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Mark Sullivan Delivers Commencement Address to Class of 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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Fr. Jonathan's Commencement Address to the Class of 2007

Saint Anselm College CommencementFather Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., college president, talked of the lessons and moments of profound insight that students encountered during their four years at Saint Anselm.

“I ask that you take what you have learned here to assist you in allowing yourselves to see God’s presence everywhere in your lives, to develop a profound respect for all human life and to bring that kind of understanding to your families and friends and to the world of which you become part today in a new and exciting way,” he said.

“Even though when you leave this building today you will not return to live on this campus, you can remain by your choice a vital member of this Saint Anselm Community,” he said. “You can continue to be guided in life by the principles you learned here. Time and distance are not obstacles to remaining connected, to living well, to pursuing the good of others, to acknowledging gratefully the goodness of others and the good that others have done for us.”

To hear Fr. Jonathan's speech to the Class of 2007, click on the audio file included with this post.

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May 21, 2007

Amy Regan Delivers Student Address at Commencement

Politics major Amy Regan, of Buxton, Maine, gave the student address at Saint Anselm College's 114th Commencement, telling her classmates the time to “indulge ourselves as kids” has ended.

“We owe people our hearts as nurses; we owe schools our minds as teachers,” she said. “We owe the business world our ingenuity; we owe our communities our moral strength as police and politicians, and we owe the world the service and hospitality demonstrated by the Benedictine community.”

To hear Amy Regan's speech to the Class of 2007, click on the audio file included with this post.

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May 21, 2007

Emerald Russell '07 Receives Saint Anselm College Award For Service and Citizenship

Emerald RussellDuring Saint Anselm College's 114th Commencement Exercises on May 19, Emerald Russell '07 received the Saint Anselm College Award for Service and Citizenship.

Included below is the citation as was read by Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College. For a video highlighting Emerald Russell's work in Tansania, visit http://blip.tv/file/162919.

Students all have a way of leaving their mark on a college. But every now and then is one who particularly reminds us that a life well-lived can entail getting one’s hands dirty in the struggle to cultivate human dignity through direct service and through citizen advocacy.

As so many potential students do, this year’s recipient went on a college tour road trip that did not have Saint Anselm on the itinerary. Traveling with family and a high school friend to schools in the south, the group somehow ended up here on a very sunny day. Disappointed that the southern tour had not produced a tan, she decided that the perfect place to make up for it was the lawn right in front of the statute of Saint Benedict. Whether through his watchful intercession or her own realization that this was the right place, she applied, enrolled, and today completes a journey that has been so very successful, not only academically, but in her own spiritual and human growth.

The recipient, who will shortly be a cum laude graduate of our college, managed to be on the Dean’s list of scholars every semester even as she devoted herself to a number of unusually valuable causes. From a primary school in Tanzania, to an orphanage and home for abused girls in Costa Rica, from raising money to build a sun-safe building for blind children to facilitating transcontinental medical visits to the National Institute of Health, from assisting New Americans to learn English, to raising awareness of the crisis of genocide in Darfur, from service in campus ministry and the office of admission to work in soup kitchens and preschools, our recipient demonstrated the care and compassion that are inspired by her deep faith and profound learning.

Because her concern for her brothers and sisters is as recognizable as her blond dredlocks, because her faith is strong, and because she balanced the power of her education with the power of her heart, Saint Anselm College is pleased to present this second award for service and citizenship to a member of the Class of 2007, a Psychology major from Winterport, Maine, Emerald L. Russell.

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May 21, 2007

Gov. Mike Huckabee Discusses Health Care With Nursing Students

Gov. Mike HuckabeeAfter starting his day with a 5K “fun run” with supporters in downtown Manchester, republican presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee discussed health care with nursing students. He visited Saint Anselm College on April 17.

Gov. Huckabee spoke about the nation’s health crisis as well as his own experience losing 110 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes. “If I can regain my own health, so can this country, but this country better do it in a hurry,” said Huckabee, who wrote about his experience in his book Quit Digging Your Own Grave With a Knife and Fork.

Huckabee spoke about a healthcare system that is broken. “We have a completely upside-down healthcare system in this country where we train doctors to treat disease, not prevent it, and reimburse people to be sick, not well.”

He also focused on childhood obesity and what he called a pandemic that is killing kids. “We’re raising the first generation of kids who won’t live as long as their parents or grandparents,” said Huckabee.

He urged students to “go change the stinking system and make it right,” but cautioned that real change would happen over a generation, not in a four-year presidential term. Huckabee cited changing attitudes toward seat-belt use, litter, smoking, and drunk driving as examples of how societal views have change over time.

In the short term, he advocates making health care less expensive by enacting medical liability reform, shifting to electronic medical records, making health insurance policies more portable, and helping people open health savings accounts.

Often displaying a great sense of humor and wit, Huckabee described his own efforts to stay healthy by offering two nutrition rules: “If it comes through a car window, it’s not food. And if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food, it’s a product.”

As part of our ongoing series, we make the speeches of presidential candidates who visit the New Hampshire Institute of Politics available to you. After you’ve listened to each podcast, we invite you to leave comments. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics is non-partisan and does not endorse political issues or candidates. Visit the institute's Web site at www.anselm.edu/nhiop for news and a list of upcoming events.

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April 23, 2007

Causes and Consequences: Douglas Brinkley’s Overview of Hurricane Katrina and the Emergency Response

In this podcast we feature a recent lecture delivered by Dr. Douglas Brinkley, professor at Tulane University and author of the book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Brinkley spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 11.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley at Saint Anselm CollegeDr. Douglas Brinkley did not plan to write The Great Deluge nor did he plan to be an eye-witness to one of the greatest natural disasters that the United States has ever experienced: Hurricane Katrina. Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, shared his first-hand account of surviving the wrath and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Detailing all aspects of the hurricane, from the warnings issued prior to its catastrophic hit, to the initial reactions, to the rescue and cleanup missions-of which the nation is still in the midst-Brinkley proclaimed that "the breakdown in New Orleans was New Orleans." Some residents simply ignored the warnings while others could not afford to acknowledge them.

Problems cited for the number of people stranded centered heavily around the elderly. Many seniors planned to stay until they received their social security checks, others would not think of leaving their pets, and more still were abandoned in homes by "irresponsible and negligent" staff. Brinkley also cited New Orleans' lack of a proper Emergency Operations Centers as a cause to the hindrance of successful evacuation efforts. Mayor Nagin fled; the police department crumbled; and the city allowed evacuation buses to sink rather than overcome labor disputes for the good of its own people.

As Brinkley went on to tell personal stories of survivors dying of thirst, being crammed into the Superdome with 23,000 others, and the poor residents of the Ninth Ward just wishing that the president seemed to care as Lyndon B. Johnson said he did following Hurricane Betsy in 1965, the impact of Katrina set in.

Looking to the future, Brinkley sees two visions: Americans will either respect New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as American heritage centers that must be rebuilt and preserved no matter what the cost, or the people of this country will move on and allow New Orleans to be just the "sliver by the river" that remains. Brinkley hopes the nation will choose not to abandon its people in times or peril and will restore his home state to the glory it once possessed.

By Robyn Dangora '10
New Hampshire Institute of Politics

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