November 2013


The Drama "Nam" to be Performed at DSU Nov. 10-11

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"Nam" cast members (seated l-r) Henry Green (Gen. Chappie James), Terry Gregg (Lt. Commander Thomas Cutler), Mark Harris (Charles "Butch" Harmon), with playwright/director Dr. Donald A. Blakey above them.

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Delaware State University will present the dramatic production “Nam” that tells the story of a DSU connection to the Vietnam War, in 7 p.m. performances on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus. "Nam" is written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald A. Blakey.   The production is free and open to the public.   Musical play, written and directed by DSU alumnus Dr. Donald Blakey, tells the story of two Delaware State College students -- Larry Fletcher Potts and Charles "Butch" Harmon who, on a bet with each other, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp as officers after their 1969 DSC graduation. While both served in Vietnam, only one of them returned home alive.   Potts was in a reconnaisance plane that was shot down. He and other members of the flight survived and initially had radio contact with their unit. But ultimately Potts was missing in action. His remains were never found.   Dr. Blakey research this true story through correspondence from Potts, as well as by interviewing family members and the Charles "Butch" Harmon, who currently resides in Milford.   The cast of local actors include Delores Blakey, Ruth Shelton, Pat Randolph, Henry Greene, Terry Gregg, Rev. John Moore, Rev. Ted Henderson, Nina Spencer, Mark Harris and Robert White.  The production will also feature the music of the DSU Jazz Ensemble, which will perform nostalgic songs from artists such as Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Tower of Power and others.

DSU's Dr. Eric Kmiec Named INBRE Program Director of Research

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Dr. Eric Kmiec, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry in the DSU's College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, becomes the first DSU scientist to be named as the director of Delaware INBRE Research.

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Dr. Eric B. Kmiec, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry within the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology at Delaware State University, has been named the director of research for the Delaware INBRE program, a statewide biomedical research initiative.   The purpose of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is to create an inter-institutional biomedical research capability, by developing a statewide pipeline of capable and competitive biomedical research personnel who can successfully compete for biomedical research grants, funded by NIH and other agencies.   Dr. Kmiec, who currently serves as the principal investigator of the Delaware State University INBRE grant, will assume this post immediately. He will be the first director of research for Delaware INBRE at an institution outside of the University of Delaware.   Widely-recognized as a pioneer of gene editing—a technique in which synthetic DNA molecules are used to patch or repair mutations in human chromosomes—Dr. Eric Kmiec is head of the Laboratory of Chemical Genomics at Delaware State University. Prior to his arrival at DSU in 2011, Dr. Kmiec served as the founding director and eminent scholar of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at Marshall University.   Dr. Kmiec’s research focus is molecular medicine and the development of molecular tools to diagnose human diseases, particularly orphan diseases. Since 1995, research in his laboratory has been supported by the National Institutes of Health in the form of R01 and R21 grants, respectively - the most widely-recognized and prestigious form of funding. He has also received funding from the High Q Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the Tobacco Research Institute, Pfizer, Napro Biotherapeutics and a variety of biotechnology companies.   He is a managing editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and is on the editorial boards of many journals including BioEssays. Dr. Kmiec has authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal publications in highly respected journals and has edited several books on gene therapy. He has more than 30 issued patents or patent applications to his credit and has founded several biotechnology companies. His most recent company, OrphageniX Inc., a biotechnology company located in Delaware, focuses on gene editing in inherited diseases such as Sickle Cell Disease.   Dr. Kmiec said he is honored to be chosen to lead this aspect of the Delaware INBRE program, and noted that he will strive to meet the high bar of excellence and achievement set by Dr. Stanhope.   “Biomedical research has evolved into a multi-disciplinary approach and as such, we will take advantage of and expand our expertise in biophysics and imaging by coupling them with the more traditional biological pathways of discovery,” Dr. Kmiec said. “Such confluence of expertise will create an exciting innovative environment for breakthrough research.”   “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kmiec leading Delaware INBRE's Developmental Research Project Program,” commented Dr. Steven Stanhope, PI of the Delaware INBRE grant.   Dr. Nicholas Petrelli, member of the INBRE Steering Committee, had this to say of the appointment: “Dr. Kmiec's research experience and his track record in mentoring young investigators to be successful researchers will be a tremendous asset to INBRE. I know the INBRE Research Committee looks forward to working with him and getting INBRE to the next level."   “Delaware is very fortunate to have in Dr. Eric Kmiec a great scientist, a transformative leader, wealth of academic experience and an effective mentor,” said Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, DSU’s VP for Research, professor and dean for the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology. “These attributes will serve the NIH INBRE program well and as a result all the DE institutions involved in it.  I am confident that the DE INBRE program is set to reach new highs.” Dr. Melikechi is also a member of the INBRE Steering Committee.  

DSU Counseling Center Holds a Domestic Violence Conference

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(L-r) Andre Gipson, Tiphany Starky and Lauren Boyd, along with other DSU students presented a skit during the conference on how alcohol abuse and bad decisions concerning intimacy can lead to domestic violence.

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DSU students received guidance in some of the pitfalls of social life and intimacy during a Nov.7 “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Domestic Violence Conference in the MLK Student Center on campus. Paulette Sullivan Moore, vice president of the National Network  to End Domestic Violence, was the conference's keynote speaker. The four-hour conference – which was sponsored by the DSU Counseling Center – included spoken word and dramatic skit performances, a student’s personal domestic violence story, a panel discussion and information about the SARA (Sexual Abuse Response Advocate) Program. The students also heard from keynote speaker  Paulette Sullivan Moore, a Wilmington attorney and the vice president of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Ms. Moore leads that organization’s work with Congress and the Obama Administration to support, implement and fund laws, policies and programs that promote safety for victims of domestic violence, as well as provide guidance for the systems designed to assist the and appropriate societal responses for perpetrators of such crimes. “Yesterday’s event was an awareness and prevention program to help our campus community understand the issues around violence in general and intimate partner violence in particular,” said Ralph Robinson, DSU director of Counseling. “Education is power and we want our students to know the facts so that they can make informed decisions about their behavior when it comes to relationships.” Mr. Robinson commended Pauline Meek, DSU counselor, her assistant Silver Debrick, and Candice Moore, director of the DSU International Students Office, for putting together the conference, as well as all others who participated.

Dr. Teri Q. Gray, Del. STEM Council Co-Chair, to speak at DSU Nov. 14

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, president of the Delaware State Board of Education and co-chair of the Delaware STEM Council, as a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.     Dr. Teri Quinn Gray   The event – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series – is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gray is New Product Commercialization manager & Six Sigma consultant with DuPont Crop Protection where she leads cross-functional teams that span Asia, Europe, Latin and North Americas.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware, and on the Committee of Distinguished Advisors to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Dr. Gray is chair of the American Chemical Society Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and consultant with the ACS Women Chemist Committee.    She’s a native of Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and worked as National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards & Technology prior to joining DuPont in 1997.

DSU Named The Top 1890 Land-Grant University of the Year

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The award was given at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Annual Meeting on November 11 in Washington D.C.

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The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has named Delaware State University as the 1890 Land-Grant Institution of the Year, and also presented DSU with the 1890 Land-Grant Research Award. Dr. John Michael Lee, vice president of the APLU's Office of Success and Access, presents the 1890 Land-Grant Institution of the Year Award to Provost Alton Thompson and Dr. Dyremple Marsh, who both accept the honor on behalf of DSU. The University received the awards during the 126th APLU Annual Meeting on Nov. 11 in Washington, D.C., during which the organization held its inaugural 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards ceremony. The 14 award categories included:  retention, degree completion, agriculture degree completion, education degree completion, STEM degree completion, intellectual property, innovation, research, international research, experiential student learning, international students, international student development, alumni engagement, and exemplary alumni. The Land-Grant University of the Year Award was given for the best overall performance in each category from 2011-2013. DSU scored the highest of all 1890 Land-Grant institutions for being the only university in the top three in nine out of the 14 categories. DSU President Harry L. Williams said the 1890 Land-Grant University of the Year Award is reflective of the growing mindset that DSU is striving to be the best. “We have a lot of people here – administrators, faculty, staff and students – who have embraced the vision that we can become the No. 1 HBCU in the country and are expressing that belief through their hard work day in and day out,” Dr. Williams said. “As long as we continue to put our best institutional foot forward, DSU will continue to receive honors like this.”  DSU also garnered the Research Award for its 129 percent increase in total federal research funding between 2012 and 2013. “DSU’s success in obtaining such grants demonstrates the significant and intentional growth in our research and innovation enterprise by our talented faculty in focused lines of scientific inquiry at the federal level” said Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “While receiving the Research Award is an honor for the University, it also shows that DSU’s expectations with respect to its research activities are at an all-time high, and we will continue to push the boundaries of knowledge that benefit Delawareans and people across the globe.”

DSU Bands' Activities Suspended as Result of Ongoing Investigation

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Delaware State University has suspended the activities of all band music groups while the institution carries out an investigation of alleged hazing.   The suspension of all band performances – including those of the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band, the DSU Jazz Ensembles, the Concert Band and the Pep Bands – encompasses all scheduled engagements throughout the remainder of the 2013 fall semester, including the University’s final home football game on Nov. 23.   Decisions concerning band activities during the 2014 spring semester will not be made until the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, which the University is conducting in conjunction with the DSU Police Department.   Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said that, as always, student safety is a paramount priority at DSU.   “The University takes these allegations of hazing very seriously, and as such, taking action immediately to suspend the band activities and thoroughly investigate the veracity of the charges is the only appropriate course,” Dr. Thompson said.   That action is in accordance with established University policy that requires an organization to be suspended while there is an ongoing investigation in connection with its activities and actions.   While the band performance activities are suspended, music-related academic classes will continue to take place.  

DSU Hosts Calculus Project's Dr. Adrian Mims, guest speaker Nov. 19

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Adrian Mims, the national director of the Calculus Project, in a guest lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the second floor classroom auditorium (room 223) in the Mishoe Science Center South.                     Dr. Adrian Mims   The guest lecture – which is part of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to the public.   The Calculus Project is a project that is funded and supported by Replications Inc., a nonprofit corporation based in New York City.  As its national director, Dr. Mims is responsible for the successful replication and implementation of the Calculus Project in school districts throughout the country.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he teaches an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders.   Providing students with an equal opportunity to learn and on closing the achievement gap in mathematics, Dr. Mims’ research led to the funding and implementation of the Brookline School District’s “African American and Latino Scholars’ Calculus Project,” which was derived from his program The Calculus Project. The goal of the project is to increase the number of African-American and Latino students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Brookline High School.    His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success Award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award.   Dr. Mims began his career at Brookline High School in 1994 as a Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) tutor.  During his 19 years at Brookline High School, Dr. Mims has served as a mathematics teacher, an associate dean, summer school director and dean of students. As an associate dean, he created the Junior Ambassadors, a corps of student leaders who served in the school community.    As Director of Brookline’s summer school, he implemented several original credit courses that improved the culture of summer school and provided motivated students with an opportunity to take advanced-level courses. By garnering support in the community and forming a partnership with one of the largest automotive dealers in New England, Dr. Mims also successfully re-established the high school’s automotive technology program.  And before his departure from Brookline High School as the Dean of students, he led a team of administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and school psychologists as they served approximately 800 students.       A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Dr. Mims has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Simmons College in Boston, where he also earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in education leadership.  Dr. Mims continued his education at Boston College where he received his doctorate in education administration. His doctoral research focused on improving African-American achievement in geometry honors classes.   Dr. Mims is a trustee for the College Board and serves on the board of directors for the Brookline Teen Center.

DSU Interfaith Council Students Attend Washington D.C. Conference

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(L-r) Clinton Williams, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,  James Smith, Ashton Haynes, Lennea Davis, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and DSU Chaplain Rev. Pamela Adams.

 

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Four DSU Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students joined DSU Chaplain Pamela N. Adams to attend the 3rd Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   The students heard from experts in the field and met top governmental officials who share a commitment to interfaith engagement.    “Our Interfaith Campus Ministry Council students that attended definitely represented DSU in a very positive light, and were approached repeatedly to speak with administrators from other universities because of their poise,” said Chaplain Adams.    Among the officials in attendance, the students were able to meet U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Group of DSU Students Attend HBCU Career Development Event in DC

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This group of DSU students networked and had interviews with many of the 51 employers at the Nov. 7-8 HBCU Career Development  Marketplace in Washington, D.C.

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Thirty-eight DSU students recently met with recruiters from top companies and government agencies within their field of study as well as be exposed to professional development and networking opportunities during the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7-8.    Accompanied by Daneisha Allen, career coach in the Office of Career Services and Ahira Smith, Director of Academic Advisement in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, the students attended workshops on Financial Responsibility, Promoting Your Personal Brand, as well as Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   Students participated in a Career Fair comprised of 51 employers from a variety of organizations including Marriott, MGM Resorts, the Department of Energy, Freddie Mac, Edward Jones, Computer Science Corporation, ACE Group, City Year, Council on Foreign Relations, Nordstrom, School Districts, and more. They were able to network, apply for jobs, and set up interviews. They also participated in Town Hall sessions that allowed them to talk with successful alumni from their major.   DSU students Shakida Hercules (English major), Jessica McKenzie (Political Science major), & Renatae Cuffee (Elementary Education major) competed as a team in a speech competition on the topic “The National Debt Ceiling” and placed 3rd out of 10 schools.       The DSU students in attendance were: Alexis Anderson, Keyla Andrews, Kierra Beano, Brittany Brown, Courtney Brown, Taylor Chandler, Chu Phuong, Danessa Clay, Ashley Cook, Renatae Cuffee, Edward Doxen, Ronald Dupree, Diamond Elam, Krystal Francis, Emma Gao, Corin Gray, Quinika Hawkins, Ronald Hawthorne, Allison Hazel, Shakida Hercules, Francis Hodge, Hillari Howard, Sha-Dae Hutley, Katherine Jordan, Amber Lockhart, Diogenin Matos, Jessica Mckenzie, Shante McKnight, Sydney Pearsall, Kalea Phelps, Madeline Porter, Pamela Queen, Charles Robinson-Snead, Marcia Tucker, John Wallace, Dominique Williams, Ayanna Williams, and Shanequa Williams.  

Dr. Sylvester Gates,Renowed Physicist, Guest Speaker at DSU Nov. 7

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Delaware State University will welcome Dr. Sylvester J. Gates, Jr., a prominent American theoretical physicist and a 2013 National Medal of Science recipient, who will be a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the second-floor classroom auditorium (room 223) of the Mishoe Science Center South.      Sylvester J. Gates, Jr.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Gates is an University System Regents Professor, a John S. Toll professor of physics, at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a former appointee of the President’s “Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.   He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.  In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Dr. Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public and the Board of Directors for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.   Dr. Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003, and ‘‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’’ in 2011.  In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists.    He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Philosophical Society.    Dr. Gates was presented the Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.  

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