Salisbury University welcomed Dr. Charles Wight as its ninth president on Sunday, July 1. Wight had served since 2013 as president of Weber State University (WSU) in Ogden, Utah, a public regional institution of higher education with 28,000 students. At Weber State, he pursued five priorities: college affordability; diversity and inclusion; maintaining a beautiful and sustainable campus; improving student success; and building mutually positive relationships with the host community.
When doctors order lab tests for patients, their diagnoses, treatments and health often are on the line. But what really happens behind the scenes in that lab to determine the results? Salisbury University student Garrett Gordy is finding out this summer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN – the nation’s top-ranked hospital, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Dr. David Burns, associate professor in the Communication Arts Department at Salisbury University, recently was named one of Scripps Howard Foundation’s six Visiting Professors in Social Media. Burns is one of six grant recipients in the U.S. for 2018.
Artists 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.
Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who is stepping down as Salisbury University’s President at the end of the week, received a surprise gift from the City of Salisbury: a street named in her honor! Officials said a portion of Camden Avenue, running through one of the City’s loveliest residential areas and bordering some of the most historic buildings on campus, will bear the honorary title of “Janet Dudley-Eshbach Way.”
The Girls Innovation Academy @ SU returns to Salisbury University this summer. Hosted by SU’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL), the program incorporates curriculum on leadership, communication, innovation and technology for girls entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade. Two three-week sessions are scheduled. The first, focusing on science and the environment, is June 18-22, July 16-20 and August 13-17. The second, for arts and humanities, is June 25-29, July 17-21 and August 13-17.
Salisbury 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.
The 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.
The 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.
PNC Bank, a recognized leader in university banking, and Salisbury University have formed 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.
Salisbury 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.
This “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.
The 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.
Salisbury 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.
Salisbury 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.”
Kiplinger’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.
U.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.
Forbes 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.
Salisbury 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.
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of the campus community, Salisbury University has implemented an emergency notification system that sends messages in the event of an emergency via the Alertus+ mobile app. Students, faculty and staff must register to receive the emergency alerts by downloading the app.