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Salem State University in the Media

JULY 2018

The Salem News: Students start college before high school ends

(Features the Early College program)

Deury Collado and Naomi Sanchez will be among the first in their class at Salem High School to get into and attend college, and they'll do it at a time when most haven't even started applying to schools. The high school juniors will be among 50 Salem High students enrolled in college courses at Salem State University this year as part of its inaugural Forten Scholars Early College Program.


Wicked Local Salem: In Salem, Mars, moon views delight dozens at Collins Observatory

The North Shore Armature Astronomy Club and Salem State University host free stargazing nights in the Collins Observatory atop Meier Hall’s roof every Monday between September and May … Conlin and Gudzevich, however, broke away from their hiatus Monday, when the pair staged a special “Planet Night.” Why? An astronomical opportunity: Viewing Mars’ near “opposition,” when the rocky planet is closest to the Earth - with the observatory’s 12-inch Classical Cassegrain/Newtonian telescope proved too enticing not to.


WBUR: Mars To Appear Closer And Larger Than It Has In 15 Years

(Featured on air)

Salem State University is hosting a viewing party Monday so stargazers can get a rare close-up look at Mars. Physics professor Luke Conlin said Mars will be on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun and will appear closer and larger than it has in 15 years.


The Salem News: Salem State professor helps create immigrant detention map

(Prof. Roopika Risam is featured)

The message was written in Spanish, and Roopika Risam, an assistant professor at Salem State University, found it on Google, on an informational page for a shelter where immigrant children are being housed in the United States. That message speaks to the multimedia project, Torn Apart, that she and seven partners at Columbia University and the University of Houston have launched — a website showing shelters and immigration detention centers around the country.


The Salem News: City responds to conditions at Proctor's Ledge

(History Professor Tad Baker is quoted)

The Salem Witch Trials memorial at Proctor's Ledge has barely been open a year, but about a dozen young trees there have already died, while other parts of the site appear overgrown with weeds. After receiving a complaint about the memorial's condition, city officials say they plan to replace the dead trees with plants that are better suited for the terrain … “From this time forward, I hope residents and visitors to Salem will treat the tragic events of 1692 with more of the respect they’re due and are being shown today,” Baker said during the ceremony. “We need less celebration in October — and more commemoration and sober reflection throughout the year.”


Inside Higher Ed: Digital Humanities for Social Good

(Professor Roopika Risam is featured and quoted)

As stories of immigrant children separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border dominated headlines last month, one question came up repeatedly: Where are the children being held? … Roopika Risam, a member of the mapping team and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, said she anticipated a strong reaction to the project because of the “timely, political and heartbreaking” subject matter. But what Risam did not expect was the strong reaction the project received from other digital humanities scholars and the sense of vindication and validation of the value of their work.


The Boston Herald: Massachusetts last on patriotism scale? They beg to differ!

(Professor Dan Mulcare is quoted)

Fourth of July revelers on the Esplanade loudly rejected the notion that Massachusetts ranks 50th in patriotism — we love America in our own way, they said, shrugging off a survey that dissed the Bay State … Salem State University politics professor Daniel Mulcare said the survey should have looked at other types of civic engagement, such as protesting, joining local organizations or working in public sector jobs.


Salem Patch: Salem State Adds Psychotherapist To Foundation Board

Michael Stockbridge, of Salem, has been named to the Foundation Board at Salem State University. A psychotherapist for Psychological Care Associates in Woburn since 2010, Stockbridge holds two diplomas from Salem State, a bachelor's (1999) and master's (2002) degree, both in social work. He has several years of experience as a clinician at the Riverside Outpatient Clinic in Wakefield and at the Center for Health and Recovery in Salem.


JUNE 2018

Patch: Salem State Students Donate $10,000 To Charities

Each organization received $2,500 as a result of extensive fundraising over the past four years by the students.



(Professor Roopika Risam is quoted and featured)

Since May, the US government had taken more than 2,300 kids away from their families as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which calls for criminally prosecuting all people entering the country illegally. Reports started surfacing of the ensuing chaos at the border; in one especially horrible case, a child was reportedly ripped from her mother's breast. As outrage grew, the question came up over and over again: Where were the children? Between the ad-hoc implementation of "zero tolerance" and the opaque bureaucracy of the immigration system in general, migrant advocates, journalists, and even politicians struggled to find clear answers … "Our team is the perfect example of what Digital Humanities can be: a body of work that really cuts across units at universities, libraries, departments, and roles like faculty administration and staff to think about the ways digital tools can help us better understand culture," says Roopika Risam, a professor of English and library fellow at Salem State University and author of New Digital Worlds, about promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record. Risam, Gil, Ahmed, and Torn Apart teammate Moacir de Sa Pereira, who teaches in NYU’s English department, are all members of Columbia's Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, or XPMethod, which is "dedicated to the rapid prototyping of speculative ideas." Publicity Club of New England Marks 50th Bell Ringer Awards with Gala Celebration (Professor Robert Brown)

The Publicity Club also recognized Dr. Robert Brown, professor of communications at Salem State University, with the 2018 John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the communications industry. The industry veteran and champion of PR education has been an enduring presence in the New England public relations community and his scholarship and leadership in PR have led to lasting contributions to the industry.


The Salem Gazette: Salem State University fully divested from fossil fuels

(President Keenan, Prof. Healy, and Trustee Katzman are quoted)

Salem State University President John Keenan recently announced the university had completely divested its fossil fuel investments. “I am pleased to announce that the university’s investment advisors have recently sold the university’s prior holdings in Carbon 200 (fossil fuel) companies and have added investments in solar and renewable energies,” wrote Keenan in a May email to the campus community … SSU Trustee Elliot Katzman thanked Keenan and Vice President of Finance and Facilities Karen House for working the university’s investment advisor, Michael Tyler, at Eastern Bank to research the policy change and action steps. He said trustees could move to reinvest in fossil fuel, but to do would have to “meet a very high bar.”

Kimberly Burnett
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