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DSU Announces Deactivated Degree Programs

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Students enrolled as majors in the deactivated program will be able to finish their degree or, if desired, change their major.

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In 2014 Delaware State University (DSU) began a Program Prioritization Initiative (PPI). The evaluation process examined all academic and administrative programs and services, focusing on their efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and centrality to the University’s mission and strategic plan goals relating to intellectual climate as well as institutional and operational effectiveness. The Taskforce was comprised of two subgroups: the Academic PPI and the Administrative PPI working groups. The focus herein will be on the outcomes of the Academic PPI process. To implement this comprehensive evaluation, in late 2013 DSU President Harry L. Williams appointed a PPI Taskforce, which included faculty, staff and administrators. The Academic PPI Taskforce was comprised of 12 members. The group was chaired by Dr. Donald Becker, chair of the Department of Art as well as chair of the Chairs Council. As committee chair, Dr. Becker was charged with providing the leadership for implementing a process by which to seek consistent feedback from all stakeholders; thinking critically, strategically and analytically using data to develop its recommendations concerning program retention or deactivation. In this initiative, the University has taken a hard look at each academic program to assess its enrollment and degree productivity, the external professional job market demand for the program graduates, the program costs, and the quality of program inputs. To see and hear Dr. Williams discuss the PPI and the deactivations, click on the below link to the DSU Inside Perspective segment in which he was interviewed: https://youtu.be/VNi5MO5nVOU The taskforce’s recommendations were submitted to Dr. Alton Thompson, who served as provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs from August 2010 until his retirement in March 2016. The provost developed the final recommendations and submitted them to the DSU Board of Trustees, which during its January 21, 2016 public meeting approved the final list of program deactivations. Based on the findings of the PPI, the below 22 degree programs have been identified as low priority and have been deactivated. Deans have been charged with development of teach-out plans for all deactivated programs to enable all students currently enrolled in these programs opportunities to complete degrees in their currently enrolled discipline. However, no new students will be accepted into these programs. The 21 deactivated degree programs (and the degree concentrations under them) are: Baccalaureate Art Management Biology Education Chemistry Education Elementary Special Education – Grades 1-8 English Education Forensic Chemistry French Physics Education Secondary Special Education – Grades 7-12 Science Education Spanish World Language Education French Spanish   Graduate (all the below are master’s degree programs and their concentrations) MA Applied Chemistry MS Art Education MA Biological Sciences General Biology Biology Education MA Education Curriculum and Instruction Adult Basic Education Special Education MS Family and Consumer Science Education MA Historic Preservation MS Mathematics Education MS Physics Teaching MA Science Education MA Teaching  

Inspired Day of Service 2016 -- Photos Slideshows

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More than 300 students attended the April 2 Inspired Day of Service opening ceremony before fanning out to seven location in Delaware to do community service work.

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Delaware State University’s Inspire Scholarship recipients refused to let the rain damper their core value spirits of “community” and “outreach” as they pressed on to take part in the University’s 5th annual “Inspired Day of Service” on Saturday, April 2. More than 300 students took part in the community service event, fanning out to seven locations to give of themselves and represent DSU. For images of the Inspired Day of Service event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157666626871696/show After hearing motivational words from DSU President Harry L. Williams, SGA President Isiah Covington, as well Sandy Clark of the Delaware Prevention Coalition and Heather Griesser LaPierre of the Kids Against Hunger of Philadelphia, the student split up into seven groups to do community service work from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations: Bellevue Community Center in Wilmington where students assisted with various projects, including a neighborhood cleanup around the center. West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington where students participated in the Delaware Prevention Coalition Book Buddy Day and introduce young people to the wonders of Legos. Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club in Dover where they did some spring cleaning at this site. College Road in Dover where students took part in a cleanup project of that state road that runs south of DSU from Dupont Highway to Dover-Kenton Road. MLK Student Center at DSU where  students will be will be packing food in support of a Feeding the Needy project of the DSU’s Division of Housing and Residential Education and the Kids Against Hunger organization to feed 10,000 needy Delawareans. Students helped Habitat for Humanity do inside work at a house under construction on S. Kirkwood St. in Dover. At the First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, students helped administer a Community Fitness and Fun Day at the agency. DSU Inspire Scholarship students are required to do 10 hours of community service per semester. The annual Inspired Day of Service provides them with an opportunity to fulfill some of those hours. As in previous years, non-Inspire Scholarship students also participated in the event.

2016 Mass Comm Day -- Article and Photos

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About 25 alumni of the DSU Mass Comm Program attended the annual event to share their professional media experience with the students.

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DSU’s Department of Mass Communications held is annual symposium, this year entitled “Cracking the Color Code: Increasing Minority Presence and Opportunity in the Media.” To view images from the daylong event, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157664366825193/show Commonly known annually as “Mass Comm Day,” the daylong event was kicked off by keynote speaker Stacey Evans Morgan, TV and film producer/writer, most notably of the “The Parkers” a television show that ran from 1999-2004. This year's Mass Comm Day included the induction of a new class of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society members. Throughout the day there were a number of panel discussion sessions on a diverse variety of contemporary mass communication topics. The panel discussion were led by a number of visiting media and communications professional – 25 of which were alumni of the DSU Mass Comm Program. The day was culminated with a job fair. A highlight of the day took place during the luncheon, as the Department of Mass Comm presented its inaugural Michael J. Feeney Distinguished Alumni Award to HBCU sports commentator Omarr Bashir, Class of 1996, and public relations and communications professional Dawn Jones Roberts, Class of 1992. The award was established to honor the memory of Mr. Feeney, Class of 2005, a New York City journalist and a 2010 NABJ Emerging Journalist Award who passed away at age 32 on Jan. 31. At the time of his death, Mr. Feeney was slated to begin a new job as an entertainment reporter for CNN.com in Atlanta. Ga. Mr. Feeney’s mother Reba Willis, his sister Maria Feeney, and his cousin and DSU alumna Dawn Tennent traveled from northern New Jersey to attend Mass Comm Day and present the awards.

DSU Students Recognized by Alzheimer Association

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(L-r) Dr. Michael Gitcho, assistant professor of biological sciences, observes as Justin Sherard, junior biological sciences major from Baltimore, and Deidre Carter, a biology graduate student from New York City receives award recognition from Katie Macklin, executive director of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer Association. Mr. Sherard and Ms. Carter accepted the award on behalf of a team of 65 students who raised money for the association's Rehoboth Walk event. 

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The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer Association recently recognized a team of DSU students who didn’t let the adversity of a threatening hurricane deter them from raising money in support of research on the disease. Justin Sherard, a junior biological sciences major and team captain, and Deidre Carter, a biology graduate students, recently received  certificates of appreciation for their hard work organizing the DSU team for the planned Alzheimer Association Walk in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Oct. 22 last year.  The DSU continued to raise the money, even though the event was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin on that weekend. The DSU team of about 65 students – under the team name of Hornets for a Cure” –  raised $1,163 for Alzheimer’s Research and Caregiver support.  The Alzheimer Association recognized the DSU students as the  "Top Collegiate Team" and also presented the team with a trophy for the "School Spirit Award.”

DSU Student Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine

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Kyle Sheppard was interviewed about his recent trip to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's headquarters in Seattle, Wash.

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Kyle Sheppard, a DSU student who recently visited the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wash, has been recently featured in an article in Black Enterprise. Mr. Sheppard, a junior psychology major from New Castle, Del., was interviewed about his visit to the Gates Foundation’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash., in early March. He was joined on the trip by DSU students Selena Nixon and Edgar Ortiz, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dr. Teresa Hardee, chief operating officer, and Dr. Saundra DeLauder, associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies. To read the online version of the article and see the accompanying video, click on the below link: http://www.blackenterprise.com/education/meeting-bill-gates-hbcu-student-has-the-mental-discipline-to-succeed/

Gov. Markell Appoints Roy Roper to DSU Board of Trustees

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Roy Roper, president and CEO of the Blood Bank of Delmarva, is sworn in as the newest member of the DSU Board of Trustees by David Turner, board chair, during the body's March 24 public meeting.

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Roy Roper, president and CEO of the Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), has been appointed by Gov. Jack Markell as a new member of Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Roper was officially sworn in by DSU Board of Trustees Chairman David Turner during the board’s March 24 public meeting. He has been appointed to a six-year term.                               Roy Roper He has been a part of the BBD since 2009 when he was first hired as its vice president of Administrative Services. He was elevated to president and CEO in January 2011. Mr. Roper is responsible for an annual budget of $24 million, 155 full and part-time employees, 100 volunteers who support collection, processing, and distribution over 100,000 blood and related products to hospitals serving the Delmarva region. Prior to joining BBD, Mr. Roper was president of Roper Consulting Group (RCG), where he worked with a wide variety of organizations in the life sciences industry focusing on strategy and operational planning, customer growth and retention, operational efficiency, change and restructuring.  His consulting experience spans many functional areas including Commercial Operations, Research & Development, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, and Human Resources. Mr. Roper was also employed by AstraZeneca as the director of Organizational Effectiveness for its U.S. operations.  Prior to AstraZeneca, he served as vice president of Business Development for a Wilmington, Del.-based technology start-up, and as a member of the Senior Management team, helped raise $20 million in venture capital funding. In addition to his experience in the life sciences area, Mr. Roper spent 16 years in the managed care industry holding a number of key management and leadership roles.  At United Healthcare’s Behavioral Health unit he oversaw an Account Management organization, with annual revenue of $250 million and 14 locations across the U.S. He also established a new Mid-Atlantic large employer medical benefits sales and service operation where he was responsible for annual revenues of $66 million.  Prior to United Healthcare, Mr. Roper spent eight years with CIGNA, where he held a number of operational roles in its Employee Benefits Claims division. Mr. Roper has been an active volunteer with the Delaware YMCA where he served as Chair of its Resource Center branch, and also as a member of the YMCA statewide Association Board.  He has served as a Board Trustee for the National Blood Foundation (NBF), an Executive Committee member for the Blood Centers of America (BCA), and is currently Board chairman for the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC).  Mr. Roper is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington.  Roy Roper receives congratulations from Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, trustee emeritus, who is stepping down from active membership of the board and is being succeeded by the new trustee. Mr. Roper holds a Master’s degree in Organization Effectiveness from American University, has taught graduate level change management courses at Wilmington University and served as an Advisory Board member for the University of Delaware’s Masters in Organization Effectiveness and Change program. He has also been a personal mentor and supporter of student development at both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.

Bill Gates Speaks on DSU Student Success Efforts -- Video

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Students from DSU and Johnson C. Smith University show Bill Gates some new moves during their recent visit to meet with him in Seattle, Wash.

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Bill Gates has posted a video on his GatesNotes.com website in which he shares his thoughts about the work of Delaware State University to achieve student success for low-income and first-generation students. To view the video, click on the below link: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/What-Makes-a-College-Great The video is a continuation of partnership that has developed between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DSU. The Gates Foundation is closely following DSU’s cutting edge Individualized Development Plan (IDP) Initiative – which has been launched with the Fall 2016 freshmen class – and is supporting the University's rigorous assessment of it through a $1.2 million grant. The Gates Foundation grant will support the requisite data collection and analysis that will be critical in assessing the effectiveness of student success. Earlier this month, DSU President Harry L. Williams traveled to Seattle, Wash, to meet with Mr. Gates and his foundation officials. He was accompanied on the trip by Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president of Finance and Administration and chief operating officer, Dr. Saundra DeLauder, interim associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies, and three DSU students – Selena Nixon, Edgar E. Ortiz and Kyle Sheppard. Soon thereafter, the Gates Foundation sent a film crew to DSU to collect the footage that has become a part of the video. In the video, Mr. Gates talks about DSU and Johnson C. Smith University efforts to help students who may not have come from the best environment to achieve their higher education and professional aspirations. The video also features comments from the DSU president, music by the DSU Concert Choir and footage of Del State students and the campus.

DSU Concert Choir Legislative Hall -- Video & Photos

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The entire state House of Representative give a standing ovation after the performance of the DSU Concert Choir at Legislative Hall on March 22.

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The DSU Concert Choir made its annual appearance March 22 at Delaware’s Legislative Hall to perform before the state’s House of Representatives and Senate. See and hear the choir perform at Leg Hall, click on the below video   For images from the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157666249650706/show Performing as part of “DSU Day” at Legislative Hall, the Choir performed for both legislative bodies, singing Diedre Robinson’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” and Moses Hogan’s rendition of “I Can Tell The World.” “It has been a great way to go into the Holy Week (of Easter),” said state Rep. Earl Jacques at the end of their performance on the House of Representative side. DSU President Harry L. Williams and other administrators were in attendance for the performance.

DSU Debate Team Argues Capital Punishment in NJ

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The DSU Debate Team: (l-r kneeling) Dwayne Morton, Patricia Calixte; (standing) Ibrahim Kamara, Kyaire Young, Rashaun Bosley, Tyler Richardson, Amani Mason, Debate Team Captain Khalil Ahmad, Richard Dickens, Sean Todd (kneeling), Jimmy Little and Debate Team Coach and Advisor Dr. Sam Hoff.

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The DSU Debate Team recently traveled to Trenton City, N.J., to engage other college students in a debate on capital punishment. Held on March 18, the DSU Debate Team took the affirmative position on the issue of capital punishment, making their arguments against the con positions of college students who were all graduates of Trenton Central High School. Although it was a non-competition debate, Dr. Sam Hoff, advisor of the DSU Debate Team, said the DSU students performed well in the event.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at DSU March 31 & April 1

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The DSU student cast of A Streetcar Named Desire”: (l-r) Adrian Hospedale, Nicole E. Miletti, Jaquan Romeo, Bria M. Borders, Jasmine J. Walker, Brittany A. Peterson and Rick K. Jackson.  

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(L-r) Jasmine J. Walker plays Stella and Bria M. Borders portrays Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. The legendary 1947 scream of Marlon Brandon, will be brought to life as Delaware State University's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences presents the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play – written by Tennessee Williams – will be presented in performances on March 31st at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and April 1st at 7:30 p.m., all in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. Come and experience the New Orleans heat, passion, music, and violence and that ignites the characters of Blanche, Stella, Stanley and Mitch. The desire exhibited in the plot is as complex as a moth attracted to the heat of a dangerous flame that can kill – yet the moth continues to move towards it. The production features students Jasmine J. Walker as Stella, JaQuan Romeo as Stanley, Daron Hilton as Mitch, Rick Jackson as Steve, Brittany Peterson as Eunice, Adrian Hospedale as Pablo, Nicole Miletti as the Flowergirl, Raykeem Ward as the Young Collector and Bria M. Borders at Blanche. The production is directed by the Reverend Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown. Admission is free for Delaware State University students with a valid DSU I.D. and $5.00 for the general public. For information please call (302) 857-6573 or email sbrown@desu.edu.

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