The Presidency of Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. ’69
The Magazine of Saint Anselm College
PoRTR AITS SPRING 2013
Features 10 Cover Story — 24 Years of Leadership: Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. By Gary Bouchard 18 A Planter of Seeds: David Dumaresq ’94 By Laurie D. Morrissey 24 The Peace Corps Connection By Laurie D. Morrissey 31 Time Out: An Athletic Legend Retires By Allen Lessels 48 Kevin Fitzgerald ’00, Committed Anselmian An interview with the president of the Alumni Association Departments 3
On the Hilltop
Scene on Campus
Focus on Faculty
36 Philanthropy 38
On the cover: Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, photographed by Dave White. Cover design: Melinda Lott This page: a mosaic in the Eucharist Chapel of the Abbey Church, designed by Sylvia Nicolas and composed of hand-cut marble, brick and natural stone.
From the President This is my final Portraits message as President of Saint Anselm College. By the time the next issue is published, our new president will have been selected and will, I am sure, have some initial encouraging words to offer you. I am so very grateful for the privilege I have had to serve in the office of the President since I began in the summer of 1989 as we were concluding the celebrations for the centennial year of the College’s foundation. Certainly then I never expected to be in this position on the eve of our 125th anniversary. But with God’s grace, the support of my brother monks, of the Board of Trustees and the dedicated faculty and staff of the college, somehow I made it to this point. How the world and Saint Anselm have changed over these 24 years! By the fall of 1989, people longing for freedom had hammered the first cracks in the Berlin Wall, and on our televisions we watched the only era that my generation had ever known come to a startling end. The computer on the desk when I came into my office was a machine with laughably less capacity and memory than the phones our students carry in their pockets today. There was no such thing as a Saint Anselm College website or email, and I clumsily typed my talks and letters on a now long-extinct program known as WordVision. A new bio-technology, DNA identification, was used for the first time as legal fingerprinting, and when it turned out to be the warmest year on record, scientists began to caution about global warming. At the movies that year, people chose between “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Dead Poets Society,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and the original “Batman.” Madonna and Garth Brooks were still new kids on the block, and so, in fact, were The New Kids on the Block. At Saint Anselm in 1989, Collins and Falvey Houses were dedicated, the first of 17 new residence halls in the past quarter century. The Goulet Science Center, The Geisel Library, and Bradley House were half their present size; Joseph Hall and St. Mary Hall were still convents; and a football stadium, an Institute of Politics, and a hockey arena were beyond anyone’s imaginations, including my own. Also beyond my imaginings back then were our soon-to-be newest graduates, the members of the Class of 2013, none of whom I suspect were yet born in 1989. Nobody can say what still lies beyond our imaginations on this campus and beyond. But as I look forward to my final commencement exercises and alumni
reunion as Saint Anselm’s president, I am struck this spring by two remarkable things. First is the shared vision of so many people whose courage and persistence have transformed Saint Anselm during the past quarter century. It is silly to speak of any of the achievements of the recent past at Saint Anselm as belonging to the president since each step forward we have taken has required the creativity, vision and hard work of many individuals, as well as the collective will of the entire community. I am also struck by the persistent work and vision of so many people who even now are laboring to bring Saint Anselm forward. Just last month, the Trustees of the College approved a new core curriculum and course structure. This was the culmination of an arduous three-year process led by the faculty and involving many administrators, trustees and the monastic corporation. The disagreements, disappointments and dramas that brought us to this successful conclusion now belong to the lore and legends told around lunch tables. What we share together now – as ever – is the work of implementing our vision. So my eyes, as I hope all of yours, are looking forward to the decades that stretch ahead. For, think about it. In hospital nurseries throughout our country and world, the Anselmian Class of 2035 is already taking shape. I don’t know if I will be here to welcome them to campus, but all that I have seen in the nearly five decades since I first came to campus persuades me that a strong and faithful Saint Anselm College will be. I will be grateful the rest of my life for this opportunity to serve and I will ever keep in my heart and prayers all who have helped Saint Anselm prosper. God love you all!
THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE Executive Editor: Barbara LeBlanc Managing Editor: Laurie D. Morrissey Design: Heather Foley of HFoley Designs Class Notes: Tricia Halliday, Laurie Morrissey Proofreading: Briana Capistran ‘16 Photography: Abdelaziz AlSharawy ’16, John Blackwell ’07, Jack Diven, Tam Dong’15, Justine Johnson ’12, Dao Le ’15, Gil Talbot, Jim Stankiewicz, Cory True ’09, David White, Kathleen Williams Contributors: Brian Doyle, Meagan Cox ’15, Martha Horton ’15, Laura Lemire ’06, Allen Lessels, Jack Morris, Cory True ’09, Lauren Weybrew ’08, Tim Wirzburger ’13 Visit the Web site at www.anselm.edu Portraits is published three times a year for the alumni, college community, and friends of Saint Anselm College. The magazine is produced by the Office of College Communications and Marketing (603-641-7240) and published by Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102-1310. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and (except for editorials) do not necessarily reflect the position of the college or the editors. Email: email@example.com Website: www.anselm.edu/portraits
Magazine Advisory Board Katherine Durant ‘98 Alumni Council Representative James F. Flanagan Vice President for College Advancement Dr. Landis Magnuson Faculty Representative Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B. Monastery Representative Paul Pronovost ‘91 Alumni At-large Representative Dr. Elaine Rizzo Faculty Representative Brad Poznanski Vice President for College Marketing and Enrollment Management Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88 Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming
ON the HILLTOP College Receives $1 Million Gift Two longtime friends of the college have made a gift of $1 million to Saint Anselm to support scholarships and campus improvements. Father Jonathan DeFelice announced the anonymous gift in December, noting that their extraordinary generosity would be felt throughout the college. The greatest part of the gift will provide financial aid for academically talented students of limited financial means, who may also come from at-risk communities. Part of the gift will establish an endowed scholarship to assist deserving students in perpetuity, and part will support annual scholarships through our new Impact Now fundraising model. The gift also will fund improvements on the Quad in front of Alumni Hall, as part of the campus master plan. “I am deeply grateful to these donors for their commitment to our Anselmian mission,” Father Jonathan says. “Because of them, our community will be enriched by extraordinary young men and women who otherwise, perhaps, could not afford a Saint Anselm education. And we will welcome them as freshmen and send them off as graduates from a Quad even more beautiful and inviting than the space that is so central to our campus today.”
N.H.’s All-Female Delegation Visits College New Hampshire made history in November, becoming the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. And with the election of Maggie Hassan as governor, it became the first state that is primarily helmed, politically, by women. On December 7, at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College, the five newly elected politicians made their only group appearance. The Institute co-hosted the event with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The guests of honor were Governor-elect Maggie Hassan, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Representative-elect Ann McLane Kuster, and U.S. Representative-elect Carol Shea-Porter. Moderator Robin A. Comstock, Chamber President & CEO, questioned each of the women about their new roles and about why New Hampshire is a place that supports women in powerful positions. She asked if any of them would run for president, a question mostly aimed at Kelly Ayotte because there has been national talk that
she would consider. She said she does not plan to run, adding that her daughter Kate told her she couldn’t run because she wants to be the first woman president. “Once again Saint Anselm College was the central focus of a historic moment in national history,” says Executive Director Neil Levesque. “The campus was specifically chosen for this event because of our national reputation as a civic arena. This event shows why this institute differentiates Saint Anselm College from so many other higher education institutions in America.”
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Core Curriculum Begins a New Era Saint Anselm College has approved a new core curriculum that represents a renewed commitment to the liberal arts and the humanities, and is geared to rigorous learning outcomes, said Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college. The curriculum will be implemented in Fall 2014, updating and building upon the current curriculum. There will be a continued emphasis on educating students deeply, and ensuring that they graduate with the intellectual skills that are most valued in the diverse workplace of today and that will continue to serve them in the future. “This approach is as creative and as exciting as the last time we examined the core curriculum in the late 1970s,” Father Jonathan says. “We are in a new era. Pedagogy and the world have changed significantly since that time.” The new core curriculum will focus on nine learning outcomes for students: philosophical reasoning, theological reasoning, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, aesthetic and creative engagement, historical awareness, social scientific awareness, linguistic awareness, and citizenship and global engagement. The foundation of the new core will be a first-year humanities program entitled Conversatio, which will replace the current humanities program, Portraits of Human Greatness, launched more than three decades ago. “Generations of Saint Anselm College students have been exposed to the greatest thinkers, movements and literature of the world through the vehicle called Portraits of Human Greatness,” said Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., dean of the college. “It is time to explore new ways to deliver the humanities, with a small h, which
will always play an essential role at Saint Anselm.” Conversatio is Latin for way of life and a key word in the monastic vows of the Benedictines. It will introduce students to the liberal arts, Benedictine thinking and the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as humanistic texts. “The new humanities course in the first year sets the table for the Catholic approach to the liberal arts more successfully than ever has been done at the college,” Father Jonathan says. “It will shine as something emblematic of Saint Anselm College.” Details of the new core are still being completed, as well as plans for a transition from the current curriculum to the new. Eric Berry, associate professor of biology, is director of the core curriculum, overseeing a faculty committee that will review and recommend core courses to the dean. Another faculty committee is responsible for creating Conversatio. Students will take four, four-credit courses a semester, rather than the current five, three-credit courses, allowing for in-depth exploration of subjects. In addition, it will provide students with greater flexibility, allowing students to pursue their majors earlier in their college career. “This curriculum will attract the best students who are drawn to a strong liberal arts education,” Father Jonathan says.
Top Honors for Social Media The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently awarded Saint Anselm College the top honor in its district for its social media mashup page located at social.anselm.edu. Here’s what the judges had to say about it. “They obviously put a great deal of thought behind this page since the school showed their commitment to its use by highlighting it at the top of their homepage banner. The layout of the mashup page is great, as it mixes photo updates as well as text updates. We like this because the photos allow viewers to get an aesthetic feel for the campus setting and a sense of place by seeing students and faculty going about their days. While the photos pull viewers in, the text gives a deeper meaning to the page, as it supplies information, whether it’s a tweet about a sports game or a longer description of a campus tradition. Moreover, the separate scrolling of the Twitter feed is smart, and the ability to just view images, or just watch videos, or just read text is great.”
ON the HILLTOP
Diving With Sharks
(and other academic experiences) “I made it!! I went shark cage diving on Wednesday and I have returned to Stellenbosch with all 10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 arms, 2 legs and 1 head. In fact, I came back without even a scratch! I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to feel seeing sharks so up close and personal, but I can honestly say that it was one of the coolest things that I have ever done in my life. So here’s how the day went…” Interested? Katie Williams ’14 (right) tells a good story. She also offers lots of “fun facts” (Great white sharks are called “apex feeders” because they’re at the top of the food chain; and they average 18 feet in length.) The full story is on the college’s Study Abroad Blog. Williams, an international relations major, writes about studying environmental sustainability in South Africa; Sean Connolly ’14 (history/secondary education) writes from Salzburg, Austria; Sean Curtis ’14 (international relations) is studying at the University of London. Previous bloggers described their learning experiences in Belgium, Argentina, and Spain.
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New Program Mixes Science and Business Science majors who are interested in applying their knowledge to the world’s social and environmental challenges have a new path to doing just that. A Saint Anselm College partnership with the University of Notre Dame allows academically qualified science majors to enroll in a one-year master’s program in entrepreneurship and innovation. By matching business knowhow with a background in biology, computer science, math, chemistry, engineering, or physics, students can develop solutions to pressing problems and create businesses that can bring these solutions to market. Such companies are known in the business world as “triplebottom-line,” a concept most science majors have never heard of. A triple-bottom-line company has positive social and environmental impact as well as financial profit. Creating such a company is a way that students may someday combine career success with contributing a value to society. The program is called ESTEEM (Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s). The director of the Notre Dame program, David Murphy, is the former CEO of the literary charity Better World Books, an ESTEEM-based startup project that collects used books and sells them online, benefiting literary non-profits around the world. He has co-founded several
technology startups and social entrepreneurship ventures. “Students work with senior faculty at Notre Dame and take an idea from the bench to the market. It’s like a mini-MBA for people with bachelor’s degrees in science,” he explained recently to Saint Anselm students.
“It’s like a mini-MBA for people with bachelor’s degrees in science.” The first Saint Anselm graduate to complete the unique program, applied physics major Steven Gaudet ’11, received job offers immediately and accepted a position in the soft ware engineering department at Raytheon Company. Emily Dutile ’14 is one of several undergraduates attracted to the program. Majoring in computer science with a business emphasis, she plans to apply as a senior. Her goal is to create a product that will benefit the community and bring it to market through her own company. “I like the fact that Notre Dame has similar values to Saint Anselm, emphasizing service and contributing something positive,” she says.
Dickson Chalks Up 500th Win Contributed by Timothy Wirzburger ’13 As the players stepped onto the court to play a home game against Pace University, they possessed the cool confidence of a team coming off six straight victories and sitting atop the NE-10 division rankings. They approached it just like any other game: practicing hard and watching game videos of their opponent. They were ready to continue their win streak. However, this game was not just another basketball game in January. There was something in the minds of the Hawk players, the fans packing Stoutenburgh Gym, and the Saint Anselm community as a whole: Coach Keith Dickson was one victory away from 500 career wins. The game offered them an opportunity to deliver that victory in front of a packed house at home. The Hawks came out strong, and it became clear halfway into the third quarter that they were going to win. It gave Coach Dickson a chance to take a look around and reflect on his career. “I just thought of all the positive memories I’ve had here, and how much this college, this program, and this gym means to me. It meant a lot to be able to reach that milestone at home in front of this crowd,” said Dickson. Five hundred wins is an achievement that few coaches can claim. It reflects on both the longevity of the coach’s tenure and his high rate of success. Dickson has coached on the Hilltop for 27 years, and has become one of the most successful and respected coaches in Division II basketball. “I wanted to coach here because I knew I’d get the opportunity to coach kids with high character, who valued their education and were committing to winning,” says Dickson. “I think the 500 win marker was not about one coach winning those games, but those goals becoming a reality and reflecting the success of the program.” Dickson always makes a point to recognize his assistant coaches, many of whom now coach at other universities and even professional teams. The list includes several alumni: Jamie Cosgrove ’87, Sean Ryan ’96, Jimmy Moore ’06, and John Marinaro ’11. “They’re as responsible for this milestone as anyone else,” he says. Looking forward, Coach Dickson isn’t thinking about win 600 or any other milestones down the road. “As a coach, it’s not about personal goals. I measure my success by the success of the team.” He continues to take it one game at a time, one win at a time, to achieve the team goals and find postseason success. Photos by Jim Stankiewicz
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ON the HILLTOP Batman on Ice Contributed by Timothy Wirzburger ’13 Above each stall in the men’s hockey locker room is the name of a player and his jersey number. One name stands out, however: 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. Ben is a nine-year-old boy who has been a cancer survivor for five years. He was partnered with the hockey team through the Team Impact program, which partners ill or disabled children with college athletic teams. Tucker Mullin ’13, the team captain, says he immediately jumped at the opportunity and wanted to have Ben become part of the team. For the last two years, Mullin and his teammates have welcomed Ben as a part of the team. He is welcome at all practices, games, and meetings, and has permanently reserved seats behind the bench for him and his mother. He has a helmet and skates in his stall and is learning how to skate. “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,” Mullin says. Ben can often be seen at practices playing games with the players like tag and human bowling. Senior Andy Kacz gives Ben his watch every time he comes because it makes him “invisible.” 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. Mullin’s proudest moment with Ben was when they walked the first lap at last year’s Relay for Life cancer fund-raiser side by side. The first lap is reserved for cancer survivors and their families. “I don’t know if he realizes the significance of that, but it’s something that will stay with me the rest of my life,” Mullin 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,” he says. “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 humbling to be a part of their life.” During the winter holidays, some of the players had a special surprise for Ben: Santa had left some presents in his locker room stall. Ben and several members of the team spent time together assembling Ben’s new Lego sets. Mullin graduates this spring, but Ben will remain a member of the Hawks. The senior will continue to be a role model in Benjamin’s life and maintain their friendship. “I am excited for that relationship with the team to continue growing. Ben and his mom are people I will never lose touch with after I graduate,” he says.
Left to Right: Kody Grondin ’15, Joe Agliato ’15, Ben Roy, John Daniels ’15, Liam McKillop ’15. The Hawks wrapped up their regular season at 14-8-3, including 4-1-0 in Northeast-10 play to clinch both the Northeast-10 Regular-Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the Northeast-10 Championship tournament.
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1 1. Students get creative after a mid-January snowstorm. 2. “Pink in the Rink:” Ice hockey teams raise funds for breast cancer research. 3. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library hosts CNN anchor/chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper. 4. A record-setting snowfall on Feb. 8.
5. Assistant Professor Jaime Orrego teaches advanced Spanish. 6. Chris Santo ’14 makes a drive against the University of New Haven Chargers. 7. Men’s hockey gets support from the fans. 8. Spring athletics teams (including Will O’Connor ’13 ) didn’t need to wait for the snow to melt, thanks to new artificial turf. 9. Students give their professors full attention. 10. Th e Valentine’s Day special needs dance is a 21-year-old tradition.
SCENE on CAMPUS Scene on Campus
FAtH e R J o n At H An D E F e L ice , o . S . B. By Gary Bouchard
On July 1, there will be a very big pair of shoes to fill in the President’s Office on Alumni Hall’s first floor. 12Es, to be exact. Not that Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., is one to leave his shoes lying around. As a child in Bristol, R.I., Peter DeFelice was raised to know better. Brought up in a household where daily meals were sacred rituals and the sons, Peter and Ralph, were expected to come to those meals with collared shirts, the meals would be no less sacred in later life. Neither would the collar. The second son of Eleanor and Ralph DeFelice was nurtured by Italian-American parents, the children of immigrants who, though neither had the chance for schooling past eighth grade, worked hard so their sons could have the kind of education they could not. “My father, an expert house painter and paper hanger, was insistent that neither my brother nor I were going to work at the trade he did and refused to teach us much about it.” But other, more indelible, lessons were imparted by his parents and close-knit Italian family. Life lessons learned at chaotic holiday gatherings were strengthened by the Italian sisters at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. “They were strict sometimes, setting high expectations usually, loving always,” Father Jonathan recalls. Six decades later, his first experience of Catholic education remains so significant that he still keeps in touch with the teachers there, including first-grade teacher Sister Laura Longo, M.P.F. Sister Laura and the extended DeFelice family gave their native son a healthy modesty, the same one he has today as he looks back on nearly a quarter century as president of Saint Anselm College. “Perhaps more than anyone, I did not imagine 24 years ago the transformation of Saint Anselm that has taken place.”
Father Jonathan with six of the 2010 summa cum laude graduates, (from left) Sam Piper, Olga Stetsyuk, April Theroux, Alexa Chiuppi, James Savage, and Samantha Varney. 11
a boarding school for mostly well-to-do New Yorkers and East Coasters, with some international students. “Day students like myself were a very small part of the all-boy population.” Italian names were scarce and the painter’s kid from Bristol found it incomprehensible that students could live away from their families or that a limo would come to fetch them at vacations. A layman at that school, Associate Headmaster Cecil J. Acheson, introduced him to Saint Anselm College, a school he had never heard of. At his mother’s insistence, he applied. Saint Anselm was the last college he heard from. He found out later that his application had been misplaced, but by then he had decided to attend Villanova. At the last minute, a case of cold feet about leaving New England small-town life for the city made him change his mind. So, he took his cold feet to a place known for cold winters. His first visit to the college was also his first day of orientation. There was no going back to To appreciate that transformation, consider that when he became president in 1989, the Science Center, Geisel Library
Bristol; but back then, he says, he had only modest aspirations. “I wanted to get the best education I could and study
and Bradley House were aging facilities half of their present
English so I could one day teach like Dom Damian Kearney,
size. Joseph Hall and St. Mary’s Hall were convents. The Coffee
O.S.B., the man who taught me how to write at Portsmouth.”
Shop was a mail room. There was no Grappone Stadium, no
He would get a good education, and before the first year
three-story fitness center, and no Sullivan Arena (nor a football
ended, he got something he never anticipated: his vocation.
or a women’s hockey team). Minimal apartment-style housing,
“By the end of my freshman year at Saint Anselm, I had fallen
and only 70 percent of students lived on campus. Today, that
hopelessly in love with the place, the Benedictines, the
number is over 90 percent, and students choose from 40 majors, as opposed to 24.
Student, Teacher, and Prior As president, Father Jonathan faced the challenges of steering the college through national financial crises. Yet during his
people, and the work. I could see myself sinking roots here. “Once I decided to join the Abbey, I did so with a feeling of great peace and with the hope that if this was not where I should be, it would become clear enough from trying to live the life. My attitude from the beginning was that I would go where the Lord seemed to be leading.” With his family in the
tenure, the $10 million endowment in 1989 has grown to just
front row of the still new Abbey Church, Father Jonathan took
under $100 million. He founded the President’s Society in 1992
solemn vows as a Benedictine in 1973 and was ordained the
with 274 of the most generous benefactors. There are now 913
members who have contributed $87 million. He also headed a
“As I think about the 48 years that have passed since I arrived
capital campaign that raised $55 million, and annual giving has
at Saint Anselm, I would never have imagined at the beginning
risen by 315 percent to $3 million.
that I would someday lead the college – and for so long.”
Not bad for a kid from Bristol whose first encounter with the
Others, however, recognized the young monk’s potential.
Benedictines came when his parents decided to send him to
“After formation and theological studies, I was asked to get
the Portsmouth Priory (now Abbey) School in Portsmouth, R.I. It
involved with administration, first as dean of freshmen and
was the fall of 1961 when he found himself in what was primarily
then as dean of students. Abbot Joseph was clear that if things
COVER STORY did not work out, he would not leave me in the position
Pointing to examples from the doubling of the capacity of
beyond a year.” Things did work out. The young monk was
the Geisel Library to his more recent determination to bring
there for five years in the days when RAs were called proctors
about a new core curriculum, Father Augustine Kelly,
and he knew them all by name.
O.S.B. ’83, dean of the college, says that the developments
Next came graduate studies in canon law before a return
on campus over the past two and a half decades demonstrate
from Rome to teaching at the college and formation work
“Father Jonathan’s profound commitment to the college’s
in the monastery. Mike Sheehan ’82 former chair of the
primary mission of promoting academic excellence.”
college board of trustees and CEO of Hill Holliday, still has his notebook from Father Jonathan’s Christian Social Ethics
Merging classroom learning with the lived experience of students became an integral part of Saint Anselm’s mission, including the establishment of what would become The Meelia
“I would never have imagined that I would someday lead the college — and for so long.”
Center for Community Engagement in 1989. The Center’s diverse opportunities for student volunteerism and leadership as well as service learning became a signature aspect of the Saint Anselm experience. Campus Ministry started the Spring Break Alternative program, which expanded into the Service and Solidarity Missions sending students on hundreds of domestic and foreign
course. He still lives according to a lesson he learned in the class: “Every bit of humor has a little bit of truth, and it can
trips in 23 years. Father Jonathan tears up each year as he listens to students describe the impact these trips have on their lives.
hurt people.” In 1986, with the election of Father Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., as abbot, Father Jonathan was made prior and formation director. He continued to teach theology.
Presidential Commitment When Brother Joachim asked for a sabbatical after 10 years as president in 1989, Abbot Matthew asked Father Jonathan to fill in. After several months, Brother Joachim said he did not want to return as president and Father Jonathan’s appointment was made permanent. “It took me some time at the beginning to get up to speed on what was happening; not just here, but with the world of Catholic higher education and higher education in general. I saw some things that we were doing well and others that I thought could be vastly improved for the long-term good of the college. I was concerned from the beginning about doing things that made sense for our identity as a distinctive liberal arts college—I wanted us to be deliberate about our choices about majors and programs, residential life, faculty and curriculum.” 13
Seizing the opportunity provided by New Hampshire’s
what better place than here? It’s better for us to engage and
first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the college established
talk than to run away. Democracy depends on this.’ Because
the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in 2001, a place that in
of that vision, students’ lives have been changed. When you
keeping with the notion of Benedictine hospitality, welcomes
get to introduce Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney or when you
the public and the media into the conversations that shape
have a one-on-one conversation with someone significant, you
American democracy. Father Jonathan brought the idea to
become significant. We saw those sparks lit every day at the
U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, who liked the concept of a small
Institute,” she says.
liberal arts college making a monumental commitment to civic
Early in his presidency, Father Jonathan addressed the
engagement and public discourse. He liked the idea so much
realities of educating students in an increasingly global world.
that he helped turn a former Army Reserve center into a place
“No one was talking about diversity back then, but he was,”
where students would have the first shot at asking a future
says former trustee Jeannette Davila ’83, HD ’99, who
president or world leader their views. “It was Father Jonathan’s idea that the NHIOP would serve students first and would be non-partisan,” says Anne Botteri ’82, head of communications and marketing at the CFU Foundation of Central Florida University. She helped found the Institute and served as executive director from 2002 -2007. “When people complained that the Institute welcomed those whose ideas ran counter to Catholic teaching, he would say, ‘Actually the Bishops have called us to informed citizenship,
“We are more anchored than we ever were in the true meaning of what it is to be a Catholic college.” went on to a distinguished career in banking. In 1993, the Multicultural Center was established. In 2006, he established an advisory council on inclusiveness, involving the entire college community in a conversation about what inclusion really means. He made it clear that the work was not just about attracting minority students to a college in a state with an overwhelmingly white population. It was about breaking down barriers, celebrating differences and refusing to give in to the human tendency to judge anyone who is different. His motivation was rooted in his early experience as part of an immigrant community and the memory of Father Joseph Sorzana, of the Scalabrinian Fathers, telling the schoolchildren, in broken English, ‘We built this school so you don’t do to other people what they did to us.’ I’m not sure I understood then what he meant, but I certainly did later.” Isabela Echeverry ’06, who works in the Trade Ministry of her native Colombia, recalls, “When I got to Saint A’s it was easy to feel alienated as an international student. It was easy to step into Father Jonathan’s office and speak frankly about issues international students face.” Since 2006, student diversity
COVER STORY Unique to residential life at Saint Anselm was the opportunity for some students in the apartments to have a gourmet meal prepared by the president. “He is an incredible cook,” says attorney Patrick Mulroney ’99. “He would come over to our town house and make a feast.” Like so many things, these opportunities to cook and eat with students were deeply rooted in Father Jonathan’s earliest years where he recalls meals as being “almost sacramental.” He adds, “There is something so fundamentally human about taking good has increased from 3.7 to 7.3 percent. In 2008, when the New
Hampshire Union Leader accused Saint Anselm of being more interested in diversity than in staying true to its mission, Father Jonathan responded that, on the contrary, we are “more anchored than we ever were in the true meaning of what it is to be a Catholic college.” This is just one example of Father Jonathan’s courage and heart, says trustee and professor of English emerita Denise Askin, who served as his first executive vice president. “He has been an agent for change,” she says. “He does it with courtesy, respect and a willingness to compromise with those who disagree with him. I’ve never seen him worry, but he doesn’t give up.” One of the most evident changes during Father Jonathan’s
ingredients and fashioning them into something wonderful to eat that makes a person inherently grateful to God for the gifts of the earth. Eating together, sharing conversation that is worthwhile and at times so very joyful is something that I believe, lifts our human spirit to God.” At the heart of this Anselmian’s leadership is his devotion to students. “He loves the first day of classes,” says Joyce Shepherd, who served for 17 years as his secretary. “It’s impossible to get him to stay put in the office on that day because he’s too busy pointing students this way or that way and asking them about themselves.” This was evident back when he was dean of students. Jeannette Davila ’83, HD ’99, was only 17 years old in 1979
presidency is the transformation of the student residential
when she came with her father to the college, contemplating
experience that began in the mid-1990s when the growth in
life away from Puerto Rico for the first time. “Nothing will
the numbers required new campus housing. There were not
happen to your daughter here. I will look after her,” Davila
enough beds, so the college purchased 25 trailers that were
recalls Father Jonathan saying to her father. “My father was so
installed in the field northwest of the monastery. “This was just a temporary measure, but the students liked it,” says Father Jonathan. “They put pink flamingoes on the lawn and had barbecues. They treated it like a neighborhood.” The trailers became the inspiration for Bernard Court, where upperclassmen now live in townhouses with shared green spaces. “Father Jonathan made the residential experience essential to the college experience, and community integral to the residential experience,” says Joseph Horton ’77, vice president for student affairs. “I think he was mirroring the life of the monastery. There is a lot to be learned from living in community, both from the positives and the challenges.” 15
impressed that he told me, ‘This is where you are going.’ And
wheeled bag to carry the weighty documents that accompany
Father Jonathan was as good as his word.”
every school’s accreditation process. He has led that process for
Father Jonathan’s influence, however, extends far beyond campus, where fellow presidents, community leaders and
about a dozen schools. “We have a small number of former commissioners that we
public policy intersect on decisions that make access to and
can send anywhere, and Father Jonathan is at the top of that
affordability of private education an increasingly complicated
list,” says Barbara Brittingham, president of NEASC. “He is a
challenge. With 93 percent of Saint Anselm students receiving
good listener who is open-minded and has a great sense of
institutional aid, and the average need-based financial aid
humor. People trust what he has to say.”
package exceeding $25,400 in 2012, what happens in
Of course a man with a suitcase next to his desk who is
the public sphere matters. A three-time chair of the New
also a monk is bound to live in conflict. “The relentless press
Hampshire Council of Universities and Colleges (NHCUC),
of duties, the expectations for a president to be involved in
Father Jonathan brought private and public presidents
things outside the college and campus, the fundamentally more
together to advocate for the needs of students in the state’s
‘noisy’ life of a president,” he admits, “these things are often in
22 institutions of higher learning. Tom Horgan, NHCUC president, notes, “He’s touched the lives of students across the state with his collaborative initiatives.” Those initiatives include bringing federal grant money to New Hampshire’s private colleges and championing the creation of a tax-exempt college savings plan in New Hampshire after seeing Massachusetts’ plan advertised on a billboard in Manchester. He was also the founding president of Campus Compact of New Hampshire, an organization that promotes service learning on all of the state’s campuses. Next to Father Jonathan’s desk is a suitcase marked NEASC. After he served two terms as a commissioner, the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges gave him the 16
National Influence National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities: three terms on board of directors: 1995-1998, 2007-2010, 2011-2014 Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities: co-founder in 1991 to present Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: two terms on board of directors 1996-2002 American Council on Education, Board of Directors: 2012-2014 – representing ACCU NEASC – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education – two terms as commissioner, 1999-2005
COVER STORY conflict with being a monk.” Asked to list his mentors, Father
alongside mothers and fathers, just as we share their joy at
Jonathan leads with the 5th century founder of his religious
commencement or during a wedding in the Abbey Church.”
order. “There is no doubt that Saint Benedict’s wisdom was
And among the hundreds of difficult personnel decisions he
a guiding force for me during my years as president. His
has made, none was more difficult than his most recent: “the
understanding of the human person, his insight in how to deal
decision to retire as president. There is nothing about the
with different people, his advice to the leader (abbot) on what
decision that is wrong, but it was—and probably will be—
kind of person he should be and how he should act…all of
difficult to discern the path ahead after doing this work for so
these things influenced how I approach my position.”
long. More than half of my life here has been as president.”
His greatest challenge, he says, was the often difficult process of changing governance, which was eventually resolved in
Even as he turns to contemplating his own future and leaves the planning for Saint Anselm College in other hands,
2009. Pressed to recall his most treasured moment as president, Father Jonathan actually returns to one of the darkest days in American history: “I will never forget the sight of filling the Abbey Church on 9/11. In reflecting on it with students in the days that followed, I said they should remember what in their hearts called them to prayer that day; that even if they didn’t attend Mass as regularly as they might, there was something in them that called them to the Church. I wanted them to
“The sons and daughters of Saint Anselm are in a real way our sons and daughters too.”
remember that throughout all of life’s difficult moments.” Among the many daily concerns that come across a
he suggests that the “most important thing for the future of
president’s desk, none, he says, was greater than the well-
the College’s mission is hiring. While it is important to have
being of students. “The sons and daughters of Saint Anselm
Benedictines present and active in the College, clearly the
are in a real way our sons and daughters too. We feel angst
numbers now and in the future indicate that the vast majority of those employed as faculty and staff will be lay people. The Church has called us to provide good lay leaders for our institutions and I think this is a good thing.” Those large shoes left to be filled on the first floor of Alumni Hall are well worn. And somewhere in Rhode Island are some daughters of Saint Lucy Filippini who can be proud of one of their pupils, one whose life has helped to transform thousands. “I could not have imagined any of this in 1965. Looking back at how I came to Saint Anselm, how my vocation was nourished here, clearly in this process was the gentle hand of the Lord.” Photos: 1969 yearbook photo; with students in 1990; the new president; with presidential candidate George W. Bush; celebrating Mass; before the 2011 debate in Sullivan Arena; with SGA President Lyndsay Robinson ’14. Read more, see photos, and watch videos at
A Planter of Seeds By Laurie D. Morrissey
David Dumaresq ’94 didn’t think there was a future in farming, so he decided to go to college and major in philosophy. He thought there was a future in that. He was right.
On a late August morning last summer, mist hung over the broccoli field at Dumaresq Farm. Gradually it lifted, leaving fat droplets on the plants’ gray-green leaves. It was peak season for an organic farmer, so David Dumaresq was up at dawn. He had crops to inspect, pickers to supervise, and produce to wash and pack. He was harvesting 20 tons of cucumbers and 500 bushels of corn that week, in addition to piles of yerba mora, blado, chilipin and other greens. Everything had to arrive ripe and undamaged at his farm stands in Dracut and Tewksbury, and farm markets in Andover, Beverly, Gloucester, East Boston, Lynn, Wilmington, and Boston Medical Center. As a highly successful production farmer, Dumaresq feeds thousands of people with his organic produce and provides jobs for his neighbors. But—not surprisingly for a philosopher—he thinks outside the box, or in this case, the barn. His job, his lifestyle, and his beliefs are intertwined as closely as the roots of a cucumber. Something in his nature—and a philosophy shaped in part by his courses at Saint Anselm—has led him to a hybrid career as an organic farmer and an international agricultural consultant. His work helps people in far-flung parts of the world lift themselves out of poverty. He is the pure expression of the philosophy, “Think locally. Act globally.” Photos by Gil Talbot 18
He eats corn on the cob raw; grows a great heirloom tomato; and lists â€œPlanter of seedsâ€? on his LinkedIn profile. 19
Farmer Dave The Dracut that Dumaresq grew up in was mostly
college choir, earned a certificate in French, and spent a summer at Laval University studying judicial
farmland. His family grew vegetables on a piece of
philosophy with a grant from the National Endowment
their land, and he became a summer helper on the
for the Humanities.
nearby Brox Farm at age 11. He learned everything
By the time he graduated, Dumaresq was following
John Brox could teach him. When it came time for
Aristotle’s advice of living an examined life. What he
Dumaresq to choose a direction for his education,
found was a need to challenge himself by leaping into
he considered an agricultural program. Instead, he
a different culture with a different language. Within
decided to follow his brother, Steve Dumaresq ’91,
the year, he was living in the Andes Mountains as
to Saint Anselm College. It was a freshman course in philosophical inquiry that led him to his major. “He’d have you question everything to its roots, to determine how sound those roots were,” he says of his professor, Robert Anderson. He was especially interested in the works of naturalist Jean Henri Favre, who got him pondering questions like, “What defines beauty?” From studying Favre, he developed a habit of close observation and analysis. From a preceptorial on Euclid, he learned about proofs and axioms, and how to build a conclusion on testing those axioms. It all became helpful later, Dumaresq says: “If the soil is deficient in a certain nutrient, it’s like if you have a bad axiom in geometry. You’re never going to have a good proof.” He also was drawn to the writing of Thomas Jefferson, a statesman and farmer. He joined the
an agricultural volunteer with the Peace Corps and learning to speak Spanish and Quichua. Before settling into his cinder block apartment in Chillanes, Ecuador, he installed doors and windows and running water.
“If you’re passionate about something, you learn it.” Dumaresq was involved in projects ranging from reforestation to trout farming. The land there was hand-tilled, and transportation by foot, horseback, or overflowing pick-up truck. Dumaresq introduced new crops and irrigation systems, taught farmers how to make silage to last through the dry season, and taught agriculture in the local school. “I was sponging up agricultural information wherever I could get it,” he says. “My little house in the Andes had a three-foot wide shelf of agricultural books. It was like a two-year independent study program. If you’re passionate about something, you learn it.” At the end of his two years, he went back to Dracut and took on the management of the 35-acre Brox Farm. Before long, however, he was traveling again—this time with a University of Massachusetts team of plant geneticists researching a virus that affects a type of pepper used in sofrito. A year or two later he joined a tropical seed research team in the Dominican Republic. In 2006, while still leasing the Brox farm, Dumaresq bought his own farm with a dilapidated 130-year-old house. He combined agricultural know-how and critical thinking skills with passion and economic drive.
“If I didn’t solve the problems, I had no income,” he says. He leased additional parcels of farmland and built greenhouses so he could start sowing seeds in mid-February. He now has 90 acres of productive ground, as well as forest and wetland, and 18,000 square feet of greenhouse space in three locations. While he could not have foreseen it, Dumaresq got into organic farming at a good time. With the locavore movement and surging interest in organic food, he has increased production and staff. Every year, his “slow season” gets shorter. More than 1,000 families are signed up for “Farmer Dave’s CSA” (Community Supported Agriculture), picking up their weekly bounty of whatever produce is ready for harvest. “The attitude toward farmers has changed,” Dumaresq says. “Now people look up to farmers.”
Thinking Locally Dumaresq believes that what he does builds community, preserves agricultural land, and helps people stay healthy. It also strengthens the local economy by reducing imports. Over the years, he has provided more than a million pounds of food to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and Greater Boston Food Bank, as well as other smaller food pantries. Every bit of produce is used; whatever does not go to food pantries goes to farms raising livestock. He has a half dozen year-round employees and a peak season staff of 50, including agricultural interns learning organic practices like integrated pest management. Fresh, locally produced food should be available to all, regardless of income level, Dumaresq believes. He figures a CSA share works out to about $25 per week over the season, and what the member gets would easily cost $35 or $40 in the grocery store. A program in Lawrence offers his CSA shares to low-income families at a 50 percent discount. He’s made it a point to grow what urban immigrant populations need, which varies depending on the location. Guatemalan buyers in Lynn, for example, want fresh corn leaves to use as tamale wrappers. Dumaresq’s philosophy extends to protecting the land he farms, since that’s where supporting agriculture really begins. Working with Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Restriction 21
Program, he bought the agricultural rights to his farm while the state and local communities own the development rights. It’s an arrangement that benefits everyone: the public investment eventually will be repaid through the income taxes his employees pay.
Acting Globally At the same time that Dumaresq was learning about Aristotle and Plato at Saint Anselm College, things were happening on the other side of the world that would eventually blossom into his second career. The Soviet Union dissolved, creating 15 independent, but struggling, republics. The result was economic chaos: “For generations, everyone was guaranteed work and was told what to do. Suddenly all that ended,” Dumaresq says. The vegetable industry in the Republic of Georgia was thrown into a market based system, at the same time that cheap natural gas from the Soviet Union was shut off. “The government had to figure out how people would eat, so they gave everyone one hectare of land to farm. City people went to the country but they didn’t know how to grow crops.” The USAID was one group that stepped in to try to “stop the bleeding.” Dumaresq joined the effort in 2011 by volunteering with the agency’s Farmer to Farmer Program, which provides technical assistance to transitional countries. He had heard about the program during his Peace Corps stay. When he arrived in Georgia, he was surprised to learn that the program had been renamed in 2008 and now carried the name of John Ogonowski, a man that Dumaresq knew well. He was a pilot who had lost his life on 9/11. He was also a Dracut farmer who had helped Cambodian 22 22
refugees learn about New England crop timing and growth cycles.
It was a surreal experience, says Dumaresq. “I felt that
A logical thinker, Dumaresq considers all the
he was looking down and was happy with what I was
players, looks at a situation critically and asks, “If
we make these changes, what will happen to your
Dumaresq has now made five trips to Georgia to
place in your market?” He looks at the greenhouse
help build the country’s economy through agriculture.
sector and asks, “What are the bottlenecks? Why
The USAID’s Economic Prosperity Initiative and the
were certain mistakes made? What are the limiting
Citizens’ Network for Foreign Affairs hire him as a
factors and how can they be overcome?” He discusses
“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.” – Thomas Jefferson
Georgian salads like a true foodie—although he admits he never cooks. He is above all, he says, whether he’s in Massachusetts or the Republic of Georgia, “a problem solver, every single day.” The promise shown in Dumaresq’s 2011 feasibility study is becoming reality. Winter production of tomato and cucumber has increased more than six-fold, and the value of the industry’s crop has increased by more than $12 million, a trend expected to continue. He is now writing a concept paper about how to create an agricultural extension service in Georgia, and plans to expand knowledge to more
consultant to improve the greenhouse sector by educating farmers to use them more efficiently. In
people through film. “You have to be fluid in your thinking,” Dumaresq
part this involves taking advantage of the country’s
says of his double calling. “What works in the U.S.
geothermal resources for heat.
might not work here. In this line, you have to have a
As Dumaresq explains it, “There is a ton of unemployment, and money is going out to bring in
creative mind.” What he’ll do next with his flexible mind remains to be
food. Eventually it will impoverish the country if they
seen. At 41 years old, he is probably mid-career. As they
can’t create a viable agricultural system to reduce the
say in the Andes: “Solo dios sabe.” Only God knows.
amount of imports and actually start exporting.” His work blends business, agriculture, and diplomacy, as he works with farmers, government officials, economists, and potential investors. Georgia is a geographically isolated, developing country with 21 ethnic groups. Anyone who did not know Dumaresq’s background might wonder, as they listened to him explain the Republic’s chaotic past, whether he was a political analyst, a sociologist, or an economist. He discusses budgets, yields, and return on investment like an executive. When it comes to pollen, insects, and drought, he’s all farmer. Consulting with growers and investors in the Republic of Georgia. 23
The Peace Corps connection By Laurie D. Morrissey
n January 6, Sarah Stever ’11 left for The Gambia, West Africa. She’s not the first Saint Anselm graduate to serve in the Peace
Corps. At last count there were 117 before her, starting with 1960 grad Robert Kenison. The stories they have to tell—of joy, loneliness, doubt, fear, love, and everything in between—could fill volumes. The impact it had on their lives—forming their careers, shaping their world views, introducing them to their spouses—is permanent. Kenison recorded his experience on paper. Today’s volunteers write blogs and send digital photos. Stever captured this image of a burning field with her camera. She plans to either study international humanitarian law or follow her muse into photojournalism.
John F. Kennedy challenged American youth to devote part of their lives to serving in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Robert Kenison ’60 was the first Saint Anselm graduate to take up that challenge. The college’s Peace Corps Connection is now 50 years old, continuing through the present with volunteers like Sarah Stever ’11. Parts of their stories are told here.
“A Tear from God” Robert Kenison ’60 When the people of Pio XII barrio in Manizales, Colombia, met Robert Kenison, they were a little disappointed. They expected Robert Kennedy, the brother of the U.S. president. In fact, the American volunteer from the newly established Peace Corps was a man by the name of Robert Kenison. Their disappointment was short-lived, however. This American was a pretty good deal: a Harvard-educated lawyer who put a potentially lucrative career on hold to lay sewer pipes in their neighborhood. He played on the municipal basketball league, where he was called el Alto for his height; and agreed (for the same reason) to carry the cross in a Catholic feast day parade. When Kenison departed after two years, community leader don Ernesto was so choked up that he could not complete his speech. The friendship between the two men endures, 50 years after that inauspicious arrival.
“I had just graduated from Harvard law and I wasn’t ready to go back to New Hampshire and write wills,” says Robert Kenison of his Peace Corps beginnings. He never did go back. His work in the poor barrio changed his perspective and changed his life. He spent the next 41 years working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide decent homes for American families. He has lectured and taught at the country’s top universities and law schools on the subject of housing policy; and he received the President’s Distinguished Rank and Meritorious Rank Awards (the highest awards for federal career senior executives) in three presidential administrations. Now retired and living in Arlington, Va., he “scoured the house” for his Peace Corps mustering out report, which he titled “A Tear from God.” Barrio Life: The sewage construction project emanated from a desire to provide running water in an area of the barrio that lacked it. We formed a delegation to the Ministry of Public Works and were told that sewage pipes would have to be laid first. Pio II’s vecinos, or residents, were open to that too, as the absence of a sewage system was the cause of unsavory odors and sickness. The city provided the pipes and some technical assistance, and on barrio convites, or workdays, Lou and I and the male residents dug six-foot trenches in front of each house, when the men were available. We also volunteered to do the work outside homes with no male residents or providers. One very hot day, a woman from a home where we were digging approached us with the offer of milk fresh from her cow. Lou declined,
Kenison titled his report to the Peace Corps “A Tear from God,” describing Pio XII as ‘a tear that God shed eons ago, and the droplet trickled down the mountainside on top of which all Manizales sits.’ 26
but I thought a gracious, grateful receptivity was in order. I chugged a big glass and thanked her, never the worse for the lack of pasteurization and homogenization.
Photo on previous page: a controlled burn in The Gambia, in preparation for planting season.
“It’s amazing how quickly you can bond with those you have just met over topics such as what type of churria (diarrhea) you have and what sorts of animals climb in and out of the latrine you use.” Erin (Dussault) Woodward ’05 (international relations), municipal development volunteer in El Salvador, collaborated with city hall on community development projects. She lives in St. Paul, Minn., and is the regional manager of child sponsorship with Friends of the Orphans, a nonprofit organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Forming good relationships was something I was really worried about upon arriving here, but it has not been a problem at all. I have never once felt uncomfortable or disrespected by any of [the men].”
Erin Kelly ’02 (environmental science), agro-forestry/environmental education volunteer, El Salvador, worked to develop ecotourism in the country’s largest national park, Parque Nacional El Impossible. She was part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, earning a master’s degree in natural resources management. She is an agriculture labor specialist in the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs.
“I had such a great opportunity. What was I going to do with it—go to a job and start making money or go and use my knowledge and my love for sports and children and share the passion within me?”
1 Dominican Republic 2,3 Erin Kelly 4 Emma Swift 5,6 Maria Dougherty
Maria Dougherty ’10 (economics and business), current youth and families volunteer in Ecuador. 27
Privilegio: One way we would raise modest funds for barrio activities was by showing movies. One night the son of don Ernesto asked if he could be admitted for free. I politely but firmly explained that we had to charge everyone, as a matter of fairness. Later, I received a visit from his father, who complained that don Arturo’s son had been admitted for free. I replied that the boy helped us in many respects, including setting up equipment, running errands, etc. “No,” barked my visitor, who obviously had had a few drinks to steel his courage for the late-night visit, “don Robert, this is privilegio!” I heard him out for a good spell and then quietly said, “You’re right. From now on, everyone pays!” The notion, or just the appearance thereof, of the Peace Corps extending privileged or preferential treatment to one over the other, notwithstanding all the contributions that the one might have made for our efforts, was too stinging to tolerate.
32 and we never had any money. My two brothers and I were happy and lucky to be day-hops at Saint A’s. But life in Colombia exposed me to a breadth and depth of poverty I had never witnessed, not to say experienced. In a fundamental way, my political philosophy, my marriage, our daughter Laura, my four decades of professional legal work in HUD’s “poor people’s programs”—all hearken back to the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps Romances: Youth; the verdant mountains; the joys of Manizales’ feria celebration in January; the sense of an utterly other, liberating place— all lent themselves to romance. In 1965, a new team of volunteers was scheduled to enter Colombia, to work on utilizing TV in the schools. We old vets naturally scoured the “picture book: with photos and brief bios. I said to my buddies that I would take “that pretty Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York.” A few weeks later there was a party where two PC volunteer nurses lived in Pereira, an hour or so down the road from Manizales. Anne, the CCNY girl was there and we got along pleasantly. As the night wore on, I did what I had always wanted to do at a party. Gene Kelly-like (he deluded himself ), I swept her up onto a table where we both danced /twirled for a very brief while and I picked her up and jumped off the table, somewhat successfully. I say somewhat because I bruised her jaw slightly and broke the table. All the same, we were married exactly one year later to the day.
Sarah Stever ’11 International Relations
A credo of joy: My vision of what is important in life has been radically informed by the two years of Peace Corps service where I learned that while people must help themselves, sometimes they need other resources—people, money, other support—to help them help themselves. My mother was widowed at age 28
Bob Kenison in Ireland: retired from his career with Housing and Urban Development (HUD), he now travels just for fun.
“Africa Kicks My Butt”
Oct. 15, 2012 And there are those hard, frustrating, confusing days where I might go to the market and have every single person call me a toubab, ask me for money, ask for my shirt, my pants, my sandals, my bike, my hair, have a mentally handicapped individual stalking me because they just like to look at white people...It might be so hot that I have heat rash in places you don’t ever want heat rash, am sweating from every pore in my body, can’t go on a run because the heat rash is too bad, take a bucket bath and start sweating again, hide in my hut from the swarms of mosquitoes that like to bite in the same places as the heat rash... Can’t keep my phone charged...but then feel so first-world because I’m complaining about the heat, the mosquitoes, and the lack of convenient electricity, when I will only be here for 19 more moons and will have so many luxuries wherever I live next. So I come home from the market and the annoyances of this life to see smiling babies and women working harder than I’ve ever worked, complaining about so little and I am in complete awe of their strength. On days like these Africa kicks my butt..... but there is always tomorrow...maybe tomorrow the heat rash will be better.
being alone with your own feelings and thoughts is to
I spent the day in the fields with the ladies piling groundnut and picking up left behind peanuts. Then I smashed peanuts against a metal rod cracking the shell so we could eat them later. I did this for 3 hours. I guess the hardest part right now is not feeling as if I have a purpose. What am I here to do? Where is the most need? What will benefit the village the most? I need to find something I feel passionate about so that my heart is in my own work. Many days, I wake up thinking about what I can do to simply pass the time, wishing to exhaust myself to the point where I can fall back asleep again. My heart aches for loved ones at home, for loved ones in country, for the next moments that I will see them. Then the feelings of guilt come because I am not living for each day, appreciating the things that I have; rather, my mind is far away, wishing for people and places that are to come. But I will never get this time back; once May 2014 rolls around, this life will be only a memory, photos, and love in my heart. It’s a delicate balance of appreciating and living in the moment while also allowing myself to feel the ache to be with loved ones. There are so many hours during the day where I can play and laugh and appreciate all I have here. But it is all in another language, which I only partly understand, so the language of my heart and mind is playing in my own head. Being surrounded by people all the time but essentially
put it lightly, quite the experience. You question yourself, the person you thought you were, the person you are becoming, because regardless of where I will be next in life, everything Africa has taught me and continues to teach me will be ingrained in my understanding. Then there is the fear: I’ve been in Tenengfara for 6 months. I have 18 left. These people and this place have already changed and challenged me; will I recognize the person I have become after my service is over? I think it’s all about letting myself go and being open to whatever this crazy life has to throw at me, but sometimes I just wish for a few days where the peace is constant and the sleep is deep.
Nov. 16 This week there was a naming ceremony at a Fula compound. Naming ceremonies take place seven days after a baby is born and the purpose is to introduce the child to the community and ...give them a name. I’ve seen Wolof and Mandinka ceremonies but the Fula one was very different. There was a moment where an aunt sat holding the child under a white cloth while an elder man poured some milk, water, wood-bark substance onto the baby’s head and shaved off the hair. At the same time three women pounded corn next to the baby; at the same time the Imam slaughtered a goat into a hole to let the blood drain; and at
Women attending a naming ceremony for a Fula child. Naming ceremonies happen 7 days after the child is born and the whole village attends. A goat, sheep, or cow is butchered according to celebration (depending on gender, birth order, and financial standing). 29
understand much. I have started to understand more of the conversations and at the naming ceremony, the women were sharing the gossip of the village and asked me what I thought about it. So yes, gossip happens everywhere especially in small African villages where there are no distractions like TV or books and everyone lives two feet away from each other and everything is heard by your neighbors. There is a proverb that goes, “the foot is on the ground, the snake is on the ground.” Meaning neighbors must learn to get along with each other because they all share the same ground.
A Fula woman makes cotton by separating the fibers from their seeds and then winding it into thread. This is a dying practice as the youth of The Gambia becomes more technology oriented and begins to look at traditions as backward.
the same time another elder led the gathered people in prayer. The mother was brought out to hold the child and had parts of her head shaved. Money was then put on top of the white cloth and wishes were announced; a large number of men who attended were served a breakfast of mono, or millet balls, in a liquid with sour milk on top, and dried balls of millet or corn with sugar. With traditional Islamic societies, men and women rarely socialize in public. I am, however, the exception, because females from other societies tend to fall into a third category. It seems like even the locals don’t know where to place me, and I don’t try to define it, I just adapt and try not to offend anyone. I always sit and socialize with the women, rarely doing more than greet the men unless otherwise invited. This was the first day the women included me in their gossip circle. I had always sat with them but didn’t 30
I can’t believe this but....Africa got cold. And when I say cold, I mean that this morning it was 68. That feels pretty cold compared to the highs of 105 from April to August. It’s the cold were you wake up in the morning and debate getting out of bed to go to the bathroom—and by bathroom I mean hole—but the cement walkway on my feet feels like the linoleum of my bathroom in MERICA— because it’s so chilly. I’m not saying it still doesn’t get hot. During the middle of the day, I still sweat. My family’s pretty funny—they crowd around a bonfire during the evenings and even skip their daily shower, saying they are not brave of the cold water. I have to admit that I’ve also skipped a bucket bath here and there. This water is coming from deep in the ground and it’s freezing, which feels really nice during the hot season, but during the cold season you really are not brave of a cold, cold bucket bath. Sarah Stever at Saint Anselm in 2011.
Peace Corps facts (2012) Volunteers and trainees to date: 210,000 Current volunteers: 8,073 in 73 countries N.H. rank: fourth in the nation for producing P.C. volunteers, on a per capita basis.
An Athletic Legend Retires By Allen Lessels
Photo by Dave White
he mounted basketball sitting high on a shelf in Donna Guimont’s memento-packed and memorystuffed office on the bottom floor of the Carr Center tells only a piece of the story. Yes, the words on the basketball duly commemorate perhaps the finest single night in Guimont’s 20 years as the first head coach of the Saint Anselm women’s basketball team: 1991, Northeast-10 championship game, Saint Anselm 81, Bentley 76. But the printed words leave out the wild and crazy part—the part about Guimont keeping her players up much of the night with a team psychologist in a team-building exercise. “We were supposed to have a little bonding type event and it ended up spilling all these deep, dark secrets about the team,” recalls Kerri Lang ’91, then a senior and captain on the team. “We were kind of laughing about it. We were up until 3 a.m. and then we had to play the biggest game of our careers that night.” Guimont thinks it was perhaps closer to 4:30 in the morning, not exactly an orthodox approach to preparing for a championship game. “I remember thinking, ‘This is going to backfire,’” Guimont says. But the Hawks responded and won their first Northeast-10 tournament title that night.
“She was our voice. She was an advocate for what we deserve and who we are.” — Linda (Pavone) Connly ’87 Still, Guimont, who retires in the spring after a highly successful and satisfying 36-year career of coaching and athletics administrative work at Saint Anselm, did not employ that particular pre-game routine again. “It was a once in a lifetime thing, I guess,” she says with a laugh. “Some things you just can’t repeat.” What Guimont did continue, on a daily basis through nearly four decades at the college, was her commitment to create a nurturing and caring environment. It was a commitment with her basketball teams and with the volleyball and softball teams she coached upon arriving on campus in the fall of 1976 as Saint Anselm became coeducational. And it was a commitment with all the school’s 32
Celebrating a win at Southern New Hampshire University; early 90’s.
teams as she focused on the administrative side of things as Senior Women’s Administrator and Associate Athletics Director and in assorted other roles in later years. It never took long for her players to notice Guimont was in their corner. “When I first met her, I was looking at different schools,” says Kristen (Skoglund) Donohue ’96, who was a senior on Guimont’s last basketball team in the 1995-96 season. “I was a junior in high school and I knew right away I wanted to play for her. Her intensity is unmatched and she has that look that anyone who has ever played for her has been on the receiving end of at one time or another. But I also knew she cared deeply about us as people, not just as players, and that only grew over time.” Guimont’s passion and commitment for Saint Anselm along with athletics, her athletes and her other pursuits— boating on Lake Winnipesaukee ranks right up there with basketball on her list of loves—impresses those off campus and on. “Donna has a tireless work ethic and her teams were a reflection of what she was all about,” says Paula Sullivan, a longtime friend and rival as the women’s basketball coach at Stonehill College and now the director of athletics there. “I say this to people: She is one of the most honest human beings I’ve ever met. She has such integrity and always does the right thing. I really admire Donna.” She’s not alone. “Donna’s a legend at Saint Anselm, she really is,” said Joseph Horton ’77, Vice President for Student Affairs.
“She’s a very warm person and anybody who has ever met her comes to like her and admire her. She’s just a person that people tend to feel comfortable around.” Guimont, a Manchester native and 1972 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, has had that kind of impact on people since arriving on campus to be part of a three-person staff in the athletics department with Ted Paulauskas and Ed Cannon after teaching and coaching for five years in Manchester. “A lot of things were not easy for women who were pioneers in their sports,” Horton said. “I’m not talking only about this campus, but I think there were people out there asking what women were doing these things for. Donna was a real leader in making the case for women not only on this campus but throughout our conference. She was well known throughout the region and even the nation as a real pioneer in women’s athletics.” Always, said former player Lang, Guimont encouraged teammates to stick up for each other. The teams bonded with pre-season camping trips or excursions on the various boats Guimont owned on Lake Winnipesaukee (most of them named “Time Out” in honor of her love for basketball). And always, intense and entertaining on the sidelines as she coached and discussed the game with referees, and away from the court as well, she was sticking up for her players. “She was such a strong voice for us,” says Linda (Pavone) Connly ’87, who played basketball for Guimont from 1983-87. “I’m sure part of it was Title IX and she was making sure we got what we deserved and were going to get what the men got. But she was also a role model for a lot of us to speak up. She was our voice. She was an advocate for what we deserve and who we are.” Guimont says she tried to work with three rules that she borrowed from Paula Sullivan: “Don’t be late, don’t complain, and have fun. That really fits everything.” She tried to be consistent in her approach, too. “It might sound a little corny, but everything I did, I did from my heart,” Guimont says. “Hopefully it always carried over that it came from my heart and they did learn some things along the way.” The news that Donna Guimont was retiring and packing up the treasured quilt in her office that includes a picture
of each of her 20 teams, packing up the championship game basketball, packing up her “Hawks” license plate and her stuffed hawk and all her other mementoes, hit hard in the Connly household. One of the photos in the office shows Guimont with a one-year-old girl and carries the inscription, “Coaching the next generation.” The one-year-old is Olivia Connly, daughter of Linda (Pavone) and Peter Connly ’88. Olivia is due on campus to play lacrosse in the fall, and met with Guimont when she visited as a recruit, much like Guimont has met with hundreds of recruits from various sports through the years. “I honestly think Donna was part of her decision to go to Saint Anselm, the way she engaged with Olivia,” Linda Connly says. “She made her feel comfortable and at home. Olivia is disappointed that Donna’s not going to be there.” Not to worry. Guimont plans to be on campus at plenty of Hawk games and contests as a fan. Being supportive and having fun.
Focus on Faculty Carol Traynor (computer science) talks about jobs, computer games, and math phobia.
FOCUS on FACULTY
How did a math and French major from Ireland wind up teaching computer science in New Hampshire?
What should we be doing to protect our online privacy?
I was teaching in Ireland at a time when unemployment was so high that people were encouraged to take career breaks of up to five years. I went to teach in Malta, then the U.S. I was working as a nanny and wanted to do something intellectual so I took a few computer science courses.
Take a computer science course. People need to be more savvy about having firewalls and up-to-date virus software. You need to stay current.
Would you call yourself a math person? I’m certainly not math phobic. It’s a kind of culture in the U.S. that people tend to be afraid of math. In Europe and Asia it’s not as big a deal. There’s more emphasis on math in Europe and the minimum requirements are a lot higher.
How has the department changed since you arrived in 1998? We had nearly 80 majors at the height of the dot com boom. Few students owned a computer so they came to the CS lab to do their work. Since then computer power has increased and the programs we run are a lot more sophisticated. The department has become more integrated into the college. We’ve created more courses for non-majors and established the minor.
Is the department growing?
In the early 00s there was a 70 percent decline nationwide in enrollment in computer science programs. Our majors dropped to 22. We have 40 now and I expect that to keep growing because so many jobs demand computer skills.
Who else is taking courses in the department? There are almost 80 non-majors taking computer science classes. The computer forensics course draws students from several disciplines, even nursing and philosophy. It’s about using computers in investigations; getting evidence, finding hidden files, recovering passwords. There are a lot of jobs out there for people with knowledge of computer forensics.
Do you talk about cybersecurity? We talk about it a lot. A cyber-attack is one of the greatest threats to the national security—such an attack could cripple the emergency response, transportation, communication, and energy systems. Averting a cyber-attack is not just a concern for the government, since a large percentage of cyber infrastructures are owned by the private sector. As well as training more people in this area, we need to educate the general public so they’re aware of the threats and can take measures to prevent them.
Are your graduates finding jobs? All of last year’s graduates are employed. Our students have excellent success in getting jobs, many even before they graduate. Local companies contact me directly when they’re looking, and they like hiring our grads because they have the skills to deal with customers. We have an internship program and work closely with the career services office. Even after students graduate, I communicate with them and pass on opportunities.
Do you worry about radiation exposure from computer screens? Oh, everything’s bad for you and everything will kill you. I’m more concerned about the social implication of kids spending too much time playing video games and in chat rooms. I also worry that we’ll lose historical information because the media we use to store it changes so fast. People no longer print out photos, and videos are all digital. How many people take the time to transfer their media to other forms, and how will that affect our society?
Is it hard to keep up with changes in this discipline? It’s an ever-changing field. You have to constantly update the courses because the technology changes.
Do you play any computer games? I’m not too much of a computer game person, but Angry Birds is the one I can get into. I sometimes play solitaire to decompress.
You’re married to a software engineer. How high-tech is your household? We don’t have all the high-tech gadgets, and we try to restrict our children’s usage of computer games. I don’t have a fancy cell phone. I still write lists on paper and I prefer to talk to people rather than text. I miss getting letters. But I do Skype my parents in Ireland. It’s wonderful. And I have my iPad.
What will computer science students be doing in 10-20 years that they aren’t doing now? Imagine the impossible and that’s what they’ll be doing. Carol Traynor, Associate professor Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell Photos by Gil Talbot 35
A LEGACY FROM A GRATEFUL FAMILY Joseph Chang ’50
oseph Jin Chang had a long and distinguished career spent largely in South Korea. But his four years at a small liberal arts college in New Hampshire influenced his life in a way that resonated throughout his extended family. Now, his devotion to Saint Anselm College is revived in the form of a generous donation that will help future generations of Anselmians. Veronica Kim Chang, Joseph’s wife of 46 years, recently endowed a $400,000 scholarship in her late husband’s name. “He was happy at Saint Anselm, and his time there enabled him to go on to Princeton and have a rewarding career,” says Leo Chang, Joseph’s younger brother. “My sisterin-law thought that making this contribution would be what Joe would have liked. He was more emotionally attached to Saint Anselm than he was to Princeton because it’s where he started his academic career.” Joseph Chang comes from a devout Catholic family. He was one of seven children of Chang Myon, or John M. Chang, who graduated from Manhattan College in New york City and worked with the Maryknoll priests in Korea. John Chang was an ambassador to the United Nations and South Korea’s first ambassador to the United States. Born in Korea in 1899, he went on to a political career that spanned turbulent decades. He was appointed the prime minister of the Second Republic and, prior to becoming prime minister, was twice elected vice president of the Republic of Korea.
Joseph Chang in 1954 upon receiving his doctorate at Princeton.
After a year at Seoul National University, Joe Chang left for America. Speaking about his late brother, Leo Chang says he is not exactly sure how Joe learned of Saint Anselm College. However, he remembers that he went by Merchant Marine ship to San Francisco and arrived in Manchester by way of New york. “He only had a few months of English training, and I remember he was worried about that. My father said ‘just do it!’” At Saint Anselm College, where he graduated with the highest honors, Chang valued both his scientific education and the friendship of the Benedictine monks. He earned a doctorate in biology at Princeton University, taught at Brown University 36
Front, L to R: John M. Chang (Chang Myon), Theresa. Back, L to R: John, Matthew, Benedicta, Andrew, and Leo.
Joseph Chang ’50’s father John Chang. Joseph Chang and Dave Tuttle ’53 in 1986.
Veronica and Joseph Chang ’50. Joseph Chang ’50 with his wife Veronica.
and Princeton, and conducted biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and at Heidelberg University, the Technical University of Darmstadt, and the Technical University of Aachen.
was presented with the Saint Anselm Alumni Award of Merit for his contributions to the fields of science and educational administration.
Returning to South Korea in 1964, Chang became a biology professor at Sogang University, founded in Seoul by the American Jesuits. He chaired the department and served as dean of the college of science and engineering, dean of the graduate school and vice president of the university. He continued to pursue his research interests in neurophysiology.
The other children of Chang Myon were just as accomplished, including an architect, a nun, a professor, and a bishop. His brother John Chang-yik was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Chuncheon and the president of the South Korean Conference of Catholic Bishops. Joe is not the only family member to graduate from Saint Anselm; his cousin Joseph Kim ’58 and Ann Gohng ’98, are among the college’s alumni.
After retiring in 1986, Chang established a marine biological laboratory on an island in southern Korea and became the editor and publisher of a prominent neurophysiology journal. He remained a loyal alumnus of Saint Anselm College and contributed generously as a member of the President’s Society. While attending Reunion Weekend in 1986 with his wife, Chang
The Chang family’s legacy will help generations of students achieve their academic goals at Saint Anselm College—and allow Joseph Chang’s example to have a significant impact now on the college he loved. 37
Alumni Return as Guest Speakers Michael O’Loughlin ’07 (left) presented a talk sponsored by the Department of Theology about the value of an education in theology and the liberal arts as it relates to his career as a freelance writer. Katie Brandt ’02 spoke with Professor Maria McKenna’s Psychology of Adulthood and Aging class about frontotemporal degeneration, a devastating disease that claimed her husband, Michael Brandt ’02. Bethany Cottrell ’06, executive director of Merrimack County Child Advocacy Centers, visited Professor Loretta Brady’s Methods of Clinical Psychology class. Joe Parodi ’06, a Spanish teacher, was the invited speaker at Sigma Delta Pi. Danielle (Salvas) Cantin ’07 spoke about pediatric oncology in instructor Kathleen Cahill’s pediatric nursing class. Brianna Ward ’07 visited Professor Loretta Brady’s organizational psychology class to discuss her work with Verizon. Brad Landry ’09, a medical case worker at Bethesda Project in Philadelphia, spoke in Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B.’s class, Benedictine Life. The following alumni, all teachers, were guest speakers at senior seminars in the education department: Michael Orlando ’06, Michael Boutselis ’10, Leanne Cirigliano ’10, Mary Kate Heavey ’10, Maria Tallo ’10, Danielle Waldrupe ’10, Josh Forkey ’11, Maggie Lupo ’11, Megan Turner ’11. The following alumni, all attorneys, volunteered at the Jack Lynch Debate Tournament on campus in November: Lisa Pearson ’96, Rachel (Willcox) Casper ’06, Michael Pirrello ’07, Nikki Thorspecken ’09, Anthony Delcourt ’09, Courtney Gray ’11, Timothy Vaughan ’11. The following alumni volunteered at the Regional American Mock Trial Association’s qualifying tournament on campus in February: Edward Mahoney ’63, Gerald Power ’65, Edward Morris Jr. ’66, James Flood Jr. ’66, John Malone ’66, Alexander Matulewicz ’73, Francis Collins ’74, Ralph Sargent Jr. ’74, Omer Ahern Jr. ’76, Dennis McMahon ’78, Debra (Walk) Gaw ’79, Charles Pollard ’79, Kerry Steckowych ’79, Richard Tucker ’79, T. Christopher Weishaupt ’84, Edward Donahue Jr. ’86, Kathleen McGovern-Greenan ’94, Adam Sears ’96, Katherine Durant ’98, Jenifer (Mortell) Pinkham ’99, Kathleen (Leidermer) Mahan ’02, David Tencza ’02, Christopher Barrett ’06, Robert Buchholz ’06, William Keefe ’06, David McGrath ’06, Andrea (Tuttle) O’Brien ’06, Allison Ahern ’07, Mary Reidy ’07, Adam Schibley ’07, Ryan Ollis ’08, Nicole Thorspecken ’09, Alyssa Hatem ’12.
The Class Note
By Brian Doyle
uch a genre, the alumni magazine class note, isn’t it? Such a lovely form for story, a vessel for the telling of tale. But so often the tale is…well, not stale, exactly, but…mannered. We use the same molds: career promotion, new job, marriage, a child, perhaps an epic voyage, perhaps a particularly notable donation to the college; and sometimes, quiet and sad, divorce, illness, death. Believe me, I have studied the genre, as an editor of two college alumni magazines, as an avid reader of my own alma mater’s magazine, and as an interested observer of many dozens of other magazines in my field, such as, for example, the subtle and attractive magazine from Saint Anselm, which is sprawled on my desk and has prompted this note. But what’s always missing, for many good reasons, is the song and flavor and silly and brave and sad and goofy and sweet and strong of the person being class-noted. So let me try to tell you something of my friend, a member of the Saint Anselm College Class of 1980: Chris Frechette. The news: career human resources professional, now happily at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Owns ancient famous historic farmhouse. Owns beloved dog the size of a horse. But the deeper story, the Chrisness of the Chrisser: what a basketball player he was, and still occasionally is! How burly and cheerful and headlong a rebounder, how terrifying he was on a fast break coming at you at high speed with a dribble he could hardly control! How maniacally vast and wide and thorough his knowledge and interest and fascination with music! How terrific a cook and chef even though he is so meticulous about preparation and presentation that by the time he gets the meal on the table you have privately been thinking of sneaking a sandwich and a beer before dinner because it appears dinner may be served somewhere around midnight for heaven’s sake! How dry his wit and how vast his thirst for books! How powerful his hugs and how silent and brooding he seems to be in the morning before he gets his coffee and begins to awaken not unlike the spreading dawn! How broad his grin and easy his laugh! How sweet and sad and sentimental he gets sometimes when he talks about his dad Ernie, also a Saint Anselm man and dead too young! And more details and stories and hilarities and poignancies than I could tell you in a week even if I had a boatload of exclamation points from the exclamation point factory! Essays, even tiny ones like this one, usually at least hint at a theme, but of themes this morning I have none; all I ask is that as you read the rest of the class notes in this issue, and read them forevermore in the pages of Portraits, remember that each is the tip of an iceberg too wonderful to measure; and that the being on whom the Class Note is draped like a jacket is a miracle from the profligate hand of the One; and that this is holy; and that in the end that is what Saint Anselm is all about, isn’t it? Singing the miracle of every minute of life?
“…each is the tip of an iceberg too wonderful to measure.”
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland.
Illustration by Bill Dougal
Roger Lawrence received
the 2012 Goodhue-Elkins Award from New Hampshire Audubon for his outstanding con-tributions to the study of New Hampshire birds.
1964 Myles Dorch, a former Hawks basketball player, was inducted into the Brooklyn USA Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Anselmian Athletic Club Hall of Fame in 1984.
nurse midwife with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston. In 2011, she became director of the HVMA midwifery service.
1982 David Cronan is the executive director of human resources at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.
1983 Deirdre (Carroll) Donahue
surgeon in Quincy, Mass., joined the board of governors of Quincy College.
earned a master’s degree in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing. She is a nurse practitioner of internal medicine at the Reliant Medical Group in Millbury, Mass.
Mark Ojakian is chief of staff for
1986 John Polcari is executive vice
1967 Thomas Fitzgerald, a general
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. He was cited as “an accomplished craftsman in the difficulties of streamlining government and identifying efficiencies” in Hartford Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” issue in December.
1970 George Neary, of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the grand marshal of the 2013 Art Deco Weekend Ocean Drive Parade.
1973 Peter Miller is the dean of
admission and financial aid at Anna Maria College.
Claire (Burke) Draucker is the Angela Barron McBride Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Indiana University School of Nursing.
1980 Timothy Cornett is a
senior manager for international business development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, Fla. He oversees Lockheed Martin’s AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter sensors and missiles business with 15 foreign militaries. He is specifically responsible for the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Israel, Greece, Japan, Taiwan, and the Republic of Korea.
Colleen (Condon) Mannering is a
president of sales at Paydiant, in Wellesley, Mass.
Bill Wanless was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Words Unlimited, an organization of Rhode Island sports writers, sportscasters and sports publicists. He is vice president of public relations for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
1987 John Murray was recently
named the director of Careerworks in Brockton, Mass. He earned a master’s degree in Education for Instructional Design in 2008.
1989 Julie (Considine) Tyson
was promoted to director of advancement at Mount Holyoke College.
Michael Jaillet is an executive assistant with Dell Computers in Texas. He was recently honored as an advocate for ALS awareness by the Texas Chapter of the ALS Association.
Kelli (Rafferty) Barry is vice president of development at Easter Seals Massachusetts. Kathy (Criscuolo) Boufford, an attorney in Newtown, Conn., was the featured speaker at the Working Women’s Forum in February. She is the president of the local chapter of Business Networkers International and is active in her community as a soccer coach and a volunteer with the local Boy Scouts troop.
1993 Jane (Shea) Yerrington
received a master of science degree in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in May 2011. She is employed at SNHU in the Provost/ Academic Affairs Office, and was promoted in July 2012 to assistant dean of academic affairs.
Christina Buehler teaches French and Latin at Saint Anthony’s High School in Melville, N.Y. She earned a Ph.D. in French literature at CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.
1995 Gene Chaisson, clinical
the Immanuel Award by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen in Piscataway, N.J., in April.
administrator at the North Central Correctional Institution-Gardiner, received the Professional Excellence Award for Contract Health Care from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
1990 Vincent Murphy is an assistant
Jay Pawlyk teaches English at Saint John’s
controller at WGBH Educational Foundation.
Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass.
Robert O’Brien works at the Charlestown,
Rebekka Hermans Or, a tax credit finance and syndication attorney, was elevated to counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP.
Anthony P. Kearns will be honored with
Mass., branch of Sovereign Bank as a small business specialist.
Lisa Pearson is the planning director for the town of Salisbury, Mass.
1998 Anthony Collamati is an
assistant professor of new media studies at Alma College in Michigan. He earned a master’s degree in English at Loyola and a doctorate at Clemson University.
Alison McCarthy, a patent attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, was named to the Massachusetts Rising Stars list by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine.
Zach McLaughlin was selected as the next superintendent of the Springfield district schools in Massachusetts. He previously served as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment.
1999 Adam Ghander was elected
partner in the business department of the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish. He lectures frequently on corporate finance and teaches at the Boston University School of Management.
2000 Jill (Rybka) Cormier, senior finance manager at GTECH Corp., was selected to the “40 Under Forty” list by the Providence Business News.
Paul Massalski teaches high school
Erica (Savino) Moffatt is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner at North Suffolk Mental Health in Chelsea, Mass. In her free time, she runs in marathons and other events, and helps coach half-marathon teams that raise funds for charity.
Elizabeth Roma became a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli in 2011 after working as an associate since 2005.
Tarek Saab is president of Saab & Company, a Texas-based consulting and venture capital firm and a principal at Ark Fund Capital Management.
2003 Sergio Bonavita is head
brewer and managing member of the Westfield River Brewing Company in Westfield, Mass.
2004 Melissa (Pierce) Asllani
completed her doctorate in biochemistry at Duke University.
Doug Cooper is a circulation clerk at the Boxford Town Library in Boxford, Mass. He is a volunteer at the Andover Historical Society, working on databases and giving tours.
trader services at the Nashua, N.H., office of Fidelity Investments for eight years.
Christine Guarino completed a master of fine arts degree in creative writing/poetry at Lesley University and works as a search associate at Lois L. Lindauer Searches, a national executive firm in Boston.
2001 Tina Cormier, a research
Elizabeth (Shaw) Spitz, a teacher at
Michael Wirzburger has worked in active
assistant at Woods Hole Research Center, started a consulting company, Black Osprey Geospatial.
Colleen Karpinsky, vice president of talent and legal at Dyn, a global Internet technology company, was named on the New Hampshire Union Leader’s list of “40 Under 40” influential young professionals in the Manchester, N.H., area.
math in Clinton, Mass. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management at Endicott College.
Matthew Koniecza teaches at Newbury
Mario Vaccari joined 24/7 Media, a New
is an events coordinator at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis.
York-based marketing technology company, as director of product management, in September 2012. He lives in Belleville, N.J., with his wife, Michaela (Mackie) ’00, and their sons, James and Joseph. Michaela is director of admissions at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City.
College in Brookline, Mass.
2002 Tracy (Dickinson) Diesslin
Evan Glasson has published poetry in Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Poetry East. He is the co-editor of the poetry journal Leveler and recently published his first book, a long poem titled Vital Pursuits.
Tucker Elementary School in Milton, Mass., is teaching SMART Board professional development for faculty.
Michael Brodeur is a licensed psychologist at Washington State University Counseling and Testing Services in Pullman, Wash., with a specialty in assessment for learning disabilities and ADHD. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England in 2010.
Robert LeClair joined Boston Realty Advisors as a director. He was an office leasing broker at CB Richard Ellis previously.
2006 Andrea Dionne graduated
from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is completing her third year of residency in obstetrical and gynecological surgery.
Isabela Echeverry is the industry development, promotion and innovation officer at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism in Bogota, Colombia. 41
Meghan Miller, an assistant comptroller at Appleton Corporation, was appointed city treasurer for Westfield, Mass.
Matthew Sheaff is director of communications for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
2007 Allison Ahern is an associate immigration attorney at MT Law, LLC.
Danielle (Salvas) Cantin is finishing a master’s degree in nursing at the University of New Hampshire and works in the pediatric oncology unit at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mark Dionne and his brother, Doug ’09, own Rock Solid Landscape Supply in Goffstown, N.H.
Chris Greeke has worked with Fidelity Investments in the Cambridge, Mass., office since June 2007. Michael O’Loughlin is the communications and development officer for the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he also works as a free-lance writer.
a DMD degree and an honors program in prosthodontics and operative dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He practices at Generations Dental Care in Concord, N.H.
2009 Ashley Goes earned a master
of physician assistant studies degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is board certified in internal medicine. She is in practice with RiverBend Medical Group in Westfield, Mass.
Alejandro Echeverri returned to Colombia after two years in Mexico working for Mujeres Autosustentables, a nonprofit that works with women living in rural and low-income areas by helping them create self-employment opportunities.
Paolo Giacometti is a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering.
operations at PayHub.
Lauren Chooljian is a morning producer and reporter with Chicago Public Radio.
Leanne Cirigliano teaches Spanish at Medford (Mass.) High School. Catherine Daggett is a contact center analyst at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine.
Desislava Eneva is completing a master’s degree in economy, state, and society at the International College of Economics and Finance. She is taking courses at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Lauren Fielding is an administrative coordinator for curriculum at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Matt Fuller is a legislative action
Shannon O’Hearn is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University.
Jenna Harrington is a paralegal at
Daniel Scholfield was valedictorian of
Keith Raho is a senior grant writer at Easter Seals, NH. Amy Regan is completing a master’s
Samantha Waite is a development
degree at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Her degree involved research in Kenya on gender specialization of international development and human assistance.
coordinator at Boston University School of Law.
chemistry at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Maine in May 2012 and did his graduate work in the field of woodderived biofuels.
Lisa Caruso was promoted to manager of
reporter at Congressional Quarterly’s Roll Call Group.
Quinnipiac University’s School of Law in 2012 and passed the Connecticut Bar Exam. He is a research clerk with the Superior Court of Connecticut in Bridgeport.
Tim Thibodeau teaches high school
2008 Victor Stetsyuk completed
2010 Michael Boutselis teaches English at Campbell High School in Litchfield, N.H.
Sarah Bryant is a registered nurse in the bone marrow transplant unit of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Thornton & Naumes, LLP in Boston.
Stefanie Iannalfo is a registered nurse on Massachusetts General Hospital’s Innovation Unit. Patricia Ingoldsby is a registered nurse on Massachusetts General Hospital’s Innovation Unit. Devon Katz is the development coordinator for Casa Myrna, a Boston nonprofit organization that provides residential services and programming for victims of domestic violence.
Alice McAvoy is a client service specialist at Unum in Portland, Maine.
Eric Ricci is completing a master of arts degree in biology at Rhode Island College. His master’s thesis resulted in the discovery of a cuticle on the moss Physcomitrella patens and is funded by the National Science Foundation. He scored in the 70th, 80th and 90th percentiles on the Dental Admission Test and will attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine this fall.
Ashley Pratte is the executive director
Maria Tallo teaches social studies at
Megan Turner teaches English at Trinity
Londonderry (N.H.) High School.
High School in Manchester, N.H.
Gregory Wallace is a production
Emily (Ufnal) Wolcott teaches sixth
assistant at CNN in Washington, D.C.
grade at Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News, Va.
Danielle Waldrupe teaches English at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H.
Erin (Dussault) Woodward lives in St. Paul, Minn., and works as the regional manager of child sponsorship with Friends of the Orphans, a nonprofit organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
2011 Thomas Baudinet was
acquired as a guard by the Canton Charge, an NBA Development League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Christopher Daniels joined Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working in academic support at Pretty Eagle School in St. Xavier, Montana.
Joshua Forkey teaches social studies at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H.
Sam Inman is director of scheduling for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. He previously worked in Gov. John Lynch’s office.
Maggie Lupo teaches English at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H.
Lauren Moccia is pursuing a master’s degree in health communication at Michigan State University.
of Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action in Concord, N.H.
Samantha Seamon is an applications
Alumni News John Healy is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Bryant University.
specialist at Meditech.
Bryan McCormack worked for Mitt
Dan-Tho Tran is a service banker at
Romney’s presidential campaign as a field staffer and ran the Wolfeboro, N.H. office.
Citibank in Hanoi, Vietnam.
2012 Justin Colella is a financial representative at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, N.H.
Jordan DiGeronimo is a marketing assistant at JM Coull, a construction and design firm based in Maynard, Mass.
Caitlyn Eaton is a student services coordinator and academic advisor in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. She will begin graduate studies at Northeastern in the summer, pursuing a master’s in education with a concentration in higher education administration. Audrey Frenette teaches English to
Quynh Lan Nguyen is an associate at New Markets Advisors, a Cambridge-based management consulting firm.
Jacquelyn Rossignol is completing a year of service with Amate House, a young adult volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago. She works full-time as a registered nurse in a health clinic for lowincome and under-insured women. Meaghan Ryan is spending a year volunteering with Amigos de Jesus, at a home for neglected and abandoned youth in Honduras.
Marissa Serafino is a staff assistant in the office of United States Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Bridget Taylor is enrolled in the PACT program at Providence College and teaches math at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I.
Ashley Vannasse is a graduate student in archaeology at Florida State University.
students from pre-school to adult at CLC Language Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We Want to Know Do you know of a fellow Anselmian whose professional or volunteer achievements are worthy of recognition? Someone who devotes time and talents to the college or the Alumni Association? Tell us! We welcome your nominations for Alumni Association Awards. Download a nomination form: www.anselm.edu/alumni-awards
Alumni Reunite With SBA “Family” in Honduras “tomorrow we will be rich — tomorrow we will have chicken.” For Erin Latina ’07, these words spoken by a little boy in a Honduran orphanage explain why she returns to the site of her Spring Break Alternative experience. She heard them as she and Devon Katz ’10 rocked two children to sleep one evening last December. “It was a staple of their diets but they hadn’t had chicken in about six months,” Latina explains. “Still, I never heard a complaint from any of them. They remain as grateful, hopeful, and faith-filled as ever, which pushes us to work even harder to help them.” The orphanage at Rancho Santa Fe in rural Honduras is home to about 450 children, from infants to young adults, as well as their care givers and teachers. Latina and five fellow alumni organized the visit together. Some had served at the orphanage more than once, starting as undergraduates. For Monica Henry ’05, it was trip number 12. She first visited the ranch owned by Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Spanish for “our little brothers and sisters”) in 2004, and co-led the following year’s trip with Tom Cronin ’05. After graduating, she lived and worked there for 18 months as a volunteer. She is now the special events manager for Friends of the Orphans, the charitable organization that supports the home. This year, she worked with the college’s Office of Campus Ministry to organize a winter break service trip to the NPH orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Tess (Franzino) Blackwell ’06, child sponsorship manager for the organization, has a similar story. She and her husband, John Blackwell ’07, sponsor a boy named Jarvin, who was three when they met. “Jarvin arrived at the ranch HIV positive, and thanks to the support of NPH he is a healthy, happy and studious nine-year-old boy,” she says. “John and I began sponsoring him in 2008, and have enjoyed watching him grow over the years each time we visit.” Also on the December trip was Allison Ahern ’07.
She says the children quickly refreshed her perspective on having compassion, showing gratitude, and being generous of spirit, as well as the value of acting out faith in God through service.
“Ever since my first visit with the SBA trip in 2004, the children of NPH have been my family and my home.” – Monica Henry ’05 “Overhearing that some of the littlest ones graciously prayed to God for chicken, watching all of them lick their bowls after each meal, and seeing the ongoing efforts to repair the roofs over their heads, made the fact that NPH needs financial support very real.” As Erin Latina, an intensive care unit nurse at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H, says, “The culture of service that Saint Anselm is known for continues well beyond graduation.” The Saint Anselm connection began with Amy (Schaltegger) Escoto ’97, who worked at the Honduran orphanage for two years as a volunteer coordinator and social worker and now manages Amigos de Jesus, a current service site for the college. Stories from Service & Solidarity mission trips:
Devon Katz ’10 (center) and Erin Latina ’07 (far right). Photo by John Blackwell ’07.
Working at the Top Hospital: Christine (Maus) Joyce ’99 Saint Anselm nurses who go on to careers at Massachusetts General Hospital are working at the hospital that leads the honor roll of the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2012-2013. One of those nurses is Christine (Maus) Joyce, whose photo happens to be on the cover of the report. Joyce has worked at MGH for nine years as a nurse in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and enjoys working in the rapidly changing field of interventional cardiology. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she cares for patients undergoing coronary angioplasty and stenting for acute heart attacks; those with congenital, structural and valvular heart diseases; and those with critical heart failure. “It’s gratifying to watch patients come to our lab in such distress and leave well on their way to full recovery,” she says. “We see the results of our work almost immediately.”
Tears and Cheers for a Life-Saver: Katelyn D’Entremont ’09
Photo by Delete Blood Cancer www.getswabbed.org
Bone Marrow Registration Drives at Saint Anselm 13 in the past 5 years. 962 students/staff have registered. 5 students/staff have donated stem cells.
A three-year-old boy named Gregory, in the state of Washington, was diagnosed with acute leukemia. When his mother learned that a bone marrow donor match had been found, she said, “We have a chance. Oh my God... Gregory might live!” More than three years later, Gregory and his mom got to meet the donor—Saint Anselm College alumna Katelyn D’Entremont ’09—at the 2012 DKMS Fight Blood Cancer Gala held in New york City. DKMS is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. At the celebrity filled event, fashion model Heidi Klum introduced D’Entremont on stage. “It just brings this full circle,” said the Saint Anselm nursing grad after a long, teary hug with Gregory’s mom. “you get that call and you do the procedure… you’re always thinking of them, on a daily basis almost. you have this unique connection with this little kid somewhere in the world—whether it’s in Africa or the United States, you never know.” D’Entremont is one of nearly 1,000 Anselmians who have registered as potential bone marrow donors, and one of five who have completed the transplant process. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” says D’Entremont, a registered nurse who works at Massachusetts General Hospital. The emotional meeting was captured on youtube in “Katie Saves Gregory: A Donor and Patient Meet.”
Photo by Sarah Jaye Weiss
Testing on the Job: Steven Gaudet ’11 The places where Steve Gaudet works these days are not very hospitable—unless you’re a rattlesnake or a coyote. He gets up at 4:30 in Salt Lake City and drives an hour and a half west into the desert, arriving at the Utah Test and Training Range. It’s dark and cold—15 below zero some mornings. He is there to test and evaluate a powerful long-range surveillance radar system that looks like a giant blimp. The system, JLENS, was developed by Raytheon to help the military detect threats aimed from land, sea, and air. It is a job he prepared for with a major in applied physics and an intensive master’s degree in business, entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the first Saint Anselm graduate to take advantage of a recent partnership with the University of Notre Dame that allows science majors to enter a professional master’s program called ESTEEM. Gaudet accepted a job in the software engineering department at Raytheon, an Andover, Mass., based defense technology company. He now spends most of his time as an integration and testing engineer on sites in Utah and New Mexico. The equipment he works on is part of a multimillion dollar project that is in its late stages of development. “It’s a very successful project. We’re at the point where soldiers come in routinely and we run missions with them and train them, and they’re excited about using it,” he says. By allowing 360-degree continuous surveillance for up to 30 days aloft, the helium-filled
“aerostat” saves on manpower and cost, he says. “It’s going to be used by the government to do a number of things related to defense and target recognition and tracking.” There are daily challenges on the test site, where Gaudet works on software and hardware for 12-hour shifts—often harnessed underneath the airborne equipment. New codes for the software, developed by engineers in Andover, are tested on a daily basis. Finding solutions to technical issues that come up in testing is his responsibility. Gaudet always wanted to work for a large technology company and applied to Raytheon twice before entering the ESTEEM program. He started his job with the company a week after getting his master’s in hand. “During many of the interviews I had, whether it was for engineering, project management, consulting, or development programs, each company said they were attracted to seeing the ability to complement business skills with a strong technical background,” he says. “They said it’s a very rare combination to have, and it seemed to always stand out to companies looking at my resume. Eventually, I’d like to transition into a managerial or project management position, where I can use the integrated skills of science and business I learned in my master’s program. Photo by Jack Diven
The White Sands Missile Range in the Organ Mountains of southern New Mexico is the largest military installation in the country—and one of the test sites where Gaudet works.
Proud Graduate Receives Overdue Diploma Contributed by Martha Horton ’15 When George Biron ’56 missed his graduation, it was for a valid reason. Biron entered the military during the Korean War while still a student, and was therefore unable to be present for graduation day. However, Saint Anselm College made it a point to give the courageous alumnus his diploma… 56 years later. At a special luncheon held in the President’s Dining Room, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, presented the diploma, saying that it was about time Dr. Biron received the diploma he truly deserved. “The Benedictines think in centuries,” he joked. Biron was overcome with emotion. “I thank God every day,” he said, with tears in his eyes. The retired dentist and his family were grateful for the event. Biron stated that it was a blessing to receive it. “I had always wanted it,” he said, “but it slipped my Photo by Tam Dong ’15 mind, as my career kept me busy.” The diploma was presented to the patient alumnus framed and ready for display. Father Jonathan congratulated Dr. George Biron as “our newest Anselmian here at the college; class of 1956.” Biron replied that he is proud to be a graduate of “one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country.”
Expert Advice on Twitter: Jared Correia ’00 When it comes to Twitter, this guy wrote the book. English grad Jared Correia, an attorney, recently authored a book called Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers, which was published by the American Bar Association. In his job as senior law practice management advisor at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program—a job title that practically fills a 140-character Tweet—he sends out numerous tweets a day (19,443 total as of this writing) since he began working at LOMAP five years ago. When the non-profit started, the company was looking for free and cheap ways to market itself, Correia explains. His office provides lawyers and law students with free consulting on all aspects of managing their practices, including marketing, accounting, and technology. He describes the book as “a guide for lawyers and folks in general,” although it addresses Photo by Justine Johnson ’12 lawyer-specific ethical restrictions and client confidentiality issues. “I wanted to write as robust a how-to guide as possible, with as many good, specific tips as I could throw in,” he says. It also had to be readable in an hour (or thereabouts), following the model of the In One Hour technology book series. It’s lively and to-the-point, including a list of things you don’t want to do on Twitter. “One of the things people do wrong is not tagging other people in their Tweets. Or they just use the person’s first name or username without the @ sign. Ultimately, you want to show people you’re talking about them so they’ll see the publicity you’re giving them and will reciprocate.” The book covers who to follow, what to post and when to post it, as well as settings to control your account. Another Correia tip: the free website Tweetwhen.com. It will give you a time and date for your “most retweetable time.” Free analytics, available through third-party social media management tools like HootSuite, will give you a list of your 10 most retweeted posts for a given timeframe, he says. Correia and his wife, Jessica (Foster) ’06, a legal assistant at a Cambridge law firm, live in Gloucester, Mass. They are both former members of the college’s debate team, and return every year to help judge rounds at the Jack Lynch Tournament. 47
A Conversation with Kevin Fitzgerald ’00 The Alumni Council is a volunteer advisory board that works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations and Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88, assistant vice president for alumni relations and advancement programming, to enhance alumni engagement with the college and each other. Kevin Fitzgerald ’00 recently became president of the Association and chair of the Alumni Council.
“Students should feel like part of the Alumni Association from day one.” Photo by Abdelaziz Alsharawy ’16
Alumni News Why are you so committed to the college? I have a very strong belief in the importance of a liberal arts
students and their parents and give them that comfort level. If students feel like an important part of the Association (even
education. Speaking as a criminal justice major who’s worked
though they have four years to go as students), that will go a
in finance for many years, I think it’s vitally important in this
long way toward developing their sense of pride and loyalty.
day and age. I also think Saint Anselm has done a good job of
We don’t just want to meet second semester seniors; we want
balancing the liberal arts with the Catholic tradition. It prepares
to know the students who don’t have majors yet. It’s a fact that if
students to enter the work force just about as well as you can
students aren’t engaged all along the way, it’s tough getting them
possibly be prepared.
back five or 10 years later as involved alumni and supporters.
What is the function of the Alumni Association? The Council serves as the governing board of the Alumni Association. Its purpose is to enhance the engagement of alumni with the college and ensure that they have a voice. We try to find ways to engage alumni and make sure they understand what’s going on at the college and know about all the ways they can become involved. What’s your vision for the Council, as the new president? I want to build on the groundwork of the previous president, Kevin Grady ’96, who brought it to a place where our goals are more aligned with the goals of the college than in the past. The college needs our resources, and the alumni need the college. Neither one has enough resources to go it alone. The college’s alumni giving participation rate is approaching 20 percent. What do you think it should be? My role is not fund-raising. It’s engaging alumni so they have
What else is the Council doing? We have working groups to address engagement on all the levels we can. For example, the student engagement working group links with student government, campus activities, etc., to make sure the student experience is such that it builds memories that instill that sense of pride. This is the foundation that leads to future support. There’s a working group for CEL, the Center for Experiential Learning, and a Young Alumni working group. We also want to build on successful programs like the Awards Dinner, Reunion Weekend, and Homecoming. How can alumni become involved, besides giving a financial gift? I often hear alumni say they don’t know how to be involved or they don’t have time. I have three kids under the age of five, and I know what it’s like to be busy. But there are more ways to be engaged now than at any time in the college’s history, whether it’s attending a chapter event, speaking in a class, offering internships, or even nominating a fellow alum for an
a sense of pride and tradition, so they will want to get more
award. Even if you have one hour a year to come and have
involved with the college. Hopefully, that inspires them to give.
lunch with a student, that’s vitally important to the college. It’s as
It’s not my job to come up with the numbers, but to ask ‘what
simple as that. If you don’t feel like you have the opportunity
can we do to actually move the dial?’
to be involved, call me.
How does Saint Anselm compare with other colleges?
Any final advice for alumni?
Some are much higher. Holy Cross has reported a 50 percent
I believe, and I always tell people, that all the good memories
participation rate, and Trinity College 47 percent. Boston
they have of being a student here were probably funded by
College reported 27, Providence College 23 percent, Stonehill
someone else giving back to the college. If you want these
20, and Saint Michael’s College 18.
students to have these same memories, and more, you have to engage with the college.
How can you improve Saint Anselm College’s rate? One way is to treat students as alumni from the day they arrive on campus. We’re there on move-in day to meet with new
Kevin Fitzgerald was appointed president of the Alumni Association in October, 2012. He is a director at BlackRock.
Friend of the Family: Susan (Whalen) McKeown ’70 When a resettled Liberian refugee and her daughters were joyfully reunited at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (thanks in part to staff and students at the Meelia Center for Community Engagement), Susan McKeown was there to witness it. She didn’t have to be, but she wouldn’t have missed it for the world. She’s all about the family. As a pediatric nurse practitioner in Manchester, N.H., for almost 40 years, she has been a care provider and a source of comfort for thousands of families. Now, when she does a newborn home visit, she sometimes recalls seeing that mother as a newborn. So, as the primary care provider for Doris, a refugee who had left her two daughters in a war-torn country years before, McKeown was eager to see the family reunited. “I had taken care of her younger kids for several years,” she says, “and I’d heard a lot about her other daughters and how hard it was for her to be away from them. I was delighted to finally see that family reunited. And the fact that Saint Anselm played such an important role in it really made me proud.” McKeown is convinced of the importance of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to health care. Besides assessing a patient’s physical conditions, she reviews environmental and behavioral factors. “The environment someone’s in is more of a determining factor in health than just about anything else,” she says.
“I was delighted to finally see that family reunited. And the fact that Saint Anselm played such an important role in it really made me proud.” For most of her career (after serving as a VISTA volunteer in Texas and earning a pediatric nurse practitioner certificate at Northeastern University), McKeown has worked with Child Health Services, a private non-profit agency. She and her husband, Patrick McKeown ’70, a high school special needs teacher, are passionate about mental health and substance abuse treatment. Their efforts to address these societal problems are usually made in tandem.
McKeown co-founded FASTER (Families Advocating Substance Treatment Education and Recovery) 10 years ago. She and Patrick facilitate a weekly peer support group for parents of young adults with substance issues.
Photo by Laurie Morrissey
“It has been so rewarding to see parents navigate this very lonely road and become stronger parents and advocates,” McKeown says. “Anything I can do to promote more awareness and less stigma to these pervasive diseases is an opportunity I do not like to miss.” The couple also offers, through the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, classes for engaged couples. They have done this for 37 years—and they have personal and professional experience to draw from, having raised four children together. True to form, McKeown intends to find more ways to help people face life’s challenges: she’s finishing a book on the subject of marriage for young couples. Their own marriage is a long-term engagement—a double one— with each other and with the community.
Homeland Hero: John Moloney ’08 By Lauren Weybrew ’08 A plane lands at one of the world’s busiest airports. Passengers disembark to begin the customs process. One passenger arouses suspicion and is pulled aside. His bags are searched and drugs are found. The suspect is a courier, paid to bring illegal drugs into the country. Enter Special Agent John Moloney ’08, who takes over the case. As a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Moloney questions and investigates accused drug smugglers at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City, which handles more than 47 million passengers every year. While a high profile job on the front lines of the war on drugs would be a source of pride for any recent graduate, it is especially poignant for this agent, who was born and raised just miles from the airport. Moloney grew up in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn with his brother Matthew Moloney ’06, with plans to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a detective. All that changed on September 11, 2001, as he watched his city suffer. His new goal was to pursue a career in counterterrorism--ideally in the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Following his criminal justice major, college internship with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Manchester airport, and months of training at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy, Moloney was assigned to his home town to begin his career and fight the war on narcotics. His team works to get drugs off the street, but is especially focused on getting couriers to participate in a ‘controlled delivery,’ or sting, which targets the higher levels of the criminal organization. With a high percentage of narcotics money funding various terrorist groups around the world, the importance of this work is clear. If Moloney looks familiar, it may be because you saw him as one of the main characters on “To Catch a Smuggler,” a popular reality show on the National Geographic Channel. Shortly after he started at JFK, cameras began following his team on the job, and even filmed one of his first big busts for the show’s first episode. How does having cameras trailing him impact the job? “It makes you more aware of what you say, and how you act, but it is really important for people to see what we do on a daily basis,” Moloney explains. “Drugs are a quick business, so we need to work that much faster, and be that much smarter to make an impact.” While the job seems ready made for exciting reality TV, being on call 24/7 with middle of the night phone calls is not always easy or thrilling, and can be a whirlwind. “I often have to step back and think, ‘this is what I’m doing…’ It’s a really fun job and I’m blessed to have it. It is very rare, especially at my age, to love going to work every day.” When not at the airport, executing a search warrant or making a court appearance to testify against a suspect, Moloney decompresses
by logging hours at the gym and cross training for half marathons and adventure races such as Tough Mudder. He’s also preparing for his first full marathon - the New York City Marathon. He was slated to run in 2012, but when Hurricane Sandy cancelled the race, his marathon goals were postponed. Hurricane Sandy also impacted Moloney in other ways. The homes of many co-workers and his close-knit Irish family sustained serious damage. In the weeks and months after the storm, Moloney and his colleagues spent their hours not at the airport but in the Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point neighborhoods, cleaning up debris, pumping water out of basements, and helping these hard-hit areas start the rebuilding process. As the youngest on his eight-man team, Moloney is keenly aware of how unique his fast-track to this position was, due in part to the fact that he knows the city inside and out. “I grew up here. The city is my back yard, and that is a real advantage for me, and for my team.” Agent Moloney wants to keep his badge on for years to come, learning everything he can and continuing to protect his beloved New York. Things could have turned out very differently for Moloney if he had not been dedicated and proactive during his time at Saint Anselm. When he got word that he had an interview for the ICE internship, he asked Professor Elaine Rizzo why it seemed so easy for him to have a shot at one of the major’s most coveted internship positions. Her response: “You were the only one who responded to the email.” So for this New York native, seizing all opportunities in pursuit of his dream has made all the difference.
Alumni Awards 2012 At the seventh annual Alumni Awards Dinner, the college recognized the personal and professional achievements of six alumni and three parents of graduates. Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, presented the awards, and Kevin Fitzgerald ’00, president of the Alumni Association, introduced the honored guests. Humanitarian Award: Captain Mary Jo (O’Dwyer) Majors ’69, NC, USNR (Ret.) Mary Jo Majors earned a master’s degree in nursing at Boston University and studied national security decision making at the Naval War College. She has been an officer for more than 40 years, and received numerous commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal. As a civilian, she has served as a clinician, educator and hospital administrator and now holds multiple roles at South Cove Community Health Center.
Parents Award: Charles and the late Joan Even Charles and Joan Even, of Newington, Conn., are the proud parents of five outstanding Anselmians: Harold ’81, Bryan ’83, Gregory ’86, Christopher ’88, and Pamela ’90. “The saying ‘It runs in the family’ is true about the Even family not only due to the fact that all five children graduated from Saint Anselm, but also because each and every one of them possesses outstanding morals, a strong work ethic, and an exceptional sense of family—all due to their parents’ hard work and dedication.”
“Mary Jo Majors, of the Class of 1969, is absolutely one of the kindest and most committed people ever to graduate from Saint Anselm College—and that’s saying a lot. She is compassionate and she is passionate: passionate about helping every single person she can.” Walter J. Gallo ’58 Award: Lorie W. Cochran, P ’06 As the administrative assistant at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, Lorie Cochran organizes events and works with students, faculty, and visitors. By helping to coordinate the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program, she constantly seeks opportunities to mentor students and support their interests in politics and political events. “It is often said that Ms. Cochran runs the Institute, for if there is a question about the various events going on, you’re usually directed to Lorie for the answer.” Academic Achievement Award: Claire Burke Draucker ’77, Ph.D., R.N. Dr. Claire Draucker holds a doctorate from Kent State University, where she served on the faculty for many years. She is a professor in the Indiana University School of Nursing’s Department of Environments for Health, as well as a researcher and author of many academic books and articles on the subjects of interpersonal violence and mental health and counseling. “In addition to her impressive career in the field of health care, Claire has demonstrated that she possesses many talents and an unrelenting drive that enables her to succeed far beyond the requirements of her many job titles.” Photos, past recipients, and more:
Catholic Leadership Award: Father William F. Waters, O.S.A. ’65 Father William Waters served the Church in Brooklyn, N.y., and Massachusetts, most notably as pastor at Saint Mary Immaculata Cathedral in Lawrence. He is a member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Boston and a campus minister at Merrimack College. An active and loyal alumnus, he often celebrates Mass for his classmates at Reunion Weekend. “Father Bill continues to take his service beyond his particular assignment…he always goes the extra mile to serve his community.” Health Service Award: Mark T. Edney ’94, M.D. Mark received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency in urology. He has served three tours of duty with the U.S. Army Reserves, working as a urologist and general surgeon in the Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. He is the medical director for the Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, and a strong advocate for improving health care access and coverage for our wounded veterans. “Dr. Edney is extremely passionate in his field, and in serving not only his patients, but his country as well. He is both a care provider and an advocate.”
“The pillars of my approach to family, career and policy are Anselmian values developed right here. They include service, spirituality, and continuous critical self-examination.”– Dr. Mark Edney ’94
L to R: Michael Nicholson ’07, Lorie Cochran P ’06, Mark Edney ’94, Mary Jo Majors ’69, Harold Even ’81, Father William Waters ’65, Donna Perry ’82, Claire Draucker ’77.
Alumni Award of Merit: Donna J. Perry ’82, Ph.D., R.N. Donna is a nurse scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the co-director of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship for Refugee Medicine, where she researches ways to improve health care in developing countries by improving international relationships. She volunteers as the vice president of an organization that distributes books and disability equipment to people in Cuba, and is the author of The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement
Combatants for Peace. In 2008 she was recognized by Massachusetts General Hospital as the regional winner of the Excellence Award in Community Service. “Donna is a humanitarian who is always looking for ways to help make other people’s lives better.”
Young Alumni Service Award: Michael G. Nicholson ’07 Michael is the director of campus ministry at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., where he also runs service trips and retreats, and serves on the faculty formation committee. In 2010, he received the St. Elizabeth Seton Award from the Archdiocese of Boston for his leadership and commitment to teaching and serving others. “Michael’s presence alone seems to be enough to lift the religious spirits of others, for teaching faith is what he loves to do. Michael is a constant support to his students, friends, family and faculty, always encouraging them through faith, inspiration, kind words, and dedication.”
“I feel like I am receiving an award for something that I should be doing anyway, as a Christian, a Catholic, and a graduate of a total Catholic education which included Saint Anselm College.” – Captain Mary Jo (O’Dwyer) Majors ’69 53 53
Doctor and Leader: Joseph Pepe ’83 Joe Pepe’s career ambitions were formed early on—and he never wavered from his path to becoming a doctor. Today, he leads one of the largest health care systems in New Hampshire. He is the president and chief executive officer of Catholic Medical Center (CMC) Health Care System, which includes a hospital that provides services to 110,000 inpatients and outpatients a year and is well known for advanced cardiovascular services. After graduating from Saint Anselm—where he met his wife, Anne-Marie (Fitzgerald) ’83—the biology grad earned his medical degree at Tufts University. He completed his internship and residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., becoming board certified in internal medicine. He started his career at CMC and served as its chief medical officer for 12 years before his appointment as CEO last year. In 2004, the college’s Alumni Association recognized his many accomplishments with the Alumni Award of Merit.
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Stage Presence: Wallace Pineault ’72 Contributed by Meagan Cox ’15 “That’s show business” is probably a very familiar term to Wally Pineault. After years in Hollywood, an office job with Eddie Foy III (a big name in the casting business), and background work in movies such as “Secret Sins of the Father” starring Lloyd and Bo Bridges, “Odd Couple II” starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon, and “Up Close and Personal” starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, Pineault has learned a thing or two about show business. A former Abbey Player, Pineault says it was his English professor at Saint Anselm, Ted Comiskey, who gave him his “first big break,” casting him in the lead role in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and sparking his lifelong interest. After receiving a Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University, Pineault spent 26 years at New England College teaching and helping in the production of over 100 plays. He continues to be involved with theatre in the community as a lighting designer for many productions of the Southern New Hampshire Ballet Theatre Company, including their annual production of The Nutcracker. In addition to work in stage lighting, Pineault has also been directing. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with the original playwrights,” he says, noting that in one project, “All the Way Home,” the playwright he worked with received a Pulitzer Prize. With his motorcycle in storage over the winter, Pineault focused on his own plays. He finished writing a play entitled Not a Word, and is sending two others, An American Dream and My Friend Jack, to
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theatre companies around the country. While Pineault anticipates the arrival of his Screen Actor’s Guild Award ballot, enabling him to take part in the prestigious theatre award process, he is also waiting for his own award results; he is nominated for a New Hampshire Theatre Award in Lighting Design for the musical Man of LaMancha. Having received positive reviews, he continues to promote his plays, hoping to get them into the right hands so that they can be brought into the bigger theatre community. “I’m going to keep trying,” he says. Ted Comiskey would be proud.
Honoring Saint Anselm’s Ninth President Dinner Honors President’s Society Founder and Members Alumni, trustees, donors, and other members of the Anselmian community gathered on the Hilltop on the first weekend of April at the 20th annual President’s Society Dinner to pay tribute to retiring President Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. ’69 and the many benefactors who supported his vision for the college. The Society, which Father Jonathan created, recognizes the college’s most generous donors. Over the past two decades, members have contributed more than $87 million. Membership has increased more than 320 percent, from 217 members to 913. Rich Meelia ’71, treasurer of the board of trustees, served as master of ceremonies and shared highlights of Father Jonathan’s accomplishments as a leader, educator and visionary. The President’s Award was presented to Kevin Grady ’96 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mission and success of the college. The Right Reverend Mark Cooper, O.S.B., abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey and chancellor of Saint Anselm College, delivered the invocation. In an evening filled with emotion, the program included a video presentation created by former trustee chair Michael Sheehan ’82 encapsulating Father Jonathan’s presidency. Members of the Anselmian community spoke movingly on camera about his success in improving
Father Jonathan with Kevin ’96 and Lara Grady ’94. the college’s academic and financial resources. Father Jonathan thanked guests for their steadfast support and urged them to embrace the new president and continue to help Saint Anselm remain one of the top Catholic and Benedictine liberal arts colleges in the country. The following day, Father Jonathan was the celebrant and homilist at the Celebration of the Eucharist at the Abbey Church. At the reception following the Mass, students, staff, faculty, friends, and members of the monastic community gathered to share memories of Father Jonathan’s tenure and commit to continuing his legacy.
Make This a Record Year for The Saint Anselm Fund “My desire for my alma mater now is what it has always been: to see it flourish as the remarkable Catholic and Benedictine college that it has been for generations of Anselmians like you and me. I want nothing more than to leave my successor with a solid and enthusiastic base of support from which he or she can begin a new era in Saint Anselm’s history.” – Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. ’69 For more than two decades, Father Jonathan has inspired alumni and friends to support the mission of Saint Anselm College through charitable contributions. Improvement of the college’s programs and facilities comes with a significant price tag, however. Your support is vital. To make this a record year for alumni support of The Saint Anselm Fund, complete and return the giving form included in the magazine, make a donation online at www.anselm.edu/giving or contact Joe Emmons, director of the annual fund, at (603) 641-7201.
Father Jonathan’s Financial Leadership Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., steered the college through the challenges of national financial crises and into successful fund raising. Among his accomplishments: Members of the President’s Society have contributed more than $87 million to the college. Father Jonathan headed the college’s capital campaign that raised more than $55 million. The college’s endowment increased by 798 percent, from $9.5 million in 1989 to $85.3 million in 2012. The college received its largest gift to date, a parcel of land worth $11 million from the Flatley Company. The annual fund increased by 315 percent, from $650,000 in 1989 to $2.7 million in 2012. Trustee Richard Bready ’65 endowed Saint Anselm College’s first chair with a $1 million donation. The college received its largest bequest to date, $1 million from Lucille Elliott Davison.
Amy (Corrigan) St. Arnaud ’03 and Matthew, a son, Joshua James, Sept. 21, 2011.
Kathleen (Sherlock) McNamee ’04 and Joel, a son, Jamieson, Jan. 4, 2013.
Margaret Lee ’89 and Jonathan Cryer ’89, Aug. 15, 2012, Hart’s Location, N.H. Kevin M. McKeon ’95 and Kristina M. Roy, Fall 2011, North Hampton, N.H. James Pentleton ’00 and Meaghan, June 14, 2011, Punta Cana, D.O. Jason Berset ’02 and Katelyn Johnson, Nov. 10, 2012, St. Petersburg, Fla. Tracy Dickinson ’02 and Kurt Diesslin, Oct. 13, 2012, St. Helena, Calif. Melissa Pierce ’04 and Lored Asllani, July 24, 2010, Worcester, Mass. Sarah Harrington ’09 and Ben A. Goodhue, Aug. 4, 2012, Salem, Mass. Kathryn B. Wolber ’09 and Douglas M. Dionne ’09, Oct. 6, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Nicholas R. Albina ’11 and Deborah T. Gray, Oct. 14, 2012, Sharon, Mass.
FUTURE ANSELMIANS Michael Bell ’95 and Lexie, a daughter, Peaka Eve, May 31, 2012. Maria (Hazen) Skowronek ’96 and Karl, a daughter, Mathilda Lillian, March 14, 2012. Pamela (Russell) DiGiovanni ’97 and Greg, a son, Samuel, Aug. 10, 2012. Daniel McCarthy ’98 and Lindsey, a son, William Harold, July 17, 2012. Kate (McDonnell) Tynan ’98 and Sean, a daughter, Caroline Anastasia, Aug. 30, 2012. Ann (Lewis) ’99 and Kevin Fournier ’02, a son, Ryan James, June 12, 2012. Erika (McCreesh) Gorman ’99 and Stephen, a son, Sean Thomas, May 5, 2012. Jill (Rybka) Cormier ’00 and Robert, a son, Hunter Ethan, Aug. 20, 2012. Erica (Savino) Moffatt ’00 and Kent, a daughter, Adriana Elizabeth, Jan. 26, 2012. Sean Casella ’03 and Emily, a daughter, Sadie Ruth, Oct. 29, 2012. Sheila (Osgood) Kolodzinski ’03 and Jay, a son, Noah Mark, June 8, 2012. 56
Keith Raho ’07 and Joycelin, a daughter, Sophie Joy, Oct. 4, 2012. Kathleen (Romano) Kinnane ’05 and Christopher ’05, a son, Benjamin McNamara , Jan. 4, 2013. Kaitlyn (Cook) ’06 and Ross Attfield ’06, a daughter, Ella Rose, Dec. 6, 2012. Melissa (Proverb) ’06 and Charles Perreault ’04, a son, Charles Jr., Sept. 24, 2012. Mairead (Lundt) Glass ’07 and Sean, a son, Eamonn Quinn, Dec. 12, 2012. Conor Frain ’09 and Abby, twins, Robert Conor and Jeffrey David, Jan. 1, 2013.
Edward J. Desmarais ’48, Jupiter, Fla., Dec. 4, 2012. Robert J. Hughes ’48, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 23, 2012. John E. Harrises ’49, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 26, 2012. Edward Sweeney ’50, Wolfeboro, N.H., Nov. 21, 2012. Leon Breton ’52, Auburn, Mass., Dec. 4, 2011. Arthur J. Boissonneau ’53, Albany, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2013. Kahill “Kelley” Harfoush ’54, Scarborough, Maine, Jan. 4, 2013. Dr. Donald A. Romeo ’56, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 23, 2012. John J. Hogan ’57, Keene, N.H., Oct. 26, 2012. Graham R. Gardner ’58, Pittsfield, Mass., Sep. 17, 2012. Thomas A. Kinhan ’59, Concord, N.H., Aug. 5, 2012. Gustave J. Erhardt ’60, Fair Haven, N.J., Dec. 18, 2012. Matthew D. Twomey ’62, Largo, Fla., Oct. 14, 2012. Lawrence M. Ross ’63, Peace Dale, R.I., Dec. 22, 2012. Laurence E. Adams ’64, Broad Brook, Conn., Dec. 12, 2012. Donald Shine ’64, Indian River, Fla., July 10, 2011. Dr. George A. Boutselis ’65, North Andover, Mass., Jan. 14, 2013. James A. Wentworth ’65, Bangor, Maine, Oct. 22, 2012. Viateur J. Beaudreau, Jr. ’66, Hartford, Conn., Jan. 6, 2013. Denis J. Condon, D.D.S. ’71, Mansfield, Mass., Sept., 12, 2012. Peter A. Michaud ’79, Center Harbor, N.H., Feb. 3, 2013. Michelle Driscoll, R.N. ’82, Bedford, N.H., Jan. 21, 2013.
Napoleon Giavroutas, former Saint Anselm College chef, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 27, 2012.
Rev. Lawrence E. Wetterholm ’52, HD ’82 Rev. Lawrence E. Wetterholm, a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for 46 years, died Oct. 4 at age 88. In Dorchester, where he served the people of the Columbia Point Housing Project for 15 years, he was known as Father Larry and influenced the lives of hundreds of people, not only through his ministry but through an extensive sports program. Determined to provide worthwhile activities for the innercity youth, he started by building a ballpark and scrounging uniforms and equipment from local colleges. He also served as juvenile court chaplain in the Dorchester District Court. After graduating from Brockton High School in 1943, Wetterholm signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and played on their farm teams from 19461948. After graduating from Saint Anselm he attended St. John’s Seminary and was ordained in 1956 by Cardinal Richard Cushing. He served at St. Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth, St. Leo’s Parish in Dorchester, and St. Christopher’s Parish in Dorchester. He was the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Lynn from 1974-1986, and of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ipswich from 1986-1997, where he merged three parishes into one, Our Lady of Hope Parish. He served as pastor there until retiring in 2002. Receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Saint Anselm in 1982, the former Alumni Association president was cited for his “uncommon kindness, perseverance and faith in tending to the needs of the downtrodden, the broken, the hopeless and the unwanted of an extremely depressed inner city neighborhood.”
Hugh “Dewey” O’Neil ’64 Hugh “Dewey” O’Neil, a member of the Class of 1964 and long-time President’s Society member, died January 3, 2013, after a long illness. Shortly after his graduation from Saint Anselm College, Dewey served as a Marine Corps engineer, serving in the Vietnam War and earning two Purple Hearts. Dewey was owner and operator of the Hugh R. O’Neil Real Estate Company for many years, and he worked closely with Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., on several real estate projects for the college. In addition to being a generous and loyal alumnus, Dewey served as a reunion class volunteer and ambassador for Saint Anselm College. He was also a volunteer and advocate for Easters Seals and for people with disabilities. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and three children. Several of his family members attended Saint Anselm College, including his brother Thomas O’Neil ’68.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR The Dana Center for the Humanities April 26 Arturo O’Farrill & Latin Jazz May 17 “My Heart in a Suitcase,” student matinees
College Events May 18 Commencement Speaker: Louis Freeh, former F.B.I. Director October 19 Homecoming
Alumni Events May 3 Reception with Father Jonathan, O.S.B. 7 p.m., Salem Waterfront Hotel Salem, Massachusetts August 9 Boston Reception 6 p.m., Tia’s on the Waterfront October 18 Alumni Awards Dinner June 7–9 Reunion Weekend June 14 23rd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Candia Woods Golf Links
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Juan (Tito) Lluberes Juan (Tito) Lluberes’s baseball coach says “he has leadership written all over him.” That, and being an intense competitor, will take the Dean’s List criminal justice major far. Lluberes, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lawrence, Mass., looks forward to an internship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government’s second largest investigative agency. Although he receives an athletic scholarship, he credits the J.M.R. Barker Foundation Annual Scholarship with allowing him to return to Saint Anselm College for his junior year.
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