How I Met My Spouse: Anselmian Style


Whether it was love at first sight or a delayed arrow from Cupid's bow, countless romances had their beginning at Saint Anselm College. Many of them (more than 1,000 in fact) led to wedding bells. Before Valentine's Day, we asked married Anselmians to share their stories. And they did!

Kristen (Leigh-Philips) '04 and Sean McClintock '04 described their meeting in a humanities seminar – and won a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant (The Saint Anselm College Coffee Shop and Pub, of course.) Their full story is below, with all submissions included below this post in the "comments" section.

If I had known I was going to sit next to my future husband in my 8:30 a.m. sophomore Humanities seminar, I probably would have taken the time to dress a bit more nicely. Or, at the very least, wear my "good" pair of pajama pants to class. But to be honest, at the beginning of the semester, it was difficult enough to make it to such an early class, let alone spruce myself up for the painfully quiet, albeit cute, chemistry major who sat next to me. Despite the proximity of our seats, Sean and I were as far apart, in terms of personality, as two people could be. He was a chemistry major, who loved science and math; I was an English major who wanted to go back in time and punch both Newton and Leibniz in the throat. He loved sports; I was under the impression that the New York Jets were a basketball team. He was quiet to the point where I wondered if he suffered from chronic laryngitis; I, however, never stopped talking. In fact, in wasn't until we were handed back our midterms in late October that we actually had our first conversation (although "conversation" may be a bit of a stretch, since I did all of the talking). As I flipped through my exam blue book, quite pleased with my 99, I happened to glance over at Sean's score….100! My first thought was, "What?! How did the mute chemistry student get a better score than the English major on an essay exam?" My second thought was, "Boy, I'm really glad no one can read my thoughts, because I'm a terrible human being." And my third thought was, "This guy is really smart and I should get to know him better." So I tapped him on the shoulder and said, "Hi. Want to be my new Humanities study partner? Great. I'll call you." Sean stood there, looking quite confused, having not said a word, as I skipped off to my next class. Thus began the official, not-so-romantic start of an otherwise wonderful relationship. From classmates to study buddies, from good friends to the very best of friends, from dating to getting married, and from being partners to being parents, Sean and I are still together, still happy, and still very much in love. To this day, I wonder if our paths would have ever crossed if not for that Humanities seminar? It wasn't as though I was clamoring to register for Organic Chemistry, and Sean certainly wasn't pining to brush up on British Literature. Needless to say, I thank God every day that our paths not only crossed, but happily collided, and proceeded to travel along, side by side, together.

Kristen McClintock '04
Sean McClintock '04

Married since 2005

Merry Christmas from Saint Anselm College


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Students Participate in Kingian Nonviolence Workshop

Kingian Workshop at NHIOP

On Saturday, January 23, 41 students, faculty, and staff attended a workshop on Kingian nonviolence at the NHIOP. Presented by the University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the workshop focused on the history and foundations of Kingian nonviolence and the fundamental principles behind its effectiveness.

Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D. and his co-trainers: Laura M. Baracaldo and Shane Lee, taught participants the difference between “nonviolence” and “non-violence.” The workshop intended to promote nonviolence, the presence of functioning coexistence and communication. In the words of King, “true peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”

Through learning the levels and types of conflict, along with the six principles and six steps of Kingian nonviolence, participants learned how King’s philosophy could be applied to address a range of issues from every day life to major national and international disputes. As Shane Lee, a rising R&B singer and Level II Kingian nonviolence trainer said, “the change begins…with small steps in your heart.”

First introduced to Kingian nonviolence through the humanities program, Jen Taylor ’10 thought the workshop would be “a good opportunity to go a little deeper into King’s teachings.”

The presenters used a variety of hands-on methods to get participants involved and encourage enthusiasm including a performance by Lee after the lunch and snack breaks.

The workshop was part of a series of events keeping with the theme “Dreams Matter” hosted by the college to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo: Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D. and his co-trainers: Shane Lee and Laura M. Baracaldo.

Alumni Judge Student Artwork for Juried '10

The 10th Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition opened April 9, with 40 students displaying their work. The exhibited works were selected out of 120 submissions. [Read more…]

Coins and Chemistry: Students Analyze an Ancient Artifact

Mary Kate with Bedford High School Students

Students from Bedford High School, 45 in all, used the beakers, solutions and instruments of Professor Mary Kate Donais’ chemistry lab to travel through time. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in the high school’s forensics and archaeology classes took a trip to the Syrian mints of the ancient Roman Empire in December, as they cut, dissolved and analyzed an unmarked ancient coin.

The coin was unearthed by Saint Anselm students, who each summer travel to Italy to work at the college’s archaeology site near Orvieto. By analyzing the metal content of coins, archaeologists are able to date them and even determine by their recipe which ancient mint produced them. Professor David George, chair of classics, manages the Orvieto site and spoke to the students about what they could learn from the artifacts.

The collaboration started with a request by Bedford High archaeology teacher Laura Dreyer that Donais speak to her class. Instead, the chemistry professor offered something better: to lead students through an experiment that she had already devised for non-science majors at Saint Anselm.

"I hope the students learned that science can help provide information for many disciplines, even in the social sciences and humanities," she says.  "As well, I hope they learned that science can be done by anyone with a little guidance – they shouldn’t be intimidated by it."

Even criminal justice majors might find the results of this experiment relevant. Donais says she is confident that the coin the students analyzed was an ancient forgery, referred to as a foure.

Students Compete in Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest

The building materials:  gingerbread cookies, sugar cubes, shredded wheat and green frosting. The project:  a house, an airplane or maybe a pink guitar.

About 400 Saint Anselm students acted as architects and builders of their own sweet edifices last week, as they participated in the annual Gingerbread House decorating contest. The night in Davison Hall was filled with holiday cheer, as students learned it took a delicate hand to frost and glue together pieces of gingerbread.

The occasional "aah!" signaled a collapse, and the start of a new strategy. Contestants could build anything, as long as it was edible. One team gave Noah's Arc a holiday makeover.

The college community is invited to judge the creations, which are on display in Davison, and decide which three teams will win cash prizes of up to $400. Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 11.

To see more photos check out the college's Flickr site.

Nursing Alumna Lisa Kennedy Sheldon '78 Interviewed on NECN

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon '78 discussed the confusion set off by a government panel's new recommendations on mammograms. She appeared on NECN on Thursday, Nov. 19, during the news network's "Affairs of State" segment.

Sheldon says the panel's recommendations are surprising because they are an abrupt change from those set in place in 2002. Despite the new recommendations, she emphasizes that women should speak with their own health care providers to determine what is best for them.

Sheldon is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focusing on oncology nursing and cancer care.

Link: Lisa Kennedy Sheldon on NECN

Chapel Art Center Welcomes Poet F.D. Reeve

Poet F.D. Reeve

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Saint Anselm College welcomed renowned poet, F.D. Reeve, to the Alva deMars Megan Chapel Art Center to read his newly composed poem, A Girl and Two Doves. Reeve was commissioned by the college to write and read his poem in conjunction with the current art exhibit, A Figural Presence.

It was an evening full of poetry as Reeve, a renowned writer, scholar and critic, began by reading a number of his other works of poetry, inspired by his father. Moving on to the main event, Reeve presented an explanation for his poem, A Girl and Two Doves.

A marble tombstone of a girl holding two doves inspired Reeve's poem. The tomb from mid-5th century BC in Paros, is currently featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. To make the connection between the poem and the Figural Presence exhibit, Reeve pointed out that the human body stays the same throughout life. A 12 year-old girl from the mid 5th century has the same figure as a 12 year old girl today.

Franklin Reeve has achieved honors for his fiction, poetry, and translations. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, he taught in the Slavic Department at Columbia University and then the Russian department at Wesleyan University. He retired as a Professor of Letters from Wesleyan, following 50 years of academic service.

A Figural Presence is an interdisciplinary exhibition that seeks to combine learning with the experience of beauty through the study of contemporary American figural works of art in painting, drawing, and sculpture. The exhibition, at the Chapel Art Center, runs through Nov. 25. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

Check out the college's Flickr account to see more photos of this event.

Saint Anselm Community Battles Batten Disease in Decathlon

Women's Hockey Team Jumping Rope

For a large number of Saint Anselm students, this past Sunday consisted of jumping rope, bowling, and three-legged races. Amidst all the excitement, there was one common cause drawing nearly 250 people, mostly comprised of Saint Anselm students, to the Carr Center for the day: a promise to a boy named Nicholas.

Through the Meelia Center for Community Service, and the dedication of a core group of student volunteers, Saint Anselm College held its first Decathlon to Battle Batten Disease. A rare and currently incurable genetic disorder, Battens Disease affects an estimated two to four in every 100, 000 children born in the United States.

Each team that participated was required to raise a minimum of $100, all the proceeds going towards a fundraising campaign entitled Our Promise to Nicholas,  started by a family in Bedford. The goal is to create partnerships in order to promote awareness and fund research for a cure for Batten Disease, which their son Nicholas was diagnosed with at age five.

Participating in a series of ten events, teams exuded energy and enthusiasm while competing in soccer, hockey, a relay, triple jump, jump rope, a three-legged race, basketball, bowling, softball and balloon tosses, and finishing with a bonus round of trivia. The team accumulating the most points would ultimately win the decathlon.

Sean Leonard'10 with Nicholas“Its fun to compete with the other teams and rack up some points but the reason we’ve all gathered together today is to help raise awareness,” said Andrea Vaillancourt, a senior nursing major, who began babysitting for Nicholas previous to his diagnosis. Vaillancourt and a fellow senior nursing major and babysitter Lindsey Mooney, helped connect Nicholas’ family with the college.  Their passion was evident as they discussed hopes for the decathlon to become an annual event.

Caitlin Stromberg’11, one of the organizers of the event, said “it’s been very successful so far, we have already passed our initial fund raising goal.” Stromberg, Stephanie Luckern’10, Craig Hooper’12, and Caitlyn Eaton’ 12 were the dedicated team, with a number volunteers, that made the event happen, arriving as early as 6:30 that morning to set up. “It was a lot of planning and figuring out logistics but it’s definitely been worth it, and I can’t wait to meet Nicholas!” Stromberg said of his anticipated arrival later that day.

The teams, initially divided men’s, women’s, and co-ed divisions, reconvened in the afternoon for the final balloon toss event and to meet Nicholas, whom students took turns shooting hoops and playing soccer with.  Allie Forbes’ 11, said “I didn’t know anything about Battens but I did some research and I was glad to be able to participate. It was a great time.”

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Photo 1: Women's Ice Hockey Team Jumping Rope

Photo 2: Sean Leonard' 10 with Nicholas

More photos from the decathlon can be found at

Alumni Perform "Alone: Selected Works of Edgar Allen Poe" at the Dana Center

TKapow presents Alone

Theatre KAPOW, founded by a group of Saint Anselm alumni, will perform Alone: Selected Works of Edgar Allen Poe on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dana Center. The event is free and open to the general public.

Alone, an adaptation on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, was written and revised by founding member Brian Kennedy, of the class of 1999, who stars in the title role, and will include such works as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, and Annabel Lee.

Matthew Cahoon, of the class of 1999 directs the production and the cast also features Anselmians Brian Kelly '09, and Jane Hogan '11, as well as New Hampshire actors Joel Breen and Kate Harper.

Theatre Kapow, also known as tKAPOW, was founded in the summer of 2008 by four alumni, Carey (Winslow) Cahoon '98, Matthew Cahoon '99, Brian Kennedy '99, and Rachel Follien '02.

(Winslow) Cahoon returns each season to direct the Saint Anselm Abbey Players as well as design and build the sets for their productions. Most recently, Carey helped with the spring 2009 Seussical production. Matthew Cahoon, the president of Theatre Kapow, serves as the Technical Director for the Abbey Players.

"Theatre KAPOW explores the truths of human experience through the passion and electricity of live theatre performed to the highest standards of excellence.  TKAPOW produces the best dramatic works from across all ages and cultures to inspire and challenge both artists and audience," says (Winslow) Cahoon.

Through this production, Theatre KAPOW joins in the English department's year-long celebration of writer Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday.

For more information on Alone see TKapow's web site explanation.