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Start your semester with a splash! Viking Plunge is a week of events designed to prepare you for your first week at Salem State – make friends, learn how to be successful at SSU, and plunge into new experiences.

For every event you attend, you will be entered into our raffle, so make sure to RSVP for each one below!

Check out the events for this year’s Viking Plunge and sign up to join our social media challenge:
 

Due Now: Prevention Program Completion

  • Every incoming SSU student is required to complete five prevention programs:
    • SafeColleges course called “Sexual Violence Prevention for Undergraduate Students”
    • Alcohol eCheckup To Go course
    • Cannabis eCheckup to Go course
    • Canvas course: “Empowering U to Make Informed Decisions”
    • Canvas course: “Bystander Intervention – Step Up!”
  • All courses must be completed by Sunday, September 5, 2021.
  • Check your Salem State email from @SafeColleges.com with a subject line of “Training Requirements for Incoming Students.”
  • The Canvas courses can be found in the Orientation modules.
  • Failure to complete these courses will result in a note in your Student Life file.
  • Information can also be found on www.salemstate.edu/chs/new
  • If you have questions or concerns about any of these programs, please contact: prevention@salemstate.edu.

Sunday, August 29

Movie on the Quad

Grab your popcorn, soda, and blanket to join us for this year’s Movie on the Quad, In the Heights.

Monday, August 30, 2021

HAT Performances (Required)

Join our Human Action Theatre crew as they act out important moments and crucial conversations during the college experience.

Attendance at this performance is mandatory and students will be assigned a date and time to attend. All assignments will be emailed to your Salem State email account.

9-5 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Salsa and Slushies Dance Party

Vikings, no need to go to the club! We bring the club to you! There simply isn’t a more exciting, interactive, diverse and educational form of entertainment than our Salsa dance party.

Join professional Latin dancers who have taught in more than 800 cities around the world. They will teach various international styles of Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. You will learn the cultural roots of the dances and have the time of your life! Plus enjoy your favorite snack: you guessed it, Salsa!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

HAT Performances (Required)

Join our Human Action Theatre crew as they act out important moments and crucial conversations during the college experience.

Attendance at this performance is mandatory and students will be assigned a date and time to attend. All assignments will be emailed to your Salem State email account.

  • 9 am-5 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Classroom Tours

Have you seen the undergrown tunnels? Gone to the Gassett Fitness Center yet? Seen the study carrels in Central Building? See them for yourself during our classroom tours!

  • 10 am-12 pm or 2-4 pm, meeting outside Ellison Campus Center
  • RSVP now

Getting Ready for Classes/Viking Connections: CANCELLED

  • Please plan to attend the online sessions through First Year Experience on September 1!

Big Prize Bingo

  • Think you have what it takes to win big? Join other SSU Vikings for a night of BINGO as Campus Life & Recreation hosts this annual event. Register today!
  • 8-10 pm, Vets Hall
  • RSVP now
     

Wednesday, September 1

Convocation

Join President John Keenan, Provost David Silva, Trustee Rob Lutts, Student Trustee, Zarais German-George, and Student Government President Christian Weisse at the official welcome and kick-off to the academic year.

Preparing for Classes:  Student Success Workshops

Join the First Year Experience Student Success Coaches to prepare for the start of college classes. 

84% of the first-year class indicated they wanted additional information on understanding the syllabus, improving their time management skills, understanding how online classes work, and more!  We’ve got the resources you need. Join us for short workshops to get your questions answered. View the workshop schedule and links for session descriptions and Zoom access. 

Superfan Tailgate

  • Join us for novelties, activities, and food before supporting our varsity Athletic teams
    • Women’s Soccer at 7 pm
    • Men’s Soccer at 4 pm
    • Cleared CoVerified badge and ClipperCard required for entry
  • For more information, please contact kjanos@salemstate.edu
  • 4-9 pm, O’Keefe Complex
     

Thursday, September 2

Yoga and Art

Ready to get creative in a relaxing environment? Join us for Yoga and Art!

Please bring your own yoga mat. We will supply the art materials. We have supplies for the first 50 participants, so make sure you RSVP below.

We have a tentative rain location, but this event may be canceled due to inclement weather, so please make sure to check your SSU email for event updates!

  • 5 pm-6:30 pm on the North Campus Quad
  • RSVP now

E-Sports

Test your skills against fellow Salem State students for a shot at first place in our Super Smash Bros Tournament! All skill levels are welcome. Registration ends at noon on September 2.

  • 8-10 pm, Ellison Campus Center Commuter Lounge
  • Registration ends at 12 pm on September 2, so pre-register to reserve your spot: RSVP now
     

Friday, September 3

Friday Fest!

Join us in closing out our Viking Plunge week with Friday Fest! Grab some food from one of our popular food trucks, get your picture taken with the SuperFan, and enter to win some fabulous prizes!

  • 11 am-2 pm on North Campus Quad and McKeown Plaza
  • RSVP now
     

Wednesday, September 8

Employment and Enjoyment Fair

Looking for a part-time job or internship? What to get involved and join a student organization on-campus? Check out the inaugural Employment and Enjoyment Fair, hosted by LEAD and Career Services! Opportunities are offered both virtually and on campus. Find more information and register.

Social Media Challenge: #paintthetownorange

Join our new student social media challenge, #paintthetownorange. More information coming soon!

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Contact
Orientation

For access and accommodation information, visit our page on access or email access@salemstate.edu.

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