Salem Statement - Winter 2011

Library and Learning Commons

It’s ‘filet mignon’ as construction of new library and learning commons officially begins

The groundbreaking ceremony for a four-story, energy conscious library and learning commons—to be completed on North Campus by late 2012—took place on December 7.

Speaking to a standing-room only gathering at the Ellison Campus Center, Salem State student trustee Angel Donahue-Rodriguez ’12 quoted from a Boston Globe Magazine article about funding for public higher education that asked whether Massachusetts would have 'steak or macaroni.' Today we're getting steak," he said. "I guess you could say we're getting filet mignon."

Critical to student success, the 124,000-square-foot facility replaces the university’s former library on Lafayette Street, which was closed in October 2007 out of structural safety concerns. The new facility will include instructional laboratories and study areas for 1,000 students. Read more.

Tracee Chimo '01

A rising star on Broadway

Salem State University’s theater grads are busy in the industry as designers, stage managers, directors, and stage actors. In the case of one theater alumna, that stage is in American theater’s mecca—Broadway. Salem State theatre graduate Tracee Chimo ’01 first turned heads on the Great White Way in 2009 in her role as a Jewish seamstress in Irena’s Vow at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Since then she has increasingly been recognized as one of Broadway’s rising stars. Read more.