Want to watch some great UD TV with your family over the Thanksgiving Break? Drs. Shannon Valenzuela, BA ’00, and Michael West, BA ’06, along with UD’s Senior Digital Media Producer Joe Haggard, have produced an astonishing, wonderful five-part program that premieres on EWTN the week of Nov. 15. Called The Quest, this documentary explores the nature of the human person, Catholic theology and morality, and our own call to vocation and sanctity. “Through God’s Providence, we are always in the right place at the right time,” Dr. Valenzuela says early in the program; the whole series in some ways explores what that means. (And if you like The Quest, you can explore the entire Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture, a three-series, 30-part video program from which the five Quest episodes were taken.) All of this comes from Dr. Sanford’s initiative called Liberal Learning for Life that is designed to bring UD to broader audiences.
Your students on Nov. 9 had the opportunity to see the World Premiere of Episode 1 on the Mall, meet the creators and faculty involved, and ask questions.
As was mentioned, Charity Week 2021 raised over $29,000 to give to charity this year. We are immensely proud of our UD community, especially the junior class, who hosted this year’s festivities. However, we could not have raised that insane amount of money without the wildly enthusiastic support and engagement of our freshman class. We are thrilled that so many of our first-year students were able to participate in the events, whether it was jailing their Lit Trad professors or drenching Father Thomas Esposito in the dunk tank on the Mall. They definitely had a good time all for a good cause.
All proceeds from Charity Week 2021 will be donated to Abel Speaks and Scotty’s House charities. These two charities were specifically chosen by the junior class, and we are thrilled to be able to give support to these organizations.
While many students will be heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday, they will first have the chance to celebrate with the entire UD community before returning to their families. On Nov. 17 from 3 - 5 p.m., Student Activities will be hosting a campuswide Thanksgiving dinner in our dining cafe. All faculty, staff, students, and their families are invited to this pre-holiday feast. We specifically would like to encourage our first-year students to attend the dinner, as it will be a great way for them to connect with their upperclassmen and professors.