April 2010


DSU to Hold Public Forum in New Castle County on April 15

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The April 29 Public Forum in Kent County gave DSU President Harry L. Williams (left) and the Blue Ribbon Commission valuable input from the public.

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  Delaware State University’s Blue Ribbon Commission will complete its series of public forums this week in New Castle County to help it develop a fresh new vision for the University’s future.. The public can attend the forum, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the NCCo Chamber of Commerce, 12 Penns Way, New Castle.   The Commission had a forum for Kent County on March 29 and earlier this week on April 13 in Sussex County. DSU President Harry Lee Williams says that it is important for the citizens of Delaware to embrace and participate in this new DSU initiative that will lay a roadmap for its future success.   “Delaware State University belongs to the state of Delaware, and it is therefore important for the institution to have the input of its citizenry to help it become a premier institution of higher education in the country,” Dr. Williams said. “In doing so, the residents of the state will also share in the greatness that will result from DSU’s earnest work to become one of the best universities for students to fulfill their academic and professional aspirations.”   Persons interested in attending are asked to register in advanced either online at www.desu.edu/BRC-forum or by calling the Office of the President at (302) 857-6001   President Williams established the Blue Ribbon Commission in January and has directed the group to complete is work in crafting a new vision for the University by the end of May 2010. The group is also charged with developing a set of values to help drive excellence.   The co-chairs of the 14-member commission are Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Wayne Gilchrest, a retired U.S. Congressman from Maryland. They are joined by a diverse group that represents the faculty, staff, students and alumni of DSU, as well as state and federal government, public school system and the business community.   In addition, each member of Delaware’s Congressional Delegation – U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman and U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle – is serving as honorary co-chairs of the Commission.   For more information on the Blue Ribbon Commission and the full list of its members, go to www.desu.edu/dsu-president-names-blue-ribbon-commission.      

Choir to Present "I, Too, Sing America" Choral Festival April 18

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The DSU Concert Choir will perform along with five other regional university choirs in the April 18 Choral Festival on campus.

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  Delaware State University’s Office of Choral Activities will present six university choirs in concert in the “I, Too, Sing America” Choral Festival at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The unprecedented DSU event that will bring together six different university choirs for one concert is free and open to the public.   The DSU Concert Choir will perform in the Choral Festival along with the choirs from Bowie State University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, The University of the District of Columbia and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   Each choir will perform individual selections and then join together as a more than 300-voice mass choir to culminate the Choral Festival with several grand finale selections.   Dr. Curtis Everett Powell, the DSU director of Choral Activities, said it will be a special treat for the DSU community and the public at-large to experience this event.    “This festival will provide an unparalleled opportunity for our students to hear not only the excellent individual choral groups, but also experience a performance by a 300-voice choir under the baton of one of this country’s premiere choral conductors, composers, and arrangers,” Dr. Powell said.   In addition to Dr. Powell, the choirs will be led by Dr. Marymal Holmes (Bowie St.), Professor Damon Dandridge (Cheney), Professor Edryn Coleman (Lincoln), Professor William Jones (Univ. of DC) and Dr. Sheila McDonald, (UMES).   The Choral Festival will also be attended by Dr. Roland Carter, distinguished composer, conductor and pianist, who is also the founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publishing company that specializes on the music and traditions of African American composers.   “We are deeply honored to be joined for the festival my mentor, Professor Roland Marvin Carter – composer and arranger of several of the selections performed by the DSU Concert Choir such as  “In Bright Mansions,” “True Religion,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Dr. Powell said.   

118th Commencement to feature Dr. Steve Perry as Keynote Speaker

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  Delaware State University will feature renowned educator Dr. Steve Perry as its keynote speaker at the 117th Commencement to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Alumni Stadium on campus. Dr. Steve Perry is the founder and principal of the Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. The year-round grade 6-12 school boasts a near 0% dropout rate and 100% of their graduates go on to college. The school’s success has made Dr. Perry a much sought-after speaker throughout the country on education issues.                           Dr. Steve Perry Born of a white teenage mother and black teenage father in the housing projects of Middletown, Conn., the 2010 DSU Commencement keynote speaker was greatly influenced by his mother’s activism in their community. He learned that life is not determined by where you begin, but by the path chosen. As he went on to college – where he earned a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Hartford – he was sustained by the philosophy of commitment and accountability he learned from his mother.   After establishing a non-profit organization for low income high school students aspiring to go to college, Dr. Perry founded the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in 2005. Arguably one of the top schools in country, Capital Prep Magnet School has maintained a 100% college acceptance record in its first five years of existence. Under the leadership of Dr. Perry, the school has established an ultra-high level standard of commitment and accountability for students, teachers, administrators and parents.   Dr. Perry is also the author of several books, including Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us (2006) and Raggedy Schools: The Untold Truth (2009). He serves as an education contributor on CNN and is a widely sought educational expert in the country.  

Gov. Jack Markell to be Keynote Speaker at 2010 DSU Honors Convocation

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  Gov. Jack Markell will be the keynote speaker at the Delaware State University’s May 22 Honors Convocation at 6 p.m. in the Education and Humanities Theatre.                                    Gov. Jack Markell The Honors Convocation will recognize more than 100 students from the class of 2010 who have exhibited academic excellence in graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum, as well as those who merit Honorable Mention.   Gov. Markell, a native of Newark, Del., is in his second year as the governor of Delaware. In his first 15 month’s as chief executive of the First State, Gov. Markell has signed landmark energy consumption legislation; signed a bill ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, insurance and employment; Prior his election as governor, he served three elected terms as the State Treasurer; and has pursued education reform with new initiatives in student progress testing, a pilot program to reward success in closing the achievement gap; and has been aggressive in address budgetary challenges amid the current economic downturn.   Prior to being elected in November 2008, Gov. Markell served four consecutive elected terms as the State Treasurer of Delaware. In the elected state position, he instituted state-of-the-art bulk purchasing policies for state government agencies, saving taxpayers more than $25 million; established “The Delaware Money School, a financial literacy program; promoted the awareness of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which provided money to families near the poverty line.   He began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as senior vice president for Corporate Development. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.   The Honors Convocation will be open to the public.    

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