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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!  

2014 Homecoming Weekend Images

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, DSUAA President Sheila Davis and Gov. Jack Markell get together on the sidelines of football field just before halftime of the North Carolina A&T vs. DSU Homecoming game.
 

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Although the Oct. 18 football game results were not to the liking of Hornet fans, the Homecoming Weekend crowd still enjoyed reuniting with old friends on their former campus stomping grounds. For images from the Homecoming Weekend, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648878257662/ 

The Coronation of Mr. & Miss DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2014-2015 Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa and Mr. DSU James Jones stand against the Oct. 12 Coronation’s Far East backdrop. The theme for the event was “An Evening of Asian Enchantment”

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The 2014 Mr. and Miss DSU, James Jones and Jamila Mustafa, were formally crowned during the annual Coronation Ceremony held Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. For images of the Coronation Ceremony, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648478312468/show Mr. DSU James Jones is a business administration major from Upper Marboro, Md. His ambition is to become a world-renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur. Most immediately he looks forward to joining the corporate team of Neil General Contractor, Inc., to expand the vision and reality of his father. The son of Cornelius and Jan Tuff, the 21-year-old senior stands behind the creed “When God predestines your why, He will be your how.” His platform is “Strive for greater: You are more than what you have become.” Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa is a mass communication major from Wilmington, Del. She is a former Miss Teen Essence USA and most recently she was the first runner-up at the Miss NBCA Hall of Fame Pageant for HBCU Queens. Her favorite quote is “I never dreamed for success, I worked for it!” Her platform is “Project Uplift: Leadership Made Visible.”

Dr. Bernardine Lacey Honored as Nursing Living Legend

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Dr. Robin Williams and DSU President Harry Williams stand with Dr. Bernardine Lacey (center) after she was recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.

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Dr. Bernardine Lacey, former acting chair of the DSU Department of Nursing, has been recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dr. Lacey along with three others received that honor during an Oct. 16 ceremony as part of the AAN’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. The AAN recognized Dr. Lacey for starting the movement to include the care of the underserved in nursing curriculum, which in turn made the nursing profession better prepared to care for the most vulnerable in society. The Living Legend Award is the highest honor presented by the AAN.

Dr. Walter Kimbrough Named Dec. Commencement Speaker

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Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough became one of the youngest college presidents in the country in 2004 when at age 32 he became the president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. He became the president of Dillard in 2012. He will be DSU 2014 December Commencement keynote speaker on Dec. 13.
 

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Delaware State University has announced that its keynote speaker for the University’s December Commencement Ceremony will be Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, the widely well-regarded president of Dillard University. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. The graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Following tenures in student affairs divisions at Emory University, Georgia State University and Old Dominion University, Dr. Kimbrough was named in 2000 as the vice president of Student Affairs for Albany State University at age 32. His rocketing higher education career reached new pinnacles in 2004 when at age 37 he was hired as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., as well as in 2012 when he was named as the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. The Dillard president has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. He has also been noted in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life for his active use of social media to engage students. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelor Degree.com as one of the 25 college president that should be followed on Twitter (@HipHopPrez). Dr. Kimbrough was recognized in 2009 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education one of “25 To Watch.” He was included among Ebony Magazine’s 2010 list of doers and influencers in the African American community, joining a group that included President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Tom Joyner, Tyler Perry, Richard Parsons and others. In 2013, NBC News/The Griot.com’s also listed him among 100 African Americans making history. A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough is a respected national expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise with historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Arts Center's Outreach Program Honored by Del. Governor

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Jennifer Gunther (center), director of the Arts Center/Gallery, holds the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, which was presented in honor of the VSA Delaware Program on Oct. 6 in Wilmington. Standing with Ms. Gunther are (l-r) Paul Weagraff, Del. Division of the Arts, director, Lise Monty, Del. State Arts Council chair, Gov. Jack Markell and his wife Carla.

Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

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An outreach program of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery (ACG) has recently been honored by Gov. Jack Markell. VSA Delaware – one of several unique outreach programs of the ACG – recently received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts. In addition to providing art exhibitions and other cultural events, the ACG engages with the community through several unique outreach programs. VSA Delaware, one of the ACG’s community programs, received a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.  Gov. Markell honored the recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts at an Oct. 6 presentation at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. The event was co-chaired by First Lady Carla Markell and Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. The ACG’s VSA Delaware (VSADE) provides artistic opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the state. By providing a unique link between the arts, disability, and education communities, VSADE (formerly known as Very Special Arts) recognizes the need for children and adults with disabilities to be provided with opportunities to participate and achieve in the areas of performing and visual arts.  Using an established artist residency model to facilitate integrated arts education programming for students and adults with disabilities, VSADE provides cross-curricular learning with the arts as educational tools. The annual “Celebration of Creativity” traveling multimedia art exhibit celebrates the work of all visual arts residency participants. VSADE’s Arts Administration Internships and Performing Arts Residency programs provide opportunities for transitional-age students to develop relevant employment skills, as well as communication and interpersonal competency. Delaware schools recognize VSADE as a leader in providing accessible integrated programming to students with disabilities. Partnering with more than 40 Delaware schools, districts, and organizations, VSADE has worked diligently to develop dialogue about accessibility, cultural access, and universal design, so that Delaware arts organizations may improve their accessibility and outreach to diverse audiences. VSA Delaware are under the direction of Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.  For the past 16 years VSA Delaware has been a part of the ACG.  Other ACG outreach programs include the Delaware Regional Scholastics Arts Awards and the Congressional Arts Awards.

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.”

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