June 2013


DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp Teaches Creativity and Proper Conduct

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Young artists of the DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp stand with their group assemblage work, which they titled "Beautiful Butter Belongings." From l-r, Sydne Jenkins, Terri Crawford, Aurora Lai and Ian Lai.

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Arts and Etiquette Camp member Ian Lai works on a portrait. DSU Arts and Etiquette Camp recently complete its one-week session with children from grades 3-6, providing them with the opportunity to engage their hearts, minds and bodies. While enhancing the youths’ creativity, self-discipline and self-esteem that is necessary for other areas in life, the June 24-28 camp was a hands-on art experience that educated the children in the various art forms while fostering a lifelong appreciation for the arts. The youth also received pearls of wisdom about etiquette, as well as the proper conduct and protocol in various social situations. The week-long camp ended with an Afternoon Tea/Art Exhibit on the last day of class where each student demonstrated the lessons learned.

2013 President's Society Reception -- Photo Slideshow

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(L-r) DSU President Harry L. Williams, NASCAR driver David Starr hold a display check to DSU presented by John Ridgeway, corporate manager of Toyota, during the May 30 President's Society Reception in the MLK Student Center.

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DSU took time out to honor some of its faithful supporters as it held its 2013 President’s Society Reception on May 30 in the Martin Luther King Student Center. Under the theme “Racing for Scholarship” and coinciding with NASCAR weekend in Dover, the reception was supported by the Toyota Corporation, the premier sponsor event. The event was in honor of President’s Society-level supporters – donors who give $1,000 or more annually. For images from the event, click on the below photo slideshow:

DSU President Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Alma Mater

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DSU President Harry L. Williams has been honored by his alma mater, Appalachian State University, with its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his achievements during his 23-year higher education career.   Dr. Williams was presented the award on June 8 during a ceremony at the Boone, N.C. university. The award is given annually to an Appalachian graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her career field and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in the community. Dr. Harry L. Williams is honored by his alma mater, Appalachian State University, where he earned his bachelor and master degrees.   Dr. Williams was described in the ceremony program as “a first-generation college student and a fierce advocate for higher education and for those hoping to pursue a college degree.” It also noted the numerous accomplishments that have taken place at DSU in his first 3½ years as president, including the research portfolio expansion, the University’s rise in HBCU rankings to 13th, as well as the leadership he has shown in testifying to a U.S. Senate committee on the escalating costs of higher education, student debt and what the federal government can do to make college more affordable for all Americans.   A native of Greenville, N.C., Dr. Williams credits Appalachian for providing him with a strong foundation for success. “I can tie all the wonderful things that have happened in my life back to Appalachian State University,” Williams said. “While Harry may physically be in another state, his roots and his heart are here at Appalachian,” said Director of ASU Parent and Family Services Traci Royster.     Susan McCracken, director of ASU External Affairs, added “He credits his mentors here – faculty, supervisors, staff and colleagues – with providing him with the skills and experiences he needed to test his wings, then to fly. We are all so proud that he is an Appalachian State University alumnus.”   At Appalachian State, Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Media, and an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education, Administration. He then went on to earn an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.   After graduating from Appalachian, he became its vice chancellor for Enrollment Services. He later served with the UNC General Administration as interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs and then interim senior associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. The latter allowed him to focus on access and outreach for all 17 campuses in the UNC system.   Dr. Williams began the DSU portion of his career story in 2008 when he was hired as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs   He began his tenure as the 10th president in DSU history in 2010.

DSU Reaches Agreement to Lease Sheraton with Option to Buy

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With an eye toward its growing enrollment and increased housing needs, Delaware State University has reached an agreement with K.W. Lands, LLC to lease a DuPont Highway The Sheraton facility will be turned over to DSU by July 27 and will be a residential facility for students beginning in the upcoming fall semester. hotel facility near the DSU campus. The property – the Sheraton Hotel, located about a quarter-mile north of the campus – will provide the University with additional residential space for students as DSU embarks on a plan to renovate and upgrade existing residential halls on campus. The hotel facility will be used to house students while residential halls are being modernized over time. The newly leased facility will also provide the University with swing space for other buildings that are being modernized in the future, as well as a possible site for its future Early College High School that has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education. The University has entered into a $12 million, 15-year lease agreement with the owners of the Sheraton Hotel with an option to buy any time after the end of the second year. During its regular meeting on June 13, the DSU Board of Trustees authorized University officials to move ahead in finalizing the lease agreement. Once finalized, the effective date of the lease agreement is expected to be no later than July 27. DSU President Harry L. Williams said DSU’s growth in enrollment and programs is expected to continue, and the opportunity to lease and possibly purchase the Sheraton Hotel will give the University greater flexibility in its future housing renovations and other program needs. Amir Mohammadi, vice president and University treasurer, led the negotiations on behalf of DSU toward the Sheraton agreement. “We are putting a plan in place to upgrade our residential halls with needed maintenance as well as install amenities that are expected by today’s students.” Dr. Williams said. “As we move forward with those plans, this hotel facility will become a University housing facility where students can reside while residential halls are taken off-line for renovation work to be done.” The negotiations with the owners of the Sheraton were led on behalf of the University by Amir Mohammadi, DSU executive vice president and University treasurer. Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, DSU Board of Trustees chairman, said the lease/purchase agreement is consistent with the future direction of the University. “The opportunities that the Sheraton property affords us are in line with our current vision statement as well as our emerging strategic and master plans for the coming decade,” Dr. Smith said. “It is a public/private partnership which will be a win-win for DSU, the city of Dover and Kent County, as its will expand DSU’s presence as an educational destination.” The current 135,500-square foot Sheraton Hotel sits on a 6½-acre property and contains 153 lodging rooms and 15 meeting/conference rooms.