Friday, September 11, 2015

Viking Voices - As I Join the Salem State University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Wednesday evening I started an exciting new journey as I attended my first meeting as a member of the Salem State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. I am one of five new members-at-large each serving two-year terms. Other new members Mary Bertrand '13, Daphne Georges '10, Janet Merriman '82, Timothy P. Shea '83G, and Dr. Hope M. Watt-Bucci and I join the sitting board members in service to fellow alumni and the institution.

It is going to be a very exciting new academic year with lots of opportunities for fellow alumni to join in celebration of our community. Events for the Alumni Association start off strong with Athletes Weekend. Kicking off the weekend beginning Friday evening September 25 is the Annual Celebration of Giving

The event is being held in the innovative multi-function rotunda in the gorgeous new Viking Hall located at central campus. Salem State annual donors, our Sullivan Society ($1,000+) donors, Alpheus Crosby Society members, consecutive year donors, and first-time donors will be honored. Thank you to all who have contributed to the Campaign for Salem State University. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at this great event.

Athletes Weekend continues Saturday, September 26, with a full day with the Alumni Games followed by the Athletes BBQ. If you are an athletic alumni and would like to join with former teammates in a spirited afternoon of competition on campus, check out the web page to learn how you can participate.

Sunday, September 27, continues the action featuring a Fun Run/Walk sponsored by St. Jeans Credit Union. Join the Viking community for an exciting scenic run/walk that explores the Salem State campus. If you haven’t been to campus recently, you owe it to yourself to come and experience the amazing transformation. Visit the website to learn how you can participate, get your commemorative t-shirt and join the post-race BBQ.

Interested in helping? The Salem State University Alumni Association can use your participation. We need people to man water stations, give directions and join us for an enjoyable day. For information on how you may help call or write (978.542.7530,

St. Jean's Credit UnionThank you to St. Jean's Credit Union for your support of this event and your commitment to the intuition and the Salem State University Alumni Association. This is the second year St. Jean's Credit is sponsoring the Fun Run/Walk and is part of their ongoing support for Salem State University Alumni and the goals of the university.

Athletes Weekend concludes with the Alumni Athletes Golf Tournament & Dinner. Interested alumni foursomes and individual player participants can learn more at the website.

Not a golfer? Join fellow alumni for the dinner.

Thank you to sponsors ChartwellsBoston PrivateDimeo, and Salem Glass for supporting this major event.

There are many other things happening for fellow alumni who wish to be involved.  For those Salem State University alumni interested in social work, nursing and occupational therapy, the month of September also features an event sponsored by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.  

On the evening of September 21, “An interprofessional team of three educators from social work, nursing and occupational therapy present the educational model they have developed for graduate students at Salem State University. They will highlight the students’ experience of the model as they apply it to practice settings where care coordination is critical.” Please visit the website for more information.

September is just the beginning of a jam packed year of events.  Highlights for the alumni community include October starting off in true Salem style on  October 1, with participation in the Haunted Happenings Parade:
o   Gather - Shetland Park 29 Congress Street, Salem
5-6 pm Arrival
6:30 pm Parade Start
o   Viking Pride After Party
7:30-9:30 at the Salem Wax Museum
288 Derby Street

Later alumni events in 2015 include:
  • an opportunity to meet the Director Center for Civic Engagement, Monday, October 5, 2015 11 am-1 pm, MLK Room, Ellison Campus Center;
  • the School of Graduate Studies Open House takes place Saturday, October 17, 10 am-12 pm, Central Campus; 
  • School of Social Work Open House is Monday October 19, 4 pm– 8 pm, 287 Lafayette Street, Salem;
  • #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 2; and
  • the annual Salem State University Alumni Association Holiday Party is Thursday, December 3, 4 pm– 8 pm.

I hope to see many of my fellow alumni at these upcoming events and over the next two years of my tenure as Salem State University Alumni Association Board of Directors member-at-large.

Best regards,