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From left to right, John F. Knarr, HS77, HS81M, AS90 (2019 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient), Kirk D. Malloy, EOE90M, EOE93PhD (2019 Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipient), Steve Beattie, BE87, 2018–2019 UDAA President, Eleni Assanis, Dennis Assanis, UD President, Traci S. Boddy, BE01 (2019 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient), Carol Van Dyke Freer, AS68 (2019 Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipient), Bailey A. T. Weatherbee, AS19, and Nicholas J. Konzelman, AS19, BE19, AS19M (2019 Warner and Taylor Award recipients). Not pictured: Mark P. Bendett, EG81M, EG84PhD (2019 Alumni Wall of Fame Award recipient).

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Nominate students and alumni for prestigious UD Alumni Association awards

The University of Delaware Alumni Association (UDAA) is accepting nominations for its UDAA Alumni Wall of Fame Awards, UDAA Outstanding Alumni Awards, UDAA Warner and Taylor Awards for Outstanding Seniors and UDAA Board of Director positions. The names of all award recipients and UDAA Board of Directors members will be inscribed in the Alumni Circle

Alumni nominations

Submit a nomination for the following alumni awards at udconnection.com/awards or by emailing alumni-association@udel.edu by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. 

UDAA Alumni Wall of Fame

In recognition of the many notable achievements of its alumni, the University and the UDAA established the Alumni Wall of Fame in 1984. The Wall of Fame recognizes UD graduates with outstanding professional and public service achievements who: 

  • Have made significant contributions to further their profession

  • Have made significant career accomplishments and achievements

  • Have maintained a relationship with UD

  • Are involved in their community

UDAA Outstanding Alumni Awards

For more than 50 years, the Outstanding Alumni Awards have been presented to graduates in recognition of their exemplary work on behalf of the University and/or the UDAA. Past recipients have been honored for their role in Alumni Association activities and programs, leadership roles and dedication to reunions, college or department alumni activities, service on advisory boards, University steering committees and department steering committees, to name a few. 

Presented annually to an alumnus and alumna, the criteria for UDAA Outstanding Alumni Awards are: 

  • Service to the University may be a single act or it may be a long record of participation and involvement

  • Business and professional accomplishments, community service, and other factors are considered secondary to University and/or Alumni Association volunteer service

  • Current University of Delaware employees, University trustees, and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible for consideration

Learn more about the awards and past recipients at udconnection.com/awards.

UDAA Board of Directors

Nominate an alumnus or alumna to serve on the UDAA Board of Directors, which governs the Alumni Association and consists of three officers, 24 directors, the immediate past president and members at large. Three men and three women are selected annually to serve four-year terms starting July 1.

Volunteers possess strong passion for and pride in UD; are annual donors to UD; have often served in previous volunteer roles; and have a willingness to be actively engaged in the life of the University, its students and its alumni.  As part of its vision and mission, the UDAA seeks to actively engage and support future and current alumni in a lifelong relationship with the University of Delaware. The UDAA is dedicated to engaging the entire alumni community by fostering a tradition of lifelong loyalty and commitment to the University of Delaware. Criteria:

  • The nominee should have a sincere interest in serving on a working board of directors and on one committee: alumni outreach, awards, finance or nominating.

  • Though much of the work is done at the committee level, board members must attend four board meetings each year on the University of Delaware campus.

  • Nominations should include a current resume/curriculum vitae with nominee’s history and qualifications in order to assist in the selection process.

  • The nominee must include a statement of interest explaining why he/she wants to serve on the UDAA board of directors. Letters of reference, which provide insight into the nominee’s character and leadership qualities, may be submitted and are encouraged for additional support.

  • Members of the UDAA Nominating Committee will interview all candidates via phone.

Board nominations and additional information about the UD Alumni Association can be found by visiting http://www.udconnection.com/UD-Alumni-Association/Board-of-Directors. Applications are due Friday, April 17, 2020.

Student nominations

UDAA Warner and Taylor Awards for Outstanding Seniors

The Emalea Pusey Warner and Alexander J. Taylor Sr. Awards annually honor an outstanding woman and man, respectively, of the senior class. Recipients must demonstrate leadership, academic success and community service as exemplified by Mrs. Warner and Mr. Taylor. Students must also have a cumulative index of 3.5 or better at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year.

The recipients are honored at a luncheon, each receive a cash award, lead the alumni delegates’ procession at spring Commencement and are recognized at the annual UDAA Awards Celebration held during Alumni Weekend.

Nominations must include:

  • No more than four recommendation letters from faculty, members of the UD administration or someone connected to the student’s extra-curricular and community service activities which detail and illustrate how the nominee has excelled in each of the following areas: academic achievement; leadership on campus and/or in the community; and community service

  • A statement from the candidate in support of the application along with a current resume

  • A copy of the nominee’s transcript, either official or unofficial

Nominations for the Warner and Taylor Awards are due Friday, March 13, 2020. To learn more and view a list of past recipients, visit http://www.udconnection.com/Students/Student-Scholarships/Outstanding-Seniors

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 provides exceptional value and ongoing support to alumni worldwide by expanding benefits available to alumni, supporting regional and affinity club events, instilling pride through traditions on campus, recognizing students and alumni, and more.

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