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SU Arts Minute - February 20-26

Highlights include film screenings and the Music, Theatre and Dance Department's annual Singers' Showcase.

In Memoriam: Dr. K. Nelson Butler (1939-2017)

Dr. K. Nelson ButlerDr. Butler came from a generation of faculty and administrators at Salisbury University whose dedication and openness to new ideas and programs helped lay the foundation for  today’s modern campus.   A guiding principal of his work was: Would it benefit the students?  Would it help others?  He was a man of multiple interests: An athlete with a distinguished background in physical education, he was also a supporter of the arts. He helped to build partnerships between SU and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; ultimately the campuses won the nationally prestigious Hesburgh Award for  their collaboration.  He actively supported programs that touched the lives of young and old, from the YMCA to the Eastern Shore Senior Games. He played key roles in the life of the University as the founding dean of the School of Professional Studies and later Vice President of Academic Affairs, a position he held from 1986-1995.  This was a period of remarkable growth for  SU, with the endowment of three schools and the opening of several buildings including the Guerrieri University Center and Fulton Hall. 

American Association of Geographers Spotlights SU Project Manager

Ryan MelloThe American Association of Geographers is featuring Salisbury University alumnus and GIS project manager Ryan Mello on its GeoMentor Spotlight for  February. AAG’s GeoMentors program works to enhance GIS and geographic learning in K-12 schools across the U.S.

Four Honored with SU Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation Awards

2016 Faculty Appreciation Award recipientsThis year’s Salisbury University Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation Award winners are “exciting,” “outstanding,” “vested” and “positive,” according to their for mer students. The association honored four with the accolade during SU’s 91st-year Fall Commencement. They include Dr. Chrys Egan, Communication Arts, of the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts; Dr. David Rieck, Chemistry, of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology; Paula Morris, Management and Marketing, of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business; and Dr. Laurie Andes, Teacher Education, of the Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies.

SU's Fulton Public Humanities Program Offers Grant

Salisbury University’s Fulton Public Humanities Program is offering a competitive grant of up to $500 for SU students, faculty and staff, and the greater community, to assist with projects promoting a better understanding of marginalized groups, cultures or histories.

SU Announces 2017 African American History Month Series

African American History MonthFrom a new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C., to the Eastern Shore’s Rosenwald Schools project, to the promise of urban charter schools, Salisbury University’s 2017 African American History Month celebration in February and beyond explores “The Crisis in Black Education.”

Spring Fulton Faculty Colloquia Series Scheduled February 21-May 16

Faculty in Salisbury University’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts share their research and expertise during this semester’s Fulton Faculty Colloquia series. Presentations are 3:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays from February-May in Conway Hall Room 152

Tournees Film Festival Returns to SU February 1-March 9

Tournees FestivalContemporary French cinema returns to Salisbury University this spring through the French American Cultural Exchange’s Tournées Festival. Screenings are 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall Room 111. Films are shown in French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Faculty from SU’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts introduce each movie.

SU Hosts 'The Stage is Set: Leland Starnes and the Salisbury State Theatre' Exhibit January 3-May 31

The Miracle Worker. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Our Town. Guys and Dolls. In the 1970s, residents of the Salisbury area didn’t have to travel to Broadway to see these popular shows — Dr. Leland Starnes brought them all to the university stage in what has been called a “Golden Age” for  Salisbury University Theatre.

Nabb Center Presents 'When Communities Come Together: African American Education on the Eastern Shore' January 3-May 31

From one-room schoolhouses to desegregation, African Americans on the Delmarva Peninsula saw a number of challenges and triumphs from the end of the Civil War into the 20th century. Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for  Delmarva History and Culture showcases the unique culture that supported many of those schools in the exhibit “When Communities Come Together: African American Education on the Eastern Shore.” The display opens Tuesday, January 3, in the first-floor lobby of the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.

SU Hosts 'Food Systems and Sustainability' Series January 30-May 15

Food Systems and SustainabilityEverybody eats, but how many people know exactly where their food comes from? Salisbury University explores the complex and sometimes volatile topics of nutrition and the environment during the lecture series “Food Systems and Sustainability” select Mondays from January 30-May 15. Presentations are 7-8:30 p.m. in Conway Hall Room 153.

SU Hosts Free Meditation Sessions February 6-March 6

Salisbury University hosts a free five-session class in meditation 5 p.m. Mondays, February 6-March 6, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. Yoga instructor and therapist Monika Lupean leads a broad variety of practices and techniques designed to promote relaxation; build internal energy or life for ce; and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and for giveness.

SU Student Volunteers at School in India

For Salisbury University sophomore Eleanor Brown, “winter break” is a misnomer. She spent her time off volunteering in New Delhi, India, teaching “slum and street” children at a school that serves those with disabilities and low incomes. The experience, she said, was “life-changing.”

Bridges to the World International Film Series at SU February 6-March 6.

Salisbury University takes movie lovers around the globe to such locales as Colombia, Korea, Hungary, Egypt and Mexico during the ninth annual Bridges to the World International Film Series, Mondays from February 6-March 6. All are introduced and screened at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall, followed by a discussion. The series begins February 6 with the 2009 Colombian film The Wind Journeys. The movie follows Ignacio, who spent most of his life traveling and playing his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have belonged to the devil. When his wife dies, he vows never to play the accursed accordion again, embarking on a journey to return it to its rightful owner.

Center for Lifelong and Extended Learning Presents Monthly 'Discover SU' Series Through May 18

Center?for? Extended and Lifelong LearningSalisbury University’s Center for  Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL) invites community members to get to know the campus better through “Discover SU,” a series highlighting the University’s offerings and services. Tours are scheduled monthly, on select Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Annual SU Art Faculty Exhibition Scheduled January 30-March 18

Art DepartmentMembers of Salisbury University’s Art Department showcase their works during the department’s annual faculty exhibition January 30-March 18 at the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. A panel discussion with faculty members, “From the Studio to the Classroom,” is 4 p.m. Friday, February 10. A reception follows.

University Statement on Temporary Travel Ban

On Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on citizens entering the United States from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. According to SU’s Center for  International Education, the University has no current students on non-immigrant student visas (F-1 or J-1) from any of these countries.  At this time, we are not aware of any impact on the broader campus community. Please click on the headline for  more.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'Nature/Nurture' Exhibit February 9-March 17

Nature/NurtureArtists explore ways in which the natural world has been shaped and transformed by humans—and how, in turn, biology shapes the lives of humankind—during the Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus group exhibition “Nature/Nurture” February 9-March 17. An artist talk, “seed journeys,” with photographer and featured artist Onajide Shabaka, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. A reception follows.

'Media and Politics' Discussion at SU Monday February, 20

Salisbury University celebrates Presidents Day with a non-partisan “Media and Politics” roundtable 7 p.m. Monday, February 20, in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall.

Three SU Students Study Abroad in Asia on Gilman Scholarships

Martina Maya-CallenAsia: That’s where the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship took Salisbury University’s latest student recipients. Last summer, senior Molly Miller went to Shanghai, China, while junior Martina Maya-Callen studied in Bangalore, India. Sophomore Darian Mullikin spent the fall in South Korea.

SU's Gorrow Partners with American Eagle Foundation on New Book

It makes for  a patriotic story: a pair of wild American bald eagles nesting in Washington, D.C., not far from the U.S. Capitol. Salisbury University teacher education professor Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay Field Office tell the true tale in their third book: Mr. President and The First Lady: The DC Eagle Cam Project.

Glass Club Hosts Spring Paperweight Workshops

The Salisbury University Glass Club hosts three paperweight workshops this spring. Participants are invited to experience glass making first hand and create their own paperweight. The first workshop is Saturday, February 11. Others are Saturdays, March 11 and April 8. For more information or to signup, contact Alec Aita at aaita1@gulls.salisbury.edu.  

SU Police Introduces 911 Shield App

911 ShieldThe Salisbury University Police Department has introduced 911 Shield, a free safety app enabling students, faculty and staff to immediately contact the department via their smart phones. The app, developed by 911 Cellular, not only connects to University Police (when the user is on campus) or the appropriate 911 center (off campus), but also provides the caller’s location anywhere in the country through an internal positioning system or geographic locator.

See How Sea Gulls Stand Together

Sea Gulls Stand TogetherThis “If you can play, you can play” video was produced by Salisbury University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and features student-athletes from all 21 sports. The “You Can Play Project” works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports -- including LGBT athletes, coaches and fans.

SU Officially Opens $117M Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic CommonsFor years Salisbury University students have studied in what was considered by some as one of the worst campus libraries in the country. According to the American Library Association, the SU facility provided less than one-third of the minimum recommended seating for  a student body of SU’s size and less than half the necessary space for  library materials. Its collections were last among its performance peers, but library staff couldn’t add to them because there was no room. Today, that changed. Before a jubilant audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, with donors and other supporters, cut the ribbon on the new $117 million Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons (GAC): At 221,000-square-feet, the largest academic construction project since the founding of the campus in 1925.

SU Contributes Over $480 Million Annually to Local Economy

Key FiguresSalisbury University’s impact on the Eastern Shore economy is approaching half a billion dollars annually and supports almost 3,300 local jobs, according to a recently released 2016 economic impact study. The University adds nearly $80 million each year to local, state and federal coffers from taxes generated by this activity. With a community of some 10,500 students, faculty and staff, SU has had an increasingly positive impact on the area economy, growing by some $130 million in the last decade.  A steady, planned increase in student population; hiring of new faculty and staff; and a dynamic reconfiguration of the physical campus with several notable construction projects have been hallmarks of the expansion.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Gallery Building Donation to SU

The Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee’s 3rd Friday provided a festive setting for  the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception with Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach and donors Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson, celebrating their gift of The Gallery Building and Annex to the SU Foundation, Inc. Enthusiastic supporters applauded this major step in the University’s growing downtown presence. The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents that morning unanimously approved acceptance of the donation of the West Main Street building, one of downtown Salisbury’s signature structures, valued at some $4.4 million.

SU Honors Norman H. Conway with Dedication of Conway Hall

Salisbury University alumnus Norman H. Conway has dedicated his life to education and the public good. During a festive ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, his Alma Mater recognized his devotion to learning, to the Eastern Shore and to all of Maryland by rededicating its award-winning Teacher Education and Technology Center as Conway Hall.

Remember Caruthers Hall With a Commemorative Brick

For community members who have special memories of Caruthers Hall and the campus school, a limited number of bricks from the building are available through the University’s Alumni Office and its website. Each brick has a commemorative plaque that reads: “Salisbury State Teachers College Demonstration School to Salisbury University Caruthers Hall, 1955-2013, the foundation on which educational excellence was built.”

SU Named 'Hispanic Outlook' Top 50 'Publisher's Pick'

Hispanic Outlook coverSalisbury University is one of the top 50 colleges in the U.S. offering “outstanding opportunities to Hispanic students” according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. SU recently was named among the magazine’s annual “Publisher’s Picks,” denoting the top 50 colleges and universities for  Hispanic students in the U.S. Joining other institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, Cornell and Penn State universities, this marks Salisbury’s first time on the list since the ranking’s inception in 1995. SU was the only University System of Maryland campus selected for this year’s honor.

Princeton Review Names SU Among Nation's 'Best Colleges'

The Princeton ReviewSalisbury University’s professors “love what they do and prepare [students] for  the real world. … Going to class is a joy.” These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges. The University is among the nation’s top 15 percent of four-year colleges, according to the Review’s flagship guide. The accolade was announced on the first day of SU’s fall semester.

'U.S. News' Ranks SU Among Nation's Best Colleges for 20th Year

U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report today named Salisbury University one of its Best Colleges for  2016. The 581 universities in the Best Regional Universities category are split among four geographic areas — North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 67th in the top tier among 187 publics and privates. It also was named among the “A-plus Schools for  B Students” and “Best Schools for  Veterans.” U.S. News uses several criteria to measure academic quality including academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, faculty resources, student selectivity and alumni giving.

'Kiplinger's' Again Names SU Among 100 'Best Values in Public Colleges'

For the ninth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” SU and the other campuses on the 2016 list “combine outstanding academics with affordable cost,” Kiplinger’s said. Quality carries the most weight in its for mula. Among public colleges, SU is No. 92 based on in-state costs and No. 70 for  out-of-state costs.

Emergency Notification Registration Available for Campus Community

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of the campus community, Salisbury University has implemented an emergency notification system that sends text and voice messages in the event of an emergency.  Students, faculty and staff must register to receive the emergency alerts.
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