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"Rethink Your Drink" Launched as New Health Initiative at DSU

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The "Rethink Your Drink" is aimed at educating the public about the amount of sugar contained in many soft drinks.

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The Delaware Center for Health Promotion, based at DSU, and Kent Kids, a local advocate coalition for the well-being of children and their families, have jointly launched a campaign to get people to “Rethink Your Drink” and curb the consumption of sugary beverages. Showing the Kent County Levy Court resolution supporting the "Rethink Your Drink" initiative are Michael Petit de Mange, Kent County administrator; Marianne Carter, director of the Del. Center for Health Promotions; and Kate Layton, acting president of Kent Kids. Kicked off on May 11 during a media event in the MLK Jr. Student Center, the campaign urges Kent County residents to take the “Rethink Your Drink Pledge," a 30-day challenge during which they commit to eliminate or drink fewer sugary beverages. The goal of this campaign is to educate residents about these beverages and encourage healthier choices, like water.  “This is an exciting step in the right direction to reduce overweight and obesity rates in Kent County," said Marianne Carter, registered dietitian and director of the Delaware Center for Health Promotion at DSU.  "Most sugary beverages contain little to no nutritional value, yet they provide lots of excess calories." The campaign has been launched against a backdrop of six consecutive years that Kent County is rated the least healthy county in Delaware. Based on a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the ranking is caused in part by Kent County’s obesity rate, which is higher than the state average. Regular consumption of sugary beverages (e.g. regular soda, fruit punch and sports drinks) has been linked to obesity, especially in children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, one-half of Americans now drink sugary beverages daily.  An average 20-oz. soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories. Kent Kids, a coalition of partner agencies from across the state that advocates for the health and well-being of children and their families in the county, has given the campaign its support.  "The Rethink Your Drink Campaign fits right in with our vision.  This small change toward healthier beverages can have a big impact on our residents’ health,"  said Kate Layton, Kent Kids' acting president. The campaign also has been endorsed by the local county government. Kent County Levy Court recently passed a resolution affirming its support for the initiative. Funding for the campaign was made available by Nemours Health and Prevention Services. Learn more about Kent Kids, the “Rethink Your Drink” campaign and the 30-day pledge by visiting the Kent Kids website at www.KentKidsDE.org.

Dr. Evelyn Edney Named New Early College HS Director

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The new director will oversee the operations of the Early College High School at its N. DuPont Highway location, just north of DSU's main campus in Dover.

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The Early College High School at Delaware State University (ECHS@DSU) has announced the appointment of Dr. Evelyn A. Edney as the school’s new leader. She will assume the position following her term as principal at Dover High School.        Dr. Evelyn A. Edney, new ECHS director. Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Delaware State and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the ECHS@DSU, noted that “Dr. Edney thoroughly understands and appreciates secondary education because of her visionary and contemporary leadership in several teaching and administrative positions in secondary schools in Delaware for the past 24 years. In addition, she has worked with intensity, passion and design thinking to create a strong school community that motivates teachers and staff to ensure student achievement,” Thompson said. Dr. Edney has served on a number of important boards in the state including the Delaware Women’s Alliance for Sport & Fitness, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Delaware Association of School Administrators, the Delaware Association of School Principals, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority International.  In addition, Dr. Edney has participated in Vision 2015 Delaware (executive leadership training) and Vision Network (establishing guidelines for student efficacy). She graduated with both Bachelor and Master of Arts in English degrees from the University of Delaware and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. About the Early College High School at Delaware State University The mission of the Early College High School at Delaware State University is to provide highly motivated students with a curriculum concentrating on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that is integrated with the relevant curriculum at Delaware State University such that all students graduate with one to two years of college credits and are in a favorable position to graduate from college. The school shall provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment that develops students’ academic, social skills and personal character traits necessary for successful college completion, with a special focus on high school students who will be the first generation in their families to become college educated. Enroll Now! Early College High School is a free public high school currently educating 9th grade students. There is no fee to attend and all students may enroll. Parents and students who are interested in learning more about the Early College High School at Delaware State University are encouraged to visit the school’s website at http://echs.desu.edu.    

DSU 360° Dinner Event -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, DSU President Harry L. Williams and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell take a photo opp moment during the DSU 360° event.

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Delaware State University held its first-ever “DSU 360° -- Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve” dinner and program that celebrated the academic success of some 2015 Delaware high school graduates and outstanding 2015 DSU graduates. The DSU 360° was held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. For images from the event, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157652307054485/show. During the elegant DSU 360° event, the University honored the following 2015 DSU graduates: Amanda Alexander, Brandon Boyd, Deidre Carter, Chalesea Clark, Lance Edwards, Akida Ferguson, Alicea Jeffrey, Amoiya Mignott, Brittany Miller, Jasmyn Montgomery, Kalea Phelps, Rachelle Purnell, Brittany Richards Ebony Smith, Aziah Smith, Asia Tillison, Noel Walker, Leah Williams and Tamara Wills, The University also honored 19 outstanding Delaware high school graduates, a number of whom have committed to attend DSU and the others are seriously considering. Three of the high school seniors – Zariyah Dortich of Smyrna H.S., Fatima Edwards of Polytech H.S., and Alysha Hall of Sussex Central H.S. – were each awarded a four-year Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. Johnny C. Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, presented the full scholarships to the awardees.   Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper both attended and gave remarks at the event. The evening culminated with a soulful concert by renowned R&B singer Regina Belle.  

National Walk at Lunch Day at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU participants in the National Walk at Lunch Day on campus cut loose a cheer at the completion of their April 29 stroll.

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Students, faculty and staff at Delaware State University participated in the “National Walk at Lunch Day” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 on campus.  For images from the walking event at DSU, click on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157652259219491/show The group of about 50 started the walk at about 12:30 p.m. in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center and took a 15-minute scenic route that took the group west on Old College Road, up to the oldest part of the campus around Loockerman Hall, and back east along the pedestrian mall area. The walk was sponsored by the Delaware Center for Health Promotion (DCHP), which is part of DSU’s College of Education, Health and Public Policy.  Students from the Health and Fitness Leaders Organization assisted with the event. According to Marianne Carter, director of DCHP, “Walking is a tremendously healthy form of activity.  If a daily walk was available in pill form, it would be the most widely prescribed drug in America.”  Ms. Carter adds that physical inactivity is a leading preventable cause of death in the United States – second only to tobacco use.  Walking – one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise – can reduce the risk for chronic disease, elevate mood and assist with weight loss efforts. The “National Walk at Lunch Day” is a nationwide event created by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.                                         The April 29 walk is one of the many health promotion programs offered to the DSU campus community as part of the “Healthy Hornets on the Move” wellness program, funded in part by a grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. 

DSU Signs Cooperation Accord with China's Beihua University

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(L-r) Beihua University’s Gary Fang, Officer of Joint Program; Degang Xiao, Director of International Education & Exchange College; Nailong Wang, Vice President; DSU’s Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Fengshan Liu, assistant vice president of International Affairs, take a photo opp moment after signing the new accord.

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DSU recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with officials from Beihua University of Jilin, China, that will provide additional study-abroad and collaboration opportunities for both institutions. The cooperation agreement opens the door to DSU and Beihua undergraduate and graduate students for study-abroad semesters, as well as provides opportunities for faculty from both institutions for future research, teaching collaborations and professional development. The cooperation agreement was signed during a April 15 meeting in the DSU Board of Trustees Conference Room by Dr. Nailong Wang, BU vice president, and Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Dr. Wang was joined on the visit to DSU by Gary Fang, officer of BU Joint Program, and Degang Xiao, director of BU’s International Education & Exchange College.

DSU's 1890 Morrill Act Commemoration -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2nd Morrill Act brought together 65 years of DSU agriculture leadership and a talk show host -- (l-r) Dr. Dyremple Marsh, current dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; keynote speaker Joe Madison; Dr. Kenneth Bell, the former CARS dean; and Dr. U.S. Washington, the previous longtime director the institution's agriculture department before it became a college.

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DSU celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act – the federal legislation that resulted in the establishment of the institution in 1891 – with a several events on April 21-23. To see images from the events, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651734280798/show. The commemoration began on April 21 at the MLK Jr. Student Center with a proclamation signing by Gov. Jack Markell that made it “1890 Land Grant University Week” in State of Delaware. On the evening of April 22, satellite radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison spoke at the MLK Student Center. The commemoration's keynote speaker gave a presentation on “1890 Land-Grant Past, Present Future: A Time to Reflect.” The week of events culminated on April 23 with a lunchtime 1890 Walk and Carnival outside of the MLK Jr. Student Center. The co-chairs of DSU's 125th anniversary commemoration were Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Troy Darden, the college's information coordinator.

DSU Earth Day 2015 -- Article and Photo Slideshow

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Displaying DSU's Tree Campus USA designation are (l-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams; Cecil Rodrigues, director of EPA's Hazardous Cleanup Division; Dr. Michael Valenti, state forestry administrator; Cynthia Hong-Wa, DSU Herbarium curator; Alexandria Davis, DSU student; and Susan Yost, retired DSU Herbarium educator.

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Delaware State University celebrated Earth Day with a program that celebrated the institution’s sustainability initiatives and its continued status as the only certified Tree Campus USA in the state of Delaware. For images of from the DSU Earth Day program, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651724195990/show. During the event, DSU President Harry L. Williams welcomed to the campus guest speaker Cecil Rodriques, the director of the Hazardous Cleanup Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Dr. Michael A Valenti, forestry administrator with the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Service, during the April 22 program held in the MLK Jr. Student Center. Mr. Rodrigues praised the relationship between the EPA and DSU, noting that it is consistent with the agency’s goals to partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “The EPA has worked closely with DSU to support and promote student internships, career development and employment in agricultural and environmental sciences,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “The EPA has also worked to bolster faculty professional development, support the enhancement of the University’s environmental sciences curriculum, and enhance the involvement in sustainable environmental initiatives within the DSU campus community surrounding off-campus communities. The EPA official added that the agency looks forward to continued collaborations with DSU on various sustainability programs. Prior to program, Dr. Williams joined other DSU officials, students and guests in planting a new River Birch tree outside of the MLK Student Center, adding yet another tree to DSU Arboretum. DSU recently received notification that it had once again earned the status of being named a Tree Campus USA. To obtain this distinction, DSU met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. The campus tree collection has been accredited as an arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program since 2013. The ArbNet website gives the following description of the DSU Arboretum: “The Delaware State University (DSU) Arboretum is on the 400-acre main campus in Dover, the state capital of Delaware, located on the coastal plain of the eastern USA (USDA zone 7). The Arboretum is comprised of the hundreds of planted campus trees, totaling 172 different species of trees and shrubs (114 tree species, 58 shrub species). Each species is labeled; and a map of these trees/shrubs, with lists of scientific and common names with map coordinates, is on the DSU Arboretum brochure. The trees are documented with species descriptions, GPS locations, pressed plant voucher specimens, photographs, and scanned herbarium specimen images. “The DSU Arboretum tree and shrub collection is diverse, and valuable for teaching, research, and aesthetic purposes. The 68 native species, which represent 40% of the total 172 species, also have ecological importance. The collection includes unique trees, such as a state record shingle oak, the second largest in Delaware; and a large black walnut, which is on the waiting list for state record tree. Recent plantings were selected to further increase the diversity of trees on campus, and for their educational, ecological, and ornamental value. These include Delaware natives such as beach plum, American chestnut, and chinquapin. Some intriguing non-native species are monkey puzzle tree, franklinia, and umbrella-pine. The DSU Arboretum beautifies the campus in all seasons, especially with spring-flowering trees, and fall foliage.”    

Gov. Markell signs Land Grant Proclamation at DSU

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Gov. Jack Markell (l) signs a proclamation making this week “1890 Land Grant University Week” with DSU President Harry L. Williams sitting at the table with him. Behind them are (l-r) James Jones, Mr. DSU 2014-15; Jamila Mustafa, Miss DSU 2014-15; Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs; and Carlos Holmes, director of News Services.

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Gov. Jack Markell kicked off DSU’s commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act by signing a proclamation April 21 making this week “1890 Land-Grant University Week.” The 1890 Morrill Act was the enabling federal legislation that provided funding to the State of Delaware to established the then-State College for Colored Students (now-Delaware State University) in 1891. Since DSU’s humble beginnings, the institution has produced more than 19,000 college and university graduates.

Updated Message from DSU President on 4/18 Shooting Incident

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AN UPDATED MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – April 19 While the investigation in the April 18 shooting incident on campus continues, the University can report that three victims, all non-DSU students, are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The event was well attended with a significant portion of guests coming from the surrounding community. I am pleased with the cooperation of our students and the orderly way in which they followed the direction of University staff, dispersed from the event and returned to their residential halls.  This assisted University officials in ensuring the safety of our students. The safety and security of all our students, faculty and staff are a priority and, as such, we are and will continue to do those things to make this a safe environment to study, live, and work. The DSU Police Department remains on full alert and continues to patrol the entire campus. We also have 24 hour identification checks in place and only one entrance open.  Along with our great team of public safety professionals, we believe that the campus and its residents are safe. The April 18 shooting incident is still under active investigation by our DSU Police Department. In addition, the University is also aware of a second incident that took place at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 19.  In that incident, shots were reportedly fired in the area of the University Courtyard Apartments. There were no injuries in that incident and it is also being investigated by University police. On Monday morning, the University will resume its normal operations and classes. I am confident that the campus is safe and will continue to be so as we move toward the end of the spring 2015 semester and the May 17 commencement ceremony.   A Message from DSU President Harry L. Williams – April 18 Earlier this evening, at approximately 8 p.m., a shooting occurred on the DSU campus during an annual University-sanctioned student Greek cook-out event. There were three victims who were injured in the shooting. They were all transported to Kent General Hospital in Dover and are reported to be in stable condition.  The identities of the victims are unknown at this time. The student residential population has been directed to stay in their residential halls. Non-DSU individuals are being directed off-campus. This is currently an active investigation. No arrest(s) have been made as of 11 p.m. on April 18. The safety of our students continues to be paramount and our police will aggressively continue their investigation until an arrest or arrests are made in this shooting incident. DSU campus police are the lead agency investigating the incident. The Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police and other agencies are providing assistance. Anyone with information concerning this matter should contact the DSU Police Department at (302) 857-7911.

New DSU Friends of the Library Established

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During a reception for the Friends of the Library at the President’s Residence, (l-r) Provost Thompson, Carol Jason, Evelyn Peters and DSU President Harry L. Williams pose for a photo. Mrs. Jason is the widow of the late William C. Jason III, who along with Mrs. Peters were grandchildren of the former DSC president William C. Jason Sr.

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A new Delaware State University Friends of the Library initiative has been launched and was highlighted recently during a reception on campus in support of DSU’s William C. Jason Library. The April 9 reception was hosted by DSU President Harry L. Williams at his campus residence.  The Friends of the Library is a new initiative to bring awareness and resource support to the Jason Library at DSU.  The Friends of the Library will work to increase and engage supporters to raise funds to help the library meet the technology and learning needs of the students and faculty that use the facility. The Friends of the Library’s support will help the library to maintain its professional publications databases to support the research and instruction needs of the faculty.  “It is my desire that the University Library realize an engaged research agenda as a model research library,” said Dr. Rebecca Batson, dean of the University Libraries. “The Friends of the Library is an initiative that will engage supporters, friends, community, and university leaders to help raise the visibility and effectiveness of the library and help it reach its goals.” Prior to the reception, the Jason Library held an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that same day as part of the new organization’s inauguration.  Tours of the library were held and there were also poetry readings of original works presented by DSU alumnae Vanessa Nesbit and Dianne Bogle. Anyone interested in showing support for the William C. Jason Library can contact the DSU Office of Development at (302) 857-6055, William C. Jason, the namesake of the library, was the president of the then-State College for Colored Students (later DSU) from 1895 to 1923.

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