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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.

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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.

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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.

Therapy Dogs Reduce Finals' Stress

Student William Endicott with three dogs at Saint Anselm College's Pet-a-Pooch

Some special guests visited campus last week thanks to three inventive students who organized the first ever "Pet-a-Pooch" to help Saint Anselm students de-stress during finals. Throughout the day, Thursday through Sunday, May 2 – 5, therapy dogs of all sizes and shapes stopped by with their owners in tow to hang out, play, and be held by eager students.

“I’m so happy people seem to be loving it,” said sophomore Meagan DiDonato who organized the program with fellow students Gianpaolo Rufo ’13 and Jon Wells ’15.

“It takes their mind off everything and they can relax. It is definitely a good study break.”

On Thursday, Diane from Paws for Friendship brought her three rescue dogs: Mojo, Sarah and Munchkin, a miniature pinscher, toy poodle, and toy Chihuahua respectively. On average 40 to 50 students at a time sat in the North Lounge in Cushing, patiently waiting their turn to hold the small dogs.

Somehow I was lucky enough to hold all three of them. It brightened up my whole week after being so totally drained from biology and french that day, it helped me unwind and relax," said freshman William Endicott.

The rest of the weekend delivered border collies, golden retrievers and Saint Bernards. Students came and went, taking study breaks or stopping-by after a final to pet the pooches.

Students from service societies Koinonia and Teddys staffed the event and the organizers hope these groups will take over organizing this event in the future, making it a tradition during finals.

Junior nursing major Molly McClintock stopped by Thursday afternoon and couldn’t get enough of little dog, Mojo. “It was good to have a brief time to get a little love and get back to work,” said McClintock.

She was only one of many who voiced their appreciation for the program and hoped they would see their furry friends again next semester.

Students Conduct Summer Research Through INBRE Grant

Christina Palmieri '11 worked with Dan Broek researching yeast as part of the INBRE grant

Dan Martin '12 has created three molecules that only exist in his tiny vials in Saint Anselm College's chemistry lab. Elizabeth Craig '14 is running three different experiments with a squad of rats while Erin Albiero '13 investigates the mysteries of odor memory.

"Professor Wenzel calls us pseudo grad students, we get so into our work," says psychology major Albiero.

This summer 14 Saint Anselm College students are on campus conducting research funded by the New Hampshire INBRE program, which aims to increase biomedical research within the state. While supporting faculty projects, it emphasizes student participation in training, lab work, and independent research.

Fourteen students conducting research:

Erin Albiero '13, psychology
Bianca Ciuffredo '12, psychology
Elizabeth Craig '14, psychology
Allyn Doyle '13, psychology
Morgan Gaythorpe '14, computer science
Logan King '13, biochemistry
Ryan King '13, biochemistry
Ann Lehto '14, natural science
Katharine Lunny '14, biochemistry
Dan Martin '12, chemistry
Jephte Nabosse '14, biochemistry
Jennifer Pace '13, biochemistry
Ethan Sylvain '13, chemistry
Molly Walsh '13, biology

Through the INBRE grant, Saint Anselm students, ranging in major from biology to chemistry to psychology and computer science, are developing their research skills while searching for answers to questions posed by scientists all over the world.

In the Lab

Christina Palmieri '11 worked with Dan Broek researching yeast as part of the INBRE grantRecent chemistry graduate, Martin explains his lab work as a chef might a recipe, except his splicing and mixing could result in an increased concentration in dopamine that he hopes would help an ADHD or Alzheimer's patient. Martin and three others are working with professor Lisa Bonner to design and synthesize chemical modulators of dopamine.

In the lab upstairs, Craig and fellow researcher Molly Walsh '13 run 64 rats through the beginning stages of experiments to learn more about drug abuse relapse. Spending at least six hours a day in the lab, she runs the experiment, preps and cleans, and discusses data with psychology professor Joseph Troisi.

In addition to studying dopamine, drug addiction relapse and bioinformatics, students are investigating cancer and otherwise gaining valuable research skills through training and hands-on experience.

Research Training

Undergraduates learn basic lab skills as they are trained on equipment, terminology, and library resources. Then they work alongside their faculty mentor, asking questions as they go.

In addition to research skills, "young scientists gain and cultivate manifold life skills," says psychology professor Adam Wenzel. Those include oral and written communication, analytical inquiry, self-reliance and self-confidence.

Martin attributes his time management and communication skills to his time in the lab. "There are four of us in the lab at one time so we need to know who is here and work together. We share the same equipment so if your research is based on using one piece and someone else is using it, you're in trouble."

INBRE's goals bring Saint Anselm College's educational mission to life by creating a partnership that benefits the students first and foremost.

Four Saint Anselm professors received grants through NH-INBRE

Dan Broek, biology -  Investigating yeast as a model system for understanding a common defect in human cancers.

Adam Wenzel, psychology – Research on improving eye health and consequently reducing risk for retinal disease (and maybe improving visual function), in obese and non-obese invidiuals.

Joe Troisi, psychology – Analyzing extinction of motivated behavior under specific drug states to understand drug abuse relapse.

Lisa Bonner, chemistry – Stuyding the design and synthesis of chemical modulators of dopamine as potential therapeutics.

"INBRE wants to build and sustain a research culture and we already have that so it enhances our current opportunities," says Derk Wierda, Saint Anselm College's principal investigator for INBRE's research training component.

"As a liberal arts, undergraduate college, we like to train students and give them critical thinking skills through research. INBRE helps us do this while also providing additional tools," says Wierda.

Saint Anselm, only in its second year of a five-year grant, has (to date) benefited 80 students, received each of the three types of grants and also received the Director's Initiative Award (see right column for grants).

Senior biochemistry major, Jen Pace was working in Professor Bonner's lab when the INBRE grant was first awarded to the college. Working under the grant, she has developed nine new pieces of matter and fallen in love with lab work. Pace says she most enjoys the problem solving that comes with research. She plans to apply to medicinal chemistry and drug development doctoral programs in the fall and attributes the INBRE program for giving her future a direction.

"This experience at Saint Anselm makes the world of research and psychology more tangible than any textbook or lecture could show," says Craig.

Rev. Mark Cooper, O.S.B., Elected Fifth Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey

Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B.

The bells atop Alumni Hall pealed for 28 minutes straight today before it was announced to the community that the monks at Saint Anselm Abbey elected Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., as their new abbot and the chancellor of Saint Anselm College.

As the fifth abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, Abbot Mark, serves as the monastic community's religious superior and spiritual leader. He is also the highest-ranking administrator as chancellor of the college.

Part of the historic event includes the retirement of Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. today after almost 27 years of service, making him one of the longest serving abbots in the Benedictine Order worldwide. Following a sabbatical for rest and renewal, Abbot Matthew will continue to serve the abbey and college in new ways yet to be determined.

Abbot Mark begins his new role immediately. Previous to the election he managed the college's finances for 33 years and was set to retire as the treasurer and vice president of financial affairs at the end of this month. Abbot Mark professed vows as a member of the Benedictine community at Saint Anselm in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1971 from Saint Anselm College. He earned an M.S.A. in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He studied at Saint John's Seminary in Boston and St. Albert's Seminary in Oakland Calif. He taught at Woodside Priory in Calif. and received an Alumni Award of Merit in 2003 for his contributions to the growth of the college.

He was elected following a two-day election process that involved 25 monks voting on up to six ballots. Of the 28-member community, 25 were eligible to vote on 21 possible candidates. Following a clear majority, Abbot Mark accepted the honor and was immediately confirmed by the Abbot President. The group then proceeded to the Abbey Church for a service of thanksgiving.

The monastery followed election procedures in the Guide to Abbatial Elections that conform with the Roman Catholic Church's Canon Law and the Rule of Saint Benedict.

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Class of 2002 Wins Young Alumni March Challenge

Statue of Saint Benedict

The gifts are all in and the numbers totaled. The class of 2002, which celebrates its 10th reunion this year, is the winner of this year’s second annual March Challenge. The month-long challenge pits young alumni classes against one another to see which class donates the most gifts. This year’s challenge helped bring the total number of gifts to 2,134 as of March 30, which is 300 gifts ahead of where we were at the same time last year.

In its last year to participate in the challenge, the class of 2002 made an outstanding number of gifts in the month of March.  The 2nd place finishers were the class of 2004, followed by the class of 2007, celebrating its fifth reunion this year.  Together, the last 10 graduating classes raised more than $11,600 for the college.

Thank you to all of the young alumni who participated in the challenge and to those of you who give throughout the year. Regardless if you graduated from Saint Anselm in the last decade, the last five decades or anywhere in between; if you’re a young alumnus or just young at heart, you play an important role in Saint Anselm College’s continued progress and accomplishment.

No matter the size of your gift, your participation is critical to help define and enhance the college for future generations of Anselmians. Every gift demonstrates alumni participation and engagement. It expresses satisfaction with the experience you had as a student, and shows a desire to provide current students the same opportunities you were afforded.

We hope you will join your classmates and make a gift to your alma mater. With less than 2 months left in our fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2012, now is a great time to make your gift, support the college and be counted in your class participation! Give online today!

Students Receive Year-End Awards

A scene from a recent college commencement

With the end of the academic year quickly approaching, Saint Anselm students are studying for finals, packing up apartments and dorm rooms and saying goodbyes. They are also receiving awards for academic achievements, athletics and special activities.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

On April 28, 69 senior nursing majors received their Saint Anselm College nursing pins in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony at the Abbey Church. Senior Kelly Lenehan, of Malden, Mass. was given the Joanne K. Farley nursing award for exemplifying the qualities of Joanne Farley, the former Director of Nursing. Senior nursing major Carly Staab was selected as the student speaker and read her essay about nursing. More about the nurse pinning ceremony is available in an earlier blog post.

Service and Solidarity Missions' Daniel P. Leahy Award

The Office of Campus Ministry awarded a Service and Solidarity Missions' participant: sophomore Christian Papazian with the Daniel P. Leahy Award. Papazian received the award for demonstrating the values embodied by the Service and Solidarity Missions Program and SBA founder, Dan Leahy.

Student Athlete Awards

The college and athletics department celebrated student athletes and athletic excellence on Monday, April 30 at the Dana Center. Each team recognized its most valuable player and six students were honored with special awards. Read the full story on the athletics website.

Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Award

  • Emma Furlone '14 – women's soccer
  • Ryan Holley '12 – men's ice hockey

Anselmian Athletic Club Student Athlete of the Year

  • Caitlin Forbes '13, english – skiing
  • Marc Wilson '12, business – football

Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

  • Bianca Ciuffredo '12, psychology – cross country
  • Andrew Parker '12, international business – soccer

Albert J. Gordon Summer Research Fellow

Jacqueline Lavorgna, a junior majoring in international relations, will spend the summer on a research project at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics as the 2012 Albert J. Gordon Summer Research Fellow. The fellowship offers an opportunity for an outstanding student or recent alumnus to gain experience that will be valuable in postgraduate and professional pursuits related to public policy and public affairs.

Paul S. Coleman Volunteer and Service Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 28, the college recognized 16 students at the 19th annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership awards ceremony. Read the full story.

Senior Nursing Class Receives Saint Anselm College Nursing Pins

Nursing students after the ceremony

On April 28, a beautiful spring Saturday in New Hampshire, 69 nursing students of the class of 2012 received their Saint Anselm College nurse’s pins. Joined by family and friends, the students wore their traditional nursing caps and celebrated the completion of a highly respected and rigorous nursing program in the Abbey Church.

Nursing students after the ceremonyThe pin, featuring the college’s official seal and the symbol of a lamp, refer to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp of my steps and a light for my path.” It symbolizes our nurses’ preparedness to serve as compassionate caregivers. Sharon George, dean of nursing, with the help of Karen Grafton, the program coordinator, pinned each nursing major with the Saint Anselm pin to wear for the entirety of their career.

Following opening remarks by Dean George, student speaker Carly Staab described a particularly significant clinical shift and reminded her nursing class, “Embrace differences, learn from one another, and be kind to one another. Do not underestimate the effect of caring words, a genuine smile, or a reassuring touch.”

During the ceremony, student Kelly Lenehan received the Joanne K. Farley nursing award for best exemplifying the qualities of the nursing program’s former director of nursing. Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., dean of the college, blessed the pins. Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., was celebrant and Fr. Benedict Guevin, O.S.B., gave the homily. A reception in Cushing Center followed the mass.

In talking about the ceremony, Staabs says it was beautiful: “It is such an incredible tradition and I feel blessed to have been provided the opportunity to be a part of it.”