February 2014


Dr. Bradley Skelcher to Speak on Medical Experimentation on Slaves

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Dr. Skelcher's presentation is part of DSU's series of Black History Month events.

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost and professor of history, will give a presentation on “The Medical Experimentation of Enslaved African Americans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Mishoe 139A (north). The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Skelcher will discuss how slaves were forced to undergo medical procedures without anesthesia and against their will as a means of helping doctors develop surgical procedures. He will also share how aged and infirm slaves were often provided to doctors for medical experimentation.

DSU Brass Ensemble Performs Concert in Milford

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The DSU Brass Ensemble gave the some residents of Milford a delightful musical afternoon as they gave a concert at Reformation Lutheran Church.

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The DSU Brass Ensemble converted musical notes into tuition support as it performed a Feb. 23 concert at the Reformation Lutheran Church of Milford. The DSU Brass Ensemble: (l-r) Bri'Yahn Ritchie, Devon Schlegel, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams, Hakeem Nabi and Neil Davis. Calling themselves the Scholarship Brass Quintet, the musicians did a 10-selection Sunday afternoon concert in the sanctuary of the church in front of an appreciative gathering of music lovers. The music performance included classical compositions from J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt and Gustav Holst, jazz numbers from Fats Waller and Lew Pollack, and other selections as well. The quintet performed the concert underneath the glow of sunlight that streamed upon them from the sanctuary’s tall stained glass windows; and their brass notes resonated brilliantly in the wonderful acoustics of the church. The concert represented a homecoming for ensemble trombonist Devon Schlegel, who grew up in Milford. The senior student served as the concert emcee and was joined by ensemble members Neil Davis on trumpet, Bri’Yahn Ritchie on trumpet, Hakeem Nabi on French horn and Denzel A. Thompson-Williams on tuba. Dr. Patrick Hoffman is the ensemble’s advisor.

Alumni Ambassador Outreach to be held with April 12 Open House

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Dr. Lisa Dunning, asst. vice president of Alumni Affairs (seated far right), called on officers of the DSU Alumni Association to support the Alumni Ambassador Outreach during a recent dinner at the President’s Residence. Seated (l-r) -- DSU President Harry Williams, Ms. Dunning, Dr. Robin Williams; top -- Robert Draine, Sussex Co. president; Raymond Moore, Sussex Co. vice president; Sheila Davis, DSUAA vice president; William Torian, DSUAA treasurer; and Dr. Bernard Chase, DSUAA President.

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DSU will enlist its past graduates to introduce youth to the University with its first-ever Alumni Ambassador Outreach Day that will be held in conjunction with its Spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.   Alumni are encouraged to reach out to middle and high school students and bring them to the DSU campus for the event. The prospective students will attend an academic fair in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit individual academic colleges to meet with faculty and administrators.   While the prospective students take part in the Spring Open House events, alumni will meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams in a forum setting.   Lisa Dunning, the recently appointed assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs, recently met with a group of DSU Alumni Association officers and chapter presidents to explain the new initiative and ask for their support.    "It is important for alumni to be engaged and do things today that will impact the lives of students that come behind us,” Dr. Dunning said. “Alumni can increase students’ awareness and stimulate their thinking in terms of college readiness."     For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (302) 857-6050.

Dr. Susmita Roye Receives NEH Award

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Dr. Susmita Roye has received the National Endowment for the Humanities grant award in support of her current book manuscript project on the women writers of India during British Rule of 1757-1947.

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Dr. Susmita Roye, associate professor of English, has been named as a recipient of the National Endowment for Humanities Award for Faculty. The award has been given in recognition and support of her current book manuscript project, which is about the women writers of India during the British rule of that country (1757-1947). She has tentatively titled the book “Mothering India.” Dr. Roye will receive financial support from the grant award, which will enable her to take some time off from teaching to finish the book. She was one of only eight persons to receive the award out of 101 applications. Previously, Dr. Roye co-edited and contributed a chapter to the book The Male Empire under The Female Gaze, which explored the perspective of British white women amid British rule of India. Dr. Roye, a native of India, has been a faculty member of DSU since 2011.

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