Messenger - Vol. 1, No. 3, Page 2 Spring 1992 University of Delaware Annual Report Highlighting the Year Mary P. Richards, formerly dean of liberal arts at Auburn University, was named dean of the College of Arts and Science, replacing Helen P. Gouldner, who retired after 17 years' service. John C. Nye, previously head of the Agricultural Engineering Department at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, was named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, replacing Donald F. Crossan, who was dean of the college since 1977. Costel D. Denson, professor of chemical engineering, was appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering. R. Byron Pipes, Robert L. Spencer Professor and dean of the College of Engineering, was named provost and vice president for academic affairs. Norman J. Wagner, assistant professor of chemical engineering, received a five-year appointment as a Presidential Young Investigator of the National Science Foundation, becoming the eighth member of the faculty to be so honored. William P. Markell, chairperson of the Department of Accounting, was named the first Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor of Accounting. Dick J. Wilkins, professor of mechanical engineering and former director of the Center for Composite Materials, was named president of the Delaware Technology Park-a joint venture involving the University, industry and the state and federal government. Richard W. Garvine was named the Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies. Thomas S. Ray, associate professor in the School of Life and Health Sciences, took second prize in the Life and Health Sciences category of the IBM Supercomputing Competition. Marian L. Palley, professor of political science, was selected as chairperson of the American Political Science Association's Commission on the Status of Women. The College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy was ranked fourth in the nation among comparable graduate programs, after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon and Syracuse universities. The college's M.P.A. program received commendatory six-year reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The College of Education received a favorable five-year accreditation review by a team from the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Edcation and Certifications, and the team reacted favorably to the college's overall commitment to national issues in teacher education. In the College of Human Resources, the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics received a 10-year accreditation by the American Dietetic Association. The College of Engineering established an Orthopedic and Biomechanical Engineering Center, to enhance the practical applications of college research and expertise. The new Ray Street Residence Hall Complex is the first on campus to be wired into the University's fiber-optic communications network. After a two-month review by a campuswide, independent committee, the University signed ARA Campus Dining Services of Radnor, Pa., as its new dining services contractor. The Department of Business Administration, in a joint effort with the Du Pont Co., began an on-site MBA program for the company's employees, allowing them to pursue educational goals while working full-time. The Division of Continuing Education opened an on-site "campus" at the coporate center of MBNA America, offering a full range of division programs and services. The College of Nursing offered its BS nursing degree, with all non-clinical classes on videotape, and, for the first time, the University broadcasted graduate classes in engineering in partnership with the National Technological University organization. The College of Agricultural Sciences Research and Education Center in Georgetown celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Cooperative Extension added a new resource called Globalinka satellite commodities market information system that counsels on the best time for Delaware famers to sell their crops. The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the College of Business and Economics a $1.5 million grant to teach Bulgarian leaders, executives and educators about the workings of a free market economy, and a grant from the U.S. Information Agency made it possible for 40 Soviet students from the International Management Institute in Kiev to pursue a summer program exposing them to the culture and business of the U.S. Active efforts to foster diversity and sensitivity to racial and cultural differences in the University community resulted in a series of initiatives, including training seminars for members of Public Safety in liaison with the Black Student Union, special seminars for residence hall staff, a multicultural component of New Student Orientation, a "Guideline for the Sensitive Use of Language" produced by the University Writing Center and a program in which University employees were instructed in diversity training in order to carry that training to their colleagues across the campus. Fall and spring semester study-abroad programs now offer 10 possible locations for study, ranging from Costa Rica to Vienna, as well as in Caen, Bayreuth and Granada, while Winter Session trips were in 18 locations, including Athens, Rome, Leningrad, Morocco, Tianjin in the People's Republic of China and Yucatan in Mexico. A recycling committee of the President's Environmental Concerns Committee was formed and a project for paper recycling was begun in three academic buildings and later extended to include the entire campus. A program for recycling glass and aluminum in the residence halls also was initiated. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has sites across campus for the recycling of three types of glass, aluminum and paper. The University of Delaware ended its membership in the East Coast Conference and entered the North Atlantic Conference. The first full year for the Student Fitness Center served over 4,000 regular members, while employees made use of the Employee Fitness Center over 18,000 times. The $20.5 million Bob Carpenter Center is scheduled to open in August, providing a 5,058-seat venue for sports and cultural events, and the Lammot du Pont Laboratory will house state-of-the-art facilities for chemistry, biochemistry and marine biochemistry initiatives. The University's new logo features the UD, popularized over the years by the Marching Band, and its enthusiastic reception is evidenced by use on Bookstore merchandise, University stationery, signs, Public Safety vehicles, shuttle buses and more. Leonard P. Stark, Delaware '91, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and is at Oxford University, researching the office of the British prime minister for comparison with the American presidency. S. Samuel and Roxana C. Arsht Hall was opened, and formally dedicated in the fall of 1991. The Arshts made a generous gift of $1 million to kick off the fundraising campaign for the new Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington, and they brought the campaign to a close with a second $1 million gift. A new Visitors Center at 196 South College Ave. was opened to provide admissions, Honors Program and other pertinent information about the University as well as about the surrounding area. The center, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a Victorian-style, 19th-century dwelling that retains the character and features of its original construction in almost perfect condition. Gifts from alumni and friends received by the University of Delaware in 1990-91 were 28 percent higher than ever before, and the total is expected to be even higher this coming year.