Class Notes -- Summer 2013


Charles Minor ’61 and his wife, Patricia Snead Minor ’62, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29 in the presence of family and friends. The Minors met while attending Delaware State College and were married June 29, 1963, at New Zion Methodist Church in Laurel, Del.


Esthelda “Stell” Parker Selby was recently appointed a councilwoman in the town of Milton, Del., by Mayor Marion Jones.


Janet Williams-Coger has been elected vice chair of the Delaware Board of Charitable Gaming. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this position. Her term expires in five years.


Ernie Colburn has been named executive director of the Salisbury (Md.) Area Chamber of Commerce. Colburn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from Delaware State University.

Jackie Pennick Derricks recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service. After living in Texas for more than 30 years, Derricks plans to spend her retirement in South Boston, Va.


Ellen Chamberlin, a fourth and fifth grade science and social studies teacher at Rock Hall Elementary School, was named Kent County, Md.’s Teacher of the Year. Chamberlin graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Capella University in 2005.


Dean J. Ivory has been named principal of Glasgow High School in Delaware’s Christina School District. Ivory was most recently principal of Laurel Senior High School since 2006; he also served as principal of Lake Forest High School from 1999 to 2006 and was previously a business teacher at Polytech High School and Woodbridge Junior/Senior High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Delaware State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University.


James L. Moore III was recently appointed as the Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Moore, an internationally recognized scholar in academic achievement for minority students, focuses particularly on how to ensure success in education and life for African-American boys and men. Moore is also an associate provost in Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African-American Male. He was one of two Ohio State representatives named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Delaware State University and a master’s degree (1997) and a Ph.D. (2000) in Counselor Education, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Sherri (Johnson) Mullen is assistant to the director of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education and Summer Programs at Delaware State University, a position she started in October 2012. She was previously DSU’s IT trainer in the Department of Information Technology. Last year, she gave birth to a son, Noah.


Eric Ames ’98 and Dia (Savage) Ames ’96 plan to open a Zoup! Fresh Soup Company franchise in Wilmington, Del., in September. Eric spent his entire professional career with the Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pa., and will work for the franchise full time. Dia spent the first five years of her career with Deloitte and Touche in Philadelphia and the last 11 years working for Bank of America, where she is a senior vice president in the Corporate Audit Department. Eric and Dia are high school sweethearts and have two children, Ethan, 12, and Drew, 6.


Dr. Michelle Galloway-Hamani has reinvented her expertise as a research chemist into writing children’s science books coupled with hands-on workshops. Her first book, Morning Star, is a family-oriented, educational, interactive book filled with colorful pictures for all ages. Published in 2011, it seeks to address: Is the sun a star? How does the sun create heat and light? Currently, she is working on her second book, Tonight’s Light. Her books’ core mission is to promote the fun in learning the influence of science and math to our everyday lives. Galloway-Hamani received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University in 1996, a master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Delaware State University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 2004. Morning Star is available from Amazon. Galloway-Hamani lives in Germantown, Md., with her husband and two children.


Brenda F. Farmer and Will Byrd were united in marriage on July 7. Farmer is Delaware State University’s director of Events and Ceremonies.


Chef Lynnette Jackson of Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering in Annandale, Va., competed in May on an episode of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” She and her aunt, Coletta Webster, appeared on the show after submitting an audition video on YouTube to its producers. Teams of bakers on “Cupcake Wars” are given themes and unusual ingredients to incorporate into several rounds of creating cupcakes that are judged by a three-person panel. Jackson opened Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering in 2006 after she decided to follow her passion for cooking. She graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Bowie State University with a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. Following graduate school, Jackson enrolled in culinary school at the Art Institute of Washington, where she received an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

John Sell, an English teacher at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Del., who was Delaware’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year, has been named an assistant principal at the school.


Jolene Cross and her partner Richard Evans welcomed baby Charli Rose Evans on Jan. 21, 2013. The future DSU student measured in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches.


Rochelle Knapp was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell to serve as a magistrate judge for the Justice of the Peace Court. She was confirmed by the 142nd Delaware State Senate in May. Knapp is currently the only African-American serving in the capacity of Justice of the Peace judge in Sussex County and the youngest in the state of Delaware. Knapp received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University.


Amystique Y. Harris Church was presented with the 2013 NCTA Service Recognition Award from the National College Testing Association at the organization’s conference in July for service on the state and regional level.  She has also been elected to the 2013 NCTA Governing Board, on which she will serve from August 2013-August 2017.


Shan Green has been appointed as the principal of Central Middle School in Dover. Green graduated with a master’s degree in Special Education from Delaware State University.