Education Briefs

July 11, 2018

Osher Lifelong Learning open house set July 24-25 in Lewes

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes with classes scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, to Monday, Nov. 19, in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View. Affectionately nicknamed OLLI, the University of Delaware’s lifelong learning programs are membership-based organizations structured as learning cooperatives for adults 50 and over to take and teach classes together with no grades, exams or educational prerequisites.

An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 and 25, at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Ave., Lewes. For one $175 membership fee, participants become OLLI members for the entire fall semester and can sign up for unlimited courses at all three locations. Preregistration is available through Thursday, Aug. 16. 

OLLI gift certificates are available for purchase as gifts for retirements, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. OLLI volunteer instructors share their knowledge and passions by teaching courses in their areas of expertise. For more information, call 302-645-4111, email or go to

Lewes residents make dean’s list at Northfield Mount Hermon

Northfield Mount Hermon in North Hermon, Mass., announced that Sam Calagione and Grier Calagione of Lewes were both named to the dean’s list for work completed during the 2017-18 academic year. Sam Calagione also was among the 190 students who graduated from NMH May 27.

Northfield Mount Hermon is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in ninth to 12th grade and a postgraduate year. NMH currently enrolls 650 students from 33 states and 57 countries.

Lewes resident graduates from Mercersburg Academy

Will Burton of Lewes graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. He will attend Tulane University. Mercersburg Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in ninth to 12th grade and a postgraduate year. Approximately 435 students are enrolled this year from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and 44 nations.  

Lewes woman graduates from Mercer University

Sarah Brooks of Lewes graduated from the College of Health Professions at Mercer University in Atlanta as a doctor of physical therapy. 

Lewes man graduates from Grove City College

Kaleb Dekker of Lewes is one of 578 seniors to earn their degrees from Grove City College May 19. Dekker earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.

Local residents graduate from James Madison University

James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., announced that Dana Beth Butterfoss of Millsboro graduated with honors with a degree in communication sciences and disorders during the May 4 commencement exercises. Natalie Nicole Minard of Milton graduated with a degree in speech pathology from the Graduate School at JMU.

Milton woman named to student-athlete honor roll

Kirstyn McNamara of Milton is one of nearly 200 Lebanon Valley College student-athletes named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. McNamara, a gradute of Sussex Technical High School, is a member of the women's indoor/outdoor track and field team, and is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley. The academic honor roll comprises student-athletes who compete in a varsity-level sport and registered a term/semester GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher during their season of competition. McNamara was also named to the dean's list for the spring 2018 semester, having maintained a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0.

Lewes woman named to dean’s list at  University of New Haven

Olivia Wilson of Lewes, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of New Haven, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester 2018. Wilson is working on a bachelor of arts degree.

Milton woman named to dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College

Bethany T. Schlott, a ophomore business administration major who is the daughter of Darren and Judith Schlott of Milton, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester 2018 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

Milton woman named to Gettysburg College dean's honor list

Dorothy Vosik of Milton was placed on the Gettysburg College dean's honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2018 semester.

University of Alabama names dean’s and president’s lists honorees

The University of Alabama announced its dean’s list of students with an academic record of 3.5 or above or and the president's list of students with an academic record of 4.0. Grace Elizabeth Rovner of Lewes was named to the president’s list. Mallory Louise McDonald of Lewes and Madison Elizabeth Nickel of Millsboro were named to the dean’s list.

Lewes residents named to dean's list at Clemson University

Clemson University announced that Dylan Patrick Brown and Laura Elizabeth Issel, both of Lewes, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. Brown  is majoring in computer science and Issel is majoring in biological sciences.

Milton woman named to McDaniel College dean's list

Christina Gooding of Milton has been named to the McDaniel College spring 2018 dean's list with highest honors for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

Lewes resident named to University of the Sciences dean’s list

Jinal Patel of Lewes has been named to the spring 2018 dean's list at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in spring 2018. Patel is a pharmacology and toxicology student.

Lewes students named to dean’s list at Alvernia University

Alvernia University announced that occupational therapy students Colleen Bailey and Riley Shields, both graduates of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, were named to the spring 2018 dean’s list.

Lewes woman named to Lehigh University dean’s list

Marissa McCloy of Lewes was named to the dean's list at Lehigh University in the spring 2018 semester, for earning a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

Lewes man named to Marist College dean’s list

Marist College announced that Maximilian Euler of Lewes, a business administration major and member of the class of 2018, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Millsboro man named to dean’s list at Muhlenberg College 

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement. Revel was also selected to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the spring 2018 season. To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing and carry at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average.

Millsboro named to dean’s list at University of Rhode Island 

The University of Rhode Island announced that McKenna Bee O'Donnell of Millsboro was named to the the spring 2018 dean's list. To be included, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Rehoboth Beach woman named to Champlain College dean’s list

Carly Freeman of Rehoboth Beach has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for the spring 2018 semester. Students on the dean's list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Freeman is majoring in graphic design and digital media.

Millsboro man named to Greenville University dean’s list 

Greenville University in Greenville, Ill., announced that Daniel Chiofolo from Millsboro was named to the dean’s list.

Milton man graduates from University of San Diego

Daniel Halloran of Milton graduated from the University of San Diego May 27. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology.

Local residents graduate from Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute held its commencement ceremony May 16. Abdias B. Girardi Jr. of Millsboro received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a chemistry minor. Girardi’s graduating honors include Distinguished Graduate and Institute Honors. 

Robert D. Rogers IV of Milton received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and applied mathematics. His graduating honors include With Distinction. 

Millsboro woman earns graduate degree from University of Scranton

Melissa D. White of Millsboro was among nearly 600 master's and doctoral degree recipients at the University of Scranton graduate commencement ceremony May 26. White earned a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction.

UD Lewes tours offered through summer

The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes offers tours to introduce the public to marine science, and the research activities of the college and Delaware Sea Grant. Beach visitors and coastal residents can learn about ocean research with a two-hour guided tour. In July and August, tours start at 10 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Tours are suitable for visitors age 10 and older. For groups of five or more, private tours can be arranged with at least one week prior notice. The campus is at 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes. For more information or to make a reservation, go to, call 302-645-4234 or email

Women can apply for P.E.O. scholarships by Aug. 1

P.E.O. Chapter L, Lewes is currently accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded during the 2019 academic year. These are need-based scholarships, and amounts awarded are based on applicants' individual needs and available monies in the Chapter L Delaware Scholarship Fund. Application deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Women who apply must be high school graduates, or about to graduate, and be enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program leading to a degree or certification. Priority will be given to Delaware residents, but postsecondary study may be anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

To request application materials, email or request by mail to: Suzanne Proska, 34485 Holly Tree Lane, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members. Chapter L, Lewes, was organized in May 1999.

Sussex Tech Adult Division to offer new auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes

The Sussex Tech Adult Division is expanding to offer auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes this fall. The Auto Tech Specialist - Tech C Program is designed to prepare students to take four automotive service excellence exams and advance to a Tech C level within a two-year time frame. The four-year carpentry program starts with level one this year. Registered apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with related instruction classes provided by Sussex Tech instructors two evenings per week. Employees who are sponsored by their employer as state-registered apprentices can enroll tuition-free. Apprenticeship training classes are also available to anyone who is not sponsored by an employer on a paid tuition basis. For more information, call 302-856-9035.