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semester. Application deadline is May 31, 2011.
Your next opportunity is for the Spring 2012 semester, and the
From the Meet new Assistant Campus Director
Is This deadline is December 1, 2011.
Campus Director Fran Leach
For applications and information visit:
http://www.dtcc.edu/sw/alumni/ Dear Fellow Alumni, It’s been thirty years since Fran Leach first walked through the
It is an exciting time of year on our campus. doors of Delaware Tech. And since then, she’s worn plenty of
Savings Plan? Keep the legacy alive at Delaware Tech! The semester is winding down, and for many,
graduation is right around the corner. For me this
time is particularly special, because I remember my
hats—adjunct faculty, full-time instructor, department chair,
dean of instruction—and today, assistant campus director. We sat
down to talk to Fran about her new position. An excerpt:
own graduation from Delaware Tech. It is an honor to
be a Delaware Tech alumnus, and it’s also an honor to What first inspired you to work at Delaware Tech?
Save the Date! serve as campus director at Stanton/Wilmington, my I had taught high school math for a few years, and was looking for a new
position that offered flexibility for my young family. When I arrived here,
Alumni & Friends 5K Run/Walk is October 5 Graduation day for the Class of 2011 will take place I found a supportive environment that allowed me to advance in a way
Mark your calendar and start training for our Alumni & Friends 5K Walk/Run at May 18, and will include an address by Mark Stellini, that fit my busy life and my professional goals—the same environment
are the Wilmington Riverfront. This popular annual event—our fourth—gathers the new chairman of our Board of Trustees. He will no our students count on today.
w Delaware Tech alumni, staff, faculty, students andfriends to raise money for the doubt have an inspiring message to share about his
What attracted you to the Assistant Campus Director (ACD) position?
career and life experiences, and then our graduates
Alumni & Friends scholarship program. Last year, nearly 200 runners, walkers and This position was an opportunity to contribute in a different way, which is exciting. It was a natural
will embark on their own journeys. Most will move
stepping stone, too; the relationships I had developed and work I’d done throughout my career prepared
to the world of work, having found positions in their
How can you participate? We need your support—and hope that you’ll participate, volunteer, or major (The placement rate for our associate degree me well. And it is a great privilege to work with Mark Brainard (Vice President and Campus Director).
become a sponsor! If you would like to learn more about joining our family of great sponsors, contact graduates is 92%); some will move on to other He and this administration are committed to the mission of the College, and to its hallmarks of access,
opportunity, excellence and hope. That is really inspiring.
Sharon Mossman, email@example.com. Or if you wish to roll up your sleeves and volunteer, contact institutions to pursue their bachelor’s degree; and
others will make a difference through volunteering,
Heather Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the Assistant Campus Director position differ from Dean of Instruction?
additional study or work outside of their field. But all
Prizes, prizes, prizes! You don’t need to be an Olympian to participate; runners and walkers of
Alumni & F
As dean, I was responsible for the instructional side of the campus operations, which included managing
every pace are welcome! Enter individually, or if you’d like to be eligible for more prizes—and who share this: May 18 will mark the end of one chapter,
programs, instructional delivery, and department faculty and staff.
wouldn’t?—enlist your friends and register as a team. To register for the event visit but the beginning of another—a hope-filled, proud
moment of accomplishment. The role of the ACD, generally speaking, is to support the Campus Director in the daily operations of the
http://www.races2run.com campus and in planning for its future. It’s a broad job description that touches every department and
On behalf of the entire campus community, I would
To learn more and view images from the 2010 race, visit: http://www. dtcc.edu/sw/alumni/ like to congratulate and welcome the graduates of the tackles college-wide issues too. As part of the College’s administrative team, I’m charged to imple-
Class of 2011 into our Stanton/Wilmington alumni ment our mission and support the state’s economic development, which translates to a lot of strategic
We look forward to seeing you October 5! family, a group that numbers nearly 15,000. I also planning. I’m also learning about elements of campus operations I never knew much about, like public
challenge graduates and all alumni to share their safety, marketing, and alumni relations. As someone who has always been an academic, the position
gifts and make a difference in places where they find appeals to the part of me that loves to learn!
both opportunity and need. Please stay connected with
What are you passionate about?
the College and participate in the life of our campus
community by joining a committee, attending a I am passionate about student success. The administration and the entire institution are behind it. This
fund-raiser, or bringing your family to our annual 5K vision isn’t just part of our mission, it’s part of our culture—something we all believe in and work hard
in October. There are many ways to make a difference, at every day.
and you can read more about a few of them in the What should alumni know about Delaware Tech?
pages that follow. I think our alumni would be surprised by the number of graduates who return to Delaware Tech to
The mission of the college is to support the state’s
make a career for themselves. Nearly 13% of our employees in the Instructional Department alone are
economic development needs by providing training
alumni. This speaks highly of our graduates and their desire to give back.
for jobs in our communities. Most of our alumni
have met that challenge, and found fulfilling careers How can Delaware Tech alumni make a difference?
right here in Delaware. I can say with confidence that While working here may not be an option for everyone, there are many great ways to make a difference.
Wilmington, DE 19801 Delaware Tech gave me what I needed to launch a Our alumni participate in advisory councils and boards, attend and volunteer at College events, mentor
333 N. Shipley Street career that has challenged, affirmed and rewarded students, and make charitable contributions. Your success as a graduate already makes you a great
me beyond my expectations on that May day so many ambassador for the College, and that’s invaluable!
Stanton/Wilmington Campus years ago. It is my hope that you—and every
alumnus—will feel this way, too. Any parting words?
There is a huge network of Delaware Tech graduates in our state; 92% of our students are from Delaware
PERMIT NO. 387 Sincerely,
PAID and most remain here to work. We are proud to have helped prepare generations of students for suc-
cessful careers in the state and beyond. And we’re proud of what every alumnus—including you—has
achieved as a graduate.
NON-PROFIT ORG. Mark T. Brainard, J.D.
Stanton/Wilmington Campus Director
Alumni & Friends An Evening of Mardi Gras A Delaware Tech Story Special Thanks
7th annual event meets fundraising and fun-raising goals! Frances “Tuck” Mulrooney, alumni/staff liaison
Every year at this time the Alumni Board looks Building hope, one playground at a time. for Stanton /Wilmington Campus since 2004, has
forward to reviewing applications for our Alumni & If you were among the nearly 500 guests that retired after 25 years of service to the College. Tuck
Friends Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded joined our gala An Evening of Mardi Gras, you Most 26-year-olds don’t spend their time looking for new friends was instrumental in re-establishing the Alumni &
to Delaware Tech Alumni relatives, and we encourage already know how incredible the evening was. in a subsidized housing project, or driving kids they barely know Friends Board of Directors and guiding the develop-
alumni and their family members to take advantage Thanks to a small army of dedicated employees, to basketball practice. But Mary Hampson (ECE, ’05) isn’t like ment of alumni activities. We thank Tuck for his
of this great opportunity and apply. More information most 20-somethings. In fact, in today’s world of instant gratifica- great service and commitment to our alumni, and
students, and community members, the campus
about the scholarship and eligibility requirements tion, she’s not like most people. Mary is the executive director of wish him health and happiness in his well-earned
was magically transformed into a New Orleans retirement.
are available on page four of this newsletter, and also venue. First-class entertainment, exciting casino Freedom Outreach, a Christian ministry with roots in a Landen-
on our website. The last recipient of this $1,000.00 games, fabulous food prepared by top restau- berg church and a territory that includes some of the Wilming- Heather Brown, media production specialist in
scholarship was Nicole Masci, a nursing student rants, and an awe-inspiring silent auction added ton’s toughest neighborhoods. Her job is to build relationships the marketing department, will assume the duties
and two-time recipient. We wish her luck with her up to the best party in town. and support families in places where—to the casual observer— of alumni/staff liaison. Heather has supported the
educational goals and future career. hope seems lost. Board as a volunteer coordinator for the Alumni &
An event like this is months in the making, and Friends 5K, and brings innovative ideas and enthu-
We hope that every member of our alumni family the results are worth every minute. Thanks to For Mary and the Outreach team, the methods are simple: visit a siasm to her new role. Welcome, Heather!
will stay involved with the College through activities a generous family of sponsors and guests, this neighborhood park on an afternoon with a jump rope and start
offered by the Alumni Association. Mark your year the event earned more than $100,000. playing. The next day, do the same thing at a different location.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Soon, in these often-overgrown, usually
calendar for October 5, 2011, and make plans to
attend our 4th Annual Alumni & Friends 5K race
Typically proceeds are directed to Delaware
Tech’s Educational Foundation, which provides vacant places, the Outreach presence is expected, looked forward
Mary Hampson, ECE ‘05, has recently
been named among 50 Who Matter by the Congratulations
at the Wilmington Riverfront. Whether you are a scholarships for tuition and expenses. This finan- to, and planned around. Relationships are built, trust is estab-
lished, and friendships blossom. That’s when hope takes root.
News Journal. Her story appears in the
March 27, 2011 edition of the newspaper. Men’s Basketball!
participant, a volunteer, or a sponsor, we’d love to see cial assistance often makes all the difference for
you there! students struggling to afford the cost of their col- “Love” Mary says, “spreads like wildfire.” Region and District
lege education. This year, proceeds from Mardi “My work is relationship-oriented,” Mary explains. “I am not here to rescue anyone, but to love and value Champions advance to
During this graduation season, the Alumni Board
Gras have also been directed to the construction people. I invest in their lives in the hope they can be all they were created to be.” National Tournament
supports and applauds every graduate, and looks
of much-needed science laboratories at both
forward to welcoming the Class of 2011 into the Mary’s relationship with Freedom Outreach began in 2000 as a volunteer; she was appointed director in The Stanton/Wilmington men’s basketball
Alumni Association. 2006. As the only full-time employee, she oversees a team of volunteers who manage programs and home team entered the 2010/11 season with a shal-
— Sharon Mossman, Chair This year several Mardi Gras scholarship visits, mentor youth and run special events. She visits those who are hurting most, and fills gaps left by low bench of seven freshmen and “building
recipients attended and mingled with the guests working parents and shoestring budgets. Birthday cakes are made and delivered. Carpooling, counseling, year” expectations. A rocky start made the
throughout the evening. It was beneficial for and friendship happen together. team’s exceptional season rally especially
all in attendance to get to know these dedicated sweet. The SPIRIT men finished the season 18-
students and hear their stories of success thanks Mary has many gifts that make this job a great fit, including teaching and relationship-building skills 12, and in tournament play earned Region XIX
in part to scholarship support. We are honored she honed as a student at Delaware Tech. “As an Education major, I learned how to teach, of course. But and District 11 titles, and a berth in the NJCAA
May 2011 to have made a difference in the lives of these I also learned how to respect learning differences and work with students, their parents, administrators national championship.
students and count them as members of our and school systems.” She also learned to become more comfortable with public speaking—important now
Volume 6 • Number 1 that she leads seminars about community service and mentoring. Although the team lost in a tight first-round
Delaware Tech family.
Delaware Technical & Community College game (90-86), they astounded their opponents.
We hope you’ll take a minute to view photos “Nothing we do happens fast,” explains Mary. But there is good news: She and her team are witnessing a Triton College had 17 players, while an injury
Board of Trustees
from the event at www.dtcc.edu/mardigras, and shift in attitudes in these tough neighborhoods. Teens that have been mentored since toddlerhood now reduced our team to just five in the second
Mark S. Stellini, mark your calendar for next year’s event, sched- talk about goals and positive relationships. They are engaged in healthier activities. It’s a reward ten years
Chairman half. Coach Larry Banks was understandably
uled for Saturday, February 18, 2012. in the making. For those who seek immediate gratification, this is not the ideal job. proud of the team, “We showed we were among
John M. Maiorano
Vice Chairman But the job is ideal for Mary. At the end of another long day, she has no trouble feeling fortunate. “I know the best teams in the country,” he said, “and
Cathren Hagan and Angela McCloskey, Co-Chairs I am not like most 26-year-olds, and that I’ve given up a lot to be here—money, a career, a nice car,” that we belong in the national tournament.”
William B. Bush, IV, Esq. An Evening of Mardi Gras, 2011
Norman D. Griffiths, Esq. admits Mary. “But I am richer than most, and I don’t feel like I’ve missed a thing.” The team, coaching staff, and the entire
Louis F. Owens Jr., M.D. Delaware Tech family look forward to another
Selham Sue Saliba
Save the Date great season next year.
Audrey Van Luven
February 18, 2012
Dr. Orlando J. George, Jr. Alumni receive a
Retired Campus Director You CAN Make a
College President discounted ticket price! Receives Lifetime Achievement Difference
Mark T. Brainard, J.D.
College Vice President & Campus Director Award There are a lot of ways alumni can make a differ-
Frances H. Leach, Ed.D. Lawrence Miller, retired vice president and campus director of Delaware ence at Delaware Tech! Attend events to reconnect
Assistant Campus Director Technical & Community College Stanton/Wilmington Campus, has received with friends and faculty, volunteer or sponsor an
the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award from Phi Theta Kappa event, join a committee, make a charitable
Stanton/Wilmington Alumni & Friends
honor society. He was among seven retiring college presidents/campus CEOs contribution.
Board of Directors
Sharon Mossman ’82 Chair honored during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in April. To learn more, contact: email@example.com or
Timothy J. Cox ’80 Named in honor of the former president of Florida’s St. Petersburg College, call: Heather Brown at 302-453-3722.
Dennis Harris ’08 the award is presented to retiring administrators for exemplary dedication to
Ron Medykiewicz ’72 Phi Theta Kappa. Miller, who served in leadership positions across Delaware Tech before his appointment
Patrick Ogden ’86 as vice president and campus director in 1995, retired this year after nearly 40 years with the College. He To receive news via e-mail, go to
Willard F. Preston III ’01, Esq. was among the founding members of the PTK chapter here, and during his tenure significantly advanced www.dtcc.edu/sw/alumni and click on Sign Me Up.
Members the role of the honor society in student life. While there, view Alumni & Friends.