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Renowned Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Visits the DSU Jazz Ensemble

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Famed jazz guitarist Earl Klugh shares his music story with members of the DSU Jazz Ensemble during a Sept. 6 workshop in the Education and Humanities Theatre.

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9/6/13 With a concert in Dover later in the evening, famed jazz guitarist Earl Klugh took the afternoon of Sept. 6 to pay the DSU Jazz Ensemble a visit and conduct a workshop setting with them in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. Earl Klugh played his version of "Alfie" for the DSU jazz students Arriving with his Paul McGill acoustic guitar, Mr. Klugh performed some songs for the students and talked a bit about his life as a musician. He told the students that his mother wanted him to be a classical guitarist. “But the problem was I kept jazzing up the classic pieces I would play,” Mr. Klugh said. The jazz guitarist said he enjoys working with young musicians when he’s on the road. “I do a lot of traveling, and when I get an opportunity I like to stop and see what the kids are doing,” Mr. Klugh said. “We’ve got to keep the children alive with music.” Noting he began learning the piano at age three, he said his passions later moved to the guitar. By age 15 he was already in the recording studio, performing on Yusef Lateef’s Suite 16 album. He later appeared on George Benson’s 1971 White Rabbit album and then joined his touring band. A photo opp with the jazz great: Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Jeff East of the Delaware Charitible Music; Earl Klugh; Butch Cannon of Delaware Charitible Music; DSU Associate Provost Bradley Skelcher; and Randolph Johnson, DSU director of Bands. He recorded his first album named after himself, Earl Klugh, and a second, Living Inside Your Love, both in 1976. Since then he has recorded more than 30 albums, including 23 Top Ten charting records – five of them No. 1 – on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. In 2008, his The Spice of Life Album earned his 12th Grammy nomination. Later in the evening, Mr. Klugh did a concert at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover. The workshop with Earl Klugh was made possible by Delaware Charitable Music.

DSU Arboretum Receives Accreditation

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The efforts of Dr. Susan Yost, DSU Herbarium educator, and other has led to the development of a DSU Arboretum, which recently earned accreditation. She stands here among trees that are part of the campus' vast collection.

Arboretum website

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The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum recently announced that the Delaware State University Arboretum has been awarded a Level II Accreditation. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, DSU’s Arboretum is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta. Each species is identified with a sign, such as this Shingle Oak which is the second largest found in the state.   An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.    “It’s an honor for the Delaware State University Arboretum to have been awarded accreditation on the Morton Register of Arboreta. This accreditation will help raise awareness and appreciation of the great value and many uses of the campus trees and shrubs,” said Dr. Susan Yost, educator in the DSU Claude E. Phillips Herbarium.   DSU’s Arboretum is on the 400-acre main campus in Dover and is comprised of hundreds of planted trees across the campus, totaling 172 different species of trees and shrubs. Each species is labeled and a map of these plants – with lists of scientific and common names with map coordinates –is on a DSU Arboretum brochure available at the Herbarium. (See the brochure at http://herbarium.desu.edu/page5/files/Arboretum_map_brochure_2012.pdf)   The DSU Arboretum’s tree and shrub collection is diverse, making it a valuable teaching, research and ecological resource as well as beautifying the campus year-round. The 68 native species represent 40 percent of the total species. The collection includes a state record shingle oak, the second largest in Delaware, and a large black walnut, which is on the waiting list for state record tree. Recent plantings include Delaware natives such as a beach plum, American chestnut and chinquapin, as well as intriguing non-native species, such as a monkey puzzle tree, franklinia and umbrella-pine.   The Arboretum is used for teaching about trees and conservation to students as well as members of the public. Outreach programs include Master Gardener training, teacher in-service classes, elementary school programming and monthly nature walks. The DSU Arboretum includes the Franklinia -- named after Benjamin Franklin -- which is extinct in the wild.   In 2011 the Arbor Day Foundation recognized DSU’s main campus as a Tree Campus USA, making it one of 168 college and university campuses across the country with that designation and the only in Delaware to be recognized as such. The DSU Arboretum was formally designated in 2012, following recent plantings that resulted in a 26 percent increase in the number of tree species.   Dr. Yost has been the driving force in the University’s effort to meet the documentation and practices criteria for the accreditation and leads the work of Herbarium in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences in maintaining the campus abundant tree collection. She notes that she was assisted by Dr. Arthur Tucker, retired director of the Herbarium, volunteer Lou Calabrese, student workers Syrena Taylor and Alisa Downes, along with many others. Dr. Yost also noted the contribution of the late Dr. Norman Dill, a former agriculture professor who planted numerous trees around the campus in the 1960s and 1970s.   DSU was founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, and some of the campus trees are at least that old. In 2011, DSU became the first Tree Campus USA in Delaware. The work of the Arboretum is supported through the DSU Claude E. Phillips Herbarium in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences.   About the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This international initiative offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Accreditation is based on self-assessment and documentation of an arboretum’s level of achievement of accreditation standards. Standards include planning, governance, labeling of species, staff or volunteer support, public access and programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.  

DSU's Dr. Hu Co-Authors Research Paper On Password Vulnerability

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Dr. Hongxin Hu, DSU assistant professor of computer science, shows how the new picture password system works. Dr. Hu co-authored a paper concerning the reported vulnerabilities of the new system.

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Dr. Hongxin Hu, DSU assistant professor of computer science, is part of a research team that has raised security concerns over a relatively new “picture password” that comes with the Microsoft Windows 8, the latest operating system to come from that software giant. Dr. Hu along with three researchers from Arizona State University – Dr. Gail-Joon Ahn, professor of computer science; doctoral student Ziming Zhao; and master degree student Jeong-Jin Seo – have co-authored a paper that details how they have developed algorithms that reveal vulnerabilities in the otherwise innovative picture password. Windows 8’s picture password allows users to use “gesture” passwords – to pick points on a photo image by a sequence of tapping, making a circle or drawing a line all with one finger – instead of using the tradition text-based password system. In their paper – “On the Security of Picture Gesture Authentication” – presented at the Aug. 14-16 USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., the researchers say that people’s choices of “gesture passwords” tended to follow predictable patterns. Dr. Hu and his research colleagues claim in the paper that they collected more than 10,000 picture passwords from over 800 subjects through online user studies. The passwords were connected with a variety of images, which included people, animals, landscape, civilization and computer generated pictures. By developing algorithms that identified the points of interest that users were likely to choose for password patterns, the research team – led by Dr. Ahn – was able to crack 48.8% of the passwords for previously unseen pictures in one dataset and 24.0% in another, according to their paper. “We implemented a picture-password-strength meter,” Dr. Hu said. He added that was a critical part of the research project. The paper has inspired a number of articles in the U.S. and the United Kingdom in computer and technology related publications and media websites. Dr. Ahn was the DSU assistant professor’s doctoral advisor at ASU. Efforts to get comment from Microsoft were unsuccessful.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits New DSU Commons

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(L-r) Kailani Capote, senior residential assistant; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer; and Rose Spady, Commons residential director, take a photo opportunity at the front desk of the Commons.

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8/30/13 DSU President Harry L. Williams ushers U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper into the Commons. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper took a grand tour on Aug. 29 of the University’s newly acquired residential facility – the DSU Living and Learning Commons. DSU President Harry L. Williams, along with Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Amir Mohammadi and Residential Director Rose Spady, gave Sen. Carper a first-hand look at how the University has converted the former hotel into a residential hall. The DSU officials showed Sen. Carper various not-yet-occupied rooms, a master suite that will be used for visiting faculty or University guests, and the exercise room amenity. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper greets residential assistant Shakida Hercules at the Commons front desk Sen. Carper said the quality of the rooms at the Commons exceeded the dormitory rooms that existed when he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University. “You’ve heard of people who want to relive their youth,” Sen. Carper said. “Well I want to relive my youth here.”

DSU Celebrates March on Washington 50th Anniversary -- Photos

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A group of singers from the DSU Gospel Choir performed the song "Grateful" during the celebration held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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8/28/13 Delaware State University and the United Way of Delaware took time out on Aug. 28 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. For images from the event – held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center – as well as from the Aug. 24 gathering of students who went to the weekend March on Washington events, click on the below photo slideshow. It is followed by more information about the Aug. 28 program. The Rev. John Moore, vice president of resource development for the United Way of Delaware and a DSU alumnus, returned to his alma mater to give his powerful recitation of “I Have a Dream” with an uncanny similarity to Dr. King’s speech nuances. There were also performances by Amillion the Poet, the mime ministry of Perfect Praise and the DSU Gospel Choir as well as thoughtful perspectives from DSU President Harry L. Williams; Michelle Taylor, president and CEO of the United Way of Delaware; Lance Edwards, president of the DSU Student United Way: and SGA President Marcus Delancey. Pamela Adams, DSU director of spiritual life and University chaplain, coordinated the event in conjunction with the United Way of Delaware.

DSU Presents First-Ever Innovation Grants to Selected Faculty Members

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(L-r) Dr.  Mohammad A. Khan, Dr. Mukti Rana and Dr. Nandita Das, are one of five faculty teams that have won DSU's first-ever Innovation Grant awards. Each team received $20,000 to develop their creative ideas that advance the priorities and goals of the University's Strategic Plan.

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8/27/13 Five faculty-driven projects have been named to receive funding as part of the University’s first-ever PRIDE 2020 – Innovation Grants awards. The five projects were selected from among 29 submitted proposals by DSU faculty. The selected projects – awarded $20,000 each – were determined to be the top proposals that advance the priorities and goals of the institution’s strategic plan. Dr. Gary Holness, shown with one of his robots. The following faculty members and their projects have been awarded Innovation Grants: Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) – “Next-Generation Sensors for Improving Human Health and Urban Air Quality: A Technology-Driven Business Model for Young Entrepreneurs.” The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting.    Dr. Gary Holness, assistant professor of computer science (PI) -- “Managing Indoor/Outdoor Transitions in Autonomous Robot Wheelchairs.” A number of efforts in the robotics and machine perception research communities have pursued the idea of an autonomous wheelchair as a mobility solution for those with both physical and perceptuo-cognitive impairments.The research project will aim to address issues concerning the development of autonomous wheelchairs that transition between outdoor-to-indoor and indoor-to-outdoor navigation. It will involve the assembling of a multidisciplinary team comprised of students from computer science, engineering and business who will design, develop, manage and advertise the project during a one year period of performance.   Dr. Ladji Sacko, associate professor of foreign languages (PI); and Dr. Raymond Tutu, assistant professor of history and political science (co-PI) -- “Using Study-Abroad Exchanges to Enhance Global Learning at DSU.” This project’s primary objective is to implement best (L-r) Dr. Raymond Tutu and Dr. Ladji Sacko. practices for integrating study abroad opportunities for students and faculty, with specific courses and coursework, into a more comprehensive and structured globalization of the DSU campus.   Dr. Daniela R. Radu, assistant professor of chemistry (PI); Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor of chemistry (co-PI); Dr. Yuri Markushin, senior research scientist (co-PI);  Dr. Chaoying Ni (co-PI, University of Delaware) -- “Affordable Solar Thin-Film Technologies Based on Sustainable (L-r) Dr. Daniela R. Radu, Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai and Dr. Yuri Markushin. Materials.” The  project will contribute to establishing the foundation for a strong solar program at DSU by demonstrating novel nanoparticles precursors to thin film photovoltaics (PV). The project’s ultimate goal is to create a prototype of roll-to-roll printed solar cells on flexible substrates. The nanoparticle technology  provides the advantages of fast, atmospheric pressure deposition, a lightweight substrate and a thin, inexpensive absorber layer, each of which decreases the cost and the weight of the final solar cell or module. Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics (PI); Dr. Essaid Zerrad, professor of physics (co-PI) – “Interdisciplinary Computational Laboratory (ICL).” This lab will be established to engage DSU undergraduate and graduate students in diverse STEM disciplines through computational, physical and mathematical modeling.  ICL will be used (L-r) Dr. Hacene Boukari and Dr. Essaid Zerrad. to assemble appropriate scientific codes and media-oriented software for STEM teaching and to develop computational capabilities for interdisciplinary research.  ICL will emerge as a resource for teaching the basic principles of physical sciences, the foundations of engineering and their applications in other scientific disciplines such as biological sciences.  It will increase participation of STEM students who will be trained in job-oriented computational and analytical skills, allowing them to be well-positioned to enter a competing multidisciplinary job market.  Moreover, the efforts that will ensue will promote research collaborations among DSU researchers.

DSU Welcomes New Leadership Appointees

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8/23/13 DSU welcomes the following new appointees to leadership posts:   Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder – dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. DeLauder comes to DSU after serving in a variety of faculty, research and administrator posts at North Carolina Central University from 1996 to 2013, including associate dean of the College of Science and Technology and interim dean of Graduate Studies. She has a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Howard University.        Dr. Stacy L. Downing Dr. Stacy L. Downing – associate vice president of Student Affairs. Dr. Downing comes to DSU after serving from 2011 to 2012 as the vice president for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. She also served in several director posts at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2011. She has a BS in Psychology, an MS in Criminal Justice and an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.   Dr. Marsha T. Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy. Dr. Horton most recently served one year as a dean and associate professor at Virginia Union University’s School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her 39-year education career has included leadership posts at Wilmington University, the Delaware Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Horton has a BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois.     Dr. Marshá T. Horton           Ebony M. Ramsey   Ebony M. Ramsey – director of Student Leadership and Activities. Ms. Ramsey comes to DSU after serving in a variety of posts at Winston-Salem State University, N.C., from 2002-2012, including director of Student Activities from 2010-2012. She has a BA in Theatre and an MS in Adult Education/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University.     Dr. Adenike M. Davidson   Dr. Adenike M. Davidson -- chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She arrives at DSU after serving as a faculty member at Fisk University in Nashville from 2005-2013, where she rose to the rank of professor of English. Prior to that she was a professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Davidson has a BA in English from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., an MA in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.        Alankato D. Cobb, Sr.   Alankato D. Cobb, Sr. – assistant vice president of Facilities Management.  He comes to DSU after serving during the last year as a facilities planning engineer at Lincoln University (Pa.). His 16-year engineering career includes work as a senior project manager for Delaware Engineering and Design Corp. He has a 1995 BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in Orlando, Fla.                  Erin Hill Erin Hill – newly promoted assistant vice president of Enrollment Management. Ms. Hill arrived at DSU after serving in Admissions at Appalachian State University from 2002-2009. She has been a part of Enrollment Management from 2009 to present, include serving as executive director of Admissions since 2010. She has a 2001 BA in Communication and a 2006 MS in Higher Education Administration, both from Appalachian State University.       Dr. Michael A. Boone Dr. Michael A. Boone – interim assistant vice president for Distance Education. He arrived at DSU in April 2013 after serving the previous eight months as the academic program manager at Post University in Connecticut; he also was the lead instructor for that institution’s MBA program. He was the director of Business Process Engineering at Florida A&M University from 2009-2001; he also held various director posts with the North Carolina Department of Revenue.        Rev. Pamela Adams     Pamela Adams – new director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Rev. Adams was a chaplain and family advocate for three years in the Clinical Pastoral Care Department at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is a 9½-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology from the Amora Deliverance Theological Institute in Fayetteville, N.C. She also completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Care Residency Program at Durham (N.C.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center and The John Hopkins Hospital.        Jordin N. Williams Jordin N. Williams – new director of the Department of Wellness & Recreation. Ms. Williams served as the interim director of the department from August 2010 to August 2013. She has been with the department (formerly assistant director) since 2009. Prior to that, she was the club sport coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006-2009). Ms. Williams has a BS in Business Management and an MS in Sports Management.          Kerri M. Scroope   Kerri M. Scroope, head coach of women’s soccer. Coach Scroope arrives at DSU after serving as the head coach for both women’s soccer and softball at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. There she guided the soccer team to three consecutive double-digit winning seasons and four Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. She has a BS in Social Science from Stony Brook University, N.Y., where she played on the soccer and basketball teams.     Kisya Killingsworth-Putney Kisya Killingsworth-Putney, head coach of women’s volleyball. Prior to accepting the DSU post, she was an assistant volleyball coach at Bethune-Cookman University. Coach Killingsworth-Putney was a standout volleyball athlete at the University of Florida, where she earned a 2008 bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Science.  

DSU Archives Awarded $145,194 Grant

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8/23/13 DSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the William C. Jason Library has been awarded a two-year, $145,194 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture program. Emily Cottle, University archivist, says the grant will provide her with intern assistance to help maintain the archive and collections rooms such as the Delaware Room in this photo. Emily R. Cottle, University archivist and special collections librarian, is the project director for this grant. She was hired as the University’s first-ever archivist in June 2012. The funds will be used to establish an archival fellowship program. Two nine-month archival fellows as well as two summer interns will be hired during the project. The program will provide recent graduates with valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of archival responsibilities. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The second year of the project will culminate in the creation of a historic campus walking tour. The project will commence on October 1, 2013 and run through 2015. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

DSU Social Work Program Accreditations Reaffirmed

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The DSU Social Work Program is based in the Price Building (shown to the left) on the DSU campus, with curriculum also taught at the Georgetown and Wilmington locations.

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8/22/13 The DSU Department of Social Work recently received notification that the Commission on Accreditation for the Council of Social Work Education has reaffirmed the accreditation of both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Both programs are now fully accredited until 2020. Dr. Marlene Saunders, chair of the DSU Department of Social Work, said the full reaffirmation of accreditation speaks to the quality and integrity of the curricula of the BSW and MSW programs. “This achievement also exemplifies Delaware State University’s capacity to provide the social work profession with competent social workers who exemplify the University’s mission, vision and values,” Dr. Saunders said. “With this accomplishment, the Department of Social Work will continue its efforts to enhance the well-being of people and maximize the functioning of social welfare organizations for change and social justice through research, practice and community engagement.”

DSU's Renovated Conrad Cafeteria Unveiled

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Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, shows the new "Action Island" to Dr. Stacey Downing, associate vice president for Student Affairs.

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The Conrad Hall Cafeteria has been renovated and is ready for the incoming students for the fall semester 2013. Aramark, the University’s contracted food service provider, gave University officials a tour of the remade facility, which will complement the Village Café facility located on the (L-r) Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, tells Phillip Holmes, interim director of Housing and Residential Education, about the new features of the cafeteria. In the center is Jeff Mulveny, assistant director of Conrad. southeast end of the campus. A new “Action Island” has been installed that will include a soup station, a deli station and salad bar. Tara Kazimir, Conrad head chef, noted that Aramark operates a four-menu cycle that will ensure that Conrad and the Village Café will always have different menus from each other each day. She added that there will be a “Soul Food Night” once a week at both locations, featuring food staples such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, beans (red and black-eyed) greens, and other items. The Conrad Cafeteria will be open from 12-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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