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2013 First Lady's Tea for 2013 Class Women -- Photo Slideshow

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2013 Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald (l), greeted by Dr. Robin Williams, was one of more than 60 graduating seniors to attend the First Lady's Tea.

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Dr. Robin Williams held her annual First Lady’s Tea for the women of the class of 2013 on May 17 in the Martin Luther King Student Center. The First Lady of DSU was joined by other wives of administrators and Board of Trustees members during the event, in which they broke bread with graduating seniors and engaged in a business etiquette contest in which gifts from Dr. Robin Williams were the prizes. For images from the First Lady’s Tea, click on the below photo slideshow:

Vote for Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald in Ebony's Campus Queen Contest

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Ebony Magazine has launched its Campus Queens 2013 Voting Competition, and the 2012-2013 Miss DSU Jamesa A. McDonald hopes her last official act will be to represent Delaware State University among the Top 10 HBCU campus queens that will be featured in the September 2013 edition. Jamesa A. McDonald, 2012-2013 Miss DSU, could be the second consecutive Del State queen to make Ebony's Top 10, if she gets enough votes Voting begins on May 8 and will continue until May 29. Support Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald by voting often – you can vote as many times as you want daily. To vote for Ms. McDonald, click on the below link. Once on the Campus Queen webpage, click on page 2; Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald is second queen from the top on that page. Click on her photo, which will take you to her webpage, and go to the bottom and click on “Vote for Me.” Www.ebony.com/campusqueens Ms. McDonald is vying for the Top 10 against 51 other HBCU queens. Last year, 2011-2012 Miss DSU Erica Grant became the first Del State queen to make the Ebony’s Top 10 Campus Queens. Ms. McDonald, of Temple Hills, Md., will graduate on May 19 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Her career goals are to become a lobbyist, and she adds that she would especially like to lobby for HBCUs or on behalf of urban children. The 2012-2013 Miss DSU shared with Ebony officials that her most memorable contribution as the DSU campus queen was the impact that was made when she hosted a program "Queen for a Day." "The first half of the program included several steps to female empowerment." Ms. McDonald said. "I had all of the young ladies stand up and introduce themselves as Queen and their names and to tell everyone something very special about them. After the empowerment session I asked all of the young ladies to create sashes with the given materials and to pick a name for themselves to be called. Titles ranged from "Queen Beautiful" to "Queen So Outstanding." Every first Monday we all agreed to wear the sashes around campus with our business attire. The objective of the program was to remind the young women on campus that we are all queens and should remember that even when there is no sash or crown we should carry ourselves as such. It was a tremendous program." Ms. McDonald's Ebony webpage includes a video she put together with Front Street Video, a production company owned by DSU alumnus Blake Saunders.

DSU's New Castle Co. Site to Move to Kirkwood Highway July 1

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The property on Kirkwood Highway will enable to DSU continue to offer the three master's degree programs it has offered at the Wilmington location, as well as add some undergraduate degree programs.

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The DSU degree programs taught in New Castle County will move into its new home on Kirkwood Highway by July 1, a location that will enable the University to expand its offerings in the state's northernmost county. The DSU Board of Trustees made that a priority during its May 6 special meeting as it authorized the University to spend up to $2 million to be used to renovate the former U.S. Army Reserve Center it has acquired at 3931 Kirkwood Highway (just east of Del. 7). That decision means that DSU will permanently move out of its current Wilmington site located at 621 Market St., where the institution has been based since circa 1993. DSU first offered classes in New Castle County when it was loaned some space at Howard High School in Wilmington in 1990. A few years ago, the federal government identified the former U.S. Army facility as a surplus building that could be designated for educational purposes. With the 43,000-square-foot building up for grabs, DSU applied for the property. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the property in June 2011. Soon thereafter, the University established a Kirkwood Planning Task Force to study the possible academic uses of the building while the U.S. Army transitioned out of its possession of the building. As a result of the work of the Task Force, the University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), Social Work and Sport Administration master’s degree programs offered at the Market Street site will be transferred to the Kirkwood property beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. DSU also plans to establish five undergraduate programs at the new location in the 2014-2015 academic year – Hospitality Management and Tourism, Criminal Justice, Integrated Studies, and Math Education, as well as a certified program in Food Preparation/Nutrition. The U.S. Army turned over the Kirkwood property to the University in early 2013. The University expects to complete a Phase I renovation project – which will create six classrooms, remodel the lobby, upgrade the road entrance and parking lot, install a fire alarm system and code compliant HVAC and electric, as well as create ADA-compliant restrooms and renovate the building’s north wing – in time to be in operation at the new site on July 1. While Phase I will be designed to accommodate the more than 80 students currently enrolled in New Castle County, a Phase II project will commence later to renovate and modernize the remaining areas of the building.

DSU Sets Zero Increase for Tuition, Fees & Housing for 2013-2014

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While tuition costs may be increasing elsewhere, both the annual in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees will remain the same for the 2013-14 school year.
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Amid the ongoing national challenges of rising higher education costs, Delaware State University is making accessibility a priority by not increasing its tuition, housing and fee rates for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.   While tuition costs may be increasing elsewhere, both the annual in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for DSU in 2013-2014 will remain the same as they have been in the current school year -- $7,336 and $15,692, respectively.   The annual traditional fees that will remain unchanged are the fees for student activities, technology and the Student Center Complex.   In addition, the cost to live in the campus’ traditional housing will be unchanged from the current year costs – remaining in the range of $6,976 to $7,490, depending on the residential hall in which a student resides.   The DSU Board of Trustees decided not to increase the tuition rates during a special board meeting on May 6.   “We wanted to give our students and their families as much time as possible to plan their finances for the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, board chair. “It is our hope that students will be encouraged by finding out this early.”   Over the last four years, DSU’s increases in costs to students have been modest as compared to the national trends.   According to the U.S. Department of Education, the national average for tuition and fees at public institutions of education increased by 15% from the 2008-2009 to 2011-2012 academic years. During that same period, DSU’s tuition increased to just over 9% -- more than 5% percent below the average national increase.   DSU President Harry L. Williams said the Board of Trustees’ unprecedented decision not to increase tuition, fees and housing costs is consistent with President Barack Obama’s priority to make college more accessible by keeping the costs down for students. “While we hope that the federal government will do all it can to provide more financial aid to encourage students to attend and be retained in higher education, colleges and universities also have a role to play in keeping the costs down,” said Dr. Williams. “DSU has worked hard to be very conservative in its increases in the past few years, and now the University is stepping up to the plate again this year to do its part to help our students attain a degree.”   Today’s tuition rate announcement follows the DSU Board of Trustees’ decision in April to reduce the cost of summer session courses by 35%.   The only rise in costs for students will be in the meal plan – an increase of 3% -- and health insurance for certain students, the result of a new federal mandate.   Due to the federal Affordable Care Act that will be enacted on July 1, 2013, students who are not already covered by adequate health insurance will be required to subscribe and pay the cost of a University-offered Student Accident & Sickness insurance policy. The cost of the University-offered insurance will be approximately $1,100 per year.

DSU Marketing Team Receives Advertising Awards

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Stacey Colton, director of marketing, and Brandon Maddox, integrated marketing specialist, hold up the DSU marketing works that have been recognized with EA Awards. Delaware State University recently became the recipient of four Educational Advertising Awards from Higher Education Marketing Report – which holds the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. DSU and the advertising agency Caspari McCormick won a Bronze Award and a Merit Award for their joint work on the new DSYOU campaign ad and the University’s latest Undergraduate Viewbook, respectively. DSU also won two Bronze Awards for its Founder’s Day printed program – designed by Brandon Maddox, DSU marketing specialist – and for its Pull-out Poster Pen, designed by Tracy Channel, communications manager, and identified by Charity Shockley, grants manager. All of the recognized DSU personnel work in Institutional Advancement. “This award is important to Institutional Advancement in that it means the higher education industry recognizes the caliber of Delaware State University’s communications materials,” said Stacey Colton, DSU director of integrated marketing. The DSU Pull-out Poster Pen was also honored with an award. The DSU entries were among nearly 3,000 submitted by colleges and universities from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Caspari McCormick is a Wilmington, Del.-based ad agency that has been in business for 12 years. Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher ed marketing professionals for 28 years.  

DSU Students Exhibit Research at Legislative Hall

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(L-r) Yasir Muddesser, Michael Sanchez and Neil Shah, students in the DSU College of Business, stand with their joint research poster that will on display at Legislative Hall in Dover on April 30.

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Three DSU College of Business students had research on display in the House of Representatives Hearing Room of the State Legislative Hall in Dover on April 30. Yasir Muddesser, Michael Sanchez and Neil Shah exhibited their joint research poster on “Sustainability in Social Responsibility Investing – Role of Corporate Governance.” Guided by idea that socially responsible investing helps to build a more sustainable world and by its nature takes care of all of its stakeholders,  the three students analyzed four companies  within the energy sector that classify themselves as socially responsible. The research goal was to see if these “socially responsible” companies are in a true sense sustainable for all of its individual stakeholders. The trio of DSU students exhibited their research poster alongside other research students from the University of Delaware, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical & Community College.

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson Tells Her Baseball Story at DSU

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The baseball legend poses with the DSU Hornet Softball Team. First row (l to r):Kelsey Lewis, Chloe Oro, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, Nkili Matthews and Nicole Gazzola. Second row: Rachel Meagley, Sandy Hawthorne, Jordan Stamps, Sam Gross, Ashley Bennett, Miranda Pedersen, Jessica Madrid and Jennifer Fischbach

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Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, only one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues, said she never thought much about the uniqueness of competing with and against men. The day after her speaking engagement at DSU, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson had lunch with DSU President Harry L. Williams.   “I just loved to play baseball,” said Ms. Johnson, 77, who regaled an auditorium of students in the Bank of America Building at Delaware State University on April 25 with stories about her baseball career and her perspectives on life in general.   Nicknamed “Peanut” because of her short 5-foot 3-inch stature, she told the DSU crowd that baseball had been a part of her life since age six. As a youth she proved her worth on the diamond by winner a spot on the all-white Long Branch Police Athletic Club team in New Jersey.   After being refused a try-out for the All-American Girls League, she turned that rejection into pure determination and became one of only three women to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, and the only female to pitch.   At the age of 22 she was a member of the Indianapolis Clowns (1953-1955). During her tenure, her record was 33-8.  Her batting average ranged from .262 to .284.  After her baseball career, she was a dedicated nurse for 30 years.   Her life in baseball is told in her 2005 book A Strong Right Arm – The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.   The event is sponsored by the DSU Sport Administration Graduate Program, the DSU Women’s Senate, the DSU Department of Athletics, and Public & Allied Health Sciences.  For more information contact Dr. Sonja Jackson-McCoy, at (302) 857-7634.  

Senior Brunch & SGA Exec. Dinner with First Couple -- Photo Slideshow

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Outgoing SGA President Shelbe Hudson (center) spent some time with DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams as one of about 100 soon-to-be graduating students who attended the annual Senior Brunch at the First Couple's residence on campus.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams held two events at their home on April 25 that honored DSU’s 2013 graduating students and welcomed the incoming top student leadership officers for upcoming academic year. The University’s First Couple held the annual Senior Brunch at their residence for this year’s graduating students. About 100 soon-to-be graduates attended the brunch. Later that evening, Dr. Williams and his wife hosted the newly elected Student Government Association Executive Officers for a dinner that also included the University vice presidents. For images from both events, click on the below photo slideshow:

New Student Leadership Set for 2013-2014 Academic Year

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The newly elected 2013-2014 Student Government Association Executive Officers: Anthony Evans, corresponding secretary; Natasha People, treasurer; Marcus Delancey, president; Darnell Liburd, vice president; and Shashanna Simeon, recording secretary.

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DSU students recently went to the polls and selected their Student Government Association leaders for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. (L-r) Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves and Mr. DSU Charles obinson-Snead will assume the throne in 2013-2014. Among the top student leaders chosen during April 4 elections:   Campus King and Queen Mr. DSU – Charles Robinson-Snead Miss DSU – Chascidy Reeves   SGA Executive Five President – Marcus Delancey Vice President – Darnell Liburd Treasurer – Natasha People Recording Secretary – Shashanna Simeon Corresponding Secretary – Anthony Evans   Women’s Senate President – Quira Parker Vice President – A’Sian Rochester Treasurer – Eboni Yearwood   Men’s Council President – Joshua Watson Vice President – Isaiah Covington Treasurer - Kenneth Callier  Corresponding Secretary - Rayshaun Ward  Recording Secretary - James Smith  

DSU Earth Day/Arbor Day Events -- Photos Slideshow

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A new tree is planted near Loockerman Hall by Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Ag & Related Sciences; Dr. Michael Valenti, administrator State Forestry Service, John Ridgeway, Toyota corporate manager and DSU alumnus; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Syrena Taylor, DSU student; and Mary Widhelm, Arbor Day Foundation program manager.

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Although Earth Day is not until April 22, Delaware State University got so excited about its sustainability efforts, the institution just could not wait. DSU held its Earth Day events on April 18, combining it with its Arbor Day Celebration. For images from the day’s events, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information. The Earth Day events were a combination of the participation by DSU students, faculty, staff and administrators, along with other partners such as Pepco Holdings Inc., DuPont, Emory Hill, Delmarva Power, Toyota Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arbor Day foundation. The morning event included a number of exhibitions by DSU groups and the abovementioned partners, followed by a 10 a.m. program, all in the Martin Luther King Student Center. Dr. Stanley Merritt was the keynote speaker, and there were also a presentation by Pepco Holdings’ Lisa Pfeifer and Aleta Finney, and a poem and song performance by the children of the DSU Child Development Lab. In addition, it was announced that Evers Hall was the winner of the "Green Games" competition against Jenkins Hall. It was a contest to see which residential hall could reduce its consumption of energy the most. In the afternoon, the University held Arbor Day Celebration outside of the historic Loockerman Hall on campus. Mary Widhelm, program manager of the Arbor Day Foundation, Michael Valenti, administrator of the Delaware Forest Service, presented DSU President Harry L. Williams with a plaque recognizing the renewal of the University’s USA Tree Campus status. The Tree Campus USA designation goes to schools that have an implemented plan for tree care that is supported by school allocations, an established Campus Tree Advisory Committee, related education outreach, as well as an annual observance of Arbor Day. It is the second consecutive year DSU has received that designation. DSU is the only USA Tree Campus in Delaware and is one of only two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country to be designated as such. “The founding fathers (of DSU) would be happy about the way we are preserving this campus,” Dr. Williams said. “We are going to preserve space for our trees.” Syrena Taylor, a senior DSU student in DSU’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, noted that there are 172 different species of trees on the campus, 25 of which has been planted in the last two years. “We have inspired ourselves to be better than unique,” Ms. Taylor said.

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