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Student Stories

  • Brieanne Christian 17

    Brieanne Christian '17

    I chose Salem State because of its affordable cost and proximity to Boston. As someone who is interested in public relations, major cities like Boston are appealing for opportunity. Salem State is just the right distance.

    I also chose Salem State for the variety of academic programs offered. I was impressed by the amount of opportunity that was in store for students like me.

    For the entire 2015-2016 academic year, I took part in the National Student Exchange, a domestic exchange program offered at Salem State. I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, located within eye view of the Las Vegas Strip. It was a remarkable experience that allowed me an education, new friendships, networking opportunities and a different perspective of life.

    I couldn’t be more thankful for the successes I have had throughout my time at Salem State. I’m excited to see what more I can do with the foundation that Salem State has allowed me.

    "I couldn’t be more thankful for the successes I have had throughout my time at Salem State."
    --Brieanne Christian '17

  • Margit E. Maklae '77

    Margit Maklae '77

    When I first visited the campus it felt welcoming and comfortable. I applied as an early admission and was accepted. Orientation was exciting and left me eager to start out on my new adventure. I loved the time I spent at Salem State, it was an exceptional opportunity to learn how to learn and to grow as a person. My time at Salem, deepened my love of learning. I enjoyed my courses and my professors. My four years at Salem State were the best of my life and gave me a solid foundation for the rest of my life.

     

    My four years at Salem State were the best of my life and gave me a solid foundation for the rest of my life.
    --Margit E. Maklae '77

  • Diana Vasquez '15

    Diane Vasquez '15

    As a business administration major with a concentration in hospitality, I believe I am getting the best of both worlds when it comes to the skills I need for my career after Salem State University as an event coordinator.

    The sense of community at Salem State is important, too. I want to give back to my community of Lynn, MA and Salem State, whether that is through donations, resources, equipment or youth centers. The Boys and Girls Club and YMCA were an important part of my adolescence and to give back to them would mean a lot.

    "As a business administration major with a concentration in hospitality, I believe I am getting the best of both worlds when it comes to the skills I need for my career after Salem State."
    --Diana Vasquez '15

  • Qingzhi Li '15

    Qinjgzhi Li '15

    Since I arrived on campus, I’ve forged unforgettable memories—from being an resident assistant for first-year students to working in the Center for International Education as an international student myself. The Salem State community has meant a lot to me and I will always be grateful to be a part of it. My education here has given me the skills and knowledge to better prepare myself for my upcoming career, where I hope to eventually own my own business. To pay it forward, I hope to impact my community by doing anything I can to make it a better place.

    "The Salem State community has meant a lot to me and I will always be grateful to be a part of it."
    --Qingzhi Li ’15

Donor Highlights

  • Kim Gassett-Schiller '83

    Kim Gassett-Schiller '83

    Established Gassett-Schiller '83 Endowed Chair in Accounting and Finance. Gave for the building of the Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center

    My son Mark once said to me, 'Why is it that when I leave school, it gets even better, or they get new stuff?' When he was promoted out of elementary school, they installed a new playground. When he was promoted out of Middle school, a new building was being built, old ones taken down, and some of the existing buildings were being remodeled. Isn't that always the case? As soon as you leave a place, they improve it for the next crowd.

    In the best way possible, this is how I feel about Salem State--that it has only gotten better since I graduated in 1983. And when you give in support of the university, it gets even better. Every gift really does make a difference. That's true here in ways that it simply isn't at a lot of other schools

    Seeing the giving in action, seeing the changes happening on this campus, gives me a lot of pride. So does the one part of Salem State that never seems to change: how at our core, we are a community that helps people. Look at the faculty and staff and the support they give their students already. Every day, in every building on campus, there are amazing things happening. I'm proud to support them.

  • Josie Kennedy '72, '76G

    Josie Kennedy '72, '76

    Established the Josephine E. Kennedy Scholarship Fund

    My father, Francis Kennedy, who was an alumnus of Salem State in the class of 1937, was very involved in the alumni association. As I wished to become a teacher, I, also, attended Salem State, where I received a wonderful education in preparation for my professional career. I truly cherish those college memories. It was the faculty’s guidance and training that instilled the love I have for our alma mater. Ultimately, I developed a strong desire to gladly volunteer my talents and efforts to the betterment of this outstanding educational institution. I like to consider myself a goodwill ambassador in helping keep alumni abreast of all the college’s strategies and its involvement in the community.

    I graduated in 1972 with a double major in early childhood and elementary education, and a minor in music. Upon graduation, I became a first grade teacher in the diverse community of Lynn. While teaching, I continued my education at Salem, receiving my master’s degree in education in 1976. Shortly after that I made a career change and taught music in Lynn. During this time, I met and worked with many highly talented and exemplary students whose families just did not have the finances to further their children’s education. As an expression of my gratitude to my alma mater, upon my retirement in 2007, I built a gift into my retirement strategy. I established an endowed scholarship fund that is available to students from Lynn, who aspire to become either an elementary or early childhood education major or a music major. I feel very fortunate to have met several students who have been recipients of the Josephine E. Kennedy Scholarship Fund. They, too, are extremely hard working individuals who I am very proud to know. Hopefully, I will instill in them the love that I have for my alma mater and inspire them as they journey on to give back to the university in whatever way they can.

    "I feel very fortunate to have met several students who have been recipients of the Josephine E. Kennedy Scholarship Fund. They, too, are extremely hard working individuals who I am very proud to know."
    --Josie Kennedy '72, '76G

  • Joanne Mendes '79

    Joanne Mendes '79

    Wants the kind of education she received to be available to all.

    Where do I begin thanking the people who made my Salem State experience what it was?

    I am grateful to my hard-working parents, Joe and Rena Mendes. There was never a question in their mind that their only child would graduate from college. Their hard work and dedication to helping me pursue my dream, at considerable sacrifice, only made me love them more.

    I thank the faculty for their guidance, too—particularly my advisor and political science department chair Dr. Margaret Dower, whose passion for travel and other cultures lit a fire within me to want to experience other countries and people. I thank my lifelong friends, still around after 35 years, the memories and company of whom continue to keep me smiling. Our bonds can never be broken. And I thank the glorious evolution of Salem State. This school’s development, growth and drive to remain not just relevant but on the cutting edge is remarkable, as is the way it always, always, always puts its students first.

    I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for my wonderful experience as an undergrad and alumni. It is my desire that the kind of education I received be available to all, and Salem State’s dedication to helping students achieve that goal is one that I will continue to support. Thank you!

    "This school's development, growth and drive to remain not just relevant but on the cutting edge is remarkable, as is the way it always, always, always puts its students first."
    --Joanne Mendes ’79

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