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  • Feb
    20
    Study Abroad & Global Studies Fair
    Feb. 20th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Trabant University Center, Multipurpose Rooms A, B, C; Newark
    All AAP students are encouraged to attend the Study Abroad & Global Studies Fair on Feb. 20 in Newark. You can speak with the directors of UD's study abroad programs, learn about opportunities for scholarships, meet faculty from UD's Area Studies majors and minors, and talk to representatives from the Delaware Diplomats Program, English Language Institute, Fulbright program, UD's Alternative Spring Break program, the Peace Corps, and more. 
  • Feb
    26
    12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series: Dr. Cuthbert Martyr
    Feb. 26th, 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM
    UD Downtown Center, 13 E. 8th St., Wilmington
    The spring 2018 semester's 12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series begins on Feb. 26 with biochemist Cuthbert Martyr, pharmaceutical researcher with GlaxoSmithKline and formerly of Purdue University, who will be speaking about careers in chemistry. 
  • Mar
    19
    12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series: Dr. Natasha Samuels
    Mar. 19th, 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM
    UD Downtown Center, 13 E. 8th St., Wilmington
    The 12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series continues with Dr. Natasha Samuels, a scientist with Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Samuels will be speaking about careers for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a focus on her field of biomedical engineering.  
  • Apr
    13
    Trip to Washington, DC
    Apr. 13th, 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
    The AAP's annual trip to Washington, D.C., allows students the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian (the National Museum of American History, the National Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History), as well as the National Gallery of Art. The trip is open to students from the Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington campuses. Students should stop by their campus's AAP office to reserve a seat.  
  • Apr
    16
    12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series: Samantha Lukoff
    Apr. 16th, 12:20 PM to 1:00 PM
    UD Downtown Center, 13 E. 8th St., Wilmington
    The 12:20 Launchpad Speakers Series continues with Samantha Lukoff, Esq., assistant public defender with the Delaware Office of Defense Services. Lukoff, who previously served as deputy attorney general at the Delaware Department of Justice, will speak about criminal justice reform and careers in law and public service.  
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  • Zoë Read
    Reporter, WHYY News

    Zoë Read, a Delaware reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia, is a 2009 graduate of the Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington. While pursuing her bachelor's degree in Newark, Read served as the managing editor of the features section of The Review, the University's student newspaper. After receiving her bachelor's in English from UD in 2011, Read went on to earn a master's in journalism from Columbia University in 2012. While at Columbia, her story "Harlem's Hidden HIV Epidemic" was featured in The Atlantic. Prior to joining WHYY, Read worked for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., winning awards from the MDDC Press Association for her work in arts and culture, health, environmental and public service journalism. Her freelance work has also appeared The Detroit News, The Kansas City Star, and the online version of The Atlantic.

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  • Nadisha Downs
    Independent Living Case Manager/Housing Case Manager, West End Neighborhood House, Wilmington

    After receiving her associate's degree from the AAP in 2015, Nadisha Downs chose to major in Human Services as she pursued her bachelor's degree at UD's main campus. She went on to become a McNair Scholar and Summer Research All-Star with UD, was selected as a CAMRA Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania, and was one of only two undergraduates invited to present at the National Association of African American Studies' conference in Durban, South Africa in 2017. Downs credits the AAP for helping her find her path toward service and scholarship.

    "The Associate in Arts Program was an integral component of my academic journey. Without having experienced the many commitments, struggles, proud moments, and unconditional support of a few AAP professors/faculty in the program, I would not be the dedicated student and scholar that I am today," she said.

    Currently, Downs is a housing/independent living case manager for emancipated foster-care youth at Wilmington's historic West End Neighborhood House. "I love making a difference in the lives of others," she said. "Even more, being in a position to work closely with emancipated foster-care youth has been extremely rewarding. Being able to see and reflect the challenges and growth of all my clients makes my heart smile, knowing that I played a role in helping them get where they are today and will be in the future."

    Read more about Downs' experiences as a scholar and community advocate in UDaily

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  • Thomas Cody Prang
    Anthropologist

    Thomas Cody Prang received his Associate in Arts degree from AAP's Wilmington campus in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from UD in 2012 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in biological anthropology at New York University. 

    Prang is now affiliated with NYU's Center for the Study of Human Origins and the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology. His research has been published in The American Journal of Physical AnthropologyScientific Reports, and the Journal of Human Evolution.

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  • Jasmine Brown
    Economic Developer; Owner, 8th Avenue Collective Group, Wilmington, Del.

    ​"My experience with the AAP created a long-lasting foundation for me. During my time there, it taught me not to rush into anything, and take my time getting to know myself. The AAP gently introduced me into college life, instead of having to be thrown in to a whole new world without the tools to succeed. I do not believe I would have been as successful had I gone straight to main campus. 

    Because of the program, I was better equipped to handle UD's colossal main campus as well as see familiar faces from time to time. I really liked how some of the students in the program, including myself, became close and helped each other out once on main campus. We were sort of like a family — meeting at Morris Library to study, the dining halls for meals, Trabant and Perkins to hang out, and much more. 

    Since graduating from the program, I went on to continue my studies on main campus as a Health Behavior Science major and Public Health minor and graduated from the University in spring 2016. After graduation, I started interning and working in one area of my studies as a (drug and alcohol) prevention specialist, and I also started a business. Currently, I am working full time as an economic developer for a local community development corporation and running my business, 8th Avenue Collective Group. It is a creative agency for local artists, makers and doers in Wilmington that provides resources, connections, and a platform to create and showcase. 

    My experience with the program was so life changing, it convinced my younger sister to attend UD, but do the AAP first!"

                                                                         — Jasmine Brown

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  • Delano Smith
    Correctional Officer, Delaware Dept. of Correction

    ​​​Delano Smith, an alumnus of the Wilmington campus, received his associate's degree from the AAP in 2014. While continuing his education at the Newark campus, he minored in Spanish and legal studies and worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Ivan Sun's Problems of Policing class. In the course of earning his bachelor's degree, Delano also interned with the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, which provides detention, treatment, probation, and aftercare services to Delaware minors who are referred by Family Court. In spring 2017, Delano completed the Delaware Dept. of Correction's nine-week Correctional Employee Initial Training program (CEIT). He joined 16 fellow correctional officers in receiving a DOC assignment and taking the oath of office at the CEIT swearing-in ceremony held in July 2017. 

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  • Casey Osmundson
    Social Sciences Instructor

    Casey Osmundson is a proud 2007 graduate of University of Delaware's Elementary Education program. She started her career teaching fifth-grade students in the Smyrna school district, and is now teaching as a Social Sciences adjunct on the DTCC Owens campus, where she first started her journey as an Elementary Teaching Education (ETE) student in the AAP. 

    Osmundson continues to use much of what she learned from UD in her daily teaching practices, working to engage her students in the classroom and helping them connect with their community through charitable service. While at UD, Osmundson served as a tutor for the Social Sciences department. Now that she is an instructor, she continues to mentor many of her students, helping them overcome both personal and academic challenges so that they can work to their full potential and find success in their schooling and future careers.

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  • Jon Garcia
    Electrician; UD Engineering Major

    ​Jonathan Garcia, a 2013 alumnus of the AAP, earned his associate's degree in 2013. He is currently majoring in electrical engineering at the main campus in Newark and is also working as an electrician. A talented musician, Jon credits the AAP for both fostering his love of music and helping him discover his passion for engineering. "The AAP was a great experience for me — being at home while also close to college, meeting many people, and making friends," Jon said. "It helped me figure out what I really wanted to be. Although the AAP itself doesn't have an engineering program, it made me realize what I was capable of doing, besides having talent in music. The AAP helped develop the other hidden potential in me: electrical engineering." Jon expects to earn his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in fall 2017.

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  • Samantha Constantine
    Graduate student, World History; Instructor

    Samantha Constantine, a 2013 alumna of the AAP, earned her associate’s degree in 2013 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from UD in 2015. She is currently a UD graduate student in World History and a writing tutor on the Georgetown campus. Sam plans to teach history and hopes to inspire students the way her teachers and professors have inspired her. "The AAP pointed me in the direction of my history major, which I would not have discovered otherwise," Samantha said. "It introduced me to people who continue to inspire me every day."

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  • Tianna Hutchins
    Case Assistant, U.S. Dept. of State; Graduate student, History

    Tianna Hutchins, a former student of the Georgetown campus, graduated from the AAP in 2013. Since then she has earned a B.A. in history from Lee University and is currently in the history M.A. program at American University. Hutchins' area of interest is primarily in U.S.-Soviet relations and the perceptions and stereotypes each society held of the other. In addition to taking graduate classes, she is also working in the U.S. Department of State as a case assistant in the Office of Children's Issues dealing with international parental child-abduction cases. 

    "I feel that the Associate in Arts Program helped me transition from high school into the rigor of collegial studies because of its closeness to home," Hutchins said. "But, more importantly, I value my time spent in the program because of the wonderful, brilliant faculty and the nurturing environment they provide that enables students to grow."

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