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Dr. Skelcher and Min Gibson Dance with the Del. Stars

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Associate Provost Bradley Skelcher and Min Gibson, Mathematics Computer Lab director, danced to the music of the DSU Approaching Storm Band and were accompanied by members of the DSU's Delagance Dance Team and DSU Flag Team, as well as by drum major Laquita Williams.

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Associate Provost Bradley Skelcher and Min Gibson, computer lab director in the Department of Mathematics, represented DSU on the dance floor at the Jan. 30 Dancing with the Delaware Stars. Held at Dover Downs Hotel, Dr. Skelcher and Mrs. Gibson danced and pranced across the Dover Downs ballroom dance floor to recorded music from the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band. They were accompanied by members of DSU Delagance Dance Team and the DSU Flag Team, as well as by drum major LaQuita Williams. The well-attended benefit raised money that is going toward Mom’s House and the Boys & Girls Club.

Dr. Harry L. Williams Appointed to Two Major Boards

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DSU President Harry L.Williams will serve on the board of directors for the Thurgood Marshall  College Fund and Bayhealth.

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Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams has been appointed to the board of directors of two major organizations – the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Bayhealth. Jim Clifton, TMCF board chairman and president of Gallup, said that Dr. Williams was a natural choice. “He has been a longtime partner as the leader of one of TMCF’s most successful member-schools,” said Clifton.  “Serving on the board of TMCF will give me an opportunity to help other HBCUs by sharing some of the innovative strategies we are implementing at DSU to retain and graduate our students,” said Dr. Williams. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve on this esteemed board.” Named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American justice and established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools.  “A quick glance at DSU’s growing partnerships with Delaware government, major nonprofit foundations and international universities shows the kind of change agent Dr. Williams is,” said TMCF President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “TMCF is lucky to be able to leverage Harry’s talents on behalf of all publicly-supported HBCUs.” Dr. Williams has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of Bayhealth. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Williams to the Bayhealth Board of Directors,” said Bayhealth Board Chairman John W. Paradee, Esq. “Dr. Williams has an excellent track record for developing innovative strategies and beneficial relationships. We’re excited to have him onboard.” Bayhealth operates Kent General Hospital in Dover and Milford Memorial Hospital as well as a number of the medical centers throughout Kent County. “It is not only a great honor to be a part of a community-minded health system serving central and southern Delaware, but it is also a tremendous privilege to be selected to serve among such a diverse group of talented community leaders as part of Bayhealth’s Board of Directors,” said Dr. Williams.

DSU to Hold Black Panther Symposium Feb. 3-4

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The Symposium will feature the film documentary "Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense" on Feb. 3 and BPP co-founder Bobby Seale (pictured on the far right with fellow Panther members) as a guest speaker on Feb. 4.

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Delaware State University will kick off Black History Month with a two-day symposium entitled “Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense” on Feb. 3-4. The events of the symposium – which will all be held in the second floor parlors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center – are free and open to the public.               Bobby Seale The symposium will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 with a screening of the film documentary Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution. On Thursday, Feb. 4 there will be an 11 a.m. guest lecture featuring Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale. Along with Huey Newton, Mr. Seale established the Black Panthers (later renamed the Black Panther Party) in Oakland, Calif., in 1966 to resist police brutality and the killing of blacks. On the afternoon of Feb. 4, there will be two panel discussions: A 1 p.m. forum will feature a panel of scholars that will include Dr. Charles Jones, director and professor of Africana Studies, University of Cincinnati; Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president of Academic Affairs and professor of history, Fairfield University; and Dr. Alondra Nelson, dean of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and gender studies, Columbia University. Later that afternoon, a 3 p.m. forum will feature a panel of Lynn French, executive director of Hope and a Home, and adjunct professor of history, University of Virginia; Paul Coates, founder and publisher of Black Classic Press; and Mr. Seale, who is also the director of the Bobby Seale Reach Foundation.

Business Faculty Receive TERP10 Certifications

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(L-r) Dr. Lynda Murray-Jackson, Dr. Chittibabu Govindarajulu, Dr. Raveen Pinjani, Dr. DaeRyong Kim and Dr. Bernadette Ruf. These College of Business faculty members have earned TERP10 certifications, reflecting their expertise in SAP SE advance enterprise software processes.

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Five faculty members from Delaware State University’s College of Business have earned TERP10 certification, strengthening DSU’s position as an educational resource leader in SAP SE advanced enterprise application software processes. The newly certified College of Business faculty members are: Dr. Chittibabu Govindarajulu, associate professor of business; Dr. DaeRyong Kim, professor of business and interim director of the MBA Program; Dr. Lynda Murray-Jackson, associate dean of research and analytics; Dr. Raveen Pinjani, associate professor of business; and Dr. Bernadette Ruf, professor of business and chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. The College of Business faculty members were certified after completing a two-week TERP10 course covering the basic structures, organizational elements, master data and NetWeaver technology infrastructure that are connected with the SAP ERP environment. DSU has entered into a partnership with SAP SE and the Americas’ SAP Users Group to establish DSU as a Center of Excellence where the SAP advanced technologies systems and processes can be taught to students and other HBCUs. SAP SE is a market leader in enterprise application software. Its technologies enable its users – more than 291,000 worldwide – to work together more efficiently and use business insights more effectively. Ms. Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business, said that TERP 10 is an important industry certification that shows a level of expertise with SAP ERP systems.   “The certification of these five faculty members positions our students to also study for the test at Delaware State for this certification,” Ms. Covington said. “The certification allows our students to be extremely competitive in the marketplace.”   The dean added that this certification achievement is in alignment with the University's strategic plan for student success. “What the faculty has done is position our students, the College of Business and the University for the continued progress toward preparing our students to compete in a global market,” she said.  

DSU Board Names Dr. Claibourne Smith Trustee Emeritus

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Former Gov. Michael N. Castle, now a DSU board member, gives Dr. Claibourne D. Smith a farewell handshake at the end of the former chairman's last meeting. As Delaware's chief executive in 1988, Gov. Castle appointed Dr. Smith to the board, whose service to the University totaled 28 years -- including more than 20 years as board chairman and 16 months as acting president of the institution..

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Dr. Claibourne D. Smith attended his last regular meeting as a longtime member of the DSU Board of Trustees on Jan. 21, culminating his 28 years of DSU service by being presented the honor of Trustee Emeritus. As Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Smith will be welcomed to attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity. The below resolution was presented to Dr. Smith by Board Chairman David G. Turner during the meeting:   DSU Board Chairman David G. Turner presents outgoing board member Dr. Claibourne D. Smith with a resolution granting him the status of Trustee Emeritus.. DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES   A RESOLUTION HONORING DR. CLAIBOURNE D. SMITH FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ELECTING HIM AS A TRUSTEE EMERITUS                Whereas, Dr. Claibourne D. Smith has served as a Trustee of Delaware State University for almost 28 years since his initial appointment in July 1988 by then-Gov. Michael N. Castle to finish the term of former board member Arthur Richardson;                Whereas, at the time of his appointment, his background included chemistry degrees that culminated with a terminal Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1964, as well as his employment as an executive with DuPont;               Whereas, Dr. Smith’s diligent service resulted in the Board’s confidence to elect him board president (changed the following year to the office of board chairman) in 1993;               Whereas, during his leadership of that body, the DSU Board of Trustees oversaw numerous improvements and advancements at the institution, including but not limited to: the elevation of the college to university status in 1993; the expansion of the campus infrastructure, which included the construction of 12 new buildings as well as an off-campus apartment complex; the growth of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings and the establishment of the University’s first five doctoral programs; two successful presidential search processes; three reaffirmations of the University’s accreditation; as well as many other institutional achievements;               Whereas, prior to his 1998 retirement as vice president of technology of DuPont, Dr. Smith also served as the vice chairman of the company’s Corporate Educational initiatives and was responsible for manpower planning and development for the Central Research and Development function;               Whereas, over the years, Dr. Smith served as a 13-year member of the Delaware State Board of Education, Northeast Area director and a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Board of Directors, a member of the Advisory Committee on Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education and a member of the National Science Foundation’s CEOSE (Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering);               Whereas, following the August 2008 resignation of DSU President Allen L. Sessoms, Dr. Smith temporarily stepped down from his board chairmanship to assume the post of acting DSU president during which service he provided stable presidential leadership over the next 16 months, enabling the University to carry out a methodical and successful presidential search process;              Whereas, upon the appointment of Dr. Harry L. Williams as the 10th president of DSU in January 2010, Dr. Smith resumed his responsibility as board chairman and continued to lead this body until he announced that he would step down from the post effective January 2015. He also announced at that time that he would continue to serve as a board member until his appointment expired Feb. 18, 2016;             Whereas, in high recognition for his leadership’s countless contributions to remarkable growth of the University during his tenure, in June 2015 the DSU Administration Building was renamed the Claibourne D. Smith Administration Building; and             Whereas, during his long service on the Board, Dr. Smith has demonstrated great dedication and collegiality and has provided highly valued leadership and counsel to the Board’s deliberations.             NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the University and its Board of Trustees, having received the recommendation of the Committee on Trustees, the Board hereby elects Dr. Claibourne D. Smith as a Trustee Emeritus of Delaware State University.             The undersigned certifies that the foregoing Resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University on January 21, 2016.   David E. Turner Chairman, Board of Trustees  

Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Tucker Co-writes New Book

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"The Culinary Herbal" is the latest book from Dr. Arthur Tucker, research professor emeritus from the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences.

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Dr. Arthur O. Tucker, research professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University, has co-written his sixth book – The Culinary Herbal – Growing & Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs. Dr. Tucker – a retired 37-year faculty member at DSU – is an internationally renowned botanist and is the co-founder of DSU’s Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. He has co-written the book with Susan Belsinger, a nationally known culinary herbalist, flavor artist and food writer who resides in Maryland. The accessible book – which includes high-quality photography of each herb variety – highlights the best varieties of herbs and provides detailed information on which ones offer the most flavor, how to grow them and how to put them to use at home. The Culinary Herbal also includes instructions for harvesting, preserving and storing herbs, as well as techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars and butters. It is a good book for gardeners who love to cook and cooks who love to garden. Prior to this publication, Dr. Tucker co-wrote The Encyclopedia of Herbs (2009) and The Book of Herbs (2000). The Culinary Herbal can be purchased at major bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles or online at Amazon.com.

MLK National Holiday Program at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The Sankofa Dancers and Drummers gave their their annual performance at the MLK Jr. National Holiday Program by kicking off the event with their youthful moves.

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DSU and the Inner City Cultural League hosted the annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Program in the University’s Education and Humanities Theatre on Jan. 18. For images from the program, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157663185813560/show Carla Benson-Green, the cabinet secretary of the state Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, was the keynote speaker. The MLK National Holiday Program will also feature performances by Del-Don Productions, the Sankofa Drummers and Dancers as well as the Sankofa String Orchestra. Earlier in the day, the DSU Concert Choir performed at the annual Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Jr. Breakfast at the Modern Maturity Center. 

DSU, Jeju National University Finalize New Agreement

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(Seated l-r) JNU President Hyangjin Huh and DSU President Harry L. Williams; (standing) JNU's Dongsun Lee, Sungjin Park, Young Soon Kang, Younghoon Kang; DSU's  Dr. Bradley Skelcher, Donna Covington, Dr. Youngski Kwak and Dr. Fengshan Liu

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Delaware State University has finalized an agreement with Jeju National University of South Korea that will establish a bachelor’s degree program in accounting and management concentrations in business administration and management information systems. DSU President Harry L. Williams signed the new agreement with JNU President Hyangjin Huh at a Jan. 8 meeting at DSU between the officials of both institutions. With the agreement, JNU students taking part in the program will complete their first two years of study at Jeju. In the third year, the JNU students will enroll at DSU their final two years of study and receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions. The enrollment goal of the agreement is to enroll 10 to 50 JNU students per year. “We are excited with the prospect that the students from Jeju National University will be able to achieve their academic aspirations through DSU’s internationally accredited College of Business,” said Dr. Williams. “It is further proof of the academic excellence that DSU is known for, not only nationally but in the global higher education community as well.

Combined First Lady's Tea/Gentlemen's Brunch -- Photo Slideshow

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These are some of the graduating seniors who attended the combined First Lady's Tea/Gentlemen's Brunch at the President's Residence on Dec. 17.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams hosted a combined First Lady’s Tea and Gentlemen’s Brunch for the seniors graduating in December. For images of the event, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157661911692509/show Dr. Robin Williams, the wife of the president who hosts the First Ladies Tea, was unable to participate due to the passing of her mother in North Carolina during that week.

DSU Youngest-ever Doctoral Candidate Receives Ph.D.

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Dr. Jalaal Hayes (center) made DSU history by becoming the youngest-ever doctoral graduate at age 22. Dr. Hayes of Philadelphia was conferred a Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry during the Dec. 20 Commencement. Standing with Dr. Hayes are his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Cherese Winstead, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry.

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Delaware State University made history during its Dec. 20 Commencement Ceremony when it conferred a Ph.D. degree to its youngest-ever doctoral candidate. Jalaal A. Hayes, a 22-year-old resident of Philadelphia, Pa., proudly received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Chemistry. In June 2015 he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Thermodynami and Kinetic Studies of Alkali Metal Doped-Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System.” Dr. Hayes graduated from high school seven years ago in 2008 at the age of 15. He then earned bachelor’s degrees in History and General Science, graduating cum laude at age 18 in 2011 (within three years) at his parents’ undergraduate alma mater, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While completing his doctorate at DSU, he lectured in Tuscany, Italy and Easton, Massachusetts as a Carl Storm Fellow while authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles and served on a team that obtained a United States patent for hydrogen research. He completed a 2008 summer research internship at Howard University/NASA undergraduate Research Center before being enrolled in DSU’s graduate program in Applied Chemistry, where he worked with his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, professor of chemistry, in the Center for Hydrogen Storage Research. While at DSU, he tutored students and was a member of the National Chemistry Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, and served as the chapters’ parliamentarian. His parents are librarians who model academic achievement; his mother is the recent School Librarian of the Year in Philadelphia and serves as a high school librarian, and his father serves as the Interim Dean of Library Services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland. Dr. Hayes recently reflected on his unique educational accomplishments when he met the Rev. Bernice King (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King's youngest daughter) at Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She asked him about his achievement and opportunities to which he shared with her, “my family and community set high expectations for me and I simply strived to meet those expectations; for I strive to model “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

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