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The Assanises & Dave Raymond take a selfie at the #DelawareFirst Festival, Nov. 9. 2017
President and First Lady Dennis and Eleni Assanis with Dave Raymond, HS79,
at the #DelawareFirst Festival held Nov. 9, 2017

Putting Delaware First

When we put Delaware First, we make remarkable things happen — we inspire students and faculty, enhance our community, advance our society and change our world. Earlier this month, the University publicly launched Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware. This historic engagement and fundraising campaign focuses on creating extraordinary student experiences and extending UD’s impact on the world.

As alumni, we have a unique opportunity to come together, to make a difference and to change lives. Consider giving generously, putting Delaware First and helping shape the future of UD. We are grateful to donors who are already setting the pace for this Campaign with their generosity, including these recent gifts totaling $45 million.

NIMBLE National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing & Biopharmaceuticals

expediting medicine Delivery
Biopharmaceuticals treat and prevent illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, but unlike over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol, biopharmaceuticals are far more complex to develop. Learn how NIIMBL, The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, is working through a public-private partnership led by UD to change the way we manufacture these medicines – providing the critical link between the discovery of a medicine and its availability to patients. Read more >
Charlie and Patti Horn
Empowering entrepreneurs 
The UD and greater entrepreneurship community gathered recently to celebrate Horn Entrepreneurship’s fifth anniversary, a program established with a $3 million commitment from Charlie Horn, AS75, and his wife Patty. The multi-faceted initiative now serves as UD’s creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement. Read more >
Hen Talks - Brilliant Blue Hens Webinar Series
hen talks
This month, UD launched Hen Talks — free webinars led by Blue Hens, faculty and friends. The talks feature a wide-range of topics chock-full of professional development, career advice and more. Visit our YouTube channel for recaps of this month’s Hen Talks on Optimizing Your LinkedIn, and Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skillset to Advance Your Career. And thank you to the nearly 200 Blue Hens who have already attended the webinars.
Bragging Rights
Bragging rights
Let’s face it, Blue Hens love to boast about their alma mater. If you are in need of fresh bragging rights for your arsenal, be sure to check your mailbox soon, as next month's issue of UD Messenger features a list of ideas, inventions and discoveries that UD brought to the world. There's a special gift for you, too. Go Hens!
Early YoUDee
through the years
Yes, even YoUDee has awkward throwback photos.

Can you guess what years these are from?

Visit @UDalumni on Facebook for the answer.

Blue & Yellow Gift Box
gift ideas for Blue Hens
With the holiday season officially underway, there’s no greater gift to give an avid Blue Hen than a gift to UD, supporting their UD passion. Choose from student organizations, sports teams or clubs, colleges or departments, research projects or scholarships—and pretty much anything else—and you can make the gift in anyone's honor or memory. We'll send the honoree (or next of kin) a note letting them know of your thoughtfulness.

UD gear also makes a great gift. A percentage of all proceeds supports the UD Alumni Association, which strengthens student and alumni programming at UD.

James Leitner
Will walk for Water
James Leitner, EOE15, walked a total of 3,250 miles across the country in 143 days to spread awareness about the nearly one billion people who don’t have access to clean drinking water. The route specifically visited areas throughout the nation with current water insecurity issues. He did this all while pulling 10 gallons of water!
Baby Future Blue Hen
We've Moved
The weddings and babies sections of UD Messenger are moving to the @UDAlumni Facebook page. Please send your photos and stories with the names, colleges and class years of Blue Hens involved to for consideration and inclusion.
Regional Alumni Events
YoUDee with the Band at Alumni Weekend 2017 #UDAW
Alumni Weekend  |  June 1-3, 2018
1 Weekend | 6,000 Blue Hens | 60+ Events

In the meantime, below are just a few of our many opportunities to connect at regional Alumni Club events taking place around the corner and across the country.

Networking Event

Capitol Area Blue Hens'
ANNUAL Holiday party

Washington, D.C. Alumni Club

Tuesday, December 5


networking Event

Black Alumni Organization 
Annual Holiday Parties

Radio Star Karaoke, NYC

Smith Commons, Washington, D.C.


cultural Event

gOURMET PIZZA Cooking Class

Seattle Blue Hens

Saturday, December 16


cultural Event


So. Florida Alumni Club

Friday, January 19


Sporting event

NHL hockey games

Catch a hockey game with us in Philadelphia, Boston, Raleigh, Lancaster and North Jersey


sporting event

cavaliers vs. Hawks

Atlanta Alumni Club

Friday, February 9


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