November 2010


DSU Chosen to be Part of National Curriculum Project

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    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has named Delaware State University among the 32 colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project.   The project is part of AAC&U's Shared Futures initiative and is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Over 140 institutions applied to be part of the initiative.   "We are excited to be chosen to be part of this AAC&U's development project, especially because Delaware State University launched its new General Education Program a little over a year ago," said Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. "As we work hard to develop our students so they will make their mark on the world, we believe our global emphasis at DSU will provide well-defined and valuable input for this project."   Dr. Thompson added that the selection of DSU reflects the University's unique approach to its global studies and general education curricula, an approach that integrates well with the institution's new vision and core values.   The DSU team members who will participate in the project are Dr. Alexa Cawley, Dr. Andrew Lloyd, Dr. Akwasi Osei, Phyllis Collins, Dr. Donald Becker, Dr. Padmini Banerjee, and Genevieve Tighe.   The institutions selection are from all regions of the country and include institutions of many different types -- including two-year and four-year public and private institutions. The selected colleges and universities:       California State University --San Marcos, (CA) Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Central College (IA) College of William and Mary (VA) Delaware State University (DE) Haverford College (PA) John Carroll University (OH) Keene State College (NH) Kennesaw State University (GA) Lynn University (FL) Miami University (OH) Michigan State University (MI) Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MN) Monroe Community College (NY) Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE) Oregon State University (OR) Rider University (NJ) San Jose State University (CA) Southern Connecticut State University (CT) Spring Hill College (AL) St. Edward's University (TX) St. Lawrence University (NY) The College of Wooster (OH) University at Albany, SUNY (NY) University of Maryland College Park (MD) University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA) University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) University of South Florida (FL) University of Wisconsin Colleges (WI) Utah Valley University (UT) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)   DSU is the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) among the 32 institutions selected for this project..   “Increasingly, in their mission statements and strategic plans, colleges and universities promise that their graduates will develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to act as responsible and productive global citizens in an interconnected and interdependent world. Yet in most cases general education curricular designs have not kept pace with the rhetoric,” said AAC&U Director of Global Learning and Curricular Change Kevin Hovland. “These selected institutions will all be working together to create clear and creative pathways—horizontally and vertically—through which students can connect their learning and achieve essential global learning outcomes. Many of these schools have already made significant progress in reimagining general education for a global century and, in this project, they will be able to test new curricular models, assess global learning outcomes, and share insights with each other and with the larger higher education community.”   This new project builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines. In concert with a Global Learning Leadership Council, DSU will help lead a high profile, national effort to:   articulate essential global learning outcomes for all students refine and disseminate models of global general education curricula that can be adapted across all institutional types provide faculty development opportunities to assist college faculty in designing and teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes   The DSU teams members will spend the fall and winter on their home campuses refining general education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They will also inventory the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger general education efforts. Working through a social networking website, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those critical issues will be addressed in the project’s central activity—an intensive summer institute in 2011.   “It was gratifying to see how many campuses applied to be part of this initiative,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “It is testament to how seriously today’s academy takes the challenge of preparing college students to participate effectively and responsibly in an interdependent global community. Both their future employers and our society need students with much higher levels of global knowledge and skill. This initiative will help the higher education community graduate students with these critical capacities. The Shared Futures initiative and this work on general education are important foci for AAC&U’s ongoing work to connect liberal education with the needs of a fast-changing world.”  

Thirty Chinese Exchange Students Improve their English at DSU

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (center) poses with a large group of Chinese students who are currently studying at DSU.

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    Thirty students from the People’s Republic of China are at DSU increasing their fluency in the English language while at the same time learning about American culture.   The Chinese students are enrolled as visiting exchange students at DSU as a result of agreements that were signed over the summer between Del State and several universities in that Far East country. Chinese exchange students (l-r) Haoru Nie, Jiafu Zhang, Jing Li, Yilin Yuan, Pei Wang and Di Zhu are all enjoy their time at DSU and in the U.S.   The students are majors of various different disciplines, but all are getting an emersion crash course in the English language to build on the English they took in school.   “I am making a lot of friends here,” said Pei Wang, an English major from Changchun University of Science and Technology. “But sometimes they have their own dialect, and it is sometimes hard to understand.”   Pei said he has tried to bridge the language comprehension gap by learning English songs and rap music lyrics.   Yilin Yuan, another English major, has aspiration to be an interpreter. “It is difficult to get a (interpreter) certificate in China,” she said. “Here I am trying to make every minute count.”   Haoru Nie, a sport administration graduate student from the Ningbo University, has made a dramatic change from the bachelor’s degree in English to sports. “It is a new field for me,” Haoru said. “I like administration and management.”   Jiafu Zhang, who is pursuing a master of business administration, said he thinks DSU has a superior program. He added that he enjoys his interaction with the students. “We share ideas with each other,” said Jiafu, who is from Yunnan University of Economics and Finance. “The students are very helpful.”   Di Zhu, an optics major, said he finds it interesting how Americans will go out of town for activities only to return the same evening.   “I have an American friend who drives to Georgetown (in Washington, D.C.) to play basketball for an hour and a half, and then come back that same night,” Di said.   The 20 Chinese exchange students will return to their country after 2010 fall semester.  

DSU Aviation's Marc Anderson Wins Regional Top Pilot

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As the Region VII "Top Pilot," Mr. Anderson will compete in the national competition at Ohio State University in the spring.

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  Delaware State University aviation student Marc C. Anderson recently made his mark by winning the “Top Pilot” honors recently at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VII Flight Competition held at the Brookhaven Airport, N.Y.   Mr. Anderson, a senior aviation professional pilot major from Felton, Del., amassed the highest total score after competing in eight flying and ground categories that measured the contestants’ performance in flying, landing, navigation, preflight exercises, as well as other areas.   As the Top Scoring Contestant and Top Pilot, Mr. Anderson will represent Region VII at the National Flying Competition at Ohio State University in the spring.   Currently working towards his Certified Flight Instructor’s Rating, Mr. Anderson has accumulated more than 300 flight hours. He is a member of the Air Force Reserves, for which he serves as a C-17 loadmaster.   “I want to be commissioned to be a C-17 pilot (in the Reserves) here in Dover,” Mr. Anderson said of his future goals. He added that he is currently hoping to get an internship with Continental Airlines in the spring, and later hopes to fly for that major airline.   Also competing in the regional for the DSU “Flying Hornets” were Robert Saunders, Will Jester, Bryan Shultz and Andrew Meiers. They were coached by Courtney Walters, a DSU honor graduate and flight instructor.   The DSU aviation team competed in the regional against schools such as Dowling College, the U.S. Military Academy, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Bridgewater State University and other colleges and universities.