April 2014


Keith Walker Named DSU Men's Basketball Head Coach

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Newly named Hornet men's Head Coach Keith Walker and DSU President Harry L. Williams pose for the camera after the coaching announcement.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams today announced the hiring of Keith Walker – who served as the interim Delaware State men’s head coach for the last third of the 2013-2014 season – as the permanent Hornet men’s head basketball coach. Hornet Men's Head Coach Keith Walker said his goal is to restore the team to the level it was at during its MEAC championship years.   In announcing the head coaching appointment during a April 15 press conference, Dr. Williams said that Coach Walker made a strong case for himself by the way he took over the leadership of the team and energized the players as the Hornet men’s interim coach.   “Coach Walker did everything we asked of him when he agreed to be the interim head coach in last 1½ months of the past season,” Dr. Williams said. “He stabilized the team, resulting in a more competitive unit on the court and a higher winning percentage.”   The DSU president commended the Head Basketball Coach Search Committee, noting that it ultimately came up with a group of strong finalists for the post. “The fact that Walker emerged from this tough search process as the head coach selection reflects well on his most recent interim performance as well as on his long-time dedicated service as assistant coach,” Dr. Williams added.   DSU Director of Athletics Candy Young said the team’s performance under his interim leadership has led to the conclusion that he can move the men’s basketball program in the right direction. “The players responded positively to his coaching during his interim tenure and we believe that trend will continue and result in greater success for the Hornet men’s basketball program with Walker at the helm,” she said.   Walker said that he is “very appreciative” of the head coaching opportunity. “I look forward to getting this men’s basketball program back to the championship level where it used to be,” the new head coach said.   Walker, a DSU men’s basketball assistant coach since July 2000, was appointed as interim Hornet head coach on Jan. 30, 2014. In the subsequent 11 games, Walker led the Hornets to a 5-6 overall record and 5-5 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Prior to the appointment, the team was 4-15 overall and 0-6 in the conference.   During Walker’s interim tenure, Delaware State posted a season-high three-game win streak and later achieved an upset victory over the 2014 MEAC Tournament runner-up Morgan State.      As an assistant coach, Walker worked primarily with the DSU forwards and centers. During the 2013-14 season, Walker’s work with 3rd-year player Kendall Gray was instrumental in the Hornet center’s team record of 81 blocks that year and being named on the All-MEAC Second Team. Walker’s defensive coaching was also validated during the 2011-12 season when the Hornets had a school-record 192 blocks, leading the MEAC in that category.   Walker was a part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Hornets to three consecutive MEAC regular season titles from 2004-2007, during which the Hornets posted a league record of 46-8 (.850). The Hornets appeared in three consecutive MEAC Tournament championship games, capturing the title and accompanying NCAA Tournament berth in 2005. The following year, Delaware State defeated Northern Arizona on the road in the National Invitation Tournament for the team's only national post-season win.   Prior to his arrival at DSU, Walker served as head coach at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., from 1993 to 2000. He posted a 91-102 overall record at Shaw, including a 21-9 mark and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth during the 1994-95 season.   Before entering the coaching ranks, he enjoyed a playing career of seven years with various European and U.S. professional basketball leagues, including a brief stint with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers during the 1985-86 season.   As a three-year collegiate player at Clemson, he helped lead the Tigers to a 23-9 overall record and an Elite Eight appearance in the 1980 NCAA Tournament.   Walker has a 1981 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clemson and a 1991 master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   The newly appointed head coach and wife Kim have three children – Dockery, Zachary and Sawyer. Dockery is a member of the Brown University men’s basketball team.

DSU National Society of Leadership & Success -- Photos Slideshow

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The Executive Board of the DSU National Society of Leadership and Success repeat their leadership oath during the inaugural Induction Ceremony for the new organization.

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The DSU National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its inaugural induction ceremony for its first class of members – 358 students – on April 24 in a packed EH Theater. Characterized as a “journey of self-discovery, courage building, pursuit of true success, and continual action towards purpose” the event was the culmination of an inaugural semester that included over 10 hours of leadership development for students that completed the program. For images from the Induction Ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by information about faculty and administrators who were honored at the event : The inaugural Induction Ceremony included the presentation of awards to faculty and administrators, which were selected by DSU NSLS students. Honored were: Excellence in Service to Students Award Dr. David Tolley, Music Education Dr. Kylie Parrotta, Sociology Dr. Ladji Sacko, English and Foreign Languages.   Excellence in Teaching Award Dr. Francine Edwards, Mass Communications Dr. Susmita Roye, English and Foreign Languages Dr. Joe Amoako, English and Foreign Languages   Honorary NSLS Membership Dr. Harry L. Williams, University president Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs Dr. Stacy Downing, associate vice president of Student Affairs    

DSU Students Take 2nd Place in Business Plan Competition

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(l-r) DSU students Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell won 2nd place at the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C.

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A team of six students from various departments of the College of Business and the Department of Physics and Engineering at Delaware State University won second place in the 2014 Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. This competition was organized by the School of Business & Public Administration of University of the District of Columbia on April 5. The group of DSU students -- Anju Polas, Lawer Angmor-Teye, Deantrae Matthews, Richard M. Garner, Dinesh Chowdhary, and Kameron Catron-Mitchell -- competed with students from universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 2nd place prize was $3,000, which the students split up. The purpose of this competition was to educate and provide an experiential opportunity to showcase the creativity of tomorrow’s business leaders. The business plan was based on the interdisciplinary project that developed a sensor to assess environmental air quality at local (e.g. Kent County) and state levels. The students were judged on: Developing business plans, based on an identified social issue or need, using a social business entrepreneurship business model for their program. Presenting business implementation plans or delivery modes that demonstrate how the plan can impact communities. The DSU students had been working on a project entitled “Next-generation sensors for improving human health and urban air quality- A technology driven business model for young entrepreneurs” and funded from a DSU PRIDE grant. Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) are part this project. The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting. The same group of students also  presented their business plan at the April 10-13, 2014 OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Conference in Atlanta, Ga. There were 19 HBCUs represented in this competition and the DSU group was among the finalists.

Dr. Amir Mohammadi to Assume New Post at Slippery Rock Univ.

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Dr. Mohammadi has held executive administrator posts at DSU since his arrival in 2006.

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Dr. Amir Mohammadi, who has been an instrumental part of the growth of Delaware State University since 2006, will be leaving the institution to assume a new post at Slippery Rock University (SRU) in Western Pennsylvania.   After serving a succession of executive administrator posts at DSU, culminating currently as executive vice president and University treasurer, Dr. Mohammadi will become the vice president of Finance and Administration at SRU, which has an enrollment of 8,300.   Dr. Mohammadi said that it has been a great pleasure to be a part of DSU for the last eight years.   “I am leaving with mixed emotions as my new career chapter means I must leave many friends and colleagues who I have come to deeply appreciate,” Dr. Mohammadi said. “It has been exciting to be part of the institution’s remarkable growth and development. DSU has a solid university infrastructure that is contributing greatly to its success, and I will continue to pay close attention to the ongoing fulfillment of the University’s potential in the coming years.”   He arrived at DSU in 2006 after serving in administrative posts at West Virginia University, where he was promoted 10 times in 15 years. At DSU he was promoted six times in his eight-year tenure. Among his positions, he first served as DSU’s vice president of Student Affairs from 2006 to 2007. He then was appointed as the vice president of Finance and Administration and University treasurer from 2007 to 2011. His title became executive vice president and University treasurer from 2011 to present.    In addition Dr. Mohammadi held other concurrent DSU posts: president of the Student Housing Foundation (2006-present), controller of the DSU Development Foundation (2008-present), board member and treasurer of the DSU Early College High School, and interim dean of the College of Business (2013-present).   “Dr. Mohammadi’s diverse array of responsibilities over the last eight years has resulted in a great number of successes at Delaware State University,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “He has been an integral part in increasing and managing DSU’s enrollment growth and has importantly helped DSU become one of the top ranked institutions among America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”   Among the accomplishments that took place under Dr. Mohammadi’s leadership:   Oversaw the development of the latest Campus Master Plan that will guide DSU in its physical infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years. Provided the leadership in negotiating a $12 million lease with an option to buy the 140,000 square foot Sheraton Hotel near the campus, which provides the University with an additional 300 residential beds for its on-campus student population as well as a site for its Early College High School. Created a partnership for energy reduction with the U.S. Department of Energy, resulting in DSU’s selection nationally as one of the nine institutions of higher education to become part of the Obama Administration’s Better Building Challenge in December 2011. Dr. Mohammadi’s finance creativity led him to develop an innovative financing alternative which has received national recognition. Reduced DSU’s energy consumption by $5.3 million, decreasing deferred maintenance by $6.2 million, while reducing the University’s carbon footprint by 26%. This was accomplished through measures that increased efficiency and upgraded important facility systems by using innovative options for financing capital improvements with energy savings. Negotiating three MOUs with China, Malaysia and India, as well as negotiated a DSU presence in Vietnam. Led the acquisition of the Kirkwood Facility – formerly a U.S. Army Reserve Center in New Castle County – resulting in an expansion of the University’s academic offering in the northern part of Delaware. Provided the financial leadership in reaffirming and obtaining an A+ rating from Standard & Poor’s. Led the planning for the construction of DSU’s Strength and Conditioning Facility,  its Wellness & Recreation Center and DSU’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Dr. Mohammadi will begin his new post at SRU on May 19.     -0-  

DSU Bands to Perform in Spring Concert, 7 p.m. April 16

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The Spring Concert will take place at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Downtown Dover.

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The DSU bands will present its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St. in Downtown Dover. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the DSU Symphonic Band and the DSU Jazz Ensemble. Both are led by Randolph Johnson, University director of bands. General admission tickets are $15 each. DSU students can attend for free by showing their identification.

DSU to Host Debate on Brown vs. Board Legacy April 30

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The Debate is free and open to the public.

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In observance of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision that determined that segregation in public schools unconstitutional, Delaware State University will hold a panel debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) in the Bank of America Building. The event – entitled “Debating the Legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education Ruling of 1954” – is free and open to the public. The panel will include: Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Kimeu Boynton, attorney and DSU adjunct professor Dr. Dolores Finger Wright, DSU associate professor of Social Work and civil rights advocate Jeff Shafer, of the Alliance Defending Freedom Leroy Tice, attorney and DSU Board of Trustees member In addition to a spirited exchange of ideas and thoughts by the participating panelists, there will also be opportunities for perspectives and questions to be shared by audience members. The debate is co-sponsored by the DSU Law Studies Program and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Vote for Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in Ebony Magazine Contest!!

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Help Chascidy land a spot among the top 10 vote getters and thereby be featured in the upcoming September EBONY issue.

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Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves The DSU Community is being called upon to support 2013-2014 Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves in her effort to be among the top vote getters in EBONY magazine’s annual HBCU Campus Queen online competition and thereby win a featured spot in an upcoming issue of the magazine. To vote for Ms. Chascidy, go to http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens. Once on the Campus Queen webpage, click on page 2 and Ms. Chascidy is the third queen from the top. Click on her picture and you will be taken to her webpage, which has information about her and her video. Click on “Vote for Me” at the bottom of her page. The voting frequency is unlimited, so vote as many times as you like. The top 10 vote getters will be featured in the September 2014 issue of EBONY magazine.

DSU Bands to Present Annual Spring Concert April 29

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The Spring Concert will feature performances by the Delaware State University Symphonic Band and the Delaware State University Jazz Ensemble. It is free and open to the public.

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The DSU Bands will hold their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus. The Concert will be free and open to the public. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the Delaware State University Symphonic Band and the Delaware State University Jazz Ensemble.  Both groups are led by Randolph Johnson, director of bands.

Dr. Mable Morrison Honored By Music Teacher National Association

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Dr. Morrison has been recognized for being a 50-year member of the oldest professional music teacher association in the country.

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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) recently honored Dr. Mable Morrison, DSU associate professor of music, as a 50-Year Member at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 22–26.   Dr. Morrison – a pianist, soprano, accompanist – has also been a DSU faculty member for 52 years. She received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from the University in 2012.   Dr. Morrison has performed recitals and concerts all over the world. She is the recipient of the French Government Grant for studies in piano at L’Academie Internationale D’Ete of Nice, France, and the United States Intercultural Grant for performances in Liberia and Sierre Leone, West Africa. She is an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana; DePaul University in Illinois; Fontainebleau Fine Arts and Music Schools in France; and L’Academie Internationale D’Ete.   MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprising of nearly 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music-making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teacher association in the United States.

The CAHSS Wins Battle of Colleges for 2nd Straight Year

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Representatives of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences -- Natalie Belcher, Rhonda Thompson, Dr. Donald Becker, Dean Marshall Stevenson, Dr. Adenike Davidson, Karen Robinson, Stephanie Hardwick-Brown -- display the Battle of the Colleges Trophy the college will hold for the second consecutive year.

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For the second consecutive year, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) has emerged at the top of Battle of the Colleges fundraising competition. The CAHSS once again surpassed the other four DSU colleges by raising $8,033.54 – surpassing its 2013 first-place winning total by a little more than $1,000 (7,023.01). While the CAHSS did some fundraising through a spring social gathering and a basketball tournament, the majority of funds its raised came from the personal donations of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the community. The CAHSS edged out the second place College of Business, which raised $7,908.00. “I’m sure I speak for all of the faculty, staff and students who are members of the CAHSS that we are proud and privileged to once again be called “The Best of the Best” in the Battle of the Colleges,” said Dr. Marshall Stevenson, CAHSS dean. “I want to thank this year’s Battle Captains Dr. Francine Edwards, Dr. Sam Hoff and Dr. Raymond Tutu and Mr. and Miss DSU, Charles Robinson-Sneed and Chascidy Reeves, who “rallied the donors” via social media, door to door appeals, phone calls, student newspaper ads and other activities such as our ‘Last Week of Class Bash’ and ‘Dollar Days’.” DSU President Harry L. Williams congratulates interim Dean Marsha Horton for the College of Education, Health & Public Policy's recognition as the Participating Challenge winner. The 2014 Battle of the Colleges featured a new competition this year – the Participation Challenge, which recognized the college that had the highest percentage of faculty and staff who made donations in this fundraising contest. The College of Education, Health and Public Policy (CEHPP), which raised the third highest amount ($4,628.12), won the Participation Challenge with 72 percent of its faculty and staff making donations. As the Participation Challenge winner, the CEHPP received $2,500. Rounding out the fundraising efforts, the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences raised $4,563.00; and the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology raised $1,200.00. In its second year, the Battle of the Colleges raised a total $26,332.66. Each college will use the money it raised to benefit its programs.

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