2017 in Review: Alumni Success Stories

2017 proved to be another memorable year for our Saint Anselm Alumni. In the past year, many have been recognized for their skills, talents and contributions to their respective fields. They’ve received awards and promotions, and were featured in the news for their success.

Take a look at some of the most memorable moments of 2017:

Alumni Association Recognizes 10 Recent Alumni

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In the second year of its 10 Under 10 program, the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association continues to celebrate and showcase the successes of young alumni who are already having a profound impact on their communities while positively influencing the future. This year, the recognition program highlighted recent graduates who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines and vocations, including education, counseling, and service in the United States military.

2017 recipients:

  • Christopher Ahearn '08
  • Melissa DeLury '10
  • Courtney Gray Tanner '11
  • Aileen Hickey '13
  • Alexandra (Puglisi) Horton '11
  • Stephanie Kearsley Dahlberg '14
  • Michael McGee '14
  • Kathryn O’Loughlin '10
  • Kevin Powers '08
  • Cpt. Evan Weaver '10

Alumni Return to Hilltop for Reunion 2017

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Reunion 2017More than 600 alumni, family, and friends of Saint Anselm College converged on the Hilltop to celebrate and reconnect during the college's annual Reunion Weekend 2017. The classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, 2002, 2007 and 2012 returned to campus on June 9-11 for three event-filled days of receptions, talks, tours, dinners, Mass, and a road race.

During Reunion Weekend college president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo unveiled the new institutional Strategic Plan, Faith in the Future. The plan, which continues the work of the previous "Vision 2015," was crafted over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, engaging members across the learning community and external stakeholders in an examination of the key college objectives for the next three to five years. In it, Saint Anselm College's distinctive approach and abiding commitment to educating the whole person for a full life of consequence and for transforming the world around him or her are emphasized. The document is guided by the fundamental premise that "The world needs more Anselmians." Read the full plan »

Patrice Russell '93, assistant vice president of alumni relations & advancement programming, says, "Something extraordinary happens when you bring alumni back to their forever home here on the Hilltop. Seeing alumni reconnect and reminisce with their classmates, and meet alumni from classes dating back to 1946, is special. It creates a unique sense of pride and community you can only experience during Reunion Weekend." Anselmians came from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii and represented alumni from as far back as the class of 1946.

Homecoming 2017 Brings Anselmians Home to the Hilltop

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Homecoming Weekend 2017

On October 13 – 15, Anselmians from near and far returned to the Hilltop, some for the first time since graduation, for Homecoming Weekend 2017.

To kick off Homecoming this year, Alumni Relations introduced Spirit Day, a new social media campaign in which students and alumni to wear ‘school pride’ items and post pictures online. Patrice Russell ’93, assistant vice president for alumni relations, said the inaugural Spirit Day on October 13 was successful and "hopefully will become a tradition that brings the whole Saint Anselm community together in a fun way."

From cheering on the Hawks in Grappone Stadium to celebrating the ordination of alumnus Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. ’08, alumni enjoyed the traditional fall weekend.

40 under Forty Inducts Two (more) Alumni

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Two alumni of Saint Anselm College are 2017 honorees in the Union Leader's annual "40 Under Forty," which recognizes forty New Hampshire citizens under 40 years of age for their professional and volunteer accomplishments.

Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Davidson, Esq. ’03 and Ann (Lewis) Fournier ’99 Ph.D., MS, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC and Assistant Professor of the nursing department at Saint Anselm, were honored in Concord, N.H. Davidson and Fournier’s achievements bring the number of Saint Anselm College alumni named to the “40 Under Forty” to ten in the past three years.

Saint Anselm Abbey Welcomes Alumni to Community

Father Stephen Brian Lawson, O.S.B. Ordained to the Priesthood

Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B.Father Stephen (Brian) Lawson, O.S.B., a member of the Saint Anselm monastic community, was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, on Saturday, October 14 in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

The culmination of many years of monastic formation and four years of seminary training, Fr. Stephen’s ordination signifies his place in the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Originally from Holyoke, Massachusetts, Father Stephen graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2008 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Read the full story »

Brother Aloysius Sarasin Enters Novitiate

On Monday July 10, Mr. Ryan Sarasin was received into the novitiate and was clothed in the monastic habit. Abbot Mark gave him his religious name, Brother Aloysius. Brother Aloysius' patron is Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of youth and students. Read the full story »

Simple Vows Professed by Brother Francis of Saint Anselm Abbey

Bro. Franics McCarty, O.S.B.Brother Francis Ryan McCarty, O.S.B., has professed temporary vows as a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey. On January 14, 2017, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. presented Brother Francis with the full monastic habit and a copy of the Rule of Saint Benedict.

Through his temporary profession of vows, Brother Francis begins his three-year "Juniorate" phase where he embraces the vows of the Order of St. Benedict: obedience, stability, and conversatio morum (fidelity to monastic life) as cited in chapter 58 of the Rule of St. Benedict. Upon completing three years and careful prayer and deliberation, he may petition the monastic community to profess solemn vows and become a permanent member of the monastic community.

Brother Francis, also known as Ryan McCarty from North Smithfield, Rhode Island, graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010 with a degree in History and a certificate in Catholic Studies. Read the full story »