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Monday, June 18, 2018
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$250,000 Endowment Establishes Victor H. Laws Jr. Scholarship at SU

Laws gift

For more than 65 years, the late Victor Laws was a prominent leader in the Eastern Shore’s legal community. Thanks to a $250,000 endowment from his estate, students from Salisbury University will have help becoming part of that community, as well: The Victor H. Laws Jr. Scholarship will be available annually to junior and senior pre-law students, with preference given to Shore residents.

Registration Open for New Student Summer Outdoor Programs

NSE Brochure

Registration is open for  Salisbury University’s New Student Experience Summer Outdoor Programs. Available only to incoming first-year students, the 2018 courses are: Bike, Beach & Beyond (July 13-17); Acadia Adventure (July 14-24); Achieve at Assateague (July 30-August 3); and Algonquin Canoe (August 11-22). Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Spaces are limited.

Registration Open for 30th Sea Gull Century Bike Ride

SGC DesignSalisbury University’s Sea Gull Century bicycle tour celebrates 30 years this fall. Registration for  the annual event opens Tuesday, May 15. The ride is set for  Saturday, October 6. “We are excited to mark three decades of cycling!” said Amy Waters, SU’s director of donor relations and special events.

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SU Students Earn NOAA's Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships

Rexroth and KoehlerThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has chosen two Salisbury University students – Samantha Koehler and Kayla Rexroth – as recipients of its Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. They each will receive $19,000 total for  their upcoming junior and senior years, and 10-week full-time paid internships at NOAA facilities next summer.

PACE Co-Hosts 'Community Conversations on Race' in June

PACE logoSalisbury University’s Institute for  Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) and Tri Community Mediation host three “Community Conversations on Race” presentations in June. During these presentations, participants discuss the experience following a short documentary on the initiative and information about how those attending may become part of the dialog.

Three SU ROTC Cadets Commissioned

ROTC Cadets

Three cadets from Salisbury University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program recently were commissioned as second lieutenants upon graduation. 

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SU Social Work Students Raise Over $15,000 in Funds, In-Kind Services for Community Members in Need

Social WorkStudents in Eileen Gilheany’s Macro Social Work Class Practice III Working with Communities and Organizations at Salisbury University spent countless hours on efforts to better the region during the spring semester. In all, SU students participating in these projects raised more than $15,000 in funds and in-kind services, impacting hundreds of individuals throughout the Lower Eastern Shore.

SU Earns USDE Re-Certification to Offer Federal Aid

Financial Aid OfficeSalisbury University recently received its re-certification to offer federal student aid from the United States Department of Education. The re-certification review process takes place every six years and requires a concerted effort university-wide to illustrate compliance with a cadre of federal statutes and regulations. “Given seven out of 10 SU students receive some for m of federal student aid, it’s vital to the success of our students and the University,” said Dr. Dane Foust, vice president of student affairs. “Many thanks go out to SU’s dedicated faculty and staff, especially the Office of Financial Aid, which works year-round to provide students the assistance they need to fund their educational goals.”

SU Student Gains Valuable Experience in Practicum

Marshall, left, with John and Johnny Morrison

When Salisbury University junior communication arts and marketing major Colin Marshall of Ellicott City, MD, was assigned a practicum with InterAmerican, an Ocean City, MD-based security systems company, he wasn’t sure how much his classroom knowledge would help him with the job. He learned quickly. Soon after hitting the field, Colin started working on websites, but it wasn’t until he began working on one for  Mallards, a restaurant chain in Virginia and Maryland, that his hard work began paying tangible dividends.

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Perdue School Faculty Publish in 'Journal of Management and Spirituality'

Perdue School LogoMany case studies performed by management and marketing faculty in Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business have shown that employee-owned enterprises often outperform traditional businesses. In an invited paper recently accepted for  publication by the Journal of Management and Spirituality, professors Richard Hoffman and Frank Shipper probed the shared core values that give many of those employee-owned companies their success.

SU Hosts Screening of 'Defiant Requiem' on Monday, June 25

Defiant Requiem Movie PosterSalisbury University hosts a screening of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Defiant Requiem 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, in Fulton Hall Room 111. A discussion with conductor Murry Sidlin, president and creative director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, follows.

SU Summer Carillon Concert Features The Treblemakers June 28

Janet Tebbel and Lisa LonieWhat does summer sound like?  Two of America’s most distinguished carillonneurs will give their answer with a concert on Salisbury University’s Brown and Church Carillon, Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. The SU performance is free, held rain or shine, and the public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sounds of summer from Red Square.

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SU Professors Honored as Top Nurse Educators in Delaware

Drs. Dorothea Winter and Rita Nutt

Two faculty members from Salisbury University’s Nursing Department recently were named among the Top Nurses for  2018 by Delaware Today magazine and the Delaware Nurses Association. Dr. Dorothea Winter received top honors as the Best Academic Educator. Dr. Rita Nutt also was nominated for  the same category.

Burak Named 2018 SU Employee of the Year

Employee of the Year presentationJim Burak, information technology support associate, recently was named Salisbury University’s 2018 Employee of the Year. Announced during SU’s annual Employee Appreciation Day, the award included a $1,000 cash prize. Burak, one of SU’s 12 SU Employees of the Month for  the 2017 fiscal year, was nominated for  his “superb customer service and reliable competence.”

SU's DiBartolo Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Dr. Mary DiBartolo

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has recognized the “outstanding and continuing work” of a Salisbury University professor in the field of aging. Dr. Mary DiBartolo of SU’s Nursing Department is one of the Society’s newest fellows, in the area of Health Sciences. According to GSA, the status of fellow is its highest membership class.

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Council on Social Work Education Re-accredits SU Programs

CSWE logoSalisbury University’s social work programs have been re-accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. “Our bachelors and master’s programs were reaffirmed through our national accrediting body,” said Dr. Deborah Mathews, director of SU’s School of Social Work. “Accrediataion is a must for  students to earn licensure.” The new School of Social Work is one of three divisions in SU’s College of Health and Human Services, launching this fall. 

'Cross Currents' Exhibit Showcases Contemporary Delmarva Artists Through August 17

SUAGD LogoArtists living and working on the Delmarva Peninsula share their work during the exhibit “Cross Currents: Contemporary Art on the Eastern Shore” through Friday, August 17, at Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown. The exhibition presents an array of practices and perspectives that reflect on what it means to be alive and making work right now. It includes two-dimensional representational and abstract painting and collage, as well as photography, silkscreen, ceramics, sculpture and installation.

Girls State Returns to SU June 17-22

Girls StateFrom June 17-22, more than 125 high school juniors throughout the state converge on Salisbury University for  a hands-on look at what makes government run during the 72nd session of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Maryland Girls State. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Maryland, ALA Maryland Girls State is a non-partisan event held at SU since 2009. Participants are assigned to represent fictitious cities and counties, learning how local and state governments work, from elections to the passage of legislation.

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SU Students Receive Voiture Locale Nurses Training Scholarships

Nursing Students

Four Salisbury University nursing students have received Voiture Locale #122 Nurses Training Scholarships from a local veterans group that supports skilled nursing students. The recipients are Allison Hynson, a senior from Catonsville, MD; Ashley Miller, a junior from Berlin, MD; Micah Muessing, a junior from Severna Park, MD; and Sarah Prock, a sophomore from Gwynn Oak, MD. All are nursing majors at SU.  

SU, PNC Bank Announce New Partnership

PNC Bank logoPNC Bank, a recognized leader in university banking, and Salisbury University have for med a new partnership which will lead to additional financial literacy programs for  students, more ATMs throughout campus, and increased banking convenience and services for  all, including faculty and staff. The partnership will result in an elevated presence for  PNC at student and employee orientations as well as student move-ins and Survival of Arrival.

SU Alumni Association Welcomes New Board Members

New Alumni Board MembersThe Salisbury University Alumni Association has welcomed four graduates to its board of directors: Patrick Donahue of Gambrills, MD; Erin Senkbeil Dudley of Parsonsburg, MD; Eric Hammond of Baltimore, MD; and Gloria Majchrzak of Frederick, MD. “The SU alumni network is over 50,000 strong,” said Jayme Block, assistant vice president for  development and alumni relations. 

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SU's Next President Introduced to Campus Community

Dudley-Eshbach, Wight, Caret

The Salisbury University community gave its next president, Dr. Charles Wight, a warm welcome and standing ovation during his first official campus visit. Wight was introduced by University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, as well as Regent D’Ana Johnson, who led the search committee. Outgoing President Janet Dudley-Eshbach ceremoniously passed the University mace to Wight.    

Dr. Charles Wight Named New President of Salisbury University

Charles Wight

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Charles Wight president of Salisbury University, beginning July 1, 2018. Wight will succeed Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who announced last fall her plans to step down from the position after 18 years.

SU Creates New College of Health and Human Services

CHHS StructureSalisbury University today announced the creation of a new College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). This dramatic restructuring of academic programs reflects the growing importance of these fields. It supports related workforce demands as the state and nation try to address the opioid epidemic, the rapidly aging Boomer Generation and distinct rural health care needs. Set to launch this fall, the CHHS is expected to become the largest academic unit on campus, with nearly 2,200 students.

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President Dudley-Eshbach Announces She Is Stepping Down June 30

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-EshbachDr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, the president of Salisbury University, today announced her decision to step down effective June 30, 2018. Dudley-Eshbach was appointed SU’s eighth president in 2000, the first woman to hold the office. She is the University System of Maryland’s longest-serving female president and is the second longest-tenured president in SU history.

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.

Richard A. Henson Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Gift for SU Science and Technology Programs

Henson Foundation gift announcementThe Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc. today reaffirmed its commitment to Salisbury University, announcing a $2.5 million gift for  SU’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. A pioneer in the commuter aviation industry, Henson endowed the school bearing his name with another multi-million-dollar donation in 1987. This latest marks the 30th anniversary of that initial commitment.

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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.

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

U.S. News RankingsU.S. News & World Report has named Salisbury University one of its Best Colleges for  2018. The 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category are split among four geographic areas — North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 78th in the top tier among 187 publics and privates. It also was named among the “A-plus Schools for  B Students.” 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.

SU Selected as a 2017-18 College of Distinction

Colleges of DistinctionSalisbury University has been selected as a 2017-18 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 Web site helps young people, and their families and counselors, find campuses that are right for  them. According to Creel, the institutions that are included are “essential to educating the next generation of young adults.”

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'Kiplinger's' Again Names SU Among 'Best College Values'

Kiplinger LogoKiplinger’s Personal Finance again has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” Academic quality carries more weight than costs in Kiplinger’s for mula.  Among public colleges, SU is No. 98 based on in-state costs and No. 77 for  out-of-state costs. SU also ranked No. 247 on the full list of 300 campuses.

'Forbes' Again Names SU Among 'America's Best Value Colleges'

ForbesForbes magazine again has named Salisbury University among “America’s Best Value Colleges.” SU is one of “300 schools worth the investment” out of nearly 2,500 public and private colleges and universities in the nation, according to the publication. Salisbury has been named among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes for the past four years.

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

Princeton ReviewSalisbury University encourages “active participation in things that are bigger than yourself,” “a main priority of campus life is to give back to the community,” and “going to class is a joy." These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges. The University is among the nation’s top 15 percent of four-year colleges, according to the Review’s flagship guide.

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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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