Blue Hens are more than just students. They are leaders, athletes, decision makers, inventors, performers, friends, mentors and so much more. Each student’s accomplishments have always been a hallmark of the University of Delaware.
The university has a rich tradition of academic excellence, hands-on learning and a dynamic on-campus experience. And now, UD is placing even more emphasis on the holistic well-being of its students with increased programming and new state-of-the-art dedicated spaces.
The Whitney Athletic Center
UD’s new integrated hub for training and academics is a one-stop shop for Blue Hen student-athletes. This 90,000-square-foot innovative facility houses sports performance on the first floor: athletic training, hydrotherapy, performance nutrition, sports psychology, sports medicine and the Joe and Dana Flacco and Family Strength & Conditioning Center, named by the philanthropic support of NFL quarterback and 2008 UD graduate Joe Flacco—a native of Audubon—and his wife. This 10,000-square-foot weight room was created for elite athletes to be able to become the best versions of themselves.
On the second floor is an integrated center for student success that includes study space, academic advisors, career readiness and leadership development offices and the Whitney Kitchen as an on-campus dining facility.
Next to the Whitney Center is Delaware Stadium. Built in 1952, the stadium’s iconic field has seen amazing moments, including six national football championships, and has been the site of countless memories for the Blue Hen faithful. In 2020, UD completed a stadium renovation with upgraded seating and new club spaces for an enhanced fan experience and a state-of-the-art press box.
During the unprecedented 2020-2021 sports season—athletic events for all 21 varsity sports were held in the spring—the University of Delaware football team took the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and made it to the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision semifinals. Men’s lacrosse, women’s basketball and field hockey also claimed CAA championships in 2020-21.
This fall, students will be able to visit a new “neighborhood of well-being” on UD’s campus Green. Formerly UD’s all-female dormitory, Warner Hall has been renovated to accommodate the University’s foremost experts in physical, mental and behavioral student health. The new Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall will house the Center for Counseling and Student Development and Student Wellness and Health Promotion, next door to Student Health Services in Laurel Hall, a freestanding ambulatory care facility.
With confidential individual services, group programs and resources, themed programming, relaxation spaces and more, the new space represents a fresh chapter at the University of Delaware where every aspect of student well-being is prioritized. Visitors can expect state-of-the-art, flexible and ADA-compliant spaces and compassionate care with an eye on intersectionality and accountability.
Whether students are seeking support for their health or wellness, searching for space to connect with their community or pursuing activities that help them thrive, they will find these opportunities at the Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall.
Positive mental health and well-being are crucial to students’ success. Warner Hall is a step forward in this journey of connecting students with the tools to thrive throughout their lives, both on and off campus.
University of Delaware
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 4 (July 2021).
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