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Working at UD News and Information

July 20, 2021

News you need

New Vice President Named

Melissa L. Bard, who has worked extensively in higher education human resources, has been named vice president and chief human resources officer, President Dennis Assanis and Executive Vice President John Long have announced. Her appointment is effective Aug. 1. With experience building high performing teams and collaborative relationships, Bard has led the human resources operations at Frederick Community College, California State University, East Carolina University and Pennsylvania State University. Jared Aupperle, who has served as interim vice president since February 2020, will return to his previous role as director of talent solutions and recruitment. Read more.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

COVID-19 Vaccination: All faculty and staff accessing UD facilities are required either to provide proof that they have been fully immunized against COVID-19 or they must continue to comply with regular testing protocols. Employees who are vaccinated should disclose results by Aug. 1, 2021. An online portal to submit this documentation is available here.

Virtual Town Hall Recording

Did you miss “The Future of Working at UD” virtual town hall? You can watch it here.

Parking Update for Fall 2021

UD Parking Services Department is resuming fees for campus parking for fall 2021. The rates will be the same as the 2018-19 academic year. Parking permits have been complimentary since March 13, 2020, and they will expire Aug. 27, 2021. Learn more.

Benefits Reminder

CVS Caremark Prescription plan is in effect as of July 1, 2021 (for active and pre-Medicare retirees). As a reminder, please use your new prescription card when you visit the pharmacy so that your prescription benefits are updated. Learn more.

Delaware Tech (DTCC) Tuition Waiver Exchange

Human Resources is now accepting applications for the DTCC waiver exchange lottery. This program waives the fall and spring tuition for one dependent who is enrolled on a full-time basis in a degree-granting program at DTCC. The deadline is Aug. 5. Learn more.


TIAA Virtual Counseling Sessions

Access virtual TIAA counseling by phone or on any device and learn about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy. Meetings are highly secure and private. Schedule a virtual counseling session. Learn more and register.

Featured jobs

The University is seeking applicants for the following positions. Please share these position descriptions to spread the word.

UD Farm Stand

UD student interns are operating a UD Farm stand at two campus locations every week this summer: from 4-7 p.m., every Wednesday, at the UDairy Creamery's flagship location, 535 South College Ave., and from 3-6 p.m., every Thursday, with the Moo Mobile at the North East Lawn of the Health Science complex at STAR campus. Stop by each week this summer for fresh tomatoes, squash, herbs and more, grown right on the UD Farm. Learn more.


Save the Date! ReHenergize with Working at UD

ReHENergize with Working at UD! Human Resources and Employee Health and Wellbeing will be hosting two in-person events on Aug. 18 and 20 to kick off the fall semester by providing a place for UD employees to connect and engage. Please visit this page for information in the weeks to come.

Blue Hen Heroes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employees persevered to keep the UD community up and running. This monthly segment on Working at UD highlights some of our Blue Hen Heroes who are working diligently each day to create and maintain safe spaces for us all, while continuing to meet challenges of protecting the flock.

In-Person, Virtual and On-Demand Fitness Classes

Whether you are working on campus or remotely, Employee Health and Wellbeing has a variety of group exercise offerings to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals while also boosting your creativity, energy and productivity throughout the day. Incorporate daily movement by participating in one of our three fitness class options: in-person, virtual or on-demand, which started on Monday, July 12. An All-Access Membership is required in order to participate in in-person and virtual fitness classes. For more information regarding fitness class registration or All-Access Membership renewal, please visit Employee Health and Wellbeing’s website.

Looking Ahead to FY22

In a year like no other, the resilience and strength of our UD community has been inspiring. Many employees rallied with generosity and engagement to ensure the Blue Hen family remained strong. More than 1,100 employees gave $1.2 million to the UD causes they care about, contributing to the overall $83.8 million raised in FY21. Such support ensures all Blue Hens have the critical resources to help them grow and succeed at UD and beyond. Thank you!

As we look ahead to FY22, save these fall dates:

  • Homecoming Spirit Day: Wednesday, Oct. 20
  • Homecoming Game and Tailgates: Saturday, Oct. 23
  • Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Professional Development Virtual Info Sessions through July 22

Join us this week to learn about fall 2021 programs available to UD employees through UD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS). Attend our free virtual information sessions set through July 22, view this semester’s listings in our Fall 2021 UD PCS Guide or take advantage of free academic advisement and career counseling through the UD PCS ACCESS Center — virtual and phone appointments available — by emailing

Football Ticket Discounts for Faculty and Staff

Delaware Football will be back in action this fall, with plans for full capacity and a return to all gameday festivities! Show your Blue Hen spirit on Saturdays this fall. A 20% discount on select seats is available on season tickets for UD faculty and staff by clicking here. If you can’t make it to all home games, single game tickets and partial plans are on sale now, and a special discount on our home opener game is available for UD faculty and staff, with discounted tickets starting at just $11 each. Click here to purchase today.

Go Hens!

Don’t forget that admission is free to most Delaware Athletics events, including Field Hockey, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer in the fall. Visit to stay up to date on all athletics information and schedules, and click here to subscribe to our Delaware Athletics weekly newsletter or to be notified about ticket offers, special promotions or specific sports. We can’t wait to see you in the stands this fall. Go Hens!

Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is now being provided through ComPsych® GuidanceResources®. This is a free program available exclusively for State of Delaware Group Health Plan non-Medicare members and their dependents. Those not eligible to enroll in the Group Health Plan will have access until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. EAP can help with a wide variety of work and life issues.

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This email is approved by Jared Aupperle, Interim Vice President for Human Resources