standing-room-only audience of educators and dignitaries,
children from the community, and campus students, faculty and
staff, Salisbury University celebrated the grand opening of its
$65 million Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) on
Thursday, September 4.
"I can honestly say that the reality of this
building has exceeded even my greatest expectations," President
Janet Dudley-Eshbach told the audience. Years in planning and
two years in construction, the TETC, at 165,000 square feet, is
the largest structure in SU history.
Members of the Maryland House of Delegates D.
Page Elmore, chair of the Eastern Shore Delegation, and Norman
H. Conway, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, joined
Dudley-Eshbach and First District Congressman Wayne T.
Gilchrest; Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough; Dr.
Howard Seidel; Marilyn C. Seidel, who, with her late husband,
Sam, were founding benefactors of the Samuel W. and Marilyn C.
Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies; Salisbury
Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman; Wicomico County Executive Rick
Pollitt; Student Government Association President Lili Afkhami;
Provost Tom Jones; Seidel School Dean Dennis Pataniczek and
others in cutting the first ribbon that afternoon. Conway called
the TETC "a showcase for education in Maryland."
The TETC is home to the Seidel School’s Teacher
Education, Education Specialties and Social Work departments;
faculty in the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal
Arts’ Art, Music and Communication Arts departments; and a wing
devoted to technology which includes a new, cutting-edge
Integrated Media Center.
"As president I will say the only thing more
exciting than watching this project take shape will be
witnessing first-hand the learning that goes on inside and
realizing the impact and outcomes graduates will have as they go
forth to begin their own careers," said Dudley-Eshbach.
A festive reception and tours followed the