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President's Scholarship Ball -- Photo Portraits Slideshow

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DSU's First Family - DSU President Harry L. Williams, his sons Gavin and Austin, and his wife Dr. Robin Williams - were just one of many who had their portrait photograph done during the President's Scholarship Ball on Dec. 14

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The 2013 President’s Scholarship Ball included a portrait photographer to capture the images of the well-dressed attendees. To see the portraits done at the Dec. 14 event, click on the below photo slideshow:

The 2013 President's Scholarship Ball -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with state Sen. Brian Bushweller, who was one of over 400 attendees at the 2013 President's Scholarship Ball.

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The President’s Scholarship Ball drew more than 400 University supporters on Dec. 14 to make a strong statement of financial support for DSU students. For images of the Scholarship Ball, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event: The President’s Scholarship Ball – held at the Dover Downs Ballroom – was emceed by CBS3 morning news anchor Ukee Washington, who grew up at DSU as the son of Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, DSU’s retired head of the Department of Agriculture. The Scholarship Ball featured smooth music by the DSU Jazz Ensemble and the Joe Baione Jazz Quintet, while Mike Hines and the Look later got the attendees on the dance floor. The event also featured auctioneer Clyde Selby, who took live bids for two tickets to the 2014 DSU President’s Scholarship Ball. The Scholarship Ball received strong support from: Premier sponsors – Delmarva Power and DuPont. Platinum sponsors – AstraZeneca Gold sponsors –Delaware Today and the Delaware State News.

DSU Holds 2013 Dec. Commencement; More Than 200 Graduates

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DSU alumnus Kent Amos, Class of 1970, gave the keynote address at the December Commencement. His image behind him demonstrates a new addition to the indoor graduation ceremony -- a large video screen to enhance the viewing of the event for the attendees.

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Delaware State University held its 123rd Commencement – and its second annual December ceremony – handing diplomas to over 200 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. For images of the Commencement, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the ceremony. DSU alumnus Kent Amos, Class of 1970, was the keynote speaker. Mr. Amos is a retired Xerox corporate executive who was the first African-American vice president of the company. He would go on to become a national renowned educator and the founder of the Urban Family Institute and the Dorothy Height Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Amos focused a significant part of his address on what DSU meant to him and how it gave him the foundation for the successes he would experience.  “This place taught me to believe in my heritage,” he said. “ … We come from different backgrounds and you have to believe in where you came from. You have to believe in the capacity (of your abilities).” Mr. Amos said told the graduates that now that DSU has prepared them, it is their responsibility to move forward. “I see a sea of roses and daffodils nurtured and flowered by the raindrops of  Delaware State University’s … pantheon of heroes who came before us,” Mr. Amos said. “You are young men and women who now have a certificate of entry into the world beyond the institution.” DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the Presidential Academic Award to Danielle Riser of Felton, Del., who in earning a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Early Childhood Education maintained a 4.0 grade point average. The music for the event was provided by the DSU Concert Band and the DSU Concert Choir.  

First Lady holds Tea for Graduating Seniors -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Robin Williams, wife of DSU President Harry L. Williams, held her semi-annual First Lady’s Tea at their residence to honor the seniors who will graduate on Dec. 14.   Dr. Williams shared food with the ladies, conversed with them, shared some professional etiquette tips, and presented them with some valuable gifts.   For images of the Dec. 14 First Lady’s Tea, click on the below photo slideshow:  
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Dr. Robin Williams (center seated in white) shares a group photo op moment with the graduating seniors who accepted her invitation to stop by the President's Residence for the First Lady's Tea she held in their honor.

President's Holiday Open House for Faculty, Staff -- Photos

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(L-r) Only DSU President Harry L. Williams, University First Lady Robin Williams and Dr. Teresa Hardee, vice president of Finance, know what the joke was at that moment of the President's Holiday Open House, but it certainly tickled their funny bones.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams opened up their home on campus to faculty and staff on Dec. 11-12 for their annual Holiday Open House. For images from the President’s Holiday Open House, click on the below photo slideshow:

College of AHSS Bids Goodbye to Chinese Graduate Students

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DSU officials bid farewell to this group of Chinese students. Standing (l-r): Dean Marshall Stevenson, Hao Ou Yang, Xingchen Zhao, Yicong Wang, Provost Alton Thompson, Dr. Ladji Sacko; seated: Lina Tao, Chunxiao Ma, an unidentified student, Wenhui Yu, and Xiaolu Tang.

 

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On Dec. 5, DSU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences said farewell to eight graduate students visiting during the fall semester on a cultural immersion connected with their Master’s Degree in Translation and Interpretation from Jilin Huaqiao Foreign Languages Institute.  The students each noted that their experience at DSU was one they would never forget in learning American culture--especially at an HBCU.

DSU Open for Regular Operations, Final Exams, Tues. Dec. 10

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Despite a mix of snow and rain that is projected to begin moving into Delaware between 8-9 a.m. this morning, all three sites of Delaware State University (Dover, Gerogetown and Wilmington) will be open for regular operations on today (Tuesday, Dec. 10). Final examinations will still be held as scheduled on Dec. 10 and all employees are expected to be at DSU at their regular reporting time. DSU officials will continue to monitor the snow/rain event throughout the day and will make the appropriate decision if necessary concerning any change in the work departure time..

Despite Snow, DSU Choirs Perform Dec. 8 Concert -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Choirs refused to let the weather stop their concert, much to the appreciation of the 70 people that attended the event.

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The Dec. 14 snowstorm threatened to cancel the scheduled DSU Choirs “Gloria” concert, but the choir decided that it could not disappoint the 70-some people that braved the icy road condition to attend the event. Despite the absence of the Phillos Brass group – who could not get out of Philadelphia on Sunday – the DSU Choirs performed what songs they could for the enjoyment of all in attendance at the EH Theater. For images from the DSU Choirs concert, click on the below photo slideshow.

The President's Open House for Students -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams greet a young one from the Child Development Lab during their annual Christmas Open House for students.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams the University’s First Lady Robin Williams opened up their residence to students on Dec. 5 for their annual Christmas Open House. For images of the event at the President’s Residence, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU's Dr. Eric Kmiec Named INBRE Program Director of Research

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Dr. Eric Kmiec, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry in the DSU's College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, becomes the first DSU scientist to be named as the director of Delaware INBRE Research.

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Dr. Eric B. Kmiec, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry within the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology at Delaware State University, has been named the director of research for the Delaware INBRE program, a statewide biomedical research initiative.   The purpose of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is to create an inter-institutional biomedical research capability, by developing a statewide pipeline of capable and competitive biomedical research personnel who can successfully compete for biomedical research grants, funded by NIH and other agencies.   Dr. Kmiec, who currently serves as the principal investigator of the Delaware State University INBRE grant, will assume this post immediately. He will be the first director of research for Delaware INBRE at an institution outside of the University of Delaware.   Widely-recognized as a pioneer of gene editing—a technique in which synthetic DNA molecules are used to patch or repair mutations in human chromosomes—Dr. Eric Kmiec is head of the Laboratory of Chemical Genomics at Delaware State University. Prior to his arrival at DSU in 2011, Dr. Kmiec served as the founding director and eminent scholar of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at Marshall University.   Dr. Kmiec’s research focus is molecular medicine and the development of molecular tools to diagnose human diseases, particularly orphan diseases. Since 1995, research in his laboratory has been supported by the National Institutes of Health in the form of R01 and R21 grants, respectively - the most widely-recognized and prestigious form of funding. He has also received funding from the High Q Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the Tobacco Research Institute, Pfizer, Napro Biotherapeutics and a variety of biotechnology companies.   He is a managing editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and is on the editorial boards of many journals including BioEssays. Dr. Kmiec has authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal publications in highly respected journals and has edited several books on gene therapy. He has more than 30 issued patents or patent applications to his credit and has founded several biotechnology companies. His most recent company, OrphageniX Inc., a biotechnology company located in Delaware, focuses on gene editing in inherited diseases such as Sickle Cell Disease.   Dr. Kmiec said he is honored to be chosen to lead this aspect of the Delaware INBRE program, and noted that he will strive to meet the high bar of excellence and achievement set by Dr. Stanhope.   “Biomedical research has evolved into a multi-disciplinary approach and as such, we will take advantage of and expand our expertise in biophysics and imaging by coupling them with the more traditional biological pathways of discovery,” Dr. Kmiec said. “Such confluence of expertise will create an exciting innovative environment for breakthrough research.”   “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kmiec leading Delaware INBRE's Developmental Research Project Program,” commented Dr. Steven Stanhope, PI of the Delaware INBRE grant.   Dr. Nicholas Petrelli, member of the INBRE Steering Committee, had this to say of the appointment: “Dr. Kmiec's research experience and his track record in mentoring young investigators to be successful researchers will be a tremendous asset to INBRE. I know the INBRE Research Committee looks forward to working with him and getting INBRE to the next level."   “Delaware is very fortunate to have in Dr. Eric Kmiec a great scientist, a transformative leader, wealth of academic experience and an effective mentor,” said Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU’s VP for Research, professor and dean for the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology. “These attributes will serve the NIH INBRE program well and as a result all the DE institutions involved in it.  I am confident that the DE INBRE program is set to reach new highs.” Dr. Melikechi is also a member of the INBRE Steering Committee.  

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