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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.  

College of Agriculture & Related Sci. Awarded $1.5M in USDA Grants.

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Dr. Jung-lim Lee, assistant professor of human ecology, received an almost $600,000 grant to help him develop new curriculum in genomics.

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The DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences has announced the recent awarding of about $1.5 million from USDA’s Capacity Building Grants (SBG)program. These competitive awards will either create new or enhance existing programs in support of the land-grant mission, which integrates teaching, research and extension activities. “USDA is a major partner of the land-grant university system nationally,” says Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. “The CBG funding will help DSU train students to become future food and agricultural scientific professionals that the nation will need.” The CBG program also aims to strengthen partnerships among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry; and to enhance the quality of land-grant programs at the 1890 institutions to more readily establish them as full partners in the U.S. food and agricultural sciences higher education system. The grants were awarded for teaching, extension and research at DSU are as follows: Teaching $599,993 awarded to Jung-lim Lee, assistant professor of human ecology, for his grant titled, Empowering the Next Generation of Food and Nutrition Scientists through  Genomics. This grant will fund the development of new curriculum that will teach genomics. $149,959 awarded jointly to Qian Jia, assistant professor of human ecology and Carol Giesecke, Didactic Program director and State FCS Extension Program Leader, for their grant titled, Developing a Coordinated Program in Dietetics at DSU. The funding will provide scholarships for students engaged in this discipline, assist in the implementation of a recruitment strategy for undergraduate students, and enable the exploration of practice opportunities necessary for the program. Cooperative Extension $237,199 awarded to Andy Wetherill, Small Farm educator, for his grant titled, Expanding Agribusiness Opportunities to Underserved Urban Communities using Cooperative Extension Programs $249,974 awarded to Dennis McIntosh, State Aquaculture specialist, for his grant titled, Delaware State University Mobile Meat Processing Lab (Mmpl) Curriculum Development and Implementation. Research $299,938 awarded to Stephen Lumor, assistant professor of human ecology, for his granttitled, Optimization Of Physicochemical and Sensory Properties Of Reduced-Cholesterol Butter and Cheese. The studies in this area will ehance the research capability of the Food Chemistry program, as the funds will enable the purchase of additional lab equipment and give student more hands-on experience.

Roy Klein Education Foundation Donates $2,500 to DSU JET Program

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Posing for the check presentation are: Vita Pickrum, DSU associate vice president of Development; Audrey Scott-Hynson, JET instructor; Lillie Crawford, director of the DSU Center for Enterprise Development; and from the Roy Klein Educational Foundation, Marion Klein, Barbara Rafte, and Ed Wilchinski.

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The Roy Klein Education Foundation recently donated $2,500 to go toward DSU’s Center Center for Enterprise Development’s Junior Entrepreneurs-in-Training Summer Camp Program.   The donation is a continuation of the foundation’s support for the youth program. Over the last five years, the foundation has donated $10,000 in support of the camp.   The JET Summer Camp is a two-week youth entrepreneurship day camp designed to inspire  middle school youth, primarily from low- to moderate-income households, to consider entrepreneurship as an option.  The camp is taught with a combination of curricula from “Chasing the Dream” (CG International), the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Kauffman Foundation, and is instructed by a certified facilitator.    The students form teams and are given seed money to start mini-businesses.  A component of the camp is Market Day when students sell their products to the campus community.  At the end of the camp, the students participate in a business plan competition with an opportunity to win prizes and awards.   The Roy Klein Foundation issues grants to strengthen educational opportunities and resources in Kent County, Del., with an emphasis on economic development. In addition to supporting DSU’s JET Program, the foundation has funded scholarships in entrepreneurism at Delaware Technical and Community College and the nursing program at PolyTech Adult Programs. It has also supported programs in connection with Wesley College, Junior Achievement and the Delaware AeroSpace Education Program.

Newly formed iStep Team takes 1st in Virginia Step Competition

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The iStep Team -- a University-sanctioned student organization (pictured left) -- has won a 1st place honor in only its first semester in existence.

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A new student organization that has just been established this semester has wasted no time in making its mark. The new group, iStep (pronounced I-Step), is the first University-sanctioned (non-Greek) Step Team at DSU. Saturday, Nov. 16, the organization competed in the 7th annual Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition in Charlotteville, Va., and won first place in the Step Category. The teams were judged on creativity, level of difficulty, showmanship, precision and energy. Held in the city’s Paramount Theater, iStep also finished 2nd in the overall competition, bested only by the first place dance team. The organization notes that iStep’s written purpose is to bring together a diverse population of students at Delaware State University and to entertain through the expression of stepping.  Its mission is to step in formation and unison while making rhythms with the stomping of feet, the clapping of hands, chanting and the use of other creative objects. The group collaborates as one unit to practice creativity and unity to bring entertainment as well as positive influence to all audiences. “Not only do we perform, but we love participating in community service endeavors and focusing on our academics to be well-rounded students,” said Lindsey Hyppolite, iStep coach. “Our first semester has been exhilarating and we've have grown and progressed in such a short period of time. We are extremely excited and ready for what's in store next.” As the 1st place winners in the Step Category, iStep won a trophy and $750.

DSU Students Attend Thurgood Marshall Fund Leadership Event

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The following students stop for a photo opportunity with the DSU president: (l-r) Rayshaun Ward, Ebony Peterson, Leah Williams, Jessila Simpson, Dr. Harry L. Williams, Breyana Brady, Diamond Wade, Lisa Moody, Natalie Kendall, and Ze Wang.

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Nine DSU students recently attended the  Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) 13th annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair, the premier recruitment conference for public HBCU students. The event took place Nov. 8-12 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton and Conference Center.    Accompanied by Lisa Moody, director in the Office of Career Services, the students – who were selected by the TMCF to attend – were exposed to a unique professional development experience with some of the nation’s top executives in sessions on leadership training, career management, life skills, as well as development and recruitment opportunities.   During the conferences plenary sessions, students learned about Financial Literacy from Anika Kahn, Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Pamela Jolly, Founder and CEO, Torch Enterprises, Inc.; Global Leadership from Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Career Readiness from Dr. William U. Latham, Senior Advisor, Education Consultancy, Gallup; Personal Leadership Branding from Ime Archibong, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Facebook; and Lessons On Leadership from General Dennis L. Via, 18th Commander U.S. Army Materiel Command.    One of the main components of the Leadership Institute was the Recruitment Fair, where students met and interviewed with over 60 companies and government agencies offering job and internship opportunities. Some of the recruiting agencies included Microsoft, Facebook, USDA, Booz Allen Hamilton, Hershey, CIA, Lilly, NBA, FDIC, Wal-Mart, Institute of International Education, MillerCoors, and some of the nation’s top graduate school programs such as Princeton, Harvard, and the University of D.C. School of Law.   The event culminated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 25th Awards Gala, entitled “Developing Minds ... Delivering Dreams”. This year’s event was hosted by Comedian Bill Cosby, and included entertainment and celebrity guests Jennifer Holiday, American Singer and Tony Award-winning Actress, Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, MC Lyte, Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, and Congressman John Lewis. The event recognizes the achievements of the visionaries who have made an impact and proceeds from the event make it possible for TMCF to persist in its mission to support students at the 47 public HBCU’s.   The DSU student in attendance included Breyana Brady, Kandace Hunt, Natalie Kendall, Ebony Peterson, Jessila Simpson, Diamond Wade, Ze Wang, Rayshaun Ward and Leah Williams.

Group of DSU Students Attend HBCU Career Development Event in DC

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This group of DSU students networked and had interviews with many of the 51 employers at the Nov. 7-8 HBCU Career Development  Marketplace in Washington, D.C.

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Thirty-eight DSU students recently met with recruiters from top companies and government agencies within their field of study as well as be exposed to professional development and networking opportunities during the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7-8.    Accompanied by Daneisha Allen, career coach in the Office of Career Services and Ahira Smith, Director of Academic Advisement in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, the students attended workshops on Financial Responsibility, Promoting Your Personal Brand, as well as Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   Students participated in a Career Fair comprised of 51 employers from a variety of organizations including Marriott, MGM Resorts, the Department of Energy, Freddie Mac, Edward Jones, Computer Science Corporation, ACE Group, City Year, Council on Foreign Relations, Nordstrom, School Districts, and more. They were able to network, apply for jobs, and set up interviews. They also participated in Town Hall sessions that allowed them to talk with successful alumni from their major.   DSU students Shakida Hercules (English major), Jessica McKenzie (Political Science major), & Renatae Cuffee (Elementary Education major) competed as a team in a speech competition on the topic “The National Debt Ceiling” and placed 3rd out of 10 schools.       The DSU students in attendance were: Alexis Anderson, Keyla Andrews, Kierra Beano, Brittany Brown, Courtney Brown, Taylor Chandler, Chu Phuong, Danessa Clay, Ashley Cook, Renatae Cuffee, Edward Doxen, Ronald Dupree, Diamond Elam, Krystal Francis, Emma Gao, Corin Gray, Quinika Hawkins, Ronald Hawthorne, Allison Hazel, Shakida Hercules, Francis Hodge, Hillari Howard, Sha-Dae Hutley, Katherine Jordan, Amber Lockhart, Diogenin Matos, Jessica Mckenzie, Shante McKnight, Sydney Pearsall, Kalea Phelps, Madeline Porter, Pamela Queen, Charles Robinson-Snead, Marcia Tucker, John Wallace, Dominique Williams, Ayanna Williams, and Shanequa Williams.  

DSU Hosts Calculus Project's Dr. Adrian Mims, guest speaker Nov. 19

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Adrian Mims, the national director of the Calculus Project, in a guest lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the second floor classroom auditorium (room 223) in the Mishoe Science Center South.                     Dr. Adrian Mims   The guest lecture – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to the public.   The Calculus Project is a project that is funded and supported by Replications Inc., a nonprofit corporation based in New York City.  As its national director, Dr. Mims is responsible for the successful replication and implementation of the Calculus Project in school districts throughout the country.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he teaches an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders.   Providing students with an equal opportunity to learn and on closing the achievement gap in mathematics, Dr. Mims’ research led to the funding and implementation of the Brookline School District’s “African American and Latino Scholars’ Calculus Project,” which was derived from his program The Calculus Project. The goal of the project is to increase the number of African-American and Latino students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Brookline High School.    His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success Award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award.   Dr. Mims began his career at Brookline High School in 1994 as a Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) tutor.  During his 19 years at Brookline High School, Dr. Mims has served as a mathematics teacher, an associate dean, summer school director and dean of students. As an associate dean, he created the Junior Ambassadors, a corps of student leaders who served in the school community.    As Director of Brookline’s summer school, he implemented several original credit courses that improved the culture of summer school and provided motivated students with an opportunity to take advanced-level courses. By garnering support in the community and forming a partnership with one of the largest automotive dealers in New England, Dr. Mims also successfully re-established the high school’s automotive technology program.  And before his departure from Brookline High School as the Dean of students, he led a team of administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and school psychologists as they served approximately 800 students.       A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Dr. Mims has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston, where he also earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in education leadership.  Dr. Mims continued his education at Boston College where he received his doctorate in education administration. His doctoral research focused on improving African-American achievement in geometry honors classes.   Dr. Mims is a trustee for the College Board and serves on the board of directors for the Brookline Teen Center.

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