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SU Arts Minute - September 19-25

Highlights include a talk by Nobel Peace Prize recipient José Ramos-Horta, the return of award-winning accordionist Petar Marić, Dr. James Hatley as the next speaker in SU's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, John Wesley Wright as the next presenter in SU's Feature Fridays arts series, and the University's fourth annual Research Day and Innovation Showcase.

'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.

SU Welcomes United Way CEO Coordinator and Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

United Way Campaign Kickoff BreakfastSalisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach recently welcomed a record number of attendees at the 2016 United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s CEO Coordinator and Campaign Kickoff Breakfast, held in the University Commons. Featured speaker Principal Salome Thomas-El, award-winning and internationally recognized educator, received a standing ovation for  his rousing and inspirational talk. SU’s Squawkappella students sang, and Katie Kirby of the SU Student United Way led the opening prayer.

SU Art Galleries Inaugurates New Space With 'inFORMATION' Exhibit September 8-November 5

Courtesy of David BrameThe Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus moves into temporary space this academic year in the Gallery Building on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza. The new location’s inaugural group exhibit and series of live events, “inFORMATION: Black Culture in Contemporary Art,” runs from September 8-November 5. The exhibition opens with screenings of Sun Ra’s 1974 Afro-futurist film, Space is the Place, at 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. A reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 16, featuring an interactive performance by Baltimore artists Ada Pinkston with Ancestral Duo and Amorous Ebony.

POLITICO Caucus Editor Steven Shepard Speaks at SU September 22

Steven ShepardWhen it comes to political coverage, POLITICO is one of the media’s heaviest hitters, reaching over 15 million people monthly through its online, television, radio and print reporting. Steven Shepard, the organization’s chief polling analyst and editor of The POLITICO Caucus, visits Salisbury University to discuss the 2016 U.S. presidential election 7 p.m. Thursday, September 22, in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium.

SU's Wright Continues Feature Fridays Series September 23

Dr. John Wesley Wright, voice professor in Salisbury University’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department, continues SU’s Feature Fridays downtown Salisbury lecture and performance series September 23 at The Brick Room, 116 N. Division St. The evening begins with a networking session at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Wright, a celebrated tenor known for  his interpretations of music from baroque to Broadway, presents a participatory talk and performance, discussing and exploring the power of communal singing. Dinner provided by a downtown restaurant follows at 7 p.m.

Flying Mystics Perform at SU Monday, September 26

The Flying Mystics bring their sounds of the shamanic journey, sonic healing, higher consciousness and world music to the Great Hall of Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall 7 p.m. Monday, September 26. eaturing Flournoy Holmes on flute and percussion, Zepi Morelli on guitar and kalimba, and Todd Roderick on percussion, the Atlanta-based band has received the International Sound Therapy Association’s Healing Sound Ambassador Award.

'One Maryland One Book' Tour Comes to SU September 27

All 16-year-old Rashad is looking for  at the corner bodega is a bag of chips. When Officer Paul Galluzzo mistakes him for  a shoplifter, culminating in a misguided act of violence, the action divides a school, a community — and ultimately a nation. That’s the triggering event in the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, this year’s “One Maryland One Book” selection. As part of a book tour hosted by the program, the authors host a presentation and discussion 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, in the Assembly Hall of Salisbury University’s Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.

SU's Smith Earns USM Regents' Staff Award for Excellence

Todd Smith USM Regents' AwardWeb application consultants don’t come cheap. For four projects recently completed at Salisbury University, consulting estimates ranged up to $30,000 per job. By using his expertise to complete these projects in house, SU Web Communications Manager Todd Smith significantly reduced those costs while providing institutional knowledge critical to development and completion. For this and other services, Smith recently received one of the University System of Maryland’s highest honors: the Board of Regents’ Staff Award for  Excellence.

SU Hosts Fourth Research Day and Innovation Showcase September 23

Research Day logoSalisbury University hosts its fourth Research Day and Innovation Showcase on Friday, September 23, in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall. Presentations spotlighting faculty work are 3-5 p.m. A reception follows from 5:30-7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

SU Honors College Hosts 'Racial Diversity and Inclusion' Book Discussion Groups

Salisbury University’s Honors College hosts two book discussion groups this semester on “Racial Diversity and Inclusion in the United States.” The initiative is held in conjunction with SU’s Multiple Dimensions of Inequality speaker series. Participants will read two books — Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics by Cedric Johnson and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — and meet five times during the semester to discuss them.

Fall Fulton Faculty Colloquia Series Scheduled September 13-November 29

Fulton HallFaculty 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 September-November in Conway Hall Room 152. Sponsored by the Fulton School, admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

SU's Cox Named Society for Professional Journalists Member of the Month

SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Jennifer Brannock Cox, assistant professor of communication arts at Salisbury University, has been named the Society for  Professional Journalists’ (SPJ’s) Member of the Month for September.

SU Pilots Bike Share Program

Salisbury University students can get around the area this semester courtesy of Katy Perry, Jay-Z and the Grateful Dead. Baas bikes (“baas” is short for  “bikes as a service”) launched its first campus bike share service at SU during the first day of classes. Each bicycle in the 100-bike fleet is named after a popular singer or band “because everyone loves music,” said company co-founder Rob McPherson.

Sea Gull Century Returns Saturday, October 8

After a one-year hiatus, Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Century bike ride is back!  On Saturday, October 8, some 7,000 cyclists are expected to again traverse the Lower Eastern Shore.  Due to the closure of Nassawango Golf Course (which was used as a rest stop for  all three routes), several other rest stops have been added and expanded, and some turns have changed.

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

Ruth Starr Rose ExhibitDespite having her artwork in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and regular correspondence with Harlem Renaissance artists such as Prentiss Taylor, Ruth Starr Rose may not yet 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 exhibition of Rose’s work, “Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” beginning Monday, August 29.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

'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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