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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  

DSU Reaches MEAC Tournament championship game

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Delaware State has reached the MEAC Tournament championship game for the first time since 2007 with a come-from-behind 63-57 win over defending conference champ and top seed North Carolina Central in a thrilling semifinal contest at the Scope Arena this evening.

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Delaware State has reached the MEAC Tournament championship game for the first time since 2007 with a come-from-behind 63-57 win over defending conference champ and top seed North Carolina Central in a thrilling semifinal contest at the Scope Arena this evening. The Hornets will face No. 6 Hampton, a 75-64 winner over No. 2 Norfolk State, in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Delaware State will be seeking its second MEAC championship. The Hornets won their only title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005. Amere May scored a game-high 27 points, including 24 in the second half, to lead the Hornets in the semifinal contest. May was six-for-13 from the field, including three-of-six on three-point shots; and 9-for-10 at the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. Tyshawn Bell was second on the team with 16 points, highlighted by 14 in the first half to keep the Hornets within striking distance.   Delaware State trailed 32-23 at the break, and fell behind by 13 points after the Eagles hit their first two shots of the second half.  Nimrod Hilliard gave NCCU its biggest lead, 36-23, on a lay-up with 18:53 left to play. Hilliard led the Eagles with 17 points and had a game-high seven assists. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys for the way they kept their poise down the stretch,” said Delaware State head coach Keith Walker, who has led the Hornets to a season-high five-game win streak to improve their overall record to 18-16. “NC Central is a great team and defending conference champ, but we lost a close game at its place during the regular season, which gave us hope that we can come back.” The Hornets chipped away at the deficit over the next 15 minutes. May hit back-to-back three-pointers, the second of which pulled Delaware State to within 43-37 with 11:49 left to play. DSU trailed 51-43 before beginning a run to tie the score for the first time since it was 7-7 three-minutes-and-16 seconds into the game. May capped off a 10-2 run with a three-pointer to tie the score at 53 with 3:24 left to play. May scored six points, while Bell and Kendall Gray had two each during the rally. After NC Central regained the lead on two free throws by Jordan Parks (14 points), May nailed a short jumper and hit two free throws on DSUs’ next possession to put the Hornets ahead 57-55 with 1:45 remaining in the game. It was their first lead since scoring 4-0 to begin the game. NC Central went without a field goal in the final 7:14 of the contest. The Eagles also committed several turnovers down the stretch to hurt their cause. Delaware State back-up center Mrdjan Gasevic forced a NCCU turnover by drawing a charge on Dante Holmes (11 points) with 22 seconds left.  Gasevic also scored four points (2-3 FGs) and grabbed two rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. May hit was six-for-six at the line in the final 1:02 of the game to secure the win. “Mrdjan (Gasevic) not only brought a lot energy to the team, but some great production as well,” Walker said. Our seniors also led the comeback, and they earned this opportunity to play or the championship.”   The Hornets outscored the Eagles 40-25 in the second half. Photos by Carlos Holmes  

DSU Alumni Assoc. Opens Office on Main Campus

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DSUAA President Sheila Davis stands in front of the Thomasson Building, the new home for the office of the Delaware State University Alumni Association.

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The Delaware State University Alumni Association has a new office location – right on DSU’s main Dover campus. (L-r) DSUAA President Shelia Davis, alumnus Norman Oliver, Alumni Relations Assistant Vice President Dr. Lisa Dunning and DSU President Harry L. Williams cut the ribbon on the newly opened DSUAA office. The Office of the DSUAA is now located in a centralized location on campus in Suite 200 in the Thomasson Building. The Office of Alumni Affairs, which is now located in Office 314 of the MLK Jr. Student Center, formerly occupied the DSUAA office. Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, said the new DSUAA location will increase visibility and foster collaborative efforts for alumni outreach.  She added that the DSUAA’s move to campus will cultivate greater alignment of strategic goals between the association and DSU’s administration. The office move onto the campus is consistent with a greater emphasis by the DSUAA and the DSU administration over the past several months to work closer together as a united presence and to strive together for greater alumni impact. “When you see DSUAA President Mrs. Sheila Davis during alumni events, you will also see DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams and/or the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Dr. Lisa Dunning,” said Ms. Davis, the DSUAA president.   A grand opening ribbon cutting and reception of the DSUAA Office was held on Feb. 28. The new phone number of the Office of the DSUAA is (302) 857-7053.

DSU Hosts Play on Poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson March 2

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Delaware State University will host a program presentation of Don-Del Enterprises that celebrates the life of African-American educator, poet, journalist and political activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, Ms. Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) was one of the prominent African-Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Great Poetic movement of 1889. Her first husband was the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson would later become well=known in African-American journalism circles. She also was an activist for African-Americans' and women's rights, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. While she continued to write stories and poetry, she became more politically active in Wilmington and wrote numerous articles on leading topics. In 1915, she was field organizer for the Middle Atlantic States for the woman's suffrage movement. In 1918, she was field representative for the Woman's Committee of the Council of Defense. From about 1920 on, she was a highly successful columnist, with articles, essays and reviews appearing as well in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. She was a popular speaker and had an active schedule of lectures through these years. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson also taught at the Summer School of Methods for African-American teachers at the State College for Colored Students (later DSU) in 1910.

Plans Announced for Dr. Jerome Holland Statue at DSU

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, Delores and Donald Blakey, and David Turner, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, stand with a display check and the actual check representing the Blakeys’ $5,000 donation toward the Holland memorial statue project.

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During its annual Founders Day Program on Feb. 19, DSU President Harry L. Williams announced the launching of a project to erect a memorial statue of Delaware State College President Jerome Holland on the Dover campus. Dr. Holland – DSC president from 1953-1960 – is credited with providing the critical leadership needed to navigate the College through the most difficult decade of its history. Amid forces in the state that threatened to close the institution, Dr. Holland brought about improvements at DSC that ensured its survival and established a foundation that future presidents would build on. Dr. Williams said that a Jerome Holland Statue Committee has been established, which includes Dr. Donald Blakey, chair and alumnus, Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president of Development (co-chair); Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost; Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for  Alumni Affairs and alumna; Dr. Edward Lorio, associate professor of art; Carlos Holmes, director of News Services; Dr. U.S. Washington retired dean; as well as alumni Dolores Blakey, Ned Brown, Robert Draine, Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Philip Sadler and Sheila Davis, president of the DSU Alumni Association. During the announcement, Dr. Blakey and his wife Delores Blakey presented a donation of $5,000 to go toward the memorial statue. A timetable will be established in the near future as to when the statue will be projected for completion and dedication.

General Assembly Leaders Visit DSU

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(L-r) Seated: Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Speaker Peter Schwartzkoff, Dr. Robin Williams, DSU President Harry Williams, Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, Rep. Stephanie Bolden; standing: DSU Provost Alton Thompson, Sen Brian Bushweller, Sen. David Sokola, Sen. Colin Bonini, Rep. Daniel Short, along with DSU’s Dr. Teresa Hardee, David Sheppard and Victor Santos.
 

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DSU welcomed a number of leadership members of the Delaware General Assembly to campus on Feb. 26. DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams held a dinner at their residence for the group of state legislators that evening. For images of the event, click on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651057861642/show DSU President Harry L. Williams (center) stands with Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff (l) and Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins – the first time the top leaders of the state General Assembly have visited DSU together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution.   Among those who attended were Senate President Pro Temp Patricia M. Blevins and Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff. It was the first time that the top two leaders of the state General Assembly paid a visit to the campus together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution. Other state legislators who took part included Sen. David Sokola, chair of the state Bond Bill Committee; Sen. Colin Bonini, Bond Bill Committee member; Rep. Daniel Short, House Minority Leader; Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Minority Whip; as well as Sen. Brian Bushweller, Bond Bill Committee and Joint Finance Committee member; and Rep. Stephanie Bolden (who is also a DSU alumna). Also representing DSU at the dinner were Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer; David Sheppard, assistant general counsel; and Victor Santos, director of Government and Community Relations. During the dinner, Dr. Williams updated the legislators on the latest developments at DSU and discussion also took place among the group concerning the successes of the University, the challenges it faces, as well as the future opportunities for the institution.

Tommie Smith to Speak at Delaware State University

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic records with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner was played, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood wearing their Olympic medals, each with a raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a stand for human rights, liberation and solidarity. The act was captured in a powerful iconic photo that is among the most famous Olympic moments. This act propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Tommie Smith has made a commitment to dedicate his life to champion the cause of oppressed people. He has written about his 1968 Olympic experience as well as his life before and after in his 2007 autobiography Silent Gesture, copies of which will be available at the event. Mr. Smith will be available to sign copies of his book after his presentation.

New Economic Dev. Leadership Institute Launched at DSU

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DSU’s University Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) has launched a new Economic Development Leadership Institute to cultivate future global business leaders from among DSU students.

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DSU’s University Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) has launched a new Economic Development Leadership Institute to cultivate future global business leaders from among DSU students. The new initiative, led by the Dr. Michael Casson, director of both the UCEDIT and the Leadership Institute, and Wade Robinson, assistant director of the Leadership Institute, has selected four DSU students to be the inaugural fellows – Zachary Corrothers, Maurice Harris III, India Keal and Jamal Maddox. In February 2015, Dr. Casson wrote the below article in the U.S. Economic Development Administration Newsletter about the implementation and projected outcomes of the institute.   Spotlight: The Economic Development Leadership Institute February 2015 Newsletter of the U.S. Economic Development Administration Guest Column by Michael Casson Director, University Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) Associate Professor of Economics, Delaware State University The economic development challenges faced by the U.S. are often concentrated in communities plagued by low educational attainment, high crime rates, low income levels and limited financial and physical capital. These communities are disenfranchised and underrepresented in the public arena and can be found in both urban and rural environments. Delaware State University's (DSU) student population represents many of the urban environments of the Northeast that are both disenfranchised and underrepresented. Thus, the question was, "How do we identify and train tomorrow's economic development leaders?" More specifically, "How do we empower the youth in our most economically challenged communities with the prerequisite skills for successful economic development within their own community?" DSU’s Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) is a recent recipient of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) University Center award. The purpose of this funding is to leverage the resources of the University to support the economic development initiatives of the State of Delaware. The success of UCEDIT, as well as other entities throughout the country with the same charge, is contingent on the development of young economic development leaders who are often products of these environments. The economic development, growth and sustainability of a community are contingent on both economic development education and leadership. With this thought in mind, UCEDIT, with the support of DSU's Agriculture Extension program, founded the Economic Development and Leadership Institute (EDLI). The purpose of the EDLI is to provide underrepresented students with theoretical, practical and experiential learning in the field of economic development while introducing and cultivating the tenants of effective leadership in developing economies both domestic and abroad. Since its inception in the Spring of 2014, UCEDIT has garnered key partnerships from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); the City of Dover, Del.; the Kent County, Del. Economic Partnership; the Delaware Economic Development Office; the City of Wilmington, Del; the City of Smyrna, Del.; and the City of Milford, Del. Their economic development training includes the following key components: Economic Development Training: EDLI Fellows are receiving their primary economic development training (six courses in total) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The Fellows have already completed the Introduction to Economic Development and Business Retention and Expansion courses. UCEDIT Fellow: Fellows transition from Junior Fellows to Senior Fellows within EDLI (from year 1 to year 2). Fellows are currently supporting research and outreach projects identified by UCEDIT throughout the course of the academic year.  Internship: Junior Fellows will be placed in an internship during the summer following their first year with one of our partnering economic development agencies mentioned above. The internship will require Junior Fellows to commit 20 hours/week for eight weeks. JUICE Chapter: Fellows are currently in the process of chartering the first Juxtopia Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship (JUICE) chapter at DSU. The JUICE chapter is a college/university organization that trains students with urban entrepreneurship skills required to innovate and commercialize high-tech products from their institution and that solve some of the most “painful” problems afflicting surrounding communities.  Experiential Learning: Fellows tour economic development initiatives throughout the region with the leading economic development professionals responsible for the project’s completion. The Fellows have toured downtown Baltimore, MD and learned about the economic development strategies. Several more tours are scheduled for this year. Speaker Series: Fellows are engaged by leading economic development professionals in the country through our guest lectures series. Travel Abroad: Senior Fellows will be afforded an opportunity to travel abroad to countries in Western Africa to apply their economic development knowledge to real-life development efforts. Fellows are currently supporting a team of leading researchers in their evaluations of a Trade Hub in the ECOWAS region of Western Africa.

Kenneth A. Carter Named New DSU Football Head Coach

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Athletics Director Candy Young (l) and DSU President Harry L. Williams (right) welcome new Hornet football Head Coach Kenneth “Kenny” A. Carter during a Jan. 21 media event.
 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams has named Kenneth A. Carter as the new head coach of the Hornet football program. Dr. Williams and Athletics Director Candy Young introduced the new head coach during a Jan. 21 press event held on campus in the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. “With this head coaching appointment, a fresh new chapter is beginning for the Hornet football program,” said Dr. Williams. “We are excited about the future, not only concerning what this will mean for DSU on the football field, but also in terms of the overall success of our student-athletes.” Coach Kenneth A. Carter explained his student-athlete-focused priorities during the press event The new Hornets football head coach inherits a team that was 2-10 overall and finished 10th in the MEAC with a 2-6 league record this past season. Athletics Director Young said Coach Carter has a proven record of success. “I believe he will bring that energy and motivation to the Hornet football team.” She added that the head coach selection was consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan goal of Student Success, as “Coach Carter is very enthusiastic about the total growth of our young men.” Coach Carter said he is “extremely excited” about this new chapter in his football career. “There are only 250 such opportunities in Division I football, so it is truly a blessing,” he said. The incoming coach added that his coaching priorities are to be “fundamentally sound, thorough and ensure that the team understands that physicality, proficiency and energy will not be compromised.” Coach Carter assumes his new head coaching post after serving during the 2014 football season in multiple assistant coaching positions for Youngstown State University in Ohio – as wide receiver coach, coordinator of passing game and co-coordinator of special teams. Prior to that, Coach Carter served as a running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the University of Louisville from 2010-2014. During those years, Louisville was the Big East Champion in 2012 and co-champion of that conference in 2011 and made three bowl appearances, including the Sugar Bowl in 2013. From 2008-2010, Coach Carter was an assistant running back coach for the University of Florida, which was the BCS National Champion in 2008. From 2001-2003, Coach Carter also served as the recruiting coordinator for running backs for Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. In addition, between 1990-2000 he held assistant coaching posts at Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Louisiana State University, Furman University, as well as at his alma mater The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina). In 1997, he completed an NFL internship as a defensive assistant under Miami Dolphins Head Coach Jimmy Johnson. Coach Carter was a four-year letterman as an inside linebacker for The Citadel, during which time he was the college’s 1989 Special Teams Player of the Year. At that same school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science in 1990.  

DSU and MLK Jr. Day -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Concert Choir performed at the 23rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

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Although classes were not held Jan.19 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the University was still very active in the two community events that celebrated the civil rights leader. The DSU Concert Choir performed at the annual Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast, where DSU President Harry L. Williams and a group of administrators and faculty were in attendance. That was followed by the 12 noon annual MLK Jr. Program in the Education and Humanities Theatre at DSU. For images from both events, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157650371537561/show The entire Delaware congressional delegation – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. John Carney – as well as State Sen. Brian Bushweller and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen attended the program at DSU and gave remarks. The event also featured the Sankofa African Dance Company, the Sankofa String Orchestra, the Mt. Zion AME Church Children’s Choir and praise dancer Ms. Jasmine Roberts, also of Mt. Zion. The keynote speaker at the DSU program was James Collins, the Chief Information Officer for the state of Delaware and also a minister at Victory Christian Fellowship of Dover

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