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New DSU Leadership Appointments (October 2014)

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The University has announced several new leadership appointments in the areas of the newly established University College, as well as Financial Aid Services, Career Services, Development and Athletics.

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Delaware State University has announced the following new appointments:   Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington has been named the new associate vice president for Academic Affairs/University College, effective Oct. 6. The newly formed College will consolidate and strengthen many DSU programs and initiatives that are central to student success. That includes providing integrated, quality, academic support services for first-year and second-year students and transfer students, the Academic Enrichment Program, the University Academic Advisement Centers, and coordination and oversight of the University’s General Education curriculum. Stephen J. Ampersand Prior to this appointment, Dr. Washington was the director of DSU’s General Education and University Studies. Before her arrival to DSU in 2012, she served one year as the assistant dean for Access and Academic Development Programs and six years as director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/STEM Program, both in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware. Stephen J. Ampersand has been named the assistant vice president for Financial Aid Services, effective Oct. 6.  Mr. Ampersand will oversee all aspects of that division. Prior to his arrival to DSU, Mr. Ampersand served for three years as the director of Financial Aid at Cecil College. He also served as an enrollment representative at Peirce College in Philadelphia. He holds an A.S. and B.S. in Business Administration, both from Peirce College; and an M.S.M. in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. Dr. Bill H. Means has been named the new director of the Office of Career Services, effective Sept.           Dr. Bill H. Means Prior to his arrival, Dr. Means was the director of the Office of Internship and Career Programs at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Adult/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C. In addition: Eric Hart has moved over from his previous post as the senior associate athletics director to become a major gifts officer in the Development unit. Mr. Hart’s new post will focus on obtaining major gifts for DSU Athletics. Dr. Sonja R. Jackson-McCoy, formerly the associate director of Mentoring and Advising for Athletics, has been appointed as associate athletics director for Academic Services. Her major focus will be to monitor the academic success of student-athletes. The position reports to the University provost.

DSU Awarded $500,000 Grant for Virgin Island Project

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Dr. Michael H. Casson Jr., director of the DSU Center for Economic Development and International Trade, will implement a geographical information system to assist the U.S. Virgin Island in mapping out its regional assets that will be critical in future economic development initiatives.

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The U.S. Commerce Economic Development Administration has awarded the DSU Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) a three-year $500,000 grant to implement an island-wide (St. Croix, St. Thomas, St,. John, and Water Island) geographic information system to map the regional assets of the Virgin Islands. The principal investigator of the project is Dr. Michael H. Casson Jr., director of the UCEDIT and associate professor of economics. The UCEDIT will do asset mapping as a critical first step in marshaling the resources that the U.S. Virgin Islands can leverage to support an integrated workforce and economic development initiatives. Asset mapping will be undertaken at several different levels including, but not limited to the following: An inventory will be undertaken of key resources that can be utilized in a development effort. Provide a deep understanding of the key networks and cultural attitudes that shape the regional economy, indicate “gap” areas that require further investment, and provide a baseline by which to judge future progress toward regional prosperity. To obtain this information UCEDIT will conduct significant research to assess the impact of regional assets—human, financial, institutional, and natural among others—on the innovation and productivity that ultimately drive the prosperity of local citizens.  Inform public and private sectors  “To achieve its economic and workforce development goals, the U.S. Virgin Islands has its own unique set of assets – tangible and intangible – to call upon,” Dr. Casson said. “While these resources may or may not provide an advantage over other regions with similar goals, they do provide the foundation for actions that the U.S. Virgin Islands can take in realistic hopes of improving its overall competitive position.”  UCEDIT has served the people of Delaware by improving their understanding of the state's economy -- past, present, and future since its establishment in 2011 through a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Commerce Economic Development Administration.  The Center focuses on providing timely information and reliable analyses of the State of Delaware economy, with specific attention to Kent and Sussex Counties. By mobilizing and directing the expertise available at Delaware State University, state agencies and entities, and the private sector, UCEDIT equips the public and decision makers with the foundation for systematic, thoughtful debate of public-policy issues. The Center takes a long-term, strategic view of economic forces, and is objective and transparent in its execution and delivery.  “Dr. Casson's island-wide asset mapping grant award in the Virgin Islands further demonstrates the expertise and capacity of the College of Business to uniquely and effectively contribute to economic development initiatives both within the State of Delaware and globally,” said Donna T. Covington, dean of the DSU College of Business.  

DSU Receives $500,000 Research Instrumentation Grant

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(L-r) Dr. Mukti M. Rana, principal investigator, along with co-PIs Dr. Wafa Amir, director of the DSU Imaging Facility, Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics and engineering – all DSU faculty members – have been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant that will result in the University’s acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope. Not pictured is co-PI Dr. Dula Man.

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A group of DSU faculty members from the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology have been awarded a $501,100 Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable the University to acquire a Scanning Electron Microscope for use in multidisciplinary research. The principal investigator grant is Dr. Mukti M. Rana, assistant professor of physics. The co-PIs for the grant were Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics and engineering; Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Wafa Amir, director of the DSU Imaging Facility; and Dr. Dula Man, assistant professor of chemistry The NSF grant funding the purchase of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) will provide DSU with an ultra-modern tool to image a sample with more than a million magnification. The technology will also have the capability to determine the atomic composition/structure of samples. In addition to high magnification, the instrument will provide other capabilities such as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy microanalysis system and electron back scattered diffractometer, which can be used to determine the elemental composition and crystallographic orientation of a specimen.  The SEM will be used to complete various ongoing research projects at DSU, which includes: The development of ultra-low power Indium Arsenic Nitride semiconductor transistors The fabrication of a nanofiber in situ electroporation chip to deliver DNA into cells The study of membrane-associated estrogen receptors in the Mauthner cell circuit of goldfish. The characterization of tubulin nanorings. This high-resolution imaging microscope will enhance the research and educational capabilities at DSU, as well as provide DSU STEM students with “hands on” experience and training in this broadly-used technology. Further, it is expected that SEM will stimulate new research opportunities, while it will develop new collaborative projects among DSU and non-DSU researchers including potential high technology companies. It will also strengthen the research and education capabilities of DSU in nano-scale science and technology, which involves many departments at DSU. The SEM will be located at new Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Building that is currently under construction on the DSU campus.  “This is another piece that we will contribute to our efforts to build a world class optics program at DSU,” said Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. “The SEM will add tremendous value to the University and the high technology community in the state while at the same will provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire hands on imaging skills” said the Dean and director of the optics program, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi.”

Civil Rights Movement Art Show at DSU until Nov. 7

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Demitrius Bullock Jr. (r), under the direction, Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery, hangs a work entitled Endangered, which was actually created by his father Demitruis Bullock Sr. of Townsend, Del. Mr. Bullock Sr. was one of 18 artists from all over the country to submit works for this Civil Right Movement-themed exhibition.

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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University is presenting an commemorative exhibition featuring the works of 18 artists from Sept.   Kamal Al Mansour’s Red, White (Black) and Blue is one of the 20 works on display that the Arts Center/Gallery’s Civil Rights-themed exhibition. 29 to Nov. 7. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public – is located in the Arts Center/Gallery, the entrance of which is located inside the entrance of the William C. Jason Library on campus. The gallery requested submission of works that directly or metaphorically examined and responded to any issues related to the Civil Rights Movement. Submissions were received from around the country, resulting in a group of 20 selected works that provided a unique visual response to Civil Rights events. The Arts Center/Gallery is a learning environment for the Department of Art, Arts Management program, and as such, DSU art majors assisted with the exhibit staging and installation.  In addition to the works selected from artists, the exhibit contains an interactive installation component.  The installation, a visual timeline reflecting responses to the exhibit and theme, is an evolving work of art. All visitors are encouraged to add their visual comments to the installation and become a part of this process. There isn’t a “wrong” way to participate. The opening reception for this exhibit will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibition and reception is being held in conjunction with the Oct. 2-3 Civil Rights Symposium hosted by DSU and the Delaware Historical Society. 

Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa 1st Runner-up in NBCAHF competition

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Jamila Mustafa, Miss DSU 2014-2015 (center), poses with other DSU supporters at the National Black Colleges Alumni Hall of Fame Queens Competition in Atlanta, Ga., where she finished as first runner-up.

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Jamila Lee Mustafa, whose coronation as the 2014-2015 Miss DSU is a little more than a week away, has already begun making her mark as the University’s top queen. Ms. Mustafa recently competed in the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (NBCAHF) Queens’ Competition in Atlanta, Ga., where she not only became the first DSU queen to finish in the top five of the 29-year competition, but she also became the first Hornet to finish as high as the first runner-up. Her success in the competition’s categories of the interview, talent and evening gown catapulted her to her high finish and won her a $3,500 scholarship. She was also awarded a special $2,000 scholarship from Royall Mack, the founder and CEO of Ciara Enterprises and the vice chairman of the NBCAHF Board of Directors. Along with Jamila’s wonderful accomplishments on that Sept. 27 evening, Mr. James Lee Jones, the 2014-2015 Mr. DSU, won the Mister Congeniality Award during the event. As part of that honor, he was awarded a $500 scholarship. The event was sponsored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to the growth and development of HBCUs through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement. Ms. Mustafa and Mr. Jones will be formally crowned as the 2014-2015 Mr. and Miss DSU during their Royal Coronation entitled "The Year of the Hornet – An Evening of Asian Enchantment" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

DSU President Travels to Turkey to Discuss Future Exchanges

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DSU President Harry L. Williams shakes the hand of Celal Bayar University President Mehmet Pakdemirli during a recent trip to Turkey.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams recently paid a visit to Celal Bayar University to meet with its president, Dr. Mehmet Pakdemirli, in a visit that followed up the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation that took place in the spring at DSU.   Dr. Mehmet Pakdemirli, president of Celal Bayar University in Turkey, signs an agreement with DSU President Harry L. Williams in March 2014. Dr. Williams recently returned from Turkey where he had further discussions with Celal administrators. The five-year agreement signed by the two university presidents on March 24 at DSU paved the way for future undergraduate and graduate students study abroad opportunities, joint research and teaching activities, the exchange of pedagogical materials, as well as collaboration in the areas of business, administration, sciences, education and professional training. During Dr. Williams’ Sept. 24-28 trip to Turkey, he met with Dr. Pakdemirli and other Celal University officials to hold further discussions on ways in which the two institutions could move ahead with the activities previously agreed to in the spring memorandum, especially in the areas of student exchanges and the DSU U.S. Cultural Enrichment Program. Those plans are expected to be finalized between the two institutions on a future date.

The First-Ever DSU Campus Lions Club is Chartered

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The  entire membership of the DSU Campus Lions Club was inducted during a ceremony on Sept. 21 in the MLK Jr. Student Center.

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There is a new community service group at DSU – the Delaware State University Campus Lions Club. (L-r) District Lion Club Governor Cheryl Jones, stands with the charter DSU Lions Club officers: Briana Tobin, president; Courtney McClure, vice president; Tiera McCoy, secretary; Hope Brown, treasurer; Desiree Jackson, “Lion Tamer”; and Jeffrey Baggett and Lesleigh Gibbs, directors. The charter DSU Lions Club became official during a Sept. 20 program in the MLK Jr. Student Center, as the leadership and members of other local Lions Clubs attended to witness the induction of its charter members and the installation of its officers. The Lions Clubs across the country focus much of their work on the prevention of blindness, aid to the blind, and help for those with vision problem. Many Lions Clubs, however, also engage themselves in many other community service endeavors. The charter DSU Lions Club begins its inaugural year with 14 members. Its officers are: Briana Tobin, president; Courtney McClure, vice president; Tiera McCoy, secretary; Hope Brown, treasurer; Desiree Jackson, “lion tamer”; Shanay Watts, membership chair; Jeffrey Baggett and Lesleigh Gibbs, directors. The advisors are Samantha Ash and Dr. Delores Finger Wright.

DSU Names Dr. Stacy Downing as New VP of Student Affairs

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Dr. Stacy Downing brings 15 years of higher education experience – mostly in the Student Affairs area – to the vice president post.

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Delaware State University has named Dr. Stacy Downing as its new vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Prior to this appointment Dr. Downing served as DSU’s associate vice president of Student Affairs since August 2013. With this promotion to vice president, Dr. Downing will be part of the DSU president’s senior administrative council and will oversee the following departments and offices: Residential Education and Student Life, Career Services, Student Leadership and Activities, Public Safety, Judicial Affairs, the MLK Jr. Student Center, Campus Events Planning, the Wellness and Recreation Center, Health Services, Counseling, and Enrollment Management. “We have observed the effective work of Dr. Downing in her capacity as associate vice president and her contributions to the Division of Student Affairs. Her demonstration of enthusiasm for the students she serves has been impressive,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “She has 15 years of higher education experience – largely in the area of student affairs – and we look forward to the leadership she will provide as the vice president of that division.” Prior to her arrival to DSU in 2013, Dr. Downing served as the vice president of Student Affairs for Philander Smith College from 2011-2013, as director of Student Activities and Leadership Development at the University of Cincinnati from 2006-2011 as well as other student affairs-related director and program director posts from 1999-2006 at that institution. She also served as an adjunct instructor for freshmen seminar-type courses and graduate Educational Leadership courses during her tenures at both Philander and UC. Dr. Downing has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (in Ohio), a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and an Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. “I am excited about this opportunity to continue to move the division forward and leverage the relationship that I have with the DSU community,” Dr. Downing said. “It’s an exhilarating time to be at DSU and I am happy to be a part of this movement.” The VP for Student Affairs Search Committee was chaired by Carolyn Curry, vice president for Institutional Advancement and chief-of-staff. Joining her on the committee were: Marsha Horton, dean of the College of Education, Health and Public Policy; Jan Blade, Faculty Senate chair; Edward Doxen, president of the Student Government Association; Wes Perkins, DSU Board of Trustees member and chair of its Student Affairs Committee; Erin Hill, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management; Phillip Holmes, director of Housing and Residential Education; Jordin Williams, director of the Wellness and Recreation Center; Michelle Martin, associate vice president for Finance; and Beverly Brown, Human Resources generalist. Finalists were interviewed on campus by groups of students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni.

DSU Nursing Holds First-Ever White Coat Ceremony

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Flanked Dr. Marsha Horton (l), dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy, and Dr. Sharon Mills-Wisneski, Nursing Dept. chair, the class of 2016 – the newest group to be admitted in the DSU Nursing Program – poses after receiving their white coats during the Sept. 20 ceremony.

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The DSU Department of Nursing held its first-ever White Coat Ceremony in honor of the latest class of students to be accepted in the Nursing Program. Dr. Sharon Mills-Wisneski, Nursing Dept. chair, helps a new nursing major with her white coat during the ceremony. Twenty-nine juniors celebrated the successful completion of their first two pre-nursing years at DSU, resulting in their acceptance in the program and the subsequent the rite of passage ceremony held Saturday, Sept. 20 in the MLK Jr. Student Center. The White Coat Ceremony is a new advent for nursing schools across the country. Previously only medical schools held such ceremonies Funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and its collaboration with the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) resulted in this year pilot program for such ceremonies to be held by nursing programs. The Gold Foundation and the AACN selected 100 nursing schools – of which DSU was the only one of two HBCUs and the only nursing school in Delaware – to each receive a $3,000 grant to fund the White Coat Ceremony. There are 750 nursing schools recognized by the AACN. The White Coat Ceremony is designed to instill a commitment among future nursing health professionals to provide compassion care. The keynote speaker of the White Coat Ceremony was Dr. Pamela Zuckafoose, executive director of the Delaware Board of Nursing, as well as former faculty member of the DSU Department of Nursing. The 29 nursing majors – recognized as the “Class of 2016 – took the White Coat Oath, in which they made a commitment to accept the fundamental duties and responsibilities of being a nurse, especially in the areas of compassionate care, the exercising of sound professional judgment, and having of a lifelong obligation for professional improvement. The chair of the DSU Nursing Program is Dr. Sharon Mills-Wisneski. The department is under the DSU College of Education, Health and Public Policy, which is under the leadership of its dean, Dr. Marsha Horton.

2014 Employee Recognition Dinner -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2014 Employee Recognition awardees (l-r): Tracy Channel, Rosetta Brickhouse, Jessica Wilson, Kamillah Lewis, Michelle Martin, Bina Daniels, Jennifer Ridgely, Jacqueline Jones, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Irene Chapman-Hawkins, Lorene Robinson, Duane Henry, Phillip Holmes, Dr. Raymond Tutu, Dr. Jung Lim-Lee (ck sp) and Dr. Clytrice Watson.

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DSU held its annual Employee Recognition Dinner at the MLK Jr. Student Center where it recognized employee excellence and longevity. For images of the awardees, click on the below photo slideshow:  

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