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20 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 College Continued from page 1 in the center of a resort town is tremendously exciting to all who are involved. "I am personally thrilled to be in on the ground floor of this unique opportunity," Rakestraw said. "Every time we look at this, we come up with more ideas of how we can create a totally new family and campus experience." She said that the college is ex- tremely appreciative of the atti- tude of Mellon Bank in this agree- ment. She pointed out that the property is being made available to the college at a cost much low- er than the bank could hope to get if they sold it for a commercial venture. "They could go for. big money rather than sell to Wilmington College," she said, "but, they have such a commitment to the com- munity and to a philosophy of ed- ucation. We cannot say enough about the opportunity that Mellon Bank has helped to open to the area? W Speaking for Mellon Bank (DE), Donna Coughey, chair- woman, president and CEO, said, "This partnership with Wilming- ton College allows us to con- tribute to the local community while continuing to meet the fi- nancial needs of area residents. Our Rehoboth office will use state-of-the-art technology to pro- vide consumers and businesses with convenient access to a wide selection of banking services." The bank will maintain an auto- mated center on Rehoboth Av- enue that will include an ATM, an automated merchant center that dispenses coin and currency 24- hours a day and a night deposito- ry. The automated center is sched- uled to open in late April, and will feature a touch screen for mer- chants to enter coin and paper cur- rency. Mellon will continue to provide full-service banking at its Bay Mart and Lewes locations. Rakestraw said that the union of Wilmington College and Re- hoboth Beach is ideal since the college will coordinate its offer- ings with the seasons of a resort. The interactive family learning center will offer unique learning and entertaining opportunities throughout the summer, and the college course schedule will bring people into downtown Rehoboth during the quieter fall and winter months. "During the summer, we will have a center equipped with the latest in computers and age-ap- propriate software. We will wel- come people to come right in wearing their damp bathing suits, barefooted and comfortable," she said. "Then, in the fall, we will have students coming in for class- es." Classes are scheduled to open at the Rehoboth Avenue site in early November of this year, with the interactive family learning center set to be launched in spring 1999. Extensive renovations will be conducted this spring and sum- mer. For one thing, there is the mat- ter of the classic, landmark vault Digital camera photo The Mellon Bank facility on Rehoboth Avenue. that occupies the bank building. Rakestraw said that will be an ear- ly order of business, and at this point, no one can say how an in- destructible vault will be moved. Commenting on the latest in a series of growth events, Dr. Au- drey Doberstein, president of the college, said, '"riffs is an extraor- dinary opportunity for Wilming- ton College to expand its services in Sussex County. We already have more than 2,500 alumni and students living and working in southern Delaware. "The acquisition of the Mellon Bank facility will allow the col- lege to serve young children, col- lege-age students, working adults and senior citizens. The college plans to create special programs for both the local residents and for seasonal visitors." The 30-year-old college has grown from 194 students who met in a few classrooms located in a motel on Route 13 in New Castle to five sites and more than 5,000 students. The Rehoboth Beach campus will be added to campus- es in New Castle, Dover Air Force Base, Dover Silver Lake Complex and the Higher Education Build- ing at the Delaware Tech College Owens Campus in Georgetown. The college is a private, nonsec- tarian school that offers under- graduate and graduate degree pro- grams in a variety of instructional areas. Rakestraw said that the Re- hoboth Beach campus will allow Wilmington College to offer it's flexible course structure to people who would otherwise have to travel to Georgetown or Dover. She said that the personalized ap- proach that the college is known for has made it one of the most popular and fastest growing edu- cational institutions in the state. "We pride ourselves on making the course structure fit the need of the student," she said. "We literal- ly work with one person at a time when it is necessary. This is an ideal college for working adults. ' "I have seen this school take in- to account a student's family situ- ation, their work schedule, what- ever is necessary to support the students and help them attain their education." The director of business devel- opment said the use of a large number of adjunct staff members helps the college maintain afford- able tuition. On average, 18 credit hours cost $3,300. The college al- so has a history of moving into ex- isting nontraditional spaces. "We like to say that we put our energy and resources into people, not into facilities," Rakestraw said. "Mellon Bank is helping us continue this tradition and to bring quality higher education to more people in southern Delaware." Mellon Bank Corporation is one of the nation's largest bank hold- ing companies in market capital- ization. It has more than $300 bil- lion of assets under management and approximately $1.5 trillion of assets under administration. It provides credit card service na- tionwide and has consumer ser- vice in small to midsized com- mercial markets, including 24 of- fices in all three counties in Delaware. The bank is headquartered in Pittsburgh. Sussex East plans to do expaI00si()n right; 1{)8 homes planned By Michael Short Plans are moving ahead for an expansion of Sussex East. Sussex County Council only approved a 108-unit expansion for the pro- ject, half of what had been re- quested last year. But Steve Class said recently that plans are-moving forward. Class is a partner in Colonial East and Sussex East with his brother Mark Class, Burt Pazkiewicz and Ray Pazkiewicz. The new expansion of the man- ufactured home community will be known as Sussex West, Class said. He said that plans call for a comfortable, homey atmosphere that makes residents feel wel- come. "We are really going to do this right," Class said. "We want the feel that this is a real neigh- borhood. [We want to have] the values of the 1950s and 1960s, a place where people can count on their neigh- bors." CLASS "There is definitely a need," he said. The expansion will be adjacent to the existing park on Route 9 near Lewes on roughly 55 acres of land. The existing farm house will be kept intact and will serve as an office. Plans call for a possible conve- nience store, although Class said the intent of the park is to keep traffic within the development and not increase congestion on Route 9. Traffic was a major reason why Sussex County Council cut the project size by half. Class said plans call for a bus stop for Delaware Administration for Specialized Transportation, landscaping, possible English- style croquet and a possible putting green. Beaches Continued from page 14 ceht. But that plan was scuttled when the legislature raised the state's lodging tax and provided a way for the towns to be paid back. The stakes are very high. For example, the replenishment in Georgetown lawyer reprimanded by board John H. Cordrey, a member of the law firm of Cordrey & Clark, P.A., Georgetown, has been is- sued a public reprimand and given a one-year period of probation for violations of the Delaware Lawyers' Rules of Professional Dewey Beach in 1994 cost $2.3 million. But a 1990 study of the economic impact of tourists on Delaware beaches estimated the value at almost $251 million. That study was prepared for the Asso- ciation of Sussex County Cham- bers of Commerce and Conven- tion and Visitors Bureaus by Davidson-Peterson Associates of York, Maine. Conduct by the Board on Profes- sional Responsibility. The reprimand and probation arose out of a complaint concern- ing Cordrey's conduct in the course of representing clients in an action in the Court of Chancery involving an alleged fraudulent conveyance of real property. Cordrey has been practicing law in Delaware since 1980, and has no prior public disciplinary record.