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Saint Anselm College

Alumni Hall, built in 1889
Motto Latin: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini
Motto in English "The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom" (Psalm 111:10)
Established 1889
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, (Benedictine)
Endowment $68.5 million[1]
President Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.
Vice-president Suzanne K. Mellon
Students 2,000
Location Goffstown, New Hampshire, United States USA
42°59′6″N 71°30′23″W / 42.985°N 71.50639°W / 42.985; -71.50639Coordinates: 42°59′6″N 71°30′23″W / 42.985°N 71.50639°W / 42.985; -71.50639
Campus Suburban
Former names Saint Anselm's College
Sports Ice hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Cross country, Football, Field hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer
Colors Navy and White         
Nickname Saint A's
Mascot Hawks
Athletics NCAA Northeast Ten Conference
Affiliations Roman Catholic

Saint Anselm College is a nationally ranked Catholic liberal arts college in Goffstown, New Hampshire. The Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges publication has described Saint Anselm as "one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education".[2][3] The Washington Monthly ranked Saint Anselm College 167th among "Liberal Arts Colleges" in 2006,[4] and Forbes magazine ranked the college 193rd out of 600 colleges in 2008.[5]

Since the 1950s, the college has played a pivotal role in the “first in the nation” New Hampshire Primary, serving as the national stage for hundreds of Presidential aspirants and supporters. The college has been home to several national Presidential debates and has attracted the media attention of Fox News, CNN and ABC. The college's New Hampshire Institute of Politics has been a substantial force in the primary by releasing several national polls and holding hundreds of campaign events throughout the years.[6][7][8][9] The Washington Post recently referred to Saint Anselm College as "the Benedictine college with a box seat on America's most riveting political theater".[10][11]

Saint Anselm College is named after Anselm of Canterbury, the Archbishop of Canterbury, England, from 1093 to 1109. Established in 1889, the college is the third oldest Catholic college in New England.[12] According to the college's Statement of Purpose, "Saint Anselm is a Benedictine, Catholic, liberal arts college that offers access to an educational process that challenge students to engage in the fullest experience of a liberal arts education, to free themselves from the strictures of ignorance, illiteracy, and indecision through dedication to an active and enthusiastic pursuit of truth".[13] The college offers over 30 different majors, as well as 23 certificate programs.[14][15][16] This small liberal arts college has a 12:1 student to faculty ratio, and 95% of professors hold terminal degrees.[3] Currently, the college is home to approximately 2000 students from 24 states and 18 countries; of these students, 88% live in on-campus housing.[17]



Alumni Hall after the 1892 fire
A graduation ring designed with the shield of Saint Anselm College

The first bishop of Manchester, Denis M. Bradley, invited the Benedictine monks of St. Mary's Abbey in Newark, New Jersey, to form a school in his diocese.[18] The monks accepted, and a six-year curriculum in philosophy and theology was developed. In 1892, three years after Alumni Hall was constructed, a fire destroyed the college. At the time, the college consisted solely of Alumni Hall; thus when it burned down, it took the monastery, the dorm, the library and all other aspects of the early college down with it. However, the monks rebuilt Alumni Hall and in 1895, the General Court of New Hampshire granted Saint Anselm College the right to bestow standard academic degrees upon its graduates.[19]

The image to the right is a typical graduation ring after completing the college's four-year academic program. The design of the ring refers to the school's rich history. The Abbey Shield was designed by Mr. Pierre de Chaignon la Rose of Harvard University. It incorporates the personal coat of Saint Anselm of Canterbury and the first seal of the state of New Hampshire. In 1927, by a monastic vote, the shield design was incorporated as the official shield of the abbey and the college. The drops in each quadrant represent the three drops of blood on Anselm's coat of arms, and the sheaf of five arrows is taken from the first shield of the State of New Hampshire, representing the five original counties of the state. Hence, the Abbey Shield has been interpreted as Saint Anselm of New Hampshire.[20]


Central to a liberal arts college is a liberal arts education. According to the college website, Saint Anselm "seeks to help you develop into a precise and critical thinker, articulate and clear communicator, and an active and compassionate citizen."[21] Staying true to its Benedictine tradition, Saint Anselm requires completion of a nationally recognized two year Humanities program, as well as three theology and three philosophy courses. While the college does not have an established "Honor Code", like Davidson College, Saint Anselm offers a "faith based honor code" that requires students to remain faithful to the college's mission and identity. By studying the humanities, comprising art, science, literature, philosophy, and theology, faculty and students attempt to understand profound issues, specifically focusing on the human condition.



Saint Anselm has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, as an average class size is around 18 students.[22] In an effort to uphold academic integrity, Saint Anselm does not have teaching assistants or graduate assistants.[22] Saint Anselm has 144 full-time faculty and 64 part-time instructors; almost all faculty members (95%) have terminal degrees in their respective fields.[23]

Majors and certificate programs

Saint Anselm College offers majors in 36 subject areas; however, the college does not offer double majors or any minors. Majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Science, Communications, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Business, Economics, Financial Economics, International Business, Education, English, Fine Arts, History, Geography, Humanities, Mathematics, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Nursing, Liberal Studies in the Great Books, Philosophy, Physics, Cooperative Engineering, Politics, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology.[24] In addition to the one major required for graduation, students may pursue a certificate, which is similar to a minor, in Asian Studies, Catholic Studies, Communication, Computational Physical Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Forensics, French, German, Spanish, Gender Studies, Human Relations and Work, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Latin or Greek, Medieval Studies, Neuroscience, Public Policy Studies, Russian Area Studies, Sports Studies and Web Design.[25]

Academic programs

  • Humanities - In a 2009 issue of US News and World Report, the periodical praised the college for "its challenging academic curriculum" that includes the nationally recognized Humanities Program - Portraits of Human Greatness.[10] The program mixes examines different cultures with ideas and the values of Western Civilization through a series of lectures, seminars and extracurricular events. The program challenges students to think critically about the timeless questions of value, moral character and human greatness."[26]
  • Pre-professional programs - include Pre-Law, Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Vet, and Pre-Theology. Starting freshman year, students are paired up with advisors that will help the student decide which courses to take and offer general guidance throughout their time at Saint Anselm.
  • Internships - Many students from virtually every major participate in internships; examples range from investment firms on Wall Street to the Manchester Police Department.
  • Archeological Excavation - A joint program has been set up through the Classics and Chemistry departments that allows students to travel to the city of Orvieto in Italy, to excavate hidden and secret tunnels apart of an underground city. The excavation sites have yielded many historical and archeological finds; Saint Anselm College in cooperation with University of Oklahoma sends over 25 students and several faculty each summer to the Coriglia excavation site, just outside of town.[27][28][29]

Honor societies

The Deans List at Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College has the following National and International Honor Societies on campus - Delta Epsilon Sigma, Delta Sigma Rho, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Sigma Theta Tau, Sigma Delta Pi, Pi Delta Phi, Psi Chi, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Beta Beta Beta

The Deans List of Scholars is an internal honor society, particular to the college, accepting students that fulfill its requirements of a 3.0 semester GPA in at least five classes. Though the Deans List minimum requirement of a 3.0 GPA is low compared to other schools, Saint Anselm's stringent grading system allows approximately only the top 25% of the school onto the list. Members receive a card of congratulations, signed by the Dean of the College, Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Ph.D.

Delta Epsilon Sigma, the Catholic equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society at the College. Open to all majors, the Tau Chapter, founded in 1940 accepts only forty members from the senior and junior classes.

Latin Honors are:

Anti-grade inflation policy

Saint Anselm College seeks to buck the ever-increasing trend at many of America's college's and universities regarding grade inflation. According to a 2006 Fox News article, former Dean of the College Father Peter Guerin is quoted as saying that today's "parents may view universities as a consumer market in which they're in a way paying for the diploma...Students who attend class on a regular basis and are paying tuition feel that they should be receiving that A, even if they have not deserved it." Some professors and administrators believe that inflating grades makes it harder for students to realize their academic strengths and weaknesses and may encourage students to take classes based on grade expectation. The practice also makes it harder for parents and students to determine whether or not the grade was earned. Because of this, at St. Anselm, a curriculum committee was set up in 1980 to meet with the academic dean and review the grading polices on a monthly basis. This committee fights the practice of inflation by joining the administration and faculty in an effort to mend them into a working force against grade inflation.[31] The current president of the college, Father Jonathan DeFelice, is quoted as saying, "I cannot speak for everyone, but if I'm headed for the operating room, I will take the surgeon who earned his or her "A" the honest way," in support of Saint Anselm's stringent grading system.[32]

Accreditation and memberships

Saint Anselm College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[33] It holds membership in the Association of American Colleges and Universities,[34] the American Council on Education,[35] the National Catholic Educational Association, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.[36] Saint Anselm is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society[37] and of the New Hampshire State Board of Education for teacher training.[38] The baccalaureate program in nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education[39] and fully approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.[40] The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,[41] the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and the Nightingale Society. The Continuing Nursing Education program is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.[42]

Admissions profile

Admission to Saint Anselm College is fairly selective. The college's Office of Admission & Financial Aid presents Saint Anselm as one "place where learning, investigating, and discussing the ideas that shape the world, does not end once class is over" and is dedicated to intellectual and cultural growth.[43] The college prides itself on a student body chosen not only for their academic abilities, but also for their personal character. The selection process is composed of several major elements: a comprehensive review of the applicant's high school transcript to determine whether he or she has taken the most challenging courses, personal recommendations from teachers and guidance counselor, an essay, SAT/ACT scores, and extracurricular involvement; the admissions process is selective and holistic.[22] Though acceptance rates are above 50%, their applicant pool is small and the retention rate of the college is lower because not all of the students accepted will graduate due to a challenging curriculum.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics

An Ambassador gives a tour of the NHIOP
Saint Anselm College Quad with the "Fox-Box", from where the Fox News network reported live in 2004 and 2008.

Marc Ambinder, political editor of The Atlantic, described the pivotal role Saint Anselm plays in national politics by saying, "No one runs for president without speaking at St. A's New Hampshire Institute of Politics."[44]. For over the past 40 years has played host to hundreds of presidential aspirants that have delivered policy speeches at Saint Anselm College. It was founded on the basis that "educated and engaged citizens are vital for a healthy democracy."[45] The NHIOP houses the Politics department, as well as provides classroom space for use by all departments. The institute is credited with raising the national profile of the college by incorporating the college in the New Hampshire primary, the first primary of the United States presidential election.

The Washington Post recently referred to Saint Anselm College as "the Benedictine college with a box seat on America's most riveting political theater", as the college and institute have both played pivotal roles in the New Hampshire primary[10][11]. CNN contributor and former Harvard Institute of Politics chair Jennifer Donahue was the institute's political director from 2002 to 2009. The current director of the institute is Neil Levesque.

The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program is an academic program through the New Hampshire Institute of Politics; it is named after the late Massachusetts State Senator Kevin B. Harrington, who was a member of the Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the creation of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Student Ambassadors play an important role in supporting special events, giving tours of the institute, welcoming and introducing presidential and congressional candidates, public figures and a range of scholars who headline the institute’s special events and public programs.

The Public Advisory Board, established by Father Jonathan DeFelice in 2008 seeks to help the Institute expand its role in both state and national dialogues. Several board members include, Chair - U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, Vice Chair - N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner, 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker, Jr., Time Magazine's Mark Halperin, 2010 Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, and John Bridgeland [46].

Presidential debates

Saint Anselm debate in 2007

The college has hosted numerous national debates and campaign rallies since the 1950s. In 2003, Saint Anselm hosted a debate between the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2004 presidential election, and served as the Primary headquarters for the Fox News Network.[47] Similarly, in June 2007 the college hosted two national debates, sponsored by CNN, for candidates of the Republican and Democratic Party, respectively.[48] Most recently, the college hosted the back-to-back ABC/Facebook/WMUR debates on January 5, 2008.[49] Saint Anselm College students volunteered and became runners for the Fox News, CNN and ABC debates; students have had the unique opportunity to meet many Presidential candidates and media personalities. In his welcoming address to the class of 2012, President Father Jonathan DeFelice said, "Almost from the first day of classes you will have the opportunity that many other college students will not have – to meet candidates and media experts, political reporters and analysts from all over our country."[50]

Barack Obama and former presidents

Saint Anselm College President Fr. Jonathan DeFelice shakes hands with now-President Barack Obama

The institute has attracted notable speakers, including then-presidential candidate Barack Obama[51][52] and former presidents of the United States George W. Bush,[53] Bill Clinton,[54] George H. W. Bush,[55] Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan,[56] Richard Nixon[57] and John F. Kennedy.[58] Regarding America's conduct in the new realities of the emerging Cold War, Kennedy's speech at the college detailed how American foreign policy should be conducted towards African nations.[58]. According to a Time magazine article from February 8, 1960, "...a motorcade of students from St. Anselm's College gave him an earsplitting welcome from 35 automobile horns, then mobbed him with such enthusiasm that Jack had to climb into an open convertible in order to be seen. Afterward, the college kids dragged out a reluctant donkey (rented for $20 by the efficient Kennedy organization), then followed Kennedy into a supermarket, waving homemade college-humor signs (PUT JACK IN THE WHITE SHACK, PUT A NEW JOHN IN THE WHITE HOUSE)." While at the college, Kennedy said the famous line, "I forgot my Nixon button."[59]

Former presidential candidates and other notable speakers

Mitt Romney at the NHIOP in 2007

Other presidential candidates who have been speakers at the college include 2008 Republican nominee John McCain,[60] current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,[61] former North Carolina Senator John Edwards,[62] former South Dakota Senator George McGovern,[63] former Kansas senators Bob Dole[55] and Sam Brownback,[64][65] former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel,[66] Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman,[67] Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney,[7] Vermont governor Howard Dean,[68] Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee,[69][70] New Mexico governor Bill Richardson,[71] Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich,[72] former congressman Richard Gephardt[73], congressman [[Ron Paul] and congressman Michael Pence. Other speakers have included current New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and then-Senator John E. Sununu,[74] New Hampshire governor John Lynch, former New Hampshire governors Judd Gregg, Craig Benson and Steve Merrill, Republican strategist Karl Rove,[75] businessman Steve Forbes,[76] political commentator William Kristol,[77][78] television personality Barbara Walters (who has visited the college several times, hosting a national debate in 1984),[79] NBC Political Director Chuck Todd,[80] former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,[81] activist Ralph Nader, historian Michael Beschloss [82], General Wesley Clark, author and activist Azar Nafisi,[83] Elizabeth Edwards,[84] Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne,[85] Spanish Ambassador Javier Rupérez,[86] Fox News's Brit Hume and Christopher Wallace,[87][88] ABC's Peter Jennings,[87] CNN's Wolf Blitzer,[89] CBS News's Bob Schieffer[90][91], media correspondent for National Public Radio David Folkenflik, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Frank J. Williams, Executive Vice President with Edelman public relations in Washington Tony Blankley, American journalist Colman McCarthy, MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe, History Professor Gordon S. Wood,Time magazine's editor-at-large and political analyst Mark Halperin[92], and Four Star U.S. Army General David Petraeus[93].

Meelia Center for Community Service

Apparent in the center's name, the Meelia Center is one of the many outlets available for students to volunteer in the Greater Manchester community. Since 1989, the Meelia Center has allowed Saint Anselm College students to mobilize their talents and energies to assist 14 community partnerships and more than 30 other community service agencies throughout New Hampshire. Annually, some 850 students, faculty, and staff volunteer more than 16,000 community service hours.[10] The Princeton Review has described the Meelia Center as "the nerve center of Saint Anselm's bustling service community...employing nearly sixty student service leaders, who in turn recruit, place, and support over 200 volunteers and 210 service learners each semester who perform weekly service in over thirty community agencies.... with an additional 350 volunteers serve in occasional one-day service events. Last year, the Meelia Center alone accounted for the coordination of 20,000 service hours by Saint Anselm students."[94] New students are introduced to the service commitment through the New Student Day of Service. As part of orientation, students are sent in teams of thirty to partnership sites and other community non-profit agencies. Upperclassmen work throughout the summer to organize these orientation events that involve anywhere from fifteen to twenty sites around New Hampshire.[95]

Service learning

Service learning is one of the fastest growing community service outlets at the college; students enjoy being able to accomplish community service while receiving credits in the classroom. Thus, students can learn in class while also learning and experiencing things in real-life situations. Eleven academic departments and more than twenty courses at Saint Anselm offer service-learning opportunities.


The campus is situated in Goffstown, New Hampshire, with a portion of the athletic fields occupying the adjoining town of Bedford. There are a total of 60 buildings on campus, which spans over 450 acres (180 ha).[23] The oldest building on campus is Alumni Hall, built in 1889, when it was the entire original school.

Alumni Hall

Alumni Hall in 1892, before the fire

Alumni Hall was built by the Benedictine monks who founded the college in 1889; the building was designed by Patrick W. Ford, an Irish immigrant architect from Boston.[96] Today, Alumni Hall is full of faculty offices, administrative offices, the Chapel Arts Center, a women's dorm named "The Streets", and several "smart classrooms". The building is rich with history, as there are several ghost stories detailing accounts of flickering lights at odd hours of the night. From 1889 until 1919, Alumni Hall was the entire college. In 1892 a fire destroyed the college; an image of Alumni Hall before the devastating fire is seen to the right from the Saint Anselm Archives. Around that time, the monks would have lived on the second floor and students lived on the third and fourth floors. The first floor and basement had classrooms, a library and cafeteria. The first chapel was located in what today is the college's Chapel Arts Center. It is still ordained with beautiful stained glass windows and painted ceilings; today, beneath Chapel Arts Center is a photography lab and dark room.

Below are several images compiled by a student photographer as part of a special series - Project: Alumni Hall.

Alumni Hall in the snow at Christmas
Alumni Hall in May
Alumni Hall at night
Alumni Hall in the rain in April

New additions

Joseph Hall

Newly Renovated Joseph Hall with the Abbey Church in the background.

Recently the campus has had a facelift, as new faculty offices and instructional spaces were created within the newly renovated Saint Joan of Arc Convent, which is now known as Joseph Hall. At an estimated cost of $2.5 million, Joseph Hall has a real “trading room,” where business students learn to use a Bloomberg machine for real-time tracking of financial markets.[97] Built in 1919, Joseph Hall served as the first monastery for over 100 Benedictine monks. In 1955, when the current abbey was built, the Sisters of Saint Joan of Arc, from Quebec, Canada moved in from Bradley House (across campus), and the building was renamed the "Saint Joan of Arc Convent".[98] Their departure in 2008 ended over 50 years of service to the college, as the sisters were cooks, seamstresses and even teachers.

Carr Center

The college opened a $2 million, 9,000 square-foot fitness center in February 2009. The addition to Carr is a three-story glass center, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the baseball and football fields, constructed on the south side of the building. The additions bring 37 cardiovascular machines, 39 strength pieces and about 7,000 pounds of weights.[99]

Proposed new residence hall

There is a proposed new dormitory to be built when the economic situation in the United States improves; the project is expected to cost over 9.5 million dollars and is to be situated near the lower entrance of campus in back of Brady Hall. The dorm will be able to hold 150 students, and will expand the residential options for undergraduates and is intended to eliminate the need for triples. The residence hall, which will provide suite-style living with singles and doubles as well as common study and leisure spaces, as well as recycling and trash rooms.

A typical dormitory room
The outside of Holy Cross Hall- Building M

Residence halls

33 buildings on campus are devoted to student housing, with approximately 88% of the student body living on campus.[22] The majority of freshman males live in20 Dominic Hall, while most freshman females reside in either Joan of Arc Hall (usually referred to as JOA) or Baroody Hall. Dominic Hall is a freshman dorm, located adjacent to the Coffee Shop and in close proximity to Alumni Hall and Bradley House. Dominic Hall houses over 205 students, offering mostly doubles, very few singles and several "quads". Dominic is nicknamed "Dirty Dom"; however, it is far from dirty. New lights, windows, doors and ceiling tiles have been installed recently, and the custodian staff frequently cleans the hallways and communal bathrooms. Joan of Arc is a female freshman dorm where triple-type rooms predominate. However, some freshmen may be placed in any dorm on campus. "The Lowers" are located near the NHIOP at the bottom of Saint Anselm Drive; these apartments were built in the mid 1990s and have a kitchen, two showers, a family room and bedrooms. A similar setup is available in "the Uppers"; however, these dorms are slightly newer and are the favorite of seniors because they are located closer to central campus. Traditionally, dorms have been single sex, though in recent years this has begun to change; since the 2007-2008 academic year, Brady Hall has female residents on its third floor while the bottom two floors are male. Hilary, Bertrand and Brady Halls are some of the largest on campus, as they can house over 120 students each. Holy Cross Hall, formerly named "Building M" has mostly singles and very few doubles; these rooms connect to a central hallway, two bathrooms and a large common room to form a "Pod".

Greening the campus

Recycling is limited on campus, as students have had to resort to their own methods of recycling containers and other recyclables in dorms. Paper recycling is available at the library, ARC, Weiler Computer lab, and several other spots around campus; there is one recycling bin in Davison Hall. Some steps have been taken to green the college, as the new gym has light sensors that do not turn on during the day, allowing natural light to warm and light the gym. However, the Coffee Shop, a popular restaurant/pub on campus, lacks any recycling; many buildings such as Cushing Center, Dana Center, the Abbey Church and Monastery lack compact fluorescent bulbs. An impromptu recycling program has started through the Knights of Columbus that serves the "Uppers" section of campus, every Saturday, averaging around 350 pounds of material per week. In the 2010 Spring Semester, this plan funded by Club Soccer and The Knights of Columbus have provided over fifty recycle bins, purchased from the City of Providence, Rhode Island. Recently, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics jumped on the band wagon, inspired by this impromptu program and installed seven recycling bins throughout the institute. Inspired by this student led activity, physical plant has plans to have Waste Management, Inc recycle dumpsters placed in the Uppers by Fall of 2010.

Abbey Church and monastery

Abbey Church
Abbey Church on campus

The Abbey Church is the liturgical center of the college. The upper church allows the college community to join with the monastic community for the daily celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. The lower church permits smaller groups of the community to assemble for worship and houses the Lady Chapel, the Saint Basil Byzantine Chapel, the former offices of Campus Ministry (relocated to Cushing Center), and meeting rooms. The current monastery was built in 1955, as the original one was Alumni Hall. An interim monastery existed between 1919 and 1955 in what is now Joseph Hall, adjacent to Alumni Hall. The current monastery is staffed with only a cook, as the monks perform all other tasks such as cleaning, maintenance and upkeep. Having four floors, including a basement, the monastery can house up to one hundred monks; as of today approximately 30 rooms are filled. The President, Dean of the College and several members of the board of trustees live in the monastery, as they are practicing Benedictine monks. Since 1986, Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B has been the fourth elected Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey.[100] Students frequently dine in the monastery as guests; they are required to comply with the Benedictine rules of silence while eating, which allows for contemplation and prayer. The monastery has a refectory, a smaller guest refectory, a smaller chapel, two welcoming rooms near the main entrance and is complete with elevator access to all four floors. The monastery also serves as the mother house for the Woodside Priory School with the Abbot serving as the spiritual father for the monks who live there. The Princeton Review has ranked the college as number 17 on its list of "Most Religious Students" and has also been named one of the country's "Colleges with Conscience".[10][3]

Geisel Library

The Saint Anselm College Geisel Library has three floors and over 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of space housing books, resources and electronic equipment. The library is complete with several reference desks, over 30 computers, and an elevator. On the second floor, there are three studies; two are group study rooms that are available for student use, and the third, the Creaghe Room, is a locked, faculty-only study.

Geisel Library's collection of over 200,000 books originated in a sack of books brought by Father Hugo Paff, O.S.B. from Saint Mary's Abbey in Newark, New Jersey; these books are still in the library and date back to the mid to late 1800s. The college's first library, shaped around this initial collection, was situated on the first floor of Alumni Hall. During the early years of the college, Benedictines served as librarians on an ad hoc basis, but by 1929, Saint Anselm had its first official librarian, Father Cuthbert Redmond, O.S.B. New books were purchased under Father Edwin Davitt, O.S.B. By 1937, Saint Anselm could boast 8,000 books in several mini-libraries, as well as the main repository, by this time located on the second floor.

The college performed a self-study in 1950 that revealed the need for a larger library. Joseph Geisel, a prominent Manchester businessman, contributed $500,000 in stock, and in 1959 the college broke ground on Geisel Library; the library opened its doors in the fall of 1960. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) library featured reading rooms, study areas, a reference center, a music room, seating for 385 students, and space for 100,000 volumes. Two expansions, one in 1973 and the final in 1992, each increased the library's area by 20,000 square feet.[101]

Performing Arts - Dana Center

The Dana Center for the Humanities is the premier performing arts center on the campus of Saint Anselm College. The center is home to the nationally ranked humanities program, "Portraits of Human Greatness", and the headquarters for the student theater group, the Anselmian Abbey Players. Theatrical performances include classical theatre, contemporary dance, concerts, and films; these performances attract visitors from throughout the region. "Portraits of Human Greatness" is a required two-year program for Saint Anselm College students that incorporates politics, philosophy, history, and the arts. On stage, international and domestic performances use both traditional and innovative programs ranging from contemporary Indian dance to Piedmont blues to Russian classical music. Last year, the famed Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats visited campus, as well as the Ying Quartet.[102] The Dana Center was the site of the 2007 presidential debates.

Abbey Players

The Anselmian Abbey Players have been a constant force of theatre, culture and music on campus for over 60 years. This proud tradition began in the fall of 1949 with a production of “Career Angel”. Since then, this student-run organization has enjoyed a long record of excellence. The Abbey Players offer students the opportunity to develop their artistic talents both on and off the stage, stressing the importance of self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership.[103]


The St. Anselm Hawks logo

Saint Anselm College competes at the NCAA Division II level in 20 men's and women's varsity sports.[104] The most popular sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, tennis, field hockey and softball. Saint Anselm's sports teams are known as the Hawks; their colors are blue and white. The Hawks participate as a member of the Northeast 10 and ECAC conferences in most sports.[104] Football returned to the Hilltop in 1999 after a 58-year hiatus brought about by the onset of World War II. The college's most recent standout was 2005 graduate Michael Geary, a 2003 2nd Team All NE-10 offensive lineman.[105] One of the college's greatest athletes was Ray "Scooter" McLean; he was coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1953 and 1958 and an NFL player for the Chicago Bears, winning NFL Championship Games in 1940, 1941, 1943 and 1946. The college's athletic teams are known as "The Hawks".


Saint Anselm is known by locals as a "hockey school" as the Hawks have won 5 NCAA Northeast Ten Conference championships, most recently in 2010 by defeating the Assumption College Ice Dogs 10-1.[106] Such a performance secured the Hawks a NCAA NE-10 record of scoring the most goals and having the largest margin of victory of any NE-10 Championship team in history.[107] The campus has a multi-million dollar, 65,000 square foot ice arena, named after Thomas F. Sullivan. Located next to Davison Dining Hall, the ice rink has a capacity for 2,700 fans.[108]

Student organizations

Saint Anselm offers over 100 student organizations on campus, including arts & culture organizations, performance groups, sports groups, political organizations, religious organizations, and social action groups. The Student Activities Office encourages and is available for students wishing to develop an organization not yet established at Saint Anselm. Clubs on campus include The Knights of Columbus, Abbey Players, Campus Activities Board, Classics Society, The History Society, Democrats, Republicans, Green Team, Italian Club, Dance Club, Muslim Student Association, Jazz Band, Organization for Life, Mock Trial, Psychology Club, and Yearbook Club.[109] All of these clubs are very active on campus and within the surrounding community; an example of this is that the Saint Anselm College Knights of Columbus, Council 4785 in Manchester, New Hampshire won the 2009 - 2010 National Community Activity Award for creating a comprehensive recycling program at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.[110] The Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-run organization, runs several committees that oversee campus-wide activities and student services. In 2008, CAB organized singer Howie Day, in 2009, the band Third Eye Blind performed at the college, and in 2010 Jason Derülo and Matt Nathanson. [111].

Student publications

The Saint Anselm Crier is the Independent (official) student newspaper of Saint Anselm College. It is published twice monthly when school is in session. The Crier perennially receives the highest ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association. In 2009 The Saint Anselm Crier adopted new terminology designating the publication as the "Independent" student newspaper instead of the "Official" student newspaper of Saint Anselm College. This was done to separate student opinion from "official" college news released by Saint Anselm's PR department.[112][113]

The Hilltop is the newly founded independent student newsletter of Saint Anselm College. It is published on a bi-weekly basis, seeking to provide, "substance over entertainment, depth over expediency and integrity over controversy".

The Quatrain, published annually by a small group of students with the help of the English Department and the printing office, is a collection of students' poetry, short stories, and artwork (photographic and otherwise) that is collected via submissions over the course of the academic year and is freely distributed to the student population near the end of the second semester.[114]

The Shank, published each semester, is the History Department's journal consisting exclusively of students' work. The journal is open to every major as long as the paper submitted was written in a history class.[115]

Notable people and alumni

Notes and references

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