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.

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.

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

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm College

Dear Class of 2020 and Transfer Students,

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

Alumni Hall on the campus of Saint Anselm CollegeOn August 25th we will have orientation leaders, resident assistants, student athletes, peer leaders, administrators, staff and faculty prepared to make your move in experience a positive one.  It will be important for everyone to bring some patience, follow the signs on the main road and follow directions provided by student leaders and college employees on the campus roadways.

Below is information intended to make your move in experience easier. We strongly encourage you to print this email and bring it with you on Thursday, August 25th.

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

2nd & 3rd Streets Alumni Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. Our team will get you to the Visitors’ Lot near Alumni Hall. Please follow all instructions provided at this location.

Dominic Hall Residents – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. They will get you to the large parking lot nearest your residence hall.  Please park your car as directed and proceed to the check in tables in front of the residence hall.

Residential Transfer Students – You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. If your residence hall is one of the halls listed above, please follow the instructions provided for that hall as stated above. If your hall is not specified above, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic.  Near the Abbey Church there will be two students directing traffic. Please inform them that you are a transfer student. They will pull you off to the side so you can go into Alumni Hall to the Residential Life Office to check in before proceeding to your residence hall.

** Commuter students will register separately. **

Commuting Students – You should arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. You will register at Cushing Student Center starting at 10:30 am.  As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, you will want to use the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance).  Use the parking lots across from the Carr Center and Stoutenburgh Gymnasium or near the athletic fields.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Lara Birk and Ms. Jean Couture
New Student Orientation Committee
And your Orientation Leader Chair and OL Committee

Saint Anselm Abbey Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Construction of Abbey Church, exterior, undated

This summer a beloved campus landmark, the Abbey Church, turns 50 years old. Members of the college community joined the monastic community at the celebration of the Eucharist on Monday, July 18 to observe the occasion. [Read more…]

Music Performances Conclude Semester of Studies

An aerial view of campus

As the semester is coming to a close, students are writing final papers, studying for exams, and getting ready for the summer to come. For MU160: Studies in Music Performance students, they are preparing for their end of the semester recitals, where they will showcase months of hard work in their final performance. As a senior music performance student for violin, the one thing that upsets me more than graduating, is the fact that this week will bring my final violin lesson and perhaps the last time I will perform my music in front of others.

The individual music performance classes include lessons in voice, piano, flute, organ, and violin. The music Department faculty members teaching these classes are—Heather Braun (violin), Eric Bermani (organ), Sharon Baker and Sean Parr (voice), Nick Pothier, Francis Kayali, and Molly Lozeau (piano), and Rebecca Jeffreys (flute). The lessons count as 2-credit courses and are taken with the permission of the professor. Classes occur an hour per week, and are scheduled at the convenience of the student and professor.

Saint Anselm music faculty (courtesy Fine Arts department)Each professor’s teaching style is different; some require a paper to be written over the course of the semester on a favorite composer while others require students, like myself, to keep a practice journal. Each professor has two-three studio classes per semester, where students show their progress to their peers and practice performing in front of an audience.

Since students will perform alongside a pianist during their final recital, they are also required to meet with one of the piano professors throughout the semester for private rehearsals. Students have the opportunity to learn how to perform with another instrument, and work on their technique. During my rehearsals, I reviewed start times, dynamics, and tempo changes. It’s an experience that I never had before my lessons this year, and I will admit, it took a lot to get used to. However, I think it’s a great way for students to improve within their lessons.

According to Professor Sean Parr, the lessons were very successful. There were 50 students in the music performance program taking individual lessons, with a waitlist for piano and voice lessons. Overall, the department has produced 10 common hour concerts featuring performance students and faculty. He hopes to expand the program next year to include oboe and percussion as well.

“They were very successful this year. Before we added music lessons for credit, there were very few performance opportunities for students. The idea to first expand performance made the most sense because it would immediately offer a new and expanded curriculum and on-campus performances that would invigorate musical life at the College,” he expressed.

I had not taken a lesson in four years before I started with my teacher Liesl Schoenberger-Doty last semester. My passion for playing came back, and I actually wanted to practice every week. I finally learned a piece that I was never able to master when I was in high school, the “Bach Double (Concerto for two violins)”, and I performed it in front of my peers with my teacher in December.

When Liesl left for another job, I was worried about the transition to my new instructor, Heather Braun. However, Heather exceeded all of my expectations. She taught me so much about my violin such as bow technique, musicality and practice strategies. I looked forward to Fridays at 9:45 every week. I played Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” for our studio class, my most difficult piece to date. Now I’m preparing for my final recital in a week where I will play Eduard Mollenhauer’s “The Boy Paganini,” and it is bittersweet.

I never imagined that I would take lessons again, and I decided that playing the violin was not for me anymore. But after this year, I have rediscovered my love for playing. I don’t want to stop taking lessons; it is a skill that one can have for the rest of their lives. Deciding to take lessons again was one of the best decisions I made while at Saint Anselm. I found the joy in playing again, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t taken lessons since high school or even played an instrument before, to take a music performance class. You will not regret it, I certainly do not.