The 7th-annual College of Health Sciences Gala, held Friday, November 1, celebrated the past, present and future of healthcare delivery while also recognizing the people and partners who have helped make the Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Campus a hub of collaboration, inspiration and innovation. 

This year’s theme was, “Illuminating the Future of Healthcare,” and as Dean Kathleen S. Matt noted, College of Health Sciences students and faculty shine the brightest as examples of the research, education, clinical care and impact that are making a difference every day. (View more photos of the gala here.) 

“It’s not just about the buildings, but how you create energy, you create inspiration, and you create opportunities,” Matt said. 

More than 250 people filled the Audion and atrium in the Tower at STAR during the evening event. This year, Dean Matt presented the inaugural Luminary Award to Ernie Delle Donne, president and chief executive officer of Delle Donne & Associates, for his efforts in developing the Health Sciences Complex and Tower at STAR into spaces that invite interdisciplinary and interprofessional work while also honoring the history of what was once a Chrysler manufacturing plant. 

Provost Robin Morgan celebrated the growth in research funding and reputation that has taken place in the College of Health Sciences in recent years. 

“It hasn’t just been a vision of space. It’s been a vision of programs,” Morgan said. “These programs are setting the stage for healthcare delivery for Delaware, for our region and for what healthcare delivery can be like for the world.” 


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