Watch a video message from Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey or read her remarks below.
Hello, and welcome back to Central Campus and a new edition of Salem Statement online. When we last published the online version of Salem Statement, I was able to speak to you from outside the construction site of our new residence hall, Marsh Hall. Today I am reporting to you from the top of Atlantic Hall where we can see that the construction is moving forward and is on schedule. We are delighted that we will be welcoming 525 new students to our campus this fall. Our new Marsh Hall will provide a rewarding on-campus college experience for our students.
Or should I say, “university experience?” With the State College University Status bill on the move in the State House, we are closer to Salem State University than ever before. Yes, the forward motion is encouraging, but we need the help of our alumni and friends to ensure the university bill’s success. You will soon be hearing from your alma mater, asking you to call your representative to voice your support for Salem State University. Salem State University, as part of the state university system, is a benefit to both the Salem State community and the state as a whole. Benefits of a state university system include:
· Recruiting and retaining an educated workforce in Massachusetts
· Increased economic competitiveness with surrounding states
· Opportunities for increased external funding
· Industry sector growth
· Recruiting and retaining the highest qualified faculty
As Salem State University, I assure you that our traditions, mission and values will remain the same--to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and to serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development. I look forward to sharing the good news with you when the State College University Status bill is passed.
I hope that many of you, as Salem State alumni, were able to join us for our recent alumni reunion weekend. If you haven’t been on campus recently, I encourage you to return. You will find an institution that is on the move and honors its past.
As you click through the pages of Salem Statement, you will learn about new programs and initiatives that help make Salem State the dynamic institution that it is today.