2015 Spring Courses

Dr. Alan FerrisHow have individuals been transformed by the speeding-up of everyday life? And what impact is this having on the quality of our lives?? This course will investigate how this new sense of time is redefining the meaning of the individual and the family, of democratic society and international relations, and the natural environment around us.

Date: Wednesdays | February 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: Bede 205
Instructor: Dr. Alan Ferris

Dr. Alan Ferris, professor of Psychology at Mount Marty College, received a PhD from Kansas State University in Personality/Social Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology and has been on the faculty at Mount Marty College for 22 years. He teaches a variety of psychology classes including Social Psychology, Personality Theory, Memory and Cognition, and Physiological Psychology. He has taught
The Speed of Modern Society, The Psychology of Happiness, and Water for the Honors Program at
Mount Marty College. He also plays in the MMC Band and participates in intramural sports on campus.
In his spare time, Dr. Ferris enjoys woodworking, model railroading and gardening.

Dr. Vicki GeiserThis course will discuss the scientific and medical implications of the current Ebola outbreak along with other emerging infectious diseases. Take a close look at the risk factors for infectious agents as well as their associated pathology and strategies for prevention and treatment.

Date: Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Avera Science Nursing Complex 153
Instructor: Dr. Vicki Geiser

Dr. Vicki Geiser is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Medical Laboratory Sciences at MMC. She earned her B.S., M.S., and PhD in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in molecular virology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Dr. Geiser completed her postdoctoral fellowship in viral oncology at Brigham & Women's Hospital's Infectious Disease Division and Harvard Medical School's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Geiser is a collaborator and undergraduate research program mentor for the Microbial Genome Annotation Network, SD Biochemical Spatio-temporal NeTwork Resource
(Bio-SNTR), and SD Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN).


Come and learn about one of the most exciting, educational, and inexpensive hobbies around - stamp collecting! These small pieces of paper convey so much more than the amount of postage required to transport a letter or package to a remote point. Indeed, they are able to teach us about geography, politics, history, and so much more. In this class we'll learn about some of the most imiportant points of the human experience, all by examining these tiny scraps of paper. Some of our greatest stories may be related through stamps, and in this class we'll explore some of the best. Finally, we'll learn a few things about the hobby itself, such as how to collect, where to purchase, and what to avoid.

Date: Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location: Bede 326
Instructor: Dr. Terry Nelson

Dr. Terry Nelson has been an avid stamp collector since he was ten years old. He remembers well visiting the stamp and coin section of the local FW Woolworth's, and one day, after the sort of persistence that
only a boy of that age is able to muster, his mother gave in and bought him a bag of 600 stamps. From
that point on he was hooked. Today, Dr. Nelson spends most of his time teaching, but he still finds time for
his hobby, and he looks forward to sharing some of its most interesting stories with his class.

Dr. Kenneth TiceThis course will focus on the changing musical landscape of the early 20th Century, discuss popular trends, choral and instrumental music, and the impact world events had on music during this time. Particular attention will be given to Carl Orff's CARMINA BURBANA, the spring masterwork being performed by the MMC Mixed Choir and Mount Marty Choral Union April 28.

Date: Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Location: Bede 237
Instructor: Dr. Kenneth Tice

Dr. Kenneth Tice is chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at Mount Marty College. He conducts choirs and teaches various classes in music, voice, and music education. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Mount Marty Choral Union. He received his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, holds a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from East Carolina University. Dr. Tice has been teaching choral music for the past ten years at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level. Choirs under his direction have received superior ratings at festivals and contest. He also clinics and workshops with choirs all over the South Dakota and Nebraska area.


The Saint John's Bible LogoDate: Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Bede 117
Instructor: Gene Brinkmeyer, Lelia Elder, Dr. Terry Lafferty

Commissioned by Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN, The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible of its scale in over 500 years. Two volumes of the Heritage Edition will be property of Mount Marty College during 2015. To celebrate this opportunity, and to better understand the making of the Bible, this team-taught course will take a look at the art, calligraphy, theology and historical perspective of this increadible undertaking.

*Immediately following the last class session, students will attend the Spring Benedictine Lecture "From Inspiration to Illumination: The Saint John's Bible, an Artistic Creation of Benedictine Values" by Tim Ternes, Director, The Saint John's Bible, Marian Auditorium, 7:00 PM.

This A-team of teachers includes former MMC Professor of Music, Gene Brinkmeyer, who delivered the popular "Related Arts" course on our campus for many years; Ms. Leila Elder, who continues to teach calligraphy to our students AND had the privilege of attending many of the preliminary events and calligraphy workshops led by Donald Jackson, Artistic Director of The Saint John's Bible; and
Dr. Theresa Lafferty, current faculty member in our Religious Studies and Philosophy department and lover of all things biblical.