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Alumnus organizes statewide 5K Walk/Run for domestic violence awareness

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  September 01, 2009 DSU alumna Quincy Lucas, class of 2004 and 2007, is engaging the entire state of Delaware in her fight against domestic violence by holding an awareness walk this fall – the first-ever event concerning this issue that has been held in the First State.  DSU Alumnus Quincy Lucas is spearheading the 5K Walk/Run event to raise awareness about domestic violence. To be held on the morning Saturday, Oct. 3, the Witney’s Lights Walk/5K Run event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the walk/run start time of 9:30 a.m. The 5K route will be a double-loop walk or run beginning at Silver Lake Park in Dover and coursing twice through Downtown Dover and back to the park. Throughout the morning there will be music and festivities at Silver Lake in connection with the Witney’s Lights event, and there will be an awards ceremony there also at 11 a.m.  Mrs. Lucas has been a longtime advocate against domestic violence since the murder of her sister Witney Holland Rose in 2003. Witney was senselessly killed by her ex-boyfriend in Baltimore, and ever since Mrs. Lucas has made it her mission in life to raise awareness about domestic violence. Mrs. Lucas and her husband Dr. Kevin Lucas have created a non-profit organization named after her sister – Witney’s Lights, Inc. – that is dedicated to raising awareness and spreading education about the issue of domestic violence. Her advocacy was given great momentum when it caught the attention of then-U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as Mrs. Lucas’ work on the issue related greatly to the legislator’s landmark Violence Against Woman Act of 1994. That connection later resulted in an invitation for Ms. Lucas to give the official nomination of Sen. Biden as the running mate for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Following the Obama-Biden victory in November, Ms. Lucas and family were asked to accompany the president on the historic Inauguration Train, during which she was asked to introduce the then-president-elect during the journey stop in Baltimore. All this has served to focus more attention on Mrs. Lucas’ advocacy against Domestic Violence, which she has parlayed in more active work on this issue – including the planned Oct. 3 awareness walk. Mrs. Lucas says that with 2,800 reported cases of domestic violence last year in a relatively small state such as Delaware, there is a tremendous need for greater awareness and attention to the issue in the First State. “The Witney’s Lights Walk/5k Run is not the answer to ending domestic violence, but it a strong way to bring awareness to it,” Mrs. Lucas said. “The problem is people don’t talk about it.”      Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run will go towards Witney's Lights domestic violence awareness programs.    

Music Dept. Starts Construction of Recording Studio

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  August 31, 2009 The DSU Music Department has commenced a new construction project that will add a recording studio facility to the music technology lab that was completed last year. Both the music lab and the future recording studio are the result of an anonymous donation of $350,000 to the Music Department. The recording studio construction is the second of a two-phase project, and is expected to be completed by mid-October. The facility will include a large recording studio area that can double as a classroom as well as a control room area that will included at 128-track DigiDesign mixing board. “It is a full blown ProTools professional system,” said Dr. David Tolley, associate professor of music composition, recording/production and music industry. He added that the recording studio will make it possible for DSU to have its own recording label and for students, faculty and staff to produce their own music. It will also make possible a new course, Student Run Company Project, in which students will produce their own music products. “It is a perfect professional bridge for our students to move into the real world,” Dr. Tolley said. The recording studio is being constructed adjacent to the music technology lab that was completed last year as the phase I project. The lab features a 3M Digital Whiteboard, Korg Keyboards, an EWI electronic wind instrument, a MIDI guitar and a Group Education Controller. The lab includes six workstations that are based on the TRITON series (with a 16-track sequencer), a variety of music and instructional software, as well as a Digidesign Pro Tools M-Box2 Micro Studio Music Production System and a portable isolation recording booth. The funding was obtained through a grant written by Dr. Yvonne Johnson, DSU associate professor of music and currently acting chair of the department, who also wrote the 1995 grant that resulted in the construction of the original music lab at that time.  

DSU names new director of Residential Education

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  Delaware State University has announced the appointment of William B. Smith, Jr. as its new director of Residential Education.  William B. Smith Mr. Smith brings more than 24 years of residential education and student services experience to DSU. He will oversee the management of all of the University’s residential facilities – which includes the on-campus eight traditional residential halls and residential apartment complex, as well as the off-campus University Courtyard Apartment complex. DSU has approximately 1,600 student living on-campus and more than 350 living in the University’s off-campus apartment complex.   Prior to his arrival at DSU, Mr. Smith served as an associate vice president for Residential Education and Services at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon from 2006-2008. Through his career he has held leadership posts in residential education and student services at the University of Arkansas, Indiana University, Wilberforce University, Cornell University and Iowa State University.   Mr. Smith has a bachelor of arts in history and a master of science in college student personnel administration, both from Indiana University.  

Hornet Football 2009 Outlook

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  August 28, 2009     Coming off the team’s first losing season since 2004, the Delaware State Hornets look to regain the championship swagger the team had just two years ago. A belief in sports is that a team can sometimes learn more from a loss than a win. Last season, the Hornets suffered three losses of six points or less (two in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play) and will look to use those experiences to move to the top of the MEAC once again.   The Al Lavan era continues at DSU, entering its sixth season. Lavan (36-23 overall, 34-22 MEAC) returns 38 lettermen from a team that finished tied for second in the 2008 MEAC Standings. Lavan and the DSU coaching staff will have some key holes to fill, including the team’s leading passer, leading rusher, leading receiver and four of the squad’s top five leading tacklers from a year ago.   Overall, 11 starters (6 offense, 5 defense) return for Delaware State, including four of the team’s five starting offensive linemen and five members of a defense unit that finished ranked No. 13 in the nation in total defense (288.36 ypg).    Quarterbacks The Hornets will look to replace a four-year starter in Vashon Winton, who compiled a 33-14 record (25-6 MEAC) as DSU’s quarterback. Anthony Glaud (6-3, 215, r-Jr) and Nick Elko (6-2, 200, r-Fr) will battle for the starting quarterback position.   Glaud has the most experience in the DSU huddle among the two quarterbacks, completing 47-of-75 pass attempts for 523 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Sicklerville, N.J., native compiled a 122.0 efficiency rating during his first season with the Hornets. Glaud had a solid spring, throwing for 120 yards on 8-of-11 passing, including one touchdown during the first half of the annual Red/White Spring Game. Elko, a highly-touted quarterback out of the state of Maryland, redshirted during the 2008 season and will use the knowledge gained last season towards making a major push to become the DSU starting signal caller. The Odenton, Md., product completed 8-of-18 passing for 66 yards in the spring.      Micah Brown (6-2, 200, Jr.) was returned to quarterback this summer after competing at linebacker in 2008.   Wide Receivers The 2009 receiving corps returns three starters from last season, including Larrone Moore (6-0, 185, Jr) and Erick Jones (6-3, 200, r-Sr). Moore grabbed 32 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown. The team’s fastest player, Moore averaged 29.0 yards-per-game and 10.0 yards-per-catch. For his career, Moore has tallied 471 yards on 45 receptions and one touchdown. Jones made 13 catches for 167 yards and a team-high four touchdowns. The Washington, D.C., native averaged 15.2 yards-per-game and 12.8 yards-per-catch. Moore has 17 catches for 202 yards and four touchdowns during his three seasons at DSU. Jones registered 84 receiving yards on four catches, including a touchdown during 2009 Spring Game. Zacharri Charles (5-11, 185, Sr) started the first eight games of the 2008 season before suffering an injury. The Winter Haven, Fla., native registered 13 catches for 122 yards, averaging 15.2 yards-per-game and 8.4 yards-per-catch.   Sophomore Darius Jackson (5-10, 185) will look to be in the mix this season. The Quincy, Fla., native recorded 18 catches for 300 yards and one touchdown during his first season at Delaware State. Jackson recorded a game-high six catches (63 yards) in the spring. Donnell Dixon (5-10, 175, r-Fr), Travis Tarpley (5-7, 170, r-Fr) and Justin Wilson (6-1, 160, r-Fr) will compete for playing time.   Tight Ends The Hornets will look to replace tight end Jahmel Bashir (7 rec., 49 yds., 1 TD) with Barrington Tolliver (6-2, 230, r-Sr.) and newcomers Kristian Johnson (6-3, 255, Fr) and Ryan Langdon (6-4, 235, Fr). Tolliver was a wide receiver and special teams standout in 2008. Johnson and Langdon  are products of Philadelphia, Pa., and are expected to make an immediate impact on the DSU passing game. Johnson joined the Delaware State roster as a mid-year signee and took part in the team’s annual Red/White Spring Game. Langdon caught 14 passes for 272 yards during his senior year at Father Judge High School, earning Philadelphia All-Catholic League First Team selection and All-City Honorable Mention honors in 2008.   Running Backs Delaware State will also be looking to fill the void left by the graduation of running backs Chris Strother (577 yards) and Kareem Jones (407 yards). Redshirt sophomore Jaashawn Jones (6-1, 225, r-So) and Jason Randall (5-11, 195, Jr) are poised to take over the role as starting tailback. Jones proved to be a key short-yardage back, scoring three touchdowns on 18 carries for 31 yards in 2008. Jones scored the go-ahead touchdown during the Hornet’s 34-28 comeback victory over Norfolk State (Nov. 15, 2008). Randall appeared in four games last season as a reserve running back. The Bowie, Md., native averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry during this year’s Red/White Spring Game.   The Hornets added Tahree McQueen (5-10, 200, r-So – transfer from Cincinnati) to bring more depth to the running back position. McQueen did not see action with the Bearcats, but comes to DSU as an offensive threat. McQueen was an AP all-state quarterback at Eastside HS in Paterson, N.J.   Newcomers Nick Williams (fr.) and James Rosseau (fr.) will also battle for playing time this season.   Offensive Line The Hornets return three starters to the offensive line. Kellen Kemp (6-3, 315, Sr), Nick Richmond (6-3, 300, r-Sr) and Mike Maloney (6-6, 290, Sr) combined for 44 starts last season. The 2008 DSU offensive line guided Delaware State to 1,501 yards on the ground. The Hornets will be looking to replace 2008 Second Team All-MEAC selection Adrian Brown.     Seniors Steven Steinbacher (6-5, 295), Marcus Ponder (6-3, 330), junior Brandon Purnsley (6-3, 300) along with sophomores Thomas Threadgill (6-5, 275) and Nail Muradymov (6-7, 330) give Delaware State an extremely deep offensive line. The Hornets will have newcomers Aaron Boyd (6-5, 325, Fr) and Darryl Hicks (6-4, 300, Jr) in the mix.   Defensive Line Despite the loss of Alimayo Wilder, Ronn Spinner, Jr., and Akiel Russell, the Delaware State defensive line has no shortage of talent and experience. Andre Caroll (6-2, 260, r-Jr), Fabian Dunn (6-4, 275, r-Sr), Tyron Hurst (6-2, 295, Sr) and Joe Mendes (5-11, 220, Sr) return for the Hornets. Caroll appeared in all 11 games (eight starts) last season, registering 43 total tackles (12 unassisted), including two tackles for loss. Dunn tallied 23 total tackles (13 unassisted) with 1.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry in 11 contests. Hurst played in eight games (missing three due to injury), notching 10 total tackles (four unassisted) with four tackles for loss. Mendes led all Hornets with 3.5 sacks, recording 21 total tackles (11 unassisted) with three quarterback hurries.   Braheim Haywood (6-2, 250, r-Jr) and David Izebere (6-5, 285, r-Fr), along with newcomer George Bansah (6-1, 265, Fr) will join the fold.   Linebackers The Hornets return starter Mike Gable (6-2, 210, r-Sr) to the linebacking corps this season. Gable, a converted defensive back, registered 40 total tackles (15 unassisted) with 6.5 tackles for loss. The Bel Air, Md., native also was credited with one forced fumble, his first-career interception and two quarterback hurries in 2008. DSU will look to fill the void left by the departure of middle linebacker Kevin Conner and Josh Pope. Conner led the Hornets with 95 total tackles, three fumble recoveries, one sack and four and one-half tackles for loss. Pope finished the 2008 season with 32 total tackles (15 unassisted) with two sacks and one forced fumble.     A group of talented linebackers will continue to provide depth, led by junior Quentin Ferguson (5-11, 190), senior Ahmad Harris (6-0, 230) and redshirt senior Eric Sewell (5-11, 245).   The Hornet coaching staff is hoping for contributions from Keith Hunt (6-0, 220, So.), Salahuddin Gadson (5-11, 225, r-So), John Sutton (6-1, 250, Jr), Marquis Spann (6-2, 200, So) and Aaron Richardson (6-1, 220, Fr).   Secondary Three of the four starting defensive backs return for the Hornets. Senior Avery Grant (6-0, 180) returns as the team’s leading tackler and anchors a defensive backfield that ranked No. 5 in the nation in pass defense (143.18 ypg). Grant started at strong safety in 10 games last season, registering 68 total tackles (34 unassisted) with 8.5 tackles for loss. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native recorded two sacks along with one forced fumble and three pass breakups. Joining Grant in the defensive backfield will be free safety Jerome Strums (6-0, 190, r-Sr). Strums started every game for the Hornets in 2008, tallying 40 total tackles (20 unassisted). The Windsor, Conn., native picked off a team-high three passes last season, including the game-winning interception in overtime versus Florida A&M (Sept. 4, 2008). Also returning to the Delaware State defensive backfield will be cornerback Francis Adjei (6-2, 175, r-Jr). Adjei also picked off three passes with the second-best pass breakup total on the team last season (8). The Silver Spring, Md., product registered 40 total tackles (32 unassisted).   Gerald Bouknight (5-11, 190, Jr) and Greg Ligon (5-9, 180, r-Sr) are expected to battle for the final starting spot in this year’s secondary. Bouknight appeared in nine games last season, registering three tackles and one pass breakup. Ligon did not see action in 2008 but has been a member of the Hornets since 2005.   B.J. Conely (5-8, 175, r-Sr), Calvin Miner (5-11, 185, So) and Tavis Tabb (6-2, 190, r-So) will battle for playing time this season.     Kicking Game Redshirt senior Riley Flickinger (5-9, 240) returns for the second-straight season as the Hornets’ place kicker. The Gresham, Ore., native converted 10-of-20 field goal attempts and averaged 56.0 yards-per-kickoff last year. Flickinger’s 10 field goals were the fifth-most in a single season at Delaware State. The 5-foot-9 senior also converted 24-of-25 extra point attempts in 2008.   Senior Nick Lochner (6-1, 160) enters his second season as DSU’s punter. One of the top punters in the MEAC, Lochner averaged 39.2 yards-per-punt. The Webster, N.Y., native registered 54 punts for 2,118 yards with 22 punts placed inside the 20-yard line. With 12 50(+)-yard punts, Lochner finished the 2008 season with the fourth-best punting average at DSU in a single season (39.2).   Kick/Punt Returns DSU returns its top two return men from last season. Larrone Moore and Zacharri Charles led all Hornets in kick returns as Moore averaged 21.8 yards-per-return and Charles averaged 20.8 yards-per-return. Moore returned six kicks for 131 yards and a long of 60 yards. Charles made a team-best 16 kick returns for 332 yards and a long of 40 yards. Entering the fray will be Darius Jackson, who will look to give the Hornets a variety of options in the return game.   Charles will also be looked upon to be the main punt returner in 2009. Charles returned three punts last season for 20 yards and will look to fill the hole left by the departure of Brandon Hudson (13 returns for 112 yards).   The Schedule The Hornets began the 2009 season with a Sept. 5 trip to Tallahassee, Fla., where they lost 21-12 to the Florida A&M Rattlers. In the first MEAC opening season in the DSU career of Head Coach Al Lavan, the Hornets were competitive but were plagued by costly mental errors throughout the game. There were, however, several positives -- including DSU quarterback Anthony Glaud's completion of 17 of 32 passes for 188 yards and one 30-yard touch down pass to Sacharri Charles.    Following an open date, the Hornets will then travel to Newark, Del., for an historic regular-season battle on Sept. 19 with the University of Delaware Blue Hens. DSU will host a Hornets Fan Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the practice field adjacent to the UD Stadium. The Week Three game will be the first-ever, regular-season meeting between the state’s two Division I schools. DSU and UD met for the first time in 2007, facing each other in the first round of the FCS Playoffs (Nov. 23, 2007). The Blue Hens finished last season with a 4-8 record (2-6 CAA). DSU continues its three-game road swing to start the season with a Sept. 26 game at Hampton. The Hornets will be looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to the Pirates last season (Oct. 4, 2008) at Alumni Stadium. Hampton (6-5, 5-3 MEAC last year) will host Delaware State in the 35th-meeting all-time between the two schools and the first-ever with new HU Head Coach Donovan Rose.   Delaware State’s home opener will take place on Oct. 10 as the Hornets host the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Coming off a 26-20 win in Daytona Beach, Fla., last season (Oct. 11, 2008), the Hornets own a 20-13 advantage in the all-time series history with B-CU. DSU has won four-straight against Bethune-Cookman. B-CU finished 8-3 (5-3 MEAC) last year.   DSU hits the road the following week, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., in the team’s first-ever meeting with the Michigan Wolverines (Oct. 17). With a capacity of 106,201 Michigan Stadium will be the site of the largest crowd to ever witness a Delaware State football game. Michigan is coming off a 3-9 record (2-6 Big Ten) in 2008. The game will mark DSU’s first-ever game with a member of the Big Ten Conference.   Morgan State is Delaware State’s opponent for Homecoming 2009. The Hornets host the Bears on Oct. 24 and will look to rebound from a 20-3 loss at Morgan State last year (Oct. 25, 2008). MSU holds a 28-22 edge in the series history with Delaware State winning three of the last four meetings.   The Hornets return to the road for a two-game swing away from Alumni Stadium, starting with an Oct. 31 outing at South Carolina State (10-3, 8-0 MEAC in 2008). The defending MEAC Champions downed DSU last season (23-17 on Nov. 1) and hold a 23-15 advantage in the series history. A week later, Delaware State will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on Winston-Salem State (Nov. 7). The Hornets own a 4-3-1 record versus the Rams, following last season’s 27-26 loss on Nov. 8, 2008. The last meetings two between DSU and WSSU have been decided by a combined four points.   Two-straight home games close out the 2009 season. On Nov. 14, the Norfolk State Spartans come to Dover. DSU has won six-straight games versus NSU, including last season’s 34-28 comeback victory at Dick Price Stadium (Nov. 15, 2008). The Hornets trailed by 21-points late in the first half before rallying for a six-point win over the Spartans. The Hornets close out the year with their traditional meeting with the Howard Bison on Nov. 21. Last season, DSU defeated Howard, 10-6, on Nov. 22, 2008. During the game, DSU forced a season-high six turnovers en route to the team’s fifth conference win of the year. The Hornets have faced the Bison more than any other MEAC school (DSU leads 35-30-1).  

Biology graduate student earns Thurgood Marshall research scholarship

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Biology graduate student Charelle A Jeffries (right), shown here with the advisor Dr. Sabrina McGary, has been awarded a prestigious $5,000 scholarship for her research. 

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  A former McNair Scholar who earned a bachelor of science in biology in 2008 at DSU, Ms. Jeffries is currently in the University’s Bridge to Doctorate Program, through which she is pursuing a master of science in biology. She is working under the advisement of Dr. Sabrina McGary, associate professor of biology. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has awarded a DSU graduate student a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of her winning research proposal. Charelle A. Jeffries, a graduate student from Washington, D.C., is the recipient of the prestigious and competitive national scholarship for HBCU minority students. Ms. Jeffries winning research proposal focuses on establishing the quantifiable impact of steroids on the cells of lung tissue in chick embryos. Ms. Jeffries believes the project will provide insight on how the developmental processes are related to cell death and could lead to future research on respiratory diseases associated with poultry. After she completes her MS in biology, Ms. Jeffries plans to enroll in a M.D./Ph.D program and ultimately hopes to become a researcher in the biomedical field while practicing medicine. She said that science is an intriguing fit for her. “I’m a very curious person, and I love knowing how things happen,” she said. “Sciences are always changing, and it is never a deceased subject.”  

New Distance Learning Director Appointed

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  August 24, 2009 Dr. Peter S. Cookson has been appointed to serve as the Delaware State University Director of Distance Education. For the past three years he served as the academic director of Consorcio Clavijero, a higher education network of 46 universities and other institutions that offered baccalaureate degrees via online distance education. He previously served as the director of the Center for Education and Information Technology at the United Nations-affiliated university in Costa Rica; professor of distance education and associate vice-president of academic and research at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University; and associate professor and professor-in-charge of the graduate Adult Education Program at Penn State.  Dr. Peter S. Cookson   He currently serves as a book review editor of the journal, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org), of which he was the founding editor, and serves on the comité científico of Revista Iberoamericana de Educación a Distancia, edited at the Universidad de Educación a Distancia (Spain) and published at the Universidad Tecnológica de Loja, Ecuador. He has served in professional leadership positions with the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (of North America), the Adult Education Association of the USA, and President of the Alberta Association of Adult and Continuing Education. A native of Liverpool, England, he has worked for many years in several countries in Latin America as well as in projects related to adult and continuing education and distance education in India, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. Dr. Cookson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in sociology and Latin American studies from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Chicago. He has authored numerous refereed publications and is author and editor of three books about program planning for continuing education and training for adults. With a personal and professional commitment to the promotion of distance education programs that expand access to educationally underserved adults, Dr. Cookson says, “I look forward to collaborating with DSU faculty members to build online distance education courses and programs that extend DSU’s dual land grant and HBCU mission to people of diversity not only within the state of Delaware, but also throughout the nation and internationally.”

DSU Hosts ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Camp

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  June 24, 2009 Delaware State University served as the site for the June 14–26 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp June 14–26, a science and math enrichment program for middle school students. The two-week camp—co-sponsored by the astronaut’s Harris Foundation and Exxon Mobil—was designed to provide middle school students from Delaware with a fun-filled setting to give them a greater understanding of science, technology, mathematics and engineering, as well as information about exciting careers in science. Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., a NASA space shuttle astronaut, came to DSU on June 23 to work with the students and speak to them about the importance of science and technology education. “Whatever your dream is, start working on it now,” Dr. Harris told the students, who all attend middle schools in Delaware. The participating students spent the mornings, afternoon and early evening learning biology, chemistry, physiology, physics and math. The subjects were taught under the theme of human survival, and students were given projects that were based on math, science and technology that would aid them in the wilderness. During media day on June 23, the students were challenged to construct a raft out of foil and drinking straws. The winning team’s raft was able to stay afloat while carrying the weight of more than 200 pennies. Dr. Bernard Harris spends some time at DSU  on June 23 giving the summer camp kids the benefit of his engineering and science knowledge. Dr. Harris was at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. Later, as head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corps in January 1990, Dr. Harris was a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As payload commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the “First African American to walk in Space.” A veteran astronaut for over nineteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space.

Alumni Couple to Bring Back Golden Old Radio Days

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  June 25, 2009 Dr. Donald A. Blakey, class of 1958 and his wife Dolores, class of 1960 will take members of the Modern Maturity Center in Dover back to the golden days of airwaves in the fall as they reenact famous old-time radio programs. On every Thursday during the Modern Maturity Center’s lunch hours beginning in September, the alumni will reenact radio programs such as Amos N’ Andy, The Long Ranger, The Shadow, The Inner Sanctum and others. Dr. Blakey is a faculty member at DSU who also serves as the director of the DSU Theater and Dance Program, in which he is often assisted by his wife Dolores. The program gives DSU students and community members an opportunity to perform in stage productions that are presented to the University and the public. Don and Dolores Blakey will bring back the golden days of radio to the lunchtime crowd at the Modern Maturity Center of Dover in the fall. In addition, Dr. Blakey is also an elected member of the Delaware House of Representative, for which he serves the 34th Representative District (Dover South). The Modern Maturity Center, located 1121 Forrest Ave. in Dover, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing programs and services that enhance the quality of life, with respect and dignity for individuals age 50 and above.

DSUAA Chapters Exceed Tom Joyner Fundraising Challenge

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June 26, 2009 Eight DSU Alumni Association chapters combined their fundraising efforts to surpass the Tom Joyner Foundation $25,000 Chapter Challenge. The eight chapters raised a combined $42,475, surpassing the challenge and ensuring that a $25,000 match will be added from the Tom Joyner Foundation — all going to the Alumni Scholarship Campaign. The Kent County DSUAA Chapter gave the strongest response to the challenge by raising just over $12,000. The New Castle County Chapter raised more than $10,600. Also contributing to the $42,475 were chapters in Charlotte, NC, Greater Hampton Roads, VA, Greater Washington, DC, Metropolitan, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Sussex County. The Chapter Challenge is part of a year-long partnership between DSU and the Tom Joyner Foundation to raise money for scholarships for DSU students. The partnership’s goal is to raise $440,000 and the University has already achieved about 70% of that. DSU is the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for June, but the fundraising efforts will continue until the end of 2009. To contribute and help DSU students cover the cost of higher education, donations can be made online at www.desu.edu/giving or by mailing checks to Office of Development, Delaware State University, 1200 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The Tom Joyner Foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.”

DSU Signs New Agreements With Four Chinese Universities

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DSU Signs New Accords With Four Chinese Institutions of Higher Ed DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith and Dr. Guoji Zhang, chairman of the Council of Hunan University (seated l-r) sign an agreement that expands an existing accord with Hunan University in China. Flanking the university heads are (standing l-r) DSU Provost Harry L. Williams and Dr. Hongxin Jiang, Hunan vice president.

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  June 30, 2009 Delaware State University officials recently concluded a whirlwind trip of China where they expanded DSU’s connections with institutions of higher education in that Far East country. The DSU delegation—led by acting President Claibourne D. Smith Provost Harry L. Williams—traveled to Asia during the week of June 15 to meet with officials from four Chinese universities. By the end of the trip DSU had expanded two existing agreements, renewed another one and reached a new agreement with another institution. As a result of the trip, a new formal collaborative agreement was established between DSU and Jilin Business and Technology College. The new accord will facilitate study aboard opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from both institutions as well as in collaborations professional training and development, and in the academic areas of business, sciences and education.   DSU and Jilin University officials join Dr. Yulin Li, Julin executive vice president, and DSU Acting President Claibourne Smith (seated l-r) after they signed an five-year accord to continue an existing agreement between the two universities. Standing (l-r) and Jilin officials: Dr. Jin Xiaotong, Dr. Pang Guangsheng, Dr. Jin Liping, Dr. Bu Tiejun, Dr. Han Wei,  alongside DSU representatives Dr. Harry L. Williams, Dr. Youngski Kwak, Dr. Rayton Sianjina, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi and Dr. Fengshan Liu.   In addition, new amendments were formally reached to existing agreements with Hunan University and Beijing Sport University that will result in Chinese students studying at DSU for a semester as part of a DSU American Culture Enrichment Program. The Chinese students will take courses in English, American & African American history, economics and international business. DSU also renewed a five-year agreement with Jilin University for faculty and student exchanges, research collaborations and publication exchange. Dr. Smith said that all of DSU’s Chinese institutional partners are committed to support and enhance the education value that they give to their students. He added that DSU will benefit from the agreements as well. “China will continue to be a major economic factor in the world. Smart universities recognize that and will find ways to grow opportunities with those educational institutions there,” Dr. Smith said. “We are engaging with Chinese faculty in the disciplines of science, mathematics and energy conservation as well as exchanging ideas in new areas of knowledge.” DSU officials that joined Dr. Smith and Dr. Williams on the trip included Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Dr. Rayton Sianjina, director of Education Graduate Studies, Dr. Fengshan Liu, chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Dr. Youngski Kwak, interim dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Li Chen, chair of the Department Sport Sciences. Dr. Liu, who also is the director of the DSU Applied Mathematics Research Center, said the DSU delegation gained a new understanding about the culture and economy of China. “After we signed the agreements, there were many students there who expressed interest in coming to DSU,” Dr. Liu said. “Several have already started the paperwork.”   

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