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DSU closed in Dover, Georgetown March 17; Wilm. open tonight

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About 4-6 inches has already fallen on Kent and Sussex County by 5:30 a.m.

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Due to the snowfall that is expected to total at least 4-6 inches in Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware State University will close its locations in Dover and Georgetown on Monday, March 17. Only essential personnel should report to work on this day. The DSU@Wilmington location will open at 12 noon and will hold evening classes on Monday evening.

Anti-Death Penalty Foe Helen Prejean to Speak at DSU March 18

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Sister Helen Prejean is shown on a previous visit to Delaware, a state in which capital punishment is practiced.

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               Sister Helen Prejean Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally known anti-death penalty advocate and book author, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in room 139A in the Mishoe Science Center at Delaware State University. The event is free and open to the public. Sister Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun from New Orleans, La., has been a prominent anti-death penalty advocate since she became a spiritual advisor to a number of death row inmates in that state in the 1980s. She authored the 1993 book Dead Man Walking, which details her experiences in ministering to condemned inmates, her time with them during their last days and her witness of their executions. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 31 weeks and was made into a movie that won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Susan Sarandon who portrayed Sister Prejean. Sister Prejean's book Dead Man Walking was made into an Academy Award winning 1995 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. In late 2004, Sister Prejean published a second book, The Death of Innocents: And Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, in which she tells the story of condemned inmates who were both executed, but who Sister Prejean also argues were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. In the book she examines how flaws inextricably entwined in the death penalty system inevitably lead to innocent people being executed and render the system unworkable. The Roman Catholic sister has witnessed five executions in Louisiana and travels the world to educate the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well. Sister Helen has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1985–1995, and has served as chairperson of the Board from 1993–1995. She is also a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation. She presently is the honorary chairperson of Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a world-wide moratorium on the death penalty.

DSU to Present Shaolin Jazz on March 18-19

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Shaolin Jazz will present a fusion of hip-hop, jazz and art during two days of events.

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A fusion of jazz, hip-hop and art will take place as Delaware State University presents Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber from Washington D.C. on March 18-19. Gerald Watson, creator of Shaolin Jazz The Shaolin Jazz events – which are free and open to the public – will consist of: A Shaolin Jazz public workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. A Shaolin Jazz art show from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Art Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. A Shaolin Jazz concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Education & Humanities Theatre. Conceived by Gerald Watson and produced by DJ 2-Tone Jones, Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber is a testament to the stylistic connection between both jazz and hip-hop. It is a mix project whereby various jazz songs and breaks are fused with a cappella and vocal samples from the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The music and lyrics are astutely crafted to match both in cadence and tone, with the jazz selections used also to help further accentuate the essence and intensity of the Clan. The initial inspiration for Shaolin Jazz came by way of graphic designer Logan Walters, who recreated a series of Wu-Tang album covers to resemble those of earlier Blue Note and Impulse Jazz album covers. Much like albums by Digable Planets, Buckshot LeFonque, and Guru’s Jazzmatazz series, Shaolin Jazz is a work of art that not only re-emphasizes the greatness of the artists involved, but serves to further the connection between jazz and hip-hop, while also educating those unfamiliar about both genres. The artists hope that fans of hip-hop will have a better understanding of the origins of the music they enjoy, while jazz aficionados gain more of an appreciation for various aspects of hip-hop.

DSU Showcases Research on Capitol Hill -- Photo Slideshow

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U.S. Sen. Tom Carper greets Dr. Marsha Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy, at the DSU Research Showcase held March 6 on Capitol Hill.

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Delaware State University hosted its second annual Research Showcase for the Delaware Congressional Delegation and Staff on March 6, demonstrating how federal grants are enabling DSU researchers to tackle some of our science’s most challenging issues.  At the event at the Capitol Visitors Center -- attended by both Delaware's U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons -- DSU researchers highlighted research in diverse areas such as optics, molecular genetics, economic development, cyber security, energy and movement science. For images from the event, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU to Open Tuesday, March 4 on Two-Hour Delay

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Students and employees are urged to exercise caution when driving to DSU or walking on campus on March 4, as icy conditions may still exist on some pavements and sidewalks..

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Delaware State University will open for regular operations and classes on Tuesday, March 4 on a two-hour delay at all three of its locations in Dover, Wilmington and Georgetown. All non-essential personnel should report to work two hours after their regular start time, while all essential personnel should arrive for work at their regular start time. Students and employees are urged to use caution when driving to work and walking on campus on Tuesday as there may still be some slippery conditions on roads and sidewalks.

DSU to Closes Operations/Classes Monday, March 3

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DSU's Mishoe Science Center may look worse than this snow-wise on Monday, March 3

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Due to the approaching Winter Storm Titan that is projected to dump anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of snow throughout the entire state, Delaware State University will close its normal operations and cancel day and evening classes on Monday, March 3 at all three of its locations in Dover, Wilmington and Georgetown. Only essential personnel should report to work on Monday. DSU officials will monitor snowstorm and at some point make a decision concerning the status of operations and classes on Tuesday, March 4. DSU community member are urged to monitor the University’s website, email and the DSU Snowline (302) 857-SNOW (7669).

Dr. Jeanne Flavin guest speaker Reproduction Politics March 5

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DSU’s Sociology & Criminal Justice Department will present guest speaker Dr. Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University professor of sociology, who will speak on “Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women’s Reproduction in America” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) of the Bank of America Building on campus.                       Dr. Jeanne Flavin The event – which is also co-sponsored by the organization Sociologists for Women in Society -- is free and open to the public. Dr. Flavin is author of the award-winning book, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America and more than two dozen other scholarly publications. She serves on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a reproductive justice organization which defends the rights of pregnant and parenting women, particularly those whose race, poverty, drug use, or mental health makes them vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. She is the recipient of a 2009 Fulbright research award and the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award.

March 4 HBCUs/Women Educators Guest Lecture postponed

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Delaware State University has postponed the March 4 guest lecture by Dr. Marybeth Gasman, a historian on higher education, who was slated to give a guest lecture on "A History of HBCUs and the Role of Women Educators in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building on campus               Dr. Marybeth Gasman The free and open to the public event will be rescheduled on a date and time to be later announced.. Dr. Gasman is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is one of the leading authorities in the country on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Gasman is a historian of higher education and currently serves as the vice president of the history and historiography section of the American Educational Research Association and as the chair of the American Association of University Professors Committee on HBCUs. Dr. Gasman is the author of several books, including the 2007 book Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, which was cited as "an invaluable contribution" to the field of higher education for African-Americans and to "the general area of the history of higher education.” Gasman has also published Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin), Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins), and Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from St. Norbert College and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Law from Indiana University. Gasman has been a Penn Graduate School of Education faculty member since 2003.

DSU Hosts 2014 KC Science Fair --- Photo Slideshow and Info

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More than 94 students from among five different Central Delaware middle schools participated in the 3rd annual Kent County Science Fair held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at Delaware State University.

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For the third consecutive year, Delaware State University was host site for the annual Kent County Science Fair, which featured 90 projects from students from five Central Delaware middle Schools.   For images from the Kent County Science Fair, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event as well as a list of the winners: There were 94 students who submitted projects in the following categories: natural sciences, engineering, physics, health, behavioral & social sciences, and chemistry. Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus, there were five Kent County middle schools that participated in the science fair – Central (of Dover), William Henry, Fred Fifer III, Milford Center Academy, and Postlethwaite. The 2014 Kent County Science Fair's winning projects and students included: Chemistry 1st – Mixing Liquid with water -Logan Schad- William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does the salt content have any effect on the boiling point of water-Matthew Leager- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Oxygen & Fire – Nikolas Mandalas- William Henry Middle School (b) Fresh vs salt -Riley McQuaide-William Henry Middle School   Engineering 1st – Helpful Hovercrafts- Noah Mills & Ryan Adkins, Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Soil Bearing Capacity: The pressure is on!-Hashir Cheema- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Effect of Fridge Temperature on Extending Battery Life- Ashish D'Souza- Postlewait Middle School   Health, Behavioral and Social Sciences 1st – How does the Genre of Music Affect Heart Rate -Tierney Bowen William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does No-Name Stain Remover Work Just as Well as Name Brand-Brianna Reed- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Got that subject style- Taylor Mazanek – William Henry Middle School   Natural Sciences 1st – “Rising” Above the rest only what you “knead” -Skylar Campanicki, William Henry Middle School 2nd – Ph of Fruit and How it affects flavor-Abby Haisworth- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Bacterial Growth: The Truth May Surprise You – Sarah Larose- William Henry Middle School (b) The influence of worms -Taylor Lipski-William Henry Middle School Physics 1st – Magnetic Levitation – Samuel Mackey & Bryant Craig- Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Hot vs Cold Tennis Ball Experiment- Kylee Victory- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Drum and Pitch- Oscar “Henry” Gonzales – William Henry Middle School

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