The DSU Approaching Storm Band to perform in the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade

December 18, 2008

(Dover, Delaware) -  After performing in the state’s Returns Day Parade, Delaware State University Approaching Storm Marching Band’s election season musical work is not done, but instead will move to the presidential national stage.

The University received official notification from the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009 on Sunday that it has been chosen to be a part of the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

The parade will start sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and will start at Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street.

According to Randolph Johnson, DSU band director, approximately 110 students will perform at the parade. In addition to the band members, DSU’s Sweet 16 Flag Team and D’Elegance Dancers will also be a part of that performing contingent.

 “We are honored to be asked to be one of the representatives of the State of Delaware in the Presidential Inaugural Parade,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s a great honor and it is a testament to the hard work of the DSU band members as well as of the entire DSU family.”

The DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band’s existence dates back to 1902 when it began as a 10-piece brass band for the then-State College for Colored Students. Before long the band began making a name for itself and has continued its musical legacy over the last century.

Senior historian at the U.S. Holocaust Museum to speak at Delaware State University - Dec. 2

November 22, 2008

dr-peter-black-250.jpgDelaware State University Law Studies Program will host a guest lecture by Dr. Peter R. Black, senior historian of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, who will speak on the topic “From Kristallnacht to the Final Solution: The Fate of the German Jews” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building (College of Business).

 The lecture is free and open to the public.

The guest lecture commemorates the 70th anniversary Kristallnacht – “The Night of the Broken Glass” in late 1938 that marked the beginning of the Nazi’s campaign of violence and property confiscation against German Jews. During the two-day Kristallnacht, 92 Jews were murdered and more than 25,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. More than 200 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were ransacked.

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Delaware State awards its 1st Shalita Middleton scholarship recipient

November 7, 2008

Shalita Middleton
Jennifer I. Gray

 Delaware State University recently named junior DSU student Jennifer I. Gray as first recipient of the Shalita Middleton Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in memory of Shalita K. Middleton, a freshman DSU student from Washington D.C. who was slain in September 2007.
Ms. Gray is a 3.7 GPA nursing and forensic biology double major from East Orange, N.J. She has recently been inducted in the National Collegiate Honor Society, and she is also a Thurgood Marshall Scholar, New Jersey Advocates for Education Scholar and a Ronald McNair Scholar.
The daughter of Lillian Gray of Jersey City, N.J., Ms. Gray plans to go to graduate school to work toward becoming a forensic pathologist. In addition to pursuing academic excellence, she is also the President of DSU Chapter of the NAACP Unit 2718. She also serves as a tutor in anatomy, physiology and English.

Michelle Obama to Speak at Delaware State

January 30, 2008

0123641350085.jpgMichelle Obama, wife of presidential hopeful Barack Obama, will represent her husband and speak at Delaware State University on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on campus.The event is open to the public. The doors to the Education and Humanities Theatre will be opened at 2:30 p.m. (a half hour later then the previously announced time).

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