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PoRTR AITS Summer 2011
COVER STORY- Abbas IV (The Fourth Abbot)
Academic Excellence: A Windshield View
By Gary Bouchard
Art Appreciation: Professor Katherine Hoffman
Difference and Unity
An interview with the director of the Multicultural Center
Mind the Gap: or, How I Spent my Eight Years of College
By Amanda Peters ’11
By Anne Broderick Botteri ’82
By Laurie D. Morrissey
On the cover: Abbot Matthew Leavy,
O.S.B., was photographed by Dave White, of Hancock, N.H.
This page: photo taken in Dahab, Egypt, by Katherine Hoffman.
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y the time you receive this issue of Portraits, I will have left this Catholic, Benedictine institution that has provided me with a professional and spiritual home for more than 20 years. It was never just a job for me. It was a piece of my identity, one that will travel with me to a new position at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. When we were planning this issue, I had no idea that I’d be leaving this hilltop or that the last thing I’d write for Portraits would be a profile of Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., the spiritual leader of the monastic community and the college. Even though I hadn’t planned it that way, it struck me as fitting and just a bit ironic that this would be the last story for me, one final up close and personal conversation with someone who embodies everything I hold dear about Saint Anselm as an alumna and an employee. I wondered if it was God’s way of reminding me what really matters here – in between all the class notes and feature articles and brainstorming with the great team that produces this magazine – it all boiled down to the man in black who met me at the monastery’s front door, the monk whose humility and dedication greets strangers and friends in a way that makes you just want to settle in for a good long conversation about anything except what’s on that day’s to-do list. In that second, I choked up a bit. Had I somehow taken it all for granted? The humility and joy with which Abbot Matthew executes his many duties as leader of the monastic community and chancellor of the college is an inspiration and a reminder of how the Benedictine ethos makes Saint Anselm College a singular place. The Benedictines welcome us, faculty, staff and students alike, into a community where the individual matters, where spiritual concerns supersede the temporal, and where education, thinking, and contemplation are valued as a way to better know the divine. As most people, I am easily consumed by the many concerns of daily life. But the monks’ evident commitment to ora y labora, work and prayer, has offered me and thousands of others a reminder of the importance of balanced living. Faith comes easier to some than others, but as Abbot Matthew noted, Saint Anselm is a place where the struggle is not only allowed, but embraced. The monks remind us that none of us succeed without each other. Our place on an organizational chart has little to do with our real worth to our employer, to ourselves or to God. Humility is more than a word here - it’s a state of mind - an awareness that whether we’re scholars or cooks, painters, editors, database administrators or administrative assistants, we’re here because we’ve been given a role in safeguarding and sustaining the mission and impact of one very special college. I have been blessed with amazing opportunities in my time here including the privilege of interviewing Abbot Matthew for this Portraits’ cover article. He answered my questions with care and deliberation, never ducking the hard topics, such as the priest sex abuse scandal, the decline in vocations, or his own take on the relevance of a Catholic education in an increasingly secular world. His calm and peaceful presence in the moment offered me an important final lesson from the Benedictine life, a lesson I will take with me to a new professional challenge. I will miss the monks, the bells, and this beautiful Hilltop. I will miss the silence after a new fallen snow and the joy on the faces of men and women climbing that podium to receive a Saint Anselm degree. I will miss the many colleagues and friends whose inspiration and collaboration made my years here the rarest of privileges. I will move forward consoled by the certainty that the impact of the Benedictines is not something you leave behind. It’s something you take with you. Anne Broderick Botteri ‘82
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THE MAGAZINE OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
Magazine Advisory Board Katherine Durant ‘98 Alumni Council Representative Executive Editor: Anne Broderick Botteri James F. Flanagan Associate Editors: Laurie Morrissey, Barbara LeBlanc Vice President for College Advancement Class Notes: Tricia Halliday, Laurie Morrissey Dr. Landis Magnuson Art Direction and Design: Melinda Lott Faculty Representative Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B. Photography: Caroline Bishop, Jay Bowie, Monastery Representative Jeff Chen, Kevin Harkins, Matthew Lomanno, Paul Pronovost ‘91 Bruce Preston, Gil Talbot, Martha Stewart Alumni At-large Representative Contributors: Gary Bouchard, Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Dr. Elaine Rizzo Faculty Representative Amanda Peters ’11 Brad Poznanski Visit the Web site at www.anselm.edu Vice President for College Marketing Portraits magazine is published three times a year for the alumni, college community, and friends of Saint and Enrollment Management Anselm College. The magazine is published by Saint Anselm College and produced by the Office of and do Tricia Guanci Therrien ’88 College Communications and Marketing. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors not necessarily reflect the position of the college, its administration, faculty, or (except for editorials) of Assistant Vice President of Alumni the magazine. Materials meant for publication should be sent to Portraits Magazine, SAC Box 1737, Relations and Advancement Programming Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH 03102-1310, or via e-mail to email@example.com.
From the President
The more things change, they say, the more they stay the same. Consider this list of challenges to Saint Anselm College from the economic and cultural forces that surround us: ◆ A tendency to eliminate from higher education, studies that deal with “the big questions” ◆ A tendency towards lowering standards and expectations ◆ A questioning of the purpose and objective of a college education ◆ Unprecedented growth of community colleges seen as a more affordable alternative and the expansion of public universities. ◆ The dramatic decline of federal and state student aid funds ◆ The tendency in some Catholic institutions to curtail a specifically Catholic character ◆ The failure to take seriously religious commitment and scholarly concern for the human person’s religious dimensions. If some of these sound familiar it is because they have been with us for a long time. In fact, this list of challenges, which I shared with Saint Anselm faculty and staff when I inaugurated our current curriculum revision process two years ago, was actually fashioned by then Abbot Joseph when he called for a comprehensive revision of the College’s core curriculum back in1973. Then, as now, there was a determination to create something really distinctive that would emphasize the value of a Catholic liberal arts approach to education. Then, as now, there was a shared desire to provide an integrated experience of learning that would invite and encourage students to make connections among the various disciplines of study. And then, as now, there was hesitation from some. In fact, many of the concerns expressed today are identical to those expressed 38 years ago. Back then I was a recently ordained priest and a new member of the Theology Department. I was new as well to the kind of territorial and ideological arguments that are an inevitable and ultimately fruitful part of faculty deliberations. But besides the conversations about what students needed to know and what courses they needed to take, I recall as well the energy and excitement that eventually led to the founding of Portraits of Human Greatness and the accompanying core curriculum that has been the experience of Saint Anselm students since the late 1970’s. That same energy and excitement is present today, and this past year our faculty made significant progress towards developing a new core curriculum that articulates what our future students should know and experience before they graduate and how that knowledge and experience will reflect the unique mission and identity of Saint Anselm. Since we created our current core in the 1970’s, our world has not only crossed global and digital divides previously unimagined, but our College has moved from instructing baby-boomers to GenXers to Millenials, and the first students to experience our new core will belong to Generation Z. Indeed, much – like the experiences and learning styles, the needs and expectations of our students – has changed. And much – like the essence of our Catholic and Benedictine educational mission -- has stayed the same. It is our challenge today, just as it was back when I was a wide-eyed new professor and priest, to discern and understand the difference and imaginatively articulate for our students a curriculum that provides them the roots to know who they are and the wings to lift them towards who they desire to be. Please join me in praying that God's Holy Spirit will continue to guide us in our efforts. Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. President
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Commencement 2011 At Saint Anselm College’s 118th Commencement Exercises on May 21, 440 seniors received bachelor’s degrees. Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, congratulated graduates and their families, and reminded them in his address of the value of listening attentively. “If you listen in that way, you will bring to your life and work beyond this campus a value that is so much needed in our world that is daily complicated by technology, global economy, and the real threat of terrorism,” he said. “It will help you to be the nurse who is attentive not only to the physical reality you confront in the sick but also to the spiritual reality of every person who suffers. It will help you be the business person who understands that some practices are unacceptable, that there is a right and wrong way to pursue profit and wealth. It will help you be the educator who can truly respect and value every student as truly made in the image of God.” The Most Reverend Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address. He urged the graduates to seek personal and professional success but also to lead lives guided by holiness and faith. Archbishop Lacroix began his college education as a member of the Saint Anselm College Class of 1979, but left after his freshman year to pursue seminary studies in Canada. Also receiving honorary degrees were Cheryl Donahue Kane, director of nurses and clinical services at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program clinic at the Pine Street Inn, a shelter for the homeless; Christopher Lavery, an immigration attorney who has done pro bono work for men and women who are trying to obtain United States citizenship; and Michael J. Sheehan ’82, CEO of the Boston-based advertising agency Hill Holliday and former chair of the college’s board of trustees. Sociology major Rebecca Newell gave the student address. Beth Salerno, associate professor of history, received the faculty award from the college’s chapter of AAUP (American Association of University Professors). An expert in post-Civil War history, she was recognized for her dedication to teaching and mentoring. She is the founding director of the college’s Center for Teaching Excellence and traveled to South Korea as a Fulbright scholar in 2009. Fr. Jonathan noted two changes in the faculty: Professor William Farrell (sociology) was cited for his 54 years of teaching, the longest tenure of any Saint Anselm faculty member. Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B., theology professor and former dean of the college, will now teach part time rather than full time. 4
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Adjoining page, from top: Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, commencement speaker, Rebecca Newel ‘11, student speaker, and Professor Beth Salerno, AAUP faculty award recipient. This page, from top: Abbot Matthew Leavy O.S.B. and Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. stand with Chancellor’s Medal winner Joanna Salva and other latin award winners. Bottom from left: Honorary degree recipients Cheryl Kane, Michael Sheehan ’82 and Christopher Lavery.
On the Hilltop Where are they Headed? Regina Frederico: litigation case assistant, Ropes and Gray, LLP, Boston, Mass.
Madeline Kolodziej: University of Massachusetts Boston, master’s degree program in Latin.
John McDermott: United States Department of Justice, Boston, Mass., assistant clerk, immigration court.
Matthew Mobilia: New York State Republican Conference of the N.Y. Assembly, communications director.
Rebecca Newell: Child and Family Services New Hampshire, street outreach worker and case manager for homeless and runaway youth April 30 was a special day for 63 members of the class of 2011 as they received their Saint Anselm nurse’s pin at the pinning ceremony in the Abbey Church. Students wore the traditional Saint Anselm nursing caps designed from a bishop’s collar. The pin features elements of the college’s official seal and the symbol of a lamp referring to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp of my steps and a light for my path.” Dr. Sharon George, dean of nursing, pinned each nursing major with the Saint Anselm pin to wear for the entirety of their career.
Megan Thibodeau: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Jonathan Lesieur ’11
An A for Building F Building F, a townhouse in Bernard Court, is Building F no longer. On May 15, it was named in honor of Maurice Arel ’59 HD ’89 and Joyce (Latvis) Arel ’60.of Nashua, N.H. The Arels are among the college’s most loyal and generous alumni. Maurice (“Moe”) is a longtime trustee of the college, serving since 1977. Graduating with a degree in chemistry, he became CEO of Pennichuck Corporation and the mayor of Nashua. Among his contributions to the college is the establishment of a summer chemistry research fellowship in the name of the late professor Fr. Michael Custer, O.S.B. Joyce Arel, a nursing graduate, worked in the school system. Both Arels have been active in politics on the state and local level. Their family includes two fellow graduates, a son, Tim ’89 and daughter-in-law Heather ’93.
Their 21st birthday is a memorable occasion for most college students. For Jonathan Lesieur, it is his 22nd that will always be remembered in Technicolor. As an intern with the U.S. Secret Service, he was in the right place at the right time: on March 8, President Barack Obama arrived in Boston for a fundraising dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Saint Anselm senior from Oxford, Mass., got a chance to meet the President and shake his hand. If he was not excited about a career in federal law enforcement before, he was then. “All the interns were at the airport when Air Force One landed,” he says. “It was a really cool experience.” That moment was the highlight of a semester-long, 20-hour-aweek internship that earned Lesieur credit for two classes. But every day was fascinating to the criminal justice major. He recalls being in the briefing room looking on as detectives cracked a case; going in the field with an investigative agent; and learning the all-but-invisible differences between counterfeit and genuine bills. Lesieur spent every Friday at the Manchester, N.H., office of the Secret Service and two days a week in Boston. “It was almost like two different internship experiences,” he says. “The Manchester office is very small and the Boston office is much larger and more formal. I got to see both operations. They tried to involve us in as much as possible, although not with highly confidential matters.” One of his favorite parts of the internship was talking with special agents and hearing their stories. But in practical terms, the best part may be the boost it could give to his career. Internships with the Secret Service are highly competitive and require a background check. Having spent two summers training at the Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., didn’t hurt his resume. Neither did his experience as a two-time SBA leader, a member of the Residence Hall Council, a volunteer with the Meelia Center for Community Service, and a peer tutor. Lesieur entered college as a computer science major and considered a career in the military. Like many students, he did some soul searching to find his calling in life—or at least a solid plan for after graduation. He had no connections or prior contacts with the U.S. Secret Service (even though its director is an alumnus, Mark Sullivan). However, he had supportive professors in internship coordinator, Elaine Rizzo and advisor Peter Cordella. At graduation time, Lesieur was considering working for the Maine State Police or joining the Peace Corps. Should Jonathan Lesieur ever have an office in the Secret Service (or a mantelpiece anywhere in the world), it’s likely to contain a prized memento of his Saint Anselm experience—a photo taken during his senior internship. The day he turned 22.
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Meeting President Obama at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was an unexpected highlight of Jonathan Lesieur’s internship.
Criminal Justice Majors in the Field Lesieur is the college’s first intern with the U.S. Secret Service. The criminal justice department also partners with other federal agencies including the U. S. Marshal, Homeland Security--Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Probation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. “Federal internships like this are important for helping students explore careers with the government, developing an understanding of the normative culture of federal law enforcement, and developing a network of contacts that will be invaluable in launching a career after graduation,” says Elaine Rizzo, professor of criminal justice. “These internships are particularly valuable because most federal agencies do not accept volunteers and many do not offer internship opportunities.” Saint Anselm students complete internships at hundreds of businesses and organizations in every field, from government to finance to fine art.
This summer and fall, Saint Anselm students are interns with:
John Stossel Show, Fox News Channel U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)
U.S. Senator Scott Brown (Mass.) U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Maine) Waltham District Court Probation Office
N.H. Governor John Lynch Boston Bruins Community Relations Office
Players go Into the Woods Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and a tricky wolf took the stage in April as the Anselmian Abbey Players presented “Into the Woods,” a musical sendup of well-known fairy tales. Produced by English professor Landis Magnuson and directed by alumna Carey Cahoon ’98, the play featured a cast of 19 students. Jennifer Coburn ’99 choreographed the show. A total of 141.5 hours were spent rehearsing and producing the show, according to Magnuson and Cahoon. That includes the efforts of the actors, creative team, technical crew, and pit orchestra musicians. Put a different way, they note, 3,959 man hours went into preparing for the production. “But that doesn’t count the fact that the actors all spend time learning their lines and their parts,” Magnuson adds. Apparently, there was no fairy godmother involved. 10
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CEO Brodsky Shares Humor and Wisdom Howard Brodsky, co-founder and CEO of CCA Global Partners, told business and civic leaders the story of his success during a breakfast event held at Saint Anselm College. The entrepreneur and supporter of non-profit concerns was the keynote speaker at the Corporate Partners Program’s CEO Breakfast Series. Senior Eileen Carew, vice president of the Elizabeth Seton Society, also addressed the guests. More than 120 people attended the event, including many alumni who work in the area. Brodsky was introduced by Rob LeClair ’05, of CB Richard Ellis/New England, a member of the Corporate Partners Program committee. Brodsky’s local roots were of interest to the listeners, many of whom own rugs once purchased at Dean’s Carpets, owned by the speaker’s father. Brodsky paid for his Wesleyan education by selling carpets to fellow students and built up the family business in spite of early setbacks such as filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy when he was 26 years old. “I didn’t know what that meant. I’m a slow reader and I’d only read through Chapter 10,” he joked. Today, Brodsky’s CCA Global Partners is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. CCA’s newest division is CCA for Social Good, servicing non-profits and more than 600 child care centers in North America. Brodsky is chair of the N.H. Better Business Bureau and a trustee of the Palace Theatre and the N.H. Institute of Art. He founded the Social Entrepreneur Student Leadership Program and is a judge for Ernst and Young’s North American Entrepreneur of the Year Program. Brodsky shared his view that to succeed, you need wishbone, backbone, and funny bone. “A wishbone because you’ve got to dream, otherwise how can I help change the world? A backbone because God knows, enough people tell you you can’t do it; and a funny bone because you have to enjoy the journey.”
Chats with Faculty
Laura Foley ’12, honorable mention recipient.
Nuclear dangers caused by last spring’s earthquake in Japan prompted questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. The issue also sparked the college’s first live web chat with a faculty expert. In March, the Office of College Communications and Marketing hosted an online interview with Ian Durham, associate professor of physics. Barbara LeBlanc, director of news and information, moderated questions and comments from about 40 participants, including alumni, college staff, and journalists. Live chats on the Web site offer alumni the chance to hear about critical issues from the perspective of their former faculty, and to have their own questions answered. The transcript is available on the News section of the Web site at www.anselm.edu/ nuclear-chat.
Winning Art Work The works of 26 students were displayed in April during the annual Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center. Selecting and mounting the 59 works of art was a collaborative effort involving Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the center, student intern Mary Feenan ’12, and a junior curatorial team of seven students. This year’s juror was New Hampshire artist Sandy Wadlington. Eight Juror’s Awards were presented, as well as the Drawn from Life Award (Carlo D’Anselmi ’13), the Cappella Award ( Jennifer Jarosz ’11 and Sam Bensley ’12), and the King Award (Christopher Mobilia ’12).
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Saint Anselm Offers New Majors Students who are not sure what to major in have five more options at Saint Anselm College starting in the fall. Peace and Justice Studies, Environmental Politics and Sustainability, Physics, Forensic Science, and Classical Archaeology were added to the roster. In all, students can select from over 80 academic offerings, including majors and minors that were new in the 2010-2011 academic year: American Studies, Education Studies (Elementary), and Communication. All major courses of study are also now available as minors.
Dr. Craig Mello
Science Majors Meet Nobel Laureate Biology major Christina Palmieri ’11 wanted a prize speaker for the Probe & Scalpel Club. Dr. Craig Mello, a cancer researcher who received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, accepted her invitation. Mello spoke to a full Dana Center auditorium April 27. In 2006, Mello was awarded the prize along with Andrew Z. Fire for discovering RNA interference, a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. The discovery can make a difference in the lives of people suffering from cancer. He noted that the comma-sized worm, caenorhabditis elegans, was the real Nobel Prize winner, because it has all the same major tissues humans have and is used in many scientific discoveries. He went beyond technical science information, urging students to vote and to try to educate politicians who do not understand and appreciate the importance of scientific research. He also stressed the value of collaboration in scientific endeavors.
Students who are interested in matching technological innovation with business know-how may want to take advantage of a new agreement between Saint Anselm College and the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM graduate program. ESTEEM stands for Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s, which combines technical work with training and mentoring in entrepreneurship, and innovation. ESTEEM students are encouraged to develop solutions to pressing problems, and establish a business that can bring these solutions to market. Students who pursue the ESTEEM option complete their undergraduate degree in a science-related field at Saint Anselm and then spend a year at Notre Dame earning a Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship. “The key word to me is ‘innovation,’ “says Ian Durham, associate professor and chair of physics at Saint Anselm. “This country needs innovators and this program helps develop them. Personally, I think a liberal arts college is the perfect place for the undergraduate portion of this because innovation requires ‘big picture thinkers’ and that’s what liberal arts colleges are supposed to produce. True innovation requires a broad background.” This is the second academic partnership between Saint Anselm and Notre Dame. For 50 years, the five-year cooperative engineering program has allowed students to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Anselm and an engineering degree from the university’s school of engineering.
Alternatives to the Alternative In March, 214 students spent their winter break volunteering in 11 states and Jamaica. It was the 21st year for the Spring Break Alternative program, which is overseen by the Office of Campus Ministry. More than 2,600 Anselmians have participated in the program, according to Joycelin Tremblay, campus minister. However, the college’s service goes beyond even that number since many students participate multiple years and some alumni return to serve at their SBA sites. Because of the program’s popularity, Campus Ministry is expanding and introducing Service and Solidarity Missions, which will include winter trips (WBA), the traditional spring break (SBA), and summer trips (Summer Plunge.) The additions offer even more students the opportunity to learn about Catholic social teaching while living and working with those most in need, Tremblay says. In January, students pioneered the Winter Break Alternative by volunteering at the Romero Center in Camden, N.J., one of the country’s most troubled cities. You can view scenes www.anselm.edu/camden. from their experience at www.anselm.edu/camden. In addition to the Romero Center, Saint Anselm students will serve next winter at Amigos de Jesus in Honduras, an orphanage directed by Amy Escoto ’97, and Operation Helping Hands in New Orleans. Many alumni have done a year of service at Helping Hands, including Molly Sherry ’10.
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Playing on Turf Saint Anselm’s Hawks will be playing on a new surface starting this fall. The grass at Grappone Stadium is being replaced by a lit, turf field that will benefit more than the football team. Athletes in a variety of spring sports, including field hockey and lacrosse, will also be able to use the field for practice and games. Unlike grass, the turf field can be plowed, which will allow outdoor practices to take place earlier in the spring. Many spring practices are currently held in the Carr Center.
Talking About “Engaging Iranian scientists is not only morally right, but necessary to a healthy scientific community worldwide.” Dr. Barry Sanders, Chair of Quantum Information Science at the University of Calgary, “Doing Science with Iran.”
“It’s not a party. It’s a movement, and largely it’s a state of mind.” Kate Zernike, New York Times correspondent, author, Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.
quotes from speakers hosted by the college “All food was organic until the mid thirties. All the famous people in history, George Washington, Joan of Arc, were eating organic food. All the pork, beef, eggs, and milk we’re eating are of a fundamentally different nutritional composition.” Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield, speaking on “Why Eat Organic?” 15
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Students and visitors often are curious about the black robes worn by the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey. Although similar, not all monastic habits are created equal. The regular habit that the monks wear on campus consists of the tunic and the scapular. However, at different stages in monastic life, and on different occasions, different elements of the habit are worn. Br. Stephen Lawson ’08 (opposite page) displays the tunic that all monks wear, covering them from neck to ankle and buttoning down the middle. A novice cinches his tunic with a black cloth belt, but he wears no scapular, hood or white collar. As a novice, Br. Stephen spent a year in spiritual formation with the Novice Master. During that year, he was introduced to the foundation of monastic spirituality according to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the monastic tradition. Br. John Paul James, O.S.B. (center left) wears over the tunic the scapular and hood that were presented to him at his first profession of vows as a monk, which occurs once the novitiate year is complete. The scapular is an apron that hangs over the tunic front and back. Originally a working apron, it is now mostly ceremonial. At Saint Anselm Abbey, the hood is attached to the scapular. The first profession of vows is also when a monk first dons his white collar, which sits below the hood, scapular and tunic, with only the edge visible. At Saint Anselm, all professed monks wear the collar, whether they are ordained priests or not. During simple vows, typically the first three years after novitiate, a monk wears a black leather belt beneath his scapular. Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B. (center right), a solemnly professed monk, wears the regular habit. The only difference between that habit and Br. John Paul’s is the wide, black cloth belt that solemnly professed monks wear. This is hard to make out from the photograph at the right, but if you look closely you can see the narrow leather belt Br. John Paul is wearing. Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B. ’93, (far right) solemnly professed, displays the cuculla, that all monks receive at the ceremony of solemn profession. A cuculla is a large cowl worn on high feast days in church, and for important celebrations. such as commencement exercises. The monks wear the cuculla over the habit, though they usually remove the hood that attaches to the scapular as the cuculla has its own hood. The cuculla has 73 pleats, corresponding to the 73 chapters of Benedict’s Rule.
The line drawings are from a French language manual prepared by the Sisters of St. Joan of Arc to assist in making the habits. The principal seamstresses were Sister Mary Paul, s.j.a. and Sister Theresa, s.j.a. For the last two years, a local laywoman, Maria Eveleth, has been preparing the habits. Photo by Matthew Lomanno
Photo by Gil Talbot
Highlights Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year All Northeast-10 First Team selection Leading scorer (22.1 ppg) Second in 3-point field goals made (85) Third in minutes played (1,000) Fourth in free throw percentage (.861)
Saint Anselm College basketball single-season lists Second in field goals attempted (528) Fourth in field goals made (423) Fourth in 3-point field goals attempted (225) Fifth in free throw percentage (.861) Sixth in points scored (618) Seventh in scoring average
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for a Career in Basketball: THOMAS BAUDINET ’11 His basketball coach calls him one of the best wing players in Saint Anselm College history. His professor wants to clone him. A campus minister calls him exceptional. Thomas Baudinet has left an impression on his alma mater—not to mention NCAA Division II basketball. In his senior year, the 6’3” guard was named to two All-American teams, selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and picked unanimously for the Northeast-10 First Team. He led the conference in scoring and ranked among the league leaders in a handful of other categories, including minutes played, free throw percentage, and 3-point field goals. The Hawks’ record books are full of the accomplishments of this history major from Connecticut. There was probably never any doubt Tom Baudinet would play basketball. Growing up, the youngest of five athletic children, he used to spend all day playing hoops in the driveway with his siblings—often right up until bedtime. (One of those tall siblings now coaches at Trinity.) He went to his brothers’ games and followed them onto the courts of The Taft School, a private school in his home town of Watertown. He was one of the best players to grace the Taft courts, earning Tri-State MVP distinction in his senior year. Like most passions, this one cannot be explained easily. “There’s just something about it I love,” Baudinet says of the sport. “The thrill of competing, I guess. The difference that just two points can make…” Keith Dickson calls Baudinet an interesting story. “He was not recruited at the scholarship level coming out of Taft. My assistant, Tom Joyce, was watching another kid play late in the year when he just sort of fell upon Thomas. We got on him late in the process and ended up offering him a three-year scholarship after his first year.” Although not superstitious, the new team member requested 22 (his number at Taft) when Coach Keith Dickson offered players their pick. His prodigious high school scoring ability continued at Saint Anselm. Only 17 years old and slight as a new freshman, Dickson says the rookie clearly was a special offensive player. “He had great shot preparation and a college-ready release, which allowed him to get shots off in fairly short space. He averaged over 14 points per game as a freshman and made the All-Rookie Team in the Northeast-10.” The young athlete built his body in the weight room and worked incredibly hard, the coach says. “He was the ultimate studentathlete: very serious about both his education and his basketball development. He was a three-year captain and really improved his leadership skills.” “He was fun to watch,” says Eric Coplin, sports information director for Saint Anselm. “He delighted Stoutenburgh Gymnasium crowds with his marksmanlike shooting from outside and his ability to slash to the hoop and finish in traffic.” Baudinet was named both a Sporting News Honorable mention and a Division II Bulletin “Super 16” Pre-Season All-American before his senior season began, and subsequently helped the Hawks to a 19-win season and the No. 5 seed in the NE-10 Conference tournament. He finished his career on a 31-game double-digit scoring streak, including all 28 games he started this season. His year included 12 20-point games, two 30-point games and a pair of 40-point performances. While starring on the court, Baudinet made the Dean’s List six times and was one of the top student-athletes in the league. He also found time to express his faith. “I know many students who remarked that Tom inspired them in their own faith lives by his example,” says Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B. Having signed with an agent earlier this summer, the history grad hopes to be playing professionally in Europe next year. He has never traveled outside the U.S., so he looks forward to seeing other cultures and historic sites. Until then, he’ll be in Connecticut, working out: six days a week, three or four hours a day.
Saint Anselm college career record book
Leader in field goals attempted (1,640) Leader in field goals made (712) Second in scoring average (18.8 ppg) Third in points scored (1,957) Third in 3-point field goals attempted (690) Third in 3-point field goals made (274) Eighth in minutes played (3,429)
ECAC Co-Player of the Year ECAC First Team All-Star 5.2 rebounds per game 2.7 assists per contest
Scene on Campus
Candidates Meet in Primary Debate On June 13, seven Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency met before a worldwide television audience in Saint Anselm Collegeâ€™s Sullivan Arena. More than 300 journalists were on campus for the Republican Presidential Primary Debate, as well as 100 or so staff members of CNN, which sponsored the debate along with WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader. CNNâ€™s John King moderated the debate, which included declared candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain. Michele Bachman declared her candidacy during the debate. About 50 students worked for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and news organizations, even serving as stand-ins for candidates during lighting and camera preparation. They worked as personal assistants for on-air talent; served as drivers, couriers, set-up crew; and met network executives and producers. 20
Scene on Campus
Experience the excitement of the debate in photos, video and text at blogs.anselm.edu 21
CNN anchor Don Lemon (top row, far left) interviews 25 Saint Anselm students at the NHIOP; the transformation of Sullivan Arena into a TV studio begins; Ben Horton’12 is a stand in for Rick Pawlenty; Kevin Ward ’12 practices his welcome to the debate audience;(Second row, from left) CNN reporter and anchor Candy Crowley (second from right) with students on the quad; the seven candidates prior to the debate; Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, offers pre-debate remarks to the CNN crew;(Third row, from left) The Daily Show’s John Oliver (center) with professors Jennifer Lucas and Peter Josephson; Amanda Brahm ’12 stands in for Mitt Romney during debate rehearsals; moderator John King on stage with the Saint Anselm students who acted as candidates for rehearsals. Photos by David Holloway, CNN, and Gil Talbot.
Recognizing Differences, Finding Unity An Interview with the Director of the Multicultural Center
The Multicultural Center, established a decade ago, is a strong component of the college’s commitment to educational distinction. Saint Anselm’s strategic plan “Looking Within—Reaching Beyond” states that “we will prepare students for personal and professional success in a changing global society.” In the summer of 2008, Oluyemi (“Yemi”) Mahoney arrived from the University of Dayton to become the second full-time director of the Multicultural Center. The following year, the center moved from its studio apartment-sized space in Lower Cushing to a larger, remodeled area in the building’s main level. It serves as study space, meeting room, and commuter lounge: a place to connect, converse, and collaborate. Mahoney grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Northwestern University. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in higher education at Ohio University. Now in her third year at Saint Anselm, she answers our questions about the center’s functions and its future.
The Shape of Diversity project mural (above), is on display in the Dana Center lobby. The Mural was designed by Jennifer Jarosz ’11, and was created in the style of NH artist Richard Haynes. Students, faculty, stafff and alumni were invited to help paint the 8-by-4-foot panel.
Why do we need a center? Shouldn’t every place on campus be welcoming? Yes, but it’s a Catch-22. On the one hand, everyone on campus needs to be involved with all of this work. But on the other hand, there needs to be a designated place to help ensure that this is a priority and that our multicultural students feel welcome and have a voice and get the help that they need, because there are certain challenges they have when they come to a predominantly white institution. What are those challenges? When students come to college they face challenges: developing competence, becoming independent, and establishing their identity. In addition to dealing with the typical challenges their white counterparts face, multicultural students often feel isolated and unwelcome in predominantly white institutions and many experience discrimination and differential treatment. They can be singled out in classrooms, feel as if they have to navigate two worlds (that of their own culture as well as the dominant one) and can be subjected to racism. What has been done to address multicultural issues on campus? I’m excited about the changes that have occurred in a relatively short period of time. Things like the President’s Advisory Council on Inclusiveness; the campus-wide climate assessment; and the task force that addresses GLBT (gay lesbian bisexual transgender) issues. Sexual orientation has been added to the nondiscrimination clause. Inclusiveness is emphasized in the college’s Strategic Plan and is being addressed in the curriculum. What challenges lie ahead when it comes to achieving inclusive excellence? There is still a lot of work to be done. We have people who are wholly committed; people who are on the fence; and people who don’t support this effort. This is to be expected. In terms of admission, there’s a vicious cycle: students come to campus and they don’t see a lot of people who look like them.
That can cause them some concern. More efforts need to be made to increase the number of faculty and staff members of color. Sensitivity training should be coordinated and accountability measures need to be implemented. What is the purpose of the Multicultural Center? The center exists to facilitate shared learning experiences. Our goal is to promote unity and to support the college’s academic mission by collaborating with academic departments and promoting leadership. What brought you to Saint Anselm? I’ve attended and worked at Catholic institutions for most of my life. I was impressed by the college’s academic reputation and I felt that the college was serious about the issues of diversity and inclusion. It was extremely important for me to find a place that was truly committed and not just paying lip service to the hot topics. I was also impressed by the hospitality that was shown to me when I visited campus and after. I interviewed at a number of institutions and have never experienced anything like it. What is meant by “diversity?” The word is often misunderstood and has had a negative connotation. People often limit its definition to race and ethnicity and associate it with quotas and affirmative action. It is simply a term that acknowledges differences –in age, race, ethnicity, religion, geographic origin, marital status, gender, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and individual style. Why is it desirable to have a diverse campus population? Research shows that when people with diverse perspectives come together, it promotes critical thinking. By fostering crosscultural dialogues about the issues relevant to diversity and social justice, we hope to nurture a generation of world citizens who find unity within our differences.
INTERVIEW How diverse is Saint Anselm College? We’re a pretty homogeneous campus, but this is slowly changing. The admission officers are doing the best job they can to recruit increasingly diverse classes, and their effort is paying off. The incoming freshmen class is close to 10 percent multicultural or racially diverse, which I think was the highest ever. But while diversity is important, it’s only part of the equation. If we are true to our mission, responsive to demographic changes, and committed to preparing students to be leaders, we need to strive for inclusive excellence. It’s more than coexisting peacefully. It is a strategic framework that ties diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity to our institutional mission and integrates these things into all aspects of campus life. What do people do in the Multicultural Center? The possibilities are endless. We have lockers for commuter students. People study, practice foreign languages with their professors, hold meetings, talk, use the microwave, and refrigerator, and just relax. Our doors are open 24-7 during the week so our space is available when students need it. What kind of programming is involved? Celebrations of cultural traditions, cultural awareness raising events, socials, lectures, cultural competency trainings, and academic collaborations. We had a Haitian relief dinner, intercultural holiday dinner, and a New York City museum trip. A blind student helped organize a blindfolded dinner and talked about her experience on campus. As the center becomes more visible, more professors want to work with us on programming. What would you like people to know about the Multicultural Center? It’s a great place to meet people and learn about each other and themselves and develop their leadership skills by getting involved in planning programs. 25
AbbasIV (The Fourth Abbot)
Plain and Simple
By Anne Broderick Botteri ‘82
The abbot must always remember what he is and remember what he is called, aware that more will be expected of a man to whom more has been entrusted.”
Rule of St. Benedict 2:20
The Bronx grammar school he attended had no playground; recess was held on a screened-in roof. The neighborhood was a few subway stops from Yankee Stadium, a few thousand miles from the California priory where he’d first be robed in black, and many years from thoughts of a monastic life. Back then, Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., who is celebrating his 25th anniversary as abbot, was known by almost everyone as Kenny. He was a kid who loved the Yankees and Pepsi, and who even in the early years of grammar school, rode the subway to school by himself from 183rd to 161st streets. He still takes grief about his preference for traveling by train and bus. His life as a child alternated between a Bronx apartment on Grand Ave. where relief on steamy summer nights could be found on the stoop, a fire escape, or the roof, and the houses of his relatives who lived on Long Island where there was always a breeze. His family taught him to walk in the middle of lit streets in the Bronx at night, so as to avoid the danger of the alleys. But when at age 11 he and two friends were mugged on the way home from a ball game and the thugs took his two quarters — he already knew how to handle much greater loss.
Photo by Matthew Lomanno
is father, Lawrence, had been a widower with a 20-year-old daughter when he married Ethel Mulligan late in life. Two years before Kenny was born, his parents lost their two-year-old son in an accident, a tragedy which left an enduring sorrow in their lives. When Kenny was eight years old his father died of cancer as would his mother A young Kenny years later. Kenny’s “salvation,” as he puts it, was his close, extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who helped raise him and to whom he remains tremendously grateful. “Along with my parents, they taught me the values of hard work, family connections, fidelity and perseverance in times of hardship and being there for others in time of need,” he says. “They also modeled faith for me and often not so subtlely. One of my aunts gave me and my faith a swift kick in the butt one Sunday morning after Mass because I didn’t have a missal or a rosary with me. ‘Come on Kenny, for God’s sake, say your prayers in Church!’ Those were the words, but the message I heard was clearly, ‘Kenny, shape up, get a life!’ “Soon after she bought me a missal. Little did she or I know where that purchase was to lead.” Despite its challenges, his boyhood was what he calls just an ordinary life, and five decades later, there's a Yankees cap at the foot of the crucifix in his office, and he still drinks Pepsi, lives without air conditioning and still travels to Long Island, sometimes by bus. All testimony, perhaps, to the life of simplicity and enduring values he eventually chose as a Benedictine monk. Kenny Leavy grew up thinking he might become an auto mechanic like his father or maybe continue to work for Bell
Kenny's introduction to Pepsi at age 3 by his cousins Dennis and Jimmy Mulligan.
Telephone where he was employed at 16. When he stumbled on a brochure for St. John’s University in Minnesota, one fact jumped off the page: tuition was $1,050 a year, something he might afford with the help of student aid and loans. His application for admission was promptly rejected, but a monk in Minnesota changed his mind when Ken wrote and asked him to reconsider. Before long, he arrived in Collegeville, Minn., on a Greyhound bus with a single duffle bag. The then 300 monks at St. John’s made an instant impression on him and early in his freshman year he decided to join the community. (He was one of 21 men accepted to enter the novitiate there in July of 1968. Decades later, he is the only one still living as a Benedictine.) But God had other plans. While a student at St. John’s, Ken met a young student monk from a small Benedictine monastery in California, Woodside Priory, founded in 1956 by refugee monks from Hungary. This monk was Br. Maurus who himself had escaped from his homeland during the 1956 revolution, and who some years later had entered the community at Woodside. Knowing that Ken had decided to enter the Order, Maurus invited him to drive half-way across the country with him to see the priory in California and it was there that Ken decided to stay. It was the California of hippies, LSD, war protests and the Summer of Love where he committed his life to God at the age of 18. The years of monastic formation that followed included studies at St. Mary’s College, the University of Santa Clara and St. Albert’s Dominican College in Oakland, where he earned a B.A. in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree. Following his solemn profession at age 22, he was sent to Rome to study for a year at Sant’Anselmo, the International Benedictine University. While there he managed to obtain a visa to enter Communist Hungary and visit the motherhouse of Woodside, the thousand-year-old archabbey of St. Martin, called Pannonhalma, where he was warmly welcomed as the first of the American confreres to visit. There he forged lasting friendships. He learned the Hungarian language and what life was like for a monastic community under a Communist regime. The abbey was bugged and the secret police kept a file on the young monk. His recent three-month sabbatical spent in the monasteries in Hungary bears witness to the enduring connection and affection he maintains for his early monastic roots and confreres.
Early 1970's, Brothers Asztrik and Matthew at Pannonhalma, Hungary.
40 years later... Abbot Matthew and Archabbot Asztrik at Pannonhalma.
After Woodside Priory affiliated with Saint Anselm Abbey in 1975, Abbot Joseph Gerry, O.S.B., came to visit in 1976 and Fr. Matthew, as he was known then, learned he would attend Duquesne University to study psychology and spirituality. There he earned his doctorate. It wasn’t part of his plan, but neither was coming to an abbey in New Hampshire when he was done. At Saint Anselm College he taught in the psychology department, worked in student residence halls and served in Campus Ministry. In the Abbey he served as vocation director, a formation director, subprior, and then prior. Five years later, when Abbot Joseph was named Bishop, Fr. Matthew was surprised when his confreres elected him as their fourth abbot on March 4, 1986. “I had only been there five years. I didn’t have my formation at Saint Anselm,” he said. Bishop Joseph offered him some simple advice passed on from Abbot Bertrand: “He told me to always aim for 100 in anything and be satisfied with 50.” Asked if he was nervous about being selected, he says, “I was scared to death.” When Abbot Matthew was elected, the college had fewer majors, fewer students, and no football program, ice arena or fitness center. There were no townhouses, no Institute of Politics, no Davison Hall. Two and a half decades later, the campus has grown substantially while the numbers of monks has decreased. It’s a reality that saddens him, but not one that keeps him from his assigned task of caring for the welfare of those who are there. Today, the abbot is grateful to have one novice and one junior monk at the abbey, and unlike their predecessors, they have access to the Internet and the freedom to tell the abbot what he’s doing wrong with his computer files.
Womb to Tomb
One might wonder what an Abbot does with his day. First there is the monastic Liturgy of the Hours which punctuates the day with prayer, beginning at 6 a.m. with Vigils and Lauds, then Daytime Prayer at noon, Vespers before supper, Compline after supper and recreation, and also the daily celebration of the Eucharist. There also are times for private meditation and lectio divina (prayerful reading of the Scriptures). There are meetings with monks, college administrators and committees. There are the calls that come day and night to anoint the sick, counsel the bereaved and offer other pastoral service. The aging monks need care in the monastery and sometimes in hospitals or
Baptising Matthew, a namesake, son of Barbara (Cilento) Saad, ’83.
Celebrating the marriage of his goddaughter Ann O'Hara Kinney.
COVER STORY care facilities. He carries a cell phone, sends text messages and admits it’s difficult for him to say no to anyone. He takes seriously the idea that every interaction he has should be viewed as one with Christ, a central tenet of the Benedictine life. His meetings take him on and off campus, occasionally to Woodside Priory, to Hungary, or Rome. But his principal responsibility is the care of the monks who he notes face many of the same challenges as any human being and come with equally diverse personalities and needs. It is the abbot’s task to assist the monks in the search for God and their following of the Gospel, reminding them and himself to humbly place “first things first,” namely Christ at the center of it all. Regardless of the individual needs or the differences of the monks, he is committed to the idea that every monk brings special gifts to the community and that the pooling of these gifts strengthens the monks and their community. And, while the monks of Saint Anselm take a vow of obedience to their abbot, the man who chose a simple silver band as his abbatial ring has a demeanor that is far more diplomat than dictator. His own humility is obvious in the way he makes fun of himself. When asked about his skills as a linguist (he’s proficient in several languages), he laughs, summons up his New York accent and answers, “Are you kidding, I’m from the Bronx, I can’t even speak English.” He checks in with every monk about how they are balancing ora et labora (prayer and work). Like abbots of previous centuries, during Lent he asks the monks to take inventory of their personal possessions and declare everything from the number of shoes to the computer equipment they have for their use. He reminds his monks of the value of simplicity and frugality and urges them to give to the poor what is superfluous. He reads a portion of the Rule of Saint Benedict every day and sees enduring wisdom in its structure for monastic life. Despite its timeless essence, however, an abbot in the year 2011 does have to make adjustments for a few outdated instructions, like the one commanding monks to remove their knives from their belts before going to sleep, a passage that inevitably catches the attention of students when they read the Rule during the freshman year Humanities Program.
1988: Pope John Paul II instructs Abbot Matthew.
Bishop Joseph and the newly elected Abbot Matthew, April 26, 1986.
COVER STORY Inside the monastery walls, the abbot is sometimes called to be father and brother to the monks who, as all people, move from the energy and ambition of youth to the challenges of aging, to the final preparation for meeting the Lord. The abbot still enjoys climbing mountains, tending the vegetable garden, riding the used bicycle that was given to him years ago, making homemade pizza and New York rye and other artisan breads for the monks and students, and cooking on feast days in the monastery kitchen. “Abbot Matthew is very selfless and generous, often the first to volunteer when a Mass needs to be celebrated in a parish or convent, or when a cook is needed in the kitchen, or when someone needs a ride to the doctor, or some area of the monastery needs to be cleaned, or something needs to be built or jerry-rigged,” says the Prior, Brother Isaac Murphy, OS.B. There is a joyful expression on the Abbot’s face when he talks about these simple moments of service for the members of the community.
That joy is sometimes dashed by the reality of a crisis in the Church that has called the Abbot to act as a counselor and mediator for victims of sexual abuse. His assistance is sought by victims, whether students, faculty, staff or alumni, and sometimes by the larger Church community thereby extending his pastoral role well beyond the confines of the abbey and college. “I was deeply saddened by this crisis,” he says, “but it is also a time of purification and an opportunity for us to move to the forefront in addressing and healing these wounds, and of
course, in preventing them from ever happening again.” He observes that, in his experience, some people have been abused by the crisis itself and stand in need of the assistance he gladly gives. He believes that the power of prayer and forgiveness are the keys to healing to all those who have been harmed.
Guardian of the Mission
Questions of adherence to a Catholic mission are hardly uncommon on the campuses of Catholic colleges and universities. They come from alumni and friends and from the monks themselves, often directed squarely at the abbot, who is chancellor of the college. The move to a model of governance with lay members sharing responsibility for the college with the monks caused that question to come up frequently in recent years. It is a matter that the abbot and the Board of Trustees take seriously. A Council on Catholic and Benedictine Identity and Mission has been formed to help Saint Anselm enhance these aspects of its core identity. Comments about mission integrity come also from those who wonder if the college’s hosting of presidential debates offers a tacit endorsement of views held by political candidates and government leaders that run counter to church teachings. The abbot then explains that the bishops have called Catholics in our country to a life of responsible civic engagement and faithful citizenship, which is only possible when students and other voters know the platforms upon which the candidates stand. “Our commitment to civic engagement is about education not endorsement.” he said.
Faith Seeking Understanding
Abbot Matthew said he is immensely proud of Saint Anselm students and their commitment to faith and service. Following in the tradition of the college’s patron, Saint Anselm, whose famous description of theology is "faith seeking understanding", he believes that a key component of a Saint Anselm education is planting the seeds of faith in its students and cultivating the understanding of that faith. “We are challenged to present the riches of the Catholic faith and its intellectual tradition in ways that correspond to the unique and sometimes troubling demands of our times. The need for vibrant Catholic education has never been more compelling,” he says. “The strongest gift a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition gives its students is not just the right academic major, minor, degree, or set of experiences. It’s simply the fact that we have exposed them to the idea that there is a God who loves them. If we do not teach faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ here, where else will our students hear it?” Sometimes the understanding that springs from faith comes only years later, when the call comes from an alumnus wrestling with how to explain God to a five-year-old or how to find peace in the face of life’s sorrows, whatever they may be. Not only is the abbot passionately committed to arming graduates for these challenging moments, but he remains present with them in their time of need, when struggle, illness or death enters their lives. So, too in times of joy, he delights in marrying them and baptising their children.
Above: Abbot Matthew and the monastic concelebrants participate in Eucharistic Adoration at the end of Holy Thursday Mass. Photo by Matthew Lomanno. Left: Abbot Matthew, pizza wrangler, makes dinner for members of the campus rescue squad. Photo by Dave White.
Two dozen monks have died since his election as abbot, 20 at Saint Anselm and four in California. The loss in vocations parallels the consumer society that does more shopping than committing, a fact Abbot Matthew thinks about, but does not obsess over. “I’m used to losses, in my community and in my life.” He sees God’s providence even amidst those losses, but he also feels gut wrenching emotion when he has to preach at the closing of other religious communities. Nonetheless, he is hopeful about and committed to fostering new vocations to the abbey. If one asks the abbot what he prays for, he doesn’t hesitate before answering, “to know what God wants me to do.” He can’t make every lapsed Catholic return to the church. He can’t fill every room in the monastery. He can’t heal the heart of every victim of abuse or person experiencing a loss. But he can be present. He can ask the question he asks most often: What can I do to help you? Above all else, he assists the monks in living and dying well. In Saint Leander’s cemetery on a crisp April afternoon, he stands at the edge of three rows of headstones where flowers have been left by alumni in remembrance of former teachers and friends, where an Irish flag salutes Fr. Finbar and American flags dot the headstones of monks who served in the armed forces. While seniority matters in a monastery, it’s irrelevant in the cemetery, where monks are buried in the order they die. Some who might not have been the best of friends in life lie next to each other for eternity - a fact that for Abbot Matthew indicates God has a great sense of humor. The kid from the Bronx who grew up to become an abbot will get no special treatment in this cemetery, except for an added inscription in Latin on his tombstone that will someday read Abbas IV. Until then, he’s well aware of Saint Benedict’s call to remember who he is and what he is called to do, plain and simple. 31
Focus on Faculty Hugh Dubrulle (history)
talks about human nature, famous roommates, and carrying Robespierreâ€™s suitcase.
Hugh Dubrulle Associate professor Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara Photos by Gil Talbot 32
Focus on Faculty How did you get interested in history? My parents are both from France, and they had stories to tell about things they’d experienced during World War II. The idea that things that happened in the past are important was there for me even as a little kid. I was five years old when I watched the PBS documentary “The World at War.”
Why is history important?
course, because he was a dictator and engaged in a series of wars that distracted and disturbed Europe for years and killed a lot of French people. But what a fascinating adventure it would have been.
What is your favorite historical site? Stonehenge. Even in the middle of the day, it gives you chills.
All history is relevant. It explains why things are the way they are today. Seeing the way the Romans constructed their society and made decisions is important. Studying any period gives you a keener appreciation of human nature and the potential of human beings to do good or ill.
What’s the best historical film?
Your specialty is modern European history. What does that mean?
Surveys show that Americans are ignorant of the basics of their own history. True?
Anything after 1789, which was when the French Revolution began, is considered modern. Anything from WWII on, we call “contemporary history.”
What is your specialty? I’m kind of a generalist, but my research is on the influence of the American Civil War on British history and political thought. It combines two of my main interests.
What historical figure would you like to meet? I often ask students what they think certain people would be like as a roommate. The most immediate person that comes to mind for me is Benjamin Disraeli, a mid-Victorian British prime minister. He was a pleasant, flattering conversationalist and a great wit, so he’d be very entertaining. There are many I’d like to meet, though. Like the political economist John Stuart Mill or George Orwell, the author.
What historical event would you like to have witnessed? I’d have to say the French Revolution, though it wasn’t really an event, it was an era, from 1789 to about 1815. I’m sure some of my ancestors were swept up in these events, maybe even fighting in Napoleon’s army. I have a direct ancestor who was born in the same parish in the same year as Robespierre. Their names appear on the same page in the parish register. So I always wonder if the Dubrulles and the Robespierres knew each other.
What part would you like to have played in it? The Dubrulles probably lived on the other side of town from the Robespierres, so if I lived then I’d probably have been carrying their luggage or something like that. But I can imagine being an officer in Napoleon’s army. I have an ambivalent attitude toward Napoleon, of
“Master and Commander,” with Russell Crowe. There are a lot of historical films that get the costumes right, or the accents or the scenery, but this one captures the mood and tenor of life on board a ship and the relationships between people.
Many people are ignorant of, or want to ignore, the world that existed before they were born. They think the forces that brought us to this point aren’t that important. I’d love to see people more informed about history, but people are ignorant in a number of areas, all of which are important. We should know more about a lot of things, like chemistry, or theology.
What is your favorite course to teach? They’re all like my children, but I suppose my favorite would be “World War II” because it combines so many things-- politics, international diplomacy, and economics—and the students are really enthusiastic because a lot of them already know quite a bit about it.
What effect will technology and e-mail have on the historians of tomorrow? We’re losing out on certain types of documents, but we’re gaining a great deal in other kinds of documents. There are surveys, censuses, and business records. The federal government keeps track of more things than ever. So for example, future historians will have a sense of what people spent and what they spent it on, which gives a lot of insight.
What will be lost? The letters�and drafts�that show what people were thinking. For example, a British public figure’s attitude toward policy may have been different from the personal opinions they expressed in their private correspondence. We can see the ambivalence they may have felt before publishing articles or making public statements.
What is the most valuable lesson you learned as a historian? The more I read, the less surprised I am at what people do. There are very few things that surprise historians.
Doing Good on the Ground
Daniel Flatley learned the art of philanthropy from his late father, Thomas, who used his great wealth as a real estate developer to support good works both in the United States and abroad. “My father taught us that philanthropy is about doing good on the ground,” he says. “It’s about making a difference.” That philosophy was on display when Thomas Flatley heard that the Dorchester house of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa, had heating problems. “He thought the world of Mother Teresa,” Flatley says. “He said, ‘Dan, go see what you can do.’ He didn’t want us to just write a check. He wanted to find out what the problem was and what we could do to fix it.” Today, Daniel helps steward that philanthropic legacy as a trustee of the Flatley Foundation, which his father founded. Many of the tents and food supplied to Haitians following the 2010 earthquake were provided by the foundation. Thomas Flatley, who died in 2008 of Lou Gehrig’s disease, came to the United States from County Mayo, Ireland, in the 1950s. At that time, ambitious, young Irishmen were frequently told that law school was the best route to success in their new country. It was advice that Thomas ignored. “My father was too impatient for that,” says Daniel, the eldest of five siblings. Instead, after serving two years in the Army, he attended classes at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and earned a plumbing and an electrician’s license. His first construction project was an apartment building in Quincy, and soon he was also developing nursing homes, hotels, shopping centers and office parks. His business was centered in New England, although there were properties in New Jersey and Florida. Daniel remembers his gregarious father not only as a successful businessman, but as a devout Catholic who attended Mass every day. The foundation is a significant supporter of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. Flatley’s interests in real estate development and Catholic education coincided to Saint Anselm College’s benefit about a decade ago, with a gift to the college of 38 acres of Bedford, N.H. land. The property had originally been slated for a retail center with big box stores, but Thomas Flatley decided to give it to the college when plans for the development did not work out. Daniel helped arrange the donation, which will provide a total of $6.5 million for the college’s endowment when the final parcel is sold, says Fr. Mark Cooper, O.S.B., vice president for finance at the college. Daniel, who shares his father’s passion for Catholic education, earned a political science degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s of education from Boston College, where Thomas Flatley had served as a trustee. True to the spirit of his father’s approach to philanthropy, Daniel Flatley has remained involved in Saint Anselm. Since 2002, he has been on the board of trustees. Photo by Gil Talbot
Academic Distinction at
By Gary Bouchard
ou wouldnâ€™t know it from looking at the pristine summer lawns and the familiar brick buildings and pathways of our beloved campus, but these past two years in the peaceful groves of academe at Saint Anselm have actually been complex and challenging ones. Not for the students, of course, whose academic work and co-curricular lives have gone on uninterrupted; but behind many closed doors as well as in open forums and in spirited coffee shop and hallway conversations, the Saint Anselm faculty has been engaged in the process of curricular reform.
perilous undertaking on any campus, revision of the core curriculum at Saint Anselm has caused some to feel that the very foundations of the institution are under assault. Others, long impatient for curricular revision, want change to come faster and go further. This past year it has been my task, together with six courageous colleagues, to navigate between these extremes and towards a proposal for a new core curriculum at Saint Anselm. While that work is not yet completed, some reflections on this work may be helpful for alumni whose own academic experiences at Saint Anselm have been framed through years of experience in the world beyond college. The reverence accorded to the current Saint Anselm core is not undeserved. Over the years, it has provided the structure for some legendary teaching and fostered both formative and transformative experiences for thousands of alumni. So entwined with the college’s identity is the Humanities Program that it has branded this magazine. For many of us who have taught in the Humanities Program through the decades, it has been a second and third liberal arts education.
Illustrations: Melinda Lott
So, why change something that has done so much good? My simplest response has been to compare the current core to my 1996 Volvo wagon. Solid, well-built and wisely engineered, it transported our family from pre-school to college and is loaded with all of the memories that made up those raucous and wonderful years. It is still running at well over 200,000 miles, but is rusting in all of the predictable places; the rear hatch won’t stay open, the visor gradually falls down as you drive and the odometer stopped working several thousand miles ago. If I were to try to trade it in and upgrade to a newer, more efficient car, my neighbors, like those impatient for curricular revision, would applaud my good sense. But my two sons would object to such a move. To them, getting rid of that Volvo would be like selling their childhood! This is the view of many Saint Anselm alums who have fond, if somewhat embellished, recollections of Portraits of Human Greatness, though they haven’t tried driving it in recent years. This analogy is not a perfect one, but it is true that for a college faculty the curriculum is a vehicle. It needs to be well engineered with a reliable structure and good content. It also needs to accommodate a variety of different drivers and represent the best possible way of conveying knowledge to today’s passengers and in the heavy traffic of a wireless age. The Saint Anselm core is more than twice as old as my car, and I don’t know any successful teachers who are using the very same syllabus and teaching methods they designed 35 years ago, nor any students or alums who would encourage them to do so. In the mid 1970s, when the present core curriculum was being fashioned, American troops were withdrawing from Viet Nam, two young reporters at the Washington Post were following the money to the top of what would come to become known as the Watergate scandal, and the average price of a gallon of gas in this country was 40 cents. The word Internet did not exist. Back then a text was a text, not a verb, and only by carelessly falling asleep while reading a text could one end up with something called facebook. A mouse was a rodent; a web was something spiders built, and only in the most frightening science fiction could such a thing be world-wide. Today a wireless web of information is part of the lecture hall, where a point and a click can bring students to various versions of the lecture material, to their social networking site or to an online shopping mall. Teaching in this world and preparing students to enter it with discernment, dexterity and the capacity for a global reach is the challenge Saint Anselm faces.
Mindful of this challenge, the college’s administration and trustees have recognized that while the current core has its strengths, a revitalization of its content and methods is imperative in order to improve the excellence of liberal arts education at Saint Anselm. Hence the number one goal of the current strategic plan is to “design and implement a reinvigorated core curriculum that stresses the strengths of the liberal arts and prepares students for personal and professional success in a changing global society.” While there is impassioned debate among faculty about the content that needs to comprise a new core, few faculty members at Saint Anselm believe that our current high mileage vehicle is the ideal one by which to carry students into a memorable and relevant experience in the liberal arts. Affections for and loyalty to the current core vary, but many acknowledge a lack of flexibility for students and faculty, and wish to see more opportunities for integration between disciplines. Faculty in the non-Humanities departments have long felt on the outside of the college’s hallmark learning experience. Faculty hired within the past decade frequently feel estranged from the very Humanities Program in which they are teaching, lacking a sense of ownership and investment in content and approaches they inherited rather than developed. Nearly everyone has come to recognize the unusually heavy academic burden first year students at Saint Anselm experience relative to their peers at other institutions. The core, which sometimes fosters outmoded pedagogical practices, is perceived by too many students as something “to get through.” And although regarded as traditional and demanding, this core permits students to graduate without having taken a course in quantitative reasoning, history, social science or the fine arts and literature. Furthermore, seniors depart without having had the experiences of an integrated liberal arts synthesis. The result is that a core that is intended to engage students in the intellectual life too often has the opposite effect. You may begin to appreciate the challenge faced by my colleagues and myself this past year. We gathered for the first time at a retreat house in the waning days of last summer. Individually, the seven of us represented many things. Collectively, we shared 135 of years of academic and administrative service, seven brown bag lunches and the unenviable task of bringing forth a proposal that would become the basis of a new core curriculum for Saint Anselm. Remarkably, early in the spring semester and with full consensus, we were able to bring forth just such a proposal, one that was mission centered as well as outcomes driven, and one about which we shared a mutual excitement. We understood that our own enthusiasm notwithstanding, vigorous debate would take place as our colleagues engaged with the fundamental questions with which we ourselves had wrestled. What do we want our students to know, to experience and to be able to do? And what is the best way to accomplish this? How do we innovate while retaining the essence of who we are? What is the best way to manifest the essential ingredients of our mission? A mission that is…
Catholic. Mindful of our redemptive, hopeful and intimate relationship with God, the sacramental approach to life and an accompanying responsibility to love and forgive others and to care for those most in need.
Liberal Arts. Deliberate about an education that liberates students by deepening their understanding and appreciation for the greatest ideas that humanity has expressed and provides them a foundation not just for successful living, but an enriched and meaningful life.
Benedictine. Devoted to a life of work and prayer, the balance of the active and contemplative dimensions of life, and the value of the individual person within a loving community. Besides engaging in these questions among ourselves, we have talked with alumni, current students, and colleagues from other institutions. With our proposal as a starting point, work continues by others this summer and the deliberative process in the Faculty Senate will resume in the fall. The conversation has moved well past whether or not we are going to trade in the trusty old wagon to what sort of vehicle will replace it and how we can engineer it to address the concerns enumerated above, and also make sure that it retains the best elements of the one that has taken us this far. Delicate and demanding work to be sure, and as important as any work that the college has undertaken; but I believe that one day soon we will be looking at these challenging days through the rearview mirror of a newly designed and reinvigorated core curriculum, and that we will be looking -- without a broken visor descending to block our vision -- towards an exciting new academic future at Saint Anselm College. Core changes under consideration ■ A common intellectual experience for first year students that relies on a few seminal lectures, but is primarily seminarbased; the year-long seminars would use common texts and themes and allow instructors to introduce selected works. A Composition and Literature course may be designed to work in synchrony with the first year seminars. ■ A capstone seminar in the student’s senior year would revisit in an integrated fashion the questions raised in the first year. ■ A quantitative reasoning as well as a social science requirement may be added. ■ Students may be required to complete an aesthetic engagement requirement (literature or fine arts). ■ Current Lab Science, Theology and Philosophy requirements may be reduced and re-focused. 39
ne February day in 1893, a 30-year-old New Jersey-born man of German descent stood on New York Cityâ€™s Fifth Avenue in a raging blizzard and took a picture of a stage coach in motion. That photograph became an iconic image of the late 19th century, and the man holding the camera not only shook the art world but influenced American culture for the next half-century. He championed free expression; promoted artists whose work was so revolutionary as to be scorned; and published a leading art magazine. His name was Alfred Stieglitz. He also made an impression on Saint Anselm College art historian Katherine Hoffman.
Professor Katherine Hoffman photographed this wall in the Marjorelle Garden in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Professor Katherine Hoffman
By Laurie D. Morrissey
Left: Katherine Hoffman’s home in Peterborough, N.H., is filled with art work, family treasures, and items collected on her travels. Above: A garden in Jonzac, France, reminiscent of Monet's famous painting
atherine Hoffman just published her second book on Stieglitz, who is often called the “father of modern photography.” Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light was published by Yale University Press, as was Stieglitz: A Beginning Light (2004). The first book focuses on the photographer’s early years, 1864-1917. The second picks up where the first left off, chronicling and examining his life and work up to his death in 1946. “Stieglitz is the person most responsible for lifting photography to the realm of fine art,” says the professor. “Much of what we take for granted as fine art photography is due to him. He fought endlessly - and he used the word ‘fought’ - to make it so, through his photography, his exhibitions, his writings and his day-to-day talking to people in galleries. He took it on as a cause and devoted his rather high-end energies to that.” Hoffman’s appreciation is not only historical, however. “I find his photographs quite beautiful. You can spend time with them and go back to them again and again.” She has not only gone back to the photos, but to the places where they were taken. She has followed the famous photographer to places like Chioggia, Italy, where the scenes still look exactly as they did in the 1890s. Stieglitz’ photographs show immigrants, rag pickers, workmen, streetcars, second-hand clothing shops, and dimly lit sidewalks—subjects not considered photo-worthy at the time. They are not grand subjects or posed compositions. They depict daily life in New York, or Italian peasants harvesting crops. One of Hoffman’s favorites is “The Net Mender,” in which a Dutch woman works alone on a sand dune. Stieglitz is “in the wind right now,” Hoffman says. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently exhibited the work of the three giants of modern photography: Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. Twenty-two of Stieglitz’ works were the first photographs acquired by the museum as works of art.
“Stieglitz fought tirelessly for the freedom to create.” Katherine Hoffman is a teacher, scholar, and writer with wide-ranging interests in the world of art and culture. Now in her 21st year on the faculty (most as chair of the fine arts department), she is constantly on the go as an invited lecturer and conference participant, and the frequent recipient of fellowships and grants. In the last few years, she has been the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis; Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award recipient at Karl Franzens University in Austria; and a U.S. State Department-sponsored fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research. The list of her awards, presentations, and publications fills pages. Not surprisingly, she is a photographer herself. She became interested in art history as a German literature major at Smith College, while spending her junior year in Hamburg. A friend who had been a photographer in Vietnam began teaching her to use a Honeywell Pentax camera and develop her photos. After earning a master’s degree in visual arts and museum education at Bank Street College, in New York, Hoffman completed doctoral studies at New York University. Georgia O’Keefe was the subject of her dissertation, and the painter is the subject of two of her books. It was through this work that she was drawn to study O’Keefe’s husband, Stieglitz. Writing about such a monumental figure is a daunting task, but it was made easier by the things she has in common with the famous photographer who died the year before she was born. Like Stieglitz, she says, “I have returned each summer to a clear blue mountain lake and its surrounding vistas, which continue to draw my family and friends from multiple generations, as Lake George did for Stieglitz and his family.” Hoffman spent summers with grandparents in Peterborough, N.H., as a child, and lives there with her husband, Graham, and their two golden retrievers. One of Stieglitz’ favored subjects was clouds, which Hoffman has painted and photographed throughout her career. And like the professor, Stieglitz had a strong literary side. The letters Hoffman studied at Yale University’s Beinecke Library during her research (many of which had been sealed for 50 years) are detailed, intense, and reflective. She was one of the first researchers to have access to the newly unsealed letters. Hoffman admires the photographer’s principles as well as his art. “Stieglitz fought tirelessly for the freedom to create… and for the integrity of artists and other individuals who expressed their inner spirits,” she writes in A Legacy of Light. “He also fought against excess materialism and profit, and warned about the dangers of institutionalization and power associated with such.”
Hoffman’s work has been part of the Chapel Art Center’s fine arts faculty exhibits, as well as shows at other galleries. In 2005, photographs taken during her grant-funded trip to Turkey, Morocco and Jordan were featured at the college. Like Stieglitz, she does her part to promote fellow artists, having served as a trustee of the Sharon Arts Center and curator and juror of local exhibitions. Stieglitz’ chronicler is as high-energy as her subject, with projects and plans ranging from studying Islamic art to playing the piano to visiting her scholarly children, who appear to enjoy art and international study as much as she does. In February, she chaired a session on New York photographers at the College Art Association Conference. In April, she presented a paper on the work of photographers Henri-Cartier Bresson and Robert Frank at a conference in the Netherlands.
A decorated window in Bursa, Turkey.
“I encourage students to find their own path or their own vision within the subject matter.” When Hoffman joined the faculty, she was “a bit taken aback” to learn that although there was a fine arts department, there was no major in fine arts. Within two years, she was chair of a department staffed by three full-time and four parttime faculty members. The period of her tenure includes the acquisition and renovation of the Comiskey Center for use by the department. Studio space was designed and a computer lab for graphic design and digital art classes was added, with the help of a generous grant from Francis Megan ’51 and his wife. The interdisciplinary department now houses both music and the visual arts, and the fine arts major allows for emphases in art history, studio art, and music. More than 100 students have graduated as fine arts majors since she arrived at Saint Anselm and gone on to work in museums and galleries, schools, graphic design companies, and performing arts organizations. Some are pursuing graduate studies at institutions such as at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, one of the country’s top art schools. Hoffman wears the Ph.D. hat more than the artist hat these days, although she admits she is not high-tech and does not have a web site. Her teaching focuses on painting and film. Most courses, including art history, include hands-on projects and field trips. With her, students visit galleries and artists’ studios; recently, she brought eight students in a Contemporary Art class to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House in Manchester. Hoffman is interested in what each student brings to the class: “I believe in involving the whole student: where they come from, what their interests are,” she says. “My standards are high, but I encourage students to find their own path or their own vision within the subject matter.” Emphasizing cross-disciplinary connections, she encourages English majors to discuss literary sources for films, and business students to explore the role economics plays in the arts.
uch of what we take for granted as fine art photography is due to him. Hoffman’s devotion to art is personal and political. She holds strong beliefs about the role of film and photography in world diplomacy, viewing them as a way to communicate individual and cultural identities and ideologies and potentially change people’s perceptions of unfamiliar parts of the world. She promotes cross-cultural connections whenever possible. Long fascinated by Islamic art, she traveled to the Middle East to experience the culture and architecture first-hand. “You can’t understand the art unless you understand the religion,” she says. “I try to create new connections among world cultures, to increase levels of international understanding.” She paraphrases LIFE picture editor John Morris: “Photography and film break the language barrier and move the message from people to people.” As a teacher, a scholar, an artist, and a cultural ambassador, that is her role and will be her legacy.
A canal scene in Chioggia, Italy (near Venice), which Stieglitz photographed in 1887.
Finding Opportunity in Life’s Broken Plans By Amanda Peters ’11
I doubt I am alone in cringing every time someone refers to college as “the best four years of your life.” Though the phrase is surely meant to encourage students to enjoy their time at university, one might as well be saying, “eat, drink, and be merry! For tomorrow we die.” The idea that it will be all downhill after graduation does not have to be said to be heard. Shouldn’t graduation be a beginning? I can say with certainty that those who told me college would be the best four years of my life were wrong, if only because my college career spanned eight years. Though I proudly accepted a bachelor of arts in international relations from Saint Anselm College on May 21, 2011, I began my college adventure in 2003 as a nursing student at Fairfield University. Life doesn’t always go according to plan. I succumbed to illness in my sophomore year. Due to a combination of my own stubbornness and the fact that losing my status as a full-time student would have meant losing my health insurance, I did not immediately take a medical withdrawal. That came a bit later, after my poor academic performance knocked me off the Dean’s List, ejected me from the nursing school, and stripped me of my academic scholarship (all within a single semester). It was a time of drama and despair, worthy of a Lifetime movie-of-the-week. The hardest part of the next year had nothing to do with my health, though regaining it was far from easy. The hardest part was finding a new dream. College nursing programs tend to have one way doors: once you leave, you cannot get back in. I knew that if, and when, I returned to college, it would not be as a nursing student. As I struggled to find a new direction for my life, an unexpected opportunity changed everything.
My father, an engineer for BAE Systems, has always had an adventurer’s spirit; so when he was offered the opportunity to participate in a UK-based project, he jumped at the chance. Less than four months after the decision was made, we moved to England. Though my sister and I had a bit of international travel experience under our belts, thanks to a trip we had taken with a generous uncle, I think the ink in my parents’ passports was still drying as the plane touched down at Heathrow. Over the next two years, we road-tripped through Wales and Ireland and celebrated a Christmas in Scotland. We spent an Easter in Bruges, Belgium, and met up with cousins for New Year’s Eve in Sorrento, Italy. I checked “travel through the Chunnel” off my bucket list as we took the Eurostar to Paris more than once. There was also plenty to see in England: Stonehenge, Jane Austen’s house, and dozens of castles. And as our home in Surrey was a mere 45 minutes from the heart of London, we took in several West End shows and visited London’s famous sites. Enough time was spent riding the Underground to merit the purchase of a “Mind the Gap!” coffee mug, which features a subway map along with the oft-heard phrase that warns debarking passengers about the space between the train door and the station platform. It couldn’t all be vacations and shows, though. I spent most of my time in England working as a day-nanny for a family with four children. It was hard work, but I loved it and will cherish the memories I made. I became part of the family, and gained insights into areas of English life most visitors do not get to see. Through the children, who ranged in age from six months to 12 years when I began, I was exposed to everything from trends in toddler nutrition to pre-teen pop culture.
Editor's Note: Seniors are confronted with questions on a daily basis as Commencement day approaches. What will you do after you graduate? What are you going to do with that major? What about graduate school? While busy with final papers, comps, thesis presentations, and job applications, they feel pressed to defend a particular major; to justify their tuition expenditure or their debt; but mostly, to have a plan. Amanda Peters started college with a clear direction, but her path took an unexpected sharp turn. Her story is about opportunities gained and lost, and the gaps in between. 46
ESSAY - ALUMNA I learned what children’s books, nursery rhymes and games are considered classics for a British family. Through the parents I got to share in the current debates within British politics. And I not only learned what is in British dishes with mysterious names like “bubble and squeak,” but I learned how to cook them. I’ll never know what my life would have been like if I hadn’t fallen ill and left school, but I doubt it would have included a U.K. residence visa. Without that, I wouldn’t have gotten a glimpse of American politics from the outside, or the taste for international relations and political science that led me to Saint Anselm College. So, while I cannot say I’m grateful it all happened just this way, I have no regrets. Since I first set foot on Saint Anselm College’s campus as an international relations student—approximately 10 hours after my family moved back to the U.S.—I have seen and done things I couldn’t have imagined when this educational journey started. I’ve shaken hands with politicians most people will only see on TV. I stood in the TV studio with a senatorial candidate while she was grilled by the press, mere moments after the conclusion of a televised debate. Then I went home and saw pieces of that interview on the news. I observed a foreign presidential election while studying in Costa Rica. I even spent an hour chatting about democracy’s chances in Iraq with the 1st Deputy Governor of Baghdad. And when Saint Anselm College hosted the Republican Presidential Primary Debate in June, I was personal assistant to CNN political analyst Gloria Borger. I’ve embraced the second chance Saint Anselm College gave me. But the happy ending, nice though it may be, is not why I’m sharing this story. I’m sharing this story because it
Whether you are 26 or 86, the gap that lies between who you were and who you want to be is an uneasy place.
is important for people to remember that all those moments that we spend “caught in between” are just as important as the moments of triumph. These gaps are fully part our lives, not just moments in which we wait for life to begin again. The current economy is not what most new graduates would wish, so not all of us are going to dive straight into a job or graduate school. Some of us are going to be caught in between. If that happens, I hope my peers won’t take it as confirmation that college really is the best four years of your life, and that it really is downhill from there. I hope it will be embraced, difficult though that may be, as a moment for taking a deep breath and considering all the options. Whether you are 26 or 86, the gap that lies between who you were and who you want to be is an uneasy place. Sometimes the gap is something you see coming—like graduation. Other times the ground beneath your feet is ripped away without warning—by illness or the loss of a job. It is natural to flounder a bit. But when the world forces me to pause, I hope I’ll use that time for more than worrying about what I’m going to do next. To try something new, risky, or unprecedented. It just might lead to something spectacular.
Peters is an international relations major who commuted from Amherst, N.H. and worked part-time as a technical writer for a Californiabased software company. She was a Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador; a contributor to the online journal Global Topics; and president of the college’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science. She wrote her senior thesis on justice and democracy in the Middle East (and took an informal Arabic class organized by the president of the Muslim Student Association). She hopes to work for an international aid organization that focuses on children.
Love and Politics
By Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Richard L. Bready Professor of Ethics, Economics and The Common Good.
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Professor Kuehne’s April lecture, “Love in the Ruins: Reconsidering Love and Politics,” as the Bready Professor. I love my country. I am proud to be an American. I am grateful to all those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can be free. Freedom is a great gift. As songwriter Martyn Joseph recently reminded us, being a patriot requires one also to be a critic when necessary. So I do not say the following lightly: I believe our freedom is in peril. I believe the foundations of our nation on which the freedom we enjoy rests, are beginning to crumble, and we can no long afford to pretend otherwise. The following are four elements of the foundation of America that need to be addressed. The Economy. We have an unsustainable deficit and our future obligations far exceed our present ability to pay for them. Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget represents less than half of what needs to be done to put the economy in good order. Social Capital. A democracy requires social capital to thrive. Yet, as Robert Putnam has pointed out, we are losing social capital each year with our young people increasingly skeptical that they can make a difference. Family. Forty five percent of American children are born outside of marriage and for the first time in our history it is possible a majority of Americans will never marry. No civilization has found a way to exist without family. Religion. Church attendance in the U.S. has dropped 30% in the past 10 years, and has flatlined with people between the ages of 18 and 29. While religion cannot be mandated, religion and family are the two top influences in the creation of social capital and economic self-control. The U.S. is at a crossroads. Is it an exaggeration to say we are on the verge of economic and social collapse? No. Our lawmakers are having difficulty cutting $39 billion from a budget that has a $1.5 trillion deficit. What makes things more difficult is that we can’t even talk about our challenges in a civil manner. Family and religion matter to a democracy. There is virtually no public forum where we can have a deep nuanced discussion about marriage and family. If our democracy loses the ability to deliberate in a civil manner, democracy cannot survive.
But there are answers to this problem. I’d like to propose two: Recover the importance of love to politics. Construct a relational constitution. Love and Politics? They seem to be strange bedfellows, but we need the lion of politics to lie down with the lamb of love. We can’t legislate love, but it is an essential component of a good society. For democracy to work, we need enough people to do the right thing when no one is watching. We need the moral compass love provides. If we can’t care for our neighbor and give sacrificially to each other, democracy cannot be sustained. Love is the financial bargain democracy needs to be viable. If we don’t love one another, we cannot afford the social cost. A Relational Constitution? Yes. The U.S. Constitution was formed by men who assumed the relational connections necessary for a good society would always be with us. This was a critical oversight. We created a constitution that provides individual liberty, but the relational capital on which it was based has dissolved. We now need to revise our constitution to help us recognize and incentivize the relational connection necessary for democracy to flourish. Can this be done? Absolutely. Will we do it?
Dale Kuehne is a professor of politics. He joined the college in 1994, and in 2000 became the founding director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. He is the author of Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship Beyond an Age of Individuality (Baker Academic Press 2009). Frequently consulted by the media, he was interviewed on campus recently by CNN’s Belief Blog. A native of Minnesota, he is known for his sense of humor and says his research involves all the things his parents wanted him to avoid.
Keys Still Shiny: Red Key Society Celebrates 75 Years
Nearly 700 Saint Anselm alumni share the memory of belonging to the Red Key Society. Recently, 150 of them returned to campus to celebrate the 75th anniversary of that society. Members from the classes of 1935-2014, though years apart in age, shared the occasion in the same way: honoring the society’s founders, cheering the football team, looking at photos and memorabilia, and enjoying food, drink, and entertainment in Davison Hall. Keynote speaker Denis Lynch ’81 emphasized the enduring bonds among members: “Being in The Key is a lifelong commitment to values of friendship, loyalty and service.” Recalling the rainy Friday of his pledge, he said, “When you stand shoulder to shoulder next to someone for 20 hours a day for six straight days in a Pledge line, you never know then that the bonds you are forging in those many sleepless nights will last 30 years or more.” Though the decades may have been different, the times may have been different, the friendships fostered through this society stay the same. During the anniversary event, Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B. ’93 was inducted as an honorary member of the Red Key Society. Fr. Anselm is assistant director of Campus Ministry. Special recognition was given to Bob Collins ’37, one of the founding members. “This is a very happy time. It’s remarkable to see the tradition going on after all these years,” Collins said. The evening’s music was provided by Red Key alumnus Fran Curran ’98 and his band, the Heartbreakers. Ryan Henry ’11, the society’s president, is a math major and lacrosse player from Norwood, Mass. As an intern with the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming, he helped organize the Red Key celebration. The Red Key Society is one of the five service societies on campus (including King Edward, Koinonia, Saint Elizabeth Seton and APO). Membership is limited to 25 male students, accepted on the basis of their leadership and community involvement. The society is the primary host organization for the college, greeting visitors and hosting functions throughout the year. Its members support athletic teams and provide community service and fundraising through the Meelia Center and events such as Road for Hope. Henry prizes the friendships and connections made during his three-year membership. “It’s a link between generations of Saint Anselm students. I’d like the tradition to continue strong and I look forward to coming to the 100th anniversary someday,” he says. 49
Jazzed About China: Alice McAvoy ’10
Two weeks in China with a Saint Anselm class left economics and business major Alice McAvoy wanting more. After graduation, she found an opportunity through Shanghai Jazz English Training Institute, which hired her to teach primary school in Shanghai, China’s most populous city. During her five-month contract, McAvoy began learning to speak and write in the Mandarin language and became familiar with Chinese ways, such as wearing her coat in unheated classrooms. “They like to keep the windows open because they believe it keeps everyone healthy. The kids are accustomed to wearing layers of long johns,” she says. McAvoy’s stay in China coincided with the January 2011 visit of an economics and business class from her alma mater. She invited the group to her neighborhood and her classroom, describing her Chinese life for the students and a free-lance videographer. A three-minute video starring Alice McAvoy is on the college’s web site at www.anselm.edu/china. McAvoy returned home to Saco, Maine, when her contract was up and began substitute teaching. “I went to work for Shanghai Jazz just because I wanted to be in China, but teaching’s growing on me,” she says. Her parents (Pam ’82 and Jim ’80) will say good-bye to their daughter again in September: she is returning to Shanghai to work and attend Mandarin school, with the goal of becoming fluent and working for an international corporation. She will teach full-time and attend school at night and on weekends. Her home will be in the former French concession, the area administered by the French during the late 19th and mid-20th centuries. “I can’t stay away from China!” she says. “I’m excited to move back to Shanghai and continue with my Chinese studies.” 50
1963 Leo Santucci released the 2nd
edition of the Chevrolet Inline Six-Cylinder Power Manual. He is a retired optometrist and lives in Willimantic, Conn., with his wife, Teri.
1969 Steve Ellis was elected to the board of selectmen in Pittsburg, N.H.
1970 Paul Sighinolfi is executive director and chair of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. He earned his law degree at Catholic University of America.
1972 Ray Chalifour is the vice
president of physician practices at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, Maine. He was director of physician services at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire for the previous five years.
1975 John Myhaver Jr. is chief of
survey for TF Moran Inc. He joined the company in 1978 and became a principal of the firm in 2005.
1976 John Collins, formerly deputy
police chief in Englewood, Colo., was selected to be chief of police. He is certified by the FBI National Academy and has certificates in police executive development.
Katharine Muth is executive director of the
1983 John Mega is an assistant vice
president at Middlesex Savings Bank. He was previously an information technology officer in the bank’s systems support division. Mega holds a master’s degree in biology and computers from New York University and technical certification in computers from Microsoft.
1985 Robert Barry, former chief of
police in Concord, N.H., is a law enforcement training consultant for Primex.
1987 Monica (Spach) Curhan,
of Mattapoisett, Mass., is first vice president and marketing director at Citizens-Union Savings Bank in Fall River.
1988 T. Michael Rockett is a
principal in Rockett Management and Realty, in Marblehead, Mass., and a former Marblehead selectman.
Mark Vattes is the municipal relations and external affairs specialist for transmission at Public Service of New Hampshire. He lives in Concord, N.H., with his wife, Kathleen, and their son.
1990 Steve Gamlin is a professional
speaker, motivational humorist, and author. His third book is Oh Yeah! (Another Quote Book).
New Hampshire Art Association.
Christine Hunsinger is leg1980 Paul Moore, the presiding Justice 1993 islative director in the administration of Gov. of the Derry District and Family Court, was selected by the New Hampshire Bar Association as the 2011 recipient of the William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism.
1982 Michael Sheehan, of Norwell, Mass., was honored with a Father of the Year Award by the American Diabetes Association. He is the CEO of Hill Holliday.
Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. She earned a master’s degree in public administration at Brown University.
David C. (“Craig”) MacCormack is the senior writer at EH Publishing’s new magazine, Commercial Integrator. He lives in North Andover, Mass., with his wife, Shannon (Kearney).
Prosecuting Crime: Anthony Kearns ’89 In December, Anthony Kearns was appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be the Hunterdon County prosecutor. In his new position, he oversees the law enforcement efforts of 26 municipalities with 15 local police departments, the Sheriff’s office and the State Police within the northern N.J. county. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Kearns earned a master’s degree at Loyola College and worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor for several years before making a career change to the legal field. He earned a J.D. at Suffolk University and served as deputy attorney general for New Jersey. He was in private practice for eight years, and was active in the state’s bar association, as well as local executive boards and committees. He lives in Clinton with his wife and four children.
1994 Michael Martin is vice president of sales at Vibram USA, and helped build distribution of the company’s Vibram Five Fingers line of footwear.
1997 Amy Hamel started a consulting
company, Enso Logistics, LLC, offering services on special events, fundraising, and government training and exercises.
Alanna (Ryan) Van Antwerpen was
Alumna Builds Camp of Memories: Melissa Mooney ’03 Students from Saint Anselm, past and present, make the trip to Mississippi to volunteer during Spring Break Alternative. For one fine arts graduate, Melissa Mooney, SBA Mississippi uncovered a passion for service that has brought her back to Camp Glenmary every summer since her sophomore year. As an SBA volunteer, the Webster, Mass., native combined efforts with fellow students to help clear brush, build tent platforms, and paint the pavilion at the summer camp in rural Mississippi. Due to their hard work, Camp Glenmary was able to provide underprivileged children with a fun-filled summer they otherwise would not have experienced. Now a quality assurance specialist at John Hancock Life Insurance in Boston, Mooney continues her own tradition of service. She has been involved in projects in the Boston area and faithfully exchanges her sick days to return to the camp every June. Now in her eighth year, Melissa considers herself more fortunate than the campers to be part of Camp Glenmary. “While I was a student, Camp was an extension of Saint A’s, a strong community that provided an opportunity to learn outside the classroom. As an alumna, Camp is now part of my life and I would not want it any other way.” 52
ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and is assigned to the Good Shepherd Church in Nashua, N.H. She earned her Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
1999 Matthew Cahoon was named
one of “New Hampshire’s 40 Under Forty” by the Union Leader. He is director of arts facilities at Pinkerton Academy and founder and president of Theatre KAPOW. He earned a master’s degree in arts administration from Goucher College.
2002 Richard Florest is director of
acquisitions at Open Road Integrated Media, a New York City-based digital content company that publishes and markets e-books.
Michael Licata, of Henniker, N.H., is vice president of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.
2003 Michael Besserer is head coach of the men’s tennis team at Saint Anselm College.
Kevin Flynn is a police officer in Wakefield, Mass.
Joseph Galvin is an assistant district attorney for Middlesex County (Mass.), working out of Framingham District Court. He earned a J.D. at New England School of Law.
He’s Big on Tiny Cells: Sean Beausoleil ’01 Sean Beausoleil looks at proteins: thousands of them at a time. As a research scientist at Cell Signaling Technology, he tries to understand how these proteins work differently in normal and abnormal cells. Ultimately, this basic science research may have applications in treating disease. Growing up in Goffstown, where his mother worked in the Department of Nursing, Beausoleil used to ride his bicycle around the Saint Anselm campus. He liked science and liked working with hands, so he considered becoming a doctor. But in biochemistry classes, and in his professors’ labs, he realized the possibilities that existed in doing research “Professor Vallari exposed us to projects in his lab and took us to see large-scale research,” says Beausoleil. “I realized it was really problem solving and working with your hands, manipulating things you can’t see.” He was accepted to graduate school at Harvard University and completed three years of postdoctoral studies there. He now has his own “bench” at the 12-year-old Danvers biological research firm. Cancer is a big focus at Cell Signaling, but their research can be applied to many other conditions. Beausoleil’s interest in science is not confined to the lab. He likes to vacation in remote places where he can fly fish or go scuba diving or both. An avid fly fisherman, he travels to Honduras, Colorado, Ontario, Maine, and, of course, his beloved home state. Fortunately, living in Beverly, Mass., affords him plenty of opportunity to fish for stripers and bluefin tuna on miles of coastline.
Preacher, Teacher, and More: Mark Hobson ’80 Lofty goals led Mark Hobson to a lofty job: director of administration for an airline. But that’s just one of his three jobs. He is a deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Manchester and an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Graduate Studies. In each role, he finds outlets for his creativity and compassion. And although he’s often running from one function to the next (a meeting to a class to a funeral, for example), he handles the simultaneous roles smoothly. In fact, the skills necessary to all his jobs frequently cross over. Hobson is an executive at Wiggins Airways, a 52-aircraft cargo and charter line based at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The company has about 150 employees from Maine to Georgia, most of whom fly or maintain planes. Hobson joined the company in 2003 and wears numerous hats, becoming involved in human resources, budgeting, facilities, strategic planning, and public relations. “I’m an organizational behavior guy,” he says. An educator at heart, he enjoys the training and public speaking aspects of his job. As deacon of Saint Pius X Church, in Manchester, Hobson ministers to more than 1,500 active parishioners. He preaches at eight masses each month, and his homilies are known for their humor. “I tell a lot of stories. Most of them are true,” he says. Saint Pius X Church has 120 baptisms a year, and “Deacon Mark” performs 90 percent of them. He calculates that he has baptized about 800 babies since his ordination in 2002. The businessman shows through when he explains, “For a church to be viable, you need to look at metrics.” When he talks about baptizing babies, Hobson is talking about a function that’s near and dear to his heart. “You really capture people at a special moment. The parents and godparents go through a process. They may have been away from the Church. It’s a way to catechize and reach out to them in a very special way.” Hobson and his wife of 28 years, Rose, are involved in the church’s marriage ministry, helping to form couples for marriage; and he runs a ministry for separated and divorced Catholics. “They often feel isolated from a Church perspective. Here they have an opportunity to grieve and to grow and to heal,” he says. The only functions he cannot perform are the consecration of the Eucharist and the forgiving of sins. Since graduating from Saint Anselm (as a criminal justice major fascinated by theology courses), Hobson has earned three degrees: master’s degrees in education and theology and a doctorate in business administration. He’d like another, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So, when he’s not preaching, teaching, tending the daily affairs of a growing business, or visiting with his extended family, he likes to do something completely different: read books about geology.
Chemical Crime Solver: Marc Dupre ’95
As a freshman majoring in criminal justice, Marc Dupre liked the idea of detective work but was not sure what role he wanted to play in law enforcement. A professor suggested changing his major to chemistry if he was interested in crime scene analysis. Now a criminalist at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory, the Manchester, N.H., native helps unravel major crime mysteries. Dupre knew he chose the right line of work when he helped solve a double murder early in his career. “I found a partial palm print impression in blood on a stone hearth. It was a great find.” By locating and identifying the bloody impression and a fingerprint on one of the victim’s legs, he did his part in bringing the killers to justice. Dupre got his first taste of the State Police lab during an internship in his senior year at Saint Anselm. His first job there was an entry-level position as a fingerprint technician. With more than 15 years experience, he has worked his way up to supervising three units at the laboratory – the evidence control, identification, and firearms and tool marks units. In his daily work, Dupre encounters the dark side of humanity, one littered with victims. “I just look at it as a job, a responsibility. I keep my head on straight and use the tools I learned without getting into the emotional side of it.” Of course, there are cases that are seared into his memory. He learns from each of them. “The work never gets dull. It’s always interesting. It’s like opening a new puzzle box every day.” Son of sociology professor emeritus Michael Dupre and brother of three other Anselmians, Dupre lives in Concord with his wife, Anne, and two sons.
2004 Chris McKenney is a guitar
Michael Humphreys teaches
instructor, clinic coordinator and ensemble coach at The Real School of Music in Burlington, Mass. He is also the lead guitarist in “Danger Baby.”
algebra, physics and engineering at Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn. He coaches JV hockey and lacrosse and moderates the engineering club.
Kevin Woods, head coach of the boys’
Michael Nicotera is a safety manager
basketball team at Valley Regional High School in Madison, Conn., was named Shoreline Conference Coach of the Year. He earned a masters’ degree in special education at Southern Connecticut State University.
for Suffolk Construction in Danvers, Mass.
2006 Joseph Parodi is chair of
the Spanish Department at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Connecticut. He has been named a charter member of the National Language Service Corps, which was established by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a team of civilian volunteers ready to mobilize where they are needed. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures at Central Connecticut State University.
Matthew Cahill, of Canton, Mass., graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the New York and Massachusetts Bar Associations.
Ashley (Fielding) Conley is an epidemiologist with the Nashua, N.H. Division of Public Health.
2007 Rachel Clark is a government
affairs senior specialist at The Hartford Financial Services Group in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Corley is a research engineer at Covidien, a manufacturer of medical and pharmaceutical products in Mansfield, Mass. He is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management at Tufts University.
Tyler Gagne, a patrolman in the York, Maine, Police Department, received a meritorious service award from the Maine Association of Police.
2008 Zaibun Rashid is a research associate at Genzyme.
2009 Paolo Giacometti is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering.
Michael Gustin, a New York Life insurance agent in Andover, Mass., was named a member of the New York Life Long-Term Care Insurance Circle of Champions 2010.
Navy Mates Reunited
2010 Scott Campbell is a researcher
Two members of the Class of 1949, Salvatore V. (“Sam”) Freddura
at CQ Roll Call, a political news and information service in Washington, D.C.
Kate Giaquinto is an associate producer at WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H.
Emily Howard is pursuing a doctorate of physical therapy at Sacred Heart University.
Salvatore DiBartolo is a researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Meghan Hart has a research position at IDEXX Labs.
and Edward J. Moran, posed for a photo at Alumni Reunion Weekend, more than 60 years after getting to know each other during WWII. Freddura, from Boston, was a pharmacist’s mate in the Naval Air Corps medical unit at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon, England. Moran, from Manchester, N.H., was a radio man flying B 24s. The two got chatting as Freddura administered a tetanus booster to Moran. Being so far from home, they felt like near neighbors and spent some time getting acquainted. When they returned to the U.S. after the war, they rediscovered each other—much to their surprise—on the campus of Saint Anselm College. They’ve been friends ever since. “I’ll be 88 in September. The older you get, the sharper your memories become. They become more profound and more loving as we get older,” says Freddura.
His Own Private Idaho: Jay Mazalewski ’96
Jay Mazalewski engineered a career that allows him to balance his profession with his favorite activities in one of the most beautiful places in the country. A graduate of the college’s cooperative engineering program, the Exeter, N.H., native recently started a new job as the engineer and public works director for Teton County, Idaho. He lives in Driggs, where he also sits on the city council. The county engineer oversees the roads and bridges department and the solid waste department, responsibilities that bring him face to face with the public on a constant basis. Between the city council position and the public works job, Mazalewski spends many evenings at public meetings. A liberal arts education is an asset in dealing with people and being able to communicate well, he says of his Saint Anselm background. Cooperative engineering majors complete three years on campus and two at a cooperating university, earning both a BA and a BS. Mazalewski completed his civil engineering education at UMass Lowell. Before his present job, Mazalewski spent 14 years in the private sector in Boulder and Boston. He and his wife moved to Driggs in 2006 and designed a passive solar home with a view of Grand Targhee Ski Resort. The town lies between two mountain ranges, and affords plenty of opportunity to pursue his two favorite activities: skiing and fly fishing. (Grand Targhee records 500 inches of snow per year.) As small as Driggs is, it does have a stop light: “The only one in the entire county,” says Mazalewski.
Photo: Martha Stewart
How to Succeed in Politics without Running for Election: Catherine McLaughlin ’83
Cathy McLaughlin has been involved in politics since she was tall enough to wear a sandwich board. She used to help her father, who worked for a state representative. As a college student at Saint Anselm, she voted to make it her career. With a three-year exception as the tour manager for the Boston boy band New Kids on the Block, politics has been her bread and butter, her inspiration, and her life’s work. As the executive director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, McLaughlin runs a prestigious institute that, much like the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, seeks to inspire young people to enter public service and leadership. Founded as a living memorial to the late president and Harvard alumnus, it attracts speakers from across the spectrum of political life, from presidents and prime ministers to Nobel Peace Prize winners and pundits. “If you love politics, it’s not a bad place to be,” McLaughlin says. The highlights of her 17 years as second in command of the institution could fill a book. The late Senator Edward Kennedy, a board member, became an admired friend. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a 2010 semester fellow. McLaughlin has coordinated visits of Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Dalai Lama, among others. Right after leaving New Kids on the Block, she was involved with Mikhail Gorbachev’s first visit to the U.S. New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and Saint Anselm’s position in the center of it, attracted the politicswatcher from the start. “I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to be in New Hampshire during the elections?” she recalls. “I came up and talked with Professor Gabriel and Professor Savage and I was completely sold.” McLaughlin worked on Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign during much of her senior year, and on the Reagan campaign after graduation. In 1986, she got her first job at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. Ironically, she says, one of the books she became most familiar with through her Saint Anselm professors was Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. When she started her new job, she was thrilled to be working with its author, political scientist Graham T. Allison, then dean of the school. Meeting high profile people is a benefit of her position, but McLaughlin finds more rewards in seeing the students she has worked with at the institute go out and do great things: “They’re all around: holding elected office, or working in the White House.” Harvard’s Institute of Politics has a collaborative relationship with the NHIOP, McLaughlin says. Harvard students visit Saint Anselm during the flurry of campaign activity, and Saint Anselm students travel to Cambridge to attend events at Harvard. With the little free time she has, McLaughlin enjoys reading on the beach on Cape Cod as often as possible. Political biographies, mostly. “And a few good beach reads.” 57
In Mozambique, Raabis examined and drew blood from poultry to evaluate antibody titers against Newcastle disease (part of a small scale livestock vaccination program).
Dancing With Cows: Sarah Raabis ’08 Sarah Raabis wants to improve human health around the world, including in rural America. Her way of doing that is to take care of animals. Raabis is in her fourth year at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and will graduate in 2012 with a certificate in international veterinary medicine and a specialty in Animals in Humanitarian Assistance. “Vet school has been my goal since grade school,” she says. “This international program is perfect for me: it combines veterinary science with the type of service I did at Saint Anselm.” Three service trips as an undergraduate whetted her appetite: a stay in Tanzania through Cross-Cultural Solutions and Spring Break Alternative trips to South Dakota and Louisiana. For two summers, she worked as a residential volunteer at Heifer International’s Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass. Heifer International works with communities to reduce hunger and poverty. “I fell in love with working on the farm and being outdoors,” says the Worcester native. After her first year in vet school, Raabis spent the summer in Mozambique with a U.S. Army grant, studying livestock density and disease prevalence in Limpopo National Park. Base-camped in a tent with another student, she visited, conducted surveys, and recorded data in surrounding villages. Last summer, she spent two months at a dairy veterinary practice in upstate New York. Raabis’ final year of vet school is like a year of medical school: clinical rotations in every specialty from anesthesia to ophthalmology. (Alpacas and pigs get glaucoma and cataracts, too.) She is on call one night a week at the veterinary hospital in North Grafton, Mass. 58
Alumni News In Africa, Raabis observed the role of politics in international health. “There are a lot of things you can come at from a veterinary perspective. If there’s an investment in getting people to raise good meat cheaply, for example, there is less bush meat hunting in the national park.” Also, she says, research in her specialty is not well funded, partly because it takes long-term planning and the results are not seen quickly. “I would love to develop my skills further in rural areas of America in order to work abroad in the future,” Raabis says. “I’m not sure how I’ll use my skills in humanitarian assistance yet, but my major goal is that when I travel, I’ll go with a specific purpose and plan. I know that I want to use veterinary medicine to help people. The farmers appreciate it when you understand their problems, and you can impact what they feed their families. It’s very rewarding when the things you’ve studied actually make people feel better.”
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Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center September 15-October 29 Hills in Echo - Charles Curtis Allen The Dana Center for the Humanities Sept. 30 Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda (Brazilian rock/traditional brass) College Events Raabis’ two summers working at Heifer International’s Overlook Farm in Massachusetts influenced her career direction.
August 21: Road for Hope Charity Walk August 25: New student orientation October 21-23: Family Weekend
Alumni Events Oct. 28-29 Homecoming Weekend & Alumni Awards Reception
For event details, please visit: www.anselm.edu/alumni
The aspiring veterinarian had no experience with animals growing up in Worcester. Now she operates on cows.
The Breakfast Club
Rob LeClair ’05 had the honor of introducing keynote speaker Howard Brodsky, of CCA Global Partners, at the most recent Corporate Partners Program event at Saint Anselm College. After the executive’s talk in the NHIOP auditorium, he chatted with fellow guests, several of whom are fellow Anselmians. The Corporate Partners Program is 55 companies strong, and it is not unusual for its breakfast forums to draw many alumni who work in the area. For LeClair and other young alumni, it is an opportunity to network with area professionals and civic leaders. It is also a chance to catch up with old friends. LeClair, an associate at CB Richard Ellis New England, is a member of the committee that organizes the CEO Breakfast Series for the Office of College Advancement. Also attending were Keith Raho ’07 of Easter Seals of New Hampshire; Eric Bernazzani ’99, small business owner; Colleen Farley ’05, of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Brent Kiley ’99 of Ameriprise Financial; and E.J. Powers ’05, of Montagne Communications. The Corporate Partners Program is a collaboration among Saint Anselm College and leading corporations, organizations, and individuals in the business community. Thanks to the growing number of corporate partners, the program has been able to award $220,000 in scholarships since its inception.
Detecting a Family Loyalty: Tom Hammond ’04 Thomas J. Hammond practically grew up on the Saint Anselm College campus. He grew up nearby and his father, Thomas J. Hammond Sr. ’63, was a criminal justice professor. So when his assignment as a Goffstown police detective involves attending presidential debates, games, and other events, he definitely knows his way around. Graduating in 2004, the younger Hammond moved directly into a law enforcement career in his home town. He was hired as a patrolman, and promoted to detective three years ago (after being selected as 2008 Officer of the Year). As a detective, he assists with prosecution by handling Grand Jury and arraignments. He is president of the Goffstown Police Association and runs its hockey league. The Hammond family also includes Tom’s mother, Kathy ’80 and ’94, and sister Erin ’06. The detective now lives in nearby New Boston, with his wife Meg and their baby daughter. Professor Hammond is retired from teaching and is a practicing attorney.
Total number of attendees: 756 Highest number of attendees: Class of ’06 = 68 Furthest distance traveled: Robert Leach ’86 from Brussels, Belgium Oldest class representation: George J. Mansour ’42
More than 750 alumni and guests, including 85 Golden Anselmians, attended Reunion Weekend in June, enjoying lectures, activities, and the camaraderie of classmates. Events included a cookout, class receptions, a Golden Anselmian induction and dinner, reunion award presentations, and lectures. Sharon George, dean of nursing, updated a full Perini Hall audience on the college’s nursing program, and Dale Kuehne, professor of politics, delivered a lecture on love and politics in the 21st century. The steady rain did not deter alumni from joining the Christopher Q. Cabana Memorial Fun Run on Saturday morning. Jerry Conley ’76, of Portland, Maine, won the 5K contest.
MARRIAGES Alyson Aceto ’97 and Adam LaGreca, Oct. 10, 2010, Smithfield, R.I. John O’Leary ’00 and Sarah Reuter, Jan. 8, 2011, Perkinsville, Vt. Michael J. Wall ’00 and Elisabeth Rowley, May 1, 2011, Madison, N.J. Sarah Casavant ’03 and Kyle Provost, Dec. 31, 2010, Woburn, Mass. Allyson Kinch ’04 and Kevin White ’00, Dec. 31, 2010, Newport, R.I. Valerie Petrin ’05 and Marc Welch, May 28, 2011, Nashua, N.H. Meagan Carr ’06 and Greg Kawasnik ’06, Jan. 7, 2011, Jackson, N.H. Sarah Haley ’07 and Justin Chouinard, Sept. 4, 2010, Nashua, N.H. MacKenzie Dorr ’08 and Scott Powers, Dec. 17, 2010, Littleton, N.H.
FUTURE ANSELMIANS Eleana (Rogan) Conway ’95 and Michael, a son, Graham Patrick, Nov. 11, 2009. Lara (Buehler) Caniano ’96 and Joseph, a daughter, Jenna Dawn, Oct. 29, 2010. Nicole (Toomey) Tropeano ’96 and Rick, a son, Dean Rocco, May 31, 2011. Kricket (Lombardo) Caputo ’97 and Jeff, twins, Andrew Gatley and Brian MacKenzie, Dec. 4, 2010. Jennifer (Leslie) Hurley ’99 and John, a son, Shane Joseph, April 8, 2009. Katherine (Maloney) ’99 and Ryan Melly ’99, a daughter, Elisabeth Kathryn, Nov. 13, 2010. Stephanie (McKenna) Haley ’00 and Michael, a son, Andrew John, Nov. 1, 2010. Emily (DeCota) Burtt ’01 and Adam, a son, Simon Edward, March 7, 2011. Michelle (McStay) Doyle ’01 and Rory, a daughter, Riley Kathryn, Feb. 23, 2011. Jennifer (Robichaud) ’01 and William Smith ’03, twins, Keelin Grace and Cragan William, June 27, 2010. Lynne (Comer) Shugrue ’01 and Chris, a daughter, Brenna Jean, May 14, 2010. Jocely (Ouellette) ’01 and Aram Hampoian 01, a daughter, Hailey Rose, Oct. 26, 2010. Rachel (Piro) ’02 and Ryan Burke ’02, a son, Owen Daniel, Dec. 13, 2010. Marc E. Dionne II ’07 and Alicia, a daughter, Sophia Lynn, April 8, 2011. Thomas J. Hammond Jr. ’04, and Meghan, a daughter, Maeve Elizabeth, March 24, 2011
Gerard Bartholomew ’41, Arlington, Mass., April 28, 2011. John B. Landry ’50, Hartford, Conn., March 31, 2011. Alfred K. Sullivan ’51, Dover, N.H., April 29, 2011. Joseph A. Bedard ’54, Lexington, Mass., Jan. 29, 2011. Rev. Monsignor Thomas Ball ’59, Burlington, Vt., April 17, 2011. Francis A. Malik ’59, Manchester, N.H., February 9, 2011. Rita (Baranuskie) Bioren ’60, Nashua, N.H., April 26, 2011. Donald R. Jobin ’60, Manchester, N.H., June 1, 2011. William Riordan ’60, Bridgeport, Conn., Mar. 2, 2011. C. Robert Bradley ’61, South Dennis, Mass., Feb. 11, 2011. Charles Archibald ’67, Hudson, N.H., May 22, 2011. Francis M. Reagan ’68, Bedford, N.H., Jan. 24, 2011. Everett S. Costa ’74, The Villages, Fla., Jan. 26, 2011. Daniel Dempsey, Jr. ’78, Laconia, N.H., May 28, 2011. Susan (Fournier) Mathews ’80, Scranton, Penn., Feb. 2, 2011. Dennis Farrell Jr. ’92, Diamond Cove, Maine, May 22, 2011. Jody Romano ’97, Albany, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2010.
FRIENDS Edward Ameen, Manchester, N.H., June 18, 2011, long-time dining services employee. Roger Duval, Bedford, N.H., Feb. 28, 2011, long-time physical plant employee. George Gendron, Manchester, N.H., May 1, 2011, long-time physical plant employee.
End Note Farrell Farewell In more than a half-century of teaching at a college, you become known by many people for many things. Friendly, gracious, eloquent, and impish are some of the adjectives heard to describe William Farrell, a Saint Anselm sociology professor who announced his retirement this year. He is the longest serving faculty member in the collegeâ€™s history. Although he earned his academic degrees at Boston College, he is an honorary alumnus (honorary doctorate 2007) and 100 percent Anselmian. Farrell was hired in 1957 after completing Navy service, and he went on to fill many roles at Saint Anselm, including assistant director of the humanities program, faculty senate president, department chair, and (most notably for some) announcer for home basketball games. He also was one of the founders in the early 1960s of a noontime basketball league, a tradition that lives on. Outside of his campus life, the professor was politically active (a convention delegate for Sen. Eugene McCarthy in 1968) and served on the board of directors of Serenity Place, a chemical detoxification and education center in Manchester. His retirement from the college was marked with a dinner reception in his honor.
Scholarship Aids Peace Corps-Bound Scholar
The Stephen L. Roach Annual Scholarship
Stephen Roach ’86 worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, a brokerage firm that occupied the top three floors of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. He lost his life in the attack on 9/11/01. Roach was a loyal alumnus who took the time to mentor young Anselmians interested in financial careers.
Since her freshman year in high school, Sarah Stever ’11 has wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer. An international relations major with a minor in German, Stever has attained her goal. She is about to begin a Peace Corps assignment in Africa. She could not have done it without scholarships, work-study, and summer jobs. A portion of the funds she received from the college came from the annual scholarship established by Richard Roach in memory of his son, Stephen L. Roach ’86. During her time at Saint Anselm, Stever filled her schedule with activities, from Alpine ski team to Model United Nations. She studied in France; spent a Spring Break volunteering in Appalachia; led the International Relations Club; and served as a Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador. She also practiced yoga and studied photography. One of Stever’s most memorable experiences was attending the Presidential inauguration through the efforts of then-U.S. Senator Judd Gregg. The Student Ambassadors sat 300 yards from the Capitol building. She met Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, presidential candidates Bill Richardson and Mitt Romney, and “so many important people I can’t even remember them all.” The Peace-Corps-bound scholar is very grateful that scholarships have helped her pay tuition and lessen the amount of loans she will have to repay. She plans to apply to graduate school and hopes to work at the United Nations. 65
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