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DHLA Scholarship winners with DHLA Chairman Bill Silva, Lerner College Deputy Dean Sheryl Kline and the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau's Sarah Willoughby. See HONORS.

For the Record

University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors,

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and achievements of University of Delaware faculty, students and alumni.

Recent grants, publications and presentations include the following:


Margaret Capooci, a doctoral student in water science and policy, won a first-place award for her poster at the 2018 Delaware Wetlands Conference, held Jan. 31-Feb. 1, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Theodore E.D. Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literature, organized and chaired a session on “Enlightened Censorship (with Tongue Firmly Planted in Cheek) or Censorship in the Enlightenment” at the South Central Society for 18th-Century Studies, held Feb. 23-24, in Oxford, Mississippi. At that session, he read a paper, “Cyrano de Bergerac's L'Autre Monde ou les Empires et Etats de la Lune Censored."


Hospitality business management students Harry Chen, Alice Ritschard and Reilly Scott won this year's Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association (DHLA) Hospitality Scholarships. To recognize the future leaders of the industry, the DHLA holds an essay contest for Delaware colleges that offer hospitality management. This year's essay tasked students with suggesting ways that the Delaware lodging industry can address the challenges posed by alternatives like AirBnb. The scholarships, for $2,500 each, were awarded at the DHLA 2018 “Stars of the Industry” Awards, presided over by Bill Silva, DHLA chairman of the board and general manager of the Westin Wilmington Hotel.  

Two Residence Life and Housing staff members have won recognition from the American College Personnel Association. Dillon Kimmel, assistant director, won the ACPA’s Outstanding Experienced Professional Award for 2017 in the four to nine years category, and Ruthie Riale, housing assignment coordinator, won the same award in the 10-plus years category. They will both be recognized during the ACPA’s annual convention this month.

Fall 2017 Division of Student Life Spotlight Awards have been presented to Lou Becht, postgraduate assistant in Student Services for Athletes (nominated by Bridget Burger); Bridget DuBrey, residence hall coordinator in Residence Life and Housing (nominated by Danielle Barefoot and Dillon Kimmel); and Michael Fernbacher, assistant director in the Office of Student Conduct (nominated by Gina Donato). These awards are designed to recognize “unsung heroes,” those employees whose contributions add value to their department, embodying the Student Life mission, vision and values.  


The Center for the Study of Diversity has launched “Diversity Discourse,” an online publication series that offers brief reports on research and analysis emanating from or supported by the center, designed to inform the University community of the status of diversity at UD. The reports, which will be posted twice a month and available for download, will address a variety of issues and will include surveys, literature reviews, program evaluations, statistical analyses of datasets produced at UD and nationally, original laboratory research and mixed methods interviews, focus groups and survey projects. The first report, “Diversity: A Value and Challenge to the UD Educational Mission,” was published March 2.

Program launch

The University of Delaware’s construction engineering and management program held a launch party on Feb. 22 in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory. In attendance were students, faculty members and professionals and executives from the construction industry. Construction engineering and management is the College of Engineering’s newest major and has 20 students already enrolled in the first class. This program, directed by associate professor Edgar Small, will prepare the next generation of construction professionals with a curriculum that includes engineering foundations and business essentials.


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