March 2014


DSU Showcases Research on Capitol Hill -- Photo Slideshow

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U.S. Sen. Tom Carper greets Dr. Marsha Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy, at the DSU Research Showcase held March 6 on Capitol Hill.

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Delaware State University hosted its second annual Research Showcase for the Delaware Congressional Delegation and Staff on March 6, demonstrating how federal grants are enabling DSU researchers to tackle some of our science’s most challenging issues.  At the event at the Capitol Visitors Center -- attended by both Delaware's U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons -- DSU researchers highlighted research in diverse areas such as optics, molecular genetics, economic development, cyber security, energy and movement science. For images from the event, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Celel Univ. of Turkey

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(L-r) Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Amir Mohammadi, Dr. Anjan Biswas, Dr. Fengshan Liu, DSU President Harry L. Williams; Celal Bayar University delegation: CBU President Mehmet Pakdemirli, Dr. Ersel Obuz, Dr. Yunus Ozdemir; and DSU's Dr. Fengshan Liu.

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Delaware State University has expanded its international possibility through the launching of a new relationship with Celal Bayar University (CBU) of Manisa, Turkey. DSU President Harry L. Williams presents a DSU shirt to CBU President Mehmet Pakdemirli. DSU President Harry L. Williams joined CBU President Mehmet Pakdemirli in jointly signing a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two institutions of higher education on March 24. The agreement, signed at DSU, opens the door for possible joint research and teaching activities, faculty and student exchanges, collaborations in business, administration, sciences and education, and the exchange of pedagogical material.

DSU to Present Shaolin Jazz on March 18-19

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Shaolin Jazz will present a fusion of hip-hop, jazz and art during two days of events.

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A fusion of jazz, hip-hop and art will take place as Delaware State University presents Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber from Washington D.C. on March 18-19. Gerald Watson, creator of Shaolin Jazz The Shaolin Jazz events – which are free and open to the public – will consist of: A Shaolin Jazz public workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. A Shaolin Jazz art show from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Art Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. A Shaolin Jazz concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Education & Humanities Theatre. Conceived by Gerald Watson and produced by DJ 2-Tone Jones, Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber is a testament to the stylistic connection between both jazz and hip-hop. It is a mix project whereby various jazz songs and breaks are fused with a cappella and vocal samples from the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The music and lyrics are astutely crafted to match both in cadence and tone, with the jazz selections used also to help further accentuate the essence and intensity of the Clan. The initial inspiration for Shaolin Jazz came by way of graphic designer Logan Walters, who recreated a series of Wu-Tang album covers to resemble those of earlier Blue Note and Impulse Jazz album covers. Much like albums by Digable Planets, Buckshot LeFonque, and Guru’s Jazzmatazz series, Shaolin Jazz is a work of art that not only re-emphasizes the greatness of the artists involved, but serves to further the connection between jazz and hip-hop, while also educating those unfamiliar about both genres. The artists hope that fans of hip-hop will have a better understanding of the origins of the music they enjoy, while jazz aficionados gain more of an appreciation for various aspects of hip-hop.

3rd Annual Inspired Day of Service -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU students are shown hard at work at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford, one of seven sites in the state where Delaware State University made its community service presence known on March 29 during the University's annual Inspired Day of Service outreach.

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About 250 DSU students spread out throughout the state on the morning and afternoon of Saturday, March 29 to do community service work as part of the 3rd annual Inspired Day of Service. For images of the students at work, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the outreach effort:   The students did community service in all three counties of the state at the following locations: the A.I. DuPont Middle School in Greenville, the Bellevue Community Center and the West End Neighborhood House (both) in Wilmington, the Brandywine Counseling Center in Newark, the Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club in Dover, the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford, and First State Community Action in Georgetown. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper showed up at the Bellevue site to give the students some encouragement as well as lend a helping hand. Not only did DSU President Harry L. Williams show up to put in some work with the students at the Simon Circle and Food Bank sites, but so did his family – DSU First Lady Dr. Robin Williams and their two sons, Austin and Gavin. The work included cleaning, painting, gardening and minor renovation work. While the annual Inspired Day of Service was created as a way for DSU Inspire Scholarship students to work off some of their required community service hours, many other students who are do not have such a requirement also participate in the outreach.

Anti-Death Penalty Foe Helen Prejean to Speak at DSU March 18

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Sister Helen Prejean is shown on a previous visit to Delaware, a state in which capital punishment is practiced.

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               Sister Helen Prejean Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally known anti-death penalty advocate and book author, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in room 139A in the Mishoe Science Center at Delaware State University. The event is free and open to the public. Sister Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun from New Orleans, La., has been a prominent anti-death penalty advocate since she became a spiritual advisor to a number of death row inmates in that state in the 1980s. She authored the 1993 book Dead Man Walking, which details her experiences in ministering to condemned inmates, her time with them during their last days and her witness of their executions. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 31 weeks and was made into a movie that won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Susan Sarandon who portrayed Sister Prejean. Sister Prejean's book Dead Man Walking was made into an Academy Award winning 1995 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. In late 2004, Sister Prejean published a second book, The Death of Innocents: And Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, in which she tells the story of condemned inmates who were both executed, but who Sister Prejean also argues were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. In the book she examines how flaws inextricably entwined in the death penalty system inevitably lead to innocent people being executed and render the system unworkable. The Roman Catholic sister has witnessed five executions in Louisiana and travels the world to educate the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well. Sister Helen has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1985–1995, and has served as chairperson of the Board from 1993–1995. She is also a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation. She presently is the honorary chairperson of Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a world-wide moratorium on the death penalty.

Two Students Win iPads, Two More Remain for Survey Completion

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Elaine Johnson, a senior from Baltimore, Md, was the first student to win an iPad for completing the National Survey for Student Engagement. She receives the technology prize from Genevieve Tighe, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness, and DSU President Harry L. Williams. The University has given away two iPads, and will give away two more after April 8.

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Two DSU students have been rewarded with new iPads Airs for completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and two more will be given away. Leslie Ebert, a DSU senior, also won an iPad for participating in the NSSE.   Elaine Johnson, a senior movement science major from Baltimore, Md., and Leslie Ebert, a senior nursing major from Wilmington, are the first two recipients of the 32 GB iPads.   DSU students still have a chance to win one of two more iPad that will be given away to a couple of lucky students who take the time to complete the NSSE. The survey collects information about the students’ participation in programs and activities designed to impact their learning and personal development.   Students at DSU have until April 8 to complete the survey and be eligible to win one of the iPads. For instructions on how to access the survey, students should refer to the March emails sent from DSU President Harry L. Williams about the NSSE.   “DSU is thankful to each student who has provided valuable feedback on our programs by completing the NSSE Survey,” said Genevieve Tighe, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness.   Two more winners will be selected from among the students who complete the survey by April 8, 2014.  Students who started the survey, but did not complete it, still have time to finish the survey by that date.  

DSU closed in Dover, Georgetown March 17; Wilm. open tonight

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About 4-6 inches has already fallen on Kent and Sussex County by 5:30 a.m.

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Due to the snowfall that is expected to total at least 4-6 inches in Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware State University will close its locations in Dover and Georgetown on Monday, March 17. Only essential personnel should report to work on this day. The DSU@Wilmington location will open at 12 noon and will hold evening classes on Monday evening.

DSU Students Do Spring Break Community Service in Norfolk

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After a week of community service work in Virginia, the students had a good time at the DSU Fan Mixer with DSU President Harry L. Williams and University First Lady Dr. Robin Williams.

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Despite both Hornet basketball teams losing in the first round of the MEAC Tournament in Norfolk Va., a group of DSU students remained there throughout the rest of the Spring Break Week to do a variety of community service projects in that city. For images of the students doing their Norfolk community service work at Good Mojo (a children’s thrift store that benefits the homeless) and the Ronald McDonald House (a facility that provides residential support to families with children who are having surgery at local hospitals), click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more info: The group of 35 students (mostly from the DSU Gospel Choir along with a few other students), who were in the Norfolk area March 8-15, also did community service work at the Dwelling Place Shelter in Norfolk and at the Judeo Christian Outreach Center in nearby Virginia Beach. But it wasn’t all about work, as the students spent some time at some recreation sites such as Virginia Beach and the Navel Museum, and other sites. The DSU Gospel Choir also sang at a few locations. There were accompanied on the trip by Stacey Downing, associate vice president of Student Affairs; Pamela Adams, director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain; and Ebony Ramsey, director of Student Leadership and Activities.

DSU Fan Mixer at 2014 MEAC Tourney -- Photo Slideshow

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In addition to dancing and eating, the DSU Gospel Choir thrilled the Fan Mixer gathering in Norfolk, Va., with their spirited a cappella rendition of "Ride on King Jesus."

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The DSU Hornet basketball teams might have exited early in the 2014 MEAC Tournament, but you would not have known it by the Del State spirit exhibited at the March 14 DSU Fan Mixer event in the Norfolk Plaza, in Norfolk, Va. For images from the DSU Fan Mixer, click on the below photo slideshow:

Charles Ogletree, Obama mentor, to be May Commencement Speaker

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Charles Ogletree, a prominent legal theorist and a former law professor of both President Barack Obama and his wife Michele, has written a number of books on race and justice.

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Delaware State University will feature Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., prominent legal theorist, civil rights attorney, mentor to President Barack Obama and author, as the keynote speaker                 Charles J. Ogletree Jr. of the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 11.   The 10 a.m. Commencement will be held outdoors at DSU’s Alumni Stadium (weather permitting).   Charles Ogletree, a Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.   Both President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were students of Professor Ogletree when they attended Harvard Law School. He has continued to be a close friend of the First Couple and a confidant for the chief executive on a number of issues.   Professor Ogletree is the author of several important books on race and justice, including The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America (2010); his historical memoir All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (2004); Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities (1995), as well as others.   Professor Ogletree is a native of Merced, Calif., where he attended public schools. He earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.   DSU President Harry L. Williams said that the University is excited that Professor Ogletree will be this year's May Commencement keynote speaker. He also expressed the University's appreciation to two DSU alumni, Frank and Mary Marshall, who are friends of Mr. Ogletree and were instrumental in his acceptance of the invitation to speak at the graduation.

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