Dear students,

I am pleased to be able to provide this introduction to our January 2017 Interim curriculum. Faculty and staff at BVU have worked hard to create an exciting array of Interim classes for you. We intentionally offer to you courses that will expand your creativity, cultural awareness, analytical abilities, and awareness of important conversations in today’s world. Our wish is that you will use Interim 2017 to seek opportunities outside your major programs of study where possible and investigate new ways of discovery and knowing.

We continue to expect high academic achievement from you. We ask faculty to fully employ class-time with you as well as engage you in meaningful preparatory work outside of class-time for 3 to 6 hours daily. You will find listed here descriptions for a variety of courses. Information in the descriptions below identifies if a course fulfills major/minor and/or general education requirement. All courses with the INTM notation fulfill elective credit toward graduation only.

As you review this list of course offerings, you will note that during our three-week January Interim, all of our course options offer distinctive educational experiences that align with the University’s overarching academic goals and objectives. These classes allow learning to take place within and outside the classroom as we offer you opportunities to enhance your potential for life-long success through innovative and imaginative opportunities. We believe Interim, with its travel courses, internships, residencies, and enrichment courses, is essential to the achievement of these goals.

Sincerely,
Jim Salvucci, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs


Interim Policies

Interim courses meet the full Interim calendar for a minimum of 150 minutes each day. Students, be advised that missing any classes during Interim is hazardous to successfully completing Interim; a day of class during January is equivalent of a week during a regular semester. As a BVU student you must be enrolled in and attending an Interim course to remain in the residence halls; if you are not enrolled and attending your course, you will be asked to leave campus for the Interim period or any portion of it remaining at the time you stop attending to your academic work and class attendance. All courses, including internships and travel courses, are commonly 3 credit hours. Internship credit hours are typically determined by the number of 40 hour-weeks contained within the internship experience. A three-credit hour internship, for example, typically requires three, 40-hour work weeks. See your internship supervisor for complete information on requirements.

Courses under the INTM department code carry elective credit toward graduation. If a course offers major and/or general education credit that designation is included in the course description and noted with the course designation other than an INTM department code (i.e. HONR, BIOL, etc.). Some courses listed have been offered in previous years. You MAY NOT take an Interim course (INTM) which you have previously taken; doing so will cause you to lose the 3 credits from the previous occurrence since the course will be treated as a course repeat.

Classes meet daily. The grading system is determined by the instructor and indicated in the course description below as well as on the course syllabus. If student option is indicated, you may choose between P/F (Pass/Fail) or letter grade (ABCDF). For those courses with student option as the grading system, the grading option may be converted through 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Registrar’s Office. All travel courses and internships are graded P/F.

Interim Enrollment Expectations

Buena Vista University hopes all BVU students will participate in an Interim learning opportunity. New first-year students are required to enroll in Interim. There will be no tuition, board and/or room refunds for full-time students who elect not to participate in Interim. Students will NOT be permitted to remain in the residence halls during Interim if they are not enrolled in and attending an Interim course. For further information on enrollment requirements, students should refer to the catalog under which they entered Buena Vista University.

  • Students enrolled in BVU travel courses will receive a stipend of their meal plan fees automatically. Students enrolled in travel courses need not complete a meal refund application.
  • Students enrolled in courses, such as an internship, field observation or practicum, requiring them to live off campus during Interim may apply for a stipend of meal plan charges. Students must be enrolled prior to making application for a meal stipend; applications for the meal stipend (and enrollment in the experience) must be made no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. To apply for a meal stipend, complete the information requested through Step 1 on the Interim Meal Stipend Request Form found on the Registrar’s web page at: http://www.bvu.edu/bv/registrar/forms.dot. Once Step 1 is completed, deliver the form to the Associate Dean’s Office (DE 107) for processing.

No requests for meal refunds after 5 p.m. on November 23, 2016 will be granted. Students seeking internships, etc. are advised to be working well in advance so that you will have final decisions on placements in time to qualify for meal reimbursement if the experience will require you to be off-campus.

Interim and Spring Registration Dates

Students register for Interim and Spring semester courses during a single registration period during late October and early November.

  • Oct. 26 for Honors students
  • Oct. 27 - Nov. 1 for seniors and juniors
  • Nov. 2 – Nov. 7 for sophomores
  • Nov. 8 - Nov. 11 for first-year students
  • Nov. 14 - Nov. 17 for special students

Beginning November 14, decisions on canceling low enrollment courses will occur. It is in students’ best interests to register during their assigned times.

CREATIVITY & CREATIVE EXPRESSION

INTM 110: HOW TO BECOME A RECORDING ARTIST 3 CR
This course is designed to introduce the student to the commercial music industry through a series of lectures, class projects, and a final performance concert. Topics covered in the class will include:
1. Basic music theory used in commercial music writing
2. How the commercial industry works
3. Tips on lyric writing
4. Music agents, mangers, producers
5. Musician’s union
6. Do-it-yourself tactics used by non-label musicians
7. Gigging in nightclubs versus concerts
Prereq: Student must have some kind of musical background (played in band or sang in choir in high school).
Required Utensils: Music writing paper, musical instrument and/or voice
Dr. David A. Klee, Sr., Assoc. Professor of Music
Grading: P/F Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 112: DESIGNING, EDITING, AND PROMOTING AN ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE 3 CR
Do you scribble poems and scraps of dialogue in your notebook? Do you doodle designs and dream up website layouts? Have you ever wondered how stories and poems get published, and what happens behind-the-scenes at the magazines that publish these works? This is your opportunity to get in at the beginning of a new BVU enterprise. Students in this course will be editors for an online literary magazine for Midwestern high school students. They will research online literary magazines to get ideas, read student entries, select and arrange poetry and prose, choose award winners, design the online magazine site, and publicize the magazine. Readings in literary magazine history, practice, and design will be included, as will discussions of literary citizenship and giving back to/creating a literary community. Students will be able to focus on the part of the project that best matches their skills and interests (literature, design, marketing, etc.). Project deadlines will be set by the class members, and the magazine will be finished by the end of the course. The finished product will be an excellent portfolio item for students to show future employers. Students of any major with an interest in literature, writing, education/language arts, digital media, web design, and/or marketing are encouraged to contact Gwen Hart (hart@bvu.edu) for more information. (Enrollment by instructor permission only. P/F grading only).
Gwen Hart, Assoc. Prof of English
Grading: Pass/Fail Course Limit: 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INTM 115: OPERA WORKSHOP 3 CR
Opera Workshop will guide students through the staging and direction necessary for the operas Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, and The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti. The students will have to have been given special permission by the instructors and may require the prerequisite of Studio Voice lessons. The class will teach students the proper staging and dramatic techniques to perform the operas as well as the vocal and instrumental instruction to support the acting. The culmination of the class will be the winter show in February of 2016
Merrin Guice, Asst. Prof of Vocal Music and David Walker, Asst. Prof. of Theatre/Dir. Of Theatre Productions
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS

INTM 111: EXAMINING DIVERSE PEOPLE AND CULTURES OF THE WORLD 3 CR
This course will introduce students to the wide diversity of humanity and human cultures. Examination of the numerous dimensions by which human cultures vary, including concepts of social structure, organization, institution, culture and socialization will be discussed. An analysis of primary and secondary groups, gender roles, social control, stratification, and minorities will be covered. We will spend time reading from the required text and various handouts, watch movies, participate in group discussions and research past and present world events to obtain knowledge and assist with understanding which will then be incorporated into an individual presentation on a culture of your choice. Field trips and community service will be conducted to gain a full awareness of the surrounding community and varying cultures around Storm Lake as well. This class will expand students’ comfort zone and full participation is highly encouraged. Students should leave the class with a cultural awareness that will help to shift their perceptions to empathize with people who come from a different background than their own.
Crystal Valencia, Director of Residence Life & Housing
Grading: Letter Grade Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 106: WHAT HARRY TAUGHT ME- LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE BOY WHO LIVED 3 CR
This discussion based, writing intensive course focuses on Harry Potter by Rowling. The course primarily looks at life lessons learned and socioeconomic ties that are illustrated through the series. Course discussion will include introspective analysis with students paralleling themselves in situations of the characters throughout the book in self-discovery in a cultural anthropological view. Topics will include Nazism and WWII, Racism, Social Activism, Depression, AIDS in society, morality of choices, along with other current and historical world events. We will also look into relevant book controversies such as religion, book burnings and banning, and how HP was critical to the youth reading movement. Reasoning behind literature choices such as character names, mythological consistencies and character development will also be examined. Guest lecturers will speak on specialty topics throughout the course.
To do well, students should have read the entire series before class begins. A strong appreciation and in-depth understanding of the literature will be necessary to understand the daily discussions and assignments. Each day, students will be assigned a homework task that will be a necessity for the discussion for the following day along with various assignments dealing with specific topics discussed. Additional readings for the course will also be assigned. Throughout the course students will complete short group presentations, an individual presentation, daily homework assignments and reflection papers and will also be expected to participate in daily discussion for participation points. Students will complete a final project of their choosing from a provided list as a culmination of the class.
Katherine Frick, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

MATH AND SCIENCE EXPLORATION & THOUGHT

INTM 127: HOW THINGS WORK 3 CR
Have you ever used a gadget and wondered how it works? While most of us are curious about the inner workings of gadgets and machines, we often feel intimidated in our efforts to really understand them. In this course we will try to satisfy the curious and educate the perplexed by working to understand the mechanisms and principals behind technological wonders, as well as folding in the basic scientific principles that make each of them work. One component of the course will involve hands-on activities, some of which include building an electric motor and the use of nanoscience in the construction and testing of a solar cell. We will also be discussing biofuels, which will tentatively include a trip to an ethanol production facility. Another component of the course will be presentations. Students, working individually or as small groups, will ultimately choose a variety of machines or gadgets, either simple or complex in design, which they find interesting. After researching their gadgets, they will demonstrate how these gadgets or machines do what they do by presenting their findings to both the instructor and to their classmates. Presentations will include not only using technology, such as PowerPoint or video, but also hands-on demonstrations, where applicable, with working models. If you are curious about gadgets, machines and technological innovation, this may be the course for you. One book suggested for this course will be “The New Way Things Work” by David Macaulay, which costs approximately $24.00.
Dr. Tim Ehler, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

ENVS 103: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3 CR
Class time will be spent on lectures, discussions, and classroom activities the goal being that these additional activities will encourage a more engaging classroom with student led discussions. The class discussions will also be used to allow students to practice debate skills and discerning ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ scientific sources. Topics that will be discussed include, but are not limited to energy resource consumption, agriculture practices, land use, climate change, water and air quality, and other relevant topics. It will be expected that students have read the assigned reading before the start of each class. General education-explorations-science course.
Dr. Benjamin J. Maas, Asst. Prof Environmental Science and Geology
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.


INTM 125: CRYPTOGRAPHY: A HISTORY OF SECRECY 3CR
As long as human beings have been communicating, there has been a desire to keep information away from others. Codes have had dramatic effects throughout history, impacting individual lives, the outcomes of wars, and the rise and fall of nations. The story of the intellectual weapon of secrecy is one of human ingenuity and achievement – developing ever stronger codes on the one hand, and clever ways of breaking them on the other. In this course we will study some of the highlights in this ongoing battle between codemakers and codebreakers within their historical contexts. Topics will include monoalphabetic and polyalphabetic ciphers, as well as more modern day encryption methods, such as public-key cryptography, so vital to secure communications in the information age. Students will engage in daily readings, daily exercises involving both enciphering and deciphering information, and a final paper on their own chosen topic. Prerequisite: completion of Mathematics Intellectual Foundations requirement.
Dr. Gail Hartsock, Asst. Professor Mathematics
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 126: RECREATIONAL MATH 3 CR
This class will explore mathematical investigation, games, puzzles and brain-teasers. You don’t need an extensive math background- just math 100, Algebra Review. What you do need is an interest in thinking logically and problem-solving. This is a hands-on class with minimal lecture. You will play Equations (a mathematical version of scrabble), investigate what a circle looks like in taxi cab geometry, explore spirolaterals, build models of interesting geometric figures, learn various mental math techniques so you can amaze your friends, discover the mathematics behind magic tricks (and once again amaze your friends), learn how to make hexaflexagons like the slightly bored mathematicians who invented them, and solve a variety of math brain-teasers. Students will be given a variety of mathematical puzzles and investigations to pursue outside of class. In addition, students will be asked to research and present on a mathematical topic. While this is not a math education class and is open to students with any major, it does provide future math teachers with some interesting enrichment topics.
Kathleen McDaniel, Instr. Of Mathematics
Grading: Pass/Fail Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

CMSC 160: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 3 CR
Introduction to computer programming using a high-level computer programming language. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and files. General education computational science course.
Nathan Backman, Asst. Prof of Computer Science
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

PSYC 210: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 CR
Developmental Psychology focuses on theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives on development across the lifespan including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This includes development of cognitive abilities, ethical and moral reasoning, personality, identity, relationships, and others aspects of human life and social interactions. The influence of heredity, family, culture, school, and peers will be considered. Prerequisite: PSYC100 or PSYC 102.
Tracy Thomas, Asst. Prof of Psychology
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

CMSC 331: WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT 3 CR
Students will build dynamic, database-driven, real-world Web applications using standard and emerging technologies. Emphasis will be placed on scalability, managing users, MVC, N-tiered design, Ajax, REST, and “full stack” Web frameworks. Prerequisite: CMSC 182.
Jason Shepherd, Assoc. Prof of Computer Science
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


INTM 129: IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING, YOU PROBABLY SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE! 3 CR
If you are a first or second year student, and uncertain about your major or career direction, this course may be for you! We’ll operate under the model that career decisions are like many decisions we make in life: a combination of gathering information about yourself and your options, and applying a mix of logic, reason, and intuition to make a good decision.
The course will include a number of self-assessments (Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, Strengths Quest), occupational information (FOCUS online information system), as well as online and printed resources. In addition, we will help you identify professionals with whom you will conduct informational interviews, shadowing experiences, and potential classroom visits. Finally, you will make an in-class presentation on what you’ve found, as well as contribute to a class-wide document that compiles information on a wide range of fields and occupations. We’ll also learn about the process of decision-making, the paradox of choice, and the power of networking.
Among a number of resources, we will use If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You'll Probably End Up Somewhere Else: Finding a Career and Getting a Life... by David P. Campbell, a fine career book as well as a great book on decision-making.
Jeff Stocco, Director of Career & Personal Development
Grading: Letter Grade Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 130: FORGIVENESS: THEOLOGICAL THEMES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES TO ASSIST IN MENDING ONE ANOTHER AND HALT THE HUMAN COMMUNITY FROM UNRAVELING 3 CR
This course will provide an opportunity to reflect on the concept of Forgiveness through a variety of readings and current themes which our global community has faced. Together we will uncover the idea that forgiveness is a theological concept as well as a psychological process for each of us to intentionally investigate. The class participants will be immersed into humanity’s response to suffering, pain, and the methods of healing as hope emerges out of the chaos of the past. We will look at a variety of concepts of forgiveness, obstacles to forgiveness and begin to learn how nations and individuals transform themselves and others as this journey moves forward. The format will include brief presentations, self-reflective exercises, journaling, and the discussion of case presentations based on readings from the following texts.
Ken Meissner, Director of Spiritual Life
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 133: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT HAPPENED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN 3 CR
Who is Keith Richards? Lee Iacocca? Donna Rice? Why is “watch out for that banana peel” used as a phrase to mean be careful? Knowing things that happened before you were born used to be referred to as general knowledge and most people exhibited it. Do we still have it today? The course is a broad overview of people and events –dating before 1990-- that have significant social impact in America. The emphasis will be on cultural impact, not historical importance, so we will explore music, business, politics, movies, and sports. A countless number of these pop-culture and historical references surround students on a daily basis, yet there is a dearth of appreciation for these daily reminders of life before you were born. The class will investigate a variety of topics to unearth the meaning and factual basis behind them to reveal what makes them worth knowing. The goal is to illuminate and expand your knowledge base to be more aware of the world around you and its many “hidden in plain sight” meanings.
Class time will be divided between lecture, in-class research, and with a large portion dedicated to discussion of the topics covered in the class for the day. Readings will be provided on Canvas when necessary. Assignments will include a research paper and one presentation on a randomly assigned topic related the class.
Dr. Thomas Bonagura, Assistant Professor of Biology
Grading: Letter Grade Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 120 : ON COURSE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND IN LIFE 3 CR
Do you want to succeed in the classroom and in life? This course can help you identify areas of your life you want to improve, set goals, and work to make positive changes using critical and creative problem solving. Students will read, discuss ways to improve their approach to academic challenges, and learn new strategies for personal responsibility, self-motivation, interdependence, and self-esteem. The class will be spent in discussion of readings from the required text and other selected reading, in-class activities, and responsive writing. Self-assessment, writing activities, and small group work will also be used. Students will complete a presentation to demonstrate how they will apply the On Course skills to become more successful.
** IF a student takes a University Seminar course in Fall 2016 which uses the On Course materials, it might be best for them to choose a different course for interim.
Donna Musel, Director of Academic Excellence & Mark Shea, Director of Student Success
Grading: Letter Grade Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 113 : ADULTING 101: PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLGE  3 CR
You’ve made it to college, but what’s next and how to do you get there? This discussion based course will focus on how to be successful post college. We will unpack what it means to be an adult through developing your understanding of personal finance, contracts for owning or renting a home and purchasing a new vehicle. Through readings and presentations, we will touch on how to understand benefits packages and the variety of insurances available to you and the necessity behind them. Through research we will examine all of the options a college graduate has through graduate school, employment, gap year of service or an internship. Students will participate in leadership development and goal setting activities and research that will challenge them to think about their passions in life and how to design their own path to meet those goals post BVU. Throughout the course students will be expected to read two text, complete individual and group assignments and complete a final project as a culmination of the course.
Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, Assistant Dean of Student Life & Director of Civic Engagement
Grading: Letter Grade Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

SPORTS & WELLNESS

INTM 146: RUNNING, READING, AND REFLECTING 3 CR
Research shows a positive correlation between exercise and cognitive function, creativity, and mood. Running is an easy and inexpensive way to improve physical and mental health, while also helping students perform better in college. “Running, Reading, & Reflecting” is designed to motivate students as they fit physical activity into their busy lives and set goals for personal success. This class deals with the three A’s of running – Athletics, Academics, and Aesthetics. Inspiration and perspiration will be incorporated into each class session which will begin with a presentation, discussion, film, guest speaker, or panel, then conclude with running (possibly run/walk at first) and other exercise. Learning about the lore, legends, and logistics of the sport will be an integral part of the class, while innovative activities will keep things lively and interesting! Students are required to keep a journal and exercise log which will be used as the basis for a reflection paper. Frank Shorter’s book, Peak Performance will be used for reference, while students will also read one other book related to running, then report back to the class in a method of their choice (written report, power point, poster, or oral report, etc.) All of the books will be provided by the instructor. In addition, the students will work on creative projects designed to delve into the history of running and to encourage lifelong participation. We will have access to the indoor track and will also do some running outdoors, weather permitting. Students need to wear proper running shoes and attire, and all levels of prior running experience are welcome, from beginners to competitive athletes. The first day will include a twenty-minute run/walk, with emphasis placed on participation rather than speed. Contact instructor, Andriette Wickstrom, 712-732-3989 with any questions or concerns.

Note: Andriette Wickstrom is a national class age group runner who has participated in over 1,000 races from the mile to the marathon over the past twenty-six years. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including USATF national age group championships in the marathon (2005 and 2010) and 15K (2013 and 2014), and has qualified and run the Boston Marathon 24 consecutive years.

Andriette Wickstrom, B.S., Winona State University, national class age group runner who has participated in over 1,000 races from the mile to the marathon.. Recipient of numerous awards, has qualified and run the Boston Marathon 24 consecutive years.
Grading: P/F Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

INTM 114: FEEDING THE HERD: NUTRITION IN SOCIETY 3 CR
This course will examine nutrition and its relationship with our society and culture. Students will spend time discussing how nutritional choices are made and many of the different elements that influence these choices on a regular basis. Through this course, students should gain a better understanding of basic nutrition principles, trends in popularized diets, and the personal nutrition choices that they regularly make. Societal influences on the eating habits of various groups will also be examined. The goal of this course is to help students make more informed about nutritional topics and allow them to make well thought-out choices for their own diet. The course will utilize various videos, short lectures, and selected readings to present information for student consumption. Students will be required to complete a nutrition log project to analyze their own eating habits using a computerized program. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions and write brief reflection papers over readings and videos. Students will give one small group presentation. No textbook or other outside materials will be required.
Dominic Worrell, Head Athletic Trainer
Grading: Student Option Course Limit: 20
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Internships and Field Experiences

In order to register for an internship, you must file an “Application for Internship” located on the Registrar’s form web page: bvu.edu/bv/registrar/forms.dot.

Internship Courses & Instructors 2017

ARTD 495            Professor Mary Mello-Nee
BCHM 495           Dr. Brian Lenzmeier
BIOL 495             Dr. James Hampton
BUSN 496            Dr. Scott Anderson
CHEM 495           Dr. Melanie Hauser
CMSC 495           Dr. Nathan Backman
COMM 495          Dr. Beth Lamoureux (limit 15)
CRIM 495            Dr. Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto
DIGI 495              Claiborne, Frantz or Johnson
EDCO 290            Professor Marlise Withim, permission of Field Experience Office required
ENGL 495            Dr. Gwen Hart
ENVS 400            Dr. Ben Maas
ENVS 495            Dr. Ben Maas
EXSC 495             Jamie Schoenherr
GDES 495            Miranda Pollock
GWST 495            Miranda Pollock
HIST 495               Dr. Bill Feis
MATH 495           Professor Ben Donath
MUSC 495            Dr. David Klee
PHIL/RELI 495     Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis
PHYS 495              Dr. Shawn Stone
PSCN 495             Dr. Brad Best
PSPA 495              Dr. Brad Best
PSYC 495              Dr. Bob Blodgett
SCWK 211            Jessica Mendel
SPAN 495             Dr. Steve Mills
ESSI 291                Professor Marlise Witham, permission of Field Experience Office required
THEA 495             Dr. Bethany Larson