Spring Weekend 2017: What You Need to Know

fireworks over Alumni Hall

Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Student Government Association (SGA), and Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP) will sponsor 2017 Spring Weekend, a celebration to kick off the end of the school year! The line-up kicks-off with a comedy show featuring Tommy Ryman, semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, on Thursday, April 27. The following night, Anselmians will gather for the Glow Dance Party, and on Saturday, breakthrough artist Starley will open for British pop group Clean Bandit at the Hawks’ annual spring concert.

Clean BanditThe academic year concludes on Thursday, May 4 with the always-popular Party Your Classes Off event on the campus green and FIREWORKS later in the evening!

Thursday, April 27

Comedian Tommy RymanTommy Ryman Comedy Show

  • 8:30 p.m., Sullivan Arena

The “Matt Damon of comedy” Tommy Ryman is a favorite at colleges across the nation. Ryman comes to the Hilltop on April 27 to entertain with his “absurdist and clever” act. Named semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Ryman has opened for top comedians such as Louie Anderson, Maria Bamford, and Nick Swardson. In addition to performing at the  renowned Great American Comedy Festival, Ryman is featured regularly on Rooftop Comedy, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio.

Ticket Information

This event is free for all students!

Brought to you by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Friday, April 28

Glow Dance PartyGlow Dance Party

  • Doors open at 8 p.m., Sullivan Arena

Wear your neon and white to the Glow Dance Party, a night filled with music, lights, and lots of glow paint! Combining music, art, and production, students can be painted and illuminated under the glow of of black lights, all while DJs spin popular EDM, throwbacks, and top 40 remixes. The Glow Dance Party will feature a videowall and photo area to capture moments to last forever.

Ticket information

This event is free for all students thanks to the Student Government Association (SGA) and Campus Activities Board (CAB)!

Saint Anselm College students must display a SAC ID at the door. Guests must be over 16 years old, be accompanied by a SAC student, bring a valid government ID, and sign a waiver at the door.

Brought to you by SGA and CAB.

Saturday, April 29

Spring Concert 2017Spring Concert: Clean Bandit and Starley

  • Doors open at 8 p.m., Sullivan Arena

Starley will kick-off the show, opening for up-and-coming British electronic group Clean Bandit!

British group Clean Bandit is known for its catchy, upbeat, and popular hits and is sure to perform chart-topping singles “Rather Be,” “Rockabye,” and much more at the Hawk’s spring concert. “Rather Be” won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2015, and “Rockabye,” featuring rapper Sean Paul and singer Anne-Marie, became an international chart-topper. Clean Bandit has sold over 13 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide.

Breakthrough artist Starley Hope is a singer from Australia best known for her debut single “Call on Me.”

Ticket information

Saint Anselm College students can purchase tickets for $10, and must display a valid SAC ID with their ticket at the door.

Guest tickets can be purchased in advance for $15. Guests must be over 16 years old, be accompanied by a SAC student, bring a valid government ID, and sign a waiver at the door.

All tickets bought the day of the show will be subject to a price increase. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Brought to you by CAB and SGA.

Thursday, May 4

Party Your Classes Off

  • 2 p.m., Campus Green (JOA Quad)

Wrap up the spring semester with the always-popular Party Your Classes Off (PYCO) event, an afternoon party in honor of the end of the school year. With free food, music, giveaways, inflatables, and more, PYCO is the perfect way to celebrate the last day of classes!

End the day – and the academic year with FIREWORKS at 8:30 p.m. View the display from the Alumni Hall quad, or near the Coffee Shop. Access before and during the show to FBC ("Uppers") will be limited to residents/seniors and will be monitored by public safety officials.

Fireworks display

Brought to you by CAB and SGA.

2016 in Review: Anselmians Give Back

Winter Break Alternative participants prepare meals

To be an Anselmian is to give back. In 2016, The Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm College sixth in the nation for students most engaged in community service. During the 2015-16 academic year, students contributed at least 20,197 hours of service. Below, we have featured some of the causes, groups, and individuals who help to represent the ways in which Anselmians have given back to our local and global community.

Students Serve at Home and Abroad over Winter and Spring Breaks

For 26 years, the Office of Campus Ministry has provided students opportunities to serve the world through the Service and Solidarity program.

This year, over 200 Anselmians served those in need in the United States and Costa Rica during winter and spring breaks.

108 students rang-in the new year by traveling to eight regions of the U.S. in January for Winter Break Alternative (WBA). The students volunteered at sites in Appalachia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and New York.

A group of students served Manchester’s refugees, while others served meals at soup kitchens, renovated homes, worked at schools, and helped elderly and underprivileged children.

In February, 128 students and two faculty members departed to nine host agencies as close as Orland, Maine and as far as Costa Rica for Spring Break Alternative. The nine groups dispersed, building and renovating houses, teaching in schools, providing disaster relief, and serving and delivering food.

“Being socially aware and just are at the core of who we are as a Catholic college,” said Director of Campus Ministry, Susan Gabert. “These trips help with the formation of our students and opens their eyes to how others live. This gives them the opportunity to explore their spirituality, meaning of life, and how they interact with others.”

College Raises Nearly $96,000 during Relay for Life

Relay For Life 2016

The Saint Anselm College community raised a record-breaking $95,974 for the American Cancer Society this April at its ninth-annual Sr. Pauline Lucier Relay for Life. Fifty-five teams of students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Carr Center for the all-night event dedicated to honoring survivors and those who have lost their battles with cancer, as well as raising money and awareness for cancer research and services.

The college’s Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a former Campus Minister at the college who passed away from cancer in May 2009. In 2008, Sr. Pauline was a champion of this event, serving as the Grand Marshal. This year, Health Services staff member and cancer survivor Kristina Wilson was the 2016 Grand Marshal. She led the “survivor’s lap” with her children and 962 participants by her side.

Events every hour throughout the night included musical chairs, tug-of-war, and limbo, as well as the popular hair donation through Pantene's “Beautiful Lengths” program to create wigs for women battling cancer.

Students Deliver Food, Furniture, and Clothing to Families in Need

FCF student-volunteersThirty-five student-volunteers headed home for the summer a few days later than their peers, distributing gently-used items in good condition to families in need of Manchester, Nashua, and Concord N.H. during the annual student-run Food, Clothing, and Furniture (FCF) drive.

Seventy couches, 15 microwaves, clothes, tables, lamps, kitchenware, and one homemade birthday cake were just a few of the items that Saint Anselm College students collected from students as they cleaned out their residence hall rooms and apartments for the summer. The drive also collected items from faculty, staff, and local alumni.

“The amount the college community gives us is incredible. To go from serving 60 families a few years ago to 100 shows that people are really willing to help,” said FCF leader Hannah O'Halloran ’16.

44 Students Walk 130 Miles for Charity

Road For Hope 2016

For the eighteenth year, Saint Anselm students walked 130 back to campus from Lewiston, Maine—rain or shine—to raise money for nine deserving charities in Maine and New Hampshire as part of the annual Road for Hope (RFH).

This year, forty-four students raised over $24,000, walking a route first imagined by Fr. Seamus Griesbach, a Maine native and Saint Anselm College alumnus, who mapped and walked the road that has evolved into the current-day program. Along their journey, participants were visited by representatives from the charities for which they raise money, learning about the charities’ needs, long term and short term.

“We experience the true humility of this effort through physical, mental, and spiritual ups and downs,” said Katie Gemmell '17. “Whether in faith or in doubt, all the walkers believe in the way of the walk—knowing that every footstep makes a difference."

Students Raise Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness

This November, the Meelia Center for Community Engagement led the college community in observing Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, hosting events to engage the college community in a dialogue about social issues surrounding homelessness and world hunger.

Students led the community in eye-opening discussion panels, volunteer opportunities, and Oxfam Hunger Banquet. To end the week, students created makeshift shelters and “slept-out” on the Alumni quad in solidarity with the homeless, to raise awareness of those for whom “sleeping-out” is a daily reality.

“Community engagement is more than service; it is a call to be an active community member and citizen,” said Assistant Director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement Nicole Lora '06. “This week provides information and education to students about getting involved in a variety of ways and as a member of a larger community.”

College Donates Record Number of Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

Thanksgiving baskets are brought into the Abbey ChurchFor 14 years, the Saint Anselm College community has come together to donate Thanksgiving dinners for local underprivileged community of Merrimack Valley, N.H. in the form of a Thanksgiving basket. The baskets of whole uncooked turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, breads, vegetables, pies, beverages, decorations and more are communed in the Abbey church the Monday before Thanksgiving, blessed, and sent to families in need. This year, a record number of 142 Thanksgiving baskets were donated, surpassing the 121 baskets provided in 2015.

Baskets are distributed by New Hampshire Catholic Charities and the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP). Resettled families from Africa, North, South and Latin America, and Puerto Rico are recipients of Thanksgiving baskets via the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP).

“The year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis ended yesterday, chronologically,” said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college, “but there is no end to mercy and opening one's heart.”

Mark Your Calendar: Internship Fair Set for October 26

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students.

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students. The fair will take place on Wednesday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carr Center.

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students.

Sarah Mockler, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Career Development Center, maintains relationships with employers and connects them with students. She encourages attendees to seize the opportunity to make connections with professionals. Mockler says, “Employers come here to recruit, because they know the reputation of Saint Anselm College interns. They are known for their work ethic, professionalism, and liberal arts education.”

Before the fair, the CDC urges students to visit HawkCareers to target employers and research their companies’ products, services, and employment needs. Based on these employers, students are encouraged to prepare questions such as, “I understand you’re seeking marketing interns, can you please describe your ideal candidate?  What additional employment and internship opportunities are available in your company?” These focused questions will show the employers both the preparation of the student and his or her interest in the company.

The day of the fair, the CDC suggests students dress professionally and come with a strategy. But above all, students are encouraged to keep an open mind.

“At first glance, a company might seem outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps it is not in the industry where you envisioned yourself or have worked before,” says Mockler. “But if you dig deeper, there could be a position within the company where your skills would be a great fit.”

As a senior, English and history major Ginger Gates '17 is thinking about life post-graduation. “In marketing myself to potential employers and to law schools, my internship experience at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services really stands out,” says Gates. “The Career Development Center brings future employers to me at the Internship Fair. How easy is that?”

In addition to this special opportunity to network and pursue internships, the CDC will offer incentives for Anselmians who decide to attend the Internship Fair. For the 50th, 100th, and 150th student who enters, each will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. During the fair, CDC will host a “LinkedIn Photo Booth,” where a photographer will take free headshots of students for their LinkedIn profiles. Finally, the CDC will ask students to evaluate the fair, giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly-selected student who has completed it.

Liz Torrey ’17, a communication major, began the internship process during her sophomore year. She advises all to enter the experiential learning process early. Torrey says, “An internship is an exercise in hard work, independence, responsibility, and self-discovery.  The process, as well as the experience, is invaluable and will teach you things about yourself that will guide you toward a goal you may not even know you have yet.”

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 26, and take advantage of all that the Internship Fair has to offer.

Career Development Center Embraces New Location and Name This Fall

Spring Internship Fair

This fall brings many exciting changes to the Career Development Center (CDC). Formerly known as the Office of Career Services, the new name of the center better reflects its mission: the CDC seeks to provide more than just services to Saint Anselm College students; they are eager to partner with students to develop their strengths, build new skills, and create plans for what lies ahead in the professional field.

Spring Internship FairAlong with its new name, the CDC will soon settle into its new home. In October, the center will temporarily relocate to a modular unit in the parking lot of Holy Cross Hall, making way for the construction of the new Student Center Complex.

Although the CDC will remain in the unit until the complex is built, its team will also be taking its show on the road. The CDC team will hold Career Cafés and regular drop-in hours in the Living Learning Commons, Geisel Library, and Davison Hall during the academic year. The CDC will continue to offer services both in their unit and across campus.

In addition, ACES is now known as HawkCareers. HawkCareers is Saint Anselm College’s online job and internship database for students and alumni. Students are encouraged to use HawkCareers actively, as there are between 150 and 350 postings on any given day.

HawkCareers offers a wide range of resources including information about resume building, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters.  Behind HawkCareers you’ll also find three great online tools: Interview Stream, FOCUS2, and GoinGlobal.

“Interview Stream” is an online tool for interview practice. On their personal computers, students are able to select the type of interview questions they would like to practice, and they can then record it with their webcam. The students can then review the interview and send it to professors, mentors, or CDC advisors for feedback. Interview Stream prepares students for professional interviews, allowing them to gain confidence by practice. After using Interview Stream students are encouraged to schedule an in-person mock interview with a career advisor.

“FOCUS2” is designed for self-assessment. It gauges one’s skills, interests, and values to help students make informed decisions about education and career planning. FOCUS2 identifies compatible majors, jobs, and careers to students after they complete a variety of assessments.

“GoinGlobal” is a program for those interested in both studying and working abroad. GoinGlobal provides employment information about different countries and regions across the globe. It seeks to increase awareness of culture-specific customs, etiquette, employment culture, and job opportunities.

On October 26, CDC will host their annual Internship Fair in the Carr Center from 1-4 p.m. To date, over 50 businesses and organizations have registered. The team at the CDC encourages students of all years and majors to take advantage of this opportunity to find an internship, network, and have informative conversations with representatives from a range of industries. The CDC will be offering workshops to prepare students for success at the fair.

The team at the CDC encourages all students to utilize their resources in their first year at Saint Anselm College to harness all opportunities available. In 2016, it was reported that 98% of the class of 2015 were either employed, in school, or engaged in service within six months of commencement. Executive Director Kimberly DelGizzo believes that being proactive, using the resources at hand, and learning through experience are the keys to success.

DelGizzo recognizes that preparing for either employment, graduate studies, or service post-graduation is a process. She says, “We have a dedicated team of individuals at the Career Development Center who are eager to work with Saint Anselm students at any and all steps along the way.”

Stay tuned for all of the exciting programs and initiatives the CDC has in store for the months to come.

Academic Resource Center Launches New Programming

Students study in the Academic Resource Center

While the transition to a temporary home may present some challenges in the short term, the staff at the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is looking forward to using the upcoming renovation and expansion of the Student Center complex as an opportunity to better serve Saint Anselm College students this year and beyond.

Students study in the Academic Resource Center

The ARC will temporarily relocate to two modular units in the parking lot of Holy Cross Hall in October, making way for construction on the Student Center complex to begin later this fall. The plans show that the ARC's temporary home will include staff offices, a reception area, and the Writing Center, as well as spaces for peer tutoring and exam proctoring.

Although many offices have already relocated from Cushing, the traffic in the ARC has only increased. The center has averaged between 30-40 tutorials per day since the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year. That number does not include the many students who consider the ARC their favorite study space.

John “JJ” Courtney ’17, the ARC’s Tutor Fellow, does not anticipate that the construction of the new student center will negatively impact the work the ARC does for the student body.

“My hope for the year is that students still utilize all of the ARC’s resources,” says Courtney. “Just because we are relocated does not mean we cannot provide the same amount of help.”

Indeed, the ARC will continue to provide all of its services after the move. To reinforce this opportunity, the center has launched new proactive and innovative features to enhance the Peer Tutor Program and the Writing Center.

In the past two years, the Peer Tutor Program has grown immensely under the direction of Assistant Director Ben Horton ‘12, who joined the staff in 2014. Recently, Ann-Maria Contarino was named the new coordinator of the Writing Center and has plans to expand the love of writing by introducing different forums across campus.

“I think the area in which the ARC has improved the most is through the Peer Tutor Program,” says Courtney. “Ben Horton does an incredible job. With around 80 active tutors, the program covers nearly every course the school offers. It is an ever-growing program that I see expanding in the future.”

A new feature of the Peer Tutor Program is “satellite tutoring,” where tutors and writing assistants have scheduled shifts in underclassmen residence halls. The ARC hopes that satellite tutoring will further integrate academic resources on campus, reaching and assisting more students than years past.

“If a student walks into Dominic Hall, the ARC’s presence is a visible reminder to students of the center and the services it provides,” says Horton.

This month, the ARC launches its Academic Success Workshop Series. These workshops help students acclimate to the challenges of the new school year, or in the case of first-year students, provides an introduction to college-level academics.

This month’s series features subject-based topics such as “How to Read Philosophy” as well as student-based topics such as “Increasing Your Academic Output,” “Success On and Off the Field: Reaching Your Potential as a Collegiate Athlete,” and “Test Anxiety Workshop.” The ARC will continue to facilitate these workshops throughout the year.

To enhance the one-on-one tutoring experience, the ARC has purchased new materials to aid its student staff. Tutors can utilize molecular model sets, white boards, and calculators, giving Saint Anselm students access to hands-on and visual learning aids.

The ARC also offers learning communities in addition to one-on-one tutoring. Learning communities are group tutor sessions for subjects with heavy tutoring concentrations. “We began by targeting courses that employed many of our peer tutors," says Horton. "We reached out to professors and tutors and began to develop the idea of how this group dynamic would work.” This semester’s learning communities include Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Calculus I, and French. The ARC has plans to implement more throughout the year.

As for the future, the ARC strives to continue their mission: to serve students by meeting them where they are. Director Kenn Walker hopes to continue the trend of increased faculty engagement, improving communication with academic departments and administration to provide Saint Anselm students the assistance they need.