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DSU to Hold Public Forums for University's Vision

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DSU President Harry L. Williams says the public forums are important because the public's input is essential in the development of a fresh new vision for the University

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  Delaware State University’s Blue Ribbon Commission will hold a series of public forums in each of the state’s three counties to help it develop a fresh new vision for the University’s future. DSU President Harry Lee Williams says that it is important for the citizens of Delaware to embrace and participate in this new DSU initiative that will lay a roadmap for its future success. “Delaware State University belongs to the state of Delaware, and it is therefore important for the institution to have the input of its citizenry to help it become a premier institution of higher education in the country,” Dr. Williams said. “In doing so, the residents of the state will also share in the greatness that will result from DSU’s earnest work to become one of the best universities for students to fulfill their academic and professional aspirations.” The public can attend any of the forums, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates: Kent County – Monday, March 29 in Parlours A-C of the Martin Luther King Student Center on the DSU campus, 1200 N. DuPont Highway in Dover Sussex County – Tuesday, April 13 at the Warren L. and Charles Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. New Castle County – Thursday, April 15 at the NCCo Chamber of Commerce, 12 Penns Way, New Castle. Persons interested in attending are asked to register in advanced either online at www.desu.edu/BRC-forum or by calling the Office of the President at (302) 857-6001 President Williams established the Blue Ribbon Commission in January and has directed the group to complete is work in crafting a new vision for the University by the end of May 2010. The group is also charged with developing a set of values to help drive excellence. The co-chairs of the 14-member commission are Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Wayne Gilchrest, a retired U.S. Congressman from Maryland. They are joined by a diverse group that represents the faculty, staff, students and alumni of DSU, as well as state and federal government, public school system and the business community. 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 – is serving as honorary co-chairs of the Commission. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Commission and the full list of its members, go to www.desu.edu/dsu-president-names-blue-ribbon-commission.      

DSU Presents "Crumbs from the Table of Joy" March 24-26

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Ernestine Crump, played by DSU student Jacqueline Smith (right), converses with Gerte (played by Dragana Jankovic), during scene of Crumbs from the Table of Joy that will be performed March 24-26.

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  Delaware State University will present the Lynn Nottage play Crumbs From The Table Of Joy during three 7:30 p.m. performances Wednesday thru Friday, March 24-26 in the Education & Humanities Building on campus. The 1950s-period two-act play is free and open to the public.   Directed by Dr. Donald Brown, the production features a five-member cast – a mix of DSU students, staff and community actors. The story takes place during the 1950s in Brooklyn and follows a year in the life of the Crump family – a religious widower and his two daughters – after they moved to the Big Apple from Florida.   Godfrey "Goodness" Crumb, played by Carlos Holmes (top), and Ermina Crump, played by DSU student Crystal Ingram, rehearse a scene from Crumbs from the Table of Joy. While still dealing with the culture shock of living in the populous New York City, the family’s life is further complicated by the arrival of the deceased mother’s sister – the militant and amoral Lily, creating an unwanted sexual tension for Godfrey “Goodness” Crump, the widowed family patriarch.   The family is thrown for an additional loop when Godfrey suddenly enters into an unlikely marriage that provokes the ire of Lily and the discomfort of his daughters. The story is told through the eyes and narration of the oldest daughter Ernestine, who is to become the first Crump family high school graduate that year.   “The play tells a story that takes place just after War World II and just prior to the initial push of the civil rights movement,” said Dr. Brown. “The plot deals with pointed issues in race relations.”   The play features Carlos Holmes as Godfrey “Goodness” Crump, Sylvia Carson as his sister-in-law Lily and Dragana Jankovic as his wife, Gerte. DSU students Jacqueline Smith and Crystal Ingram portray his daughters “Darling” Ernestine and “Devout” Ermina, respectively.  

DSU Offers Master's of Arts in Teaching English as a 2nd Language

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  The English and Foreign Languages Department at Delaware State University is now offering a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Classes are now being offered at the main campus in Dover.  The university also invites prospective students to apply for the TESL program that will be available at the DSU Georgetown site beginning fall 2010.   The program, which was approved last year by the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware State University Board of Trustees, is designed specifically for teachers interested in giving instruction in English as a second language.   “The Master of Arts in TESL Program promises to be another locus of productive partnership between DSU, the state, and the region,” said Dr. Abdul Aziz-Diop, former chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages   Teachers and non-teachers interested in the program can register for two courses in the fall, two courses in the spring, two courses for summer session I, and two courses for summer session II. The program leads to certification and is designed for completion in two years. It prepares candidates to teach English as a second language in many settings, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, and adult education programs anywhere in the world.    Limited scholarships are available through the Department of English and Foreign Languages. Prospective candidates can also apply for the Teach Grant scholarship program that awards up to $4,000 a year to students seeking degrees to teach in high-need fields. For more information on the Teach Grant program, please contact Michelle Rush at (302) 857-6742, or email her at drush@desu.edu. . For more information on the TESL program, contact Dr. Andrew Blake at (302) 857-6566 or e-mail him at ablake@desu.edu. .  

Standard and Poor's Affirms DSU's A+ Credit Rating

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  Standard & Poor’s, a top national credit rating agency, has affirmed that Delaware State University continues to maintain an A+ credit rating.  According to Standard & Poor’s recent assessment of the institution, the A+ rating reflects that DSU has a strong leadership team that keeps the University focused on its strategic plan. The assessment also noted the University’s modest debt burden of 3.5% of 2009 expenses with no addition debt planned.   “It signifies the confidence of people who conduct an extensive evaluation on our financial management,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “To get an A+ rating in these tough economic times says a lot about our financial managers and the transparency of the institution.”   Marvin Lawrence, DSU Board of Trustees member and chair of the board’s Finance Committee, said that while the University works hard to continually assess its financial system, it is also great encouragement to receive such validation from a top outside agency.   “We are elated to have received this credit rating, and it is really a reflection of DSU’s financial staff,” Mr. Lawrence said. “They work hard to manage the financial aspects of the University and keep the institution on point.”   Standard & Poor’s has been designated by the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission as a nationally recognized statistical rating organization.  

Assoc. Professor Exhibits Tapestry at Arts Center/Gallery

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Dr. Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont's "Muddy Waters" is one 19 of her tapestry works on exhibition in the DSU Arts Center/Gallery until March 17.

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  Delaware State University is currently featuring the weaving tapestry works of Dr. Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont in an exhibition entitled “Tones & Tapestry” in its Arts Center/Gallery located in the William Jason Library on campus. The exhibition – which will be on display until March 17 – is free and open to the public. In addition, the public is also invited, free of cost, to a reception honoring the artist from 4-6 p.m. March 11 in Arts Center/Gallery. The 19-work exhibition is comprised of hanging tapestry creations by Dr. Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont, a DSU associate professor of art. She says her attraction to the weaving process is based in its spontaneity as well as the excitement of transforming humble yarn and mixed media into breathtaking structures and textures with use of color.   Dr. Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont with her tapestry work Reflections.   “My inspirations include the natural elements and the materials themselves. And the patterns of land forms and the atmospheric elements also play a role in color and mood,” Dr. Bradshaw-Beaumont said. “My joy in weaving allows me to explore color relationships – whether bold contrasts or tone-on-tone shadings – that test the edge of visual perception.”   Dr. Bradshaw-Beaumont said most of the techniques she uses are contemplative and encouraging introspection, while other processes are spontaneous and unpredictable. “I am looking for images and colors that transform and represent things that make me free,” she said.   A DSU faculty member since 2003, Dr. Bradshaw-Beaumont was named as the 2009 Eastern Regional Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. A native of Jamaica, she has a Ph.D. in Art Education from Ohio State University. In addition to teaching, she has authored and presented numerous papers on Caribbean art education and other art-related topics.      

DSU Student and Wife Become NASA Ambassadors

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(l-r) Bryan Greenly, a DSU physic major, and his wife Tommi Barrett-Greenly, have been selected to serve as NASA ambassadors.

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  A Delaware State University undergraduate student and his wife have been selected to be among a group of top interns that will serve as ambassadors for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Bryan E. Greenly, a junior physics major at DSU, and his wife Tommi Barrett-Greenly, a University of Delaware graduate majoring in education technology, have found a way to do an educational experience together despite being at different institutions..   The couple – who were married in May 2009 – found that a love for science was one of the things they had in common. Mr. Greenly said his wife got him interested in NASA after she found out about internship opportunities with the space agency.   “So we both applied for the summer 2009 session – we were both accepted,” Mr. Greenly said. “We picked up the whole family and spent the summer in Hampton, Va.”   The DSU physics major said it was during the summer internship that they were informed of opportunity to become NASA ambassadors.   “We decided to both apply because we are into NASA’s objective and what they are trying to achieve for the United States,” Mr. Greenly said. “NASA does so many things that people don’t even hear about.”   He said that being an advocate for NASA is something that comes naturally to them. “It is something we feel, that NASA is the coolest thing in the world,” he said.   As two of the 105 NASA ambassadors selected nationwide, the couple will do presentations in the Delmarva region, work at job fairs for the agency and conduct other outreach endeavors for the space agency.   In addition to her graduate studies, Mrs. Barrett-Greenly is a teacher at the Morris Early Childhood Center in Lincoln, Del., where she has been named the 2010 Milford School District Teacher of the Year.  

President Williams Attends Obama's HBCU Event

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, shown on Feb. 1 with Dr. John S. Wilson Jr. (r) of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, was reunited with the administration official at the Feb. 26 executive order signing by President Barack Obama that promises support for HBCUs.

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  DSU President Harry Lee Williams spent Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C. with other HBCU leaders to witness President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order that renews the White House’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The executive order renews White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities that was begun in 2002 under the administration of President George Bush. According to a White House press release, the event – which took place in the White House East Room – demonstrates President’s Obama’s strong appreciation for the historic role these institutions have played in the education of citizens as well as the Administration’s commitment to assist HBCUs in accomplishing their missions.   Specifically, the executive order establishes the White House Initiative on HBCUs to be housed in the U.S. Department of Education under the leadership of Executive Director John S. Wilson Jr., as well as establish a President’s Board of Advisors in HBCUs.   Dr. Wilson was in attendance at DSU when Dr. Williams announced that establishment of a Blue Ribbon Commission to create a new vision and set of core values for the University. He also met that same day with the DSU president and commission members to explain President Obama’s commitment to HBCUs.   DSU President Williams said that it was a tremendous experience to attend President Obama’s executive order signing along with the entire Congressional Black Caucus and more then 40 other HBCU presidents.   “President Obama made it clear that he is in full support of HBCUs,” said the DSU president. “He cited the importance of the sustainability of HBCUs because it is going to be important of his 2020 goal of improving the number of people earning degrees.   Dr. Williams added that President Obama has requested $98 million in new money for HBCUs, with a large percentage of that going toward financial aid for students and increasing the Pell Grant.   According the White House press release, the Obama Administration is also requesting $20.5 million for a HBCU Capital Financing Program. This would provide HBCUs with access to financing for the repair, renovation and construction or acquisition of education facilities, instructional equipment, research instrumentation and physical infrastructure.   Including Delaware State University, there are 105 HBCUs located in 20 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which serve more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  

DSU to Present the Jena Production "America, Amerique" at the Schwartz

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The March 4 performance of the America, Amerique cast (left) is a rescheduled date, as the original Feb. 12 date was postponed due to the snowstorm of that week.

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  Delaware State University will host the JENA Company production entitled America, Amerique at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover. Live on stage, America, Amerique is the story of American immigrants – and America – 1845 to the Present. From the Irish potato fields to Mid-western farms and New York tenements … from New England factories and the railroad across the Rockie, to the Mexican border 2008…and elsewhere. The startling and extraordinary production uses music, sound, and seven actors to bring the audience to unknown worlds. “Voices from Our Past, Dreams for the Future, and a Battle that still rages today, the audience will learn, to know deeply, where we’ve been, where we’ve come from, maybe even where we’re going, in this American story, the story of immigrants. The production is free to students with I.D. and is open to the public with a $10 fee for adults. For tickets call the Schwartz Center for the Arts box office at (302) 678-5152. For further information contact Dr. Donald Parks at (302) 678-3583 or e-mail at Donald@schwartzcenter.com. School groups and other community groups are welcome to participate in this opportunity to learn about the history of immigration in America.      

University Mourns Two Faculty Members

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  Delaware State University is mourning the recent deaths of two faculty members. Dr. Yaw Ackah, professor of sociology and criminal justice, passed away on Feb. 17 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Ackah began teaching at DSU as an assistant professor in 1993 after he earned his doctorate in sociology and criminal justice from Howard University. By 2003, Dr. Ackah had risen to full professor status at DSU.                       Dr. Yaw Ackah His research in their areas of crime in Washington, D.C., race and health disparities among prison inmates, and transnational crime resulted in published articles in several academic publications. Dr. Ackah was a native of Ghana. “He was a dedicated teacher, a good scholar, a compassionate faculty member, a decent person, and he was a scrupulously honest person,” said Dr. Kofi Blay, chair of the Department of Sociology. “He has left a gap that will be difficulty to fill.”   He is survived by his wife Georgina and five sons, Eric, Ernest, Thomas, Samuel and Ellis, as well as other family members and friends.   To allow time for family member to travel from Ghana to the United States, a viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 12  at Torbert Funeral Home on Del. 10. The funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State Street in downtown Dover. The 1 p.m. funeral start time is a rescheduling from the original planned 2 p.m. time, which had to be changed due to a parade event that will be going  on in downtown Dover that afternoon.   Dr. Clorice D. Thomas-Haysbert, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, passed away on Feb. 20 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Thomas-Haysbert began teaching in the DSU Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the fall of 2003. She had been on sick leave since the spring semester 2009.        Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert “Dr. T.H., as we called her, was very caring and sincere where the Hospitality & Tourism Management students were concerned and faithfully served as their mentor and advisor, said Dr. Cynthia R. Mayo, the department’s chair.   Dr. Mayo added that Dr. Thomas-Haysbert served as the chair of the department’s Curriculum Committee and also served on the Assurance of Learning Committee. Prior to arriving at DSU, she was the director of the Hospitality Management Program at Howard University.   She is survived by her husband Raymond Haysbert, as well as other family and friends.   There will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 East Mt. Vernon Street, Smyrna, Del. Friends can call on the family at the church two hours before the service begins.  

Band Celebrates European Success with Dover Concert

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For many members of the DSU Approaching Storm Band, their recent performances overseas were their first trip to Europe.

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  The Delaware State University Approaching Storm Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover.   The concert is in celebration of their recent triumphant European trip in which the band gave outstanding New Year's Day performances in London, England and Paris, France. The band will perform some of the compositions that it performed during that trip – including songs by Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and others. The DSU Approaching Storm percussionists make a rhythmic statement on the streets of London.   The 80-member band is led by Randolph Johnson, DSU band director. Also performing in the concert will be the Sweet 16 Flag Team and the Del*A* Gance Dancers.   Tickets are $10 at the door.   The Schwartz Center for the Arts is located at 226 South State St. in downtown Dover.      

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