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1st Lady's Tea -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Robin Williams (center, seated) takes a photo moment with the guests of her 1st Lady's Tea, which celebrated their December graduation from DSU.

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Dr. Robin Williams, wife of DSU President Harry L. Williams, hosted a Dec. 12 First Lady’s Tea held in honor of the women slated to receive their diploma at that December Commencement the next day. Held at the first couple’s on-campus residence, 13 graduates attended the event that featured lunch and tea with the women, gifts from the 1st Lady and warm fellowship. For images from the 1st Lady’s Tea, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649731939652/show  

DSU Hosts Meeting with Kent Co. State Legislators

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DSU with Kent County’s state legislators: (l-r) Valerie Dinkins, DSU special asst. to President; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, VP of Research; Sen. Brian Bushweller;  Rep. Sean Lynn; Rep. Trey Paradee; Rep. Lyndon Yearick; DSU President Harry Williams; Rep. Bobby Outten; Rep. Bill Carson; Sen. Colin Bonini; Dr. Teresa Hardee, DSU VP of Finance; Rep. Harvey Kenton; Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost; and Victor Santos, DSU gov. rel. liaison. Rep. Jeff Spiegelman was in attendance, but not pictured.

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Kent County’s state legislators paid DSU a visit on Dec. 11 to meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams and other administrators to receive an update the latest priorities and projects of the University. DSU President Harry L. Williams discusses the University’s priorities and projects with Kent County’s state legislators. The full group of Kent County state legislators included: Sen. Brian Bushweller, Sen. Colin, Bonini, Rep. Bill Carson, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. Sean Lynn, Rep. Bobby Outten, Rep. Trey Paradee, Rep. Jeff Spiegelman and Rep. Lyndon Yearick. Dr. Williams – along with Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Teresa Hardee, vice president of Finance; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, vice president of Research Innovation and Economic Development; and Victor Santos, University government relations liaison, Tom Preston, University general counsel; and Valerie Dinkins, special assistant for Institutional Advancement for the president – discussed DSU’s priorities with the legislators during a lunch meeting. The legislators received updates on the University’s work to evaluate all of its academic programs; its latest performances in the areas of enrollment, retention and graduation rates; its 2015 state budget requests, DSU’s work with the Gates Foundation, the Convocation Center initiative, the Pedestrian Study improvements, and other priorities. Dr. Williams also noted the meeting was an opportunity to thank the state legislators for their support of the University over the years.

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Gala -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Graduates Student Association celebrated the most recent master’s and doctoral students to complete their degrees during an event Nov. 21 at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover.

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DSU Graduate Student Association (GSA) held its Fall 2014 Graduate Gala on Nov. 21 to honor all August and December 2014 graduate students who are receiving master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to honoring the graduate students, the GSA and the School of Graduate Studies and Research gave each graduate an alumni plate to put on their car.  For images from the Graduate Gala, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649647031846/show    

DSU Police Christmas Party for Kids -- Photo Slideshow

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Pltm. Kerry Bowman makes a little girl’s day with a gift during the Dec. 9 Christmas Party thrown by the DSU Police Department for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab.

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The DSU Police Department held a Dec. 9 Christmas party – complete with Santa Claus, gifts and sweets – for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab. For images from the Christmas party, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157647374141903/show  

Dr. Melikechi Honored at African Engineering Conference

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi receives the Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa at the Conference of the African Society for Engineering Management. Pictured are (l-r)  Bashir Garba Ibrahim, president of the African Society for Engineering Management; Obumneme Nwafor of the Center for Educational Development in Africa; DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi; and Mustapha Ozkaya, director of programs, Aljazeera Media Network Center.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and vice president of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, recently received an honor during a recent conference of the African Society for Engineering Management, held Nov. 15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Conference presented Dr. Melikechi with an Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa. The award particularly noted Dr. Melikechi’s work in his native country of Algeria. Dr. Melikechi gave a motivational lecture on “Science and Technology” during the conference.

New Student Organizations Complex Established in MLK

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Administrators, occupants of the new Student Organizations Complex and other students gather for a group photo during the Open House event.

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A series of offices on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center have been renovated and re-established as the new Student Organizations Complex. (L-r) The ribbon is cut for the new Student Organizations Complex by Kimani Robinson, SGA vice president; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Kamillah Lewis, associate director of Student Leadership & Activities; and Dr. Stacey Downing, vice president of Student Affairs. Located in Suite 353, the renovated space was designed in collaboration with student leaders and DSU Administrators.  The complex now serves as home to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA), Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board, Resident Hall Association, National Pan-Hellenic Association, Royal Court, The Hornet Newspaper, and the Student Employment Office.  The new space also features two new conference rooms that are available for use by all active student organizations of the University.  The purpose of the renovation was to make the former SGA Suite more accessible to the student body, promote engagement and collaboration amongst student organizations, and provide a “one-stop-shop” for leadership development initiatives of the University.    An official Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Nov. 18 christening the new complex, an event that featured remarks from DSU President Harry L. Williams;  Dr. Stacy Downing, vice president of Student Affairs; Kimani Robinson, Student Government Association vice president; and Kamillah Lewis, associate director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

President and 1st Lady Hold Holiday Reception for Students

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Dr. Harry Williams and Dr. Robin Williams greet one of many students who attended their annual Holiday Reception.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams opened the doors of their home on Dec. 4 and held their annual Holiday Reception for the University students as well as children from the Early Childhood Laboratory School. For images of the reception, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649610666571/show  

Gov. Jack Markell visits DSU's Early College HS

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(L-r) Dr. Judi Coffield, director of the Early College High School; Shalyn Torres student and vice president of the ECHS SGA; Gov. Jack Markell; Kaamilah Diabate, president of the ECHS SGA; and Dr. Theresa Hardee, DSU vice president for Finance, pose for a photo during the visit of the state’s chief executive elected officer..

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Gov. Jack Markell observes the work of an ECHS science class during his Dec. 2 visit. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell paid a visit Dec. 2 to Delaware State University’s Early College High School (ECHS), which opened in late August with its first class of ninth graders. Dr. Judi Coffield, ECHS director, took Gov. Markell on a tour of the ECHS, where the state’s chief executive observed the current instruction the students received. He also spent some time with a social studies class where he talked with them about some current issues such as recycling, domestic violence, as well as his work as the state governor. Gov. Markell noted that the ECHS is a great opportunity in which high school students can complete half of their college studies by the time they graduate from the high school, thereby cutting their college cost in half. He encouraged the students to make the most of their experience at the ECHS and to be a role model for subsequent classes of students that enroll in the coming years.

DSU Choir to Present Holiday Concert Dec. 7

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The 60-voice DSU Concert Choir will perform classical and spiritual compositions as well as some traditional Christmas arrangements.

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The Delaware State University Concert Choir will hold its annual Holiday Concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. The 60-voice Concert Choir – which is under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mallory Jr., director of DSU Choral Activities – will perform a variety of classical, spirituals and holiday season music. The concert will include selections from J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and C. Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, as well as a variety of Christmas spirituals and traditional Christmas arrangements. The pianist will be Evelyn Curenton. Tickets for the concert are $5 for the general public and can be purchased at the door.  

DSU's Brianna Fedorkowicz Vies for Miss Delaware USA 2015

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Brianna Fedorkowicz, a DSU equestrian team member, will compete in the upcoming Miss Delaware USA Pageant in Wilmington on Nov. 29-30.

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      Brianna Fedorkowicz Brianna Fedorkowicz, a senior general agriculture major and a member of the DSU equestrian team, is among about 50 young ladies selected to vie for the 2015 Miss Delaware USA title. Ms. Fedorkowicz, 22, of Camden, Del., will try to make her mark in the Miss Delaware Pageant, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington on Nov. 29-30. “I have always dreamed of being Miss Delaware, but never felt that I fit the mold of a beauty queen,” Ms. Fedorkowicz said. “I thought about it for a while, and decided to jump in with both feet and go for it.” Based on her interview with the Miss Delaware USA officials, Ms. Fedorkowicz made the pageant cut out of several hundred applicants. The two-day Miss Delaware USA Pageant will feature competition in the swim suit, evening gown and interview categories. After the preliminary and semi-final round, the context will be narrowed down to five finalists, who will each also have to answer an onstage question that will be pulled out of a bowl. Ms. Fedorkowicz, who currently has a 3.2 GPA, is a National Collegiate Equestrian Association Academic All-American and a MEAC Commissioner All-Academic Team member.

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