Looking for some “Anselmian Fun?” You can now find the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office in their new home (across Saint Anselm Drive from the lower campus entrance) as the Student Center complex renovation and expansion begins. We checked in with the staff to learn more about their fall programs, and for a preview of what’s to come in the weeks ahead.
Student Activities began the fall with a sold-out trip to the New Hampshire FisherCats, and have already engaged hundreds of students in on and off-campus programming. “Outer Limits,” the college’s outdoor leadership program has already sponsored two trips for 75 students, with additional trips planned this fall. On campus, the office has sponsored various weekend performers, including comedians and musicians.
“We are always looking for new and exciting programming to share with the student body,” says Jean Couture, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. “This fall, we have already had great turnout for many of our events, and I’m excited about the various programs lined up for our students in the weeks and months ahead.”
OPEN HOUSE: Student Activities and Leadership Programs will be hosting a house warming on Wednesday, October 12 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to greet students and encourage participation in their upcoming programs.
Couture credits her colleagues and the office’s student-staff for offering numerous programs on nights and weekends throughout the academic year. She commends the students who work in the office for their behind-the-scenes work, and assistance in getting the word out to the student body about upcoming events – a role with increased value during the temporary relocation.
Matthew Sargent ’18, has worked for Student Activities for two years and notes that this fall is off to a great start. “Numbers have been up for every event so far this year,” he says. “As a student who gets to lead and run some of our programs, I'm very happy to see interest in our events continues to grow. As the year goes on we look forward to getting even more people interested and participating in all that we have to offer.”
Up next for the Student Activities team is Family Weekend (October 21-23). The office advises and collaborates with the student led Family Weekend Committee to help students showcase all aspects of their Anselmian Life for parents, siblings, and friends. Many activities are planned including a Family Fun Run, two performances of the Abbey Player’s Family Weekend Show, Seize the Day, and the ever-popular Sunday Brunch in Davison Hall.
Although winter may still seem a distant thought for many, the office is already looking forward to one of their signature winter programs, “Out Cold,” a ski and board program that provides students the opportunity to visit area ski resorts at reduced costs.
The Student Activities team also collaborates closely with Campus Activities Board (CAB) to ensure there are programs offered almost every weekend.
“We work together when planning our events to make sure we can schedule events at different times and that, we feel, can reach the most students,” says CAB Director Cassy Mitchell ‘17. “We would not be able to properly function without the continued help and support from SALP. With the move, everyone is working harder than ever to make sure the student events on campus aren't affected in any way and that everyone is still accessible to the students.”
Follow the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office on social media for information about upcoming events throughout the year. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @AnselmianFun.
- Saturday-Sunday, 10/15-16: Backpacking the Long Trail, VT
- Saturday, 10/29: Halloween Event
- Saturday, 11/12: Climbing at Pawtuckaway State Park
- Friday, 11/18: Skate Night