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The Magazine of Saint Anselm College

o A P RTR ITS Spring 2014


Ashley Conley ’06

The Magazine of Saint Anselm College


Volume 16

Number 1


A Cup of Kindness (Essay) By Matthew Prunk ’16

12 Reading Love By Ann Norton (and fellow English professors) 18 COVER STORY: Preparing for Disaster (Predictable and Otherwise): Ashley Conley ’06 By Allen Lessels DEPARTMENTS 3

On the Hilltop


Focus on Faculty

28 Philanthropy 30

Scene on Campus


Alumni News

45 Milestones 48

End Note

On the cover: Ashley (Fielding) Conley ’06, epidemiologist. Photo by Jeff Dachowski. Cover design by Melinda Lott. This page: An excited crowd at the men’s basketball game aired live by CBS in February. Photo by Gil Talbot.

From the President Dear Anselmians and Friends, These past six months have provided me with the opportunity to meet many alumni, parents and friends in such places as New York City, Maine, California, Washington, D.C., and right here in greater Manchester. I continue to be amazed by the passion our alumni have for their alma mater. Many people remember the place they call home and recall the stories of people that had a profound impact on their lives. Fellow students, faculty members, staff and monks have all had a hand in shaping the young lives that arrive with hope in their hearts and promise in their eyes. I have also had the opportunity to represent Saint Anselm College as the guest of Senator Ayotte at the National Prayer Breakfast attended by the President, First Lady, Vice President and Secretary of State. I have toured television studios such as C-Span, Fox, CNN, and ABC while meeting many alumni in a variety of production jobs. Senator Shaheen and her staff, half of whom are Saint Anselm graduates, hosted me at their offices and in the Capitol Rotunda during a recent vote on the Farm Bill. It is difficult to walk around Capitol Hill without running into a Saint Anselm graduate. Recently, Saint Anselm College hosted crosstown rival Southern New

Before you know it, I will preside over my first commencement for the class of 2014 and prepare for the conclusion of my inaugural year. As we

Hampshire University in a nationally televised basketball game on CBS Sports

await the flowers to bloom and the birds to begin chirping, the college

Network. Our students showcased our college spirit well and the broadcast

forges ahead with newfound vigor and great expectations.

featured the premier of a commercial highlighting the Saint Anselm College

May God continue to guide and bless us in all that we do.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The spot was created by Saint Anselm alumnus Mike Sheehan ’82 who recently stepped down as Chairman of Hill, Holliday to become CEO of The Boston Globe. We are truly blessed to have such a talented individual who is deeply passionate about the college and willing to help us expand our brand recognition.

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE Managing Editor: Laurie D. Morrissey Design: Heather Foley of HFoley Designs Class Notes: Tricia Halliday, Laurie Morrissey Proofreading: Briana Capistran ‘16 Photography: Abdelaziz AlSharawy ‘16, Ellis Boettger ‘17, Katie Brenkert, Ed Collier, Kevin Harkins, Jim Stankiewicz, Gil Talbot. Contributors: Eric Coplin, Dao Le ’15, Laura Lemire ’06, Allen Lessels, Jack Morris, Michael Morse ’14, Ann Norton, Matt Prunk ’16. Visit the website at 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:


Magazine Advisory Board Dr. Gary Bouchard Faculty Representative Katherine (Bocchichio) Durant ‘98 Alumni Council Representative Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B. Monastery Representative James F. Flanagan Vice President for College Advancement Dr. Landis Magnuson Faculty Representative Paul Pronovost ‘91 Alumni At-large Representative Dr. Elaine Rizzo Faculty Representative Patricia R. Shuster Vice President for Human Resources and Administration Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88 Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming

ON the HILLTOP Archbishop Lacroix, Former Saint Anselm Student, Elevated to Cardinal In January, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, expressed congratulations to a new member of the College of Cardinals: the Most Reverend Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada. The Archbishop was a member of Saint Anselm College’s Class of 1979, and left to pursue seminary studies in Canada. In 2011, he was the college’s commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary doctorate. “We offer our most sincere congratulations to Archbishop Lacroix upon this momentous news,” said Dr. DiSalvo. “As a missionary and as a leader in the Catholic Church, he is someone who serves as an example to all of us and we wish him all the very best in his work in Quebec. The Archbishop certainly has an open invitation to visit Saint Anselm at any time.” The cardinal has close ties with several alumni, including two administrators at his former high school, Trinity High School in Manchester: Denis Mailloux ’76, principal, and Brian Flaherty ’98, campus minister. They attended the Archbishop’s installation ceremony in Quebec and went to the Vatican when he received the pallium from Pope Benedict. They traveled to Rome for the Archbishop’s installation ceremony, along with Saint Anselm lecturer Terri Greene Henning. “We always felt he would be someone the Pope would want to elevate to this position,” Mailloux said. A native of Quebec, Cardinal Lacroix is the only North American among the 19 bishops elevated in February. The Most Reverend Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., was installed as Archbishop of Quebec in 2011, after having served as auxiliary bishop since 2009. He was ordained in 1988 after earning a master’s

Archbishop Lacroix was installed as a cardinal by Pope Francis Feb. 22.

degree in pastoral theology at Laval University. As a member of the Quebec-based Pius X Secular Institute, he spent a decade in Colombia doing missionary work. Speaking at Saint Anselm College’s 118th commencement ceremonies, the Archbishop urged graduates to live lives guided by holiness and faithfulness. While success is a noble goal, he said, “Faithfulness and holiness will give your life meaning and the intensity to live every day of your life fully. The world greatly needs your presence, your skills and the gift of who you are.”

Student Center Includes Multifaith Prayer Space A multifaith prayer room was opened on the lower level of the Cushing Center, giving students and the Saint Anselm community of all faiths a quiet, private space for prayer. The room was built in the welcoming spirit of the Benedictine tradition, according to Susan Gabert ’91, director of campus ministry. “This space serves to welcome a multitude of religious voices. As we grow as a college and as a community, it is important to understand the religious traditions of everyone with whom we interact,” she says.

The idea arose from a recent survey identifying the need for prayer space for students of non-Catholic faiths, as well as discussions with students and colleagues from other schools in the region. The room is minimally decorated with religious mosaics, wall sconces, a shelf for religious texts, and a washbasin with running water for cleansing of the feet. Gabert says the minimalist approach makes the space more accommodating for people of all faiths. She is planning interfaith dialogues, meditation groups, Muslim prayer time, Bible study sessions, and other religious programs.


Blogs Galore Blogging has taken off at Saint Anselm College over the past year. While the college has continued to expand the content of its official college blog since 2006, multiple programs and academic departments have launched their own blogs with the intention to not only reach a larger audience but to tell stories that otherwise would not be shared beyond Saint Anselm Drive. Alumni and prospective students might enjoy “Voices From the Hilltop,” where five students are documenting their experiences on and off campus all year long. Regular reports

and photos from our Service and Solidarity Missions are posted from students on Winter and Spring Break Alternative trips. The English and fine arts departments also launched their own blogs recently, showcasing faculty and discussing student projects and trending stories that influence their unique perspectives. Our president, Dr. Steven DiSalvo, even has his own blog. Check out all of our blogs listed below and be sure to bookmark them or even subscribe to them so that you don’t miss a single post.

Saint Anselm College Blog:


English Department:

President DiSalvo:

Ethics in Government:

Meelia Center:

Fine Arts:

Multicultural Center:

Voices from the Hilltop:

Road for Hope: Service and Solidarity Missions: Student Government Association: Study Abroad:


ON the HILLTOP Fr. Mathias Named Prior The moniker “father prior” has a new meaning to Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., who was chosen in October by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., to be the 16th prior of Saint Anselm Abbey. In his new role, Fr. Mathias assists the abbot in administering the abbey, and presiding over the community when the abbot is absent. The prior works to ensure the abbot can focus on spiritually guiding the community, and the monks can concentrate on balancing their work and prayer. Fr. Mathias aims to help his confreres by removing additional stress caused by temporal needs. “Home should be a refuge, a comfortable place,” he said. In addition to assisting his confreres, he also makes sure guests are shown true Benedictine hospitality and requests from outside the community are answered. For Fr. Mathias, who celebrated his silver jubilee in July, following in the footsteps of so many admirable men is humbling as he remembers and highly respects his predecessors. “I revere this way of life and my confreres. I don’t want to let them down and I don’t want this place to diminish,” he said. Fr. Mathias finds his time spent working at home and attending every “office,” known as morning, noon, and evening prayer, to be fulfilling and renewing. It has also given him a new perspective on the monastery and the significance it has to many outside of its walls. He was surprised to learn how many people beyond the college community, living all over the United States, call the Abbey for prayer requests and

spiritual guidance. “It’s shown me a different side to the monastery,” he said. “It’s reaffirmed my belief in our mission, that this is a place where people can find God, whether or not you’re a monk. And the monks have become bridges to finding God.” Before his new position, Fr. Mathias served the college as the assistant dean of students where he provided support for student programming, advising, and counseling. During his time in the abbey, he has also served the college community as pastoral director of campus ministry and as residence director in Dominic Hall and Brady Hall. His first job on campus was working with Abbot Mark as an assistant in the college’s business office. Fr. Mathias entered the monastery in 1987 and professed solemn vows in 1991. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1993. Fr. Mathias replaces Brother Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., who served as prior for eight years before being named interim vice president for academic affairs in October by the president, Dr. Steven DiSalvo.

College Receives $125,000 Grant for Inclusiveness Effort The college has received a $125,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation to enhance inclusiveness efforts. The funds will be used over two years to aid programming at the Father Jonathan Multicultural Center and to support the success of minority students, according to William Ploog. Tauna Sisco, assistant professor of sociology and co-chair of the President’s Steering Committee for Inclusiveness, wrote the grant proposal with William Ploog, director of sponsored programs and research. Yemi Mahoney, director of the Multicultural Center, played an integral part in the grant-writing process. The grant helps Saint Anselm College ensure that the campus is a welcoming environment for students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. A major focus of the grant is minority retention. Nationwide, there are disparities in college retention rates between minorities and other students.

“It has always been the committee’s goal to seek outside funding for our inclusiveness programming. This will allow us to implement new practices and programs, which will be evaluated as we move forward,” Sisco says. The grant money could be used for purchasing or subsidizing textbooks, providing emergency loans to students, and implementing mentoring programs. There also will be an effort to address inclusiveness and service-learning, where community service is combined with an academic course. Enhancing inclusiveness is part of the college’s strategic plan, “Vision 2015: Looking Within—Reaching Beyond.” The college has incorporated numerous initiatives to address diversity and inclusiveness on campus, including the establishment of the Multicultural Center.


On Location: Student’s Film Tackles Tough Subject At the young age of 13, Jordan St. Jean could be found running around his friend’s back yard like a black ops soldier straight out of a video game, camera in hand, filming every moment. But the Bedford, N.H., native was also a talented three-season athlete, who eventually landed a baseball scholarship at Saint Anselm College. A nagging shoulder injury forced him to put down his glove for good at the beginning of his sophomore year, opening another door for him: filmmaking. “I’ve always loved filming. If I wasn’t playing sports, I wanted to make a movie,” says the 21-year-old communication major now in his junior year. “So, I just started writing down some ideas.” Fortunately, he already had a script in the form of a 150-page novel written while still in high school. The book, Obscurum, chronicles the actions and mental anguish of a Navy SEAL forced to fake his own death before joining a secret government operation. St. Jean’s next step was to start his own production company, Elysium, and then begin filming the movie (on location at Saint Anselm, of course), with the goal of submitting it to film festivals and shopping it to studios around the country. Having already posted a trailer for the film on his YouTube channel, St. Jean expects to finish production next summer.

“I learned more about her story while doing the interview than I ever had before,” says Jordan. “It was something we just never really talked about. Now, it’s not the same touchy subject that it once was.” In November, NAMI NH held its annual suicide prevention conference, where the “Decade of Hope” video was screened before an audience of more than 300, including the St. Jeans. Members of NAMI NH thanked St. Jean for the generous donation of his time and the quality of his work. What followed was a standing ovation and an outpouring of emotion that involved hugs, handshakes, and a few tears. “It was an incredible feeling. Everything I’ve done up to this point was to boost my own resume and gain exposure in the film business, but this was something that mattered to thousands of people.” The backyard game that started with toy guns, ski masks, and a cheap camcorder could be his path to a creative career.

“This was something that mattered to thousands of people.” All of this work in filming recently caught the attention of more than just the online video community. The New Hampshire branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH) reached out to St. Jean late last summer to help support its “Decade of Hope” campaign which recognized the progress New Hampshire has made in the past 10 years to address suicide prevention. Having worked with Jordan’s mother, Elaine, on past projects, NAMI NH was aware of his talent as a filmmaker. The volunteer project would take him 240 hours over the course of five months, including interviews with high school students, law enforcement officers, program directors, and even New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. The filmmaker’s mother served as the focal point of the 15-minute video: her father took his own life 22 years ago after his wife’s death from cancer. Elaine St. Jean was still in college at the time, and was forced to drop out of college to support herself. Her story served as bookends to the video and (happily) nurtured the relationship between mother and son.


Photo by Gil Talbot

View St. Jean’s NAMI NH video and some of his other work by visiting the Portraits blog:

ON the HILLTOP Women’s Hockey Coach Captures 100th Win When head women’s ice hockey coach Kerstin Matthews arrived on campus to interview for the first head coaching job of her career six years ago, she knew Saint Anselm College would be a good fit for her. After the team defeated Williams College on Dec. 7 to record the coach’s 100th career victory in just her 146th game behind the Hawks’ bench, it became clear that Kerstin Matthews is a good fit for Saint Anselm College. By the end of the season, it was confirmed when the Hawks captured their third straight ECAC Open title for the first time in school history. With a victory over Holy Cross, they finished the season at 24-3-0, which matches the best record in program history from the 2007-08 season and surpasses Coach Matthews’ previous career high of 20 wins. They have advanced to five title games in the coach’s six seasons, winning three times. Matthews attributes much of her success to the people she surrounds herself with: the players and staff — past and present. “It does take a village. I feel honored that it’s in my name, but it really says something about the program more than anything.” The team members are talented both on and off the ice, she says. “We’re able to attract very good players, and without talent, you can’t win. I have an extraordinary group of women here that I’m able

Photo by Jim Stankiewicz

to attract because of the place that Saint Anselm College is. This is a very attractive place for women at the Division III level.” Matthews has done a lot of little things right, including originally coming on that interview at Saint Anselm six years ago. Get the latest on our teams at:

A Great Day to be a Hawk When the Saint Anselm men’s basketball team beat cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University, 1,000 enthusiastic fans witnessed the contest from the stands in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. They were joined by a national television audience. The Feb. 8 game, aired live on CBS Sports Network, resulted in a 83-75 victory and put the Hawks in the spotlight. It was a game to remember, played in front of a sold-out crowd including Saint Anselm students, trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, monks, and friends of the college. It was also coach Keith Dickson’s 525th victory. Led into the stands by the college’s Hawk mascot, students were decked in super fan T-shirts and face paint. Seniors Vivian Fitzgerald and Guy Sergi kept the crowd energized with cheers and chants. The entire field hockey team assisted with ticketing and refreshments. “The energy in the gym was contagious and the boys brought their A-game,” said Fitzgerald.

Groups of friends from the classes of 1969, 1968 and 1962 attended, as well as some Saint Anselm basketball greats and fans from years past, including Arthur Cummings ’53. In addition, alumni and Anselmians near and far rooted for the Hawks from watch parties in Boston, Hartford, Long Island, and Manchester. Watch game highlights and reactions at




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round Valentine’s Day, Portraits posed a question to the members of the English faculty: What is your favorite book on love? The answers were somewhat surprising. Almost everyone named more than one book, and one professor named her top six. (Maybe they’re just overachievers.) Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” won votes from two professors. Altogether, there were 25 books named by 12 faculty members. The list includes a classic children’s book, a science fiction novel, and some enduring works that have been made (and re-made) into movies. So, we asked one English professor to do what English professors do: explore the meaning of it all. Hang onto your humanities; here we go!



By Ann Norton, Professor of English My favorite book about love? The mind boggled, the way it does when you’re standing in Manhattan on the corner of

of good for the beloved—over eros—passionate, acquisitive

57 Street and 7 Avenue and someone asks, “Where should

love, keen on sole ownership.



we eat?” Warning that once I got going the possibilities were

Then I think of the sheer stubborn force of eros as it plays out in many of these books. The fiercest springs from

endless, I tried nevertheless. My answer: “The first book that

the Brontë sisters, raised as daughters of a cold-blooded

comes to mind: Possession, by A.S. Byatt. Then Wuthering

Victorian rector in rural isolation: unadorned, penniless girls

Heights. Then Jane Eyre. Then The Cheerleader.” (Yes, you

who nevertheless created characters that, to paraphrase

read that right: The Cheerleader, a coming-of-age novel

Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights, have stayed with

set in the 1950s by New Hampshire author Ruth Doan

us ever after, and changed our ideas about love. They’ve

MacDougall, a poignant evocation of first love and loss. It has

gone through and through us, like wine through water,

a cult following, and we read it in my section of Freshman

and altered the color of our collective minds. Jane Eyre,

English, naughty bits and all. Don’t miss it.)

the prototypical heroine who wins the hero against all

I had thought immediately of romantic love, but clearly

odds—whose literary offspring even now populate romance

my colleagues were more imaginative. Looking now at my

novels— tells Rochester that though she may be “poor,

choices, and considering those named by other English

obscure, plain, and little,” she is not “soulless and heartless.”

professors, I’m struck by the title of my first text and its

“…it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both

“I had thought immediately of romantic love, but clearly my colleagues were more imaginative.”

had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal—as we are!” Catherine swears, “My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff ’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. … My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am

universal applicability. Like Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s

Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure,

Own, let me drop my line down into the stream of thought

any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my

and see what tugs, with the same caveat she provides: I’m

own being.”

unlikely at the end to offer “a nugget of pure truth.” The Byzantine plot of Possession—a true tour de force,

There’s a rare eloquence to these voices. The sentiments remain familiar, if ideal. If it’s “true,” we love first with our souls,

a 1990 Booker Prize winner that spans two centuries and

and we love the one who completes us; we fuse eternal and

contains myriad narrative voices—defies paraphrase here. Its

temporal love, attaining earthly ecstasy undergirt by heaven’s

numerous, parallel love stories play on the many meanings of


possession: what does it mean to be possessed by love; to

Jane Austen offers a more tempered portrait. Her

desire to possess the beloved; to accept the impossibility

couples defer romance until both parties have corrected

of either?

misconceptions based in (you guessed it) pride and

I think of the texts we read last fall in our new freshman


temporal love—unconditional, unselfish love, desirous only

prejudice, as Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth in

course, Conversatio. They all roughly recommend, from

Persuasion powerfully exemplify. Still, they are a soberer

different religious and philosophical traditions, detachment

couple than Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice,

from earthly desires and a focus on eternal rather than

their overdue love darkened by the realization of wasted

Keith Williams: In Beloved we see what terrible destruction can be wrought in the name of love, but also what profound healing can be brought about by love.

Sherry Shepler: Set in a circus, Water for Elephants is more than a love story between Jacob, the protagonist and his love interest Marlena. A story about violence, grieving and death yielding to romance, loving and a triumphant life.

Elona Lucas: Brideshead Revisited is a love story in its fullest extent: it explores the love between friends, the love among family members, the love between lovers, and most movingly, the love of God for His created beings. The latter love is probably most eloquently expressed in the novel by the youngest character, Cordelia Flyte, who, quoting from a Father Brown story, describes God’s unwavering love for fallen man as letting man “wander to the ends of the world and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread.”

Landis Magnuson: Being a theatre person, I must say my “favorite book about love” is, in fact, a play about love, namely, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing because of the turbulent lovehate relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. My direction of this show for the Abbey Players in the fall of 1997 stands out as perhaps my favorite directing experience in my theatre career. And this production still stands as the highest attendance of a fall show ( just shy of 1,000 patrons) in the past 26 years for the Abbey Players.

Ed Gleason: In and of itself, Tender is the Night, the developing love story between Dick and Nicole, is movingly rendered: sensitive yet unsentimental. Nicole, recall, is emotionally fragile, and Dick— mentor first, lover later—must negotiate a minefield of personal and professional issues before he can acknowledge his feelings. The “extra” impact for someone like myself who maintains a fascination with the author’s real life is what the novel reveals about the Scott/Zelda relationship—alternately troubled, turbulent and “tender.”  A “roman a clef:” fiction with autobiographical implications. 

Elona Lucas: Persuasion examines love not from a young woman’s encounter with first love but with an older woman’s realization that the love she could have brought to fruition may now be replaced by a life of spinsterhood having allowed herself years earlier to be persuaded not to marry the man she did love. When Anne Elliot encounters her earlier suitor years later, she is filled with hope that perhaps the thwarted relationship may now be rekindled. One of the most moving passages in the novel occurs near the end when Anne, realizing that her love for Captain Wentworth has never been extinguished, claims to a friend that women are capable of “loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.” 15

The List Beloved, Toni Morrison (Keith Williams)

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Ed Gleason) Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare (Gary Bouchard, Landis Magnuson) Possession, A.S. Byatt (Ann Norton) Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (Ann Norton) Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Ann Norton) The Cheerleader, Ruth Doan MacDougall (Ann Norton) Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (Jennifer Thorn)

Twenty-one Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda (Jennifer Thorn)

Loving a Woman in Two Languages, Robert Bly (Jennifer Thorn) Without, Donald Hall (Jennifer Thorn) The Dead and the Living, Sharon Olds (Jennifer Thorn) Love Poems, Yehuda Amichai (Jennifer Thorn) Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White (Meoghan Cronin) Middlemarch, George Eliot (Meoghan Cronin) Villette, Charlotte Brontë (Meoghan Cronin) Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy (Meoghan Cronin) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (Meoghan Cronin) Persuasion, Jane Austen (Elona Lucas) Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (Elona Lucas) The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, Jesse Green (Jonathan Lupo) Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin (Jonathan Lupo) Ali and Nino, Kirban Said (Bindu Malieckal) Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen (Sherry Shepler)


Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin (Chani Marchiselli)

years. Likewise, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette—a Gothic novel of two “ugly” people whose love begins as a bizarre Svengali tale and ends with an ambiguous suggestion that he dies in a shipwreck before the marriage—proffers a murkier vision than Jane Eyre. Does Brontë suggest that Lucy Snowe will never thrive if she marries Monsieur Paul? Is this because she’s a woman who should resist patriarchal domination (forgive me, dear reader), or because love hurts, as any good country song will tell you?

Far From the Madding Crowd also threatens an unsatisfying finale but, like Austen’s couples, Bathsheba and Gabriel wed after hardships that might have defeated lesser people. It’s an uncommonly happy ending for Hardy, a reluctantly existential Victorian novelist (read Jude

the Obscure if you dare). The line tugs, but the fish is not caught; I have mentioned only a handful of these titles, and only the ones I know well. I confess ignorance (English professors have gaps, too) of Maupin’s Tales of

the City (though I enjoyed the 1993 TV series), Neruda, Bly, Olds, Amichai, Said, even Tender is the Night, and mere passing familiarity

with Donald Hall. Nor have I read Ursula K. Le Guin’s

Toni Morrison’s Beloved, chosen in 2006 by an all-star

feminist science fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness,

writers’ panel as “the single best work of fiction published in

yet I’m intrigued by her own description of it as a “thought

the past 25 years,” delivers not the romance its title implies

experiment” about a society without gender, biologically,

but rather the wrenching story of a mother who—from an

psychologically, or culturally. Of course, I know from years

unimaginably ferocious love born of suffering and injustice—

of teaching literature sometimes in conjunction with gender

kills her toddler daughter rather than consign her to slavery.

theory that students—and almost everybody I know—not

Brideshead Revisited, replete with mostly unhappy

only can’t imagine an androgynous society but frankly don’t

marriages, shows nevertheless an instance of filial devotion:

want one.

aristocratic, adulterous Julia decides against divorcing her

And alone among these works, Much Ado About Nothing got two votes, attesting to the fact that the “merry war”

Charlotte’s Web might seem an odd choice among these magisterial novels, but it too is “radiant.”

husband and marrying her lover Charles Ryder because her father has professed his Catholic faith on his deathbed. She chooses to follow the ultimate Father, divine grace and reconciliation over temporal desire (we’re back to

Conversatio). Charlotte’s Web might seem an odd choice among these magisterial novels, but it too is “radiant”—one of Charlotte’s woven words, chosen to save Wilbur from slaughter (he will then raise her children after her death)—with love both

between Beatrice and Benedick remains a favorite. For all

paternal and platonic. Scout’s love for her father Atticus Finch,

its matchless Shakespearean language, it epitomizes the plot

Atticus’ for her and the wrongly-accused Tom Robinson, Boo

Hollywood still mines for great profit: boy and girl profess

Radley’s for vulnerable young Jem, circling back to Scout’s

hatred that masks desire, spar endearingly, admit their

love for Boo: all are enduring connections based on selfless

attraction, and marry at the end amid general celebration

giving to another.

(and, in fact, multiple marriages). Unlike Shakespeare or even Austen, George Eliot dares

And so we return to possession and Possession. In Letters

to a Young Poet, Rilke—who gave copious, profound advice

in Middlemarch to show what comes to couples after the

about life and art, free for nothing, to a young man he had

nuptials, and it’s not always pretty: most have married

never met—writes, “We need, in love, to practice only this:

the person they imagine rather than know, and the most

letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not

“romantic” duo weds quietly, following disappointment and

need to learn it.” Possession reveals myriad lettings-go even

accompanied by poverty.

as the protagonists find time-honored love in the end; but

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage: parental love makes the list. I have not read Green’s book about that unexpected journey—who

finally it radiates, above all else, Rilke’s passion for literature and language. And there’s the nugget I will offer, humbly, since I lack the

can “expect” the upheaval babies bring?—but all these

requisite wisdom for a definitive statement on love or its

choices rebuff Francis Bacon’s injunction: “He that hath wife

expression. We exult, and we grieve, in all and any love—

and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are

there needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us this—but

impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”

we never tire of its story.

Professor Ann Norton was awarded the 2014 Abbot Gerald McCarthy Award for Professor of the Year by the student body.



PREPARING FOR DISASTER Predictable and Otherwise: Ashley Conley ’06


n a second-floor office of the one-time Catholic elementary school that now houses the

city of Nashua’s public health and community services division, a Dr. Seuss book holds a place of honor. And to Think That I Saw

It on Mulberry Street stands tall on the shelf above the desk of Ashley (Fielding) Conley, the epidemiologist for New Hampshire’s second largest city and, in fact, the only epidemiologist in the state who works outside of the state’s own health department. By Allen Lessels

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“The little boy is on his way home from school and sees all these crazy things happen and tells his dad and he doesn’t believe him,” Conley said. “We say people wouldn’t believe some of the stories we have in public health.” Stories like that of the day she and her co-workers— who might take on a mission of assisting thousands

“It takes communication between organizations on the state and local levels.” of citizens as they deal with an outbreak of a nasty infectious disease or the natural disaster of a major flood—were stuck in their office while a bat flew around, ruling the hallway. Or the day the building was in lockdown for a shooter in the neighborhood, who, it turned out, had a BB gun. Or the days some of her Conley’s is a working world of worrying about and preparing a community of about 200,000—the Nashua Public Health Region covers 13 municipalities—for its response to an outbreak of infectious disease, a foodborne illness, the next flu pandemic, the natural disaster of a hurricane or blizzard, even a bioterrorist attack. Hefty responsibilities for a Saint Anselm grad who turned all of 30 in February.

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, a

who hoard animals or assorted other items. Yes, on days like that, a dose of Dr. Seuss can help keep things a little lighter, too.

From the Hilltop to Mulberry Street Conley followed her undergraduate biology degree with a master of science in infectious diseases and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. When

fantastical look at a young boy’s walk down a plain, old

she took over as epidemiologist in Nashua in February

street while he imagines an assortment of sights, fits nicely

of 2009, she had just turned 25.

in her office as a bit of a mood-lightener.

“Shhh,” she said, grinning and putting a finger to her

Conley smiles—she smiles widely and often, by the

lips. “That’s a secret. I think they thought I was 30.”

way—and explains the book’s presence: “That was a gift

A couple of months later, the H1N1 influenza

from my mother when I first came to work here.” Nashua’s Division of Public Health & Community Services, you see, resides on Mulberry Street. Conley and her colleagues joke about the appropriateness of the title, given the assortment of interesting stories they hear and share as they go about their business on Mulberry Street. 20

associates in public health must enter the home of those

pandemic hit. She was months-new on the job and she, the office, city, region and state were faced with a major health crisis. “Some people might see one pandemic in their career,” Conley said. She saw one very early. When a vaccine was eventually ready, Nashua Public Health conducted a dozen vaccination clinics in its

region. One day, a large clinic in Amherst and another in

Four major incidents, all in different categories and all in

Nashua vaccinated 2,000 people in a span of four hours.

the past decade or so: a terrorist attack, a bioterrorism

“There was a huge amount of public education work as well,” Conley said.

event, a natural disaster, and a pandemic.” On a more regional basis, Hurricane Irene wreaked

The vaccinations and the education, the study and

havoc on Vermont in August 2011 and Hurricane Sandy

the overall outreach done by Conley and many others,

devastated New York and New Jersey in October 2012.

helped keep the H1N1 outbreak at least partly in check.

“Sandy could have hit New Hampshire like it hit New

“H1N1 was bad,” she said. “But it could have been a

York and New Jersey,” Conley said. “We were just lucky.”

lot worse.” The Nashua area and the state are consistently improving their organizational abilities and preparation for dealing with disasters, both natural and manmade, Conley said.

New Hampshire and New England were impacted by the Halloween snowstorm that came to be called Snowtober in October of 2011. “We had an emergency shelter open for about a

“But there’s still a long way to go.”

week after that one,” Conley said. “It took that long for

She and her colleagues take pride in a report

power to be restored in some places. In the shelter we

published in December that graded New Hampshire as

had a maximum of 120 people for a night or two.”

the most prepared state in the country when it comes to

A Mathematical Mind and a Smile

a number of key indicators related to protecting against the threat of infectious disease. The organizations Trust for America’s Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, both of which focus on disease prevention and public health issues, noted that the state scored eight of a possible 10 points on questions that asked whether funding was increasing or being maintained at current levels for public health services, and what kind of support there was for the HPV vaccine for teens. No other state scored as well. “I think five years ago, we wouldn’t have ranked that highly,” Conley said. “It takes communication between organizations on the state and local levels. It depends on people working together and getting prepared; and in our homes, school and hospitals we’ve come a long way.” A series of events over the last dozen years or so both globally and locally—starting with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011—have raised public awareness of the importance of being prepared to handle a variety of situations, Conley said. “There were a few huge events in the country. There was 9-11 and then the anthrax attacks right after that. Hurricane Katrina was next in 2005 and the last was the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. They were all different.

Conley draws raves from those she encounters and works with for her energy and enthusiasm, her ability to work hard, listen and thrive as a member of a team. Saint Anselm biology professor Dr. Robert Vallari was her senior research project advisor. “She’s always had incredible energy and it’s all positive. She does not get defeated,” he said. Her go-for-it, get-the-job-done attitude shone through not only in class and while doggedly doing research, but as captain of the college’s EMT squad. “That’s a significant commitment on the part of those students,” the professor said. “It seems like they’re always on call and she’d have nights where she’d get very little sleep and it was never an excuse for her. She’d approach the next day like it was any other day and would do what she had to do and always did it with a smile.” Christine Adamski is the chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control for the state of New Hampshire, and her office works closely with Nashua’s Conley and Cortney Dunlap ’06 were the recipients of the Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship for 2005-2006. 21

Division of Public Health & Community Services, which is

a child care center about infectious diseases and public

run by Kerran Vigroux, Ashley Conley’s boss.

health in general.

Adamski praises Conley’s skill set, her mathematical mind and her ability to analyze data (which is another of

be talking with a group of people who don’t have a

her duties), and also the way she leads and goes about

strong science background and you’re talking about

her business.

viruses and bacteria and the like, it can be overwhelming

“She’s very collaborative and has a great spirit of teamwork,” Adamski said. “She’s always looking to find that next partner to work with and she’s a great advocate

and intimidating at times,” she said. Mr. Common Cold and Mrs. MRSA can help break the ice. “Everybody loves visuals.”

for public health and how we can improve community

These stuffed animals, said Mike Conley, Ashley’s

health, not only in Nashua, but in the state. She’s a very

husband, are mostly for work; Myles, the couple’s two-

good young leader in the area, whether she’s working

year-old son, doesn’t generally play with them.

on a large outbreak, on an advisory committee or in communications. She’s one of those people who steps up and works together with people.” Conley serves on various national, regional and state

Mike and Ashley met when both were EMTs at Canobie Lake Park in her home town of Salem. Ashley’s desire to help people hasn’t changed, whether it’s within her job description or outside it, said Mike

committees. In August 2013, she was chosen to chair the

Conley. He recalls, too, a time when he and Ashley, who

Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists Disaster

live in Goffstown, were attending Mass at Saint Anselm

Epidemiology Subcommittee. The group focuses on

Abbey Church.

disaster epidemiology and most of the members come

“She was not working as an EMT, she was not on duty,

from the state level. It also includes representatives from

and someone was having an issue and she went right over

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

and helped them out,” Mike said. “I didn’t know where she

“I was nominated by the state epidemiologist in South Dakota,” Conley said. “There are not a lot of locals in the group and it was an honor they wanted someone so

had gone and finally found her later. She’s always ready to help anybody that needs it.” Living with a spouse who spends her day dealing with

young and a local epidemiologist from a smaller state to

infectious diseases and public health can bring its own

take control of the chair.”

issues, though.

“Don’t Touch That” and Other Public Health Strategies The Dr. Seuss book shares shelf space with Conley’s small and colorful collection of stuffed animals that represent several of the microbes of the nasty diseases never too far from her mind. There’s a tan one for MRSA. There’s blue for the

“She makes life difficult sometimes,” Mike said with a chuckle. “It’s, ‘You shouldn’t touch that. You shouldn’t do this.’ We never go to buffets any more. Too many hands in a small place, things along that line.”

“I Wanted to be the Problem Solver.” Conley long thought about going into medicine,

common cold. Brownish for the Rotavirus. A pink pig,

a desire fueled in part by her fondness for her

naturally, represents H1N1, the swine flu.

grandparents and helping them from a young age with

The “stuffies” come in handy, Conley said, when she puts on her educator’s hat and gets talking to a group of kids, adults, and even health care providers or workers at 22

“When you’re working with the community you might

their health issues, her grandfather with colon cancer and her grandmother with heart disease. “It was probably fifth grade and I was helping fill pill

boxes,” Conley said. “I was there after school and the

She took a Spring Break Alternative trip to Honduras

visiting nurse would come and I’d be asking questions.”

her senior year and as an EMT had an opportunity

She took an EMT course as a senior at Salem High

to work in the medical clinic there. Her decision was

School and that led to working at Canobie Lake for a few summers. There she made some of her early connections

sealed. “In the United States, we have a lot of chronic health

between prevention and health when she and the

issues,” Conley said. “We have a lot of infectious

medical team dealt with assorted cases at the park. One

diseases, skin infections and gastrointestinal things.

time, a park patron had an anxiety attack brought on by

There, with unclean water and no sanitation, you get

rides and claustrophobia. On another occasion, a person

to see a whole different set of things.”

with diabetes had his blood sugar thrown off first by

It was public health stripped to the bone.

park food and then by his insulin intake while he tried to

“Clean water, sanitation and vaccines,” Conley said.

balance things out. Conley chose a pre-med path at Saint Anselm, but a couple of experiences there altered her path a bit. Connie (Breton) Richards ’69, the director of

“You can’t get more basic than that. Those are three basic steps of public health.” She liked the idea of tackling issues at the root. “I wanted to focus on prevention and solving the

College Health Services until she retired in 2009,

real problem,” Conley said. “If the problem is that

helped set up a shadowing assignment with the City

people are getting parasites from unclean water and

of Manchester Public Health Department. Conley

you treat that at the clinic, as soon as they go back into

went on some restaurant inspections and went to

that environment they get the parasites again. It’s a

clinics, and was intrigued by her discussions with the

vicious cycle. I wanted to be the problem solver rather

epidemiologist the city had at the time.

than the person who did the treatment.”

Conley’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed: last year, she was selected as one of New Hampshire’s “Rising Stars” in a ceremony attended by Governor Maggie Hassan. In January, the city’s newspaper named her one of Nashua’s extraordinary women. 23

Global Vision A small poster and a photo decorate Ashley Conley’s

Each time, she also took part in a two-day course in

office door and define, at least in part, the range of her

Hands-On Training (HOT) for chemical, ordnance,

responsibilities as epidemiologist for Nashua.

biological and radiological incidents in which responders

The first you’ve seen in some shape or form many times: “Cover Your Cough, Clean your Hands: Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick.”

work with chemical and biological agents. Early on a Tuesday afternoon in December, Conley talked about the training, emergency preparedness and

The other is a picture of her class during one of the

infectious diseases (health officials have been keeping a

two visits she has made to FEMA’s Center for Domestic

wary eye on a respiratory disease in the Middle East and

Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., the Department of

a new strain of flu, H7N9, in China for a while, she said)

Homeland Security’s only chartered weapons of mass

and also her duties when it comes to data collection and

destruction training center.

creating community health plans.

“We ‘went hot’ and worked with chemical agents and

A morning meeting with United Way to go over health

learned how to put protective gear on,” Conley said.

data was already in the books and a couple of afternoon

“It’s designed to take some of the fear out of a real-life

meetings were on tap: the first to plan for a public


emergency preparedness drill and the second to prep

The first trip in March 2010 was for Pandemic Planning

for the New Hampshire Public Health Association’s annual

and Preparedness training and helped her build on what

meeting. Her day would end around 8:00 after a training

she had already experienced with the H1N1 pandemic

session with Manchester’s Health Department and its

the year before.

Medical Reserve Corps.

She went back a second time for a session on hospital

Part of what makes Conley’s job challenging is keeping

emergency response training for mass casualty incidents.

up with everything: keeping up with new guidelines and

Biochemistry in the State House


n my Biochemistry of Cancer class, I spoke about a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on carcinogens, and how its content might be relevant to New Hampshire lawmakers

considering legislation aimed at protecting the public from toxins released into the environment via incineration of construction and demolition waste materials. After the class, Ashley and Jillian Holmberg (now Richards) ’06 proposed comparing the list of toxins permitted for release from a local incinerator to the updated list of carcinogens contained in the government report. Finding a total of 21 agents common to both lists, Ashley and Jillian proceeded that night to write a report of their findings, with the idea they would submit it as written testimony to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. When I told Ashley that a subcommittee was scheduled to listen to public testimony the next day, she excitedly embraced the idea of testifying in person. Despite the intimidating surroundings, she delivered an impressive testimony that drew praise from many of those in attendance. One representative, after the hearings, asked her to serve on a committee. — Professor Robert Vallari 24

regulations, maintaining relationships with the coalitions and partners of the Nashua Public Health Region, building new relationships and many other duties. Conley pulled a 23-page Division of Public Health and Community Services pamphlet—“A Community Health Improvement Plan: Working Together Towards a Healthier Nashua”—out of a file drawer and cited the three priority areas in the report: Obesity, Access to Health Care and Mental Health. “Thirty, 40 years ago, obesity wasn’t a public health challenge,” Conley said. “Now, over 60 percent of the people in Nashua are overweight or obese.” That’s the part about public health that keeps things interesting, she said. It’s always changing and evolving, too. Smoking and tobacco become less of a problem and obesity becomes more of one. “There’s always something new going on,” Conley said. “We always have chronic diseases, but those diseases that are most prevalent change. For the longest time we had tuberculosis under control. Now it’s becoming resistant to a lot of treatment so it’s coming back as a multi-drug resistant organism. So even though it’s old and it’s been around forever, we’re having so many new challenges with it.” There’s plenty to keep Conley busy. “In public health, especially if you’re looking at infectious disease, there’s always something popping up. It’s never boring. Never.”

And to Think That She Saw It….


Focus on Faculty Matthew Masur (History)

talks about Chinese emperors, Indian food, and a campus encounter with a TV comedian.

Photos by Gil Talbot





Why do you enjoy teaching history? I’m interested in the big, important changes that have taken place and the people who played a role in transforming society. People have a natural instinct to want to know about the past; about the drama of people facing difficult questions or doing heroic things. So I try to capitalize on that. It’s exciting and challenging.

How does your knowledge of history inform your view of current events? Are you better at predicting what’s going to happen? Historical knowledge doesn’t allow you to predict what will happen next, but it gives a fuller understanding of what’s going on in today’s world and how we got to this point. My interest is the history of American foreign relations—so when the U.S. is facing a challenge, I can compare it with what’s happened before and understand why we might be going in a certain direction.  

The Vietnam War has become your specialty, and you teach courses about Japan and China. How did you become interested in Asia? I was taking courses in graduate school about the Vietnam War and American foreign relations. I wanted to study Vietnam in more detail. I’d learned about it by studying American events and American figures, and I wanted to learn about the Vietnamese history, culture, and political figures behind what was happening in Hanoi or Saigon.

When did you first travel there? My first trip was in 2000. It was really exciting to go and embrace it, not like it was a vacation, but for months at a time so that it almost felt like a second home. I went for my research but ended up really enjoying it.

What is students’ reaction when you take them there? It’s so eye-opening that it’s almost overwhelming. Everything hits you at once—there’s no way to ease into it. It’s not just visual. It’s the traffic, the noise, the commotion, the heat and humidity. They’re forced out of their comfort zone.   

Do you use fiction to teach history? I use The Quiet American by Graham Greene in my Vietnam War classes. It’s a great work of literature and it’s perfect for talking about Vietnam around the time of the transition from French to American influence.

You met John Oliver of “The Daily Show” during the presidential primary debates on campus in 2011. Were your colleagues at other colleges envious? They were immediately envious. When I posted it on Facebook, I had more likes than I’d ever had for anything, mostly from former students and people I know who teach elsewhere. It really highlighted those opportunities we have at Saint Anselm College surrounding political events.

Who is the most fascinating historical figure to you? For my own research, Ngo Dinh Diem. He was the South Vietnamese head of state from the mid-1950s until his assassination. He’s been characterized as ineffectual, unpopular, and a puppet of the United States. But I’m intrigued by the fact that he remained in power for almost a decade, which suggests a more complicated reality. Another fascinating figure is the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, who was among the longest ruling emperors of China. He attempted to preserve his Manchu heritage while simultaneously embracing elements of Chinese culture.

What would you be if you weren’t a history professor? When I was little I wanted to be a chef. I don’t know if I’d want that as a career, but cooking is a hobby now. I’ll take a bunch of recipes and make something of my own out of them, using whatever we get from the CSA that week. Right now the challenge is coming up with things that the adults and the kids will like. I made spring rolls the other night.

That would explain why you designed the history seminar called “Food, Drink and Society.” When I realized how much scholarly material there is on the subject, it was a no-brainer. There’s plenty of intelligent reading material and it’s something students find interesting enough to speak about in a seminar environment. So the course looks at worldwide human history with food and drink as a lens. We explore the commercial, political, cultural, social, religious, and environmental significance of food and drink, in the past and present.

So food is a teaching tool. It is. For example, we use Indian food as a way to understand Indian history and the collision of English and Indian culture. Matthew Masur Associate Professor Ph.D., Ohio State University


Happy to Help JEFF & IRENE BURKE Jeff Burke remembers receiving a rejection letter from Saint Anselm College. He’s still got it… somewhere. “Saint Anselm was the only college I applied to and I was rejected right off the bat,” recalls the 1969 grad. He did the only thing he could think of. He wrote a personal letter to the dean, guaranteeing that, if accepted, he would work hard and make the Dean’s List. He believes in meeting his obligations—and, once accepted, he did just that, graduating cum laude with a degree in economics. More than 40 years later, he and his wife, Irene, are benefactors to students who are as determined as Jeff was. “I’m a plugger. It didn’t come easily to me,” he says. “I’m happy to provide needed assistance to someone who’s similar to me: a plugger who wants to work hard to succeed.” One student who fits this description is Colleen Sears. It’s a plus that she graduated from his high school, Bishop Fenwick in Peabody, Mass. A communication major with a minor in Spanish, Sears is a member of the field hockey team and appears on the Dean’s List. She also holds three jobs on campus. During the course of his Saint Anselm education, Jeff Burke worked several jobs, including working for “Blackie” Moreau, keeping the campus grounds mowed and picked up. He also worked at a nearby meat packing plant and poultry operation, and stacked newspapers for

The Union Leader. He was ready for a break once he graduated, so he answered the call of the ski slopes. While working construction jobs, he was “a full-time ski bum,” enjoying New Hampshire slopes and Utah’s “Wasatch powder.” After starting his career in the insurance industry, he kept up with his hobbies, including scuba diving for lobsters off the North Shore of Massachusetts. Jeff and Irene are longtime supporters of Saint Anselm College, most recently making a multi-year pledge for scholarship aid. They have made provisions for the college in their estate. “I gave what I could even while I was ski bumming. Then I upped the ante,” Jeff says. Lately, Jeff ’s contribution to the college includes making dozens of phone calls to his former classmates, as a member of his 45th Reunion committee. He has maintained close ties with his fellow alumni, particularly the 25 who shared lodgings in what they called the West Wing— now the College Pub. “That place holds a lot of memories,” Jeff says.



Photo by Gil Talbot


Scene on Campus 2

1 1. Two of the 450 students who attended the nationally televised Saint Anselm College vs. Southern New Hampshire University game Feb. 8 in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. 2. Omar Cano Jr. ‘14 at a critique session with a visiting artist in the Comiskey Art Center. 3.  Vivian Fitzgerald ’14 and Dan Forbes, director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, received the college’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award, sponsored by the Multicultural Center. 4.  Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, visiting the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College. 5.  Hawks spirit on display for the camera. 6.  A week that brought 36 inches of snow required a fleet of eight heavy machines and a half-dozen shoveling students to keep the campus passable. 7.  Hoang Bui ’15, Abdelaziz Alshawary ’16, and Kevin Coates ’14. 8.  Just joking! While introducing former mayor Thomas Menino, Michael Sheehan ’82, CEO of The Boston Globe, presented a faux front page. 9.  Yoga stretches in the library helped relieve pre-exam stress. 10. The Hawk mascot with an affectionate fan, volleyball player Micaela Donatio ’17. 30




SCENE on CAMPUS Scene on Campus

7 6 8

9 10


1960 Robert S. Kenison was

honored as a 50-year member of the New Hampshire Bar. He retired from a career with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Edwina “Wendy” (Roberts) Austin continues to work as

a clinical nursing instructor at Castleton State College in Vermont. She has been employed as a registered nurse continuously since graduation and estimates that she has taught more than 1,000 students.


Maurice Demers is

president of the Franco-American Centre at Saint Anselm College. He is also an active member of Granite State Ambassadors as a volunteer tourist information specialist at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

1977 Brian Lowney is the author of Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart.

1978 Mark Buckley is vice

president for environmental affairs at Staples in Framingham, Mass., where he has been employed since 1990.

1979 Maureen (Collins) Carroll

is a trademark attorney with Medlen & Carroll, LLP and a judge advocate general with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.

1980 John Pellino, of East Hampton,

principal, is an elected member of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board.

Conn., is the associate director of Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon. He was elected to a two-year term as president of the advocacy group, Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

1968 John F. Cook Jr. is the new

Stewart Shapley, of Center Ossipee, N.H.,

Dennis Naughton, a retired high school

principal of Blessed Sacrament School in Waterbury, Conn.


Jim Meade retired after a career in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry; 10 years in managing research and development and 35 years in business development. He lives in Germantown, Md.

1971 Carol Polifroni was inducted

into the Academy of Nurse Educators in 2012 and was recently appointed director of the Office of Public Engagement at the University of Connecticut. She teaches in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Nursing Instruction and Research.


Joseph Dusel opened a new

law office in Ludlow, Mass. He specializes in business law, probate administration, commercial litigation, and zoning and land use. He is also a lacrosse official and a member of the Western Massachusetts Lacrosse Officials Association.

1973 Deborah (Sexton)

Bickford was re-elected to a term on the national board of the American Society


of Perianesthesia Nurses, where she is the regional director for the western states. She is a staff nurse at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Calif.

RoAnn (Vecchia) Wendling received the Gerard D. Downing Service to Children Award in recognition of the work she does to protect youth in Berkshire County, Mass. She is a child protective investigator/forensic interviewer with the Mass. Department of Children and Families. She lives in Dalton, Mass., with her husband, David.


Paul Aveni participated in the sabbatical program at the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. While in Rome, Fr. Aveni visited the Pontifical Atheneum San Anselmo. Christine “Dixie” (Greene) Douville, a member of the Board of

Trustees of Saint Anselm College and Morris Catholic High School, is the clinical coordinator for sports medicine at Tri County Orthopedics in Morristown, N.J. She and her husband, Chris ’86, live in Flanders, N.J., with their three children.

Christopher Douville was named

Brian Collins is an emergency medicine physician based in York, Maine. He lives with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, in York.


president of the American National Soda Ash Corporation (ANSAC), where he has served on the board of directors for 13 years. Previously, he was vice president and general manager at Tata Chemicals of North America. He and his wife, Dixie (Greene) ’86 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

1982 Peter Gauthier is a program


published an e-book, Munchausen (the novel) by Proxy.

manager for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of New Hampshire. He recently retired after 27 years as an investigator for the federal public defender located in Concord, N.H.

1983 Paul Dowling retired to Cape Cod after working in the health care field.


Brian Sirois graduated from the U.S. War College with a master’s degree in national security studies and a certificate in the National Security Policy Program. Kenneth J. Walker was appointed

director of the Academic Resource Center at Saint Anselm College.

Maureen (Kelley) Gibson

is a Hospice nurse at Home Health and Hospice Care in southern New Hampshire.

Michael Reeve is a senior scientist at

DSM Coating Resins, in his 20th year with the company.

Eileen Wynne was promoted to vice

president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer at Analog Devices, which is headquartered in Norwood, Mass.


Michael Novello is a college counselor at Masconomet Regional High School in Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree at Salem State University and has been a high school guidance counselor for 17 years.

Paul Cote, of Auburn, Maine, became a partner in DeRosa, Chamberland, and Cote Eye Care in Lewiston. He has practiced optometry in Maine since 1995 and is past president of the Maine Optometric Association.


Michael Guilfoyle is the executive director of communications at Assumption College. He was the secretary for public affairs and communications and chief spokesperson for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., for eight years.

Christina Porter completed a doctorate in educational leadership in urban schools from UMass Boston. She lives with her husband, Andrew Turchon ’03, and daughter, Norah Kate.

1991Colin “CJ” Bourn and his wife,

1998 Philip Skidd completed his

Adam Volungis, a visiting assistant

Karen (Thompson) Bourn, of Merrimack, N.H., had their eldest son, Reggie, confirmed at a Mass presided over by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. CJ is the director of engineering/research and development at Leidos/Reveal Imaging Tech.


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development of health affairs at Quinnipiac University. Previously, he was director of development of clinical affairs at Yale University School of Medicine.

fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School. He holds a clinical position in neurology and neuro-ophthalmology at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vt., with dual academic appointments as an assistant professor of neurological sciences and surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He lives in Richmond, Vt., with his wife, Eileen Victoria Schermeyer-Skidd ’99, and their two children.

Christine (Basile) McDonnell is an

1999 Christopher DeRoma is the

Richard Galiette is senior director of

adult nurse practitioner in primary care. She recently received a doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Minnesota.

1994 Thomas Bebbington is the

director of the office of communication for the Diocese of Manchester, N.H. Previously, he was manager of public and community relations at Long Term Care Partners, LLC, in Portsmouth.

Brendan O’Connor was named an

assistant coach on the staff of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was an advance scout for the Brooklyn Nets.

Christina (Buehler) Radzius was

promoted to assistant principal/dean of women at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, N.Y. She has worked at St. Anthony’s for 20 years and is also the director of public relations and advisor for the yearbook.


Marie Courtney is a dual certified post anesthesia nurse and certified ambulatory perianesthesia nurse. Dan McVay is a social worker at an

alternative school in North Philadelphia.

William (Scott) O’Donnell is the

senior supervisory resident agent in charge of the New Hampshire FBI offices.

operations manager at General Insulation Co.

Alison (MacLeod) Sekelsky was

promoted to the position of director of maternal and child health at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass.

2000 Amanda (Constantine) Cox

works part-time as a college counselor for Campus Bound. She and her husband, Enda, live in Dedham, Mass., with their three daughters, Sarah, Emily, and Charlotte.

Lee Kathryn DeCosta is the inaugural director of women’s golf and member services at the Rhode Island Golf Association. She lives in of Portsmouth, R.I.

professor at Assumption College, spoke with members of the psychology club at Saint Anselm College in December. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University, and is a licensed mental health counselor. He also is a fee-for-service clinician at Children’s Friend in Worcester, Mass.


Brian Corbett, chair of the science department at Southside High Academy in Greenville, S.C., earned the Southeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching from the American Chemical Society. Pat Delany was named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, part of the NBA’s development league affiliated with The Miami Heat. He has worked with The Miami Heat for 11 years, previously as their advance scout. Donald Wightman is a police officer

with the Boston Police Department. He was at Ground Zero during the Boston Marathon bombings, rendering aid to victims, and was involved with the final shootout with suspect 2 in Watertown.


MaryAnne Cappelleri directs the service immersion programs at Stonehill College through the Office of Campus Ministry. She orchestrates 17 trips in the U.S., Latin America, and India, involving 250 students, staff and faculty members.

Ian Brown returned from a combat deployment to Afghanistan and is posted to Marine Corps Base Quantico. He is a tactical air control party capabilities integration officer with the Combat Development and Integration division of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He and his wife, Brianne (Clegg) Brown ’05, have two children.

Kerry-Ann (Foley) Franck is pursuing a master of social work degree at University of New Hampshire Manchester. She is completing an internship at Saint Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H.

Christopher Fiorentino graduated from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the bar in N.H. and Mass. He is an assistant district attorney at the Plymouth District Court in Plymouth, Mass.



Joe Emmons is the executive director of development and advancement services at Saint Anselm College. 33

Heather (Lescarbeau) Hunscher,

a chiropractor, opened Oceanside Chiropractic in Westerly, R.I., with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Kevin McCaffrey is a corporate

paralegal working for the risk management department at the Office of the General Counsel of Cumberland Farms and Gulf Oil. He recently was selected as a debate judge for the Boston Debate League, an organization that mentors Boston public high school students.

Kevin Ridgley is an investigator with the

Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia. He and his wife, Stacey (Malone), live in Virginia Beach with their son.

Stacey (Malone) Ridgley is a

registered nurse in the oncology department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk, Va. She and her husband, Kevin, and their son, Cameron, live in Virginia Beach.

Michael Skelton, spokesman for Public Service of New Hampshire, was named to the New Hampshire Union Leader “Forty Under 40” list. He is co-chair of the Stay, Work, Play organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the state as a desirable place for young workers and recent college graduates. Elizabeth (Shaw) Spitz teaches full-day kindergarten in Milton, Mass.

John Stewart, owner of Bedford Martial

2006 Greg Kwasnik is the communications manager at Loon Mountain Resort.

Jillian (Holmberg) Richards is a

chemistry teacher in the Wachusett Regional School District.


Erica (Carvalho) Dobler was hired as the senior accountant at Saint Anselm College in October. She is a licensed certified public accountant and has been working for the firm of Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, LLC, auditing colleges, universities, healthcare clients and other nonprofits. Amy Regan Gallant completed a master’s degree at New York University and is working as the advocacy coordinator at Preble Street in Portland, Maine.

Theresa Sorrentino was promoted to

vice president and compliance officer of Lenox National Bank, where she has been employed for the past six and a half years.

2008 Ashlee Bailey works as a

grant researcher at the Currier Museum in Manchester, N.H., and Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass., and is pursuing a master’s degree in arts administration at Boston University.

James Morin is the athletic director at Community Charter School of Cambridge and the director of operations for the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization. With friends from Saint Anselm College, he cofounded OTB Lax and Cradle for a Cause, a regional charity lacrosse tournament that has generated over $18,000 for local and national charities and nonprofit organizations. Daniel Scholfield is an associate with

Lynch, Traub, Keefe and Errante in New Haven, Conn., practicing civil and criminal law.

Katelyn Tustin is a clinical administrator

at Sientra, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was the stage manager for a theatre production of “King of Shadows.”


Corey Boudreau is an associate marketing manager at Development Guild/DDI, a Boston-based management consulting firm partnering with nonprofits. Deidra Golino is the associate director of enrollment communications at Mercy College.

Mary Kate Heavey is an eighth grade English language arts (ELA) teacher, curriculum head of the school’s English intervention program, and soccer coach at Washington Irving Middle School (a Level 4 school in Boston).

Ben Severance is the head coach of the

Michael Bouton is a management analyst

Northeastern University lacrosse team, after serving as defensive coach. He took over the position from James Morin ’09 after working with him and Ryan McDonald ’10 for two years. He also works in the sales department of Oracle, in Burlington, Mass.

2009 Gerald Cournoyer is the

Leigh Siergiewicz is pursuing a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree at Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash.

for the town of Arlington, Mass. He earned a master’s degree in accounting at Northeastern University.

Arts Academy, was named to the New Hampshire Union Leader “Forty Under 40” list. He founded a charity-based martial arts program, Karate to Institute Confidence in Kids and Individuals Needing Guidance (KICKING), that serves nonprofit programs dedicated to helping children.

assistant director of annual giving in the advancement department at Saint Anselm College.

2005 Joseph Latona, a certified

Joshua Elliott-Traficante, a policy analyst

financial planner, is the president, founder, and owner of Goldfinch Financial in Manchester, N.H. Goldfinch was incorporated in October 2012.


Angela Sirois-Pitel is the stewardship manager at The Nature Conservancy of Western Massachusetts. She completed a master’s degree at SUNY Syracuse in 2011.

with the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, was appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve as a member of its New Hampshire State Advisory Committee.

2011 Gene Cellini received a

new position in one of the largest Catholic schools in the Bridgeport, Conn., diocese. He also is the assistant head coach for varsity football, girls’ basketball, and baseball at Trumbull High School.

Christopher Daniels is a Jesuit Volunteer Corps volunteer at St. Labre Middle School in Montana.

Alicia Fernandez completed a year of volunteer service as a librarian and library skills teacher at an elementary school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Courtney Gray will be the first Juris

Doctor/Master of Social Work student to graduate from UNH School of Law. She will graduate in 2015 and plans to use her degree to better advocate for individual clients.

Ryan Henry is a math teacher at Trinity-

Sara Sterling, a teacher at Nativity School in Worcester, Mass., was accepted into the Dow Chemical Company National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy Fellowship Program. She is pursuing a master’s degree in teaching at Clark University.

Katharine Winner completed a year of

volunteer service through the Augustinian Volunteers and is pursuing a master of social work degree with a clinical focus at the University of Pennsylvania.

2013 Joe Carew is a staff auditor with

Ercolini & Co. in Boston, Mass.

Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y., where he also coaches soccer, hockey, and varsity lacrosse.

Lisa Kwolek is a nurse in the emergency de-

Siobhan E. Marx is in her third year as

Kennan MacArthur is a program moni-

an ABA classroom therapist at Melmark New England in Andover, Mass.

partment of Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H.

tor with Community Resources for Justice in Manchester, N.H.

Ashley Pratte accepted the lead public relations position at the Young America’s Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Alumni News Richard Manzi teaches 5th grade science

and 7th and 8th grade math at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass.

Catherine Mulligan teaches at Daniel Webster Elementary School in Marshfield, Mass. Sean O’Halloran is a liability claims associate at Zurich North America Insurance. Cliff Parker is a staff accountant with

Sheptoff, Reuber, & Co., in Cromwell, Conn.

Shane Smith is an account manager at Monster Worldwide, in Weston, Mass. Christopher Tinsley is a private wealth

associate at Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group in Boston.

Hannah Wiley is a senior human resource assistant at Partners Health Care in Boston, Mass. She is learning a lot about the HR field and enjoying the new experience.


Timothy Vaughan is a law student at the University of Notre Dame.


Stephanie Chaisson is in her second year of teaching social studies at Methuen High School in Mass., where she also coaches girls’ lacrosse and field hockey.


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Campus Visit Brings Memories: John & Jody Puppolo John and Jody Puppolo met in the campus coffee shop, and they’ve been together ever since. John ’64 plans to attend his 50th reunion in June; but he loves New Hampshire in winter, so he and Jody made the five-hour drive from Kingston, N.Y., to Saint Anselm College just before Christmas. Sitting at a table in the “new” coffee shop, they reminisced about their college days. Jody (Harvey) Puppolo ’65 remembered her admission interview with Ruth Bagley, who told her that the college wanted nursing students with “brains as well as hands.” She was thrilled to be accepted; someone at the National League of Nurses in New York had told her that Saint Anselm had one of the best nursing programs in the northeast. John recalled working for NBC during the 1963 primary and meeting Henry Cabot Lodge in Concord. He takes pride in seeing the growth of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and enjoys seeing his alma mater in the national TV spotlight during the political debate season. John, who grew up in western Massachusetts, was one of


the pioneers of the Saint Anselm College ski team, along with friends Phil LaFrance ’63, Don O’Rourke ’63, and Pat Latour. Unfortunately, he can’t find any photos of the team. “It’s just because we were too fast,” he says. He was the team manager at first, and later joined the racers. They bought their own equipment and had one helmet that they passed around. Jody’s nursing degree took her to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, but the couple soon settled in upstate New York, where they raised their children and became a skiing family. After John retired from a 27-year career at IBM and Jody retired from public health nursing, they became ski patrollers and officers in the National Ski Patrol system. They have albums filled with photos from Steamboat Springs, Squaw Valley, and all the New England and New York ski areas. The years John and Jody Puppolo spent at Saint Anselm College are special to them as the place that led them to their careers and their family, and the place where lasting friendships began. Nearly 50 years after, they are among the school’s most loyal alumni.

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“Amazing” Alumnus: Jason Case ’03 Jason Case’s company website boasts that it’s the leader in snow removal. Recently, the Saint Anselm College business grad, owner of Case Snow Management in Attleboro, Mass., became the leader in something else: a reality TV game show viewed by 10 million people. Case and his girlfriend, Amy Diaz, ran across the finish line of “The Amazing Race” in Juneau, Alaska, holding hands. They had competed against 10 other couples and had six second-place finishes as they covered approximately 35,000 miles in the course of the contest. Case and Diaz learned they had been selected for the cast of the 23rd season of “The Amazing Race” just after the Boston Marathon bombing last April. The competition ended in July, and the finale aired in December. In nine countries, including Japan, Norway, and Indonesia, the couple shared such joys as eating cobra meat, rappelling down the side of a glacier, and jumping into a freezing fiord. They raced a Formula One car, built a robot, and boiled eggs in a hot spring. Their final challenge was to build a wall of totem poles using the first letter of the currency of all the countries in which they competed. The competition, including some days off, took about eight weeks. After Throughout much of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” Case wore a a day’s worth of competition, teams were allowed 12 hours for rest, but “Boston Strong” T-shirt. that time was often taken up with interviews, meals and laundry, so there was little time to sleep.

Snow Sense In his day job, Jason Case is concerned with snow: pushing it, hauling it, and melting it. He is the president of Case Snow Management, which provides consultation and guidance to winter operations managers and contractors throughout New England. Under his leadership, the company has grown to more than six million in revenues and 300 locations. He developed business management acumen at Saint Anselm, and later earned a certificate of professional achievement in construction project management at Northeastern University. Michael McGuinness, a professor in the Department of Economics and Business, remembers him as being outgoing and having a good sense of humor. The professor jokes that he would like a little credit for Case’s success, too: “He must have learned in international business class about how to negotiate around those nine countries.”

Both New Englanders, Case and Diaz say that the “Boston Strong” response to the marathon attack was a major factor in winning the $1 million prize. The two agree that the two toughest legs of the race were in Norway (125 miles inside the Arctic Circle) and Juneau. “But we never gave up, and we thought of our New England sports teams along the way…teams who have done likewise for many years,” says Case, who describes himself as a big fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins. “They always keep fighting, so we kept fighting. We knew we could win. Coming in second only encouraged us to get better, like the Sox and the Patriots. ‘Boston Strong’ speaks volumes for us.” “The Amazing Race” is ultimately a mental game, one where being mentally tough and preparing your mind for stressful situations is key,” says Case, noting that his Saint Anselm experience of balancing academics and athletics was a plus. “You can only battle physical toughness with mental toughness.” Case displayed a fair share of toughness on the football field. In 32 games over four seasons—the first four after the school reinstated football as a varsity sport—he caught 56 passes for 752 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had some experience with winning. During his four seasons, the Hawks went a combined 20-19.


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Stories bring people together. When the five recipients of the Alumni Association’s 2013 awards stood at the podium on the night before Homecoming Weekend and described their life’s journeys, a common thread united everyone in the banquet hall. It was the feeling that if not for Saint Anselm College, these remarkable stories could not be told. The five alumni included a Navy nurse; a doctor and educator; a renowned sociologist; a dedicated Saint Anselm teacher and coach; and a brave man confronting a terminal disease. Alumni Award of Merit Proudly wearing the Purple Heart she received from the U.S. Navy, Captain Ann “Darby” Reynolds ’61 described being a young nurse in Saigon during the Christmas Eve bombing in 1964. During the traumatic aftermath of the bombing, with a leg torn by shattered glass, she overcame her terror and summoned up her skills. Without her nursing degree and the values instilled in her through her Saint Anselm education, she said, “it would have been different. Saint A’s opened the doors.” Among her guests were Lucille Lavoie ’57, her former professor and mentor, and Mary Jo Majors ’69, who was recruited into the Navy by “Darby.” Health Service Award Dr. Thomas Van Hoof ’88 turned an interest in biology into a distinguished career in education and health care. His passion for science was fueled in the classroom and the lab, where he worked alongside Professor Dan Lavoie. After graduating summa cum laude, he studied medicine and psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and went to Harvard Medical School for a fellowship in medical ethics. He complemented his medical training with a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in educational administration. He has received awards for his teaching and research. To submit nominations for the 2014 awards, visit alumni-awards. Nominations are due by May 1.


Walter J. Gallo ’58 Award Paul Finn ’73 is a professor, coach, and mentor who is unwavering in his commitment to the wellbeing of Saint Anselm students, whether or not they are in his classes. The latest recognition for his career was the 2013 teaching award from the college’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Finn teaches and supports his students even after they graduate, always willing to advise, network, or just talk. A longtime cross-country running coach, he also provides organization and motivation for anyone interested in training for a marathon. In 2013, he helped gather and support the 40-plus runners who had traveled from Saint Anselm to participate in the marathon disrupted by tragedy. Accepting the award, he acknowledged the leadership of his cross-country captains who helped the group return safely to campus.

“As I listened to all five honorees, I was newly impressed by what Saint Anselm College is doing on a daily basis: preparing young people to step up and take their place in the world as conscientious, productive, and even awe-inspiring members of our society.” – Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president

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Academic Achievement Award Gianpietro Mazzoleni ’69 has taught and traveled around the world, but he found a home at Saint Anselm College. After graduation, he earned a doctorate from the University of Rome-La Sapienza in Italy. He now teaches sociology and political communication at the University of Milan and continues his scholarly work in the field of mass communication, media policy, and political communication. From Austria to Australia, he has made contributions to his profession through his teaching, scholarship, editing, and writing. He made lifelong friends at Saint Anselm, spending holidays with his classmates and their families.

Humanitarian Award Michael Jaillet ’91 was recognized for being a model of courage and compassion as he faces a life with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). After his diagnosis, he turned his attention to helping other people who share his condition. He created MJ’s Army with his family and friends. The funds raised through his efforts offer help and hope to thousands of families affected by the incurable disease. “God wants us to be productive in what we are doing in this life and I plan to do that,” he says. Kevin Fitzgerald ’00, president of the Alumni Association, presented his award saying, “Michael has changed so many lives and spread so much awareness in a time when the simplest and most obvious act on his part would have been to turn inward. If that isn’t the true spirit of humanitarianism, I don’t know what is.”

L to R: Paul Finn ’73, Gianpietro Mazzoleni ’69, Captain Ann “Darby” Reynolds ’61, Dr. Steven DiSalvo, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. ’71, Dr. Thomas Van Hoof ’88, Michael Jaillet ’91, and Katie Jaillet. Photos by Kevin Harkins.


Alumna Remembered Through Fund for Service An alumna’s love for her fellow human beings is recognized at her alma mater in a way that will benefit countless people, from her fellow Anselmians to needy children. Kathleen Mulcahy Miskell ’06 died tragically in a parasailing accident while on a vacation with her husband. As a student, Miskell participated in Road for Hope and in two Service & Solidarity trips: one to help orphans in Honduras and one to build a home in Jacksonville, Fla., with Habitat for Humanity. Because of her generosity, the alumna’s family decided to do something important in her honor. They began a annual fund in her name which helps other students make the commitment to service. Aid from the fund will be given to Saint Anselm students who need financial support in order to participate in the kinds

of mission trips that Kathleen deemed so critical. Spearheaded by Miskell’s father, Jim Mulcahy, the fund-raising has resulted in more than $31,000. Last fall, a group of friends, family members, and college staff attended a Mass for Miskell in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church, and then joined for the unveiling of a remembrance plaque. “Campus Ministry is touched and honored to be the recipient of the Kathleen Mulcahy Miskell Memorial Fund for the Service and Solidarity Program. We are proud to honor Kathleen’s love of service through our Service & Solidarity mission trips,” says Joycelin Raho, campus minister.

Pro Bono Pro: Kathryn Cooley ’02 Browsing in a gift shop, Kate Cooley found a card with a quote that has stuck with her: “If you can’t make waves, make ripples,” a statement she has taken entirely to heart. She is a labor and delivery nurse at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. While her job is a fulltime commitment and is certainly fulfilling, Kate’s other passion is photography. “Growing up, I was always the one with the camera,” she says. “From our eighth grade class trip to Spring Break Alternative trip with St. A’s, my camera is always at my side. I think memories will always be in your heart and your mind, but I also believe looking at a photograph evokes an emotion that reaches deeper. God has blessed me with the gift of seeing life through the lens and I wanted to make something good out of that.” This passion, coupled with her devotion to helping others, inspired her to start a photography business called Pay it Forward Photography. She does not charge a fee for her work, or even travel expenses. Instead, she asks her clients to give any and all payments directly to charity or to commit a random act of kindness. “Getting your pictures taken can get to be pretty expensive, but I feel like everyone should be able to have the opportunity to carry those memories,” Cooley says. “I love that when I show people their photos they smile from their soul. For me, that is a greater form of payment than any amount of money.” 40

Photo by Katie Brenkert

Last July, someone broke into Cooley’s home and stole over $5,000 worth of photography equipment. The story made the news, and soon many had heard about the theft that left a pro bono photographer without her equipment. Her plight was felt by the community, and sympathetic people contributed the funds to replace the equipment. Not long after the break-in, Cooley traveled to Connecticut to visit Amanda Cox ’00. While she was away, some of her co-workers took up a collection and surprised her by landscaping her yard. “I drove into my driveway and thought I pulled into the wrong place. I was overwhelmed, completely emotionally overwhelmed. My yard looked absolutely gorgeous.” Since January 2013, Cooley has worked more than 130 photo shoots and has a dozen more scheduled. One photo at a time, she is making ripples into waves.

Contributed by Michael Morse ’14

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E-Commerce Entrepreneur: Benjamin Camerota ’05 While working in medical device sales and marketing, Ben Camerota kept his eye out for a good business opportunity. He found it in MVP Visuals, a two-person startup that supplied custom promotions and displays for trade shows and events. Since he purchased it in 2012, the company has gained three employees, a website, a $50,000 small business grant from the state of Connecticut, and more than 2,000 new customers. They include Nascar, Facebook, Microsoft, Boeing, the Houston Astros, LEGO, and the U.S. Navy. “I was always business focused, but I was thinking and reading and talking about 18th century literature or A Farewell to Arms,” says the e-commerce business owner. “I knew I’d be using writing and research and speaking skills no matter what business I chose to be in.” Writing a grant application or piecing together a business plan is like writing a paper,” he says, “and you always need to communicate clearly to your customers, coworkers, employees, and bosses.” Camerota grew up in an entrepreneurial family. His grandfather started a transmission remanufacturing and distribution company, and it became the family business. His father had several career changes, and is now a business broker. Camerota’s rapidly growing company in Enfield, Conn., has just gone global, with two customers in China. “Twenty years ago, my business didn’t exist,” he says of the business promotions field. “This is something that’s been around for a hundred years, but it’s updated for the 21st century and a global economy.” His business may be global, but the entrepreneur likes to stay close to home. He and his wife, Teresa, are expecting their third child, and they both have close, extended families nearby in the town where they grew up.

Combining Law and Science: Alison (Marcotte) McCarthy ’98 As an intellectual property attorney, Alison McCarthy draws on all three of her degrees: liberal arts, engineering, and law. She recently was promoted to of counsel at Pepper Hamilton, an international law firm with an office in Boston. McCarthy completed the 3-2 engineering physics program, a five-year cooperative program in which she earned a BA in physics and a BS in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) at Catholic University of America. She earned her law degree at New England School of Law, where she has been an adjunct professor for a course in trademarks and unfair competition. Alison and her husband, Brendan ‘96, live in Wellesley, Mass. with their two children. Patent law is a demanding and rewarding field, she says. “It’s intellectually rigorous and constantly changing. Each patent case involves new technology that must be learned and understood in depth. Each case also involves new personalities, many of which belong to incredibly bright and talented inventors at the leading edge of their respective fields. Not to mention the necessity of interpreting and studying the application of the recently heavily amended patent laws.” McCarthy is not the only 3-2 engineering physics major working in patent law. Matthew Stephens ‘04, an associate at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, in Washington, D.C., completed his mechanical engineering degree at University of Notre Dame.


Engineering a Career: Alex Macomber ’10 It may not look like the robots from the movies, but electrical engineer Alex Macomber ’10 can attest that his orange robot gets the job done. When a company receives an order, the robot delivers the appropriate mobile shelving unit to an employee who packs, ships, and completes the order. Macomber is a senior services engineer at Kiva Systems, where he helps companies automate their fulfillment system at warehouses. Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in March 2012, provides companies with an integrated system of robots, shelving units, and software. Alex leads the team that implements the software and builds the robots and shelving units. He manages contractors and junior engineers and keeps projects on track and on deadline. As part of Kiva’s professional services, Macomber spends a lot of time on the road. “It’s great because there’s a lot of variety. I might be on a project for 3-6 months but then move somewhere else for a week,” he says. He’s worked in Germany, San Francisco, Kansas City and Seattle.

Macomber earned his bachelor’s in applied physics from Saint Anselm and through the college’s 3-2 engineering physics program, earned his bachelor’s in engineering at the University of Notre Dame in Ill. Having two degrees gives him a bigger professional network and career flexibility. He’s also played rugby at Saint Anselm, Notre Dame, and now, while traveling, all around the country. The college’s 3-2 engineering program resides in the physics department but combines foundational engineering courses with a liberal arts education. It prepares students to go into the engineering field of their choice whether electrical, mechanical, civil, or chemical. Students study at Saint Anselm for three years and then complete two more years at one of four partner schools such as the University of Notre Dame. Graduates have held positions in the fields of engineering at organizations such as IBM, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, and the University of Michigan.

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Lady of the Lake: Kristin Conte ’03 Inspired by professors Jay Pitocchelli and Barry Wicklow, biology major Kristin Conte made a career out of her passion for the environment. For the past 10 years, she has been making sure the water coming out of taps in and around Manchester, N.H., is of the highest quality possible. Conte is in her 10th year as a laboratory technician at Manchester Water Works, the state’s largest water utility. Her “outer office” is the 42-square-mile Massabesic Watershed, which provides water for 160,000 customers. “All the water in those streams and ponds will eventually end up flowing into our source water, Lake Massabesic,” she says. Her desk is a lab bench, where she tests lake water and samples from the distribution system for inorganic analytes such as pH, turbidity, conductivity, alkalinity and phosphate. She also runs microbiological tests for the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria, and analyzes for the presence of lead, copper, iron, manganese, sodium and zinc. “These tests allow us to see how well our treatment practices are working and if we need to make any adjustments,” Conte says. The city’s water works system has won accolades and the tap water has been judged among the best tasting in the country. Conte loved doing field work as a summer intern with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services during her junior and senior years. Her job was to monitor public beaches for water-borne pathogens and toxins, which sometimes led to beach closings. Now, field work is a favorite part of her job. In spring, summer,

and fall, she surveys the lake by boat, stopping at nine locations to take clarity readings, temperature profiles, and dissolved oxygen readings. In the winter, the job involves drilling a hole in the ice and testing for sodium levels, which can increase due to road salting. Conte also enjoys running the water department’s youth education program. She and a co-worker visit third and fourth grade classes to discuss water pollution, water treatment, and conservation. They design hands-on experiments, and give tours of the water treatment plant. “It’s a very rewarding part of my job,” she says. “To raise awareness in these students about their environment and inspire an interest in science is such an important matter and close to my heart. So for most of the spring, I not only have my laboratory duties, but I also become ‘The Water Lady’.” Her educational role extends to Saint Anselm College, through her former advisor, Professor Wicklow, who sends students her way for internships.

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On the Pinnacle: Linda Connly ’87 Linda (Pavone) Connly aims high—right up to the clouds. Her company, EMC Corporation, is one of the world’s largest technology companies helping IT departments store and protect their information in the “cloud.” If you use any kind of social media or online data drive, you are already using the cloud; you just may not realize it. As a senior vice president, Connly is key to the company’s global success. She manages a global sales force and is responsible for $2.8 billion in revenue. She is one of only a few female senior vice presidents in the entire company, which has 60,000 employees globally and is Massachusetts’ largest employer. She manages 700 people in eight locations. Recently, the Saint Anselm business grad was recognized by the Boston business community for her career success and her commitment to inspiring and mentoring younger professionals. She was honored at the 20th Annual Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Awards dinner in January, where the proudest member of the audience was her husband, Peter Connly ’88. Her award was in the category of Achievement in Management (private sector). The Pinnacle Awards are presented annually to women leaders in business and management. Connly’s leadership experience dates back to her days at Saint Anselm, when she captained the women’s basketball team during her junior and senior years. In more than 10 years at Data General after graduating from college, she

“Success in life is when you are in the driver’s seat…making proactive choices on how and where you spend your time.” moved up to the position of director of global field and health care marketing. She joined EMC Corp. in 2000 as director of global marketing operations and moved up the corporate ladder. While she has mentored hundreds of men and women in the industry, Connly is known as a role model for female employees in particular.


“When I reflect on the legacy I want to leave at EMC, it is to be the change agent who had the greatest impact on promoting gender diversity in our sales organization,” she says. She recently delivered opening remarks to an audience of 3,000 women at the Simmons Leadership Conference and is active on the speaking circuit. Her main piece of advice for women in business is to act as a “velvet hammer:” to be a direct communicator who works hard, leads by example and consistently gets the job done, while using compassion and empathy. “Acting as a velvet hammer and combining it with the skill to make people feel comfortable, valued and important is a very powerful asset to have in business.” She also advises, “Be impressed with others vs. being impressed with yourself. It is important to show people that they are important no matter what role they play.” The accomplished alumna and Hawks basketball Hall of Famer also uses her leadership skills to benefit her community, serving on the board of Old Sturbridge Village and on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board. Connly and her husband, Peter, maintain close ties to Saint Anselm. The elder of their two children, Olivia ‘17, is a business major and a member of the lacrosse team. Through the Alumni Association, she has been active in career mentoring with Saint Anselm students.

Milestones MARRIAGES


Christina Buehler ’94 and LTJG Darius Radzius, USN, Nov. 30, 2013, Farmingdale, N.Y.

Marie Courtney ’96, a son, Jameson John, Oct. 27, 2011.

Katherine Durant ’98 and Michael Bocchichio, Dec. 28, 2013, Melrose, Mass.

Lara (Buehler) ’96 and Joe Caniano, a son, Leo John, Dec. 18, 2012.

Meghan Shea ’03 and Mason Gillespie, June 22, 2013, Rochester, N.Y.

Kristen (Fuller) ’99 and Mike Derosier, a daughter, Keira Veronica, Dec. 18, 2013.

Stacey Malone ’04 and Kevin Ridgley ’04, Oct. 11, 2009, Meredith, N.H.

Caroline (Sheeran) ’99 and Matthew McDermod ’99, a daughter, Tessa Faith, Sept. 13, 2013.

Laena Fallon ’05 and Brendon Pomeroy ’04, Sept. 14, 2013, York, Maine.

Christopher DeRoma ’99 and Michelle, a son, Charles Xavier, July 15, 2013.

Lisa Cyr ’05 and Garrett Murray, Sept. 28, 2013, Brunswick, Maine.

Samantha ( Judge) ’00 and David Aiello ’00, a daughter, Isabella, Nov. 11, 2012.

Kristen Warren ’05 and Richard Lally ’05, Sept. 29, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

Leah (Glass) ’01 and Dave Marino, twins, Ava Ann and Brett Robert, July 16, 2013.

Anne Capezza ’05 and Manuel Sifontes, Oct. 5, 2013, Narragansett, R.I.

Kristin (Mahoney) ’01 and Adam Wysocki, a son, Adam Jr., June 28, 2012.

Audrey Magni ’06 and Brad Balicki ’04, Sept. 28, 2013, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

Rena (Walles) ’02 and Michael Stroud, a son, Zachary Michael, Sept. 4, 2012.

Amy Regan ’07 and Bryan Gallant, June 29, 2013, Portland, Maine.

Meghan (Brown) ’03 and Stergos Kaloudis ’01, a son, Steven Eleftherios, July 7, 2013.

Stephanie Zanotti ’07 and Matthew Cahill ’06, Nov. 2, 2013, Charlestown, Mass.

Kate (Godbout) ’03 and Shaun St. Onge ’03, a son, Noah Michael, Oct. 9, 2013.

Catelyn Colby ’09 and Vincent Reed III, May 5, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

Sheila (Osgood) ’03 and Jay Kolodzinski, a daughter, Grace Marie, Dec. 25, 2013.

Katie Leibovitz ’09 and Tom Kerwin ’09, Oct. 5, 2013.

Colette (Salvas) ’03 and Chris Herrick ’02, a daughter, Katelynn, May 6, 2012.

Katherine Fiore ’10 and Ian Bragg, Sept. 21, 2013, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Stacey (Malone) ’04 and Kevin Ridgley ’04, a son, Cameron Philip, Nov. 6, 2011. Jillian (Holmberg) ’06 and Adam Richards, a son, James, Dec. 6, 2013. Lindsey (Scanlon) ’06 and Robert Buchholz, a daughter, Claire Ryan, Aug. 27, 2013. Catelyn (Colby) ’09 and Vincent Reed III, a son, Vincent Paul IV, June 8, 2013. Joelle (Millar) ’09 and Kevin O’Brion ’09, a daughter, Fiona, Oct. 10, 2013.


In Memoriam James M. Coyne ’30, Belfast, Maine, Jan. 11, 2014. Richard L. “Dick” Mullaney Jr. ’47, Bristol, Conn., Feb. 5, 2014. James F. Carney ’49, Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 3, 2013. Alcide W. St. John ’49, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 24, 2013. Thomas J. Duffy ’50, Pawtucket, R.I., Feb. 2, 2014. Joseph F. Gallagher ’50, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 8, 2014. Charles S. Kaczor ’50, Waterford, Conn., Sept. 21, 2013. Anthony J. “Tony” Martyn ’50, Lowell, Mass., Sept. 8, 2013. Henry Winiarski ’50, Colchester, Conn., Nov. 18, 2013. Rev. Alfred W. Bouchard ’52, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 10, 2013. Thomas A. Gaucher ’54, Kapaa, Hawaii, July 5, 2013. Maureen Bissonnette ’55, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 9, 2014. Dennis F. O’Connor ’55, Agawam, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013. Marcel G. Compagna ’56, Merrimack, N.H., Jan. 29, 2014. Joseph H. Koonz ’56, North Adams, Mass., Sept. 28, 2013. John S. Aylward ’57, Venice, Fla., Dec. 29, 2013. Walter F. McCarthy ’57, Manchester, N.H., Feb. 2, 2014. Donald A. Normandeau ’57, Goffstown, N.H., Dec. 4, 2013. Georgina E. Wuchter ’57, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 22, 2013. J. Richard Arata ’59, Sayville, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2013. Rev. John A. Koonz ’59, West Springfield, Mass., Nov. 27, 2013. James A. McDonald ’59, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 12, 2013. Joseph H. St. Germain ’59, Penacook, N.H., Oct. 26, 2013. Pierre F. Burns ’62, Arlington, Va., Oct. 19, 2013.

Roger A. Gagnon ’62, Newburyport, Mass., Dec. 17, 2013. John M. Ginley ’63, South Portland, Maine, Oct. 18, 2013. Col. Paul M. Lavin ’65, Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 30, 2014. James R. Pickles ’65, Candia, N.H., Jan. 21, 2014. Richard T. Yelle ’65, Methuen, Mass., Oct. 4, 2013. Rene G. Demers ’68, Dover, N.H., Dec. 25, 2013. John M. Lynch ’69, Wallingford, Conn., Oct. 18, 2013. Gerard J. Green ’73, Vero Beach, Fla., Dec. 27, 2013. Jeffrey E. Rahn ’73, Pflugerville, Texas, Aug. 26, 2013. Jeffrey P. Wraight ’73, Vernon, Conn., Oct. 1, 2013. Lewis F. Ward Jr. ’73, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2013. Thomas R. Donelin Jr. ’75, Westwood, Mass., Nov. 16, 2013. Stephan A. Hatch ’75, North Attleboro, Mass., Oct. 8, 2013. Mark S. Mercier ’84, Nashua, N.H., Jan. 23, 2014. Helene G. Hanks ’86, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 18, 2014. Darrick D. Sommers ’99, Milford, Conn., Nov. 30, 2013. Daniel J. Breen ’12, Scituate, Mass., Oct. 12, 2013.

Friends Maion Campilio, former Saint Anselm College Dining Hall staff member, North Reading, Mass., Jan. 5, 2014. Vasilke Isaak, Sept. 21, 2013.

David G. Stahl David G. Stahl died Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 86. Along with his wife, Professor Barbara J. Stahl, who died in 2004, he was a loyal supporter of Saint Anselm College. A native of Manchester, N.H., he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and graduated from Dartmouth College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He joined his father’s dental practice in Manchester in 1952, and practiced dentistry for the next 50 years. Dr. Stahl was a founder of The Derryfield School and was a patron of music and the arts. He was involved with the New Hampshire Symphony, Manchester Historic Association, New Hampshire Historical Society, the Currier Museum of Art, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and many professional organizations.

The late David and Barbara Stahl.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR Br. Edward Englund, O.S.B. ’65 Br. Edward Englund, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey, passed away Jan. 1, at the age of 71. Since 1988, he had lived at Woodside Priory, a dependent monastery of Saint Anselm Abbey which operates a college preparatory school near San Francisco. Br. Edward was born in New Haven, Conn. He entered Saint Anselm Abbey (later the motherhouse of Woodside Priory) and professed his monastic vows in 1963. He graduated from Saint Anselm College with a degree in sociology in 1965. Prior to his assignment at Woodside Priory School, Br. Edward held administrative positions at Saint Anselm College, including registrar and residence director. He also was a member of the education faculty. At Woodside, his recent position was director of student assessment and data analysis. He had served the Priory community in many influential roles, including academic dean, director of guidance and counseling, guesthouse master, testing coordinator, and dorm master. “Brother Edward loved his monastic community and his vocation as a Benedictine,” said Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. “He worked tirelessly for the students of Saint Anselm College and Woodside Priory School. Foremost for Brother Edward was the ultimate good of the other person—confrere, student or colleague.”

College Events April 22–May 9 Exhibition of work from Studio Practice class Comiskey Art Center May 17 College Commencement

The Dana Center for the Humanities April 26 Pilobolus (dance/movement company) May 9 Stuart Little, Dallas Children’s Theatre

Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center September 25 Opening, Reverie—Art at Saint Anselm

New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library April 25, 7pm Bookmark Series: Cal Thomas, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America”    

Alumni Events

Sr. Christopher (Mary) Weber, O.S.B. Sr. Christopher Weber, O.S.B., passed away Nov. 21, 2013, in St. Cloud, Minn. Sr. Christopher was one of the Benedictine sisters who lived, prayed, and worked at Saint Anselm College. She taught in the education department from 1972 until her return to her Benedictine community in Minnesota in 2008. Sr. Christopher also served as chair of the education department and coordinator of field placements, and served on several statewide education committees. A native of Montana, Sr. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the College of Saint Benedict. She earned a master’s degree in secondary school administration at the State University of Iowa and a master’s degree in education at the University of Maine. “Sr. Christopher was a very strong woman, incredibly warm and very committed to her students. She was a role model and an inspiration,” says Dr. Laura Wasielewski, chair and director of the Department of Education. The Sister Christopher M. Weber, O.S.B., Award in Teacher Education is presented annually to a student who embodies her characteristics.

June 6 24th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Candia Woods Golf Links June 13–15 Reunion Weekend June 22 Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox Coliseum August 15 Annual Gathering at Tia’s on the Waterfront Boston September 26–28 Homecoming Weekend


End Note

Senator’s Staffers Meet on Hilltop

Four Saint Anselm alumni accompanied U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen to the president’s inauguration in October. L to R: Candace (Cunha) Schaefer ’07, director of constituent services; Abbie James ’12, staff assistant; Peter Clark ’12, special assistant for constituent services; and Jon Jarvis ’10, New Hampshire operations manager. (Missing from the photo is Marissa Serafino ’12, assistant to the chief of staff and intern coordinator.)


Create A Legacy In 1889, monks from the Order of Saint Benedict came to a hilltop in New Hampshire, at the invitation of Bishop Denis M. Bradley, to establish an institution of higher learning in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Their legacy thrives today on that hilltop, educating and nurturing nearly two thousand young women and men. The continued success of the legacy the monks created is made possible by the devotion, and financial support, of thousands of alumni, parents and friends, most particularly by those who have made provisions for Saint Anselm College in their estate planning. These visionary donors are recognized as members of our 1889 Society. The legacy they are creating shines far into the future.


• A bequest in your will or living trust • A beneficiary designation on your IRA or retirement plan • A gift that pays you income for life • A life insurance gift

For information on the many ways to create your own legacy for Saint Anselm College, visit and click on “Planned Giving,” or contact us directly: (603) 641-7228,


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Ready to Lead - Spring 2014  

The Magazine of Saint Anselm College

Ready to Lead - Spring 2014  

The Magazine of Saint Anselm College