President's Office

Salem State University's President, Patricia Maguire Meservey

We enjoyed unseasonably warm weather—and no snow—right through New Year’s, but winter is finally beginning to make its appearance in New England. We are fully prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends our way, and even look forward to experiencing the beauty of our campus under a mantle of snow.

Our 26th annual celebration of the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Movement, Not a Moment,” devoted a full week to exploring the life and works of Dr. King through workshops that explored social activism and implementing change in one’s world.  Charlene Carruthers, national director for the Black Youth Project 100, left us with much to ponder in her keynote address at the MLK Convocation.

Looking ahead

There is much to which we can look forward in the next few months. 

On February 8, our Darwin Festival—which celebrates its 37th year and is one of the oldest such festivals in the country—kicks off a weeklong series of lectures and film that explores all manner of research and advances in our biological world. I am fascinated by some of the lecture titles, and think you will be as well. They include “Your Inner Monkey,” “First Peoples—Africa,” “There's a Rumble in Your Jungle: Exploring the Secret Sounds of Insects,” and “The Greatest Penguin Rescue: The Inspiring True Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue”.

Spring break has our students “on the road” and involving themselves in service learning opportunities, civic engagement projects around the country and travel institutes abroad. Among them are the following:

  • Students enrolled in Professor Regina Flynn’s “Travel writing” course and Professor Seger’s “Tudor Stuart England” course will travel to London with their professors for spring break—and additional learning.
  • Also during spring break in March, our community service group will sponsor two service trips for students. One group will head to New Orleans while the other travels to Kansas City. Both groups will work on building houses for families in need in those areas.

With only six weeks between the return of students to Salem State and the Massachusetts presidential primary, our Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring several events to inform students and the greater Salem State community about the issues being discussed on the campaign trail. Five “Pizza and Politics” forums will provide students, faculty and university leaders the opportunity to discuss, debate and become better informed. Voter registration drives and a mock election on February 23-24, will give us all a chance to make our voices heard.

Campus facilities

Work on the new Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts has progressed well, in part due to favorable weather, and we all look forward to the opportunities the new facility will provide to showcase faculty, student and guest performances in theater, dance, music, and the 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 us 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.

If you’re not able to visit in person, we hope you’ll take our brand new virtual tour; it’s the next best thing to being here, and will acquaint you with our campus and all it has to offer.

Spring campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 11 am and 2 pm through May 1, and will resume on January 25. Tours will not be offered on the following dates:

  • Presidents' Day, February 15
  • Spring Break, March 14 - 20
  • Patriots' Day, April 18

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

Other upcoming events of interest to prospective students include:

Junior Preview Day April 30

Patricia Maguire Meservey
President