Expo sparks interest in College of Education and Public Policy programs
Students speak with Norma Gaines-Hanks, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
YoUDee poses with Gail Rys, assistant director for graduate studies in the School of Education.
Students learned about all the programs offered in the college, including disaster science and management.


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10:56 a.m., Dec. 18, 2009----It was a day of inquiry and discovery for students hoping to learn more about the programs offered in the College of Education and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. About 100 undergraduate and graduate students and community members turned out for the CEPP Expo event last month.

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This expo, held in the Perkins Student Center, was the first of its kind for the college, encouraging a one-stop shopping option for students interested in gathering information or asking questions about the 13 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate majors available.

University of Delaware freshman Martha-Raye Adjei decided to come after seeing an event flyer. She said she has a big interest in energy and environmental policy, hoping to add that as a second major. Her first is in communication. Adjei also mentioned that a minor in fashion culture may be an additional option.

"I consider myself a very green person and interested in sustainability," commented Adjei, in response to what sparked her interest in those areas of study.

While some students came looking for answers, other students, like undeclared sophomore Ryan Snyder, just decided to check it out. Snyder is in the Associate in Arts Program and says programs in the college seem like possible stepping stones to his ultimate goal -- law school.

For Sarah West, a University of Maryland freshman, who decided to return to school later in life, the public policy program caught her eye as she's thinking ahead to graduate school.

Walking around to each of the tables, students had the opportunity to learn about the college's 4 + 1 programs, available in the areas of public administration, human development and family studies, and teaching English as a second language. This option allows students to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree in just five years.

The expo also featured new degree programs in areas like disaster science and management, fashion studies, public policy or organizational and community leadership.

"Even though you can read about programs on the Web, I heard from several students, who were considering changing majors or adding minors, that they appreciated being able to talk to faculty and current students," said Christina Johnston, graduate programs coordinator in the School of Education. “Others were gathering information for graduate school opportunities for next year or beyond."

Organizers encourage those who were not able to attend to check out the CEPP Web site for more information.

Article by Cassandra Kramer
Photos by Evan Krape