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DSU President Harry Williams Attends ACUPCC Steering Meeting in DC

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, serving in his role as a newly-appointed member of the Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), attended an important June 21 meeting at American University in Washington D.C. to help chart the course of the coalition of institutions of higher education working to reduce global warming impacts. DSU President Harry L. Williams Dr. Williams was among an ACUPCC Steering Committee made up of 33 chief academic officers from colleges and universities throughout the country. Delaware State University is the only historically black institution of higher education currently represented on the ACUPCC Steering Committee. The steering committee discussed the latest updates in its continued institutional recruiting efforts, successful partnerships and grants, communications initiatives as well as other ACUPCC business. The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Delaware State University’s standing as a committed institutional member was affirmed in 2011 when it received the Second Nature Leadership Award from ACUPCC for its dedicated effort to establish sound environmental practices on campus through the University’s Go Green Sustainability Committee.

DSU's Dr. Arthur Tucker Named Professor Emeritus

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Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees recently unanimously voted to name Dr. Arthur O. Tucker as professor emeritus. Dr. Arthur O. Tucker is the seventh outstanding DSU faculty member to be named professor emeritus. Photo by Troy Darden. Dr. Tucker is retiring this summer after 36 years as a research professor in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. Dr. Tucker is an internationally renowned botanist and is the co-founder and director of DSU’s Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. In 1977, Dr. Tucker and the late Dr. Norman H. Dill, professor of biology and agriculture, established an herbarium, which began as two cabinets of plant collections in the Baker Building. Because of the need for a such a facility on the Delmarva Peninsula, it took on a life of its own attracting the donation of numerous valuable plant collections, and ultimately resulting in the University’s construction of the current Claude E. Phillips Herbarium facility within the U.S. Washington Cooperative Extension Building. In addition to being the only such facility on the Delmarva Peninsula, DSU’s Herbarium is the only functioning one among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. Dr. Tucker has been a prolific botany writer, having co-authored five books, including two on rare and endangered vascular plant species in Delaware and Maryland, and three on herbs. He has also contributed chapters to 29 books and co-authored more than 90 refereed journal articles, as well as countless other non-refereed article and conference publications. Dr. Tucker’s expansive expertise includes herbs and essential oil plants, perfumes, the plant varieties of Delaware and Maryland, rare and endangered plants, forensic plant identification, and other areas. “His career in academia encompasses the land grant philosophy in that he has been prolific in his research program, developed effective teaching programs, and he extends his research and knowledge in outreach to the community,” said Dr. Richard A. Barczewski, chair of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Dr. Tucker joins six others who are currently professor emeritus of DSU: Dr. Kenneth Bell, former dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences and University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. William Flayhart, former chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy; Dr. Gustav Ofosu, former chair of the Department of Biology; Dr. Donald A. Parks, former art professor and director of the Arts Center/Gallery; Dr. Warren Rhodes, former director of the Psychology Graduate Program; and Dr. Mary P. Watkins, former chair of the Department of Nursing.

Dr. Harry L. Williams Discusses Higher Ed Affordability on Capitol Hill

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DSU President Harry L. Williams went before a U.S. Senate committee June 6 to give his perspective on the issue of college affordability during a June 6 roundtable discussion of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The DSU president participated in a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee hour-long roundtable discussion that focused on the escalating costs of higher education, the resulting student debt load increase, and what the federal government can do to make college more affordable to all Americans. DSU President Harry L. Williams told a U.S. Senate committee that escalating higher education costs especially impact minority students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Williams came before the committee at the invitation U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.). The DSU president was joined by leaders from 13 other colleges, universities, and education advocacy groups, who were all given an opportunity to share their ideas on how to make higher education more affordable. Dr. Williams told the committee that making college more affordable for students is a never-ending priority for the University. “Because of the increasing challenges of higher education affordability, Delaware State University constantly works to raise funds to help students make it through college without interruption due to financial reasons,” Dr. Williams said. “Dreams deferred often become dreams cancelled, and it motivates DSU to do all it can to keep students on their journey toward earning a degree.” Noting that minority students are unfortunately the ones suffering the most due to the rising costs of college, Dr. Williams shared research findings that show how the rising costs of college results in decreased enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Sen. Coons said that when it comes to finding ways to make college more affordable, all options should be explored. He noted that many students are delaying college because of the astronomical costs that are associated with obtaining a degree. “Today’s meeting was helpful in facilitating an open discussion among members of the Senate and leaders in the education world and I thank Dr. Williams for joining us and sharing his insight and wisdom,” Sen. Coons added. “I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Williams to help more Delaware students to access and complete college.” Sen. Coons also discussed legislation he has introduced that would help at-risk students prepare for and complete college. The American Dream Accounts Act, which he introduced in March, encourages partnerships among schools, colleges, non-profits and businesses to develop secure, Web-based student accounts that contain information about academic preparedness, financial literacy and high-impact mentoring and would be tied to a college savings account.   The Communities Committed to College Tax Credit Act, which he introduced in April, is designed to help spur private investment in scholarship-funding trusts to make higher education more accessible and affordable for generations of Americans. During the meeting, Dr. Williams also told the committee how DSU’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is prompting the university to establish an early college high school on campus by the fall of 2013.  The DSU president said that through this effort, the University hopes to encourage more minority students to pursue careers in STEM fields as well as reduce their cost of college. Sen. Coons has also been an outspoken advocate for promoting STEM education. There has been a lot of discussion in Washington recently on college affordability and ensuring that students can get a higher education that doesn’t cripple them financially. Today’s meeting comes a week after the New America Foundation released a report showing that children can be more successful at saving for college when it starts early and they are given the infrastructure to save. The release of the New America Foundation report coincided with the U.S. Department of Education announcement on Thursday that the College Savings Account Research Demonstration Project will make an $8.7 million commitment of federal GEAR UP funds to support college savings accounts for students participating in the GEAR UP program.

DSU 2012 President's Banquet for Retirees -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with the following 2012 retirees: Brenda Brown (30 yrs.), Dr. E. Everard Cornwall (21 yrs.), Claudia Johnson (16 yrs.), Dr. Arthur Tucker (36 yrs.), Betty Price (6 yrs.), Benjamin Turner (23 yrs.), Dr. Sylvia Sheffler (16 yrs.), Gary Wayman (30 yrs.), and Nancy Wagner (4 years).

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Delaware State University held the annual President’s Banquet for Retirees on June 5 to honor the retirement class of 2012. See the below photo slideshow for images from the event, followed by a list of the retirees. The 2012 retirees honored at the President's Banquet: Brenda Brown, Office of Financial Aid, 30 years. Dr. E. Everard Cornwall, Department of Education, 21 years. Claudia Johnson, Department of Nursing, 16 years. Betty Price, Office of the Provost, 6 years. Dr. Sylvia Sheffler, Department of Nursing, 16 years. Dr. Arthur Tucker, College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, 36 years Benjamin Turner, Custodian Services, 23 years. Gary Wayman, Custodian Services, 30 years. Nancy Wagner, Institutional Advancement, 4 years.

Erika Grant Named Among Ebony Magazine's Top 10 Queens

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Erika Grant, the 2011-2012 Miss DSU, may have graduated, but her accolades have continued as she has been selected among the Top 10 Campus Queens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Erika Grant will represent DSU as one of Ebony Magazine's Top 10 HBCU campus queens in its September issue. Ms. Grant, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May, has been selected to be among the Top 10 campus queens that will be highlighted in Ebony Magazine’s annual Campus Queen feature in its September 2012 issue. Ebony flew her out to Chicago for a June 1 photo shoot in preparation for the feature. “It was an out-of-body experience,” she said. “It was a lot of pressure under the camera, but it was a lot of fun.” The Top 10 competition was based on which queens could attract the most online votes, Ms. Grant -- who made the top 10 out of a field of 41 competing queens -- said she had great support on Twitter and Facebook to attract voting support. The Ebony Campus Queen competition is in its fifth year, but this year is the first time a Miss DSU has made the top 10. “I am excited to be representing DSU in this national magazine,” Ms. Grant said. Currently Ms. Grant is completing an internship with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, and she is looking forward to begin working in the fall for the investment management firm of Vanguard.

DSU Names Tamika Louis as Women's Head Basketball Coach

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents Tamika Louis, the new Lady Hornet basketball head coach, with a DSU jacket and hat.

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A new Delaware State University women’s basketball coaching era has begun, as DSU President Harry L. Williams today introduced Tamika L. Louis, a former championship junior college head coach and Division I assistant coach, as the new Lady Hornets head coach. Head Coach Tamika Louis said she expects to establish a winning culture among the Lady Hornets basketball team. In introducing the new head coach at a May 31 media event, Dr. Williams said that he is “very happy” that Coach Louis has decided to become a member of the One Hornet Nation Family. “I expect that she will bring a high-level energy and excitement to our Lady Hornets’ basketball program,” the DSU president said.  Coach Louis arrives at DSU with 14 years of coaching and recruiting experience. Most recently, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011-2012 season at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. From 2009-2011, Coach Louis was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for St. John’s University. In addition to organizing all recruiting initiatives, game scouting, overseeing player academic progress and off-court mentoring, she was responsible for the development of St. John guards, including 2nd Team All-Big East and Freshman All-American Shennieka Smith. She served as an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator for the University of Illinois from 2007-2009. Coach Louis was instrumental in signing the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked 2009 class in the country (according to ESPN Hoop Girl and Blue Star rankings), which included All-Americans Destiny Williams and Karisma Penn. From 2002-2005, she was head women’s basketball coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., where the team’s record was 58-33 over those three seasons. The highlight of her MCC coaching tenure was the 2004-2005 season in which the team boasted a 16-0 conference record (27-7 overall), was the champion of Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association and earned a bid in the NJCAA Tournament. During that stellar season, Coach Louis received the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and the Region XII Coach of the Year awards.  From 1998 to 2002, she also had stints as an assistant and associate basketball coach at Central High School in Fresno, Calif., Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. After playing her freshman year (1993-1994) at West Virginia University, she transferred to Fresno State where she was the starting point guard and captain from 1995-1998. It was also at Fresno State where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree, both in communications. In addition to her career progression in athletics, Coach Louis also worked for General Motors in management, product development, sales and marketing from 1999 to 2007, during which time she received the Corporate Woman of the Year Award in 2003. Coach Louis said that as the Lady Hornets’ head coach, she will be a servant-leader and hopes her energy, dedication and work ethic will be infectious to the young women she will coach and mentor. “We will establish a winning culture here with an expectation to excel in the classroom and on the court resulting in MEAC championships,” Coach Louis said. “Just as important, we will develop future leaders who, upon graduation, will make an immediate impact in our global society and positively represent DSU.” Interim AD Eric Hart join Coach Tamika Louis along with her mother Joyce Louis and Faye Sterling, her aunt, after the media event. The decision to hire Coach Louis culminated a two-month search process that began in late March. Serving on the Search Committee for the head coaching post were Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones (committee chair), chair of the Department of Psychology; Dr. Jan Blade, faculty athletics representative; Candy Young, interim senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator; Dr. Joe Amoako, professor of English and member of the Athletics Council; Dr. Josette McCollough, DSU alumna and former Lady Hornet student-athlete; Dr. Sonja McCoy, associate director of Mentoring and Advising; Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost; and Kianna D’Oliveira, current Lady Hornet student-athlete. Eric Hart, interim DSU athletics director, praised the search committee for its hard work and expressed great hopes for the Lady Hornets basketball program under Coach Louis. “We are starting a new chapter in women’s basketball and I am confident that Coach Louis will be able to build upon a strong basketball legacy here at Delaware State University,” Mr. Hart said. “Coach Louis has built a reputation on the Division I landscape as being a fierce recruiter and has built top tier programs at Illinois and St. John’s, and was on her way to building a strong class at George Washington University.” Coach Louis succeeds former Head Coach Ed Davis, who retired in March after leading the program for 12 years.  

DSU Honored by Capital School District

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Representing their DSU areas in receiving the Capital School District Community Partner Awards: (l-r) Alex Meredith, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Christopher McGuire, DSU Administration Bldg. staff and participating Greek organizations; Dr. Robin Roberts, Office of Student Leadership and Activities; Eric Hart; Department of Athletics; along with Dr. Michael Thomas, superintendent of the district.

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The Capital School District honored several DSU entities with Community Partner Awards during its May 30 Awards Ceremony. Honored from DSU were: DSU Staff and Administration – For its annual Christmas season work in collecting gifts and donations for the district’s Adopt-a-Family Program. The DSU Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources – For its work in donating plants to district schools throughout the year, as well as assisting in the development of a garden at Fairview Elementary School. The DSU Department of Athletics – For the community service of its students-athletes in participating in the Read-Aloud Program, and also for working with children at Fairview Elementary School. The DSU Office of Student Leadership and Activities – For providing gathering space for the district’s mentoring training, and for its Career Services in allowing the district to participate in the annual Job Fair on campus.

United Baptist Convention of Del. Establishes Book Scholarship

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Dr. Lonnie E. Rector, president of the United Baptist Convention of Del., and its representatives Rev. Herbert  J. Owens Sr., Mildred F. Mosley, Rev. Gilbert S. Hamm Sr., Rev. Beryl S. Yancey, and Dr. Samuel Richardson III, join DSU President Harry L. Williams in celebrating the establishment of the Rev. Tommie Lee Brown Memorial Book Scholarship.

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A Baptist organization has joined Delaware State University in its effort to keep education affordable. The United Baptist Convention of Delaware (UBCD) has established a $16,410 Rev. Tommie Lee Brown Memorial Book Scholarship endowment to help Delaware State University students who are part of the organization’s member Baptist churches. Dr. Lonnie E. Rector, president of the UBCD and pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Newark, along with a delegation from the Baptist organization paid a visit to DSU President Harry L. Williams at his office to celebrate the endowment. The UBCD president said it is appropriate for the Baptist church organization in Delaware to support DSU. “When I was in South Carolina, I was accustomed to working with black colleges there,” Dr. Rector said. “When I arrived to Delaware, I noticed that we weren’t supporting our (HBCU) college here in Delaware as we should.” He added that a book scholarship is much needed as it is a big challenge for students to cover the cost of expensive college textbooks. “Making a financial contribution to DSU helps students to focus on the intended purpose of higher education, which is to achieve academically rather than having to constantly worry about how they can afford to stay in college,” Dr. Rector said. “Together, we can make this happen.” The late Rev. Tommie Lee Brown, the namesake of the scholarship, was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and served two tenures as president of the UBCD, the last of which ended with his passing in 2002. UBCD officials note that Rev. Brown had a passion for learning, and therefore the scholarship was a good way to memorialize his leadership.

DSU Celebrates Mable Morrison's Honorary Doctorate

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DSU Department of Music, past and present turn out to honor Dr. Mable Morrison. (L-r) Randolph Johnson, Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Dr. Howard Brockington, Dr. Morrison, Dr. Lapointe Davis and Dr. Reppard Stone.

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It was a genuine celebration in which all were on one accord in their feelings about Dr. Mable Morrison, DSU’s latest honorary doctorate recipient. DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams hosted a May 22 reception at the President’s Residence in celebration of her 50 years as a DSU music faculty member as well as the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters she received during the May 20 DSU Commencement ceremony Click on the below photo slideshow for images of the celebration, followed by more information about the event (and a vintage photo): The DSU president noted that never before had there been so many people in attendance at an event at the President’s residence during his two-year-plus tenure – clearly reflective of the love, admiration and The 1965 DSC Department of Music: (l-r) Beatrice Henry, Mable Morrison, Dr. Reppard Stone and Dr. Howard Brockington. respect the campus community has for Dr. Morrison. In addition to many of the present DSU community attended the celebration, the event also attracted many others from DSU past, such as former DSU President William B. DeLauder and his wife Vermell, former early 1960s music chair Dr. Reppard Stone, former 1960s to 1990s music chair Dr. Howard Brockington,  former dean and provost Kenneth Bell, former dean of students Gladys Motley, and many others. Dr. Morrison was presented with plaques and tributes from Department of Music, The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Office of the Provost, as well as from the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and the Gov. Jack Markell. Thompson Hospitality provided lunch and a contingent of DSU music students and faculty member provided some jazz music.

DSU's Dr. Francine Edwards Wins Mrs. Delaware USA Pageant

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DSU’s Dr. Francine Edwards, an associate professor of Mass Communications, is now representing the First State and the University as the 2012 Mrs. Delaware USA. DSU's Dr. Francine Edwards is crowned the 2012 Mrs. Delaware USA by outgoing Mrs. Delaware USA Angie Bell at the end of the May 11 pageant. Dr. Edwards, who primarily teaches public relations, found out that two times was the charm and the victory, as she won the Mrs. Delaware USA Pageant held on May 11 at Everett Meredith High School in Middletown. The previous year she came close, finishing as the first runner-up. The 43-year-old wife and mother noted that it was a challenge competing against eight other women in their 20s and 30s. “You never know what the judges are looking for,” Dr. Edwards said. “After finishing first runner-up the previous year, when you get that close and when you want to do it for the right reasons, you know that you have a good chance.” For Dr. Edwards, the “right reason” was to address the need for more role models who value marriage and family while balancing that with career responsibilities. “I am not perfect, but I have committed myself to my family and have been able to find a balance between that commitment and my happiness in my career,” Dr. Edwards said. “I have to invest as much time in the marriage as I do in work; I still have to be there for my husband and my children.” While clearly an attractive woman, Dr. Edwards said she liked the Mrs. Delaware USA Pageant because it doesn’t just focus on beauty. “This pageant values intelligence, and there is also an emphasis on service.” Dr. Edwards said her platform for the pageant was titled “Blended and Blessed; Stepparent Support,” a platform she was already well-versed in. She is the wife of Micah Edwards, and she is the mother of two (Tyler, 6 and the only girl; and Joshua, 2) and the stepmother of two others (Jordan, 14, and Madison, 11). Throughout the year leading up to the pageant she worked her platform by meeting with other stepparents one-on-one and in small groups to discuss the challenges of raising step-children and help them talk through some solutions to issues. “As I stepparent, I have found that you have to work on communicating,” Dr. Edwards said. “You have to focus on the children and not on the issues that the two parents might have.”    The pageant contest categories included: the interview, evening gown, fitness and on-stage question. She had the highest score in the interview (where she was able to share the work she had done on her platform) and fitness categories. Dr. Edwards said in the excitement of winning, she never found out how well she scored on the on-stage question: “If you were married for 25 years, what advice would you give a newly married couple?” Dr. Edwards said that she hopes her accomplishment shows her students that it's good to get out of one's comfort zone to learn and grow. In her answer, she used some sibling wisdom. “My sister is celebrating her 25th anniversary next month and she would say to keep the lines of communication open, put Christ first in your marriage and keep each other laughing” As the 2012-2013 Mrs. Delaware USA, Dr. Edwards said that she will continue to promote her platform as well as to promote literacy. “I also want to recruit more minority women for the pageant,” Dr. Edwards said. “I would love to see a diverse pool year after year, because it would represent the world that we live in.” Dr. Edwards, a native of Landover, Md., has been a DSU mass communications faculty member since 2006. As an associate professor who focuses on the public relations discipline, Dr. Edwards said her pageant accomplishment is reflective of what she teaches her students.  “I tell them that we market ourselves every single day,” she said. “I want to present myself as genuine, knowledgeable about whatever I am talking about, and always understand that the first impression is a lasting impression. When I go into the classroom every day that is how I try to present myself.” She hopes the take-away for her students from her Mrs. Delaware USA title is that you can accomplish anything you want to. “But sometimes you needs to step outside of comfort zone to learn and grow,” Dr. Edwards said. “Entering the pageant was new to me, and it gave me a way to grow and learn as a role model.”  

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