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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 Signs Cooperation Accord with China's Beihua University

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(L-r) Beihua University’s Gary Fang, Officer of Joint Program; Degang Xiao, Director of International Education & Exchange College; Nailong Wang, Vice President; DSU’s Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Fengshan Liu, assistant vice president of International Affairs, take a photo opp moment after signing the new accord.

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DSU recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with officials from Beihua University of Jilin, China, that will provide additional study-abroad and collaboration opportunities for both institutions. The cooperation agreement opens the door to DSU and Beihua undergraduate and graduate students for study-abroad semesters, as well as provides opportunities for faculty from both institutions for future research, teaching collaborations and professional development. The cooperation agreement was signed during a April 15 meeting in the DSU Board of Trustees Conference Room by Dr. Nailong Wang, BU vice president, and Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Dr. Wang was joined on the visit to DSU by Gary Fang, officer of BU Joint Program, and Degang Xiao, director of BU’s International Education & Exchange College.

DSU's 1890 Morrill Act Commemoration -- Photo Slideshow

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The 2nd Morrill Act brought together 65 years of DSU agriculture leadership and a talk show host -- (l-r) Dr. Dyremple Marsh, current dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; keynote speaker Joe Madison; Dr. Kenneth Bell, the former CARS dean; and Dr. U.S. Washington, the previous longtime director the institution's agriculture department before it became a college.

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DSU celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act – the federal legislation that resulted in the establishment of the institution in 1891 – with a several events on April 21-23. To see images from the events, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651734280798/show. The commemoration began on April 21 at the MLK Jr. Student Center with a proclamation signing by Gov. Jack Markell that made it “1890 Land Grant University Week” in State of Delaware. On the evening of April 22, satellite radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison spoke at the MLK Student Center. The commemoration's keynote speaker gave a presentation on “1890 Land-Grant Past, Present Future: A Time to Reflect.” The week of events culminated on April 23 with a lunchtime 1890 Walk and Carnival outside of the MLK Jr. Student Center. The co-chairs of DSU's 125th anniversary commemoration were Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Troy Darden, the college's information coordinator.

DSU Earth Day 2015 -- Article and Photo Slideshow

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Displaying DSU's Tree Campus USA designation are (l-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams; Cecil Rodrigues, director of EPA's Hazadous Cleanup Division; Dr. Michael Valenti, state forestry administrator; Cynthia Hong-Wa, DSU Herbarium curator; Alexandria Davis, DSU student; and Susan Yost, retired DSU Herbarium educator.

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Delaware State University celebrated Earth Day with a program that celebrated the institution’s sustainability initiatives and its continued status as the only certified Tree Campus USA in the state of Delaware. For images of from the DSU Earth Day program, click on https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157651724195990/show. During the DSU President Harry L. Williams welcomed to the campus guest speaker Cecil Rodriques, the director of the Hazardous Cleanup Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Dr. Michael A Valenti, forestry administrator with the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Service, during the April 22 program held in the MLK Jr. Student Center. Mr. Rodrigues praised the relationship between the EPA and DSU, noting that it is consistent with the agency’s goals to partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “The EPA has worked closely with DSU to support and promote student internships, career development and employment in agricultural and environmental sciences,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “The EPA has also worked to bolster faculty professional development, support the enhancement of the University’s environmental sciences curriculum, and enhance the involvement in sustainable environmental initiatives within the DSU campus community surrounding off-campus communities. The EPA official added that the agency looks forward to continued collaborations with DSU on various sustainability programs. Prior to program, Dr. Williams joined other DSU officials, students and guests in planting a new River Birch tree outside of the MLK Student Center, adding yet another tree to DSU Arboretum. DSU recently received notification that it had once again earned the status of being named a Tree Campus USA. To obtain this distinction, DSU met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. The campus tree collection has been accredited as an arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program since 2013. The ArbNet website gives the following description of the DSU Arboretum: “The Delaware State University (DSU) Arboretum is on the 400-acre main campus in Dover, the state capital of Delaware, located on the coastal plain of the eastern USA (USDA zone 7). The Arboretum is comprised of the hundreds of planted campus trees, totaling 172 different species of trees and shrubs (114 tree species, 58 shrub species). Each species is labeled; and a map of these trees/shrubs, with lists of scientific and common names with map coordinates, is on the DSU Arboretum brochure. The trees are documented with species descriptions, GPS locations, pressed plant voucher specimens, photographs, and scanned herbarium specimen images. “The DSU Arboretum tree and shrub collection is diverse, and valuable for teaching, research, and aesthetic purposes. The 68 native species, which represent 40% of the total 172 species, also have ecological importance. The collection includes unique trees, such as a state record shingle oak, the second largest in Delaware; and a large black walnut, which is on the waiting list for state record tree. Recent plantings were selected to further increase the diversity of trees on campus, and for their educational, ecological, and ornamental value. These include Delaware natives such as beach plum, American chestnut, and chinquapin. Some intriguing non-native species are monkey puzzle tree, franklinia, and umbrella-pine. The DSU Arboretum beautifies the campus in all seasons, especially with spring-flowering trees, and fall foliage.”    

Gov. Markell signs Land Grant Proclamation at DSU

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Gov. Jack Markell (l) signs a proclamation making this week “1890 Land Grant University Week” with DSU President Harry L. Williams sitting at the table with him. Behind them are (l-r) James Jones, Mr. DSU 2014-15; Jamila Mustafa, Miss DSU 2014-15; Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs; and Carlos Holmes, director of News Services.

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Gov. Jack Markell kicked off DSU’s commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act by signing a proclamation April 21 making this week “1890 Land-Grant University Week.” The 1890 Morrill Act was the enabling federal legislation that provided funding to the State of Delaware to established the then-State College for Colored Students (now-Delaware State University) in 1891. Since DSU’s humble beginnings, the institution has produced more than 19,000 college and university graduates.

Updated Message from DSU President on 4/18 Shooting Incident

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AN UPDATED MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – April 19 While the investigation in the April 18 shooting incident on campus continues, the University can report that three victims, all non-DSU students, are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The event was well attended with a significant portion of guests coming from the surrounding community. I am pleased with the cooperation of our students and the orderly way in which they followed the direction of University staff, dispersed from the event and returned to their residential halls.  This assisted University officials in ensuring the safety of our students. The safety and security of all our students, faculty and staff are a priority and, as such, we are and will continue to do those things to make this a safe environment to study, live, and work. The DSU Police Department remains on full alert and continues to patrol the entire campus. We also have 24 hour identification checks in place and only one entrance open.  Along with our great team of public safety professionals, we believe that the campus and its residents are safe. The April 18 shooting incident is still under active investigation by our DSU Police Department. In addition, the University is also aware of a second incident that took place at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 19.  In that incident, shots were reportedly fired in the area of the University Courtyard Apartments. There were no injuries in that incident and it is also being investigated by University police. On Monday morning, the University will resume its normal operations and classes. I am confident that the campus is safe and will continue to be so as we move toward the end of the spring 2015 semester and the May 17 commencement ceremony.   A Message from DSU President Harry L. Williams – April 18 Earlier this evening, at approximately 8 p.m., a shooting occurred on the DSU campus during an annual University-sanctioned student Greek cook-out event. There were three victims who were injured in the shooting. They were all transported to Kent General Hospital in Dover and are reported to be in stable condition.  The identities of the victims are unknown at this time. The student residential population has been directed to stay in their residential halls. Non-DSU individuals are being directed off-campus. This is currently an active investigation. No arrest(s) have been made as of 11 p.m. on April 18. The safety of our students continues to be paramount and our police will aggressively continue their investigation until an arrest or arrests are made in this shooting incident. DSU campus police are the lead agency investigating the incident. The Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police and other agencies are providing assistance. Anyone with information concerning this matter should contact the DSU Police Department at (302) 857-7911.

New DSU Friends of the Library Established

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During a reception for the Friends of the Library at the President’s Residence, (l-r) Provost Thompson, Carol Jason, Evelyn Peters and DSU President Harry L. Williams pose for a photo. Mrs. Jason is the widow of the late William C. Jason III, who along with Mrs. Peters were grandchildren of the former DSC president William C. Jason Sr.

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A new Delaware State University Friends of the Library initiative has been launched and was highlighted recently during a reception on campus in support of DSU’s William C. Jason Library. The April 9 reception was hosted by DSU President Harry L. Williams at his campus residence.  The Friends of the Library is a new initiative to bring awareness and resource support to the Jason Library at DSU.  The Friends of the Library will work to increase and engage supporters to raise funds to help the library meet the technology and learning needs of the students and faculty that use the facility. The Friends of the Library’s support will help the library to maintain its professional publications databases to support the research and instruction needs of the faculty.  “It is my desire that the University Library realize an engaged research agenda as a model research library,” said Dr. Rebecca Batson, dean of the University Libraries. “The Friends of the Library is an initiative that will engage supporters, friends, community, and university leaders to help raise the visibility and effectiveness of the library and help it reach its goals.” Prior to the reception, the Jason Library held an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that same day as part of the new organization’s inauguration.  Tours of the library were held and there were also poetry readings of original works presented by DSU alumnae Vanessa Nesbit and Dianne Bogle. Anyone interested in showing support for the William C. Jason Library can contact the DSU Office of Development at (302) 857-6055, William C. Jason, the namesake of the library, was the president of the then-State College for Colored Students (later DSU) from 1895 to 1923.

Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship Established at DSU

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Standing with a symbolic display check (l-r): Michael Miller, DSU Donor Relations; Trevor Skinner, the Means’ adopted son; Jimmy Means, the widowed husband of Inez Means; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Lorene Robinson, DSU Donor Relations; Dr. Sharon M. Wisneski, chair of the Department of Nursing; Vita Pickrum, senior associate vice president of Development

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A new $10,000 scholarship endowment has been established at DSU as a tribute to the late Inez O. Means, a strong supporter of the University. Jimmy Means, the husband of Mrs. Means, presented the check to DSU President Harry L. Williams on April 13, which would have been her 64th birthday. Mrs. Means, who lived with her husband in New Castle, Del., passed away on April 4, 2014. The Inez O. Means Endowed Scholarship will benefit nursing majors at DSU. Mrs. Means, who operated a successful hair salon in New Castle County, Del., was studying to become a nurse when she was stricken with cancer. Mr. Means, the owner of a successful fire and security alarm business, said he has established the endowed scholarship in honor of the legacy and the spirit of his wife of 40 years, as well as the tremendous respect they both have had for Delaware State University throughout their lives. Although the couple has never attended DSU, they have always been great supporters of the institutions. According to all who knew Mrs. Means, she was a warm, loving and caring woman who was a respected and vital member of her community.

DSU's Sheed Itaman Selected for Prestigious NFS Fellowship

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Sheed Itaman, who is working toward a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Sciences, has been selected to be part of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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The National Science Foundation has named DSU graduate student Sheed Itaman as a recipient of its Graduate Research Fellowship. Mr. Itaman, who is currently enrolled in DSU’s Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Master’s Degree Program, has been selected for his research proposal entitled “Aging Neurons: The Balance Between Calcium Ion Flux and Cell Death.”  Mr. Itaman – whose graduate advisor is Dr. Michael Gitcho, assistant professor of biological sciences – plans to achieve a Ph.D. in neuroscience and establish his career in biomedical research. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The program provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. This is the first time a Delaware State University student has been the recipient of this highly competitive and prestigious award.  

2015 DSU Speech Tourney Winners Announced

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The 2015 DSU Speech Tournament winners: (l-r) Bryon Dixon, 1st place; Michael Lee, 3rd place, Messiah Sanchez, honorable mention; along with Dr. Sam Hoff, tourney coordinator. Not pictured is the second-place winner Gabrielle Delima.
 

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Delaware State University has named the winners of the 4th annual Speech Tournament in which contestants were judged on their three-minute presentations on the topic “Racial Bias and Undue Use of Force by Police: Connected or Conjecture?” The contestants were judged on their speech delivery and content. The winning DSU students were: The 1st place winner was Byron Dixon of Baltimore, Md. The senior mass communications major took home the top prize of $600. The 2nd place winner was Gabrielle Delima of Dover, Del. The junior agriculture/pre-vet. major won $300. The 3rd place winner was Michael Lee of Dover, Del. The freshman political science major won $150. The Honorable Mention award was given to Messiah Sanchez of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Speech Tournament was co-sponsored by the Delaware Barristers Association, the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the DSU Law Studies Program, and the DSU Office of Student Affairs. The prizes were awarded on April 7. The undergraduate competition took place recently in the Longwood Auditorium of the Bank of America Building on campus.

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