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.