Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Devon DeLallo owl webDevon DeLallo and friendAlbertus Magnus College in New Haven will host a professional development day on experiential education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Created for guidance counselors and other education professionals, the event will focus on how to assess a college’s ability to deliver on the experiential education promise and how to identify the right type of students for this learning environment.

As an example of a student who used this education concept to advance her studies, Devon DeLallo, an member of the Albertus Magnus class of 2017, leveraged internships at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to earn admission into multiple doctoral programs in veterinary medicine. DeLallo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, and she is currently a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine. She will speak and share her observations and experience. Tours of the zoo will follow.

Experiential education is a philosophy in which educators engage students in direct experience, such as hands-on internships, in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities. At Albertus Magnus, experiential learning takes many forms, including internships and practicums, service learning projects (built in the curriculum of specific courses), scholarship or research in the sciences, arts, and humanities, (conducted as an independent study, research, volunteer research assistantship, master's thesis and capstone projects) and student-run groups and athletics.

“An Albertus education is about pursuing the truth, applying what you learn to make a difference in the world, and sharing what you’ve learned with others, “ said Sean-Michael Green, vice president for enrollment management at Albertus Magnus and president of the board of directors at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “Our students value opportunities to learn at the zoo, and this event is a great partnership between our college, the zoo, and local educators to benefit our community."