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DSU Formalizes Agreement with Mauritania Institution

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (seated left) shakes hands with Mauritania Ambassador Mohamed Lemine Haycen after signing an agreement that will facilitate joint projects and exchanges between DSU and the National School for Agriculture Training and Extension. Standing behind (l-r) are DSU administrators Dr. Fengshan Liu, Provost Alton Thompson, Dr. Marshall Stevenson, Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dr. Adul-Aziz Diop and Dr. Bradley Skelcher.

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  Delaware State University has expanded its international partnerships with the signing of a formal agreement with National School for Agriculture Training and Extension of Kaedi, Mauritania.  DSU President Harry L. Williams signed the five-year agreement on June 29 with Mauritania Ambassador Mohamed Lemine Haycen during a meeting on the DSU campus.   The agreement facilitates joint research projects, joint academic seminars, as well as student and faculty exchanges.   Ambassador Haycen noted that “knowledge is light,” and that technical knowledge is especially needed in Mauritania.   “Knowledge is the noblest that can be given, because through it you can bring a population into the light,” Ambassador Haycen said.   “It is out intent through this partnership to make significant research, training and extension contributions in the subject areas of horticulture, dry land agriculture, protective agriculture and bio-energy,” said Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. “Successful completion of well-thought out projects in these critical need areas will serve to address the sustainability issues in both countries.”  

DSU to Present "The Wiz" Nov. 13-14

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The main cast of The Wiz: (seated) Tyrone Ashley Jr. as (The Lion), Chaya Mayo (Dorothy), Harry Hudson (Scarecrow), and Andrew Hazzard as (Tinman); (standing)  Taylor Brown (Addapearle), Bria Borders (Evillene), Paul Menyweather (The Wiz), Jasmine Salberrios (Glinda).

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Delaware State University will present the student production of The Wiz in three performances on Nov. 13 and 14 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The production will be performed by a cast of 30 and will feature such music classics such as “Ease on Down the Road,” “Home,” “Be a Lion,” and “If You Believe.” It will also feature fast moving, tantalizing and foot-stomping dancing created by student choreographers Ariael Brooks Porter, Jme Trafton, and LaQuita Williams The cast includes the following DSU students:  Chaya Mayo as “Dorothy”; Taylor Brown as “Addapearle”; Harry Hudson as “Scarecrow”; Andrew Hazzard as “Tinman”; Tyrone Ashley Jr. as “The Lion”; Paul Menyweather as “The Wiz”; Bria Borders as “Evillene” Jasmine Salberrios as “Glinda”; Harry Hudson as “Lord High Underling”; and Jack Jackson as “Uncle Henry/Head Flying.”  The production will also feature DSU alumna Ashleigh J.T. Summers as “Auntie Em,” as well as an ensemble of 20 additional student actors and dancers. The Tony-award winning and legendary classic musical will be directed by Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown. The music director will be Dr. David Tolley. The Wiz will open with a 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 matinee performance followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance that evening. There will also be a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 performance. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for DSU students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased through the DSU Ticket Office at (302) 857-TIXX (8499)

Graduate Students Donate Books to Early Childhood Lab

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Members of the Graduate Student Association hold some of the donated books and pose with Dr. Connie Williams, director of the Early Childhood Lab School and some of its children.
 

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The Graduate Student Association recently donated 400 new and gently used books to the DSU’s Early Childhood Lab School (ECLS). In addition to augmenting the library of the ECLS, each one of the 50 Early Childhood students were allowed to take one book home. The mission of the Graduate Student Association supports the mission of the University by representing and advocating the interests of graduate students at DSU, by providing a forum for free and open discussion of matters affecting this community, and by providing financial and organizational support for professional development and networking events within this community. The GSA works to create an environment for graduate students that provide co-curricular opportunities that advance student learning, foster respect from the University community, provide services for the DSU graduate community, and enhance the quality of life of the graduate student community.

Alpha Phi Alpha Wins DSU's Divine 9 Challenge

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The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., join DSU President Harry L. Williams on the football field during halftime of the Oct. 18 Homecoming game to be recognized as the fundraising winner of the Divine Nine Challenge.
 

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The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., have been recognized as the winner of DSU’s 2014 Divine 9 Challenge. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha raised $2,990 in this year’s Divine Nine Challenge, which annually engages Greek Letter organizations to raise scholarship dollars for DSU students. This year’s challenge has been incorporated as part of the University’s recently launched Greater Than One: Campaign for Students. In addition to being recognized during the Oct. 18 Homecoming football game, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will also be honored for their winning effort during the Dec. 13 President’s Scholarship Ball. Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta finished second and third, respectively, in the Divine 9 Challenge. The total amount raised was $5,613. Congratulations and commends to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha for being this year’s ‘Most Divine among the Nine’ at DSU!  

2014 Homecoming Weekend Images

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, DSUAA President Sheila Davis and Gov. Jack Markell get together on the sidelines of football field just before halftime of the North Carolina A&T vs. DSU Homecoming game.
 

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Although the Oct. 18 football game results were not to the liking of Hornet fans, the Homecoming Weekend crowd still enjoyed reuniting with old friends on their former campus stomping grounds. For images from the Homecoming Weekend, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648825007396/show  

The Coronation of Mr. & Miss DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2014-2015 Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa and Mr. DSU James Jones stand against the Oct. 12 Coronation’s Far East backdrop. The theme for the event was “An Evening of Asian Enchantment”

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The 2014 Mr. and Miss DSU, James Jones and Jamila Mustafa, were formally crowned during the annual Coronation Ceremony held Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. For images of the Coronation Ceremony, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648478312468/show Mr. DSU James Jones is a business administration major from Upper Marboro, Md. His ambition is to become a world-renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur. Most immediately he looks forward to joining the corporate team of Neil General Contractor, Inc., to expand the vision and reality of his father. The son of Cornelius and Jan Tuff, the 21-year-old senior stands behind the creed “When God predestines your why, He will be your how.” His platform is “Strive for greater: You are more than what you have become.” Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa is a mass communication major from Wilmington, Del. She is a former Miss Teen Essence USA and most recently she was the first runner-up at the Miss NBCA Hall of Fame Pageant for HBCU Queens. Her favorite quote is “I never dreamed for success, I worked for it!” Her platform is “Project Uplift: Leadership Made Visible.”

Dr. Bernardine Lacey Honored as Nursing Living Legend

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Dr. Robin Williams and DSU President Harry Williams stand with Dr. Bernardine Lacey (center) after she was recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.

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Dr. Bernardine Lacey, former acting chair of the DSU Department of Nursing, has been recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dr. Lacey along with three others received that honor during an Oct. 16 ceremony as part of the AAN’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. The AAN recognized Dr. Lacey for starting the movement to include the care of the underserved in nursing curriculum, which in turn made the nursing profession better prepared to care for the most vulnerable in society. The Living Legend Award is the highest honor presented by the AAN.

Dr. Walter Kimbrough Named Dec. Commencement Speaker

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Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough became one of the youngest college presidents in the country in 2004 when at age 32 he became the president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. He became the president of Dillard in 2012. He will be DSU 2014 December Commencement keynote speaker on Dec. 13.
 

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Delaware State University has announced that its keynote speaker for the University’s December Commencement Ceremony will be Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, the widely well-regarded president of Dillard University. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. The graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Following tenures in student affairs divisions at Emory University, Georgia State University and Old Dominion University, Dr. Kimbrough was named in 2000 as the vice president of Student Affairs for Albany State University at age 32. His rocketing higher education career reached new pinnacles in 2004 when at age 37 he was hired as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., as well as in 2012 when he was named as the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. The Dillard president has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. He has also been noted in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life for his active use of social media to engage students. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelor Degree.com as one of the 25 college president that should be followed on Twitter (@HipHopPrez). Dr. Kimbrough was recognized in 2009 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education one of “25 To Watch.” He was included among Ebony Magazine’s 2010 list of doers and influencers in the African American community, joining a group that included President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Tom Joyner, Tyler Perry, Richard Parsons and others. In 2013, NBC News/The Griot.com’s also listed him among 100 African Americans making history. A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough is a respected national expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise with historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Arts Center's Outreach Program Honored by Del. Governor

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Jennifer Gunther (center), director of the Arts Center/Gallery, holds the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, which was presented in honor of the VSA Delaware Program on Oct. 6 in Wilmington. Standing with Ms. Gunther are (l-r) Paul Weagraff, Del. Division of the Arts, director, Lise Monty, Del. State Arts Council chair, Gov. Jack Markell and his wife Carla.

Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

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An outreach program of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery (ACG) has recently been honored by Gov. Jack Markell. VSA Delaware – one of several unique outreach programs of the ACG – recently received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts. In addition to providing art exhibitions and other cultural events, the ACG engages with the community through several unique outreach programs. VSA Delaware, one of the ACG’s community programs, received a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.  Gov. Markell honored the recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts at an Oct. 6 presentation at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. The event was co-chaired by First Lady Carla Markell and Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. The ACG’s VSA Delaware (VSADE) provides artistic opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the state. By providing a unique link between the arts, disability, and education communities, VSADE (formerly known as Very Special Arts) recognizes the need for children and adults with disabilities to be provided with opportunities to participate and achieve in the areas of performing and visual arts.  Using an established artist residency model to facilitate integrated arts education programming for students and adults with disabilities, VSADE provides cross-curricular learning with the arts as educational tools. The annual “Celebration of Creativity” traveling multimedia art exhibit celebrates the work of all visual arts residency participants. VSADE’s Arts Administration Internships and Performing Arts Residency programs provide opportunities for transitional-age students to develop relevant employment skills, as well as communication and interpersonal competency. Delaware schools recognize VSADE as a leader in providing accessible integrated programming to students with disabilities. Partnering with more than 40 Delaware schools, districts, and organizations, VSADE has worked diligently to develop dialogue about accessibility, cultural access, and universal design, so that Delaware arts organizations may improve their accessibility and outreach to diverse audiences. VSA Delaware are under the direction of Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.  For the past 16 years VSA Delaware has been a part of the ACG.  Other ACG outreach programs include the Delaware Regional Scholastics Arts Awards and the Congressional Arts Awards.

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