|Vol. 17, No. 15||Dec. 18, 1997|
Trustees on campus for fall semiannual meeting
The approval to demolish a University of Delaware building in Wilmington was among the actions taken by the University's Board of Trustees at its regular semiannual meeting, held Dec.17 in the Trabant University Center on the Newark campus.
The trustees approved a resolution calling for the demolition of the Wilcastle Center, a UD facility at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington. According to the resolution, cost to renovate the building would exceed $5 million, and there is no foreseeable need for the space. The University purchased the Wilcastle Center, formerly the Wilmington Country Club, from Tower Hill School in 1970.
Other University facilities in Wilmington include the Goodstay Center, 2600 Pennsylvania Ave.; Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave.; the Small Business Resource and Information Center, 1318 North Market St.; a new facility at Eighth and King streets, expected to open next year; and the Community Development Resource Center in the Community Services Building at 10th and Shipley streets.
Also at the meeting, UD President David P. Roselle discussed undergraduate research, and a presentation was made on the University of Delaware Library.
In other action, trustees approved resolutions:
Two trustees were re-elected to six-year terms: Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. and Robert F. Rider, and elected to join the board for a six-year term was Edward B. du Pont of Greenville, retired vice president of the Wilmington Trust Co.
- renaming the College of Agricultural Sciences the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to reflect better the roles and reponsibilities of the faculty in both teaching and research;
- establishing a Home Purchase Assistance program for eligible faculty and professional employees to provide a one-time $5,000 cash payment toward the purchase of a primary residence, and discontinuing the previous University mortgage program;
- approving the administration's capital funds request to the state for Fiscal Year 1999;
- authorizing a variety of construction projects, including work on residence halls and the first phase of work on the old St. Thomas Episcopal Church;
- confirming the naming of several areas in the new MBNA America Hall after friends of the University, including Chaplin Tyler Atrium, Henri Bertuch Classroom, Lingo Lecture Hall, J.P. Morgan Lecture Hall, Wilmington Trust Co. Conference Room in Honor of Leonard Quill and PNC Bank Conference Room;
- affirming the naming of the former USDA laboratory, adjacent to the Agricultural Sciences Research and Education Center in Georgeton, the Lasher Laboratory in gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Hiram N. Lasher of Millsboro for their generous support to the lab in memory of their late son, Steven Hiram Lasher, AS '75;
- revising some of the language in the board's bylaws to reflect campus changes; and
- authorizing the president to confer degrees at Winter Commencement, scheduled on Jan. 3 in the Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center.
The trustees also passed a resolution congratulating Coach Tubby Raymond, team captain Dorrell Green and the members of the 1997 Fightin' Blue Hens football team on its accomplishments this season and offering "on behalf of all University of Delaware football fans, sincere thanks and appreciation for the standard of excellence they have maintained and the honor they have brought to the University of Delaware."