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DSU Launches Mobile App Boot Camp Six-Week Course

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This photo represents the first cohort of the Del State Mobile App Boot Camp, showing they are ready to leap into the training with their Apple laptops. The University plans to offer the course again in the future.

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Thanks to a generous grant of $200,000 from Barclays Bank, the Del State Mobile App Academy has been established and the first cohort of approximately 18 participants began on July 5.  During the Mobile App Boot Camp, the participants, primarily DSU undergraduates, will become certified in Android mobile architecture and Java programming language, highly sought after skill sets in the regional job market.  For images of the first weeks of the Boot Camp, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157670623861516/show DSU President Harry L. Williams said this new training is yet another fruit that is yielded from the University’s relationship with Barclays Bank. “Barclays has been supportive of DSU by providing our College of Business students with internships, and now they have come forward to help DSU expand into this needed skill area,” said Dr. Williams. “DSU is grateful and proud to have a committed partner in Barclays Bank, a financial institution that not only believes in the mission of DSU, but also helps us to fulfill it.” Upon completion of the six-week class, participants will meet the program’s desired target, which its graduates who can pass the Oracle Java Level I Exam.   Hands-on classes will extend through Aug. 12.  The seventh floor of the DSU Living and Learning Commons houses the newly renovated state-of-the-art Mobile App Laboratory. The University plans to offer the course again within the next year.

DSU, Southwest Petroleum University Finalize New Accord

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Holding talks at Southwest Petroleum University prior to the agreement signing were (l-r) DSU's Dr. Fengshan Liu, assoc. VP of International Affairs,DSU President Harry L. Williams and DSU Board of Trustees member Dr. Devona Williams and SWPU's Dai Lai, deputy director of International Affairs, vice president and provost Dr. Wang Ling, and Zhang Liehui.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and SWPU's Dr. Wang Ling sign the new agreement. Behind them (l-r) are DSU's Dr. Fengshan Liu and Dr. Devona Williams, along with SWPU's Dr. Zhang Liehui and Dai Lei. Delaware State University has added another Chinese school to its list of institutional partners with the recent finalization of a memorandum of understanding between DSU and Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) of Chengdu, China. DSU President Harry L. Williams – who traveled to China with Dr. Devona Williams, Board of Trustees member, and Dr. Fengshan Liu, associate vice president of DSU International Affairs – met June 25 with SWPU’s Dr. Wang Ling, vice president and provost;Dr. Zhang Liehui, vice president; and Dai Lei, deputy director of the SWPU Office of International Affairs. The delegation discussed the new partnership and the possibilities that could result from it. The talks culminated with the signing of the memorandum of understanding by the DSU president and Dr. Wang, representing SWPU President Zhao Jinzhou, who could not attend the meeting during a schedule conflict. President Zhao met with President Williams on the following day over lunch at the SWPU campus.   The agreement is similar to many of the memorandums of understanding DSU has established with other institutions abroad. The DSU-SWPU agreement opens the door for possible study abroad exchanges, faculty teaching and research collaborations, academic discipline connections and other activities. “This agreement further expanded DSU’s international footprint within the country of China, providing both Del State and Southwest with new possibilities for study abroad for our students as well as possible academic and research collaborations in the future,” said Dr. Williams. “The warm hospitality shown to DSU by the SWPU officials portends a great partnership between the two institutions.” SWPU President Zhao said he has high hopes for this new partnership. SWPU President Zhao Jinzhou and DSU met over lunch the day after the agreement signing. "The agreement with DSU will start our prosperous and productive cooperation between the two universities (此项协议将会开启我们两校之间卓有成效的合作新起点)," Dr. Zhao said. The DSU-SWPU agreement was part of the DSU delegation’s 10-day trip to Poland and China. The 10 DSU students who were in Poland as part of a study abroad research program gave a June 20 presentation of its work to the delegation. The SWPU Office of International Affairs showed the DSU delegation outstanding hospitality during their stay in Chengdu. Displaying newly received DSU pins are Dai Lei (deputy director), Mou Dan, Yang Yan and Zhang Hanling. The DSU delegation then flew to Ningbo University of Technology in China to participate in a commencement ceremony for accounting students who had taken DSU courses toward their major. The graduating students received degrees from both Ningbo and DSU. The trip to SWPU culminated the delegation's swing through Europe and Asia.

DSU-Ningbo Univ. of Technology Commencement -- Photos

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The DSU delegation stands dressed in their regalia prior to June 23 Commencement Ceremony at Ningbo Univ. of Technology in China, which honored the graduates of DSU's accounting degree program. (L-r) Dr. Fengshan Liu, assoc. VP of International Affairs, Dr. Youngsik Kwak, assoc. dean of the College of Business; DSU President Harry Williams; NBUT President Lyu Zhongda; Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board member, and Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams led a delegation to China to attend the June 23 Commencement Ceremony at Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT), a special event that honored and celebrated the Ningbo seniors who successfully completed DSU’s accounting program. The students were the second cohort of NBUT graduates to earn degrees from both DSU and their home institution. Some of the students traveled to the U.S. to take the accounting courses at DSU, while others received the instruction at NBUT from visiting DSU faculty. To see a slideshow of images from the Commencement and other events during DSU’s NBUT visit, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157669360490120/show In addition to Dr. Williams, the official DSU delegation included Dr. Fengshan Liu, associate vice president of International Affairs; Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board of Trustees member; Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Youngsik Kwak, associate dean of the College of Business. Dr. Williams joined NBUT President Lyu Zhongda in passing out diplomas to the graduates during the commencement. Dean Covington and Dr. Liu also participated in the ceremony. After the Commencement Ceremony, the DSU delegation attended a reception with the top NBUT students of that graduating class. On the previous evening, the DSU delegation was treated to a traditional Chinese dinner by the top NBUT officials, who included Su Zhigang, the NBUT party secretary, and Nie Liya, a NBUT dean.

Verizon Presents $400,000 for STEM Ed Program at DSU

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With the $400,000 Verizon check: (l-r bottom row) Program participants Gerald Green, P.J. Chandlar, Nehemiah Williams, Josh Brice, Marc Madklangbayan, Darren Robinson Jr.; (top row l-r) Dr. Dan Shelton, Capital School District superintendent; Del. Secretary of Education Steven Godowski; Del. Gov. Jack Markell; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Bonnie Metz, Verizon government affairs director; Tony Lewis, Verizon regional VP; and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

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Delaware State University and Verizon today announced a partnership to provide STEM education to minority middle school boys in Delaware starting this summer. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program, funded by a $400,000 grant from Verizon, will provide mentorship and hands-on classes in coding, robotics, 3D design and entrepreneurship to dozens of minority middle school boys over the next two years. DSU students and faculty with backgrounds in computer science and entrepreneurship will serve as mentors to guide students through the program, which will begin with a summer program on the DSU campus and continue during the school year at DSU and at William Henry Middle School and Central Middle School from the Capital School District in Dover. Lillie Crawford, director of the DSU Center for Enterprise Development, checks out the work of program participant Ezekiel Washington of Dover Central Middle School. “While many focus on the idea that minority males are an ‘endangered species,’ DSU prefers to concentrate on what it can do to build up and guide young men to success,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “While we work year-round to produce success stories among our students on the University-level, through this program the University can also offer elementary school to high school-age youths opportunities to attend summer camps that stimulate their intellect, build self-esteem, teach them academic disciplines that can help them thirst for higher education opportunities and give them career options in their futures.” The Verizon Innovative Learning Program is being administers by the DSU Center for Enterprise Development and the DSU Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program – which began in 2015 at four leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is now available in 12 cities across the country – was created to address an urgent need. Much attention has been paid to the importance of engaging girls in STEM but very few are talking about the promise technology skills hold for young, minority boys. Minority males are severely underrepresented in STEM fields and are less likely than Caucasian peers to graduate from high school on time and pursue college. New evaluation data collected from over 300 young men shows that, after participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, 100% of students increased mobile technology proficiency, 75% of students reported an increased interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, and 69% had an increased interest in STEM careers. The Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Camp will take place from June 27 to July 15 on the DSU campus. The skills learned by the youths will be reinforced during the subsequent regular school year through special technology days, field trips and after-school tutorial sessions. The principal grant writer of the two-year $400,000 Verizon funding was Dr. Kam Kong, DSU associate professor of computer and information science. "I am appreciative of Verizon's generosity and trust in DSU to conduct the program well on this campus," Dr. Kong said. "In the first couple of days of the camp, the kids were already tinkering with 3D model software and were printing their creations. The hands-on approach and novelty of seeing their creations emerging right in front of their eyes is really motivating the kids."    

Vote for Three DSU Teams in SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 Contest

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Three student teams from Delaware State University have made it to the final rounds of the SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 competition.

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Three student teams from Delaware State University have made it to the final rounds of the SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 competition. The DSU teams are among 10 from across the United States that have made it to the finals in four categories. Public voting contributes 15% of the total score, so please show your support for DSU’s teams until June 30 by visiting the links below. At the site, after registering, you may click on the white up arrow to place your vote. Team Dualytics: https://ideas.sap.com/D33319 The Consultants: https://ideas.sap.com/D33412 Triumph or Trump: https://ideas.sap.com/D33688     As part of the contest, students utilize the analytics technologies of SAP, a world leader in enterprise software, to share their perspective and stories about the upcoming presidential election. Winners of the contest will have the chance to attend the Republican or Democratic National Convention and receive additional training opportunities.

DSU Visits Poland, President Meets With Partner Institution

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Pictured with President Harry L. Williams, center, and Dr. Mazin Shahin, right, director of DSU's Alliance for Minority Participation, are Edward Addison, Taylor Worrell-Stith, Sandra Suarez, Malia Green, Gemini Phillips, Travia Dunbar, Briana Reaves, Jamila Davis, Tahlia Casey and Tajah Lewter.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams made a trip to Poland where he met face to face for the first time with Dr. Antoni Bukaluk, the president of the Uniwersytet Technologiczno-Przyrodniczy (UTP), also known in English as the University of Technology and Life Sciences of Poland. DSU has an active memorandum of understanding with UTP that was finalized earlier this year, and recently exercised that partnership by sending 10 of its students for a May 22 to June 21 study abroad research experience. Each student was paired with a UTP science faculty member with whom each one conducted an individual research project. The students are all STEM majors and members of the DSU Alliance for Minority Participation, which provides support and research opportunities for minority science majors. The DSU president and his traveling group – which included Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board of Trustees member; Dr. Fengshan Liu, assistant vice president of DSU International Affairs; Carlos Holmes, DSU director of News Services; First Lady Dr. Robin Williams, their son Gavin and niece Madisen Smith; and Hong Liu (Dr. Liu’s wife)  – were treated on June 20 to a program at UTP in which each of the students gave a presentation on their research project and the findings that were yielded by their work. In addition, the DSU president and Dr. Bukaluk did a symbolic signing of the MOU agreement during the event forum event at UTP, a university located in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz. The DSU students that were part of the Polish study-abroad experience --  the International Science and Technology Academy for Research Scholars (I-STARS) -- were: Edward Addison, biology sciences, junior Tahlia Casey, biology sciences, sophomore Jamila Davis, chemistry, junior Travia Dunbar, forensic biology, senior Malia Green, biological sciences, sophomore Tajah Lewter, biological sciences, sophomore Gemini Phillips, biological sciences, senior Briana Reaves, biological sciences, senior Sandra Suarez, pre-veterinarian, senior Taylor Worrell-Stith, pre-veterinarian, junior Ms. Phillips, whose research was on the effect of bio-protection products on fungus, said that she benefited greatly from the experience in Poland. “I want to become a pathologist, and since I was working with fungus diseases and that related pathology, it will help me toward that,” said Ms. Phillips. “It will also help me toward my senior capstone project.” Ms. Suarez, whose research involved the ample use of a microscope, said the research she did was very valuable in further developing her laboratory skills. She noted that in Delaware she does shadowing at an animal hospital and that in the past she has struggled in looking through a microscope and distinguishing the difference between red blood cells and white blood cells of cats and dogs. “Being under the microscope every day for three weeks has helped me to adapt my eyes, so I know when I go back to the clinic I won’t be confused anymore,” Ms. Suarez said. The findings and data from the research of some of the students will be included in a future publication and added to various science databases. Dr. Mazin Shahin, director of DSU’s Alliance for Minority Participation, also made the trip with the students. This trip was made possible from funding from the National Science Foundation and the Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation.

DSU Receives 4 Nominations for HBCU Awards

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DSU’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) has been nominated for the 2016 HBCU Best Research Center Award.

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Delaware State University has been nominated as a finalist for four honors in the 2016 HBCU Awards. The categories of nomination include: Male President of the Year -- President Harry L. Williams HBCU of the Year -- Delaware State University Male Student of the Year -- Dr. Jalaal Hayes, who completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at age 22 – the youngest doctoral completion in DSU’s history Best Research Center Award -- DSU’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) “Just to be nominated is a great honor,” said Dr. Williams. “To be considered among the top HBCUs is proof that Delaware State University is moving on the right trajectory of higher education excellence.” The winners will be decided by a vote among Historically Black College and University presidents, along with a selected group of HBCU faculty and alumni, as well as by journalists who cover HBCUs. The nominations are national recognition of the achievement of HBCUs. “Your accomplishments over the past academic year have set your campus apart among a grand collection of achievements at historically black colleges and universities nationwide,” said Jarrett Carter of HBCU Digest. The winners will be announced at the 2016 HBCU Awards ceremony that will be held on July 15 at 7 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.  

DSU Board of Trustees Swears in New Member

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John Ridgeway, a Toyota corporate manager and DSU alumnus, is sworn in as the newest member of the DSU Board of Trustees by David Turner, board chair, during the body's June 16 public meeting.

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The DSU Board of Trustees welcomed a new member to its august body and bid adieu to three outgoing members during its June 16 public meeting. Board of Trustees Chairman David G. Turner formally swore in John Ridgeway, a Toyota corporate manager and DSU alumnus, as its newest member. During the same meeting, Mr. Turner announced the departure of two members – Wesley E. Perkins and Jim W. Stewart III, whose terms will expire on Sept. 1 and Aug. 31, respectively. Mr. Turner also announced the April resignation of board member Robert E. Buccini. (l-r) Jim W. Stewart III, David G. Turner, Wesley E. Perkins Because Mr. Buccini’s term was due to expire on Aug. 31, the board voted for Mr. Ridgeway to both complete Mr. Buccini’s term as well as serve a subsequent six-year term (which will end on Aug. 31, 2022). Mr. Ridgeway is currently the corporate manager of Toyota’s Eastern Territory Service Center, which is based in Owings Mills, Md. Prior to arriving at Toyota in 2006, Mr. Ridgeway spent two years as a senior vice president of Customer Service and Support for Bank of America. He also previously held director posts for Sears, Roebuck and Co. All told, the DSU alumnus brings 24 years of corporate experience to the DSU board. During his undergraduate years at then-Delaware State College, Mr. Ridgeway earned a B.A. in Business Administration. Mr. Perkins and Mr. Stewart attended their last scheduled public DSU board meeting on June 16. Mr. Perkins was first appointed to the board by then-Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in 2005, and has served on a number of committees – most notably as the chair of the Presidential Search Committee in 2008-2009, which resulted in the selection of DSU’s current president, Dr. Harry L. Williams. Mr. Stewart was appointed as a member by the board in 2007. He has served as chair of the board’s Executive Committee and its Development and Investment Committee. Mr. Buccini was appointed to the board in 2011 and served as a member until April of this year. Mr. Turner commended all three for their work on the board and thanked them for their DSU service.

2015-2016 retirees honored during banquet

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Retirees attending the banquet, from left, shown with President Harry L. Williams, center, were Leon Thayer, Wanda Brown, James Whitaker, Veronica Hopkins, Sandria Johnson, Christine Spady and Sherron Stevens.

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Delaware State University hosted its annual President’s Banquet for Retirees on June 16, featuring seven of the fifteen employees who retired during the 2015-2016 academic year. The banquet included a trip down Memory Lane (retiree childhood photos), a fashion show specifically for retirees, a serenade, a poem and a tribute (remarks by administrators, supervisors and/or colleagues).  President Harry L. Williams presented the retirees with gifts and dinner for the retirees, their families and guests. The event was directed and emceed by Brenda F. Farmer, director of University Events and Ceremonies, as a production of the Division of Institutional Advancement, Dr. Vita Pickrum, vice president.  

DSU Testing Services Office Earns National Certification

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DSU Office of Testing Services and Program staff: (l-r) Dr. Amystique Y.H. Church, test center administrator; Bruce O. Taylor, testing specialist; Britanny Douglas, testing associate; and Sheldon S. Taylor, testing assistant.

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Delaware State University’s Testing Services and Programs Office has been awarded the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Test Center Certification for meeting the national standards for such work. Based in the Thomasson Building on campus, the DSU Testing Services and Programs Office has been evaluated by the NCTA Test Certification Committee, which reviewed the office’s application package and also made a site visit. The committee found that the center meets the established standards for adequate facilities, test integrity, confidentiality, staff training, contracts, testing manager and staff, services and public relations. The NCTA Governing Board accepted the committee’s recommendation  and awarded the DSU office a five-year certification. “Our achievement of this national recognition reflects quality customer service, standards of excellence and integrity-based test security that DSU Testing Services and Programs provides to our customers,” said Dr. Amystique Y.H. Church, Test Center administrator. “The accreditation serves as a testament by being recognized and emulated for our innovative and successful processes.”       To earn the certification, a mission statement for the DSU Testing Office had to be developed. Found to be acceptable by the NCTA Test Certification Committee, it reads: The mission of the Testing Services and Programs Office is to assist DSU students and the surrounding communities in assessing their knowledge, skills, and abilities as it relates to higher and continuing education by providing a variety of programming to engage and promote student success and testing credentialing certifications. This is accomplished through the use of written, computer-adapted assessments, workshops and testing instruments.   Testing Services and Programs is committed to a diverse environment that encourages students and staff to function independently while demonstrating their inter- and intra-dependence as members of the collegiate community. We set the standard of excellence in the testing center by providing quality services to our DSU community and surrounding communities in the Delmarva Peninsula. Delaware State University, University College, Testing Services and Programs subscribes to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Dr. Lisa Dunning, association vice president of University College and Academic Affairs, said the University is “extremely proud” of the testing center’s accomplishment. “The significance of this achievement for DSU’s Testing Services and Programs (TSP) is grounded in the quality, integrity and professional standards which are demonstrated through TSP’s customer service, and testing processes,” Dr. Dunning said.  “Under the leadership of Dr. Church, the test center has re-envisioned and designed programs and services that adhere to a new level of commitment and excellence.” The Office of Testing Services and Programs administers more than 1,000 exam offerings, including the College Level Examination Program, English as a Foreign Language Test, PRAXIS I and II, New Student/Transfer Placement Test, GED, ACT, State of Delaware Certification Testing, Pharmacy Technician/Real Estate Certification, and many more. It also has more than 100 vendors/partners.

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