December 2013


DSU Holds 2013 Dec. Commencement; More Than 200 Graduates

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DSU alumnus Kent Amos, Class of 1970, gave the keynote address at the December Commencement. His image behind him demonstrates a new addition to the indoor graduation ceremony -- a large video screen to enhance the viewing of the event for the attendees.

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Delaware State University held its 123rd Commencement – and its second annual December ceremony – handing diplomas to over 200 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. For images of the Commencement, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the ceremony. DSU alumnus Kent Amos, Class of 1970, was the keynote speaker. Mr. Amos is a retired Xerox corporate executive who was the first African-American vice president of the company. He would go on to become a national renowned educator and the founder of the Urban Family Institute and the Dorothy Height Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Amos focused a significant part of his address on what DSU meant to him and how it gave him the foundation for the successes he would experience.  “This place taught me to believe in my heritage,” he said. “ … We come from different backgrounds and you have to believe in where you came from. You have to believe in the capacity (of your abilities).” Mr. Amos said told the graduates that now that DSU has prepared them, it is their responsibility to move forward. “I see a sea of roses and daffodils nurtured and flowered by the raindrops of  Delaware State University’s … pantheon of heroes who came before us,” Mr. Amos said. “You are young men and women who now have a certificate of entry into the world beyond the institution.” DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the Presidential Academic Award to Danielle Riser of Felton, Del., who in earning a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Early Childhood Education maintained a 4.0 grade point average. The music for the event was provided by the DSU Concert Band and the DSU Concert Choir.  

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.    

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