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Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship Established at DSU

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Standing with a symbolic display check (l-r): Michael Miller, DSU Donor Relations; Trevor Skinner, the Means’ adopted son; Jimmy Means, the widowed husband of Inez Means; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Lorene Robinson, DSU Donor Relations; Dr. Sharon M. Wisneski, chair of the Department of Nursing; Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president of Development

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A new $10,000 scholarship endowment has been established at DSU as a tribute to the late Inez O. Means, a strong supporter of the University. Jimmy Means, the husband of Mrs. Means, presented the check to DSU President Harry L. Williams on April 13, which would have been her 64th birthday. Mrs. Means, who lived with her husband in New Castle, Del., passed away on April 4, 2014. The Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship will benefit nursing majors at DSU. Mrs. Means, who operated a successful hair salon in New Castle County, Del., was studying to become a nurse when she was stricken with cancer. Mr. Means, the owner of a successful fire and security alarm business, said he has established the endowed scholarship in honor of the legacy and the spirit of his wife of 40 years, as well as the tremendous respect they both have had for Delaware State University throughout their lives. Although the couple has never attended DSU, they have always been great supporters of the institutions. According to all who knew Mrs. Means, she was a warm, loving and caring woman who was a respected and vital member of her community.

DSU's Sheed Itaman Selected for Prestigious NSF Fellowship

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Sheed Itaman, who is working toward a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Sciences, has been selected to be part of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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The National Science Foundation has named DSU graduate student Sheed Itaman as a recipient of its Graduate Research Fellowship. Mr. Itaman, who is currently enrolled in DSU’s Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Master’s Degree Program, has been selected for his research proposal entitled “Aging Neurons: The Balance Between Calcium Ion Flux and Cell Death.” Mr. Itaman – whose graduate advisor is Dr. Michael Gitcho, assistant professor of biological sciences – plans to achieve a Ph.D. in neuroscience and establish his career in biomedical research. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The program provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. This is the first time a Delaware State University student has been the recipient of this highly competitive and prestigious award.  

2015 DSU Speech Tourney Winners Announced

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The 2015 DSU Speech Tournament winners: (l-r) Bryon Dixon, 1st place; Michael Lee, 3rd place, Messiah Sanchez, honorable mention; along with Dr. Sam Hoff, tourney coordinator. Not pictured is the second-place winner Gabrielle Delima.
 

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Delaware State University has named the winners of the 4th annual Speech Tournament in which contestants were judged on their three-minute presentations on the topic “Racial Bias and Undue Use of Force by Police: Connected or Conjecture?” The contestants were judged on their speech delivery and content. The winning DSU students were: The 1st place winner was Byron Dixon of Baltimore, Md. The senior mass communications major took home the top prize of $600. The 2nd place winner was Gabrielle Delima of Dover, Del. The junior agriculture/pre-vet. major won $300. The 3rd place winner was Michael Lee of Dover, Del. The freshman political science major won $150. The Honorable Mention award was given to Messiah Sanchez of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Speech Tournament was co-sponsored by the Delaware Barristers Association, the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the DSU Law Studies Program, and the DSU Office of Student Affairs. The prizes were awarded on April 7. The undergraduate competition took place recently in the Longwood Auditorium of the Bank of America Building on campus.

DSU to Present Gospel Musical "Crowns" April 16-17

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Tyrone Ashley, Jr. rehearses with student actors Jasmin Walker, Jahselah White and Jaime Gage in preparation for the upcoming performances of “Crowns” April 16-17 in the Education and Humanities Theatre.
 

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DSU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present the student production of the gospel musical “Crowns” in three performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, all on the stage of the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. “Crowns” is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young Black woman who comes to live with her grandmother. The production – written by playwright Regina Taylor and based on a book Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry – is billed as a dramatic experience filled with soul stirring music, dancing and shouting. Under the stage direction of Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown and musical director Tannah Morris, Crowns features student actors, Dana Matthews as Wanda, Jamie Gage as Jeanette, Jasmin Walker as Orisha, Bria Borders as Velma, Jahselah White as Mabel, Courtney Porter as Yolanda and featuring Ebony Dorsey as Mother Shaw. The production also stars Tyrone Ashley and DeVontay Phillips. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for DSU students. Tickets will only be sold at the door. The box office will open at 6 p.m. and seating will begin at 7 p.m. For additional information call (302) 857-6573 or email, sbrown@desu.edu

DSU Alumnus Dr. Carlton Cannon Jr. in Concert April 11 at DSU

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Dr. Carlton “Butch” Cannon, Jr., Class of 1999, will perform with the DSU Jazz Ensemble on April 11 in the Education and Humanities Theatre.

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present DSU alumnus and saxophonist Dr. Carlton Cannon, Jr. in a “Coming Home Concert" in a performance with Delaware State University              Dr. Carlton “Butch Cannon, Jr. Jazz Ensemble and Combo at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. Cannon, a music product of the DSU Class of 1999, is a jazz and gospel praise and worship recording artist, the director of bands at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, and an ordained bishop in the Church of God denomination. In addition to earning a BA in Music at DSU, his musical development included mentorship by two jazz icons – the late Dr. Donald Byrd and the late Grover Washington Jr. During the 1990s while attending DSU, Dr. Cannon performed in Dover, throughout Delaware and beyond with the band Three Guys So Far. Admission is $5 for the general public and free to students of any age (college students with current ID).  The proceeds will go toward an educational support initiative for current DSU music students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

DSU Receives $300,000 Grant from InterDigital Inc.

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(L-r) Posing with the display check are: Tom Preston, DSU general counsel; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; Gov. Jack Markell; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU vice president of research; InterDigital CEO William Merritt; DSU President Harry L. Williams; David G. Turner, DSU Board of Trustees chairman; Mayor Robin Christiansen; Jannie Lau, Interdigital general counsel; and DSU Provost Alton Thompson.

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Delaware State University today announced the award of a $300,000 grant to its College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CMNST) from InterDigital, Inc., a Wilmington-based wireless technology solutions company. DSU President Harry L. Williams made the announcement of the new public-private partnership during a media event attended by InterDigital CEO William Merritt, Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and others. Dr. Williams said that the University is grateful for InterDigital’s financial support and its commitment to help DSU expand it science laboratory capabilities. DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi chats with InterDigital CEO William Merritt after the announcement of the company’s grant to DSU. “InterDigital’s support assists DSU in fulfilling its core value of Scholarship as well as in its Strategic Plan goals that relate to providing exceptional learning environments, achieving the top notch preparation of our students, and the expansion of DSU’s scholarly and creative research capacity,” Dr. Williams said. “Because we are a state institution of higher education, InterDigital’s support of DSU also helps the State of Delaware be all it can be.” Gov. Markell noted that a lot of companies talk about the importance of higher education, but InterDigital has taken that a big step farther. “When you see a company like InterDigital put its money where its mouth is and step up to support DSU, this is how you build an economy,” Gov. Markell said. “We have long felt that the best way to build strong economy is to focus on innovation and workforce development, and institutions like DSU are in the center of that and so are companies like InterDigital. This is the kind of investment that will pay dividend for years to come.” Sen. Carper said that InterDigital is making a worthwhile investment in DSU research. “DSU is well on its way to becoming a research hub in the state, and I'm incredibly proud of the strides it has made under Dr. Melikechi and President Williams,” he said. According to Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the CMNST, the grant funding will be used to establish three new laboratories in the University’s Mishoe Science Center: A digital and analog electronics laboratory A wireless communications, signal processing and controls laboratory An advanced micro-controller design lab. “These new teaching laboratories will allow us to better prepare our undergraduate students in fields that are critical in many aspects of their education and growth,” said Dr. Melikechi, who is also DSU’s vice president for Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “In addition, thanks to this grant, we will be in a better position to serve the high technology companies in our region.” William Merritt, CEO of InterDigital, said he views DSU as a good source for future technology professionals. “As one of the leading American companies in the field of wireless technologies, we at InterDigital depend on the work being done here at DSU and in universities across the nation to prepare young people for careers in STEM fields,” Mr. Merritt said. “We are very pleased to be a part of the Delaware State University College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology team on a new mission to the future – a mission to ensure that our young people are well equipped to be the researchers, engineers and business leaders our economy needs.” David G. Turner, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, said that InterDigital support of DSU fits in while with two major university priorities – student success and sustainability. “Students success includes getting our students graduated within four years and then for them to get a job within their major,” Mr. Turner said. “Sustainability revolves around economic job growth, economic development, and the building of public-private partnerships that enable DSU to be a strong player in the overall growth of the state. I believe that this partnership between InterDigital and DSU are the first of many to come.”   About InterDigital® InterDigital develops technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks and services worldwide. The company solves many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index. For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.

The DSU Band and Choir at Leg Hall -- Photo Slideshow

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The annual DSU Day at Legislative Hall took place on April 2, and the elected officials and staffs of both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate were treated to the music of the University’s Approaching Storm Marching Band and the Concert Choir. For images of DSU Day at the General Assembly, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651725637392/show  
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The nice spring day on Thursday, April 2 made it a nice afternoon for the Approaching Storm Marching Band to perform on the grassy Legislative Mall as part of DSU Day at the General Assembly.

2015 Inspired Day of Service -- Photo Slideshow

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A host of DSU students – joined by DSU President Harry L. Williams, his family, and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons – threw an indoor block party at the Boys and Girls Club on Simons Circle in Dover as part of the March 28 Inspired Day of Service.
 

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About 500 students took part in the 4th annual Inspired Day of Service on Saturday, March 28, donating their Saturday mornings and afternoons in community service outreach at sites throughout the State of Delaware. For images of the Inspired Day of Service activities, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651652091626/show The students undertook community services projects at various sites in the state, including the Bellevue Community Center, the Brandywine Counseling Community Center, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, all of Wilmington; the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club (Simon Circle) and the Habitat for Humanity Restore, both of Dover; the two-mile stretch of College Road, which runs along the southern end of DSU; Food Bank of Delaware of Milford; and the First State Community Action Agency of Georgetown. The community service work included neighborhood and road clean-ups, yard work, food bag preparation, the building of benches, and other work. Some DSU student participated in the throwing of a block party for the youths of the Boys and Girls Club on Simon Circle in Dover. In addition to providing food and games, the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band performed during that event.

DSU President Attends Higher Ed Day at Leg Hall

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(L-r) Delaware Technical and Community College President Mark T. Brainard, UD outgoing President Patrick T. Harker, UD incoming interim President Nancy Targett and DSU President Harry L. Williams demonstrated the partnership between their institutions during Higher Education Day at Legislative Hall.
 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams joined the presidents of the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College at Legislative Hall on March 31 for the annual observance of Higher Education Day in the General Assembly. Dr. Williams, along with outgoing UD President Patrick T. Harker (who has announced his resignation effective June 30 to become the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), UD’s incoming interim President Nancy Targett, and Delaware Technical Community College President Mark T. Brainard attended sessions together in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate. Afterward, the presidents of the three institutions of higher education then met as a group with each of the four General Assembly caucuses. Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkopf praised the state higher education presidents for their willingness to institutionally work together in a partnership. “It makes things a lot easier for us here in the General Assembly, as well as for the parents and students of the state,” he said.

Mass Communications Day 2015 -- Photo Slideshow

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Bruce Johnson, reporter/anchor of WUSA-TV in Washington, gives the keynote address at the 2015 Mass Communications Day, held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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DSU celebrated the two-decade anniversary of its Department of Mass Communications all day on March 19 with a variety of workshops and plenary sessions in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus. For images from the 2015 DSU Mass Communications Day, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651442954211/show The Department of Mass Communications celebrated 20 years of academic existence with a day of diverse panel discussions that featured the expert perspectives of a number of communications professionals from radio, television, public relations and other related fields. Some of the participating professionals were also DSU alumni.  

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