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2013 Convocation -- Photo Slideshow

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The Convocation featured the 2013-2014 DSU Concert Choir, led by Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities.

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9/19/13 DSU held its annual Convocation on Sept. 19 in the Education and Humanities Theatre to signify the official start of the 2013-2014 school year. For images from the convocation, click on the below photo slideshow followed by more information about the event: The Convocation featured remarks by DSU President Harry L. Williams – who proclaimed the official start of the school year – as well as from Provost Alton Thompson, DSU Board of Trustees Chairman Claibourne Smith, Faculty Senate President Jan Blade and SGA President Marcus Delaney. There were also performances by the DSU Concert Choir and the DSU Band. The keynote speaker was David G. Turner, vice chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, who also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from then-Delaware State College in 1986. He later earned a Master of Information Sciences from Farleigh Dickinson University and became an alumnus of the Dartmouth - Amos Tuck Executive MBA Program in Hanover, N.H. Mr. Turner was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America" in 2002. He was awarded the Delaware State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He was recognized by the U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine as one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Technology" for 2005 and for 2006. During his address, Mr. Turner shared his life story that began growing up as a “military brat” and continued as an undergraduate at DSU, as well as his professional life chapters as an executive at Gateway Company, Bank of America, and his founding of Sovereign Partners Consulting LLC. Mr. Turner encouraged the students to do well at DSU. “A lot of people invested a great deal to enable you to be here. Your family is counting on you to do well; but don't worry, you were created for a time such as this,” Mr. Turner said. “Show them what you can do.”

DSU Hosts Inaugural Meeting of Kent County Plant Managers Assoc.

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Jim Waddington (l), director of the Kent Economic Partnership, shakes hands with DSU President Harry L. Williams during the first gathering of the Plant Manager's Association, which met in the MLK Student Center.

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9/18/13 The Plant Manager's Association pose for a historic photo after their inaugural meeting. DSU served as the host of the first-ever meeting of the Kent Economic Partnership Plant Manager’s Association on Sept. 18 in the Martin Luther King Student Center on campus. Twenty-three plant managers from companies and institutions in Kent County that gathered at DSU for their inaugural meeting included representatives from Kraft Foods, Chesapeake Utilities, Eagle Group, Dover Downs, Delaware Technical and Community College, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Faw, Casson and Co., Edis Company, Procter & Gamble, PPG Industries, Harrington Raceway, Bayhealth, Tidewater Utilities, Becker Morgan Group, PPG Industries, Delaware Electric Cooperative, Kent Economic Partnership, Kent County Levy Court, the town of Harrington and the city of Dover. The new Plant Managers Association has been formed to conduct projects and programs that serve the interests of the manufacturing community in Central Delaware. The association also assists local public schools, technical schools and higher education institutions in fostering a better understanding of the major employers of Central Delaware and their training needs through workforce development and tailored curriculum. Several DSU officials were in attendance as well, including DSU President Harry L. Williams, who gave the group a presentation about DSU’s highlights and recent accomplishments.

DSU's Dr. Constant Beugre Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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9/16/03     Dr. Constant D. Beugre Dr. Constant D. Beugre, professor of management, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Beugre will spend the 2014 spring and summer semesters at Methodist University of Ghana. During his time there, Dr. Beugre will help Methodist University establish a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, establish a business incubator, teach a class on entrepreneurship, and also conduct research on “Fostering Entrepreneurial Eco-Systems in sub-Saharan Africa.” A native of the West African country of Ivory Coast, Dr. Beugre has been a DSU faculty member since 2002.

DSU's Amystique Harris-Church Elected to National Testing Body

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Amystique Harris-Church, a 14-year DSU employee, will apply her expertise in testing to her new role as a member of the Governing Board of National College Testing Association.

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9/13/13 Amystique Harris Church, DSU associate director of the Office of Testing, has been elected to the 17-member Governing Board of the National College Testing Association (NCTA). NCTA is a non-profit organization of testing professionals organized in 2000 through the merging of several regional associations. It currently has over 1,900 members at more than 650 higher education institutions and 55 corporations and certification agencies in the United States and Canada. Harris Church received a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations in 2003 and an M.A. in Adult Education and Literacy in 2010, both from Delaware State.  She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University. For more information on the National College Testing Association, visit www.ncta-testing.org.

DSU Moves Up to 9th in U.S. News & World Report HBCU Rankings

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Delaware State University has moved up to 9th place among 81 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report.   DSU is tied with two other HBCUs – Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University – for 9th place. Among Mid-Atlantic region schools, DSU joins Howard University (3rd) among the top 10 HBCUs in the latest ranking.   DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the University’s rise in the HBCU rankings confirms everything he has believed about Delaware State University since he first arrived as provost in 2008.   “There has never been any doubt in my mind that the continuation of DSU’s rise in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best HBCU rankings has been within our capacity because of some very strategic work by the entire DSU family,” Dr. Williams said. “To move from number 13 to number 9 is a validation of the ongoing successes of our faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni."    Dr. Williams noted that DSU is continuing to garner attention both in Delaware, in the nation and especially in the world, where its footprint is expanding.   “The ranking is just one measure that says, yes, DSU is on the right path," he said. "We must all be highly motivated to serve and to do our optimum best to graduate exceptionally prepared students."   “If we continue to do that, the rankings will take care of themselves,” Dr. Williams added.   When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22; it rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010. Since Dr. Williams assumed the DSU presidency in 2010, the University has moved up to #15 in 2011, to #13 in 2012, to this year’s highest-ever 9th place ranking.   The HBCU rankings are based on the following categories to assess academic quality: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention and graduation rates of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Those areas are broken down into 11 statistical scores that are evaluated toward reaching a final overall score.   DSU’s improvements in peer assessments, SAT scores of incoming freshmen, three-year average for freshmen retention and graduation rates are among the statistics that are reflected in the University’s continued rise in the ranking. Those improvements reflect that the University is attracting a stronger freshman class than ever before and increasing student success.   The University also improved its peer assessment score in this year’s rankings, a measure of how its peer institutions viewed the quality of DSU.   Once again Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga., is ranked as the No. 1 HBCU in the country by the magazine, a top distinction it has held since 2008. That school is followed by Morehouse College (#2), Howard University (#3), Fisk University (#4), Tuskegee University and Xavier University of Louisiana (tied for #5), Claflin University (#7), and North Carolina A&T University (#8).

DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band at UD: Photo Slideshow

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DSU's drum major leads the dance during the Approaching Storm Marching Band's performance at UD.

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The DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band showed its style of high octane music to the crowd during halftime of the DSU vs. UD game. For images of the performance, click on the below photo slideshow.

Hornet Fan Tent at UD: Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Cheerleaders got the Hornet crowd fired up at the Fan Tent prior to the Delaware State vs. UD game.

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9/8/13 The DSU faithful enjoyed warm fellowship at the Hornet Fan Tent prior to the Sept. 7 DSU vs. UD game. For images from the Fan Tent, click on the below photo slideshow.

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.

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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.

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