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Past Soling Classes

Spring Classes, 2009

SOL 345 M001- Puppetry and Community - Geoffrey Navias – 3cr
Linking Syracuse University students, Syracuse City Schools, and the world renowned Open Hand Puppet Theater, students will collaborate with fifth graders at a city school to create giant puppets for use in a puppet pageant.  By using artistic expression as a tool for creating community events and social change, students will work to capture, celebrate, and unify the community.

SOL 360 M002 - Hospice Legacy Project - Peter Sarver - 3cr
Students will work collaboratively with Hospice care team members, documenting patients’ experiences and telling the stories that have shaped their lives. Ultimately, student will use their creative talents to create the gift of a “Legacy” to the patients’ families, capturing and celebrating a life.

SOL 360 M001 - Elder Legacy Project - Peter Sarver - 3cr
Documenting the life experiences and stories of an elderly resident’s life, students work collaboratively with elderly residents and families to create a family treasure, known as a “Legacy.” Students will spend time with the residents and their families and attend seminars by experts in related fields, applying scholarship and creativity to celebrate and record an elder’s life.

SOL 360 M004 - Folk Arts, Festival and Public Display – Felicia McMahon 3cr This interactive class combines hands-on learning, collaboration, and creativity. Students will explore the aesthetics of daily life and communities and the recontextualization of community and folk art. Student work will culminate in the design of the Community Folk Arts Festival component for MayFest 2009.

Spring 2008 Special Projects

SOL 360 M006 - Syracuse Holistic Health Council – Howard Walsdorf - 3cr
1. Keep it Natural Campaign: Work with Dr. Howard Walsdorf, President of the Syracuse Holistic Health Council, to develop a short, animated video designed to make people of all ages aware of the important of nature and “the natural.”
2. Civic Heart, Beauty and Soul: We all have a part to play in the “wholeness” of the Greater Syracuse Area. Work with the Syracuse Holistic Health Council to develop targeted billboards and assorted media that promote a sense of “civic oneness.”

SOL 360 M005 - Upstate NY Poison Center (Upstate Medical Hospital) – Gail Banach – 3cr
Web-based Interactive Teaching Tool: Work with Gail Banach, Director of Education at Upstate Medical Hospital Poison Center, to develop web-based teaching tools and tutorials to be housed at www.upstatepoison.org.

SOL 360 M007 - Comm.Unity: Communications for the Community – 3cr
Comm.Unity Special Projects: For those who wish to apply their passion and skills in graphic design, public relations writing, photography, videography, advertising and web design to help Syracuse area non-profits with their communications needs. Students will work with community organizations and gain exposure to the non-profit sector. Brief previous experience with the student organization comm.UNITY is preferred. For more information, please e-mail comm.unity.su@gmail.com and/or check out comm.unity.syr.edu.

Classes, Fall 2008

2003-2008 Web Design for Novices:
Web Design for Novices (and later Web Projects for Novices, Volunteers and Community Outreach) was offered from 2003 to 2008. This course encouraged students to volunteer to work on projects for university departments, local non-profit organizations, and public interest groups. Students learned to interview clients to develop design specifications for a web site. These specifications included:

  • information design
  • writing copy for website
  • creating web graphics and photographs for web pages
  • creating the web pages
  • creating animations and rollovers

The course was taught by Dick Waghorne. Click Here for bio.

Bucky

SOL 300 M001 Animation for the Web
This course introduces students to a variety of methods employed to create animation using Flash, the premier software for Web animation. With an emphasis on production, this class offers hands-on experience in which students create a number of projects culminating in a short animated presentation. Click Here to view Larry's business homepage.--Larry Royer

SOL 344 Creativity & Art of Crossing Borders
Historically, small puppet companies traveled from one community to the next, and from one culture to the next, creating, mixing and sharing in miniature the stories of those peoples. Always mixing the folk and fine arts, the bawdy with the sublime, the satirical with the politic, the art of puppetry has often been considered subversive for it's tendencies to cross over the border. "Creativity and the Art of Crossing Borders" will first explore the international folk and fine art of puppetry and then through hands on studios and workshops be an incubator for the students creative self expression. Taught by the internationally renowned Open Hand Puppet Theater. The course will consider the role and history of puppets as agents for social change.--Geoffrey Navias

SOL 360 M003 Quilts and Community - This interactive course explores the role of quilts and quilting communities in the US and elsewhere. Each class begins with one and a half hours of discussion, films, and exploration of quilts and their makers—and the communities that result. Then class shifts to Hendricks Chapel where we will join the Hendricks Chapel Quilters and learn the process of quilt making through making our own “community” quilt. No sewing experience needed!--Susan Wadley

Hospice Legacy Project
Would you like to use your artistic talents to create a family treasure? This project celebrates the lives of patients of Hospice of Central New York and will link students with Hospice patients and families. Students will work collaboratively with Hospice care team members to help patients document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life.

Hospice Outreach Project
This class involves video production for Hospice of Central New York. You may select from three different projects. One project focuses on Hospice Grief Services and may involve productions surrounding Grief Work seminars, Camp Healing Hearts (a day camp for children coping with loss of a loved one), “Helping Hands, Healing Hearts” (an after school program for children and teens), and Grief Write (a writing-through-grief program). Another project centers on the creation of a series of Public Service Announcements about Hospice of Central New York (including "How to Volunteer at Hospice"; "When is the Best Time to Call Hospice?"; "Hospice, It's About Life!”). The third project involves the production of a video to tell "The Story of Hospice".

Elder Legacy Project
In the Elder Legacy Project, students use their academic, writing, and/or artistic talents to create a family treasure and work with a unique group of people who have experienced a long life in many ways.  Students work with elderly residents and families collaboratively to help them document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life.  Students will have the opportunity to spend time with the elderly participants and families.  Students may decide to creatively capture their stories via writings, photographs, videos, journals, memory books/collages, or in other fashions. The experiences are also enriched by a seminar series presented by professionals with expertise in related fields.

GEO 314: Mineralogy Workshop - Earth sciences mineralogy course with a focus upon designing teaching units for middle school students. The course describes the distribution of minerals within the Earth and processes that form them. Methods used to identify minerals are also described.--Suzanne Baldwin
Click Here to see pictures of their visit to fourth graders.

SOL/FSC 406: Seminar in Forensic Science - Course is designed to explore selected topics of forensic science and their place in the criminal justice system. The students will study case histories and present these studies to the class for discussion. The students will also design and oversee a culminating forensic science experience by working in small groups.--James T. Spencer

SOL 100 M002/ ANT 100 M001:--The culture and history of Upstate NY provide a lens to key events in our national history, whether we consider the Erie Canal and its role in opening up commercial traffic to the Midwestern states; the religious movement of the 1800s; the Underground Railroad and the home of Harriet Tubman; the movement for Women’s Rights located in Seneca Falls; the Temperance movement throughout the late 1800s; the Art Deco movement in the 1920s; Native American land claims and casino building; or the burning of a Sikh temple after 9/11. Field trips to selected sites and numerous guest lectures will be included. This course is part of the “Explore Syracuse” learning community. In this community, you will join students and faculty from across the University in exploring the cultural and historical richness of Syracuse and the surrounding area. The Upstate New York: Lens to the Nation LC is taught by Associate Dean Susan S. Wadley, Professor of Anthropology. Professor Wadley is an anthropologist and student of folklore and oral traditions whose primary interest has been South Asia and more recently immigrant communities. Her family has roots in Upstate New York dating to the early 19th century, and her great great uncle lost his life fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

 

Classes, Spring 2008

Danielle Schenandoah and daughter, Jolene
Danielle Schenandoah and daughter, Jolene

HNR/SOL 360: Folk Arts, Festival and Public Display
(SOL 260 M004 #39458 /SOL 360 M004 #39438 MW 12:45-2:05)
The goal of this interactive course is to design a community folk arts festival component for Mayfest 2008. Students begin by exploring aesthetics in everyday life, i.e. those group experiences created by humans that are regarded as aesthetically pleasing to a particular community. Our emphasis will be on the process of recontextualization and hands-on collaborative projects in which students work as teams to plan and implement a folk arts festival.--Felicia McMahon Click Here for more information.

Hospice Legacy Project
(SOL 260 M002 #32692/ SOL 360 M001 #32690 MW 2:15-3:35)
Would you like to use your artistic talents to create a family treasure? This project celebrates the lives of patients of Hospice of Central New York and will link students with Hospice patients and families. Students will work collaboratively with Hospice care team members to help patients document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life.

Hospice Outreach Project
(SOL 260 M002 #32693/ SOL 360 M002 #32691 MW 2:15-3:35)
This class involves video production for Hospice of Central New York. You may select from three different projects. One project focuses on Hospice Grief Services and may involve productions surrounding Grief Work seminars, Camp Healing Hearts (a day camp for children coping with loss of a loved one), “Helping Hands, Healing Hearts” (an after school program for children and teens), and Grief Write (a writing-through-grief program). Another project centers on the creation of a series of Public Service Announcements about Hospice of Central New York (including "How to Volunteer at Hospice"; "When is the Best Time to Call Hospice?"; "Hospice, It's About Life!”). The third project involves the production of a video to tell "The Story of Hospice".

Royer's "Buckey"

Animation for the Web
(SOL 300 M001 # 31882 W 12:45-3:30)
This course introduces students to a variety of methods employed to create animation using Flash, the premier software for Web animation. With an emphasis on production, this class offers hands-on experience in which students create a number of projects culminating in a short animated presentation.--Larry Royer

Elder Legacy Project
(SOL 260 #40349 M005 MW 2:15-3:35)
In the Elder Legacy Project, students use their academic, writing, and/or artistic talents to create a family treasure and work with a unique group of people who have experienced a long life in many ways.  Students work with elderly residents and families collaboratively to help them document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life.  Students will have the opportunity to spend time with the elderly participants and families.  Students may decide to creatively capture their stories via writings, photographs, videos, journals, memory books/collages, or in other fashions. The experiences are also enriched by a seminar series presented by professionals with expertise in related fields.

Puppetry and Community
(SOL 345 #39249 M001 TH 2:00-4:45)
An active hands on course exploring the role of art in the formation of community in human societies. This grassroots approach involves SU students with the internationally famous Open Hand Theater. Students will design, build and operate giant puppets in two collaborative projects working with the theater’s artistic director Geoffrey Navias: (1) “The Shape of Our Lives”, a collaborative performance with award winning children’s author Bruce Coville, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus and Open Hand Theater, and (2) working with the fifth grade of an inner city elementary school creating and performing a puppetry pageant. This class looks to involve students from a wide range of disciplines. The willingness to experiment, be creative, and be involved are important attributes. Aspects of arts in education and professionally working with children and creativity will be explored.

Fall 2007

Selected Topics: Creativity & Art of Crossing Borders
SOL 100 M001
Linking in the internationally respected Open Hand Puppet Theater, the Syracuse City Schools and SU students. SU students in this course will collaborate with students at a city school to create giant puppets for use in a puppet pageant that will capture, celebrate and unify the diverse groups of that community. Students will register for either lab M003 or M004 and M002 will auto enroll. - Geoffry Nevias

Selected Topics: Animation for the Web
SOL 300 M001
The Web has exploded with animation in recent years. This course introduces students to a variety of methods employed to create it using the premier software for Web animation, especially Macromedia Flash. - Larry Royer Click Here to view Larry Royer's business' home page.

Introduction to Humanities Team Problem Solving
SOL 240 M001

Introduction to Natural Science & Math Team Problem Solving
SOL 250 M001

Introduction to Social Science Team Problem Solving
SOL 260 M001

Hospice Legacy Project
SOL 260 M002

Elderly Legacy Project
SOL 260 M004

Intemediate Humanities Team Problem Solving
SOL340 M001

Intermediate Natural Science & Math Team Problem Solving
SOL 350 M001

Intermediate Social Science Team Problem Solving
SOL 360 M001

Social Science Quilts and Community
SOL 360 M003

Social Science, Hospice Outreach Project
SOL 360 M005

Social Science, Elder Legacy Project
SOL 360 M006

 

 

Spring, 2007

Humanities Soling: Team Problem Solving
SOL 240 (M001 #39861) and SOL 340 (M001 #39864)
Innovative interdisciplinary projects are available that involve links to the community that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.  The hope of the Program is that students will find a unique academic experience that is among their very best at Syracuse University - a life altering experience.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college. Departmental consent required, many projects are available and may also be either student or faculty initiated. Contact the Soling Program for additional information.

Natural Science & Math Soling: Team Problem Solving
SOL 250 (M001 #39862) and SOL 350 (M001 #39865)
Innovative interdisciplinary projects are available that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students. Many opportunities are possible and projects are student, faculty or community initiated.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college. Departmental consent required.

Social Science Soling: Team Problem
SOL 260 (M003 #39863) and SOL 360 (M003 #39866)
Innovative interdisciplinary projects are available that involve links to the community that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.  The hope of the Program is that students will find a unique academic experience that is among their very best at Syracuse University - a life altering experience.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college. Departmental consent required, many projects are available and may also be either student or faculty initiated. Contact the Soling Program for additional information.

Social Science Soling: Hospice Legacy Project
SOL 260 (M001 #39429) and SOL 360 (M001 #39427)
Would you like to use your artistic talents to create a family treasure? Hospice of Central New York provides quality care for people with a terminal illness. This project celebrates the lives of patients. It will link students with patients and families. Students will work collaboratively with Hospice care team members to help patients document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life. Time and place to be announced when scheduled.

Social Science Soling: Hospice Outreach Project
SOL 260 (M002 # 39430) and SOL 360 (M002 #39428)
This project involves video production. You may select from three different projects. The first, about Grief Services, would involve the Hospice commitment to bereavement care by focusing on adult, childhood and group counseling related to the loss of a loved one. The activities involved may be Grief Work seminars, Camp Healing Hearts (a day camp for children coping with loss of a loved one), Helping Hands, Healing Hearts (an after school program for children and teens), and Grief Write (a writing-through-grief program.) The second consists of the creation of a series of Public Service Announcements about Hospice of Central New York and the series provided. Themes to be promoted might be: "How to Volunteer at Hospice"; "When is the Best Time to Call Hospice?"; "Hospice, It's About Life!" The third project is the production of a video to tell the "The Story of Hospice". Students would work with various Hospice staff members to produce a video to tell the Hospice story, how and where it began, its interdisciplinary focus, what Hospice care means and the changes throughout the years.

Selected Topics: Puppets and Community
SOL 300 (M002#37305/M003#38215/M004#38216)
Linking in the internationally respected Open Hand Puppet Theater, the Syracuse City Schools and SU students.  SU students in this course will collaborate with students at a city school to create giant puppets   for use in a puppet pageant that will capture, celebrate and unify the diverse groups of that community. Students will register for either lab M003 or M004 and M002 will auto enroll. - Geoffry Nevias

Selected Topics: Animation for the Web
SOL 300 (M009 #38781)
The Web has exploded with animation in recent years. This course introduces students to a variety of methods employed to create it using the premier software for Web animation, especially Macromedia Flash. - Larry Royer Click Here to view Larry Royer's business' home page.

Fall, 2006

SOL 260/360 SEC 2, Hospice Legacy Project – Would you like to use your artistic talents to create a family treasure? Hospice of Central New York provides quality care for people with a terminal illness. This project celebrates the lives of our patients. It will link students with patients and families. Students will work collaboratively with Hospice care team members to help patients document their life experiences and tell the stories that have shaped their lives to provide the gift of a “Legacy”; capturing and celebrating a life. Students will have the opportunity to spend time with patients and families, getting to know them in a unique way, to hear the events, experiences and reflections that have formed their life. Students will creatively capture this story via photographs, video, a written journal, memory books or collage. There’s no limit to your imagination! This will truly be a life changing experience for both patients and students. Time and place to be announced when scheduled.

SOL 260/360 SEC 3, Hospice Outreach Project - This project involves video production. You may select from for three different projects:

  • The first, Camp Healing Hearts, a Bereavement Camp for children ages 6-14 allows children to share their stories and feelings, make friends and have fun. This project involves students interviewing children that attend Camp Healing Hearts as well as the staff and volunteers for the camp to “tell the story” in the form of a video; to show the uneasy looks as the new campers arrive on the first day to their soulful exploration as the week progresses and finally, the growth and support at week’s end.
  • The second would consist of the creation of a series of Public Service Announcements about Hospice of Central New York and the series provided. Themes to be promoted might be: “How To Volunteer at Hospice”; “When is the Best Time to Call Hospice?”; “Hospice, It’s About Life!”
  • The third would be the production of a video to tell the “The Story of Hospice”. Students would work with various Hospice staff members to produce a video to tell the Hospice story, how and where it began, the interdisciplinary focus of it, what Hospice care means and the changes throughout the years. Time and place to be announced when scheduled.

SOL 300, SEC 1(co-listed GEO 314): Mineralogy Workshop - Earth sciences mineralogy course with a focus upon designing teaching units for middle school students. The course describes the distribution of minerals within the Earth and processes that form them. Methods used to identify minerals are also described.--Suzanne Baldwin--TH 9:30-10:50AM Click Here to see pictures of their visit to fourth graders.

SOL/CHE/HNR 306, Seminar in Forensic Science - Course is designed to explore selected topics of forensic science and their place in the criminal justice system. The students will study case histories and present these studies to the class for discussion. The students will also design and oversee a culminating forensic science experience by working in small groups. --James T. Spencer --MW 12:45 – 2:05 PM

SOL 340/100/360, Creativity and the Art of Crossing Borders - Historically, small puppet companies traveled from one community to the next, and from one culture to the next, creating, mixing and sharing in miniature the stories of those peoples. Always mixing the folk and fine arts, the bawdy with the sublime, the satirical with the politic, the art of puppetry has often been considered subversive for it's tendencies to cross over the border. "Creativity and the Art of Crossing Borders" will first explore the folk and fine art of puppetry and then through hands on studios and workshops be an incubator for the students creative self expression. Taught by the internationally renowned Open Hand Puppet Theater. The course will consider the role and history of puppets as agents for social change.--Geoff Navias - TH2:00 - 4:50 PM

SOL 360, Quilts and Community - This interactive course explores the role of quilts and quilting communities in the US and elsewhere. Each class begins with one and a half hours of discussion, films, and exploration of quilts and their makers—and the communities that result. Then class shifts to Hendricks Chapel where we will join the Hendricks Chapel Quilters and learn the process of quilt making through making our own “community” quilt. No sewing experience needed! - Susan Wadley – M 5:30-8:30PM Click Here to see poster in Acrobat (.pdf) format.

SOL 340/500, Literacy, Community & Photography - Projects with Children in the Syracuse City School District. This class explores the intersection of learning, teaching and art making through the medium of photography. The course begins with workshop-teacher training sessions to build teaching skills and develop strategies to engage young students. SU students enrolled in this course will work in tandem with 5th grade city school children exploring the world of childhood identity, photographing their own lives, and writing their own texts that articulate their world. In addition the SU students will develop their own photographic-textual projects on themes related to childhood and the elementary school experience.

There is no requirement for SU students to have training in either photography or education. W 8:25-11:10AM

Spring 06

SOL 200 M001 #39883/ SOL 300 M005 #39880: Practicum in Social Sciences Innovative interdisciplinary courses are available that involve links to the community that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.  The hope of the Program is that students will find an unique academic experience that is among their very best at Syracuse University - a life altering experience.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college.

SOL 200 M002 #39884/ SOL 300 M006 #39881: Practicum in Humanities Innovative interdisciplinary courses are available that involve links to the community that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.  The hope of the Program is that students will find an unique academic experience that is among their very best at Syracuse University - a life altering experience.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college.

SOL 200 M003 #39885/ SOL 300 M007 #39882: Practicum in Natural Sciences Innovative interdisciplinary courses are available that involve links to the community that both explore and demand creative thinking on the part of students.  The hope of the Program is that students will find an unique academic experience that is among their very best at Syracuse University - a life altering experience.  Credit earned through the Soling Program is credited towards a student's degree in their home college.

SOL 300 M002 #38319, M003 #39688, M004 #39689: Puppets and Community Linking Open Hand Puppet Theater, the Syracuse City Schools and SU students, students in this course will collaborate with 3rd graders at a city school to create giant puppets   for use in a puppet pageant that will capture, celebrate and unify the diverse groups of that community. --Geoff Navias-- TH 2:00-4:00PM Labs TH 12:00-2:00PM, F 12:00-2:00PM Click Here for more information.

SOL 300 M008 #40258: Folk Arts and Oral Epics of India In Indian society, arts, oral texts, and religious traditions are intimately combined in folk performances such as those accompanying scrolls that are ‘read’ by a lone male singer, in stories told about gods and goddesses that are painted by women on the walls of bridal chambers, in puppet performances that endure into the night, and in myriad other ways. This course explores some of these traditions, while also teaching about caste, varied religious traditions, gender, the social lives of the rural masses, and of change— in design, maker, performance style. M 3:45-6:45PM

SOL 300 M009 #40372 Animation for the Web: The Web has exploded with animation in recent years. This course introduces students to a variety of methods employed to create it using the premier software for Web animation, especially Macromedia Flash. W 2:15-5:00PM Click Here for syllabus. Click Here for class assignments.

Fall 05

SOL 300, SEC 1; Creativity and the Art of Crossing Borders:
Historically, small puppet companies traveled from one community to the next, and from one culture to the next, creating, mixing and sharing in miniature the stories of those peoples.   Always mixing the folk and fine arts, the bawdy with the sublime, the satirical with the politic, the art of puppetry has often been considered subversive for it's tendencies to cross over the border.   "Creativity and the Art of Crossing Borders" will first explore the folk and fine art of puppetry and then through hands on studios and workshops be an incubator for the students creative self expression.   Taught by the internationally renowned Open Hand Puppet Theater.   The course will consider the role and history of puppets as agents for social change.--Geoff Navias Th 2:00 - 4:50 PM

SOL 300, SEC 2 (co-listed HNR 250) Seminar in Forensic Science:
Course is designed to explore selected topics of forensic science and their place in the criminal justice system.   The students will study case histories and present these studies to the class for discussion.   The students will also design and oversee a culminating forensic science experience by working in small groups. --James T. Spencer --MW 12:45 – 2:05 PM

SOL 300, Sec 3: (co-listed GEO 314): Minerology Workshop
Earth sciences mineralogy course with a focus upon designing teaching units for middle school students.   The course describes the distribution of minerals within the Earth and processes that form them.   Methods used to identify minerals are also described.--Suzanne Baldwin--TuTh 9:30 – 10:50 PM

SOL 598 (co-listed FIA 598): Arts and Ideas in Contemporary Culture: Documentary Photography and Social Activism
The first quarter of the course reviews documentary and socially concerned photography from 1839 to 1900. It outlines the developing notions of photographic realism and objectivity, as well as the development of photojournalism. The second quarter of the course, from 1900 to 1945, includes the evolution of the picture press, movements like Worker Photography in Europe, the photographs of the U.S. Farm Security Administration, the Photo League, and the early interactions between documentary film and documentary photography. The last half of the course covers the multiple developments and various critiques of documentary and socially concerned photography from World War II to the present. It begins with the work of Robert Frank and Danny Lyons, covers the American Civil Rights Movement, and then moves ahead to the impact of the Bechers on documentary work, and ends with a short review of contemporary efforts ranging from the work of S. Salgado to the Duke University Center for Documentary Work, as well as internet documentary sites.-- Mary Marien--MW 2:15-3:35 PM

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