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From the Drew family, a long line of DSU graduates

Dr. Martin A. Drew, Class of 1965, is truly challenged as he tries to recall all the members of his family who have graduated from or are attending Delaware State University. Just when he thinks he has covered everyone, another one comes to mind. “There are a number of us who have been at Del State,” said Drew. The family of Dr. Martin A. Drew ’65, professor of English at DSU, has an extensive legacy. Among the graduates or current students are, seated from left, Dr.  Drew, Loretta Drew Chowdhury ’54 and Theresa Johnson ’02. In the back, from left, are sophomore Brittany Currie, Lisha W. Gist ’89, Robert Johnson ’03, Tywanna Currie ’88, Nika Drew Reid ’94, Chiara Fox ’05 and freshman Tashana Sprattling. The Drew family legacy at DSU began with Loretta Drew Chowdhury, who graduated with a degree in Home Economics from then-Delaware State College in 1954. Martin said that his father Orlando, who was born in 1915, outlived most of his 17 siblings. As such, he became the patriarch of the family and sent his younger sister — Loretta — to DSC. She would be the first of 14 Drew family descendants who would earn degrees at Del State. Loretta would work as a dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan,N.Y., and then she served as a teacher in New York City for 35 years. As the second in the family to earn a degree, Martin also took his DSC diploma in Elementary English to New York City, where he would teach junior high and high school, as well as serve as an assistant principal and principal. Along the way, he would earn two master’s degrees (Education Administration and Philosophy) and a doctorate in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). Martin is also the author of three books: The Chronology of African-American Families of Southeastern Sussex County, Del.; The History of the Blackwater Colored School in Clarksville, Del.; and The History of the Drew Family — A Family Reunion. Currently, Martin is a professor of English at his DSU alma mater. His oldest daughter, Monique Drew Woodley, graduated from DSC with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1990. She is currently a teacher in Dallas, Texas. Anthony Mosley Jr., Monique’s son and Martin’s grandson, graduated from DSU in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. Loretta and Martin also have a litany of nieces and nephews who have graduated from Del State: • Darryl Drew, who earned a 1990 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He later completed studies at the University of California Law School in Sacramento, Calif., and currently is a lawyer in Oakland, Calif. • Gregory Drew, who earned a 1994 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He is currently in graduate school at Wilmington University. • Patrick Drew, who earned a 2011 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He works at Delaware Legislative Hall in Dover. • Natasha Pratt Sprattling, who earned a 1988 Bachelor of Science in Business. Her daughter Tashana is currently a DSU freshman majoring in business marketing. • Lisha Walters Gist, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1989. She now works as a financial professional. • Nika Drew Reid, who earned a 1994 Bachelor of Science in Psychology (and later a master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University). She is a teacher in the Indian River School District. • Tywanna Currie, who earned a 1988 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She works for SCI Services at Delaware Express. Her daughter Brittany Currie is a DSU sophomore majoring in biology and pre-health. • Chiara Fox, who earned a 2005 Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She works in the Delaware Children’s Department (of the state of Delaware) and as an instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. • Robert Johnson, who earned a 2003  Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. He is a test proctor and education laboratory specialist at Delaware Technical & Community College. • Theresa Johnson, who earned a 2002 Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She currently works in the Finance Department at the Delaware Department of Transportation. Loretta said when she first started her college studies, she didn’t realize that she would be the first in a long line of college graduates in the family. “It is absolutely beautiful,” Loretta said. “I didn’t really realize it until today when some of us came together for this picture.” -- Story and photo by Carlos Holmes

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KaLonna Maull

KaLonna D. Maull  Supervisor, Perdue Farms Inc.'s Further Processing Department BS in Food and Nutritional Sciences, 2010 MS in Food Science, 2012   DSU: What made you decide to major in Food and Nutritional Sciences? KALONNA: I was interested in that major because (a younger family member) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. My whole family’s focus was on that. At that time, diabetes wasn’t discussed as much, and we as a family had to learn about it. My mom was kind of devastated and I wanted to help her learn how a child with diabetes should deal with it. The biggest challenge is the monitoring of your diet, and that is a lot for a little kid.   DSU: What was your experience like once you started in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences? KALONNA: I had a great experience as an undergraduate. I was senior class president, and I wanted to work hard to help our students be involved. … Because we were at the back of the campus, and because some of our students commuted, sometimes we weren’t always as well-connected with what was going on with the rest of the campus. So I tried to make sure other students knew about things going on outside of the college. I had a great time in my college and my department.  One of my main goals was to give us more exposure. Many people on campus didn’t know we had a nutrition program in the college. DSU: What other activities were you involved in outside of your college? KALONNA: In addition to being senior class president, I was – and still am – a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. I was also a member of the Alpha Pi Honor Society, Food and Nutrition Club (FAN Club), DSU Chapter of the NAACP, as well as Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). DSU: How would you describe your overall experience at DSU? KALONNA: Overall, it has not only given me two academic degrees, but also a degree in perseverance. It prepared me for life. As a result of my experience at DSU, I make sure I have all my things in line, especially concerning money. I learned the importance of saving documentation, which some students had a problem with. DSU has prepared me for the real world. It was also interesting to be a part of the then-new master’s degree program in Food Science. We were the first graduating class to do our research on campus (we previously did research at a USDA facility in Pennsylvania).  

Class Notes -- Summer 2013

1961/1962 Charles Minor ’61 and his wife, Patricia Snead Minor ’62, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29 in the presence of family and friends. The Minors met while attending Delaware State College and were married June 29, 1963, at New Zion Methodist Church in Laurel, Del. 1971 Esthelda “Stell” Parker Selby was recently appointed a councilwoman in the town of Milton, Del., by Mayor Marion Jones. 1973 Janet Williams-Coger has been elected vice chair of the Delaware Board of Charitable Gaming. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this position. Her term expires in five years. 1976 Ernie Colburn has been named executive director of the Salisbury (Md.) Area Chamber of Commerce. Colburn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from Delaware State University. Jackie Pennick Derricks recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service. After living in Texas for more than 30 years, Derricks plans to spend her retirement in South Boston, Va. 1990 Ellen Chamberlin, a fourth and fifth grade science and social studies teacher at Rock Hall Elementary School, was named Kent County, Md.’s Teacher of the Year. Chamberlin graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Capella University in 2005. 1993 Dean J. Ivory has been named principal of Glasgow High School in Delaware’s Christina School District. Ivory was most recently principal of Laurel Senior High School since 2006; he also served as principal of Lake Forest High School from 1999 to 2006 and was previously a business teacher at Polytech High School and Woodbridge Junior/Senior High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Delaware State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University. 1995 James L. Moore III was recently appointed as the Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Moore, an internationally recognized scholar in academic achievement for minority students, focuses particularly on how to ensure success in education and life for African-American boys and men. Moore is also an associate provost in Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African-American Male. He was one of two Ohio State representatives named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Delaware State University and a master’s degree (1997) and a Ph.D. (2000) in Counselor Education, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 1996 Sherri (Johnson) Mullen is assistant to the director of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education and Summer Programs at Delaware State University, a position she started in October 2012. She was previously DSU’s IT trainer in the Department of Information Technology. Last year, she gave birth to a son, Noah. 1998/1996 Eric Ames ’98 and Dia (Savage) Ames ’96 plan to open a Zoup! Fresh Soup Company franchise in Wilmington, Del., in September. Eric spent his entire professional career with the Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pa., and will work for the franchise full time. Dia spent the first five years of her career with Deloitte and Touche in Philadelphia and the last 11 years working for Bank of America, where she is a senior vice president in the Corporate Audit Department. Eric and Dia are high school sweethearts and have two children, Ethan, 12, and Drew, 6. 1998 Dr. Michelle Galloway-Hamani has reinvented her expertise as a research chemist into writing children’s science books coupled with hands-on workshops. Her first book, Morning Star, is a family-oriented, educational, interactive book filled with colorful pictures for all ages. Published in 2011, it seeks to address: Is the sun a star? How does the sun create heat and light? Currently, she is working on her second book, Tonight’s Light. Her books’ core mission is to promote the fun in learning the influence of science and math to our everyday lives. Galloway-Hamani received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University in 1996, a master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Delaware State University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 2004. Morning Star is available from Amazon. Galloway-Hamani lives in Germantown, Md., with her husband and two children. 1999/2007 Brenda F. Farmer and Will Byrd were united in marriage on July 7. Farmer is Delaware State University’s director of Events and Ceremonies. 2001 Chef Lynnette Jackson of Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering in Annandale, Va., competed in May on an episode of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” She and her aunt, Coletta Webster, appeared on the show after submitting an audition video on YouTube to its producers. Teams of bakers on “Cupcake Wars” are given themes and unusual ingredients to incorporate into several rounds of creating cupcakes that are judged by a three-person panel. Jackson opened Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering in 2006 after she decided to follow her passion for cooking. She graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Bowie State University with a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. Following graduate school, Jackson enrolled in culinary school at the Art Institute of Washington, where she received an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. John Sell, an English teacher at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Del., who was Delaware’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year, has been named an assistant principal at the school. 2003 Jolene Cross and her partner Richard Evans welcomed baby Charli Rose Evans on Jan. 21, 2013. The future DSU student measured in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches. 2004/2006 Rochelle Knapp was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell to serve as a magistrate judge for the Justice of the Peace Court. She was confirmed by the 142nd Delaware State Senate in May. Knapp is currently the only African-American serving in the capacity of Justice of the Peace judge in Sussex County and the youngest in the state of Delaware. Knapp received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University. 2007/2010 Amystique Y. Harris Church was presented with the 2013 NCTA Service Recognition Award from the National College Testing Association at the organization’s conference in July for service on the state and regional level.  She has also been elected to the 2013 NCTA Governing Board, on which she will serve from August 2013-August 2017. 2009 Shan Green has been appointed as the principal of Central Middle School in Dover. Green graduated with a master’s degree in Special Education from Delaware State University.

Dr. Jerome H. Holland, 6th president: Leadership a turning point for DSC

Dr. Jerome H. Holland Tenure: 1953-1960 Among those familiar with the 122-year history of Delaware State University, Dr. Jerome H. Holland is commonly known to be the most pivotal president in the institution’s history. That historical characterization is substantiated by his 1953-1960 tenure at then-Delaware State College, in which under his leadership the College was pulled from the brink of institutional extinction and onto firm footing as an accredited HBCU. While clearly deserving of the accolades for how his leadership reversed the fortunes of Delaware State College toward a positive direction of continuous growth and increasing prosperity, a newly published book is shedding new light on how Holland and DSC benefited from the desegregation battles of the 1950s. Born Jan. 9, 1916, in Auburn, N.Y., Holland was the first African-American to play football for Cornell University in 1939. He went on to be a two-time All-American end. At Cornell, he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Sociology, and later he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. Holland was working as a social research consultant for the Pew Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia when he was approached about the DSU president’s post by then-newly elected Gov. J. Caleb Boggs. Clearly Holland merits a lot of credit for simply agreeing to become president of DSC in 1953 and squarely confronting the challenges facing the institution headlong. The College had lost its accreditation in 1949 — after having possessed it only five years — which resulted in dwindling enrollment and calls from many for its permanent closure. Nevertheless, Holland was undaunted by the tall challenges facing the institution. Court case After decades of receiving woefully less-than-adequate financial support from the state, DSC had become the stark poster child for why separate but equal segregation was in fact abjectly unequal, especially to the detriment of minorities, their institutions and public accommodations. The stage where the College’s abundant shortcomings were on widespread display was the Delaware Court of Chancery, the site of a nationally precedent-setting 1950 civil case challenging the segregation of the University of Delaware. After the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools’ revocation in 1949 of DSC’s initial accreditation, 10 African-American students tried to obtain applications to enroll at the University of Delaware, but were refused. This resulted in a legal showdown in the Delaware Court of Chancery in which the students — represented by Delaware legal legend Louis L. Redding and NAACP attorney Jack Greenberg — were victorious. In making their effective case for the 10 plaintiffs, Redding and Greenberg used comparisons between DSC and the University of Delaware to drive home the stark inadequacies of Delaware’s only historically black college. They could be found in virtually every area, including infrastructure, academic offerings, financial resources, salaries and student services. The state’s insufficient financial support of DSC had been a shameful constant throughout the College’s then-60 year history and was a major factor in its loss of accreditation. The vast differences in higher education quality and resources between DSC and UD led to the court’s ruling that ultimately unlocked the segregated doors of the University of Delaware and became a part of the growing body of evidence that would eventually dismantle the 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson “separate but equal” doctrine where educational systems were concerned. The court victory notwithstanding, a convergence between the opponents of desegregation in higher education and the proponents for the continuation of DSC combined with the arrival of Holland in 1953 to result in the survival of DSC. A 1951 state task force recommended that DSC be converted to a junior college and merged with the University of Delaware, which the northern school opposed. Despite the Chancery Court ruling, many in the state government were opposed to desegregation. Dr. Brett Gadsden, author of the 2013 book Between North and South — Delaware, Desegregation, and the Myth of American Sectionalism, notes as it became clear that the legal grounds for segregation in schools was fast beginning to crumble, Delaware officials began to slow desegregation by providing long overdue financial resources to DSC as well as to other black public schools throughout the state. “White officials mobilized in such a manner, not in response to the efforts of black activists committed to vitalizing historically black institutions; they moved only after it became apparent that more and more blacks looked to white schools as the means to escape the deprivations endemic to black schools and only after school desegregation proponents began winning in the courts,” Gadsden said in the book’s introduction. “The state then devoted greater resources to Delaware State College, enriching educational opportunities at this historically black institution.” Holland’s work Thus was the good timing when Holland assumed the DSC presidency in 1953. However, the financial resources of the state didn’t simply drop in his lap. Against the parallel backdrop of the UD desegregation ruling and the still-strong calls for the College to be closed, Holland still had to make a case for the continued existence of the College as a four-year institution. Holland submitted a 1954 report to then-Gov. Boggs which charted the history of DSU, the state’s track record of inadequate funding of the College, as well as how the state could atone for its longtime neglect. Simply put, Holland stated that if the state planned to leave its low levels of financial support of DSC unchanged while at the same time continuing the debate as to whether the HBCU should remain open, then without a doubt DSC should be closed. However, Holland also forcefully stated that if the state decided it would change its attitude toward DSU for the better, there were many needs on campus that should be addressed, which he went on to list categorically in the report. “He made a compelling case concerning DSC’s continued importance to serve black students in Delaware and steered the institution through a very stormy period,” Gadsden said in a recent phone interview. While noting the importance of DSC’s continuation to African-Americans, he also took a visionary view of the institution’s future diversity potential. “There is no reason why Delaware State cannot serve all citizens; they pay for it,” Holland said in a 1953 interview with the Delaware State News. “We will do everything possible to secure an accredited standing, and the guiding philosophy will be for a state education institution.” Within a matter of a few years, DSC received $2.5 million in state funding that resulted in the construction of three new buildings (Memorial Hall, Conwell Hall and Grossley Hall) and the renovation of six other buildings. That compared positively to the period of 1931-1953 in which state funding for major construction only took place once — a major capital improvement allocation in 1949 for the construction of Tubman Hall a few years later.   In addition, the state funding for the DSC operating budget increased from $307,000 in 1953-54 to $400,000 in 1959. While it is clear that the increase in funding had a strongly sustaining effect on DSC, it is also clear that Holland’s leadership was indispensable. To receive the funding that DSU obtained involved countless meetings and negotiations between the DSC president, legislators and the state governor’s office. To gain their confidence, the College had to show appreciable improvement, which it did throughout Holland’s tenure. The enrollment — which was only 167 students in 1953 — more than doubled within the next six years. Significant improvements were made to the College’s academic structure and student services. Holland was also able to broker legislation with the state politicians that changed the composition of the College’s Board of Trustees, expanding it from six to 11 members — with for the first time five members being appointed by the board while six continued to be appointed by the governor, reducing the impact of politics on board selections. Most importantly to the University’s survival, it was under Holland’s strong leadership that Middle States reaccredited DSC in 1957. “The legal victories of Louis Redding (in Parker vs. University of Delaware and Brown vs. Board of Education) were instrumental in opening the door of segregated institutions and in an unintended consequence, also in spurring public investments in previously neglected black institutions such as Delaware State College,” Gadsden said. “To his credit, Dr. Holland took advantage of that opportunity and DSC was able to rise as a modern, better resourced college as a result.” Holland’s transformational work as DSC president made him extremely marketable. In 1960, Hampton Institute (later University) was able to lure him away from DSC to assume that presidency until 1970. Like his time at DSC, his tenure at Hampton also reflected tremendous growth at that institution. He would go on to write a number of economic and sociological studies of African-Americans, serve as ambassador of Sweden, chairman of the American Red Cross and sit as a board member of nine major U.S. companies, as well as becoming the first African-American to serve on the board of the U.S. Stock Exchange. Holland was also elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Known throughout his life from his Cornell years by his nickname “Brud,” Holland passed away in 1985 in New York City. -- Story by Carlos Holmes

Chinese alumni make their mark on a global scale

From left, Bing Han, President Harry L. Williams and Chao Yu. Han and Yu both received Master of Science degrees in Applied Optics and Ph.Ds. in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics from DSU. Halfway across the world, a product of Delaware State University’s master’s and doctoral degree programs is managing a multimillion dollar company while his wife  — also a graduate of the same programs — is teaching university-level mathematics. Bing Han and his wife, Chao Yu, are using the advanced degrees they earned at DSU to propel their careers in business and higher education, respectively. Both earned Master of Science degrees in Applied Optics and Ph.Ds. in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. Yu completed her doctoral degree in 2009, while Han finished his in 2012. Both have returned to their native China to make their country a beneficiary of the knowledge they attained at DSU. Han is the general manager of Jinxing Automotive Interior Decoration Inc., a designer and manufacturer of car interior elements for 15 different automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat, as well Inteva, one of the world’s largest global automotive suppliers. The company, which employs more than 1,300 people, brought in more than $19 billion in revenue in 2012. Yu teaches mathematics at Liaoning University in the Chinese city of Shenyang. Han said both he and his wife enjoyed their time at DSU. “We had a lot of support and help from the faculty at DSU, and not just with the courses, but with everything else concerning our time in the U.S.,” Han said. “Dr. Fengshan Liu (DSU vice president of International Affairs) was very important to us.” Han, 32, said his degree work at DSU has made him a more valuable executive at Jinxing. “The mathematics courses helped me to deal better with problems and how to arrive at solutions,” Han said. Not only an advanced student at DSU, Han was also a mathematics instructor and was the University’s first-ever Chinese language teacher. “Teaching classes at DSU helped me greatly with my English,” Han said. “Because a lot of Jinxing’s customers are international, my improved English has helped me to communicate with a lot of them.” Han and Yu have two children, a son named Jiaxu and a daughter, Catherine, who was actually born during their time in the United States, giving the child citizenship in both the U.S. and China. In China, Han said he and his wife get to meet some Chinese students destined to attend DSU. “I tell them to talk with Americans and get to know American society,” he said. “I tell them to learn the culture because the current America is the future of China.” Han and Yu were recently reunited in China with Dr. Liu and President Harry L. Williams, who traveled to the country in June to meet with some university collaborators of DSU. He said he thinks highly of Dr. Williams. “(Dr. Williams) is a nice person who cares about the Chinese people,” Han said. “I believe he will bring a bright future for DSU.” -- Story by Carlos Holmes

Kent Amos '70 focuses life on helping children succeed

Kent Amos was the first African-American vice president of Xerox. He left his position in the 1980s to focus full-time on family and youths, going on to establish the Urban Family Institute, the Kids House after-school program and the Dorothy Height Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Kent B. Amos, Class of 1970, describes his undergraduate years at then-Delaware State College as a coming of age story. “I went in as a colored boy, and I graduated as a black man,” said the former Xerox corporate executive and currently nationally renowned educator and Washington, D.C., charter school founder. A significant part of his eternal love for his alma mater stems from the way it embraced him. Raised in Washington by his parents Benjamin F. and Gladys Mae Amos and a Calvin Coolidge High School track star, Amos won an athletic scholarship to attend American University. However, possessing a less-than-adequate focus on academics led him to leave the school after 1½ years. He would subsequently join the Air Force and then switch over to the Army, through which he went to Officers Candidate School. Although he momentarily entertained the idea of a military career, he decided he wanted to give college another shot. His brother Ben recommended DSC. “So with my brother and my father Benjamin F. Amos, we drove onto the campus. … It was a farm … it had cornfields, pigs and cows!” Amos said. “And as we were driving around, I kept saying, “I ain’t going to school on no farm!” His concerns notwithstanding, the Amos trio met with then-DSU President Luna I. Mishoe in his office, where he reviewed young Kent’s American University transcripts. After looking through it, “he looked at the three of us, laid my transcript face down on his desk, slid it to the side and said, ‘Why don’t we just forget that. You are now going to be a freshman at Delaware State.’ ” After the meeting, Amos said he continued to complain to his father about the farm atmosphere of the college. His father, an attorney, reminded him about his AU transcripts. “Nobody but Del State will accept you but for what you are,” his father told him. “They accepted a failure, because they think they can make something out of you. So you don’t have a choice.” Military and time on campus Arriving as a 22-year-old freshman and as a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard, Amos immediately became the freshman class president and would go on to serve as the president of the Men’s Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council and ultimately as the Student Government Association president during his senior year. Because of his greater maturity, he would provide a needed counter balance in contrast to the rebelliousness of others in the Del State student body in the mid- to late 1960s. Noting that period’s nationwide thrust of “I’m Black and I’m Proud” sentiments, student rebellions and anti-establishment sensibilities, Amos said that his perspective was typically different from his college peers. “Having worked in the military police in the Army and having worked in the U.S. Marshal’s Office in the court system, I understood violence at a level they didn’t understand,” he said. “So in the conversations we would have in the dormitory, my roommate and I would always be the odd men out.” Amos vividly recalls driving back to his hometown following the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and seeing billows of smoke rising from different sections of the city from the riotous response to the tragedy. Still serving in the National Guard as a second lieutenant, he was pressed into service and led a unit into the city to help restore the peace. Then a 23-year-old DSC sophomore, Amos — who had served in Vietnam — was the only one in his quickly formed Guard unit that had any combat experience. One of the first things the men under him wanted to know was if they would receive ammunition to quell the riots. “I said, ‘Never, because you ’all are not killing anybody. My goal is to keep you alive and the people alive,’ ” Amos said. By the following month, he had returned to campus in time to serve as a voice of reason during the May 1968 rebellion in which students took over the Grossley Administration Building, prompting the deployment of the Delaware National Guard and State Police to the campus. During the one-day standoff, Amos said he stood with Dr. Mishoe outside of his president’s office window talking to the occupying students, which included then-recently suspended SGA president Leroy Tate. The reasoning of Amos and the president along with others eventually defused the situation, and the students relinquished the building. Amos would later be a part of a Faculty-Administrators-Student Committee that developed recommendations to address the points of contention that brought about the demonstration. One year later, Amos would be the first-ever SGA president to address the DSC Board of Trustees during its regular meeting, at which time he detailed what he planned to accomplish as the top student leader during his 1969-70 senior year. Careers and family Amos would graduate in 1970, but he would miss that year’s Commencement because he was serving the Guard in Cambodia. When he returned stateside, he would make his mark with Xerox, eventually becoming the first-ever African-American vice president of the corporation. He credits his DSC experience with making him comfortable with the ascending leadership positions he would assume as well as in competing intellectually at the highest levels of his domain. “I became a confident black man in the true tradition of confident black men in American history who were exemplified by the DSC (faculty and administrators) I was exposed to — Dr. Mishoe, Earnest Talbert, Dr. Richard Wynder, John Price, U.S. Washington, Harry Washington — all class acts who were able to model for me what my father showed me,” Amos said. In 1982, Amos married his current wife Carmen and became a father to her son and daughter, Wesley and Deborah. In becoming a family man, he learned what the challenges entailed when his son came home one day with three new friends from his high school. “We knew then that if we didn’t change that relationship, they were going to change him. Of course the easy answer was (to send him to) private school,” Amos said. “The more challenging and appropriate answer was to fix them. That is what we did.” So Mr. and Mrs. Amos got to know those boys, opened their home to them and helped provide them with opportunities for positive life outcomes. This led the couple to open their home to many other at-risk youths, offering them a home environment, financial support and a nurturing environment. Amos estimates that he and his wife have taken in about 85 children under their wing in their home. It ultimately led Amos to leave his Xerox executive job in the 1980s to focus full-time on family and youths. When asked about the inspiration for such an undertaking, Amos pointed to his alma mater. “Delaware State looked out for me, so how was I going to turn my back on these kids. DSC didn’t turn its back on me,” he said. The Amoses went on to establish the Urban Family Institute, which provided structure for their initiatives; the Kids House, which was an after-school program modeled on what they did for youth in their home that has expanded to 22 states; and finally the Dorothy Height Community Academy Public Charter School, one of the leading charter schools in Washington. He has shared his story and perspectives on youths, family and education on many local and national radio and television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in countless newspapers, magazines and books. As Amos approaches age 70 next May, with all he has accomplished, he is still not satisfied. “I ended up being the first black vice president in Xerox history, made my money and all of those things,” Amos said. “But what I want to do now is far more important — to build structures to give children who have been shunted to the side an opportunity to be a success, in a much broader way than the narrow view that too many people have today about education. “My goal is to change the systems nationally,” he said. “We are still not there yet.” For Amos, giving back is as a fundamental part of his being as the blood that courses through his body. He said that goes back to his Delaware State connection where so many people made a difference in his life. “To this day, I operate my business and run my life on the principle that it is not just a nice idea to give back to that which made you who you are. It is an obligation and a responsibility,” he said. “So I don’t have to be told by anyone in the alumni office or administration of DSU or Coolidge that it would be a nice idea to give back. I have no choice. They made it possible for me to be who I am, in addition obviously to my family. My life was changed forever.” -- Story and photos by Carlos Holmes

From the 1950s to now, 6 decades of significant campus growth

The State College for Colored Students began the institution’s history in 1892 with only three buildings — one somewhat substantial mansion structure (by the 1700s standard) and a hastily built president’s cottage and carpentry building. By 1952 — about 60 years later — Delaware State College’s growth in physical infrastructure can barely be called modest, as there were just over 20 buildings on campus, but only seven could be called substantial structures. Fast-forward another 61 years, and to the amazement of residents who have watched the institution’s expansion over the last six decades and the alumni who return to their alma mater after many years, DSU has developed into an impressive physical plant. The development of DSU throughout its 122-year history reflects the degree to which the state of Delaware financially supported the institution it created —  inconsistently low levels of state financial support during its first six decades, followed by much more consistent and unprecedented levels of major capital improvement funding. Of the seven substantial buildings on campus in 1952, state funding paid for only four of them. Loockerman Hall, the former Main College Building, was part of the state’s original 1891 purchase of the property and was paid for out of the $8,000 allocated to establish the institution; 10 years later, the state earmarked $6,000 for the construction of Lore Hall, a women’s dorm. It would be more than 20 years before the state would yield any capital improvement funding for the College. In the 1920s, the state allocated a then-unprecedented $275,000 for the construction of Delaware Hall, an administration/classroom building, and Conrad Hall, a cafeteria. Any hopes, however, that the capital improvement funding might signal a new supportive attitude among legislators was disappointed by the next 20 years in which no new construction money would come from the state. The Library was originally built with funding College President William C. Jason raised. The DuPont Building (the high school on campus) and the President’s Residence were both built with money from philanthropist Pierre du Pont. The 1950s would be the beginning of improved state financial support for the infrastructure growth of the institution. Over the next 60 years (1953 to present), the number of buildings on campus would double. The dramatic physical plant increase during the second half of the institution’s history began with the completion of Tubman Hall in 1953. However, the improved relationship between the state legislature and DSC under the leadership of President Jerome Holland (1953-60) is what established a more favorable environment for infrastructure growth. That relationship with the state would continue in subsequent DSC administrations, which would also be a factor in the institution’s increase in enrollment from a few hundred students in the 1950s to the current 4,000-plus students. The increase in physical infrastructure would keep pace with the growing enrollment, with a prolific construction agenda over the last six decades that included the Mishoe Science Center, two Martin Luther King Jr. Student Centers, a Bank of America Building for the College of Business, a Cooperative Extension/Herbarium Building and a Wellness & Recreation Center, just to name a few of the 40-plus buildings on DSU’s main campus. Holland and his successors, Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, Dr. William B. DeLauder, Dr. Allen L. Sessoms and Dr. Harry L. Williams, can all be credited with the leadership to continue the favorable relationship with the state and the expansion of the University. Under Williams’ leadership, the growth is continuing. The University has received a $10 million allocation from the state for the construction of an Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Building. In addition, in 2013 DSU is completing its work in crafting a new Facilities Master Plan that will guide the University in its future construction projects. -- Story by Carlos Holmes

DSU recognized for its military friendliness

For the third time, Delaware State University is among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide named to G.I. Jobs’ Military Friendly Schools list, joining a select group of just over 1,700 institutions out of 12,000 VA-approved schools recognized in 2013 for the support, flexibility and value they offer to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. What makes DSU most unique is that it has a dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs. “It’s one of the benefits we have that most universities don’t,” said Wendelin Henry, who as Veterans Affairs coordinator assists the more than 100 veteran, active duty, National Guard and Reserve, and military dependent students enrolled each semester with all aspects of their DSU journeys. This includes everything from helping to make the application and registration process easier to assisting with understanding how military benefits may translate into college benefits to providing advocacy, coordinating services and encouraging involvement in campus activities. Education benefits  For eligible military students or dependents, DSU’s Office of Veterans Affairs offers personal attention in managing and administering education benefit programs, including Active Duty, the Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, Vocational Rehabilitation, Selected Reserves, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance. At DSU, eligible military students who enroll are awarded six elective credits based on their discharge papers. DSU also recognizes the American Council on Education-recommended college credits for professional military education, training courses and occupational experience of service members and veterans. Active duty military students receive in-state tuition, as do National Guard and Reserve members who are stationed in Delaware, Henry said. DSU has entered an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The University matches the VA up to 50 percent of unmet out-of-state tuition and fee charges for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students eligible for Yellow Ribbon. Also under the Post 9/11 program, eligible military students attending DSU’s VA-approved Flight School may currently receive up to $10,970 in tuition and fees per academic year. Advocacy, counseling and activities In addition to financial assistance, the Office of Veterans Affairs works with military students to encourage academic success, positive social interaction on campus and overall enhancement of their experience, making sure their distinctive needs are met while at DSU. The office coordinates vocational, educational and professional counseling, evaluation of abilities and aptitudes, tutoring and rehabilitative services, and VA Work-Study opportunities available from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It initiates contact with military units and commanding officers on a student’s behalf as needed. When a student is deployed, the Office of Veteran Affairs works up front to make sure the readmission process goes “as easy as possible” upon return, Henry said, helping with the transition back to civilian and University life. Henry, herself a retired master sergeant with 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force at Dover Air Force Base, said it can be a challenge bringing military students — many of whom are nontraditional students with outside lives and families — into campus activities. Though academics are the main focus, the Office of Veteran Affairs tries to get students more involved socially through campus and community events. A military student organization, DSU FORCES, was started in Spring 2011. The FORCES participated in and hosted the first National Roll Call of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties in November 2011, calling the names of more than 6,000 dedicated service men and women. The Office of Veterans Affairs has an open door policy. In her work with military students, Henry uses a holistic approach, aiming to help students full-circle by easing their transition from the military to a University setting and then continuing to assist during their journeys to graduation. “I try to connect them with all of the services they need from the beginning ... and then follow them to make sure they are succeeding in their academic careers,” she said. For more information about veteran services at DSU, contact Veterans Affairs coordinator Wendelin Henry at 302.857.6376 or

Class Notes -- Spring 2013

Alumni participate in College of Business’ Black Executive Exchange Program The College of Business’ annual Black Executive Exchange Program event welcomed keynote speaker Eddie Brown, founder and president of Brown Capital Management and the author of Beating the Odds — Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies, as well as about 20 visiting business executives who spent the day with students through classroom visits and workshop sessions.  Among the visiting executives were nine DSU alumni: From left are Derek Thompson ’80, Leland Nelson ’96, College of Business Acting Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Director of the College of Business Advisement Center Lisa Dunning, Ron Pinkett ’84, Kevin Washington ’86, President Harry L. Williams, Eddie Brown, Sherman King ’89, Provost Alton Thompson, College of Business Dean Shelton Rhodes, Enid Wallace-Simms ’74, Jamahal C. Boyd ’97, Ernest Ackah ’99 and S. Renee Smith ’88.   From left, Delores and Dr. Donald Blakey, Patricia Randolph, Gov. Jack Markell, Ruth Shelton and President Harry L. Williams. Alumni Shine in Harriet Tubman Program During an event in which Gov. Jack Markell signed a proclamation making March 10 Harriet Tubman Day in Delaware, DSU alumni represented themselves well through music and dramatic presentations. As a kickoff to 10 days of events celebrating Tubman’s historic contributions as the conductor of the Underground Railroad — which coursed through the First State — the proclamation signing was part of a program at the Old Statehouse in Dover. During the program, alumnus Dr. Donald Blakey ’58 gave some relevant black history of the central Delaware area, and his wife and alumna Delores Blakey ’62 portrayed the conductor of the Underground Railroad. The Blakeys were joined later by alumna Ruth Shelton ’96 and Pat Randolph ’69 as part of the Don Del Interdenominational Choir and gave a music selection during the program.   1987 Roslyn Wyche-Hamilton — best-selling author of Finding Joy In Pain, published in 2009, and Finding Joy In Pain 2, published in 2010, received a book deal with Kensington Urban Soul in New York City. Finding Joy In Pain 3 will be in bookstores soon. Wyche-Hamilton graduated from then-Delaware State College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University. 1991 Alisha Broughton of Milton, Del., was named the winner of a Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. As part of the award’s local recognition, she was featured on WBOC-TV Channel 16 in February. Broughton has volunteered more than 1,000 hours in 18 months, including service at the Family Outreach Center Lincoln, Del., where she tutors children in the Milford and Cape Henlopen school districts; she conducts workshops such as bullying, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, study habits, scholarship assistance and more.  Broughton also volunteers at Children and Families First as a trainer.  She has taught classes in  effective interviewing, job placement and how to start a business. She also does seminars each month titled “Seminars by Alisha Broughton, to teach women and men tools for daily living.” Broughton received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communication from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership (Education) and Business Management.   1994 From left are Brice Watson, a United Airlines pilot and 1994 DSU Aviation Program graduate; Matthew Jones, a senior Aviation Management major and winner of a DSU speech contest on the topic of Tuskegee Airmen; and George Watson Sr., Brice Watson’s grandfather and an original Tuskegee Airman (maintenance mechanic). The Watsons spoke to a group of DSU Aviation students at the Aviation Program’s hangar in March. 1997 Michelle Smith-Sample was named laboratory director at Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville, Tenn. In her new position, she oversees the hospital’s laboratory, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, serology, microbiology and blood bank. Smith-Sample was previously the area manager for the Eastern Shore for Laboratory Corporation of America in Salisbury, Md. She received an AAS & BT in medical technology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Medical Technology from Delaware State University and a Master of Science in Management from Wilmington University. She is currently working on her second master’s degree in Health Care Administration. Sharon N. Williams joined the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas in Seattle, Wash., this year as its managing director. Williams graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and in 2000 with a Master of Business Administration. Williams is the founder of the Mahogany Project, a theater and film organization in Seattle. 1999 Ernest Ackah is the owner of Boss Barbershop in Dover, Del. He previously  worked as an investment accountant, including nine years at BNY Mellon —  previously PFPC (PNC GIS) — in Wilmington, Del., where he held supervisory positions. He has also worked at T. Rowe Price in the Baltimore, Md., area where he held a team coordinator position. Already being an accomplished barber, Ackah pursued his passion, opening his barbershop in 2011. Ackah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Delaware State University. He received a Master of Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College in 2006.   Clifton Hayes, assistant principal at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington since 2006, was selected as the 2013 Delaware Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition, he was recently selected as the new principal for Delcastle Technical High School for the upcoming school year. Hayes earned his bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Delaware State University and his master’s degree in Special Education from West Virginia University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at DSU. He was previously a special education teacher in math and social studies at Howard from 2001 to 2004 and a discipline specialist at Delcastle Technical High School from 2004 to 2006.   Kelley Wilson-Everett co-founded Youth Angel Scholars Inc., a 501C3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help youth ages 13-18 transform in the areas of health, civic service, academics, entrepreneurship and leadership. The Youth Angel Scholars Teen Transformation Program provides a variety of yearlong activities designed to cultivate youth members personally and professionally. In March, the organization held the second annual GEAR Up Career Day Exhibition, providing Philadelphia youth with an interactive approach to entrepreneurship and to GEAR Up (Gain Early Awareness and Readiness) for career success. Jamahal Boyd ’97, the program’s keynote “Scholar Guest,” provided youth participants, exhibitors and parents with a wealth of knowledge about understanding personal branding and using it to develop the “elevator speech” to get the job interview.  He also touched on how attire helps make a great first impression. Aaron Wright has been named the director of operations of the Washington (D.C.) Marriott. With nearly 15 years at Marriott International, Wright previously was director of hotel operations since April 2011 at the Bethesda (Md.) Suites Marriott. He began his career as an intern at the Wilmington (Del.) Downtown Courtyard; upon graduation, Wright joined the Philadelphia Airport Marriott as the assistant restaurant manager. Over the years, he has held multiple management positions including dual assistant general manager of both the Renaissance SouthPark and Marriott SouthPark hotels in Charlotte, N.C. Wright received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Delaware State University. He resides in Maryland with his wife and two sons.