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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer Events Continue at Salisbury University

SALISBURY, MD---Classes may be over for most Salisbury University students, but events continue at SU and its affiliated organizations throughout the summer.

July 8-21: Some 140 students from throughout the state perform and exhibit their works during the culmination of the 2007 Maryland Summer Center for the Arts 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 21, at SU. This year marks the center’s 20th annual session. Orchestra and musical theatre students studying during the Summer Center perform in Holloway Hall Auditorium. During that time, visual arts students from the center also exhibit their works in the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. The community is invited. Sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education and directed by SU Communication and Theatre Arts faculty Robert Smith, the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts at SU offers talented middle and high school students across the state an opportunity to study music/orchestra, visual art, traditional photography, musical theatre, television production and acting in a two-week residential summer program.

August 14-19: In August, the Jack Purnell-Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament brings tennis enthusiasts throughout the country to SU to compete for $30,000 in prize money. The annual event raises funds for Coastal Hospice and memorializes its namesakes, both tennis players and cancer victims from the Salisbury area. Born in 1929, Purnell was an avid baseball player and went on to become the youngest general manager for a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds before working in the public relations office of the National Baseball League. He returned to Salisbury and worked for many years at his family’s business, Kuhn’s Jewelers. He was a community advocate and a founding board member of Coastal Hospice prior to his death in 2002. Thomas grew up in southern New Jersey and Salisbury. A natural athlete, he was a graduate of SU, where he was a member of the men’s tennis team. He left the East Coast in 1980 to work as a tennis pro in Hawaii and Guam. He returned to the area in 1981 to fight a year-long battle with cancer. He died in 1982 at age 27. For more information visit

Friday, August 24: Author Jeannette Walls rounds out August’s highlighted events with a reading from her memoir, The Glass Castle, at 6 p.m. The location will be announced. The daughter of two eccentric parents with nomadic tendencies, the freelance writer for and other publications captures her unusual life in this book, required reading for all freshmen and transfer students this year as part of SU’s New Student Reader Program. Her reading is free and the public is invited.

Through August 26: SU’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art hosts the exhibit “Derrydale prints: Classic American Sporting Art” in the LaMay Gallery. This exhibit represents the prints of the Derrydale Press, which was the preeminent publisher of outdoor books in North America during the first half of the 20th century. Founded in 1926, these publications included some of the finest prints of wildlife and sporting art in America. The museum also hosts children’s crafts classes and its popular “Nature Tales for Tots” story series all summer long. For more information call 410-742-4988, ext. 110 or 104, or visit the Ward Museum Web site at

For more information about other events listed call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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