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New Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Appointed

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  DSU President Harry L. Williams has appointed Dr. Alton Thompson of North Carolina A&T as the new provost and vice president of Academic Affairs of Delaware State University. Dr. Thompson comes to DSU after serving from July 2008 to the present as the interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina A&T (NCA&T). He served as the dean and executive director of agricultural programs in NCA&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from 2000-2008. Prior to that, he served from 1991 to 2000 as a professor and chairperson in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Education, and Rural Sociology at NCA&T. Previously, Dr Thompson was a faculty member at North Carolina State University and Norfolk State University.     Dr. Alton Thompson Dr. Thompson’s academic specialty is in the interface of statistics, research methods, demography, and rural sociology. His research has resulted in the publication of 25 articles in refereed journals, seven book chapters and a book titled Quality of Life among Rural Residents in North Carolina: Community and Life Satisfaction (1985). His research focus includes agromedicine, rural poverty/development, labor economics, and structure of agriculture. Dr. Thompson’s grantsmanship has resulted in more than $5 million in extra-mural research funds for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NCA&T. “Dr. Thompson is well respected in agriculture academia circles and has distinguished himself in research, grant-writing and as an author,” Dr. Williams said. “He will strengthen the University’s trajectory to higher levels of academic excellence.” Dr. Thompson has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Science in Sociology/Demography and a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology/Demography, both from The Ohio State University. Currently, Dr. Thompson is the chairperson of the Administrative Heads Section of the Board of Agriculture Assembly for the Association of Public and State Universities, as well as of the 1890 Council of Deans of Agriculture, Carolina Farm Credit Board of Directors, the Rural Advancement Fund International Board of Directors and the USDA – National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Recently, Dr. Thompson was inducted into the USDA/Cooperative State, Research, Education and Extension Service Hall of Fame. “I am delighted to be a member of the senior leadership team at DSU as we work collaboratively with a talented faculty to operationalize and execute the new vision for the University, centered on a standard of academic excellence, Dr. Thompson said. “As an 1890 land grant university with a rich heritage, I look forward to engaging the faculty and staff in advancing the tripartite mission of learning, discovery and engagement in very strategic and intentional ways.” Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Cynthia Carlton Thompson, a professor of Graphics Communications in the School of Technology at NCA&T. They have one daughter, Melanie, and one granddaughter, Makiya.  

DSU Establishes New Relationships with Six Chinese Universities

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DSU President Harry L. Williams shakes with Dr. Haoqi Gao, president of the Ningbo University of Technology, after signing a new agreement with that institution. Behind them are Dr. Fengshan Liu (l), interim assistant vice president of DSU International Affairs, and Dr. Xiaofei Zhong (r), assistant president, Ningbo University of Technology.

 

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     A recent trip to China by DSU President Harry Lee Williams and other University officials has resulted in a significant expansion of formal collaboration agreements with six institutions in that Far East country.   During the June 18-27 trip, the DSU president signed memorandums of cooperation in China with Ningbo University, Ningbo University of Technology, Jilin Huaqiao Foreign Languages Institute, the College of Arts and Science of Beijing Union University and Huangshan University.   The Memorandums of Cooperation facilitate joint research and teaching activities, student and faculty exchanges, study abroad opportunities, collaborations in professional training and the development of academic staff, as well as the exchange of pedagogical materials and other academic information for education and research.   Dr. Williams also signed cooperative agreements with Changchun University of Science and Technology for student exchanges and the framework for their enrollment at DSU with Changchun University of Science and Technology.   “The DSU American Culture Program will provide Chinese students with the opportunity to learn more about our great country and university,” said DSU President Harry Lee Williams. “I am pleased that we are planning to have more than 30 students in the fall enrolled in this program.”   Dr. Williams added that DSU’s efforts in China will also yield 15 regular degree seeking students for the fall 2010 class.   With the recent new establishment of relationships, DSU new has formal collaborative agreements with 16 institutions of higher education in China. In addition to the recent pacts, DSU also has existing formal relationships with Jilin University, Hefei University of Technology, Beijing Language and Culture University, Yantai University, Zhejiang University City College, Dalian University of Technology, Beijing Sports University, Hunan Normal University, Jishou University, as well as the Jilin Business and Technology College.   Dr. Williams was joined on the trip by Dr. Fengshan Liu, interim assistant vice president of DSU International Affairs; and Dr. Li Chen, chair of the Department of Sports Science.   Dr. Liu, who also served as DSU’s interpreter in China, also accompanied another DSU delegation for talks with several other institutions on June 8-17. Representing DSU in those talks were Dr. Youngski Kwak, interim dean of the College of Business; Candace Moore, assistant to the vice president for International Affairs; and Germaine Scott Cheatham, director of Admissions.   The June 8-17 delegation interviewed students, held a press conference and met with five universities to discuss recruitment collaborations.  

DSU holds Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Camp

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The Fifa Men -- (l-r) Ryan Hersch, Tyler Watson (mostly hidden) Vidul Mahendru, Harley Ellis and William Arthur -- won the Exxon Mobil Summer Camp boat design competition. They are shown designing their boat.

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 DSU recently concluded a two-week Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Camp in which 48 middle school students from throughout Delaware gained a greater understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The June 13-25 summer camp also provided the students with information about exciting careers in science.   The students were able to put their newly acquired knowledge to work in a competition to design and build a small aluminum boat. The teams of students then launched their boats on water to see which one was designed and built to hold the most pennies afloat. The winning team was the Fifa Men, whose members were Ryan Hersch of Wilmington, Tyler Watson of Dover, Vidul Mahendru of Wilmington, Harley Ellis of Wilmington and William Arthur of Camden.   The following slide show displays photos of the kids in the competition:   

Chicken Festival at DSU a Success!

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A lot of of chicken was sold from the yardbirds that were cooked in the huge frying pan set up on campus near Grossley Hall.

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 The 2010 Delmarva Chicken Festival was a successful exposure of the DSU campus to the thousands upon thousands that attended the two-day event. According to Delmarva Poultry Industry officials, approximately 25,000 attended the June 18-19 festival that was held on campus from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. nightly.   DSU, with the support of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, organized the entire festival. Many University staff and students volunteered their time during the weekend event to make it a success.   “So many remarked at the beauty of the campus, the friendliness of the staff and what a wonderful place DSU is,” said Nancy Wagner, chair of the DSU/Delmarva Chicken Festival Committee. “The entire campus worked together as a family to show the world what we really are about."   To see a photos from the 2010 Chicken Festival at DSU, click on the below slideshow:  

Two New Board of Trustees Members Appointed

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New Board member Barry M. Granger, a DuPont executive, is sworn on June 10 by Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, board chair.

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  Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees is now at full strength with two recent appointments to its body. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced Jan. 11 that he has appointed Lois Hobbs, a former superintendent of the Indian River School District in Lower Delaware, to the board to finish the six-year term of Willa Mae Jordan, who resigned in April. The term will be complete on Jan. 11, 2011.   During its regular meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the board nomination of DuPont executive Barry M. Granger to the board. Mr. Granger is filling a vacant slot that was created by the state legislation that increased the board to 15 members. The appointment of Mr. Granger is for a six-year term.                   Barry M. Granger   With appointments of Ms. Hobbs and Mr. Granger, the board is now at full membership with 15 appointees and no vacancies. According to state law, eight of the seats are to be appointed by the state governor, and seven of the seats are board appointments.   Barry M. Granger is the vice president for DuPont Government Marketing & Government Affairs, a company he has worked for since 1987. Prior to his arrival at DuPont, he held various positions with the Dow Chemical Company.   Mr. Granger holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He is a former board member of Salesianum High School of Wilmington and for the Eastern Seals of Delaware & Maryland. The DuPont executive is a resident of Bethesda, Md.                     Lois M. Hobbs   Lois M. Hobbs has worked the last four years as an independent educational consultant. Prior to that from 1996-2006 she served as the superintendent of the Indian River School District, which serves 7,600 students in Sussex County. During her career, she has also been a regional administrator for the Charles County Public Schools and as a teacher principal and assistant superintendent for the Prince George’s County Public School.   Ms. Hobbs has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Elementary School Administration. She has served on the Governor’s Task Force on School Libraries and on the Lt. Governor’s Models of Excellence in Education Steering Committee. The former district superintendent is a resident of Ocean View, Del.   Mr. Granger was formally sworn in as a board member by Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, board chair, during its regular June 10 meeting. Ms. Hobbs will be sworn in at a future meeting.  

Four Student Earn DSU $3,000 in the Honda Challenge

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The participation of Cheston Nathaniel Boyd, Tyree Daniel Evans, Devine J. Wilkins and Stephanie O. Amolegbe in the Honday Campus All-Star Challenge have earned DSU a $3,000 grant. 

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    A Delaware State University student team – comprised of Tyree Daniel Evans, Stephanie O. Amolegbe, Cheston Nathaniel Boyd and Devin J. Wilkins – recently earned a national grant in the amount of $3,000 for participating in the 2010 Honda Campus All Star Challenge!    Congratulations to the participating students under the support of Emmanuel Lalande for representing DSU well.  The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the first-ever academic competition between students at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   Honda has sponsored the program since its inception. HCASC campus play is open to all four-year, degree-granting HBCUs in the continental U.S. Over 50,000 students have competed in the program.    

DSU Unveils New Vision Statement and Core Values

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DSU President Harry L. Williams unveils the University's new Vision Statement and Core Values during the June 10 Board of Trustees meeting.

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  As a fresh new guide to future prominence, Delaware State University’s Blue Ribbon Commission has completed the work of establishing a new Vision Statement and set of Core Values for the institution. The Blue Ribbon Commission was established in January 2010 by DSU President Harry L. Williams. Charged with developing a new visionary roadmap for the institution by June, the commission’s earnest work has culminated in the following Vision Statement and Core Values that will guide the University into the future:   Vision As one of America’s most highly respected Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Delaware State University will be renowned for a standard of academic excellence that prepares our graduates to become the first choice of employers in a global market, and invigorates the economy and the culture of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic Region.   Core Values Community Integrity Diversity Scholarship Outreach   The 14-member commission launched into its work immediately after its establishment in January and sought from the outset to incorporate the input of all of the University’s key constituencies.   The commission held public forums in all three of the state’s counties in March and April. During that period, forums were also held on campus to capture the thoughts of students, faculty, staff, athletics personnel and the DSU Board of Trustees. Interested persons could respond online at www.desu.edu.   Alumni were well-represented throughout all public forums. Legislators, government officials, educators, the faith community, business representatives and parents also weighed in.   In the forums and on the website, respondents were asked to look to the future and answer the following set of questions:   In the year 2020, what aspects of the DSU experience have become so widely admired as to attract the interest of potential students as their first choice for higher education? In the year 2020, what unique strengths of a DSU education have equipped our graduates with such an outstanding set of knowledge and skills that they stand out in even the most competitive job markets? In the year 2020, what core values has DSU so successfully embodied that the University has become a state and regional leader in teaching, research and community service.   The commission analyzed all the input given from about 400 respondents, especially using it to identify key words and concepts. The commission discussed the indicators of success for graduates and for the institution in 2020. A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis was also part of the commission’s activity. Helping facilitate several meetings was Phillip Wescott, a partner in The Hillis Group of Newark, Del., who volunteered his time and services to the effort.   Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Blue Ribbon Commission co-chair, shares his perspective during the June 10 DSU Board of Trustees meeting on the process of crafting a new Vision Statement. After the commission completed its thorough analysis and discussion of the input, a subcommittee began the task of composing the drafts of the vision statement and core values.   The commission met several times to refine the drafts, resulting in the final product that was formally unveiled to the DSU Board of Trustees during its June 10 regular meeting.   “The commission, which is comprised of a good cross section of the DSU stakeholders, took the charge from President Williams seriously and embarked on a process that sought feedback from the community,” said Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Blue Ribbon Commission co-chair and dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. “The subsequent discussions were very intense at times; but at the end of the day, the final product was a unanimous statement that we, as commission members, felt will take DSU into a successful future as it guides the institution.”   In addition to Dr. Marsh, the commission included retired Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (co-chair); DSU executive administrators Carolyn Curry, Kemal Atkins and Tamara Crump; faculty representative Dr. Steve Newton; DSU Student Government Association President Kathleen Charlot; and Dr Calvin Wilson, DSU Board of Trustees member; state Sen. Brian Bushweller; Dr. Randy Guschl, director of the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education; Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Delaware State College class of 1949; Dr. Josette L. McCullough, principal of Fred Fifer Middle School in Camden; and Bernice Whaley, deputy director of the Delaware Economic Development Office.   In addition, each member of Delaware’s Congressional Delegation – U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman and U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle – served as honorary co-chairs and contributed to aspects of the overall effort. “As examples of their commitment, Sen. Carper and Congressman Castle spent time with the group, and Lori James, Sen. Carper’s Congressional aide, rarely missed a meeting,” Dr. Marsh said.   Sen. Carper, a long-time supporter of DSU, said he is proud of the institution. “Under the interim leadership of Dr. Claiborne Smith and now, under the new leadership of Dr. Harry Williams, this University is becoming what I always hoped it would be: the economic engine that drives Kent County and downstate Delaware,” Sen. Carper said. “As a member of Delaware State University’s Blue Ribbon Commission, I wholeheartedly support and share this vision and I look forward to the continued growth of DSU.  Not only does Delaware State University educate young minds; they are setting the stage for building a stronger future for their graduates.”   “The work of the commission has been tremendous. In a short period of time, they worked tirelessly to gain an abundance of thoughts that well-informed the vision process,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “I thank each of them for their focus and guidance in helping this truly great university to fulfill its immense potential.”   “I also want to thank those who responded,” Dr. Williams said. “We will be referring back to their ideas as we work in the months ahead to articulate our strengths and formulate a blueprint.”   Dr. Williams noted that creating a new vision and establishing core values are the first critical steps in a new strategic process. He said that he will be bringing groups of people together to define the values to help DSU realize the vision. In the fall, he will begin a process to establish new university goals and objectives that will actualize the new vision.   “I truly believe in the promise of this new vision. As a state institution, we will strengthen our connections to the economy, learning and well-being of Delawareans. As among the best HBCUs in America, we will continue to raise our standards in all we do, particularly in ensuring our students are ready to meaningfully contribute to the workforce and society,” he said.    

Alumni Association Elects 2010-2012 Officers

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  The DSU Alumni Association has elected officers for the 2010-2012 term. Elected during the May 22 DSUAA annual meeting were: President – Dr. K. Bernard Chase, ‘72 Vice president – Mr. Meeshach D. Stennett, ‘98 Recording Secretary – Ms. Sheila Davis, ‘01 Assistant Secretary – Ms. Beverly M. Swann, ‘93/’97 Treasurer – Mr. J. Cagney France, '65 Assistant Treasurer – Ms. Joy C. Hopkins-Keita, ‘99 Alumni Representative – Ms. Josephine Stevenson-Seals, ‘71 Chaplain – Mr. Reginald C. Minus, ‘73 Nominating Committee Chairman – Mr. Albert S. Weal, Jr., ‘74   Dr. Chase succeeds Ms. Deidre Y. Ottley, who served as the DSUAA president from 2008-2010.  

DSU Has School Record MEAC All-Academic Scholars

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    Most of the DSU student-athlete scholars that have been named on the MEAC All-Academic Team are shown in this photo taken during a Hornet basketball doubleheader in March.                                                     A school-record 98 DSU student-athletes have been recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for their work in the classroom and named on the conference’s All-Academic Team.    The MEAC recently revised its original 2010 Commissioner's All-Academic Team, which originally had DSU as having the most non-freshmen student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.   As a result of the revision, it was determined that Howard University had a few addition student athletes that met the MEAC All-Academic criteria, which pushed that school above DSU by two student-athletes.   A total of 613 student-athletes from the league's 12 schools met the criteria during the 2009-10 academic year. As a result of the MEAC revision, Delaware State is second among the schools with a school-record 98 scholar athletes. Howard University topped the list with 100.   "I'm extremely proud of our exceptional student-athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom," said DSU Director of Athletics Derek Carter. "The academic success of our student-athletes is a credit to their hard work, along with the commitment of their parents, university administration, faculty and coaches to academic and athletic excellence."   Delaware State has placed 75-or-more student-athletes on the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic list for the fifth straight year. Last year, DSU topped the conference with 78 honorees.  During the 2007-08 academic year, a league-high 82 Delaware State student-athletes were recognized.   2009-10 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic selections (by school):   Howard (100) Delaware State (98) Maryland Eastern Shore (55) Bethune-Cookman (54) Hampton (48) Morgan State (48) North Carolina A&T (46) Norfolk State (40) South Carolina State (36) Winston-Salem State (36) Florida A&M (26) Coppin State (22)  

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Named Dean Over Science Disciplines

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi has been named the permanent dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology after serving for more than one and a half years as the interim dean over those disciplines.

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  Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, a 15-year faculty member at Delaware State University, has been named as the dean of the institution’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Dr. Melikechi had served as the interim dean of that College since October 2008. 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.  Dr. Melikechi joined Delaware State University 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’s impressive research track record will serve him well in his capacity as dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, as he will oversee other significant research initiatives that are ongoing in the areas of chemistry, neuroscience, biological sciences, computer science, physics and mathematics.      

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