A Message from President Harker, Giving, University of Delaware
University of Delaware

Reconnect with Reunions!

Last year's Forum & Reunion Weekend brought back nearly 3,000 Blue Hens to campus to reconnect with friends, faculty, and their alma mater.

Reunion Sneak Peek

By William R. Taylor, '59 AS

Though all alumni are invited to UD for Forum & Reunion Weekend on June 4-6, 2010, there are four classes with special celebrations: 2005, 2000, 1985, and 1960. These classes are celebrating milestone reunions of 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th years since graduation.

Speaking as a member of the Class of 1959 who just celebrated our 50th reunion, it is an honor and privilege to tell these milestone classes - and indeed all alumni - about some new traditions that are happening at our alma mater and to reminisce on those glorious college days.

There are things on campus that will never change. The University is still home to familiar buildings, life-long friends, and people with whom you have a lot in common. Who can forget those campus days of study and youthful nights of innocent fun? In my many conversations with former classmates, someone always brings up pranks that still make me laugh today.

There are new traditions, as well. Last year, the University hosted its first-ever Forum and Reunion Weekend where over 1700 alumni from around the world rediscovered UD. This weekend is a new tradition to help reconnect our Blue Hen community with campus. It was a tremendous success. You will not want to miss your reunion celebration on June 4, 5, 6, 2010. I strongly encourage you to participate. In working on my own class reunion, I found it to be extremely rewarding to reconnect with classmates that I hadn't seen in decades - some since graduation! My classmates and the University have accomplished so much over the years that I am prouder than ever to be a Blue Hen.

As with every reunion there is a tradition in making a class gift. While reunion gifts are always important to UD, this year they are crucial. I don't have to tell you about economic conditions across our country. The state of Delaware covers only 18 percent of the University's operating costs, and tuition covers only 33 percent. Alumni gifts are vital, because they are what pay for classroom and technology improvements, faculty salaries, financial aid, as well as extracurricular activities that round out a college education. Your online contribution is easy to do. Please visit www.udel.edu/makeagift. However you give, your gift will go to work immediately.

If you've been to reunions, you know how informative and fun they are. If you haven't, next spring will be an ideal time to start. We have a new President, Patrick Harker, who wants to hear you reminisce about the past, share in the present and provide a glimpse into the future of our alma mater. Our UD degree is more valuable now than ever before. So come to your reunion and see for yourself. Make your plans by visiting www.UDconnection.com/reunions for the latest information.