PACE Mission Statement:
As a non-partisan institute at Salisbury University, PACE cultivates a more informed, democratic citizenry that promotes good governance on campus, local, state, and federal levels.
Dr. Sandy Pope, PACE and ShoreCorps Director
Dr. Carolina Bown, NLA Campus Director
Sara Heim, ShoreCorps Assistant Director
Judy McClure, ShoreCorps Admin Assistant
Ryan Weaver, Lecturer
Michael Webber, Coordinator
Kacie Cassar, Graduate Assistant
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Join us TONIGHT at 6:30pm for a special edition of our PACE 205: Democracy Across the Disciplines course. Faculty from the Department of Political Science will be hosting a panel examining the election and considering the possible outcomes. Sign up: bit.ly/poscelectionpanel
Staff spotlight: Carolina! She serves as our campus Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Director. Carolina is so passionate about her work and loves talking to students about their future in the nonprofit sector. Stop by and say hello!
SU Students: We want to know more about your political engagement. Take our short, anonymous survey to help us serve you better. You can also be entered to win 1 of 5 $50 Salisbury University Bookstore gift cards.
Election Day is fast approaching. Join us on Monday, November 2nd at 6:30pm for a special edition of our PACE 205: Democracy Across the Disciplines course. Faculty from the Department of Political Science will be hosting a panel examining the election and considering the possible outcomes. Sign up: bit.ly/poscelectionpanel
1 DAY! You have just 1 DAY to register to vote in Maryland. Visit bit.ly/SUVOTES2020 right away to learn more and get registered.
Maryland: You have just TWO DAYS to register to vote. It is super easy and quick: www.vote.gov will walk you through the steps. Email [email protected] with any questions. We are on-hand to help.
Thank you councilwoman Angela Blake for sharing this graphic with Wicomico County voters. If you are a Wicomico County resident and requested a mail-in ballot, you can easily drop it off at any of the following drop box locations:
The last day to register to vote in MD is October 13th. Visit bit.ly/SUVOTES2020 TODAY to learn more and get registered. You can also email [email protected] and a member of our staff will help with any questions you have. #suvotes2020
Our next staff spotlight is: Judy McClure, our ShoreCorps Admin Assistant. Judy is a remarkable employee. Her background in computer science has allowed the ShoreCorps program to try new initiatives, such as online timesheet submissions and digital task completions. Her prior service as a ShoreCorps member enables her to connect deeply with incoming members. Stop by and say hello sometime!
It’s Advising Season! Have you ever considered a career in the nonprofit sector? Interested in learning more? N’Tuma recently completed the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program offered right here at SU. N’Tuma gained valuable knowledge in grant writing, strategic planning, and an appreciation of nonprofits overall. Visit: salisbury.edu/pace/nla today!
It is Giving Day at Salisbury University. Please consider giving to PACE. Your donation, small or large, will help us deliver high-quality programs to our campus and community. Your donations in past years have provided us the opportunity to bring speakers such a Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, and Erricka Bridgeford, member of the Baltimore Peace Challenge and organizer of the Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend.
The first Presidential Debate is tomorrow night from 9pm-11pm. On Wednesday, the American Democracy Project will be hosting a follow-up: So What Did You Think About The Debates? A National Times Talk with Students. Register for their chat: http://bit.ly/adptalk
Next up in our staff spotlight: Sara Heim, ShoreCorps Assistant Director. If there is one word to describe Sara: dedication. She is always there for ShoreCorps members—day or night. She brings so much positive energy to our team. Stop by and say hello sometime!
The first Presidential Debate is next week. Want to engage in a discussion during the debate? Sign-up to join us! We will all watch it on our own via YouTube, Cable, etc. while reflecting in a moderated setting. #suvotes2020
The election is fast approaching. Wondering if you are registered? Need to register? Want a mail-in ballot? Head on over to bit.ly/SUvotes2020 for directions. Contact [email protected] for questions!
TONIGHT! There is still time to register for this amazing lecture on the First Amendment and the Press. Sign-up: bit.ly/PACECOMMFIRST
Learn how to request a MD Mail-In Ballot by watching this brief video:
For the 2020 Presidential General Election, if voters want a to receive a mail-in ballot, they will have to request one. This video provides an overview of h...
The first DebateWatch is just two weeks away. Watch on your own via YouTube or local cable channel. Join us online for a moderated chat about important topics on Discord. Sign up at: bit.ly/SUDebates.
Staff Spotlight: Michael Webber, PACE Coordinator. Michael’s history with PACE goes back to 2016, when he was hired as the PACE Graduate Assistant. He was then brought back in 2019 as our Coordinator. Michael is a true go-getter, always thinking about the next task or strategic goal. Check back each weekend as we highlight the rest of our staff!
Our Fall 2020 events are in full-swing. All require a quick—and easy—registration. We look forward to seeing students, faculty, staff, and community members throughout the semester!
We are thrilled to have Dr. Colin Campbell visit us virtually on September 17th for Constitution Day. Dr. Campbell will speak on the First Amendment and the Press. Details for ordering your ticket(s) can be found in the image attached.
PACE has been featured in the latest issue of Diversity & Democracy. This particular article highlights the various programs we offer for both the campus and community. Read at: bit.ly/PACEDD on Pg. 14.
Food for The Flock has reopened under new leadership with new hours. ShoreCorps members Anya and Jazmine have begun managing the pantry as co-presidents. You may contact them at [email protected].
Welcome back, Sea Gulls! This semester may look different, but our team is here in-person and online. Enjoy your first day and be on the lookout for our updates throughout the fall.
For the third year, PACE and the Center for Civic Reflection will welcome the Class of 2024 with a New Student Reflection. Over two days and four separate sessions, new students will have the opportunity to explore ideas through our humanities-based conversation model. Thank you to all volunteer facilitators for your hard work and preparation.
The Republican National Convention meets this week. Watch live coverage at 2020gopconvention.com.
10 days until classes begin! As we start a new semester, we are thrilled to invite you to join our virtual events this semester. Our events do require a brief registration, which we promise is very easy. Any questions can be sent to [email protected].
Maryland makes it quick and easy to request a mail-in ballot. Just text VMB to 77788 to receive instructions right to your phone. You will also have the chance to update your voter registration through this process. #SUVotes2020
The Democratic National Convention is held virtually this week, August 17th-20th from 9:00pm-11:00pm. Watch LIVE each night at demconvention.com. The Republican National Convention is held next week. Details will be shared next Monday.
Community members: PACE is offering a weekly course on Politics and Elections. This timely offering meets Monday’s 6-7:15 via Zoom. Visit the link in the image to learn more!
Are you a MD voter? Not sure if you are registered or want to remind yourself of your voter status? Head on over to voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/votersearch. Fill out a few simple questions and MD will tell you your registration status. The portal will also then allow you to update any new information and request your mail-in ballot. #suvotes2020
The ShoreCorps/ AmeriCorps 2019-2020 service year concludes today. We are so proud of our service member’s achievements. While COVID-19 altered site arrangements, with many moving to tele-service, our members continued to “Get Things Done”. Please join us in congratulating them by enjoying a short video!
This video offers thanks to the 2020 members serving through ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University.
We hope you will join us on Constitution Day, September 17th, at 5:30pm to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Colin Campbell, address the First Amendment and the Press. Dr. Campbell will engage us all in a thought-provoking discussion on the First Amendment and take questions from the audience. To sign up: bit.ly/PACECOMMFIRST
There is still time! Take it online or on your phone. Census field teams are also making their way around as well. Be sure to get counted, no matter how you take it. #census2020
We are less than 100 days until the General Election. Find voter information for your state by navigating to your state’s website. #suvotes2020
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Mail-in ballots for the MD Primary Election must be post-marked by June 2nd! #suvotes2020
PACE was launched in 1999 to reinvigorate the idea of a state university as a place where civic and political involvement could be developed and where students' spirits of generosity and intellectual curiosity could foster engagement. PACE is a nonpartisan institute committed to civic learning, engaged citizenship and community involvement that sparks interest in public affairs and civic life for the students and the communities of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Dr. Harry Basehart, co-founder of PACE, is professor emeritus of Political Science. Dr. Basehart co-authored the book, "State and Local Government: Politics and Public Policies," which is used extensively across the country in university government courses.
During his 37-year tenure at SU, Dr. Basehart conducted over 15 voter and citizen satisfaction surveys and supervised over 300 students in governmental internships, many in the Maryland General Assembly. Within the community, he served for several years as chair of the City of Salisbury Ethics Commission. Dr. Basehart remains active with PACE in his role as the SU Student Voting Ambassador.
Dr. Francis Kane, co-founder of PACE, taught in the Philosophy Department at SU for 35 years, primarily in political philosophy, ethics and biomedical ethics. Dan Rather, CBS news anchor, praised Dr. Kane's book, "Neither Beasts Nor Gods: Civic Life and the Public Good" as "necessary to the health of any community."
Dr. Kane developed a nationally recognized policy for teaching about religion in the county school system and, in his spare time, coaches youth soccer.