discussion afterwards. The topics throughout the course include Chinese food, traditional festivals, cities, etc. Prerequisites: Chinese I or its equivalent.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
Jan. 9, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, from 3-4:30 PM
Hatfield 206


163 Rock Climbing-Learning to lead

Scott Johnson
As you learn to rock climb, part of getting out on your own might involve learning to lead climb. With lead climbing you place protection along the way, as opposed to top-rope climbing, where the anchor is pre-set above you. This fun gymnastic course will review belaying basics, equipment, lead belaying, anchoring and rappelling on sport rock climbs. Basic experience belaying and climbing recommended.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: Free, gear is provided.
Jan. 17-19, from 9:30-noon
Ainsworth 304, Climbing Wall


164 Canvas and Cookies

Staff from Wine and Canvas
A little nervous to paint? Don't be! No experince or talent is necessary. An instructor will guide you step-by-step to paint a picture. 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 soft drinks will be provided.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $5 for students, $20 for staff
Jan. 10, from 7-9 pm
Carroll Room, Campus Center 208

165 Learn Tunisian Crochet Stitches Today!

Heather McQueen, Science Center Administration
Tunisian crochet combines a special crochet hook with familiar crochet stitches to make unique fabrics. Tunisian crochet stitches can mimic knit and purl stitches well enough to fool the seasoned knitter. Stitches can be bold and chunky or light and lacy and lend themselves to improvisation. This workshop will introduce the five basic Tunisian stitches, as well as how to start and finish a piece. We will be stitching a sample patch (known as a swatch) to learn the techniques. Students will receive a pattern to turn their sampler swatch into a pouch if they would like. This is a workshop for students who already have a little crochet experience and can single and double crochet, and work chain stitches with ease.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $8
Jan. 12, from 1:30-4 pm
Sabin Reed 224