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Five Senior Capstone Artists Exhibit Works in Arts Ctr/Gallery

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Davon White of Dover, Del. stands with two of his digital imaging works that are part of the Current Senior Capstone Exhibition.

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DSU’s Department of Art is currently featuring its latest Senior Capstone exhibition in the Arts Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. Ashlynn Zulinsky stands with her thought provoking work. She is one of five Senior Capstone artists currently exhibiting works at the Arts Center/Gallery The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Arts Center/Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays. All of the current Senior Capstone artists are art majors who are in their final year at DSU. They include: Morgan Campbell of Dover, Del., who is exhibiting digital imaging works that tell the story of her family’s travail after her father’s death. She is slated to graduate in December 2015. Patricia Deel of Louisiana, who is exhibiting works that are expressions of her spiritual connection to her home state. “This is why I love Louisiana, her swamps, her bayous.” She is due to graduate in December 2015. Jeanene Motley of Bear, Del., who is exhibiting original characters from her children’s book in digital, colored pencil, acrylic paint and string. She is due to graduate in December 2015. Davon Winn of Dover, Del., is exhibiting a digital imaging collection. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2016. Ashlynn Zulinski of Wilmington, Del. who is exhibiting a mixed media collection of printmaking, pen/ink and watercolor. The works tells the story of everyday people who have found ways to deal with the stresses of life, but not in the best way. She is slated to graduate in May 2016.

DSU's Deshaun Crawford Awarded Apple Scholarship

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Deshaun Crawford will spend next summer as an Apple intern working on the computer giant's Special Projects Team as part of his selection as an Apple HBCU Scholar.

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The aspirations of junior computer science major Deshaun Crawford have expanded with his selection into the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. The computer giant’s selection of Mr. Crawford means that he will receive a $25,000 scholarship for his senior year at DSU, and also participate in a summer internship program with the company. He is one of 30 recipients of the Apple HBCU Scholarship selected from among HBCU students across the country. The program is the result of a partnership between Apple and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Diversity Initiative. “I will learn a lot about my major through working with Apple and it will improve my leadership skills,” Mr. Crawford said. “It could also lead to a job at Apple.” A native of New Brunswick, N.J. and a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., Mr. Crawford’s plans after DSU are to work in the corporate world for a period time and then ultimately creating his own company. The Apple HBCU Scholars Program is a boost to Mr. Crawford’s already robust academic experience. In addition to maintaining a 3.82 GPA, he works as a research assistant under Dr. Gary Holness, associate professor of computer and information science. “We are working on the development of an autonomous wheelchair, which once programmed will take a person where he or she wants to go without doing anything else,” Mr. Crawford said. He is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, as well involved in STOMPP (Skills, Talents, Opportunities through the Movement of Project Propel), which is a student organization that stems from the partnership between DSU’s College of Business and SAP, a major software corporation. As part of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program, Mr. Crawford will participate in a year-round program in which he will be paired with an Apple employee mentor who will help prepare him for his post-graduation career. The DSU junior will also serve as an ambassador for the program to build awareness at DSU about the Apple and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Diversity Initiative.

DSU Awarded Almost $900,000 in USDA Grants

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The USDA grant will support DSU projects in research, teaching and cooperative extension.

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DSU’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences recently received almost $900,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding in support of projects in the areas of research, teaching and cooperative extensions. The funding to DSU was part of more than $18 million that the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has recently awarded through 53 competitive grants to support research teaching and extension activities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities. The grant awarded to DSU will go toward the following projects: A $499,982 research grant for “The Development of Epigenomic Tools in Legumes – Global Understanding of Biotic Stress Methylomes and Transcriptomes in Common Beans.” Dr. Venugopal Kalavacharla, grant principal investigator (PI) and associate professor of agriculture and natural resources, and his team will use cutting-edge molecular genetics and epigenomics techniques to better understand the resistance and susceptibility mechanisms for rust resistance in beans. This is a collaborative project between researchers at DSU, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mayville State University. A $149,838 teaching grant for “Nanomaterial Detection in Food, Water and Environmental Waste by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry.” This grant will enable DSU to acquire a Mass Spectrometer instrument to support the teaching nanotechnology concepts to food science students. Students will learn hands-on preparation of nanoparticles currently used in food applications and nanoparticles analysis through this mass spectrometer. The project has relevance to food science and agriculture, and will contribute to the development of the next generation of agricultural and food scientists. Dr. Daniela Radu is the PI for this grant. A $249,993 extension grant for a “Collaborative Initiative to Assess and Develop Intervention Programs to Combat Obesity among Low-Income Families.” This project will develop outreach initiatives to improve nutrition education to help consumers understand serving size demonstrated on food packages and promote the reading of “Nutrition Facts” panels as important tools to combat obesity and other eating disorders. This project also aims to strengthen collaboration between DSU’s Food and Nutritional Sciences Program and its Cooperative Extension to develop educational programs that can be effective in changing poor dietary habits in socioeconomic disadvantage communities. Dr. Samuel Besong, chair of the Department of Human Ecology, is the PI of this grant.  

DSU Former President W.B. DeLauder Receives Morrill Award

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Former DSU President William B. DeLauder (left), shown here at a past University event with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and DSU President Harry L. Williams, recently was presented the Justin Smith Morrill Award in recognition of his long contributions to food and agriculture sciences.

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        Dr. William B. DeLauder The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently presented DSU President Emeritus William B. DeLauder with the Justin Smith Morrill Award in recognition of his long contributions to food and agricultural sciences. Presented on Nov. 15 at the Association of Public and  Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., the recognition coincided with Dr. DeLauder’s presentation during the event’s Justin Smith Morrill Lecture entitled “1890 Land-Grant Universities: 125 Years of Providing Access and Opportunities for Success.” The NIFA praised Dr. DeLauder for his service as an educator and leader at land-grant universities. He was credited with conducting studies that would better such institutions of higher education and serving on boards to further science and agriculture research and education. Dr. DeLauder was president of Delaware State University from 1987-2003.  

APLU Names DSU "1890 University of the Year"

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It is the second time in the last three years that DSU has been honored by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities as the top 1890 land-grant institution.

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The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has named Delaware State University as the 1890 University of the Year, and also presented DSU with three other land grant awards. The University received the awards during the 128th APLU Annual Meeting on Nov. 15-17 in Indianapolis, Ind., during which the organization held its 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards ceremony. According to the APLU, DSU received the University of the Year honor due to its best overall performance in this year’s nine award categories, which included: retention, agriculture degree completion, education degree completion, STEM degree completion, innovation, research, experiential student learning, international student engagement and alumni engagement.. DSU also received: The 1890 Agriculture Degree Completion Award in recognition of the highest increase in agriculture bachelor’s degrees. The 1890 STEM Degree Completion Award for having the highest increase in science, technology, engineering and mathematics bachelor’s degrees. The 1890 International Student Engagement Award for showing the largest increase in undergraduate international students and participation in study abroad programs. It is the second time in the last three years that DSU has received the APLU’s top award. In 2013, the University garnered the then-titled 1890 Land Grant Institution of the Year Award. “While we received the top APLU award along with the Research Award in 2013, this year we left that APLU conference with not only the University of the Year Award, but also with three other awards,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “This is reflective of the ongoing and consistent direction of the University toward higher levels of excellence, which is driven by DSU’s steadfast high priority of student success.” “While DSU is confident about its strategic goals and the earnest efforts we are undertaking to fulfill them, it is confirmation to this institution when an esteemed body such as the APLU gives DSU multiple awards that affirm the work we do here,” said Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.  

DSU Housing & Residential Ed Donates Food for Needy

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The DSU Department of Housing and Residential Education shows off food it is donating to the Delaware Food Bank for Thanksgiving distribution to the needy. (L-r) Courtnei Parker-Morgan, RA; residential directors Schentel Jones and Robert Price; Shakira Sebastian, RA; and Director of Housing Phillip Holmes.

 

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There will be some Thanksgiving tables that will include food that came from DSU as a result of the Department of Housing and Residential Education’s second annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The primary Food Drive organizer was Robert Price, University Village Apartments resident director, who enlisted other residential assistants from Nov. 9-13 to collect nonperishable food items from the students. The collected bounty was then donated to the Food Bank of Delaware to be distributed to the needy for Thanksgiving. “I’m proud to announce we had 100% participation this year, meaning every residence hall made a contribution,” Mr. Price said. “Altogether we were able to contribute about 500 items to the Food Bank of Delaware to feed hungry Delaware families. I know these families will be more than grateful to receive our helpful donations.” Phillip Holmes, director of Housing and Residential Education, said this was a great opportunity to demonstration DSU’s core values of outreach and community. “We are constantly telling our student staff who work within our department that we are about service to others,” Mr. Holmes said. “This is another example of our staff and DSU students coming together to serve the Delaware community in a positive way.”

DSU to Present "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" Nov. 19-21

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Idalis Stamas and Olivia Manning rehearse their respective roles as Gloria Mitchell and Vera Starks in a production that explores the discriminatory practices of Hollywood toward black actresses in the 1930s.

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Delaware State University will present the student production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark during three performances – 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21 in the Education & Humanities Theatre. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a unique mixed media play that explores the racial tensions and limited roles for African-American women in the early years of Hollywood. This drama focuses on how the potential and talent of Vera Stark is never realized because of the extremely limited film roles available to African-American women in the 1930s and beyond. As a mixed media performance, part of the show has been filmed. The short film will reflect the cinematic choices and aesthetics of early Hollywood. The film was shot on location at the State Street Inn, located in historic Dover, Delaware. The cinematography and film editing was completed by students in the mass communications program under the direction of Vincent Ciammaichelli, instructor of mass communications. The show features students Olivia Manning as young Vera Stark, Dana Matthews as mature Vera Stark, Idalis Stamas as young Gloria, and Haley Clayton-Moyer as mature Gloria.  The show is directed by Dr. Amanda Anderson.  Tickets are $5 for the general public and can be purchased at the door. DSU students University ID will be admitted free.  

DSU Board Chair Receives APLU's Career Exemplar Award

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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has honored David G. Turner for his DSU Board of Trustees leadership and service as well as his highly successful career as a business executive with Fortune 500 companies.

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DSU Board of Trustees Chairman David G. Turner has been named by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) among the 19 recipients of its inaugural 1890 Universities Career Exemplar Awards.  The recipients – distinguished alumni representing each of the 19 historically black land-grant universities – have achieved excellence in navigating their career pathways and providing mentorship to other traditionally underrepresented students pursuing similar career pathways.  In addition to the APLU’s recognition of Mr. Turner for his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees, the association also noted his work for IBM as a global analytics leader for banking and financial markets and Fortune magazine’s recognition of him as being among the "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America." The awardees were nominated by their alma maters and evaluated on their commitment to institution, individual achievement, civic engagement and impact in providing access, opportunities and mentorship to current students and new alumni. The recipients were honored at the APLU’s Nov. 15-17 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. “The first class of 1890 Career Exemplar Awards recipients are a testament to the tremendous contributions 1890 institutions make to our society through their instruction, research and community engagement,” said APLU President Peter McPherson.  “These alumni have not only achieved success in their own careers, but worked with their alma maters and current students to serve the institutions that had such a formative influence on them.” “The 1890 Career Exemplar Awards recipients reflect the broad diversity and great achievement of 1890 Universities and their alumni,” said Dr. RoSusan D. Bartee, interim vice president of Access and Success.  “As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, their stories remind us of the power of the 1890 land-grant community and the progress we can continue to drive through these institutions and their students.” Mr. Turner, who graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, in January 2015 became the first DSU graduate to be an elected chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Dr. Claibourne Smith, who had been chair for 22 years.  Mr. Turner, who previously served as vice chair, has been a DSU board member since 2008. Along with his current executive position with IBM, Mr. Turner has enjoyed a highly successful career in executive posts with AT&T, Gateway, MBNA, and Bank of America. He has also been honored by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology in 2005 as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Technology.”  

DSU Concert Choir to Perform With Philly Orchestra Nov. 13-15

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The DSU Concern Choir is led by Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities -- shown here directing the choir during a 2013 performance at Delaware Legislative Hall. The Concert Choir will perform Nov. 13-15 with two other HBCU choirs and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe's One Land, One River, One People at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

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The DSU Concert Choir will join with the choirs of two other Historically Black Universities – Morgan State University and Lincoln University – to form a mass chorus for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s One Land, One River, One People Nov. 13-15 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  In the world premiere of this emotionally charged work – which was commissioned exclusively by the Philadelphia Orchestra – Lokumbe explores the connection among communities and all those who live in them, utilizing a flowing river as a symbol. That Hannibal work is one of three compositions to be performed during the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Copeland Appalachian Spring Concert According to Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities, it is first time the University Choir has been invited to sing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. “We are excited and are preparing vigorously to do a great job in representing DSU and ourselves well,” Dr. Mallory said. Tickets for any of the three performances can be purchased online at the Kimmel Center website (www.kimmelcenter.org).  The tickets are under Copland’s Appalachian Spring Concert.  The Kimmel Center is located at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102. In addition to its performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the two other HBCUs, the DSU Concert Choir will go to Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania to sing for students there on Saturday morning, Nov. 14  

Allstate Names DSU's Sharnada Martin as QFE Ambassador

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Sharnada Martin was selected as Allstate Quotes for Education Ambassador because of her academic excellence and her constructive extracurricular pursuits. Through the Allstate's QDF program -- which Ms. Martin is helping to promote -- the insurance provider donates $10 toward scholarships for HBCU students every time someone calls for a quote estimate.

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Sharnada Martin, a junior accounting major at Delaware State University, has been named by Allstate as its first-ever Quotes for Education Ambassador to help the insurance provider raise scholarship dollars for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Ms. Martin was among a number of HBCU students who had received scholarships from Allstate and were considered for the honor. According to Allstate officials, Ms. Martin was selected because of her track record of academic excellence and her involvement in constructive extracurricular pursuits. To see an interview of Ms. Martin on DSU Inside Perspective, click on the below link: https://youtu.be/0QIgC-HTPGk The Philadelphia native is currently the vice president of the Women’s Senate as well as the Future Leaders in Progress (FLIP). She is also a member of the Educated Ladies Igniting True Essence (ELITE) and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She aspires to become a certified public accountant and also to possibly operate her own cosmetology business. She said Allstate is helping her achieve her dreams. “I believe any dream can come true through hard work and dedication,” Ms. Martin said. “So for students like me who come from poverty or an unfortunate background, it is possible to achieve your dreams.” Allstate has joined forces with the Tom Joyner Foundation to raise money for scholarships at HBCUs and has already donated more than $1 million, totaling more than 500 scholarships. In her role as Allstate ambassador, Ms. Martin is helping Allstate promote its Quote for Education (QFE) program. With every Allstate insurance quote requested and coupled with a mention of the QFE program, Allstate donates $10 toward its scholarship fund. Quotes can also be obtained online at www.allstate.com/hbcu. HBCU supporters can go to that same website and vote for their favorite HBCU up to Nov. 30. The top vote-getting school will get $50,000 from Allstate to go toward scholarships.  

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