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DSU Bands' Activities Suspended as Result of Ongoing Investigation

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Delaware State University has suspended the activities of all band music groups while the institution carries out an investigation of alleged hazing.   The suspension of all band performances – including those of the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band, the DSU Jazz Ensembles, the Concert Band and the Pep Bands – encompasses all scheduled engagements throughout the remainder of the 2013 fall semester, including the University’s final home football game on Nov. 23.   Decisions concerning band activities during the 2014 spring semester will not be made until the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, which the University is conducting in conjunction with the DSU Police Department.   Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said that, as always, student safety is a paramount priority at DSU.   “The University takes these allegations of hazing very seriously, and as such, taking action immediately to suspend the band activities and thoroughly investigate the veracity of the charges is the only appropriate course,” Dr. Thompson said.   That action is in accordance with established University policy that requires an organization to be suspended while there is an ongoing investigation in connection with its activities and actions.   While the band performance activities are suspended, music-related academic classes will continue to take place.  

DSU Named The Top 1890 Land-Grant University of the Year

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The award was given at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Annual Meeting on November 11 in Washington D.C.

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The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has named Delaware State University as the 1890 Land-Grant Institution of the Year, and also presented DSU with the 1890 Land-Grant Research Award. Dr. John Michael Lee, vice president of the APLU's Office of Success and Access, presents the 1890 Land-Grant Institution of the Year Award to Provost Alton Thompson and Dr. Dyremple Marsh, who both accept the honor on behalf of DSU. The University received the awards during the 126th APLU Annual Meeting on Nov. 11 in Washington, D.C., during which the organization held its inaugural 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards ceremony. The 14 award categories included:  retention, degree completion, agriculture degree completion, education degree completion, STEM degree completion, intellectual property, innovation, research, international research, experiential student learning, international students, international student development, alumni engagement, and exemplary alumni. The Land-Grant University of the Year Award was given for the best overall performance in each category from 2011-2013. DSU scored the highest of all 1890 Land-Grant institutions for being the only university in the top three in nine out of the 14 categories. DSU President Harry L. Williams said the 1890 Land-Grant University of the Year Award is reflective of the growing mindset that DSU is striving to be the best. “We have a lot of people here – administrators, faculty, staff and students – who have embraced the vision that we can become the No. 1 HBCU in the country and are expressing that belief through their hard work day in and day out,” Dr. Williams said. “As long as we continue to put our best institutional foot forward, DSU will continue to receive honors like this.”  DSU also garnered the Research Award for its 129 percent increase in total federal research funding between 2012 and 2013. “DSU’s success in obtaining such grants demonstrates the significant and intentional growth in our research and innovation enterprise by our talented faculty in focused lines of scientific inquiry at the federal level” said Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “While receiving the Research Award is an honor for the University, it also shows that DSU’s expectations with respect to its research activities are at an all-time high, and we will continue to push the boundaries of knowledge that benefit Delawareans and people across the globe.”

Dr. Teri Q. Gray, Del. STEM Council Co-Chair, to speak at DSU Nov. 14

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, president of the Delaware State Board of Education and co-chair of the Delaware STEM Council, as a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.     Dr. Teri Quinn Gray   The event – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series – is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gray is New Product Commercialization manager & Six Sigma consultant with DuPont Crop Protection where she leads cross-functional teams that span Asia, Europe, Latin and North Americas.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware, and on the Committee of Distinguished Advisors to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Dr. Gray is chair of the American Chemical Society Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and consultant with the ACS Women Chemist Committee.    She’s a native of Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and worked as National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards & Technology prior to joining DuPont in 1997.

DSU Counseling Center Holds a Domestic Violence Conference

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(L-r) Andre Gipson, Tiphany Starky and Lauren Boyd, along with other DSU students presented a skit during the conference on how alcohol abuse and bad decisions concerning intimacy can lead to domestic violence.

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DSU students received guidance in some of the pitfalls of social life and intimacy during a Nov.7 “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Domestic Violence Conference in the MLK Student Center on campus. Paulette Sullivan Moore, vice president of the National Network  to End Domestic Violence, was the conference's keynote speaker. The four-hour conference – which was sponsored by the DSU Counseling Center – included spoken word and dramatic skit performances, a student’s personal domestic violence story, a panel discussion and information about the SARA (Sexual Abuse Response Advocate) Program. The students also heard from keynote speaker  Paulette Sullivan Moore, a Wilmington attorney and the vice president of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Ms. Moore leads that organization’s work with Congress and the Obama Administration to support, implement and fund laws, policies and programs that promote safety for victims of domestic violence, as well as provide guidance for the systems designed to assist the and appropriate societal responses for perpetrators of such crimes. “Yesterday’s event was an awareness and prevention program to help our campus community understand the issues around violence in general and intimate partner violence in particular,” said Ralph Robinson, DSU director of Counseling. “Education is power and we want our students to know the facts so that they can make informed decisions about their behavior when it comes to relationships.” Mr. Robinson commended Pauline Meek, DSU counselor, her assistant Silver Debrick, and Candice Moore, director of the DSU International Students Office, for putting together the conference, as well as all others who participated.

The Drama "Nam" to be Performed at DSU Nov. 10-11

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"Nam" cast members (seated l-r) Henry Green (Gen. Chappie James), Terry Gregg (Lt. Commander Thomas Cutler), Mark Harris (Charles "Butch" Harmon), with playwright/director Dr. Donald A. Blakey above them.

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Delaware State University will present the dramatic production “Nam” that tells the story of a DSU connection to the Vietnam War, in 7 p.m. performances on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. "Nam" is written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald A. Blakey.   The production is free and open to the public.   Musical play, written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald Blakey, tells the story of two Delaware State College students -- Larry Fletcher Potts and Charles "Butch" Harmon who, on a bet with each other, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp as officers after their 1969 DSC graduation. While both served in Vietnam, only one of them returned home alive.   Potts was in a reconnaisance plane that was shot down. He and other members of the flight survived and initially had radio contact with their unit. But ultimately Potts was missing in action. His remains were never found.   Dr. Blakey research this true story through correspondence from Potts, as well as by interviewing family members and the Charles "Butch" Harmon, who currently resides in Milford.   The cast of local actors include Delores Blakey, Ruth Shelton, Pat Randolph, Henry Greene, Terry Gregg, Rev. John Moore, Rev. Ted Henderson, Nina Spencer, Mark Harris and Robert White.  The production will also feature the music of the DSU Jazz Ensemble, which will perform nostalgic songs from artists such as Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Tower of Power and others.

DSU Celebrates Two Donor Couples for Giving to Scholarship Fund

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DSU President Harry L. Williams receives a donation from retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert Jr. and his wife Richelle, who established an endowed scholarship in the name of Mr. Talbert's father Ernest Talbert Sr. who was a longtime associate professor of then Delaware State College's Department of Business for about 40 years.

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Delaware State University recently received financial support from two donors to benefits student scholarships.   Retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert and his wife, Richelle (in the top photo) recently donated $10,000 to DSU to establish the Professor Emeritus Ernest Talbert, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.   This newly created fund, made in memory of his father, will benefit qualified scholarship applicants who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year majoring in accounting or business administration. Professor Talbert taught in the School of Business from 1954 until the early 1990s. Of special note, Major General Talbert was the first African-American general in the history of the Delaware Air National Guard. (L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with Dr. Donald and Dolores Blakey and their display check representing their donations to DSU over the last fiscal year.   The Honorable Dr. Donald Blakey and Mrs. Delores Blakey are both DSU alumni, class of ’58 and ’62 respectively, and they continue to show their love and appreciation for DSU through service and financial support. On Nov. 2, the Blakeys were honored for their cumulative giving of $15,820 to DSU over the last fiscal year.   Over that period, the Blakeys continued to fund their endowed scholarship fund, the Dr. Donald A. and Delores F. Blakey Endowed Scholarship and the Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund. In addition, the Blakeys have supported various annual giving initiatives such as The Champion Fund and the President’s Scholarship Ball.  Cumulatively over the years, the Blakeys’ have generously donated more than $67,682.  

DSU Students' Community Service at St. John's Sch. -- Photo Slideshow

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These DSU students spent a beautiful Indian Summer morning doing community service at St. John's Lutheran School.

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Eighteen DSU students donated part of their Indian Summer morning on Nov. 2 to give some community service help to St. John’s Lutheran School on Walker Road in Dover. The community service opportunity for the DSU students was set up by Jordin Williams, director of the DSU Health & Recreation Center, who is also the University’s representative on Leadership Central Delaware (a Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce organization). The LCD selected St. John’s as their community service project, which led to the DSU students’ involvement. For images from the DSU students’ community service at St. John’s, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU Breaks Enrollment Record for 4th Consecutive Year -- 4,505

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (3rd from left), shown talking with students, says that the new record enrollment also reflects a rise in academic quality, including an average grade point average of 3.0 among incoming freshmen.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2013 total enrollment of 4,505 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,500 threshold.   The record 4,505 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,425 set in the fall of 2012. The 2013 enrollment figures include a record 4,061 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,000 undergraduates – and a record 288 transfer students.   The University enrolled 922 new freshmen this fall.   “In addition to another year of record enrollment, our academic quality continues to increase,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “This year our incoming freshmen have an average grade point average of 3.0, the highest ever at DSU.”   Dr. Williams also noted that the University also now has the largest program cohort of Inspire Scholarship students ever – 484. “Because the Delaware legislature and governor made the funding possible for the Inspire Scholarship, the state is a contributor to the record enrollment we had over the last few years,” the DSU president said.   Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 13th to 9th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual national ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

Dr. Sylvester Gates,Renowed Physicist, Guest Speaker at DSU Nov. 7

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Sylvester J. Gates, Jr., a prominent American theoretical physicist and a 2013 National Medal of Science recipient, who will be a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.      Sylvester J. Gates, Jr.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gates is an University System Regents Professor, a John S. Toll professor of physics, at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a former appointee of the President’s “Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.   He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.  In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Dr. Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public and the Board of Directors for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.   Dr. Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003, and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011.  In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists.    He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Philosophical Society.    Dr. Gates was presented the Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.  

DSU Interfaith Council Students Attend Washington D.C. Conference

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(L-r) Clinton Williams, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,  James Smith, Ashton Haynes, Lennea Davis, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and DSU Chaplain Rev. Pamela Adams.

 

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Four DSU Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students joined DSU Chaplain Pamela N. Adams to attend the 3rd Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   The students heard from experts in the field and met top governmental officials who share a commitment to interfaith engagement.    “Our Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students that attended definitely represented DSU in a very positive light, and were approached repeatedly to speak with administrators from other universities because of their poise,” said Chaplain Adams.    Among the officials in attendance, the students were able to meet U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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