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DSU Students Perform with Roberto Vally -- Photo Slideshow

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Roberto Vally (with the bass guitar) poses with the group of appreciative students (along with faculty) who were blessed to perform with him on the evening of March 17 in E&H Theatre after receiving a wealth of his music wisdom and experience during a series of masterclass workshops earlier in the day.

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Students of the DSU Department of Music were blessed with the presence of well-traveled bassist Roberto Vally, who conducted a series of “Masterclass” workshops on March 17 with the University musicians, many of whom later performed with him in a culminating  informal evening concert. For images from workshops and evening performances, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157665517463090/show In addition, Mr. Vally was interviewed by Carlos Holmes on the University's YouTube Talk Show "DSU Inside Perspective." To view that interview, click on https://youtu.be/JHU-eV7n0ms Roberto Vally’s performing and recording career has spanned decades, genres and nations, and continues to be a consummate work in progress.  He has performed and/or recorded with George Benson, Jeffrey Osborne, All Jarreau, Boney James, Spyro Gyra, and others. In addition to his contributions to the works of other artists, his electric and acoustic bass artistry is featured on his 2014 album “Boom, Boom, Boom.” He is currently working on his second album that slated for release in late 2016. The Robert Vally Masterclass was sponsored by the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Photos by Carlos Holmes

First Lady's Hat and Glove Tea -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) First Lady "Honorable Honorees": State Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden, State of Delaware First Lady Carla Markell and State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, along the event's host, Dr. Robin Williams.

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Dr. Robin Williams held her inaugural “First Lady’s Hats and Gloves Tea – An Evening of Elegance” in which women from the University and the surrounding Delaware community came together for fellowship, dinner and entertainment in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus. For images from the evening, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157663772724703/show The event was a fundraiser to benefit the DSU Honors Program, and was attended by 300 ladies of DSU and community supporters of the University (as well as a few men). The Tea featured an abundance of style in the hats, gloves and dress that adorned the attendees. The First Lady’s Tea recognized three women as the “Honorable Honorees” of the event: Carla Markell, first lady of the State of Delaware and wife of Gov. Jack Markell. State Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden, Delaware House of Representatives 2nd District. State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, majority whip of the Delaware State Senate, 2nd District. The mistress of ceremony was Kathleen Charlot, Class of 2011 DSU alumna and currently a sales manager for Dell Secure Work in Atlanta, Ga. The event featured entertainment by DSU students that included the DSU Jazz Combo, a sextet from the DSU Concert Choir, poet Kamara Rice, and soloists Chelsea Taylor and Jahselah White. Dr. Robin Williams and Virginia Carson were co-chairs of the 13-member First Lady’s Tea Executive Committee, which was supported by the work of 33 Tea Subcommittee members. There was also a group of students who served as ushers and escorts during the event. Photos by Carlos Holmes.

Frank & Mary Marshall Named Distinguished MEAC Alumni

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Dr. Ethel Jones, faculty athletics representative for South Carolina State University, presents the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Frank and Mary Marshall during the MEAC Basketball Tournament on March 10 in Norfolk, Va.

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James F. and Mary J. Marshall, one of DSU’s strongest supporting alumni couples, have been honored as the institution’s co-representatives of the 2016 class of Distinguished Alumni of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The couple was recognized along with alumni of other conference schools at the Scopes Arena in Norfolk, Va. on March 10 during the MEAC Basketball Tournament. Frank and Mary Marshall, shown at a DSC Reception at the MEAC Tourney, are a fixture at many DSU athletics and cultural events. The Marshalls have consistently shown their genuine love Delaware State University by diligently working to help further their alma mater’s mission to graduate first-rate students and advance the prominence of the institution. Frank (as James is known by all) and Mary are natives of West Virginia. There they met at Bluefield State College in the Mountaineer State, where they began their post-secondary education. Soon after their marriage in 1955, the Marshalls moved to Dover, Delaware, where Frank secured employment at Dover Air Force Base as a hydraulic systems mechanic. During his 35-year tenure at the base, he was promoted to air freight specialist and later became the real property officer for the entire base. Frank also had “side employment” as a real estate agent for Zartman and Nate Cohen Realty companies. Along the way, the Marshalls became proud Del State graduates. Frank graduated in 1962 with a degree in Biology, while Mary earned her degree in Sociology in 1975. She was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 1974-75 for her outstanding achievements at Delaware State. Throughout their years in Dover, the couple has taken an active role in the community. Frank was elected to the Capital School District Board of Education in 1972 and served as board president in 1978 and ’79. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Frank was a driving force in the establishment of Dover’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Breakfast. He has also served as a Habitat for Humanity board member, and has given his time and efforts to the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Foundation. Among his many honors are Businessman of the Year by Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a Certificate of Appreciation by Alpha Phi Alpha and the Sofar Award. In addition to maintaining the Marshall home and providing unwavering support of Frank’s endeavors, Mary worked for a time with the Delaware Human Relations Commission. She also ran the family-owned businesses, M & M’s Custom Upholstery, and Antiques, Arts and Collectibles. The couple has been members of Dover’s Whatcoat United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. The Marshalls’ long-standing commitment to their alma mater is immeasurable. As lifetime members of the DSU Alumni Association, they have taken seriously the role alumni play to ensure the success and prominence of DSU. Through the years, they have attended numerous Delaware State activities, encouraged young people under their tutelage to attend the institution and generously provided financial support to the school. In 1985, Frank and Mary became charter members of the reactivated Delaware State College Athletic Booster Club. The highlight of their booster club service was their leading role in the group’s donation of a $50,000 scholarship for Hornet student-athletes. In addition, the Marshalls have established a personal endowed scholarship under the DSU Foundation. In 2000, as a result of their tireless dedication to the University, the DSU Alumni Association presented Frank and Mary with the Bridge Builders Award for their love and contributions to DSU as an alumni couple. In 2008, they were bestowed the honor of serving as “Grand Marshalls” for the DSU Homecoming parade and festivities. The Marshalls are most proud of their children, Penny, James Jr., Bruce and Kevin; and adopted daughter Alexis Jordan. The Marshalls have made it a priority of their lives to dedicate their love, time, talents and resources to the school that provided them with a first-rate education. They fully understand that the key to fulfilling a longtime DSU saying, “a past to honor, a future to insure” is strong alumni self-sacrifice. Frank and Mary have made an indelible mark on Delaware State University.  

Bassist Roberto Vally to Hold Masterclasses March 17

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An artistic performance rendering of bassist Roberto Vally, who will teach and inspire during the masterclasses he will lead at DSU on March 17.

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                               Roberto Vally The music wizardry of bassist Roberto Vally will be featured during a day-long “Masterclass” that will culminate in an evening informal concert on March 17 in the Education and Humanities Theatre at DSU. All masterclass sessions – which will begin with an 11 a.m. session and end with a 7 p.m. informal concert – are free and open to the public. Roberto Vally’s performing and recording career has spanned decades, genres and nations, and continues to be a consummate work in progress.  He has performed and/or recorded with George Benson, Jeffrey Osborne, All Jarreau, Boney James, Spyro Gyra, and others. In addition to his contributions to the works of other artists, his electric and acoustic bass artistry is featured on his 2014 album “Boom, Boom, Boom.” The Roberto Vally Masterclass schedule will include: 11 a.m. – Masterclass intro and general presentation. 12 noon – A rehearsal with the DSU Ensembles. 1:30 p.m. – Music Publishing Class – “The Business and Music Contracts.” 3 p.m. – Jazz Workshop with the DSU Jazz Band. 4:30 p.m. – Elements of Jazz (with Dr. Carla Becker). 7 p.m. – An informal concert featuring Mr. Vally. In addition to the 7 p.m. concert, the public is welcome to attend and observe the other masterclass sessions that will take place throughout the day. The Robert Vally Masterclass is sponsored by the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Kent County Science Fair Held at DSU -- 1st Place Winners

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The first-place winners of the 2016 Kent County Science Fair, who are all listed below with the schools they represented and their winning projects.

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Delaware State University was once again the site of the Kent County Science Fair, in which youths competitively displayed their growing knowledge in a number of science disciplines. The event was held March 3 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus. The 1st place winners of this year’s K.C. Science Fair, the schools they represented and their science disciplines and projects were: (Pictured from left to right seated) Ruhaan Kansagara – 6th grader from William Henry Middle School – Engineering, “How Does the Type of Material Effect How Long a Shirt Takes to Dry.” Landon Lewicki – 6th grader from William Henry Middle School – Chemistry, “How Different Drinks Affect Dental Plaster.” Imani Wright – 5th grader from William Henry Middle School – Environmental Science, “Desalination.” Alayna Gigliotti – 6th grader from William Henry Middle School – Zoology, “Color me Hungry.”  (From l-r standing) Trey Lodge – 8th grader from Tug Academy – Physics, “How to Optimize a Looping Pendulum.” Emma Knapp –6th grader from William Henry Middle School – Behavioral and Social Science, “Right vs Left.” Laura Therese Dizon – 6th grader from William Henry Middle School – Plant Science, “A Seeds Life.” Isata Bangura – 7th grader from Campus Community School – Biochemistry, “Stomach Blues.” Madeleine Jackson – 7th grader from Campus Community School – Microbiology, “Cleaning Power of Antibacterial Products.” Nadia Sheikh – 7th grader from Campus Community School – Medicine and Health, “Effects of Caffeine on Short Term Memory.” Zoe Ellerbie – 7th grader from Fifer Middle School – Earth Science, “Beauty in the Cave.”  

Del. Lt. Governor Forum to be held at DSU March 17

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(L-r) Amira Mitchell, president of the DSU Methodist Students Association, and Aleah Jones, vice president of the DSU College Democrats. Both organizations have joined forces to host a Kent County forum that will feature the candidates for Lt. Governor in Delaware.

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Delaware State University will be the site of the Lt. Governor Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Longwood Auditorium (Rm. 113) in the Bank of America Building on campus. The election season event – the only such Lt. Governor Forum scheduled for Kent County – is free and open to the public. Delaware Lt. Governor candidates Brad Eaby, Greg Fuller, state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, Kathy McGuiness, Ciro Poppiti and Sherry Dorsey Walker – who have all indicated their commitment to participate in the forum – will have opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience, take questions from event moderators and will also engage in a questions and answers period with the audience. The forum will end with a closing statement from each candidate. The event is co-sponsored by the DSU Methodist Students Association and the DSU College Democrats.  

President of Benson Idahosa Univ. visits DSU

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(L-r) Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the DSU Dept. of History, Political Science and Philosophy; Dr. Mopelola Adegoke, associate professor in the DSU Dept. of Human Ecology; Rev. Laurie Idahosa and her husband President F.E. Benson Idahosa; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Dr. Claibourne Smith, former DSU Board of Trustees chairman; Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences pose for a photo to document the visit. 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams hosted a visit to campus by Rev. F.E. Benson Idahosa II, president of Benson Idahosa University and his wife Rev. Laurie Idahosa, who also serves as director of the BIU Campus Life Division. Benson Idahosa University is a private Christian University in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, that was founded by President Idahosa’s father, the late Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa. The University is nationally accredited, offers degrees ranging from associate to doctorates, and has an enrollment of more than 4,000. During the visit, Dr. Williams and President Idahosa discussed the possibilities for a future partnership between the two institutions.

Two DSU HBCU-UP Students Excel at ERN Conference

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(L-r) Andrew Blake Jr. and LaTaijah Crawford -- both DSU biological sciences majors -- won 1st place and 2nd place in different categories, respectively, at the Emerging Researchers National Conference recently held in Washington, D.C.

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DSU made its mark at the recent Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C., as two of the University’s HBCU-UP students brought back 1st place and 2nd place finishes in the competitions that were held. Andrew Blake Jr., a senior biological sciences major from Dover, surpassed more than 60 other competitors and won first place in the Undergraduate Research Poster competition in the biochemistry, biomedical, cancer and physiology disciplines. Mr. Blake – who is the son of Dr. Andrew Blake Sr., an associate professor in the DSU Department of English and Foreign Languages – took first place with his poster titled “The Role of Acetylcholine Release in the Locomotion of Drosophila Larvae.” His advisor is Dr. Hakeem Lawal, associate professor of biological sciences. He said that acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter present in many animals, including humans. “It is responsible for movement, memory, and aging,” Mr. Blake said. “Declines in acetylcholine in humans have been found to be associated with Alzheimer's disease.”  LaTaijah Crawford, a junior biological sciences major from Baltimore, Md., took second place in the Oral Presentation/Biological Sciences competition on “Mycorrhizae in Abiotic Stress Tolerance.” Her advisors are Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, professor of natural resources, and Dr. Karuna Chintapenta, a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Ms. Crawford said her study examined the use of mycorrhizal as a bio fertilizer and the role it can play in countering the challenges drought and salinity present to crops. She added that such solutions will be critical as the predicted negative effects of global climate change make food production more challenging worldwide. “Mycorrhizae can efficiently uptake nutrients even under stress conditions (such as drought and salinity) and is one of the key factors for sustainable agriculture,” Ms. Crawford said. Held on Feb. 25-27, the Emerging Researchers National Conferences is one of the largest gatherings for undergraduate STEM researchers in the nation. Eleven DSU student researchers attended and competed at the event. The students’ involvement in the conference was made possible by the National Science Foundation funding of the DSU HBCU-UP Program. Dr. Mazen Shahin, professor of mathematics and Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) director, and Dr. Tomasz Smolinski, associate professor of computer and information science, were instrumental in facilitating the trip.

DSU's Dr. Tripathi Selected As Gender Summit Delegate

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Dr. Tripathi will serve as a delegate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the April 28-29 Gender Summit 8 North America 2016 Conference in Mexico City.

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Dr. Renu Tripathi, DSU associate professor of Physics and Engineering, has been selected to be a delegate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  at the Gender Summit 8 North America 2016 conference on April 28-29 in Mexico City. The Gender Summit 8 is a North American conference that will be focused on new methods, studies and tools that can help understand and analyze the gender dynamic and dimensions as components and as research variables of collective, individual and institutional conditions determining behavior. The summit will explore topics such as equity in assessment of scientific merit, the research variable of human diversity, quantifying the socio-economic impact of gender in equality in science, policies for systemic and lasting change and the policy makers that will make them happen, as well as other areas. Dr. Tripathi is a scientist with DSU’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research, where she is currently leading a research group that is developing a new generation of imaging laser radar systems, optical coherence tomography, and nanoparticle-based super-resolution imaging. She has been selected as an AAAS delegate for the summit along with Dr. Lilliam Casillas-Martinez of the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Melody Schieffino of San Diego State University, and Dr. Jamison Kovach of the University of Houston.

College of Business Holds First-Ever DEEP Day

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The DEEP Day activities engaged College of Business students in resume reviews, mock interviews and panel sessions with visiting top level executives.

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The DSU College of Business recently held its first-ever Delaware Executive Exchange Program (DEEP) Day to provide its students with professional development sessions while interacting with visiting top level executives. (L-r) Keondra Watts, senior human resources management major; keynote speaker Jewell Parkinson, head of Human Resources, SAP; and Clifford Terrell, sophomore sports management major. The three led one of the DEEP Day sessions. Held Tuesday, Feb. 23, DEEP Day included resume reviews, mock interviews and panel discussions. It also featured keynote speaker Jewell Parkinson, the head of Human Resources for SAP North America. The DEEP Day events also included a Business Case Competition, which was held among College of Business students. The winner was a team of students that included Zachary Corrothers, Courtnee Harris, Kayla Reynolds, Justin Rorie and Shereen Winfield. The visiting executives involved in the panel discussions included: Cindy Crompton-Barone, a senior vice president of Human Capital Management for WSFS Bank; Terrence Dickenson, a 25-year Human Resources professional; Judy Diogo, president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; Peggy H. Eddens, executive vice president and chief capital officer for WSFS Bank; Troy C. Farmer, founder and CEO of Empowerment that Values All (EVA); and John Fleming, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Other executives taking part DEEP DAY panel discussions were: Jessica Gibson, program director of the First State Community Action Fund; A. Richard Heffron, president of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce; Brian Nixon, plant manager for INVISTA Koch facilities; Misa Rawlins, SAP service line chief of staff at Deloitte Consulting; Ayanna Wilcher, diversity recruiting manager for KPMG’s Mid-Atlantic Region; and Dr. Devona Williams, president and CEO of Goeins-Williams Associates Inc. Participating in the mock interviews and resume reviews were: Kevin Bacot, a lead talent strategy and workforce planning consultant for Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Patrick Best, associate vice president and senior human capital business partner at WSFS Bank; Erika Broadwater, senior talent acquisition manager at Nixon Uniforms; Reba Businsky, president and co-founder of Alexander Businsky Consulting; Kelli Collins, president and CEO of Information Security Solutions; Vicki Feehery, senior human resource business partner for BarclaycardUS; Diarra Gordon, federal auditor of KPMG, LLP; Courtney Jackson, head of the office of the president for BarclaycardUS; Maria Jameel, human capital management business partner at WSFS Bank; Crystal Lewis, senior vice president and staffing executive at Bank of America; Janie Libby, vice president of Human Resources at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino and for the Dover International Speedway; Teresa Rinaldi, a human resources professional, BarclaycardUS; and Eleisha Smith, vice president at JPMorgan Chase.

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