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DSU Board Appoints Two New Trustees

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               Mark A. Turner Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees has appointed two new members to its body.   Dr. Claibourne Smith, board chair, swore in Mark Turner, WSFS Bank CEO, and John J. Allen, Jr., Delmarva Power vice president, as the board’s newest trustees during its regular Jan. 10 public meeting. Both Mr. Turner and Mr. Allen have been appointed by the Board to serve six-year terms that will end on Aug. 31, 2019.   Mark A. Turner has been president, CEO and director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WSFS. His career has also included posts at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp, as well as the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP.   Mr. Turner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from LaSalle University, a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska.   An active leader in business, civic and community circles, Mr. Turner has served as board chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association, board vice chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable, and as an executive committee member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. He also has been a senior fundraiser for the Wilmington Grand Opera House, and is involved in fundraising for the University of Pennsylvania and the Boys and Girls Club.               John J. Allen, Jr.   John J. Allen, Jr., is Delmarva Power’s vice president responsible for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as the counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 2005.   An employee of Delmarva Power for 32 years, Mr. Allen’s background includes Customer Care Leadership, Organizational Training and Development, Training Instructional Design and Development, Human Performance Technology and Performance Improvement and holds industry certificates for Strategic Leadership.   Mr. Allen attended Lincoln University and Southwest Bible College & Seminary and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Theology.   Mr. Allen is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration and is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Maryland.   In civic and community service areas, Mr. Allen serves on the executive board of the Greater Salisbury (Md.) Committee, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Maryland/D.C. Utilities Association. He also serves as a board member of Nanticoke Health Services, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Board of Visitors, the University System of Maryland Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore, as well as a member of the United Way of Delaware Kent & Sussex Advisory Council.

College of Business' International AACSB Accreditation Reaffirmed

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(L-r) Dr. Bernadette Ruf, chair of the Dept. of Accounting, Economics & Finance; Provost Alton Thompson; Dr. Shelton Rhodes, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Youngsik Kwak, associate dean of the College of Business, get together to celebrate the news that the COB has maintained its AACSB International accreditation.

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Delaware State University’s College of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are more than 650 business schools in 45 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 178 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. “It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.” The reaffirmation of the DSU College of Business’ AACSB International accreditation includes its academic programs in accounting, management, as well as hospitality and tourism management. The College of Business also has one of the best advisement centers among DSU colleges and engages in extensive outreach through its Delaware Center for Enterprise Development and its University Center for Economic Development and Trade. In addition to AACSB accredited programs, the College of Business also offers degree programs in aviation and sport management. The College of Business earned its initial AACSB accreditation in December 2006. Dr. Harry L. Williams, president of Delaware State University, said the faculty and staff of the College of Business are to be commended for maintaining the high standard that the AACSB requires. “As we continue on our journey toward becoming the top University among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S., it is critical that our accredited academic programs maintain the standards of excellence that make Delaware State University the institution where students can achieve their educational and professional aspirations,” said Dr. Williams. “Maintaining an accredited level of academic performance ensures that DSU will continue to produce the future generations of successful business leaders, managers, executives and entrepreneurs that will help fuel the economy of our country.” Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said he is pleased that AACSB International recognizes the high quality, market relevance and rigor of the academic programs and talented faculty in the College of Business. “Since less than five percent of business schools are AACSB accredited, our graduates have a competitive advantage when they go out into the marketplace for employment or when they apply for admissions into graduate and professional programs,” Dr. Thompson said. The dean of the College of Business is Dr. Shelton Rhodes, who has been in that academic leadership post since May 2011. “AACSB is world renowned as the ultimate stamp of excellence for business schools and colleges. The maintenance of this coveted recognition of quality reflects the commitment of our College of Business faculty and staff to continuous improvement,” Dr. Rhodes said. “Success in maintaining AACSB accreditation requires a team effort, and this victory was earned by our faculty and staff on behalf of our students.” To learn more about the DSU College of Business, visit www.desu.edu/business. To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/. AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 81countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Fla. and its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.aacsb.edu

DSU Touted by Several Online Media Organizations

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DSU has received numerous accolades recently for its prolific research and green initiatives.

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Delaware State University has recently been touted by the following media organizations: The Jan. 9 edition of the Huffington Post’s Black Voices listed DSU among its Top 10 HBCU Successes of 2012. DSU was highlighted for receiving a $10.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the creation of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research on campus. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marybeth-gasman/hbcu-successes-2012_b_2383678.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share   On Jan. 1, the HBCU Digest’s 50 –2012’s Most Powerful People, Groups in HBCU Culture listed DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and graduate student Alissa Mezzacappa for their work with other scientists in analyzing the data that is coming back from the Curiosity’s Mars Rover’s current exploration of the Red Planet. http://hbcudigest.com/the-digest-50-2012s-most-powerful-people-groups-in-hbcu-culture/#more-77327   EDUconnections (www.osti.gov/EDUconnections/desu) is spotlighting DSU this month, highlighting its research, green initiatives and other accomplishments.   The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity in the U.S. Department of Energy is also featuring DSU on its webpage as a “shining example” of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of progress and education. http://energy.gov/diversity/articles/shining-example-dr-king-s-legacy

Aviation Program Acquires State-of-the-Art Flight Simulator

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Aviation major Travis Jones takes a simulated flight on the newly purchased training device while Capt. Stephen Speed, Aviation Program director, enacts the air traffic controller guiding him his journey.

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Capt. Stephen Speed (left), director of the aviation program, and Travis Jones, junior aviation and professional pilot major, pose with the new flight simulator. DSU’s Aviation Program has moved into a new training era with its acquisition of a comprehensive Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) – commonly known as a flight simulator. In addition to actually flying one of the four types of planes available among the Aviation Program’s fleet of 10 aircraft, students are now able to get instrument practice on a simulator the most advanced AATD that the program has ever had. “We previously had two training devices, but they were limited in their simulation capabilities, as they were only able to simulate a Piper Warrior plane and only simulate flights in the New York and New Jersey areas,” said Capt. Stephen Speed, director of the DSU Aviation Program. He said the new simulator can simulate the Piper Warrior and the other planes in the DSU fleet – Piper Arrow, Piper Tomahawk and the multi-engine Piper Seneca – as well as 30 other types of planes, including a jet aircraft. “In addition, this device can simulate flights anywhere in the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico,” Capt. Speed said. The $28,000 flight simulator was acquired this fall after about three years of financial planning and a Request-for-Proposal process in which several types of flight simulators were evaluated and various vendors sites were visited. Capt. Speed said that in addition to helping students refine their instrument skills, the new simulator will be another way that students can accumulate flight hours. Travis Jones, practices a simulated flight on the new training device. “The simulator will help when the weather is not good for flying,” Capt. Speed said. “The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) allows for the use of 50 hours on the simulator to go toward flying time for a commercial pilots rating. DSU’s Aviation Program – founded in 1987 – offers Aviation bachelor’s degrees in Professional Pilot and Aviation Management. The new flight simulator along with the fleet of planes are based at the Delaware Air Park near Cheswold, Del., a facility operated by the Delaware River & Bay Authority just a few miles from the DSU main campus.    

DSU's Student Affairs Donates Much-Needed Supplies to Shepherd Place

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(L-r) Saydonyin Campbell, Shepherd Place manager, stands with DSU's Phillip Holmes, Franklin Meredith, Brandy Garlic, Chantae Vinson and Kemal Atkins, after the University officials delivered needed supplies to the homeless shelter in southwest Dover.

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Franklin Meredith, Saydonyin Campbell (Shepherd Place manager), Phillip Holmes, Chantae Vinson, Brandy Garlic and Kemal Atkins show the supplies donated by Student Affairs to the homeless shelter in Dover. Delaware State University’s Division of Student Affairs showed that community service is a part of its Christmas spirit as it reached out to provide much needed supplies to Shepherd Place – a homeless shelter in Dover. Staff and administrators delivered the supplies – everything from foodstuff to bulk paper products and more – to Shepherd Place on Dec. 20.  

Red Carpet Photos from the President's Scholarship Ball

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Members of the Delaware State News -- one of the premier sponsors of this year's Presidential Scholarship Ball -- stop for a red carpet photo op. (From l-r) Joe and Tonda Parks, Barbara Bryan, Gary and Shelly Cecchett, and Ed and Anne Dulin

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Attendees of Delaware State University Dec. 7 President's Scholarship Ball literally got the red carpet treatment upon their arrival to the event held at Dover Downs. As individuals and couples entered the ball area, they were treated to a paparazzi photo op moment. For red carpet images, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU 2012 December Commencement -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Kimberly Mulligan, Dr. Adeola Ibikunle and Dr. Saldi Sabitu celebrate their new Ph.D. titles as the first graduates of DSU's Doctoral Chemistry Program.

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Delaware State University held its first-ever December Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15 in an indoor ceremony in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. For images from the Commencement, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Holds its First-Ever December Commencement

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The graduating class of the first-ever December Commencement were in a celebratory mode after receiving their degrees.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents the Presidential Academic Excellence Award to Megan Reno, who earned a BS in Elementary Education. As evidence of its ongoing enrollment growth, Delaware State University held its first-ever December Commencement ceremony as approximately 200 students celebrated the completion of their academic studies. DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson were joined by U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons in congratulating the graduates during the indoor ceremony held in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. During the Dec. 15 ceremony, Dr. Williams presented the Presidential Academic Excellence Award to Megan Reno, a Summa Cum Laude 4.0 GPA elementary education bachelor’s degree graduate. Rev. Ellis B. Louden, the pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church of Dover, was the December Commencement keynote speaker.  He used the biblical story of Cain and Abel to illustrate the challenges that are ahead. DSU President Harry L. Williams was joined at the December Commencement by Rev. Ellis Louden, keynote speaker, and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons. Rev. Louden noted that everyone has a bit of both biblical brothers in them. He pointed out the graduates on Commencement day were akin to Abel, in that they were celebrating success. But out in the profession world, like Cain, there will be some form of rejection. “When you set out in this world and face social crisis,’ there are times you are going to feel like you are rejected,” Rev. Louden said. “Always know there is hope. You will be able to get yourself up, brush yourself off and be inspired to do all that you can to uplift the quality of life.” A posthumous degree was also presented in memory of Lionel Barnes of Rehoboth Beach, Del., who died suddenly on Aug. 28. Mr. Barnes attended DSU’s Sussex County site in Georgetown, Del., where he was pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Dr. Delores Finger Wright, DSU associate professor of social work, accepted the degree on behalf of the family. The University’s administrators decided to establish a December Commencement as a result of feedback from students who complete their studies during the summer sessions or fall semester. With record enrollment for three consecutive – including this fall semester’s record 4.425 students – the December Commencement in addition to the tradition May Commencement will help DSU manage the growing number of participants in future graduation ceremonies.

Dr. Robin Williams' "A Lady's Tea" -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Robin Williams hosted "A Lady's Tea" for graduating women of DSU's first-ever December Commencement. Seated from l-r, Jasmira Olivera, Jessica Horton, Dr. Williams, Brandi Wright, Laila Girgis; standing, Tashi Jones, Kim Sudler, Tyisha Hundley, Kimberly Milligan, Sara Myers, Brittney Jones.

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Dr. Robin Williams, wife of DSU President Harry L. Williams, hosted a “A Ladies Tea” for a group of women who will be among the graduating class of the University’s first-ever December Commencement on Dec. 15. Held on Dec. 14 at the president’s residence, the 12 noon tea featured food, fellowship and gifts from the University’s First Lady to the 10 graduating ladies in attendance. To view images from the tea, click on the below photo slideshow:

2012 President's Holiday Open House for Faculty and Staff

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(L-r) Dr. Susan West and Dr. Stephen Taylor are greeted by DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams during the Dec. 12 Holiday Open House.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams opened the doors of their residence on Dec. 11-12 to treat faculty and staff to good food and fellowship as the campus’ First Couple hosted their annual Holiday Open House. For images of the event, click on the below photo slideshow:

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