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Jerome Holland Commemorative Statue

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Project launched to to erect a memorial statue of Delaware State College President Jerome Holland on the Dover campus.
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Join us as we commemorate the accomplishments of Dr. Jerome Holland with a commemorative statue that will have a prominent location on campus.

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During its annual Founders Day Program on February 19, 2015, DSU President Harry L. Williams announced the launching of a project to erect a memorial statue of Delaware State College (DSC) President Jerome Holland on the Dover campus.  Dr. Holland – DSC president from 1953-1960 – is credited with providing the critical leadership needed to navigate the College through the most difficult decade of its history. Amid forces in the state that threatened to close the institution, Dr. Holland brought about improvements at DSC that ensured its survival and established a foundation that future presidents would build upon. Dr. & Mrs. Donald and Delores Blakey kicked off the fundraising effort with a donation of $5,000 to go toward the memorial statue.  Join us as we commemorate the accomplishments of Dr. Jerome Holland with a commemorative statue that will have a prominent location on campus.  Dr. Jerome Holland Accolades:   Dr. Holland he was the first African American to play football for Cornell University in 1939; and end by position, he also was one of the first African-Americans to be named as an All-American. Authored a 1954 report to then-Governor Caleb Boggs, which included a study of then Delaware State College from a historical perspective, and specific recommendations to ensure the future of the then-troubled institution – most of which were adopted by the Governor. Following Dr. Holland’s recommendation, in 1957 the state changed the composition of the DSC Board of Trustees to include eleven members – six appointed by the governor and five appointed by the board membership. During his tenure, the quality of the faculty improved, increasing from eight doctoral faculty members in 1953-54 to 15 in 1959-60. During Dr. Holland’s administration, diversity was added to the DSU family - the first white faculty members were hired and the first white students enrolled and graduated from the College. Enrollment during his tenure increased from 167 students in 1953-54 to 383 in 1959-60. During the Holland years, DSC received a combined $2.5 million in major capital improvement funding, resulting in construction of a men’s dormitory (Conwell Hall), the multi-purpose Memorial Hall, Kent Apartments (faculty housing), and an administrative/classroom building (now-Grossley Hall). After losing its college accreditation in 1949 prior to Dr. Holland’s arrival, under his leadership the College won back its accreditation as a four-year institution in 1957. Holland Administration changed the previous Dean-Registrar position, creating a separate Dean of the College (the precursor of the current-provost/vice president of academic affairs) and a Registrar. Understanding the importance of alumni to the growth of the College, the Holland Administration gave birth to the first-ever Alumni Office in 1954.   Dr. Jerome Holland Statue Committee: Dr. Donald Blakey, chair and alumnus Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president for Development (co-chair) Delores Blakey, alumna Ned Brown, alumnus Robert Draine, alumnus Sheila Davis, president of the DSU Alumni Association Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for Alumni Affairs and alumna Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, alumna Carlos Holmes, director of News Services Edward “George” Lorio, associate professor of art Philip Sadler, alumnus Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost Dr. U.S. Washington, retired dean .
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Dr. Jerome Holland
Delaware State College President
1953-1960

  • Dr. Holland’s seven-year tenure came to an end in 1960, when he left to assume the presidency of then-Hampton Institute.

  • Dr. Holland was also elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

  • In 1970 U.S. President Richard M. Nixon appointed him ambassador of Sweden, a post he would serve in for two years.

  • In 1972 Dr Holland became the first African American to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange, a seat he held until 1980.

  • Dr. Holland served as a board member of nine major U.S. companies, including AT&T and General Motors.

  • Dr. Holland served as the chairman of the American Red Cross from 1980 to 1985, which named its blood laboratory after him.

  • Dr. Holland died in New York City on January 13, 1985.

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Office of Development
302.857.6055
dsufoundation@desu.edu

 

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Tickets for DSU 360 Dinner

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The DSU 3600 event supports Delaware State University’s Greater Than One: Campaign for Students.

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DSU Optics Program Donations

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Support for the Optics Program is part of the Greater Than One: Campaign for Students, a multi-year campaign for students that connects you to DSU’s proud and historic legacy of transforming the lives and futures of our students.

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Office of Development
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6055
dsufoundation@desu.edu

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DSU Optics Center

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The Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) at Delaware State University Artist's rendering of the north-side view of the new Applied Optics Building, (currently under construction). Dear Friend of OSCAR, The opening of the new state-of-the-art Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Building at Delaware State University marks an exciting step forward for DSU and the wider community. With your help, we look forward to expanding upon DSU’s impressive history of accomplishment in optics: Over $40 million in competitive research grants obtained; National and international recognition for its role in NASA’s most recent mission to the planet Mars; New Master of Science and PhD programs in optics; Significant contributions to our understanding of optical techniques for the early detection of diseases, pollutants and other threats to our well-being. The building would not have been possible without the generous support of the State of Delaware, but we need the help of donors like you to help realize the program’s scientific, educational and economic development goals, including: Fostering the development of new high-technology companies; Allowing DSU to recruit and retain highly qualified scientists in the rapidly growing field of optics; Attracting additional federal research dollars; Increasing the size of the undergraduate and graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); Improving STEM education by training teachers and giving opportunities to K-12 students to learn from scientists about their work; Buying new and moving existing equipment. OSCAR is one of the few centers for applied research in optics in the country and one of even fewer with an expertise in the promising field of biophotonics. I hope you will join us in this ambitious journey of discovery, education and economic growth that will benefit not only Kent County, but Delaware and the nation! Sincerely, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Director, OSCAR Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
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Donors of $2,500 or more will have the opportunity to have their name (or that of someone they would like to honor) appear under an element on a representation of the periodic table of the elements to be permanently displayed in the lobby of the new Applied Optics Building.  In addition, donors at this level receive two complimentary tickets to the OSCAR Building Gala on September 26, 2015. 

Prefer to respond by mail to reserve your element? Please click here to download and print a response form. When completing the form, indicate "Optics Support" and your selection/inscription on the comment line. Elements are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the Office of Development at 302.857.6055 for additional assistance.

 

visual representation of a multi-shell atom

Visual representation of
a multi-shell atom

1. Inner Shell $100,000
2. Second Shell $75,000
3. Third Shell $50,000
4. Fourth Shell $25,000
5. Fifth Shell $10,000
6. Sixth Shell $5,000
7. Seventh Shell $2,500
  Friend of Optics $100

 


“By investing in this project, we are investing in the future of our state.  Students are gaining the great potential to learn cutting edge science and technology for the jobs of tomorrow.  Strong universities will give us the educated workforce we need for the future, and further strengthen Delaware as an attractive place for innovative businesses.”

Governor Jack Markell in announcing the State of Delaware’s commitment to funding Phase I of the new optics facility

Support the OSCAR Building Gala on September 25, 2015:  http://www.desu.edu/event/oscar-building-gala

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Contribute to DSU - Alumni & Friends of DSU

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You may also download and mail a contribution: 2015-16 Contribution Form, Greater Than One Multi-year Pledge Form, or Recurring Check Payment Form.

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Office of Development
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6055
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DSU Alumni & Friends Annual Giving

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Annual Giving is part of the Greater Than One Fundraising Campaign, a multi-year campaign for students that connects you to DSU’s proud and historic legacy of helping to transform the lives and futures of our students.
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Annual Giving is part of the Greater Than One: Campaign for Students, a multi-year campaign for students that connects you to DSU’s proud and historic legacy of helping to transform the lives and futures of our students.

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Give Today! Today we encourage your support of DSU’s Greater Than One: Campaign for Students. Give online or use one of the printable forms for mail in contributions, pledges, or automatic bank draft requests. Our secure online payment portal is always available for your convenience.  Download and Mail 2015-16 Contribution Form Download and Mail Greater Than One Multi-year Pledge Form Download and Mail Recurring Check Payment Form   General Information Donor FAQs About DSU Mission/Vision Statement History of DSU Admissions Scholarships News News and media DSUpdate The Echo Submit stories for The Echo Athletics Event calendar    
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Contact Us


Vita Pickrum
Sr. Associate Vice President for Development
vpickrum@desu.edu

Erin Abrams
Sr. Prospect Researcher
eholloman@desu.edu

Bryant Bell
Director of Major Gifts
btbell@desu.edu

Eric Hart, Ed.S.
Director of Major Gifts – Athletics
ehart@desu.edu

Dawn Hopkins
Prospect Researcher
dhopkins@desu.edu

Michael Miller
Director of Major Gifts
mmiller@desu.edu

Jadeen Notice
Financial Administrator
jnotice@desu.edu

LaShawne Pryor
Director Annual Giving

Dr. L. Germaine Scott-Cheatham
Assistant Vice President for Development
lcheatham@desu.edu

Charity Shockley
Grants Manager
cshockley@desu.edu

Office of Development
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6055
Fax: 302.857.6058

dsufoundation@desu.edu

DSU Faculty and Staff Annual Giving

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Annual Giving is part of the Greater Than One Fundraising Campaign, a multi-year campaign for students that connects you to DSU’s proud and historic legacy of helping to transform the lives and futures of our students.
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Annual Giving is part of the Greater Than One: Campaign for Students, a multi-year campaign for students that connects you to DSU’s proud and historic legacy of helping to transform the lives and futures of our students.

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Give Today! Today we encourage your support of DSU’s Greater Than One: Campaign for Students, a campaign for students. Give online, via payroll deduction, or use printable form. Our secure online payment portal is always available for your convenience. Payroll Deduction Download & Mail 2015-16 Contribution Form Download & Mail Greater Than One Multi-year Pledge Form General Information Donor FAQs About DSU Mission/Vision Statement History of DSU Admissions Scholarships News News and media DSUpdate The Echo Submit stories for The Echo Athletics Event calendar  
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Contact Us


Vita Pickrum
Sr. Associate Vice President for Development 
vpickrum@desu.edu

Erin Abrams
Sr. Prospect Researcher
eholloman@desu.edu

Bryant Bell
Director of Major Gifts
btbell@desu.edu

Eric Hart, Ed.S.
Director of Major Gifts – Athletics
ehart@desu.edu

Dawn Hopkins
Prospect Researcher
dhopkins@desu.edu

Michael Miller
Director of Major Gifts
mmiller@desu.edu

Jadeen Notice
Financial Administrator
jnotice@desu.edu

LaShawne Pryor
Director Annual Giving

Dr. L. Germaine Scott-Cheatham
Assistant Vice President for Development
lcheatham@desu.edu

Charity Shockley
Grants Manager
cshockley@desu.edu

Office of Development
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6055
Fax: 302.857.6058

dsufoundation@desu.edu

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