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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.”

DSU Holds 4th Annual HBCU Symposium

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DSU President Harry L. Williams praises symposium keynote speaker Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO  and president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, for his work on behalf HBCUs.

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Delaware State University recently hosted its fourth annual HBCU Philanthropy Symposium under the theme of “A Consortium at Work.”  The participants in the HBCU Philanthropy Symposium take a break for a photo opp. The July 22-24 symposium once again brought together development and advancement professionals to discuss the myriad of challenges faced by HBCUs – and particularly public HBCUs – regarding philanthropy. One of the goals of the symposium is to develop a consortium among public HBCU institutions that will lead to a sustainable model of funding for each of the institutions.  A major topic of discussion was student philanthropy and how to get students involved in the process of giving back to their university. This was the first year a pre-symposium workshop was conducted in which participants worked on a joint proposal to address potential funding opportunities to more effectively make students more aware of the significance of philanthropy to their university. A joint presentation was made by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and Prairie View A&M University to show different trends other institutions are doing to promote student philanthropy. A strategic planning session was also presented by Dr. Michael Boone of Delaware State University. During the day and a half symposium, participants engaged in dialogue to learn more effective ways to increase funding in areas of corporate giving, annual giving, campaigns, and major gifts. They also learned new ideas of measuring their data to show important trends within their institutions.  Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO & president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and William F.L. Moses, managing director for education programs at the Kresge Foundation, were the keynote speakers. The symposium concluded with a presentation from Alicia Crittendon of CFRE International on the benefits of having a CFRE certification. The schools in attendance were: Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Morgan State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Norfolk State University, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and University of the District of Columbia. 

DSU Students Visit Underground Railroad in Canada

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Brandon Benson, a senior history major, gets a feel what it was like to be in a ship's slave holding compartment during his visit to the Buxton National Historical Site and Museum during a recent summer trip to Canada by a group of students, led by Dr. Kami Fletcher, assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy.

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Recently a group of DSU students traveled to Canada to study the final destinations of the historic Underground Railroad and learn about the former American slaves who found freedom and new lives in that country. The “Black Canada Study Abroad Summer 2015” – organized and led by Dr. Kami Fletcher, assistant professor in the DSU Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy – took place from July 30 thru Aug. 5 in and around Toronto, Ontario For images from the trip, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157656555105659/show “What was the other part of the story after Harriet Tubman got the ex-slaves to Canada?” Dr. Fletcher said. “We were actually able to go to these places where black people established communities.” The group – which included 11 undergraduates and one doctoral students, two faculty members, one staff member, one alumna and six other guest travelers – visited the Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum, the North Buxton Raleigh Township Centennial Museum, Negro Creek Road, St. Catherine’s Museum, Niagara on the Lake, the North American Black Historical Museum, the Caribana Festival as well as several Underground Railroad sites in that area of Canada. Brandon Benson, a senior history major, said the trip was a great way to learn about the Underground Railroad arrivals to Canada. “In the classroom room we hear about black history, we read it and write about it,” he said. “But being there and having more hands on time with this Underground Railroad history was a great experience.”  

2015 Summer Research Symposium -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU biological sciences major Gemini Phillips, stands with her proud grandparents beside her research poster at the July 30 Symposium.

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DSU featured the research poster work of high school and University-level students during the 2015 Summer Research Symposium, held on July 30 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. For images from the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157656570907751/show The Symposium featured the research talents of participants from summer programs at DSU sponsored by the following entities: the Center for Applied Optics in Space Sciences, Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research, Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences & Applications, Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program, and the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enrichment. In addition to the research poster exhibition, Dr. Clytrice Watson, interim dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, gave a keynote address. She told the young scientists that their “attitude” will determine their “attitude” in life. The participants also heard from Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU vice president of research, innovation and economic development. He urged the students to always be inquisitive and to do their best in research and study.

DSU Jumpstart Freshmen Give History Presentations for State

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DSU students (l-r) Terryon Witkowski, Jordyn Batch, Jasmine Griffin and Gene Gray, dressed in period clothing, participate in the Jumpstart program at the John Dickinson Plantation.

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Eighteen incoming DSU freshmen have gotten a jump on their outreach and community service activities by helping the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs share First State history. Working with John Dickinson Plantation historical interpreters, Jumpstart participant Jasmine Griffin (seated center, dressed in blue) demonstrates potpourri-making for a group of international visitors. The students – all connected with the summer Jumpstart Program -- presented a series of interactive, history-related activities July 18 at four historic sites located in Dover, Del. The programs were developed as a partnership between the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Volunteer Program, the First State Heritage Program, and the DSU Jumpstart Program. As part of the partnership, the 18 participating students were divided into teams with a separate team assigned to each of the four sites. During the activity-development process, which took place from late-June to mid-July 2015, team members were given free rein to discuss any topic related to their respective site’s history or exhibits and to develop enjoyable and educational activities that provide visitors with fresh perspectives on Delaware history. The partnership gave students a unique opportunity to experience how museums develop public programming through efficient time-management, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity—valuable skills that the students will need as they move forward in their lives. In their program at the John Dickinson Plantation, the students used primary-source documents to highlight the lives of Nathan and Abigail Phillips and their children, a slave family that was freed in 1786. In addition to the Phillips presentation, the students, dressed in period clothing, presented hands-on demonstrations in which visitors participated in paper-quilling, potpourri-making and quill-pen-writing. At the Johnson Victrola Museum, the students created a program that focused on Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, two African-American vocalists who recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company. While at the Old State House, the students presented a program that explored espionage during the American Revolution. (Standing, from left) Delaware State University students Arielle Wade, Kobe Washington and Brandon Pretlow conduct a program at the Johnson Victrola Museum. Finally, the program at the John Bell House featured students, dressed in period clothing, exploring the story of the “Dover Eight,” a group of escaped slaves from Maryland who were captured and imprisoned in the Dover, Del. jail, and who subsequently broke out and ultimately made their way to freedom in Canada. In addition to their work at the sites, the students were required to create a poster for each of the four programs that incorporated the subjects of English, math and history. These posters were displayed at the program’s closing ceremony that took place at DSU on July 24. The DSU Jumpstart Program is an academic-enrichment and leadership-development initiative that provides opportunities for academically advanced, incoming freshmen to get a “jumpstart” on their college careers. The article was written by Jim Yurasek, public information officer, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

CAHSS Dean and Chair Give Lectures in China

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Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy, poses with a group of Chinese students.

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A DSU dean and department chair recently traveled to China to give separate series of lectures and also explore possible student exchanges.       Dr. Marshall Stevenson Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, gave six lectures at three universities in Beijing, China.  At the invitation of Dr. Jianhua Zhang, director of the World History Center of the School of History at Beijing Normal University, Dr. Stevenson discussed African-American history, the origins of race and racism in the United States and prominent African-Americans who traveled to China from 1930-1974.  Dr. Stevenson spoke at Renmin University as well as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences under the general topic of “Why Socialism/Communism did not Take Root in the United States.”  To surmount the language barrier, Dr. Stevenson was accompanied on the trip by Dr. Yinghong Cheng, professor of history, who served as his interpreter during his lectures. Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy, recently returned from a summer trip to China where he engaged in talks with officials from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) about several possible study abroad scenarios that could be pursued with DSU. Dr. Stevenson also held similar talks with BLCU officials on potential agreements between the two institutions, which would revive a previous relationship between DSU and BLCU that existed from 2006-2009 and resulted in study abroad opportunities for some DSU students. Also while in China, Dr. Osei gave lectures on his research on China’s economic and political activity in Africa.

Dr. Renu Tripathi Receives Grant to Develop Laser Radar

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Dr. Renu Tripathi, associate professor of physics and engineering, and Yury Markushin, optics Ph.D. candidate, will use the $192,000 Army grant to develop an improved laser radar system, which will be more advanced than the one they built in this photo.

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Dr. Renu Tripathi, DSU associate professor of physics and engineering, has been awarded a $192,000 grant from the Army Research Office for the development of a long range, high resolution laser detection and ranging (LADAR) system. LADAR technology development is extremely important for many critical defense applications such as surveillance, autonomous guidance and hazard avoidance. The technology has widespread commercial, military and space applications, which include reverse engineering, process control, autonomous landing and other areas. Dr. Tripathi is working with Yury Markushin, a DSU optics Ph.D. candidate from Russia. The two have already developed a previous LADAR system and are working now to create an improved multifunction system with polarization imaging capability by employing a photon counting and correlation technique. “The difference with this LADAR system is it will be more sensitive and more distance will be built into it,” said Dr. Tripathi, who is also a scientist with University's Optical Science Center for Applied Research. For the last five years, Dr. Tripathi’s laboratory has conducted basic research on developing new ideas and concepts that have been used in the previous LADAR system and will be applied in the new project on which she is embarking. In addition to developing this key technology, the project will create unique opportunities for DSU students to participate in laser radar research, receive hands-on-training in system design and develop a knowledge base in this critical technology.  

Athletics Receives $450,000 NCAA Grant for Academic Support

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(L-r) Fred Reynolds, AD special assistant; Kendra Greene, director of compliance; Dr. Sonja Jackson-McCoy, senior associate AD for academics; DSU President Harry L. Williams; AD Louis Perkins; and Mary Hill, senior women administrator, are shown at the July 24-25 NCAA Accelerating Academic Success meetings in Atlanta, Ga.

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DSU Department of Athletics recently received a $450,000 NCAA grant to support its academic programs that are designed to help its students-athletes. Athletics Director Louis "Skip" Perkins and Dr. Sonja Jackson-McCoy, sr. assoc. AD for academics, will direct the use of the grant funding, awarded to go toward the academic support for student-athletes. The grant was part of more than $4 million that the NCAA recently awarded to nine Division I schools to help them improve the academic success of their student-athletes.  The goal is to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree. The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes. Louis “Skip” Perkins, interim associate vice president and athletics director, said he is “elated”   that the NCAA committee selected DSU as a recipient of the Accelerated Academic Success Program grant, and noted that it is consistent with DSU’s PRIDE 2020 Strategic Plan’s goals relating to student success, as well as increased retention and graduation rates. “We will embrace the strengths of our campus – renowned faculty/staff, academic and career enhancement centers, and continue our campus wide collaboration to solidify the academic foundation that is the cornerstone of the DSU athletic program,” AD Perkins said. 

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