April 2010


Gov. Jack Markell to be Keynote Speaker at 2010 DSU Honors Convocation

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  Gov. Jack Markell will be the keynote speaker at the Delaware State University’s May 22 Honors Convocation at 6 p.m. in the Education and Humanities Theatre.                                    Gov. Jack Markell The Honors Convocation will recognize more than 100 students from the class of 2010 who have exhibited academic excellence in graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum, as well as those who merit Honorable Mention.   Gov. Markell, a native of Newark, Del., is in his second year as the governor of Delaware. In his first 15 month’s as chief executive of the First State, Gov. Markell has signed landmark energy consumption legislation; signed a bill ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, insurance and employment; Prior his election as governor, he served three elected terms as the State Treasurer; and has pursued education reform with new initiatives in student progress testing, a pilot program to reward success in closing the achievement gap; and has been aggressive in address budgetary challenges amid the current economic downturn.   Prior to being elected in November 2008, Gov. Markell served four consecutive elected terms as the State Treasurer of Delaware. In the elected state position, he instituted state-of-the-art bulk purchasing policies for state government agencies, saving taxpayers more than $25 million; established “The Delaware Money School, a financial literacy program; promoted the awareness of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which provided money to families near the poverty line.   He began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as senior vice president for Corporate Development. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.   The Honors Convocation will be open to the public.    

McNair Scholars Excel in Research Poster Competition

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McNair Scholars Beta Kappa Chi Research Poster Competition Awardees: (l-r) Yahnique Newkirk, Mosunmola Akinbolajo, Darrynn Harris, Jennifer Gray, Kiona Bean.

 

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  The 2009-2010 McNair Scholars represented Delaware State University well at the March 24-28 67th annual Joint Conference of the National Institute of Science and Beta Kappa Chi in their performance in the poster presentation competitions. In the conference competition, jointly hosted by Dillard University and Southern University in New Orleans, La., the DSU McNair Scholars won the following awards with their poster presentations: 1st Place in Poster Presentations, ($300) Darrynn Harris, 2nd year scholar (Science Education) “Saving an Endangered Species: recruiting African American Males in Education” Mentor: Dr. Cecil Clark, Director of Field Education Experience, College of Education   Kiona Bean, 1st year scholar   (Psychology) “The Biological Risk Factors Found in Children of Schizophrenic Parents” Mentor: Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Chairperson, Dept. of Psychology   2nd Place in Poster Presentations, ($200)   Yahnique Newkirk, 1st year scholar (Science Education) “Same Sex Parenting and the Social and Emotional Effect on Children” Mentor: Dr. Joe Amoako, Department of English and Foreign Languages   Jennifer Gray “Obesity: Factor that influence African American Women’s Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Exercise’ Mentor: Dr. Carla Murgia, Department of Sports Sciences   3rd Place in Poster Presentations, ($100)   Mosunmola “Moe” Akinbolajo, 1st year scholar   (Psychology) “Impact of Child Abuse on Violence in Later Life” Mentor: Dr. Anthony Hill, Department of Social Work    

Choral Festival -- Photos and Videos

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Choral Festival directors; (l-r) Damon Dandridge, Cheyney University, Edryn J. Coleman, Lincoln University (Pa.), Dr. Sheila McDonald-Harleston, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Prof. Roland Marvin Carter (guest conductor) Dr. Marymal Holmes, Bowie State University, Dr. Curtis Everett Powell, DSU, along with Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

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In addition to the above photos, performance of the DSU Concert Choir singing "In Bright Mansions" and the Mass Choir sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing can be heard on the below video links: Mass choir   In Bright Mansions   Delaware State University hosted an unprecedented campus event on April 18 when it hosted the "I, Too, Sing America" Choral Festival that featured performances by five outstanding HBCU choirs from Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the host DSU Concert Choir. Each choir performed three selections and then the choirs came together as a 300-voice mass HBCU choir. The mass choir performed three selections, including James Weldon Johnson's Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as arranged by Roland Carter (who also directed the mass choir that evening).

Dr. Melissa Harrington Named ACE Fellow

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  The American Council on Education (ACE) has named Dr. Melissa Harrington, associate professor of biology at Delaware State University, as an ACE Fellow for academic year 2010-11. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.   As part of the fellowship, she will spend a semester with a president or senior administrator at a yet-to-be selected university or college. The fellowship also requires Dr. Harrington to focus on an issue of concern to DSU                                Dr. Melissa Harrington Dr. Harrington said she will use the fellowship experience to assist the University in its reaccreditation self-study and strategic plan projects. “During my fellowship year, I would like to learn more about the strategic planning process at other universities, as well as how institutions assess and document their progress in meeting accreditation standards,” she said.   Melissa Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Purdue University and a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at DSU as an assistant professor in biology in fall 2001 after four years as a faculty member at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.   Dr. Harrington was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and has been promoted to the rank of professor effective August 2010. Since coming to DSU, Dr. Harrington has led 17 successful grant partnerships that have brought over $13 million in federal funding to DSU for education, research and outreach efforts. In her role as the chair of the DSU Biology Curriculum Committee, Dr. Harrington was the driving behind the successful development of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program and the Forensic Biology Program.   She was nominated for the fellowship by Dr. Harry L. Williams, who submitted her name in his previous capacity as the University’s provost prior to being elevated to the DSU president’s post.    Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.   Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.              

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