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Dr. Kennedy Reed, guest lecture "Physics in Africa" March 24

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The guest lecture is free and open to the public and will be fascinating to persons of all ages who have an interest in addressing the critical science and technological needs of developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.    

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CMNST), proudly announces that renowned physicist Dr. Kennedy J. Reed will present the final guest lecture – entitled “Physics in Africa” – as part of the spring 2015 season’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) of the Bank of America Building on the DSU campus. The guest lecture is free and open to the public and will be fascinating to persons of all ages who have an interest in addressing the critical science and technological needs of developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.     Dr. Reed is a world-renowned theoretical physicist, coming to us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.  Having received his undergraduate degree from Monmouth College in Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, he has produced more than 100 publications on his research in atomic collisions in high-temperature plasmas, and his work has contributed to the understanding of indirect processes in electron-impact excitation and the ionization of highly charged ions. Although a prominent physicist, Dr. Reed is also one of the foremost leaders in national efforts to increase opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences.  To that end, he has assisted in the development and directed programs to expand research and training capabilities at minority-serving institutions. Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of the APS’s John Wheatley Award for his contribution to physics research and education in Africa -- the only time this award has been given for work in Africa.  Through the auspices of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, he has been a visiting scientist in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana, and has been involved in physical science programs in numerous other African countries through other international scientific agencies.  The Kennedy Reed Award was established in his honor by the California-Nevada Section of the American Physical Society, and that award is presented annually to recognize the best theoretical research performed by graduate students.  President Obama awarded Dr. Reed with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring in 2010.    For additional information, contact Ms. Diane M. Weller of CMNST, at phone at (302) 857-6506 or by email at dweller@desu.edu. 

David Turner Honored as DSU Distinguished Alumnus at MEAC

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David G. Turner (center), poses with the MEAC Distinguished Alumni Award along with two other conference officials during the awards presentation on March 12 at the Scopes Arena in Norfolk, Va.

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David G. Turner, DSU Board of Trustees chairman and University alumni,  was honored among this Year’s Distinguished Alumni at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Tournament on March 12 in Norfolk, Va. . The MEAC annually recognizes the top alumni from all the member institutions of the conference. Mr. Turner, who graduated from then-Delaware State College in 1986 with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, earlier this year became the first DSU graduate to be an elected chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Dr. Claibourne Smith, who had been chair for 22 years.  Mr. Turner, who previously served as vice chair, has been a DSU board member since 2008. The DSU alumnus has enjoyed a highly successful career in executive posts with AT&T, Gateway, MBNA, and Bank of America, and currently is an executive with IBM, where he leads the company’s IBM’s Business Administration Organization Practice for financial services clients. Mr. Turner is renowned as a leader in banking and financial services circles nationwide for his expertise in data management and analytics. He was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2002 as one of the “50 most Powerful Black Executives in America,” as well as by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology in 2005 as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Technology.”

Hornet Men to Play At Home in CB Invitational March 18

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Amere May and his fellow Hornet Men will face off against Radford University at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at home in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium as part of the College Basketball Invitational.

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Just when you thought the Hornet men’s basketball season was over… well, it is not. And the team even has one more home game at Memorial Hall. The 2014-15 Delaware State University men's basketball team has been rewarded for its regular season and MEAC Tournament competitiveness with an appearance in the post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Hornets will host Radford (Va.) of the Big South Conference on Wed. (Mar. 18) at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Ticket prices for this game are $25 courtside; $15 executive; $12 reserved; $10 general/faculty/staff; and $5 for students and children. This will be Delaware State's first post-season competition since 2007; and fourth overall. DSU's last post-season game was in the 2007 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Hornets also appeared in the 2006 NIT; and made its national post-season debut against Duke in the 2005 NCAA Tournament after capturing the MEAC Tournament championship that year. This will be the first time that the Hornets will host a post-season game. Delaware State is 18-17 overall this season and lost to Hampton in the 2015 MEAC Tournament championship game on Saturday.    Radford is 21-11 this season. The Highlanders lost to Winthrop in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Big South Tournament. This will be the second meeting between the schools. Radford won the first meeting 104-62 during the 1988-89 season. The winner of the DSU/Radford matchup will face the winner of Vermont and Hofstra in the CBI second round. Second round games are scheduled to be played on Monday, March 23. The 16-team CBI field will be re-bracketed after the quarterfinal round. The semifinals are scheduled for Mar. 25 and the best-of-three championship series is set for Mar. 30 and Apr. 1; and Apr. 3, if necessary.  

DSU Alumni Gather at MEAC Tourney -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU cheerleaders got warmed up for that day’s MEAC Tournament game by performing at a March 12 reception held for the Del State alumni at the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Va.
 

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DSU alumni who traveled to Norfolk, Va., in support of the DSU basketball teams at the March 9-14 MEAC Tournament were rewarded by the Hornet men who made it to the finals before losing to Hampton University. On March 19 many alumni gathered at a reception – co-sponsored by the DSU Office of Alumni Affairs and the DSU Alumni Association and held at the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk. For images of from that reception, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649038423244/show  

DSU Reaches MEAC Tournament championship game

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Delaware State has reached the MEAC Tournament championship game for the first time since 2007 with a come-from-behind 63-57 win over defending conference champ and top seed North Carolina Central in a thrilling semifinal contest at the Scope Arena this evening.

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Delaware State has reached the MEAC Tournament championship game for the first time since 2007 with a come-from-behind 63-57 win over defending conference champ and top seed North Carolina Central in a thrilling semifinal contest at the Scope Arena this evening. The Hornets will face No. 6 Hampton, a 75-64 winner over No. 2 Norfolk State, in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Delaware State will be seeking its second MEAC championship. The Hornets won their only title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005. Amere May scored a game-high 27 points, including 24 in the second half, to lead the Hornets in the semifinal contest. May was six-for-13 from the field, including three-of-six on three-point shots; and 9-for-10 at the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. Tyshawn Bell was second on the team with 16 points, highlighted by 14 in the first half to keep the Hornets within striking distance.   Delaware State trailed 32-23 at the break, and fell behind by 13 points after the Eagles hit their first two shots of the second half.  Nimrod Hilliard gave NCCU its biggest lead, 36-23, on a lay-up with 18:53 left to play. Hilliard led the Eagles with 17 points and had a game-high seven assists. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys for the way they kept their poise down the stretch,” said Delaware State head coach Keith Walker, who has led the Hornets to a season-high five-game win streak to improve their overall record to 18-16. “NC Central is a great team and defending conference champ, but we lost a close game at its place during the regular season, which gave us hope that we can come back.” The Hornets chipped away at the deficit over the next 15 minutes. May hit back-to-back three-pointers, the second of which pulled Delaware State to within 43-37 with 11:49 left to play. DSU trailed 51-43 before beginning a run to tie the score for the first time since it was 7-7 three-minutes-and-16 seconds into the game. May capped off a 10-2 run with a three-pointer to tie the score at 53 with 3:24 left to play. May scored six points, while Bell and Kendall Gray had two each during the rally. After NC Central regained the lead on two free throws by Jordan Parks (14 points), May nailed a short jumper and hit two free throws on DSUs’ next possession to put the Hornets ahead 57-55 with 1:45 remaining in the game. It was their first lead since scoring 4-0 to begin the game. NC Central went without a field goal in the final 7:14 of the contest. The Eagles also committed several turnovers down the stretch to hurt their cause. Delaware State back-up center Mrdjan Gasevic forced a NCCU turnover by drawing a charge on Dante Holmes (11 points) with 22 seconds left.  Gasevic also scored four points (2-3 FGs) and grabbed two rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. May hit was six-for-six at the line in the final 1:02 of the game to secure the win. “Mrdjan (Gasevic) not only brought a lot energy to the team, but some great production as well,” Walker said. Our seniors also led the comeback, and they earned this opportunity to play or the championship.”   The Hornets outscored the Eagles 40-25 in the second half. Photos by Carlos Holmes  

DSU Alumni Assoc. Opens Office on Main Campus

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DSUAA President Sheila Davis stands in front of the Thomasson Building, the new home for the office of the Delaware State University Alumni Association.

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The Delaware State University Alumni Association has a new office location – right on DSU’s main Dover campus. (L-r) DSUAA President Shelia Davis, alumnus Norman Oliver, Alumni Relations Assistant Vice President Dr. Lisa Dunning and DSU President Harry L. Williams cut the ribbon on the newly opened DSUAA office. The Office of the DSUAA is now located in a centralized location on campus in Suite 200 in the Thomasson Building. The Office of Alumni Affairs, which is now located in Office 314 of the MLK Jr. Student Center, formerly occupied the DSUAA office. Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, said the new DSUAA location will increase visibility and foster collaborative efforts for alumni outreach.  She added that the DSUAA’s move to campus will cultivate greater alignment of strategic goals between the association and DSU’s administration. The office move onto the campus is consistent with a greater emphasis by the DSUAA and the DSU administration over the past several months to work closer together as a united presence and to strive together for greater alumni impact. “When you see DSUAA President Mrs. Sheila Davis during alumni events, you will also see DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams and/or the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Dr. Lisa Dunning,” said Ms. Davis, the DSUAA president.   A grand opening ribbon cutting and reception of the DSUAA Office was held on Feb. 28. The new phone number of the Office of the DSUAA is (302) 857-7053.

DSU Hosts Play on Poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson March 2

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Delaware State University will host a program presentation of Don-Del Enterprises that celebrates the life of African-American educator, poet, journalist and political activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, Ms. Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) was one of the prominent African-Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Great Poetic movement of 1889. Her first husband was the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson would later become well=known in African-American journalism circles. She also was an activist for African-Americans' and women's rights, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. While she continued to write stories and poetry, she became more politically active in Wilmington and wrote numerous articles on leading topics. In 1915, she was field organizer for the Middle Atlantic States for the woman's suffrage movement. In 1918, she was field representative for the Woman's Committee of the Council of Defense. From about 1920 on, she was a highly successful columnist, with articles, essays and reviews appearing as well in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. She was a popular speaker and had an active schedule of lectures through these years. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson also taught at the Summer School of Methods for African-American teachers at the State College for Colored Students (later DSU) in 1910.

Plans Announced for Dr. Jerome Holland Statue at DSU

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, Delores and Donald Blakey, and David Turner, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, stand with a display check and the actual check representing the Blakeys’ $5,000 donation toward the Holland memorial statue project.

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During its annual Founders Day Program on Feb. 19, DSU President Harry L. Williams announced the launching of a project to erect a memorial statue of Delaware State College President Jerome Holland on the Dover campus. Dr. Holland – DSC president from 1953-1960 – is credited with providing the critical leadership needed to navigate the College through the most difficult decade of its history. Amid forces in the state that threatened to close the institution, Dr. Holland brought about improvements at DSC that ensured its survival and established a foundation that future presidents would build on. Dr. Williams said that a Jerome Holland Statue Committee has been established, which includes Dr. Donald Blakey, chair and alumnus, Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president of Development (co-chair); Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost; Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for  Alumni Affairs and alumna; Dr. Edward Lorio, associate professor of art; Carlos Holmes, director of News Services; Dr. U.S. Washington retired dean; as well as alumni Dolores Blakey, Ned Brown, Robert Draine, Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Philip Sadler and Sheila Davis, president of the DSU Alumni Association. During the announcement, Dr. Blakey and his wife Delores Blakey presented a donation of $5,000 to go toward the memorial statue. A timetable will be established in the near future as to when the statue will be projected for completion and dedication.

General Assembly Leaders Visit DSU

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(L-r) Seated: Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Speaker Peter Schwartzkoff, Dr. Robin Williams, DSU President Harry Williams, Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, Rep. Stephanie Bolden; standing: DSU Provost Alton Thompson, Sen Brian Bushweller, Sen. David Sokola, Sen. Colin Bonini, Rep. Daniel Short, along with DSU’s Dr. Teresa Hardee, David Sheppard and Victor Santos.
 

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DSU welcomed a number of leadership members of the Delaware General Assembly to campus on Feb. 26. DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams held a dinner at their residence for the group of state legislators that evening. For images of the event, click on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651057861642/show DSU President Harry L. Williams (center) stands with Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff (l) and Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins – the first time the top leaders of the state General Assembly have visited DSU together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution.   Among those who attended were Senate President Pro Temp Patricia M. Blevins and Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff. It was the first time that the top two leaders of the state General Assembly paid a visit to the campus together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution. Other state legislators who took part included Sen. David Sokola, chair of the state Bond Bill Committee; Sen. Colin Bonini, Bond Bill Committee member; Rep. Daniel Short, House Minority Leader; Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Minority Whip; as well as Sen. Brian Bushweller, Bond Bill Committee and Joint Finance Committee member; and Rep. Stephanie Bolden (who is also a DSU alumna). Also representing DSU at the dinner were Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer; David Sheppard, assistant general counsel; and Victor Santos, director of Government and Community Relations. During the dinner, Dr. Williams updated the legislators on the latest developments at DSU and discussion also took place among the group concerning the successes of the University, the challenges it faces, as well as the future opportunities for the institution.

Tommie Smith to Speak at Delaware State University

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic records with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner was played, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood wearing their Olympic medals, each with a raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a stand for human rights, liberation and solidarity. The act was captured in a powerful iconic photo that is among the most famous Olympic moments. This act propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Tommie Smith has made a commitment to dedicate his life to champion the cause of oppressed people. He has written about his 1968 Olympic experience as well as his life before and after in his 2007 autobiography Silent Gesture, copies of which will be available at the event. Mr. Smith will be available to sign copies of his book after his presentation.

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