University of Delaware Office of Public Relations The Messenger Vol. 5, No. 4/1996 Fellowship, food, films await students at new Trabant University Center The $21.3 million University Center, which opened in April, has been named the E. Arthur Trabant University Center, in honor of the former UD president. Trabant, who served from 1968 until his retirement in 1987 and again from 1988-1990, is now president emeritus. During his tenure, Trabant led the campus through a period of tremendous growth, both in the size of the student body and the University's physical plant. He established such new programs as Winter Session, the University Honors Program and the University Parallel Program; founded the College of Marine Studies; completed the University's first capital campaign; and promoted the interests of women and minorities through a number of initiatives. Located at the corner of Main Street and South College Avenue, the new center includes a food court that can accommodate close to 400 people. Blue and gold neon lighting and banners mark this area, in contrast to the renovated Daugherty Hall, which provides a quiet study area complete with computer network connections. The upper level of the 1868 Daugherty Hall has been substantially restored, featuring original stained-glass windows, plaster moldings and light fixtures. The Trabant University Center also includes conference and meeting rooms; an auditorium-style, state-of-the-art movie theatre; a large, multipurpose room; and a second-floor restaurant to be run by students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program. The building was designed by Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. Renovations to the Perkins Student Center began during the summer, with the University Bookstore and the Center for Counseling and Student Development remaining open. This fall, the Scrounge and The Review and WVUD offices will open, and work on the east side of the building and the upper floors will continue until winter of 1997. The Alumni Park, originally established at the corner of South College and Delaware avenues by the Class of 1983, has been relocated on the knoll between the E.A. Trabant University Center and renovated Victorian houses on Delaware Avenue. Contributions from members of the Classes of 1983, 1994, 1995 and 1996 will be used for landscaping and benches at the new location, just west of the original site.