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DSU Receives the 2011 Climate Leadership Award for Go Green Initiatives

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Delaware State University’s dedicated effort to establish sound environmental practices on campus was affirmed on June 23 when the institution received the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award from the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  DSU President Harry L. Williams (r) receives the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards on behalf of the University from Dr. Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature. Presented to DSU President Harry L. Williams at the 5th annual Climate Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the award – which was in the Master’s Colleges and University category – recognizes DSU for the work it has done since it committed to be part of the ACUPCC in 2009.   The University’s Go Green Sustainability Committee – led by Vita Pickrum, associate vice president of Development, and a steering committee of University vice presidents and deans – has mushroomed into seven subcommittees that include more than 80 active members from the University’s business and administration personnel, as well as students, faculty and staff from all walks of DSU academic life.   In addition to accessing a diverse group of intellectual resources from among its employees, DSU’s Go Green initiative has also engaged students in the effort through the creation of a Green Ambassador organization. This student organization continues to be an active participant in the Go Green planning, related events coordination and spearheading the education effort among their student peers on campus.   As a result of the work of these students, the Green Ambassadors’ president Terrell Davis received the 2010 AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Award. In addition, two other DSU students were selected to be EPA OnCampus Ambassadors to assist in promoting environmentally conscientious initiatives on campus.   On April 20, Delaware State University held a daylong celebration in recognition of Earth Day and the turnout of faculty, staff, students and the community exemplified the University’s enthusiasm and efforts toward climate neutrality and sustainability that extends far beyond one celebrated day of the year. As part of the festivities, DSU art students developed a mini-exhibition entitled “Found Objects,” which used objects that had been left to go to the local landfill and were creatively converted into art sculptures. Amir Mohammedi, vice president of Business & Administration, speaks on how sustainability has become key to DSU's mission.   As a historically black university, the environmental marshalling of its DSU members has led the way among other HBCUs and resulted in Ms. Pickrum being invited to the Dec. 3 United Nations 16th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico, where she gave a presentation on DSU’s Go Green Initiative. In addition, DSU’s environmental efforts were recognized nationally during the 2010-2011 academic year in publications of the ACUPCC, United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine and Black College Today.   During the second day of the June 21-22 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit, Amir Mohammadi, DSU vice president of Business & Administration, was a panel participate in a work session in which he shared how DSU has financed its sustainability projects.  

DSU Alumnus, Admissions Counselor Named Among Men of McCafe

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            Harold Burnett     Harold Burnett, class of 2007, has been selected as one of five winners of the Men of McCafe Casting Call, a national search for five community service-oriented men who are making a difference in the African American community.   Mr. Burnett and the other winners made their first official Men of McCafe public appearance at the July 1-3 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. They also volunteered with New Orleans-based organizations and assisted with service programs through Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Orleans.   The DSU alumnus was the first-ever Mr. DSU during his 2006-2007 senior year. He currently works at his alma mater as an admissions counselor.  

DSU Board of Trustees Approves 2011-2012 Tuition Rates

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The Delaware State University Board of Trustees today approved the institution’s tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year, which includes moderate increases in the tuition and room & board rates.   During a special June 28 meeting, the board approved a 5.5% increase in tuition ($6,226 in-state and $14,221 out-of-state, both per year). Last year’s in-state tuition was $5,901 and out-of-state was $13,480.   The board also approved a 5.5% increase in both the traditional residential hall room rates (which now range from $6,676 to $7,168) and the meal plan rates (which now range from $3,168 to $3,572).   DSU President Harry L. Williams said that the loss of federal stimulus money that DSU and other institutions of higher education had received factored into the rate increase. “The Trustees kept this year’s increase relatively low, as it has over the past several years, in order to balance giving a high quality education to our students with the recognition that our student population comes with great financial need,” said Dr. Williams.   This year’s increases notwithstanding, Dr. Williams noted that DSU continues to remain competitive with other comparable institutions of higher education in the region and be an educational “best buy.”   The rates for the on-campus University Village Apartments and the institution’s off-campus University Courtyard Apartment complex will be set after those facilities’ Housing Foundation meets in the near future to determine the changes for the upcoming year.   Full tuition and fees details

DSU Establishes New Partnerships in China

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Dr. Harry L. Williams (l) shakes hands with Sanming University Vice President Jian Liu after the signing of the accord between the two institutions. Applauding behind them are administrators from both universities.

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Delaware State University has recently expanded its partnerships in China with agreements with three universities that will bring about 100 Chinese students to DSU in the fall and send DSU faculty members to teach in that Far East country. (L-r) DSU Provost Alton Thompson, Ningbo Univ. of Technology President Haoqi Gao and DSU President Harry L. Williams stop for a photo moment after formalizing the accord that will send DSU faculty to teach there. DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams and Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, recently returned from China where new accords were signed with Ningbo University of Technology, Sanming University and Zhaoqing University.   “We had a good meeting of the minds with these three universities,” Dr. Williams said. “We all want the same thing for our students – to provide them the opportunity to grow intellectually by exposing them to other cultures, something we have agreed to work together to make happen.”   The agreements with Sanming University and Zhaoqing University facilitate student and faculty exchanges with DSU. About 60 Chinese students from those two institutions will attend DSU in the fall as part of the American Cultural Program, in which the students will take English courses to improve their fluency and also courses in American literature and history.   While in China, Dr. Thompson gave an address at the dedication of the Global Village at Jilin Hauqiao Foreign Language Institute, which entered into a formal agreement with DSU in 2010 and will send students here in the fall. Dr. Thompson impressed the audience of more than 1,000 with his knowledge of Confucius, and left no doubt that the Jilin students would be in good hands at DSU.   “Our number one job is to give our students a quality education, such that they will become well-read, well-spoken, technically proficient, socially responsible and globally competent as productive and contributing citizens in our knowledge-based global society,” Dr. Thompson told the audience.   Another 40 Chinese students from Sanming and Zhaoquig will enroll at DSU in a regular degree program during the upcoming school year. According to Dr. Fengshan Liu, DSU associate vice president of International Affairs who also made the trip to China, many of those degree-seeking students will be enrolled in the University’s MBA program.   Dr. Alton Thompson give an addresses during a Julin Hauqiao Foreign Language Institute event, assisted by an unidentified interpreter. Dr. Williams also formalized an agreement with Ningbo University of Technology that will send DSU accounting faculty to that university to teach courses that will introduce the latest curricula, education resources and teaching methods in the United States in the field of accounting, as well help familiarize Ningbo students with international accounting practices and sound business principles.   Dr. Thompson said the agreements will also result in study abroad opportunities for DSU students in China – an opportunity a group of students has already taken advantage of this month. A group of 15 DSU music and science students traveled to China in late May for a learning experience trip. In addition to a wealth of cultural tours, the science students took a course in ecology and the music students gained an appreciation of the culture through a music course. A group of DSU students on a one-month learning experience in China meet up with the DSU delegation in Shanghai.   Diamond Moore, a junior biology major from Newark, Del., said it was exciting being out of the country for the first time in her life.   “It showed me how similar we are to other cultures,” Ms. Moore said. “We are all human and we all do similar things; it’s just language that divides us.”   Dr. Thompson said such international experience will put DSU students in a better position to make their mark on the world.   “To be world leaders, our students need to have a good perspective of other cultures,” Dr. Thompson said. “Upon graduation, we want our students to be globally competent.”          

Nursing's Dr. Mary Watkins Named Professor Emeritus

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    Dr. Mary P. Watkins has been named professor emeritus in the Department of Nursing by a unanimous vote of the Delaware State University Board of Trustees. Dr. Mary P. Watkins, professor emeritus   Dr. Watkins, who is retiring this year as a full professor, first came to DSU from Coppin State College to serve as a visiting chair in 1993. Although the original plan was for Dr. Watkins to return to Coppin State after one year, she ended up staying at DSU where she immediately became the permanent chair of the Department of Nursing. She would serve in that post from 1993-2006 and would continue as a faculty member until her retirement in 2011.   Her impact was felt immediately soon after she became the permanent chair. In 1994 under her leadership, the Bachelor of Nursing Program was enriched by the development of a pathophysiology and pharmacology course, which was also developed into an advance course level for the graduate program.   During her tenure as chair, the department established a Master of Science in Nursing that offers an advanced practice clinical specialty in public health nursing and role development in nursing teaching education. Also developed during her tenure is an additional specialty area in advanced adult health nursing.   Under her leadership, the DSU Department of Nursing has been awarded two national accreditations with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (eight-year periods, 1995-2003 and 2003-2011) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (10-year, 2003-2013). Her leadership also led to the full accreditation of the Master of Science in Nursing (2007-2012, the maximum five-year period). Dr. Watkins has contributed 15 articles over the years for professional and academic nursing publications, and has begun writing a textbook in pathophysiology in advanced practice nursing. The former nursing chair joins four others who are living DSU professor emeriti -- Dr. Kenneth Bell, former dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Science and University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. William Flayhart, former chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy; Dr. Gustav Ofosu, former chair of the Department of Biology; and Dr. Warren Rhodes, former director of the Psychology Graduate Program.    

New Student Center Complex Dedicated

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dr. Claibounre D. Smith, DSU Board of Trustees chairman, and the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, the event's keynote speaker, display the wall plaque for the new Martin Luther King Student Center. A photo gallery of the event can be seen by clicking on /administration/gallery-mlk-building-dedication-featuring-rev-walter-fauntroy.

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  Delaware State University christened its new Student Center Complex with a Feb. 25 Dedication Ceremony in its new Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, ushering in a new era of campus life for the institution. The dedication of the Complex – which includes the Strength & Conditioning Facility, the Wellness & Recreation Center with its connected swimming pool, and the MLK Student Center – combined the event with DSU’s annual observances of Martin Luther King’s Birthday and the University’s Founders’ Day. The Rev. Walter Fauntroy gave the keynote address.   The Honorable Walter Fauntroy, civil right activist and former U.S. congressman, gave the keynote address. Rev. Fauntroy worked with Dr. King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.   Rev. Fauntroy said he was elated that Martin Luther King Jr. would remain the namesake title of the Student Center at DSU.   “My hope and belief is when they write the history of the Obama era, they will write that there lived at DSU great faculty and students who worked to finish the goal of Martin Luther King – to redeem the soul of America,” Dr. Fauntroy said. “We can live together if we follow Martin Luther King’s dream, which is rooted in the American Dream.”   Remarks were also given during the ceremony by DSU President Harry Lee Williams; Kathleen Charlot, current DSU Student Government Association (SGA) president; Leroy Tate, Delaware State College alumnus and the 1968 SGA president; Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees; and Diedre Ottley, DSU Alumni Association president.   “With a student population of more than 3,600, we can proudly say that with the completion of the Student Center Complex, the University is providing an outstanding campus life infrastructure for its students,” Dr. Williams said. “These structures join the Education and Humanities Theatre, the Longwood Auditorium and other facilities at DSU to provide an unparalleled capacity for college life.”   Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, said that the Student Center Complex will make students’ experience at DSU more meaningful. “We understand that the intellectual, emotional and social growth they experience will come not only from the academic classrooms, but from the overall campus life to which they are exposed,” said Dr. Smith, who also served as acting president from September 2008 to January 2010. “We believe with the completion of the Student Center Complex, we have greatly enhanced the environment for that growth.” (L-r) Dr. Claibourne D. Smith and DSU President Harry L. Williams cut the ribbon for the Student Center Complex, while the University's First Lady Robin S. Williams and Dover Mayor Carlton Carey Sr. look on.   The DSU Concert Choir provided a particularly poignant moment during the event with its moving performance of the medley “His Light Still Shines.” The 81-member choir -- directed by Dr. Curtis Powell, director of Choral Activities, positioned themselves along each aisle and the back section of the auditorium, alternating their singing with an oratory that focused on how Dr. King’s light still shines at DSU. A number of people in attendance could be seen wiping tears from their eyes by the end of the performance.   In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, University opened a 1968 time capsule that had been embedded in the cornerstone of the original Martin Luther King Student Center and extracted during its demolition. That time capsule contained items that were related to a May 10, 1968 Dedication Ceremony for that original student center.   Items for a new time capsule have been collected to be placed in the cornerstone of the new MLK Student Center. Those items will include letters from Dr. Williams and DSU Board of Trustees Chairman Claibourne D. Smith, photos, campus publications, a current campus map, a brick from the original MLK Student Center, an undergraduate studies Viewbook, a 2009 Homecoming guide, yearbooks and several other items that reflective of campus life in the current era.   The completed 54,000 square foot Wellness & Recreation Center includes dual basketball courts with seating areas and men and women’s locker rooms on the first floor. The second floor has a variety of Lifestyle weight machines and free weights as well as a running track that winds around the exercise areas and overlooks the basketball courts on the floor below. The facility also has a juice bar with tables and seating, as well as areas for aerobic and other fitness classes.   The Wellness Center & Recreation Center – finished in the summer of 2009 – was the second phase of a $22.5 million project that began with the fall 2008 completion of the first phase’s Strength & Conditioning Facility for student-athletes. That facility features a large Division I-A weight training area and modern locker rooms for Hornet teams.   Connected to the Wellness & Recreation Center is a $5.6 million swimming facility that connects to the Wellness Center’s locker rooms. The recreation pool features a fountain at its center, three lap lanes, an inter-pool bench with water jets, and four inter-pool basketball hoops. The swimming pool was completed in the fall of 2009.   The Wellness & Recreation Center was recently recognized among seven indoor facilities in the country to be awarded the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s 2010 Outstanding Sports Facility Award. The DSU Concert Choir provided a memorable musical moment with their rendition of "His Light Still Shines."   The Complex project culminated with the late 2009 completion of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center. It is about three times the size of the previous one-floor MLK Student Center that existed from 1967 to 2006. The $23.4 million facility provides students with more space then ever to spend their social time, conduct their organizational activities, while at the same time giving the community a new facility for holding events. The first floor of the Student Center features an Austin Grill dining facility, which includes a Tex Mex menu that may be enjoyed in an abundant seating area. The first floor also has an enlarged DSU Bookstore and Post Office, vast open lounge areas and a modest stage. The Student Center’s second floor includes a large 7,656 square foot-auditorium that may be partitioned into three separated areas or it may be a large single area where dances, concerts or other types of large gatherings may be held. In addition, the second floor also includes a game room, a meeting room and open and closed lounge areas. The Student Center’s third floor provides ample office meeting spaces for the Student Government Association’s Executive Council, The Hornet student newspaper, Mr. and Miss DSU, and the Graduate Studies Council. The third floor also includes the administrative offices of Student Leadership & Activities, Career Planning, Judicial Affairs, Auxiliary Services, as well as the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The primary architects for the project were Holzman, Moss, Bottino Architecture (HMBA) of New York, N.Y., and the construction management firm was EdiS Company of Wilmington, Del. Leroy Tate, 1968 SGA president, lifts up an item from the 1968 time capsule while Brenda Farmer(far right), event emcee, describes it for the audience. Joining Mr. Tate on stage are fellow 1968 classmates (l-r) Peggy Trout, Vivian King and Pat Randolph.   HMBA and DSU worked together to develop a et of environmentally-responsible goals for the project. Sustainable features incorporated into the final design included the implementation of a waste management program for demolition of the original student center, reduced disturbance to the site, use of regional and natural materials, a natural ventilation system for lounge and dining areas, large overhangs at the south and west sides to reduce heat consumption, reduction of net to gross area ratio by providing efficient circulation, light-colored roofs to reduce solar gain, as well as the use of salvaged bricks.

DSU Names 2011 Faculty Excellence Award Recipients

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The 2011 DSU Faculty Excellence Award recipients: (l-r) Dr. Mazen Shahin, Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa and Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O'Brien, all holding the award they each individually received.

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        Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa holds the FEA plaque she and the other recipients received.     Delaware State University has named four faculty members as the institution’s 2011 Faculty Excellence Award recipients.   The University has selected the below faculty members in the following categories of Teaching, Research/Creative Activities, University/Community Service and Advising:   Faculty Excellence in Teaching Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa, assistant professor of mathematics, has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to program and curriculum development, as well as her dedication to teaching and student development. She has a student-centered teaching philosophy that is innovative yet still directed toward the basic learning and understanding of mathematics.   She serves as the coordinator for K-8 math courses for teachers – incorporating a curriculum that she co-designed – and has initiated an undergraduate teaching assistant program for math majors. Her dedication to teaching is apparent by her involvement in reforming the curriculum and improving the quality of educations provided by the department.       Dr. Venu Kalavacharla Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, associate professor of plant science, has established a Plant Molecular Genetics & Genomics Laboratory that serves as a resource center for the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences and the University. He has submitted a number of successfully funded research proposals totaling $5.2 million and is the DSU principal investigator for the Delaware EPSCoR program funded by the National Science Foundation.    Recently, Dr. Kalavacharla spearheaded the establishment of the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research in collaboration with Delaware Technical and Community College and Wesley College.           Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O'Brien Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O’Brien, assistant professor of animal science, conducts applied research to assist local and regional sheep and goat farmers to produce healthy animals. She has planned, coordinated and presented at 30 regional and national programs over the past four years, serving approximately 5,500 youth and adults.    She is a contributor to a regional newsletter and was the recipient of the 2008 Directors Spirit Award and the DSU Cooperative Extension Employee of the Year award. She also serves on a number of departmental and University committees and has mentored 33 high school, undergraduate and graduate students.             Dr. Mazen Shahin Faculty Excellence in Advising Dr. Mazen Shahin, professor of mathematics, is the director of several student-centered funded projects including Bridge to Doctorate (BTD), Sciences and Math Initiative for Learning Enrichment, Alliance for Minority Participation and Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars. He has served as an advisor for 41 graduate students in the NSF-funded BTD program. His responsibilities include indentifying and working with faculty co-advisors and departmental chairpersons to ensure the student’s successful completion of the program and transition into Ph.D. programs.   His success as an advisor and dedication to students is apparent in the success rate of students completing the BTD program. Dr. Shahin regularly attends on and off campus advisement trainings and surveys students to determine how to better meet their advising needs.    Each recipient received a monetary award of $2,500.  

DSU Names Dr. Shelton Rhodes as new Dean of College of Business

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    Delaware State University has appointed Dr. Shelton Rhodes to be the dean of the College of Business.               Dr. Shelton Rhodes   He will join DSU on June 6. Dr. Rhodes succeeds Dr. Robert L. Minter who ended his tenure as permanent dean of the College of Business in 2008. Since that time, Dr. Youngski Kwak has served as the interim dean.   Dr. Rhodes arrives at DSU after serving as the founding dean of the Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) in Stevenson, Md. from May 2008 to August 2010.    Prior to that deanship, Dr. Rhodes spent 18 years at Bowie State University as a faculty member who reached the rank of full professor. Also his years at Bowie included serving as the director of the Center for Community and Economic Development from 2002-2004, as well as the founding director of the Procurement Acquisition Center of Excellence and as the chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration in the School of Business, both from 2004-2008.    He formerly served as president of New Millennium Solutions, a management consulting firm from 1997 until 2011.   Dr. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Public Administration from Howard University's School of Business, and a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University’s School of Business in Urban Services Management. He also completed a post doctorate fellowship from the University of Washington in Strategic Management and a Franchise Certificate Program from Virginia Union University.   He is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Fairfax County.    Dr. Rhodes is a retired Army Major. His military service includes a variety of progressively important command and staff positions culminating with an assignment at the Pentagon. He also has worked as a consultant and as a research fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.   Dr. Rhodes's professional affiliations include the Board of Directors for Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, the Society of Human Resource Management, American Management Association, Academy of Management, as well as the Retired Military Officers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Capital Society, the Washington Project and on the National Contract Management Association’s University Outreach and Relations Committee.    An active scholar, Dr. Rhodes recently served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management in the areas of human resource management and strategic management. He has published numerous articles and he currently writes online for Examiner.com. He writes a local blog on human resource management and a national blog on minority and women-owned businesses: http://www.examiner.com/minority-business-in-national/shelton-rhodes     In addition, Dr. Rhodes is the co-author of the book A Piece of the Pie (published by Diversity Press, 2003), which profiles successful minority entrepreneurs. He also contributed a chapter in the 2003 book Principles and Practices of Public Administration.   The dean search committee was chaired by Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost. Members included: Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institution Advancement; Dr. Michael Casson, acting dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michael Katz associate professor of accounting and finance; Dr. Constance Beugre, Department of Management chair; DSU Board of Trustees member Jose Echeverrí; Eutrice Augustus, College of Business administrative assistant; Dr. Martin Nunlee, assistant professor of management; and DSU alumnus John Ridgeway.   The committee’s charge was to send three unranked candidates to the Provost and the President for a final decision.  

2011 Commencement Photos Slideshow

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  Joy abounded during the 2011 Commencement weekend, as 617 diplomas were awarded to bachelor, master and doctoral degree students. During the May 21 Commencement for graduate and doctoral students and the three May 22 Commencement ceremonies for undergraduates, keynote speakers Quincy Lucas, Jeff Johnson and Queen Latifah gave the graduates a wealth of encouragement for the future. Meanwhile the Class of 1961 returned to their alma mater and made a collective donation of $10,000 to go toward scholarships.   Click here to order your 2011 Commencement DVD, or fill out our online survey and tell us how we did?       Click on the below slide show to see photos from the 2011 Commencement weekend:  

DSU Presents 617 Diplomas During its 2011 Commencement Ceremonies

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    Delaware State University awarded 617 diplomas during its 2011 Commencement ceremonies, which included five 4.0 GPA students. Some DSU graduates of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences take the Alumni Pledge during the 3 p.m. Commencement.   It was the first planned multiple commencements weekend at DSU. The University held a 2 p.m. commencement for master’s degree and doctoral graduates May 21 in the E&H Theatre, and three undergraduate commencements on May 22 in Memorial Hall Gymnasium at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.   Among DSU’s 2011 graduating class 617 degrees were: 500 were bachelor’s degrees, 112 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees. This graduating class produced 121 honors students, which included 23 Summa Cum Laudes (3.75 GPA or above), 40 Magna Cum Laudes (3.5 to 3.74), 42 Cum Laudes (3.25 to 3.49) and 16 honorable mentions.   Dr. Williams presented Presidential Academic Excellence Awards to five graduates who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years –  Kelly Cheng, a Movement Science major from Australia; Martina Ferrari, a political science major from Italy; Suzanne Klein, an art education major from Middletown, Del.; Parth Patel, a computer science major from India; and Jasmina Woodson, an accounting major from Newark, N.J. Presidential Academic Excellence Awards were earned by Andrew John Hobbs, a computer science major from Laurel, Del., and Anna Ratnikova, a criminal justice major from Russia, neither of whom were able to attend their Commencement ceremony.   The DSU president also presented a Presidential Leadership Award to Jennifer I. Gray, a biology major from Dover, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology on Sunday. In addition to maintaining a 3.3 GPA, Ms. Gray served as the founder and president of the DSU Minority Association for Pre-medical Students, president of the DSU NAACP chapter, vice president of the Students Against a Godless Society, a Ronald McNair Scholar, as well as in a number of community service activities on and off campus.   During the DSU Commencement weekend, the University honored the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1961 during a reception on Saturday, May 21 in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. Thirteen 1961 graduates of then-Delaware State College returned to their alma mater this weekend, donned robes and took part in all three May 22 Commencement ceremonies.             Jeff Johnson   The Class of 1961 showed itself to be “culture of giving” that has been developing among alumni by presenting the DSU president with a donation of $10,000 to go toward scholarships.                      Quincy Lucas   The Commencement ceremonies featured Quincy Lucas, DSU alumna and domestic violence prevention advocate, during the May 21 graduate/doctoral Commencement. She told the story of her perseverance to earn her undergraduate degree amid the tragic domestic violence murder of her sister Witney and how she went on to earn her master’s degree at DSU. She urged the graduates to use their master’s and doctoral degrees to make a better world.   The 9 a.m. and the 12 noon Commencement ceremonies on May 22 featured journalist, social activist and political commentator Jeff Johnson, who encouraged the bachelor’s degree recipients to “mesmerize” people so much with their individual excellence that “when people see you coming they will rush to get themselves together with what they are supposed to be doing.”   The 3 p.m. Commencement featured hip-hop artist and actress Queen Latifah, who told the students to be fearless. “Set your goals, go out in the world and get it,” she said. “Life is for the living. Your goals are still there to be reached.”  

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