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DSU Receives $400,000 NSF Grant for Mathematics Initiative

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This team -- (seated l-r) Dr. Sharon Smith, director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center and Integrated Academic Support Services; Dr. Rebecca Fox-Lykens, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning: (standing) Anna Cortese, tutorial supplemental instruction coordinator; Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa, interim chair, Dept. of Mathematics; and Dr. Delayne Johnson, asst. professor of Mathematics -- will implement the Cyber Infused Mathematics Initiative.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded DSU a $400,000 Targeted Infusion grant in support of the Cyber Infused Mathematics Initiative (CIMI).  The three-year grant will be used to redesign the teaching and learning environments in introductory mathematics courses.  Faculty members in the Department of Mathematical Sciences will partner with colleagues in the STEM fields to create active learning classrooms infused with online mastery learning. The initiative will focus on student-centered instruction in technologically equipped classrooms. Students will also be supported by trained supplemental instruction (SI) leaders in class and in SI sessions. The initiative is also designed to establish a foundation for sustained professional development that utilizes inquiry and collaboration, as well as to develop a cadre of interdisciplinary faculty committed to implementing best practices in mathematics teaching.  The goals of the initiative are to transform mathematics instruction at DSU, to improve students’ learning outcomes and engagement with STEM topics, and to reduce the number of non-credit bearing mathematics classes offered at the university. “The CIMI team will introduce various instructional strategies in the preliminary mathematics courses.  These strategies are intended to increase student understanding of mathematics and its applications.  In the long run, we hope to contribute to an increase in retention and graduation rates at Delaware State University,” said Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa, interim chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the principal investigator of the grant. Co-principal investigators include Dr. Delayne Y. Johnson, assistant professor of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Rebecca Fox-Lykens, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; and Dr. Sharon Smith, director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center and Integrated Academic Support Services.  Ms. Anna Cortese, Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, serves as senior personnel on the project.  

2015 Employee Recognition Awards -- Photo slideshow

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The 2015 Employee Recognition Awardees: (l-r) LaShawne Pryor, Charity Shockley, Pamela Adams, Evita Oldenburg, Dr. David Pokrajac, Dr. Mukti Rana, Kendrick Joyner, Wanda Curry-Brown, Marquita Thomas Brown, Randolph Johnson, Kendra Greene, Eric Hart and Erin Hill.

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Thirteen DSU employees were honored for their work ethic and professionalism at the Sept. 17 Employee Recognition Ceremony. For images of the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157658790790345/show DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the annual Inspire Excellence Award to Erin Hill, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management. The following employees were presented the Vice President Choice Award: LaShawne Pryor, director of Annual Giving, Office of Development Charity Shockley,  grants manager, Office of Development Pam Adams, University chaplain, Office of Student Affairs Evita Oldenburg, residential director, Housing and Residential Education Dr. David Pokrajac, professor, Dept. of Computer & Information Sciences Dr. Mukti Rana, associate professor, Dept. of Physics & Engineering Kendrick Joyner, resource counselor, Office of Admissions Wanda Curry-Brown, assistant VP, Office of Student Accounts Marquita Thomas Brown, director, Graduate Student Services Randolph Johnson, director of bands, Dept. of Music Kendra Greene, Associate AD for Compliance, Dept. of Athletics Eric Hart, senior associate AD for Athletics Development, Dept. of Athletics The event -- which was held in the MLK Jr. Student Center -- was directed by Brenda Farmer, director for University Events & Ceremonies.

5th Annual President's Prayer Breakfast -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Dr. Wilma Mishoe, Chaplain Pam Adams, Bebe Coker, Rev. Rita Paige, Rev. Silvester Beaman, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Michael Miller, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Dr. Germaine Cheatham and Vita Pickrum stand with a display check that shows the $29,000-plus success of the 2015 Scholarship Sunday campaign among Delaware churches to raise fund to help DSU students.

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The fifth annual President’s Prayer Breakfast was held Sept. 11 in the MLK Jr. Student Center, an event that brought community members from all over Delaware to join the DSU family in intercession on behalf of the First State's only Historically Black University. For images from the President's Prayer Breakfast, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157656156337543/show This year’s Prayer Breakfast featured guest speaker Rev. Silvester S. Beaman, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, as well as music from nationally known gospel artist Norman Hutchins, who is also the pastor of Frontline Ministries of Dover. The DSU Gospel Choir Alumni Ensemble also sang a gospel selection. The event also featured the presentation of the first-ever President's Faith Partner Award to Rev. Rita Mishoe, pastor of Star Hill AME Church near Camden. She is also the daughter of former Del State President Luna I. Mishoe (1960-1987). More than 350 people attended the Sept. 11 Prayer Breakfast.

$5.9m Del. Airpark Improvements to Benefit DSU Aviation

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(L-r) DRBA Commissioner Rick Downes;  Lori Pagnanelli, Manager, Harrisburg Airports District Office, FAA Eastern Region; DRBA Chairman Bill Lowe; U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Donna Covington, dean of the DSU College of Business; Hans Reigle, DSU Aviation Program chair, and David Harding, UPS pilot and DSU Aviation Program alumnus (1995), all pose next to a rendering of the Del. Airpark improvements.

 

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DSU Aviation Program students will have a safer environment for their flight training as the result of a $5.9 million federal grant for improvements to the Delaware Airpark. Delaware U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons announce the funding alongside DSU President Harry L. Williams, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Airport Administrator Stephen Williams, (L-r) President Harry Williams meets Aviation Program alumni Robert Bryant (Class of 2002, Fed Ex pilot), Ryan Padmore, (2000, United Airlines), Willie Gonzalez (2015 Air Wisconsin), Mathu Baynes (2000, United), and Dave Harding, (1995,UPS) who were in attendance at the Del. Airpark funding announcement. alumni of DSU’s Aviation Program who are now working in the aviation industry, along with other officials. The overall project will provide for a runway, taxiway and apron system, capacity for adequate runway length, and airport expansion to meet the current and anticipated demand.  In addition to serving the general aviation needs of central Delaware and the capital city of Dover, the Delaware Airpark is home to DSU’s Aviation Program. As the Airpark’s primary user, DSU bases its flight training and maintains its fleet of aircraft at the facility. President Williams said about 75 current professional pilot students and those who follow them will have a safer airport environment in which to earn their flying certifications. “Our DSU aviation students will benefit greatly from the improvements, especially the longer runway that will eliminate a power line obstacle they have to currently deal with in landing and taking off,” the DSU president said. “As the University continues to produce professional pilots whose proficiencies have resulted in a 100% hiring rate, DSU, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the Delaware Congressional delegation and the federal government can all share in the credit for helping in its success.” David Harding, a 1995 graduate of the DSU Aviation Program who now flies for the United Parcel Service, spoke at the event and told the DSU Aviation students in attendance that the safer environment will help them in their training. "The assistance  (of the funding) and the improvements are what you are going springboard on to achieve your flying aspirations," he said. Sen. Carper said an improved Delaware Airpark will be impactful in Central Delaware. “The general aviation industry contributes more than $150 billion annually to our economy and employs more than 1.2 million people throughout the country,” Sen. Carper said. “This grant award will help the Delaware Airpark expand and attract new clients to the area, and hopefully businesses in the surrounding area will also reap these benefits.” Sen. Coons said that the great is great news for the Delaware Airpark, the DRBA and the many pilots who use this airport on a daily basis. “The improvements that will be made on the runway and other aspects of the airport will improve pilot safety for years to come,” Sen. Coons said. “This project is also about updating our nation’s infrastructure. When we think about infrastructure, we think roads and bridges, but here we have a great example of what we can achieve when we invest in our airports as well.” Mr. S. Williams, the DRBA administrator, said the project could not have been possible with the instrumental support of the FAA and Delaware’s Congressional delegation. “This important aviation infrastructure project illustrates Delaware’s ongoing commitment to the aviation business sector.”

DSU and CASE of Jamaica Finalize Agreement

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Post signing photo pose. (L-r) Seated: DSU President Harry L. Williams; Dr. Mary-Ann Nichols, CASE president; standing: Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Ag. and Related Sci. (CARS); Dr. Kornel Brown, DSU/CASE Partnership Coordinator; Federica Williams, CASE student; Dr. Marikis Alvarez, CARS assoc. dean; Julian Jones, CASE student; Dr. Dian Williams (CASE VP of academics; Ambassador Derrick Heaven, CASE board chairman.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams recently returned from a trip to Jamaica where he and other DSU officials finalized a new agreement with the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), one of the Caribbean's premier institutions of higher education   (L-r) Dr. Dyremple Marsh, DSU President Harry Williams and Dr. Marikis Alvarez inspect an experimental banana field. Joined by Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS), and Dr. Marikis Alvarez, CARS associate dean for research, Dr. Williams signed a memorandum of understanding with Rev. Dr. Mary Nichols, CASE president. The agreement opens the door for future study abroad/student exchanges as well as collaborations in research and other academic pursuits between the two institutions. CASE is nestled on a 254-hectare campus caressed by the lush green hillsides and pristine coastline of the parish of Portland in eastern Jamaica.

DSU's Leah Williams Selected as HBCU All-Star Ambassador

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Leah Williams was selected for the honor by the White House Initiative on HBCUs in recognition of her scholarship, leadership and civic engagement.

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The academic journey of excellence of Leah Williams, DSU Class of 2015, has caught the attention of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and has led to her selection as a 2015-2016 HBCU All-Star Ambassador. In a year-long commitment as an HBCU All-Star Ambassador, Ms. Williams will promote the White House initiative by communicating to fellow students the value of education and the outreach opportunities that are available. She will help present the Initiative as a networking resource that can help students to realize their educational and career potential. Ms. Williams, who in May graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, was the 2015 recipient of DSU’s Presidential Academic and Leadership Awards. She has chosen to remain at DSU to earn her MBA. She will be officially inducted as an HBCU All-Star Ambassador at the Sept. 20-22 HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C.

DSU Students Get Sustainability Lessons in Costa Rica

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Don Jose, who owns the Finca Canaveral Farm in Costa Rica, teaches DSU students and those from other institutions about his process of growing and producing coffee beans.

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Six DSU students recently returned from a three-week study abroad trip to Costa Rica where they were able to gain a greater understanding of agriculture sustainability. They joined eight students from Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University in activities that focused on sustainable agriculture/agroforestry, sustainable tourism, and natural resource conservation. The instruction consisted of a rich combination of field trips, group discussion and exercises, interviews and interaction with researchers and producers. Clockwise from bottom right) DSU students Chelsea Morton, Lasheda Brooks, Covel McDermot, and Dr. Sathya Elavarthi, take a boat to the Bri Bri tribal village in Costa Rica. The group of students – which included DSU’s Lasheda Brooks, Janet Cordero, Covel McDermot, Chanel Moffitt, Chelsea Morton and Ashley Wilson – had an opportunity to experience production and value chain management of several different crops including cocoa, bananas, coffee and pineapples. The main feature of the mission was the interdisciplinary team guiding and teaching approach by faculty from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) to facilitate interaction among the varied backgrounds and majors of students. The highlight of the trip was travel and stay at the indigenous Bri Bri tribal village on the Costa Rica-Panamanian border. Ms. Cordero, who is pursuing a master’s degree in plant science, said the trip allowed her to focus on an agriculture area outside of her primary graduate studies research. “My specialty is urban forestry, and on this trip we got to see a lot of agro-forestry systems,” said Ms. Cordero, who is from Dover. For Ms. Moffitt, a senior Spanish major, it wasn’t her first time in Latin America; she previously did an entire year of study abroad in Chile. She said while it was interesting practicing Spanish in a different dialect, she got a lot out of the field trip that focused on sustainability. “In the experiences we had in sustainable agriculture, tourism and development, it showed how as individuals we can control those areas by the things we do,” Ms. Moffitt said. Dr. Sathya Elavarthi, associate professor, and Dr. Marikis Alvarez, associate dean for research, both  from the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, were the trip leaders. “The success of this study abroad program is a testament to the partnership between our institutions (DSU and CATIE),” said Dr. Elavarthi. “CATIE faculty and staff were very hospitable; they really extended themselves to make this inaugural student learning experience memorable.”

Student Organizations Fair -- Photo Slideshow

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Mass Communication students join the department's new chair Dr. Francine Edwards (2nd from left) in showing other the opportunities available through radio, television, newspaper and public relations activities on campus. The Mass Comm table was one of 24 organizations that participated in the Student Organizations Fair.

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The students of Delaware State University have returned and the newest class of Hornets were exposed to many of the constructive campus extracurricular possibilities at the Aug. 21 Student Organization Fair. For images from the outdoor event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157657172812868/show About 24 student organizations -- which included fraternities, sororities, religious, arts, academic-related groups and other types of pursuits -- introduced themselves to the incoming freshmen students. The event took place on the basketball courts between the MLK Jr. Student Center and the Wellness and Recreation Center. The Student Organization Fair was a part of the University's Welcome Week slate of activities.

CATIE's Dr. Miley Gonzalez Visits DSU

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams; Dr. Miley Gonzalez; deputy director general of the Tropical Agricultural and Higher Education Centre (CATIE); Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences (CARS), and Dr. Marikis Alvarez, CARS associate dean of research. 

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DSU recently hosted a campus visit by Dr. Miley Gonzalez, the Deputy Director General of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) and also a former Under Secretary of Agriculture at the USDA. Both DSU and CATIE have a signed memorandum of agreement for scientific collaboration, student faculty exchange and capacity building. Dr. Gonzalez’s Aug. 10 visit was to familiarize himself with DSU and its College of Agriculture and Related Sciences as well as to get a first-hand view of research facilities. He also met with DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson. Within the framework of this agreement, DSU in partnership with Tuskegee University and Alabama A&M University have obtained a USDA Capacity Building Grant for students from all three universities to do study abroad programs at CATIE. It resulted in the first study-abroad experience in Costa Rica for DSU, as 16 of its students completed a rigorous program in the country from July 18 to Aug. 9. Dr. Gonzalez expressed his appreciation for DSU’s relationship with CATIE and conveyed the importance of continuing this collaboration and developing other areas of interest by leveraging this study abroad model.  Additionally, he encouraged DSU to capitalize on the opportunities offered by CATIE’s network of regional sites to develop new and bigger projects in order to broaden the scope of international experiences for faculty and students.

Retired Widener Dean Donates Art and Books to the Jason Library

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Linda Ammons, former dean at the Widener School of Law, shows some of the books she has donated to the William C. Jason Library

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Linda Ammons, retired Dean of the Widener School of Law, recently donated several pieces of art to Delaware State University.  In addition to her art collection, Dean Ammons contributed several books to the William C. Jason Library’s African-American collection.  The Friends of the Library hosted a reception for Ammons, the first African-American to serve as Widener’s Law School dean. On July 2 reception at the William C. Jason Library, Ammons shared the history of some of the art pieces that were exhibited and shared a brief overview of her book collection.   “The gracious donation of books from Dr. Linda L. Ammon’s collection is essential to our African-American Collection.  It has enhanced the collection with a great diversity of topics,” said Dr. Rebecca Batson, DSU dean of the University Libraries. “We are positive these titles will circulate and engage our students and reading public for many years to come.”

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