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.

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, 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 connection 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 honored at the 2013 Homecoming festivities in October. They are Grace Thompson Leong ’88 AS and Steven E. Linberg ’73 AS.

Grace Thompson Leong ('88 AS): Grace has served on the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s advisory council since 2009 and is the current vice chair. Grace is also a member of the Horn Program for Entrepreneurial Studies advisory board based in the Lerner College of Business and Economics. For several years, Grace has been a professional advisor to UD's Public Relations Student Society of America, and has provided resources and funding for dozens of communications students to engage in professional development opportunities. She also sponsors a winter session internship at her New York based public relations firm which is exclusively reserved for UD students. Grace has been an active alumna serving as the moderator of a distinguished panel of speakers at An Evening of Conversations and Connections alumni event held in New York City in October 2011 and again at the event held in Washington, DC in June 2012. Grace has assisted the University’s Office of Annual Giving by loaning her story to an appeal letter that was mailed to fellow 1980s alumni detailing her experience at UD and how it impacted her life and career. Additionally, Grace and her husband, Todd ’86 EG, are volunteers in the Delaware Diamonds Society rebranding efforts, acting as a profile story in UD's marketing efforts.

Steven E. Linberg ('73 AS): Steve served as a founding member and as inaugural Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council from 2009 until 2012. He assisted the Dean in setting the strategic direction for the Council and led regular council meetings held twice per year. Additionally, he helped to recruit other members of the council and continues to serve as immediate past council chair. Steve has supported UD by attending numerous events on campus, including the Plastino Scholars annual dinner, President-hosted pre-game receptions for Basketball and Football games, Kent & Sussex County alumni club gatherings, and An Evening of Conversations and Connections with Washington, DC alumni. Steve and his wife, Alice ’73 AS, have steadily contributed to UD since 2000 and are current members of the Delaware Diamonds Society at the Senior Benefactor level. A proud UD alumnus, all three of Steve and Alice’s children graduated from UD along with two of Steve’s siblings. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society at UD.

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 alum for the Outstanding Alumni Award please download and complete the form to the right.  Nomination forms may also be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations via e-mail or by phone at (302) 831-2341.