August 2013


Five DSU Students Part of Winning Cyber Challenge Competition Team

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Members of the winning Delaware Cyber Challenge team (from second to left) Trevor Newell, Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Priscilla Wilson, Andrew Hobbs. Also pictured: Dr. Hongxin Hu, assistant professor of cyber security (far left) and Dr. Marwan Rasamny, chair of the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology (far right).

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Five DSU computer science information technology students were recently part of a team that won the Delaware Cyber Camp’s U.S. Cyber Challenge held at the Wilmington The five DSU students who were part of the winning team are shown here hacking away toward their 1st Place finish. University site in New Castle County, Del. U.S. Cyber Challenge utilizes Cyber Quests as a platform to provide challenging on-line competitions that allow participants to display their cyber security skills. The five DSU students participated in  a “cyber boot camp” on July 8 where they attended with students from other Delaware colleges, universities and high school workshops among other things, penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics taught by faculty, SANS instructors, and cyber security experts. The week culminated in an on-line "Capture the Flag" competition where individuals in a team attack specially provisioned servers on the Internet. The flags consisted of cracked passwords (both wired and wireless), hijacked websites, server penetrations, and data acquisition. Five DSU students -- Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Andrew Hobbs, Trevor Newell and Priscilla Wilson were on Team Five called “My Little Pwnies,” which won the competition. Since 2010, Delaware has been a proud supporter of the U.S Cyber Challenge (USCC) summer camps. The USCC's mission is to "significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals." In keeping with its mission, the USCC has been a partner and sponsor of the Delaware Cyber Security Boot Camp and played an integral role in this year's successful event. USCC is a partner and supporter of four camps in the country. These include the Western Regional Cyber Camp , Eastern Regional Cyber Camp, State of Delaware Cyber Camp, and State of Illinois Cyber Camp hosted this year by San Jose State University, Virginia Tech, Wilmington University, and Moraine Valley Community College, respectively. The Western and Illinois camps have scheduled their boot camps in August.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits New DSU Commons

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(L-r) Kailani Capote, senior residential assistant; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer; and Rose Spady, Commons residential director, take a photo opportunity at the front desk of the Commons.

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8/30/13 DSU President Harry L. Williams ushers U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper into the Commons. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper took a grand tour on Aug. 29 of the University’s newly acquired residential facility – the DSU Living and Learning Commons. DSU President Harry L. Williams, along with Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Amir Mohammadi and Residential Director Rose Spady, gave Sen. Carper a first-hand look at how the University has converted the former hotel into a residential hall. The DSU officials showed Sen. Carper various not-yet-occupied rooms, a master suite that will be used for visiting faculty or University guests, and the exercise room amenity. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper greets residential assistant Shakida Hercules at the Commons front desk Sen. Carper said the quality of the rooms at the Commons exceeded the dormitory rooms that existed when he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University. “You’ve heard of people who want to relive their youth,” Sen. Carper said. “Well I want to relive my youth here.”

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Speaks on Optics Research at National Conf.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, was recently among a highly esteemed group of guest speakers who gave presentations at the 8th annual Night Vision Systems conference sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) and held in Arlington, Va. on July 29-31. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Dr. Melikechi, who is also the DSU vice president of research, innovation and economic development, gave a presentation on the optic research taking place at DSU especially as it relates to the ongoing development night vision technology that can be used in 21st century battlefield environments. The IDGA’s 8th Annual Night Vision Systems brought together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the night vision community. The event focused on the latest technological advancements in military night vision technologies and sensors and the possible investments in new solutions that could enhance warfighter ability to “own the night” in battlefield and war-related situations. During the event, future trends were analyzed, immediate and long-term needs identified, and discussions were held on up-and-coming technologies for use in changing environments.

DSU Mathematics Program Ranked Among Most Affordable in NE

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A new college affordability poll has placed Delaware State University among the most affordable among mathematics schools in the mid-east U.S. Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Delaware State University as the fourth most affordable mathematics program among 27 ranked colleges and universities in the mid-east region. The University of Delaware, the only other school from the First State listed in this poll, is ranked as the sixth more affordable. For a school to be eligible for this Affordable Colleges Online mathematics program rankings, the institution had to offer a doctorate-level program in mathematics and be fully accredited as an institution. The eligible schools also had to have a net price tuition under $30,000 (net price tuition = total attendance cost per student minus average grant or scholarship aid awarded per students). According to that criteria, the top 10 most affordable mathematics program in the mid-east are: City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center Stony Brook University State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany Delaware State University University at Buffalo (SUNY) University of Delaware University of Maryland – College Park University of Maryland – Baltimore County New Jersey Institute of Technology State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton DSU offers a Master of Science Degree Program in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Education, as well as a Doctoral Program in Allied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics. The University also has undergraduate degrees programs in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematics with Computer Sciences.  

DSU Appoints Dr. Judi Coffield First Director of Early College HS

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Delaware State University has established the top leadership of its planned Early College High School with the hiring of Dr. Judi L. Coffield.                    Dr. Judi L. Coffield   Dr. Coffield will serve as the director of the public charter school that is slated to open in September 2014.   A resident of Magnolia, Del., Dr. Coffield comes to the new post after serving for two years as the director of K-12 services in the Christina School District in New Castle County, Del. Prior to that she was a policy analyst/executive director and education associate for middle/high school support for the Delaware State Board of Education from 2004-2011. She also served as an instructional technology supervisor for K-12 for the Red Clay School District in New Castle County from 2000-2004.   Her education career – which began in 1988 – also has included teaching stints in the Red Clay School District, Capital School District, Lake Forest School District, overseas in the Department of Defense Dependents School, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania.   She has a 1986 Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, a 1996 Master of Instruction from the University of Delaware, and a 2006 Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware. She also has certificates in Introductory and Advanced Educational Technology from Delaware Technical & Community College.   Dr. Coffield will lead the organization of the new charter school in preparation for its opening next fall.   The planned charter high school will be the state’s first Early College High School, which will be designed specifically to serve first generation college-bound students. The Early College High School is a nationally recognized school design brought to Delaware through a partnership between Innovative Schools, a Delaware-based nonprofit public school support organization, and EdWorks, a nationally known consultant that specializes in high school innovations.   The University will blend the Early College Charter High School with its existing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative.

DSU Neuroscience Program Receives New $433,645 Research Grant

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DSU’s Neuroscience Research Program has been awarded a three-year, $433,645 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Melissa Harrington will give some of her students hands-on experience in the spinal motor neurons research the grant is funding. The grant is an Academic Research Enhancement Award that will fund DSU’s research into the development of spinal motor neurons – the nerve cells that drive contractions of skeletal muscle.   Dr. Melissa Harrington, DSU professor of biological sciences and director of the joint DSU/UD Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, is the principal investigator of the research grant. She said that two graduate students and one undergraduate student will work with her on the research.   Dr. Harrington’s lab will use electrophysiology to measure the activity of motor neurons and confocal imaging to visualize motor neuron synapses.  These experiments will help determine what neurotransmitter is released at synapses formed by motor neurons on other neurons, and investigate how contact with muscle cells and the formation of neuromuscular junctions influence which neurotransmitter is released.   It is hoped, in turn, that the findings will lead to new insights into the pathophysiology of neuromuscular disorders, including developmental motor neuron diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy and muscular dystrophy.   This research will build on previous published work by Dr. Harrington’s lab concerning motor neurons.  

DSU's Renovated Conrad Cafeteria Unveiled

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Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, shows the new "Action Island" to Dr. Stacey Downing, associate vice president for Student Affairs.

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The Conrad Hall Cafeteria has been renovated and is ready for the incoming students for the fall semester 2013. Aramark, the University’s contracted food service provider, gave University officials a tour of the remade facility, which will complement the Village Café facility located on the (L-r) Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, tells Phillip Holmes, interim director of Housing and Residential Education, about the new features of the cafeteria. In the center is Jeff Mulveny, assistant director of Conrad. southeast end of the campus. A new “Action Island” has been installed that will include a soup station, a deli station and salad bar. Tara Kazimir, Conrad head chef, noted that Aramark operates a four-menu cycle that will ensure that Conrad and the Village Café will always have different menus from each other each day. She added that there will be a “Soul Food Night” once a week at both locations, featuring food staples such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, beans (red and black-eyed) greens, and other items. The Conrad Cafeteria will be open from 12-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

DSU Social Work Program Accreditations Reaffirmed

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The DSU Social Work Program is based in the Price Building (shown to the left) on the DSU campus, with curriculum also taught at the Georgetown and Wilmington locations.

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8/22/13 The DSU Department of Social Work recently received notification that the Commission on Accreditation for the Council of Social Work Education has reaffirmed the accreditation of both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Both programs are now fully accredited until 2020. Dr. Marlene Saunders, chair of the DSU Department of Social Work, said the full reaffirmation of accreditation speaks to the quality and integrity of the curricula of the BSW and MSW programs. “This achievement also exemplifies Delaware State University’s capacity to provide the social work profession with competent social workers who exemplify the University’s mission, vision and values,” Dr. Saunders said. “With this accomplishment, the Department of Social Work will continue its efforts to enhance the well-being of people and maximize the functioning of social welfare organizations for change and social justice through research, practice and community engagement.”

DSU Archives Awarded $145,194 Grant

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8/23/13 DSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the William C. Jason Library has been awarded a two-year, $145,194 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture program. Emily Cottle, University archivist, says the grant will provide her with intern assistance to help maintain the archive and collections rooms such as the Delaware Room in this photo. Emily R. Cottle, University archivist and special collections librarian, is the project director for this grant. She was hired as the University’s first-ever archivist in June 2012. The funds will be used to establish an archival fellowship program. Two nine-month archival fellows as well as two summer interns will be hired during the project. The program will provide recent graduates with valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of archival responsibilities. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The second year of the project will culminate in the creation of a historic campus walking tour. The project will commence on October 1, 2013 and run through 2015. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

DSU Welcomes New Leadership Appointees

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8/23/13 DSU welcomes the following new appointees to leadership posts:   Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder – dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. DeLauder comes to DSU after serving in a variety of faculty, research and administrator posts at North Carolina Central University from 1996 to 2013, including associate dean of the College of Science and Technology and interim dean of Graduate Studies. She has a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Howard University.        Dr. Stacy L. Downing Dr. Stacy L. Downing – associate vice president of Student Affairs. Dr. Downing comes to DSU after serving from 2011 to 2012 as the vice president for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. She also served in several director posts at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2011. She has a BS in Psychology, an MS in Criminal Justice and an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.   Dr. Marsha T. Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy. Dr. Horton most recently served one year as a dean and associate professor at Virginia Union University’s School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her 39-year education career has included leadership posts at Wilmington University, the Delaware Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Horton has a BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois.     Dr. Marshá T. Horton           Ebony M. Ramsey   Ebony M. Ramsey – director of Student Leadership and Activities. Ms. Ramsey comes to DSU after serving in a variety of posts at Winston-Salem State University, N.C., from 2002-2012, including director of Student Activities from 2010-2012. She has a BA in Theatre and an MS in Adult Education/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University.     Dr. Adenike M. Davidson   Dr. Adenike M. Davidson -- chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She arrives at DSU after serving as a faculty member at Fisk University in Nashville from 2005-2013, where she rose to the rank of professor of English. Prior to that she was a professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Davidson has a BA in English from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., an MA in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.        Alankato D. Cobb, Sr.   Alankato D. Cobb, Sr. – assistant vice president of Facilities Management.  He comes to DSU after serving during the last year as a facilities planning engineer at Lincoln University (Pa.). His 16-year engineering career includes work as a senior project manager for Delaware Engineering and Design Corp. He has a 1995 BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in Orlando, Fla.                  Erin Hill Erin Hill – newly promoted assistant vice president of Enrollment Management. Ms. Hill arrived at DSU after serving in Admissions at Appalachian State University from 2002-2009. She has been a part of Enrollment Management from 2009 to present, include serving as executive director of Admissions since 2010. She has a 2001 BA in Communication and a 2006 MS in Higher Education Administration, both from Appalachian State University.       Dr. Michael A. Boone Dr. Michael A. Boone – interim assistant vice president for Distance Education. He arrived at DSU in April 2013 after serving the previous eight months as the academic program manager at Post University in Connecticut; he also was the lead instructor for that institution’s MBA program. He was the director of Business Process Engineering at Florida A&M University from 2009-2001; he also held various director posts with the North Carolina Department of Revenue.        Rev. Pamela Adams     Pamela Adams – new director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Rev. Adams was a chaplain and family advocate for three years in the Clinical Pastoral Care Department at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is a 9½-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology from the Amora Deliverance Theological Institute in Fayetteville, N.C. She also completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Care Residency Program at Durham (N.C.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center and The John Hopkins Hospital.        Jordin N. Williams Jordin N. Williams – new director of the Department of Wellness & Recreation. Ms. Williams served as the interim director of the department from August 2010 to August 2013. She has been with the department (formerly assistant director) since 2009. Prior to that, she was the club sport coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006-2009). Ms. Williams has a BS in Business Management and an MS in Sports Management.          Kerri M. Scroope   Kerri M. Scroope, head coach of women’s soccer. Coach Scroope arrives at DSU after serving as the head coach for both women’s soccer and softball at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. There she guided the soccer team to three consecutive double-digit winning seasons and four Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. She has a BS in Social Science from Stony Brook University, N.Y., where she played on the soccer and basketball teams.     Kisya Killingsworth-Putney Kisya Killingsworth-Putney, head coach of women’s volleyball. Prior to accepting the DSU post, she was an assistant volleyball coach at Bethune-Cookman University. Coach Killingsworth-Putney was a standout volleyball athlete at the University of Florida, where she earned a 2008 bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Science.  

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