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Freshman Seminars

The Office of First-Year Programs offers two types of transitional courses for new students – Freshman Seminars for our on-ground students and an Academic Success Strategies for our on-line students. All first-year students must take either an LNO or LUL 11000 during their first semester. Transfer students who successfully completed a Freshmen Seminar course at another college are exempt. 

Freshman who are entering as students in the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship are strongly encouraged to take the MGMT 1602511 Business Environment & First Year Seminar.

LNO 10101 – Freshman Seminar

Our LNO seminars allow for a student to find a topic and a professor that can help make their freshman experience a real success. There are 30 different options for students to select from.  This course is a one-hour subject-area seminar and orientation course.  Students will be introduced to special topic based on personal interest, declared major or academic interest while also orientating to the university environment. This special topics seminar course will provoke critical thinking, problem solving, and interaction. This course is required of all first-time freshmen or transfer students without an equivalent course previously completed from another college or university. 

FLC01: Wanted: Education Activists

*Please note, this LNO Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

If you did it once, you're an expert! Everyone is an education expert, right? Members of society, including business men and women; local, state, and federal legislatures; and professionals of every field have been formally educated, so that makes them an expert. Wrong! This seminar will introduce students to the perceptions and realities of the field of education. We will identity and debunk the myths associated with the field and empower each other to take a stand as an educator. We will discuss the current state of education and the many educational crises, both phony legitimate. We will also examine the US educational system in relation to other world powers. This course will provide students opportunities to seek resources in the community to help serve their students and to build partnerships within the community. If we are to make changes in education, we must educate our community and advocate for the profession. After all, teachers are the education experts!

Dr. Mary Ruettgers joined Lindenwood University in 2014. She currently teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including study abroad courses to Ireland, Wales, and England. The Lindenwood University Student Government Association named Ruettgers the Professor of the Year in 2016. Prior to joining the School of Education faculty, she taught English courses at the junior high, high school, and collegiate levels. Ruettgers' research focuses on equipping teacher preparation program graduates with the 21st-century knowledge and skills necessary to lead in today's classrooms. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nicholas, and her English bulldog, Jasper. She enjoys traveling, working out, kayaking, swimming, paddle-boarding, and playing volleyball. She loves cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Time Offered: W 9:00-9:50AM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Mary Ruettgers

FLC04: Law & Order- No, Not the TV Series

*Please note, this LNO Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

If you have ever watched an entire season of Making of a Murderer, Orange is the New Black, or any Crime Time TV shows, you likely have an appreciation for the misunderstood world of criminal behavior and are intrigued in the ways in which our system responds to those behaviors. This seminar will explore the American criminal justice system, separating fact from fiction, and what it looks like from the perspective of the police, courts, corrections, victim, and offender. We will spend time discussing key issues within the criminal justice system, the current efforts at criminal justice reform, and the impact on professionals within the field.

Darren Marhanka is a former police officer with nearly 18 years of experience. He served in a variety of roles throughout his police career, but he is most proud of his work with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Marhanka started as a patrol officer and eventually found himself working in the detective unit. He investigated almost any type of crime out there. Marhanka interacted with thousands of people throughout his time on the police department as well, finding it to be a very fulfilling career.

Marhanka loves doing things on the water: jet skiing, boating, scuba diving, fishing, you name it. He loves spending time with his wife, parents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, cousins, the "whole gang." He loves Jimmy Buffett music and goes to his concerts. Marhanka is a self-described "Parrothead Pirate." Life is about living, so go out and live it!

Time Offered: M 9:00-9:50AM/ LARC 213/ Professor Darren Marhanka 

FLC05: Our Lives in Music and Pictures

*Please note, this LNO Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

Have you ever heard the quotes "A picture is worth a thousand words," and "Without music, life would be a mistake?" What do the pictures of us and our music preferences (as individuals and as a society) tell us about who we are and where we come from? This seminar will dive into the world of personal and public pictures and music, and will dissect what we can learn about ourselves and the world around us by what pictures we choose to take and display and what music we choose to represent us.  We will spend time looking at personal photographs and music of students in the seminar, as well as other popular photographs and music in the media and contemporary art. We will also explore and determine what kind of story pictures and music tell about ourselves to future generations.

Sarah Tetley serves as director of First-Year Programs (FYP) at Lindenwood University.  Her responsibilities include New Student Orientation, LNO Seminar support, mentoring, meeting with first-year students, and helping students during the freshman journey to their sophomore year.  Her educational background includes a bachelor's in communications from Missouri State University (2001) and a master's in higher education administration from Saint Louis University, and she is finishing her doctorate in management and leadership from Webster University. She is also fond of her other job, which is raising four amazing kids.  In her free time, you can find her on the softball field keeping score, at Scottrade Center watching the Blues and praying for a Stanley Cup, or spending time with her family and friends.

Time Offered: T 9:30-10:20AM/ LARC 207/ Professor Sarah Tetley 

Section 01: Asia: It's Now, It's Wow

Asia - a continent rapidly becoming one of the most significant locations on earth. For centuries, the Asians dominated world trade and diplomacy, then lost status and became largely disregarded. That is no longer the case, for three of the world's wealthiest economies lie in Asia, and these countries, China, India, and Japan, have diplomatic and political tentacles stretching across the world as once the Europeans had. This course is an examination of how this situation arose. In this seminar we will examine Asia's history, its cultural traditions, and its rise to world significance.

Dr. Brian Arendt is a professor in the International Relations Program at Lindenwood University. Although born and raised in the St. Louis region, he lived for several years in South Korea and Taiwan, and travelled throughout Southeast Asia. Outside of his academic pursuits, Arendt is also a board gamer, a "Trekkie," and a proud father of four Jack Russell Terriers. Arendt has a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Georgetown University, an M.A. in European history from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Time Offered: W 8:00-8:50AM/ LARC 03/ Dr. Brian Arendt 

Section 02: EDU 101: Around the World in 15 Weeks: A Look Inside Comparative Education

This freshman seminar on comparative education provides students with information and concepts for comparing different school systems, their contexts, and educational outcomes. At the completion of the course, you will be able to analyze what makes the United States' education system unique and which aspects of education systems throughout the world make them unique. This ability is important for future educators who want to learn about creating their education philosophy, but it's also important for those who are interested in improving the education system overall. Each class will cover a major topic in comparative education, which will involve reading, discussing, and exploring the educational world around us. Various writings over the text and our interpretation of the theory is essential, as well as venturing out onto our own campus to compare different types of perspectives (professors and students). This introductory course on comparative education is a crucial and exciting stepping-stone to your educational career.

Dr. Robyne Elder is an assistant professor in the Education Leadership Department. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Mizzou, and a master's degree in teaching and an Ed.D. in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University. Elder was a high school English instructor for 13 years and ELA department chair for five years. She was honored to receive the following awards during her teaching career: Teacher of the Year, Educator of the Year for the Ft. Zumwalt School District, Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Sue Spellmann Award from Lindenwood. She enjoys watching and playing football, basketball, and baseball with her two boys and husband in Crestwood, Missouri, as well as taking her dog, Izzy, for walks.

Time Offered: M 2:00-2:50PM/ LARC 214/ Dr. Robyne Elder 

Section 03: Biologists at Work

Lots of students choose to major in biology because they love nature, or they love watching animal documentaries or medical dramas. But have you ever wondered what biologists actually do? In this class, we will explore the diversity of careers available to biologists and get a glimpse of what various types of biologists do in their day-to-day work, as well as the types of interesting problems they work on. Through "Scientists At Work" videos, we will meet real-life biological researchers, and learn about the questions they are trying to answer and the methods they are using to do it. We will cover a broad range of biological subdisciplines, from ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, to cell biology, genetics, and disease ecology. Learn about how scientists are examining the effects of poaching on elephant evolution, genetically modifying mosquitos to reduce their populations, studying cell regeneration with stem cells, and much more.

Dr. Woltz has a Ph.D. in ecology and also in entomology, the study of insects. She has conducted ecological research on endangered butterflies in North Carolina wetlands, alpine lakes in the Colorado Rockies, invasive plants in Massachusetts forests, predatory insects in Michigan crop fields, and crop pests in Oregon orchards. She loves spending time outdoors gardening, camping, hiking, and stopping to admire cool bugs. During the school year, Woltz spends most of her time improving her classes and meeting with students, but makes time to read on the couch with her basset hound, Lucy. When she's not teaching, she spends her time travelling, and has now explored ecosystems in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada.

Time Offered: T 8:00-8:50AM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Megan Woltz 

Section 04: Helping Others

*Please note, this LNO Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

Do you want to make a difference in the world?  Do you have a passion for working with people from all walks of life?  The Helping Others Learning community is for first-year students who want to explore careers in the helping professions.  The faculty will lay the foundation for learning the joys of working with others to achieve a better quality of life.  Students will develop a sense of community as they focus on using their personal strengths, begin to develop a professional helping identity, and concentrate on the fundamentals of professional writing as it relates to the helping professions. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a service project.

Debra Johnson is an associate professor of social work at Lindenwood University. She is a former social worker and police officer with over 37 of years combined service in these fields. She had seven years of teaching experience prior to joining the Lindenwood faculty in 2003. Her current primary interests are in the areas of social work practice, human diversity, crisis intervention and intercultural communication. She completed a B.S.W. from Southeast Missouri State University and an M.S.W. from Washington University. She also graduated from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy. In addition, Johnson earned an Ed.S. in instructional leadership in 2014 from Lindenwood. She is a frequent local and national presenter and loves to travel.

Time Offered: W 10:00-10:50AM/ LARC 311/ Professor Debra Johnson

Section 05: Speak of the Devil: Hell and Damnation in Popular Imagination

Hell is having a bit of a moment lately: Lucifer is on television every Monday, The Exorcist is a hit on Fridays, and Thor spent Thanksgiving rescuing Asgard from the aptly named Hela. In this course we will examine how our ideas of hell shape and are shaped by our cultural context. We'll ask the pressing questions like, "Who invented Satan?" and "Why does he keep showing up on the Fox network?" and "Why do people keep trying to have sympathy for the devil all the time?" We'll develop our critical-thinking skills as we analyze some creepy art, loud music, and spooky (but occasionally hilarious) literature and film.

This course is suitable for students of any (or no) religious background. 

Dr. Erin Mann is associate provost and a professor of English who studies sexuality and religion in medieval literature. She likes traveling (most recently Iceland, Japan, and California), pie, calligraphy, and stories/photos of people's pets behaving as badly as her cats Gertrude and Louise do. Her idea of hell is being slowly crushed to death under a mountain of wet paper towels while smooth jazz plays on bad speakers.

Time Offered: M 10:00-10:50AM/ LARC 311/ Dr. Erin Mann 

Section 06: The Innovator's Mindset

Innovate or Die. It's the tenet of almost every industry in 21st century America.  And yet as humans, even the most adventurous of us are designed to fight against change.  This course will explore the need for innovation in various fields of study and offer you an opportunity to experience an innovative mindset.  Through experiments and passion projects of your own, you will learn how to train your mind to see opportunity through change and how to quickly recover from failure to build better ideas in the future.  These skills will help you persevere in your undergraduate education and make you an exciting prospective employee after graduation.

Dr. Amy Peach is an assistant professor of educational technology and has used an innovative mindset to drive exciting change in all levels of education.  She teaches educational technology, research, and innovation/leadership courses at the graduate level and helps run the IDEA Studio (a technology and innovation lab at Lindenwood).  She also serves as board president of Connected Learning, an organization that trains teachers using innovative strategies.  She lives in Maplewood with her husband and two daughters, who often serve as guinea pigs for new ideas and technology.  In her very limited free time, she learns about new innovation through podcasts and books and stays active with hiking, kickboxing, and yoga.

Time Offered: M 10:00-10:50AM/ LARC 108/ Dr. Amy Peach 

Section 07: Biology: Separating Fact from Fiction

Do vaccines cause autism? Is climate change occurring? Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) harmful to human health? In popular culture, there are many misconceptions about biology that exist despite sound scientific evidence supporting one viewpoint over another. How can you tell the difference? In this seminar, we will examine claims made in popular media (newspapers, websites, blogs, etc.) and compare them with scientific evidence. We will develop criteria to help distinguish claims based on fact from claims based on fiction.

Dr. Alison Albee is an assistant professor in biological sciences who teaches cell biology and genetics.  Her favorite parts of biology are the things we can't see with the naked eye, like cells and cellular processes. If you need a microscope to see it, she likes it!  Albee received her bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She came to St. Louis to pursue her post-doctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis before joining the faculty at Lindenwood University in 2013. In her free time, Albee enjoys challenging herself in a variety of ways, whether it be physically through chasing after her 1-year-old and 4-year-old, mentally through board games and crossword puzzles, or creatively through designing and sewing projects. 

Time Offered: M 11:00-11:20AM/ LARC 311/ Dr. Alison Albee 

Section 08: Hispanic (Mis)Representations

Are you curious about Hispanic cultures? Are you a native from a Latin American country and wonder about perceptions of Hispanics in the US? Do you want to explore issues of gender and race diversity? Do you feel that Hispanic culture is ONLY about tacos, "machismo," and drug lords? Do you feel that it is MORE than that? These are some of the issues we will discuss in class! We will think critically about cinematographic, literary, and popular representations of Hispanics and their cultures in order to question established stereotypes about Hispanic men and women involving the hypersexualization of women, "macho" culture, and undocumented immigrants, among others. We will nuance our understanding of "Hispanic" by recognizing stereotyping behavior and delineating a more accurate depiction of particular cultural expressions from the numerous countries that fall under the globalizing category of "Hispanic." This course is taught in English.

Dr. Gabriela Romero Ghiretti is an associate professor of Spanish. She earned her M.A. in Spanish, a graduate certificate in language instruction, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. She has extensive teaching experience, planning and teaching courses on language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Latin American women writers, women and gender studies, avant-garde literature, gender and modernity, and language acquisition through literature. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and received awards in teaching and writing. In addition, Romero Ghiretti regularly presents papers in conferences. As a university citizen, she works to support diversity and multiculturalism. As director of the Foreign Languages Lab, she promotes international students and mentors them beyond the classroom.

Time Offered: T 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 207/ Dr. Gabriela Romero Ghiretti 

Section 09: Truth & B.S.

What exactly is the nature of truth and how important is it for a “well-rounded” education?  This course is intended to help first year Lindenwood students discover their own answers to these questions by exploring the goals of the various Schools and Departments at Lindenwood University alongside the current philosophical theories of truth, lying, deception, and bullshit.  Special emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate these goals and theories within the context of every-day life.

Dr. Joseph Steineger has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lindenwood University since January 2014.  He received a B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2005) from the University of Kansas, and a second M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2014) from the University of Chicago.  His primary teaching and research interests are in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Religion within the context of Medieval Philosophy.  Dr. Steineger is an enthusiastic teacher of college undergraduates, committed to sharing the view that the examined way of life is the best way of life in any walk of life.

Time offered: T 2:30-3:20pm/ LARC 213/ Dr. Joseph Steineger

Section 10: Flipping the Pyramid: The Servant as Leader

Leadership is a topic of universal interest and application. This seminar course is designed to prepare the student for effective leadership in their profession and/or collegiate career by introducing key aspects of servant leadership from research literature and Scripture. Students will be challenged not only to understand the key ideas associated with servant leadership, but also to apply those ideas to their own life by drawing connections between servant leadership, civic engagement, and what it means to be an engaged citizen.

Dr. Turner has nearly 20 years of experience in education and nonprofit leadership, having served as a K-12 teacher and administrator, and serving in a variety of leadership capacities through organizations such as Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater St. Louis, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis. Turner has also supported nonprofit organizations through volunteer efforts and provides consultative services in strategic planning, grant writing, and program evaluation. Currently, she serves as an associate professor and department chair of nonprofit administration. She and her husband have three teenage daughters (ugh!), and she loves animals, to be outside, to "organize stuff," anything creative, and being involved in community- and church-related activities.

Time Offered: W 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Julie Turner 

Section 12: Facing Reality Through Science Fiction

We all have one: an inner nerd. Why not use college as an opportunity to embrace this aspect that makes you unique?  From Star Wars to Stranger Things, science fiction has something to offer everyone, whether it's action, adventure, romance, or drama; a great soundtrack; artwork, costumes, and make-up; or special effects.

Beyond entertainment, science fiction provides an avenue for creative thought and a platform to debate current events. By understanding this genre and experiencing its works, students can gain a deeper understanding of the society in which they live through critical analysis and reflection on the various themes found in works of science fiction.  With this new understanding, students can develop informed, creative perspectives on current issues regarding politics, faith, human rights, and technology, as well as learn the importance of approaching differences with an open mind, all while enjoying thought-provoking, entertaining readings, TV shows, and movies of the science fiction genre.

Are you ready for a tour of galaxies both near and far away? Then pack your communicator, suit up, and get ready to beam into the fascinating world of science fiction! 

Tracey Flicek enjoys reading and watching science fiction because the genre incorporates aspects of her passions in creative, meaningful ways. She learned to embrace her inner nerd as a student at Lindenwood University, where she forged lifelong friendships with international students, acted in the Star Wars-inspired capstone project for a film student, and danced as a member of the Lionettes. Based on a lifelong interest in language and culture, she obtained a B.A. in Spanish and international studies in 2010, an M.A. in international studies in 2011, and an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2012. Her hope for all college students is that they find and be their authentic selves with confidence and enthusiasm.

Time Offered: M 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 205/ Professor Tracey Flicek 

Section 14: Exploring the Psychology of Human Relationships

Life is filled with influential experiences that shape who we are and guide who we become during our lifetimes on Earth. As humans, we are a highly social species, which means our individual and unique experiences of psychological growth and personal transformation are embedded within a rich social fabric of connections with others. In this seminar, we will discuss how psychology conceptualizes the nature of human relationships with the "other” aspects of our lives. We will also explore how our own complex, multifaceted relationships with the people, animals, and places in our lives have impacted and shaped our psychological growth and development. In other words, how do our relationships with others affect who we become as individuals, and how are our multiple relationships connected with each other in unique ways that reflect who we are?

Dr. Rebecca Foushee is an associate professor of psychology at Lindenwood University and a developmental psychologist by training. She teaches the classes Human Development, Psychology of Adolescence, Death and Dying, Psychology of Women, Principles of Psychology, and Behavior Modification, and also advises students in the psychology program. Her academic research involves studying how environmental factors shape and influence our perceptions of ourselves and others throughout the lifespan. She spends her free time maintaining relationships with friends and family, reading, and enjoying the outdoors through hiking, geocaching, and gardening. She has called the Midwest home for the past 14 years and loves living in the St. Louis/St. Charles region, but is she secretly happiest when she's walking on the beach next to an ocean.

Time Offered: T 11:00-11:50AM/ LARC 117/ Dr. Rebecca Foushee 

Section 15: An Apple a Day Could Earn You an "A!"

Life is all about balance in what we enjoy, what challenges us, and how to live a truly happy, healthy, and fulfilled life! This seminar will focus on six areas of wellness throughout the semester to help you develop and implement a personal wellness plan. We will explore physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellness by engaging in hands-on activities and group discussions, for example, learning the principles of fitness, knowing the habits for healthy eating on a college campus, and managing stress-specific events during the academic semester.  After completing this course, you will have the tools necessary to help you overcome the many obstacles faced during the transition to college.

Dr. Alameda earned a Doctor of Education from Lindenwood University, an M.S. in nutrition from Saint Louis University, and a B.S. in exercise science from Illinois State University. She currently teaches in the School of Health Sciences as an associate professor in the areas of health, nutrition, and wellness. In her free time, Alameda enjoys beach vacations with her husband and two young girls, Cardinal baseball games, and being part of the sport of gymnastics.

Time Offered: R 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 207/ Dr. Annie Alameda 

Section 16: Throwing Shade.....s of Color

This course is designed as an intellectual excursion to explore global diversity through the lens of pop culture. The class will analyze their impact on themes of race, gender, sexuality, and identity through class discussion. Students will also be taken through the history of certain cultures, stereotypes, and lifestyles. This class allows students to assess their social attitudes and express their opinions about diversity. The course will also demonstrate public speaking and writing skills that are essential to our diverse society.

Caryn McFerren has been working in the higher education field for nearly 10 years. During that time, she has held multiple positions in student services, academics, and admissions. In her current position, Caryn is the assistant director for the Office of First-Year Programs at Lindenwood University. She is responsible for planning and executing orientation for over 800 freshmen students. She also works with a caseload of over 120 students (per school year) whom she serves as their academic mentor to ensure their academic success while enrolled at the university. In addition to her role with the FYP office she teaches other courses at the university. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Columbia University, master's degree in business, education specialist degree in curriculum & instruction, and is currently pursuing her doctorate from William Woods University. She is really excited about this course and getting to meet all of the new freshmen students.

Time Offered: T 2:30-3:20PM/ LARC 205/ Professor Caryn McFerren 

Section 17: The Super Bowl Ads vs. the Super Bowl

Ready set! Blue 43, Blue 43! Hut-Hut-HIKE! 

Do you love the Super Bowl or do you love the Super Bowl ads? This is the most important question to ask when contemplating a Super Bowl ad…or is it? Have you ever watched a Super Bowl ad and laughed or cried– but had no idea of what they were selling? 

This course will look to answer these questions through analyzing numerous Super Bowl ads, short lectures, many classroom discussions, and a few mini projects. Determine who are the ad’s target market and publics. What is the ad “selling” and did it work?  Discuss the good, the bad, the ugly, and the funny. If that was not enough, you will also be creating your own Super Bowl ad!

So, who is really "winning" the Super Bowl: The ads or the game itself? 

Patrick L. Longo is an instructor for the advertising and strategic communications degree program in the School of Arts, Media, and Communications. He serves as a community relations committee member for the Francis Howell School District, a board of directors member for SafePacks and board of directors member for the St. Charles County Youth Soccer Association (SCCYSA), serving as the 8-and-under girl’s commissioner. Longo was nominated for the Lindenwood Student Government Association (LSGA) Teacher-of-the-Year Award in 2016/2017 and was a top three nominee for the Excellence in Teaching award by the NCAA intercollegiate athletics program “The Roars” in 2017. Prior to joining Lindenwood in 2016, Longo worked for nearly 15 years in the fields of experiential marketing, public relations, and advertising. He has a B.A. in marketing from Lindenwood University, an M.A. in marketing from Lindenwood, and he will be pursuing the Ed.D.

Time Offered: T 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 03/ Professor Patrick Longo 

Section 18: Undead Monsters, Vampire Lovers, and Final Girls: Gender in Horror Films

Horror writer Stephen King, when asked why audiences crave horror films, once said that every person, no matter how well-adjusted, has "gators in the basement." Horror film, he said, is all about "keeping the gators fed." As appealing as this quote is, are horror films really just about cathartic release of the violent impulses we aren't allowed to express in civilized society? Or does horror, in film and increasingly on television, tell us something deeper about our relationships to our bodies and the bodies of others, by literally de-constructing bodies in visceral, often gruesome ways? Anytime we talk about "bodies," of course, we inevitably begin to talk about maleness and femaleness and therefore about gender, a separate, social construct we tend to correlate with biological sex - although what it means "to take it like a man" or "to act like a lady" is by no means a biological imperative. Furthermore, given the preoccupation horror films have with bodies, we must also consider the relationship between blood, sex, and death - between murder and desire, and what this tells us about relationships between men and women in contemporary American society. Through watching, discussing, and reading about horror films from early Frankenstein and slasher movies to Shaun of the Dead and Black Mirror, our aim in this course will be to understand how zombies, psycho killers, vampires, mutants, and cannibals represent and complicate cultural tensions about gender roles in the "embodied" experience of horror films.

Dr. Lauren McCoy is an assistant professor in the English department. She went to the University of St. Andrews for her undergraduate degree and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. She studies gossip in 19th-century British novels and newspapers. She has published articles on Lord Byron's love life and Victorian gossip columns. McCoy regularly teaches courses in composition and literature. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, knitting hats, and her beautiful cats.

Time Offered: R 11:00AM-12:50PM/ LARC 117/ Dr. Lauren McCoy 

Section 19: What the Health

Health and wellness are two powerful contributors to overall quality of life and happiness. Health is a multi-faceted phenomenon connected to the idea that well-being is related to the absence of disease. Wellness occupies the dimensions of physical, mental, emotional, vocational, social, and spiritual health. The purpose of this course is to expose students to this idea of holistic health and wellness and ways in which to develop a balance in life. One of the tools for broaching this topic is a reading of Odede & Posner's 2016 book Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum. Students within this course will also have an opportunity to meet students studying in health and wellness-oriented academic disciplines: athletic training, exercise science, health & wellness, healthcare management, human performance, paramedicine, physical education, recreation administration, and therapeutic recreation. Students will leave the class with a true appreciation for health and wellness and a blueprint for living a more balanced lifestyle.

Dr. Paul Wright is the program chair for recreation, sport & tourism management at Lindenwood University. He is also the coordinator for the therapeutic recreation major, and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in performance psychology. Paul has a master's in professional counseling and is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Missouri. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Clemson University, where he competed as an NCAA Division I athlete in track and cross-country. His doctorate is from the University of Utah, where he completed his dissertation evaluating a community transition program for adjudicated youth. From 2010 to 2013, Wright served as the Olympic and National Team coach for Hong Kong, China in track and field. He is an IAAF Level 5 certified endurance coach and continues to work with Olympic hopeful athletes. In his spare time, he competes in triathlons, writes books, plays the piano, and coaches local high school athletes in track and cross country.

Time Offered: W 2:00-2:50PM/ LARC 214/ Dr. Paul Wright 

Section 20 & 21: Chemistry in Pop Culture

Have your ever watched CSI or Breaking Bad and wondered, "Can that really happen?" or "Is that scientifically true?"  Have you ever read something on social media and thought, "That makes me mad," to later find out that it is only part of the story?  This course will answer some of those questions.  We will introduce general chemical knowledge in order to explore the accuracy and inaccuracies of how science is used in pop culture. Units will include the environment, forensics, pharmaceuticals, and current events. Join us for an adventure into the real world of science as we sort out the good, bad, and ugly mainstream science.

Dr. Jennifer Firestine is the chair of the Division of Physical Sciences.  She has a background in instrumental and analytical chemistry, and teaches General Chemistry, Forensics, and Instrumental Analysis.  Firestine has her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) and her Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from Arizona State University where she specialized in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.  Her current interests are in new instrumental methods and how they can best be applied to education. In her spare time, she enjoys reality TV, cheering on her son, who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and spending time with her dogs.

Dr. Scott Hasty is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department.  He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  His dissertation was on developing methodologies towards expeditious oligosaccharide synthesis.  Before coming to Lindenwood he was an adjunct instructor at McKendree and Southeast Missouri State Universities.  Hasty teaches organic chemistry and some of the general chemistry sequence, and conducts undergraduate research involving carbohydrates.  Hasty is married and has one son that LOVES NASCAR!  Competitive bass fishing is a passion of Hasty's, and he competes in about 10 tournaments per year.

Time Offered: R 8:00-8:50AM/ Young 409/ Dr. Jennifer Firestine/ 

Time Offered: R 9:30-10:20AM/ Young 409/ Dr. Scott Hasty 

Section 22: Retraining the Brain: Recognizing Hidden Biases

Have you ever wondered what makes us categorize and label social groups so quickly? When does is start and how does it persist? This class will examine the psychological background of social categorization. We will ask questions such as: How do race, gender, and class differences form? How are they maintained? Are there true differences? How do we eliminate biases and inequalities? These topics are critical to first-year students as they may transition into a more diverse college climate as well as understand the way in which we made decisions and inferences about the social world. As we examine our own identities, we will also explore our possible biases towards others. Our ultimate goal is to retrain our brain, or the way that we think about social groups, to acknowledge and replace our potential hidden biases.

Welcome first-year students! Dr. Stephanie Afful is an associate professor of psychology at Lindenwood. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology from Saint Louis University, as well as bachelor degrees in psychology and sociology from Drury University. Her research focuses on modern measurement of racism, racial identity, and interracial relationships. Afful loves teaching psychology. She believes students will find there is much more to psychology, as well as our understanding of prejudice and privilege, than first meets the eye. In her free time, Afful enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with family.

Time Offered: M 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Stephanie Afful 

Section 24: Self-Management: The Key to Affirming Your Personal Power and Communicating with Others

It is a fundamental need to search for and express your personal power in life. How do you define freedom? How do you define success? Is it accomplishing great things? Is it commanding leadership and influence over others? Is it finding what makes you happy? Is it the quality of your relationships with others? Using the latest psychological research, this seminar will quickly uncover what has worked for you and what hasn't. Mastering the ABCs of self-management will allow you to get more of what you want from life, and step with confidence through your college experience and into the future you choose. By investigating and experimenting with the ways we communicate with ourselves and others, you will implement a plan to master your mind, succeed at college, and start living now.

Kevin Herbert, LPC, serves as a clinical supervisor for professional counselors and as adjunct instructor of psychology at Lindenwood University. He has a heart for helping individuals and families to break through anxiety and depression and reconcile grief and loss, and he has experience educating and coaching executives, athletes, and students in achieving mental clarity and reaching higher levels of performance and mastery. He is a Lindenwood alumnus (B.A. in marketing and management, 1998), with a master's in psychology from Marist College, and intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy, grief and trauma, meditation and hypnotherapy. He has four wonderful kids, and in his free time you'll find him playing music, cooking and eating amazing meals, planning adventures, even hitting the skate park and bike trails.

Time Offered: W 11:00-11:50AM/ LARC 311/ Professor Kevin Herbert 

Section 25: LindenWeb

As young students of the world, you rely on computers daily for educational, informational, and social reasons. Much of your interaction is done through web pages on the Internet. This class will introduce you to the fundamental programming languages behind all web pages: HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. XHTML is used to create static pages. CSS allows the web designer to write and apply consistent, centrally defined formatting and web page layout instructions. JavaScript is a language that allows interaction between the user and the web page functionality. Students will also learn some basic research skills, using the Internet for researching and other online resources you need to become a good researcher, and learning MLA skills. 

Dr. Jaime Inman has been an educator for over 10 years, teaching technology to grades K-12 in public and private education settings. Inman has extensive experience in teaching various computer programming language classes. In addition, she worked as a technology coordinator and webmaster for a private school and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with minors in accounting and marketing from Maryville University. Inman holds teaching certificates in early childhood and business education and completed her doctorate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as a Master of Arts in teaching from Webster University in educational technology. Inman serves as the program director and assistant professor of undergraduate information technology for the School of Accelerated Degree Programs. Inman loves to workout in her spare time and read, and she is very busy with two girls.

Time Offered: W 10:00-10:50AM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Jaime Inman 

Section 27: Fashion: reThink-reDesign

Did you know that the fashion industry is the second largest industry contributing to the pollution of the earth? In Fashion: reThink - reDesign, we will discuss the environmental impact of the industry, explore the positive and innovative changes that are taking place, as well as understand what we can do as consumers. We will also create our own clothing brand with up-cycled clothes, use social media as a marketing tool, and finish the semester with a pop-up boutique!

Ameli Skoglund earned her M.F.A. in fashion design from Lindenwood University in 2013. Since then, she has taught as an adjunct instructor, worked freelance in the industry, and designed for her own apparel brand. She joined the university as a full-time visiting instructor in fall 2017. As an instructor, she teaches the computer-aided design courses and upper-level design courses.

Time Offered: F 9:00-9:50AM/ LARC 213/ Professor Ameli Skoglund 

Section 28: Unleashing Your Hidden Desires, Passions, and Treasures: Writing in Style for Any Market!

Do you worry about what employers are looking for when they ask you to submit a paragraph "describing yourself"?  Or, do you know what goes into the marketing of you?  How about what instructors want in writing?  If so, you have come to the right class!  This course will focus on developing your writing skills for success in the classroom and in the boardroom in a fun and fantastic environment.  Come along for the ride!

Paula Nunning is an adjunct instructor of English who teaches at Lindenwood University.  She has spent her career teaching composition, business writing, and journalism in the university arena and training, developing, interviewing, hiring, supervising, and writing in the corporate arena.  She is passionate about developing people and helping them realize their potential.

Time Offered: F 11:00-11:50AM/ LARC 311/ Professor Paula Nunning 

Section 29: Just Say Yes to GIS!

Maps and map apps are everywhere today" on our phones, in our cars, on television, and in social media.  But guess what?  All these maps are lying to you in some way!  This class will equip students with the skills to analyze the maps around them, giving them the ability to discern valuable maps from "Cartojunk."  These skills transfer to all majors and disciplines and will introduce first-year students to the career field of GIS (Geographic Information Systems). This is a growing field with a workforce shortage!

Tara Vansell has been teaching Geographic Information Systems classes at Lindenwood since 2011.  She holds a B.A. in geography with a GIS emphasis from the University of Missouri - Columbia and an M.A. in urban planning and real estate development from Saint Louis University.  Before teaching at Lindenwood, she spent several years working for Surdex, a mapping and aerial photography company in the St. Louis region.  Off campus, she enjoys traveling with her family.  Favorite vacations have included hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, biking the Katy Trail, sailing in Maine, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, soaking up the sun along the California coast, getting in touch with her Viking roots in Scandinavia, and DISNEY WORLD!

Time Offered: R 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 217/ Professor Tara Vansell 

Section 30: Wheels and Prosthetic Legs: in Sports and Recreation, Limbs are Optional

Have you ever heard of goalball or sit volleyball or played wheelchair basketball? What are those sports? Who plays them? This is a course open to all students who want to embrace the "can" in people, not the "can't." This class will challenge you to think differently and expect more out of people that might have a different ability (disability). We will engage in all kinds of activities and sports that you may have never tried before! This class is exposure to diversity in our culture. This course will also introduce you to exciting and fulfilling career paths and hopefully encourage new thought about people with disabilities. We will look at what they CAN accomplish! We will challenge the stigma that society tends to put on people with disabilities as we learn about the Paralympics, adapted sport, and therapeutic recreation.  Students will gain experience in a major course of study (therapeutic recreation) as well as a minor in adapted sports and recreation that is appropriate for many different majors across campus. Students will learn about careers in the School of Health Services as well as other majors who are involved in human service. We are going to play and experience sports such as wheelchair basketball and sit volleyball, as well as many more! More than anything, the hope is that upon leaving this class, students will think about people with different abilities and believe in the "I CAN."

Heather Pennington has worked for 18 years in the field of adapted sports and recreation. She worked at an Olympic and Paralympic training site, where she wore many hats and loved it! Hats included fitness coordinator, strength conditioning coach, wheelchair basketball coach, adapted ski instructor, and more. She was blessed to serve with the U.S. Paralympic Military program and help wounded warriors find their strength! Pennington is also passionate about serving families that live with disability everyday through Lift Disability Network, a nonprofit she and her husband run in the area. Lift provides monthly programming and an AWESOME summer camp! She has a master's degree in exercise physiology and certifications related to the field. She loves teaching and showing students their career potential!

Time Offered: F 10:00-10:50AM/ LARC 108/ Professor Heather Pennington 

Section 31: Wicked Money

This course is about financial behavior.  Think about the guy who blows half of his paycheck at the casino.  Think about the guy who hoards so much stuff you can barely walk through his house.  Think about the guy who works all the time and ignores his family.  Think about the guy who has his credit cards maxed out yet still spends money like there's no tomorrow.  Think about the guy who is so cheap he won't even pick up his share of the bar tab.  Do you know that guy?  Are you that guy?  Find out why he does that, then find out how not to be that guy.

Rob Rodermund is the department chair of finance (undergraduate studies) at Lindenwood University.  Prior to his academic career, he was an executive at a large, independent financial services firm.  He holds a B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S.C.F.E. from the University of Missouri, and is currently working to complete his Ph.D. at Kansas State University.  He was born and raised in California, but has lived in Missouri for over 25 years.  He loves cars, history, and traveling.  His favorite travel destinations are Paris, San Francisco, and Cancun.  He has a wife, a son, a dog, and two cats, and lives in Chesterfield.

Time Offered: M 2:00-2:50PM/ Harmon Hall/ Professor Rob Rodermund 

Section 33: The Path of the 21st Century Musician

Has your love of music drawn you toward a career in it?  The 21st Century Musician is so much more than a star performer or an exemplary educator.  The 21st Century Musician is also a creator, an arranger, a composer, a communicator, a marketer, an improviser, a technician, an engineer, and so much more!  Over the last 20 years, technology has allowed musicians of all types to take control of their own careers, navigate the musical world on their own terms, and carve out a place for themselves.  There are so many facets of the music industry that there is a place for EVERYONE who loves music. In this course, we will work to answer the question: "What IS music?"  We'll dive into what makes music "good or bad" and how to think and write about music.  We will explore practicing habits and how to excel as a music major, as well as how to find that job that speaks to your musical passions.

Dr. Matt Hoormann is an assistant professor in the Music Program and currently oversees the music business and jazz and contemporary music areas.  Hoormann has earned his bachelor and master of music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and his Doctor of Music Arts from University of California, Los Angeles all in trombone performance.  He calls upon his wide range of performance experiences to inform a unique look at what it means to be a successful musician in the 21st century.  In his spare time (ha!), Hoormann enjoys spending time adventuring with his wife and kids, all of whom are way better looking than he is.

Time Offered: W 10:00-10:50AM/ JSCHEI 2060/ Dr. Matt Hoormann 

Section 34: The Gaming Life: Work and Creative Play


The biggest question in life is simple. Can I figure out how to play all the time instead of working? This course is about that question. There's another way to ask the same thing. It takes a little longer. Imagine the perfect college major, the perfect job, the perfect life. How would work fit into each of these? Would work be mostly about forcing ourselves to stop having fun long enough to get important, practical things done so we can get back to what we really want to do? Or would success in class, job, and everyday life come from the same things that charge us up when we play?

A utopia is a perfect world, a place where work equals play and fun is the path to success. This class is an exploration of perspectives on learning, working, and gaming that can make creative play the engine of everything we do. Students will be asked to play games, imagine new games, and think and write about how the principles of gaming can be expanded into a broader life philosophy.

The question at the top of this description is a trick. It's a little game. The goal of this class is not learning how to play instead of work. It's bigger than that. The question is how to make work and play the same thing.

Dr. Daniel Plate has degrees in literature (Ph.D., Washington University), creative writing (M.F.A., University of Arkansas), and philosophy/English (B.A., Taylor University). He currently focuses his research on the relationship between games, creative writing, computer coding, amateur mathematics, and philosophy. He teaches literature and writing classes. He is the faculty advisor for the creative writing club and has started a board-gaming club on campus. For fun, he plays games with family and friends, writes, experiments with computer programming, learns tricks with math, and reads philosophy. Each year he tries to write a professional bio that reads like a list of hobbies. He's getting closer.

Time Offered: R 1:00-1:50PM/ LARC 213/ Dr. Daniel Plate 

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