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Mathematics Major Recognized for Research Poster at AMP Symposium

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Martha Gwengi, a senior mathematics major, stands next to her research poster that won her a cash prize at a recent Philadelphia AMP Symposium.

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    Martha Gwengi, a senior mathematics major in the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, recently won a cash prize for her research poster at the 14th annual Philadelphia AMP Research Symposium and Mentoring Conference.   Ms. Gwengi received a cash prize for her work entitled “Movements of Polystyrene Beads in Contraceptive Gels. Her research is designed to investigate the protective characteristics of vaginal contraceptive gels against various pathogenic particles such as HIV viruses.   Ms. Gwengi collaborated with Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor in the Department of Physics and pre-Engineering, along with co-author Elton Jhamba, an optics graduate student. She is currently a scholar in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program.  

DSU Selected to be Part of Nov 3-5 Opportunity Nation in NYC

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    DSU President Harry L. Williams will participate in a panel discussion on how students can succeed in their pursuits to earn a degree.   Delaware State University has been selected among 12 colleges and universities to participate in the 2011 Opportunity Nation Summit that will be held Nov. 3-5 at Columbia University in New York City.   DSU is the only Historically Black College or University among the schools chosen to be a part of the Opportunity Nation Summit, which is focusing on the challenges of economic mobility and opportunity, and providing a forum for new perspectives on the problems and possible solutions. The University was selected because of its Inspire Scholarship Program and its community service component.   DSU President Harry L. Williams will serve as part of the Leadership Coalition for the Summit and will participate in a Nov. 4 panel discussion entitled “From Access to Completion: Starting Early, Staying in School, and Earning a Credential.” He will be joined on the panel by Wendy Kopp of Teach for America, John Pepper of the Walt Disney Company, and Robert Balfanz of the Center for Social Organization of Schools at John Hopkins University.   Each school was asked to select a state of Delaware leader and a student who are active in community service to be a part of the summit as an Opportunity Leader and an Opportunity Scholar.   DSU selected Bebe Ross Coker, an educator, playwright and activist who has served on many boards and commissions throughout the state, to attend the Summit for DSU as its Opportunity Leader. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently recognized her longstanding community service by awarding Ms. Coker the Order of the First State, the highest honor a Delaware governor can bestow.   DSU also selected Raequan Jones, a freshman political science major, who was chosen by the University to attend the summit as its Opportunity Scholar. Mr. Jones has been active in community service as a youth, including his involvement in the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League.   Both Ms. Coker and Mr. Jones will be involved in a variety of workshops, seminars and activities throughout the summit.   The Opportunity Nation Summit – convened by TIME Magazine, United Way Worldwide, the AARP and its Foundation, and the Ford Foundation – is a campaign to promote opportunity, social mobility, and access to the American Dream. In being a part of the 36-member Leadership Coalition and serving as a summit panelist, Dr. Williams will be part of a diverse group of influential leaders such as Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University, broadcaster Travis Smiley, actor/activist Hill Harper, Rush Communication CEO Russell Simmons, tennis star Serena Williams, commentator Dr. Fareed Zakaria and many more.   “At the summit we will hear from leaders in business, education, the non-profit sector, faith communities, and government,” said Mark Edwards, executive director of Opportunity Nation. “These people are opportunity generators who are creating change every day. We want to bring them together to answer a basic question: what can we do to restore opportunity in America?”   Dr. Williams said he is excited to be a part of this unique initiative.   “I look forward to sharing my perspective as a member of the Leadership Council of Opportunity Nation on what students need to do to be successful in college,” said Dr. Williams. “Coalitions like this are critical at this time in our country as we together connect our young people to what matters and what it takes to live meaningful lives.”   The DSU president added that he will also be able to showcase the DSU Inspire Scholarship Program, which has at its core the culture of giving back. He noted that the University is organizing a statewide Inspired Day of Service in March 2012 as part of Opportunity Nation's national outreach.  

Despite Adverse Weather Alumni reunite during Homecoming Weekend

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The Class of 1965, which establishing themselves as the model for alumni giving, met during the Homecoming weekend. (Seated l-r): James Hogsten, Evalynn Y. Brunswick, Delores Harris, Carolyn G. Hebsgaard, Tina Strong and Jimmie Strong; (standing): Maurice Pritchett, Don Wright, Cagney France, Basil Gilfillian and Dr. Martin Drew.

 

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  The weather may have been windy, wet and cold during the Oct. 29th Saturday of the 2011 Homecoming weekend, but the reunions and fellowship were warm with plenty hugs and kisses abounding throughout the pre-game reception and the evening events.   See some of the alumni that did not let the ugly weather deter them from returning to their alma mater Saturday in the below photo slideshow:  

DSU, Korea's Jeju National University Sign New Accords

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(L-r) From DSU Dr. Fengshan Liu, vice president of International Affairs; Dr. Youngski Kwak, professor of accounting and finance, Dr. Shelton Rhodes, dean of the College of Business; Assoc. Provost Bradley Skelcher; President Harry L. Williams; and from JNU: President Hyang-Jin Huh; Dr. Tae Hee Choi, dean of Teachers' College; and Dr. Young-Hoon Kang, dean of International Affairs, gather after the new accords between the two institutions were signed. 

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    DSU President Harry L. Williams and JNU President Huang-Jin Huh sign the new accords on Oct. 27.     Delaware State University has broadened its international horizons further as it recently formalized two new agreements with Korea’s Jeju National University.   DSU President Harry L. Williams and JNU President Hyang-Jin Huh met at DSU on Oct. 27, during which time they sign two formal agreements, one for five-years in duration and the other for three years.   The five-year agreement will facilitate the exchange of faculty for teaching or research purposes, as well as the exchange of five students each between the two institutions.   The three-year agreement involves a third partner –Disney Theme Parks and Resorts College Program. The agreement between DSU, JNU and Disney will facilitate the enrollment of JNU students at DSU, during which time they will also participate in the Disney Program.   “DSU is excited to partner with Jeju National University to created new international experience opportunities for students from both institutions,” said Dr. Williams. “We are also pleased to be able to help facilitate the involvement of the Jeju students with the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts College Program.”    

The New 2011-12 Mr. and Miss DSU Crowned -- Photo Slideshow

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Ericka Kim Grant and Justin C. Caesar were crowned as the 2011-12 Mr. and Miss DSU during the Homecoming Week Coronation Ceremony in the Education & Humanities Building.

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  Mr. and Miss DSU, Justin C. Caesar and Erika K. Grant were officially crowned on Thursday, Oct. 27 during the Royal Progression’s presentation of the 2011 Coronation Ceremony, which was carried out under the theme “Coming to America. See the below photo slideshow, followed by more information:       Justin C. Caesar, Mr. DSU, is a senior Mass Communications/Public Relations major from Orange County, N.Y. whose career aspiration is to work in corporate communications. Erika Kim Grant, Miss DSU, is a senior accounting major from Waldorf, Md., whose career aspiration is to be a certified public accountant. The rest of the DSU Royal Court are: Mr. and Miss Senior Joseph Fields, a Movement Science major from Fayetteville, N.C. Paula A. Abolo, a Middle-Level Education major   Mr. and Miss Junior Keith W. Gauff II, an Agriculture Business major with minor in finance, from Zachary, La. Tynisha S. Owens, a Social Work major from Washington, D.C.   Mr. and Miss Sophomore Jonathan Harris, an Accounting major. Chascidy Reeves, an Elementary Education major from Brooklyn, N.Y.   First Attendants Nelson Roland, a Criminal Justice Ryane Cheatham, a Music Industry major.  

DSU Presents Exhibition by Artist Kevin Cole

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    Kevin Cole, with his etched aluminum work titled "Jacob's Ladder, Do Lord Remember Me."     The Delaware State University is currently featuring the work of Atlanta artist Kevin Cole in an exhibition entitled "Seeking Higher Ground" from Oct. 3 to Nov. 11 in the DSU Arts Center/Gallery located in the William C. Jason Library on campus.   The 14-piece exhibition features works that include embossed prints, mixed media, aluminum works and other mediums. The Arts Center/Gallery -- which is located just inside the entrance of the William C. Jason Library -- is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   The public can meet the artist during a reception in honor of the exhibition from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Arts Center/Gallery. Earlier that day, Mr. Cole will spend some time with DSU art students in the Department of Art classes that are going on that date.   Mr. Cole works in a range of mediums, using repetitive forms and color to create three dimensional structures that invite those who experience his work to reflect upon abstracted references to a necktie used for status, beauty, fashion and the destruction of human life. “Cole's work celebrates history, survival, and a personal memory of a time and place,” said Dr. Halima Taha, author of Collecting Works on Paper and Canvas (1998).   Both an artist and art educator, Mr. Cole, is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and has resided in Atlanta, Ga. since 1985 where he has received numerous awards both as an artist and arts educator.  He has a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff; a M.A. Art Education / Painting from the University of Illinois; and  M.F.A in Drawing from the Northern Illinois University. A recurring theme in Mr. Cole’s works is necktie imagery, of which he offers the following explanation: “When I turned eighteen years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote.  The experience left a profound impression in my mind.  While evolving from a more expressionistic place to one of abstraction, the tie has also evolved.  Since 1992, I have deeply explored the interplay between color and music, particularly influenced by the musical art forms born out of African American culture: such as jazz music, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and Blues.  Additionally, my journey has led me to the incorporation of other idioms and symbols that go beyond American existence.”  

DSU Holds Research Showcase on Capitol Hill, Washington DC (Photos)

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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and DSU President Harry L. Williams discuss the DSU research on display during the Oct. 18 DSU in Motion showcase on Capitol Hill in the nation's capital.

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  Delaware State University officials and scientists traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to host its first-ever Research Showcase for the Delaware congressional delegation and their staffs. The DSU Research Showcase took place at the Bistro Bis, a 15th E. Street restaurant about a block from the U.S. Capitol Building. The university contingent included DSU President Harry L. Williams, Provost Alton Thompson, Dean and Vice President for Research Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dean Dyremple Marsh and more than two dozen university researchers.   The event was attended by U.S.  Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, staff members of all three Delaware congressional offices and some DSU alumni members, including DSU Alumni Association President Dr. Bernard Chase.    The group was enlightened on DSU groundbreaking work in the areas of such as optics, neuroscience, bio-energy, natural sciences, human nutrition, economic development, advanced algorithms for security purposes, bioinformatics and more.    

DSU Breaks its Enrollment Record for the 2nd Consecutive Year

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    DSU President Harry L. Williams said while the record enrollment is exciting news, it is only one of many accomplishments to come.     For the second consecutive year, Delaware State University broke its enrollment record with a fall semester 2011 total enrollment of 4,178 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,000 threshold   The record 4,178 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 3,819 set in in the fall of 2010. The 2011 enrollment included 3,745 undergraduates, 333 master’s degree students, and 101 doctoral students.   The University also set a record this fall of 1,086 new freshmen, exceeding the previous record of 940 new first-year students in 2005.   DSU President Harry L. Williams said the record enrollment is clearly a reflection that “it is an exciting time” to be at DSU.   “While it is great to see the growth, it is just the beginning. We are continuing to work towards the fulfillment of the University’s vision statement we established last year, and we are developing a new strategic plan and a facilities master plan,” Dr. Williams said. “We are looking at how we can sustain this growth and continue to move up in the rankings.”   The DSU president noted that the University received more than 9,000 applications from prospective students this year. “A lot of students want to be a part of DSU,” he said.     Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 17th to 15th in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.    

Princeton Review Names College of Business Among Top Business Schools

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    The Princeton Review has included Delaware State University’s College of Business in the new 2012 edition of its book “The Best 294 Business Schools.”   The Princeton Review notes that 95% of the graduates of the DSU College of Business are employed three months after graduation at the average base starting of $55,000 per year. The review recognizes the College of Business’ Master of Business Administration Program for its convenient location and for its attention to the needs of the working professionals and aspiring managers, especially with respect to offering evening and weekend classes.   The review also notes that the College of Business offers an accelerated MBA program that is geared toward the working adult.   The DSU College of Business totaled 644 undergraduate students enrolled in its degree programs in 2010-2011 and 139 graduate students enrolled in its MBA Program.   The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA, with locations across the U.S.A. and abroad. It is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, education programs, tutoring services, and more than 150 books published by Random House. The Princeton Review reported its annual college rankings in 62 categories in August in its book, "The Best 376 Colleges."   In September, The Princeton Review with Entrepreneur magazine reported its annual lists of top 50 schools for entrepreneurship programs. In February, The Princeton Review reported with USA TODAY its annual lists of the 50 "Best Value Colleges." Other Princeton Review books include its annually published "Best 168 Medical Schools," plus guides for college and graduate school admission tests and professional licensing exams.   “The Best 294 Business Schools” is published by Random House/Princeton Review and went on sale on Oct. 11. It can be obtained online at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx.   The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.    

Yatta Kiazolu Wins the DSU Constitution & Citizenship Speech Tourney

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Yatta Kiazolu, who plans to go to law school to become an immigration and human rights attorney, focused her winning speech on the need to extend educational opportunities to undocumented immigrant youths.

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    Yatta Kiazolu, a DSU senior history major from Smyrna, recently won the Delaware State University 2011 Constitution and Citizenship Speech Tournament held Sept. 29 on campus.   Ms. Kiazolu, a native of Botswana, South African, has resided in the United States since 1997 and is a 2008 graduate of Smyrna High School. She took 1st Place in the tournament – which is held in recognition of the annual Constitution Day observance – with her speech “The Dream Act,” which focuses on the importance of educational opportunities for immigrant children, regardless of their immigration status.   “I am fortunate to be here in a legal status, but because I recognize the importance of education, to see a large population be educationally denied is wrong,” said Ms. Kiazolu, who plans to go to law school and aspires to be an immigration and human rights lawyer. “Undocumented immigrant children can go to elementary and high school, but it is harder from them to go on to college because they can’t apply for financial aid. They therefore can’t fulfill their dreams and contribution unless they can pay their tuition out of their pocket.”   The following is her winning speech in its entirety:   The Dream Act        President John F. Kennedy once said “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” As citizens, legal immigrants, and foreign students in the United States, we had and continue to have fundamental rights to our education. So, I ask you to consider the 2.1 million children and young adults that reside in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants whose fundamental right to higher education has been denied. Every year, 65,000 young adults, of this population graduate from high school and face the tremendous obstacle of furthering their education or joining the military. The vast majority of these students were brought to the US illegitimately by their parents through no fault of their own. These positive and determined students contribute incredibly to the American society through their willingness to serve the nation that has afforded them so much. As human beings, none of us were given the option to choose our nation of birth, our economic sphere, or even the overall circumstances in our life. It follows that the same is true for these children and young adults. I urge each of you as beneficiaries of the US education system and as agents of change with great influence over public policy; we must stand behind these students and aggressively push for the enactment of the DREAM Act.        The DREAM Act, formally known as the Development Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act is a piece of bipartisan legislation that aims to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented alien minors and provides a way to join the military or receive a college education. They will be able to continue making great contributions to this society and utilize their skills and talents. In addition to supporting Human Rights, there are three significant reasons we must advocate for the enactment of the DREAM Act:   It allows these newly legalized immigrants to invest in the U.S. economy. Opponents maintain that the DREAM Act is expensive; however, the degrees these students will receive will allow them to contribute and estimated $1.4 trillion to $3.6 trillion in taxable income. It makes the U.S. competitive in the global economy. The US is currently ranked 12th in world in the number of college graduates, according to the College Board Policy and Advocacy Center. It allows the Department of Homeland Security to focus their energy on deporting criminal aliens and others that pose a threat to the U.S. The process requires that all applicants to be subject to rigorous criminal and background checks and reviews.     In summation, we cannot stand by and allow for talent in such a large and growing demographic to go undeveloped, especially when the U.S. is in such a weak global position. In danger of being the first generation to be less educated than our parents, there can be no more inaction on our part. WE will suffer the consequences or reap the benefits. Each of you can support the DREAM Act by contacting your State Representative’s office and urging him or her to co-sponsor Senate Bill 952. We must act now, strengthen the U.S. economy, redirect Department of Homeland Security resources to locating and deporting aliens that threaten the US security, and increasing this country’s ability to compete globally.    

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