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DSU Hosts the Lower Del. First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier

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This group was among 50 students and faculty/staff members who voluteered to help make the First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier a success.

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Jaula Pitts and Sierra Wise, of the DSU Explorer Club's Amazing Scientists team, get their robot ready for the competition. Consistent with its increased emphasis in the STEM discipline Delaware State University hosted the first-ever Lower Delaware First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier competition for elementary and middle children on Jan. 19. The FIRST LEGO event engages children to different areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and allows them to compete in designing and building a robot, the understanding of core values and in research presentations. Seventeen teams from throughout Lower Delaware – including two teams from the DSU-sponsored Explorer Club – competed in the qualifier. Large tables were set up in the second floor parlors of the MLK Student Center, on which small mobile robots designed by each teams were put to the test in completing a programmed task. “This competition emphasizes teamwork, thinking skills, the use of technology in a productive way, and being creative,” said Cheryl Potack, a mathematics teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington, which fielded a team in the competition. The DSU Explorer Club teams – the Amazing Scientists and the 1.7 Hotties – finished 10th and 17th, respectively. Jatique Gilliard and Michale Speller, the DSU Explorer Club's 1.7 Hotties team, work on their robot. Dr. Eric Cheek, the director of DSU Adult and Continuing Education served as the coordinator of the qualifier. He said the top six teams from the qualifier would go on to compete on Jan. 26 at the First State FIRST LEGO League Championship at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark. The top six teams that will go to the First State FIRST LEGO League Championship are the Comets -White team and the Comet - Red team both of St. Ambrose School (Pa.), the MOE Bulldogs  of the Prestige Academy of Wilmington, Newark Charter School 1 team, the Brader Elementary School Tigers of Newark, and the top qualifier team, the Chef Bot-Ar-Dees of the Unionville-Chaddis Ford School District (Pa.). The winner of that competition will be invited to the FIRST LEGO International Festival in LEGOLAND in California. During the morning session, junior FIRST LEGO League teams also participated in robotics events, which included four teams from the DSU Explorers Club. All of the junior teams won prizes in their respective categories. About 50 students and faculty/staff members volunteered their time at the event to help make it a resounding success.

Renowned Nutritionist Dr. Ro to Speak at DSU Jan. 24

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  Renowned nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock, best known as "Dr. Ro." Delaware State University will jumpstart its annual Kickoff to Wellness with renowned television nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock -- who is well known as “Dr. Ro” – who will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Education and Humanities Theatre.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Ro is the author of Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy and an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness and health advice for women and families.   As a leading nutrition coach for over two decades, she was named by More Magazine as one of the nation’s top five nutritionists. She served as nutrition coach on the daytime talk show The View, on which she helped Sherri Shepherd lose weight for her infamous on-camera swimsuit reveal. She contributes regularly to NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and to National Public Radio.   She is also a nutrition contributor to TV-One’s Makeover Manor where she also hosts Livin’ Healthy With Dr. Ro. As the go-to nutrition coach for real people and celebrities nationwide, Dr. Ro has been featured in O Magazine, Quick & Simple, Self, Ebony, Essence, The Dallas Morning News, Memphis Commercial Appeal and numerous national publications. Her book is recommended by USA Today and New York Daily News as a “must-have” to slim down.   Having lost her mother to stomach cancer at age nine, Dr. Ro has researched and written extensively about ways to break bad health habits—from eating high-calorie comfort foods and resisting exercise to giving up on health goals and taking on the negativity of saboteurs. In her quest to save a generation from early death and preventable disease, Dr. Ro’s passion for stemming the tide of childhood obesity recently led her to create a DVD series “Dr. Ro’s Fit Kidz” to teach children fun ways to embrace nutrition and fitness for healthier lifestyles.   Dr. Ro holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, a MS Degree in Community Nutrition and Broadcast Journalism from Howard University, and a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Virginia State University. As an award-winning nutritionist, she has received awards from the National Medical Association, the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and is the recipient of Howard University’s Most Distinguished PhD alumnae award in 1998 and 2002. Dr. Ro is Head Nutrition Coach at Dr. Riggins' Medical Aesthetic Skin Care (MASC) in Washington, DC and Gadsden, Alabama, which she co-owns with her husband, Dr. Murray Riggins.    

Dr. Johnnetta Cole event at DSU has been Postponed

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The Dr. Johnnetta Cole talk scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25 has been postponed. DSU is working to reschedule the visit, and will update you when a new date is scheduled.
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The Dr. Johnnetta Cole talk scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25 has been postponed. DSU is working to reschedule the visit, and will update you when a new date is scheduled.

 

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The scheduled guest speaking engagement on Jan. 25 featuring Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole has been postponed. University officials hope that it can be rescheduled in the future.

Black History Month at Delaware State University

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Delaware State University will feature the following events and exhibitions during the 2014 Black History Month:     Make Your Mark Speaker Series - The Three Doctors Thurs. Jan. 30, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 pm) Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, 2nd Floor Parlors Features The Three Doctors – Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins    2014 Delaware State University Founders' Day: Where it All Started  Thurs. Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Loockerman Hall  Features an interactive tour of the historic Loockerman Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where the students that lived there will be reenacted, and real stories and history will be shared.     Making Your Mark Speaker Series Thurs. Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Theater, Education and Humanities Building Features family members of the central figure in the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is the University’s “One Book, One Campus” 2013-2014 selection    The DSU Student Government Association’s Black History Showcase Thurs. Feb. 27, 8-10 p.m. Theater, Education and Humanities Building   

DSU to hold Jan. 21 MLK Program; Rev. John Moore as Keynote Speaker

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           Rev. John Moore, Sr. Delaware State University and the Inner City Cultural League, Inc., will hold the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday Program at 12 noon Monday, Jan. 21 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on the DSU campus.   The keynote speaker will be the Rev. John Moore, Sr., vice president of the United Way of Delaware and the youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Moore is well-known throughout the state of Delaware and beyond for his uncanny portrayal of Dr. King through his presentation of the martyred civil rights leader’s famous speeches.   The Rev. Moore was recently awarded the 2012 Delaware State Educator Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award.   The program will also feature musical selections by the Sankofa String Orchestra and the Mt. Zion AME Church (of Dover) Children’s Choir, as well as spoken word and hip hop artist Amillion the Poet.  

DSU President Harry L. Williams Emcees Gov. Markell's Inauguration

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Dr. Harry L. Williams and Gov. Jack A. Markell shake hands at the beginning of the Jan. 15 Inauguration Ceremony that ushered second term for Delaware's Chief Executive.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams took the morning of Jan. 15 off from DSU to serve as the master of ceremony for the Inauguration Ceremony that ushered in the second terms of Gov. Jack A. Markell and Lt. Gov. Matthew P. Denn. For images from the inauguration, click on the below slide show:

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.    

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