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Manchester’s intense January Session
takes students on adventures
close and afar
It’s January Session on the Manchester College campus – when study is
intense, and students test international waters, careers and
ultra-specialized classes. About 85 percent of the 1,104 students
enrolled in the independent liberal arts college will participate in
more than 70 courses offered Jan. 4-24.
Ten of the classes are off-campus in Europe, Central and South America
and in Hawaii and other states.
On-campus, students are learning about cultural anthropology,
ethnobotany, DNA science, macroeconomics and fabric art, as well as
business law, accounting, teaching and critical writing. Among the
first-time classes are Ornithology, with biologist Dr. Jerry Sweeten,
and History of the Holocaust by Dr. Glenn Sharfman, dean of academic
affairs. Students also are working on internships as they check out
possible careers (and make connections) in the communications world.
The Intercultural Theatre class will study Chinese opera with Dr.
Scott K. Strode at the University of Hawaii. “We will sit in on
rehearsals of Women Generals of the Yang Family,” said Strode,
Manchester’s director of theatre. Ten MC students will observe as
professionals from China teach UH theater students the style and
conventions of Chinese opera and will participate in a two-day workshop
on voice and movement, and even spear manipulation. “I have never seen a
Chinese opera, so I am looking forward to learning something new about
theater,” said senior Erin Gropp of Hudson, Ind.
Of course, whenever classes are held off campus, time is scheduled for
experiencing the area. Gropp, for example, will see the Chinese New Year
in Chinatown, the USS Missouri and perhaps do some snorkeling.
Ingrid N. Rogers, professor of modern languages, will immerse nine
students in Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. “We will be housed by
families of the Cuernavaca area that are located within a few miles of
the school we will be enrolled in,” said sophomore Emily Hallgren of
Fennville, Mich., who will make the trip with sophomore Rachael Carson
of Warsaw, Ind. “We think it will be very fun to experience, and an
awesome chance to improve our skills in Spanish,”
Other classes off-campus for January Session include the
service-centered annual Medical Practicum to Nicaragua, where 16
students will assist MC medical alumni and friends in a clinic. Many of
the students are pre-med or Spanish majors.
About 35 Students of Dr. Mark Angelos will compare civilizations in
Paris, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. And in Costa Rica, they’ll enroll in a
short course on at the University for Peace, established by the United
Nations. Their class at UPeace will be taught by Dr. Timothy A. McElwee
of the Manchester College studies faculty.
To learn more about January Session, and other opportunities at
Manchester College, visit
www.manchester.edu or contact us at 800-852-3648.
Comparative Civilization class studied in Italy
for January Session 2005. This year, the class is studying in Northern