Spring 2009 First-Year Seminars

It's All Greek To Me

Course Number: FL 1001

CRN: 14294

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Place: Swalm 145

Instructor: Robert Wolverton

Description: This seminar will look in a comprehensive way, at the ancient Greeks and evaluate their contributions to modern America.

Instructor Bio: Robert E. Wolverton, Sr. has teaching interests in Classical Mythology, Latin, Greek, History of Christianity, Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Etymology (English Words Derived from Greek and Latin). His latest book is In Other Words: A Lexicon of Sports for Winners and Losers…and More published in 2005.


Events That Shaped The Chemical Industry

Course Number: CHE 1001

CRN: 14291

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Place: Carpenter 308

Instructor: Becky Toghiani

Description: The chemical industry in the United States began in the early 1900s. Learn about its history and how economics and environmental concerns have shaped the chemical industry as we know it today. Topics examined include landmark environmental events such as Love Canal and Times Beach, process plant accidents such as the Flixborough and Bhopal catastrophes and economic events such as the 1973 oil embargo. During the past three decades, the chemical industry has improved energy efficiency and product quality, while minimizing the environmental impact of their operations. Learn about the challenges that face the chemical industry in the coming decades.

Instructor Bio: Rebecca K. Toghiani is a Grisham Master Teacher. She received the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award and the 2005 Outstanding Teaching Award from ASEE. Toghiani worked for Proctor and Gamble and for Monsanto Industrial Chemicals.


The Interior Designer's Toolbox

Course Number: ID 1001

CRN: 14232

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Place: Swalm 110

Instructor: Staff

Description: Ever wonder if those design shows on HGTV are real? They’re not but interior design can be an exciting and challenging career; this course will introduce you to the real story behind interior design. We’ll explore the designer’s toolbox, examining the principles of design, graphic communication, space planning, and much more.


Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years Of Movie Music

Course Number: MU 1001

CRN: 34834

10:00 - 10:50 am

Place: BCRH

Instructor: Elaine Leigh Peterson

Description: This course will explore the ways in which music has been used in film over the past century. We will begin with silent movies of the 1920s, explore Hollywood’s golden age, and see how past and new techniques are being used in the soundtracks of today. Classes will consist of discussion, lecture and the viewing of film clips. Viewing of complete films outside of class will also be a component of the course. This is a chance not only to learn how vital the music is to the movie industry, but also serves as a good introduction to film history, in general.

Instructor Bio: Elaine Peterson teaches music history, music appreciation, and double reeds for the Department of Music at Mississippi State University. She is the current director of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, which is held in Starkville each February. The Festival is now in its 12th season.


Cooking Basics - Iron Chef Bully

Course Number: FNH 1001

CRN: 14292

12:00 - 12:50 pm

Place: Herzer 214

Instructor: Sylvia H. Byrd

Description: Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult or cost a fortune. Students will have fun learning through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, basic cooking fundamentals and techniques. These skills will help students be more versatile, creative, and experienced with food as well as developing skills that can be used every day.

Instructor Bio: Sylvia Byrd has over 20 years of experience as a dietitian and nutrition educator. She is dedicated to teaching others about agriculture and food preparation and their role in healthy lifestyles. Chef Roland Parny, a French trained chef will assist with the seminar demonstrations.


Veterinary Medicine: Beyond Shots and De-worming

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 14293

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Place: Wise

Instructor: Patty Lathan

Description: This seminar will discuss various aspects of and approaches to veterinary medicine. Each seminar will be delivered by a specialist in a specific discipline (i.e., small animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, reproductive medicine). Seminar topics will be diverse and include discussions about specific diseases, the importance of veterinary medicine in controlling human disease, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in veterinary medicine. As part of the course requirement, students will be assigned to “shadow” a veterinary clinician for at least 6 hours in MSU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Instructor Bio: Patty Lathan is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and teaches small animal medicine at the MSU-CVM. She has a special interest in endocrinology and Labrador retrievers.