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SU Arts Minute - October 12-18

Highlights include SU's concluding Hispanic Heritage Month celebration performance, talks by the prime minister of Tibet and this fall's Riall Education Lecturers, the SU German Club's 43rd annual Oktoberfest celebration, a silent film screening with live accompaniment, a new SU Art Galleries exhibit and the opening of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra's 30th season.

SU's Mukhopadhyay discusses 'Nationalism Beyond National Borders' October 15

Salisbury University’s “Global Connections, Global Engagements” lecture series continues with a presentation by Dr. Aparajita Mukhopadhyay on Thursday, October 15. The SU professor of history discusses “Nationalism Beyond National Borders: the Case of the Indian Bharatiya Janta Party” at 7 p.m. in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 153.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'DUSTY FUNK! An Afro-Future Space Opera' October 16

Salisbury University Art Galleries blasts off into a new exhibit with the opening of artist David Brame’s “Dusty Funk! An Afro-Future Space Opera” Friday, October 16, at the galleries’ Downtown Campus. A reception is 5-7 p.m. that day. An artist talk with Brame is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29. The exhibit continues through Saturday, November 7.

SU Screens Documentary 'The New Black' Tuesday, October 13

Salisbury University co-sponsors a screening of the documentary The New Black 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, in Fulton Hall Room 111. The film, by director Yoruba Richen, tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the recent marriage equality movement and the fight for  civil rights.

SU German Club Holds 43rd Annual Oktoberfest

The Salisbury University German Club brings cultural food, games and music to campus for  its 43rd annual Oktoberfest celebration. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, on Fulton Hall Lawn (rain location: Guerrieri University Center, Wicomico Room), the festival features student and community organizations, as well as the Philadelphia German Brass Band.

Tickets Available for Oct. 13 Tibetan Prime Minister Talk

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, sikyong (prime minister) of Tibet and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, delivers the message “Democracy and the Third Way” 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, at Salisbury University.

SU Town-Gown Survey Available Through Nov. 30

OCTASalisbury University — celebrating its 90th anniversary this year — and the City of Salisbury are developing even closer relationships, with the campus expanding to downtown and ties growing on projects of mutual interest, from business and scientific research to service, civic engagement and education. Now, community members will have the chance to share their opinions on where they’d like to see the relationship go through a new online survey. From October 1-November 30, area residents may take the survey, administered through The Optimal College Town Assessment, at

SU's Nabb Research Center Hosts Open House October 17

Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center  for  Delmarva History and Culture (190 Wayne St.) celebrates Family History Month with an open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, October 17. Nabb Center staff and volunteers join Dr. G. Ray Thompson, director, in helping visitors learn to use the resources available, whether just starting to research a family history or seeking help continuing genealogical research.

SU Theatre Presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird' October 8-18

Salisbury University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program opens its 2015-16 season with the stage adaptation of an American literary classic. To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is performed Thursday-Sunday, October 8-11 and 15-18, in the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays. Dr. T. Paul Pfeiffer, co-chair of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department, directs.

SU Women's Circle Hosts Simulation Center Tour, Panel Discussion

The Women’s Circle of Salisbury University invites area women to two fall events. An interactive tour of SU’s Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center (106 Pine Bluff Road, Salisbury) is 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. A “Power Hour” panel discussion about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is noon Thursday, November 19, in the Nanticoke Room of SU’s Guerrieri University Center. 

Safe Space Area Dedicated in Memory of Polly Stewart

As founder of Salisbury University’s Horizons program (now known as Safe Spaces), Dr. Polly Stewart provided safe spaces for  many LGBTQ students and faculty during her 30-year tenure at SU. Her legacy lives on more than a decade after her retirement in 2004 and her death in 2013, thanks to a new safe space seating area, near Fulton Hall, dedicated in memory of the long-time English professor.

Peacherine Orchestra Presents 'The Freshman' With Original Score October 14

Forget Dolby Surround, THX and even Vitaphone. At Salisbury University, movie music is going live. SU hosts a screening of Harold Lloyd’s classic 1925 comedy The Freshman, accompanied by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performing the film’s original score. Curtain is 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

Alumnus Rides 'Unofficial' Sea Gull Century

Bill DavisAlthough officially canceled, Salisbury University’s 2015 Sea Gull Century was completed by at least one rider. Alumnus Bill Davis ’85 of Seaford embarked from campus at 6:48 a.m. ― as he has done every year since 1992. “The Sea Gull means enough to me that I didn’t want to see its continuity broken,” he said of the ride’s 27-year history.

Respiratory Therapy Students Advance in Sputum Bowl

Kim, Woldeyohannes, Hernandez and RiazFor the third consecutive year, a team of students representing Salisbury University’s Respiratory Therapy Program won the Sputum Bowl at the Maryland/District of Columbia Society for  Respiratory Care’s recent conference in Ocean City, MD.  They advance to the 38th National Sputum Bowl, where they will compete against teams from across the U.S., during the American Association for  Respiratory Care’s conference in Tampa, FL, in November.

Portion of Wayne Street to Close for Stadium Construction Oct. 12-14

Road closedA portion of Wayne Street between Bateman and Power streets will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, October 12-14, as construction continues on Salisbury University’s new Sea Gull Stadium. Please be alert and exercise caution when walking or travelling in the area. The Wayne Street Parking Garage will remain accessible. The stadium is scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at SU Opens 30th Season With 'Viva Viola' October 17

Rita PorfirisThe Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University opens its 30th season with the concert “Viva Viola!” featuring violist Rita Porfiris on Saturday, October 17. Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, the orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Selections include Williams’ Suite for  Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore” and “Shepherd’s Hey”; Herbert’s “Irish Rhapsody”; Purcell’s “Music from Abdelazer”; and Bruch’s “Romance for  Viola and Orchestra,” op. 85.

Nabb Center Presents 'Rails Across Delmarva' Exhibit September 9-December 4

Princess Anne Railroad DepotSalisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for  Delmarva History and Culture recalls the importance of train travel on the peninsula in the 19th and 20th centuries through the exhibit “Rails Across Delmarva.” The installation opens Wednesday, September 9, at the center’s gallery, 190 Wayne St., continuing through Friday, December 4.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'It's Fine' August 12-October 17

It's FineSalisbury University graphic design alumni Sarah O’Malley, Cory Parks, Andy Smith and Luke Sohl showcase their works during the exhibit “It’s Fine” August 12-October 17 at the SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus. An artist lecture is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 10. A reception is 5-7 p.m. September 18 during the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration.

SU Art Galleries Presents 'The Luminous Surface' August 24-October 31

The Luminous SurfaceSalisbury University Art Galleries presents “The Luminous Surface,” curated by David Linton, August 24-October 31 at the University Gallery of Fulton Hall and Electronic Gallery, Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) Room 128.  A reception with the curator is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, in the University Gallery. In connection with the exhibit, artist Ursula Scherrer, with musicians Brian Chase and Kato Hideki present “afloat,” on Wednesday, September 30, from 5-8pm in TETC Room 317. A panel discussion with curator David Linton and exhibiting artists is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, in Fulton Hall Room 111.

SU Art Gallery Presents Senior Dupree's 'Living Deliberately' October 2-31

The Guerrieri University Center Art Space hosts the exhibit “Living Deliberately” by Salisbury University senior art major Claire Dupree from October 2-31. The cofounding president of the SU Art Club and winner of SU’s Marie A. Cavallaro Scholarship, Dupree has exhibited at Baltimore’s Charmed Life Gallery, among other venues. She hopes to continue her studies of art in graduate school before going on to teach at the collegiate level.

USM Community to Participate in Maryland Unites

Adelphi, Md. (July 7, 2015) -- University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret announced that the USM community will participate in Maryland Unites: Day of Service. Maryland Unites is Governor Larry Hogan's initiative for  state employees to offer their time and talents through community service.  For more information, visit

'Heaven Is Under Our Feet' Exhibit Presented Through October 29

Salisbury University art majors show their works during the exhibit “Heaven Is Under Our Feet” through Thursday, October 29, at the SU Student Art Center, 303 W. College Ave. An opening reception is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8. Participating students include Samantha Brekosky, Megan Burak, Christy Cox, Julianne Durkin, Maeve Gonder, Kelcie Mack and Amy Sullivan. Faculty advisor is Jinchul Kim.

Environmental Colloquium Series Continues This Fall at SU

Salisbury University’s fall Environmental Studies Colloquium Series continues with “Recycling the Elements of Life: Nitrogen, Carbon and a Few Good Words” with for mer Maryland state biologist Nick Carter and poet Catherine Carter on Wednesday, October 14.

Fulton Faculty Colloquia Topics Announced for Fall 2015

Faculty 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 dates from September-December in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 152, unless otherwise noted.

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.

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.”

Salisbury University Officially Breaks Ground on Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

GroundbreakingWith broad smiles and shiny shovels, Salisbury University, its friends and supporters broke ground today on the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons (GAC). At 224,071 square feet, the $111.4 million facility will be the largest academic building in SU history. Home for  a sorely needed new library, with it comes a reconfiguration of University classroom, research and study space in a manner that planners predict will change campus dynamics. The GAC is a conscious attempt to transform learning at the institution—in ways which will not only impact how students and faculty interact, but, potentially, how the Lower Eastern Shore relates to the SU academic community.

SU Breaks Ground on New $19M Sea Gull Stadium During Homecoming

Sea Gull Stadium renderingSalisbury University’s 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend has a special significance for SU athletics and its fans: On Saturday, October 18, the University unveils the designs of its new $19 million stadium, as well as a planned $10 million renovation of its athletics fields and other facilities. This comes at the official groundbreaking for  Sea Gull Stadium.

SU Selected as a 2015-16 College of Distinction

Colleges of DistinctionSalisbury University has been selected as a 2015-16 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 website helps young people, and their families and counselors, find campuses that are right for  them. According to Creel, the institutions that are included “are the best places (for students) to learn, grow and succeed.”

'Consumers Digest' Names SU to Top 100 College Values

Consumers Digest has named Salisbury University one of its Top 100 College Values. Selected from among some 2,000 U.S. campuses that offer four-year degrees, SU ranked No. 31 out of 50 public institutions spotlighted. The rankings are “based on attributes that validate or define academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees, and room and board.” 

Princeton Review Names SU Among 'The Best 380 Colleges' for 2016

"The professors here are down-to-earth, friendly, and just passionate about what they are teaching.” You learn “lessons that you will be able to take far beyond the classroom.  [They] don’t just teach so that you will pass a test, they teach for  life.  They’re awesome.” These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges.

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

Holloway HallU.S. News & World Report has named Salisbury University one of its Best Colleges for  2016. The 577 universities in the Best Regional Universities category are split among four geographic areas — North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 71st in the top tier among 183 publics and privates. It also was named among the “A-plus Schools for  B Students.”

'Kiplinger's' Again Names SU A 'Best Value'

For the seventh consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The magazine also again named SU among its “24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” SU and the other campuses on the 2015 list “combine outstanding academics with affordable cost,” Kiplinger’s said.

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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