April 2013


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.

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