Salisbury University Alumni Relations
Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report
Cynthia K. Phillips ’88, M’93
President, Salisbury University Alumni Association
Jayme Block ’97, M’99
Director, Alumni Relations
The events for Homecoming 2014 began on Tuesday, October 13th, with the Alumni Faculty and Staff Breakfast sponsored by the Alumni Association. This event was designed to thank the alumni who work at Salisbury University for their continued support of their Alma Mater. On Friday, the traditional Maroon & Gold (formerly Varsity Club) Golf Tournament raised substantial funds for the Maroon & Gold Club’s general fund, and in the evening, Darren Laocque '02 (soccer), Erik Martin '04 (Men's Lacrosse), Margie Medes Frasca '84 (Field Hockey), Andy Murray '04 (Men's Lacrosse) and Christine Sliger '04 (Women's Lacrosse) were inducted into the SU Athletics Hall of Fame. On Saturday, the Fourth Annual Alumni Pre-Game Barbeque was held adjacent to Sea Gull Stadium, with food and beverages, live music and various activities available for alumni and their families. Alumni from the classes of ’74, ‘79, ’84, ’89, ‘94,’04 and ’09 all had a presence at the event. This has become the signature event for Homecoming Weekend and continues to draw the most traffic. There were several successful reunions that took place over the course of the weekend. The Class of 1964 Reunion Luncheon celebrated the Class of 1964's 50th class reunion. The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative, Acadia 30th Anniversary Reunion and LAMBDA Society all had gatherings across campus.
Our alumni engagement for this past fiscal year included events in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Florida and New York, as well as electronic communication that have reached over 28,000 alumni.
Our alumni events include networking opportunities in various cities within five states as well as the District of Columbia, reunions that occur during Homecoming Week, athletic-team-specific reunions and club sport specific reunions that occur throughout the year.
Our electronic communication continued to increase this past year with the use of SU’s online community, Facebook, Linked-In, Instagram and general e-mails with the purpose of keeping our alumni informed and engaged while providing easy access to supporting the University. The Alumni office continues to send a monthly newsletter that provides valuable information for our alumni contingent and highlights our high achieving alumni.
The Salisbury University Alumni Board of Directors gave out seven awards at the winter 2014 Commencement. On Saturday, December 13th, Wesley Cox ’02 received the Young Alumni Achievement Award, Pat Lamboni ’78 received the Alumni Leadership Award, and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio ’99 was awarded the Service to Society Award.
Wesley Cox ’02 – Young Alumni Achievement Award
Earning his degree in business administration and information systems from SU in 2002, Cox is a senior advisor for Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate. Recently, he was named the Sperry Van Ness National Humanitarian of the Year, as well as the Wicomico Rotary Club's Rotarian of the Year. He also received the Maryland Association of Realtor's Community Service Award. In addition, he serves on a number of local boards of directors, including the Lower Shore American Red Cross and Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Career Advisory Board, and is a past president of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
Pat Lamboni ’78 – Alumni Leadership Award
Head athletic trainer at SU since 1982, Pat has mentored students and professionals for more than three decades, some of whom today serve the NFL, NHL and SEC Football. A member of the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, he also has been named the National Athletic Trainers Association's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. On campus, he is a director of the Friends of Sea Gull Football Golf Tournament honoring late SU football coach Mike McGlinchey, with proceeds benefiting ALS research.
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio ’99 – Service to Society Award
Earning her degree in political science from SU in 1999, Jeannie was appointed to the Maryland House of delegates, representing District 37B (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico counties), in 2003, winning re-election in 2006 and 2010. During her time in the House, she served on committees representing economic matters, federal relations, legislative policy and insurance oversight. She also became known as a champion for the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.
Faculty Awards were given to four outstanding faculty members representing each of SU’s four endowed schools: Dr. Karen Papke-Shields - Perdue School of Business, Dr. John Wenke - Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Dr. Fred Kundell - Henson School of Science & Technology and Dr. Ernie Bond - Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies. All four were in attendance to receive their awards.
The recipient for the Alumni Scholarship beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year was Matthew Zimmerman ’18.
The Class of 2015 was celebrated at our senior celebration event on May 12th. Alumni Board President Cindy Phillips and Salisbury University President Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach spoke to a crowd of over 500 graduating seniors.
The publications reaching our alumni for the 2015 fiscal year were two SU Today Campus News mailings, two SU Today Athletics News mailings and our annual SU Magazine. The SU Magazine featured Dan and Stacey Quinn on the cover after Dan was named Head Football Coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Distribution of the SU Magazine has reached close to 44,000.
GEICO has continued to partner with the SU Alumni Association, offering various insurance packages to SU alumni. They also have sponsored the ConGRADulations event the past few years.
College Insurance Resources provides healthcare and other programs that GEICO does not offer so that we may offer our alumni the ability to purchase discounted insurance.
The SU Alumni continues to partner with UMB Bank which has given with minimal results.
Alumni House & Garden
This past year we had damage from a storm on the pergola area that had to be repaired as well as various repairs made to the fountain. We worked with the resident horticulturist on purchasing plants and shrubbery to improve and replace where needed. The Alumni House and Garden served as a venue for two weddings and various receptions in FY2015. It continues to be a location for high school prom photos and various departments on campus are using the facilities for departmental receptions and meetings. We continue to sell garden bricks to parents prior to spring/fall commencement ceremonies in honor of their graduates and to alumni in general.
This year the annual fund was down slightly from last year for number of donors. For fiscal year 2015 Salisbury University had 2,864 donors who gave $766,566 that lead to a 9.4% for alumni giving. With the ever increasing solicitable base, the percentage may continue to go down even though dollars overall have gone up.
Maroon & Gold Club
The Maroon & Gold Club had another tremendous year with the addition of 1,492 donors. The Maroon & Gold Club has brought in $316,156 in total dollars given. All the donations to the Maroon & Gold Club support the 21 varsity sports that Salisbury University sponsors.
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