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Yasser Payne (left) presents the award to Darryl Chambers.
1:05 p.m., May 6, 2016--The Ratledge Family Award for Delaware
Public Service has been presented to three members of the University of
Delaware community Darryl Chambers, James Flynn and Joanne Whalen
for their contributions to the well-being of the people of the state.
The recipients were honored during a ceremony April 28 at Marriotts Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware campus hotel.
Chambers, a graduate research associate in the Center for Drug and
Health Studies who is pursuing a doctorate in criminology, was honored
for his work with local, city and statewide community-oriented programs.
As a member of the Wilmington HOPE Commission Street Outreach
Program, he worked to improve quality of life and reduce crime and
violence in communities in the city. He was lead associate researcher on
the Wilmington Street Participatory Action Research Project, in which
members of a population under study conduct research in and on their own
In 2014, Gov. Jack Markell appointed Chambers to serve on the
Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission, working to conduct an
examination of public safety strategies in the city.
Chambers is the executive director of the Youth Empowered to Strive
and Succeed Program, which has as its mission is to provide youth with
quality education regarding drug and alcohol prevention, gang and gun
violence, and issues related to fatherhood and family reunification.
He was recognized at the Ratledge Family Award ceremony by Yasser
Payne, associate professor in the Department of Black American Studies.
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James Flynn (left) accepts the award from Jerome Lewis.
Flynn joined UDs human resources team in 1979, and now serves in the
Institute for Public Administration in the School of Public Policy and
Administration (SPPA). As an assistant professor in SPPA, he served as
the director of the master of public administration (MPA) degree program
and SPPAs internship program.
Flynn has worked on projects ranging from strategic planning to
education policy to local government training programs. He served as
project manager for the Blue Collar Task Force, a joint executive and
legislative initiative authorized by the 147th Delaware General
Assembly, and led a team that facilitated a series of task force
meetings and statewide public hearings to examine the states
unemployment rates, climate for long-range business growth, and
Flynns impact on the community is also demonstrated through his
management of six superintendent searches for the states school
districts. This role required him to tap his professional background in
human resources to create an impartial application and selection process
to identify candidates with the skills and experience to lead.
Also, he served as a project team member to provide support to the
Delaware Youth Opportunities Initiatives working group. This work
contributed to Delaware House Bill 163, designed to assist older
teenagers transitioning to adulthood as they age out of foster care.
He was recognized by Jerome Lewis, director of the Institute for Public Administration.
Michelle Rodgers (left) presents the award to Joanne Whalen.
Whalen joined the University in 1979 as an associate in Cooperative
Extensions Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. She became the
Extension IPM coordinator and Extension entomologist for agriculture in
Whalen, who received her masters degree in entomology and wildlife
ecology from UD in 1983, has served on statewide, regional and national
committees. She is a current member and past chair of the Northeast
Regions Technical Committee on Integrated Pest Management, responsible
for improving communication and cooperation throughout the region.
As a past member of the International Certified Crop Adviser Exam
Committee and current Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser Board member,
she has worked to establish base standards of knowledge and continuing
education for individuals who advise growers on crop and pest management
As the Extension IPM coordinator, she focuses on developing and
delivering recommendations that have both economic and environmental
benefits. She conducts research and extension programs that educate
agricultural clientele on a range of practices including the use of
cover crops, reduced tillage, conservation biological control, trap
cropping, insecticide resistance management and the proper use of
insecticides to manage insect pests in crops.
She was recognized by Michelle Rodgers, associate dean of the College
of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of Cooperative
George Watson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented
welcoming remarks, and Mark Rieger, dean of the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources, closed the program. Dan Rich, University
Professor of Public Policy, presented a talk on the value of community
About the Ratledge Family Award
The Ratledge family, Delawareans who can trace their roots back to
the 1700s, established the award to encourage and recognize significant
public service contributions with at least one award of $1,000 made each
Recipients of the award must be members of the UD community. Professional staff, faculty and students are eligible.
Preference is given to members of the School of Public Policy and
Administration and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The award is presented to those who exemplify excellence in public
service to citizens in the state, and those contributions are defined to
include both paid and volunteer work.
Photos by Duane Perry
Article originally published by UDaily.