AAP Connect Program

New AAP students are invited to participate in this special orientation program, which is scheduled nine days 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 early so that they can participate.




The 2017 Connect Program starts Monday, August 14 and ends Wednesday, August 23, before New Student Orientation programming starts.




 Meet the Peer Mentors
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Please note: This schedule is subject to change.
Students who accept the invitation to the AAP and register for CONNECT must attend all workshops and events
*denotes optional activity




Monday August 14
10:00-2:00        Check In & Move In, Gershman Hall Lobby
2:00-3:00          Parent and Family Q&A, Advising Center & AAP Office, Gershman 207
3:00-3:30          Commuter Check In, Gershman Hall Lobby
3:30-4:30          Campus Walk*
6:30-8:00          Welcome Dinner
8:00-10:30         Movie Night & Discussion*




Tuesday August 15


8:00-9:00          Grab and Go Breakfast, Mangia
9:00                  Depart for Adventure Network
10:00-4:00        Team Building and Low/High Ropes Course                         
5:00                  Dinner
7:00                  Coffee House Night*




Wednesday August 16
9-11:00              Strategic Writing & Reading I
11:30-12:15        Lunch
12:30-1:30          Journal Lecture
1:45-3:45           Online Writing Placement Test (for students who haven’t completed it)
                          Alternative session for students who have completed Test
5:00                    Dinner
7:00                    Event TBA*




Thursday August 17
9:00-11:00         Strategic Writing & Reading II
11:30-12:15       Lunch
12:30-1:45         Art Studio/Bucket Drumming
2:00-3:15           Bucket Drumming/Art Studio
3:30-4:30           Goal Setting and Professional Practices
5:00                   Dinner
7:00                   Spruce St. Harbor Park Strolling and Roller Skating*




Friday August 18
9:00-10:15           Singing+Songwriting/Theater Play  
10:30-11:45         Theater Play/Singing+Songwriting
12:00-1:00           Lunch
1:00-3:00            Reading Assessment
3:15-4:00            Managing Your Time (the Student Artist Edition)
5:00                    Dinner
7:00                    Walnut Street Walk /Shop and Skyview*




Saturday August 19
9:00-9:45            Grab and Go Breakfast, Mangia
10                       Depart for NYC Trip & Broadway Show
12:00-1:30          Free Time
2:00                    Show
5:00                    Return to Philly
7:30                    Dinner*




Sunday August 20


11:00                  Trip to Philadelphia Museum of Art
1:00                    Lunch in the Museum
5:00-6:30            Pizza Party, Mangia*




Monday August 21
9:00-11:00         Strategic Writing & Reading III
11:30-12:15        Lunch
12:30-1:30         Making It at UArts
2:00-3:30           Global Dance
5:30-6:30           Dinner Mixer, Terra Dining Hall
7:00                   Bowling, Cappogiro, or Mural Arts*




Tuesday August 22
Final Presentation Prep
11:30-12:30         Lunch
1:00-3:30            My UArts Philly Presentations, Connelly or Caplan (both reserved)
4:00-4:30            Group Photo
6:00-9:00            Picnic Dinner & Karaoke Dance Party* 




Wednesday August 23
9:00-10:00           CONNECT student check in at New Student Orientation
10:00-11:30          Celebration Breakfast & Awards

















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


Workshop Presenter: Kristen Schier, BFA '00 (Acting)
Faculty, University of the Arts
Artistic Director, The Philly N Crowd
Kristen Schier is a teacher at the University of the Arts as well as a performer, instructor and Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater. She is also the Artistic Director of The Philly N Crowd, which performs weekly improv shows at The Actor's Center.  She has taught improv for Delaware Theater Company, Drexel University, and The Actor's Center. Kristen has a B.F.A. in Theater Arts from the University of the Arts and has been working in Philly as a professional actor, improviser and teacher for several years. As an actor she has worked with Commonwealth Classic Theater Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and Ego Po. She has appeared in many productions including the originally created Art of War, which received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble. Kristen has also studied clowning intensively with Virginia Scott and Giovanni Fusetti. She has studied improv at The Second City, the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and the Magnet Theater in NYC.




// Singing/Songwriting
Workshop Presenter: DeShana Wooden
Bio is coming!




// Bucket Drumming
Workshop Presenter: Dean Marc Diccianni

Marc Dicciani is Dean of the College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a professor of Drumset and Music Business. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in drumset, percussion, and music business and well as directs an alternative bucket drum ensemble “Rumble’, which is open to all students at the University. Dean Dicciani has lectured, conducted clinics, and performed at countless colleges and at conferences in the States and abroad.  He is also a busy professional musician with dozens of concert dates throughout the year. He has made concert appearances with a wide variety of artists, including jazz musicians, singers/entertainers and orchestras. He's performed on many television shows in Los Angeles for NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox Networks, and on television, film, and jingle recording sessions in ensembles. Dean Dicciani was named to Modern Drummer Magazine's Education Team, and he recently completed his fifth instructional drum book on contemporary Latin drumming styles. He has been the musical director/conductor for countless awards shows in Philadelphia and played drums for two telecasts of the Golden Globe Awards in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Dean Dicciani has been with the Grammy organization (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) for more than 25 years, as Philadelphia Board Member, Philadelphia Chapter President and member of the National Board of Trustees. Visit him on his web site at www.dicciani.com




// Art Studio
Workshop Presenter: Veronica Cianfrano
Veronica Cianfrano is a multimedia artist who has been examining "the communication break down" through photographic images and memories of her familial ties and through our current reliance on digital communication. Her work serves as a display for these vignettes of examination whether it be through memory decay, new meanings found in old footage, or the effects of the news media on our state of mind. Since receiving her MFA from the University of the Arts in 2010, Veronica Cianfrano has served as both Co-Founder and Curator for Manifesto-ish and Champions of Empty Rooms. She has also served as a Mentor and Teacher for pre-college and college level art students as well as professional artists. 




// 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."






 //Presentation Workshop
Workshop Presenter: Connie Koppe
Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater Arts
Connie Koppe  is a Designated Linklater Teacher of Voice and Speech (DLT) and a Certified Practitioner of Phonetic Pillows.  She began teaching at UArts in 2001, where she instructs the freshman Voice and Speech classes at The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts and has taught several summers for the UArts Summer Institute. Connie also maintains her own private singing and speech studio. Connie has taught “American Culture Through Popular Song” for The English Language Center at Drexel University and “Presentation and Conversation Skills” and “Diction” for the English as a Second Language Institute at the University of the Arts. In addition, she has taught Creative Practices and several Collaborative Studios for the UArts University Common Curriculum. Her favorite collaborative studio has been a NEUARTS project about communication at Vare Recreation Center. Connie has sung and acted with opera companies in the tri-state area including the Opera Company of Philadelphia, in musical theater productions including two premiers at the Media Theater and with several children’s theater companies based in the Philadelphia Area. She currently performs as lead singer with Enchanté, a French Cabaret band. Off stage, Connie directs opera productions and worked for 12 years as the costume shop manager and costume designer for Temple University’s Opera Department. Connie is founder and CEO of COMMAND THE ROOM, empowering business professionals through their bodies and voices. She also leads classes called The Voice Gym Philly, a voice and body warm-up for performing artists. She is co-founder and visiting artist for The Living Bookshelf, a literacy and music program for middle school students. More information can be found at www.conniekoppe.com and www.livingbookshelf.net




// Journal Lecture
Workshop Presenter: Christian Patchell
I am a cartoonist, illustrator, designer and all around art monkey. I have lived in Philly my entire life and truly love this city. I divide my time between making art, teaching and collaborating with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. My art has appeared on everything from comic books to greeting cards.
Theory on art: "Monsters & Robots make everything better." I live in a tree house on the top of the highest hill with my lovely girlfriend, and we make pictures.  ArtByPatch.com >>







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