VOLUME 17 #3

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From our Alumni Association

Alumni Association President Shante Hastings

As you read this letter, the Fightin’ Blue Hens have completed their regular season football schedule and the UD Alumni Association (UDAA) Board of Directors has begun a major strategic planning initiative to help ensure that our objectives, programs, awards, scholarships and mission statement all align with UD’s Path to ProminenceTM. I’ll share more details about the specifics of the plan in my next letter.

One priority of the UDAA is to encourage enthusiastic Blue Hens to get involved and support the Alumni Association and the University. Consider volunteering yourself or nominating a UD friend to serve on the UDAA Board of Directors, or submit a nomination for the Outstanding Alumni Award or the Alumni Wall of Fame. Other volunteer options include serving on the board for your regional alumni club or volunteering on the committee for your fifth, 10th, 25th or 50th reunion being held during Forum and Reunion Weekend in June. More information about all these volunteer opportunities can be found by visiting the alumni Web site, www.UDconnection.com.

I encourage all alumni to register for UDconnection.com, the University of Delaware online alumni community. Establishing your free membership allows you to find classmates and UD friends, post class notes and pictures, register for events and network with other alums—all on a password-protected site. Since the online community was launched in May 2008, more than 13,200 Blue Hens have registered for the community. The Alumni Association is proud to provide the financial support to make this service available to all alumni.

This fiscal year, one of our goals is to add at least three new services or benefits for alumni to our existing affinity programs like the discounted auto, home and personal property insurance offered through UDAA partner Liberty Mutual. To make the Association better for our Blue Hen family, I encourage you to make suggestions about additional programs and benefits you’d like us to offer. Perhaps family members or friends have a benefit or service through their alma mater that you’d like as well. Please send your ideas to AlumNet@udel.edu and put “UDAA Idea” in the subject line. Information about the current benefits and services offered to alumni is at UDconnection.com.


Alan L. Brayman ’73BE
President, UD Alumni Association

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