St. Martin Enrichment Courses


All Summer Enrichment courses start the week of June 3, unless noted otherwise.

Beginning Chess –  Instructor:  Anthony Terrones  Tuesday:  1pm-2pm (class runs June 11 through July 16)

Course Description: This course is designed for students with little to no chess experience. It will introduce the students to the board, pieces, and movements of the game. It will be an interactive class with fun and active hands on learning experiences. Previous chess experience is not required.

Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons –   Instructor: David Myers   Wednesday: 5pm-6pm

Course Description: Students will learn how to play the role-playing game which has been a staple in pop-culture since the 1980’s. This game uses dice and imagination to transport its players to fantasy worlds like to those found in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.” Previous experience is not required.

Self-Care Through Journaling – Instructor: Christian Gaitskill  Thursday:  1pm-2pm

Course Description: Some of the topics that would be included are: Gratitude journals, Mindfulness techniques, Bullet journaling, Adult coloring, and managing stress through journaling. Emphasis is placed on learning to refocus and destress using various introspective or meditative processes. Students are encouraged to provide their own notebook and writing utensil. Previous writing/journaling experience is not required.

Appalachian Music – Instructor: Christian Gaitskill  Thursday:  2:30pm-3:30pm

Course Description: This course explores the development of Appalachian music. Topics include the history and influences of Appalachian music, instruments, recordings, and Appalachian music in our culture today. Recording archives, documentaries, and filmed concerts will compliment the learning and appreciation of Appalachian music in the course. Music experience is not required.

Genetics and Society – Instructor: Kathy Broomhall  Tuesday: 6pm-7pm

Course Description: This course will introduce new developments in the field of genetics and DNA technology, and our ability to acquire and manipulate genetic materials. Societal, moral, and ethical implications of the exciting new advances in this area of quickly evolving science will also be explored. Previous experience with material is not required.

Prevention of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome – Instructor: Kathy Broomhall  Thursday: 6pm-7pm

Course Description: This course will discuss the latest research on how prevent metabolic disturbances, including pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. This discussion and course material may serve as a ‘hack’ of your own metabolism, and how to manage it. Simple lifestyle changes will be explored to help manage metabolic disturbances. Previous experience with material is not required.

Brown County in the Civil War – Instructor: Lonnie Griffith    Tuesday: 1pm-2pm

Course Description: This course will specifically examine the experiences and stories of Brown County during the Civil War. Our rural county had a major impact on the outcome of the war. Come learn facts not found in any book.  Previous experience with material is not required.

Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas Lyon Hamer in Brown County, Ohio – Instructor: Lonnie Griffith   Thursday: 1pm-2pm

Course Description:  The formative years of Ulysses S. Grant’s life were spent in Brown County, Ohio, where he lived for sixteen years, longer than any other single place he would ever reside. These early years of Grant’s life are usually overlooked by scholars. Thomas Lyon Hamer has been even more neglected by researchers and writers. A contemporary of Grant, and family friend, Hamer is all but forgotten today.  This course will examine the connections between Grant and Hamer and illustrate how their relationship affected an entire nation’s destiny. Previous experience with material is not required.

Introduction to Social Media – Instructor: Emilia Knisley    Monday or Tuesday from 5pm-6pm

Course Description: An introduction to popular social media sites and their use, including Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, along with Twitter and LinkedIn. Specific social media exploration may be determined by class interest.  Students will learn about terminology, safety, and best practices of each, how to set up accounts on these platforms, and explore what they can do! Students should have a working email account they know the password to and familiarity with computers or their smartphone.  No previous social media experience needed.

Beekeeping and Pollinators – Instructor: Gary Keuffer  Wednesday: 7pm-8:30pm

Course Description: Topics to covered through, lecture,  PowerPoint presentations, and handout material include: The importance of pollinators; an introduction to beekeeping; Bee hive selection; seasonal management of beekeeping; gardening for pollinators; swarm traps and removing bees from trees and structures.  Previous experience is not required.

Creative Writing Workshop – Instructor: Sister Mary Ann Jansen  Tuesday: 11am-1pm                                                                                                                            (course runs: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, and 7/30)

Course Description:  The workshop provides exploration and encouragement for the individual to begin or to develop further one’s relationship to writing. The workshop design offers the participants support. Through group processing, using prompts, fastwrites, journal entries, and feedback, the writer can build pieces of writing. Writers can pursue essays, creative fiction, autobiographical material, short story and poetry. No writing experience necessary. Just come, put pen to paper,  listen, and explore. Previous writing/journaling experience is not required.

Watercolor – Instructor: Reid Radcliffe  Tuesday: 12:30pm-1:30pm  (Course Fee: $15)

Course Description:  This introductory course will be paired with a full-length course, utilizing the lectures, demonstrations and activities of Introduction to Watercolor Painting. The student will study watercolor painting including form, color, and texture. Approaches will include an understanding of various methods including transparent and opaque. Previous art experience is not required.

Introduction to Landscape Painting – Instructor: Reid Radcliffe   Thursday: 3:30pm-4:30pm  (Course Fee: $15)

Course Description:  This introductory course will explore the mechanics of creating the illusion of space in landscape. Students will use acrylic paint to create traditional paintings, inspired by environment and nature. Previous art experience is not required.

Beginning Genealogy  – Instructor: Amber Becraft-Johnan   Thursday: 6pm-7pm   (6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, and 7/18)

Course Description:  Beginning Genealogy is an introductory course for adults pursuing basic genealogy research information, including the use of physical and digital resources, as well as learning about local genealogical and historical references for research. Previous genealogy experience is not required.  Chatfield is partnering with the Brown County Public Library, Fayetteville-Perry location.

The Art of Gardening – Instructor: Faye Mahaffey and OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers  Tuesday: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Course Description:  Interested in growing vegetables organically, raising Monarch butterflies, or growing your best tomato ever?  OSUE volunteers will be providing education on those subjects as well as gardening for pollinators, weed identification through technology, and reading chemical labels and garden math.  Previous gardening experience is not required.

Organic Gardening – Instructor: Christine Irby   Wednesday: 3pm – 4pm  (Course Fee: $10)

Course Description: This program will teach the basics of organic gardening.  With the recent lettuce recall, food contamination on the rise, there is a strong and encouraging movement to grow our foods.  This enrichment course will teach you how to do so, naturally—without pesticides and fertilizers! Students will learn topics including sunlight hours, soil preparation, and the essentials of organic gardening preparation. Students will be able to apply course material to planting items in a dedicated garden on campus. Students can walk away with knowledge and items from the garden! Previous gardening experience is not required.

Protect Yourself  – InstructorKen Blendea  Wednesday  4:30pm – 5:30pm

With today’s technology comes risk and uncertainty. Learn how to protect yourself from frauds, scams, and identity theft which can attack anyone via technology and social media. Learn how to keep you and your family’s identity safe, while understanding how to spot frauds and scams. Additional material will also reflect on how to maintain your residence and personal safety as well.