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Jenkins and Evers Hall Compete in Green Games Competition

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(L-r) Eboni Church, Lennea Davis, Madeline Porter all of Jenkins Hall; DSU President Harry L. Williams, Eboni Wimbush of Johnson Controls, and Evers Hall's Rie Green, Diamond Wade, Megan; along with Chanel Paul, president of the DSU Green Ambassadors, gather to launch the start of the Green Games.

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The students of Evers and Jenkins residence halls are facing off in DSU’s first-ever Green Games competition in which the dormitory that is the most energy efficient and shows the most passion for environmental responsible practices will win the contest. (L-r) Bob Steele of Johnson Controls; Vita Pickrum, DSU Sustainability Committee chair; Amir Mohammadi, DSU executive vice president; Judy Mouton and Lisa Brown of Johnson Controls; Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement; and Eboni Wimbush of Johnson Controls, gathered to take part in the Green Games announcement on March 19 in the MLK Student Center on campus. Between March 19 and April 18, the amount of electricity used will be measured in each residential hall. Students will work to reduce its energy consumption by unplugging electric components in the residential hall for at least an hour each day. Evers and Jenkins will also be judged by its use of social media to promote green practices as well as its attendance at a March 22 green lecture by Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost. The Green Games are being jointly coordinated by the University and Johnson Controls, a company that has installed technological enhancements at DSU over the last couple of years that has resulted in energy reductions and savings for the University. “It is a great opportunity for students to take an active part in DSU’s Go Green efforts and to show some pride being environmental steward,” said Vita Pickrum, the chair of the DSU Sustainability Committee. The energy efficiency performance of Evers and Jenkins throughout the one-month competition can be monitored by going to www.bedashboard.com/kiosk/54. The winning residential hall will be announced on Earth Day, April 18 and will receive a prize to be determined by the University by the end of the competition. 

Alumni Visit the Hornets Fan Pride Center at the 2013 MEAC -- Photo Slideshow

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Jimmie and Tina Strong were honored with the 2013 Delaware State University Distinguished Alumni Award 

Photos by Carlos Holmes

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DSU alumni and supporters attend the Hornets Fan Pride Center at the Norfolk Plaza Downtown Hotel during the 2013 MEAC Tournament. For images from the event click on the photo slideshow below:

DSU Participates in the Final Day of Harriet Tubman Celebration

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DSU President Harry Williams (center) along with his family join the other participants -- members of Iota Phi Theta, the DSU women's track team, the DSU Alumni Association, as well as members of Dover High School -- of a 14-mile relay run in celebration of Harriet Tubman and the path she took through Delaware to free slaves from the south.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams passes the batons to the first two runners -- DSU students Malik Bazemore and Markland Turner -- to symbolically launch the 14-mile relay run commemorating the path Harriet Tubman took through Delaware to bring slaves to freedom. Delaware State University gave strong representation at the final day of the “Ten for the Tenth” celebration of Harriett Tubman as the DSU First Family was joined by members of DSU fraternity Iota Phi Theta, the DSU Women’s Track Team, the DSU Alumni Association as well as members of Dover High School for the commemorative relay run event in Kent County. DSU President Harry L. Williams, along with his wife Dr. Robin Williams and their two sons Austin and Gavin, met the group at Brecknock Park in Camden where the participants gathered to be transported to Sandtown, Del., the starting point of the 14-relay run. Dr. Williams spoke to the group, commending them on their involvement in keeping the memory of Harriet Tubman alive and talking about the significance of the Underground Railroad's "Moses," and then symbolically passed the batons to the first two runners. The DSU president ran part of the relay, making the event part of his normal daily run. Dr. Williams is known for beginning each day early in the morning by running five miles around the campus. The final day of the Ten for the Tenth commemoration marked the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death, who died on March 10, 1913 in Auburn, N.Y. Ms. Tubman is known for her daring resistance to slavery as the “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, through which she helped countless slaves escape from their southern captivity to achieve their freedom. Delaware was particularly significant in Ms. Tubman’s journey, as the Underground Railroad came through the First State through Sandtown and Camden and on northward. A similar event was also held in New Castle County, with both events tracking the newly established Delaware Harriet Tubman Byway. The primary organizers of the final day event in Kent County were Penny Marshall, a retired U.S. public defender, and her parents and DSU alumni Frank and Mary Marshall.

DSU's Dr. Beugre Publishes Book on Organization Behavior in Africa

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    Dr. Constant D. Beugre Dr. Constant D. Beugre, chairperson and professor in the DSU Department of Management, recently published his fourth book – Managing Organizational Behavior in an African Context. The book discusses management and organization science theories as they apply within the social, cultural and economic contexts in which organizations operate in Africa. As the first organizational behavior book to cover the entire continent, it uses the findings of organization behavior studies to establish a conceptual foundation and then explores how those topics apply in Africa's unique business environment. This integrative framework allows students and scholars to connect organizational phenomena in Africa with those in other parts of the globe. Dr. Beugre is also working currently on two other books – Social Entrepreneurship: Managing the Creation of Social Value and A Science of Neuro-Organizational Behavior: Understanding and Using Your Brain at Work.

March 7 Dr. David Pensak Guest Lecture Rescheduled for April 25

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Due to the predicted Winter Storm Saturn that is to hit Delaware on March 6-7, the Thursday, March 7 guest lecture by Dr. David A. Pensak, founder of the Pensak Innovation Institute, has been reschedule for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in Parlor C of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. Dr. Pensak will present the same guest lecture he had planned for this week, "Fear is the Biggest Impediment to Innovation." The April 25 event will be free and open to the public.    

DSU Alumni Shine in Harriet Tubman Program at Old State House

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Delores and Donald Blakey, Patricia Randolph, Gov. Jack Markell, Ruth Shelton and DSU President Harry L. Williams get together following the Harriet Tubman Progam at the Old State House in Dover on March 1.

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Dolores Blakey, DSU alumna, portrayed Harriet Tubman during the program. During an event in which Gov. Jack Markell signed a proclamation making March 10 Harriet Tubman Day in Delaware, DSU alumni represented themselves well through music and dramatic presentations. As a kickoff to 10 days of events celebrating the historic contributions of Harriet Tubman as the conductor of the Underground Railroad -- which coursed through the First State -- the proclamation signing was part of program at the Old State House in Dover. During the program DSU alumni Donald Blakely (’58) gave some relevant black history of the Central Delaware area; and his wife and alumna Dolores Blakey (’62) portrayed the conductor of the Underground Railroad. The Blakeys were joined later by DSU alumni Ruth Shelton ('96) and Pat Randolph ('69) as part of the Del Del Interdenominational Choir and gave a music selection during the program.

John Legend Speaks and Performs at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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R&B star John Legend gave his insights on the need for more educational equality in the U.S. and then thrilled a full Memorial Hall Gymnasium with his unique R&B musical style during the final 2013 Black History Month event at DSU.

Photos by Carlos Holmes

 

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John Legend put an exclamation mark to Delaware State University’s Black History Month events with an evening of his insightful thoughts on education and the duty of graduates to effect positive change, and of course, a mini-concert of his incomparable soulful music. Mr. Legend spoke and sang to a nearly full Memorial Hall Gymnasium on Feb. 27 during a 90-minute event attended by folks from both the DSU community and the surrounding Greater Dover area. For images of the “Evening with John Legend,” click on the below photo slideshow: Mr. Legend arrived on campus at about 5:15 p.m. and after granting an interview with DSU Hornet, he was taken to the President’s Residence where a reception was being held. There he met DSU’s First Family, members of the DSU Board of Trustees, administrators and student leaders. During the 7 p.m. main event, Mr. Legend talked about the country’s need to make education equality a priority. He noted the new generations of college graduates have a great responsibility to make positive change in the world. “DSU graduates are empowered to be great leaders; you are equipped to succeed,” Mr. Legend said. “Use your education to seek the truth. I urge you to embrace your autonomy and power to make a positive impact on the world.”

Financial Guru Eddie Brown Heads DSU BEEP Event -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Angela Berry (DSU parent), Provost Alton Thompson, keynote speaker Eddie Brown, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Sharon Lewis of Brown Capital Management and College of Business Dean Shelton Rhodes pose with Mr. Brown's book Beating the Odds.

Photos by Carlos Holmes

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DSU’s College of Business welcomed financial guru and author Eddie Brown as the key note speaker for its annual Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) on Feb. 26. Mr. Brown, founder and president of Brown Capital Management and the author of Beating the Odds – Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies, shared aspects of his success story and financial wisdom with a host of College of Business students and faculty. DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson were also in attendance. For images from Mr. Brown’s visit, click on the below slideshow, followed by more info on the BEEP event: The annual BEEP event also welcomed about 20 visiting business executives to spend the day with the College of Business students through classroom visits and workshop sessions.  Among the visiting executives were nine DSU alumni (see below). (L-r) DSU Alumni Derek Thompson, '80; Leland Nelson, '96; Lisa Dunning; Ron Pinkett, '84; Kevin Washington, '86; DSU President Harry L. Williams, keynote speaker Eddie Brown; Sherman King, '89; Provost Alton Thompson, College of Business Dean Shelton Rhodes; Enid Wallace Simms, '74; Jamahal C. Boyd, '97; Ernest Ackah, '99; and Renee Smith, '88 were among the business executives who participate in the annual BEEP event.    

DSU to Host Guest Lecture on Non-Conflict Resolution Overseas

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         Gustavo Delgado Delaware State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in conjunction with the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education Program for Peace Building, will continue its lecture series on “Arab Spring and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution on Feb. 28 and March 21.   The second and third guest lectures – which are free and open to the public – will be held on Feb. 28 and March 21, all at 11 a.m. in the Longwood Auditorium, Bank of American Building (College of Business) on campus.   The guest speaker will be Gustavo Delgado, the research and development chief for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. State Department. Mr. Delgado has also served as the State Department’s director of Strategic Communications, as a senior advisor on humanitarian assistance as well as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and other posts during his 26-year career at the federal agency.   The following topics will be featured.   Feb. 28 – The different approaches use by the CSO for non-conflict resolution in diverse cultural settings such as Syria (Southwest Asia/Middle East), Burma (East Asia) and Kenya (East Africa). March 21 – The implications of the recent violence against the United States Embassies/diplomats/citizens in the Islamic world: what the prospects of non-violent resolutions in such contexts.   Previously on Feb. 7, Mr. Delgado held the first session of his guest lecture series, in which he discussed the role of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) in conflict resolution during  the Arab Spring and its implications for United State national security.

Technology Innovator Dr. David Pensak to Speak at DSU March 7

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Dr. David A. Pensak, will talk about how to eliminate fear as an impediment to innovation. Delaware State University will host a guest lecture by Dr. David A. Pensak, founder of the Pensak Innovation Institute and author of Innovation for Underdogs, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in parlor C of the Martin Luther King Student Center.   Presented as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology, Dr. Pensak, one of the top innovators of technology in the country, will speak on “Fear is the Biggest Impediment to Innovation.”   The guest lecture is free and open to the public.   Dr. Pensak is a technology innovator, entrepreneur and author who has lectured at over 30 universities, companies, and government agencies a Fellow of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center of the George Washington University Law School.  He is currently on the faculty of the University of Delaware Business School and Drexel University College of Medicine (Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine).  A Harvard PhD in organic chemistry and computer science, Dr. Pensak started his career at DuPont as a research chemist, directed many R&D projects across a variety of technology fields, and retired as their Chief Computer Scientist.  He invented:   A high flow rate filtration system with a new class of membranes to clean up effluent water from abandoned Rocky Mountain mines   A biodegradable additive that mixed with animal manure in agricultural settings causes the fermentation to become aerobic rather than anaerobic, thereby decreasing smell, nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and stabilizing the soil   A new class of concrete protection chemicals for streets and buildings with reduced weathering and pot-hole characteristics   A new kind of spackle for the construction industry that is immediately ready to paint, needs no sanding, and requires just one coat   A very low cost prosthetic hand which is within range of even the poorest developing country   A suite of materials that can be implanted  in a periodontal procedure to minimize and/or eliminate gum resection surgery   A new coating for teeth that discourages the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay   A new class of textiles which are simultaneously waterproof, fireproof and breathable - at the weight of silk   And developed new technologies in heat storage and dispersal;   Dr. Pensak also directed a project to splice organ specific polypeptides from snake and insect venom to pharmaceuticals to decrease dosage levels and avoid deleterious interactions with unintended organs.    Nevertheless, Dr. Pensak is best known for his software inventions. He invented the first commercially successful Internet firewall, starting-up Raptor Systems to develop the technology, a company now owned by Symantec.  Subsequently, he invented an enterprise digital rights security system, starting-up Authentica to develop the technology, a company now owned by EMC. Most recently, he founded Vi Laboratories in Waltham, MA, to develop new anti-piracy detection technologies and reporting systems.    He is presently working on technology innovation projects regarding biotechnology, energy, information technology, and materials.  The author of the 2008 book Innovation for Underdogs: How to Make the Leap from What If to Now What, at the University of Pennsylvania he advised the Medical School and has taught technology innovation and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business.  He teaches at the University of Delaware Business School, advises the Olin College of Engineering, and has taught workshops regarding technology innovation and entrepreneurship at over 30 universities, companies, and government agencies in the US, Brazil, India, Jordan, Germany, Trinidad, Mexico and Thailand.  He is currently writing a new book “Innovation from Evolution to Execution.”  

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