May 2013


The 122nd DSU Commencement Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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The four DSU graduates are representative of the smiles that abounded during the May 19 Commencement Ceremony at Alumni Stadium.

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DSU held its 122nd Commencement Ceremony outdoor and despite the gray cloud cover, the rains somehow stayed away during the graduation. For images of the Commencement, click on the below photo slideshow:

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sci. Wins Battle of the Colleges

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences topped the other colleges by raising $8,523.01.
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Dr. Stephen Taylor, Dr. Marshall Stevenson and Dr. Francine Edwards of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences proudly hold the Battle of the College's trophy for being the top fundraising college in the competition. Under the leadership Dr. Stevenson, dean, and co-chairs Dr. Taylor and Dr. Edwards, the CAHSS topped the other colleges by raising $8,523.01.

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has come out on top as the winner of the inaugural Battle of the Colleges at Delaware State University.    A total of 243 donors participated in the Battle of the Colleges to raise a total of $28,438.87 between April 15 and May 20. The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences won the competition by raising $8,523.01.     “The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences took the competition very seriously, and the faculty and staff worked aggressively to ensure that we won this inaugural event,” said Dr. Marshall Stevenson, dean of the winning college.   The winning college will hold the championship trophy for one year and the trophy will be transferred to the 2014 winner or stay with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences if they win for a second consecutive year.   Battle of the Colleges was a competition between the five academic colleges at DSU to raise funds to be used as additional revenue in each of their budgets. The dean of each college will determine the most effective use for the funds in support of the overall mission of the college and University.   While the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences won the inaugural Battle of the Colleges, all of the academic colleges are winners, as they have each raised additional funds that will help better serve DSU students.    The Battle of the Colleges fundraising performances were as follows:                                                                      College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences    $8,523.01 College of Business   $6,720.00 College of Agriculture & Related Sciences $5,992.00 College of Education, Health & Public Policy   $3,987.86 College of Mathematics, Natural Science & Technology $3,216.00 TOTAL        $28,438.87 Thanks go out to all the faculty, staff, students and friends of DSU who supported the colleges.   The competition was the brainchild of Institutional Advancement’s Office of Development as part of the annual giving effort.

Dr. Melissa Harrington to Receive the 2013 SMART Woman of the Year

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The Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) organization has awarded its 2013 SMART Woman of the Year Award to DSU’s Dr. Melissa Harrington.   Dr. Harrington, professor of biological science and director of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (a joint DSU and University of Delaware research collaboration), presented the award at the June 6 SMART Women in Science & Technology Reception in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Dr. Melissa Harrington has added her SMART Award to the other ones she has been honored with over the years.   A DSU faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences for 12 years, Dr. Harrington was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of professor in August 2010. In her role as the chair of the DSU Biology Curriculum Committee, Dr. Harrington was the driving force behind the successful development of the Neuroscience Ph.D. Program and the Forensic Biology Program.   Since coming to DSU, Dr. Harrington been a principal investigator or co-PI on 19 successful research and infrastructure grants that have brought over $23 million in federal funding to DSU. That includes her PI achievement in attracting a $10.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health from the establishment of a Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research – a research collaboration between DSU and the University of Delaware.   In 2011 she was honored as the Neuroscientist of the Year by the Delaware Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.   Dr. Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University.   Previously, Dr. Harrington has been honored with a 2005 DSU Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Creative Activity, a 2011 Delaware Neuroscientist of the Year Award from the Delaware  Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience, and a 2012 INBre Research Summit Award.   SMART is a regional organization that provides Mid-Atlantic leadership of integrated public/private advocacy for actions on national and international science and technology topics.

DSU Presents its 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards

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DSU has named four faculty members as the institution’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients.
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The 2013 DSU Faculty Excellence Award recipients: (l-r) Dr. Anuradha Dujari (University and Community Service), Dr. Mingxin Guo (Research and Creative Activity), Dr. Dawn Lott (Advising), and Dr. Dorothy Dillard (Teaching)

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Delaware State University has named four faculty members as the institution’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Award recipients.   The University has selected the below faculty members in the following categories of Teaching, Research/Creative Activities, University/Community Service and Advising:   Faculty Excellence in Teaching Dr. Dorothy L. Dillard, associate professor of sociology, is an engaged educator who makes assessment a constant part of her teaching work. She uses her 25 years of evaluation and research experience to assess her teaching efforts as well as the department’s impact on student learning. She has developed and implemented a Writing in the Major course and has worked to improved her University Seminar and Internship courses. She has been involved with other faculty in the development of an integrative assignment involved mass communications and sociology/criminal justice students in the production of a public service announcement.   As the chair of the department’s Assessment Committee, she has been instrumental in developing improved course learning objectives and initiated a pre/post curriculum measure of student learning. Dr. Dillard also serves on the University’s Teaching Effectiveness Committee and Institutional Effectiveness Committee.   Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Dr. Mingxin Guo, associate professor of soil and water sciences, has attracted almost $1.9 million in research funding as a principal investigator (PI). In total, his involvement  in 17 competitive research grants as a PI and a co-PI have total $6.6 million. Dr. Guo has accomplished 13 research projects and has published 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.   He has supervised 27 undergraduate and graduate students as well as postgraduates in their research projects. His supervision was instrumental in the generation of 18 scientific presentations (of which two won presentation awards) and five published research papers by his students. Dr. Guo is an active member of 12 academic committees and professional societies, serves as an associate editor for three scientific journals and as a reviewer for 10 scientific journals.   Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service Dr. Anuradha Dujari, professor of education science education, is an institutional role model when it comes to University service. Among the many capacities she has served in outside of her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Dujari served for many years as the Education Department’s personnel chair and search chair, as the chair of its Standard V Committee for NCATE accreditation reaffirmation, as well as a member of the College Curriculum Committee. In service to DSU, she served for two years as the chair of the University’s Promotion & Tenure Committee, as a NASA faculty advisor for pre-service teachers, has mentored many students for Honors Day presentations, and has developed Hindi curricula and teaches it as an adjunct.   She serves as the secretary of the DSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Outside of DSU, Dr. Dujari is a member of the Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board and has been a reviewer of science projects and essays for the Toshiba Exploravision competition and the DuPont Science Challenge.   Faculty Excellence in Advising Dr. Dawn Lott, professor of mathematics, has advised a number of department students as well as students involved with the DSU Honors Program, for which she serves as director. Dr. Lott maintains regular contact with all advisees, making sure she knows their individual names and the background about their personalities, experiences and family support. She makes herself available to her students via telephone or email. She researches each student’s academic curriculum and provides mentorship regarding opportunities that are appropriate, as well as recommends support staff on campus when student need assistance beyond her advising capacity. Her rule with advisees are: “If you display proper moral and legal character and you do not have an advocate, I will advocate for you.”   DSU President Harry L. Williams and Provost Alton Thompson joined representatives each college in presenting the awards during a May 30 recognition luncheon on campus. Each recipient received a monetary award of $2,500.

DSU Marketing Team Receives Advertising Awards

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Stacey Colton, director of marketing, and Brandon Maddox, integrated marketing specialist, hold up the DSU marketing works that have been recognized with EA Awards. Delaware State University recently became the recipient of four Educational Advertising Awards from Higher Education Marketing Report – which holds the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. DSU and the advertising agency Caspari McCormick won a Bronze Award and a Merit Award for their joint work on the new DSYOU campaign ad and the University’s latest Undergraduate Viewbook, respectively. DSU also won two Bronze Awards for its Founder’s Day printed program – designed by Brandon Maddox, DSU marketing specialist – and for its Pull-out Poster Pen, designed by Tracy Channel, communications manager, and identified by Charity Shockley, grants manager. All of the recognized DSU personnel work in Institutional Advancement. “This award is important to Institutional Advancement in that it means the higher education industry recognizes the caliber of Delaware State University’s communications materials,” said Stacey Colton, DSU director of integrated marketing. The DSU Pull-out Poster Pen was also honored with an award. The DSU entries were among nearly 3,000 submitted by colleges and universities from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Caspari McCormick is a Wilmington, Del.-based ad agency that has been in business for 12 years. Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher ed marketing professionals for 28 years.  

DSU Sets Zero Increase for Tuition, Fees & Housing for 2013-2014

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While tuition costs may be increasing elsewhere, both the annual in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees will remain the same for the 2013-14 school year.
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Amid the ongoing national challenges of rising higher education costs, Delaware State University is making accessibility a priority by not increasing its tuition, housing and fee rates for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.   While tuition costs may be increasing elsewhere, both the annual in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for DSU in 2013-2014 will remain the same as they have been in the current school year -- $7,336 and $15,692, respectively.   The annual traditional fees that will remain unchanged are the fees for student activities, technology and the Student Center Complex.   In addition, the cost to live in the campus’ traditional housing will be unchanged from the current year costs – remaining in the range of $6,976 to $7,490, depending on the residential hall in which a student resides.   The DSU Board of Trustees decided not to increase the tuition rates during a special board meeting on May 6.   “We wanted to give our students and their families as much time as possible to plan their finances for the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, board chair. “It is our hope that students will be encouraged by finding out this early.”   Over the last four years, DSU’s increases in costs to students have been modest as compared to the national trends.   According to the U.S. Department of Education, the national average for tuition and fees at public institutions of education increased by 15% from the 2008-2009 to 2011-2012 academic years. During that same period, DSU’s tuition increased to just over 9% -- more than 5% percent below the average national increase.   DSU President Harry L. Williams said the Board of Trustees’ unprecedented decision not to increase tuition, fees and housing costs is consistent with President Barack Obama’s priority to make college more accessible by keeping the costs down for students. “While we hope that the federal government will do all it can to provide more financial aid to encourage students to attend and be retained in higher education, colleges and universities also have a role to play in keeping the costs down,” said Dr. Williams. “DSU has worked hard to be very conservative in its increases in the past few years, and now the University is stepping up to the plate again this year to do its part to help our students attain a degree.”   Today’s tuition rate announcement follows the DSU Board of Trustees’ decision in April to reduce the cost of summer session courses by 35%.   The only rise in costs for students will be in the meal plan – an increase of 3% -- and health insurance for certain students, the result of a new federal mandate.   Due to the federal Affordable Care Act that will be enacted on July 1, 2013, students who are not already covered by adequate health insurance will be required to subscribe and pay the cost of a University-offered Student Accident & Sickness insurance policy. The cost of the University-offered insurance will be approximately $1,100 per year.

DSU's New Castle Co. Site to Move to Kirkwood Highway July 1

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The property on Kirkwood Highway will enable to DSU continue to offer the three master's degree programs it has offered at the Wilmington location, as well as add some undergraduate degree programs.

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The DSU degree programs taught in New Castle County will move into its new home on Kirkwood Highway by July 1, a location that will enable the University to expand its offerings in the state's northernmost county. The DSU Board of Trustees made that a priority during its May 6 special meeting as it authorized the University to spend up to $2 million to be used to renovate the former U.S. Army Reserve Center it has acquired at 3931 Kirkwood Highway (just east of Del. 7). That decision means that DSU will permanently move out of its current Wilmington site located at 621 Market St., where the institution has been based since circa 1993. DSU first offered classes in New Castle County when it was loaned some space at Howard High School in Wilmington in 1990. A few years ago, the federal government identified the former U.S. Army facility as a surplus building that could be designated for educational purposes. With the 43,000-square-foot building up for grabs, DSU applied for the property. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the property in June 2011. Soon thereafter, the University established a Kirkwood Planning Task Force to study the possible academic uses of the building while the U.S. Army transitioned out of its possession of the building. As a result of the work of the Task Force, the University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), Social Work and Sport Administration master’s degree programs offered at the Market Street site will be transferred to the Kirkwood property beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. DSU also plans to establish five undergraduate programs at the new location in the 2014-2015 academic year – Hospitality Management and Tourism, Criminal Justice, Integrated Studies, and Math Education, as well as a certified program in Food Preparation/Nutrition. The U.S. Army turned over the Kirkwood property to the University in early 2013. The University expects to complete a Phase I renovation project – which will create six classrooms, remodel the lobby, upgrade the road entrance and parking lot, install a fire alarm system and code compliant HVAC and electric, as well as create ADA-compliant restrooms and renovate the building’s north wing – in time to be in operation at the new site on July 1. While Phase I will be designed to accommodate the more than 80 students currently enrolled in New Castle County, a Phase II project will commence later to renovate and modernize the remaining areas of the building.

Vote for Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald in Ebony's Campus Queen Contest

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Ebony Magazine has launched its Campus Queens 2013 Voting Competition, and the 2012-2013 Miss DSU Jamesa A. McDonald hopes her last official act will be to represent Delaware State University among the Top 10 HBCU campus queens that will be featured in the September 2013 edition. Jamesa A. McDonald, 2012-2013 Miss DSU, could be the second consecutive Del State queen to make Ebony's Top 10, if she gets enough votes Voting begins on May 8 and will continue until May 29. Support Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald by voting often – you can vote as many times as you want daily. To vote for Ms. McDonald, click on the below link. Once on the Campus Queen webpage, click on page 2; Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald is second queen from the top on that page. Click on her photo, which will take you to her webpage, and go to the bottom and click on “Vote for Me.” Www.ebony.com/campusqueens Ms. McDonald is vying for the Top 10 against 51 other HBCU queens. Last year, 2011-2012 Miss DSU Erica Grant became the first Del State queen to make the Ebony’s Top 10 Campus Queens. Ms. McDonald, of Temple Hills, Md., will graduate on May 19 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Her career goals are to become a lobbyist, and she adds that she would especially like to lobby for HBCUs or on behalf of urban children. The 2012-2013 Miss DSU shared with Ebony officials that her most memorable contribution as the DSU campus queen was the impact that was made when she hosted a program "Queen for a Day." "The first half of the program included several steps to female empowerment." Ms. McDonald said. "I had all of the young ladies stand up and introduce themselves as Queen and their names and to tell everyone something very special about them. After the empowerment session I asked all of the young ladies to create sashes with the given materials and to pick a name for themselves to be called. Titles ranged from "Queen Beautiful" to "Queen So Outstanding." Every first Monday we all agreed to wear the sashes around campus with our business attire. The objective of the program was to remind the young women on campus that we are all queens and should remember that even when there is no sash or crown we should carry ourselves as such. It was a tremendous program." Ms. McDonald's Ebony webpage includes a video she put together with Front Street Video, a production company owned by DSU alumnus Blake Saunders.

2013 First Lady's Tea for 2013 Class Women -- Photo Slideshow

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2013 Miss DSU Jamesa McDonald (l), greeted by Dr. Robin Williams, was one of more than 60 graduating seniors to attend the First Lady's Tea.

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Dr. Robin Williams held her annual First Lady’s Tea for the women of the class of 2013 on May 17 in the Martin Luther King Student Center. The First Lady of DSU was joined by other wives of administrators and Board of Trustees members during the event, in which they broke bread with graduating seniors and engaged in a business etiquette contest in which gifts from Dr. Robin Williams were the prizes. For images from the First Lady’s Tea, click on the below photo slideshow:

Nursing Oaths & Honors Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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The Nursing Class of 2013 is joined by their faculty instructors for a final photo together following the May 18 Oaths and Honors Ceremony in the E&H Theatre.

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The DSU Department of Nursing held its annual celebration of its class of graduating nursing major, the Oath and Honors Ceremony (formerly called the Nurse Pinning Ceremony) on May 18 in the Education and Humanities Theatre. For images of the Oaths and Honors Ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow:

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