Student Government Association Inauguration Ceremony

On Sunday March 26, the Student Government Association (SGA) held an inauguration ceremony to induct the new administration and class councils. The proceedings opened with an awards ceremony that honored students, professors, and faculty who contributed positively to the betterment of the college. Incumbent President Emily Bishop ‘18 and Vice President Brandon Pratt ‘18 were then sworn in after a successful campaign hinging on their ability to fulfill past and future promises to the student body.


Dean of Students Alicia Finn helped open proceedings with an extended metaphor about leadership and geese. She discussed how geese “travel on the thrust and trust of one another” in their famous V formation. According to Dean Finn, a whole flock of geese flies 71 percent further by working together. As each goose flaps its wings, they create lift which propels the geese following it.

“Each one gets to experience and dynamically draw on the energy of the whole flock,” Finn noted. “If we have the same good sense of a goose… we will accept [each other’s] help.”

She continued that, “each goose stands ready to take the lead spot, or drop out and support those that fall behind.” The ability to adapt to different situations and to work for the common good are hallmarks of strong leadership and are exhibited daily by the officers and members of SGA, according to Finn.

Dean Finn also addressed the senior members of SGA. She praised the Class of 2017 for modeling “critical thinking interwoven with compassion,” adding that the Class of 2018 had “much to live up to.” Finn emphasized that the senior SGA members exemplified the school’s mission while revealing the true meaning of being Benedictine and Anselmian.

As part of the ceremony, several awards were distributed to honor members of the Saint Anselm community who have had a tremendous impact on the school and student body. From SGA members to faculty and staff, the ceremony commemorated the recipients’ unwavering commitment to bettering Saint Anselm to the best of their unique capabilities.

Emily Mazza ‘17 began the awards ceremony by presenting the Abbot Gerald McCarthy Award to Professor of the Year Peter Cordella. Mazza gave a touching speech that commemorated her personal connection to the chair of the Criminal Justice department. She noted that Dr. Cordella was essential in her decision to attend Saint Anselm College, and that they grew close over the course of her work study with the department, a job he offered to her.

The Dr. Constance Richards and Dr. Alicia Finn Awards were co-presented by President Bishop and Vice President Pratt to Laura Manning and Don Moreau, respectively. Manning, who works in the Coffee Shop, was recognized for her “selflessness and unwavering dedication” to the student body. Moreau received his award for his tremendous assistance in coordinating with the SGA regarding student requests for the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex.

Andrew Keyes ‘18 and Andrew Shue ‘18, the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Club Affairs, presented the Fr. Peter Guerin Award to the Dance Club for their commitment to their club and to the Saint Anselm community. Keyes noted that from cheering at football games to community service, Dance Club worked hard to have a positive impact at Saint Anselm College.

The portion of the evening dedicated to awards concluded with the Dr. Jospeh Horton SGA Member of the Year Award. Dr. Joseph Horton, Mazza, and Robert Merritt ‘17 co-presented the prize to Amy Vachon ’17 for her meritorious contributions to the organization. Vachon has been a member of the association for all of her four years at Saint Anselm’s, and served as the Chief of Staff this year as well as Vice President of the Class of 2017.

In his post-inauguration speech, Vice President Pratt described Vachon as “the rock of SGA.” He thanked her for her friendship and for her presence as a role model during his first term in office.

Both Pratt and Bishop used their inauguration speeches to detail their achievements from the past year, emphasizing their campaign slogan “Promises made, promises kept.” They described the administration’s efforts to clean up campus with the Respect the Nest campaign, which advocates for more recycling and for students to take more responsibility in the upkeep of Saint Anselm. The reelected duo also spoke about their involvement in creating a council for college president Steven R. DiSalvo, revamping the Hawks Advantage program, and in renewing Saint Anselm’s ties to the New England Alliance Conference.

In their second year of leading SGA, Pratt and Bishop promised to continue advocating for more pass/fail classes. According to Pratt, implementation of pass/fail classes would encourage students to enroll in classes out of their “comfort zone,” which would enhance Saint Anselm’s liberal arts learning experience.

The duo also vowed to work on making the campus more handicap accessible and to work more closely with the Multicultural Center. “We believe in making this a campus for everyone,” Pratt said. “Differences make us beautiful.”

“We will continue to put students first, plain and simple,” Bishop added.

The newly reelected president also took time during her speech to address the new and returning members of SGA. She emphasized that their contributions and efforts “have never gone unnoticed,” and that the success the administration enjoyed was largely a result of the cohesion and collaboration within the association.

After the inaugural addresses of Vice President Pratt and President Bishop, the class councils were all sworn into office. The ceremony marked the representatives’ official acceptance of their positions and acceptance of their duties for their respective classes.

The ceremonies concluded with a prayer led by Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B. and a brief reception for the student officers and their families.

Student Government Association Swears In New Administration

Newly elected Student Government Association President, Emma Bishop '18, and Vice President, Brandon Pratt '18, have high hopes for their upcoming administration. The Student Government Association works to encourage student participation in the decision making process and overall operations of Saint Anselm College. The inauguration for the 2016-17 administration took place on Sunday, March 20 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Emma Bishop and Brandon PrattHaving worked together for the past two years on their Class Council, Bishop and Pratt are experienced and ready to take on their new roles together. The two are incredibly dedicated to the Student Government Association and are ready to propose a number of ideas to improve the Saint Anselm College community.

“We have already reached out to multiple departments hoping to help in any way needed,” Bishop explained. “Brandon and I will be the voice of all students and are ready to take on these pressing issues.”

Students have already voiced their concerns about improving housing, Wi-Fi, and parking on campus. Promising to continue the work that the outgoing administration of President Nolan Varee ’16 and Vice President Brian Salvie ’16 started this year, Bishop and Pratt will take on projects including the renovations to the Cushing Student Center.

The two already have some ideas of their own as well. They hope to join forces with Campus Activities Board to put on more school-wide events, and encourage collaborations with even more campus organizations to determine and pursue common goals.

“We’re also excited to just get to know and work with more students on campus,” said Pratt. “I think that will be one of the most rewarding experiences that Emma and I will have.”

Sunday’s inauguration included remarks from the new and outgoing administrations, as well as the presentation of multiple awards to well-deserving recipients:

  • Professor of the Year: Professor Gary Bouchard (English Department)
  • Staff/Faculty of the Year: Terry Newcomb (Dining Services, Coffee Shop Evening Supervisor)
  • Administrator of the Year: Dr. Joseph Horton (Vice President, Student Affairs)
  • Club of the Year: Green Team
  • SGA Member of the Year: Christopher Griebel '16

Student Government Association Holds Inauguration Ceremony

Spring is associated with a time of change and student government is no exception to the rules of spring. Every March, a new set of students is voted into office. The election season culminates with the annual Student Government Association (SGA) Inauguration at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The annual Inauguration marks the end of an administration and the beginning of a new one.

Outgoing SGA V.P. Mack Douglas '15 and incoming SGA President Nolan Varee '16

Outgoing SGA V.P. Mack Douglas '15 and incoming SGA President Nolan Varee '16

This year’s inauguration was on Sunday, March 22. Students, faculty, staff, families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of the 2014-2015 administration and passed the torch to the incoming members. Secretary of Internal Procedures, Daniel Bartley ’15 served as the master of ceremonies.

During the inauguration, outgoing president and vice president David McKillop and Mackenzie Douglas respectively, reflected on their four-year journey with SGA and their accomplishments with this year’s administration. Newly elected president Nolan Varee ’16 and vice president Brian Salvie ’16 followed with speeches of their own. McKillop and Douglas performed their final duty of swearing-in Varee and Salvie.

The newly elected class councils were then sworn in, promising to uphold the standards set by student government to serve the student body.

Aside from the swearing-in of newly elected members, the following awards were presented:

  • Abbott Gerald McCarthy Award (Professor of the Year): Joshua Tepley, Philosophy
  • Constance Richards Award (Staff/Faculty Member of the Year): Michael Murphy, Residential Life
  • Alicia Finn Award (Administrator of the Year): Father Benet Phillips, O.S.B., Registrar
  • Peter Guerin Award (Club of the Year): Best Buddies
  • Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year: Marcello Cugno ’15

SGA InaugurationSeven seniors were recognized for their four-year commitment to SGA and the student body: David McKillop, Mackenzie Douglas, Brooke Judd, Colleen Tracy, Dominique Del Prete, Kyleigh Judge and Kayla Hart.

Aside from swearing in newly elected members, Inauguration is a time to reflect on the accomplishments SGA made over the course of a year.

During McKillop and Douglas’s time in office, they focused SGA’s efforts on student-related concerns. Many changes took place on campus, including food labeling in Davison for dietary and religious needs, increased number of spirit events at athletic contests, vending machines in the library, and three water filtration systems. The student senate also passed resolutions for new washers and dryers, a 24-hour study space, 24-hour printing, recycling bins in the coffee shop (coming soon!), more cell phone chargers in the library, and half-year parking permits.

On the event front, SGA sponsored the Winter White Out, which saw almost 1,300 students attend, the Anselmian Olympiad on April 12, the Paint Party on April 29 and fireworks on April 24. This is in addition to many smaller events and changes the student senate and executive board put into place throughout the year.

“Dave and I set out last year with a few things in mind,” said Douglas. “We wanted to make SGA more about the students. Every dollar that SGA spent this year was for the students.”

SGA serves as a voice for all students on campus. Elected members plan events for individual classes and the student body as a whole. Every Sunday, class representatives bring issues and concerns to the student senate and members work together to create a solution and bring solutions to the administration. Senate meetings are open to the student body, and students are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions and concerns. Class councils plan events such as Grilled Cheese Nights, Junior and Senior Formals, as well as different class fundraisers.

Best of luck to the Varee and Salvie administration and all of the newly elected members!

Student Government Association Elections Underway

Student Government Association’s annual election for President and Vice President of the student body is here and four students have announced their candidacy and outlined their goals. Elections will be held this spring for the 2012-13 academic year.

After election speeches on Wednesday night current President and Vice President, Marissa Serafino ’12 and Kevin Ward ’12, sent an email to the student body announcing the official candidates for the election.

Juniors, Joe Gill (politics) and Sarah Tebo (business), believe with their combined involvement across campus they have the experience necessary to fulfill the needs of the student body. Gill works as a resident assistant and in the Department of Athletics, and serves as the class of 2013 president. Tebo volunteers as a student coordinator in the Meelia Center and has served in the Student Government Association for three years. The pair hopes to expand the use of Hawk Bucks to off campus locations, improve the “Hawks Nest” at home sporting events, increase the utilization of the Cushing Center as a student center, and reconstruct the Student Government Association into a more transparent and student friendly club.

Sophomores, Lyndsay Robinson (politics) and Shaun O’Halloran (criminal justice), believe with two years left at Saint Anselm they have enough time to make an impact on campus. Robinson has served as the President of the class of 2014 and as the Secretary for Internal Procedures, and was recently named the President of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program. O’Halloran volunteers at the Youth Development Center and Langdon Mills and serves as a Service & Solidarity Missions leader. Robinson and O’Halloran hope to expand payment options in Davison Hall and the Coffee Shop, push for a new Student Center, begin a pep rally tradition during Homecoming weekend, create a SGA scholarship fund for current students, and organize new events for students on the weekends.

Both pairs bring tough competition to the election. For now, each duo is busy covering the halls and tables with posters hoping to win the vote of their fellow classmates. Stay tuned for the election debates on February 8, followed by voting on February 9 and 10.