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Shout Outs

Columbia University HBCU Fellowship Program

The Columbia University HBCU Fellowship Program is focused on recruiting the top students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to offer fellowships for graduate study. This program specifically targets students who demonstrate academic excellence and professional promise. The application process was arduous, including two separate submissions of multiple essays, as well as video presentations.

I am pleased to announce that three students who majored in Public Health within the Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences, have been accepted into Columbia’s graduate program!

  • Donah Opande was accepted into the MS Non- Profit Management Program and awarded the HBCU Fellowship.  She will be a 2021 Columbia University Fellow!
  • Amahd Young & Ereny Meshreky were accepted into the Columbia University Master’s Program

All three of these students are amazing representatives of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and we are quite proud of them!  I, also, want to recognize Dr. Amy Gootee-Ash who worked tirelessly with the applicants to ensure that their submission packets accurately represented their excellence.  Please join me in giving the awardees and their Mentor a “Shout Out!”

One voice together, 2019 machc annual conference

On Monday, September 30th, 10 students from the Department of Psychology and the Public Health Program in the Department of Public & Allied Health Sciences, along with two faculty representatives, Mrs. Marcille Sewell and Dr. Karin Gladney attended the Mid Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference “One Voice Together” in Cambridge, Maryland.  Students attended sessions on LGBTQ Health Disparities, HIV/PrEP, and had the opportunities to network with consortium members.

2019 MACHC Annual Conference

2019 Go Red

Nursing Students at the “2019 Southern Delaware Go Red for Women Luncheon!”  They gave free blood pressure checks to attendees.

2019 Go Red

Exercise is Medicine Month

Walk at Lunch

Thursday, April 20th was DSU Walk at Lunch Day.  In addition to participants, student volunteers from the Public and Allied Health Organization (PAHO) displayed motivational signs during the approximately 1 mile walk.

Walking at Lunch

Jobs Skills Competition

On Tuesday, April 11th DSU hosted the Get S.E.T. Jobs Skills Competition for Junior Achievement.  Students from the College of Education, Health and Public Policy served as judges, tabulators and rooting sections. 

Jobs Skills Competition


Wednesday, November 2, was the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the CEHPP Food Pantry, making us the first institution of higher education in the state of Delaware to provide this service to our students. The ceremony included comments by DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams; Mr. Harry Keswani, founder of the Harry K. Foundation and sponsor of the Food Pantry; Ms. Patricia Beebe, president and CEO of the Food Bank of DE; and Dr. Marshá T. Horton, dean of the College of Education, Health and Public Policy. This need was identified by Ms. Amy Goote-Ash, instructor, Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences. Her vision, which was funded by a generous donation from the Harry K. Foundation, and facilitated by the Food Bank of Delaware, was implemented by a team of faculty, staff, and students including, but not limited to, Chaplain Pamela Adams, Ms. Patrice Elder, Mrs. Susan Kelly, Ms. Angela Shorter, Dr. Erica Taylor, Dr. Hazel Beaumont, Dr. Jacqueline Washington, and Mrs. Lynn McGinnis. 

Through the DSU Food Pantry – located in the John R. Price Building on campus – food insecure Delaware State University students will be able to access emergency food and hygiene products by visiting the food pantry. The new pantry will offer a variety of nutritious food products and hygiene items. Students will select food based on their needs. Food for the pantry will be provided by the Food Bank of Delaware and school-wide food drives or community donations.

In addition, DSU hosted the Mobile Food Pantry. Students were able to get everything from cookies to chicken! The pantry was staffed by the following student volunteers, Jordan Dupree, Keith Allen, Rodney Bennett, Shatiek Billups, Edward Hurley, Dukens Jean-Marie, Donte Moten, Kristina Jenkins, Nicolette Gross, Beverlyn Ongeri, Najah Smith, and Amber Hunt.

Thanks to all who helped to make this day special.  We look forward to a long partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware and the Harry K Foundation.

Food Pantry – Price Room 208

On Friday, October 7, there was a soft opening for the food pantry. Chaplain Pam and the 4 interns opened the pantry from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and had 75 students walk through the door! The Food Bank expected us to have ten participants and no more than 20 - we definitely moved product!  This coming week we will not be open; Chaplain Pam and the students will be completing an evaluation of the process and experience – they did a phenomenal job! We will be open the following week and will have an electronic announcement together.   

Heart Walk

On Saturday, October 22, despite the cold and rain, the HFLO (Health and Fitness Leaders Organization) and a team sponsored by the Delaware Center for Health Promotion (Marianne Carter) participated as part of the DSU Heart Walk Team for the 3.1 mile Southern DE Heart Walk. The HFLO team raised $130 and the Carter team raised $1,358. Kudos for braving the bad weather.

Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

The Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF) in October honored the fourth Hercules Scholar selected by Delaware State University – William Justice, the eighth child in his family, and a future medical doctor who plans to serve in marginalized underrepresented communities. He has other big plans, too. Visit the Tom Joyner Foundation website to read more about his past and his future.

The Hercules Scholarship – formerly the Brotha’s On the Move Scholarship – is now named after Tom Joyner’s late father Hercules L. Joyner. This scholarship embodies and celebrates successful male students attending HBCUs. Students selected for this scholarship must exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community services. They must be a male, enrolled as a full-time student and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. All students are selected to be Hercules Scholars through the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month program. The students are also announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show every Thursday.