Field hockey: Late offensive rally leads Sea Gulls to 2-1 win

By ZACH GILLELAND

Sports Reporter

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The Salisbury offense battles for possession outside the Johns Hopkins goal. Hannah Wichrowski photo

Riding a two-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s match-up, the Salisbury University field hockey team returned home to face a John’s Hopkins team that had not scored a goal against the Sea Gulls in four-straight games.

One streak came to the end on Wednesday night.

Salisbury (5-1) used a second half surge to extend its winning streak to three games, downing the Blue Jays 2-1.

The offense pressured the John’s Hopkins’ defense throughout the first half, but ultimately came away with no goals to show. Salisbury posted 10 shots and failed to convert on seven penalty corners heading into the break.

The inability to finish those scoring chances was the story for the Sea Gulls in the first half. SU head coach Dawn Chamberlin said the offense isn’t gelling as a unit.

“We are not clicking on offense as we should and we are not finishing the play,” Chamberlin said. “We should’ve had probably at least another four or five goals in that game and we’re just not finishing. That’s the big thing right now, we have to finish our shots.”

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As time expired in the first half, a Salisbury foul allowed a penalty corner chance for the Blue Jays. SU goalkeeper Tressie Windsor stopped an elevated shot with a swatting pad save and the Sea Gull defense broke up three John’s Hopkins’ penalty corners to head to the break scoreless.

The maroon and gold quickly took to the offensive zone early in the second half, coming away with three penalty corners of their own. The third time was the charge for Salisbury, as a deflection off the stick of senior forward Natalie Wilkinson went over the head of Blue Jay goalkeeper Greta Helvie and into the back of the cage for a 1-0 SU lead.

“Luck,” Wilkinson said when asked how she scored. “Every corner we huddle up at the top and it gathers myself a little bit.”

Wilkinson’s fourth goal of the seasons ties her for first on the team. One of only four seniors on a Sea Gull roster full of mostly underclassmen, Wilkinson’s 25 career goals lead active SU players.

“She’s just a spark out there,” Chamberlin said. “She’s probably one of our fastest players on the field and she kept us in the game with her runs. I’m very proud of what she’s been doing for us out there.”

In the 50th minute, John’s Hopkins found the back of the cage to tie the game at one. One of only six shots for the Blue Jays throughout the night, forward Clare Kavanagh’s team-leading seventh goal of the season went through a flurry of Salisbury defenders.

The Sea Gulls answered right back with a goal of their own just 21 seconds later. After play resumed following the goal, sophomore forward Tara Daddio raced down the field and fired the ball just to the right of Helvie to give Salisbury a 2-1 lead.

“Honestly I drew a blank,” Daddio said. “I just focused on the ball and tried to look up too. I just put it to the corner and it went through.”

The Sea Gulls kept the ball in their offensive zone for the majority of the rest of the game. The Salisbury defense limited John’s Hopkins to one goal on six shots faced.

“Disappointing that they got a goal but it’s going to happen once in a while,” Chamberlin said. “As long as we come out on the good end, we’ll give it up now.”

 

A Sea Gull defense that has made it difficult for opposing offenses to find the back of the net, the unit has allowed only three goals in the first six games of the season.

“I think we’ve been strong on defense when their forwards are coming at us really fast,” sophomore defender Jillian Hughes said. “We break it down, look at the play and just try to stop them and stop any pass that they can get.”

UP NEXT: Salisbury heads to the state of New Jersey to take on No. 3 TCNJ on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Sea Gulls defeated the Lions 3-1 in Sea Gull Stadium last season.

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PACE kickstarts new lecture series: Democracy Across the Disciplines

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer

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“This is what democracy looks like?!”

This is the question Dr. Sarah Surak posed to the crowd of Salisbury University students, faculty and members of the surrounding community gathered in a Fulton Hall auditorium Monday evening.

Dr. Surak is an assistant professor of both Political Science and Environmental Studies, as well as the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE).  PACE developed the weekly lecture circuit, which was also offered as a one credit course to students.

Dr. Surak hosted a very energetic lecture and involved the audience on numerous occasions.

She asked many thought-provoking questions, such as  “what does it mean to participate in democracy?”, “why do we submit to the government’s authority?” and “why do we organize ourselves in such a way?”.

During the lecture, she traced the origins of Western democracy back to the ancient Greeks and explained how the modern word “idiot”, comes from the Greek term “idiotes”, meaning one who did not exercise their right to participate in the public sphere.

One of the topics that Dr. Surak explored was the decline of democracy.

According to The Economist, the United States has fallen from a “full democracy”, to “flawed democracy” since 2015.  This can be attributed to a growing distrust of the government and decreased voting turnout in the past few decades.

“This is the second iteration of a PACE lecture circuit and IDIS course” PACE Graduate Research Assistant Michael Webber said.

The first series, taking place in the Fall of 2016, was on the topic of race and identity.

Webber is optimistic for the future of this program and said that PACE will continue to offer these lecture circuits and IDIS courses on controversial social topics each fall.

One of the faces in the audience Monday night was Dr. Maarten Pereboom, Dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and advocate for democratic participation.

Dr. Pereboom encouraged SU students to take advantage of their time at the university.  For students looking to become active democratic citizens to hone their viewpoints, and to ask important questions to faculty.

“This is a new stage in many student’s adult lives and for some may be the first time that they are able to vote,” Dr. Pereboom said.

“Democracy Across the Disciplines” meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Room 111.

Dr. Erick Rittinger, Political Science assistant professor, will be giving a lecture entitled “When Democracy Doesn’t Work”.  All lectures in this series are open to all SU students as well as the general public, with the next meeting set for Sept. 18.

Wesley & Marymount (Va.) departing CAC

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

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Other than in football, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) marks the schedules each season for Salisbury University’s varsity sports. Salisbury has been an important member of the conference since 1993 when the Sea Gulls joined the then-seven team conference.

Since Salisbury joined the CAC, it was a consistent conference of eight teams until 2007. Over the last decade, additions and subtractions have come and gone, and the CAC may be going under another transformation within the next academic year. The conference is currently at 10 teams, but that will soon change come the next academic year.

Marymount University (Va.), one of the original charter members of the CAC, will be leaving the conference shortly. Joining the Saints in their exodus will be Wesley College, after the school recently joined the conference in 2007.

“Wesley and Marymount are leaving the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. They will be joining a new conference, which is made up of primarily faith-based institutions. Both schools felt that it better fit with their mission and their values,” SU Athletics Director Dr. Gerry DiBartolo told The Flyer.

The new conference that is coming is rumored to be focused around the Baltimore and Philadelphia metro regions as schools from multiple current-conferences come together.

The topic of departing the conference first appeared at this past summer’s end of the year meetings at the end of May on the campus of St. Mary’s (Md.). Wesley and Marymount mentioned that it was a possibility that they would be moving elsewhere. For new CAC Commissioner Jeff Ligney, who started in his position this summer, it was a big surprise.

“It caught many of us, including myself, off-guard a little bit. We hadn’t really heard too much before that, that there was any really talk about schools leaving the conference,” Ligney said.

It was just a few months later in July that the two schools notified the conference of their decision to move to a new conference to-be-formed, citing that they thought the decision was best for their student-athletes.

According to Ligney, the two schools wanted to compete in a conference more aligned with their faith-based institutions. They were also concerned about the geographic blueprint of the CAC from their locations.

“It was just something that they thought would be best for their student-athletes. It was hard to argue against (their reasoning). We love having them as members,” Ligney said.

Another chapter in recent CAC realignment

With Marymount’s departure, only three charter members will be left in the CAC: University of Mary Washington, York College of Pennsylvania, and St. Mary’s. Since 2007, turbulence has hit the conference with Hood College, Stevenson University, Goucher College, Gallaudet University and the Catholic University of America all leaving.

“This is a movement seen all-across the country. Conference realignment is happening everywhere, and certainly this isn’t the first time the CAC has gone through this,” Ligney said.

Ligney points to colleges and universities consistently reevaluating the costs of their resources and what works best for their institutions.

Despite the previous realignment, the CAC found stability again since 2010 with the additions of Frostburg State in 2010 and then Christopher Newport University, Penn State University – Harrisburg and Southern Virginia in 2013. Now with the departure of two more schools, questions arise as to the future and stability of the CAC once again.

DiBartolo sees the conference post-2017/18 as promising. He notes that an eight-member conference is typical.

“That’s pretty average and pretty normal-sized for a Division III athletic conference,” DiBartolo said.

The eight institutions coming into the 2018-19 academic year are York, St. Mary’s, CNU, Frostburg St., Penn St. – Harrisburg, Southern Virginia, Mary Washington and Salisbury.

“We still have strong members. There are some efforts under way in terms of looking at perhaps identifying new members, looking at the possibility of new members,” DiBartolo said.

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Salisbury University athletics has been very successful during their time in the CAC, winning national titles across many sports. Chris Mackowiak photo

One abnormality this does arise is the usual-balance of public and private institutions in the CAC. As of next year, only two of the eight remaining CAC schools are private institutions: Southern Virginia and York.

Possibilities seem bright for the CAC to add new members, especially after they added new members soon after losing them in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Via a D3hoops.com report this past summer, Southern Virginia was also looking towards the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as a potential destination geographically, but those thoughts were ended when Ferrum College was added by the ODAC instead.

As the highest-ranking athletics official at Salisbury University, DiBartolo is confident in the stability of the CAC and the loyalty of its members.

“The eight members that will remain in the conference after the 17/18 year are committed to the [CAC], and they want to do whatever they can and whatever we can to continue this fine athletic tradition of this conference,” DiBartolo said.

Alongside Salisbury University, the other seven members of the conference also confirmed their allegiance to the CAC during a meeting of the conference’s board of directors, who are each institution’s president, recently. With that confirmation from the remaining eight schools, Ligney does not have concerns for now about any other departures soon.

“Not as this time, I do not have any concerns about anyone else looking at their options to leave the conference,” Ligney said.

Future of the CAC and Salisbury University Athletics

As of now, the conference looks to brave the storm of realignment as they have in the last decade. To address concerns, Ligney put together a CAC membership committee to look over the recent issues.

“We have put a membership committee together to look at where we are at and we’re going to do going forward. We’re still in that process. We have not made any plans as of yet,” Ligney said.

The conference commissioner says that the committee will have a plan in place for the CAC over the next couple of months. DiBartolo also noted that all options are on the table, but the conference may be looking to add more members in the future.

For the Sea Gulls and their fans, the main concern is with Salisbury’s place in the whole equation. As one of those eight members, it is clear, at this point in time, that SU is sticking with the CAC as they have since 1993. Salisbury has enjoyed athletic and academic success in the conference, both at the local and national levels.

According to DiBartolo, one of the main factors that Salisbury enjoys in the CAC is the spread of the conference, allowing Salisbury to recruit well and compete across the Mid-Atlantic region.

“[The CAC] is kind of a mirror-image of the Division III membership group. It’s a combination of smaller and larger institutions. It’s a combination of public and private institutions,” DiBartolo said.

“We have a fairly wide geographic footprint, which allows institutions, like a Salisbury, to go out to the western part of the state and go up into Pennsylvania and compete and to go into Virginia and compete.”

All Salisbury athletics really knows of their national success has come as part of the CAC. It is one partnership that has overcome the ups-and-downs over the last few decades.

While it is preferable for Salisbury to stay in the CAC, the recent news of the departure of Wesley and Marymount displays that conference realignment is always alive and well. At least for now, do not worry fans, the CNU-Salisbury rivalry is not going anywhere.

“The competitiveness of the members of the conference, the success level of the many members within the conference, the comradery among the coaching staffs and the athletic directors and the presidents, are all things that make this a conference we want to stay in and a conference that is good for Salisbury,” DiBartolo said.

Both DiBartolo and Ligney spoke of the conference’s wide blueprint. The CAC still consists of both private and public institutions, a wide range of student populations, and a geographic footprint spanning from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

“Our presidents and [athletic directors] understand that that means that our student-athletes are getting a diverse experience when they go to these different places to play these teams. And we have kids from all over the country. That’s not always common in Division III conferences,” Ligney said.

The Flyer reached out to representatives from Wesley College and Marymount University. Wesley did not wish to comment on the situation. Marymount did not respond to requests for an interview.

Faculty Senate discusses Gen Ed Program reform

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

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A sophomore Salisbury University communications student sat in a chemistry class one day wondering “how is this useful to my major?”

Salisbury University’s Faculty Senate has discussed the possible reformation of general education classes on campus. This allows incoming students to become more successful in their college career.

The faculty senate is made up of the university’s staff that oversees the process of the general education reform to ensure it will become successful.

James King, co-chair of the steering committee, commented on the steps being taken towards this new idea.

“The reformation came about because a comment was made by the university president to the provost to look at the general education,” King said. “There have been changes to the curriculum in the past, but no change has had a purposeful insight.”

A survey was conducted and given to faculty, students and alumni.

They were asked to give their opinion on their general education at Salisbury. The results showed a 30 percent gap between the faculty standards being met and what the data actually showed was met.

Faculty Senate President Stephen Ford explained how all students could benefit from this reform.

“There is a desire to have a reform here because we want to take into consideration all of those transfers that we often see as not having those basic skills that you have in general education,” Ford said. “In essence, this whole effort is in need for the students.”

This platform for the reformation will ensure that students will have a clearer understanding of what is being taught to them.

It will also focus on every student’s learning outcomes as well as continue to meet the learning outcome requirements for general education.

The faculty senate is focusing on narrowing down the learning objectives to make the general education requirements more manageable. This will allow individuals to address other outcomes to integrate into the new model.

The model is a continuation of the curriculum but with new features—first-year experience and integrative experience. Regulations, codes and laws will continue to be followed throughout this model.

“We do not have a remedial class here at SU, so we do not have a class that shows how to cite properly or how to do the basic general education skills,” Ford said.

The first-year experience ensures that all incoming students take a workshop style class to refresh their comprehensive skills.

The integrative experience will focus on one theme the whole semester while students work on every subject matter revolving around that theme.

The first-year experience class model will allow the library staff to teach a one-credit course in four seven-week sessions per semester per librarian.

The faculty senate wants more students to come out and give opinions on what they can do to make sure the new curriculum is beneficial for incoming students.

Senior Carl Fogg offered some future suggestions for the reform.

“The only thing I would ask is to make general education less intrusive of your actual major. I feel it holds you back from learning the stuff you actually want to learn,” Fogg said. “This is why they give you the choice to pick what you want to learn anyway when you come to college.”

The faculty senate continues to discuss more details to revise within the general education classes to make sure every student is confident and successful.

“I think the revision will make students more successful because that will be one less thing to worry about coming into university,” Fogg said.

The committee will be holding a roundtable discussion for students to express their views on the reformation on May 3.

Students protest Salisbury Super Pet

By VAL PETSCHE

Staff Writer

 

Local residents and students from the university’s Animals and Ethics philosophy class protested the Salisbury Super Pet store on Saturday afternoon.

Art and photography major Jordan Kahl shared her purpose for attending the protest.

“The reason I took part in this protest was to stop the mistreatment and distribution of animals from the Salisbury Super Pet,” Kahl said.

Super Pet has received criticism over the years for their poor business practices associated with animal neglect, mistreatment and disregard for diseased animals. Testimonies about Super Pet can be viewed both on “Yelp” and “Google Reviews.”

The phrases, “Adopt, don’t shop!” and “Boycott Super Pet” were common chants to passing cars along the Twilley shopping center on Civic Avenue.

It was a peaceful demonstration, as students were on public land complying with regulations outlined by the property owner, and members of the protest parked their car away from the shopping center upon request.

Protest organizer Rebecca Lederman hosted a potluck Friday night to create the posters. She later discussed the community’s response to the event.

“The issue is that these animals’ welfare is the only thing that matters because they’re the ones suffering everyday,” Lederman said. “So, the overall theme of this movement won’t be on attacking employees, but rather one of concern for the animal!”

The individuals of the community expressed mixed opinions about the students’ actions.

“The public’s reaction varied rather greatly. There were some people who showed strong support and appreciation for our mission,” Lederman said.  “There were also those who were very opposed to our protest. The point is, it got the public’s attention.”

A woman expressed opposition shortly after the protest began by questioning the legitimacy of the group’s actions. Lederman was the spokesperson of the demonstration, handling confrontation in order to represent the interests of the group.

“During the protest, a woman came up to us and was micromanaging where we parked our cars. When our professor arrived, the woman proceeded to tell her that I was insubordinate, rowdy and unintelligent,” Lederman said. “When people react so drastically to something with threats of taking legal action and ad hominem, then you know you are scaring them with the possibility of a boycott, which is what we are calling people to do!”

Lederman discussed her thoughts on the protest’s outcome.

“I personally do think it was a success in the fact that we made such an impact on the business owner and employees that they felt the need to micromanage, insult, argue and even, in a way, threaten us!” Lederman said.

Kahl agreed with the success for a number of different ways.

“I think the protest succeeded in spreading awareness and getting people involved in issues we care about,” Kahl said. “I also think the whole process succeeded in bringing a group of like-minded individuals closer as peers, which is important.”

The demonstration ended around 4 p.m., lasting several hours before concluding.

“The protest occurred Saturday, so it’s only been a couple of days, but overall I have noticed the Facebook page getting way more attention,” Lederman said.  “So that really excites me for the future of this small movement of sorts!”

More information about the protest and its continued efforts for improved animal welfare can be found on the Facebook page, “Boycott Salisbury Super Pet.”

SU alumnus offers publishing guidance to students

By Sawyer Cornelius

Staff Writer

Salisbury University alumnus publication allows students the opportunity to become accomplished authors.

Founder of Best Seller Publications of Maryland (BSP) Corry Schulman offers prospective writers opportunities in publishing works. This includes print novels, instructional guides and various other forms of media works.

His publication gives interested students the tools they need to become published authors.

The 1986 graduate majored in psychology at SU. He began his writing career with some 15 years of work in a personally-owned and operated resume preparedness firm, where he reviewed thousands of employee resumes from numerous fields and areas of study.

Schulman’s most recent book, “Resumes that Impress,” was published earlier this year and gives a detailed look of professional resume design with tips and tricks on adding exemplar content.

“[The book] provides insight into how to identify and express personal and professional accomplishments,” Schulman said. “As well as career-related certifications so applicants can out-compete other job candidates.”

Many underestimate the power and importance that a clean and appropriate resume can bring.

“Well-put-together resumes have the capacity to increase annual income by roughly $10,000 in some employment cases,” Schulman said.

His previous work “Resumes for Higher Paying Positions” reveals a more in-depth feel for constructing and delivering a solid representation of one’s professional repertoire. Ranking 25th in a local book distribution’s top-40, the book is a must-read for tomorrow’s elite professionals.

Schulman advises students to think carefully about their career pathways and to associate themselves with and participate in organizations which run parallel to their occupational goals.

“I encourage students to participate in internships that are relevant to their careers and gain experience which goes much further than their education,” Schulman said. “This gives an opportunity to realistically apply their skills.”

With his accomplishments in book publishing, Schulman set out to make the process more user-friendly and easy. His company’s website offers an inside look at this simplified means of independent publishing.

Visitors who consult the online page will be directed to a query form where potential sellers can give interest and basic information regarding their future book’s manuscript.

Other aids such as ghost writing services, biographic research assistance and general critiquing are also available upon the securing of a contract agreement if desired. An included blog keeps publishers up-to-date on the latest sales, exclusive services and applications for literary grants.

BSP hosts an annual writing contest in which entrants upload their book’s manuscript for a possible shot at a $250 award prize with review and compliance with expressed rules. For more information, visit bestsellerpublications.com or email bestsellerpublications@gmail.com for possible publishing agreements, contest inquiries, rules and more.

 

Amidst election season, political chalkings appear on campus

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By JUSTIN MCCLURE

Editor-in-Chief

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Students and faculty awoke to a Salisbury campus laden with pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton chalkings. The writings were found around and in front of Perdue Hall, Guerrieri University Center, Guerrieri Academic Commons and the tunnel that connects East Campus to the main campus.

It is unknown at this time who is responsible for the chalkings.

Salisbury University does have a seven-step chalking policy in place that is expected to be followed by everyone:

  1. Chalking must be done with water-soluble chalk only. No permanent paint, chalk or spray chemical may be used on any surface.
  2. No chalking is permitted on porches, the University pergola, overhangs of buildings and buildings generally.
  3. No messages may be written on walkways other than sidewalks, and must be on flat horizontal surfaces where rain or natural elements can wash it away.
  4. Chalking or chalked messages may not deface decorative symbols or sculptures.
  5. Chalking must contain non-offensive language which includes but is not limited to: obscenities, hate speech or liable or derogatory statements about individuals or groups.
  6. Chalked messages or advertisements are intended to be short-term and temporary, and should normally not exceed a time frame of 48 hours.
  7. Students or student organizations shall not remove or alter the message of another student or organization.

Expect more updates as more information is presented.

SU’s Perdue School offers new sales minor

Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business has recently established a new professional sales minor.

The new minor includes five specific business classes that each specialize in sales relations. All students are welcomed to enroll to the minor.

The Perdue School management and marketing department has had plans on developing a sales minor for the past two years.

The inspiration of this minor began once a local company had reached out to SU asking how they were preparing their business students for the workforce.

Initially the company presented a scholarship proposal and the idea was able to be expanded to a larger platform of creating a sales program. This way a greater amount of students would be able to benefit from this idea.

About 15 to 16 percent of students will end up in a career that incorporates elements of sales with positions involving account executives and other positions.

Management and marketing department chairman Amit Poddar explains the significance and prestige of this new program’s existence.

“If they’re going into sales they might as well learn about it,” Poddar said. “There aren’t too many universities in the country who offer sales programs.”

A small handful of about 40 universities have sales programs open to students, so the specialization is an enhanced opportunity.

SU has recently become a part of the University Sales Center Alliance organization, which has a membership that consists of the sales universities who offer majors, minors and certificates.

“We are completely supported by industry: most of our funding, job fairs [and] student competitions are all possible due to the support of the companies,” Poddar said.

Poddar believes that a sales minor could be of good use to anyone, regardless of their intent in the workforce.

“It adds another dimension to your resume,” Poddar said. “It gives you an extra five percent edge.”

The element of sales is an omnipresent concept that can be applied to multiple real-life settings.

“We are always selling something to someone whether it be to your boss, boyfriend or girlfriend,” Poddar said. “You are always selling an idea. It’s more than just sales—it’s about life skills, job preparation and much more.”

Currently, SU has 10 companies who are well respected sponsors to the program. They are actively involved with trying to help students succeed.

“For example, if you were to go to the job fair right now, about 50 percent of the companies are already recruiting for jobs,” Poddar said.

Twice a year SU offers two job fairs strictly for business students. The companies that attend pay sponsorship toward the fairs.

Big companies such as Comcast and Choptank Transport as well as other local companies throughout the area show interest in and are known to hire many SU students.

This implements network opportunities in which relationships can be built upon before graduation.

“I welcome students from all disciplines and we understand that not everyone is in the business school but we are trying to make it available for all students,” Poddar said.

 

Salisbury welcomes new professional advisors

By Michelle Keane

Staff Writer

Starting a college career can be a balancing act of classes, exams, work, clubs and personal life. Transitioning from a high school dynamic to college life leaves many incoming freshmen lost in a new and unexplored sea of responsibilities.

Having someone to talk to can always ease the load when feeling alone or overwhelmed. Now, due to the renovations occurring in Blackwell Hall, students here on the SU campus will have a safe and inviting outlet to get advice on academics and a wide range of other topics.

Typically, around advising season, students would visit a professor on campus that teaches courses related to their major in order to ask for advice on academics and the courses they need to take to stay on track with their major and graduate on time.

With the new academic advising system, these professional advisors would take on the role of guiding the students on campus through any academic challenges, refining and deciding on courses for upcoming semesters.

As many of the advisees in the new program are freshmen who oftentimes need assistance in declaring a major or picking clubs that can help them get a job in the future, the advisors are very diverse in their skill sets.

The professionals have the ability to handle many topics and discuss with the students in depth about their majors and paths.

Carrianne Cicero, the liberal arts advisor in Blackwell Hall, touched on the availability and diversity of the professional advisors.

“We are here every day. Once program planning is over, then we get to get into the mentoring piece where we meet with students on a regular basis to check into how they are doing,” Cicero said. “If their grades are falling, they have a lifeline—someone to reach out to and someone to redirect you to appropriate and helpful resources.”

Each professional advisor in Blackwell Hall is in charge of overseeing one of the four schools within the university. One of the crucial parts of their job entails devoting their time to getting familiar with their advisees on a professional and personal level in addition to knowing the courses offered through each school and clubs on campus.

Mark Chimel, one of the professional advisors, is in charge of the satellite programs through Salisbury University. He travels to SU students in all parts of Maryland, such as Cecil College, to advise students who usually wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet with professionals.

The programs Chimel advises consists of master programs such as social work, elementary education and exercise science. He details his position at Blackwell Hall as a professional advisor for satellite programs.

“I don’t teach classes but I advise students all day long from locations around the state, getting to know many sets of course requirements,” Chimel said. “Whereas faculty members are teaching classes and have other roles.”

Due to the fact that being an advisor is their sole purpose, the professionals have much more time to focus on the students’ needs than the professors who are overloaded as they teach classes, run research, oversee clubs and put on productions.

Along with more time to allot to each advisee’s needs during program planning, the new Blackwell Hall will be open year-round to students, both freshmen and upperclassmen, who would like guidance in a number of topics.

Cicerco commented on the value of face-to-face time.

“We talk about classes, we talk about how college life is, how are you adjusting to living in a college dorm, how is your time management, are you doing fun activities on campus like joining clubs and playing on intramural teams?” Cicero said.

The benefits of a full-time professional advising staff are reshaping the students’ ability to be more sharply defined in their talents and potential.

To help freshmen adjust to the busy schedules and new lifestyles of living on a college campus, the advisors work as a transitional guidance counselor.

When attending a meeting with one of the advisors they cover how residency on campus, social life, clubs and grades are going, and can give advice on any attribute of the college experience.

“Freshmen year is stressful, and there are so many changes going on and sometimes you just need to get advice from someone so they can tell you how you’re feeling and what you’re doing is okay,” Cicero said. “We are always here to talk to students and check in to make sure everything is going smoothly.”

With the aid of the professional advisors year-round, students will always have access to yet another resource in their efforts to graduate.

The school’s advisors are available should anyone ever have any questions regarding life here on campus or academic success here at SU.

 

New 3D technology arrives at SU

By Chelsea C. Brennan

Staff Writer

Salisbury University opened the Maker Lab in the new Guerrieri Academic Commons Building this fall.

The Maker Lab offers free 3-D printing for the entire Salisbury Community during the academic school year. The Maker Lab’s hours of operation are from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Maker Lab is closed on Sundays.

Printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the lab’s availability status is accessible through the website.

Technology Librarian Chris Woodall explained that the 3-D prints, in addition to failed print jobs, are free of charge. The staff has chosen to not gauge the usage and cost for the lab’s operation this semester.

In the future, the cost of 3-D printing is predicted to be relatively inexpensive.

“We aren’t planning on gauging people. We aren’t making any money off of it,” Woodall said. “It’s just to give us enough funds so we can replace the filament and stuff like that.”

SU senior and computer science major Brian Johnson has begun printing his second 3-D project in the Maker Lab. Johnson is currently working on a project that includes building a one-foot-tall dragon piece by piece.

Each piece is estimated to take as long as 20 hours to complete the print. The 3-D printers continue to complete the printing process overnight.

“No one needs prior experience for 3-D printing,” Johnson said. “Google 3-D printing models, download the file to a thumb drive and just bring it in.”

SU senior and computer science major William Tippet is an employee working in the Maker Lab and has become familiar with the new printing technology over the past four years. He remains hopeful that the SU computer science department will offer a class to develop software for 3-D printing in the near future.

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Tippet encourages the community to start a 3-D printing project of their own at the Maker Lab.

“I can walk you through how to use Tinkercad, an open-source software online,” Tippet said. “I can then walk you through building and setting up the printers. Then I will call when it’s done.”

The Maker Lab is for anyone with an idea and its simple use allows for endless possibilities to become a reality.