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Two DSU Students Receive Del. Academy of Science Awards

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  Two DSU students have been honored with the 2010 Delaware Academy of Science Award. Tayyaba Toseef and Tim Pierpoint, both junior biology majors, have been recognized for the award for their scholarship and research endeavors.   Ms. Toseef, of Camden, Del., has been engaged in development neuroscience research with Dr. Princy Mennella, assistant professor of biological sciences. She is going into her junior year with a 3.7 GPA. Tim Pierpoint and Tayyaba Toseef, 2010 Delaware Academy of Science Award recipients, with Academy representative James Neal     Mr. Pierpoint, of Felton, Del., conducted molecular genetics research with Dr. Harbinder Dhillon, assistant professor of Biological Sciences. He will begin his senior year in the fall with a 3.9 GPA.  

Sophomore Guard Jay Threatt Finishes Season No. 1 in Steals per Game

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The defensive intensity of Hornet guard Jay Threatt during the 2009-2010 made him tops in the nation in steals per game average.

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    With the NCAA Basketball Tourney settled and the season statistics tallied, DSU Hornet Men sophomore guard Jay Threatt has emerged with the top steals per game average in the nation.   Threatt, who completed his first Hornet basketball season during the 2009-2010 campaign, led all Division I NCAA teams with a 2.83 steals per game average (82 steals in 29 conference and non-conference games).   The five-foot, 11-inch guard from Richmond, Va., just surpassed the second place player in that defensive category, Duquesne junior forward Damian Sanders, who had 2.78 steals per game.   Threatt was also only one of two MEAC players to make the top 35 in that defensive category; he was joined by Norfolk State senior guard Michael Deloach, who was eighth with 2.63 steals per game.   Establishing himself as a starter in his first Hornet season, Threatt not only lead the nation and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in steals per game, he also led the MEAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.3). He was second in the conference in assists with 4.2 per game and fifth in the league in minutes played per game average (34.4).   In those 29 games, Threatt averaged 7.9 points per game, fifth among Hornet players. His 22 three-point goals were third on the team.   Academically, Threatt is a sport management major.  

DSU Selected to Receive Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award

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DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with the DSU Green Ambassadors, a student organization dedicated to supporting DSU sustainability goals. Such endeavors have helped DSU obtain the Kresge Fellowship Award.

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    Delaware State University has been awarded a 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award that will provide it with significant opportunities to build upon its current Go Green initiative for sustainability.   The environmental non-profit organization Second Nature, with funding from The Kresge Foundation, has presented fellowship awards to DSU and 24 other higher education institutions that were selected from 60 applicants. The selections were based on a diverse selection committee’s assessment of these institutions’ level of need, statement of interest, and campus sustainability capacity.             The fellowship provides a senior member of the college/university community with education on green building and sustainability in higher education and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. DSU has selected Vita Pickrum, associate vice president of Development and chair of the University’s Go Green Committee, to represent the school in this fellowship opportunity.   This is the latest development in the University’s Go Green initiative that was launched last September when then-acting DSU President Claibourne Smith signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment to lead DSU to climate neutrality. With that pact, DSU joined 650 other universities in committing to reduce the campus’ carbon footprint.   This commitment led to the formation of the DSU Go Green Steering Committee which attracted more than 80 members. Seven subcommittees each play a role in focusing on green environmentally friendly and climate neutral measures that relate to the University’s procurement, curriculum and fundraising activities, buildings and facilities, as well as in disseminating information about its efforts to the campus community and the surrounding communities.   “We are elated to receive the Kresge Fellowship Award, as it will assist DSU in furthering its efforts toward sustainability,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “The award confirms that DSU is on the right path with its environmental priorities.”   “The Kresge fellows are becoming key players in the education for sustainability movement.  We’re thrilled to welcome the selected 2010 fellows to this effort, and we are excited to support them as they champion green building on their own campuses and beyond,” says Dr. Anthony Cortese, President of Second Nature.   A goal of the fellowship program is to offer university executives the information and networks requisite to become successful green building leaders at their own under-resourced campuses. These representatives will attend one of two noteworthy green building-related conferences for the year 2010, where they will have the opportunity for training, networking, and inspiration for campus green building.   The Kresge Fellowship Program is one of the key educational and outreach programs within the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative. This capacity-building initiative, launched by Second Nature and funded by The Kresge Foundation, focuses on addressing some of the crucial challenges faced by under-resourced colleges and universities to ‘build green’ on their campuses. Through this initiative, Second Nature is helping under-resourced higher education institutions build champions for green building and learn about the resources and networks available to construct and renovate campus buildings in ways that save money, reduce environmental and health impacts, serve as educational tools, and increase student enrollment.   For more information on Second Nature's Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative, please contact Ashka Naik, Program Manager, at anaik@secondnature.org. ----   The Kresge Foundation is a $2.8 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. In 2008, it awarded 342 grants totaling $181 million. Second Nature is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Second Nature is the lead support organization of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which has been signed by more than 665 school presidents who are committed to eliminating carbon emissions on campus and training students to help society address climate change.       

Doctoral Trio Wins 1st in National Research Poster Competition

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(L-r) DSU mathematics doctoral students Fang Zeng, Tiara Turner and Yuhong Liu stand with their research poster that won 1st place at a recent national research conference. Their research showed how radar can be used through walls to detect biological movement such as respiration and the mathematical measurements that are employed in such technology.

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  Three Delaware State University doctoral students took 1st place with their mathematics research poster at the 5th annual National Minority Serving Institutions Research Partnership Consortium Conference held recently at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The doctoral students – Fang Zeng and Yuhong Liu of China and Tiara Turner of Princess Anne, Md. – won the top prize in their category for the complex poster on “Detection of Periodic Motions of Visually Obscured Human Beings Using UWB Radar.” With great relevance to security and surveillance operation, the DSU trio showed how UWB radar can be used to detect through a wall biological motion such as respiration and the movement of human limbs. According to the research, such radar technology could be used to help protect troops in conflict by detecting threats in hidden areas. The radar could also have applications in earthquake and fire rescue operations.      

Earth Day Marked by Dedicating Sustainability Garden

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Delaware State University highlighted Earth Day on campus by christening a new Sustainability Garden that underscored the institution’s commitment to be faithful environmental stewards.   The University held an April 22 ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sustainability Garden at its site just northeast of the Village Café. In dedicating the garden, DSU President Harry Lee Williams noted that vegetables grown on the plot will be served in the Village Café and sold at the DSU’s Farmer’s Market. The surplus will be donated to low-income families in the community.   “It is equally important that this Sustainability Garden will be an outdoor laboratory for our students to learn the full cycle of the food chain from growing, harvesting, selling and contributing to mankind,” Dr. Williams said. “It will beautify an area that would have been desolate after the removal of a temporary building that previously housed the University’s post office and student bookstore.”   The Sustainability Garden is the latest development in DSU’s Go Green Initiative that was launched last September when then-acting DSU President Claibourne Smith signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment to lead DSU to climate neutrality. With that pact, DSU joined 650 other universities in committing to reduce the campus’ carbon footprints.   This commitment led to the formation of the DSU Go Green Steering Committee which attracted more than 80 members. Seven subcommittees each play a role in focusing on green environmentally friendly and climate neutral measures that relate to the University’s procurement and fundraising activities, buildings and facilities, as well as in disseminating information about its efforts to the campus community and the surrounding communities.    “The (DSU) colleges, the president and vice presidents, as well as the Student Government Association, are represented on every subcommittee and are actively involved in the greening of DSU,” said Carolyn Curry, DSU vice president of Institutional Advancement.   The DSU Go Green Committee is chaired by Vita Pickrum, DSU associate vice president for development.   More than 30 children from the University’s Child Development Lab took part in the dedication program, reciting an environmental pledge, singing a song, as well as taking part in the planting afterwards. The Sustainability Garden event highlighted a day full of Earth Day activities with a panel discussion, a tour of the DSU Aquaculture Pond Research and Demonstration Facility, and a DSU Lab School Playground Beatification project. The Village Café even served specially prepared “green eggs and ham” to mark the day.   The DSU Earth Days activities will continue on Friday, April 23 with a beautification project at the University Courtyard Apartments complex, a screening of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth at 10:30 a.m. and culminated by a 1:30 p.m. Campus Trees Nature Walk that will begin at the DSU flagpoles near the main gate of the campus.   DSU’s Go Green initiative was featured in the April 19-26 issue of Jet Magazine.      

Dr. Melissa Harrington Named ACE Fellow

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  The American Council on Education (ACE) has named Dr. Melissa Harrington, associate professor of biology at Delaware State University, as an ACE Fellow for academic year 2010-11. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.   As part of the fellowship, she will spend a semester with a president or senior administrator at a yet-to-be selected university or college. The fellowship also requires Dr. Harrington to focus on an issue of concern to DSU                                Dr. Melissa Harrington Dr. Harrington said she will use the fellowship experience to assist the University in its reaccreditation self-study and strategic plan projects. “During my fellowship year, I would like to learn more about the strategic planning process at other universities, as well as how institutions assess and document their progress in meeting accreditation standards,” she said.   Melissa Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Purdue University and a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at DSU as an assistant professor in biology in fall 2001 after four years as a faculty member at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.   Dr. Harrington was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and has been promoted to the rank of professor effective August 2010. Since coming to DSU, Dr. Harrington has led 17 successful grant partnerships that have brought over $13 million in federal funding to DSU for education, research and outreach efforts. In her role as the chair of the DSU Biology Curriculum Committee, Dr. Harrington was the driving behind the successful development of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program and the Forensic Biology Program.   She was nominated for the fellowship by Dr. Harry L. Williams, who submitted her name in his previous capacity as the University’s provost prior to being elevated to the DSU president’s post.    Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.   Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.              

Choral Festival -- Photos and Videos

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Choral Festival directors; (l-r) Damon Dandridge, Cheyney University, Edryn J. Coleman, Lincoln University (Pa.), Dr. Sheila McDonald-Harleston, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Prof. Roland Marvin Carter (guest conductor) Dr. Marymal Holmes, Bowie State University, Dr. Curtis Everett Powell, DSU, along with Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

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In addition to the above photos, performance of the DSU Concert Choir singing "In Bright Mansions" and the Mass Choir sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing can be heard on the below video links: Mass choir   In Bright Mansions   Delaware State University hosted an unprecedented campus event on April 18 when it hosted the "I, Too, Sing America" Choral Festival that featured performances by five outstanding HBCU choirs from Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the host DSU Concert Choir. Each choir performed three selections and then the choirs came together as a 300-voice mass HBCU choir. The mass choir performed three selections, including James Weldon Johnson's Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as arranged by Roland Carter (who also directed the mass choir that evening).

McNair Scholars Excel in Research Poster Competition

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McNair Scholars Beta Kappa Chi Research Poster Competition Awardees: (l-r) Yahnique Newkirk, Mosunmola Akinbolajo, Darrynn Harris, Jennifer Gray, Kiona Bean.

 

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  The 2009-2010 McNair Scholars represented Delaware State University well at the March 24-28 67th annual Joint Conference of the National Institute of Science and Beta Kappa Chi in their performance in the poster presentation competitions. In the conference competition, jointly hosted by Dillard University and Southern University in New Orleans, La., the DSU McNair Scholars won the following awards with their poster presentations: 1st Place in Poster Presentations, ($300) Darrynn Harris, 2nd year scholar (Science Education) “Saving an Endangered Species: recruiting African American Males in Education” Mentor: Dr. Cecil Clark, Director of Field Education Experience, College of Education   Kiona Bean, 1st year scholar   (Psychology) “The Biological Risk Factors Found in Children of Schizophrenic Parents” Mentor: Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Chairperson, Dept. of Psychology   2nd Place in Poster Presentations, ($200)   Yahnique Newkirk, 1st year scholar (Science Education) “Same Sex Parenting and the Social and Emotional Effect on Children” Mentor: Dr. Joe Amoako, Department of English and Foreign Languages   Jennifer Gray “Obesity: Factor that influence African American Women’s Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Exercise’ Mentor: Dr. Carla Murgia, Department of Sports Sciences   3rd Place in Poster Presentations, ($100)   Mosunmola “Moe” Akinbolajo, 1st year scholar   (Psychology) “Impact of Child Abuse on Violence in Later Life” Mentor: Dr. Anthony Hill, Department of Social Work    

Gov. Jack Markell to be Keynote Speaker at 2010 DSU Honors Convocation

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  Gov. Jack Markell will be the keynote speaker at the Delaware State University’s May 22 Honors Convocation at 6 p.m. in the Education and Humanities Theatre.                                    Gov. Jack Markell The Honors Convocation will recognize more than 100 students from the class of 2010 who have exhibited academic excellence in graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum, as well as those who merit Honorable Mention.   Gov. Markell, a native of Newark, Del., is in his second year as the governor of Delaware. In his first 15 month’s as chief executive of the First State, Gov. Markell has signed landmark energy consumption legislation; signed a bill ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, insurance and employment; Prior his election as governor, he served three elected terms as the State Treasurer; and has pursued education reform with new initiatives in student progress testing, a pilot program to reward success in closing the achievement gap; and has been aggressive in address budgetary challenges amid the current economic downturn.   Prior to being elected in November 2008, Gov. Markell served four consecutive elected terms as the State Treasurer of Delaware. In the elected state position, he instituted state-of-the-art bulk purchasing policies for state government agencies, saving taxpayers more than $25 million; established “The Delaware Money School, a financial literacy program; promoted the awareness of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which provided money to families near the poverty line.   He began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as senior vice president for Corporate Development. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.   The Honors Convocation will be open to the public.    

118th Commencement to feature Dr. Steve Perry as Keynote Speaker

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  Delaware State University will feature renowned educator Dr. Steve Perry as its keynote speaker at the 117th Commencement to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Alumni Stadium on campus. Dr. Steve Perry is the founder and principal of the Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. The year-round grade 6-12 school boasts a near 0% dropout rate and 100% of their graduates go on to college. The school’s success has made Dr. Perry a much sought-after speaker throughout the country on education issues.                           Dr. Steve Perry Born of a white teenage mother and black teenage father in the housing projects of Middletown, Conn., the 2010 DSU Commencement keynote speaker was greatly influenced by his mother’s activism in their community. He learned that life is not determined by where you begin, but by the path chosen. As he went on to college – where he earned a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Hartford – he was sustained by the philosophy of commitment and accountability he learned from his mother.   After establishing a non-profit organization for low income high school students aspiring to go to college, Dr. Perry founded the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in 2005. Arguably one of the top schools in country, Capital Prep Magnet School has maintained a 100% college acceptance record in its first five years of existence. Under the leadership of Dr. Perry, the school has established an ultra-high level standard of commitment and accountability for students, teachers, administrators and parents.   Dr. Perry is also the author of several books, including Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us (2006) and Raggedy Schools: The Untold Truth (2009). He serves as an education contributor on CNN and is a widely sought educational expert in the country.  

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