2017 in Review: Major Campus News and Events

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm College

As we conclude our annual year in review posts, we take a look back at some of annual events, and extraordinary moments that stood out in the past year on the Hilltop. The Class of 2017 ended their four-year stay, while the Class of 2021 began their journey. Construction continued at the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, while the college garnered top rankings from The Princeton Review for dining, community service, happy students and campus beauty.

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm CollegeFAITH IN THE FUTURE: The Strategic Plan for Saint Anselm College

During Reunion Weekend, college president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo unveiled the new institutional Strategic Plan, Faith in the Future. The plan, which continues the work of the previous "Vision 2015," was crafted over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, engaging members across the learning community and external stakeholders in an examination of the key college objectives for the next three to five years.

In it, Saint Anselm College's distinctive approach and abiding commitment to educating the whole person for a full life of consequence and for transforming the world around him or her are emphasized. The document is guided by the fundamental premise that "The world needs more Anselmians."

"The future of Saint Anselm College is bright, but not without challenges,” said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo. “We must recognize our place among some of the best liberal arts college in the country and see our potential to be greater than ever before. We must come together as one community, with a common vision. We must be creative in building new paradigms for learning that are appropriate in today's environment."

Based on the principles of the Five Strategic Themes of forging liberal and professional learning, encouraging discovery, fostering hospitality, nourishing reflection, and extending the Anselmian Mission, The Strategic Plan is meant to create a clear vision that matches the pace and complexity of change in our contemporary world.

To read the full Faith in the Future Strategic Plan, including hallmarks of an Anselmian education, detailed initiatives under the five themes, and five year performance indicators, visit www.anselm.edu/strategicplan

Saint Anselm Student Center Continues Construction

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Following a groundbreaking ceremony during the fall 2016 semester, the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex transformation continued throughout 2017. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Dr. DiSalvo spoke about the renovated Student Center as “a functional, beautiful, and central hub for all members of our community to experience Anselmian life to the fullest.”

Trustee Roger L. Jean ’70, HD ’06 and his wife, Francine made a $6 million unrestricted commitment, a gift that will make an expansion and renovation of the Student Center possible. The commitment represents the largest individual gift in Saint Anselm College history.

“When you get a significant gift that can transform a campus, it is the leverage for others to step up and do other extraordinary things,” says Dr. DiSalvo. “This isn’t just about the campus landscape; its about programmatic development, about potential expansion for the college in every sense. But it requires others to come forward. We have faith that they will do that once they hear what has been accomplished through Roger and Francine’s generosity, the generosity of our other donors, and the hard work of everyone on campus to make this kind of transformational change happen for our students.”

The projected completion date for the student center project is spring 2018.

Saint Anselm One of Princeton Review’s 382 Best Colleges

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Saint Anselm College was once again named among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2018 edition of "The 382 Best Colleges."

The college also garnered the following top mentions:

  • 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food
  • 5th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 6th in 2017)
  • 8th for Happiest Students (a leap forward from 2017's 20th ranking)
  • 20th for Most Beautiful Campus (new this year)

Additional ratings of Saint Anselm include a campus quality of life rating of 93, which highlights the range of campus activities and experiential learning opportunities available, as well as the college's emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service.

According to the profile, students call Saint Anselm a "close knit yet academically motivating environment, with countless opportunities to gain internship and other leadership experiences." "Each individual can thrive in some way," notes an English major, and "be involved, serve others, and have a life-long second home." They are inspired by "the generosity of the monks that serve the campus," and are community service oriented. "Never in my life can I recall seeing such a diverse community of people so well integrated and committed to its success as a whole," notes one student. "Students fit in by being Anselmian."

Move-In Day Brings Over 550 Students to Campus

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On Thursday, August 24, with many boxes, bags and cheers, the newest class of Anselmians moved into the Hilltop to begin their Saint Anselm College careers. The official inception of the class of 2021 brought more than 550 first-year and transfer students to campus to join their fellow students who arrived earlier this summer for pre-season athletics and the Transitions pre-orientation program (571 total incoming first-year and transfer students).

Move In Day 2017

As packed cars and trucks pulled up to the residence halls, many parents were surprised and relieved to find orientation leaders, resident assistants, student-athletes, and college administrators and staff members not only cheering, but standing at the ready to help unload and move the first-years into their new home.

After 2 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. in the Abbey Church, new students and families were officially welcomed to Saint Anselm on the Quad in front of Alumni Hall. Senior Matthew Sargent, orientation leader chair and communication major, advised students to take advantage of all the college has to offer. Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, Saint Anselm College president, encouraged first-year students to make the college their home, calling upon them to embrace the community, its values, and traditions.

"In a world full of disruption, we pride ourselves on the stability of our Benedictine education and traditions," said Dr. DiSalvo. "And a hallmark of our values is community and a call to serve the common good. Your time here will prepare you to engage with viewpoints other than your own and to be global citizens who can lead respectful discourse for the common good. As a community, we rise above hurtful rhetoric by embracing the values of the Gospel which teaches us to love one another as God has loved us."

"It was amazing," said one mother, Karen Gekas. "It was the best welcome I could have asked for."

Woo Encourages Graduates to Believe in Strength, Trust in God

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On Saturday, May 20 at Saint Anselm College's 124th commencement exercises, speaker and honorary degree recipient Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo addressed 442 members of the class of 2017, offering them advice on the next phase of their lives. As former president and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services, Woo led the Catholic community's international humanitarian agency in the United State from 2012-2016. In her address to graduates, she reminded them of the strength they have to overcome difficulties, encouraging them to move forward with the same fortitude.

"All of you are here now, you have come through with not just a degree and knowledge, but with a sense of purpose, you've come through with a great ability," she said. "Never forget the strength that you have when you run into difficulties."

Following the pomp and circumstance of the procession and invocation, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, college president, congratulated the class of 2017. He noted the opportunity their class had for leaving a legacy during such a transformative time for the college. "I have been honored to be part of your journey," he said. "Do not underestimate the importance of your voice in shaping the future of our college." Commencement 2017

Student speaker, Robert W. Merritt III, an English and Spanish double major from Salem, N.H., spoke to his class of the unique experience they had as Anselmians.

"Only we got to go to college on the Hilltop—the place we would find ourselves referring to as 'home' (to our parents' bittersweet horror), and the place where we would meet people that would become like family, and help shape us into the people that we sit here as today."

Brazile Urges Unity and Service at Diversity Speaker Series

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Interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile returned to the Hilltop on January 18 to speak to the Saint Anselm College community at the college's first Diversity Speaker Series and sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner.

Brazile urged the audience to keep moving, finding their own paths to serve and fight for equality. "We are going to go forward together, because that is what Dr. King would like us to do," she said. "Go to the mountain top and take the next step with grace, humility, and courage."

The inaugural Diversity Speaker Series featuring Ms. Brazile is the result of diligent efforts by the President's Steering Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness (PSCDI) to advance the understanding of, and commitment to, a more diverse and inclusive community at the college.

College Announces Center for Ethics in Business and Governance

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Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, announced the inception of The Center for Ethics in Business and Governance (CEBG), a forum for research, discourse, and education about pressing ethical issues in the business world. The Center will address the need for ethical corporate governance by drawing upon principles and values from Saint Anselm College's Benedictine tradition of work, governance, learning, and inquiry within community.

"With the support and involvement of the entire campus and the regional corporate community, the Center for Ethics in Business and Governance will become a catalyst in strengthening the college's national identity and transforming corporate culture and practice," said Dr. DiSalvo.

The Center will develop a variety of initiatives, including academic courses featuring team-taught seminars on dynamic and interdisciplinary topics and other student ethics programming. Executive Ethics Workshops and a Prominent Speaker Series offered at the Center will complement and reinforce academic inquiry with opportunities for faculty, students, executives, and political leaders to converse, collaborate, and develop innovative solutions. An annual conference, a Politics, Business and Justice Debate Series, and professional development modules will educate board members and executives in ethical governance and leadership.

2017 in Review: Anselmians Give Back

A student paints during the New Student Orientation day of service

To be an Anselmian is to give back as a way of life. In 2017, The Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm College fifth in the nation for students most engaged in community service. During the 2016-17 academic year, students contributed at least 51,907 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

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For 27 years, the Office of Campus Ministry has provided students opportunities to forgo their traditionally academic breaks and instead serve the world through the Service and Solidarity program.

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

144 students celebrated the new year by traveling to nine different regions of the United States, and sending one group of students abroad to the Dominican Republic. Domestically, students traveled to Maryland, Louisiana, Virginia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Arizona, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Students helped in various capacities, some helped with the refugee resettlement process here in Manchester, while others served meals at soup kitchens, renovated homes, worked at schools, and helped elderly and underprivileged children.

In February, 95 students traveled to seven different host agencies in Mississippi, Kentucky, New York, Maine, Maryland, and South Dakota. These groups focused on a myriad of ways to better the community from building and renovating houses, teaching in schools, providing disaster relief, and serving and delivering food.

College Raises Over $100,000 during Relay for Life

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Once again, Saint Anselm College had a record-breaking evening at the tenth-annual Sr. Pauline Relay for Life event on April 7. At least 1,000 students, faculty, and staff on 66 teams gathered in the Carr Center to honor survivors and those who have lost their battle with cancer, while raising over $100,000 for cancer research and services.

Relay For Life 2017

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, Director of the Dana Center, Robert “Bob” Shea served as the 2017 Grand Marshal and keynote speaker.

Prior to a blessing, offered by Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., the friends and family of the event's namesake, Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a longtime campus minister, were also recognized. Kerrin Norton '19, who garnered the top fundraising total of $2,520 among all participants also spoke to the crowd later in the evening.

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

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More than 80 local families, and several charitable organizations benefited from the generosity of Anselmians who donated couches, pasta, sweatshirts, along with cleaning supplies, and other dorm room and apartment necessities as part of the 11 annual the Food, Clothing and Furniture (FCF) Drive.

Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive 2017

Collecting more than 60 couches, small refrigerators, boxes of food, and bags of clothing. A sorting station was created in the Carr Center, where volunteers organized and labeled thousands of items for delivery. Over the course of the weekend, dozens of stops were made in Manchester and surrounding communities, furnishing homes and filling cupboards.

Student Walk 130 Miles for Charity

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For the nineteenth year, Saint Anselm forty-five students walked 130 miles 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).

Road For Hope 2017

This year, the students raised over $25,000, 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.

College Community Donates Record Number of Thanksgiving Baskets

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In its 15th year, the 2017 Thanksgiving Basket Blessing provided a record total of 145 baskets, according to Joycelin Raho, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Anselm College. Since 2004, the Saint Anselm College community has donated over 1,000 full Thanksgiving dinners to the needy, with turkey, stuffing, sides, desserts and much more.

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).

2017 in Review: Hawks Athletics

Saint Anselm Hawks field hockey

2017 saw the 'Hawks soar higher' as several teams earned conference championships, and advanced to NCAA tournament play. Student-athletes welcomed several new coaches to the ranks, while the Department of Athletics resurrected old traditions and established new ones.

Saint Anselm Hawks volleyballHawks volleyball manufactured a historic season on several fronts, including the program's first-ever victory in the NE-10 Tournament, as the sixth-seeded squad outlasted third-seeded Bentley University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 17-15 in the quarterfinals. Saint Anselm entered the match with an 0-12 record in nine appearances in the NE10 Championship and had never won a match at Bentley, while the Falcons were appearing in the tournament for the 35th time in its 37 seasons.

For the first time in program history, the team earned an NCAA Tournament bid, landing the No. 7 seed in the East Region of the 2017 Division II Women's Volleyball Championship. The historic season drew to a close as Molloy College rallied from two sets down to defeat the Hawks, 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-9

Senior outside hitter Katy Teets and junior setter Jewel Hays each were named to the All-NE10 Second Team, sophomore middle Madison Sollows was selected to the All-NE10 Third Team and freshman middle Holly Manchester was an All-Rookie team pick.

Saint Anselm Hawks field hockeySaint Anselm’s field hockey team earned an NCAA DII tournament bid for the second time in as many seasons. Led by team captains Emma Kincaid, Katie Neyland, and Erin Collins, the field hockey team closed out their 2017 campaign by clinching the Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Championship with a home victory against American International College. After qualifying for the NE-10 playoffs for the third consecutive season, the team lost in a double-overtime heartbreaker against division rival LIU Post. The squad entered the NCAA tournament ranked fourth in the nation, drawing a first-round contest against Millersville University. The Hawks battled the Marauders into another double-overtime contest, but were ultimately edged 1-0, ending this year's bid for the NCAA title.

The field hockey team collected several individual honors at the end of their season. Kincaid became the first-ever Hawks recipient of the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Offensive Player of the Week. Kincaid finished her season one goal and two assists shy of setting two program records. Defensive star Collins and head coach Carolyn King-Robitaille headlined the seven NE-10 individual All-Conference awards collected by members of the field hockey program. Collins was tabbed as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, and King-Robitaille collected her second consecutive Coach of the Year award after leading the Hawks to a 17-1 overall and 11-1 divisional record.

Saint Anselm Hawks men's basketballThe men’s basketball team captured the NE-10 championship in a fantastic game against top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University. The Hawks were led by a game-high 26 points from Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player Cody Ball as they overcame an early deficit en route to the 73 – 68 victory. The squad earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament before they fell in the first round to Saint Thomas Aquinas College.

The women’s basketball team advanced to the NE-10 Conference Semifinals for the first time in 17 years. The season was full of program and personal achievements, as seniors Caitlyn Abela and Candace Andrews both cemented their legacies by crossing the prestigious 1,000-point threshold against Assumption College and Southern New Hampshire University, respectively. The team bid farewell to head coach Julie Plant, who stepped down after posting back-to-back 18-plus win seasons for the first time since legendary coach Donna Guimont accomplished the feat in 1993 and 1994. The Hawks welcomed Corey Boilard as their new skipper for the 2017-18 season.

Men’s hockey also bid farewell to a beloved member of their coaching staff as 15-year head coach Ed Seney retired. Throughout his tenure at the Hilltop, Seney’s squad collected an impressive eight NE-10 regular season titles and seven NE-10 tournament championships. Seney posted a final record of 202-162-36 and earned four NE-10 Coach of the Year awards. In his final season, the Hawks earned the top seed for the championship tournament before falling to Assumption College 4-3 in the semifinals. The Hawks tabbed Jim Tortorella to lead them in the upcoming season.

Saint Anselm Hawks women's hockeyThe women’s team won the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open for the seventh time in program history by edging Holy Cross University in an overtime thriller. They finished the season on a 14 – 0 unbeaten streak, tied for the second-longest in program history. Incredibly, the squad was able to add three skaters – Alex StarzykAlison Butler, and Alison Quinn – to the prestigious 100-point club, bringing the membership total up to eight skaters.

Seniors Alex Pacitti and Mark Vitello were both named 2017 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division II Scholar All-Americans. The duo also received academic honors through the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) when they were named to the All-New England teams. The team finished their season ranked fourteenth nationally in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Pace University in the first round of the NE-10 Championship Tournament.

Saint Anselm student-athletes excelled both on and off the field this year, as 144 students representing all 20 intercollegiate teams were named to the 2017 Spring Dean’s List.

Behind the scenes, the Department of Athletics was busy in the past year re-establishing old traditions, and implementing new ones as well.

After reestablishing the Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2016, the Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics announced two inductees, former athletic director Dr. Jo-Ann E. Nester and men’s lacrosse standout Kevin DeBenedetto ’10, to the class of 2017 in January. In early November, the department announced seven alumni will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

First issued in September 2017, the "Hawks Soar Higher" Award was created to allow the Department of Athletics to recognize individuals that are instrumental to the College's efforts to offer a first class, transformational student-athlete experience. The award is issued each month during the academic year to two individuals employed by the institution outside of athletics.

Recipients will be colleagues, faculty, staff or administrators that advocate for Saint Anselm student-athletes and who go above and beyond in their contributions each day on the Hilltop.

2017 in Review: Alumni Success Stories

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm College

2017 proved to be another memorable year for our Saint Anselm Alumni. In the past year, many have been 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.

Take a look at some of the most memorable moments of 2017:

Alumni Association Recognizes 10 Recent Alumni

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In the second year of its 10 Under 10 program, the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association continues to celebrate and showcase the successes of young alumni who are already having a profound impact on their communities while positively influencing the future. This year, the recognition program highlighted recent graduates who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines and vocations, including education, counseling, and service in the United States military.

2017 recipients:

  • Christopher Ahearn '08
  • Melissa DeLury '10
  • Courtney Gray Tanner '11
  • Aileen Hickey '13
  • Alexandra (Puglisi) Horton '11
  • Stephanie Kearsley Dahlberg '14
  • Michael McGee '14
  • Kathryn O’Loughlin '10
  • Kevin Powers '08
  • Cpt. Evan Weaver '10

Alumni Return to Hilltop for Reunion 2017

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Reunion 2017More than 600 alumni, family, and friends of Saint Anselm College converged on the Hilltop to celebrate and reconnect during the college's annual Reunion Weekend 2017. The classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, 2002, 2007 and 2012 returned to campus on June 9-11 for three event-filled days of receptions, talks, tours, dinners, Mass, and a road race.

During Reunion Weekend college president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo unveiled the new institutional Strategic Plan, Faith in the Future. The plan, which continues the work of the previous "Vision 2015," was crafted over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, engaging members across the learning community and external stakeholders in an examination of the key college objectives for the next three to five years. In it, Saint Anselm College's distinctive approach and abiding commitment to educating the whole person for a full life of consequence and for transforming the world around him or her are emphasized. The document is guided by the fundamental premise that "The world needs more Anselmians." Read the full plan »

Patrice Russell '93, assistant vice president of alumni relations & advancement programming, says, "Something extraordinary happens when you bring alumni back to their forever home here on the Hilltop. Seeing alumni reconnect and reminisce with their classmates, and meet alumni from classes dating back to 1946, is special. It creates a unique sense of pride and community you can only experience during Reunion Weekend." Anselmians came from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii and represented alumni from as far back as the class of 1946.

Homecoming 2017 Brings Anselmians Home to the Hilltop

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Homecoming Weekend 2017

On October 13 – 15, Anselmians from near and far returned to the Hilltop, some for the first time since graduation, for Homecoming Weekend 2017.

To kick off Homecoming this year, Alumni Relations introduced Spirit Day, a new social media campaign in which students and alumni to wear ‘school pride’ items and post pictures online. Patrice Russell ’93, assistant vice president for alumni relations, said the inaugural Spirit Day on October 13 was successful and "hopefully will become a tradition that brings the whole Saint Anselm community together in a fun way."

From cheering on the Hawks in Grappone Stadium to celebrating the ordination of alumnus Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. ’08, alumni enjoyed the traditional fall weekend.

40 under Forty Inducts Two (more) Alumni

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Two alumni of Saint Anselm College are 2017 honorees in the Union Leader's annual "40 Under Forty," which recognizes forty New Hampshire citizens under 40 years of age for their professional and volunteer accomplishments.

Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Davidson, Esq. ’03 and Ann (Lewis) Fournier ’99 Ph.D., MS, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC and Assistant Professor of the nursing department at Saint Anselm, were honored in Concord, N.H. Davidson and Fournier’s achievements bring the number of Saint Anselm College alumni named to the “40 Under Forty” to ten in the past three years.

Saint Anselm Abbey Welcomes Alumni to Community

Father Stephen Brian Lawson, O.S.B. Ordained to the Priesthood

Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B.Father Stephen (Brian) Lawson, O.S.B., a member of the Saint Anselm monastic community, was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, on Saturday, October 14 in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

The culmination of many years of monastic formation and four years of seminary training, Fr. Stephen’s ordination signifies his place in the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Originally from Holyoke, Massachusetts, Father Stephen graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2008 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Read the full story »

Brother Aloysius Sarasin Enters Novitiate

On Monday July 10, Mr. Ryan Sarasin was received into the novitiate and was clothed in the monastic habit. Abbot Mark gave him his religious name, Brother Aloysius. Brother Aloysius' patron is Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of youth and students. Read the full story »

Simple Vows Professed by Brother Francis of Saint Anselm Abbey

Bro. Franics McCarty, O.S.B.Brother Francis Ryan McCarty, O.S.B., has professed temporary vows as a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey. On January 14, 2017, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. presented Brother Francis with the full monastic habit and a copy of the Rule of Saint Benedict.

Through his temporary profession of vows, Brother Francis begins his three-year "Juniorate" phase where he embraces the vows of the Order of St. Benedict: obedience, stability, and conversatio morum (fidelity to monastic life) as cited in chapter 58 of the Rule of St. Benedict. Upon completing three years and careful prayer and deliberation, he may petition the monastic community to profess solemn vows and become a permanent member of the monastic community.

Brother Francis, also known as Ryan McCarty from North Smithfield, Rhode Island, graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010 with a degree in History and a certificate in Catholic Studies. Read the full story »

Finals Week: Our Guide To Success

Students study and take notes

Best of luck to all Anselmians as final exams commence! Below, please find a helpful list of resources, and activities offered to help ensure you successfully conquer finals week. Be sure to stop by "Pet-A-Pooch" for some stress relief, and take advantage of Geisel Library's "Frazzle Free Finals" activities throughout the week!

Examination Date Class and Hour Time of Exam
Monday, December 11 9:30 MWF 9:00 AM
1:00 TR 1:00 PM
Monday Evening Regular Hour
Tuesday, December 12 10:30 MWF 9:00 AM
2:30 TR 1:00 PM
5:30 TR 5:30 PM
Tuesday Evening Regular Hour
Wednesday, December 13 8/8:30 MWF 9:00 AM
11:30 TR 1:00 PM
4:00 M, 4:00 W, & 4:00 MW 5:30 PM
Wednesday Evening Regular Hour
Thursday, December 14 10:00 TR 9:00 AM
11:30 MWF 1:00 PM
Thursday Evening Regular Hour
Friday, December 15 8/8:30 TR 9:00 AM
1:30 MWF 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 16 4:00 TR 9:00 AM
2:30 MW 1:00 PM

Geisel Library's "Frazzle-Free-Finals"

All week, the Geisel Library will once again be offering fun and relaxing activities to help you survive final exams. The library is here to help you stay relaxed, prepared, and stress-free during your exams.



Roseann Latona of White Swan Yoga will be offering a super yoga class in the library to help relieve some of that Hulk-like exam week stress! Space is limited. You MUST preregister.

Pet A Pooch LogoKing Edward Society's Pet-A-Pooch

Join our furry, four-footed friends and take a "paws" from your studies for a few minutes. Let them help you save the world.

Cookie Decorating

Visit with Jean near the Reference Desk and decorate a Marvel-ous cookie or two. We'll have plenty of cookies, perfect for a quick snack to perk you up and celebrate the season!

Java Jolt with Charles Getchell, Head Librarian

Superheroes gotta eat! Take a study break, visit with friends, and grab some sweet treats, hot beverages, and laughter with Charles Getchell, during our always-highly-anticipated JAVA JOLT!

Christmas Tree Decorating

Help us decorate our Christmas tree in the Reading Room. Let your inner DIY decorator run wild with our supplies.

Snack Attack is back, Avengers style!

Replenish your waning energy with a snack or two. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds to find out when the Snack Attack is on!

Relaxation Station

Take a study break and stop by our relaxation station near the Reference Desk for coloring pages, crosswords, cards, and games.



Christmas tree decorating in the Reading Room and relaxation station near the Reference Desk. Also, watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds for the Marvel-ous Snack Attacks!


Saturday, 12/9

12:30-4:30 p.m.: Cookie decorating in the Atrium/Reference area

2-4 p.m.: Pet-A-Pooch with TeeTonka and Tom

Sunday, 12/10

9 p.m.: Java Jolt with Charles Getchell in the lobby

Monday, 12/11

2-3 p.m.: Pet-A-Pooch with Cody and Val

2-4 p.m.: Pet-A-Pooch with Finley and Wendy

Wednesday, 12/13

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Yoga in the library classroom (preregister HERE)

2-4 p.m.: Pet-A-Pooch with Finley​ and Wendy

Thursday, 12/14

TBA: Pet-A-Pooch with Tedy and Nancy


Friday, 12/8

  • 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, 12/9

  • 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, 12/10

  • 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Monday, 12/11

  • 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday, 12/12

  • 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday, 12/13

  • 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday, 12/14

  • 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday, 12/15

  • 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday, 12/16

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Christmas Events Guide 2017

Christmas at Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College celebrates the arrival of the Christmas season with a variety of events, ranging from family festivals to the annual DecemberSong concert by the college choir to the Davison Hall Christmas Feast. Please join us for the 26th annual Children's Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 2 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Carr Activities Center.

Christmas at Saint Anselm College

Christmas Giving Tree

Through December 15

Help aid the Catholic Charities of New Hampshire by giving back to our community this holiday season. Trees with gift tags are located in Alumni Hall, first floor, and the Abbey Church lobby. Please return wrapped gifts with tags to Campus Ministry, Lower Church, by Friday, December 15.

Fair Trade Fair

Wednesday, November 29
Coffee Shop
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by Campus Ministry's Fair Trade Fair to help support economic justice in developing countries. Come see beautiful and unique hand crafted gifts, jewelry, housewares and more that are made by artisans from around the world!

Gingerbread House Competition

Gingerbread house competition at Saint Anselm CollegeWednesday, November 29
Davison Hall
8:30 – 11 p.m.

Each year, 400 students gather in Davison Hall to participate in the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Using supplies provided by Dining Services, teams of four students design their sweet creations to be displayed under the Davison Hall Christmas tree. The Saint Anselm community will be invited to judge your creations, and the top three teams will receive cash prizes! Winners will be announced on December 8.

Intercultural Holiday Dinner

Friday, December 1
Davison Hall
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate and learn about the variety of religious and cultural holiday traditions within our community.

Alumni Christmas Receptions

Join us in New York City (Dec. 1), Hartford (Dec. 7), and Boston (Dec. 8) for a Christmas gathering with fellow Anselmian alumni, parents and friends.

Children’s Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 2
Carr Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with a great event for families, the Meelia Center for Community Engagement's 26th annual Children’s Holiday Fair. This is a free and fun holiday event the whole family can enjoy. There are over 40 activity tables hosted by Saint Anselm students, featuring holiday crafts, games, free photos with Santa, and food for all!


Saturday, December 2
Abbey Church
7:30 p.m.

DecemberSong is a special service of readings and songs celebrating the Christmas season. The program begins in darkness with a candlelight contemplative song then progresses through the Advent and Christmas seasons. This year's program, the night before the first Sunday of Advent is a perfect way to prepare for the special seasons of December.

Christmas Tree and Manger Blessing

Sunday, December 3
Plaza Behind Alumni
Following 7 p.m. Mass

Come attend the Traditional Blessing of the Manger Scene and Christmas Tree with Christmas Carols and refreshments as well!

Christmas with CAB

Monday, December 4
Coffee Shop
7 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas spirit by joining the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for some merriment and excitement!

Christmas Feast

Saint Anselm College Christmas FeastThursday, December 7
Davison Hall
5 – 8 p.m.

Come and celebrate the season with a complimentary feast for meal plan participants! As always, this feast is FREE for all student resident, flex, and optional meal plan participants! For all others who wish to partake in the festivities, there will be a charge of $16.95 at the register.

An Irish Christmas in America

Thursday, December 7
Dana Center
7:30 p.m.

A Celtic Christmas Gathering of Music and Dance.

Now in its 12th season, An Irish Christmas in America features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.

Tickets: Adult Reserved $35.73 / Saint Anselm Student $8.75
Reserve your tickets by visiting the Dana Center website »

Winter Party Your Classes Off

Friday, December 8, 2017
Carr Center
12 – 4 p.m.

The same festivities as the spring but with a winter twist! Come Party Your Class Off with CAB and an assortment of inflatables, free-food, t-shirts, and more!

Carols and Candlelight

Tuesday, December 12
Lower Church Lady Chapel
8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of reflection and renewal, and be reminded of the joy of anticipating the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dining Services Prepares For Thanksgiving Pie, Cheesecake Sale

Fresh baked apple pies await boxes

Although many students will bring laundry and a few textbooks home for the Thanksgiving break, Anselmians have a unique opportunity to bring something more: a freshly-baked pie and a five-pound homemade cheesecake. Since 2002, the college's Dining Services staff have prepared some 900 cheesecakes, 1,400 pies, and hundreds of tea breads and dinner rolls. The annual sale will run from Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22 at Davison Dining Hall. Purchases can be made in the Davison Hall servery 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., Wednesday. You'll find the menu of available items (available first-come, first-served), along with prices below.

Bake shop staff work around-the-clock in the days leading up to the sale, with a carefully choreographed process of baking, garnishing and boxing items for sale, all while continuing to prepare the college's daily assortment of fresh breads, pastries, and desserts. "The time and care that goes into this project results in quality and perfection that cannot be found in too many other places," says Rosemary Stackpole, Director of Dining Services.

Head baker Nancy Whiteneck coordinates the days-long effort, ensuring the whole production stays on schedule, while pastry chef Kristie Archer oversees the "dressing" of the cheesecakes. Other staff assist in boxing, wrapping and constant re-stocking of items for sale in the servery area of Davison Hall.

Here are some historical milestones behind this tasteful event:

  • In 2002: The first pie sale was held in Davison Hall. Pies were the only item sold.
  • In 2004: One of the bakers suggested adding homemade cheesecakes to the sale. His vanilla bean cheesecake recipe is still used today.
  • In 2009: “Turkey bread” (dinner rolls baked in the shape of a turkey) was added to sale.
  • In 2012: Dining services introduced the sweet tea breads (banana bread, pumpkin bread).

Be sure to check out these delicious items, perfect for a Thanksgiving with family and friends alike!

Items and Prices:

Pies – $14.95

  • Apple Pie
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Fruits of the Forest Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie

Cheesecakes – $42.50 (Each five-pound, 10" cheesecake serves 16-20 people)

  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chocolate Truffle
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla Bean
  • White Chocolate

Tea Breads – $10.95

  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Banana Walnut
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Pecan Streusel

Gobble, Gobble Rolls – $10.95

  • 18 Homemade dinner rolls baked in the shape of a turkey

2017 Fall Club Sports Update


Saint Anselm’s club sports teams are student-run organizations that enable students to participate in competitive intercollegiate games while enhancing member’s social and educational experience on the Hilltop. Clubs that are recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) are overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Clubs offer a venue for students seeking to supplement their academic experience at Saint Anselm with athletic achievements. Hawks form lasting bonds with their teammates while enjoying one or more of many creative physical outlets suited to their individual athletic interests. In addition to fostering a sense of community, club sports provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills.

We spoke with five of the fall semester’s active club teams, and highlight their seasons here.


Club Hockey (Men’s)

Club Hockey most recently hosted University of Massachusetts Lowell, recording a 5-4 victory in an overtime thriller. The win brings the Hawks to a 7-1 record on the season, firmly entrenching their hold on the top position in the NECHA American Conference Northeast division. With 13 games left in a regular season that stretches into February, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to watch playoff-hopeful Hawks club hockey.

The Hawks upcoming features include two home bouts against Boston College and Bentley University this weekend (November 4 at 4:30 p.m. and November 5 at 5 p.m., respectively). Next weekend the club will host the University of Vermont and the University of Maine.

The men’s team is led by President and Captain Samuel Buran. He is assisted by co-captains Thomas Royer (the club’s vice president) and Michael Doyle. There are 28 players on the club roster.

Club Hockey (Women’s)

Women’s Club Hockey has 22 skaters on their official roster, headed by co-captains and co-presidents MaKayla Sterling and Marisa Gervasi. They will finish off their 2017 campaign with a busy slate of home matchups against various DI and DII colleges and universities.

On November 5, the Hawks will host the University of New Hampshire in a Sunday afternoon tilt in Sullivan Ice Arena at 2 p.m. After the Wildcats come to town, the Hawks will finish their final home games against the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and Westfield State before hosting Boston College on November 19 at 2 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.


Club Rugby (Women’s)

Women’s Club Rugby is concluding a great fall campaign. Led by President Jacqueline Glendye, Vice-President Emily Lowe, and captains Sarah McAndrews and Morgan Brady, the Hawks have battled numerous colleges, including Stonehill and Roger Williams College.

The 28 members will have one more home game this season at 12 p.m. on November 4 against Providence College. Glendye encourages anyone who is interested in rugby to attend, as “new members are always welcome throughout the season and the school year.”

Club Soccer (Women’s)

Under the direction of fifth-year coach Chad Burroughs, women’s Club Soccer turned their nine games this season into a 3-2-4 record. Alongside President Samantha O’Neil, club Captains Meghan James, Kayla Wilson, and Erin Connelly lead the 26 members of the squad. The team finished their season at home against Brandeis University, recording a tie in the contest.

Next spring, the club will host an exhibition tournament and a free soccer clinic for local children. By providing an opportunity for Manchester youth to learn how to play soccer, the club hopes to actively engage with the community while promoting their sport as a fun and healthy outside activity.

Club Ultimate (Co-Ed)

Under the new leadership of President Randy Jack, Club Ultimate continues to be one of the most popular options for students seeking fun athletic competition. With an official roster of 38 members, the co-ed club provides an engaging opportunity for participants to learn the fundamentals of the sport while bonding as a team and competing in numerous intercollegiate events.

Captained by Madeline Dunn, Margaret McNeil, Zachary Demas, and Gregory Williams, Club Ultimate is concluding a busy fall semester with multiple tournaments, including an October 28 matchup against the Panthers of Plymouth State University. The club will host a tournament on November 11, so be sure to check out the action and support the Hawks.

Other clubs teams that compete during the fall semester include Men’s Rugby, Golf, and Men’s Soccer.


"Snapshot," The 2017 Family Weekend Show

Family Weekend Show 2016 cast

What better way for families to witness the best parts of being an Anselmian than to see it performed on stage by some of our very own! During Family Weekend, the Anselmian Abbey Players will perform “Snapshot,” a musical produced entirely by students. The production follows various friend groups through “snapshots” of some of the unique, fun and quirky moments of student life on the Hilltop. 45 students are participating in this year's show, which features no specific lead characters, as everyone's role is considered equally significant.

Snapshot - the 2017 Family Weekend ShowAudience members will be treated to highlights of Saint Anselm College life as the cast participates in events ranging from the annual gingerbread house contest to senior formal, all while showcasing Anselmian-alterations of catchy songs we all know and love such as “Shutup and Dance” (Walk the Moon)  “Never Had A Friend Like Me” (Disney’s Aladdin) and “It’s Raining Men” (The Weather Girls).

Family Weekend Show

When: Friday, October 20 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, October 21 (2 p.m.)
Where: Dana Center
Tickets: $8 (available at the door)

View the full Family Weekend Schedule »

"This is such a fun show," says producer Garrett Meyer '18. "All of the students have put so much effort into the production, so we encourage anyone coming up for Family Weekend to take a look! These talented students have made producing this year's Family Weekend Show a great honor."

Creative Team:

  • Director, Writer, Co-Music Director: Kate Dugas '18
  • Producer: Garrett Meyer '18
  • Co-Music Director: Maria Sato '19
  • Co-Choreographers: Mackenzie Kewley '19 and Jenni Berglund '19

From Animal Behavior to Poetry in Hip-Hop: Unique 2017 Fall Courses

Students study and take notes

With the semester now well underway, we set out to learn more about some of the more unique courses being offered. In addition to the core curriculum and required courses within a major, many electives offer students an opportunity to explore topics of personal interest. From hip hop to astronomy, there's something for everyone to be found in the classroom this fall.

Students study and take notesAnimal Behavior: [BI 225] [Biology Department]

This course attracts the attention of animal-lovers with a semester-long research project at the Stoneham Zoo in Massachusetts. During the laboratory portion of the course, students visit the Zoo six-to-seven times throughout the semester to collect data on zoo animals. Previous students in this course have reviewed a plethora of topics ranging from dominance hierarchy in a group of Nigerian dwarf goats to gender differences in the levels of aggression displayed by Caribbean flamingos.

Not only is this a lab science course, but it is writing intensive as well. In an effort to improve the scientific writing of her students, Professor Lori LaPlante holds Project Conferences with her students which consist of a one-on-one meeting several times throughout the course of the semester to discuss progress and written drafts in conjunction with peer reviewed literature. Students are still given feedback on their research papers and scientific writing progress even at the conclusion of the semester when it is typically less popular to resubmit improved drafts and retain responses.

Being that Animal Behavior is one of her favorite courses to teach, Professor LaPlante elaborates, "I’ve also heard students say their zoo studies really allowed them to get a hands-on research experience – an experience that included all the challenges, frustrations, and eventual satisfaction that is so typical of field research"

Poetics of Hip Hop: [EN 153] [English Department]

This course puts a whole new spin on integrating popular culture into the field of academic inquiry. Geared towards non-English majors, this writing-intensive course is driven by reading, listening, writing, in-class discussions and the use of web-based tools inside the classroom. Outside the classroom, students are assigned Spotify playlists and introduced to sources such as Genuis.com, “Rap Stats,” WhoSampled.com, and more. This course may be labeled as especially unique due to the fact that it "excites students to be able to bring some of their own knowledge, experience, and expertise to the classroom with them" Professor Michael New discusses. As the semester progresses, students will have the opportunity develop a writing piece focusing on a particular album within its historical context, referring to lyrics, beats, liner notes images, contemporary reviews, and more. As the advisor for Saint Anselm’s literary magazine The Quatrain, Professor New encourages students to submit their poetry writings from the course or even perform with Lucubrations. After completing Poetics of Hip Hop, Professor New gives an explanation on what he hopes his students will come out of the class having accomplished:

“I would like students to understand hip-hop in its cultural contexts–as a youth movement developed from the need for an expressive form that spoke to their experiences and environment. I hope students see, too, how hip-hop represents an extension of African American literary and oral traditions. And finally, in addition to the oral emphasis of the music, I hope students find out how much great contemporary (page-based) poetry is being published right now. I hope that they begin to hear their favorite artists in new ways, to learn about precursors and current practitioners that resonate with them, and that they find the music, the history, and culture meaningful and relevant to their lived experience.”

Astronomy: [PS 101] [Physics Department]

Have you ever looked up at the sky on a starry night and pondered how those beautiful stars and planets function in the universe? Astronomy is a great place to start to begin answering some of those fascinating questions. Students analyze a broad range of topics ranging from how planets move around the solar system to the structure of our galaxy.

The lab component of Astronomy gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with telescopes outside the classroom at Saint Anselm’s observatory. This semester, there is the new addition of the honors project in which a number of select students complete a semester long honors project linking an aspect astronomy to another discipline. For example one student is relating astronomy to gender studies while another is political science.

Recently, Saint Anselm held an event at the observatory in conjunction with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society in which students and faculty participated in sky tours with those from the society. The event was especially engaging and are hoping to have more astronomical public events in the near future to involve Saint Anselm and the surrounding community alike. In discussing the course, Professor Nicole Gugliucci of the Physics department comments, “I want students to gain a newfound perspective or way of thinking about science and how science is done. The methods of how we’ve learned things about the sky, what kinds of telescopes and measurements are used, how we know what we know in astronomy”

ED 250: Integrating Art and Creativity into the Classroom [Education Department]

As the course syllabus describes, this elementary education course provides students with support as they develop the technical vocabulary and skills needed to read and critique various pieces of art within four artistic domains: visual arts, poetry, music, and drama. Professor Kelly E. Demers, Ph.D. describes how Saint Anselm preservice teachers are given the opportunity to engage in the practice of creating personal pieces of art at the same time they develop the interpretative skills needed to critique various artistic products by learning how to “read” a piece of visual art as a “text”.  

A unique attribution is the culminating project at the conclusion of the semester as students are assigned to choose a topic of significant interest to them and express the topic through a form of artistic expression. In past years, students have represented several engaging projects including choreographed dance pieces and hand-painting a landscape specifically relating to Monet and the concept of impressionism.  

Being a course heavily focused on enriching the hands-on explorations of various artistic modalities, students discuss and create projects in relation to assigned readings. Professor Demers believes that the instructor's role in this course is to “facilitate thinking and artistic exploration” resulting in very few class sessions dedicated to lecture.

From creating in-class dramas to performing “spoken-word” pieces, students are provided  the necessary theoretical, artistic, and practical knowledge to successfully integrate the arts across the elementary school curriculum. Professor Demers states, “The hope is that once students learn to see themselves as creative individuals who are capable of artistic expression, they will be better able to support help the artistic and creative needs of their future K-6 pupil”