UD and DOJ present budget requests in unusual year

DOVER — While most of the country is caught up in the outcome of the presidential election, state government continues to function. The Office of Management and Budget has begun its preliminary budget hearings for various state agencies and related entities, part of the annual process of crafting a budget proposal. Working with his financial […]

UD to bring more students to campus for spring semester

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NEWARK — After a primarily online fall semester — and the financial hurdles that came along with it — the University of Delaware will have more face-to-face classes, and on-campus housing and activities as it heads into the spring semester, officials announced Wednesday. “The vast majority of our students, faculty and staff have embraced the […]

Poll says Biden, Carney, congressional delegation set to coast to victory here

DOVER — Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden, along with a slate of Democrats running for statewide offices in Delaware, hold commanding leads ahead of Nov. 3’s election. A poll conducted late last month and released today by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication has 54% of likely voters in the First State backing former Vice […]

Layoffs, furloughs to impact UD staff due to virus

NEWARK — Staff cuts and furloughs are on the horizon for the University of Delaware due to the fiscal impact of the pandemic, officials announced Thursday. Without mitigation, the university would be facing a $250 million deficit this academic year, according to a news release. The university has already drawn $100 million from its endowment, […]

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 […]