August 2009

DSUAA Chapters Exceed Tom Joyner Fundraising Challenge

June 26, 2009 Eight DSU Alumni Association chapters combined their fundraising efforts to surpass the Tom Joyner Foundation $25,000 Chapter Challenge. The eight chapters raised a combined $42,475, surpassing the challenge and ensuring that a $25,000 match will be added from the Tom Joyner Foundation — all going to the Alumni Scholarship Campaign. The Kent County DSUAA Chapter gave the strongest response to the challenge by raising just over $12,000. The New Castle County Chapter raised more than $10,600. Also contributing to the $42,475 were chapters in Charlotte, NC, Greater Hampton Roads, VA, Greater Washington, DC, Metropolitan, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Sussex County. The Chapter Challenge is part of a year-long partnership between DSU and the Tom Joyner Foundation to raise money for scholarships for DSU students. The partnership’s goal is to raise $440,000 and the University has already achieved about 70% of that. DSU is the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for June, but the fundraising efforts will continue until the end of 2009. To contribute and help DSU students cover the cost of higher education, donations can be made online at or by mailing checks to Office of Development, Delaware State University, 1200 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The Tom Joyner Foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.”

Alumni Couple to Bring Back Golden Old Radio Days

  June 25, 2009 Dr. Donald A. Blakey, class of 1958 and his wife Dolores, class of 1960 will take members of the Modern Maturity Center in Dover back to the golden days of airwaves in the fall as they reenact famous old-time radio programs. On every Thursday during the Modern Maturity Center’s lunch hours beginning in September, the alumni will reenact radio programs such as Amos N’ Andy, The Long Ranger, The Shadow, The Inner Sanctum and others. Dr. Blakey is a faculty member at DSU who also serves as the director of the DSU Theater and Dance Program, in which he is often assisted by his wife Dolores. The program gives DSU students and community members an opportunity to perform in stage productions that are presented to the University and the public. Don and Dolores Blakey will bring back the golden days of radio to the lunchtime crowd at the Modern Maturity Center of Dover in the fall. In addition, Dr. Blakey is also an elected member of the Delaware House of Representative, for which he serves the 34th Representative District (Dover South). The Modern Maturity Center, located 1121 Forrest Ave. in Dover, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing programs and services that enhance the quality of life, with respect and dignity for individuals age 50 and above.