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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 Breaks Enrollment Record Again -- 4,644 Students!

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In addition to breaking the total enrollment record for the 5th consecutive year, DSU also set a new record for undergraduates – 4,259

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For the fifth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2014 total enrollment of 4,644 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,600 threshold. The record 4,644 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,505 set in the fall of 2014. The 2014 enrollment figures include a record 4,259 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,200 undergraduates. The University enrolled 894 new freshmen this fall. DSU President Harry L. Williams noted that the average grade point average of incoming freshmen was 3.08 – the highest ever in the history of the institution. “That makes the record enrollment particularly satisfying,” Dr. Williams said. “As the student population continues to increase, the academic quality of our new freshmen continues to rise as well.”

NASA's Dr. Aprille Ericsson to Give Guest Lecture Nov. 18

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Dr. Aprille Ericsson, the first African American female to earn a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Currently a NASA engineer, Dr. Ericsson will speak at DSU at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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            NASA’s Dr. Aprille Ericsson Delaware State University will present a guest lecture by Dr. Aprille Ericsson, deputy to the chief technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Parlor A of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus The guest lecture, which is presented as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series of the College of Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology, is free and open to the public. Dr. Ericsson’s topic will be “A Rocket Scientist Grows up in Brooklyn, N.Y.” She was the first female (and the first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a NASA engineer, Dr. Ericsson has worked on many projects, including the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, and in the Integrated Mission Design Center. Currently she is the instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust from the Martian lower atmosphere back to Earth. Dr. Ericsson has won many awards, including the 1997 “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government, and has been profiled by NBC Nightly News, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets. She is a member of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau and the Women of NASA Group. Dr. Ericsson also teaches at Howard University at the collegiate and middle school level and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

Arrests Made in Nov. 3 Shooting Incident

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A collaboration between the Delaware State University Police Department and the Dover Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two men wanted in connection with a Nov. 3 shooting outside of the DSU Living and Learning Commons (the former Sheraton Hotel). Marshawn Fortner, 25, of Dover was apprehended without incident in downtown Dover on the afternoon of Nov. 4 by the Dover police. Fortner – who is not a DSU student – has been charged with 1st degree assault, 2nd degree conspiracy and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and committed to the Delaware Correctional Facility in default of $75,000 cash bond. At approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, Dover police apprehended a second suspect, Michael Clark (who also is not a DSU student), 25, of Dover. He will be arraigned later in the day at Court 7 and will face the same charges as Fortner. The arrests was made in connection with a shooting that took place on Monday in the parking lot of the DSU Living and Learning Commons, an off-campus residential facility just north of the main DSU campus. A male DSU student was wounded in the shooting with non-life threatening injuries. As of Tuesday evening, he remains at Bayhealth Medical Center where he is recovering from his injuries. DSU President Harry L. Williams expressed his gratitude for the partnership between the University’s police and the Dover police. “We are blessed that we have two law enforcement agencies – DSU and Dover – that work very well together and provide each other with assistance whenever the need arises,” Dr. Williams said. “In this case, based on the information provided by the DSU police, Dover police officers were on the lookout for the suspect, resulting in his apprehension.” The campus was closed Tuesday, Nov. 4 for Election Day. DSU will resume classes and normal operations on Wednesday, Nov. 5. To hear a Nov. 3 recorded message from DSU President Harry L. Williams concerning this shooting incident, call the DSU Hotline at (302) 857-7669.      

Chemistry Duo Awarded US Dept. of Energy Grant

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(L-r) Dr. Daniela Radu and Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, both faculty researchers in the DSU Department of Chemistry, will use a $250,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to study the effectiveness of a particular way of capturing carbon dioxide for recycling. Dr. Lai is the principal investigator of the grant; Dr. Radu is co-investigator.
 

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Two Delaware State University chemistry researchers have been awarded a $249,291 U.S. Department of Energy grant for carbon dioxide-related research Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai (center top) and Dr. Daniela Radu (center bottom) work with chemistry graduate students Bellsabel Gebear-Eigzabher (l) and NIcholas Pizzi. The principal investigator of the grant, Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor and associate chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry, and co-PI Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor of chemistry, will use the funding to develop a novel silica nanostructured platform to capture carbon dioxide from advanced fossil energy power. In the study, the platforms are believed to be capable of increased carbon dioxide absorption. The captured carbon dioxide could then be recycled for other uses. Dr. Lai said if the research realizes increased carbon dioxide capture, such low-coat high efficiency material could also be used to capture other chemical compounds from fossil energy sources. This grant funding is a part of the Department of Energy’s Support of Advanced Fossil Resource Utilization by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Institutions program. The funding supports the development of high-risk fundamental and applied research that advances the safe and environmentally responsible use of fossil fuels. DSU was one of four minority institutions to be awarded the Department of Energy grant. Clark Atlanta University, Prairie View A&M University and Florida International University also received similar grants.  

DSU Fundraising Record Broken at Oct. 25 Heartwalk

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Eight DSU groups take a Nikon moment to pose before participating in the Oct. 25 5K Heartwalk in Dover. The combined groups raised a University-record $1,900.

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DSU’s Fairy Godsister organization was one of eight Del State groups to participate and raise money for the 5K Heartwalk on Oct. 25. Delaware State University was well represented at the Oct. 25 Heartwalk in Dover with more than 60 Hornet walkers participating in the fundraiser. The total amount raised by all of the DSU groups totaled about $2,017 – about $100 more than the previous DSU record set in 2012. DSU fundraising participant groups included the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., DSU Bowling Team, Fairy Godsisters, DSU Women’s Equestrian Team, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Psychology Club, Marianne Carter’s team, and Health & Fitness Leaders Club. The 5K Heartwalk was held at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College.

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 Theater on campus. (L-r) Courtney Porter, Asha T. Moses and Jamie Gage will provide some strong dance moves in the DSU production of The Wiz. 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. To see an interview with Dr. Brown and student-actress Bria Borders, click on the below video link: http://youtu.be/R99RIiTcBmQ The Wiz will open with a 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance followed by an evening 7:30 p.m. performance both on Friday, 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!  

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