September 2013


DSU Arts Center/Gallery Hosts Terry Dixon Mixed Media Exhibition

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Chicago-based artist Terry Dixon stands next to his work "Man with Hammer," one of 15 of his works currently on exhibition in the DSU Arts Center/Gallery.

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10/3/13 Delaware State University is currently featuring an exhibition by a Chicago-based artist, “Mixed Media of Terry Dixon,” from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1 in its Arts Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. The work "Staring Off" is included in the 15-piece exhibition.   The exhibition is free and open to the public, including the Meet the Artist reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.   Mr. Dixon has been featured on the front cover of the  International Review of African American Art Magazine (2009) and was recommended to art collectors as an artist to pay attention to in BusinessWeek magazine in the May 2005 article “Photography’s Golden Age.”   Mr. Dixon, a native of Washington, D.C., is noted for juxtaposing photographic images with his abstract paintings. Throughout his body of work, he explores kinetic connections with his abstract line style.  His painting style is sometimes aggressive and sporadic and then slows down to a smooth sense of control.  His imagery reflects a heavy influence of African art and abstract expressionism, and this is all fueled by his love for jazz and electronic music.   Some of his work explores different parts of the human face and body, abstracted in various ways that pull the viewer deeper into his creations.   Mr. Dixon notes that over the years, he enhanced his techniques on canvas by combining his photographic images with acrylic paint, oil pastels, and ink. He said in experimenting with digital technology, he has found an interesting marriage between traditional studio techniques and digital media.   “My art is also influenced by political issues, society, various free-flowing ideas, and one other back bone element of my art is fueled from the "Free Jazz Style" prevalent in the 1950s to the 1970s,” Mr. Dixon said. “As I listen to deep bass cords, drum beats, and harsh trumpet notes, I explore my intuitive approach and express my artistic style through rhythm of sound.    “As I create my art, some parts become mistakes that turn into masterpieces and it is all in conjunction and influenced by jazz music,” he added.   Mr. Dixon began exhibiting in 1991 while living in Atlanta, and he has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2000.  He landed on the art scene in Chicago at BAREWALLS 2000, a live art exhibition coordinated by the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in various solo and group exhibitions, and he has been busy working on projects for various solo exhibitions.  His works are owned by private collectors in the United States, Europe and are part of the very prestigious Sandor Collection in Chicago.   In addition to being on campus for his reception, during Oct. 16-19 he will also share his artistic process and skills with students and faculty in various classes in the DSU Department of Art.   “Opportunities for engagement with a visiting artist are an extraordinary learning experiences for our students,” notes Jennifer Gunther, DSU Arts Center/Gallery director.  “Mr. Dixon focuses on pushing traditional mediums in new media directions.  An opportunity to understand this artist’s process will be a rewarding experience for our students.”   En route to receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Atlanta College of Art in 1992, Mr. Dixon composed new art perspectives by employing various visual art techniques through painting, photography, computer art, video and electronic music.  In 1995 he earned a Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band at UD: Photo Slideshow

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DSU's drum major leads the dance during the Approaching Storm Marching Band's performance at UD.

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The DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band showed its style of high octane music to the crowd during halftime of the DSU vs. UD game. For images of the performance, click on the below photo slideshow.

Tour for Diversity in Medicine to be at DSU Sept. 26

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The Tour for Diversity in Medicine will make DSU one of its six stops along the U.S. Northeast corridor – its only stop in Delaware – to promote medicine and dentistry as career possibilities on Thursday, Sept. 26.   Sponsored by Aetna, the Tour for Diversity conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 309 in the Bank of America Building on campus. More than 15 doctors, dentists and medical school students from across the country will come to DSU as part of the tour, which is designed to introduce medicine and dentistry as a field of advanced study and career path for minority students. The Tour for Diversity in Medicine’s mission is to help diversify the health care profession by giving minority students the advice and tools they will need to pursue medical careers.   The Sept. 26 event at DSU – which is free for all students – will involve a full-day session about the medical school application process, admissions tests, financial aid, interviewing skills and an overview of health disparities. Students interact one-on-one with mentors who will offer personal insights and share their experiences about how to build a successful career in medicine or dentistry.   Although African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans compose more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they represent only six percent of practicing physicians and five percent of dentists, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In 2011, African-American and Hispanic students made up only 15 percent of all U.S. medical school applicants.Yet research shows that patients who receive care from doctors of the same background are more satisfied with their care and more engaged in their treatment.   “Our mission is to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and the broader community by offering the vision and real-world strategies to overcome barriers to address the need for greater diversity in the medical profession. Bridging the health-equity gap for under-represented minorities will only happen if our next generation is ready to meet the challenge,” said Alden Landry, M.D., co-founder of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine and an emergency department  physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.   Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., president of the Aetna Foundation, noted, “As our nation’s population becomes increasingly diverse, we need to ensure that future health care providers reflect the racial and ethnic diversity that will help further positive health outcomes today and for future generations. As the Tour’s founding sponsor, we are pleased to offer our support to this innovative initiative that takes concrete steps to help under-represented minorities see a path forward to a career in medicine.”      The event is free for students. Registration is available at www.tour4diversity.org.    For more information, follow the Tour for Diversity in Medicine on Twitter @Tour4Diversity or visit tour4diversity.org.   About the Aetna Foundation The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $427 million in grants and sponsorships, including more than $14.6 million awarded in 2012. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered four million hours since 2003. The Aetna Foundation’s current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.aetnafoundation.org. About Tour for Diversity in Medicine The Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), a project of Hip Hop Health Inc., seeks to educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need. Conceived by former medical student leaders, T4D will bring premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority undergraduate students in order to assist with the diversification of the health professions workforce. T4D is a grassroots effort and has reached 1,400 students to date.  This is the fourth Tour since T4D’s founding in 2012. Visit tour4diversity.org for more information      

DSU Moves Up to 9th in U.S. News & World Report HBCU Rankings

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Delaware State University has moved up to 9th place among 81 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report.   DSU is tied with two other HBCUs – Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University – for 9th place. Among Mid-Atlantic region schools, DSU joins Howard University (3rd) among the top 10 HBCUs in the latest ranking.   DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the University’s rise in the HBCU rankings confirms everything he has believed about Delaware State University since he first arrived as provost in 2008.   “There has never been any doubt in my mind that the continuation of DSU’s rise in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best HBCU rankings has been within our capacity because of some very strategic work by the entire DSU family,” Dr. Williams said. “To move from number 13 to number 9 is a validation of the ongoing successes of our faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni."    Dr. Williams noted that DSU is continuing to garner attention both in Delaware, in the nation and especially in the world, where its footprint is expanding.   “The ranking is just one measure that says, yes, DSU is on the right path," he said. "We must all be highly motivated to serve and to do our optimum best to graduate exceptionally prepared students."   “If we continue to do that, the rankings will take care of themselves,” Dr. Williams added.   When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22; it rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010. Since Dr. Williams assumed the DSU presidency in 2010, the University has moved up to #15 in 2011, to #13 in 2012, to this year’s highest-ever 9th place ranking.   The HBCU rankings are based on the following categories to assess academic quality: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention and graduation rates of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Those areas are broken down into 11 statistical scores that are evaluated toward reaching a final overall score.   DSU’s improvements in peer assessments, SAT scores of incoming freshmen, three-year average for freshmen retention and graduation rates are among the statistics that are reflected in the University’s continued rise in the ranking. Those improvements reflect that the University is attracting a stronger freshman class than ever before and increasing student success.   The University also improved its peer assessment score in this year’s rankings, a measure of how its peer institutions viewed the quality of DSU.   Once again Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga., is ranked as the No. 1 HBCU in the country by the magazine, a top distinction it has held since 2008. That school is followed by Morehouse College (#2), Howard University (#3), Fisk University (#4), Tuskegee University and Xavier University of Louisiana (tied for #5), Claflin University (#7), and North Carolina A&T University (#8).

The C-SPAN Bus Visits DSU -- Students on Morning Show

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(L-r) C-SPAN's Doug Hemmig, DSU's Dr. Akwesi Osei, and students Matese Wiggins, Noe'l Walker, Zachery Exume', Allison Hazel, Ronnetta Zach-Williams, Jessica McKenzie, Brittany Gittens, R. Taylor Pugh and Hillari Howard, all stand in front of the C-SPAN bus

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9/27/13 (L-r) Noe'l Walker and Hillari Howard gaze at the video screen system on the C-Span Bus DSU received a visit on Sept. 25 by the C-SPAN Bus and engaged a select group of students to participate in its nationally broadcasted morning show “The Washington Journal.” The nine DSU students – a mix of political science and mass communication majors – were led onto the bus at about 8 a.m. to prepare for the show’s 8:30 a.m. broadcast, which on that day focused on the ongoing debt ceiling issue and the possible government shutdown. The guest on that 15-minute morning segment was U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland, who is a member of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. During the broadcast, the students on the bus were connected to The Washington Journal via Skype, which allowed them to pose questions to the congressman. To view that segment of The Washington Journal, go to http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Delaney. Dr. Akwasi Osei, chair of the DSU Department of Political Science, invited the C-SPAN bus to DSU. He said it was a way of helping the students take the political science material presented in the classroom and make it relevant by connecting it with their everyday lives. (Far l-r) DSU's Dr. Akwesi Osei and C-SPAN's Doug Hemming prepare the DSU students for their roles in The Washington Journal segment. “This is what the C-SPAN Bus visit to our campus did for our students – it brought politics and government right up to their campus,” Dr. Osei said. “Students were able to, in real-time, connect to lawmaking and policy enforcement as they asked a sitting US Congressman pertinent questions about topical issues such as the potential government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), and the raising of the country’s debt ceiling.” C-SPAN, an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is a private, nonprofit American cable television network created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that televises many proceedings of the federal government as well as other public affairs programming. The C-SPAN network includes three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station and a group of websites that provide “streaming media” and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to approximately 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States.

DSU's Amystique Harris-Church Elected to National Testing Body

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Amystique Harris-Church, a 14-year DSU employee, will apply her expertise in testing to her new role as a member of the Governing Board of National College Testing Association.

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9/13/13 Amystique Harris Church, DSU associate director of the Office of Testing, has been elected to the 17-member Governing Board of the National College Testing Association (NCTA). NCTA is a non-profit organization of testing professionals organized in 2000 through the merging of several regional associations. It currently has over 1,900 members at more than 650 higher education institutions and 55 corporations and certification agencies in the United States and Canada. Harris Church received a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations in 2003 and an M.A. in Adult Education and Literacy in 2010, both from Delaware State.  She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University. For more information on the National College Testing Association, visit www.ncta-testing.org.

The 2013 Employee Recognition Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU President Harry L. Williams presents the 2013 Inspire Excellence Award to Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services at DSU.

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9/30/13 Delaware State University took time out to honor its faculty and staff during its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 26 in the MLK Student Center. For images from the evening ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow. That is followed by a list of the 2013 awardees: Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services, received the top award of the evening – the Inspire Excellence Award. The following employees were honored with Vice President's Choice Awards from the following areas: Business Jeff DeMoss, executive director of Dining and Auxiliary Greg Hilliard, Fleet Services/Transportation supervisor Finance Karen Fair, director of Facilities Management Cindy Koegle, payroll clerk Student Affairs Paula Duffy, director of Judicial Affairs Michelle Fisher, director of Health Services Development Lynn Iocono, executive director of Student Financial Services Brandon Maddox, marketing specialist Research Dr. Tomasz Smolinski, assistant professor of computer and information sciences Dr. Jinjie Liu, assistant professor of mathematics Academic Affairs Terrell Holmes, University registrar Eric Hart, senior associate AD Athletics Edna Piper, senior secretary of Football Operations Mark Springs, head equipment athletics manager   During the ceremony the following 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients were also recognized:   Faculty Excellence in Teaching Dr. Dorothy L. Dillard, associate professor of sociology, Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Dr. Mingxin Guo, associate professor of soil and water sciences, Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service Dr. Anuradha Dujari, professor of science education Faculty Excellence in Advising Dr. Dawn Lott, professor of mathematics

DSU's Dr. Constant Beugre Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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9/16/03     Dr. Constant D. Beugre Dr. Constant D. Beugre, professor of management, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Beugre will spend the 2014 spring and summer semesters at Methodist University of Ghana. During his time there, Dr. Beugre will help Methodist University establish a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, establish a business incubator, teach a class on entrepreneurship, and also conduct research on “Fostering Entrepreneurial Eco-Systems in sub-Saharan Africa.” A native of the West African country of Ivory Coast, Dr. Beugre has been a DSU faculty member since 2002.

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