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Vacation College 2012

Journey to the heart of America to recapture your youth and enjoy a leisurely pace of living. For one week the dedicated faculty and staff of Cottey College will provide you with an experience you will never forget. You will be housed in a suite with eight to twelve P.E.O. sisters, BILs, alumnae, and friends of the College; feast on Cottey cuisine; be inspired by our highly qualified faculty and passionate staff; and enjoy fun evening activities.

Cost and Registration

Cost includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and entertainment. Many classes fill up quickly.
Early Registration is $450 per person by March 1.
After March 1, Registration is $500 per person.

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The following refunds will be available for cancellations received in writing.
Before April 15 $350
April 16- April 30 $175
No refunds, for any reason will be made after April 30.

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For those flying into Kansas City International (MCI), participants may rent a car and drive approximately 100 miles to campus, or take advantage of Cottey’s shuttle.
* SHUTTLE. Cottey offers a shuttle to campus for $75 (round trip). Shuttle times are non-negotiable.

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Robertson Hall will be your home during Vacation College. The suite area is made up of a living room; a shared, multi-unit bathroom; and a small kitchenette. Double and single bedrooms surround the perimeter of the common area, housing about 10 people. A small number of single rooms are reserved for those with health concerns on a first-come, first-served basis. Suites are located on the first through third floors with designated couples suites located on the third floor; shared bathrooms are designated women’s or men’s. Robertson Hall is equipped with a wheelchair ramp and an elevator.

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Classes are taught by Cottey College faculty and staff and represent a wide range of interest areas in locations across campus. Transportation to and from class is not provided by the College. Participants attend one morning class and one afternoon class for the duration of Vacation College. Classes have limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When registering, please indicate first and second choice for classes. If your first choice is full you will be placed in your second choice. A confirmation letter will be mailed March 30. Nightly entertainment and activities round out the week.

Morning classes are held from 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Afternoon classes are held from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

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Morning Classes
Anthropology of Modern Fashion
by Heather-Renee Gooch
Clothing is something you put on, but fashion is how you express yourself. This class will examine modern fashion, with an emphasis on American culture, through the lens of anthropology, sociology and psychology. As culture has advanced, our clothing has focused less on  practicality, and more on aesthetics. We will explore how clothes on the catwalk influence what we see on the sidewalk. We will also talk about cultural aspects of fashion - how our clothing choices communicate our gender, socio-economic status, and the causes we support. Sub-topics will include: accessories, tattoos and sustainable fashion.

Beginning American Genealogy
by Helen Lodge
If you have ever wanted to learn how to research your American roots, then this is the course for you!  This lecture course will cover the U.S. Census, courthouse records, (including vital records, will, probate and land records) military, church and cemetery sources.  Other topics will include how to begin, charting and numbering systems.  Learn to find the skeletons in your family closet and make them dance!  For a total genealogical overview, stick around for the afternoon class.

Discover the Leader Within
by Denise Hedges & Theresa Spencer
This session, designed for and taught by women, will bring together two powerful leadership assessment tools. All participants will complete a StrengthsQuest evaluation to learn how to best utilize their strengths to obtain personal and career success. Students will also learn about Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Denise Hedges is Cottey’s director for the Helen and George Washburn Center for Women’s Leadership. Theresa Spencer is a professor of music and teacher-of-record for Women’s Leadership Studies at Cottey. Both women teach various groups of Cottey students the fundamentals of women’s leadership. This course is sure to inspire and empower you.

Dance Appreciation
by Prof. Jo Byrnes
A series of video viewings and philosophical discussions about dance. We will attempt to answer questions such as: What is “dance”? and How can a viewer enhance her/his experience watching dance? The course will focus mostly on Western concert dance (ballet, modern, jazz, tap).

Local Business Tours - Economics of a Small Town
by Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Come explore the local businesses of rural small town Missouri.  Class members will learn about the economic impact of small businesses in the economy.  Planned business tours include W.F. Norman, mostly known for manufacturing hand-pressed tin ceilings, local small businesses around the historic Nevada Square, the farmer’s market, a business specializing in locally grown agriculture products, and lastly, we will travel to Precious Moments—a tribute to Precious Moments figurines and the artist behind them.

Making Hypertufa Pots & Loofah Sponges 
by Prof. Karen Polon
Design and make your own faux stone pot. Hypertufa is an artificial stone made from various aggregates that bond together with Portland cement.  Hypertufa is popular for garden ornaments, pots, and bird baths.  What will you create?  While the hypertufa creations are drying we will experiment with loofah gourds and create different crafts with loofah sponges.

Sustainable Urbanism
by Tatiana Jones
Topics covered include: case studies in Sustainable Urbanism all over the world; urban environment and social issues; economic and environmental benefits of restoring and reusing historic structures; green architecture.
Participants are encouraged to share the effort their communities have made to create livable cities.

Watercolor I - Landscape Elements
by artist Linda Thury-Rogers
With simple watercolor techniques, learn to paint the elements of a landscape: skies, clouds, hills, trees, rocks, and grass. No experience necessary; supplies included. Linda has been teaching watercolor to Vacation College participants for many years.

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Afternoon Classes
American Genealogy II
by Helen Lodge
This class is for the more experienced researcher who understands the basic concepts and resources of genealogy and wants to explore how to use the computer as a tool in research.  Computer demonstrations will include basic genealogy recordkeeping, and many pay and free websites used for genealogical research, such as family search, ancestry, Mocavo, and Cyndi’s List.  Each class member should bring a challenging ancestor for the class to help you brainstorm on how to proceed with the problem.

Cooking from the Heart of Mexico (This class fills quickly.)
by Chef Michael Richardson
A hands-on cooking class in which participants will prepare, taste and discuss recipes from the interior as well as coastal regions of Mexico, which are rarely experienced in the U.S.  A variety of foods and cooking techniques will be featured, providing insight to the tasty traditional dishes prepared in Mexican homes. (This class will run from 2-4:30 p.m. and will cost an additional $15/person. Please call before submitting your registration form as this class fills up shortly after it is posted online in January.)

Money & Retirement
by Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer
Will you outlive your money?  Can I afford to retire?  Will inflation affect your retirement income and savings?   What is a reverse mortgage?  This course will examine many of the financial issues one faces later in life whether still in the workforce or already retired.  Other issues to be examined include financial goal setting, long term stock market returns, is it possible to become affluent, and what do the wealthy buy?

Will and a Couple of Dames
by Dr. Glenn Rogers
This summer Shakespeare’s ladies take center stage as we watch and discuss filmed performances of the well-known Shakespearean tragedies Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.  Two powerful actresses bring to life two of Shakespeare’s most powerful women:  Dame Judi Dench plays Macbeth’s “fiend-like queen” and Dame Janet Suzman plays Antony’s “serpent of old Nile.”  As the famous scholar G. Wilson Knight wrote long ago: “Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra each possess a unique power and vitality which are irresistible and, in both, expressly feminine ....”

Watercolor IV - Intimate Flowers
by Linda Thury-Rogers
Discover your inner Georgia O'Keefe to create up-close and sensual flower and foliage paintings. Using easy watercolor techniques, participants will learn how to paint dazzling intimate flowers. Bring photos of your favorite flowers for inspiration, or use examples provided in class. No experience necessary; supplies included.

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Optional Activities
Morning Wake-Up: Walk and Stretch (6:30-7:30 a.m.)
by Karen Polon
This class is geared toward active individuals who already participate in a regular exercise program. Participants will be able to walk at their own pace each morning and then finish each class with total body stretching.

Yoga (4-4:50 p.m.)
by Prof. Jo Byrnes
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If you would like more information about Vacation College, please contact Cottey College's Office of P.E.O. Relations at 417-667-8181 (ext. 2122) or







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