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Samantha Holsey Serves as DSU's 1st Leg. Fellow in General Assembly

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Samantha Holsey will serve this semester as a House Legislative Fellow at the state General Assembly, the first-ever DSU student to serve the legislature in this capacity.

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DSU senior Samantha V. Holsey plans to go to law school after receiving her diploma in May , but along the way she is getting a taste of politics as DSU’s first-ever Legislative Fellow to serve in the Delaware General Assembly. Samantha Holsey plans to go to law school to become a corporate lawyer after her DSU graduation.   Ms. Holsey, a Dover resident and 2008 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, began her first day as a legislative fellow serving the state House of Representative side of the legislature. Specifically she is working on House’s Economic Development, Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee as well as on the Housing and Community Affairs Committee. Her first day as a House Legislative Fellow was on Jan. 10.   “I will be working on those House committees, but really I work for all 41elected members of the House of Representatives,” said Ms. Holsey, who is completing her undergraduate degree in political science with a minor is law studies. “I could be updating information for the House website, writing minutes, sitting in on caucuses, or doing research on constituent problem that may surface.”   State House Rep. Darryl M. Scott, one of two elected House members representing the Dover area, said he was excited to learn that someone from DSU would be participating in the Legislative Fellows Program for the first time.   “The Legislative Fellows serve a vital role in the House, allowing our committee meetings to run smoothly and providing important research on the issues we face here at the State,” Rep. Scott said. “It is a great opportunity for those here to see firsthand the quality and talent of the students the University produces.  I know Samantha will do her school, community, and state proud, and I look forward to working with her in the upcoming months.”   Dr. Jerome Lewis, director of the School of Public Policy & Administration’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware, founded Legislative Fellows Program at the General Assembly in 1982. “Our new partnership with Delaware State University offers students from both of our universities the opportunity to take part in a hands-on learning experience,” Dr. Lewis said. “Our Legislative Fellows are able to observe and contribute to the decision-making process while working with individuals with diverse views and values such as state and local government officials, business and community leaders, and concerned citizens.”  

DSU President Harry L. Williams, Wilmington MLK Event photos

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State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, DSU President Harry L. Williams and state Rep. Stephanie Bolden get together just prior to the beginning of the Organization of Minority Women's MLK Breakfast in Wilmington on Jan.16.

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DSU President Harry Lee Williams made a strong case for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and for Delaware State University as the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast sponsored by the Organization of Minority Women, Inc., in Wilmington on Jan. 16. Click the below slideshow for photos from the event, followed by more text information.   During the Jan. 16 breakfast, Dr. Williams pointed out that there would not have been a Martin Luther King Jr. if he hadn’t attended Morehouse College – an HBCU – and been exposed to that institution’s president, Dr. Benjamin Mays. He also touched on a piece of valuable Wilmington history, sharing the details surrounding Dr. King’s address at the city’s Howard High School in 1960.   The DSU president’s address was well-received MLK breakfast crowd gathered at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. He was introduced by Ned Brown, president of the New Castle County DSU Alumni Association. Also during the event, DSU student Lentasha J. Jones was awarded a OMW Scholarship   Dr. Williams shared the dignitary stage during the event with Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Rep. John Carney; state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry; state Reps. Dennis Williams, James Johnson and Stephanie Bolden (also DSU alumna); New Castle County Executive Paul Clark; Rev. Christopher Bullock and his wife and the event’s mistress of ceremony Dr. Debbie Bullock; and Lincoln University President Bob Jennings.      

Nationals-bound Flying Hornet Team honors Tuskegee Airmen

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(L-r) DSU Flying Hornets team members Will Jester, Isaac Shellenberger, Marc Anderson (faculty advisor/coach), Kenneth Ritchie, and Willie Gonzalez, stand with one of the DSU aircraft adorned with a red tail in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen and the film about them that is being screened in Dover.

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    The DSU Aviation Program – which will be sending a team to compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s National Flight Competition in May – is getting really excited about the new film Red Tails that tells the stories of the WWII exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen.   The students are so excited, they have applied a new coat of paint to a number of their aircraft that they maintain at the Delaware Air Park.   In honor of the African American flyers and the new film, the DSU Aviation Program members have painted the tail section of several of its planes red. Aviation students plan to go to the movies to see the opening of Red Tails. James Otis Handy, an aeronautical technical engineer with the original Tuskegee Airmen, is honored with a cake on the occasion of his 92nd birthday during a Jan. 20 Aviation Program celebration at the Delaware Air Park hangar. To his right is retired Brig. Gen. Ernest G. Talbert Jr.   “It is our way of honoring the Tuskegee airman,” said Hans Riegle, assistant director of the Aviation Program.   The Aviation Program has also invited Tuskegee Airman mechanic Otis Handy to the Delaware Air Park where the students will celebrate his 92th birthday with a pizza luncheon party on Jan. 20.   The program’s Flying Hornets team was among the top three scoring teams at the NIFA Regional Flight Competition in October, and that performance guaranteed the Hornet flyers an invitation to compete in the NIFA National Flight Competition on May 13-17 in Kansas City, Mo.   The Flying Hornets, led by their faculty advisor and coach Marc Anderson, include sophomore Willie Gonzalez, junior Will Jester, senior Kenneth Ritchie, and junior Isaac Shellenberger. All four team members are DSU aviation majors, and Mr. Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the program.     During the October regional competition, the Flying Hornets finished third in the competition. Mr. Gonzalez finished fourth overall, competing against juniors and senior who already hold commercial and flight instructor ratings.   “The fact that our team finished third is amazing and a testament to the talent of our students and the effort they exerted in preparation for the competition, because we had only four team members competing against teams that had eight or nine participants,” said Capt. Stephen Speed, DSU Aviation Program director.   Capt. Speed noted that because the team awards were cumulative, the DSU students were at a disadvantage. “If we had one more team member, we would have finished in second place,” he said.      

Dr. Bradley Skelcher Donates Books for Black History Month

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Associate Provost Dr. Bradley Skelcher joins Gov. Jack Markell during the Black History Month proclamation signing for the First State on Feb. 2. Gov. Markell recognized Dr. Skelcher for donating copies of his book African American Education in Delaware to middle school students in attendance at the event.

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DSU Associate Provost Dr. Bradley Skelcher joined Gov. Jack Markell in his annual proclamation of February as Black History Month in the First State, made Feb. 2 at the Delaware State Archives in Downtown Dover. Among the approximately 70 people in attendance for the proclamation signing were about 20 students from the Dover Central Middle School. As part of the event, Dr. Skelcher gave a copy of the his book African American Education in Delaware – History Through Photographs 1865-1990 to each Central Middle student that attended the event.   Dr. Skelcher’s contribution to state African American history also includes his photo compilation for the book Delaware State University, a book that is part of the College History Series  

DSU Choir to perform in the Scwartz Center's Journey of the Spirit

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The DSU Chorus will perform with the Wesley College Choir and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra during the Feb. 17 concert.

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  The Delaware State University Chorus will join the Wesley College Chorus and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in a concert entitled “Journey of the Spirit – A Celebration of African American Heritage Through Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts (226 S. State St.) in downtown Dover.   The three music groups will join together to bring one unforgettable evening of music and song to the Schwartz Center stage. In celebration of Black History Month the program will focus on pieces either composed by or for the African American community, dating back to the seventeen and eighteen hundreds to present.   The program will feature seven compositions, two of which will be performed by the DSU Chorus and two which will be performed by the Wesley Chorus. The two chorus groups will combine for two selections.   In addition, DSU alumnus Rev. John Moore will serve as the narrator in a composition with the Delaware Symphony titled “New Morning of the World (Daybreak for Freedom).” Accompanied by the Orchestra’s music, Rev. Moore will recite the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Scholars will discuss the history of vocal and choral music for orchestra by composers of African American descent and how these artists worked on music and their craft as compared to today. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 senior citizens and military members, $25 for students, and $18 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Schwartz Center box office or online at www.schwartzcenter.com.  

Kappas Reunite at DSU for Convergence Weekend Feb. 4

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The Kappa Convergence Weekend marked the first time such a fraternity reunion has taken place at Delaware State University

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  Feb. 5, 2012   An unprecedented fraternity reunion took place during the weekend of Feb. 4 as the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held a Convergence Weekend on campus.   The Convergence Weekend gathered Kappa brothers from as far back as the 1940s (when the first Beta Sigma Kappa Chapter was established at then Delaware State College in 1946), and also included Kappas from other institutions nearby institutions such as the University of Delaware and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   See the below photos slideshow for some images from the Convergence Weekend, followed by more information below about the Kappa events     While some of the Kappas arrived in Dover on Friday, Feb. 3 for a Crimson and Cream Meet and Greet event at the Hilton Garden Inn, the bulk of the activities took place on Saturday, Feb. 4.   After a breakfast at the University Village Cafe and a morning guided tour of the campus, the Kappas shared their life experiences with current DSU students in a Kappa Connection – Career Networking event. Other activities included the sharing of golden memories from some of the older Kappas, a step show, and a presentation about the current state of affairs at DSU by University President Harry L. Williams.   The Convergence Weekend culminated at the Norfolk State vs. DSU basketball game, in which the Kappas witnessed the Hornet Men’s impressive upset of the 1st place Spartans.   The Kappa Convergence was spearheaded by faithful Kappa and DSU alumni Norman Oliver, class of 1985.  

Kickoff To Wellness, Dominique Dawes -- Photo Slideshow

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Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes spent some time with the kids of the DSU Child Development Lab during the Jan. 19 Kickoff to Wellness day at DSU.

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  Jan. 19, 2012   DSU held its second annual Kickoff to Wellness on Jan. 19 with a variety of events in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center during the day and culminated with a motivational address by Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Dominique Dawes in the evening at the Education and Humanities Theatre.   Click on the below slideshow to see photos from the day’s activities:  

Nationals-bound Flying Hornet Team honors Tuskegee Airmen

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(L-r) DSU Flying Hornets team members Will Jester, Isaac Shellenberger, Marc Anderson (faculty advisor/coach), Kenneth Ritchie, and Willie Gonzalez, stand with one of the DSU aircraft adorned with a red tail in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen and the film about them that is being screened in Dover.

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  The DSU Aviation Program – which will be sending a team to compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s National Flight Competition in May – is getting really excited about the new film Red Tails that tells the stories of the WWII exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen.   The students are so excited, they have applied a new coat of paint to a number of their aircraft that they maintain at the Delaware Air Park.   In honor of the African American flyers and the new film, the DSU Aviation Program members have painted the tail section of several of its planes red. Aviation students plan to go to the movies to see the opening of Red Tails. James Otis Handy, an aeronautical technical engineer with the original Tuskegee Airmen, is honored with a cake on the occasion of his 92nd birthday during a Jan. 20 Aviation Program celebration at the Delaware Air Park hangar. To his right is retired Brig. Gen. Ernest G. Talbert Jr.   “It is our way of honoring the Tuskegee airman,” said Hans Riegle, assistant director of the Aviation Program.   The Aviation Program has also invited Tuskegee Airman mechanic Otis Handy to the Delaware Air Park where the students will celebrate his 92th birthday with a pizza luncheon party on Jan. 20.   The program’s Flying Hornets team was among the top three scoring teams at the NIFA Regional Flight Competition in October, and that performance guaranteed the Hornet flyers an invitation to compete in the NIFA National Flight Competition on May 13-17 in Kansas City, Mo.   The Flying Hornets, led by their faculty advisor and coach Marc Anderson, include sophomore Willie Gonzalez, junior Will Jester, senior Kenneth Ritchie, and junior Isaac Shellenberger. All four team members are DSU aviation majors, and Mr. Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the program.     During the October regional competition, the Flying Hornets finished third in the competition. Mr. Gonzalez finished fourth overall, competing against juniors and senior who already hold commercial and flight instructor ratings.   “The fact that our team finished third is amazing and a testament to the talent of our students and the effort they exerted in preparation for the competition, because we had only four team members competing against teams that had eight or nine participants,” said Capt. Stephen Speed, DSU Aviation Program director.   Capt. Speed noted that because the team awards were cumulative, the DSU students were at a disadvantage. “If we had one more team member, we would have finished in second place,” he said.      

DSU Inherits Exciting Biotechnology Company

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Dr. Eric Kmiec (l), shown here with a research associate Bryan Strouse, believes that DSU and its students could stand to benefit greatly from OrphagenX being based at the University.

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   Jan. 7, 2012 With the arrival this semester of Dr. Eric Kmiec as the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, the University has also inherited an exciting biotechnology company that is focusing on the development of an innovative molecular medicine approval that can treat patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)   The company – OrphageniX, Inc. – was begun by Dr. Kmiec and other scientists and a group of investors in 2000 when he taught and did research at the University of Delaware. In the beginning, OrphageniX worked to develop gene alteration treatments for several orphan diseases – maladies that affect a relatively low number of people. But now, the company has narrowed its focus to Sickle Cell Disease.   The technology is known as gene editing and centers on the concept that inborn genetic errors (mutation) which result in the manifestation of diseases like SCD can be reversed. Such correction can partially diminish the symptoms of the disease. The gene editing technique can be thought of as a spell-checker in which the misplaced letters of the mutant gene are corrected and the normal gene function is restored.    Kmiec and his lab pioneered this approach toward genetic diseases in the early 2000s and now the gene editing field is flourishing. “It is good to see this growth, as it is indicative of a healthy scientific approach,” said Kmiec, who added “Validation by others, even using other competitive technologies, is good any type of scientific investigation.”   During the course of the last five to seven years, Kmiec’s group and others have been defining the mechanism of action and regulation of gene editing, a crucial step in developing credibility for any new molecular medicine. “There have been a lot of starts and stops in other gene therapy investigations,” said Kmiec. “We wanted to understand as many parameters of this reaction as we could before thinking seriously about clinical application.”    During this period, Kmiec’s work was supported by the National Institute of Health with  ROI awards, its most prestigious research grant; Kmiec’s lab has been funded for 16 years with several of the ROI awards during this period. In addition, OrphageniX used a “virtual company” strategy to file a series of strong patents and establish a strong intellectual property position for their technology in the business world. They spent most of their money on strengthening their patents and relied on Kmiec to advance the science using peer-reviewed grant support and publications.    Because it was developed at the University of Delaware, that institution holds the original patents on the technique. However, Dr. Kmiec said, “Now that the company is part of DSU, any new developments in the technique will likely be owned by DSU.   The choice of SCD as the primary target for OrphageniX was made about a year ago and the company is hard at work getting ready to begin its focused studies. SCD is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped (crescent) red blood cells that contain abnormal sickle hemoglobin. Such sickle cells tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs, and can cause pain, serious infection and organ damage. Sickle Cell Anemia – low blood cell count– is the most common form of SCD. “Sickle Cell has the golden child of gene therapy,” Dr. Kmiec said. “Everyone wants to develop a therapy it. It seems so simple, but it’s not.”   Dr. Kmiec said he wants to make DSU a major part of the success and growth of the company and the research. “I see the company engaging some DSU students from the College of Business to learn, observe, and even help craft business strategies for the company,” he said. “This could be a great case study for the students of that college because the company functions as a real business, not just a hypothetical work experience. What we all do here at DSU will count”   In addition to its potential for engaging DSU’s business and natural science students, Dr. Kmiec said he sees some great possibilities for partnership with other institutions. He said discussions are currently ongoing among DSU the University of Pennsylvania and CHOP on collaborations. In this area of genetic engineering, a clinical partner is a critical component of the success of any biotech company, corporate or academic, to translate the bench top science to their bedside patient practice.    The Department of Chemistry chair said that he is not looking for DSU to provide financial support for the company. Dr. Kmiec noted that DSU is not a venture fund and outside financial investments have solely supported the company in the past and new support is now needed to move the technology forward.    Michael Bowman, OrphageniX’s business manager, called the company’s scientific product “an enormous therapy” for which the potential to attract other significant partners is great and that could result in a great success story for the University and the State of Delaware. “It is our hope that the bandwidth of DSU can help us with this,” said Mr. Bowman.   The Kmiec group’s expertise, the company OrphageniX, and Delaware State University each bring something valuable to the table. “It is such an interesting and exciting opportunity to do something like this at DSU and in Dover, and perhaps initiate some more activity in the more southern part of the state,” said Kmiec. “The DSU administration is setting a high bar and challenging us to develop an entrepreneurial environment even in these economic times,” add Kmiec. “By utilizing the talent and enthusiasm based at DSU and challenging the investment community to support this effort here, we can create an exciting new environment in which to meet student needs  and exceed expectations.”   According to Centers for Disease Control Prevention: ·         SCD affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. ·         SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 500 Black or African American births. ·         SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 36, Hispanic-American births. ·         Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) occurs in people who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene. Such people usually do not have SCD, but they can pass on the trait to their children. ·         SCT occurs in about 1 in 12 Blacks or African-Americans.  

DSU Announces Change in Athletics Leadership

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    Jan. 4, 2012     Delaware State University announced today that Derek Carter has left the Athletics Director post that he has held since 2009 to become the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Finance.   In his new responsibilities, Mr. Carter will focus on athletics budgetary issues and also assist the executive vice president with the athletics portion of the University’s new Facilities Master Plan that is currently being developed, among other related duties.   DSU President Harry L. Williams has named Eric D. Hart, associate athletics director of Academic Services for Student Athletes, as the interim Athletics Director until such time as a new permanent AD is announced.   The University will initiate a national search process.    

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