April 2013


NASA's Charles Frank Bolden Jr. to be 2013 Commencement Speaker

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DSU welcomes Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., the first African American to serve as the Administrator of NASA, as the Commencement speaker on May 19.
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Delaware State University will feature Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., the first African American to serve as the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the keynote speaker of its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

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Delaware State University will feature Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., the first African American to serve as the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the keynote speaker of its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on May 19.             Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. The 10 a.m. Commencement will be held outdoors at DSU’s Alumni Stadium (weather permitting). Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., began his duties as the twelfth Administrator of the NASA on July 17, 2009. In that top post, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals. Bolden's confirmation marks the beginning of his second stint with the nation's space agency. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. Prior to Bolden's nomination for the NASA Administrator's job, he was employed as the CEO of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing leadership, military and aerospace consulting, and motivational speaking. Bolden earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing flight training in 1970, he became a naval aviator. Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand, from 1972-1973. After returning to the U.S., Bolden served in a variety of positions in the Marine Corps in California and earned a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977. Following graduation, he was assigned to the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Md., and completed his training in 1979. While working at the Naval Air Test Center's Systems Engineering and Strike Aircraft Test Directorates, he tested a variety of ground attack aircraft until his selection as an astronaut candidate in 1980. Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as the Astronaut Office Safety Officer; Technical Assistant to the director of Flight Crew Operations; Special Assistant to the Director of the Johnson Space Center; Chief of the Safety Division at Johnson (overseeing safety efforts for the return to flight after the 1986 Challenger accident); lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center; and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. After his final space shuttle flight in 1994, he left the agency to return to active duty with the operating forces in the Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Bolden was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the Pacific in 1997. During the first half of 1998, he served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward in support of Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait. Bolden was promoted to his final rank of major general in July 1998 and named Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan. He later served as the Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., from 2000 until 2002, before retiring from the Marine Corps in 2003. Bolden's many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.  

DSU Students Exhibit Research at Legislative Hall

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(L-r) Yasir Muddesser, Michael Sanchez and Neil Shah, students in the DSU College of Business, stand with their joint research poster that will on display at Legislative Hall in Dover on April 30.

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Three DSU College of Business students had research on display in the House of Representatives Hearing Room of the State Legislative Hall in Dover on April 30. Yasir Muddesser, Michael Sanchez and Neil Shah exhibited their joint research poster on “Sustainability in Social Responsibility Investing – Role of Corporate Governance.” Guided by idea that socially responsible investing helps to build a more sustainable world and by its nature takes care of all of its stakeholders,  the three students analyzed four companies  within the energy sector that classify themselves as socially responsible. The research goal was to see if these “socially responsible” companies are in a true sense sustainable for all of its individual stakeholders. The trio of DSU students exhibited their research poster alongside other research students from the University of Delaware, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical & Community College.

UCLA's Dr. A Arnold to Speak on Sex Difference in Health April 22

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The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research at DSU will present Dr. Art P. Arnold, a distinguished professor at UCLA, as a guest lecturer on the topic :Studying Sex           Dr. Art P. Arnold Differences in Health and Disease” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 in Parlor A of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Arthur P. Arnold studies the mechanisms that cause sex differences in both physiology and disease. Dr. Arnold’s research has included the development of several animal models for studying sex differences, the discovery of large sexual dimorphisms in the brain, and studies of mechanisms by which sex-biasing factors operate.   He received his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, the director of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, founding editor-in-chief of Biology of Sex Differences (official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences), and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.   Previous positions include departmental chair and associate director of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, chair of the UCLA interdepartmental Ph.D. and undergraduate programs for neuroscience, and inaugural president of the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.  

DSU Bands to Perform in Spring Concert April 16

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The University Symphonic Band and the University Jazz Ensemble will perform selections from renowned symphonic and jazz composers during the Spring Concert.

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The Delaware State University Department of Music will feature its University Symphonic Band and the University Jazz Ensemble in its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.   The concert is free and open to the public.   The first half of the concert will feature the DSU Symphonic Band, which will perform selections by outstanding composers of symphonic band music such as W. Frances McBeth, Clifton Williams, Claude T. Smith and Eric Osterling.   The DSU Jazz Ensemble will be featured in the second half of the concert and will perform selections by legends of jazz such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.  

DSU President Harry L. Williams Makes Student Meetings a Priority

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Senior Class officers have a photo moment the University president after their meeting: Gianna Harris, vice president; Quendera Turner, corresponding secretary; DSU President Harry L. Williams Cearra Jones, treasurer; Arabia Colon, recording secretary; and Alexis Davis, president.

 

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DSU President Harry L. Williams spends a lot of time meeting with DSU stakeholders, which includes the primary constituent of the University – its students. Dr. Williams often meets with student groups in the comfortable confines of his office, such as this recent meeting with the Senior Class officers. While Dr. Williams meets monthly with the DSU Student Government Association executive officers, he also carves out time for a variety of other student groups. In these gatherings, Dr. Williams talks to the students about their academic journey and campus life at DSU and gets a sense from them what is working on campus and what can be improved upon. “I would be remiss if I didn’t take time out to sit down often with the students and listen to them talk about their experiences on campus and their thoughts on how we might do things better,” Dr. Williams said. “Our efforts to be the number one HBCU in the country have to have the input of our students.” Over the last academic year, Dr. Williams has met with various class officers and SGA elected officials, ethnic student organizations, spiritual and religious student groups, Inspire Scholars, and other organizations and clubs on campus. Gianna Harris, Senior Class vice president, said she greatly appreciated her group’s meeting with the DSU president. She noted that most students at other universities do not get that opportunity. I admire that he sat down with us and that he valued what we said. He listened to us and he was engaged in the conversation,” Ms. Harris said. “I believe that President Williams is in the process of making changes to the University for the better!”

DSU Concert Choir to Present Spring Concert

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The 50-voice DSU choir will be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. The choir and orchestra will be directed by Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr., DSU director of choral activities.
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The 50-voice DSU choir will be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. The choir and orchestra will be directed by Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr., DSU director of choral activities.

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The Delaware State University Concert Choir will present its 2013 Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus.   The 50-voice Concert Choir will perform a variety of compositions, including choral classics, American folk songs, as well as a set of jazz pieces set to music by the late George Shearing. The choir will be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra comprised of a mix of musicians from Maryland along with DSU faculty and student musicians.   The choir and orchestra will be directed by Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr., DSU director of choral activities.   Tickets to the Spring Concert are $10 per person (free to DSU students with I.D.) and will be sold at the door on the date of the concert. Doors will open at 3:15 p.m.  

DSU Awarded For Accommodating Employee Guard/Reservists

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost, Richard Ruben, Delaware representative of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, and Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, display the Above and Beyond Award.

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The Delaware Division of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has recognized Delaware State University for its accommodations of deployed DSU employees who are National Guard and National Army/Air Force Reserve members.   Richard Ruben, the Delaware ESGR employer outreach representative, recently presented DSU with the ESGR Above and Beyond Award, in recognition of the University’s track record for working with its employees who serves in the National Guard and National Army/Air Force Reserves.   Mr. Ruben presented the award to Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost, who both accepted the award on behalf of the University.   “This is in recognition of how DSU accommodates its employees who are in the Guard and Reserves when they have to deployed and spend time away from their jobs,” Mr. Ruben said. “They are able to serve their country while DSU ensures that their employment is secured.”

DSU Honors 2nd Annual University Speech Tourney Winners

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(L-r) Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science, with the 2013 Speech Tourney winners: Matthew Jones (1st pl.), Ashlee Bruner (2nd pl.), Eric Brown (3rd pl.), Thomas Jordan and Marcus Delaney (both Hon. Ment.); with Dr. Sam Hoff, Speech Tourney advisor.

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Delaware State University recently recognized the winners of its 2nd annual DSU Speech Tournament held on March 5.   This year’s winners are:   First Place ($500, certificate): Matthew Jones, “Tuskegee Airmen” Second Place ($250, certificate): Ashlee Bruner, “Myths of the Civil Rights Movement” Third Place ($125, certificate): Eric Brown, “H.B.C.U.” Honorable Mention ($50): Marcus Delancey, “U.S. History is African American History” Honorable Mention ($50): Thomas Jordan, “This World is Yours”   Twenty-two participants performed in front of a packed Longwood Auditorium crowd at the tournament held at the Bank of America Building at Delaware State University (DSU). The winners were presented their awards on April 12.   Each participant gave a three-minute speech on a topic associated with African American history or civil rights, which was evaluated on both content and delivery.   The event was co-sponsored by the Law Studies Office, CAHSS Dean’s Office, and Office of Student Affairs at DSU and the Delaware Barristers Association.  The latter group contributed the award money for top finishers of the competition and three of its member attorneys – Jordan Perry, Tiara Patton, and Loren Holland – served as judges for the tournament.    Each participant gave a three-minute speech on a topic associated with African American history or civil rights, which was evaluated on both content and delivery.   Dr. Samuel B. Hoff, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science and Law Studies Director at DSU, served as the coordinator for the tournament.  

DSU Earth Day/Arbor Day Events -- Photos Slideshow

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A new tree is planted near Loockerman Hall by Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the DSU College of Ag & Related Sciences; Dr. Michael Valenti, administrator State Forestry Service, John Ridgeway, Toyota corporate manager and DSU alumnus; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Syrena Taylor, DSU student; and Mary Widhelm, Arbor Day Foundation program manager.

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Although Earth Day is not until April 22, Delaware State University got so excited about its sustainability efforts, the institution just could not wait. DSU held its Earth Day events on April 18, combining it with its Arbor Day Celebration. For images from the day’s events, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information. The Earth Day events were a combination of the participation by DSU students, faculty, staff and administrators, along with other partners such as Pepco Holdings Inc., DuPont, Emory Hill, Delmarva Power, Toyota Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arbor Day foundation. The morning event included a number of exhibitions by DSU groups and the abovementioned partners, followed by a 10 a.m. program, all in the Martin Luther King Student Center. Dr. Stanley Merritt was the keynote speaker, and there were also a presentation by Pepco Holdings’ Lisa Pfeifer and Aleta Finney, and a poem and song performance by the children of the DSU Child Development Lab. In addition, it was announced that Evers Hall was the winner of the "Green Games" competition against Jenkins Hall. It was a contest to see which residential hall could reduce its consumption of energy the most. In the afternoon, the University held Arbor Day Celebration outside of the historic Loockerman Hall on campus. Mary Widhelm, program manager of the Arbor Day Foundation, Michael Valenti, administrator of the Delaware Forest Service, presented DSU President Harry L. Williams with a plaque recognizing the renewal of the University’s USA Tree Campus status. The Tree Campus USA designation goes to schools that have an implemented plan for tree care that is supported by school allocations, an established Campus Tree Advisory Committee, related education outreach, as well as an annual observance of Arbor Day. It is the second consecutive year DSU has received that designation. DSU is the only USA Tree Campus in Delaware and is one of only two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country to be designated as such. “The founding fathers (of DSU) would be happy about the way we are preserving this campus,” Dr. Williams said. “We are going to preserve space for our trees.” Syrena Taylor, a senior DSU student in DSU’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, noted that there are 172 different species of trees on the campus, 25 of which has been planted in the last two years. “We have inspired ourselves to be better than unique,” Ms. Taylor said.

DSU Computer Science/Info Technology Receives Federal Certification

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Dr. Hongxin Hu, an assistant professor of computer science and information technology who coordinated DSU's application for certification with the National Security Agency, assists computer science student Niya Lester in a computer science class.

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DSU Computer Science and Information Technology Program has recently been certified as meeting federal training standards that are necessary to produce the computer and information technology personnel needed in the current cyber space environment. The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) program of the National Security Agency (NSA) has certified that Delaware State University courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level This certification adds a tremendous value to DSU's undergraduate computer science and information technology degrees in that an NSA certificate can now be given to each graduate who completes the set of courseware. In addition, it brings DSU one step closer to being designated as a national Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The goal of IACE Program is to provide consistency in training and education for the information assurance skills that are critical to our nation. IACE systematically assesses the degree to which courseware from commercial, government, and academic sources maps to the national standards set by CNSS. With the ever-increasing threat of cyber-attacks to government and commercial networks, this certification will help DSU CS and IT graduates to fill the critical needs for cyber experts to safeguard systems and eliminate vulnerabilities.

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