29th May2016

Saida Dorsey – Delaware State University – 2014

by Staff

“DSU (Delaware State University) is in a suburban area so it is not much around but there were so many things to do during the week. The Student Government Association is very strong so there are so many leadership opportunities available.”

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Proud HBCU Alum, Saida Dorsey of Delaware State University Class of 2014|Image Credit: Saida Dorsey

Name
Saida Dorsey

Your HBCU?
Delaware State University

Graduation Year?
2014

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Washington, DC. I was introduced to HBCU’s through watching ” Different World.” One of my parents went to an HBCU. I wanted that experience. I began to believe from the stories I was told that HBCU’s help to prepare their students for life. HBCUs help to build strong character and leadership in their students.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I choose an HBCU over a pwi because felt more comfortable to really express myself in an environment that will allow me to cultivate my leadership skills by empowering me to be the best person I can be. I have always desired to attend an HBCU. I know the experience is more than what is seen in the media. I also learned a college experience is what you make it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I choose Health Promotion because I wanted to work in health care, but not directly in a clinical environment. I wanted to help people improve their lives through education and motivation. I wanted people to understand that their personal health is under their control and that the doctor should not be the only one managing their health.

What is the story of your “experience” at Delaware State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience was very interesting. I started college not really wanting to get involved in anything. My sophomore year, I joined so many organizations, I became overwhelmed at times , but I was very happy and I enjoyed it.

DSU is in a suburban area so it is not much around but there were so many things to do during the week. The Student Government Association is very strong so there are so many leadership opportunities available. New organizations are/were created every school year.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My ” first time” attending homecoming was very enjoyable. I do not remember every ” first time” experience but I know that I enjoyed every new experience I had whether it was attending a campus church service, a program for a different organization, and elections.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Assistant Professor Sangeeta Gupta, MBBS, MPH, MD

Assistant Professor Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, MBBS, MPH, MD of DSU|Image Credit: desu.edu

The professors that impacted may not all be still teaching at my HBCU. Dr. Fralinger, made me feel empowered about health promotion.

Ms. Beverly, she made me feel confident about my ability to achieve great things. Dr. Gupta and Dr. Thornton, were professors in my major that made feel confident that health promotion was a career path I could do.

Questions about Delaware State? Or being a Health Promotion Major? Ask Saida!

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24th Apr2016

Latiya Griffin – Delaware State University – 2007

by Staff

“My first experiences at an HBCU were seeing Greek life, the importance of Homecoming and banding together as a family in good times and bad times.”

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Proud Delaware State Alum Latiya Griffin, Class of 2007|Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Name
Latiya Griffin

Your HBCU?
Delaware State University

Graduation Year?
2007

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Philadelphia so I didn’t know much about DSU while in high school. One of my classmates decided to apply, so I took the initiative to learn more about DSU, applied and was excited when I received my acceptance letter! I started in the Spring of 2003.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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Latiya Griffin and her Girls at a Premiere social event!| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Honestly “A Different World” and the movie “School Daze” inspired me to attend an HBCU. The culture of HBCU’s are like none other. I learned so much more about OUR history than I ever could in high school. The lifelong bonds I’ve developed as a result of attending DSU have truly been the best years of my life.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I majored in Mass Communication concentration Print Journalism with a minor in English. I loved to write and wanted to become a successful journalist much like my late mentor Michael J. Feeney.

What is the story of your “experience” at Delaware State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

We have a slogan at DSU “Making Our Mark On The World” and a motto of “DSU Mass Comm: We All We Got!” Our school is small yet alumni like Blake Saunders, Tony Anderson, Brian “B.Dot” Miller and Michael J. Feeney helped put our university on the map. We are in the same ranks as Howard University and Hampton University in my opinion. Our school is on the move!

“First time” experiences at Delaware State?

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The late Michael J. Feeney (Rest In Power), Tony Anderson and Latiya Griffin at an event| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

My first experiences at an HBCU were seeing Greek life, the importance of Homecoming and banding together as a family in good times and bad times.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Latiya Griffin in full graduation garb at her Commencement Day in 2007| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Professors that impacted me were: Dr. Hagos, Dr. Young, Dr. Skeltcher, Dr. Brown and Dr. Jackson just to name a few. All of the professors I’ve mentioned pushed me to my fullest potential in life because they believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.

Questions about DSU? Being a Mass Comm major? Ask Latiya!

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08th Mar2013

Delilah Berkley – Delaware State University ’13

by Staff

Born in Columbus, Georgia and daughter to a strong father (RIP) and mother, Management Information Systems major Delilah Berkley of the Class of 2013 at Delaware State University sits down with us to share her HBCU Experience.


Update: 

Ms. Berkley has recently crossed and is now a member of DST aka the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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Del. State Alum Delilah Berkley, displaying the symbol of her sorority. DST!

—–TOPICS COVERED——- Interview TimeLine

00:08 – Hometown/First hearing about HBCUs
00:38 – The High School Years
01:17 – HS Colleagues attending Del State
01:54 – Choosing an HBCU over a pwi
02:32 – Becoming a student
03:07 – Overcoming the College Jitters
03:49 – The Transformation from HS to College
04:23 – Choosing Management Information Systems as a major
05:11 – Helpful Del State Alumni
05:27 – Great Professors
07:05 – Internship Experience
07:37 – Delaware State University HBCU Experience
09:08 – Good People to know at Career Services
09:58 – Best Restaurants
11:45 – Proudest Moment
12:59 – Pledging
14:15 – Campus Activities
15:57 – Tips for Freshwomen and Freshmen
17:20 – Del State Yard
18:10 – The Game – ManHunt
18:40 – Historical Spots on Campus
19:30 – Ghost Stories
19:48 – College “Firsts”
21:37 – Getting through Hardships
23:18 – Words of Wisdom for the Youth
23:50 – Interview Wrap-Up
23:59 – Interview Extra
24:33 – Natural Hair

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10th Nov2011

Master “ML” Brown – Delaware State University

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“My story is REDEMPTION coming from where Im from alot of people do not go to college and in high-school i was never a good student and always one that people thought would never make it but i proved everyone wrong by coming to college and not only am I active on campus but I maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.”

Class Of 2013

Major: Psychology Major with a Social Work Minor

Personal Contacts:


How did you decide to become a student at Delaware State University ?

The Baltimore, Maryland Skyline Credit: Soul of America

Coming from Baltimore Md I wanted to go to an HBCU that wasn’t in the state of Maryland but also wasn’t to far incase i needed to go home and DSU was the perfect fit.

What professors at Delaware State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

I would have to say without a doubt Dr. Issa.

Dr. Issa, the students' professor Credit: Visions and Victories

This man truly cares about the students and can relate to us. However I also feel that he is being taken for granted and over looked and may be one of those people that does not get full recognition until he is no longer with our institution sadly.

Co-Author of "The Origin of the Word Amen" - Credit Sons of Ra

(In addition, Dr. Issa is a consultant for Sinclair Skinner, co-author of “The Origin of The Word Amen”, Graduate of Howard University, author of “The call for African American Sovereignty”, a speaker at the Melanin Mixer promoting “Libraries For Africa”, has been featured on the Assata Shakur Forums, and so much more)

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Delaware State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My story is REDEMPTION coming from where Im from alot of people do not go to college and in high-school i was never a good student and always one that people thought would never make it but i proved everyone wrong by coming to college and not only am I active on campus but I maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Believe it or not DSU is a small campus things like that usually have no choice but to be done in the privacy of your room.

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

Coming to college you will learn that you eat what you can.

La Tolteca on North Dupont is looking pretty good! Credit: Urban Spoon

Luckily thou we have a mexican restaurant as well as checkers on campus not to mention everything from Wendy’s to Taco Bell right up the street.

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

D-D-D-D-S-S-S-S-U-U-U-U- DSU I Thought you knew it!!!!!

Who is your College crush?

Its alot of female who have caught my eye this semester

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

By realizing everyone felt the same way I did and that we all eventually have to get over it.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

I am a psychology major with a social work minor upon graduation I plan to stay at DSU for my MSW (masters in social work) and then go on to another institution for my PhD. I choose that major because I like to relate as well as counsel people with their problems.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Delaware State University?

My proudest moment was making the Deans List for Spring 11 where I received a 3.5

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Delaware State University?

Luckily i haven’t had any

How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

A Member of the Rotaract Club with the governor of the state of delaware Credit: Delaware Governor

I am a member of the Rotaract Club (Community Service Chair) I run a mentoring program on campus I am a member of the NAACP and i throw other free events for the campus to come out to. (An article featuring the Rotaract Club)

Where is the “yard” located?

On the freshman side of campus

What and where are the historical places on campus?

A Great Book chronicling the history of Delaware State University Credit: Tower Books

In my opinion every building in DSU is historical and rich with history

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I did receive my first F in college there is no shame in that but I quickly took that over and received a B the second time around.

Describe a situation from your life where this proverb came to life or occurred “The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.”

I do not exactly understand that quote but what I can say however is I thank god everyday for the upbringing my mother gave me because it has allowed me to be able to be independent and strong while on this campus

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

I pray, i pray and i pray i leave it all in gods hands if its meant to be I know it will be.

 

Nubian King Master Brown, we thank you for taking time from your exciting collegiate life to enlighten us about the great HBCU Experience to be had at Delaware State University. Even moreso, thank you for introducing the world to Dr. Issa and all of the positive contributions he has given to the world and the local community in Dover. And finally, thank you for not listening to your detractors when you were in high school and bringing more honour to your family by excelling at DSU. We are honored to share this earth with such a powerful spirit as yours and anything you need – remember this – we are in it together. As we grow so will you.

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14th Oct2011

Jessica Barnes – Delaware State University

by Staff

C/O 2012

Major: Hospitality and Tourism

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside Hitter

Jersey Number: 4

 “In order to be a successful volleyball player, one should increase their vertical [leap] and have good ball control skills.”

 

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Why did you choose Delaware State University?

To play volleyball on a full-ride scholarship and because of the location of the school

DSU is located in Dover, Delaware – Image Courtesy of BlackCollegeTV

 

What sports did you play in high school? Did they carry over to college?

I played volleyball and ran track in high school. Yes, volleyball carried over to college.

 

Have you ever been cut from a squad? If so, how did you handle it and bounce back?

Yes, I have been cut from a squad before and I handled it because I’m a go-getter.

 

What is the biggest game on your campus that everybody attends?

The biggest volleyball game our campus that everyone attends is the DSU vs. UMES game.

 

What kind of workout regime do you have?

We practice six days a week and lift weights twice a week.

Weight Lifter Stephanie Skater – Video courtesy of fitsk8chick

Weight Lifter Lakitta Johnson – Video credit to Ocala

 

What is some of the advice the coaches always give you?

My coaches always tell me that I need to show more aggression and demand more from my teammates.

 

How do you balance sports and your education?

I balance sports and my education by being very organized and making sure I complete all tasks on my “list.” It helps to have good time management skills.

 

What sports tips do you have for those in your sport?

In order to be a successful volleyball player, one should increase their vertical [leap] and have good ball control skills.

 

We have often heard of people using lists to prioritize their daily tasks. It must work given that you are about to graduate and you are still playing volleyball. Jessica we really appreciate you giving insight into the life of a student-athlete and we hope that some day you own your own hotel or resort chain (given your major). Thank you for your hard work and pursuing a collegiate career at such a great learning institution. (*headshot photo credited to Mike Baker)

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13th Oct2011

Bel Fakaosi – Delaware State University

by Staff

C/O 2013

Major: Integrated Studies

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Setter

Jersey Number: 5

“Volleyball is also a game of learning fundamentals and a game of making mistakes. Get the fundamentals down and learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes either. The most important part is to have fun when playing – that’s the reason I love the game.”

 

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Why did you choose Delaware State University?

To play volleyball on a full-ride scholarship

 

What sports did you play in high school? Did they carry over to college?

I played basketball, softball and volleyball. Volleyball is the sport I love and the reason why I’m here (besides education).

Bel Fakaosi returns the ball against Howard on Sept. 30 2011 - Photo by Bobby Parker

Have you ever been cut from a squad? If so, how did you handle it and bounce back?

No!

 

What is the biggest game on your campus that everybody attends?

Volleyball – whenever we play UMES (University of Maryland Eastern Shore) seems to be the biggest game from what I’ve heard – they’re our big rivals.

We found a game between DSU and UMES though it occurred a year or more before you enrolled. Luckily, the entire match was uploaded!
 

What kind of workout regime do you have?

We practice, lift and condition.

 

What is some of the advice the coaches always give you?

Just to do my job as a setter and to be a leader on the court. I am the one running the offense so I am told many times to be aggressive, talk and make right decisions when setting up my players.

Bel Fakaosi sets the ball at UMES on October 4, 2011 – Photo by Megan Raymond

 

How do you balance sports and your education?

It’s hard. I’m busy most of the time and just try to focus. The good thing about it is that although I hate waking up early, practice is out of the way and I have the rest of the day to worry about school and what I need to get done.

 

What sports tips do you have for those in your sport?

Just to work hard and try to be the best in what you do or better yourself in the position you are in. There is always room for improvement, room to become great and room to be greater. Being good should never be an option in all you do. Volleyball is also a game of learning fundamentals and a game of making mistakes. Get the fundamentals down and learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes either. The most important part is to have fun when playing – that’s the reason I love the game.

 

We thank you for your honesty and stepping up and being a leader for your team. We know it can’t be an easy job – but your advice goes a long way, especially when you speak about learning from your mistakes and mastering the basics. You truly are an inspiration Ms. Fakaosi and we thank you for spending time to share your student-athlete sports experience at your HBCU Delaware State. (*headshot photo credited to Mike Baker)

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12th Oct2011

Theresa Wappett – Delaware State University

by Staff

C/O 2013

Sport: Soccer

Major: Movement Science

Position: Midfield

Jersey Number: 9

“Don’t stop working towards your goals”

 

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What sports are you involved in at Delaware State University? What positions? What is your jersey number?

I play outside midfield for Delaware State University. My number is 9 after the great Alan Shearer.

 

 

What sports did you play in high school? Did they carry over to college?

Soccer and track & field. Soccer did but not track.

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Theresa Wappett goes after the ball against Binghamton on 8.21.11 – Action Photos credited to Megan Raymond
 

Have you ever been cut from a squad? If so, how did you handle it and bounce back?

Nope!

 

What is the biggest game on your campus that everybody attends?

Football (Homecoming)


 We hope we can attend a Homecoming some time in the near future between October 23 to October 30

 

What kind of workout regime do you have?

Sprint workouts out of season or light workouts during season

Some really good Speed training drills and exercises with resistance bands courtesy of Myotraining

 

What is some of the advice the coaches always give you?

Work hard and be mentally tough

 

How do you balance sports and your education?

It comes pretty easily to me but organization is key.

 

What sports tips do you have for those in your sport?

Don’t stop working towards your goals

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