Augustana Summer Academy 2014
June 22 - June 27
High school students can experience a unique college atmosphere and summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy.
The academy's courses range from one to five days and take an active, hands-on approach within a close-knit learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus. You'll find fun outside of class, too, through field trips, evening activities and ventures off campus — maybe even on the Mississippi River.
Classes are taught by popular Augustana professors. Investigate your interests, whatever they may be, and have fun while enriching your education on Augustana's campus this summer.
Courses and workshops
Note: Students participating in courses starting Monday, June 23, should plan to arrive on campus the evening of Sunday, June 22. Students will check in beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet professors and fellow students at a welcome reception, and get acquainted with campus and the residence hall. Cancellation policy is at the bottom of this page.
Registration is closed for 2014.
Dr. David Crowe
Dates: June 22-25
This is a course in the skills of "achievement writing" — writing to persuade others that the author is truly deserving of a scholarship, a place in a college or university, a desirable job, a research opportunity or any other achievement that requires a competitive first-person presentation of one's skills.
Dates: June 22-25
For veterans and beginners alike, this course will help students understand the expectations of the audition process and learn techniques to improve your performance. At the end of this intensive workshop experience students will be ready to perform professional quality auditions.
Dr. Ian Harrington and Dr. Shara Stough
Session I: June 22-24
Session II: June 24-26
In this two-day workshop students will be introduced to the organization and function of the brain, our most amazing organ! Participants will learn about the brain in the same way the neuroscientists do by asking questions, performing hands-on experiments, and drawing conclusions from their findings. Activities, including sheep brain dissection, the recording of electrical potentials from the legs of cockroaches, and the collection of biophysical signals from the human brain and body, will be supplemented by videos, short lectures, and discussions of topics that most interest the group. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the field of neuroscience and its practices.
The Augustana campus transforms into our studio for the day as artists are asked to embrace "making as thinking." Our goal will be to play (yes, really). Takeaways from the workshop include: practice active looking, conduct visual research, generate original concepts, make/refine visual works and to begin to develop an individual process of working.
Dr. Robert Elfline, Dr. Mary Neil, Dr. Charles Schmidt,
In this course, you will be part of an intensive three day experience hosted by the piano faculty of Augustana College. You will receive one on one instruction in music theory, keyboard history, and keyboard technology. In addition you will take part in daily lessons and practice. The academy will conclude with a participants’ recital, which will be open to the public.
Dr. Bradley Kennedy
Session I: June 22-24
Session II: June 25-27
During this program students will learn and reflect on the sacred gift of body donation. Students will be introduced to proper dissection techniques. Students will also learn superficial anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, superficial and muscular anatomy of the upper and lower limbs through dissection. Students will learn about the donor and be able to answer anatomical questions based on what is learned during the course.
Dr. Mary Ellen Biggin, Dr. Patrick Crawford, Dr. Greg Domski
Crime scene investigation may rule prime-time TV, but how does Hollywood get forensics wrong? In this course you'll be introduced to the scientific reasoning behind forensics, focusing on DNA, bones and trace evidence. Discover the truths CSI can reveal by using Augustana's state-of-the-art equipment, critically evaluating evidence and applying your findings to a simulated crime.
Dates: June 22-26
Discover the importance of communication in this four-day hands-on experience in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. You will observe children with communication disorders, talk with their parents, and assist professional speech-language pathologists in our fun summer therapy program for children with communication impairments. On the last day you will introduce your own creative therapeutic activity.
Dr. Jessica M. Schultz
Dates: June 22-24
In this two-day workshop, we will explore questions of happiness through the lens of psychology. Participants will learn how psychologists study these topics through discussion, mini-lectures, videos, experiential activities, and hands-on studies. We won’t just talk about happiness, we will actually try out the evidence-based strategies designed to increase it.
Dance lovers will hone their skills in Augustana's newly remodeled dance studio. Students will practice jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance while learning stretching techniques, improvisation and choreography. Participants will showcase their new moves and techniques in an informal performance on the final day.
What do graphic designers do? How do they approach problems? Try it out as students experience a day of hands-on improvisational design. The course will explore design, which makes something out of nothing. The content generated by both individual and group actions throughout the day will result in posters that are sculptural and/or cinematic in nature. Think handmade and theatrical-set techniques, not computers.
Dr. Laura Hartman
Dates: June 22-24
Medical professionals have to wrestle with definitions of life and death as they determine whether and how to perform controversial procedures like abortion and euthanasia. This course will look closely at the ideas behind the arguments for and against the legality of abortion and euthanasia. Students with strong opinions, or those who don't know what to think, should come prepared to learn about the many sides of these complex issues. Anyone thinking of going into medicine, law, or politics would benefit from this quick but deep primer on medical ethics and public policy.
There isn't much time to write fiction in high school, so come to Summer Academy and write prose poetry and short stories, movie scripts and plays, and more. Students will try writing exercises to get their creativity flowing and do activities to provide new experiences to write about. Students will experiment with different forms and genres and by the end of the week will have a notebook of ideas, at least a couple of completed new pieces, as well as lots of fun memories and new friends. No prior experience necessary!
Dr. Nadia Novotorova
Dates: June 22-27
In this course, students will be part of a team that builds a strategy and works on a real advertising project for a local business. Students will develop design sense and advertising expertise by watching and critiquing TV commercials, creating ads and visiting a local agency to connect with the professionals.
Pastor Richard Priggie
Dates: June 22-25
Now that the seven-book series is complete and eight movies have been screened, Harry Potter fans have a chance to step back and delve more deeply into the saga which experts have called “the shared text” of this generation. Participants in this unique Harry Potter immersion will learn to use interpretive keys such as alchemy to read the books at a deeper level and will experience how it helps our reading to learn traditional literary archetypes, such as the shapeshifter and the shadow. We will concentrate on Deathly Hallows, comparing and contrasting how the book and the movies complement one another in exploring the deeper meanings of scenes and characters. Along the way, you will have a chance to discover your Patronus, use a Marauder’s Map on a Hogwarts scavenger hunt, walk a labyrinth, and even play a bracing game of Quidditch.
Cancellation refunds for cancelled courses — Courses not meeting minimum enrollment will be canceled. Students who signed up for a canceled course will have the option to sign up for another course or receive a full refund. Courses meeting maximum enrollment will be closed as soon as maximum enrollment is reached. Students wishing to participate in a closed course can choose to be placed on a wait list and will be notified should an opening become available. All students on wait lists will be notified by June 1.
Cancellation refunds for participant registration cancellations — Students who signed up for a course and cancel their registration before May 1, will be entitled to a full refund. Registrations canceled from May 1-31 will be charged a $50 administrative fee. Registrations canceled after May 31 will be charged a $100 administrative fee. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Jessee at 309-794-7395.