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The head basketball coach at Salisbury University Andy Sachs is now on leave.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far it is not clear why.

The paper also reports that Sachs was unavailable for comment as of Tuesday afternoon.

For the moment Brian McDermott will be the interim coach…according to a press release by the university’s Director of Athletics Gerry DiBartolo.  

McDermott is a former local basketball coach at Mardela High School, Stephen Decatur and Sussex Tech.

He is also an alumni of Salisbury University.

Dr. Charles Wight Introduction Ceremony at Salisbury University. Video courtesy of PAC14.

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Incoming Salisbury University President Charles Wight made an appearance on campus during what he calls a listening tour with students, faculty and staff. He told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush he takes the approach of enabling them to develop a better education experience.

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The Delmarva peninsula is struggling with rising sea levels with many towns along the coast carrying out efforts to mitigate the impact. Meanwhile, Maryland has been in the forefront of efforts to rein in greenhouse emissions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Ashley Lawson, senior fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University to talk about solutions.

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The Peninsula Insurance Company is shutting its doors in Salisbury this summer leaving most of its 50 employees to look for new jobs.

The Donegal Group said around 40 will be laid off with the rest going to its headquarters in Marietta, Pennsylvania.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that termination cost will come to around $2 million but the closure is expected to save around $3.7 million a year.  

The company was founded in 1960 by Samuel Seidel.

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Charles Wight has been named the new president of Salisbury University and will begin his term on July 1st.

He will succeed outgoing president Janet Dudley-Eshbach who is stepping down after 18 years of leading Salisbury University.

Wight has been president of Weber State University in Utah since 2013.

Wight issued a statement that called Salisbury University a great institution and said that he would be ready to lead it come July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he led a $164 million fundraising campaign which had an original goal of $39 million.

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The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Charles Wight president of Salisbury University (SU), beginning July 1, 2018. Wight will succeed Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who announced last fall her plans to step down from the position after 18 years.

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Arby’s is out.

Starbucks is in.

The Arby’s fast food restaurant on South Salisbury Boulevard that sits across from Salisbury University is closing after being in business since the 1960’s.

There have been a number of fast food restaurants that have left the area.

Arby’s itself will move on to a location on Route 50 near Wor-Wic Community College.

Meanwhile, Starbucks will enter the picture and will join Rise Up as coffee café.

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Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, has been recognized by Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business with the Perdue Leadership Award.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was presented at a reception at the university’s Perdue Hall.

Frank Perdue endowed the school that has his name in 1986.

Last year Jim Perdue celebrated the school’s 30th anniversary as the guest speaker at the semi-annual Perdue Executive Leadership Series.

He has also served on the University Foundation’s board of directors.

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Salisbury University has opened a $3.8 million baseball stadium across from Sea Gull Stadium.

It’s the latest athletic addition for President Janet Dudley-Eshbach who walked out onto the pitcher’s mound to throw out the first ball.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that over the years the university has added new facilities for football, lacrosse and field hockey.

In addition there is a new soccer arena and softball stadium.

The opening was supposed to take place on February 10th but was postponed because of bad weather.

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Supporters of legislation that would ease restrictions on the craft beer industry held a forum at the Salisbury University Art Gallery yesterday afternoon.

Len Foxwell, chief of staff for Comptroller Peter Franchot, stressed the need to end the restrictions that tied craft producers to distributors.

In addition, the measure would lift production limits at the breweries.

Meanwhile, there is another measure that would return many of the restrictions that had been eased by last year’s legislation.

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It was an effort to spark dialogue with students in the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year.

But the “Pyramid of White Supremacy” graphic used for a diversity class at Salisbury University has sparked controversy.

It’s a one credit-course for those majoring in elementary education.

Professor Erin Stutelberg says that she didn’t want her students to see white supremacy only through the eyes of groups like the KKK.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach stunned the community with her announcement that she will be stepping down in June of 2018. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at her reflections on her time in higher education.

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After 18 years at Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach will step down at the end of June next year.

Dudely-Eshbach said it was time for a change adding that change was good for both individuals and institutions.

She said,”It is emotional for me. I’ve shed a few tears. And the reason for that is I love this place. This for me has been a dream job. I love the people here. There’s no better place to live. And, I love the Eastern Shore. So, it’s been emotional for me.”

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced that she will be stepping next year at the end of June.

She said she would not be retiring but would take a one year sabbatical to prepare to return to the faculty to teach in the Spanish department.

Dudley-Eshbach said she would serve in a role of Special Advisor to the university to help her successor through the transition as well as doing some  fundraising work and special projects during her sabbatical.

She arrived at the university 18 years ago and has added numerous buildings to the campus.

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U.S. News and World Report has put Salisbury University on its list of the Best Colleges for 2018.

There are 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category which is divided geographically into North, South, Midwest and West.

The criteria ranges from academic reputation and graduation rates to financial resources and student selectivity.

Dr. Karen Olmstead, the university’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, noted that for the last two decades SU has been named one of the top regional universities by the publication.

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A graduate from Salisbury University just picked up a cool $100-thousand.

Daquan Mincy got the cash when he went to see a taping of the television show ”Ellen”.

He was chosen from the audience by comedians Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mency said the experience was crazy sending him to jump with joy.

And, his student loan debt of $50-thousand can now be a thing of the past.

Mincy will receive his Masters Degree this month.

He is the first in his family to get to go to college.

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On May 20th, the Ward Museum and Salisbury University will be celebrating the cultural history of the Eastern Shore ranging from the famed Skipjack to Smith Island living. It's called the Delmarvalous Festival. And, says Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that they may be famous for carving of decoys, but reminding us of a way of life.

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The city of Salisbury and Salisbury University announced yesterday the Buy a Home, Build a business program.

The program provides up to $5-thousand for a down payment and closing cost to help university students start businesses in the city.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said that one of her top priorities was to create a strong partnership with the  city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jake Day said he wanted to get Salisbury University students to remain in the city.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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It looks like ice hockey will be coming to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center – perhaps as soon as October of 2018.

County Executive Bob Culver made the announcement today.

He was joined by Jim Calpin who represents investors who buy minor league sports teams.

The announcement comes after a report that found bringing a hockey team to Worcester County looked problematic.

Culver said that Wicomico County is different.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach is once against listed as an influential Marylander in a list compiled by the Daily Record.

Dudley-Eshbach told the Salisbury Daily Times that this reflected the hard work of the faculty and staff of the university in shaping the lives of the school’s students.

The only other Eastern Shore representative on the list was Peggy Naleppa president and CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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If you have questions about your Maryland state taxes you’ll be able to get some help from a new call center located on the Eastern Shore.

Yesterday Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot along with other officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

He said, “I am very excited to open this call center. It’s the very first one. And we’re doing it on the Shore. Because we care about the Shore. It’s a region that the state of Maryland is lucky to have.”

The center will create some 25 jobs and is located in Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Square complex.

Salisbury University Foundation has acquired 8.5 acres of property just south of the main campus on Route 13 for $6 million.

Foundation officials said this would increase the size of the campus to more than 200 acres.

The Court Plaza will remain in operation with all existing leases to be honored.

In addition, other businesses will be encourage to locate to the site.

The foundation said there was no decision yet as to how the university will use the property.

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October has come and gone.

The pink ribbons and T-Shirts that marks Breast Cancer awareness month have disappeared.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch reports that too often the awareness fades.

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Salisbury University has a new app.

It will allow students and staff to quickly contact police for help.

It’s called the 911 Shield App.

Julia Howell, president of the Student Government Association, told WBOC that even if there isn’t a problem the new app provides a sense of security.

The app can be customized to provide personal information that can help authorities when a student is in trouble.

Within the last month there have been cases of assault on students around the campus.

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With the recent reports of assaults Salisbury University is considering implementing a loitering measure near the campus.

WBOC reports that a number of students it interviewed yesterday told the television station that they did not feel safe when left campus.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach has said that the city and the school would consider a measure against loitering.

But University officials told the television station yesterday that it was still too early to provide details about how the ordinance would be enforced.

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There have been three recent assaults near the campus of Salisbury University.

And while the police have made arrests there is some unease among students.

The assaults range from an incident in a student neighborhood known as The Zoo to two attacks on Sunday in the Bateman Street area across from Route 13.

In those two incidents the victim was punched.

WBOC reports that the university has sent out an email notifying students of the assaults with recommendations on how to avoid being a victim.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchnot says the state is facing a potential $1 billion decline in revenue over the next 18 months. As a result, he wants a moratorium on tax increases and tax cuts for the next five years to ease the state through a sluggish economy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Franchot about his concerns during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.

The Patricia Guerrieri Academic Commons on the campus of Salisbury University officially opened yesterday.

It now become the biggest structure on the campus with 221-thousand square feet.

Featuring the school’s library University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said she wanted this facility to be a place where students could gather, study and learn.