December 2011


DSU Becomes 1st State Entity in Obama's Better Building Challenge

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    DSU President Harry L. Williams said the University has a role in modeling best practices in Delaware. He said DSU is doing just that through its building energy upgrades project. Delaware State University’s commitment to be an institutional leader in environmental stewardship has moved to a new level as it has become the first state entity in President Barack Obama’s Better Building Challenge announced today.   The Challenge is part of the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative launched earlier this year spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.   The Better Buildings Initiative supports job creation by catalyzing private sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades to make America’s buildings 20% more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs across the country by nearly $40 billion.   The University was invited to be a part of the initiative as the result of its honor in receiving the 2011 Climate Leadership Award from the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The award recognized DSU for the work it has done as a member institution of the ACUPCC through its Go Green initiative on campus since 2009.   DSU is one of 60 university, corporate, community and industrial partners in the Better Buildings Initiative. Of the 10 universities, DSU is the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) selected.   “Higher education should play a meaningful role in modeling best practices for their states. Delaware State University is honored to join President Obama in the Challenge and also to contribute to Delaware’s becoming an environmental leader in reducing its carbon footprint,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams, in attendance at today’s announcement and gathering of participants in Washington, D.C.   Among DSU’s initiatives enabling it to be part of the President Obama’s Challenge is a Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement in coordination with the Delaware Sustained Utility (SEU). The University entered into the agreement, allowing it to invest in energy conservation and facility improvements, after completing an exhaustive investment grade energy audit.   “We were looking for ways to address some needed facility improvements in a way that would save on energy costs and allow us to spend dollars on other needs to serve our students,” Dr. Williams said.   The endeavor will help the University realize more than $5 million in savings over 20 years.  The SEU has issued Energy Efficiency Revenue Bonds to finance upgrades and help DSU achieve a goal of 25% in greenhouse gas reductions by 2015.     DSU is the first Delaware entity to commit its participation in President Barack Obama's Better Buildings Challenge. State Sen. Harris B. McDowell III, D-Wilmington North, who sponsored the legislation setting up the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility and serves as its co-chair, congratulated the University on becoming part of an important national program.   “A hallmark of any great leader is his or her ability to both seize and take full advantage of the opportunities before them,” McDowell said. “President Harry Williams and DSU Executive Vice President for Finance and University Treasurer Amir Mohammadi have demonstrated vision and leadership by joining the SEU Bond Program and saving the University millions of dollars in energy costs.”   McDowell, long recognized as a leader in energy policy, said the program is important because it helps institutions take advantage of the “non-use of energy” which he observed is the nation’s cleanest and greatest new energy resource. “President Williams has helped to cement DSU’s position as one of our country’s most forward-thinking schools.”   Dr. John Byrne, co-chair of the SEU and the architect of the bond structure, praised DSU for embracing the distinctive role of higher education. “DSU has turned its campus into a living laboratory for how to build a sustainable future – it shines as a model of advanced thinking for the country,” he said.    The SEU’s 2011 Energy Efficiency Bond is the first in the country to finance clean energy investments from the money savings created. The SEU has put Delaware in the forefront of clean energy efforts nationally, with several cities, counties and states duplicating the model, according to Dr. Byrne.   “Being asked to be a member of the President’s Better Building Challenge validates that DSU is focused on what matters to our state and our nation, “ said Dr. Williams.  

DSU Combine Choir's Joy, A Holiday Concert PHOTOS

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Joy -- A Holiday Concert, performed on Dec. 2 in the MLK Student Center, featured numerous student and faculty soloists as well as student and guest musicians, which included the DSU Brass Ensemble and a string section.

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  DSU’s Combined Concert and Gospels Choir presented the University and the community a musical Christmas gift with its Dec. 2 performance of “Joy – A Holiday Concert” in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.   Performing in front of an audience that almost filled all three parlors of the MLK Student Center, the combined choir was led by Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr., who is completing his first semester as the director of Choral Activities at DSU.   See the below slideshow of photo for the images of the performance:    

DSU Physics Scientist Co-Publishes Book on Novel Optics Technique

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    Dr. Mukti Rana with his new optics book     Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Pre-Engineering and an Optical Science Center for Applied Research scientist, has published an online book titled, Applications of RF Sputtered GexSi1-x and GexSi1-xOy Thin Films for Uncooled Infrared Detectors.    This book, co-authored by Donald P. Butler of University of Texas at Arlington and published by Nova Science Publishers, will help the researchers working in the infrared detection area. Infrared detection technique is used in night vision cameras, law enforcement, search and rescue in toxic or smoke-filled environments, surveillance, medical imaging, and in other ways.   This book discusses the deposition process, characterization techniques, properties and advantages of Radio Frequency (RF) sputtered GexSi1-x and GexSi1-xOy thin films for using them in uncooled infrared detectors (microbolometers), as compared to the more widely used VOx.   Dr. Rana, a native of Bangladesh, has been a faculty member of DSU since the fall of 2010.        

Director of News Services Carlos Holmes Honored as Black Achiever

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Joining honoree Carlos Holmes, top center, at the annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry awards at the Chase Center in Wilmington were: bottom row, from left, Vince “Chelli” Ciammaichelli, Board of Trustees member Leroy Tice, Phyllis Collins and Ava Perrine; top row, from left, Germaine Cheatham, Carolyn Curry, Holmes, Dennis Jones and DSU President Harry L. Williams.

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  Featured speaker and CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien presents Director of News Services Carlos Holmes, right, with the 2011 Black Achiever Award. Carlos Holmes, DSU’s director of News Services, got on the wrong side of the camera Thursday evening. Instead of writing and shooting the news, he was making it -- as a 2011 Black Achiever. The annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry awards is sponsored by the YMCA of Delaware to honor men and women who succeed in both business and community involvement. The Dec. 8 ceremony, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, paid tribute to 20 such achievers, including Mr. Holmes. National CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien was the featured speaker. “Carlos is always passionate about his work, about making a difference in people’s lives and about giving back to his University and community," said DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams, who attended the event. “His honor was most deserved.” Mr. Holmes was selected earlier this year for a DSU Vice President Choice Award that underscored his contributions to the institution and the state. He has served DSU for 11 years, most of it directing its news media needs. He is a fixture at DSU, volunteering his musical talents for campus events, overseeing the Hornet student newspaper for 10 years, chairing various Homecoming committees, teaching students and employees alike about DSU’s history, and teaching communications classes. He is familiar in the community as well, as a newspaper contributor, and as a church choir and music director, among other service projects. “His pride for DSU fills a room, and his commitment to students is equally as large,” said Carolyn Curry, vice president for Institutional Advancement, the unit that oversees news relations. As a Black Achiever, Mr. Holmes will serve as a youth and teen mentor for the YMCA and assist with related workshops and events that promote positive life skills in young people.   

Dr. Melissa Harrington Named Neuroscientist of the Year in Delaware

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Dr. Melissa Harrington, professor of biological science, has been named Neuroscientist of the Year for her work in advancing neuroscience research and education across the state.

 

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   Dec. 15, 2011 Dr. Melissa A. Harrington, professor of biological sciences, has been named as the "Neuroscientist of the Year" by the Delaware Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, DSU senior biology major Brittany Williams (left) took 2nd place in the Neuroscience Poster Symposium recently held at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. She was guided by her research advisor Dr. Princey Mennella (right).   Presented at the chapter’s 4th annual Neuroscience Poster Symposium at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute on Friday on Dec. 2, Dr. Harrington was honored for her work in bringing together faculty and students at DSU and the University of Delaware, as well as doctors from Nemours A. I. duPont Children's Hospital to advance neuroscience research and education across the state.   At the same event, senior DSU Biology major Brittany Williams won second place in the undergraduate poster competition for her poster "Distribution and Regulation of Progesterone Receptor Expression in The Adult Prairie Vole Brain." She undertook the project under the guidance of her research advisor, Dr. Princy Q. Mennella, DSU assistant professor of biology, Department in collaboration with Dr. Tom Mennella, also a DSU assistant professor of biology, and other researchers at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.   Prior to that honor, Ms. Williams also won an 1st place award in the Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics division of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference For Minority Students (ABRCMS) on Nov. 12 in St. Louis, Mo., for her poster titled "Assay Development for Rapid Identification of Metabolites that Enable the Killing of Persisters." She conducted this research with Mark Brynildsen of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Princeton University during her internship there during the past summer.   At the 4th annual poster symposium graduate students, undergraduates and scientists from UD, DSU and Nemours gathered to discuss their neuroscience-related research. The posters were judged in separate graduate student, undergraduate and post-doctoral scholar categories.  

2011 Presidential Scholarship Ball Photos

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and Del. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper share a laugh during the Dec. 10 Presidential Scholarship Ball held in the MLK Jr. Student Center.

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  Dec. 12. 2011  The 2011 Presidential Scholarship Ball, held on Dec. 10 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, proved to be an elegant event filled with warm fellowship, good food and wonderful music.   The premier sponsor of the event was Delmarva Power, and strong support was also received by platinum sponsors AstraZeneca, the DuPont Corp. and gold sponsors PNC Bank and Outside Unlimited Professional Landcare.   See the below slideshow for photos from the event:  

President's Holiday Open House, Photo Slideshow

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Cindy Seto-Friel of Academic Enrichment, her husband Dr. Brian Friel, assistant professor of psychology, and their child Collin pose with DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams during the President's Holiday Open House, held Dec. 13-15.

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  The Dec. 13-15 President’s Holiday Open House was the place to be for the University’s faculty and staff, as they enjoyed the warm hospitality of DSU President Harry L. Williams and his wife Dr. Robin Williams at the President’s Residence. In addition to good food and cheerful fellowship, DSU employees and invited community guests were treated to the Christmas music harmony of DSU’s Delaware Beta Colony of Phi Mu Alpha, which serenaded the folks in a Winter Wonderland setting at the back of the residence where employees could also get a photo taken with ole’ jolly St. Nick.   Click on the below slideshow for photos of the event:  

New DSU Mission Statement approved

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Dec. 22, 2011 Delaware State University now has a revised Mission Statement that is more current and reflective of the University’s purpose, according to Dr. Harry L. Williams, president. “While the current mission defined DSU’s identity and important role in the community, it was time to examine it in light of the University’s new vision, its core values and its expanding portfolio of academic and research programs,” said Dr. Williams. The revised mission, approved at the December 20, 2011, special Board of Trustees meeting, is as follows: Delaware State University is a public, comprehensive, 1890 land-grant institution that offers access and opportunity to diverse populations from Delaware, the nation, and the world. Building on its heritage as a historically black college, the University purposefully integrates the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. Its commitment to advance science, technology, liberal arts, and the professions produces capable and productive leaders who contribute to the sustainability and economic development of the global community. Provost Alton Thompson chaired the revision process that incorporated methods for feedback. Several comment periods yielded suggestions from trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni.  A revision writing team, appointed by the president to assist the provost, consisted of Carolyn Curry, Victor Gomia, Jessica Horton, Kamillah Lewis, Dyremple Marsh, Noureddine Melikechi, Marlene Saunders and Charlie Wilson. The team incorporated the suggestions that resulted in the final mission for approval.  

DSU's Ilona Figat Receives Entrepreneurship Ed Award

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    Ilona M. Figat has been named a 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator.     Ilona M. Figat, an enterprise consultant for the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED) at Delaware State University, has been named the 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator at the 29th annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Ms. Figat received the award in recognition of her outstanding service in the field of entrepreneurship education.   Since joining the DCED in 2000, Ms. Figat has been engaged in numerous entrepreneurship education endeavors. She created the Child Care Business Training Program at the DCED, and its success made her a key player in April 2011 among other child care stakeholders in the convening of the first-ever Child Care Business Conference at DSU that attracted more than 150 caregivers.   She is currently the director of a new initiative, the Mobile Entrepreneurship Training that is designed to transport a Mobile Training Classroom into rural and underserved areas to provide entrepreneurship training. This new initiative will be unveiled in January 2012.   In addition over the years, Ms. Figat has provided entrepreneurship training at the House of Pride of Dover, the Morris Correctional Facility, Coverdale Crossroads, and has conducted workshops and one-on-one consultant for the benefit of many in the state of Delaware. She has also given presentations to various agencies of throughout the First State, including the Financial Literacy Institute and the Money School.   Ms. Figat also established and directs the Small Business Institute – a program matching students with small business owners to develop case studies. She is also intimately involved with the DCED’s Junior Entrepreneurship in Training youth program.