February 2014


Dr. Bradley Skelcher to Speak on Medical Experimentation on Slaves

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Dr. Skelcher's presentation is part of DSU's series of Black History Month events.

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost and professor of history, will give a presentation on “The Medical Experimentation of Enslaved African Americans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Mishoe 139A (north). The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Skelcher will discuss how slaves were forced to undergo medical procedures without anesthesia and against their will as a means of helping doctors develop surgical procedures. He will also share how aged and infirm slaves were often provided to doctors for medical experimentation.

DSU Brass Ensemble Performs Concert in Milford

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The DSU Brass Ensemble gave the some residents of Milford a delightful musical afternoon as they gave a concert at Reformation Lutheran Church.

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The DSU Brass Ensemble converted musical notes into tuition support as it performed a Feb. 23 concert at the Reformation Lutheran Church of Milford. The DSU Brass Ensemble: (l-r) Bri'Yahn Ritchie, Devon Schlegel, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams, Hakeem Nabi and Neil Davis. Calling themselves the Scholarship Brass Quintet, the musicians did a 10-selection Sunday afternoon concert in the sanctuary of the church in front of an appreciative gathering of music lovers. The music performance included classical compositions from J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt and Gustav Holst, jazz numbers from Fats Waller and Lew Pollack, and other selections as well. The quintet performed the concert underneath the glow of sunlight that streamed upon them from the sanctuary’s tall stained glass windows; and their brass notes resonated brilliantly in the wonderful acoustics of the church. The concert represented a homecoming for ensemble trombonist Devon Schlegel, who grew up in Milford. The senior student served as the concert emcee and was joined by ensemble members Neil Davis on trumpet, Bri’Yahn Ritchie on trumpet, Hakeem Nabi on French horn and Denzel A. Thompson-Williams on tuba. Dr. Patrick Hoffman is the ensemble’s advisor.

DSU to open operations/classes at regular start time Feb. 3

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DSU officials will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day.

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DSU will open for regular operations/classes on Monday, Feb. 3. All employees are expected to report at their normal start time. University officials will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day.

Alumni Ambassador Outreach to be held with April 12 Open House

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Dr. Lisa Dunning, asst. vice president of Alumni Affairs (seated far right), called on officers of the DSU Alumni Association to support the Alumni Ambassador Outreach during a recent dinner at the President’s Residence. Seated (l-r) -- DSU President Harry Williams, Ms. Dunning, Dr. Robin Williams; top -- Robert Draine, Sussex Co. president; Raymond Moore, Sussex Co. vice president; Sheila Davis, DSUAA vice president; William Torian, DSUAA treasurer; and Dr. Bernard Chase, DSUAA President.

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DSU will enlist its past graduates to introduce youth to the University with its first-ever Alumni Ambassador Outreach Day that will be held in conjunction with its Spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.   Alumni are encouraged to reach out to middle and high school students and bring them to the DSU campus for the event. The prospective students will attend an academic fair in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit individual academic colleges to meet with faculty and administrators.   While the prospective students take part in the Spring Open House events, alumni will meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams in a forum setting.   Lisa Dunning, the recently appointed assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs, recently met with a group of DSU Alumni Association officers and chapter presidents to explain the new initiative and ask for their support.    "It is important for alumni to be engaged and do things today that will impact the lives of students that come behind us,” Dr. Dunning said. “Alumni can increase students’ awareness and stimulate their thinking in terms of college readiness."   Alumni are asked to register online (www.desu.edu/alumnioutreach) the guests they will be bring to the campus that day.   For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (302) 857-6050.

Dover & Sussex classes to be held 2/3; Wilmington classes canceled

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The east side of the DSU@Wilmington looks nothing like this now, as a snow surrounds the building today and has prompted the canceling of classes tonight.

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All normal operations and classes at DSU’s Dover main campus and Georgetown site will be held as scheduled on Monday, Feb. 3, including evening classes. Individuals are urged to exercise caution when driving or walking on campus tonight.   Due to the snow storm that has hit New Castle County today, all classes for the DSU@Wilmington location have been canceled for Feb. 3.   DSU officials will continue to monitor the weather and conditions in New Castle County on Feb. 4 and will make a determination by noon on that day concerning the status of classes at the DSU@Wilmington location.  

Dr. Susmita Roye Receives NEH Award

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Dr. Susmita Roye has received the National Endowment for the Humanities grant award in support of her current book manuscript project on the women writers of India during British Rule of 1757-1947.

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Dr. Susmita Roye, associate professor of English, has been named as a recipient of the National Endowment for Humanities Award for Faculty. The award has been given in recognition and support of her current book manuscript project, which is about the women writers of India during the British rule of that country (1757-1947). She has tentatively titled the book “Mothering India.” Dr. Roye will receive financial support from the grant award, which will enable her to take some time off from teaching to finish the book. She was one of only eight persons to receive the award out of 101 applications. Previously, Dr. Roye co-edited and contributed a chapter to the book The Male Empire under The Female Gaze, which explored the perspective of British white women amid British rule of India. Dr. Roye, a native of India, has been a faculty member of DSU since 2011.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Comes to Life at DSU Mar. 5

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The critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will come to life at Delaware State University where members of the Lacks Family will discuss the issues raised in the book during a guest speaker event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 5 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. The event – which is part of the DSU Division of Student Affairs’ Make Your Mark Speaker Series – is free and open to the public. Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law Shirley Lacks and her great-granddaughter Victoria Baptiste will speak at the event about the Lacks Family’s story and Henrietta Lacks’ legacy. The book by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951), an African-American woman born in Roanoke, Va. and later an adult resident of Maryland.  After being diagnosed with cancer, without her knowledge she became the source of cells from her cancerous tumor that were cultured to create the first known human immortal cell line. Known as the HeLa cell line, since the 1950s it has been used for a wide variety of medical research, such as to test the first polio vaccine, numerous virus and cancer studies, the use of novel heptamethine dyes and many other projects. The book – which was selected to be DSU’s One Book, One Campus feature selection for the 2013-2014 school year – has been acclaimed for its accessible science writing and for dealing with the ethical issues of race and class in medical research.

Founders' Day at DSU -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Micah Fuwiley, Carlos Holmes, Danali Olukayode, Dorian McDonald and Harry Hudson all donned late-1800s clothes and greeted folks that came to the Open House at Loockerman Hall on Feb. 25 to experience some DSU history and celebrate Founders' Day.

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Delaware State University celebrated its 123rd birthday with a birthday cake in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center and an Open House at the historic Loockerman Hall. Click on the below photo slideshow for images of Founders’ Day, followed by more information: Students, faculty and staff showed up at Loockerman Hall, where students Dorian McDonald, Harry Hudson, Danali Olukayode, Micah Fuwiley, and staff member Carlos Holmes dressed up in late 1890s garb and greet the attendees. The Open House also featured the stories of Dr. Reba Hollingsworth and Mrs. Augusta Carr-Ross, who both lived in Loockerman Hall when they were students in the 1940s.

DSU Alum to Premiere Film "16th and Philly" Feb. 11 at DSU

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Isaiah Nathanial, Class of 2004, is a former four-year Hornet basketball player, has produced a documentary film about the famed 16th Street pick-up basketball in North Philadelphia that produced a number of players who would go on to compete in college and professionally, including in the NBA and overseas leagues.

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DSU alumnus and filmmaker Isaiah Nathaniel will make his alma mater a part of the premiere tour of his new documentary 16th and Philly when it screens on campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Longwood Auditorium of the Bank of America Building.   The screening is free and open to the public.   Mr. Nathaniel, who also played basketball for DSU from 2000-2004, has done a documentary on the famed North Central Philadelphia Basket League – known commonly in Philly as the 16th Street League, because its outdoor courts are located on the corner of 16th Street and West Susquehanna Ave. in North Philadelphia. During its prominent years of the early 1980s to the early 2000s, it was considered one of the top pick-up leagues on the East Coast.   The league produced a number of players who went on to compete in college, overseas and in professional leagues and the NBA such as Hank Gathers, Bo Kimball, Doug Overton, Lionel Simmons, Ronald “Flip” Murray, Cuttino Mobley, Aaron “AO” Owens, Rodney “Hot Rod” Odrick and many others.   Mr. Nathaniel said the documentary was made to honor the memory and legacy of the 16th Street League and preserve some of the stories.   “Anytime people talk about basketball in Philly, there’s always some who remember and talk about the 16th Street League,” Mr. Nathaniel said. “Whether you witnessed it as a player or a spectator, it never leaves you.”   Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer period between the audience and the filmmaker.

Guest Lecture on Bio-Based Materials for Chemistry, March 6

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DSU’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series will feature guest speaker Dr. Rich Chapas who will give a presentation on “Bio-based Materials for Chemical and Fuels” at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6 in room 323, Mishoe Science Center (south) on campus. The guest lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Chapas currently runs a consulting business, through which he has worked with startup companies such as H2OPE Biofuels, for which he served as chief executive officer. He is also an educator whose teaching experience includes strategy, technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and green business, which he teaches at the University of Delaware. He has a breadth of experience in developing and commercializing new products. His patent portfolio includes products that are generating over $30 million in sales. His technical and business expertise includes bio-based materials, polymer chemistry, nonwovens, composites, adhesives, and absorbent materials.

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