The Magazine of Saint Anselm College
PoRTR AITS Fall 2013
Happy Birthday, Will: An Anselmian Tradition Turns 25
COVER STORY Faith in the Future: Saint Anselm’s Tenth President By Laurie D. Morrissey
Anselmian Ambition: Lyndsay Robinson ’14 By Brandon Gee
Hope for Morro Bay (and Your Fish Dinner) By Tina Cormier ’01
DEPARTMENTS 3 34 36 38 52 56
On the Hilltop Focus on Faculty Philanthropy Alumni News Milestones End Note
On the cover: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College, in presidential regalia and chain of office. Cover photo by Jeff Dachowski. Photo this page by Kevin Harkins. Cover Design: Melinda Lott
From the President Dear Friends, I am honored and humbled to be writing to you as the tenth president of Saint Anselm College. I follow in the footsteps of nine individuals who have shaped the college these past 124 years. It is their success in shepherding this institution that gives me the inspiration to lead. As the first lay president, I understand the importance of staying focused on our Benedictine charism, which is the foundation of our identity. Many people have referred to my joining “the Saint Anselm family.” I do so with respect for my parents and grandparents who taught me the value of education. Each of my parents worked several jobs so that I could experience the benefit of Catholic education since the first grade. Because of their dedication, I was the first member of my generation to attend college. My grandparents, who immigrated to this country through Ellis Island, believed in their hearts that the grace of God would look over us. I am sure they are peering down today in awe of all that education can bring. During times of change there are questions that arise about the stability, the future direction and the preservation of religious identity on campus. Saint Anselm College is poised to grow into a national brand that will attract and retain quality students while continuing to provide an outstanding liberal arts education. We are bound by our love for this place on the hilltop. The students we serve inspire us each and every day. For some, the future raises doubts about our collective ability to provide a high quality education at a reasonable cost while maintaining longstanding traditions. We must believe that we can become a stronger institution of higher learning. We must forgo humility and tell our story boldly to those beyond the contiguous borders of New England. We must celebrate our success and those of our graduates who are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. The many graduates who find career success and the salaries they earn, however, cannot fully measure the value of a Saint Anselm education. Those statistics, as important as they are, only hint at the intellectual,
emotional and spiritual transformation that young people undergo during their four years in our care. So we must, above all, maintain our belief that a private Catholic college is both unique and necessary in today’s environment. It is for that reason more than any that I believe we must together have Faith in the Future. I look forward to meeting many of you in the weeks and months ahead. My family is so very thankful for the warm reception we have received from a myriad of individuals associated with Saint Anselm College. We are experiencing true Anselmian hospitality. Our faith is strengthened by the depth and breadth of amazing individuals that make up the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college. May God continue to guide and bless us in all that we do.
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
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: Catherine Armstrong, Lexie Bell, Rebecca Forster, Kevin Harkins, Patrick Maloney, Dao Le ’15, Gil Talbot, Lauren Weybrew Contributors: Jaclyn Conley ’13, Tina Cormier ’01, Brandon Gee, Lauren Weybrew 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 Enrollment Management Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88 Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming
ON the HILLTOP “Be Proud Anselmians:” Commencement 2013 On May 18, at the college’s 120th commencement exercises, 426 newly minted Anselmians left the campus for the last time in their undergraduate college careers. It was a momentous occasion for them and for their families. It was momentous also for the president who handed them their hard-earned diplomas. Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., had presided over commencement exercises for the previous 23 years, and this would be his final time. The preceding 23 classes had prepared a surprise for him that he will never forget. A representative of each class year joined the procession behind the Class of 2013, bearing a banner. The president shared a hug with each of them as they marched by. In his speech, Father Jonathan recalled the determination of the college’s founders and encouraged the graduates “to be proud Anselmians and to move on with confidence to form your future with the great gifts you have been given.” Congratulating the new graduates, he said, “Although it is always a bit sad to bid farewell to another graduating class, you in particular will always have a special place in my heart.” The Honorable Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, the commencement speaker, informed the crowd that 64 graduates of Saint Anselm College have served with the FBI and more than 1,000 graduates have gone into careers in law enforcement. “This is a compliment to the college’s Catholic values and American values,” he said. Several alumni in attendance were among those who were involved in the events and investigation surrounding the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Father Jonathan recognized them and expressed gratitude to them during his address. Freeh was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, as were James T. Brett, president of the New England Council, and Kerry Alys Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. Psychology professor Paul Finn ’73 received the faculty award, which was presented by Elizabeth Ossoff, vice president of
the college’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Summa cum laude graduate Christopher Tinsley, an economics and business major, was the student speaker. He struck a sentimental chord with his classmates when he gave a grateful nod to “paragons of human achievement” such as Socrates and Aristotle—as well as a man named George Gendron, “the beloved custodian of Cushing Hall whose remarkably optimistic attitude and generosity of spirit made studying slightly less strenuous.” Gendron was one of two members of the community who died during the class’ four years, the other being Jeanne Kenison, professor emerita of the Department of Economics and Business. Tinsley also touched hearts when he mentioned his mother, who died when he was three. “It had been her dream to see all seven of her boys receive a Catholic liberal arts education. Well, Mom, after today—one more to go!” His final words to his classmates: “And to the Class of 2013, let’s prove that Father Jonathan saved his best for last!” View photos, listen to speeches, and more: www.anselm.edu/commencement
Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., applauds the new graduates.
College Launches New Humanities Program “First of all, you’re probably thinking, ‘this class has a strange name.’” Eric Berry, an associate professor of biology, addressed the Class of 2017 on their third day of class to explain the college’s new shared learning experience, a two-semester freshman humanities program called “Conversatio.” Conversatio, he explained, comes from the third of three vows taken by Benedictine monks: conversatio morum, or commitment to a monastic way of life. “It is within the monastic community that Benedictine monks seek truth,” Berry explained. For the students at Saint Anselm College, it means conversion to an academic way of life. The course is the central element in a curricular revision process that began in 2010. Collectively, hundreds, if not thousands, of hours, have gone into the process that involved faculty and administrators. Like “Portraits in Human Greatness,” which served Saint Anselm students well since 1978, Conversatio is an interdisciplinary program that fosters intellectual community and centers on the Benedictine liberal arts tradition. It takes the best of the elements of the “Portraits” program and revises it for the 21st century, according to Berry, director of the core curriculum. Berry told the freshmen that he values his liberal arts education because he has had to seek answers from outside his area of specialty. “Life’s big questions do not fit nicely within the confines of a single discipline,” he said. “In the class, we’ll begin to tackle the big questions that revolve around three overarching themes: Who we are as an individual; what our relationship is to our community, and our relationship to the divine.” To launch the program, eight faculty members are teaching Conversatio: Individual, Community, and the Divine (HU103) this fall to 109 students. The course includes twice-weekly seminar meetings, and a one-hour slot when the whole class meets for a lecture, workshop, or other common activity.
While the first semester emphasizes written expression, the second semester will emphasize oral expression. The second semester considers three additional foundational areas of study central to the liberal arts: democracy and rhetoric; science and society; and beauty and the arts. Key texts will include The Gettysburg Address; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Kevin Staley, director of the Humanities Program and co-chair of the Common Learning Experience Committee, describes the challenge of designing the two-semester program: “Two things could not change. The program’s mission to foster intellectual community would remain; REQUIRED READINGS and, wherever the wheels of change would take it, On Free Choice of the Will, the Benedictine liberal Saint Augustine arts tradition would The Rule of Saint Benedict remain the hub about which they turned. The committee did not select these texts without a little fear and trembling. Studying them will require much effort; teaching them will require even more.” The new core curriculum will be fully implemented in September 2014. Information on the new core will be available on the college website.
Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer The Bhagavad-gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War The Gospel of John and other selections from The Bible
Saint Anselm’s Proslogion Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Antigone, Sophocles The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
ON the HILLTOP Grant Funds Corporate Ethics Program Future business leaders studying at Saint Anselm College will benefit from a $2 million grant the college has received to expand education in ethics and investing. Ethics is an integral part of our curriculum and the development of our students, says Dale Kuehne, professor of politics, adding, “Ethical practices in corporate America should be a paramount consideration in educating future business leaders.” Saint Anselm and the University of New Hampshire received grants as part of an administrative consent agreement entered into by the New Hampshire Securities Bureau and Tyco International in October, 2002. The Center for Public Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship was formed to oversee the terms of the agreement. The funds help Saint Anselm expand ethics courses and investor education programs, building on the college’s endowed chair, The Richard L. Bready Chair in Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good. The program will inspire ethical practice and leadership, emphasize sound governance, and improve public understanding of how concern for ethical behavior benefits the common good. It will feature seminars and speakers on issues of ethical practices, transparency and accountability in governing. Saint Anselm and Jack Falvey, a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, has developed an open, online program to be delivered free to the public via email each business day.
Professor Wins Grant to Study Mussel’s Survival The survival of the brook floater mussel, once common from Nova Scotia to Georgia, is threatened. Biology professor Barry Wicklow is on the case, with the help of a federal grant, a former student, and a few current students who don’t mind getting their feet wet. Wicklow received a grant for $72,940 from the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program, as well as non-federal matching funds including in-kind services and waived costs of $89,748, for a total of $162,688. The goal of the project is to assess the conservation status of the brook floater: specifically, trends in its distribution, occurrence, and condition. The information Wicklow gathers will be used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether the brook floater should be placed on the federal endangered species list. Ceara Talbot, a biology major from Hooksett, N.H., worked alongside her professor on the Suncook River in North Chichester this summer, measuring and tagging the mussels. The field experience has been valuable, she says, since she is working toward a career in wildlife conservation. Wicklow is concerned with the population’s decline because the species has an important role in the ecosystem. The mussels filter large volumes of water, helping to clean the streams and ponds. “To let another species become extinct would create additional loss of biodiversity, which can create an unstable environment,” he says.
“Day One” for Class of 2017 Remember your first day on campus? Maybe you didn’t bring a computer or a memory foam butterfly chair, but you probably felt many of the same emotions that the newest Anselmians felt on August 29. Heard on campus:
“ MISS THE DOGS MISSES ME! SHE’S GOING TO
MORE THAN SHE
— Younger brother of a freshman
SCARIEST PART “ THEY’RENOTADULTS KIDS “ IT’S GREEN ” ” THINGS DOWN ONLY CHILD ” “ UNDERSTAND “ SOMEDAY ARMY OF ANTS ” “ CLEANED OUT TWO SECONDS TAKE DAUGHTER! ” “ ” MEMORIES ONLY “ TWOWESHOPPING ” PROBABLY THE
OF IT IS,
. IT’S WET.
— New Mexico student on her first day in New Hampshire
— Resident assistant
HE’S AN . HE DOESN’T —BUT HE WILL — Mom from Lynn, Mass.
— Orientation leader helping students move into residences
IT WAS LIKE THIS CAME AND
THE CAR IN
— Ithaca, N.Y., parent, about helpful students on move-in day
— Dad (laughing)
UP. I PUT THEM
BRINGS BACK BUT
515 first-year students
59% female, 41% male
— Walter Gallo ’58
12% have at least one parent who is an alumnus 3.2: average enrolled GPA 27% are invited to join the honors program 95% live in campus residences
9% African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American 80% from out of state 24 states and 4 countries represented Most popular names: Emily, Nicholas (tied with Ryan) Most popular majors: undeclared, nursing, business, biology, psychology Unusual talents: 1 four-time Irish step dancing champion; 1 field hockey player who made the U.S.A. men’s junior nationals (Data as of 8/9/13) Watch the highlight video, listen to Dr. DiSalvo’s welcome speech, view photos, and more: www.anselm.edu/moveinday
Photos by Dao
ON the HILLTOP Saint Anselm College Receives Top Marks Saint Anselm appears in the latest edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges,” putting it in the top 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The college receives an academic rating of 83, based on criteria including student/faculty ratio, professors’ accessibility, and the percentage of students graduating within four years. The guide praises Saint Anselm’s “well-rounded, high-standard curriculum,” intimate community, opportunities for service involvement, and prominence of its New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Saint Anselm also receives a rating of 83 for the quality of campus life, with kudos for its scenic campus, close-knit community, and outstanding food. In the dining category, Saint Anselm College made the top 20 for all featured colleges, taking the number 12 spot. The college is ranked statewide and nationally as a high ROI (return on investment) college. Statewide, Saint Anselm was ranked second by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, which analyzed 45 colleges in New Hampshire. In a national list compiled by PayScale, an online salary, benefits and compensation information company, Saint Anselm was among the top 300 schools for return on investment. Saint Anselm College also was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (for the seventh year).
Bro. John Paul Joins Monastery Bro. John Paul James, O.S.B., became a full member of Saint Anselm Abbey on July 11, when he professed solemn vows during a Mass celebrated at the Abbey Church. Standing before his 23 confreres from the monastic community, he took the three vows of the Order of St. Benedict: stability, obedience and conversatio morum. The Benedictines are the only Catholic religious order to profess conversatio, which means conversion of life and represents an ongoing dedication to growth in monastic life. Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., welcomed Bro. John Paul, saying the monastic life offers humble, but profound work. “The monastic life, well lived, is a bright beacon guiding others to Christ,” he said. Photo by Kevin Harkins A native of Concord, N.H., Bro. John Paul (then known as Cory) graduated from Bishop Brady High School and earned a bachelor of arts in communication from Southern New Hampshire University. He joined the monastery as an observer in 2007, after working at the Lambert Funeral Home, in Manchester, and taking courses in funeral service at the Funeral Institute of the Northeast, in Norwood, Mass. After a month as an observer, Bro. John Paul became a postulant and then a novice, learning the monastic life and taking philosophy and theology courses at Saint Anselm. He took his religious name for Blessed John Paul II, the late pope. He spent five years as a junior monk before petitioning the community to make his final vows. “This is a beautiful way to live a life that, as St. Benedict says, is narrow at the outset, but leads to love,” Bro. John Paul said. He is in his final year at St. John’s Seminary, in Brighton, Mass., where he is studying to become a priest.
Politics Professor Discusses Aristotle and Ethics Peter Josephson, associate professor of politics, discussed Aristotle’s views on ethics in the first of his lectures as the Richard L. Bready Professor in Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good. His lecture, Aristotle’s Surprise: Poetics and Moral Realism, explored how Aristotle’s account of the nature of tragic drama can be applied to questions of ethics and justice and help to prepare us for “the messy exercise of political power.” Josephson is the third Bready Professor since the chair was endowed in 2005 by Richard Bready ’65, a trustee of the college. The chair provides scholars with the opportunity to study the relationship between ethics and specific disciplines in the liberal arts. During his three-year appointment, Josephson plans to complete his second book on John Locke, examining the role of the philosopher in the political community. He also is working on projects on Aristotle’s Poetics and the moral imagination, and on the relationship of the religious pilgrim or exile and the political community. Other Bready Professors have been Dale Kuehne, professor of politics, and Montague Brown, professor and chair of philosophy, the first to hold the chair.
Photo by Dao Le ’15
Fall Exhibition at Chapel Art Center The Chapel Art Center’s fall exhibition, “Reflections of the Day,” is on view until Dec. 7. The exhibit features the pastels, drawings and color woodcuts of New England landscape artist Sandy Wadlington. She discussed and demonstrated her woodblock technique in a presentation in the gallery in October. The gallery is open Tues.-Sat. from 10-4 and Thursdays from 10-7. Find out about exhibitions, musical performances, and guest lectures in the gallery: www.anselm.edu/chapelart. Boat Yard, 2010, pastel, 23” x 30”
New Residence Expands Campus Housing Work has begun on a 43,000-square-foot residence hall, which will be ready for occupancy next fall. Built near Bertrand and Brady Halls, the residence will house 150 students. It will be an innovative living learning community that extends the college’s efforts to integrate academic and residential life, according to Joseph Horton ’77, vice president for student affairs. Plans include common areas with room for recreational activity and rooms for group and individual study. There will be presentation/ classroom space on the first floor, where faculty members will be invited for presentations, classes, and seminars. “By integrating the living and academic aspects of students’ lives, we can better establish a foundation for lifelong learning,” Horton says. Plans under consideration also include linking sections of the residence hall to students’ interests. Residential learning communities are based on themes such as multicultural awareness, wellness, and community service, and they change from year to year. The residence is designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects in Manchester, N.H. The design allows for divisions to be made by gender on separate wings or floors. 8
ON the HILLTOP A Mathematician Goes to The New Yorker First surprise: The New Yorker has a swimsuit issue. Second: In August 2012, when the magazine published its first annual online swimsuit issue, its blog contained the work of a Saint Anselm College mathematics professor. Greg Buck authored the essay “A Mathematician Goes to the Beach,” in which (with nods to Archimedes and the 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss) he contemplates the geometry of the curved surface. He offers an equation for understanding the swimsuit’s job of upholding decency. DL = decency load. SA stands for surface area of suit… and so on (as someone less mathematical would say). Buck compares the top of a two-piece bathing suit to the peel of an avocado or lemon wedge: “Curved surfaces, like the surface of a sphere, just don’t lie flat—they don’t have enough surface area. (When you are finished making guacamole, try flattening the hollowed out avocado skin. It will tear.)” Continuing on this seasonal track, the professor addressed “The Wondrous Mathematics of Winter” in The New Yorker
Blog on December 28, 2012. Again acknowledging his mathematical forbears (Euclid and Plato this time), he muses on the geometry of snowballs, fir trees, Christmas tree ornaments, and icicles. “After considerable investigation, I have discovered that if the proportions of the diameters are 5:4:2.5 (from bottom to top) then the form unambiguously reads as a snowman, with or without carrot, coal, sticks, scarf, or hat. We have then a stack of three white spheres that signify archetypal ‘winter’ quite clearly. I challenge you to signify any other time of year with such simple geometry.” He calls a snowflake “nature’s most inspirational gift to the Platonist” and a snow-covered hill “a mathematician’s dream come to this earth.” Seeing things from different angles is something mathematicians are good at; he reminds us to do the same, every day, with or without equations.
Eight faculty members joined the college for the 2013-2014 academic year. L to R: Ilene Boucher (chemistry), Erik Cleven (politics), Kristine Allen (education), Dinorah Frutos-Bencze (economics), Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., dean of the college, Elizabeth Greguske (biology), Caroline Wakaba Futamura (modern languages), Francis Kayali (fine arts), Nichole Flores (theology).
Happy Birthday, Will
An Anselmian Tradition Turns 25 When Professor Gary Bouchard stepped onto the Quad to lead a reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets on April 24, 1989, the Bard of Avon was 425 years old. About 75 readers took part in that day-long reading of quatrains and couplets, including Professor Landis Magnuson in full Elizabethan regalia. Will is 449 now, and Saint Anselm College hasn’t missed a marathon birthday reading since. Last April, the college held its 25th Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration in style. Nearly 40 alumni, representing 33 class years, returned to read a sonnet (or two). As tradition demands, members of the Anselmian Abbey Players and The Duke’s Dawgs enacted scenes from the Bard’s plays—not without exercising some poetic license. One of the most powerful tragedies in English literature turned into a seven-and-a-half minute knee-slapper. Hamlet (or Hamnut, in this case), with star turns by Ethan Lawrence ’13 and English prof Ann Norton, was the hit of the day. In the past 25 years, sonnets have been read or recited by students, staff, faculty, alumni, faculty offspring, and children from 15 local schools. Due to the “uncertain glory of an April day,” the celebration has taken place outside on the Quad; in the brick courtyard behind Alumni Hall; and also in the Pub, Chapel Art Center, and Cushing Hall. They have been delivered in 12 languages. Thirteen, if you count South Boston, says Bouchard. Readers have spanned the age groups, the youngest being six years old. As might be expected, dramatic events have occurred: Tracy Sweet, a former administrator, performed a handstand while reading. Matthew Konieczka ’01 proposed to his beloved by reading Sonnet 109 on bended knee. Geography is no barrier to alumni who are determined to participate. This year, Emily Orlando ’91 (now an English professor at Fairfield University) read her sonnet via podcast from the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn. Academic discipline is also irrelevant. Physics professor Ian Durham read Sonnet 123, which is about time. “As a physicist, I have several colleagues who don’t believe it exists,” he quipped; “Esteemed colleagues, not crazies.”
QUIZ 1. How many lines in a sonnet? 2. Which of the following is NOT a location from which someone has phoned in their sonnet? The Globe Theatre in London; the University of Chicago; the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester; the University of Notre Dame. 3. Besides Professor Bouchard, which two individuals have read sonnets every year? 4. Where did the cardboard bard come from?
1. Fourteen. 2. The Red Arrow. 3. Professor Landis Magnuson and Father John Fortin, O.S.B.. 4. The cardboard Shakespeare that presides over the festival every year belonged to a gas station in Manchester, where he promoted a trivia contest that won people discounts. Several people asked for it, but Professor Bouchard’s name was first on the list.
ON the HILLTOP
“To celebrate Shakespeare is to celebrate language and literature.” — Gary Bouchard
An Elizabethan in Georgia Keith M. Botelho ’96 Associate professor of English, Kennesaw State University “I read a sonnet each of my four years, and then I brought a group of my students to read sonnets when I taught at Londonderry High School. In my first year as a professor, I wanted to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on campus, and I thought I would honor the Saint Anselm Shakespeare celebration and model my own version on it. I called Professor Bouchard and asked him if he would mind if I used his celebration as a model for my event, and he happily gave me his blessing. I kept the reading of all 154 sonnets by students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as the mid-day cake cutting. We had actors from Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern perform scenes. Gary’s passion for the power of the written and spoken word is infectious, and the event proves, year after year, that Shakespeare is alive and well and still so very modern.”
(From top L to R) Erica Potterton ’11 was one of about 40 alumni readers. Professor Ann Norton with former students Erica Potterton ’11, Joe Jennings ’07, Melissa (Femino) Siik ’02, and Julia (Parodi) Mitchell ’02. Collectors’ items: a different button design each year. Robert Duhaime ’57 never misses a year.
“I ask you to join me as we walk together into tomorrow.” Looking toward tomorrow—the bright future of Saint Anselm College—was the theme of the October 18 inauguration of Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo. It was a first: the first inauguration in the college’s history; the first installation of a lay president; and the first time there had ever been a parent leading the institution. 12
Faith in the Future By Laurie D. Morrissey
The presidential chain of office with a medallion bearing the seal of the college. The chain is composed of a series of links which include the names of the previous presidents and their dates of office. The fleurs-de-lis are a tribute to the Sisters of Saint Joan of Arc who lived, prayed and worked on campus for 80 years. The link above the medallion bears the Benedictine motto, Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Dei, â€œThat in all things God may be glorified.â€? Photo by Jeff Dachowski
hen Dr. DiSalvo was selected by the Board of Trustees on April 29, the 10th president announced that he proudly called himself an Anselmian. But at the moment when the presidential chain of office was lifted over his head by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., chancellor of the college, a new era formally began for Saint Anselm. Several hundred students, alumni, and friends witnessed the historic event. It began with a procession that included the college’s faculty and delegates from 35 other colleges, in full academic regalia. The program would include 10 moving speeches, in addition to the president’s own inaugural address. But first, the crowd watched as 30 men and women, some in uniform, solemnly carried forward in their hands a 30-foot-long American flag. Badly tattered, it is one of the largest flags that flew above Ground Zero. It holds special meaning as a symbol of the strength and resiliency of the American people. The flag has been patched and stitched together by disaster survivors, veterans, and other Americans on its travels throughout the county.
“WE ASK GOD’S CHOICEST BLESSING ON DR. DISALVO TO LEAD US IN PURSUIT OF THE TRUTH, TO ASSIST US ALL IN GROWING IN OUR FAITH, AND TO NOURISH THE IDENTITY OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE AS AN INSTITUTION ALWAYS ATTEMPTING TO DIRECT THOSE WHO COME HERE ON THE SUREST PATH TO WISDOM.” - The Right Reverend Mark Cooper, O.S.B., chancellor of the college
The DiSalvo family suffered losses on 9/11, and Dr. DiSalvo is a member of the board of the New York Says Thank You Foundation, which is the keeper of the flag. For him, this flag represents faith in the future. The president has placed stitches in it himself, and it is the clearest symbol he could find of the bright hope he feels for the college that welcomed him as its new leader on that October day. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s address echoed that faith: “Saint Anselm’s mission to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and engagement in the community is more important than ever. We need Saint Anselm and its graduates to continue to be engaged in our shared future. I have no doubt that President DiSalvo will continue to carry on the very best traditions of leadership at Saint Anselm.” U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester, and other dignitaries, also offered remarks. Accepting the office, Dr. DiSalvo said that for him, Catholic higher education was a transformative gift and he is committed to seeing Saint Anselm provide opportunities for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, to meet or exceed their highest potential. His words ranged over the state of higher education and the college’s place within it. And, he announced the goal of growing the college’s endowment to $125 million to coincide with the upcoming 125th anniversary. “The future of Saint Anselm is bright, but not without challenges,” he said. “We must recognize our place among some of the best liberal arts colleges in the country and see our potential to be greater than ever before. We must work together for the common good. And all of us need to use our gifts to support Saint Anselm College to the best of our ability. We will accomplish these things in the spirit of our Benedictine charism that is over 1,500 years old. Spread the word about this great institution of higher learning and this magnificent campus. Proudly proclaim what we know to be true: that Saint Anselm College, as a center of faith and learning, has long been and will remain a city on a hill, shining more brightly than ever before.”NSELM. EDU/INAUGURATION.
On this page: The processional including faculty members and delegates. Bishop Peter Libasci, of the Diocese of Manchester, with Dr. DiSalvo. On the speaker platform, from top left: Jeff Parness, Lisa Gowern, Governor Maggie Hassan, Kevin Fitzgerald ’00, Susan Gabert ’91, Dr. Hugh Dubrulle. Presenters of the National 9/11 Flag.
Guests standing for the National Anthem sung by William Endicott ’16. Inaugural photos by Kevin Harkins
The summers Steven DiSalvo spent with his grandparents in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., had a huge impact on his life—so much so that he later used the name Hopewell when founding a philanthropic advising firm. Faith in the future led his grandparents from Italy to America. It guided his grandfather, after retiring from the New York City police force, to build a house in the country where he could gather his extended family. It was what he gave to his grandfather, visiting him daily when he was ill; and it was what his grandfather gave him when he suffered a lengthy illness as a young adult. A positive attitude is one of Dr. DiSalvo’s obvious attributes. Combined with his background in philanthropy and higher education and his deep roots in the Catholic faith, this attitude led the trustees and community of Saint Anselm to choose him as president. Dr. DiSalvo moved to a colonial-style home in Bedford, New Hampshire, with his wife, Eileen, and their sons, Tom, Andrew, and Connor, in June. The Granite State could not be more different from his native Queens, and it is very different from Wisconsin, where he was president of Marian University at the time of his selection. The new president grew up in Flushing, N.Y., not far from Shea Stadium. At 16, he had his first job: selling hot dogs and soda at the ballpark. “That was in 1976, when the Mets were terrible,” he says.
AN ANSELMIAN PRESIDENT: DR. STEVEN R. DISALVO Photo by Jeff Dachowski
HIGHLIGHTS OF DR. DISALVO’S CAREER Marian University, 14th President The Hopewell Group, Inc ., President and Founder Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, Executive Director Junior Achievement of New York, EVP & COO Fairfield University, Director of Major Gifts Loyola University Chicago, Executive Assistant to the President Fordham University, Development Officer and Resident Director/Headmaster IBM Corporation, Corporate Trainer/Manager
He’s still a fan—a loyalty he occasionally displays in the form of a pair of orange cufflinks made from pieces of the stadium’s seats. He attended Catholic elementary and high schools, and earned a degree in psychology at Fordham University, a Jesuit university in New York City. It was during graduate school, while earning an MBA and working as headmaster and resident director of a small residential college at Fordham, that he realized what he wanted to do. “I had faced a serious illness, and I had received a new lease on life,” he recalls. “I asked myself, ‘Why am I here? Why did I survive this? What can I, as a 29-year-old, give to these 17-and 18-year-olds?’ I found the answer: I want to serve others; to live a meaningful life. It’s my way of paying it forward.” He went on to earn a doctorate in educational leadership at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education and to work in not only colleges and universities but a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which aims to help stop the cycle of domestic violence. When he launched The Hopewell Group in 2006, it was to maximize the impact that people can have through their philanthropy. The company advised individuals, families, foundations, and corporations in the area of strategic giving. Clients included wealthy celebrities such as Joe Torre, the former Mets player-manager (whose sister was one of Dr. DiSalvo’s grade school teachers); Michael Bolton, the singer-songwriter; and Maria Cuomo Cole, an advocate for easing homelessness and reducing sexual violence. In his most recent role as president of a Catholic college in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Dr. DiSalvo led successful efforts to streamline operations, increase alumni giving, and create new affinity groups. One of his most visible achievements was to build a field house by raising external funds in less than one year. Every segment of the campus community was touched by the president: he attended athletic events, joined students in the dining hall, and taught classes in business leadership and sports recreation management.
Dr. DiSalvo with his sister, Carolanne (DiSalvo) Ghee, and his parents, Sal and Arline. Below: The Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees with Dr. DiSalvo.
Read speeches, see photos, and watch videos of inauguration at www.anselm.edu/inauguration. “HE HAD A SINCERE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW IMPORTANT THE COLLEGE IS TO US. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HE’D BEEN A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY FOR MUCH LONGER THAN THE TIME OF THE INTERVIEW PROCESS.” –Dixie (Greene) Douville ’86, Saint Anselm College trustee
Eileen DiSalvo calls this “a transitional year.” She is learning about the college and meeting as many members of the community as possible as she defines her role as the wife of the new president. One thing she is certain of, however, is that she supports her husband in his position as president in every way possible. It’s not the first time Mrs. DiSalvo has fulfilled this role, but Saint Anselm is a unique community. She spent the late summer and fall getting to know the campus and its people. Mrs. DiSalvo is an educator in her own right. She also is the parent of three high school-and college-age sons, so she has an immediate connection to the student population and parents who are making college decisions with their children. The DiSalvos’ eldest son, Thomas, is a junior at Fordham University. Their middle son, Andrew, started school at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, in September; and Connor attends Bedford High School. The presidential couple is approaching their 22nd anniversary, but they have known each other since they were 16. Eileen McPhillips graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in business and marketing and began a career in banking before dating and marrying Dr. DiSalvo. After moving to Chicago, she pursued a long-held interest in becoming a teacher. She earned a master’s in education at Loyola University Chicago, and taught elementary school for 13 years. Mrs. DiSalvo’s interests include cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, and the performing arts. Son Andrew acts and sings (talents she attributes to his father). In Fond du Lac, she was the president of his high school’s Parents for the Performing Arts. A college president wears many hats, and the wife of this one definitely has a few on the shelf as well. Like her husband, she is very sociable, curious, and impressed with their new surroundings. “I love everything about Saint Anselm College,” she says.
SUPPORTIVE IN EVERY WAY
Joining the DiSalvo family at inauguration were (center) the Student Government Association members; and (to left of Dr. and Mrs. DiSalvo): niece Siobhan Hennessey, Andrew DiSalvo, niece Jacqueline McPhillips. To right: Paulina and Sean McPhillips, Sean Edward McPhillips, and Tom and Connor DiSalvo.
In his second week on the job as Saint Anselm College’s first lay president, Dr. DiSalvo talked with Portraits editors about his impressions of the college and his plans for its future. What drew you to Saint Anselm College? I knew a little bit about the college from Father Jonathan. We sit on a national board together and I very much wanted to remain in Catholic education. I wanted to return to the northeast and this is the perfect location for me and for my family. Third, most of my career has taken place with people in organizations up and down the east coast. So my connections to people, places, and educational institutions are close by and I could leverage those relationships. Was there anything that immediately struck you or surprised you about the campus when you first came here? I was surprised by the Ivy League feel of the campus. The beauty is absolutely breathtaking. The way the campus is maintained, there isn’t a blade of grass that’s not cut. There’s beautiful woodwork everywhere. I was impressed with the way the campus has maintained a consistent look, with older and more modern buildings having a sense of uniformity. The other thing that impressed me was the sense of pride that resonates in every conversation with students, faculty, staff, alumni. It exists in other colleges but I’ve never seen it to this degree. Here, it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t feel this way. People are really proud of what they do here and love the place they work. What is your view of Catholic higher education? Catholic higher education is more important than it’s ever been. We do things that preserve the liberal arts and at the same time we speak to mission. What drives the mission? How do we infuse a sense of religious identity throughout the culture? It’s not just having theology courses. I feel very strongly that we lead with our Catholic identity. We don’t shy away from it. We have diverse 20
populations on this campus, and that’s a good thing. We have a culture where we learn from each other, but we also know who we are. We are rooted in our Catholic identity.
What would you like to accomplish at Saint Anselm College? I’d like Saint Anselm to be better known in a larger geographic footprint; so that when you go to New York or Washington or Chicago and you say Saint Anselm, you shouldn’t have to explain what it is or what it is about. That’s a clear goal and it has clear results attached to it: an increased number of well-prepared students; stronger fundraising; and building a stronger brand. I want to continue to live the mission. The mission should be evident in everything we do. It should inform the courses we teach, the extracurricular activities we offer, the service work we do, and the sense of community we share. I want to preserve it. As the first lay president, it’s something I am sensitive to. It doesn’t exist because someone wears a habit or a collar. It exists because we believe in the legacy of the founders of this place. I think it’s important to integrate the living and learning experience. I’d like to see more programming in the residence halls, so that students and faculty work together on things that can lead to change or solve a social problem. Social innovation; doing good while doing well. I’d like to invite venture philanthropists as well as venture capitalists, and create enthusiasm among the philanthropic community. In the short term, these would be my priorities: stronger fundraising—we have a capital campaign about to start. A stronger pipeline for admission, with applicants coming from places that are preparing them for the rigors of this place. And third, program development. Not only content areas, but delivery mechanisms. Is there an opportunity to introduce expanded offerings?
Is a blended learning environment something that would resonate with our students? Is a blended learning environment something that would resonate with our students? Methodologies that would resonate with our students but not change the experience?
What are some of the ways you plan to make Saint Anselm College better known? Some of our programs can be taken on the road to create greater brand awareness and partner with other entities. We have something that’s a differentiator, something that none of our peers have, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. It fosters the intersection between academic space and social good. The Institute can gain a larger profile. A lot can be done to help people understand that we have something no one else has—and to leverage that. How would you answer critics who say that we shouldn’t allow political candidates and other speakers on campus whose views are not aligned with those of the Catholic Church? Any educational institution has to be open to different perspectives. That’s the part of the academy we have to preserve. Everyone has to be able to express their views openly. Do we have to agree with them? No, but if we stifle that, we do a disservice to the educational community. It has to be balanced. We can allow people to form their own conclusions on what they think. I’d never want us to compromise our own set of values, but I would hope we would be open to listening to people who have different opinions. How do you make the case for a private, liberal arts education? It’s very simple. We provide the breadth and depth of learning across disciplines that will allow our students to become the best at what they do. You can pick a major, an area you want to explore. If you want to be a nurse or a doctor, you have to take the sciences and do well in them. But to be
an outstanding nurse or doctor, you have to be able to write well and speak well and have compassion and know some moral theology. The elements of liberal arts are woven through the educational experience, making students more well-rounded, more grounded, more focused on serving the greater good. That’s the value added piece.
How do you balance this with the cost? Parents are savvy shoppers. People are looking at schools based on the cost, and there is a dance being done between the price, the perceived quality, and the true out-of-pocket expenses. It’s a very complicated process and part of it is driven by the fact that loan programs are complicated and frightening. I’ve been working for the past year and a half with Congress to simplify the loan process. Right now, an investment banker and a teacher are paying back the same amount every month. It’s not a problem for the investment banker, but it really hurts the teacher. I don’t believe we need to create a paradigm where it’s debt-free. I had loans. It taught me what the value of my education was. Debt is okay if it’s reasonable. Parents need to be able to see what the long-term effect of that loan is, and not go into serious debt of their own to pay for that education. Why does the college need a capital campaign now? It’s been seven years since we had a capital campaign. We need to raise money and continue to improve the infrastructure, for increasing the endowment, and for programmatic growth. We need to be able to support students in a living and learning environment. When I first came here I asked about triples and it was frightening how many there were. We need to upgrade our current facilities and be more intentional about the living/learning environment so that there’s more interaction with faculty outside the
classroom. Another piece I think is important is athletics. We need to compete well, build winning teams, and produce quality student athletes.
How did you spend your first couple of months here? My first task here is listening to the community, getting out and meeting people and hearing their perspectives. That includes going beyond the campus and talking with prospective students and their families. I’ve heard about what we do well and what we need to improve. We shouldn’t just pat ourselves on our back, but act on the things we can improve on. What is it like to be the first non-monastic president here in our nearly 125 years? It’s a burden and I realize that, but it’s also what I am called to do. It’s a little daunting. But I felt very centered and calm after the decision was made. It’s the right decision for me, at the right time for the school. Abbot Mark and I talked about being on the same page. I know we’ll be successful. What kind of leader are you? I’m very passionate about what I do. I can be fairly intense at times—maybe that’s the native New Yorker in me—but people shouldn’t feel threatened in expressing their opinions. If everyone walks in and says we’re just wonderful, you never get better. A trust relationship is essential so that people are willing to criticize or disagree respectfully. I’m very much a people person. I maintain relationships over years and years. When it comes to leadership, you can read all the books and live out all the mantras from the gurus, but in the end you have to have the ability to motivate and engage with people and set a clear strategic direction.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My grandfather, Reno Bracchi. I spent all my summers with him in Hopewell Junction, New York. My grandparents came from Italy on a boat, through Ellis Island. They settled on the east side of Manhattan, 43rd Street, and moved to Corona, Queens. My grandfather was a New York City police officer. In the 50s they went 72 miles north to Hopewell Junction. He and his brothers bought a 50-acre piece of land, and over eight years built a house together for each of the six siblings. When school let out, we all went up there. What did he teach you? I learned how to work the land, in his garden. I learned manners and respect. I learned to fish with him. I grew up with a wonderful sense of family. He built a huge table so all of us, 25 or 30 people sometimes, could eat together. We talked and laughed and heard about the family history and aspirations. We gained a sense of who we were and where we came from. I went to church with him every day. He taught me the power of prayer and why you should have a relationship with Christ and how you have to put your faith in Christ. This was a tremendous influence on me. My grandfather helped shape me as a young man and I became grounded as a human being.
What kinds of books do you read? I just read Mornings on Horseback, a biography of Teddy Roosevelt’s early years, which was just fascinating. I loved Angela’s Ashes and Teacher Man, by Frank McCourt. There is a book by Denzel Washington called A Hand to Guide Me, which is a collection of essays by famous people about the mentors in their lives. 21
Anselmian Ambition LYNDSAY ROBINSON ’14 BY BRANDON GEE
ou could be forgiven for suspecting you had accidentally slept through a few days or slipped into a wormhole between conversations with Lyndsay Robinson. With an agenda book she calls her bible in tow, Saint Anselm College’s student body
president seems to squeeze into days what others might consider a respectable month’s, or even year’s, worth of accomplishments. In the span of a week last February, the politics major and Russian minor made three trips to Washington, D.C. The first was to accept a scholarship from the American Legion National Conference. The others were to discuss the trouble college graduates are having finding jobs, at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, and to meet with House Republicans to discuss the national debt. In April, Robinson hosted an appreciation day for the retiring president, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. She was inducted into the national political science honor society; received one of the school’s service awards for her contributions as president of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics; and organized events and raised funds in response to the Boston Marathon bombings—to say nothing of her “regularly scheduled” responsibilities as a scholar and student body president. In May, the junior traveled to Orlando for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference. It was the last one in her term as the post-secondary president of the organization. She was back in time to be a marshal at commencement, where she handed Father Jonathan the diplomas that he would present to the last graduating class of his tenure. In June, she made a quick trip to the National Campus Leadership Council Summit and started a paid internship at a prestigious Boston law firm. Robinson’s long list of titles, accomplishments and awards is largely related to her lifelong desire to pursue a career in politics, but there’s more at work in her deeds than simple résumé-building. She is driven by a spirit of service. In the wording of the code that she helped create as SGA president: “As Anselmians, we honor all Benedictine values, strive to serve others, and live with integrity and respect.” Photos Gil Talbot Photos by GilbyTalbot
“The point of her leadership is not to burnish her resume or get her name in the paper, but to serve others.” – Christopher Galdieri, assistant professor of politics
When bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line April 15, Robinson quickly organized a group of more
hardships, I needed to know that all three of my children
than 100 people to welcome home the 79 Anselmians
could be successful, and they could provide for their
who were in Boston that day. She traveled to Atlanta the
families. I needed to know that my children could advocate
following day to attend the National Business Education
for themselves if I’m not here someday.”
Association annual convention. She arrived back on
While they no doubt instilled virtues such as work ethic
campus Sunday, April 21, just in time to attend the walk she
and self-reliance, Robinson’s experiences also left her
organized for the students who did not get to cross the
finish line at the marathon. “We see ourselves as being a huge family,” says Sam Allen,
“I think part of the reason why I had such a hard time with my faith was because I blamed God for taking not only
director of the Office of Career Services, where Lyndsay
my dad but also a lot of my other family members at such
works part-time. “Lyndsay understands how much strength
a young age,” she said. “I lost a lot of people, almost one
the community members draw from each other.”
person every year from kindergarten through eighth grade.”
Perhaps that’s because she learned to draw on it for herself.
Lessons in Independence Robinson grew up the middle of three children in Tewksbury, Mass. Both of her siblings have learning disabilities, and her father died when she was 12. Beverly Robinson, a nurse, worked three jobs to support the family, and often took the kids along, an experience that Robinson says taught her not to judge the disabled. “We used to have to share meals at McDonald’s, and I was on reduced lunch for a number of years,” she says. “My mother just always taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and an education. I think that’s what makes me different from a lot of my classmates just because at such a young age I saw what it takes to work so hard.” Robinson started babysitting for pay at 12, worked at a Market Basket at 15, and to this day has juggled at least two jobs at once, from selling snow cones to working at law firms. Robinson was particularly influenced by her older sister, who overcame a learning disability — which one teacher had predicted would prevent her from getting even a fast-food job — to become homecoming queen and get accepted to college. She’s now in graduate school. “I fought for her. I needed to know she could be
“I made her always do it for herself. Given all our
When her grandmother had to have surgery two days before Lyndsay was due to arrive at Saint Anselm, she didn’t want to leave home and was crying and distraught when she moved in. That’s when Arlene Thompson, an administrative assistant in Student Activities and Leadership, gave Robinson a hug, told her everything would be okay, and said that the Saint Anselm community would be her family away from home. Robinson also drew strength from the monks, who helped her find her faith. “Obviously you can’t change what happened, but they just made me feel better about it and how to deal with it, which is something I’ll forever be grateful for,” says Robinson, who now attends services twice a week. Thompson, remembering the crying freshman on move-in day, laughed when Robinson told her she was going to run for student body president the following year. Robinson became the youngest woman student body president at Saint Anselm. She hasn’t stopped giving back since. “Now I will cry when I have to leave this place,” she says.
Dream in a Shoebox It’s curious that Robinson’s biggest fear is ladybugs, but it’s downright astounding to learn that her second-biggest fear is public speaking. But, it’s true, the girl who addresses BPA
independent,” Beverly Robinson says of her oldest daughter.
groups as large as 6,000, who has interned for both Rep. Niki
“I think Lyndsay saw me fight so hard and learned from that
Tsongas (D-Mass.) and former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), and
to be independent and have a good work ethic.
who sat next to vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan
Lyndsay Robinson and Michael Ford, a criminal justice major from Woburn, Mass., were selected as the Melucci Scholars for 2013-2014. Thomas A. Melucci Sr. HD â€™98, and his wife, Gail, established the scholarship as a memorial honoring their son, Thomas Jr.â€™88. The Melucci scholarship provides full tuition scholarships to seniors who have demonstrated spiritual and personal growth during their undergraduate career.
(R-Wisc.) at the roundtable discussion on the national debt, still gets nervous when the monks ask her to do
politics, and teachers who knew Robinson’s ambitions
readings at Mass.
suggested that she participate in speech competitions in
The fear is one she learned to confront at a young age. Politics and law school have long been goals for Robinson,
high school. In her first year participating in a Lions Club youth
who says she’s wanted to be the first female president of
speech competition, held in a banquet hall with 200
the United States for as long as she can remember.
people in it, Robinson got to her third line, froze, and
“She’s been determined since she was a little girl,” said
walked off the stage. Beverly Robinson followed her
Beverly Robinson, who said she and Lyndsay speak on the
daughter into the restroom, where Lyndsay said, “I know
phone multiple times every day. “Even at three, she always
this,” and recited the entire speech. She returned to the
argued back — not fresh, but assertive.”
hall and asked to continue, even though she knew she
That led someone to suggest Robinson would make a good lawyer, which resulted in Robinson asking her
wasn’t going to win. Robinson says she had bigger concerns than
mother what the best law school was and decorating
disqualification: “I had to get back in that room and give
a shoebox to hold her “Harvard Law Fund.” Perhaps
that speech, or I knew I would never speak in front of
portending future prowess as a politician, Robinson
people again. So I did, and the next year I ended up
immediately showed a knack for raising money.
winning the whole competition.”
“Anytime anyone would come over, she would hit them up for money,” Beverly Robinson says. “She used to charge people for entertainment. She would charge my father-inlaw ‘admission.’”
Oratory skills are another prerequisite for a career in
Trivial Pursuits and Serious Goals Robinson’s achievements could justify a degree of aloofness and cloud the fact that she’s not so different from any other young woman and her fellow
undergraduates. Her Twitter feed includes posts about the
At the weekly student government meeting on April 14,
Bruins and complaints about homework, in addition to the
Robinson arrives, sets aside an LSAT study book and her
Saint Anselm boosterism you’d expect. She maintains a social
bright red laptop decorated with a Scott Brown bumper
life and makes time for friends, even if it requires making
sticker and gets down to business while cupping a mug of hot
appointments with them.
tea in both hands. Elections were just held, so a good portion
Robinson also is a fixture at the campus pub’s trivia night on Tuesdays, where her personality and well-roundedness were on full display April 23. She’s easy to talk to—even with
of the Executive Committee meeting before the full Student Senate meeting is spent answering questions. “I’d rather you guys not say you have nothing to report,”
a heavy eastern Massachusetts accent that makes it hard to tell
Robinson tells her officers. “You guys should always be
whether she’s saying “barking” or “backing”—and shares the
working on something.” She goes over a few initiatives, gives
excitement of the friends on her team when it’s announced
the committee an assignment to brainstorm fundraising ideas
that one of the night’s categories will be “Boy Meets World,” a
for homecoming and articulates a firm but reasonable stance
coming-of-age sitcom with a cult following among millennials.
on attendance at student government meetings and events.
It’s not an entirely business-free evening, however, as
“I’m not that strict, but you have to have a good reason,”
Robinson also is selling a sack full of purple “Boston Strong”
said Robinson, pointing out that your roommate’s 21st
rubber bracelets for $2 each to raise money for victims of the
birthday is not a good reason, but missing a meeting so you
Boston Marathon bombing. And, of course, politics is never
don’t lose your job is okay.
far from her mind as she and Father Cecil Donahue, O.S.B.,
Brown, the former senator, says that if the most recent
also a trivia team member, handicap potential successors to
election had gone in his favor, he would have been looking
DeFelice as president of the college.
for a role for Robinson on his staff.
Her relationships with monks and friends couldn’t have
“She’s a hard worker. She stuck out. She reached out and
been anticipated when Robinson was deciding where to go
made herself known to me. She’s very loyal, trustworthy,
to college, but they are part of the reason she considers her
hardworking, and we were lucky to have her. She’ll do well in
choice to be the best decision of her life.
It was between Saint Anselm and schools in Washington,
For now, that future means finishing her SGA term and
D. C., where she thought she might make more connections
writing her senior thesis. But her long-term goals aren’t
in the political world. Even that assumption proved to be
so different from those of the little girl with the Law Fund
false, as evidenced by Robinson’s three trips to Washington in
shoebox and dreams of being the first female president of
February and the dozens of opportunities she’s had to meet
the United States. She intends to enter law school and pursue
presidential candidates leading up to New Hampshire’s first-
a career in public service. She has already visited law schools
in-the-nation primary election.
and begun the application process.
And, of course, Robinson has been able to put her own political skills to the test on campus. “Lyndsay is someone who really builds consensus and tries
Those who know her best—including her thesis advisor, professors, and college administrators—say the sky’s the limit. “In 31 years, I have never met a more distinguished or
to build support for all the initiatives she pursues,” says Sam
exemplary student than Lyndsay Robinson,” Sam Allen says.
Allen, the Office of Career Services director. “It’s one thing to
“She’s humble and compassionate and passionate about Saint
run a Student Senate meeting. It’s another to have an original
A’s and its community. If you take that out into the real world,
idea and lead campus-wide initiatives. Lyndsay has found a
the possibilities are limitless.”
way to try to engage our students with everything going on in the world.” 27
Mandorro B ay your fish dinner w i t h m i c h a e l b e l l ’95
t’s six a.m. on the docks in Morro Bay, California. The early sun has turned the sky purple and orange and lifted the fog that had settled around iconic Morro Rock. Halyards clink against sailboat masts, while the hypnotic thrum of a diesel engine means the work
day is about to begin for Central Coast’s fishermen. This is Michael Bell’s office. Bell, director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Marine and Coastal Program, pulls up to the boatyard to drop off an iPad for one of the fishermen, his surfboard still strapped to the roof from a weekend on the beach with his wife and baby daughter. As he walks down the dock, he passes the Morro Bay Fish Company and a handful of grizzled old fishermen with white beards and deeply creased faces. They greet Bell with their customary sarcastic comments and slaps on the back. He is not a fisherman, but everybody here knows and respects him. As the director of the Central Coast Groundfish Project, Bell and his colleagues are revolutionizing fisheries management. He is changing people’s lives, as he works to turn the tide for a fishery that threatened to fade away and take the community with it.
By Tina Cormier ’01
Michael Bell is tackling a BIG PROBLEM: the depletion of the oceansâ€™ fish stocks. Photos by Lexie Bell
The culture and economy of Morro Bay are rooted
very little management; anyone with a boat and some
in the fishery. For hundreds of years, it has been this
gear could fish. Now, due to overfishing and heightened
way; fathers teaching their sons the art and science of
regulations, he has had to tighten the belt and get
fishing and the community taking pride in its heroes
creative to stay afloat.
and providers, but always with an eye toward the sea
“When you’re volume-oriented, and the volume goes
and hope for a safe return. While this life has never
away, it hurts. We are a very traditional industry,” he
been easy, the last 20 years of rapidly declining fish
explains. “It’s really hard to change—especially if that’s
stocks and increased regulations have brought the
how your father, and his father before him, did it.” He
fishery to its knees.
moved to California two years ago to take part in what
Fisherman Rob Seitz recalls, “Morro Bay was suffering— it was dead. Many guys were retirement age, and what they had invested their whole lives in was suddenly
he calls “the most important fishery-related program in the country.” Enter Michael Bell and The Nature Conservancy
worth a lot less.” The city was also suffering. With
(TNC). Typically viewed as a conservation organization,
no more fish hauls crossing the docks, their number
they were in uncharted waters when they decided to
one economic driver was disappearing. Fish markets,
buy into the fishing business. They began dissolving the
restaurants, and tourism were hurting. Financial and
traditional tensions between fishermen and conservation
personal ruin seemed inevitable for more than a few
groups by emphasizing their common ground: without a
healthy ocean, there would be no fishery.
Seitz has been fishing for more than 20 years and has
During Bell’s visits to fishing communities all along the
witnessed dramatic changes. He grew up in Alaska and
Central Coast, he listened to the same story time and
learned to fish from his grandfather. Back then, there was
time again—stories like Rob Seitz’s.
Bell has shaped one of the nation’s most innovative partnerships between scientists and fishermen. His interest began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uruguay after graduating from Saint Anselm with a degree in biology. 30
“What we heard was that the fishery was truly suffering,
protection from accidentally exceeding their catch limits.
and many were trying to find a way out,” Bell says. They
Historically, even a small, accidental catch of a protected
had overcapitalized on a single, flawed business model:
species, like yelloweye rockfish, could financially cripple
catching high volumes of fish and selling them at low
an independent fisherman.
prices. It was time for a change. With strict regulations and
In return for that protection, fishermen agreed to
unprecedented fish scarcity, fishermen were unable to
diversify their fishing methods and transition away from
sustain their livelihoods, but were too invested to leave.
overreliance on bottom trawling, the practice of dragging
TNC offered them a way out and seized the opportunity
heavy fishing gear and nets, sometimes weighing
to play an active role in innovative fishery reform. Bell recalls the unbelievable feeling of waking up one morning owning 13 federal trawl permits and six boats, making TNC the second largest quota holder in the west coast groundfish fishery. They had bought out fishermen who wanted to leave the business and leased their permits back to those who wanted to stay—with
“It’s in our best interest to fish clean because it helps us all keep fishing.” – Rob Seitz
conditions. Their goal was to revive the fishery, the
several tons, along the ocean bottom. Trawling is good
community, and the health and productivity of the oceans.
for catching high volumes of fish, but if not managed
“We moved into an ownership position where we
carefully, can result in overfishing and the destruction of
were a real stakeholder, rather than an outside group
sea floor habitats that support productive and profitable
lobbying for change,” says Bell.
long-term fishery performance.
Crazy? Yes, but not surprising. TNC has a history
Fishermen in Moss Landing, Half Moon Bay, and Fort
of working directly with industries to find solutions to
Bragg decided to join their Morro Bay neighbors in
environmental problems. Bell recognized the value in
the project, Bell says. Now, the fishery reform covers a
coupling scientists with seasoned fishermen, though it was
no easy task. Scientists were viewed as stuffy, unyielding
Seitz, who fishes mainly for black cod, has adapted by
academics who were too far removed from reality to be
bringing in live fish, which are highly valued at the docks.
of use, while fishermen were seen as willing to pull every
He catches fewer, high quality fish, in less time, for more
last fish from the ocean to make a dollar. Bell was able
money—four times more money, in fact. “We’re working
to convince both sides of the benefits of cooperation.
smarter, rather than harder,” he says, as he loads his boat
In fact, one of The Nature Conservancy’s earliest
with bait and large coolers of ice to preserve his catch.
experiences with partnering the historical adversaries
Others have transitioned to line and trap gear, which
resulted in an unprecedented collaboration—one
provide higher species selectivity and bring up fish in
that identified 3.8 million acres of protected ocean
better condition. And they are being compensated for
conservation area on the Central Coast.
their responsible changes; there is a huge market for
Fishermen who wished to continue that partnership leased fishing permits—and thus entry into the fishery—
fresh, sustainably caught fish in California. In addition to modifying their fishing methods, fishermen
from TNC. The permits came with certain protections
have begun sharing information that was fiercely guarded.
and benefits, but they also came with strings attached.
Everyone in the program has an iPad on which they track
By pooling their quotas (transferrable fishing rights) of
where they are catching fish. “Now, when someone catches
heavily regulated species, participants were guaranteed
an overfished species, it’s not ‘shame on you,’ but rather a 31
learning experience for everyone,” Bell explains.
character and skills make him great at dealing with all
Seitz adds, “It’s hard to cooperate, but it’s better for
different kinds of personalities in this highly competitive
everyone to work together and share information. Prior
fishing environment. There aren’t too many people who
to this program, fishermen had been known to lie to
could do what he’s done here,” Seitz says.
one another. Now we are all tied together because of
Bell may be well-known on the docks in Central
overfishing. It’s in our best interest to fish clean because
California, but others are also taking notice. He
it helps us all keep fishing.”
has received requests from fisheries managers in
This cooperation yielded tremendous results in a
Massachusetts and Maine to use his system in the
short time—results that are reviving the fishery and the
Northeast. In the face of drastic reductions in catch
community. Those in the program catch more target
limits for various types of New England cod—up to
species with less by-catch (unintended species) than
77% in some areas—regulators are beginning to realize
anyone else on the west coast. In fact, in 2011, Bell’s
that traditional top-down management may not be
group used only 2.1% of their quota of overfished
the most effective solution. Cooperation between
species, compared with 30% used by their counterparts
scientist and fisherman is becoming the new model, and
outside of the group.
Anselmian Michael Bell is leading the charge.
Best of all, they are doing it in an environmentally friendly way—with fewer big trawlers and less bottom
Watch Michael Bell & Morro Bay fishermen explain how sustainable fishing methods are helping to preserve California’s maritime heritage. blogs.anselm.edu/portraits
contact. Bell is putting Morro Bay on the map as a destination for premium, fresh, and sustainably caught seafood. Seitz is a progressive fisherman, and even he is in awe of what an accomplishment this collaboration really is. Throughout his career, he has worked for others because he could not afford his own equipment. This program has given him the opportunity to purchase his own boat and slowly buy some quota. With confidence in the fishery beginning to rebound, Seitz has even allowed his 24-year-old son aboard. He is eager to carry on his family’s legacy. There is still a long way to go, but signs point to rebirth of this small fishing town. Listening to chatter on
Photo by Rebecca Forster
the docks yields new ideas that no one could afford to
Tina Cormier ’01 (honors environmental science)
stop and think about even a few years ago. Comments
wrote to Portraits to “check in and provide a little
like, “Let’s bring our fresh fish into local schools” and, “The Morro Bay sustainable fisheries label could be found all along the west coast—let’s send our fish to Vegas!” are not uncommon. Bell is largely credited for
update.” She wound up with a writing assignment. As a research associate at Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Mass., with a new sideline in writing, she seemed like the perfect person to profile fellow Anselmian Michael Bell. She and Mike not only talked
the success of this program and the hope it has brought
about science; they shared memories of classes and
to Morro Bay. “Michael is a masterful herder of cats. His
professors on the Hilltop. 33
Focus on Faculty Kimberly Kersey Asbury (Fine Arts)
talks about landscape painting, artistic careers, and the Kalahari Desert.
Q Photos by Gil Talbot
FOCUS on FACULTY
What is your favorite course to teach? Probably the professional practice class. Every student in that class has his own studio and develops a body of work, taking one idea and continuing it through the semester. They immerse themselves even beyond the assignment.
Why do you enjoy it so much? It’s rewarding because students get so much out of it. This class has an entrepreneurial aspect. The students grow a lot through independent studio practice, visiting professional artists in New York, writing an artist’s statement, and thinking about different career paths they might take. It’s fun having students working all different areas because I have experience in all of them: graphic design, painting, sculpture, mixed media.
What is your artistic background? I went to the Kansas City Art Institute and I started out in ceramics, studying with Ken Ferguson, who was a very well-known ceramic artist. I switched to painting and went to Boston University for an MFA, where I studied with John Walker and Alfred Leslie. I’ve worked in magazine layout in New York, and I ran a sign company in Botswana. Today I work across media doing painting, photography, print making, ceramics, and book arts.
Which media would you work in if you had a day on your own to make art? I’d go out and paint the landscape. I’d go back to the coast of Maine and paint the rocks and the receding tide.
What artists do you admire most? I love Turner and Corot for their landscapes. And I love the voraciousness of Anselm Kiefer who uses paint, lead, straw, clay, and transferred photos to do landscapes with historical themes of war and holocaust. It’s very rich.
Which artist would you love to invite to visit your class? Michelangelo. Or DaVinci. Da Vinci would be wonderful in a liberal arts setting because of his interest in anatomy and science and drawing with creativity and inventiveness. I went to an art school, but I think a liberal arts college is the best education for a young adult.
You went back to Botswana on a Fulbright. What is it about that country that draws you back? My world view changed while I was there. I lived in a suburb in the Midwest and had little cats for pets. There, it’s man versus nature. I had a scrape with a lion—it’s a long, funny, scary story. I’ve been back four or five times and I’m going there this summer with a faculty research grant. There’s something about being in the middle of the Kalahari; we live in a frenetic age, and it’s so still.
What did you do on your Fulbright? I taught people simple skills that they could use to make a living; how to make wildlife paintings that they could sell. That’s why I’m such a fan of service-learning. We have something to impart to the community and we can empower underrepresented groups.
What kind of service-learning projects do fine arts students do? They are mostly in the graphic arts area. Instead of making up companies and creating symbols and layouts for them, now we offer our skills to nonprofits that don’t have the funds for professional artwork to communicate about who they are.
What are you proudest of as a teacher? The students that get accepted into excellent graduate programs— and getting large scholarships. And those who get a job when they graduate. The fact that our department places people on good paths beyond college is something I’m very happy about. One of my own initiatives that I’m proud of is the five-critique program. Seniors are critiqued five times during the year by volunteer faculty from various departments, and outside artists and college staff. Students want to rise to the occasion. It raises the bar, and it creates a sense of community.
If you won the lottery or inherited a million dollars, what would you give Saint Anselm College? A new art building. We need it in a desperate way. And I’d put money into scholarships for the arts. Kimberly Kersey Asbury Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts M.F.A. in Painting, Boston University, School for the Arts
Did you always want to teach art? I didn’t know whether I wanted to write films, study law, or be an artist. Even when I started graduate school, I was on the fence. I took a year off and went to Africa and Europe and stayed in Botswana because a friend offered me a seven-sided hut to live in. I learned Setswana and used my last $400 to start a sign company. I also started teaching there. That changed my life. 35
A Practical Optimist
S Joanne Pietrini Smith ’85
n commencement day 1985, crowned with a Mary Lou Retton hairdo and holding a hardearned diploma, a young woman from Beverly,
Mass., left Saint Anselm College expecting a bright future. Twenty-eight years later, most people would consider bright
We especially need to grow our endowment through unrestricted funds so that the college can direct money to its most immediate needs—whether it’s attracting top faculty, providing financial aid, or improving the campus.” Pietrini Smith and her husband, Jeff, are among the college’s
to be an understatement. Joanne Pietrini Smith is an executive
most loyal donors, and have funded a scholarship in the
in the financial services industry and a mentor to many in her
family name. The trustee’s desire to support the college,
field. She is also the vice chair of the Saint Anselm College
financially as well as with time and talent, springs from her
Board of Trustees and has long been active in the college’s
strong love of the college.
Alumni Council. The business and computer science major followed her
“My experience at Saint Anselm and ongoing engagement provide an enduring impact on my life,” she says. Visiting the
undergraduate education with an M.B.A. from Babson College, school where her sister, Nancy (Pietrini) Pageau ’81, studied and began her career at Merrill Lynch in Boston, Mass. She
nursing, she felt the campus was the right fit. “I’ve always had a
went on to hold leadership positions there and at two banks
deep affection for the mission of the college, but that affection
(Mellon and First Republic). She joined AXA Equitable Life
grew as I understood it from a different perspective.”
Insurance Company in 2003 and had several senior level roles,
The trustee credits her Saint Anselm education—especially
including head of Life Insurance Operations in the U.S. In
Professor Joseph Catanese’s freshman English class—with giving
2011, she was noted by Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth
her crucial skills. “It wasn’t only about English. He taught us
Watching.” She is now a senior vice president at Crump Life
how to study and how to be prepared for class, setting the
Insurance, the largest wholesale distributor of life insurance in
tone for my whole college experience,” she says. “Saint Anselm
prepares people to think about why we do what we do and
One of the strengths behind Pietrini Smith’s success in the business world is her ability to balance optimism with practicality—and that is a characteristic that has proven
how what we do impacts the world. I like to think we become creative thinkers and lifelong learners.” Pietrini Smith’s husband and three sons are top priority.
valuable in her role as a trustee of the college. With fellow
It’s a challenging balancing act with her career, however.
trustee Rich Meelia ’71, she chaired the committee charged
When their twins began to experience serious health issues
with steering the search for a new president. The impact
shortly after birth, and were eventually diagnosed with a
her work had on behalf of the college will be felt well into
rare genetic disease called Alstrom Syndrome, she and Jeff
the future. That future, Pietrini Smith says, depends on the
immersed themselves in learning all they could about the
college’s alumni supporting it.
disease and how best to support the boys. The twins are
“The college needs financial support in order to fulfill its
doing well, but their parents’ focus remains high. Besides Saint
mission of providing a values-based, quality education. We
Anselm College, Alstrom Syndrome International is now a
will not achieve our strategic plan without alumni support.
philanthropic priority for the Smiths. Photo by Gil Talbot
On October 17, in a historic vote, the Board of Trustees elected Joanne Pietrini Smith as its first woman chair.
Reunion Weekend 2013 Reunion Weekend drew 872 alumni from 12 classes to the Hilltop on June 7-9. Events included trolley tours, kids’ events, a fun run, and music in the Pub, as well as a Golden Anselmian induction and dinner and a celebration in Sullivan Arena. A highlight was the “Theology on Tap” seminar led by Fr. William Sullivan, O.S.B. ’66 and Tom Bullock ’74. More than 150 alumni learned about the unique connections between beer making and Benedictines over the centuries. This page: The Class of 1983; Al Janik ’63 receives his Golden Anselmian certificate from Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.; Tricia (Naughton) Clancy ’93, Kim (Tsanotellis) Ouelette ’93 and Deidre (Sheehan) Weiler ’93. Opposite page: William Webb ’63, Golden Anselmian; The Class of 1963 guest book; The Class of 1993; Hillary Gorgol ’14 and Hoang Bui ’15 helping at the event; Jeanne (Pichette) Finn ’80 and Professor Paul Finn ’73. Photos by Deb LaFrance
SAVE THE DATE
Reunion Weekend 2014 June 13 – 15
Alumni News Scene on Campus
1956 Sylvio Dupuis, former mayor
of Manchester, N.H., was among the recipients of the 2013 Granite State Legacy Awards in recognition of his civic contributions to the state.
1958 Edward Lynch retired from a
sales career with Midland Ross Corp., and lives in Ankeny, Iowa. Known to friends as Jazzman Joe, he attends classic jazz festivals and records them as Youtube videos.
1961 Joseph Petrie, of Norwood,
Mass., is a co-founder and volunteer genealogist with Friends of Irish Research, which offers free consultation in person and online.
Dennis Naughton is an elected member of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board and was appointed by the state treasurer to the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Management Board. He retired from the position of principal of Millis High School in Millis, Mass., in 2004.
1964 Roger Sevigny, New Hampshire’s
insurance commissioner since 2003, was reappointed to his position by N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan.
1966 Maurice Demers, a retired social
worker living in Goffstown, N.H., enjoys skiing, golfing, and attending Saint Anselm College events with classmates Larry Kelly, Jerry Rice, and Howie Wheeler.
1968 Denis Caron joined Caron Law
position of athletic director at Old Lyme High School in Conn.
1973 Vincent Colapietro, professor of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2013 meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association.
2013 Hartford Regional Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. She is the clinical director of Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association in Conn.
Medical Center, where she directs the bone marrow and stem cell transplant program. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
nurse at The Lahey Clinic.
vice president for patient care/CNO at Winchester Hospital, was recognized by the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Mass. and R.I. at the annual meeting which concluded her term as president of the organization.
1988 Rich Guzzardi is director of Diane (Tomei) Viscioni is an endoscopy
1990 Rebecca (Whalen) Lentz
teaches second grade at Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education/special education.
Leo Gingras became a member of the board of directors of Nutraceutical Innovations of Fayetteville, Ark. He is the CEO of Oberon FMR.
Emily Orlando was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor of English at Fairfield University.
1981 Robin (Young) Cournoyer,
1993 Rob Surette, who performs
president of Nurse Consultants LLC in Conn., collaborated with seven friends on Just Ordinary Moms, a book of stories about raising children. ( justordinarymoms.com)
Amazing Hero Art, was accepted into Acme Archives Licensed Disney Artwork Programs as an official artist.
Peter Ham is vice president of programs
Greg Wells lives on a hill farm in Eden, Vt., where he is working on a historical novel and performing in community theatre productions.
1983 Frank O’Brien is the owner of
Erin Kiernan is an adjunct instructor at Adelphi University and works in the theatre department.
and services for the Mass./N.H. chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
1985 George Bambara joined Pall
1971 Kathy Shortelle received a
Kellie Sprague is a physician at Tufts
1978 Kathy (McCluskey) Schuler,
1969 Mary Jo Majors received the 1970
at the Boxboro, Mass., Town Hall. She and her husband, Rich ’88, are the parents of a Saint Anselm College freshman, Matthew.
contracts at Raytheon.
Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home and Wilbraham Funeral Home. He and his wife, Ellen, are the parents of a Saint Anselm College freshman, Sheila.
Michael Stone was elected to the board of selectmen of South Yarmouth, Mass.
Karen Guzzardi is a department assistant
Kevin McLaughlin was appointed as the executive director of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency in Binghamton, N.Y.
Offices, in Glastonbury, Conn., in an “of counsel” role. He is an elected member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He chairs the Standards of Title Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award for 2013.
1972 Robert Roach retired from the
Spera Company Realtors as a sales associate in the Stowe, Vt., office.
Richard Brophy is a site safety specialist with
the New England office of Burns & McDonnell. He lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and works in the New Gloucester, Maine, office.
1986 Sue Barnard is the trauma nurse
coordinator and co-chair of the stroke program at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H.
Jennifer McGrath is a social worker with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. Tom Slowe and his wife, Maria, and daughter, relocated to Richmond, Va., in 2011. He is an administrative director at ConnectCare (Epic Electronic Medical Records), for Bon Secours Virginia Health System.
1996 Julie (Bouchie) Jones and
David Jones live in Middleton, Mass., with their daughters, Victoria and Elizabeth. Julie is a nurse practitioner in the department of allergy and
immunology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. David works at EMD Millipore as a channel manager.
Shawn Fitzgerald relocated to Dallas with ESPN. He is in his 16th year with the network, and spent the last eight as the Florida Bureau Producer. Sean Ryan, vice president for enrollment management at Bellarmine University, earned a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Holly Cesarz ’95, have lived in Louisville, Ky., for six years.
1997 Matthew McFarland, is a vice
president and portfolio manager at the wealth management firm R.M. Davis in Portsmouth, N.H.
1999 Christina Farese is an English
teacher and lead teacher for curriculum and instruction at Cambridge High School Extension Program. She recently completed her doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction at Boston University.
Maggie Godfroy is director of
professional resources at Sasaki, a Boston planning and design firm.
Katie (Livingston) Pare is a pediatrician
Ryan Gagne was inducted into the Chariho Sports Boosters Athletic Hall of Fame, in Wood River, R.I.
Farhia Shah teaches in the physical therapy
Geoff Raby is a special agent bomb
department of Fatima Memorial Hospital College of Medicine and Dentistry in Lahore, Pakistan. She earned a doctor of physical therapy degree at Simmons College.
Thomas Speight joined the engineering firm O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates as a senior environmental scientist overseeing hazardous waste management and industrial site remediation projects.
Meredith Holmgren is a psychologist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Texas. Jocelyn (Ouellette) Hampoian is a
behavior specialist in the Windham, N.H., public school system. She earned a master’s degree in intensive special needs at Simmons College.
Jessica (Blanchard) Maguire is an English
teacher at Scituate High School and owns a custom design company, Peggotty Prints. She lives in Scituate with her husband, Steve, and their three children.
Matthew Quin was appointed vice
Seamus Griesbach was appointed the
2000 Andrew Harding is the associate chief nursing officer at Southcoast Hospitals Group.
Andrea (Kandik) O’Brien is a security
risk program manager with Fidelity Investments. She earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at Northeastern University.
Maryclaire (Bonville) Rowland is an
at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua. A graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, she recently completed a residency at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. She and her husband, Justin, an attorney, live in Windham, N.H., with their three sons.
Laura Gricius-West, electronic resources librarian at the Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College, took the cover photo for Choice, a national monthly magazine used by librarians and faculty members in selecting books for their collections. president for nursing operations at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He was until recently the director of the surgical and burn trauma intensive care units/intermediate care areas at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
2002 John Arone is a trooper with the
Massachusetts State Police.
parochial vicar at St. Michael Catholic Parish in Augusta, Maine. He formerly was parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor.
Jason Berset is regional vice president at SAN Florida in Saint Petersburg. Stephen McAllister is the new manager of the eastern region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Julia (Parodi) Mitchell teaches at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H.
Justin Peledge is a Massachusetts State
operating room nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.
technician with the FBI, based in the Albuquerque, N.M. Division. He and his wife, Meghan (Flight) ’04, live in Albuquerque with their two children. Meghan is a charge nurse in the intensive care unit of Presbyterian Hospital.
Allison Welch is a managing partner at DCI Group in Washington, D.C. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband, David, and their son.
2004 Melissa (Pierce) Asllani
completed a doctorate in biochemistry at Duke University.
Sarah (Tollefsen) Elechko is the owner of
Mountain Base Yoga in Goffstown, N.H.
Michael Skelton is the communication specialist for Public Service Company of New Hampshire.
Allie Cascio is a senior account manager for Twitter. She moved to Boston in January 2012 to open Twitter Boston after spending two years in the N.Y.C. sales office. She services Fortune Brands based in the Northeast including Fidelity Investment, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Dunkin’ Donuts, Staples and TJX Companies. She was an account manager at Yahoo Inc. before working for Twitter. Anna (Blodgett) Owusu is a mental health counselor for college students at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J.
2006 Bruce Dietterle is the assistant
men’s soccer coach at the University of Montevallo. He spent the previous season as assistant coach at Stetson University. He is an assistant coach with the North Carolina Olympic Development Program, and a youth coach with a soccer club in Harrisburg, N.C.
Heather Lemire began working as a
women’s health nurse practitioner at SMMC (Southern Maine Medical Center) Primecare Women’s Health in Biddeford, Maine, in May. She earned a master’s degree at Boston College and worked at Exeter Hospital, where she continues working on a per diem basis.
Nicole Lora is the assistant director of service education at the Meelia Center for Community Engagement at Saint Anselm College.
2007 Amanda (McGowan)
Lacasse, corporate art consultant at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H., is a member of the Advisory Council of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.
Erin Latina graduated from Northeastern
University with a master’s degree in nursing, with a concentration in acute and critical care. She is employed in the intensive care unit at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H.
Tanner Moran is a vice president at Hastings
Lucy Weed-Eaton is the social media administrator for New Age Software in Hampstead, N.H. She is pursuing a master’s degree in marketing with a graduate certificate in social media at Southern New Hampshire University.
2009 Soleil Bacque graduated from
Patty Ingoldsby, a nurse on Massachusetts General Hospital’s vascular surgery unit, is studying at UMass Boston to become a nurse practitioner with a focus on geriatrics.
Jeffrey Clarke is an assistant district attorney
Kathryn (Kat) O’Loughlin is the assistant director of campus ministry at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. She earned a master’s degree in international peace studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her New York State veterinary license. She works with small animals at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in Cortland, N.Y. in Berkshire County, Mass. He graduated from law school and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar last year.
Erin Heaney is a program coordinator
managing juvenile justice and justice assistance grants for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research. She earned a master of public administration at the University of New Hampshire in 2011.
Equity Partners, a private equity fund with offices in Boston and Houston. He moved to Houston, Texas, in September 2012 to open the Hastings office as it focuses primarily on the oil and gas industry. Tanner was featured in the November issue of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine for the article “Fracking Fuels Energy Deals.”
Megan Loughnane, a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, moved from the vascular surgery unit to the emergency department in September. She is studying to become a clinical nurse specialist at UMass Boston.
2008 Monika Leigh Norcross
Michaela McManus earned a master’s
received a master of fine arts in animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Savannah, Ga.
Kevin Powers is the principal of Saint
Margaret of Scotland School in Chicago, Ill.
Ben Prieur graduated from the nurse anesthesia program at Boston College in May and began working with Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, providing anesthesia at Saint Luke’s Hospital (New Beford), Charlton Hospital (Fall River), and Morton Hospital (Taunton). Erin (Burns) Prieur is an ICU nurse at Charlton Hospital in Fall River, Mass. Sarah Raabis graduated from the Cummings
School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and is completing an internship in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. 42
Matthew Slater was tapped to become the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. He was director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Office of the Republican leader of the New York State Assembly.
degree in forensic science at the University of New Haven and works as an identification technician (civilian) with the Massachusetts State Police.
Kaitlyn Prescott teaches English at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Conn. She earned a master’s degree in teaching at Sacred Heart University. Sarah Vickers is an elementary school teacher at Winslow Elementary School in Maine. Samantha Waite is the senior development coordinator at New Profit Inc., a venture philanthropy firm in Boston, Mass.
2010 Alexandra Kroen is a retail
merchandising supervisor with Mondelez International (Kraft Foods) in Boston, with responsibility for New Hampshire and Maine.
Kelly Giaquinto is a staff infusion nurse with New Hampshire Oncology Hematology, which is affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Mary McDonough was clothed in the
Dominican habit at the Monastery of the Mother of God in West Springfield, Mass., on Oct. 7, 2012, receiving the name Sr. Mary of the Word Incarnate, O.P.
Brian Poznanski is an admission counselor
at Regis College.
Angela (Bossio) Beaudoin
is an employment specialist at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.
Miranda Conary is a chemist at Alere, a diagnostic and health care product and service company.
Anthony Desmond is studying at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Worcester. James Flaherty is enrolled in a master’s program in international relations at Peking University in Beijing, China. Kristen Frano is enrolled in a master’s
degree in chemistry at the College of William and Mary of Virginia.
Karen Goll is an account manager at DCI Group in Washington, D.C. Paul Haupt-Renaud is entering a Ph.D.
program in chemistry at Clemson University.
Caitlin Hurley is serving with CityYear in
San Jose, Calif.
Christine Lurgio is an implementation application specialist at MEDITECH.
Scott Richards is a private banker at the Portsmouth, N.H., branch of Optima Bank & Trust. Ashley Noelle Therrien is studying vocal performance and working in corporate development at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H.
Kevin Ward is the programs manager at the National Campus Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. Katharine Winner is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed a post-graduate volunteer service program with the Augustinian Volunteers in South Philadelphia.
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As a proud graduate of the Hilltop I look forward to the quarterly issue of Portraits magazine. My four years at St. A’s are irreplaceable to me. Though I live in Greater Boston and return multiple times per year I love the viewpoint I get from the magazine. I especially enjoy the various alumni profiles included in the magazine. The growth of the campus and the changes in the student body make me even fonder of my college experience. “Portraits” provides an excellent perspective of the progress the College is making and the quality graduates it continues to produce. Chris Forde ’93 Holliston, Mass. I read with interest your article on the first Peace Corps Volunteer in the latest issue. I graduated St. A’s in Class of 1970, and served in the Peace Corps (1973-75) in St. Vincent and Grenadines. What an amazing experience. I taught secondary school history and was well prepared having team-taught student teaching at the Industrial School for boys with Dan Foley ’70 and Clifford Nilan ’70. Very unusual teaching experience. Reading that amazing article brought back my experiences at Saint Anselm and my own Peace Corps teaching years. I was one of the many Saint A’s graduates who have gone overseas to serve. George T. Neary ’70 Miami Beach, Fla. Thanks for the great feature article on Marc LaForce ’60. His recognition by Saint Anselm is well deserved. I had double pleasure in reading the article because Marc is from a poor French-Canadian family and he was a Manchester, N.H., “day hop,” a type of student who rarely gets recognition. I know Marc’s family and played football with his brother, Louis, at St. Anthony High School in Manchester. Ronald H. Ouellet ’64 Vienna, Va. Thoughts, comments, and opinions on topics relevant to Saint Anselm College, 300 words or fewer. Letters may be edited for length, grammar, and clarity. Include your name and telephone number or email address. Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org Or post to: Editor, Portraits Saint Anselm College 100 Saint Anselm Drive Manchester, NH 03102-1310
Doc with a Bow Tie: Bartley G. Cilento ’57 Sore throats, sprained ankles and skin rashes. In his 47 years at his pediatric practice in the seaside town of Scituate, Mass., Dr. Bartley G. Cilento has seen it all. A typical day starts with him putting on his bow tie and heading to the office. He washes his hands and calls his first patient in, a seven-year-old boy with a high fever. The boy hops onto the table and Cilento asks his mother when his symptoms began. He realizes that the mother was also a patient of his, something not uncommon for this veteran doctor. He has seen many generations of families walk through his door, and says he cannot estimate how many patients he has cared for. Cilento has seen many unusual cases over the years. Almost every day brings a new challenge. As he goes off to the office each morning, he knows that a variety of issues await him. “There will be many unhappy faces, I’m sure, but nothing beats a big smiling one as they leave,” he says. After a busy day in the office, he frequently gets calls from parents worried about their sick children. He has even visited a patient on Christmas Eve, wearing a Santa hat. His life is dedicated to taking care of children, something that has been important in his own family life. At Saint Anselm, Cilento met Margaret (Doyon) Cilento ’59, who became his wife. The couple had eight children, five of whom attended Saint Anselm College (Bartley Jr. ’82, Margaret Bushey ’83, Barbara Saad ’84, Germaine Foster ’85, and Matthew ’87). “Truly, I didn’t do any arm twisting,” Cilento says. “Since they were toddlers, there were always opportunities to visit the campus. We have had a lifelong relationship with the monastic community and that has been a strong attraction that the kids picked up on.” Four of his grandchildren are current students. Having attended a Benedictine prep school, Cilento wanted to continue in the same tradition for college. “People don’t realize the background and foundation that you get at Saint A’s. It is a warm and comforting feeling to have that relationship with the community and to have a lifelong association,” he says. A former Red Key Society member and Tower editor, he continues to visit Saint Anselm often and stays active in the Alumni Association. Cilento was a biochemistry major and always knew he wanted to be a doctor. In the middle of his studies at the
Contributed by Jaclyn Conley ’13 Photo by Catherine Armstrong
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he was inspired by the magnetic personality of the chairman of the pediatrics department. Cilento realized then that taking care of children and watching them get better was a gratifying task. Cilento completed his internship at the Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I. and his residency in the pediatrics department at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass. He was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy before opening his own practice. He has served as the chief of pediatrics and president of the medical staff at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass. While he once treated patients with polio and measles, today’s challenges include mental health issues and childhood obesity. The field has changed, he says, yet the appeal of pediatrics remains the welfare of children and their families. One of Cilento’s longtime patients has said she’s “terrified he might retire.” But (although he enjoys woodcarving and playing golf ), this doctor has no plans for leaving his practice yet. “Being a physician gives me the opportunity to be a part of so many young lives. I love what I do.”
Father John Fortin, O.S.B., Oversees Catholic Schools Rev. John R. Fortin, O.S.B. ’71, a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey and a professor of philosophy, started a new job. He is the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire, overseeing the 28 primary and secondary schools. “I look forward to working with the priests, principals, faculty, staff, and parents in our Catholic school community to assist them in their outstanding efforts to develop and advance the quality and excellence of the schools,” says Fr. John. He will develop a long-term strategic plan to enhance and expand the Catholic school system throughout the state. Previously, he served on the Diocese of Manchester Presbyteral Council, the diocesan school board and the board of advisors for Trinity High School, and chaired the diocesan task force on education and formation. Fr. John holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He has served the college in many capacities: in campus ministry and residential life, as dean of students, as a member of the Governing Board and Board of Trustees, and as the founding director of the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies.
Three at Nativity For about 60 boys in Worcester, Mass., the Nativity School is a blessing. So is the trio of teachers who left Saint Anselm College with the desire to improve the lives of children. The three alumni teach, coach, advise, and mentor 5th-8th-grade boys at the small, Jesuit middle school. Nationally, low-income students are three grade levels behind their peers in highincome schools. Working in a setting where the student-teacher ratio is four to one, they hope to bring the boys up to grade level and motivate them to continue their schooling through high school and beyond. L to R: Assistant Principal Emily Gallagher ’09, with teachers Alex Bazarian ’08 and Sara Sterling ’12. Photo by Patrick Maloney Emily Gallagher ’09 led the way, becoming the seventh- and eighth-grade lead teacher immediately after graduating with a degree in English. Her teaching role was part of a two-year fellowship program that allowed her to earn a tuition-free master’s degree at Clark University. She stayed on at the school, moving up to assistant principal last year. Psychology major Alex Bazarian ’08 and Sara Sterling ’12, an environmental science major, are currently fellows in the program. Bazarian is earning a master’s at Assumption, and Sterling at Clark. More than 70 percent of the students at the inner-city school are black or Hispanic. Only 10 years old, the school has seen its graduates go on to study at an array of colleges, including Saint Anselm College.
The Automotive Guy: Kevin Tynan ’90 Out in the garage is where Kevin Tynan finds peace, so it’s no wonder he chose a profession dealing with the automotive industry. As global director of automotive research at Bloomberg Industries, he can think about cars all day. Bloomberg Industries provides data and analysis for bankers, portfolio managers, and other professionals in a variety of industries. Tynan’s team looks at car companies such as Toyota, Ford and General Motors (GM). Attending car shows and seminars in London, New York and Asia are normal parts of his job. From an early age, Tynan has been referred to as the automotive guy. “I was the kid who drew car doodles on my notebooks in first grade,” he says. He has a collection of more than 100 Diecast model cars in his basement. He also has one of the last models of a collector’s edition convertible Trans-Am. Tynan describes his garage at home as “a crazy designer garage that looks like a car show room.” He even has a lift in there. “I turn my own wrenches. In the winter I work on my Trans-Am to keep me sane when I can’t drive it,” he says. Although he considered going to trade school to become a master technician, the automotive guy opted for college. After spending a year in Texas “just to see what it was like,” he took the advice of his father, an insurance company executive, and got an MBA in finance at St. John’s University.
He went to school at night and drove a Pepperidge Farm bread route when he wasn’t studying. He landed a job with Argus, a management and customer service company, where he covered the auto industry for nine years. He made a name for himself there, and even predicted that GM would go bankrupt about five years before it happened. Tynan began working at Bloomberg as an analyst covering industries such as chemical and paper companies. He didn’t like the topics he was covering and often stole the car magazines that came in for the automotive analyst. When the auto analyst was leaving his position, he went to management and told them that since Tynan stole his mail anyway, they should give him the job. “Once the position came to me I realized that was all I ever wanted to do,” he says. Tynan enjoys hosting Saint Anselm students and helping them prepare them for careers in the business world. He returns to Saint Anselm to speak in investment classes, and is in touch with a former professor who is writing a book about the automotive industry. He’s right at home at the economics and business department’s Bloomberg terminal, where an electronic ticker tape tracks stock activity. Contributed by Jaclyn Conley ’13
Anselmians are everywhere! Financial firms, art galleries, classrooms, medical labs, courtrooms—you name it. Read more alumni profiles at Anselm.edu/alumni-profiles
Nursing at the Top Hospital Exceptional nursing care is one of the things that makes Massachusetts General Hospital New England’s top hospital and number two in the country. Contributing to that top quality care are many Saint Anselm College alumni, including Patty Ingoldsby ’10 and Megan Loughnane ’09, pictured below with Patty’s sister, Julia Ingoldsby ’14, who worked as a patient care associate last summer. The photo was taken on the vascular surgery unit, one of MGH’s innovation units. The hospital started several innovation units in 2012 to research ways of raising the standard of patient care with new ideas and technology, and has instituted the new protocols throughout the hospital. Located in the heart of Boston, MGH often receives more than 400 applications for one nursing position. “To be hired as a new grad with no employment history here, they’ve done something to impress people,” says Jeff Hickey, of the human resources department. James Ehrlich ’12 (above, right) was one of those new grads. So was Katie Aceto ’09, four years ago. Now, they work together on the burn and plastic reconstruction unit (above), along with a few other Anselmians. The unit receives the most severely burned patients in New England, including three victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Aceto, now the attending nurse on the unit, is dedicated to the specialty. “People come in with horrific burns. When you see them get up for the first time, it’s great,” she says. Most of them return to the unit several times for reconstructive surgery. Nurses spend countless hours with each patient. Aceto recalls a patient who recognized her by her voice, because of all the hours she had spent singing to her. Theresa Capodilupo, director of nursing in the surgery/trauma unit, has hired and worked with many Saint Anselm nurses, and says that besides having excellent preparation, they are always motivated to learn and to take on increased responsibility. “They seek opportunities to be involved in decision making and mentoring. Saint Anselm instilled in them the lifelong learning concept and the idea of impacting the greater good,” she says. “When you see Saint Anselm on the résumé, it makes you stop and look.” L to R: Julia Ingoldsby ‘14, Megan Loughnane ‘09, and Patty Ingoldsby ‘10.
Photos by Gil Talbot
Behind the Health Headlines: Matthew E. Dupre ’95 “Unemployment Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack…” It was headline news in major news outlets in the U.S. and Great Britain late last year. The scary findings: job loss is about as bad for your heart as smoking or having diabetes. The researchers behind the story are Matthew Dupre ’95 and a colleague at Duke University School of Medicine. As a medical sociologist, Dupre examines the social factors influencing human health. Two of his research projects received wide publicity: a study on chronic job loss and risks for heart attack, and another on the factors common to people who live to be “the oldest old.”
What prompted you to study this?
What were the findings of your studies on aging?
It was known that unemployment was associated with a greater risk of heart attack; but what wasn’t clear was how lifetime exposure to job loss played a role. In the current economic climate, and with heart disease being the number one killer of Americans, we wanted to take a fresh look at how different dimensions of social stress impact cardiovascular events.
Another interesting study looked at the largest population of oldest old adults in the world, people in China who were living into their 80s, 90s, 100 and beyond. We wanted to look at whether a variety of factors were associated with longevity. The findings supported what we knew about healthful diets and exercise. But what was especially interesting was the importance of psychological disposition. Having a positive outlook and looking on the bright side—these were significant characteristics.
What did you find out about how job loss affects people’s risk of heart attack? We found out that exposure to unemployment raised the risk for a heart attack and that repeated spells of unemployment incrementally raised these risks. The risk for a heart attack was greatest just after losing a job, and having multiple job losses increased risks to the magnitude of other cardiovascular risk factors like smoking or having hypertension or diabetes.
Were you surprised? We were. We thought we could explain the increased frequency of heart attacks among the unemployed through demographic, behavioral, and other factors. We were also surprised that risks were the same in men and women, and among different racial and ethnic groups.
How is it helpful to know this? It’s probably too early to know what intervention or preventive measures will be important. But there should be an awareness, at least among those who have lost their jobs, that they should be more diligent about health maintenance and avoid the things that we already know exacerbate the risk of a heart attack; such as excess drinking or smoking, lack of exercise, and poor diet. Doctors also should be aware that those who have experienced a major stressor such as job loss are at especially high risk.
What advice do you have? Besides the usual advice of diet and exercise and reducing stress, I’d advise people to be aware of how the social world can have serious health consequences.
What else would you like to study? I’m currently looking at how exposure to other social stressors, such as divorce and socioeconomic disadvantage, contribute to the onset of chronic disease and mortality. I’m also working with researchers at Duke to identify the social and environmental factors thought to put cardiac patients at high risk for adverse outcomes after leaving the hospital.
Matthew Dupre is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University; a senior fellow at Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development; and a faculty affiliate at Duke Clinical Research Institute. He earned his Ph.D. at Duke in 2005 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Lucky Break Leads to “Breaking News:” Kevin Golen ’08 Fate. Serendipity. Divine intervention. Whatever you call it, there was certainly a touch of something special happening during Kevin Golen’s senior year at Saint Anselm. The history major was busy as the captain of the cross-country team and planning to lead a Spring Break Alternative trip to Costa Rica. During a Thursday night pool game in the Pub, a friend suggested that they sign up to work during the ABC News/ WMUR-TV presidential primary debate during winter break. Golen responded that they were not politics majors and had no idea how a news station operated. His friend persisted, saying that it would be a great experience. Plus, it would be an opportunity to see the political world up close. As Golen thought back to the lively political debates he had with friends and professors on a regular basis, he knew he had to say yes. He signed up as a “runner” with Fox News. He is now in his sixth year with the cable news channel that broadcasts from New York to more than 100 million households. Showing up for work the first day, Golen expected to spend his week fetching coffee and unrolling cable wire. Just hours into the day, a production assistant asked him if he had a car. He did, and was instructed to pick up Juan Williams from his Manchester hotel. Williams was a prominent political analyst, and the college senior was nervous about meeting such an influential figure. Shortly after Golen showed up at Williams’ hotel, he knew that this was not going to be a simple chauffeur assignment. Within moments, the two were discussing politics and recent events. The TV veteran suggested that instead of going back to campus, they should visit some of the events happening around town. Between an Obama rally, McCain town hall and Clinton event, Golen saw in Williams “an intensely curious person who questions everything, and didn’t take things as they were; things that I also saw in myself as a result of a liberal arts education. My eyes were opened to a whole other world that I just hadn’t considered before.” For the rest of the week, Golen shadowed Williams, who consistently treated him as an equal. After the Fox assignment was over, the two stayed in touch. Golen was still planning to apply to grad school, but he couldn’t stop thinking about his work with Fox. “That experience was too special to just say, ‘Oh well, that was fun’
Story and photos by Lauren Weybrew ’08
and move on.” At the very last moment, he withdrew his grad school applications, with no job prospects or post-graduation plans lined up, and began contacting everyone he worked with at Fox News, hoping for an opportunity to be a piece of the world he’d experienced over winter break. After countless emails and a nerve-wracking interview in New York, Golen got a job offer at Fox News, where he would start a week after graduation. He found an apartment in Battery Park City in Manhattan, and began this new chapter of his life. During his first years at Fox, Golen worked in the tape library, where he had to think about the shows and news footage of the day, and decide what could be significant in the future, and if it was worth saving. For a passionate history major, it was a dream job. He is now an editor on the national desk, working with correspondents and contacts in the field to get breaking news stories on the air. In a true trial by fire, his first night in this role was the night of the Japanese tsunami in 2011. This adopted New Yorker is loving city life; he recently moved to the Upper East Side with his wife, Jessica (Marzik) ’10, a fellow cross country team member. Who knows where this news hound would be if it weren’t for that day in the Pub, and his curiosity and enthusiasm to say “yes” to opportunity?
Kevin Gould ’76 Funds Summer Internships Guy Sergi spent last summer interning at a law firm on Capitol Hill. Alexandra Madsen created archaeological exhibits at a museum in Connecticut. Andrew Lebowitz learned about being a financial representative, and Benjamin Fox got his feet wet in magazine publishing. The four seniors are among those students whose summer internships were funded by a fellow Anselmian and college trustee, Kevin Gould ’76. Gould, a retired health care executive, knows how beneficial on-the-job experience is for new college graduates applying for positions in a competitive job market. He also knows that students often have to turn down summer internships because they do not carry a stipend, passing up valuable opportunities to gain practical experience. He decided to do something about it. He committed $25,000 to fund the Kathleen & Kevin J. Gould Scholarship to aid students who could not otherwise afford to do a full-time summer internship. The credit-bearing internships are approved and coordinated through the college’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), which provides resources for career services, study abroad, and internships. “Engaged learning, internships specifically, has become more of a job requirement in today’s globalized economy,” says Alane DeLuca, executive director of CEL. “Now more than ever, the expansion of supplemental experiential learning options at the college, woven within our strong liberal arts education, will catapult our students as top competitors in the local, national and international marketplace. The inaugural Kathleen and Kevin J. Gould Scholarship program enhanced the Center for Experiential Learning exponentially.” While they worked in different settings and learned different skills, each student gained from the hands-on work experience. “This job is one of the best opportunities I ever had. It has made me 10 times more organized and professional. I now schedule everything out every day according to the hour, which is something I had never done,” said business major Andrew Lebowitz, who interned at Northwestern Mutual. Guy Sergi’s daily activities included professional interaction with members of Congress and applying his research, writing, and analytical skills to proposed legislation. “I have to thank the donors behind the Gould scholarship for making this summer possible for me,” says the politics major. Students got their feet wet in the career world at Fox News in New York; the office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster; the U.S. Small Business Development Center; the U.S. Small Business Administration; USA Group International; the Appalachian Mountain Club headquarters; Catholic Charities of Boston; QPC, Inc.; Evertrue; Akerman Senterfitt Law Firm; and the Institute for American Indian Studies.
At right: Alane DeLuca, director, Center for Experiential Learning (Internship Office), Jonathan Wells ’15, Kevin Gould ’76, Andrew Lebowitz ’14, President Steven DiSalvo, James Leonard ’15, Terrence Walsh ’16, Benjamin Fox, Meghan Gill ’14, Alexandra Madsen ’14, Guy Sergi ’14, Hoang Bui ’15, Jeffrey Laskey ’14, Shane Matthews ’15. (Recipient Megan Trayers ’16 was studying in Beijing at the time of the photo.)
Photo by Gil Talbot
Russell Hurlburt ’90 and Abigail Lechthaler, Nov. 22, 2011, Plymouth, Vt.
Elizabeth (Hanley) Beloli ’91 and Keith, a son, Chace Daniel Andrew, Aug. 9, 2012.
Eileen Curley ’91 and Paul Pironti, April 20, 2013, Sturbridge, Mass.
Jennifer McGrath ’95, a son, Own Patrick Sullivan, Feb. 15, 2011.
Christine Quinn ’96 and Timothy Dawson, Dec. 27, 2012, Savannah, Ga.
Melissa (Comiero) ’96 and Thomas Brown ’96, a son, Thomas Daniel William, Nov. 23, 2012.
Corinne E. Connors ’99 and Edward J. Keane, June 22, 2013, St. James, N.Y.
Jennifer (LaPierre) Isveck ’96 and Eric, a daughter, Olivia Joan, Aug. 28, 2012.
Andrea Kandik ’00 and David O’Brien, June 29, 2012, Plymouth, Mass.
Stephanie (Brucato) Aucoin ’99 and Bryan, a daughter, Emily Janet, May 4, 2013.
Meredith Holmgren ’01 and Stephen Shaw, April 6, 2013, New Orleans, La.
Alicia (Magee) ’99 and Ken Belbin ’95, a son, William Joseph, Nov. 9, 2012.
Brenda Nunes ’01 and David Ruskey, June 22, 2013, Boston, Mass.
Alicia (Cameron) VanIhinger ’99 and Robert, twins, Avery and Owen, Nov. 6, 2011.
Stephanie Garrone ’02 and Zachary Shufran, Aug. 25, 2012, Erie, Pa.
Kathleen (Riga) Ziegler ’99 and Mike, a son, Lincoln Michael, May 8, 2013.
Joshua Aiello ’05 and Sarah Cronan, April 27, 2013, Andover, Mass.
Laura (MacPhee) ’00 and Christopher May ’00, a son, Alexander James, June 14, 2012.
Anna Blodgett ’05 and Sylvester Owusu, July 14, 2012, Newark, N.J.
Jessica Labrie ’00 and Jay, a son, Owen James, May 23, 2011 and another son, Carter Jay, Feb. 7, 2013.
Katie Douglas ’07 and Joshua Moore, July 7, 2012, Rochester, N.H. Jessica Arena ’09 and David McGrath ’06, Sept, 15, 2012, Hanson, Mass. Una Dunphy ’09 and Matthew Pewarski, July 13, 2013, Garden City, N.Y. Kristen MacInnis ’09 and Trevor Powers, Jan. 19, 2013, Danvers, Mass. Katherine DelGiudice ’10 and Paolo Giacometti ’09, July 21, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.
John J. O’Leary ’00 and Sarah, a daughter, Ellie Kathryn, April 2, 2013. Jim Pentleton ’00 and Meaghan, a daughter, Bridget Olivia, Nov. 9, 2012. Julie (Bianco) Phillips ’00 and John, a daughter, Emilia Frances, Sept. 6, 2012. Emily (DeCota) Burtt ’01 and Adam, a son, Wyatt Joel, Dec. 23, 2012.
Robert Lemire ’10 and Leeann Olkovikas, May 25, 2013, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.
Maryclaire (Bonville) Rowland ’02 and Michael, a son, Harrison Michael, Oct. 2, 2011, and a son, Sawyer Fawcett, May 15, 2013.
Jessica Marzik ’10 and Kevin Golen ’08, Aug. 4, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.
Paige (Chamberlain) Quattrocchi ’03 and Jay, a girl, Sophia Rose, June 30, 2013.
Kati Sigler ’10 and Matthew Denham, June 7, 2013, Bermuda.
Allison (Ryan) Welch ’03 and David, a son, Connor, Dec. 13, 2011.
Angela Bossio ’12 and Joshua Beaudoin ’11, April 6, 2013, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.
Melissa (Pierce) Asllani ’04 and Lored, a daughter, Ariana Rebeka, Feb. 25, 2013. Joanna (Whitney) Taczanowsky ’04 and Peter, twins, Henry James and Charles David, April 25, 2013 and April 26, 2013.
Jennifer (Smith) Walker ’04 and Josh, a daughter, Emily Lynn, March 25, 2013. Kelly (MacNeil) ’06 and Daniel Swegart ’07, a son, Liam Gardener, July 7, 2011. Marie (DelVecchio) ’07 and Mark Paradis ’05, a son, Andrew, March 31, 2012.
In Memoriam John J. Noone ’38, Annapolis, Md., March 21, 2013. Lucien J. Vallee ’40, Eastlake, Colo., March 4, 2013. Dr. Thomas H. Flynn ’42, Dartmouth, Mass., May 24, 2013. Frederick A. Battistini ’48, Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 12, 2012. Frederick F. Dydo ’49, Bow, N.H., Dec. 15, 2012. Edward J. Moran ’49, Manchester, N.H., June 26, 2013. Harvey C. Clement ’50, Goffstown, N.H., 4/17/2013. John A. King ’50, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 15, 2013. Walter L. Mahan ’50, Manchester, N.H., Feb. 26, 2013. William A. Varkas ’50, Manchester, N.H., July 2, 2013. Raymond F. Huard ’50, Rollinsford, N.H., Aug. 28, 2012. Charles S. Kaczor ’50, Waterford, Conn., Sept. 21, 2013. Donald J. Guilfoyle ’51, Hanover, Mass., July 23, 2013. Francis R. McGranaghan ’51, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 4, 2012. Forrest H. Page ’51, Phoenix, Ariz., July 1, 2013. Paul A. Dorn, Jr., M.D. ’53, Chevy Chase, Md., Feb. 16, 2013. Donald E. Halle ’53, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 26, 2013. Maurice W. Kirby, Jr. ’56, Gainesville, Va., March 28, 2013. George F. Howley ’57, Old Lyme, Conn., May 30, 2013. Kenneth J. Vance ’57, Fort Myers, Fla., Aug. 12, 2013. Maurice A. Carignan ’58, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 30, 2012. Robert X. Danos ’58, Rye Beach, N.H., March 4, 2013. Gerald F. Dowd ’58, North Eastham, Mass., March 29, 2013. Harold Dowe ’58, Putnam, Conn., April 25, 2013. Dr. Russell Bontempi ’59, Greenfield, Mass., May 14, 2013. Barbara (Shaub) Dowd ’59, North Eastham, Mass., Sept. 7, 2013. Jane H. Bartlett ’60, Courtland, Ala., Oct. 22, 2012. John C. Greenan, Jr. ’61, Bristol, N.H., Feb. 16, 2013. David J. Mullen ’61, Hudson Falls, N.Y., Jan.31, 2013. Laurent R. Chatigny ’62, Dexter, Mich., Dec. 9, 2012. Stanley M. Gorski, Jr. ’62, Manchester, N.H., Aug. 17, 2013. A. Michael Richard ’62, Newport, Vt., Sept. 2, 2012. Ernest Stokes ’62, Manchester, Conn., Sept. 6, 2013. Florence E. Lagasse ’64, Biddeford, Maine, May 5, 2013. Peter R. Desy ’65, West Boylston, Mass., July 1, 2013. Jeffrey J. Kokoszka ’67, Southbridge, Mass., March 12, 2013. Roger P. Proulx ’67, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 18, 2013. John M. Fahey ’69, Springfield, Mass., July 18, 2013. Robert L. Miller ’69, Duxbury, Mass., March 17, 2013. James J. Sharry Jr. ’69, Topsfield, Mass., June 13, 2013.
Jane (Geary) Rudolph ’70, Pittsfield, Mass., Aug. 1, 2013. Raymond L. Moore ’71, Teaneck, N.J., March 31, 2013. John Sartori ’72, Woodbine, Md., April 29, 2013. Paul H. Walsh ’72, Boston, Mass., March 5, 2013. Lt. Col. Mary Eileen Harrison ’73, Scituate, Mass., June 24, 2013. Barbara (Paul) Ryan ’73, Manchester, N.H., May 1, 2013. William J. Zouzas ’74, Chelmsford, Mass., July 9, 2013 John J. Thornton, Jr. ’75, Bedford, N.H., June 16, 2013 Joan (McAree) Harding ’75, Methuen, Mass., Feb. 15, 2013. John W. Myhaver Jr. ’75, Hopkinton, N.H., June 5, 2013. Eugene E. Loehner, Jr. ’76, Morris Plains, N.J., March 9, 2013 Lt. Col. Anthony D. Tassinari ’76, Palm Bay, Fla., June 14, 2013. Paul A. Lacaillade ’78, Manchester, N.H., June 16, 2012. Thomas C. Foley ’79, Northampton, Mass., Jan. 28, 2013. Kerry Peter Plaisted ’79, Nottingham, N.H., April 24, 2013. Jeffrey A. Proulx ’81, Londonderry, N.H., July 11, 2013. Deborah (Lambert) Campbell ’82, Concord, N.H., Feb. 13, 2013 Dennis B. Wall ’82, Westminster, Mass., July 6, 2013. Gail Massahos ’87, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 24, 2012. Michelle Cadorette ’91, Manchester, N.H., Aug. 28, 2013. David Milner ’98, Napa, Calif., June 12, 2013. Krystal (Reitano) O’Neill ’04, Medford, Mass., Aug. 8, 2013
Friends Jeanne (Boisvert) Beauparlant, former Saint Anselm College seamstress, Manchester, N.H., Aug. 21, 2013. Michelle Quinn (Buckley) Driscoll, friend of the Chapel Art Center, North Hampton, N.H., Jan. 21, 2013. Kim Fuller, administrative assistant to the vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Windham, N.H., July 17, 2013. Claire Moreau, former Saint Anselm College physical plant employee, Manchester, N.H., Aug. 20, 2013. Jeanne Marie Poisson, former Geisel Library staff member, Manchester, N.H., July 20, 2013. Dr. John D. Quinn, former Saint Anselm College English professor, Feb. 9, 2009. Richard F. Roach P ’82, P ’86, past parent and benefactor, Scituate, Mass., May 26, 2013.
Edward L. Allman Edward Allman, a friend and former trustee of the college and a 1990 honorary doctorate recipient, died on June 9, 2013. He and his wife, Betty, who passed away on May 24, 2013, were loyal and generous benefactors of the college. Allman was a member of the President’s Society and served on the Board of Trustees from 1983-2001. After serving in the U.S. Navy in WWII, Allman earned a degree at Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as an industrial engineer at companies including American Standard, Bendix Radio, and General Mills. He was chair and president of Meggitt USA, an aeronautical defense design firm in Manchester, N.H. After moving to New Hampshire in 1961, he served on many boards, including those of the Manchester Institute, Amoskeag Industries, Canterbury Shaker Village, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot Hospital, Amoskeag Savings Bank, and Brookside Congregational Church. He was loyal to Georgia Institute of Technology as well as Saint Anselm, serving on the school’s advisory board. He was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002.
Donald J. Guilfoyle ’51 Donald J. Guilfoyle ’51, died July 23, 2013. He was an active alumnus and former president of the Golden Anselmians. A native of Charlestown, Mass., Guilfoyle enrolled in college after two years in the U.S. Army, where he served in the South Pacific. After graduating with a degree in history, he worked for the U.S. Navy, retiring as director of transportation at the U.S. Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, R.I. While raising his children with his wife, Bette, and pursuing his career, Guilfoyle distinguished himself as a high school basketball coach and is recognized in the National Basketball Hall of Fame. His dedication to his alma mater was expressed in many ways, including volunteering at alumni events and giving generously to capital campaigns and the annual fund. He was a driving force behind his class’ campaign to erect a veterans’ memorial on the campus quad. The Saint Anselm College Alumni Association presented him with the Joseph P. Collins ’34 Meritorious Service Award in 1976. He is the father of Mary Beth (Guilfoyle) Burnand ’79.
Richard F. Hechtl Richard F. Hechtl, a longtime member of the psychology faculty, passed away May 28, 2013. A native of Lisbon, Maine, he began teaching at Saint Anselm before psychology was an academic major at the college. He proposed and developed the department and major, and became the department’s first chair. Over the course of his 30-year teaching career, his contributions to the college were numerous and included serving on the Faculty Senate and helping to establish the jazz band. He was an accomplished jazz pianist, and was also known for his skill as a gardener. He graciously hosted many college gatherings at his home in New Boston, with his wife, Elaine. In 1998, he received the teaching award from the college chapter of the American Association of University Professors. He remained active at the college after retirement, and saw an award created in his name. The Richard F. Hechtl Award is presented to a graduating psychology major each year. Hechtl graduated from Bates College and earned a master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire. 54
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Peter Lauterbach Peter Lauterbach, a friend and generous supporter of the Chapel Art Center, died May 21, 2013, at age 78, of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). A Dartmouth College graduate, Lauterbach served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant before joining Procter & Gamble, where he held management positions until retiring in 1993. He and his wife, Teresa, became acquainted with the college as the owners of a flower shop in Bedford, N.H., that provided arrangements for the Chapel Art Center. They became frequent visitors to the gallery and attended lectures and performances on campus. In 2009, the couple donated their timeshare in Colorado to the college to create an endowment for the art center they enjoyed so much. Lauterbach remained a supporter of the college after moving to Telluride, Co., in 2007, where his family had vacationed for many years.
College Events December 7 DecemberSong, Saint Anselm College Choir
The Dana Center for the Humanities November 15 Madeline and the Bad Hat (student matinee) November 20-22 New Art Theatre: Agamemnon December 5 Ying Quartet December 6 A Celtic Christmas: The Barra MacNeils
Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center September 27-December 7 Reflections of the Day, Sandy Wadlington Pastels, Drawings and Color Woodcuts
The Rev. Monsignor Wilfrid Henry Paradis ’43, HD ’79
October 25-December 7 Selections from the Permanent Collection
The Rev. Monsignor Wilfrid Henry Paradis ’43, HD ’79, died June 25, in Manchester, N.H., at age 91. He was a diocesan leader, a community leader, and an expert at Vatican II. Rev. Paradis served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Saint Anselm College with a degree in chemistry. A combat medic, he won the Silver Star for bravery after saving the life of his lieutenant while under sniper fire. He then entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University, where he earned a master’s degree in history. He also earned simultaneous doctorates in history and canon law while a Fulbright scholar in France. In 64 years as a priest, Rev. Paradis held many appointments in the U.S. and Rome and helped reshape U.S. Catholic religious education. He was chief aide to Bishop Ernest J. Primeau, helping him prepare for the Vatican II Council, and was one of more than 450 clergy accredited as an official peritus, or expert, at the Council. He was a pastor at St. Anthony Parish from 1967-1971; a teacher at Bishop Bradley (now Trinity) High School; and secretary of education for the national bishops’ conference in 1977. He also was a historian and author of Upon This Granite: Catholicism in New Hampshire 1647-1997.
January 24-February 22, 2014 Students Select Opening reception January 23, 6 p.m.
New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library November 25 Governor Jon Huntsman: U.S. and Asia: Current Political Trends and Opportunities, 7 p.m.
Alumni Events December 10 New York City Christmas Reception 6 p.m. Columbus Citizens Foundation December 17 Hartford Christmas Reception 6 p.m. The Pond House Café February 23, 2014 Alumni Skating Party 1 p.m. Thomas E. Sullivan Arena June 13-15, 2014 Reunion Weekend
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ttending a special performance of the Abbey Players musical “Bye Bye, Birdie” brought back memories for former Players from the 90s who performed and worked on sets, costumes, and other aspects of the production. The matinee performance honored alumni who were in the cast of the show when it was last performed by the Abbey Players, in 1995. After the show, they gathered in the College Pub to reminisce about their thespian days and renew old acquaintances. L to R: Michael Burglund, Sarah (Frazier) Pompeo ’96, Laura (Burglund) Pawlyk ’96, Sheila Moreau ’95, Tara (Murgo) Payne ’95, Heather (McEwan) Mandosa ’98. Front: Michael Buckley ’97 Photo by Dao Le ’15
Scholarship Nourishes Dream of Becoming a Nurse Brooke Judd ’15 Every semester, Brooke Judd gets closer to her goal of becoming a registered nurse. This fall, she spent two days a week helping care for acutely ill patients on the surgical oncology floor at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, in one of the clinical rotations required of all Saint Anselm nursing students. She also visited a Hospice care facility, and believes that her skills might be used there someday. “A lot of people are afraid of that kind of nursing, but I have experience with that because of my grandfather,” she says. “To me, that’s a really beautiful part of nursing. It would be tough, but rewarding.” Becoming a nurse has been an ambition for the Pittsburgh, N.H., native, ever since she job-shadowed a nurse at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital as a high school senior. She was thrilled when Saint Anselm College offered her a Presidential Scholarship, and has maintained the grade point average necessary to keep it. She also makes time for campus involvement, serving as vice chair of the Campus Activities Board and captain of the rugby club. Judd also received a pooled Corporate Partners Scholarship funded annually with the help of Jeff Burke ’69 and his wife, Irene. Jeff has fond memories of his years at Saint Anselm, and is grateful for the financial assistance he received. Brooke Judd is fortunate that he wants to give back to his school and enable others to receive the kind of education he values. “I’m so glad there are alumni who recognize how much this school has to offer and are generous enough to help,” she says. “Going to a school of this caliber wouldn’t be possible without this—and I really appreciate it, because I believe that here, I’m getting the best possible nursing education.” Jeff Burke ’69 is currently a senior vice president at Fred C. Church Inc. in Lowell, Mass., and enjoys many events at Saint Anselm College. Pooled Corporate Scholarships consist of gifts from multiple donors, and they provide financial support to more than a dozen students each year. To make a gift online, visit www.anselm.edu/giving
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