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DSU Board Names Dr. Claibourne Smith Trustee Emeritus

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Former Gov. Michael N. Castle, now a DSU board member, gives Dr. Claibourne D. Smith a farewell handshake at the end of the former chairman's last meeting. As Delaware's chief executive in 1988, Gov. Castle appointed Dr. Smith to the board, whose service to the University totaled 28 years -- including more than 20 years as board chairman and 16 months as acting president of the institution..

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Dr. Claibourne D. Smith attended his last regular meeting as a longtime member of the DSU Board of Trustees on Jan. 21, culminating his 28 years of DSU service by being presented the honor of Trustee Emeritus. As Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Smith will be welcomed to attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity. The below resolution was presented to Dr. Smith by Board Chairman David G. Turner during the meeting:   DSU Board Chairman David G. Turner presents outgoing board member Dr. Claibourne D. Smith with a resolution granting him the status of Trustee Emeritus.. DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES   A RESOLUTION HONORING DR. CLAIBOURNE D. SMITH FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ELECTING HIM AS A TRUSTEE EMERITUS                Whereas, Dr. Claibourne D. Smith has served as a Trustee of Delaware State University for almost 28 years since his initial appointment in July 1988 by then-Gov. Michael N. Castle to finish the term of former board member Arthur Richardson;                Whereas, at the time of his appointment, his background included chemistry degrees that culminated with a terminal Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1964, as well as his employment as an executive with DuPont;               Whereas, Dr. Smith’s diligent service resulted in the Board’s confidence to elect him board president (changed the following year to the office of board chairman) in 1993;               Whereas, during his leadership of that body, the DSU Board of Trustees oversaw numerous improvements and advancements at the institution, including but not limited to: the elevation of the college to university status in 1993; the expansion of the campus infrastructure, which included the construction of 12 new buildings as well as an off-campus apartment complex; the growth of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings and the establishment of the University’s first five doctoral programs; two successful presidential search processes; three reaffirmations of the University’s accreditation; as well as many other institutional achievements;               Whereas, prior to his 1998 retirement as vice president of technology of DuPont, Dr. Smith also served as the vice chairman of the company’s Corporate Educational initiatives and was responsible for manpower planning and development for the Central Research and Development function;               Whereas, over the years, Dr. Smith served as a 13-year member of the Delaware State Board of Education, Northeast Area director and a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Board of Directors, a member of the Advisory Committee on Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education and a member of the National Science Foundation’s CEOSE (Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering);               Whereas, following the August 2008 resignation of DSU President Allen L. Sessoms, Dr. Smith temporarily stepped down from his board chairmanship to assume the post of acting DSU president during which service he provided stable presidential leadership over the next 16 months, enabling the University to carry out a methodical and successful presidential search process;              Whereas, upon the appointment of Dr. Harry L. Williams as the 10th president of DSU in January 2010, Dr. Smith resumed his responsibility as board chairman and continued to lead this body until he announced that he would step down from the post effective January 2015. He also announced at that time that he would continue to serve as a board member until his appointment expired Feb. 18, 2016;             Whereas, in high recognition for his leadership’s countless contributions to remarkable growth of the University during his tenure, in June 2015 the DSU Administration Building was renamed the Claibourne D. Smith Administration Building; and             Whereas, during his long service on the Board, Dr. Smith has demonstrated great dedication and collegiality and has provided highly valued leadership and counsel to the Board’s deliberations.             NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the University and its Board of Trustees, having received the recommendation of the Committee on Trustees, the Board hereby elects Dr. Claibourne D. Smith as a Trustee Emeritus of Delaware State University.             The undersigned certifies that the foregoing Resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University on January 21, 2016.   David E. Turner Chairman, Board of Trustees  

Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Tucker Co-writes New Book

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"The Culinary Herbal" is the latest book from Dr. Arthur Tucker, research professor emeritus from the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences.

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Dr. Arthur O. Tucker, research professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University, has co-written his sixth book – The Culinary Herbal – Growing & Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs. Dr. Tucker – a retired 37-year faculty member at DSU – is an internationally renowned botanist and is the co-founder of DSU’s Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. He has co-written the book with Susan Belsinger, a nationally known culinary herbalist, flavor artist and food writer who resides in Maryland. The accessible book – which includes high-quality photography of each herb variety – highlights the best varieties of herbs and provides detailed information on which ones offer the most flavor, how to grow them and how to put them to use at home. The Culinary Herbal also includes instructions for harvesting, preserving and storing herbs, as well as techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars and butters. It is a good book for gardeners who love to cook and cooks who love to garden. Prior to this publication, Dr. Tucker co-wrote The Encyclopedia of Herbs (2009) and The Book of Herbs (2000). The Culinary Herbal can be purchased at major bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles or online at Amazon.com.

MLK National Holiday Program at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The Sankofa Dancers and Drummers gave their their annual performance at the MLK Jr. National Holiday Program by kicking off the event with their youthful moves.

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DSU and the Inner City Cultural League hosted the annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Program in the University’s Education and Humanities Theatre on Jan. 18. For images from the program, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157663185813560/show Carla Benson-Green, the cabinet secretary of the state Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, was the keynote speaker. The MLK National Holiday Program will also feature performances by Del-Don Productions, the Sankofa Drummers and Dancers as well as the Sankofa String Orchestra. Earlier in the day, the DSU Concert Choir performed at the annual Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Jr. Breakfast at the Modern Maturity Center. 

DSU, Jeju National University Finalize New Agreement

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(Seated l-r) JNU President Hyangjin Huh and DSU President Harry L. Williams; (standing) JNU's Dongsun Lee, Sungjin Park, Young Soon Kang, Younghoon Kang; DSU's  Dr. Bradley Skelcher, Donna Covington, Dr. Youngski Kwak and Dr. Fengshan Liu

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Delaware State University has finalized an agreement with Jeju National University of South Korea that will establish a bachelor’s degree program in accounting and management concentrations in business administration and management information systems. DSU President Harry L. Williams signed the new agreement with JNU President Hyangjin Huh at a Jan. 8 meeting at DSU between the officials of both institutions. With the agreement, JNU students taking part in the program will complete their first two years of study at Jeju. In the third year, the JNU students will enroll at DSU their final two years of study and receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions. The enrollment goal of the agreement is to enroll 10 to 50 JNU students per year. “We are excited with the prospect that the students from Jeju National University will be able to achieve their academic aspirations through DSU’s internationally accredited College of Business,” said Dr. Williams. “It is further proof of the academic excellence that DSU is known for, not only nationally but in the global higher education community as well.

Combined First Lady's Tea/Gentlemen's Brunch -- Photo Slideshow

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These are some of the graduating seniors who attended the combined First Lady's Tea/Gentlemen's Brunch at the President's Residence on Dec. 17.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams hosted a combined First Lady’s Tea and Gentlemen’s Brunch for the seniors graduating in December. For images of the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157661911692509/show Dr. Robin Williams, the wife of the president who hosts the First Ladies Tea, was unable to participate due to the passing of her mother in North Carolina during that week.

DSU Youngest-ever Doctoral Candidate Receives Ph.D.

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Dr. Jalaal Hayes (center) made DSU history by becoming the youngest-ever doctoral graduate at age 22. Dr. Hayes of Philadelphia was conferred a Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry during the Dec. 20 Commencement. Standing with Dr. Hayes are his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Cherese Winstead, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry.

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Delaware State University made history during its Dec. 20 Commencement Ceremony when it conferred a Ph.D. degree to its youngest-ever doctoral candidate. Jalaal A. Hayes, a 22-year-old resident of Philadelphia, Pa., proudly received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Chemistry. In June 2015 he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Thermodynami and Kinetic Studies of Alkali Metal Doped-Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System.” Dr. Hayes graduated from high school seven years ago in 2008 at the age of 15. He then earned bachelor’s degrees in History and General Science, graduating cum laude at age 18 in 2011 (within three years) at his parents’ undergraduate alma mater, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While completing his doctorate at DSU, he lectured in Tuscany, Italy and Easton, Massachusetts as a Carl Storm Fellow while authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles and served on a team that obtained a United States patent for hydrogen research. He completed a 2008 summer research internship at Howard University/NASA undergraduate Research Center before being enrolled in DSU’s graduate program in Applied Chemistry, where he worked with his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, professor of chemistry, in the Center for Hydrogen Storage Research. While at DSU, he tutored students and was a member of the National Chemistry Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, and served as the chapters’ parliamentarian. His parents are librarians who model academic achievement; his mother is the recent School Librarian of the Year in Philadelphia and serves as a high school librarian, and his father serves as the Interim Dean of Library Services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland. Dr. Hayes recently reflected on his unique educational accomplishments when he met the Rev. Bernice King (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King's youngest daughter) at Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She asked him about his achievement and opportunities to which he shared with her, “my family and community set high expectations for me and I simply strived to meet those expectations; for I strive to model “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

2015 December Commencement -- Photo Slideshow

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Four doctoral graduates get together prior to the Dec. 20 Commencement: (l-r) Dr. Alissa Mezzacappa (Optics),Dr. Esosa Iriowen (Applied Chemistry), Dr. Jalaal A. Hayes (Applied Chemistry) and Dr. Eric Pugh (Educational Leadership). Dr. Hayes at age 22 is the youngest-ever doctoral graduate in DSU history.

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DSU held its 2015 December Commencement on Dec. 20 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, where more than 300 graduates received their diplomas. For images of the 2015 December Commencement, click on the below link followed by more information about the graduation event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157660281916783/show Among the undergraduates receiving their diplomas, seven completed their academic journey as Summa Cum Laude (3.75 GPA and above), 15 as Magna Cum Laude (3.5 to 3.74), 20 as Cum Laude (3.25 to 3.49), and six as Honorable Mention (transfer students with 60 or more credit hours at DSU). DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the Presidential Academic Award to Desirae Hagaman of Dover, Del. A movement science major, Ms. Hagaman maintained a 3.96 GPA throughout her entire undergraduate Summa Cum Laude journey. The keynote speaker was Ann Rosenberg, the vice president and head of Global SAP University Alliances. SAP SE and DSU entered into a formal partnership this year, which exposes the University’s students to the software giant’s advance technologies and establishes DSU as a Center of Excellence in sharing that knowledge with other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ms. Rosenberg told the December 2015 graduating class that industry needs them to find better ways to do things. “You have the mind through which you will be the disrupter in those industries,” she said. “Get the job you want. Go big and be a change agent.” Later in the ceremony, Dr. Williams presented Ms. Rosenberg with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The December 2015 Commencement included the conferring of an Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry to the youngest candidate to complete doctoral studies at DSU – 22-year-old Jalaal A. Hayes of Philadelphia. To read more about Dr. Hayes, click on the below link to the DSU website Features section: http://www.desu.edu/news/dsu-youngest-ever-doctoral-candidate-receives-phd  

DSU Natural Resources Major Does Elephant Research in Africa

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Katie Ommanney, a DSU junior natural resources major, is shown at the Knysna Elephant Park in South Africa where she did research on elephant stress levels last summer.

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Katie Ommanney gets some love from an elephant in South Africa, where she conducted research on the correlation between elephant stress and tourist engagement. And unknown wildlife reserves worker watches. Katie Ommanney may become a wildlife professional who will regularly work with the largest animal ever by a DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) student. Ms. Ommanney, a junior Natural Resources major, grew up in Tanzania, where she spent her childhood at a wildlife reserve. She was particularly drawn to the elephants that roamed that country and beyond. After later moving to the First State and subsequently graduating from Dover High School in 2006, she enrolled at DSU where she directs her work as a Natural Resources student toward returning her to the African wildlife and her love of elephants. Last summer through some funding support by CARS and others, Ms. Ommanney did research on elephant stress levels at Knysna Elephant Park in Plettenberg, South Africa. Specifically, her research explored whether stress levels went up or down when tourists interacted with the captive elephants. “The research looked at whether the frequency of tourist levels affected their stress,” she said. That research opportunity has begotten her an internship in Africa next summer. While she was on the continent last summer, she visited her father who still lives in Tanzania. There, she learned that an elephant orphanage would be opening in Arusha, Tanzania. She met with the people running the operation and landed the upcoming internship. Elephant orphanages exist to provide a place for young elephants whose parents are killed by poachers for their ivory tusks. “There is a huge psychological component when dealing with orphan elephants, which in some cases they witnessed the killing of their parents,” Ms. Ommanney said. She credits the DSU Aquatics Laboratory with giving her the needed scientific foundation and the guidance and support of Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, professor of natural resources, and Dr. Karuna Chintapenta, DSU postdoctoral research associate in aquatics. Ms. Ommanney said the care and preservation of elephants is her professional aspiration. “Since I was a child, I didn’t have a choice,” she said. “It was always going to be wildlife.”

DSU President Meets With KC State Legislators

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(L-r) Provost Alton Thompson; Dr. Stacy Downing, VP of Student Affairs; Rep. Dave Wilson, Rep. Bobby Outten, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. Jeff Spiegelman, Sen. Colin Bonini, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Sen. Gary Simpson, Rep. Trey Paradee, Rep. Lyndon Yearick; Victor Santos, DSU gov. relations director; Sen. Brian Bushweller; Vita Pickrum, VP of Institutional Advancement; David Sheppard, DSU General Counsel. (Sen. Dave Lawson is not pictured). 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams hosted Kent County state legislators on campus Dec. 15 for a luncheon and information session. Dr. Williams and other DSU officials updated the legislators on the University’s legislative priorities that the institution will focus on during the upcoming General Assembly session that begins in January 2016. The DSU president also shared information about the University's strategic plan and about the its good stewardship of state funds. The DSU president, who holds this meeting annually with the General Assembly’s Kent County delegation, said this was the best-attended gathering of the legislator group since his presidential tenure began in 2010.

President's Faculty-Staff Holiday Open House -- Photo Slideshow

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Eric Hart (l) and his wife Erin Hill (r) join DSU President Harry L. Williams for a photo opp during the annual President's Holiday Open House for faculty and staff on Dec. 15-16.

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Dr. Harry L. Williams welcomed faculty and staff to his campus residence for his annual Holiday Open House reception on Dec. 15-16. For images from the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157662523929975/show Dr. Robin Williams, the DSU president’s wife who annually co-host the annual Holiday Open House, was not able to be present this year due to the passing this week of her mother in North Carolina.

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