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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:08pm



North Shore Magazine: Salem State to Hold Vikings Build-a-Bed Challenge

The Center for Civic Engagement at Salem State University is excited to announce the first-ever Vikings Build-A-Bed Challenge on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This campus-wide initiative is in partnership with the university’s Athletics Department, A Bed for Every Child, The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and St. Jean’s Credit Union. The event was created in response to November being hunger and homelessness awareness month, and it is designed to address a challenge of poverty that many families in the North Shore area face.


The Salem News op-ed: Flower power

(Written by Regina Robbins Flynn, coordinator of the professional writing program at Salem State)

A friend of mine lives near a large nursery, and every May the nursery puts out an enormous spread of mums, the sprouts in May just piercing the pots’ soil. Yet as the spring turns to summer, the plants grow and mature until late August, early September when they are in full bloom. He has dubbed it in May – “the field of sorrow and sadness” – in that when the plants are yellow and pink and dark purple, the summer is over, and it is back to school, back to the tasks at hand, back to the everyday schedules that give structure to our daily lives.


The Salem News: Tax reform bill filled with uncertainty

(Professor Paul McGee is quoted)

A bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month is expected to be reconciled with a separate version of tax reform by the Senate, so Grandmaison, a founding partner and accountant at Grandmaison and Tripoli LLP in Danvers, is urging clients to "calm down" until a final bill is signed … "It's a tax savings and tax deduction for corporations," said Paul McGee, an accounting professor at Salem State University. It's based on the notion that the wealth will trickle down, something former President Ronald Regan tried, McGee said. The professor said he is skeptical this would work to stimulate the economy.


Wicked Local Melrose: Melrose resident new general counsel at Salem State

Salem State University has named Rita P. Colucci, of Melrose, as general counsel at Salem State University. She will begin her role December 11, 2017.


Wicked Local Beverly: Kaity Martin’s exhibit at Salem State creates public art, remembers a friend

For Kaity Martin, whose honors-in-art exhibition, “Public Art: Planting a Seed of Civility,” is on view through Nov. 29 at the Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University, the memory of a lost classmate became the impetus for more than a year’s worth of activity. “Planting a Seed of Civility” shows work that envisions the presence of art in public spaces, coupled with intense notions of environmental awareness and responsibility.



More than 75 state, municipal, and student leaders gathered at Salem State University to discuss how the North Shore can move to 100 percent renewable energy from sources like solar and wind.


The Salem News op-ed: Early intervention is needed to fill the nursing pipeline

(Written by Professors Cheryl A. Williams and Laurie Dickstein-Fischer)

Most people can vouch for the important role that nurses play in our society, and many also have a story of a nurse who had a positive impact on their life. There is less awareness about the nursing shortage that our country and the state of Massachusetts will soon face — and what is required to ensure a talent pipeline for the future.


The Salem News op-ed: My inheritance

(Written by student Jessica Walters)

Most fathers give their daughters jewelry, flowers, or maybe even a hand-me-down Subaru for their 18th birthday. Well, my dad is not “most” fathers, and I am not “most” daughters. We are a little bit different. Instead of a shiny, princess cut Pandora ring or a beautiful bouquet of red roses, I received something much cooler. For my 18th birthday, I got my dad’s dog tags.



(Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker is quoted)

Much of Americans’ conceptions about witchcraft were born in the year 1692, when, in the midst of a frontier war and refugee crisis, 20 people were executed one summer after refusing to confess to practicing witchcraft. Their trials still capture the American imagination, inspiring a flurry of complaints from powerful men that they or their friends are the targets of “witch hunts.” At the time, believing in magic was completely normal. "It was not superstition," Emerson Baker, an archaeologist at Salem State University, told Newsweek.


Red Skies Magazine: Meet the President

In early August, Salem State University welcomed our new president, John Keenan. Earlier this month, I had to chance to sit down with President Keenan, ask him a few questions, and get to know him better and discover what his dreams were for SSU.



Wicked Local Salem: INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognizes Salem State

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recently awarded Salem State University with the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.


The Salem News: 'Black, Brown and Proud' students take center stage at Salem State

Their voices are speaking, but proof that the university has listened won’t come easy. Salem State University’s Black, Brown and Proud student movement held a forum at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts Tuesday night, a reaction to a university-run forum last Thursday discussing recent racist graffiti that many people of color view as falling off the mark.




Salem State partnered with the Lynn YMCA to invite students for a night that featured games of basketball, food, and speakers who were there to inspire and prepare the students for a bright future.


The Lynn Daily Item editorial: A GREAT COLLABORATION

There is no fanfare or big ceremony kicking off a new Lynn YMCA program that could very well alter the lives of young men from Lynn. Beginning on Friday, the Neptune Boulevard-based organization officially launches a collaborative with Salem State University aimed at providing black high school males with the opportunity to learn about what college is really like.


The Salem News: North Shore leaders decry Trump's decision to end DACA

North Shore leaders on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama administration program that offered a temporary reprieve from deportation and the ability to work to young immigrants living illegally in the United States — those who were brought here as kids … Salem State University does not track the immigration status of its students. According to the university, Salem State is the most diverse of the state’s nine state universities, with 34 percent of undergraduates identifying as students of color.


MSONEWSports: Meet Salem State University President John Keenan – Radio Interview – School’s 14th President – School Starts This Week

Salem State University’s Board of Trustees voted to recommend John D. Keenan to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) as the university’s 14th president in May. In June, he was approved by the BHE as the school’s president. The votes concluded a five month search, drawing 106 candidates. In the MSO radio interview Keenan updates listeners on a variety of projects at the university, community partnerships, the school’s approach to dealing with freedom of speech and diversity issues, as well as his experiences leading him to becoming president.



The fix-up at Girls Inc. was one of several Salem State volunteer events held throughout the day. More than 150 students, alumni and staffers pitched in at 34 different sites across the North Shore, according to Salem State President John Keenan.


Wicked Local Beverly: Salem State holds Day of Service in area communities

The second annual Moving Forward, Giving Back: Salem State’s First Year Day of Service sent 200 students and 150 faculty, staff and alumni to six surrounding communities to participate in community service.


The Salem News: New Salem State president eyes science building, diversity

Thousands of students will flock to Salem State University next week for the start of another year. But the guy on campus with perhaps the biggest learning curve has already gotten a head start. John Keenan officially began as Salem State's new president on Aug. 6, taking over for the retired Patricia Meservey.


Wicked Local Salem: At Salem State, dozens pack Collins Observatory for solar eclipse

The opportunity to witness the first total eclipse of the sun in 38 years at Salem State University’s Collins Observatory was too much to pass up for many area residents Monday.



Gene Labonte, chief of police at Salem State University, joined the school five years ago after serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Connecticut State Police. When he arrived, the campus police force had been armed since 2004. “It was the norm when I got here,” he said. “We have had no incidents where officers discharged their firearms to any hostile acts toward the school community. There have been reports of gunfire in the city proper, but nothing on campus.” Labonte said while he wants his 31 officers to be seen on the school’s four campuses, he does not want to create the appearance of a police state.



(Features Prof. Luke Conlin)

The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the U.S. was in 1979, when Nahant’s Luke Conlin was only a year old. “Maybe that’s why I enjoy space so much,” he said. The Salem State University Physics professor will be hosting an eclipse viewing, open to the public, on top of Meier Hall on Monday when the solar eclipse is set to begin. “An eclipse takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun,” as defined by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


The Salem News: North Shore residents readying for Monday's solar eclipse

(Salem State Professor Luke Conlin is quoted).

At Salem State University, a viewing party is planned at the Collins Observatory. There will be multiple angles to look at the eclipse, and visitors can build their own viewing station.


Salem News/Gloucester Times op-ed: A warning from Charlottesville

(Written by Prof. Christopher Mauriello)

On the evening of Aug. 11, 2017, an eclectic group of white supremacists and nationalists marched through the historical campus of the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. They carried their torchlights to protest the removal of the statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee from recently renamed Emancipation Park. But like 1933, their torchlight parade was intended as both a triumph and a warning. Triumph in that these marginal political groups felt confident there were enough Americans willing to listen to their message and a warning that America needed to be cleared of its contemporary “asocials” of Jews, African Americans, LGBTQ+ community, immigrants and their proxy white “liberal apologists.”


WCVB’s “Chronicle”: Cutting Edge: PABI, Hearing Recovery, and Cooling Necklaces

This segment features the PABI (Penguin for Autism Behavioral Intervention) – the work of Salem State Professor Laurie Dickstein-Fischer. The PABI is mechanical penguin that simulates social responses and can potentially diagnose, measure, and improve a child’s understanding and use of social cues. 


The Salem News: Nate Bryant named chief of staff to Salem State president

Nate Bryant of Salem has been named chief of staff to Salem State University President John Keenan.


Inside Higher Ed: The Merger Vortex

(Features Vice President Karen House)

Mounting fiscal pressures on higher education institutions would seem to have created a ripe environment for mergers between colleges and universities, yet many administrators remain unconvinced such deals will actually happen … Salem State University made the decision to walk away from a merger it had been exploring with Montserrat College of Art in 2015. Leaders said at the time that the numbers “just didn't work.” Karen House, the vice president for finance and business at Salem State, did not elaborate Monday on the public university's reasons for not acquiring the private art college.


Wicked Local North of Boston: Swampscott resident Anne Driscoll helps spotlight plight of exonerees

In the conclusion to the film “The Exonerated,” Sunny Jacobs makes an appearance and says that after she was released from prison, her grandchildren told her she had gotten lost. “I told them, yes I was, but I’ll never be lost again,” she proclaims … The event, the final installment of the inaugural Summer at Salem State (University) Social Justice Institute Series, was moderated by award-winning journalist, author and activist Anne Driscoll. The Swampscott resident received the 2016 Salem Award for her commitment to social justice and human rights.


JULY 2017

WBUR: How Profits From Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston

(Professor Dane Morrison is featured)

Perkins and Co. was among the first -- if not the first -- American companies to establish a permanent trading office in Canton. With employees on the scene year-round, the firm can optimize profits on the drug — which is still legal in the United States, but illegal in China … "That money changes the face of Boston and makes it possible for Boston to develop a reputation as one of the world's true civic cities," said Salem State University historian Dane Morrison.


The Salem News: Salem State grads carry on search for next antibiotic

(Two SSU alumni are featured)

Two former Salem State University chemistry majors could wind up discovering the first class of new antibiotics in 30 years. Jake Cotter and Dakota Hamill are the founders of Prospective Research Inc., an antibiotic drug discovery company working out of an Endicott College lab.  



(Feature story with two Salem State alumni)

A local pair of artists is changing the landscape on the same streets they walked as kids. After installing their mural of a giant sasquatch bearing the word “Believe,” Lynn’s Chris “Tallboy” Coulon and Swampscott native Brian Denahy, are ready for their artwork to become a landmark.


The Smithsonian: The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial

(Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker is mentioned and quoted)

In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tone … The Salem witch trials were “the largest and most lethal witch hunt in American history,” wrote historian Emerson “Tad” Baker, a professor at Salem State University in his 2015 book A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. In a June symposium about the trials, Baker spoke about the volatile political and social climate in Salem in the 1790s.


The Marblehead Reporter: Marblehead interns make a difference

(SSU Professor Julie Kiernan is mentioned)

Marblehead resident and assistant professor at Salem State University, Julie Kiernan with her husband of 20 years, Robert Goodwin, went to the United Nations meeting in New York City with three Marblehead High School interns. 


JUNE 2017 

Salem News: South Salem train station, diversity on Keenan's priority list

John Keenan sits amid silver-clad shovels and multi-million dollar plans tacked to the wall in his Salem State University office. It's his old office. 


The Boston Globe: Student loans? I’ve decided to pass

(Written by Salem State graduate student Marianne Curcio)

When I made the decision to go to graduate school, I was certain of only one thing; under no circumstances would I take out any more student loans to fund my education.


The Salem News: Future of Work survey shows disconnect between jobs, young people

Employers on the North Shore covet workers who above all show an ability and willingness to learn, a new workforce survey released Thursday morning shows … A packed audience heard the survey's findings Thursday at Salem State University.


The Salem News:  Keenan confirmed as Salem State president

John Keenan, a self-described "proud son of Salem" who was among the first in his family to go to college, was officially named on Tuesday as the 14th president of Salem State University.


The Boston Globe: Former lawmaker John Keenan named Salem State president

State officials Tuesday unanimously approved a white male former state representative to serve as president of Salem State University, but they said they want to ensure that a diverse array of candidates without political connections are given more consideration in the future.


The Salem News Column: Celebrating immigrant entrepreneurs

(Mentions the Enterprise Center at Salem State)

As part of the MGCC grant, North Shore CDC has surveyed 12 immigrant-owned businesses, will be hosting three pop-up events, and selected seven owners to be part of an Immigrant Entrepreneurs Highlight … We are working with the Enterprise Center at Salem State University to connect the entrepreneurs we are working with to quality programming to support their businesses.


Patch: Salem State Names Executive Director Of Frederick E. Berry Library

Elizabeth McKeigue, M.S.L.S., of Salem, has been named executive director of the Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State University, a resource for students, faculty and staff, and for residents of Salem and surrounding communities. McKeigue began serving in this role in May and is responsible for the development and management of library staff, collections and programming. 


Wicked Local North of Boston: Salem Award Foundation turns 25 years old

(President Meservey and Vice President John Keenan are mentioned and pictured)

The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice turns 25 years old in 2017, and the nonprofit celebrated the milestone Sunday afternoon with a celebration near the Salem Witch Trials Memorial … The crowd also heard remarks from Pat Meservey, outgoing Salem State University president, Elizabeth Lahikainen and John Keenan, Bruce Michaud, owner of the Salem Witch Museum.


The Boston Globe North: Like father, like volunteer

(Front page of Sunday Globe North section; Ben Szalewicz, Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning and Facilities Management, is mentioned)

Ben Szalewicz, 44, and daughter Clara, 14, do their volunteer work at Appleton Farms, a holding of the Trustees of Reservations, because they want to help and, he said, because “Clara was one of our four kids who really loves animals.”


The Salem News: DeLeo honors Meservey as 'an invaluable partner'

Retiring Salem State University President Patricia Meservey received the chamber's North Shore Distinguished Leader Award at Wednesday's North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Five Salem State trustees, including Chairman Paul Mattera, were in attendance. 


Boston Business Journal: Best of Mass. commencement speakers' 2017 speeches

“Never forget that what you do is important, but how you do it is also important. An ‘A’ plan with a ‘C’ execution is still a ‘C’ plan.”  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Salem State University


The Boston Globe: Salem State giving students a worldly view

Before Abraham Lincoln was president, the Salem Normal School was training young women to become teachers for local children. A few name changes and 163 years later, Salem State University’s mission has extended worldwide, sending students abroad while welcoming those from foreign lands to its North Shore campus. Students, faculty, and administrators increasingly interact with their peers in China, Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. 


MAY 2017

The Salem News: 'Devil's in the details' when it comes to Trump tax plan

(Quotes Professor Paul McGee and mentions project his students worked on)

Not much is known about President Donald Trump's tax reform plan, which remains a broad outline, with no specifics in sight. One thing experts do know, however, is that it will be good for business — though how good remains to be seen … Salem State University's Paul McGee, a professor of accounting and finance, asked his students to consider how Trump's tax plan might impact middle-class families making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.


The Salem News, Gloucester Times:  Time to close a loophole in doctor-patient confidentiality

(Op-Ed by Kimberly Daly, associate director in the office of counseling and health services at Salem State University)

When it comes to getting needed health care services, confidentiality is key. Without it, many would not seek care that is crucial to their physical and mental health. 


Wicked Local Salem: ‘Surviving the Holocaust: A Conversation with Rubin Sztajer at Salem State University’

Salem Access Television recently taped a truly moving and inspiring talk given at Salem State University by Holocaust survivor Rubin Sztajer. Rubin was a Jewish teen growing up in Poland when Germany invaded his homeland in 1939 and forced his family into living in what would be known as one of many Jewish Ghettos. As World War 2 carried on, Rubin was taken from his family and forced into what were called labor camps in Germany, better known infamously as the Nazi concentration camps.


Patch: Salem State's Jacquelyn Saunders Initiated Into Phi Kappa Phi

Reading's Jacquelyn Saunders was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Gelardi was initiated at Salem State University.


Patch: Salem State's Matthew Antonellis Initiated Into Phi Kappa Phi

Stoneham's Matthew Antonellis was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Gelardi was initiated at Salem State University.


The Salem News photo gallery: 49th Annual Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner

Graduating seniors at the top five percent of their classes from 32 North Shore public and private high schools were celebrated at the Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner, held at the Doubletree Hotel in Danvers. Salem State University President Patricia Meservey gave the keynote address.


The Salem News: Environmental regulations protect our most vulnerable communities

(Op-ed by Professor Marcos Luna)

Beginning this month, as part of an executive order from President Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public meetings seeking feedback on environmental programs “that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome.” The question to ask is: Less burdensome for whom?


U.S. News and World Report: Massachusetts College Narrows Presidential Search to 4

The search for a new president of Salem State University in Massachusetts has been narrowed to four finalists. The search committee announced Thursday that the candidates are scheduled to be on campus next week for interviews with trustees as well as open meetings with faculty and students.


Patch: Salem State Announces Finalists For 14th University President

Salem State University’s presidential search committee has named four finalists to be considered as the institution’s 14th president. The candidates will engage in a series of interviews and open forums on campus next week. 


The Salem News: Business Briefcase

Elisa Castillo, a resident of Salem, has been promoted to assistant dean of students for wellness at Salem State University. She will oversee the counseling and health services office, the student advocacy office, and the school’s Prevention Education Advocacy and Response program. Since joining Salem State in 2005, Castillo has served in multiple roles, including as director of counseling and health services, psychologist, and adjunct faculty member. She has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor’s in psychology with a focus on adolescents from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.


Salem News; Gloucester Times: John Keenan among finalists for Salem State president

Former Salem state Rep. John Keenan, Salem State University's general counsel and vice president of administration, is among four finalists in consideration to serve as the university's next president. 


The Boston Globe: Finalists announced for Salem State president

Salem State University on Thursday named four finalists to succeed retiring president Patricia Maguire Meservey.


Wicked Local Salem, Wicked Local North of Boston: Salem State University wittles president search down to four

Salem State University’s presidential search committee named four finalists to be considered as the institution’s 14th president. The candidates will engage in a series of interviews and open forums on campus next week, according to the university’s director of Public Relations, Nicole Giambusso.


Wicked Local Medford: Salem State recognizes Medford resident

Salem State University recently announced that Medford resident Meghan K. McLyman, associate professor of dance in the music and dance department and tenure track recipient, is one of two winners of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.


The Boston Globe: John Legend wins a social justice award and leads an ‘All of Me’ singalong at Salem State

John Legend spoke, sang, and received a standing ovation in front of more than 3,000 fans at Salem State’s Rockett Arena on Tuesday night. The singer-songwriter’s appearance was part of the Salem State Series, which has drawn names such as Bill Belichick, Cory Booker, Maya Angelou, and Tom Brady to the college.


Wicked Local Salem: John Legend receives social justice award at Salem State University

John Legend, an Academy Award winner and 10-time Grammy winner, received the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award Tuesday evening.


The Salem News Op-Ed: Trump at 100 days

(from Communications Professor Robert Brown)

While in his first 100 days, he signed 28 bills which the fact-checking site, Politifact, characterized as “minor housekeeping,” it is hard to deny that his impact on the nation’s culture and politics has been anything less than extraordinary. What can’t be ignored about Mr. Trump’s first 100 days is not only that he was able to change the political complexion of the Supreme Court with his nomination of the conservative jurist Neil Gorsuch, and the judge’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate. It can be reasonably argued that Mr. Trump has empowered conservatism more than any president since the Reagan presidency.


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State announces Distinguished Teaching Award winners

Salem State University recently announced the two 2017 winners of its annual Distinguished Teaching Award: visiting associate professor of psychology and Marblehead resident Melissa Kaplowitch (nontenure track recipient) and professor of dance in the music and dance department and Medford resident Meghan K. McLyman (tenure track recipient).


Boston Herald: John Legend talks social justice

John Legend captivated a packed Salem State Rocket Arena, where he performed and accepted the first Salem Advocate for Social Justice award. “I always saw education as a pathway into success to take us beyond where we were,” said the singer-songwriter with 19 Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe to his name.


CBS Boston: John Legend Honored By Salem State With Advocate For Social Justice Award

John Legend came to Salem State University Tuesday receive a social justice award. The singer-songwriter is the first recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award.


NECN: John Legend Headlines Salem State Series; Receives Social Justice Award

Music industry titan and prolific hit-maker John Legend was honored Tuesday night by the Salem Award Foundation for his continued support of social justice. 


The Salem News: John Legend accepts award at Salem State

Singer-songwriter John Legend spoke and performed as part of the Salem State Series on Tuesday evening at Salem State's Rockett Arena. Legend received the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award presented by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice.


The Salem News: Legend’s legacy more than music  

More than 3,500 packed Salem State’s O’Keefe Complex Tuesday night to listen to Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend.



John Legend is making a difference in the world. He’s shining a light on social injustice and demanding that all children have a right to a great education and that too many Americans of color are ending up in jail. He’s dined with presidents for heaven’s sake.   


Boston Globe North: Salem State endowment fund honors Holocaust survivor

A Holocaust survivor was among those on hand when Salem State University formally announced a new endowment fund in his name. The $25,000 Rubin Sztajer Holocaust Survivor Fund will benefit the Brotherhood at Salem State, a mentoring group for men of color on campus. The initial $25,000 gift was provided by Sztajer’s daughter, Lenore Pearlstein, and her family. Pearlstein is the owner of Insight into Diversity, a print and online publication that has focused on diversity and inclusion in higher education for more than 40 years. 


Ed Tech Times: The Growing Need for Financial Aid Resources: North Shore Community College and Salem State University Officials Talk Need-Based Scholarship Programs

Last week, Hester Tinti-Kane sat down with Stephen Creamer of North Shore Community College and Bonnie Galinski of Salem State University to talk about the financial aid resources available to students at both institutions. Here is an excerpt of the interview, about a special partnership between the two schools. Stay tuned for the full interview!


Patch: Salem's Elisa Castillo Asst. Dean at Salem State University

Elisa Castillo, PhD, of Salem, has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness at Salem State University. 


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State professor named Counselor Educator of Year

Salem State University professor and Jamaica Plain resident Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, was awarded the Counselor Educator of the Year award by the Massachusetts School Counselors Association on April 4 during the MASCA annual conference held in Boxborough this year.


US News and World Report: John Legend Named 1st Recipient of New Social Justice Award

John Legend is expected on a Massachusetts college campus this week to receive a social justice award. The singer-songwriter becomes the first recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award when he accepts the honor Tuesday at Salem State University.


Billboard: John Legend Named First Recipient of New Social Justice Award

John Legend is expected on a Massachusetts college campus this week to receive a social justice award. The singer-songwriter becomes the first recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award when he accepts the honor Tuesday (May 2) at Salem State University.


Boston Herald: John Legend named 1st recipient of new social justice award

John Legend is expected on a Massachusetts college campus this week to receive a social justice award. The singer-songwriter becomes the first recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award when he accepts the honor Tuesday at Salem State University.


MassLive: John Legend to be honored with the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award

Singer-songwriter John Legend is expected to visit Salem this week to accept a humanitarian and social justice award from the city's university.

APRIL 2017

Wicked Local Salem: Salem State University cuts ribbon on Sophia Gordon Center

Salem State University has so many reasons to celebrate - and that’s exactly what the higher-education institution’s community did over the weekend. The primary reasons? The culmination of its 10,000 Reasons Capital Campaign and the opening of the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts - in which it threw a shindig Saturday to celebrate the two milestones - on the university’s North Campus.


Marblehead Patch: Marblehead Resident, Salem State Professor Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Salem State University Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology Melissa Kaplowitch of Marblehead is one of two recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.


Wicked Local Essex, Topsfield, Danvers: THEATER REVIEW: ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ marks debut of new Salem State theater

The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts opens this weekend at Salem State University. The new center offers a versatile, welcoming space not only for the university’s intrepid theater department, which is christening the hall with a staging of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” but for readings, music and dance.


Inside Higher Ed: Aftermath of a Professor's Suicide

(Professor Robert E. Brown is quoted)

A death this week leads to renewed discussions about academics and mental health. … Robert E. Brown, now a professor of communications at Salem State University, shared his account of depression and a suicide attempt early in his career several years ago in The Boston Globe.

Like some students today, he wrote, “I felt like an impostor. What right had I to the title of professor? With each passing week that summer, darkness deepened in me. I feared facing my classes every Tuesday and Thursday. As soon as the students left, I’d drive to a quiet place in the hills near my apartment to sit and stare for hours. On Tuesday afternoons, I dreaded Thursday. Thursdays, I obsessed about the next Tuesday.”

Brown recently told Inside Higher Ed that he didn’t seen any evidence of professors being increasingly open about considering suicide, though professors and administrators, including his president, thanked him for his piece. “I assumed her gratitude was for my being willing to open an issue shrouded, so to speak, in silence and stigma,” he said.


The Salem News: Time capsules from the Holocaust   

The story of Ringelblum and the Warsaw archives was the subject of a talk Sunday night during the Yom HaShoah Community Holocaust Commemoration at Higgins Middle School. More than 200 people attended the event, hosted by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University.


The Salem News, Newburyport News, The Gloucester Times: A musical within a comedy is the inaugural show in brand-new theater

In the Tony Award-winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” an imaginary Broadway fantasy unfolds as the main character listens to a 1928 record of show tunes. That fantasy comes to life onstage at Salem State University tonight, when yet another dream becomes reality: the opening of the $26 million Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts. 


Boston Business Journal: From Oprah to Zuckerberg: Here are the 2017 commencement speakers in Massachusetts

Salem State College of Health and Human Services and Bertolon School of Business. Speaker: Governor Charlie Baker. Date: May 20


WCAI: New Survey Finds Seals May Be Less Controversial Than Thought

(Professor Jennifer Jackman is interviewed)

For conservation biologists, the growing number of gray seals in New England is a success story … Now, a new survey - the first - digs into the attitudes of voters, tourists, and anglers on Nantucket. Jennifer Jackman of Salem State University says the work revealed more consensus than she expected, and also some parallels to attitudes about another local top predator - coyotes.


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State announces April events

Salem State University recently announced the following events for April.


Wicked Local North of Boston: At Salem State University, former Czech spy tells it like it was

What do a former Czech spy who served as a post-war intelligence officer specializing in disinformation for the Czech Intelligence Service and Earth Day have in common? According to Peggy Dillon, associate professor of communications at Salem State University and member of the SSU Earth Day Committee, everything. 


Patch: Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Salem State Endowed Fund Launch

On April 19, Rubin Sztajer, 92, will address the campus community as a $25,000 fund in his name for Salem State’s Brotherhood organization is announced.


Wicked Local Danvers: Around Danvers

Join the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University for their Annual Holocaust Commemoration, Yom HaShoah. The keynote speaker will be professor Samuel Kassow, son of Holocaust survivors and historian of Polish Jewry.


The Salem News: Business Briefcase

Lauren Hubachek has been named assistant dean of student experience and transition at Salem State University. Hubachek will be responsible for creating holistic curricular and cocurricular opportunities for students, overseeing student orientations, and working alongside the academic affairs and first-year experience office. Previously, she served as director of career services at Salem State and associate director of employer relations at Florida International University.


Gloucester Times: Salem State produces more Fulbright Scholars

Salem State University was among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholars, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced.


The Boston Globe North (The Argument series): Should legal residents who are not citizens be allowed to vote in local elections?

(With history Professor Aviva Chomsky)

One of this country’s most historic slogans is “no taxation without representation.” Yet today we still have laws that do just that: tax people while not permitting their participation or representation in governance. A good way to start addressing that unfairness is to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.


Patch: Salem University Opens Sophia Gordon Center For Creative And Performing Arts

Salem State University will open its fully-renovated, state-of-the-art theatre with a performance of Bob Martin and Don McKeller’s musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. On opening night, April 20, residents of the city of Salem and members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce will receive free admission.   


Patch: Salem Partnership Hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Month Ceremony

Salem State University, the city of Salem and the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center have partnered to host the second annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation ceremony with Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. 


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State appoints assistant dean

Waltham resident Lauren Hubachek has been named assistant dean of student experience and transition at Salem State University, a position that builds on her role as director of career services, a position she has held since 2012. 


Newburyport Daily News: COA intern has pushed his life in new directions

(Story about one of our social work students graduating this spring)

At 49 years old, Bruce Augustonovich knows full well second chances don’t come around every day – he barely had a first … Instead of enrolling in high school, Augustonovich became a working man at the age of 15. He married at 18 and raised five children … Pursing his bachelor’s in social work, Augustonovich continued his education at Salem State University and is scheduled to graduate this spring.


USA Today: Trump and the war that helped make America great in the first place

(Salem State Professor Chris Mauriello is quoted)

The president who says he’ll make America great again will skip the ceremony marking the nation’s entry into the war that helped make America great in the first place … Its successor, on the other hand, ushered in the era of “greatness’’ that Trump seeks to re-create. “President Trump would never skip a World War II commemoration,’’ surmises Chris Mauriello, who teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts.


Patch: Salem State Psychology Department Holds Colloquium Series

Harvard University Psychology Professor Mathew Nock, PhD, will be on campus for the Colloquium Series spring event, “Why Do People Hurt Themselves? Recent Advances in the Understanding and Prediction of Suicidal Behavior.” Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among American adolescents, and rates have begun to rise over the last decade despite increased knowledge and de-stigmatization of mental illness. The event is sponsored by the psychology department in collaboration with counseling and health services, and it is being coordinated by Marcia Weinstein, PhD, professor of psychology at Salem State. This free event is open to the public and media.


The Salem News:  LEAP celebrates 15 years, honors SSU president  

LEAP for Education will celebrate 15 years in Salem on Tuesday, April 4, with its annual Great Expectations fundraiser at the Danversport Yacht Club … The event will also honor Patricia Maguire Meservey, who will receive the Distinguished Leader Award as she prepares to retire as president of Salem State University at the end of this school year.



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Unforeseen circumstances that required the rescheduling of John Legend’s appearance to May 2 (originally March 30) means you can still catch the performance of the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning R&B songwriter-pianist in the Rockett Arena at Salem State University as part of its Salem State Series.


MARCH 2017

Waltham Patch: Waltham Resident Takes Dean Role at Salem State

Waltham resident Lauren Hubachek has been named assistant dean of Student Experience and Transition at Salem State University, building on her role as director of Career Services.


Salem News Letter to the Editor from President Meservey: Salem State supports sanctuary ordinance

One of Salem State University’s greatest strengths is that it exists within a vibrant city that is a great place to study, work and live.

Much of this vibrancy comes from the city’s diversity and commitment to being welcoming to all. This aligns with our values at Salem State, where we know that students are more likely to thrive in a community that facilitates learning from one another’s differences and similarities. 


The Boston Globe: Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

(Salem State graduate students mentioned) 

Two Salem State University graduate students, Andrea “Ran” Cronin of Medfield and Zoe Quinn of Salem, will spend the rest of their spring

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