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Volume 13

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Features 14 Cover Story– Abbatial Ritual: Electing and Blessing the Fifth Abbot By Barbara LeBlanc

Wheeler Scholarships Aid Motivated Students Rachel Campoli ’14

20 Vino Colorado: Jay Christianson ’05 Cultivates Award Winning Wines By Laurie D. Morrissey

As an actor, singer, and avid reader,

26 Brain Teasers: Students Get Real in Virtual Environments By Laurie D. Morrissey

of using language effectively—so a

32 Preserving the Legacy of a Courageous Alumnus: Barney Barnum Jr. ’62 By Keith Chevalier

Rachel Campoli ’14 is more aware than most people of the critical importance career in speech pathology seems like a logical choice. She has investigated graduate programs and shadowed professionals in the field. She also has plenty of experiences working with children and looks forward to working in schools. For the past four summers,

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she has volunteered at Learning Leadership Academy, a camp that teaches children communication and problem solving skills.

36 Focus on Faculty 38 Philanthropy 40 Alumni News 54 Milestones

On the cover: Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., was photographed by Kevin Harkins in the nave of the Abbey Church. Cover design: Melinda Lott This page: The new campus quad, completed over the summer, changes the landscape of the college. Photo by Gil Talbot.

Ernest Wheeler’s Scholarship Funds Ernest (“Ernie”) Wheeler ’61 established scholarships at Saint Anselm College for a simple reason: he loves the college. His studies prepared him for a successful business career. And it’s here that the Golden Anselmian made many of his best memories, through fun times with friends and afternoons on the playing field and basketball court and through the many intramural sports he enjoyed. He began giving two named annual scholarships in 2004, and these have benefited 11 students through 16 scholarships. In 2011, he established the Ernest L. and Ruth E. Wheeler Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps students in good standing with financial need.


From the President I have been thinking a lot lately about transitions and change, which is something that Portraits addresses as well, as it chronicles the story of Saint Anselm College. The last edition carried the news that Fr. Mark Cooper, O.S.B., would retire after 33 years as the college’s chief financial officer. It also offered a detailed story about the monastic community’s preparations to elect a new abbot, after nearly 27 years of spiritual leadership by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. In this issue of Portraits, Father Mark is now Abbot Mark, elected by his confreres in June and blessed during a special mass in September, with many of you in attendance or viewing on your computers via live stream. And you will see that a new CFO has been named for Saint Anselm. With those transitions, this magazine has a story about another upcoming change — my own retirement and the process to hire a new president for the college. As many of you already know, I announced in September my intention to retire at the end of this academic year, when I will have had the privilege of serving 24 years as president of this beloved college. This is a lot of change for a college that prides itself on stability, as I told members of the President’s Society recently, so anxiousness and excitement are both understandably running high on campus as well as among our alumni these days. Amid all this change, however, I am certain that this institution will continue to progress and thrive, while remaining essentially Anselmian. The search committee itself conveys that intent, co-chaired as it is by two alumni, trustees Joanne Pietrini-Smith ’85 and Rich Meelia ’71, and comprising not only other alumni, but a total of 12 individuals who have demonstrated their commitment and love of Saint Anselm as Benedictines, faculty, staff, students and trustees. I have every confidence that the candidates they select for consideration by the trustees and Abbot Mark, whether or not they are members of the monastery, will possess the qualities necessary to enhance Saint Anselm’s stature as a Catholic, Benedictine institution of higher learning. This magazine is full of evidence of progress, opening as it does with an image of the new common. The “old” quad, if I can call it that, is a place most of you hold dear as the setting of games, memorial services, study sessions,

concerts, and of course commencement exercises. The new quad (as yet unnamed) will be the scene of countless memories, as well. Already I have a memory of seeing Brendan Chrisom ’84 laying bricks around the granite circle that is at the center of this beautiful, green space. You will also read about the college’s part in advancing a field that promises to have an important impact on society, cognitive psychology. Apparently, our students and faculty members are working on ways to help us remember things like where we’ve been and where we put our misplaced belongings. I’m certainly looking forward to the results of their work! With my retirement still more than six months away, my reflections on the privilege of serving as Saint Anselm College’s president will await another issue of this magazine. For now, I am committed to making this academic year one of important advancement for the college, and leaving a solid foundation for the next president. You will be hearing more about those endeavors in coming months. In the meantime, I wish you much pleasure in reading this issue of Portraits. As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, may God keep you and your families in his warm embrace. My prayers always. Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. President

THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE Executive Editor: Barbara LeBlanc Managing Editor: Laurie D. Morrissey Design: Heather Foley of HFoley Designs Class Notes: Tricia Halliday, Laurie Morrissey Proofreading: Briana Capistran ‘16 Photography: Nancy Cole, Jeremy Fleming, Kevin Harkins, Kimberly Kersey Asbury, Dao Le ‘15, Louriann Mardo, Carly Peicott ‘12, Tricia Saxler, Gil Talbot, Cory True ‘09, Megan Vachon ‘14, Debra Weisheit, David White Contributors: Keith Chevalier, Jack Morris, Laura Lemire ‘06, Meghan Gill ‘14, Meagan Cox ‘15 Visit the Web site at Portraits is published three times a year for the alumni, college community, and friends of Saint Anselm College. The magazine is produced by the Office of College Communications and Marketing (603-641-7240) and published by Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102-1310. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and (except for editorials) do not necessarily reflect the position of the college or the editors. Email: Website:


Magazine Advisory Board Katherine Durant ‘98 Alumni Council Representative James F. Flanagan Vice President for College Advancement Dr. Landis Magnuson Faculty Representative Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B. Monastery Representative Paul Pronovost ‘91 Alumni At-large Representative Dr. Elaine Rizzo Faculty Representative Brad Poznanski Vice President for College Marketing and Enrollment Management Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88 Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming


College Welcomes New Faculty Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed nine new full-time faculty members for the 2012–2013 academic year (L to R): Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrel (education studies), Jonathan Lupo (English), Jane K. Sobolov (nursing), Joshua Tepley (philosophy), Fr. Augustine, Kyle P. Hubbard (philosophy), Chani Marchiselli (English), Margaret Jane Walker (nursing), Steffen Poltak (biology), and Christopher Bruell (criminal justice). Poltak, a member of the Class of 2003, earned a doctorate at the University of New Hampshire and completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.

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Hawks Fly in From All Over The athletics department’s coaching staff recruited 156 athletes to attend Saint Anselm College this fall. They hail from 18 states, including five of the six New England states. The majority (81 percent) are from within New England; 52 percent are from Massachusetts. New student-athletes also come from Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, California, and Alaska (one ice hockey player and one tennis player). “On paper this looks like one of the strongest groups of incoming student-athletes academically and athletically to attend Saint Anselm,” says Kelly Higgins (left), who enters his first season as the college’s director of athletics. “We are looking forward to their achievements both on and off campus during their time here, and following their graduations.”


Baseball Success—and a Gift Barry Rosen, who has coached the Hawks baseball for the past six years, received an unexpected token of his team’s appreciation at the end of last season: an oil portrait by Mark Hayden, the father of pitcher and co-captain Sean Hayden ’12. It was the senior’s way of saying, “Thanks for staying with me, looking out for me, and giving me the opportunity to play.” The gift was especially significant because it just so happens the Hawks baseball team had a historic year. They had the second-highest win total in program history and were just one victory shy of the record set in 2004. They won a conference regular-season title for the first time since that ’04 season and won their second-ever bid to the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship. They also won a regional game for the first time in history. Their final game, which eliminated them from NCAA East Regional with a 7-4 loss to LeMoyne, coincided with an event of great importance in the lives of seven of the team members: Saint Anselm College’s 2012 commencement exercises. Because the seniors missed the afternoon event, they were awarded their degrees in a separate ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Hayden wanted to present the portrait in person, but unfortunately, there was no time for a formal presentation. When he went to present it to the coach later, he found the locker room locked so he left it on the couch in a big box. “I was speechless, to say the least,” Rosen says about the surprise.

(L-R) Jeff Criscuolo, Tim Cooney, Dan DeCoste, John Healy, Sean Hayden, Neil Hesek, and Joe Latino had a special ceremony.


Photos by Gil Talbot

ON the HILLTOP Commencement 2012 “Always give and love generously.” This was Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B.’s parting message to the Class of 2012 at the college’s 119th commencement exercises in May. While touching on the beauty of the campus and the spring day, the outgoing abbot and chancellor’s words encouraged the 386 graduates to consider a more unique and exotic place: the place of the heart. “Return to this space to make sense of things and to make decisions that will affect you and those around you,” he advised. “Look at what your Anselmian education has done to assist you in making those decisions, and continue to develop this space in yourself every day.” Dr. Ward Holder, professor of theology, received the award for excellence in faculty accomplishment. Psychology major Isaac Saidel-Goley ’12 received the Chancellor’s Award for the highest academic average. Politics major Liam Concannon ’12 gave the student address. The diplomas were awarded by President Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., who Photos by Gil Talbot reminded the graduates that being an Anselmian would not end for them upon graduation. Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., received an honorary doctorate of human letters. Honorary degrees also were awarded to Marcia Sink, executive director of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) New Hampshire, and attorney William Tucker. Seven graduates were unable to participate. They were representing the college in the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship. “Though we miss them here, we wish them a great game and an even greater victory! Go Hawks!” said Father Jonathan. The seven in absentia members of the class were awarded degrees in a separate ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., with honorary doctorate degree recipients Marcia Sink, William Tucker, and Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B.

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Who’s Here The class of 2016 got a warm welcome on Aug. 23—and a helping hand from members of the football team, who carried boxes, backpacks, bedding, and other supplies into the residence halls for the campus’ newest residents. They had an action-packed, three-day orientation program to learn about campus life, and the newly elected abbot was the celebrant at a family Mass. Students enrolled: 546 Gender: 58% female, 42% male From: 22 states and 2 countries Out-of-state students: 80% Top 10 Majors: Undeclared, Nursing, Biology, Business, Education Studies, Criminal Justice, Politics, Psychology, History, English. Photo by Gil Talbot

Reports from the Job Hunt Trail The national employment situation may be tough, but many new Saint Anselm graduates quickly found success. Here are some comments from 2012 grads in computer science and fine arts. Elise Hamilton ’12, junior database analyst, Sullivan and Worcester: “I have very recently jumped into the job search and have been overwhelmed with all of the positive and rapid responses. I believe that coming from such a well recognized college, as well as having a relevant and in-demand major, has led to this feedback.”   Justine Johnson ’12, digital brand marketing assistant coordinator: “It’s been a whirlwind of real world experience! I started in August and I’ve been signed on to a few major projects with Hasbro’s Girls Digital Brand Marketing team at their headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I. I’m working with a few of Hasbro’s


Mega Brands like My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Furby as well as other Girls brands like FurReal Friends. I’m one of the web managers of PetTV, the online YouTube extension of Hasbro’s partner cartoon cable network, The Hub, and I’m working my way up to assistant producer of a Pinterest-like site for Littlest Pet Shop called LPS Connect. After sending out 70+ resumes and cover letters, I’m so pleased. I feel like my degree was well worth it.” At least two seniors already have jobs in place. Carol Traynor, chair of the computer science department, reports that Erin Boudreau and Conor Trask were accepted into the Leap Program at Fidelity Investments, a competitive training and development program for new information technology graduates. After six months training, they will have jobs within the company.

ON the HILLTOP Father Jonathan, 9th President, to Retire Although everyone at Saint Anselm College suspected that Fr. Jonathan De Felice, O.S.B., couldn’t be president forever, a minor shock wave was felt on campus at 11 a.m. September 4, when he announced that he would retire at the end of the academic year. Over the course of nearly 24 years as president, he had a profound impact on the lives and faith of more than 9,000 of the college’s alumni (9,363, to be exact). The 1969 Saint Anselm graduate was named acting president in December 1989, following a decade of leadership by Br. Joachim Froehlich, O.S.B. He was appointed by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., who was then the chancellor of the college. Prior to becoming president, he taught theology and served as dean of students, assistant to the academic dean, dean of freshmen, and associate director of Campus Ministry. “Catholic education has been and will continue to be my passion, but now that I am on the brink of age 65 and the college is nearing its 125th anniversary, I think it is the ideal time for me to step aside for new leadership,” Father Jonathan said in an email to the college community. He will continue to serve the church and work for the progress of the college—but first, he will enjoy a well-earned sabbatical. In addition to his unwavering dedication to Catholic higher education, the ninth president has a strong commitment to civic education and engagement. He considers it the college’s mission to expose all students, regardless of major, to the democratic process, and to foster informed debate and understanding. Under Father Jonathan’s leadership (which makes him the longest serving college president in New Hampshire), Saint Anselm College enhanced its reputation as a nationally ranked liberal arts college and became a leader in incorporating service into college curricula.

“Catholic education has been and will continue to be my passion...” “Father Jonathan helped Saint Anselm College deepen its commitment to excellence in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, emphasizing academic and extracurricular pursuits in balance with spiritual growth,” says Chuck Pollard ’79, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “He guided the college through an expansion in facilities, established the New Hampshire Institute of Politics as the state’s

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premier forum for the study of citizenship and debate of public issues, and successfully steered through the challenges of the financial crisis.” He led the college’s last very successful campaign that raised more than $50 million, and supported the transition to a new governance model for the college that was initiated in 2009. Father Jonathan oversaw an expansion of on-campus housing, expanded the library and science center, added new offices for faculty, and built a football stadium, ice hockey arena, and new athletic fields. He also had an impact on higher education in the state and nationally as a member of numerous boards and committees and trustee of several higher education institutions. Father Jonathan is a founder of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities and has served on the board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Most recently, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch appointed him as a director of the New England Board of Higher Education. The trustees have established a Board search committee, using a professional search firm Isaacson, Miller, to help identify appropriate monastic, internal, and external candidates.


Professors Analyze Obama’s Political Theology When Barack Obama mentioned that Reinhold Niebuhr was his favorite philosopher, it gave theology professor Ward Holder something to think about. He called Peter Josephson, a colleague in the politics department, and the two began analyzing the relationship between Christian faith and statesmanship. Their combined thinking is the subject of a recently published book, The Irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Problem of Christian Statecraft, in which they look at Niebuhr’s influence on the president’s politics, an influence they argue is substantially contrary to a common belief among the American electorate that Obama is not Christian. Neibuhr, one of the country’s preeminent Christian political thinkers, is largely forgotten, says Josephson, although he was TIME’s cover story in 1948. “We felt it was a story no one was really telling and it could conceivably be important to the history of American politics.” The book assesses the challenges facing President Obama and evaluates his success in adhering to Niebuhr’s path of “Christian realism” when faced with the demands of domestic and foreign affairs.

Biologist Writes about Running Big, bulky running shoe? Barelythere footwear? Peter Larson, associate professor of biology, has tried them both, as well as the ultraminimalist barefoot style of running. He describes them—and the science behind them—in Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, which he coauthored with Bill Katovsky (Skyhorse Publishing). Larson also is the author of (, a blog featuring “tips and thoughts on running and living an active life.” He chairs the biology department and teaches anatomy and exercise physiology. His latest research focuses on the biomechanics of running.


Walk This Way A 100,000-square-foot grass quad installed over the summer has transformed the lower part of campus. The parking lot in front of Joan of Arc Hall was replaced by a nearly two-acre landscaped green space whose focal point is a brick circle 40 feet in diameter. Brendan Chrisom ’84, the owner of a brick and stone company in Dover, N.H., designed the brick circle and laid many of the bricks. In the center of the circle, at the intersection of four walkways, is the college seal carved in Vermont granite. “I’m not always on the actual jobs, but when it’s at Saint A’s I always make sure I’m there,” Chrisom says. “It’s a labor of love for me, and I know how much the college means to all the people who have gone there.” The quad is connected to the upper campus by a heated cement staircase. A landscaped grotto was created on the west side of the quad and awaits a statue of the Blessed Mother. A gift from a friend of the college, John N. Sullivan, provided the funds for construction of the grotto, as well as an endowed fund for its upkeep. “I don’t believe any other capital project has had as transformative an effect as this one surely will,” says Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., dean of the college. Grounds supervisor Kimberly Britton enjoyed the challenge of landscaping the new space. Her crew worked hard to preserve some of the existing trees. “We really wanted to work on this,” she says. “It’s really changed the landscape of the school.” Alumni and friends are invited to become a permanent part of this new campus feature while supporting the college’s financial needs, by adopting a tree or bench. For more information or to make a gift, please call the Office of College Advancement: 888-267-3567.

Photo by Gil Talbot

ON the HILLTOP College Earns High Marks Saint Anselm earns high marks in the latest college rankings. The college is listed as a nationally ranked liberal arts college with U.S. News and World Report and among The Princeton Review’s 377 top colleges. The college is named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, which also ranks the college #10 for campus dining. The college is listed as #20 for town-gown relations. The Princeton Review rankings are established by student feedback. U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges in 2013 ranks the college #130 in National Liberal Arts Colleges based on such factors as graduation rates, peer assessments and alumni participation. Forbes: America’s Top Colleges lists the college #160 overall among 650 colleges and #132 among private colleges. These rankings are based on quality of teaching, great career prospects, and graduation rates. In the 2012 Washington Monthly rankings of liberal arts colleges, the college moved up from #203 to #191. Their ratings are based on the college’s contribution to public good in the categories of social mobility, research, and service.

The Primary Society The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library is looking for 100 committed supporters—and the new Primary Society already has a good start. “It has been a popular way for individuals and organizations to show their support for this vital and unique New Hampshire institution,” says Executive Director Neil Levesque. “So many people want to be a part of this place and help preserve its critical role in civic life and politics.”

The names of the 100 individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations joining the Primary Society will be displayed permanently in the auditorium of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and printed on the Institute’s website and sponsorship materials. Members become full partners on all events, programs, and activities and will have first opportunity for tickets to events sponsored by the Institute.

New Leaders in Finance, Admission The college’s financial health and its student recruitment are two of the most critical areas of college administration. Both functions have new leaders at Saint Anselm College. After the retirement of Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., from the position of treasurer and vice president for finance last summer, Harry Dumay (left) joined the college as CFO and vice president for finance. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College (where he held the position of director of finance for the College of Engineering). Prior to coming to Saint Anselm, he was the CFO and associate dean for finance and information technology at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Eric Nichols (right) became the director of admission, after serving as associate dean of admission at Stonehill College and as career advisor and admission evaluator at Brown University. He earned a master of education degree in counseling from Providence College. Nichols shared his first day on campus with that of 554 freshmen and transfer students—and then went to work on plans to recruit the Class of 2017.


Classics Professor and Students Go Underground Last summer, classics professor David George excavated a series of newly discovered pyramidal structures beneath the city of Orvieto, Italy. It was an exciting project for the professor as well the nine students and six alumni in his crew, who had an experience that very few young archaeologists could put on their resumes. The pyramids are the first structures of their kind discovered in Italy. Professor George and Italian archaeologist Claudio Bizzarri discovered the structures and are co-directors of the excavation. “At the time of their discovery, the structures had been largely filled, leaving only the topmost modern layer which had been modified and was being used as a wine cellar,” says George. The feature that caught his eye was a series of stairs carved into the wall, which were clearly Etruscan. A series of tunnels ran beneath the wine cellar, hinting at the possibility of deeper undiscovered structures. The first objects dug up in May included tennis shoes and 19th and 20th-century broken plates. One meter lower, the diggers reached a medieval floor. Below that, they found 5th century BCE Etruscan pottery, and material dating back to 1200 BCE. To date, the excavators have dug down three meters and the pyramidal structure continues. George believes the subterranean structures were tombs or part of a sanctuary. The site will sit idle until May 2013, when George and his students will also pick up their work at the college’s original dig site in Coriglia, for the eighth season. Tessa Theriault ’15, one of the first students to choose Saint Anselm’s new major in classical archaeology, was thrilled to find herself at the site of a new discovery.

“Knowing that you are among the first people to see this structure and these artifacts for thousands of years is amazing, and knowing that you’re helping expose new information about an ancient culture is a great honor to be a part of,” she says. “Every time someone found a large piece of pottery that included the base of the piece, we were eager to clean it off quickly to see if there might be an inscription on it. The energy level was always high.” The discovery made news all over. (If you can read Russian, German, or Polish, we’ll send you the links.) Learn more about the dig, see photos, and watch an interview with David George and Tessa Theriault ‘15 at

See more photos & watch videos at College Helps Grads Find Success The college has two new initiatives to help students and new grads in their pursuit of internships and employment. The Office of Career Services recently added an associate director for employer relations, Sarah Mockler, to cultivate and develop relationships with employers and alumni leading to expanded opportunities and greater graduate success. The Office of Career Services also began a partnership with the athletics department and Career Athletes, a provider of athlete-to-athlete mentoring, networking, professional development and job posting services. Any current or former Hawk athlete can sign up for free and gain online access to 100,000+ members, 450 company recruiters and 58,000 job and internship opportunities “Given the rigorous demands of being a student-athlete at Saint Anselm College, this partnership will help us to help them in gaining traction and leverage in the job market,” says Sam Allen, director of the Office of Career Services. Alumni seeking ways to connect with students and new grads are encouraged to contact Mockler at

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“Did You See the Video?” Saint Anselm’s Online Story When it comes to social media these days, it’s easy to get lost in all of the apps and websites vying for your attention. At Saint Anselm College, we have staked our own claims on the web’s most popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube, Pinterest, Foursquare and others. But getting eyeballs on all of those platforms can be tricky. It’s even harder to promote them and their various content offerings in one place. Until now. Last summer, we launched, a social media hub for the college and our online community, where you can stay connected with us, catch up on all the latest photos and videos, and be a part of the online story that is shaping Saint Anselm College each and every day. The website pulls content from all of our social media accounts as well as from our campus blogs and our main news feed. Now, when someone says, “did you see the video they posted about Passages?” you can respond, “I sure did! Wish I were back on the Hilltop!”

New Coach, New Records Saint Anselm College’s field hockey team began the season Sept. 2 with a new coach and a senior player who already owned the college’s single-season and career records for goals, assists and points. Last year, Kristina Katsikis ’13 (right), a business major from Hanover, Mass., put together the greatest single season in program history. She was selected as an ECAC Division II All-Star and named to the All Northeast-10 First Team. She was only the Hawks’ second All Northeast-10 First Team selection, the other player being Kate (Maruszewski) Gaudreau ’03 in 2001, the year the program began. Katasikis extended her lead this season. Freshman Canada Stewart, a forensic science major from Lynnfield, Mass., set the program record for most goals scored in a season by a freshman (seven). The team ended the season in seventh place out of 11 teams. The new head coach, Carolyn King, comes from SUNY Cortland and replaced Maygan Cassarino. The team also wins kudos for compassion. Last year, they were one of 20 teams across the country to win a Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence for their “Corners for the Cure” breast cancer fund raising initiative, which raised $10,000. This year, the team raised more than $4,000 on “Corners,” including a $200 donation from the Cawley Middle School field hockey team (Hooksett, N.H.), where Hawks captain Nicole Guimond ’13 volunteered during the season. For live stats on our teams, visit


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1 1. Bob Shea, director of campus events, portraying Saint Anselm at Freshman Orientation.


2. Skate Night at Sullivan Arena. 3. A classic fall day on campus. 4. Freshmen sporting new bracelets. 5. Fourteen alumni, members of the Nashua Police Department, met for Pub Trivia Oct. 2. L to R: Anthony Murray ’10, Patrick Hannon ’04, Joe Molinari ’88, Brian Kenney ’02, Heather West ’06, Jim Hargreaves ’89, Dan Ostler ’04, Andy Roy ’07, Jaclyn Marquis ’07, Ian Day-Lewis ’04, Jim Testaverde ’97, Bill Adamson ’02 and Christopher Murphy ’09. 6. Fr. Benet Phillips, O.S.B. ‘87, enjoys a football game during Homecoming Weekend 2012. 7. Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, chose the quad for their Granite State rollout event August 20. More than 2,500 people witnessed the pair’s first joint appearance in New England. 8. Students performing in the Family Weekend show, “We Are Young.” 9. A warm day on the Quad. 10. Michael Nicholson ’07, recipient of the Young Alumni Service Award, with Mandy (O’Neil) Nicholson ’06. Look for full story on 2012 Alumni Awards in next issue! 12





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Abbatial Ritual:

Electing and Blessing the Fifth Abbot


By Barbara LeBlanc

he bell rings and people grab their umbrellas. Professors, recent graduates, groundskeepers and vice presidents all hurry in a soft, June rain toward the

Abbey Church. Inside the church, the emotion is palpable. The 300 or so people in the pews have been anticipating for months who, after 26 years, is to succeed Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., as the spiritual head of the abbey and the chancellor of the college. Now they will know. Monks start filing toward the altar and soon applause and even cheers replace the sound of the tolling bell. People in church stand up, faces beaming. They were told the new abbot would be second to the last in line, and they are pleased to recognize Father Mark Cooper, O.S.B., in that spot. This is an important moment that people feel privileged to witness. In fact, it is so compelling that many hundreds of Saint Anselm alumni and others across the globe turn on their computers to watch a live stream of the ceremony. “It reminded us that despite the differences we may have with each other, we are a community,” said Elaine Rizzo, professor of criminal justice, “and the monastery remains at the center of the Saint Anselm community.”

…but we believe Our Lord not only prayed that all may be one, our faith is that he died and rose, that it might be so. —The Right Rev. Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. Abbot Mark (kneeling) receives the blessing from Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B.; with former classmate Deacon Eugene Malhame ‘71 (left), Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Jonathon O’Reilly ‘13, and Mike Sartori ‘10. 15

Abbot Mark and his confreres commence a service of thanksgiving, initially surprised to have so many lay people in attendance. But as he thinks about it, Abbot Mark comes to understand. “The monastic community is a constant here at Saint Anselm,” he said. “Because of our vow of stability, so many people form long-standing relationships with the monks and the community as a whole.” The authority and responsibility of being abbot was conferred upon Abbot Mark as soon as he agreed to accept election by his confreres. But the rules governing abbatial elections require that a new abbot be blessed within three months of the election, and the blessing usually occurs during a Mass. As the master of ceremony for Saint Anselm Abbey, Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., set about preparing the celebration. The date of Monday, September 10, was selected so that it would occur with the return of students at the start of the new academic year. “The election of a new abbot is indescribably important in terms of the life of the community,” said Father Augustine. “He is the spiritual father of the abbey. His relationship with each monk is absolutely vital. He alone, and uniquely, holds the place of Christ in the monastery.” As such, the blessing on September 10 was a ceremony full of symbolism and meaning, following guidelines established 1,500 years ago in the Rule of St. Benedict and including practices that have been tradition in the church for 900 years and more. Abbot Mark’s maternal uncle, Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B., who was the abbey’s third abbot, celebrated the Mass and conferred the blessing on his nephew. Bishop Joseph has always been a formative presence in his life, Abbot Mark says, and he was the first person he consulted

when he decided to join the monastery while still a student studying political science at Saint Anselm College. During the blessing, Bishop Joseph presented Abbot Mark with the items that symbolize his important new role. A gold signet ring, which is engraved with Abbot Mark’s coat of arms, symbolizes fidelity to the church. The miter, or pontifical hat, is an ancient symbol of prelacy. And the crozier, or staff, stands for his role as shepherd. The wooden staff was made by Father Martin Mager, O.S.B., an artist/craftsman, and superior of Woodside Priory, the California community that is part of Saint Anselm Abbey. Father Martin also had made Bishop (then Abbot) Joseph’s and Abbot Matthew’s croziers. Father Bede Camera, O.S.B., composed the offertory hymn sung during the Mass in honor of Abbot Mark’s blessing. Father Augustine wrote the lyrics. The new abbot’s coat of arms could be seen in several places, hanging on giant, white banners at the doors of the Abbey Church. The Abbey shield was embroidered on vimpae, or shawls, that attendants used to hold the miter and crozier and carved on the back of a chair that college carpenter Bob Dumas made for Abbot Mark to be seated on during the ceremony. Deacon Paul Sullivan, of the Diocese of Providence, is the herald who created the coat of arms. It includes the Abbey’s seal, as well as symbols for the waters of coastal Maine, where Abbot Mark grew up in Freeport; the unadorned cross of Lorraine to honor the Sisters of St. Joan of Arc, who ministered to the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey for more than 80 years; and the lion of St. Mark. Finally, it includes a cross taken from his uncle’s coat of arms referencing the connection to his Benedictine community. More than 1,200 people attended the blessing and the Mass, including 10 prelates and 50 clergy, who processed together into the church with the monks of

The Spirit calls men to a monastic way of life not to isolate them from

the Church but rather to build up the Church in holiness through their lived rhythm of love, which manifests itself in prayer, lecto divina, work and the common life. – Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B.


Saint Anselm. Also in attendance were Abbot Mark’s family and close friends, including his sister, Cheryl (Cooper) Costello, and father, Arthur. “The sad news for me is that at almost 96, my father, a very special man, has better hair, more energy, better sense and would make a better abbot than I,” Abbot Mark said in his remarks during the ceremony. A 1971 graduate of Saint Anselm College, Abbot Mark earned a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He professed vows as a member of the Benedictine community at Saint Anselm in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. In addition to his role as spiritual leader of the abbey, Abbot Mark also has an important temporal position as chancellor of Saint Anselm College. He assumed his new


position after serving 33 years as chief financial officer of the college, and he sees his roles at the head of the college and the abbey as complementary. “The Catholic, Benedictine tradition of the college provides a special dimension to the educational experience at Saint Anselm,” he said. “If we stay grounded in the faith of the Church and the wisdom it provides, we will offer an education that is beginning to become more and more unique. I really think the Church has a message that is very much needed by the world today, and to the extent that we can incorporate that message into the learning experience we provide for our students, we will be producing graduates who can bring a new dimension to society.”

His election will play an important part in fostering and maintaining the authentic Catholic identity of the college. The blessing was the culmination of the monastic community’s election of the person who will lead them and the college in fulfilling their mission. – Elona Lucas, professor of English 17

It really makes me feel proud to be part of Saint Anselm, because something like this wouldn’t happen at another college.

– Matt Greeke ’13

It’s important that we show our support for him through good and bad, because there will be challenges ahead. – Susan (Berthiaume) Horton ’78

Virtual Presence About 3,000 of the college’s alumni and friends from around the globe had a virtual presence in the Abbey Church. They watched the thanksgiving service following Abbot Mark’s June 5 election or his blessing on September 10 via live stream, from 17 countries, including Serbia, Pakistan and Vietnam.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to witness his abbatial blessing live on the Internet. – Moe Demers ’66 Watch videos, see more photos, and read blogs at 18


This is a beautiful reminder that we as monks are called to serve Abbot Mark as we all endeavor to serve Christ in our students, faculty, and the entire Saint Anselm community. – Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B.

Clockwise from top left: Altar servers lead monks and prelates in procession to the Abbey Church; Abbot Matthew (L), Abbot Mark, and Bishop Joseph; Shane Matthews ‘15 (L) and Patrick Reidy ‘15; in procession L to R, Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B., Fr. William Sullivan, O.S.B., Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B.; Joshua Elliott-Trafficante ’09 (L) and Myungwoo Lee ‘13.


“Your vines are really in charge. We’re really focused on letting the grape do the work.”


Vino Colorado

Jay Christianson ’05 Cultivates Award Winning Wines


o an easterner, thoughts of Colorado evoke images of snow-capped mountains.

But Jay Christianson’s Colorado also contains acres of grape vines. He is co-owner

and winemaker at Canyon Wind Cellars, a 50-acre estate winery that produces award-

winning Bordeaux-style wines in the high, dry country near the Utah border. The 2005 fine arts grad has been a teacher and a ski racing coach, but in wine making he finds ultimate job satisfaction: “Making something people enjoy—and that you enjoy yourself—is possibly the most gratifying and fulfilling thing to do,” he says. He comes by the trade and talent naturally. The Palisade, Colorado, location was chosen by Christianson’s parents because the climate and growing conditions are identical to that of the Bordeaux region of France and similar to that of northern Spain. They set out vines in 1991 in the gravelly soil along the Colorado River and sold their first crush of Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996. It was their son who named the estate for the breezes that cool Debeque Canyon at night and provide the perfect ripening conditions. Helping out in the family business, Christianson cleaned and sanitized equipment and received an ongoing education from his parents and the winery’s consulting winemaker, Napa Valley vintner Robert Pepi. By the time he went east for high school, he likely knew more about wine than many sommeliers. While living in one of the townhouses at Saint Anselm in his junior and senior year, he struck up a friendship with the folks at the local wine shop, which (not coincidentally) sold his family’s products. Ski team dinners were known to feature very, very good cabernet. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photos by Nancy Cole 21

Christianson returned to Colorado in 2007. While coaching at Vail the following year, he met Jennifer, a fund raiser for the youth racing program. They shared a love of skiing, food, and wine. She is now his wife, business partner and “fellow grape slave,” and was largely responsible for a new brand, Anemoi (named after the Greek gods of wind). “It’s a total paradigm shift from what we’ve always done, which is to produce varietally focused, old world style wines,” Christianson says. “It uses newer techniques and is more creative and youthful.” Anemoi was a result of an exceptionally chilly summer, Jennifer’s first in the business. The longer hang time needed to ripen the fruit resulted in a more concentrated juice.


“We had one of those wine-geek moments where we said to each other, ‘This is really cool!’ Christianson says. “The final product has been received better than we could have possibly imagined.” In its first season, it was awarded a gold medal at an invitational wine competition.

“We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t love it.” To the Christiansons’ palates, each Anemoi wine has distinctive characteristics produced by the winds and weather. The first was named Boreas for the god of the north wind. Three more soon followed: Eurus (east wind), Notus (south wind), and Zephyrus (west wind).

The newest is Lapyx, a late harvest Pinot Grigio named for the god of the northwest wind. Of all the Canyon Wind wines, though, Jay’s favorite is IV, a blend of four Bordeaux varietals: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, aged two years in French and American oak barrels. It’s another award winner (double gold at the Indy International Wine Competition). However, Christianson says, “Medals mean nothing. They’re totally not repeatable. You can enter the same wine in a different competition and have different results.” (They do, however, sell wine.)

Letting the Grapes do the Work The younger Christiansons took over full operations of Canyon Wind in 2010, overseeing every aspect of the business in the vineyards, barrel cellars, warehouse, and two tasting rooms (one on the estate and the other within an hour of Denver). They live in a small former bunk house used by peach orchard workers, less than 100 yards from the vineyard. Jay calls his father, an exploration geologist by training, “a phenomenal resource. He did this for 15 years. Even though you always keep records, the knowledge is all in your head.” Jennifer is also educated as a geologist, so she can tell you all about the Mesa Verde sandstone that underlies Canyon Wind’s Cliffside and Riverside Vineyards and sweeps upward in formations like the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa. While still producing the 13 wines his parents made, Christianson and his wife have introduced changes and innovations. They’ve incorporated green practices, such as mowing and tilling to keep weeds down instead of using herbicides. They use organic pesticides and mulch; plant wheatgrass to prevent wind erosion; and return vine trimmings and grape skins to the soil. It is a low-intervention, sustainable approach. “Your vines are really in charge,” Christianson says. “We’re really focused on letting the grape

do the work and allowing what we do in the vineyard to become the liquid we’ll be working with. Vineyard practices — the decisions before harvest and how you harvest — are definitely the least glamorous but the most important thing in making a wine great.” Lest that sound like a walk in the park, Christianson explains that a typical day in the wine making business is anything but relaxing.

Filthy but Happy One afternoon last May, when the buds were beginning to swell (break, in viticulture lingo), Christianson described what his day had been like. Work on a broken tractor. Run (not literally) to the winery to set up for Barrel Tasting. Call sales brokers. Fix a sign that was blown to the ground by a less than cooperative Canyon Wind. From June through August, most of the couple’s time is spent in the vineyard mowing, clipping, fertilizing, soil testing, evaluating crop load, inspecting for disease, and performing a myriad of other tasks. When the grape leaves turn red and orange in September, the vintners are up at 5 a.m. tasting grapes and determining the picking schedule. They contact clients who are waiting for their grapes. Both wine makers are up 23

“The best thing is when someone says

‘Wow… I didn’t know Colorado could make good win


Compliments of the Vintner Palisade, 12 miles east of Grand Junction’s airport on Interstate 70, has more than a dozen wineries and vineyards. Canyon Wind is the only one that offers a free bottle to Saint Anselm alumni who show up at their tasting room. Warning: if it’s September, you may be invited to help harvest.


Jay’s Picks Favorite Canyon Wind wine: Cellars 2007 IV. According to Colorado Wino: “The nose is dominated by peppery overtones that take a powerful front over dark fruits. Once it opens, it is an elegant and balanced take on Bordeaux with strong plums leading a black fruit basket, noticeable tannins, and a charred finish that transitions to chocolate and caramel.” to their shoulders in crushed fruit until 10 or 11 p.m., overseeing all the critical steps between the harvest and the bottle: pushing skins, seeds, and pulp down into the juice, siphoning the wine off the deposits of yeast and other solids, and picking stems out of the crusher. “It’s like monitoring a growing child,” say the winemakers. “You can’t leave it alone for long.” The weather determines the length of the season, which determines how fast they work. This year is compressed, meaning busy. Occupational hazards? Jay is hoping to break a trend, and not get stitches this year. “It’s a physically challenging, dirty process,” Christianson says. “It’s a great diet plan during the harvest because you’re not eating very well and you’re working very hard. It’s a ton of work. But it’s a very cool business for a lot of reasons. We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t love it.”

Best wine in recent memory: A 1989 Figeac. “There is just something about that bottle that expresses the land, and the brightness of fruit and just plain awesomeness. Sorry, I am a bit at a loss for words with this wine. Is it too cheesy to say it spoke to me?”

Best advice: Drink what you like, not what you think you’re supposed to like. Go to a wine store and ask what other wine is similar to one you really like; they’ll know what to recommend.

Best description of wine making: 90% cleaning things, 5% moving stuff around, 5% drinking beer and hoping. It takes a lot of beer to make wine.



B r a i n T E A S E R S Students Get Real in Virtual Environments By Laurie D. Morrissey


she mystery of the human brain—that information-processing organ no larger than a cantaloupe—is as deep as any mystery in the universe.

Until about 40 years ago, people did not believe its workings could be studied scientifically, since we can’t see a person think or remember. Now, cognitive psychology—the application of rigorous scientific methods to the study of thought—is a growing scientific discipline. It is a field that undergraduates generally study only in textbooks and lectures. Not at

Saint Anselm College.

Saint Anselm’s psychology department launches students in fascinating directions through their experience in the cognition and virtual reality labs. Marianna Eddy ‘01 (left) studies the cognitive performance of soldiers for the U.S. Army. Photo by Tricia Saxler.


The psychology labs in the Goulet Science Center don’t look very fancy. They don’t even look like labs, if you’re expecting mice and vials full of funny-colored liquids. But those plain walls and black computer monitors and keyboards hide parks, apartments, grocery stores, and other virtual environments. By entering them, students replicate situations that we encounter every day: getting from Point A to Point B, for instance, and remembering how to get there again the next day. Finding our favorite brand of ice cream in the grocery store. Or recognizing our car, within a fraction of a second, without seeming to think about it at all—even when it’s seen from a distance or from a different angle. They seem like simple processes, but to the students working in these labs, they’re anything but. They are complex mental states. And they underlie just about everything a human being might need to do, from learning to talk to making critical decisions in a battlefield. By taking basic theories about cognition and testing them in virtual environments, these students are making small contributions that may one day be used in big ways. As with any basic science, the practical application could be right around the corner or a long way down the road. Understanding normal cognitive processes is the key to understanding atypical ones like dyslexia, ADHD, and dementia. Psychology professor Kathleen Flannery is an inspiring mentor for psychology and computer science majors interested in this growing field. “She is responsible for outfitting the VR (virtual reality) and cognition labs, making them grow and keeping them current, and getting students engaged,” says department chair Elizabeth Ossoff. The department’s facilities are unique for a small undergraduate college, and Flannery’s dedication is one reason why. An expert in developmental neuropsychology, Flannery has conducted research supported by Saint Anselm College summer grants, the National Science Foundation, the Helen V. Branch Foundation, and others. She did one of the first VR studies in the department in 2003, on using the virtual classroom for 28

the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. When she published an article on it in Child Neuropsychology, her former student and Undergraduate Research Scholar Rebecca Adams ’05 was a co-author, along with psychology professor Paul Finn. Adams (now McLean) continued her research on attention in children and adolescents with autism as part of her studies at Suffolk University, where she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychology at Brown University. Flannery and her students present their research at national and regional conferences, and the department’s research program draws praise from scientists who visit from other institutions. The professor is currently working with Mihaela Malita, of the Computer Science Department, on interdisciplinary course work for students to develop online tests for cognitive abilities such as spatial memory.

Blue Spinach and Purple Apples Using the same tools research psychologists have, students conduct research that powers their graduate school applications and lays the groundwork for professional work. There is another benefit, as well: even as sophomores and juniors, students have valuable opportunities to train and supervise their peers. Erin Albiero ’13 is in her third year as director of the cognition and VR labs. She makes sure software and hardware are up-to-date and helps students follow their interests using the available equipment, such as head-mounted displays. She is also developing ways to collaborate with other schools, posting Saint Anselm students’ protocols so that colleagues can see each other’s work and discuss it online. Albiero was awarded an INBRE research assistantship to work with Professor Flannery during her junior year. “I love doing research,” she says. “I didn’t think I’d get to do as much as I’m doing here. I’ve realized Saint Anselm was a great choice instead of a bigger university.” She has always been curious about people’s behavior: “It’s a psychology-student thing. The other day I went to a Red Sox game and watched all these people getting together in the rain rooting for the

Erin Albiero ’13 is in her third year as director of the cognition and VR labs.

Photos by Gil Talbot


Marianna Eddy ’01 is a cognitive neuroscientist working at the United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

Photos by Tricia Saxler


players.” But she is most fascinated by the subject of memory and how it is affected by different factors. Adept with computers, Albiero is also the college’s HawkNET Help Desk manager, which gives her an immediate, practical way to apply her knowledge. “There’s a lot of psychology in working for HawkNET, because people get really frustrated when they have computer problems and you have to calm them down.” One of Albiero’s first tasks when she became the lab’s director was to modify a computer. “It’s easy as long as you have the right components,” she says. She also has served as vice president and treasurer of the psychology club. “I don’t think that if I went anywhere else I would have had the chance to be this active in my department,” she says. “Professor Wenzel calls us pseudo grad students, because we get so into our work.” For her senior thesis, Margaret Guy ’13 is revising and expanding the project she completed in cognitive psychology class last spring, examining how accurately we remember information when it is in the form of a word or a picture. She is curious about how much people remember when information is presented in a typical format versus an atypical format (the word spinach written in blue, or a drawing of an apple in purple, for example). “Essentially, Margaret is considering whether a picture is really worth a thousand words,” Flannery says. Current research projects cover topics such as auditory and object location memory; stress, sleep and reading in college students with dyslexia; and the impact of color and design factors on mood and memory. The students collaborate and push each other to ask deeper questions. This fall, freshmen and sophomores are joining the cognition lab team and learning from the upperclassmen as research assistants on their projects.

Brain Science for Soldiers Marianna Eddy ’01 is a cognitive neuroscientist who started in her field at Saint Anselm College. Last August, she began working at the United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Scientists at the center research and develop

equipment and technologies that support American troops, including clothing, shelters, food, and protective gear. As a research psychologist with the cognitive science team, Eddy measures the cognitive performance of soldiers and the interaction of cognition with physical and emotional states. Eddy was an Undergraduate Research Scholar at Saint Anselm and went on to earn a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Tufts University. Her postdoctoral work at MIT focused on reading development in children and difficulty with reading in dyslexia. The experience she gained at MIT with brain imaging techniques prepared her for her current position with the NSRDEC. She will be setting up an electroencephalography (EEG) lab where she and other scientists will study cognitive processes relevant to soldier performance. On a recent trip to Fort Greely in Alaska, Eddy conducted a study in the field, getting a first-hand look at soldiers’ challenges. “Dressed in 60 pounds of full protective armor and running the obstacle course definitely gave me perspective,” she says. “I see the importance of developing equipment and technology that lessens their physical and cognitive burden.” Identifying how cognitive performance is affected by these factors can inform the design of personal equipment and technologies used by soldiers. “It’s an incredible amount of responsibility but it’s really worthwhile because it may have an impact on someone’s life,” Eddy says. Two younger alumni also work at NSRDEC as research assistants: Jessica Howe ’11 and Kelly Rudolph ’11. Another alumna who has taken her cognition lab experience in an exciting direction is Rena (Walles) Stroud ’02. She earned a Ph.D. and works for an educational research and curriculum development company in Cambridge. Cognitive psychology research has the potential to help not only psychologists but doctors, educators, architects, and engineers. Now, if they could just help us remember where we put our keys.


Preserving the Legacy

of a Courageous Alumnus

Harvey C. Barnum Jr. ’62, HD ’02 By Keith P. Chevalier


Classical music played on the basement radio as I worked through several Marine Corps foot lockers and various boxes containing one man’s lifetime of service to our country. Nearby, Barney Barnum Jr. ’62, HD ’02, a Medal of Honor recipient, added notes to scrapbook pages and occasionally shared stories of fellow Marines. I had spent an overcast day in May with Barney at his home in Virginia, assembling what would be the first alumni archival collection acquired by the college. In these well-kept boxes were photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and news clippings—including a 1965 article about a woman in Cheshire, Connecticut, who received a surprising phone call. It was from the actor Charlton Heston, telling her that her son, Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr., was doing a great job serving his country in Vietnam. The famous actor (and WWII veteran) had visited Barney’s Marine Corps unit and promised the young Marine that he would phone his mother. He was true to his word. The collection would not have been acquired if not for Walter Gallo ’58. Walter and Barney are friends, fellow Marines, and devoted Anselmians. A tireless promoter of the college, Walter suggested that we visit Barney to gauge his interest in donating materials. In January, Walter and I traveled to Barney’s house in Virginia to solicit a donation of his personal papers. Barnum and his wife, Martha, welcomed us into their

home. During our visit, I surveyed Barney’s collection, the bulk of which documents Barney’s time in the Marine Corps. In addition, there is a scrapbook he assembled at Saint Anselm, containing photographs he took for the student newspaper. I took notes on what materials might be acquired for the Archives, and after returning to Manchester, I sent a donation proposal. We have three major collections in the Archives and Special Collections department. The College Archives contains records of historical importance from offices, faculty, and students. Until now, we did not solicit materials from alumni or others associated with the college. The Abbey Archives contains monastic records and personal papers of the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey. Since many monks are professors or administrators, records they create are found in both the College and Abbey Archives. The most recent addition is a Franco-American collection documenting Franco-Americans in Manchester and throughout New England. Collecting Barney Barnum’s personal papers is a milestone for the College Archives. Outside of military archives and Medal of Honor museums, very few academic archives are fortunate to acquire a collection from a Medal of Honor recipient. Of these academic archives, few have recipient collections from wars more recent than the Civil War. The Medal of Honor has been awarded more than 3,400 times since its creation in 1862. Since it 33


is our nation’s highest medal for valor in combat, it is awarded sparingly and the courageous act must be fully documented. Because of this, a Medal of Honor recipient (there are about 80 living) is accorded respect by all branches of the government and military. A recipient’s life changes the moment the medal is awarded. The president and senior military commanders salute them regardless of their rank. These heroes are in demand; they are guests of honor at presidential inaugurations and have even appeared on television shows such as “The Dating Game” and “The Joey Bishop Show” (as happened to Barney in the 1960s).

Collecting Barney Barnum’s personal papers is a milestone for the College Archives. Media coverage often notes that someone won the Congressional Medal of Honor. As Barney points out, this medal is received, not won, and its true name is the Medal of Honor, not the Congressional Medal of Honor.

It is given by the president or the president’s designee for valor “above and beyond the call of duty.” Barney received this medal in 1967 from Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze for bravery and leadership during a conflict with the Vietcong in 1965. Recipients have their own flag which takes its light blue color and thirteen stars from the medal ribbon. Donating his collection to us shows that Barney wants his legacy preserved within an academic setting, the same setting that helped shape him. We are preserving his materials by using acid-free folders and boxes, scanning selected images, and cataloguing the collection to provide access to researchers interested in his service to our country. The challenge for the future is actively collecting materials from alumni. This is a change from past practice, but one that I hope will help build our Archives into a research destination for students and researchers interested in what our graduates accomplish. An exhibit in the library about this collection runs through the fall semester.

Keith Chevalier is the Saint Anselm College archivist and head of special collections. All photos by Gil Talbot.


Focus on Faculty


Peter Josephson (Politics) talks about political truth, the irony of Barack Obama, and the importance of uncertainty.

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What political event would you like to have witnessed?

Why are you so interested in Locke?

The Constitutional Convention. What a crazy summer! You had 55 guys each with an ideal of what government should be like and also a sense of reality. The other event would be Lincoln’s second inaugural address. It’s probably the single most gorgeous statement of political truth in U.S. History.

I wrote my dissertation and my first book on him because he is historically the most important philosophical influence on the founding of America, and he had a really interesting relationship with political thought that came before him. In inventing a new way of politics, he calls on modern science and also the ancients.

Can you recite it?

What quality impresses you most in a student?

I can recite most of the Declaration of Independence, but I can’t recite that.

How did you get interested in politics? My father was in a variety of political offices in Alaska, so politics is what we talked about at the dinner table. I remember very distinctly a time when I was about 10 or 11, and some of the kids in the neighborhood had a clubhouse in my family’s attic. One of the boys was really dissatisfied with the way the club was run and he said, ‘I’m going to secede.’ I thought, ‘what would Thomas Jefferson do?’”

But you didn’t become a politician. No, I majored in Russian and Soviet studies. After I’d been out of college for five years, I took a philosophy course in Anchorage and I made up my mind to study political theory. I had no plan, I just wanted to think about these things, settle a few questions and return to Alaska and get on with my life.

Why didn’t you? I had a great mentor in my master’s program and became persuaded that the most important thing I could do was spend time with the greatest thinkers about community that the world has ever known: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, and Rousseau. They are the five greatest guides to thinking about political life.

How can Aristotle, who’s been dead for 2,000 years, talk to us about today’s politics? The laws of human nature haven’t changed, and he understood the laws of human nature better than anybody who’s writing today.

If you could invite a political figure to teach one of your classes, who would it be? Just one?

Okay, you can have two. Aristotle and Machiavelli. Because it’s all about justice and power. Artistotle was two thirds justice and one third power, Machiavelli was the opposite. I can’t imagine a better class in politics than that. But John Locke would have to be a guest lecturer at some point.

I’d say curiosity—but that comes along with a kind uncertainty. A person who’s certain cannot learn. Students who know the answer (even if they’re right) are not as impressive as students who don’t know the answer, know they don’t know the answer, and want to find out the answer.

You’re also an actor. What role was most important to you? Last year I was Koryphios, the chorus director, in Agamemnon. It was the most profound personal experience I’ve ever had on the stage. I felt a deep responsibility to tell the story. I’ve been lucky in the past five or six years to be in plays by Aristotle, Shakespeare, Albee, Mamet. The notion of spending part of every day putting those experiences and those words into my memory is pretty great.

Have you done any dog mushing lately? No, but last time I was in Alaska I leased a team for a day.

What questions should we ask a presidential candidate? We ought to be asking not just what will make us more secure and prosperous, but what will make us a better people? A president can’t do that, but he or she ought to have that in mind and aspire to it. John Adams said the reason he engaged in politics was so that future generations could engage in art and philosophy. We have more liberal arts colleges than any other country. We ought to be proud of that.

What is your new book, the Irony of Barack Obama, about? Obama’s Christian journey and how it influences his policies. The irony is that politics can never be fully Christian because politics is of this world so it is always impure. As a Christian, he has the responsibility to make the world better, but he has to get his hands dirty; sacrifice some purity; compromise his principles. Peter Josephson Associate Professor Ph.D., Boston College Photos by Gil Talbot 37


Helping Future Anselmians: Barry F. X. Smith ’87


aint Anselm College trustee Barry F. X. Smith tells a wellremembered story about something that happened during his freshman year at Saint Anselm. Having a spot of trouble understanding some of the material in his Economics 101 course, he approached two monks in the coffee shop, one of whom he knew to be a professor (though not a professor of economics), and asked them for help. They were very willing to interrupt their conversation for a student’s benefit. Smith subsequently encountered one of the two on campus, and one day this monk asked him to stop by his office if he needed more help. “He told me where his office was, and when I got there, I realized he worked in the president’s office. Then I realized he was the president [Rev. Joachim Froehlich],” Smith recalls. This incident is one of many that the successful financial executive believes shaped his education and his life: “It’s an example of the genuine care and concern evident in this nurturing environment. People are looking out for the students and helping to guide them along their way. Saint Anselm helped guide me to where I am today. I feel an obligation to pay back what I feel I received.” As a result, Smith stays involved in numerous ways: as an engaged alumnus, a consistent giver (with his wife, Susan), and a trustee. Now global head of cash and chief operating officer of the U.S. Institutional Client Group at State Street Global Advisors (the second largest asset manager in the world), he joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and chairs the Student Affairs Committee. He also sits on the Facilities and Technology Committee. Smith sees countless opportunities for alumni to have an impact on their alma mater, from enhancing the campus to funding faculty and research equipment. The college’s new fundraising model, The Saint Anselm Fund—Impact Now, gives alumni and friends a way to tailor their giving to areas that line up with their interests. The plan includes five areas: scholarships, academic programs, student life, athletics, and undesignated.


Smith’s most recent contribution, for example, will be directed to a nursing student. It is a four-year commitment to fund an annual scholarship for an academically qualified nursing student in need of financial aid. He views this as a way to express his gratitude for his late brother’s nursing care. “This fundraising structure offers a menu of areas of need for the college. People can choose to direct their gift to an area that has personal meaning for them,” Smith says. Contributions to the undesignated (“Anselmian Support”) category are directed by the college to an area of immediate or great need. Smith stresses that this is critical to the strength and progress of the institution. The Saint Anselm Fund— Impact Now allows loyal alumni to help fund priorities today, making a difference for current students who are determined to excel, and at the same time safeguard the general excellence on which the college’s reputation stands. The gifts this alumnus gives of his time, talent and treasure, are many, including the establishment of a memorial scholarship fund honoring his late brother, Brian, and an endowed fund in memory of his mother, Jeanne D. Smith. He helped launch the Boston Business Roundtable, served on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Public Advisory Board, and tri-chaired his 25th reunion gift. He has even hosted phonathons in his Boston office. His generosity and dedication were recognized by the college in 2002 with an Alumni Award and in 2004 with the President’s Award. All of Smith’s contributions help the next generation of Anselmians. In one very direct and tangible way, he has helped qualified students and alumni by offering them employment. “The Saint Anselm graduates I interviewed were better prepared and presented themselves better and their writing skills were notably better,” he says. When he hires graduates, he encourages them to give back to their alma mater.

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Alumni Return as Guest Speakers Nearly 50 alumni graciously returned to campus to speak in the classroom, sit on panels and participate in career information sessions during the 2011-2012 academic year, including the following. John Vaccaro ’92, president of MML Investors Services, and Lisa Maurer ’95, director of Mass Mutual Financial Group, met with students by invitation of the Office of Career Services. Amy Roma ’00, an attorney at Hogan Lovells, in Washington, D.C., spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics about using nuclear energy to reduce our carbon footprint. Hubie McDonough ’86 (Manchester Monarchs), Lisa Fossella ’92 (New Balance Athletic Shoe), and Michaela (Rocha) Scott ‘09 (Boston Partners), participated on a panel for current student-athletes, sponsored by the Office of Career Services. Lisa Maurer ’95

Participating in a career fair sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning were: Ann (Mascia) Curran ’01 and Laura Lysaght ’11, of MediTech, Maurya Tollefsen ’07, of the Office of N.H. Gov. John Lynch; Chris O’Brien ’08, of EMC; Michaela (Rocha) Scott ‘09, of Boston Partners; Tom Cullen ’09, of EMC; Jacqueline Page ’10, of Allstate; and Jennifer Keefe ’11, of Northwestern Mutual Financial. Kathleen Skaare ’99, a conference manager at Cambridge Healthtech Institute, spoke with the chemistry club about her work. Ashley Pratt ’11 (senior staffer for Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH); Robyn Dangora ’10 (Rockingham County Coordinator of Romney for President); and Shaylyn Kelly ’10 (staffer for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, via Skype from D.C.), met with students in Jennifer Lucas’ government internship (politics) class. Biotech company founder Judith Kelleher-Andersson ’81 and chiropractor Alissa (Demers) Boutilier ’04 were guests of the Probe & Scalpel Society. Robert ’94 and Jennifer DiLuzio, of DiLuzio Ambulance Service in Keene, N.H., volunteered as instructors for a 20-hour refresher class for the college’s Emergency Medical Service team, required for their licensure renewals as EMTs. Kevin Lukas ’06 spoke with physics students and faculty members about his doctoral research at Boston College. The following attorneys volunteered to make last winter’s weekend-long American Mock Trial Association Northeast Regional Tournament a success: Brendan Carroll ’01, Katie Connerty ’03, Tracy Culbertson ’92, Jaime (Dunne) Dorunda ’98, Katherine Durant ’98, Joseph Dusel ’72, Joseph Galvin ’03, William Gannon ’84, Megan Grew ’99, Colleen Karpinsky ’01, William Keefe ’06, Catherine Kowalczyk ’07, Anthony Low ’07, Kathleen (Leidemer) Mahan ’02, Edward Mahoney ’63, John Malone ’66, Dennis McMahon ’78, Anthony Norris ’10, Jennifer Pinkham ’99, David Pinsonneault ’73, Gerald Power ’65, Adam Sears ’96, Stephanie Shatney ’10, Karen Sheehan ’86, David Tencza ’02, Richard Tucker ’79, Matthew Weishaupt ’81, T. Christopher Weishaupt ’84, James Wellock ’06, Vincent Wenners ’64, Christine Windler ’75.


1959 Raymond Houle is the

president of the Franco-American Centre in Manchester, N.H.

1963 Leo J. Santucci and his

wife, Teri, were inducted into the Inliners International Hall of Fame for their contribution to the preservation and advancement of inline automotive engines. A retired optometrist, Santucci has been building and racing six-cylinder Chevrolets for 30 years and wrote the Chevrolet Inline SixCylinder Power Manual.

1965 Albert J. Gruner, a former

dentist and retired financial consultant, was elected to the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.

Reginald Gaudette is retired and lives in Laconia, N.H., and Florida.

1966 William Downing retired

from his position as principal of the Ditson Elementary School in Billerica, Mass., after 34 years. He worked for the city’s schools for 46 years as a teacher and administrator.

Larry Golden is a Vermont painter and retired St. Johnsbury Academy faculty member. He taught at the academy for 41 years. A special exhibit of his artwork was held at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum last summer.

Bureau, received the Dade Heritage Trust’s annual preservation award for his many years of community leadership on behalf of Miami’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Raymond Warren was elected chairman of the board of commissioners of the Springfield Housing Authority. He lives in Springfield, Mass., and is the director of development services for the town of Enfield, Conn.


1980 Debra (Lesniak) Todaro

is assistant director of community control administration for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with her husband, Paul.

Carol Polifroni was inducted as a fellow in

Timothy E. Hogan is the deputy commissioner of enforcement for the New York City Department of Buildings, overseeing the emergency and safety operations of construction sites as well as construction complaint and accident investigations. Before his appointment in July, he was chief deputy U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of New York.

the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Education. She is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut.

1972 Robert Perreault, a longtime

teacher of conversational French at Saint Anselm College, was selected as the FrancoAmerican of the Year by the Franco-American Society in Manchester.

1973 Frank J. Berrier Jr. retired

from his position as president and chief executive officer of Spectrum Review Services last year and now chairs the company’s board of directors. He maintains a mediation and arbitration services business in Spring, Texas.

deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and a certified yoga instructor.

Mary Jo (O’Dwyer) Majors, a senior

1979 Debra (Walk) Gaw is a

of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors

president and commercial real estate loan officer at Salem Five Bank.

1981 Father Robert Casey

the position of senior vice president at Fred C. Church Inc., a private insurance company in Lowell, Mass.

1970 George Neary, vice president

William Suglia was named senior vice

Richard Meelia joined the board of directors of Apollo Endosurgery. He is the former CEO and chairman of Covidien, a leading global health care products company.

1969 Jeffrey Burke was promoted to 1978 Mary Ann Cooney is the

Navy Nurse Corps officer, was the military veteran honored at the Boston Red Sox home game against the Miami Marlins on June 20.

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partner at the Roberts Law Firm, specializing in patent and antitrust litigation. She is married to Lee Josephson, an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. Their family includes four grown sons and six grandchildren.

celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination. He is the pastor of St. Brigid Parish and Gate of Heaven Parish in South Boston, Mass.


Chuck Morris is a vice president of engineering at Minerva Networks, based in Alviso, Calif. He earned a master’s degree in computer science at UMass Lowell. He and his wife, Therese ’83, are the parents of Chad Morris ’16.

1986 Paul Aveni was appointed

pastor of Saints Martha and Mary Parish in Lakeville, Mass., and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Middleboro, which includes Saint Rose of Lima Church in Rochester.

Lisa (Gaudette) Robinson works in supply chain management for Burndy in Bedford, N.H. She and her husband, David, are the parents of Michelle Robinson ’16.


Matthew Cilento is a solutions architect at McAfee. He and his wife, Eileen, are the parents of Kimberly Cilento ’16. 41

Monica (Spach) Curhan was promoted to senior vice president/marketing director at Bay Coast Bank (formerly Citizens-Union Savings Bank) in Fall River, Mass.

Craig Najarian, of Northboro, Mass., is the athletic director at Holliston High School. He previously held the same position at Foxboro High.

Amy (Guilfoil) Dumont is vice

Brendan O’Brien works for the U.S.

president for patient care services at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H.

Department of State as the director of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management

1989 Henry Pierpan, a dentist

practicing in western Mass., was promoted to the permanent rank of captain in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.


Robert O’Brien is a senior small business specialist at Sovereign Bank in Charlestown, Mass.

1991 Michael Jaillet, an executive

with Dell Inc. in Round Rock, Texas, sang the national anthem at Fenway Park last May as the Boston Red Sox hosted ALS Night. He recently formed MJ’s Army, a foundation to support awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Julie (Brown) Lepore is the director of the North Scituate Public Library. She holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University.

1993 Shaun P. (Father Patrick)

Scully is the pastor at St. Peter’s Church and St. Elizabeth Seton Mission in LaGrange, Ga.


Coleen Hermes was named 2013 Newport Teacher of the Year. She teaches social studies at Rogers High School.


Daniel J. Barrett, a proposals and contracts manager at PAREXEL International in Lowell, started the Lowell Toastmasters Public Speaking Club in April. 42

1997 Amy Cannon is co-founder

and executive director of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit organization that educates people about creating environmentally safer products for society. She is on the editorial board of the journal Green Chemistry: Letters and Reviews. Her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts is the world’s first Ph.D. in green chemistry.

Matthew McFarland is senior vice president and market leader for People’s United Bank’s wealth management division in New Hampshire.

1998 Katie Durant accepted a

position as the Individual Clients Department Project Assistant at the Boston office of Day Pitney, LLP.

Robyn Monteiro works for the U.S. Department of State, specializing in counterintelligence and counterespionage investigations.

Timothy O. Wilkerson is assistant counsel at the State 911 Department of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School, and a member of the institutional review board at Good Samaritan Medical Center.


Laura Gricius-West earned a master’s degree in library science. She is the electronic resources librarian at the Geisel Library.

Ann (Lewis) Fournier, an instructor in the Saint Anselm College Department of Nursing, received the Abbot Gerald McCarthy ’36 Faculty of the Year Award on behalf of the entire student body. She also received the President’s Good Steward Award (shared with Associate Professor Antonia Nelson) for integration of service learning in the Introduction to Nursing course from Campus Compact of New Hampshire. Joy (Flickinger) Tetreault is a registered dietitian with VNA of Care New England, a home health care agency in Rhode Island.

2000 Jennifer (Sister Julia

Marie) Flathers, O.P., made her perpetual profession of vows in July at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tenn.

Andrew Nelson, formerly a teacher at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H., was ordained to the transitional diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral. Thomas Speight joined the West Springfield, Mass., office of the global engineering company Cardno ATC as a project scientist overseeing hazardous waste remediation projects.

2001 Anne Marie (Anderson)

Coleman is director of faith formation for

Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in Maine. She and Rev. Seamus Griesbach ’02, inspired by Saint Anselm Abbey’s Stations of the Cross, led a summer youth group to create an outdoor Stations of the Cross on the grounds of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hampden.

Colleen Karpinsky, is vice president of legal functions at Dynamic Network Services in Manchester, N.H. She was an employment attorney at McLane Law Firm in Manchester for three years.

2002 Kevin Fournier is a senior

contracts administrator in his 10th year of employment at BAE Systems. He recently graduated from the Commercial Leadership Program at BAE Systems and is the contracts lead on various key aerospace programs at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H. Kevin lives in Bedford with his wife, Ann (Lewis) Fournier ’99. 

2003 Sergio Bonavita is head

Karen (Spellman) Kerr earned an M.B.A. at Babson College in May. Kristin (Scalia) Marani teaches English at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, Mass. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame after participating in the Alliance for Catholic Education program. She is married to Matthew Marani ’03.


Nicholas Boudreau is the

Joshua Aiello is the director of development at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He earned a master’s degree in policy, planning and administration at Boston University.

communications director at Catholic Charities of New Hampshire.

Lindsay (Reynolds) Maher is the

brewer and managing member of the Westfield River Brewing Company in Westfield, Mass.

Meaghan (Walsh) Gerard earned a master’s degree in cinema studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Erik Lynch was admitted to Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. as a shareholder. He has been with the firm for nine years and has earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University. Kevin Nylen, formerly an assistant men’s soccer coach at Boston College, is the top assistant men’s soccer coach at Florida International University.

2004 Stephanie ( Jalbert)

Emmons is a family therapist with Child

and Family Services of New Hampshire. She lives with her husband, Joseph Emmons ’04, director of annual giving at Saint Anselm College, and their son, Owen.

Elizabeth Favulli, an infusion nurse at Mass General Cancer Center, was among those honored in The One Hundred, for contributions to the fight against cancer. In addition to her professional work, she raises funds by participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge.

Alumni News Tess (Franzino) Blackwell works in the northeast regional fundraising office of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Friends of the Orphans) as the regional Manager of Child Sponsorship. She is married to Jonathon Blackwell ’07.

Barbara Joslin teaches third grade at South Boston Catholic Academy. Erin Latina is a registered nurse in the ICU at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. She is pursuing a master’s degree in acute care nursing at Northeastern University and recently chaperoned a group of Saint Anselm students on a nursing service trip to an orphanage for disabled children in Jamaica.

director of operations at Smart Destinations in Boston. She is married to Matthew Maher ’05, a senior financial analyst at Raytheon.

Laura (Rossi) Lemire, integrated

Ryan Mahoney is an agency owner with Allstate Insurance Company in Barrington, N.H.

marketing communications manager at Saint Anselm College, earned a master’s degree in communication studies at Boston University.

Rebecca McLean completed her Ph.D.

Kevin Lukas is earning a doctorate in

in clinical psychology at Suffolk University. She is a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychology.

physics at Boston College. He is a research assistant at the s3tec (Solid State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion) Energy Frontier Research Center, a collaborative effort between B.C., M.I.T., and Oak Ridge National Labs.

Melissa O’Connor is a patrol officer in Belmont, Mass.

2006 Matthew Amaral is a post-

market clinical and pharmacovigilance specialist with Fresenius Medical Care at the company’s headquarters in Waltham, Mass. He earned a master’s degree in health administration and began working as a nurse at Fresenius in 2007 doing inpatient renal therapies.

Christina (Lucente) Flevaris is a board certified behavior analyst, working at Individualized Behavior Solutions in Seattle, Wash. She earned a master’s degree in special education at Simmons College.

Kelly O’Brien, of Quincy, Mass., works at Mercer as the managing team leader for the call center’s quality control and assurance department.

2007 Kevin Corley, son of William

’76 and Kathleen (Rosa) Corley ’76, earned a graduate degree in engineering management at Tufts University.

Matthew Raymond earned a Ph.D. in molecular medicine at The George Washington University. He is a post-doctoral fellow at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.


2008 Christopher Clodi is the

senior administrative associate at the pediatric transplant center at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is pursuing a master’s degree in health administration at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.

Catherine Keane is an oncology nurse in the head and neck medicine department of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She recently completed her first marathon, raising $3,500 for cancer research. She is studying at Columbia University to become an adult nurse practitioner.

Marcus Pratt is pursuing legal studies at Suffolk University and working as a bankruptcy paralegal at a Chelmsford, Mass., law firm.

2009 Kristen Copithorne teaches

kindergarten in the Ashland, Mass., School Districts’ extended day program. She also works as an ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapist in the Marlborough School District.

Thomas Kerwin is an application support engineer at Nuance Communications in Burlington, Mass.

Scott Lukas is head of football operations at Harvard University.

Samantha Regan completed a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Rivier College. She is a behavior specialist at Henry K. Olivier School in Lawrence, Mass.

Ron Rioux (HD’09) was appointed vice chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

2010 Jared Butler is a master’s

worked for the non-government think tank International Crisis Group from Jan. to June.

Monica Rosario is a web coordinator at Deluxe Corporation in Groton, Mass.

Maria Dougherty is serving in her

Will Suglia was awarded the Mercedes

second year as a youth and families volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ecuador.

Jacqueline Page is an Allstate Insurance representative at Joe Suozzo Agency in Derry, N.H. She lives in Nashua.

Kati Sigler is a tax specialist with Berry Dunn, CPAs and Management Consultants in Portland, Maine. She is pursuing a master’s degree in taxation at Bentley University.

Jessica St. Laurent is attending Tufts University School of Medicine. Gregory Wallace is a production assistant at CNN in Washington, D.C.

2011 Erin Bryant is a student at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, interested in lab animal medicine and public health. She spent the summer on a research project involving salmonella bacteria.

Michael Clements graduated from St.

Matter Scholarship at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the summer of 2012.


Jordan Barnes is teaching English in Hong Kong through the Chatteris English Foundation. Danielle Buduo is a system analyst at Computer Science Corporation in Norwich, Conn. Cristine Connor is a software engineer at Time Trade Systems, a software company based in Tewksbury, Mass. She lives in Westford, Mass., and continues to play hockey on a team in Manchester.

Julie Cristello is a clinical research coordinator at Mass. General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine.

Elise Hamilton is a junior database analyst at Sullivan and Worcester in Boston, Mass.

John’s Seminary and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester, Mass., on June 2.

James Ehrlich is a staff nurse in the

Emily (Rowden) Fournier started an event planning business called Feliz Events. She and her husband, Joshua ’10, live in Fairfield, Maine.

Abbie James works in Manchester, N.H., on the staff of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Coleman Noonan, a four-year Hawks hockey player, played in the 2011-2012 season in the Danish Cup League.

Mass. General Hospital burn and plastic reconstruction unit.

Kristen MacNeil is an assistant director of annual giving in Saint Anselm College’s Office of Advancement.

Patrick McCarthy is pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry at Brandeis University.

degree candidate in art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Scott Ofrias is a volunteer at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, Ill.

Carly Staab is pursuing a master's degree

Melissa DeLury went to Goa, India, in

Rachael Paskievich is a social studies

September to teach English in the orphanage and primary school at Fr. Agnel Ashram. She

teacher at Londonderry (N.H.) High School.

in family practice nursing with post-masters certification eligibility as a family nurse practitioner at the Yale School of Nursing.


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Still Inspiring: Bob Collins ’37 If there were gold stars for consistency, Bob Collins would have a string of them…because after he gave his first modest donation to his alma mater, he followed it with a gift every year… for 74 years. The college has created the Bob Collins Society to honor this loyal alumnus and inspire others to follow his example—because consistent yearly giving is a powerful way to help Saint Anselm stay strong and become even better. Alumni, parents and friends who give during this fiscal year ( July 1, 2012– June 30, 2013) will be inducted into this society. They will remain in it by following Bob Collins’ example and continuing to give (at any giving level) every year moving forward. They will be recognized—as Bob was—as being among Saint Anselm College’s most loyal supporters. Learn more about Bob Collins and his legacy at

Photo by Dave White

Lessons from the Field: Elisabeth Cloutier ’85 Elisabeth Cloutier enjoys sharing stories from the field with her students in CJ 310: Probation and Parole. Often they are stories of her day as a senior probation and parole officer at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (NHDOC), allowing them to see the application of the theories they’re studying. Based in an office in Manchester (her home town), Cloutier spends much of her time in the field. She attends parole violation hearings in the state prison and probation hearings in the courts, and checks on parolees in their homes. She enjoys the chance to make a difference in people’s lives. Crime tends to run in families, she says: “If I can get parolees and probationers to see how their lives can be better, and help them break through the barriers and change their way of thinking, that may lead them to change their behavior. That will have an impact on their children.” Her work involves cooperation with staff of police departments, the county sheriff’s office, and federal agencies. Photo by Gil Talbot Sometimes, these individuals are former interns she mentored from Saint Anselm College in her 25 years in the field of probation and parole. An internship with a federal agency in Washington solidified Cloutier’s plans for her career. She started at the NHDOC right after her graduation and went on to earn a master’s in criminal justice and a doctorate in law and policy at Northeastern University. For the past few years, she also has taught courses at Saint Anselm: Probation and Parole, and Theories and Practice of Punishment. In her free time, Cloutier likes to ski at Bretton Woods and watch “Law and Order” (Special Victims Unit).


Still in the Game: Bill Wanless ’86 On 72 summer evenings a year, 10,000 fans in McCoy Stadium watch the Pawtucket Red Sox, the minor league Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. None are watching the action more closely than Bill Wanless, who sits in the press box with the media. The team’s PR guy follows what’s happening on the field below and provides information for reporters, many of whom have become friends during his 27-year career. The press includes local and Boston newspapers, local TV stations and sometimes NESN and CSNNE, and dot.coms. Also in the full press box are radio and TV announcers (including those of the visiting team), and the club’s announcers, scorers, special technology operators, and in-house TV production crews. “It’s a good size press box and works well, but most times it is pretty full,” says the teams’ vice president for public relations. It’s a dream job for the business grad who loves baseball and writing. Wanless played first base and outfield for the Hawks all four years. After his junior year, he interned with the Paw Sox, which led to an offer of full-time employment after graduation. Working nights and weekends comes with the territory. He arranges interviews with the players and holds press conferences when something big is going on. “We’re here from nine or ten in the morning until the last out,” he says. Wanless organizes about 15 press conferences during the season and a few off-season to keep the team in the news: “A lot of them are spur-of-the-moment and you have to get the word out. We get a lot of attention because we’re so close to Boston. To have a minor league team and a major league team so close together is a unique thing.” He has to know his stuff. “Boston fans are the most knowledgeable fan base anywhere,” he says. “They live it and breathe it. If you make a mistake, they let you know.”


Photo by Louriann Mardo

Wanless gets to Fenway a couple of times a year, and enjoys watching players he knew in the early days. “Seventy percent of the guys that play here will play for the Red Sox,” he says. It’s great to see them here and then see them reach their lifelong goal. There’s a certain pride in it.” That pride reached a peak in 2004 when he was at Fenway for the first Red Sox World Series victory in 86 years. “Seeing them beat the Yankees was a special moment.” Wanless can tell plenty of stories about people like Dustin Pedroia, Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis. When Ramirez came to the park on a rehab assignment, “He pulled in and walked into the clubhouse and put down his stuff. Left the keys in it, with the car running. About a half hour later someone came in and asked about it. Apparently he thought we had valet parking.” Wanless remembers his time with the Hawks as “an undistinguished career but a lot of fun.” His former coaches, Don Menswar and Nick Gabardina, come to McCoy Stadium to visit. And although his three children are not quite ready for college, he nurtures hopes of having another Anselmian—and Hawk athlete—in the family.

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Guarding Cyber Security Andrew Bonillo ’98 Andy Bonillo began his career in criminal justice as a uniformed federal police officer in Washington, D.C. Now, he is a highly experienced cyber crime investigator, successful in a branch of the criminal justice field that barely existed when he graduated less than 15 years ago. He is a recognized expert in cyber security, the investigation of online criminal groups, and large scale data breaches, most notably the TJ Maxx and Heartland Payment Systems data breaches (officially U.S.A. vs. Albert Gonzales). Bonillo received a distinguished service award from U.S. Department of Justice for his role in investigating and prosecuting that case, the largest cyber crime case in U.S. history. At the time, he was a special agent with the United States Secret Service. In 2010, the former Hawks baseball player from Connecticut concluded his 10 years with the Secret Service to continue his career in the private sector. He now manages a team of incident responders for Verizon Business. His team (known as RISK: research, investigation, solutions, and knowledge) is part of a larger group of colleagues worldwide who work on investigating major security incidents. “We’re involved in one third of the publicly disclosed data breaches worldwide,” he says. Bonillo refers to the perpetrators of cyber crime as the bad guys. Besides figuring out who the bad guys are, he also develops solutions which, he says, “make companies more secure.” He has been a guest lecturer at American University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and appeared as a guest on The Today Show. Bonillo’s gratitude for the opportunities he had has prompted him to establish a non-profit organization. He and his family founded the Andy Fund in memory of Andrew Bonillo Sr., who dedicated his life to helping young people overcome adversity. “The internship I had at Saint Anselm College launched my career,” he says. “Without people championing for me and giving me access to opportunities, I wouldn’t be doing what I am today.”

Humanitarian Honored Dr. Marc LaForce ’60 Dr. Marc LaForce ’60 (the subject of the previous Portraits magazine cover article) received the 2012 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award. He was recognized for his contributions to world health as a professional and a humanitarian who has played a vital role in eliminating one of the most deadly diseases in Africa, meningitis A. The award was presented in May at an international conference for infectious disease research. The Gold Medal Award commemorates the legacy of the late Dr. Albert B. Sabin (developer of the oral polio vaccine) by honoring an individual who has had a major impact in vaccine research and development or has materially improved the access to vaccines for neglected and at-risk populations. LaForce is in the company of public health notables including the co-developer of the measles vaccine. He will present “Hope is a Vaccine: Eliminating African Meningitis Epidemics” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in November.


The Fanning Report: Liz Fanning ’04 Contributed by Meghan Gill ’14 Liz Fanning, associate producer for the FOX News Channel show “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” attributes her career success so far to an opportunity only Saint Anselm could have offered. In 2004 Fanning served as an intern for FOX News during the Democratic presidential debates and, she says, “that experience opened my eyes to a career I never would have thought about.” After working with the 2004 presidential debate, the political science major was hired onto the crew covering the Democratic national convention that summer in Boston. The convention took place six weeks after graduation. Perfect timing for Fanning, who went on to work for FOX News at the Republican national convention in New York and then at all three presidential debates in Miami, St. Louis and Arizona. She rounded out the political season working FOX coverage at John Kerry’s headquarters in Boston and then Bush’s inauguration in Washington. Her final assignment was as a production assistant for Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla., where the Pats defeated Philadelphia. Fanning’s first full-time job with FOX News was as an assistant in the Washington, D.C. bureau assignment desk. She went on to produce segments for the morning talk and news program, “Fox and Friends” and then served as segment producer for “Geraldo at Large” in New York.

Photo by Carly Peicott ’12

As an associate producer for “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” she handles every aspect of producing, including researching, booking, and pre-interviewing politicians and other newsmakers. Her guests have included Paul Pierce, Rudy Giuliani, and Miss Piggy. Fanning considers meeting medal of honor recipient Sgt. Leroy Petry the biggest honor. “I enjoy watching everyday people go from ordinary to newsworthy overnight,” she says.

Mager Meets Majors Fr. Martin Mager, O.S.B. ’57 Fr. Martin Mager, O.S.B. ’57 played a small, but important, part in the abbatial blessing on Sept. 10. He carved the staff, or crosier, presented to the fifth abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, the Right Reverend Mark Cooper, O.S.B. ’71. The occasion of the abbatial blessing in the Abbey Church gave Fr. Martin an opportunity to meet some old friends, including Mary Jo (O’Dwyer) Majors ’69. “He was just a rookie priest when I came here in the fall of ’65,” Majors says. She joined the folk mass he led—the first folk mass in New England, according to Fr. Martin—and they regularly played at a coffee house in the lower level of Alumni Hall. Fr. Martin is the monastic superior at Woodside Priory in California and teaches photography at Woodside Priory School. While at Saint Anselm, he learned woodworking by watching the college’s master carpenter, Al Charpentier. One of Fr. Martin’s specialties is making musical instruments, including his own guitar and 20 mountain dulcimers. Each year, he builds one grandfather clock, which is sold in the school’s fundraising auction.


In addition to carving Abbot Mark’s crosier, Fr. Martin carved Abbot Matthew Leavy’s crosier and many more for bishops and for Cardinal William Levada.

Photo by Laurie Morrissey

Alumni News

Anselmian Olympian Paul Lamey ’60 Paul Lamey has lived life in the fast lane: a 1,600-meter iced track with a bunch of nasty curves in it. He was an ace bobsled pilot in the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics, as well as six world championship events. He trained on Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y., home of the only bobsled run in the United States. The Saint Anselm grad from Manchester knew about ice and speed, since he grew up skiing in the White Mountains. He never imagined being a competitive bobsledder, though, until the Navy sent him to upstate New York as a recruiter after his four years as a student and National Guard member. He organized the Navy’s first bobsled team, and it was good enough to qualify for the 1965 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. “That allowed me to be recognized as an international competitor and made us eligible for support from the Defense Department,” he recalled on a rare visit to campus last summer. (It was during the Summer Olympics, and he was in the spirit wearing a white polo shirt with the torch on it.) Back in the 60’s, Lamey wasn’t one to stay on the sidelines. He took his first thrilling ride from the half-way point and was hooked. He had quick reflexes and a knack for driving into corners picking the line

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that would produce the greatest speed—up to 85-90 miles per hour. A skid or any contact with the wall cuts speed, and can ultimately mean the difference between victory and defeat (by hundredths of a second). Lamey’s first Olympic Games were in Grenoble, France, in 1968, where the bobsledding contests had to start before sunrise and end shortly after dawn because the track at L’Alpe d’Huez would not keep solid ice during bright daylight. He finished sixth, 30/100ths of a second short of a bronze medal (contributing one point toward the country’s accumulation of points for the games). He also competed in Sapporo, Japan, in 1972. Having suffered a torn hamstring during training, he finished 11th out of a field of 25 two-man sleds. (He drove two-man and four-man sleds, but much prefers the two-man event.) He also raced well in world championship events and the North American Championships. In the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union National Championships, he won the two-man event eight times consecutively and the four-man event four times. In one way or another, Lamey has been an Olympian ever since his first hurtle down the track. When he stopped competing, he did color commentary for all three major networks. Jackie Stewart of Formula One racing fame was among his co-pundits (a coincidence since bobsledding has been called Formula One on Ice). He also provided commentary with Jim McKay for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He carried the Olympic torch through the Palm Beaches for the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympic torch relays. Lamey’s military career spanned 24 years, including 11 at the Pentagon as a public affairs officer. He retired with the rank of commander and then took a job with the PGA of America, an organization that represents 28,000 golf professionals. He retired in 1998 and lives in Palm Beach Gardens. 49

Chemistry Calling: Brian Corbett ’02 Brian Corbett went to college to become an orthodontist, but Professor Mary Kate Donais made him love chemistry. Now with a doctorate in the subject, he’s doing the same for his students at an international baccalaureate school. One way he does it is by talking about food, or rather, the science behind cooking technology. “Food is something we all have in common. It’s a universal interest. When we separate a homogeneous mixture or talk about how the

density of an egg changes as it gets older, it’s an opportunity to teach my students something they understand,” he says. His enthusiasm and creativity as a teacher were recently recognized with an award from the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemistry Society. Entering his fifth year at the Greenville, S.C., high school, Corbett is head of the science department. In a way, he is following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Donald Corbett ’55, of Penacook, N. H., retired head of the state racing commission’s laboratories, majored in chemistry at Saint Anselm and spoke so highly of the school that his grandson selected it over acceptances at colleges including Cornell and Dartmouth. After graduation from Saint Anselm, Corbett earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, where his dissertation concerned explosives detection. Working as a teaching assistant was a requirement he did not look forward to at all, but he found his calling at the front of the classroom. He began a college teaching job, but he was frustrated at the level of preparation of his incoming students. He decided he would have more of an impact at the high school level, and made the switch with his wife, Sarah’s, encouragement. “It’s a blast,” he says (even more so than researching explosives). The international school has students from 57 countries, and he enjoys getting to know the kids, coaching baseball, and attending cultural activities like an Indian student’s classical dance performance. He is motivated by the potential to spark an interest in chemistry and inspire a student to continue on to college and grad school and “do amazing things.” Corbett is committed to improving science education, making it his business to secure equipment upgrades in the physics, chemistry and biology classes at his school. He collaborates with Furman University to apply for grants and provide workshops for chemistry teachers. In his free time, Corbett enjoys cooking, especially Thai food. Not surprisingly, his specialty is experimenting: “I like putting together new flavors.”

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Co-Host Hopeful: Michael Buckley ’97 Psychology grad Michael Buckley isn’t afraid of a challenge—a trait that led him to try out for a permanent spot beside Kelly Ripa on ABC’s syndicated morning chat show, “Live! With Kelly.” The national search for Regis Philbin’s replacement drew thousands of co-host hopefuls. Buckley’s 60-second audition tape led to a one-day co-host gig July 24, which was watched by 5 million viewers, including a few Saint Anselm psychology professors and more than a few alumni. Although he lost out to ex-Giant Michael Strahan, Buckley is still the star of his own YouTube channel and “vlog” (video log).


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Alumni News

Lay-ups to Leadership: Chris Salamone ’84 Contributed by Meagan Cox ’15 Going to school and playing basketball consumed essentially all of Chris Salamone’s life as a young adult. “I always thought coaching was something I wanted to do with my life and career,” Salamone says. What he could not imagine however, was that the lessons he would end up teaching would reach far beyond of the boundaries of the basketball court. After spending years in the ’70s coaching the youth in his father’s basketball camps, Salamone realized that the lessons being taught could be applied to concepts bigger than athletics. “Athletics is a phenomenal teaching of life,” he says, explaining how 20 years ago, the sport led him to found two leadership programs, GirlsLead and LeadAmerica, funding and encouraging over 100,000 students to become leaders. Recently, Salamone came back to Saint Anselm for a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and a “mentor luncheon” with students in college leadership positions, including two who participated in his LeadAmerica program, Lyndsay Robinson ’14

and Rheanne Farrington ’15. Today, when Salamone is not out promoting his book, Rescue America (proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project), the business and economics major and law degree recipient continues to work hard on the programs he founded. “We each have an obligation to do what we can,” he says of his personal obligations to rebuilding and funding a school in a small Haitian town, and of his other organization GirlsLead.

City Strokes: Will Suglia ’11 Contributed by Meagan Cox ’15

Photo by Kimberly Kersey Asbury

Ever since taking a trip to New York City with the fine arts department as a senior, Will Suglia wanted to go back and immerse himself in the art scene. He did it last summer, having successfully competed for the Mercedes Matter Summer Painting Scholarship at the New York Studio School. The rigorous seven-week program is not for the faint of heart, according to his professor, Kimberly Kersey Asbury. “It’s quite an achievement. The NYSS is something of a legend in certain circles; highly regarded with an illustrious history, well-known among artists and art programs focused on the figure or painting and drawing from life.” After two weeks of shaping, molding, sketching, and painting for almost 12 hours each day, Suglia was already experiencing new ways to project his artwork: “Looking back on works that I had done prior to this summer, I can see a drastic change,” he says. “Some of it might come from longer work sessions, but a lot comes from new ways of thinking and being around different artists.” Working with highly regarded artists (such as Graham Nickson) in a city and studio environment allowed him to approach art from a completely new perspective. “By the end, I knew that even the way I was going to paint would be different,” he says. Examples of Suglia’s artwork from the Studio School were displayed in the Comiskey Art Center this fall. View the exhibit:


Golf Tournament Benefits Scholars The 22nd annual Scholarship Golf Tournament in June raised more than $40,000, thanks to the many sponsors, donors, and 124 players who supported the annual event at Portsmouth Country Club.


Colleen (Casey) Farley ‘05, Ryan Farley ‘04, Robert LeClair ‘05, and Tanner Moran ‘07.

Jon Emmons, Joe Emmons ’04, Todd Emmons ’75, and Matt Emmons ’07.

Maurice Asselin ‘57, Ed Bushey, Bartley Cilento ‘57, and David Armstrong.

Michael Lavoie, Robert Smith, James Moynihan, and Paul Guanci from the Class of 1986.

Alumni News

A “Wow” Experience Reunion Weekend 2012 H i ghl i ghts 830 Alumni returned to campus 112 Golden Anselmians attended 50 members of the Class of 1962 were inducted into Order of Golden Anselmians, including Raymond Chaput, Michael Ashe, and Michael O’Connor (pictured). Mike O’Connor ’62, helped his class (he’s still the president) break a record for participation. Dr. George Mansour ’42, attended his 70th reunion. Col. Barney Barnum, USMC (Ret.) ’62 gave a talk about his military career (See page 32). Fr. William Sullivan, O.S.B. ’66, provided his wisdom on the history of making beer and the unique role of the Benedictines in that process. Nancy (O’Connell) Hannon ’87 drove from Somers, N.Y., to her 25th reunion, bringing along her dad, William O’Connell ’53. For both graduates, it was the first visit since Nancy’s 1995 Abbey Church wedding (where her former classmate, (Chris) Fr. Benet Phillips, O.S.B. ’87, officiated). “It was a wow experience for me,” she said. She got to catch up with Fr. Benet, as well as her roommate, Andrea Leland ’87. Photos by Matthew Lomanno

106 Years since the first Saint Anselm College reunion.

4 Attendees smiled for the photographer.

Reunions, like much else, have changed in 106 years. At the first Saint Anselm College alumni reunion, there were no trolley tours or pub mugs—but 43 returning Anselmians heard no fewer than six sober speeches and listened to many letters and telegrams of regret from absent classmates. Alumni held a meeting at which the first permanent alumni association was established. And the rest is history!



In Memoriam


Dr. Julius C. Sozanski ’41, Lynn, Mass. April 14, 2012. George Sideris ‘44, Manchester, N.H., Oct 31, 2011. Robert W. Herbert ‘47, Bedford, N.H., March 22, 2012. Edward K. O’Malley ‘49, Springfield, Va., April 7, 2012. Joseph J. Chang ‘50, Seoul, Sept. 30, 2011. Charles R. Cote ‘50, Rye, N.H., Jan. 12, 2012. Dr. Philip P. George ‘50, Spring Hill, Fla., Sept. 9, 2011. Harold P. Jennings ‘50, Manchester, N.H., Sept. 5, 2011. William E. Sowerbutts ‘50, Southampton, Penn., Feb 19, 2012. The Rev. Monsignor Lawrence E. Burns ’52, Rye, N.H., April 28, 2012. Samuel G. Baker Jr. ‘53, East Barre, Vt., Nov. 5, 2011. John E. McNally ’53, Boston, Mass., Aug. 27, 2012. Chester A. Kulis ’54, Williston, Vt., July 28, 2012. Philip T. Lynch ’56, White River Junction, Vt., Aug. 13, 2012. Janice (Anderson) Christy ‘57, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 2, 2011. Deacon Joseph R. Cote ’58, Sparta, N.J., Dec. 21, 2011. Francis A. Kelley ’58, Manchester, N.H., April 27, 2012. John R. Smith ’58, Coventry, Vt., March 20, 2010. James C. Trainor Sr. ’59, Worcester, Mass., July 6, 2012. Rita (Donnelly) Lamarche ’60, Annandale, Va., Dec. 23, 2011. Michael Richard ’62, Newport, Vt., Sept. 2, 2012. Richard F. Carideo ’64, Malden, Mass, Nov. 19, 2011. Frank Sullivan ’64, Manchester, N.H., May 14, 2012. Michael Sullivan ’64, Pelham, N.H., April 13, 2012. Arlene (Soucy) Miller ’65, Katy, Texas, Oct. 30, 2011. Robert C. Chrabascz ’70, Wales, May 8, 2012. Dennis Traynor ’72, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 7, 2011. Lieutenant Colonel David A. Ward, USA (Ret.) ’72, Shippensburg, Penn., Oct. 16, 2011. Daniel B. Poirier ’73, Pleasanton, Calif., Nov 11, 2011. Dr. Terry Lee Bosworth ’74, Canton, Conn., March 2, 2012. Michael S. Coyne ’74, Concord, N.H., May 26, 2012. Lynne (Dwight) Gow ’76, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., April 2, 2012. Jeffery M. Hardy ’77, Manchester, N.H., July 12, 2012. William P. Tocchi ’77, New Haven, Conn., Jan 23, 2012. Jill ( Jackman) Wisell ’84, White River Junction, Vt., Aug. 17, 2011. Cara Jean (Brown) Rogers ’88, Rye Beach, N.H., July 19, 2012. Nancy (Matthews) Donnelly ’89, Nashua, N.H., Oct 27, 2011. Michael C. Brandt ’02, Center Barnstead, N.H., April 19, 2012. Kathleen Mary (Mulcahy) Miskell ’06, Wethersfield, Conn., Aug. 15, 2012.

Debra Walk Gaw ’97 and Lee Josephson, Feb. 21, 2009, Boston, Mass. Elizabeth McGloin ’99 and Captain David Browne, April 10, 2010, West Hartford, Conn. Benjamin Thompson ’01 and Christine Martelle, Feb. 4, 2012, Swanton, Vt. Colleen Karen ’02 and Chris McDonough, Dec. 30, 2011, Williston Park, N.Y. Patrick Cannizzaro ’05 and Joanna Crowley, May 14, 2011, Chicago, Ill. Brendan P. Hewett ’07 and Emily N. Shane, May 4, 2012, Lexington, Ky. Elizabeth Lonergan ’09 and Christopher Marsh, June 23, 2012, South Dennis, Mass.

FUTURE ANSELMIANS David Bartel ’93 and Amy, twins, Molly Maria and Hannah Lee, April 24, 2012. Julianna (Keane) Cyr ’96 and Patrick, a son, Benjamin Andrew, Feb. 10, 2012. Erin (Coughlin) ’96 and Paul Doherty ’95, a son, Ryan Patrick, Oct. 13, 2011. Amy Cannon ’97 and John Warner, a daughter, Natalie, June 17, 2012. Karen (Curran) Godfrey ’98 and Sean, a daughter, Morgan Cecilia, April 4, 2012. Julia (Moscoso) Quinlan ’99 and Sean, a daughter, Vivian Audrey, March 8, 2011. Kara (Ventresco) LaLuna ’00 and Scott, a daughter, Francesca Lynne, Dec. 4, 2011. Nicole (McCarthy) Hawes ’02 and Mike, a son, Cooper James, March 9, 2012. Rachel (Peavey) ’04 and Micah Petillo ’04 a daughter, Aleitha Sophia, May 23, 2012. Brianna (Blanchard) Rodgerson ’04 and Derek, a daughter, Dianna Sophia, May 5, 2012.


Valerie (Petrin) Welch ’05 and Marc, a daughter, Natalie Fay, June 13, 2012.

Janet Beliveau, special friend of Saint Anselm College, Bedford, N.H., Aug 16, 2012. Paula Pellino, wife of Daniel Pellino ’87 and mother of Catherine Pellino ’14, Avon, Conn., Dec. 9, 2011. Gillian Sheehan, former Saint Anselm College business office manager, Candia, N.H., July 10, 2012.

Emily (Horgan) ’06 and Mark Pelletier ’06, a son, Henry Joseph, May 12, 2012. Sarah (Cheney) Osgood ’07 and Jamie, a son, James Benjamin, Oct. 10, 2011. 54

Former Trustee Janet Carney ’80 Dr. Janet Carney, a member of the Class of 1980 and a valued member of the college’s Board of Trustees, died on July 9. During her tenure on the Board of Trustees from 2000–2009, Carney served on the educational policy committee, concerned with maintaining the high academic standards of the institution. A proud alumna and a generous supporter of the college, she often spoke of the excellent preparation she had for graduate school. She graduated with a D.P.M. from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1984 and maintained a private podiatry practice in Staten Island, N.Y. for more than 25 years. Carney is the mother of three sons: Matthew Mobilia ’11, Christopher Mobilia ’12, and John Mobilia. “I am very saddened at the death of Janet who has been a very dear friend for many years,” says Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college. “Her membership on the Board at a critical time in our history allowed us to experience her many talents and valuable insights. Her love for the college and her generous support will be forever cherished. May the Lord grant her the rewards she so richly deserves.” A mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 14 at the Saint Anselm Abbey Church.

Mark Your calendar The Dana Center for the Humanities November 17 The Taiwan National Choir November 29 Ying Quartet, chamber music November 30 Alpin Hong, classical pianist December 7 Solas: an Irish Christmas

Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center Sept. 28 – Dec. 6 The Glimmer of Light: Paintings by Lauren Sansiricq Decoration and Antiques Selections from the Permanent Collection

New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library November 13 Dr. F. Marc LaForce ’60 “Hope is a Vaccine: Eliminating African Meningitis Epidemics”

College Events

Sr. Thérèse Levesque, s.j.a. Sr. Thérèse Levesque, s.j.a., after 65 years of dedication to the Sisters of Sainte Joan of Arc, died on September 19 at the motherhouse in Quebec City. Sr. Thérèse called Saint Anselm home serving 60 years of her ministry at the college. With great care and skill, she sewed the religious habits and liturgical vestments for every monk in the Abbey. Her handiwork was described as meticulous and her skills, invaluable. Sr. Thérèse had many roles, from acting as Sister Superior at the convent for several years to handling the visa paperwork allowing American sisters to remain at the motherhouse in Canada. The Sisters of Saint Joan of Arc served the college community for eight decades cooking for the monastery and students, sewing and mending the habits, and providing constant prayer. Although her presence was not highly visible on campus, Sr. Thérèse’s quiet dedication enriched the Saint Anselm community. “She was recognized as a professional in her work as a seamstress, and she displayed such compassion and care for the monks. Everyone admitted we were the best dressed and we owe that all to her,” said Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B.

November 30 Corporate Partners Program CEO Breakfast Amir Lear, chairman and CEO, Mutual of America Capital Management Corporation December 1 DecemberSong, readings and songs performed by the Saint Anselm College Choir in the Abbey Church December 6 Last day of classes

Alumni Events December 11 New York City Christmas Reception, 6-8 p.m. Columbus Citizens Foundation February 24 Alumni Skating Party, 1–3 p.m.


End Note

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Photo by Gil Talbot


reshman math major Michelle Robinson ’16 started her college experience with the support (and advice) of her mother, Lisa (Gaudette) Robinson ’86 and her grandfather, Reginald Gaudette ’65. The three were among the many legacy families on campus during Move-in Day August 23. Standing in front of Stone Face for a three-generation photo brought back memories for Gaudette. He recalls when it was on top of the State Theater in Manchester, and he remembers when it arrived at Saint Anselm College. “I remember when Arnold Green donated it to the college,” he says. The statue is now in a slightly different position than when he was a student. It moved over about 10 yards due to the installation of a new lower quad in front of the Dana Center last summer. The statue, an Art Deco representation of the Greek muse of comedy, was moved very carefully in three pieces. It now faces the south side of Dana Center, with its back to Davison Hall. 56

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Features 14 Cover Story– Abbatial Ritual: Electing and Blessing the Fifth Abbot By Barbara LeBlanc

Wheeler Scholarships Aid Motivated Students Rachel Campoli ’14

20 Vino Colorado: Jay Christianson ’05 Cultivates Award Winning Wines By Laurie D. Morrissey

As an actor, singer, and avid reader,

26 Brain Teasers: Students Get Real in Virtual Environments By Laurie D. Morrissey

of using language effectively—so a

32 Preserving the Legacy of a Courageous Alumnus: Barney Barnum Jr. ’62 By Keith Chevalier

Rachel Campoli ’14 is more aware than most people of the critical importance career in speech pathology seems like a logical choice. She has investigated graduate programs and shadowed professionals in the field. She also has plenty of experiences working with children and looks forward to working in schools. For the past four summers,

Departments 3 On the Hilltop 12 Scene on Campus

she has volunteered at Learning Leadership Academy, a camp that teaches children communication and problem solving skills.

36 Focus on Faculty 38 Philanthropy 40 Alumni News 54 Milestones

On the cover: Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., was photographed by Kevin Harkins in the nave of the Abbey Church. Cover design: Melinda Lott This page: The new campus quad, completed over the summer, changes the landscape of the college. Photo by Gil Talbot.

Ernest Wheeler’s Scholarship Funds Ernest (“Ernie”) Wheeler ’61 established scholarships at Saint Anselm College for a simple reason: he loves the college. His studies prepared him for a successful business career. And it’s here that the Golden Anselmian made many of his best memories, through fun times with friends and afternoons on the playing field and basketball court and through the many intramural sports he enjoyed. He began giving two named annual scholarships in 2004, and these have benefited 11 students through 16 scholarships. In 2011, he established the Ernest L. and Ruth E. Wheeler Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps students in good standing with financial need.

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