Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive Wants Your Stuff!

Students and Abbot Matthew, O.S.B. carry couch

For the eleventh year, 41 Saint Anselm College students will spend the second half of final exams and a few days thereafter collecting, organizing, and distributing items to deserving families in the area. As of May 1, boxes were placed in Residential Life Halls to collect unwanted, gently-used items from students. Beginning on Wednesday, May 10, the drive will start collecting larger items – mainly couches and furniture – through the last day of final exams, Friday May 12th.

Students and Abbot Matthew, O.S.B. carry couch

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. Last year, the Drive was able to offer 90 families assistance. This year, the goal of the drive is to service 100 families.

Amy Vachon '17, a member of the committee is ready to get started with this year’s work. “I am confident that this year we will reach our goal of serving even more families,” she says. “I cannot wait to lift some couches alongside some of the most amazing people I have met at this college.”

FCF is a student run program organized by a committee of six members, three seniors, Carroll BaileyCourtney Puccio, and Vachon, and three juniors, Georgie RooneyJoey Smith, and Madison Vigneault. 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.

Student-organizers have been intentional in their efforts to incorporate the Benedictine values of the college into the drive. “We are able to preserve the dignity of our fellow neighbors and create a better and stronger neighborhood,” says Bailey. “FCF brings awareness to the close proximity of large social issues happening right around us. By being able to engage with our neighbors in the Manchester area, we become aware of simple ways we can become more engaged in our community.”

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

Finals Guide – Spring 2017

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

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!

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015Exam Schedule

Evening classes that meet twice a week may hold exam on either night.

Examination Date Class and Hour Time of Exam
Saturday, May 6 9:30 MWF 9:00 AM
1:00 TR 1:00 PM
4:00 M and 4:00 MW 5:30 PM
Monday, May 8 10:30 MWF 9:00 AM
2:30 TR 1:00 PM
5:30 MW 5:30 PM
Monday Evening Regular Hour
Tuesday, May 9 8/8:30 MWF 9:00 AM
11:30 TR 1:00 PM
5:30 TR 5:30 PM
Tuesday Evening Regular Hour
Wednesday, May 10 10:00 TR 9:00 AM
11:30 MWF 1:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Regular Hour
 Thursday, May 11 4:00 TR 9:00 AM
2:30 MW 1:00 PM
Thursday Evening Regular Hour
Friday, May 12 8/8:30 TR 9:00 AM
1:30 MWF 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.

Screening of Moana

Sunday, 5/7
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Join us in the library classroom where we will be watching Disney's animated film Moana. There will be popcorn!


Monday, 5/8
- 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/10
1 – 2 p.m.

Water you waiting for!?! Register NOW for yoga with Roseann Latona (White Swan Yoga). All sessions will be in the Reading Room.

Java Jolt with Charles Getchell, Head Librarian

Friday 5/5
9 p.m.

Take a study break, visit with friends, and grab some beverages, snacks, and laughter with our local beach boy Charles Getchell, during JAVA JOLT!


The King Edward Society's popular Pet-A-Pooch program is back at the Geisel Library! Come and shellabrate the end of the semester with our furry, four-footed friends.

Pet A Pooch LogoSaturday, 5/6
2 – 4 p.m., Tux

Sunday, 5/7
3 – 4:30 p.m., Tee-Tonka

Monday, 5/8
- 5 p.m., Tux

Tuesday, 5/9
- 3 p.m., Cody

Wednesday, 5/10
10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Cody
- 5 p.m., Finley

Thursday, 5/11
- 4:30 p.m., Tee- Tonka

Ongoing Activities

  • Relaxation Station (coloring pages, crosswords, cards, & games!) by the Reference Desk.
  • Also, watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds for Snack Attacks!

Geisel Library Hours

Reading Days

  • Thursday, May 4
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Friday, May 5
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Exam Week

  • Saturday, May 6
    • 9 a.m. –11 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7
    • 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Monday, May 8
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 9
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12
    • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Davison Hall Extended Hours

Davison Hall will be available as a study hall (until 6 a.m., daily) from Friday, May 5 through Thursday, May 11 with the exception of Saturday, May 6 when Davison Hall hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Spring Weekend 2017: What You Need to Know

fireworks over Alumni Hall

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

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

Thursday, April 27

Comedian Tommy RymanTommy Ryman Comedy Show

  • 8:30 p.m., Sullivan Arena

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

Ticket Information

This event is free for all students!

Brought to you by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Friday, April 28

Glow Dance PartyGlow Dance Party

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

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

Ticket information

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

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

Brought to you by SGA and CAB.

Saturday, April 29

Spring Concert 2017Spring Concert: Clean Bandit and Starley

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

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

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

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

Ticket information

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

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

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

Brought to you by CAB and SGA.

Thursday, May 4

Party Your Classes Off

  • 2 p.m., Campus Green (JOA Quad)

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

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

Fireworks display

Brought to you by CAB and SGA.

Student Government Association Inauguration Ceremony


On Sunday March 26, the Student Government Association (SGA) held an inauguration ceremony to induct the new administration and class councils. The proceedings opened with an awards ceremony that honored students, professors, and faculty who contributed positively to the betterment of the college. Incumbent President Emily Bishop ‘18 and Vice President Brandon Pratt ‘18 were then sworn in after a successful campaign hinging on their ability to fulfill past and future promises to the student body.


Dean of Students Alicia Finn helped open proceedings with an extended metaphor about leadership and geese. She discussed how geese “travel on the thrust and trust of one another” in their famous V formation. According to Dean Finn, a whole flock of geese flies 71 percent further by working together. As each goose flaps its wings, they create lift which propels the geese following it.

“Each one gets to experience and dynamically draw on the energy of the whole flock,” Finn noted. “If we have the same good sense of a goose… we will accept [each other’s] help.”

She continued that, “each goose stands ready to take the lead spot, or drop out and support those that fall behind.” The ability to adapt to different situations and to work for the common good are hallmarks of strong leadership and are exhibited daily by the officers and members of SGA, according to Finn.

Dean Finn also addressed the senior members of SGA. She praised the Class of 2017 for modeling “critical thinking interwoven with compassion,” adding that the Class of 2018 had “much to live up to.” Finn emphasized that the senior SGA members exemplified the school’s mission while revealing the true meaning of being Benedictine and Anselmian.

As part of the ceremony, several awards were distributed to honor members of the Saint Anselm community who have had a tremendous impact on the school and student body. From SGA members to faculty and staff, the ceremony commemorated the recipients’ unwavering commitment to bettering Saint Anselm to the best of their unique capabilities.

Emily Mazza ‘17 began the awards ceremony by presenting the Abbot Gerald McCarthy Award to Professor of the Year Peter Cordella. Mazza gave a touching speech that commemorated her personal connection to the chair of the Criminal Justice department. She noted that Dr. Cordella was essential in her decision to attend Saint Anselm College, and that they grew close over the course of her work study with the department, a job he offered to her.

The Dr. Constance Richards and Dr. Alicia Finn Awards were co-presented by President Bishop and Vice President Pratt to Laura Manning and Don Moreau, respectively. Manning, who works in the Coffee Shop, was recognized for her “selflessness and unwavering dedication” to the student body. Moreau received his award for his tremendous assistance in coordinating with the SGA regarding student requests for the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex.

Andrew Keyes ‘18 and Andrew Shue ‘18, the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Club Affairs, presented the Fr. Peter Guerin Award to the Dance Club for their commitment to their club and to the Saint Anselm community. Keyes noted that from cheering at football games to community service, Dance Club worked hard to have a positive impact at Saint Anselm College.

The portion of the evening dedicated to awards concluded with the Dr. Jospeh Horton SGA Member of the Year Award. Dr. Joseph Horton, Mazza, and Robert Merritt ‘17 co-presented the prize to Amy Vachon ’17 for her meritorious contributions to the organization. Vachon has been a member of the association for all of her four years at Saint Anselm’s, and served as the Chief of Staff this year as well as Vice President of the Class of 2017.

In his post-inauguration speech, Vice President Pratt described Vachon as “the rock of SGA.” He thanked her for her friendship and for her presence as a role model during his first term in office.

Both Pratt and Bishop used their inauguration speeches to detail their achievements from the past year, emphasizing their campaign slogan “Promises made, promises kept.” They described the administration’s efforts to clean up campus with the Respect the Nest campaign, which advocates for more recycling and for students to take more responsibility in the upkeep of Saint Anselm. The reelected duo also spoke about their involvement in creating a council for college president Steven R. DiSalvo, revamping the Hawks Advantage program, and in renewing Saint Anselm’s ties to the New England Alliance Conference.

In their second year of leading SGA, Pratt and Bishop promised to continue advocating for more pass/fail classes. According to Pratt, implementation of pass/fail classes would encourage students to enroll in classes out of their “comfort zone,” which would enhance Saint Anselm’s liberal arts learning experience.

The duo also vowed to work on making the campus more handicap accessible and to work more closely with the Multicultural Center. “We believe in making this a campus for everyone,” Pratt said. “Differences make us beautiful.”

“We will continue to put students first, plain and simple,” Bishop added.

The newly reelected president also took time during her speech to address the new and returning members of SGA. She emphasized that their contributions and efforts “have never gone unnoticed,” and that the success the administration enjoyed was largely a result of the cohesion and collaboration within the association.

After the inaugural addresses of Vice President Pratt and President Bishop, the class councils were all sworn into office. The ceremony marked the representatives’ official acceptance of their positions and acceptance of their duties for their respective classes.

The ceremonies concluded with a prayer led by Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B. and a brief reception for the student officers and their families.

10th Annual "Sr. Pauline Relay For Life" Looks To Set New Record

Relay for Life of Saint Anselm College

The Saint Anselm College community will gather for a spring ritual, the tenth-annual Sr. Pauline Lucier Relay For Life, in the Carr Center on Friday, April 7. The all-night American Cancer Society fundraiser begins at 6 p.m., and continues through 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Saint Anselm College's service societies have set a goal of $100,000 for this year's event, following a record-breaking collection of $96,000 in 2016.

Relay for Life of Saint Anselm CollegeMore than 900 registered participants had collected more than $70,000 by Wednesday morning.

Robert "Bob" Shea, Director of the Dana Center will serve as Grand Marshall in the parade of survivors, and will address the assembled participants during the 6 o'clock hour. Participants will then commence the 10-hour relay, ensuring members of the community are taking laps around the Carr Center throughout the night.

Energy and enthusiasm will be supplemented throughout the event with activities including musical chairs, tug-of-war, limbo, and more. The "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" hair donation hour invites Anselmians to donate 8 inches of hair towards the creation of wigs for cancer patients, and has quickly become a favorite – and memorable – portion of the evening.

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.

Post-Season Push: Hawks Teams Seek Championships

Saint Anselm College women's basketball

Women's hockey, men's and women's basketball, and the men's ski team have all extended their season with post-season games in the days ahead. Although most teams will compete on the road, men's basketball will host a home contest on Saturday afternoon. In chronological order, here are this weekend's contests. GO HAWKS!

Women's hockey faces off against Sacred Heart University

  • WHERE: Sports Center of Connecticut (hosted by Sacred Heart University)
  • WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday

The top-seeded Hawks will face #4-seed Sacred Heart in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Saint Anselm College women's hockey The Saint Anselm College women's hockey team clinched its first regular season conference championship since 2007-08 by winning the NEHC title with a 6-0 victory at the University of Southern Maine. The win also stretched the Hawks' unbeaten streak to 12 games to close out the regular season.

The regular season championship was the third in program history for Saint Anselm, in addition to back-to-back ECAC East regular season titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Saint Anselm will be the top seed in the NEHC Open hosted by Sacred Heart University.

Women's basketball travels to American International Sunday

  • WHERE: American International College
  • WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

Saint Anselm will travel to American International College, the No. 2 seed in the Southwest, for an NE10 Quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Saint Anselm College women's basketballThe Hawks wrapped up the regular season at 18-9 overall and 13-8 in the NE10 and have earned the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Division in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. Four players reached double-figures in scoring to propel the Hawks to a 69-60 win over Southern New Hampshire University as the squad concluded NE10 play.

Men's basketball hosts SCSU for Sunday afternoon contest

Saint Anselm will host the No. 3 seed from the Southwest, Southern Connecticut State University, on Sunday afternoon in a 3 p.m. matchup.

Saint Anselm College men's basketballThe Hawks finish the regular season at 17-8 overall and 13-8 in the Northeast-10 and have earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division of the NE10 Tournament. Tim Guers posted his first career triple-double to lead three players with 20+ points as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team defeated Southern New Hampshire University, 95-87 in their final regular season contest of the year.

Men's skiing heads to Oregon in March

  • WHERE: Mount Bachelor, Bend, Oregon
  • WHEN: March 8 and 10

Saint Anselm College men's skiingFor the first time since 2013 and the second time in program history, the Saint Anselm College men's skiing team qualified for the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships after finishing fifth at the USCSA Eastern Regional at West Mountain.

The USCSA National Championships are slated for Wednesday (GS) and Friday (SL), March 8 and 10 at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon.

Opera, Hollywood, and Food Science: A Sampling of 2017 Spring Courses

Making ice cream with liquid nitrogen

As the second semester of the school year kicks off, students will be taking an operatic excursion, screening classic Hollywood films, and making their own ice cream. We sat down with faculty members from three different departments to discuss their distinctively interesting course offerings for the spring semester.

Making ice cream with liquid nitrogenCH 122: Chemistry of Food (Chemistry Department)

In a world where a new diet comes out every week, only one class can provide the knowledge to interpret the science behind them; Dr. Carolyn Weinreb’s Chemistry of Food.

Similar to Alton Brown’s popular show Good Eats, this course focuses on the fundamental science behind everyone’s favorite foods. Students will learn about everything from the acid-based chemistry behind milk and cheese to the physical properties and biological components of baking bread.

The course is especially popular with non-science majors, as it fulfills both the Scientific Reasoning and Writing Intensive core requisites. How else can you earn academic credit for making your own ice cream?

Dr. Weinreb explains that “students often don’t realize how much science they’re doing” in her class, which she has been teaching for five years. By examining the correlation between science and food, students of any major gain immediate real-world application to their lessons.

Her semester-long goal is “to help students gain scientific literacy,” a skill students can use to read, understand, and evaluate any scientific articles or data they encounter.

“I want my students to have a basic knowledge of science so they can appreciate [it] in their daily lives,” the chair of the Chemistry department elaborates.

MU 344: Opera and Gender (Fine Arts Department)

Did you know that a group of Saint Anselm students have been exploring the world of opera every Wednesday afternoon this semester? They are studying the art form and exploring gender through the medium with Professor Parr in the Fine Arts department.

The course will be an introduction to opera through the lens of gender. According to Professor Parr, “Throughout its four-hundred-year history, [opera] really plays with gender in a profound way.”

One example of a topic the class will explore is castrati, men who were castrated at a young age to preserve their high voices. This is a practice that lasted for almost 300 years and it is relevant to the class because, according to Professor Parr, “It is really interesting to think about how voices can sound one way and not match with what you see on stage.” The students will discuss this gender crossing and ambiguity within operas and how audiences react to it.

Johanna Materazzo, an English major from the class of 2017 is taking the course and said “I’ve learned so much about history and culture in this class, as well as gender traditions and stereotypes. Each class teaches me something new.”

The class will be attending a live performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Boston and will also be viewing five other recorded operas throughout the semester.

HI 150: History and Hollywood (History Department)

Reading historic records and listening to the speeches of the past might not interest all students, but Professor Moore is hoping that the joy of watching movies will draw history majors and non-history majors alike to his History and Hollywood course. Students taking this class will be looking at movies as more than merely a source of entertainment, they will be viewing them as historical primary sources from which to learn about the time period during which they were created.

Students will be watching movies including The Jazz Singer, Casablanca, Rebel Without a Cause, and Saturday Night Fever. Professor Moore shared that although written and oral texts are typically used as historical primary sources, films can also be used to analyze the experiences and the beliefs of people from a certain time period. “Movies reveal what people were thinking, or feeling, what they were concerned about, what they hope would happen.” From this basis, the class will explore American beliefs and how they are either questioned or perpetuated in the films they will watch.

The students in this course will also write a paper about a director or popular movie star. They will analyze that person’s body of work in regards to its social, cultural, and political context. This will hopefully allow the students to delve into a historical period or theme in which they have an interest.

Jonathan Burkart '18 contributed to this story.

Winter Club Sports Update

Saint Anselm Dance Team

Saint Anselm College is gearing up for a host of club-level athletic events this semester. Club sports provide the perfect outlet for competitive students seeking the thrill of intercollegiate competition without the time commitment of a varsity sport. These student-run organizations rely on physical activity to help develop leadership skills and promote lasting social bonds.

Student Activities reports that there are ten club sport teams active during the semester. Although the majority of these athletes will be active later in the spring when temperatures are warmer and fields are greener, a few dedicated clubs remain active throughout the winter months.

Saint Anselm Dance TeamDance Club

The Dance Club is also gearing up for a busy semester full of performances. Under the tutelage of President Brittany Voto, the club practices four times a week in order to rehearse for their big finale – the end of semester dance showcase.

The showcase will be held on April 9 in the Dana Center, and is open to all students. The theme for the showcase is Party like Gatsby, and 35 members of the club are signed up to participate. With routines ranging from tap to hip hop to lyrical, the show promises to be both diverse and entertaining.

On top of the club practices, Captains Maggie Walker, Emma Bishop, and Emily Wojtowicz are responsible for leading Dance Team rehearsals. The squad is composed of 16 Dance Club members, and they run separate practices three days a week in order to prepare for their “jazz and high kick pom routines” at home basketball games, according to Voto.

Club Ultimate

One of the most popular groups on campus is Club Ultimate (Frisbee), which boasts a membership of around 40 students drawn from all four grade levels. With four tournaments already planned for the semester, the team is set for their busiest season yet.

Nine members of Club Ultimate recently represented Saint Anselm in a ‘magic hat’ tournament at Brandeis University. The Hawks were split up and mixed with players from other colleges to form diverse teams.

Club President Gregory Williams said that the tournament was an excellent opportunity for the team to meet new people. As a relatively new club, contests like Brandeis’ provide an invaluable opportunity to network and coordinate future matches.

The club also plans to participate in a tournament on February 25 in Portsmouth, NH. The tournament (aptly named Live, Freeze, or Die) will be played against local teams, including UNH and Franklin Pierce.

After February, the team does not plan to compete again until April, when they will participate in two tournaments. One of those competitions will be the New England Open, a large-scale contest against a host of teams in the region, including Boston College, Tufts, and Northeastern University.

Men’s Club Hockey

The Men’s Club Hockey is currently closing off a terrific 2016-2017 campaign. The team, which competes in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), has accrued an impressive 13-3-1-1 overall record.

Sophomore Thomas Royer has paced the team offensively this season. The forward has tallied 34 points from 16 goals and 18 assists (both team-highs) across 18 games played. His presence on the ice has played a key role in the club’s victories this year.

The 29 members of Club Hockey compete in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Conference. The conference is composed of 38 teams from schools across the region, including Boston University, Providence College, and Harvard University.

The Hawks have clinched first place in their division (American North), and are currently ranked fifth overall in the ACHA. Club Hockey returns to competition on February 10 with an away match against Boston College.

Other clubs that will compete during the spring semester include Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Track, Women’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and Softball.

Nursing Students Reflect on Costa Rica Global Seminar

Saint Anselm student-nurses in Costa Rica

Sixteen junior nursing students are providing care to the population of Costa Rica this week as part of the global seminar spring semester nursing course, "Community and Public Health." Professors Margaret Carson and Pamela Preston-Safarz are accompanying the students, and will team-teach the course, exploring the role of nurses in health promotion and disease prevention globally.

Saint Anselm student-nurses in Costa Rica"This study abroad clinical experience will allow students to apply lecture content in a global clinical setting," says Professor Preston-Safarz. "The area we are working in Costa Rica has a very high unemployment rate and a large portion of immigrants living in poverty. Students will be working within these developing communities to conduct in-home assessments to determine the need for health services and provide referrals to community medical services."

Upon their return to the classroom, students will not only discuss public health issues, such as the global health care environment, but will also examine sociocultural influences such as immigration and access to health care. This year is the first that this course has included an international clinical component.

Hannah Glover '18 shared the following reflection on Monday evening, describing the experience that students have had during their first few days.

Hannah Glover '18We are all having an amazing time here in Costa Rica. It has easily been the most amazing experience and opportunity I have ever been able to participate in. We have gone home to home in communities with houses made out of cardboard, metal scraps, and old wood. There is no heat or clean water, floors are made of mud, and most of these people have no health insurance.

Despite these living conditions, everyone here in Costa Rica is in the best spirits and excited to see us. Every person in the community has opened their doors to us with open arms and allowed us to sit with them and assess their health needs. The most heartwarming part for me, was when our team leader Abdi from ISL, explained the people from the community would dress up in their finest clothes to come to our free clinic. And that they did.

I have never been so proud to call myself an Anselmian, and I know my peers feel the same way.

It has been challenging to piece together various languages and critical thinking skills to properly assess and treat patients, however, working together as Anselmian student nurses has proven just how much our program truly prepares us for any situation we may be placed in.

I am cherishing my time here in Costa Rica and have already decided that I must come back to this beautiful country. A common phrase used in Costa Rica is "Pura Vida" or pure life, which is how Costa Ricans describe a great day. So far, I have spent every day living Pura Vida in the beautiful country of Costa Rica!

2016 In Review: New Hampshire's Home For Politics

Saint Anselm students with David Muir and Martha Radatz

Through the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), Saint Anselm College offers students numerous opportunities for political contributions and interactions with well-known political figures, global leaders, journalists, pollsters, and leading academic scholars. Throughout the year, the college's reputation as "New Hampshire's home for politics" was indisputable, as countless events brought local, national and international attention to the Hilltop.

Behind-the-Scenes Work Gives Students Unparalleled Experience: President Steven DiSalvo notes that hosting the candidates and national news media and assisting media personnel offers students a unique and memorable educational experience. "It is a continuing and vital part of our educational mission to help our students, our community, and the citizens of our state develop the knowledge and skills they need to live in and help lead our nation. Saint Anselm will always be a unique place where it all comes together, not just every four years, but every day." Read more »

Saint Anselm is Center Stage at the Centennial N.H. Primary

Saint Anselm students with David Muir and Martha RadatzThis election year represented a milestone in American political history, as the New Hampshire Presidential Primary turned 100. All the candidates and many members of the global media were here for the first-in-the-nation event, and Saint Anselm had a front row seat.

This much political action on and around campus is nothing new for the college, which has hosted primary debates by both parties for the past 50 years, including a Democratic debate in December 2015, and a Republican debate in February of 2016.

"The 100th anniversary of the primary is an opportunity to celebrate, but more importantly, to educate America about the great service New Hampshire performs in the selection process," says Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "It originated because the state wanted to give power to the people, and candidates have always liked it because they get to interact so directly with voters. That tradition still holds true today – the primary is about the people." Read more »

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at Saint Anselm

ABC News 2016 Republican DebateJust days before the first-in-the-nation N.H. primary, the Republican Presidential Primary Debate broadcast live on ABC averaged 13.2 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m. Combined with the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate held at the college in December, 21 million viewers were introduced to Saint Anselm College.

Preparations for the big event began earlier in the week as ABC News and Google crews rolled onto campus to transform the Carr Center and Sullivan Arena respectively into the debate hall and the Google-sponsored media filing center and spin room.

As show time approached, more than 250 students gathered in the Dana Center's Koonz Theatre to watch on the big screen. Regardless of their diverse views on the candidates, the student audience agreed on one thing – how exhilarating it was to hear David Muir announce, "Live from Saint Anselm College." Read more »

Real World Experience on the Campaign Trail

Saint Anselm College students made the most of the opportunities available to them during the 2016 primary season. In addition to meeting, greeting, and getting to know candidates, many of them have taken skills they learned in the classroom or working at the NHIOP to volunteer or intern for presidential campaigns. Read more »

Lesser-Known Candidates Forum: A Tradition Since 1972 "Lesser-Known Candidates" Debate 2016

Tuesday, January 19, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library held the Lesser-Known Candidates Forum. This event was first held in 1972 and has been a New Hampshire tradition ever since.

Twenty-three candidates participated in the debate, which was moderated by Mike Memoli, who covers the White House for Tribune Publishing. Panelists included Brad Mielke, Campaign Digital Journalist for ABC News, and John DiStaso, political reporter with WMUR.

ABC NEWS: Think You Know All the Presidential Candidates? You Haven’t Met the “Lesser-Knowns”

The debate calendar has included as many as 22 candidates in the 2016 cycle. But on Tuesday night, another 23 got their moment in the spotlight, debating each other at the “Lesser-Known Candidate Forum…” Read more »

Saint Anselm Engages With Election 2016

How do Catholics balance faith commitments, religion, and civic engagement? How are millennials engaging in politics? What do our faculty experts have to say about this historic election cycle? These questions have been asked and answered over the previous months during a series of academic lectures and panels, and with countless media appearances by Saint Anselm faculty members.

Opportunities for civic education and engagement in the Anselmian community abound; whether politics majors, ambassadors in the Kevin B. Harrington program, or casual observers of political news, students at Saint Anselm College are part of an internationally-recognized institution and player in the world of politics. Read more »