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Finance and Administration Staff Unite to "Think Pink"

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The staff of the Division of Finance and Administration donned "Go Pink" t-shirts on Oct. 4 in support of breast cancer awareness.

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10/4/13 (L-r) Regina Deavens, Cheryl Lolley (with back turned) and Philomena Dolbow show off the Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts.   After becoming aware of the BayHealth Foundation initiative to honor Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 4, 2013, Dr. Teresa Hardee (vice-president of Finance and Administration) immediately offered her full support.    Not stopping with the purchase of t-shirts for her daughter, mother, sister, and herself, Dr. Hardee garnered the participation of her entire staff by generously agreeing to personally pay 50% of the purchase amount for each shirt.   This leadership and benevolence generated a contribution of $1,000 to the BayHealth Foundation and created an atmosphere of awareness and unity for her family and the Finance Team.

Filmmaker Lee Daniels to Speak at DSU Oct. 17

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10/4/13                Lee Daniels   Delaware State University will present award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels – producer and director of the recently released The Butler and other critically acclaimed films – as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.   The event – which is part of the DSU Office of Student Affairs’ Make Your Mark Speakers Series – is free and open to the public.  Mr. Daniels’ filmography includes: screenwriter and director of the 2009 film Precious, which was Academy Award nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture; and producer of the 2001 film Monster Ball, of which Halle Berry became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.   His latest project The Butler – which has grossed over $110 million at the box office since its mid-August release – is a film inspired by the life of Eugene Gaines, who served as a White House butler through eight different presidential administrations. The powerful cast ensemble includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, as well as the presidents’ portrayals by Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, John Cusak, Alan Rickman and others. The movie has created significant buzz among Academy Award watchers.   In addition, Mr. Daniels produced the critically acclaimed  The Woodsman, Tennessee, and produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for The Paperboy.   Lee Daniels’ background is filled with bold stories as real and gritty as the narratives from the films he creates.  By the age of 21, Mr. Daniels founded and ran his own health care agency, providing nurses to private homes and hospitals; simultaneously, he was  trying to be a screenwriter. After selling his health care business and giving up screenwriting, he began managing actors such as Loretta Divine, Michael Shannon, Natasha Kinsky, and Aishwarya Rai. Mr. Daniels turned to producing as a natural result of trying to find and create great material for his clients; the organic leap to directing came soon after.

The 2013 Employee Recognition Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents the 2013 Inspire Excellence Award to Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services at DSU.

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9/30/13 Delaware State University took time out to honor its faculty and staff during its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 26 in the MLK Student Center. For images from the evening ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow. That is followed by a list of the 2013 awardees: Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services, received the top award of the evening – the Inspire Excellence Award. The following employees were honored with Vice President's Choice Awards from the following areas: Business Jeff DeMoss, executive director of Dining and Auxiliary Greg Hilliard, Fleet Services/Transportation supervisor Finance Karen Fair, director of Facilities Management Cindy Koegle, payroll clerk Student Affairs Paula Duffy, director of Judicial Affairs Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services Development Lynn Iocono, executive director of Student Financial Services Brandon Maddox, marketing specialist Research Dr. Tomasz Smolinski, assistant professor of computer and information sciences Dr. Jinjie Liu, assistant professor of mathematics Academic Affairs Terrell Holmes, University registrar Eric Hart, senior associate AD Athletics Edna Piper, senior secretary of Football Operations Mark Springs, head equipment athletics manager   During the ceremony the following 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients were also recognized:   Faculty Excellence in Teaching Dr. Dorothy L. Dillard, associate professor of sociology, Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Dr. Mingxin Guo, associate professor of soil and water sciences, Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service Dr. Anuradha Dujari, professor of science education Faculty Excellence in Advising Dr. Dawn Lott, professor of mathematics

The C-SPAN Bus Visits DSU -- Students on Morning Show

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(L-r) C-SPAN's Doug Hemmig, DSU's Dr. Akwesi Osei, and students Matese Wiggins, Noe'l Walker, Zachery Exume', Allison Hazel, Ronnetta Zach-Williams, Jessica McKenzie, Brittany Gittens, R. Taylor Pugh and Hillari Howard, all stand in front of the C-SPAN bus

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9/27/13 (L-r) Noe'l Walker and Hillari Howard gaze at the video screen system on the C-Span Bus DSU received a visit on Sept. 25 by the C-SPAN Bus and engaged a select group of students to participate in its nationally broadcasted morning show “The Washington Journal.” The nine DSU students – a mix of political science and mass communication majors – were led onto the bus at about 8 a.m. to prepare for the show’s 8:30 a.m. broadcast, which on that day focused on the ongoing debt ceiling issue and the possible government shutdown. The guest on that 15-minute morning segment was U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland, who is a member of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. During the broadcast, the students on the bus were connected to The Washington Journal via Skype, which allowed them to pose questions to the congressman. To view that segment of The Washington Journal, go to http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Delaney. Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the DSU Department of Political Science, invited the C-SPAN bus to DSU. He said it was a way of helping the students take the political science material presented in the classroom and make it relevant by connecting it with their everyday lives. (Far l-r) DSU's Dr. Akwesi Osei and C-SPAN's Doug Hemming prepare the DSU students for their roles in The Washington Journal segment. “This is what the C-SPAN Bus visit to our campus did for our students – it brought politics and government right up to their campus,” Dr. Osei said. “Students were able to, in real-time, connect to lawmaking and policy enforcement as they asked a sitting US Congressman pertinent questions about topical issues such as the potential government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), and the raising of the country’s debt ceiling.” C-SPAN, an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is a private, nonprofit American cable television network created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that televises many proceedings of the federal government as well as other public affairs programming. The C-SPAN network includes three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station and a group of websites that provide “streaming media” and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to approximately 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States.

Tour for Diversity in Medicine to be at DSU Sept. 26

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The Tour for Diversity in Medicine will make DSU one of its six stops along the U.S. Northeast corridor – its only stop in Delaware – to promote medicine and dentistry as career possibilities on Thursday, Sept. 26.   Sponsored by Aetna, the Tour for Diversity conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 309 in the Bank of America Building on campus. More than 15 doctors, dentists and medical school students from across the country will come to DSU as part of the tour, which is designed to introduce medicine and dentistry as a field of advanced study and career path for minority students. The Tour for Diversity in Medicine’s mission is to help diversify the health care profession by giving minority students the advice and tools they will need to pursue medical careers.   The Sept. 26 event at DSU – which is free for all students – will involve a full-day session about the medical school application process, admissions tests, financial aid, interviewing skills and an overview of health disparities. Students interact one-on-one with mentors who will offer personal insights and share their experiences about how to build a successful career in medicine or dentistry.   Although African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans compose more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they represent only six percent of practicing physicians and five percent of dentists, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In 2011, African-American and Hispanic students made up only 15 percent of all U.S. medical school applicants.Yet research shows that patients who receive care from doctors of the same background are more satisfied with their care and more engaged in their treatment.   “Our mission is to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and the broader community by offering the vision and real-world strategies to overcome barriers to address the need for greater diversity in the medical profession. Bridging the health-equity gap for under-represented minorities will only happen if our next generation is ready to meet the challenge,” said Alden Landry, M.D., co-founder of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine and an emergency department  physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.   Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., president of the Aetna Foundation, noted, “As our nation’s population becomes increasingly diverse, we need to ensure that future health care providers reflect the racial and ethnic diversity that will help further positive health outcomes today and for future generations. As the Tour’s founding sponsor, we are pleased to offer our support to this innovative initiative that takes concrete steps to help under-represented minorities see a path forward to a career in medicine.”      The event is free for students. Registration is available at www.tour4diversity.org.    For more information, follow the Tour for Diversity in Medicine on www.Facebook.tourfordiversity and Twitter @Tour4Diversity or visit tour4diversity.org.   About the Aetna Foundation The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $427 million in grants and sponsorships, including more than $14.6 million awarded in 2012. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered four million hours since 2003. The Aetna Foundation’s current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.aetnafoundation.org. About Tour for Diversity in Medicine The Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), a project of Hip Hop Health Inc., seeks to educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need. Conceived by former medical student leaders, T4D will bring premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority undergraduate students in order to assist with the diversification of the health professions workforce. T4D is a grassroots effort and has reached 1,400 students to date.  This is the fourth Tour since T4D’s founding in 2012. Visit tour4diversity.org for more information      

DSU Arts Center/Gallery Hosts Terry Dixon Mixed Media Exhibition

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Chicago-based artist Terry Dixon stands next to his work "Man with Hammer," one of 15 of his works currently on exhibition in the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.

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10/3/13 Delaware State University is currently featuring an exhibition by a Chicago-based artist, “Mixed Media of Terry Dixon,” from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1 in its Arts Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. The work "Staring Off" is included in the 15-piece exhibition.   The exhibition is free and open to the public, including the Meet the Artist reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.   Mr. Dixon has been featured on the front cover of the  International Review of African American Art Magazine (2009) and was recommended to art collectors as an artist to pay attention to in BusinessWeek magazine in the May 2005 article “Photography’s Golden Age.”   Mr. Dixon, a native of Washington, D.C., is noted for juxtaposing photographic images with his abstract paintings. Throughout his body of work, he explores kinetic connections with his abstract line style.  His painting style is sometimes aggressive and sporadic and then slows down to a smooth sense of control.  His imagery reflects a heavy influence of African art and abstract expressionism, and this is all fueled by his love for jazz and electronic music.   Some of his work explores different parts of the human face and body, abstracted in various ways that pull the viewer deeper into his creations.   Mr. Dixon notes that over the years, he enhanced his techniques on canvas by combining his photographic images with acrylic paint, oil pastels, and ink. He said in experimenting with digital technology, he has found an interesting marriage between traditional studio techniques and digital media.   “My art is also influenced by political issues, society, various free-flowing ideas, and one other back bone element of my art is fueled from the "Free Jazz Style" prevalent in the 1950s to the 1970s,” Mr. Dixon said. “As I listen to deep bass cords, drum beats, and harsh trumpet notes, I explore my intuitive approach and express my artistic style through rhythm of sound.    “As I create my art, some parts become mistakes that turn into masterpieces and it is all in conjunction and influenced by jazz music,” he added.   Mr. Dixon began exhibiting in 1991 while living in Atlanta, and he has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2000.  He landed on the art scene in Chicago at BAREWALLS 2000, a live art exhibition coordinated by the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in various solo and group exhibitions, and he has been busy working on projects for various solo exhibitions.  His works are owned by private collectors in the United States, Europe and are part of the very prestigious Sandor Collection in Chicago.   In addition to being on campus for his reception, during Oct. 16-19 he will also share his artistic process and skills with students and faculty in various classes in the DSU Department of Art.   “Opportunities for engagement with a visiting artist are an extraordinary learning experiences for our students,” notes Jennifer Gunther, DSU Arts Center/Gallery director.  “Mr. Dixon focuses on pushing traditional mediums in new media directions.  An opportunity to understand this artist’s process will be a rewarding experience for our students.”   En route to receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Atlanta College of Art in 1992, Mr. Dixon composed new art perspectives by employing various visual art techniques through painting, photography, computer art, video and electronic music.  In 1995 he earned a Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Freshman Forum to Feature author MK Asante in Guest Lecture

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MK Asante, author of four celebrated books, is described by CNN as "a master storyteller and a major creative force."

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9/23/13   The Office of University Studies & First Year Programs will host a University Seminar Freshmen Forum event featuring award-winning, filmmaker, hip-hop artist and professor Dr. MK Asante at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 in the Education & Humanities Theatre.   Attendance for freshmen with professional attire is mandatory.   MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”   The author of four celebrated books, Mr. Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, Buck: A Memoir, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and was a LA Times Summer Book pick in August. His book will be on sale at the DSU event.   His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back. Asante directed The Black Candle, a Starz movie he co-wrote with Maya Angelou who also narrates the prize-winning film. He wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards, and produced the multi award-winning film Motherland.  

The 3rd Annual President's Prayer Breakfast -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Concert Choir blessed the President's Prayer Breakfast gathering of more than 400 people with three moving selections that encompassed gospel, spirituals and hymn music.

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9/19/13 The third annual DSU President’s Prayer Breakfast was held Sept. 19 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center with a diverse gathering of more than 400 people in attendance from faith communities throughout the state. To see images from the Prayer Breakfast, click on the below photo slideshow, which is followed by more information: The President's Prayer Breakfast featured a diverse group of prayer participants on the program, including 1st Lt. Jonathon Ayers, Dover Air Force Base chaplain; Rev. Maribel Zaragoza, co-pastor of Maranatha Christian Church of Dover; Bishop Doreina Miles, pastor of First Pilgrim Baptist Church of Camden, Rev. Silvester S. Beaman, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington; and Rev. Anthony Trout, pastor of The Pentecostals of Dover. The keynote preacher was Rev. Christopher A. Bullock, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, who gave a rousing message on thanksgiving and praise. Representatives of the DSU Interfaith Council – students Ashton Haynes, Lennea Davis, Clinton Williams and James Smith – spoke individually about their perspectives on the importance of faith and prayer, especially within DSU’s campus setting. The featured music during the program was provided by the DSU Concert Choir, which sang a moving selection of three songs – gospel, spirituals and hymn – in powerful demonstration of the expansive range of ministry music. The choir was directed by Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities. The prelude music was provided by pianist Carlos Holmes and violinist Aundrea Wilkins. The chairperson of the President’s Prayer Breakfast Committee was Vita Pickrum, DSU associate vice president for Development.

Former Gov. and U.S. Rep. Mike Castle sworn in as DSU Board member

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Mike Castle is sworn in by Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees. Mr. Castle is the third former governor to serve as an official member of the Board of Trustees in the history of the institution.

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The DSU Board of Trustees officially swore in former Gov. Michael N. Castle as a new board member during its Sept. 19 regular meeting.   In June, Gov. Jack Markell appointed the former Delaware governor and Congressman to serve a six-year term on the DSU Board of Trustees. In joining the board, Mr. Castle succeeds former board member Dr. Calvin T. Wilson, whose six-year term expired in August 2012.   Mr. Castle is a former two-term Delaware governor (1985-1992). He is the third former governor to serve as an official member on the institution's Board of Trustees. Former Governors Ebe W. Tunnell and Simeon S. Pennewill served on the Board of Trustees of the then-State College for Colored Students.   After serving as governor, he went on to be a nine-term U.S. Congressman (1993-2011) representing the First State. He has also served as lieutenant governor (1981-1985), state senator (1968-1976) and state representative (1966-1967).   During his state Senate years, he was the minority leader from 1975-1976. In total, Mr. Castle served as an elected public servant for 40 years.   As a Congressman, Mr. Castle was chair of the House Subcommittee on Education Reform, in which he played a major role in shaping the No Child Left Behind legislation signed into law by President George Bush. He also forged enacted legislation designed to improve the quality and relevance of education research through new standards of scientific rigor.   An attorney and member of the Delaware Bar and the Washington D.C. Bar, Mr. Castle is currently a partner of DLA Piper, a government affairs practice that maintains offices in Wilmington, New York City and Washington, D.C.  During his legal practice years, he was an associate attorney and later a partner of the Wilmington law firm of Connelly, Bove and Lodge from 1964-1975. He also served from 1965 to 1966 as a Delaware deputy attorney general.   Mr. Castle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center of Washington, D.C.   He was born and raised in Wilmington, Del., where he currently lives with his wife Jane.    

DSU Board of Trustees Approve New Background Check Policy

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Delaware State University announced today the completion of an audit of DSU’s hiring process with specific focus on its background check procedures, as well as a review of the financial transactions of DSU’s College of Education, Health and Public Policy.   The findings of the audit – which covered fiscal year 2013 – were reported by Jose Echeverrí, DSU Board of Trustees member and chair of the board Audit Committee, during its Sept. 19 board meeting. The audits were conducted by the University’s Internal Audit Committee.   The committee’s review of background checks from July 1, 2012 to July 10, 2013 revealed that the University did not deviate from its standard human resources practices or procedures in the cases of all individuals hired during that period. However, according to Mr. Echeverrí, the audit committee recommended that the University enhance its current background check process.   The University has implemented a new Background Check Policy that requires national criminal background checks to be completed on all new hires. The new policy also defines sensitive/critical positions (denoting higher levels of responsibility and access) and requires even more extensive background check to be done on such new hires.   The financial review of the College of Education, Health and Public Policy covered the period of July 1, 2012 to mid-July 2013. The audit of the college was a review that is done every time there is a dean departure in a college. In this case, the dean of the College of Education, Health and Public Policy resigned in mid-July, prompting the audit.   The audit revealed that the University’s standard policies and procedures for financial transaction were followed in all instances, with the exception of a few minor procedural discrepancies that were identified during the audit. There were no findings involving abuse, fraud or theft.   Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chair of the DSU Board of Trustees, said the University always takes such objective reviews seriously.   “As a result of these audits, we have emerged with stronger processes,” Dr. Smith said. “We will continue to embrace and strive to model best practices.”

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