Skip to Main Content
Salisbury University
A Maryland University of National Distinction


Press Releases

Friday, April 28, 2017
Top Stories:
A Maryland University of National Distinction. Links to article.

SU Arts Minute - April 24-30, 2017

Highlights include the first session in this year's "Balancing Your Energy with Yoga" series, the SU Opera Theatre Enesemble's presntation of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, the next concert in SU's downtown Salisbury Feature Fridays series, and the 47th annual Ward World Championship Waterfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival.

$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.

Alumni Association Welcomes Two New Board Members

Katy HopkinsDr. Monica Moody MooreThe Salisbury University Alumni Association has welcomed two communication arts graduates to its board of directors: Katy Hopkins of Millsboro, DE, and Dr. Monica Moody Moore of Silver Spring, MD. Each will serve two three-year terms. 

SU's French Discusses 'After Marriage: New Frontiers for LGBTQ Rights' April 27

Kara FrenchDr. Kara French, assistant professor of history at Salisbury University, is the next speaker in SU’s “Global Connections, Global Engagement” lecture series. Her presentation, “After Marriage: New Frontiers for  LGBTQ Rights,” is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Fulton Hall Room 111. French discusses the continuing fight for  LGBTQ civil rights in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision that legitimized same-sex marriage. Topics include transgender rights and activism, LGBTQ politics internationally and the emerging asexuality movement.

Mazur Presents 'Dreams, Demons and Deconstruction: Designing the Perfect Conflict Management Field' April 26

Dr. Cynthia Mazur, alternative dispute resolution director for  the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), discusses “Dreams, Demons and Deconstruction: Designing the Perfect Conflict Management Field” at Salisbury University Wednesday, April 26. Her presentation is 5:30 p.m. in Conway Hall Room 156. She speaks about how conflict management professionals can be more impactful, increase their sophistication and extend the scope of their value.

SU Presents 'Balancing Your Energy with Yoga' Mondays, April 24-May 15

YogaSalisbury University’s “Balancing Your Energy with Yoga” series returns this spring, Mondays, April 24-May 15. Led by Dr. Madhumi Mitra of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Natural Sciences, sessions are 5 p.m. on the Holloway Hall Lawn (rain location: Holloway Hall Great Hall). Loose clothing is required. Participants should bring their own towels or yoga mats.

Education Professors' Scholarship Helps SU Seniors

John Andes, Brianne White, Laurie AndesTwo Salisbury University education professors have created a scholarship that fully covers senior year tuition for  an education major from Maryland. Dr. Jon Andes of the Education Specialties Department and Dr. Laurie Andes of the Teacher Education Department started the Andes Family Scholarship to encourage more SU students “to enter the field of education, graduate and make a difference in the lives of young people.”

Adam Tavel Poetry Reading Apr. 29

A reading by area poet Adam Tavel is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus. Tavel won the Permafrost Book Prize for  his 2014 poetry collection Plash & Levitation. He also has won the prestigious Robert Frost Award. In addition, he is the author of the chapbook Red Flag Up and the 2017 poetry collection The Fawn Abyss. His works have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review and Massachusetts Review, among others.

SU Opera Theatre Presents 'The Old Maid and the Thief' April 27-30

Salisbury University’s Opera Theatre Ensemble presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday. Co-directed by Drs. John Wesley Wright and William Folger, and Thomas Anderson, of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department, the 1939 comic opera originally was conceived for  NBC Radio.

Two SU Professors Earn USM Regents' Awards for Excellence

Michele Schlehofer, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Stephen HabayTwo Salisbury University professors have earned the University System of Maryland’s highest faculty accolade: the Regents’ Award for  Excellence. Dr. Stephen Habay of the Chemistry Department was honored for  teaching. Dr. Michèle Schlehofer of the Psychology Department was lauded for  public service.

SU Hosts 16th Student Research Conference April 28

Salisbury University students share their research on topics ranging from the sciences, to the liberal arts, to business, to education during the 16th SU Student Research Conference 12:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. Oral presentations are 1-5:45 p.m. in Henson Science Hall. Poster presentations follow from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall, where this year’s Faculty Mentor Award winner will be announced.

SU to Launch New Bachelor's in Urban and Regional Planning

SU Student Hunter PhillipsStarting fall 2017, Salisbury University will offer a new bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning (URPL). “This program gives students an opportunity to shape the future of our communities, states, the nation and, ultimately, the planet,” said Dr. Amal K. Ali, program director and faculty in SU’s Geography and Geosciences Department.

56th Biannual Senior Art Exhibitions April 3-May 12

Salisbury University’s graduating art students showcase their works during SU’s 56th biannual Senior Exhibition, “Transcendence,” in the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. The fine arts portion of the show is April 3-22, with an awards reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 14. The graphic design portion is May 1-20, with an awards reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 12. Light refreshments are served at both receptions.

SU Feature Fridays Series Continues with Guitar Concert April 28

Salisbury University’s Feature Fridays downtown Salisbury lecture and performance series continues with a guitar concert by Dr. Danielle Cumming of SU’s Music Department, with artists-in-residence Martin Friese and Julian Walter-Nußberger on April 28.

SU Hosts 16th Relay for Life Apr. 28-29

Since 2002, Salisbury University’s Relay For Life has raised over $1 million for  the American Cancer Society (ACS). The goal  for  this year’s 16th event: continue the push toward $2 million. SU’s Relay is consistently among the top collegiate Relays in the nation, and organizers anticipate another highly successful event. Opening ceremonies for  the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser begin 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Maggs Physical Activities Center. Closing ceremonies are 6 a.m. Saturday, April 29. This year’s theme is “Cancer: Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere.”

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.

'Scenes from the House of Special Purpose' Exhibit by Glass Artist Walter Zimmerman Apr. 20-May 20

Time Lapse exhibitThe New York Times has called artist Walter Zimmerman’s glasswork “haunting and meticulously created,” noting that it has been featured in the collection of noted glass artist Dale Chihuly. Zimmerman, artist-in-residence with Salisbury University’s Glass Program, showcases his recent works in the exhibit “Scenes from the House of Special Purpose” April 20-May 20 at the SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus. An artist talk is 4 p.m. Friday, April 21.

Ernie Bond Memorial Book Drive Apr. 22-May 20

Salisbury University teacher education professor Ernie Bond was a respected faculty member on campus and a lauded international authority on children’s literature. The founder of SU’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival and  for mer chair of the University’s Teacher Education Department, Bond died unexpectedly last September. Seven months later, Salisbury community members are remembering him in a way he likely would have approved: making books more available to children. As part of the inaugural Salisbury Book Festival, organizers host an Ernie Bond Memorial Book Drive from April 20-May 20.

Spring Fulton Faculty Colloquia Series Scheduled February 21-May 16

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 Tuesdays from February-May in Conway Hall Room 152

Registration Open for CELL Regional Day Trips

Registration is open for  the Salisbury University Center  for  Extended and Lifelong Learning’s (CELL’s) regional day trips in May. Advance RSVP is required for  all trips. To register, or to learn about the center and its additional offerings, visit the CELL website at

Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center Renamed for Late Professor

Late Salisbury University Teacher Education professor Ernie Bond dedicated his life to exploring literature for  children and young adults. Now, his colleagues have honored him by renaming a specialized library in Conway Hall as The Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center. Located on the second floor, the center is home to books  for  children and young adults, often used by students who want to become teachers.

SU Hosts 'The Stage is Set: Leland Starnes and the Salisbury State Theatre' Exhibit January 3-May 31

The Miracle Worker. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Our Town. Guys and Dolls. In the 1970s, residents of the Salisbury area didn’t have to travel to Broadway to see these popular shows — Dr. Leland Starnes brought them all to the university stage in what has been called a “Golden Age” for  Salisbury University Theatre.

Nabb Center Presents 'When Communities Come Together: African American Education on the Eastern Shore' January 3-May 31

From one-room schoolhouses to desegregation, African Americans on the Delmarva Peninsula saw a number of challenges and triumphs from the end of the Civil War into the 20th century. Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for  Delmarva History and Culture showcases the unique culture that supported many of those schools in the exhibit “When Communities Come Together: African American Education on the Eastern Shore.” The display opens Tuesday, January 3, in the first-floor lobby of the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.

Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning Presents 'Discover SU' Series

Salisbury University’s Center for  Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL) invites community members to get to know the campus better through “Discover SU,” a series highlighting the University’s offerings and services.

SU Hosts 'Food Systems and Sustainability' Series January 30-May 15

Food Systems and SustainabilityEverybody eats, but how many people know exactly where their food comes from? Salisbury University explores the complex and sometimes volatile topics of nutrition and the environment during the lecture series “Food Systems and Sustainability” select Mondays from January 30-May 15. Presentations are 7-8:30 p.m. in Conway Hall Room 153.

'IN TRAINING' Art Exhibit at SU March 30-June 10

Works by artist Liss LaFleur are on display during the exhibit “IN TRAINING” March 30-June 10 in the Electronic Gallery, Conway Hall Room 128. An artist talk and reception with LaFleur is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Conway Hall Room 153.

SU Police Introduces 911 Shield App

911 ShieldThe Salisbury University Police Department has introduced 911 Shield, a free safety app enabling students, faculty and staff to immediately contact the department via their smart phones. The app, developed by 911 Cellular, not only connects to University Police (when the user is on campus) or the appropriate 911 center (off campus), but also provides the caller’s location anywhere in the country through an internal positioning system or geographic locator.

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.

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.”

SU Honors Norman H. Conway with Dedication of Conway Hall

Salisbury University alumnus Norman H. Conway has dedicated his life to education and the public good. During a festive ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, his Alma Mater recognized his devotion to learning, to the Eastern Shore and to all of Maryland by rededicating its award-winning Teacher Education and Technology Center as Conway Hall.

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.
Salisbury University 1101 Camden Avenue Salisbury, MD 21801 410-543-6000