Bhutanese Refugees Share Experience with Students

Bhutanese refugee Kusum Acharya speaks to Saint Anselm students

Five Bhutanese refugees told their story to Saint Anselm students on Thursday, Oct. 3 at a special event to raise awareness of the Bhutanese experience. In 1958 thousands of immigrants were welcomed into the small Asian country of Bhutan via the Citizenship Act, but the overpopulation and prosperity of the immigrants eventually led to the forced eviction of one-sixth of the population in the 1990s. After living nearly ten years in a refugee camp in Nepal, five refugees moved to the U.S. They visited Saint Anselm to give students greater insight into their history and encourage the students to pursue activism and awareness.

Five Bhutanese refugees talked about their experience with Saint Anselm students The International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan (ICHRB), led by Suraj Budathoki, brought four refugee testimonies before the students. The first was a principal of a school in the Nepal refugee camp, who gave some history and demographics of Bhutan, the second a former political refugee freed by amnesty international. The remaining two were women, one who testified to the repressive lifestyle women were subjected to in Bhutan, the other a college freshman who had been raised in a Nepal refugee camp.

"Over the summer I worked for the International Institute and made friends with Bhutanese refugees, one was a professor and I had never really understood the struggle he went through, so it was really interesting to learn more," said communication major Caroline Dlugos '14.

Dlugos, like many students, attended the lecture in place of Professor Smith's class, Sociology and Genocide, but was really excited about the event.

Budathoki drew attention to the world's ignorance of the refugee struggle as Bhutan misrepresented itself to world powers. Specifically he pointed out how it had reported a 1.3 million population to the U.N. even though its census had reported under 68,000. He urged that only awareness could stop the injustices in Bhutan.

"We discussed some ideas we think might work, but we thought we'd leave it to you," Professor MacDonald, the coordinator of the event said, "We don't want to pollute your young creative minds with our ideas."

The panel opened for questions after their stories, and as the session concluded several students thanked the speakers for their inspiring stories. Most had never heard the struggles of Bhutanese refugees.

"As a politics major I found it super interesting," said Grace Keating '14.

"It was really powerful to hear from eye witnesses, it's not like watching a movie or reading from a textbook."

The ICHRB is a nonprofit organization centered in New Hampshire with the mission to establish, protect, and strengthen the rights of the Bhutanese. Students are encouraged to follow their Facebook page and post ideas and solutions to the Bhutan human rights abuses.

 

This post was submitted by Michaela Parker '17.

BBC Correspondent Discusses "A Journey with Hillary Clinton"

BBC Correspondent Kim Ghattas with Saint Anselm students

Although she’s lived in the U.S. for four years, reported all over the world, and traveled around the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, BBC correspondent Kim Ghattas had never been to New Hampshire prior to her visit to Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library on Monday, Sept. 30.

BBC Correspondent Kim Ghattas with Saint Anselm studentsGhattas, who currently covers the United States Department of State, was at the Institute discussing her new book "The Secretary: a Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power." The book explores Clinton’s handle on international relationships following the Bush era of policies. Ghattas recalls examples of her own experiences growing up in Beirut, Lebanon during the discord of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), where the general view of America was negative. From that perspective, she explained, Clinton had a refreshing outlook on foreign relationships: sympathizing with other countries while focusing on America’s ability and policies.

As Ghattas' touching and personable speech concluded she took questions from the audience of professors, students, and members of the community. As she answered, she several times referred to Clinton as “Hillary.” Although she was as uncertain as anyone else of Clinton’s political intentions, she noted the remarkable way in which the former secretary of state had created her own name, recalling one instance at a convention when an observer, seeing former President Bill Clinton, excitedly said, “There’s Hillary Clinton’s husband!”.

Concluding the event, Ghattas signed copies of her book and spoke with the students. The two hour event ended as Ghattas shook hands with the fourteen Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors present at the event. Student ambassador Abagail Krusemark, an international relations major from the class of 2014, was particularly impressed with Ghattas’s work showing the lesser known side of Clinton.

"I was interested in Hillary Clinton not only as secretary of state but also as a person. Often, the best analysis of character, work ethic, and content comes from the inner circle. [Ghattas] gave a succinct and clear analysis—it was very enriching and enlightening. [Ghattas’s]… perspective of growing up in Lebanon [was interesting]—it was very personal.” Krusemark said.

“[It was interesting to see] how much dialogue and respect can make a difference on a national and global scale and that the role of the Secretary of State is not to be a bulldog but to be an ear. Clinton made it clear though town halls, especially with local journalists."

Learn more about upcoming NHIOP events at www.anselm.edu/nhiop.

 

This post was submitted by Michaela Parker '17.

Landscape Exhibition Opens at Chapel Art Center

Rain Over Ipswich by artist Sandy Wadlington

Artists, private collectors, alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the college's Chapel Art Center for the opening of Reflections of the Day, an exhibition of works by Sandy Wadlington. Nearly 130 people attended the event including Wadlington.

Rain Over Ipswich by Sandy WadlingtonA New-England based artist, Wadlington is known for her American landscape naturalism and has been compared to Maxfield Parrish for her use of blue and purple. She has marked her own path with the hands-on media of pastel, caran d'ache, and color woodcuts. Modernist in their patterned simplicity, her works are said to capture the sensations of passing moments.

Private collector Jennifer Hopkins said she was most impressed with the snow scenes. “Snow is white, but it’s also blue and orange and purple. I love the way she uses color,” said Hopkins.

This recount made Wadlington laugh, “the gallery told me no snow pictures because snow is boring. But I think people can get tired of green too, and that’s why I started doing a lot of these misty landscape pictures.”

Fine Arts Professor Kimberly Kersey-Asbury and her class also attended. "Charcoal, woodblock, caran d'ache and pastels are all materials our students might have used while studying studio art here at the college. Seeing these materials applied to the familiar subjects of landscape and interiors by a working artist, can only expand a student's understanding of the media's possibility," said Professor Asbury.

"Also, the exhibition highlights the impact the choice of scale can have on the treatment of a single motif. A very different effect, very different physical presence, is achieved depending on the scale the artist has chosen."

Julia Welch, the assistant curator, assisted in putting together the exhibition, contacting private collectors for Wadlington’s work, which was discovered by the gallery’s director, Fr. Iain MacLellan. This exhibition was organized with assistance from McGowan Fine Art, Concord, N.H.

The exhibit will remain in the gallery until Dec. 7. Throughout the semester various programs be available which can be found on the Chapel Art Center's website.

Image: Rain over Ipswich, Color Woodcut (2005) Permanent Collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

This post was submitted by Michaela Parker '17.

Campus Parking Lots Reassigned for 2013-2014

A campus safety vehicle patrols campus

The Office of Campus Safety and Security, has reassigned several parking lots, or areas of parking lots to better accommodate student's parking needs for the 2013-2014 academic year. All students will receive an email (sent to your Saint Anselm College email address) when permits are available for purchase.

Visit the Department of Safety and Security website for additional information about parking permits and rules and regulations.

Please take note of the following changes to the parking designations for students:

  • Freshmen (F) – South Lot ONLY (located behind Sullivan Arena).
  • Father Bernard Court (B) – Permitted Bernard Court Residents ONLY.
  • Saint Benedict Court (SBC) – Permitted Saint Benedict Court Residents ONLY.
  • Collins/Falvey (CF) – Permitted Collins/Falvey Residents ONLY.
  • Residents (R) – Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh Extension, Baroody and South Lot.

The Dana Lot is now Faculty/Staff and Commuter parking only. Additionally, the East Lot still contains some assigned Commuter spaces. Commuters may also park in Baroody Lot, the Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh Extension Lots, and the South Lot.

Therapy Dogs Reduce Finals' Stress

Student William Endicott with three dogs at Saint Anselm College's Pet-a-Pooch

Some special guests visited campus last week thanks to three inventive students who organized the first ever "Pet-a-Pooch" to help Saint Anselm students de-stress during finals. Throughout the day, Thursday through Sunday, May 2 – 5, therapy dogs of all sizes and shapes stopped by with their owners in tow to hang out, play, and be held by eager students.

“I’m so happy people seem to be loving it,” said sophomore Meagan DiDonato who organized the program with fellow students Gianpaolo Rufo ’13 and Jon Wells ’15.

“It takes their mind off everything and they can relax. It is definitely a good study break.”

On Thursday, Diane from Paws for Friendship brought her three rescue dogs: Mojo, Sarah and Munchkin, a miniature pinscher, toy poodle, and toy Chihuahua respectively. On average 40 to 50 students at a time sat in the North Lounge in Cushing, patiently waiting their turn to hold the small dogs.

Somehow I was lucky enough to hold all three of them. It brightened up my whole week after being so totally drained from biology and french that day, it helped me unwind and relax," said freshman William Endicott.

The rest of the weekend delivered border collies, golden retrievers and Saint Bernards. Students came and went, taking study breaks or stopping-by after a final to pet the pooches.

Students from service societies Koinonia and Teddys staffed the event and the organizers hope these groups will take over organizing this event in the future, making it a tradition during finals.

Junior nursing major Molly McClintock stopped by Thursday afternoon and couldn’t get enough of little dog, Mojo. “It was good to have a brief time to get a little love and get back to work,” said McClintock.

She was only one of many who voiced their appreciation for the program and hoped they would see their furry friends again next semester.

Art Exhibition Showcases Anselmian Talent

Juried

Five Saint Anselm students were recognized for their artistic talent in the Chapel Art Center's most recent exhibition, the 12th annual Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition. The opening reception on Thursday, April 11, showcased 29 pieces by 14 students from ceramic sculptures and photographs, to watercolor paintings and charcoal drawings. The reception, which brought together faculty, staff, students, families and community members, was followed by an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

The top award presented to a piece that reflects the "Portraits of Human Greatness," was given to fine arts major and senior Lauren Miller for her piece, "Born and Raised." First place went to Abigail Crane '15, a nursing major, for "Victory in Death," 2012, charcoal and white chalk on paper; second place to Laryssa Feliciano '13, communications major for "Winter Scene," 2010, gouache on paper; third place was awarded to Carlo D'Anselmi '13, classics major for "Self Portrait," 2012, oil on panel.

Other honorable mention awards were given to Laryssa Feliciano '13 for "The Dance Room," Jasna Numanovic '13, a communications major, "Girl with the Red Hat,"and Miller's "Self Portrait from Life."

The pieces in the student exhibition were selectively chosen due to their impressive quality and ability to complement one another in the showcase by juror Rane Hall, a director at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

The exhibit displayed pieces that varied greatly in subject and technique, with paintings and drawings made of materials such as crayon, pen, watercolor, gouache, graphite, and chalk. The works of art focused on a variety of subjects, from self-portraits to winter scenes. In addition, two photographs and several sculptures were displayed including ceramic pieces and abstract pieces made of fabrics and household objects.

"I really appreciate the creativity and the quality of the work of the art students. It reflects the quality of education from the fine arts department and the school in general" said student-participant Dao Le '15, whose photograph, "Life's a Song" consisting of silver gelatin print, was on display.

 

Saint Anselm Student-Athletes Recognized

Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic Reception

The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics held its annual Scholar-Athlete Academic Honors Reception at the Dana Center on Monday evening and honored 182 of its student-athletes.

Taking part in the celebration were Director of Athletics, Dr. Kelly Higgins, Saint Anselm President, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Joseph Horton, Dean of Students, Alicia Finn, Associate Registrar, Father Benet Philips, O.S.B., Associate Director of Athletics, Donna Guimont, professor and Faculty Athletic Representative Emeritus, Joe Catanese, and professor and current Faculty Athletic Representative, Montague Brown.

 Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic ReceptionSeven new student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Student-Athlete Honor Society. Men’s cross country junior and international relations major, Sean Curtis, men’s ice hockey junior and financial economics major, Nick Dries, women’s cross country junior and economics major, Elizabeth Duffy, women’s cross country junior and business major, Lauren Duffy, men’s soccer junior and business major, Kevin Greene, women’s cross country junior and nursing major, Christi Smith and women’s cross country junior and classics major, Merike Youngs all achieved grade point averages of 3.4 or higher to earn membership in Chi Alpha Sigma. Student-athletes become eligible for induction in their junior year.

Those eight, along with 175 others, were each recognized for either attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, or achieving a 3.0 or higher in the Spring or Fall semesters of 2012.

ACADEMIC HONORS: View the full list of all 182 honorees on the SaintAnselmHawks.com website

Hawks Honored with Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Saint Anselm College is one of 26 Division II schools that have been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more.

Saint Anselm’s ASR was 90 percent, meaning it graduated all of its student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment.

Saint Anselm was also one of seven Northeast-10 Conference programs that were included, the most of any conference.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

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The Academic Success Rate is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid. The inclusion of student-athletes who do not receive athletically-related financial aid distinguishes the ASR from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate.

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-thirds more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletically-related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.

No matter what measure is used, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2005 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.

Saint Anselm College Welcomes the Daughters of Isabella

Daughters of Isabella 2013

On Saturday, March 22, 2013, nearly 70 women from Saint Anselm College were inducted into the newly formed Saint Anselm College circle of the Daughters of Isabella. The group, which focuses on the teachings of the Catholic faith and the unity of the women involved, has brought together more than 60,000 women in Canada and the United States.

Daughters of Isabella 2013

The 2013 class of Daughters of Isabella. Photo by Dao Le '15.

Founded in 1897, the group was started as a women's version of the Knights of Columbus and focuses primarily on unity, charity, and friendship. The group’s goal is to follow in the steps of their patroness, Queen Isabella of Castile, to assist in the promotion of the good of society by following the teachings of the Catholic tradition and taking part in acts that aid in the betterment of society.

As a new addition to campus, the induction of 66 women into the group was a first in the history of Saint Anselm College. The conferral, which included the group’s chaplain Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., and four international members of the Daughters of Isabella, took place in a private, spiritual ceremony in the lower Abbey Church. Following the private conferral was a public induction of the group’s officers, who were accompanied by Saint Anselm College's Knights of Columbus.

After Saturday’s conferral ceremony, the new circle of the Daughters of Isabella joined together to attend the Palm Sunday Mass in the Abbey Church, followed by a reception in Cushing’s North Lounge, and the group’s first official business meeting, where the group discussed what to look forward to as the group proceeds.

Due to the hard work and tremendous efforts of sophomore founder and regent, Molly White ’15 and the group’s advisor and treasurer, Director of Campus Ministry Sue Gabert '91, the weekend was a successful and rewarding one for all involved.

“I feel so blessed to be working with such an amazing group of energetic and dedicated women. These girls have come together in faith to serve our community. Based on the motto, 'Unity, Friendship, and Charity,' the Daughters of Isabella strive to foster communities where these three characteristics thrive, and I am so grateful to all 66 of these girls for coming together with their enthusiasm to move forward serving as a new family,” said White.

All of the new members of the Daughters of Isabella are greatly looking forward to a successful future at Saint Anselm College.

Education Students Take Part in Mock Interviews

Saint Anselm education student during mock interview with principal

On Monday, March 11, 2013, students in the field of education were receiving an education of their own as they took part in mock interviews with principals from around New Hampshire. The 12 seniors with elementary education majors or secondary education minors sat down with ten current and former school principals from the Manchester, Derry, Bedford, Londonderry and Merrimack school districts to discuss how the students should conduct themselves in future interviews.

In the 7th annual event arranged by education department chair and professor Laura Wasielewski, the students were given the opportunity to network with men and women who could potentially be their future employers. During the event held at Joseph Hall, each student received direct feedback from five of the ten principals in attendance, including two Saint Anselm College alumni Ed Joyce and ’94 and Frank Hoell ’73, who instructed them on how to organize their résumés and cover letters, which gave the students the opportunity to see just what their employers would be looking for when they apply for jobs in the very near future.

Described as “A favorite event of the principal and the student,” which the principals often view as a “win, win situation,” Professor Wasielewski noted that it really helps the students make connections, which are essential to the “relational” field of education. In addition, some students were able to obtain substitute teaching positions by many of the principals in attendance.

“What is really affirming for me is that the principals speak very highly of the students’ preparation. They are strong in their content and pedagogy,” said Professor Wasielewski, who has been running this event since 2006.

However, it is not just the principals that speak highly of the event, as Lauren Ross '13 said, " I am very thankful that area principals took time out of their busy schedules to come in and meet with the senior education majors. The mock interviews provided me with an excellent insight on how the interview process works. It was a great experience which allowed me to start networking and get my name out there."

The event was a success for all in attendance, and as the seniors approach graduation, they are grateful for this experience which will be extremely beneficial to them in their search for employment.

"I Wondered Why Somebody Didn't Do Something. Then I Realized: I Am Somebody."

SBA volunteers pose for a group photo

When we hit the road early Friday morning, the vans were packed with our bags and pillows, snacks for the road, and the sincere excitement of 12 people who knew they had a magnificent journey ahead of them. Our drive would take us across nine states, almost 900 miles, and would require two full days of driving through the countryside with nothing to do but gaze out at the landscape along our journey.

We were lucky enough to not hit any traffic the whole day as we arrived at our Red Roof Inn in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. I knew by the end of the first day that we had a special group of people and we were all going to bond over the course of the week. After another full day of driving, we arrived Saturday night at our site, a small farm run by the Glenmary Missioners in Lewis County, Kentucky, a place that quickly became our home away from home.

Service & Solidarity Missions: For the 23rd year, 102 Saint Anselm students are spending their spring break on volunteer service trips to 9 sites in the United States as part of Saint Anselm College's Service and Solidarity Missions program. Throughout the week, participants learn about Catholic social teaching while also living and working with those most in need. Each trip is led by two Saint Anselm students.

We were greeted by three men in their early twenties: Walter, Julien and Kirk. They welcomed us to the farm and showed us around the facilities. They introduced us to two key concepts: living simple and living on God’s time. They recycled everything, left little waste, had little in the way of electronics of outside contact, and there were not watches or clocks to be seen. In this way, they could completely live in the present and focus on what’s in front of them.

After a good night’s rest and an afternoon hike on Sunday, volunteers from three other schools arrived on the site: Loyola Maryland, Loyola Chicago, and the Walsh University from Ohio. From the beginning, our group welcomed the newcomers and everyone befriended one another. By the end of the week, everyone knew everyone’s names and it was like we were one big family.

SBA volunteers pose for a group photoThe sites we worked at over the course of the week included a food pantry where we converted an old high school into a place where they fed 400 families a month, low income household construction, visiting various church services, spending time at nursing homes and senior centers, meeting a youthful and spirited old woman who, despite our shock, confessed that she was 93 years old, and several other sites.

When the different returned to the farm at the end of the day, everybody had a positive and friendly attitude, asking others how their day was and sharing their experiences. One group would have supper duty each night, cooking delicious meals like Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken and Cheese Casserole.

We ended each night with reflections, which always had a theme like friendship or social justice. Whether it was in big group reflection with all 43 volunteers plus the farm managers, or small groups featuring just the students from each school, everybody really opened up and made it possible for each individual to express their thoughts and beliefs.

For me personally, the three farm managers stood out as role models and inspirational people. Their calming presence, selflessness, and dedication to service had us all in awe throughout the week. Though close to us in years, they possessed a certain passion and wisdom beyond their years. I hope everyone gets a chance to meet somebody like them in their lifetime because I know I will never forget them.

SBA volunteers pose for a group photoTwo things really struck me the most throughout the week. First was the affectionate and welcoming bond that all 43 of us volunteers formed in just a few short days. I came into the trip hoping make a few close friends within my group. Now I can honestly say I have friends all over the country that I will never forget and we’ve already formed a Facebook group to stay in touch.

The second thing I take home with me is the lessons that the people of Lewis County taught me. So many of them have so little, but instead of dwelling on what they don’t have, they’re gracious and proud of what they do have. This is a town that didn’t even have 911 until last year and so many of them live on welfare, but they hold their heads high and with dignity.

It would be impossible for me to fit all the eye-opening, incredible experiences I shared and selfless people I met over the week into this short blog, but I can honestly say I’ll never forget any of it. Service trips like these truly demonstrate the goodness of humanity and the power that each individual has to change the world.