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Dr. Mable Morrison Honored By Music Teacher National Association

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Dr. Morrison has been recognized for being a 50-year member of the oldest professional music teacher association in the country.

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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) recently honored Dr. Mable Morrison, DSU associate professor of music, as a 50-Year Member at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 22–26.   Dr. Morrison – a pianist, soprano, accompanist – has also been a DSU faculty member for 52 years. She received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from the University in 2012.   Dr. Morrison has performed recitals and concerts all over the world. She is the recipient of the French Government Grant for studies in piano at L’Academie Internationale D’Ete of Nice, France, and the United States Intercultural Grant for performances in Liberia and Sierre Leone, West Africa. She is an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana; DePaul University in Illinois; Fontainebleau Fine Arts and Music Schools in France; and L’Academie Internationale D’Ete.   MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprising of nearly 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music-making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teacher association in the United States.

Vote for Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in Ebony Magazine Contest!!

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Help Chascidy land a spot among the top 10 vote getters and thereby be featured in the upcoming September EBONY issue.

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Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves The DSU Community is being called upon to support 2013-2014 Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in her effort to be among the top vote getters in EBONY magazine’s annual HBCU Campus Queen online competition and thereby win a featured spot in an upcoming issue of the magazine. To vote for Ms. Chascidy, go to http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens. Once on the Campus Queen webpage, click on page 2 and Ms. Chascidy is the third queen from the top. Click on her picture and you will be taken to her webpage, which has information about her and her video. Click on “Vote for Me” at the bottom of her page. The voting frequency is unlimited, so vote as many times as you like. The top 10 vote getters will be featured in the September 2014 issue of EBONY magazine.

DSU Bands to Perform in Spring Concert, 7 p.m. April 16

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The Spring Concert will take place at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover.

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The DSU bands will present its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St. in Downtown Dover. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the DSU Symphonic Band and the DSU Jazz Ensemble. Both are led by Randolph Johnson, University director of bands. General admission tickets are $15 each. DSU students can attend for free by showing their identification.

DSU Students Take 2nd Place in Business Plan Competition

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(l-r) DSU students Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell won 2nd place at the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C.

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A team of six students from various departments of the College of Business and the Department of Physics and Engineering at Delaware State University won second place in the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. This competition was organized by the School of Business & Public Administration of University of the District of Columbia on April 5. The group of DSU students -- Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell -- competed with students from universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 2nd place prize was $3,000, which the students split up. The purpose of this competition was to educate and provide an experiential opportunity to showcase the creativity of tomorrow’s business leaders. The business plan was based on the interdisciplinary project that developed a sensor to assess environmental air quality at local (e.g. Kent County) and state levels. The students were judged on: Developing business plans, based on an identified social issue or need, using a social business entrepreneurship business model for their program. Presenting business implementation plans or delivery modes that demonstrate how the plan can impact communities. The DSU students had been working on a project entitled “Next-generation sensors for improving human health and urban air quality- A technology driven business model for young entrepreneurs” and funded from a DSU PRIDE grant. Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) are part this project. The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting. The same group of students also  presented their business plan at the April 10-13, 2014 OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Conference in Atlanta, Ga. There were 19 HBCUs represented in this competition and the DSU group was among the finalists.

Keith Walker Named DSU Men's Basketball Head Coach

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Newly named Hornet men's Head Coach Keith Walker and DSU President Harry L. Williams pose for the camera after the coaching announcement.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams today announced the hiring of Keith Walker – who served as the interim Delaware State men’s head coach for the last third of the 2013-2014 season – as the permanent Hornet men’s head basketball coach. Hornet Men's Head Coach Keith Walker said his goal is to restore the team to the level it was at during its MEAC championship years.   In announcing the head coaching appointment during a April 15 press conference, Dr. Williams said that Coach Walker made a strong case for himself by the way he took over the leadership of the team and energized the players as the Hornet men’s interim coach.   “Coach Walker did everything we asked of him when he agreed to be the interim head coach in last 1½ months of the past season,” Dr. Williams said. “He stabilized the team, resulting in a more competitive unit on the court and a higher winning percentage.”   The DSU president commended the Head Basketball Coach Search Committee, noting that it ultimately came up with a group of strong finalists for the post. “The fact that Walker emerged from this tough search process as the head coach selection reflects well on his most recent interim performance as well as on his long-time dedicated service as assistant coach,” Dr. Williams added.   DSU Director of Athletics Candy Young said the team’s performance under his interim leadership has led to the conclusion that he can move the men’s basketball program in the right direction. “The players responded positively to his coaching during his interim tenure and we believe that trend will continue and result in greater success for the Hornet men’s basketball program with Walker at the helm,” she said.   Walker said that he is “very appreciative” of the head coaching opportunity. “I look forward to getting this men’s basketball program back to the championship level where it used to be,” the new head coach said.   Walker, a DSU men’s basketball assistant coach since July 2000, was appointed as interim Hornet head coach on Jan. 30, 2014. In the subsequent 11 games, Walker led the Hornets to a 5-6 overall record and 5-5 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Prior to the appointment, the team was 4-15 overall and 0-6 in the conference.   During Walker’s interim tenure, Delaware State posted a season-high three-game win streak and later achieved an upset victory over the 2014 MEAC Tournament runner-up Morgan State.      As an assistant coach, Walker worked primarily with the DSU forwards and centers. During the 2013-14 season, Walker’s work with 3rd-year player Kendall Gray was instrumental in the Hornet center’s team record of 81 blocks that year and being named on the All-MEAC Second Team. Walker’s defensive coaching was also validated during the 2011-12 season when the Hornets had a school-record 192 blocks, leading the MEAC in that category.   Walker was a part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Hornets to three consecutive MEAC regular season titles from 2004-2007, during which the Hornets posted a league record of 46-8 (.850). The Hornets appeared in three consecutive MEAC Tournament championship games, capturing the title and accompanying NCAA Tournament berth in 2005. The following year, Delaware State defeated Northern Arizona on the road in the National Invitation Tournament for the team's only national post-season win.   Prior to his arrival at DSU, Walker served as head coach at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., from 1993 to 2000. He posted a 91-102 overall record at Shaw, including a 21-9 mark and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth during the 1994-95 season.   Before entering the coaching ranks, he enjoyed a playing career of seven years with various European and U.S. professional basketball leagues, including a brief stint with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers during the 1985-86 season.   As a three-year collegiate player at Clemson, he helped lead the Tigers to a 23-9 overall record and an Elite Eight appearance in the 1980 NCAA Tournament.   Walker has a 1981 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clemson and a 1991 master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   The newly appointed head coach and wife Kim have three children – Dockery, Zachary and Sawyer. Dockery is a member of the Brown University men’s basketball team.

DSU Awarded Historic $1,050,000 for Osher Reentry Scholarships

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The Bernard Osher Foundation’s grant is also the largest scholarship contribution from a private source in the University’s 123-year history.

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Delaware State University has received a historic $1,050,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to permanently establish DSU’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment, ensuring that significant scholarships will be annually available to nontraditional students. The Bernard Osher Foundation’s grant is also the largest scholarship contribution from a private source in the University’s 123-year history. The Osher Reentry Program at DSU is the only such program in the state of Delaware benefiting nontraditional students. Nontraditional students are defined as being over the age of 25 and either resuming their higher education after an interruption of five years or beginning the steps toward a degree later in life.  Osher Reentry Scholars – the scholarship recipients – can be full-time or part-time students and receive tuition scholarships of up to $5,000 each. Recipients may be awarded a scholarship again in subsequent years.  Dr. Harry L. Williams, DSU president, announced the gift at the State Capitol during the April 10 DSU Day at the Legislature. The DSU president said The Bernard Osher Foundation and Delaware State University are in agreement when it comes to prompting adults that degree completion is within their reach. “As a state institution, it is important for DSU to be a viable option on the undergraduate level not only for young people who just finished high school, but also for adults who never completed their academic journey or who long to begin their journey at an older age,” Dr. Williams said. “DSU has long had a diverse variety of academic offerings that address the professional dreams of nontraditional students. Thanks to the generosity of the Osher Foundation, the University now has a scholarship pathway to help the students fund what they thought could not be possible. It truly is the push so many may just need.” The Osher Foundation began its relationship with DSU during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years, when it provided grants during each school year for scholarships for nontraditional students. Osher Reentry Scholarships were awarded during those years to adult DSU students from Delaware who demonstrated academic promise and a commitment to complete a degree program.  According to Dr. Mary Bitterman, president of The Bernard Osher Foundation, confidence in DSU’s administration of the first two consecutive grants led to an invitation to apply for an endowment to permanently establish the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.  “I am delighted that Delaware State University will now have an opportunity to continue supporting an increasing number of nontraditional students in the state of Delaware and the region,” Dr. Bitterman said.  “We have been impressed with DSU’s excellent stewardship of the Osher Reentry Scholars program, including the identification of processes that make the matriculation of nontraditional students easier and more productive. We congratulate the leadership of DSU and hold high hopes for the fine Osher Scholars at the University now and those who will follow them in the years to come.” Redinand Marcos, a junior nursing major at DSU, feels that becoming an Osher Reentry Scholar (2013-2014) means he is not alone in his journey to degree completion at DSU.  “There are times I want to give up, but I gather back my strength knowing that someday I can make a difference in somebody’s life being a nurse,” he said. “The scholarship has given me inspiration to continue on to strive hard for my dream.” Rebecca Sahraoui, a junior biology major, is honored to become an Osher Reentry Scholar (2013-2014).  “My ability to come back to school at my age has affected my life positively; the story of how I ended up at Delaware State University is filled with so many challenges that I have overcome. I am very passionate about the opportunities I was given at such a difficult time in my life.” At present, there are 90 universities and colleges in 50 states participating in this program. The Osher Foundation, founded in 1977, seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Osher Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. DSU is currently accepting applications for 2014-2015 Osher Reentry Scholars. Interested students should contact the Office of Development at dsufoundation@desu.edu or (302) 857-6055.  

2014-2015 SGA Elections -- Photo Slideshow & Results

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The newly elected 2014-2015 SGA Executive Officers, King and Queen: (l-r) Edward Doxen, president; Kimani Robinson; vice president, Kalea Phelps, corresponding sec.; Donametria Stallings, recording sec.; Jamila Mustafa, Ms. DSU; and James Jones, Mr. DSU

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The students of DSU casted their votes on April 3 and made their choices for the 2014-2015 Student Government Association.   For images of the Election Day activities and the announcement of the winners in the evening at the MLK Student Center, click on the photo slideshow, followed by the complete list of newly elected SGA officers. The following students were elected to the 2014-2015 SGA during the April 3 election:   SGA Executive officers President                                 Edward Doxen (“The Family”) Vice President                        Kimani Robinson (“The Family”) Corresponding Sec.                Kalea Phelps Recording Sec.                       Donametria Stallings   Royal Court Mr. DSU                               James Jones Ms. DSU                              Jamila Mustafa Mr. Senior                            Brandon Thompson Ms. Senior                            Kathleen Tadlock Mr. Junior                             Schmildt Seme Ms. Junior                             Britney Adams Mr. Sophomore                    Tevin Smith Ms. Sophomore                    Anjosanlynn Fulgham   Other SGA Officers Senior Class President         Nafis Nelson Senior Class VP                   Janae Wiggins Junior Class President         Jason Faustin Sophomore Class Pres.       Sharanda Martin Women’s Senate Pres.        Kellie Smith Women’s Senate VP          Danielle Davis Men’s Council Corr Sec.   Troy Davis CAB President                   Isaiah Covington CAB VP                             Allison Hazel CAB Spirit & Trad. Dir     Caprice King CAB Mkt. & Prom. Dir     Taiqium Johnson RHA President                   Noel Walker   Photos by Carlos Holmes

CMNST Presents Dr. Alden Landry, Guest Lecture April 10

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The DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series will present guest speaker Dr. Alden Landry, co-director  of the organization Tour for Diversity in Medicine, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in lecture hall 139 in the Mishoe Science Center South.                    Dr. Alden M. Landr Dr. Alden Landry will speak on “Preparing Students Today for Careers in Health Professions Tomorrow.” The event is free and open to the public. His Tour for Diversity in Medicine is an organization whose mission is “to educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need.” Dr. Landry’s research interest is in emergency department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. Dr. Landry co-instructs two courses at Harvard School of Public Health and teaches cultural competency to residents. He holds several academic positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and within the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Landry is the founder of Hip Hop Health, Inc., a non-profit promoting health education ot the “hip hop” generation. He is also passionate about raising awareness of the increasing ethnic disconnect between those providing today’s health care and those receiving it. Dr. Landry received his BS from Prairie View A&M University (2002), MD from the University of Alabama (2006) and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. He earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, has completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy in 2010, and has earned a number of awards, including the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award (2010).

DSU Announces 3rd Annual Speech Tourney Winners

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(L-r) Kemal Atkins, vice president of Student Affairs, and the top winners of this year's Speech Tournament: Thomas Jordan (1st place), Ashlee Bruner (2nd place), and Ruby LeGree (3rd place). Also with them on the far right, Dr. Sam Hoff, professor of political science and tournament coordinator.

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University officials recently presented prizes to the winners of the 3rd annual DSU Speech Tournament, which was held on Feb. 25 in Longwood Auditorium. The each contestant had to give a three-minute speech on the topic of “The Legacy of a Leader.” The winners, their prizes and hometowns are: First place $600, Thomas Jordan, junior business management major, Harrisburg, Pa., Second Place, $300 – Ashlee Bruner, sophomore political science major, Harrisburg, Pa. Third place, $150 – Ruby LeGree, senior mass communications major, Milford, Del. The Speech Tournament honorable mentions: (l-r) William Justice, Brandon Boyd, Dorian McDonald and Byron Dixon. The following honorable mentions each won $50: Bryon Dixon, junior mass communications, Baltimore Brandon, Boyd, junior criminal justice, Wilmington William Justice, freshman movement science major, Philadelphia Dorian McDonald, senior mass communications major, Orange, N.J. The Speech Tournament was sponsored by the Delaware Barrister Association, the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the DSU Law Studies Program, and the DSU Office of Student Affairs.

DSU's Crawford and Hynson Receive Entrepreneur Ed Awards

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Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center recently were recently presented Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Awards by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

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Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education recently honored Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center, with its Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Award.   The awards – which was presented on March 1 at the 31st National Entrepreneurship Education FORUM – is given annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions in educating aspiring entrepreneurs.   The mission of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development is to educate current and prospective entrepreneurs and enterprise managers through training programs, technical and managerial assistance and by providing access to capital. DCED works collaboratively with many organizations and partners with the First State Community Loan Fund and other support organizations in Delaware to provide a host of services to aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs.   According to Ronni Cohen of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute (DFLI), Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have been critical in helping the DFLI build statewide capacity through providing ample resources, programs and Money School classes in three counties. They are critical to promoting entrepreneurship across the state for Delawareans of all ages, from youth to senior citizens. Both women serve on the Advisory Committee for DFLI’s Center for Business Growth.   Both Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have championed a program called “Open for Business”. These sessions feature open meetings offering resources, guidance and mentoring which are held monthly for new and emerging business owners. Last year DCED launched a mobile classroom to bring business support and resources to rural areas. DCED houses the first commercial kitchen incubator available for small businesses and startups in the state of Delaware.   Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson were also recognized for their leadership and instruction in the DCED’s Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) Program, which is also based at DSU. The JET Program gives secondary schools students throughout Delaware an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career option via experiential learning.   The two ladies were recognized by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for not only what they have created and delivered to others, but for how they have helped change the lives of students and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the state of Delaware, according to the award officials.

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