Sophomore Nursing Students Begin Clinical Experience with Blessing

Saint Anselm College's Blessing of the Hands ceremony in the Abbey Church

“You begin your clinical experience in a very Benedictine way,” said Fr. Anselm, O.S.B. on Friday night, Jan. 25 as he blessed the hands of 94 sophomore nursing students preparing for their first clinical experience in the coming weeks. The annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony in the Abbey Church is a meaningful step for students on their journey to becoming nurses.

Saint Anselm College's Blessing of the Hands ceremony in the Abbey ChurchEach member of the nursing class of 2015, sporting his or her new navy scrubs, approached nursing faculty where they were given their blessing while Fr. Anselm reminded students that God will guide them today and every day throughout their careers as nurses.

In his address to both students, faculty, and visiting parents and friends, Fr. Anselm reminded the group of the first words of the Rule of Saint Benedict.

“Listen to your heart,” he said, “St. Benedict said to be open, be receptive, and whenever you begin a good work, you must first begin with prayer.”

Students had mixed emotions about the start of their clinical experience, which begins the first week of February. Breanna Harper '15 described the experience as “both nervous and exciting,” she said, “working with real people will definitely take some getting used to.”

Matthew Zacchilli '15 admitted, “dealing with medicine is going to be a little scary, but I am definitely more excited than nervous.”

Brittany Taylor '15 said that the blessing made her “really nervous and excited because the blessing means that clinicals are getting closer,” but that she is totally okay with her uniform. “I love my scrubs, I want to wear them every day!” She said with enthusiasm.

The Blessing of Hands was followed by a reception in the lower church, full of families congratulating their sons and daughters and students wishing each other good luck with the start of their clinicals.

Anselmian Compassion in Action
Following the Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Friday, a sophomore student was distressed to learn that her parents, who flew in from California, had unfortunately missed the ceremony by an hour. In hearing the student's sad news, the nursing department faculty immediately returned to the upper church to reenact the ceremony for the student and her family including senior nursing student Lauren Boyce who re-read her speech.

"The faculty prayed over the student and, although quick, the moment was real and very moving," said nursing professor Caryn Sheehan.

"At that time, I was bursting with pride to know that I work with such kind and thoughtful nurses. Many people talk about caring and serving Christ, but these nurses (and one nurse-to-soon-be) actually acted with their hearts. I think that they really made a difference [tonight] and should be recognized," said Sheehan.

Hawks Athletes and Coaches Set Records, Post Victories In Weekend Matches

Justin Redente

Men's skiing posted a first place finish over the weekend as women's hockey senior Rosemarie Giarrusso netted a goal and an assist to etch her name into the Hawks record book. Men's hockey rallied for a 3-2 victory over Babson, giving coach Ed Seney his 150th Saint Anselm win. These notable accomplishments follow the recent milestone achieved by men's basketball head coach Keith Dickson, who marked the 500th win of his career as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a convincing 101-54 victory against Pace University.

Men's Skiing

Justin RedenteThe Saint Anselm College men's skiing team competed in the Brown University Carnival over the weekend and finished with a fourth place finish on Friday at Gunstock Mountain and a first place finish on Saturday at Blackwater Mountain.

In the slalom competition on Saturday at Blackwater Mountain, the men picked up their first 1st place finish of the season with a total team time of 4:34.21.

Benjamin Roy led the pack for Saint Anselm with a 1:30.52 two-run total. He picked up a 45.48 on his first run and a 45.05 on his second. In second place for Saint Anselm, Justin Redente ended up with a 1:31.55 for a sixth place overall finish. The final qualifying time for the Hawks came from Eric Brandolini, who clocked a 1:32.13 – 10th place among all competitors. The final two times from the first place finishers came from Thomas Suglia and Joseph Germaine who registered a 1:37.68 and a 1:41.18, respectively.

Saint Anselm returns to action Jan. 26-27 as they travel to the Clarkson Carnival at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Men's and women's basketball and women's skiing were also in action this past weekend. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking them on Facebook and following the Hawks on Twitter.

Women's Hockey

Rosemarie GiarrussoWith her two points, Rosemarie Giarrusso makes another mark in the Saint Anselm women's ice hockey record book as the all-time points leader with 125 career points to date. She overtakes the spot previously held by Kathleen Twomey, who was a member of the team from 2005 to 2009 and stood at 124 career points.

Saint Anselm is now 11-3-3 overall and in third place in the ECAC East with a 7-1-3 mark. The Hawks return to action Friday, Jan. 25 when they play host Manhattanville College in a 4 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan arena for "Pink in the Rink" in support of breast cancer awareness.

Men's Hockey

Sean Jenkins scored the game-winning goal 16 seconds after Joe Tebano netted the game-tying tally as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team came from behind to take down No. 14 Babson College, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Head coach Ed Seney recorded his 150th win as Saint Anselm bench boss as the Hawks improve to 9-4-2 overall and 6-4-1 in ECAC men's east play.

The Hawks return to action Jan. 25 when they play host to Skidmore College in a 7 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan arena for "Pink in the Rink" in support of breast cancer awareness.

Dickson Earns 500th Victory With 101-54 Win Against Pace

Coach Dickson

Men’s basketball head coach Keith Dickson won his 500th career game on Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the Hawks defeated Pace 101-54. Dickson, in his 27th year as a head coach – all at Saint Anselm – becomes the 16th coach in Division II to reach the 500-win plateau and is currently seventh amongst active coaches in all-time victories. With a record of 500-280 for a winning percentage of .641, Dickson has won more games—both in total wins and percentage—than any other coach in the program’s history.

"You sit there on the bench and sort of think about all that's happened in that gym," said Dickson, the school's all-time winningest coach. "I must say, I'm happy that it happened in Stoutenburgh." (excerpt from Union Leader article)

The Hawks, who are receiving votes in the latest NABC Division II Poll, have now won 10 of their last 11, including seven straight, and improve to 12-2 on the season, including 9-2 in Northeast-10 play.

Coach DicksonSaint Anselm, which matched a season high with the 101 points, handed out 30 assists on 37 baskets – the fifth highest number of assists in program history and the most since the Hawks tallied 31 helpers at home against Merrimack College on Jan. 11, 1996. Pace drop to 7-7, 4-6 NE-10.

The Hawks came out of the gate looking like a team that had one thing in mind – getting their coach his 500th career victory. "When the game started our team was thinking that we wanted to prove to him that we are a championship caliber team that he's been wanting to see. We wanted to jump out to a big lead immediately and keep that lead through the whole game" said sophomore Roy Mabrey.

"Getting the 500th win was important to us because we wanted to do it for Coach Dickson. For us as a team its just another W in the left column but for Coach Dickson its a big accomplishment that proves that he is a great coach and knows how to coach his way to victories consistently"

Mabrey poured in a game-high 25 points to lead six Hawks in double figures. Mabrey had 21 points just 11:51 into the contest and tallied five assists, three steals and two rebounds in his second lowest minute total of the season – 32. Read the full game recap on the athletics website.

Straight Shooter

(excerpts from Portraits, winter 2006)

Dickson came to Saint Anselm College in the summer of 1985. In an interview with the college featured in Portraits winter 2006 issue, Dickson said he was looking for a place to coach, where he could be happy and successful.

When he talks Saint Anselm basketball, he talks about the program and the people. He looks for players with personal character and academic commitment as well as passion for the sport. He looks for team players who understand and believe in the mission of the college, and who care for and get along well with others.

Dickson has earned a reputation for the strong work ethic of his teams, both in the classroom and on the court. And for the past 27 years, Dickson’s teams have won—often.

Upcoming Schedule

The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. when they battle Assumption College in a battle for first place in the Northeast-10 standings at Laska Gymnasium. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Le Moyne College at Stoutenburgh.

Once is Not Enough: Alumni Return to Orphanage in Honduras

Alumni in Honduras

In rural Honduras, there is a huge ranch where 450 orphaned or abandoned children have a stable home, an education, and an opportunity to learn a trade. It is a place that holds a special place in the hearts of quite a few Saint Anselm alumni.

In December, six Anselmians who served at the orphanage on Spring Break Alternative (now Service & Solidarity Missions) organized a return trip to work with the children and pitch in with chores to help keep the place running. Most had served there more than once.

Alumni in HondurasFor Monica Henry ’05, it was trip number 12. She first visited Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) in March 2004, and co-led the following year’s trip. After graduating, she lived and worked there for 18 months as a volunteer. She now works as special events manager for Friends of the Orphans, the charitable organization that supports the home.

“Ever since my first visit with the Saint Anselm College SBA trip, the children of NPH have been my family and home,” Henry says. “They have done more for me than I could ever do for them. I’m honored to be working for an organization that diligently works to improve these children’s lives and help create a sustainable future for them.”

Tess (Franzino) Blackwell ’06, child sponsorship manager for the organization, has a similar story.

“I met Jarvin when he was three years old back in 2007 when he first arrived at the ranch along with his older sister, Yuri. Jarvin was HIV positive, and thanks to the support of NPH he is a healthy, happy, and studious nine-year old boy. John and I began sponsoring him in 2008, and have enjoyed watching him grow over the years each time we visit.”

The child sponsorship program helps provide food, shelter, clothing, and education for all of the children living at the ranch, she says.

Also on the December trip were John Blackwell ’07, Allison Ahern ’07 (also a child sponsor), Devon Katz ’10, and Erin Latina ’07.

Much of the volunteers’ time was spent reading to the children and playing with them. All the food for the children is grown on the ranch, so farm and kitchen chores also are part of the day’s work.

“The culture of service that Saint Anselm is known for continues well beyond graduation,” says Latina, an intensive care unit nurse. “Although we don't all know each other and come from various professional backgrounds, we are each connected to NPH through our participation in Spring Break Alternative while at Saint Anselm."

Hockey Players, Coaches, and… Batman?

Ben Roy with Saint Anselm hockey players

Above each stall in the Men’s hockey locker room is the name of a player and his jersey number. Over the plate that reads “Benjamin Roy,” in lieu of a jersey number there is a Batman sticker. Ben is not a player or a coach, but he is a permanent member of the team and a very special little boy.

Ben RoyBen is a 9-year-old who has been a cancer survivor for five years of his young life. He was partnered with the hockey team through “Team IMPACT,” a program that partners ill or disabled children with college athletic programs. Senior captain Tucker Mullin was contacted by the director of the program and says he jumped at the opportunity to have Ben become part of the team.

Over the last two years, Tucker and his teammates have far exceeded expectations and have welcomed Ben as a part of the team. Ben knows everyone on the team and can often be seen at practices playing games with the boys like tag and human bowling. Players including Liam McKillop, Greg Crovo, Sean Jenkins, and Kody Grondin organize his activities and maintain contact with Ben’s mother.

Ben brings laughter and a positive attitude every time he joins the team. Senior Andy Kacz gives Ben his watch every time he comes because it makes him “invisible.” Ben has a helmet and a pair of skates in his stall and some of the guys are teaching him how to skate. He’s making progress, says the team captain.

Mullin and the other guys welcome Ben not only as their friend but as a team member. He is welcome at practices, games, and team meetings, and has two permanently reserved seats behind the bench for him and his mother. “He sometimes will come down to the locker room and give us high-fives as we go out on the ice. It’s great to come off the ice and have him be the first person you see through the glass,” says Tucker.

Ben's team biography:

Benjamin joins the Hawks for his second full season as a member of the Men's Ice Hockey team for the 2012-13 season. He joined the program in accordance with Team IMPACT in the Spring of 2011 and has played an integral role on the team since then. He brings infectious joy, laughter and energy each day he is with his teammates.

Ben enjoys hanging out in the locker room and learning to skate with the team. His favorite superhero is Batman and he loves spending time with his beloved dog Daphne.

When the Hawks won the NE-10 last year for the third straight time, Ben was one of the first people to jump onto the ice and celebrate with the team. He’s in all the pictures, and if you look carefully, amidst the crowd of players, you can see his batman hat.

Tucker’s proudest moment with Ben was when he walked the first lap at last year’s Relay for Life Cancer rally. The first lap is reserved for cancer survivors and their families, and Tucker and Ben walked side by side.

Ben on the ice“I don’t know if he realizes the significance of that, but for me it’s something that will stay with me the rest of my life,” Tucker says. “I might have had to walk next to him so he wouldn’t be shy, but it put a lot in perspective for me. It was an honor to walk in his and the other survivors’ company. I often think that we look up to him as much as he looks up to us. He has overcome great odds to be where he is today and he brings his Mom and many others so much joy, it’s really humbling to be a part of their life.”

Tucker will graduate soon, but Ben will remain a member of the Hawks. Other players will take over Tucker’s role and continue the beautiful relationship they have developed. Tucker will continue to be a role model in Benjamin’s life, however. “I am excited for that relationship with the team to continue growing and Ben and his Mom are people I’ll never lose touch with after I graduate,” he says.

Ben has made just as big an impact on the lives of Tucker and his teammates as they have made on his. And that, in its essence, is what it means to be an Anselmian.

Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Tim Wirzburger '13.

Student Reflects on 'Sandy' Relief Service Trip

Saint Anselm College volunteers

My name is Margaret Tereschuk and I am a senior, criminal justice major. Two weeks ago, I volunteered to be a part of a Hurricane Sandy relief group of 17 students. I am embarrassed to admit this, but it is the first time I have taken advantage of one of the amazing service programs that Saint Anselm provides. I was looking through my emails one day, and happened to see that Campus Ministry was assembling groups of students to lend a hand. I saw on the news the damage done by the hurricane and felt compelled to help. Also, I figured it would most likely be my last chance to take advantage of an opportunity like this.

A boarded up buildingI was a member of a group that took the 5 ½ hour journey to Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, and Staten Island on Sunday. I was instantly shocked when I saw how bad the conditions really were, and I was angered that the attention being paid to this disaster paled so greatly in comparison to how grave the conditions actually were. They had been cleaning up for at least a month by the time we arrived, and it still looked like a scene from a movie about the apocalypse. People’s homes were torn apart, the foundations were destroyed, and all of their belongings were in soggy, moldy heaps on their driveways and in the street. Houses were missing their sides, and some looked as though they were ripped from their foundations and haphazardly thrown to another location. It took me a while to come to terms with the situation, and it was difficult to keep my emotions in check.

At both locations, we arrived at our sites and joined up with other volunteers from different organizations, and civilians who wanted to do their part. I was moved by how many people joined together to help. People were donating various supplies, others were cooking for the volunteers and victims, massages were provided for those who were suffering from stress, trauma counseling was made available, garbage men were removing massive piles of garbage free of charge, and, like us, several people were working on the houses.

The volunteers were split up into groups and dispatched to different addresses. When we arrived, the homeowners told us what they needed done, and our job was to do anything that would make their lives easier and lighten their load, both emotionally and physically. We tore down drywall and ceilings, removed insulation from the walls, sifted through the remains of people’s belongings to see if anything was salvageable, cleared out trashed and flooded basements, removed carpet, moved furniture out, and helped load moving trucks. In my opinion, the most valuable thing we did was listen to the stories of the victims, let them vent to us, and help them to realize that they were not alone.

There were countless memorable moments during my two-day trip, but one especially made an impression on me. We went to an older woman's home where we helped her, her brother, and her son tear down drywall and insulation. After we completed the job, the younger man, who was a homicide detective in the NYPD, thanked us repeatedly for helping him with the work on his mother’s home. All of the sudden, he began to talk. We stood there in silence and listened for about an hour. He shared his story of how he was in his car during the storm, and the tide lifted it and swept it away. Before he rolled his windows down to brave the rapids, he called all of his loved ones and said his goodbyes. He swam for 40 minutes, not knowing if he would be saved, if he would drown, or if a power line would snap and fall into the water. Luckily, he survived.

Saint Anselm College volunteersHe also shared with us that he lost his mother’s sister in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was there when the south tower collapsed, and that he lost several of his best friends who were firefighters and police officers. This man had been through two different horrible experiences in his life that no one should ever have to endure. The amazing part was his attitude. He told us how grateful he is for his life, how he used these hardships as wake-up calls to remind him of how blessed he is, and that he is positive that God is watching over him and protecting him at all times. These experiences have not ruined him or made him a pessimist, although this would have been quite understandable; they have strengthened him, and this man was an inspiration. Throughout his story I held back tears. We were all stunned, and we were immediately grateful for our lives. We were made aware that things like finals, homework, and college drama really weren’t so hard. This man, whom we met by chance, had changed our lives in a matter of 60 minutes.

The trip greatly exceeded every expectation I had, and it completely changed my perspective on life. One thing I learned is that no matter how bad things seem, there will always be someone else who has it much worse. Surprisingly enough, the people who do have it worse usually have an amazingly optimistic attitude and a rock-solid belief in their faith.

The second thing I learned was that there is no greater feeling than helping others and getting nothing in return. It is a feeling that I hope to get much more frequently by volunteering and helping out as many people as I can.

Finally, the third thing that I learned was that everyone who ever told me that I should take advantage of everything Saint Anselm College has to offer was right. If I could do one thing, it would be to share this story with everyone so that people do not pass up service and volunteer opportunities such as Spring and Winter Break Alternative, Road for Hope, Relay for Life, and Hurricane Relief Groups. There will always be someone who is in need of a helping hand, and one never knows when he/she might also be in need of one.

Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Margaret Tereschuk '13.

Anselmians Abroad: Students Pursue International Education

Jessica Jacques '13

Imagine trekking across mountainous landscapes amidst volcanoes, glaciers, and geysers and then turning in for the night in a turf house constructed of sod and grass. No Lord-of-the-Rings fantasy film, but a typical occurrence inTara Byrnes' semester abroad.

Jessica Jacques '13

Jessica Jacques '13 is a Spanish major from East Kingston, New Hampshire. Jessica has been studying in Granada, Spain

Tara, a history major, spent the fall studying at an eco-village in Solheimar, Iceland, where she is a member of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL). She takes courses like "Secrets of Simplicity" and "Crossroads Thinking," where she learns about the sustainability of the environment.

“Over the course of the semester I have become educated about the dire condition our Earth is currently in and solutions as to how to fix our present situation and create a better future for ourselves and for our children,” she explained.

Tara is one of many Saint Anselm students who have studied abroad. Saint Anselm students have studied in 15 countries over the past year, including Spain, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Australia, and England. Additionally, 45 students will study abroad on semester long programs in the 2012-2013 academic year. This is the highest number ever for semester-long study abroad.

Andrew Mueskes, a junior business major, has been studying at the University of Cork College in Ireland. He is learning about managing and marketing in the European Union, consumer behavior, and business ethics. However, as Andrew commented, the learning is not just done in the classroom but through interactions with the country itself and the people he meets.

Study abroad programs, however, includes more than academics. Students have plenty of time to travel and partake in recreational activities. Andrew has traveled to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, and Edinburgh, and plans trips to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest for the rest of the semester. “One thing that I have really loved about being in Ireland (and Europe in general) is the ease at which I am able to travel between countries. It is so easy to find cheap flights so I’ve been able to take trips almost every weekend,” he said.

Visit the Study Abroad Blog to read postings from students who have spent their fall semester in Argentina, Belgium and Spain.

Tara has spent much of her free time in the village of Solheimar which is home to sustainable environmental practices as well as home to many disabled people. “We spend our extra time socializing with these beautiful people in their workshops where the mentally disabled and staff work together. Some workshops include soap, paper and candle making. Other workshops are the bakery, greenhouse, weaving and the wood workshop.”

The Study Abroad program is becoming increasingly popular among Saint Anselm students and it is certainly not surprising. It offers not just a chance to learn in another school but to be completely immersed in a different culture. Whether its hiking the coastline of Iceland, or passing around the guitar in an Irish pub, or feeding kangaroos in Australia, the opportunities are out there to see the world and enhance your Saint Anselm education.

Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Tim Wirzburger '13.

Creative Confections and other Traditions

The Davison Hall gingerbread town train

Students, faculty, and staff at Saint Anselm College are spreading the Christmas spirit. As tradition holds, Saint Anselm hosted the annual Gingerbread House Competition on Wednesday, November 28th. Four hundred students on 100 teams gathered in Davison Hall to take part in the friendly, yet extremely competitive event.

“This is intense!” said Jenny Ferrar ’16, as students mixed frosting, designed creative gingerbread layouts and ran back and forth to get supplies provided to them by Saint Anselm Dining Services.

After about two hours, students turned in their gingerbread creations, including houses, lighthouses, boats, movie scenes, and replicas of places on campus. A fan favorite was a Grinch scene with Whoville residents holding hands around the Christmas tree and the Grinch himself looking out at them from the window of a building. No detail was spared; there are even icicles hanging off the eaves of the houses.

The creativity of the Saint Anselm College students was evident as all of the 100 gingerbread creations were displayed next to the Christmas tree in Davison Hall. From now until December 6, each Anselmian has the opportunity to vote for the winning gingerbread masterpiece, and the top three teams will receive $400, $200, or $100, respectively.

Christmas at Saint Anselm would not be complete without the Anselmian way of giving back, and on Saturday, December 1, Anselmians did just that. With the help of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Carr center and set up craft tables for the Holiday Fair, giving children and families from the Manchester area the opportunity to participate in activities such as ornament making, bag decorating, and snowflake making, as well as having pictures taken with Santa.

The giving spirit was in the air at the Holiday Fair, as students demonstrated crafts for the children, and the children created masterpieces of their own, leaving with hands full of crafts and faces full of smiles. Christmas has truly brought out the Anselmian spirit of kindness and giving.

Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Meagan Cox '15.

Bake Shop Busy For Thanksgiving

Cheesecake in Davison Hall

It is one of the uniquely Anselmian traditions: Davison Dining Hall bakes and sells pies and cheesecakes in the days before Thanksgiving to students, faculty and staff looking to bring dessert home for the big holiday dinner.

Kristie Archer, assistant baker has been whipping up Saint Anselm’s sweet treats for three years, joined by Nancy Whiteneck who has been with the dining services staff for four years.

Students started carrying the sweet treats out of Davison only hours after the baking had concluded Monday morning. In preparation for the sale, which continues through Wednesday, staff will be in the bake shop around the clock from November 17 (at 11 p.m.) through Tuesday, November 20.

What goes into the production of 1,300 pies and 900 cheesecakes?

  • 2,000 pounds of cream cheese
  • 500 pounds of sugar
  • 260 dozen eggs
  • 500 gallons of heavy cream
  • 300 pounds – or 24,000 chocolate chips
  • 400 pounds of graham cracker crumbs

This year, pies are being offered in the following varieties:

  • Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Fruits of the forest
  • Pecan
  • Pumpkin

Cheesecakes (averaging 5 pounds each) include:

  • Plain vanilla bean
  • White chocolate
  • Chocolate chip
  • Vanilla bean with strawberry topping
  • Vanilla bean with cherry topping
  • Pumpkin

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hockey Alumni Lace Up Their Skates

Hockey program alumni

No contact, no fans, no score. This game was just for fun—and memories. The 18 alumni who joined the recent men’s hockey alumni game were continuing an annual tradition of staying in touch with their teammates and sharing the game they love.

As the players emerged from the tunnel, they were all smiles and laughs, happy to be back on the ice. They had a half-hour warmup, playfully shooting pucks at each other and stretching their legs.

Finally, it was time for their game to begin. They lined up for the face-off at center ice: black on one side, grey on the other. The puck was dumped into the corner and the teams were off. Though it was just a friendly scrimmage and many of the guys had not played competitive hockey in years, the talent level on the ice was still apparent.

Hockey program alumniCoach Ed Seney watched intently, enjoying watching his old players take to the ice in a friendly exhibition. As he pointed out, some of the best players in Saint Anselm hockey history were there, including Coleman Noonan who has played two years in Europe since graduating in 2011.

“We all try to stay in touch,” said Seney. “It’s definitely great to see the guys back here lacing up the skates again.”

Some of the current players also got a kick out of watching the older guys scrimmage, including their two assistant coaches, Mike Martinello and Mike Curtis. “It’s always the coaches hollering at us during games and practices, and now we finally get to watch them play for a change,” laughed sophomore defenseman Matt Buckley.

Some of the seniors on the team had played a season or two with the returning alumni. “It’s funny to see how out of shape they can get so quickly,” quipped senior forward Andy Kacz. He and senior Bryan Luther expressed their eagerness to play in the alumni games after they graduate.

Chris O’Brien ’08, who wore 21 for the black team, said, “We would have liked a better turnout this year, but it’s always fun seeing the guys and it’s something I look forward to every year.” O’Brien only had to travel from Watertown, Mass., but several of the players flew in from other places.

The previous night, the returning hockey players watched the men’s team play Norwich. Martinello ’02 said that the event gave younger alumni and current players a chance to network and make business connections. As an assistant coach, Martinello said that he always encourages his players to stay involved after they graduate and give back to the place that has given them so many opportunities. With an outlook like that, we can be assured that the Hawk tradition of excellence will continue for many years to come.

Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Tim Wirzburger '13.