February 2010


Band Celebrates European Success with Dover Concert

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For many members of the DSU Approaching Storm Band, their recent performances overseas were their first trip to Europe.

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  The Delaware State University Approaching Storm Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover.   The concert is in celebration of their recent triumphant European trip in which the band gave outstanding New Year's Day performances in London, England and Paris, France. The band will perform some of the compositions that it performed during that trip – including songs by Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and others. The DSU Approaching Storm percussionists make a rhythmic statement on the streets of London.   The 80-member band is led by Randolph Johnson, DSU band director. Also performing in the concert will be the Sweet 16 Flag Team and the Del*A* Gance Dancers.   Tickets are $10 at the door.   The Schwartz Center for the Arts is located at 226 South State St. in downtown Dover.      

DSU To Dedicate Student Center Complex Feb. 25

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The Feb. 25 Dedication Ceremony for the Student Center Complex will be held in the new Martin Luther King Student Center. The public is welcome to attend!!

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  UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has been postponed until Thursday, February 25.  All of the originally scheduled events will take place on the new rescheduled date. DSU will christen its newly completed Student Center Complex with a Dedication Ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in the new Martin Luther King Student Center.   The public is welcome to attend the Dedication Ceremony and tours of the Student Center Complex.   With the dedication of the Complex – which includes the Strength & Conditioning Facility, the Wellness & Recreation Center with its connected swimming pool, as well as the MLK Student Center, DSU is combining the christening event with its annual observances of Martin Luther King’s Birthday and the University’s Founders’ Day. The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy   The event will include a keynote address by the Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy, a civil rights activist and former U.S. congressman.  Mr. Fauntroy served under Dr. King in the 1960s as the director of the Washington bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was the coordinator of the 1963 March on Washington and directed the Selma, Ala. civil rights march in 1965. He would later go on to serve ten terms as an influential U.S. Congressman from 1971-90, and during those elected years he was a founding member of Congressional Black Caucus, for which he would serve as chairman in 1981.   Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. a Question and Answer Forum will be held with Mr. Fauntroy, through which he will be able to share information about his time working with Dr. Kings and his Congressional career. That event will be held in the Education and Humanities Theatre and is free and open to the public.   There will also be remarks from DSU President Harry Lee Williams; Kathleen Charlot, current DSU Student Government Association (SGA) president; Leroy Tate, Delaware State College alumnus and the 1968 SGA president; and Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU Board of Trustees.   A ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of the 1968 Time Capsule that was extracted from the cornerstone of the previous student center prior to its demolition will be other features. The University will also announce the contents of a new time capsule that will be encased in the cornerstone of the new MLK Student Center.   In addition, the University will give people a chance to own a piece of history through the sell of bricks from the previous MLK Student Center that was in existence from 1968-2008. The limited edition bricks will be on sale for $15 each in the new MLK Student Center.    

University Mourns Two Faculty Members

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  Delaware State University is mourning the recent deaths of two faculty members. Dr. Yaw Ackah, professor of sociology and criminal justice, passed away on Feb. 17 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Ackah began teaching at DSU as an assistant professor in 1993 after he earned his doctorate in sociology and criminal justice from Howard University. By 2003, Dr. Ackah had risen to full professor status at DSU.                       Dr. Yaw Ackah His research in their areas of crime in Washington, D.C., race and health disparities among prison inmates, and transnational crime resulted in published articles in several academic publications. Dr. Ackah was a native of Ghana. “He was a dedicated teacher, a good scholar, a compassionate faculty member, a decent person, and he was a scrupulously honest person,” said Dr. Kofi Blay, chair of the Department of Sociology. “He has left a gap that will be difficulty to fill.”   He is survived by his wife Georgina and five sons, Eric, Ernest, Thomas, Samuel and Ellis, as well as other family members and friends.   To allow time for family member to travel from Ghana to the United States, a viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 12  at Torbert Funeral Home on Del. 10. The funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State Street in downtown Dover. The 1 p.m. funeral start time is a rescheduling from the original planned 2 p.m. time, which had to be changed due to a parade event that will be going  on in downtown Dover that afternoon.   Dr. Clorice D. Thomas-Haysbert, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, passed away on Feb. 20 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Thomas-Haysbert began teaching in the DSU Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the fall of 2003. She had been on sick leave since the spring semester 2009.        Dr. Clorice Thomas-Haysbert “Dr. T.H., as we called her, was very caring and sincere where the Hospitality & Tourism Management students were concerned and faithfully served as their mentor and advisor, said Dr. Cynthia R. Mayo, the department’s chair.   Dr. Mayo added that Dr. Thomas-Haysbert served as the chair of the department’s Curriculum Committee and also served on the Assurance of Learning Committee. Prior to arriving at DSU, she was the director of the Hospitality Management Program at Howard University.   She is survived by her husband Raymond Haysbert, as well as other family and friends.   There will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 East Mt. Vernon Street, Smyrna, Del. Friends can call on the family at the church two hours before the service begins.  

DSU Chinese Students/Scholars to Celebrate Chinese New Year Feb. 14

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The Red Sorghum Dancing Group will be one of the performing acts at the Feb. 14 DSUCSSA's Chinese New Year celebration.

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  The Chinese Students Association of Delaware State University will host the 2010 Chinese New Year Celebration from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 in the DSU Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Professional and talented performers will present traditional Chinese music, ethnic dancing, martial arts, a Chinese zither recital and a traditional comic show. Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most significant festival for the Chinese people as it is that time of the year when all family members get together to have a gala time, just like Christmas in the West. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve". In 2010, Chinese New Year is Feb.14 (the same day as Valentine's Day), but every year, this date is changing. Chinese Zodiac is named for the 12 animals that are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, 2009 is the Year of Ox and 2010 will be the Year of Tiger.    

DSU to Present the Jena Production "America, Amerique" at the Schwartz

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The March 4 performance of the America, Amerique cast (left) is a rescheduled date, as the original Feb. 12 date was postponed due to the snowstorm of that week.

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  Delaware State University will host the JENA Company production entitled America, Amerique at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover. Live on stage, America, Amerique is the story of American immigrants – and America – 1845 to the Present. From the Irish potato fields to Mid-western farms and New York tenements … from New England factories and the railroad across the Rockie, to the Mexican border 2008…and elsewhere. The startling and extraordinary production uses music, sound, and seven actors to bring the audience to unknown worlds. “Voices from Our Past, Dreams for the Future, and a Battle that still rages today, the audience will learn, to know deeply, where we’ve been, where we’ve come from, maybe even where we’re going, in this American story, the story of immigrants. The production is free to students with I.D. and is open to the public with a $10 fee for adults. For tickets call the Schwartz Center for the Arts box office at (302) 678-5152. For further information contact Dr. Donald Parks at (302) 678-3583 or e-mail at Donald@schwartzcenter.com. School groups and other community groups are welcome to participate in this opportunity to learn about the history of immigration in America.      

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