Jennifer Odell ‘96 on the Today Show

February 20, 2008

Jennifer Odell '96On February 12, the Today Show featured Saint Anselm alumna Jennifer Odell ‘96 in an interview with weather and feature reporter, Al Roker. Read more

Lilly Wahl-Tuco ‘99 Working in U.S. Foreign Service

November 9, 2007

Lilly in ParisWhen Lilly Wahl-Tuco was a senior here at Saint Anselm College, she never dreamed that she would one day be the assistant to the U.S. ambassador to France. Graduating in 1999, she went on to work with non-governmental organizations in the Manchester area and eventually went to Bosnia to pursue graduate studies. Though she began seriously considering working in the foreign service during her time in Bosnia, she credits Saint Anselm with launching her into NGO work through volunteering and internship opportunities.

Lilly passed the rigorous foreign service test and got her first appointment in Paris, France. After doing consular work for a few months, she was promoted to be the special assistant to U.S. Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton.

In this podcast, I ask Lilly all about this seemingly dream job. She talks about the politicians and celebrities that she comes into contact with on a daily basis working at “post” (the American Embassy). She also talks about learning French and what its like to walk by the Eiffel Tower on her way to work every day.

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Isabela Echeverry ‘06 on How “Dreamers Thrive”

October 12, 2007

Isabela Echeverry '06One of the highlights of this year’s President’s Society dinner was a moving speech delivered by Isabela Echeverry, a 2006 graduate of Saint Anselm College. Isabella described her dream of leaving Mexico to study in the United States upon her high school graduation. She was repeatedly told by people that her aspirations were too high and that “dreamers don’t survive.”

Despite this, she held out hope and applied to Saint Anselm College. Not only was she admitted to the college, but she was able to attend due to the generous support of college benefactors. Isabela greatly values her time spent on the hilltop in Manchester, N.H. She went from a little girl in Mexico who wondered “What if” to a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City who now asks “What’s next”?

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Mark Sullivan Delivers 2007 Commencement Address

May 21, 2007

Mark SullivanMark Sullivan ‘77, director of the U.S. Secret Service, told members of the Class of 2007 at Saint Anselm College Saturday to set goals and aim high, but to be flexible enough to take important detours.

“Class of 2007, go do something big with your education,” said Sullivan, who is a 1977 graduate of Saint Anselm, where he studied criminal justice. “Follow your passions. Take risks. Walk through the doors that open for you. Be flexible. Guard your character and your reputation.”

Sullivan recalled how he applied twice to the Secret Service before being accepted, but only if he would take an assignment in Detroit. He considered turning down the offer, but the detour led him to rich professional experiences and something more important, he said - he met his wife, Laurie, and saw two of his three daughters born in Detroit. His later assignments included protecting Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Clinton. He was sworn in as Secret Service director a year ago.

To hear Mark Sullivan’s speech to the Class of 2007, click on the audio file included with this post.

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Warren Bamford ‘80 Named to Top FBI Job in Boston

January 17, 2007

Warren T. Bamford ‘80 has been picked to head the FBI office in Boston, which supervises officers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island, the Boston Globe reports. The former criminal justice major will start his job next month, coming from Los Angeles, where he has been in charge of FBI counterterrorism efforts. The story also quotes fellow Saint Anselm alumnus James McDonnell ‘81, a criminal justice major who is now second in command at the Los Angeles Police Department.

Mark Edney ‘94 Fights Death as a Soldier-Healer in Iraq

January 9, 2007

Major Mark Edney ‘94 is a urologist and general surgeon in the 399th Combat Support Hospital, a Massachusetts-based Army Reserve unit serving in Iraq. “There’s nothing like a 4 a.m. mortaring for a wake-up,” he said in a recent Boston Globe article.

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