January 2010


DSU President Williams Receives General Assembly's Welcome

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Gov. Jack Markell (center) is joined by (from left) Dr. Ronald Blackmon, DSU interim provost, Dr. Claibourne Smith, DSU board chairman, state Sen. Brian Bushwell, DSU President Harry Williams and state Rep. William Carson, prior to signing a resolution that welcomes Dr. Williams as DSU's new president.

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  DSU President Harry L. Williams received a formal introduction to the General Assembly on Jan. 19 with the passage of a resolution officially welcoming him as the University’s 10th president. Gov. Jack A. Markell signed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 25 on that same day, officially welcoming Dr. Williams and extending best wishes for his new tenure as DSU President. State Sen. Brian Bushweller was the primary sponsor of the resolution that had earlier passed in the Senate and the House..   Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, the DSU Board of Trustees chairman who served as acting president during the previous DSU presidential search period, and Dr. Ronald H. Blackmon, interim DSU provost and vice president of Academic of Affairs, accompanied Dr. Williams on the visit to Legislative Hall and the Office of the Governor.   The DSU president spoke separately before the state Senate and the state House of Representatives, graciously expressing his appreciation for the welcome and well-wishes as well as his positive anticipation in working in the future with the General Assembly and Gov. Markell on behalf of the University. He later had a pleasant meeting with Gov. Markell, along with Sen. Bushweller and Rep. William Carson.  

Dr. Claibourne Smith Honored with Resolution and Reception

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents a gift portrait of Loockerman Hall to Dr. Claibourne Smith during a reception honoring him on Jan. 14.

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The DSU Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that commended Dr. Claibourne Smith for his 16-month service as the University’s acting president. The board approved the resolution during its Jan. 14 regular meeting, in which they also unanimously returned Dr. Smith to his previous post of board chairman. Dr. Smith stepped down from the board in September 2008 to assume the responsibilities of acting president. He returned to the board on Jan. 10, the date in which Dr. Harry L. Williams officially become the DSU president. Following that board meeting, a reception was held in honor of Dr. Smith in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. Many faculty, staff and students were in attendance and testimonials were given in praise of Dr. Smith's service and dedication as acting president. Photos from that event can be viewed at /administration/photo-gallery-appreciation-reception-dr-claibourne-smith . The resolution approved by the board read as follows:   Delaware State University Board of Trustees Resolution in appreciation of Dr. Claibourne Smith, acting President January 14, 2010   Whereas, Dr. Claibourne Smith became the second person to serve as the acting president in the 119-year history of Delaware State University; and   Whereas,  Dr. Smith accepted the responsibility from the Board of Trustees as acting president, fully committing to keep the University focused and stabilized during a trying state and national economic downturn; and   Whereas, Dr. Smith led a delegation to China to expand DSU’s partnerships, provided strong leadership to address H1N1 concerns on campus, and convened a multi-level task force to implement Go Green measures on campus for the short and long term; and    Whereas, Dr. Smith made it a priority to interact with students, faculty and staff to better familiarize himself with how DSU operates, using that information to strengthen the University as well as to inform the Board on key issues through its retreat; and   Whereas, Dr. Smith’s oversight ensured that two major construction project stayed on track, resulting in the completion of a new Wellness & Recreation Center, a swimming facility and a new MLK Student Center; and    Whereas, Dr. Smith capably provided strong and stable executive leadership as acting president, which enabled DSU to methodically conduct its presidential search process resulting in a permanent president; now, therefore, be it    Resolved, that the Board of Trustees recognizes Dr. Smith for his exemplary efforts and accomplishments for 16 months as DSU’s acting president.   In Witness Whereof, the undersigned has executed this resolution as of the date above.   Dr. John Land Acting Board of Trustees Chair      

DSU Puts Its Heart into Haiti Relief Effort

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SGA President Kathleen Charlot shows the Heart for Haiti information table that has been set up in the new MLK Student Center on campus.

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In the tragic wake of the massive January 12 earthquake in Haiti that has claimed the lives of thousands and left many others hungry and homeless, Delaware State University is coordinating several efforts to contribute to the ongoing worldwide relief effort.   Student Affairs has organized the Heart for Haiti committee, with representation from the Office of Student Leadership & Activities, student leaders and student health staff. DSU’s Heart for Haiti endeavors are being manifested through several campus organizations as a natural expression of their capacity for compassion and outreach on a global level.   DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams is not surprised by the student response to the earthquake in Haiti.   Dr. Williams stated “We are committed to educating our students toward the goal of making their mark on the world.  It is gratifying to witness students actualizing this mantra as they mobilize the campus community to participate in this tremendous opportunity for global community service.”   Student Government Association (SGA) President Kathleen Charlot, who also has Haitian roots said “Many students realize the importance of the role they can play in such a worldwide relief effort. We have a lot of international students at DSU who could be affected by disasters that happen throughout the world. It’s our duty as students and citizens of the United States to care about people in other countries and to help people throughout the world when the need arises.”   How can you participate in the student initiatives?   Visit the literature tables in the MLK student center and at home games for more information about campus relief efforts, Haiti and the effect of the earthquake as well as government calls for action and support. Donate to the Haitian Student Association (HSA) coin drive, which has contribution receptacles located in all residence halls. Contact Mr. Emmanuel Lalande at elalande@desu.edu for additional locations. Contribute donations at any event of the Pan Hellenic greek organizations on campus during the spring semester 2010. The SGA has committed to matching the total amount collected this semester by the Greek organizations. Join DSU staff and students in supporting the White House relief effort by texting “QUAKE” to 20222 to charge a $10 donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (the donation will be added to your cell phone bill). Share ideas and resources with the Heart for Haiti Committee as they are coordinating additional relief efforts. Contact: Emmanuel Lalande at elalande@desu.edu.   DSU Office of Counseling Services   Emergency on-call counselors are available 24/7. Counseling services can be accessed by calling (302) 857-7386. Haitian Disaster Support Group meeting – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 28 in the Counseling Services Center In addition, anyone in the DSU Community trying to contact family or friends in Haiti can contact the International Committee of the Red Cross at www.icrc.org/familylinks or at CNN iReport at www.ireport.com. Anyone trying to reach U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Citizens Services at (888) 407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.    

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