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: www.facebook.com/AnselmFineArts
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