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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.”  

President & 1st Lady's Holiday Open House -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. John Austin, associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs, is greeted by DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams during their annual Holiday Open House, held Dec. 16-17.

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Warm fellowship and good food abounded Dec. 16-17 as DSU President Harry L. Williams and First Lady Robin Williams welcomed faculty and staff to their annual Holiday Open House. For images of the event at the President’s residence, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157647496230563/show  

DSU President's Scholarship Ball -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU’s First Family and a legendary international singing star at the President’s Scholarship Ball – (l-r) Gavin and Austin Williams, Dionne Warwick, Dr. Robin Williams and DSU President Harry L. Williams.
 

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The 2014 President’s Scholarship Ball drew more than 400 supporters of student success to the Dec. 13 event.  For images of the Scholarship Ball, click on the below photo slideshow: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157647461871654/show H in the ballroom of the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, the President’s Scholarship Ball was emceed by DSU alumna Cathleen Trigg-Jones, an actress, author, and former news anchor and reporter for MY 9 and FOX 5 News-New York.  Dr. Harry L. Williams presents the President’s Award to Dionne Warwick after her performance. During the event, the University announced the launch of the public phase of DSU’s $20 million Greater Than One: Campaign for Students. Ms. Trigg-Jones – who graduated in 1992 from then-Delaware State College – followed that by making an impassioned case for financial support for DSU students. That plea led to on-site spontaneous donations of over $20,000 from attendees for scholarship support, bringing the preliminary total raised to over $133,000. The Scholarship Ball reception featured smooth music by the Joe Baione Jazz Sextet, while the Scholarship Ball dinner portion featured the music vocals of renowned Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick. The dance portion of the night was propelled by the versatile Delaware band Mike Hines and the Look. The event also featured auctioneer Frank Chick, Jr., CEO of Chick’s Farm & Feed Supply, who successfully received over $6,820 in live bids for various items as well as the autographed chair used during Ms. Warwick’s performance. In addition, the Scholarship Ball received support from 18 sponsors, including lead supporters: Premier sponsor –DuPont, Diamond sponsor – Delmarva Power, Platinum sponsor – AstraZeneca, and Gold sponsors – Delaware Today and the Delaware State News. During the event, President’s Community Partner Awards were presented to community activist and DSU supporter Beatrice “Bebe” Coker; Jocelyn Stewart, senior director of Community Investment for Barclaycard US; DSU alumni Donald and Dolores Blakey; and Enid Wallace-Sims, Delmarva Power public affairs manager and DSU alumna. “It was a very good Scholarship Ball,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “In addition to exceeding our fundraising goal, we also attracted new friends to the University.” To learn more and support the Greater Than One: Campaign for Students, visit desu.edu/GreaterThanOne. 

2014 December Commencement -- Photo Slideshow

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Some 2014 December Commencement graduates take the Alumni Pledge after receiving their diplomas.

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DSU held its 2014 December Commencement on Dec. 13 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium where more than 200 graduates received their diplomas. For images of the December Commencement, click on the below link followed by more information about the graduation event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649735229911/show Among the 2014 December undergraduates receiving their diplomas, four completed their academic journey as Summa Cum Laude (3.75 GPA and above), 10 as Magna Cum Laude (3.5 to 3.74), 13 as Cum Laude (3.25 to 3.49), and 13 as Honorable Mention (transfer students with 60 or more credit hours at DSU). DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the Presidential Academic Award to Marco Kano, an international student from Bradenburg, Germany, who maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire undergraduate journey. Mr. Kano has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics. Dr. Williams presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Beatrice “Bebe” Coker, a community activist in Wilmington and throughout the state of Delaware, as well as a strong supporter of DSU. The DSU president noted that she was instrumental in working with DSU and the State of Delaware to create the Inspire Scholarship, and also has “served as an important advisor to the University on numerous issues, has been an overall champion for the University and has helped raise funds for DSU especially among the churches around the state and in Wilmington in particular.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, who alluded to the current activism over the injustices of police actions in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City to challenge the graduates to go beyond simply being involved in the highly visible demonstrations. “The real world needs real leaders concerned real people,” Dr. Kimbrough said. “At some point, the hands are going to go down, Labron (James) and Derrick Rose aren’t going to be wearing warm-up shirts that say ‘I can’t breath,’ and the 4 to 15-minute die-ins will end; and when that happens, that’s when the real work begins.”    

1st Lady's Tea -- Photo Slideshow

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Dr. Robin Williams (center, seated) takes a photo moment with the guests of her 1st Lady's Tea, which celebrated their December graduation from DSU.

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Dr. Robin Williams, wife of DSU President Harry L. Williams, hosted a Dec. 12 First Lady’s Tea held in honor of the women slated to receive their diploma at that December Commencement the next day. Held at the first couple’s on-campus residence, 13 graduates attended the event that featured lunch and tea with the women, gifts from the 1st Lady and warm fellowship. For images from the 1st Lady’s Tea, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649731939652/show  

DSU Hosts Meeting with Kent Co. State Legislators

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DSU with Kent County’s state legislators: (l-r) Valerie Dinkins, DSU special asst. to President; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, VP of Research; Sen. Brian Bushweller;  Rep. Sean Lynn; Rep. Trey Paradee; Rep. Lyndon Yearick; DSU President Harry Williams; Rep. Bobby Outten; Rep. Bill Carson; Sen. Colin Bonini; Dr. Teresa Hardee, DSU VP of Finance; Rep. Harvey Kenton; Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost; and Victor Santos, DSU gov. rel. liaison. Rep. Jeff Spiegelman was in attendance, but not pictured.

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Kent County’s state legislators paid DSU a visit on Dec. 11 to meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams and other administrators to receive an update the latest priorities and projects of the University. DSU President Harry L. Williams discusses the University’s priorities and projects with Kent County’s state legislators. The full group of Kent County state legislators included: Sen. Brian Bushweller, Sen. Colin, Bonini, Rep. Bill Carson, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. Sean Lynn, Rep. Bobby Outten, Rep. Trey Paradee, Rep. Jeff Spiegelman and Rep. Lyndon Yearick. Dr. Williams – along with Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Teresa Hardee, vice president of Finance; Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, vice president of Research Innovation and Economic Development; and Victor Santos, University government relations liaison, Tom Preston, University general counsel; and Valerie Dinkins, special assistant for Institutional Advancement for the president – discussed DSU’s priorities with the legislators during a lunch meeting. The legislators received updates on the University’s work to evaluate all of its academic programs; its latest performances in the areas of enrollment, retention and graduation rates; its 2015 state budget requests, DSU’s work with the Gates Foundation, the Convocation Center initiative, the Pedestrian Study improvements, and other priorities. Dr. Williams also noted the meeting was an opportunity to thank the state legislators for their support of the University over the years.

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Gala -- Photo Slideshow

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The DSU Graduates Student Association celebrated the most recent master’s and doctoral students to complete their degrees during an event Nov. 21 at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover..

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DSU Graduate Student Association (GSA) held its Fall 2014 Graduate Gala on Nov. 21 to honor all August and December 2014 graduate students who are receiving master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to honoring the graduate students, the GSA and the School of Graduate Studies and Research gave each graduate an alumni plate to put on their car.  For images from the Graduate Gala, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157649647031846/show    

DSU Police Christmas Party for Kids -- Photo Slideshow

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Pltm. Kerry Bowman makes a little girl’s day with a gift during the Dec. 9 Christmas Party thrown by the DSU Police Department for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab.

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The DSU Police Department held a Dec. 9 Christmas party – complete with Santa Claus, gifts and sweets – for the kids of the DSU Early Childhood Development Lab. For images from the Christmas party, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157647374141903/show  

Dr. Melikechi Honored at African Engineering Conference

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi receives the Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa at the Conference of the African Society for Engineering Management. Pictured are (l-r)  Bashir Garba Ibrahim, president of the African Society for Engineering Management; Obumneme Nwafor of the Center for Educational Development in Africa; DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi; and Mustapha Ozkaya, director of programs, Aljazeera Media Network Center.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and vice president of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, recently received an honor during a recent conference of the African Society for Engineering Management, held Nov. 15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Conference presented Dr. Melikechi with an Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa. The award particularly noted Dr. Melikechi’s work in his native country of Algeria. Dr. Melikechi gave a motivational lecture on “Science and Technology” during the conference.

New Student Organizations Complex Established in MLK

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Administrators, occupants of the new Student Organizations Complex and other students gather for a group photo during the Open House event.

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A series of offices on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center have been renovated and re-established as the new Student Organizations Complex. (L-r) The ribbon is cut for the new Student Organizations Complex by Kimani Robinson, SGA vice president; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Kamillah Lewis, associate director of Student Leadership & Activities; and Dr. Stacey Downing, vice president of Student Affairs. Located in Suite 353, the renovated space was designed in collaboration with student leaders and DSU Administrators.  The complex now serves as home to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA), Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board, Resident Hall Association, National Pan-Hellenic Association, Royal Court, The Hornet Newspaper, and the Student Employment Office.  The new space also features two new conference rooms that are available for use by all active student organizations of the University.  The purpose of the renovation was to make the former SGA Suite more accessible to the student body, promote engagement and collaboration amongst student organizations, and provide a “one-stop-shop” for leadership development initiatives of the University.    An official Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Nov. 18 christening the new complex, an event that featured remarks from DSU President Harry L. Williams;  Dr. Stacy Downing, vice president of Student Affairs; Kimani Robinson, Student Government Association vice president; and Kamillah Lewis, associate director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

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