8 Must-Try Fall Date Ideas


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In college it can be hard to find things to do with your boyfriend or girlfriend rather than sit around in a dorm.

Luckily, fall is finally here and so is the fall weather. The leaves are changing, the weather is comfortable and there is so much to do outside.

Below are eight fun fall date ideas.

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1. Visit A Farmer’s Market

Take a trip to a local farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets source food from local farmers and sell directly to consumers ensuring quality and freshness, and there are farms in and around the Salisbury area that offer fresh produce perfect for fall cooking.

The Camden Avenue Farmers Market offers a variety of fresh items such as flowers, baked goods, ice cream, seafood, produce, dairy, jams, apple cider and much more. Their business hours are every Tuesday, year round, from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

2. Fall Breakfast Date

Grab breakfast at Krispy Kreme this fall! Krispy Kreme has pumpkin spice, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon apple filled, apple fritter and glazed blueberry cake flavored donuts. Along with these speciality donuts, they have pumpkin spice lattes, hazel, caramel and vanilla flavored coffees.

With donuts coming hot off of the conveyer belt every hour, Krispy Kreme makes a perfect fall breakfast date. The Krispy Kreme in Salisbury, which just opened in April this year, is open from 6 am to 10pm.

3. Bake Apple Pie

Spending an afternoon baking an apple pie is not only fun and rewarding, but it will leave your home smelling like fall. Make the crust from scratch or buy rolled dough, pick up some apples from a local farm, farmer’s market or grocery store and assemble the pie.

Make sure you have plenty of butter and cinnamon and sugar to add extra flavor. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes to an hour, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream goes perfect with a hot slice of apple pie!

4.Spend Time Outside At A Fall Festival

Fall is the perfect season for fairs and carnivals because the weather is crisp and cool. Fairs have an abundance of events from games, to markets, to live music and much more.

It is fun for people of all ages and a great way to enjoy the outdoors before the winter hits. On Oct. 27, Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury is hosting the Pemberton Park Pumpkin Tour, which includes carved pumpkins and other halloween festivities.

5. Take On The Crowds During Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, follows the morning after Thanksgiving Day and is often referred to as the first traditional day of Christmas shopping. Take your significant other whether at 5am or 2pm and get the best deals of the year.

The crowds might be intense and the malls crowded, but Black Friday is fun and almost like an adult scavenger hunt. If you are not a fan of the crowds, Cyber Monday is just a few days later and allows you to shop the same deals online while watching Netflix from your couch.

6. Star gazing

Track the weather to find the perfect fall night to lay out and look at the stars. Be sure to bring binoculars, a sweatshirt, some snacks and a blanket.

On a perfect, clear night, thousands of stars reveal themselves and the sky is illuminated with a magnificent yellow glow. Star gazing is a free romantic date night, and requires very little besides a clear sky.

7. Show Off Your Creative Side By Carving Pumpkins

Turn a plain pumpkin into a masterpiece with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Carving your own idea into your own pumpkins allows you to show off your creative and goofy side.

Make it into a competition and see who is the better carver!

8. Cuddle Up With A Scary Movie Night

Take a trip to the movies and see “IT” this fall, or stay in and watch a scary movie in the comfort and safety of your own home. Some classic scary movies include “Saw,” “Frankenstein” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

More modern scary movies like “The Conjuring,” “The Cabin In The Woods,” “The Ring,” and “You’re Next” depict more blood and gore, but are great to watch with a partner. If you are not into scary movies, try a halloween classic such as “Halloween Town” or “Hocus Pocus.”

With the holidays just around the corner many people wish away fall and only look forward to winter break and a break from classes, but push yourself to get off campus and enjoy all of the opportunities that fall brings.


Bachata on the lawn


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As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Cultural Affairs held four sessions of Bachata classes at Holloway Hall from Sept. 11 through Oct 2.

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Cultural Affairs provides students and even the community with different events that are able to give people a taste of different cultures from around the world.

Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic that involves Bachata music inspired by connections in Africa and Latin America. It is done with a partner and has basic steps of a four count beat, stepping out and then back in.

In learning how to dance Bachata, one should feel the music.

“It’s a learning process to pair your feet with the music,” stated Wayne Faircloth, a Bachata instructor.

One should also dance with different partners to experience the different styles that people have to become a better dancer.

The instructors, Margo and Wayne Faircloth, first started taking ballroom dances and later got into swing dance. They both have been teaching for about eight years and wanted to give people that experience of Latin dance.

They have traveled internationally teaching people how to dance and moved down to the Salisbury area to spread the joy of dance.

“Dancing is a wonderful way to stay active, to meet people, to learn new things and it is something you can do for the majority of your life. If you can walk, you can dance,” said Margo Faircloth. “It gets you around a diverse group of people.”

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During the sessions, the Faircloths would show a movement that the class would follow. They added on more steps and by the end, the whole class would have a routine down.

It did not have to be perfect as long as everyone was having fun with it.

Tips on learning how to dance, especially Bachata, is to feel the music and dance with different partners. Never give up no matter what.

“It’s a learning process to pair your feet with the music,” stated Wayne Faircloth.

“When you find someone you can really dance with and it’s kind of like you click, it’s really like conversation. Unspoken,” said Margo Faircloth.

SU adds to Smithsonian exhibit for Downtown art gallery


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The Smithsonian Traveling exhibition, “The Way We Worked,” made its way to the city of Salisbury, and SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture added a localized component at the University’s new art gallery in Downtown Salisbury.

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The exhibit as a whole focuses on the role of labor in American society, and how a strong work ethic has held strong throughout American history. The Nabb Center’s portion focuses on the local industries of the Eastern Shore, specifically dealing with manufacturing, lumber, agriculture and water.

“We met early on to decide what the basic material we wanted to cover was and that was when the real work began after that with the research, development and design,” said Dr. Creston Long, director of the Nabb Center.

Janie Kreines, the Exhibits and Artifacts Curator for the Nabb Research Center, spent a lot of time digging through the archives to pull information, artifacts and photographs to enrich the exhibit.

“It was really cool when I was going through the archival collections to look for pictures and things to go along with the content,” Kreines said. “I think there is a lot that we have in the collection that really, with the context behind it that we brought in for this exhibit, makes it even more exciting and appealing.”

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Kreines did not do the work alone, but had help from sophomore Jaclyn Laman, the curatorial assistant for the center.  Laman worked with Kreines on the project during the summer by researching the topic and creating the text displayed on the panels at the exhibit.

“I compiled all of the information and eventually wrote all of what you see on the panels,” Laman said. “I was in charge of all the sections except the introductory panel and one of the panels for manufacturing, which Dr. Long wrote.”

As with many research projects over a long period of time, complications arose.

“It was hard to find information for some topics, especially for the time period I was working in, and to find pictures and objects to go with it,” Laman said.

The complications were overcome and the exhibit opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and opening reception during the Third Friday celebration on Sept. 15, which drew in a large crowd.

Dr. James Buss, dean of the Honors College, was one of many SU community members in attendance.

“It showcases the talented students, faculty and staff of SU because part was made by the professionals of Smithsonian and part by students and faculty,” Dr. Buss said. “You couldn’t tell the difference between the two and that speaks volumes.”

The Publications Office helped the Nabb Center design a similar appearance of the panels to closely match the Smithsonian’s portion, according to Kreines.

“The colors matched up pretty well, but also the local part was serious and had a good selection of photographs and texts and that made it look a lot like the Smithsonian work,” Dr. Long said.

The exhibit focuses on critical aspects of the Eastern Shore that many people who are not locals of the area are not aware of.

“One of things at the opening was that a lot of people were walking around and saying, ‘I never realized how much industry was in this area,’ and I think that’s something that is kind of exciting to show people something that is no longer around but can be seen in a lot of buildings that are still around and have been repurposed,” Kreines said. “I think that was kind of neat to allow people to learn more about this landscape and where they live and how it used to be used.”

The Maryland Humanities Grant funded the transfer of the Smithsonian exhibit throughout Md. and the promotion of it, according to Dr. Long.

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A convenient time for students and other members of the SU community to tour the entire exhibit is during Third Friday on Oct. 20, but it will be up at the gallery until Nov. 3.

When the Smithsonian Traveling portion leaves in Nov., the Nabb Center will bring their panels back to SU for further display.

SU Spotlight: Eleanor Brown gives new meaning to community outreach


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Eleanor Brown, junior social work and political science major, changes the meaning of student involvement on campus and in the surrounding community.

Aside from her academic focuses, Brown is active on campus as president of student United way, co-leader of the Honors College’s Ambassador program and a student worker for the Honors College.

Brown has an obvious knack for community service, including but not limited to going out on Habitat for Humanity builds, building ramps with the Chesapeake Housing Mission and making trips to God’s Kitchen.

Her volunteerism reaches outside the realm of SU as an intern at United Way through a grant from the governor’s office of service and volunteerism.

Brown previously went to India on a service trip where her calling to education and service was deepened, which was covered Mar. 2017.

Honors students typically start developing their thesis junior year and get it in full swing throughout senior year, but Brown got ahead of the curve and pounced on the idea that came to her when visiting the Eastern Correctional Institute (ECI).

“I was approached fall of 2016 by Associate Department Chair Dr. Jennifer Jewell about going with her to ECI, located in Westover Md. about 30 minutes away to go in and shadow her,” Brown said. “She does book groups with about 20 male inmates at the state prison.”

Brown left the ECI with intentions of forming her own book groups.

“Through doing the book group I have realized that there is a lot of issues for the guys both on the inside and on the outside and when they are released they don’t always have the resources to secure stable and long term employment because they have a criminal background.”

This realization sparked the foundation of her thesis.

“Basically my thesis is trying to pull out what is the presence of employee and employment discrimination for returning citizens, which is the new term for previous incarcerated individuals on the Eastern Shore of Maryland focusing on Wicomico, Worcestor and Somerset counties.”

“No study has been done in this region on the presence of employment discrimination,” Brown said.

Her goal is to show people that there is indeed.

“I have been trying to get employers more open to hiring individuals,” Brown said. “Md. has a ban the box initiative on the state level saying that no state job can discriminate against you through your background unless you’re working with a vulnerable population such as children, elderly, hospitals, prisons, etc., and I basically want to bring that sort of idea to the Eastern Shore of Md. focusing on the lower 3 counties and make people more aware and understanding that if you provide someone with a job they are more likely to be able to provide for their family, stay on the outside and be a contributing citizen to the community.”

Brown is looking into pursuing a masters in social work and possibly public policy, particularly focusing on macro social work, following her undergraduate degree.

“I want to go into working for a legislator proposing policies or writing legislation supporting social issues,” Brown said. “Possibly working for a non-profit who focuses on advocacy, but somewhere in that field.”

Brown is thankful for the early start on her thesis because it allowed her to get started on the IRB approval, which is needed for researchers to approach members of the community for data analysis and research.

“I am basically wanting to go out into the community and survey individuals that have been previously incarcerated to prove that there is employment discrimination and then from those surveys lead focus groups,” Brown said. “Going through the research board is going to take a while and I have basically been working on my proposal all year and will be submitting it in the next two weeks to the IRB board and from there hopefully I will be able to start the whole ground work research aspect of the thesis.”

Brown is headed to Cape Town, South Africa this winter for five weeks of volunteer work. Half the time will be spent doing surf outreach by getting elementary and middle school children comfortable in the water, and the other half will be spent working with a childcare program essentially advocating that lower childhood education is critical.

Brown demonstrates how students at SU can follow their passions and give back to the community in doing so.



National Hispanic Heritage Month at Salisbury University

By Jackie Bonola

Staff Writer

September 15-October 15 is when National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. This past week there were many events at Salisbury University that celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Monday, Sept. 18, there was a Bachata dance class in Holloway Hall. After the dance there was a screening of the PBS film Mariachi High, a film that focused on the Mariachi group from Zapata High School.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Commons, they were serving a traditional Hispanic dinner and also Humberto Guzman y su Mariachi Los Mensajeros Del Sur were playing at the dinner. Later that night, at the Holloway Hall auditorium, there was a concert featuring the Villalobos Brothers from Veracruz.

If you missed these events and would like to continue to learn about the Hispanic Culture there is a club at SU called OLAS, short for Organization of Latin American Students. This group is not just for Latin American students, but for anyone interested in learning about the culture.

For more club information contact Leticia Ortega, leortega@salisbury.edu.

There are many students on campus that are of Hispanic decent and they have some thoughts on why they think National Hispanic Heritage Month is important.

“Well it shows diversity and it teaches others about the Hispanic culture,” Jasmin Caballero, accounting major at Salisbury University, sophomore said. “They get to learn about the traditions and food and learn about their past and their struggle, and it shows that not everyone is Mexican because for some reason a lot of people assume everyone’s Mexican for some reason.”

“Hispanic Heritage Month is important to me because it gives the Hispanic community visibility in society,” Kimberly Arriaga, biology major at Salisbury University, sophomore said. “Spaces where cultural identity are celebrated are important for young hispanics forming their identity.”

There is one more event happening at Salisbury University celebrating Hispanic heritage month. On October 2, 2017, the last Bachata Dance class at Holloway Hall, Lawn will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Instructors Margot and Wayne Faircloth will give an hour long dance class on the basic steps of Bachata, a dance from the Dominican Republic.  Along with the Bachata dance there is bachata music.

The dance is very lively and romantic and is accompanied with fast paced music. Bring a friend.

There  are a lot of Hispanic people doing big things in Hollywood, including: Jennifer Lopez, Puerto Rican singer and actress, Shakira, Colombian singer, known for her hit song “Hips Don’t Lie,” and George Lopez, Mexican actor and comedian, known for his self-titled show George Lopez.

To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage month, visit http://www.pbs.org/specials/hispanic-heritage-month/, there are several videos that you can watch that will teach you a lot about the Hispanic community.

DIY fall crafts. Leaf art!


Staff Writer

Fall is approaching, the time for sweater vests and long pants is almost here. That also means it’s time to break out our fall/Halloween decorations.

Since we are all college students and some of us don’t have the funds to go buy dollars and dollars worth of store bought decor. Here is a very simple way to have a cheap, but artsy fall doorway!


1.) Grab a friend or two and go outside and take a walk around campus.

2.) Grab a variety of leaves in color,shape, and size that you like.

3.) Go back to your dorm, and put the leaves into text books and press the leaves. Let them sit for a few days.

4.)After a little bit take them out and paste them onto the doorway.


Step one: Grab the supplies needed for the craft. Balloons, yarn, glue, and pipe cleaners. Approximately a 10-15 dollar craft.

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All Photos Courtesy of: Debbie Chapman

Step two: Blow up one balloon to a reasonable pumpkin size. Run the string through the glue and place it on the balloon in your own pattern.

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Step three: When the string is nice and dry, take a needle and pop the balloon, remove the excess pieces and all that should be left is the string in a shape of a pumpkin.

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Step four: Finally add the pipe cleaner to make the stem of the pumpkin and display the pumpkin in your dorm. Repeat as many times as you would like!

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Writers on the Shore: Featuring New SU Faculty Member Ryan Habermeyer


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Salisbury University hosted a fall creative writing festival called “Writers on the Shore” on Sept. 6 with Professor Ryan Habermeyer as their guest reader.

Habermeyer is an English professor who teaches an introductory creative writing course and a fiction workshop.

Many of the readers were Salisbury University students who were published in SU’s literary magazine The Scarab. There were flash fiction stories, short stories and a wide selection of poetry.

The event concluded with Habermeyer’s reading of his three short stories. As a writer, he has quite an unusual narrative voice.

He has a way of making his audience feel uncomfortable, yet intrigued by the nature of his stories.

He read an amusing story entitled “If Only This Once,” which is about a woman’s phantom pregnancy. The woman in the story suffers from a hormone imbalance which tricks her into believing that she is pregnant.

There is an especially eerie scene in which she is giving birth to a long umbilical cord that is not attached to a baby.

His second story is called “Everything You Wanted to Know about Astrophysics but Were Too Afraid to Ask.” This story is written in the unique fashion of being a lecture to an astronomical society.

The protagonist begins the story on a speed date with Moira who tells him that the freckle on her shoulder is actually a black hole with “gravity pulling in and radiation pulling out.”

Habermeyer said his last story is from the opening chapter of his new novel that he has been ardently working on. He said that he is open to criticism on this story as it is unfinished.

This story contains his most absurd, disturbing premise yet. His final story is about an ex-Nazi who trying to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Habermeyer grew up in Los Angeles, then moved to Missouri and now lives and teaches in Salisbury.

“I do love being able to teach creative courses that focus on my field of emphasis, which is a genre most often referred to as speculative fiction,” Habermeyer said, “which is really just a fancy way of saying fiction that goes beyond the boundaries of ‘realism’ and explores fantastical, uncanny, absurdist, magical and otherwise inexplicable scenarios.”

“In college, I took a literature course and came across a quote by Toni Morrison who said something like, ‘If there is a book you want to read that has not yet been written, you must write that book,’” Habermeyer said. “That really swept me off my feet because I felt there were stories rattling around in my head I wanted to tell, so I started writing seriously.”

Habermeyer is strongly influenced by other writers’ work.

“What I read tends to have a lot of influence on my own writing,” he said. “Seeing writers take imaginative risks encourages me to do the same. And, not to get philosophical, but I think life is pretty strange.”

His ex-Nazi story originated from a story that his grandfather told him about how he almost got caught up in Nazi Germany. His grandparents died in an accident, so he was not able to return to Germany and had to live in the U.S.

“My grandfather almost basically went over there and he would’ve caught up in Nazi Germany and he wouldn’t be able to immigrate back. So, it was really kind of this ‘what if’ scenario,” Habermeyer said.

This “what if” scenario inspired him to write a story about what could have happened to someone living in Nazi Germany.

“You know, and there’s things like that I think, as writers, it’s useful to pay attention to, little tidbits of family history can spur you on to write fiction,” he said.

But, Habermeyer had reservations about writing this story.

“In writing satire, any time you write something satirical, you’re taking an inherent risk that your reader won’t understand when you’re being sarcastic or satirical,” Habermeyer said, “or when you’re parodying something or if you’re genuinely, like, if you’re being sincere.”

President Trump’s comments in Charlottesville sparked worry in the author.

“I almost don’t know how to comment on it because it seems so ridiculous, what he’s saying, so while I don’t have any sympathy for the President’s comments or agree with his comments in any way, shape, or form, or think that my novel is in any way adhering to what the President has said or promoted,” Habermeyer said. “I do think that what my novel is trying to do is engage with the complex histories that the United States has with Nazi Germany, in our own, sort of, Fascist tendencies at home that we would rather agree with… or that we’d rather, sort of, throw under the rug.”

He has had the seed of the idea since 2011 and it took him one year to finish a draft of the story, which he was working on from 2015 to 2016.

However, he still feels that he has further research to do.

“I want to actually go over to Germany and visit some of the Holocaust sites because that figures prominently in the novel as well,” Habermeyer said. “So I want to go over there and do some more research, rethink some of the directions and the focus. A lot of it is paring it down because my draft was very long.”

The next “Writers on the Shore” event is March 1 at 8 p.m. The featured reader will be Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North, a collection of Alaskan stories.

Salisbury’s Guide to Student Fitness


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Almost everyone has heard of the “Freshman 15.”  Although not true for everyone, some students may find difficulty in preparing meals now that they are on their own.

The buffet style of Commons, where you can eat all you can imagine from self-serve ice cream, to pastas bars and endless fries, may trap students into unhealthy eating habits.

At the start of each semester, choices are made in eating habits as new classes start and a new schedule forms. A great way to combat weight gain is to take full advantage of the fitness centers that Salisbury University offers.

Maggs gym is the main gym on campus, located near the Perdue School of Business, and is open for students seven days a week. Specific times can be located on the Maggs website.

These hours apply to the entire building, aside from the pool, which includes the main gym, cardio room, weight room, racquetball court and locker rooms. Sometimes the cardio rooms in Maggs gym have classes in the morning during the week, so be sure to check the schedule posted in Maggs as to not conflict with those.

If you enjoy playing sports, but don’t have time to commit to a sport in college, Maggs gym also offers intramural sign-ups. Intramural teams at Salisbury include flag football, cornhole, soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and more!

Although all intramural leagues may not always meet and practice in Maggs, it’s a great way to get active and meet new people, without all the time and effort a NCAA Division III team or club team requires.

Maggs pool, located within the Maggs facility is open certain hours to students for aerobic fitness, and those hours can also be located on the website. The pool also hires certified lifeguards to supervise the pool during the school year and during the summer.

Salisbury University Fitness Club, often referred to as UFC, is the second gym that is free to students with their gull cards. It is located near University Park Apartments.

UFC, like Maggs, has a cardio room, weight room, racquetball courts and locker rooms to change and cool down. Along with those, UFC also has a treadmill room, spin room, group fitness room, ab deck, three additional indoor courts and saunas in both the women’s and men’s locker rooms.

UFC offers yoga classes, spin classes and Zumba classes for students multiple days a week. Check Salisbury University’s website, or stop by UFC to find out what those times are.

Leon Nguyen, a sophomore Communications major, finds time in his schedule to go to the gym five days every week. It has become a part of his lifestyle here at Salisbury University.

“It’s better than spending money at home to get a gym membership,” Nguyen said. “It’s free and Salisbury’s fitness centers have everything you need.”

If you are not a gym person, Salisbury University has numerous outdoor volleyball courts on campus to get physical activity. The quad by the freshman dorms, and the lawn behind Seagull Square are also good places to go, and are normally packed in the warmer weather with people playing pickup games.

The great thing about Salisbury University and the surrounding town is that the area is flat, making it convenient if you would rather skip the gym and go for a run. The outer loop of campus is slightly under a mile and a half in total.

With numerous intramural leagues, an immense amount of lawn space throughout campus and two fantastic fitness facilities, physical activity is hard to avoid. Physical fitness helps to boost mood, relieve stress and increase focus and concentration, having great benefits to the body and mind.

Getting to Know Salisbury University and the Surrounding City


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Whether you come from a small town or large town, getting to know somewhere new can be difficult, but getting to know Salisbury does not have to be.

Salisbury is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in Wicomico County. This 13-mile-long town offers many opportunities, such as great places to eat, places to relax and read a book, volunteer opportunities and social events.

Route 13 has about all of the food options you could imagine, including chain restaurants and individually owned restaurants alike. Many of these places deliver, or offer some sort of student discount, while some even accept Gull Cards.

With many options just a short walk from campus, it is a great alternative to commons food. And when you are craving some chicken, keep in mind that the Chick Fil A on campus takes dining dollars as well.

Take advantage of the numerous beautiful rivers that run through sections of Salisbury. Find yourself a spot and escape after a long day of classes.

Salisbury also offers a variety of places to let loose with friends such as Southbound Alley, a bowling alley located just over a mile from campus. They offer students discounts, and it is the perfect place to take a break from homework and unwind.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, there are plenty of opportunities to do that as well. Consider giving your time to the Eastern Shore Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity or the Humane Society of Wicomico County, who are always looking for extra hands and help.

Downtown Salisbury is a small historic town just a few miles from campus. They host events such as 3rd Friday in the fall, which is a chance for members of the community to take a trip downtown and take part in the many events they organize.

Each Friday is different and special in its own way. The Downtown Trolley runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and runs every 45 minutes from 7 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A ride for the evening comes at a cost of just one dollar. Check out their website for a description of upcoming events.

Jesse Campbell, communications professor at SU, first planted his roots in Salisbury in 1988. He attended Salisbury University as a student and after moving to Washington, D.C for a few years, he found himself back in the city that he describes as one that you cannot wait to leave, but miss greatly when you do.

“It has a unique feeling of home, you miss it. You certainly get a great connection from being here”.

Campbell offers advice to go be a part of the city. He stresses that participating is a good way to affect change and get the best experience.

If you don’t have a car, or simply do not have time between homework and studying to travel anywhere off campus, there are plenty of events held on campus as well.

The Student Organization for Activity Planning, better known as SOAP, organizes numerous activities every week such as taco night, movie night, paint night and more. Look out for weekly emails from Student Activities and be sure to take the opportunity to go to a few.

Salisbury University does a great job of keeping students aware of events happening both on and off campus, so be sure to check your email daily!

Take part in the opportunities this town offers both on and off campus, join a club or two, and do not be afraid to be social and get out there. Your college experience is what you make out of it, so make it great!

Lessons for the graphic artist: Discussion by Erick Pfleiderer


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Alumni speaker Erick Pfleiderer spoke to students about the tools needed to achieve a successful career in graphic design. Photo by Val Petsche.

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Visiting graphic artist and SU alumni Erick Pfleiderer spoke Thursday evening in Fulton Hall to provide insight about a successful career in graphic design.

Pfleiderer is the creative director and strategist at Taoti Creative in D.C. as of 2016. He started out as a graphic artist for Salisbury University with the Office of Student Activities before rising through the ranks at SPARK Experience design, the Charles Regional Medical Center and Tim Kenny Marketing, among others.

He has received over 35 design awards across a variety of mediums, and past clients include Pepsi, the Washington National Cathedral organization, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Reserve.

Pfleiderer discussed a variety of lessons learned following each job experience, as well as what it takes to land your first job and how to perform well during an interview. He additionally suggested using summers to work at an internship as a way to learn more skills and broaden one’s knowledge base in the field.

“You really have to take advantage of every opportunity,” Pfleiderer said, referring to the importance of experience over money. For him, getting a foot in the door is invaluable whenever possible.

His career path began with an interview at the College of Southern Maryland, where poor directions and a lack of GPS technology caused him to arrive twenty minutes late. But Pfleiderer maintained a determined persona, used a promotional piece he learned at SU and owned the meeting. He was offered the job later that day.

“It goes to show you how much confidence can do for you,” he said.

Sophomore art major Jordan Kahl shared her opinion about the presentation.

“It was very informative, and it’s always cool to hear success stories from someone like [Pfleiderer]. He actually went to Salisbury,” she said.

Pfleiderer learned four major lessons after finishing his first two jobs. One is to save money, because a high salary is not always guaranteed. For example, he bought a new car shortly after being hired at the medical center, but was laid off only six months later.

“If you think for one second how quickly you have job security, it is pretty amazing how that can come to bite you,” he said.

The second lesson is that the grass is not greener on the other side, for everything is not always as it seems. In addition, update your profile regularly. Every time a project is finished, it is important to add that to one’s list of experience. Finally, use freelance work to bridge employment gaps. LinkedIn is a great tool for students to showcase their portfolio and form connections.

The lessons Pfleiderer learned after his time with a small business include the need to enjoy one’s job and the importance of having a boss that one can respect. He stated that there is a vital need to know the economics of design simply by understanding the various costs required as an artist in graphic design.

Also, working remotely or from home can make it hard to maintain creativity, for it is not as glamorous as many would imagine. He concluded with the message that hard work eventually pays off in the end.

Pfleiderer also mentioned an unlikely lesson for students to conceptualize.

“It is okay to say, ‘I don’t know.’”

This is important, he explained, in being honest to one’s creative ability as well as in recognizing the potential to improve.

The plethora of lessons which Pfleiderer communicated during his presentation culminated into a final message.

“Making something great takes time, and that includes making yourself great,” he said.

Pfleiderer says to never settle, and keep persisting.

The presentation was made possible by Brooke Rogers, associate professor of art at Salisbury University.