First-Year Students Begin Year With 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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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History Professor Reflects on Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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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