2014 Fall Courses

Dr. James SullivanWe will trace the development of the Western from its beginnings through the dime novel, pulp, magazines, and enduring classics to the contemporary Western. Along the way we will read short stories, poems and watch excerpts from some of the films that have defined the Western.

Date: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Science and Nursing Complex 205
Instructor: Dr. James Sullivan
Dr. James Sullivan, professor of English at Mount Marty College, received a PhD from St. Louis University with a specialization in contemporary American literature. He teaches a variety of literature and writing courses including American and World Literature. For twenty-five years he has been a South Dakota Humanities Scholar leading book discussion groups in the southeast corner of the state. Dr. Sullivan has published poetry in literary journals such as Cat's Eye, Sow's Ear Journal of Poetry, and Flyway.

Dr. Jan HausmannThis course explores Catholic moral theology from its foundational experience of God's love and the Christian's call to love. Using the work of moral theologian James Keenan, S.J., we will begin by examining the experience of love before exploring the relationship between love, conscience, sin and suffering. Students will walk away with a deeper understanding of Christian love that will, in turn, deepen their understanding of sin and why a behavior is considered sinful.

Date: Fridays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Science and Nursing Complex 205
Instructor: Dr. Helen Ciernick
Dr. Helen Ciernick, an Associate Professor of Theology, has been on faculty at MMC for 6 years. With degrees in Religious Studies, Theology and Church History, she teaches a wide range of courses, including her new class Understanding the Catholic Faith. Dr. Ciernick has also offered classes in church history and theology at St. Benedict Parish, where she lectors. She looks forward to teaching for CAL because of the lively discussion that comes with teaching adults. When not teaching, she sews, plays piano, reads and pursues her renewed hobby of stained-glass.

Learn the secret behind the "Never Fail" recipe for buns, rolls and bread!! Never buy frozen dough again!! Participants will be introduced to this simple recipe sure to satisfy many palettes through the preparation and creation of delicious baked goods! You will be amazed with how many items you can enjoy (and share with others) - all coming from this simple recipe! Just in time for the holidays!!

Date: Mondays, October 20, October 27, November 3
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am, 9:00am - 11:00am, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Sacred Heart Monastery
Instructor: Sr. Margo Tschetter
Sr. Margo Tschetter, recently retired from 45 years of teaching (14 years of running the popular Sacred Heart School morning bakery), looks forward to sharing the love of baking she inherited from her father with our CAL students.

* Limited to SIX Participants

Dr. Paul AndersMost cemeteries are fascinating depositories of history and art. We will ponder the beauty and meaning of the many ways our ancestors and contemporaries express the values and fundamental truths of death and the afterlife. Who can question the meaning of a finger pointing heavenwards? But what about that vine or those leaves of that particular flower? Each week, following a brief lecture, the group will visit a cemetery in the area (weather permitting) to make rubbings of symbols.

Date: Tuesdays, October 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Roncalli 114
Instructor: Fr. Thomas Wordkemper
An alumnus of Mount Marty College and has been a Benedictine monk of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND since 1985. He holds an MDiv. and an MA in Catholic Thought from St. Meinrad's School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN. Throughout his years as a monk, he has held many positions including kitchen manager, baker, organist/choir director, vocation director, campaign and development director, landscaper, and weekend pastor in many parishes. Currently he serves as the Chaplain for Sacred Heart Monastery and Mount Marty College.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are asked to supply dark crayons, freezer paper and blue painters tape. Transportation will be provided.

 Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest - oh my! With the plethora of social media options it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with social media these days. While this seems to come natural for the younger generation, the rest of us could use some help navigating through the social world! Sharing pictures with family and friends, promoting an event or business, and places in between, the course direction will be based on the interest and needs of the students (no matter what ability or comfort level you may find yourself).

Date: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6
Time: 10:30 - 12:00pm
Location: SLC 104
Instructor: Kristi Tacke
Kristi Tacke, Director of Media Relations for Mount Marty College, has spent nearly 15 years in the industry and seen it evolve from yellow pages to smart phone interactions. Her day-to-day oversight of the college's social media strategy has taught her the right and wrong way to approach the topic. Sensitive to the challenges of using social media, Kristi is excited to share her expertise and best practices for both the personal and professional environments.

 Are you one of those people in the area who do not fish but have always wanted to give it a try? Or, perhaps you enjoyed fishing when you were a kid and have recently thought how much fun it would be to throw a line in again? Now is the time for you to enjoy this "guided tour" of fishing, as you will learn the basics (and hear plenty of fishing stories, too) through a hands-on experience outdoors in the fresh Missouri River air.

Date: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 1:00 - 2-30pm
Location: Roncalli 114
Instructor: Erin Riibe
Erin Riibe spends his summers guiding salmon fishermen in Alaska.  Instructor of Recreation Management at Mount Marty College, Erin will also be teaching Biking and Hiking, Introduction to Archery, and Camping/Outdoor Recreation this fall on campus for our undergraduates..  He looks forward to some midday fishing excursions with our CAL students, and hopes they just may get "hooked" on this fun and relaxing activity!

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will need to bring a rod and reel; bait and tackle will be provided. Participants will also need a fishing license.

* Limited to EIGHT Participants