With over 2,700 recorded trees and an ever-growing collection of shrubs, vines and perennials, Salisbury University’s 200-plus-acre campus is comprised of some of the most horticulturally diverse grounds on the Eastern Shore. SU recently joined only 25 other arboreta in the world to receive Level III accreditation — the second highest possible — from the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Register of Arboreta. Just 14 others in the U.S. hold this distinction. Currently, SU is the only Level III arboretum in Maryland, and one of only eight colleges and universities in the world to hold that status.
Salisbury University hosts a screening of the PBS Time Scanners documentary Machu Piccu 7 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. In the documentary, structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of experts into the Peruvian jungle to scan the 500-year-old sacred Inca city in the Andes using 3-D laser technology. They attempt to determine how the Inca built the city atop a mountain ridge, how its terraces were constructed and how the city obtained its water supply.
Salisbury University “provides a diverse, inclusive and successful learning environment where faculty “love what they do and prepare students for the world” and “a main priority of campus life is to give back to the community.” These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges. The University is among the nation’s top 15 percent of four-year colleges, according to the Review’s flagship guide.
One person’s trash can be an artist’s treasure. That’s the philosophy of artists Heather Harvey and Aurora Robson, who refashion waste and debris into installations that reimagine personal memories, explore how objects carry meaning, and draw attention to environmental and philosophical issues. Their works are on display during the exhibit “Remake/Remodel” August 20-October 27 at the University Gallery of Salisbury University’s Fulton Hall. An artist talk with Harvey is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27. A reception follows.
The Girls Innovation Academy @ SU returns to Salisbury University this summer. Hosted by SU’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL), the program incorporates curriculum on leadership, communication, innovation and technology for girls entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade. Two three-week sessions are scheduled. The first, focusing on science and the environment, is June 18-22, July 16-20 and August 13-17. The second, for arts and humanities, is June 25-29, July 17-21 and August 13-17.
Artists living and working on the Delmarva Peninsula share their work during the exhibit “Cross Currents: Contemporary Art on the Eastern Shore” through Friday, August 17, at Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown. The exhibition presents an array of practices and perspectives that reflect on what it means to be alive and making work right now. It includes two-dimensional representational and abstract painting and collage, as well as photography, silkscreen, ceramics, sculpture and installation.
Salisbury University student Annelise Beer has been collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Ragan this past academic year to restore authentic artifacts from the Iron Age and reproduce them using cutting-edge technology. Their work is part of a larger movement to use present technologies to make the past more accessible and authentic.
Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Century bicycle tour celebrates 30 years this fall. Registration for the annual event opens Tuesday, May 15. The ride is set for Saturday, October 6. “We are excited to mark three decades of cycling!” said Amy Waters, SU’s director of donor relations and special events.
For Salisbury University students Rachel and Jennifer Rolle studying abroad is a family affair. Last year, Rachel, a senior finance major, received one of just 79 Global Korea Scholarships worldwide from the Korean Government Scholarship Program, allowing her to spend a semester studying business, finance, marketing and Korean language at Chonnam International University in the city of Gwangju. This year, Jennifer, an information systems major in SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, has earned the scholarship, embarking on her study abroad program in August.
Situated on the Delmarva Peninsula, Salisbury University is uniquely qualified to provide students and researchers with hands-on opportunities to study the Chesapeake Bay. SU expands that reach to the greater academic community during the inaugural Chesapeake Studies Conference in July 2019. The University recently submitted a call for proposals for the interdisciplinary conference with the theme “Casting a Wide Net.” Proposals for oral presentations, panel discussions and posters are due Wednesday, October 31.
This fall, Salisbury University students combat hunger on campus through a new “Food for the Flock” food pantry. Through a partnership with the Maryland Food Bank, the initiative seeks to provide nutritious meals for food-insecure students. Organizers are asking the campus community to help stock the pantry’s shelves during a donation event Tuesday-Wednesday, August 7-8. Non-perishable food may be dropped off at the Scarborough Leadership Center from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Donors will have an opportunity to add their names added to a partnership display at the center.
As director of the honors program at Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. Andrew Martino enjoyed serving a campus where “everybody knew everybody else.” He hopes to achieve that same sense of familiarity at Salisbury University, where he recently became dean of the SU Honors College.
Spin, which has operated bike share programs at campuses across the country, including Salisbury University, has announced it is retiring the program. As a result, daily support for bike share operations has been halted nationally, and the Spin bike app may cease functionality at any time. SU is waiting for details regarding bike collection and information on the refunding of extended memberships. (The University reaped no financial benefit from the program, but supported bike sharing as part of its sustainability efforts and as a service to campus users.) The Sustainability Office and City of Salisbury are exploring other options which might provide alternatives to bike ownership, as Spin had.
Salisbury University students and members of SU’s Town-Gown Neighborhood Relations and Neighborhood Compact committees visit homes near campus during the University’s annual “Common Ground” door-knocking campaign 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, August 21. Each year, the campaign helps increase students’ awareness of their responsibilities to act as good citizens and addresses neighbors’ concerns about student behavior by allowing them to chat face-to-face. Door-hangers distributed through the initiative offer students living off campus tips for fitting into their new neighborhoods and provides resources for non-students to report any issues.
PNC Bank, a recognized leader in university banking, and Salisbury University have formed a new partnership which will lead to additional financial literacy programs for students, more ATMs throughout campus, and increased banking convenience and services for all, including faculty and staff. The partnership will result in an elevated presence for PNC at student and employee orientations as well as student move-ins and Survival of Arrival.
Salisbury University today announced the creation of a new College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). This dramatic restructuring of academic programs reflects the growing importance of these fields. It supports related workforce demands as the state and nation try to address the opioid epidemic, the rapidly aging Boomer Generation and distinct rural health care needs. Set to launch this fall, the CHHS is expected to become the largest academic unit on campus, with nearly 2,200 students.
This “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.
The Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc. today reaffirmed its commitment to Salisbury University, announcing a $2.5 million gift for SU’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. A pioneer in the commuter aviation industry, Henson endowed the school bearing his name with another multi-million-dollar donation in 1987. This latest marks the 30th anniversary of that initial commitment.
Salisbury 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.
Salisbury University has been selected as a 2017-18 College of Distinction. Salisbury was chosen for its continued commitment to the four distinctions, said founder Wes Creel. These include: engaged students, outstanding teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Started over a decade ago, the Colleges of Distinction Web site helps young people, and their families and counselors, find campuses that are right for them. According to Creel, the institutions that are included are “essential to educating the next generation of young adults.”
U.S. News & World Report has named Salisbury University one of its Best Colleges for 2018. The 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category are split among four geographic areas — North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 78th in the top tier among 187 publics and privates. It also was named among the “A-plus Schools for B Students.” 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.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance again has named Salisbury University one of its 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.” Academic quality carries more weight than costs in Kiplinger’s for mula. Among public colleges, SU is No. 98 based on in-state costs and No. 77 for out-of-state costs. SU also ranked No. 247 on the full list of 300 campuses.
Forbes magazine again has named Salisbury University among “America’s Best Value Colleges.” SU is one of “300 schools worth the investment” out of nearly 2,500 public and private colleges and universities in the nation, according to the publication. Salisbury has been named among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes for the past four years.
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of the campus community, Salisbury University has implemented an emergency notification system that sends messages in the event of an emergency via the Alertus+ mobile app. Students, faculty and staff must register to receive the emergency alerts by downloading the app.