How to Volunteer

Alumni and Parents Subcommittee

Established in 2010 as part of the leadership structure of the 10,000 Reasons campaign, the alumni and parents subcommittee and its communities are designed to connect, engage and activate alumni, parents and friends to serve as ambassadors and fundraisers in support of the annual fund. The purpose of the alumni and parents subcommittee and its communities is to provide alumni and parent engagement opportunities that lead to proactive demonstrations of loyalty and pride in Salem State, and that foster a tradition of giving back of time, talent and treasure.

Creating a robust fundraising program can feel like a daunting task, but it can be done successfully with the right tools and support in place.

LEADERSHIP: Joanne (O’Keefe) Ricciardiello ’68, co-chair

Interested in getting involved with a community? See the list below for active established communities to join; or, if your interest is not represented contact us to discuss starting a new community.

Athletic Training
Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Class of 1966
Class of 1967
Class of 1968
Class of 1969
Class of 1983
Criminal Justice
Geological Science
Honors Program
Parent Council
Social Work
Student Leaders of the Ellison Campus Center
Student Philanthropy Council
WMWM (student radio)


Lori Boudo at or 978.542.7404
Mandy Ray at or 978.542.7253

Student Philanthropy Council

The Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) is a group of student volunteers committed to educating classmates about the importance and impact of donor generosity. The council seeks to promote a culture of gratitude and to provide students the opportunity to give back to the Salem State community.

In addition to the general student outreach, the SPC also has two working subcommittees:

The senior class gift committee (SCGC) raises funds for a scholarship to be awarded to an incoming freshman the following year. The SCGC is responsible for publicizing the senior class gift campaign and co-sponsoring events with the Young Alumni Society, to introduce seniors to the alumni association and facilitate their alumni involvement.

SPC ambassadors are students that possess strong leadership, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. They serve as the student voice at university advancement events by interacting with variety of university constituents, including alumni, friends, trustees, donors, and university administrators.

Interested students can get involved as a member of the student philanthropy council, the senior gift campaign, or the student ambassador program.

Wendy Davison at or 978.542.2603

Alumni Association Board of Directors

If you graduated with a degree from Salem State, you are automatically a member of the alumni association, along with nearly 55,450 of your fellow alumni. The alumni board exists to keep each and every one of you connected to each other and Salem State University. After all, you’re not just a Viking for your college years, you’re a Viking for life.

To learn more about becoming a member of the board or to nominate someone, please contact Mandy Ray at 978.542.7253 or

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is currently seeking a trustee representative to serve on the Salem State University Board of Trustees. Learn more about this opportunity.

Make a gift

Make a Gift

Whether your gift is unrestricted, supporting those needs prioritized by the president, or designated for a specific department or scholarship, gifts provide essential support where it is most needed.

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Special Events

Special Events

Stay connected with Salem State and its community by attending special events held throughout the year that support the university’s mission. These events invite alumni, friends and students to engage with one another.

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Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

By adding Salem State University to your will or living trust, you will be providing countless opportunities for future generations of students to benefit from a Salem State education.

Gift Planning and Bequests