September 2011


Buccini Named New DSU Trustee

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Robert E. Buccini (left) is sworn in as a new DSU Board of Trustees member by Dr. Claibourne Smith, board chair.

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    The Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees has appointed Wilmington developer Robert E. Buccini as its newest board member.   Mr. Buccini will complete the six-year term of recently resigned board member Marvin Lawrence.  Mr. Buccini’s term will end on Aug. 31, 2016.   Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, DSU board chair, said Mr. Buccini will be an asset, especially as the University enters into new strategic planning. “He has been a great supporter of DSU, is well known and respected in the state, and has a depth of experience the board will surely appreciate as we continue to move DSU forward,” Dr. Smith said.   Mr. Buccini is the co-founder and co-president of The Buccini/PollinGroup, a real estate acquisition, development and management firm that is active in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. regions. As co-president, he leads the company’s office, residential, retail, and parking development activity. Mr. Buccini has helped grow The Buccini/Pollin Group to become the largest private office landlord in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.   In addition, he co-founded and is co-owner of the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia franchise for major league soccer. Previously, Mr. Buccini was an assistant vice president for real estate development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Buccini is also formerly a broker and senior analyst for Kenneth D. Laub & Company, a commercial real estate brokerage firm based in New York City.   Mr. Buccini has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.   Mr. Buccini is the chairman of the Wilmington Housing Partnership, a director of The Rodel Foundation of Del., a member of the Board of Directors for the Vice President of the U.S. Residence Foundation, and a trustee for Christiana Care Health System.    

DSU, Red Clay School District Finalize Joint Ed Agreement

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Seated (l-r) DSU President Harry Williams and Red Clay Superintendent Mervin Daugherty shake hands following the signing. Standing (l-r) Dr. Rayton Sianjina, DSU Ed. Dept. chair; DSU Provost Alton Thompson; Dr. John Austin, College of Ed., Health and Public Policy dean; state Rep. Darryl Scott; Del. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn; Donna Mitchell, state Dept. of Ed. deputy officer; Hugh Broomall, Red Clay dep. superintendent; Faith Newton and Martin Wilson, both Red Clay board members.

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    Delaware State University and the Red Clay School District have finalized a new six-year agreement that will benefit education majors at DSU and the teachers of the district.   DSU President Harry L. Williams and Red Clay Superintendent Dr. Mervin Daugherty signed the formal joint agreement Sept. 15 during a ceremony on the DSU campus. Also in attendance were state Lt. Gov. Matthew P. Denn and state. Rep. Darryl Scott.   Through the agreement, the University and the District will create a coordinated Early Field Experiences program that pairs second and third year DSU education majors with veteran teachers in the Red Clay schools.   Also as part of the agreement, the University will create the opportunity over the next two years for the District to enroll a dedicated group of teachers and staff members in DSU’s Education Leadership master and doctoral degree programs. DSU will arrange to hold classes at times and locations that are convenient to the Red Clay employers.   Dr. Williams said this new partnership is consistent with  DSU’s vision. “Pairing our education majors with these veteran teachers will be instrumental in transforming these students into the first-choice hires of school employers,” Dr. Williams said. “We also look forward to playing an important role in increasing the leadership skills of Red Clay faculty and administrators.”   Red Clay Superintendent Mervin Daugherty said the agreement will benefit the students at DSU and the district. “This agreement will enrich the program for DSU students by bringing them into real classrooms much earlier in their college careers and allow Red Clay to build relationships with future teachers,” he said.  “DSU students will be better prepared for student teaching, which traditionally occurs in their senior year. It also allows Red Clay staff to build relationships with students and identify potential Red Clay teachers. We are confident that this agreement will lead to stronger teacher candidates as we look to the future.”   Dr. Rayton R. Sianjina, chair of the DSU Education Department, said he is excited about the breadth of the agreement – in which it will benefit both aspiring teachers and existing ones. “There is no greater excitement than to support a functional partnership that advances educational opportunities for the communities within the state of Delaware,” he said.  

DSU Participation Strong at the 2011 Heartwalk

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More than 100 DSU participants in the 2011 Heartwalk pose for a quick photo before commencing their community spirited stroll.

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More than 100 DSU faculty, staff and students participated in annual Heartwalk on Sept. 17 in Dover. See the below photo slide show for pictures of the participants. Photos by Carlos Holmes  

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