2016 In Review: Saint Anselm Athletics

With three teams making the NCAA Tournament, six appearing in the Northeast-10 Championship Tournament, and over 30 athletes selected to Northeast-10 All-Conference Teams, the Saint Anselm Hawks are soaring higher than ever. [Read more…]

Campus Ministry Launches New Programs from New Home

Now located in the Lower Church Sacristy of the Abbey Church, Campus Ministry is still as active as ever, offering many fall programs that provide students with opportunities for spiritual growth, service, and more. With the upcoming renovation and expansion of the Student Center Complex, many offices previously located in the building have moved to temporary spaces around campus, including Campus Ministry.

Abbey Church, fall 2016The Monastery has graciously welcomed Campus Ministry back to the Abbey Church, a venue that had served the office for many years before their relocation to the Student Center. Campus Ministry Director Susan Gabert extends her thanks to the many people who helped with the move. “We are pleased with how the space turned out and we are thankful for the generosity of the monks,” she says.

The best way to get to Campus Ministry’s new location is through the side door of the church across from the statue of Saint Benedict behind Joseph Hall, then down the elevator. It can also be accessed through the main entrance of the Abbey Church, down the stairs to the left, and proceeding to the office via the hallway to the left of the alter in the Lower Church.

OPEN HOUSE: Join the Campus Ministry staff for coffee and donuts on the first Friday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Campus Ministry office

Campus Ministry staff and student-leaders have been busy continuing their long-standing and popular programs, like Service and Solidarity Mission trips, as well as implementing new opportunities to appeal to a wider range of students. The new Anselmian 360 overnight experience has been established to help first-year students understand what Saint Anselm College is all about as an academic institution and a Benedictine community. Campus Ministers Sarah Catherine Haines and Andy Fellows have put in countless hours as they plan and work with leaders to help the program take off as successfully as possible.

Preparation for Service and Solidarity Mission trips is also already in full swing as student leaders coordinate details with their Winter and Spring Break Alternative sites. This year, students will volunteer, serve, and immerse themselves in local communities at over 17 locations across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Because these trips are funded by donations, Campus Ministry organizes an annual bowling night fundraiser as a fun way to socialize with other WBA and SBA participants. This year’s fundraiser will cost just $15 and take place Thursday, October 20 at 9 p.m. Transportation is available from campus for anyone interested in participating.

Gather, a new program on the first and third Thursday of every month, encourages students to socialize and get acquainted with Campus Ministers, while relaxing and meeting new students. Events include Paint Night with Joycelin, 'Pure Barre' with Sue, an evening of Thursday night football with Andy and a southern hospitality and movie night with Sarah Catherine.

The Office of Campus Ministry also promotes students’ involvement in the communities surrounding Saint Anselm College. Parish Outreach is a student-led day retreat where middle and high school students preparing to make their Confirmation visit campus to further understand their faith journey and the Sacrament they are about to receive.

Upcoming events include the annual Thanksgiving Basket collection, in partnership with Catholic Charities of New Hampshire. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to donate food and other goods to fill a basket and provide Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Campus Ministry will sponsor a Fair Trade Fair, supporting artisans and farmers in developing countries by selling their handcrafted gifts, jewelry, and more. The office also collaborates with the Multicultural Center for the annual Celebration of Light to begin the holiday season with an intercultural dinner and traditional holiday celebrations from around the world.

Campus Ministry encourages students to visit the office during business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The common area of the office is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday for meetings, programs, or just as a hang out or study spot.

The Abbey Church holds mass on Sunday at 11 a.m, and 7 p.m., Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. in the Lower Church. Daily mass with the monks is at 5:15 p.m.

Fall Club Sports Update

Looking to try something new, or continue to pursue your casual-but-competitive athletic passion? Saint Anselm club sports offers many students the opportunity to maintain their competitive interests without the commitment of participating in intercollegiate athletics sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Saint Anselm College club sport teams are student-run organizations, recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. Club Sports promote leadership development and physical activity and enrich the student experience by providing social, recreational, and educational opportunities to their members.

We checked in with a number of our fall clubs to see how their fall season is going.

Dance Club

Led by Senior President Brittany Voto, the Dance Club consists of 45 members who meet every Monday night. At each meeting, the group learns a new routine choreographed and taught by one of the members. The style of dance varies as they perform hip hop, jazz, tap, and more.

Voto, along with the other Executive Board members, Vice President Danielle Phinney, Treasurer Krystin Tavares, and Secretary Lauren Vitone, plan their annual showcase for the spring semester to display the routines they have been working on all year for family and friends. In total, they perform 20 dances, all choreographed by club members.

The group also volunteers weekly at Girls Inc. teaching dance classes and on campus at Relay for Life, the Christmas Fair, and the Valentine’s Day Dance.

Club Field Hockey

Now officially a co-ed organization, Club Field Hockey continues to grow each year. Players of all skill levels are welcome as the team’s 25 members range from beginners to more experienced, having played field hockey throughout high school and beyond.

The team looks forward to a highly competitive season with games and tournaments scheduled for October and November. They will face schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart University, the University of New Haven, the University of Vermont, and Dartmouth College. With their first home game during Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22, Club President Phoebe Ferraiolo hopes for a large fan section of students and parents as the team takes on the Saint of Emmanuel College.

In season, the team practices two to three times per week with games and tournaments on the weekends, and participates in many volunteer opportunities in the off-season.

Club Ultimate Frisbee

What started out as just a group of friends throwing a Frisbee around in their spare time, the Club Ultimate Frisbee team is now in their second year of being officially recognized as a club on campus. The team has grown from 25 members last year to about 35 for the current season.

According to Club President Ellis Boettger, the team welcomes students of all skill levels and does not make any cuts. Boettger says as the club continues to grow, they're holding their own against tough competition. They practice four days a week with scrimmages on Sundays and will participate in four tournaments throughout the fall, including their home tournament on November 5. This year for the first time, they will also play in a division tournament in the spring.

Women’s Club Soccer

Since the club began working with Coach Chad Burroughs four years ago, the Women’s Club Soccer team went from just scrimmaging each other to practicing three times per week and playing games in a league against highly competitive Division I and Division II schools around New England. The 28 players enjoy club soccer because they have fun playing the sport they love without the commitment of being a varsity athlete.

President Kelsey Dulac explains, “Club soccer is such a great way to have a lot of fun with a little bit of a competitive feel.”

Kicking off the season with a win against the University of Maine, the team hopes for continued success against their toughest competition, large Division I schools like Boston College and Northeastern University. With one to two games per week, they are prepared to contend with even the most skilled teams in the league.

Other club sports competing this fall include Men’s Soccer and Women’s Rugby.

From Ancient Egypt to Rock & Roll: A Sampling of Fall Courses

In addition to the academic core, and course of studies prescribed for each major, many students round out their course schedules with electives from various academic departments. Each semester, we take a look at some of the more unique courses being offered, and speak with faculty about their goals in teaching these courses. This fall, we highlight four offerings in classics, history, music and physics.

History faculty Hugh Dubrulle and Matt MasurHI 112: History’s Mysteries (History Department)

Understanding historical events is like trying to fit together pieces of a puzzle. Historians collect evidence to discover how, why, and when things happened for a particular event in the past.  Co-taught by Professor Hugh Dubrulle and Professor Matt Masur (pictured above), this course will teach students to think like historians as they read about actual historical mysteries from different eras in history.

“Of special interest to us is a specific branch of history—microhistory,” explains Professor Dubrulle. “For a number of reasons, the types of stories microhistorians study tend to revolve around trials and crimes—and that means that microhistorians often deal in mysteries.”

The research component of the course involves a mystery that took place locally in Goffstown. Students will study the famous trial and execution of Daniel Davis Farmer who murdered Anna Ayer in 1821. As 10,000 people attended Farmer’s execution, much can be learned about the history and culture of Northern New England at the time.

Professor Dubrulle has high hopes for the success of this research project. “After having taught the course a number of times, Professor Masur and I hope to use this research as the basis for an article or maybe even a book,” he said.

PS 137: The Nature and Origin of Time (Physics Department)

No one really knows what the concept of time is – so how can there be a class dedicated to learning about time? Professor Ian Durham aims to help his students understand one of the most complex elements in science through lectures, lab experiments, and his own textbook written specifically for this class.

Using a physics and mathematical approach, students in the class will learn about the nature of time and how it is measured. Some of the topics covered in lectures include clock synchronization, speed of light, the gravitational and cosmological effects on time, time travel, and more.

Professor Durham also hopes that students benefit from his “discovery-based learning” techniques as they explore elements of physics and time through their lab experiments about momentum and energy, irreversibility, radioactivity, and more.

CL 276: The Archaeology of Egypt (Classics Department)

This course will provide students with a profound knowledge of ancient Egyptian culture through the examination of their artifacts, monuments, and lifestyles. Through the study of Pharos, pyramids, and more, the culture of ancient Egyptian civilization is revealed. Lectures will connect these elements to the political, religious, and economic customs of the time.

Professor Matthew Gonzales will introduce his students to the idea of artistic literacy to interpret and dissect a piece of artwork as if it were a text written in a book. “The course focuses on the artistic and architectural accomplishment of ancient Egypt”, he said.

Students will also analyze an artifact on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and write a research paper to further understand how works of art demonstrate culture. The assignment is also a way for students to recognize the ancient influences on modern artwork.

Professor Gonzales hopes the research project will give students the opportunity to apply their artistic literacy on contemporary artwork as well. “In addition, the course introduces students to key anthropological and archaeological conceptual tools that they can use to continue their own analysis of human cultural development in other contexts.”

MU 246: History of Rock and Roll (Fine Arts Department)

Music plays a very important role in society. Not only is it entertaining to listen to, but it is also culturally and historically informative. Professor Sean Parr will teach his students about musical language and form and its hidden social and political messages.

Introduced in the twentieth century, the sound of rock and roll music was influenced by other genres such as jazz, country, and the blues. Other elements like lyrics and melodies were, and still are, influenced by social issues, including nationalism, race, class, gender, and more. Students will act as musicians and historians and learn how to pick up these cues when listening to music.

The course covers many musical styles, from R&B and Pop, to Metal and Rap, and more. Professor Parr would like his students to consider the act of listening music as an experience. “The specific goals of the course are to awaken and encourage an appreciation of the complexities of the history of popular music, to help students learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage students in the issues of various debates about the character and purposes of music in its cultural context,” he says.

Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive Celebrates Tenth Year

The annual Food, Clothing and Furniture Drive (FCF) is now accepting donations! Students are encouraged to donate items as they clean out their residence hall rooms and apartments for the summer. The drive also collects items from Saint Anselm faculty and staff.

Clothes, toys, furniture, books, household goods, and other gently-used items in good, clean condition are gratefully accepted for distribution to families in Manchester and surrounding communities.

Food, Clothing, Furniture Drive 2015

When most students will have gone home for the summer, 35 student-volunteers will pick up, sort, and deliver donated items from students, faculty and staff. All on-campus donations will be collected from May 11 to May 13.

Last year, FCF distributed goods to over 90 families in need around the Manchester area. The drive was so successful that it has expanded to Nashua and Concord. Any items that remain after assisting families are donated to Makeover Ministries in Manchester. Those who benefit from the drive are identified by need, and tend to be recently arrived refugees that have very few personal items.

FCF is a student-run program led by three seniors, Hannah O’Halloran, Sophie Fabrizio and Colin Kiley, and four juniors, Carroll Bailey, Amy Vachon, Courtney Puccio and Taylor Bergstrom. Overseen by the Dean of Students Office, FCF also benefits from the support of the Alumni Office, Advancement Office, Student Government Association, Dining Services, Physical Plant, Saint Anselm alumni, and more.

To donate, smaller items can be placed in the boxes in residence halls and apartments around campus. Pick-up times should be scheduled with the FCF crew for donations of larger items such as couches and televisions. Pick-ups can be arranged by emailing fcf@anselm.edu.

Ninth-Annual Sr. Pauline "Relay For Life" Approaches

Opening Ceremonies for the ninth annual Sr. Pauline Lucier Relay For Life begin at six o'clock Friday evening in the Carr Center. The all-night walk will then continue through 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. Saint Anselm's Relay event is dedicated to honoring survivors and those who have lost their battles with cancer, as well as raising money for cancer research and services.

Kristina Wilson of Health Services has graciously accepted the position as the 2016 Grand Marshall in the Parade of Survivors, and will address Relay participants during the Opening Ceremony.

Each spring since 2008, members of the Anselmian community have gathered for the all night walk-a-thon, honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who lost their battle with the disease. 55 teams and more than 900 participants have already raised in excess of $80,000 for this year's event.

The College service societies: The Red Key Society, The King Edward Society, The Society of Elizabeth Seton, Koinonia, and Alpha Phi Omega, will sponsor events each hour throughout the night. The popular hair donation program, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, will offer dozens of students the opportunity to donate their hair to help make wigs for cancer patients. Participants will also partake in the always emotional Luminaria walk around the Carr Center to honor loved ones affected by cancer.

  • 7 p.m. – Musical Chairs
  • 8 p.m. – Pie a President
  • 9 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony
  • 10 p.m. – Pantene Beautiful Lengths
  • 11 p.m. – Tug-of-War
  • 12 a.m. – Knock Out
  • 1 a.m. – Limbo
  • 2 a.m. – Talent Show
  • 3 a.m. – Dance Off

The Saint Anselm Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a former Campus Minister at the College who passed away in May 2009. At the 2008 walk, Sr. Pauline served as the Grand Marshal. The event was named in her memory the following year.

Student Government Association Swears In New Administration

Newly elected Student Government Association President, Emma Bishop '18, and Vice President, Brandon Pratt '18, have high hopes for their upcoming administration. The Student Government Association works to encourage student participation in the decision making process and overall operations of Saint Anselm College. The inauguration for the 2016-17 administration took place on Sunday, March 20 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Emma Bishop and Brandon PrattHaving worked together for the past two years on their Class Council, Bishop and Pratt are experienced and ready to take on their new roles together. The two are incredibly dedicated to the Student Government Association and are ready to propose a number of ideas to improve the Saint Anselm College community.

“We have already reached out to multiple departments hoping to help in any way needed,” Bishop explained. “Brandon and I will be the voice of all students and are ready to take on these pressing issues.”

Students have already voiced their concerns about improving housing, Wi-Fi, and parking on campus. Promising to continue the work that the outgoing administration of President Nolan Varee ’16 and Vice President Brian Salvie ’16 started this year, Bishop and Pratt will take on projects including the renovations to the Cushing Student Center.

The two already have some ideas of their own as well. They hope to join forces with Campus Activities Board to put on more school-wide events, and encourage collaborations with even more campus organizations to determine and pursue common goals.

“We’re also excited to just get to know and work with more students on campus,” said Pratt. “I think that will be one of the most rewarding experiences that Emma and I will have.”

Sunday’s inauguration included remarks from the new and outgoing administrations, as well as the presentation of multiple awards to well-deserving recipients:

  • Professor of the Year: Professor Gary Bouchard (English Department)
  • Staff/Faculty of the Year: Terry Newcomb (Dining Services, Coffee Shop Evening Supervisor)
  • Administrator of the Year: Dr. Joseph Horton (Vice President, Student Affairs)
  • Club of the Year: Green Team
  • SGA Member of the Year: Christopher Griebel '16

Printmaker-in-Residence Joins Fine Art Department

Craftsman Josh Dannin recently joined the Department of Fine Arts as the new studio art technician and printmaker-in-residence. The department welcomed Dannin to Saint Anselm on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with an open house and special letterpress demonstration including a display of his work. Faculty, staff, and students saw Dannin at work and learned not only how the press works but also various letterpress techniques. Through his new role, Dannin will help students with thesis projects, studio work, and other assignments, as well as continuing his own professional work.

As an artist and printmaker, Dannin has participated in exhibitions all over the country and the world, from Chelsea, N.Y. to Vitebsk, Belarus and Cork, Ireland. He is the founder and director of Directangle Press, a printshop and publishing house.

For more information, please visit joshdannin.com.

Financial Crises, Weight Lifting & Comedians: A Sampling of 2016 Spring Courses

Financial downfalls, strength and conditioning, and some of America's best-known female comedians will be studied by dozens of students as the semester unfolds over the next few months. We spoke with faculty teaching these three unique courses to learn more about what promises to be an interesting semester in the classroom.

Students in the college fitness centerBI 201: Exercise Physiology

Several times throughout the semester, the gym will become the classroom for students in Professor William Ryerson’s Exercise Physiology class. Field trips to the varsity weight room will give them the opportunity to perform and observe different exercises, applying their textbook knowledge to real life situations.

According to Professor Ryerson, students will “learn by doing” through the semester’s various engaging assignments, including three “gym classes,” individual case studies, exercise journals, and more. They will examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how they relate to athletic performance when completing these different assignments.

The class will also feature guest speakers Coach Rob Herrick, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the varsity sports teams at Saint Anselm, as well as experienced marathon runners and power lifters. Coach Herrick will offer a unique insight about team versus individual training, and how to design exercise plans for specific sports teams.

This course is open to students of any major, minor, career goal, and fitness level. Those looking to be Personal Trainers will learn how to build a workout plan for an individual using techniques for fitness assessment and performance optimization, while aspiring Physical Therapists will understand the rehabilitation process through communication with surgeons and monitoring a patient’s progress for the quickest recovery possible. Students will also learn how to compose, organize, and improve their own workout regimen by broadening their knowledge of how the body works and the scientific effects of exercise.

CM 325: Special Topics: Women in Stand-Up Comedy

This course offers an interesting and entertaining way of studying gender, culture, rhetoric, and communication through exploring and analyzing performances by women in the field of stand-up comedy. Taught by Professor Jonathan Lupo, the class focuses largely on the comedic style and acts of Amy Schumer, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, and more.

“I really wanted to cast a wide net,” explained Lupo about the variety of female comedians he chose to focus on throughout the semester. “Women in the field are having a moment with the rise of Amy Schumer and Ellen DeGeneres, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about gender in comedy.”

Women in stand-up comedy have withstood the test of time. Like any other art form, comedy has to transition and adapt to culture and media changes over the years. This is noticeable in how gender, political, and religious topics are performed. Students will explore these topics when completing the semester’s two major projects. Both projects allow students to research one female comedian; for the Research Profile students will create a handout to inform the rest of the class of the individual’s work, while the 1-hour stand-up comedy critique will allow students to watch a one-hour performance by that comedian and analyze her performance in various ways.

Students will watch several routines and examine the characteristics of each woman’s performance, noting differences and similarities between subject matter and recurring themes of their jokes, and non-verbal communication through body language and facial expressions.

The 2016 spring semester is the first time the course is being offered and it is open to students of all majors and minors. “I am thankful for the opportunity to teach and experiment with such a unique class and I appreciate the support from the department and the students,” Professor Lupo said.

EC 325: Bubbles and Crises: A History of Financial Crises

Professor Jennifer Kelber watched the events of the Great Recession unfold in the early 2000s, and decided that her Economics students should be educated on how these crises arise, how they are dealt with, and how they can be prevented in the future. Students will learn that even advanced economies, such as the United States, are susceptible to these financial downfalls and the proof is in our economic history.

Topics discussed throughout the semester include financial instability, early financial bubbles, the typical cycle of mania, panic, and crisis as the foundations of the development of financial crises, and more. Students will study these crises from a historical perspective by comparing and contrasting the recent crisis in the United States to others throughout the world’s history, from Tulip Mania in 1636 to the infamous Great Depression in the 1930s.

“If we look back in time we see that history does indeed tend to repeat itself when it comes to financial bubbles and crises,” explains Kelber. “I think it is crucially important that we learn to not only identify these events as they develop, but to also learn how to potentially prevent, or lessen the intensity of, them in the first place.”

Students will gain a deeper understanding of financial crises through class conversations, readings, student-led discussions, and more. Applying their understanding of class material to a particular financial crisis in history, students will also complete a research paper analyzing all aspects of the crisis, from the causes and transmissions, to the effects, responses to the financial downfall.

"All Access:" Working for NBC News During the N.H. Primary

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams gave me some of the best career advice I’ve ever received. He explained that in order to make it big, you have to start small, take risks, and take advantage of every opportunity you are given. That was exactly what I was doing during my three days working as a runner for NBC News during the recent New Hampshire primary.

Lauren Wanless (l) with NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Colleen SearsAs a runner for NBC News, I did everything from coffee runs at 5 o’clock in the morning, to greeting Jeb Bush, and sitting on the set with NBC and MSNBC hosts including Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd. Every time I came in contact with a TV personality or presidential candidate, I felt like I was on top of the world. And to my surprise, this happened more often than I ever could have imagined.

After the debate at Saint A’s on Saturday night, the global media descended on Downtown Manchester. The Radisson Hotel became the broadcast hub for many news networks and media organizations, including ABC, CNN, NBC, WGBH, the Associated Press, and countless others. NBC had multiple sets, so I quickly learned my way around, running from one to another during the filming of Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and the Today Show. Donning my official NBC credentials, I was admitted backstage, opening doors (literally and figuratively) to endless opportunities.

One of my favorite experiences came when I had the privilege of sitting in the audience while Tamron Hall interviewed Donald Trump for the Today Show. I was on cloud nine with the front-running Republican presidential candidate and a famous news anchor less than ten feet away! Donald Trump was not the only presidential candidate to visit the Radisson; also making appearances were Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and John Kasich to name a few.

I loved being on set during rehearsals before the broadcasts went live. We would make sure the lighting and camera angles were right before the real news anchors took the stage. It was surreal to picture myself as an actual anchor as I looked around seeing my face on the screens all around the studio. I kept reminding myself that I was sitting in the very spot where journalists like Chuck Todd would be on national television just moments later. Opportunities like these made the long and sometimes hectic days completely worth it.

As a communication major, I thoroughly enjoyed being in the middle of the excitement on the set of a major broadcast network production. The hustle and bustle before, during, and after a newscast had me hooked on the thrill of it all. Although I was only there for three days, working for NBC gave me an exclusive inside view of the broadcasting life that I would love to continue in the future.