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The Coronation of Mr. & Miss DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2014-2015 Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa and Mr. DSU James Jones stand against the Oct. 12 Coronation’s Far East backdrop. The theme for the event was “An Evening of Asian Enchantment”

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The 2014 Mr. and Miss DSU, James Jones and Jamila Mustafa, were formally crowned during the annual Coronation Ceremony held Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. For images of the Coronation Ceremony, click on the below link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157648478312468/show Mr. DSU James Jones is a business administration major from Upper Marlboro, Md. His ambition is to become a world-renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur. Most immediately he looks forward to joining the corporate team of Neil General Contractor, Inc., to expand the vision and reality of his father. The son of Cornelius and Jan Tuff, the 21-year-old senior stands behind the creed “When God predestines your why, He will be your how.” His platform is “Strive for greater: You are more than what you have become.” Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa is a mass communication major from Wilmington, Del. She is a former Miss Teen Essence USA and most recently she was the first runner-up at the Miss NBCA Hall of Fame Pageant for HBCU Queens. Her favorite quote is “I never dreamed for success, I worked for it!” Her platform is “Project Uplift: Leadership Made Visible.”

Dr. Bernardine Lacey Honored as Nursing Living Legend

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Dr. Robin Williams and DSU President Harry Williams stand with Dr. Bernardine Lacey (center) after she was recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.

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Dr. Bernardine Lacey, former acting chair of the DSU Department of Nursing, has been recognized as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dr. Lacey along with three others received that honor during an Oct. 16 ceremony as part of the AAN’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. The AAN recognized Dr. Lacey for starting the movement to include the care of the underserved in nursing curriculum, which in turn made the nursing profession better prepared to care for the most vulnerable in society. The Living Legend Award is the highest honor presented by the AAN.

Arts Center's Outreach Program Honored by Del. Governor

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Jennifer Gunther (center), director of the Arts Center/Gallery, holds the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, which was presented in honor of the VSA Delaware Program on Oct. 6 in Wilmington. Standing with Ms. Gunther are (l-r) Paul Weagraff, Del. Division of the Arts, director, Lise Monty, Del. State Arts Council chair, Gov. Jack Markell and his wife Carla.

Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

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An outreach program of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery (ACG) has recently been honored by Gov. Jack Markell. VSA Delaware – one of several unique outreach programs of the ACG – recently received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts. In addition to providing art exhibitions and other cultural events, the ACG engages with the community through several unique outreach programs. VSA Delaware, one of the ACG’s community programs, received a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.  Gov. Markell honored the recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts at an Oct. 6 presentation at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. The event was co-chaired by First Lady Carla Markell and Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. The ACG’s VSA Delaware (VSADE) provides artistic opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the state. By providing a unique link between the arts, disability, and education communities, VSADE (formerly known as Very Special Arts) recognizes the need for children and adults with disabilities to be provided with opportunities to participate and achieve in the areas of performing and visual arts.  Using an established artist residency model to facilitate integrated arts education programming for students and adults with disabilities, VSADE provides cross-curricular learning with the arts as educational tools. The annual “Celebration of Creativity” traveling multimedia art exhibit celebrates the work of all visual arts residency participants. VSADE’s Arts Administration Internships and Performing Arts Residency programs provide opportunities for transitional-age students to develop relevant employment skills, as well as communication and interpersonal competency. Delaware schools recognize VSADE as a leader in providing accessible integrated programming to students with disabilities. Partnering with more than 40 Delaware schools, districts, and organizations, VSADE has worked diligently to develop dialogue about accessibility, cultural access, and universal design, so that Delaware arts organizations may improve their accessibility and outreach to diverse audiences. VSA Delaware are under the direction of Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.  For the past 16 years VSA Delaware has been a part of the ACG.  Other ACG outreach programs include the Delaware Regional Scholastics Arts Awards and the Congressional Arts Awards.

New DSU Leadership Appointments (October 2014)

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The University has announced several new leadership appointments in the areas of the newly established University College, as well as Financial Aid Services, Career Services, Development and Athletics.

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Delaware State University has announced the following new appointments:   Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington has been named the new associate vice president for Academic Affairs/University College, effective Oct. 6. The newly formed College will consolidate and strengthen many DSU programs and initiatives that are central to student success. That includes providing integrated, quality, academic support services for first-year and second-year students and transfer students, the Academic Enrichment Program, the University Academic Advisement Centers, and coordination and oversight of the University’s General Education curriculum. Stephen J. Ampersand Prior to this appointment, Dr. Washington was the director of DSU’s General Education and University Studies. Before her arrival to DSU in 2012, she served one year as the assistant dean for Access and Academic Development Programs and six years as director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/STEM Program, both in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware. Stephen J. Ampersand has been named the assistant vice president for Financial Aid Services, effective Oct. 6.  Mr. Ampersand will oversee all aspects of that division. Prior to his arrival to DSU, Mr. Ampersand served for three years as the director of Financial Aid at Cecil College. He also served as an enrollment representative at Peirce College in Philadelphia. He holds an A.S. and B.S. in Business Administration, both from Peirce College; and an M.S.M. in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. Dr. Bill H. Means has been named the new director of the Office of Career Services, effective Sept.           Dr. Bill H. Means Prior to his arrival, Dr. Means was the director of the Office of Internship and Career Programs at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Adult/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C. In addition: Eric Hart has moved over from his previous post as the senior associate athletics director to become a major gifts officer in the Development unit. Mr. Hart’s new post will focus on obtaining major gifts for DSU Athletics. Dr. Sonja R. Jackson-McCoy, formerly the associate director of Mentoring and Advising for Athletics, has been appointed as associate athletics director for Academic Services. Her major focus will be to monitor the academic success of student-athletes. The position reports to the University provost.

DSU Awarded $500,000 Grant for Virgin Island Project

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Dr. Michael H. Casson Jr., director of the DSU Center for Economic Development and International Trade, will implement a geographical information system to assist the U.S. Virgin Island in mapping out its regional assets that will be critical in future economic development initiatives.

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The U.S. Commerce Economic Development Administration has awarded the DSU Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT) a three-year $500,000 grant to implement an island-wide (St. Croix, St. Thomas, St,. John, and Water Island) geographic information system to map the regional assets of the Virgin Islands. The principal investigator of the project is Dr. Michael H. Casson Jr., director of the UCEDIT and associate professor of economics. The UCEDIT will do asset mapping as a critical first step in marshaling the resources that the U.S. Virgin Islands can leverage to support an integrated workforce and economic development initiatives. Asset mapping will be undertaken at several different levels including, but not limited to the following: An inventory will be undertaken of key resources that can be utilized in a development effort. Provide a deep understanding of the key networks and cultural attitudes that shape the regional economy, indicate “gap” areas that require further investment, and provide a baseline by which to judge future progress toward regional prosperity. To obtain this information UCEDIT will conduct significant research to assess the impact of regional assets—human, financial, institutional, and natural among others—on the innovation and productivity that ultimately drive the prosperity of local citizens.  Inform public and private sectors  “To achieve its economic and workforce development goals, the U.S. Virgin Islands has its own unique set of assets – tangible and intangible – to call upon,” Dr. Casson said. “While these resources may or may not provide an advantage over other regions with similar goals, they do provide the foundation for actions that the U.S. Virgin Islands can take in realistic hopes of improving its overall competitive position.”  UCEDIT has served the people of Delaware by improving their understanding of the state's economy -- past, present, and future since its establishment in 2011 through a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Commerce Economic Development Administration.  The Center focuses on providing timely information and reliable analyses of the State of Delaware economy, with specific attention to Kent and Sussex Counties. By mobilizing and directing the expertise available at Delaware State University, state agencies and entities, and the private sector, UCEDIT equips the public and decision makers with the foundation for systematic, thoughtful debate of public-policy issues. The Center takes a long-term, strategic view of economic forces, and is objective and transparent in its execution and delivery.  “Dr. Casson's island-wide asset mapping grant award in the Virgin Islands further demonstrates the expertise and capacity of the College of Business to uniquely and effectively contribute to economic development initiatives both within the State of Delaware and globally,” said Donna T. Covington, dean of the DSU College of Business.  

DSU Receives $500,000 Research Instrumentation Grant

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(L-r) Dr. Mukti M. Rana, principal investigator, along with co-PIs Dr. Wafa Amir, director of the DSU Imaging Facility, Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics and engineering – all DSU faculty members – have been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant that will result in the University’s acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope. Not pictured is co-PI Dr. Dula Man.

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A group of DSU faculty members from the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology have been awarded a $501,100 Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable the University to acquire a Scanning Electron Microscope for use in multidisciplinary research. The principal investigator grant is Dr. Mukti M. Rana, assistant professor of physics. The co-PIs for the grant were Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics and engineering; Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Wafa Amir, director of the DSU Imaging Facility; and Dr. Dula Man, assistant professor of chemistry The NSF grant funding the purchase of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) will provide DSU with an ultra-modern tool to image a sample with more than a million magnification. The technology will also have the capability to determine the atomic composition/structure of samples. In addition to high magnification, the instrument will provide other capabilities such as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy microanalysis system and electron back scattered diffractometer, which can be used to determine the elemental composition and crystallographic orientation of a specimen.  The SEM will be used to complete various ongoing research projects at DSU, which includes: The development of ultra-low power Indium Arsenic Nitride semiconductor transistors The fabrication of a nanofiber in situ electroporation chip to deliver DNA into cells The study of membrane-associated estrogen receptors in the Mauthner cell circuit of goldfish. The characterization of tubulin nanorings. This high-resolution imaging microscope will enhance the research and educational capabilities at DSU, as well as provide DSU STEM students with “hands on” experience and training in this broadly-used technology. Further, it is expected that SEM will stimulate new research opportunities, while it will develop new collaborative projects among DSU and non-DSU researchers including potential high technology companies. It will also strengthen the research and education capabilities of DSU in nano-scale science and technology, which involves many departments at DSU. The SEM will be located at new Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Building that is currently under construction on the DSU campus.  “This is another piece that we will contribute to our efforts to build a world class optics program at DSU,” said Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. “The SEM will add tremendous value to the University and the high technology community in the state while at the same will provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire hands on imaging skills” said the Dean and director of the optics program, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi.”

Civil Rights Movement Art Show at DSU until Nov. 7

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Demitrius Bullock Jr. (r), under the direction, Jennifer Gunther, director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery, hangs a work entitled Endangered, which was actually created by his father Demitruis Bullock Sr. of Townsend, Del. Mr. Bullock Sr. was one of 18 artists from all over the country to submit works for this Civil Right Movement-themed exhibition.

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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University is presenting an commemorative exhibition featuring the works of 18 artists from Sept.   Kamal Al Mansour’s Red, White (Black) and Blue is one of the 20 works on display that the Arts Center/Gallery’s Civil Rights-themed exhibition. 29 to Nov. 7. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public – is located in the Arts Center/Gallery, the entrance of which is located inside the entrance of the William C. Jason Library on campus. The gallery requested submission of works that directly or metaphorically examined and responded to any issues related to the Civil Rights Movement. Submissions were received from around the country, resulting in a group of 20 selected works that provided a unique visual response to Civil Rights events. The Arts Center/Gallery is a learning environment for the Department of Art, Arts Management program, and as such, DSU art majors assisted with the exhibit staging and installation.  In addition to the works selected from artists, the exhibit contains an interactive installation component.  The installation, a visual timeline reflecting responses to the exhibit and theme, is an evolving work of art. All visitors are encouraged to add their visual comments to the installation and become a part of this process. There isn’t a “wrong” way to participate. The opening reception for this exhibit will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibition and reception is being held in conjunction with the Oct. 2-3 Civil Rights Symposium hosted by DSU and the Delaware Historical Society. 

Miss DSU Jamila Mustafa 1st Runner-up in NBCAHF competition

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Jamila Mustafa, Miss DSU 2014-2015 (center), poses with other DSU supporters at the National Black Colleges Alumni Hall of Fame Queens Competition in Atlanta, Ga., where she finished as first runner-up.

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Jamila Lee Mustafa, whose coronation as the 2014-2015 Miss DSU is a little more than a week away, has already begun making her mark as the University’s top queen. Ms. Mustafa recently competed in the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (NBCAHF) Queens’ Competition in Atlanta, Ga., where she not only became the first DSU queen to finish in the top five of the 29-year competition, but she also became the first Hornet to finish as high as the first runner-up. Her success in the competition’s categories of the interview, talent and evening gown catapulted her to her high finish and won her a $3,500 scholarship. She was also awarded a special $2,000 scholarship from Royall Mack, the founder and CEO of Ciara Enterprises and the vice chairman of the NBCAHF Board of Directors. Along with Jamila’s wonderful accomplishments on that Sept. 27 evening, Mr. James Lee Jones, the 2014-2015 Mr. DSU, won the Mister Congeniality Award during the event. As part of that honor, he was awarded a $500 scholarship. The event was sponsored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to the growth and development of HBCUs through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement. Ms. Mustafa and Mr. Jones will be formally crowned as the 2014-2015 Mr. and Miss DSU during their Royal Coronation entitled "The Year of the Hornet – An Evening of Asian Enchantment" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

DSU President Travels to Turkey to Discuss Future Exchanges

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DSU President Harry L. Williams shakes the hand of Celal Bayar University President Mehmet Pakdemirli during a recent trip to Turkey.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams recently paid a visit to Celal Bayar University to meet with its president, Dr. Mehmet Pakdemirli, in a visit that followed up the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation that took place in the spring at DSU.   Dr. Mehmet Pakdemirli, president of Celal Bayar University in Turkey, signs an agreement with DSU President Harry L. Williams in March 2014. Dr. Williams recently returned from Turkey where he had further discussions with Celal administrators. The five-year agreement signed by the two university presidents on March 24 at DSU paved the way for future undergraduate and graduate students study abroad opportunities, joint research and teaching activities, the exchange of pedagogical materials, as well as collaboration in the areas of business, administration, sciences, education and professional training. During Dr. Williams’ Sept. 24-28 trip to Turkey, he met with Dr. Pakdemirli and other Celal University officials to hold further discussions on ways in which the two institutions could move ahead with the activities previously agreed to in the spring memorandum, especially in the areas of student exchanges and the DSU U.S. Cultural Enrichment Program. Those plans are expected to be finalized between the two institutions on a future date.

The First-Ever DSU Campus Lions Club is Chartered

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The  entire membership of the DSU Campus Lions Club was inducted during a ceremony on Sept. 21 in the MLK Jr. Student Center.

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There is a new community service group at DSU – the Delaware State University Campus Lions Club. (L-r) District Lion Club Governor Cheryl Jones, stands with the charter DSU Lions Club officers: Briana Tobin, president; Courtney McClure, vice president; Tiera McCoy, secretary; Hope Brown, treasurer; Desiree Jackson, “Lion Tamer”; and Jeffrey Baggett and Lesleigh Gibbs, directors. The charter DSU Lions Club became official during a Sept. 20 program in the MLK Jr. Student Center, as the leadership and members of other local Lions Clubs attended to witness the induction of its charter members and the installation of its officers. The Lions Clubs across the country focus much of their work on the prevention of blindness, aid to the blind, and help for those with vision problem. Many Lions Clubs, however, also engage themselves in many other community service endeavors. The charter DSU Lions Club begins its inaugural year with 14 members. Its officers are: Briana Tobin, president; Courtney McClure, vice president; Tiera McCoy, secretary; Hope Brown, treasurer; Desiree Jackson, “lion tamer”; Shanay Watts, membership chair; Jeffrey Baggett and Lesleigh Gibbs, directors. The advisors are Samantha Ash and Dr. Delores Finger Wright.

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