Salisbury University Partners with Ocean Pines

The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) is excited to announce a new collaboration with Salisbury University. SU expert faculty will bring Ocean Pines residents and guests the most engaging learning experiences, right in their backyard.

“Forget the pressure of pre-requisites or tests. The lectures and seminars, which are open to the public, are high-energy learning opportunities,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “Intended for adult learners of all ages, the classes aim to engage participants with intellectual enrichment through a variety of thought-provoking discussions in an expert-led workshop setting.”

Delmarva’s Window to the World

From the first radio broadcasts in the 1920s to weather and news information provided by residents in 2017, Delmarva has played an important role in the electronic media’s 90-year history in the United States.

Dr. David Burns of Salisbury University’s Communication Arts Department will host a five-week course entitled “Delmarva’s Window to the World: Global Journalism and the Local Media Landscape,” held 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Oct. 4-Nov. 1 at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway.

Topics include “The Birth: Radio and War (the Great Depression to World War II),” “The Freeze: the Electronic Media and War Correspondence (World War II to the 1960s),” “The Expansion: Post-World War II Media (1960-1990s),” “The Consolidation: Deregulation and Its Impact on News and Information (1990-2010)” and “the Personalization: Citizen Journalism and Augmented Reality (2010-Present).”

The course fee is $35. To register, visit the SU CELL website at

Writing Your Memoir: From Draft to Craft

Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to craft,” looking at elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail and writing in scenes.

Delmarva Review editor Emily Rich teaches the course “Writing Your Memoir: From Draft to Craft,” held 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 16 at the Ocean Pines Community Center.

Participants will explore personal writing, examine writing elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail and writing scenes. In addition to workshopping each others’ writing, those taking the class also read essays on the craft and sample works of successful memoirists.

Presented through CELL’s Lighthouse Literary Guild series, the course fee is $60. To register, visit the SU CELL website at

Environmental Studies in Ocean Pines

Salisbury University’s Center for Lifelong and Extended Learning and the Ocean Pines Association, Inc. are partnering for a new “SU at the Beach” class and lecture series.

The program begins with a five-session SU Environmental Studies Faculty Lecture Series, held 2:30-4 p.m. on Fridays from Sept. 29-Nov. 3 at the Conference Room in the Administration Building. Presentations include:
• Sept. 29 – “Talking Trash: the Politics of Garbage”: Dr. Sarah Surak discusses the social, political, economic and ethical implications of how and why people create and manage waste in their daily lives.
• Oct. 6 – “Valuing Bird Biodiveristy Using Citizen Science Data from eBird”: Dr. Sonja Kolstoe speaks about how economists measure the non-market benefits of environmental goods and services, offering her research using citizen science data as an example.
• Oct. 13 – “When Living Kinds Disappear: Grief, Love and Wisdom in a Time of Mass Species Extinction”: Dr. James Hatley reflects on case studies, including those of the Honshu Wolf, Australian Quoll and American Bison, to question the significance of anthropogenic species extinction and the scope of humankind’s responsibilities in regard to it.
• Oct. 20 – “Before It’s Too Late: Conservation of Spotted Turtles on the Delmarva Peninsula”: Dr. Tami Ransom discusses steps to conserve regional spotted turtles, recently named one of the 10 U.S. species most threatened by habitat fragmentation.
• Oct. 27 – No lecture
• Nov. 3 – “Of Polar Bears and Climate Migrants: Visualizing the ‘New Face’ of Climate Change”: Dr. Shane Hall examines recent media discussions portraying climate change as a crisis both for and of migrants, who face some of climate change’s harshest impacts while often being portrayed as a threat to national borders and security.


The course fee is $35 for the series. To register visit, the SU CELL website at

These classes and seminars are part of the “Salisbury University at the Beach” series, presented by SU’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning and the Ocean Pines Association, Inc.

Registration is now open for the lecture series and writing seminars.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or

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