December 2013


President's Holiday Open House for Faculty, Staff -- Photos

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(L-r) Only DSU President Harry L. Williams, University First Lady Robin Williams and Dr. Teresa Hardee, vice president of Finance, know what the joke was at that moment of the President's Holiday Open House, but it certainly tickled their funny bones.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams opened up their home on campus to faculty and staff on Dec. 11-12 for their annual Holiday Open House. For images from the President’s Holiday Open House, click on the below photo slideshow:

First Lady holds Tea for Graduating Seniors -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Robin Williams, wife of DSU President Harry L. Williams, held her semi-annual First Lady’s Tea at their residence to honor the seniors who will graduate on Dec. 14.   Dr. Williams shared food with the ladies, conversed with them, shared some professional etiquette tips, and presented them with some valuable gifts.   For images of the Dec. 14 First Lady’s Tea, click on the below photo slideshow:  
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Dr. Robin Williams (center seated in white) shares a group photo op moment with the graduating seniors who accepted her invitation to stop by the President's Residence for the First Lady's Tea she held in their honor.

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.

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