AAP Connect Program


New AAP students participate in this special orientation program, which is scheduled the week before the general New Student Orientation. The Connect Program jump starts the college experience for AAP students with academic and professional development workshops, team building activities, and cultural and social events. There is no charge for the Connect Program. AAP students are permitted to move into the Residence Halls a week early so that they can participate. The 2013 Connect Program starts Monday, August 26 and ends Thursday, August 29.

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**The workshop 1, 2, 3, and 4 for Connect 2013 are Art Studio, Theatre Play, Multimedia, and Singing/Songwriting. This schedule is tenative and is subject to change.

Monday, August 26
9:00am - 5pm - Connect Check-In and Move In, 1500 Pine Hall Room 101
5:00pm - 6:00pm -  Campus Tour
6:00pm -  Meet & Greet Dinner at Jamaican Jerk Hut

Tuesday, August 27

9:00am -    Welcome Breakfast
10:30am -  Global Dance Celebration
12:00pm -  Lunch 
1:00pm -    Workshop 1
2:45pm -    Workshop 2
5:00pm -    Dinner
7:00pm  -   Evening Event *optional

Wednesday, August 28

9:00am -     Drop-by Breakfast
10:15am -   iMentor Introduction
12:00pm -   Lunch
1:00pm -     Workshop 3
2:45pm -     Workshop 4
4:30pm -     Group Photo
6:00pm -     Dinner Party w/ Karaoke and Dancing

Thursday, August 29

10:00am - Drop-by Breakfast
11:00am - New Student Orientation Check-In


Theatre Play
A series of group exercises and interactive theater games designed to acquaint and entertain incoming Academic Achievement Program students.

Workshop Presenter: Drucie McDaniel-Saxton 

Drucie McDaniel is Assistant Professor within the Acting program at the University of the Arts. She has two national commercials currently running and has worked in films with Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopie Goldberg, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington and Lou Diamond Phillips. Her 20-year performance career has been accompanied by 10 years as artistic director at The Philadelphia Theater Caravan and is an inaugural faculty member of Walnut Street Theatre.

Singing/Songwriting Workshop

Workshop Presenter: TBA
BM in Vocal Performance '08

Multimedia Workshop

Workshop Presenter: Sharif Pendleton
Founder, Masters of None 
BFA in Multimedia '06

After graduating from UArts in May 2006, Sharif has been working as a free-lance graphic and Web designer. He is currently a multimedia instructopr at Moore College of Art and Design. During his four years at UArts, Sharif was an active member of the Academic Achievement Program. He served as a student representative to the AAP Advisory Board for four years and worked as a Peer Tutor. He received a regional AAP scholastic award in 2005 and was repeatedly named to the UArts Dean’s List. Since placing second in the 2006 AAP Student Art Exhibition, Sharif’s photographs have been exhibited professionally at the Sande Webster Gallery and at the Coral Street Art House, both in Philadelphia. As a student, Sharif was part of the test user group that assisted in the development of the UArts Portal, and he is pleased to be able to introduce new AAP students to these resources!

Global Dance Celebration
The Dunya Performing Arts Company, directed by R. Jeannine Osayande, performs an expansive repertoire featuring selections of music and dance from West Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil. Their program weaves the audience on a captivating journey that includes audience participation, performance and history. As part of our celebration of life, Dunya has served as a performing arts educational resource throughout the country and internationally.


Workshop Presenter: R. Jeannine Osayande
Founder, Dunya Performing Arts Company

R. Jeannine Osayande is committed to exploring art through all aspects of life. She is a performer, educator and choreographer of West African (Old Mali Empire) and Brazilian (Samba & Bahian) dance. She is founder and director of Dunya Performing Arts Company, specializing in Artist-In-Residence programs throughout the Tri-state area, and a principle dancer with Alo’ Brasil, A highly acclaimed Philadelphia based Brazilian dance band. Ms Osayande has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 23 years including; Lincoln Center OOD festival, Dance Africa / Brooklyn Academy of Music, WXPN World Cafe Live, International Exchange Program; Dakar, Senegal, and as a guest touring/teaching artist with Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India. In addition to her teaching at UArts, Jeanine is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bryn Mawr College, an Artist in Residence at Swarthmore College and a certified Dale Carnegie trainer. Osayande adheres to the African Proverb, "Good dancing restores the community to wholeness."

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For more info contact
Michelle Nichols
AAP Administrative Assistant
1500 Pine Suite 100
T  215.717.6818
E  aap@uarts.edu