To all members of our Salem State community:
As we reach the halfway point in our academic year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done to ensure the successful launch of what has been a very busy and rewarding fall semester.
Our “season of success” began with the July 28 signing of the bill that accorded Salem State university status. The momentum from that most auspicious occasion carried us well into fall, culminating in a week of celebrations in October when that status was made official.
I was delighted to see so many of you taking part in the many activities surrounding University Week—from faculty reflections on what university status means for Salem State to the block party on Central Campus to the Countdown Carnival at the O’Keefe Center and—lastly—to our U-Day ceremonies on October 26.
In August, we celebrated another milestone with the opening of Marsh Hall. Our magnificent new residence hall and dining commons on Central Campus beautifully complements the existing Atlantic Hall and has created wonderful new spaces and opportunities for our sophomore students and the two faculty-in-residence who call Marsh home.
In Other News of Note:
• We recently enjoyed the first visit of President Javier Cevallos of Kutztown University, who heads the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation team for Salem State. President Cevallos and his full team will return to our campus in April for a site visit.
• During the politically-charged stretch from September to November, when critical elections loomed, the Salem State Political Science Academy (PSA) under the leadership of its president, Sean O’Brien ’12, offered students and members of the community opportunities to meet candidates and discuss many of the issues that concern them.
• PSA’s campus forums hosted US congressional incumbent candidate John Tierney ’73 on October 27, and his Republican challenger, Bill Hudak, on October 18. Governor Deval Patrick appeared on October 26, and two contenders for Essex County sheriff, Kevin Leach and Damian Anketell, participated in a forum on October 13. Congratulations to the PSA for its fine work!
• After the unexpected closure of our library in 2007—and the extraordinary efforts of so many to maintain its services, provide temporary space for an interim library and continue to accommodate students, faculty and staff—we symbolically broke ground for a new library and learning commons on December 7. We can expect a magnificent new facility to open on North Campus in fall 2012.
Holiday Open House
Once again, I look forward to inviting each and every one of you to a holiday open house in celebration of the season. This year’s festivities will take place in Veterans Hall. Please plan to join your colleagues on Friday, December 17, between 2 and 4:30 pm, for refreshments and entertainment as we fête some of the many December festivals observed by our wonderfully diverse community.
Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings
Committee meetings of the board of trustees will take place on January 19 in Marsh Hall 210. They will begin at 3 pm. The next full board of trustees meeting will begin at 5 pm on February 2, also in Marsh Hall 210.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year. After a year in which we have all worked so hard to ensure the success of our students and the academic and social opportunities we provide them, advance the university and plan for its future, I know we all look forward to the opportunity to relax and catch up during the annual shutdown, which this year will begin on Friday, December 24, and end on Monday, January 3.
I hope you will return renewed and refreshed in January, and ready to continue Salem State University’s good work.
Patricia Maguire Meservey