July 2012


DSU President Does Community Service as Asst, Basketball Coach

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (far right) serves as an assistant coach of the Team Inferno of the Kent and Sussex Basketball Program. Seated on the far left is his son Gavin Williams, who plays guard on the squad.

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7/17/12 DSU President Harry L. Williams has added a new title to his vita – assistant basketball coach. Assistant Coach (Dr.) Harry L. Williams watches the progress of a game with Team Inferno Head Coach James Culver, a DSU 1998 alumnus. Dr. Williams is an assistant volunteer coach for the Kent and Sussex Basketball Program and coaches a middle school aged boys team called Team Inferno. The youth in the program come from Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware. Dr. Williams is in familiar company on the team: Team Inferno Head Coach James Culver is a DSU alumnus, class of 1998. Oh yes, and Dr. Williams’ son Gavin plays guard on team. The sports activity is a community service effort that also involves Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, DSU associate professor and Department of Psychology chair, who developed the program in the spring of 2011. Dr. Jones, who serves as the program director, said the program utilizes the sport of basketball as a vehicle to focus on the following aims: educational, psychological, physical and social development. All youth are required to attend mandatory educational seminars monthly while participating in the program. Gavin Williams, Dr. Williams' youngest son, plays guard on Team Inferno. She said organization targets youth ages 12-18 both male and female with an emphasis on identifying at risk youth from low socio-economic backgrounds with familial and social adjustment difficulties.  “Moreover, the program will assist the youth with developing positive sportsmanship attitudes, self-esteem, character building and leadership development,” Dr. Jones said. “These aforementioned qualities will help the youth grow into confident, intelligent men and women.” Dr. Williams' Team Inferno made it to the league's championship finals on July 12, but lost to Team United by 3 points.

2012 President's Society -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Mary and Frank Marshall join Drs. Reba and Berlin Hollingsworth for the June 29 DSU President's Society Reception.

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7/18/20 Dr. Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams recently hosted the June 29 President’s Society Reception in honor of University supporters – comprised of alumni, employees, administrators, and friends of DSU – who have donated $1,000 or more over the last year. See the below photo slideshow for images of the event:  

Actor Clifton Davis Comes to DSU to Film an Upcoming Movie

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Dr. Warren Rhodes (l), DSU professor emeritus, enlisted actor Clifton Davis to star in "God's Amazing Grace," a movie in which several scenes were filmed on the DSU campus July 17. Dr. Rhodes is the screenwriter and director of the production.

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7/18/12 Stage/screen/television actor and minister Clifton Davis brought his star power to DSU on July 17 to take part in an upcoming movie, several scenes of which were filmed on the DSU campus. Clifton Davis (l) and members of the cast and crew prepare to shoot a scene in the William Jason Library. DSU's Jackye Fountain (3rd from the right) plays a member of media during a press conference scene. The Dover-based production company Calvary Pictures, Inc.  is producing “God’s Amazing Grace,” which features Mr. Davis starring as one of the primary characters in the later parts of his life in the last part of the film. “God Amazing Grace” tells the true-life story of two brothers from their youth to their adult years. Despite their Christian upbringing, both brothers become involved with violence, drugs and other crimes as teenagers.  One brother – played in his later life by Mr. Davis) is eventually able to break away from the immoral lifestyle to achieve great success in life, while the other brother never escapes the wrong road, eventually reaping the consequences thereof.  The movie reveals the impact of God’s grace and mercy upon the lives of both brothers, despite their very different life choices.  “People ask me why I am doing this movie, and I tell them it is my way of giving back,” Mr. Davis said. “Everyone has to start somewhere, so this is my way of helping this young production company.” Mr. Davis took a break from his performance in the play production Wicked, which is touring the West Coast, to fly out to Dover to do the filming. Scenes for the movie where shot in the auditorium of the Price Building, and on the first and sixth floors of the William Jason Library. Among the local actors starring in the production were Dr. Rebecca Batson, DSU dean of libraries; Jackye Fountain, DSU tutor coordinator in the Department of Academic Enrichment; Maurio Watson, Wm. Jason Library technician, as well as several DSU students as extras. The screenplay was written by Dr. Warren Rhodes, Professor Emeritus of Public and Allied Health Sciences at DSU, who is also the director of the movie. Dr. Rhodes is also an established playwright, having written and directed two gospel musicals, The Sermon and The Sermon, Part 2, which have been performed over the last two decades locally and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Clifton Davis gained prominence in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s starring in the popular TV series, “That’s My Mama” and “Amen”. . Over the years he has also starred in made-for-television movies such as Scott Joplin and Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Paige, as well as big screen films such as Any Given Sunday and Kingdom Come.  Mr. Davis has made guest appearances on numerous TV shows, and currently appears regularly as the host of “Backstage Pass.” Dr. Warren Rhodes (l) discusses a scene in the library with actors Clifton Davis and Dr. Michelle Brown. Mr. Davis, who is also an ordained Christian minister, currently hosts the TV shows Backstage Pass and Praise the Lord on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  He has also hosted gospel music specials such as Gospel Superfest, Take It to the Bridge, and The Stellar Awards.  Clifton Davis will be in Dover in mid-July for filming and to attend a fundraiser in connection with the film project. Calvary Pictures, Inc. is a subsidiary of Calvary Baptist Church of Dover. The movie – which is also being filmed in Baltimore, Md. and others sites in Dover on other dates – is projected to be released in the spring of 2013.

DSU's Dr. Andrew Blake Authors New Book

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Dr. Andrew Blake holds a copy of his new book. Dr. Andrew Blake, associate professor of English in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, has published a book titled African Students Studying in America:  Their Experiences and Adjustment Problems at an HBCU, an abridged version. This book explores the adjustment problems and experiences of international students who have studied in the United States of America.  First, it examines the varied adjustments that international students deal with in general.  Second, it investigates the experiences of African students at a historically black institution- Delaware State University, a rare study on Africans studying specifically at a historically black institution.  Dr. Blake has presented papers at national conferences addressing the adjustment problems of international students on U.S. college campuses.  His study is referenced in the Center for Immigration Studies website.  Dr. Blake has also served as a staff writer for newspapers in Delaware and has served in administrative positions at DSU and Lincoln University, PA.  The book can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Reader Store, and many other websites.  

Canaan Baptist Church Donates $10,000 for Book Scholarships

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Dr. Christopher A. Bullock, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of New Castle, and DSU President Harry L. Williams hold a display check representing the church’s recent $10,000 donation to the University.

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Canaan Baptist Church of New Castle, Del. has shown its support for higher education by donating $10,000 to Delaware State University. The donation will go toward book scholarships for Delaware students. Eligible students will be able to receive as much as a $250 book scholarship. “We support Delaware State University because we believe in the vision of Dr. Harry Williams, and support the direction and prospects of the University under his leadership,” said Dr. Christopher A. Bullock, Canaan Baptist pastor. “We believe in the power of partnership between church and state, and we believe it is critically important for students who come out of our church and might go to DSU. Therefore we want to be supportive in a tangible way.” Canaan Baptist Church was established in 2003 and currently has about 2,000 members. Dr. Bullock is in his eighth year as the church’s pastor.

DSU Police Add Three New Vehicles to its Fleet

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(L-r) Ptlm. Joshywn Abrams and Ptlm. Heather Golding stand with two of the three new vehicles in the DSU Police Department's fleet -- Dodge Charger car (left) and a Chevy Tahoe SUV.

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DSU Ptlm. Joshwyn Abrams points to a printer that comes with the department's new vehicle additions. The DSU Police Department has upgraded its fleet of law enforcement vehicles on campus with the addition of two new Dodge Charger cars and a Chevy Tahoe SUV. The DSU police put the new 2012 vehicles in service on campus last week. In addition to being equipped with the standard law enforcement equipment – including an in-car laptop – the new cars also come with a printer that can produce enforcement tickets and reports. Including the three new vehicles, the DSU Police Department maintain five vehicles in its law enforcement fleet.  

2012 Greg Jackson Basketball Camp -- Photo Slideshow

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The final day of the 2012 Greg Jackson Youth Basketball Camp gave participants a chance to show what they learned on the court.

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The 2012 Greg Jackson Summer Youth Basketball Camp, held July 23-27 in DSU’s Memorial Hall Gymnasium, provided more than 50 local boys and girls with four days of offensive, defensive and team fundamentals. DSU Men’s Head Basketball Coach Greg Jackson said the camp is reflective of the DSU’s emphasis on community outreach. “These kids are our future, and one day they will be doing what these coaches are doing,” he said. “It is our job to help prepare them.” For images of the basketball camp, click on the below photo slideshow: Assisting Coach Jackson with the camp were men's assistant coaches Keith Walker, Jerrell Wilkerson and Arthur Tyson.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Visits DSU

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(L-r) Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Rep. John Carney,. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, DSU President Harry L. Williams and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper stand outside the Mishoe Science Center, which is one of the campus buildings that will be made more energy efficient, a campus-wide DSU initiative that Dr. Chu commended during his visit.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu paid a July 2 visit to Delaware State University to highlight its initiatives to make its campus buildings more energy efficient.   In welcoming Secretary Chu to the campus and the First State, DSU President Harry L. Williams was joined by Gov. Jack Markell and the entire Delaware Congressional Delegation – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, as well as U.S. Rep. John Carney. Gov. Jack Markell, Secretary Steven Chu and DSU President Harry L. Williams listen to one of the speakers during the July 2 event.   During Secretary Chu’s visit, University officials shared with him DSU’s current initiative to reduce energy consumption on campus by 25% by the year 2013. The University’s energy reduction initiative is part of its role as an institutional participant in President Barack Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge.   To achieve the reductions, DSU has entered into a guaranteed energy performance contract with Johnson Controls, the company hired for the work, which will ensure that the upgrades will result in the reduction goal. The improvements are projected to save the University a net $5.3 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.   Secretary Chu said commended DSU's environmental leadership, and noted that its initiative would serve as a model for other universities and colleges.   “Making our public buildings and schools more energy efficient is one of the easiest ways for universities and local communities to save money,” Secretary Chu said. “As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, Delaware State University is paving the way to long-term benefits for the school and the state. These efforts will reduce energy costs, support jobs, and help build an American economy that lasts.”   Gov. Markell said Secretary Chu’s visit sends a strong message that Delaware State University is on the right path toward helping the environment and reducing its carbon footprint.   “DSU is setting a national example in aggressively achieving new energy efficiency standards,” Gov. Markell said. “The University's accomplishments mean earlier economic and environmental benefits for DSU and Delaware.”   DSU’s project involves the upgrades of 26 buildings on its campus in Dover, all designed to reduce energy consumption and costs. Among the upgrades are:   Upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Installation of technology that will enable the University to control the HVAC levels of each individual campus building from a remote location. Roof replacements. Motion sensitive controls that automatically turn lights off after a room has been unoccupied for a period, and turn them back on when someone enters the room. An office computer management system that will enable the University’s Office of Information Technology to access all computers on campus and place them on sleep mode when not being used during traditional off-duty hours. Dormitory flow control that will retrofit shower heads and toilets to reduce the amount of water being used. Infiltration reduction work will seal leaks in building doors, windows and roof-wall intersections.   Dr. Williams said he is grateful for Secretary Chu’s strong encouragement and noted that DSU’s sustainability efforts are consistent with the University’s vision statement.   “In our goal to be the No. 1 Historically Black University in the country, we have to be an institutional leader in many areas,” Dr. Williams said. “While our Better Buildings Challenge initiative makes it clear that we take our responsibility as environmental stewards seriously, it also shows that we are determined to set a strong example that such achievable actions can indeed bring about achievable energy reductions.” Amir Mohammedi, DSU vice president of Finance and Administration, state Sen. Harris McDowell III, Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and DSU President Harry L. Williams get together after the event. Sen. Carper commended DSU for taking “this bold approach to energy conservation” with the Better Buildings Challenge. “The cleanest form of energy is the energy we never use, and DSU is working on the cutting edge of this science,” Sen. Carper said.  “I am proud that Energy Secretary Chu has come to Delaware to get a first-hand look at this great example of environmental stewardship."   Sen. Coons noted that energy efficiency programs have the power to lower costs, increase performance and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil. He said DSU is proving itself to be a model for energy efficiency as it strives to meet its goals as a Better Building Challenge partner.   “As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, I am proud to join Secretary Chu in recognizing DSU's efforts to reduce not only its carbon footprint, but its energy costs as well,” Sen. Coons said. “The Better Buildings Challenge program is a smart partnership between the public and private sectors, and I am thrilled that DSU is taking part.”   Rep. Carney called it a “win-win” for DSU and the state of Delaware.   “Delaware State University is making tremendous progress on its goal of reducing energy consumption 25 percent by 2015,” said Congressman Carney.  “I’m very pleased to have Secretary Chu here on campus to see the great work being done at DSU through the Better Buildings Challenge.   This is a smart investment that protects the environment and reduces DSU’s energy costs, freeing up resources to benefit its students.”   The Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative launched in February 2011 by President Obama to support job creation by catalyzing private sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades.  The Initiative is spearheaded by former President Clinton and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness with the goal of making America’s buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade, which will help reduce energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion. Last year, commercial buildings consumed roughly 20 percent of all the energy used by the U.S. economy.   Amir Mohammadi, DSU executive vice president of finance and the University treasurer, noted that DSU’s initiative is projected to achieve the desired results faster than the established goals of the Obama Administration. “The Better Buildings Challenge is calling for an energy reduction of 20% by 2020, and DSU is projected to achieve a 25% reduction by 2013,” Mr. Mohammadi said.   To make the initiative a reality, DSU has entered into an agreement with Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, Inc. (SEU), to fund the project. The University obtained energy efficient revenue bonds from the SEU as part of its inaugural issue of such funding.   Johnson Controls – the contract company hired to do the upgrade work – began the work on the University in April 2011 and is estimated to complete the project by December 2012.   The total DSU investment in the project is $19.3 million (principal and interest). With a guaranteed utility reduction providing an estimated savings of $24.6 million over 20 years, the net savings to the University during that period will be $5.3 million.   The initiative will also help reduce the University’s deferred maintenance of $58 million by almost 20%.  

DSU Announces Tuition, Room & Board Rates for 2012-2013

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7/2/12 Delaware State University announced on July 2 its tuition rates for the 2012-2013 academic year, which includes a moderate 4.5% increase in the tuition and room & board rates. With the increase, in-state tuition and fees will total $7,336 for the year, and the out-of-state tuition and fees will be $15,692. Traditional residential hall rates will range from $6,976 to $7,490. Residential meal plan options for the year will range from $3,310 to $3,732, while the commuter meal plan will be $1,870. DSU President Harry L. Williams said while the University does everything it can to keep the cost of education affordable, this year’s increase is necessary. “In comparison to the increases taking place at other institutions of higher education in the region, the 4.5% increase at DSU is modest,” Dr. Williams said.  

DSU's Accreditation is REAFFIRMED by Middle States

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The evaluation team representing Middle State commended DSU in several areas and recognized the more than 40 accomplishments and significant improvements since the previous accreditation in 2002. DSU's next self-study evaluation and accreditation visit will be in the 2021-2022 school year.

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7/10/12 The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Delaware State University for demonstrating that it continues to consistently meet the standards of excellence expected of universities DSU President Harry L. Williams says the reaffirmation underscores the quality and relevance of DSU programs The reaffirmation – through which DSU’s accreditation will be ensured through 2022 (the next scheduled evaluation year) – comes after a team of evaluators representing MSCHE reviewed the University’s Self-Study Report and visited the DSU campus April 1-4. The team concluded its visit with its findings that DSU meets all 14 of the following Commission standards: Mission and Goals; Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal; Institutional Resources; Leadership and Governance; Administration; Integrity; Institutional Assessment; Student Admissions and Retention; Student Support Services; Faculty; Educational Offerings; General Education; Related Educational Activities; and Assessment of Student Learning. The evaluation team especially commended DSU for: Its institutional-wide focus on assessment to help in creating effectiveness in each area of DSU’s educational enterprise. The University’s focus on encouraging undergraduate research opportunities between faculty and students. The increase in the E-Books holdings (exceeding 16,280 in the last five years) in the University’s William C. Jason Library. The University’s thoughtful and robust program in assessing the outcomes of student learning. The DSU Self-Study Report, which was found to be honest, concise and well-written. In addition, the MSCHE also commended DSU for its progress to date, for the quality of its self-study report process, and for the quality of its self-study report.  “The reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation, with commendations, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education underscores the quality, relevance and vitality of all of our programs,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “It ensures that our programs adhere to our land-grant mission and national standards of excellence that range from leadership and governance to faculty competence and educational offerings.” Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said the reaffirmed accreditation is a testament to the diligent work and commitment of the University’s faculty and staff.    “Accreditation is a key indicator of academic quality and is an external and objective measure of accountability and stewardship,” Dr. Thompson said.  “Maintaining our accreditation will be an ongoing process and will serve as a benchmark as the University continues to expand its enrollment, facilities, academic programs and strategic initiatives in the pursuit of continuing excellence.” The team also noted more than 40 accomplishments since DSU’s previous reaffirmed accreditation in 2002, among which included: Provost Alton Thompson said the faculty and staff are to be commended for the work to get the accreditation reaffirmed. The revision of DSU’s mission statement, vision statement and core values, which all build upon the University’s history while positioning it to take a leadership role in higher education in the state, the nation and internationally. The creation of the DSU Foundation to support fundraising efforts. The University’s reaffirmation of an A+ credit rating from Standard and Poor’s, the top national credit rating agency. The restructuring of the DSU finance area to improve financial reporting and fiscal management. The University’s transparent, collaborative, collegial and shared governance structure and leadership, through which DSU enjoys widespread support of alumni, the Dover community, state officials and its Congressional delegation. The establishment of a Scholarship Leveraging Team that enables DSU to strategically use merit-based scholarships to attract top-tier students as well as assist students with need-based aid, resulting in an increase in enrollment and retention. Delaware State University received its first in accreditation in 1945 from Middle States when the institution was known as the State College for Colored Students. State legislation in 1947 changed the institution’s name to Delaware State College, and then to Delaware State University in 1993. Among the country’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, DSU is ranked 15th in the 2012 rankings by the U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, DSU had a school-record enrollment of 4,178 students. The institution has more than 200 faculty members, as well as about 300 executive managers and staff members. In addition to its main campus in the state capital of Dover, the University also maintains satellite sites in Wilmington and Georgetown.