Recent Grads Show a Lot of Promise

Below are profiles of three students who were honored this spring for their achievements. These individuals represent many other students that have made important contributions to the Salem State community and to the North Shore region.

Malin Sohr '09

Malin Sohr speaks from experience when she encourages fellow students to seize the rare opportunity of studying abroad. A participant in Salem State's Study Abroad Program, Sohr promoted the experience in classes and in the residence halls, and found an outlet for her interest by working as the study abroad assistant in the Center for International Education. She also carried over her skills in communications when she served as a member of the Multicultural Council for two years as well as filling the role of vice-president and secretary for the International Students Association.

Off campus, Sohr interned at Salem Main Streets where she worked on developing a new logo, a skill that required the ability to create connections between organization and community. 

Sohr's commitment, enthusiasm and responsibility were recognized when she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for communications students.


Christopher Carr '09

A member of the executive board of the Multicultural Student Association for four years, Christopher Carr held a number of additional positions within the organization, including marketing manager and co-coordinator of African-American affairs.

Also involved in the Bates Community Council, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) and the Multicultural Council, he provided social and educational programs for his fellow students and the campus community.

"Chris has a warm, friendly personal style, which enables him to build positive relationships quickly with students and administrators or staff," said Bruce Perry, director of campus center programs. "This student demonstrated strong communication skills, and an ability to work successfully with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and community members," Perry added. "His familiarity with the campus and his helpful manner were of value to many students during periods of ups and downs. He is a strong, positive role model, and a loyal friend to many."

Christina Peura '09

Spending last summer in Washington D.C., Christina Peura studied human trafficking while she interned at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies through the Washington Center program. In her spare time, she volunteered at the National Archives. 

Her time in Washington matches the many other achievements of this recent Salem State graduate. A political science major, Peura is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Kappa Delta, both political science honor societies, as well as the Commonwealth Honors Program. For her honors thesis, she prepared a paper entitled "The Effects of Mobilization on the Coexistence of Democracy and Socialism in Latin America."

On campus, she served as treasurer of the Women's Center; vice-president and president of the Campus Educators on Sexual Assault; a senator in the Student Government Association; and as a volunteer orientation navigator.

With her determination and commitment, Peura is a promising prospect on the political horizon.


Timothy Lane '09

While president of the Sport and Movement Science Club, Timothy Lane took on the responsibility of securing the funding necessary to send students to the national conference of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Florida. His own name would not appear on the list of students attending due to his mother being ill and he was the only one to care for her. Although Lane knew he would not be attending, he put forth an unselfish effort to make certain that his fellow Salem State students would be there.

A graduate of the Leadership Institute Program, Lane's sense of responsibility and his maturity lend themselves to his ambitions and achievements. At Salem State, he was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society for education. In addition to serving as president of the Sport and Movement Science Club, he was a senior senator in the Student Government Association. Lane also participated in the FAST program, a collaborative program between the Robert L. Ford elementary school in Lynn and Salem State.

Named in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Tim Lane's qualities of leadership are recognizable and society is sure to benefit from his responsibility and sense of commitment.