May 2014


DSU, Amir Mohammadi Recognized for Financing Innovation

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The Mishoe Science Center was one of a number of the buildings on campus that received energy upgrades made possible by a financing innovation that was brainchild of Dr. Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer. The innovation was recently recognized by the Obama Administration's Better Building Challenge as a financing solution for institutions.

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– The sustainability efforts and financial creativity of DSU and Dr. Amir Mohammadi, its executive vice president and University treasurer, were recently recognized by Obama Administration’s Better Building Challenge.     Dr. Amir Mohammadi   During the May 7-9 Better Building Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C., DSU was among seven entities recognized for “Sharing Innovative Solutions” to achieve energy reductions.   Specifically, DSU was recognized for coming up with an innovative way of mobilizing capital – the brainchild of Dr. Mohammadi – to finance energy upgrades on campus that will save the University millions of dollars in energy cost over the next 20 years.   In order to achieve its sustainability goals of reducing its energy consumption through energy technology upgrades, DSU had to first overcome the strict debt capacity limits. To accomplish that, r. Mohammadi developed a novel “on balance sheet, off-debt capacity approach, in which the University obtained permission from the state of Delaware to utilize previously restricted appropriations to create a revenue-neutral debt structure.   That enabled the University to access large-scale bond financing to support energy efficiency upgrades on campus. DSU worked with a variety of Delaware stakeholders – including the Office of the Governor, the State Senate Finance Committee, the Bond Council, State Office of Management and Budget, the state Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control, the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility, as well as a number of financial advisors and external auditors – to make the new approach a practical reality.   As the result of this “on balance sheet, off-debt capacity” approach, DSU was able to obtain bond financing totaling $19.3 million, which paid for energy efficiency work. The energy upgrades has been validated by a Guaranteed Energy Saving Agreement (GESA) with Johnson Controls, the company that won the contract for the work. The agreement ensures that the University will realize the long-term energy savings as a result of the upgrades.   As a result of the GESA, DSU will experience at total of $24.6 million in savings over 20 years, with a net savings of $5.3 million as well as a 26% reduction in greenhouse gases.   According to the U.S. Department of Energy website, “DSU has pioneered a unique financing approach for state universities” that will enable to overcome similar debt capacity limitation challenges that are prevalent throughout the country for other institutions.   Dr. Mohammadi noted that without the novel financial approach, the university would not have obtained the necessary bond financing for the GESA energy upgrade work.   “The implementation of this approach was made possible by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and by State Sen. Harris B. McDowell III, who both through their leadership and support made this financing solution a reality,” Dr. Mohammadi said.   DSU shared the “Innovative Solutions” spotlight with six other honorees – the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the City of El Paso (Texas), the City of Gillette (Wy.), HEI Hotels & Resorts, Saint-Gobain Corp., and TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund).   The Better Business Challenge is a national leadership initiative launched by President Barack Obama in 2011 with the goal of making American commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. Beginning with about 60 university, corporate, community and industrial partners, DSU was one of the invited 10 higher education partners when the initiative was launched, and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that was included.

2nd Annual Data Day held at DSU

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More than 100 DSU faculty, staff and administrators attended the Data Day event held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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Dr. Jodi Levine Laufgraben The DSU Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs held its second annual Data Day on May 14, an event in which faculty and staff met to discuss their assessment data and to create action plans for impacting future data.  Dr. Jodi Levine Laufgraben, vice provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment and Institutional Research at Temple University, was the keynote speaker for the Data Day event. Dr. Laufgraben has 24 years of experience in higher education, which includes administration, accreditation management, teaching, faculty development, program evaluation and assessment. Her presentation entitled “Closing the Loop: What it really means and how to do it effectively” was well received by more than 100 Data Day attendees.  During the afternoon session, faculty, staff and administrators applied some of these principles to improve the assessment processes in their units. A recording of Dr. Laufgraben’s presentation will be available in the Assessment Office; contact Bina Daniel at bdaniel@desu.edu for more information. 

DSU Engineering Students to Benefit from Software Donation

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Lennea Davis and Brandon Davis (l-r at computers), engineering physics majors, with Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of engineering and physic, will get hands-on experience in electrical power supply analysis.

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The Department of Physics and Engineering has received an in-kind donation of computer software valued at $430,750 from Operation Technology Inc. that will help DSU engineering students get hands on training in electrical power analysis. The ETAP electrical power systems design and analysis software will be used to train the engineering students in electrical power system analysis. This will be used as a Laboratory Simulation Software in a newly developed senior course “Power System Analysis” in the Department of Physics and Engineering. It will also be used in future courses that will be taught in the area of electrical power.   ETAP is a fully integrated electrical power system analysis tool for both direct and alternating currents. Engineers use ETAP in thousands of companies and electric utilities worldwide in the design, analysis, maintenance, and operation of electrical power systems. ETAP software can be used to perform network analysis, real time monitoring, protective device design, transient analysis, user defined dynamic modeling, cable thermal analysis, fault analysis, load shedding, stability analysis and many others to simulate and design the electrical power system. Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics and engineering, facilitated the development of the department's relationship with Operation Technologies, resulting in the software donation. Dr. Rana noted that Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, was also helpful in the endeavor.

DSU is Site of State's First-Ever Maternal Transport Course

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A "patient" is moved out of the Price Building as part of Maternal Transport Nurse Course recently taught at DSU as continuing education for area nurses.

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DSU was recently the site of the first-ever Maternal Transport Nurse Course offered in Delaware entitled “Safety on the Road.”   The April 30 course was the result of a unique collaboration of Delaware Section of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (DE AWHONN), Delaware March of Dimes – Perinatal Cooperative, DSU Department of Nursing, Christiana Care Critical Care Transport Team Care Net, the Delaware Child Death, Near Death Still Birth Commission’s Every Mother Initiative and the Standards of Care Committee of the Delaware Healthy Mothers and Infants Consortium.   Carol Ann Faedtke, RN, critical care transport manager and Access Center manager for Christian Care Health System, was the course instructor. She brought the ambulance and crew that conducted the “transports” on the DSU campus.   Dr. Margaret-Rose Agostino, DSU assistant professor of nursing at DSU, chair of the Delaware Maternal Mortality and immediate past section chair for DE AWHONN, was the course coordinator responsible for setting up the transport simulation with two senior nursing students who served as patient models.   The DSU Department of Nursing’s Practice Lab was transformed into a Labor & Delivery Unit to create the simulation environment complete with fetal heart monitors needed for the care of pregnant women.   Ten registered nurses from Delaware area hospitals completed the pilot course.   The course will be offered once a month at DSU beginning in September 2014 and continue through 2015 until all designated nurses completed the training. The overall goal is to improve perinatal outcomes for women being transported via ambulance between facilities. It will also enhance the competence and confidence of nurses designated to care for pregnant women during transport via ambulance between facilities.   Upon completion of this course the nurses will incorporate into practice knowledge & skills to safely transport a pregnant patient via ground transportation. The course has been awarded 3.5 Contact Hours by the DSU Department of Nursing, an approved provider of Nursing Continuing Education by the Delaware Board of Nursing.

2014 OSLA Awards & Appreciation Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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Shashanna Simeon (l), recording secretary of the 2013-14 SGA, gives the installation oath to the 2014-2015 executive SGA officers, "The Family" -- (2nd from left to r) Edward Doxen, president; Kimani Robinson, vice president; Christen Thomas, treasurer; Donametria Stallings, recording secretary; and Kalea Phelps, corresponding secretary.

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The Office of Student Leadership and Activities held its 2014 Student Organization Awards and Appreciation Ceremony on April 30 in the MLK Jr. Student Center. For images of ceremony and the award recipients, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by the list of awardees: The following organizations and individuals were honored during the ceremony: Outstanding Student Leader – Anna Kay Davis, Allied Health Organization Student of the Year – Jonnie Lonon, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Student Volunteer of the Year – Quira Parker Outstanding New Organization – iStep Organization of the Year – DSU Theater Society Fraternity of the Year Highest GPA – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Sorority of the Year Highest GPA – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Outstanding Student Organization Program – HBCUs vs. PWIs Part 2, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. Advisor of the Year – Tina George, Culture Exchange Program Best Organization Portfolio – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Fraternity of the Year – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Sorority of the Year – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. During the ceremony, the incoming 2014-2015 SGA executive officers – The Family – as well as other SGA student leaders all took their installation oaths. The ceremony was emceed by the incoming 2014-2015 Mr. and Miss DSU – James L. Jones and Jamila Mustafa.  

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