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DSU 125th Kickoff -- Photo Slideshow

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About 200 students, faculty, staff and administrators -- including DSU President Harry L. Williams -- participated in the "125" formation on the Alumni Stadium football field on April 26.

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DSU has gotten an early start in celebrating its 125th anniversary by holding a kickoff event on April 22 in the MLK Students and then by forming a human “125” formation on the Alumni Stadium football field on the following week. For images from those two events, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157667116178590/show The April 22 featured remarks by DSU President Harry L. Williams, followed by a group of students who blew bubbles as a climax to the kickoff event. On April 26 about 200 faculty, staff and students formed a 125 on the football field. Carlos Holmes, director of News Services, captured formation on camera while airborne in a DSU aircraft piloted by Hans Reigle, DSU aviation instructor. The actual anniversary date is May 15. On that date in 1891, the Delaware General Assembly and then-Gov. Robert J. Reynolds enacted legislation that established the State College for Colored Students. The 125th anniversary will be observed from May 15, 2016 to May 14, 2017.

DSU Concert Choir Spring Concert, April 29

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The concert is free and open to the public.

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The DSU Concert Choir will present their Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The choir, under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., will perform repertoire from its Spring Tour, which will include hymn arrangements, sacred choral anthems and Negro spirituals.

DSU Celebrates Earth Day; Tree Campus USA Reaffirmed

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Dr. Arthur Tucker, DSU professor emeritus; Shawn Garvin, administrator EPA Region III; Dr. Susan Yost, retired DSU professor; DSU President Harry Williams; Dr. Michael Valenti, forestry administrator, Del. Forestry Serv.; Alexandra Davis, DSU Tree Campus rep.; Dr. Cynthia Hong-Wa, DSU Herbarium curator; and Dr. Vita Pickrum, VP of DSU Institutional Advancement, stand with DSU's Tree Campus USA plaque.

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DSU held its annual Earth Day observance on April 22 and celebrated the University’s reaffirmed designation as a Tree Campus USA. Joining DSU President Harry L. Williams for the observance program were Shawn Garvin, administrator of the EPA Region III, and Dr. Michael A. Valenti, forestry administrator, Delaware Forest Service of the Delaware Department of Agriculture. For images from the event held in the MLK Jr. Student Center, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157665153633233/show Originally awarded the designation in 2012, the Tree Campus USA status has now been held by DSU for five consecutive years. The designation goes to schools that have an implemented plan for tree care that is supported by school allocations, an established Campus Tree Advisory Committee, related education outreach, as well as an annual observance of Arbor Day. While being among 255 schools in the country to have the Tree Campus USA designation, DSU is the only school in Delaware with that title. In 2012, DSU was the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to earn the designation; it has since been joined by four other HBCUs (Tennessee State University, Texas State University, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University). The DSU main campus in Dover currently has hundreds of trees that are represented by 130 different species.

Clinton presents Mother of the Movement April 22 at DSU

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The Mothers of the Movement will share why Hillary Clinton should be supported in her presidential bid.

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The Hillary for Delaware presidential campaign will present a town hall meeting at DSU featuring the Mothers of the Movement – all who have had a son, daughter or fiancé killed by a questioned police action – at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22 in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building on campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Mothers of the Movement will include: Gwen Carr – the mother of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after NYPD police officers tried to arrest him for selling single cigarettes on the street. In an attempt to apprehend him an officer administered a chokehold, which proved to be fatal. Geneva Reed-Veal – whose 28-year-old daughter Sandra Bland was found hanged in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell after she was arrested for a minor traffic violation. Marta Hamilton – the mother of Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man with a history of mental health issues, who was fatally shot by a Milwaukee, Wis., police officer who was subsequently fired but never charged in connection with the death. Nicole Bell – whose 23-year-old fiancé Sean Bell was fatally shot 50 times by a team of undercover NYPD officers after a confrontation on Nov. 25, 2006, on the morning before his wedding. The Mothers of the Movement group will share their individual stories and discuss why they believe that Hillary Clinton should be the next president of the United States. Although this is event is presented by the Hillary for Delaware presidential campaign, the former first lady and secretary of state will not be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

College of Arts, Humanities & SS wins Battle of the Colleges

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DSU's five colleges raised $25,365 during the 2016 Battle of the Colleges fundraising competition. Each college will be able to use the money they raise as discretionary funds to supplement its budget.

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Dean Marshall Stevenson and members of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences stand proudly with their third Battle of the College trophy. For the third time in the last four years, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has won DSU’s “Battle of the Colleges” friendly fundraising competition.  The purpose of the battle is to secure funds from friends of the various colleges at DSU to assist with tuition, books, study abroad trips, attendance to conferences and other academic related activities.  Every college is really a winner in this event in that they keep all the funds raised to help DSU students. “Nonetheless, the CAHSS is proud to house the beautiful trophy indicating that it is the ‘best of the best” for 2016,” said Dr. Marshall Stevenson CAHSS dean.  "The college has already begun the process of awarding students funding for a study abroad trip this summer and partial tuition to worthy students in need for next fall." Below are the fundraising totals and faculty and staff participation percentages for the fourth annual Battle of the Colleges: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences                     $9,396 (1st),   30.7% College of Business                                                                   $7,365           66.7% (1st) College of the Education Health and Public Policy                    $4,062           55.6% College of Agriculture and Related Sciences                            $3,277           11.2% College of Mathematics, Natural Sci. & Technology                 $1,275            34.3%   While coming in second in funds raised, the College of Business took first place for the highest percentage of faculty and staff who participated in the fundraising effort. Although the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was the top fundraising college three out of four years in the competition, the COB of Business -- due to its Battle of the College-record $17,261 it raised in 2015 -- has raised the most over the four-year period -- $39,254. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has raised the second-most over that period -- $36,737. 

New Appointments -Aviation, Institutional Advancement, HR

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales is the new director of the DSU Aviation Program. There are also two new appointments in Institutional Advancement.

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DSU recently announced new appointments in its Aviation Program and the Division of Institutional Advancement:    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales  has been appointed as the new director of DSU’s Aviation Program. He is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, in which he served as an aviation officer at multiple levels of key leadership positions and responsibility. He is an FAA Commercial Pilot who is dual rated in both airplanes and helicopters. Lt. Col. Hales now oversees the University’s Aviation Program that offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in the concentration of Professional Pilot and Aviation Management. He leads the faculty and instructors who serve more than 100 students and personnel who maintain the fleet of 11 University-owned planes. The new director of the Aviation Program possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts  from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., and a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.   Pamela Mosley Gresham is DSU’s new director of Human Resources. She will lead talent acquisition activities, implement HR programs, maintain classification/compensation systems and oversee labor relations, among other managerial responsibilities. She will report to Irene Chapman-Hawkins, vice president of Human Resources.        Pamela Mosley Gresham Ms. Gresham is an attorney with bar admissions in the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Ms. Gresham served 2½ years as the associate director of Human Resources for Kean University in Union, N.J. She previously served eight years as a deputy attorney general and assistant section chief in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office specializing in employment litigation. She also practiced labor and employment law as a legal counsel for the City of Newark, N.J., and  Essex County, N.J. Ms. Gresham has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the State University College at Buffalo, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo, School of Law.   Tracye Williams is the new executive director of Alumni Relations in the Division of Institutional Advancement. In incorporating more than ten years of career development experience, her key focus is to create a lifelong engagement continuum with DSU alumni that encourages and fosters their involvement with their alma mater.  Before joining DSU, Ms. Williams was the managing principal of CT Williams & Associates, a fundraising and engagement consulting firm, which served a host of Delaware nonprofit clients and focused on continuing their missions.  Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Williams worked in health care philanthropy at MedStar, Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia as the director of Sustained Giving. Ms. Williams also had a professional chapter as a member of the development staff at the Bayhealth Foundation in Dover. Ms. Williams earned her MBA and B.S. in Marketing from Delaware State University. She is a native Delawarean and is active in the community with nonprofits like the Delaware Multicultural & Civic Organization (DEMCO, Inc.).                      Jovoni Simmons and Tracye Williams Jovoni Simmons has been appointed as the new manager of Alumni Engagement in the Division of Institutional Advancement. In the post, she will implement new initiatives for the young alumni community. Prior to assuming this post, Ms. Simmons was an admissions counselor in the DSU Office of Admissions where she spent two years recruiting students in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Ms. Simmons has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Wesley College in Dover. She would go on to work for five years in her alma mater’s Office of Institutional Advancement, severing as an advancement service coordinator and assistant to Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. She also worked as the Cultural Infusion Liaison for the Office of Student Affairs during her time at Wesley College.

Students Elect 2016-2017 SGA Leaders -- Photos

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The 2016-2017 "New Era" SGA Executive Five: (l-r seated) Messiah Sanchez, corresponding secretary; Aniyah Gabriel, recording secretary; Tyrek Joyner, treasurer; (l-r standing) Jasmine Jenkins, president; and Kevin Bearam, vice president.

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DSU students casted their votes on April 7 and elected their Student Government Association leaders for the 2016-2017 school year. For images of the election day campaigning in the MLK Jr. Student Center, click on the below link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157666982504756/show The newly elected student government leaders are:   SGA Executive Five “The New Era” President – Jasmine Jenkins Vice Pres. – Kevin Bearam Treasurer – Tyrek Joyner Corr. Secretary – Messiah Sanchez Rec. Secretary – Aniyah Gabriel   Men’s Council President – Kyle Sheppard Vice Pres. – Khaadim Rider Treasurer – Daniel DeFreitas Corr. Secretary – Sheldon Sorrell   Women’s Senate President – Arriana Glover Vice Pres. – Courtnei Parker-Morgan Corr. Secretary – Tyleia Sharps   Junior Class Officers President – Ella Houndo Vice Pres. – Mo’Nasha Edwards Corr. Secretary – Dominique Little   Sophomore Class Officers Rec. Secretary – Nafessa Clarke Corr. Secretary – Malachi Collins   Royal Court Mr. DSU – Tevin Smith Miss DSU – Anjosanlynn Fulgham   Mr. Senior – Marquell Tate Miss Senior – Courtney Davis   Miss Junior – Shahira Singh   Mr. Sophomore – Brandon Gray Miss Sophomore – Sabrina Monestime  

VP Joe Biden to Give May 7 Commencement Address

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The Honorable Joseph R. Biden will be the first American vice president  to speak at a DSU Commencement Ceremony.

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                               Vice President Joseph R. Biden Delaware State University is proud to announce that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will deliver remarks at the May 7 DSU Commencement Ceremony, during which time the University will launch its celebration of its 125th anniversary as an institution of higher education. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Alumni Stadium on the DSU campus. To read Mr. Biden’s biography, click on the below link: http://www.desu.edu/administration/commencement-speaker In 2003, Mr. Biden – then Delaware’s senior U.S. senator – was the DSU Commencement keynote speaker. That year about 450 graduates heard his commencement message. With the enrollment growth of DSU since then, it is projected that during the May 7 Commencement, Mr. Biden will give his keynote address to approximately 700 graduates. During that ceremony – the last Commencement in the 16-year tenure of then-DSU President William B. DeLauder – then-Sen. Biden was presented with a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits DSU@Wilmington

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(L-r) Valerie Dinkins, executive director of DSU@Wilm.; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; and Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer, take a moment for a photo pose.

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Delaware Senior U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper paid an April 8 visit to DSU@Wilmington to be updated by DSU officials on the Kirkwood Highway location. Sen. Carper met with DSU President Harry L. Williams at DSU’s northernmost location, along with Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer; Valerie Dinkins, DSU@Wilmington executive director; David Sheppard, general counsel; and Victor Santos, DSU director of Government and Community Relations. DSU officials gave Sen. Carper a tour of the renovated section of DSU@Wilmington – seven modern classrooms with SMART technology and new University signage, along with other offices and a student lounge. The senator was then shown the unfinished portion of the building – a former Army training facility that was donated to DSU by the federal government. DSU moved from its former Market Street location in Wilmington and began offering classes at the facility in the fall of 2013. DSU President Harry L. Williams, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and others listening intently as David Sheppard, DSU general counsel, explains where some future work will need to be done at DSU@Wilmington   The DSU officials shared with Sen. Carper the University’s vision for the yet unused portion of the facility and funding challenges that will need to be addressed. Currently DSU@Wilmington – a highly customer-focused and student-oriented graduate studies facility – offers the following master’s degree programs: Educational Leadership, Public Administration, Social Work and Sport Administration. In January 2016 this facility became responsible for administering all graduate admissions processes for the Dover and Wilmington locations. In the fall of 2016, DSU@Wilmington will also be the hub for support services for students who enroll in the DSU online undergraduate and graduate programs. The facility houses some DSU Cooperative Extension Programs, which connect the New Castle County area with university knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs. It is also the site of the National Special Education Advocate Institute, which offers Saturday courses to individuals and groups interested in working as advocates for children with special needs. In addition to its academic and community programs, DSU@Wilmington is also a community asset for summer youth summer programs. The facility will be the site of the June 20-July 29 EDTech Summer Technology Academy that teaches new technology skills to at-risk youth and other young adults to help prepare them for future higher education and workforce opportunities. The DSU@Wilmington location will also assist northern Delaware with its election processes. The facility will serve as a polling place for both the April 26 primary and Nov. 8 general election dates.

DSU Speech Tourney Winners Announced

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Speech Tourney winners: (l-r) Honorable mentions Kyle Maull and Schmildt Seme; Jason Faustin (3rd place), Kobe Washington (2nd place) and Sean Todd (1st place).                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Dr. Akwesi Osei.

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DSU recently held its 5th Annual Speech Tournament and has announced the winners of this year’s competition: First Place, Sean Todd (Sr.-Aviation Management) Second Place, Kobe Washington (So., Engineering Physics) Third Place, Jason Faustin (Sr., Political Science) Honorable Mention, Kyle Maull (Jr., Agricultural Business) Honorable Mention, Schmildt Seme (Sr., Psychology).  There were 15 contestants in this year’s tournament who spoke for three minutes each on a topic related to the common theme, “Race in the Criminal Justice System.” The event was coordinated by Dr. Sam Hoff and cosponsored by the DSU Law Studies Program, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Delaware Barristers Association (DBA). Four attorneys from the DBA served as judges for the tournament, including Jordan Perry, Kiadii Harmon, Vanessa Phillips, and Loren Holland.  Each of the top three finishers received a certificate; the top three and two honorable mentions earned a monetary award furnished by the DBA, which contributed a total of $1100 toward the tournament.  A crowd of about 75 faculty and students watched the event and enjoyed a reception following the competition.   

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