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It Takes a Viking Podcast Series

Season Two

Veterans Appreciation Week with Col. Cheryl Lussier Poppe '01G

In honor of Veterans Appreciation Week Colonel we welcome Cheryl Lussier Poppe. A 2001 graduate of Salem State's Bertolon School of Business, Colonel Lussier Poppe retired from active service with the Massachusetts National Guard in 2008, after three decades and holding positions within the Joint Force Headquarters, the 51st Troop Command and 79th Troop Command, and as Battalion Commander for the 726th Finance Battalion.  Prior to her current role, Colonel Lussier Poppe served as superintendent of the Chelsea Soldiers
Home for more than six years, a role in which she was appointed in April 2014 and in October of 2020, she was named secretary, for the Department of Veteran Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Season One

Reach for the Stars with Kathleen Vander Kaaden '10

We talk with Dr. Kathleen Vander Kaaden, planetary scientist with the Jacobs Engineering Group, based at NASA in Houston, TX, on how she came to Salem State, how she interprets the cosmos, and why she loves what she does.

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From Student to President with Nate Bryant '87, '93G

We talk with Dr. Nate Bryant '87, '93G, Interim President of North Shore Community College on how he landed at Salem State, got his start in higher education and what led him to his current position.

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New York City in times of COVID with Pedro Palandrani '18G

We talk with Pedro Palandrani '18G, Research Analyst with Global X ETFs in New York City about how he came to Salem State, the opportunities that helped him succeed, and how COVID has affected live in the Big Apple.

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Amplify Latinx Voices with Rosario Ubiera-Minaya '99

Hear from Rosario Ubiera-Minaya '99, executive director of Amplify Latinx and Founder of Cojuelos Productions, on what brought her to Salem State, how she got her start in civic engagement and the great work happening with Amplify Latinx.

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