Anselmians "Walk A Mile," Raising Awareness About Assault, Violence

Walk A Mile event, November 2015

The College's Assault and Violence Education and Reporting Team (AVERT) encouraged members of the college community to "walk a mile in their shoes" on Friday, November 6. The second-annual event encouraged students, including athletic teams and members of college societies, as well as faculty, staff and administrators, to walk around the Carr Center wearing opposite gender footwear, in a show of support for increased understanding and commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

Matthew Sargent '18 with Dean of Students Alicia Finn and Abbot Matthew, O.S.B.The walk concluded 'Enough is Enough' week. The campaign is part of a nation-wide effort to promote safe environments in schools and on college campuses. "We hope to reinforce the message that any act of violence is unacceptable in the very places our nation’s students should expect the greatest peace and security in order to be successful in their academic pursuits," said Joe Horton, Vice President for Student Affairs. "Members of the Saint Anselm College community have put together an impressive slate of events for our campus campaign, including several exhibits that draw attention to issues related to violence. This has been an effort of strong collaboration and excellent work by all involved."

AVERT is co-chaired by Pat Shuster (Vice President for Administration and Title IX Coordinator) and Alicia Finn (Dean of Students). The group is tasked with providing ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns related to sexual assault on campus.

Senior Class Hosts Trick-or-Treat for Anselmian Families

A Very "Anselmian" Halloween

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Children of faculty, staff, and local alumni of Saint Anselm College showed their Halloween spirit by dressing up in their most creative costumes, and participating in the annual Halloween Festival in Father Bernard Court on Thursday, October 29.

The event kicked off at 5 p.m. with a parade and costume contest, then visitors were free to walk around the courtyard, trick-or-treating and collecting candy from student residents. Other activities including painting pumpkins, drawing with chalk, making their own S’mores, and enjoying other Halloween-themed snacks.

Alex Bamford and Ashley Bradley '16Seniors Alex Bamford and Ashley Bradley, knowing how much this event means to the children every year, showed their enthusiasm by dressing up in costumes of their own. “I’ve been a few years in a row,” said Bradley. “I’ve been waiting for my chance to be a senior and open my door to the trick-or-treaters.”

Parents and their children were equally as delighted to participate in the event. Saint Anselm alumna Marjana Ancic ‘03 and her two children attended the event for the first time and said they will definitely be back next year. French professor Nicole Leapley, noted that it was her first time participating in the festival with her two children, ages 6 and 2, dressed as Batman and Cleopatra respectively, who were busy enjoying themselves, and the candy. Leapley also vowed that she would bring her children to the event next year.

Story by Lauren Wanless '17

Photo Gallery: A Very "Anselmian" Halloween


Zoos, Music, and WWII: A Sample of 2015 Fall Courses

BI 335: Animal Behavior

Visiting the zoo, learning to play a new instrument, and reading texts about Nazi Germany are a sample of what students are doing at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Animal Behavior, Reading Seminar: Nazi Germany, and Studies in Music Performance are three courses that are bound to give students an interesting and fun Fall Semester.

BI 335: Animal Behavior

This course offers an introduction to basic animal behaviors and the mechanisms that drive them. Taught by Professor Lori LaPlante, the course lectures cover an array of topics ranging from evolution to neurobiology, genetics, and territoriality.

A unique and major component of the class is a semester-long zoo project at the Stone Zoo. For the project, each student has to complete an observational study on an animal of his or her choice.

The study requires students to develop a research hypothesis, collect observational data, analyze the data, and draw conclusions about his/her animal. According to LaPlante, students have chosen an array of unique and exotic animals including flamingoes, snow leopards, reindeer, and tamarins.

Biology and Psychology major Courtney Russell ’16 chose to take the class last year because she originally wanted to become a veterinarian. For her animal study, she observed the vigilant versus day-to-day behaviors of Cotton Top Tamarins, an endangered species. Although difficult, she was able to support her hypothesis that vigilance occurs more frequently in the wild than in captivity.

She feels that the lectures and project was very beneficial and also helped valuable writing experience needed for other classes.

“I greatly enjoyed having Professor LaPlante as a teacher and taking this class. The information presented was very interesting and presented in a way that was easy to remember,” said Russell.

“I would definitely suggest this class to students majoring in Biology and Psychology as well as anyone interested in animal behavior.”

HI 489: Reading Seminar: Nazi Germany

For many majors, seniors are required to write a Research Thesis in order to finish their degree requirements. However, the History Department offers senior History majors two choices: a Research Seminar or Reading Seminar.

The difference between the two courses is that the Research Seminar allows students to develop, research, and write on a topic of their choosing. On the other hand, the Reading Seminar analyzes and discusses works on an area of historical study as a class. This fall, Department Chair Phil Pajakowski chose a Reading Seminar related to Nazi Germany.

“Nazi Germany is a good subject for such a seminar because this period in German history has attracted enormous interest and study among historians, and has given rise to great questions of interpretation,” Pajakowski states.

“Nazism evokes evaluation of the ways historians come to grips with a difficult subject.”

Unlike most history majors, Kristen Van Uden (’16) is taking both Seminar courses. However, her interest in both World War II and her thesis topic did not deter her from pursuing them.

She explains, “I have always been fascinated by the Holocaust. Taking the World War II class with Professor Hugh Dubrulle last year definitely sparked my interest. I am not afraid of the work so I thought I would take a class that interested me, and related to my thesis.

Throughout the course, students will be reading and discussing a variety of books including Henry Turner’s Hitler’s Thirty Days Power: January 1933, Timothy Ryback’s Hitler’s First Victims: The Quest for Justice, Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men, Robert Gellately’s Backing Hitler, and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

MU 160: Studies in Music Performance

After offering music lessons for credit in piano and flute last fall, the Fine Arts Department is expanding its program. This semester, students will be able to take lessons in violin, organ, and voice.

Over the summer, the Department hired four part-time faculty members to teach lessons—Liesl Schoenberger Doty (violin), Eric Bermani (organ), Emily Jaworski (voice), and Nick Pothier (piano).

Liesl Schoenberger Doty explains how expanding the music department has been great for students. She says, “It is so great to be offering lessons to students. They are able to take lessons and creatively improve their musical voice. It is the core of what it means to be interested in and play music.”

Students have also found much excitement about the program expansion. “I did concert choir while in high school and have not been able to continue training during college. So I am ecstatic to be doing voice lessons this semester,” says senior voice student Alanna Tremblay.

“Even though I’ve only had two lessons so far, they have already been helpful for noticing what I have to work on as a performer.”

Tremblay also revealed how these new classes will prove beneficial to the college. “Having the opportunity to offer music classes raises the standards of the college. Saint Anselm has expanded their expectations on what a liberal arts college is all about.”

Alongside the new lessons, Professor Sean Parr is also teaching senior Fine Arts majors Billy Endicott and Emily Barrett an Independent Study course in Conducting.

Parr hopes that these new additions will have a positive impact on the Fine Arts Department. He says, “ Hopefully, these chamber ensembles will continue to gain momentum. We’re hoping that the growing interest in music performance at the college will lead to the founding of a new Chamber Orchestra for credit and perhaps even a Band.”

Adding to the individual lessons, Professor Parr has established a new choir for credit—the Chamber Singers. The group, consisting of sixteen students, will be singing a mix of secular and sacred classical music as well as Holiday songs. The singers will be presenting several outreach performances and will perform in a concert at the end of the semester.

Anselm 125: Student Grand Finale – What You Need To Know

Fireworks over Alumni Hall

A professional fireworks display will be offered as a celebration for the pending conclusion to the academic year, and to serve as the student "Grand Finale" to the Saint Anselm College 125th anniversary celebration. The show is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. All students are invited to view the display, but strict viewing areas will be established for the safety of all spectators.

Fireworks over Alumni HallFreshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to view the display from the main College Quadrangle. The best viewing is expected to be on the grassy areas outside Cushing and Hilary Hall. Seniors will watch from the FBC townhouses. A police and fire detail will be present to ensure all appropriate safety measures and state laws are met.

The show will be stopped if there are too many people in "Uppers" at any time before or during the display.

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Before the fireworks, spend the evening on the College Green to “Party Your Classes Off” with free food, inflatables, give-a-ways, and more.

  • 5 – 8 p.m. Party Your Classes Off on the Campus Green
  • 7:30 p.m. Anselm 125 Time Capsule ceremony
  • 8:30 p.m. Fireworks
  • After fireworks: Performer in the Coffee Shop

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