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DSU to Host "America Amerique" at the Schwartz

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The cast of America Amerique (left) will perform at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover on Feb. 12.

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  Delaware State University will host the JENA Company production entitled America Amerique at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover. The March 4 performance is a rescheduling from the original Feb. 12 date that had to be postponed due to the snowstorm that week. 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.  

DSU Music Dept. Hosts 2nd Annual Brass Day

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This year's Brass Day will feature an afternoon performance of the U.S. Naval Brass Quintet and an evening concert of  the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass.

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  The Delaware State University Music Department will hold its second annual Brass Day that will feature clinics and performance opportunities for brass musicians of all ages as well as be highlighted by three separate concerts by a number of DSU Brass Ensemble groups, the U.S. Naval Band Brass Quintet and the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, all taking place throughout the day on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Education and Humanities Building and Theatre. The day will begin at 12 noon with a concert featuring all of DSU’s brass groups – the DSU Trombone Ensemble, the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, the “Sting” Brass Quintet, the “Valve” Brass Quintet, as well as DSU faculty members Dr. Patrick Hoffman and Dr. Frank Gazda.   That will be followed by a 1 p.m. clinics/reading session for trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba. These sessions are open to all participants    At 2 p.m. the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Band Brass Quintet will perform a concert in the Education and Humanities Theatre. The USNA Band Brass Quintet, which is dedicated to the promotion of traditional and contemporary brass quintet literature, is based in the Annapolis area where it has been widely hailed as clinicians by schools and colleges of that area. This concert is free and open to the public.   The DSU Trombone Ensemble -- (l-r) James Scarborough, Ashton Haines, Shawn Walker, Dr. Frank Gazda (director), Ruben Fountain and Janae Huff -- will be one of several DSU Brass Ensembles to perform during the Brass Day event. At 7:15 p.m. there will be a prelude concert featuring the DSU Brass Ensembles and the “Mass Brass” Ensemble.   At 8 p.m. the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass will perform the feature concert of the day. The band is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians, with member of the group having been performers with elite symphony musicians such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, Sào Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Imani Winds, Canadian Brass and the Boston Brass. The bandleader Rodney Mack is a cousin of renowned jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis.   The Rodney Mack Concert, which will also be held in the Education & Humanities Theatre, will cost $5 for student and $10 for adults.   All of the day’s events will take place in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. Students (DSU and non-DSU) of all ages, amateur and professional brass players, and all music lovers are welcome for a day of clinics, workshops, and concerts.   With the exception of Rodney Mack concert, all other activities are free and open to the public.  Please contact Frank Gazda at (302) 857-7885 or fgazda@desu.edu for directions or additional information.      

DSU Chinese Students/Scholars to Celebrate Chinese New Year Feb. 14

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The Red Sorghum Dancing Group will be one of the performing acts at the Feb. 14 DSUCSSA's Chinese New Year celebration.

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  The Chinese Students Association of Delaware State University will host the 2010 Chinese New Year Celebration from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 in the DSU Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Professional and talented performers will present traditional Chinese music, ethnic dancing, martial arts, a Chinese zither recital and a traditional comic show. Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most significant festival for the Chinese people as it is that time of the year when all family members get together to have a gala time, just like Christmas in the West. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve". In 2010, Chinese New Year is Feb.14 (the same day as Valentine's Day), but every year, this date is changing. Chinese Zodiac is named for the 12 animals that are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, 2009 is the Year of Ox and 2010 will be the Year of Tiger.    

DSU To Dedicate Student Center Complex Feb. 25

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The Feb. 25 Dedication Ceremony for the Student Center Complex will be held in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. The public is welcome to attend!!

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  UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has been postponed until Thursday, February 25.  All of the originally scheduled events will take place on the new rescheduled date. DSU will christen its newly completed Student Center Complex with a Dedication Ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in the new Martin Luther King Student Center.   The public is welcome to attend the Dedication Ceremony and tours of the Student Center Complex.   With the dedication of the Complex – which includes the Strength & Conditioning Facility, the Wellness & Recreation Center with its connected swimming pool, as well as the MLK Student Center, DSU is combining the christening event with its annual observances of Martin Luther King’s Birthday and the University’s Founders’ Day. The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy   The event will include a keynote address by the Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy, a civil rights activist and former U.S. congressman.  Mr. Fauntroy served under Dr. King in the 1960s as the director of the Washington bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was the coordinator of the 1963 March on Washington and directed the Selma, Ala. civil rights march in 1965. He would later go on to serve ten terms as an influential U.S. Congressman from 1971-90, and during those elected years he was a founding member of Congressional Black Caucus, for which he would serve as chairman in 1981.   Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. a Question and Answer Forum will be held with Mr. Fauntroy, through which he will be able to share information about his time working with Dr. Kings and his Congressional career. That event will be held in the Education and Humanities Theatre and is free and open to the public.   There will also be remarks from DSU President Harry Lee Williams; Kathleen Charlot, current DSU Student Government Association (SGA) president; Leroy Tate, Delaware State College alumnus and the 1968 SGA president; and Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees.   A ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of the 1968 Time Capsule that was extracted from the cornerstone of the previous student center prior to its demolition will be other features. The University will also announce the contents of a new time capsule that will be encased in the cornerstone of the new MLK Student Center.   In addition, the University will give people a chance to own a piece of history through the sell of bricks from the previous MLK Student Center that was in existence from 1968-2008. The limited edition bricks will be on sale for $15 each in the new MLK Student Center.    

DSU President Names Blue Ribbon Commission

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(From l-r) U.S Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, DSU President Harry L. Williams, and Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative for HBCUs after the Blue Ribbon Commission announcement.

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   DSU President Harry Lee Williams today named the members of a newly created Blue Ribbon Commission that will create a new vision statement for the 119-year-old institution. Wayne Gilchrest and Dr. Dyremple Marsh, DSU Blue Ribbon Commission co-chairs, along with Sen. Brian Bushweller, Commission member,  listen to the DSU president talk about their future work in crafting a vision statement for the University.   Dr. Williams announced the members during a Feb. 1 press briefing in the DSU Hardcastle-Selby Board of Trustees Conference Room. Also participating in the media event were U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper and Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).   Dr. Williams announced that the Blue Ribbon Commission would be led by two co-chairs – Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Wayne Gilchrest, a retired U.S. Congressman from Maryland.    The entire Delaware Congressional delegation – U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman and U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle – have all been named as honorary co-chairs of the Commission.   The following individuals will also serve on the 14-member Commission:   Kemal Atkins, DSU interim vice president, Student Affairs The Honorable Brian Bushweller, state senator, 17th District (North Dover) Kathleen Charlot, president, DSU Student Government Association Bill Collick, former DSU football coach (1985-96) and athletics director (1995-2000) Tamara Crump, DSU executive assistant to the president Carolyn Curry, DSU vice president, Institutional Advancement Dr. Randy Guschl, director, DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Delaware State College class of 1949 Dr. Josette L. McCullough, principal, Fred Fifer III Middle School Dr. Steve Newton, DSU professor, Department of History, Political Sci. & Philosophy Bernice Whaley, deputy director, Delaware Economic Development Office Dr. Calvin Wilson, DSU Board of Trustees The Blue Ribbon Commission will be assisted in its work by Cassandra Robinson, administrative assistant to the president.   Since assuming his role last month as the 10th president in the University’s history, Dr. Williams’ establishment of the Blue Ribbon Commission has been a top priority.   “The Commission is charged with crafting a completely new vision statement for the University,” Dr. Williams said. “The statement must speak to DSU’s journey toward becoming one of the best HBCUs in the country, thus defining the next generation of excellence for this institution.”   The DSU president said that the Commission will accompany the vision statement with a recommended set of values as well as recommended ways to integrate the vision with both internal and external constituents. Dr. Williams said that people will be given the opportunity to provide input through a special website that will be established soon, as well as through focus groups.   In his capacity as the primary liaison between HBCUs and the federal government, Dr. John S. Wilson said that DSU has the same challenges that face other HBCUs. In his positive remarks about DSU, Dr. John W. Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, noted that if President Obama is to achieve his education goals, "he cannot do it without HBCUs." “Our real challenge is to find brand new ways to enhance HBCU capacity,” Dr. Wilson said. “And we need to come at it in a new way, not only because the resource gap between HBCUs and the best in the industry has grown wider since this office was created in 1980, but also because we have no better platform on which to stand than by the one being built by the Obama administration.” Dr. Wilson praised the DSU president and the direction the University is taking to create a new vision statement for the institutions. “We are looking for progressive leaders, … and in the time I have spent with Dr. Williams this morning, I can see that Delaware State University has such a leader,” Dr. Wilson said. Sen. Kaufman, who was responsible for inviting Dr. John Wilson to DSU, believes the new vision will strengthen the University’s role in helping to make the state a leader in technology and innovation. “It is wonderful that DSU is creating a ‘President’s Blue Ribbon Commission’ to develop a new vision statement for the University,” said U.S. Sen. Kaufman. “As a former engineer, I am especially excited that DSU will increase its attention to STEM education. Science, technology, engineering and math education are keys to job growth and our nation’s economic recovery.” Sen. Carper believes the initiative a new vision for DSU will inspire optimism and confidence in the institution. “Delaware State University is rich with history and tradition,” Sen. Carper said. “With the combination of hiring of Dr. Williams as president, the announcement of the President’s Commission and DSU’s forward vision, their future is looking brighter than ever.”    Rep. Castle said he is pleased to be an honorary member of this important Commission. “Delaware State University, one of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has been an educational leader in Dover and throughout Delaware for over a century,” Rep. Castle said. “Under the new and energetic leadership of Dr. Harry Williams, along with the distinguished members of the president's newly formed Blue Ribbon Commission, DSU is well-prepared to become one of the country's top historically black universities to take on the challenge of preparing students for today's workforce.” Dr. Williams will meet regularly with the Commission co-chairs, as well as participate in some of the Commission meetings and constituency focus groups. The DSU president said the Blue Ribbon Commission will complete its work on or before June 1.   Feb, 1, 2010 By Carlos Holmes  

DSU Establishes MBA Program at Vietnam National University

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DSU and VNU officials gather to sign accord. (Back l-r) Binh Song Nguyen, head of VNU International Relations, Dr. Nanda Viswanathan, DSU assoc. professor, Dr. Nhuan Trong Mai, VNU president, Amir Mohammadi, DSU vice president of Finance & Admin., Mr. Minh Ngoc Vu, vice director of Hanoi Television, Mr. Thuat Quang Nguyen, VNU Head of Student Services; (seated l-r) Kishor Sheth, DSU MBA director and Dr. Binh Quang Hoa Nguyen, VNU Ed. Technology & Career Development director.

 

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  A delegation from Delaware State University recently returned from Vietnam where an agreement was finalized to establish a DSU Master of Business (MBA) Degree Program in that country. Amir Mohammed, DSU Vice president of Business and Administration, traveled to the country with Kishor C. Sheth, Director of the DSU MBA Program and Dr. Nanda Viswanathan Associate Professor of Marketing to meet with officials of Vietnam National University (VNU) and sign the new accord with them.   The agreement signing and the launch of the MBA program were highlighted by a major press conference in Hanoi.   The joint academic collaboration between DSU and VNU will involve DSU faculty members who will travel to Vietnam to teach MBA courses there in an accelerated format. While most of the work will involve classroom instruction, some parts of individual courses will be taught online.   Dr. Viswanathan will be the first faculty member to teach at VNU, as he will conduct courses at that institution’s Center for Education Technology and Career Development in Hanoi in August. Other DSU professors will travel to Vietnam to teach MBA courses during subsequent semesters.   In addition, plans have been developed to expand the DSU MBA Program to the VNU campus in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh in May later this year.   “We are excited to extend DSU’s academic impact to Vietnam through the offering of our MBA Degree Program at the Vietnamese National University,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “The establishment of this program gives DSU the privilege of helping Vietnam to expand its sector of middle and senior management professionals, and strengthens the global presence of our institution’s academic and research partnerships in higher education to over 30 countries.”    

Gov. Markell appoints DSU alumnus to Board of Trustees

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  Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has appointed Leroy A. Tice, a Wilmington attorney, to serve as a member of the Delaware State University Board of Trustees. Mr. Tice, who is also an alumnus of DSU, has been appointed to finish the six-year term of Dr. Lillian A. Lowery, who resigned from the board earlier this month. In completing Dr. Lowery’s term, Mr. Tice’s current appointment lasts until Oct. 17, 2014.   A native of Milford and a 1987 graduate of Milford High School, Mr. Tice is a member of both the Delaware State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Tice is currently an attorney with the Wilmington firm of Aber, Goldlust, Baker & Over, where he focuses on workmen compensation matters, employment discrimination, civil rights and personal injury claims. Leroy A. Tice, Esquire, DSU's newest Board of Trustees member.    He is a member of the Delaware Bar Association’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, the Delaware Trial Lawyers, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as an outside counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and as a special hearing officer for the Prestige Academy, a Wilmington charter school.   He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Delaware State University and later earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.    

DSU Puts Its Heart into Haiti Relief Effort

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SGA President Kathleen Charlot shows the Heart for Haiti information table that has been set up in the new MLK Student Center on campus.

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In the tragic wake of the massive January 12 earthquake in Haiti that has claimed the lives of thousands and left many others hungry and homeless, Delaware State University is coordinating several efforts to contribute to the ongoing worldwide relief effort.   Student Affairs has organized the Heart for Haiti committee, with representation from the Office of Student Leadership & Activities, student leaders and student health staff. DSU’s Heart for Haiti endeavors are being manifested through several campus organizations as a natural expression of their capacity for compassion and outreach on a global level.   DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams is not surprised by the student response to the earthquake in Haiti.   Dr. Williams stated “We are committed to educating our students toward the goal of making their mark on the world.  It is gratifying to witness students actualizing this mantra as they mobilize the campus community to participate in this tremendous opportunity for global community service.”   Student Government Association (SGA) President Kathleen Charlot, who also has Haitian roots said “Many students realize the importance of the role they can play in such a worldwide relief effort. We have a lot of international students at DSU who could be affected by disasters that happen throughout the world. It’s our duty as students and citizens of the United States to care about people in other countries and to help people throughout the world when the need arises.”   How can you participate in the student initiatives?   Visit the literature tables in the MLK student center and at home games for more information about campus relief efforts, Haiti and the effect of the earthquake as well as government calls for action and support. Donate to the Haitian Student Association (HSA) coin drive, which has contribution receptacles located in all residence halls. Contact Mr. Emmanuel Lalande at elalande@desu.edu for additional locations. Contribute donations at any event of the Pan Hellenic greek organizations on campus during the spring semester 2010. The SGA has committed to matching the total amount collected this semester by the Greek organizations. Join DSU staff and students in supporting the White House relief effort by texting “QUAKE” to 20222 to charge a $10 donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (the donation will be added to your cell phone bill). Share ideas and resources with the Heart for Haiti Committee as they are coordinating additional relief efforts. Contact: Emmanuel Lalande at elalande@desu.edu.   DSU Office of Counseling Services   Emergency on-call counselors are available 24/7. Counseling services can be accessed by calling (302) 857-7386. Haitian Disaster Support Group meeting – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 28 in the Counseling Services Center In addition, anyone in the DSU Community trying to contact family or friends in Haiti can contact the International Committee of the Red Cross at www.icrc.org/familylinks or at CNN iReport at www.ireport.com. Anyone trying to reach U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Citizens Services at (888) 407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.    

Dr. Claibourne Smith Honored with Resolution and Reception

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents a gift portrait of Loockerman Hall to Dr. Claibourne Smith during a reception honoring him on Jan. 14.

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The DSU Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that commended Dr. Claibourne Smith for his 16-month service as the University’s acting president. The board approved the resolution during its Jan. 14 regular meeting, in which they also unanimously returned Dr. Smith to his previous post of board chairman. Dr. Smith stepped down from the board in September 2008 to assume the responsibilities of acting president. He returned to the board on Jan. 10, the date in which Dr. Harry L. Williams officially become the DSU president. Following that board meeting, a reception was held in honor of Dr. Smith in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. Many faculty, staff and students were in attendance and testimonials were given in praise of Dr. Smith's service and dedication as acting president. Photos from that event can be viewed at /administration/photo-gallery-appreciation-reception-dr-claibourne-smith . The resolution approved by the board read as follows:   Delaware State University Board of Trustees Resolution in appreciation of Dr. Claibourne Smith, acting President January 14, 2010   Whereas, Dr. Claibourne Smith became the second person to serve as the acting president in the 119-year history of Delaware State University; and   Whereas,  Dr. Smith accepted the responsibility from the Board of Trustees as acting president, fully committing to keep the University focused and stabilized during a trying state and national economic downturn; and   Whereas, Dr. Smith led a delegation to China to expand DSU’s partnerships, provided strong leadership to address H1N1 concerns on campus, and convened a multi-level task force to implement Go Green measures on campus for the short and long term; and    Whereas, Dr. Smith made it a priority to interact with students, faculty and staff to better familiarize himself with how DSU operates, using that information to strengthen the University as well as to inform the Board on key issues through its retreat; and   Whereas, Dr. Smith’s oversight ensured that two major construction project stayed on track, resulting in the completion of a new Wellness & Recreation Center, a swimming facility and a new MLK Student Center; and    Whereas, Dr. Smith capably provided strong and stable executive leadership as acting president, which enabled DSU to methodically conduct its presidential search process resulting in a permanent president; now, therefore, be it    Resolved, that the Board of Trustees recognizes Dr. Smith for his exemplary efforts and accomplishments for 16 months as DSU’s acting president.   In Witness Whereof, the undersigned has executed this resolution as of the date above.   Dr. John Land Acting Board of Trustees Chair      

DSU President Williams Receives General Assembly's Welcome

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Gov. Jack Markell (center) is joined by (from left) Dr. Ronald Blackmon, DSU interim provost, Dr. Claibourne Smith, DSU board chairman, state Sen. Brian Bushwell, DSU President Harry Williams and state Rep. William Carson, prior to signing a resolution that welcomes Dr. Williams as DSU's new president.

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  DSU President Harry L. Williams received a formal introduction to the General Assembly on Jan. 19 with the passage of a resolution officially welcoming him as the University’s 10th president. Gov. Jack A. Markell signed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 25 on that same day, officially welcoming Dr. Williams and extending best wishes for his new tenure as DSU President. State Sen. Brian Bushweller was the primary sponsor of the resolution that had earlier passed in the Senate and the House..   Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, the DSU Board of Trustees chairman who served as acting president during the previous DSU presidential search period, and Dr. Ronald H. Blackmon, interim DSU provost and vice president of Academic of Affairs, accompanied Dr. Williams on the visit to Legislative Hall and the Office of the Governor.   The DSU president spoke separately before the state Senate and the state House of Representatives, graciously expressing his appreciation for the welcome and well-wishes as well as his positive anticipation in working in the future with the General Assembly and Gov. Markell on behalf of the University. He later had a pleasant meeting with Gov. Markell, along with Sen. Bushweller and Rep. William Carson.  

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