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DSUAA Legacy Hall of Fame Nominee Supplemental Instructions

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Delaware State University Alumni Hall of Fame  Supplemental Instructions for Posthumous Nominations An active alumnus/na or chapter of the Delaware State University Alumni Association or the national association executive board must submit nominations.  Nominations are limited to (1) nominee per category, per nominator (a total of eight nominations).  The maximum number of inductees selected from any one individual or chapter is limited to two (2) per year.  An alumnus/na may be nominated posthumously following the eligibility criteria listed below.  These candidates will be reviewed with all other nominees in a given category. Eligibility  Nominee must be a graduate or a former student of Delaware State University Nominee must have been a financial member of the association and/or affiliate chapter prior to his/her death. Nominee must have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of his/her chapter, the alumni association, or to Delaware State University in general during his/her lifetime. Nominee must be a ten (10) year alumnus/na of Delaware State University at the time the nomination is made.  If non-graduate, the nominee’s freshman class must have graduated at least ten years prior to the nominations.  Nominee must have demonstrated, during his/her lifetime, a history of making significant contributions to his/her field. Nomination forms must contain the name, address, and phone number of a family member to be notified should candidate be selected for induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame.  

Tim Pierpont

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Tim Pierpont Graduate student and PhD candidate, Cornell University Biology, 2007   DSU: What made you decide to major in your field of study? TIM: Actually, I couldn’t decide between art or biology when I was registering, so I had taken the freshmen classes required for both. I was amazed how much we already knew about the most fundamental processes of life. Through the first semester I became pretty enthralled with learning more about it and I started to realize that the subject is inescapably relevant to me personally as well as every other living organism on the planet. I decided I wanted to keep learning more and while I’m still amazed about how much has been discovered in the field, I’m now excited about how much more there is left unknown.   DSU: What was your experience like as a student at DSU? What memories do you have from your time on campus? TIM: I was a commuter, so most of my experiences at DSU were in the science building. Near the end of my degree, it felt like half of the Biology department was part of an extended family, both faculty and students. I made several good friends that I still try to stay in contact with. I also met some interesting people outside my field when I took Japanese for my language elective, including a few computer science majors who screened Japanese animation on the third floor of the science center and a music major who was part of a pretty good rock band. I’m sure I missed out on getting to know a lot of other really interesting people at DSU, but happy to have gotten to know all the ones I did. DSU really is as diverse as you would expect.   DSU: How were you involved as a student on campus? TIM: I participated as a supplemental instructor (or a teaching assistant) for both basic math and general biology. I also helped out as staff for the Delaware Brain Bee, which DSU hosted the last two years I was there. It was a pretty cool neuroscience-based open house and competition between some really smart Delaware high school students. I’m not sure if teaching is in my future, but it was rewarding to share what I knew with others at DSU.                DSU: What advice would you have for a student majoring in your field? TIM: Take your research experiences seriously and do your best to figure out what you’re actually trying to learn from your experiments, don’t just have some general idea. Take advantage of more than one research experience, and also presenting that research. Try hard to prepare and deliver a good presentation; even if it’s just for the practice, you’ll get better every time and it’s important to be decent at it. I’ve seen amazing data presented poorly and it can really change how your work is evaluated and interpreted by others. Obviously, grades can be important in this field; don’t let yourself earn too many bad ones, take them as serious as you need to for your goals. Finally, make sure you enjoy what you’re doing (most of the time). It is challenging work and very easy to lose motivation if you never find the fun in doing it.  

Yesenia Rosado

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Yesenia Rosado  RN at Delaware Hospice, RN at Kent General Hospital Nursing, 2014   DSU: Why did you originally decide to come to DSU? YESENIA: DSU was not my first choice but it ended up being the best choice for me. I initially came to DSU because of the scholarships I was awarded through both academic and extracurricular activities. Financially, it was the best decision for me coming from a family with a single parent, and being a first generation college student I didn't want to be buried in debt. In the end I got an experience that I never expected! DSU: What was your experience like as a student at DSU? What memories do you have from your time on campus? YESENIA: The nursing major required time, hard work and dedication. And I knew I came to DSU to graduate in four years, so I made the necessary sacrifices to be able to achieve my overall goal. Some of the best memories that I have had at DSU have been due to the programs and events that were hosted by the many different organizations on campus. DSU: How were you involved as a student on campus? YESENIA: When I first arrived at DSU, I became involved by being the most school-spirited freshman. When I become a part of a community, I become the biggest cheerleader for that organization or community – and DSU was no different. I tried to become involved in the Student Government Association by running for freshman class president; I didn't win, but it was OK. I was involved in the Latino Student Association and later became a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Through my sorority membership we hosted programs, fundraisers, attended community service events and outreach. I also became involved in the Student Nurses Association and became a mentor with connecting generations at Central Middle School and Dover High School. DSU: What advice would you have for a student majoring in nursing? YESENIA: Nursing is a very tough and demanding major which requires dedication and hard work. I would advise the incoming class of nursing majors to study hard, know when to have fun and make the necessary sacrifices now so that you can live later. Never become discouraged … once you make it through, being a nurse will be the most life-fulfilling job you have ever had.  

Alumni Affinity Groups

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Get involved and learn more about how your participation in Alumni Affinity Groups can benefit you, DSU and its students

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You’re Invited... New Alumni Affinity Groups offer a chance to get involved The Office of Alumni Relations at Delaware State University is pleased to launch Alumni Affinity Groups. What are Alumni Affinity Groups? Affinity Groups are communities of DSU alumni who have common interests based on values, experiences and professions. The groups will aim to connect alumni with the University, with each other and with their respective degree programs/career fields in each of DSU's five colleges, providing unique opportunities to: Foster a strong sense of community; Facilitate alumni and student engagement; Create a culture of philanthropy; Encourage professional and career networking; Promote information and resource exchange; and Connect with alumni in the fields of social work, business, education, mass communications, agriculture or natural resources, a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)-related field and more! We need your help to launch this new initiative!  What Does Your Involvement Mean? Alumni continuously say they find their connection to others within the DSU community to be one of the most valuable experiences of all. At DSU, we have seen firsthand the amazing things that can be accomplished when alumni pull together and use their ingenuity for the greater good. Get involved and learn more about how your participation in Alumni Affinity Groups can benefit you, DSU and its students.    
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Join us for a meet and greet reception during Homecoming.

Friday October 17, 2014
3:30 to 4:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, 2nd floor lobby

We hope to see you there!

If you have questions before the event, you may call the Office of Alumni Relations at 302.857.6050 or email alumni@desu.edu.

Alumni Welcome Home Breakfast

Alumni Welcome Home Breakfast

Please join us and fellowship with our alumni and their families at the newly renovated Conrad Hall

The DSU Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with former DSU Board of Trustees member and alumnus Norman Oliver invites you to the Alumni Welcome Home Breakfast for a pre-Homecoming game celebration.

Remarks by DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams

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Alumni & Friends Homecoming Art Festival

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Alumni & Friends Homecoming Art FestivalFriday October 17, 20144:30 pm to 6:30 pmMartin Luther King Student Center, Parlors A-CWe are excited to announce our first Alumni & Friends Homecoming Art Festival. On display will be artwork from our DSU alumni and friends! Join us for this FREE event featuring music and a wine and cheese reception. Interested in exhibiting your art and/or crafts? Register online. There is a $25 setup fee which will be donated to the DSU Foundation to support student scholarships.Want to attend the event? RSVP online. Help celebrate the arts at Delaware State University!  

Donated catalogues provide glimpse into DSU's early years

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Male students were organized into two Cadet Corps companies and required to spend two hours a week in military tactics and drills, according to the 1907 catalogue. The group pictured is from 1911. For the first time, the current generations of those studying the history of Delaware State University have the direct testimony of an early president, William C. Jason, concerning the successes and challenges that faced the then-State William C. Jason College for Colored Students (SCCS) in its first three decades. Until recently, words that came directly from Jason, the institution’s longest-serving president (1895-1923), had been largely lost in the annals of time. The only known evidence of his statements and thoughts were found in a few rare letters and legendary sentences passed down from unknown original sources. In December, William C. Jason III, the grandson of the former president, and his wife Carol presented a $10,000 endowment check to the William C. Jason Library on campus. During the presentation ceremony, Mrs. Jason produced a rare bound-book collection of catalogues and prospectuses of the SCCS covering the period of 1893 to 1918 that had been in the library of President Jason. In addition to containing a wealth of previously unknown information concerning the number and identities of students, faculty and Board of Trustees members, as well as costs, revenue sources and amounts, most of the catalogues from Jason’s tenure contain an annual President’s Report (20 out of 26 catalogues and prospectuses). The first two catalogues in the collection (1893 and 1894) were produced under the tenure of the first SCCS president, Wesley Webb. While providing the list of faculty and Board of Trustees members, and beginning in 1894 the list of courses offered, neither contained a President’s Report. The first President’s Report under the Jason era appears in the 1896-97 catalogue, giving more details as to the nature of life on the SCCS campus in those early years. In reporting on the total enrollment of 54 students during 1895-96, the challenges of college attendance become a bit clearer. Only 12 of those students attended the entire eight months of the school year, 18 attended between five and seven months, and 33 attended four months or less. In subsequent reports, he attributes the inconsistent attendance to deficiencies in the educational commitment of students as well as competing work opportunities and inadequate housing on campus. Jason’s first report also expressed his belief in co-education (men and women attending school together) — not a widespread belief in those days. He noted the enrollment of three full-time female students and two part-time women during the 1895-1896 school year. The vulnerability of the sparse campus building infrastructure is also revealed, as Jason shares in that first report that a “severe storm” in May 1896 wrecked the workshop and did damages to other buildings and crops; he estimated the damage from the storm was between $1,500 and $2,000. Because of the neglect of the state of Delaware in making provisions for education of African-Americans in the decades following the 1865 end of slavery, the SCCS found it necessary to establish a preparatory school in 1893 in addition to the College offerings. By the start of the Jason tenure, the College’s 17 students were outnumbered by the Preparatory School’s 35 students. “The College is embarrassed greatly by the fact that most of our pupils have had little previous training. A tendency to pursue studies for which the proper preparation has not been made is quite marked. This a difficulty from which there is no escape except through an improvement in the public schools. Special attention has been paid in the lower classes to laying good foundation,” he wrote. The uphill challenge of education for a largely uneducated black populace notwithstanding, Jason expressed optimism about the education possibilities offered by the SCCS: “No one has said in my hearing that Negroes cannot learn. That old idea is dying. But there is a widespread opinion that there are some things which it is better for him not to know. Many people interested in ‘Negro Education’ mean  by that term what has become popular under the name Industrial Education, and are bent on teaching the black man how to be a good workman above all things. I was very glad to discover that the gentlemen who comprise our Board are not narrow or one-sided, and that you have decreed that a boy or girl trained in our school shall be instructed in what is and has always been understood to be fundamental to an education for any man, and be also furnished with the special advantages of having a trade.”  Teachers To shoulder the teaching load, the SCCS began with three instructors in its early years and later grew as high as 11 in 1913. In those days, both Presidents Webb and Jason served as instructors, as the former taught agriculture and biology. Jason was relatively prolific as compared to his predecessor, as the catalogue noted between 1895 and 1918 that he taught Greek, Latin, mental and moral sciences, English, rhetoric, oratory psychology, civics and political economy. Government funding support The catalogues’ records of government appropriations reveal an inconsistent pattern of state funding support for the SCCS. After the initial 1891 outlay of $8,000 to purchase the property on which the SCCS was established and a workshop and president’s cottage was built, between 1892 and 1896 the state allocated only $1,000 during that entire five-year period. Another $4,000 in state funding was provided in 1897, but then the College did not receive another state allocation until 1901, when $6,000 was provided for the construction of Lore Hall as a female dormitory. Between 1902 and 1912, there were only two separate state allocations in 1907 and 1911 of $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. Beginning in 1913, the state began providing an annual allocation of $3,000; in 1917, that increased to $8,000. The SCCS also received federal funding ranging from $4,000 annually in the early 1890s to $10,000 a year by 1917. While it appeared to be much-needed funding to keep the institution afloat in its fledging years, the money could be used for only certain aspects of the school’s operations. The College’s revenue from tuition and fees ranged from just over $1,300 in the 1897-98 school year (the first year such revenue was documented) to as high as almost $8,200. Factored into those revenue figures was “credited labor,” which was the estimated value of the labor put in by students on campus. In addition to their classroom attendance, all students were required to roll up their sleeves and put in two hours of work daily in various areas of the campus such as the farm, building maintenance and cleaning, food service and other assigned tasks. Campus chapel President Jason, who was also a Methodist minister, also required students to attend 8 a.m. religious exercise daily during weekdays as well as a Sunday service. Those services were probably held in the Main College Building (which survives today as Loockerman Hall), until a chapel was built circa 1905. While previous DSU history has long claimed that Jason obtained more than $1,100 in pledges to support the chapel construction in the early 1900s, his President’s Report of 1903-1904 reveals that only $533 was actually received. He noted that funds had to be borrowed from the board to complete the chapel’s roofing and pay the lumber bill. That chapel would later become the campus library circa 1930. The building now survives as the Thomasson Building. Enrollment and infrastructure According to the catalogues, the SCCS enrollment exceeded 100 students for the first time in 1904-05, bringing increased pressure on the modest building infrastructure of the College. To meet those challenges, the SCCS used its meager resources and increased its physical plant from the original three buildings of its inaugural year to reflect a campus that possessed by 1906 a Main College Building, two dormitories for men and women, a chapel, the President’s Cottage, a workshop and a few farm structures. The most recent construction completions of that period (a men’s dormitory, an expansion of the Main College Building dining room and a 10,000-gallon water tower) were presumably made possible by Joshua Parker, a prominent African-American in Kent County who died in the spring of 1905 and willed his entire estate (valued between $6,000 to $8,000) to the SCCS, according to the President’s Report for that school year. By the time the College celebrated  its 20th year in 1911, its enrollment exceeded the enrollment of its Preparatory School by 79 to 50 students, respectively. By 1912-1913, the Preparatory School would be done away with. The education deficiencies in many students did not disappear, however, and SCCS was forced to re-establish it in 1916-1917 as a graded school from the 4th grade to the 8th grades. ‘Abundant reason for hope’ As the SCCS proceeded into its third decade of existence, the realities of being a school with a population of Delaware youths deficient in fundamental education, that received inconsistent state funding support and that possessed an inadequate physical plant to accommodate a proper college program began to clearly show the shortcomings of the institution. Jason’s report for the 1914-1915 school year notes the discouraging evaluation by the U.S. Commissioner of Education, who deemed the SCCS academic courses to be of high school grade. While other historical sources note that in 1916 Jason attempted to resign amid criticism over the lack of progress at the SCCS, there was no President’s Report for the 1915-1916 school year in that catalogue, perhaps as a result of that controversy. Jason would nevertheless remain as president for another seven years. His 1916-1917 report would be the last one of this catalogue collection (no report appeared in the 1918 catalogue). He noted in the report that in the 26 years since the establishment of the SCCS, 171 students completed their course of study, while 629 were also enrolled for varying amounts of time. He added that 60 percent of the SCCS graduates had become colored teachers in the state. Yet compared with the sum total of the other President’s Reports from that era, the 1916-1917 account from Jason reflects a bittersweet tone colored by the accumulated frustrations of his tenure while at the same time being still adamantly determined to maintain some semblance of optimism. The below excerpt from that report no doubt reflects Jason’s strength — the ability to hold his head up and work to sustain and move the institution forward in the face of the daunting difficulties and challenges imposed by the segregation era that was in reality separate and especially unequal. “There is nothing in this record of which to boast. Much more might have been done. On the other hand, we are not ashamed,” Jason said in his final report in the collection. “Considering the difficulties there is some occasion for a feeling of satisfaction, and even of pride. Certainly there is no room for discouragement, but abundant reason for hope.” -- Story by Carlos Holmes   CATALOGUE TIDBITS TUITION The cost to attend the State College for Colored Students remained unchanged from 1893 to 1918. During 1911-1912, the school year changed from three terms to two semesters. -- Delaware students: Free  |  Out-of-state students: $20 a year -- $2 matriculation fee  |  $2 per week for room and board TELEPHONE CONNECTION In suggesting certain improvements to be considered by the Board of Trustees in his President’s Report for the year ending 1901, President William C. Jason notes, “Another improvement which would be an economy rather than an expense is suggested by the frequent need of a telephonic connection between the school and Dover.” The installation of service was complete by 1904. MASONRY AND COOKING In his report for the year ending 1903, President Jason notes the addition of masonry as a new area of the industrial work due to the arrival of Nathan Green on the faculty. He also reported a cooking class had been added, as instructor Helen W. Anderson was furnished to the College by the ladies of the Century Club in Dover. GOVERNOR AT COMMENCEMENT The 1911 Commencement marked the first time the chief executive of the state was in attendance, as Gov. Simeon Pennewill gave an address during the ceremony. SCHOOL NEWSPAPER In his report for the year ending 1912, the president announced the establishment of the school newspaper The Echo, which published its first edition Nov. 24, 1909. TOP ACHIEVEMENTS The State College for Colored Students’ top two achievements reflected in the 1893-1918 catalogues are arguably the establishment of teachers’ education at the College and the development of the farm operations on campus. TEACHERS’ EDUCATION Teachers’ education began in the 1897-1898 school year with the establishment of a Normal School on campus. Lydia Laws, the namesake of a current DSU women’s residential hall, was the initial instructor in teacher education and served in that capacity until 1912. Beginning in 1908, the College also became a focal point for established colored teachers in the state, as many began attending an annual Summer School of Methods, which provided workshops on different teaching topics. FARM OPERATIONS The SCCS’ success in converting the inherited inactive fields into a productive farm operation was instrumental in sustaining the College. Much of the foodstuff consumed by the College community came from the diverse crops of wheat, corn, tomatoes, bean varieties, potatoes and fruits. The SCCS farm operation also raised chickens and pigs to add meat to the food diets. In addition to feeding the SCCS population, surplus crops were also sold on the local Kent County market, becoming an additional source of revenue for the College. The crop yield cited in the President’s Report for the year ending 1901: • 564 bushels of wheat • 694 bushels of corn • 175 bushels of white potatoes • 40 bushels of sweet potatoes • 202 bushels of apples • 5 bushels of white beans • 20½  tons of tomatoes • 4,872 quarts of strawberries • 4,454 quarts of plums • The report also noted 1,591 pounds  of pork was used by the school.

Isaiah Nathaniel '04 honors a hoops legacy through documentary

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Class of 2004 alumnus Isaiah Nathaniel, who showed his new documentary 16th and Philly at DSU in February, stands on the court at 16th Street in Philadelphia. Alumnus Isaiah Nathaniel has combined his love for basketball and his diverse vocations in information technology, photography and videography to produce a documentary on a legendary Philadelphia-area pickup basketball league. A class of 2004 graduate, Nathaniel made his alma mater a part of the premiere tour of his new documentary 16th and Philly on Feb. 11 at an almost capacity-filled Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building on campus. Nathaniel, who also played basketball for Delaware State University from 2000-2004, has done a documentary on the famed North Central Philadelphia Basketball League — known commonly in Philly as the 16th Street League, because its outdoor courts are located on the corner of 16th Street and West Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia. During its prominent years of the early 1980s to the early 2000s, it was considered one of the top pickup leagues on the East Coast. The league produced a number of players who went on to compete in college, overseas, in professional leagues and in the NBA such as Hank Gathers, Bo Kimball, Doug Overton, Lionel Simmons, Ronald “Flip” Murray, Cuttino Mobley, Aaron “AO” Owens, Rodney “Hot Rod” Odrick and many others. Nathaniel said the documentary was made to honor the memory and legacy of the 16th Street League and preserve some of the stories. “Anytime people talk about basketball in Philly, there’s always some who remember and talk about the 16th Street League,” Nathaniel said. “Whether you witnessed it as a player or a spectator, it never leaves you.” In addition to DSU, the film has also premiered in Philadelphia. The filmmaker is also working toward a New York City screening sometime in the spring and is exploring distribution options. Nathaniel is the CEO of his own information technology consulting business in Philadelphia — Calcom Technologies — which among himself and the seven technicians he employs does full-service IT support work in the tri-state Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region, including web and graphic designs, branding, marketing and disaster recovery. He is also a co-partner in Diamond Eye Sports, a sports media firm that includes photography and videography services. It is the latter business through which Nathaniel made the film. With two businesses to tend to, as well the production and promotion of his film, Nathaniel said his years as a DSU student-athlete majoring in information systems served him well. “Having to juggle sports and academics at DSU prepared me for the juggling I have to do now in different pursuits,” Nathaniel said. “I have a great respect for what DSU did for me.” -- Story by Carlos Holmes 

Meeshach Stennett '98 connects younger alumni with each other, their alma mater

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When Meeshach Stennett was soon approaching the day he would receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, all he wanted to do was get his diploma, get off the DSU campus and begin the next chapter of his life. Meeshach Stennett '98 reunites young alumni through The DSU Circle. He said it wasn’t that his experience on campus was negative; he was just anxious to get his accounting career started. But it wasn’t long after his 1998 graduation that he began thinking about the DSU family that had been part of his undergraduate years. Once he was separated from them, he found that he missed his Hornet friends and wanted to see them again. He returned to campus during the subsequent Homecoming to be reunited with his DSU contemporaries, only to find out that many of the younger generation alumni didn’t come back for that weekend. “I would ask some of my DSU friends, ‘Are you going to Homecoming?,’ and many of them weren’t,” said Stennett, 39. “Where Homecoming was concerned, one option was to go to the student party, which was too young a crowd; or the other option was the DSU Alumni Association (DSUAA) event, which was a much older crowd.” That void of Homecoming activities for the younger alumni generations is what gave birth eventually to The DSU Circle. In the summer of 2004, Stennett organized a cookout at Lums Pond for the younger alumni. The success of that led to annual summertime cookouts being held. Jamal “Swat” Perkins, Class of 1998, affirms that Stennett was the one who started reuniting the younger alums. He began assisting Stennett during those early years; Perkins notes that the “Circle” name came from the place outside of Evers, Jenkins and Conwell halls where a lot of students would hang out. “We coined it The DSU Circle because that is what everyone knew.” In 2006, Stennett and his Circle “co-founder” Perkins began establishing Homecoming events geared toward the classes of DSU graduates from the 1990s and 2000s and has kept them coming back ever since. They started a Thursday happy hour event in Wilmington, Del., where there is strong contingent of DSU alumni. They followed that by establishing what has become an annual Friday night Party Forever Young event held at the Duncan Center in Dover. They began to hold a tailgate State Day Party on the grassy area next to DSU’s main gate during the Homecoming Game. For the first few years of their event planning, they held a Saturday night event at the then-Loockerman Exchange in downtown Dover. “The difference in DSU’s Homecoming is now 180 degrees different,” Stennett said. “Now all my people are down here for Homecoming.” In 2011-2012, Stennett served as the vice president of the DSUAA. That led to programming a Saturday night Homecoming weekend event in conjunction with the Alumni Association. The DSU Circle’s success in bringing the younger alumni together has been textbook networking. “You can’t pull something like this off by yourself,” Stennett said. “There are influential alumni in their own right from New York to D.C. and we incorporate them. All the tickets move through them.” DSU years and career Event planning, however, was not Stennett’s aspiration when he left Bronx, N.Y., to attend then-Delaware State College. To understand his background, one must know that he is a product of a determined mother of Jamaican heritage — Beverley Dyce.  “My mother had plans for me, and that was education,” he said. “When I was growing up, that was the crack era in New York City, and my mother wasn’t going to let me be a part of that cycle.” Stennett noted that his formative teen years were also the years of the television show A Different World  and the Spike Lee movie School Daze, both of which were based on life at a historically black college. Between what he had learned from that aspect of pop culture and what he and a friend saw when they visited DSC, Stennett knew Del State was the place for him. In attending DSU in the mid-1990s, he sees the institution’s change in higher education status as a metaphor for his own corresponding transformation. “I came to Delaware State College in 1992, and when I left it was Delaware State University,” Stennett said. “It also signified my transition from adolescence to adulthood.” Following his graduation, he returned to the Bronx for a season and worked as a temp accountant for a firm in “The Big Apple.” Sometime during that next school year, he came back to DSU to celebrate the birthday of his former roommate Milton Garrick, who was graduating that year. “That is when I met my wife Illyana (then) Green in the parking lot of Tubman Hall,” Stennett said. Meeting his wife gave him all the motivation he needed to come back to Delaware, where he obtained a position with Pioneer Chemical Co. and later with Scientific Games. He and Illyana were married in 2000; 14 years later, their union has produced three children — Izzy, 14; Maaliyan, 10; and Marlee, 5. In 2003, Stennett started to work for his current employer, DuPont, where he began as a fixed assets coordinator and would progress upward to his current post as a senior plant accountant at one of DuPont’s largest manufacturing sites. Passion for The DSU Circle Meanwhile, The DSU Circle has been a primary life passion for him. His success in bringing the younger alums together is all the more remarkable in that, during the first few years, he did it without the use of social media. Today, however, The DSU Circle is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and also has a website life of its own — www.DSUcircle.com. “It started off as a way of just trying to keep us together,” Stennett said. Leland Nelson, Class of 1996 member and the owner of Dirty Dog Hauling (a professional residential and commercial junk hauling firm that he calls a modern day “Sanford & Son”), is one of the “influential alumni” who has helped to keep alumni in the Harrisburg, Pa., area in the loop about The DSU Circle events. “We have had some very good cookouts where we have been able to enjoy good fellowship with each other and our families,” said Nelson, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. “(Stennett) is big on alumni engagement. If he sees anything positive about alums in the news, he will get that information out there through The DSU Circle.” Garrick, Stennett’s former roommate, said that Homecoming parties of The DSU Circle have been “mesmerizing,” as well as “good clean fun.” He notes the benefits of bringing the younger alums together goes beyond partying. “It is important to understand that Stennett has created a family outside of our immediate families,” said Garrick, who earned a 1998 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and currently teaches mathematics at Postles Community College Borough of Manhattan (N.Y.). “Life can be stressful, but when we get together, we are able to release some of that stress with good people and good energy, all of which is medicinal.” In addition, Perkins notes that a lot of alums have their own businesses and companies, “and the networking allows us to connect and collaborate.” Stennett said he wouldn’t exert so much energy into The DSU Circle if he wasn’t seeing the positive result of the efforts. “When I get alums to come back and say that it was the best Homecoming they have ever been to, and that they can’t wait to come back next year, then it is worth it,” Stennett said. -- Story by Carlos Holmes

Alumni Ambassadors Outreach Day

Alumni Ambassadors Outreach Day and Spring Open House
 

DSU will launch the first-ever Alumni Ambassadors Outreach Day that will be held in conjunction with its Spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Alumni are encouraged to reach out to middle and high school students and bring them to the DSU campus for the event. The prospective students will attend an academic fair in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit individual academic colleges to meet with faculty and administrators.

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