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Four Honored with SU Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation Awards

2016 Faculty Appreciation Award recipients
From left: Paula Morris, Dr. David Rieck, Dr. Laurie Andes and Dr. Chrys Egan.

SALISBURY, MD---This year’s Salisbury University Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation Award winners are “exciting,” “outstanding,” “vested” and “positive,” according to their former students.

The association honored four with the accolade during SU’s 91st-year Fall Commencement. They include Dr. Chrys Egan, Communication Arts, of the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts; Dr. David Rieck, Chemistry, of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology; Paula Morris, Management and Marketing, of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business; and Dr. Laurie Andes, Teacher Education, of the Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies.

“These are professors whose efforts have made a lasting impression on students, who have provided dynamic classroom instruction, who exhibit attributes graduates can take with them into their careers and who have made a difference in the lives of their students,” said Julius Jones, Alumni Association president.

In their nominations, alumni raved about the faculty members who helped shape their experiences at SU.

“Dr. Egan taught an exciting class about technology that had me completely engrossed in the material all semester long, not just because of the topics but the way she presented the, at times, strange material in a very relatable manner,” said one former student. “[She] had us volunteer at an afterschool facility to keep kids off the streets in a dangerous area. I honestly was dreading having to take time out of my day to help kids, but after spending time with them and even helping give out food at the facility, I was appreciative of the experience and how by simply volunteering I could make a difference in a life of a child.”

“Dr. Rieck taught me how fun learning and teaching science can be,” said his nominator. “In labs, he taught me the importance of neatness and accurate data collection. I have since passed this information on to hundreds of students.” Another former student added: “Dr. Rieck is an outstanding educator and role model for his students. He has inspired many students to continue with their education and pursue graduate degrees. He deserves a great deal of credit for his good work.”

“I have never had an educator who was as vested in his or her students’ professional and personal success as Paula Morris,” said her nominator. “She has gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide me with the support and resources I needed to become employed soon after I graduated from SU. I enrolled in two of her marketing courses in the Perdue School, and immediately, I could tell she was different than many of the other professors. She based her lesson plans around projects that her students could use to further their professional development, and she was willing to give her free time to ensure that they would be successful.”

“Dr. Andes was an excellent professor and mentor to me while I was at Salisbury,” said a former student. “She even kept in touch and helped give me guidance during my first few years in teaching. She had so much knowledge and created a fun learning environment. She always was available if you needed help with an assignment or just some advice. Dr. Andes made such a positive impact on me that I even got my master’s degree in education, specializing in reading. She showed a love for teaching reading, the importance in reading and how to make kids love reading. Through all my years of schooling, I still consider Dr. Andes my favorite teacher.”

Teacher Education Professor's New Book Looks Inside an Osprey Nest 

An Eastern Shore osprey pair — who became adoptive parents as followers of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s popular Osprey Nest Cam watched — is featured
in a new book by Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow, a Salisbury University teacher
education professor.
Gorrow has once again teamed up with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist
Craig A. Koppie for the second in their series of raptor stories — Inside an
Osprey’s Nest: A Photographic Journey through Nesting Season
. Their first
collaboration, Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest, is a 2014 Green Earth Book Award

For this new title just released by Schiffer Publishing, Gorrow and Koppie
worked with the conservancy and nest site homeowners (known as “the Crazy
Osprey Family”). They captured hundreds of photos — and used images from the
camera at the nest — to tell the story of Tom and Audrey, newly mated ospreys
that prepare a nest together but their eggs do not hatch. Surprisingly, the
birds become foster parents when their unviable eggs are swapped by biologists
with hatchlings from an ill-fated nest.

“Working with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Crazy Osprey Family to document Tom and Audrey’s 2015 nesting season was a delightful experience,”
Gorrow said. “I felt inspired by the pair’s commitment to raising a family, and
cheered as the tiny raptors eventually grew as large as their parents before taking
first flight. Seeing the empty nest at the end of the season was bittersweet,
but saying goodbye to the young meant that they had successfully graduated into
the wild.”

Besides raising the two foster chicks, the dedicated osprey parents cared for a
fledgling that took up residence at the nest. Gorrow and Koppie meticulously
documented the events at this busy osprey homestead. 

“Like the bald eagle, osprey were once nearly eradicated due to the chemical DDT, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of conservationists, they have
made a comeback,” said Joel Dunn, Chesapeake Conservancy president and CEO.

Gorrow and Koppie hope their books promote environmental stewardship and
inspire in others an appreciation for wildlife.
Resources in this book include
information about the osprey’s plight, tips for helping injured birds and a
glossary of terms.

"We hope Tom and Audrey’s adventure is enjoyed by raptor enthusiasts, webcam
viewers, nature and wildlife lovers, conservationists, teachers, children,
photographers and others who are simply interested in reading a good news
 story,” Gorrow said.

A native of the Eastern Shore, Gorrow is an educator with more than 30
years of experience in Maryland schools. Koppie, of Annapolis, is a raptor
spokesperson with more than three decades of work with the USFWS Chesapeake Bay
Field Office.  Their raptor books are available at the SU Bookstore and
other local/online booksellers, and directly through the publisher at When purchased through the Chesapeake Conservancy’s
online store, $10 goes toward supporting conservation initiatives along the
Chesapeake Bay.

SU Authors’ Book is Finalist for Distinguished Achievement Award

When it comes to teacher wellness, Drs. Teena Ruark Gorrow and Susan Marie Muller, both faculty members at Salisbury University and experienced public school educators, really know their “ABC’s.”

Their recent book, The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers: An A-Z Guide to Improving Your Well-Being in the Classroom and Out, is a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award. Judged by an expert panel of editors and educators, the year’s top educational products were evaluated according to usability, efficacy, and overall educational value. The award credits organizations leading the way in educational resources and sets industry standards.
"We hope this book will serve as a stimulus for teachers to reflect on the many aspects of life that influence wellness," offer co-authors Gorrow and Muller. "Striking a balance between personal needs and work responsibilities is the key to achieving well-being and remaining engaged in the teaching-learning process." 

Released this year by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers offers quick, expert advice to facilitate wellness and promote career longevity. “When Teena and Susan proposed a book on wellness that would fit into Kappa Delta Pi's ABC series, it seemed a perfect match,” said Series Editor Karen Allen. “The purpose of our ABC series is to offer teachers practical tips and ideas that they can access easily and try right away.”

The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers presents a repertoire of strategies to facilitate well-being, promote career longevity, and address everyday problems faced by today’s teachers. Signs of optimal wellness, strategies to promote balance, and other self-assessment tools to help improve overall health are also included. Gorrow and Muller advise, "It is never too late to make a fresh, exciting start. Enthusiastically embrace life, forgive past mistakes, and go for the gusto!"

Learn more about the authors and their interest in teacher wellness at KDP’s Excellent Educator Blog Kappa Delta Pi, Gorrow, and Muller will be recognized during the AEP Awards in June at the National Press Club in Washington, DC – learn more about the 2009 AEP Awards at An excerpt and other information about this book can be viewed online at 

Teena Ruark Gorrow, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, is a former public school teacher, principal, and central office administrator. Professor Susan Marie Muller,Chair of the Health, Physical Education, and Human Performance Department, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Health-Fitness Instructor.

Education faculty involvement at the recent Maryland State Reading Conference 
Salisbury University’s Education Departments were well represented at this year’s State of Maryland International Reading Association Council’s (SoMIRAC) Annual Conference.  The Thirty-sixth Annual Conference was held at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn and Conference Center in Baltimore, April 16-18, 2008.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Unlocking the World of Literacy.”  SU faculty members certainly aided in that cause.  Seven SU faculty members made formal presentations and many helped with other conference functions.
Dr. John Wolinski teamed with Robin Daubach, Principal of Denton Elementary School in Caroline County, and presented a session entitled “Schema Matters: Unlocking Schema-Unlocking Meaning.”  Dr. Joyce Wiencek presented on “Reaching Out to Parents,” based on a grant she received from SoMIRAC to help advance literacy at home.  Dr. Wiencek also partnered with Dr. Chin Hsiu Chen and conducted a session titled “Engaging Primary Students in Reading Non-Fiction Texts.”  Dr. Laurie Andes goal was reaching English Language Learners.  Her topic was “Developing Teams to Assist English Language Learners: Teacher Candidates, Interns, and Paraprofessionals.”  Dr. Claudia Burgess connected mathematics and reading in her presentation on “Unlocking Creativity and Critical Thought: Journaling that Merges Multiple Literacies.”  Dr. Burgess was accompanied by Kolby Davis-Noble, an SU undergraduate Elementary Education major.  Dr. Patricia Richards teamed with Dr. Regina Royer to connect technology and reading.  Their presentation was “Google Tools: The Keys to 21st Century Reading, Writing, and Collaboration.”  
The SU Education Faculty covered a wide range of engaging and well-received topics.  Their presentations were viewed by hundreds of teachers, administrators, and supervisors who will take ideas and strategies back to their classrooms and schools. Consequently, the SU Education faculty is having a positive impact throughout Maryland in promoting best literacy practices to benefit a wide range of diverse learners, and they contributed their knowledge and expertise towards “Unlocking the World of Literacy.”

21st Century Teaching Update     

Professors at Salisbury University will get training on how to use interactive boards thanks to Doug Dewitt and Regina Royer. Doug and Regina secured a grant from the USM Technology Symposium in Maryland. In collaboration with trainers from Wicomico County Schools, Doug and Regina have coordinated an experience that is sure to excite and enthrall professors. Interactive boards, a fairly new technology, have the potential to transform the way teaching and learning occurs in the classroom. Technology integration needs to be seamless and natural. By gaining new skills, professors can model using the technology in multiple areas such as reading, math, science, history, creative arts, and writing.

Henry C. Welcome Fellowship Grant Recipient (2007 - 2008)

The Henry C. Welcome Fellowship Grant Program is a competitive incentive program to help eligible Maryland universities recruit and retain a diverse and accomplished faculty.  Candidates are nominated by an institution's president. Salisbury University has been fortunate in having had new minority faculty receive a Welcome Fellowship in each of the last five years. 
Dr. Sessoms earned his Ph.D from the University of Virginia in Instructional Technology. He currently teaches courses in the Teacher Education Department and supports faculty interested in technology integration. Dr. Sessoms is also the director of GEAR UP.

Dr. Robeck in Malaysia

Dr. Edward Robeck, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education,  is a Fulbright Fellow for the Spring 2008 semester at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. During his time there, he is providing instruction in science education to teacher candidates, and learning about native flora and fauna!


A Salisbury University professor earned one of America’s highest honors in teaching. 

In a first for any college or university on the Eastern Shore, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Dr. Ernie Bond 2007 Maryland Professor of the Year. An expert in children’s literature, Bond is a member of SU’s Teacher Education Department. Read the full story...

Dean Pataniczeck (left), Ernie Bond (right)

Drs. Patty Dean and Ernie Bond present...

 There is a new contest around for children in grades K through 3, and it stems from the thoughtful book Hey Little Ant. written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. This powerful little picture book is often used as an icebreaker for difficultdiscussions.  The power is in the final question: “What do you think that Kid should do?”The Kid in the book is deciding whether to step on the ant beneath a raised up shoe or let the ant go free.  Because the book does not answer the question but rather invites the reader to decide, educators can use it to launch discussions about what all living creatures have in common, about anti-bullying, and about mindful decision-making.

Now children across the country can respond to the questionthrough the Hey Little Ant Essay Challenge. Find more information online at The contest began February 1 and will end May 1st, 2008. This electronic essay contest is sponsored by Salisbury University and other organizations. Dr. Patricia Dean is a member of the ANTvisory Board, and she and Dr. Ernest Bond are judges for the contest. For more information, contact Dr. Dean, or Dr. Bond,

Phillip Hoose will be at Salisbury University as part of the Children's Literature Festival to be held April 2, 3. In addition to a 2:P.M. presentation in Caruthers Hall, he will be the Key Note Speaker at the Green Earth Book Award Ceremony at 7:P.M. April 2, 2008.

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