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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Viewing Party Planned for Campus Community Friday, December 9

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came, saw and built!

The success of this endeavor was closely tied to the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of SU students, staff and faculty. From the pep rally to the final stages of the build (and even the cleanup), SU was instrumental in the entire project.

Now, it's time to celebrate!

The Johnson-Goslee build episode is scheduled to air Friday, December 9. Salisbury ABC-TV affiliate WMDT begins the evening with a one-hour behind-the-scenes special at 7 p.m., leading up to the two-hour, double-edition show at 8 p.m.

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Team Advancement Turns Out for the Build

Members of SU's Advancement Team joined hundreds of other staff, faculty and students during the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in Wicomico County. Among Team Advancement members who participated, Kerrie Bunting, program coordinator in the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Office, and Brooke Church, Duplication Services office assistant, helped paint shutters and perform other site tasks prior to the big reveal in October. Pictured, from left, are Bunting, Ernie Church, Brooke Church and Melissa Brittingham.


Alumnus Recounts 'Extreme' Experience

Students, faculty and staff were not the only volunteers from the Salisbury University community assisting during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's recent Wicomico County build. Alumni also participated.

"It was an awesome experience," said Don Kinnamon Sr. '83. "The builders were wonderful to work with and made you feel that you were a very important part of the whole process. Having been involved in volunteer organizations for 30-plus years, I must say that this ranks near the top of my best memories."

During the build, Kinnamon helped paint trim around the second-story windows and roof and helped install trim on the porch and front of the house. He also helped move supplies inside the house so that the kitchen and dining room floors could be installed.

A volunteer firefighter and EMT-B for some 25 years, Kinnamon is a past president of the Delmarva and Eastern Shore volunteer firemen's associations. He also is president of the St. Paul's United Methodist Men in Cambridge, MD.

Individuals Make a Difference at Wicomico Build

While many SU student organizations assisted during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Wicomico County build, students also contributed as individuals.

Junior psychology major Kyrie Drake of Brookeville, MD, and junior accounting major Maggie Vincent of Salisbury volunteered at the site, picking up trash and shoveling out space for the house's foundation early in the build. As the project continued, they helped organize wood piles and painted baseboards inside the home. In addition, they helped put away tools and assisted with water bottles in the volunteer area.

"It was really neat to be a part of such a good cause," said Drake.

Vincent concurred: "It was amazing to be part of the experience."

In addition to their commitment to civic engagement, Drake and Vincent excel academically. Both are Presidential scholars and Dean's List students, as well as members of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

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Delta Gamma Does Good

From left: Morgan Killough, Ashley Gaver and Sarah Williams were among the sisters of Salisbury University's Delta Gamma sorority who turned out to help during the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Wicomico County build. Members set up a VIP tent, removed labels from water bottles and helped make sure workers were hydrated early in the build.

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SU Students Gain Experience Behind the Scenes 

As the general manager of Salisbury University student radio station WXSU, Garrett Connell of Dunkirk, MD, knows things happen fast in the entertainment business.

Garrett Connell
Garrett Connell

It was not until he met Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EM:HE) Senior Producer Milan Vlasic, however, that he realized just how fast. At the Wicomico County build Pep Rally, held at SU, Connell heard the show was seeking production assistants. Afterward, he chatted about the position with Vlasic, who encouraged him to apply once the call went out online.

"They sent it out on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.," said Connell. "They hired me at midnight and asked me to be there at 8 a.m."

Shane Scott, a junior communication arts major from Centreville, MD, learned about the position from a mass e-mail and also was hired within hours of submitting his application.

Connell, a senior communication arts major, worked on the show for two days. Scott worked for seven. Their duties included setting up locations, "gaffing" and "Greeking" (trade terms for "obscuring") logos so name brands would not appear on camera and keeping the cast's water bottles filled.

Connell said his courses at SU made the transition from radio manager and bartender - his other day job - to production assistant relatively easy.

"I knew what they were talking about - the technical terms - from class. When they asked me to do something, I knew what they meant. I just made sure everything ran smoothly."

Though Connell did not interact directly with the show's stars, he came away with a high opinion of the cast and crew: "You can tell they're motivated by passion, not a paycheck."

Scott was happy to be among the organized chaos that makes the show a reality on such a tight deadline: "The exciting part for me was knowing I was part of such a big production. It was pretty overwhelming."

It also sparked an interest. Though this was his first experience in television, it was enough to convince Scott to consider TV production as a viable career after graduation. While Connell enjoyed his brief work in television - and the nationally known show he can now list on his resume - the audio airwaves remain his true passion. He hopes to continue working in radio upon graduating from SU.

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Coming Together to Pay it Forward


From left, Dedra Moore, Christa Alt, Robin Schmidt and Brittani Hann were among the hundreds of Salisbury University students who volunteered during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's recent build in Wicomico County. Many Sea Gulls who gave their time were astounded by the community effort - and proud to play a part.

"I think paying it forward really obviously pays off," SU student Lauren Desautels told WMDT-TV during the big reveal. "The more you help somebody else, I think it just betters their life, and they learn to help other people."

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SU Glass Students Have 'Awe-Inspiring' Experience

How does a college student go from surfing the Internet to sharing his life's passion with a star of one of TV's top-rated series - all within a few short days?

Joey Calabrese
Joey Calabrese

For Salisbury University senior Joey Calabrese of Salisbury, it started with Facebook.

The art major, with a concentration in glass blowing, noticed a call for volunteers for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's (EM:HE) Wicomico County build on the popular social networking site and clicked a link to learn more. There, he saw that producers were seeking experts in specific areas, including art and sculpting. He filled out a brief online application and continued his Web surfing.

The next day, he got a series of phone messages from a number he did not recognize. Hollywood was calling.

With friend and fellow art major Eli Cecil, also of Salisbury, he soon found himself in a hotel room with an EM:HE designer, who showed them concepts of two rooms and asked which one interested them most.

"The one we picked was a funky, fun-themed type of room," he said.

The designer then charged them with creating a glass installation for that room. With cameras rolling for three hours at the SU glass studio in Fulton Hall, the two put together a five-piece creation.

Of course, they did have a little help. EM:HE designer and co-star Paige Hemmis dropped by for a quick lesson in glassblowing during the shoot.

"She helped us gather some color," said Calabrese, referring to one of the steps in preparing molten glass to be blown and shaped. "We didn't put her in over her head."

While at the build site, Calabrese got to meet some of the show's production crew, including executive producer Brenton Metzler, who granted him access throughout the property.

"I was the last volunteer out of the house before the reveal," he said.

While working side-by-side with celebrities was exciting, Calabrese said the best part about the experience was getting to see so many from SU and the Wicomico community come together as a whole to help a single family.

"It was awe-inspiring. You don't really get the same effect watching it on TV, but being there and seeing that firsthand was amazing."

SU's hot glass program is unique among Maryland campuses. Assistant Professor Alison Chism, who directs the program, was impressed with Calabrese's initiative.

"I try to get students to think expansively," she said. "Joey took the lead. He had the moxie to do it."

Calabrese said he hoped at least a small snippet of his glassblowing session with Hemmis will make it on the air when the episode is broadcast. He is even more excited, however, about the national debut of his artwork.

"It's going to be really cool to see it on the show."

 For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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SU Students, Faculty and Staff Have Made a Difference

SU Volunteers

For students, faculty and staff, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has meant engagement with a capital E! At all hours, they have been doing everything from carting equipment to giving musical performances for volunteers to painting, carrying lumber and helping to cover the house with tarps in the rain.

SU's Residence Life Program has maintained a constant presence throughout the week.  "This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students," said Dave Gutoskey, director of housing and residence life. Some 1,200 campus residents turned out for the standing-room-only Pep Rally.  Once the build began, Residence Life staff began running round-the-clock van shuttles to accommodate the six-hour shifts student volunteers were working.  "Many don't have cars, and we wanted to provide a stress-free, accessible means of transportation," he added.

SU VolunteersThe logistics were impressive: Usually four vans formed a caravan for each shift - during the weekend all were filled, he said. On Monday, after a special appeal from EM:HE's volunteer coordinator Ian Gordon, vans were rolling every hour starting at noon. Gutoskey estimates some 200 resident students volunteered that day. "It's been an awesome response. Thanks so much," Gordon wrote afterward. Altogether, Residence Life staff estimates more than 600 students have been on site throughout the week.

Riding to the build, students were enthusiastic and talkative. On the way back, they were exhausted and thoughtfully quiet. Gutoskey heard one new student comment: "I chose Salisbury (University), and I get to participate in something like this!"

SU VolunteerThe project has accelerated community development in the residence halls and beyond the campus, Residence Life staff believe. As educators, they are optimistic that this early bonding experience will help retention. Students, faculty and staff who live in the community also volunteered at all hours. They included the SU Cheerleaders, Poms dance team, Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, Union of African-American Students, SOAP, Safe Ride, Student Activities and Volunteer Center staff, Greek organizations, the swim team, the SU World Drum Ensemble, the Slim DeNunn and the High Rollers band and many others.

SU is proud of these outreach efforts and looks forward to hearing from other groups and clubs which volunteered. If you were among them, please share your story and any photos using the links to the right. We want to hear about your experiences!

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Campus and Community Invited to Reveal Celebration

Less than one week ago, the lives of the Johnson-Goslee family changed forever when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington and the design team arrived at their door.

Over 2,300 people turned out for the project's kickoff Pep Rally at SU, and now, Fusion Companies owners Wes and Josh Sims are inviting the campus and greater community to the build site for the "Move that Bus" celebration. 

The event is Tuesday, October 4.  Spectators may begin to enter the property at 10 a.m. and the reveal is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

"This community has been amazing in its support of this build," said Wes Sims.  "We hope that everyone in the surrounding area will be able to share this exciting time with us and the family.  We, along with thousands of contractors and volunteers, poured everything we had into this home, and we can't wait to share it with the Johnson-Goslee family."

Located on Old School Road in Mardela Springs, the eco-friendly house is Emerald Certified by the National Association of Home Builders. 

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Salisbury University Efforts Continue

"I tell my players that what they do off the field is just as important—sometimes more so—than what they do on the field. Each year, SU football players mentor Wicomico County elementary school students, serving as role models in the classroom. Volunteering for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition not only allows them to give back to the community, but also to show the next generation just how much working together as a 'team' can accomplish."

- SU Football Head Coach Sherman Wood

"When we heard Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was coming to this area, we knew Panhellenic would be excited about the opportunity for service. This was a chance to show the campus and a national audience that the Greeks stand for philanthropy and community."

- Caleigh Wootten, SU Panhellenic Council president

"SU's fraternities have a tradition of service, and opportunities like the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build fit well with our philosophies of giving back. We are pumped that something this big is happening so close to us and that our brothers have had the chance to participate."

- Chris Castle, SU Inter-Fraternity Council vice president

Since the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build began, the SU Residence Life Office has been running four shuttles to the San Domingo site daily (morning, afternoon, evening and night).  Over the weekend, when classes were not in session, many students took time to volunteer.

Among the University groups that participated was the SU swim team.  Freshman Caitlin Green called the experience a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." 

"We carried wood from the house to the dumpsters, unloaded trucks of small equipment, moved tarps over parts of the house to keep it dry from the rain, and added some spirit and spunk to the rainy atmosphere," she said.  "I loved it.  I couldn't have spent my Friday night any better.  I enjoyed every minute of it, even with the down-pouring rain and muddy conditions."

According to The Fusion Companies, unskilled volunteers are still needed!  Anyone who doesn't know how to use a hammer (or doesn't want to) is still encouraged to come out and offer helping hands with the main project and surrounding community projects. 

Please click the "Volunteer/Donate" button on this page for more information. 

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Students, Faculty and Staff Continue Supporting Build

SU Students 

"Each winter, SU Athletics teams and staff collect food and toys for local underprivileged families and children. We enjoy making a difference during the holidays and for other causes year round, such as cancer research. I can't tell you how excited we feel right now to help Extreme Makeover: Home Edition make one local family's dream come true. It's a touchdown, home run, match point and winning shot put (that's my sport) all wrapped up into one."

- SU Student-Athlete Advisory Council member Jennifer Houghton

"Salisbury and Wicomico County have been lauded four times as one of the '100 Best Communities for Young People' by the America's Promise Alliance. With the strong partnerships and support that helped make that designation possible, I have no doubt that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will see an incredible number of volunteers. When it comes to helping others in need Salisbury University and the surrounding community traditionally shows no bounds."

- Dr. George Whitehead, ShoreCorps/PALS project director and Salisbury's Promise chair

Salisbury University's Student Government Association and members of other campus groups continue to make the trek to the community of San Domingo to "give back" and help the Johnson-Goslee family.  On Thursday evening, Slim DeNunn and the High Rollers, a blues band featuring SU faculty and staff members, also played on-site at the hospitality tent.

According to Sara Lowery, SU coordinator of student life, individuals and organizations on campus still can help: "Part of the Salisbury University Promise that all students make is, 'I will strive to bring honor to myself and the University.' Giving back and helping with something bigger than yourself does just that."

Please click the "Volunteer/Donate" button on this page for more information. 

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SU Community Extremely Involved in Build

"I've met very few SU alumni who don't have fond memories of helping out at community events during their time at Salisbury. I know I'm certainly going to remember this one! It's a great opportunity for alumni in the area to show today's students how it's done. And we might even show them a thing or two, as well!"

- SU Student Alumni Council President
Kathleen Rabaglia

"Each year, SU students join in to give back to the City of Salisbury during our ‘Big Event' and ‘I Love Salisbury' community cleanup days … but compared to The Big Event, this is an EXTREME event! I know this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I can't wait to share it with my fellow Sea Gulls."

- SU Student Government Association President
Jessica DiPietro

Salisbury University students were part of the march to the house when the Johnson-Goslees learned of their selection by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are now flocking to the build site to help make the family's dream come true. Why not join them? Students from SU's 11 residence halls, for example, are participating in a residence life volunteer competition. They are signing up for all shifts, including late night and early morning, to avoid missing classes, said Dave Gutoskey, director of housing and residence life.  Any student, faculty, staff member or alum who has not volunteered may still do so by clicking the "Volunteer/Donate" button:

Worked on the project already? We want to hear about your experience! Submit your photos to and stories using this online form.

Donations are a great way for those who are unable to participate in person to contribute. SU/Extreme Makeover: Home Edition T-shirts are still available for a donation of $15 at the Guerrieri University Center information desk. See posts below for details.

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Johnson-Goslee Family Gets An "Extreme" Surprise

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Fusion Companies Launch Build Today

the fusion companiesThe Fusion Companies is proud to announce that they, along with the dynamic team from ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, have begun the weeklong adventure turning the Johnson-Goslee family house in Mardela Springs, MD, into a dream home.

At approximately noon on Wednesday, September 28, Ty Pennington and members from the design team, including Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Ed Sanders and Johnny Littlefield, knocked on the door of the Johnson-Goslee family home. Immediately the family was informed that they had been selected for the Emmy Award-winning reality TV show, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Tragically, on Christmas Eve 2010, Wyzhir Johnson-Goslee was involved in an accident that would forever change his life, but not his outlook. Wyzhir, a 16-year-old who inspires everyone around him, was working diligently with his grandfather to improve their 80-year-old home, which was in a state of disrepair. The project that Wyzhir was leading was almost complete when his jacket became entangled with the teeth of the fast moving miter saw blades. Attempting to release himself, Wyzhir fell backwards, causing the saw to fall on him and ultimately severe his left hand. After weeks of care and countless surgeries, Wyzhir was informed that his hand could not be preserved.

Johnson-Goslee Family
The Johnson-Goslee Family

With support from his mother, Patrice; sister, Renee; and aunt, Sonora, Wyzhir has kept his inspirational attitude and outlook on life, not allowing this accident to hinder him from his daily life. Wyzhir returned to school immediately and also returned to working on projects around the house and the community. He is a strong believer in giving back and currently serves as a mentor within his local high school. In addition, he has been an integral part of fundraising to support preservation of the community's rich African-American history, including a schoolhouse which was built in the 1800s.

Wyzhir has not allowed this injury to set him back and remains dedicated to renovating the current Johnson-Goslee family home to make it safe for his mother, sister and aunt. The current house is not sitting on an "in-ground" foundation, but sits on top of the ground, causing the home to settle unevenly, ultimately resulting in structural issues. The walls in the house are not leveled, and the ceilings are only 6 feet tall, 2 feet short of the standard height.

In addition, the house lacks correct plumbing, leaving the Johnson-Goslee family without working showers or bathtubs. Although Wyzhir dedicated himself to this project, the house was falling apart around him quicker than he can fix it. He and his family have made do with what they have had without any complaints. Now, it's time to give them what they deserve, with the help of the community and The Fusion Companies (

Josh and Wes Sims, owners of The Fusion Companies, the lead builders for this project, explain that after viewing the Johnson-Goslee family submission video, "Wyzhir isn't simply interested in being able to live a normal life, but he is equally committed to ensuring that others in his situation have the means to do the same," further noting that "his attitude and genuine concern not only for solving his own problem, but for attacking the entire problem head on, is what solidified The Fusion Companies' commitment to this build and to helping the Johnson-Goslee family."

The Fusion Companies, along with thousands of community volunteers and generous sponsors will have only one week to build a house for the Johnson-Goslee family. While the site of their old home is turned into an eco-friendly, solar-powered home of their dreams, the Johnson-Goslee family will enjoy a vacation courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The family will return to see their new home with a "Move that Bus" celebration on Tuesday, October 4.

To sign-up as a volunteer for this project, please visit

Press Contact:
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Morgan McLoud / Kristin McMahon
410.271.6091 / 443.866.4449 /

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Mardela Springs Family Chosen for Build

Many have volunteered for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's WicomicoCounty "build." Now, they know who they're building for.

Earlier today, Ty Pennington, the program's host and lead designer, knocked on the door of the Johnson-Goslee family of Mardela Springs, letting them know they were selected to receive a new house. Volunteers will have a week to make that dream come true.

Wyzhir Johnson
Wyzhir Johnson

The community rallied around the family earlier this year after one of its members, Mardela High School student Wyzhir Johnson, lost his hand in a home improvement accident on Christmas Eve 2010. Local organizations, including Salisbury University's Untouchables Dance, Inc., helped raise money that allowed the family to purchase a bionic hand for Wyzhir.

Now, he will have a new home to go with his new hand.

For more information about the family's story, visit

Those assisting with the week-long project include many members of the SU community, who heard details about the project at a standing-room-only Pep Rally on campus last week. For those who want to show their Sea Gull pride and support the build at the same time, limited edition SU/Extreme Makeover: Home Edition T-shirts are still available for a $15 donation. Proceeds support the build.

Those contributing via cash or check may drop their contribution off at the Information Desk of the GuerrieriUniversity Center and pick up their shirts there. Those who wish to use a credit card may do so online at, print out the e-mail that will be sent confirming the contribution and bring it to the Information Desk to get their shirts. Information Desk hours are 8 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday.

Volunteers are still needed at the build site. To sign up, click on the "Volunteer/Donate!" button:

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2,300 + Attend Kickoff Pep Rally

It was standing room only in SU's Maggs Gym with more than 2,300 enthusiastic students and community members attending a kickoff Pep Rally on Thursday, September 22. Loud cheers erupted when Master of Ceremonies Terrence Lee of WMDT asked: "Have you guys heard? I think there's a little show called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ... and they are coming right here to Wicomico County!" Sammy the Sea Gull joined student groups, including the SU cheerleaders, World Drum Ensemble and Untouchables dance squad, to get the energetic crowd pumped-up and dancing.

Pep Rally
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Senior Producer Milan Vasic applauded the turnout and said it was one of the loudest crowds he had heard in the show’s nine years. He shared clips of charismatic host Ty Pennington and other volunteers working on some of the 200+ builds completed to date. Production team members read lists of items and skills still needed for the Maryland project.

SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach challenged students to use their positive energy to help make a difference for the local family selected. Fusion Companies co-owner Wes Sims thanked the many people who have already contributed to getting the exciting project off the ground.

The rally began with the advancement of the colors by area Boy Scouts and Cub Scout Pack 478, assisted by SU’s Student Military and Veterans Association. Chesapeake Bay Council Girl Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and John Wesley Wright of SU’s Department of Music sang the national anthem. Squawkapella, and members of the University Chorale, Madrigal Choir and an SU Diction course, also performed. Throughout the evening, kids and adults enjoyed interactive video games, giant inflatable hamster balls, laser tag and candy cannons provided by Games2U.

When the rally was over many people asked only one question: "Where do I sign up to volunteer?" Click below to VOLUNTEER!

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SU Gears Up for EXTREME Event

T-Shirt ArtToday, Salisbury University hosts a pep rally of EXTREME proportion!

Students, faculty, staff and the entire community are invited to Maggs Gym at 5:30 p.m. to kick off an upcoming build for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The next family to be featured on ABC's Emmy Award-winning show lives in the area, and the energy-filled rally will provide more details about the many ways to become involved in the project.

Also featured at the pep rally are family-friendly games and entertainment, including giant inflatable hamster balls, candy cannons and video game theaters provided by Games2U. Attendees are encouraged to bring hand-made posters welcoming Extreme Makeover to SU, donate "A Bear, Book, Ball or Blanket for a Child," and of course, show Sea Gull spirit by wearing maroon and gold SU gear!

Official Extreme Makeover T-shirts are available for a $15 donation. Parking is on SU's East Campus.

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Family-Friendly Games from Games2U

Hamster Ball
Hamster Balls

Ever want to roll in a giant inflatable hamster ball? Catch candy from a hand-held cannon? Play video games with friends in a theater with surround sound, laser lights and fog machines?

The community pep rally for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s upcoming Eastern Shore build promises these unique, interactive games and other fun entertainment throughout the evening! Thanks to the Games2U mobile entertainment company, these family-friendly activities will be open to "kids" of ALL ages, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at the rally at SU’s Maggs Gym. See you there!

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Parking advisory for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Pep Rally


Salisbury University will provide shuttle service between the Dresser parking lots and Avery Street parking areas to Maggs Gym for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Pep Rally, scheduled for Thursday, September 22, at 5:30 p.m.

University Police officers, aided by electronic message signs, will direct community members to the parking locations. Shuttle service begins one hour before the start of the rally and will continue afterward as long as is needed.

ABC's Emmy Award-winning program brings people together to makeover the home of a deserving family in only one week. The next home will be somewhere in this area, and the producers and builders have turned to SU to host the biggest single event that precedes the actual build. The pep rally, which includes a senior producer from the program, helps spread the word and recruits project volunteers.

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Fusion Brings "Extreme" to Our Areathe fusion companies

The Fusion Companies and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to Hold Community Pep Rally for Upcoming Build on the Eastern Shore

Annapolis, Maryland (September 19, 2011) --- With less than two weeks until ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in the area, The Fusion Companies, along with Salisbury University, invites the community to participate in an old-fashioned "Pep Rally" on Thursday, September 22, at Salisbury University's Maggs Gym (1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD), starting at 5:30 p.m.

Participants in this exciting event will have the opportunity to mingle with the Salisbury mascot, Sammy the Sea Gull, and some of SU's star athletes, as well as hear from some of the key build participants. The initial speaker is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's senior producer, Milan Vasic, who presents an overview of the project and history behind the show.

Press ConferenceIn addition to Vasic, SU welcomes Wes and Josh Sims, owners of The Fusion Companies. The Fusion Companies is the lead builder for this project, and The Simses will encourage the audience to rally together to support this local, deserving family and to come to the build site to help make this dream a reality.

Some additional highlights for the evening include: family-friendly fun and games for children and young people, the SU cheerleaders, live music and video. Although not required, attendees are encouraged to bring "A Bear, Book, Ball or Blanket for a Child."

The Fusion Companies also will recognize SU ( as a partner in the program. "What an amazing impact this project will have on our region," said Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, President of Salisbury University. "It is clearly about a community joining forces to have an EXTREME impact on one family's quality of life. Salisbury University students, faculty, staff and alumni have a history of community engagement. Let the transformation commence!"

Press ConferenceThe local family selected for the build will be notified later this month through a "door knock" from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team, including lead designer Ty Pennington. "This project will not happen unless we have support from the community. We urge everyone who sees this to grab a friend and sign up to help with this build," said Wes Sims.

Parking for the Pep Rally is available on the East Campus. University Police will be on hand to direct visitors.

Volunteers (skilled and unskilled) may sign up via the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website (

For more information on The Fusion Companies or to schedule an interview with Wes or Josh Sims, owners of The Fusion Companies, please contact Morgan McLoud at 410.271.6091, or Kristin McMahon at 443.866.4449,

For more information regarding ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, please contact Sarah Strid at

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Emmy award-winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now entering its ninth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8-9 p.m., ET, on ABC.

About The Fusion Companies: The Fusion Companies is a network of companies focused on advancing the understanding and implementation of sustainable practices in design and construction of residential and commercial buildings. Fusion's commitment to constantly improving its process and practices while reducing environmental impact is best embodied in the company's quest to design and "build the perfect house.",

About Salisbury University: Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 56 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Located on the historic Eastern Shore, SU's beautiful campus is some 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

About Chic Communications: Founded in 2009, Chic Communications is a boutique firm focusing on public relations, marketing, and special events. Chic Communications has positioned themselves as experts in the industry, focusing on clients within the luxury lifestyle segment. Chic Communications is handling all public and media relations for this project.

Press Contact:
Chic Communications (
Morgan McLoud / Kristin McMahon
410.271.6091 / 443.866.4449 /


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Fusion Brings "Extreme" to Salisbury University

Dear Campus Community,

Salisbury University students, faculty, staff and alumni have a wonderful history of outreach and engagement.  I am delighted to invite you to participate in a community program that has garnered nationwide recognition: ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition.

The University has been asked to partner in the project along with one of the mid-Atlantic’s leading “green” builders.  On Thursday, September 22, SU will host a pep rally for the campus and community.  Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition senior producer Milan Vasic will provide an overview of the process.  In addition, the family-friendly rally will feature fun and games for children and young people, the SU cheerleaders, Sammy the Sea Gull, live music and video.

A press release with more information is available: Pep Rally Press Release (PDF). Please mark your calendars now:

Thursday, September 22
5:30 p.m.
Maggs Gym (inside and out) 

The project will have an EXTREME impact on one family’s quality of life.  I hope you will consider attending to hear more about becoming involved in this remarkable community event.

Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Ph.D.


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Invitation from Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, President of Salisbury University

Dear Campus Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I inform you that Salisbury University is welcoming an event of EXTREME proportion!

On Thursday, September 22, the campus will host a pep rally for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  The next home will be somewhere in our area, and the producers and builders have turned to SU to host the biggest single event that precedes the actual build.

ABC’s Emmy Award-winning program brings people together to "makeover" the home of a deserving family in only one week.  SU joins other universities across the country which have hosted such pep rallies to help spread the word and recruit project volunteers.

Please mark your calendars now:

  • Thursday, September 22
    5:30 p.m.
    Maggs Gym (inside and out) - [map & parking]

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event being held right here on the campus of Salisbury University!

Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Ph.D.

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