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Sens. Carper, Coons at DSU Cookout & Tour OSCAR - Photos

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(L-r) Alan Cobb, assistant vice president of Facilities Management; J.D. Bartlett, director of Planning and Construction; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Chris Coons; and Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics, stand outside of the University’s new OSCAR edifice following a tour of the building.

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Delaware two U.S. Senators joined DSU Facilities and Athletics personnel for a June 30 cookout at the President’s Residence and then paid a visit to DSU's newest structure – the Optical Science Center for Applied Research. U.S. Sens. Tom Carper, Chris Coons and their staffs spent some lunchtime fellowship with DSU President Harry L. Williams and the DSU employees and then took a tour of the inside of the largely completed OSCAR Building. Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of Physics and J.D. Bartlett, DSU director of Planning and Construction, shared details of the future research that will take place in OSCAR and the internal architectural features of the edifice. For images of the senators visit, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157652969146123/show

DSU Police Department Presents 2015 Awards

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(L-r) Sgt. Joi Simmons, Sgt. Dominick Campalone, Lt. Russell Smith, Lt. Pleadge Sanders and DSU Student Affairs Vice President Stacy Downing stand with the DSU Police Department Officers of the Year co-winners Ptlm. Jennifer Bastianelli and Ptlm. J. Michael Skinner. Standing to the left the awardees is DSU Police Chief Harry Downes Jr.

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James Paige (l) receives the Civilian of the Year Award from Chief Harry Downes Jr. The DSU Police Department recently held a June 29 Awards Ceremony to honor its top personnel of the 2014-2015 academic year. DSU Police Chief Harry Downes Jr. presented awards to the following persons. Ptlm. Teddy Tyson – Community Services Award (presented to the person who provided outstanding service to the campus community and / or the community at-large). Mr. James Paige – Civilian of the Year Award (presented to the civilian employee who consistently meets the goals of the Department in a committed and professional manner). Ms. Nakesha Bowers – Dispatcher of the Year (presented to the dispatcher who most dedicates themselves to the duties of managing emergency calls and the safety of our personnel and campus community). Henry Jones receives the Security Officer of the Year Award from Chief Harry Downes Jr. Officer Henry Jones – Security Officer of the Year (presented to the officer who exemplifies professionalism, safety, and commitment to the campus community as a security officer). Ptlm. Jennifer Bastianelli and Ptlm. J. Michael Skinner – Police Officer of the Year (this year resulted in co-winners, as both police officers best exemplified professionalism, safety, self-development, leadership, commitment to the campus community and other law enforcement entities as a police officer).

DSU Hosts Solo Flight Academy for HS students.

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Spencer Boynton (right) receives cockpit pointers from Capt. Stephen Speed, director of the DSU Aviation Program, who was one of the instructors of the OBAP Solo Flight Academy at the Delaware Airpark.

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The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) recently held a two-week Solo Flight Academy for about 20 high school-aged students at the Delaware Air Park. A combination of OBAP and DSU Aviation Program instructors conducted a cursory and condensed ground school and guided the students through approximately 10-20 hours of flight time, culminating in an actual solo event for each young pilot. For images from the June 12-25 Solo Flight Academy, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157654825492570/show  

DSU Announces 2015 Faculty Excellence Awardees

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The 2015 DSU Faculty Excellence Award recipients: (l-r) Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics (research); Dr. Melissa Harrington, professor of biological sciences (service); and Dr. Frank Gazda, associate professor of music (teaching).

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Delaware State University recently named three faculty members as the institution’s 2015 Faculty Excellence Award recipients. Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – Dr. Frank Gazda, associate professor of music Dr. Gazda, a Department of Music faculty member since 2007, maintains a teaching philosophy that undergraduate music students need to receive a strong grounding in the fundamentals of their craft, need to see the relevance of these fundamentals to their success, and need to be encouraged to be curious about all aspects of their music. Dr. Gazda’s approach to teaching is to guide, mentor, and teach every student as an individual with individual needs, goals and learning styles. He also exposes his students to as many successful professionals as possible. His teaching activities have included revamping the applied music curriculum for low brass instruments to reflect contemporary trends in literature and pedagogy and other curriculum revisions. Additionally, he is active with performance and pedagogical research to enhance teaching. Faculty Excellence Award for Research – Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics A physics faculty member since 2010, Dr. Boukari’s research at DSU has focused on understanding biomacromolecular interactions and nanotransport phenomena in complex systems and their possible roles with biological functions as well as biological pathologies. He has been successful in securing external funding from national organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense and Department of Education – $800,000 as a principal investigator (PI) and $8.5 million as a co-PI. The funding has been used for laboratory equipment and to support the undergraduate and graduate students he mentors. He has numerous publication , presentations, and invited speaking engagements, and his students also actively present their scholarly works. Faculty Excellence Award for Service – Dr. Melissa Harrington, professor of biological sciences Dr. Harrington, a 14-year faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, has an active record of service at all levels from departmental service to professional and community service. She has served on numerous committees in her department as well as in the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Dr. Harrington’s University service includes mentoring faculty in the grant writing process as well as collaboration with numerous faculty across several disciplines writing grants for research, teaching, community outreach and student scholarships. She has received over $18 million in funding as a PI or co-PI, and has assisted colleagues with grants that have brought over $2 million to DSU. Other service includes being the director of neuroscience for the statewide INBRE network, directing summer science camps for middle school students, and serving on review panels for NIH and NSF.

DSU, Ningbo Univ. of Tech. Celebrate 1st Joint Graduation

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(Center in red robes l-r) During a June 16 Commencement ceremony in China, Ningbo University of Technology President Dr. Lyu Zhongda and DSU President Harry L. Williams accept artistic gifts from the first-ever graduating class of the joint Accounting Program established in China by the two institutions.

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Delaware State University recently celebrated the fruits of one of its international partnerships with the completion of a group of graduates from a joint academic program. DSU President Harry L. Williams traveled to China to join Dr. Lyu Zhongda, president of Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT), to participate in the Commencement Ceremony of the first graduating cohort of the joint DSU-NBUT Accounting Program. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157654962089132/show?rb=1 DSU’s College of Business – which encompasses DSU’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance – is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. “Because its global business accreditation, the University’s establishment of a joint Accounting Program with Ningbo University of Technology in China is consistent with the international standing maintained by DSU’s College of Business,” said Dr. Williams. Seventy-five NBUT students earned degrees from both their home institution as well as from DSU. Eleven of those graduates have been admitted into top accounting graduate programs in the United States and in Great Britain. Dr. Williams gave an address during the ceremony and took part in the awarding of degrees. James Collins, chief officer of the Delaware Department of Technology and Information, also made the trip representing the First State and spoke at the ceremony. Similar to DSU Commencement ceremonies, the joint ceremony also featured student excellence awards. Chen Tong was awarded the DSU Presidential Academic Award.  Jiajun Wu received the Presidential Leadership Award. Dr. Bernadette Ruf, chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Dr. Youngski Kwak, associate dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Fengshan Liu, assistant vice president of International Affairs, also represented DSU at the NBUT-DSU Commencement. A second cohort of students is enrolled in the joint NBUT-DSU Accounting Program in China and is expected to be the second graduating class in 2016.

NCCo Council President Visits DSU@Wilmington

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New Castle County President Chris Bullock recently visited the DSU@Wilmington location, which is slated for some state-of-the-art technology upgrades this summer.

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NCCo Council President Chris Bullock (r) stands with Denise Pinkett-Wynn, DSU nutritional instructor, during his recent visit to the Wilmington location. Dr. Chris Bullock, New Castle County Council president, recently paid a visit to the DSU@Wilmington site where he met with officials there and affirmed his support for Delaware State University’s northernmost site. Dr. Bullock, whose New Castle County community leadership also includes being the founder and pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of New Castle, said the expansion of the DSU’s educational presence in Northern Delaware is positive development for that area. “New Castle County is pleased that DSU@Wilmington is here and is continuing the vision of Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams,” Dr. Bullock said. “This campus will give access and possibilities to those who want to pursue educational opportunities in this county.” DSU@Wilmington recently completed its first academic year at its 3931 Kirkwood Highway location after moving from its previous longtime Market Street location in Downtown Wilmington. The Kirkwood Highway location is a former U.S. Army facility building that DSU acquired from the federal government in 2011. The renovated building provides more academic space than the previous location and has allowed DSU to expand its degree program offerings in New Castle County. The DSU@Wilmington currently offers master’s degree programs in Educational Leadership, Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work and Sport Administration. More upgrades are planned for the location this summer. The State of Delaware has provided a $3 million grant that will result in five Smart Classrooms and a high-tech student lab that will include state-of-the-art technology such as large interactive display boards, instructor tablets, tech podiums and lecture streaming cameras. The Kirkwood location is especially convenient for busy professionals who seek to advance their careers or improve their knowledge. DSU@Wilmington provides evening courses, free on-site parking, spacious classrooms, as well as a private and comfortable student lounge.    For more information on DSU@Wilmington, call (302) 254-5340.

DSU Honors Retirees of 2015 -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2015 retirees: (l-r, bottom) Jackye Fountain, Sharon Whitaker, Anita Brinkley, Frances Rogers, Leida Sanchez; (top) DSU President Harry L. Williams, Genevieve Tighe, Henry Jones, Leonard Maull, Yvonne Mullen, Dr. Carol Giesecke, Dr. Leonard Davis and Beulah Yarborough.

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Delaware State University held its annual President’s Banquet for Retirees celebrating 11 employees who are retiring in 2015. For images from the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157654049319559/show The retirees – Anita Brinkley, Dr. Leonard Davis, Jackye Fountain, Dr. Carol Giesecke, Henry Jones, Leonard Maull, Frances Rogers, Leida Sanchez, Genevieve Tighe, Sharon Whitaker and Beulah Yarborough – were honored with words from DSU supervisors and colleagues as well as with the presence of well-wishing staff, family and friends at the June 11 event held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. In addition, also honored that evening was Yvonne Mullen, who retired in 2014.

Dr. Michael Casson Authors Children's Book on Saving Money

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Dr. Michael A. Casson Jr., associate professor of economics, has written Enwan the Entrepreneur -- Enwan's First $avings Account, a book designed to teach elementary school-aged children about the value of saving money.

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Dr. Michael A. Casson Jr., an associate professor of economics at Delaware State University, has published a book for elementary school-aged children to begin their education in financial literacy. Dr. Michael Casson Jr. shows off his new book with a Towne Point Elementary School Class. The teacher on the top right, Linda Brown, edited the book for Dr. Casson. Dr. Casson has written Enwan the Entrepreneur – Enwan’s First $avings Account, an illustrated children’s book that teaches the value of saving money and introduces youth to the concepts of bank accounts and earning interest. The book provides objectives and suggested discussion topics that make it a resource that can be included in the curriculum of elementary grades 1-4. “In our community, we are lacking in a keen understanding of financial literacy and business economics,” Dr. Casson said. “To progress in our community, we need to look at educating our youth about how to manage money.” Dr. Casson noted that according to the findings of a recent study, if youth in a community are taught financial literacy, the potential for economic growth and development in the community increase. The art illustrations of the book are done by Eric Bell, a student from the Philadelphia Art Institute. The book was edited by Linda Brown, a third-grade teacher at Towne Point Elementary School in Dover. Published by Demco Kids Publishing, Enwan the Entrepreneur can be purchased online at Amazon.com.

DSU Chemistry Scientists Awarded $1m Research Grant

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Pictured are (l-r) the research grant’s co-investigators Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Daniela R. Radu, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Cherese Winstead, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry and the principal investigator of the grant.

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A team of faculty scientists from the DSU’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded a three-year $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will expand the research capacity of its doctoral program into the materials chemistry arena. The grant will fund a project entitled “Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Research and Applications (ANERA)” and enhance the research infrastructure by focusing DSU’s existing Applied Chemistry Ph.D. program on materials chemistry research. In addition to funding a comprehensive research program and fellowships to support graduate students, the grant will enable to the development of new materials chemistry courses, as well as develop a growing network of material scientists in Delaware. The research is designed to create novel catalytic materials with unprecedented composition properties that could be used in biomass conversion to biofuels and valuable chemicals. The research program – under the grant title of ANERA RISE – is expected to have the broader impact of preparing underrepresented groups, such as African Americans and women, in STEM research disciplines to become competitive future scientists. The principal investigator of the grant is Dr. Cherese Winstead, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry. The co-investigators are Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Daniela R. Radu, assistant professor.

Condolences to the Family of Former Attorney General Beau Biden

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On behalf of Delaware State University, its Board of Trustees, our community and myself, I send our heartfelt condolences to the family of former Attorney General Beau Biden.  As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and legacy.  We especially recognize all that he has done to support not only our University but the entire State of Delaware. Harry L. Williams President

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