Shore Hatchery Winners Network with Other Ratcliffe Funded Initiatives

Winners from the first year of the Shore Hatchery initiative of Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business recently attended a picnic with other recipients of Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation funding. The gathering was hosted by Carole Ratcliffe in Talbot County.

“Mrs. Ratcliffe wanted to meet the scholars and entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the Foundation’s programs and give them an opportunity to network with each other,” said William Burke, director of entrepreneurship programs at SU.

The SU contingent included alumni and other entrepreneurs from Maryland and Delaware who are associated with the five start-up companies that earned $200,000 in funding from Shore Hatchery during its first year. Perdue School Dean Christy Weer and Dr. Steve Adams of the Management and Marketing Department also attended, along with groups from University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, Anne Arundel Community College the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center.

The Ratcliffe Foundation announced the $1 million Shore Hatchery gift to the Perdue School in 2013, with the goal of creating new jobs. The third round of competition in the five-year program is Friday, October 24, at SU. Entrepreneurs will vie for a portion of $200,000 in business funding.

Business case presentations are 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6316 or visit the Perdue School website at


Pictured are all recipients of Ratcliffe Foundation funding who attended the picnic.

Pictured are all recipients of Ratcliffe Foundation funding who attended the picnic.

Pictured are representatives of Salisbury University’s Shore Hatchery initiative who attended the picnic.

Pictured are representatives of Salisbury University’s Shore Hatchery initiative who attended the picnic.


Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurship Program Accepting Applications

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 10.41.25 AMApplications are being accepted for the second round of funding through Salisbury University’s Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery entrepreneurship program.

Business startups throughout the mid-Atlantic are eligible to apply for their share of $125,000. Selected entrepreneurs will have the chance to present their proposals to the program’s advisory board for consideration Friday, May 9, at SU’s Perdue Hall. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 28.

During the first round, participants will pitch their business ideas to the board. Those chosen to move on to the second round will have the opportunity to make more in-depth presentations. Entrepreneurs selected for funding will be assigned seasoned business mentors to help guide their startup or expansion.

The Ratcliffe Shore Hatchery program is a $1 million, five-year initiative to assist entrepreneurs and help them create new jobs in the community. It is administered through SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.

For application materials and more information visit


Juried Food Art Exhibition to Include Jan Kirsh Sculpture

Two works from local sculptor, Jan Kirsh, will be part of Salisbury University Galleries’ Palette: A Juried Food Art Exhibition, featuring artists who use food as subject, material, or content. Kirsh’s Avocado Half and Little Birds were selected for inclusion in the exhibition which runs January 29 through February 21, 2014.

Palette organizers remark, “As another form of muse, food has been the passion of internationally renowned artists throughout the ages who have used it to celebrate life within their paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos for years.” In addition to her work as a landscape designer, Kirsh has, for the past decade, been creating a collection of fruit and vegetable sculpture. In both instances, Kirsh says, she strives to “reflect back to us the intimate wonder of nature.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a one-night tasting event on the final day of the show, from 5 to 7 PM. Chefs from all over the Eastern Shore will create artwork and tasting plates as part of this gustatory celebration. Pre-sale tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Following the tasting event, from 7 – 8 PM, the gallery will be open to the public free of charge.

The downtown gallery, at 118 and 120 North Division Streets in Salisbury, is regularly open Wednesday to Friday, from 12 PM to 6 PM, and Saturdays from 12 PM to 4 PM. Other times are available by appointment.

Salisbury U. Winter Music Festival Announced

SALISBURY, MD—From madrigal harmonies to opera favorites; from holiday classics to popular American jazz, Salisbury University presents its annual Winter Music Festival, “Celebrate the Sounds,” November 24-December 7.

The Madrigal Choir, directed by Dr. William Folger, inaugurates the series 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Traditional songs like “Deck the Halls” blend with contemporary music such as “A Taste of Your Water” by Jerry Tabor of SU’s Department of Music. Other works include Thomas Weelkes’ “Welcome, Sweet Pleasure” and Peter Eldridge’s “Come Home.”

The series continues with the Salisbury Pops’ annual Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Directed by Lee Knier, the evening includes Christmas classics such as “O Christmas Tree,” “Joy to the World” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Guitarist Danielle Cumming of SU’s Department of Music collaborates with student singers on “Silent Night,” while guest conductors Glenn Luedtke and Stephanie Durham lead the band on “Russian Christmas Music” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” respectively. The show also features visits from Santa Claus and the Grinch. Donations are accepted at the concert for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign.

The mood shifts from holiday festivities to the feel of an intimate jazz club when the SU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tabor, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Two combos perform works including Roy Hargrove’s “All Over Again,” Jim Rotondi’s “Too Soon to Tell,” David Hazeltine’s “Pearls,” Bobby Watson’s “Heckle and Jeckle” and J.J. Johnson’s, “Overdrive,” among others. The concert focuses on compositions by well-known performers from the hard bop era to the present.

Admission to these three performances is free, and the public is invited.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company, which garnered a record 14 Tony Award nominations continues the festival Thursday-Sunday, December 5-8.

SU’s Musical Theatre Workshop brings the show to the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Dr. Darrell Mullins of the Communication Arts Department, with musical direction by Folger and accompaniment by pianist Susan Zimmer, the musical takes a look at the idea of marriage through the eyes of 35-year-old New York bachelor Robert. Admission is $15; $12 for seniors 62-plus, non-SU students and SU alumni. Tickets are available online (click on “Salisbury University”).

SU students, faculty and staff receive one ticket free for Thursday’s performance only, with advance reservation. Students should reserve their tickets for theThursday performance by contacting Mullins at SU student tickets for performances Friday-Sunday are $5 each.

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Concert, “Arias and Orchestral Selections from Famous Operas,” with guest soprano Melissa Harvey, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Harvey has performed with the New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, among others. Holiday favorites include Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Christmas Eve.” Other featured works include Leonard Bernstein’s “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide, and Mozart’s overture and aria from The Seraglio and aria from The Magic Flute. Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen conducts.

Admission is $20, $15 for seniors, $5 for children ages 18 and under and non-SU students with ID. To purchase tickets, visit the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center or the SSO website at

For more information about the festival call 410-543-6385 or visit the SU website at

SU Journalist Panel to Discuss Gender And Racial Bias Oct. 24

SALISBURY, MD—Does the media cover all ethnic groups fairly? Do reporters receive specific criticisms because of their race or gender? How are decisions made regarding news coverage and headlines?

Salisbury University’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter asks these questions and more during the Media Forum 2013 panel discussion “Diversity: the Challenge for the Media” 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

A pre-discussion reception begins at 6:30 p.m. A “Meet the Panelists” session follows at 8:30 p.m.Panelists include Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Gold,Daily Times executive editor Michael Kilian, WMDT reporters Emily Lampa and Lenita Wesson, and ESPN panelist and University of Maryland, College Park faculty member Kevin Blackistone.

“Our purpose is to examine diversity portrayed in the media via news and feature coverage and those producing it,” said SU SPJ president Ajia Allen. “We also want to bring attention to the groups that tend to have, or are perceived to have, attention in the media for less appealing reasons than those within the group may prefer.”

During the presentation, audience members are encouraged to interact with panelists, both in real time and via social media using the Twitter hashtag #OurMediaOurVoice. Questions and comments tweeted with that hashtag during the discussion will be broadcast on a screen at the event.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website

SU’s Wenke Debuts in Salinger Documentary Sept. 6

catcherWhen Salinger, a high-profile documentary about one of America’s most enigmatic literary figures, opens in theatres on Friday, September 6, audiences will see interviews with some of the country’s most prominent literati and J.D. Salinger fans. Among them are playwright John Guare, novelists E.L. Doctorow and Tom Wolfe, actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ed Norton, John Cusak and Danny DeVito, and Dr. John Wenke, an English professor at Salisbury University.

Unlike some of the others, Wenke, author of J.D. Salinger, A Study of the Short Fiction, is making his film debut.  “I was contacted by (director/producer) Shane Salerno’s office about five years ago,” Wenke said.  “I was flown to New York and was interviewed on camera for about two hours.”  Apparently Salerno liked what he heard.  About eight months later, the SU professor was flown to L.A., met by a limo and taken to another two-hour filming.  The American literature teacher and scholar recently was notified that he made the final cut of the movie, no mean feat since, according to Salerno, some 200 people were interviewed for the project.

Wenke’s presentation was “very strong,” he was told, and he may be attending the premiere if logistics and time permit.  Salinger’s director/producer and the SU English professor hit it off, and Salerno has agreed to visit the University, Wenke added.

Salinger has been a labor of love for Salerno, who has devoted some $2 million of his own money and nine years in bringing it to the screen, according to one New York Times story.  Now 40, Salerno is a movie and television insider, voted by Detour magazine as one of “Hollywood’s true shapers of popular culture.” He started working in the industry out of high school and has written or produced such popular blockbusters as Armageddon, Shaft, Ghost Rider, Alien vs. Predator movies, the award-winning Hawaii Five-0 television series and Oliver Stone’s Savages, among many others.

A recognized scholar on Salinger’s work, Wenke previously has been interviewed by USA TodayThe Chicago Tribune, American Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and even Australia’s ABC Radio National.  His was the first book-length study of Salinger’s short fiction. Unknown to many, Salinger served in Army intelligence in World War II, landing in Normandy on D-Day.  Before, after and during the war, however, he was writing, even sending stories home from the European theatre.  He had his highest number printed in 1945.  The war obviously shaded these stories and Salinger, a theme of the documentary, according to the New York Times.

Another early theme of the stories and more fully developed in The Catcher in the Rye was his preoccupation with reclusiveness.  After 1965 he refused to publish or be interviewed, living in seclusion in Cornish, NH.  Wenke thinks that Salinger would find it ironic and disconcerting that so much attention is being given to someone who died in 2010 at the age of 91.  Not only is the “author-in-absentia” getting his own feature-length, star-filled documentary, distributed by the high-powered Weinstein Company; but a 700-page book on his life and work, co-authored by Salerno and David Shields, a New York Times best-selling author; and a special broadcast  on PBS’s American Masters as the program’s 200th episode in January 2014.

Salinger’s known literary output is small, but his Catcher in the Rye is one of the most celebrated, influential and, at times, controversial American novels of the 20th century, according to critics. “Salinger is one of the few authors I know of who has actually changed people’s lives,” Wenke said.

For more information, call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at


Summer Center for the Arts Concert at SU

Award-winning actor Daniel Beaty performs his critically acclaimed one-man play Emergency 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the Wicomico Room of Salisbury University’s Guerrieri University Center.

The performance, benefiting the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC), is presented as part of SU’s Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, a two-week residential program for middle and high school students throughout the state.

The Obie Award-winning play combines slam poetry and song as Beaty portrays 40 different individuals reacting to the sight of a slave ship that mysteriously emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty. Characters offering their take on the unexpected phenomenon include a homeless man, scientist, business executive, street vendor and pre-teen from the projects, providing a commentary on freedom and humanity. The off-Broadway production was presented to sold-out crowds during an extended run at the Public Theatre.

New York Magazine called it “funnier than most serious plays and vastly smarter than most funny plays, adding it was “the most intriguing new show of the season.” hailed it as “the most important new American drama since Angels in America.”

Beaty has received accolades from critics and colleagues alike. A two-time winner of the NAACP Theatre Award, including one for best actor, he has worked throughout the United States, Europe and Africa, performing with Ossie Davis, Tracy Chapman and Phylicia Rashad, among others. In addition, he received the Scotsman Fringe First Award for best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Beaty’s other theatre works have included Through the NightBreath & Imagination – The Story of Roland Hayes and The Tallest Tree in the Forest. Beyond the stage, he has written a children’s book, based on his poem Knock Knock, as well as a spoken-word ballet, Far But Close, which the Dance Theatre of Harlem debuted in 2012. He also is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

His Salisbury performance is funded through SWAC’s Nancy and Robert Allen. To reserve tickets call 410-543-ARTS or visit SWAC’s Web site at Tickets also are available at the SWAC office, 104 Poplar Hill Ave., Salisbury, and at area Bank of Delmarva branches.

For more information on the Summer Center for the Arts, call 410-548-4777, ext. 2, or visit the center’s Web site