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.

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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 »

2016 In Review: Saint Anselm Athletics

Saint Anselm College field hockey

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

2016 in Review: Alumni Success Stories

Four Alumni Named Top “40 Under Forty”

2016 offered several memorable moments for Saint Anselm alumni as Anselmians around the country were 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.

Alumni Association Recognizes Graduates, Friends of the College With Awards

Golden Anselmians and new graduates alike travelled from near and far back to the Hilltop September 30 – October 2 for Homecoming 2016.

The traditional fall weekend return to campus opened with the Alumni Awards Dinner at which graduates were honored for exceptional achievements.

2016 Alumni Award recipientsTricia Guanci Therrien '88 was awarded the Walter J. Gallo '58 Award for her long-time dedication to the College as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. For more than 15 years, Therrien's love for Saint Anselm College inspired her work as she established the strong alumni network in place today. Her efforts helped create countless opportunities for alumni to give back and connect with each other through the Anselmian Volunteer Network, regional alumni programming from Boston to California and across the globe, and numerous events to bring Anselmians back home to the hilltop.

Tucker Mullin '13 received the Young Alumni Service Award. During his time as a student at Saint Anselm, Mullin was a Finance major, a two-time captain of the Men's Ice Hockey team, and co-founder of the Thomas E. Smith Foundation in 2010. In honor of a friend and teammate who suffered two paralyzing injuries that ended his hockey career, the foundation was created to help find a cure for paralysis and to provide support emotionally and financially to those affected by the condition in any way.

Bernadette R. Madara Ed.D. A.P.R.N. '70 was awarded this year's Academic Achievement Award. After graduating with a Nursing degree from Saint Anselm, Madara obtained her Master's in Nursing and in Education, then went on to on to earn her Doctorate in Education from Colombia University while working as a nurse and professor. She has published multiple scholarly articles, two books, and is currently working on a publication to help improve medical research techniques. Madera has also received the Nightingale Award, the highest honor in the nursing profession, for her many contributions to the healthcare field throughout her career.

Lucille Janatka '70 was presented with the Business Leadership Award for her excellence in business management, administration, and leadership in healthcare. Janatka graduated from Saint Anselm's Nursing Program and has gone on to great success in her field, serving as the Senior Vice President of Hartford Healthcare and President of the Central Region, where she is responsible for over 18,000 employees and oversees Connecticut's sole integrated healthcare system. She has received many accolades for her dedication to the healthcare field, including being recognized by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and named to the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

10 Under 10 Program Introduced

The Saint Anselm College Alumni Association is excited to announce a new recognition program for young alumni who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines. The 10 Under 10 program proudly celebrates and showcases the successes of Saint Anselm's young alumni who are already shaping the future.

The inaugural honorees were recognized during the Alumni Association Awards Dinner. View a complete listing of this year's honorees »

Ken Merrifield '85 was granted the Humanitarian Award. When Merrifield graduated from Saint Anselm with a degree in English, he was presented with the John Julian Ryan Award by his professors. Now, in his 15th term as mayor of Franklin, New Hampshire, Merrifield is the longest-serving mayor in city history. Since his election to Franklin's School Board in 1992, he has dedicated many successful years to serving his community. Merrifield was appointed to the New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council by Governor John Lynch in 2011, selected as "Citizen of the Year" by the Franklin Lodge of Elks in 2013, and awarded the "Governor Meldrim Thomson Principle Above Politics Award" in 2015.

Katie Brandt '02 received this year's John F. Barry '40 Spirit of Saint Anselm College Award for her courage and strength through a journey of love and loss. Brandt's husband Michael was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD); she cared for him for three years until he passed away in 2012. Soon after, she created the Love is Out There Foundation to raise funds and awareness for FTD and to serve as a resource and spokesperson for those suffering from the disease and their families. Katie has been recognized by The Boston Globe and Mass General Hospital Magazine, amongst others, for her efforts.

William Martel '77 was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit. After graduating from Saint Anselm, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and became a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2014, he was awarded the James Paddock Award for Excellence at their Commencement ceremony. Even while dealing with an aggressive form of leukemia, which eventually claimed his life in 2015, Martel was dedicated to his students as he continued to teach from his home via Skype. He was often interviewed on major television news stations to share his extensive state and national political knowledge. Martel also served as an advisor to numerous U.S. leaders and published many articles and books.

Michaela Scott Named New President of the Alumni Council

Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09After almost four years of distinguished and devoted service to the Saint Anselm College alumni community, Kevin Fitzgerald '00 announced that he would step down as President of the Alumni Council.

Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09 has been named the new President of the Alumni Council. She has served on the Council for several years and has been a leader for her classmates and fellow Anselmians since she arrived on campus more than 10 years ago. She brings a broad understanding of the important issues facing alumni and the college community, as well as a focus on working with current students. Michaela currently also serves on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Group, and has returned to the Hilltop to bring the benefit of her experience to students for events such as last spring’s “Soaring to New Heights: Women’s Success Stories” panel presented by the Multicultural Center and Career Services.

“I’m humbled and honored to serve as Kevin’s successor as President,” says Scott. “I’m incredibly proud of the Council’s devotion to our entire Anselmian community, and I’m so looking forward to working with the Council members in continuing to represent our alumni.”

Scott is a Vice President at Boston Partners Financial Group LLC in Boston, Mass., where she has won multiple awards for excellence in client services, including the Five Star Wealth Manager Award by Boston Magazine, an honor presented to less than three percent of the advisors in the Greater Boston area.

PORTRAITS: Read more alumni success stories by visiting the Portraits blog, the online home of Saint Anselm College's alumni magazine.

New Hampshire Union Leader Recognizes Four Anselmians In 2016 “40 Under 40” Class

Four Alumni Named Top “40 Under Forty”“Four Saint Anselm College alumni were named to The Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” list in 2016, which recognizes local citizens for their service and talent to New Hampshire.

Allison Joseph ’07 was honored for her work supporting New Hampshire’s at-risk youth as executive director of MY TURN Inc. In her two years in the role, the former sociology major has opened a New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester and secured $1 million in federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Acts funds. Read the full story »

Brent Kiley, class of 1999, is managing director and private wealth advisor for Rise Private Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. At work, he helps clients to achieve financial life milestones, such as sending their children to college with confidence, and in his free time, volunteers at the New Hampshire Food Bank, Easter Seals Seniors Count Program, and Bedford Little League. Read the full story »

Gina (Rotondi) Powers ’06, a senior government advisor at Rath, Young and Pignatelli serves on the board of directors for Moore Center Services and the Mary Gale Foundation and volunteers at Merrimack Home Health and Hospice through their “Good Grief” youth program. Powers was nominated by her husband, E.J. Powers ’05, a “40 Under Forty” honoree in 2010. Read the full story »

David Tencza ’02, an assistant Hillsborough County attorney, is dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of New Hampshire. In addition to his work on cyber-related investigations, Tencza was involved in the 2014 creation of the Hillsborough County Superior Court Adult Drug Court and continues to increase public safety through alternative sentencing programs.” Read the full story »

2016 in Review: Anselmians Give Back

Winter Break Alternative participants prepare meals

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

Students Serve at Home and Abroad over Winter and Spring Breaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Raises Nearly $96,000 during Relay for Life

Relay For Life 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44 Students Walk 130 Miles for Charity

Road For Hope 2016

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

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

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

Students Raise Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness

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

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

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

College Donates Record Number of Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

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

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

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