Walking across the campus, I was energized by all that I saw and felt. There is something about autumn that is invigorating, and I see it in our students scurrying to class, playing Frisbee on the new quad adjacent to McKeown Plaza and studying—and laughing—in small groups within our magnificent new library. I am also energized by the many changes taking place on our campus; changes that will impact our students’ educations and our university’s role in the growth of our region in so many positive ways. We have begun 2014-2015 on a solid foundation of accomplishment.
General Education Curriculum
Salem State’s new general education curriculum, the result of several years of dedicated work by many on our campus, is being implemented this fall 2014, and will change the way students experience our university. It will strengthen their liberal arts experience while giving them greater flexibility in choosing their paths through school, and will directly impact their ability to graduate in four years.
Our strategic plan, which dovetails with the Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project will continue to guide us through the next two years, and chart our course as we work toward achieving its four major goals:
- Providing distinguished academic programs and innovative educational experiences for our students
- Advancing students’ intellectual, personal and professional growth
- Promoting civic engagement, social justice and connection to place
- Positioning the university to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future
Last year, we opened our new and much anticipated Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons, and our new, state-of-the-art Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center both to rave reviews. The light and airy interior and high-tech capabilities of the library provide a welcoming environment for members of the campus community as well as the public, and both new facilities are very popular gathering places for students and staff. This year, we opened a one-stop student support center - our Student Navigation Center - that provides a single location for students to go to for all their non-academic needs. Our next residence hall, Viking Hall, is under construction on central campus and we are moving forward to completely renovate and modernize the Mainstage Theatre, creating the Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and with the building of a parking garage.
Please visit us on campus
For those 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.
Fall campus tours are offered Monday through Friday, at 11 am and 2 pm, through December 6. 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.
Patricia Maguire Meservey