April 2014


Dr. Amir Mohammadi to Assume New Post at Slippery Rock Univ.

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Dr. Mohammadi has held executive administrator posts at DSU since his arrival in 2006.

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Dr. Amir Mohammadi, who has been an instrumental part of the growth of Delaware State University since 2006, will be leaving the institution to assume a new post at Slippery Rock University (SRU) in Western Pennsylvania.   After serving a succession of executive administrator posts at DSU, culminating currently as executive vice president and University treasurer, Dr. Mohammadi will become the vice president of Finance and Administration at SRU, which has an enrollment of 8,300.   Dr. Mohammadi said that it has been a great pleasure to be a part of DSU for the last eight years.   “I am leaving with mixed emotions as my new career chapter means I must leave many friends and colleagues who I have come to deeply appreciate,” Dr. Mohammadi said. “It has been exciting to be part of the institution’s remarkable growth and development. DSU has a solid university infrastructure that is contributing greatly to its success, and I will continue to pay close attention to the ongoing fulfillment of the University’s potential in the coming years.”   He arrived at DSU in 2006 after serving in administrative posts at West Virginia University, where he was promoted 10 times in 15 years. At DSU he was promoted six times in his eight-year tenure. Among his positions, he first served as DSU’s vice president of Student Affairs from 2006 to 2007. He then was appointed as the vice president of Finance and Administration and University treasurer from 2007 to 2011. His title became executive vice president and University treasurer from 2011 to present.    In addition Dr. Mohammadi held other concurrent DSU posts: president of the Student Housing Foundation (2006-present), controller of the DSU Development Foundation (2008-present), board member and treasurer of the DSU Early College High School, and interim dean of the College of Business (2013-present).   “Dr. Mohammadi’s diverse array of responsibilities over the last eight years has resulted in a great number of successes at Delaware State University,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “He has been an integral part in increasing and managing DSU’s enrollment growth and has importantly helped DSU become one of the top ranked institutions among America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”   Among the accomplishments that took place under Dr. Mohammadi’s leadership:   Oversaw the development of the latest Campus Master Plan that will guide DSU in its physical infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years. Provided the leadership in negotiating a $12 million lease with an option to buy the 140,000 square foot Sheraton Hotel near the campus, which provides the University with an additional 300 residential beds for its on-campus student population as well as a site for its Early College High School. Created a partnership for energy reduction with the U.S. Department of Energy, resulting in DSU’s selection nationally as one of the nine institutions of higher education to become part of the Obama Administration’s Better Building Challenge in December 2011. Dr. Mohammadi’s finance creativity led him to develop an innovative financing alternative which has received national recognition. Reduced DSU’s energy consumption by $5.3 million, decreasing deferred maintenance by $6.2 million, while reducing the University’s carbon footprint by 26%. This was accomplished through measures that increased efficiency and upgraded important facility systems by using innovative options for financing capital improvements with energy savings. Negotiating three MOUs with China, Malaysia and India, as well as negotiated a DSU presence in Vietnam. Led the acquisition of the Kirkwood Facility – formerly a U.S. Army Reserve Center in New Castle County – resulting in an expansion of the University’s academic offering in the northern part of Delaware. Provided the financial leadership in reaffirming and obtaining an A+ rating from Standard & Poor’s. Led the planning for the construction of DSU’s Strength and Conditioning Facility,  its Wellness & Recreation Center and DSU’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Dr. Mohammadi will begin his new post at SRU on May 19.     -0-  

DSU Bands to Perform in Spring Concert, 7 p.m. April 16

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The Spring Concert will take place at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover.

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The DSU bands will present its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St. in Downtown Dover. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the DSU Symphonic Band and the DSU Jazz Ensemble. Both are led by Randolph Johnson, University director of bands. General admission tickets are $15 each. DSU students can attend for free by showing their identification.

DSU to Host Debate on Brown vs. Board Legacy April 30

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The Debate is free and open to the public.

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In observance of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision that determined that segregation in public schools unconstitutional, Delaware State University will hold a panel debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) in the Bank of America Building. The event – entitled “Debating the Legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education Ruling of 1954” – is free and open to the public. The panel will include: Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Kimeu Boynton, attorney and DSU adjunct professor Dr. Dolores Finger Wright, DSU associate professor of Social Work and civil rights advocate Jeff Shafer, of the Alliance Defending Freedom Leroy Tice, attorney and DSU Board of Trustees member In addition to a spirited exchange of ideas and thoughts by the participating panelists, there will also be opportunities for perspectives and questions to be shared by audience members. The debate is co-sponsored by the DSU Law Studies Program and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Vote for Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in Ebony Magazine Contest!!

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Help Chascidy land a spot among the top 10 vote getters and thereby be featured in the upcoming September EBONY issue.

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Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves The DSU Community is being called upon to support 2013-2014 Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in her effort to be among the top vote getters in EBONY magazine’s annual HBCU Campus Queen online competition and thereby win a featured spot in an upcoming issue of the magazine. To vote for Ms. Chascidy, go to http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens. Once on the Campus Queen webpage, click on page 2 and Ms. Chascidy is the third queen from the top. Click on her picture and you will be taken to her webpage, which has information about her and her video. Click on “Vote for Me” at the bottom of her page. The voting frequency is unlimited, so vote as many times as you like. The top 10 vote getters will be featured in the September 2014 issue of EBONY magazine.

DSU Bands to Present Annual Spring Concert April 29

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The Spring Concert will feature performances by the Delaware State University Symphonic Band and the Delaware State University Jazz Ensemble. It is free and open to the public.

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The DSU Bands will hold their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The Concert will be free and open to the public. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the Delaware State University Symphonic Band and the Delaware State University Jazz Ensemble.  Both groups are led by Randolph Johnson, director of bands.

Dr. Mable Morrison Honored By Music Teacher National Association

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Dr. Morrison has been recognized for being a 50-year member of the oldest professional music teacher association in the country.

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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) recently honored Dr. Mable Morrison, DSU associate professor of music, as a 50-Year Member at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 22–26.   Dr. Morrison – a pianist, soprano, accompanist – has also been a DSU faculty member for 52 years. She received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from the University in 2012.   Dr. Morrison has performed recitals and concerts all over the world. She is the recipient of the French Government Grant for studies in piano at L’Academie Internationale D’Ete of Nice, France, and the United States Intercultural Grant for performances in Liberia and Sierre Leone, West Africa. She is an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana; DePaul University in Illinois; Fontainebleau Fine Arts and Music Schools in France; and L’Academie Internationale D’Ete.   MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprising of nearly 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music-making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teacher association in the United States.

The CAHSS Wins Battle of Colleges for 2nd Straight Year

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Representatives of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences -- Natalie Belcher, Rhonda Thompson, Dr. Donald Becker, Dean Marshall Stevenson, Dr. Adenike Davidson, Karen Robinson, Stephanie Hardwick-Brown -- display the Battle of the Colleges Trophy the college will hold for the second consecutive year.

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For the second consecutive year, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) has emerged at the top of Battle of the Colleges fundraising competition. The CAHSS once again surpassed the other four DSU colleges by raising $8,033.54 – surpassing its 2013 first-place winning total by a little more than $1,000 (7,023.01). While the CAHSS did some fundraising through a spring social gathering and a basketball tournament, the majority of funds its raised came from the personal donations of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the community. The CAHSS edged out the second place College of Business, which raised $7,908.00. “I’m sure I speak for all of the faculty, staff and students who are members of the CAHSS that we are proud and privileged to once again be called “The Best of the Best” in the Battle of the Colleges,” said Dr. Marshall Stevenson, CAHSS dean. “I want to thank this year’s Battle Captains Dr. Francine Edwards, Dr. Sam Hoff and Dr. Raymond Tutu and Mr. and Miss DSU, Charles Robinson-Sneed and Chascidy Reeves, who “rallied the donors” via social media, door to door appeals, phone calls, student newspaper ads and other activities such as our ‘Last Week of Class Bash’ and ‘Dollar Days’.” DSU President Harry L. Williams congratulates interim Dean Marsha Horton for the College of Education, Health & Public Policy's recognition as the Participating Challenge winner. The 2014 Battle of the Colleges featured a new competition this year – the Participation Challenge, which recognized the college that had the highest percentage of faculty and staff who made donations in this fundraising contest. The College of Education, Health and Public Policy (CEHPP), which raised the third highest amount ($4,628.12), won the Participation Challenge with 72 percent of its faculty and staff making donations. As the Participation Challenge winner, the CEHPP received $2,500. Rounding out the fundraising efforts, the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences raised $4,563.00; and the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology raised $1,200.00. In its second year, the Battle of the Colleges raised a total $26,332.66. Each college will use the money it raised to benefit its programs.

Drs. Berlin & Reba Hollingsworth Establish Endowed Scholarship

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Over the years, the couple has donated more than $23,000 to DSU.

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Longtime Delaware State University alumni supporters Drs. Berlin N. and Reba R. Hollingsworth recently presented Dr. Harry L. Williams a display check representing a $10,000 contribution to create the Dr. Berlin N. and Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship.   Undergraduate DSU students from rising freshmen to seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated financial need will be eligible for the scholarships.   Dr. Berlin met his wife of nearly 67 years, the former Reba Ross, while they were working summer jobs in Asbury Park, N.J. In 1947, Dr. Reba’s junior year at then-Delaware State College, they were married.   She graduated from DSC in 1949, completing a six year educational track that included graduating from the Laboratory High School in 1945. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Reba became a high school teacher and guidance counselor. Dr. Berlin matriculated a few years later at Delaware State, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1967.  After graduation, he was the first manager of the school’s student center. He went on to spend 22 years in the public school system.   Dr. Berlin served as principal and Dr. Reba served as counselor during summers in the 1970s when they conducted student study tours throughout Europe and coordinated study tours for foreign students throughout the United States. Now retired, the couple teaches and counsels organizations on parliamentary procedures and time management, as well as provides marital and premarital counseling.   The Hollingsworths say that Delaware State provided them with a good basic education and gave them the confidence to know that they could compete with anyone, anywhere in the world.  They also say that they have an obligation to give back to their alma mater and encourage other alums and friends to do the same.   Together, the Hollingsworths have contributed more than $23,000 to Delaware State over the years.  

Biomedical Researcher Dr. Hakima Amri to Speak at DSU May 1

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The DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology will present guest speaker Dr. Hakima Amri of Georgetown University who will give a presentation on “From Hippocrates to Avicenna to Biomedicine: Is There a Missing Link?” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in room 309 of the Bank of America Building on campus. The guest lecture – which is part of the college’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to public. A Georgetown University associate professor,  Dr. Amri has done extensive research in systems medicine, cancer biomarkers and biosignature identification. She will explain the historical context of Unani Medicine, describing its concepts and principles while revealing how this ancient medicine applies to modern biomedical frameworks.

DSU's Crawford and Hynson Receive Entrepreneur Ed Awards

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Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center recently were recently presented Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Awards by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

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Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education recently honored Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center, with its Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Award.   The awards – which was presented on March 1 at the 31st National Entrepreneurship Education FORUM – is given annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions in educating aspiring entrepreneurs.   The mission of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development is to educate current and prospective entrepreneurs and enterprise managers through training programs, technical and managerial assistance and by providing access to capital. DCED works collaboratively with many organizations and partners with the First State Community Loan Fund and other support organizations in Delaware to provide a host of services to aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs.   According to Ronni Cohen of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute (DFLI), Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have been critical in helping the DFLI build statewide capacity through providing ample resources, programs and Money School classes in three counties. They are critical to promoting entrepreneurship across the state for Delawareans of all ages, from youth to senior citizens. Both women serve on the Advisory Committee for DFLI’s Center for Business Growth.   Both Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have championed a program called “Open for Business”. These sessions feature open meetings offering resources, guidance and mentoring which are held monthly for new and emerging business owners. Last year DCED launched a mobile classroom to bring business support and resources to rural areas. DCED houses the first commercial kitchen incubator available for small businesses and startups in the state of Delaware.   Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson were also recognized for their leadership and instruction in the DCED’s Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) Program, which is also based at DSU. The JET Program gives secondary schools students throughout Delaware an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career option via experiential learning.   The two ladies were recognized by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for not only what they have created and delivered to others, but for how they have helped change the lives of students and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the state of Delaware, according to the award officials.

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