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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astronomy: [PS 101] [Physics Department]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Sense of Renewal and Purpose: Updates from the Meelia Center

Saint Anselm College was recently ranked fifth in the nation for engagement in community service, according to the Princeton Review. Those hours of service are possible due to the work of The Meelia Center for Community Engagement. With the start of a new school year comes a renewed sense of purpose and drive for those who work in the center, there are new sites to be managed, and eager new students ready to start serving their community.

Students with Dan ForbesTo get involved students can volunteer at a specific site within the community or they can participate in the service events that happen on the Saint Anselm campus. Both service events and program sites are coordinated by students who work in the Meelia Center.

New Sites

There are several new and exciting sites available to students at the Meelia Center this year, these sites appeal to a variety of interests, whether working with immigrant and refugee populations, tutoring students, encouraging girls to break gender stereotypes, and much more.

Girls at Work is in their first partnership with the Meelia Center this year. The goal of the organization, which provides mentorship to girls aged 5-12 on craftsmanship and the use of power tools, is to instill confidence so they have the courage to defy gender norms as they grow older. This year, a group of freshmen attended the site as part of their orientation day of service, “it was wonderful because you had these young girls teaching college freshmen how to build kits and properly use the tools,” explained Christine Drew '17, Program Coordinator for Community Partnerships at the Meelia Center.

Liberty House is another new partnership forged for this academic year. Liberty House helps veterans who are transitioning out of homelessness. Volunteers can assist in the food pantry and clothing program, and interact with the veterans. “We are working on trying to get these individuals onto our campus soon, we are looking to see if we can get them here for a sports game,” Drew explained, noting that it is important to engage at these sites in a variety of ways.

The Meelia Center has been partnering with individuals from Dream Catchers for the school’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance, as they are one of the groups that works directly with individuals of different intellectual, social and learning abilities. New this year, is the ability for students to create and execute programming for Dream Catchers directly. The types of programming that students will be designing are community based and include activities such as cooking nights or bowling activities. This is geared towards Dream Catchers’ mission of highlighting the need for engaging social experiences for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Access Academy Expands

Access Academy is a free after-school educational program for Manchester high school students, specifically geared towards the immigrant and refugee populations, which occurs on Mondays and Tuesdays where they can take courses to earn credit at their high school.  The courses have several models, including student led, student led with faculty support, faculty led with student support, and faculty and students teaching in tandem. Students can study a multitude of topics ranging from career and college exploration to Human Rights.

Last year, access academy served roughly 60 students, and now with a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, they are seeking to expand their reach. With the grant, the program will be able to add two new courses each semester for the next three years. The new courses each semester is a source of excitement for those in the Meelia Center, “we didn’t want to reach a point where we were turning students away because we can’t give them credit for a course they had already taken,” explained Drew.

Evolving Partnerships

Some sites undergo changes with staffing and funding, however, Meelia Center volunteers remain a constant force, two of these sites include Bring It and Granite Pathways. Sheila Ramirez ‘18 a Social Work major and Politics minor is the site coordinator for one of these sites, Bring It! After School. This is an after-school program primarily serving the immigrant and refugee populations in Manchester. Based out of Hillside Middle School, the program serves high school students in a variety of capacities including homework help, soccer, dance, nursing, and S.T.E.M.

Ramirez has been volunteering at Bring It! for three years and this is her second year as the site coordinator, in her three years with the program she has found it to be, “the best thing I have done at Saint A’s.” The students within the program have made a profound impact on Ramirez and she believes that those who volunteer with Bring It! are in for a meaningful experience, “these students, they are ambitious, intelligent, and strive for the future. I never feel like I’m working, but I know I’m making a lasting impact in their lives just like they’re making in mine.”

Granite Pathways is back as a service site through the Meelia Center, after a hiatus due to funding. As an organization Granite Pathways is one of the few places in the Manchester community that offers services for individuals struggling with mental illness. The framework of the group is that they describe themselves as a “club house” where members can come in, seek resources and a collaborative community, effectively eliminating isolation.

Service Events

The service events seek to provide relief for timely issues facing the community and country at large. Megan Bischoff ’19 a Business major and Peyton Gullikson ’20 a Communication major are co-coordinators for the Meelia Center’s service events this year. There are three programming initiatives that have been planned for the fall semester.

The first of which is the college’s inaugural Dance-A-Thon. The event will be from Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. and will run through the evening until 2 a.m. The funds raised will support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. “We are looking for a locally based organization effected by the hurricane to benefit from the event,” Bischoff explained. The idea for the Dance-A-Thon came from discussions about how the Meelia Center could engage a broader group of students on campus. As they finalize plans for the inaugural event, Drew comments, “we are looking to partner with other schools in the community, like SHNU or UNH Manchester, but we really want this to be a community event, whether that be as a combined force or as separate satellite dances.”

The following week November 11-18 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual effort the week before Thanksgiving to increase awareness and facilitate meaningful dialogue between students on these key issues. With dialogue and an increased knowledge comes the ability and desire to engage with service within the community. According to Bischoff, “we are currently working on partnerships with other campus departments to create events for awareness and assistance that week.” Some of the events for the week include the annual sleep out and a meal with New Horizons, which is an organization that seeks to help those struggling with homelessness.

The final service event of the semester is the annual Holiday Fair in the Carr Center on December 2. The Holiday Fair is the largest event that the Meelia Center holds during the academic school year. Approximately 300 children from neighboring communities visit campus over the course of the day. Student led clubs and organizations host dozens of craft tables and activities for the children – even Santa usually makes an appearance!

All are encouraged to visit the Meelia Center’s office at 72 Saint Anselm Drive (across from the main campus entrance), to learn more about available volunteer opportunities for the semester.

Campus Activities Board Presents "Welcome Back Week"

Did you miss the cupcake truck on campus today? Campus Activities Board (CAB) is ready to get the year started – with a full week of activities planned to welcome Anselmians back to the Hilltop. Be sure to stop by the Club Fair on Friday (held on the Quad) to meet with – and get involved in student-led clubs and organizations. Check out the full schedule of events, below! Welcome back week cupcakes, courtesy of CABBe sure to visit – Saint Anselm's social media hub – to stay in the know about what's happening on campus! You can tag us (@saintanselm) on Instagram and Twitter.

Tuesday, August 29

10 a.m.
CAB Café

Need a jump start to get your day going? Apotheca, a favorite hang out for caffeine-craving Anselmians in Goffstown, will be providing free coffee and pastries. Stop by the Dana Center lobby on the way to class to enjoy!

Wednesday, August 30

2 p.m.
CAB Yoga on the Campus Green

Come burn off the stress of moving in and your first week of classes by taking a yoga class with an instructor from White Swan Yoga Studio! There will be a beginner and intermediate class. Mats will be included! Bring water.

Thursday, August 31

8:30 p.m.
CAB Movie Night

Join us on the Campus Green to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We'll have fun movie snacks for you to enjoy!

Friday, September 1

2 p.m.
Student Government Association Club Fair

Check out the Club Fair to meet with – and get involved in student-led clubs and organizations! Come prepared for some fun on the Adrenaline Rush Extreme Obstacle Course, brought to you by CAB!

8:30 p.m.
CAB Glow-In-the-Dark Mini Golf

Ready for a challenge? Stop by the Carr Center to play mini-golf but not just your normal mini golf…GLOW IN THE DARK MINI GOLF!

Saturday, September 2

8:30 p.m.
CAB Comedian: Andrew Sleightor

School work got you feeling blue? Come enjoy Andrew Sleightor's laugh out loud comedy!

Sunday, September 3

7:30 p.m.
CAB BBQ and Concert, feat. Southern City Band

Love a good southern BBQ and country music? Join us on the Campus Green for some good food, and great music by the the amazing Southern City Band!

Move In Day Instructions: "It Takes A Village…"

You’ve heard the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.”  At Saint Anselm College it takes a community to check in and move in our new students!  We also have a saying among our Orientation Leaders, “TTP” or “trust the process.”  We ask you to trust the system we have created in order to make move in as smooth as possible for everyone.

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm CollegeOn August 24th we will have orientation leaders, resident assistants, student athletes, peer leaders, administrators, staff and faculty prepared to make your move in experience a positive one.  It will be important for everyone to bring some patience, follow the signs on the main road and follow directions provided by student leaders and college employees on the campus roadways.

Below is information intended to make your move in experience easier. We strongly encourage you to print this message and bring it with you on Thursday, August 24th.

Joan of Arc and Baroody Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. You will be directed to proceed to the parking lot behind Sullivan Arena. The process you will enter into is similar to what you might see at a large ferry terminal where cars are lined up, in side-by-side rows for loading the ferry. We use this similar process due to the lack of a large parking lot immediately near these two buildings. This allows us to efficiently manage the large number of students moving into Joan of Arc and Baroody Halls.  Please be patient, there may be a wait in the parking lot, but once you arrive at the front of Joan of Arc and Baroody Halls, there will be many hands to quickly unload and move your belongings into your new home! In this process, we ask that the driver remain with the vehicle, much like at an airport terminal pick-up and drop-off.  The new student should not be the driver. If you are bringing two vehicles that need to be unpacked, the new student should be in the first vehicle, and ideally the two vehicles should be together.

2nd & 3rd Streets Alumni Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter campus via the entrance at the very top of campus (not the main entrance with the “Saint Anselm College” brick signage) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. Our team will get you to the Visitors’ Lot near Alumni Hall. Please follow all instructions provided at this location.

Dominic Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter campus via the entrance at the very top of campus (not the main entrance with the “Saint Anselm College” brick signage) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. They will get you to the large parking lot nearest your residence hall.  Please park your car as directed and proceed to the check in tables in front of the residence hall.  Please note, once your vehicle has been unloaded, you will likely be asked to move it further away from the building as to accommodate the spots closer to the building for unloading purposes. This is a good reason to have the driver, if at all possible, stay with the vehicle.

Residential Transfer Students – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. If your residence hall is one of the halls listed above, please follow the instructions provided for that hall as stated above. If your hall is not specified above, please enter campus via the entrance at the very top of campus (not the main entrance with the “Saint Anselm College” brick signage) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. Our team will get you to the Visitors’ Lot near Alumni Hall. Once you have checked in here, you will be given directions to get to your assigned residential hall.

** Commuter students will register separately. **

Commuting Students – You should arrive between 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  You will register at the Mulitcultural Center located in the lower level of Davison Hall via the back entrance of the building.  As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, you will want to use the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance).  Use the parking lots across from the Carr Center and Stoutenburgh Gymnasium or near the athletic fields.

**Important information for Checking In and Moving In**

All residential students will need to check in before proceeding to their assigned room. We encourage you to have taken care of all tuition payments and health forms before you arrive to campus. These details must be taken care of before you will be allowed access to your residential hall.

Residential Life has already sent you an email (on August 10) providing instructions for accessing your room code by signing into the College Portal on a computer or smart phone. You will have access to your code on the morning you’ve been approved to come to campus. If you have a “hold” from the Office of Student Financial Services, you will not be able to see your code. You will be directed to communicate with the Office of Student Financial Services. You will have access to your code once you’ve been cleared by the Office of Student Financial Services.

We encourage you to have checked for your code before you depart for campus. Please be certain to have your code with you or the ability to access it from your phone for when you check in. At check in we will make certain you have completed all the necessary documentation from the Offices of Student Financial Services and Health Services.  We will let you know if anything is missing in your file that demands immediate attention before you proceed to your room. Once cleared, you will be given an envelope with your Orientation Group Assignment and the Orientation Schedule. Please keep this information accessible for later in the day.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: Watch a video preview of what to expect, and view the complete schedule for New Student Orientation »

We would encourage you to have a copy of your fall academic schedule for your department meeting on Friday morning. Please consider printing a copy of your schedule prior to move in and bringing it with you.

If you have questions about missing documentation, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services ( or 603-656-6293) or Health Services (603-641-7028) before you arrive on campus. If you have any questions about accessing your room code, please contact Residence Life (603-222-4006).

Feel free to contact us with any questions, and once again, welcome!

Fr. Benet Phillips, OSB and Ms. Jean Couture
New Student Orientation Committee
And your Orientation Leader Chair and OL Committee

Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive Wants Your Stuff!

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

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

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

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

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.