VOLUME 22 #1

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Kenneth Jones at last year’s Alumni weekend 5K with President Harker and Emily Harker

From our Alumni Association

Included in this Messenger issue is a brochure highlighting all the events taking place during the sixth annual Alumni Weekend. I strongly encourage you to come back to campus for this great weekend of reminiscing and fun with other alumni, friends and faculty. Above, you see me at last year’s Alumni Weekend on the Blue Hen 5K course with Pat and Emily Harker.

If you have not been back to campus since the days when Springsteen played the Balloon, I’m sharing some information that might help you feel more at ease during your visit. You could hear someone refer to “the Ice Lab,” but this is not where Chem E’s study low-temp H2O. This new building on campus, the ISE Lab, is the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory—a facility that brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to teach, learn and conduct research.

You might also hear the term “the Star Campus.” STAR stands for Science, Technology and Advanced Research and is the name for the site we more mature alumni refer to as the old Chrysler plant. Activities and tenants here focus on science, technology, engineering and clinical practice in areas ranging from biomedicine to alternative energy.

Lastly, I was surprised to discover how many alumni were not familiar with the term “Double Del.” Double Dels are married and civil union couples where both partners are UD graduates. There are over 22,000 of us—about 15 percent of all Blue Hens! Hope you come back to campus and use your new knowledge soon.

Kenneth C. Jones, BE80
President, UD Alumni Association


Alumni, friends attend picture-perfect reception at New York Photo Ccenter

More than 125 alumni, students and friends of UD joined President Patrick Harker at the International Center of Photography the evening of Dec. 4 for a private reception at the New York City museum.

The event was hosted by the New York City Alumni Club and the UD Friends of Art History. A group of about 25 current students arrived by bus in a partnership with the University’s Career Services Center.

Along with refreshments and the opportunity to stroll around the museum and view its exhibits, those attending the reception also were treated to classical violin music performed by graduate student Duo Shen, AS12, who is concertmaster of the UD Symphony Orchestra and winner of the UD concerto competition.

Harker spoke to the attendees, highlighting some of the University’s pioneering and renowned programs in art history, as well as art conservation. He also spoke about the value UD places on the humanities in general, including art history.

“Understanding our history, including our cultural history, is crucial to defining who we are and why,” Harker said. “The humanities give us a framework for considering the future against the backdrop of our past, our nature, our ideals and aspirations. And that’s why the humanities are fundamental—not ornamental—to higher education.”

Graduates in the humanities, and of UD’s “signature” art history program, develop the kinds of analytical and communication skills that are essential to success in today’s world, he said.

“With a marketplace as competitive as this one, these aren’t soft skills; they’re survival skills,” Harker said.

The museum’s chief curator, Brian Wallis, also spoke, giving an overview of the center’s mission and exhibits. Before the main reception, he provided a private tour to a select group of UD donors.

Regional club events

The regional alumni clubs host events across the country throughout the year, some focused on professional networking and others on socializing or family fun. Below is a sampling of some coming events. For details of these and other events, and to register for any club events, please visit www.UDconnection.com/clubs.

Here is a small sampling of coming events.

Baltimore Alumni Club

August, summer crab feast
Sept. 13, New York Yankees v. Orioles

Boston Alumni Club

April 29, all-alumni reception with President Harker
July 1, Chicago Cubs v. Red Sox

Chicago Alumni Club

May 20, New York Yankees v. Cubs

Dallas Blue Hen City

July 12, Los Angeles Angels v. Texas Rangers

Denver Blue Hen City

Aug. 17, Cincinnati Reds v. Colorado Rockies

Florida (South) Alumni Club

May 3, Los Angeles Dodgers v. Miami Marlins

Houston Blue Hen City

July 13, Boston Red Sox v. Astros

Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club

August, UD Dewey Day, Dewey Beach, Del.

Aug. 22, Asheville Tourists v. Delmarva Shorebirds

Lancaster Alumni Club

May 8, brewery tour at Lancaster Brewing Co.

June 21, Les Misérables at the Fulton Theater with pre-show dinner

July 11, Long Island Ducks v. Lancaster Barnstormers

Lehigh Valley Alumni Club

June 21, Columbus Clippers v. Iron Pigs

Long Island Blue Hen City

June 21, Sugar Land Skeeters v. Ducks

Los Angeles Blue Hen City

June 6, Dela-bration Nation Alumni Weekend event

Aug. 2, Chicago Cubs v. Dodgers

Men’s Crew Alumni Association

May 10, Dad Vail Regatta Alumni Tent

New Castle County Alumni Club

May 17, family bowling

July 12, Philadelphia Union soccer and tailgate

August, New Student Send-Off

New York City Alumni Club

June 22, Baltimore Orioles v. Yankees

Philadelphia Alumni Club

May 5, Toronto Blue Jays v. Phillies

strong>July 20, Philadelphia Soul indoor football

Phoenix Blue Hen City

April 25, Philadelphia Phillies v. Diamondbacks

June 6, Dela-bration Nation Alumni Weekend event

Pittsburgh Blue Hen City

June 29, New York Mets v. Pirates

July 17, happy hour and interest meeting, Shadyside

Aug. 30, UD v. Pitt, football game and tailgate

Reading (Pa.) Alumni Club

July 19, New Britain Rock Cats v. Reading Phillies

Richmond Alumni Club

Aug. 7, Binghamton Mets v. Flying Squirrels

San Diego Blue Hen City

June 6, Dela-bration Nation Alumni Weekend event

Late summer, day at Del Mar Race Track

Sept. 17, Philadelphia Phillies v. Padres

San Francisco Blue Hen City

June 6, Dela-bration Nation Alumni Weekend event

Aug. 17, Philadelphia Phillies v. Giants

Seattle Blue Hen City

June 6, Dela-bration Nation Alumni Weekend event

July 27, Baltimore Orioles v. Mariners

Washington, D.C., Alumni Club

May 17, Chicago Cubs v. Nationals

July, new student picnic

For a full list of alumni events nationwide, visit www.UDconnection.com/clubs.