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SU Art Galleries Presents 'Living on the Land' Exhibit June 1-August 5

Guest Curator Jayme McLellan offers an exhibition presenting diverse perspectives on the relationship to the land on which humans live for  the exhibit “Living on the Land” June 1-August 5 at the Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus. An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. June 16 during the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration in downtown Salisbury. A reception with McLellan, founder of Civilian Art Projects and cofounder of Transformer in Washington, D.C., is 5-7 p.m. July 21, during that month’s 3rd Friday event.

Girls State Returns to SU June 18-23

From June 18-23, 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 71st session of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Maryland Girls State.

SU Police Recognized with Underage Substance Use Reduction Awards

Five Salisbury University Police officers recently were recognized for  “outstanding efforts and commitment to reducing underage drinking” during the Wicomico County Underage Substance Use Reduction awards luncheon at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Pfc. John Herbert and Sgt. William Woodward were honored with the Underage Drinking Leadership Award. Sgt. Daniel Calhoun, Pfc. Kelly Hitty and Pfc. Ronald Ciszewski earned the Underage Drinking Award.

SU Electronic Gallery Hosts "Untitled (domestic gestures)" Exhibit June 19-August 12

Untitled (domestic gestures)Artist Tania Lou Smith combines humor, costumes, composition and play in a series of performance videos detailing small acts of escape during the exhibit “Untitled (domestic gestures)” June 19-August 12 in Salisbury University’s Electronic Gallery, Conway Hall Room 128. With a background in live performance, video and photography, Smith often works with costumes and playfully examines the idea of “breaking free.” She has exhibited widely in Australia. Her works also have been seen in Indonesia, South Korea and Taiwan.

DiBartolo Named SU Athletics Director

Gerry DiBartoloDr. Gerry DiBartolo, long-time coach of Salisbury University’s men’s soccer team, is SU’s new athletics director. He has held the position on an interim basis for  the past two years. DiBartolo began his coaching career at SU as an assistant men’s soccer coach in 1979, the same year he was hired to teach in what is now the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. He taught marketing strategy and international marketing, and served as the school’s associate dean from 1998-2003. In 1982, he was promoted to head coach of the men’s soccer team, leading it to a 411-179-60 over 34 seasons before retiring from the position in 2015.

SU Students Welcome Senior Chinese Leader to Maryland

Veronica Sesvold and Mingjun Xue (center)Salisbury University student Mingjun Xue and alumna Veronica Sesvold ’17 recently helped welcome a senior Chinese leader to Maryland. Communist Party Secretary of Anhui Province Jinbin Li was attending a dinner reception at the World Trade Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, following a day of meetings with Maryland leaders. Speaking in both Mandarin and English, the students shared their stories of cultural exchange.

Ward Museum Showcases New Additions

Luetkemery and Mullan Legacy Center Ribbon CuttingThe Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, is showcasing two new additions to its waterfront facility on Schumaker Pond. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for  the John A. Luetkemeyer Sr. and Thomas F. Mullan Jr. Legacy Center, pictured, took place Thursday, June 15. A re-dedication ceremony for  the museum’s Richard A. Henson Education Center was Saturday, June 17.

SU's Bradley Completes Northwestern School of Police and Staff Command Program

Sandra BradleySalisbury University Police Lt. Sandra Bradley recently completed the Northwestern School of Police and Staff Command’s 10-week program. Held over five months at Penn State University, the course helps prepare law enforcement managers for  senior positions by combining academic principles with practical applications.

$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.

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.

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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