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DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp Teaches Creativity and Proper Conduct

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Young artists of the DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp stand with their group assemblage work, which they titled "Beautiful Butter Belongings." From l-r, Sydne Jenkins, Terri Crawford, Aurora Lai and Ian Lai.

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Arts and Etiquette Camp member Ian Lai works on a portrait. DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp recently complete its one-week session with children from grades 3-6, providing them with the opportunity to engage their hearts, minds and bodies. While enhancing the youths’ creativity, self-discipline and self-esteem that is necessary for other areas in life, the June 24-28 camp was a hands-on art experience that educated the children in the various art forms while fostering a lifelong appreciation for the arts. The youth also received pearls of wisdom about etiquette, as well as the proper conduct and protocol in various social situations. The week-long camp ended with an Afternoon Tea/Art Exhibit on the last day of class where each student demonstrated the lessons learned.

DSU Reaches Agreement to Lease Sheraton with Option to Buy

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With an eye toward its growing enrollment and increased housing needs, Delaware State University has reached an agreement with K.W. Lands, LLC to lease a DuPont Highway The Sheraton facility will be turned over to DSU by July 27 and will be a residential facility for students beginning in the upcoming fall semester. hotel facility near the DSU campus. The property – the Sheraton Hotel, located about a quarter-mile north of the campus – will provide the University with additional residential space for students as DSU embarks on a plan to renovate and upgrade existing residential halls on campus. The hotel facility will be used to house students while residential halls are being modernized over time. The newly leased facility will also provide the University with swing space for other buildings that are being modernized in the future, as well as a possible site for its future Early College High School that has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education. The University has entered into a $12 million, 15-year lease agreement with the owners of the Sheraton Hotel with an option to buy any time after the end of the second year. During its regular meeting on June 13, the DSU Board of Trustees authorized University officials to move ahead in finalizing the lease agreement. Once finalized, the effective date of the lease agreement is expected to be no later than July 27. DSU President Harry L. Williams said DSU’s growth in enrollment and programs is expected to continue, and the opportunity to lease and possibly purchase the Sheraton Hotel will give the University greater flexibility in its future housing renovations and other program needs. Amir Mohammadi, vice president and University treasurer, led the negotiations on behalf of DSU toward the Sheraton agreement. “We are putting a plan in place to upgrade our residential halls with needed maintenance as well as install amenities that are expected by today’s students.” Dr. Williams said. “As we move forward with those plans, this hotel facility will become a University housing facility where students can reside while residential halls are taken off-line for renovation work to be done.” The negotiations with the owners of the Sheraton were led on behalf of the University by Amir Mohammadi, DSU executive vice president and University treasurer. Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, DSU Board of Trustees chairman, said the lease/purchase agreement is consistent with the future direction of the University. “The opportunities that the Sheraton property affords us are in line with our current vision statement as well as our emerging strategic and master plans for the coming decade,” Dr. Smith said. “It is a public/private partnership which will be a win-win for DSU, the city of Dover and Kent County, as its will expand DSU’s presence as an educational destination.” The current 135,500-square foot Sheraton Hotel sits on a 6½-acre property and contains 153 lodging rooms and 15 meeting/conference rooms.

DSU President Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Alma Mater

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DSU President Harry L. Williams has been honored by his alma mater, Appalachian State University, with its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his achievements during his 23-year higher education career.   Dr. Williams was presented the award on June 8 during a ceremony at the Boone, N.C. university. The award is given annually to an Appalachian graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her career field and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in the community. Dr. Harry L. Williams is honored by his alma mater, Appalachian State University, where he earned his bachelor and master degrees.   Dr. Williams was described in the ceremony program as “a first-generation college student and a fierce advocate for higher education and for those hoping to pursue a college degree.” It also noted the numerous accomplishments that have taken place at DSU in his first 3½ years as president, including the research portfolio expansion, the University’s rise in HBCU rankings to 13th, as well as the leadership he has shown in testifying to a U.S. Senate committee on the escalating costs of higher education, student debt and what the federal government can do to make college more affordable for all Americans.   A native of Greenville, N.C., Dr. Williams credits Appalachian for providing him with a strong foundation for success. “I can tie all the wonderful things that have happened in my life back to Appalachian State University,” Williams said. “While Harry may physically be in another state, his roots and his heart are here at Appalachian,” said Director of ASU Parent and Family Services Traci Royster.     Susan McCracken, director of ASU External Affairs, added “He credits his mentors here – faculty, supervisors, staff and colleagues – with providing him with the skills and experiences he needed to test his wings, then to fly. We are all so proud that he is an Appalachian State University alumnus.”   At Appalachian State, Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Media, and an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education, Administration. He then went on to earn an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.   After graduating from Appalachian, he became its vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. He later served with the UNC General Administration as interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs and then interim senior associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. The latter allowed him to focus on access and outreach for all 17 campuses in the UNC system.   Dr. Williams began the DSU portion of his career story in 2008 when he was hired as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs   He began his tenure as the 10th president in DSU history in 2010.

2013 President's Society Reception -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams, NASCAR driver David Starr hold a display check to DSU presented by John Ridgeway, corporate manager of Toyota, during the May 30 President's Society Reception in the MLK Student Center.

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DSU took time out to honor some of its faithful supporters as it held its 2013 President’s Society Reception on May 30 in the Martin Luther King Student Center. Under the theme “Racing for Scholarship” and coinciding with NASCAR weekend in Dover, the reception was supported by the Toyota Corporation, the premier sponsor event. The event was in honor of President’s Society-level supporters – donors who give $1,000 or more annually. For images from the event, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Presents its 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards

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DSU has named four faculty members as the institution’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients.
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The 2013 DSU Faculty Excellence Award recipients: (l-r) Dr. Anuradha Dujari (University and Community Service), Dr. Mingxin Guo (Research and Creative Activity), Dr. Dawn Lott (Advising), and Dr. Dorothy Dillard (Teaching)

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Delaware State University has named four faculty members as the institution’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients.   The University has selected the below faculty members in the following categories of Teaching, Research/Creative Activities, University/Community Service and Advising:   Faculty Excellence in Teaching Dr. Dorothy L. Dillard, associate professor of sociology, is an engaged educator who makes assessment a constant part of her teaching work. She uses her 25 years of evaluation and research experience to assess her teaching efforts as well as the department’s impact on student learning. She has developed and implemented a Writing in the Major course and has worked to improved her University Seminar and Internship courses. She has been involved with other faculty in the development of an integrative assignment involved mass communications and sociology/criminal justice students in the production of a public service announcement.   As the chair of the department’s Assessment Committee, she has been instrumental in developing improved course learning objectives and initiated a pre/post curriculum measure of student learning. Dr. Dillard also serves on the University’s Teaching Effectiveness Committee and Institutional Effectiveness Committee.   Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Dr. Mingxin Guo, associate professor of soil and water sciences, has attracted almost $1.9 million in research funding as a principal investigator (PI). In total, his involvement  in 17 competitive research grants as a PI and a co-PI have total $6.6 million. Dr. Guo has accomplished 13 research projects and has published 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.   He has supervised 27 undergraduate and graduate students as well as postgraduates in their research projects. His supervision was instrumental in the generation of 18 scientific presentations (of which two won presentation awards) and five published research papers by his students. Dr. Guo is an active member of 12 academic committees and professional societies, serves as an associate editor for three scientific journals and as a reviewer for 10 scientific journals.   Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service Dr. Anuradha Dujari, professor of education science education, is an institutional role model when it comes to University service. Among the many capacities she has served in outside of her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Dujari served for many years as the Education Department’s personnel chair and search chair, as the chair of its Standard V Committee for NCATE accreditation reaffirmation, as well as a member of the College Curriculum Committee. In service to DSU, she served for two years as the chair of the University’s Promotion & Tenure Committee, as a NASA faculty advisor for pre-service teachers, has mentored many students for Honors Day presentations, and has developed Hindi curricula and teaches it as an adjunct.   She serves as the secretary of the DSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Outside of DSU, Dr. Dujari is a member of the Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board and has been a reviewer of science projects and essays for the Toshiba Exploravision competition and the DuPont Science Challenge.   Faculty Excellence in Advising Dr. Dawn Lott, professor of mathematics, has advised a number of department students as well as students involved with the DSU Honors Program, for which she serves as director. Dr. Lott maintains regular contact with all advisees, making sure she knows their individual names and the background about their personalities, experiences and family support. She makes herself available to her students via telephone or email. She researches each student’s academic curriculum and provides mentorship regarding opportunities that are appropriate, as well as recommends support staff on campus when student need assistance beyond her advising capacity. Her rule with advisees are: “If you display proper moral and legal character and you do not have an advocate, I will advocate for you.”   DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson joined representatives each college in presenting the awards during a May 30 recognition luncheon on campus. Each recipient received a monetary award of $2,500.

Dr. Melissa Harrington to Receive the 2013 SMART Woman of the Year

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The Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) organization has awarded its 2013 SMART Woman of the Year Award to DSU’s Dr. Melissa Harrington.   Dr. Harrington, professor of biological science and director of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (a joint DSU and University of Delaware research collaboration), presented the award at the June 6 SMART Women in Science & Technology Reception in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Dr. Melissa Harrington has added her SMART Award to the other ones she has been honored with over the years.   A DSU faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences for 12 years, Dr. Harrington was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of professor in August 2010. In her role as the chair of the DSU Biology Curriculum Committee, Dr. Harrington was the driving force behind the successful development of the Neuroscience Ph.D. Program and the Forensic Biology Program.   Since coming to DSU, Dr. Harrington been a principal investigator or co-PI on 19 successful research and infrastructure grants that have brought over $23 million in federal funding to DSU. That includes her PI achievement in attracting a $10.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health from the establishment of a Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research – a research collaboration between DSU and the University of Delaware.   In 2011 she was honored as the Neuroscientist of the Year by the Delaware Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.   Dr. Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University.   Previously, Dr. Harrington has been honored with a 2005 DSU Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Creative Activity, a 2011 Delaware Neuroscientist of the Year Award from the Delaware  Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience, and a 2012 INBre Research Summit Award.   SMART is a regional organization that provides Mid-Atlantic leadership of integrated public/private advocacy for actions on national and international science and technology topics.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sci. Wins Battle of the Colleges

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences topped the other colleges by raising $8,523.01.
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Dr. Stephen Taylor, Dr. Marshall Stevenson and Dr. Francine Edwards of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences proudly hold the Battle of the College's trophy for being the top fundraising college in the competition. Under the leadership Dr. Stevenson, dean, and co-chairs Dr. Taylor and Dr. Edwards, the CAHSS topped the other colleges by raising $8,523.01.

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has come out on top as the winner of the inaugural Battle of the Colleges at Delaware State University.    A total of 243 donors participated in the Battle of the Colleges to raise a total of $28,438.87 between April 15 and May 20. The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences won the competition by raising $8,523.01.     “The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences took the competition very seriously, and the faculty and staff worked aggressively to ensure that we won this inaugural event,” said Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the winning college.   The winning college will hold the championship trophy for one year and the trophy will be transferred to the 2014 winner or stay with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences if they win for a second consecutive year.   Battle of the Colleges was a competition between the five academic colleges at DSU to raise funds to be used as additional revenue in each of their budgets. The dean of each college will determine the most effective use for the funds in support of the overall mission of the college and University.   While the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences won the inaugural Battle of the Colleges, all of the academic colleges are winners, as they have each raised additional funds that will help better serve DSU students.    The Battle of the Colleges fundraising performances were as follows:                                                                      College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences    $8,523.01 College of Business   $6,720.00 College of Agriculture & Related Sciences $5,992.00 College of Education, Health & Public Policy   $3,987.86 College of Mathematics, Natural Science & Technology $3,216.00 TOTAL        $28,438.87 Thanks go out to all the faculty, staff, students and friends of DSU who supported the colleges.   The competition was the brainchild of Institutional Advancement’s Office of Development as part of the annual giving effort.

The 122nd DSU Commencement Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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The four DSU graduates are representative of the smiles that abounded during the May 19 Commencement Ceremony at Alumni Stadium.

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DSU held its 122nd Commencement Ceremony outdoor and despite the gray cloud cover, the rains somehow stayed away during the graduation. For images of the Commencement, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Presents 480 Diplomas During the May 19 Commencement

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Jamesa McDonald (r), the 2012-2013 Miss DSU, is congratulated by DSU President Harry L. Williams (l) and Provost Alton Thompson during the Spring Commencement at Alumni Stadium.

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Delaware State University awarded 480 diplomas during its spring 2013 Commencement ceremony held on May 19. (L-r) Ashlen Kuhar and Samantha Bartley are the 2013 Presidential Academic Award recipients, as both maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate journey.     With the spring Commencement combined with the December Commencement – which had 197 graduates – the institution graduated a school-record 677 students during the 2012-2013 school year.  That graduation total includes a school-record 526 bachelor degree candidates and a school-record 16 doctoral degree graduates.   Among DSU’s 2013 spring graduating class’ 480 degrees – 391 bachelor’s degrees, 78 master’s degrees and 11 doctoral degrees -- there were 151 honors students, which included 25 Summa Cum Laudes (3.75 GPA or above), 43 Magna Cum Laudes (3.5 to 3.74), 70 Cum Laudes (3.25 to 3.49) and 13 honorable mentions.   The Commencement Ceremony, held outdoor at the University’s Alumni Stadium was presided over by DSU President Harry L. Williams. Also in attendance were U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Gov. Jack Markell, DSU Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Claibourne Smith, as well as a number of state and local elected officials.   Dr. Williams presented Presidential Academic Excellence Awards to Samantha Bartley of Dover, Del., and Ashlen Kuhar of Mountaintop, Pa., who both earned bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years. Ms. Kuhar was also the youngest graduate in the undergraduate class of 2013 at age 20 years, 11 months and four days old. Devon Sivels received the 2013 Presidential Leadership Award.   The DSU president also presented a Presidential Leadership Award to Devon O’Bryan Sivels, a resident of Lincoln, Del. who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation. Mr. Sivels was the president of the University’s chapter of the United Way and was very active in community service.   Three graduating ROTC cadets were also commissioned as officers during the Commencement. Matthew A. Jones and Kaleh C. Simpson, both earning bachelor degrees in Aviation Management, were commissioned as 2nd lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Candice B. Streater, who earned a bachelor’s degree in movement science while going through the Army ROTC Program, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.   During the DSU Commencement weekend, the University honored the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1963 during a reception on Saturday, May 18 in the Bank of America Building on campus. Eight 1963 graduates of then-Delaware State College returned to their alma mater this weekend, donned robes and took part in the Commencement ceremony.   The Commencement ceremony’s keynote speaker was Charles F. Bolden Jr., the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the first African American to serve in that top level post. He is also a retired major general in the U.S. Marine Corps. Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator of NASA and the Commencement keynote speaker, charged the graduates to lead society to a better world.   In encouraging the class of spring 2013, Maj. Gen. Bolden told the graduates the same thing he and his wife have said to their children.   “Dream big dreams; do what you want to do. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do something or you don’t belong,” Maj. Gen. Bolden said. “Do you job and do it very well, and don’t let the opportunity to make a difference pass you by.”

Nursing Oaths & Honors Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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The Nursing Class of 2013 is joined by their faculty instructors for a final photo together following the May 18 Oaths and Honors Ceremony in the E&H Theatre.

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The DSU Department of Nursing held its annual celebration of its class of graduating nursing major, the Oath and Honors Ceremony (formerly called the Nurse Pinning Ceremony) on May 18 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. For images of the Oaths and Honors Ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow:

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