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  • Quick Start Guide to Creating a Community

    Creating a robust fundraising program can feel like a daunting task,
    but it can be done successfully with the right tools and support in place.
    As you are starting to build plans, set goals and schedule outreach initiatives,
    we have created a ‘quick-start’ guide. 

    • Identify a campus liaison and chair
    • Define funding goals and needs
    • Identify and recruit community members to engage as a committee. Community members may include alumni, faculty, parents, students and others
    • Meet with community committee
      • Share goals and add/further define as needed
      • Next steps established and agreed upon
    • Review relevant community ‘member’ lists
      • Others to engage as community leaders/members
      • Identify who needs a further look, cultivation
    • Options for outreach
      • Phonathon—share news or update, survey, ask for support
      • Mail and email—share news or update, survey, ask for support
      • Events—tag onto existing events as an opportunity to bring community members back to campus
      • Personal visits

Interested in a community?

Interested in a community?

  • Here's a List of Active Communities to Join

    See the list below for active established communities to join; or, if your interest is not represented contact us to discuss starting a new community.


    Class of 1966


    Social Work

    Athletic Training

    Class of 1967


    Student Leaders of the Ellison Campus Center


    Class of 1968

    Geological Science

    Student Philanthropy Council

    Center for Creative and Performing Arts

    Class of 1969

    Honors Program


    Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Class of 1983




    Criminal Justice

    Parent Council

    WMWM (student radio)

    Joanne (O’Keefe) Ricciardiello ’68, co-chair

    Lori Boudo at lboudo@salemstate.edu or 978.542.7404
    Mandy Ray at mray@salemstate.edu or 978.542.7253 





  • We're At Your Service!

    Committee Members:

    Kim Emerling ’00 – Chair
    City of Salem
    Director, Veterans Services

    Patrick Behen
    SSU Student Veteran Organization

    Patrick Cornell ’14 SSG, USA
    Veteran Alumni Volunteer

    Mary DeChillo
    Salem State University
    Psychology Professor

    Michael J. Gormalley ’73
    SSG, USA
    Veteran Alumni Volunteer

    Tiffany Lever ’14
    Veteran Alumni Volunteer

    Samuel Ohannesian ’03, ’10G
    Salem State University
    Director, Enrollment Services and Veterans’ Affairs
    Thomas Page ’75, ’76G
    Salem State University
    Alumni Association
    Melissa Thayer ’05, ’10G
    Salem State University
    Veteran Academic Advisor

    Kenneth Wilson ’84
    EM, USN
    Veteran Alumni Volunteer 

  • Collaborative Efforts

    Student Driven Transition Activities
    Peer Mentoring
    Social Activities
    Faculty/Student Training and Scholarly Activities
    Integrating Alumni and Community Veterans
    Curricula/Course Development

  • Our Mission

    Salem State University with the support of its alumni association is committed to our student-veterans from the day of admission to the day of graduation and beyond. We are engaged in an initiative to nurture a culture of academic excellence, camaraderie, and wellness.
    Our entire family of faculty, administration and staff are dedicated to all veterans in their pursuit of their “Second Mission”. It is our mission and goal to provide a ‘first-in-class’ educational social experience that stands the test of time for the veterans and their families.

  • Vision

    In recognition that each veteran is an exceptional individual; “each has traveled—and is still traveling—a searing, personal journey”. We have a common purpose to walk with every veteran during their ‘personal journey’ to be an advocate for success and happiness each step along the way.

    Review our past Stole ceremonies on our photo album.

Alumni and Parents

Alumni and Parents

  • Our Purpose

    Established in 2010 as part of the leadership structure of the 10,000 Reasons campaign, the alumni and parents subcommittee and its communities are designed to connect, engage and activate alumni, parents and friends to serve as ambassadors and fundraisers in support of the annual fund. 

    The purpose of the alumni and parents subcommittee and its communities is to provide alumni and parent engagement opportunities that lead to proactive demonstrations of loyalty and pride in Salem State, and that foster a tradition of giving back of time, talent and treasure.

    Creating a robust fundraising program can feel like a daunting task, but it can be done successfully with the right tools and support in place. 

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