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Greetings from the Inspector's House

Photo of President Sandra J. DoranDear Salem College Alumnae,

Thank you for being a valued and critically important member of the Salem College family. In this issue of our newsletter, we are pleased to highlight many of the wonderful things happening on campus now and into the spring, including our recently established Athletics Hall of Fame, our first Community Day of Service, and the upcoming Celebrate Salem! All Alumnae Reunion Weekend April 26-28.

Thanks to our incredible alumnae and community, we are taking the final steps in our Step Up for Salem Campaign. To date, Salem has received over $8.8 million in cash gifts in support of the Step Up Campaign. But we can’t stop now.

We want to exceed our $10-million goal. You can help us do that in the following ways:

  • Make a gift online before March 31 at  To make a gift by phone or a stock gift, please call 336.721.2607.
  • Encourage classmates and friends to make a gift before March 31.
  • Help Salem spread the word - share Salem stories and links to give on Facebook.

I appreciate the part that you play in Salem’s history, and I look forward to seeing you on campus during Celebrate Salem! in a few weeks.

Best Wishes,
Sandra Doran

Celebrate Salem! All-Class Reunion April 26-28
Celebrate Salem 2019
Please mark your calendars for April 26–28 when ALL Salem College alumnae are invited to Celebrate Salem! This special weekend will welcome all alumnae back to campus. Alumnae celebrating a milestone reunion (classes ending in 4’s and 9’s) will be honored during Reunion Lunch, where this year’s Young Alumna Award, Alumna Service Award, and Distinguished Alumnae Award also will be presented. To nominate a deserving Salem sister, please click here.

The Celebrate Salem! Weekend will be a great opportunity to visit with classmates and sister classes, compete in a Golf Tournament hosted by the Athletics Departments, and hear a presentation by Salem President Sandra Doran.

For more details, including registration information, please visit

SALEM LOVE heartThe #SalemLove Giving Day raised $116,231 from 629 donors on February 14. 

We exceeded our donor goal of 400 donors by 57 percent. Of the 629 donors, 110 made their first gift to Salem on this year’s giving day. 

Thank you to our alumnae who helped make the day a success! 

Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Salem Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Salem Academy and College inducted its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame on February 9 to honor exemplary former student-athletes, administrators and others who have been integral to the school’s athletics program.

The Hall of Fame ceremony included four honorees representing Salem College:  Jane Barkman Brown, Dianne Dailey, Robert Esleeck and Laura Sides Watson. 

For more information about the Hall of Fame, please go to 2019 Inductees.

IN MEMORY: History Professor Inzer Byers

Photo of Dr. Mildren Inzer ByersSalem College lost a beloved history professor last week. Dr. Mildred Inzer Byers, Salem Sister, beloved teacher and passionate advocate for women’s rights, died at Salemtowne on March 1, 2019. 

Read more about Dr. Byers’ legacy at Salem College.

First Community Day of Service

students at a construction site

First-year and sophomore students from Salem College along with first-year students from Salem Academy participated in the first Community Day of Service on January 18 by volunteering at local nonprofit organizations and schools.

Students volunteered at 15 places including:

  • Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  • Forsyth Educator Partnership Educator Warehouse
  • Diggs-Latham Elementary School
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • SECU Family House
  • Happy Hill Cemetery
  • City of Lights Ministry
  • Winston-Salem Rescue Mission Thrift Store
  • Senior Services
  • Springwell
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Sunnyside Ministry
  • Brunson Elementary School
  • Downtown Elementary School
  • Habitat ReStore

photo of Susan HenkingPlease welcome Susan E. Henking as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Dean of the College. Dr. Henking is President Emerita of Shimer College, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she formerly served as Co-Chair, LGBT Studies; Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Interim Dean of the Faculty; and Chair, Religious Studies.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Henking was Visiting Instructor of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Western Illinois University, Lecturer in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago and was a Teaching Intern in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Henking received a Ph.D. degree (1988) in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an M.A. degree (1979) from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a B.A. degree (1977) from Duke University. Her Dissertation was entitled “Protestant Religious Experience and the Rise of American Sociology: A Contextual Study of Varieties of Secularization” (With Distinction).

A highly respected author and lecturer, Dr. Henking looks forward to getting to know Salem’s students, alumnae, faculty, and staff.


Summer Study Abroad

Interested in doing a study abroad program and feel like you are in school again? Salem College is inviting alumnae to register and attend our Summer Study Abroad Program at Oxford University, a 2.5-week immersion in international business and cultural exchange at the most admired and beautiful academic institution in the world. 

This is an exciting way for alumnae to get to know and work with Salem students and a unique way to experience England. Program dates are July 27 - August 14. For more information, please visit or contact Professor Alyson Francisco or at 336-391-5253. 

Seats are limited and first come, first accepted!

Support Salem Athletics!

Please join your fellow alumnae and their families at the Salem Academy and College Reunion Weekend Golf Tournament.  The tournament will take place on April 26 at the Bermuda Run Country Club just west of Winston-Salem. 

The day begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by tee time at 9 a.m.  There will be a lunch awards ceremony following completion of the tournament. 

For more information and to register, please go to or call Director of Athletics Trish Hughes at 336-917-5402.