Viking Plunge

Viking Plunge

Welcome Vikings! 

It's time 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 have partnered together to present an amazing schedule of events and activities designed to help you acclimate to the university, meet your fellow classmates and set yourself up for a year of success. One of the greatest parts is that for every event you attend, you will be entered into raffles to earn free books, a meal plan or scholarship for the spring semester as well as other awesome prizes. So JUMP IN! Join the Viking Plunge!

Saturday, August 30

6:30 pm Open Mic Night Alumni Plaza
9 pm Outdoor Movie Night Marsh Quad

Sunday, August 31

10 am - 5 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
12 pm - 10 pm Gassett Fitness Center Tours: Sign up at the front desk Gassett Fitness Center
1 - 3 pm Viking Wars:  Residential Floor Competition (resident students only) O'Keefe Complex
6 pm Carnival Marsh Quad

Monday, September 1

10 am - 5 pm Bookstore Open
Salem State Bookstore
1 - 3 pm Salem Scavenger Hunt Meet at the Library
2 pm Sea Shuttle Tour (limited number, advance sign up required) - $2 per person Salem Willows Park Pier
7 pm Comedian: First showing Veterans Hall, Campus Center
9 pm Comedian: Second showing Veterans Hall, Campus Center

Tuesday, September 2

9 am - 7 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
10:30 - 11:30 am Convocation Ceremony: Families can view online at www.salemstate.edu/convocation Rockett Arena, O'Keefe Complex
11:30 am First Year Student Welcome Picnic North Campus
12:20 pm Class of 2018 Photo North Campus Quad
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm FYRE Discussion Groups (STUDENT ROOM ASSIGNMENTS) Meier Hall and Sullivan Building
2 - 4:40 pm Viking Connection Workshops: Set yourself up for success in your first year Campus Center
6 pm Women's Field Hockey vs Gordon College O'Keefe Complex

Wednesday, September 3 - First Day of Classes

 8 am - 8 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
  Tours of the Berry Library and Learning Commons Library
  FYE staff will be in the lobbies of Meier Hall and Sullivan Building answering questions, giving out maps, and welcoming you to your first day! Watch for the blue Student Success Stations! Meier Hall and Sullivan Building
3 - 5 pm Viking Connection Workshops: Set yourself up for success in your first year Campus Center
5 pm Superfan Tailgate:  Show your Viking Pride at the BBQ before the women's soccer game O'Keefe Complex
5 pm Build-A-Buddy Novelties: Create your own first year buddy while tailgating! O'Keefe Complex
6 pm Women's Soccer vs Endicott College O'Keefe Complex
8:30 pm ThinkFast Game Show: Test your knowledge and win some great cash prizes! Veterans Hall, Campus Center

Thursday, September 4

 8 am - 8 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
  FYE staff will be in the lobbies of Meier Hall and Sullivan Building answering questions, giving out maps, and welcoming you to your first day! Watch for the blue Student Success Stations! Meier Hall and Sullivan Building
2 - 4 pm Student Navigation Center Open House: Stop by for a snack and see the new space! Central Campus Classroom Building (second floor)
3- 5 pm Student Employment and Volunteer Fair: Looking for a job or want to volunteer?  Stop down and get information for how you can apply! Central Cafe and Lobby, Central Campus Classroom Building
7 pm Orientation Reunion and Magician Brian Miller Veterans Hall, Campus Center

Friday, September 5

8 am - 4 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
3 pm - 5 pm Viking Connection Workshops: Set yourself up for success in your first year Campus Center
4 pm - 6 pm StrengthsQuest - enjoy pizza while exploring your strengths and how they will help you succeed (limited number, advance sign up required) Campus Center
4 pm - 7 pm Games2U: Mobile video gaming experience Alumni Plaza, North Campus
8 pm Big Prize Bingo Veterans Hall, Campus Center

Saturday, September 6

10 am - 3 pm Bookstore Open
Salem State Bookstore
2 - 4 pm Block Party TBD
4:30 - 7pm Spread Love Not Warts Concert Marsh Quad (Marsh Dining Hall if it rains)

Sunday, September 7

7 pm Movie Night  TBD

Monday, September 8

8 am - 8 pm Bookstore Open Salem State Bookstore
11 am - 12:30 pm Student Involvement Fair: Stop by to learn more about all the students organizations that YOU can get involved in this year! Alumni Plaza
12- 1 pm STEP Program Kick-Off (STEP participants only) Veterans Hall, Campus Center

Tuesday, September 9

8 pm Trivia Night: Test your knowledge and win some prizes! Marsh 210

To request accommodations, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or disability-services@salemstate.edu.

Sponsored by athletics, career services, first year experience, program council, residence hall association, residence life, student involvement and activities, and the Student Navigation Center.