February 2010


Two DSU Students Work with NBC at the Olympics

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Mass Communications majors Shanae Newman (l) and Kevin Davis are representing DSU with their work ethic at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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  Delaware State University is once again making its mark at the World Olympics. Almost two years after four DSU mass communications students spent an internship working at the Summer Olympics in China, now there are two other students from the same department who are currently assisting with the media production at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The two mass communications students – Kevin P. Davis, a junior television production major, and Shanae M. Newman, a senior broadcast journalism major – are getting valuable real world experience in their chosen professional vocations as a part of the NBC production team at the Olympics. Mr. Davis is working as a “logger,” in which he will review all of the NBC footage that comes into the International Broadcast Center and assign time codes on them. “This will give me an insight to the whole spectrum of what NBC is doing at the Olympic,” said Mr. Davis, native of Wichita Falls, Tex. and now a Dover resident. “Even though it is an internship position, it is important to the overall success of the production.” Ms. Newman will be working with different producers and production team members as a “runner.” The Baltimore native said that she will be there to do whatever is needed to be done. “I will get to see how the broadcasters prepare before they go on the air,” Ms. Newman said. “I will also get to see how the productions are set up.” Equally valuable, both said, will be the opportunity to work side by side with the NBC production team members and hopefully develop professional relationships that could be beneficial to their future careers.  

Dr. Claibourne D. Smith Receives Reappointment to the Board

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  Gov. Jack Markell has reappointed Dr. Claibourne D. Smith to another six years as a member of Delaware State University's Board of Trustees. Dr. Smith has been a governor’s appointee to the board since 1987, when he was first appointed to finish the term of former board member Arthur Richardson. In 1993, Dr. Smith was elected by the board to serve as chairman, which he            Dr. Claibourne D. Smith served until 2008, when he stepped down to serve as the acting president of the University.   When Dr. Harry Lee Williams became DSU’s 10th president on Jan. 10, Dr. Smith returned to the board and was re-elected as board chairman. With the governor’s reappointment, Dr. Smith is now in his 22nd year as a board member and his 16th year as board chairman.   A chemist by profession, Dr. Smith retired in 1998 from DuPont as the vice president of technology and vice chairman of Corporate Education. The Centerville, Del. resident has also previously served on the Delaware State Board of Education, the State Commission on Higher Education, as well as president of the Delaware Math and Science Foundation.          

DSU President and Wife Received Warmly by Civic Leaders

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First Lady Dr. Robin Williams and her husband DSU President Harry Williams receive a welcome dance from the Sankofa African Dance Company during a reception by Dover-area civic leaders.

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  DSU President Harry Lee Williams and his wife Dr. Robin S. Williams received a warm reception from a group of Dover-area civic leaders at a Feb. 18 gathering at the Kirkwood Community Center and made clear their commitment to become an active part of the community and to “transform” the University into a premier institution. The event began with a reception line in which the Williams got acquainted with each attendee one-on-one and learned about each one’s civic and professional roles in the community.   The emcee Dr. Donald A. Blakey – an alumnus of the University – then seated the DSU president and his wife in two large African-style wicker chairs, where they received a rhythmic welcome through a performance by Sankofa African Dance Company. Reuben Salters (2nd from left), founder of the Inner City Cultural League, introduced Roxie Carter (l), president of the Central Delaware NAACP, to DSU new First Couple -- Dr. Robin S. Williams and Dr. Harry L. Williams.   Dr. Robin Williams – who is currently concluding her tenure as an associate dean at North Carolina Central University and will be soon joining her husband permanently at DSU – traveled from Durham, N.C. to join her husband at the event.   “I was going to be here at this gathering whether there was one person here or many, because I want to be a part of the community,” DSU’s new First Lady said.   President Williams then spoke to the group, sharing how as a couple he and his wife stayed on one accord concerning their professional aspirations and made it a priority to be mutually supportive of each other’s careers and achievements.   The President also shared the role that his faith played in pursuing the top post of the University, and how it has given him the strong belief that he has been placed at DSU for a purpose.   “We are going to transform DSU,” President Williams said. ”It’s going to be a university that will move to a whole new level.   The President told the gathering he has established a Blue Ribbon Commission to create a new vision for the University, and added that public forums will be held through the state to obtain the ideas and perspectives from community members concerning DSU’s future direction.   “It is important to create a vision, because if you have no vision, you perish,” Dr. Williams said. “We are going to set a vision that is going to set us on a course, and that will maintain and sustain our institution.”   President Williams said community’s support is vitally important.   “We need for you to talk about DSU in a positive way, because there are a lot of positive things happening on our campus,” the DSU president said. He added that DSU has survived for 119 years and because people in Delaware have believed in the institution.   I am delighted to be here, I am excited about the challenges we are going face,” Dr. Williams said. “I know we are going to win, I just know it.”   Among the attendees were Dover City Council members Rueben Salters and Sophia R. Russell, Bishop Thomas Holsey of the Institutional Church of God in Christ, Harold Stafford, president of the Inner City Cultural League, Rev. Rita Paige and her sister Dr. Wilma Mishoe, the daughters of former DSU President Luna I. Mishoe, Roxie Carter, president of the Central Delaware Branch of the NAACP, Marian Harris, founder and executive director of the House of Pride and many others    

Rotaract Club Established on Campus

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(L-r) Kemal Atkins, interim vice president of DSU Student Affairs, Debbie Taylor and Fran Johnson, both of the Camden-Wyoming Rotary; and the DSU Rotaract officers: Charles Eke, president, Jamel Smiley, vice president, Terrell Davis, treasurer, and Yeshi Asseged, secretary stand together to display the DSU Rotaract Charter.
 

 

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  A group of DSU students have joined to establish a Rotaract Club of Delaware State University under the sponsorship and guidance of the Camden-Wyoming Rotary Club.  Representatives of the Camden-Wyoming Rotary presented the DSU Rotaract Club with its inaugural charter at a Feb. 19 ceremony in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Rotaract – which stands for Rotary-In-Action – is a program of Rotary International for men and women aged 18-30. Rotaract clubs work under the guidance of their local Rotary Club in sponsoring and seeking to foster leadership, responsible citizenship, high ethical standards, international peace and understanding.   The DSU Rotaract Club is led by Charles Eke, president, Jamel Smiley, vice president, Terrell Davis, treasurer, and Yeshi Asseged, secretary. There are currently 15 members, according to Mr. Eke.   “We plan to focus on literacy and work to reach out to children,” Mr. Eke said.   The group was started under the encouragement of DSU Board of Trustees member Jose Echeverrí and DSU’s Office of Student Affairs.   There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in the world, and in some locations Rotaract is growing faster than Rotary, according to Fran Johnson, president of the Camden-Wyoming Rotary.  

Philly News Anchor Ukee Washington Cooks at DSU!

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CBS3 News Anchor Ukee Washington (r) gets his cooking groove on under the guidance of Village Cafe chef Craig Johnson.

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   Ukee Washington, news anchor of CBS3/CW PHILLY (KYW-TV), came to DSU on Feb. 19 to try his hand at culinary work as a Guest Chef for the dinner time crowd at the Village Café. DSU Hornet newspaper reporter Ishah Bass interviews Ukee Washington during his Village Cafe visit. Mr. Washington worked at the Chef’s Table in the middle of the dining room – a new Village Café feature – creating Shrimp Scallops Creole. Under the guidance of Village Café chef Craig Johnson, Mr. Johnson mixed in the necessary ingredients and then served them up to some hungry students.   He also took the microphone and shared from encouraging words with the DSU students in the dining room, urging them remain steadfast in the academic and professional goals, as well as to always strive for excellence.   The news anchor’s visit is a part of the Village Café’s celebration of Black History Month.  DSU President Harry L. Williams stopped by and gave Ukee Washington's culinary skills the thumbs up after sampling his dish.   For Mr. Washington, his visit to the campus was actually a homecoming. He is the son of the esteemed Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, who was the longtime chair of the University’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The younger Washington grew up at then-Delaware State College, living with his father in the house that U.S. Washington still occupies behind Conrad Hall.      

DSU President Names Blue Ribbon Commission

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(From l-r) U.S Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, DSU President Harry L. Williams, and Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative for HBCUs after the Blue Ribbon Commission announcement.

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   DSU President Harry Lee Williams today named the members of a newly created Blue Ribbon Commission that will create a new vision statement for the 119-year-old institution. Wayne Gilchrest and Dr. Dyremple Marsh, DSU Blue Ribbon Commission co-chairs, along with Sen. Brian Bushweller, Commission member,  listen to the DSU president talk about their future work in crafting a vision statement for the University.   Dr. Williams announced the members during a Feb. 1 press briefing in the DSU Hardcastle-Selby Board of Trustees Conference Room. Also participating in the media event were U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper and Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).   Dr. Williams announced that the Blue Ribbon Commission would be led by two co-chairs – Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Wayne Gilchrest, a retired U.S. Congressman from Maryland.    The entire Delaware Congressional delegation – U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman and U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle – have all been named as honorary co-chairs of the Commission.   The following individuals will also serve on the 14-member Commission:   Kemal Atkins, DSU interim vice president, Student Affairs The Honorable Brian Bushweller, state senator, 17th District (North Dover) Kathleen Charlot, president, DSU Student Government Association Bill Collick, former DSU football coach (1985-96) and athletics director (1995-2000) Tamara Crump, DSU executive assistant to the president Carolyn Curry, DSU vice president, Institutional Advancement Dr. Randy Guschl, director, DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Delaware State College class of 1949 Dr. Josette L. McCullough, principal, Fred Fifer III Middle School Dr. Steve Newton, DSU professor, Department of History, Political Sci. & Philosophy Bernice Whaley, deputy director, Delaware Economic Development Office Dr. Calvin Wilson, DSU Board of Trustees The Blue Ribbon Commission will be assisted in its work by Cassandra Robinson, administrative assistant to the president.   Since assuming his role last month as the 10th president in the University’s history, Dr. Williams’ establishment of the Blue Ribbon Commission has been a top priority.   “The Commission is charged with crafting a completely new vision statement for the University,” Dr. Williams said. “The statement must speak to DSU’s journey toward becoming one of the best HBCUs in the country, thus defining the next generation of excellence for this institution.”   The DSU president said that the Commission will accompany the vision statement with a recommended set of values as well as recommended ways to integrate the vision with both internal and external constituents. Dr. Williams said that people will be given the opportunity to provide input through a special website that will be established soon, as well as through focus groups.   In his capacity as the primary liaison between HBCUs and the federal government, Dr. John S. Wilson said that DSU has the same challenges that face other HBCUs. In his positive remarks about DSU, Dr. John W. Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, noted that if President Obama is to achieve his education goals, "he cannot do it without HBCUs." “Our real challenge is to find brand new ways to enhance HBCU capacity,” Dr. Wilson said. “And we need to come at it in a new way, not only because the resource gap between HBCUs and the best in the industry has grown wider since this office was created in 1980, but also because we have no better platform on which to stand than by the one being built by the Obama administration.” Dr. Wilson praised the DSU president and the direction the University is taking to create a new vision statement for the institutions. “We are looking for progressive leaders, … and in the time I have spent with Dr. Williams this morning, I can see that Delaware State University has such a leader,” Dr. Wilson said. Sen. Kaufman, who was responsible for inviting Dr. John Wilson to DSU, believes the new vision will strengthen the University’s role in helping to make the state a leader in technology and innovation. “It is wonderful that DSU is creating a ‘President’s Blue Ribbon Commission’ to develop a new vision statement for the University,” said U.S. Sen. Kaufman. “As a former engineer, I am especially excited that DSU will increase its attention to STEM education. Science, technology, engineering and math education are keys to job growth and our nation’s economic recovery.” Sen. Carper believes the initiative a new vision for DSU will inspire optimism and confidence in the institution. “Delaware State University is rich with history and tradition,” Sen. Carper said. “With the combination of hiring of Dr. Williams as president, the announcement of the President’s Commission and DSU’s forward vision, their future is looking brighter than ever.”    Rep. Castle said he is pleased to be an honorary member of this important Commission. “Delaware State University, one of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has been an educational leader in Dover and throughout Delaware for over a century,” Rep. Castle said. “Under the new and energetic leadership of Dr. Harry Williams, along with the distinguished members of the president's newly formed Blue Ribbon Commission, DSU is well-prepared to become one of the country's top historically black universities to take on the challenge of preparing students for today's workforce.” Dr. Williams will meet regularly with the Commission co-chairs, as well as participate in some of the Commission meetings and constituency focus groups. The DSU president said the Blue Ribbon Commission will complete its work on or before June 1.   Feb, 1, 2010 By Carlos Holmes  

Band Celebrates European Success with Dover Concert

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For many members of the DSU Approaching Storm Band, their recent performances overseas were their first trip to Europe.

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  The Delaware State University Approaching Storm Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover.   The concert is in celebration of their recent triumphant European trip in which the band gave outstanding New Year's Day performances in London, England and Paris, France. The band will perform some of the compositions that it performed during that trip – including songs by Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and others. The DSU Approaching Storm percussionists make a rhythmic statement on the streets of London.   The 80-member band is led by Randolph Johnson, DSU band director. Also performing in the concert will be the Sweet 16 Flag Team and the Del*A* Gance Dancers.   Tickets are $10 at the door.   The Schwartz Center for the Arts is located at 226 South State St. in downtown Dover.      

DSU To Dedicate Student Center Complex Feb. 25

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The Feb. 25 Dedication Ceremony for the Student Center Complex will be held in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. The public is welcome to attend!!

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  UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has been postponed until Thursday, February 25.  All of the originally scheduled events will take place on the new rescheduled date. DSU will christen its newly completed Student Center Complex with a Dedication Ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in the new Martin Luther King Student Center.   The public is welcome to attend the Dedication Ceremony and tours of the Student Center Complex.   With the dedication of the Complex – which includes the Strength & Conditioning Facility, the Wellness & Recreation Center with its connected swimming pool, as well as the MLK Student Center, DSU is combining the christening event with its annual observances of Martin Luther King’s Birthday and the University’s Founders’ Day. The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy   The event will include a keynote address by the Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy, a civil rights activist and former U.S. congressman.  Mr. Fauntroy served under Dr. King in the 1960s as the director of the Washington bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was the coordinator of the 1963 March on Washington and directed the Selma, Ala. civil rights march in 1965. He would later go on to serve ten terms as an influential U.S. Congressman from 1971-90, and during those elected years he was a founding member of Congressional Black Caucus, for which he would serve as chairman in 1981.   Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. a Question and Answer Forum will be held with Mr. Fauntroy, through which he will be able to share information about his time working with Dr. Kings and his Congressional career. That event will be held in the Education and Humanities Theatre and is free and open to the public.   There will also be remarks from DSU President Harry Lee Williams; Kathleen Charlot, current DSU Student Government Association (SGA) president; Leroy Tate, Delaware State College alumnus and the 1968 SGA president; and Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees.   A ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of the 1968 Time Capsule that was extracted from the cornerstone of the previous student center prior to its demolition will be other features. The University will also announce the contents of a new time capsule that will be encased in the cornerstone of the new MLK Student Center.   In addition, the University will give people a chance to own a piece of history through the sell of bricks from the previous MLK Student Center that was in existence from 1968-2008. The limited edition bricks will be on sale for $15 each in the new MLK Student Center.    

University Mourns Two Faculty Members

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  Delaware State University is mourning the recent deaths of two faculty members. Dr. Yaw Ackah, professor of sociology and criminal justice, passed away on Feb. 17 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Ackah began teaching at DSU as an assistant professor in 1993 after he earned his doctorate in sociology and criminal justice from Howard University. By 2003, Dr. Ackah had risen to full professor status at DSU.                       Dr. Yaw Ackah His research in their areas of crime in Washington, D.C., race and health disparities among prison inmates, and transnational crime resulted in published articles in several academic publications. Dr. Ackah was a native of Ghana. “He was a dedicated teacher, a good scholar, a compassionate faculty member, a decent person, and he was a scrupulously honest person,” said Dr. Kofi Blay, chair of the Department of Sociology. “He has left a gap that will be difficulty to fill.”   He is survived by his wife Georgina and five sons, Eric, Ernest, Thomas, Samuel and Ellis, as well as other family members and friends.   To allow time for family member to travel from Ghana to the United States, a viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 12  at Torbert Funeral Home on Del. 10. The funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State Street in downtown Dover. The 1 p.m. funeral start time is a rescheduling from the original planned 2 p.m. time, which had to be changed due to a parade event that will be going  on in downtown Dover that afternoon.   Dr. Clorice D. Thomas-Haysbert, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, passed away on Feb. 20 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Thomas-Haysbert began teaching in the DSU Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the fall of 2003. She had been on sick leave since the spring semester 2009.        Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert “Dr. T.H., as we called her, was very caring and sincere where the Hospitality & Tourism Management students were concerned and faithfully served as their mentor and advisor, said Dr. Cynthia R. Mayo, the department’s chair.   Dr. Mayo added that Dr. Thomas-Haysbert served as the chair of the department’s Curriculum Committee and also served on the Assurance of Learning Committee. Prior to arriving at DSU, she was the director of the Hospitality Management Program at Howard University.   She is survived by her husband Raymond Haysbert, as well as other family and friends.   There will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 East Mt. Vernon Street, Smyrna, Del. Friends can call on the family at the church two hours before the service begins.  

DSU Chinese Students/Scholars to Celebrate Chinese New Year Feb. 14

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The Red Sorghum Dancing Group will be one of the performing acts at the Feb. 14 DSUCSSA's Chinese New Year celebration.

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  The Chinese Students Association of Delaware State University will host the 2010 Chinese New Year Celebration from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 in the DSU Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Professional and talented performers will present traditional Chinese music, ethnic dancing, martial arts, a Chinese zither recital and a traditional comic show. Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most significant festival for the Chinese people as it is that time of the year when all family members get together to have a gala time, just like Christmas in the West. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve". In 2010, Chinese New Year is Feb.14 (the same day as Valentine's Day), but every year, this date is changing. Chinese Zodiac is named for the 12 animals that are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, 2009 is the Year of Ox and 2010 will be the Year of Tiger.    

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