Archive for February, 2011

UD ASPIRE Members Attend International FEA Meeting In Atlanta

Taria, Teresita, Anh, and Amber Presented on Their Summer 2010 Research Project

ASPIRE members attended their first FEA conference February 18-20.  They joined approximately 2,000 students and faculty members who gathered in Atlanta to encourage the high school students to pursue careers in teaching.  FEA now has an undergraduate component, but most students attending were high school students.  It was a valuable experience, according to the UD students, as they met interesting and very talented high school students.   Among the highlights of the conference was meeting outstanding high school students including FEA International President Leilani Bell (Newark, New Jersey) who has applied to the University of Delaware and will pursue work to prepare her to teach history in urban schools.

The Delaware FEA state director Rita Hovermale and chapter sponsors Cheryl Ford and Lynette Williams also attended the conference with students from Caesar Rodney and Hodgson High Schools in Delaware. 

The Saturday lunch speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University gave a very effective presentation on reaching students who have been marginalized in the American education system.

2011 FEA Attendees in Session with Dr. Emdin

2011 Spring Semester Welcome Meeting

Familiar Faces, New Faces, and Lots of Good Energy …  Signaling her own unique approach, ASPIRE president Quindara Lazenbury introduced her officers and led a very efficient opening meeting on Tuesday February 15.  The meeting was designed to focus specifically on introducing the organization and the semester service calendar.

The ASPIRE leadership team has reorganized a bit, and Anh Nguyen will share responsibilities with Jessica Davis as the group’s co-vice presidents.

Katie Kull joins the leadership team as the group’s historian and a special projects chair.

Former ASPIRE president, Taria Pritchett, and officers, Teresita Mariano and Nathalie Agnant, were on hand to cheer the new leadership team forward.

Recruiting Teachers and Administrators Who Value Diversity, Inclusion and High Achievement for ALL Students

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.



To register for the event, please email your name, home address, phone and e-mail address to Erika Dawson at the University of Pennsylvania: or call 215-573-5511.

Feb. 12-14: UD Celebrates Chinese New Year

12:45 p.m., Feb. 4, 2011—-The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware invites the UD community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year with guest performances by the Jilin University Art Troupe on Feb. 12-14.

The Chinese New Year is actually known as the Spring Festival in China and is regarded as the most important holiday there. Putting posters of “door gods” on front doors, cleaning the house, hosting a large family dinner, and celebrating with a lantern parade, lion dance and fireworks are among the holiday traditions.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, an evening of traditional Chinese New Year festivities will be presented. The Jilin University troupe will be a special guest at this event, which is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Confucius Institute, with the support of the Delaware Chinese American Association. Admission is $5 per person.

On Sunday, Feb. 13, a poster exhibition will be held in the Roselle Center for the Arts. At 7 p.m. in the center’s Puglisi Orchestra Hall, the Jilin University Art Troupe will present an exclusive performance of song, dance, short plays and more, from traditional Chinese opera, to kung fu and tai chi. The events are free.

On Monday, Feb. 14, the art troupe will present at Wilmington Friends School, starting at 10 a.m.

Get a Head Start on Earning the Grades that YOU Want

The Academic Enrichment Center offers several resources that will support you in achieving your academic goals.  Why not get a Head Start and check-out these resources early in the semester?  The Academic Enrichment Center is located at 148 South College Avenue.  Call them at 302-831-2805.  Active ASPIRE members may qualify for financial support for tutoring.  Contact


Individual Tutoring.  Students can visit our office to check the TutorFind directory of available tutors for one-on-one work.  Undergraduate tutors are available for $11/hr; graduate tutors are $14/hr.

Drop-In Tutoring.  Two hours a day, five days a week, drop-in tutoring is available in math, chemistry and physics.

Group Tutoring.  Free group tutoring in a number of courses is offered each semester.  Groups are formed in response to student requests.


Workshops at the OAE.  Attached is a copy of our spring workshop schedule.  We appreciate your posting this schedule where it will be visible to students visiting your department; feel free to make as many copies as you wish.

Online workshops:  Your Roadmap to Success (  These workshops are designed to help students identify skill areas they need to improve in, to practice new techniques, and to evaluate their progress.

Study Skills course (UNIV113).   This one-credit pass/fail course includes comprehensive coverage of strategies for successful studying, which are then put to use in a concurrent “target class” of the student’s choice.  While the course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores, exceptions can be made for other students when needed.

Academic Intake appointments.  Any student can meet with one of our staff members to assess his/her current study strategies and develop a plan for strengthening those strategies.  In particular, students in academic difficulty can benefit from this one-on-one academic counseling.