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SOHS Summer campers


We welcome all members of the greater community to participate in our summer camps and community programs.

Summer Camps

Art in the Morning

Art in the Morning is a three-week summer youth art program for 1-8th graders, offered by SOCA. Area art teachers and Art Education majors will instruct children in drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia and ceramics.

Upcoming dates and times: TBD
Location: Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001

Art, Music, Communication High School Workshops

SOCA offers workshops to regional high school art, music, and communication students and teachers. The workshops are held once a semester. Each student will participate in one workshop with a full-time faculty member, followed by a portfolio review or music audition for interested individuals.

Dates and times: TBD

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001

Beauty Will Save the World Summer Theology Camp

Our week-long theology camp gives high school students the opportunity to encounter God through beauty. As a participant, you will spend a restful week on campus learning about how God calls each person to an individual vocation and experiencing the richness of the Catholic Church’s liturgical prayer. In addition, you will

  • Interact with USF professors and explore readings on the theology of beauty
  • Attend workshops that explore Lectio Divina, the Jesus Prayer, Sacred Meditation and Discernment
  • Experience living in a college dorm, as well as recreational events that include canoe rides, campfires, and an evening of live music, refreshments, and entertainment in the USF Student Center.

The Summer Theology Camp is made possible through a Lilly Endowment Theology Institute for High School Youth grant. The fee is $99 and includes room and board, instruction, art supplies, and transportation.

Upcoming dates: July 6- 11, 2019

Contact Dr. Adam Deville at or 260-399-7700 ext.8120

Health Sciences Summer Camp

Students entering grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are invited to attend USF’s Health Sciences Camp, where they will discover potential careers in the healthcare field.  Hands-on activities will introduce students to careers in Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiology, Social Work & Surgery. New this year: Athletic Training & Exercise Science

Dates: June 11-12, 2019
Times: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Location: Doermer Health Sciences Center
Cost: $30 per student (for both days) and lunch is included. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
Registration: Registration will open April 1, 2019.

Contact Anne Kirk at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8501.


AHEC School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Parkview Physicians Group Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences Parkview Regional Medical Center

Jesters Summer Program

The Jesters at USF offer a summer performing arts program for individuals with disabilities. The six-week summer program includes dance/movement, stories, theatre, percussion, and music. Participants may have an active role in the performance if they choose, but it is not required. The summer program is available to anyone with a disability, regardless of his or her involvement with the traditional Jesters program.

Dates: TBD

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001 or Jesters Director Allison Ballard for details.

Summer Music Tech Academy

The USF Music Technology Program will be hosting a summer academy for high school students with a different theme/focus each day.

Dates: June 17 – 20, 2019
Times: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Location: USF Music Technology Center (431 W Berry St.)
Registration: Register online via Eventbrite

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001.

Visual Arts Academy

This program gives high school students the opportunity to study the visual arts, work with professional artists, visit museums, and develop professional portfolios for college entrance and scholarship applications. The program is highly structured and students can choose two courses from a variety of 2-D and 3-D media.

Dates: Session I: July 8-12, 2019, Session II: July 15-19, Session III: July 22-26
Times: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Location: Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center
Registration: Register online via Eventbrite

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001.

Youth Summer Art Program

This program provides children and pre-teens with a safe, supportive environment in which to participants are exposed to a variety of 2D/3D media. Students are provided with art supplies, positive role models and opportunities to interact with community arts organizations.

Dates: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 26, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center
Registration: Register online via Eventbrite

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001.

Community Programs

Best Practices Showcase for Educators

Best Practices Showcase for Educators is an annual event sponsored by the department of Education that highlights current educators and focuses on professional development related to new trends in education.

Annual Best Practices Showcase: March 23, 2019

Registration begins December 21st. The schedule of events has been released.

Contact Nancy Hankee at


Founded in 1978 and sponsored by USF, Jesters is a performance ensemble composed of performers (ages eight to senior citizen) with mild-to-severe developmental disabilities.

This one-of-a-kind program runs from September to March, providing 20 weeks of customized arts education activities, including:

  • Movement/Dance
  • Music (instrumental and voice)
  • Theatre
  • Animation
  • Storytelling
  • Visual Arts

Structure: The program takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • From September to December, all Jesters meet from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • From noon to 2 p.m., Jesters who want to participate in afternoon activities bring a sack lunch and work in smaller groups in the discipline of their choice.
  • In the spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original production performed by Jesters participants.

Our Mission: Jesters engages individuals with disabilities in the creative arts, and by doing so, enhances their quality of life. Participants develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization, and other life skills, while also providing learning opportunities to the USF and at-large communities.

Volunteer! USF students, faculty, and other community members are invited to participate as

  • Performers and Accompanists
  • Backstage Crew
  • Direct Service and/or Observations

Contact SOCA School Coordinator Molly McGowan at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8001 or Jesters Director Allison Ballard for details.

The Jesters program is funded in part by AWS Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

MLK Day — “A Day On, Not a Day Off”

While many schools and businesses take a day off to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the USF community takes a different approach. We honor Dr. King’s legacy through the act of service.

Classes are suspended for the day while students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater community participate in a variety of community service activities. The “Day On” also includes a keynote speaker, Mass, and lunch.

Contact Katrina Boedeker at or 260-399-8080.

Northeast Literacy Council

The Northeast Literacy Council is dedicated to the advancement of literacy instruction at all levels of education and with diverse populations. It does so through professional development opportunities and mini awards. The Council is sponsored by USF’s department of Education.

Contact Nancy Hankee at

Science Symposium

Get a taste of university-level learning! High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to attend our one-day workshops taught by USF professors. They will participate in relevant, hands-on science in the following academic areas: math, chemistry, biology, pre-professional science, environmental science, and/or physical sciences.

Participants will also:

  • Build lasting relationships with other high school students
  • Meet and talk to current college students
  • Chat with college admissions representatives
  • Discuss career goals with faculty

Upcoming Science Symposium: TBD

Contact Dr. Michael Bechill at or 260-399-7700 ext. 8208.

School of Creative Arts High School Resources

The School of Creative Arts offers a series of presentations and workshops to support the visual arts and communication curriculum of regional high schools. To schedule a faculty visit to your high school or to meet with faculty at our state-of-the-art facilities on campus, contact: Esperanca Camara, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History or at 260-399-7700, ext. 8017

Topics include:

Career Preparation

  • The Animation Field – Matt White, M.F.A
    This presentation discusses portfolio preparation and the skills needed for the wide variety of jobs available in the animation field. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4
  • Careers in Art Education and Pre-Art Therapy – Jodi Nix, M.A.
    This presentation addresses the educational requirements for pursuing these professions as well as portfolio preparation.
    Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4
  • Careers in Digital Media – Jane Martin, M.F.A.
    This introduction to careers in digital media provides an overview of how film, video and social media are converging to communicate to audiences. It also looks at the use of Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook as communication outlets for potential film makers and digital artists. Students will be introduced to both studio and field shooting tips and techniques. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4
  • Careers in Social Media – Kristin Miller, M.A.
    This overview of how Public Relations careers utilize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other media outlets to communicate with the public intro- duces students to a rapidly-growing field. It discusses opportunities for creativity and writing to come together to create career potential.
  • Careers for Studio Artists: Dispelling the Myth of the Starving Artist – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.
    Advice on various options and strategies for supporting yourself as a professional fine artist. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 4
  • Graphic Design: Trends, Techniques, and Careers – Alan Nauts, M.A.
    The Industrial Revolution launched an era of creativity and mass publication that had never been seen in the civilized world. A new age in communication had begun.  Graphic design continues to evolve in unprecedented and dynamic ways, playing a significant role in our culture. Students will be introduced to the movers and shakers that have shaped this exciting industry.  They will also learn about its many career opportunities. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4

On-Site Portfolio Reviews

A team of two USF faculty will come to your school to hold one-on-one portfolio reviews with interested students. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 4

  • Preparing a Strong Portfolio – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.
    Advice on what to include in your portfolio and how to talk about your artwork. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 3
  • Traditional Artists in a CG-Dominated World – Ron Lewis, B.F.A.
    This presentation explores the many traditional jobs available in the now CG-dominated field of animation. Though believed to be a dying concept in the area of animation, traditional art still plays a major role in the conceptual and developmental process of some of Hollywood’s most successful films and animation.

Materials, Tools, and Creative Processes

  • 2D Design – Jodi Nix, M.A.
    Emotive acrylic painting to music with critique. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 3
  • Animation: Basics of 3D Animation – Matt White, M.F.A.
    Demonstration of animation techniques using standard 3D animation software. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2
  • Animation: Workshop on Stop Motion – Matt White, M.F.A.
    Workshop introduces students to stop-motion animation tools. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2
  • Ceramics: Wheel/Throwing Demonstration – Eric Carlson, M.F.A.
    This demonstration will include the production of a variety of vessels as well as discussion of the history of throwing techniques and the science behind the physical properties of various clay bodies. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 1
  • Ceramics: Hand-Building Workshop – Eric Carlson, M.F.A.
    Students will be introduced to a variety of pinch pot vessels. The relationship of form and function, the history of hand-building techniques, and science of clay will also be discussed. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2
  • Drawing: Essential Techniques for Drawing From Observation – Tim Parsley, M.F.A
    Workshop covers sight-measurement techniques needed for drawing from direct observation. Creating: National Core Arts Standards 2
  • Film: Visual Storytelling – Jane Martin, M.F.A.
    This workshop presents an overview of how to design stories for visual media. Learn treatment writing, script and character development and the elements of filmmaking. This overview from concept to editing will help students clearly understand all the processes necessary for film making. We will do a scene analysis and break down the elements of effective  film production. Creating: National Core Arts Standards 2
  • Photography: Image Transfers – Cara Wade, M.F.A.
    Using mostly everyday household solvents and some surprising materials, this workshop will show you different ways to transfer photographs onto paper, wood, metal, glass and beyond! Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2
  • Photography: Getting Started Towards Conceptual Thinking – Cara Wade, M.F.A.
    This workshop discusses techniques for brainstorming original content in your photography. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 1
  • Sculpture: Lost Wax Bronze Casting Process – Mary Klopfer, M.F.A.
    Presentation and examples involving the process of lost wax bronze cast- ing. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2 and Presenting: Standard 6
  • Sculpture: Demonstration of Rubber Mold-Making with Silicone Caulk – Mary Klopfer, M.F.A.
    How to make a quick flexible rubber mold with silicone caulk. We will make a small relief sculpture out of oil clay. Then we will apply silicone caulk and when the caulk is set, we pull out the oil clay sculpture and press in fire clay. After the fire clay is dried, it can be fired. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2
  • Social Media: Professional Use and Theory– Kristin Miller, M.A.
    Learn, critique, and discuss social media trends. Students will practice professional use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. They’ll learn to build and engage social media communities through effective planning and writing.

History of Visual Arts

  • Andy Warhol- Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.
    Introduction to the enigma of Andy Warhol and the history of Pop art. Consideration of his working methods, subject matter, and influence on the art world. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • The Bamiyan Buddahs: Ancient Monuments and International Politics – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.
    In the heyday of the Silk Road, two statues of Buddha were carved into the cliffs of the Afghanistan valley. In 2002, the Taliban destroyed these statues in an act aimed at provoking the international community. Learn about the entanglement of ancient art, religion, and politics underlying the cultural tensions that shape our world to this day. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 6 & Responding: Standard 8
  • Contemporary African-American Artists – Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.
    An introduction to the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s,  and a discussion of important African American artists working today. Discussion will include political, historical, and cultural context for contemporary Black art. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • Photography: History 101 – Cara Wade, M.F.A
    Choose an overview of 19th  century, 20th  century or Contemporary Photo History. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • Renaissance Italy: The Real Word of Assassin’s Creed II – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.
    Learn the real history behind the artistic and architectural monuments that shape the landscape of this popular video game.
    Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • Street Art – Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.
    The evolution of street art from tagging subway cars and trains in the 1970s to the rise of artists like Banksy, Shepherd Fairey, and Space Invader, who use street art to engage a public audience in political and cultural dialogs. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • Toulouse Lautrec and the Birth of the Celebrity Poster – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.
    Learn about the birth of the celebrity poster in this presentation about Toulouse Lautrec, his innovative lithographs, and the colorful world of bohemian Paris. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8
  • Why a 5-Year Old Couldn’t Do That: Understanding Abstract Painting – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.
    Discussion of current abstract painting techniques, challenges, and purposes. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7