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SAP/DSU Partnership Completes Initial Two-Week Training

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DSU faculty immerse themselves in training on the advanced technologies of the SAP ecosystem.

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DSU’s College of Business recently completed a critical step in becoming a Center of Excellence where faculty from other HBCUs will be trained on the advanced technologies of business software giant SAP SE. The College recently completed a two-week training period for DSU faculty who will later conduct training sessions on campus for their academic counterparts from the other HBCUs. For images from last week’s training and related events, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157656027015818/show In addition to the training, separate meetings were held to explain the SAP/DSU partnership to University administrators, Board of Trustees members, and community leaders and elected officials, including Judy Diogo, president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; James Waddington, director of Kent County Economic Development; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Dover Mayor Robin Christensen and State Reps. Harvey Kenton, Dave Wilson and Lyndon Yearick. The SAP officials even took time to visit with students of the Early College High School to expand those youths’ horizons on the career possibilities in connection with SAP technologies. SAP officials note that DSU’s work as a Center of Excellence will help to develop a capable workforce that will be skilled in SAP advanced technologies and available for hire in the SAP ecosystem – by company and others that use its technologies – immediately after college graduation.

Dr. Mukti Rana Receives Young Investigator Program Award

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Dr. Mukti Rana works in a physics lab with Melanie Tubey, a junior physics and engineering/mathematics major from Milford, Del.

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The U.S. Department of the Navy recently announced that Dr. Mukti Rana, associate professor and chair of the DSU Department of Physics and Engineering, has been selected to receive a grant award as part of the Office of Naval Research’s 2015 Young Investigator Program              Dr. Mutki Rana According to the Navy, the Young Investigator Program is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. The program is designed to promote the professional development of early-career academic scientists, both as researchers and instructors. The Navy selected Dr. Rana on the strength of his proposal to establish a new integrated research and education program that will include research designed to improve night vision systems and other technologies such as spectrometers and radiometers. DSU physics and engineering students will be involved with work that includes the design, fabrication and characterization of uncooled infrared detectors, according to Dr. Rana, who is also a part of the University’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR). “It is a tremendous honor for me, OSCAR (the Optical Science Center for Applied Research) and DSU to receive Young Investigator Program Award,” Dr. Rana said. “This award will allow my research group to develop uncooled thermal detectors with low thermal conductivity, which is expected to improve the performance of uncooled detectors that could be used in night vision cameras for the U.S Navy and other defense organizations.” Such improvements in night vision technology equipment will also benefit users of the technology in automobiles and other modes of transportation, firefighting, policing, as well as search and rescue efforts. Dr. Rana will also collaborate with Dr. Dennis Prather, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware, where a laboratory on that campus will be utilized for this research. Dr. Rana was one of 36 awardees selected out of 383 research proposals that were submitted. Recipients were chosen based on merit and potential breakthrough advances for the Navy and Marine Corps. While the Navy has not finalized the amount of the grants that will be awarded, Dr. Rana’s proposal funding request is just under $360,000.

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.

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