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Young Alumnus Attributes

Career Success to UD

As an Assistant Director of Development for Athletics at the University of Texas, young alumnus Kevin Collins, BE12, can often be found at many Texas Athletics sporting events cheering on the Longhorns—one step closer to fulfilling his professional dream of becoming a Director of Athletics at Division I athletics department.

Kevin Collins BE12

It’s a dream the sports management graduate realized a few years earlier after seeking counsel from well-regarded professors in the Lerner School of Business during his sophomore year.

“I knew I wasn’t going to become a professional athlete,” he said, “but working on the business side of sports was most attractive to me.”  One of Collins' current mentors is Dr. Matthew Robinson, who is the department chair of the sport management program and now serves as interim Director of Athletics at UD.

With the more than 500 student-athletes currently at UT, Collins’ days, nights and weekends are often spent connecting with avid donors and proud alumni to ensure his players receive the scholarship support they need to be successful on and off the field.  It’s similar support that Collins himself received from the UD Alumni Association as the recipient of the T. Muncy Spirit Award, for fostering connections between alumni and students as a Student Alumni Ambassador in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR). It was in DAR that Collins developed his flair for higher-education fundraising.

“It was a great learning experience to connect with alumni … to hear their stories and how Delaware impacted their lives,” he said.  As a student, Collins helped plan UD’s Alumni Weekend, raised donations for the Senior Class Gift and asked alumni for private donations as part of the Student Phone Program.  “It’s not really about the dollar amount,” says Collins on why he feels students and alumni should be compelled to give back.  “There are a lot of things that are provided to us at UD that are donated by donors, alumni and supporters; so for me, it was important to give back and recognize all the things we’re afforded at Delaware.”

Four years later, he still sustains that philanthropic commitment to the University. 

“I love the University of Delaware.  It was the four best years of my life,” he said.  “I want Delaware to be a school that ten to fifteen years from now, I couldn’t get into… We have some proud alumni and I hope that in fifteen years, Delaware continues to strive for that high standard of excellence.”

Collins is certain that with your support as students and future alumni like him, that wish is possible. And while somewhere today in Texas, Collins may be found on the sidelines cheering on the Longhorns, to UD he’ll always be a true Blue Hen.

Learn more about giving opportunities at UD.

UD Student Spotlight

Eric Wiscount, BE16

Senior and Chemical Engineering major Eric Wiscount says farewell to what he has described as the best four years of his life. From his involvement as a Student Alumni Ambassador, with his Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers, playing Men’s Club Volleyball and singing with the UD Gospel Choir he has taken full advantage of the entire student experience in and out of the classroom.

“Because of these great opportunities afforded to me by UD, I am inspired to give back so that students behind me can have the same opportunities that I had,” Wiscount says. “Students today, Blue Hens forever!”

Eric Wiscount EG16

As seniors like Eric prepare to bid farewell to Newark and set their sights on something greater, let’s all remember the friends we’ve made and memories that will last a lifetime.

Bid Farewell with Gratitude
UD's annual Senior Class Gift asks students to express their gratitude by making a gift to the University and investing in its future.

The Senior Class Gift Council is encouraging donations from students who wish to express their gratitude to the University for the life changing experiences UD afford them.

Some students might be hesitant to give to UD when they are already paying for tuition and other school-related expenses, but the truth is only 43 percent of UD’s revenue comes from tuition and fees –with the rest largely being subsidized by the generosity of students, alumni and donors like you.

“Student philanthropy plays a big role in creating the total UD experience. Those donations help pay for lab supplies, help support Greek-life groups, even play a role in keeping the marching band playing,” says Lauren Kirchhausen, assistant director of leadership annual giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. “We want students to know that to keep UD great, and to keep these things for future classes, it’s important to give back, even if it’s just a little.”

In past years, students would rally together to literally buy the University a gift—such as the Harrington Beach, the Goats Statue hidden outside of Morris Library or the Carillon Bells that ring out UD’s Fight Song from the dome of Memorial Hall.  Today, seniors have the flexibility to give to any cause or program at UD that they feel passionate about.

“What really matters is participation," Kirchhausen says. "If every senior made a $20.16 contribution this year, the class will have raised nearly $79,000.”

And if you think about it, $20.16 is totally possible if you forgo a small indulgence—the salted caramel latte from Starbucks, your favorite breakfast sandwich at NDB or tickets for the nosebleed section of the highly-anticipated BeyoncĂ© Formation Tour.  In 2014, students gave more than $10,000 through the generosity of 510 student donors. In 2015, the total jumped to $16,501 through the collective work of 649 seniors.  Let’s smash last year’s numbers.  If you’re inspired to give back, click here or visit the Office of Development and Alumni Relations located right above the Barnes and Noble bookstore.


Question: Last year, 649 seniors gave back to their favorite UD passions. Can you guess—within $1,000—how much money was raised by the Class of 2015?

Answer:  $16,501 ± $1,000

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