NHIOP Research Center Dedicated to Thomas Dodd

April 25, 2008

Sen. Chris DoddFather Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, dedicated a research center at the NHIOP in honor of the late Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, a 1926 graduate of Saint Anselm College’s preparatory school and 1964 honorary degree recipient. Dodd was a senior prosecutor in the international war crimes trials of Nazi leaders after WWII and dedicated his life to public service, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights. Read more

New Residence, Fitness Center Coming

April 18, 2008

fitness centerSaint Anselm College will build a new residence hall, fitness center and academic space in a $14 million construction and renovation program that will begin this spring, announced college President Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. Read more

SIFE Advances to National Competition

April 4, 2008

SIFEThe Saint Anselm College SIFE Chapter (Students in Free Enterprise) won the SIFE Northeast Regional Championship on April 1 in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more

Debate Team Wins Northeast Regional Championships

April 3, 2008

The Saint Anselm College Thomas More Debate Society won the Northeast Regional Championship Tournament Saturday, March 15 at Suffolk University, for the third year in a row. Saint Anselm received the first place Team Sweepstakes for Lincoln-Douglas debate and edged out Emerson College, Ithaca College, and Bristol Community College for the award.

Ryan Ollis ’08, politics major, went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds and defeated an Emerson student in the final round to take first place. Fellow teammates placed third, fourth, and sixth.

The debate team also received four Speaker Awards, based on speaker points. Nicole Thorspecken ’09 and Ryan Ollis ’08 placed first and second respectively.

Next up for the debate team is Nationals, which they have been preparing for all year. The whole debate season is based around this National Tournament. While the team attends 8 Invitational Tournaments throughout the year, the real teamwork and focus is aimed at the national competition, which will pit Saint Anselm against every school in the league, not just those in the local geographical area.

To prepare, students write both affirmative and negative briefs on their issue, which can easily add up to the length and work of a thesis. The team will hold practice nights in the upcoming weeks in which alumni debaters will return to campus to help the team before they head off to Tennessee State University in Nashville for the competition April 18-21. The team has had a history of success at nationals and hopes to continue that streak this year.

EuroChoir Sings Its Way Across the Continent

April 2, 2008

The Saint Anselm College EuroChoir, consisting of 34 students, spent the week of spring break performing in three European cities: Budapest, Salzburg, and Zurich.  The students, along with choir director, Fr. Bede and four chaperones, left February 29 for a whirlwind week around the continent.

The group touched down in Budapest and spent time exploring the historic city. They gave three performances at various churches, often becoming a tourist attraction themselves while posing for pictures in their formal concert attire prior to performances.

The group experienced some familiar weather while in Salzburg, where a snowstorm covered the city streets. Many students cite watching The Sound of Music while driving through the Alps after seeing the movie setting as one of the highlights of the trip. While in Austria, the EuroChoir sang in Salzburg Cathedral where Mozart was baptized. They also visited smaller venues where they used their voices to raise money in a benefit concert to support local music programs.

Then it was another six hour bus ride to Zurich where they gave two performances and attended a memorable farewell dinner on their last night in Europe–filled with reminiscing about the past and looking forward to future choir trips.

The trip was full of reconnecting with familiar faces, chance encounters, and happy surprises. Matt St. John, a junior Politics major, said that there were instances of people meeting relatives whom they had never had the chance to meet before. The group was also surprised by Saint Anselm students currently studying abroad in Europe—and for one student, by parents who surprised their daughter by showing up for a concert in Zurich.

Despite motion sickness, canceled flights, and sprained ankles, the trip was one to remember by all who attended.  St, John called the week a “phenomenal experience” and said that he came home with a deeper appreciation for both Europe and America.