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Members of the UD Class of 2015 swap T-shirts.

Blue Hen Games

Class of 2015 shows school spirit through T-shirt swap, Blue Hen Games


9:54 a.m., May 7, 2013--The University of Delaware Alumni Association (UDAA), in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, hosted a T-shirt swap and the first Blue Hen Games on the North Green on Wednesday, May 1.

The UDAA gave members of the Class of 2015 T-shirts as part of a sophomore class T-shirt swap to help them show off their class pride.

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In return, sophomores gave over 130 of their own used T-shirts, which will be donated to Goodwill Industries.

The swap focused mainly on the T-shirts but also gave the sophomores a chance to find their names on the Class of 2015 banner, enjoy snacks and music by DJ Amaze, decorate chalk boards through the Student Alumni Ambassadors’ make and take event and participate in the Blue Hen Games.

New this year, members of the Class of 2015 could register to take part in the Blue Hen Games, which consisted of two rounds of competition. Round one was a four-leg relay race and round two was a tug-o-war, a revived tradition from UD that had ended in the 1960s. 

Fourteen teams participated in the games. Each team consisted of four members of the Class of 2015 and each person who participated received a Class of 2015 blue and gold reversible pinnie sponsored by the UD Alumni Association and Lang Development Group.

Each member of the overall winning team, the SITH Lords, received a UD pop-up cooler and a $50 Main Street gift card and each member of the second place team, the DARE Team, received a $50 gift card to a restaurant on Main Street.

Darelle Lake Riabov, UDAA president and a member of the Class of 1973, attended the event and said she was excited to see the students getting involved and having fun together. When asked about the importance of an event like this, she said, “There is an expression in the business world that it is always easier to keep existing customers than to find new ones. In a way, the UDAA is building on that concept by getting each class involved with the Alumni Association while they are students. That way, when they graduate, there already will be a strong relationship established. What better way to demonstrate our themeline, ‘Students Today. Blue Hens Forever.’”

The UDAA also sponsors the freshmen class banner signing, junior class halfway there event and senior class cap decorating party and pinning ceremonies. 

For more information about any of the class programming mentioned, contact Lauren Simione, associate director of alumni relations and a 1995 alumna, at or 302-831-1408.

About the UDAA, Office of Alumni Relations

All University of Delaware graduates are automatically granted membership in the UD Alumni Association (UDAA) upon graduation and are inducted with a pinning ceremony at Commencement. The UDAA is proudly dedicated to engaging the entire alumni community by fostering a tradition of lifelong loyalty and commitment to University of Delaware.

The UDAA provides exceptional value and ongoing support to alumni worldwide by expanding benefits available to alumni, supporting regional and affinity club events, recognizing alumni and their accomplishments and more.

The University of Delaware Office of Alumni Relations promotes a lifelong relationship between the University and more than 160,000 living alumni, all of whom are members of the UD Alumni Association, by providing programs, events and awards for alumni and students, maintaining traditions and fostering Blue Hen pride. For more information, visit

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