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"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. 

CARS Ambassadors


Are you curious about a degree in agriculture, food and nutrition, natural resources or textiles and apparel studies? Contact the CARS Ambassadors to learn more:





CARS Ambassadors The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) Ambassadors Program is a student-mentoring initiative and public relations effort for the college. The main goal of the CARS Ambassadors Program is to promote the quality and quantity of applicants seeking admission to the college while supplying ambassadors with the tools necessary for professional development. Students majoring in agriculture, natural resources, textile and apparel studies, and food and nutrition are eligible to participate in the CARS Ambassadors Program.  Goals for the Ambassadors Program Encouraging high school juniors and seniors to pursue higher education Creating opportunities for high school students learn about agricultural and allied professions as viable career options Introducing potential students to the array of degree opportunities and resources offered through CARS and Delaware State University Schedule the CARS Ambassadors to assist at your upcoming event. Ambassadors can be requested by middle and high schools for presentations and by CARS faculty to assist with college and departmental events and programs. For more information, contact Mr. Alex D. Meredith at 302.857.6410, or  Meet The Ambassadors  Taylor Pleasanton, President 2015 - 2016 Classification: Senior Major: Criminal Justice     Minor: Biology Hometown: Hartly, DE Campus Activities: Criminal Justice Club, National FFA Organization "Why are you a Hornet?" The campus is big enough to get the college experience but the class sizes are small and students are able to have personal attention from teachers if they need extra help or guidance. Career Goals: Undecided; possibly a middle school science teacher or crime scene investigator Advice for Students: “Stay on track and come up with your own personal study habits that help you succeed. Do not get side tract by all of the other things going on but be involved in your school and the community.” "Ask Me About…" My trip to Louisville Kentucky for the National FFA Convention   Contact me at:  Ashley Tabibian, Recording Secretary 2015 - 2016 Classification: Junior Major: Plant Science with Agronomy Hometown: Wilmington, DE Campus Activities: FFA "Why are you a Hornet?" We have a beautiful campus, a great Agriculture department with a dedicated and caring staff and lots of opportunities. Career Goals: Research Farming Advice for Students: Know your own limits and push them.  "Ask Me About…" My first trip to FFA Nationals Contact me at:    Benjamain Bougouneau Classification: Sophomore   Major: Food and Nutrition Hometown: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands   Campus Activities: FFA (Future Farmer of America), MANRRS   "Why are you a Hornet?" I love this campus, and DSU offers many opportunities for me to excel in my field.   Career Goals: My goal is to go back to the Virgin Islands and become the Commissioner of Agriculture.   Advice for Students: Develop time management skills and always apply yourself to whatever you are doing.   "Ask Me About…" My experience conducting undergraduate research as an intern within the Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.   Contact me at:   ​Daisha Capers Classification: Sophomore Major: Agriscience Education Hometown: Dover, Delaware Campus Activities: MANRRS "Why are you a Hornet?" They have the best agriculture program and the campus is diverse Career Goals: To educate communities on the importance of sustainable agriculture. Advice for Students: Don’t be so hard on yourself, we’re all growing and still learning every chance we get. "Ask Me About…" My internship at Fifer Orchards this past summer Contact me at:  Danielle Dawkins Classification: Junior Major: Textile and Apparel Studies Minor: English Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Campus Activities: Resident Assistant, Honors Student, Big Sister Little Sister "Why are you a hornet?" I am a hornet because Delaware State University has open so many doors for me to reach my potential. Delaware State University is not just a university it is a family! Career Goals: I aspire to work for the clothing company H&M as a visual merchandiser and then something in the management area such as a district manager. After fulfilling my dream in the business aspect of the fast pace retail world I want to teach fashion courses at a university such as LIM, FIT, or The New School in New York City which are University’s geared towards individuals seeking business and fashion only. Advice for Students: Start Off Strong! Yes college is a difficult four years but you must work your hardest and push through. Every person at Delaware State University is here for the same goal and that is to obtain a degree. Don’t let other outside factors deter you from the main goal. Yes, you should go out, party, network, make friends, make memories, and enjoy your overall college experience. However, when all is said and done your degree is what you must show for in the end. Don’t loose sight! "Ask Me About…" How my name and my initials are unique Contact me at:     Jade Jackson Classification: Sophomore Major: Pre-Veterinary Sciences Minor (if you have one): None                    Hometown: Bronx, New York Campus Activities: Street Team, MANRRs "Why are you a Hornet?" Because it’s an honor to be a part of the Delaware State University-College of Agriculture & Related Science family! Career Goals: To become a veterinarian for either pet animals or farm animals; would love to work with marine animals though. Advice for Students: Find what you love and let it kill you. "Ask Me About…" The time I helped save a man who was on fire. Contact me at: ​Kierra Johnson Classification: Junior Major: Pre-Veterinary Science Minor (if you have one): none Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Campus Activities: MANRRS, Pre-Vet Club, First Generation Club "Why are you a Hornet?" The people here are friendly and the campus has a lot of fun/ educational activities. Career Goals: To complete veterinary school and become a small animal veterinarian. Advice for Students: To really figure out exactly what it is that you want to go for educationally and career wise, and stay focused on accomplishing the goal you set. "Ask Me About…" How it was going to W.B. Saul High School, an agricultural based school Contact me at:  Krystal Martindale ​Classification: Junior Major: Agri-Business Hometown: Brooklyn, Ny Campus Activities: MANRRS, First Generation Club, National Society of Leadership and Success, The Wide Life Society. "Why are you a Hornet?" The Agriculture program here is phenomenal, and they offer us a lot of great opportunities. The people here are friendly and know how to make you feel welcomed. Career Goals: I would like to work for the USDA and one day have my own business selling only organic products. Advice for students: Work hard but also make sure that you have some fun as well. All work and no play causes a lot of stress and burn-out. Experience everything the college has to offer at least once. "Ask me about..." MANNRS and all of the wonderful things we do for the community. Contact me at: Jennifer Savin ​Classification: Sophomore Major: Food and Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics Minor (if you have one): none Hometown: Smyrna, DE Campus Activities: FAN Club, FFA "Why are you a Hornet?" The class sizes are not any bigger than what I am used to and I love the layout of the campus. Career Goals: I want to become a registered dietician that works with small children Advice for Students: Time always moves faster than you expect, so make sure to plan your day wisely! "Ask Me About…" how I transitioned from being a high school senior to a college freshman. Contact me at: 



CARS Ambassadors is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences 

CARS Ambassadors


Alex D. Meredith
Miss Taylor Pleasanton
Vice President 
Recording Secretary
Miss Ashley Tabibian
Benjamain Bougouneau
Daisha Capers
Danielle Dawkins
Jade Jackson
Kierra Johnson
Krystal Martindale
Jennifer Savin

News and Announcements



CARS Conversations

CARS Conversations December 2014 Tom Harmon (left) helping President Harry L. Williams plant a flower during Earth Day 2012   In many respects, you could say that Thomas M. Harmon Jr. is home grown (agriculture pun intended). Tom was born and raised in Camden, Delaware, where he graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 1976. He then became a Hornet as a student in the School of Agriculture at Delaware State College, before the ‘School’ grew into the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) and before the ‘College’ grew into Delaware State University. As an undergrad, Tom spent his summers helping Cooperative Extension with youth programs by serving as a youth counselor; by his last summer as a DSU student, he had been promoted to Summer Camp director. Tom clearly remembers when Extension personnel were housed in a 24 by 40 foot modular building behind the Baker Building, which is now a parking lot. Back then, Extension staff consisted of Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, Jr., DSU’s first Extension Administrator, Research Director and Agriculture Department chair; a secretary; four agents; and Tom as the Extension program assistant. Tom said initially he was a “door-to-door salesman for the Cooperative Extension—communicating primarily with families in Kent and Sussex counties about Extension.” Tom’s focus was on locating underserved citizens to provide them with information and to help them establish and maintain home gardens, and on identifying local agencies that offered assistance services. Soon after, his primary role shifted to assisting Extension agents with their programs/demonstrations, scheduling, monitoring and maintaining audio visual set-ups, photography, assisting with programming and driving the mobile teaching unit, (MoTec). Currently, Tom serves as the Program Services Coordinator for CARS. While he continues assisting specialists, agents and educators with programs and demonstrations, Tom’s responsibilities now also include the Backyard Gardening Program; preparing the Outreach and Research Center (DSU’s research farm in Smyrna, DE) for crop research and demonstration programs, and assisting with programs at sites throughout Delaware in the newly renovated mobile teaching unit, now referred to as MET. Tom is relied upon by CARS faculty, staff and students alike to prepare the Smyrna farm for visitors, and to assist with both  greenhouse seedling production and field plot preparation. Tom also advises on the ordering, purchasing and maintenance of vehicles, farm equipment, tools and supplies to support Cooperative Extension and Cooperative Research efforts in CARS. For several years, Tom has assisted CARS Dean Dyremple Marsh and Dr. Marikis Alvarez, Associate Dean for Research, in the production of quality pepper seeds. The research being conducted on these peppers—native to Antigua, Haiti and Jamaica—will hopefully produce seeds resistant to some common viruses and diseases.  Away from the office, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, day trips and (can you believe it?) gardening. He enjoys learning and sharing information with everyone about gardening and growing vegetables. “What little I know, I like to share; it gives me great joy to see those that want to grow vegetables for the first time in their gardens and yards, do so successfully.”    Tom looks forward to playing golf again and riding horses, which he used to train. #bucketlist ARCHIVE

About CARS Conversations

CARS Conversations was created to recognize staff members for their dedicated service to the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. Visit this page each month to learn about people behind the scenes of CARS. Through this platform, we celebrate these vital members of the DSU community.



Delaware State University Collegiate FFA was chartered in 1992. This chapter in based on Delaware State University's campus in Dover.

Mission FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education. Purpose Collegiate FFA enhances the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth, and ensure career success.​​ Activities Our officer team and members participate in activities such as attending local high school FFA banquets, our semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, our annual Jack-O-Lantern contest, the Arbor Day celebration on our campus and the trade show at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Our chapter has continued the tradition of adopting a family every Thanksgiving holiday. During the Delaware State Fair in July, our chapter showcases our display board which represents all of our most recent activities and accomplishments The members participating in DSU FFA's activities are able to do so through funding obtained from our annual citrus sale, our biannual banquet and silent auction, and our annual plant sale. The plants sold in our plant sale are grown on site in our James W. W. Baker Building Greenhouse. (FFA students participating in their semi-annual "Adopt-A-Highway" clean up)

FFA is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

FFA Staff and Officers

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith
, Co-Advisor

Taylor Pleasanton, sophomore 

Elizabeth Seaman, sophomore 

Rodney Wilson Jr.,  sophomore

Allison Strouse, sophomore 






Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences 

Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands around the World   2014-2015 DSU MANRRS Chapter members (L to R): Gabrielle Delima, national vice president of undergraduates – Region I; Akida Ferguson, president; Lasheeda Brooks; Debbielynn Mayo, secretary; Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor; Kierra Johnson, historian; Daisha Capers; and Lamar Chandler, treasurer.   (From left) Saundra Wheeler, MANRRS Region I Graduate Student VP, DSU’s Gabrielle Delima, Region I Undergraduate Student VP, and Dr. B. Michelle Harris, UDC advisor for MANRRS (right), present a gift to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe, DuPont Crop Protection. Dr. Rowe spoke during the MANRRS Region I Cluster meeting, held in the MLK Student Center on the DSU campus, November 8 – 9, 2014.   MANRRS members, Region I, listen intently to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe.    


To promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.


"We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences."


  • Semi-annual Adopt-A-Mile highway clean up
  • Community Garden with the USDA Service projects for the underserved in the surrounding community
  • College of Agriculture and Related Sciences outreach activity assistance


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) began as a shared vision by a group of agriculture students and faculty members at Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. Their goal was to develop partnerships between minority students and professionals within academic institutions, government, and agriculturally-related industries. That commitment led to the first national MANRRS conference, held at Michigan State University, in 1986. Since then, MANRRS has become a national organization comprised of thousands of student and professional members.

MANRRS is a non-profit, national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic groups who are interested in agricultural careers and those in related sciences. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities.



MANRRS is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

MANRRS Advisors and Officers

Mrs. Chandra Owens
USDA 1890 Liaison

Mr. Leroy Hawkins
CARS Academic Advisor
National Vice President of Region I
Miss Gabrielle Delima
Miss Akida Ferguson
Vice President
Miss Debbielynn Mayo
Mr. Vincent Chandler
Miss Kierra Johnson

Meeting Date

Meetings are held first and third Thursdays of each month in the Ag Annex building (#47), Room 212, at 11:15 am.

National MANRRS 



Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Human Ecology Chair  Richard Barczewski, PhD   Professors Emeriti Kenneth W. Bell, PhD Arthur O. Tucker, PhD   Professors Mingxin Guo, PhD Dyremple Marsh, PhD Gulnihal Ozbay, PhD Kevina Vulinec, PhD   Associate Professors  Richard Barczewski, PhD Cyril Broderick, PhD Sathya Elavarthi, PhD Dewayne Fox, PhD Christopher Heckscher, PhD Venugopal Kalavacharla, PhD Brigid McCrea, PhD Dennis McIntosh, PhD   Assistant Professor Rubella Goswami, PhD   Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Curator ​Cynthia Hong-Wa, PhD   Chair Samuel Besong, PhD   Professor Samuel Besong, PhD   Associate Professors  Mopelola Adegoke, PhD Samuel Besong, PhD Jung-lim Lee, PhD Jungmi Oh, PhD   Assistant Professor Stephen Lumor, PhD ​Bettina Taylor, PhD, RD Didactic Program in Dietetics Director VACANT   Research and Outreach Dietician Shilpa Kukarni, MS   Fashion Designer Instructor Jasmine Chandler, MS  

The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation


Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

Dr. Brigid McCrea
U.S. Washington Center
Delaware State University
Cooperative Extension Programs
1200 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430


The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation (CSFRI) a source of information for small flock producers.  We provide timely information on upcoming events of interest to small flock holders as well as special interest fact sheets.  As research related to keeping small flocks becomes available, the information will be published on this website.   CSFRI will help small flock and niche market poultry producers by performing research on their specific production techniques, management methods, and biosecurity modifications. As the nation's first and the only research center of its kind, CSFRI will provide unique educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Poultry Showmanship Video   Breed Variety Fact Sheets Ancona Australorp Buckeye Plymouth Rock Sebright Wyandotte Additional Fact Sheets Brooding Poultry Cleaning and Disinfection Footbaths For Pastured Poultry Farms Poultry Breeds The Lasher Laboratory Locks and Signs Quarantine and Isolation Procedures for Pastured Poultry Rodent Control on Small Poultry Farms Traffic Patterns Wild Bird Winterizing Your Coop      


Dr. Brigid McCrea

Brigid McCrea, PhD

Dr. McCrea serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as State Poultry Specialist for Cooperative Extension at Delaware State University. She is trained as a microbiologist and received her Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University. She specializes in small flocks, niche market poultry products, and both pre– and post-harvest food safety.



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College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

60,000 lucrative job openings each year in agriculture, environment, food, fiber and natural resources fields. Not enough college graduates to fill these positions.* 
For information on our degrees:
*US Department of Agriculture
                    A Word from the Dean Are you a potential undergraduate  or graduate student with an interest in agriculture, food and nutritional science, natural resources, or textiles and apparel studies? I welcome you to visit the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS). We have programs that offer you a solid academic and experiential learning foundation to help you achieve your educational and career goals. Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh Dean, 1890 Administrator, Research Director     The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences has an integrated mission of teaching, research and outreach (extension) that provides an experiential education for students and research-based educational programs for Delaware residents. Select a link below for more information. Teaching Promoting the development of future professionals in agriculture, food, natural resources and related sciences     Research A legacy of discovery that addresses the current needs of society while training future scientists     Extension Enabling people to improve their lives by extending research-based education to the community

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

108 Agriculture Annex
Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901


Administrative Staff Profile

Dyremple B. Marsh

Marikis Alvarez
Associate Dean 
for Research

Donna P. Brown
Interim Associate Dean 
for Extension

Richard Barczewski
Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources

Samuel Besong
Department of Human Ecology

Troy Darden
Information Coordinator

​Shanina Harris
Senior Secretary

Lee Hawkins
Academic Advisor

Michelle Hayes
Purchasing Specialist III

Administrative Assistant/
Budget Analyst

Alex Meredith
College Recruiter 

Pablo Mojica
IT Coordinator

Yvette Osorio-Valdez
Spec. Asst. to the Dean

​Ayeda Silent
Financial & Budget Analyst

​Ahira Y. Smith
Director of Academic Advisement

Communications Media Assistant


CARS Calendar

CARS Calendar (Full View)

CARS Clubs
Student organizations within the college

CARS Ambassadors Flagship, student mentoring organization
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

CARS Tours Tour of College of Agriculture & Related Sciences
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

Collegiate FFA  (Campus chapter of national student agriculture organization)
Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith, Co-Advisor

FAN (Food and Nutrition Club)
Human Ecology Department 

Dr. Bettina Taylor, Advisor

MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences)
Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor

Republic of Fashion (Textile and Apparel Studies club)
Ms. Jasmine Chandler, Advisor

Pre-Vet Club (for students interested in veterinary medicine)

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor

CARS Conversations

Check here each month as we introduce you to members of the CARS staff. These people work behind the scenes to help our students and to support our projects and programs.

CARS Notables. . .
Sophie Delima and Jessica Teachout

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Graduate Degree Programs




Dr. Jung-lim Lee explains molecular biological assays to graduate students in Food Science program.


    The Department of Human Ecology offers graduate degree programs in Food Science and Family and Consumer Science Education MS in Food Science: The Master’s degree program in Food Science at Delaware State University prepares graduates with a BS degree in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, or Food and Nutritional Sciences for an excellent career in the high-tech food industry.   The Graduate Program in Food Science is a multi-disciplinary program that integrates knowledge in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition and Engineering into the study and production of nutritious and safe food.   This program will provide students a unique opportunity to work with USDA-ARS scientists and have access to the state-of-the-art equipment at the DSU main campus and USDA/ARS/ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA. for their thesis work.   The Food Science Master candidates will perform their research projects and thesis defenses under the advisement of expert faculty in the Department of Human Ecology. USDA-ARS scientists are also willing to serve as co-advisors on students’ research.   The food industry and related private agencies for food safety are the largest and fastest-growing private-sector employers in the United States. Career opportunities in Food Science include: Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutics, Nutrition Labeling and Packaging, Food Analysis/Control, Sensory evaluation, Food processing and engineering, Food marketing, Sales and distribution.   Students entering the program must choose one of two concentrations: 1) Food Microbiology (Go to the JLRG website) or 2) Food Chemistry.     Program Objectives   Program Requirements and Course Work   Program Management   Curriculum    



Are you interested in state-of-the-art food science research?
For more information on the Food Science Program, contact:
Assistant Professor
Graduate Advisor in Food Science Program
(302) 857-6448