August 25, 2011
Story by: College Communications and Marketing
More than 500 new students arrived on the Saint Anselm campus this morning with considerable help from parents, siblings, friends, orientation leaders, and resident assistants. Everyone seemed to get into the act, including monks and administrators. Fr. Benet Phillips, O.S.B., was seen toting a big pink pillow into Joan of Arc Hall.
Wondering what today's freshman brings to college? Here's a sample: crates of Instant Lunch, Sun Chips, Pop Tarts, and NutriGrain cereal bars; gallons of Purell; foam mattress pads; clothes drying racks; Louisville Slugger baseball bats; Roller blades; bicycles; homemade brownies (Room 113 Dominic Hall); fans; and 42" wide screen TVs; and a few teddy bears.
Just before lunch, a select group gathered just by the Stone Face outside Davison Hall for a photo. They were the "legacy students" whose parents already have Saint Anselm degrees. Davison Hall was a sea of red and white cardboard boxes as freshmen and their families (aka work crews) took a break for lunch. Students then attended meetings around campus to learn about work-study opportunities, academic support, and other resources. A family Mass and presidential welcome were held at the Abbey Church.
Students will be busy over the next few days exploring campus services, meeting with faculty, and performing community service. The full schedule is available on our orientation website.
Monitoring Hurricane Irene
In spite of the impending hurricane, spirits were high. College officials are monitoring the weather conditions and will make information available on the college web site as the storm progresses.