Special Initiatives

The 10,000 Reasons campaign will support every corner of Salem State University, including a number of special initiatives that truly embody the diversity, culture and leadership that define our community.

Below, we highlight four such initiatives.

Bill Bulloch started the athletic training (AT) program at Salem State in 1980, and it has since graduated nearly 200 AT students.

He was an extremely influential member of our community, specifically the athletic department, where he served thousands of students for more than 30 years. Bill helped to shape and mold students through his strong mentoring skills and through his professional connections as he was well respected in the field.

Due to the 10,000 Reasons campaign, we thought we’d launch an effort to honor Bill’s legacy by creating a new scholarship in his name because his influence continues to be felt today. Not only did Bill want his students to be the best athletic trainers they could be, he wanted them to contribute positively to society by giving back. His scholarship will enable alumni to pay tribute to Bill while impacting students in the athletic training program in perpetuity.

Committee members are comprised of athletic training alumni, staff and friends of Bill’s who are passionate about keeping his legacy alive.

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For more information, please contact Cheryl Crounse at 978.542.7527 or ccrounse@salemstate.edu.

Education does not stop after college graduation. It is now estimated that many of today’s college graduates will be self-employed at some point in their career. They will have ideas and enthusiasm, but may lack the business know-how they need to succeed. The Enterprise Center is here to help them.

Salem State is very much part of the North Shore community, including the regional economy. The university’s Enterprise Center supports alumni and other entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers by providing up-to-date workshops and other programs on business-related topics. Its offerings support companies and nonprofit organizations at all stages of growth, from solopreneurs to multi-million dollar businesses.

With 53,000 square feet of office and light manufacturing space on Salem State’s campus, the Enterprise Center offers:

  • Workshops (most are free)
  • North of Boston business plan competition
  • CEO groups: Facilitated, confidential, sounding-board discussions and peer advice for CEOs
  • The Growth Project: Seminars, mentoring and CEO groups for fast growing million-dollar companies
  • Next Level Initiative: Seminars, mentoring and CEO group for smaller companies
  • 128 Venture North breakfasts: Where investors and those seeking funding meet
  • Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore: Supports our area’s future business leaders
  • Million Dollar Women: Annual recognition of successful women with inspiring personal stories

Charitable support will help the Enterprise Center to:

  • Develop new programs
  • Upgrade our technology to enable expanded online learning programs
  • Support our fledgling young entrepreneurs program
  • Host networking events to create and expand business ideas and collaboration
  • Serve more nonprofit organizations seeking ways to operate with maximum effectiveness
  • Create a robust mentoring program

The Salem State Foundation maintains a close partnership with the Enterprise Center. While the Enterprise Center is a separate non-profit, the gift activity flows through the foundation’s financial system. For more information on how to give to the Enterprise Center, please contact Eileen O’Brien at 978.542.7529 or at eobrien@salemstate.edu.

With a strong emphasis on research and international partnerships, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University educates undergraduate and graduate students, future teachers, social service professionals, and the general public about the history, causes, legacies, memory, and prevention of genocide. As part of this important mission, the center:

  • Collects and documents the oral histories of genocide survivors
  • Undertakes faculty research
  • Hosts public lectures
  • Funds study and travel to sites of genocide around the world
  • Facilitates undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Establishes student clubs, faculty working groups and campus commemoration programs related to human rights

Charitable support directed to the center will help to sustain and expand these core activities.

For more information, please contact Eileen O’Brien at 978.542.7529 or at eobrien@salemstate.edu.

Salem State is riding a decades-long wave of national recognition for its theatre arts program. With an average of 160 students in the program, students can graduate with either a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of fine arts degree. Both programs offer concentrations in performance, design, technical theatre, stage management, and secondary education and attract competitive and committed students.

Regularly voted as the public’s favorite “Place to See Theater” in the annual Best of the North Shore polls, our theatre has won numerous national and regional awards through its involvement in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. We are also New England’s only public university accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater.

Unfortunately, the size, quality and versatility of our decades-old performance spaces fail to meet the many needs of our skilled and talented performing arts students, faculty and audiences. By raising $2.3 million in new support, the 10,000 Reasons campaign will enable Salem State to complete its state-of-the-art renovation of the university’s mainstage theatre, which will now be known as the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts in honor of the theatre’s most generous benefactors.

For more information, please contact Mike Randall at mrandall@salemstate.edu or 978.542.2345.

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