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Thursday, May 6, 2004

SU Relay For Life Raises Some $42,000 For Cancer Research

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s third annual Relay For Life recently held in connection with the American Cancer Society was a life-saving success. Participating in this year’s Relay were 425 relayers on 37 teams representing a diverse collection of clubs, departments, Greek organizations and teams of friends and families. The Relay raised some $42,000—a 20 percent increase over last year’s award-winning total, the largest per capita among colleges and universities throughout the United States. Individual award-winners are: First-place fundraising team: Lady Ruggers Second-place fundraising team: Painting Over Cancer Top organization: Phi Mu Top team per capita: Kissing Cancer Good-bye First-place individual fundraiser: Tyler Patton ($1,451.71) Second-place individual fundraiser: Lauren Jacobson ($1,086.25) Best campsite: Jim’s Team Double Dare Best team spirit: Wet ‘n’ Wilder During opening ceremonies, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach and Vice President of Advancement Rosemary Thomas shared personal stories of how cancer has recently touched their lives through family and co-workers. Their greeting was followed by the Relay’s Survivor Lap, consisting of cancer survivors. At dusk the Relay went dark until more than 100 luminaria were lit. Each bag or torch was a tribute to a loved one who had lost the fight or won the battle with cancer. Speaking for herself and SU Relay Co-chair Jason Copley, Co-chair Rebecca Lyons said, “We both were very pleased with this year’s turnout and the enthusiasm put forth by all the teams. ... I think more students are now aware of the risks of cancer and know that early detection and prevention is the key to a future without cancer. And that was one of our intentions: to get the word out and to fund research to find a cure.” Proceeds from Relay For Life benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs of research, education, patient services and advocacy. For more information call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. “We’re all excited about the future of the SSO,” he said. Completing her doctorate in performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa and her second masters in orchestral conducting at Syracuse, Wogick earned her first masters at Northern Illinois University. She completed her bachelor’s in cello performance at Chicago’s Roosevelt University followed by graduate studies at the University of Southern California. “Wogick brings an impressive background in performance and music education which I believe will serve both the University and the greater community well,” said SU Provost David Buchanan. Prior to joining SU, Wogick taught and performed at Northern Illinois University, the University of Iowa and Marshall University in West Virginia.  In the summer she joins faculties at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, Point Counterpoint in Vermont, Iowa All-State Music Camp at the University of Iowa and the Heartland Suzuki Institute at the University of Northern Iowa.  At SU, she also directs the SU Wind Ensemble and is the assistant director of the SSO Affiliated Youth and Collegiate Symphony Orchestra. “I am delighted that SU has been able to attract an outstanding conductor, talented musician, and excellent teacher to lead the SSO and Wind Ensemble,” said Dr. Timothy O’Rourke, dean of the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts. “The future of the symphony is in very good hands.” “I congratulate the search committee on their selection of Jacqueline Wogick,” said Dr. Linda Cockey, chair of the Department of Music at SU. “I know she will continue Dr. Elliot’s record of excellence.” Wogick conducts the SSO for the first time before a public audience during the orchestra’s annual Spring Concert 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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