December 2013


The 2013 President's Scholarship Ball -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with state Sen. Brian Bushweller, who was one of over 400 attendees at the 2013 President's Scholarship Ball.

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The President’s Scholarship Ball drew more than 400 University supporters on Dec. 14 to make a strong statement of financial support for DSU students. For images of the Scholarship Ball, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event: The President’s Scholarship Ball – held at the Dover Downs Ballroom – was emceed by CBS3 morning news anchor Ukee Washington, who grew up at DSU as the son of Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, DSU’s retired head of the Department of Agriculture. The Scholarship Ball featured smooth music by the DSU Jazz Ensemble and the Joe Baione Jazz Quintet, while Mike Hines and the Look later got the attendees on the dance floor. The event also featured auctioneer Clyde Selby, who took live bids for two tickets to the 2014 DSU President’s Scholarship Ball. The Scholarship Ball received strong support from: Premier sponsors – Delmarva Power and DuPont. Platinum sponsors – AstraZeneca Gold sponsors –Delaware Today and the Delaware State News.

President's Scholarship Ball -- Photo Portraits Slideshow

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DSU's First Family - DSU President Harry L. Williams, his sons Gavin and Austin, and his wife Dr. Robin Williams - were just one of many who had their portrait photograph done during the President's Scholarship Ball on Dec. 14

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The 2013 President’s Scholarship Ball included a portrait photographer to capture the images of the well-dressed attendees. To see the portraits done at the Dec. 14 event, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Demonstrates Holiday Spirit with Adopt-a-Family Giving

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These are just some of the people (identified below in the article) who contributed to this year's Adopt-a-Family effort at DSU.

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A true DSU story of a collective holiday spirit of giving:   ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the DSU Administration Building, people were watching as the Adopt-A-Family crew loaded up the truck to disburse gifts to local school children.   Folks were shouting, “I wanna be in that number with you next year—you can count me in!!!!”  Beverly Brown (right) is in her first year as the coordinator of the annual DSU Adopt-a-Family effort, succeeding Kim Cloutier, who spearheaded the annual gift drive for many years.   The new Adopt-A-Family Volunteer Coordinator Beverley Brown, Human Resources,  enlisted the assistance from past coordinator for 19 years, Kim Cloutier, of Finance and Administration, and Dedine Couch from Student Accounts, to help ensure the needs and wishes from the children were met as much as possible.   There will be many smiling young  faces opening up gifts on Christmas Day which otherwise may not have happened if not for the kindness and generosity of many.     Pictured in the above photo are some of the contributors: (l-r) Carrie Reynolds, Brandi Smith, Erin Abrams, Brenda Farmer, Henrietta Savage, Bryant Bell, Phyllis Edamatsu, Janice Hilliard, Charity Shockley, Vaughn Hopkins, Lea Prandeski, Jennifer Rickard, LaShawne Pryor, Tamika Farlow, Karen Purnell, Bradley Skelcher, Kathie Pringle, Ruth Tierney, Kimberley Sudler, Sandra Golson, Al LaVan, Jade Newcomb, Eleanor Wilson, Hope Jackson, Brandon Maddox, Stacey Colton, Jose Jean-Baptiste, Diaese Graves, Tracey Channel, Kim Cloutier, and Beverley Brown.     There is a host of others not pictured but who were very instrumental in helping make this community outreach a success: DSU President Harry Williams, Provost Alton Thompson, Exec VP Amir Mohammadi, General Counsel Thomas Preston, VP Finance Teresa Hardee, AVP Irene Chapman-Hawkins, Natasha Adams, Cassandra Robinson, Georgeanne Hayward, Jadeen Notice, Michael Miller, Vernice Oney, Stephanie Acty, Denese Lindsey, Leida Sanchez and family, DSU Latino Association, IOTA Sorority, DSU Social Work Club, DSU American Chemical Society,  Michelle martin, Cheryl Lolley, Rachel Grayo, Desiree Barnes, Dedine Couch, Jessica Wilson, Linda Moody-Brown, Mary Flemming, Rozena Hawkins, LeFeisha Cannon, Olympia Friday, Kendrick Joyner, Rhonda Holt, Michellene Griffin, Nakiema Wilson, J. Lynn Iocono, AVP Erin Hill, Tiffany Trawick, Crystal Martin, Lakisha Thompson, Amber Gordon, Tonya G-Cardwell, Wanda Curry Brown, Shenequa Harris, Martha Hopkins and Maceon Battle.     Also, special thanks goes out to Carlos Holmes for taking the group photo and to Renee Jones of the Office of Sponsored Programs for providing the vehicle for transport of the gifts to the schools.    

NASA's ChemCam Team Meets at DSU to Discuss Mars Findings

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(L-r) Four scientists -- (l-r) Dr. Lionel D'Uston of the Centre des Etudes Spatiales et Planetaires, France; DSU graduate student Alissa Mezzacappa; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU professor of physics; and Dr. Ben Clark of the Space Science Institute, Colorado – all members of NASA’s ChemCam Team, work during a recent meeting of the Mars mission scientists at DSU.

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This group of scientists are part of NASA's ChemCam Team, which met at DSU on the week of Dec. 16 to discuss the latest findings from the Mars Curiosity mission. Over the last 17 months, the Curiosity Rover has been on Mars sending back data from its exploration of the Red Planet. Recently members of the ChemCam Team of the Mars Science Laboratory Team met at Delaware State University to discuss the latest findings from that exploration. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, who is a member of the Curiosity ChemCam Team, hosted a week of meetings Dec. 15-20 of about 32 ChemCam scientists – which is the group NASA has established to oversee the laser and remote micro-imager on the Curiosity. Dr. Melikechi is the dean of DSU’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology, the University’s vice president for research, innovation and economic development, professor of physics and the founder of DSU Optics Program. Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012 and has been sending data back ever since. “The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the data that the ChemCam collects on a daily basis,” Dr. Melikechi said. “We are also planning for the measurements that will be taken in the future on Mars.” Also participating on the ChemCam team and in the meetings is Alissa Mezzacappa, a DSU graduate student. ChemCam is the laser-based technology on the Curiosity Rover. The ChemCam shoots an infrared laser – more than a million watts of power – at rock surfaces on the planet. The resulting light is read by the unit’s spectrometer, data that is sent back to the scientists on earth. The ChemCam utilizes a technology called laser-induced spectroscopy, which has been used to determine the composition of objects in extreme environments such as nuclear reactors and on the sea floor. However, this is the first time the technology has been used in space exploration. The mission has already provided the scientists with a wealth of new information about Mars. In the September issue of the journal Science, an article entitled “Soil Diversity and Hydration as Observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars” revealed that significant traces of water have been found in the Martian soil. Dr. Melikechi was a co-author of the article.

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