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New Appointments -Aviation, Institutional Advancement, HR

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales is the new director of the DSU Aviation Program. There are also two new appointments in Institutional Advancement.

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DSU recently announced new appointments in its Aviation Program and the Division of Institutional Advancement:    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Hales  has been appointed as the new director of DSU’s Aviation Program. He is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, in which he served as an aviation officer at multiple levels of key leadership positions and responsibility. He is an FAA Commercial Pilot who is dual rated in both airplanes and helicopters. Lt. Col. Hales now oversees the University’s Aviation Program that offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in the concentration of Professional Pilot and Aviation Management. He leads the faculty and instructors who serve more than 100 students and personnel who maintain the fleet of 11 University-owned planes. The new director of the Aviation Program possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts  from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., and a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.   Pamela Mosley Gresham is DSU’s new director of Human Resources. She will lead talent acquisition activities, implement HR programs, maintain classification/compensation systems and oversee labor relations, among other managerial responsibilities. She will report to Irene Chapman-Hawkins, vice president of Human Resources.        Pamela Mosley Gresham Ms. Gresham is an attorney with bar admissions in the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Ms. Gresham served 2½ years as the associate director of Human Resources for Kean University in Union, N.J. She previously served eight years as a deputy attorney general and assistant section chief in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office specializing in employment litigation. She also practiced labor and employment law as a legal counsel for the City of Newark, N.J., and  Essex County, N.J. Ms. Gresham has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the State University College at Buffalo, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo, School of Law.   Tracye Williams is the new executive director of Alumni Relations in the Division of Institutional Advancement. In incorporating more than ten years of career development experience, her key focus is to create a lifelong engagement continuum with DSU alumni that encourages and fosters their involvement with their alma mater.  Before joining DSU, Ms. Williams was the managing principal of CT Williams & Associates, a fundraising and engagement consulting firm, which served a host of Delaware nonprofit clients and focused on continuing their missions.  Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Williams worked in health care philanthropy at MedStar, Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia as the director of Sustained Giving. Ms. Williams also had a professional chapter as a member of the development staff at the Bayhealth Foundation in Dover. Ms. Williams earned her MBA and B.S. in Marketing from Delaware State University. She is a native Delawarean and is active in the community with nonprofits like the Delaware Multicultural & Civic Organization (DEMCO, Inc.).                      Jovoni Simmons and Tracye Williams Jovoni Simmons has been appointed as the new manager of Alumni Engagement in the Division of Institutional Advancement. In the post, she will implement new initiatives for the young alumni community. Prior to assuming this post, Ms. Simmons was an admissions counselor in the DSU Office of Admissions where she spent two years recruiting students in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Ms. Simmons has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Wesley College in Dover. She would go on to work for five years in her alma mater’s Office of Institutional Advancement, severing as an advancement service coordinator and assistant to Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. She also worked as the Cultural Infusion Liaison for the Office of Student Affairs during her time at Wesley College.

Students Elect 2016-2017 SGA Leaders -- Photos

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The 2016-2017 "New Era" SGA Executive Five: (l-r seated) Messiah Sanchez, corresponding secretary; Aniyah Gabriel, recording secretary; Tyrek Joyner, treasurer; (l-r standing) Jasmine Jenkins, president; and Kevin Bearam, vice president.

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DSU students casted their votes on April 7 and elected their Student Government Association leaders for the 2016-2017 school year. For images of the election day campaigning in the MLK Jr. Student Center, click on the below link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157666982504756/show The newly elected student government leaders are:   SGA Executive Five “The New Era” President – Jasmine Jenkins Vice Pres. – Kevin Bearam Treasurer – Tyrek Joyner Corr. Secretary – Messiah Sanchez Rec. Secretary – Aniyah Gabriel   Men’s Council President – Kyle Sheppard Vice Pres. – Khaadim Rider Treasurer – Daniel DeFreitas Corr. Secretary – Sheldon Sorrell   Women’s Senate President – Arriana Glover Vice Pres. – Courtnei Parker-Morgan Corr. Secretary – Tyleia Sharps   Junior Class Officers President – Ella Houndo Vice Pres. – Mo’Nasha Edwards Corr. Secretary – Dominique Little   Sophomore Class Officers Rec. Secretary – Nafessa Clarke Corr. Secretary – Malachi Collins   Royal Court Mr. DSU – Tevin Smith Miss DSU – Anjosanlynn Fulgham   Mr. Senior – Marquell Tate Miss Senior – Courtney Davis   Miss Junior – Shahira Singh   Mr. Sophomore – Brandon Gray Miss Sophomore – Sabrina Monestime  

VP Joe Biden to Give May 7 Commencement Address

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The Honorable Joseph R. Biden will be the first American vice president  to speak at a DSU Commencement Ceremony.

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                               Vice President Joseph R. Biden Delaware State University is proud to announce that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will deliver remarks at the May 7 DSU Commencement Ceremony, during which time the University will launch its celebration of its 125th anniversary as an institution of higher education. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Alumni Stadium on the DSU campus. To read Mr. Biden’s biography, click on the below link: http://www.desu.edu/administration/commencement-speaker In 2003, Mr. Biden – then Delaware’s senior U.S. senator – was the DSU Commencement keynote speaker. That year about 450 graduates heard his commencement message. With the enrollment growth of DSU since then, it is projected that during the May 7 Commencement, Mr. Biden will give his keynote address to approximately 700 graduates. During that ceremony – the last Commencement in the 16-year tenure of then-DSU President William B. DeLauder – then-Sen. Biden was presented with a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits DSU@Wilmington

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(L-r) Valerie Dinkins, executive director of DSU@Wilm.; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; and Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer, take a moment for a photo pose.

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Delaware Senior U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper paid an April 8 visit to DSU@Wilmington to be updated by DSU officials on the Kirkwood Highway location. Sen. Carper met with DSU President Harry L. Williams at DSU’s northernmost location, along with Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer; Valerie Dinkins, DSU@Wilmington executive director; David Sheppard, general counsel; and Victor Santos, DSU director of Government and Community Relations. DSU officials gave Sen. Carper a tour of the renovated section of DSU@Wilmington – seven modern classrooms with SMART technology and new University signage, along with other offices and a student lounge. The senator was then shown the unfinished portion of the building – a former Army training facility that was donated to DSU by the federal government. DSU moved from its former Market Street location in Wilmington and began offering classes at the facility in the fall of 2013. DSU President Harry L. Williams, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and others listening intently as David Sheppard, DSU general counsel, explains where some future work will need to be done at DSU@Wilmington   The DSU officials shared with Sen. Carper the University’s vision for the yet unused portion of the facility and funding challenges that will need to be addressed. Currently DSU@Wilmington – a highly customer-focused and student-oriented graduate studies facility – offers the following master’s degree programs: Educational Leadership, Public Administration, Social Work and Sport Administration. In January 2016 this facility became responsible for administering all graduate admissions processes for the Dover and Wilmington locations. In the fall of 2016, DSU@Wilmington will also be the hub for support services for students who enroll in the DSU online undergraduate and graduate programs. The facility houses some DSU Cooperative Extension Programs, which connect the New Castle County area with university knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs. It is also the site of the National Special Education Advocate Institute, which offers Saturday courses to individuals and groups interested in working as advocates for children with special needs. In addition to its academic and community programs, DSU@Wilmington is also a community asset for summer youth summer programs. The facility will be the site of the June 20-July 29 EDTech Summer Technology Academy that teaches new technology skills to at-risk youth and other young adults to help prepare them for future higher education and workforce opportunities. The DSU@Wilmington location will also assist northern Delaware with its election processes. The facility will serve as a polling place for both the April 26 primary and Nov. 8 general election dates.

DSU Speech Tourney Winners Announced

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Speech Tourney winners: (l-r) Honorable mentions Kyle Maull and Schmildt Seme; Jason Faustin (3rd place), Kobe Washington (2nd place) and Sean Todd (1st place).                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Dr. Akwesi Osei.

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DSU recently held its 5th Annual Speech Tournament and has announced the winners of this year’s competition: First Place, Sean Todd (Sr.-Aviation Management) Second Place, Kobe Washington (So., Engineering Physics) Third Place, Jason Faustin (Sr., Political Science) Honorable Mention, Kyle Maull (Jr., Agricultural Business) Honorable Mention, Schmildt Seme (Sr., Psychology).  There were 15 contestants in this year’s tournament who spoke for three minutes each on a topic related to the common theme, “Race in the Criminal Justice System.” The event was coordinated by Dr. Sam Hoff and cosponsored by the DSU Law Studies Program, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Delaware Barristers Association (DBA). Four attorneys from the DBA served as judges for the tournament, including Jordan Perry, Kiadii Harmon, Vanessa Phillips, and Loren Holland.  Each of the top three finishers received a certificate; the top three and two honorable mentions earned a monetary award furnished by the DBA, which contributed a total of $1100 toward the tournament.  A crowd of about 75 faculty and students watched the event and enjoyed a reception following the competition.   

DSU Announces Deactivated Degree Programs

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Students enrolled as majors in the deactivated program will be able to finish their degree or, if desired, change their major.

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In 2014 Delaware State University (DSU) began a Program Prioritization Initiative (PPI). The evaluation process examined all academic and administrative programs and services, focusing on their efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and centrality to the University’s mission and strategic plan goals relating to intellectual climate as well as institutional and operational effectiveness. The Taskforce was comprised of two subgroups: the Academic PPI and the Administrative PPI working groups. The focus herein will be on the outcomes of the Academic PPI process. To implement this comprehensive evaluation, in late 2013 DSU President Harry L. Williams appointed a PPI Taskforce, which included faculty, staff and administrators. The Academic PPI Taskforce was comprised of 12 members. The group was chaired by Dr. Donald Becker, chair of the Department of Art as well as chair of the Chairs Council. As committee chair, Dr. Becker was charged with providing the leadership for implementing a process by which to seek consistent feedback from all stakeholders; thinking critically, strategically and analytically using data to develop its recommendations concerning program retention or deactivation. In this initiative, the University has taken a hard look at each academic program to assess its enrollment and degree productivity, the external professional job market demand for the program graduates, the program costs, and the quality of program inputs. To see and hear Dr. Williams discuss the PPI and the deactivations, click on the below link to the DSU Inside Perspective segment in which he was interviewed: https://youtu.be/VNi5MO5nVOU The taskforce’s recommendations were submitted to Dr. Alton Thompson, who served as provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs from August 2010 until his retirement in March 2016. The provost developed the final recommendations and submitted them to the DSU Board of Trustees, which during its January 21, 2016 public meeting approved the final list of program deactivations. Based on the findings of the PPI, the below 22 degree programs have been identified as low priority and have been deactivated. Deans have been charged with development of teach-out plans for all deactivated programs to enable all students currently enrolled in these programs opportunities to complete degrees in their currently enrolled discipline. However, no new students will be accepted into these programs. The 21 deactivated degree programs (and the degree concentrations under them) are: Baccalaureate Art Management Biology Education Chemistry Education Elementary Special Education – Grades 1-8 English Education Forensic Chemistry French Physics Education Secondary Special Education – Grades 7-12 Science Education Spanish World Language Education French Spanish   Graduate (all the below are master’s degree programs and their concentrations) MA Applied Chemistry MS Art Education MA Biological Sciences General Biology Biology Education MA Education Curriculum and Instruction Adult Basic Education Special Education MS Family and Consumer Science Education MA Historic Preservation MS Mathematics Education MS Physics Teaching MA Science Education MA Teaching  

Inspired Day of Service 2016 -- Photos Slideshows

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More than 300 students attended the April 2 Inspired Day of Service opening ceremony before fanning out to seven location in Delaware to do community service work.

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Delaware State University’s Inspire Scholarship recipients refused to let the rain damper their core value spirits of “community” and “outreach” as they pressed on to take part in the University’s 5th annual “Inspired Day of Service” on Saturday, April 2. More than 300 students took part in the community service event, fanning out to seven locations to give of themselves and represent DSU. For images of the Inspired Day of Service event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157666626871696/show After hearing motivational words from DSU President Harry L. Williams, SGA President Isiah Covington, as well Sandy Clark of the Delaware Prevention Coalition and Heather Griesser LaPierre of the Kids Against Hunger of Philadelphia, the student split up into seven groups to do community service work from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations: Bellevue Community Center in Wilmington where students assisted with various projects, including a neighborhood cleanup around the center. West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington where students participated in the Delaware Prevention Coalition Book Buddy Day and introduce young people to the wonders of Legos. Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club in Dover where they did some spring cleaning at this site. College Road in Dover where students took part in a cleanup project of that state road that runs south of DSU from Dupont Highway to Dover-Kenton Road. MLK Student Center at DSU where  students will be will be packing food in support of a Feeding the Needy project of the DSU’s Division of Housing and Residential Education and the Kids Against Hunger organization to feed 10,000 needy Delawareans. Students helped Habitat for Humanity do inside work at a house under construction on S. Kirkwood St. in Dover. At the First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, students helped administer a Community Fitness and Fun Day at the agency. DSU Inspire Scholarship students are required to do 10 hours of community service per semester. The annual Inspired Day of Service provides them with an opportunity to fulfill some of those hours. As in previous years, non-Inspire Scholarship students also participated in the event.

2016 Mass Comm Day -- Article and Photos

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About 25 alumni of the DSU Mass Comm Program attended the annual event to share their professional media experience with the students.

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DSU’s Department of Mass Communications held is annual symposium, this year entitled “Cracking the Color Code: Increasing Minority Presence and Opportunity in the Media.” To view images from the daylong event, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157664366825193/show Commonly known annually as “Mass Comm Day,” the daylong event was kicked off by keynote speaker Stacey Evans Morgan, TV and film producer/writer, most notably of the “The Parkers” a television show that ran from 1999-2004. This year's Mass Comm Day included the induction of a new class of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society members. Throughout the day there were a number of panel discussion sessions on a diverse variety of contemporary mass communication topics. The panel discussion were led by a number of visiting media and communications professional – 25 of which were alumni of the DSU Mass Comm Program. The day was culminated with a job fair. A highlight of the day took place during the luncheon, as the Department of Mass Comm presented its inaugural Michael J. Feeney Distinguished Alumni Award to HBCU sports commentator Omarr Bashir, Class of 1996, and public relations and communications professional Dawn Jones Roberts, Class of 1992. The award was established to honor the memory of Mr. Feeney, Class of 2005, a New York City journalist and a 2010 NABJ Emerging Journalist Award who passed away at age 32 on Jan. 31. At the time of his death, Mr. Feeney was slated to begin a new job as an entertainment reporter for CNN.com in Atlanta. Ga. Mr. Feeney’s mother Reba Willis, his sister Maria Feeney, and his cousin and DSU alumna Dawn Tennent traveled from northern New Jersey to attend Mass Comm Day and present the awards.

DSU Students Recognized by Alzheimer Association

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(L-r) Dr. Michael Gitcho, assistant professor of biological sciences, observes as Justin Sherard, junior biological sciences major from Baltimore, and Deidre Carter, a biology graduate student from New York City receives award recognition from Katie Macklin, executive director of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer Association. Mr. Sherard and Ms. Carter accepted the award on behalf of a team of 65 students who raised money for the association's Rehoboth Walk event. 

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The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer Association recently recognized a team of DSU students who didn’t let the adversity of a threatening hurricane deter them from raising money in support of research on the disease. Justin Sherard, a junior biological sciences major and team captain, and Deidre Carter, a biology graduate students, recently received  certificates of appreciation for their hard work organizing the DSU team for the planned Alzheimer Association Walk in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Oct. 22 last year.  The DSU continued to raise the money, even though the event was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin on that weekend. The DSU team of about 65 students – under the team name of Hornets for a Cure” –  raised $1,163 for Alzheimer’s Research and Caregiver support.  The Alzheimer Association recognized the DSU students as the  "Top Collegiate Team" and also presented the team with a trophy for the "School Spirit Award.”

DSU Student Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine

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Kyle Sheppard was interviewed about his recent trip to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's headquarters in Seattle, Wash.

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Kyle Sheppard, a DSU student who recently visited the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wash, has been recently featured in an article in Black Enterprise. Mr. Sheppard, a junior psychology major from New Castle, Del., was interviewed about his visit to the Gates Foundation’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash., in early March. He was joined on the trip by DSU students Selena Nixon and Edgar Ortiz, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dr. Teresa Hardee, chief operating officer, and Dr. Saundra DeLauder, associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies. To read the online version of the article and see the accompanying video, click on the below link: http://www.blackenterprise.com/education/meeting-bill-gates-hbcu-student-has-the-mental-discipline-to-succeed/

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