University inducts first three members into newly created Civic Engagement Hall of Fame


As part of Salem State University’s second annual celebration of service, held Tuesday, April 26, three members of the campus community were inducted into the university’s new Civic Engagement Hall of Fame, including two from Salem. The inaugural inductees include a Salem State student, a member of the faculty and a staff member:

First inductees into the Salem State University Civic Engagement Hall of Fame

Chemistry and physics professor Christine MacTaylor (Salem)

Christine MacTaylor, a chemistry and physics professor, was recognized for her work with Stop Hunger Now and her 13 years of educational outreach while at the university. This includes hands-on science outreach to local schools and longer term service-learning projects on the environment, global medicine and issues of poverty with the Horace Mann Laboratory School, Salem High School and Science with a Mission.

Beyond the university, she is a 15-year volunteer with Compassion International; volunteers weekly for the Salem-based animal shelter, PALS Animal Live Savers; and is actively involved with the movement to end human trafficking through her work with The Emancipation Network, Made by Survivors, Not for Sale Campaign, Free the Slaves, and Child Voice. A Sunday school teacher and youth leader at her church, MacTaylor chairs service missions for local and global organizations and is a coach for Destination Imagination.

Staff Assistant Lucy Corchado (Salem)

A two-term Salem city councilor, Lucy Corchado demonstrates a deep commitment to her Salem community. She was recognized specifically for her work with the Latin-American Festival of the North Shore and Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee and split her award with both organizations.

Corchado is currently a board member of the city of Salem’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund; Citizens’ Advisory Board; No Place for Hate committee; Neighborhood Improvement Advisory Council; and 4th of July Celebration planning committee. She recruits volunteers to clean two parks in her neighborhood as part of the city’s annual Salem Clean Sweeps program, translates brochures and flyers from various municipal departments into Spanish for Spanish-speaking residents, and is a founding member and trustee of the newly formed Salem Community Charter School for high school dropouts, among many other volunteer activities on behalf of the community.

Lucy Corchado was one of two recipients of Salem State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award in 2010.

Student Kelsey Jane Utne (Marblehead)

Recognized for her community work with Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), Kelsey is an honors student carrying triple majors in history, political science and economics. In the words of her nominator, she is “fully engaged in the world and community around her.” Her volunteer outreach efforts—above and beyond HAWC—include the organization of Salem State’s chapter of Amnesty International and assistance with the creation of the North Shore’s new Rotaract club (a pre-Rotary club for those between the ages of 18 and 30). Kelsey has interned this semester with the New American Center, a refugee assistance organization in Lynn, and will soon begin an internship with Massachusetts senator John Kerry.

Along with the three inaugural inductees into the new Civic Engagement Hall of Fame, 41 additional members of the Salem State community were recognized for their exceptional community service and volunteer activities and received certificates. All were nominated anonymously by colleagues who believed them worthy of the honor.

President Patricia Maguire Meservey and civic engagement committee co-chairs Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello and Adria Leach presented each of the three inductees with a $500 check made out to the charity(ies) of their choice along with glass sculpture designed by art faculty members Ken Reker and John Volpacchio.