August 2011


U.S. Sen. Carper, State Rep. Darryl Scott tour Wellness & Rec. Center

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U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper and state Rep. Darryl Scott listen to Jordin Williams, associate director of the DSU Wellness & Recreation Center, poolside during a tour of the facility.

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    Cerron Cade, a DSU alumnus, laughs with his boss, U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper, during a Aug. 30 visit to the campus.       U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper paid Delaware State University a visit on Aug. 30 along with state Rep. Darryl M. Scott, to tour the Wellness and Recreation Center on campus and learn about other health initiatives such as the Delaware Center for Health Promotions, which is based at DSU.   Sen. Carper’s visit coincided with the first day of classes on campus for the 2011 fall semester, which had been delayed a day due to the Hurricane Irene storm event over the weekend.   Sen. Carper also brought along Cerron Cade, one of his staff members who is a DSU alumnus, class of 2007. Mr. Cade, a former Hornet football offensive lineman, is slated to soon be the deputy New Castle County director for Sen. Carper’s office. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, DSU Healthy Hornets administrators Michelle Fisher, Jordin Williams, Delaware Center for Health Promotions' Marianne Carter and state Rep. Darryl Scott.                            

DSU Receives $2,000 Scholarship Donation from Bancroft Construction

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(L-r) Bancroft Scholarship recipient and DSU student Devon Sivels, Bancroft Construction President Greg Sawka, DSU Provost Alton Thompson and Bancroft Past President Stephen Mockbee celebrate the donation by the construction firm.

 

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    The Bancroft Construction Company recently expressed its support for Delaware State University by donating $2,000 to go toward a scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year.   Bancroft’s Greg Sawka, president, and Stephen M. Mockbee, past president, presented the check to Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, who accepted the financial gift on behalf of the University during a campus visit by the company's officials on Aug. 5.   The gift is the first installment of an annual scholarship donation that Bancroft has committed to over the next five years, which Mr. Sawka said is a reflection of Bancroft’s mission and commitment to the community.   This year's recipient of the Bancroft Scholarship is Devon Sivels, a DSU junior aviation major and honor student from Milford, Del.   The Bancroft Company is a Wilmington-based full-service construction management, general contracting, design-build, program management and estimating services firm that serves the Mid-Atlantic Region. The company – which has been in existence for 35 years – specializes in a variety of commercial, institutional and industrial sectors projects.  

DSU Professor Authors Book on Ghanaian Pidgin English

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    Dr. Joe Amoako with his book on Ghanaian Pidgin English.     Dr. Joe Amoako, an associate professor of English and Foreign Languages at Delaware State University, has authored Ghanaian Pidgin English – Diachronic, Synchronic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives, which deals with the bridging of traditional African languages with English in the West African country of Ghana.   The book studies this particular language phenomena in the context of social and structure definitions of “pidgin,” which deal with both the need to bridge two or more languages and the resulting reduced linguistic structure that serves as a means to communicate among people who don’t have a common language.   In his book, Dr. Amoako – a native of Ghana and a 13-year associate professor at DSU – explores the definitions of pidgin and creole and why Ghanaian variation is of the pidgin variety.   Ghanaian Pidgin English can be ordered online at www.novapublishers.com  

DSU's Dr. S. Besong Makes His Mark in Heart Disease Prevention Research

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    Dr. Samuel Besong     Dr. Samuel A. Besong, chair of the DSU Department of Human Ecology, is making his mark in the heart disease prevention arena with his published findings that identify purslane leaves as a means of suppressing bad cholesterol in adults.   The DSU associate professor of human ecology, along with Dr. Michael O. Ezekwe, associate professor of agriculture at Alcorn State University, has jointly published findings that purslane contains omega 3 fatty acid – essential nutrients that are vital for preventing the synthesis of bad cholesterol. Dr. Besong's research on Purslane (above) is contributing to the growing body of evidence that the plant can help prevent heart disease.   “Purslane has soluble fiber and good fat (omega 3), the combination of those two nutrients has a good effect on Cholesterol,” Dr. Besong said. “Lettuce and other plants have good fiber but don’t have the omega 3 fatty acid; that’s what makes purslane unique.”   Dr. Besong, who has been at DSU since 2005, began his heart disease prevention research seven years ago when he was a faculty member of Alcorn State, and continued his joint research work with Dr. Ezekwe after he moved on to DSU.   Their research on the effects of freeze-dried supplements of purslane on heart disease has been published in the International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. The research duo is now studying the most effective ways that the plant can be consumed – such as a freeze-dried plant or in pill form – to reduce bad cholesterol.  

DSU Welcomes Music Chair and Director of Choral Activities

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    Dr. Horace B.  Lamar, Jr.     Delaware State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced two new important appointments within its Department of Music.   Dr. Horace B. Lamar, Jr., has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Music. In that post, Dr. Lamar will oversee all academic aspects of the department and provide leadership for faculty development, fundraising, as well as student recruitment and retention.   Prior to his arrival at DSU, Dr. Lamar served at Alabama State University from 1991-2006, where he taught woodwinds and for nine of those years served as the dean of the University’s School of Music (1996-2005). Under his dean leadership, the ASU School of Music earned accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music. After retiring from ASU, he did consulting work, workshops and recitals over the last five years.   Dr. Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (magna cum laude) from Mississippi Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Lloyd Benjamin Mallory, Jr.   Dr. Lloyd Benjamin Mallory, Jr., has been appointed Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at DSU. In addition to teaching choral and vocal related curriculum, Dr. Mallory will direct the University’s Concert Choir and choral ensembles.   Prior to his arrival at DSU, Dr. Mallory served over the last year as the interim choral director at Clark Atlanta University and also assisted with the special projects and performances with the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C. He was the associate pastor for worship and music at Sligo Church in Takoma Park, Md. from 2006-2010 and as an associate professor of music at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. from 1996-2006.   Dr. Mallory has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Flute and Vocal Performance from Oakwood University, a Master of Arts in Music from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. and a Doctor of Musical Arts from UCLA.  

DSU to Re-open Monday 8/29; Classes Begin Tuesday 8/30

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DSU has moved the official start of classes for the Fall 2011 Semester to Tuesday, Aug. 30 due to the forecasted Hurricane event.

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  Updated 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28     Delaware State University will re-open for regular operations on Monday, Aug. 29, resuming its normal schedule. All employees are to report to work as normal.   The first classes of the fall semester 2011 will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 30.   Students who still need to move into their assigned rooms can do so after 12 noon, Monday, Aug. 29. Students are reminded that their student account and health obligations must be completed before they can move in.   The student services offices (Admissions, Financial Aid, Records, Student Accounts and Housing) will have extended hours of operation on Monday, Aug. 29 to accommodate students who are moving in Monday.   The University’s Wellness & Recreation Center will resume normal hours on Monday, Aug. 29 and be open to the public.   The Hurricane Irene Hotline – (302) 857-6311 – that was established last Friday will be in operation until the end of the regular business day on Monday, Aug. 29.         ·          

DSU Arts Center/Gallery Hosts Marion Mitchell Photo Exhibition

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Marion Mitchell (left) looks over her works on exhibition in the DSU Arts Center Gallery with Erica Lokai, student curator of the show. Ms. Mitchell and her works will be honored in a reception on Sept. 1 at the gallery.

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    The thoughtful works of longtime photographer Marion Mitchell will be on exhibition until Sept. 23 at Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery located in the William Jason Library on campus. "The Old Violin" by Marion Mitchell   The exhibition includes 80 works by this Delaware photographer, who will be honored at an exhibition reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Arts Center/Gallery.   The exhibition and the Sept. 1 reception are free and open to the public.   Ms. Mitchell, 96, who now resides in Dover at Westminister Retirement Village, dates her photography beginning to a job she got during the Depression years in a small New Jersey photography shop for 25 cents an hour.   She would later move to Delaware where she would go on to cultivate and blossom in her photography skills and become a self-taught photography dark room artist. Over her adult life span, particularly the past 60 years, her works would find themselves on the pages of publications such as the PSA Journal and Southern Delaware Magazine.   Her photo artworks would also be widely exhibited at Photography Society Association (PSA) salons all over the United States. She would also provide her photography services for the then-Lord Baltimore High School in Ocean View, Del., the Delaware Agriculture Museum and numerous weddings, organizations and other events.   Many of her photography works are landscape, abstract, nature, nautical-themed and still life shots with a particular affinity toward animals and other sights she captured in her travels across the country.   “Photography was my way of finding beauty in everyday things,” Ms. Mitchell said. “I didn’t have Photoshop, but the results in the darkroom always fascinated me.”   Marion Mitchell and student curator Erica Lokai In 2001, the PSA recognized Ms. Mitchell for her 50 years of membership and service to that photography organization.  It was about that time when Ms. Mitchell’s eyesight began failing and she retired from her photography activities.   Recently, Ms. Mitchell donated more than $5,000 worth of cameras and other photography equipment to Delaware State University’s Art Department to be used in its photography courses.   “If the students can get half to pleasure I got out of it, then that payment enough,” Ms. Mitchell said.   Dr. Donald Becker, chair of the DSU Department of Art, said the current digital photography age notwithstanding, Ms. Mitchell’s donated equipment is a valuable donation that will be well used by the department.   “We are very much into history, and it is important that we continue to teach black and white wet lab photography,” Dr. Becker said. He said that in addition to the traditional art majors, the university’s forensic biology majors are required to take photography courses to help them understand the fundamental of crime scene photography. “They will benefit from the donated equipment as well,” he said. Erica Lokai hangs one of Marion Mitchell's works -- "Winter Night."   Erica Lokai, a senior art management and studio art major from Magnolia, Del., has had the responsibility of going through Ms. Mitchell’s lifelong portfolio, selecting the works to be featured in this exhibition and arranging them in the gallery. Ms. Lokai met with Ms. Mitchell on a number of occasions to talk with her about each photo artwork piece.   “It made me realize what I take for granted,” Ms. Lokai said. “Each one of these pictures has a story until themselves, and they have been seen in salons all across the United States.”   The Art Center/Gallery – which is located just inside the entrance of the William Jason Library at DSU – is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.