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DSU Resident Director Authors MACUHO article on Positivity

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The article "The Power of Positivity" by DSU's Brandy Garlic -- printed in its entirety below as it appears in MACUHO Magazine -- is a message of great value for everyone on campus and beyond.

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Brandy Garlic, the resident director of University Village Apartment, authored the below article on page 32 in the Winter Issue of MACUHO Magazine, a publication of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College & University Housing Officers. At first, the plan for this webpage was to simply mention her authorship of the piece and summarize its message. However, after reading it, it became clear that it was a message that every member of the DSU community – students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and anyone else who takes the time to read it – could and would benefit from it. So the article has been reproduced below in its entirety. The University Village Residential Education staff appears on the front cover of the Winter Issue of MACHUHO THE POWER OF POSITIVITY Brandy Garlic, Resident Director University Village Apartments, Delaware State University             Let’s be honest. Working in housing and residential education is a lot of work! There is so much emphasis on customer service, office hours, on call, late nights, policies and procedures that sometimes we forget the bare essentials that we need to get to the meat of the job done. I am a firm believer (and I preach this to my students and staff) that, “your attitude determines the outcome.” If you approach the Resident Assistant position  and a career in general with a negative attitude, then you will have  negative results. If you approach an irate student with negativity, you had better believe that you will get negative results. There truly is power in positivity.            Brandy Garlic             This may seem like mere words to you, but it has become a movement on Delaware State University’s campus specifically in the Department of Housing and Residential Education. While planning for fall training this year, I brainstormed a great deal trying to find a theme. Just like most of my “great ideas,” it came to me at 2 a.m. while trying to fall asleep. Positivity!             During my welcome and expectations sessions, I told the RAs, “I do not do well with negativity because I am a positive person. So, if you are having a bad day, and I encounter you, I will sprinkle you with positivity. Smiles are contagious and so is a positive attitude and aura.” To support my thinking and my way of living I showed a TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor. Shawn’s talk is about positive psychology. He challenges listeners to not allow their external world to determine their happiness.             “If you raise someone’s level of positivity in the present then their brain experiences what we call a happiness advantage,” says Achor. He does a fantastic job of exuding the positivity and energy he discusses in his talk. The feedback from the RAs after hearing this was filled with positivity.             Because of this new way of approaching training, this positive movement, you could see the difference in the way the RAs bonded with their staffs, the way they learned new policies and procedures, and the way they accepted the challenges of training. This may sound like something small, not anything new to professionals or even Chief Housing Officers, but it is something that we as humans sometimes take for granted. Reintroducing positivity to the RAs during training produced powerful results and provided an amazing atmosphere. Anytime they are faced with adversity in life or in the job I challenge them to “sprinkle it with positivity.” I tell them that I don’t care if it’s a salt shaker filled with positivity or a bucket. Sprinkle it with positivity because your attitude in just about any situation can determine the outcome.

Guest Lecture on Bio-Based Materials for Chemistry, March 6

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DSU’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series will feature guest speaker Dr. Rich Chapas who will give a presentation on “Bio-based Materials for Chemical and Fuels” at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6 in room 323, Mishoe Science Center (south) on campus. The guest lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Chapas currently runs a consulting business, through which he has worked with startup companies such as H2OPE Biofuels, for which he served as chief executive officer. He is also an educator whose teaching experience includes strategy, technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and green business, which he teaches at the University of Delaware. He has a breadth of experience in developing and commercializing new products. His patent portfolio includes products that are generating over $30 million in sales. His technical and business expertise includes bio-based materials, polymer chemistry, nonwovens, composites, adhesives, and absorbent materials.

Founders' Day at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Micah Fuwiley, Carlos Holmes, Danali Olukayode, Dorian McDonald and Harry Hudson all donned late-1800s clothes and greeted folks that came to the Open House at Loockerman Hall on Feb. 25 to experience some DSU history and celebrate Founders' Day.

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Delaware State University celebrated its 123rd birthday with a birthday cake in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center and an Open House at the historic Loockerman Hall. Click on the below photo slideshow for images of Founders’ Day, followed by more information: Students, faculty and staff showed up at Loockerman Hall, where students Dorian McDonald, Harry Hudson, Danali Olukayode, Micah Fuwiley, and staff member Carlos Holmes dressed up in late 1890s garb and greet the attendees. The Open House also featured the stories of Dr. Reba Hollingsworth and Mrs. Augusta Carr-Ross, who both lived in Loockerman Hall when they were students in the 1940s.

Dr. Susmita Roye Receives NEH Award

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Dr. Susmita Roye has received the National Endowment for the Humanities grant award in support of her current book manuscript project on the women writers of India during British Rule of 1757-1947.

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Dr. Susmita Roye, associate professor of English, has been named as a recipient of the National Endowment for Humanities Award for Faculty. The award has been given in recognition and support of her current book manuscript project, which is about the women writers of India during the British rule of that country (1757-1947). She has tentatively titled the book “Mothering India.” Dr. Roye will receive financial support from the grant award, which will enable her to take some time off from teaching to finish the book. She was one of only eight persons to receive the award out of 101 applications. Previously, Dr. Roye co-edited and contributed a chapter to the book The Male Empire under The Female Gaze, which explored the perspective of British white women amid British rule of India. Dr. Roye, a native of India, has been a faculty member of DSU since 2011.

Alumni Ambassador Outreach to be held with April 12 Open House

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Dr. Lisa Dunning, asst. vice president of Alumni Affairs (seated far right), called on officers of the DSU Alumni Association to support the Alumni Ambassador Outreach during a recent dinner at the President’s Residence. Seated (l-r) -- DSU President Harry Williams, Ms. Dunning, Dr. Robin Williams; top -- Robert Draine, Sussex Co. president; Raymond Moore, Sussex Co. vice president; Sheila Davis, DSUAA vice president; William Torian, DSUAA treasurer; and Dr. Bernard Chase, DSUAA President.

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DSU will enlist its past graduates to introduce youth to the University with its first-ever Alumni Ambassador Outreach Day that will be held in conjunction with its Spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.   Alumni are encouraged to reach out to middle and high school students and bring them to the DSU campus for the event. The prospective students will attend an academic fair in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit individual academic colleges to meet with faculty and administrators.   While the prospective students take part in the Spring Open House events, alumni will meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams in a forum setting.   Lisa Dunning, the recently appointed assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs, recently met with a group of DSU Alumni Association officers and chapter presidents to explain the new initiative and ask for their support.    "It is important for alumni to be engaged and do things today that will impact the lives of students that come behind us,” Dr. Dunning said. “Alumni can increase students’ awareness and stimulate their thinking in terms of college readiness."   Alumni are asked to register online (www.desu.edu/alumnioutreach) the guests they will be bring to the campus that day.   For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (302) 857-6050.

DSU Brass Ensemble Performs Concert in Milford

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The DSU Brass Ensemble gave the some residents of Milford a delightful musical afternoon as they gave a concert at Reformation Lutheran Church.

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The DSU Brass Ensemble converted musical notes into tuition support as it performed a Feb. 23 concert at the Reformation Lutheran Church of Milford. The DSU Brass Ensemble: (l-r) Bri'Yahn Ritchie, Devon Schlegel, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams, Hakeem Nabi and Neil Davis. Calling themselves the Scholarship Brass Quintet, the musicians did a 10-selection Sunday afternoon concert in the sanctuary of the church in front of an appreciative gathering of music lovers. The music performance included classical compositions from J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt and Gustav Holst, jazz numbers from Fats Waller and Lew Pollack, and other selections as well. The quintet performed the concert underneath the glow of sunlight that streamed upon them from the sanctuary’s tall stained glass windows; and their brass notes resonated brilliantly in the wonderful acoustics of the church. The concert represented a homecoming for ensemble trombonist Devon Schlegel, who grew up in Milford. The senior student served as the concert emcee and was joined by ensemble members Neil Davis on trumpet, Bri’Yahn Ritchie on trumpet, Hakeem Nabi on French horn and Denzel A. Thompson-Williams on tuba. Dr. Patrick Hoffman is the ensemble’s advisor.

Dr. Bradley Skelcher to Speak on Medical Experimentation on Slaves

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Dr. Skelcher's presentation is part of DSU's series of Black History Month events.

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost and professor of history, will give a presentation on “The Medical Experimentation of Enslaved African Americans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Mishoe 139A (north). The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Skelcher will discuss how slaves were forced to undergo medical procedures without anesthesia and against their will as a means of helping doctors develop surgical procedures. He will also share how aged and infirm slaves were often provided to doctors for medical experimentation.

DSU to Delay Feb. 17 opening to 9:30 a.m. at all locations

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Snow falls once again on DSU, delaying opening by one hour but  not closing operations on Feb. 17.

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In the wake of this morning's snowfall in Delaware, DSU will delay its opening one hour at all three of its locations in Dover, DSU@Wilmington and Georgetown. Only essential employees are to arrive for work at their regular reporting time. All other employees should report by 9:30 a.m.                                              

Chemistry Guest Speaker to Discuss Novel Polymer Feb. 18

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Delaware State University’s Department of Chemistry will host a Feb. 18 guest lecture by Dr. Thomas Schultz of Horizon Partners Ventures, LLC, who will speak on the topic of “Biodegradable, Bio-Renewable Super Absorbent Polymers.”   The guest lecture will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Room 323 of the Mishoe Science Center South. The event – which is part of the department’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series – is free and open to the public.   Dr. Schultz will talk about the development of hydrogels as a biodegradable alternative to polyacrylate-based super absorbent polymers that are a contaminant in the ground and at landfills. Also having received more than $500,000 in research grants since 2011, Dr. Schultz will share insights on how to convince funding entities that an innovation is a better bet to be funded.   Dr. Schultz is currently a partner with Horizon Partners Ventures LLC, a Delaware-based technology firm founded in 2012 as a commercialization business that identifies unmet needs in the chemicals, agriculture, materials and pharmaceutical markets and matches innovations with the right benefits to those needs. Horizon obtains Small Business Innovation Research grants and private funding to provide the research and business development needed to bring the products to market.   Dr. Schultz holds a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry (New York University) and training in Business Management (INSEAD, France). His professional focus is on the building of ‘product engines’ and new initiatives in the physical sciences markets. He has more than 40 patents and numerous publications.   Dr. Schultz’s 30 years as an R&D executive has led to the creation of significant new products at E.I. DuPont, L’Oreal, P&G, Shiseido Ltd., Playtex, Sculptz Inc., Clorox and Bristol-Myers-Squibb across a range of product categories.

DSU Dover & Sussex to reopen on time 2/14; NCCo delayed.

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Kent County got a total of about seven inches of snow over the course of the snow event that began on Wednesday night.

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DSU's main campus in Dover and its Georgetown site will reopen at its regular start time on Friday, Feb. 14 (today). All employees should arrive at those locations at their regular reporting time. The DSU@Wilmington site will delay its reopening today until 11 a.m. All employees at that site should arrive at that time.

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