April 2013


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.

UCLA's Dr. A Arnold to Speak on Sex Difference in Health April 22

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The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research at DSU will present Dr. Art P. Arnold, a distinguished professor at UCLA, as a guest lecturer on the topic :Studying Sex           Dr. Art P. Arnold Differences in Health and Disease” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 in Parlor A of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Arthur P. Arnold studies the mechanisms that cause sex differences in both physiology and disease. Dr. Arnold’s research has included the development of several animal models for studying sex differences, the discovery of large sexual dimorphisms in the brain, and studies of mechanisms by which sex-biasing factors operate.   He received his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, the director of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, founding editor-in-chief of Biology of Sex Differences (official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences), and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.   Previous positions include departmental chair and associate director of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, chair of the UCLA interdepartmental Ph.D. and undergraduate programs for neuroscience, and inaugural president of the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.  

DSU Bands to Perform in Spring Concert April 16

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The University Symphonic Band and the University Jazz Ensemble will perform selections from renowned symphonic and jazz composers during the Spring Concert.

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The Delaware State University Department of Music will feature its University Symphonic Band and the University Jazz Ensemble in its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.   The concert is free and open to the public.   The first half of the concert will feature the DSU Symphonic Band, which will perform selections by outstanding composers of symphonic band music such as W. Frances McBeth, Clifton Williams, Claude T. Smith and Eric Osterling.   The DSU Jazz Ensemble will be featured in the second half of the concert and will perform selections by legends of jazz such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.  

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