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Making the Connection: Jeffrey Benson Jr.

For this Distinguished Alumni Award winner, community is life. On any given day, Jeffrey Benson Jr. plays several roles, including father, husband, businessman, student, and community leader. But what keeps his phone ringing, he says, is being a “connector of people.” “I have the gift of wanting to help people, to see people in a better position than where they’re at,” says Benson. “I…
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From the Ground Up: Patricia Porcello

Patricia Porcello hopes that what she’s learning in a master’s degree program will allow her to help others as much as it’s been helping her to navigate the challenges of trauma and recovery in her own life. “Everything I went through, I can utilize,” says…
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Vinny Tasca: A Goalkeeper Achieves His Goal

Vinny Tasca’s path to becoming an All-American soccer goal-keeper is the classic story — common not just to sports but many other endeavors: the emergency fill-in who, more or less by accident, finds his niche with the team, company, business, organization, etc. For…
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Chelsea Botsch: Her Plea for Justice

Chelsea Botsch, an All-America softball pitcher and 2015 graduate of Wilmington University, went on to earn a degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2019. While at WVU, Botsch worked with the Innocence Project, an initiative to free those in U.S. prisons who have been wrongly convicted. For many years, the United States has been the world leader in incarceration. As of 2018…
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The Power of Research

Wilmington University faculty researchers are making real-world contributions to the real world. Are you using a laptop, tablet, or cellphone to read this? What about that steady wi-fi connection and the heat and light in your house, making you comfortable as you read? …
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From Brooklyn to Abu Dhabi

Sometimes, on the way to a successful career, it’s necessary to adapt, change course, or pivot — to use a vogue word. That’s what this WilmU alumna did. Dr. Lorrain Mott-Baptiste Dr. Lorrain Mott-Baptiste has made two significant course corrections on her way to…
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Teach, in the Name of the Law

Experience is education for WilmU’s Criminal Justice Institute. There’s no substitute for experience. When Dr. Raymond Carr and Scott Duffey, the assistant professors who direct Wilmington University’s Criminal Justice Institute, lead a continuing education program for law enforcement professionals, their combined 64 years in the field add the weight of authority. Their True Crime Lecture…
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John Washburn: Living His Best Life

Amid the much-deserved plaudits heaped on doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers during the pandemic, fast-food workers were a somewhat over-looked subset of those deemed essential. With indoor dining curtailed or prohibited, drive-through restaurants became the go-to…
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The Inaugural Notable 9

The Doctor of Social Science in Prevention Science’s  first cohort shared their thoughts in an essay they wrote to Drs. Debra Berke and Shawn Stevens of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. We accept that we had to sacrifice every Wednesday evening and most…
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The 27,000-Mile Internship

Eighteen strangers, traveling in three vehicles for 49 days to 22 states, 21 cites, 10 national parks (a total of 27,000 miles); four emergency room visits; endless mechanical problems—all while consuming 1,176 cups of coffee, approximately 1 million PB&Js, and just 35 home-cooked meals. Those are the essential statistics from Mallory Nolte’s summer of 2020. It all added up to an…
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