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Early College HS at DSU Set to Begin 2nd Year

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ECHS teacher Alyssa Wright addresses the students in a class during the five-week summer program at Memorial Hall.

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With the successful completion of its inaugural ninth grade class, the Early College High School at Delaware State University (ECHS@DSU) is welcoming a new class of freshmen that will join the 10th grade class in the novel secondary school. With retirement of former director Dr. Judi Coffield, the ECHS@DSU is now under the leadership of Dr. Evelyn Edney, the former principal of Dover High School. Dr. Edney has hit the ground running by establishing a summer five-week program for the students that will give them an opportunity to earn some credit hours – including college credit. The mission of the ECHS@DSU is to provide highly motivated Delaware students with a curriculum concentrating on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that is integrated with the relevant curriculum at DSU. Students will graduate with 30 to 60 college credit hours, which will enable to them to finish college in only 2-3 years once enrolled in an institution of higher education. Dr. Edney said she wants to take the possibilities beyond students earning 30-60 college credit hours. “I’d like to see students finishing with an associate’s degree,” the new director said. “We have to make sure that they have the skills to get there.” Toward that end, Dr. Edney has upgraded a Summer Bridge Program – which last summer served as an orientation for new students – into a five-week program of coursework for both the ninth- and 10th- graders. The ninth-graders are taking a college credit micro-computer course, along with a ½ -credit physical education course and a freshmen literacy course. The 10th-graders are taking a college credit lifetime fitness and wellness course, a physical education course and a sophomore literacy class. The Summer Bridge Program for both grades is being held on the DSU campus in Memorial Hall. As of mid-July, the ECHS@DSU total enrollment is at 207 students (9th and 10th grade combined). Classes for the regular school year will begin on Aug. 24 and take place in the west first floor portion of the DSU Living and Learning Commons Building.    

Legos and Robotics Summer Camps -- Photo Slideshow

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Two youths from the Mindstorm Robotics Camp at DSU use the computer to assist them in coming up with engineering solutions.

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Two groups of youths are learning how science, technology, engineering and math impacts the lives people on a daily basis through two summer programs – Legos! Legos! Legos! for grades K-3, and the Mindstorm Robotics, both being held at DSU For images from both camps, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157655525667408/show The Legos program – which is held during three different periods throughout the summer –  provides the youths with a hands-on program designed to capture their curiosity. The youths discover how science and technology impact the world around them and features a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Each week they are tackling different challenges by using Legos to build simple machines using gears, pulleys, levers, switches and cranks. The students are able to display their creativity as they work together as a team to research and build models that solve problems engineers and scientists face every day. The Mindstorm Camp allows students with the fundamental understanding of the Mindstorm robotics kits to demonstrate their skills and knowledge by creating more advanced and challenging robots and programs. The grade 4-8 youths learn all about sensors, which are the essential component of the Mindstorm robots, and how to program robots with sensors. Students in the Mindstorm Camp are also exploring how to create advanced programs, learning about data wires and how to process sensor values. They are also doing math on the EV3/NXT programming software and learning how to make the robot remember things with variables. They will combine all of these programming techniques to create a robot that has multiple functions.

Dr. Wilma Mishoe Appointed as DSU Board of Trustees Member

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Dr. Wilma Mishoe stands outside of the home -- The President's Residence --  where she grew up. She is the first offspring of a Del State president to become a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

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Gov. Jack Markell has appointed longtime higher education administrator Dr. Wilma Mishoe to serve a six-year term on the DSU Board of Trustees. Dr. Wilma Mishoe was sworn in to a six-year term at the DSU Board of Trustees' Sept. 17 meeting. The appointment returns Dr. Mishoe to the campus where she grew up as a teen. She is the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, who was the president of then-Delaware State College from 1960-1987, and his wife, First Lady Hattie B. Mishoe. In joining the board, Dr. Mishoe succeeds former board member Bennie Smith, whose six-year term expired in 2012. Mr. Smith continued to serve as a member of the board until January 2015. Her appointment to the DSU Board of Trustees is a continuation of her impressive career in higher education, which most recently included providing critical leadership to Wilberforce University (WU) in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country. Dr. Mishoe was drawn out of retirement to serve on a Presidential Transition Team in October 2013 at Wilberforce, where she was a member of its Board of Trustees since 2003. That board later appointed Dr. Mishoe as acting president at Wilberforce, an interim leadership post she held until October 2014 when the institution hired Dr. Algeania Marie Warren Freeman as its new permanent president. Dr. Mishoe continued as a special assistant to Dr. Freeman to assist in the transition. At Wilberforce, Dr. Mishoe is credited with providing much-needed stable leadership during a time of declining enrollment, a budget deficit, accreditation sanctions and overall low morale. Under her period as acting president and special assistant to the president, Wilberforce experienced significant improvements in all areas and recently hosted a site visit by its accrediting agency. During her tenure as a WU Board of Trustees member, Dr. Mishoe chaired its Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Compliance Committee and was its board secretary. In addition to her board service at Wilberforce, Dr. Mishoe also served on the College Board of the Middle States Regional Assembly from 2004-2009. In 2010, Dr. Mishoe retired from a 30-year career at Delaware Technical and Community College, where she held number of administrative leadership posts, including dean of the Office of Instruction and dean of Student Services, federal programs coordinator, Affirmative Action officer, and other positions. From 1975-1980, Dr. Mishoe served as the dean of students and director of Financial Aid at then-Wilmington College, working under the school founder Dr. Donald E. Ross. A longtime resident of Dover, Dr. Mishoe was a member of the Capital School District Board of Education from 1994-1999, and its board president from August 1997 to July 1999. She has served on numerous state and local boards, including the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Delaware Foster Care Board, the Dover Housing Authority Board of Directors and many others. She is currently serving a seven-year term as an appointee to the Delaware Public Integrity Commission; she was elected its chairwoman for a two-year term that ended in 2014. In 2013, Dr. Mishoe was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women. Dr. Mishoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1971) and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling (1972), both from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Adult/Vocational Education (1994) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Mishoe’s DSU Board of Trustees term will expire on June 11, 2021.    

Luncheon raises $15,600 in pledges, gifts for Holland Statue

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The attendees of the June 25 Dr. Jerome Holland Luncheon pose for a photo at the end of event, which raised $11,100 in donations and $4,500 in pledges toward a memorial statue honoring the institution's sixth president.

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The Dr. Jerome H. Holland Statue Committee recently held a June 25 luncheon with a group of DSU alumni, which culminated in $11,100 in donations toward the permanent memorial that is to be erected in honor of the sixth president in the history of the institution. DSU President Harry L. Williams and Dr. Jerome Holland Statue Committee members hold up a display check representing a $10,000 donation by the Class of 1965 toward a permanent memorial honoring the DSU's sixth president. The committee shared details concerning the plans to commission a sculptor artist to create a statue likeness of Dr. Holland that will be placed on an outdoor location on the DSU campus. During the event, it was also announced that the DSU Class of 1965 has donated $10,000 toward the effort. Combining that gift with the June 25 luncheon donations and other previous gifts, more than $29,000 has been raised toward the statue. During the lunch there were also a number of people who made pledges to donate, totaling $4,500. Dr. Holland – president from 1953-1960 of then-Delaware State College – is credited with providing the critical leadership needed to navigate the College through the most difficult decade of its history. Amid forces in the state that threatened to close the institution, Dr. Holland brought about improvements at DSC that ensured its survival and established a foundation that future presidents would build upon. During the luncheon, a number of alumni who were students during the Holland years shared remembrances of the celebrated president. Halvin Blockson, Class of 1961, said he came from a “dirt-poor” family. He said he reached a point in his undergraduate years that it appeared he couldn’t continue at DSC, because he had run out of money. He credits Dr. Holland with keeping him in school. “Dr. Jerome ‘Brud’ Holland personally came to me and told me ‘We are going to find a way for you to stay’,” said Mr. Blockson. “So he gave me a job at his house.”

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.

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