Salem State University Viking Voices



Salem State University Viking Voices podcast shares stories and highlights with Salem State Alumni and the greater community. Episodes include interviews, news, events, sports, arts, science, technology, teaching, careers, on campus events, and many other interesting and provocative topics.


  • Salem State University Viking Voices - Cynthia McGurren

    23/05/2019 Duração: 44min

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Salem State University Viking Voices podcast. In this episode we have a very special guest, Cynthia McGurren Salem State College, class of 1983, who recently retired from Salem State after 31 years of exceptional service most recently as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Salem State University Foundation, Inc. Her employment at Salem State has included the roles of director of college relations, acting vice president of institutional advancement and special assistant to the president. In 2004, she was appointed vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the SSU Foundation. Under Cynthia’s leadership, Salem State Foundation’s endowment grew from $5 million to $30 million. She personally has raised nearly $26 million in spendable and endowment funds for the university over her 14-year tenure as chief fundraiser. Cynthia was a key visionary in ensuring the successful completion of our first-ever comprehen

  • SSU Viking Voices Podcast: Alumni Stories – Keith Knight

    30/04/2019 Duração: 41min

    Welcome to the latest edition of Salem State University Viking Voices where we highlight many of the great things going on at this exciting institution and among the alumni community. This episode features our special guest Keith Knight who after graduation from Salem State College in 1990 has gone on to become an award-winning cartoonist whose topical and biographical work has brought national acclaim and numerous awards. Today Keith has three nationally syndicated comics. He is the author of over a dozen books. His views on race, expressed in his work have led to recognition by the NAACP as a 2015 History Maker. CNN placed Keith along with other notable voices including Joseph Lowery, civil rights activist, and Henry Louis Gates, scholar, writer, cultural critic to give America an Equality Report Card.

  • Viking Voices Podcast: Alumni Stories – Helen Gifford

    16/12/2018 Duração: 28min

    Welcome to the latest edition of Salem State University Viking Voices where we highlight a sampling of the many great things going on at this exciting institution and among the alumni community. Our special guest of this episode is Helen Gifford, a 1970 graduate of Salem State with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Professionally, Helen Gifford (formerly Helen Auchterlonie) has taken her journalism skills honed over many years to create a long career at the Salem News. It was the penultimate year of a seminal decade in American history. In the previous period, three beacons of hope had been gunned down. A generation of young Americas had been shattered by the Viet Nam War. Unrest that still echoes across today’s culture and politics roiled the country and world. The Salem State community was not immune. Among notable incidents on campus that year, one would gain national attention and played a role in the resignation of leader who today is an iconic name on campus. Our guest, Helen Gifford was a partici

  • SSU Viking Voices Podcast: Interview with University Pres

    18/11/2018 Duração: 16min

    This episode features our special guest the 14th president of Salem State University, John D. Keenan. Previously, President Keenan served as general counsel and vice president for administration at Salem State University. He was responsible for the university’s day-to-day operations in support of its academic mission, overseeing human resources and equal opportunity, capital planning and facilities, information technology, risk and asset management, and the university police. Prior to becoming president of the university, Keenan has had a distinguished career in public service that has included representing the Seventh Essex District in the Massachusetts State Legislature from 2005 to 2014. Even then a strong advocate for Salem State, President Keenan was a leading proponent of gaining university status. He also leveraged his expertise to help fund the recently complete the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts. A champion of many social causes, President Keenan voted to preserve marriage

  • SSU Viking Voices Podcast: 2018 First Year Day of Service

    02/09/2018 Duração: 35min

    The latest edition of the Salem State University, Viking Voices Podcast presents audio recorded during the University’s third annual, 2018 First Year Day of Service: Moving Forward, Giving Back.

  • Viking Voices: Salem State Global Day of Service

    12/05/2016 Duração: 15min

    A conversation about Salem State University Global Day of Service that celebrates and mobilizes the thousands of Salem State alumni, students, parents, employees and friends of Salem State who improve their community through service - See more at: #SSUReasons

  • Viking Voices: Salem State Student Help Veterans

    16/03/2016 Duração: 15min

    In our continuing conversations about the great things that are going on at Salem State University we've been meeting a number of individuals who are making a real difference for the campus community and beyond. What started as a class project has morphed into a campaign with multiple effective strategies that is helping to change people's perceptions of veterans. The Bateman Challenge is the, "premier national case study competition for public relations students," that gives students, "an opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences ... to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign," with a positive social goal.

  • tle:Viking Voices Podcast: Christine Sullivan Student Advoca

    27/02/2016 Duração: 14min

    Description:This edition of Viking Voices Podcast features an interview with Christine Sullivan Director of Student Advocacy at Salem State University. The student advocacy office is committed to providing information, support and advocacy to empower students to resolve concerns that may act as a barrier to retention, progression and graduation.

  • Viking Voices Podcast: Alumni Stories - Jenn T. Grace

    24/11/2015 Duração: 12min

    This edition of Viking Voices Podcast features an interview with Jenn T. Grace. Jenn is a 2004 Cum Laude graduate of Salem State University where she studied Communications/Advertising. Today Jenn is a successful entrepreneur and author. She calls herself The Professional Lesbian. In her business she teaches straight people how to market to gay people and gay people how to market themselves. Among her accolades include being named 2014 Enterprising Women by; awarded the 2013 Regional Affiliate Champion Spirit Award by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates; and also in 2013 Red Hot Entrepreneur by GO Magazine.

  • SSU Viking Voices: Lauren Hubacheck SSU Career Services

    27/10/2015 Duração: 09min

    In this inaugural edition of the Salem State Viking Voices podcast we begin the conversation speaking with Lauren Hubacheck, Director of Career Services at Salem State University. Lauren and I talk about the many ways that the Career Services Office benefits student and our alumni community. Looking for your first job? Need help applying for graduate school? Making a mid-career change? Looking for great employees for your business? The Salem State Career Services Office will help.