Cameron University offers summer workshops for both current students and community members

The Cameron University Office of Adult and Continuing Education is offering numerous summer workshops which can be taken either for credit or non-credit. The diverse subject matter covered in the workshops includes art, humanities, film, creative writing and foreign languages. To enroll in a workshop, contact the Cameron University Enrollment Desk, located in Room 210 of North Shepler, at 580-581-2235.

“These workshops are ideal for two types of learners,” says Lorie Garrison, Continuing Education & Outreach Coordinator. “A summer workshop can fill the gap for current students who wish to complete some credit hours toward their degree yet do not have time to commit to a full-time summer course load. The workshops are also ideal for community members who are not actively pursuing a degree yet who want to expand their knowledge base.”

Workshops scheduled for the Summer 2016 term are listed below.

Research Methods in the Humanities – June 11 and June 18 (ENG 3881, CRN 31142)
This two-weekend workshop will provide an overview of the ways research is conducted in the humanities. The course will provide an overview of such methods as discourse analysis, interviewing, grounded theory, ethnography and surveys. Students will discuss questions of validity and reliability and will tackle questions regarding which methods will yield the best outcomes for particular research questions as well as the limitations of each method. This course is designed for students who are planning undergraduate research projects at Cameron University as well as those who are considering graduate study. Students will design their own proposed studies which can be used for actual scholarly exploration

Latin for Everyday Use – June 11 and June 18 (LANG 4181, CRN 31260)

This course will teach students that Latin is used commonly in everyday life. Latin is used in advertising, medicine, literature, agriculture, music, law, business, academia, history, etc. Over 60 percent of the English language comes from Latin roots.

The Plein Air Landscape and Watercolor Painting – June 13-16 (ART 4911, CRN 31116)

Open to beginners and advanced students, the workshop will explore numerous techniques and methods using watercolor. Students will create several paintings based on landscape and outdoor painting. There is a $75 lab fee to cover materials for a watercolor set and watercolor paper. Students are encouraged to bring paper towels, containers for water, blue tape, pencils and eraser and a few photos for inspiration. Students will spend one day painting indoors and three painting outdoors at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.


The Insects, Birds, and Botanical Drawing and Painting  - June 20-23 (ART 4911 , CRN 31160)

Open to beginners and advanced students, the workshop will explore the techniques of color pencil and watercolor on good quality paper. Students will illustrate insects, birds, and botanical plants. There is a $75 lab fee to cover a 24 color pencil set, watercolor paints and paper. Students are encouraged to bring photographs or actual plants and insects for inspection and copying.

Dealing with Difficult People – June 24-25 (UNIV 3001, CRN 31325)

Have you ever experienced a difficult coworker or teammate? Why are these people so challenging? Why cannot they think and be more like us? Some coworkers are difficult as they are simply different people with different perspectives and different methods of working. Other coworkers are difficult people who seek to create chaos or sabotage progress. Students participating in this workshop will review effective identification and coping strategies used with individuals with difficult personalities, personalities that create stress and storm for those around them. These individuals may be in your workplace or in your own team or group. Objectives of this workshop include identifying behaviors associated with difficult people, examining common strategies and triggers used by difficult people, and discovering various coping strategies and preventative strategies for dealing with the difficult people in our workplace environment.

Poetry Writer’s Notebook – June 24-25 (PRWR 3991, CRN 31261)

This course is the practical result of the truism articulated by the poet James Dickey that there are no great poems without great ideas for poems. Ideas, great or otherwise, do not arrive from nowhere. Randall Jarrell once defined a good poet as someone who, in a lifetime of standing out in the rain, is struck by lightning five or six times; a great poet, he continued, is struck 11 or 12 times. Between 1942 and 1962, the poet Theodore Roethke filled over 300 spiral notebooks with observations, notes and drafts of poems, essays and lectures on everything from his grocery lists to daydreams. The purpose of the class is to provide students the time to fill a notebook with ideas for their poems. The instructor will distribute exercises and other stimulation such as music, observations of the natural, etc. Requirements for the satisfactory completion of the course will be the production of 20 notebook entries as well as drafts of three poems.

The Watercolor and Portrait & Figurative Workshop – June 27-30 (ART 4911, CRN 31161)

Open to beginners and advanced students. The workshop will explore painting the portrait and figure, realistically, expressively and creatively. Students will work from a live model and from photographs. There is a $75.00 Lab fee to cover for modeling fees, watercolor paint, and paper.

Film Noir Seminar – July 8-9 (ENG 3881, CRN 32158)

This workshop will explore the continuing tradition of film noir, a genre of crime film that first became prominent following the Second World War and which feature ordinary men who became entangled in crimes and tragedy usually as a result of the machinations of a femme fatale. While the course will feature some lectured background information, it will work primarily as a seminar in which the students will watch three exemplars of the genre, provide written and oral responses about them, and provide a 10-minute group oral presentation to the class. The presentation will focus on the group’s analysis of one film. Factors that will result in successful completion of the course are attendance at all class sessions, production of written responses, satisfactory oral participation in class discussions, and satisfactory participation in the oral presentations.

For more information, contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education at (580) 581-2282.


June 3, 2016

PR# 16-113