Salem State University
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|Salem Normal School, Salem Teachers College, Salem State College|
|756 (full- and part-time)|
|Undergraduates||7,664 (5,894 full time)|
|Postgraduates||1,637 (343 full time)|
|Campus||suburban, 115 acres|
|Colors||Blue and Orange|
|Athletics||NCAA D-III (MASCAC, LEC, CHC,) |
Salem State University is a 4-year public University located in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1932 the institution was renamed Salem Teachers College, and from 1968 to 2010 it was known as Salem State College. As of 2013[update], Salem State enrolled 7,664 undergraduate and 1,637 graduate, full- and part-time students, from 27 states and 57 foreign countries. The university offers Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Masters of Business Administration, and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. In addition, the university also offers Continuing Education courses for credit and non-credit.
Salem State University was founded in 1854 as the Salem Normal School under the guidance of Horace Mann. The Salem Normal School is the fourth normal school to open in Massachusetts, and only the tenth to open in the United States. Initially, the school was a 2-year, post-secondary educational institution reserved for women. In 1898, the school became co-educational by enrolling its first group of male students that September.
In 1896 the school relocated to its current location in South Salem (to the building known today as the Sullivan Building). A few years later the Horace Mann Laboratory School was opened. With the construction of a more formal campus, the school was able to lengthen its curriculum to a 4-year study program in 1921. The first bachelor's degree program was in commercial education. In 1932, the school was renamed Salem Teachers College.
In 1960, the school was renamed State Teachers' College at Salem, and shortly thereafter in 1968 the school was renamed to Salem State College. Under the leadership of President Frederick Meier, the physical campus developed quite rapidly during the 1960s, with the construction of new academic buildings, the institution's first residence halls, and a student union. Throughout the 1970s, the school continued to expand its physical campus by constructing a new library, the O’Keefe Athletic Center, and by purchasing the land for what is today known as South Campus.
In the mid-1990s, the college moved forward with purchasing a 37.5-acre industrial site on Loring Avenue. The site was formerly home to a lightbulb plant owned by the General Telephone & Electronics Corporation, formerly Sylvania Electric Products. When GTE decided to exit the electrical equipment market, they sold off their former factory to Salem State. That site, is today known as Central Campus. It houses the Bertolon School of Business and three residence complexes: Viking Hall, Marsh Hall and Atlantic Hall.
On July 26, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill that changed the name of institution to Salem State University. The name change became official on October 26, 2010.
Salem State University is divided into six unique campuses totaling a land-mass of 115 acres with approximately thirty-three buildings. The main campus (North Campus) is located about a mile south of downtown Salem at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Loring Avenue. Within short walking distance from north campus is central campus, south campus, the School of Social Work, and the Richard O'Keefe Athletic Center. The university also operates a maritime facility at Cat Cove on the Salem harbor; located a mile north of the main campus.
North campus is the largest of the five campuses. The majority of the university's arts and science programs are housed within the two academic buildings on north campus; the Edward Sullivan Building and Frederick Meier Hall. A focal point of north campus is the George H. Ellison Campus Center which houses the career and counseling centers as well as a number of student organizations. Freshman resident students are housed on north campus in two identical freshman residence halls. Other facilities on north campus include the university's main dining complex, the Mainstage Auditorium, the Horace Mann Laboratory School.
Central campus is the second largest of the five campuses. The Bertolon School of Business, the music department, and the communications department are all housed in the one academic building on central campus; the Classroom Building. Freshmen, sophomores and transfer students reside in Marsh Hall, Sophomores and juniors reside in Viking Hall and junior and senior students reside in Atlantic Hall. A focal point of central campus is the university's Enterprise Center (small business center). Other facilities on central campus included the campus bookstore, the admissions center, the recital hall, and the university's baseball field and tennis courts.
South campus houses the university's College of Health and Human Services. The School of Nursing and the criminal justice department are housed in the two academic buildings on south campus; the Kevin B. Harrington Building and the Academic Building. Junior and senior resident students are housed on south campus in the Bates Residence Complex. Other facilities on south campus included the Alumni House and the Center for International Education.
School of Social Work
The Salem State School of Social Work is located at 297 Lafayette St., just a short walk from North Campus. It is a former synagogue purchased by the University in 2014, and houses many of the classes for the School of Social Work.
Richard O'Keefe Athletic Center
The O'Keefe Center houses the Sport and Movement Science department and the university's athletic department. Facilities include Twohig Gymnasium, Rockett Ice Arena, Alumni Field, the Gassett Fitness Center, and the swimming pool.
Cat Cove Maritime Facility
Salem State operates a maritime facility at Cat Cove on the Salem harbor. The facility is used to provide interactive, hands-on educational experience for students majoring in marine biology. In the past, Cat Cove has been used to study local shellfish.
Salem State University athletic teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Vikings are a member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
There are more than sixty student organizations on campus, which are divided into distinct categories: academic affiliated groups, interest groups, performance groups, programming oriented groups, religiously affiliated groups, social and cultural groups, student governing groups, and student media groups. Student organizations are financially supported through a mandatory student fee of $30.00 per semester overseen by the Student Government Association, Inc. Undergraduate students are elected to the Student Government Association for one-year terms through an election process during the spring semester. The majority of student organizations are housed in the George H. Ellison Campus Center on north campus.
Academic affiliated groups
Accounting Association; American Advertising Federation; American Marketing Association; Biological Society; Chemistry Society; Computer Programming Club; Criminal Justice Academy; Earth Science Association; Economics Club; English Society; Finance Association; French Club; Future Educators of America; Historical Association; Honors Program Advisory Council; International Business Club; Italian Club; Philosophy Club; Political Science Academy; Pre-Law Society; Public Relations Student Society of American; Salem Geographical Society; Sociological Society; Student Action Resource Team; Spanish Club; Sport and Movement Science Club; Student Nurses Association
The first fraternity was established at Salem State in 2011. There are now four on campus: ΦΣΣ-Phi Sigma Sigma sorority; ΘΦΑ-Theta Phi Alpha sorority; ΣΑΕ-Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity; ΑΣΦ-Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity
College Democrats of Salem State University; Fitness and Nutrition Club; Grandma's Third Leg; Intercultural Leadership Program; Juggling Club; MassPIRG; Sci-Fi Fantasy Club; Students of Salem for Peace, College Republicans of Salem State University
Salem State SSockapella, Music Society; Repertory Dance Theater; Student Theater Ensemble; Urban Arts Theater
Programming oriented groups
Amnesty International; Campus Educators on Sexual Assault; Chess Club; Community Service Club; Game Club; Program Council; Scuba Club; Student Commuter Association; Ultimate Frisbee Team; Student Veteran Organization, Rugby Football Club
Religiously affiliated groups
Social and cultural groups
African Student Union; Asian Students Association; Florence Luscomb Women's Center; Hispanic-American Society; International Students Association; Multicultural Student Association; The Alliance; Sunrise Movement Salem
Student governing groups
Residence Hall Association; Student Government Association
Student media groups
The Log – student newspaper; WMWM 91.7 – student radio station; Red Skies – online literary magazine
The university is led by an eleven-member board of trustees. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The Alumni Association elects one trustee for a single five-year term and the student body elects one student trustee for a one-year term. In 2017, the university's trustees selected John D. Keenan as the 14th president of the university. He began in this position in August 2017, with a formal inauguration in January 2018.
The university's annual operating budget for fiscal year 2010 was approximately $130 million; 40% of this coming from state appropriations. The Salem State University Foundation's endowment market value is in excess of $16 million at the end of fiscal year 2010. The university has an important economic impact on the city of Salem, being its second largest employer. The college generated more than $376 million in economic spending in Massachusetts in fiscal year 2006. Salem State University creates jobs for 3,459 Massachusetts residents, including 593 in Salem and 1,978 throughout Essex County.
The Salem State University Speaker Series was established in 1982 as one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country. Former President of the United States, Gerald Ford was invited to speak at the university as the series' first guest. Since the conception of the Speaker Series, the university has hosted renowned leaders, activists and celebrities to share their stories with Salem residents and the surrounding North Shore community. Recent past speakers have included former Presidents of the United States, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush; Congressman John F. Tierney; television host and comedian, Jay Leno; head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick; quarterback of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady; baseball legend, Cal Ripken Jr.; award-winning actor and director, Robert Redford; and poet, Maya Angelou.
Creative and performing arts
- Tracee Chimo – actress, recurs on 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Difficult People' – she is also an award-winning actress on Broadway.
- Keith Knight (1990) – cartoonist, creator of The K Chronicles
- Julie McNiven – actress, appearances on Law & Order, Mad Men, Supernatural and Stargate: Universe
- Mark Parisi (1984) – cartoonist, creator of Off The Mark
- Timothy Cooper (2010) - Actor/Model
- Charlotte Forten Grimké (1856) – anti-slavery activist, educator, first African-American teacher to travel south during the American Civil War
- Ida M. Eliot (1867) - educator, philosopher, writer
- Salem Derby - High School Health/Gym teacher
Government and politics
- Demetrius Atsalis – member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1999–2013)
- Arthur Broadhurst (1988) – member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1993–2007)
- Michael A. Costello (1989) – member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (2003–2014)
- Kim Driscoll (1989) – mayor of Salem, Massachusetts (2006 – present)
- Robert Fennell (1978) – member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1995 – present)
- Brian Lees (1975) – member of the Massachusetts State Senate (1989 – 2007, minority leader from 1993 to 2007)
- Joan Lovely (2006) – member of the Massachusetts State Senate (2013 – present)
- John F. Tierney, (1973) – member of the United States House of Representatives (1997–2015)
- Dick Lamby (1975) – member of 1976 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, NHL defenseman for the St. Louis Blues (1978–1981)
- Tom Thibodeau (1981) – associate head coach of the Boston Celtics (2007–2010), head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010–2015), head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (2016–2019)
- Walter Day (dropped out in 1978) – video game record keeper, founder of Twin Galaxies
- Mary H. Graves (graduated 1860), minister, literary editor, writer
- Annie Stevens Perkins (graduated 1887), writer
- "Salem State University". U.S. News & World Report.
- "Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- "Campus Center". Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- Nick Kapteyn, "New frats, sororities try to change their images," The Boston Globe, February 15, 2015. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2015/02/15/new-frats-sororities-salem-state-umass-lowell-try-change-their-images/mYZjXuMFnFHvqD7yw0xtZI/story.html Retrieved Dec. 24, 2017.
- "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- John Laidler, Keenan to be inaugurated as Salem State president, The Boston Globe, January 11, 2018. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2018/01/11/keenan-inaugurated-salem-state-president/8eFk3MSSNzEQzSVVn3ahXK/story.html
- UPI Archives Nov. 5, 1982 https://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/11/05/Former-President-Gerald-R-Ford-told-a-crowd-at/4323405320400/
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