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SU Arts Minute - October 5-11

Highlights include Homecoming and Family Weekend events, as well as the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program's presentation of To Kill a Mockingbird, a music faculty recital and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art's Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo.

SU Theatre Presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird' October 8-18

Salisbury University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program opens its 2015-16 season with the stage adaptation of an American literary classic. To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is performed Thursday-Sunday, October 8-11 and 15-18, in the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays. Dr. T. Paul Pfeiffer, co-chair of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department, directs.

Shelton Wins Sophomore Year Experience T-Shirt Contest

Salisbury University junior Emily Shelton tapped into her memories — both childhood and collegiate — to create the 2015 SU Sophomore Year Experience T-shirt. Shelton, a fine art major from Salisbury, is the winner of this year’s T-shirt design contest. Her image, titled “The Magic Shuttle Bus,” combines the iconic vehicle from the 1990s Public Broadcasting System TV show The Magic School Bus with the SU shuttle bus she frequently rode to and from campus as a freshman.

Tickets Available for Oct. 13 Tibetan Prime Minister Talk

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, sikyong (prime minister) of Tibet and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, delivers the message “Democracy and the Third Way” 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, at Salisbury University.

SU Town-Gown Survey Available Through Nov. 30

OCTASalisbury University — celebrating its 90th anniversary this year — and the City of Salisbury are developing even closer relationships, with the campus expanding to downtown and ties growing on projects of mutual interest, from business and scientific research to service, civic engagement and education. Now, community members will have the chance to share their opinions on where they’d like to see the relationship go through a new online survey. From October 1-November 30, area residents may take the survey, administered through The Optimal College Town Assessment, at

SU Library Hosts Annual Fall Book Sale Oct. 5-11

Salisbury University’s Blackwell Library hosts its annual fall book sale October 5-11. Books include children’s literature, novels and academic subject areas. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks $1. All who purchase books will be entered into a drawing for  prizes.

'Heaven Is Under Our Feet' Exhibit Presented Through October 29

Salisbury University art majors show their works during the exhibit “Heaven Is Under Our Feet” through Thursday, October 29, at the SU Student Art Center, 303 W. College Ave. An opening reception is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8. Participating students include Samantha Brekosky, Megan Burak, Christy Cox, Julianne Durkin, Maeve Gonder, Kelcie Mack and Amy Sullivan. Faculty advisor is Jinchul Kim.

Homecoming and Family Weekend Scheduled October 8-11

From reunions to fun activities for  parents and students, Salisbury University’s 2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend is packed with excitement. Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted. Special invitations are required to participate in some reunion events. For more information, or to pre-register for  Homecoming events, call 410-543-6042 or visit the SU Alumni website at

SU Music Faculty Recital Scheduled Friday, October 9

Music from the U.S. and Europe is featured during a Salisbury University music faculty recital 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. Musicians include Lee Knier on trombone and euphonium; Dr. Danielle Cumming on guitar; and Dr. William Folger, co-chair of SU’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department, on piano.

SGA Hosts Homecoming Week October 5-11

From a battle of the bands and indoor beach party to a parade and block party, Salisbury University’s Student Government Association rallies the campus during Homecoming Week.

SU's Maddux Earns USM Regents Staff Award

Facilities maintenance at Salisbury University often is done behind the scenes and out of sight of the general campus population. If not done properly, it can have immediate campuswide implications. When a maintenance emergency arises, faculty and staff depend on Bob Maddux. For his efforts not only keeping the campus’ infrastructure running smoothly, but interacting with students through organizations such as the SU Outdoor Club, he recently received one of the University System of Maryland’s highest honors: the Board of Regents Staff Award for  Excellence.

Safe Space Area Dedicated in Memory of Polly Stewart

As founder of Salisbury University’s Horizons program (now known as Safe Spaces), Dr. Polly Stewart provided safe spaces for  many LGBTQ students and faculty during her 30-year tenure at SU. Her legacy lives on more than a decade after her retirement in 2004 and her death in 2013, thanks to a new safe space seating area, near Fulton Hall, dedicated in memory of the long-time English professor.

Alumnus Rides 'Unofficial' Sea Gull Century

Bill DavisAlthough officially canceled, Salisbury University’s 2015 Sea Gull Century was completed by at least one rider. Alumnus Bill Davis ’85 of Seaford embarked from campus at 6:48 a.m. ― as he has done every year since 1992. “The Sea Gull means enough to me that I didn’t want to see its continuity broken,” he said of the ride’s 27-year history.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'It's Fine' August 12-October 17

It's FineSalisbury University graphic design alumni Sarah O’Malley, Cory Parks, Andy Smith and Luke Sohl showcase their works during the exhibit “It’s Fine” August 12-October 17 at the SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus. An artist lecture is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 10. A reception is 5-7 p.m. September 18 during the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'The Great American Landscape' August 12-October 10

Landscapes?for? the PeopleSalisbury University Art Galleries celebrates the natural beauty of the United States during the exhibit “The Great American Landscape: Photographs by Ansel Adams, George Alexander Grant, Eliot Porter and the National Park Service.” The exhibition is on display August 12-October 10 at the SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus. A reception and book signing with guidebook authors Ren and Helen Davis is 5-7 p.m. September 18 during the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'The Luminous Surface' August 24-October 31

The Luminous SurfaceSalisbury University Art Galleries presents “The Luminous Surface,” curated by David Linton, August 24-October 31 at the University Gallery of Fulton Hall and Electronic Gallery, Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) Room 128.  A reception with the curator is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, in the University Gallery. In connection with the exhibit, artist Ursula Scherrer, with musicians Brian Chase and Kato Hideki present “afloat,” on Wednesday, September 30, from 5-8pm in TETC Room 317. A panel discussion with curator David Linton and exhibiting artists is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, in Fulton Hall Room 111.

SU Art Gallery Presents Senior Dupree's 'Living Deliberately' October 2-31

The Guerrieri University Center Art Space hosts the exhibit “Living Deliberately” by Salisbury University senior art major Claire Dupree from October 2-31. The cofounding president of the SU Art Club and winner of SU’s Marie A. Cavallaro Scholarship, Dupree has exhibited at Baltimore’s Charmed Life Gallery, among other venues. She hopes to continue her studies of art in graduate school before going on to teach at the collegiate level.

USM Community to Participate in Maryland Unites

Adelphi, Md. (July 7, 2015) -- University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret announced that the USM community will participate in Maryland Unites: Day of Service. Maryland Unites is Governor Larry Hogan's initiative for  state employees to offer their time and talents through community service.  For more information, visit

Nabb Center Presents 'Rails Across Delmarva' Exhibit September 9-December 4

Princess Anne Railroad DepotSalisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for  Delmarva History and Culture recalls the importance of train travel on the peninsula in the 19th and 20th centuries through the exhibit “Rails Across Delmarva.” The installation opens Wednesday, September 9, at the center’s gallery, 190 Wayne St., continuing through Friday, December 4.

Environmental Colloquium Series Continues This Fall at SU

Salisbury University’s fall Environmental Studies Colloquium Series continues with “Recycling the Elements of Life: Nitrogen, Carbon and a Few Good Words” with for mer Maryland state biologist Nick Carter and poet Catherine Carter on Wednesday, October 14.

Fulton Faculty Colloquia Topics Announced for Fall 2015

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 dates from September-December in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 152, unless otherwise noted.

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.

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.”

Salisbury University Officially Breaks Ground on Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

GroundbreakingWith broad smiles and shiny shovels, Salisbury University, its friends and supporters broke ground today on the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons (GAC). At 224,071 square feet, the $111.4 million facility will be the largest academic building in SU history. Home for  a sorely needed new library, with it comes a reconfiguration of University classroom, research and study space in a manner that planners predict will change campus dynamics. The GAC is a conscious attempt to transform learning at the institution—in ways which will not only impact how students and faculty interact, but, potentially, how the Lower Eastern Shore relates to the SU academic community.

SU Breaks Ground on New $19M Sea Gull Stadium During Homecoming

Sea Gull Stadium renderingSalisbury University’s 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend has a special significance for SU athletics and its fans: On Saturday, October 18, the University unveils the designs of its new $19 million stadium, as well as a planned $10 million renovation of its athletics fields and other facilities. This comes at the official groundbreaking for  Sea Gull Stadium.

SU Selected as a 2015-16 College of Distinction

Colleges of DistinctionSalisbury University has been selected as a 2015-16 College of Distinction. Salisbury was chosen for  its “continued commitment” to the four distinctions, said founder Wes Creel.  These include:  engaged students, outstanding teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Started over a decade ago, the Colleges of Distinction website helps young people, and their families and counselors, find campuses that are right for  them. According to Creel, the institutions that are included “are the best places (for students) to learn, grow and succeed.”

'Consumers Digest' Names SU to Top 100 College Values

Consumers Digest has named Salisbury University one of its Top 100 College Values. Selected from among some 2,000 U.S. campuses that offer four-year degrees, SU ranked No. 31 out of 50 public institutions spotlighted. The rankings are “based on attributes that validate or define academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees, and room and board.” 

Princeton Review Names SU Among 'The Best 380 Colleges' for 2016

"The professors here are down-to-earth, friendly, and just passionate about what they are teaching.” You learn “lessons that you will be able to take far beyond the classroom.  [They] don’t just teach so that you will pass a test, they teach for  life.  They’re awesome.” These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges.

'U.S. News' Again Names SU Among Nation's Best Colleges

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has named Salisbury University one of its Best Colleges for  2016. The 577 universities in the Best Regional Universities category are split among four geographic areas — North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 71st in the top tier among 183 publics and privates. It also was named among the “A-plus Schools for  B Students.”

'Kiplinger's' Again Names SU A 'Best Value'

For the seventh consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The magazine also again named SU among its “24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” SU and the other campuses on the 2015 list “combine outstanding academics with affordable cost,” Kiplinger’s said.

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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