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Intersession Personal Enrichment 2013

Personal Enhancement/Hobbies Courses

Charles Lawrence

This course will focus on the historically major wine regions of Europe, and the most prominent grape varieties used in the making of wine. There will be examples of wines from other important wine producing regions, such as the United States and Soth America. The process of making wine will be discussed, but only superficially. Bread and cheese will accompany the wines.

Participants should bring their own wine glass, preferably made of clear glass (not plastic). Glasses will not be provided. Students in the course must be of legal drinking age.

DATES: Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
PLACE: Conference Room A, Levering Hall


Charles Lawrence has been teaching this popular class during Intersession for many years.

Nick “the Baltimore Beertrekker” Nichols

From ancient Sumatra to Maryland; Old Country to Plymouth Rock; Chicha to chili pepper ale; Fritz Maytag to Michael Jackson; Prohibition to the GABF...Learn the history of the "nectar of the gods" - BEER! This workshop covers the history of brewing, the geography of ale, beer marketing, politics, legends and more. Proper tasting will be stressed! This course is designed to introduce you to the history of beer and its well deserved appreciation, not only as a beverage that has shaped the formation and evolution of all culturesm but for its taste. Many world class beers are brewed right here in the U.S. and have become well known throughout the world. Students will be sampling beers from around the world, focusing on organic and Russian beers! "Gourmet" beers are gaining in popularity not only for socuial occassions, but for cooking and piating with cheese. Like wine, proper tasting and evaluation will be taught. Cheese will accompany the beers...the bread is in the glass!

Participants should bring a clear glass (not plastic). Students in the course must be of legal drinking age. PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE SECTION

          Section 1 - Wednesday, January 16
          Section 2 - Wednesday, January 23
TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
PLACE: Room 160, Mattin Center
FEE: $40.00

Nick Nichols (JHU MS ‘92) "the Baltimore Beertrekker" is a dedicated and well-traveled student of beer. He has visited over 850 brewpubs, microbreweries, and beer pubs all over the world. Nick has taught this class to critical acclaim at JHU, Howard Community College, and to alumni groups since 2003.

Sheehan Hsu

Have you ever thought about bartending? Whether you are just curious, need an employable skill, or just want to learn how to make fancy drinks, you will really enjoy this class. This class will be lecture based and take place inside a classroom so all are welcome. The curriculum will follow a drink list cheat sheet that will be your to keeop at the end of the course! We will discuss various forms of alcohol, measurement, glassware, tools and techniques. A portion of this class will also be devoted to examining the scientific effects of alcohol on one's body, the Maryland state laws regarding alcohol, and the Baltimore/Hopkins community policies. This will not be a lecture about binge drinking, but instead methods on preventing it and dealing with it afterwards if it occurs. Though it may sound daunting at first, we will go over 100 drinks in three days. However, we will take on the list family by family, which is undoubtedly the best way to do it. (If you don't know what "family" means in this case, all the more reason to take this class!) Lectures will also be sprinkled with helpful personal hints and humorous real life stories from behind the bar. The purpose of this class is for everyone to leave haveing expanded their knowledge of cocktails beyond the tried and true triad: cranberry-vodka, gin-tonic, and rum-coke. All students 18 and over are welcome to take this course, but only students of legal drinking age will be able to take Bartending 102.

DATES: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, January 22, 24, 25
TIME: 12:00pm - 12:50pm
PLACE: Gilman Hall, Room 50


Sheehan Hsu is a junior at Hopkins and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of school, he has been tutoring SAT and bartending at Maxie's since his freshman year, surprisingly making him the second most senior bartender there. Sheehan has picked up various teaching techniques from tutoring that he has carried over and used to train subsequent bartenders.

Sarah Mae Smith

This class will be fast paced and all hands on! Students will actually be standing behind the bar and develop real mixology skills. Students are required to take Bartending 101 and reasonably retain key points to prepare them for this course. Students will be shown all techniques mentioned in lectures and have their hands held (figuratively or literally as needed) as they attempt them on their own for the first time. Once everyone is comfortable, the course will go beyond the lecture and teach methods that maximize efficiency, which often involve on the fly decision making, resulting in better service.

The focus of this course is to make drinks correctly, and then quickly. The class size is limited to maximize the personal attention everyone receives. All students will receive a bartending kit upon completion of the course, so that they can take their new found skills home and practice further or perhaos even invent a new drink! Students in the course must be 21, and have completed Bartending 101. PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE SECTION.

          Section 1 - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, January 22, 24, 25 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm
          Section 2 - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, January 22, 24, 25 @ 3:00pm - 4:00pm
PLACE: Maxie's (3003 N Charles St)


Sarah Mae Smith is a 2012 Hopkins graduate and majored in Neuroscience. She is spending one year woerking in a lab at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as she prepares her MD/PhD application. She is approaching her third year bartending at Maxie's and definitely knows her way around the bar. She is know for her immense knowledge of baseball and especially her love for the Boton Red Sox.

Clay Wright

Humans have been unknowingly fermenting beverages for thousands of years. Until Louis Pasteur discovered yeast in 1857, people thought magic barrels, or foam called "God is good" was creating their delicious beverages. Now you can join the masses oh homebrewers across the world and harness the magic of yeast to brew your own beer. The goal of zymology is to help novice brewers make delicious and unique beers on their first try through hands-on experience and knowledge of what flavor compounds are created in each step of the process. The zymology class will include a fully interactive all-grain brew day with an award winning homebrewer. Detaiked instruction will be provided throughout the brewing process along with discussions of the various chemical reactions that occur during the malting, mash, sparge, boil, chilling, fermentation, and conditioning. Ingredients and equipment selection will also be considered to help new brewers take up the hobby in a budget conscious way. Lunch and beer samples will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a sample of their favorite beer as examples for designing recipes. Students in the course must be of legal drinking age.

DATE: Tuesday, January 22
TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm
PLACE: Levering Lounge, Levering Hall
FEE: $65.00

Clay Wright is a Chemical Engineer by degree and Molecular Biologist by trade, who as been brewing beer for over 6 years. He was the winner of the Heavy Seas 2011 Letter of Marque hombrew competition and has since brewed the winning recipe at production scale in the Heavy Seas Brewhouse. Clay has read eveyr available book on brewing and taught numerous people how to brew with great success.

Melanie Callaghan

Learn to crochet your own scarf! Crochet is a type of yarn working that uses a hook to weave yarn into fabric (and make adorable handmade projects). We will cover chaining, bothe the single and double crochet stitches, and finishing off your work as everyone makes their own scarf. All are welcome! No previous experience is needed or expected and all supplies are included - medium weight yarn and a large hook.

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 15, 17, 22, 24
TIME: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
PLACE: Room 161, Mattin Center
FEE: $25.00

Melanie Callaghan has been crocheting for many years, making everything from scarves to stuffed animals. She is co-president of the JHU group SHINE, where students do a variety of projects including making and selling crochet and knit items to benefit charity.

Tiffany Coupet

This desserts course is divided into 3 seperate sections. Please choose one or all classes if you like!

      Section 1 - Cupcake Decorating
You have seen Cupcake Wars and you have been to Charm City Cupcakes. Now you want to know how they make cupcakes so delicious. In this class, you learn the basics of filling and decorating cupcakes, from a simple swirl to piped chocolate butterflies. Use these techniques for youe next bake sale! You will fill, decorate, and take home chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filing and chocolate and almond butter cream with piped chocolate decorations.

               DATE: Saturday, January 12
               TIME: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
               PLACE: Charles Commons Kitchen


      Section 2 - Cookie Decorating
Students will learn different piping techniques using butter cream, such as shell border and rosettes. Using cookie frosting, students will learn how to make tie dye designs on sugar cookies.

               DATE: Saturday, January 19
               TIME: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
               PLACE: Charles Commons Kitchen
               FEE: $20.00
               MINIMUM: 3      MAXIMUM: 12

      Section 3 - Cream Puffs and Éclairs
This class will show you step-by-step how to make cream puffs and éclairs.

               DATE: Saturday, January 26
               TIME: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
               PLACE: Charles Commons Kitchen

          SECTION CLOSED              

Tiffany Coupet started taking cake decorating classes 10 years ago, and has been decoratiing cakes for fun ever since. She loves to bake and has a blog devoted to desserts:

Tracey Carter and Karen Desser

This course is designed to help students explore career directions through understanding their values and interests. 

Students will:
*  Take and interpret the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as well as other career assessments to assess and identify interests, values, skills, and career options.
*  Learn how to locate internship and career opportunities.
*  Learn how to market yourself at Hopkins and beyond.
*  Meet alumni and current students who have experienced this process and are on their own individual career paths.
*  Develop an action plan to move forward with career development.

DATES: Tuesday - Friday, January 22-25
TIME: 10:00am -1:00pm
PLACE: Great Hall, Levering Hall
FEE: $10.00
MINIMUM: 10    Maximum: 50

Karen Desser is the Senior Academic Advisor in the JHU Office of Academic Advising.

Tracy Carter is the Senior Assistant Director in the JHU Career Center.

Amy Bopp

Students will learn how to fingerspell their first names, basic everyday signs, and how to ask questions in American Sign Language (ASL). This course is taught without the use of voice. Course materials included.

DATES: Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23
TIME: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
PLACE: Room 160, Mattin Center
FEE: $50.00
MINIMUM: 10      Maximum:19

Amy Bopp earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work in 1977 fromthe Rochester Intitue of Technology. She is currently the Sign Language Program Coordinator at the Hearing and Speech Agency ( ). HASA offers 10 week, non-credited ASL classes in the fall, winter and spring every year. Amy has also taught classes at Towson State University, People Encouraging People, Catonsville Community College, and has substituted as a sign language teacher for Baltimore City Schools. She also serves as a support services provider (SSP) for people who are deaf-blind at the annual Shalom Zone Deaf-Blind summer camp in West River, MD. Amy is past president and current vice-president of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and is a long time member of the Maerican Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA).

Donna Calloway

This course will give participants tools needed to overcome and succeed during life setbacks and challenges. Every challengs is an opportunity for personal development and growth. the instructor teaches participants how to turn negative beliefs and attitudes into positive ones. Learn how to create rewarding mindsets and experiences in the areas of personal develpment, career and business.

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
TIME: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
PLACE Room 162, Mattin Center
FEE: $35.00 (handouts included)
MINIMUM: 10      MAXIMUM: 40

Donna Calloway is a successful business woman, visionary, community outreach activist, inspirational speaker, and consultant. She has developed the talents and redemptive skills to help others through challenges, while helping to move them toward success (what theydefine as successful for themselves). She is founder and owner of Dominion Ice Cream ( ), and her business was featured in several Hollywood projects (i.e. Food Network, HBO, Sundance). She retired in 2005 after 30 years in management at a Fortune 500 company, and is currently a director of a hunger outreach program in Baltimore.

Ingrid Wu

Do interviews, presentations, speeches and starngers give you stress? Try some efficient expertise to quell your qualms. Learn tranferable techniques from entertainment and performance to promote your stage presence. Overcome aratory obstacles so your substantive sermon shines. Anxious academics and shy scholars shall subdue stage insecurities to audience applause. Try your hand at acting and use it in your teaching! Students may register for more than one section.


Ingrid Wu won and/or judged Miss Hemisphere International-Maryland Talent, United Teenager, National Preteen/Teenager-Outstanding Program Participant, Essay/Speech; Miss America, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey. Pennslyvania, New Yourk, East Coast Model searches, national pageants and was the American Red Cross Centennial Youth Keynote Speaker. She motivated 400+ Hugh O'Brian Youth-World Leadership Congress Ambassadors & was Optimist Convention Guest Speaker. Ingrid Won Towson Times' 30th Anniversary-Bestof Towson-Best Teacher Award. For over 20 years, Ingrid has been consulting and interpreting for many groups. She has also either served and/or chaired JHU Admissions/Alumni committes. Global entities such as the Rotary and Optimist Clubs continually seek her for motivational speaking engagements. Her expertise is also sought by John Robert Powers, John Casablancas, Barbizon and others.