Delaware Diamonds Society

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Foundations for Our Future
Recent UD grad joins Society
Perks of Membership
Society Levels and Privileges
Delaware Diamonds Walkway
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Foundations for Our Future

Foundations for Our FutureTwo-hundred of the University’s leadership donors gathered at the Roselle Center for the Arts on Friday, April 27 for Foundations for our Future, a reception and presentation aimed to give donors an insider’s look at the University’s plans for future campus growth and development. 

Among the guests were members of the University’s four donor recognition societies, which includes the Delaware Diamonds Society, for those who make annual gifts to the University of $1,000 or more; the Pillars Society, which recognizes lifetime giving between $100,000 - $250,000; the Signers Society, for those whose lifetime giving is greater than $250,000; and Carillon Circle, honoring those who have included UD in their estate plans. 

Following a welcome reception, University President Patrick T. Harker began the presentation by acknowledging the considerable planning and preparation that takes place prior to the start of all campus building projects. He also explained how the proposed building projects would support the University’s overall strategic plan.

“Our capital construction program informs how we'll build a connected campus and a collaborative culture; how we'll promote meaningful student engagement; how we'll maximize our research capacity and encourage greater interdisciplinary scholarship; how we'll deploy our creativity and inventiveness; how we'll preserve our open space, conserve our natural resources and prioritize environmentally safe, sustainable growth,” said Harker.ISE Lab

Following Harker’s remarks, Monica M. Taylor, vice president of development and alumni relations, thanked those in attendance for their generous and ongoing commitment to UD. 

“Every style and shape of gift makes a difference,” Taylor said. “Thank you for your generosity and spirit. We are grateful for all you do for UD.”

Taylor then introduced Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Scott Douglass, who reviewed plans for the future of the UD campus.

Douglass presented site plans and architectural renderings of current projects like the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, the Life Sciences Research Facility on Delaware Avenue and the renovations to Alison Hall and the Carpenter Sports Building.

Douglass explained there are five planning principles the University uses when deciding what and where to build: improving the campus experience, campus capacity and existing architecture, campus connectivity, sustainable growth and community engagement.

“It is important that we preserve the historic integrity of the City of Newark while still accomplishing the University’s goals,” said Douglass.

After delivering an overview of the University’s plans for the Science,STAR Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, Douglass introduced Kathy Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Executive Director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, who gave a detailed account of the college’s plans to move into the former Chrysler administrative building on the STAR Campus site and transform it into a model health and life sciences complex.

Matt discussed plans for an interdisciplinary community where health and wellness education, research and clinical programs will be able to coexist and support one another. Key aspects of the proposal include large and modern spaces to house the University’s popular physical therapy clinic and nurse managed care center.

“I thought the presentation was great,” said longtime Newark resident Donald Bond, a Delaware Diamonds Society member and Parents Fund Council member.

“It’s fascinating to see the architects’ ideas and proposed changes to the campus. You have to keep growing and changing if you want to keep current,” Bond said.

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Recent UD grad joins Society

ChrisChris McElwee just graduated from UD with a degree in history. Over the past four years, he’s learned a lot about giving back.

As a student, he was vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega (the co-ed community service fraternity) controller of the allocations board and co-chair of the Senior Class Gift.

“When I think back on my college career, I try to recall what was most memorable to me.” For Chris, this was student clubs and activities. “They made me the person I am today.”

Chris is a member of the Delaware Diamonds Society because he wants to make sure that those same opportunities continue and expand for the next generation. In the near future, he hopes to get a master’s degree in higher education and work with college students, helping them to reach professional and leadership success.

“By joining Delaware Diamonds Society, I know I’m taking an important step,” he says. “I want to make sure I make a difference.”

Note: Current students can join the Delaware Diamonds Society with gifts of $250+. Recent graduates from the Classes of 2003-2012 are invited to join the Society with gifts of $500+.

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Perks of Membership

The University of Delaware is pleased to present enhanced privileges for leadership donors who make an annual financial commitment to UD.

Some of these perks include private seating at Blue Hen athletic events; special entrances to Delaware Stadium; preferred seating at select concerts and events in the Bob Carpenter Center; and discounts at the Barnes and Noble UD bookstore, Caffé Gelato, Courtyard by Marriott, and the student-run restaurant, Vita Nova.

Delaware Diamonds Society members also receive invitations to special events and have the opportunity to attend select Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) productions free of charge.

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Society Levels and Privileges

Contributor $1,000 - $1,499 * **
Recognition in the President’s Report on Philanthropy, plus
  • Special discounts with Delaware Diamonds Society Privileges Card
  • Members-only admission to the Bob Carpenter Club
  • Special entrances to Delaware Stadium
  • Preferred seating at select concerts/events at Bob Carpenter Center
  • Delaware Diamonds Society blue & gold lapel pin
Fellow $1,500 - $2,499
All Contributor privileges, plus
  • President’s Authors Series invitations
  • Invitation to annual Delaware Diamonds Society Reception
Benefactor $2,500 - $4,999
All Fellow privileges, plus
  • Invitation and insider access to a select Blue Hen athletic event
Patron $5,000 - $9,999
All Benefactor privileges, plus
  • Invitation and insider access to select UD cultural event
  • Delaware Diamonds Society platinum lapel pin
Ambassador $10,000 - $24,999
All Patron privileges, plus
  • Invitation to annual Delaware Diamonds Society dinner
Visionary $25,000 - $49,999
All Ambassador privileges, plus
  • Invitation to small-gathering luncheon with President Harker
Founder $50,000 - $99,999
All Visionary privileges, plus
  • Invitation to salon dinner with President & Mrs. Harker at their home
Pacesetter $100,000+
All Founder privileges, plus
  • Diamond Honoree at annual Delaware Diamonds Society Dinner

*UD undergraduate alumni who graduated between 2003 and 2012 can be members with cumulative annual giving totaling $500 or more
** UD current undergraduate students can be members with cumulative annual giving totaling $250 or more

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WalkwayDelaware Diamonds Walkway

The Delaware Diamonds Walkway symbolizes UD tradition and loyalty to honor and recognize members who have been in the Society for five consecutive years at any privilege level. To find a specific brick, view the brickway brochure.

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Contact Us

For questions or comments, please contact delawarediamonds@udel.edu or call toll-free 866-535-4504.

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