Portraits THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY THE NEW CONVERSATION ON CAMPUS GATEWAY TO EXCELLENCE
For God and Country by Chip Underhill
The New Conversation on Campus
4 On the Hilltop Gateway to Excellence 12 Scene on Campus by Michelle Adams O’Regan 32 Philanthropy 34 Focus on Faculty 36 Alumni News 46 Milestones 48 End Note by Dr. Gary Bouchard
On the cover: 2nd Lieutenant Jeffrey Boyle ’16, commissioned in May as a U.S. Marine prior to Saint Anselm College’s 123rd Commencement Exercises. Photo by Gil Talbot.
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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 (603-6417240) and published by Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, N.H. 03102-1310. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and (except for editorials) do not necessarily reflect the position of the college or the editors. Email: email@example.com
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Portraits THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Michelle Adams O’Regan
MAGAZINE ADVISORY BOARD Katherine (Durant) Bocchichio ’98 Alumni Council Representative
Dr. Gary Bouchard Faculty Representative
ART DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER
Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B. Monastery Representative
James F. Flanagan Vice President for College Advancement
Melinda A. Lott
CONTRIBUTORS: Kathleen D. Bailey Dr. Gary Bouchard Kate Grip Denon Kathleen Lovett ’02 Laurie D. Morrissey Gabriella Servello ’14
“Dr. Gary Bouchard ‘hit one out of the park’ when he wrote ‘It’s Personal”! To recognize the amazing behind the scenes Saint Anselm ‘family’ is a fitting tribute to them and to all who espouse the Benedictine hospitality at the college. Congrats on a job well done!” Anne-Marie Hurley Sullivan, wife of Michael Sullivan ’70 “This was a very touching and amazing article. Thanks for sharing the peek inside the goings-on ‘behind the scenes’ with these wonderful people who keep the place running so well.” Patty Buswell Lefavour, parent of Dylan ’17 “These people are amazing and have been legendary in their impact on the college and the college community. Great job on recognizing them for their service to Saint Anselm College.”
Dr. Landis Magnuson Faculty Representative Paul Pronovost ’91 Alumni At-large Representative
Ellen (Hickey) Lynch ’81
Dr. Elaine Rizzo Faculty Representative
“The Anselmian Pride shines through! Thank you.”
Patrice Russell ’93 Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming
Janet Pacitti, parent of Alex ’17
Gabriella Servello ’14 Alumni At-large Representative Patricia R. Shuster Vice President for Human Resources and Administration
“It’s hard to explain what it is about SAC that’s so special, but this comes pretty close. Thank you for all the work you and your co-workers do.” Brittney Taylor ’16
DECEMBER 3 DecemberSong Readings and songs performed by the Saint Anselm Choir in the Abbey Church
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Dana Center for the Humanities NOVEMBER 3-5 Abbey Players Fall Production The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later NOVEMBER 10 Shanghai National Acrobats DECEMBER 9 Eileen Ivers & Her Amazing Celtic Band An Nollaig, An Irish Christmas www.anselm.edu/dana
Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center OCTOBER 20 - DECEMBER 10 The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell www.anselm.edu/chapelart
DECEMBER 2 New York City Regional Network Christmas Party DECEMBER 5 Hartford, Conn. Regional Network Christmas Party DECEMBER 9 Boston, Mass. Regional Network Christmas Party DECEMBER 14 Washington, D.C. Regional Network Christmas Party JANUARY 12 Manchester, N.H. Regional Network Winter Social For more events, visit www.anselm.edu/alumni
Letter from the President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. Dear Anselmians and friends, Every fall as we welcome a new class to the Hilltop, we congratulate them on becoming Anselmians. To learn, not only intellectually, but morally and spiritually; to live and work in true engagement with all communities; to pursue the truth and enrich those you encounter for a lifetime; this is what it means to live the mission of Saint Anselm College. I’m often struck by how many new students don’t need to be told this. They have selected Saint Anselm because they have committed to these values in their lives�they are already Anselmians in their hearts. It is our job to nurture those instincts and provide them with the tools to go out into the world four years later and lead with those guiding principals. For this reason, Conversatio is one of the most important academic experiences that our students will ever have. The cornerstone of our liberal arts curriculum encourages learning and growth in the best Catholic, Benedictine intellectual tradition beginning the very first semester, one of the first shared experiences of every Saint Anselm student. And these experiences are many over four years: from studying abroad in Orvieto, where students literally walk in the footsteps of Saint Benedict; to Service and Solidarity Missions, where they walk in them figuratively by providing service where it is most needed; from old traditions like visits to the monastery; to new ones like seniors composing prayers of thanksgiving and hope at the Grotto for offering at Baccalaureate Mass in the Abbey Church. Last May, our Commencement speaker, Mike Sheehan ’82, HD ’11, put it best when he said: “Any college can and should prepare you to go out and be passionate about pursuing a successful career. But there are precious few schools that prepare you to be compassionate as well. Saint Anselm most definitely is one of them.” He asked that we allow the nursing majors to walk to the dais to receive their diplomas first, and that every member of the Class of 2016 follow them in the work of healing those they meet. Thus, our graduands ended their education as they began it�“in the Anselmian tradition of service, kindness, and compassion.” Of course, living the mission doesn’t end with graduation; just as Saint Anselm students come here ready to do well by doing good, many of our alumni devote the rest of their lives and careers to service of all kinds. In this issue of Portraits, we celebrate in particular those who have selflessly served in the U.S. Armed Forces, making countless sacrifices for the protection of our great country. In these troubled times, our nation and our world most certainly need more Anselmians leading, helping, serving and healing. It is my hope that as we move forward with faith, even in the face of an uncertain future, each of us will always live our mission with pride, dignity and compassion for all.
With God’s Blessings,
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
On the Hilltop Saint Anselm College has selected Jasmine Blais ’17, an English and Spanish double major from Laconia, N.H., as the Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. This award, which is granted annually, provides the recipient with a full tuition scholarship for senior year. Recipients must demonstrate concern for and assistance to others, potential for leadership, and a love of learning. They must also participate in the life of the college. Blais fits all of the above criteria, and then some. She works in the Academic Resource Center tutoring Spanish and offering composition assistance; she also uses her writing skills as Culture Editor for The Saint Anselm Crier. Off campus, she has already participated in two Service and Solidarity Mission Trips, and is planning to lead an all-women Winter Break Alternative trip in January to Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also in the
Jasmine Blais Selected as 2017 Holmes Scholar
Honors Program, and is a member of both the Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic) honor societies. “When I was chosen, I felt so blessed,” says Blais. “It was so incredible to have the support of my family, my friends, and the community here at the college. I also felt so grateful for the professors who have been there for me since I began my time here, namely, Professors Ann Holbrook
Twelve New Faculty Join Academic Community
Joann Condon ’00, clinical faculty, Nursing Jason Hedetniemi, assistant professor, Mathematics Matthew Hurley, assistant professor, Chemistry Duncan LaBay, assistant professor, Economics and Business Carrie MacLeod ’83, assistant professor, Nursing Michelle Moreau, clinical faculty, Nursing Michael New, assistant professor, English Liana Pennington, assistant professor, Criminal Justice Gilberto Ruiz, assistant professor, Theology Diana Sherman, assistant professor, Education Anne Thenin, instructor, Modern Languages Stephan Unger, assistant professor, Economics and Business
Jennifer Thorn, and Jaime Orrego.” Blais is interested in a career in journalism or publishing, but isn’t ruling out graduate school or a year of service post-graduation. Meanwhile, she is writing her senior thesis on Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon.” The Holmes Award was established through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davison, in memory of Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., former president of the college.
Saint Anselm Featured in Princeton Review and U.S. News “Best Colleges 2017” Lists This fall, Saint Anselm College was once again named among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in both The Princeton Review’s “The 381 Best Colleges” and U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” 2017 editions. In The Princeton Review, the college was ranked 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food (up two spots from last year’s ranking) and 6th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 13th in 2016), as well as being rated 20th for Happiest Students, 11th for Most Religious Students and included on the Best Northeastern list. “We are ranked among the best because we have the best people,” says Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, college president. “These rankings speak
to the unwavering dedication and commitment of all Anselmians. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics, and schools are categorized and ranked based on a survey of 143,000 students nationwide on more than 80 questions about each school’s academics, administration, and student body. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranked 1,374 colleges and universities, including Saint Anselm at #115 in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges (defined as those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences).
The publication uses many factors in their methodology: average freshman retention rate, assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, acceptance rates, and student selectivity metrics. As a result, the college earned recognition for enrolling stronger academic classes over the past few years. U.S. News also included Saint Anselm on its “A+ Schools for B Students” list, which distinguishes the college as seeking “a broad and engaged student body.” The list acknowledges that Saint Anselm has a learning environment where students who demonstrate determination and hardworking commitment have the opportunity to thrive.
Chapel Art Center Fall Exhibition: The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell
The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center opened for the 20162017 academic year on September 6. The season began with an extended run of the exhibition New Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection, including over 400 works of art encompassing a variety of figural and landscape paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The Chapel Art Center’s major fall exhibition, The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell, opened on October 20 and will be on view until December 10. Anne Connell is a Portland, Oregon-based artist whose intimately scaled paintings and mixed media works combine visual quotations from a variety of art historical sources with a
uniquely modern sensibility. Often employing a range of traditional artistic techniques and materials not commonly used since the Renaissance�including silverpoint and applied gold leaf –Connell draws inspiration from Italian architecture, Flemish altarpieces, sixteenth-century German woodcuts, heraldic devices, and the depths of her own imagination to create playful visual worlds that are both inviting and surreal. Throughout the year, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of associated lectures and public programs. Visit www.anselm.edu/chapelart
Get on the Bus
This fall, Saint Anselm College student-athletes are travelling to and from campus for varsity competition on the Athletic Department’s brand new, customized bus, which arrived on the Hilltop in August. Alan Milden, who had driven the old “SAC Bus” for six years, received a new title of Transportation Specialist and logged more than 5,000 miles in September with women’s basketball, cross country, tennis, and volleyball. “The new bus is a big step forward and will result in significant savings from an operational travel budget standpoint,” said Athletic Director Daron Montgomery. “Both HAWKS1 and Alan are very popular with our student-athletes.” Athletic administrators, in conjunction with purchasing and budget colleagues, secured the bus from Master’s Transportation in Kansas City, Mo. The company specializes in custom bus and coach vehicles for college athletic departments nationwide.
Students and Faculty Conduct INBRE Research Saint Anselm students don’t need to wait until graduate school to do research. This summer, 23 students conducted research projects on campus funded by the New Hampshire INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program, which aims to increase biomedical research within the state. While supporting faculty projects, it emphasizes student participation in training, lab work, and independent research. Through the INBRE grant, students ranging in major from biology to nursing to chemistry developed their research skills while searching for answers to questions posed by scientists all over the world. Amelia McCue ’17 investigated light-activated drugs in the hopes of reducing overall side effects of chemotherapy drugs. A chemistry major, she has been working with Professor Thomas Shell and three other students since May 2015. “The program presents a great opportunity for students, faculty, and the college to explore a diversity of biomedical research,” says Professor Derk Wierda, Saint Anselm College’s principal investigator for INBRE’s research training component. “It represents a huge array of questions being answered and problems being solved.” INBRE not only allows students to focus on diverse subjects of interest but also gives them the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member or mentor and gain lab skills. Undergraduates
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are trained on equipment, terminology, and library resources and can bounce ideas off of each other and their mentors along the way. “I’ve learned a lot of transferable skills,” says biology major Emily Fitzmeyer ’17, who is working with Professor Elizabeth Greguske, studying bacteria phages as a way to overcome viruses. “How to use equipment and also how to talk about my research in a way people can understand.” Research can also lead to wider opportunities and insight into possible future career paths for students. McCue was selected to represent the New Hampshire INBRE program at the national IDeA meeting in Washington, D.C. (one of only 7 students nationwide), where she had the opportunity to relate her research to political action. Nicholas Bompastore graduated in May, but his INBRE work continued as he hopes to make a contribution to
medical science in his future career. Bompastore is attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine to earn his M.D. this fall; meanwhile, along with his brother Andrew Bompastore ’18, he was in the lab doing work that will eventually lead to new chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer. Jaclyn O’Donnell ’17, a nursing major who did her INBRE research on ICU patient feeding through Dartmouth College, says, “Going into this fellowship I had no idea what to expect, but the program has so many more opportunities than just working with my mentors on their research. I have had opportunities to sit in on an Institutional Review Board meeting and an ethics meeting. I got to spend some time with the person who works on quality improvement in the hospital. This whole experience has opened my eyes to the many opportunities and paths I can take once I become a registered nurse.”
On the Hilltop Saint Anselm College embarked upon a NCAA Division III exploratory phase for varsity sports in August 2015, with the goals of finding the best fit for Saint Anselm College Athletics from a competitive success standpoint, maintaining a strong commitment to academic excellence, and fostering a transformational four-year student-athlete experience. All Hawks teams will continue to compete in Division II and the NE-10 (both regular and postseason) for the 2016-17 academic year, as the college continues exploration of several division options for the future. In a letter sent to all Saint Anselm College alumni on May 25, Athletic Director Daron Montgomery announced a newly formed Athletic Director’s Advisory Group. The group represents alumni, students, faculty, staff, present and former student-athletes, parents, and friends of the college. These individuals are discussing the role of intercollegiate athletics for the entire college community and will advise Montgomery and subsequently the President and Board of Trustees on the best path forward for Hawks Athletics.
Athletic Director’s Advisory Group Formed
The group’s “Guiding Principles” will be: • Strengthen the brand identity and expand the footprint of Hawks Athletics both regionally and nationally. • Strengthen and foster a transformational, four-year student-athlete experience. • Strengthen our commitment to athletic success by becoming increasingly more competitive. • Strengthen the college’s recruitment, retention and enrollment management efforts.
Advisory Group Members Dr. Monte Brown Tom Bullock ’74 Richard Burke ’70 Linda (Pavone) Connly ’87 Geraldine (Healy) DeLuca ’77 Dixie (Greene) Douville ’86 Ed Hjerpe ’81 Dorothy (Otis) Musho ’85 Frank Pfeffer ’76 Fr. Benet Phillips ’87 Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09 Jim Van Hoof ’85 Jim Flanagan Senior VP, College Advancement
• Strengthen development and donor opportunities for Hawks Athletics.
Daron Montgomery Director, Athletic Department
The group strongly believes that a vibrant and visible athletics program will continue to solidify the college’s reach and reputation and serve as a point of pride for all Anselmians.
Michelle Adams O’Regan Executive Director, College Communications and Marketing
Feedback or input may be sent to ADAdvisoryGroup@anselm.edu
Eric Nichols VP Enrollment/Dean of Admission
Answering for the President Kelsey Walsh ’17 never expected to be an intern at the White House, let alone to be the first student selected from Saint Anselm College for such a role. As a Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador at the NHIOP and a politics and communications double major, Walsh was well-placed for the summer post in the Office of Presidential Communications, but she was still surprised to learn she was the only intern from a New Hampshire school in the office, and one of just two from Minnesota (her home state). “I was fascinated by Huma Abedin [deputy chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton], whose career started as an intern for First Lady Clinton. I followed Huma’s footsteps and applied to the White House. It was a shot in the dark.” As a Mail Analyst with eight other interns, Walsh handled correspondence sent to President Obama via email and U.S. Mail. Fairly quickly, Walsh was tasked with a specialty: health policy correspondence. This put her in the position of drafting replies to constituents who were concerned about everything from water quality to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as “Obamacare.” Once drafted, the pending response went to White House staff members for review, after which the reply was sent on behalf of the President. “The spectrum of correspondence ranged from compliments to complaints,” says Walsh. “The volume was steady and heavy so most days flew by and it wasn’t unusual to work into the evening, especially for staffers.” Although not every piece of incoming correspondence requires a
reply, “the office tries to at least acknowledge the writer 90% of the time.” Weekly, Walsh and fellow interns met with Cabinet members at a speaker series. That led to her occasional attendance at press briefings with Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary. She was also present at the Cancer Moonshot event at which Joe Biden announced a drive for progress to end cancer, and at an official welcome for Singapore’s Prime Minister. Walsh met the president five times, including at a
picnic on the White House lawn, where memorably, she says “Bo and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, got loose and everyone was chasing them.” An orientation leader and Admission Office coordinator at Saint Anselm, Walsh says the internship taught her “how actively the president is involved and how much he cares,” but she describes her key takeaway as the realization of a change to her personal goals. “I always wanted to be a broadcast journalist, but now I know I want to interact with constituents. In a work-life environment, I want the ability to help someone.”
Saint Anselm to Host The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition
L to R: Hector Davila, Jeanette Davila ’83, Barbara Letvinchuk ’81, Fr. Jonathan DeFelice O.S.B. ’69 meet at the President’s Society reception.
This year’s Reunion Weekend, June 10-12, more than 900 alumni and friends returned to the Hilltop celebrating the classes of ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06, and ’11. Anselmians travelled from as far as California to Saint Anselm to reunite with old friends, attend Mass in the Abbey Church, participate in talks and tours, and enjoy live music in the pub. “Reunion 2016 was a huge success, with so many alumni back on the Hilltop to reconnect and reminisce,” said Patrice Russell ’93, assistant vice president, Alumni Relations & Advancement Programming. “New additions to the weekend’s events included ‘Alumni Back to the Classroom’ lectures with professors Ahida Pilarski and Gary Bouchard.” 105 alumni, corporate partners, current students, friends, staff, and parents raised more than $30,000 in scholarship aid during the college’s annual scholarship golf tournament at Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia, New Hampshire. Later that evening, in recognition
of their 50th reunion, 52 members of the class of 1966 were inducted into the Order of Golden Anselmians. Programs included the annual Christopher Cabana ’89 Memorial Fun Run, and an update to the campus community by members of the college administration, at which Susan Murnane ’76 presented the college with a check for $763,610.35 on behalf of the 2016 Reunion Committees and all reunion classes. Other weekend events included tours of the new Living Learning Commons Residence Hall and Geisel Library, a barbeque on the campus green, and a military service tribute (attended by over 100 guests). Following individual class dinners, a reunion celebration on Saturday night brought everyone together for an evening of entertainment and dancing.
To the Ends of the Earth, Donald Jackson with contributions from Andrew Jamieson and Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
In the late 1990s, Saint John’s University and Abbey commissioned the calligrapher Donald Jackson to create a hand illuminated Bible. The original manuscript is on view at Saint John’s University in Minnesota. Part of the project was the creation of a fine-art printed edition called The Heritage Edition. This edition is limited to 299 sets of seven books. This year, the Geisel Library will display one of the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition as Saint Anselm College participates in the program “A Year with The Saint John’s Bible.” The volume, Gospels and Acts, is a richly illustrated facsimile of the original Bible manuscript. Gospels and Acts will be on display on the main floor of the Geisel Library and correlative programming and events will be held on campus throughout the year.
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College Announces $1 Million Gift for Diversity Scholarship Program At a President’s Convocation on September 8, college president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo announced a $1 million dollar endowment grant over the course of five years to the college from a private foundation. This will support the Hilltop Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for underrepresented, low-income, first-generation or international students. Candidates representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic and economic backgrounds will be evaluated on the basis on financial need, as well as having demonstrated transformational leadership both on and off campus, a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities. Since Saint Anselm College’s founding in 1889 as an institution primarily serving working class students from Manchester, providing financial aid to exceptional and deserving students has always been a high priority. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 98 percent of students received some sort of financial aid; however, awards do not always meet the financial needs of families of low-income and first generation students. The gift will have a significant impact on the college’s ability to increase diversity and sustain an intentionally inclusive environment as part of its mission as a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts
institution, as the Hilltop Scholarship Program will assist in attracting, retaining, supporting and graduating underrepresented students.
“Diversity is central to our mission as a college. Creating transformative learning experiences that prepare our students to be leaders in a pluralistic world remains our priority,” says Professor Ahida Pilarski, Chair of the President’s Steering Committee for Diversity and Inclusiveness. “Our ability to do so is greater when diverse perspectives and experiences are not only represented, but also embraced, celebrated and valued in the Anselmian community,” Pilarski continues. “This gift is so timely, and I believe it will have a lasting impact because it positions the college to create institutional capacity to recruit and support minority students who otherwise may not be able to join us, and their presence will strengthen and truly enrich us.”
DiSalvo agrees. “We believe that academically qualified students who are committed to working hard should not be denied the opportunity to succeed here,” he says.
“Lowering the barriers for underrepresented students expands their opportunity to earn an exceptional undergraduate education. At the same time their presence and active engagement in our learning community will enrich the educational experience of all students.” “We are extremely grateful to the foundation for providing this opportunity, and we hope that it will lead to even greater support for diversity and inclusiveness in our community.”
Scene on Campus
Bro. Francis and Fr. Peter celebrate the Abbey Church’s 50th anniversary with Madison Vigneault ’18 and Robbie Merrit ’17.
Saint Anselm Dining is eighth in the nation!
Professor Jennifer Kelber lectures students on investments in the Bloomberg Room.
First-year students and orientation leaders enjoy a hypnosis show to end Orientation.
Shannon Conley ’18 runs to a first-place finish in the 35th annual Shacklette Invitational on the Saint Anselm campus.
Commencement speaker Michael Sheehan ’82, HD ’11 addresses the Class of 2016.
50 individuals hailing from 28 countries took the “Oath of Allegiance” during a Naturalization Ceremony at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Students return to campus after the annual 130-mile “Road For Hope” charity walk.
An autumnal Hilltop.
Photos by FJ Gaylor, Jim Stankiewicz,
Abbot Matthew and students contemplate the Green Legacy Hiroshima “survivor tree” planted behind Joseph Hall.
Gil Talbot and Cory True ’09
Conversation on Campus By Dr. Gary Bouchard Photo by Jeff Dachowski
L to R: Mark Cronin, Dean of the College; Christine Gustafson, Associate Dean for Faculty and Associate Professor; Professor Ann Holbrook, English; Professor Derk Wierda, Biology; Associate Professor Eric Berry, Biology; Bro. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor Gary Bouchard, Chair, English; Professor Kevin Staley, Philosophy.
In the fall of 2012 I sat at a table with seven colleagues staring at a formidable and existential task. We were charged with designing a new first year Humanities program for Saint Anselm. And though we shared among us a century-and-a half of teaching and administrative experience at Saint Anselm, and the collective wisdom of five academic disciplines, we found ourselves wrapped for weeks in angst-ridden conversations. So we sat, wallowing in collective discouragement, tossing pointed barbs of wit to rescue one another from despair. We also read: ponderous philosophical texts, vital scientific treatises, classic poems, books of the bible, a couple of novels, and some provocative essays. And we worried. What technique could possibly help todayâ€™s freshmen make connections between our disparate disciplines? How could we really get students to apply the teachings of the liberal and the Catholic Benedictine tradition to better understand their own lives and the lives of their community? And of course, we argued. How could this reading help achieve the learning outcomes that had been articulated by the faculty? What incoming freshmen could possibly be inspired by this text to engage the big questions of human existence? And whose idea was it to read this crazy book anyway? Then, in the first frigid weeks of the new year the snow fellďż˝and the dam broke. No visible clouds parted that January. None of us recalls a divine light streaming into the room, but all of a sudden months of frustration began to give way to clarity. Scattered intellectual puzzle pieces were lifted from the floor and snapped into what was becoming a recognizably cohesive vision of a program centered on the individual, the community and the divine.
Professor Kevin Staley of the Philosophy Department, after a decade of directing the Portraits of Human Greatness program, led our group from blank slate to implementation. “We wanted our students to know at the start of their Saint Anselm education,” he recalls, “Why they were here. What’s a liberal art? Who are Benedictines? What’s that monastery doing over there? The distinction between temporal tasks and pleasures and eternal goods is one that many of them have never heard before. We also wanted to create a course,” he says, “that would prepare students to engage in a flexible new core by considering how human communities function, as well as the profound impacts of science and art in shaping individual lives and communities.” The course needed a name. We had tried and discarded dozens when Brother Isaac suggested Conversatio. “Converwhat,” we asked? It turns out conversatio is one of the three vows Benedictines take. Mentioned several times in Saint Benedict’s Rule for Monks, it means “monastic way of life.” We were not trying to persuade students to become monks, but there it was: way of life. Everyone needs one of those. What more ideal time to contemplate this than one’s freshman year, and what better place than at Saint Anselm � where individuals have been gathering in community for over a century to seek the divine. That conversatio in its scriptural use denotes citizenship and that its close Latin cousin conversio is the source of our English word “conversation” made conversatio a perfect word to describe a yearlong seminar where students
are initiated into our academic community by engaging in the age-old conversation of the liberal arts. Our hope restored, we spent untold hours of labor creating a pilot version of the Conversatio program that the eight of us would teach to a cohort of 140 randomly selected incoming freshmen in the fall of 2013. Those freshmen will be graduating this May. Before they do, we thought that you should hear from them, as well as some juniors and sophomores whose Saint Anselm experience began with Conversatio, and who, as it turns out, express the same appreciation for that experience as generations of Saint Anselm alums do for the now retired Portraits Humanities Program.
INAUGURAL EXPERIENCES Jasmine Blais, a senior EnglishSpanish major from Laconia, New Hampshire, praises Conversatio’s “relevance to students.” The program, she says “treasures the classics and introduces the contemporary. It’s based on texts that seek to answer questions as fundamental as human existence and problems as complex as informed consent and medical ethics.” For Jasmine the college’s motto of Faith Seeking Understanding became actual: “I was an eighteen-yearold with opinions and beliefs that—I now understand—had no logical foundation. Conversatio challenged these beliefs and forced me to reaffirm or debunk them based on what I truly thought, learned, and believed.”
Ken Mailloux was an entirely different kind of scared freshman that fall. A decade of work in Saint Anselm’s I.T. Department preceded his inauguration into Conversatio. “I was just returning to school to finish my Bachelor’s degree at the age of 36,” he recalls. “Conversatio helped me understand the transition to a new way of life. I’ll be the first to admit that this type of liberal arts program is not normally my cup of tea. I love technical classes related to my field. I honestly thought I was going to hate Conversatio and I was dreading the year coming up. In retrospect, it was actually one of my favorite courses. I was able to read several books, two of which I still recommend to people today. I looked forward to class discussions and it really pulled me into a different side of Saint Anselm that I had never experienced as an employee.” Ken credits the critical thinking he developed in the course for helping him “approach logic based problems in a new way” and “approach issues from multiple sides. With all the chaos in the world today, I like to understand why a particular group feels the way they do or why they are so passionate about a subject, even though I may not be. After completing the course, I know I am certainly a better writer and thinker. It set me up to be successful for the rest of my
return to college. I ended up graduating Summa Cum Laude and I owe a lot of that to the confidence I built in this program.” Mina Alrais, a senior Chemistry major, also brought an unusual perspective to Conversatio. She had arrived in Manchester as a small child when her family relocated from Iraq and found herself as the only Muslim student in a seminar where the focus was on Benedictine and Catholic values. “I wasn’t sure about how the program was supposed to run at the beginning,” she recalls, “because it was a new course and no one had taken it before.” By the end she says, Conversatio “helped me look around with an open mind and with acceptance to the upcoming challenges in my daily life and the future. It helped me think deeply about what’s happening in my life and the world around me.” Mina says she appreciated gaining “more understanding of the community around her.” She herself had a chance to increase the understanding of her classmates by beginning her final presentation that year with photos of her hometown of Bagdad, before and after the 2003 military invasion that would mean for her and her family “a new way of life.”
Ken Alicia Photos by Kevin Harkins
LEARNING TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE In 2014 Conversatio debuted for all Saint Anselm students. Emily Schomp, Luke Douglass, and Michael Akinlosotu are now juniors who entered the College that year. Emily, a Nursing major from Stow, Massachusetts, recalls the skepticism with which she approached Conversatio. “I expected the class both to be much less work, and much less interesting, than it was. I wasn’t prepared to tackle questions which do not have one definitive right answer. I’m a nursing major, a science and math girl. I took AP Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Calculus, and Statistics, but was baffled when ask how to live a ‘good life.’” What made the difference for Emily is that her bafflement was shared by her peers. “I did not expect to connect so much with my other classmates. The class brought together a hodgepodge of students with very different personalities and interests, allowing us to help each other navigate our new adult lives.” For Emily that new adult life means living, studying and working much more deliberately than she had anticipated. “Conversatio’s ongoing discussion on how to define and to lead a good life has called me to conduct my life in a more contemplative and purposeful way. Balancing and strengthening our connections to our inner self, our community, and the divine by valuing actions and truth over impermanent things has led me to form strong friendships, to approach my studies with a willingness to learn and not just make the grade, to reach within
and reach outwards for guidance, and to become engaged in community service and creative expression.” Luke, a Chemistry major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts describes how “reading a comprehensive variety of books from different eras of human history” helped him and his classmates “learn about, in essence, the human person” and come away with what he believes is “a greater understanding of human nature.” The course, he says, not only strengthened his critical thinking and deepened his faith, it “reaffirmed my desire to study Chemistry, as I found myself considering ethics I had learned about in Conversatio and applying them to my chemistry courses.” Michael, a sophomore Computer Science and Business major from Upper Marlboro, Maryland credits Conversatio with helping him “to become an open-minded good Samaritan at Saint Anselm College.” He recalls as one of the highlights of the course being able to share his “perspective of the good life” with his classmates “by playing music and expressing my poetic side.”
FINDING A PURPOSE Maddie Scavotto and Alex Lanzi just completed Conversatio last year and are settled into their sophomore year. Maddie, a Psychology and Spanish double major from Falmouth, Massachusetts recalls that “from the very first day of seminar, Conversatio made
me realize that I cannot take my college experience for granted.” The course, she says, “pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me the importance of appreciating all aspects of a liberal arts education. To be honest,” she says, “I expected Conversatio to be a course where we talked about huge ideas and lofty, abstract concepts. I didn’t think it would help me or pertain to my college experience at all. However, when we did reach those deep conversations, I found that we drew most of our discussion points from real, tangible examples. I was surprised at how easily so many of the concepts blended with my life outside of the classroom.” Of course, while Maddie and her freshmen classmates were ensconced safely in Conversatio seminars this past year, a boisterous presidential primary season resounded through the rest of the campus. “In such a politically charged time,” she reflects, “Conversatio has helped me analyze events and opinions from different perspectives. Rather than succumb to a popular opinion or simply believe what my parents believe, I have developed and learned to trust my own beliefs about political, societal, and religious issues.” Alex, a Nursing major from Seekonk, Massachusetts, approached Conversatio the same way generations of Saint Anselm students approached Portraits in Human Greatness, as “just another requirement I had to get through” but “after a few weeks I realized that it was different than anything I had experienced before.”
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Ultimately, he says, Conversatio “helped me gain a better understanding of my purpose as a Saint Anselm student. Without the course I never would have thought about what purpose a liberal arts education has. I found myself pondering why different things around me where happening and how they were going to impact the future. The course made me a deeper thinker instead of a blind observer. “The program also encouraged me to take part in activities,” Alex says, “such as going to the Currier Art Museum or a concert featuring a group performing music from Shakespeare’s plays. I never would have thought to experience these things, but I’m glad I did.”
FACULTY PERSPECTIVES Professor Ann Holbrook of the English Department, who cherished her nearly two decades teaching in the Portraits Humanities Program, worried what might be lost even as she worked with her colleagues to help develop Conversatio. “Like many former Humanities instructors, I could be nostalgic for the chronological coherence of the previous two-year program, worrying that students are not getting an education in different eras, that great historical ‘timeline’ that I still imagine exists.”
While not all of her fears have been allayed, Ann says that after three years she has been “forcefully struck” by how well Conversatio achieved its learning outcomes. “Students are writing better, and certainly speaking better, by the end of the year. They have a new, much deeper appreciation for the Benedictine tradition and Saint Anselm College’s participation in it. Certainly they understand that capitalism and media often encourage shallow pursuits and that they could choose Augustine or Boethius or Hildegard or Pieper rather than Facebook, at least sometimes.” She has been especially impressed, she says, with the final oral presentations that all Conversatio students are required to do. “Their presentations on the Conversatio of the Good Life, and the variety of texts students choose to support their own definition of Conversatio really illustrates the program’s impact. Repeatedly I shook my head at the wisdom of nineteen-year-olds— really!” Intentional within the design of Conversatio was the opportunity for instructors from all disciplines to teach in the program. Professor Eric Berry of the Biology Department was not only part of the group that developed the program, but its first director. “I value the program,” he says, “because it allows me to practice what I preach in terms of liberal
education. As a botanist teaching Conversatio, I’m challenged to engage ideas and read literature and philosophical texts that are way outside of the comfort zone of my academic specialty. This experience of learning new material alongside my students enables me to connect with my students in a way that I can’t when I teach material that I learned long ago. My advice to students on the value of a liberal education,” he says, “would ring hollow if I didn’t show them that I value and live out those same principles in my own life.” After agreeing to teach in the Conversatio program, Professor Sara Smits of the Sociology Department admits to being “perplexed” and “frightened” when first looking at the syllabus. “None of the common texts were in my field, most I had not read since college or ever. So, the first day of seminar, I explained to the students that this truly was going to be a ‘common experience’ for all of us.” Ultimately, Professor Smits’ experience resembled that of the hundreds of faculty who taught in the Portraits program over the decades. “During the year, I watched students pronouncing their hate and disdain for the course only to come back the following year declaring it was their ‘favorite class.’ Life has a funny way of bringing the relevance of the most obscure to light.”
REMAINING RELEVANT Relevance is what Natick, Massachusetts native, Alicia Chouinard, a senior Criminal Justice major with minors in Spanish and Psychology, continues to experience long after her Conversatio experience, which she says shaped her years at Saint Anselm “in ways I did not expect. The habits I developed through the Conversatio program have been utilized in other classes throughout all of my years.” Maddie Scavotto concurs: “During a period of discovery for many students Conversatio gives them the tools to make the most out of their college experience.” Amy Vachon, a senior English major from Lowell, Massachusetts, counts as a particular highlight of the course “getting to have a tour of the monastery and really learn about the monks living on this campus after reading the Rule of Saint Benedict. There is a definite benefit,” she says, “to understanding who we are as a college right from the beginning.” Emily Schomp found in Conversatio an experience that affirmed and deepened her decision to be a nurse. “Conversatio empowered me to view my major as a vocational calling to serve a purpose, to heal and to help others while growing in understanding, wisdom, and tolerance. Nursing strengthens my connection to the divine and fosters empathy for the human condition.”
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So, yes, the conversation has come a long way since those existential Friday afternoons in 2012. As I teach Conversatio for the fourth year now, I and my fellow faculty are well aware that we have not achieved perfection, that like any worthwhile enterprise, ongoing assessment and revision need to be a vital part of sustaining the effectiveness, not just of this program, but the entire curriculum. Certain texts will get tired. What works today may not in years to come. The program’s new Director, Professor Derk Wierda of the Chemistry Department, who helped develop Conversatio and taught in its debut, welcomes the opportunity to “engage students in questions that are central to their Saint Anselm educations.” He looks forward to joining with faculty “to continue to strengthen the program and keep it vibrant and relevant, grounded in the liberal arts and focused on the intellectual life transformation that occurs at the college.” Nobody needs to fear that the word Portraits is going to vanish from the front of this magazine and be replaced by the peculiar Latin word that is at the core of this new conversation. But there is a new and vital conversation taking place on the Saint Anselm campus and we thought you should know about it. For if the students above are any indication, the young alums you encounter, like Luke Douglass, will let you know that “as a class meant to guide students for the remaining three years at Saint Anselm and beyond, Conversatio does a brilliant job.”
To be Anselmian is to serve. As noted by Dr. Gary Bouchard in Being Benedictine, “The first act of stewardship in any Christian community ought to be our care of one another.” Is there a greater commitment to service than risking your life for others? The over 125-year history of Saint Anselm College has spanned two World Wars and conflicts in Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. By fighting, nursing and ministering, countless hundreds of alumni stepped up then, and still commit today, to military service. The men and women who choose this path, driven and supported by commitment and faith, are a shining example to each other, to those they protect, and to all of us.
This article pays tribute to all Anselmians who served yesterday, today and always. By Chip Underhill Photos by Gil Talbot
Jeffrey Boyle ’16 was commissioned as a United States Marine on the steps of Alumni Hall, on the same day as his graduation from Saint Anselm on May 21, 2016. The Boyle family has a long tradition of military service; Jeffrey was administered the Officer Oath of Office by his father, Marine Colonel Gregory Boyle ’81 and observed by his mother Leeann Boyle ’82 and grandfather, Marine Major Edward Boyle ’79. His grandfather presented 2nd Lieutenant insignia from his own 1966 uniform to his grandson. “This is about service to others,” said Greg Boyle, winner of the college’s Alumni Award of Merit in 2008. “I grew up on military bases and went to bed as a kid with the Marine handbook in my hand, but it was my conscious decision to join. I learned at home and at Saint Anselm to support others, to support my country. Studying ethics, religion and politics made me reflect and help me manage a tough situation. You learn to rely on what’s embedded in your heart
and to accept circumstances over which you don’t have control.” Now 80, Ed Boyle graduated from Saint Anselm only two years before son Greg, having enlisted in the Marines after high school. Ed received the Humanitarian Award from Saint Anselm in 2001. “Back in the 50s, service was the thing, other than college,” he explains. “I took advantage of the G.I. Bill to serve my country and then go to Saint Anselm.” On the Hilltop, he sat in class with two of his sons, but graduated in two years with earned credits. Then, it was 20 more Marine years before retirement as a Major, having logged “a few times around the world,” over 50 countries and 15 months in Vietnam “right on the demilitarized zone.” A business major, Jeff Boyle made his own decision to join the Marines, although he says he always looked up to people in the military, and adds: “The values of the Marines are similar to those at Saint Anselm: service to others in a close-knit community.”
Colonel Gregory Boyle presents his son with his Mameluke Sword, which he carried during his 30 years of active duty.
2nd Lieutenant Jeffrey Boyle
The Nurses Navy Captain Ann Darby Reynolds ’61 recalls her path to service, a serious incident in Saigon and becoming the first woman in Vietnam to receive the Purple Heart: “I wanted to travel, so a nursing instructor suggested the military even though that role for women seemed frowned on by society,” said Reynolds. “I went through boot camp; learned to identify every plane in the air and ship on the ocean. Soon I was the only female on a cargo plane full of men, flying to Vietnam. In Saigon, banners all over the city and the Armed Forces Radio Network warned that the Vietnamese planned something big; it was Christmas Eve. Several floors up in my hotel room, I was watching activity at the main entrance when 200 pounds of dynamite exploded below. My window shattered; I was blown across the room. But all I could think of were the wounded I could help. Finding my nursing shoes in the rubble, I helped direct care for the injured at the hotel and got on the first jeep to leave for the hospital. Others needed help more than me so I let them put an ace bandage around my leg wound and finally got stitches around two a.m. when the other nurses were treated, too. You did what you had to do.” Reynolds’ next assignment was to the hospital in Nha Trang, closer to heavy fighting “where we didn’t know if we were going to be killed or captured every time the door opened.” When she was reassigned, she headed to her native New Hampshire as a Navy recruiter. She was awarded the
Alumni Award of Merit by Saint Anselm College in 2013. One of Reynolds’ recruits to the Navy: Captain Mary Jo O’Dwyer Majors ’69. Majors initially served in Memphis, Tennessee as a critical care nurse to wounded sailors and marines returning from Vietnam. “Women had a limited role in the services but as a nurse, veterans would talk to me before they’d open up to their own families. If they’d even open up to their own families. A common frustration of family members was ‘He just won’t talk to me. He says you wouldn’t understand.’ We nurses get the stories other people don’t because servicemen are more comfortable talking about their experiences with us. And we accept the responsibility. We’ve got help them keep their faith after all they’ve been through.” Of Saint Anselm, Majors says, “It was a godsend. A Navy scholarship allowed me to finish college and serve my country. My mother instilled in me the importance of service over self, and from there, Saint Anselm was the college that built me.” Retiring after 43 ½ years of service, Majors continues to volunteer for military and veteran organizations. Selected as Outstanding Woman Veteran in 2010 by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Service, her military accomplishments include the Meritorious Service Medal, Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, and numerous others. Originator of the annual Military Tribute at Saint Anselm Reunion Weekend in June
(see related story, page 28), Majors received the Humanitarian Award from the college in 2012. Another nursing graduate who chose military service, Lt. Colonel Monica Nathan ’69, was Mary Jo’s classmate. Nathan went on active duty in 1974 but says she was called to significant military service nearly two decades later. “In 1990 when the Gulf War started, I was in charge of the then-largest operating room in the Department of Defense: the nowclosed Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. To my knowledge, I was the most junior person in modern times to ever hold that position.” Previous to the Gulf War, Nathan was an OR nurse in Kentucky, Germany, Texas and California. “You do your job, and I relied on faith to make the best decisions possible about other people who got torn away from their lives. I truly loved and respected the activated Reservists and National Guard soldiers. They were part of my Army family: distant cousins I hadn’t met until then.” Monica says deployment decisions were among the toughest she had to make. “I would rather have gone one thousand times over than to decide who I’d send. But that was the job and things weren’t right for me until all my people were home.” Of service, Nathan says “My parents taught me early on to aim wide and high, to make the world a better place. Don’t just hold a door for someone; truly give to others. With as much as you’re given, you have a duty to give back. There’s not enough discussion about that in the world today.”
In the 21st century, Saint Anselm nurses continue the traditions of their predecessors in the military. Jillian (Murray) Duschene ’00 served in the U.S. Army in Iraq as a registered nurse in the Emergency Room of the 28th Combat Support Hospital. Captain Erica (Horan) Pickard ’06 recently concluded a six-year commitment in the Air Force including deployment to Afghanistan as a critical care nurse. She is now a registered nurse at the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit of the Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Not a nurse but a military dentist, Captain Sara Mandell ’09 was commissioned into the Army during her final semester at the college. “My decision to join the military was influenced by my older brother who is on Air Force active duty, as well as my grandparents and aunt who all served in the Navy. While I was applying to dental school [as a biology major] during my junior year at Saint A’s, I received an email from a Navy recruiter; I had no idea the military had dentists.” Accepted into the Army dental program, Mandell attended Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine and recently extended her term after acceptance to the Army’s Post Graduate Dental Education Program in Comprehensive Dentistry.
Captain Ann Darby Reynolds reflects at the Woodman Institute in Dover, N.H., where her medal, uniform and other Navy memorabilia are on display. Photo by Jeff Dachowski
The Soldier Who Became a Priest Father Wilfrid Paradis ’43, HD ’79 originally imagined a career in medicine. He was a chemistry major at Saint Anselm College, but World War II was foremost in the minds of Americans in the early 1940’s. Paradis passed away in 2013; however Carolyn Disco is currently editing his memoirs for publication. She says Paradis volunteered as a Combat Medic but given the rigors of war, he was called upon for more than the critical responsibility of caring for wounded. In over two years of combat across France, Germany and Austria, Paradis routinely showed bravery in battle. While under sniper and mortar fire, he ignored a directive to take cover and saved the life of a lieutenant, an action that led to his award of the Silver Star. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, three Battle Stars, a Combat Medical Badge, and a Presidential Unit Meritorious Citation. Those were days of selflessness and bravery, but to Paradis, they would be the end of one chapter and the start of another. Finally returning to American soil in late 1945, he turned away from medicine. Per Disco, he noted in his memoir: “On furlough after V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, I recall feeling an immense void in my interior life. During the European Theater of war, my mind began to shift away from a fascination with science to that of the human condition as I saw it in one of its most primitive and brutish forms. I was more concerned with the interior, spiritual life than with physical
well-being. The appeal was to service�to humanity for the sake of God.” Within two months of coming home after military service, Paradis entered the seminary. Twenty years into his new spiritual role, Farther Paradis was put in charge of implementing the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (“Vatican II”) in the Diocese of Manchester. From 19651968, he secured national experts to speak to New Hampshire clergy and laity, and subsequently donated his working documents from Vatican II to Saint Anselm College. In 1998, Paradis published Upon This Granite: Catholicism in New Hampshire 1647-1997, a history of the Roman Catholic Church in the state. The book includes a dozen references to Saint Anselm College.
The Chaplains The importance of faith in war and the vital role of chaplains in maintaining that faith is something perhaps best expressed by a former soldier. In Vietnam over two years, Colonel Philip Kearns ’64 was awarded the Silver Star, seven Bronze Stars, and two Purple hearts—but he declines to share war stories. “We were soldiers doing a job and watching out for our buddies.” Kearns is forthcoming about his experience with the chaplains he knew, however. “I cannot emphasize enough the vital role they played in the Vietnam War. Chaplains provided spiritual counsel in times of extreme grief. They offered courage and solace on the
battlefield, much of it by personal example. They also provided guidance and counsel for domestic issues involving service members separated by thousands of miles.” Kearns notes that medics and chaplains “were classified as noncombatants, but experienced situations of extreme hostile environment. There was no instance where the individual would be overrun, captured, surrender or shot without defending himself and his comrades, to the last man.” As for those who took on this challenging and courageous role, nearly 40 years apart, Father Francis Wallace ’44 and Father Richard Erikson ’80 ministered to soldiers. Father Wallace, now 96 and living on Cape Cod, served as a chaplain in the Korean War and in Vietnam. Regular visitor Peter Labombarde, Director of Gift Planning and Individual Gifts in the Office of College Advancement, says Father Wallace describes himself in terms that suggest a priestly life was not predestined. “One fall, he stopped in after a summer of working on Old Orchard Beach. He decided Saint Anselm would be a good school to attend, and it certainly was good for him, and for those to whom he later ministered. Father Wallace learned here that he wanted to be a priest.” That decision led to his service in the chaplaincy of the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1977, incorporating the two Asian wars and stops in Hawaii, Georgia, Maryland, Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey. In 2007, Father Wallace was awarded the Catholic Leadership Award by Saint Anselm College.
A chaplain for 34 years, Father Erikson ministered in Iraq, became a U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, and accepted Cardinal O’Malley’s request to help navigate the clergy abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. “Everyone should serve their country in some way; life and service in government and the priesthood gave me the best of two worlds. To get there, I chose the seminary and Saint Anselm College was absolutely essential in my priestly journey.”
“Ask any chaplain, they’ll say the highlight of service in a deployed setting is that’s where the need is so great and ministry the richest. Your next moment is not promised to anyone; the need of troops celebrating Eucharist in conflict zones is never greater. Thousands of priests do what I do in civilian life but chaplains have to be capable of serving in that (battle) environment. You need to understand that there’s no greater reward than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend, dedicating yourself to a cause greater than yourself.”
Father Erikson received the Catholic Leadership Award from the college in 2008. Notably, eight monks from Saint Anselm Abbey have served as military chaplains in wartimes: Father Arthur O’Leary, O.S.B. ’27; Abbott Bertrand Dolan, O.S.B.; Father Brendan Donnelly, O.S.B. ’43; Abbott Gerald McCarthy, O.S.B. ’36; Father Herbert Smith, O.S.B. ’44; Father Paul Houde, O.S.B.; Father Robert Quirk, O.S.B.; Father Vincent Gerlock, O.S.B. ’58. Two other members of the Abbey community also served in the U.S. Army. Brother Armand Huppe, O.S.B. was awarded the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal. “He was a WWII radio operator in East Asia,” remembers Father Cecil Donahue, O.S.B. ’50. “He was told to watch and wait for an invasion by Japanese forces, and to report back to command. And he did, when they did.” Also, for 18 years including during World War I, Father Thomas Kelley, Obl. O.S.B. served as an Army chaplain around the world, with his final post at Alcatraz, then a military prison. Father Cecil recalls “Many monks volunteered to serve as chaplains. During World War II, we had practically no students; everyone enlisted or was drafted.”
Father Wilfrid Paradis
Colonel Philip Kearns
Wilfred Paradis photo courtesy of Parable Magazine Philip Kearns photo courtesy of U.S. Army Fr. Richard Erikson photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force
Father Richard Erikson
“Honor. With it, nothing else matters. Without it, nothing else matters.”
Photo by Gil Talbot Opening with those compelling words by Captain Mary Jo O’Dwyer Majors ‘69 (USN, Ret.), the thirdannual Military Tribute was held during Reunion Weekend 2016. Over 100 Anselmians celebrated alumni who served in the nation’s military, with Capt. Majors recognizing veterans from each branch of service. Thirty-one servicemen and women were honored at the ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Demers ’66, U.S. Army Reserves (Ret.), also read They Call, a poem about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., in honor of three of his classmates who gave their lives in that conflict: 1st Lieutenant Charles J. Dickey, U.S. Army; Lt. Corporal William “Bill” J. Lily, U.S. Marine Corps; Lt. Norman “Norm” Philip Westwood, Jr., U.S. Navy. The Tribute was held at the Veteran’s Memorial near Geisel Library. Funded primarily by the Class of 1951, “the Memorial provides a place for reflection and respect,” says Fr. Jerome, O.S.B. ’75, who helped plan the monument. Originally listing 56 alumni who perished, the Veterans Memorial has seen the addition of one name since its 2001 installation: Marine Captain Kyle Van De Geisen ’02, killed in 2009 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
The Soldiers: Air, Land and Sea Marine Colonel Harvey “Barney” Barnum ’62, HD ’02 took control of his rifle company in Vietnam upon the mortal mounding of its commander and the death of its radio operator. The ordeal led to the Medal of Honor in 1967 and just this summer, another high honor: Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, officially named a new Navy destroyer: The U.S.S. Harvey C. Barnum. “Fifty years ago, a young man from Cheshire, Connecticut was embroiled in battle in the jungles of Southeast Asia,” said Sec. Mabus at the naming ceremony in July. “On temporary assignment to Vietnam, Barnum found himself outnumbered [and] without regard for his own safety, he assumed command, moved into heavy fire, rallied his troops and led a successful counter-attack. During the battle, he coordinated evacuation of the dead and wounded before seizing the battalion’s objective. In other words, on temporary assignment duty, he had sacrificed more for his country than most Americans do in a lifetime.” Later, Barnum served in Washington but chose to return to Vietnam as commander of the same battery as his first, eventful tour. Continued valor resulted in the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” a Gold Star, the Purple Heart, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action ribbon, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. “My definition of service hasn’t changed at all,” says Barnum. “What’s fulfilling is giving back to
your country that gave you everything. For those who fought socialism and fascism before us. ‘Mission accomplished’ defines everything.” As a Marine, Colonel David Wall ’65 served in Vietnam from 196768 and recorded a 34-year military career. Wall credits Saint Anselm with building his foundation for value judgements. “With the college’s massive commitment to service, despite Pokémon and the Internet, students today probably know more about service than we knew. But we did know: You get what you give.” Fresh from his Saint A’s graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Mooney ’92 joined the Marines, flying Cobra helicopters on 80 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Were there tense moments? “Of course, but some of the most challenging missions were the most fulfilling: medivacs, getting servicemen from Bagram Air Force Base to hospital care in Germany. I always knew I wanted to serve both my country and something greater than myself.” As the nature of warfare evolves, so has the role of military personnel. Where men were once stalwarts of the front line and women their strong support, both genders now contribute with greater equality than ever before. Navy Lieutenant Lauren Chatmas ’09 recently returned from “the tip of the spear,” a frontline presence aboard the U.S.S. Lassen to support stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region near a disputed region. After four years on the Hilltop, “the biggest thing I could imagine is serving my country, working to ensure freedoms.” Chatmas lists surface-to-air missiles as her specialty, a skill set
“you learn by instruction watches, on the job.” On the USS Porter, she was deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Now at the Pentagon, Chatmas is Protocol Officer for the Department of the Navy. Other alumna currently serving in the U.S. military include Airman 1st Class Margaret Tereschuk ’13, who graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. A criminal justice major at Saint Anselm, she is now in the Air Force Air National Guard. Out of Vermont, former international relations major and now 1st Lieutenant Meghan Grant ’13 is a Medical Officer in the 1-172 Cavalry Unit of the Army National Guard. Silvana Waghelstein ’01 had already decided to join the Army before arriving at Saint Anselm. Enrolling in Reserve Officer Training Corps, she continued a long family tradition of service (her grandfather, uncle, and father, as well as her older and younger brothers, all served). The Army selected Waghelstein as a Signal Corp officer. “Every unit has a Signal Officer (the “Sigo”) in charge of making sure that radios are operating all the way up to general I.T. support, but I was part of a very large brigade that could roll into an empty field and provide internet and phone service within a few hours. I did two tours in Kuwait/Iraq and Djibouti, Africa in this job. In my time out there I got to meet real heroes and I understand what real sacrifice is. Hearing the national anthem makes me tear up every time and when I see the American flag swaying in the breeze, I like to think it is those friends I lost saying ‘Hi, I’m here, I’ll always be here.’”
Col. Barney Barnum at the naming ceremony of the U.S.S. Harvey C. Barnum. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy
Service: The Continuous Concept Captain Anthony Vercollone ’08 deployed as a Marine to Afghanistan twice, where he prayed that he, rather than a comrade, would be the one injured. That didn’t happen and it was at times “heartbreaking.” Yet Vercollone discovered that his time at Saint Anselm as a business major and his military experience gave him an invaluable lesson and one for students�for anyone, actually�about service today. “Going into college, the service aspect of Saint Anselm appealed to me and in turn, the challenges in my past gave me a far better understanding of hardship. I hit a winning lottery ticket; I live in a great country and have received a lot. But time out of the military has helped me reflect on ‘the real world.’” Following his service, Vercollone entered the Military Executive Development Program in Massachusetts at Macy’s Department Stores. He’s currently embarking on a new professional challenge with Amazon.com in New Jersey. “Applying the principles of Saint Benedict at work and at home is more important than something dramatic. Long, continuous impact is far more important than striking accomplishments. People will say ‘I never had a chance to serve’ but you don’t need to be in the military to serve. My advice? Go somewhere and interact!”
Only a few of the many, many ANSELMIANS who have devoted their careers and sacrificed their lives in the defense and protection of our nation are mentioned here. To ALL the heroic men and women who have served so that others might live in safety and peace: Portraits salutes you.
Captain Anthony Vercollone on the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution where he was commissioned in 2009. Photo by Jeff Dachowski
Dr. and Mrs. Paul J. McNeil â€™46 break ground at the site of the new college entrance.
GATEWAY TO EXCELLENCE By Michelle Adams O’Reagan Photo by Kevin Harkins
he imposing, ivy-draped façade of Alumni Hall is one of Saint Anselm College’s most distinctive and memorable features. However, for many years, visitors were only able to catch a glimpse of it as they drove into campus. The main entrance swept around the building, past the Abbey Church, rather than opening directly onto the iconic building. This fall, all that has changed, courtesy of a generous gift from Paul and Maureen McNeil. Dr. McNeil is a member of the Class of 1946, who first got to know Saint Anselm College as a high school student when his older brother, John, was a scholarship athlete on the football team. Paul wanted to attend Saint Anselm as well, but doubted he could afford the full tuition. Then-college treasurer Father John Lynch, O.S.B. asked Paul “How much could you afford?” Paul told Fr. John what he had saved from his summer job—and Fr. John told him he could attend for that amount. Paul started at Saint Anselm in October 1942, and was an active member of the Hilltop community, participating in the King Edward Society, playing golf, and serving as Class President. He left after two years, having been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania dental school. As a result, he did not receive his Saint Anselm diploma at that time; but he remained a devoted Anselmian, participating in many alumni events and maintaining close relationships with fellow alumni and the college. And in September 2003, then-president Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. ’69, finally presented him with his official diploma. He has never forgotten how the monks of Saint Anselm helped him. “Because of everything Saint Anselm did for us, we wanted to give something back,” he says. For more than ten years, Paul and his wife, Maureen, have funded the Dr. and Mrs. Paul McNeil Annual Scholarship, providing the means for new generations of deserving students to receive a Saint Anselm education. Now, they have given back to the entire community, by making a $650,000 unrestricted gift to the college. In recognition of their generosity, the college has decided to name the new entrance after Dr. McNeil. The new entry way is designed to provide a dramatic first impression of campus and a concrete symbol of the Anselmian commitment to providing a superior educational experience. The new entrance, which is oriented to traffic coming from either direction on Saint Anselm Drive, is located east of the “old” main entrance, which will eventually be converted into a two-way drive for Saint Anselm Abbey traffic. It will open in November 2016, and will be known as the “Dr. Paul J. McNeil ’46 College Entrance.”
DIANNA GAHLSDORF TERRELL Focus on Faculty EDUCATION
“ Good teachers encourage an exchange of ideas.” Who do you think should teach? It takes a special type of person to pursue teaching. We prepare teachers to teach ambitiously, and to view it as intellectual work. Good teachers encourage an exchange of ideas, which is central to intellectual growth and fostering a civic identity beyond oneself. Why did you choose a career in teacher education? My family moved when I was in 3rd grade. Only 20 miles away, but my new district was a totally different world. As a very young child, I discovered large differences between districts. You hear those observations echoed by kids who play sports; they observe what other schools have or don’t have. On what aspects of education do you focus? I research public schools, Pre-K to 12th grade, as well as educational policies and systems. I focus a lot on the impact of high stakes tests. What do you mean by “high stakes tests”? I look at mandatory tests like Smarter Balanced, the test of the Common Core standards. The initial intent of mandated tests was to determine whether federal education money benefits all children. Now, the tests carry big implications not just for schools but also for teachers and for students.
Don’t educational systems need tests for benchmarking? My Education Policy students are shocked by differences in state-by-state school standards and performance levels. We have a fluid and mobile population; we need a clear delineation of what’s typical for each grade regardless of state boundaries. There’s a lot of integrity in the intent behind mandatory tests, but execution is challenging. Does American society expect too much from public education? I don’t begrudge society its high expectations. Public education is a public good; it does something for all of us. Better schools could help alleviate some of society’s problems. Many people work to improve school quality because gaps start before kids set foot in school. What do you mean by “gaps”? Before kindergarten, the playing field is drastically uneven. One child might be reading; another cannot decipher or recite the alphabet. Rather than shrinking these gaps, schools often exacerbate them. Education researchers have identified why this happens but the problems are pervasive and schools are slow to change.
How do charter schools, magnet schools and voucher programs impact education? School choice is popular but it highlights conflict between “equal access” and “local control.” We know that options such as charter schools are as variable in quality as public schools. Also, there’s a real community component to neighborhood schools. What is new and exciting to you in the field of education? I’m excited about online education, though it has challenges. There’s a misconception that teaching is talking and listening is learning. When you strip away the “teacher as talker” in online education, you realize teaching is deeper than telling people what you know. To present content online, you need to think how to sequence and scaffold it, and to ask is “Who are my students and what do they already know?” and build on that.
Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell Associate Professor Ph.D. Boston College
By Chip Underhill
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Alumni News ’37 ’63 The legacy of the late Rómulo O’Farrill, Jr. was celebrated in a lengthy report by Grupo SIPSE, the broadcast, print and internet media conglomerate based in Mexico.
Sylvio Dupuis, former mayor of Manchester, N.H. was honored with an award for Leadership and Advocacy during the 24th annual Historic Preservation Awards by the Manchester Historic Association.
Edward J. Lynch invites Anselmians to write him about jazz music at firstname.lastname@example.org. “One of my best monk friends, Father Casmir Malloy, was the ring leader of the Saint A’s Jazz Club and my love of jazz has spanned my lifetime.”
Robert Kenison has been honored as one of the HUD 50, a collection of 50 public servants who are distinguished as leaders over a 50-year period in making a difference at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bob was Associate General Counsel of HUD.
The Right Rev. Exarch Joseph S. Haggar, known as “Father Joe,” celebrated 50 years with the Parish of St. Basil the Great Melkite Catholic Church in Lincoln, R.I.
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Peter Ring has retired after 26 years at Loyola Marymount University as a Professor in the College of Business Administration. “Work prevented me from attending reunions but, if all goes well, I will be there for our 55th in 2018.” He encourages class members who travel to the San Diego area to contact him (“I’m in the Coronado, Calif. phone book”). Dennis Walsh is Senior Manager of Investor Relations at Zillow.
Raymond Hebert is the first executive director of the school’s newly-created Institute for Religious Liberty at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Dennis Naughton has been re-elected as a trustee of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board. He continues as a trustee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board overseeing the $60 billion trust fund of Massachusetts Public employees. Neil O’Toole, Esq. has been presented the 2015 Presidents Award for “Lifelong Commitment and Extraordinary Contributions to the Field of Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice.”
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Dave Danielson serves Bedford in the N.H. House of Representatives where he is a member of the Finance Committee. Dave also hosts The Long View, a cable access TV show that addresses issues with impact 20-30 years in the future.
Father John Fortin, O.S.B., has returned to teaching at Saint Anselm College following three years as Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester, N.H. Father John is in the Philosophy Department. Dr. E. Carol Polifroni has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing at University of Connecticut.
Edmund P. Harrigan, M.D. serves on the Board of Directors at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Karuna Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced the ordination of Thomas Jabs to the order of Deacon. He is assigned to St. Columban Parish in Loveland, Oh. Tom is also a Divisional SVP at Great American Insurance Company in Cincinnati.
Mark Ojakian was featured in The Wall Street Journal in a report called “Higher-Education Chief in Connecticut Aims to Rebuild Trust.” He is the president of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and is on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
J. Bernard Rice was appointed to the Board of Advisors at BioTricity, a healthcare technology company.
Timothy Lynch was appointed Chairman, Department of Medicine at South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass.
BUILDING BRIDGES: MICHAEL ASHE ’62 Very few people can say that the governor of their state has been paying close attention to their job performance.
counseling. The goal is to provide “a strong bridge” back to the community, Ashe says. Others in the law enforcement community see his program as a model.
Michael Ashe can. Mark J. Sullivan, former Secret Service director, has joined The Safety Advisory Board at Uber. Also, Mark’s performance as director for Command Security Corporation is ranked in the top quartile of BSS News Bites’ American Express performers for the past year.
’79 Judith Ashworth, chemistry teacher at Memorial High School in Manchester, N.H., was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Theodore William Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary School Chemistry. Paul H. D’Amico has completed an assignment at Incirlik Air Base, Adana Turkey, and returned to Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base in California.
After a 42-year career, Ashe is retiring at the end of this year as the sheriff of Hampden County in Massachusetts. The impact of his work, however, will continue. Governor Charlie Baker has proposed spending $1 million to expand the successful inmate rehabilitation program Ashe created and implemented over the past four decades into a statewide initiative. First elected sheriff in 1974, Ashe has devoted his career to changing the public’s perception and attitude towards inmates. His re-entry program is based on professionalism and is meant to equip inmates to successfully transition back into society. Participants attend 40 hours a week of classes, including substance abuse programs, anger management classes, and jobs skills
Ashe takes pride in surrounding himself with a “great staff” who embrace the themes of the program. A hallmark of his administration is the relationship the corrections department now has with 300 community agencies that participate in the program. He credits his notable career in large part to his education and experiences at Saint Anselm. “I have a great love for Saint Anselm College,” he says. “It was a great school for me.” The values of the college�integrity, a strong work ethic, compassion for others, and the idea that all life has potential�remain with him and are reflected in the re-entry program. “I’ve been very blessed,” he says.
By Kathleen Lovett ’02 Photo by Don Treeger, The Republican, Springfield, Mass.
Marie (Bergeron) Rogers “finally relocated away from the cold New England climate to life on a golf course that offers year-round time to practice my game.” Marie is Employee Relations Coordinator for BayCare Health Systems in Greater Tampa, Fla.
’80 A FRENCH CONNECTION: FRANK DESANTIS ’65 Mob informants, Brazilian torture, heroin in toilet tanks. Pretty heady stuff, even for a kid from Brooklyn. History major Frank DeSantis (on right in photo) wanted to work in law enforcement. Gravitating toward the FBI where he’d need three years of other professional experience, he promptly went to work for the Treasury Department �and helped bring down one of the biggest drug smuggling operations in modern history. DeSantis was part of a team that busted the “French Connection.” With New York City in the grip of a heroin epidemic, in 1967 the U.S. Customs Department created a “Hard Squad” of four Special Agents and four Criminal Investigators, the latter including DeSantis. “The smugglers were very clever,” he recalled, “finding TWA aircraft departing from Munich, Paris or Rome. They tied sausage links of heroin and left them in airplane bathrooms for collection stateside. They had a chain of
By Kathleen D. Bailey Photo courtesy of Frank DeSantis
suppliers from Brazil to Europe, and a chain of aliases that was difficult to hack.” When Nixon was reelected, he pressured the CIA to get involved and even more intelligence emerged. “We retrieved 68 kilos. A henchman was arrested and he led us to the mastermind.” DeSantis worked with key players such as Eddie Egan and Sonny Grasso, the “Princes of the City” assigned to a special drug squad. Egan was played by Gene Hackman as “Popeye Doyle” in the two “French Connection” movies. DeSantis retired from Customs 20 years ago, but still works at a family business. He credits Saint Anselm College with helping him refine his thoughts and present them in oral or written form, a skill vital to his career. With characteristic modesty, he downplays his involvement, and emphasizes the team. “I was,” he says, “an ordinary person involved in extraordinary things.”
Steven Hooper is Professor of Security and Intelligence in the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University following a 30 year F.B.I. career.
James Barry has been named president and chief operating officer of InspireMD. He served as CEO since July 2014. Susan Gorman, an avid reader of romance and mystery novels, reviews books on her blog Lady Celeste Reads Romance (“romance reviews by romance leaders”). Susie works in the financial services industry and she also breeds, shows and trains Pembroke Welsh corgis. Nancy McGovern is the newly elected President of the Society of American Archivists in Atlanta. Keith Ryan has entered The War College, pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Studies after a 15-year career as Intelligence and Security director at the Aviation and Missile Command. Amy (Wood) Schelleng has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Natick (Mass.) Visiting Nurse Association. She is a Senior Systems and Test Engineer for Dedham-based General Dynamics.
Michael Sheehan was elected Class III Director to the Board of Directors of A.M. Castle & Co. following an agreement with Raging Capital Management.
Classmates Peter DiMarzio, Clifford “Kip” Brockmyre, Kevin Brodrick, Tim Golden and Kevin F. Smith have launched “100 Guys Who Care Boston” with a focus on raising funds to support local community causes and charities.
’92 Captain Sean Moriarty is Director of Training at the Delaware State Police Training Academy as well as the Delaware Council on Police Training Administrator. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Jeanette Davila has been appointed Chief Development Officer for Easter Seals New Hampshire.
Dr. Thomas Lucking, has been appointed the Executive Director of New Life Community Services in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Jane Yerrington has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern New Hampshire University.
Dan Zuba has published his first book series on Amazon. The Change is based on a potential scenario for a World War III; the story is told via a family trying to get home.
Lisa Sievel-Otten, has published her latest book, Manassas: Postcard History Series.
Ward Holder presented “Capturing the Presidency and Losing One’s Soul: Elections, Christianity and Realpolitik” at Cornell College. Ward is director of the honors program and professor of theology at Saint Anselm College as well as an author and political theologian.
Catherine McCabe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Sawyer Business School/Dean of Undergraduate Programs. Thomas A. Turco III has been named commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
Susan (Williams) Brisson, Supervising Attorney for the State of N.H. has earned her third degree black belt in kenpo karate.
Brian Ashburner has been appointed Vice Provost for retention and undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, a role he held on an interim basis. Todd Reed of Providence, R.I. has joined the employment and labor law practice of Littler Mendelson P.C. Timothy J. Stearns has been named examining officer in the Banking Supervision Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He joined the Dallas Fed in 1998.
Steven Chartier is vice president of regulatory affairs at PixarBio in Cambridge, Mass.
Tracey (Paulauskas) Bardorf is Assistant Director for the Office of Policy for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Washington, D.C. John McAdams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, has been appointed Senior Litigation Counsel for the District.
Craig Duncan has joined Modo Labs of Cambridge, Mass. as Vice President of Sales. Sean Ryan is in his 10th year as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.
Michael Buckley treated students to a spring 2016 comedy show in Sullivan Arena. His What the Buck Show on YouTube has over 1 million subscribers.
Brian Flaherty is a religious studies teacher at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass. Stephen Pruell has been named Chief Information Officer of Affiliated Managers Group in Prides Crossing, Mass.
HOME ON THE RANGE: STEVEN KARR ’91 Steven Karr doesn’t spend much time around horses. He does own cowboy boots, however. Three pairs—and the hat to go with them. He is the CEO and president of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Every year, the museum is visited by a quarter million people interested in Native American culture and the American cowboy (both the real and the reel versions). A self-described city boy from Los Angeles, Karr was a frequent visitor at a local reservation. Since then, he earned a history degree at Saint Anselm, a master’s at Pepperdine University, and a doctorate at Oklahoma State University. He has worked at several museums, most recently as director of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Karr’s job includes both educating visitors and helping them understand their own place in
their country’s history and culture. Beyond imparting knowledge, he and his staff try to challenge misunderstandings and stereotypes. One of the first things visitors see is a huge statue called “The End of the Trail,” created in 1915 by James Earle Fraser. Karr views it as one of the most significant items in the collection, although a troubling one. “It depicts native peoples in a way that’s not wholly accurate, and it has become an enduring image,” he explains. “The horse and rider look beleaguered and defeated. It’s a great starting point for a conversation, because it speaks to the fact that there are stereotypes and assumptions that we still grapple with.” The west is not about the past, he points out, but also the present and the future, “evolving in front of our eyes. If visitors leave saying, ‘I never knew that,’ on some level you’ve done your job.”
By Laurie D. Morrissey Photo by Carolyn Seelen/National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Ann (Lewis) Fournier is an instructor in the Department of Nursing at Saint Anselm College. Thomas Keller graduated from the University of North Florida with a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.
Heather (Parsons) Nehiley is Vice President, Human Resources for ISO Claims Partners - A Verisk Analytics Company. Leanne (Eastman) Petrou has been promoted to Vice President/ Marketing and Community Relations Officer at Pentucket Bank in Haverhill, Mass. Kellee (Walsh) Senic has turned her love of soccer into a hobby and job: she’s a referee in the Women’s Professional Soccer League, for the US Women’s National soccer team International “friendlies” and for the D1 College Women’s College Cup National Championship. Kellee is also Product Marketing Manager with Dorel Juvenile Industries.
As freshman Liz Sylvia cheered on Saint Anselm classmates at her first men’s hockey game, she had no idea she was about to stumble upon her career calling. “I played volleyball, but all of my friends would support whoever was in season,” she says. “It took two games for me to be completely hooked, and then I went to every game,” she says. “I knew I had to do something with hockey—everyone working for the team was just so excited.” And do something with hockey she has. As Manager of Hockey Administration for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Koharski handles all administrative details and procedures for player, coach and staff contracts, affiliation agreements, immigration, injuries, trades and transfers of players. In her position, she doesn’t have a typical day and has to be ready for anything. “I might have a quiet day of reviewing expenses planned, but all of sudden a trade might be happening, or it’s game day and one of the players has the flu, so you need to drop what you’re doing and huddle up.” Getting the job done is nothing new for Koharski, who began her career for the AHL’s Beast of New Haven, Conn. With just 10 people in the office, she did everything from selling tickets to filling in for the regular mascot. “And that wasn’t easy considering I’m 5’2 and the regular mascot was 6’4.” It wasn’t long before her attention to detail and can-do attitude was noticed, and she was recommended for a position in the AHL’s home office in Springfield,
THUNDERSTRUCK: LIZ (SYLVIA) KOHARSKI ’98 Mass. where she was executive assistant to the president and CEO of the AHL. After the 2004-05 NHL lockout season, Koharski was asked to join the Tampa Bay Lightning, and her dream of joining the NHL became a reality. She handled the jump to the NHL with ease; and she credits her time at Saint Anselm not only for putting her on her career path, but also teaching her how to thrive at what she does. “The small size of Saint Anselm makes it a family—a small
community, and you really have to make those good relationships which is imperative to what I do today,” she says. While Koharski came to the sport later than most hockey die-hards, she has quickly turned it into a family business: husband Jamie Koharski is a referee for the AHL. Their 7 month-old daughter, Lilly is no stranger to it either. “We had Lilly working her first training camp at two months.”
By Kate Grip Photo by Scott Audette
Melissa (Bunting) Sullivan is a Registered Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Heidi (Slomkowski) Davies is a fitness professional at Fit Pro in Conn. Steve Donnelly, CPA, has been named Corporate Controller of Country Curtains in the Berkshires, Mass. Theodore Florio has been sworn in as an officer with the Police Department of Scotch Plains, N.J. Trevor Glode teaches first grade at Country School in Weston, Mass. Adam Goodsell is manager of business development at Laurus Synthesis in Woburn, Mass.
Brianne (Clegg) Brown received a master’s degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University in May. Bree and her husband, Ian Brown ’03 moved from Quantico to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.
Jessica Costa is the administrator at Marian Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation of Taunton, Mass. Lauren (Buckley) Gonnella is a teacher at Cape Cod Academy. James Holsworth has been named the president of the Passaic Valley Education Foundation in N.J.
NO SMALL POTATOES: BEN DEARNLEY ’00 To Ben Dearnley, seeds are “cool and magical.” He passes that fascination on to kids at Spurwink School in Chelsea, Maine. The students, who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, see the entire process of growing food, from calculating how many seeds to buy to weeding and harvesting crops. They bring food home to their families, nearly all low-income. Dearnley melds two careers— farming and teaching. He makes things grow: healthful crops, strong adults and a program that changes lives. At Life Force Farm, Ben supplies 30 families with produce through community supported agriculture, donating surplus vegetables to food pantries. Dining out in Maine, you might be enjoying greens or potatoes grown on his farm. “I like feeding people and myself independently. Having control over my own food is pretty satisfying,” Ben says. “I typically grow close to 20,000 pounds of food a year on one and a half acres. It’s amazing to me that
all the seeds it takes to grow that food would fit in a box I can hold in my hand.” He manages five acres, but rotates crops constantly—“a fun puzzle game.” Dearnley says “biological high nutrition farming” manages soil to reduce pests and provide the most nutrients and trace. From his 1890s farmhouse, Ben grows crops in the field and heated tunnels, cuts firewood, taps maple trees and works the land using a biodieselfueled tractor. At Spurwink, many of the school’s students suffer from anxiety disorders, substance abuse, psychotic episodes, depression, and other conditions. Teaching science and math, the former environmental science major finds that hands-on gardening complements academics and nurturing the kids’ potential. Dearnley likes teaching sustainable skills, and boosting self-esteem. Older students receive minimum wage working in the school’s garden. “It’s a big deal to them,” he says. “They take home a paycheck and fresh vegetables.” By Laurie D. Morrissey Photo by Press Herald, Whitney Hayward
Heather Lemire is an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College in N.H. She is a clinical instructor for freshmen and senior nursing students.
Shelby (Allen) Riley is a Student Support School Social Worker at Boston College: City Connects.
Erica (Horan) Pickard is a registered nurse at San Antonio, Texas based Military Medical Center in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
Meaghan (Hines) Davey is an English teacher at Duxbury, Mass. High School.
Meghan Scotland is a registered dental hygienist.
Rachel Clark earned a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. She is an Associate Brand Manager at Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk, Conn. Mairead (Lundt) Glass is a Registered Nurse, IBCLC at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Mike O’Loughlin has joined American magazine as National Correspondent splitting time between Chicago, New York, and occasionally Rome. “I did a brief internship with American while in divinity school. There, I learned to fuse my interests in religion and journalism.” Lt. Jared Peledge was among 150 members of the 368th Engineer Army Battalion deployed to Kuwait after a send-off ceremony at Saint Anselm College in June. Matt Raymond, married to Kaitlyn (McClure) Raymond, completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience from George Washington University in 2012 and is currently working as an analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md.
Theresa Miarecki was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Research by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, recognizing exceptional leadership and practice contributions to the ACRP mission. Danielle (Ricci) Persichetti is a 7th Grade teacher at St. Matthew School in Connecticut.
Gerald Cournoyer is a Major Gifts Officer at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. Jerry was previously Assistant Director of Advancement – Major Gifts Officer at Saint Anselm. Evan Dell’Olio has earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He is employed as Director of External and Regulatory Affairs with Roberts Energy Renewables. Evan also serves as a Policy Committee Member for the Massachusetts Forest Alliance. Joshua Elliott-Traficante is the Policy Director for the N.H. State Senate. Justine Lyons traveled to Rwanda to spread the word of basketball. A trained nurse, Lyons is a program director for Shooting Touch, a Boston-based nonprofit that uses
“the power of basketball to educate and empower young people around the world.” Christopher Mei is Project Leader in Patient Engagement Technology and HIT Innovation Strategy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He oversees projects focused on technology solutions across the hospital network. Kaitlin Olson published her first article in Reflections On Nursing Leadership, a magazine of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. “Influence through Policy: Four Steps You Can Take” explains how nurses can become involved in advocacy and policy. Chris Riley coaches the Hingham, Mass. High School girls golf team. He played four years of golf at Saint Anselm. Catherine Strazdins earned her Master of Science in Project Management from Granite State College in N.H. She works in Network Contracting for Tufts Health Plan as a Contract Specialist.
Staci Dello Russo has joined the inaugural staff of TRIA, a Boston-based architecture firm, as marketing coordinator. Kathleen D’Orso graduated from Fairfield University with her doctorate of nursing practice. She is working at Western Connecticut Medical Group in Newtown as a family nurse practitioner. Mark A. Grasso, Jr. was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen in Lancaster, Mass.
James P. Henebry has been promoted to relationship manager, commercial loan officer at Haverhill Bank in Haverhill, Mass. On behalf of The Food, Clothing and Furniture Drive at Saint Anselm, Stefanie Iannalfo accepted the Departmental Award from the Dean of Students. Also accepting was Haley Mount ’15. The honor was made during the annual Paul Coleman Awards ceremony in the spring. Kathryn O’Loughlin works as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, N.Y. Father Michael Sartori has been ordained a priest by Bishop Peter A. Libasci at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, N.H.
Ryan Henry now lives in Palm Harbor, Fla. and works for Jesuit High School of Tampa as a mathematics teacher and lacrosse coach. Alexandra (Puglisi) Horton, owner of Cafe la Reine in Manchester, N.H., was featured at Leadership Summit 2016, a conference presenting how to build strong teams and succeed as a leader. Horton opened her business in 2013 after seeing the need for a community coffee house downtown. Brian Tomasini has joined Sandwich High School as a teacher of Physical Education, Health and Wellness where he has been head coach of the varsity baseball team.
After almost four years of distinguished and devoted service to the Saint Anselm College alumni community, this summer Kevin Fitzgerald ’00 announced that he is stepping down as President of the Alumni Council. In an email to the alumni community, Fitzgerald wrote “It has been a real honor to help our efforts in supporting our Alumni across the globe and I am most proud of the work we have done over the last several years to better engage with current students in way that helps to develop the long term sense of pride we all share for Saint Anselm College.” Michaela (Rocha) Scott ’09 has been named the new President of the Alumni Council. She has served on the Council for several years and has been a leader for her classmates and fellow Anselmians since she arrived on campus more than 10 years ago. She brings a broad understanding of the important issues facing alumni and the college community, as well as a focus on working with current students. Michaela currently also serves on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Group, and has returned to the Hilltop to bring the benefit of her experience to students for events such as last spring’s “Soaring to New Heights: Women’s Success Stories” panel presented by the Multicultural Center and Career Services. “I’m humbled and honored to serve as Kevin’s successor as President,” says Scott. “I’m incredibly proud of the Council’s devotion to our entire Anselmian community, and I’m so looking
MICHAELA SCOTT ’09 NAMED NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI COUNCIL forward to working with the Council members in continuing to represent our alumni.” Scott is a Vice President at Boston Partners Financial Group LLC in Boston, Mass., where she has won multiple awards for excellence in client services, including the Five Star Wealth Manager Award by Boston Magazine, an honor presented to less than three percent of the advisors in the Greater Boston area. Robert Elliott ’95 will remain in his position as Vice President of the Alumni Association to assist with the leadership transition. To learn more about how you can stay connected, volunteer, attend events or provide feedback, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) 444-1889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’13 Frank “Joe” Gill was the umpire-in-chief at the 14-Under Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla., in charge of scheduling and administration of the entire umpire staff at the 14team national tournament. He also umpired 15 World Series games. Linh Nguyen is an Audit Associate with Ernst & Young in Charlotte, N.C. Kate Tinsley is in her fourth year of teaching 7th grade mathematics at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, Mass.
Stephen Bowen is Direct Mail Manager for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Michael DeSimone has joined the Granby, Mass. Police Department as an officer. Kyle Grumoli has joined the Northampton, Mass. Police Department following graduation from the Western Mass. Police Academy.
Olivia Babine is teaching English to K-5 students in South Korea. Meagan DiDonato is an Oncology Research Specialist Position in the Regulatory Affairs department at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte N.C. and coordinates all Pediatric Oncology Trials.
Stephanie Kearsley, is a case manager at Harbor Homes, earning her master’s in social work. Dao Le is an investment banking analyst at BDA Partners. David McKillop is a government relations advisor at Rath, Young, and Pignatelli. On behalf of The Food, Clothing and Furniture Drive, Haley Mount accepted the Departmental Award from the Dean of Students Office at Saint Anselm College. Also accepting was Stefanie Iannalfo ‘10. The honor was made during the annual Paul Coleman Awards ceremony in the spring. At EMC Corporation: Alysha Sage is a Business Analyst, Kaitlyn Stazinski is a Sales Associate and Michael Jones is an Associate Financial Analyst with the foreign exchange. Chris Santo has joined the basketball staff at Saint Anselm College as assistant coach. Robin Yoshida was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar. She will serve for two years as a Community Health Volunteer in a rural village on the country’s eastern coast.
’16 Ashley Blades was honored by The Granite State Organizing Project for her work with the Meelia Center for Community Engagement at Saint Anselm College. Zachary Camenker is a 7th grade English teacher in Weare, N.H. Michaela Criscione presented at the British Women Writers Association Conference at the University of Georgia. Michaela discussed “‘Snatches’ of Violence: Helen Huntington and the Performance of Gender,” a perspective on Anne Bronet’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Michaela is a former student of Professor Meg Cronin of the Saint Anselm English Department, who also presented. Rosemary Lausier is a press assistant for the Maine Democratic Party. Thomas Owens and Matt Podell have joined the N.H. State Police. Richard Rodrigues has joined the Goffstown, N.H. Police Department.
Ryan Sandford is in Rwanda with the Peace Corps. Previously, he was a junior copywriter at International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C.
Corrections: In the Spring 2015 issue, Portraits regrets a printing error with the obituary of Paul Damour '58 and misspelling of Rob Surette '93's last name.
In Memoriam PAUL DAMOUR ’58 Dr. Paul Lawrence Damour, professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away on January 30 in Bedford, N.H. He was born in Concord, N.H. on January 26, 1937, the son of Napoleon and Margaret (Norton) Damour. Paul graduated from Henniker High School in 1954 and received a B.S. degree from Saint Anselm College in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and conducted N.S.F. post-doctoral research work at Boston University during the summers of 1964 and 1965. Paul accepted a position as assistant professor of chemistry at Saint Anselm College in September 1962 where he taught for 45 years as a member of the chemistry department until his teaching retirement at the college in May 2008 as professor emeritus. During his tenure he served as chairman of the chemistry department for seven years, conducted research projects funded by the Department of Homeland Security, prepared the college’s initial Chemical Hygiene Plan, and was instrumental in conducting the college self-assessment study for the Environmental Protection Agency. Paul researched and held a patent on Thermal Analysis for Detection and Identification of Explosives and Other Controlled Substances. Paul also served as instructor and the coordinator of Evening Education for University of Massachusetts Lowell Chemistry Department for 45 years. His professional associations include his lifelong memberships with American Chemical Society, New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, and Sigma Xi. Paul is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 53 years; four children, Paul Damour, Kevin Damour, Nicole Damour and Michelene Sears; and six grandchildren.
Marcel Vigor ’49, Kennebunk, Maine, August 10, 2016. Rev. Francis D. Garrity ’51, Roslindale, Mass., May 21, 2016. Edward F. Keon ’51, Lowell, Mass., June 6, 2016. Richard F. “Dick” Burnham ’52, Deansboro, N.Y., June 25, 2016. Paul M. Cahill ’52, Malden, Mass., May 2, 2016. Edward S. Kopec ’53, Methuen, Mass., August 3, 2016. Lionel Roy ’53, Bedford, N.H., August 17, 2016. Joseph M. Utka ’53, West Bridgewater, Mass., April 25, 2016. Joseph L. McMenaman ’54, Manasquan, N.J., November 29, 2015. Dr. E. Gerard “Gerry” Keen ’56, Mashpee, Mass., June 30, 2016. Robert A. Beauregard ’58, Manchester, N.H., May 12, 2016. James E. Gallant ’58, Manchester, N.H., February 6, 2016. James A. Labrie ’58, Rye, N.H., April 30, 2016. Francis X. Kiely ’60, Hyannis, Mass., October 31, 2015. William A. Moynihan ’61, Wellesley, Mass., June 9, 2016. Dr. Sister Helen Marie Burke ’62, Manchester, N.H., May 30, 2016. Paul Aboody Jr. ’63, Shrewsbury Mass., May 11, 2016. Rose (Brodeur) Freeman ’63, Penacook, N.H., June 10, 2016. Thomas Casavant ’66, Bridgewater, N.J., April 25, 2016. M. Robert Donahue ’66, Manchester, N.H. April 10, 2016. Walter J. “Chuck” Haley, Jr. ’67, East Freetown, Mass., June 2, 2016. Paul S. McDade ’67, Ipswich, Mass., August 20, 2016. Michael P. Herlihy ’68, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 26, 2016. Dennis G. Morrissette ’72, Marco Island, Fla., May 2, 2016. Paul Morrissey ’74, North Oaks, Minn., July 17, 2016. Kevin M. Golden ’78, Derry, N.H., August 27, 2016. James L. Roach, Jr. ’80, Plainville, Mass., May 9, 2016. Paul (Skip) R. Umberger III ’86, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., May 3, 2016. Melanie (Guyse) Curran ’87, Tustin, Calif., July 9, 2016. Rev. Daniel John Sinibaldi ’91, Rochester, N.H., August 27, 2016. Susan Mary Raymond ’92, Canterbury, N.H., April 12, 2016. Ashlee Rollins ’14, Ayer, Mass., June 13, 2016.
FRIENDS Maurice Beaudoin, former Physical Plant employee, Goffstown, N.H., July 12, 2016. Marie L. Clark, former Physical Plant employee, Bedford, N.H., August 11, 2016. Robert M. “OB” O’Brien, former Custodial Services staff, Weare, N.H., July 17, 2016. John P. O’Sullivan, Honorary Degree ’87, Grand Blanc, Mich., May 7, 2016.
Milestones MARRIAGES Shelby Allen ’07 and Michael Riley, June 20, 2015, Osterville, Mass. Kristen Copithorne ’09 and Marcus Pratt ’08, November 17, 2012, Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Marykelly Gooding ’10 and Chris Tarallo ’09, October 24, 2015, North Easton, Mass. Caroline Lawton ’10 and Timothy Pierce ’09, May 21, 2016, Boston, Mass. Sean Michael Tinsley ’11 and Kathryn Alex O’Brien, June 18, 2016, Chicago, Ill. Hannah Dubois ’12 and Michael Boutselis ’10, July 9th, 2016, Manchester N.H. Amara Georges ’12 and John Kupiec ’11, June 11, 2016, Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Kathryn Dowd ’13 and Christopher Tinsley ’13, July 16, 2016, Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Grace Keating ’14 and Kevin Peloquin, July 16, 2016, Lincoln, R.I.
FUTURE ANSELMIANS Tim DiNicola ’99 and Julie, a son, Miles Gabriel, February 16, 2016. Anne (Lewis) Fournier ’99 and Kevin ’02, a daughter, Natalie Rose, November 23, 2015. Kathleen (Farrell) Lovett ’02 and Travis, a daughter, Julianne Louise, July 5, 2016. Rena (Walles) Stroud ’02 and Michael, a son, Joshua Matthew, July 12, 2015. Stephanie (Garrone) Shufran ’02 and Zachery, a daughter, Joanna May, April 1, 2016. Allison (Ryan) Welch ’03 and David, a daughter, Caroline Rose, April 12, 2016. Kristin (Mancuso) Haff ’06 and Thomas, a son, Bennett Patterson, February 27, 2016. Lauren (Buckley) Gonnella ’06 and Chris, a son, Michael Robert, March 23, 2016. Laura (Rossi) Lemire ’06 and Ryan, a son, Theodore Louis, July 25, 2016. Mairead (Lundt) Glass ’07 and Sean, a daughter, Norah Grace, January 18, 2016. Jennie (Blouin) Walsh ’07 and Marty, a son, Martin Daniel, April 24, 2016. Meaghan (Hines) Davey ’08 and Drew, a daughter, Samantha Grace, May 5, 2015. Danielle (Ricci) Persichetti ’08 and Joseph, a daughter, Eleanor Abigail, January 28, 2016. Jessica (Arena) McGrath ’09 and David ’06, a son, Miles Calvin, May 14, 2016. Kristen (Copithorne) Pratt ’09 and Marcus ’08, a son, Reid Copithorne, July 30, 2016. Kathleen “Katie” (Lavelle) Fraser ’10 and Robert ’08, a daughter, Madison Grace, April 20, 2016. Nicole (Daigle) Milotte ’10 and Sean ’10, a daughter, Lily May, June 24, 2016.
The Class of 2020 arrived on campus August 25. Here are a few facts about our newest Anselmians.
Class of 2020 At A Glance
39% men, 61% women 21 states and 2 foreign countries represented 81% from out of state
Average G.P.A.: 3.26 Applicants: 3,827 Admit Rate: 76% Enrollments: 530
Top 5 majors: Nursing Business Politics Biology Criminal Justice
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Roger Williams, Ph.D., ’50 left 10 percent of his estate to the college in 2015. Bill Kelly ’66 and Tina Kelly created a deferred charitable gift annuity for the college. Giving back is very important to them, and they also improved their future retirement income. Malachy Coghlan, J.D., ’72 and Diane Coghlan created a life income trust that will eventually benefit the Geisel Library.
Alumni who include Saint Anselm College in their planning send an extremely powerful message—that they want the Catholic, Benedictine education that they received on the Hilltop to continue to shape the character and values of the coming generations. Alumni who give through a bequest, life income gift, or estate plan are welcomed and celebrated as members of the college’s 1889 Society. YOU ARE INVITED TO CREATE YOUR OWN LEGACY AT SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE.
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