August 2013


DSU's Renovated Conrad Cafeteria Unveiled

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Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, shows the new "Action Island" to Dr. Stacey Downing, associate vice president for Student Affairs.

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The Conrad Hall Cafeteria has been renovated and is ready for the incoming students for the fall semester 2013. Aramark, the University’s contracted food service provider, gave University officials a tour of the remade facility, which will complement the Village Café facility located on the (L-r) Tara Kazirim, Conrad head chef, tells Phillip Holmes, interim director of Housing and Residential Education, about the new features of the cafeteria. In the center is Jeff Mulveny, assistant director of Conrad. southeast end of the campus. A new “Action Island” has been installed that will include a soup station, a deli station and salad bar. Tara Kazimir, Conrad head chef, noted that Aramark operates a four-menu cycle that will ensure that Conrad and the Village Café will always have different menus from each other each day. She added that there will be a “Soul Food Night” once a week at both locations, featuring food staples such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, beans (red and black-eyed) greens, and other items. The Conrad Cafeteria will be open from 12-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

DSU Social Work Program Accreditations Reaffirmed

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The DSU Social Work Program is based in the Price Building (shown to the left) on the DSU campus, with curriculum also taught at the Georgetown and Wilmington locations.

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8/22/13 The DSU Department of Social Work recently received notification that the Commission on Accreditation for the Council of Social Work Education has reaffirmed the accreditation of both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Both programs are now fully accredited until 2020. Dr. Marlene Saunders, chair of the DSU Department of Social Work, said the full reaffirmation of accreditation speaks to the quality and integrity of the curricula of the BSW and MSW programs. “This achievement also exemplifies Delaware State University’s capacity to provide the social work profession with competent social workers who exemplify the University’s mission, vision and values,” Dr. Saunders said. “With this accomplishment, the Department of Social Work will continue its efforts to enhance the well-being of people and maximize the functioning of social welfare organizations for change and social justice through research, practice and community engagement.”

DSU Archives Awarded $145,194 Grant

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8/23/13 DSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the William C. Jason Library has been awarded a two-year, $145,194 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture program. Emily Cottle, University archivist, says the grant will provide her with intern assistance to help maintain the archive and collections rooms such as the Delaware Room in this photo. Emily R. Cottle, University archivist and special collections librarian, is the project director for this grant. She was hired as the University’s first-ever archivist in June 2012. The funds will be used to establish an archival fellowship program. Two nine-month archival fellows as well as two summer interns will be hired during the project. The program will provide recent graduates with valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of archival responsibilities. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The second year of the project will culminate in the creation of a historic campus walking tour. The project will commence on October 1, 2013 and run through 2015. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

DSU Welcomes New Leadership Appointees

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8/23/13 DSU welcomes the following new appointees to leadership posts:   Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder – dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. DeLauder comes to DSU after serving in a variety of faculty, research and administrator posts at North Carolina Central University from 1996 to 2013, including associate dean of the College of Science and Technology and interim dean of Graduate Studies. She has a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Howard University.        Dr. Stacy L. Downing Dr. Stacy L. Downing – associate vice president of Student Affairs. Dr. Downing comes to DSU after serving from 2011 to 2012 as the vice president for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. She also served in several director posts at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2011. She has a BS in Psychology, an MS in Criminal Justice and an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.   Dr. Marsha T. Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy. Dr. Horton most recently served one year as a dean and associate professor at Virginia Union University’s School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her 39-year education career has included leadership posts at Wilmington University, the Delaware Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Horton has a BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois.     Dr. Marshá T. Horton           Ebony M. Ramsey   Ebony M. Ramsey – director of Student Leadership and Activities. Ms. Ramsey comes to DSU after serving in a variety of posts at Winston-Salem State University, N.C., from 2002-2012, including director of Student Activities from 2010-2012. She has a BA in Theatre and an MS in Adult Education/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University.     Dr. Adenike M. Davidson   Dr. Adenike M. Davidson -- chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She arrives at DSU after serving as a faculty member at Fisk University in Nashville from 2005-2013, where she rose to the rank of professor of English. Prior to that she was a professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Davidson has a BA in English from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., an MA in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.        Alankato D. Cobb, Sr.   Alankato D. Cobb, Sr. – assistant vice president of Facilities Management.  He comes to DSU after serving during the last year as a facilities planning engineer at Lincoln University (Pa.). His 16-year engineering career includes work as a senior project manager for Delaware Engineering and Design Corp. He has a 1995 BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in Orlando, Fla.                  Erin Hill Erin Hill – newly promoted assistant vice president of Enrollment Management. Ms. Hill arrived at DSU after serving in Admissions at Appalachian State University from 2002-2009. She has been a part of Enrollment Management from 2009 to present, include serving as executive director of Admissions since 2010. She has a 2001 BA in Communication and a 2006 MS in Higher Education Administration, both from Appalachian State University.       Dr. Michael A. Boone Dr. Michael A. Boone – interim assistant vice president for Distance Education. He arrived at DSU in April 2013 after serving the previous eight months as the academic program manager at Post University in Connecticut; he also was the lead instructor for that institution’s MBA program. He was the director of Business Process Engineering at Florida A&M University from 2009-2001; he also held various director posts with the North Carolina Department of Revenue.        Rev. Pamela Adams     Pamela Adams – new director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Rev. Adams was a chaplain and family advocate for three years in the Clinical Pastoral Care Department at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is a 9½-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology from the Amora Deliverance Theological Institute in Fayetteville, N.C. She also completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Care Residency Program at Durham (N.C.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center and The John Hopkins Hospital.        Jordin N. Williams Jordin N. Williams – new director of the Department of Wellness & Recreation. Ms. Williams served as the interim director of the department from August 2010 to August 2013. She has been with the department (formerly assistant director) since 2009. Prior to that, she was the club sport coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006-2009). Ms. Williams has a BS in Business Management and an MS in Sports Management.          Kerri M. Scroope   Kerri M. Scroope, head coach of women’s soccer. Coach Scroope arrives at DSU after serving as the head coach for both women’s soccer and softball at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. There she guided the soccer team to three consecutive double-digit winning seasons and four Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. She has a BS in Social Science from Stony Brook University, N.Y., where she played on the soccer and basketball teams.     Kisya Killingsworth-Putney Kisya Killingsworth-Putney, head coach of women’s volleyball. Prior to accepting the DSU post, she was an assistant volleyball coach at Bethune-Cookman University. Coach Killingsworth-Putney was a standout volleyball athlete at the University of Florida, where she earned a 2008 bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Science.  

DSU Presents First-Ever Innovation Grants to Selected Faculty Members

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(L-r) Dr.  Mohammad A. Khan, Dr. Mukti Rana and Dr. Nandita Das, are one of five faculty teams that have won DSU's first-ever Innovation Grant awards. Each team received $20,000 to develop their creative ideas that advance the priorities and goals of the University's Strategic Plan.

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8/27/13 Five faculty-driven projects have been named to receive funding as part of the University’s first-ever PRIDE 2020 – Innovation Grants awards. The five projects were selected from among 29 submitted proposals by DSU faculty. The selected projects – awarded $20,000 each – were determined to be the top proposals that advance the priorities and goals of the institution’s strategic plan. Dr. Gary Holness, shown with one of his robots. The following faculty members and their projects have been awarded Innovation Grants: Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) – “Next-Generation Sensors for Improving Human Health and Urban Air Quality: A Technology-Driven Business Model for Young Entrepreneurs.” The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting.    Dr. Gary Holness, assistant professor of computer science (PI) -- “Managing Indoor/Outdoor Transitions in Autonomous Robot Wheelchairs.” A number of efforts in the robotics and machine perception research communities have pursued the idea of an autonomous wheelchair as a mobility solution for those with both physical and perceptuo-cognitive impairments. The research project will aim to address issues concerning the development of autonomous wheelchairs that transition between outdoor-to-indoor and indoor-to-outdoor navigation. It will involve the assembling of a multidisciplinary team comprised of students from computer science, engineering and business who will design, develop, manage and advertise the project during a one year period of performance.   Dr. Ladji Sacko, associate professor of foreign languages (PI); and Dr. Raymond Tutu, assistant professor of history and political science (co-PI) -- “Using Study-Abroad Exchanges to Enhance Global Learning at DSU.” This project’s primary objective is to implement best (L-r) Dr. Raymond Tutu and Dr. Ladji Sacko. practices for integrating study abroad opportunities for students and faculty, with specific courses and coursework, into a more comprehensive and structured globalization of the DSU campus.   Dr. Daniela R. Radu, assistant professor of chemistry (PI); Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor of chemistry (co-PI); Dr. Yuri Markushin, senior research scientist (co-PI);  Dr. Chaoying Ni (co-PI, University of Delaware) -- “Affordable Solar Thin-Film Technologies Based on Sustainable (L-r) Dr. Daniela R. Radu, Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai and Dr. Yuri Markushin. Materials.” The  project will contribute to establishing the foundation for a strong solar program at DSU by demonstrating novel nanoparticles precursors to thin film photovoltaics (PV). The project’s ultimate goal is to create a prototype of roll-to-roll printed solar cells on flexible substrates. The nanoparticle technology  provides the advantages of fast, atmospheric pressure deposition, a lightweight substrate and a thin, inexpensive absorber layer, each of which decreases the cost and the weight of the final solar cell or module. Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics (PI); Dr. Essaid Zerrad, professor of physics (co-PI) – “Interdisciplinary Computational Laboratory (ICL).” This lab will be established to engage DSU undergraduate and graduate students in diverse STEM disciplines through computational, physical and mathematical modeling.  ICL will be used (L-r) Dr. Hacene Boukari and Dr. Essaid Zerrad. to assemble appropriate scientific codes and media-oriented software for STEM teaching and to develop computational capabilities for interdisciplinary research.  ICL will emerge as a resource for teaching the basic principles of physical sciences, the foundations of engineering and their applications in other scientific disciplines such as biological sciences.  It will increase participation of STEM students who will be trained in job-oriented computational and analytical skills, allowing them to be well-positioned to enter a competing multidisciplinary job market.  Moreover, the efforts that will ensue will promote research collaborations among DSU researchers.

DSU Holds HBCU Philanthropy Symposium

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These are some of the participants from various regional HBCUs that attended DSU Philanthropy Symposium on Aug. 1-2. DSU’s Division of Institutional Advancement has taken the lead in establishing a consortium of regional HBCU institutions as it held its Historically Black College and University Philanthropy Symposium on Aug. 1-2 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. The objective of the symposium was to begin a process among the participating institutions in which philanthropic outreach solutions could be shared and empower schools to effectively address the challenges they face in raising philanthropy dollars. Joining DSU in the inaugural consortium were Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, and the University of the District of Columbia. More than 40 representatives from the participating schools attended the two-day symposium. The participants discussed trends in philanthropy, preparedness for corporate funding, the need for collaborating with each other, and how to begin becoming a community of best practices institutions.   Several strategies were discussed on how to increase annual giving, engage alumni, and strategically make asks for transformational gifts to the respective universities. Representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Toyota Corporation, Delmarva Power, Astra Zeneca, and Benz Whaley and Flessner also participated in the symposium, sharing their knowledge as guest speakers and panelists. Next year’s annual Philanthropy Symposium will be held at DSU on July 24-25, 2014.

DSU Celebrates March on Washington 50th Anniversary -- Photos

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A group of singers from the DSU Gospel Choir performed the song "Grateful" during the celebration held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

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8/28/13 Delaware State University and the United Way of Delaware took time out on Aug. 28 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. For images from the event – held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center – as well as from the Aug. 24 gathering of students who went to the weekend March on Washington events, click on the below photo slideshow. It is followed by more information about the Aug. 28 program. The Rev. John Moore, vice president of resource development for the United Way of Delaware and a DSU alumnus, returned to his alma mater to give his powerful recitation of “I Have a Dream” with an uncanny similarity to Dr. King’s speech nuances. There were also performances by Amillion the Poet, the mime ministry of Perfect Praise and the DSU Gospel Choir as well as thoughtful perspectives from DSU President Harry L. Williams; Michelle Taylor, president and CEO of the United Way of Delaware; Lance Edwards, president of the DSU Student United Way: and SGA President Marcus Delancey. Pamela Adams, DSU director of spiritual life and University chaplain, coordinated the event in conjunction with the United Way of Delaware.

Five DSU Students Part of Winning Cyber Challenge Competition Team

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Members of the winning Delaware Cyber Challenge team (from second to left) Trevor Newell, Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Priscilla Wilson, Andrew Hobbs. Also pictured: Dr. Hongxin Hu, assistant professor of cyber security (far left) and Dr. Marwan Rasamny, chair of the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology (far right).

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Five DSU computer science information technology students were recently part of a team that won the Delaware Cyber Camp’s U.S. Cyber Challenge held at the Wilmington The five DSU students who were part of the winning team are shown here hacking away toward their 1st Place finish. University site in New Castle County, Del. U.S. Cyber Challenge utilizes Cyber Quests as a platform to provide challenging on-line competitions that allow participants to display their cyber security skills. The five DSU students participated in  a “cyber boot camp” on July 8 where they attended with students from other Delaware colleges, universities and high school workshops among other things, penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics taught by faculty, SANS instructors, and cyber security experts. The week culminated in an on-line "Capture the Flag" competition where individuals in a team attack specially provisioned servers on the Internet. The flags consisted of cracked passwords (both wired and wireless), hijacked websites, server penetrations, and data acquisition. Five DSU students -- Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Andrew Hobbs, Trevor Newell and Priscilla Wilson were on Team Five called “My Little Pwnies,” which won the competition. Since 2010, Delaware has been a proud supporter of the U.S Cyber Challenge (USCC) summer camps. The USCC's mission is to "significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals." In keeping with its mission, the USCC has been a partner and sponsor of the Delaware Cyber Security Boot Camp and played an integral role in this year's successful event. USCC is a partner and supporter of four camps in the country. These include the Western Regional Cyber Camp , Eastern Regional Cyber Camp, State of Delaware Cyber Camp, and State of Illinois Cyber Camp hosted this year by San Jose State University, Virginia Tech, Wilmington University, and Moraine Valley Community College, respectively. The Western and Illinois camps have scheduled their boot camps in August.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits New DSU Commons

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(L-r) Kailani Capote, senior residential assistant; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer; and Rose Spady, Commons residential director, take a photo opportunity at the front desk of the Commons.

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8/30/13 DSU President Harry L. Williams ushers U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper into the Commons. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper took a grand tour on Aug. 29 of the University’s newly acquired residential facility – the DSU Living and Learning Commons. DSU President Harry L. Williams, along with Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Amir Mohammadi and Residential Director Rose Spady, gave Sen. Carper a first-hand look at how the University has converted the former hotel into a residential hall. The DSU officials showed Sen. Carper various not-yet-occupied rooms, a master suite that will be used for visiting faculty or University guests, and the exercise room amenity. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper greets residential assistant Shakida Hercules at the Commons front desk Sen. Carper said the quality of the rooms at the Commons exceeded the dormitory rooms that existed when he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University. “You’ve heard of people who want to relive their youth,” Sen. Carper said. “Well I want to relive my youth here.”

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Speaks on Optics Research at National Conf.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, was recently among a highly esteemed group of guest speakers who gave presentations at the 8th annual Night Vision Systems conference sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) and held in Arlington, Va. on July 29-31. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Dr. Melikechi, who is also the DSU vice president of research, innovation and economic development, gave a presentation on the optic research taking place at DSU especially as it relates to the ongoing development night vision technology that can be used in 21st century battlefield environments. The IDGA’s 8th Annual Night Vision Systems brought together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the night vision community. The event focused on the latest technological advancements in military night vision technologies and sensors and the possible investments in new solutions that could enhance warfighter ability to “own the night” in battlefield and war-related situations. During the event, future trends were analyzed, immediate and long-term needs identified, and discussions were held on up-and-coming technologies for use in changing environments.

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