October 2009


Jazz artist, Donald Byrd named Artist in Residence

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DSU Acting President Claibourne Smith holds a display check with Dr. Donald Byrd, the University's newly named distinguished artist-in-residence, after the jazz musician's announcement that he has established a $10,000 scholarship endowment to benefit music students.

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  September 04, 2009 Delaware State University announced today that internationally renowned jazz musician Dr. Donaldson T.L. Byrd – commonly known in the jazz world as Donald Byrd – has been named as a distinguished artist-in-residence at the institution. As a distinguished artist-in-residence, Dr. Byrd will conduct master classes and give lectures, conduct fundraising on behalf of DSU, participate in performances when appropriate and serve as an ambassador for DSU. “We are inspired by the fact that Dr. Donald Byrd is a legend who represents for the young people all that they work and strive for,” said DSU Acting President Claibourne Smith. “We are honored to have such a legendary person with his artistry and thirst for excellence.” Dr. Byrd served as a distinguished artist-in-residence at DSU from 1996 to 2001. After pursuing other projects elsewhere, the legendary jazz musician has decided to return to DSU. As an expression of his renewed commitment to the University, the famed musician has established a $10,000 endowed scholarship fund in his name that will benefit music students at DSU. In announcing the endowment, Dr. Byrd drew a parallel between his life and the life of famed jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, an influential 1950s musician who attended DSU (then-Delaware State College). “Like my father I never drank or smoked…. Clifford Brown didn’t drink or smoke,” Dr. Byrd said. “This school is outstanding, and here I am just trying to follow in (Brown’s) footsteps.” Dr. Byrd, a professional jazz musician since the 1950s, became known as one of the top trumpeters of the jazz “hard-bop” genre as he performed with musicians such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. Ironically at one point in the 1950s, Dr. Byrd actually replaced Clifford Brown in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers band. In the 1970s, Dr. Byrd began to record jazz fusion that combined jazz with funk, soul and R&B. While teaching music at Howard University in 1974, Dr. Byrd formed a jazz fusion group that consisted of his best students and called them the Blackbyrds. The group produced the 1972 album Black Byrd, which became Blue Notes Records’ highest-ever selling album. In the 1990s, Dr. Byrd jazz fusion explorations expanded to the hip-hop genre. Dr. Byrd has recorded 38 jazz albums and performed on countless other musicians’ recording projects. In 2002, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized Dr. Byrd as one of its NEA Jazz Masters. As an educator, Dr. Byrd has developed a “Music + Math = Art” education program that he has introduced to youth across the country. A native of Detroit, Mich., Dr. Byrd is an alumnus of Wayne State University and the Manhattan School of Music. In 1982 he earned a Ed.D from Columbia Teachers College of New York City.  

What is all the concern about H1N1?

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Jane Abiona, senior nursing major, administers the H1N1 vaccine to Michelle Fisher, director of the DSU Health Services, under the supervision of clinical practitioner Dr. Jodi Dampeer-Moore.

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  Update: The H1N1 vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 has been canceled.  The next vaccine clinic is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wellness & Recreation Center.  In addition to students, faculty and staff who have chronic health conditions may receive the vaccine. Vaccine clinics Tuesday, 11/17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wellness & Recreation Center  Wednesday, 11/18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EH Building CANCELED  Thursday, 11/19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wellness & Recreation Center This vaccine is especially important for people who have chronic conditions such as asthma and other respiratory disorders, diabetes, heart disease, as well as women who are pregnant. For more information, call the Student Health Center at 857-6393. Although the H1N1 virus has been a big story in the media lately, some people may not have paid close attention to the articles and news broadcasts concerning this illness. However, like everyone in the country, DSU community member should be informed about the sickness origins, the symptoms and the preventive actions that can be taken to stay healthy. For information about the origins of H1N1, visit Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/. According to the CDC, symptoms for H1N flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include: Fever, greater than 100 degrees F Sore throat Cough Stuffy nose Chills Headache and body aches Fatigue To prevent the spread of H1N1 flu, the CDC suggests: Avoid contact with ill people. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at home. Seek medical care if you are severely ill, such as having trouble breathing. Do not go to work, school, or travel while ill. It is also important to note that H1N1 influenza viruses are not spread by food. Students who believe they may have contracted the virus or have flu-like symptoms or other concerns should call the Student Health Center at ext.6393. Faculty and staff with similar concerns should contact their medical provider. Additional information is available at the CDC Web site: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

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