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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:08pm


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 semester curating historical documents and teaching materials on American slavery.


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State, North Shore CDC to provide free income tax preparation

Salem State University recently partnered with North Shore Community Development Corporation to provide free income tax preparation for income qualifying families and individuals through April 13. The IRS-certified service, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, offered by appointment only, will serve individuals and families throughout the North Shore.


The Eagle Tribune: Former surgeon general inspires students at NECC

Wednesday, the self-described "Oprah of Latino communities" spoke to high school and college students at Northern Essex Community College's Lawrence campus — and lived up to the title.


The Eagle Tribune: Former Surgeon General visits Lawrence students

Former Surgeon General Antonia Coello Novello will be talking to students at Northern Essex Community College today in Lawrence. 


Gloucester Times: Salem State postpones John Legend appearance

A high-profile Salem State University event bringing Grammy Award-winning musician and philanthropist John Legend to campus has been postponed.


The Salem News: John Legend postponed; sanctuary city date under review

A high-profile Salem State University event bringing Grammy Award-winning musician and philanthropist John Legend to campus has been postponed. 


Patch: Groundbreaking Surgeon General To Attend Week Of Local Events

The first female and first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Antonia Novello, will engage in a week on panel discussions, lectures, and forums around the North Shore and Boston this week. 


The Salem News: Opening night approaches for new Salem State theater

The curtain is almost ready to rise at Salem State University's new theater. The university will open its $18 million Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts on April 20 with "The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Within a Comedy." Two days later, on April 22, the university will have a ribbon cutting.



Dr. Antonia Novello, the first woman and Hispanic Surgeon General for the United States, spent an hour inspiring a group of about 50 middle schoolers Monday.


Patch: Salem Country Club To Host 38th Annual U.S. Senior Open

The Salem State University Alumni Association is partnering with Salem Country Club and the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship that will take place from June 26 to July 2, 2017, at the historic Salem Country Club in Peabody.


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State announces 2017 commencement speakers 

Salem State University recently announced the lineup of speakers for its three 2017 commencement ceremonies. Speakers include Gov. Charlie Baker, former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female and first Hispanic surgeon general of the United States.


Salem Patch: Tax Season: Volunteers To Help North Shore With Filings

Salem State University and North Shore Community Development Corporation will provide free income tax preparation for qualified families and individuals until April 13.


Hartford Courant: Award-Winning Author and Salem State University Graduate School Dean To Discuss An Archaeologist’s View Of Life In Seventeenth-Century Maine

On Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm, the public is invited to attend " An Archaeologist's View of Life in Seventeenth-Century Maine," a presentation Dr. Emerson "Tad" Baker from Salem State University. The Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA), the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn, and Archaeological Society of Connecticut (ASC) sponsor the presentation.


Inside Higher Ed: Commencement Speakers Announced: Assumption, Bard Simon's Rock, Colorado College, Hamilton, Lasell, Lawrence, Mount Wachusett CC, Northern Virginia CC, Salem State, Southwestern, Trinity (Conn.), U Houston-Downtown, U San Diego, Wagner

Salem State University: Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts; Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to Greece; and Antonia Novello, former U.S. surgeon general.


The Eagle Tribune: North Andover native wins regional award for acting talents 

When North Andover Native Ted Silva started acting in high school, he realized it was something that "just felt right." Now, the sophomore at Salem State University has been awarded a Kennedy Center American College Theater award for his work as a scene partner.


The Salem News: Baker, former ambassador and first Hispanic surgeon general to speak at Salem State commencements

Gov. Charlie Baker, former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, and Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female and first Hispanic surgeon general of the United States will be the featured speakers at Salem State University's three 2017 commencement ceremonies, the university announced Wednesday.


Patch: Gov. Baker To Speak At Salem State Commencement

Swampscott's own Charlie Baker is scheduled to speak at one of three graduations at Salem State University. Gov. Baker, who was awarded an honorary Salem State degree in 2008, will address graduates of the College of Health and Human Services and Bertolon School of Business on May 20.


Wicked Local Salem: Salem State students selected for slavery education research

Two Salem State University graduate students were selected by the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Teaching Tolerance" project to help provide K-12 teachers with resources about the topic of slavery.


The Rainbow Times: 6th Annual LGBT Elders Conference in Salem, Mass.

The sixth annual LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World conference is being held on March 17, 2017, at Salem State University and is sponsored by The LGBT Aging Project, North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University’s School of Social Work, CareDimensions, and AARP Massachusetts.


Wicked Local North Andover: North Andover native receives Kennedy Center award

North Andover resident Ted Silva has received the northeast regional award for Best Acting Partner from Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival a national theatre program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide each year. Coming off of his win, Silva will be playing the lead role in Salem State's production of "Clybourne Park," through March 5.


Wicked Local Medfield: Medfield resident selected for Teaching Tolerance project

Andrea "Ran" Cronin, a graduate student at Salem State University from Medfield, has been selected by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project to help provide K-12 teachers with resources about the topic of slavery.


Wicked Local Salem: Around Salem

LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World sixth annual conference: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17, Salem State University, Marsh Conference Center, 71 Loring Ave. This interdisciplinary conference is a day-long event focusing on issues of older persons and caregivers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.


The Salem News: Column: We can all set standards  

(By John Keenan and Gene Labonte)

Red flags with white ribbons on them were flown throughout the commonwealth on Wednesday, including by the city of Salem and at Salem State University. At a time when political differences abound, White Ribbon Day highlighted an issue that should know no partisan boundaries. Brought to Massachusetts by Jane Doe I

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