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Delmarva Power Donates $10,000 for DSU Scholarships

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(L-r) Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement and DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith accept a $10,000 display from Enid Wallace-Simms and John J. Allen both of Delmarva Power, representing an annual donation to DSU's Delmarva Power Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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  Oct. 14, 2009 In further demonstration of continued financial support to Delaware State University, Delmarva Power through the Delmarva Scholarship Golf Classic presented the university this week with a gift of $10,000 toward the endowed scholarship fund the utility company established 10 years ago. Presented recently to DSU by John J. Allen, vice president of the Delmarva Power Bay Region, and Enid Wallace-Simms, the company’s public affairs manager, the check represented an annual donation by the electric provider into the Delmarva Power Endowed Scholarship Fund that it established in 1998. Between 2002 and 2009 Delmarva Power has donated $221,000 through its Delmarva Scholarship Classic Foundation, which created an endowed scholarship fund. The company has been a faithful financial supporter of DSU since the early 1990s, since that time donating almost $500,000 for DSU scholarships.

DSU Student Government Says "Smart is the New Cool"

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The 2009-2010 SGA -- (l-r) Devin Wilkins, vice president; Eric Smiley, corresponding secretary; Kathleen Chalot, president; Eric Green, treasurer; and Raeshawn Horry, recording secretary -- has adopted the theme "Smart is the New Cool" to give great emphasis to the importance of academic success.

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   Oct. 14, 2009 The 2009-2010 Student Government Executive Council is already uniquely distinguished from those of previous years due to their relative youth. The SGA leadership group has traditionally been filled by seniors, but this year’s SGA Executive Council are all juniors.   As unique as that is, these top-level student leaders are also distinguishing themselves by their major focus on encouraging academic excellence among the students they serve.   The theme of the 2009-2010 SGA: “Smart is the New Cool.”   In a departure from the traditional Student Government Association emphasis on social events, SGA President Kathleen Charlot said that many DSU students need to be encouraged into a mindset that will help them achieve academic excellence and propel them toward professional success.    “We have some students who have mediocre mindsets towards academics,” says Ms. Charlot, a Dover native and 2007 Dover High School graduate. “Everyone comes from different backgrounds, and some come from backgrounds from which they have a hard time breaking from old habits and pursuits.”   The SGA president said that HBCUs like DSU give students an opportunity that they might not have elsewhere – an opportunity that should not be taken for granted. She said it is the SGA’s role to be a positive force in promoting the primary purpose for being at DSU – to attain knowledge and establish a foundation for future professional success. Emmanuel Lalande (3rd from r), director of Student Leadership and Activities, works very closely with the SGA Executive Council.   “Sometimes you have to set the new “cool,” said Ms. Charlot. “It is a way to inform people and push them further beyond what they think they can do, as well as make clear to them that is not a geeky thing to put academics first.”   The rest of the SGA Executive Council – Devin Wilkins, vice president; Eric Green, treasurer; Eric Smiley, corresponding secretary; and Raeshawn Horry, recording secretary – are unified on this theme. These student leaders have been working since the summer to implement “Smart is the New Cool.”   The SGA Executive Council have designed and posted posters throughout campus that advocate the theme. They have also made their presence known with the student population beyond their successful election campaign last spring.   The 2009-2010 freshmen class were introduced to the theme from the very start, as the SGA Executive Council participated actively in the Welcome Week Events and got to know the newest members of the campus family. The student leaders were there to help acquaint them with the campus, understand the registration requirements and make them aware of the academic calendar.   As the fall semester has gotten underway, the SGA Executive Council has worked to connect with their student constituents by making frequent visits to residential halls and engaging students in dialogues about study habits, time management, financial literacy, counseling services, career services, and anything else that can help address the holistic needs of the students. The SGA Executive Council also conducts a study hall at the library every Wednesday evening.   The student leaders have served as a positive element between students and administrators by bringing the two groups together for a Sept. 2 town meeting where concerns were discussed and questions answered. Ms. Charlot said the SGA also wants to promote unity among student organizations.   The SGA president said that Executive Council understands that it is their responsibility to understand the needs of the students they serve.    “We will be working to continue to build relationships and to collaborate with other student organizations,” Ms. Charlot said. “We need to show effective leadership and show our students that we care.”    

Top Dog/Underdog Dramatic Play POSTPONED

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Mark Reid (l) as Lincoln and Aaron Bell as Booth were slated to star in the two-actor Pulitzer Prize winning production "Top Dog/Underdog" in a drama that deals with the issue of sibling rivalry. Mr. Reid, a community actor not enrolled at DSU, was injured in an accident at his home, forcing the play to be postponed the night before its opening night. The play has been rescheduled for Nov. 13.

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  October 9, 2009   The Oct. 15-16 performance of the Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning drama Top Dog/Underdog at DSU has been postponed due to an off-campus accident that injured one of the performers of the two-actor drama.   The play will be rescheduled to place in a 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, Nov. 13 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. It will be free and open to the public.   Community actor Mark Reid, a non-student, suffered a serious but non-life threatening injury in his home on Oct. 14. He was to have played the role of Lincoln opposite Aaron Bell, a DSU student-actor, who was to have portrayed the role of his brother Booth.          

2010 Commencement date changed

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  September 21, 2009 Delaware State University has changed the 2010 Commencement to May 23 because the previously set date would conflict with the Dover Downs race weekend. Dover Downs informed DSU officials that NASCAR had moved its race weekend dates to May 14-16, prompting the University’s change in the 2010 Commencement date to avoid the conflict with the mass of race fans that come to Dover that weekend.  

Alumna to be honored as Delaware Futures product

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  September 21, 2009 DSU alumnus Ronika Money, class of 2002, will be honored as a successful alumnus of the Delaware Futures Program at the organization’s Alumni Luncheon to be held at the DuPont Gold Room at 12 noon Friday, Oct. 16. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will be the keynote. Ms. Money, currently a coordinator for the Student Services and Involvement at Pennsylvania State University at Brandywine, is spent five year as part of the Delaware Futures Program while she attended Newark High School, Del. She credits the Delaware Futures Program for being instrumental in preparing her for higher education.   “It allowed for me to complete my four years at Del State by paying for my tuition,” I am a first gen college student, and I didn’t even know what a FASTA Form was before Del. Futures. Since 1994, Delaware Futures provides academic, social and motivational support and cultural enrichment that empowers economically disadvantaged high school students to recognize and fulfill their unrealized potential and become matriculated college students. Not only did Ms. Money earn her bachelor of science in psychology at DSU, but she also went on to earn a master of arts in higher education from Indiana University. For ticket information to attend the Delaware Futures Annual Alumni Luncheon, contact Denise Tolliver, executive director, at 302.652.8609.

DSU Receives $5 million NASA research grant

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  September 30, 2009 Delaware State University has been awarded a $5 million research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish a NASA-URC Center for Applied Optics for Space Science (CAOSS) on campus. Graduate optics student Alissa Mezzacappa speaks about her excitement about being involved with the research the NASA grant will fund. Standing with her are doctoral optics student Maurice Smith and Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, the principal investigator of the research grant.             Photo by Sarah Robertson The grant was announced today during a media event on campus in which DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith was joined by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, the research grant’s principal investigator, in celebrating the achievement. CAOSS will foster new NASA-related developments based on optical sciences and technology as well as enhance the national aerospace science and technology workforce. The new center will also develop partnerships with industry, NASA research centers, federal laboratories, and minority and non minority-serving colleges and universities. The CAOSS will also inspire and engage students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The research center will work in conjunction with an established optics research center, the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), which will be funded through the National Science Foundation-Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology program. The two centers will be merged within one year to become the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR). “Since 1997, the University’s optics faculty has been steadily developing the capability and infrastructure to take on more and more complex research projects,” said Dr. Smith said. “Today’s announcement of another $5 million research grant reflects that America has a sound confidence in our optics scientists.” The principal investigator is Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, interim dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, as well as the chair of the Department of Physics. Dr. Melikechi, who first arrived at DSU in 1995, was the founder and director of both the University’s first Applied Optics Center in 1997 and later CREOSA in 2006. The newly established research center will initiate research programs in Planetary Science, Space Communications & Navigation, and Astrobiology. The proposed projects will support the goals of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, the Science Mission Directorate and the Space Operations Mission Directorate. The projects will include the development of optical instrumentations for space operations infrastructure, such as space atomic clock and optical gyroscope, polarimetric laser detection and ranging, and an augmented reality visor interface for human-robot interactions and emergency medical support of astronauts. “CAOSS will also be involved with Mars exploration through its research and development of the ChemCam Mars Rover LIBS instrument and a remotely-operated laser scanning confocal microscope for analysis of extraterrestrial environment,” said Dr. Melikechi.” The center will collaborate with Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/NSSTC Astrobiology Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University, Juxtopia®, Vassar College and the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation on various projects.  

DSU TV production students work NASCAR

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DSU television production students Anthony Edwards, John Haynesworth, Salihah Wilson, Kevin Davis and Nicole will assist ESPN and ABC-TV with the broadcasts of this weekend NASCAR races in Dover.

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  September 25, 2009 When ESPN and ABC-TV crews broadcast the Sept. 26-27 NASCAR races in Dover, five DSU mass communication majors will be assisting them in televising both races to worldwide audiences. The five television production students – Anthony Edwards, John Haynesworth, Salihah Wilson, Kevin Davis and Nicole Brown – will work as production assistants for both networks. They will be doing everything from helping with monitors, transporting equipment and anything else is needed.   “It gives us real world experience on how a live production is done,” said Kevin Davis, a junior who has also been selected to work as a production intern for NBC-TV at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.   The opportunities to work with the major networks at this year’s NASCAR races in Dover were facilitated by Vince “Chelli” Ciammaichelli, broadcast studio manager/instructor. “A lot of my efforts are geared to get my students in the broadcast arena,” Mr. Ciammaichelli said. “Anytime I can get the students out of the classroom and into the studio or the field with the broadcast professionals, it is great for their overall experience and growth.”   John Haynesworth, a senior mass communication major, said Mr. Chelli’s efforts are appreciated. “Opportunities like this allow us to see what goes on behind that scenes and gives us a better outlook on what we want to do,” he said. “It allows use to see and be a part of the professionalism that is involved.”  

Alumna and faculty member gives Convocation address

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  September 21, 2009 The 2009 Convocation featured Dr. Cherese Winstead, DSU assistant professor of Chemistry, as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Winstead is also a DSU alumna who has come home to give back academically to her alma mater. Understanding the current DSU Student Government Association’s theme of “Smart is the New Cool.” Dr. Winstead decide to affirm that belief in the following Convocation address she gave on Sept. 10 in the Education and Humanities Theatre: As an alumna of Delaware State University, I once sat where you sit today and believe me, the last thing I ever expected as a freshman is that one day I would stand before you as faculty of Delaware State University. Students, you are living during an exceptional time, attending one of the greatest universities in the first state that helped to elect the first African American President Barack Obama, our nations Vice President from the first state of Delaware, Joseph Biden, the first administration to select the first black Attorney General, Eric Holder and the first Hispanic Supreme Court Chief Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.  These are tremendous advancements in our history of which you all played an important part… and you have the opportunity to pave your own destiny here at Delaware State University.  We know that the decisions we make have a effect on our future. As you make decisions in life, You need to ask yourself, “Will it, help or hinder my progress, and would I be comfortable with that same decision if it were broadcast on CNN or published in the local newspaper?" Now, I want to engage you in another activity and I’ll need full audience participation. I’m going to name two people and I want you to tell me which one made the best choice!  Donovan McNabb ….or Michael Vick? Donovan McNabb is a great leader and well respected quarterback in NFL. Michael Vick is a great athlete still struggling to regain his character. The path you take is about the choices you make! Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson? Both are great fighters but Muhammad Ali is known for his character and leadership –a living legend, and Mike Tyson… well, let’s just say he should have had a good meal before he fought Holyfield. The path you take is about the choices you make! JayZ or TI? Now some of you may have thought I was saying letters of the alphabet but these are actually hip hop artists. The answer is JayZ. He is clearly defined as a hip hop mogul.  I know you like TI, but he’s made poor choices plain and simple — he’s in jail! The path you take is about the choices you make! Lebron James or Kobe Bryant? Even though Kobe Bryant made MVP and took the Lakers to the championship; Lebron James is well respected both on and off the court because of his character. The path you take is about the choices you make! Biggie or Tupac? Both are Hip Hop icons but neither made the best choices! The path you take is about the choices you make! Whitney Houston or Bobby Brown? Well…let’s just leave that one alone. The path you take is about the choices you make! Last but not least… George Bush or President Barack Obama? Please let us learn from our mistakes. The path you take is about the choices you make! So students… To be a great leader… or not. To study or not. To graduate or not. The path you take is about the choices you make … each and every day. Dr. Winstead said success or failure is all about choices. Now the take home message is not to say that you won’t make some bad choices in your life – life is about learning from the mistakes.The key is to minimize the negative effect of your decisions on yourself and others.  Remember, the path you take is about the choices you make. But at the same time, students, let’s not make the type of mistakes that involve academic probation, jail or bail. These are issues that students find themselves in due to poor choices. Please, let us find ourselves making choices such as, "Which graduate school should I attend? Which fellowship/ salary offer I’m going to accept?" or, "Should I go for a PhD, MD, or JD?" Now is the time for you to choose between longevity vs. short term gratification – or the so called "5 minutes of fame" Let me give you examples of the outcomes when choosing one or the other.  A final is coming up in a core course, say Mathematics 101. You choose to cram instead of taking the time all semester to understand the material. And say you pass (by the skin of your teeth no less). You give yourself a high five, dap, pound or whatever. Your whole aim was just to get out the class because you don’t want to...nor will you ever see it again, right? Wrong! Take my word for it you will see it again, in some form or fashion, and you will have to learn it all over again!  Longevity vs. short term gratification… Studying to learn vs. to simply pass. Successful people are those that apply learned concepts. You cannot apply if you never comprehended the concept. Study to learn vs. to just simply pass (heads up: passing the class – that’s the best case scenario). Instead of choosing to be the big man on campus for a couple of years, being the ‘flyest’ female on campus, partying with the frat or sorors, or athletes… telling the stories of your famed football/basketball career and then having to answer the age old question “so you went to Del State…when did you graduate?” and not having an answer to that question (embarrassing). How about being the man on the yard with the high GPA, the football player majoring in physics, the frat/soror with your goals in mind to be both smart and cool. Quick question: out of all entering freshman, who do you think makes up the largest proportion of students interested in science and engineering? African American males make up the largest proportion of students interested and intending to major in science and engineering – but only 8.8% graduate. What happens? Longevity vs. short term gratification. Young men, we need you to finish. So I charge you with setting your standard of being smart and cool. Young men, pull up your pants to be about business here at Delaware State University. Treat your peers with respect and not fashioned after what you hear on the airwaves. Young ladies, have your intellect be the first thing that a young man notices – intelligence is beauty. I promise, you can be a Michelle Obama too! And just remember, our First Lady chose the right man.  In a few years – and it will go fast – when all the parties stop, when your friends have married and moved on to raise families, and you’re working in your respective professions. Smart will still be in style.  Keep in mid that being “cool” without the being smart is merely a trend. At Delaware State University, we think that it’s cool to be smart. We urge all of our students to take charge of their future – no matter what anybody thinks. We encourage you to study hard; do not accept mediocre grades, and to take pride in yourself and your accomplishments. Some of the students here today who recently graduated from high school can attest to feeling that you could have done better, that you could have graduated as an honor student if you had only pushed yourself a little harder. Well, here you have the opportunity to apply yourself and prove to yourself that you can and will do better. So I ask you to become the student you know you can be. And while it’s good to socialize and get together with friends, your main focus should be on your studies. It’s good to have friends and value their opinions, but always remember to be true to yourself – your greater self. Remember the key to a successful academic career is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Hopefully, by now, you realize that the path you take is about the choices you make – so try to make good and informed choices.  When it comes to your studies, expect more of yourself, courses will become more difficult each year. Make sure that you dedicate the time to your courses to ensure a good academic standing and a sound comprehension. We are proud of you and we want you to be proud of Delaware State University. We're glad you're here! Congratulations, God bless, I’ll see you in Chemistry class. Hopefully only once!      

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