January 2013

Renowned Nutritionist Dr. Ro to Speak at DSU Jan. 24

  Renowned nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock, best known as "Dr. Ro." Delaware State University will jumpstart its annual Kickoff to Wellness with renowned television nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock -- who is well known as “Dr. Ro” – who will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Education and Humanities Theatre.   The event is free and open to the public.   Dr. Ro is the author of Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy and an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness and health advice for women and families.   As a leading nutrition coach for over two decades, she was named by More Magazine as one of the nation’s top five nutritionists. She served as nutrition coach on the daytime talk show The View, on which she helped Sherri Shepherd lose weight for her infamous on-camera swimsuit reveal. She contributes regularly to NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and to National Public Radio.   She is also a nutrition contributor to TV-One’s Makeover Manor where she also hosts Livin’ Healthy With Dr. Ro. As the go-to nutrition coach for real people and celebrities nationwide, Dr. Ro has been featured in O Magazine, Quick & Simple, Self, Ebony, Essence, The Dallas Morning News, Memphis Commercial Appeal and numerous national publications. Her book is recommended by USA Today and New York Daily News as a “must-have” to slim down.   Having lost her mother to stomach cancer at age nine, Dr. Ro has researched and written extensively about ways to break bad health habits—from eating high-calorie comfort foods and resisting exercise to giving up on health goals and taking on the negativity of saboteurs. In her quest to save a generation from early death and preventable disease, Dr. Ro’s passion for stemming the tide of childhood obesity recently led her to create a DVD series “Dr. Ro’s Fit Kidz” to teach children fun ways to embrace nutrition and fitness for healthier lifestyles.   Dr. Ro holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, a MS Degree in Community Nutrition and Broadcast Journalism from Howard University, and a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Virginia State University. As an award-winning nutritionist, she has received awards from the National Medical Association, the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and is the recipient of Howard University’s Most Distinguished PhD alumnae award in 1998 and 2002. Dr. Ro is Head Nutrition Coach at Dr. Riggins' Medical Aesthetic Skin Care (MASC) in Washington, DC and Gadsden, Alabama, which she co-owns with her husband, Dr. Murray Riggins.    

DSU Hosts the Lower Del. First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier


This group was among 50 students and faculty/staff members who volunteered to help make the First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier a success.

Jaula Pitts and Sierra Wise, of the DSU Explorer Club's Amazing Scientists team, get their robot ready for the competition. Consistent with its increased emphasis in the STEM discipline Delaware State University hosted the first-ever Lower Delaware First State FIRST LEGO League Qualifier competition for elementary and middle children on Jan. 19. The FIRST LEGO event engages children to different areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and allows them to compete in designing and building a robot, the understanding of core values and in research presentations. Seventeen teams from throughout Lower Delaware – including two teams from the DSU-sponsored Explorer Club – competed in the qualifier. Large tables were set up in the second floor parlors of the MLK Student Center, on which small mobile robots designed by each teams were put to the test in completing a programmed task. “This competition emphasizes teamwork, thinking skills, the use of technology in a productive way, and being creative,” said Cheryl Potack, a mathematics teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington, which fielded a team in the competition. The DSU Explorer Club teams – the Amazing Scientists and the 1.7 Hotties – finished 10th and 17th, respectively. Jatique Gilliard and Michale Speller, the DSU Explorer Club's 1.7 Hotties team, work on their robot. Dr. Eric Cheek, the director of DSU Adult and Continuing Education served as the coordinator of the qualifier. He said the top six teams from the qualifier would go on to compete on Jan. 26 at the First State FIRST LEGO League Championship at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark. The top six teams that will go to the First State FIRST LEGO League Championship are the Comets -White team and the Comet - Red team both of St. Ambrose School (Pa.), the MOE Bulldogs  of the Prestige Academy of Wilmington, Newark Charter School 1 team, the Brader Elementary School Tigers of Newark, and the top qualifier team, the Chef Bot-Ar-Dees of the Unionville-Chaddis Ford School District (Pa.). The winner of that competition will be invited to the FIRST LEGO International Festival in LEGOLAND in California. During the morning session, junior FIRST LEGO League teams also participated in robotics events, which included four teams from the DSU Explorers Club. All of the junior teams won prizes in their respective categories. About 50 students and faculty/staff members volunteered their time at the event to help make it a resounding success.