February 2012


Kappas Reunite at DSU for Convergence Weekend Feb. 4

Description: 

The Kappa Convergence Weekend marked the first time such a fraternity reunion has taken place at Delaware State University

feature_image: 
Body: 
  Feb. 5, 2012   An unprecedented fraternity reunion took place during the weekend of Feb. 4 as the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held a Convergence Weekend on campus.   The Convergence Weekend gathered Kappa brothers from as far back as the 1940s (when the first Beta Sigma Kappa Chapter was established at then Delaware State College in 1946), and also included Kappas from other institutions nearby institutions such as the University of Delaware and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   See the below photos slideshow for some images from the Convergence Weekend, followed by more information below about the Kappa events     While some of the Kappas arrived in Dover on Friday, Feb. 3 for a Crimson and Cream Meet and Greet event at the Hilton Garden Inn, the bulk of the activities took place on Saturday, Feb. 4.   After a breakfast at the University Village Cafe and a morning guided tour of the campus, the Kappas shared their life experiences with current DSU students in a Kappa Connection – Career Networking event. Other activities included the sharing of golden memories from some of the older Kappas, a step show, and a presentation about the current state of affairs at DSU by University President Harry L. Williams.   The Convergence Weekend culminated at the Norfolk State vs. DSU basketball game, in which the Kappas witnessed the Hornet Men’s impressive upset of the 1st place Spartans.   The Kappa Convergence was spearheaded by faithful Kappa and DSU alumni Norman Oliver, class of 1985.  

2012 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza Photo Slideshow

Description: 

The 2012 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza were honored on Feb. 3 at the Dover Sheraton.

feature_image: 
Body: 
Eight individuals were honored for their outstanding contributions to women in sports and education at the 2012 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza on Feb. 3 at the Dover Sheraton. The eight honorees are Delawareans or individuals with ties to the First State and must have been nominated for the honors. See the below photo slideshow for pictures of the honorees and other attendees, followed by more text information on the event. The 2012 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza honorees are as follows: Robert Hastings - Seaford High School tennis coach with 27 years of service and 190 wins. Mary Ann Hitchens - Retired University of Delaware Administrator with over 40 years of service as a student, coach and nationally recognized administrator at UD. Maxine Lewis - Delaware State University Hall of Famer, First Sports Information Director at DSU, pioneer and role model for media relations professionals. Dr. Josette McCullough - Supervisor of Special Education, Appoquinimink School District, Kent County Administrator of the Year; three-sport athlete while at DSU; holds three degrees from DSU. Chris Morgan - former Goldey-Beacom College Director of Athletics; school ranked third nationally in Division II for gender equity compliance; recognized in 2008 by the NCAA for overall excellence in diversity; current Kean University Athletic Director. Mable Morrison - Delaware State University Grand Marshall; 49 years as a music faculty member at DSU. George Pepper - Cape Henlopen High School girls track head coach since 1979; longest serving head girls track coach in the state of Delaware; holds five state titles. John Travis - Created a scholarship foundation for female softball players in the memory of his daughter McKenzie Travis. "There are numerous individuals in Delaware who have played significant roles in providing opportunities to women in athletics," commented Candy Young, DSU Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator.  "It's important that we express our gratitude to these leaders and their inspiration to young women in leadership roles." The program began in 2009 as a way to recognize, celebrate and honor individuals in the state of Delaware that have helped women's athletics grow and excel in addition to creating additional scholarship and financial support to aid female athletics programs.  The DDE identifies coaches, administrators, athletes and contributors who meet the following criteria:  

DSU Choir to perform in the Scwartz Center's Journey of the Spirit

Description: 

The DSU Chorus will perform with the Wesley College Choir and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra during the Feb. 17 concert.

feature_image: 
Body: 
  The Delaware State University Chorus will join the Wesley College Chorus and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in a concert entitled “Journey of the Spirit – A Celebration of African American Heritage Through Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts (226 S. State St.) in downtown Dover.   The three music groups will join together to bring one unforgettable evening of music and song to the Schwartz Center stage. In celebration of Black History Month the program will focus on pieces either composed by or for the African American community, dating back to the seventeen and eighteen hundreds to present.   The program will feature seven compositions, two of which will be performed by the DSU Chorus and two which will be performed by the Wesley Chorus. The two chorus groups will combine for two selections.   In addition, DSU alumnus Rev. John Moore will serve as the narrator in a composition with the Delaware Symphony titled “New Morning of the World (Daybreak for Freedom).” Accompanied by the Orchestra’s music, Rev. Moore will recite the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Scholars will discuss the history of vocal and choral music for orchestra by composers of African American descent and how these artists worked on music and their craft as compared to today. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 senior citizens and military members, $25 for students, and $18 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Schwartz Center box office or online at www.schwartzcenter.com.  

DSU Unveils Mobile Entrepreneurial Training Bus

Description: 

Participating in the MET Bus ribbon-cutting are (l-r) Bruce Weaver of the USDA; Jayne Armstrong, state director of the Small Business Administration; Dr. Shelton Rhodes, College of Business dean; Dr. Dyremple Marsh, College of Ag & Related Sciences dean; Lillie Crawford, director of the DSU Ctr. for Enterprise Development; Ilona Figat, MET director; DSU President Harry L. Williams, U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper; state Rep. Lincoln Willis, and Dover Mayor Carlton Carey.

Body: 
DSU’s Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED) and its College of Agriculture and Related Sciences’ Cooperative Extension have unveiled a new Mobile Entrepreneurial Training Program (MET) that will take business and agriculture-related education to underserved rural areas of Lower Delaware. The Mobile Entrepreneurial Training Bus will take business and agriculture-related workshops to the rural areas of Kent and Sussex counties. DSU President Harry L. Williams was joined by U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper for a ribbon-cutting held at the Martin Luther King Student Center. A central feature of the new program has been the renovation of a DSU bus into a mobile classroom that will allow the DCED and the College of Ag to take workshops into underserved areas in Kent and Sussex counties. The bus is outfitted with computers, lighting, Wi-Fi capability, desktops and seating areas Dr. Williams and Sen. Carper were joined in a ribbon-cutting dedication of the MET Bus by Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; Dr. Shelton Rhodes, dean of the College of Business; Lillie Crawford, director of the DCED; Jody Raskind, chief of the Small Business Administration; Bruce Weaver, USDA program specialist; and Ilona Figat, MET director. Sen. Carper said that supporting “budding entrepreneurs” is one of the best things that can be done for economic recovery in Delaware and the nation. “This classroom on wheels will bring the resources and tools to those in rural parts of our state who might not ordinarily have easy access to business training,” Sen. Carper said. “As Governor, I supported this type of education through the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development, and I am so thrilled to see this concept ‘hit the road’ to reach potential entrepreneurs in our state.” Dr. Williams noted that such outreach is a strong characteristic of the University’s core values.  “This new community outreach is consistent with the established vision of DSU,” said DSU President Williams. “In taking our business and agriculture workshops out to the underserved rural areas, we are helping the people who access such education to be more successful and thereby invigorate the economy more in Delaware.” The DCED will offer workshops on topics such as financing, marketing, business plan development, and other areas. The College of Ag’s Cooperative Extension will offer workshops that address the needs of the small farmers and other micro-entrepreneurs. Christopher Garland, College of Business IT manager, checks out the MET Bus computers along with U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, DSU President Harry L. Williams, and Ilona Figat, MET director. Ilona Figat, a DCED consultant, is serving as the founding director of the MET Program. She has been with the DCED for 12 years and has been instrumental in the development of various other programs such as the Child Care Business Development and Small Business Institute programs. Ms. Figat said that in the course of scheduling the workshops over the years, it was evident that transportation was a barrier for people in the underserved rural areas.  “We kept hearing ‘we can’t come up to Dover,’ which led to thoughts about how to bring our trainings to them,” she said. “Developing our MET classroom was a great fit, and we are very excited about servicing these areas in a mobile classroom with high-tech computers and Wi-Fi capability.” The MET Bus is also refurbished in ways that are consistent with the University’s “Go Green” environmental sustainability efforts. The bus refurbished features are designed to reduce energy consumption, which includes energy efficient computer workstation that draws less than 25 watts each. Florescent and LED lights have also been installed. The bus is being converted to run on locally produced bio-diesel. The DCED has been supported in this program with funding from a three-year $175,500 Small Business Administration PRIME grant as well as a one-year $72,000 USDA Rural Development grant.

DSU to Present the Student-Production "Fabulation" Feb. 9-10

Description: 

(L-r) Christine Taylor as Stephanie the secretary, Tiffany Trawick as lead character Undine, and Dorian McDonald as the accountant, perform a scene from Fabulation: The Re-Education of Undine.

feature_image: 
Body: 
Delaware State University’s Theatre Program will present dramatic student production of Fabulation: The Re-Education of Undine during two 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 9-10 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. Erin Chance as Dr. Khadir and Amber Rainer as Grandma. Both performances are free and open to the public. (L-r) Tony Arce, Tiffany Trawick, Justin Allman, and Francis Washington, portray Undine and the men in her life. Self-Made entrepreneur and socialite Undine Barnes Calles (portrayed by Tiffany Trawick) is too busy building her public relations empire to notice that her husband, Herve’ (Anthony Arce), has absconded with all her money and left her pregnant.  "Fabulation is comeuppance tale with comic twist," said the production’s director Dr. Shirlyn Brown.  Winner of a 2005 Obie Award for best new play, Fabulation: The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage is presented by the DSU Theatre Program through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. In addition to Ms. Trawick, the production features DSU student-actors, Francis Washington, III, Candice Victory, Dorian McDonald, Christine Taylor, Amber Rainer, Erin Chance, and TyQuan Hollman. Technical support is from the Theatre Society, a student drama organization, and costume design by Aeboni Ebron, a senior textile and apparel major. Fabulation is the first of two productions the Theatre Department will produce in spring 2012. The second, I'm Not Rappaport, written by Herb Gardner, will be staged on a date to be announced in March. For additional information please call 302-857-6573 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              302-857-6573      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  

DSU Arts Center/Gallery Host Lori Crawford Exhibtion

Description: 

Lori Crawford exhibition "Paper Bags, Photographs & Paintings" include this work entitled "Bag Lady: Kicking Out Sexism." Her works will be on display until March 23

Body: 
Lori Crawford stand with her "Sugar on the Floor" painting which was inspired by an Etta James song. Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery is currently exhibiting the show “Paper Bags, Photographs & Paintings of Lori Crawford” from Feb 20 to March 23. The artist and her exhibition will be honored in reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Arts Center/Gallery located inside the main 1st floor entrance of the William C. Jason Library on campus. The reception and the run of the exhibition are free and open to the public. Lori Crawford is a DSU associate professor of art who has been at the University since 1996. She said her current exhibition represents the synthesis of art appreciation, music appreciation and social exploration. Paintings, photographs or digital portraits are but a few creative processes in which she used to become energized and pacified in producing this signature collection of works. Ms. Crawford’s work with paper bags began in graduate school and attempts to shock or shed light on the absurdity of a decades old practice within the Black community that implemented the “Brown Paper Bag Test,” which involved comparing ones’ skin color to that of a paper bag. “If ones’ complexion was the same or lighter than the bag then one ‘passed the test’,” Ms. Crawford said. “But if the opposite was so, then one failed and did not gain entrance into that organization, church, school or any other designated function.” Lori Crawford's 28-piece exhibition includes "paper-bag" portraits. She said although this test is no longer used, skin color biases and many other intra-racial biases still plague the world today. The Brown Paper Bag work asks each of us what are “bag issues are,” she added. In addition to teaching art at DSU, Ms. Crawford currently serves as an member of the Delaware State Arts Council, to which was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in 2010. The Arts Center Gallery is open from 9 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

DSU Choir to perform in the Scwartz Center's Journey of the Spirit

Description: 

 

The DSU Chorus will perform with the Wesley College Choir and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra during the Feb. 17 concert.

feature_image: 
Body: 
The Delaware State University Chorus will join the Wesley College Chorus and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in a concert entitled “Journey of the Spirit – A Celebration of African American Heritage Through Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts (226 S. State St.) in downtown Dover.   The three music groups will join together to bring one unforgettable evening of music and song to the Schwartz Center stage. In celebration of Black History Month the program will focus on pieces either composed by or for the African American community, dating back to the seventeen and eighteen hundreds to present.   The program will feature seven compositions, two of which will be performed by the DSU Chorus and two which will be performed by the Wesley Chorus. The two chorus groups will combine for two selections.   In addition, DSU alumnus Rev. John Moore will serve as the narrator in a composition with the Delaware Symphony titled “New Morning of the World (Daybreak for Freedom).” Accompanied by the Orchestra’s music, Rev. Moore will recite the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Scholars will discuss the history of vocal and choral music for orchestra by composers of African American descent and how these artists worked on music and their craft as compared to today. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 senior citizens and military members, $25 for students, and $18 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Schwartz Center box office or online at www.schwartzcenter.com.  

Del. Black Caucus Holds Historic Public Forum on Campus

Description: 

Prior to the public forum, the Black Caucus gathered for a reception at the President’s Residence. Seated (l-r): Councilman Earnest “Trippi” Congo, Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden, Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, HW, RW, Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz, Councilwoman Pat A. Jones, former Dover City Councilman Rueben Salters. Top (l-r): Rep. James “J.J.” Johnson, Councilman Charles Potter, Councilman Eric Robinson, New Castle County Councilman Jea Street; Rep. Dennis P. Williams; Wilmington Mayor James Baker, Rep. Donald Blakey, and Councilman Justen Wright

Body: 
In a historic first, a strong representation of the Delaware Black Caucus – made up of African American elected officials on the state and local levels – gathered at DSU on Feb. 22 to hold a public forum in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building. The Public Forum – co-sponsored by the DSU Young Democrats and the Delaware Black Caucus – was moderated by state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry. Black Caucus panelists included state Rep. James J.J. Johnson, state Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden, state Rep. Dennis P. Williams, State Treasurer Chip Flowers, New Castle County Councilman Jea Street, Wilmington Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz, Wilmington Councilman Charles Potter., Jr., Wilmington Councilman Eric Robinson, and Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker. See the below slideshow for photos from the Public Forum and the preceding reception hosted by DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams at their home. The slideshow is followed by additional information about the events. Dr. Harry L. Williams extolled the gathering as an historic event for the DSU campus "It is significant to have the Delaware Black Caucus on this campus, because it shows the support the University is receiving not only in the community at-large around the state, but also in the black community," Dr. Williams said. "As an HBCU, that is critical." Following the reception at the President's Residence, the evening public forum began as the panelist discussed a wide range of topics that included education, labor issues, healthcare, incarceration/re-entry, the economy, public safety, crime, and voter registration. Other Delaware Black Caucus members who attended the Feb. 22 DSU events included state Rep. Donald A. Blakey (also DSU alumnus); from the Wilmington City Council, Councilmen Earnest “Trippi” Congo and Justen Wright; Seaford Councilwoman Pat A. Wright; and former Dover City Council member Rueben Salters. 

Kappas Reunite at DSU for Convergence Weekend Feb. 4

Description: 

 

The Kappa Convergence Weekend marked the first time such a fraternity reunion has taken place at Delaware State University

feature_image: 
Body: 
Feb. 5, 2012   An unprecedented fraternity reunion took place during the weekend of Feb. 4 as the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held a Convergence Weekend on campus.   The Convergence Weekend gathered Kappa brothers from as far back as the 1940s (when the first Beta Sigma Kappa Chapter was established at then Delaware State College in 1946), and also included Kappas from other institutions nearby institutions such as the University of Delaware and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   See the below photos slideshow for some images from the Convergence Weekend, followed by more information below about the Kappa events     While some of the Kappas arrived in Dover on Friday, Feb. 3 for a Crimson and Cream Meet and Greet event at the Hilton Garden Inn, the bulk of the activities took place on Saturday, Feb. 4.   After a breakfast at the University Village Cafe and a morning guided tour of the campus, the Kappas shared their life experiences with current DSU students in a Kappa Connection – Career Networking event. Other activities included the sharing of golden memories from some of the older Kappas, a step show, and a presentation about the current state of affairs at DSU by University President Harry L. Williams.   The Convergence Weekend culminated at the Norfolk State vs. DSU basketball game, in which the Kappas witnessed the Hornet Men’s impressive upset of the 1st place Spartans.   The Kappa Convergence was spearheaded by faithful Kappa and DSU alumni Norman Oliver, class of 1985.  

Dr. Donald Parks Named Professor Emeritus

Description: 

Dr. Donald Parks has been named professor emeritus.

Body: 
The Delaware State University Board of Trustees has granted faculty emeritus status to Dr. Donald Parks, retired DSU professor of art. The Board unanimously approved the naming of Dr. Parks as professor emeritus during its Jan. 12 regular board meeting. Dr. Parks was a professor of art who began his tenure at DSU (then-Delaware State College) in 1981 after stints as several other schools and art institutions. He achieved the rank of full professor in 1994. During his tenure, he service on numerous committees and work groups. He retired from the University 2010. Dr. Parks was the founding executive director of the DSU Arts Center/Gallery, beginning with its establishment in 1990 to 2008. He served as the associate dean of the DSU College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, and was the director of the University Cultural Programming from 1997 to 2008. When DSU and Wesley College entered into a consortium agreement with the Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dr. Park became the director of development and programming for the Schwartz. In connection with DSU outreach, Dr. Parks served as the regional director of the regional director of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program, on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, as director of the Congressional Art Awards Program for Delaware,  In 2004, Dr. Parks was honored with the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Delaware. He was awarded Art Educator of the Year awards for Delaware in 1992 and 1995; the DSU Excellence in Service Award in 1993, 1994 and 2004; DSU Excellence in Community Service Award in 2004; and the Presidential Medal of Honor Award for Excellence in Service. Dr. Parks has an A.S. in Art from Corning Community College, N.Y.; a B.A. in Art History from Oneonta State University, N.Y.; an M.S. in Art Education from Elmira College, N.Y.; and Ed.D in Art and Art Education from Syracuse University, N.Y.

Pages