Hello, and welcome to this interactive, online version of Salem Statement.
The Web version of our alumni magazine is published several times a year, and complements the print version mailed to alumni each fall and spring. Like the print version, it keeps alumni and friends up to date on new initiatives at Salem State, on ways the college continues to be a high profile resource for the North Shore region, on the success and accomplishments of our students, and on contributions our alumni are making to the nation and the world.
The arrival of this edition of the online Statement coincides with the recent launch of the college's new Web site. A major component of the college's branding effort, the Web site is an easy-to-navigate vehicle for all those who seek information about Salem State, including: current students, their parents, future students, and our alumni; faculty and staff; the media; and academics wishing to become a part of our community.
The new site is a fitting reflection of the many exciting initiatives taking place on campus, including the construction a new residence hall-dining commons on our Central Campus. When completed in fall 2010, this new facility will be certified as a "green" building with a LEED certification of silver or higher, in keeping with the college's commitment to environmental stewardship. The 525 students housed here will bring the college's on-campus student population to 30 percent, moving us that much closer to our goal of a 50 percent residential population.
Another major project is our new library. Although still in the early planning stages, the library is scheduled for an estimated completion date of 2012, and represents just one example of ways in which the college continues to move forward, despite difficult financial times. Both the residence hall and library projects are funded by state revenue bonds, which is support separate from our operating budget. Like so many other schools, businesses and families, Salem State is also affected by the downturn in the economy; in fact, we've been forced to adjust to a significant shortfall in our 2010 operating budget. The budget and restructuring decisions we have made in the past months have been difficult, but necessary, if we are to put the college in a viable position for the future.
Salem State remains committed to being a resource for the region. This issue of Salem Statement provides one such example of the college's vision in its story about our innovative sustainable tourism development certificate and online fire science programs offered through Continuing Education.
We are all very proud of what's happening on campus. I hope you will look through your magazine, enjoy recaps of the many events that have taken place recently and plan on visiting campus soon. As a reminder, don't miss our popular Summer Theatre at Salem. Neil Simon's Rumors continues through July 12 and the musical Footloose will be performed from July 16 to 26. For tickets and information, visit: salemstate.edu/arts.
Thank you and I hope to see you on campus soon.
Patricia Maguire Meservey