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SU Arts Minute - October 17-23

Highlights include the continuation of SU's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Writers on the Shore series and a special SU Art Galleries event with the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, as well as performances by the SU Musical Theatre Ensemble and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

SU Musical Theatre Ensemble presents 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'

Salisbury University’s Musical Theatre Ensemble presents I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change from Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall. Directed by Dr. Darrell Mullins of the Communication Arts Department, with musical direction by Dr. William Folger, co-chair of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department, curtain is 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

SU Honors College Hosts 'Racial Diversity and Inclusion' Book Discussion Groups

Salisbury University’s Honors College hosts two book discussion groups this semester on “Racial Diversity and Inclusion in the United States.” The initiative is held in conjunction with SU’s Multiple Dimensions of Inequality speaker series. Participants will read two books — Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics by Cedric Johnson and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — and meet five times during the semester to discuss them.

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Presents 'Out of Africa' Concert October 22

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University inaugurates its 31st season with the concert “Out of Africa: Saharan Echoes” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, the performance features guest pianist Nathan Buckner. He joins the orchestra on Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concert No. 5, “The Egyptian.” Other works in the concert include Still’s Afro-American Symphony; Akpabot’s Three Nigerian Dances and Coleridge-Taylor’s “The Bamboula.”

DiBartolo Earns SU's First Fulton Professorship in Geriatric Nursing

With over 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, Dr. Mary DiBartolo of Salisbury University’s Nursing Department says there is a crisis facing the nation’s health care system. Doing her part to help educate and prepare others about this issue, DiBartolo has received SU’s first Fulton Professorship in Geriatric Nursing. “Our society as a whole must begin to change its attitudes about the aging population and how we provide care and services,” DiBartolo said. “I recognized that nurses can play a key role in the development of models of care to address the increasingly complex needs of this group.”

SU Ranked No. 1 for Environmental Studies in Maryland

Salisbury University is the No. 1 school for  environmental studies in Maryland, according to a recent ranking by Environmental The site ranks SU at No. 35 nationally. Only one other Maryland campus, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is included. The full rankings are available online at

SU Student Earns American Association of Petroleum Geologists Scholarship

Cody GarciaA Salisbury University student has received a scholarship from an international geological organization. Junior Cody Garcia, a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, received $2,000 from the U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship Program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation. He is one of only 10 recipients nationwide for  2016.  At SU, Garcia is majoring in earth science and minoring in geographic information science.

SU's Ravizza Develops Symposium for International Convention on Sport

Dr. Dean RavizzaThe 2016 Summer Olympics took Dr. Dean Ravizza of Salisbury University’s Health and Sport Sciences Department to Brazil — but not as a competitor. Ravizza was asked to develop a symposium  for  the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) related to his work on the uses of sport in humanitarian emergencies. The Convention is a joint scientific effort of the world’s four leading organizations on sport, and is held every four years in conjunction with the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'Shattered Frames: The Films of Martha Colburn' through November 8

Salisbury University Art Galleries inaugurates its fall season with the exhibit “Shattered Frames: The Films of Martha Colburn” through Tuesday, November 8, in the Electronic Gallery, Conway Hall Room 128. A workshop led by Colburn is 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 (location TBA). An artist talk and reception is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6, in Conway Hall Room 153.

Sea Gull Fund Continues to Grow at SU

What are the odds a group of college investors can out-perform the Standard & Poor’s average over the course of 16 years? At Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, very good. Since 2001, groups of practicum students have managed an investment fund  for  the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. In that time, the fund has grown from an initial balance of $286,000 to some $600,000 as of this September.

SU Art Galleries Inaugurates New Space With 'inFORMATION' Exhibit September 8-November 5

Courtesy of David BrameThe Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus moves into temporary space this academic year in the Gallery Building on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza. The new location’s inaugural group exhibit and series of live events, “inFORMATION: Black Culture in Contemporary Art,” runs from September 8-November 5. The exhibition opens with screenings of Sun Ra’s 1974 Afro-futurist film, Space is the Place, at 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. A reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 16, featuring an interactive performance by Baltimore artists Ada Pinkston with Ancestral Duo and Amorous Ebony.

SU Students Promote PACE Voter Education with 'Squawk the Vote'

SALISBURY, MD---Students in Dr. Chrys Egan’s Political Communication class at Salisbury University recently encouraged their fellow Sea Gulls to “Squawk the Vote” via a press release and online video campaign. Through the assignment, students promoted the voter education series hosted by SU’s Institute for  Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) in September.

Comptroller Announces Office's First Remote Taxpayer Call Center at Sea Gull Square

Comptroller Peter FranchotAt today’s Board of Public Works meeting, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced plans to open his agency’s first remote customer call center to assist taxpayers during the 2017 tax season. The new center, which will open in early January adjacent to the existing Salisbury Branch Office at Sea Gull Square, will enhance the agency’s ability to assist taxpayers in a timely manner and add up to 25 jobs to the local economy. “This new center will substantially increase our capacity to respond more quickly to taxpayers’ calls – especially during the busy tax season -- and boost Salisbury’s local economy with some new jobs,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Fall Fulton Faculty Colloquia Series Scheduled September 13-November 29

Fulton HallFaculty 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 September-November in Conway Hall Room 152. Sponsored by the Fulton School, admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

SU Hosts Ruth Starr Rose Exhibits August 29-October 29, December 2

Ruth Starr Rose ExhibitDespite having her artwork in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and regular correspondence with Harlem Renaissance artists such as Prentiss Taylor, Ruth Starr Rose may not yet be a household name in the art world. Her legacy, however, remains an important part of Eastern Shore and African American history. The early- to mid-20th century artist spent the bulk of her career painting scenes from the Shore’s African American community. The dignity and compassion with which she portrayed her subjects — from sail makers, to crab pickers, to soldiers, many the descendants of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman — provides a rare look at African American life on the Delmarva Peninsula during that time. She also painted vivid interpretations of Negro spirituals. Salisbury University presents a multi-gallery exhibition of Rose’s work, “Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” beginning Monday, August 29.

PACE Hosts 'Race and Identity in the United States' Series August 29-December 5

PACESalisbury University’s Institute for  Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) sponsors the weekly lecture series “Race and Identity in the United States” 7-8:30 p.m. most Mondays from August 29-December 5 in Fulton Hall Room 111. Faculty members from a variety of disciplines, along with guests speakers, explore the relevant, complex and, at times, volatile topics of race and identity. Areas of focus include the intersection of race and class, race and the media, environmental racism, mass incarceration, privilege and oppression, “mixed raceness,” cultural appropriation, changing language and terms about race, politics and being an ally.

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.

'The Economist' Ranks SU in Top 15 Percent of U.S. Colleges

The Economist, a London-based news magazine known for  its thorough analysis of world events and trends, has released its first-ever college rankings — and Salisbury University is among the top 15 percent of institutions included. SU is 157th on the list of 1,275 four-year U.S. colleges. Different from other rankings, The Economist’s model set out to measure the “economic value” of institutions by comparing actual alumni earnings to expected earnings.

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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