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DSU Appoints Dr. Judi Coffield First Director of Early College HS

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Delaware State University has established the top leadership of its planned Early College High School with the hiring of Dr. Judi L. Coffield.                    Dr. Judi L. Coffield   Dr. Coffield will serve as the director of the public charter school that is slated to open in September 2014.   A resident of Magnolia, Del., Dr. Coffield comes to the new post after serving for two years as the director of K-12 services in the Christina School District in New Castle County, Del. Prior to that she was a policy analyst/executive director and education associate for middle/high school support for the Delaware State Board of Education from 2004-2011. She also served as an instructional technology supervisor for K-12 for the Red Clay School District in New Castle County from 2000-2004.   Her education career – which began in 1988 – also has included teaching stints in the Red Clay School District, Capital School District, Lake Forest School District, overseas in the Department of Defense Dependents School, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania.   She has a 1986 Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, a 1996 Master of Instruction from the University of Delaware, and a 2006 Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware. She also has certificates in Introductory and Advanced Educational Technology from Delaware Technical & Community College.   Dr. Coffield will lead the organization of the new charter school in preparation for its opening next fall.   The planned charter high school will be the state’s first Early College High School, which will be designed specifically to serve first generation college-bound students. The Early College High School is a nationally recognized school design brought to Delaware through a partnership between Innovative Schools, a Delaware-based nonprofit public school support organization, and EdWorks, a nationally known consultant that specializes in high school innovations.   The University will blend the Early College Charter High School with its existing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative.

DSU Mathematics Program Ranked Among Most Affordable in NE

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A new college affordability poll has placed Delaware State University among the most affordable among mathematics schools in the mid-east U.S. Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Delaware State University as the fourth most affordable mathematics program among 27 ranked colleges and universities in the mid-east region. The University of Delaware, the only other school from the First State listed in this poll, is ranked as the sixth more affordable. For a school to be eligible for this Affordable Colleges Online mathematics program rankings, the institution had to offer a doctorate-level program in mathematics and be fully accredited as an institution. The eligible schools also had to have a net price tuition under $30,000 (net price tuition = total attendance cost per student minus average grant or scholarship aid awarded per students). According to that criteria, the top 10 most affordable mathematics program in the mid-east are: City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center Stony Brook University State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany Delaware State University University at Buffalo (SUNY) University of Delaware University of Maryland – College Park University of Maryland – Baltimore County New Jersey Institute of Technology State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton DSU offers a Master of Science Degree Program in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Education, as well as a Doctoral Program in Allied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics. The University also has undergraduate degrees programs in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematics with Computer Sciences.  

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Speaks on Optics Research at National Conf.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, was recently among a highly esteemed group of guest speakers who gave presentations at the 8th annual Night Vision Systems conference sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) and held in Arlington, Va. on July 29-31. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Dr. Melikechi, who is also the DSU vice president of research, innovation and economic development, gave a presentation on the optic research taking place at DSU especially as it relates to the ongoing development night vision technology that can be used in 21st century battlefield environments. The IDGA’s 8th Annual Night Vision Systems brought together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the night vision community. The event focused on the latest technological advancements in military night vision technologies and sensors and the possible investments in new solutions that could enhance warfighter ability to “own the night” in battlefield and war-related situations. During the event, future trends were analyzed, immediate and long-term needs identified, and discussions were held on up-and-coming technologies for use in changing environments.

Five DSU Students Part of Winning Cyber Challenge Competition Team

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Members of the winning Delaware Cyber Challenge team (from second to left) Trevor Newell, Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Priscilla Wilson, Andrew Hobbs. Also pictured: Dr. Hongxin Hu, assistant professor of cyber security (far left) and Dr. Marwan Rasamny, chair of the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology (far right).

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Five DSU computer science information technology students were recently part of a team that won the Delaware Cyber Camp’s U.S. Cyber Challenge held at the Wilmington The five DSU students who were part of the winning team are shown here hacking away toward their 1st Place finish. University site in New Castle County, Del. U.S. Cyber Challenge utilizes Cyber Quests as a platform to provide challenging on-line competitions that allow participants to display their cyber security skills. The five DSU students participated in  a “cyber boot camp” on July 8 where they attended with students from other Delaware colleges, universities and high school workshops among other things, penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics taught by faculty, SANS instructors, and cyber security experts. The week culminated in an on-line "Capture the Flag" competition where individuals in a team attack specially provisioned servers on the Internet. The flags consisted of cracked passwords (both wired and wireless), hijacked websites, server penetrations, and data acquisition. Five DSU students -- Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Andrew Hobbs, Trevor Newell and Priscilla Wilson were on Team Five called “My Little Ponies,” which won the competition. Since 2010, Delaware has been a proud supporter of the U.S Cyber Challenge (USCC) summer camps. The USCC's mission is to "significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals." In keeping with its mission, the USCC has been a partner and sponsor of the Delaware Cyber Security Boot Camp and played an integral role in this year's successful event. USCC is a partner and supporter of four camps in the country. These include the Western Regional Cyber Camp , Eastern Regional Cyber Camp, State of Delaware Cyber Camp, and State of Illinois Cyber Camp hosted this year by San Jose State University, Virginia Tech, Wilmington University, and Moraine Valley Community College, respectively. The Western and Illinois camps have scheduled their boot camps in August.

DSU Holds HBCU Philanthropy Symposium

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These are some of the participants from various regional HBCUs that attended DSU Philanthropy Symposium on Aug. 1-2. DSU’s Division of Institutional Advancement has taken the lead in establishing a consortium of regional HBCU institutions as it held its Historically Black College and University Philanthropy Symposium on Aug. 1-2 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. The objective of the symposium was to begin a process among the participating institutions in which philanthropic outreach solutions could be shared and empower schools to effectively address the challenges they face in raising philanthropy dollars. Joining DSU in the inaugural consortium were Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, and the University of the District of Columbia. More than 40 representatives from the participating schools attended the two-day symposium. The participants discussed trends in philanthropy, preparedness for corporate funding, the need for collaborating with each other, and how to begin becoming a community of best practices institutions.   Several strategies were discussed on how to increase annual giving, engage alumni, and strategically make asks for transformational gifts to the respective universities. Representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Toyota Corporation, Delmarva Power, Astra Zeneca, and Benz Whaley and Flessner also participated in the symposium, sharing their knowledge as guest speakers and panelists. Next year’s annual Philanthropy Symposium will be held at DSU on July 24-25, 2014.

DSU, Horizon Helicopter Ink Agreement to Provide Flight Training

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DSU has expanded the training options of its Aviation Program by signing a new agreement with Horizon Helicopters, Inc., of Newark, Del.
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(L-r) Julie Keating, Horizon scheduling coordinator; Jeremiah Griffith, Horizon certified flight instructor; Judy Griffith, Horizon vice president; Harry Griffith, Horizon president and owner; Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer; and Capt. Stephen Speed, DSU Aviation Program director, pose for  group shot after signing the agreement.

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Delaware State University has expanded the training options of its Aviation Program by signing a new agreement with Horizon Helicopters, Inc., of Newark, Del. Horizon owner Harry Griffith and DSU Provost Alton Thompson seal the deal with a handshake after signing the agreement.   The agreement – signed today at the Horizon Helicopters facility – establishes a University flight training partnership with the company to provide helicopter training as a new option in DSU’s Professional Pilot concentration of its Bachelor of Science in Aviation Program.   Now DSU aviation students can choose between flight training on fixed-wing aircraft and/or on helicopters.  The helicopter flight training will take place at the Horizon facility in Newark. The new partnership also opens the door for military veterans to use their Department of Defense benefits to enroll in the program.   Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Amir Mohammadi, DSU executive vice president and University treasurer, and Capt. Stephen Speed, director of the DSU Aviation Program, joined Horizon Helicopters co-owners Harry and Judy Griffith for the formal partnership signing. Mr. Griffith flew a helicopter down to Dover to pick up the DSU delegation and flew to the Horizon facility for the agreement signing.   Capt. Speed noted that very few university flight programs offer a helicopter option, and as such this partnership will give DSU aviation students a unique learning opportunity to experience helicopter flight operations. DSU Aviation Program instructor Tom Biang (left, talking with Horizon's Julie Keating) is credited for being instrumental in working out many of the details of the partnership with the helicopter business and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   “For DSU, it begins what we expect to be a long and mutually beneficial partnership with a company that has a demonstrated track record of success,” Capt. Speed said. “This option broadens our ability to train future aviation professionals. It is another way that DSU can accommodate the expected future growth of the aerospace industry.”   The Horizon Helicopters owners are equally excited to join with DSU in this training collaboration.   “Horizon Helicopters is honored to be uniting in a flight training partnership with Delaware State University to offer civilians and veteran students the opportunity to include rotorcraft/helicopter certification as part of their bachelor’s degree in aviation,” said Mr. Griffith.   Since the 1988 establishment of the DSU Aviation Program (formerly Airway Science), its degree concentration offerings of Professional Pilot and Airways Management have been a mainstay among the most unique degrees available at Delaware State University. Aviation degree seekers can earn their licenses to become professional pilots or pursue the management side and become airport managers or air traffic controllers.   Horizon Helicopters, Inc. has been Delaware's only FAA-approved Part 135 charter service company since 1985. The company performs numerous types of helicopter services and is Delaware's only state-approved helicopter training facility.   With the agreement, the helicopter flight training will be offered for the first time in the upcoming 2013 fall semester. For more info about this training, contact the DSU Aviation Program at (302) 857-6710.

DSU Finalizes Lease Agreement and Takes Over the Former Sheraton

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Chuck Jackson, associate director of plant maintenance; Alankato Cobb, asst. vice president of facilities; Shumeissa Fuqeryar, IT technician; Karen Fair, director of Facilities Management; and Rose Spady, residential director, take a photo-pose break from their work of transforming the former Sheraton Hotel into the DSU Living and Learning Commons.

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Delaware State University has finalized and signed a lease agreement with the owners of the former Sheraton Hotel and formally took over the building on July 28. This photo is the last time the "Sheraton" will be seen on the former hotel, as it has already been removed. The seven-story building, located almost one mile north of the University’s main campus, has been renamed the DSU Living and Learning Commons. DSU personnel from the areas of facilities, housing, information technology, public safety, finance and other University offices are now working get the building ready for student occupancy in the fall semester 2013. The University is currently working with the city of Dover Planning Office to rezone the property from its current Commercial Recreational classification to Institutional Office. While the University is working through that process, the city has given DSU permission to house students in the Commons. The Commons will provide the University with additional residential space for students as DSU embarks on a plan to renovate and upgrade existing residential halls on campus. The facility will be used to house students while residential halls are being modernized over time. The University has entered into a $12 million, 15-year lease agreement with the owners of the former Sheraton Hotel with an option to buy any time after the end of the second year. The 135,500-square foot building sits on a 6½-acre property and contains 153 lodging rooms and 15 meeting/conference rooms.

DSU Police Swears In Two New Officers

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Magistrate Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn (l) swears in DSU newest police officers -- John Skinner and Jennifer Bastianelli.

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The addition of Officers John Skinner and Jennifer Bastianelli brings the DSU force up to 16 police officers. The DSU Police Department have sworn in two new police officers. The Honorable Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge for Delaware Family Court, swore in Jennifer Bastianelli and John Skinner newest two police officers on the force on July 25. Officer Bastianelli, from Monmouth County, N.J., graduated from DSU in 2010 with bachelor’s degree in psychology and accounting (double major). Officer Skinner, a native of Smyrna and Clayton resident, graduated from Wilmington University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Both officers have also completed the Delaware State Police Academy. The addition of the two new officers will bring the DSU force up to 16 police officers and eight security officers.

The AME 1st Episcopal District Christian Ed Congress held at DSU

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The AME Christian Education Congress' leadership had dinner at the President's Residence on July 22. (L-r seated) Janice Hill, Dr. Robin Williams, DSU President Harry Williams, Bishop Gregory Ingram, Dr. Jessica Ingram, Vera Worthy; (l-r top) Dr.. Herbert Eddy, Rev. Winton Hill III, Rev. Ellis Louden, Jewel McAshan, Lynn Rochester, Keith Coston Jr., Dr. Kenneth Saunders Sr. and Rev. Richard Worthy.

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Delaware State University is the site of this year’s Christian Education Congress of the 1st Episcopal District  of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. The Christian Education Congress held afternoon and nightly worship services in the Education & Humanities Theatre.   This annual event of 1st Episcopal District – which encompasses AME churches in Delaware, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, New England and Bermuda – has attracted about 1,000 AME clergy and lay persons to the July 22-25 Congress. “It is a Congress that is designed to educate all ages, empower leadership and provide inspiration for ministry,” said  Rev. Jay B. Broadnax, the executive director the Congress. He added that the 1st Episcopal District likes hold the event at DSU because it gives its AME young people a sense of what it is like to be on a University campus. The Congress – under this year’s theme of “First Things First” – is being led by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, the presiding prelate of the1st Episcopal District. The four-day event features spirited worship services replete with dynamic preaching and music as well as a series of core courses specifically designed for ministers, Christian educators, as well as other adult and youth lay persons. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1794 by its founder Richard Allen, who later became its first bishop. Today the AME Church has membership in 20 Episcopal Districts in 39 countries on five continents.

DSU's Cartina Church Selected to be Philly 76er Dancer

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Cartina Church It appears that Delaware State University’s loss will be the Philadelphia 76ers’ gain.   Cartina C. Church, a 21-year-old member of the DSU Del-A-Gance Dance Team has stepped down from that group to move up to the NBA to join the Philadelphia 76ers’ Dream Team dancers.   Ms. Church, a senior DSU marketing major and native of Frankford, Del., earned one of 23 slots on the 2013-2014 76ers’ Dream Team, which dances during 76ers’ home games at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The DSU student made the team from among about 180 dancers who tried out for the coveted slots.   A dancer since her childhood, Ms. Church honed her floor moves at the X Squad Dancing Studio of Selbyville, Del. and Crofton, Md. “I studied jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip-hop…. just about anything under the sun,” she said. “I also did competitive dancing with the X Squad.”   Ms. Church is one of 10 rookies who earned a Dream Team dancing slot. She is also only one of two Delawareans who made the team. Ms. Church in one of her 76er outfits. Slated to graduate in 2014, Ms. Church will have to juggle her studies with her new dancing responsibilities in Philadelphia. “Most of my classes are during the day, and I will also work to hand my work in early,” she said.   Dancing aside, Ms. Church said this opportunity is a plus for her marketing aspirations.   “Being around the 76ers’organization, a lot of the people I have met are in marketing and public relations,” Ms. Church said. “So being around them should benefit me.”  

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