Highlights include Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning classes and workshops, a tour of the new SU Art Galleries Downtown and the traveling Smithsonian exhibit "The Way We Worked," and a Hispanic Heritage Festival performance by the Villalobos Brothers.
In Salisbury University’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, students study in cutting-edge environments. Thanks to Paul Clements, the school’s engineering technician, however, maintaining state-of-the-art equipment does not necessary mean breaking the bank. In the past three years, his in-house design, fabrication and repairs have saved SU an estimated $132,000. For his efforts, he recently received one of the University System of Maryland’s highest honors: the Board of Regents’ Staff Award for Excellence.
Dr. Tom Jones is no stranger to Salisbury University. The for mer biological sciences professor, dean and provost has helped nurture students in the classroom and beyond during his three-plus decades at SU. Though retired since 2014, he and his wife, Anne-Marie “Nancy” Jones, for mer facilities manager at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), will continue that impact on the campus with the establishment of the Tom and Nancy Jones Undergraduate Research Fund.
For generations, quilts have been synonymous with warmth, comfort and the feeling of home. At Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, every quilt has a story to tell. The center delves into their historical tales during the exhibit “Piecing It All Together: Quilts of the Eastern Shore” August 28-December 22 at its G. Ray Thompson Gallery in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.
At Salisbury University, technology isn’t just a realm for the sciences. It transcends all disciplines. SU showcases some of the ways technology is used on campus in the exhibit “Our Transdisciplinary World: Technology, Science and the Humanities” August 28-December 22 in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons’ first-floor lobby.
Salisbury University explores the relevant, complex and at times volatile topics of democracy during the lecture series “Democracy Across the Disciplines” Mondays from August 28-December 11. Presentations are 7-8:30 p.m. in Fulton Hall Room 111.
Salisbury University’s “Dance on the Lawn” series continues this fall with lessons in bachata, a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic now seen throughout the world. Classes are Mondays, September 11-October 2, on Holloway Hall Lawn (rain location: Holloway Hall Great Hall). Instructors are Margo and Wayne Faircloth. Participants may attend some or all of the lessons. Experience and registration are not required.
Salisbury University Art Galleries presents “Embarrassed of the Whole” an exhibition by Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) August 28-October 14 at the Electronic Gallery, Conway Hall Room 128. A performance art workshop in connection with the exhibit is 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 (pre-registration is recommended). A performance is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 5. Both are in Conway Hall Room 317. Through the exhibit, Brooklyn, NY-based PPL, led by Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle, presents an interactive iteration of its current “opera of operations.”
Humberto Guzman y su Mariachi Los Mensajeros (Humberto Guzman and the Southern Messengers of Mariachi) perform during Salisbury University’s annual Hispanic Heritage Dinner on Wednesday, September 20.
Hailing from Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk songs with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The award-winning band performs as part of Salisbury University’s Hispanic Heritage Month Festival 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.
Applications are being accepted for the ninth round of funding through Salisbury University’s Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery entrepreneurship program August 28-September 25. Business startups throughout the mid-Atlantic are eligible to apply for their share of $200,000.
Wood carving has been a Japanese tradition since the sixth century. Salisbury University showcases 20 artists who are carrying on that heritage today during the exhibit “Current Traditions: Contemporary Japanese Wood Sculpture” September 5-October 14 in the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. Curated by Bill Wolff of SU’s Art Department, the exhibit coincides with a residency by visiting artists Chise Iura and Natsuko Kubo, whose works are included, from October 2-13.
Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown (SUAGD) opens its new permanent home in the Gallery Building with the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” September 15-November 3. The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the gallery on Friday, September 15. An opening reception followed as part of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration.
Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning (CELL) provides new opportunities for established and aspiring writers to hone their skills through week classes offered by the Lighthouse Literary Guild beginning in September. All sessions meet at the University House, 1116 Camden Ave. Cost is $60 per six-week course. Class sizes are limited. Advance registration is required. To register visit www.salisbury.edu/cell/lighthouseliterary.html.
Visiting scholar David Oates presents two workshops through the Salisbury University Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning’s Lighthouse Literary Guild program in September. On Tuesday, September 19, he leads a workshop on haiku and senryu writing, exploring these two Japanese poetry styles. Oates also hosts an Open Mic Night that evening. On Wednesday, September 20, he teaches a humor writing workshop.
Dr. Jeff Kirwan knows the Delmarva Peninsula in a way few others do. An emeritus professor and extension specialist for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, he has spent his career studying indigenous ecology and landscapes in the region. The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians member, with roots on the Eastern Shore, shares an overview of his findings during the presentation “Indigenous Landscapes of Delmarva” 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, in Room 153 of Salisbury University’s Conway Hall.
Salisbury University’s Hispanic Heritage Month Festival celebrates Latino music, dance and traditions in September and October.
The racially motivated incidents of hate and violence witnessed this weekend in the City of Charlottesville and in proximity to the University of Virginia campus are antithetical to the principles of free inquiry and open discussion that are the basis of learning and scholarship. Our thoughts are with the victims of these tragic events. Salisbury University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and fairness on our campus.
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.
Salisbury University encourages “active participation in things that are bigger than yourself,” “a main priority of campus life is to give back to the community,” and “going to class is a joy." These are some of the student comments about Salisbury University in The Princeton Review’s new 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges. The University is among the nation’s top 15 percent of four-year colleges, according to the Review’s flagship guide.