Anselmians Gather for "Friendsgiving"

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Anselmian Feast: Davison Prepares For Annual Dessert Sale

2013 Davison Hall bake sale

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

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

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

  • In 2002: The first pie sale was held in Davison. Pies were the only item sold.
  • In 2004: One of the bakers suggested adding homemade cheesecakes to the sale. His vanilla bean cheesecake recipe is still used today.
  • In 2009: “Turkey bread” (dinner rolls baked in the shape of a turkey) was added to sale.
  • In 2012: Dining services introduced the sweet tea breads (banana bread, pumpkin bread).

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

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

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

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

Pies – $14.95

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

Cheesecakes – $39.95 (Each five-pound, 10" cheesecake serves 16-20 people)

  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chocolate Truffle
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla Bean
  • White Chocolate

Tea Breads – $10.95

  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Banana Walnut
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Pecan Streusel

Gobble, Gobble Rolls – $10.95

  • 18 Homemade dinner rolls baked in the shape of a turkey

Family Weekend Show 2016: "Seize The Day!"

Family Weekend Show 2016 cast

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

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

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

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

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

Family Weekend 2016

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

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

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

Mark Your Calendar: Internship Fair Set for October 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students study and take notes

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

RSVP to any of the programs described below »

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

Business and Economics

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

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

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

Principles of Marketing (Class Visit)

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

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

Communication

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

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

Professor Jonathan Lupo
Wednesday, October 19th
1:30-2:00
Joseph 005

Computer Science

Steganography: The Art and Science of Hiding Messages

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

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

Criminal Justice

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

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

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Wednesday, October 19th
12:30-1:00
Joseph 005

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

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

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

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

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

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

Victims of Crime (Class Visit)

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

Education

Children’s Literature (Class Visit)

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

Professor Aubrey Scheopner-Torres
Thursday, October 20th
11:30-12:45
Poisson 106

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

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

Professor Aubrey Scheopner-Torres
Wednesday, October 19th
12:00-1:00
Coffee Shop

English

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

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

Professor Ann-Maria Contarino
Tuesday, October 25th
1:00-1:30
Joseph 005

History

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

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

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

Physics

Modern Physics (Class Visit)

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

Professor Nicole Gugliucci
Wednesday, October 19th
10:30-11:20
Goulet 3101

Psychology

Political Psychology (30 minute class)

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

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

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

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

Sociology

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

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

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

Theology

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

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

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

Academic Resource Center

Success in Graduate School: Preparation, Purpose, and Persistence

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

Benjamin Horton, Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center
Wednesday, October 19th
4:00-5:30
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Campus Ministry Launches New Programs from New Home

Abbey Church, fall 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Break: Campus Services Guide

Autumnal view on the Saint Anselm campus

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

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

Dining Services

Davison Hall

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

Coffee Shop

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

Fitness Center

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

Closed This Weekend

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

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

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

Student Activities Settles Into New Home

52 Saint Anselm Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Career Development Center Embraces New Location and Name This Fall

Spring Internship Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Club Sports Update

Saint Anselm athletics logo

Looking to try something new, or continue to pursue your casual-but-competitive athletic passion? Saint Anselm club sports offers many students the opportunity to maintain their competitive interests without the commitment of participating in intercollegiate athletics sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Saint Anselm College club sport teams are student-run organizations, recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. Club Sports promote leadership development and physical activity and enrich the student experience by providing social, recreational, and educational opportunities to their members.

We checked in with a number of our fall clubs to see how their fall season is going.

Dance Club

Led by Senior President Brittany Voto, the Dance Club consists of 45 members who meet every Monday night. At each meeting, the group learns a new routine choreographed and taught by one of the members. The style of dance varies as they perform hip hop, jazz, tap, and more.

Voto, along with the other Executive Board members, Vice President Danielle Phinney, Treasurer Krystin Tavares, and Secretary Lauren Vitone, plan their annual showcase for the spring semester to display the routines they have been working on all year for family and friends. In total, they perform 20 dances, all choreographed by club members.

The group also volunteers weekly at Girls Inc. teaching dance classes and on campus at Relay for Life, the Christmas Fair, and the Valentine’s Day Dance.

Club Field Hockey

Now officially a co-ed organization, Club Field Hockey continues to grow each year. Players of all skill levels are welcome as the team’s 25 members range from beginners to more experienced, having played field hockey throughout high school and beyond.

The team looks forward to a highly competitive season with games and tournaments scheduled for October and November. They will face schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart University, the University of New Haven, the University of Vermont, and Dartmouth College. With their first home game during Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22, Club President Phoebe Ferraiolo hopes for a large fan section of students and parents as the team takes on the Saint of Emmanuel College.

In season, the team practices two to three times per week with games and tournaments on the weekends, and participates in many volunteer opportunities in the off-season.

Club Ultimate Frisbee

What started out as just a group of friends throwing a Frisbee around in their spare time, the Club Ultimate Frisbee team is now in their second year of being officially recognized as a club on campus. The team has grown from 25 members last year to about 35 for the current season.

According to Club President Ellis Boettger, the team welcomes students of all skill levels and does not make any cuts. Boettger says as the club continues to grow, they're holding their own against tough competition. They practice four days a week with scrimmages on Sundays and will participate in four tournaments throughout the fall, including their home tournament on November 5. This year for the first time, they will also play in a division tournament in the spring.

Women’s Club Soccer

Since the club began working with Coach Chad Burroughs four years ago, the Women’s Club Soccer team went from just scrimmaging each other to practicing three times per week and playing games in a league against highly competitive Division I and Division II schools around New England. The 28 players enjoy club soccer because they have fun playing the sport they love without the commitment of being a varsity athlete.

President Kelsey Dulac explains, “Club soccer is such a great way to have a lot of fun with a little bit of a competitive feel.”

Kicking off the season with a win against the University of Maine, the team hopes for continued success against their toughest competition, large Division I schools like Boston College and Northeastern University. With one to two games per week, they are prepared to contend with even the most skilled teams in the league.

Other club sports competing this fall include Men’s Soccer and Women’s Rugby.