About cmanneri

Christy is a graduate of the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware with a master's in Public Administration. She is the chief operating officer of a local non-profit, 3B Brae’s Brown Bags and a Communications Specialist for the University of Delaware. Her research interests include issues of social justice, such as nutritional insecurity, community re-entry, and domestic violence. She also volunteers with her local school district and has a deep passion for education policy, as she believes many social injustices stem from inequitable opportunities in education.

Earth Day Film

The National Geographic film “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trabant Theatre on the Newark campus. A faculty panel will lead a discussion to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future — and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. The Earth Day event is co-sponsored by the Energy and Environmental Policy Student Association, the Climate Reality Project @ UD, and the Delaware Environmental Institute.

Applied Biomedical Communication

Biomedical Communication, offered in Fall 2015, will cover methodology, technique, and ethical issues fundamental to written, oral, and visual communications in the biologic and medical sciences. Topics include: scientific method/reasoning, hypothesis development, adaptation for audience, communication format and voice, types of publications, source citation, and peer review.


UD Resources from Office of Academic Enrichment

The Office of Academic Enrichment provides a number of resources for you as a student.


  • Individual Tutoring.  Students now can go online to check the TutorFind directory of available tutors for one-on-one work.
  • Drop-In Tutoring.  Two hours a day, five days a week, drop-in tutoring is available in math, chemistry and physics.
  • Group Tutoring.  Free group tutoring in a number of courses is offered each semester.  Groups are formed in response to student requests.


  • Workshops at the OAE.    workshop schedule
  • Online workshops:  Your Roadmap to Success (http://www.udel.edu/AEC-workshop/).  These workshops are designed to help students identify skill areas they need to improve in, to practice new techniques, and to evaluate their progress.
  • Study Skills course (UNIV113).   This one-credit pass/fail course includes comprehensive coverage of strategies for successful studying, which are then put to use in a concurrent “target class” of the student’s choice.  While the course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores, exceptions can be made for other students when needed.  Other one-credit pass/fail SkilMod courses:  Critical Thinking (UNIV114), Problem-Solving (UNIV115).
  • Academic Intake appointments.  Any student can meet with one of our staff members to assess his/her current study strategies and develop a plan for strengthening those strategies.  In particular, students in academic difficulty can benefit from this one-on-one academic counseling.

The OAE Newsletter provides a quick overview of our offerings.  For more details on OAE programs, visit our website.

Living with The Land, Walt Disney World Internship

The Agricultural Sciences Professional Internship Program is designed to provide qualified college students with the opportunity for hands-on work experience in the unique growing areas that are part of Living with The Land, an agricultural attraction at Epcot®.


In addition to maintaining the show quality of our growing areas, aquaculture systems or biotechnology lab, interns will spend a significant amount of time leading informative and interactive guest tours through our facilities along with promoting and selling these tours. Additional training sessions, classes and meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester. Other duties vary by discipline:

Aquaculture:  Operate a recirculating freshwater aquaculture facility. Monitor filtration systems and water quality, assist in diagnosis and control of disease, and raise fish to marketable size for Walt Disney World® restaurants.

Biotechnology:  Maintain a tissue culture production facility. Prepare media and culture a wide variety of plants. Then, collect, package and deliver the tissue-cultured plants to Epcot® merchandise locations.

Entomology:  Become an integral part of The Land’s Integrated Pest Management program. Rear and maintain insect colonies, release beneficial insects into greenhouse crops, and maintain entomology-related shows.

Plant Science:  Maintain a high-quality show of hydroponically-grown food crops from around the globe. Seed, transplant, irrigate and prune plants; harvest produce for Epcot® restaurants; rake, sweep, and provide general cleanup of greenhouses.

Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, and school transcript to WDW.EPCOT.Science.Internship@disney.com.  Selected students will be interviewed via phone to further discuss the internship.

Please refer interested students to http://www.disneyinterns.com/science.  At the bottom of the page, they can click “Search Jobs” then do a keyword search for “Agricultural Sciences”, then “Apply Now” to view internship postings about the Plant Science, Entomology, Biotechnology, and Aquaculture internship positions along with many other science related internship openings.  If students have any questions with accessing the site, please have them email us directly at WDW.EPCOT.Science.Internship@disney.com.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…standardized exams

Throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

As a Senior, I can honestly say I have seen my fair share of standardized tests. As a student teacher, I have observed my students worry about these same tests. I’ve never been the best test taker- however my scores have always been good enough to get by. I made the mistake of assuming that I would get by with the PRAXIS tests and put them off for a long time.

If I could give one word of advice to students, be aware of the tests required to get certification in majors or to get into graduate school. PREPARE! PREPARE! PREPARE! I waited until the last minute to take tests for certification and regret waiting as long as I had.
By waiting so long, I put myself at risk of graduating without a passing score. Know the dates and know the scores. Take tests over the summer or when you have time to dedicate to these tests. GOOD LUCK!

-Emily Gribben

Finals Study Tips

Finals are right around the corner!
Here are some last minute tips:
1. Don’t Panic (Don’t become overwhelmed)
2. Don’t be too relaxed (Don’t underestimate your finals)
3. Don’t cram for your exams
4. Set a study schedule!
5. Get enough sleep
6. Utilize effective study techniques (that work for YOU)
              a. Start early
              b. Study with a group or partner
              c. Review old exams
              d. Review old assignments
              e. Organize and review your notes
              f. Make flash cards
              g. Test yourself (create a mock test or test yourself using flash cards)
              h. Avoid studying in your room where you can easily get distracted
              i. Great Study Areas!
                        The Townsend Commons
                        The Library
                        Residence Hall Lounge
                        Math Tutorial Lab (answer booklets and tutor on site)
                        Daugherty Hall (in Trabant)
                        Perkins Student Center
                        Panera, Starbucks, or similar places on Main Street
7. Understand how the grade for your course is calculated
            a. What percentage of your grade is your final exam?
            b. Understand how you can use the final exam to improve your grade
            c. Review your syllabus
            d. Talk to your professor
8. Resist the urge to “party” on off days!
9. Arrive EARLY for your exam. Arriving late only increases your anxiety
10. Don’t worry about others finishing before you

"If I Knew Then What I Know Now"

If I knew now what a commitment being president of an organization is I would not have taken on so many other activities. This past year I was president of my sorority, a member of FFA, a member of Food Science Club, an Ag Ambassador, a manager at my job, and took eighteen credits each semester. I am really good at time management but I do not recommend over committing yourself. I found myself working late, losing sleep, being stressed and not having a good time. I also felt as though I was letting people down. This is when I realized I over committed myself and needed to cut back on things. School and classes was not an option so I only helped out in my clubs when I could and did not commit to being a leader or in charge of anything without knowing that one hundred percent I could commit.

I do not want to discourage you from getting involved however I know there are only 24 hours in a day and you can only stretch so far. Therefore, my advice to you is to join things you are overly passionate about. And only commit to lead if you know you can give it your all. This way you will have fun while you are learning and leading.
-Megan Coy

"If I Knew Then What I Know Now" …Final Weeks

During the final weeks of the semester it is so easy to lose focus on your schoolwork knowing that the holidays are just around the corner. The last couple of weeks of school are filled with fun end-of-semester activities and as classes begin to wind down it is also easy to fall behind in them with so many good distractions. As a freshman last year I wish I had foreseen the amount of cramming that I would have to do the few days before finals. Had I been able to do so I would have definitely started studying in short spans during the last 2-3 weeks of the semester because my finals week was exhausting! Reading Day provides a great opportunity for studying so I suggest you make use of it! It is so easy to slack off because it is basically a day off but it would have helped me out to study that Thursday rather than cram the following week.

-Bonnie McDevitt

If I Knew Then What I Know Now… MORE MIDTERM ADVICE

As a new feature in the Talk of Townsend blog, throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

This month’s feature focuses on midterm grades. What do you do if you are not performing as well as you expected? How can you improve your study habits? Upperclassmen share some advice…

“When I first saw my midterm grades, I was satisfied to be completely honest. I had almost all B-‘s! Not bad I thought at the time! I still had half of a semester to bring those minuses up. Honestly, I wish I had set a higher standard for myself at the time. I continued studying the way I had been from the beginning of the year, and even did a few extra credit assignments to bring those grades up. I ended up with 2 B-‘s and 2 B+’s! My GPA however, ended up being a 2.974 which was below the 3.0 required to maintain my scholarship. My advice to anyone who is satisfied with their grades, do more than is required. If a professor offers an opportunity to up that grade by even one point, do the extra work. You do not want to end up .026 away from a scholarship! I have worked so hard over the past four years to bring my GPA up to a 3.5, yet i am still .05 away! Trust me, I am a senior now and I wish I had learned sooner!”

  • I would go to office hours after a test I didn’t do so well on. Many professors give points back, and if even they don’t, I find it’s a really good way to understand the things I didn’t understand when I took the test.
  • I would get at least 2 hours of homework done on a Saturday. Even if you don’t think you have a lot of work, just getting one assignment out of the way will really cut down on your stress level for the coming week.
  • Especially for the more difficult classes, always studying with at least one other person is important. It helps you stay on task, and it’s more likely you’ll figure something out that you don’t understand if you have someone else to bounce ideas off of.
  • For classes where the professor wants you to print out powerpoint slides, it can be annoying to do this before every class, especially now that you have to pay to print at the library. However, I found a big difference in my ability to absorb information in class after I started printing the slides out instead of trying to write everything that was up on the projector. When you have all the info on the slides in front of you already, it’s easier to just make little notes next to them if the professor says anything extra.

-Sarah Cordova

If I Knew Then What I Know Now… MIDTERMS

As a new feature in the Talk of Townsend blog, throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

This month’s feature focuses on midterm grades. What do you do if you are not performing as well as you expected? How can you improve your study habits? Upperclassmen share some advice…

“A lot of times, especially in upper level courses, the midterm is the first ‘actual’ exam of the class. Sometimes I don’t do as well because I’m not used to the professor’s testing, so I tend to do much better on later exams as well as the final once I get a better feel for how to study. In more general courses, there are often more exams throughout the semester, as well as other factors like homework and lab grades. In short, midterms are important, but don’t be too discouraged if you don’t do as well; there’s always room for improvement and you can do better next time! Midterms are usually a reminder of whether you’ve been dedicating enough time to a class or not; if you did poorly, it probably means you need to do a little more outside work for the class.”
-Chris Taylor

“I remember how I felt right after my midterms first semester last year. Most classes I felt great about, but chemistry is one that I was struggling with. My “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” advice would be to GO TO CHEM PROFESSOR OFFICE HOURS. The 103 and 104 professors are extremely nice and go step by step with you over problems and are very helpful resources, plus they will regrade your tests and do their best to give you extra points that you might have missed if you correct your problems and explain to them mistakes.”