Student Success and the First Year Experience office (FYE) at Salem State University recently inducted 33 outstanding sophomores into Alpha Omega Psi; among these students were Revere residents Rana Ahmed, Nursing, and Dania Kenny, Education. Alpha Omega Psi is an honor society for students who demonstrate strong academic performance and engagement at the university. During their first year, these students participated in the Salem State University Emerging Scholars Program and successfully completed all requirements while maintaining a commitment to their academic success.
Emerging Scholars participants are paired with graduate student success coaches and participate in a variety of guided sessions and focused programs throughout their first year. The program is designed to build students’ academic and life skills.
The induction ceremony included Emerging Scholars Success Coaches Rashid Abuelmaali and Carolyn Tracy as well as Emerging Scholars program coordinator Ashley Figueroa and Student Success and FYE Assistant Director Megan Wigton. An inspiring keynote address was given by Assistant Dean of Student Success and FYE Mathew Chetnik, and a virtual greeting was offered by Salem State University Assistant Vice President Lee Brossoit. Inductees received a formal certificate and a medallion to wear as part of their commencement regalia when they graduate.
Chetnik noted, “Emerging Scholars provides students an opportunity to take ownership of their college experience while taking advantage of a coach whose sole focus is to motivate and guide them on that journey. While college can be hectic, these students completed all required sessions and were able to demonstrate a strong academic record at the end of their first year.”
Tracy stated, “The students in this program showed up and engaged, even during a pandemic. They persevered to meet the requirements and we are so proud of their efforts. I have no doubt that with their dedication and academic success, they will do well in their future endeavors.”
The Emerging Scholars Program is one of many initiatives at Salem State University designed to connect first-year students with supports which assist them in achieving success on their journey towards college completion.