|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. Participants must be 21 years of age by May 20, 2014, to participate. Registration for classes begins January 15.
Cost and Registration (Online registration will open on January 15, 2014)
Cost includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and entertainment. Many classes fill up quickly. To reserve your spot, send the registration form with a check payable to Cottey College by March 1 to P.E.O. Relations, at Cottey College.
Early Registration is $525 per person by March 1.
After March 1, Registration is $650 per person.
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The following refunds will be available for cancellations received in writing.
Before April 15 $475
April 16- April 30 $275
Because items are purchased in advance, no refunds, for any reason, will be made after April 30. Cancellations made after April 30 cannot be credited as tax deductible gifts to the College.
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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.
* ARRIVAL SHUTTLE. Cottey offers a complimentary shuttle to campus for those that arrive at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. As it is approximately a 2-hour commute from the airport to campus, the shuttle will arrive at Cottey in time for dinner. To ensure you meet the shuttle, your flight should arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. Shuttle times are non-negotiable.
* RETURN SHUTTLE. The return shuttle on Sunday, May 25, will depart campus at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the Kansas City airport at 10:00 a.m. Your flight should depart after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 25. 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.
To download an easy to print document listing class options, click here. To download a paper registration, click here. The classes that are full have been marked off the registration form.
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Please Note: The "class limit" identifies how many total seats are available in a given class, not how many seats are still available in that class.
Appreciating Chamber Music
by Matthew Herren, Class limit: 20
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. This is a listening course, with discussion of how chamber music evolved throughout four distinct periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. We will observe how music can reflect the social and artistic consciousness of an era. Basic principles of music and its structure will be examined through listening. Prior study of music is not required.
British Royal Families
by Helen Lodge, Class Limit: 25
Learn about England’s history through the lives of the Royal Families from St. Edward the Confessor to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince George. Royal mistresses…murder ….bastard children… feuding families… regicide and insanity. A little pomp here, a circumstance there. Let’s find the “fun” in dys”fun”ctional! Not for ultra serious historians.
Dance & Stretch
by Prof. Jo Byrnes, Class limit: 25
First half of the course will consist of a gentle warm-up, followed by learning Broadway jazz and musical theater dance combinations. Second half will be a yoga/easy stretch class.
Discover the Leader Within
by Prof. Theresa Spencer & Denise Hedges, Class limit: 15
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 teacherof- 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.
Essential Computing Skills
by Phill Johnson, Class limit: 20
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. Would you like to learn how to manage pictures taken with a digital camera or phone? Maybe you want to learn how to attach files or pictures to email? Or maybe you would just like to type a Word document and have everything line up for a change? And what about those pesky file folders? Would you like to know how they work and how to organize them? If you want hands-on experience learning essential computing skills, this “no experience necessary” computer class is for you.
Exploring Themes in Social Justice - CANCELLED
by Dr. Brenda Ross, Class limit: 25
French FUNetics - CANCELLED
by Dr. Regina Peszat, Class limit: 15
International Political Economy (IPE): Globalization and Environment
by Dr. Kanji Watanabe, Class Limit: 15
This course will cover fundamental theories of international Political Economy (IPE) with attention to globalization and environmental sustainability. It emphasizes the interaction of the state and economy, not the perspective of a single firm. The questions of equity and sustainability are as important as goals of efficiency or profit in studying IPE. What may be best for the fast movement of capital, for example, may be the worst for sustaining basic livelihoods or the environment. Therefore, we will critically analyze market economy and globalization in light of human conditions and environment.
Learning Russian History and Customs through Movies
by Tatiana Jones, Class limit: 10
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. Learn about Russia’s history and customs by watching movies from the Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library collection. Russian native Tatiana Jones will provide additional insight and commentary based on her own life experience and careful research into many of her beloved homeland’s most significant eras and events.
Local Business Tours – Economics of a Small Town
by Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer, Class limit: 11
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. Back by popular demand---Come explore the local businesses of rural small town Missouri & Kansas. Class members will travel by Cottey van to learn about the economic impact of small businesses in the economy and see the local parks and housing that make up the town. Planned business tours will include W.F. Norman, mostly known for manufacturing hand-pressed tin ceilings, local small businesses around the historic square, the farmer’s market, a business specializing in locally grown agriculture products, and the Fort in Fort Scott. (Class members must be able to enter a 12-passenger sized Cottey van.)
Making Hypertufa Pots & Loofah Sponges
by Prof. Karen Polon, Class limit: 12
Design and make your own faux stone pot. Hypertufa and papercrete are 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. Be prepared to get a little messy. This class is held in the Chapel basement, which is not handicap accessible.
Mathematics and Art
by Jorge Dioses, Class limit: 15
The purpose of the course is to show the relationship between mathematics and art (including architecture and music). Mathematics is not only about logic and formulas but also about patterns, symmetry, and beauty. We will explore different forms of art that have been influenced by mathematics since the ancient times to the Renaissance to the modern times.
Satellites – Viewing our Earth from Space
by Dr. Sylvio Mannel, Class Limit: 15
Do you remember Voyager 1? Launched in 1977, it became one of the most celebrated technological achievements in 2013. Voyager 1 is now the first spacecraft to leave the solar system and plunge into the vastness of deep space. It is still going strong, still taking measurements and sending signals to earth. This workshop looks at the use, technology, politics and controversies of remote sensing via satellites and aircraft. Examples include: imaging satellites and their data, how to build a satellite and send it to space for just $60,000, the effects of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity on satellites, physical background of visible and infrared light, how to build drones and implications on politics and privacy. We will examine what satellites are and how satellites can be used to survey earth. Lectures include real-world examples and hands-on activities. With a handheld spectrometer (“satellite in our hands”) we will mimic satellite measurements in the visible and near infrared spectrum. We will even make infrared light “visible” via special goggles.
Upcycling with Pinterest
by Christi Fulton, Class limit: 11
Pinterest… the virtual bulletin board! Students will create their own Pinterest page, learn how to navigate, pin, and utilize the growing world of Pinterest. The class will include bringing their “pins to life” with an upcycling project or two and a trip to a local thrift shop.
Watercolor I – Landscape Elements - CANCELLED
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Anthropology of Modern Fashion
by Heather-Renee Gooch, Class Limit: 15
Anthropology of Modern Fashion builds an understanding of fashion through the lens of Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology. With an emphasis on American fashion, we will look at how fashion moves from the catwalk to the sidewalk. In addition to learning about fashion terminology and history, students will explore special topics such as: controversies, pop culture and the future of fashion.
Genealogy II – Using the Computer as a Tool in Genealogy Research
by Helen Lodge, Class Limit: 20
This demonstration class will explore genealogy databases and websites that can help genealogists, including Ancestry, Family Search, Cyndi’s List, RootsWeb and Find A Grave. Class members will not have their own computers to work on during class. Each participant should be familiar with genealogy research and bring information on an ancestor that they want additional class help with.
Cooking from the Heart of Mexico - CLOSED
by Chef Michael Richardson, Class limit: 8
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. 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.
Dancing thru the Decades
by Christi Fulton, Class limit: 20
Dancing is the most primitive form of expression. From ballet to bolero, from Foxtrot to Flamenco, to various forms of line dancing, each dance has a history of origin and evolution. This class will explore the popular social dances of the decades from the 1910s thru today. The class will include discussion, video, and DANCING!!! Dances will be taught at the beginning level, no experience or special dance shoes required.
Environmental Justice - CANCELLED
by Dr. Brenda Ross, Class limit: 25
GPS Treasure Hunt – Geocaching
by Dr. Sylvio Mannel, Class limit: 10
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. Geocaching is a fun, easy and favorite activity around the world. In this course, participants will use GPS-technology to find hidden treasures around Nevada, MO. This hands-on activity brings together technology and easy physical exercise. You will learn how to use a GPS and how to utilize the geocaching website for your future adventures in your hometown. This popular activity was one of the featured activities during the 2013 Convention of International Chapter in Dallas at the request of the Sisterhood.
Great Musical Comedies
by Dr. Mike Emery, Class limit: 20
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. We will see four American musical comedies dating from the ‘40s and early ‘50s: The Gang’s All Here (1943), a rousing wartime musical directed by Busby Berkeley, starring Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, and Benny Goodman; Romance on the High Seas (1948), a shipboard romance with Doris Day and Jack Carson; In the Good Old Summertime (1949), a period piece set in a music shop, featuring Judy Garland and Van Johnson; Royal Wedding (1951), a romp about song-and-dance siblings (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) who perform for the Queen of England.
Life Planning – Money Issues, Estate Plans, Wills or Trusts, and Will my money last longer than me?
by Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer, Class limit: 20
This course will examine many issues one faces later in life and has been requested by past Vacation College participants. This interactive class will build upon participants experiences as well as the knowledge of guest speakers regarding such things as Will I outlive my money? What affect will inflation have on my retirement income and savings? Where can I find a better interest rate? Do I need an estate plan? Are wills or trusts better? How should assets be divided? What is a living will? Course will use professionals in a variety of fields to examine such late life issues as well as utilize one’s own personal experiences.
Meditation, Relaxation and Grieving through the Arts and Imagery
by Rev. Erica Siguake, Class limit: 10
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to use various art techniques to find relaxation and healing. Participants will explore new ways of grieving. This class meets in the Chapel basement, which is not handicap accessible.
Musical Snapshots: Beautiful, Influential, and Shocking Pieces Through History
by Amanda Cook, Class Limit: 20
Have you ever wondered why certain pieces become favorites? We will listen to some extraordinary pieces and learn how the music and composers shaped the path of music and history. Find out what is unique about the music and the risks taken by the composers. No previous knowledge is needed. For those with ears, a willingness to listen to classical music, and anyone who loves a good story.
Watercolor IV – Intimate Flowers - CANCELLED
Zefirelli Directs Shakespeare
by Dr. Glenn Rogers, Class limit: 25
This summer we revisit two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet, directed by the great Italian director of film, television, and opera, Franco Zefirelli. Both the comedy and the tragedy are filmed among the streets and palazzos of ancient Italian towns and are filled with the sights and sounds of the Renaissance. Some critics feel that these films reflect as much the work of Zefirelli as of Shakespeare, but all agree that they are among the most lush and lavish Shakespearean productions ever staged. For sheer beauty and spectacle, they are hard to beat.
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Morning Wake-Up: Walk Stretch (6:30-7:30 a.m.)
by Karen Polon, Class Limit: 20
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.
Easy Yoga (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
by Prof. Jo Byrnes, Class Limit: 20
Come enjoy a gentle, restorative stretch class to un-kink the body and calm the mind. Mats will be provided.
Stretch & Strengthening with Resistance Bands (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
by Christi Fulton, Class limit: 20
Both the class and waiting list for this course are full. Exercise class designed to give the body a good stretch and to strengthen large muscle groups with the use of a resistance band. This is a low-impact class where many of the exercises can be modified to sitting in a chair.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.