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Is the Master’s the New Bachelor’s?

Stats suggest it is. Advanced education makes a clear, positive impact on productivity, communication skills and innovation. That’s because jobs now require increased levels of specialized knowledge and skills not always covered in undergraduate study. The number of master’s degrees conferred by U.S. institutions has risen dramatically since 1980, according to the National Center for…
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At Long Last

It’s not so much what happened before. It’s about managing the now. Patrice Martin (left) with her sister, Sarah Murphy On Oct. 28, 1976, an infant, only hours old, lay abandoned in a Pittsburgh garbage bin. An anonymous call to the police would alert the authorities…
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Millennial Superstars

More than 350 people from all walks of life gathered in February in Malvern, Pennsylvania, at the North American headquarters of Saint-Gobain to celebrate 40 of Chester County’s most distinguished millennials at the inaugural VISTA Millennial Superstars Award…
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The Accelerated Advantage: Finishing a Degree in Six Months

Alumna Carly DeVirgilio Giordano wanted to earn her bachelor’s degree in the most efficient way possible. She had been expecting a child, working full-time and attending college. To say she was on a time crunch would be an understatement, yet she managed to complete 33 credits of her bachelor’s in Organizational Management in six months. She took advantage of WilmU’s accelerated block…
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Franca Del Signore: Between WilmU and the World

Like most graduate students, Franca Del Signore occasionally wondered where she’d find the time to earn her degree. Unlike most graduate students, the career that competed for attention with her coursework involved living overseas for months at a time. Plus, she didn’t…
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Brushstrokes for Humanity with Artist Richmond Garrick

Through it all, Richmond Garrick always had his art. Ever since that day in grade school, when he picked up a colored pencil, opened a music book, and began drawing almost exact images of the composers he saw there — Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Brahms — he had his art. It…
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Bringing New Faces and Diversity to Nurse Anesthesia

Wallena Gould found her calling in a class assignment. While studying toward a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia, she put together a poster presentation that demonstrated the lack of diversity in the field. The findings were hardly surprising: she’d worked her way up from OR nurse to certified registered nurse anesthetist without meeting any other CRNAs of color. The fact that no one else…
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Two Sport Standout

WilmU’s assistant bowling coach Nicole Bower is pumped to succeed in the two sports she loves. Ask experts to rattle off the names of successful two-sport professional athletes and they will no doubt mention Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders (football and baseball), Danny Ainge…
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From STEM to STEAM: Bringing the Arts into the STEM Field

Data is just data without insight, creativity and innovation. That’s why bringing the arts into the STEM field is causing such a stir. Creativity, innovation, curiosity, resilience. Important skills in today’s world, especially if you’re a scientist, analyst, or a…
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Educating the Educators

WilmU’s Center for Teaching Excellence is building a better classroom, starting at the front. From left: Dr. Terri G. Trent, Tara Fridley, Dr. Nancy Doody, Dr. C. Joshua Simpson, Taquana Woodards, Dr. Adrienne Bey, Patti Winter Teachers have to learn how to teach. If they want to be effective teachers, if they want to have a positive impact on their students, it would seem necessary that they…
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