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Let the Games Begin!

New Summer Courses at C.W. Post Explore the Art, Science and Business of Games


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Let the Games Begin!Brookville, N.Y. - This summer, the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University will take a serious look at games. Reaching far beyond the realm of child's play and board games, the new “Let the Games Begin!” summer college program, held May through August, will touch on the broad spectrum, influences and uses of games in varied disciplines. Everything from theatre to Egyptology can use games to enhance knowledge and understanding within its sphere, relying on fun and competition to promote new thinking and cement fundamentals.

The Institute will focus on the art, science and business of gaming: how games influence human nature, animal behavior, competitive spirit, relationships, artistic and musical creation, business transactions and technology.

“Whether you are interested in video game development or the areas of business, marketing, biology, music, economics, art or computer science, the program offers a host of fascinating courses across many disciplines that are designed to educate, inspire and entertain students,” said Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

The three-credit courses are offered on the undergraduate and graduate levels and are open to current C.W. Post students, visiting college students and high school juniors or seniors at a discounted rate. Classes range from one-week institutes to four and five-week sessions. High school juniors and seniors with a B average are invited to enroll in up to two courses for only $425 each. Undergraduate students can enroll in the gaming courses at one-third tuition discount.

The “Let the Games Begin!” summer program will feature a wide spectrum of thought-provoking topics of interest, from the fundamentals of game design to the aesthetics and ethics of baseball. In a rare teaching engagement, Dr. Bob Brier, the world-renowned Egyptologist and host of the TLC series "Mummy Detective," will lecture on “Games of the Pharaohs.” James Fox, a former police detective and adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice will explore unsportsmanlike behavior and violence in sports ranging from boxing and hockey to horse racing. “Theatre Games,” the high-energy and creative games that build confidence, trust and social skills, will be played and studied in a course led by Heather Drastal from the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management.

Other courses include “Sounds Like Fun and Games,” an analysis of the music found in video games; “Dance Games – The Fun of Contact Improvisation,” a form of dance that uses physical activity and games to connect with others; “Beginning 2D Game Development” for non-computer science majors; “Developing 2D Games,” for students interested in animation and programming software; “Economics for Investors: How to Win the Wall Street Game”; “Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation for the Game Environment”; “Designing Game Web Sites”; “FUN-damentals of Game Design,” “The Strategy of Gaming: The Dynamics of Creativity, Marketing and The Player;” “Team Dynamics” and “Project Management” for students interested in the business side gaming; and “The Games Animals Play,” a biology course that looks at animal behavior and how it relates to game theory.

Registration is ongoing. To learn more, students are invited to the Spring Open House on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The C.W. Post Campus is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville.

For information, contact the Summer Session Office at 516-299-2431, visit the C.W. Post Web site at Current C.W. Post students can apply online at

Posted 03/15/2010

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