Winter has come late to New England this year, but its entry has been dramatic. Despite the number and magnitude of snow storms we have experienced, we are doing our best to mitigate the continuation of services on campus while being mindful of the community’s safety. Our facilities staff has performed yeoman’s work plowing and removing snow, shoveling walkways and clearing roofs, fire hydrants and drains so that we might return to work. Our campus police have also worked diligently to reconfigure parking and providing us places to accommodate our cars. I hope you will thank them all when you see them.
As we begin our spring semester, there is much to which we can look forward, including the selection of Salem State’s nominee for this year’s 29 Who Shine award. Annually, one outstanding student from each of our 29 public campuses is honored at a Massachusetts State House ceremony in May, bringing great honor to his or her campus and to the value of public higher education. I look forward to the selection of another Salem State student who represents the best in terms of academic achievement, leadership skills and community engagement.
Diversity on campus
As universities across the country continue their work to create campuses that reflect the diverse nature of our national community, I am proud to recognize the many efforts of our own community. At Salem State, we are not coming late to the dance. A quarter of a century ago, when some very wise and forward-thinking campus administrators convened our first Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, the university let it be known that social justice, racial equality—and all the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King—were our hopes and dreams as well.
As we remembered Rev. Dr. King this year, it was with a weeklong series of events, panel discussions and public dialogue. Our one-morning convocation of 25 years ago has expanded—as it should—into something quite extraordinary. Thanks to the efforts of Rebecca Comage, director of diversity and multicultural affairs, and her staff, we are working to engage, debate and discuss issues of great importance.
With the rollout this year of our institutional diversity statement, we are actively working to sustain an active campus community that embraces difference and values the significant contributions of all its members. By examining the intersections of identity, our community is challenged to think critically about issues relevant to diversity and social justice.
Please join me in keeping the dialogue open.
Work has begun on the renovation and modernization of our Mainstage Theatre. When it is completed in early 2016, it will open as the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts. The new facility will provide a 470-seat contemporary theater facility for faculty, student and guest performances and will be available for the use of the regional community. Like you, I look forward to the new opportunities this center will provide us to showcase our award-winning theater programs and creative and performing arts.
Please visit us on campus
If you or someone you know is thinking of applying to Salem State or transferring in from another institution, may we suggest you consider visiting the campus at some point in the near future? It’s a wonderful opportunity to tour our five campuses, learn about the academic and extracurricular programs available and explore historic Salem and surrounding sites with your families.
Spring campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 11 am and 2 pm through May 1.
Tours will not be offered on Patriots' Day, April 20.
All tours are led by student ambassadors, who will answer all your questions about what it’s like to be a student at Salem State University. Tours leave from the admissions office, located in the Enterprise Center on Central Campus, 71 Loring Avenue.
Patricia Maguire Meservey