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Commitment to community services--The University of Delaware has been named to the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary, innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Susan Serra, Office of Service Learning coordinator at UD, said the selection is a tribute to the University. “It's gratifying to have UD recognized for the outstanding work our faculty and students are doing in reaching out to the community. It's exciting to have participated in the development of programs that have had such a positive impact on so many people,” she said.

Outstanding roots--UD traces its origins to a small private academy founded in 1743 by the Rev. Francis Alison, whose first class was a remarkable one. The 10 young students included three Signers of the Declaration of Independence, George Read, Thomas McKean and James Smith. Read also signed the Constitution. Their names are memorialized on new residence halls on the Laird Campus.

Alumni and friends value UD--UD is on sound financial footing thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, who provide funds for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, improved facilities, endowed faculty positions and unrestricted general support. UD's endowment stands at more than $1.3 billion.

Alumni excellence--Two UD alumni have won the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius award.” They are Jacqueline Jones, a 1970 graduate and Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University, and Charles Lewis, a 1975 graduate who founded the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

Notable alumni include U.S. Senator Joseph Biden, Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, National Football League Most Valuable Player Rich Gannon and Robert Gore, the inventor of the popular Gore-Tex materials.

Tom Degnan was named a 2007 “Hero of Chemistry” by the American Chemical Society for his work at ExxonMobil in developing PxMax, the world's most selective catalytic process for producing para-xylene, and Mary Patterson McPherson, former president of Bryn Mawr College, was named executive director of the American Philosophical Society in 2007.

Ivan Baldychev, a former member of the UD Men's Rowing Club, finished sixth in single sculls at the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Success in athletics--During 2007, four Delaware athletic teams were invited to NCAA tournament play: women's basketball, men's lacrosse, volleyball and football.

Shipshape--The University of Delaware's 146-foot research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp, was highlighted as one of the top new ships built in North America in a 2006 edition of American Ship Review. The floating laboratory includes a number of leading-edge features.