Viking Plunge

Viking Plunge

Welcome Vikings! 

Are you excited to PLUNGE into your first year! No, we don't mean jump into the ocean (though how lucky are we to have the waterfront just a few blocks away--COOLEST SCHOOL EVER!). Instead we want you to dive into every experience you can. Immerse yourself in the activities, events and culture that is unique to the Salem State University community. This is YOUR first year so make the most of it. 

To help you, a number of offices and student organizations partner together to present an amazing schedule of events and activities during the first several days designed to help you acclimate to the university, meet your fellow classmates and set yourself up for a year of success. So JUMP IN and do the Viking Plunge!

Saturday September 3 

Residential Floor Meetings 5 pm  Individual floors 
Maximize Your Buzz: A high energy interactive show where you'll discover what's important to you related to alcohol.
7:30 pm  Veteran's Hall, Campus Center
Viking Trials: True Vikings walk among us and they will be on display at The viking Trials of Salem State.  The horn has been sounded and the newest Vikings will be tested, not merely on their valor, but on their ingenuity.  Join us for a series of activities that require camaraderie among peers, creative thinking in a timing fashion, and the willingness to have fun!  All those in attendance will wonder if Salem State has been transformed into Valhalla right in front of their eyes! 9 pm Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Complex

Sunday September 4 

Viking Connections:  Find out about getting involved, navigating campus, finding your classes, getting a tutor, managing your money, and more!  Prize drawings will be held between sessions while you learn how to succeed in your first semester.  First 200 students who attend will get to make their own build-a-bear animal!  1 pm - 4 pm   Peabody and Bowditch Halls
Welcome BBQ  4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Marsh Dining Commons
RHA Carnival:  Have a great time with games, novelties, and more!  5 pm - 9 pm  Marsh Hall Quad
Target Takeover:  Catch a ride with the Greek Council as they takeover Target.  There will be a DJ, gift bags, discount coupons, food, and more!  Shuttles to and from Target until 12:30 am.  10 pm - 12:30 am  Meet at Berry Library Bus Stop

Monday September 5 - Labor Day 

Yoga on the Quad:  bring your own towel or mat  9 am - 10 am  Berry Library Quad 
Classroom Building Tours:  Let the STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) mentors show you around the classroom buildings and find your fall classes.  Leaves from Marsh Dining Commons after brunch.  10 am - 12 pm  Marsh Dining Commons 
Intramural Expo:  Help your hall get a head start - the intramural program offers 4 v 4 bubble soccer and kickball, corn hold, tug of war, and spoke ball!  Grab a punch card when you arrive to earn points for prizes throughout the day.  1 pm - 6 pm  O'Keefe Complex Alumni Field and Gassett Fitness Center 
3 on 3 Basketball Scramble:  Come with friends or show up as a free agent and you'll be placed on a team.  Events are on-going but the longer you play, the more changes you have to accumulate points and win prizes!  1 pm - 6 pm  Gassett Fitness Center Rec Courts 
Comedy Night:  Laugh it up at one of two showings with our special guest comedian.  8 pm and 10 pm  Veterans Hall, Campus Center 

Tuesday September 6 

CONVOCATION:  All first-year students are invited to join the President, Provost, faculty, and special guest Moustafa Bayoumi, author of the FYRE book at the official welcome to the university  10:30 am  Twohig Gym, O'keefe Complex 
First-Year Student Community Picnic:  Meet your professors for a picnic lunch  11:45 am  North Campus Lawn 
Class of 2020 Photo (weather permitting)  12:25 pm  Berry Library Quad 
FYRE Discussions:  Meet with your professors for a discussion of this year's book and spend some time talking about what your first day of classes will be like!  Room assignments will be posted at 12:45 pm  Meier Hall and Sullivan Building 
Meet the Provost Ice Cream Social:  Come join the Provost/Academic Vice-President for an ice cream social after your book discussion. Author Moustafa Bayoumi will be available to sign your book! First-year students get their FREE academic planner at this event. 2 pm  Alumni Plaza, outside the Campus Center
Voter Registration:  Are you registered to vote?  Find out about absentee ballots or how to vote locally from representatives in the Center for Civic Engagement 2 pm  Alumni Plaza 
Bees and Brotherhood Social:  Connect with students, staff, and faculty of color to learn more about success initiatives for students of color.  Network with faculty from the racial justice working group about campus social justice efforts.  2:30 pm - 4 pm  Veteran's Hall, Campus Center 
Sole to Soul Concert and Yoga:  Register HERE to participate.  First 30 participants to pre-register will receive a free yoga mat.  First 150 participants at the event will receive a GFC dumbbell stress ball. Bring a yoga mat or towel, water, and a towel to wipe down with.  6 pm - 8:30 pm  Marsh Hall Quad 

 Wednesday September 7 - FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Global Prints Poster Sale and Local Banks:  Buy a new poster for your room and sign up for a bank account with a local bank - all in one location!  11 am - 1 pm  Alumni Plaza 
Field Hockey vs. Western Connecticut State University  3 pm  O'Keefe Complex Alumni Field 
Superfan Tailgate:  Dinner and Novelties:  Join Superfan, Salem State's mascot for a tailgate BBQ with fun activities including make your own pennants, passport caricatures, travel the world photos, bubble balls, tug of war, and more!  Cheer on the Vikings during a triple header of home athletic events.   4:30 pm - 8 pm  O'Keefe Complex Alumni Field and Grounds 
Men's Soccer vs. Curry College  5:15 pm  O'Keefe Complex Alumni Field 
Women's Soccer vs. Plymouth State University  8 pm  O'Keefe Complex Alumni Field 
Sex Signals:  Are you getting the right signal?  YOu will at this real life, funny, sort of improv show about sex and stuff!  9 pm  Veteran's Hall 

Thursday September 8 

Student Employment and Volunteer Fair:  Seeking employment or volunteer opportunties?  On-campus and off-campus representatives offering work-study, institutional employment positions, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities will be there. Bring a resume if you have one! 3 pm - 5 pm  Central Campus Cafe
Program Council Big Prize Bingo:  Do you have what it takes to work a bingo card?  Join Program Council to stake your claim in some Bingo!  There are impressive prizes just asking to be won!  7:30 pm - 9:30 -m  Veteran's Hall 

Friday September 9 

ORANGE FRIDAY!  It's a tradition at Salem State to wear orange on Fridays - so show your school spirit!  Stop by the FYE Office to say hi and if you're wearing orange you can enter a drawing to win a robot puppy!      
Chalk Mural Pizza Party:  Join the First Year Arts Community in expressing yourself via an inspirational chalk mural...and try some local pizza while you're at it!!    4 pm - 6 pm   Meet in Meier Hall 100A 
ECC After Dark:  Take over the Campus Center with a glow in the dark roller skating rink, music, free food, door prizes, and so much more!  Entertainment happening on the hour, every hour until doors close!  7 pm - 11 pm  Ellison Campus Center 

Monday September 12 

Student Involvement Fair:  Come and meet the almost 100 student organizations that Salem State has to offer and get involved NOW!  Don't see what you're looking for? Stop by the Student Involvement table fr information on how to start a new organization!  11:30 am - 1 pm  Alumni Plaza 

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