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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) - Human Ecology

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) The Department of Human Ecology's Food and Nutritional Science program offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics(DPD) concentration to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the practice of dietetics. The Didactic Program in Dietetics fulfills the academic requirement set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for students pursuing the Registered Dietician (RD) credential. Delaware State University’s DPD program is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition, and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD curriculum prepares graduates for the task of providing science-based nutrition information that is essential to the health and well being of individuals. The program encourages students to continue lifetime professional learning and ethical practice in the profession of dietetics. Students are advised to continue the DPD program by achieving: 1. A GPA of 3.0 or above throughout the course of studies 2. A minimum grade of “C” in all supporting and core coursework Students are issued a Verification Statement after successful completion of the DPD program and upon obtaining a B.S. degree in FNS with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A Verification Statement confirms the successful completion of the ACEND requirements for supervised Dietetic Practice in an accredited Dietetic Internship program. To become a Registered Dietician students must: Successfully complete a B.S. degree in FNS with the option in Didactic Program in Dietetics Complete a supervised practice dietetic internship (currently 1200 hours) Pass the National Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete continuing professional education to maintain registration In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. State requirements are met through the same education and training required to become a RD. Click here for more information PROGRAM MISSION The mission of DSU’s Didactic Program in Dietetics is consistent with that of the Department of Human Ecology and the University. The program’s core mission is to prepare graduates for supervised practice through a Dietetic Internship (DI) and/or graduate studies and/or professional studies. Further, the DPD seeks to help students build the culture of the dietetic profession and foster competence in dealing with diverse populations, and enhance their investigative skills in food and health for the provision of quality care and health of clients. Students who successfully completed the DPD program, and who could not complete a dietetic internship, should be aware that the program provides adequate foundation knowledge and competency for several careers including foodservice management in institutions and restaurants, food and pharmaceutical sales, consumer relations, education and Cooperative Extension system employment. PROGRAM GOAL AND OBJECTIVES The goal of the DPD is compatible with its philosophy/mission and that of the Department and University.  The goal of the DPD is to provide a program of study that prepares students for successful performance in supervised practice, graduate study and/or gainful employment in the field of dietetics or a related field. Objective 1:  Develop a program of study addressing all ACEND core knowledge objectives (KRDs). Objective 2:  Maintain student enrollment to ensure program viability. Objective 3:  Ensure student academic progress and program completion. Objective 4:  Maintain competitive Registration Examination pass rates. Objective 5:  Prepare students for supervised practice. Objective 6:  Maintain a competitive program effectively preparing students for employment or post graduate programs. Curriculum The DPD curriculum is designed to provide foundation knowledge, skills and competencies for dietetic practice. The curriculum covers the food and food systems; the physical and biological sciences; and the social sciences: The food and food systems foundation is covered in: The Principles And Analysis Of Food Preparation, Quantity Food System Management And Institutional Food Service courses. Course content includes modification and evaluation of recipes, menus development and sensory evaluation of food products for a diverse group of consumers.   The physical and biological science foundation is covered in: Organic Chemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Nutrient Metabolism, And Nutrition Through The Lifespan courses.   The behavioral and social science foundation is covered in: Nutrition Education & Counseling, Introduction To Psychology Or Introduction To Sociology, And Macroeconomics courses. Financial Aid and Scholarships A variety of scholarships, federal and state grants, student loans, and work-study opportunities are available to qualified students. For application forms, call the Financial Aid Office at (302) 857-6250. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers scholarships to encourage eligible students to enter the field of dietetics. Students enrolled in their junior year in a ACEND-accredited program may apply for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics scholarship. Scholarships are also available for students in dietetic internships and graduate studies. For information on scholarship availability and the application process, contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995. Phone: 312-899-0040 Ext. 5400. Website: Employment Opportunities Employment opportunities for dieticians/nutritionists is expected to increase significantly due to expanding health care services, population growth and aging, greater health consciousness and the need for disease prevention, and management of diet-related diseases through nutrition. Individuals with Registered Dietician credentials are hired in services/positions such as: Community nutrition programs Food Service Director or Consultant to major food industries Sport nutrition or weight management Sales agents: Food products, equipment, nutritional products, pharmaceuticals Research: Food & pharmaceutical industries, universities & hospitals Classroom teaching Wellness and health programs School Food Service and Nutrition Education Food safety and food inspection Diabetes care, and cardiovascular and renal education Public policy development for local, state and federal government General Information Some states require licensure or certification to practice dietetics Enjoy helping people and working with healthcare professionals Learn the fundamentals of human relations and group dynamics Develop interviewing and counseling techniques Develop effective communication skills Develop ability to work independently and as part of a team Develop computer skills; computers and other technologies are becoming more prevalent in dietetics practices

Textiles and Apparel Studies Program - Human Ecology Department



Textiles and Apparel Studies (TAS) Textiles and Apparel Studies Brochure   TAS course descriptions   TAS curriculum The TAS program provides students opportunity to develop professional skills in communication, analytical thinking, teamwork, and ethical behavior that sustain graduates as they apply management and marketing theory, and business principles to the global fashion industry. Students in the TAS program have opportunities to develop knowledge of retail functions, merchandising principles, forecasting trends, and textile selection and evaluation. Majors are required to complete an approved internship after completion of all junior level fashion merchandising courses. TAS graduates are prepared to address the production, distribution and consumption of textile and apparel products from a variety of perspectives: global, economic, social, political, technological and marketing. Students have the opportunity to participate in summer internships within the textiles industry and earn variable credit hours. Summer internships with industries provide students hands-on experience in design, and fashion merchandising, and exposure to new products. A Baccalaureate degree is conferred upon completion of 125 credit hours.




Food and Nutritional Science Program - Human Ecology Department

Food and Nutritional Science (FNS) Program Food and Nutritional Science Brochure ​FNS course descriptions   FNS curriculum The Food and Nutritional Science (FNS) program is housed in the Department of Human Ecology at Delaware State University. A baccalaureate degree in Food and Nutritional Science is conferred upon completion of all required courses. The department offers three undergraduate options within the Food and Nutritional Science program:  1 Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) Option The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) at Delaware State University is a limited enrollment program for students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutritional Science with a concentration in Dietetics. 2 Nutritional Science Option The Nutritional Science Option offers a strong knowledge base and fundamental understanding of nutrition principles supported by a wide range of courses such as chemistry, statistics, nutrigenomics, nutritional biochemistry, microbiology, and psychology to prepare graduates for careers in community nutrition, public health, food and allied health professions.  The program also provides an excellent background for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in nutritional or food sciences and professional degrees: pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, and other health professions.​ 3 Food Science Option The Food Science Option prepares students to apply the principles of science and engineering to better understand the complex and heterogeneous compounds in food. The Food Science curriculum meets the required core courses set forth by the Institute of Food Technologists.  Food Science applies the knowledge of chemistry, engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, and toxicology, to the industrial and practical aspects of food processing, evaluation, and storage of nutritious and safe food products. Opportunities for food scientists include food safety, food quality control, food product development, production management, technical sales and service, ingredient management, research, and teaching.  ​    

Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Staff

Department of Agriculture And Natural Resources Delaware State University 3 James W. W. Baker 1200 N. Dupont Highway Dover, DE 19901 Richard Barczewski ​Associate Professor & Chairperson 302.857.6410 ​ ......................................................................................................     Joseph Morton ​Senior Secretary 302.857.6410   Alex Meredith College Recruiter 302.857.6417  AGRICULTURE PROGRAM   PROFESSORS EMERITI Kenneth W. Bell Arthur O. Tucker  PROFESSORS  Mingxin Guo 302.857.6479 Venugopal Kalavacharla ​CIBER Director 302.857.6453 Dyremple Marsh Dean College of Agriculture and Related Sciences 302.857.6400  ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Cyril Broderick 302.857.6416   Sathya Elavarthi​ 302.857.6418 Brigid McCrea​ 302.857.6432 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Rubella Goswami​ 302.857.6852 SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS Bertrand Hankoua 302.857.7935 Kalpalatha Melmaiee 302.857.6405​ RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Ayalew L. Osena ​302.857.6467 POST-DOCTORAL EMPLOYEES Vasudevan Ayyapan​ 302.857.6551   Karuna Chintapenta​ 302.857.6405 DEPARTMENTAL TECHNICIAN   Antonette Todd 302.857.6461 NATURAL RESOURCES PROGRAM PROFESSORS Gulnihal Ozbay​ 302.857.6476 Kevina Vulinec​ 302.857.6457 ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Dewayne Fox 302.857.6436 Christopher Heckscher​ 302.857.6412 Dennis McIntosh 302.857.6456 SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST Stacy Smith 302.857.7668 DEPARTMENTAL TECHNICIANS   Grant Blank 302.857.6405 Lori Brown 302.857.6495 Laurie Ann Phalen ​302.857.6549

Enrollment Information and Package


Delaware State University
Early Childhood Laboratory School

Education & Humanities Center, Rm 116
7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday


Enrollment Package Classes are generally arranged by chronological age by August 31st and developmental stage. The Lab School has a non-discriminatory admissions policy. Children are admitted in order of receipt of the Request for Enrollment form with payment of the non-refundable registration fee of $25.00. When enrollment space is available: Parents are notified.   The Enrollment packet is completed with emergency contact form, medical/health information, permission form, CACFP income eligibility form, “Parents Right to Know” acknowledgement, parental agreement for tuition and business office account set up.   Accommodation requests permitted based on identified disabilities, dual language learners, and/or food exemptions due to allergies or intolerances.   Child is enrolled and may begin attending the Lab School. An updated physical and immunization is required within the first 30 days of enrollment.




College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) Tours


Schedule a tour of our CARS facilities! Visit our faculty, staff, students and academic departments.

Mr. Alex D. Meredith
CARS Recruiter
Take your first step toward the Delaware State University Hornet experience:  Tour the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences (CARS)! CARS tours give potential students the opportunity to experience our dynamic facilities, faculty, staff, and students. Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Come learn about the available majors and the CARS commitment to “Student Success.” Beyond enriching academic experiences, students can join career preparatory organizations, engage in active research projects, and participate in internships and study abroad programs.   Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Degree Programs Facilities Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Hickory Hill Forage Research Farm Outreach and Research Center   Department of Human Ecology Degree Programs Facilities Foods Lab Food Microbiology Lab Nutrient Analysis Computer Lab Textiles and Apparel Studies Lab   Campus Attractions Dormitories Martin Luther King Student Center  Wellness & Recreation Center The Village Cafe   Student Testimonials   "I really enjoyed going to DSU and learning much more about aquaculture. It's a wonderful experience and Dr. McIntosh does a wonderful job of explaining and showing us how aquaponics works. If you're thinking of going to Del State this is a wonderful opportunity to learn something new." -- Ryheem, 10th Grade "I loved the variety of different activities that they had for us to do. We really got to see what we could be doing if we went to DSU."  -- G.J., 11th Grade "I want to go to school for biology and it was so neat to see all the labs that they have at Delaware State University. I also really liked that the professors seemed nice and like you could ask them anything." -- Kathryn, 12th Grade

Mr. Alex D. Meredith






CARS Recruiter, Mr. Alex D. Meredith

Tours available:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Schedule a personal or customized group tour:
Mr. Alex D. Meredith

125 Years! DSU Celebrates the Second Morrill Act

Celebrating 125 years Providing Access and Enhancing Opportunities Sen. Justin Morrill In 1890, U.S. Senator Justin Morrill crafted the Second Morrill Act to further his vision of higher education for all. This second land-grant Act became law on August 30, 1890; it improved upon the first Morrill Act of 1862 by creating institutions, like Delaware State University, for minority residents of primarily southern states who were denied admission to the publicly-funded and supported 1862 land-grant universities.  Today, DSU--and the other 18 campuses that comprise the 1890 land-grant system--continue to provide students with access to education that enhances their opportunities for future success.  Throughout 2015, the 1890 land-grant universities will commemorate 125 years of existence. Events are planned on each campus and in Washington, D.C.. Second Morrill Act 125th Anniversary  (1890 – 2015) Delaware State University Events Schedule   “Celebrating 125 Years of Access and Opportunity” 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium April 17, 8 AM – 4:30 PM Bank of America Bldg, DSU Campus Land Grant College Knowledge QR Code Scavenger Hunt April 20 – 24, 2015 DSU Student teams of 4 use smart phones to scan and correctly answer QR code questions for valuable prizes!  Each area listed below will declare one winning team on Friday, April 24.   Register by contacting your representative listed below: CAHSS –  Ms. Rhonda Thompson CARS – Mr. Alex Meredith CEHPP –  Ms. Michele Rush CMNST – Ms. Faith Woodard COB –  Mr. Johnie Burton UNIVERSITY COLLEGE –  Mr. Chester Boyd INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Mrs. Candace Moore   Proclamation Day Come celebrate with us as Gov. Jack Markell Proclaims April 20 – 24, 2015 “Delaware 1890 Land-Grant University Week” April 21, 11:15 AM – Noon (time change) MLK Student Center, DSU Campus City of Dover proclamation to be presented as well 1890 Land-Grant Past, Present and Future: A Time to Reflect with Joe Madison National Host, The Joe Madison Show, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Civil Rights Activist April 22, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. MLK Student Center, DSU Campus 1890 Day Wellness Walk  (held at each of 19 land-grant campuses) April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. DSU campus route Support DSU student scholarships! Take 1,890 steps with DSU’s Approaching Storm Marching Band!! Start and finish at 1890 Day Carnival tent! $18.90 registration fee!  Students walk for $1.89!!   followed by: 1890 Day Carnival! Ball courts between Wellness Center and MLK Student Center Cool down with cool sounds, snacks, fun and games! National 1890 Land-Grant Celebration Week of July 13 Washington, DC Events include: 1890s on the Hill, 1890 land-grant university exhibits, Madison Building (July 15) Convocation, Library of Congress (July 16) “Celebrating 125 Years of Providing Access, Enhancing Opportunities” The Need to Go Back to the Future Dr. Carolyn Brooks, Executive Director Association of Research Directors (1890 Land Grant Universities) September 3, 11 a.m. EH Theater, DSU Campus “Make Your Mark On The World”   The Hon. Suzan Johnson Cook Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom September 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MLK Student Center, Parlor C     For more information:

Second Morrill Act
125th Anniversary

Steering Committee

Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Chair*
Dean, CARS

Ms. Troy Darden, Co-Chair*

Dr. Marikis Alvarez*

Dr. Rebecca Batson*
William C. Jason Library

Dr. Stacy Downing
Student Affairs

Dr. Albert Essel*

Mr. Carlos Holmes
Public Relations

Mr. Brandon Maddox
Integrated Marketing

Ms. Jacquelyn Malcolm
Integrated Marketing

Ms. Chandra Owens
USDA Liaison Officer

Mr. Victor Santos
Government Relations

Dr. Clytrice Watson

*Denotes national committee member

We celebrate the accomplishments of Delaware State University and the 1890 Land-Grant System! Our rich legacy of teaching, research and extension guides us today and into the future.

Bookmark this page to remain abreast of our planned, commemorative activities!


The 1890 Land-Grant Universities

Alabama A&M University (1875)
Alcorn State University (1871)
Delaware State University (1891)
Florida A&M University (1887)
Fort Valley State University (1895)
Kentucky State University (1886)
Langston University (1897)
Lincoln University (1866)
North Carolina A&T State University (1891)
Prairie View A&M University (1876)
South Carolina State University (1896)
Southern University System (1880)
Tennessee State University (1912)
Tuskegee University (1881)
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (1875)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1886)
Virginia State University (1882)
West Virginia State University (1891)
Central State University* (1887)
*gained land grant status through the 2014 Farm Bill

Take a virtual tour of exhibits at our own William C. Jason Library!

William C. Jason Library
Digital Exhibits

Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions: The First 125 Years

Learn more about
1890 land-grant universities

1890 Land-Grant Universities (video)

1890 Land-Grant Universities (brochure)

Land-Grant University FAQ
(Association of Public And Land-Grant Universities)

Fonio Plant


"Fonio is one of many important plants that have caught our eye and stimulated work here."

Dr. Cyril Broderick 
Associate Professor 


Plant Science at DSU The Plant Science sector of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at DSU is focused on teaching, research and outreach in addressing the needs of its students, the people of Delaware and the larger reach to the population of the United States with its global affiliations. Because plants are so integral to all life, the need to be au currant with species of plants, their biology, their cultivation, nutritional value and use, the scope of our work with plants is extensive. Scientific studies consequently range from comparative anatomy and physiology through genetics and plant breeding, molecular biology and biotechnology, to enzymology and biochemical and biophysical characterization of important molecules in plant metabolism. Our Focus on Fonio Fonio is one of many important plants that have caught our eye and stimulated work here. The National Academy of Sciences, with numerous other reviews, has identified fonio as a valuable crop that is gluten free, of low glycemic index, and which provides a high quality of essential amino acids in its grain. As a food, it is tasty, and it rectifies deficiencies in grains and other foods that form diets of diabetics and many other medically and nutritionally challenged individuals and patients. Additionally, there exists a tremendous opportunity to improve the crop for local farmers to produce this low-input and high quality grain for the broad array of consumers around the Country and abroad. Photosynthesis is the basic process by which plants uptake carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and they essentially produce organic molecules or compounds that serve as food and other important products from plants. Three mechanisms of photosynthesis exist, the C3, C4 and CAM pathways of photosynthesis, and the environmental stations of plants relate to their adaptation of one mechanism over the other. Most economic plant species use either the C3 or C4 mechanism; however, evidence suggests that the C4 mechanism is the more recently evolved and more efficient. Higher net photosynthesis is the effect of the C4 mechanism, and corn, sorghum, and sugar cane are examples of  plants that utilize this mechanism. Fonio is another species that is a C4 plant, but per acre yields from fonio plantings are low. We are interested in determining how we can improve yields and best use the advantages of this species in providing for our population of consumers. Our focus on fonio involves: Work to understand genetic and physiological traits of fonio, plant genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology Training both undergraduate and graduate students during the investigation of this crop that produces nutritionally rich and potentially very profitable new crop. Work for its adoption by local farmers to increase income make a lasting impact that would ultimately boost nutritional quality, food security, and global food supply.

CARS Conversations Archive

“The hand bone’s connected to worm?” Lathadeui ‘Karuna’ Chintepenta moved more than 8,000 miles from Hyderabad, India, to Dover, Delaware for her present job as a Post Doctorate Research Associate in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. In Kakinada, a town near Hyderabad, Karuna taught graduate level biochemistry and microbiology for 4 years before moving to Hyderabad, India where she worked as a Research Associate and conducted research for a biotech company. Her research focused on isolation and production of a protein “Serratiopeptidase” that is produced by bacteria “Serratia marcescens” which are present in silkworms, which can ultimately heal bone joints. Though Karuna enjoyed conducting research, her desire to return to academia and student interactions led her to seek her PhD in Biological Sciences. After obtaining her PhD and working on her continuous research, Karuna decided to travel to the United States in search of new approaches and studies in science and technology. She immediately started looking for jobs and found the Marine Biology position posted by Dr. Ozbay, professor in DSU’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I felt like it was the right thing to do,” Karuna says. As a post doctorate research associate, Karuna manages the labs, and the work of undergrad and grad students; assists research technicians; and writes grants. Along with those duties, she is also responsible for her own research in Blackbird Creek, Delaware, which includes finding the symbiotic microbes associated with native marsh plants; the microbes may help farmers grow crops in drought and other abiotic stress conditions. At home, Karuna’s full attention goes to her husband Sridhar Mannem, her young son, Teja Mannem, and infant daughter, Sreeja Latha Mannem. She also enjoys listening to Indian music. When asked what she likes about her job she replied, “Everyone here (CARS) is like family. When I came to the United Sates, I left behind my son and family. I came alone and I became homesick. But everyone is friendly.” She also gives a lot of credit to Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, who is very supportive of her and also gives her tons of encouragement. Karuna also enjoys the various outreach programs available through Cooperative Extension and having access to Dean Dyremple Marsh via his open door policy. Man on a Mission Meet Alex D. Meredith, the recruiter for the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at Delaware State University. Alex is no stranger to the university, having spent time throughout his life on campus—first as a child of an alum and employee, then as a student, and now as an employee himself. Alex comes from a proud Hornet legacy that includes his father (1969), uncle (1982), brother (2008 and 2010), and mother (2013).  According to Alex, there’s a purpose for his presence at Delaware State University; he relishes his mission as a strong student advocate.   Alex had no clue he would end up working in agriculture; he thought he would be in education or business. “I thought I was going to be a business major like my father, but looking back as a child, I was always involved in growing plants as a hobby,” says Alex. It was not until he was convinced otherwise by Dr. Kenneth Bell, former CARS dean, and Dr. Ralph Crawford, former USDA liaison. “They truly made me realize the opportunities available in Agriculture not only as a global marketplace (business), but as a necessity for the existence of life.” Alex realized majoring in Agriculture Business would provide him with the best of both worlds.   After earning his B.S. in Agri-Business from DSU in 2004, Alex worked on a M.S. in Ag Economics from North Carolina A&T State University before completing  his M.S. in Agricultural Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.   “After graduating from DSU, I made a few transitions until, ultimately, finding my niche. Sharing and preparing students for these experiences is what keeps me in the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences.”   As the CARS recruiter, Alex visits with high school students throughout Delaware, the mid-Atlantic region and in key ag feeder markets throughout the country. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor; assists Dr. Rich Barczewski in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and is past advisor to DSU’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter. He and the DSU MANRRS chapter earned honors in 2011 as MANRRS Advisor of the Year and Educational Organization of the Year. Part of his passion is advising the  CARS Ambassadors Program, which he founded. The Ambassadors organization consists of CARS students who help recruit and perform agriculture & related sciences initiatives.    “I love advising the Ambassadors because I am able to utilize my expertise in professional development to help our students develop skills that they will need in the marketplace. It’s a win/win for the student participant and for the College.”    When asked what he enjoys most about CARS, Alex replied, “The students. Without them, there would be no need for me. I enjoy watching students evolve from ‘entry to exit’ or orientation until graduation.”   To help students visualize the transition from college to career, Alex encourages students to seek employment and internships within their fields of study. Working alongside professionals in their fields gives students the professional experience needed to transition into gainful employment.  “I am proud to say, since I was a student, Delaware State University has grown tremendously in preparing and linking students to internship and employment opportunities,” said Alex.   In his down time, Alex serves as a behavioral interventionist with New Behavioral Networks Group working with adolescent youth. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, church, cooking, and his new found love, jogging. When he is gracious enough to cook for the college, it’s dirty rice or smothered pork chops; for himself?   “It’s Jamaican ox tails, red beans and rice and potato casserole.”    We’re hungry, Alex… Head, Heart, Hands, Health Meet Beverly C. Banks, 4-H  & Youth Development agent, and 2014 Jefferson Award winner! The award is a way to honor “Unsung Heroes"— ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.  Beverly, a native of Bridgeville, Delaware, attended Delaware State College, now Delaware State University (DSU)—the same institution her mother attended when DSU was The State College for Colored Students.  Beverly graduated from DSU with a degree in Business Education.   After graduation, Beverly transitioned from DSU student to DSU employee by working in the Jason C. Williams library as a librarian assistant for 6 months. While there, she helped organize library resources and assisted patrons. Beverly left campus employment for other opportunities, but returned to DSU in 2005 as a part-time employee for Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; she eventually became a full-time employee where she remains to this day.    Beverly is a spark of creativity. On any given day, you will find Beverly engaged in planning innovative activities for the young people. Her work includes organizing community afterschool programs in underserved communities. A few of the programs Beverly has been responsible for include establishing 4-H Afterschool program sites. During each session, Beverly and the volunteers she recruits teach children citizenship, healthy living, public speaking and life skills. Beverly augments her programs by inviting colleagues to present on agriculture and nutrition topics. These skills, she knows, will help young participants gain the poise, self-discipline and self-confidence needed to compete in the global arena.   Additionally, Beverly organizes weeklong celebrations for youth each summer. Both the Boys Retreat and Juneteenth activities introduce participants to educational themes that are life enriching. Beverly says her primary goal is to provide activities and events that keep children engaged.   When asked what is it that she enjoys most about her job she simply stated, “servicing as a resource.” Beverly enjoys being a mentor that helps with youth development. She believes that in today’s society, getting back to the basics is essential and builds for a much stronger foundation.   She promotes DSU 4-H on national, state, and local levels. Beverly involves the youth in many conferences, competitions, challenges, and exposes her recruited volunteers to forums and state recognition opportunities. Having the Right Attitude Before Joseph Morton began working in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS), he started his career at Delaware State University in the Office of Financial Aid. When asked by Dr. Kenneth Bell, former CARS dean, to work in the college, Joseph readily accepted.   Joseph first served as secretary for the Department of Family and Consumer Science, now Human Ecology, for four years, and Cooperative Extension for two years. For the last four years, he has worked as the senior secretary for Center for Integrated Biological & Environmental Research (CIBER).   Based on his varied experience in departments across campus, Joseph believes that the CARS community is tight knit and more family oriented than elsewhere on campus. “The attitude of people within CARS is relaxed,” he said. “It might have something to do with agriculture and the fact that we also have outreach and deal with the community more than other colleges on campus.”   Joseph starts his day in CIBER by creating a “to do list,” to prioritize projects. Before he begins his daily work, Joseph checks in with personnel in the CIBER lab to see what administrative needs and supplies they may need.   A typical day for Joseph may include preparing purchase orders, reviewing credit card expenses, scheduling student employment, updating reports, working with faculty across campus who have seed grants from CIBER, filing electronic documents and following up on programs for the students. He also coordinates meetings and records minutes. Along with those duties, he also corresponds with faculty from other colleges that are a part of CIBER. Besides DSU, CIBER—a  regional, network hub that promotes collaborative research—also includes Wesley College, Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) and University of Delaware.   “Delaware State University’s motto is ‘making our mark on the world.’ I believe in order for us to do that we have to get people to see the bigger picture. We have to realize that we are a part of that picture.”   In his personal time, Joseph enjoys taking day trips. He likes to explore new destinations and meet new people. What does she see in the sea? Lori Brown, a Rhode Island native, is no stranger to the bay. She has always wanted to study marine biology. “Growing up by the coast,” Lori says,  “I always spent time by the water; I was always environmentally oriented. It’s where my passion has always been.”   Lori graduated from the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), with a double major in environmental science and marine biology. After graduating, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a year developing an experiential learning program for UMM. At the university, she helped develop both classroom and hands-on field experiences for students that also benefited the community. Before coming to Delaware State University, Lori spent a year conducting laboratory research in nuclear cardiology at Yale University’s School of Medicine.   Lori has been with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 11 years. Through her current projects, she uses acoustic telemetry to study Sand Tiger sharks and Atlantic Sturgeon. The study includes tagging and tracking the different species, examining habitat utilization, and movement patterns. She also manages a data-sharing program called the Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry Network. Through this network, researchers use acoustic telemetry along the entire Atlantic coast. Lori’s time is split working with students, in the field, processing samples, managing inventory, and managing all the data that is collected.   When asked what she enjoyed most about her job she simply replied, “I really like working with the students.” She was eager to get a position at a small university because the university she attended was very small, and she appreciated the one-on-one interaction.   In her spare time, Lori loves hiking, biking, running, and kayaking as well as making her own beer and cider.   Ready for your close up, Jana? CARS has a staff member from Hollywood! Hollywood, Florida, that is! Before working at DSU, Jana Rheaume (Ree–oom) spent two and one-half years as a secretary in the U.S Military Air force—based in the countries of Turkey and England.   Upon arriving in Dover, Jana began working for DSU as a temp in the maintenance department, William C. Jason Library, Center for Teaching and Learning and for the Vice President of Business and Finance. After which, she landed her current position as secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources—a position she has held for the past 12 years.   From the moment she enters the office each morning, to the time she leaves each afternoon, Jana works tirelessly for Ag and Natural Resources. Besides serving as the face of the department, greeting people in person and via telephone, Jana’s job duties have included maintaining students’ files, registering students for classes and archiving files.   “This is the best place I’ve worked on campus,” says Jana, “considering how long I’ve spent here; cool co-workers, people are great, good boss, good dean and I love the kids; the kids are what keep me here.” Everyone has a story. Here’s Pablo’s… An expert in the field of Information Technology (IT), Pablo Mojica has worked for Delaware State University for 12 years. He has spent the last four years in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS).   Pablo, a native of Panama, has lived in the United States for 16 years. Prior to his arrival in the U.S., he earned an associate’s degree in programming and a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Technological University of Panama. Prior to his employment with Delaware State University (DSU), Pablo worked for a small private contractor in IT. Because that company held contracts with DSU, Pablo grew extremely familiar with the campus and its staff. In 2006, after finding the solutions to many network issues, he secured a position with the DSU help desk—a position that he describes as the beginning of many opened doors.   Pablo’s move from the help desk to the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) in 2010 signaled his desire to explore expanded possibilities. “It was a great idea to come work for CARS," says Pablo. "It's a great place to grow and accept more responsibilities.”   A typical day for Pablo is making his daily rounds every morning. Opening the labs in the Baker building and Ag Annex. Following that he checks the Dean office to make sure there are no problems.  After making his rounds he goes back to his office and checks his email to respond to work orders. Followed by establishing a plan of the day. “I try to be proactive, instead of waiting around.”   Pablo's greatest responsibility thus far has been establishing an Apple platform to support the faculty and staff using Apple devices. It has proven to be a challenge that requires the full demand of his expertise.   During his free time, Pablo enjoys riding his Honda Shadow motorcycle and exploring new places. He also provides volunteer IT service for his place of worship, Maranatha Christian Church, because he enjoys helping others.