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 Visit a Maine sheep farm where you will skirt and wash a fleece and dye skeins of farm wool. Learn to spin and design yarn on a spindle and on a wheel. Thinking about your creative process, learn the characteristics of various fibers (wool breeds, silk, bamboo, cotton and sparkle) and design and create a fiber object using knitting, felting, crochet or other fiber technique. We will talk about the history of hand spinning in the context of the global textile industry. No previous experience is needed. Students will complete a portfolio and fiber object. 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
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
[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. Previously listed as JP297B (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Prerequisite: Economics 133 recommended but not required. Two credit hours.
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
JP197j    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. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP197Bj    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. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP197Cj    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. Three credit hours. S. Instructor
JP197Dj    Marketing 101: Insights and Innovation Designed to give students a solid foundation in key marketing principles and concepts, and bring this to life through vhands on consulting mini-projects, case studies, and field trips. These experiences will inspire creative awareness and thinking, and enable students to apply their liberal arts toolkit to solving marketing challenges: making people aware of products/services, being remembered in a positive way (and for the right reasons), being easy to find, enticing people to try a brand for the first time, being compelling enough to develop fans, identifying and knowing your best customers and how to find them. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP197Ej    Launching a Business Designed for students interested in entrepreneurship and business in general. Provides a deep understanding of what it takes to build a great business, using the business model canvas as a framework. Featured guest speakers include startup founders and venture capitalists who will share stories about failure, bootstrapping, pivoting their own businesses, and vetting and investing in others. Students will work in teams to generate and select new business ideas. Using the business model canvas, students will be able to critically examine businesses and turn leading ideas into viable business models of their own design. Student teams will ultimately present their new business canvases to members of the entrepreneurship community. Nongraded. Two credit hours. Noble
JP197Fj    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. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP215j    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. Hallee
JP231j    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. Jackson
[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.
JP297j    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. Prerequisite: Statistics 212 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Majerus
JP297Bj    Transrealism: Analysis and Methods Transrealism is a literary genre that mixes elements of science fiction with naturalistic fiction. In this course, students will read, analyze, and discuss multiple books a week in this genre. Students will write literary analysis essays on these works. Students will then put techniques learned from expert writers into practice by composing their own transrealist short story. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L, W2. Instructor
JP297Cj    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. Prerequisite: Economics 121. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP297Dj    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. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. Instructor