Delaware college students face new kind of test upon return

Returning to in-person classes was “strange,” for Wesley College English professor Susan Redington Bobby. “It’s weird to get used to some of the barriers, having to remember things like keeping the mask on, or going into a classroom and the first thing you do is you clean your workspace,” she said Tuesday, after she had […]

UD returning to virtual learning for fall semester

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NEWARK — The University of Delaware will deliver a majority of its fall 2020 courses online, officials announced Wednesday, rolling back initial plans to bring students on campus this semester for hybrid learning. “This latest development certainly does not reflect how we would like to begin a new academic year, with all Blue Hens back […]

UD postponing this year’s commencement to 2021

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NEWARK — The University of Delaware is postponing its commencement for the Class of 2020 until the spring of 2021, university officials announced Tuesday. “I speak on behalf of the entire university faculty, staff and administration when I say how much we were hoping to reschedule our in-person graduation events for later this year. We […]

UD rolls out plans for return to campus, other institutions grappling with fall semester

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The University of Delaware is one of the first of the state’s higher education institutions to lay out its path forward for the fall semester in the wake of coronavirus. The university will begin classes Sept. 1 for the fall semester. Following Thanksgiving break, however, the semester will turn to an online model for the […]

Ice skating icon Ron Ludington remembered fondly by students

By Joanna Wilson Special to the Delaware State News NEWARK — In a coaching career that spanned six decades of U.S. Figure Skating history, Ron Ludington taught children, champions and even a chimpanzee, as well as mentoring new generations of coaches. Born Sept. 4, 1934 in Boston, ‘Luddy’s’ extraordinary life ended the morning of May […]

Universities ponder graduation makeup dates amid postponements

Delaware universities are still determining how to move forward with graduation details as coronavirus has shifted education to continue remotely for the rest of the semester. The University of Delaware announced Thursday that it would postpone its 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for May 30. “We’ve had to take a series of responsible, yet drastic measures […]

University of Delaware cancels on-campus classes, closes student housing for the semester

NEWARK — The University of Delaware has suspended on-campus classes and closed student housing for the duration of the semester due to COVID-19, officials announced Friday. “This was not an easy decision by any means. I know I speak for the entire administration and our trustees when I say that everyone wishes that the situation […]

Number of Delaware coronavirus cases rises to four

DOVER — Three more Delawareans have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the state announced Thursday. The news comes one day after the first person tested positive in Delaware. The three new cases all involve University of Delaware students — two graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher — who had contact with the first individual at an […]

Lake Forest to partner with UD for superintendent search

NEWARK — After the Lake Forest school board voted to end its contract with its superintendent in December, the board will work with the University of Delaware’s Delaware Academy of School Leadership to tap a successor. Members of the DASL team will work with the board and the Lake Forest Human Resources Department to advertise […]

Speak Out: Jobs and UD

Increase in jobs in February Hiring in the United States jumped in February as employers added 273,000 jobs, evidence that the economy was in strong shape before the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% last month, matching a 50-year low, down from […]