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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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SU Statement on Charlottesville Tragedy

The racially motivated incidents of hate and violence witnessed this weekend in the City of Charlottesville and in proximity to the University of Virginia campus are antithetical to the principles of free inquiry and open discussion that are the basis of learning and scholarship. Our thoughts are with the victims of these tragic events. Salisbury University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and fairness on our campus.

Governor Thanks SU Police for Tornado Efforts

Governor Larry Hogan with SUPD officersDuring a recent visit to the Eastern Shore, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan thanked first responders for their efforts following the EF1 tornado that touched down near Salisbury University in early August. The SU Police Department was among the agencies and individuals thanked by the Governor.

SU CELL Receives $2,500 Women's Fund Grant for Girls Innovation Academy

Salisbury University’s Center for  Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL) recently received a $2,500 grant from The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore to support CELL’s inaugural Girls Innovation Academy. The program culminates with a lunchtime presentation on campus and a poster session at the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration in downtown Salisbury from 5-8 p.m. August 18.

SU Art Galleries Hosts Youth Workshop August 14-18

Salisbury University Art Galleries (SUAG) hosts a weeklong summer youth installation workshop for  children ages 6-12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, August 14-18, at SUAG Downtown in SU’s Plaza Gallery Building, 212 W. Main St. Participants learn about the foundations of abstract and conceptual art, including exploration of ways nature, sound and space may be combined with painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Projects involve all five senses through activities including driftwood sculpture, tapestry dying, abstract drawing, color drumming, painting through sound (and directly on walls) and installation.

SU and Wicomico Public Libraries Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Party August 21

Area residents have a chance to be part of history on Monday, August 21, during the Great American Eclipse. Salisbury University and Wicomico Public Libraries celebrate with a viewing party from noon-2:30 p.m. at the library in downtown Salisbury. Those attending will have the opportunity to create pinhole projectors that will allow them to view the eclipse at approximately 2 p.m. SU’s Physics Department provides free eclipse glasses from the American Astronomical Society and Google that will allow up to 1,000 spectators to safely view the phenomenon, as well as solar telescopes and a live feed, via NASA, from parts of the U.S. where the total eclipse is visible.

Panel Discussion on New Student Reader Book 'Sula' August 24

In 1973, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison painted a vivid picture of the meaning — and cost — of being an African American woman in her critically acclaimed novel Sula. This summer, hundreds of incoming students at Salisbury University are reading the book as part of SU’s New Student Reader program, designed to introduce them to the academic community by sharing a common reading experience with classmates, faculty, staff and upperclassmen who serve as orientation team peer leaders. The public is invited to join in that experience as SU faculty host a panel discussion on the book 6 p.m. Thursday, August 24, in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium.

Siers Family Celebrates Three Generations at SU

Some people learn history at their grandfather’s knee. For Rex Siers, it will be at his grandfather’s side. Ron Siers Sr., 77, hopes to matriculate along with his 23-year-old grandson in Salisbury University’s History Department, in the graduate program, making a little history of their own as the first grandfather/grandson combo, in recent memory, concurrently in the program.

SU, Life Crisis Center Sign Official MOU

For many years, Salisbury University and the Life Crisis Center have had a mutual understanding in assisting students and other campus community members who have been victims of rape and other sexual abuse. Now, it’s official. SU and the Life Crisis Center recently signed a memorandum of understanding, outlining the services each will provide in ongoing efforts to help students and others in crisis situations.

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company Kiosk Announced for Guerrieri Academic Commons

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company renderingSalisbury University has announced the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company (CBRC), based in Crofton, MD, as its coffee partner for  the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. In addition to traditional hot coffee, the CBRC kiosk will serve cold-brewed and nitrogen-infused coffee on tap. Bakery items, hot breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, parfaits and pre-packaged items also will be among the offerings.

SU Hosts Summer Research Celebration

For some college students, summer on the Eastern Shore isn’t about the beach. Recently, some 12 students from across the U.S., along with others from Salisbury University, presented their recent scholarship during SU’s annual Summer Research Celebration.

SU Students Earn Film Internships in New York

Laura Moriarty’s novel The Chaperone is about a woman who escorts a 15-year-old girl from Wichita to New York, where the young lady begins her ascendancy in show business. Salisbury University’s Leslie Yarmo might not be an official chaperone – she’s an associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department – but she is committed to mentoring and nurturing young adults on campus and off. Frequently the “off” involves guiding them from Salisbury to NYC, where, over the summer, two of Yarmo’s current students, Bailey Kirk and Kimberly Brown, interned on a movie set and one of her for mer students, Mihret Asfera, joined them as a production assistant. And in a meta-twist, they worked on a big-screen adaptation of The Chaperone.

Nabb Center Celebrates Wicomico County's Sesquicentennial With Exhibit Through September 28

Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center  for  Delmarva History and Culture celebrates Wicomico County’s sesquicentennial with the exhibit “Looking Back: Wicomico at 150” at the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. The exhibit is showcased in the building’s first-floor lobby through Friday, July 28. It will relocate to the Assembly Hall concourse, on the fourth floor, from August 1-September 28.

SU Campaign Helps Build Neighborhood Relationships

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University students and members of SU’s Town-Gown Neighborhood Relations and Neighborhood Compact committees visit homes near campus during the University’s annual “Common Ground” door-knocking campaign 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, August 22.

Traffic Advisory Issued for SU Move-In Day August 24

Traffic advisoryThe Salisbury University Police Department has issued a traffic advisory on Camden Avenue between College Avenue and Pine Bluff Road from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, as approximately 1,200 new students and their parents come to campus for  Move-In Day. Non-University northbound traffic on Camden Avenue from the Fruitland/Eden areas that morning will be detoured onto Route 13 at the Pine Bluff Road and Camden Avenue intersection. To save time, northbound traffic may want to detour onto Route 13 one intersection sooner, at Kay Avenue, or use Riverside Drive until the detour ends at 2 p.m. Traffic should be flowing normally by early afternoon.

$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.

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.”

'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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