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DSU Formalizes Agreement with Mauritania Institution

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (seated left) shakes hands with Mauritania Ambassador Mohamed Lemine Haycen after signing an agreement that will facilitate joint projects and exchanges between DSU and the National School for Agriculture Training and Extension. Standing behind (l-r) are DSU administrators Dr. Fengshan Liu, Provost Alton Thompson, Dr. Marshall Stevenson, Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dr. Adul-Aziz Diop and Dr. Bradley Skelcher.

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  Delaware State University has expanded its international partnerships with the signing of a formal agreement with National School for Agriculture Training and Extension of Kaedi, Mauritania.  DSU President Harry L. Williams signed the five-year agreement on June 29 with Mauritania Ambassador Mohamed Lemine Haycen during a meeting on the DSU campus.   The agreement facilitates joint research projects, joint academic seminars, as well as student and faculty exchanges.   Ambassador Haycen noted that “knowledge is light,” and that technical knowledge is especially needed in Mauritania.   “Knowledge is the noblest that can be given, because through it you can bring a population into the light,” Ambassador Haycen said.   “It is out intent through this partnership to make significant research, training and extension contributions in the subject areas of horticulture, dry land agriculture, protective agriculture and bio-energy,” said Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. “Successful completion of well-thought out projects in these critical need areas will serve to address the sustainability issues in both countries.”  

DSU closed on Friday, March 6

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Due to ongoing work to clear primary and secondary roadways, in the wake of Thursday’s snow storm, the Dover, Sussex, and Wilmington campus locations will be closed on Friday, March 6th.

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Due to ongoing work to clear primary and secondary roadways, in the wake of Thursday’s snow storm, the Dover, Sussex, and Wilmington campus locations will be closed on Friday, March 6th.  All day/evening classes are cancelled and events will be rescheduled.  If you must go outside, please use extreme caution as there may be slippery surfaces or falling tree branches.Students and employees are urged to continue to monitor their DSU email accounts, check the University’s website, the University's social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/DESUedu and http://twitter.com/DelStateUniv), or call the DSU snowline at (302) 857-SNOW(7669).   Please be advised that while the University is closed, essential personnel are still to report to work on time. University Operations Dining Services: The University dining services at Conrad Hall will be opened from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 6th. The Village Café and the MLK Jr. Student retail food services will be closed. Meals will be delivered to residents that have meal plans in the DSU Living and Learning Commons and the University Courtyard Apartments for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shuttle Service: The DSU shuttle service will not be in service on March 6th. Risk and Safety The safety of the Delaware State University (DSU) community is the highest priority. Students, Faculty, and Staff should never take unnecessary risks and should exercise good judgment during times of inclement weather.  In the case that the University is open for normal operations, it is a matter of personal judgment whether traveling to campus from your individual location is potentially hazardous.  For urgent matters regarding your safety or risk on campus, please contact Enterprise Risk Management at contactrisk@desu.edu and your issue will be escalated for immediate attention. If you are in immediate danger, please contact the DSU Police Department at 302-857-7911.      

DSU Alumni Assoc. Opens Office on Main Campus

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DSUAA President Sheila Davis stands in front of the Thomasson Building, the new home for the office of the Delaware State University Alumni Association.

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The Delaware State University Alumni Association has a new office location – right on DSU’s main Dover campus. (L-r) DSUAA President Shelia Davis, alumnus Norman Oliver, Alumni Relations Assistant Vice President Dr. Lisa Dunning and DSU President Harry L. Williams cut the ribbon on the newly opened DSUAA office. The Office of the DSUAA is now located in a centralized location on campus in Suite 200 in the Thomasson Building. The Office of Alumni Affairs, which is now located in Office 314 of the MLK Jr. Student Center, formerly occupied the DSUAA office. Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, said the new DSUAA location will increase visibility and foster collaborative efforts for alumni outreach.  She added that the DSUAA’s move to campus will cultivate greater alignment of strategic goals between the association and DSU’s administration. The office move onto the campus is consistent with a greater emphasis by the DSUAA and the DSU administration over the past several months to work closer together as a united presence and to strive together for greater alumni impact. “When you see DSUAA President Mrs. Sheila Davis during alumni events, you will also see DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams and/or the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Dr. Lisa Dunning,” said Ms. Davis, the DSUAA president.   A grand opening ribbon cutting and reception of the DSUAA Office was held on Feb. 28. The new phone number of the Office of the DSUAA is (302) 857-7053.

DSU Hosts Play on Poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson March 2

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Delaware State University will host a program presentation of Don-Del Enterprises that celebrates the life of African-American educator, poet, journalist and political activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, Ms. Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) was one of the prominent African-Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Great Poetic movement of 1889. Her first husband was the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson would later become well=known in African-American journalism circles. She also was an activist for African-Americans' and women's rights, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. While she continued to write stories and poetry, she became more politically active in Wilmington and wrote numerous articles on leading topics. In 1915, she was field organizer for the Middle Atlantic States for the woman's suffrage movement. In 1918, she was field representative for the Woman's Committee of the Council of Defense. From about 1920 on, she was a highly successful columnist, with articles, essays and reviews appearing as well in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. She was a popular speaker and had an active schedule of lectures through these years. Ms. Dunbar-Nelson also taught at the Summer School of Methods for African-American teachers at the State College for Colored Students (later DSU) in 1910.

DSU Delays Operations/Classes Until 10 a.m. Mon., March 2

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University crews are working on roads and pedestrian areas to prepare for a 10 a.m. campus opening.
 

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Due to the freezing rain that fell overnight, Delaware State University will delay its normal operation and classes until 10 a.m. on Monday, March 2 on its main campus in Dover. Essential personnel should report at their regular reporting time, while other employees should report for regular operations by 10 a.m. The University dining services at Village Cafe will be opened at 8 a.m. and the Conrad Hall dining services will start at 12 noon. The MLK Jr. Student retail food services will be opened at 10 a.m. The University’s shuttle service will begin its operations at 9 a.m. The University’s Wellness and Recreation Center and the Health Center will both open at 10 a.m. Due to icy conditions, be aware of slippery sidewalks and falling branches

Plans Announced for Dr. Jerome Holland Statue at DSU

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DSU President Harry L. Williams, Delores and Donald Blakey, and David Turner, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees, stand with a display check and the actual check representing the Blakeys’ $5,000 donation toward the Holland memorial statue project.

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During its annual Founders Day Program on Feb. 19, DSU President Harry L. Williams announced the launching of a project to erect a memorial statue of Delaware State College President Jerome Holland on the Dover campus. Dr. Holland – DSC president from 1953-1960 – is credited with providing the critical leadership needed to navigate the College through the most difficult decade of its history. Amid forces in the state that threatened to close the institution, Dr. Holland brought about improvements at DSC that ensured its survival and established a foundation that future presidents would build on. Dr. Williams said that a Jerome Holland Statue Committee has been established, which includes Dr. Donald Blakey, chair and alumnus, Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president of Development (co-chair); Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost; Dr. Lisa Dunning, assistant vice president for  Alumni Affairs and alumna; Dr. Edward Lorio, associate professor of art; Carlos Holmes, director of News Services; Dr. U.S. Washington retired dean; as well as alumni Dolores Blakey, Ned Brown, Robert Draine, Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, Philip Sadler and Sheila Davis, president of the DSU Alumni Association. During the announcement, Dr. Blakey and his wife Delores Blakey presented a donation of $5,000 to go toward the memorial statue. A timetable will be established in the near future as to when the statue will be projected for completion and dedication.

General Assembly Leaders Visit DSU

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(L-r) Seated: Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Speaker Peter Schwartzkoff, Dr. Robin Williams, DSU President Harry Williams, Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, Rep. Stephanie Bolden; standing: DSU Provost Alton Thompson, Sen Brian Bushweller, Sen. David Sokola, Sen. Colin Bonini, Rep. Daniel Short, along with DSU’s Dr. Teresa Hardee, David Sheppard and Victor Santos.
 

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DSU welcomed a number of leadership members of the Delaware General Assembly to campus on Feb. 26. DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams held a dinner at their residence for the group of state legislators that evening. For images of the event, click on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651057861642/show DSU President Harry L. Williams (center) stands with Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff (l) and Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins – the first time the top leaders of the state General Assembly have visited DSU together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution.   Among those who attended were Senate President Pro Temp Patricia M. Blevins and Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkoff. It was the first time that the top two leaders of the state General Assembly paid a visit to the campus together for a dinner with the president in the history of the institution. Other state legislators who took part included Sen. David Sokola, chair of the state Bond Bill Committee; Sen. Colin Bonini, Bond Bill Committee member; Rep. Daniel Short, House Minority Leader; Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Minority Whip; as well as Sen. Brian Bushweller, Bond Bill Committee and Joint Finance Committee member; and Rep. Stephanie Bolden (who is also a DSU alumna). Also representing DSU at the dinner were Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Teresa Hardee, senior vice president and chief operating officer; David Sheppard, assistant general counsel; and Victor Santos, director of Government and Community Relations. During the dinner, Dr. Williams updated the legislators on the latest developments at DSU and discussion also took place among the group concerning the successes of the University, the challenges it faces, as well as the future opportunities for the institution.

Tommie Smith to Speak at Delaware State University

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.

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Tommie Smith, one of the two figures in the iconic photo of the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, will speak at Delaware State University in a presentation entitled “Civil Discourse and Silent Gestures” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic records with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner was played, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood wearing their Olympic medals, each with a raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a stand for human rights, liberation and solidarity. The act was captured in a powerful iconic photo that is among the most famous Olympic moments. This act propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Tommie Smith has made a commitment to dedicate his life to champion the cause of oppressed people. He has written about his 1968 Olympic experience as well as his life before and after in his 2007 autobiography Silent Gesture, copies of which will be available at the event. Mr. Smith will be available to sign copies of his book after his presentation.

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