Scholars Enrichment Program

For more information, or to register for a SLUSEP Course, please see your Guidance Counselor.

2018 SLUSEP Program Schedule

September 15            October 6          November 3
September 22            October 13        November 10              
September 29      (No Class: PSATS)
                                  October 20
                                  October 27

  • Classes will be held 9:00 to 11:30 AM. 
  • Please note that there are no classes on October 13th, due to PSAT examinations.

* * * * *Attendance Policy* * * * *
To receive a SLUSEP completion certificate, students are allowed only two excused absences.

2018 SLUSEP Course Offerings

  •  Course A
    Ace Your Audition!:  Preparing Monologues for Performance
    Angela Sweigart-Gallagher
    Telephone:  315-229-5166
    E-mail:  asweigart@stlawu.edu

You'll ace your next audition after participating in this acting course focused on developing a monologue for performance! In this highly interactive and hands-on workshop, you'll apply the fundamentals of script analysis to enhance your performance of two audition monologues. You'll learn how to create realistic and distinct physical characterizations, break your monologues into beats, develop builds, and use tactics and action to create a compelling audition.

Enrollment: 16     Room:  Noble Center, Room 109

  • Course B
    Children's Literature and Its Life-Long Lessons:  Looking Back to Look Ahead
    Karen Gibson, Adjunct Instructor
    Telephone:  315-244-1266
    E-mail:  kgibson@stlawu.edu

Stories exert a profound influence on humans by engaging our imaginations and teaching us life lessons while entertaining us. From history and economics to the inspiration to follow your dreams, chances are it was a piece of children’s literature that led to your initial understanding of the concepts and themes now guiding you toward adulthood. As we explore the power of storytelling, we will identify some of the life lessons we first encountered as children and consider their importance in our lives, while also becoming more conscious of our consumption of the powerful stories that surround us. As a culminating experience, students will create their own original children’s book.

Enrollment: 20     Room:  Carnegie 112

  • Course C
    Music:  Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How
    Paul Siskind, Music
    Telephone:  315-229-5064
    Email: psiskind@stlawu.edu

Despite the cliché, music is not a "universal language!" This course will explore many facets of the varying roles that music can play in people's lives. Some of these issues include:
- How (and why) did music evolve in human culture?
- How is music processed by the brain, and how does   
   music evoke emotional responses?
- Does music convey any specific "meaning"; if so,   
   what does it mean?
- Are folk music, popular music, and "classical"
   music really different from each other?
- What are the similarities and differences between  
   music and other forms of art?
- What makes music "good" versus "bad?"
- How do the answers to these questions vary
   between different cultures, and how have they
   evolved over time?
We will explore these questions through listening to a wide variety of musical styles. Previous experience in performing music or reading music notation is not necessary for this course; the only prerequisites are open ears and an open mind. 

Enrollment: 25     Room:  Valentine, Room 202

  • Course D
    Introduction to Chinese Culture
    Zhenjun Zhang, Modern Languages
    Telephone:  315-229-5857
    E-mail:  zzhang@stlawu.edu

This course provides an overview of China, including its history, society, language, literature, religions, and culture. While seeking to improve students’ understanding of Chinese history and culture, this course also aims at enhancing students’ interests and skills in analyzing Chinese literature and film. All works are read in English.

Enrollment: 25     Room:  Carnegie, Room 212 

  • Course E
    Black Hair Matters:  Stories of Policed Afro-Textured Hair
    Tiara Davis, Career Services
    Telephone:  315-229-5906
    Email: tdavis@stlawu.edu

 

Nicole Orr. Deana Scott. Maya Scott. Zulaikha Patel. Unati Gong Hexa. Sabrina Kent. Teresa Whippel. Tayjha Deleveaux. These names and their experiences are etched in the history of policed Black hair. In educational institutions and corporate settings, Afro-textured hair continues to be heavily policed and mislabeled as, “not workplace appropriate,” and more frequently, “out of dress code.” Because perceptions of beauty have been governed by western Eurocentric ideology, it has indirectly contributed to popular misconceptions. These frames of oppression were institutionalized and became the standard of Black beauty. Within the last decade, there has been a powerful shift in representation and appreciation for kinky hair textures. The natural hair movements have demonstrated that Black hair is an expression of cultural values and identity. This course will explore stories of policed Afro-textured hair and how people of color are reclaiming their identity.

Enrollment: 10     Room:  Richardson, Room 15