Class of 2014
University juniors treated to inaugural 'Halfway There' party on Green
8:36 a.m., Nov. 13, 2012--The University of Delaware Alumni Association (UDAA), the Office of Alumni Relations and UDAA partner Lang Development Group sponsored the inaugural “Halfway There” party for the Class of 2014 on Oct. 25.
The event, held on the North Green, provided a festive occasion for juniors to celebrate the halfway point of their college careers, and the halfway mark toward becoming UD alumni.
A double perspective
The day was filled with “halves” -- food included half blue/half yellow cookies, halves of sandwiches, half pepperoni/half cheese pizzas, chicken tenders and half chocolate/half vanilla cakes.
Juniors sipped on Arnold Palmer drinks (half lemonade/half ice tea) and mochas (half coffee/half hot chocolate) while DJ Amaze played half of popular songs.
Students enjoyed games throughout the day, and giveaways included the Class of 2014 shirt, half blue/half yellow beach balls and Class of 2014 pinnies to 200 event attendees.
The Class of 2014 “Blue Hens Forever” banner was displayed for students to view and to sign if they had yet to do so.
One of the popular games of the event was the half-legged race. Juniors Joey Silver, a communication major from Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Pendleton, a psychology major from Newark, Del., were the first to participate in the half-legged races. They won their race by a close margin and each received a UD cooler.
Regina Donato-Cormier, associate director of reunion and student programs for the Office of Alumni Relations, says that the University is looking forward to carrying on this new Halfway There event tradition for years to come.
“Junior year can be a very work-intensive year for students,” says Donato-Cormier. “This new tradition gives them a respite from the daily grind and the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow juniors in the spirit of being a Blue Hen Forever. Reaching the halfway point of one’s college career is something to be celebrated and remembered.”
The UDAA and the Office of Alumni Relations look forward to celebrating the halfway mark to graduation through this new tradition for future classes. The UDAA also sponsors the freshmen class banner signing, sophomore class swap event and senior class pinning ceremonies.
For more information about any of the class programming mentioned, contact Lauren Simione, associate director of alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-831-1408.
About the UD Alumni Association
All University of Delaware graduates are automatically granted membership in the UD Alumni Association (UDAA) upon graduation and are inducted with a pinning ceremony at Commencement. The UDAA is proudly dedicated to engaging the entire alumni community by fostering a tradition of lifelong loyalty and commitment to UD. The UDAA provides exceptional value and ongoing support to alumni worldwide by expanding benefits available to alumni, supporting regional and affinity club events, recognizing alumni and their accomplishments and more.
About the Office of Alumni Relations
The Office of Alumni Relations is the chief liaison between the University and the worldwide alumni body of more than 157,000 living alumni represented by the UD Alumni Association. Alumni Relations coordinates major events such as Alumni Weekend, Homecoming and prestigious awards. The office also manages all volunteers and events for the regional alumni clubs across the country and is charged with creating new and exciting programs while maintaining current traditions. For more information, visit www.UDconnection.com.