2005 Budget Testimony
Salisbury University’s national prominence is
not only academic, it can be seen on the athletic fields as well. As a
Division III school, no athletic scholarships are offered to any of our
student-athletes. Still, SU placed 12th among 430 schools in
the final 2004 NCAA Division III Directors’ Cup rankings for
intercollegiate athletics, our highest finish ever, and currently we are
ranked 6th for this academic year. We celebrated two national
championships in 2004, in men’s lacrosse and women’s field
hockey. Further, SU's men's rugby team won the national club
championship in play held at Stanford University. This success is
further heightened by the fact that SU had the highest total number of
student-athletes named to the 2004 All-Capital Athletic Conference
Academic Honors Team.
Individual student awards and
achievements in research and community service last year are too numerous to
mention here, but let me highlight the national recognition garnered by our
Relay for Life event. For the second year in a row, ours was the number one
college Relay in the nation based on contributions raised per campus population,
contributing some $42,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
I am very proud of the students
we attract to Salisbury University. Eighty-five percent of our students are from
Maryland and more than half of these students come from the Western Shore.
Admission is highly competitive –
we receive about 5000-5500 applications for a freshmen class of around 975.
Salisbury University continues to enjoy the highest 4-, 5- and 6-year graduation
rate in the USM.
Two SU professors last
year received the highest honor given to faculty by the University
System of Maryland – the Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence. Dr.
Augustine DiGiovanna, who has taught biology at the University for over
30 years, was honored for his teaching excellence.
Dr. Liddell Madden of the
social work faculty shares her honor with Dr. Jan Bishop from the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, being recognized for excellence in
collaboration for the dual-degree program in social work and sociology.
Salisbury faculty are
collaborating with representatives from around the country in a $2.6 million
program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Exxon/Mobil to help make the
transition from two- to four-year post-secondary institutions easier for
students. In another project, SU and Wicomico County Public Schools are
partnering in an $814,000 federal grant to make history come alive for area
children. Working together on this three-year Teaching American History grant is
SU’s Nabb Research Center for Delmarva Research and Culture, the History and
Education departments, and Blackwell Library to provide in-service training,
summer institutes, and resources for area teachers.
SCHOOLS AND CENTERS:
As a reaffirmation of the
quality of SU’s curriculum, several SU programs earned accreditations in
the past year.
AACSB International, the world’s premier accrediting organization
for business schools, reaccredited both the undergraduate and graduate programs
of the Perdue School of Business – an honor held by only 15 percent of business
Nursing programs received the highest possible rating during a
recent accreditation visit from the American Association of Colleges of
Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, securing accreditation for
the maximum period of five years.
The Council on Social Work Education granted accreditation to both
the undergraduate and graduate social work programs at SU.
In addition, SU’s top-rated athletic training education program is
one of just two Maryland programs to earn approval from the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
SU’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
partnered with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage for the
2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the national Mall in Washington, D.C. last
summer. As part of the “Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities” program,
the Ward Museum presented an exhibition of waterfowling traditions and research
on maritime trades of Crisfield, Maryland. The Ward Museum also had an exhibit
of artwork from “Maryland’s Bird Carving Tradition” during the month of January
in the Conservatory of Government House. I hope that some of you were able to
visit that display.
Our Institute for Public Affairs
and Civic Engagement this past year launched the Presidential Citizen Scholar
Program with funding from the USM’s Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, which was
awarded in July 2004 to Drs. Harry Basehart and Francis Kane. This new program
is a multi-faceted, year-long civic engagement experience that will prepare
students to become future community leaders. Students who complete the
requirements of this program will receive a certificate and distinctive
recognition as "Presidential Citizen Scholars.”
Some of Maryland’s most highly regarded educational organizations have
honored SU graduates as the best in their fields this past year. Aaron Deal
(’93) earned the 2004 Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. Patricia Adkins (’91)
was Maryland’s 2004 Assistant Principal of the Year. Alumna Penny Makuchal (’91)
was Maryland’s School Nurse of the Year and was named as one of America’s 39 top
teachers by USA Today.
Picture: SU Alumnus Aaron Deal is celebrated as 2004 MD Teacher of the
Year by his students at Salisbury Middle School School.
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