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DSU Donates Strength/Condition Equipment to Five High Schools

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(L-r) Trae Anderson, DSU project manager; Jeremy Jeanne, Glasgow H.S. athletics director; Marques Brown, Christiana H.S. assistant football coach;and Andrew Mears, Smyrna H.S. athletics coach, at the former Wellness Center to select the available donated equipment..

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Delaware State University is literally helping to strengthen the athletics programs of five Delaware high schools through its donation of used strength and conditioning equipment. University officials are donating a variety of fitness machines and equipment to the following high schools – Brandywine, Christiana, Glasgow, Brandywine, Mount Pleasant, and Smyrna. Since the 2009 completed construction and opening of the DSU Wellness and Recreation Center, the previously used Wellness Center – a 3,000-square-foot module building next to the Village Cafeteria – has remained idle. Because only new strength and conditioning equipment was installed in the new facility, the equipment formerly used in the old Wellness Center remained in that building. With plans in place to move the module building to another part of the campus to make room for a planned Optics Center on that site, University officials decided to offer the equipment to five high schools on a first-come, first-serve basis. After DSU contacted the state concerning the availability of the equipment, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association sent a notice to all the high schools in the First State. The abovementioned high schools were the first five to respond. Athletics representatives from the high schools visited DSU last week to select the equipment – which included a variety of Tuffstuff strength machines, Trotter treadmills, stationary bikes, and other equipment.  

DSU's Vita Pickrum Named Certified Fund Raising Executive

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CFRE International has named Vita Pickrum, associate vice president of development at DSU, as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Ms. Pickrum joins more than 5,299 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Vita Pickrum, associate vice president of Development and a Certified Fund Raising Executive Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, demonstrated fundraising achievement, and  a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skill and abilities required of a fundraising executive; they have also agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and Donor Bill of Rights. CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, such fundraising executives must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results, as well as continue their professional education. CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Consistently meeting the highest standard of certification excellence, the CFRE International is itself accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies. Ms. Pickrum has been a fundraising executive at Delaware State University since September 2008.  

Hornet Editor-in-Chief Recipient of William P. Frank Scholarship

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Synquette K. Wilks, editor-in-chief of The DSU Hornet student newspaper, is the 2012 recipient of the $10,000 William P. Frank Scholarship.

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Synquette K. Wilks, a junior mass communications major at Delaware State University, has been awarded a $10,000 William P. Frank Scholarship. The scholarship was presented during the May 5 annual First State Gridiron Dinner in Wilmington. Ms. Wilks is majoring in the convergence (journalism) concentration of mass communications undergraduate degree program. Since the fall of 2011 she has served as the editor-in-chief of The DSU Hornet student newspaper and has written for the campus publication since her freshman year. She is also in the McNair Research Program at DSU. Ms. Wilks, of Wilmington, said that the Frank Scholarship will greatly help her development as a journalist. “It will enable me to continue my education as well as learn more about print and internet journalism,” Ms. Wilks said. “I believe this opportunity will provide me with the foundation to build up my journalism career and give me the skills that I will need to compete in the journalism world.” A graduate of Newark High School, Ms. Wilks is the daughter of Kevin Moore and  Shavon Wilks-Taylor William P. Frank (1905-1989) was one of Delaware’s best-known journalists of the 20th century. His career spanned 65 years, during which he became a prominent newspaper columnist and radio commentator. He was also a Delaware historian, a Judaic scholar, a Shakespearean actor and a social activist. Although he was listened to by powerful people, he made the concerns of ordinary people his concerns, according to the Gridiron event program. In 2011, three DSU students were awarded the William P. Frank Scholarship – Deborah Miller ($10,000) from New Castle, Del.; Krystina Muhammad ($5,000) from Newark, Del.; and Desiree Williams ($5,000) from Dover.

DSU, First State Manufacturing and Milford sign collaborative accord

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(Seated l-r) Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers, DSU President Harry L. Williams, FSM co-owner Eli Valenzuela sign collaboration agreement  to develop a business accelerator in the MIlford-area. Standing (l-r): U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Dr. Michael Casson, Dr. Nanda Viswanathan, Sher Valenzuela, and Ashley Wolfe. The collaboration is expected to bring increased economic development and job growth to Kent and Sussex counties.

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Delaware State University joined with First State Manufacturing (FSM) and the City of Milford, Del., to announce a new public-private partnership that is expected to stimulate economic development efforts in Kent and Sussex counties. With U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, DSU President Harry L. Williams and Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers taking part in the media event held May 4 at the FSM facility in Milford, the Small Business Administration announced the launching of the “First State Moves the Nation” Small Business Accelerator. DSU's Dr. Michael Casson said the collaboration will leverage the resources of the partners. Sen. Carper noted the growth of DSU over the years. “Look at it now, with record enrollment and retention, and now DSU is on its way to be an economic engine in Delaware,” he said. As partners in the Small Business Accelerator initiative: DSU’s Center for Economic Development and International Trade (DSU CEDIT) will provide intellectual resources such as economic development forecast data, empirical analyses based on models of the state’s economy, as well as incubator-type services such as marketing research, accounting, project management and IT services. First State Manufacturing will provide 10,000 square feet of physical space at its Milford facility, which will service as an on-site business accelerator. The leadership of FSM will also work with DSU CEDIT to provide a standard and vision for its economic development model, and also serve as part of a  Solutions Group that will contribute information on business solutions and best practices in the area of manufacturing. The City of Milford will commit to leveraging  its economic development resources to provide opportunity and training, oversee the continuation of its Strategic Plan goals and initiatives that will support business development in the city, and actively promote partnerships among business, government and nonprofit sectors in support of job growth in the city. The DSU president noted that this is the type of initiative to which DSU desires to apply its expertise. “After I became president, we looked at how DSU can be a player in this state; and in the vision statement we developed in my first year, it was noted that DSU’s goal is to invigorate the economy of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic Region,” Dr. Williams said. “This partnership actualizes that vision.” FSM – owned by Eli Valenzuela (president), his wife Sher Valenzuela (vice president), and Ashley Wolfe (executive director) – is an industrial upholstery manufacturing and solutions business in Milford that brings to the business accelerator initiative its experience starting as a small business operated out of a one-car garage in 1998 and developing into a highly successful award-winning company that carries out its work in a 70,000 square-foot facility and employs 70 people. (L-r) FSM's Ashley Wolfe, Eli and Sher Valenzuela; Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers; Dr. Michael Casson, DSU CEDIT co-director; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Tony Leta, Del. director of the Small Business Administration; Dr. Shelton Rhodes, dean of the DSU College of Business; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; Dr. Nanda Viswanathan, co-director of DSU CEDIT; and DSU Provost Alton Thompson. “Our story is a Delaware story, and we believe it be the story of others as well,” Mrs. Valenzuela said. She said the business accelerator can bring about an economic ecosystem that will result in “intelligent consumers” of resources. “This business accelerator is going to support the four sectors of business – manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and health care,” Mrs. Valenzuela said. Dr. Michael Casson, who along with Dr. Nanda Viswanathan serves as DSU CEDIT co-directors, noted that the state of the economy and the needed commitment to Delaware’s citizens are addressed by this initiative. “The accelerator will be home to the expertise and resources of DSU, the City of Milford and FSM, all working collaboratively to support entrepreneurship and job growth,” Dr. Casson said.  

DSU Named as Tree Campus USA

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(L-r) DSU Provost Alton Thompson, research professor Dr. Arthur Tucker, herbarium educator Dr. Susan Yost, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Gov. Jack Markell, assistant professor of agriculture Dr. Sathya Elavarthi, and Delaware State Forester Michael Valenti, celebrate the award designating DSU as a Tree Campus USA.

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Delaware State University’s observance of Arbor Day included being honored with a new distinction – it has been named a “Tree Campus USA.” As part of the state observance of Arbor Day, Gov. Jack Markell and a local youth plant a new American Holly tree -- the official state tree -- outside of the MLK Jr. Student Center. DSU hosted Gov. Jack Markell’s annual observance of Arbor Day on May 3 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, where the governor announced the honor to DSU. 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. While being among 148 schools in the country to have the Tree Campus USA designation, DSU is the only school in Delaware with that title and is currently the only Historically Black College or University in the nation to be recognized as such. DSU main campus in Dover currently has hundreds of trees  that are represented by 130 different species. DSU President Harry L. Williams commended the University’s Herbarium staff for their work in identifying the species of trees on our campus. “That work led Dr. Susan Yost, who is the Herbarium educator, to create the Campus Tree Walk and the DSU Tree Map in 2006 on campus,” Dr. Williams said. “The tour – given about seven to eight times a year – gives our students and the public an opportunity to learn more about the different species of trees and other plants on campus.”

Kent County Science Fair Photos and Winners

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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, co-host of the first-ever Kent County Science Fair, listens while Shawn Tazewell of Smyrna Middle School explains his project "How Caffeine Effects the Physiology of Goldfish," which won 1st Place in the Middle School Biology category.

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The first-ever Kent County Science Fair gave about 60 high school and middle school students an opportunity to show their science skills during the May 2 event held at Delaware State University. The Science Fair was co-hosted by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and DSU, with support also coming from the Boeing Company, the Dow Chemical Company, ILC Dover, and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. See the below slideshow for images from the Science Fair, followed by a list of the winning student projects: The following middle school and high school students and teams received the top honors for science projects in the noted award categories: High School Winners Biology:   1st Place: “Smelling of the Sexes” - Dover High School - Brittany Whitmore, Yasemin Simsek, Mika Heredia, Jada Little 2nd Place: “5-3=2 Super Senses” - Dover High School - Melvin Ross, Damon Butler 3rd Place: “Blondes versus Brunettes” - Dover High School - Tyauna Potts Chemistry: 1st Place: “Chemical Effects 0f Catalysts”  Smyrna High School - Dorothy Johnson, Aliyah Burton, Mary Arkoh, John Arkoh, Anthony Euren   Middle School Winners Physics and Engineering: 1st Place: “Batter Up” - William Henry Middle School - Alexxys Harris, Noah Lanouette, Dale Waite 2nd Place: “No Yolk About It - How to Keep from Cracking Your Eggs” - Sunrize Academy - Lee Ferguson   Physics and Engineering (con’t) 3rd Place (tie): “Rube Goldberg Machine” - William Henry Middle School - Hayley Scheir, Kathryn Suter 3rd Place (tie): “Marble Loop” - Milford Middle School - Dalton Carter, Danny Zang Chemistry: 1st Place: “Biodiesel”- William Henry Middle School - Jacob Harrison 2nd Place: “Chemical Reaction Crystals” - William Henry Middle School - Jing Rue Lin 3rd Place: “ Soda…Rust Remover?” - Central Middle - Carolyn Lewis, Monica Elavarthi Biology: 1st Place: “How Caffeine Effects the Physiology of Goldfish” - Smyrna Middle School -Shawn Tazewell 2nd Place: “The Effects of High Glycemic Foods have on Blood Sugar” - William Henry Middle School - Emily Cook 3rd Place: “ The Effects of Nicotine on the Lungs”- Central Middle School - Anmol Gill    

DSU Students Display Research Posters at Legislative Hall -- Photos

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DSU research undergraduates joined students from the University of Delaware, Wesley College and Delaware Technical & community College in presenting a research poster exhibition at Legislative Hall on April 25.

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Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community College and Wesley College collaborated to host the April 25 Posters on the Green in Legislative Hall.  This event featured research poster presentations by undergraduate Delaware residents at all four institutions. Taking part from DSU were Kevin Beaudoin, Amy Cannon, Jason deYoung, Alisa Downes, Elizabeth Fiedler, Samuel Jenifer, Andrew Kluge, Timara Moody, Carl Severin, Jasmine Smith, Syrena Taylor, and Jenson Todd Denard. See the below slideshow for images of the DSU participants and the posters:

Valuable DSU Historic Items Donated to the University

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Noble W. Prettyman, brother of deceased DSU alumnus John Anthony Prettyman, stands with DSU President Harry W. Williams by one of the display cabinets containing some of the historic items donated from the alumnus' collection. The selected items from the donated collection are currently on display on the 1st floor of the William C. Jason Library on campus.

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Some valuable historic items of Delaware State University have been brought home to the institution by a family member of a deceased DSU alumni. Among the donated collection were Hornet newspapers from the 1950s and 60s. Noble W. Prettyman,  the brother of DSU alumnus James Anthony Prettyman, class of 1969, has acted on behalf of his deceased brother and has returned many historical DSU-related items to his alma mater. James A. Prettyman, who earned a B.S. in Business Administration passed away on April 25, 2010. Two years minus one day later on April 24, Noble Prettyman was honored with gratitude by DSU President Harry L. Williams and other administrators and staff at the William C. Jason Library, where he has returned the DSU items that had been a part of James’ collection. The Jason Library is currently exhibiting some of the donated memorabilia in several display cabinets on the first floor. A treasure trove of historic items – the memorabilia largely includes preserved items from the 1950s and 1960s. There are also items from the 1930s and items from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, reflecting a lifelong passion for collecting DSU memorabilia. The collection includes photos, pennants,  printed event programs, academic catalogues, yearbooks, Hornet newspapers, newspaper articles, DSC/DSU t-shirts and sweatshirts, directories, sports material, and many other valuable items. “My brother so dearly loved this college, and I thought it was the right thing to do,” Mr. Noble Prettyman said. Noble described his brother James as one who loved young people and loved his college. “He got over 1,000 students from Rochester to come to Delaware State,” Noble said. “He helped them with their paperwork and if they had trouble paying for their book, he helped them with that too.” The Prettyman family history at DSU goes back to the institution’s beginning in the late 1800s. His great uncle, John Boykins Aikens, was one of the first two graduates from the then-State College for Colored Students, receiving his diploma in 1898 During the event celebrating the donation of history items, Noble regaled the gathering with his account of the Prettyman family, called the “first professional black family in Milton, Delaware.” His grandfather was the first colored business man in the town of Milton as the owner and operator of an ice house. The business was taken over by Noble and James’ father James Aikens Prettyman who operated the business until 1970.

DSU Celebrates Earth Day -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and other University Administrators take a photo moment with the DSU Aspire Scholarship students, who participated in the Earth Day activities.

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DSU observed Earth Day on Friday, April 12 with a morning program in the MLK  Jr. Student Center that featured keynote remarks from Shawn Garvin, regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dover Mayor Carlton Carey, Sr., and Jack Tarburton, director of Delaware Rural Development, Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost, and Queen Sheba Owusu-Hassan of the DSU SGA also gave remarks on the program. There were a number of displays in the Student Center, and outside there were tours of the DSU MET Green Training Bus and energy efficient cars on exhibition. In addition, children from the DSU Child Development Lab were enlisted at the University’s sustainable garden to help plant some new vegetables. For images of Earth Day, see the below slideshow of photos:

DSU Concert Choir to Present Spring Concert

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The DSU Concert Choir will do a musical tribute to Whitney Houston during its 2012 Spring Concert.

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The DSU Concert Choir will present its annual Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr., is completing his first year as the DSU director of Choral Activities. Among the selections to be performed, the DSU Choir will do a tribute to legendary R&B singer Whitney Houston, who passed away earlier this year. The Spring Concert is free and open to the public. The concert will also feature several guest artists – vocalist Paula Higgins of Baltimore, Md., piano recording artist John Stoddart and organist Rodney Whitley. An orchestra will accompany the choir, which will include some members of the DSU Concert Band. The DSU Choir is directed by Dr. Lloyd B. Mallory, Jr., who is completing his first academic year as an associate professor and director of Choral Activities at DSU. “It is the culminating event in which we celebrate all we have learned throughout the year and the graduating seniors, as well as give us an opportunity to thank our supporters,” Dr. Mallory said.

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