March 2014


DSU to Present Shaolin Jazz on March 18-19

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Shaolin Jazz will present a fusion of hip-hop, jazz and art during two days of events.

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A fusion of jazz, hip-hop and art will take place as Delaware State University presents Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber from Washington D.C. on March 18-19. Gerald Watson, creator of Shaolin Jazz The Shaolin Jazz events – which are free and open to the public – will consist of: A Shaolin Jazz public workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. A Shaolin Jazz art show from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Art Center/Gallery in the William C. Jason Library on campus. A Shaolin Jazz concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Education & Humanities Theatre. Conceived by Gerald Watson and produced by DJ 2-Tone Jones, Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber is a testament to the stylistic connection between both jazz and hip-hop. It is a mix project whereby various jazz songs and breaks are fused with a cappella and vocal samples from the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The music and lyrics are astutely crafted to match both in cadence and tone, with the jazz selections used also to help further accentuate the essence and intensity of the Clan. The initial inspiration for Shaolin Jazz came by way of graphic designer Logan Walters, who recreated a series of Wu-Tang album covers to resemble those of earlier Blue Note and Impulse Jazz album covers. Much like albums by Digable Planets, Buckshot LeFonque, and Guru’s Jazzmatazz series, Shaolin Jazz is a work of art that not only re-emphasizes the greatness of the artists involved, but serves to further the connection between jazz and hip-hop, while also educating those unfamiliar about both genres. The artists hope that fans of hip-hop will have a better understanding of the origins of the music they enjoy, while jazz aficionados gain more of an appreciation for various aspects of hip-hop.

3rd Annual Inspired Day of Service -- Photo Slideshow

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DSU students are shown hard at work at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford, one of seven sites in the state where Delaware State University made its community service presence known on March 29 during the University's annual Inspired Day of Service outreach.

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About 250 DSU students spread out throughout the state on the morning and afternoon of Saturday, March 29 to do community service work as part of the 3rd annual Inspired Day of Service. For images of the students at work, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the outreach effort:   The students did community service in all three counties of the state at the following locations: the A.I. DuPont Middle School in Greenville, the Bellevue Community Center and the West End Neighborhood House (both) in Wilmington, the Brandywine Counseling Center in Newark, the Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club in Dover, the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford, and First State Community Action in Georgetown. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper showed up at the Bellevue site to give the students some encouragement as well as lend a helping hand. Not only did DSU President Harry L. Williams show up to put in some work with the students at the Simon Circle and Food Bank sites, but so did his family – DSU First Lady Dr. Robin Williams and their two sons, Austin and Gavin. The work included cleaning, painting, gardening and minor renovation work. While the annual Inspired Day of Service was created as a way for DSU Inspire Scholarship students to work off some of their required community service hours, many other students who are do not have such a requirement also participate in the outreach.

Anti-Death Penalty Foe Helen Prejean to Speak at DSU March 18

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Sister Helen Prejean is shown on a previous visit to Delaware, a state in which capital punishment is practiced.

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               Sister Helen Prejean Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally known anti-death penalty advocate and book author, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in room 139A in the Mishoe Science Center at Delaware State University. The event is free and open to the public. Sister Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun from New Orleans, La., has been a prominent anti-death penalty advocate since she became a spiritual advisor to a number of death row inmates in that state in the 1980s. She authored the 1993 book Dead Man Walking, which details her experiences in ministering to condemned inmates, her time with them during their last days and her witness of their executions. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 31 weeks and was made into a movie that won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Susan Sarandon who portrayed Sister Prejean. Sister Prejean's book Dead Man Walking was made into an Academy Award winning 1995 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. In late 2004, Sister Prejean published a second book, The Death of Innocents: And Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, in which she tells the story of condemned inmates who were both executed, but who Sister Prejean also argues were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. In the book she examines how flaws inextricably entwined in the death penalty system inevitably lead to innocent people being executed and render the system unworkable. The Roman Catholic sister has witnessed five executions in Louisiana and travels the world to educate the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well. Sister Helen has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1985–1995, and has served as chairperson of the Board from 1993–1995. She is also a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation. She presently is the honorary chairperson of Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a world-wide moratorium on the death penalty.

Two Students Win iPads, Two More Remain for Survey Completion

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Elaine Johnson, a senior from Baltimore, Md, was the first student to win an iPad for completing the National Survey for Student Engagement. She receives the technology prize from Genevieve Tighe, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness, and DSU President Harry L. Williams. The University has given away two iPads, and will give away two more after April 8.

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Two DSU students have been rewarded with new iPads Airs for completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and two more will be given away. Leslie Ebert, a DSU senior, also won an iPad for participating in the NSSE.   Elaine Johnson, a senior movement science major from Baltimore, Md., and Leslie Ebert, a senior nursing major from Wilmington, are the first two recipients of the 32 GB iPads.   DSU students still have a chance to win one of two more iPad that will be given away to a couple of lucky students who take the time to complete the NSSE. The survey collects information about the students’ participation in programs and activities designed to impact their learning and personal development.   Students at DSU have until April 8 to complete the survey and be eligible to win one of the iPads. For instructions on how to access the survey, students should refer to the March emails sent from DSU President Harry L. Williams about the NSSE.   “DSU is thankful to each student who has provided valuable feedback on our programs by completing the NSSE Survey,” said Genevieve Tighe, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness.   Two more winners will be selected from among the students who complete the survey by April 8, 2014.  Students who started the survey, but did not complete it, still have time to finish the survey by that date.  

DSU closed in Dover, Georgetown March 17; Wilm. open tonight

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About 4-6 inches has already fallen on Kent and Sussex County by 5:30 a.m.

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Due to the snowfall that is expected to total at least 4-6 inches in Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware State University will close its locations in Dover and Georgetown on Monday, March 17. Only essential personnel should report to work on this day. The DSU@Wilmington location will open at 12 noon and will hold evening classes on Monday evening.

DSU Students Do Spring Break Community Service in Norfolk

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After a week of community service work in Virginia, the students had a good time at the DSU Fan Mixer with DSU President Harry L. Williams and University First Lady Dr. Robin Williams.

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Despite both Hornet basketball teams losing in the first round of the MEAC Tournament in Norfolk Va., a group of DSU students remained there throughout the rest of the Spring Break Week to do a variety of community service projects in that city. For images of the students doing their Norfolk community service work at Good Mojo (a children’s thrift store that benefits the homeless) and the Ronald McDonald House (a facility that provides residential support to families with children who are having surgery at local hospitals), click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more info: The group of 35 students (mostly from the DSU Gospel Choir along with a few other students), who were in the Norfolk area March 8-15, also did community service work at the Dwelling Place Shelter in Norfolk and at the Judeo Christian Outreach Center in nearby Virginia Beach. But it wasn’t all about work, as the students spent some time at some recreation sites such as Virginia Beach and the Navel Museum, and other sites. The DSU Gospel Choir also sang at a few locations. There were accompanied on the trip by Stacey Downing, associate vice president of Student Affairs; Pamela Adams, director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain; and Ebony Ramsey, director of Student Leadership and Activities.

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