Christmas Events Guide 2017

Christmas at Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College celebrates the arrival of the Christmas season with a variety of events, ranging from family festivals to the annual DecemberSong concert by the college choir to the Davison Hall Christmas Feast. Please join us for the 26th annual Children's Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 2 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Carr Activities Center.

Christmas at Saint Anselm College

Christmas Giving Tree

Through December 15

Help aid the Catholic Charities of New Hampshire by giving back to our community this holiday season. Trees with gift tags are located in Alumni Hall, first floor, and the Abbey Church lobby. Please return wrapped gifts with tags to Campus Ministry, Lower Church, by Friday, December 15.

Fair Trade Fair

Wednesday, November 29
Coffee Shop
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by Campus Ministry's Fair Trade Fair to help support economic justice in developing countries. Come see beautiful and unique hand crafted gifts, jewelry, housewares and more that are made by artisans from around the world!

Gingerbread House Competition

Gingerbread house competition at Saint Anselm CollegeWednesday, November 29
Davison Hall
8:30 – 11 p.m.

Each year, 400 students gather in Davison Hall to participate in the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Using supplies provided by Dining Services, teams of four students design their sweet creations to be displayed under the Davison Hall Christmas tree. The Saint Anselm community will be invited to judge your creations, and the top three teams will receive cash prizes! Winners will be announced on December 8.

Intercultural Holiday Dinner

Friday, December 1
Davison Hall
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate and learn about the variety of religious and cultural holiday traditions within our community.

Alumni Christmas Receptions

Join us in New York City (Dec. 1), Hartford (Dec. 7), and Boston (Dec. 8) for a Christmas gathering with fellow Anselmian alumni, parents and friends.

Children’s Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 2
Carr Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with a great event for families, the Meelia Center for Community Engagement's 26th annual Children’s Holiday Fair. This is a free and fun holiday event the whole family can enjoy. There are over 40 activity tables hosted by Saint Anselm students, featuring holiday crafts, games, free photos with Santa, and food for all!


Saturday, December 2
Abbey Church
7:30 p.m.

DecemberSong is a special service of readings and songs celebrating the Christmas season. The program begins in darkness with a candlelight contemplative song then progresses through the Advent and Christmas seasons. This year's program, the night before the first Sunday of Advent is a perfect way to prepare for the special seasons of December.

Christmas Tree and Manger Blessing

Sunday, December 3
Plaza Behind Alumni
Following 7 p.m. Mass

Come attend the Traditional Blessing of the Manger Scene and Christmas Tree with Christmas Carols and refreshments as well!

Christmas with CAB

Monday, December 4
Coffee Shop
7 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas spirit by joining the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for some merriment and excitement!

Christmas Feast

Saint Anselm College Christmas FeastThursday, December 7
Davison Hall
5 – 8 p.m.

Come and celebrate the season with a complimentary feast for meal plan participants! As always, this feast is FREE for all student resident, flex, and optional meal plan participants! For all others who wish to partake in the festivities, there will be a charge of $16.95 at the register.

An Irish Christmas in America

Thursday, December 7
Dana Center
7:30 p.m.

A Celtic Christmas Gathering of Music and Dance.

Now in its 12th season, An Irish Christmas in America features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.

Tickets: Adult Reserved $35.73 / Saint Anselm Student $8.75
Reserve your tickets by visiting the Dana Center website »

Winter Party Your Classes Off

Friday, December 8, 2017
Carr Center
12 – 4 p.m.

The same festivities as the spring but with a winter twist! Come Party Your Class Off with CAB and an assortment of inflatables, free-food, t-shirts, and more!

Carols and Candlelight

Tuesday, December 12
Lower Church Lady Chapel
8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of reflection and renewal, and be reminded of the joy of anticipating the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

2017 Fall Club Sports Update


Saint Anselm’s club sports teams are student-run organizations that enable students to participate in competitive intercollegiate games while enhancing member’s social and educational experience on the Hilltop. Clubs that are recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) are overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Clubs offer a venue for students seeking to supplement their academic experience at Saint Anselm with athletic achievements. Hawks form lasting bonds with their teammates while enjoying one or more of many creative physical outlets suited to their individual athletic interests. In addition to fostering a sense of community, club sports provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills.

We spoke with five of the fall semester’s active club teams, and highlight their seasons here.


Club Hockey (Men’s)

Club Hockey most recently hosted University of Massachusetts Lowell, recording a 5-4 victory in an overtime thriller. The win brings the Hawks to a 7-1 record on the season, firmly entrenching their hold on the top position in the NECHA American Conference Northeast division. With 13 games left in a regular season that stretches into February, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to watch playoff-hopeful Hawks club hockey.

The Hawks upcoming features include two home bouts against Boston College and Bentley University this weekend (November 4 at 4:30 p.m. and November 5 at 5 p.m., respectively). Next weekend the club will host the University of Vermont and the University of Maine.

The men’s team is led by President and Captain Samuel Buran. He is assisted by co-captains Thomas Royer (the club’s vice president) and Michael Doyle. There are 28 players on the club roster.

Club Hockey (Women’s)

Women’s Club Hockey has 22 skaters on their official roster, headed by co-captains and co-presidents MaKayla Sterling and Marisa Gervasi. They will finish off their 2017 campaign with a busy slate of home matchups against various DI and DII colleges and universities.

On November 5, the Hawks will host the University of New Hampshire in a Sunday afternoon tilt in Sullivan Ice Arena at 2 p.m. After the Wildcats come to town, the Hawks will finish their final home games against the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and Westfield State before hosting Boston College on November 19 at 2 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.


Club Rugby (Women’s)

Women’s Club Rugby is concluding a great fall campaign. Led by President Jacqueline Glendye, Vice-President Emily Lowe, and captains Sarah McAndrews and Morgan Brady, the Hawks have battled numerous colleges, including Stonehill and Roger Williams College.

The 28 members will have one more home game this season at 12 p.m. on November 4 against Providence College. Glendye encourages anyone who is interested in rugby to attend, as “new members are always welcome throughout the season and the school year.”

Club Soccer (Women’s)

Under the direction of fifth-year coach Chad Burroughs, women’s Club Soccer turned their nine games this season into a 3-2-4 record. Alongside President Samantha O’Neil, club Captains Meghan James, Kayla Wilson, and Erin Connelly lead the 26 members of the squad. The team finished their season at home against Brandeis University, recording a tie in the contest.

Next spring, the club will host an exhibition tournament and a free soccer clinic for local children. By providing an opportunity for Manchester youth to learn how to play soccer, the club hopes to actively engage with the community while promoting their sport as a fun and healthy outside activity.

Club Ultimate (Co-Ed)

Under the new leadership of President Randy Jack, Club Ultimate continues to be one of the most popular options for students seeking fun athletic competition. With an official roster of 38 members, the co-ed club provides an engaging opportunity for participants to learn the fundamentals of the sport while bonding as a team and competing in numerous intercollegiate events.

Captained by Madeline Dunn, Margaret McNeil, Zachary Demas, and Gregory Williams, Club Ultimate is concluding a busy fall semester with multiple tournaments, including an October 28 matchup against the Panthers of Plymouth State University. The club will host a tournament on November 11, so be sure to check out the action and support the Hawks.

Other clubs teams that compete during the fall semester include Men’s Rugby, Golf, and Men’s Soccer.


And the Winner is…Anselmians Celebrate Award Season

Welcome back week cupcakes, courtesy of CAB

Awards season is upon us, and that means the best of the best in the film and music industries get to strut down the red carpet. While students were not able to take a trip down the red carpet, they were able to attend Oscar-related events. As part of Oscar weekend here at the college, Student Activities and Leadership Programs and the Campus Activities Board sponsored two events: “Selma” and an Oscar Viewing Party.

On Saturday, Student Activities sponsored a screening of “Selma” in the Dana Center. “Selma” was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song. The event was also part of “A Moment (F)or a Movement,” a month long series of events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday night saw students flocking to the coffee shop to take part in the second annual Oscar Viewing Party. Students filled out ballot cards, hoping to be the one with the most correct predictions. The winner received a gift card to Cinemagic, which could be used to see Oscar nominees such as “The Imitation Game” or “American Sniper.” Other prizes were handed out as well.

Professor Kathy Hoffman, chair of the Fine Arts Department, includes Oscar nominees in her courses such as “Interstellar,” “Ida,” and “Finding Vivian Maier,” all nominees this year. For those interested in film, some of her courses include Contemporary Film and History of Photography.

“There are more films dealing with historical issues, in particular the complexities and far-reaching impact of military and intelligence operations, as well as issues of Race. –i.e. last year’s award to “12 Years a Slave,” and “Selma” is on the list this year” says Professor Hoffman.

The Oscar Viewing Party proved to be a wonderful event enjoyed by all that students are certainly looking forward to for years to come!

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.