Delaware State University honored faculty and staff members at its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 8 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.

In addition to recognizing the employees who have reached the five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and

35-year marks of their time at DSU, the university celebrated Mable Morrison, associate professor of music, who reached her 55th year at the institution — the longest tenure of faculty service in the university’s 126-year history.

She was honored at the event by remarks from DSU board of trustees Chairwoman Wilma Mishoe; a presentation from Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen; and a musical performance by Marquita Richardson, a DSU music student accompanied by Lloyd Mallory, program director of music.

Stacy Downing, vice president of Student Affair, presented Vice President Choice Awards to Candy Young, director of Title IX; and Lt. Russell Smith of the DSU Police Department. Irene Hawkins, vice president of Human Resources, presented a VPCA to Beverly Brown, human resources generalist.

Vita Pickrum, vice president of Institutional Advancement, presented VPCAs

to Bryant T. Bell, director of Major Gifts; and Henrietta Savage, special assistant to the vice president and controller. Tony Allen, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs presented VPCAs to Alexa Silver, faculty fellow of Academic Affairs; and Bradley Skelcher, associate provost, who is retiring at the end of this year after 27 years with DSU.

Denese Lindsey, interim vice president of Finance and Administration, presented VPCAs to Crystal Canon, director of the Office of Payroll; and Jadeen Notice, director of the Office of Restricted Accounting.

In the Department of Athletics, Athletic Director Louis Perkins presented Athletic Director Choice Awards to Joel Welsh, head strength coach; and Dennis Jones, director of the Office of Sports Information.

The 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards recipients are Murali Temburni, assistant professor of biological sciences, Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching; Renu Tripathi, associate professor of physics and engineering, Faculty Excellence Award for Research; Mazen Shahin, professor of mathematics and director of the Alliance for Minority Participation at DSU, Faculty Excellence Award for Advising; and Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics and engineering, Faculty Excellence Award for Service.