Mark Your Calendar: Internship Fair Set for October 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

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

RSVP to any of the programs described below »

Frazzle Free Finals Guide 2015

Business and Economics

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

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

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

Principles of Marketing (Class Visit)

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

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


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

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

Professor Jonathan Lupo
Wednesday, October 19th
Joseph 005

Computer Science

Steganography: The Art and Science of Hiding Messages

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

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

Criminal Justice

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

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

Professor Kaitlyn Clarke
Wednesday, October 19th
Joseph 005

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

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

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

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Class Visit)

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

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

Victims of Crime (Class Visit)

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


Children’s Literature (Class Visit)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Modern Physics (Class Visit)

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

Professor Nicole Gugliucci
Wednesday, October 19th
Goulet 3101


Political Psychology (30 minute class)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Academic Resource Center

Success in Graduate School: Preparation, Purpose, and Persistence

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

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

Campus Ministry Launches New Programs from New Home

Abbey Church, fall 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Break: Campus Services Guide

Autumnal view on the Saint Anselm campus

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

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

Dining Services

Davison Hall

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

Coffee Shop

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

Fitness Center

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

Closed This Weekend

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

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

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

Student Activities Settles Into New Home

52 Saint Anselm Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Career Development Center Embraces New Location and Name This Fall

Spring Internship Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Meelia Center on the Move: New Home Brings New Opportunities

Meelia Center temporary home

Along with other offices housed in the soon-to-be vacated Cushing Student Center, the Meelia Center For Community Engagement has packed up and relocated to make way for the pending renovation and expansion of the Student Center complex. Their new location, across the street from campus at 72 Saint Anselm Drive, brings a renewed perspective and presence for the staff and students of the Center.

Meelia Center temporary homeDirector Dan Forbes comments, “As sad as it was leaving our Cushing Center Meelia home after 27 years, we see the move to the little gray house across from the new College entrance as providing new opportunities for Meelia staff and engaged students. Our student staff is learning new outreach skills, and we envision inviting engaged students to our new house for reflection and celebration activities.”

OPEN HOUSE: The Meelia Center will be hosting a house warming on Wednesday, September 28 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to greet current volunteers, and invite new volunteers to get involved at any of the 60 nonprofit agencies that the Center partners with.

There is no constant quite like change and the students and staff of Meelia are ready to meet the challenge of the new location, and make their outreach stronger and better. Katherine Carey ’18, a member of the student leadership team reflects on the fall semester by noting that “it’s been a pretty chaotic few weeks in the office, trying to get all of our service learners and volunteers set up while also coordinating the big move. However, Dan, (Assistant Director) Nickie, and (Administrative Assistant) Jen have done an amazing job in making sure that nothing got lost or looked over during the move. Physical Plant has also been a major help in making sure we are taken care of, and we are so appreciative of the work they have done, as it has made our lives and jobs at the Meelia Center a lot easier. Without their assistance, the move would have been far more overwhelming and difficult.”

Meelia Center temporary homeBesides the constant coordination of volunteers to the 60 sites the Center works with, there are a number of events that are planned for the Fall semester.

The first FAPNO (Foster and Adoptive Parents Night Out) of the year will be held Thursday, September 28th in the Carr Center. This event typically takes place on the last Thursday evening of every month; foster and adoptive parents are able to drop their children off. While the children are in a safe environment, parents have the time to go out and complete errands, or simply enjoy a little time to themselves.

Coordinated by Jenna Baker ’18, the event features dozens of student-volunteers from all over campus who take time to care for the children (infants to pre-teen), and entertain them while their parents are out. Volunteers play games with the kids, do crafts with them, talk to them and help them with dinner, keeping them busy so they are “nice and tired when their parents come to pick them up” says Baker. Every FAPNO night features a theme, from sports to movies, seasons to holidays, so that all the games, crafts, and movies are tied together and each month is a different and exciting experience for the kids.

Baker further comments; “What is truly amazing about this program is that it is almost completely run by volunteers. It warms my heart that college students are willing to take time out of their hectic schedules to come get to know kids that benefit so greatly from having positive role models in their lives. I wish I could express how thankful I am for all of the volunteers each month.”

The Meelia Center is hosting their annual Wiffleball Tournament on Sunday, October 16th, benefitting a local family. Every year, the tournament raises money for a local cause or a family in need. This year, the family that will be benefitting from the fundraising of the event lost their father in April, and now, as a family of ten, must provide for each other. Groups of students can register to play in the tournament online. There will be a competitive and noncompetitive bracket and food will be available!

Moving into November, the Meelia Center is also coordinating a myriad of events surrounding and supporting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This week is nationally recognized the week before Thanksgiving, this year falling on November 12-20. In an effort to increase awareness and call students to action, the Meelia Center will be hosting a Sleep-Out on the Quad, offering volunteer opportunities with Families in Transition, and offering numerous educational presentations. All events are designed to create a lasting impression for students of the realities for those who struggle as a result of hunger and homelessness.

All are encouraged to stop by the Meelia Center's new home at 72 Saint Anselm Drive to learn more about volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Academic Resource Center Launches New Programming

Students study in the Academic Resource Center

While the transition to a temporary home may present some challenges in the short term, the staff at the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is looking forward to using the upcoming renovation and expansion of the Student Center complex as an opportunity to better serve Saint Anselm College students this year and beyond.

Students study in the Academic Resource Center

The ARC will temporarily relocate to two modular units in the parking lot of Holy Cross Hall in October, making way for construction on the Student Center complex to begin later this fall. The plans show that the ARC's temporary home will include staff offices, a reception area, and the Writing Center, as well as spaces for peer tutoring and exam proctoring.

Although many offices have already relocated from Cushing, the traffic in the ARC has only increased. The center has averaged between 30-40 tutorials per day since the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year. That number does not include the many students who consider the ARC their favorite study space.

John “JJ” Courtney ’17, the ARC’s Tutor Fellow, does not anticipate that the construction of the new student center will negatively impact the work the ARC does for the student body.

“My hope for the year is that students still utilize all of the ARC’s resources,” says Courtney. “Just because we are relocated does not mean we cannot provide the same amount of help.”

Indeed, the ARC will continue to provide all of its services after the move. To reinforce this opportunity, the center has launched new proactive and innovative features to enhance the Peer Tutor Program and the Writing Center.

In the past two years, the Peer Tutor Program has grown immensely under the direction of Assistant Director Ben Horton ‘12, who joined the staff in 2014. Recently, Ann-Maria Contarino was named the new coordinator of the Writing Center and has plans to expand the love of writing by introducing different forums across campus.

“I think the area in which the ARC has improved the most is through the Peer Tutor Program,” says Courtney. “Ben Horton does an incredible job. With around 80 active tutors, the program covers nearly every course the school offers. It is an ever-growing program that I see expanding in the future.”

A new feature of the Peer Tutor Program is “satellite tutoring,” where tutors and writing assistants have scheduled shifts in underclassmen residence halls. The ARC hopes that satellite tutoring will further integrate academic resources on campus, reaching and assisting more students than years past.

“If a student walks into Dominic Hall, the ARC’s presence is a visible reminder to students of the center and the services it provides,” says Horton.

This month, the ARC launches its Academic Success Workshop Series. These workshops help students acclimate to the challenges of the new school year, or in the case of first-year students, provides an introduction to college-level academics.

This month’s series features subject-based topics such as “How to Read Philosophy” as well as student-based topics such as “Increasing Your Academic Output,” “Success On and Off the Field: Reaching Your Potential as a Collegiate Athlete,” and “Test Anxiety Workshop.” The ARC will continue to facilitate these workshops throughout the year.

To enhance the one-on-one tutoring experience, the ARC has purchased new materials to aid its student staff. Tutors can utilize molecular model sets, white boards, and calculators, giving Saint Anselm students access to hands-on and visual learning aids.

The ARC also offers learning communities in addition to one-on-one tutoring. Learning communities are group tutor sessions for subjects with heavy tutoring concentrations. “We began by targeting courses that employed many of our peer tutors," says Horton. "We reached out to professors and tutors and began to develop the idea of how this group dynamic would work.” This semester’s learning communities include Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Calculus I, and French. The ARC has plans to implement more throughout the year.

As for the future, the ARC strives to continue their mission: to serve students by meeting them where they are. Director Kenn Walker hopes to continue the trend of increased faculty engagement, improving communication with academic departments and administration to provide Saint Anselm students the assistance they need.

From Ancient Egypt to Rock & Roll: A Sampling of Fall Courses

History faculty Hugh Dubrulle and Matt Masur

In addition to the academic core, and course of studies prescribed for each major, many students round out their course schedules with electives from various academic departments. Each semester, we take a look at some of the more unique courses being offered, and speak with faculty about their goals in teaching these courses. This fall, we highlight four offerings in classics, history, music and physics.

History faculty Hugh Dubrulle and Matt MasurHI 112: History’s Mysteries (History Department)

Understanding historical events is like trying to fit together pieces of a puzzle. Historians collect evidence to discover how, why, and when things happened for a particular event in the past.  Co-taught by Professor Hugh Dubrulle and Professor Matt Masur (pictured above), this course will teach students to think like historians as they read about actual historical mysteries from different eras in history.

“Of special interest to us is a specific branch of history—microhistory,” explains Professor Dubrulle. “For a number of reasons, the types of stories microhistorians study tend to revolve around trials and crimes—and that means that microhistorians often deal in mysteries.”

The research component of the course involves a mystery that took place locally in Goffstown. Students will study the famous trial and execution of Daniel Davis Farmer who murdered Anna Ayer in 1821. As 10,000 people attended Farmer’s execution, much can be learned about the history and culture of Northern New England at the time.

Professor Dubrulle has high hopes for the success of this research project. “After having taught the course a number of times, Professor Masur and I hope to use this research as the basis for an article or maybe even a book,” he said.

PS 137: The Nature and Origin of Time (Physics Department)

No one really knows what the concept of time is – so how can there be a class dedicated to learning about time? Professor Ian Durham aims to help his students understand one of the most complex elements in science through lectures, lab experiments, and his own textbook written specifically for this class.

Using a physics and mathematical approach, students in the class will learn about the nature of time and how it is measured. Some of the topics covered in lectures include clock synchronization, speed of light, the gravitational and cosmological effects on time, time travel, and more.

Professor Durham also hopes that students benefit from his “discovery-based learning” techniques as they explore elements of physics and time through their lab experiments about momentum and energy, irreversibility, radioactivity, and more.

CL 276: The Archaeology of Egypt (Classics Department)

This course will provide students with a profound knowledge of ancient Egyptian culture through the examination of their artifacts, monuments, and lifestyles. Through the study of Pharos, pyramids, and more, the culture of ancient Egyptian civilization is revealed. Lectures will connect these elements to the political, religious, and economic customs of the time.

Professor Matthew Gonzales will introduce his students to the idea of artistic literacy to interpret and dissect a piece of artwork as if it were a text written in a book. “The course focuses on the artistic and architectural accomplishment of ancient Egypt”, he said.

Students will also analyze an artifact on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and write a research paper to further understand how works of art demonstrate culture. The assignment is also a way for students to recognize the ancient influences on modern artwork.

Professor Gonzales hopes the research project will give students the opportunity to apply their artistic literacy on contemporary artwork as well. “In addition, the course introduces students to key anthropological and archaeological conceptual tools that they can use to continue their own analysis of human cultural development in other contexts.”

MU 246: History of Rock and Roll (Fine Arts Department)

Music plays a very important role in society. Not only is it entertaining to listen to, but it is also culturally and historically informative. Professor Sean Parr will teach his students about musical language and form and its hidden social and political messages.

Introduced in the twentieth century, the sound of rock and roll music was influenced by other genres such as jazz, country, and the blues. Other elements like lyrics and melodies were, and still are, influenced by social issues, including nationalism, race, class, gender, and more. Students will act as musicians and historians and learn how to pick up these cues when listening to music.

The course covers many musical styles, from R&B and Pop, to Metal and Rap, and more. Professor Parr would like his students to consider the act of listening music as an experience. “The specific goals of the course are to awaken and encourage an appreciation of the complexities of the history of popular music, to help students learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage students in the issues of various debates about the character and purposes of music in its cultural context,” he says.