April 2014


Drs. Berlin & Reba Hollingsworth Establish Endowed Scholarship

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Over the years, the couple has donated more than $23,000 to DSU.

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Longtime Delaware State University alumni supporters Drs. Berlin N. and Reba R. Hollingsworth recently presented Dr. Harry L. Williams a display check representing a $10,000 contribution to create the Dr. Berlin N. and Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship.   Undergraduate DSU students from rising freshmen to seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated financial need will be eligible for the scholarships.   Dr. Berlin met his wife of nearly 67 years, the former Reba Ross, while they were working summer jobs in Asbury Park, N.J. In 1947, Dr. Reba’s junior year at then-Delaware State College, they were married.   She graduated from DSC in 1949, completing a six year educational track that included graduating from the Laboratory High School in 1945. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Reba became a high school teacher and guidance counselor. Dr. Berlin matriculated a few years later at Delaware State, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1967.  After graduation, he was the first manager of the school’s student center. He went on to spend 22 years in the public school system.   Dr. Berlin served as principal and Dr. Reba served as counselor during summers in the 1970s when they conducted student study tours throughout Europe and coordinated study tours for foreign students throughout the United States. Now retired, the couple teaches and counsels organizations on parliamentary procedures and time management, as well as provides marital and premarital counseling.   The Hollingsworths say that Delaware State provided them with a good basic education and gave them the confidence to know that they could compete with anyone, anywhere in the world.  They also say that they have an obligation to give back to their alma mater and encourage other alums and friends to do the same.   Together, the Hollingsworths have contributed more than $23,000 to Delaware State over the years.  

Biomedical Researcher Dr. Hakima Amri to Speak at DSU May 1

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The DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology will present guest speaker Dr. Hakima Amri of Georgetown University who will give a presentation on “From Hippocrates to Avicenna to Biomedicine: Is There a Missing Link?” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in room 309 of the Bank of America Building on campus. The guest lecture – which is part of the college’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series – is free and open to public. A Georgetown University associate professor,  Dr. Amri has done extensive research in systems medicine, cancer biomarkers and biosignature identification. She will explain the historical context of Unani Medicine, describing its concepts and principles while revealing how this ancient medicine applies to modern biomedical frameworks.

DSU's Crawford and Hynson Receive Entrepreneur Ed Awards

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Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center recently were recently presented Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Awards by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

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Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education recently honored Lillie Crawford, director of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), and Ms. Audrey Hynson, DCED program manager of the Food Business Incubation Center, with its Outstanding Entrepreneur Educators Award.   The awards – which was presented on March 1 at the 31st National Entrepreneurship Education FORUM – is given annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions in educating aspiring entrepreneurs.   The mission of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development is to educate current and prospective entrepreneurs and enterprise managers through training programs, technical and managerial assistance and by providing access to capital. DCED works collaboratively with many organizations and partners with the First State Community Loan Fund and other support organizations in Delaware to provide a host of services to aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs.   According to Ronni Cohen of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute (DFLI), Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have been critical in helping the DFLI build statewide capacity through providing ample resources, programs and Money School classes in three counties. They are critical to promoting entrepreneurship across the state for Delawareans of all ages, from youth to senior citizens. Both women serve on the Advisory Committee for DFLI’s Center for Business Growth.   Both Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson have championed a program called “Open for Business”. These sessions feature open meetings offering resources, guidance and mentoring which are held monthly for new and emerging business owners. Last year DCED launched a mobile classroom to bring business support and resources to rural areas. DCED houses the first commercial kitchen incubator available for small businesses and startups in the state of Delaware.   Ms. Crawford and Ms. Hynson were also recognized for their leadership and instruction in the DCED’s Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) Program, which is also based at DSU. The JET Program gives secondary schools students throughout Delaware an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career option via experiential learning.   The two ladies were recognized by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for not only what they have created and delivered to others, but for how they have helped change the lives of students and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the state of Delaware, according to the award officials.

DSU to Present Holocaust Guest Lecturer Dr Joseph White April 23

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DSU will honor the upcoming Holocaust Remembrance observance with a guest lecture by Dr. Joseph Robert White, a research assistant with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) in the Bank of America Building on campus.   During the event – which is free and open to the public – Dr. White will speak on the subject of “From the Arctic Circle to Timbuktu: The Camps and Ghettos of the Axis Powers and Collaborator States.”   Dr. White is a research assistant with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where he contributes to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos and is editing Volume 3 of The Camps and Ghettos of European Regimes aligned with Nazi Germany.   Dr. White has published articles on Nazi camps in Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Journal of Jewish Identities; PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, as well as in Evoking Genocide: Researchers and Activists Describe the Works of Art and Media that Changed Their Lives.   He has also taught modern European history at a number of colleges and universities, including University of Maryland University College. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern European history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and AB and MA degrees in history from Georgia State University.   The guest lecture is co-sponsored by the DSU Law Studies program and the Center for Advance Holocaust Studies (of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum).

DSU's Dr. V. Kalavacharla named DelBio's HE Educator of the Year

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Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, associate professor in the DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, receives the DelawareBio’s 2014 Educator of the Year in Higher Education from Dr. T. Ben Hsu, CFO of QPS Holdings, LLC.

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Dr. Venugopal "Kal" Kalavacharla, director of CIBER (Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research) and associate professor of plant molecular genetics and genomics, has been recognized by the Delaware BioScience Association as the 2014 Educator of the Year for Higher Education. The award was presented April 16 at the annual DelawareBio Award Gala at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington. Dr. Kalavacharla was nominated by Lori Maramante and Barbara Wiggins, both instructors at Delaware Technical Community College who are well acquainted with his academic instruction programs. Ms. Maramante said Dr. Kalavacharla was deserving of the award due to “his role in developing undergraduates through the well-designed National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates summer internship program he has spearheaded and for his leadership in developing an academic pipeline for bioscience students in the state.” Ms. Wiggins noted that Dr. Kalavacharla is the principal investigator of the DSU portion of the Delaware-EPSCoR grants shared by the University of Delaware, DSU, Delaware Tech, and Wesley College. She also noted the benefit gained by students involved in DSU's National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular Genetics and Genomics program. “Delaware Tech students who participate end up transferring to a four-year school to get a bachelor's degree, and some have continued on for graduate programs,” Ms. Wiggins said. “Kal is a professional, knowledgeable, skilled instructor, a great collaborator and a pleasure to work with.” Upon receiving the award, Dr. Kalavacharla -- who has been a DSU faculty member since 2006 -- acknowledged and thanked the collaboration and active participation of faculty colleagues, staff and students from within DSU, as well as Delaware Tech, Wesley College and UD for helping to develop integrated STEM research and education programs that benefit Delaware and the region. Delaware BioScience Association is a unified voice for Delaware’s thriving bio community, dedicated to facilitating growth of the life science industry, advancements in research as well as supporting education initiatives in Delaware and the surrounding region. The mission of the Delaware BioScience Association is to become the catalyst to ensure Delaware becomes a global leader in life sciences by developing a cohesive community that unites the region's biotechnology, pharmaceutical, research, financial and agricultural strengths.

DSU Announces 3rd Annual Speech Tourney Winners

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(L-r) Kemal Atkins, vice president of Student Affairs, and the top winners of this year's Speech Tournament: Thomas Jordan (1st place), Ashlee Bruner (2nd place), and Ruby LeGree (3rd place). Also with them on the far right, Dr. Sam Hoff, professor of political science and tournament coordinator.

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University officials recently presented prizes to the winners of the 3rd annual DSU Speech Tournament, which was held on Feb. 25 in Longwood Auditorium. The each contestant had to give a three-minute speech on the topic of “The Legacy of a Leader.” The winners, their prizes and hometowns are: First place $600, Thomas Jordan, junior business management major, Harrisburg, Pa., Second Place, $300 – Ashlee Bruner, sophomore political science major, Harrisburg, Pa. Third place, $150 – Ruby LeGree, senior mass communications major, Milford, Del. The Speech Tournament honorable mentions: (l-r) William Justice, Brandon Boyd, Dorian McDonald and Byron Dixon. The following honorable mentions each won $50: Bryon Dixon, junior mass communications, Baltimore Brandon, Boyd, junior criminal justice, Wilmington William Justice, freshman movement science major, Philadelphia Dorian McDonald, senior mass communications major, Orange, N.J. The Speech Tournament was sponsored by the Delaware Barrister Association, the DSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the DSU Law Studies Program, and the DSU Office of Student Affairs.

2014 DSU Earth Day Events -- Photo Slideshow

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As part of Earth Day, DSU was recognized for the 3rd straight year as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. With the award: (l-r) Vita Pickrum, chair of the DSU Go Green Committee; Dr. Susan Yost, DSU Herbarium educator; Dr. Michael Valenti, administrator of the Delaware Forest Service; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Dr. Richard Barczewski, chair of the DSU Dept. of Ag & Natural Resources; and Amir Mohammadi, exec. vice president and University treasurer.

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DSU held its annual observance of Earth Day on April 22 with a number of events, including the planting of a new tree outside the MLK Student Center, a number of exhibits and displays, a program and the first-ever #DSUNoShoes event. During the morning program, DSU was also recognized for the third consecutive year as a Tree Campus USA. For images of the Earth Day event, click on the below photo slideshow:

CMNST Presents Dr. Alden Landry, Guest Lecture April 10

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The DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series will present guest speaker Dr. Alden Landry, co-director  of the organization Tour for Diversity in Medicine, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in lecture hall 139 in the Mishoe Science Center South.                    Dr. Alden M. Landr Dr. Alden Landry will speak on “Preparing Students Today for Careers in Health Professions Tomorrow.” The event is free and open to the public. His Tour for Diversity in Medicine is an organization whose mission is “to educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need.” Dr. Landry’s research interest is in emergency department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. Dr. Landry co-instructs two courses at Harvard School of Public Health and teaches cultural competency to residents. He holds several academic positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and within the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Landry is the founder of Hip Hop Health, Inc., a non-profit promoting health education ot the “hip hop” generation. He is also passionate about raising awareness of the increasing ethnic disconnect between those providing today’s health care and those receiving it. Dr. Landry received his BS from Prairie View A&M University (2002), MD from the University of Alabama (2006) and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. He earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, has completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy in 2010, and has earned a number of awards, including the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award (2010).

Senior SGA Group Lunches With DSU President

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(L-r) Chascidy Reeves, Palesa Motshidi, Jere' Hutson, Delvise Fogwe, Clarence Banks, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Jamil Huggins, Teryn Chamberlain, Johnnie London and Brieana Spraggins pose for a photo after having an April 17 lunch together.

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Nine DSU seniors can count a recent lunch with DSU President Harry L. Williams as one of the culminating highlights of their undergraduate academic journey. The seniors – all representatives of the DSU Student Government Association – had lunch with Dr. Williams in the Hardcastle/Selby Board of Trustees Conference Room on April 17. During that time, the DSU president got to know the students -- most of whom are graduating on time this May -- and also shared some of his life experiences. “I really appreciated him taking the time to get to know us on a personal level, and especially for the advice he gave us, because it came from the DSU president,” said Chascidy Reeves, the 2013-2014 Miss DSU. Teryn Chamberlain, president of the Campus Activities Board, said their time with the president was a reflection of their accomplishments that have taken place over four years. “It was an honor to share a lunch with him and for him to give us his experience and words of wisdom,” she said. Throughout his presidential tenure – which begin in January 2010 – Dr. Williams meets frequently with different groups of students to get know them and hear first-hand their concerns.

2014-2015 SGA Elections -- Photo Slideshow & Results

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The newly elected 2014-2015 SGA Executive Officers, King and Queen: (l-r) Edward Doxen, president; Kimani Robinson; vice president, Kalea Phelps, corresponding sec.; Donametria Stallings, recording sec.; Jamila Mustafa, Ms. DSU; and James Jones, Mr. DSU

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The students of DSU casted their votes on April 3 and made their choices for the 2014-2015 Student Government Association.   For images of the Election Day activities and the announcement of the winners in the evening at the MLK Student Center, click on the photo slideshow, followed by the complete list of newly elected SGA officers. The following students were elected to the 2014-2015 SGA during the April 3 election:   SGA Executive officers President                                 Edward Doxen (“The Family”) Vice President                        Kimani Robinson (“The Family”) Corresponding Sec.                Kalea Phelps Recording Sec.                       Donametria Stallings   Royal Court Mr. DSU                               James Jones Ms. DSU                              Jamila Mustafa Mr. Senior                            Brandon Thompson Ms. Senior                            Kathleen Tadlock Mr. Junior                             Schmildt Seme Ms. Junior                             Britney Adams Mr. Sophomore                    Tevin Smith Ms. Sophomore                    Anjosanlynn Fulgham   Other SGA Officers Senior Class President         Nafis Nelson Senior Class VP                   Janae Wiggins Junior Class President         Jason Faustin Sophomore Class Pres.       Sharanda Martin Women’s Senate Pres.        Kellie Smith Women’s Senate VP          Danielle Davis Men’s Council Corr Sec.   Troy Davis CAB President                   Isaiah Covington CAB VP                             Allison Hazel CAB Spirit & Trad. Dir     Caprice King CAB Mkt. & Prom. Dir     Taiqium Johnson RHA President                   Noel Walker   Photos by Carlos Holmes

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