Summer Academy

If you've ever wanted to experience college life while still in high school, then Hanover's Summer Academy program may be the perfect opportunity. Our respected professors teach a wide range of subjects that will help engage and expand your interests as well as deepen your knowledge of a topic.

2015 Summer Academy Institutes: June 14-19, 2015

Environmental Science Institute - $600
Spend a week exploring the ecology of southeastern Indiana with Biology Professor Darrin Rubino. Carved by the ice ages, with rolling hills, forested bluffs, dramatic ravines and the Ohio River Valley, southeastern Indiana is one of the most biologically diverse and geologically interesting areas of the state. You will be able to assess the environmental quality of our local creeks and streams, investigate climate using tree ring analysis, learn to identify our local flora, fauna (and their behavior) and have a great experience doing so in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You'll also travel to local forests, including an old growth forest. Using the tools of modern science to study the natural world, the week will culminate in a science scholars’ symposium where you'll have the opportunity to present your findings.

Forensic Science Institute - $700
Using modern scientific techniques and the resources of the Science Division at Hanover College, you'll work with Chemistry Professor Craig Philipp examining blood, bones and trace evidence to try and determine the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of a simulated crime.

Graphic Art Institute - $600
Learn how to be a visual problem-solver through design, photo editing, illustration and more. Join Hanover College’s Art Director and Professor of Graphic Design, Rick Lostutter, in exploring the principles of design while learning how to create visual solutions using Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of software. You’ll learn how Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign work seamlessly as essential tools in the production of print and digital media. You will need to bring your own laptop to the academy each day. A 30-day trial version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud will be downloaded on the first day of class.

Health Science Institute - $700
How do we save the patient? What are the vital signs? Can we get a blood culture? Working alongside medical professionals and Hanover's faculty, you'll explore health care careers and medical education using a state-of-the-art human patient simulator (robot). Working as part of a health care team, you'll try to diagnose and then treat the patient before it is too late! This summer's Health Science Institute will focus on the health science behind human performance. Whether you are an athletic trainer treating a college athlete, an occupational therapist working with a developmentally delayed child, or a surgeon operating to clear the arteries of a stroke victim, you are working to preserve or enhance human performance. From clinical settings to the sports field, and from psychology to everyday wellness, we’ll look at what science can tell us about how the human body performs. Additionally, we'll meet multiple health care professionals who will discuss their education and career paths and share how they deal with issues of human performance in their patients each day.

Pre-Law Institute - $600
If the idea of battling it out in the courtroom appeals to you, then join Professor Bill Bettler and Hanover graduate Jeremy Castle for the Pre-Law Institute. In addition to learning about the American legal system, you'll gain insight into the kinds of critical thinking, reading and writing skills that law school requires, as well as how the admission process works. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to learn about the American political system, explore the way judges make decisions, read and debate real Supreme Court cases, and interact with law students and practicing attorneys. If you think law school may be in your future or if you're just curious about the American legal system, then this is the Institute for you!

Psychology of Media Institute - $600
Media — computers, television, movies, music, books, etc. — permeate almost every aspect of our lives. Focusing on movies as our primary examples, you'll explore alongside of Psychology Professor Skip Dine Young and Communication Professor Bill Bettler what makes media so entertaining and so powerful. You'll learn how the images and stories found in media influence thought and behavior, as well as consider how they become part of our understanding of who we are as individuals and as a society.

Theatre Institute: Shakespeare in Action - $600
Spend a week immersing yourself in the language, characters, and stories of the world’s greatest playwright! You'll receive instruction in Elizabethan stage combat, acting Shakespeare-style, and page-to-stage scene study, culminating in a workshop performance at the end of the week. Led by Hanover Theatre faculty Jim Stark and Paul Hildebrand.

From Script to Screen - $600
Step into the world of television and film! Students will be immersed in each stage of production through writing, staging, acting in and shooting: a commercial, a sitcom, and several short film/television drama scenes.

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Will I stay on campus?
Yes, in one of Hanover's air-conditioned dorms, with meals served in the Campus Center dining room or provided on field trips.

What does the program cost?
The cost for each institute ranges from $600 to $700. This includes housing, meals and supplies.

Where is the Academy?
The Academy will take place at Hanover College in southeastern Indiana.

Is there an application deadline?
The application deadline is May 15. Each institute will be capped at a limited number of students, so applying early is encouraged. Many of the 2014 Institutes were full by March.

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