In the Community

Agganis forum

Entrepreneurial excellence

Boston Beer Company founder and owner Jim Koch, center, was at Salem State in November to share the story of how he became, arguably, America’s favorite brewer. Pictured here with K. Brewer Doran, dean of the Bertolon School of Business (left) and Patricia Maguire Meservey, president of Salem State University, Koch told a capacity Agganis Forum audience in the university’s recital hall how he revived an inherited family recipe for “Louis Koch Lager” in small batches in his kitchen. That beer—renamed Samuel Adams Lager—was subsequently chosen “the best beer in America” at The Great American Beer Festival.

The Agganis Forum is made possible with funding from the Michael Agganis Entrepreneurship Fund, established by Madeline A. ’79 and Michael J. Agganis ’66 for the benefit of the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State University.

Vets Job Fair

Veterans Job Fair held

Salem State University, North Shore Community College and the North Shore Workforce Investment Board co-hosted a Veterans Benefits and Career Opportunities Fair on November 16. Held at Salem State’s South Campus, the fair featured over 60 representatives of veteran-friendly companies, agencies and programs. It was sponsored by the Veteran and Family Bridge Association.

Photo caption: Mark Austin of Peabody explores career opportunities with Major Troy Gipps, regional coordinator of New England Troops to Teachers, at the Veterans Benefits and Career Opportunities Fair.

Best practices conference

Teacher conference featured keynote address on bullying

Salem State University hosted its fourth annual Best Practices Day Conference for k-12 teachers on November 13 at the university’s Central Campus.

Along with 20 education workshops, the conference included a keynote address by Lisa Sjostrom, founder and director of Helping Kids Thrive workshops, on the effects of bullying in schools.

Sponsored by the School of Education, the Center for Education and Community, the Friends of the School of Education, and the Salem State University Alumni Association, the conference focused on challenging learners, experiencing the arts and making community connections. Professional development points (PDPs) were awarded to those in attendance.

Photo caption: Members of the Friends of the School of Education attending this year’s best practices teaching conference included: from the left, front row: Dorothy Foley ’48, Andrea Liftman ’75G, Marilyn Flaherty ’54, and Karen McNamara ’69; back row: Jacqueline Coogan ’70, Carla Guarneri ’75, Jo-Anne Murphy ’77G, Cynthia McFarlane ’59, Merle Schnell ’03G, Erik Champy’89,’94G, and Sheila Kearney’54,’67G.

Enterprise Center

Enterprise Center offers series of winter workshops for small businesses

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University arms business owners with the knowledge and skills to grow profits and succeed. Serving as the voice of the small business community through advocacy and action, the center, located on Salem State’s Central Campus, offers more than 80 programs a year—most of them free—to small business owners and nonprofit managers.

This winter season, the Enterprise Center is launching several new workshops through March. Visit for more details.



James T. Amsler, 88, had a vision for university status

James T. Amsler, 10th president of Salem State University, died on November 30, 2010 in Chatham, Massachusetts, at age 88. He served as Salem State’s president from 1979 to 1988.

President Amsler was an early pioneer for university status. During his administration, Salem State took its first steps toward becoming a university when it was reorganized into "schools" — the nursing school, business school and school of education. It was also during the Amsler years that Salem State launched its prestigious Salem State Series—now in its 29th season—with former president Gerald Ford as its first speaker. Read more about Amsler.