A Very "Anselmian" Christmas: Campus Event Guide

Students in the Christmas spirit during holiday events

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. The Office of Campus Ministry and the Monastic community celebrate Advent with a full schedule of events.

Students in the Christmas spirit during holiday events

Christmas Giving Tree

Through December 15

Share the joy of the true meaning of Christmas by participating in our Christmas Giving Tree Project for local families and children in need.

Each year students, staff, and faculty participate in this campus-wide project that gives back to our community. These gifts are distributed by Catholic Charities to families throughout the Greater Manchester area.

Christmas Trees with gift tags are located in the first floor of Alumni Hall and the Abbey Church

Please return gifts to Campus Ministry by Tuesday, December 15.

Gingerbread House Competition

Wednesday, November 30
Davison Hall
9 p.m.

There is no better way to embrace the Christmas season at Saint Anselm than to participate in the annual gingerbread house competition! Get covered in candy and frosting while competing for a $400 grand prize.

Campus Ministry "Fair Trade Fair"

Friday, December 2
Dana Center Lobby
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stop by the Fair Trade Fair to browse a wide variety of handcrafted gifts, all produced by artisans and farmers from across the world. Each purchase helps workers in developing countries maintain steady work and sustainable income so that they can provide for their families.

The assortment includes jewelry, housewares, coffee and chocolate and other items. The fair is a quick and convenient place to get all your Christmas shopping done this year while contributing to a good cause.

Intercultural Holiday Dinner

Friday, December 2
Davison Hall
6 p.m.

Experience holiday traditions and (free) food from around the world.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Center

Alumni Christmas Receptions

Join us in New York City (Dec. 2), Hartford (Dec. 5), Boston (Dec. 9) and Washington, D.C. (Dec. 14) for a Christmas gathering with fellow Anselmian alumni, parents and friends. Visit www.anselm.edu/alumni for more information.

Students in the Christmas spirit during holiday events

Meelia Center Children’s Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 3
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carr Center

Join Meelia Center in celebrating the 25th annual Children’s Holiday Fair! Bring your holiday cheer and help hundreds of children from the greater Manchester community have some holiday fun. This is a great way for your team or club to bond while making Christmas time special for those in need.


Saturday, December 3
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. Admission to DecemberSong is free, but plan to arrive early for parking and seating.

Traditional Blessing of the Manger Scene and Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Sunday, December 4
Plaza behind Alumni Hall
8 p.m. (Following Mass)

Christmas CABingo

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

Traditional CABingo with a twist – all the prizes are wrapped! You MUST have your Student I.D. to participate!

Carols in Candlelight: Featuring Images of The Saint John's Bible

Wednesday, December 7
Lady Chapel, Abbey Church
9 p.m. (there will be no 9 p.m. mass this week)

Join us to celebrate Advent and Christmas together as a community with our favorite carols and Christmas cookies!

The Christmas Feast

Thursday, December 8
Davison Hall
5 – 8 p.m.

Celebrate the season (and the end of fall-semester classes) with the Saint Anselm College community. Join us for the annual Christmas Feast. This year’s menu will be announced soon.

As always, this feast is FREE for all student resident and optional meal plan participants! There will be a nominal charge at the register for all others who wish to partake in the festivities.

Christmas with CAB

Thursday, December 8
Coffee Shop
8 – 10 p.m.

Stop by after the Feast for a hot chocolate bar, Christmas hat and stocking decorating and free long sleeve shirts!

Eileen Ivers at the Dana Center

Eileen Ivers at the Dana Center

Friday, December 9
Dana Center
7:30 p.m.

Born and raised in the Bronx, the daughter of Irish immigrants, steeped in Irish musical tradition from childhood, a multi-faceted and internationally honored genius on the violin, Eileen Ivers has spent her long and much-lauded career in re-inventing and re-invigorating Celtic music in all its forms.

Hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in both the Celtic and World Music genres, Ivers has won a Grammy, been nominated for an Emmy, wrote the soundtrack for the award-winning film Gangs Of New York, was an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion nine times, helped found Cherish The Ladies, and has played variously with The Chieftans, Sting, Patti Smith, Riverdance, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops, to name a few.

Her electrifying style and reverence for her material are sure to dazzle and charm you and your family in an evening of rare entertainment from an international superstar. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to experience the violin as you’ve never heard it before in this repertoire of Irish, contemporary and Christmas favorites!

Tickets: Adult Reserved $33.75 / Saint Anselm students $7.75

Reserve your seat with the Dana Center Box Office »


Editorial support for this post provided by Lauren Wanless '17.

Anselmians Gather for "Friendsgiving"


On the final Thursday of every November, Americans gather around the table celebrating what they are thankful for with family and friends. In the final days before traveling home, Anselmians do the same with their college friends who have become family, hosting “Friendsgivings” all over campus.

The term “Friendsgiving” explains itself, a time spent with friends in reflection and fellowship over a meal. The event has become popular with college students and young professionals alike, spending intentional communal time with friends before heading home.

Here at Saint Anselm, the Benedictine value of community is fostered among students. This value has become an integral part of the pre-Thanksgiving meal, and has become an Anselmian tradition for many upperclassmen.

“My friends at Saint Anselm are like family to me, so it is only natural to have a Thanksgiving with them just as I do with my family at home,” says senior Jackie Parece.

This past week, groups of friends gathered around makeshift dining room tables, sharing a potluck style meal, some complete with a Snapchat geofilter. This tradition arose out of the desire for friends from different parts of the country to celebrate together before heading home to their families. Freshmen and sophomores may share a meal in Davison Hall commemorating the holiday, but juniors and seniors harness their cooking skills, as well as plenty of recipes off of the internet, to pull of a similar meal to that of the traditional one they will experience in a few short days. Cooking a turkey in a Father Bernard Court oven may not be the easiest task to accomplish, but with the help of Mom and Dad’s advice, some even tackled a twenty-pound bird.

ANSELMIAN GENEROSITY: In an annual tradition now in its 14th year, Saint Anselm College faculty, staff, students, the monastic community, administration, and entire departments collect and assemble the makings of complete Thanksgiving meals for families in need in the Merrimack Valley of New Hampshire. The baskets include whole uncooked turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, breads, vegetables, pies, beverages, decorations and more. Read more about the annual Thanksgiving basket blessing ceremony »

Ashling Stanek ’17 hosted a “Friendsgiving” celebration this past weekend; she comments: “The friends I have made at Saint Anselm are some of the most important people in my life. As we think about graduation and heading off to NY, Cali, Boston, Swaziland, and Russia, we think about the weddings, graduation and life events that will call us back together. So it was really important that we have one Thanksgiving all together because this might be the only time we are in the same place during this holiday.”

This tradition typically brings family back together again, but for seniors who will be graduating and moving on, the tradition has transitioned into a moment to reflect on their time in college and be thankful for the years spent together before graduation. Holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones, and this new holiday is no different.

An Anselmian Feast: Davison Prepares For Annual Dessert Sale

2013 Davison Hall bake sale

The annual Thanksgiving pie and cheesecake sale will begin Monday, Nov. 21 at Davison Dining Hall and run through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

In preparation for the "famous" event, staff will begin baking at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 20. and work around the clock until Tuesday, Nov. 22. In all, more than 200 hours of labor are devoted to the sale.

2013 Davison Hall bake saleWe spoke with the administrative staff of Dining Services for a bit of history about the sale:

  • In 2002: The first pie sale was held in Davison. 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).

Each year, dining services sells approximately 1,300 pies and 900 cheesecakes.

What goes into making all of these sweet treats? We asked the bake shop for a shopping list:

  • 2,000 lbs of cream cheese
  • 500 lbs of sugar
  • 500 gal of heavy cream
  • 50 gal liquid eggs
  • 260 dozen eggs
  • 400 lbs graham cracker crumbs
  • 300 lbs – or 24,000 chocolate chips
  • 120 lbs butter

The menu is full of delicious treats to bring home to family and friends.

Pies – $14.95

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

Cheesecakes – $39.95 (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

Family Weekend Show 2016: "Seize The Day!"

Family Weekend Show 2016 cast

Now is the time to “Seize the Day!” calls the Anselmian Abbey Players as this year’s Family Weekend highlights a student-run show depicting the Saint Anselm College experience.The Abbey Players will present the show twice, with the first show at 8 p.m. on Friday evening to kick off the weekend, and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Family Weekend Show 2016 castThe Family Weekend Show is an integral part of Family Weekend as it showcases the varied talents, and highlights numerous experiences of Saint Anselm College students. Landis Magnuson, Director of the Anselmian Abbey Players comments on the effect of the show, noting that it is “great for parents of new students to see the show to better understand the culture of the life of a student at Saint Anselm College.”

FAMILY WEEKEND: View this weekend's schedule of events online. We look forward to seeing you at Family Weekend 2016!

The performance, a series of lively vignettes about the lives of six students as they reflect on their journey at Saint A’s, was written, choreographed, and directed by five students. Jen Cardarelli ‘18 (Writer and Director), Cara Mackenzie ‘18 (Choreography), Elise Rivera ‘18 (Choreography and Musical Direction), Steph Conti ‘18 (Musical Direction), and Natasha Antkowiak ‘18 (Producer) say their creative direction has been inspired by previous years of the show.

Cardarelli explains their involvement and dedication; “The show is completely student run, meaning the five of us on the creative team plan and run every rehearsal. Four of us are roommates and the other is a good friend, and we came together to form a team because we all shared the goal of someday directing the annual family weekend show ourselves.”

Family Weekend 2016

Approximately 50 students are involved in the performance, whether performing in the cast, helping as a member of the crew, assisting in production assistance, or playing in the live band. Thirty-four students are in the cast alone, and about 18 are new and first year students. Magnuson explains the policy of casting the show: “As it is the beginning of the season, this show has a no-cut policy, anyone who chooses to audition gets to take the stage.” This policy leads to more participation, especially in first year students, encouraging them to take the next step to join the Abbey Players. This inclusion builds a foundation and a sense of stewardship in the program, which helps to foster continued support and participation from students.

The production brings to life the common realities of students at Saint A’s such as receiving their acceptance letter, participating in community service, experiencing unique dining traditions, and navigating the campus activities fair. The Benedictine values of hospitality, community, and service are expressed through the stories told, as the student-actors experience all that Saint Anselm has to offer. Musical interludes parodying well-known songs such as “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer, “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid, and “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond (also performed by The Monkees and Smash Mouth) are incorporated throughout the show. The hard work of the creative team results in a fun, expressive show demonstrating the life of an Anselmian.

The show will be performed Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online until Thursday at 4:30 p.m., or at each show, availability pending.

Mark Your Calendar: Internship Fair Set for October 26

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students.

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students. The fair will take place on Wednesday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carr Center.

Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students.

Sarah Mockler, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Career Development Center, maintains relationships with employers and connects them with students. She encourages attendees to seize the opportunity to make connections with professionals. Mockler says, “Employers come here to recruit, because they know the reputation of Saint Anselm College interns. They are known for their work ethic, professionalism, and liberal arts education.”

Before the fair, the CDC urges students to visit HawkCareers to target employers and research their companies’ products, services, and employment needs. Based on these employers, students are encouraged to prepare questions such as, “I understand you’re seeking marketing interns, can you please describe your ideal candidate?  What additional employment and internship opportunities are available in your company?” These focused questions will show the employers both the preparation of the student and his or her interest in the company.

The day of the fair, the CDC suggests students dress professionally and come with a strategy. But above all, students are encouraged to keep an open mind.

“At first glance, a company might seem outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps it is not in the industry where you envisioned yourself or have worked before,” says Mockler. “But if you dig deeper, there could be a position within the company where your skills would be a great fit.”

As a senior, English and history major Ginger Gates '17 is thinking about life post-graduation. “In marketing myself to potential employers and to law schools, my internship experience at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services really stands out,” says Gates. “The Career Development Center brings future employers to me at the Internship Fair. How easy is that?”

In addition to this special opportunity to network and pursue internships, the CDC will offer incentives for Anselmians who decide to attend the Internship Fair. For the 50th, 100th, and 150th student who enters, each will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. During the fair, CDC will host a “LinkedIn Photo Booth,” where a photographer will take free headshots of students for their LinkedIn profiles. Finally, the CDC will ask students to evaluate the fair, giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly-selected student who has completed it.

Liz Torrey ’17, a communication major, began the internship process during her sophomore year. She advises all to enter the experiential learning process early. Torrey says, “An internship is an exercise in hard work, independence, responsibility, and self-discovery.  The process, as well as the experience, is invaluable and will teach you things about yourself that will guide you toward a goal you may not even know you have yet.”

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 26, and take advantage of all that the Internship Fair has to offer.

Sneak Peek Week: "Try It Before You Buy It"

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

Pre-registration for the spring semester is approaching.  Are you looking for a major? A different major? A second major? A minor or second minor? A class to choose for next semester? A research interest? A opportunity to connect with a faculty member outside of the classroom? If yes to any of these questions, check out the programs listed below. You can attend a 30 minute class, visit an existing class, or have lunch with a faculty member and other students who are interested in the same topic(s).

RSVP to any of the programs described below »

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

Business and Economics

“Global MULTILATINAS? Insights from Internationalization & Diversifications patterns” (30 minute discussion)

The term Multilatina designates multinational companies that include ownership acquired or controlled in a Latin American country.  The internationalization patterns of the largest Multilatinas are the focus of the research.

Professor Dina Frutos-Bencze
Monday, October 24th
12:30 – 1:00
Joseph 010

Principles of Marketing (Class Visit)

The class will cover how firms choose which markets to cater to and how they create competitive advantages in their chosen markets.

Professor Srikant Vadali
Tuesday, October 18th  and Thursday, October 20th
10:00 – 11:15
Alumni 5


“Pretty/Funny: The Body Politics of Women Comics” (30 minute class)

In this partial lecture from my “Women in Stand-Up Comedy” seminar, I will discuss how female comics are often caught in a cultural bind – they can be pretty or funny in order to be successful. We’ll see how contemporary comics Sarah Silverman and Ellen DeGeneres navigate this pretty/funny dynamic.

Professor Jonathan Lupo
Wednesday, October 19th
Joseph 005

Computer Science

Steganography: The Art and Science of Hiding Messages

Steganography literally means “secret writing.” Steganography in digital age is associated with embedding data in some form of digital media. It is the practice of concealing a secret message within another file, message, image, or video without the observer even detecting the presence of the hidden messages.

Professor Rajesh Prasad
Tuesday, October 18th
9:00 – 9:30
Poisson Hall, Room 108

Criminal Justice

Victims of Crime CJ 350-A (30 minute class)

The professor will be covering controversy over shared responsibility between victims and the police.

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Wednesday, October 19th
Joseph 005

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

The professor will be covering the criminal justice pretrial and the trial process. This will include- legal rights, bail, plea bargains, and appeals.

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Monday, October 17th
2:30 – 3:45
Alumni, LL4

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

The professor will be covering punishment and sentencing. We will begin with a history of punishment and then cover the goals of modern sentencing.

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Wednesday, October 19th
2:30 – 3:45
Alumni, LL4

Victims of Crime (Class Visit)

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Monday, October 17th
5:30 – 8:00
Alumni, LL7


Children’s Literature (Class Visit)

Come join us for Children’s Literature as we discuss modern fantasy and historical fiction in children’s literature. This course is an exploration of the many facets of children’s literature with an emphasis on literary analysis. Topics include influential authors and illustrators and analyzing texts according to sociocultural perspectives presented, instructional purpose, and literary and artistic quality. The course is open to all majors but is specifically geared toward helping students familiarize themselves with quality children’s literature for use in the classroom.

Professor Aubrey Scheopner-Torres
Thursday, October 20th
Poisson 106

“Undecid[ED]? Consider Education!” (Lunch Discussion)

Come meet to discuss the secondary and elementary education major and minor. This informal lunch session will focus on your questions about these majors and minors and provide a basic summary of the required courses.

Professor Aubrey Scheopner-Torres
Wednesday, October 19th
Coffee Shop


“30 Minutes for An Hour: Beginning Literary Analysis” (30 minute class)

This 30 minute class will introduce you to the principles of literary analysis through a reading of Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour."  We'll approach the story by examining the elements of plot, character, setting, and imagery to help us get a flavor for literary study in the English major.

Professor Ann-Maria Contarino
Tuesday, October 25th
Joseph 005


“Guerrilla Warfare and Terrorism in the Last 100 Years: A Primer” (30 minute class)

This brief class will survey some of the reasons why guerrilla warfare and terrorism have become far more prevalent in the contemporary age. It will also address how these acts of force seek to attain political objectives.

Professor Hugh Dubrulle
Wednesday, October 19th
1:00-1:30 PM
Joseph 010


Modern Physics (Class Visit)

In class, we’ll be solving problems relating to quantum mechanics, the weird laws of physics that describe the world on some of the tiniest size scales. This class has a mix of physics, chemistry, and math majors.

Professor Nicole Gugliucci
Wednesday, October 19th
Goulet 3101


Political Psychology (30 minute class)

Professor Elizabeth Ossoff
Wednesday, October 19th
12:30 – 1:00
Joseph 010

"The Power of Play:  From Tag to Touchscreens"   (30 minute class)

Play has always been an essential part of healthy development – from physical exercise to social and emotional development.  Let's look at how playtime has changed, and what the effects on child development might be!

Professor Maria McKenna
Thursday, October 20th
4:00 – 4:30
Goulet 2111


“Globalization: Helping or Hurting?” (30 minute class)

In recent years, and especially in this election cycle, we’ve increasingly heard concerns and debates about the impact of “globalization” on our lives.  This brief class will first introduce the ways that sociologist might answer the question, “What is globalization.”  Then, focusing on material wellbeing, we will discuss the debate over whether globalization is generally “helping” or “hurting” the people that comprise our global community.

Professor Kevin Doran
Monday, October 17th
10:00 – 10:30
Joseph 005


"Pope Francis Thinks You're Too Busy: A Theological Conversation about Life in the Twenty-first Century" (30 minute class)

This session will begin with a brief presentation of Pope Francis' critique of the cult of busyness. Students will be asked whether they think "being busy" is a virtue or a vice.

Professor Dan Daly
Wednesday, October 26th
4:00 – 4:30
Joseph 005

Academic Resource Center

Success in Graduate School: Preparation, Purpose, and Persistence

Are you interested in going to graduate school but unsure of what steps to take as an undergraduate to make it happen?  In this workshop, Ben Horton, Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center, discusses his graduate school experiences at the University of Notre Dame and the University of New Hampshire.  Topics will include: the graduate school application process, preparing for graduate school writing and research, steps to take when choosing a program, and managing life after college.

Benjamin Horton, Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center
Wednesday, October 19th
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Campus Ministry Launches New Programs from New Home

Abbey Church, fall 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Break: Campus Services Guide

Autumnal view on the Saint Anselm campus

Although classes are suspended through Tuesday, October 11 for the Fall Recess, campus residence halls, and many facilities will remain open (on modified schedules) throughout the break. Administrative offices are closed Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus Day, with the exception of the Office of Admission, which will be open for tours, information sessions and pre-scheduled informational interviews.

Autumnal view on the Saint Anselm campusWhether you are heading home for some rest and relaxation, or staying on campus, we wish you an enjoyable and rejuvinating Fall Recess!

Dining Services

Davison Hall

  • Friday — 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday — 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Coffee Shop

  • Friday — 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday — 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday — 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Monday — 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday — 8 a.m. – Midnight

Fitness Center

  • Saturday — 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday — 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday — 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday — 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Closed This Weekend

The Campus Bookstore will re-open Tuesday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.

Geisel Library will re-open Tuesday, October 11 at 8 a.m.

Health Services will re-open Tuesday, October 11 at 8 a.m.

Student Activities Settles Into New Home

52 Saint Anselm Drive

Looking for some “Anselmian Fun?” You can now find the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office in their new home (across Saint Anselm Drive from the lower campus entrance) as the Student Center complex renovation and expansion begins. We checked in with the staff to learn more about their fall programs, and for a preview of what’s to come in the weeks ahead.

52 Saint Anselm DriveStudent Activities began the fall with a sold-out trip to the New Hampshire FisherCats, and have already engaged hundreds of students in on and off-campus programming. “Outer Limits,” the college’s outdoor leadership program has already sponsored two trips for 75 students, with additional trips planned this fall.  On campus, the office has sponsored various weekend performers, including comedians and musicians.

“We are always looking for new and exciting programming to share with the student body,” says Jean Couture, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. “This fall, we have already had great turnout for many of our events, and I’m excited about the various programs lined up for our students in the weeks and months ahead.”

OPEN HOUSE: Student Activities and Leadership Programs will be hosting a house warming on Wednesday, October 12 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to greet students and encourage participation in their upcoming programs.

Couture credits her colleagues and the office’s student-staff for offering numerous programs on nights and weekends throughout the academic year. She commends the students who work in the office for their behind-the-scenes work, and assistance in getting the word out to the student body about upcoming events – a role with increased value during the temporary relocation.

Matthew Sargent ’18, has worked for Student Activities for two years and notes that this fall is off to a great start. “Numbers have been up for every event so far this year,” he says. “As a student who gets to lead and run some of our programs, I'm very happy to see interest in our events continues to grow. As the year goes on we look forward to getting even more people interested and participating in all that we have to offer.”

Up next for the Student Activities team is Family Weekend (October 21-23). The office advises and collaborates with the student led Family Weekend Committee to help students showcase all aspects of their Anselmian Life for parents, siblings, and friends. Many activities are planned including a Family Fun Run, two performances of the Abbey Player’s Family Weekend Show, Seize the Day, and the ever-popular Sunday Brunch in Davison Hall.

Although winter may still seem a distant thought for many, the office is already looking forward to one of their signature winter programs, “Out Cold,” a ski and board program that provides students the opportunity to visit area ski resorts at reduced costs.

The Student Activities team also collaborates closely with Campus Activities Board (CAB) to ensure there are programs offered almost every weekend.

“We work together when planning our events to make sure we can schedule events at different times and that, we feel, can reach the most students,” says CAB Director Cassy Mitchell ‘17. “We would not be able to properly function without the continued help and support from SALP. With the move, everyone is working harder than ever to make sure the student events on campus aren't affected in any way and that everyone is still accessible to the students.”

Follow the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office on social media for information about upcoming events throughout the year. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @AnselmianFun.


  • Saturday-Sunday, 10/15-16: Backpacking the Long Trail, VT
  • Saturday, 10/29: Halloween Event
  • Saturday, 11/12: Climbing at Pawtuckaway State Park
  • Friday, 11/18: Skate Night

Career Development Center Embraces New Location and Name This Fall

Spring Internship Fair

This fall brings many exciting changes to the Career Development Center (CDC). Formerly known as the Office of Career Services, the new name of the center better reflects its mission: the CDC seeks to provide more than just services to Saint Anselm College students; they are eager to partner with students to develop their strengths, build new skills, and create plans for what lies ahead in the professional field.

Spring Internship FairAlong with its new name, the CDC will soon settle into its new home. In October, the center will temporarily relocate to a modular unit in the parking lot of Holy Cross Hall, making way for the construction of the new Student Center Complex.

Although the CDC will remain in the unit until the complex is built, its team will also be taking its show on the road. The CDC team will hold Career Cafés and regular drop-in hours in the Living Learning Commons, Geisel Library, and Davison Hall during the academic year. The CDC will continue to offer services both in their unit and across campus.

In addition, ACES is now known as HawkCareers. HawkCareers is Saint Anselm College’s online job and internship database for students and alumni. Students are encouraged to use HawkCareers actively, as there are between 150 and 350 postings on any given day.

HawkCareers offers a wide range of resources including information about resume building, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters.  Behind HawkCareers you’ll also find three great online tools: Interview Stream, FOCUS2, and GoinGlobal.

“Interview Stream” is an online tool for interview practice. On their personal computers, students are able to select the type of interview questions they would like to practice, and they can then record it with their webcam. The students can then review the interview and send it to professors, mentors, or CDC advisors for feedback. Interview Stream prepares students for professional interviews, allowing them to gain confidence by practice. After using Interview Stream students are encouraged to schedule an in-person mock interview with a career advisor.

“FOCUS2” is designed for self-assessment. It gauges one’s skills, interests, and values to help students make informed decisions about education and career planning. FOCUS2 identifies compatible majors, jobs, and careers to students after they complete a variety of assessments.

“GoinGlobal” is a program for those interested in both studying and working abroad. GoinGlobal provides employment information about different countries and regions across the globe. It seeks to increase awareness of culture-specific customs, etiquette, employment culture, and job opportunities.

On October 26, CDC will host their annual Internship Fair in the Carr Center from 1-4 p.m. To date, over 50 businesses and organizations have registered. The team at the CDC encourages students of all years and majors to take advantage of this opportunity to find an internship, network, and have informative conversations with representatives from a range of industries. The CDC will be offering workshops to prepare students for success at the fair.

The team at the CDC encourages all students to utilize their resources in their first year at Saint Anselm College to harness all opportunities available. In 2016, it was reported that 98% of the class of 2015 were either employed, in school, or engaged in service within six months of commencement. Executive Director Kimberly DelGizzo believes that being proactive, using the resources at hand, and learning through experience are the keys to success.

DelGizzo recognizes that preparing for either employment, graduate studies, or service post-graduation is a process. She says, “We have a dedicated team of individuals at the Career Development Center who are eager to work with Saint Anselm students at any and all steps along the way.”

Stay tuned for all of the exciting programs and initiatives the CDC has in store for the months to come.