January 2010


Provost Search Committee Established

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    In one of his last action as Provost before he takes over as the 10th president of Delaware State University, Dr. Harry L. Williams announced the establishment of a 13-member Provost Search Committee that will seek his permanent successor as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.   Dr. Richard Barczewski, chair of the Department of Ag & Natural Resources, and Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy, have been tapped to serve as the co-chairs of the search committee.   The committee is comprised of a diverse mix of seven faculty members, one dean, one Board of Trustees member, two administration representatives and one student. The members of the committee include:   Ms. Lori B. Crawford, associate professor of art. Dr. Tom Butler, professor of social work Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences Mr. Jose F. Echeverrí, Board of Trustees member Ms. Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement Ms. Cecilia Dunning, financial date analyst, Office of the Provost Ms. Kathleen Chalot, Student Government Association president Dr. Cynthia Reed Mayo, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Mgmt. Dr. Bradley Skelcher, professor and associate provost Dr. Sabrina McGary, associate professor of biology Dr. Cherese Winstead, assistant professor of chemistry.   Dr. Williams said the University’s goal is to have a Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in place by the beginning of the fall semester 2010. Dr. Ronald H. Blackmon has been brought in to serve as interim Provost during the spring semester 2010.  

DSU President receives Education Award in N.C.

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DSU President Harry Lee. Williams shows the Presidential Award of Distinction in Education he received from the General Baptist Convention of North Carolina on Jan. 8.

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  Dr. Harry L. Williams was honored by the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina with the Presidential Award of Distinction in Education at the organization’s Jan. 8 MLK Memorial Banquet in Durham, N.C. Dr. Williams was honored for his accomplished career in higher education, which include his recent selection at the 10th president of Delaware State University. Dr. Williams began his first day as president on Jan. 10. The DSU president – who is a native of Greenville, N.C. and affiliated with the General Baptist Convention – was honored along with two other North Carolinians, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, a nationally known Baptist pastor and leader, and Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony R. Foxx.  

DSU Hosts First-Ever Delaware Brain Bee

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Savannah Zukas of Indian River High School reacts to the verdict on her answer at the Delaware Brain Bee held at DSU on Jan. 9

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  DSU was the site of the first-ever Brain Bee Competition in Delaware on Jan 9 and by the end of the competition, Amy Forster of the Charter School of Wilmington won 1st place for the best neurology knowledge among the contestants.   Held in the Mishoe Science Center on campus, the inaugural Delaware Brain Bee intellectually pitted 14 students from Caesar Rodney High School, Charter School of Wilmington, and Indian River High School against each other.   The Delaware Brain Bee was conducted in the same elimination style as the Spelling Bee competition that is held across the country. However instead of being given words to spell, contestants in the Brain Bee were given oral questions about neuroscience that they had to answer correctly or be eliminated.   Amy Forster (center), the first-place winner of the first-ever Delaware Brain Bee, is congratulated by Dr. Princy Mennella, (r) DSU assistant professor of biology, and state Sen. Colin Bonini. Ms. Forster's first-place performance won her an all-expense paid trip to Baltimore, Md. where she will represent Delaware in the U.S. National Brain Bee on March 19-20. There are 52 other competitions across the United States that will send their winners to that National Brain Bee competition.   Dr. Princy Quadros Mennella, an assistant professor of neuroscience and the coordinator of the Delaware Brain Bee, said with so much to learn about the brain in connection with diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, autism and Alzheimer’s, it is important to cultivate interest in neuroscience among young people.   “We need bright young minds to help make new discoveries in the field of neuroscience,” Dr. Mennella said. “Educating our nation’s high school students and getting them excited about the brain is important because one of them could be the next neuroscientist to make a breakthrough in our understanding of the many brain diseases that afflict our society.”   Prior DSU’s facilitation of the event to make it possible in the First State, Delaware previously had been one of the few states that did not hold a Brain Bee competition nor have a representative in the National Brain Bee. Dr. Mennella said it is hoped that more Delaware high schools will engage their students to compete in future competitions.    

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