Online Student of the Block
The Online Learning Team seeks to recognize our Online Students for their outstanding academic performance and achievements.
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You can view previous Online Students of the Block in our archives:
2014 Archive: Online Student of the Block
2013 Archive: Online Student of the Block
Fall Block I, 2016
Former Minor-League Baseball Player named Wilmington University Online Student-of-the-Block Tom Vessella has an interesting path to becoming a Wilmington University Educational Leadership Doctoral student. Born and raised in Burbank, CA, he’s spent the last nine years playing professional minor league baseball. As he observes, “I have spent so much time on a baseball field that I could not see myself being anywhere else.” However, as Tom reflects, he notes that in his time as a professional athlete he’s “seen and experienced countless examples of what leadership can do to teams and individuals.” Today, living back in his native Burbank, CA, Tom serves as the strength and assistant baseball coach at Hope International University. With an aim to one day oversee a collegiate athletic department, he enrolled in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (EDD) – Higher Education Concentration in January 2016. Asked why he chose Wilmington University, Tom says “I chose Wilmington University because of its flexibility and the possibility of combining my passions of baseball, education, and leadership.” Congratulations, Tom!
Summer Block II, 2016
As a non-traditional student Audrey began her college career in the summer of 2012. Since then, she has attended college full time, taking courses every semester including four-week winter sessions offered by her local community college. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Management in May of 2015 and in December of this year Audrey will have completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Human Resource Management. This was no easy feat! Along with being a full time student, Audrey works a full time job and has a 10 year old son and three grandchildren she cares for. Next on her agenda is business ownership. Audrey lost her parents at a young age, and has always had an affinity toward the elderly. Her dream is to open a personal care home where she can provide care to the elderly.
Audrey wanted to complete her studies as soon as possible. She chose Wilmington University because of the Degree Completion Program as well as its trimester academic calendar. Audrey says, "I have to say I made a great decision since all of my instructors thus far have been committed to the success of their students."
"Thumbs up to Wilmington University for bringing me closer to my goal!"
Summer Block I, 2016
Adrienne Walstrum graduated from Wilmington University with her Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2004. She is now pursuing her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Adrienne feels her first degree from Wilmington University has provided her many successes personally and professionally. She has been working in the Clinical Research field for the past several years and finds the experience to be rewarding. Adrienne has earned two performance awards in her job and gained the understanding and appreciation for professionals in the medical field from her work. Adrienne has developed a passion for those with critical illnesses and remains dedicated in the research that may save them. Please join me in congratulating Adrienne for being chosen as the Summer Block I student of the block!
Spring Block II, 2016
Please join me in congratulating Season Bennett, chosen as our Spring Block II online student of the block! Season is a proud mother of 3 honors teen-aged children. She was born and
raised in Chicago, Il. and moved her family to Indianapolis, In. in December 2007.
Education is extremely important in my household. In order to not be hypocritical when she made demands of her children to complete college, Season decided to continue her studies and pursue a B.S. in Business Management with minors in Entrepreneurship and Business Management as well as Finance. In her first semester at Wilmington University in Summer 2015, she attained completed 15 credit hours with a 3.93 GPA and earned her place on the Dean's List. She looks forward to continuing this rigorous schedule and striving for work-life balance as she heads towards degree completion in
Season says,"There's no greater sense of accomplishment for me, a single mother of a high school freshman and sophomore and a college freshman than for my kids to tell me that they're proud of me."
Spring Block I, 2016
Please join me in congratulating Mary Weber, chosen as our Spring Block I online student of the block! Mary lives in Delaware and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Del Tech last fall. She is an Elementary Education Major and currently has a 4.0 GPA. In her spare time, she works as a waitress. She enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time at the beach. Best of luck in your degree and congratulations!
Fall Block II, 2015
Along with being a full-time student, Anna Willis is a wife, mother, and volunteer for See You Outside Delaware, a nonprofit organization that encourages citizens to stay healthy and active by promoting various outdoor events in the Delaware region. Throughout her journey with Wilmington University she has maintained a 3.9 GPA while getting married and having her child! Anna's volunteer work is extremely important to her she is proud that some of her fellow Behavioral Science classmates have gotten involved with See You Outside Delaware as well. Anna is also a member of the Delta Epsilon Rho honor society. While balancing school work with motherhood and volunteerism has been very challenging, Anna still fits in the time to focus on courses and interact with her peers and professors. Anna has enjoyed the challenges and interactions with fellow students that Wilmington University has provided. Congratulations Anna!
Fall Block I, 2015
Please join me in congratulating Dianna Petterle, chosen as our Fall Block I online student of the block! Dianna lives in Northern California and is more than half-way through her program. She is a Behavioral Science major and currently works as a Project Manager for a healthcare company. She loves to spend time with her five year old grandson and volunteers for her local library, leading story time for two head start preschool classes. Best of luck in your degree and congratulations!
Anthony de Freitas
Summer Block II, 2015
Please join me in congratulating Anthony de Freitas for being chosen as our Summer Block II online student of the block! Tony is a part time student residing in the D.C. area and is about halfway through the MBA-IST program at Wilmington University. Through hard work and continued success, Tony serves as a Project Manager Practice Lead at one of the nation's largest nonprofits. Tony received his BA in Economics from Texas State. With the extreme flexibility of Wilmington University, Tony has been able to work, go to school online, and spend time with his lovely wife and two dogs. Congratulations Tony!
Summer Block I, 2015
Summer Block 1 2015’s online student of the block is Nadine Charles. Nadine has been working for Christiana Care for 15 years as a Registered Nurse. She is thankful for the partnership between Wilmington University and Christiana Care which has helped facilitate her return to school. Nadine’s goal is to become a leader in her field and mentions that Online Learning at Wilmington University has given her the flexibility needed to continue her education. Nadine also appreciates the support of close family and friends along her journey. She is preparing for her final project and expects to graduate in the Fall of 2015. Great job Nadine!
Spring Block II, 2015
Please join me in congratulating Regina on being awarded Spring Block II online student of the block! Regina is a military veteran and single mother of three disabled children. She began her academic career with Wilmington University in 2009. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice earning a 3.54 grade point average and was also a member of the Criminal Justice Association and the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice. Regina also earned a Master's degree in Administration of Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security with a 3.74 grade point average. She has written a poetry book titled, Shadows of Wisdom, Whispers of Love which was featured at Wilmington University. Regina completed an internship with Senator Tom Carper and was present for television and radio commercials. She is seeking one final educational certification in Legal Studies at Wilmington University.
Spring Block I, 2015
Renee is currently pursuing a B.S. in Business Management and has a 4.0 GPA. She was chosen as a recipient of the Annual Fund Scholarship and has successfully completed a 10 week Student Leadership Challenge at Wilmington University. Renee was also selected to become a Student Ambassador. As a student, Renee has had the opportunity to give back to her school and local community. She has become a certified volunteer income tax assistant so she can help low to moderate income families complete their taxes. Renee plans to operate a home based wedding planning business so she can provide the once in a lifetime chance for dream weddings to people of all economic backgrounds. Please join me in congratulating Renee!