September 2012


DSU Arts Center/Gallery Exhibits Works of George Lorio

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George Lorio, an DSU associate professor of art, has 13 sculpture and installation works on display at the University's Arts Center/Gallery until Sept. 21.

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Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery is featuring the work of art faculty member George Lorio in a show entitled “Current Work” until Sept. 21. The exhibition at the Arts Center/Gallery – located inside the first floor entrance of the William C. Jason Library on campus – is free and open to the public. Mr. Lorio, an associate professor in the DSU Art Program, is exhibiting 13 sculpture and installation artworks in the show. His works express his views on a variety of social issues. The artist and his works will be honored during a reception from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Arts Center/Gallery. Mr. Lorio will also share insights as an artist into his work during a gallery talk at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 also at the Arts Center/Gallery. Mr. Lorio is starting his second year as a DSU faculty member. He came to DSU from Texas where he taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He teaches 3D design, 2D design, ceramics and drawing courses.

DSU's Employee Recognition Ceremony -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) Chief Harry Downes Jr., James Whitaker, Rhonda Holt, Dr. Cherese Winstead, Erin Hill, Nyonohpyne Ethel Harris, Keith Coleman, Gerre Depp and Brenda Farmer were the celebrated award recipients at this year's Employee Recognition Ceremony.

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DSU held its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Sept. 27 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. For images of the event, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the awardees: The following persons were presented the Vice President Choice Award: Chief Harry Downes Jr. of Public Safety, James Whitaker of the Office of Testing, Rhonda Holt of the Office of Financial Aid Services, Cherese Winstead of the Department of Chemistry, Erin Hill of the Office of Admissions, Nyonohpyne Ethel Harris of Custodial Services, Crystal Canon of the Payroll Office, Gerre Depp of the Office of the Provost, and Brenda Farmer of the Division of Institutional Advancement. The recipient of the Inspire Excellence Award was Keith Coleman of Residential Education.

DSU Fan Tent at UD Game -- Photo Slideshow

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UD President Patrick Harker, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and DSU President Harry L. Williams get together before the start of the Sept. 8 DSU vs. University of Delaware game in Newark.

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The Hornet faithful gathered at the DSU Fan Tent for great fellowship, food and music prior to the Sept. 8 DSU vs. UD game. For images from the DSU Fan Tent, click on the below photo slideshow. Photos by Carlos Holmes

Three College of Ag & Related Science Faculty Awarded Grants

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          Dr. Sathya Elavarthi Three faculty members in DSU’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences recently received funding through the USDA Capacity Building Grant Program. Dr. Sathya Elavarthi, assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received a grant titled,  “Integrating Agricultural and Cultural Experiences in Student Training: A Study Abroad Program to Ghana,” in the amount of  $299,975.  “This is an excellent opportunity for DSU students to gain international experience and the best part is the grant will pay for travel expenses for all selected students,” Dr. Elavarthi said. This grant will expand the limited study-abroad choices usually available to minority students by providing participants with opportunities for direct interaction with individuals and institutions involved in Ghanaian Dr. Rose Ogutu, a horticulture specialist for the DSU Cooperative Extension and a grant recipient, works in a high tunnel at DSU's Outreach and Research Center, which is used to extend the growing season of crops. agriculture. Through this program, undergraduate students will learn about and appreciate the culture, agriculture and economy of Ghana, while gaining workforce preparedness in global agriculture. Delaware horticulture crop growers are facing growing demand from consumers for locally produced foods and increased concern about the environmental impacts of agriculture. In response, Dr. Rose Ogutu, State Horticulture specialist for Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, received funding for her grant, “Increasing Horticulture Based Outreach and Extension Program Activities by Delaware Cooperative Extension,” in the amount of  $247,230. This project will help local growers improve their production techniques and yields by providing them with greater access to agriculture demonstrations, including organic production, and season extension models at the DSU Outreach and Research Center in Smyrna. Growers will also learn the value of networking, using direct marketing, and developing an electronic and social media presence to help promote their products. “Six acres of land at the Outreach and Research center will be converted to organic production for this purpose,” says Dr. Ogutu. “DSU Cooperative Extension will supply our clientele a diverse set of resources to help them sustain profitable and environmentally friendly enterprises.”  Dr. Kalpalatha Melmaiee, research scientist in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received $149,000 to fund her grant titled, “On-farm Training Program for Students from Non-farm Backgrounds.”  This program targets students majoring in agriculture fields who come from non-farm backgrounds,providing them with field-based experiences that will enrich their knowledge.                        Dr. Kalpalatha Melmaiee  “Hands-on field experiences will provide students with the skills and experiences that are hard to acquire through classroom education,” says Dr. Melmaiee. “Students selected for this summer program will work closely with local farmers and also take part in field trips and workshops.” This on-farm training program will support 24 summer internships to CARS students over the next three years. This program will help strengthen the partnerships among farmers, K-12 institutions and land grant colleges. Additionally, the grant will also establish a first generation club and a student resource center in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at DSU, providing students with the guidance and resources needed to succeed in their studies and prepare them for their careers.  

DSU to Hold Annual President's Prayer Breakfast Sept. 21

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               Rev. Rita Paige Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams will host the second annual President’s Prayer Breakfast under the theme of “Family, Friends, Faith: Bridging Our Communities,” at 7 a.m. Friday Sept. 21 in the second floor parlors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m.   The guest speaker will be Rev. Rita Paige, the pastor of the historic Star Hill AME Church near Camden, Del. She is also the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, who served as the president of then-Delaware State College for 27 years from 1960-1987.                 Tammy Trout   The Prayer Breakfast will feature music from nationally known contemporary Christian and gospel recording artist Tammy Trout, who is also the music director at The Pentecostals of Dover Church in Dover. Music will also be provided by DSU Prayer Breakfast Choir, a group of faculty, staff and students formed especially for this event.   Several other clergy members from throughout Delaware will also participate in the Prayer Breakfast program.   Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.desu.edu/administration/save-dates  or by calling (302) 857-6057.  

DSU Moves Up to 13th in the Annual HBCU Rankings

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Delaware State University has moved up to 13th among 80 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report. DSU President Harry L. Williams said he expects DSU to continue moving up in the rankings in the future as well.   DSU was tied last year with South Carolina State University for 15th place and this year surpassed that school (this year 14th) as well as moved passed Elizabeth City University, which dropped to a 20th  tie with Morgan State University.   Among Mid-Atlantic Region schools, DSU joins Howard University (2nd), Hampton University (4th) and Morgan State (20th) that made the top 20 HBCUs in the 2013 ranking.   DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the elevation of the University from 15th to 13th validates that the University is moving in the right direction, but also challenges the institution to work hard to continue moving up in the rankings in the upcoming years.   “The schools that are currently ahead of us are not doing anything that we aren’t capable of doing -- and in many areas DSU is already accomplishing,” Dr. Williams said. “The University will continue to strive diligently to build on the great success of our recent affirmation of DSU’s accreditation and continue to make best practices the standard in carrying out our institutional mission.”   The DSU president added, “As DSU consistently does that, our rise in this HBCU ranking will continue.”   When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22, and then rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010, before rising to 15th last year.     The HBCU rankings are based on the following categories to assess academic quality: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.   Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga., is ranked as the No. 1 HBCU in the country by the magazine, a top distinction it has held since 2008. Spelman is followed by No. 2 Howard University and No. 3 Morehouse College.  

Poverty Tour 2.0 -- Photos Slideshow

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(L-r) Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley brought their Sept. 13 Poverty Tour 2.0 event to DSU's Memorial Hall Gymnasium before a crowd of about 1,700.

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It was an historic evening at Delaware State University as the institution hosted a stop by noted TV and radio talk show Tavis Smiley and eminent intellectual and author Dr. Cornel West, who brought their Poverty Tour 2.0 to the campus on Sept. 13. Not to be accused of shying away from the general African American thought with respect to the upcoming presidential election, both renowned speakers challenged the incumbent President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney to stop ignoring the problem of poverty in their campaign discourse. For images from the Poverty Tour 2.0 at DSU, see the below photo slideshow. Photos by Carlos Holmes:

DSU President Appoints Dr. Teresa Hardee as VP of Finance

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DSU President Harry L. Williams announced today that he has appointed Dr. Teresa Hardee as the University’s new vice president of finance.             Dr. Teresa Hardee   In her DSU post, Dr. Hardee will oversee and manage the day-to-day fiscal operations of the University, including budget, payroll, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, contracting, fiscal planning, banking, investment reporting, procurement, cash management, housekeeping, maintenance, deferred maintenance and facilities.   Dr. Hardee will report directly to the DSU president and work closely with Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer. Mr. Mohammadi – who now works as part of the Office of the President – is responsible for the oversight of enterprise risk management, institutional research planning and analysis, academic and international program fiscal planning, human resources, information technology and other areas.   Dr. Hardee arrives at DSU after serving the last five years as the chief financial officer and vice president for Administrative and Financial Services at Florida A&M University.   Prior to that, Dr. Hardee served as the assistant vice chancellor for budgets and financial planning from 2003 to 2007 and as the director of internal audit from 2002 to 2003, both at North Carolina Central University. She also held a succession of posts for the state of North Carolina as an investment accounting manager for the Department of State Treasurer (North Carolina), as a state auditor and as an advanced state management analyst from 1996 to 2002.   Dr. Williams said Dr. Hardee is a “first-rate talent” and he is “delighted” to have her as part of the DSU leadership team.   “This is an exciting opportunity to have someone with Dr. Teresa Hardee’s experience working with our finance staff,” Dr. Williams said. “She has been a state auditor, university auditor and served as a CFO at Florida A&M, where she oversaw a budget of over $492 million. She has done it all.”   Mr. Mohammadi, who served as the chair of the search committee, said with the University embarking on the construction of a new optics research facility, moving toward the future establishment of a new Wilmington area satellite site and continuing its ongoing energy saving upgrades on campus, this was a critical appointment.   “As a seasoned finance professional, Dr. Hardee will hit the ground running on day one,” said Mr. Mohammadi. “There is nothing that we have going on at DSU that she hasn’t encountered in her depth of financial experience.”   Dr. Hardee's first day in the finance leadership post will be on Oct. 1.    

Dr. A. Richard Barros Named Trustee Emeritus

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In 1977, A. Richard Barros decided one way he could fulfill his desire to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice would be to serve on the DSU Board of Trustees. He felt that then-Delaware State College was not Board Vice Chair David G. Turner presents Trustee Emeritus Resolution to Dr. A. Richard Barros being treated fairly and that he could help reverse that trend. Then-Gov. Pierre duPont took him at his word, and appointed him to be on the DSC board. Dr. Barros recently ended his 3½-decade tenure on the DSU Board of Trustees, which has honored him by unanimously approving a resolution that elects him as trustee emeritus. The honor was bestowed on Dr. Barros during the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 13, two weeks after he stepped down from his 35 years of service as a trustee as a result of term limits that were established this year by the board. Dr. Claiborne D. Smith, board chair, praised Dr. Barros for his outstanding service and noted that the trustee emeritus was particularly helpful to him over the years. “He was a personal mentor to me when I first came on the board,” Dr. Smith said. “His encouragement over the years helped keep my energy level very high in terms of work on the board.” Dr. Barros said it has been a pleasure to work with his fellow trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students in the positive development of the institution. “I am so proud of where DSU is at this point,” Dr. Barros said. “We have accomplished a great deal, and I have never felt better about this University than I do now. “ After his initial 1977 appointment to the board, he was reappointed by Gov. duPont and Gov. Michael N. Castle for additional terms of office until 1994. Around that time, Dr. Barros determined that he wanted his service on the board to be free from dependence on political appointments, and he asked to be appointed by the board. He would remain a board appointment through his remaining 18 years as a trustee. During his tenure, Dr. Barros has served as a board vice chairman, as a longtime chair of the Education Policy Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Student Affairs, and the former Trustees Faculty committees. Among his many important contributions to the University were: his service on the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee and assistance in the writing of the self-study that led to the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation in 2002;  his service as a member of three presidential search committees;  and his 18 years on the University’s federally mandated Internal Review Board, which reviewed all of the institution’s research and studies to protect the welfare and treatment of research subjects. It was the result of Dr. Barros’ initiative that bi-annual meetings were established in the mid-2000s between the board’s Education Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the DSU Faculty Senate. Dr. Barros’ service to the institution even extended to the classroom where he served as an adjunct associate professor of aviation science at the University. As DSU board member, Dr. Barros has served as a presenter at national conferences of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges covering the subjects  of  “University Security and Premise’s Liability” and “How to Avoid Litigation at a University.” The institution recognized his many contributions to the University in 1991 by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Law. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Barros represented DSU and its board well as an active participant in community affairs and charitable causes. Dr. Barros recently retired from a long and distinguished career as an attorney and lead partner in the law firm of Barros McNamara Malkiewicz & Taylor, P.A.; and In addition to recognizing Dr. Barros for many of the abovementioned accomplishments and dedicated service, the resolution approved by the board on Sept. 13 also noted, “During his long service on the Board, Dr. Barros has demonstrated great dedication and collegiality and has provided highly valued counsel to the deliberations of the Board.”

Brenda Farmer Honored as 2012 Black Achiever

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DSU turned out in support of Brenda Farmer's Black Achiever honor. Seated are (l-r) Dr. Mabel Morrison, Ms. Farmer's son Amillion Mayfield, Brenda Farmer, Allen Ward; (standing l-r) Jane Downs, Dr. Marshall Stevenson along with his wife Lynda, and Germaine Cheatham.

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Jeff Johnson, White House correspondent, presents DSU's Brenda Farmer with a 2012 Black Achiever Award. Mr. Johnson was the keynote speaker. Brenda Farmer, DSU director of Events and Ceremonies, constantly makes the University shine with the way she organizes a wide variety of programs on campus. On Sept. 19 it was Ms. Farmer’s turn to shine as she was honored as a 2012 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 Sept. 19 ceremony, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, paid tribute to 20 such achievers, including Ms. Farmer. Jeff Johnson, investigative reporter, White House correspondent and social activist, was the featured speaker of the event. “Brenda Farmer coordinates and choreographs many of the major events on campus, giving her creative touch that represents the University so well,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, DSU president. “She constantly makes DSU look good to the public and is therefore instrumental in the connection DSU maintains with the communities in Dover and throughout Delaware.” Ms. Farmer is a Delaware State University Hornet through and through. She has earned a BA in Mass Communications and a Master of Social Work, both from DSU. A 19-year-employee of the University, after working in a number of administrative professional positions, Ms. Farmer spent some time in the Office of Admissions where achieved celebrity status with prospective and new students and their families through her campus tours and her Parent Bus Tours of Dover. It is estimated that Ms. Farmer helped introduce the campus and the local Dover area to more than 10,000 students and their parents. In her current post, Ms. Farmer works in the University’s Division of Institutional Advancement. “Brenda is an exceptional event planner and never fails to amaze and wow us with her creative energy,” said Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “She is truly DSU’s secret marketing weapon!” Ms. Farmer is the recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal, as well as several DSU Employee of the Year awards. She is also known for her volunteer work and social work assistance in the Dover community.

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