UD Alumni Weekend June 7-9, 2019
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Family-Friendly Events

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The Morris Library, Class of 1941 Lecture Room

Soak It Up! Bagels with Faithful Friends Animal Society's Pet Therapy Teams

Help yourself to fresh bagels, coffee and juice, and enjoy the affection of pet therapy dogs during this family-friendly event. Therapy pets are trained to provide comfort to people in rehabilitation and nursing care, hospice, children's hospitals, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia centers, and are a well-loved part of the library's "Stress Less" finals week student activities. $5 per person pre-registration, kids under 12 free. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $8 at the door, cash or check.

Alison Hall Lobby

Alumni, families and children are invited to explore the great outdoors at activity stations on The Green. Young explorers will enjoy nature-based art projects and activities, while parents and teachers learn how UD's Children's Campus is incorporating outdoor experiences into their curriculum. Hosted by the Early Learning Center, Laboratory Preschool and The College School. Registration is requested for planning purposes but walk-ups are welcome.

Spencer Lab, Room 222, 130 Academy Street

Could Newark be Delaware’s first smart city? Learn how smart cities work and experience live demonstrations of the University of Delaware’s Scaled Smart City. We are currently witnessing an increasing integration of connected and automated vehicles. Smart cities that integrate data, connectivity and automated cars will reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel delays and improve safety. You will be in “the know” first after this amazing program sponsored by the College of Engineering.

South Campus, Adjacent to the Fred Rust Ice Arena

Visit the UDairy Creamery for a behind-the-scenes tour of the store and processing facility. Learn how ice cream is made from the cow all the way to the cone, and witness our most popular flavors being made. Yes, taste tests are included! Register quickly as this is the only day of the year that tours are offered. Shuttles will be making multiple trips from Gore Hall to South Campus before and after each tour. $5 per person.

Caesar Rodney Dining Hall, 350 Academy Street

Grab your friends or your entire family and meet us at The Caesar Rodney Dining Hall for Saturday brunch with YoUDee and Baby Blue. You will enjoy some of the favorite foods that fueled your way through college (and a mimosa)! It's fun for all ages with activities like face painting, balloon artists and jugglers. On your way out, stop by our green screen booth for a photo in front of your favorite UD campus scene. $15 for everyone ages 12+; $10 for children 2-11; free for children 2 and under.

Carpenter Sports Building Indoor Pool

Back by popular demand! Come learn about robotic vehicles that researchers in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment use to study the ocean, bay and coastal environments. See demonstrations of remotely operated vehicles and autonomous surface vehicles, and learn about their deep ocean counterparts. Discover how data from aquatic robots and aerial drones can be used together. Try your hand at a drone simulator. This event is open house so stop in anytime to meet the fleet.

Trabant Food Court

Enjoy some family-friendly fun! Take pictures at our larger than life selfie station. Get your face painted. Eat a selfie cookie (you won’t believe how cool these are!). Pick up free vintage Alumni Weekend t-shirts. Play yard games while listening to We Kids Rock. Have some free UDairy ice cream or quench your thirst with delicious old fashioned lemonade while you make a YouDee-inspired craft. Oh, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with our live blue hens. All these activities are free and fun ways to enjoy being back on campus.

Alfred Lerner Hall Atrium, 20 Orchard Road

Do you have what it takes to earn big money? This fast-paced interactive game emphasizes the importance of self-discipline, planning and making sound choices about getting a good education, spending wisely, saving early and often, and taking prudent risks… plus it’s tons of fun. Winners will receive a prize! Don’t miss this fun, family event hosted by the Lerner College of Business and Economics. Ages 8 and up.

Leaves from The Green (Outside Gore Hall)

**Due to inclement weather this event has been canceled.**
Join a Student Alumni Ambassador on a guided stroll around campus. Meet at Gore Hall (facing The Green) and be sure to bring your walking shoes and camera. Highlights include Laird Campus with its new buildings, landscaping and footbridge; the current renovation of the Carpenter Sports Building (Little Bob); the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab and more. Get an introduction to the UD Bucket List and plan how you will start checking things off your list.

Spencer Laboratory, 130 Academy Street

Orthopedics in Action (OIA) is a unique, hands-on activity that features real-world challenges from orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering. Explore the world of broken bones and x-rays with amazing hands on fracture puzzles. Students and faculty in the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering created OIA to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering and medicine. The curriculum is being used in over 200 middle and high school classrooms nationwide, and this event will give you a preview of what all of the fuss is about! Appropriate for children 8 and up.

Alfred Lerner Hall Atrium, 20 Orchard Road

You are going on a trip and the planning is the best part. Participants plan a vacation to a national park and then determine if they have saved enough to take the trip. If not, how much more is needed to meet their goal. Choices on which park to visit, housing, transportation, food and souvenirs are determined by chance. This lively interactive game will have you wanting to plan your own trip soon. Don’t miss this fun family event hosted by the Lerner College of Business and Economics. Ages 8 and up.

UD Apiary, South Campus (Next to Allen Laboratory)

Back by popular demand! The UD apiary is home to over 20 beehives with millions of resident honeybees playing an active part in the teaching, research and outreach programs in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. While the bees are gentle this time of year, veils and other protective gear equipment are provided for adventurous participants who want to go “hands-on.” Shuttles will be making multiple trips from Gore Hall to South Campus before and after the event.

Laird Campus

Future Blue Hens (age 11 and under) are invited to race in the Kids Fun Run before cheering on their parents and friends in the Blue Hen 5K. The Fun Run course is located on the Laird Campus (North Campus) turf and is free for all kids. Free parking is available in the Laird Campus parking lots. Registration in front of Pencader Dining Hall.

Laird Campus

Go for the gold, set a new personal best or just enjoy a leisurely tour of campus with fellow Blue Hens during the 10th annual Alumni Weekend Blue Hen 5K. A special prize will be given to the participant(s) who shows the most UD spirit, so put on your blue & gold and go! The 5K also features the competition for the Dean's Cup, which is awarded to the UD College that has the greatest percentage of alumni participants. Gather your fellow alums and run for the cup — your dean will thank you! Day of registration in front of Pencader Dining Hall. Register now!

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