Reader asks for support of Del Tech program
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to “fellow Delaware Tech graduates” and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.
You can often find me in the pages of your favorite newspaper asking for your and our community’s to support issues involving women and girls.
Today I am asking Delaware Tech graduates and everyone who has attended classes or meetings at one of the four statewide campuses to champion the proposed Community College Infrastructure Fund. After you look at the facts and visit our campus, please ask your state senator and representative to enact the appropriate legislation.
I recently celebrated the 26th year, on March 15, of when I first stepped onto the Southern Campus — it was the day that changed my life. The picture that day will be forever engraved in my mind.
I see that image of bright yellow, pink, purple and blue tulips that bordered the sidewalks and parking lots of the sprawling campus every spring. While I am not a flower person and my knowledge of flowers or nature in general is pretty limited, that first day will always be special.
The campus seemed so much bigger then it does now. Its wide open spaces rich with the trees of the 50 states, rare flowers and a variety of foliage were a horticulturist’s nirvana. It was the home of the best Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebrations, complete with a political stump and dunking booth.
The Jason Building, the flagship of Delaware’s community college, hadn’t completely shaken its early roots of a high school, with metal lockers in the hallways and a traditional public school cafeteria. The cafeteria ladies served homemade soup, sandwiches and milk in little cartons – all at a price starving college students could pay without wondering where tomorrow’s lunch money was coming from.
Jack Owens and Steve Betze are long gone, and I am still trying to get use to Richard Windsor being gone as well. However, their spirits patrol the halls, watched over and encouraged students as they made their way to class.
On a quite afternoon, if you listen real close you can hear the tat a tat of Mr. Clements’ typing class struggling to keep their eyes on their paper and not the keyboard. He didn’t seem to mind embarrassing a student if they were peeking at the keyboard, because their success was important to him. He took his responsibility of preparing the next generation of secretaries and office administrators seriously. He also, as many of you must remember, had a not-too-serious side when he donned his Father of the Liberty costume and roamed the grounds every July 4th.
Kris Collins has also retired; however, I could have sworn that I just saw that financial aid director coming out of her Student Services Center office. I remember the birthday cakes that she often brought in for students who may have not had anyone else remember that it was their birthday.
And what about our new Student Services Center? While it stands on the spot where we hosted the Olde Fourth of July Celebrations and wonderful outdoor graduations, students finally have their own place to hang out, eat, use their wireless laptops, and all of their counseling, admissions, and financial aid services are conveniently located in one place.
If you haven’t been on campus lately, you will be in for a surprise. No, not everyone is gone. Diana Young is now holding the whole English Department together as department chair. She sees every student who attends classes at the Georgetown Campus, whether it is in person or through an online composition class this year she has seen every one of our 4000 students.
Joe Hall is still teaching math; Mrs. Wiggins is in charge of the Bioscience Department, formerly known as Medical Lab and Medical Lab Assistant technologies. Lois and Walt Studte have since retired, and it took several to fill her shoes. Three Business Department advisors are doing the job that Mr. Studte and later Merrill Moore did.
What’s really different now? There are 4,000 students, computers have taken the place of typewriters and Dictaphone machines, and smoking is prohibited on campus. Space is at a premium and classes are much larger then we remember. A public transportation hub allows students and the community to easily access the campus.
Today’s students have many more career options and opportunities to explore, but they require more academic preparation. They have a most uncertain future ahead of them, one with opportunities for growth and adventure that we never dreamed of.
The job for the child born today hasn’t been invented yet. The competition for today and tomorrow’s careers are fierce, and only the best educated and highly qualified will be successful. The gap between the poor and the rich has nearly purged the middle class. Our war was fought in the rice paddies of Asia, today’s war is fought here and abroad and women stand side by side with men on the battlefield.
Delaware Tech graduates keep our five regional hospitals going, or local and state police forces. We design and build roads and bridges in Sussex County and around the world, and every wastewater operator in the state is trained by Delaware Tech. Delaware Tech graduates keep our cars on the road, educate our children in public schools, and serve as role models for students attending college today.
We have an opportunity to do our part in ensuring that our legacy continues to thrive, by supporting CCIF. It took more than 10 years for the General Assembly to fully fund the renovations of the Jason Building, the center of the universe on the Jack F. Owens Campus. It will be 20 years before we see a new building, although the need exists today.
For the first time in our 40-year history are we going to have to close our doors and not be able to meet Sussex County’s educational and employment training needs?
If you always meant to make a donation to the college, but never got around to it, or if in the past you have supported the college financially and in other ways, do it now. Check out the Web site (www.dtcc.edu/access) that provides a comprehensive explanation of the CCIF proposal and let your elected officials know that the future of Delaware Tech is your priority.
Rhonda H. Tuman
1984 Journalism graduate
DTCC Jack F. Owens Campus
The needs of all need to be considered
In your March 23 issue there appears an article on Page 21 titled “Residential Use Invades Commercial Zone.” The article deals with the use of commercially zoned real estate, in Fenwick Island, for the construction of individual homes.
In this article, a “local realtor,” is quoted as follows, “It’s happening, and frankly, I think it is a horrible thing for the town.” He is further quoted “If there’s nothing to do here, no reason to come here, that’s going to hurt our town.”
Everyone knows that people “come here” for the ocean and because Fenwick Island offers a quiet environment compared to other areas. They eat because they have to, and shop when it rains. They could do both of these things in the other areas of Delmarva.
It seems incongruous that people oppose other types of land use restrictions, and yet seem to want to restrict the owners of land in our commercial zone from realizing its full economic potential.
Richard L. Griffin
Speed limits need to be raised at IR bridge
Does anyone aside from me think that the speed limits along Route 1 at the Indian River Bridge Inlet are artificially and absurdly low? Given there is no work going on there now and hasn’t for some time, why are the limits so low?
March of Dimes needs help from all of us
The 2007 Sussex County March of Dimes WalkAmerica takes place on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Last year, more than 100 walkers helped to raise over $33,000 for the fight to help save babies. This years’ goal is $39,120 — and that’s where we need everyone in Sussex County to help.
Why help the March of Dimes? Simple — just read their Mission Statement: “…The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality …”
Every week in Delaware, 27 babies arrive too soon. Many will be too small and too sick to go home, and face weeks — even months — in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with their frightened parents looking on helplessly.
Please join us May 19 at the Sussex County March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Registration for the Walk begins at 10 a.m., and the Walk begins at 11 a.m. Get your family and friends together and form a Walk Team, or gather your co-workers and form a Company Team for the Walk. You can register a team online at www.walkamerica.org.
If you cannot attend the Walk but still want to help, consider making a donation to a Walk team, or becoming a Business Partner.
If you have any questions or want more information about the Sussex County March of Dimes WalkAmerica on May 19, please call me at (302) 732-6713 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Leslie Kosek, state director of the Delaware chapter at email@example.com.
Don’t forget that date — Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Hope to see you there.
Brian K. Baull, Chairman
Sussex County March of Dimes WalkAmerica
Women put in the effort for a great cause
My sister-in-law and I are running in the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon (26.2 miles) June 3 to help raise money through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Delaware, Team in Training program. This is our first marathon.
We are raising money to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. We are completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling or who have battled blood cancers.
Our dad, Pete Basile, was diagnosed with lymphoma 10 years ago and with the treatment he received won his battle and has been in remission now for almost nine years. We are dedicating this race to him.
With the support of some very generous local businesses we have been about to plan two events over the next month to help reach our goal of raising $10,000 to help support the fight to find a cure for these terrible diseases.
On Tuesday, April 3, the owner of Steakhouse 26, located in the Millville Town Center on Route 26 is donating 15 percent of whatever is made in the restaurant from 4 to 10 p.m. to help us reach our goal.
Also, local Artist Theresa Dominique Richard of Dominique Studio will be unveiling a new piece of art that evening. There will be prints and originals for sale. She has generously offered to donate 10 percent of sales to our cause.
Please join us at our events this month to help us reach our goal, helping find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. You can also go directly to our Web sites to donate: www.active.com/donate/tntde/tntdeCSubity or www.active.com/donate/tntde/nbasile.