Archive for October, 2011

High Fives and Hugs

 Lawrence “Mr. Bain” Manley (Junior English Education major), Elvio Diaz (Senior Accounting major), Elise Jackson (Senior English Education major) and Teresita Mariano (Senior English Education major) reconnected with students from Bayard Middle School, during the 54th Annual College Night at UD’s Bob Carpenter Center on Tuesday October 25, 2011.  Bain, Elvio, Elise, and Teresita have spent summer semesters involved in research and experiential learning projects at the Wilmington school. 

Urban Life & Education Expert to Deliver Lecture at UD

Elijah Anderson, Sociology Professor at Yale University, is the author of Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City. Prof. Anderson will deliver the 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture for the School of Public Policy and Administration on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:00pm in Bayard Sharp Hall.

This lecture provides a special learning opportunity for preservice teacher education students and teachers in classrooms who want to become more effective practitioners in work with urban students.

ASPIRE President Hosts Freshman Conversation with Author Rebecca Skloot

 ASPIRE President, Quindara Lazenbury, introduced UD President Patrick Harker, to begin the recent presentation by author Rebecca Skloot, who spoke to UD freshmen on October 13.  Ms. Skloot, author of this year’s common reader, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spoke about her expereinces in writing the book and about her life as a very independent student.  She credited her curiosity and unwillingness to accept “no” or “no information known” as an answer with her success in researching and writing the story of the Lacks family. 

Integrating the Arts

At their October 5th meeting, ASPIRE members learned about the work of the ArtsBridge project.  ArtsBridge scholars, including ASPIRE officer, Amber Beaman, reported on work done last summer with middle school students in Wilmington to teach science and math concepts through music, visual art, and dance. 

The meeting highlight was definitely the “hands-on” opportunity to create a little ASPIRE Art…members started with brand new ASPIRE t-shirts and were last seen having a great time “tying” and “dying!”