Fall 2015

John Teacher, Visually Based Design and Multimedia for the Theatre, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Students will begin the course by examining differences in design methodology between visually based and traditional design as it applies to theatrical and special events. Students will create theoretical designs utilizing the techniques and methodologies discovered in class.

Required Texts:

There is no text book for this class. Students will be required to purchase a sketch pad/ visual journal as well as artist quality illustration materials (ie. Colored pencils, watercolors, or pastels—NOT Crayola crayons.) Students will also need a USB jump/thumb drive dedicated to this class.

Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
Art Materials—List to follow
One ticket to Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department’s Fall Mainstage “Decisions and Choices”
Nov 18-21 @ 7:30PM and Nov 22 @2:30pm

John Teacher, Introduction to Theatre Design, Fall 2015

Course Description:

An introduction to the process of designing scenery, lighting, properties, and costumes for live theater.

Required Texts:

“Texts” Impromptu by Tad Mosel (and) Everyman by Anon (provided)
Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
Art Materials—List to follow
One ticket to Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department’s Fall Mainstage “Decisions and Choices”
Nov 18-21 @ 7:30PM and Nov 22 @2:30pm

John Teacher, Stage Management, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course will examine in detail the backstage activities necessary to support a professional theatrical, music theater, or concert production—from sound and lighting cue placement to properties and running crew. Students anticipating careers in the entertainment industry will benefit from this background in communication, safety, proper terminology, and technical support. Course will have a final project in lieu of a final exam.

Required Texts:

Stage Management by Lawrence Stern and Alice R.O’Grady Pub. Allyn & Bacon
Monday Morning Leadership by David Cottrell Pub. CornerStone ISBN 0-9719424-3-9
Everyman by Anonymous
One ticket to Decisions and Choices: An evening of Theatre. November 18-21 7:30pm and November 22 2:30pm

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Michael Stoneham, Literature And The Environment, Fall 2015

Course Description:

In this course, students will read and write about the environment and its issues as expressed through literature. Readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will explore how the geography of a location influences the character of its inhabitants and how the forces of nature affect their lives and fortunes. Writing will consist of personal and critical short essays as well as a longer essay/project involving independent readings and research.

Required Texts:

“Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walden and Other Writings, Henry Thoreau
Nature Writings, John Muir
Sand Country Almanac, Aldo Leopold
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
A House Made of Dawn, M. Scott Momaday,
Wilderness and the American Mind, Roderick Nash

Michael Stoneham, Composition 2, Fall 2015

Course Description:

In this course, a companion course to Freshman Writing Seminar and Composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (1925)
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989
Tim Obrien, The Things They Carried (1990)
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist-fight in Heaven (1993)

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Leland K. Wood, Feature Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Students produce weekly feature articles based on their ideas using Associated Press style. Emphasis on student initiative and writing skills, including analysis of the best of American journalism. Consistent productivity is tested.

Required Texts:

Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories edited by David Garlock
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing by William E. Blundell
Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills
The latest edition of the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual

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Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

A course in news gathering and reporting with coverage of Richland Township supervisors' meetings or in-class exercises. Students are called upon to produce a range of journalistic writing, including hard news and human interest stories. Emphasis is on deadline writing, reporter initiative, and clear and concise writing in Associated Press style.

Required Texts:

News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher
The Associated Press Stylebook

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Leland K. Wood, Introduction To Journalism, Fall 2015

Course Description:

A course designed to provide both philosophical and historical foundations for consumers of mass media and those wishing to practice journalism. Provides an overview of American journalism—its underlying philosophies, history, theories, functions, and ethics.

Required Texts:

Four Theories of the Press by Seibert et al.

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Medical Communication, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This experiential learning course is designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of how communication skills directly affect medical outcomes, satisfaction, and overall health. It seeks to teach communication theory and methodology as it relates to the unique context of the medical relationship. It then attempts to apply this knowledge to situations and relationships specific to each student’s past experiences and future professional goals. In short, this course seeks to help students apply knowledge discovered through research, discussion, observation, and analysis to this ever changing and expanding, interdisciplinary field in an effort to improve patient care and overall health outcomes.

Required Texts:

Polack, E. Phillips and Theodore A. Avtgis. Medical Communication: Defining the Discipline. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Small Group Communication, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Examination of communication principles, theories, and behaviors relevant to small-group formation, dynamics, and decision making.

Required Texts:

Johnson, David W. and Frank P. Johnson. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills. 11th Edition. MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2013.

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