November 2013


DSU Breaks Enrollment Record for 4th Consecutive Year -- 4,505

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (3rd from left), shown talking with students, says that the new record enrollment also reflects a rise in academic quality, including an average grade point average of 3.0 among incoming freshmen.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Delaware State University has broken its enrollment record with a fall semester 2013 total enrollment of 4,505 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,500 threshold.   The record 4,505 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 4,425 set in the fall of 2012. The 2013 enrollment figures include a record 4,061 undergraduates – marking the first time DSU has surpassed 4,000 undergraduates – and a record 288 transfer students.   The University enrolled 922 new freshmen this fall.   “In addition to another year of record enrollment, our academic quality continues to increase,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “This year our incoming freshmen have an average grade point average of 3.0, the highest ever at DSU.”   Dr. Williams also noted that the University also now has the largest program cohort of Inspire Scholarship students ever – 484. “Because the Delaware legislature and governor made the funding possible for the Inspire Scholarship, the state is a contributor to the record enrollment we had over the last few years,” the DSU president said.   Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 13th to 9th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual national ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

Newly formed iStep Team takes 1st in Virginia Step Competition

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The iStep Team -- a University-sanctioned student organization (pictured left) -- has won a 1st place honor in only its first semester in existence.

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A new student organization that has just been established this semester has wasted no time in making its mark. The new group, iStep (pronounced I-Step), is the first University-sanctioned (non-Greek) Step Team at DSU. Saturday, Nov. 16, the organization competed in the 7th annual Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition in Charlotteville, Va., and won first place in the Step Category. The teams were judged on creativity, level of difficulty, showmanship, precision and energy. Held in the city’s Paramount Theater, iStep also finished 2nd in the overall competition, bested only by the first place dance team. The organization notes that iStep’s written purpose is to bring together a diverse population of students at Delaware State University and to entertain through the expression of stepping.  Its mission is to step in formation and unison while making rhythms with the stomping of feet, the clapping of hands, chanting and the use of other creative objects. The group collaborates as one unit to practice creativity and unity to bring entertainment as well as positive influence to all audiences. “Not only do we perform, but we love participating in community service endeavors and focusing on our academics to be well-rounded students,” said Lindsey Hyppolite, iStep coach. “Our first semester has been exhilarating and we've have grown and progressed in such a short period of time. We are extremely excited and ready for what's in store next.” As the 1st place winners in the Step Category, iStep won a trophy and $750.

DSU Students' Community Service at St. John's Sch. -- Photo Slideshow

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These DSU students spent a beautiful Indian Summer morning doing community service at St. John's Lutheran School.

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Eighteen DSU students donated part of their Indian Summer morning on Nov. 2 to give some community service help to St. John’s Lutheran School on Walker Road in Dover. The community service opportunity for the DSU students was set up by Jordin Williams, director of the DSU Health & Recreation Center, who is also the University’s representative on Leadership Central Delaware (a Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce organization). The LCD selected St. John’s as their community service project, which led to the DSU students’ involvement. For images from the DSU students’ community service at St. John’s, click on the below photo slideshow:

Roy Klein Education Foundation Donates $2,500 to DSU JET Program

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Posing for the check presentation are: Vita Pickrum, DSU associate vice president of Development; Audrey Scott-Hynson, JET instructor; Lillie Crawford, director of the DSU Center for Enterprise Development; and from the Roy Klein Educational Foundation, Marion Klein, Barbara Rafte, and Ed Wilchinski.

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The Roy Klein Education Foundation recently donated $2,500 to go toward DSU’s Center Center for Enterprise Development’s Junior Entrepreneurs-in-Training Summer Camp Program.   The donation is a continuation of the foundation’s support for the youth program. Over the last five years, the foundation has donated $10,000 in support of the camp.   The JET Summer Camp is a two-week youth entrepreneurship day camp designed to inspire  middle school youth, primarily from low- to moderate-income households, to consider entrepreneurship as an option.  The camp is taught with a combination of curricula from “Chasing the Dream” (CG International), the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Kauffman Foundation, and is instructed by a certified facilitator.    The students form teams and are given seed money to start mini-businesses.  A component of the camp is Market Day when students sell their products to the campus community.  At the end of the camp, the students participate in a business plan competition with an opportunity to win prizes and awards.   The Roy Klein Foundation issues grants to strengthen educational opportunities and resources in Kent County, Del., with an emphasis on economic development. In addition to supporting DSU’s JET Program, the foundation has funded scholarships in entrepreneurism at Delaware Technical and Community College and the nursing program at PolyTech Adult Programs. It has also supported programs in connection with Wesley College, Junior Achievement and the Delaware AeroSpace Education Program.

DSU Celebrates Two Donor Couples for Giving to Scholarship Fund

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DSU President Harry L. Williams receives a donation from retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert Jr. and his wife Richelle, who established an endowed scholarship in the name of Mr. Talbert's father Ernest Talbert Sr. who was a longtime associate professor of then Delaware State College's Department of Business for about 40 years.

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Delaware State University recently received financial support from two donors to benefits student scholarships.   Retired Maj. Gen. Ernest Talbert and his wife, Richelle (in the top photo) recently donated $10,000 to DSU to establish the Professor Emeritus Ernest Talbert, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.   This newly created fund, made in memory of his father, will benefit qualified scholarship applicants who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year majoring in accounting or business administration. Professor Talbert taught in the School of Business from 1954 until the early 1990s. Of special note, Major General Talbert was the first African-American general in the history of the Delaware Air National Guard. (L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams stands with Dr. Donald and Dolores Blakey and their display check representing their donations to DSU over the last fiscal year.   The Honorable Dr. Donald Blakey and Mrs. Delores Blakey are both DSU alumni, class of ’58 and ’62 respectively, and they continue to show their love and appreciation for DSU through service and financial support. On Nov. 2, the Blakeys were honored for their cumulative giving of $15,820 to DSU over the last fiscal year.   Over that period, the Blakeys continued to fund their endowed scholarship fund, the Dr. Donald A. and Delores F. Blakey Endowed Scholarship and the Mkombozi (Blakey) Scholarship Fund. In addition, the Blakeys have supported various annual giving initiatives such as The Champion Fund and the President’s Scholarship Ball.  Cumulatively over the years, the Blakeys’ have generously donated more than $67,682.  

College of Agriculture & Related Sci. Awarded $1.5M in USDA Grants.

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Dr. Jung-lim Lee, assistant professor of human ecology, received an almost $600,000 grant to help him develop new curriculum in genomics.

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The DSU College of Agriculture and Related Sciences has announced the recent awarding of about $1.5 million from USDA’s Capacity Building Grants (SBG)program. These competitive awards will either create new or enhance existing programs in support of the land-grant mission, which integrates teaching, research and extension activities. “USDA is a major partner of the land-grant university system nationally,” says Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. “The CBG funding will help DSU train students to become future food and agricultural scientific professionals that the nation will need.” The CBG program also aims to strengthen partnerships among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry; and to enhance the quality of land-grant programs at the 1890 institutions to more readily establish them as full partners in the U.S. food and agricultural sciences higher education system. The grants were awarded for teaching, extension and research at DSU are as follows: Teaching $599,993 awarded to Jung-lim Lee, assistant professor of human ecology, for his grant titled, Empowering the Next Generation of Food and Nutrition Scientists through  Genomics. This grant will fund the development of new curriculum that will teach genomics. $149,959 awarded jointly to Qian Jia, assistant professor of human ecology and Carol Giesecke, Didactic Program director and State FCS Extension Program Leader, for their grant titled, Developing a Coordinated Program in Dietetics at DSU. The funding will provide scholarships for students engaged in this discipline, assist in the implementation of a recruitment strategy for undergraduate students, and enable the exploration of practice opportunities necessary for the program. Cooperative Extension $237,199 awarded to Andy Wetherill, Small Farm educator, for his grant titled, Expanding Agribusiness Opportunities to Underserved Urban Communities using Cooperative Extension Programs $249,974 awarded to Dennis McIntosh, State Aquaculture specialist, for his grant titled, Delaware State University Mobile Meat Processing Lab (Mmpl) Curriculum Development and Implementation. Research $299,938 awarded to Stephen Lumor, assistant professor of human ecology, for his grant titled, Optimization Of Physicochemical and Sensory Properties Of Reduced-Cholesterol Butter and Cheese. The studies in this area will enhance the research capability of the Food Chemistry program, as the funds will enable the purchase of additional lab equipment and give student more hands-on experience.

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 reconnaissance 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 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.

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