Winter Club Sports Update

Saint Anselm Dance Team

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

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

Saint Anselm Dance TeamDance Club

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

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

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

Club Ultimate

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Club Hockey

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

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

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

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

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

Nursing Students Reflect on Costa Rica Global Seminar

Saint Anselm student-nurses in Costa Rica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 In Review: New Hampshire's Home For Politics

Saint Anselm students with David Muir and Martha Radatz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at Saint Anselm

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

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

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

Real World Experience on the Campaign Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Anselm Engages With Election 2016

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

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

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.”

2016 in Review: Major Campus News and Events

View from present-day Cushing Parking Lot, showing the beautiful new entrance to the glass-enclosed Campus Store/Bookstore accessible from the lower level.

2016 began with a flurry of political activity and concluded with several exciting and transformational campus improvements. The Class of 2016 wrapped up their studies (hearing from alumnus Michael Sheehan at their Commencement Exercises), and departed campus in May, making way for the Class of 2020, who would arrive just a few short months later to begin their time on the Hilltop.

YEAR IN REVIEW: During this final week of 2016, join us each day for a look back at some of Saint Anselm's most memorable news, alumni, athletics, charity and more!

College Takes Center Stage During 100th NH Primary

This election year proved to be historic in more ways than one, as the New Hampshire Presidential Primary turned 100, and Saint Anselm College had a front row seat for all the action.

As the entire nation and many members of the media turned its eyes to New Hampshire, the college welcomed an array of guests including presidential candidates, political strategists, and major TV networks.

Students interned and volunteered for campaigns as well as major media outlets: ABC News, FOX News, and NBC to name a few.

Behind-the-Scenes Work Gives Students Unparalleled Experience

In addition to meeting various candidates at the NHIOP, Clare Robbins, a sophomore politics major, worked in the media room during Jeb Bush's Politics and Eggs event, worked for MSNBC's Morning Joe during their live broadcast from the coffee shop, and was also a runner for ABC News during the December debate.

"My experience with politics and media through the Saint Anselm and its role with the New Hampshire Primary thus far has been incredible," says Robbins. "I'm gaining hands-on experience here at Saint Anselm that I would not be able to get anywhere else."

President Steven DiSalvo notes that hosting the candidates and national news media and assisting media personnel offers students a unique and memorable educational experience.

"There is no better way to learn about the process than to be a part of it," says Dr. DiSalvo.

Read more about a busy 2016 for "New Hampshire's home for politics" in Thursday's 'year in review' post.

Saint Anselm Students on the Other Hilltop

Saint Anselm students in RomeThe spring semester launched the first Semester Abroad in Oriveto, Italy, sending 11 students and Classics professors David George and Linda Rulman to Italy’s Umbria region to live, learn, and travel together. The students studied topics ranging from Italy’s cultural heritage to art and architecture to Classical mythology. They also took weekly tours and field trips related to their readings.

After a trip to Assisi, Classics major Joseph Cahill ’16 reflected on the experience of visiting Italy's sites: "Everywhere you look there are layers upon layers of story and history woven into the landscape. It's daunting, I think it made all of us feel very, very small. But I'm also sure that it excited a desire to explore and question, and challenged us to not spend our time here existing but really living."

Alumnus and Boston Globe CEO Speaks at 123rd Commencement

Class of 2016 Commencement ExercisesDuring Saint Anselm College's 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, commencement speaker and alumnus Michael Sheehan addressed 433 members of the class of 2016, asking them to bring the Anselmian traditions of compassion and kindness into the world.

Sheehan, a 1982 graduate and 2011 honorary degree recipient of Saint Anselm College, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Globe and former award-winning Chairman, CEO, President and Chief Creative Officer of Hill Holliday, one of the largest advertising agencies in the country.

Saint Anselm Goes Green with Campus Initiatives

In 2016, the college instituted a number of measures to increase environmental sustainability. Multiple administrative offices and departments made simple but significant changes, from reducing paper usage to using more sustainable materials. In addition, various student clubs and organizations took strides toward decreasing waste and increasing energy efficiency.

Mike Murphy, assistant director of Residential Life and Education explains, "Part of our college mission and philosophy is to be good stewards of the community. Not just for the campus, but in a larger context. It's important for us as a community to care for the environment because there are overall benefits for everyone."

Princeton Review Ranks College 10th for Food and 13th for Community Engagement

The Family Weekend Show celebrates new rankingsSaint Anselm College was once again named among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2017 edition of "The 381 Best Colleges."

The college was ranked 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food (up two spots from last year's ranking), and 6th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 13th in 2016), as well as being rated 20th for Happiest Students, and included on the Best Northeastern list.

Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide.

Read more about Saint Anselm College's commitment to community service in Tuesday's 'year in review' post.

Class of 2020 Arrives on Campus Move In Day 2016

In August, the class of 2020, 402 first-year students, arrived on campus for the college’s new student orientation program. As cars rolled up to residence halls, upperclassmen cheered and unloaded cars 10 at a time. Within a few hours, the college community's newest members were settled in their residences for the next year.

Class of 2020 At a Glance

  • 39% men, 61% women
  • 21 states and 2 foreign countries represented
  • Average G.P.A.: 3.26
  • Top 5 majors: Nursing, Business, Politics, Biology, Criminal Justice

College Plants Hiroshima Tree

In a small campus ceremony behind Joseph Hall on September 17, the buildings and grounds department planted a tree grown from the seed of one which lived through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, leading to the unconditional surrender of Japan and the effective end of World War II.

Saint Anselm College alumnus Michael McCue '89 secured the seed from Green Legacy Hiroshima, an initiative of a United Nations organization. Green Legacy Hiroshima's mission is to spread seeds and saplings of Hiroshima's so-called "survivor trees."

College Hosts Heritage Edition of Saint John’s Bible

Beginning in September, the Geisel Library began displaying one of the seven volumes of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition as Saint Anselm College participates in the program, "A Year with The Saint John's Bible."

The volume, Gospels and Acts, is a richly illustrated facsimile of the original Bible manuscript. Gospels and Acts is be on display on the main floor of the Geisel Library until October 2017.

College Breaks Ground on Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex

L to R: Richard Meelia, Joanne Pietrini Smith, Roger and Francine Jean, Dr. DiSalvo, Emma Bishop, Abbot Mark Cooper

View from present-day Cushing Parking Lot, showing the beautiful new entrance to the glass-enclosed Campus Store/Bookstore accessible from the lower level.

View from present-day Cushing Parking Lot, showing the beautiful new entrance to the glass-enclosed Campus Store/Bookstore accessible from the lower level.

The Saint Anselm College community will gain a dynamic new gathering place in the very center of campus, with a lead unrestricted gift making the expansion and renovation of the Student Center possible. The gift was announced in October by President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. during a groundbreaking ceremony

A significant portion of a $6 million commitment — the largest individual gift in the college's history — from trustee Roger L. Jean '70, HD ’06 and his wife, Francine, will enable the college to undertake the project, which is slated for completion in early 2018. The new facility will be known as the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex.

College Announces $1 Million Gift for Diversity Scholarship Program

At a President's Convocation on September 8, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, addressed the community on topics ranging from enrollment, and academic affairs, to the financial health of the college.

He also announced a $1 million dollar endowment grant over the course of five years to the college from a private foundation, in support of the Hilltop Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for underrepresented, low-income, first-generation or international students.

"We believe that academically qualified students who are committed to working hard should not be denied the opportunity to succeed here," says Dr. DiSalvo. "Lowering the barriers for underrepresented students expands their opportunity to earn an exceptional undergraduate education. At the same time their presence and active engagement in our learning community will enrich the educational experience of all students. We are extremely grateful to the foundation for providing this opportunity, and we hope that it will lead to even greater support for diversity and inclusiveness in our community."

New Dr. Paul J. McNeil ’46 College Entrance Opens

Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B., with Dr. Paul McNeil, Maureen McNeil and Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the collegeThe college ends 2016 with a new main entrance. On Dec. 13, Saint Anselm College officially opened the entry way with a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring Dr. and Mrs. Paul J. McNeil '46, after whom the gateway will be named.

Designed to provide a dramatic first impression, in the future this new entrance (located opposite College Road, east of the "old" main entrance) will also provide a symbolic introduction to the superior educational experience to which the college is committed.

"We were in desperate need of a main entrance that was more welcoming, and signifying the arrival into our academic community," said President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"When you enter campus you will soon see in front of you the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, which, once complete, will serve as a beacon for the future; and then you will turn and see an iconic historic building, Alumni Hall, that preserves the past. That is the moment, when you realize that Saint Anselm College is all about tradition, our mission and our history; but it's also about our growth and faith in the future."

Finals Week: Our Guide To Success

Students study and take notes

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

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
Monday, December 12 9:30 MWF 9:00 AM
1:00 TR 1:00 PM
Monday Evening Regular Hour
Tuesday, December 13 10:30 MWF 9:00 AM
2:30 TR 1:00 PM
5:30 TR 5:30 PM
Tuesday Evening Regular Hour
Wednesday, December 14 8/8:30 MWF 9:00 AM
11:30 TR 1:00 PM
5:30 MW 5:30 PM
Wednesday Evening Regular Hour
Thursday, December 15 10:00 TR 9:00 AM
11:30 MWF 1:00 PM
4:00 M and 4:00 MW 5:30 PM
Thursday Evening Regular Hour
Friday, December 16 4:00 TR 9:00 AM
2:30 MW 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 17 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.

Cookie Decorating

Saturday, 12/10
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visit with Jean near the Reference Desk at the Kowalski Quality Baked Goods kiosk and decorate a cookie or two. We'll have plenty of cookies, perfect for a quick snack to perk you up and celebrate the season!


Saturday, 12/10
4 – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/14
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Roseann Latona of White Swan Yoga, will be offering 2 "fantastic" yoga classes in the library to "magically" help relieve some of that "beastly" exam week tension! Space is limited. You MUST preregister for only one (1) session of your choice.

Java Jolt with Charles "Jacob Kowalski" Getchell, Head Librarian

Sunday 12/11
9 p.m.

Take a study break, visit with friends, and grab some sweets and hot beverages, snacks, and laughter at the Kowalski Quality Baked Goods kiosk with Charles "Jacob" Getchell, during our always-highly-anticipated JAVA JOLT!


The King Edward Society's popular Pet-A-Pooch program moves to its new location in the Geisel Library! Join our furry, four-footed friends and take a break from your studies for a few minutes in the Reading Room off the lobby.

Pet A Pooch LogoFriday, 12/9
2:30 – 4:30 p.m., TeeTonka and Tom

Monday, 12/12
1 – 3 p.m., Tux and Donna

Tuesday, 12/13
2 – 3 p.m., Cody and Val

Wednesday, 12/14
1 – 3 p.m., Tux and Donna

Ongoing Activities

  • Relaxation Station (coloring pages, crosswords, cards, & games!) by the Reference Desk.
  • Christmas Tree Decorating in the Reading Room
  • Also, watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds for "Beastly" Snack Attacks!

Geisel Library Hours

Reading Days

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11
    • 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Exam Week

  • Monday, December 12
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 13
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 15
    • 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Friday, December 16
    • 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17
    • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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 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.