January 2011


DSU Holds Jan. 19 "Kickoff to Wellness"

Description: 

 

DSU President Harry L. Williams and Dr. Ian Smith, health expert of VH1's Celebrity Fitness Club, met some students during a Jan. 19 reception of the DSU President's Residence.

Body: 
    DSU launched into a new initiative on Jan. 19 designed to reaffirm its priority in promoting healthy lifestyles among its campus community. DSU student Selena Campbell gets her blood pressure checked during the Kickoff to Wellness.   In a daylong event called “Kickoff to Wellness,” health displays and demonstrations were featured at the Martin Luther King Student Center to raise student awareness concerning the health resources that can be accessed on campus.   Tables were set up to offer information from the DSU Office of Counseling, the Delaware Center for Health Promotions, the Food & Nutrition Club and the DelaWELL Program. In addition students were able to have their blood pressure checked, while the Wellness & Recreation Center gave rhythmic Zumba Fitness aerobics demonstrations.   The Kickoff to Wellness culminated with an evening event that featured Dr. Ian Smith, a nationally known health and wellness expert, as a guest speaker in the MLK Student Center. Dr. Smith did not pull any punches about the state of affairs in our country where physical condition is concerned.   “America should be ashamed of itself,” said Dr. Smith, a medical/diet expert on VH1’s “Celebrity Fitness Club” cable program. “Sixty-seven percent are overweight and our children are the heaviest they have ever been. Our level of physical inactivity is disgusting.”   Dr. Smith said that for the first time in history, it is predicted that this generation will not outlive their parents. “Why? The reasons are heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure,” he said.   The health expert recommended that students focus on “smart living” instead of diets. “When you wake up in the morning, eat one piece of fruit,” Dr. Smith said. “Eat two vegetables a day – one at lunch and one at dinner.” (L-r) Danielle Crist and Eleni Dallas demonstrate the moves of Zumba aerobics.   Kemal Atkins, vice president of Student Affairs, said the timing was right to bring Dr. Smith to DSU.   “This was an excellent time to bring in this speaker of international acclaim as a health expert, as the University’s Wellness Center is planning launching activities and people are setting goals,” Mr. Atkins said.   Michelle Fisher, director of the DSU Health Center and the chair of the Student Affairs Health Committee, said a goal of the University is to promote healthy lifestyles campus-wide.   “(The health committee) would like to hold some type of health initiative each month for students and keep healthy living at the forefront,” Ms. Fisher said.   

DSU Receives $88K from its Alumni Association

Description: 

 

(L-r) DSUAA Vice President Meeshach Stennett, DSU President Harry L. Williams, DSUAA President Dr. K. Bernard Chase and DSUAA Recording Secretary Shelia Davis take part in the Jan. 22 check presentation.

Body: 
              The Delaware State University Alumni Association (DSUAA) has joined its alma mater’s efforts to retain returning students by presenting the institution with a donation of $88,560 to go toward financial aid.   Dr. K. Bernard Chase, DSUAA president, made the presentation during the University’s Jan. 22 basketball double-header at home against Morgan State University. As the Hornet basketball crowd watched, DSU President Harry L. Williams accepted the check at Memorial Hall Gymnasium’s center court on behalf of the Delaware State University Foundation during halftime of men’s game.     Dr. Chase recalled that Martin Luther King, Jr., noted that “life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” He said it is such a question that has moved the DSUAA to help the students of its alma mater.     “It is the Delaware State University Alumni Association’s responsibility to support and help those who follow in our footsteps,” Dr. Chase said. “So, in the spirit of Dr. King, we are proud to give this contribution to the students.”    Dr. Chase and Dr. Williams were joined in the check presentation by DSUAA Vice President Meeshach Stennett and Recording Secretary Sheila Davis.    “Today, with the presentation of this significant gift, our Alumni Association has established a new benchmark and a new standard for alumni giving,” said Dr. Williams. “We hope that all alumni fully understand what this act means to our students, and that our students fully appreciate what this act means to their futures.”   The sizable gift will provide much needed financial assistance to returning DSU students, Dr. Williams added.   Mr. Stennett, class of 1998, said it is a new day for the DSUAA. “When I was a student, we never received such help from alumni,” he said. “It was important for the students to see this today, so they will be encouraged to be a part of this culture of giving that is being developed.    

DSU Hosts Unveiling of the Kent County 2011 Profile

Description: 

 

Unveiling the Kent County Delaware 2011 Profile are Gregg Moore, Downtown Dover Partnership president; Alan Levin, Del. Economic Development Office; Dennis Klima, Kent Economic Development chair; Judy Diogo, Central Del. Chamber of Commerce president; and DSU President Harry L. Williams.

Body: 
    In its partnership role in the economic vitality and development of Central Delaware, DSU played host to a Jan. 25 gathering of the business community for the unveiling of Independent Newspaper, Inc.’s 2011 Kent County Delaware Profile publication.   A collaborative effort between Independent’s Delaware State News and the Kent Economic Partnership, the Kent County Delaware Profile’s goal is to promote development and business in Central Delaware. The publication contains a wealth of information about Kent County and the businesses community of Central Delaware.   Ed Dulin, Delaware State News publisher, emceed the event, which was held in the Martin Luther King Student Center on campus, providing many of the attending 100 business community representatives a first-time opportunity to see the relatively new facility that was dedicated last year.   DSU President Harry L. Williams told the gathering about the economic impact DSU has on Dover and Kent County, noting that the University injects tens of millions of dollars into the local economy that results in hundreds of jobs.   Dr. Williams said despite last year’s economic challenges, the University experienced a school-record total enrollment of 3,819 in the fall 2010 that included about 906 freshmen.   “We’re bringing students in, and when they leave here we want them to stay here,” said Dr. Williams. “We’re doing a lot of exciting things.”   The Kent County Profile can be read online at www.kentcountyprofile.com.  

DSU Aviation Program Recognized by Del. House of Representatives

Description: 

 

The DSU Aviation Team: (bottom l-r) Dan Coons, retired DSU Aviation Program founder and advisor; Courtney Walters, team coach and advisor; Capt. Stephen Speed, program director, team member Kenneth Ritchie, DSU alumni and state Reps.Stephanie Bolden and Don Blakey; (top l-r) team members Andrew Meiers, Robert Saunders, Will Jester, Vincent Russ and Bryan Shultz.

Body: 
    The Delaware House of Representatives welcomed to its General Assembly chambers the students and faculty of Delaware State University Aviation Program to recognize its Aviation Team’s success at a recent regional flight competition.   DSU Aviation Program founder Dan Coons, state Speaker of the House Robert F. Gilligan, Capt. Stephen Speed and state Rep. Donald Blakey DSU alumnus and state Rep. Donald A. Blakey introduced the Aviation Program representatives to the legislators and presented the aspiring pilots a certificate of recognition from the House of Representatives.   The DSU Aviation Team – Marc Anderson, Andrew Meiers, Robert Saunders, Will Jester, Vincent Russ, Thomas Beenick and Bryan Shultz – was recognized for their performance in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VII Flight Competition at the Brookhaven Airport, N.Y.   Topping the DSU aviators’ performance was Marc Anderson, a senior aviation professional pilot major from Felton, Del., who 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 of the competition, Mr. Anderson will represent Region VII at the National Flying Competition at Ohio State University in the spring. He was unable to attend the event because he is currently doing a flying internship with Continental Airlines.   Rep. Blakey was joined in the recognition by state Rep. William J. Carson, Jr., and another DSU alumna, newly elected state Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden (’69).   The DSU Aviation Program is led by its director, Capt. Stephen Speed.    

DSU to Hold Annual Founders Day Program on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11a.m.

Description: 

 

A new sense of appreciation and pride will be gained from the celebration of the residential hall namesakes at this year's Founders Day Program.

Body: 
      DSU will hold its annual Founders Day under this year’s theme of “Love, Honor, Respect” at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus.   This year’s Founders Day will celebrate and tell the stories of the namesakes of the eight traditional residential halls on campus – Samuel L. Conwell, Medgar W. Evers, Frederick J. Franklin, Meta V. Jenkins, Lydia P. Laws, Harriet Tubman, Cora E. Warren and Dr. W. Richard Wynder.   Their stories will told through a dramatic presentation.   The event is free and open to the public.  

AstraZeneca Contribution to DSU funds Health Promotion Center

Description: 

 

Holding a $250,000 check are DSU President Harry Williams; Tyrone Jones, director of Corporate and Community Relations; Dr. Claibourne Smith, DSU Board of Trustees chairman; U.S. Rep. John C. Carney Jr.; and Marianne Carter, director of the Del. Center for Health Promotion.

Body: 
        AstraZeneca has presented Delaware State University with a $250,000 charitable contribution to support the establishment of the Delaware Center for Health Promotion on campus.   The Delaware Center for Health Promotion (DCHP) will provide DSU’s students, faculty and staff with an on-campus resource for information and guidance about healthy lifestyle choices. The AstraZeneca donation will be spread out over five years.   DSU President Harry L. Williams accepted the $250,000 donation on behalf of the DSU Foundation from Tyrone Jones, Director  of Corporate Community Alliances for AstraZeneca, during the Jan. 13 DSU Board of Trustees meeting. While it is not the first donation from AstraZeneca, to date it is the largest donation to DSU from the company given in support of the University’s internal and external operations.   “AstraZeneca’s expression of financial support reflects its great corporate concern for the health of our campus community and an acknowledgement of Delaware State University’s capability to extend its health outreach to the community at large,” Dr. Harry L. Williams said. “DSU is truly grateful for the pharmaceutical company’s contribution and how it will help us promote good health practices on our campus and beyond.” U.S. Rep. John C. Carney, Jr., said that DSU is a good home for the Delaware Center for Health Promotion. He added that AstraZeneca has always been "a tremendous partner" in the state.   Dr. Williams also said he is excited that the Delaware Center for Health Promotion is joining together with the DSU Health Center and other University health stakeholders to provide the campus community with an unprecedented array of health resources.   U.S. Rep. John C. Carney, Jr., who was a promoter of health initiatives during his days as Delaware's lieutenant governor (2001-2008), traveled from Washington, D.C. to be present for the check presentation. He noted that a constant topic in Congress is the federal deficit, and that health care cost is a big factor in that challenge.   "One way is to encourage people to live healthy," Rep. Carney said. "With DSU and the Delaware Center for Health Promotion, we will do that."   Tyrone Jones, director of AstraZeneca's Corporate and Community Alliances, noted that this same initiative is modeled after two other programs previously supported by AstraZeneca.   "AstraZeneca is pleased to support this collaboration with DSU because we share the same commitment to patient health as well as the same understanding that behavior that is established in early adulthood lasts a lifetime," Mr. Jones said.   Marianne Carter, DCHP director, will focus the center’s efforts on assisting the University in the creation of a student wellness program, on engaging DSU employees in health programs such as DelaWELL, as well as develop community programs for the public.   She said prevention will be the key emphasis in the center's programming. "It is clear that DSU works hard to make its students successful," Ms. Carter said. "We will work on instilling healthy habits in the graduates of this University."   Ms. Carter is already integrating DCHP into University life by serving on the DSU Student Affairs Health Committee. She said the DCHP will be working with the committee to launch a new Weight Loss Program for the student population, to hold a Feb. 24 Health Fair on campus, as well as to conduct an extensive health survey on campus.   “The survey will better inform us about the health needs among DSU students and will guide us in other health programming we will establish on campus,” Ms. Carter said.