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2015 in Review: Major Campus News and Events

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm College

2015 brought several major political events to campus (those will be reviewed later this week) in addition to the many annual campus events that are observed on our academic calendar. In May Gov. Mitt Romney addressed the 471 members of the class of 2015 at Saint Anselm College's 122nd Commencement Exercises – and 533 first-year students arrived to campus in August to begin a new academic year.

2015 Commencement

122nd Commencement Exercises: Mitt Romney Urges Graduates to Engage in Citizenship

During Saint Anselm College's 122nd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17, commencement speaker Mitt Romney addressed 471 members of the class of 2015, and Dr. Steven DiSalvo presided over his second commencement as president.

After noting that they were graduating in a special year, the 125th anniversary of the college's founding, Dr. DiSalvo said, "Looking back, not only over your four years here, but over 125 years of tradition and distinction, our unique history is what makes us all part of something truly special.” Read the full story »

College Welcomes Class of 2019

The countdown to college ended this morning as 413 members of the class of 2019 (533 total incoming students) moved into their new home at Saint Anselm College. They arrived on campus with boxes upon boxes but luckily had plenty of help from parents, siblings, friends, orientation leaders, resident assistants, and athletic teams. Move In Day 2015

Dr. DiSalvo welcomed and congratulated the newest members of the community, offering them advice on their imminent journey.

"Among you are our future leaders. Some of you will go on to become class presidents, star athletes, politicians, actors and actresses, scientists, nurses, writers, educators, business leaders, innovators just to name a few. You have been selected to come here because each of you brings something unique to our campus community. Today we celebrate your minds and voices, your high schools and hometowns. You can do anything." Read the full story »

College Ranks Highly for Food, Community Service and Return On Investment

At #112, Saint Anselm College is once again included in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, 2016 edition. Read the full story »

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm CollegeThe Princeton Review named Saint Anselm among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2016 edition "The 380 Best Colleges" where it also named the college 10th in the nation for Best Campus Food and 13th for Student Engagement in Community Service. Read the full story »

This year the college was once again recognized for its value. Payscale.com ranked Saint Anselm #18 for return on investment (ROI) among liberal arts colleges. Read the full story »

In The Economist’s first-ever rankings, Saint Anselm was placed at 171 for economic value out of 1,275 colleges and universities. Read the story »

History Class Visits Cuba to Study the Cold War

A dozen Saint Anselm College students visited Cuba with Professors Philip Pajakowski and Matthew Masur during spring break March 1-7.

Ben Plante '15 in CubaThe students explored the origins of the Soviet-American conflict, the two countries' struggle for global influence, and the effects of the Cold War on American and Soviet domestic affairs. They heard from local lecturers and visited historic sites such including Old Havana, the colonial settlement of Trinidad, and the memorial to Cuba's national hero, Jose Marti. Read the full story »

College Approves Pilot Program in Orvieto, Italy

In January 2015, Saint Anselm College announced that students may live, learn, and travel with fellow students and faculty in Orvieto, Italy, through a pilot study abroad program: A Semester in Orvieto beginning in spring 2016.

Available to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in a unique journey abroad with their very own Saint Anselm community, this semester-long program offers courses covering topics ranging from classics, history, art and architecture, to Italian culture, politics, and theology. Read the full story »

New Exhibition Space Extends Learning to Residence Hall

The Living and Learning Commons (LLC), Saint Anselm College's newest residence Hall, continues the innovative blending of living and learning through new exhibition space in the form of six art cases installed on all three floors.

Fr. Benet talks with students in the LLC exhibition areasThe cases provide additional exhibition space to showcase fine arts student, faculty, and even community work while also making art accessible to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additional workshops, programs, and future exhibitions hosted in the LLC integrate art into everyday campus life, giving students an audience, and making art education available to the entire college community. Read the full story »

College Offers Summer Courses Online

This year Saint Anselm College's summer school offered six online courses, including core curriculum requirements for theology, philosophy and Spanish. This was the first time that the college has offered online courses, which were available to Saint Anselm students only.

Students learned about the intersection of American politics and education in Getting Schooled: Education Policy and School Reform, or completed a theology requirement in The Pentateuch. Other online summer courses included: Understanding Suffering (nursing), social statistics (sociology), Spanish seminar, and an ethics seminar (philosophy). Read the full story »

125th Anniversary Finale Celebrated at Reunion Weekend

Saint Anselm College 125The final 125th Anniversary Celebration was held on Saturday, June 6. Alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff were invited for an evening of live entertainment, dancing and fireworks on the Campus Green in front of Davison Hall.

Alumni represented graduating classes from 1942 to 2014 traveled from as far as Australia, California, Florida, and Washington. Anselmians reunited with old friends, attended mass at the Abbey Church, enjoyed live music at the pub and participated in talks and tours throughout the weekend.

For more information about the 125th Anniversary of the college, including history lessons and opportunities to read and share Anselmian stories, visit www.anselm.edu/125.

The conclusion of the college’s 125th year coincided with Reunion weekend June 5-7, and the return to the Hilltop of the classes of '65 '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05 and '10. Read the full story »

Editorial support for this post provided by Jared Nichols '18.

2015 in Review: Alumni Success Stories

Alumni Save Lives Through Transplants

2015 offered several memorable moments for Saint Anselm alumni as Anselmians around the country were 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.

Alumnus F. Marc LaForceAs a global health leader alumnus F. Marc LaForce '60 has been recognized nationally and on the Hilltop for his work.

He received the 2015 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award for the positive impact his work has had on the health of humankind. In May, he received an honorary degree from Saint Anselm College at the 122nd commencement exercises. At the college’s Academic Convocation in September, he addressed the community, talking about "Distributive Justice and International Childhood Immunization."

As director of the Meningitis Vaccine Project at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology for Health), he guided an international effort to eradicate one of Africa's most devastating epidemics, meningitis A. Presently, he is director of technical services for the Serum Institute of India, Ltd. He earned his medical degree at Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Alumni Association Honors Anselmians for Good Work »

Seven Anselmians were honored October 2 at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards. At the annual dinner, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are recognized for their achievements and contributions to the college or academic field.

2015 Alumni Award RecipientsChosen by the Alumni Council, this year's recipients were Elizabeth A. Condron '04, Doria "Woody" Dubois Ph.D '64, Michael "Mick" F. Flynn '89, Evelyn (Lord) Gaudrault '62, James and Eleanor Golden P'86, P'87, P'92, P'03, Kenneth A. Perkins, and Frank A. Stabile Jr. '68.

Alumni Save Lives with Transplants »

From Boston to Bangladesh–by the bedside, in the operating room, and in the halls of the Legislature–alumni help people of all ages and walks of life who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in order to fight a life-threatening type of cancer »

Alumni Save Lives Through TransplantsNursing grads like Jenna Moran ’08 work on patient units. Dr. Kellie Sprague ’86 directs a transplant unit at Tufts Medical Center. As a student, Kristen MacNeil ’12 gave her bone marrow to a baby. Born with a rare condition called Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome, the boy would have died without a transplant.

Saint Anselm has held 18 bone marrow registry drives, resulting in 1,500 additions to the worldwide registry. According to the Delete Blood Cancer headquarters, 43 matches were found through our drives, and 11 donations were successfully completed (including that of Katelyn D’Entremont ’09, whose donation to three-year-old Gregory was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Portraits.

The way John Gallivan ’01 and Gina (Meneses) Gallivan ’01 see it, joining the National Bone Marrow Registry — and potentially saving a life — should be an easy thing to do. Gina’s life was saved by a bone marrow stem cell transplant, and the pair of English teachers could not be more grateful. They turned their personal experience into a political cause. They proposed and supported a bill in the Connecticut Legislature that brought about a law requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of bone marrow testing for anyone joining the registry.

Read the full story »

Four Alumni Recognized for Good Work » Saint Anselm Collgee alumni named Forty Under 40

In January, four Saint Anselm College alumni, Carey Cahoon ’98, Kate Giaquinto ’10, Alexandra Puglisi ’11, and Keith Raho ’07, were named to The New Hampshire Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" list, which recognizes local citizens for their service and talent to New Hampshire.



Alumnus Named Director of U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Center » Saint Anselm College Alumnus Joe Corriveau

Joseph Corriveau, a 1981 biology graduate, was appointed director of the federal laboratory that oversees research and development of solutions for chemical and biological defense of American soldiers and the nation. He directs the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), which has sites at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Rock Island, Ill.



Fr.-Jonathan-600x400Father Jonathan DeFelice Recognized with State Merit Award »

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) awarded Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., a member of the class of 1969 and former president of Saint Anselm College, with the New Hampshire State Merit Award. "We are proud to honor a true champion of the liberal arts in Father Jonathan," said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas. A member of the Benedictine community that founded and governs the college, Father Jonathan is also a graduate of the college's Class of 1969. Before becoming president, he served his alma mater as a faculty member and in a number of administrative roles.

Read more alumni stories on the Portraits blog »

Editorial support for this post provided by Jared Nichols '18.

Students Work Behind the Scenes at the Democratic Debate

Saint Anselm students assist in debate preparation

Behind the scenes at the ABC News Democratic Presidential Debate, Saint Anselm College students have been working around the clock in preparation for tonight’s event. More than 50 Saint Anselm College students are working for ABC. They’re standing-in for candidates during test shots, acting as ushers, meeting and greeting the media, and even acting as Martha Raddatz’s personal student-assistant.

Saint Anselm students assist in debate preparationSince Monday business major and politics minor Brian Pickowicz '16 has been working as the ABC News production manager’s assistant running errands, assisting with set production, and providing any necessary support to the ABC team. “The cool thing about being his shadow is how much I saw and learned,” says Pickowicz.

“I learned first-hand how everything in production works,” he says.

Politics major Ashley Motta '17 has also been assisting in the debate preparation as a runner for the engineering team. She unloaded trucks, ran cables, and set up the debate hall—all while also taking her final exams. She’s attending the debate tonight, seeing all her work come together during the live broadcast.

“I didn’t imagine all the roles that needed to come together to make this happen,” she says.

First-Year Students Begin Year With Service

Class of 2019 Day of Service

More than 500 Anselmians spent part of their New Student Orientation program giving back to the greater Manchester community. Organized by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, students and Orientation Leaders fanned out across Manchester and surrounding communities on Friday afternoon for several hours of service. Students spent time in nursing homes, elementary schools and social-service agencies, assisting with end-of-summer projects, and spending time with elders and youth.

"The college has a number of goals when welcoming new students to the campus," says Dan Forbes, Director of the Meelia Center. "You want student to relax with one another and begin to form friendships. You want them to begin to understand and embrace the important values of the college. You want freshmen to make their way into the community that will be there home for the next four years. And perhaps most importantly you want new students to begin to embrace the new and broader horizons that a Saint Anselm education will make possible. All of these goals are supported by community service in the orientation program."

Through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Saint Anselm College mobilizes student talent and energy to assist more than 50 community agencies throughout Greater Manchester. Annually some 850 students, faculty, and staff volunteer more than 18,000 community service hours.

Service Sites
Applewood Learning Center, Londonderry
Arbors, Bedford
Beech Street Elementary, Manchester
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, ManchesterGossler Park Elementary School, Manchester
CREATE, Manchester
Easter Seals Day Care, Manchester
Edward Roy J. Apartments, Manchester
Elmwood Gardens, Manchester
Families in Transition, Manchester
Girls, Inc., Manchester
Granite State Pathways, Manchester
Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Goffstown
Inti Academy, Manchester
Manchester Animal Shelter, Manchester
MPAL, Manchester
NH Audubon, Manchester
NH Food Bank, Manchester
ORIS Fresh Start Farms, Dunbarton
Parks Department, Manchester
Pine Haven Boys Center, Manchester
Special Olympics (NH), Saint Anselm College
Saint Benedict Academy, Manchester
Saint Raphael's Parish, Manchester
Sununu YDC, Manchester
Trinity High School, Manchester
UpReach Therapeutic Riding, Goffstown
Webster House, Manchester
YMCA (Allard Center), Goffstown
The Way Home, Manchester

Bosnia Bound: Students Conduct Research Abroad

Students conducting research in Bosnia this summer.

This summer, international relations and Spanish major Kristine Adams '16 and politics major Scott MacNeil '17 are spending ten days in Bosnia conducting research with politics professor Erik Cleven. From the field, their reporting about their travels and research.

Students conducting research in Bosnia this summer.Last semester, we took Professor Erik Cleven’s Political Violence class together and studied much of the prominent literature in the field.

At the end of the academic year, Professor Cleven approached us and asked us if we wanted further our classroom experiences and join him in Bosnia as his research assistants for 10 days during the summer. We were thrilled and immediately jumped at the opportunity to conduct undergraduate student research! Not only would we have chance to travel to Eastern Europe and to get to know our professor on a more personal level, but we would also be running our own interviews and potentially publish an article of our findings! Talk about a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and a helpful step on the path to graduate/law school.

The research we are conducting pertains to ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia between the different populations living here (mainly Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs). On July 1st, we landed in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and traveled through the beautiful, mountainous countryside to where we would be staying for the duration of our journey. Later that evening, we arrived in Mostar, a city in the southern region of the country. Mostar is a beautiful city, but was also one of the most destroyed cities during the war of the mid-1990’s. The city is noted for the “Old Mostar Bridge,” which actually was entirely destroyed during the conflict. They later built an exact replica using photographs of the original bridge. Despite the violence, the city has rebounded quite nicely over the last 20 years, and has become a very popular tourist location, especially among Europeans.

The research we are doing alongside Professor Cleven is quite important. Mostar, (one of the interview cites) is split by a river, where Bosniaks live on one side, and Croats on the other. This physical division represents the divided state of inter-ethnic relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are in the region to see how young people in these groups interact with one another and whether or not projects exist to facilitate more dialogue between the groups. During this process, we are also gathering other bits of information regarding the region, the conflict, and the way of life here. One thing that we have definitely learned is that coffee is a huge part of the culture here. Most social gatherings, regardless of people's age, nationality, or gender, revolve around sharing a cup of Turkish coffee.

On this research trip, we are gaining knowledge about a part of the world that many Americans do not know a lot about. With our research, we hope to challenge people’s assumptions about the region with our work and shed light on a lovely and complex culture, unlike any we have seen before.

2014 In Review: Alumni Success Stories

Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan '82

2014 offered several memorable moments for Saint Anselm alumni as Anselmians around the country were 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.

Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan '82

Alumnus Mike Sheehan ’82 has been known to say that all he ever wanted to do was write. He’s taken this desire all the way to the CEO’s office of The Boston Globe. Read more about his view from the top »

Marc LaForce '60Marc LaForce ’60 receives Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award »

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) selected the Saint Anselm chemistry alumnus for the award, which is presented annually to an individual who has had a positive impact on the health of humankind. Previous recipients include Bill and Melinda Gates, former president Bill Clinton, John D. Rockefeller IV, Ted Turner, and General Colin Powell. Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were the first recipients, when the award was established in 1997.

Alumni Association Awards: Six alumni and one dedicated staff member were the recipients of 2014 alumni awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement or contributions to the college »

Jim McDonnell ’81Jim McDonnell ’81 elected to lead Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department »

More than 10 million people are directly or indirectly protected by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). The department has primary policing responsibility for 42 of the 88 cities, as well as the unincorporated areas, that make up L.A. County. The LASD manages the nation's largest local jail system, with a housing capacity of nearly 20,000 inmates, and also protects the largest court system in the nation. A Boston native, McDonnell served for 29 years on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and was chief of police for Long Beach, a city of nearly half a million people 20 miles south of Los Angeles.

John Stewart and Michael Skelton ’04 recognized for their service to N.H. »

Criminal justice major John Stewart owns Bedford Martial Arts Academy, and has received many commendations for his service to the community. He founded a charity-based martial arts program, Karate to Institute Confidence in Kids and Individuals Needing Guidance (KICKING) that serves non-profit programs dedicated to helping children. His academy hosts charity events and fundraisers. Stewart also volunteers at Saint Anselm, offering a self-defense class every year at new student orientation.

Michael Skelton, a politics major, is the spokesperson for Public Service of New Hampshire. He is involved in many volunteer activities, and focuses on urging young people to attend college in New Hampshire or return to the state after college to raise their families. He recently stepped down from the board of the Manchester Young Professionals Network after seven years, and is co-chair of the Stay, Work, Play organization, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the state as a desirable place for young workers and recent college graduates.

Ashley Conley '06Epidemiologist Ashley Conley ’06 prepares New Hampshire’s second largest city for disaster »

Conley’s is a working world of worrying about and preparing a community of about 200,000—the Nashua Public Health Region covers 13 municipalities—for its response to an outbreak of infectious disease, a foodborne illness, the next flu pandemic, the natural disaster of a hurricane or blizzard, even a bioterrorist attack. Hefty responsibilities for a Saint Anselm grad who turned all of 30 in February.

Scott O’Donnell ’96 leads N.H. FBI field office »

Before returning to New Hampshire, O'Donnell served as the supervisory special agent for the Boston Division's Organized Crime Task Force. During the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the search for the perpetrators, he was the investigative operations supervisory special agent.

Alexandra Puglisi ’11

Prominent business owner Alexandra Puglisi ’11 featured in New Hampshire Magazine »

Puglisi, a recent graduate of Saint Anselm College with a new degree in business, opened Café la Reine in the spring of last year. “I wanted to open my own something,” she recalls, “and coffee is one of my passions, so it seemed like the right choice.” Puglisi wrote out the business plan, gathered a few trusted palates for an intense round of coffee tasting, found an empty storefront right across from City Hall, and, with support from family, friends, former employers and the wider community, got her dream up and running.

Read more about Saint Anselm alumni in the class notes section of Portraits – or send us your success story »

Saint Anselm Senior Nursing Majors Receive Nurse's Pin

Senior nursing students process into the Abbey Church

Today was a special day for 83 senior nursing majors as they received their Saint Anselm nurse’s pin in the 2014 pinning ceremony in the Abbey Church.

A tradition dating back to 1860, the pinning ceremony is a proud moment for student nurses as they are welcomed into the nursing profession. It is a celebration of the student’s completion, symbolizing their preparedness to serve as a compassionate caregiver.

Senior nursing students process into the Abbey Church

“The pinning ceremony presents you with the mark of your school, so all will know that you have become part of the proud nursing alumni at Saint Anselm College,” said Dr. Sharon George, dean of nursing.

“Today we want to honor you for choosing this challenging and rewarding profession and for the difference you will make in the lives of your patients.”

Senior Alexandra Lagoutis of Orange, Conn., was chosen to represent her class as the student speaker.

Lagoutis said she was honored and excited to have the opportunity to speak at the event.

“The tradition of pinning is a beautiful way to bridge the role of student to professional, and to be reminded of the significance of our education and the unique and meaningful impact it will have on both our practice and our lives,” says Lagoutis.

In her remarks, she urged her fellow nursing students to remember what it means to be a Saint Anselm nurse.

“Our practice will be propelled by compassion; by the willingness to channel Florence Nightingale and create an environment of healing,” she said.

“To challenge, to question, to research; to think holistically, to advocate, to care, and to comfort; to hold hands, and share Popsicles. From this day forward, we are not just nurses, we are Saint Anselm nurses.”

The nurses' pins were then blessed by Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., and presented to each graduating senior by Dr. George and several nursing faculty: Professors Karen Grafton, Ann Fournier, and Margaret Walker.

The pin, proudly worn by all Saint Anselm nursing graduates, features elements of the college seal and the symbol of a lamp referring to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp of my steps and a light for my path.”

The student nurses then took the Nightingale Pledge, an oath to honor and respect their patients and profession.

Following the ceremony, Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., celebrated Mass.

Full Remarks

Dr. Sharon George, Dean of Nursing

"The nursing pin has been both literally and symbolically a cross to bear, a medal and a badge. Nursing is a cross to bear for those of us who remain with the patient long after others have given up hope and gone home. Nurses never forget about their patients even when they are not caring for them physically, they remain in their thoughts, remembering always that they are caring for someone's mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter, and that these people are counting on them to do for their loved one what they themselves cannot do."

Alexandra Lagoutis '14, Student speaker

"As nursing students, we spend countless hours working. There are late nights, early mornings, papers, projects, and exams. Lectures can be long and exhausting, clinical can be an overwhelming whirlwind of rules, regulations, and a game of where on the unit is your instructor. But then, there are moments that we have making it all worth it. Patients that smile and say thank you. Patients that tell you you’re going to make a great nurse one day."

Program: Student Acknowledgments & Faculty Reflections

Spring Sports Make Debut

Saint Anselm men's lacrosse practice

The Saint Anselm Hawks are kicking it into high gear as baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse have officially begun their spring seasons.

Already two games in, men’s lacrosse plays their first home game on March 19 at 4 p.m. against Molloy. The team was voted into seventh place for the 2014 Northeast-10 Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll by the NE-10 in February. They return with all of their top-five leading scorers from last season.

Saint Anselm men's lacrosse practiceSoftball just wrapped up a spring training trip to Clermont, Fla., where junior pitcher Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) pitched a complete-game shutout for the second straight day, helping the team to a 6-4 record for preseason. The team plays their first game of the season on March 22 at Pace. The NE-10 Conference Coaches poll placed Saint Anselm fourth in the 2014 Northeast-10.

Women’s lacrosse started strong with their first 3-0 record in seven years after beating Nyack College 22-4 at home on Saturday. The Hawks were picked to finish fifth in the Northeast-10 in the Preseason Coaches' Poll announced in February.

Saint Anselm baseball also started their season on a positive note as they swept a pair of games at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Men’s baseball will face a number of competitive teams in the upcoming month including St. Thomas Aquinas and Lemoyne. Their first home game is March 26 against Franklin Pierce.

The hawks tennis programs continue with spring play after a winter break. The men's and women's tennis teams opened their season against Merrimack in February. The women's next home match is March 26 against Franklin Pierce University while the men's team hosts Endicott College on March 19.

Check out Saint Anselm athletics for full stats and news »



Hawks Beat SNHU in Nationally Televised Basketball Game

Saint Anselm beats SNHU in nationally televised basketball game

It was a great day to be a Hawk today as the Saint Anselm men’s basketball team beat cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University 83-75 in front of 1,000 fans in Saint Anselm College's Stoutenburgh Gymnasium and a national television audience.

Saint Anselm College beat SNHU in nationally televised basketball gameThe game, aired live on CBS Sports Network, was Hawks’ coach Keith Dickson’s 525th win and helped the team improve to a 14-6 season, winning seven of their last nine games.

It was a game to remember played in front of a sold-out crowd including more than 450 Saint Anselm students as well as Saint Anselm trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, monks, and friends of the college.

Led into the stands by the college’s Hawk mascot, students were decked in super fan t-shirts and face paint and kept the gym rowdy. Senior, psychology major and volleyball player Vivian Fitzgerald joined by fellow senior, politics major Guy Sergei kept the crowd energized with cheers and chants.

“It was a great game,” said Fitzgerald. “The energy in the gym was contagious and the boys brought their A-game.”

Saint Anselm athletic director Jo-Ann Nester was ecstatic about the high attendance and number of student-athletes involved including the entire field hockey team who assisted with ticketing and refreshments.

Alumnus Dave Cuzzi, class of 1996, was only one of more than 300 alumni who attended the game to support his alma mater.

“It was a lot of fun to see the game and all the students and their school spirit,” said Cuzzi.

The game also brought together friends from the classes of 1969, 1968 and 1962 as well as some Saint Anselm basketball greats who returned to campus for the special game.

Even Arthur Cummings from the class of 1953 returned to get in on the action. Particularly though, Cummings wanted to see senior point guard Dino Mallios play. Cummings has known the Mallios family for years, having taught Mrs. Elaine Mallios, Dino’s mother, in high school. The former teacher and principal of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Mass., has recommended Saint Anselm to many a high school-er through the years.

“He’s a legend in the community,” said Mrs. Mallios.

In addition, alumni and Anselmians all over the country rooted for their Hawks from watch parties in Boston, Hartford, Long Island, and Manchester.

The Hawks return to action at home on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Stoutenburgh.

Read more of the game highlights »

Game Day Photos

History Professor Reflects on Martin Luther King, Jr.

History Professor Andrew Moore

As the country celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., history Professor Andrew Moore reflects on King’s impact then and now, 46 years later. In the Q&A below, Moore gives historical context to the movement King led, discussing the question of equality, King’s affect on the civil rights acts, and how we can continue to honor his legacy.

Moore, an expert in religion, race and gender relationships post-Civil Rights era, is currently teaching a course on “Contemporary America,” which explores the political, social, and cultural movements since 1945.

History Professor Andrew Moore discusses Martin Luther King, Jr. Q: Why is Martin Luther King, Jr. still relevant in today’s society?

Andy Moore (AM): Americans have always wanted to believe that ours is a country where every one is equal. It makes us unique. King was able to highlight that this talk about equality was just talk. There was not equality. He was able to articulate that reality in a way that got people’s attention.

He’s relevant still because he represents the two different sides of the American idea of equality – equal opportunity and equal outcomes.

On the one hand, the mainstream civil rights movement wanted an end to legal segregation. That is, they wanted the law not to restrict people based on race. The speech that everyone knows at least part of is an example of this. King had a dream that his children would be judged “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” A lot of people latch on to that quotation and claim that King stood for equal opportunity – and that’s very American. We all expect this equal opportunity. At the very least, the law should be color blind. King and the civil rights movement achieved this, when Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

On the other hand, if we look at King’s entire career – especially the few short years after the Voting Rights Act – we hear him saying that equal opportunity (or equality before the law) was not enough. That did not go far enough to achieve actual equality in real life circumstances.  When he was assassinated, he was pushing for an economic version of the Civil Rights Act.  In his Poor People’s Campaign, there was a broader focus on equality—on equal outcomes—so he was arguing that everyone was still not starting from the same place.

He’s still, then, relevant because the question of equality is still an open question.

Q: What about now? How was he successful?

AM: It depends on which side you look at. People who believe in equal opportunity would say we’re on the path moving forward to a color blind society, that legally and culturally there is less awareness of race as a dividing factor. The other side says race is still a dividing factor, there is persistent inequality. They point to economic, education, employment, and crime statistics and say there is not equal opportunity; race still does matter.  There is ample evidence to support both positions.

Q: How do we continue to honor King? 

AM: First, as a historian I think one should learn as much about King’s life and the civil rights movement as possible.  That way we can better understand how the issues King was concerned about are still relevant. For example, we would better understand last year’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act. We could then vote or pressure congressmen in an informed way.

Second, no matter which side of the question of equality we come down on, King and the civil rights movement provide a model for political activity that was effective. Grassroots organizing plus a principled moral stance is a formula for being an engaged citizen. So one could honor King by organizing and pressing for political and moral reform in a way that is always respectful of one’s opponent.

Q: What are the social and political implications of Barack Obama as our first African American President? How has that affected perspectives on race in this country?

AM: I think this is not a straightforward answer – again, there’s something for everyone. People who point to equal opportunity say, ‘hey we elected an African American president. There’s change.’ At the same time, President Obama has not talked about race a lot, but when he has, he has done so in a way that presidents since Lyndon B. Johnson have not. He’s been able to address continued racial inequality and cultural perceptions of race.  He’s been able to articulate the continuing relevance of racial issues in a way others have not.

Q: How are you reviewing Martin Luther King Jr. in your Contemporary America course this spring?

AM: The students will read some speeches by him, and they will learn in general about the civil rights movement. They’ll also read the book, “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody. This was published in 1968. Moody was an African American woman who was active in the civil rights movement but – like other black students and young people who came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s – was critical of King and other leaders, saying they were not radical enough, they compromised too quickly. She represented a popular sentiment of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that thought King wasn’t willing enough to be arrested and spend time in jail or spend enough time at local demonstrations.

King was the movement’s national leader. Without his insistence on non-violence and his political skills, the movement probably would not have been as successful as it was when it was. So this book also lets me highlight the tension between grassroots activists and King – with the understanding that the movement was successful because of a powerful combination of King’s national leadership and grassroots activism.

Also, Moody wrote just a couple of years after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act had been passed by Congress. Still, she ends the book on her way to the 1963 March on Washington. When someone asks her whether the movement song, “We Shall Overcome,” was true (i.e., whether they truly would overcome), she responded,“I wonder. I really wonder.”  She was not hopeful that simply changing the law would accomplish true equality.

Professor Moore is also an expert in the history of the American presidency and presidential politics.