A University alumnus was delighted to receive an act of kindness from two UD students recently.
Louis W. “Bill” Feldmann ’68, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a scooter to help with mobility, was at a local Meijer struggling to bag groceries when two girls asked if they could help him.
After he told the girls he needed to catch a bus, they were very diligent about bagging his groceries — but careful enough to make sure his softer items went on top so that they would not get crushed. They went as far as to leave their groceries behind and help carry his to the bus stop.
“UD’s philosophy is learn, lead and serve. The girls who helped me exemplified the service part of that philosophy. Credit is owed to their parents for raising them in a way that made service a priority and to the UD office of enrollment management and marketing for choosing the right students to come to UD,” Feldmann said.
Feldmann’s family has been very involved with UD for years. The family’s connection stems from Bill’s parents. His father, Louis W. Felmann Jr., took night classes here after World War II. His mother, Ann Feldmann, was secretary to the chairman of the UD biology department for 27 years and, he adds, was “loved by many students.”
Most importantly, however, the family loved UD and wished to see its students succeed. This is why the family decided to establish the Louis W. Feldmann Jr. Family Scholarship Fund. Every year, it provides a $1,000 scholarship to UD students demonstrating financial need.
From bagging a few groceries to making a UD education accessible to deserving students, Feldmann knows a little kindness goes a long way.
For it’s third year, Culture Fest has provided students, international and not, with an open tent filled with good food, great company and amazing performances from all around the world.
“Our slogan is, ‘Celebrate Diversity…Celebrate You,’” said Carlos Stewart, assistant director of multicultural affairs. “Everybody is diverse, so we want to emphasize that everyone has a unique and different heritage.”
Starting in the spring, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for International Programs begin planning for the festival. Over the course of the year they have four to five meetings and hope to welcome students onto the committee this coming year.
“We don’t have any students on the committee currently but it would be great to have their input,” Stewart said. “They are always welcome to join.”
Besides OMA and CIP, several other organizations on campus sponsor the event, from dining services to campus recreation to the Women’s Center. Eleven diverse sponsors on campus come together to put on this cultural experience.
“OMA and CIP may take the lead but this event is really a collaborative effort,” Stewart said. “We couldn’t pull it off without the help and support of these other groups. I would especially like to give a shout out to dining services; without them there wouldn’t be any food, which is a big draw for the students.”
Speaking of the food, dishes representing the West Indies, Cuba, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East are all prepared by UD’s very own chefs. Extra time is spent making sure the food is as authentic as possible to give students and community members a real taste of a culture outside of their own.
“Last year an estimated 2,000 people attended and this year looks about to be the same,” Stewart said. “Every food choice got very high marks from our surveys.”
Stewart was right in his estimate, and on Wednesday, Sept. 18th, the white tent in the middle of Central Mall was packed with students and community members alike. Booths from different student organizations offered information and conversation while the stage was alight with singers, dancers and people from the crowd sharing their own cultural diversity.
Everyone came together simply to celebrate you.No Comments
Autumn brings changes. Leaves change color, air feels cooler and daylight shines on things differently. Here, the chapel dome, illuminated by the afternoon sun, reflects in this stairwell window at Caldwell Street Apartments along Frericks Way.
9-24-13 by Larry Burgess
Look through a window on the sixth floor of Roesch Library, and you can see workers replacing the old skylight roof panels over the lobby of the Frericks Center. The current skylight is about 20 years old, and has simply worn out over time.
9-24-13 by Larry Burgess
Students intent on attending the fall career and graduate school fair at UD Arena catch the bus in front of RecPlex on Evanston Avenue. Career services expects around 195 organizations at the fair, running from 1 to 5 p.m. today.
9-23-13 by Larry Burgess
You don’t have to be a theologian to engage in Catholic and Marianist scholarship at UD.
In fact, you don’t have to be Catholic at all.
That was the message the five speakers on the panel, “Exemplary Catholic and Marianist Scholarship: Diverse Perspectives from Multiple Disciplines,” shared during last week’s STARS (Spotlight on Technology, Arts, Research and Scholarship) symposium, telling the audience how working at UD influenced their approach to research and teaching in ways they might not have considered at another institution. The panel was one of 12 on varied topics from faculty and researchers in multiple areas.
Panel facilitator Kevin Hallinan, a mechanical engineering professor, said he shifted his focus from “nuts and bolts” satellite and thermal management to community energy reduction after coming here. History professor Una Cadegan, another panel facilitator, said her research of Catholic literature was enhanced by the integration of history and philosophy she was encouraged to pursue here.
Panelists included University librarian Nicoletta Hary, who completed a book on the history of the Vatican library; Margaret Pinnell, a mechanical engineering professor and past director of ETHOS (Engineers in Technology and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service); biology professor and Marianist Don Geiger, who specializes in ecological restoration; religious studies professor Anthony Smith, who’s studied the portrayal of Catholics in popular culture; and Brad Kallenberg, a religious studies professor who specializes in Christian ethics in engineering.
When Kallenberg interviewed for his position, he met with then-chancellor Father James Heft, S.M. In an effort to break the ice, Kallenberg, a Baptist, asked Heft if he had any children.
Kallenberg never forgot Heft’s answer: “None that I know of.”
Despite the theological error, Kallenberg got the job. He recalled the conversation to tell the audience how welcoming the Marianists were to all, and how that influenced his own work at UD, reaching across academic and theological lines to create meaningful cross-disciplinary scholarship.No Comments
In the race to the top, what can the U.S. do to stand out? Foster an innovation ecosystem, says Robert McGrath, director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
During a keynote address at Thursday’s STARS (Spotlight on Technology, Arts, Research and Scholarship) Symposium, which saw presentations from more than a dozen UD faculty and researchers, McGrath forecasted an environment of collaboration between academia, industry and government that would move the country forward.
“Simply put, the government is expecting more of us,” McGrath said.
Time has become a dominant theme for global competitiveness, he said, noting that innovation ecosystems — which McGrath dubbed a “triple helix” — provide a structure where people and resources interact to push ideas into the marketplace.
“Federally funded research programs are increasingly focused on innovation ecosystems that drive job creation and economic development — you have to have some economic impact, especially at the regional level,” McGrath explained.
This model is especially beneficial for students and professors. It provides students access to an expanded range of learning experiences, and faculty an outlet for collaborative development of discoveries and innovations.
Going forward, McGrath also recommends research programs pay attention to the marketability of their findings: new concepts or new technology are much more attractive to industry and governmental partners if there is a strong market analysis in their favor.
“For success, we need to stay ahead of the curve,” he said.No Comments
Most people feel happy when they see balloons. Bringing happiness by the bagful are (from left) Kensie Everhart, Kristen Iannarino and Beth Cahill from student development’s community wellness office. This ad hoc balloon crew is setting up for Choose Well, Live Well day from 4 to 7 p.m. in Central Mall.
9-19-13 by Larry Burgess
It’s not every day that UD students get to enjoy food and conversation with alumni from around the country.
This past weekend, UD alumni from 34 chapters — from California to Puerto Rico — came together for the fifth annual Alumni Leadership Conference, where Alumni Association members, day10 executive committee members and alumni chapter leaders gather to share ideas about building relationships with alumni around the country.
As part of the conference, representatives choose a food item from their chapter location and serve the dishes to current students, an event dubbed the Alumni Food Court.
Jessica Gonzalez, a ’96 grad and UD’s associate director of volunteer engagement for alumni relations, helped serve with the Puerto Rico chapter, which chose empanadas as their offering.
“The Alumni Food Court is important because we want to reach out to current students to show them that there is life after UD — that they can stay involved,” she said.
The weekend also marks important transitions, like that of outgoing Boston chapter president Julie Kumor ’97 to incoming president Megan Lachman ’08.
Kumor said she reached out to the Boston alumni chapter when she first moved to the city more than 10 years ago. After four years as the chapter’s leader, she’s happy to pass the torch to a fellow Flyer.
“It’s great to see everyone who came out and I’m excited to take the reigns as president,” said Lachman, who served Krispy Kreme donuts alongside Kumor at the Food Court.
Find out more about UD alumni chapters and ways to get involved.No Comments
“Those were the good ol’ days — look at our world now.”
We’ve all said this phrase at one time or another. When we look around us and see the state of the world today — environmental concerns, poverty, terrorist attacks — it’s easy to convince ourselves that the human race is headed downhill.
Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, begs to differ.
“I’m not saying it’s all going to be happily ever after. But for the most part, the long-term prognosis is extremely good,” said Haidt.
As the first speaker in the 2013-14 UD Speaker Series, “Human Rights: A Global Challenge,” Haidt spoke to a packed KU Ballroom last week on the evolution of morality and why — in spite of the tragedy that seems to permeate our day-to-day lives — the future of humanity isn’t as bleak as we think it is.
In his talk, Haidt used video clips of chimpanzees and humans to explain that humans are unique in our ability to share intentions: We have evolved as a species, he said, to work together towards a common goal. As time has gone on, we have become better at being group members.
Religion, Haidt said, has played a key role in this development. The basic principles of any religion — giving up certain things for the good of the group, participating in events that bind people together — have fostered the moral evolution of humanity thus far, and will continue to do so in the future.
At a time when the future of humanity looks uncertain, Haidt’s speech provided audience members with a refreshing look at the modern world.
“’What a long, strange trip it’s been,’ all 14 billion years. But the future is a hopeful one,” Haidt said.
For more on the UD Speaker Series and a full schedule of events, visit their website.No Comments