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The Sept. 17 Evening of Inspiration SOLD OUT

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    The Evening of Inspiration, the entertainment gala that will take place on the evening of Friday, Sept. 17 as part of the Inauguration events, has been SOLD OUT. There are no more tickets available for that event that will take place in the Martin Luther King Student Center.   For more information, contact (302) 857-6055.  

Pilot Ground Certification Course Offered Thru DSU Sussex Site

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Robert Young, DSU associate professor of aviation, will teach the newly offered flight training in Sussex County.

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   Delaware State University’s Department of Aviation has expanded its flight training program into Sussex County with a newly offered Private Pilot Ground Certification Course. The course will be taught from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from Sept. 16 to Dec. 16 at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center at the Sussex County Airport in Georgetown.   The course will prepare students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ground school examination, which is a requirement for obtaining a private pilot certification. The course – which will be taught by Robert Young, DSU associate professor of Aviation – is open to the general public.   “This is a great opportunity for the people of Sussex County to take advantage of quality training in flight fundamentals,” said Capt. Steve Speed, DSU Aviation Program director.   “As we continue to bring quality credit and non-credit programs to the Sussex Site, it has been exciting to work with Capt. Speed and Mr. Young to provide this course in aviation for the first time in Sussex County,” said Harry Downes, Jr., Director, DSU Sussex Site. “It is our goal to bring additional aviation courses to the Sussex Site.”   The course also qualifies for the Early Bird Program for high school students with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. The Early Bird Programs allows junior and senior Delaware High School students to take college courses at DSU at no tuition cost.   For more information, contact the DSU Aviation Program at (302) 857-6713 or at (302) 245-4245.    

$400,000 USDA Grant Received

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dr. Albert Essel and Dr. Dyremple Marsh welcomed U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper and USDA official William Donald Clifton II to the University as they brought news of a $400,000 grant for the institution.

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    U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper joined DSU President Harry L. Williams on campus Aug. 17 in celebrating a $400,000 USDA grant to the University’s Cooperative Extension to provide outreach assistance to underserved farmers in Delaware.   (L-r) U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper talks with farm producers Jeymy Vidro and her mother Carmen Matamoros, both of Georgetown, and Janice Truitt, a Dover resident who is also a DSU alumna, '73. Looking on is DSU President Harry L. Williams. Delaware State University is one of 40 institutions to be awarded a competitive USDA grant to provide outreach assistance to social disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.   Sen. Carper and USDA officials met earlier that day at the DSU Martin Luther King Student Center with Delaware farmer producers to explain how they will be able to benefit from the grant. They then joined Dr. Williams, along with Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Dr. Albert Essel, associate dean of the DSU Cooperative Extension for a media event on the grant.   Delaware’s senior U.S. senator commended DSU for applying for the grant. “We need DSU to play a big role in the economic development efforts in this state,” Sen. Carper said. “This is the kind of work that DSU can do a lot of and help farmers Delaware.”   Dr. Essel said DSU will use the grant to provide farmers with technical assistance and education through USDA programs, help them identify profitable farm enterprises, as well as provide them assistance in the development of marketing strategies.   “We will do it through different education strategies, including working one-on-one with individual farmers at their homes and farms, through group workshop and also by taking them on trips to successful farms,” Dr. Essel said. “We will be targeting underserved farmers in all three Delaware counties.”  

DSU Presents Alumni Art Exhibition Sept. 1-18

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The DSU alumni artist: (seated l-r) Alexander Gamble, Michael J. Morris, Tony Burton; (standing) Carl Vincent Williams and PJ. Foster. There works will be exhibited at DSU from Sept. 1-18.

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Back in the 1970s a group of aspirating artists created a strong bond during their undergraduate years at then-Delaware State; one that grew stronger over time. The group of four DSU alumni from the 1970s as well as an art graduate from the 1990s will present their works in an Alumni Art Exhibition that will take place from Sept. 1-18 in the DSU Art Center Gallery on campus. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays thru Fridays during that period. A Meet the Artist Reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The exhibition will feature the works of alumni artists Carl Williams, ’74; Mike Morris, ’75; PJ. Foster, ’71; Tony J. Burton, ’75; and Alexander Gamble, ’97. They have been specifically invited to do an alumni exhibition to coincide with the events that will take place from Sept. 15-18 in connection with the Inauguration of Dr. Harry Lee Williams as DSU’s 10th president. The artists, who all graduated from DSU with a BA in Art Education: Tony Burton – Currently an art teacher at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, Del., Mr. Burton enjoys cartooning and drawing caricatures. Over the years, he has produced cartoons for local newspapers, clubs and businesses. In the classroom, he uses his life experiences to bring an up-to-date learning philosophy to his students. He now resides in Camden, Del. PJ. Foster – A former art instructor and a past president of the Wilmington Arts Council, Mr. Foster’s current art project is a series of aqua mixed media collages. He is also an actor who has been cast in several upcoming film projects. Mr. Foster also was a football free agent with the Houston Oilers. He is a resident of Wilmington, Del. Alexander Gamble – This artist’s sojourn is inextricably connected to his spiritual journey, from which he has come to be a born-again Christian. His art is reflective of his life before and after that conversion. Mr. Gamble also applies art talents in his advertising business AGCagency & Freelance Advertising. He is a resident of Wilmington, Del. Michael J. Morris, a.k.a. Mijomor – This Eastern Shore artist works with different mediums ranging from pencil to serigraphy, but his primary medium is oil. His subject matters includes people in day-to-day situations, poetry and painting combinations, landscapes, collaged images of Africa and surrealism. He also teaches visual and performing arts at Wicomico High School in Wicomico, Md. and at James M. Bennett High School. He is a resident of Salisbury, Md. Carl V. Williams with his piece "Grace Jones in the Wind," one of his works that will be part of the Alumni Art Exhibition.   Carl Vincent Williams – A longtime resident of Wilmington, Del., his artistic style consists of graphic collages and semi-abstract lines and shapes to form his images. He works on hot and cold press watercolor paper with acrylics, inks and surprisingly, a natural material – hornet’s nests. He also teaches at the Moyer Academy in Wilmington, Del.   Carl Williams said the idea of staying artistically connected by doing exhibitions together was a conversation that took place during their undergraduate year. He and Mr. Morris were the first to make it happen.   “Mike and I started out in the early 1980s by doing an exhibition together, and it kept growing,” Mr. Williams said. “The core was founded with DSU artists and it was such a success, we began to relish the idea of bringing other artists on.   The joint artistic endeavor has evolved into “Points of Juxtaposition” an exhibition group which in addition to the DSU alumni includes artists from other institutions of higher education and art circles.   For the DSU alumni, the exhibition at DSU is something they have desired for some time. After an August meeting with University officials in preparation for the exhibition, the alumni artist were all reminded their greatest DSU influence and mentor – Arturo Bassols   “He was our artistic father,” said Mr. Williams. “He taught us that as God created the heaven and earth, so has he given some men the gift to create, whether it be by painting, sculpture or other art.”   Mr. Bassols taught at DSU from 1974 until his retirement in 2000. The department chair for much of his tenure, Mr. Bassols died after a tragic accident at his home about a year after he retired.   Mr. Morris noted that Mr. Bassols taught them both the technical and the practical sides of art. “He taught us how to survive as art teachers,” Mr. Morris said. “He showed us how to teach kids without having a big budget.”   Mr. Williams recalls that under Mr. Bassols the art students created the scenery for the mid-1970s DSC student production of “Purlie,” and that the dividends went beyond that play. “That scenery was later purchased by the DuPont Theatre Company, and the money went back into the Delaware State College art department.   The Alumni Exhibition will feature 33 individual works from these five artists.

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Appointed VP of Research

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As the interim vice president of research, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi will oversee the University's research portfolio.

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    DSU President Harry Lee Williams has appointed Dr. Noureddine Melikechi to be the University’s interim vice president of research, a newly created executive leadership post.   Dr. Melikechi, a 15-year faculty member at Delaware State University, was named last spring as the permanent dean of the institution’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology after having served as the interim dean of that college since October 2008.   While Dr. Melikechi will continue as the dean of that college, as the interim vice president of research he will be responsible for the oversight of the University’s research portfolio, including state and federal initiatives.   “Dr. Melikechi is a proven leader and a premier researcher for our University. The breadth and depth of knowledge he brings will strengthen DSU’s position in research funding circles as well as forge important collaborations,” Dr. Williams said.   Dr. Melikechi joined DSU in 1995 as an assistant professor of physics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and attained full professor status in 2002.   Since his arrival, he has been highly instrumental in the University’s development of optics curriculum and research. In 1998 Dr. Melikechi founded DSU’s Applied Optics Center, and later he was the principal investigator in research proposals through which DSU received two separate $5 million grants – in 2006 and 2009 – for optics research.   As the result of those two grants, Dr. Melikechi founded the Center for Education and Research in Optics Sciences and the Center for Applied Optics for Space Science. These two centers are focused on developing the next generation of optical scientists and on developing new technologies that can be used for the early detection of threats, including cancer, and for space application.   Dr. Melikechi is a native of Algeria where he graduated with a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures in Physics from the University of Sciences and Technology of Algiers. He then went on to the University of Sussex in England to pursue graduate work in the area of atomic, molecular and optical physics and received a Master of Sciences in 1982 and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Physics in 1987.     

DSU featured in two magazine articles

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    Delaware State University’s Wellness and Recreation Center and its Go Green Initiative have been featured in two publications recently.    The Wellness and Recreation is featured in the current online edition of Athletic Business. To access the article, go to http://www.athleticbusiness.com/   Also an article on DSU's Go Green initiative can be found on page 28 in the July/August 2010 issue of  Black College Today.    

New Agreement with South Africa's North-West University Formalized

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (l) sits next to Dr. Daniel Kgwadi, rector of North-West University after the signing of a new accord between the two institutions. Directly behind them and flanked by North-West students are (l-r) Dr. Anjan Biswas of DSU, Dr. C.M. Khalique of North-West University, and Dr. Fengshan Liu of DSU.

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    DSU President Harry L. Williams recently led a University delegation to South Africa where a formal collaboration agreement was signed between Delaware State University and that country’s North-West University. Dr. Williams signed the agreement with Dr. Ntate Daniel Kgwadi, North-West Mafikeng Campus rector, on July 28 at the University’s Mafikeng campus. Joining the DSU president on the July 27 to Aug. 1 trip were Dr. Fengshan Liu, acting assistant vice president of DSU International Affairs and director of Applied Mathematics Research Center, as well as Dr. Anjan Biswas, DSU associate professor of Mathematics Sciences. Also present for the signing was DR. C.M. Khalique, head of the International Institute for Symmetry Analysis and Mathematical Modeling of North-West University.   The agreements will facilitate collaborations between the DSU Applied Mathematics Research Center and North-West University International Institute for Symmetry Analysis and Mathematical Modeling.   The accord will result in greater research productivity for the two centers, as it will facilitate faculty research visits, study abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, the exchange of post-doctorate level scholars for research enhancement, as well as collaborations in the disciplines of business and administration, sciences and education.   “We are excited about DSU’s new relationship with South Africa’s North-West University and look forward to the collaborations and the student/faculty exchanges that will result,” Dr. Williams said. While in South Africa, the DSU delegation also attended a Traditional Medicine Conference on July 30 at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.    

New Registrar and Dean of University Libraries Appointed

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Dr. Rebecca Batson has been appointed as Dean of University Libraries.

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Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams has recently made the following new appointments – Dr. Rebecca E. Batson as the new dean of University Libraries and Terrell D. Holmes as the new University Registrar. In assuming the post of Dean of University Libraries, Dr. Rebecca Batson bring almost three decades of experience and service at DSU’s William Jason Library. During those years, Dr. Batson has served as the interim dean of University Libraries on three different times, most recently from the summer 2009 to present. Dr. Batson, a native of Seaford, Del., has a Bachelor of Science in Library Science/History from Virginia State University, a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Arts in Education from DSU, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Friends International Christian University. “My goal is to continue to develop the library’s virtual presence to enhance student engagement and keep pace with the rapidly expanding virtual world,” Dr. Batson said. “I believe libraries must continue to uphold professional standards and commitment to service, and I am thankful to be surrounded by an excellent professional University Libraries staff that is committed to those ideals.” Terrell Holmes has been appointed Registrar in his fifth years with the office. Terrell D. Holmes has been with the DSU Office of the Registrar since 2005, serving as associate registrar, Banner functional lead, as well as the interim registrar since December 2008. Mr. Holmes has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He is a native of Laurel, Delaware where he graduated from Jesus is Lord Christian Academy. “I embrace the challenges and responsibilities of the Registrar position at DSU,” Mr. Holmes said. “Serving in the interim for the past 18 months has helped me to establish the framework to take on these same challenges and responsibilities.  I look forward to continued success in this position as we follow the lead of our new president.”  

Sept. 15-18 Inauguration Events Announced

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  Delaware State University will hold four days of inauguration-related events that will formally christen the new tenure of Dr. Harry Lee Williams as the 10th president in the history of the institution – including a formal Installation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. DSU’s Board of Trustees and faculty will be in full regalia for the installation and will be joined by others from the campus, city and state communities. The ceremony will include guest speakers, as well as music by the DSU Concert Choir and Band. Dr. Harry Lee Williams will be inaugurated as the University's 10th president in its 119-year history. In anticipation a large attendance at the installation, there will also be overflow sites in the College of Business’ Longwood Auditorium and the Education & Humanities Theatre where video screens will broadcast the ceremony live. Following the ceremony, there will be an Investiture Reception in the outdoor basketball court area between the Wellness & Recreation Center and the MLK Student Center. In case of rain, that reception will be moved into the Wellness & Recreation Center. In addition to Installation Ceremony, the following related events will take place Sept. 15-18: Wednesday, Sept. 15 – An evening Inaugural Kickoff Lecture will take place at 6 p.m. featuring a presentation by Dr. Michael N. Liebman, president and managing director of Strategic Medicine, Inc. He will speak on “Personalized Medicine: Challenges, Opportunities and What it Means to You.” The presentation will take place in the campus' Longwood Auditorium, Bank of America Building. Thursday, Sept. 16 – The University’s impressive research portfolio will be featured in a showcase entitled “DSU in Motion – Connecting Research to our Communities,” in the MLK Student Center 2nd floor parlor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 – “An Evening of Inspiration” will be a Black Tie (optional) event that will showcase a diverse variety of entertainment, featuring jazz and blues vocalist Karen Somerville. The festivities – which will take place from 7-11 p.m. that evening – will include a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts and more. Tickets are $75 with the net proceeds will to go toward DSU scholarships. For tickets or more info, call the Office of Development at (302) 857-6055. Saturday, Sept. 18 – DSU students, faculty and staff will fan out in groups throughout Kent County to participate in a wide variety of community service projects in an endeavor entitled “Side-by-Side Community Pride." Sept. 1-18 – Coinciding and embraced as part of Inauguration events will also be a DSU Alumni Art Exhibition featuring the works of five alumni artists – Tony Burton, ’78; P. J. Foster, ’72; Alex Gamble, ’97; Michael J. Morris, ’75; and Carl Williams, ’76. The group of alumni artists will exhibit a diverse array of works including watercolors, oils, photography, graphic and other mediums. For more information, visit the inauguration webpage at desu.edu/inauguration.    

Mathematics Professor Co-Authors Optics-Related Book

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Dr. Anjan Biswas, an associate professor of mathematics at Delaware State University has co-authored a new published book entitled Mathematical Theory of Dispersion-Managed Optical Solitons.   Dr. Biswas co-authored the book with Dr. Daniela Milovic of the University of Nis of Serbia, and Dr. Matthew Edwards of Alabama A&M University.   Temporal optical solitons are stable pulses that propagate through optical fibers for trans-continental and trans-oceanic distances without getting distorted during its transmission. Solitons are the outcome of a delicate balance between dispersion and nonlinearity. This book is about the dynamics of temporal optical solitons when the dispersion is managed for performance enhancement during its transmission through fiber optic cables. Dr. Anjan Biswas holds the second book that he has co-authored.   The book falls in the academic category of nonlinear physical science and is intended for students at the master’s and doctoral degree levels in applied mathematics, applied physics and engineering. The book will also benefit junior and senior undergraduate students studying physics and engineering.   Dr. Biswas, an India native who has been a DSU faculty member since 2005, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. He later earned master’s and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico. His research pursuits have included soliton theory, nonlinear optics, plasma physics, nuclear physics, fluid dynamics, theoretical physics and mathematical biology.   This is the second book authored by Dr. Biswas. His first book entitled Introduction to Non-Kerr Law Optical Solitons – which he co-authored with Swapan Konar – was published in 2006. He has also served as an editorial board member of 11 physics and mathematics journals and is an associated editor of the Applied Mathematics journal.  

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