October 2009

What is all the concern about H1N1?



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.

  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/.

Alumnus Establishes Endowment for Criminal Justice Majors

DSU alumnus Matthew W. Horace, class of ’85, said he needed to figure out how to give back to his alma mater in meaningful way. The 21-year veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took over as the Special Agent in Charge of its newly created Newark, N.J. Field Division in early 2008. After he received a briefing in that capacity on the fatal shooting of DSU students in 2007 in that city, Horace said he found “a cause worth pursuing.” DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith and alumnus Matt Horace hold a display check representing the first installment of a newly established scholarship endowment.   The alumnus is establishing a $10,000 Horace Foundation Endowment to provide scholarships to DSU criminal justice majors in memory of three students – Terrance Aeriel, Dashon J.I. Harvey and Iofemi Hightower – who were shot execution-style in a Newark school playground just weeks before their were to begin their 2007 fall semesters at DSU. The students were simply enjoying each other’s company along with DSU student Natasha Aeriel when a gang accosted them in an apparent armed robbery and brutally shot them. Ms. Aeriel, Terrance’s sister, was wounded but miraculously survived the shooting.   “By all accounts, they were good kids with bright futures,” Mr. Horace said. “This endowment is being set up to help kids who are pursuing criminal justice degrees, and hopefully will help make it possible for such students to make a difference, or even possible to solve or prevent such crimes.”   Mr. Horace announced the endowment during the Oct. 23 DSU Alumni Association Legacy Banquet and Hall of Fame Inductions held at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Rollins Center. The ATF special agent, who earned a 1985 BA in English from then-Delaware State College, was one of the DSUAA’s 2009 inductees for his achievements in government and law.   He was also a Hornet offensive lineman under then-Head Football Coach Joe Purzycki, who introduced Mr. Horace during the induction program.   In addition to his ATF career, Mr. Horace is also a certified leadership consultant for FranklinCovey and accomplished public and motivational speaker. He says DSU has been a significant factor in his success. “My professional development started at DSU,” he said. “It taught me something about making a difference.”   He said the Horace Foundation Endowed Scholarship is a way in which other alumni can make a difference as well. Mr. Horace said he hopes other alumni will be inspired to continue the endowment’s growth and thereby help more DSU criminal justice majors achieve their degree and professional aspirations.   “I think people want to give, but also want to know they are giving to a specific cause,” Mr. Horace said. “I am hopeful that there are alumni who will find this endowment a worthy cause.”   The stated mission of Horace Foundation Endowment for Criminal Justice Studies is to develop “educated, confident and caring leaders” who will share the values of law enforcement and contribute to the profession’s excellence.    To contribute to the Horace Foundation Endowed Scholarship, go to www.desu.edu/giving.   To contact the foundation, email horacefoundation@rcn.com or horacefoundation@gmail.com .