January Program


Courses of Study

JP003j    Premed Academy Students will be paired with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation. They will also develop and complete a project of benefit to the practice of the supervising physician and spend time reflecting on their experiences through group discussions centered on relevant readings. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Biology 163 and 164, or Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145; sophomore or higher standing; and significant interest in medicine as demonstrated through previous volunteer work or job shadowing. Application required. Upload résumé, unofficial academic record including courses in progress, and cover letter describing your learning goals and the relevance of the course to your professional plans in CareerLink. Noncredit. Berkner
JP006j    Furniture Making An introduction to the basic techniques and design skills that will enable students to create fine furniture. Hand- and power-tool techniques taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. $100 lab fee. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit. Camann
JP007j    Blacksmithing An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel), taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Primary focus will be the development of the skills and understanding necessary to complete assigned exercises using fire, hammer, and anvil. Students will also work individually with the instructor to design and execute a final project. Materials fee: $100. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at scmurdock@uninets.net. Final selection will be by personal interview. Noncredit. Murdock
JP021j    Integrating Mindfulness into Work, Health, Play, Relationship Mindfulness is the study and practice of paying attention to what is happening right here, right now, before judgment, and responding to the situation from the place of balance and center rather than reacting from old patterns. We will study the history and neuroscience research of mindfulness with emphasis on techniques for everyday life. With lightheartedness we will study the mind/body connection. Our study and practice comes from the work of Nancy Hathaway, founder of the Center for Studying Mindfulness, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and director of the Mindfulness Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Nongraded. Noncredit. Hathaway
JP024j    Sheep to Shawl Build a portfolio as you spin wool, silk, cotton and bamboo on a drop spindle and spinning wheel. Learn to knit. See how the characteristics of each fiber type appear in the fabrics we create. Visit a local alpaca farm. Explore color theory through carding, spinning and knot and crochet design. No experience required. Nongraded. Noncredit. Fowler
JP114j    The Wide World of Story The shortest distance between two people is a story. No matter what you do in life, being a good storyteller will serve you well. In addition to being an effective way to teach, stories help us influence customers, clients, and voters and win friends. This course will help you get better at this powerful life skill. We will explore personal narratives, comedy, folk/world tales, teaching stories, ballads, and oral history. We will improve our craft, experimenting with voice, song, timing, and movement. After helping each other develop our stories in class, participants will share in at least one other setting: for children, seniors, or in a public venue. Previously offered as JP197C (January, 2018). Three credit hours. A. Gillman
JP116j    Firefighting Conducted in partnership with the Waterville Fire Department, this course will prepare students to operate as a firefighter. Students will learn skills including fire suppression, ropes, ladders, search and rescue, forcible entry, hazardous material management, vehicle extracation, ventilation, and firefighter safety. The course will consist of both classroom and hands-on skills work. Students must be medically cleared prior to beginning the class, and participate in a weekend of live fire sessions. After completion of the course students will have the opportunity to obtain Pro Board Fire Fighter I certification and to volunteer for the Waterville Fire Department. Nongraded. Two credit hours. Alderman
JP118j    Handbell Choir Handbells are an old and unique instrument where each person is vital to the performance. We will be looking at the notation, techniques, and terminology specific to handbells. As the music requires, we will also use handchimes. Prior experience with handbells is not required, but a basic understanding of music notation is suggested. The performance at the end of the session will be the final exam. Nongraded. Previously offered as JP197F (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Kelly
[JP135]    Multicultural Literacy Introduces students to the knowledge and skills that constitute multicultural literacy, including 1) understanding and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, and ability; 2) being aware of one's own culture/background and biases and how these may shape one's interaction with those who are different; 3) mastering key theoretical concepts that shape and inform contemporary approaches to diversity and social justice; and 4) communicating effectively across differences, managing conflict in positive ways, and intervening in negative situations. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Three credit hours. U.
JP137j    AIDS and the Meaning of Life This class will stimulate personal emotional growth and self-empowerment; it might even change your life. The HIV/AIDS issue is not over, nor is our obligation to address it. Together, we will consider this important topic using a variety of disciplines, from the epidemiology of the disease to the cinematic/theatrical portrayals and everything in between, including the history, sociology, biology, spirituality and poetry of AIDS. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to apply their own interests so that others can benefit from their perspective and expertise. One important "textbook" for this course will be the professor's personal experiences living with HIV from its emergence in the '80s. Previously offered as JP197 (January, 2018). Three credit hours. Fried
[JP142]    Consumer Rights, Litigation Practice, and Advocacy Training Sometimes creditors such as mortgage companies, landlords, student loan companies, and debt collectors harass consumers by trying to collect money that is simply not owed. This happens more than you might think but many times a consumer will pay the money or even give up a home instead of fighting a national creditor. In this interactive course, you will use consumer protection laws to make a loan servicer stop its wrongdoing and pay damages to a client who is being harmed. You will 1) meet with and counsel the client; 2) analyze the law; 3) draft a demand letter and complaint; 4) engage in discovery of information; 5) mediate; and 6) draft and argue a motion. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to advocate for themselves or others. Previously offered as JP197 (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours.
[JP143]    Introduction to Entrepreneurship An introduction to the new venture development process, from initial idea through funding and market launch. Identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of a comprehensive business plan and funding summary are key learning objectives. Topics also include a review of the new venture funding industry and how these funding sources evaluate, value, and select potential investments. Nongraded. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Prerequisite: Economics 133 recommended but not required. Two credit hours.
[JP144]    Domestic Violence Law Domestic violence law is an excellent area of law to study because it leads to a greater understanding of how and why laws are created in general along with the real-world practicalities of its application to people. Domestic violence law is influenced by, but not limited to art, culture, history, philosophy as well as research in biology, sociology and psychology. It is an intimate area of law, which presents unique human challenges for defendants, victims, children, attorneys, judges, lawmakers and society. This course will take a global look at the extent to which being free of domestic violence is a human right. Previously offered as JP197B (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours.
JP146j    Values Education: Understanding and Teaching Values in Everyday Life Provides an in-depth exploration of key concepts and a history of values in the United States, different approaches to values education, how values systems are formed and function within groups, and the relationship of values and leadership. Course material includes readings from the literature about values, examples from current media, and use of films, literature, and other material from the arts. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding both of their own values and those of the society in which they live. Previously offered as JP197C (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. S. Merson
JP148j    From Idea to IPO: Business Strategy Basics for Next Gen Titans Poses a key question: why do some organizations succeed and others fail? Through the lens of recent initial public offerings (IPOs) including Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Snap, Levi's, Beyond Meat and others, students will focus on the concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Beginning with the basics of strategy, students will assess how entrepreneurs take an organization from an idea to an IPO. The class will ponder the decisions made along the way and ask why some firms choose to complete an IPO, while others remain private. Through the use of case studies, students will work in teams and will analyze companies that have succeeded and failed in complex and dynamic environments. The course will conclude with student-led mock board presentations. Three credit hours. Powis
JP151j    Water and Sanitation in Developing Communities An introduction to water supply, quality, and treatment in rural and urban developing communities; sanitation practices and technologies; other interventions for improvement of public health; and the social and political issues surrounding water and sanitation in such communities. These topics will be explored through lectures, case studies, readings, and guest speakers who work in international development. Students will critically assess a water or sanitation solution and present their findings to the class. Previously offered as JP197G (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Wain
JP153j    Meteorology Using text and real-time data, students discover how the basic principles of meteorology are used to understand weather systems and learn how to forecast weather patterns using these principles. A field trip allows those enrolled to interact with working meteorologists and discuss how forecasts are made for the public and private sectors. Students present their own meteorological research efforts, demonstrating their understanding of the principles and practices presented during Jan Plan. (Does not earn lab science credit.) Three credit hours. N. Epstein
JP157j    Music, Money, and Markets: A Socio-Economic Look at the History of Western Music Explores how the rise of capitalism, commerce, merchant banking and a burgeoning merchant class affected the makers, consumers, and patrons of western music alike from 1450 to the present. Emerging markets in the history of music will be identified, and several publishers, composers, performers, institutions, and financiers who exploited them will be singled out. Students will be introduced to economic history and theory and will see how composers over a period of 500 years either capitalized on economic trends or did not. Three credit hours. Kmetz
JP197j    Consulting 101 An introduction to human capital consulting based on an industrial and organizational psychology perspective. Human capital consulting addresses the people aspects of businesses and organizations, which include recruitment, selection, leadership, teams, performance management, training, workforce planning, communications, and organizational change. Lecture topics include the role of the consultant, client management, and determining objectives and metrics. Students will create skills-based resumes, LinkedIn profiles, conduct a consulting engagement at Colby or with a local organization, and create a "consulting portfolio" of consulting materials and deliverables. Three credit hours. Brooks-Shesler
JP197Bj    Looking at Cave Art in an Age of Climate Change Over the course of 20,000 years during the transition from the Ice Age to our current one, Homo sapiens witnessing climate change and mass extinctions ventured deep into caves to create images of animals that survive to this day. In this class, we'll engage with scientific, art-historical, philosophical, and creative interpretations of cave art while developing our own interdisciplinary responses. What does it mean for us to try to interpret images unaccompanied by a written record, images with largely uncertain cultural contexts? What does it mean for us to try to interpret such images now, in our own era of climate change and mass extinction? How does cave art affect us through these interpretive frames? Three credit hours. Colley
JP197Cj    Malaria: An Introduction Focuses on malaria, a vector born disease caused by the Plasmodium parasite and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes that continues to afflict the poorest populations on the planet. Students will learn about the biology and epidemiology of malaria, transmission dynamics, evolution, clinical treatment and prevention and social implications. The course will be conducted in a seminar format with readings, discussions, written homework assignments, one presentation and a final exam. Three credit hours. N, I. Larson
JP197Dj    Making Home: Community, Place, and Audio Storytelling As humans, we all seek out a place in the world or a sense of home — what home means, however, and how we make it, is complex and varied. In this class students participate in an ongoing conversation about home, in the classroom and in Waterville, while also learning interviewing, storytelling, and podcasting skills. the course asks, What is home and how do we talk about it? Through readings, podcasts, discussions, and guided exercises, students gain a broader sense of different ways of making and understanding home while also honing their interviewing skills around the topic. students use these skills to carry out interviews in the local area with a diverse range of community members. Students learn to take audio interviews and craft audio portraits. Three credit hours. Aviles
[JP215]    Philanthropy at Work An academically-grounded, community-based exploration of the role philanthropy plays in powering nonprofit organizations. Through real-life case studies, guest speakers, readings, and discussion, students will consider deeply how nonprofit organizations of various sizes in our community (and beyond) leverage philanthropy to fuel their mission. Working in small teams, students will apply the strategies and tools they learn to create a resource development plan for a non-profit organization. Previously offered as JP297C (January, 2018). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours.
[JP221]    Sports Analytics in R An exploration of descriptive and predictive analytic techniques in the R programming language using data from a variety of sports. Data science methods covered will include importing, tidying, visualizing, and analyzing sports data. Working with Colby alumni in the sports industry, we will explore sports analytics questions using real data from professional and collegiate sporting leagues. Previously offered as JP297 (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Statistics 212 or equivalent. Three credit hours.
JP223j    Art of the M&A Deal Executing a business acquisition may be the most high-stakes challenge any executive could face. Featuring an experienced M&A professional and other special guest speakers who have spent their careers on the frontlines of major deals, students will learn real-world insights about successful deal making, through the major stages of the process. Students will evaluate a target company and its industry, understand the due diligence process (including data and analytics), price and structure a deal, formulate a negotiating approach and analyze post acquisition considerations to create sustainable value in a transaction. Previously offered as JP297C (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Economics 121. Three credit hours. McHale
JP225j    Product Management: A Path from Colby to the Tech World On a software team, a product manager is responsible for guiding the success of a product and leading the cross-functional team responsible for building it (all the while working with individuals of all levels of technical expertise) through establishing the product strategy, product roadmap, and product definition. It is the product owner who ultimately determines the how, when, and what of how an engineering team will create software. Students (whether they focus on technical or non-technical paths) will learn about different roles within the world of software, technology, and startups. Previously offered as JP197H (Jan Plan 2020) Nongraded. Three credit hours. Rimsa
[JP231]    Economic Development in Conflict Zones Presents U.S. and NATO experience with nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan in the context of its political, cultural, economic, and security dimensions. Students will gain an understanding of economic/international development concepts and their relevance in these and other conflict zones. Introduces the various actors involved in economic and international development, their organizational and planning approaches, and how the United States and NATO integrated these entities into their whole of government approach. Previously offered as JP297B (January, 2018). Three credit hours.
JP233j    Editing for Publication Students will be both author and editor as they learn first-hand how an article, essay, or review becomes a published or publishable piece. We will cover the mechanics of editing; look in detail at several style guides; discuss editing for different audiences and media; and explore the different types of editors, along with fact checkers and proofreaders. The class will emphasize the give and take between writer and editor, and the balance between the needs of the author and audience. Previously offered as JP297D (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. Shavelson
[JP235]    Advocating for the Environment Political advocacy is as much about personal values and strategic communications as it is about facts. With the polarization of political parties and the emergence of extreme political positions, it has become important to understand the underlying psychology and motivations of advocates and decision makers. The course will focus on power, values and perception and how political positions reflect these mental models. An overview of the Legislative process in Maine will also be presented, setting the context for advocacy work. Exercises may include stakeholder analysis, power mapping, values identification, how to use leverage points, and how to frame and develop speaking points on an issue. Students will travel to Augusta to observe Legislative Committee Hearings. Previously offered as JP297E (Jan PLan 2019). Prerequisite: Any Environmental Studies course. Three credit hours.
JP237j    Advocating for the Environment This is a communications and advocacy course for environmental studies, environmental policy and government majors, as well other interested students. It covers both conceptual and practical advocacy skills required to create change in the environmental field. It presents the practical side of how to effectively communicate and advocate in the current political climate. It coincides with the second half of 129th Maine Legislature, and students will have a chance to observe policy making in action. Students will learn about the psychology and mental models underlying public policy, apply analytical tools, and draft testimony on an environmental topic of their choosing. These skills are essential for those who would like to pursue social change, public policy, government, and/or environmental issues as part of their career path. Previously offered as JP297E (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Any Environmental Studies course. Three credit hours. Inches
[JP254]    Stress and the Human-Environment Interaction Explores the scientific evidence of psychological stress resulting from our interaction with the complex environment of modern Western society. Many aspects of our contemporary environment act as stressors and can lead to a wide spectrum of unhealthy stress-induced behaviors and conditions. These stressors can range from the normal (e.g., traffic noise, city lights) to the extreme (e.g., oil spills). We will examine the epidemiological and neuroendocrine evidence of environmentally induced psychological stress. Students will evaluate peer-reviewed research studies and conduct research projects to investigate their own unique areas of interest. Previously listed as JP297C (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Three credit hours.
[JP297]    Telling Hard Stories: Writing the Personal Essay Students will spend one month learning the art of the personal essay. We will read some of the best personal essays out there and also craft our own. We will spend time thinking about how to write about memories, hard or traumatic events, the quotidian, and the humor and surprise that make life interesting. Layers will be added as we go along: science, history, reference to other writers or art, all the things that can deepen our writing and make it more accessible to others. We will work on crafting our writing in a way that our own unique experience becomes something anyone can relate to. We will work on giving each other good feedback and work hard at revisions. Three credit hours.
JP297Bj    Story Sense and Structure: The Art of Narrative Non-Fiction Students will explore long-form print journalism to better comprehend elements of effective story-telling and to refine critical-thinking skills. Narrative journalism and story composition techniques, from choosing perspective to maintaining narrative flow within the parameters and ethics of a non-fiction structure, will be discussed. Unique ways of framing stories will be explored. Source material will come from traditional magazines, such as New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Atlantic Monthly, as well as newer non-fiction platforms such as Epicmagazine.com and Atavist.com. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. Korten