Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented annually to an alumnus and alumna in recognition of their exemplary work on behalf of the University of Delaware and/or the University of Delaware Alumni Association. For over 50 years, the University of Delaware Alumni Association has honored University graduates with this award. Past recipients have been honored for their Alumni Association activities and programs, leadership roles and dedication to reunions, college or department alumni activities, university steering committees and department steering committees, to name a few.


Shanté Stargell Hastings ’00 EG and Shawn Duff '08 BE pictured with past University President Patrick and UDAA President Ken Jones '80.

2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients Honored

Shanté Stargell Hastings
’00 EG and Shawn Duff ’08 BE are the 2014 recipients of the UDAA Outstanding Alumni Award. Presented annually over Homecoming weekend by the University of Delaware Alumni Association, this award is given to UD alumni who have exhibited exceptional volunteer work on behalf of the University of Delaware and/or the University of Delaware Alumni Association.

Shanté has served in numerous volunteer capacities since graduating from UD in 2000. She served a term on the UD Alumni Association board of directors and served as its president from 2007 to 2009. She currently serves as the President of the University of Delaware Kent and Sussex Counties Alumni Club, a position she has held since 2009. She also volunteered as a mentor for the Civil Engineering Senior Design course at UD and has served on the Department of Civil Engineering’s External Advisory Council for the past four years. Shanté has also taken an active role with her class reunions, serving on the committee for her 10th and again for the 15th reunion. Shanté was the president of Sigma Kappa Sorority during her senior year at UD and has been an active alumna serving on the board that manages the sorority house on campus and as an advisor to the chapter vice president of finance. Shanté is a proud Double Del with her husband Jason ’00 EG ’01M EG.

Shawn is the president of the University of Delaware’s Men’s Crew Alumni Association (UDMCAA), a position he has held since 2011. After graduating from the University in 2008, he became active with the UDMCAA serving as a director. Over the past couple of years, Shawn has been instrumental in growing outreach to fellow Men’s Crew alumni, parents and students. Shawn takes the lead in planning several annual events throughout the year such as the Alumni and Family Day Event in October, the Winter Social and Auction in March and the Dad Vail Regatta alumni tent in May. In addition, he supports the Boston Alumni Club effort with the Head of the Charles post-race alumni event. These events bring over 200 Blue Hens together each year, and for many alumni this is their primaryconnection to the University. He also helps organize an active alumni racing team that competes at both the Head of the Charles Regatta as well as Head of the Schuylkill. Shawn coordinates outreach through the Men’s Crew alumni website, monthly email updates, social media and annual newsletter to help keep alumni connected. In addition to his work with Men’s Crew, Shawn has participated in the Blue Hen Leadership Program events and has served on his class’ 5th Reunion committee. Shawn is also a proud Double Del with his wife, Cortney ’07.

2013 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients Honored

The 2013 award recipients were:

Grace Thompson Leong '88 AS - President, Co-Owner, & Managing Partner, Hunter PR

Steven E. Linberg '73 AS - Principal, PharmApprove

Above: 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award winners Grace Thompson Leong ’88 AS and Steven Linberg ’73 AS with President Harker (left) and UDAA President Ken Jones ’80 (right).

2012 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients:

The 2012 award recipients were:

Claire M. DeMatteis ’87 AS - Executive VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Catalina Marketing Corp.

Terrance Bowman ’95 EG - VP & Technical Operations Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Above: 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award winners Claire DeMatteis ’87 and Terrance Bowman ’95 with President Harker (right) and UDAA President Darelle Lake Riabov ‘73 (left).

To nominate a UD alumnusfor the Outstanding Alumni Award please download and complete the form at the top of the page.  Nomination forms may also be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations via e-mail at alumnet@udel.edu or by phone: (302) 831-2341.

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