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DSU Counseling Center Holds a Domestic Violence Conference

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(L-r) Andre Gipson, Tiphany Starky and Lauren Boyd, along with other DSU students presented a skit during the conference on how alcohol abuse and bad decisions concerning intimacy can lead to domestic violence.

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DSU students received guidance in some of the pitfalls of social life and intimacy during a Nov.7 “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Domestic Violence Conference in the MLK Student Center on campus. Paulette Sullivan Moore, vice president of the National Network  to End Domestic Violence, was the conference's keynote speaker. The four-hour conference – which was sponsored by the DSU Counseling Center – included spoken word and dramatic skit performances, a student’s personal domestic violence story, a panel discussion and information about the SARA (Sexual Abuse Response Advocate) Program. The students also heard from keynote speaker  Paulette Sullivan Moore, a Wilmington attorney and the vice president of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Ms. Moore leads that organization’s work with Congress and the Obama Administration to support, implement and fund laws, policies and programs that promote safety for victims of domestic violence, as well as provide guidance for the systems designed to assist the and appropriate societal responses for perpetrators of such crimes. “Yesterday’s event was an awareness and prevention program to help our campus community understand the issues around violence in general and intimate partner violence in particular,” said Ralph Robinson, DSU director of Counseling. “Education is power and we want our students to know the facts so that they can make informed decisions about their behavior when it comes to relationships.” Mr. Robinson commended Pauline Meek, DSU counselor, her assistant Silver Debrick, and Candice Moore, director of the DSU International Students Office, for putting together the conference, as well as all others who participated.

The Drama "Nam" to be Performed at DSU Nov. 10-11

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"Nam" cast members (seated l-r) Henry Green (Gen. Chappie James), Terry Gregg (Lt. Commander Thomas Cutler), Mark Harris (Charles "Butch" Harmon), with playwright/director Dr. Donald A. Blakey above them.

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Delaware State University will present the dramatic production “Nam” that tells the story of a DSU connection to the Vietnam War, in 7 p.m. performances on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. "Nam" is written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald A. Blakey.   The production is free and open to the public.   Musical play, written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald Blakey, tells the story of two Delaware State College students -- Larry Fletcher Potts and Charles "Butch" Harmon who, on a bet with each other, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp as officers after their 1969 DSC graduation. While both served in Vietnam, only one of them returned home alive.   Potts was in a reconnaisance plane that was shot down. He and other members of the flight survived and initially had radio contact with their unit. But ultimately Potts was missing in action. His remains were never found.   Dr. Blakey research this true story through correspondence from Potts, as well as by interviewing family members and the Charles "Butch" Harmon, who currently resides in Milford.   The cast of local actors include Delores Blakey, Ruth Shelton, Pat Randolph, Henry Greene, Terry Gregg, Rev. John Moore, Rev. Ted Henderson, Nina Spencer, Mark Harris and Robert White.  The production will also feature the music of the DSU Jazz Ensemble, which will perform nostalgic songs from artists such as Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Tower of Power and others.

DSU Celebrates Two Donor Couples for Giving to Scholarship Fund

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DSU President Harry L. Williams receives a donation from retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert Jr. and his wife Richelle, who established an endowed scholarship in the name of Mr. Talbert's father Ernest Talbert Sr. who was a longtime associate professor of then Delaware State College's Department of Business for about 40 years.

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Delaware State University recently received financial support from two donors to benefits student scholarships.   Retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert and his wife, Richelle (in the top photo) recently donated $10,000 to DSU to establish the Professor Emeritus Ernest Talbert, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.   This newly created fund, made in memory of his father, will benefit qualified scholarship applicants who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year majoring in accounting or business administration. Professor Talbert taught in the School of Business from 1954 until the early 1990s. Of special note, Major General Talbert was the first African-American general in the history of the Delaware Air National Guard. (L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with Dr. Donald and Dolores Blakey and their display check representing their donations to DSU over the last fiscal year.   The Honorable Dr. Donald Blakey and Mrs. Delores Blakey are both DSU alumni, class of ’58 and ’62 respectively, and they continue to show their love and appreciation for DSU through service and financial support. On Nov. 2, the Blakeys were honored for their cumulative giving of $15,820 to DSU over the last fiscal year.   Over that period, the Blakeys continued to fund their endowed scholarship fund, the Dr. Donald A. and Delores F. Blakey Endowed Scholarship and the Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund. In addition, the Blakeys have supported various annual giving initiatives such as The Champion Fund and the President’s Scholarship Ball.  Cumulatively over the years, the Blakeys’ have generously donated more than $67,682.  

DSU Students' Community Service at St. John's Sch. -- Photo Slideshow

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These DSU students spent a beautiful Indian Summer morning doing community service at St. John's Lutheran School.

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Eighteen DSU students donated part of their Indian Summer morning on Nov. 2 to give some community service help to St. John’s Lutheran School on Walker Road in Dover. The community service opportunity for the DSU students was set up by Jordin Williams, director of the DSU Health & Recreation Center, who is also the University’s representative on Leadership Central Delaware (a Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce organization). The LCD selected St. John’s as their community service project, which led to the DSU students’ involvement. For images from the DSU students’ community service at St. John’s, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Breaks Enrollment Record for 4th Consecutive Year -- 4,505

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (3rd from left), shown talking with students, says that the new record enrollment also reflects a rise in academic quality, including an average grade point average of 3.0 among incoming freshmen.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2013 total enrollment of 4,505 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,500 threshold.   The record 4,505 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,425 set in the fall of 2012. The 2013 enrollment figures include a record 4,061 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,000 undergraduates – and a record 288 transfer students.   The University enrolled 922 new freshmen this fall.   “In addition to another year of record enrollment, our academic quality continues to increase,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “This year our incoming freshmen have an average grade point average of 3.0, the highest ever at DSU.”   Dr. Williams also noted that the University also now has the largest program cohort of Inspire Scholarship students ever – 484. “Because the Delaware legislature and governor made the funding possible for the Inspire Scholarship, the state is a contributor to the record enrollment we had over the last few years,” the DSU president said.   Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 13th to 9th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual national ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

Dr. Sylvester Gates,Renowed Physicist, Guest Speaker at DSU Nov. 7

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Sylvester J. Gates, Jr., a prominent American theoretical physicist and a 2013 National Medal of Science recipient, who will be a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.      Sylvester J. Gates, Jr.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gates is an University System Regents Professor, a John S. Toll professor of physics, at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a former appointee of the President’s “Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.   He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.  In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Dr. Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public and the Board of Directors for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.   Dr. Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003, and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011.  In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists.    He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Philosophical Society.    Dr. Gates was presented the Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.  

DSU Interfaith Council Students Attend Washington D.C. Conference

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(L-r) Clinton Williams, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,  James Smith, Ashton Haynes, Lennea Davis, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and DSU Chaplain Rev. Pamela Adams.

 

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Four DSU Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students joined DSU Chaplain Pamela N. Adams to attend the 3rd Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   The students heard from experts in the field and met top governmental officials who share a commitment to interfaith engagement.    “Our Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students that attended definitely represented DSU in a very positive light, and were approached repeatedly to speak with administrators from other universities because of their poise,” said Chaplain Adams.    Among the officials in attendance, the students were able to meet U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

DSU's Michelle Fisher Named as a Delaware Black Achiever

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DSU and family supporters celebrate Michelle Fisher's Black Achiever honor -- (l-r) Stacey Downing, associate vice president of Student Affair; Kemal Atkins, vice president of Student Affairs; Estelle Harding (Ms. Fisher's mother); Ms. Fisher, director of Student Health Services (with her award); Sharon Addison and Mariah Williams (Ms. Fisher's sister and granddaughter, respectively); Gloria Minus, retired Health Services office manager; and Paula Duffy, director of Student Judicial Affairs.

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10/25/13 Actor Hill Harper and Michelle Fisher meet during the VIP reception that preceded the Black Achievers Ceremony in Wilmington.   Michelle Fisher, director of the DSU Student Health Services, has been named among Delaware’s 2013 Black Achievers in Business and Industry, an annual awards ceremony held by the Walnut Street YMCA in Wilmington, Del.   Ms. Fisher was presented her Black Achiever award by Hill Harper, actor/author/role model activist, who was the keynote speaker for the Oct. 24 event. She was among 17 honorees selected this year.   The fall of 2013 has been a season of honors for Ms. Fisher. In September, she received two DSU honors – the Student Affairs Vice President’s Choice Award and the Inspire Excellence Award.   Kemal Atkins, DSU vice president for Student Affairs, called Ms. Fisher a consummate professional who through her excellence and work ethics, leads by example.   "Under Ms. Fisher's leadership, DSU has a Student Heath Service Center that would rival health services provided at institutions twice our size," said Mr. Atkins. "She works hard to keep our students informed on health issues, promote wellness on campus, and to address any medical issues that arise at the University. She also has diligently worked to ensure that students are knowledgeable about the current health insurance laws -- known commonly as part of Obamacare -- and how it impacts them.   Ms. Fisher began at DSU in 1999 as a nurse practitioner and was elevated to her current director of Student Health Services post in 2005. She has a BS in nursing from Adelphi University and a MS in nursing from Wilmington University.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Wilmington University.   Among her community involvement pursuits, Ms. Fisher has served on board of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, has conducted HIV awareness activities with different local organizations, has participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, is an active member and former board member of the American College Health Association, and serves as an active member of her church, the New Life Family Worship Center of Camden, Del.  

DSU Presents Student Production "Steel Magnolias" Nov. 2-3

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The actresses of the DSU production of "Steel Magnolias": (l-r) Dana Matthews, Candace Victory, Jasmin Walker, Brandi Hydleburg, Tiffany Trawick and Shakira Abdul Rashid.

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10/25/13 The actresses of the DSU production of "Steel Magnolias" form a human magnolia.   Delaware State University will present a student production of “Steel Magnolias” in three performances on Nov. 2-3 in the DSU Education and Humanities Theater on campus.   There will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The comedy-drama play is free and open to the public.   The play, written by Robert Harling, stars the following students: Dana Matthews (freshman English education major) as Truvy, Candace Victory (junior nursing major) as Annelle, Shakira Abdul Rashid (sophomore mass communications major) as Ms. Clairee, Jasmin Walker (freshman business major) as Shelby, Brandy Hydleburg (senior integrated studies major) as M’lynn, and Tiffany Tradwick (senior psychology major) as Ms. Ouiser.   Directed by the Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown, an adjunct professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, she describes the comedy-drama as a “dazzling, entertaining show.”   “The characters are six distinctive women in the South who are known to be as strong as steel, but as gentle as sweet magnolias,” Dr. Brown said. “These women have a bond of friendship and sisterhood that can’t be broken and always meet in the town beauty salon. Together the ladies share their joy and pain in support of one another.”

DSU Chemistry Dept. Receives $326,138 Federal Research Grant

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Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor of chemistry, is the principal investigator of the solar research grant. The funding will expand the DSU research portfolio to include solar energy research and will support work designed to develop a sustainable ultra-thin iron-based material for high efficiency solar devices.

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10/23/13   Delaware State University has been awarded a grant that is further expanding the University’s research portfolio into the area of solar energy. Dr. Daniela Radu, principal investigator of the Department of Energy research grant, show the nanoparticle ink used to coat the solar cell substrates that is being developed.   DSU’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy $326,139 research grant to launch the first-ever solar research and education program at DSU. The principal investigator of the grant is Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor of chemistry.   The proposal received tremendous support both internally at DSU and externally by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA), an organization that has the strongest impact in Delaware's renewable energy from sustainable resources.   The grant will fund the establishment of a new solar classroom course, as well as initiate a solar research program that will begin with the development of a novel ultra-thin-film photovoltaic technology using iron-based solution and nano-precursor absorber layers in solar devices.   The solar-related course will prepare participating students toward considering employment in industrial and research-related solar applications. Two graduate students assigned to this project will be fully prepared to obtain employment in the solar-energy arena.   The research will involve the fabrication of sustainable ultra-thin iron-based material for high-efficiency solar devices. Sustainable, low-cost materials such as iron sulfide derivatives could address environmental and economic concerns raised by other thin film materials. Iron-based materials are believed to be a viable alternative due to their sustainable nature and small amount of material involved in the devices. The solar cell substrate being developed by Dr. Radu.   Dr. Radu said that solar energy represents a major pillar of sustainable energy production and as solar power becomes more cost-effective, it has the potential to fulfill a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs.   “The expansion in solar energy usage will drive a growing need for more workers – manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants, solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels, and more,” Dr. Radu said. “In this context, providing solar-related education to students from underrepresented groups is aligned with this job opportunities growth and with the need of having a diversified workforce in solar-related jobs.”   Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology and vice president of research, innovation and economic development, said the grant award demonstrates clearly that the Department of Chemistry and DSU’s newly formed Renewable Energy Research and Education Center – an interdisciplinary center that combines faculty from the departments of Physics and Engineering and Chemistry – are on the right track.    “Dr. Radu has done a tremendous job in securing this grant in a very competitive environment,” Dr. Melikechi said. “Our plan to achieve national prominence in research and education in renewable energy is now effectively launched.”   Dr. Eric Kmiec, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry, said Dr. Radu’s grant writing success is to be commended.   “This grant is at the top  of grant hierarchy and reflects the new momentum and attitude in the department. DOE has made just two awards in this competition and DSU is the only HBCU that has been selected for an award; University of Texas at San Antonio being the other awardee,” Dr. Kmiec said. “These types of awards provide solid support for undergraduate and graduate students  seeking to do research in credible lab settings.”   Dr. Kmiec added that the grant project is consistent with the department’s new scientific emphasis on sustainable chemistry, which is aligned with the University Provost’s  sustainability initiative  and the public/private partnership with the Delaware Sustainable Chemical Alliance. “The academic and research fruits of this grant will contribute to the expected robust expansion of that emphasis and alliance,”  he said.   Rebecca Fox-Lykens, the director of DSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, has assisted Dr. Radu in the development of the solar course, and notes that the work the grant is funding is consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan.   “The grant will allow DSU to be innovative in its approach to explore alternative energy sources and the course Dr. Radu is developing will help students become aware of the opportunities in green jobs,” Dr. Fox-Lykens said.   Dr. Radu noted that the University of Delaware also played a role in helping the University launch this research.   “As we are moving toward building the necessary infrastructure, Dr. Robert Birkmire, director of UD’s Institute of Energy Conversion, along with his colleague, Dr. Kevin Dobson, has graciously made it possible for DSU to access some equipment and characterization tools at UD that are needed to achieve our prototype,” Dr. Radu said.

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