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Fall 2014 Graduate Student Gala -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Graduates Student Association celebrated the most recent master’s and doctoral students to complete their degrees during an event Nov. 21 at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover.

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DSU Graduate Student Association (GSA) held its Fall 2014 Graduate Gala on Nov. 21 to honor all August and December 2014 graduate students who are receiving master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to honoring the graduate students, the GSA and the School of Graduate Studies and Research gave each graduate an alumni plate to put on their car.  For images from the Graduate Gala, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649647031846/show    

DSU Police Christmas Party for Kids -- Photo Slideshow

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Pltm. Kerry Bowman makes a little girl’s day with a gift during the Dec. 9 Christmas Party thrown by the DSU Police Department for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab.

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The DSU Police Department held a Dec. 9 Christmas party – complete with Santa Claus, gifts and sweets – for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab. For images from the Christmas party, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157647374141903/show  

Dr. Melikechi Honored at African Engineering Conference

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi receives the Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa at the Conference of the African Society for Engineering Management. Pictured are (l-r)  Bashir Garba Ibrahim, president of the African Society for Engineering Management; Obumneme Nwafor of the Center for Educational Development in Africa; DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi; and Mustapha Ozkaya, director of programs, Aljazeera Media Network Center.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and vice president of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, recently received an honor during a recent conference of the African Society for Engineering Management, held Nov. 15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Conference presented Dr. Melikechi with an Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa. The award particularly noted Dr. Melikechi’s work in his native country of Algeria. Dr. Melikechi gave a motivational lecture on “Science and Technology” during the conference.

New Student Organizations Complex Established in MLK

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Administrators, occupants of the new Student Organizations Complex and other students gather for a group photo during the Open House event.

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A series of offices on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center have been renovated and re-established as the new Student Organizations Complex. (L-r) The ribbon is cut for the new Student Organizations Complex by Kimani Robinson, SGA vice president; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Kamillah Lewis, associate director of Student Leadership & Activities; and Dr. Stacey Downing, vice president of Student Affairs. Located in Suite 353, the renovated space was designed in collaboration with student leaders and DSU Administrators.  The complex now serves as home to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA), Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board, Resident Hall Association, National Pan-Hellenic Association, Royal Court, The Hornet Newspaper, and the Student Employment Office.  The new space also features two new conference rooms that are available for use by all active student organizations of the University.  The purpose of the renovation was to make the former SGA Suite more accessible to the student body, promote engagement and collaboration amongst student organizations, and provide a “one-stop-shop” for leadership development initiatives of the University.    An official Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Nov. 18 christening the new complex, an event that featured remarks from DSU President Harry L. Williams;  Dr. Stacy Downing, vice president of Student Affairs; Kimani Robinson, Student Government Association vice president; and Kamillah Lewis, associate director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

President and 1st Lady Hold Holiday Reception for Students

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Dr. Harry Williams and Dr. Robin Williams greet one of many students who attended their annual Holiday Reception.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams opened the doors of their home on Dec. 4 and held their annual Holiday Reception for the University students as well as children from the Early Childhood Laboratory School. For images of the reception, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649610666571/show  

Gov. Jack Markell visits DSU's Early College HS

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(L-r) Dr. Judi Coffield, director of the Early College High School; Shalyn Torres student and vice president of the ECHS SGA; Gov. Jack Markell; Kaamilah Diabate, president of the ECHS SGA; and Dr. Theresa Hardee, DSU vice president for Finance, pose for a photo during the visit of the state’s chief executive elected officer..

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Gov. Jack Markell observes the work of an ECHS science class during his Dec. 2 visit. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell paid a visit Dec. 2 to Delaware State University’s Early College High School (ECHS), which opened in late August with its first class of ninth graders. Dr. Judi Coffield, ECHS director, took Gov. Markell on a tour of the ECHS, where the state’s chief executive observed the current instruction the students received. He also spent some time with a social studies class where he talked with them about some current issues such as recycling, domestic violence, as well as his work as the state governor. Gov. Markell noted that the ECHS is a great opportunity in which high school students can complete half of their college studies by the time they graduate from the high school, thereby cutting their college cost in half. He encouraged the students to make the most of their experience at the ECHS and to be a role model for subsequent classes of students that enroll in the coming years.

DSU Choir to Present Holiday Concert Dec. 7

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The 60-voice DSU Concert Choir will perform classical and spiritual compositions as well as some traditional Christmas arrangements.

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The Delaware State University Concert Choir will hold its annual Holiday Concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. The 60-voice Concert Choir – which is under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities – will perform a variety of classical, spirituals and holiday season music. The concert will include selections from J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and C. Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, as well as a variety of Christmas spirituals and traditional Christmas arrangements. The pianist will be Evelyn Curenton. Tickets for the concert are $5 for the general public and can be purchased at the door.  

DSU's Brianna Fedorkowicz Vies for Miss Delaware USA 2015

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Brianna Fedorkowicz, a DSU equestrian team member, will compete in the upcoming Miss Delaware USA Pageant in Wilmington on Nov. 29-30.

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      Brianna Fedorkowicz Brianna Fedorkowicz, a senior general agriculture major and a member of the DSU equestrian team, is among about 50 young ladies selected to vie for the 2015 Miss Delaware USA title. Ms. Fedorkowicz, 22, of Camden, Del., will try to make her mark in the Miss Delaware Pageant, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington on Nov. 29-30. “I have always dreamed of being Miss Delaware, but never felt that I fit the mold of a beauty queen,” Ms. Fedorkowicz said. “I thought about it for a while, and decided to jump in with both feet and go for it.” Based on her interview with the Miss Delaware USA officials, Ms. Fedorkowicz made the pageant cut out of several hundred applicants. The two-day Miss Delaware USA Pageant will feature competition in the swim suit, evening gown and interview categories. After the preliminary and semi-final round, the context will be narrowed down to five finalists, who will each also have to answer an onstage question that will be pulled out of a bowl. Ms. Fedorkowicz, who currently has a 3.2 GPA, is a National Collegiate Equestrian Association Academic All-American and a MEAC Commissioner All-Academic Team member.

DSU Breaks Enrollment Record Again -- 4,644 Students!

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In addition to breaking the total enrollment record for the 5th consecutive year, DSU also set a new record for undergraduates – 4,259

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For the fifth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2014 total enrollment of 4,644 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,600 threshold. The record 4,644 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,505 set in the fall of 2014. The 2014 enrollment figures include a record 4,259 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,200 undergraduates. The University enrolled 894 new freshmen this fall. DSU President Harry L. Williams noted that the average grade point average of incoming freshmen was 3.08 – the highest ever in the history of the institution. “That makes the record enrollment particularly satisfying,” Dr. Williams said. “As the student population continues to increase, the academic quality of our new freshmen continues to rise as well.”

NASA's Dr. Aprille Ericsson to Give Guest Lecture Nov. 18

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Dr. Aprille Ericsson, the first African American female to earn a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Currently a NASA engineer, Dr. Ericsson will speak at DSU at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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            NASA’s Dr. Aprille Ericsson Delaware State University will present a guest lecture by Dr. Aprille Ericsson, deputy to the chief technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Parlor A of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus The guest lecture, which is presented as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series of the College of Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology, is free and open to the public. Dr. Ericsson’s topic will be “A Rocket Scientist Grows up in Brooklyn, N.Y.” She was the first female (and the first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a NASA engineer, Dr. Ericsson has worked on many projects, including the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, and in the Integrated Mission Design Center. Currently she is the instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust from the Martian lower atmosphere back to Earth. Dr. Ericsson has won many awards, including the 1997 “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government, and has been profiled by NBC Nightly News, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets. She is a member of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau and the Women of NASA Group. Dr. Ericsson also teaches at Howard University at the collegiate and middle school level and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

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