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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.  

Alumna Honored with a Day in her Name in Buffalo NY

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  DSU alumna S. Renee Smith, an image consultant, motivational speaker and author was in for a surprise before she gave the keynote address to a Buffalo, N.Y. crowd during the city’s July 17 Kingdom Vision Buffalo event. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown asked Ms. Smith to join him at the podium where he proceeded to read a proclamation that named July 17 in the city as “S. Renee Smith Day.”   Ms. Smith has increasingly made her mark on the world as a sought-after motivational speaker, and was invited to be the keynote speaker at the event – a non-denomination Christian event designed to strengthen the outreach of local service provided to city residents, to address the challenges of teen pregnancy, homicides and high unemployment, as well as provide a fellowship venue for a diverse gathering. DSU Alumna S. Renee Smith gives the keynote address at the July 17 Kingdom Vision event in Buffalo, N.Y. and was honored with a day in her name.   Ms. Smith told the thousands gathered in downtown Buffalo’s Niagara Square that to make things better in the city, individuals had to take ownership of their lives and to maintain their faith in themselves, each other and their God.   Ms. Smith said the mayor’s proclamation was a complete surprise. “I was truly humbled by it,” she said. “It was a blessing to be honored that way.”   Mayor Brown’s formal proclamation praised her for being the keynote speaker for the event. It also recognized her years at DSU – as a 1988 graduate with a BS in marketing and as a former director of Public Relations – as well as her authorship of her inspirational book There is More Inside and her success as a motivational speaker, which the proclamation noted “has inspired audiences across the United States and internationally.”  

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.  

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