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Alumni Return to Hilltop for Reunion 2017

June 15, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Last weekend, more than 600 alumni, family, and friends of Saint Anselm College converged on the Hilltop to celebrate and reconnect during the college's annual Reunion Weekend. The classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, 2002, 2007 and 2012 returned to campus on June 9-11 for three event-filled days of receptions, talks, tours, dinners, Mass, and a road race.

Patrice Russell '93, assistant vice president of alumni relations & advancement programming, says, "Something extraordinary happens when you bring alumni back to their forever home here on the Hilltop. Seeing alumni reconnect and reminisce with their classmates, and meet alumni from classes dating back to 1946, is special. It creates a unique sense of pride and community you can only experience during Reunion Weekend."

On Friday, alumni attended presentations by college staff, viewed the Saint John's Bible in the Giesel Library and gathered in the pub to hear from alumni band (classes '06 and '07), Table's Up with special guest Father Bernard Disco, O.S.B. '92. That evening, 46 members of the class of 1967, celebrating their 50th reunion, were inducted into the Order of Golden Anselmians.

Saturday's schedule included a military service tribute honoring all Anselmians who have served in the military, and this year, included special guest Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, USMC (RET) '62. Also featured were a food trucks mini-fest for the alumni lunch and lawn party, outdoor yoga, and a paint class where Anselmians followed step-by-step instructions to create a painting of Alumni Hall. That evening, reunion classes dined at various locations on campus, enjoying entertainment, dancing, storytelling, and reminiscing. The class of 1992 celebrated its 25th reunion, while the class of 2012 celebrated its 5th reunion.

At Sunday morning Mass, in celebration of the Abbey Church's 50th anniversary, there was a special renewal of vows for all those alumni who were married at the Abbey.

During the weekend, President Steven R. DiSalvo also announced the new institutional Strategic Plan, Faith in the Future, which continues the work of the previous Vision 2015, while also looking ahead to the college's key objectives for the next three to five years.

Anselmians came from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii and represented alumni from as far back as the class of 1946.

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