John Stuart Society Donor Dinner

Hello, all! I have much to catch you up on as UD is always full of exciting happenings. First off, I thought I would share with you my experience at the John Stuart Society Dinner. The John Stuart Society is a group of individuals who donate money to UD for various things and contribute greatly to making UD what it is today. Many of these members are UD alumni, but some are parents of UD students, too. No matter how they are affiliated, all of them believe in UD and want to support the students and programs on campus.

Anyways, I was invited to this dinner as a student involved in service on campus (River Stewards), so I "hosted" a table of donors during the dinner. So now I have to confess, I was totally a fish out of water at this affair. I am from good old rural Ohio, and I had never been to a formal event like this before. They had valet parking, multiple forks on the table, people walking around with fancy treats, etc. I have never eaten a meal with the super fancy set up, and I had never been to something with valet parking before! Sooo I was a bit shell-shocked by the "swanky-ness" of this affair. At first I was a little nervous because I don't know the proper etiquette for fancy things, but then I realized that all of these people are UD people, which means they are friendly and nice. I eventually got the guts to make the rounds in the room and found plenty of kind, fun, and friendly people!

During the dinner, I confessed to the couple next to me that I was not sure which fork to use, and they were super nice and helped me figure it all out. The lady next to me was a consultant on Wall Street and her husband was a financial advisor, which are two careers I know nothing about, but we managed to have fantastic conversation throughout dinner.

The meal served was also super fancy! The first dish was some salad thing that I didn't recognize but looked beautiful. The main course was mashed potatoes, shrimp, and a huge steak! The plate was also garnished with an orchid flower! The desert was some pumpkiny thing with a candied flower, which was fantastic!

While I loved the food and the people I met at the dinner, the thing I loved the most was Dr. Curran (UD's president) came over to tell me that he stopped drinking bottled water because of the senior stewards "Take Back the Tap" campaign! I was beaming as if I had just won the lottery! I love Dr. Curran. He takes the time to listen to his students and treats us as equals, which means a lot.

Have a great start to your week!