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About Eliphalet Gilbert

Completed in 2013, Eliphalet Gilbert is the one of the newest additions to the University's residence halls. Eliphalet Gilbert joins Louis L. Redding, Russell, Lane & Thompson on the Harrington Beach, with a sand volleyball court and lighted turf field behind Perkins Student Center (home to The Scrounge, Dunkin' Donuts, and The Hen Zone).

& Amenities

  • Spacious Kitchen – In our building we have a state of the art kitchen that is available for you to use. You’ll often find residents of the building in there baking for the community or making a community dinner. The Residence Life & Housing Staff even have pots and pans you can use!
  • Lounge within every neighborhood/community – In our building, each neighborhood has their own lounge located centrally within their community. Students love having a common space to use for studying or for social gatherings! Each lounge also has a dry erase board which is helpful for those problem sets in Chemistry!
  • Projectors & TV in our lounges – Each of our lounges on the first floor has a flat screen TV that can be used to watch TV or connect a computer. In addition, in our building lounge, there is a drop down screen and projector that are available for connecting a computer or watching TV through UD's cable – all complete with surround sound speakers in the ceiling.
  • Home to the ROTC program and traditional first-year students - We have a lot of connected students living within our building! A great way to connect and network with your peers across campus and find out their talents and interests.
  • Each of our rooms are spacious with air conditioning and heating.
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    • Near the South Green - close to many academic buildings and short walk from the library
    • Next to the Perkins Student Center - Complete with a Dunkin' Donuts with late night hours and the Scrounge - a food court and lounge space - Perkins is home to most major student organizations. University Student Centers hosts many programs throughout the year in Perkins.
    • Harrington Turf - A recreational space that is home to snowmen in the winter, frisbee in the spring and fall, and students and events year 'round.
    • Harrington P.O.D. - A convenience market with all your essentials just across the turf.
    • Conveniently located near Russell Dining Hall. Our students would tell you that the Russell Dining Hall is the best one -- and it might have something to do with a bell that rings to indicate that the fresh batch of cookies are coming out of the oven for you!
    • Near the ROTC Building – Redding and Gilbert are conveniently located right next to the ROTC building if you are affiliated with the program. Current cadets appreciate its proximity for those early morning drills!
    • Hair for Hope: Part of the complex’s Weekly Service Initiative, our annual “Hair for Hope” program partners with a local beauty salon to offer hair cuts and hair dyeing where 100% of the profits go to the B+ Foundation. This past year over 150 students participated in the complex and we raised nearly $2500!
    • East Side Chats: Every week in the fall, our Student Engagement Advisor and staff work with RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) as well as other amazing campus opportunities to have those organizations come speak in our buildings. All you have to do is come down to the lounge to hear about some cool ways you potentially could get involved. Past presenters included Blue Hen Ambassadors, Orientation Leaders, and many other RSOs!

  • Perkins Student Center Garage
  • Wyoming Road Lots
Initiatives & Opportunities

Community Council
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About Eliphalet Wheeler Gilbert (1793-1853)

Eliphalet Wheeler Gilbert served as the first and third president of the University of Delaware (then known as Newark College) from 1834 to 1835 and again from 1840 to 1847. Gilbert was born in Lebanon, York in 1793 and in 1817 he received ordination as a Presbyterian minister and appointment as pastor of the Second Presbyterian minister and appointment as pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Wilmington in 1817.

The establishment of Newark College in 1833 was a process dominated largely by the Presbyterian community in Delaware. Gilbert was elected to his first term as president of Newark College in 1834, replacing its temporary principle. Gilbert resigned in 1825 in protest against the use of lottery proceeded to finance the development of the college.

Gilbert was replaced by Richard Sharp Mason, whose presidency ended in 1840 with demands for his recognition over the perceived failures of his administration. Those trustees turned again to Gilbert to rescue the struggling institution, naming him the third president of Newark College. Hoping to secure needed financial support from the Presbyterian church, he led the legislative effort to redirect lottery funds so that those monies passed indirectly to the school, appeasing the moral concerns of its advocates. Reflecting new statewide aspirations, he successfully gained support to change the institution’s name from Newark College to Delaware College, until it was changed in 1921.

As an active faculty member and president, Gilbert achieved greater success that his predecessor in securing stability and discipline in student life at Delaware College. He resigned in 1847 and returned to his ministry where he became pastor of the Western Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, a position he held until his death in 1853.

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