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Dr. A. Richard Barros Named Trustee Emeritus

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In 1977, A. Richard Barros decided one way he could fulfill his desire to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice would be to serve on the DSU Board of Trustees. He felt that then-Delaware State College was not Board Vice Chair David G. Turner presents Trustee Emeritus Resolution to Dr. A. Richard Barros being treated fairly and that he could help reverse that trend. Then-Gov. Pierre duPont took him at his word, and appointed him to be on the DSC board. Dr. Barros recently ended his 3½-decade tenure on the DSU Board of Trustees, which has honored him by unanimously approving a resolution that elects him as trustee emeritus. The honor was bestowed on Dr. Barros during the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 13, two weeks after he stepped down from his 35 years of service as a trustee as a result of term limits that were established this year by the board. Dr. Claiborne D. Smith, board chair, praised Dr. Barros for his outstanding service and noted that the trustee emeritus was particularly helpful to him over the years. “He was a personal mentor to me when I first came on the board,” Dr. Smith said. “His encouragement over the years helped keep my energy level very high in terms of work on the board.” Dr. Barros said it has been a pleasure to work with his fellow trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students in the positive development of the institution. “I am so proud of where DSU is at this point,” Dr. Barros said. “We have accomplished a great deal, and I have never felt better about this University than I do now. “ After his initial 1977 appointment to the board, he was reappointed by Gov. duPont and Gov. Michael N. Castle for additional terms of office until 1994. Around that time, Dr. Barros determined that he wanted his service on the board to be free from dependence on political appointments, and he asked to be appointed by the board. He would remain a board appointment through his remaining 18 years as a trustee. During his tenure, Dr. Barros has served as a board vice chairman, as a longtime chair of the Education Policy Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Student Affairs, and the former Trustees Faculty committees. Among his many important contributions to the University were: his service on the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee and assistance in the writing of the self-study that led to the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation in 2002;  his service as a member of three presidential search committees;  and his 18 years on the University’s federally mandated Internal Review Board, which reviewed all of the institution’s research and studies to protect the welfare and treatment of research subjects. It was the result of Dr. Barros’ initiative that bi-annual meetings were established in the mid-2000s between the board’s Education Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the DSU Faculty Senate. Dr. Barros’ service to the institution even extended to the classroom where he served as an adjunct associate professor of aviation science at the University. As DSU board member, Dr. Barros has served as a presenter at national conferences of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges covering the subjects  of  “University Security and Premise’s Liability” and “How to Avoid Litigation at a University.” The institution recognized his many contributions to the University in 1991 by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Law. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Barros represented DSU and its board well as an active participant in community affairs and charitable causes. Dr. Barros recently retired from a long and distinguished career as an attorney and lead partner in the law firm of Barros McNamara Malkiewicz & Taylor, P.A.; and In addition to recognizing Dr. Barros for many of the abovementioned accomplishments and dedicated service, the resolution approved by the board on Sept. 13 also noted, “During his long service on the Board, Dr. Barros has demonstrated great dedication and collegiality and has provided highly valued counsel to the deliberations of the Board.”

DSU President Appoints Dr. Teresa Hardee as VP of Finance

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DSU President Harry L. Williams announced today that he has appointed Dr. Teresa Hardee as the University’s new vice president of finance.             Dr. Teresa Hardee   In her DSU post, Dr. Hardee will oversee and manage the day-to-day fiscal operations of the University, including budget, payroll, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, contracting, fiscal planning, banking, investment reporting, procurement, cash management, housekeeping, maintenance, deferred maintenance and facilities.   Dr. Hardee will report directly to the DSU president and work closely with Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer. Mr. Mohammadi – who now works as part of the Office of the President – is responsible for the oversight of enterprise risk management, institutional research planning and analysis, academic and international program fiscal planning, human resources, information technology and other areas.   Dr. Hardee arrives at DSU after serving the last five years as the chief financial officer and vice president for Administrative and Financial Services at Florida A&M University.   Prior to that, Dr. Hardee served as the assistant vice chancellor for budgets and financial planning from 2003 to 2007 and as the director of internal audit from 2002 to 2003, both at North Carolina Central University. She also held a succession of posts for the state of North Carolina as an investment accounting manager for the Department of State Treasurer (North Carolina), as a state auditor and as an advanced state management analyst from 1996 to 2002.   Dr. Williams said Dr. Hardee is a “first-rate talent” and he is “delighted” to have her as part of the DSU leadership team.   “This is an exciting opportunity to have someone with Dr. Teresa Hardee’s experience working with our finance staff,” Dr. Williams said. “She has been a state auditor, university auditor and served as a CFO at Florida A&M, where she oversaw a budget of over $492 million. She has done it all.”   Mr. Mohammadi, who served as the chair of the search committee, said with the University embarking on the construction of a new optics research facility, moving toward the future establishment of a new Wilmington area satellite site and continuing its ongoing energy saving upgrades on campus, this was a critical appointment.   “As a seasoned finance professional, Dr. Hardee will hit the ground running on day one,” said Mr. Mohammadi. “There is nothing that we have going on at DSU that she hasn’t encountered in her depth of financial experience.”   Dr. Hardee's first day in the finance leadership post will be on Oct. 1.    

Poverty Tour 2.0 -- Photos Slideshow

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(L-r) Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley brought their Sept. 13 Poverty Tour 2.0 event to DSU's Memorial Hall Gymnasium before a crowd of about 1,700.

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It was an historic evening at Delaware State University as the institution hosted a stop by noted TV and radio talk show Tavis Smiley and eminent intellectual and author Dr. Cornel West, who brought their Poverty Tour 2.0 to the campus on Sept. 13. Not to be accused of shying away from the general African American thought with respect to the upcoming presidential election, both renowned speakers challenged the incumbent President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney to stop ignoring the problem of poverty in their campaign discourse. For images from the Poverty Tour 2.0 at DSU, see the below photo slideshow. Photos by Carlos Holmes:

DSU Moves Up to 13th in the Annual HBCU Rankings

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Delaware State University has moved up to 13th among 80 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report. DSU President Harry L. Williams said he expects DSU to continue moving up in the rankings in the future as well.   DSU was tied last year with South Carolina State University for 15th place and this year surpassed that school (this year 14th) as well as moved passed Elizabeth City University, which dropped to a 20th  tie with Morgan State University.   Among Mid-Atlantic Region schools, DSU joins Howard University (2nd), Hampton University (4th) and Morgan State (20th) that made the top 20 HBCUs in the 2013 ranking.   DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the elevation of the University from 15th to 13th validates that the University is moving in the right direction, but also challenges the institution to work hard to continue moving up in the rankings in the upcoming years.   “The schools that are currently ahead of us are not doing anything that we aren’t capable of doing -- and in many areas DSU is already accomplishing,” Dr. Williams said. “The University will continue to strive diligently to build on the great success of our recent affirmation of DSU’s accreditation and continue to make best practices the standard in carrying out our institutional mission.”   The DSU president added, “As DSU consistently does that, our rise in this HBCU ranking will continue.”   When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22, and then rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010, before rising to 15th last year.     The HBCU rankings are based on the following categories to assess academic quality: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.   Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga., is ranked as the No. 1 HBCU in the country by the magazine, a top distinction it has held since 2008. Spelman is followed by No. 2 Howard University and No. 3 Morehouse College.  

DSU to Hold Annual President's Prayer Breakfast Sept. 21

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               Rev. Rita Paige Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams will host the second annual President’s Prayer Breakfast under the theme of “Family, Friends, Faith: Bridging Our Communities,” at 7 a.m. Friday Sept. 21 in the second floor parlors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m.   The guest speaker will be Rev. Rita Paige, the pastor of the historic Star Hill AME Church near Camden, Del. She is also the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, who served as the president of then-Delaware State College for 27 years from 1960-1987.                 Tammy Trout   The Prayer Breakfast will feature music from nationally known contemporary Christian and gospel recording artist Tammy Trout, who is also the music director at The Pentecostals of Dover Church in Dover. Music will also be provided by DSU Prayer Breakfast Choir, a group of faculty, staff and students formed especially for this event.   Several other clergy members from throughout Delaware will also participate in the Prayer Breakfast program.   Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.desu.edu/administration/save-dates  or by calling (302) 857-6057.  

DSU Fan Tent at UD Game -- Photo Slideshow

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UD President Patrick Harker, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and DSU President Harry L. Williams get together before the start of the Sept. 8 DSU vs. University of Delaware game in Newark.

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The Hornet faithful gathered at the DSU Fan Tent for great fellowship, food and music prior to the Sept. 8 DSU vs. UD game. For images from the DSU Fan Tent, click on the below photo slideshow. Photos by Carlos Holmes

DSU Arts Center/Gallery Exhibits Works of George Lorio

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George Lorio, an DSU associate professor of art, has 13 sculpture and installation works on display at the University's Arts Center/Gallery until Sept. 21.

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Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery is featuring the work of art faculty member George Lorio in a show entitled “Current Work” until Sept. 21. The exhibition at the Arts Center/Gallery – located inside the first floor entrance of the William C. Jason Library on campus – is free and open to the public. Mr. Lorio, an associate professor in the DSU Art Program, is exhibiting 13 sculpture and installation artworks in the show. His works express his views on a variety of social issues. The artist and his works will be honored during a reception from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Arts Center/Gallery. Mr. Lorio will also share insights as an artist into his work during a gallery talk at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 also at the Arts Center/Gallery. Mr. Lorio is starting his second year as a DSU faculty member. He came to DSU from Texas where he taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He teaches 3D design, 2D design, ceramics and drawing courses.

Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornel West Bring Poverty Tour to DSU Sept. 13

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Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have made DSU a stop during its five-state Poverty Tour 2.0, through which they are advocating that the eradication of poverty in the U.S. become a top priority.

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Syndicated radio host and political commentator Tavis Smiley and internationally known Princeton professor Cornel West will bring their Poverty Tour 2.0 to the First State as they facilitate a town hall-style forum at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium at Delaware State University.                   Dr. Cornel West The event is free and open to the public. Delaware is one of five states – the others being Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – where Mr. Smiley and Dr. West will bring the Poverty Tour 2.0 to address the need to make the eradication of poverty the top priority in the United States. “We expect that the forthcoming census data will reveal that poverty in America is not an abstraction; too many Americans are living hand to mouth,” said Cornel West. “Basic needs such as living-wage jobs, food, clothing, medicine, and shelter cannot be ignored by the major parties during the upcoming political conventions, or by their respective nominees on the campaign trail.” The tour, which is scheduled for September 12 through the 15th will feature a number of free town hall meetings that will be broadcast live on a number of platforms including USTREAM, radio, and social media. “We are excited that Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have chosen Delaware State University as one of the sites where they will lead a discussion on the vexing problem of poverty in this country,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president of Delaware State University. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, approximately 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010. This number is up from 43.6 million in 2009 and represents the fourth consecutive annual increase in this measure of poverty. The overall poverty rate of 15.1% in 2010 represents an increase from the 14.3% level in 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, the poverty rate increased for non-Hispanic Whites (from 9.4 percent to 9.9 percent), for Blacks (from 25.8 percent to 27.4 percent), and for Hispanics (from 25.3 percent to 26.6 percent). For Asians, the 2010 poverty rate (12.1 percent) was not statistically different from the 2009 poverty rate “It is our intent that in the sprint from Labor Day to Election Day, poor people do not get trampled on or left behind, Mr. Smiley said. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN, and C-SPAN, as well as on his dear brother Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV show.  He is also co-host of the popular radio show Smiley & West, heard on Public Radio International (PRI) around the country. Smiley & West is a highly-acclaimed progressive program. He made his film debut in The Matrix — and was the DVD commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy, released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk, and STAND. He has made three spoken-word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken-word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best jazz album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Love & War: Masterpiece, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.   Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley is a noted television and radio talk show host, author, as well as the president and CEO of The Smiley Group, Inc. From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist Tavis Smiley has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS as well as The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI). In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored 16 books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times best seller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list. In his latest title The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, Smiley and his co-author Dr.  Cornel West take on the “p” word — poverty.  In this game-changing book, they challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America — what it really is and how to eradicate it. Smiley is the presenter and creative force behind America I AM: The African American Imprint. This unprecedented traveling museum exhibition, which debuted in January 2009, will tour the country for four years, celebrating the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to our nation and the world, as told through rare artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia. Smiley’s most gratifying accomplishments are rooted in his passion to inspire the next generation of leaders. The nonprofit Tavis Smiley Foundation was established to provide leadership training and development for youth. Since its inception, more than 6,000 young people have participated in the foundation’s Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences. His communications company, The Smiley Group, Inc., is dedicated to supporting human rights and related empowerment issues and serves as the holding company for various enterprises encompassing broadcast and print media, lectures, symposiums, and the Internet. Smiley’s achievements have earned him numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University. In 2009, Indiana University named the atrium of its School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) building “The Tavis Smiley Atrium.” Smiley is also the recipient of the prestigious Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey.

Accreditation Reaffirmation Celebration: Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams greeted every University member that arrived to celebrate of the reaffirmation of DSU's accreditation during a luncheon event in the MLK Jr. Student Center.

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The DSU community gathered on Aug. 27 to celebrate the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation earlier this summer. DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson commended the team effort that resulted in DSU meeting all 14 standards of the accreditation as well as receiving several commendations by the visiting team of evaluators representing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. See the photo slideshow below for images from the celebration that was held in the MLK Jr. Student Center:

DSU Holds Freshmen Induction Ceremony: Photo Slideshow

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DSU's newest freshman class stands to take the oath of New Student Commitment, in which students accepted the University's call to leadership and to continue the legacy of the institution as leaders, dreamers, achievers and scholars.

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Delaware State University formally embraced its newest students – the Class of 2016 – during its traditional Freshmen Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. See the below photo slideshow for images from the event, followed by more information about the ceremony:   This year’s freshman class, which is over 900 students, heard from DSU President Harry Williams, along with Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost; Dr. Robin Roberts and Kamillah Lewis, director and associate director, respectively, of the Office of Student Leadership  and Activities; and from Shelbe Hudson, president of the Student Government Association. The event included a Hornet Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony, and the freshman class took the oath of New Student Commitment of Living the Legacy: A Call to Leadership. In reciting the oath, the students vowed to model their conduct upon by the University's core values, to embrace its culturally diverse community, to be good citizens, and to know that as the newest members of the Hornet Nation, they are destined for greatness on this campus and beyond.

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