Augustana Summer Academy 2013
June 23 - June 28, 2013
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.
Registration is closed for 2013 Summer Academy
All students who participate in at least one Augustana Summer Academy course and apply and are accepted into Augustana College (to earn a BA degree), will receive a $500 scholarship for each year enrolled at Augustana College (up to $2,000).
Courses and workshops for 2013
Note: Students participating in courses starting Monday, June 24, should plan to arrive on campus the evening of Sunday, June 23. Students will check in, 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.
Dates: June 16-17
Discover the importance of communication in this two-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.
The Amazing Brain (course filled)
Dr. Ian Harrington
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.
• Course has filled. Join the wait list.
Dr. Charles Schmidt, Dr. Robert Elfline, Dr. Mary Neil
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.
Cadaver Dissection (course filled)
Dr. Bob Tallitsch
June 23-25, 26-28
During this program students will learn and reflect on the sacred gift of body donation. You will be introduced to proper dissection techniques and will also learn the superficial anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, the superficial and muscular anatomy of the arm and the thigh through dissection. You will learn about the donor and be able to answer questions about what you learned from the donor.
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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.
Dr. Joshua Dyer and Dr. Nathan Frank
Dates: June 23-25
Students will learn the basics of electron microscopy, x-ray emission, and radioactive decay. They will operate a scanning electron microscope to examine integrated circuits and construction of materials (MATSE) and use an x-ray diffractometer to analyze the composition of unknown materials. They also will perform an experiment using radioactive materials and determine a substance’s half-life.
Dr. Jane Simonsen
Dates: June 23-26
Most of us are familiar with the ways that the media sells us on images of the ideal man or woman (white, beautiful, slender, etc.), and that these images influence both our self-images and what others expect us to be. But while we easily recognize these images as stereotypes, we often aren’t sure why these images exist, how they affect us, or what we can do about them. In this three-day workshop, we’ll examine representations of men and women in the objects and media we consume every day, from TV to music to magazines, and think critically about what social ideals these images uphold.
Dr. David Crowe
Dates: June 23-28
Summer is a great time to enjoy movies, and if we pick them carefully we can also discuss literary qualities and meanings. In this course we will spend our mornings watching and discussing entertaining films based on serious literature. In the afternoons we will split our time between outdoor activities and less serious films. And we will have a theme food each day.
Dr. Laura Hartman
Dates: June 23-25
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. In this course we look closely at the ideas behind the arguments for and against the legality of abortion and euthanasia. If you have strong opinions, or if you don't know what to think, 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.
In this program you will learn various styles of writing, from poetry tocreative non-fiction to short story, depending on what you choose to work on. By the end of the workshop, you will not only have stronger writing and critical analysis skills, you will have learned something about yourself as a writer and how writers work. Plus there will be fun stuff — spend a day on the Mississippi River; eat an exotic lunch, watch movies, and spend some relaxing time in a coffee shop as homework to stimulate your best writing; enjoy evening activities with other Summer Academy participants.
Pastor Richard Priggie
Dates: June 23-26
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.
A unique opportunity for students interested in dance to be exposed to jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance. This course will include stretching techniques, improvisation and choreography. Concluding with an informal performance presentation on Wednesday, students will showcase the new moves and techniques they have acquired. This course will be taught in Augustana's newly remodeled dance studio.
Dr. Jen-mei Ma
In this course, you will explore the wonder of Chinese literati art and obtain hands-on experience on the three unique art forms: painting, poetry and calligraphy.
Dr. Arthur Pitz
Dates: June 23-28
Find out why you might want to pay attention to the history of the Quad-City area. What IS important about this region? You will have some local adventures visiting some historical places relating to War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Civil War, World War I and World War II. You will also learn about the famous and infamous people who visited or lived in the area (Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and gangster John Looney to name a few). If you like American history, this program is for you.
Cancellation refunds for cancelled courses — Courses not meeting minimum enrollment will be cancelled. Students who signed up for a cancelled 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 10.
Cancellation refunds for participant registration cancellations — Students who signed up for a course and cancel their registration before May 18, will be entitled to a full refund. Registrations cancelled from May 18-31 will be charged a $50 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after May 31 will be charged a $75 administrative fee. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Jessee at 309-794-7395.