Fall 2014 Newsletter

From the Desk of the VP

As we begin the new academic year, I am filled with gratitude and anticipation. Every day I feel privileged to come to work in a Division with such an exceptional staff.  I am in awe of your dedication, your commitment to the student experience, and your contagious enthusiasm. “Student Life is a great team!” “The Student Life staff is great to work with!” “Student Life is one of the most productive divisions on campus!” These are the type of statements that I often hear from administrators and staff across campus and I could not agree more! I proudly say “you are right, they are awesome!”

This summer I enjoyed meeting with each department staff. I wanted to listen and learn from you. From my perspective, nothing is more valuable than your feedback, thoughts, and ideas for improving and growing the student experience.

As we begin our Division-wide strategic planning process on the heels of the University strategic planning, we will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be innovative, creative, and forward thinking. Our goal will be to develop an inspirational, attainable, and sustainable strategic plan that supports the overall University strategic plan and grows the student experience. Your participation will be critical to our success.

“Hope is wishing something would happen. Faith is believing something will happen. Courage is making something happen.”(Unknown Source) As we work together, I trust we will all have the courage to take risks and to step out of our comfort zones to reach our stretch goals.

I am excited the about the year ahead and honored to have the opportunity to work with all of you as we continue to shape the student experience.

I look forward to seeing you at the Student Life Fall Forum!

– Dawn Thompson, Vice President of Student Life


In this Issue

Three Generations of UD Women | Welcome Back Blue Hens | Blue Hen VeteransNew Employees


Three Generations of Women at UD


The University of Delaware is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s College. In the spirit of that celebration, we present this story, featuring three generations of women who graduated from UD. The most recent alumna, Meaghan Davidson, Assistant Director in the Student Centers, is a third generation UD Alumna.

Every time University Student Centers Assistant Director Meaghan Stewart Davidson steps on campus, she is following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother.  Meaghan, who earned her bachelor’s in sport management, and master’s in higher education administration, is a third generation Blue Hen. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Meaghan and her mother, Mary Stewart, Class of ’68 to discuss some of the many changes that have occurred at UD.

The first person to attend UD from Meaghan’s family was her grandmother, Margaret O’Neill Noonan. Margaret graduated in 1937 with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to become a second grade teacher at A. I. DuPont High School in Delaware. While in school she played intramural field hockey, as no intercollegiate field hockey was available.  Living on south campus was a must, and the rules were strict about going past the kissing arches.  Margaret did tell stories to Mary and Meaghan about going to the Deer Park, which was the most popular bar in town at the time.

Mary Stewart graduated in 1968 with her Bachelors Degree also in Elementary Education. Mary chose to attend UD, as it was close to home and affordable at around $2,500 a year. Mary lived in Smyth Hall for her first three years and one year in Gilbert, which was being built while she was a student. Because of the baby boom, Delaware had some overcrowding in the residence halls and she was in a triple her freshman year. Mary remembers “having to adhere to a strict dress code for classes and to eat in the dining hall.” Pay phones were in a central location in each residence hall and students would have to get dressed up to get a phone call at night because it was seen as improper to take a call in pajamas.

Mary went to the Deer Park, just like her mother, and also would go to movies at the Main Street Movie Theater. Bings’, Happy Harry’s and the National 5 & 10 were all spots that she remembers going to as a student. The only student center on campus was Perkins and according to Mary “students often would go and hang out at the bowling alley in the basement.” Ironically, the basement of Perkins is where Meaghan now has her office.

When Meaghan moved into Ray Street her freshman year here, Mary recalls being amazed at all the stuff that was being brought to school. It was common in the 1960’s to bring a radio, typewriter, and maybe a record player. Meaghan had a TV, computer, microwave and fridge in the room. Where Mary had to sometimes sit phone duty with the one phone in the building, Meaghan had her own cell phone. While much has changed over the years, some things have stayed the same, yes, Meaghan also went to the Deer Park.

Article by Scott Rappaport, Career Counselor, Career Services Center

How We Welcome Back Blue Hens

Take a closer look at the infographic included in the video!

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Video by Niki Reagan, Communications Specialist, Residence Life & Housing

Infographic by Casey Impagliazzo, Communications Specialist, University Student Centers

Perkins’ Lower Level Welcomes Blue Hen Veterans

Blue Hen Veterans

The RSO community on the lower level of Perkins Student Center welcomed Blue Hen Veterans at the start of the fall semester. BHV, formerly known as the Students Veterans’ Association, provides military veterans at the University of Delaware with the support and advocacy needed to successfully transition to college, excel academically and gain employment post-graduation. Membership is open to all UD students; military service is only required for those wishing to hold executive board positions within the group.

Blue Hen Veterans’ new office is located in 019E near the West Lounge stairwell. Weekly meetings are held there every other Thursday at 6:00pm; the next meeting will be held on October 16. Starting October 9, BHV will also hold a Veteran Writers Workshop series on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month that provides students with a supportive environment for creative expression about their military careers and/or transition experiences adjusting to civilian/college life. Other upcoming Blue Hen Veterans events include:

* Homecoming BBQ at Delaware Stadium on October 18 at 11 a.m.
* Veterans Day commemoration at Memorial Hall on November 11

BHV’s new neighbors on Perkins’ lower level include Haven, SCPAB, HOLA, Black Leadership Council, StUDent Government Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Reel Productions Film Society, E-52 Student Theatre, Harrington Theatre Arts Company, UDance, Outing Club, Resident Student Association and Alpha Phi Omega.

More information about BHV can be found at their StUDent Central page. All members of the UD community can log in with their UDelnet IDs for details on all of BHV’s upcoming events.

Article by Casey Impagliazzo, Communications Specialist for the University Student Centers

 Welcome Our New Employees!

Not pictured: Bridget Burger, Academic Advisor II, Student Services for Athletes; Susan Dubil, Administrative Assistant, University Student Centers; and Brooke McDaniel, Post-Graduate Intern, Student Services for Athletes