October 03, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
Golden Anselmians and new graduates alike travelled from near and far back to the Hilltop September 30 - October 2 for Homecoming 2016.
The traditional fall weekend return to campus opened on Friday evening with the Alumni Awards Dinner at which graduates were honored for exceptional achievements. This year's recipients were:
Tricia Guanci Therrien '88 - WALTER J. GALLO, '58 AWARD
Tucker Mullin '13 - YOUNG ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
Dr. Bernadette Madara '70 - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Lucille Janatka '70 - BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Ken Merrifield '85 - HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Katie Brandt '02 - JOHN F. BARRY '40 SPIRIT OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE AWARD
Dr. William Martel '77 - ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT
All weekend alumni young and older reminisced and visited their old residence halls and favorite spots on campus. "The smiles of alumni make Homecoming one of the best weekends of the year," said Patrice Russell '93, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming. "Anselmians really show their college pride when they come back to campus."
The Bob Collins '37 5K Fun Run/Walk was cancelled due to inclement weather, but the rain did not put a damper on spirits. Saturday events included a Multicultural Day celebration of food, entertainment and cultural heritages from around the world, along with the afternoon Alumni Gathering, which was held under a tent on the Campus Green. Anselmians and their families renewed friendships while children enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin painting.
The day continued with tours of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a Visit Program for Prospective Students, and two Alumni Back to College Seminars: "Exonerated: What Now?" with Professor Kaitlyn Clark '09 of the Criminal Justice department, followed by "Has Technology Helped or Hurt Us?" with Professor Max Latona of the Philosophy department. Latona is the Richard L. Bready Professor in Ethics, Economics and Common Good. Saturday morning a Memorial Mass was held in the Abbey Church for Ashlee Rollins '14, who passed away on June 13, 2016 following an illness.
Homecoming Athletics featured Women's Soccer vs. Pace University; Men's Soccer vs. Southern Connecticut State University; Women's Softball vs. Bentley College; and Men's Football vs. American International College. In addition, Sullivan Arena was open for ice skating.
The weekend concluded with the traditional Mass in the Abbey Church.