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Arrests Made in Nov. 3 Shooting Incident

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A collaboration between the Delaware State University Police Department and the Dover Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two men wanted in connection with a Nov. 3 shooting outside of the DSU Living and Learning Commons (the former Sheraton Hotel). Marshawn Fortner, 25, of Dover was apprehended without incident in downtown Dover on the afternoon of Nov. 4 by the Dover police. Fortner – who is not a DSU student – has been charged with 1st degree assault, 2nd degree conspiracy and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and committed to the Delaware Correctional Facility in default of $75,000 cash bond. At approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, Dover police apprehended a second suspect, Michael Clark (who also is not a DSU student), 25, of Dover. He will be arraigned later in the day at Court 7 and will face the same charges as Fortner. The arrests was made in connection with a shooting that took place on Monday in the parking lot of the DSU Living and Learning Commons, an off-campus residential facility just north of the main DSU campus. A male DSU student was wounded in the shooting with non-life threatening injuries. As of Tuesday evening, he remains at Bayhealth Medical Center where he is recovering from his injuries. DSU President Harry L. Williams expressed his gratitude for the partnership between the University’s police and the Dover police. “We are blessed that we have two law enforcement agencies – DSU and Dover – that work very well together and provide each other with assistance whenever the need arises,” Dr. Williams said. “In this case, based on the information provided by the DSU police, Dover police officers were on the lookout for the suspect, resulting in his apprehension.” The campus was closed Tuesday, Nov. 4 for Election Day. DSU will resume classes and normal operations on Wednesday, Nov. 5. To hear a Nov. 3 recorded message from DSU President Harry L. Williams concerning this shooting incident, call the DSU Hotline at (302) 857-7669.      

Chemistry Duo Awarded US Dept. of Energy Grant

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(L-r) Dr. Daniela Radu and Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, both faculty researchers in the DSU Department of Chemistry, will use a $250,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to study the effectiveness of a particular way of capturing carbon dioxide for recycling. Dr. Lai is the principal investigator of the grant; Dr. Radu is co-investigator.
 

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Two Delaware State University chemistry researchers have been awarded a $249,291 U.S. Department of Energy grant for carbon dioxide-related research Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai (center top) and Dr. Daniela Radu (center bottom) work with chemistry graduate students Bellsabel Gebear-Eigzabher (l) and NIcholas Pizzi. The principal investigator of the grant, Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor and associate chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry, and co-PI Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor of chemistry, will use the funding to develop a novel silica nanostructured platform to capture carbon dioxide from advanced fossil energy power. In the study, the platforms are believed to be capable of increased carbon dioxide absorption. The captured carbon dioxide could then be recycled for other uses. Dr. Lai said if the research realizes increased carbon dioxide capture, such low-coat high efficiency material could also be used to capture other chemical compounds from fossil energy sources. This grant funding is a part of the Department of Energy’s Support of Advanced Fossil Resource Utilization by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Institutions program. The funding supports the development of high-risk fundamental and applied research that advances the safe and environmentally responsible use of fossil fuels. DSU was one of four minority institutions to be awarded the Department of Energy grant. Clark Atlanta University, Prairie View A&M University and Florida International University also received similar grants.  

DSU Fundraising Record Broken at Oct. 25 Heartwalk

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Eight DSU groups take a Nikon moment to pose before participating in the Oct. 25 5K Heartwalk in Dover. The combined groups raised a University-record $1,900.

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DSU’s Fairy Godsister organization was one of eight Del State groups to participate and raise money for the 5K Heartwalk on Oct. 25. Delaware State University was well represented at the Oct. 25 Heartwalk in Dover with more than 60 Hornet walkers participating in the fundraiser. The total amount raised by all of the DSU groups totaled about $2,017 – about $100 more than the previous DSU record set in 2012. DSU fundraising participant groups included the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., DSU Bowling Team, Fairy Godsisters, DSU Women’s Equestrian Team, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Psychology Club, Marianne Carter’s team, and Health & Fitness Leaders Club. The 5K Heartwalk was held at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College.

DSU to Present "The Wiz" Nov. 13-14

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The main cast of The Wiz: (seated) Tyrone Ashley Jr. as (The Lion), Chaya Mayo (Dorothy), Harry Hudson (Scarecrow), and Andrew Hazzard as (Tinman); (standing)  Taylor Brown (Addapearle), Bria Borders (Evillene), Paul Menyweather (The Wiz), Jasmine Salberrios (Glinda).

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Delaware State University will present the student production of The Wiz in three performances on Nov. 13 and 14 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. (L-r) Courtney Porter, Asha T. Moses and Jamie Gage will provide some strong dance moves in the DSU production of The Wiz. The production will be performed by a cast of 30 and will feature such music classics such as “Ease on Down the Road,” “Home,” “Be a Lion,” and “If You Believe.” It will also feature fast moving, tantalizing and foot-stomping dancing created by student choreographers Ariael Brooks Porter, Jme Trafton, and LaQuita Williams The cast includes the following DSU students:  Chaya Mayo as “Dorothy”; Taylor Brown as “Addapearle”; Harry Hudson as “Scarecrow”; Andrew Hazzard as “Tinman”; Tyrone Ashley Jr. as “The Lion”; Paul Menyweather as “The Wiz”; Bria Borders as “Evillene” Jasmine Salberrios as “Glinda”; Harry Hudson as “Lord High Underling”; and Jack Jackson as “Uncle Henry/Head Flying.”  The production will also feature DSU alumna Ashleigh J.T. Summers as “Auntie Em,” as well as an ensemble of 20 additional student actors and dancers. The Tony-award winning and legendary classic musical will be directed by Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown. The music director will be Dr. David Tolley. To see an interview with Dr. Brown and student-actress Bria Borders, click on the below video link: http://youtu.be/R99RIiTcBmQ The Wiz will open with a 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance followed by an evening 7:30 p.m. performance both on Friday, Nov. 14 performance. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for DSU students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased through the DSU Ticket Office at (302) 857-TIXX (8499)

Graduate Students Donate Books to Early Childhood Lab

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Members of the Graduate Student Association hold some of the donated books and pose with Dr. Connie Williams, director of the Early Childhood Lab School and some of its children.
 

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The Graduate Student Association recently donated 400 new and gently used books to the DSU’s Early Childhood Lab School (ECLS). In addition to augmenting the library of the ECLS, each one of the 50 Early Childhood students were allowed to take one book home. The mission of the Graduate Student Association supports the mission of the University by representing and advocating the interests of graduate students at DSU, by providing a forum for free and open discussion of matters affecting this community, and by providing financial and organizational support for professional development and networking events within this community. The GSA works to create an environment for graduate students that provide co-curricular opportunities that advance student learning, foster respect from the University community, provide services for the DSU graduate community, and enhance the quality of life of the graduate student community.

Alpha Phi Alpha Wins DSU's Divine 9 Challenge

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The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., join DSU President Harry L. Williams on the football field during halftime of the Oct. 18 Homecoming game to be recognized as the fundraising winner of the Divine Nine Challenge.
 

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The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., have been recognized as the winner of DSU’s 2014 Divine 9 Challenge. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha raised $2,990 in this year’s Divine Nine Challenge, which annually engages Greek Letter organizations to raise scholarship dollars for DSU students. This year’s challenge has been incorporated as part of the University’s recently launched Greater Than One: Campaign for Students. In addition to being recognized during the Oct. 18 Homecoming football game, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will also be honored for their winning effort during the Dec. 13 President’s Scholarship Ball. Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta finished second and third, respectively, in the Divine 9 Challenge. The total amount raised was $5,613. Congratulations and commends to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha for being this year’s ‘Most Divine among the Nine’ at DSU!  

2014 Homecoming Weekend Images

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, DSUAA President Sheila Davis and Gov. Jack Markell get together on the sidelines of football field just before halftime of the North Carolina A&T vs. DSU Homecoming game.
 

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Although the Oct. 18 football game results were not to the liking of Hornet fans, the Homecoming Weekend crowd still enjoyed reuniting with old friends on their former campus stomping grounds. For images from the Homecoming Weekend, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648878257662/ 

The Coronation of Mr. & Miss DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2014-2015 Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa and Mr. DSU James Jones stand against the Oct. 12 Coronation’s Far East backdrop. The theme for the event was “An Evening of Asian Enchantment”

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The 2014 Mr. and Miss DSU, James Jones and Jamila Mustafa, were formally crowned during the annual Coronation Ceremony held Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. For images of the Coronation Ceremony, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648478312468/show Mr. DSU James Jones is a business administration major from Upper Marlboro, Md. His ambition is to become a world-renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur. Most immediately he looks forward to joining the corporate team of Neil General Contractor, Inc., to expand the vision and reality of his father. The son of Cornelius and Jan Tuff, the 21-year-old senior stands behind the creed “When God predestines your why, He will be your how.” His platform is “Strive for greater: You are more than what you have become.” Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa is a mass communication major from Wilmington, Del. She is a former Miss Teen Essence USA and most recently she was the first runner-up at the Miss NBCA Hall of Fame Pageant for HBCU Queens. Her favorite quote is “I never dreamed for success, I worked for it!” Her platform is “Project Uplift: Leadership Made Visible.”

Dr. Bernardine Lacey Honored as Nursing Living Legend

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Dr. Robin Williams and DSU President Harry Williams stand with Dr. Bernardine Lacey (center) after she was recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.

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Dr. Bernardine Lacey, former acting chair of the DSU Department of Nursing, has been recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dr. Lacey along with three others received that honor during an Oct. 16 ceremony as part of the AAN’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. The AAN recognized Dr. Lacey for starting the movement to include the care of the underserved in nursing curriculum, which in turn made the nursing profession better prepared to care for the most vulnerable in society. The Living Legend Award is the highest honor presented by the AAN.

Arts Center's Outreach Program Honored by Del. Governor

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Jennifer Gunther (center), director of the Arts Center/Gallery, holds the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, which was presented in honor of the VSA Delaware Program on Oct. 6 in Wilmington. Standing with Ms. Gunther are (l-r) Paul Weagraff, Del. Division of the Arts, director, Lise Monty, Del. State Arts Council chair, Gov. Jack Markell and his wife Carla.

Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

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An outreach program of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery (ACG) has recently been honored by Gov. Jack Markell. VSA Delaware – one of several unique outreach programs of the ACG – recently received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts. In addition to providing art exhibitions and other cultural events, the ACG engages with the community through several unique outreach programs. VSA Delaware, one of the ACG’s community programs, received a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.  Gov. Markell honored the recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts at an Oct. 6 presentation at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. The event was co-chaired by First Lady Carla Markell and Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. The ACG’s VSA Delaware (VSADE) provides artistic opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the state. By providing a unique link between the arts, disability, and education communities, VSADE (formerly known as Very Special Arts) recognizes the need for children and adults with disabilities to be provided with opportunities to participate and achieve in the areas of performing and visual arts.  Using an established artist residency model to facilitate integrated arts education programming for students and adults with disabilities, VSADE provides cross-curricular learning with the arts as educational tools. The annual “Celebration of Creativity” traveling multimedia art exhibit celebrates the work of all visual arts residency participants. VSADE’s Arts Administration Internships and Performing Arts Residency programs provide opportunities for transitional-age students to develop relevant employment skills, as well as communication and interpersonal competency. Delaware schools recognize VSADE as a leader in providing accessible integrated programming to students with disabilities. Partnering with more than 40 Delaware schools, districts, and organizations, VSADE has worked diligently to develop dialogue about accessibility, cultural access, and universal design, so that Delaware arts organizations may improve their accessibility and outreach to diverse audiences. VSA Delaware are under the direction of Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.  For the past 16 years VSA Delaware has been a part of the ACG.  Other ACG outreach programs include the Delaware Regional Scholastics Arts Awards and the Congressional Arts Awards.

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