November 2013


DSU Hosts Calculus Project's Dr. Adrian Mims, guest speaker Nov. 19

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Adrian Mims, the national director of the Calculus Project, in a guest lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the second floor classroom auditorium (room 223) in the Mishoe Science Center South.                     Dr. Adrian Mims   The guest lecture – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to the public.   The Calculus Project is a project that is funded and supported by Replications Inc., a nonprofit corporation based in New York City.  As its national director, Dr. Mims is responsible for the successful replication and implementation of the Calculus Project in school districts throughout the country.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he teaches an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders.   Providing students with an equal opportunity to learn and on closing the achievement gap in mathematics, Dr. Mims’ research led to the funding and implementation of the Brookline School District’s “African American and Latino Scholars’ Calculus Project,” which was derived from his program The Calculus Project. The goal of the project is to increase the number of African-American and Latino students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Brookline High School.    His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success Award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award.   Dr. Mims began his career at Brookline High School in 1994 as a Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) tutor.  During his 19 years at Brookline High School, Dr. Mims has served as a mathematics teacher, an associate dean, summer school director and dean of students. As an associate dean, he created the Junior Ambassadors, a corps of student leaders who served in the school community.    As Director of Brookline’s summer school, he implemented several original credit courses that improved the culture of summer school and provided motivated students with an opportunity to take advanced-level courses. By garnering support in the community and forming a partnership with one of the largest automotive dealers in New England, Dr. Mims also successfully re-established the high school’s automotive technology program.  And before his departure from Brookline High School as the Dean of students, he led a team of administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and school psychologists as they served approximately 800 students.       A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Dr. Mims has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston, where he also earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in education leadership.  Dr. Mims continued his education at Boston College where he received his doctorate in education administration. His doctoral research focused on improving African-American achievement in geometry honors classes.   Dr. Mims is a trustee for the College Board and serves on the board of directors for the Brookline Teen Center.

DSU Interfaith Council Students Attend Washington D.C. Conference

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(L-r) Clinton Williams, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,  James Smith, Ashton Haynes, Lennea Davis, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and DSU Chaplain Rev. Pamela Adams.

 

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Four DSU Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students joined DSU Chaplain Pamela N. Adams to attend the 3rd Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   The students heard from experts in the field and met top governmental officials who share a commitment to interfaith engagement.    “Our Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students that attended definitely represented DSU in a very positive light, and were approached repeatedly to speak with administrators from other universities because of their poise,” said Chaplain Adams.    Among the officials in attendance, the students were able to meet U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Group of DSU Students Attend HBCU Career Development Event in DC

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This group of DSU students networked and had interviews with many of the 51 employers at the Nov. 7-8 HBCU Career Development  Marketplace in Washington, D.C.

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Thirty-eight DSU students recently met with recruiters from top companies and government agencies within their field of study as well as be exposed to professional development and networking opportunities during the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7-8.    Accompanied by Daneisha Allen, career coach in the Office of Career Services and Ahira Smith, Director of Academic Advisement in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, the students attended workshops on Financial Responsibility, Promoting Your Personal Brand, as well as Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   Students participated in a Career Fair comprised of 51 employers from a variety of organizations including Marriott, MGM Resorts, the Department of Energy, Freddie Mac, Edward Jones, Computer Science Corporation, ACE Group, City Year, Council on Foreign Relations, Nordstrom, School Districts, and more. They were able to network, apply for jobs, and set up interviews. They also participated in Town Hall sessions that allowed them to talk with successful alumni from their major.   DSU students Shakida Hercules (English major), Jessica McKenzie (Political Science major), & Renatae Cuffee (Elementary Education major) competed as a team in a speech competition on the topic “The National Debt Ceiling” and placed 3rd out of 10 schools.       The DSU students in attendance were: Alexis Anderson, Keyla Andrews, Kierra Beano, Brittany Brown, Courtney Brown, Taylor Chandler, Chu Phuong, Danessa Clay, Ashley Cook, Renatae Cuffee, Edward Doxen, Ronald Dupree, Diamond Elam, Krystal Francis, Emma Gao, Corin Gray, Quinika Hawkins, Ronald Hawthorne, Allison Hazel, Shakida Hercules, Francis Hodge, Hillari Howard, Sha-Dae Hutley, Katherine Jordan, Amber Lockhart, Diogenin Matos, Jessica Mckenzie, Shante McKnight, Sydney Pearsall, Kalea Phelps, Madeline Porter, Pamela Queen, Charles Robinson-Snead, Marcia Tucker, John Wallace, Dominique Williams, Ayanna Williams, and Shanequa Williams.  

Dr. Sylvester Gates,Renowed Physicist, Guest Speaker at DSU Nov. 7

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Sylvester J. Gates, Jr., a prominent American theoretical physicist and a 2013 National Medal of Science recipient, who will be a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.      Sylvester J. Gates, Jr.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gates is an University System Regents Professor, a John S. Toll professor of physics, at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a former appointee of the President’s “Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.   He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.  In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Dr. Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public and the Board of Directors for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.   Dr. Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003, and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011.  In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists.    He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Philosophical Society.    Dr. Gates was presented the Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.  

DSU Students Attend Thurgood Marshall Fund Leadership Event

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The following students stop for a photo opportunity with the DSU president: (l-r) Rayshaun Ward, Ebony Peterson, Leah Williams, Jessila Simpson, Dr. Harry L. Williams, Breyana Brady, Diamond Wade, Lisa Moody, Natalie Kendall, and Ze Wang.

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Nine DSU students recently attended the  Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) 13th annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair, the premier recruitment conference for public HBCU students. The event took place Nov. 8-12 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton and Conference Center.    Accompanied by Lisa Moody, director in the Office of Career Services, the students – who were selected by the TMCF to attend – were exposed to a unique professional development experience with some of the nation’s top executives in sessions on leadership training, career management, life skills, as well as development and recruitment opportunities.   During the conferences plenary sessions, students learned about Financial Literacy from Anika Kahn, Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Pamela Jolly, Founder and CEO, Torch Enterprises, Inc.; Global Leadership from Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Career Readiness from Dr. William U. Latham, Senior Advisor, Education Consultancy, Gallup; Personal Leadership Branding from Ime Archibong, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Facebook; and Lessons On Leadership from General Dennis L. Via, 18th Commander U.S. Army Materiel Command.    One of the main components of the Leadership Institute was the Recruitment Fair, where students met and interviewed with over 60 companies and government agencies offering job and internship opportunities. Some of the recruiting agencies included Microsoft, Facebook, USDA, Booz Allen Hamilton, Hershey, CIA, Lilly, NBA, FDIC, Wal-Mart, Institute of International Education, MillerCoors, and some of the nation’s top graduate school programs such as Princeton, Harvard, and the University of D.C. School of Law.   The event culminated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 25th Awards Gala, entitled “Developing Minds ... Delivering Dreams”. This year’s event was hosted by Comedian Bill Cosby, and included entertainment and celebrity guests Jennifer Holiday, American Singer and Tony Award-winning Actress, Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, MC Lyte, Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, and Congressman John Lewis. The event recognizes the achievements of the visionaries who have made an impact and proceeds from the event make it possible for TMCF to persist in its mission to support students at the 47 public HBCU’s.   The DSU student in attendance included Breyana Brady, Kandace Hunt, Natalie Kendall, Ebony Peterson, Jessila Simpson, Diamond Wade, Ze Wang, Rayshaun Ward and Leah Williams.

DSU Breaks Enrollment Record for 4th Consecutive Year -- 4,505

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (3rd from left), shown talking with students, says that the new record enrollment also reflects a rise in academic quality, including an average grade point average of 3.0 among incoming freshmen.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2013 total enrollment of 4,505 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,500 threshold.   The record 4,505 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,425 set in the fall of 2012. The 2013 enrollment figures include a record 4,061 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,000 undergraduates – and a record 288 transfer students.   The University enrolled 922 new freshmen this fall.   “In addition to another year of record enrollment, our academic quality continues to increase,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “This year our incoming freshmen have an average grade point average of 3.0, the highest ever at DSU.”   Dr. Williams also noted that the University also now has the largest program cohort of Inspire Scholarship students ever – 484. “Because the Delaware legislature and governor made the funding possible for the Inspire Scholarship, the state is a contributor to the record enrollment we had over the last few years,” the DSU president said.   Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 13th to 9th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual national ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

Newly formed iStep Team takes 1st in Virginia Step Competition

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The iStep Team -- a University-sanctioned student organization (pictured left) -- has won a 1st place honor in only its first semester in existence.

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A new student organization that has just been established this semester has wasted no time in making its mark. The new group, iStep (pronounced I-Step), is the first University-sanctioned (non-Greek) Step Team at DSU. Saturday, Nov. 16, the organization competed in the 7th annual Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition in Charlotteville, Va., and won first place in the Step Category. The teams were judged on creativity, level of difficulty, showmanship, precision and energy. Held in the city’s Paramount Theater, iStep also finished 2nd in the overall competition, bested only by the first place dance team. The organization notes that iStep’s written purpose is to bring together a diverse population of students at Delaware State University and to entertain through the expression of stepping.  Its mission is to step in formation and unison while making rhythms with the stomping of feet, the clapping of hands, chanting and the use of other creative objects. The group collaborates as one unit to practice creativity and unity to bring entertainment as well as positive influence to all audiences. “Not only do we perform, but we love participating in community service endeavors and focusing on our academics to be well-rounded students,” said Lindsey Hyppolite, iStep coach. “Our first semester has been exhilarating and we've have grown and progressed in such a short period of time. We are extremely excited and ready for what's in store next.” As the 1st place winners in the Step Category, iStep won a trophy and $750.

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