April 2013


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.

New Student Leadership Set for 2013-2014 Academic Year

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The newly elected 2013-2014 Student Government Association Executive Officers: Anthony Evans, corresponding secretary; Natasha People, treasurer; Marcus Delancey, president; Darnell Liburd, vice president; and Shashanna Simeon, recording secretary.

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DSU students recently went to the polls and selected their Student Government Association leaders for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. (L-r) Miss DSU Chascidy Reeves and Mr. DSU Charles obinson-Snead will assume the throne in 2013-2014. Among the top student leaders chosen during April 4 elections:   Campus King and Queen Mr. DSU – Charles Robinson-Snead Miss DSU – Chascidy Reeves   SGA Executive Five President – Marcus Delancey Vice President – Darnell Liburd Treasurer – Natasha People Recording Secretary – Shashanna Simeon Corresponding Secretary – Anthony Evans   Women’s Senate President – Quira Parker Vice President – A’Sian Rochester Treasurer – Eboni Yearwood   Men’s Council President – Joshua Watson Vice President – Isaiah Covington Treasurer - Kenneth Callier  Corresponding Secretary - Rayshaun Ward  Recording Secretary - James Smith  

DSU Reduces 2013 Summer Undergraduate Course Tuition Rates

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Undergraduate students will pay the DSU cashiers less for 2013 summer sessions courses, which has been reduced by 35%.

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The Delaware State University Board of Trustees recently approved a 35% reduction in the cost of 2013 undergraduate summer session courses.   The in-state rate this summer will drop from $273 down to $177 per credit hour. The out-of-state summer rate will decrease from $620 to $403.   The reduction – which only applies to undergraduate courses –  will be for both Summer Session I (May 21 to June 27) and  Summer Session II (July 1 to Aug. 8). There is no change in the current per credit hour rates for graduate or doctoral summer courses (in-state graduate – $417; out-of-state graduate – $920; in-state/out-of-state doctoral – $528)/   Dr. Eric A. Cheek, DSU director of Summer School and Summer Programs,  said with this reduction, students can take three courses for less than the price of two during the regular term.   “Many of our students and families are struggling, and as a caring University we need to help them in any way we can,” Dr. Cheek said. “By reducing the undergraduate summer rates by 35%, we are giving students the opportunity to get ahead, catch up or just stay on track and save on their total cost.”   The DSU Board of Trustees approved the summer undergraduate course reduction during its March 18 regular quarterly meeting.  

Senior Brunch & SGA Exec. Dinner with First Couple -- Photo Slideshow

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Outgoing SGA President Shelbe Hudson (center) spent some time with DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams as one of about 100 soon-to-be graduating students who attended the annual Senior Brunch at the First Couple's residence on campus.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams held two events at their home on April 25 that honored DSU’s 2013 graduating students and welcomed the incoming top student leadership officers for upcoming academic year. The University’s First Couple held the annual Senior Brunch at their residence for this year’s graduating students. About 100 soon-to-be graduates attended the brunch. Later that evening, Dr. Williams and his wife hosted the newly elected Student Government Association Executive Officers for a dinner that also included the University vice presidents. For images from both events, click on the below photo slideshow:

200+ Students Work DSU Inspired Day of Service (photo slideshow)

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U.S. Sen. Tom Carper converses with a DSU student as she paints at the Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club in Dover as part of the University's Inspired Day of Service. Sen. Carper joined the students and assisted in the painting project.

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Delaware State University’s Inspire Scholarship recipients as well as other students put action behind the institution’s core values of “community” and “outreach” as they engaged in community service projects at five locations statewide as part of DSU’s Inspired Day of Service” on April 6.   More than 200 students participated in the community service outreach. For images of the 2013 DSU Inspired Day of Service, click on the below photo slideshow that is followed by more information.   More than 200 DSU students participated in the community service event. Most painted, cleaned, performed routine maintenance and landscaping in teams at the East Side Charter School of Wilmington, the Newark Day Nursery and Children’s Center, and Boys & Girls Clubs in Dover and Oak Orchard.   Another team of student spent the day working at the Food Bank of Milford where they packaged food for the coming week.   The day began with a 9 a.m. opening ceremony on the DSU campus in the main gymnasium area of the Wellness and Recreation Center. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Lt. Gov. John Carney, state Sen. Brian Bushweller, state Rep. Darryl Scott took part in the ceremony before the students boarded their buses to travel to the five work locations.   The DSU Inspired Day of Service was supported this year by the United Way of Delaware. the Rev. John Moore, the executive director of the United Way of Delaware, also spoke during the opening ceremony.

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson Tells Her Baseball Story at DSU

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The baseball legend poses with the DSU Hornet Softball Team. First row (l to r):Kelsey Lewis, Chloe Oro, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, Nkili Matthews and Nicole Gazzola. Second row: Rachel Meagley, Sandy Hawthorne, Jordan Stamps, Sam Gross, Ashley Bennett, Miranda Pedersen, Jessica Madrid and Jennifer Fischbach

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Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, only one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues, said she never thought much about the uniqueness of competing with and against men. The day after her speaking engagement at DSU, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson had lunch with DSU President Harry L. Williams.   “I just loved to play baseball,” said Ms. Johnson, 77, who regaled an auditorium of students in the Bank of America Building at Delaware State University on April 25 with stories about her baseball career and her perspectives on life in general.   Nicknamed “Peanut” because of her short 5-foot 3-inch stature, she told the DSU crowd that baseball had been a part of her life since age six. As a youth she proved her worth on the diamond by winner a spot on the all-white Long Branch Police Athletic Club team in New Jersey.   After being refused a try-out for the All-American Girls League, she turned that rejection into pure determination and became one of only three women to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, and the only female to pitch.   At the age of 22 she was a member of the Indianapolis Clowns (1953-1955). During her tenure, her record was 33-8.  Her batting average ranged from .262 to .284.  After her baseball career, she was a dedicated nurse for 30 years.   Her life in baseball is told in her 2005 book A Strong Right Arm – The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.   The event is sponsored by the DSU Sport Administration Graduate Program, the DSU Women’s Senate, the DSU Department of Athletics, and Public & Allied Health Sciences.  For more information contact Dr. Sonja Jackson-McCoy, at (302) 857-7634.  

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.

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