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SU Community Welcomes Author Warren St. John for Fall Convocation

“This is really one time in your life where you get to build a community from scratch,” popular author Warren St. John today told some 1,360 first-year students at Salisbury University. This year’s Fall Convocation, which St. John keynoted, was held on Red Square, outside the new Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. Pictured, from left, is Dudley-Eshbach, Miller and St. John inside the GAC after the ceremony. 

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's Cox Earns AEJMC Honors

Cox award presentationDr. Jennifer Brannock Cox, assistant professor of communication arts at Salisbury University, recently earned two honors from the Association for  Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Cox placed third in the association’s “Best Practices in Teaching” competition for  her submission “Ethics in Real Time – Using Periscope to Increase Accuracy, Truth and Transparency.” She also received an honorable mention from the “Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century” competition hosted by the association’s News and Online Division.

SU's Shuster Attends Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

Bang on a Can Summer Music FestivalEric Shuster, lecturer in Salisbury University’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department, recently spent three weeks immersed in art and music during the annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. During the festival, Shuster attended lectures, workshops and recitals, and participated in concerts. This included the six-hour Bang on a Can Marathon, a callback to the organization’s founding with a similar musical event in 1987.

SU Dining Services Provides 'Refreshed' Experience

New menus, faster and more convenient service, opportunities to provide immediate feedback, and even job possibilities—all contribute to a refreshed campus dining experience for  students coming this fall, according to Salisbury University Dining Services. “We want to take the dining experience at SU to a new level and provide a caliber of service that students can enjoy, even brag about,” said Marvin Pyles, interim vice president of administration and finance. “Eating here should be nutritional, tasty, easy, social and fun, with pleasant surprises that have you coming back for  more. That is our goal.”

SU Campaign Helps Build Neighborhood Relationships

SU Neighborhood Relations CampaignSalisbury University students committed to building good neighborhood relationships were out Tuesday walking the sidewalks, placing door hangers at campus area homes and talking with residents. On the hangers are tips for  students about how to be good neighbors and useful suggestions to residents on how to reach out to young people, many on their own for  the first time. Joining the students were Neighborhood Relations and Neighborhood Compact Committee members and two special supporters, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Robby Sheehan, chair of SU’s Town-Gown Council. About 140 students participated.

SU Hosts Ruth Starr Rose Exhibits August 29-October 29, December 2

Ruth Starr Rose ExhibitDespite exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and regular correspondence with artists such as Orson Welles, Ruth Starr Rose may not be a household name in the art world. Her legacy, however, remains an important part of Eastern Shore and African American history. The early- to mid-20th century artist spent the bulk of her career painting scenes from the Shore’s African-American community. The dignity and compassion with which she portrayed her subjects — from sail makers, to crab pickers, to soldiers, many the descendants of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman — provides a rare look at African American life on the Delmarva Peninsula during that time. She also painted vivid interpretations of Negro spirituals. Salisbury University presents a multi-gallery showing of Rose’s work, hosting the traveling exhibit “Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” beginning Monday, August 29.

Community Invited to Guerrieri Academic Commons Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony September 1

Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic CommonsThe community is invited the join the Salisbury University campus for  a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 1, outside the building on Red Square. A reception and tours follow inside until 2 p.m. The event will offer a unique opportunity to explore this new space for  academic and cultural life at SU. The building will serve as the new home for  SU’s library, the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for  Delmarva History and Culture, and many campus academic services.

PACE Hosts 'Race and Identity in the United States' Series August 29-December 5

PACESalisbury University’s Institute for  Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) sponsors the weekly lecture series “Race and Identity in the United States” 7-8:30 p.m. most Mondays from August 29-December 5 in Fulton Hall Room 111. Faculty members from a variety of disciplines, along with guests speakers, explore the relevant, complex and, at times, volatile topics of race and identity. Areas of focus include the intersection of race and class, race and the media, environmental racism, mass incarceration, privilege and oppression, “mixed raceness,” cultural appropriation, changing language and terms about race, politics and being an ally.

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate New Sea Gull Stadium Turf, Improvements September 2

Sea Gull StadiumThe community is invited the join the Salisbury University campus to celebrate the first game on Sea Gull Stadium’s new artificial turf and to see other improvements that have been made over the summer. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 2. Afterward, the Sea Gull football team takes on Albright College (PA) to inaugurate its fall season.

SU's Todd Places at National NATS Singing Audition

Jeffrey ToddSophomore Jeffrey Todd of Salisbury recently became the first Salisbury University student to place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national auditions. The music major took third place in the Lower College Men/Independent Studio Classical Music category of the competition, held during the 54th annual NATS conference in Chicago. His performance of three pieces — “Ha! Welch’ ein Augenblick!” from the Beethoven opera Fidelio, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Call” and “Pieta Signore,” an early Italian art song attributed to Stradella — earned him the title as well as a cash prize.

SU Arts Minute - August 22-28

Highlights include the semester's first SU Art Galleries exhibit, the annual New Student Reader presentation and the inaugural session in SU's new Feature Fridays series in downtown Salisbury.

Guerrieri Art Space Presents 'Whatever Forever' Through August 31

"Blue" by Mike DurkinThe Guerrieri University Center Art Space hosts the photography exhibit “Whatever Forever” by Salisbury University senior B.F.A. major Mike Durkin through Wednesday, August 31. The Art Space is located in the Guerrieri Center’s second-floor concourse. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Schoyen Inaugurates SU Feature Fridays Series August 26

Dr. Jeffrey SchoyenDr. Jeffrey Schoyen, director of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University, inaugurates SU’s new Feature Fridays downtown Salisbury lecture and performance series August 26. All Feature Friday events are held at The Brick Room, 116 N. Division St. The evening begins with a networking session at 5:30 p.m. Schoyen, a celebrated cellist, performs at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., he discusses the history of the instrument and early music. Dinner provided by a downtown restaurant follows at 7 p.m.

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.”

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 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 '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.

SU Named 'Hispanic Outlook' Top 50 'Publisher's Pick'

Hispanic Outlook coverSalisbury University is one of the top 50 colleges in the U.S. offering “outstanding opportunities to Hispanic students” according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. SU recently was named among the magazine’s annual “Publisher’s Picks,” denoting the top 50 colleges and universities for  Hispanic students in the U.S. Joining other institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, Cornell and Penn State universities, this marks Salisbury’s first time on the list since the ranking’s inception in 1995. SU was the only University System of Maryland campus selected for this year’s honor.

'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.”

'The Economist' Ranks SU in Top 15 Percent of U.S. Colleges

The Economist, a London-based news magazine known for  its thorough analysis of world events and trends, has released its first-ever college rankings — and Salisbury University is among the top 15 percent of institutions included. SU is 157th on the list of 1,275 four-year U.S. colleges. Different from other rankings, The Economist’s model set out to measure the “economic value” of institutions by comparing actual alumni earnings to expected earnings.

'Kiplinger's' Again Names SU Among 100 'Best Values in Public Colleges'

For the ninth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” SU and the other campuses on the 2016 list “combine outstanding academics with affordable cost,” Kiplinger’s said. Quality carries the most weight in its for mula. Among public colleges, SU is No. 92 based on in-state costs and No. 70 for  out-of-state costs.

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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