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CRC Tributes

In the brief history of the CRC, few have had as substantial an impact in bridging connections between the Seidel School of Education, the Curriculum Resource Center, and Children’s Literature as the following individuals. As a result, their colleagues have chosen to memorialized them.

Dr. Ernie Bond

Dr. Ernie Bond

After the unexpected passing of Dr. Ernie Bond in September 2016, his Salisbury University colleagues overwhelmingly chose to honor him by renaming the Conway Hall Resource Center as the Dr. Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center.

Dr. Bond (Ernie to everyone) was an internationally renowned expert in Children’s Literature, making connections (and friends) on a global scale, with children’s book authors and illustrators, as he traveled the world leading SU courses, serving on book award committees, and scouring the globe for even more of those amazing children’s books.
Ernie played the foundational role in the creation of the CRC during planning for the new Seidel School of Education building, which opened in 2008, and donated a huge number of his own children’s books to begin filling the new shelves. He coordinated the annual SU Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival from 2002 until 2016, bringing a host of U.S. and international authors and illustrators to the SU campus. Ernie also partnered with other SU faculty to bring the annual Green Earth Book Award (GEBA) to life. Dr. Bond authored the textbook Literature and the Young Adult Reader in 2011, served as Chair of the then Teacher Education Department, and could be found in the CRC if he wasn’t in his office.

This photo graces a Seidel faculty-approved dedication plaque, unveiled during the Dedication Ceremony, to serve as an enduring symbol of Ernie’s generous spirit and love of Children’s Literature.Ernie was an instant friend to all he met, with a welcoming smile, a great sense of humor, and a booming, but gentle voice. Students loved him and the courses he taught and marveled at the breadth of his knowledge of Children’s Literature.

Attended by family and friends, the SU community held a touching memorial service on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the 4th floor Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall. A smaller Dedication and Renaming Ceremony was held in the CRC on Friday, April 21, 2017 during the annual SU Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival.

Dr. Patricia Dean

At the end of the spring 2022 term, and upon the retirement of Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Dean, faculty and staff from both the Seidel School of Education and SU Libraries held a ceremony to name the Dr. Patricia Dean Environment Collection in her honor.

A beaming Dr. Dean aside her named collection and original collage portrait created by long-time friend, Eastern Shore native, and award-winning author/illustrator Bryan Collier.

Dr. Dean (Patty to her friends and colleagues) is well respected in the international children’s literature community. She co-taught an international children’s literature course with Dr. Bond where they and their students visited and studied in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, England, Wales, and France, which resulted with many of those authors/illustrators visiting and speaking at the SU campus. Ernie and Patty presented at the IBBY Congress (International Board for Books for Young People) in Copenhagen, Germany, and at two conferences in Anqing and Nanjing China. Patty conducted multiple research projects with SU students and traveled with them to present at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, at an international conference in Mons, Belgium, and at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference in Bologna, Italy. Dr. Dean created a 3-week creative arts course for SU students in Italy, working with The University of Bologna, from 2011-2019 at which students from Louisiana State University and Lamar University (Texas) joined the classes periodically. Dr. Dean served on the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) nomination committee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books.

Patty also played a substantial role in the creation of the CRC and has generously donated over 3,000 of her own quality children’s books to the CRC collections, and continues to do so. She has been closely involved with the annual SU Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival since her arrival at SU and chaired it after Dr. Bond’s passing, routinely arranging campus visits from quite a few of the well-known authors and/or illustrators.

In 2004, Dr. Dean, partnering with Seidel faculty Drs. Bond and Laura Marasco, accepted a challenge from Ms. Amy Marasco of The Nature Generation, an environmental non-profit, to create the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. The Green Earth Book Award (GEBA) promotes books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. The first awards were named in 2005, have evolved and expanded over the years, and continue to be awarded annually. Patty has served as the Chair or Co-Chair of the award selection juries for naming the winners, honorees, and recommended readings each year, since its founding. The GEBAs have become an integral part of the CRC’s environmental collection, which has grown to an impressive 1,800 item collection.

During her time at SU, Dr. Dean served as the Co-President of the Literacy & Social Responsibility Interest Group (SIG) of the International Literacy Association, whose mission is to develop “high quality programs integrating community service, citizenship character education, appreciation for diversity, environmental stewardship and/or caring” into their teaching. This focus on students speaks to perhaps her greatest gift to SU, her continual and immeasurable individualized service to her students during all of her 20 years of teaching at SU. She exhibits an unparalleled sensitivity for understanding and helping her students with whatever they need on their paths to becoming amazing teachers.