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SU Arts Minute - Summer 2017

Highlights include several art and historical exhibits throughout campus.

SU 91st-Year Spring Commencement Scheduled May 24-25

Angela HouseAmy PiersonPaige MerwinSome 1,761 graduates earn their degrees during Salisbury University’s 91st-year Spring Commencement exercises. Some 221 students receive master’s degrees during this year’s graduate ceremony 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Undergraduates follow on Thursday, May 25. All ceremonies are at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

King, McEntee Honored With Faculty Senate President's Award

James KingShawn McEnteeThe outgoing president of the Salisbury University Faculty Senate, Stephen Ford, has honored two faculty members with the Faculty Senate President’s Award for  Outstanding Service to the Faculty “For their exceptional leadership and extraordinary work in the arduous effort to re-envision General Education at Salisbury University.”

SU, Delaware Tech Establish Transfer Option for Education Students

Delaware Technical Community College and Salisbury University again are partnering – this time to provide a seamless transfer for  education students. Under newly signed articulation agreements, Delaware Tech graduates with an associate’s degree in elementary education may more easily enroll in SU’s Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies to pursue a bachelor of science in either elementary education or early childhood education.

SU's 'Literature/Film Quarterly' Joins Open Access Movement

Dr. Elsie WalkerAfter more than four decades in print, Salisbury University’s internationally-known journal LFQ (Literature/Film Quarterly) has gone electronic. “We decided to join the global open access movement,” said Dr. Elsie Walker, editor-in-chief and faculty in SU’s English Department. “We are the first major journal of adaptation studies to do this.”

Three SU Seniors Earn Fulbright Awards

Matthew Jones, Katherine Potvin, Hannah EnnerfeltThree local students have big plans after graduating from Salisbury University:  Hannah Ennerfelt will conduct research at a neuroscience lab in her family’s homeland of Sweden. Katherine Potvin and Matthew Jones will teach English to students in Asia.  All three seniors earned prestigious Fulbright awards — the most winners the campus has ever had at one time.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'Living on the Land' Exhibit June 1-August 5

Guest Curator Jayme McLellan offers an exhibition presenting diverse perspectives on the relationship to the land on which humans live for  the exhibit “Living on the Land” June 1-August 5 at the Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus. An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. June 16 during the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration in downtown Salisbury. A reception with McLellan, founder of Civilian Art Projects and cofounder of Transformer in Washington, D.C., is 5-7 p.m. July 21, during that month’s 3rd Friday event.

CMAT Students Survey 'What Salisbury Needs'

What does Salisbury need? Many people — and not just in Salisbury — are finding out, thanks to the work of Salisbury University communication arts students under the direction of Dr. Chrys Egan and Elisabeth Mason.

2017 President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award Recipients Announced

The executive director of a center that provides support  for  area residents in times of crisis and “Maryland’s Coastal College Town” are the 2017 recipients of the Salisbury University President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Awards.

SU's Horton Earns Prestigious McHarg Award

The Valleys Planning Council of Towson, MD, recently presented its prestigious McHarg Award to Salisbury University professor of the practice and noted environmental writer Tom Horton. Horton teaches in SU’s Environmental Studies Department, specializing in Chesapeake Bay politics, cultures, science, nature writing, journalism and experiential education. He recently paddled his kayak 550 miles around the Delmarva Peninsula and has co-taught a summer kayaking and camping course, "Exploring Delmarva: A Water's-Eye View," at SU.

SU Graduates Education, Social Work Students in Germany

Tyler BaldwinTyler Baldwin is one of four students who this spring became the first to earn degrees in secondary education from Salisbury University, through its overseas programs offered at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, in partnership with University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Twenty-five other students were part of SU’s second cohort in social work: nine earned bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s.

SU Says Farewell to 28 Retirees

Salisbury University says farewell to 28 retiring and recently retired faculty and staff who have influenced thousands of students throughout the years. Together, they represent over six centuries of experience.

SU Honors Class Survey Informs State, Regional Leaders

SU Honors Students with Senator MathiasStudent opinions on current “hot-topic” issues informed the reasoning and decision-making of area leaders this semester – thanks to a Salisbury University Honors College class. “We surveyed students about what they thought and then presented our results to Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, City Administrator Julia Glanz and U.S. Congressman Andy Harris,” said sophomore Kristy Trojan.

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.

'IN TRAINING' Art Exhibit at SU March 30-June 10

Works by artist Liss LaFleur are on display during the exhibit “IN TRAINING” March 30-June 10 in the Electronic Gallery, Conway Hall Room 128. An artist talk and reception with LaFleur is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Conway Hall Room 153.

$5.5 Million Rommel Gift to Benefit New Center for Entrepreneurship

Dave Rommel & SU President Janet Dudley-EshbachSalisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced a $5.5 million gift from Dave and Patsy Rommel, benefiting SU’s new Center for  Entrepreneurship at the Plaza Gallery Building in downtown Salisbury and supporting other future activities of the campus and the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.

SU President Delivers State of the University Address

SU President Janet Dudley-EshbachSince Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach became President of Salisbury University in 2000, the institution has undergone many changes. With the support of the campus community, alumni, the University System of Maryland, legislators and others, SU has grown dramatically in enrollment and selectivity, much-needed new buildings have become reality, and the Foundation also has grown as a result of private and corporate fundraising efforts. The State of the University Address outlines many successes while underscoring the need to embrace change to ensure that the University continues to build upon its reputation, academic excellence and fiscal strength. “The Accelerating Pace of Change: How Well Are We Responding?” was presented on April 18, 2017. The speech highlights the changing face of higher education and how SU plans to respond to maintain its reputation as A Maryland University of National Distinction.

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.

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.

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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