April 2014


DSU National Society of Leadership & Success -- Photos Slideshow

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The Executive Board of the DSU National Society of Leadership and Success repeat their leadership oath during the inaugural Induction Ceremony for the new organization.

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The DSU National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its inaugural induction ceremony for its first class of members – 358 students – on April 24 in a packed EH Theater. Characterized as a “journey of self-discovery, courage building, pursuit of true success, and continual action towards purpose” the event was the culmination of an inaugural semester that included over 10 hours of leadership development for students that completed the program. For images from the Induction Ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by information about faculty and administrators who were honored at the event : The inaugural Induction Ceremony included the presentation of awards to faculty and administrators, which were selected by DSU NSLS students. Honored were: Excellence in Service to Students Award Dr. David Tolley, Music Education Dr. Kylie Parrotta, Sociology Dr. Ladji Sacko, English and Foreign Languages.   Excellence in Teaching Award Dr. Francine Edwards, Mass Communications Dr. Susmita Roye, English and Foreign Languages Dr. Joe Amoako, English and Foreign Languages   Honorary NSLS Membership Dr. Harry L. Williams, University president Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs Dr. Stacy Downing, associate vice president of Student Affairs    

DSU Students Take 2nd Place in Business Plan Competition

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(l-r) DSU students Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell won 2nd place at the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C.

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A team of six students from various departments of the College of Business and the Department of Physics and Engineering at Delaware State University won second place in the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. This competition was organized by the School of Business & Public Administration of University of the District of Columbia on April 5. The group of DSU students -- Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell -- competed with students from universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 2nd place prize was $3,000, which the students split up. The purpose of this competition was to educate and provide an experiential opportunity to showcase the creativity of tomorrow’s business leaders. The business plan was based on the interdisciplinary project that developed a sensor to assess environmental air quality at local (e.g. Kent County) and state levels. The students were judged on: Developing business plans, based on an identified social issue or need, using a social business entrepreneurship business model for their program. Presenting business implementation plans or delivery modes that demonstrate how the plan can impact communities. The DSU students had been working on a project entitled “Next-generation sensors for improving human health and urban air quality- A technology driven business model for young entrepreneurs” and funded from a DSU PRIDE grant. Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) are part this project. The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting. The same group of students also  presented their business plan at the April 10-13, 2014 OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Conference in Atlanta, Ga. There were 19 HBCUs represented in this competition and the DSU group was among the finalists.

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-  

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