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DSU Alumnus Dr. Carlton Cannon Jr. in Concert April 11 at DSU

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Dr. Carlton “Butch” Cannon, Jr., Class of 1999, will perform with the DSU Jazz Ensemble on April 11 in the Education and Humanities Theatre.

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present DSU alumnus and saxophonist Dr. Carlton Cannon, Jr. in a “Coming Home Concert" in a performance with Delaware State University              Dr. Carlton “Butch Cannon, Jr. Jazz Ensemble and Combo at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. Cannon, a music product of the DSU Class of 1999, is a jazz and gospel praise and worship recording artist, the director of bands at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, and an ordained bishop in the Church of God denomination. In addition to earning a BA in Music at DSU, his musical development included mentorship by two jazz icons – the late Dr. Donald Byrd and the late Grover Washington Jr. During the 1990s while attending DSU, Dr. Cannon performed in Dover, throughout Delaware and beyond with the band Three Guys So Far. Admission is $5 for the general public and free to students of any age (college students with current ID).  The proceeds will go toward an educational support initiative for current DSU music students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

DSU Receives $300,000 Grant from InterDigital Inc.

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(L-r) Posing with the display check are: Tom Preston, DSU general counsel; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; Gov. Jack Markell; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU vice president of research; InterDigital CEO William Merritt; DSU President Harry L. Williams; David G. Turner, DSU Board of Trustees chairman; Mayor Robin Christiansen; Jannie Lau, InterDigital general counsel; and DSU Provost Alton Thompson.

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Delaware State University today announced the award of a $300,000 grant to its College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CMNST) from InterDigital, Inc., a Wilmington-based wireless technology solutions company. DSU President Harry L. Williams made the announcement of the new public-private partnership during a media event attended by InterDigital CEO William Merritt, Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and others. Dr. Williams said that the University is grateful for InterDigital’s financial support and its commitment to help DSU expand it science laboratory capabilities. DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi chats with InterDigital CEO William Merritt after the announcement of the company’s grant to DSU. “InterDigital’s support assists DSU in fulfilling its core value of Scholarship as well as in its Strategic Plan goals that relate to providing exceptional learning environments, achieving the top notch preparation of our students, and the expansion of DSU’s scholarly and creative research capacity,” Dr. Williams said. “Because we are a state institution of higher education, InterDigital’s support of DSU also helps the State of Delaware be all it can be.” Gov. Markell noted that a lot of companies talk about the importance of higher education, but InterDigital has taken that a big step farther. “When you see a company like InterDigital put its money where its mouth is and step up to support DSU, this is how you build an economy,” Gov. Markell said. “We have long felt that the best way to build strong economy is to focus on innovation and workforce development, and institutions like DSU are in the center of that and so are companies like InterDigital. This is the kind of investment that will pay dividend for years to come.” Sen. Carper said that InterDigital is making a worthwhile investment in DSU research. “DSU is well on its way to becoming a research hub in the state, and I'm incredibly proud of the strides it has made under Dr. Melikechi and President Williams,” he said. According to Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the CMNST, the grant funding will be used to establish three new laboratories in the University’s Mishoe Science Center: A digital and analog electronics laboratory A wireless communications, signal processing and controls laboratory An advanced micro-controller design lab. “These new teaching laboratories will allow us to better prepare our undergraduate students in fields that are critical in many aspects of their education and growth,” said Dr. Melikechi, who is also DSU’s vice president for Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “In addition, thanks to this grant, we will be in a better position to serve the high technology companies in our region.” William Merritt, CEO of InterDigital, said he views DSU as a good source for future technology professionals. “As one of the leading American companies in the field of wireless technologies, we at InterDigital depend on the work being done here at DSU and in universities across the nation to prepare young people for careers in STEM fields,” Mr. Merritt said. “We are very pleased to be a part of the Delaware State University College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology team on a new mission to the future – a mission to ensure that our young people are well equipped to be the researchers, engineers and business leaders our economy needs.” David G. Turner, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, said that InterDigital support of DSU fits in while with two major university priorities – student success and sustainability. “Students success includes getting our students graduated within four years and then for them to get a job within their major,” Mr. Turner said. “Sustainability revolves around economic job growth, economic development, and the building of public-private partnerships that enable DSU to be a strong player in the overall growth of the state. I believe that this partnership between InterDigital and DSU are the first of many to come.”   About InterDigital® InterDigital develops technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks and services worldwide. The company solves many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index. For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.

The DSU Band and Choir at Leg Hall -- Photo Slideshow

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The annual DSU Day at Legislative Hall took place on April 2, and the elected officials and staffs of both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate were treated to the music of the University’s Approaching Storm Marching Band and the Concert Choir. For images of DSU Day at the General Assembly, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651725637392/show  
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The nice spring day on Thursday, April 2 made it a nice afternoon for the Approaching Storm Marching Band to perform on the grassy Legislative Mall as part of DSU Day at the General Assembly.

2015 Inspired Day of Service -- Photo Slideshow

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A host of DSU students – joined by DSU President Harry L. Williams, his family, and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons – threw an indoor block party at the Boys and Girls Club on Simons Circle in Dover as part of the March 28 Inspired Day of Service.
 

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About 500 students took part in the 4th annual Inspired Day of Service on Saturday, March 28, donating their Saturday mornings and afternoons in community service outreach at sites throughout the State of Delaware. For images of the Inspired Day of Service activities, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651652091626/show The students undertook community services projects at various sites in the state, including the Bellevue Community Center, the Brandywine Counseling Community Center, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, all of Wilmington; the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club (Simon Circle) and the Habitat for Humanity Restore, both of Dover; the two-mile stretch of College Road, which runs along the southern end of DSU; Food Bank of Delaware of Milford; and the First State Community Action Agency of Georgetown. The community service work included neighborhood and road clean-ups, yard work, food bag preparation, the building of benches, and other work. Some DSU student participated in the throwing of a block party for the youths of the Boys and Girls Club on Simon Circle in Dover. In addition to providing food and games, the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band performed during that event.

DSU President Attends Higher Ed Day at Leg Hall

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(L-r) Delaware Technical and Community College President Mark T. Brainard, UD outgoing President Patrick T. Harker, UD incoming interim President Nancy Targett and DSU President Harry L. Williams demonstrated the partnership between their institutions during Higher Education Day at Legislative Hall.
 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams joined the presidents of the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College at Legislative Hall on March 31 for the annual observance of Higher Education Day in the General Assembly. Dr. Williams, along with outgoing UD President Patrick T. Harker (who has announced his resignation effective June 30 to become the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), UD’s incoming interim President Nancy Targett, and Delaware Technical Community College President Mark T. Brainard attended sessions together in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate. Afterward, the presidents of the three institutions of higher education then met as a group with each of the four General Assembly caucuses. Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkopf praised the state higher education presidents for their willingness to institutionally work together in a partnership. “It makes things a lot easier for us here in the General Assembly, as well as for the parents and students of the state,” he said.

Mass Communications Day 2015 -- Photo Slideshow

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Bruce Johnson, reporter/anchor of WUSA-TV in Washington, gives the keynote address at the 2015 Mass Communications Day, held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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DSU celebrated the two-decade anniversary of its Department of Mass Communications all day on March 19 with a variety of workshops and plenary sessions in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus. For images from the 2015 DSU Mass Communications Day, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651442954211/show The Department of Mass Communications celebrated 20 years of academic existence with a day of diverse panel discussions that featured the expert perspectives of a number of communications professionals from radio, television, public relations and other related fields. Some of the participating professionals were also DSU alumni.  

Dr. Kennedy Reed, guest lecture "Physics in Africa" March 24

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The guest lecture is free and open to the public and will be fascinating to persons of all ages who have an interest in addressing the critical science and technological needs of developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.    

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CMNST), proudly announces that renowned physicist Dr. Kennedy J. Reed will present the final guest lecture – entitled “Physics in Africa” – as part of the spring 2015 season’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) of the Bank of America Building on the DSU campus. The guest lecture is free and open to the public and will be fascinating to persons of all ages who have an interest in addressing the critical science and technological needs of developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.     Dr. Reed is a world-renowned theoretical physicist, coming to us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.  Having received his undergraduate degree from Monmouth College in Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, he has produced more than 100 publications on his research in atomic collisions in high-temperature plasmas, and his work has contributed to the understanding of indirect processes in electron-impact excitation and the ionization of highly charged ions. Although a prominent physicist, Dr. Reed is also one of the foremost leaders in national efforts to increase opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences.  To that end, he has assisted in the development and directed programs to expand research and training capabilities at minority-serving institutions. Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of the APS’s John Wheatley Award for his contribution to physics research and education in Africa -- the only time this award has been given for work in Africa.  Through the auspices of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, he has been a visiting scientist in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana, and has been involved in physical science programs in numerous other African countries through other international scientific agencies.  The Kennedy Reed Award was established in his honor by the California-Nevada Section of the American Physical Society, and that award is presented annually to recognize the best theoretical research performed by graduate students.  President Obama awarded Dr. Reed with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring in 2010.    For additional information, contact Ms. Diane M. Weller of CMNST, at phone at (302) 857-6506 or by email at dweller@desu.edu. 

David Turner Honored as DSU Distinguished Alumnus at MEAC

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David G. Turner (center), poses with the MEAC Distinguished Alumni Award along with two other conference officials during the awards presentation on March 12 at the Scopes Arena in Norfolk, Va.

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David G. Turner, DSU Board of Trustees chairman and University alumni,  was honored among this Year’s Distinguished Alumni at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Tournament on March 12 in Norfolk, Va. . The MEAC annually recognizes the top alumni from all the member institutions of the conference. Mr. Turner, who graduated from then-Delaware State College in 1986 with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, earlier this year became the first DSU graduate to be an elected chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Dr. Claibourne Smith, who had been chair for 22 years.  Mr. Turner, who previously served as vice chair, has been a DSU board member since 2008. The DSU alumnus has enjoyed a highly successful career in executive posts with AT&T, Gateway, MBNA, and Bank of America, and currently is an executive with IBM, where he leads the company’s IBM’s Business Administration Organization Practice for financial services clients. Mr. Turner is renowned as a leader in banking and financial services circles nationwide for his expertise in data management and analytics. He was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2002 as one of the “50 most Powerful Black Executives in America,” as well as by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology in 2005 as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Technology.”

Hornet Men to Play At Home in CB Invitational March 18

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Amere May and his fellow Hornet Men will face off against Radford University at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at home in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium as part of the College Basketball Invitational.

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Just when you thought the Hornet men’s basketball season was over… well, it is not. And the team even has one more home game at Memorial Hall. The 2014-15 Delaware State University men's basketball team has been rewarded for its regular season and MEAC Tournament competitiveness with an appearance in the post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Hornets will host Radford (Va.) of the Big South Conference on Wed. (Mar. 18) at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Ticket prices for this game are $25 courtside; $15 executive; $12 reserved; $10 general/faculty/staff; and $5 for students and children. This will be Delaware State's first post-season competition since 2007; and fourth overall. DSU's last post-season game was in the 2007 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Hornets also appeared in the 2006 NIT; and made its national post-season debut against Duke in the 2005 NCAA Tournament after capturing the MEAC Tournament championship that year. This will be the first time that the Hornets will host a post-season game. Delaware State is 18-17 overall this season and lost to Hampton in the 2015 MEAC Tournament championship game on Saturday.    Radford is 21-11 this season. The Highlanders lost to Winthrop in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Big South Tournament. This will be the second meeting between the schools. Radford won the first meeting 104-62 during the 1988-89 season. The winner of the DSU/Radford matchup will face the winner of Vermont and Hofstra in the CBI second round. Second round games are scheduled to be played on Monday, March 23. The 16-team CBI field will be re-bracketed after the quarterfinal round. The semifinals are scheduled for Mar. 25 and the best-of-three championship series is set for Mar. 30 and Apr. 1; and Apr. 3, if necessary.  

DSU Alumni Gather at MEAC Tourney -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU cheerleaders got warmed up for that day’s MEAC Tournament game by performing at a March 12 reception held for the Del State alumni at the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Va.
 

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DSU alumni who traveled to Norfolk, Va., in support of the DSU basketball teams at the March 9-14 MEAC Tournament were rewarded by the Hornet men who made it to the finals before losing to Hampton University. On March 19 many alumni gathered at a reception – co-sponsored by the DSU Office of Alumni Affairs and the DSU Alumni Association and held at the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk. For images of from that reception, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649038423244/show  

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