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Welcome Week 2022!

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Welcome to campus, it's going to be a great year!

Salem State Welcome Week is a combination of academic and student involvement-driven programs to create the perfect voyage for success.

Tag @SalemState and use #SSU2022WelcomeWeek on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win a prize!

  • Events from September 1-6 are for new students only. Guests are not allowed unless otherwise noted on the specified event, and a ClipperCard is required to check in to these events.
     
  • Events from September 7-onward are open to all Salem State students.

Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2

First Year Day of Service

Hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement and First Year Experience. Advance registration this summer was required to participate.

Saturday, September 3

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
9 am-5 pm | O'Keefe Complex 
Pre-register for this event through September 7
Hosted by Counseling and Health

First Year Experience Lawn Games and Planner/T-Shirt Pickup
11 am-5 pm | North Campus Quad
(Note: this event is for first-year/freshman students in the Class of 2026.)
If you’ve moved in and want something to do, stop by North Campus to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of lawn games, volleyball, and fun while you pick up your first-year planner and Class T-Shirt! Meet and challenge the Success Coaches who you’ll be supported by all year long!
Hosted by First Year Experience

Men's Soccer Game
1 pm, Alumni Field | O'Keefe Athletic Complex
MASCAC Champions home opener against Lasell University

Target Take Over
8-10 pm | O'Keefe Complex
Meet outside O'Keefe for shuttles to and from Target!

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Times vary | All Residence Halls
Don't forget to attend your residence hall floor meeting with your Resident Assistant! *Mandatory for all residential students.

Sunday, September 4

Ride with Your Orientation Leaders
9 am | Meet outside Starbucks on Campus
Want to see more of Salem and the Bike Path? Join your orientation leaders for a bike ride around town!

First Year Experience Lawn Games and Planner/T-Shirt Pickup
9 am-12 pm | North Campus Quad
(Note: this event is for first-year/freshman students in the Class of 2026.)
Pick up your first-year planner and Class T-Shirt!  Meet and challenge the Success Coaches who you’ll be supported by all year long!
Hosted by First Year Experience

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
9 am-5 pm | O'Keefe Complex
Pre-register for this event through September 7
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Welcome Week Check-In
10-10:30 am | Alumni Plaza, Outside Ellison Campus Center
Check in at the start of every day of Welcome Week to be entered into a raffle for various prizes and get your Welcome Week gear!

Resource Tent
10 am-3 pm | Alumni Plaza, Outside Ellison Campus Center
Questions for staff? Can't find an office? Visit the Orientation Resource tent.

Lea-DOUGH-ship: Donuts with Student Leaders
11 am-12 pm | Alumni Plaza
Meet with Orientation Leaders and discuss different opportunities to get involved on campus, but with donuts!

Strengths Session 1
1 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Athletic Complex
Learn more about your Top 5 Strengths and get excited for your journey through Salem State CliftonStrengths. 
**Attending one strengths session is mandatory for all new students, choose one session to attend and register on Salem State Events App.
Co-Hosted by Career Services and Orientation

Exploratory Program Mixer
1-1:30 pm | North Campus Dining
Are you part of the Exploratory Program (undeclared students)? Meet the other students in the program, Peer Leaders and staff, get your Exploratory swag, and learn about the different events happening this fall!
Hosted by First Year Experience

Cornhole Tournaments
1-4 pm | North Campus Quad
Grab a partner and head to North Campus Quad to battle for the title of Cornhole Champion.
Hosted by Boston Cornhole

Strengths Session 2
2 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Complex
Learn more about your Top 5 Strengths and get excited for your journey through Salem State CliftonStrengths. 
**Attending one strengths session is mandatory for all new students, choose one session to attend and register on Salem State Events App.
Co-Hosted by Career Services and Orientation

Anthony Valentine Exclusive
2-4 pm | Ellison Commuter Lounge and Conference Room 108
SKIN producer Anthony Valentine is looking for student volunteers to be a part of the campus community video shown to students the next day.

Strengths Session 3
3 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Complex
Learn more about your Top 5 Strengths and get excited for your journey through Salem State CliftonStrengths. 
**Attending one strengths session is mandatory for all new students, choose one session to attend and register on Salem State Events App.
Co-Hosted by Career Services and Orientation

First-Generation Mixer
4:30-5:15 pm | North Campus Dining
Are you first in your family (your parents did not obtain a 4 year college degree)? Meet other first-gen students, pick up your first-gen swag, and find out about all the opportunities available to you this year!
Hosted by First Year Experience

Strengths Session 4
4 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Complex
Learn more about your Top 5 Strengths and get excited for your journey through Salem State CliftonStrengths. 
**Attending one strengths session is mandatory for all new students, choose one session to attend and register on Salem State Events App.
Co-Hosted by Career Services and Orientation

Strengths Session 5
5 pm | Twohig Gym, O'Keefe Complex
Learn more about your Top 5 Strengths and get excited for your journey through Salem State CliftonStrengths. 
**Attending one strengths session is mandatory for all new students, choose one session to attend and register on Salem State Events App.
Co-Hosted by Career Services and Orientation

Transfer Connections and First Year Mixer
6-7 pm | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center
Come meet some of your classmates with guided activities from orientation leaders.

Movie on the Quad
8-10 pm | Marsh Quad
Bring a blanket, watch Monsters University and enjoy some popcorn!

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Times vary | All Residence Halls
Don't forget to attend your residence hall floor meeting with your Resident Assistant! *Mandatory for all Residential Students

Monday, September 5

Bodyweight Bootcamp
8 am | Marsh Quad
Wake up and get moving with Gassett Fitness Instructor Colby Boulay! Get pumped for the day with a mix of cardio & strength training using your own body weight - no equipment needed!
Hosted by Campus Life and Recreation

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
9 am-5 pm | O'Keefe Complex
Pre-register for this event through September 7
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Welcome Week Check-in and Resource Tent
10 am-3 pm | Alumni Plaza outside Ellison Campus Center
Questions for staff? Can't find an office? Visit the Orientation Resource tent. Check in at the start of every day of Welcome Week to be entered into a raffle for various prizes.

Breakfast with the Student Life Deans of Students
11 am | Veteran's Hall, Ellison Campus Center
Eat and chat with Shawn Newton, Elisa Castillo and Lauren Hubcheck, our deans of students!

Women's Tennis Match
12 pm | Tennis Courts, Near Marsh Residence Hall 
Come watch women's tennis compete against Simmons University!

Orientation Reunion Ice Cream Social and Surprise Guest
2 pm | Marsh Quad
Come see your favorite Orientation Leaders again for an ice cream sundae!

SKIN
4 pm OR 6 pm | Sophia Gordon Center
Attend one of 2 sessions with Anthony Valentine: motivate, inspire, uplift and encourage Salem State student’s to be aware of themselves, their biases, and the opportunities they may have to be the change they wish to see in the world.
*One session is mandatory for all first year students, register for the session via Salem State Events App

Trivia Night
8 pm and 9:30 pm | Lower North Dining Hall
(Note: this event is for first-year/freshman students in the Class of 2026.)
Come to Lower North Dining to play trivia with your fellow students – bring a team or join one at the door!  Prizes!  Snacks!  Fun!  Two time slots, 125 students per slot.  First-come, first-play!
Hosted by First Year Experience

LED Mini Golf After Dark
9-10:30 pm | Marsh Quad
Nine-hole professionally designed miniature golf course with glow lights and LED golf balls!

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Times vary | All Residence Halls
Don't forget to attend your residence hall floor meeting with your Resident Assistant! *Mandatory for all residential students

Tuesday, September 6

Sunrise Yoga and Meditation
8 am | North Campus Quad
Join Campus Life and Recreation for guided meditation and yoga on the North Campus Quad to start your day off right.  Bring your own blanket or towel.
Hosted by Campus Life and Recreation

Welcome Week Check In
9:30-10 am | Outside O'Keefe Athletic Complex
Check in at the start of every day to be entered into a raffle for various prizes. 

Convocation
10 am | O'Keefe Complex: Twohig Gym
New students will be officially welcomed to the university by the president and provost. This year's Convocation speaker is one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America, Keith Knight, ’90, ‘22H alum. Check-in at 10am at the Gassett Fitness Center Rec Gym to pick up your free university t-shirt, featuring original Keith Knight artwork and be prepared to wear your new t-shirt for the Convocation ceremony. *Mandatory for all new students
Hosted by Academic Affairs

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
11 am-4 pm | O'Keefe Athletic Complex, Twohig Gym
Pre-register for this event through September 7
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Class Photo
11:30 am | Alumni Field
Time to commemorate the start of a new academic year with our class photo on Alumni field!
*Class of 2026 only

Lunch with Faculty and Students
12-2 pm | Marsh Quad
Hosted by the Opening Day Committee
Meet more of your new classmates plus faculty and staff over lunch with lots of fun, food and festivities!
Hosted by Opening Day Committee

Resource Tent
12-3 pm | Outside O'Keefe Athletic Complex
Questions for staff? Can't find an office? Visit the Orientation Resource tent.

Empowering U
2 pm | O'Keefe Athletic Complex, Twohig Gymnasium
*Mandatory for all new students
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Campus Safety
2:30 pm | O'Keefe Athletic Complex, Twohig Gymnasium
*Mandatory for all new students
Hosted by University Police?

Orange and Blue's Clues
3:30-4:30 pm | Start at the Sophia Gordon Center Lobby, End: Mystery 
Look for orange envelopes across campus to collect all 16 puzzle pieces. Each envelope will have a clue on where to go next. Be one of the first to finish and receive a prize from the bookstore!

STEP/Emerging Scholars Carnival
4:30-6 pm | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center
Meet the other students who were accepted to the Emerging Scholars and STEP programs, play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy some of Salem’s best pizza, meet the staff and mentors, and learn more about what your semester ahead will look like as a part of one of these fantastic programs.
Hosted by First Year Experience

Find your Classes: Academic Tours
5-6 pm | Sullivan Lobby, Central Campus Lobby, and Meier Hall Lobby
Orientation leaders will be stationed in the main lobbies of the academic buildings to hand out maps and help you find your classrooms!

College Survival Guide with Orientation Leaders
6:30-7:30 pm | Sullivan 206 an 208
Gather essential tips and trips on how to navigate college!

Big Prize Bingo
8 pm | Veterans Hall
Think you have what it takes to win big? Join other SSU Vikings for a night of BINGO as Campus Life and Recreation hosts this annual event. Register today!
Hosted by Campus Life and Recreation

Munchie Truck with Chief of Police Gene Labonte
9:30 pm | Outside Residence Halls
Grab your Welcome Week tote and find the campus police truck with snacks of all kinds! Be ready for the sirens outside the residence halls closest to the parking lots and campus roads.
Co-hosted by Campus Police and Orientation

September 7: First Day of Classes

Welcome Back Tables
8-10 am | Harrington Campus, North Campus, O'Keefe, South Campus
Can't find your class? Visit one of the welcome back tables for help!

Meet the Minis (Mini Horses!)
11 am-1 pm | North Campus Quad
Are you looking for a little happiness on your first day of classes?  Meet the Minis….horses that is!  Stop by North Campus and interact with the most adorable mini-horses you’ve ever met.  What a great way to kick off the semester (kicks not included, we promise!)
Hosted by First Year Experience

Berry Library Welcome Table
11 am-3 pm | Frederick E. Berry Library
Tour the library at 12 and 1 pm with staff giving away swag and a chance to win larger prizes!

LGBTQA+ Support Pop-Up
11:30 am-12:30 pm | Alumni Plaza
Hosted by the Center for Justice and Liberation

Study Abroad Fair
3-6 pm | Alumni Plaza
Hosted by the Center for International Education

Superfan Tailgate
4-9 pm | Outside O'Keefe Complex
Kick off the start of fall semester and sports season and join us for the Superfan Tailgate! Enjoy food and giveaways in front of O'Keefe, then head over to watch the men's soccer season opener! You may even get the chance to take a picture with Superfan himself! Can't wait to see you there.
Hosted by Campus Life and Recreation

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
4-9 pm | O'Keefe Athletic Complex Atrium
Pre-register for this event through September 7
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Men's Soccer Game
7 pm | O'Keefe Athletic Complex Alumni Field
Cheer on men's soccer as they take on Wentworth!
Hosted by the athletics department

Thursday, September 8

Welcome Back Tables
8-10 am | Harrington Campus, North Campus, O'Keefe, South Campus
Can't find your class? Visit one of the welcome back tables for help!

Library Welcome Table
11 am-3 pm | Frederick E. Berry Library
Tour the library at 12 and 1 pm with staff giving away swag and a chance to win larger prizes!

Student Employment Fair
3-5 pm | Ellison Campus Center
Open to all students looking for on-campus employment (work study or institutional), part-time off-campus jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about the student employment fair, including who will be in attendance.
Hosted by Career Services

Super Sex: College Campus Style! Presented by SHIP!
6-8 pm, Recital Hall, Harrington (Central) Campus
Sexual health educators will cover the essentials for how to have a fun, pleasurable, safer sex life. Topics covered will include barrier method basics (how can you put a condom on with your mouth?), how to spank safely, risk reduction methods, terrific toys, how lube can increase pleasure and safety, and so much more! Of course, this workshop is trans and queer inclusive because everyone deserves to be safe.
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Friday, September 9

Welcome Back Tables
8-10 am | Harrington Campus, North Campus, O'Keefe, South Campus
Can't find your class? Visit one of the welcome back tables for help!

Library Welcome Table
11 am-3 pm | Frederick E. Berry Library
Tour the library at 11 and 12 pm with staff giving away swag and a chance to win larger prizes!

First Year Experience Open House
11 am-2 pm, 101A Dining Commons, North Campus
Stop by the FYE office, enjoy some snacks and win prizes while seeing all the FYE office has to offer!
Hosted by First Year Experience

Center for Justice and Liberation Open House
3-5 pm | Ellison Campus Center, room 202
Hosted by the Center for Justice and Liberation

Backyard Bash
3-6 pm | Marsh Quad
Hosted by Residence Life

Center for Justice and Liberation Kick-off and Glow Party
7-9:30 pm | Alumni Plaza
Hosted by the Center for Justice and Liberation

Monday, September 12

Welcome Back Tables
8-10 am | Harrington Campus, North Campus, O'Keefe, South Campus
Can't find your class? Visit one of the welcome back tables for help!

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinics
11 am-2 pm | North Campus Quad/McKeown Plaza
Walk-ins welcome!
Hosted by Counseling and Health

Student Organization Fair and Fit Fest
11:30 am-1 pm | North Campus Quad (Rain location: Ellison Campus Center)
Meet student organizations and interest groups as well as campus departments that have engaging volunteer opportunities for students. Fit Fest - Kangoo Jumps is the newest, hottest and craziest workout that everyone is doing! Come find out what the buzz is about!
Hosted by Campus Life and Recreation

Group Exercise Classes Begin
Various times | Gassett Fitness Center
Check out the schedule and register for a class!

Tuesday, September 13

Welcome Back Tables
8-10 am | Harrington Campus, North Campus, O'Keefe Athletic Complex, South Campus
Can't find your class? Visit one of the welcome back tables for help!

Ice Cream Social for Students in the Commonwealth Honors Program
4:30-6 pm | The Underground, Ellison Campus Center
Hosted by the Commonwealth Honors Program

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