Class President Greetings
Robert Merritt, Class of 2017
Good Evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Robert Merritt and I am the President of the Class of 2017. We are here tonight to welcome Dr. Stephen DiSalvo as the 10th president of Saint Anselm College.
Throughout a president's time at a university, he becomes acquainted with each class individually and they form a bond that only they share. And while a president's relationship with every class is something special, our relationship is pretty unique. Because not only is this our first year at Saint Anselm, but it's your first year. We're starting this journey together, which means that life on the Hilltop is going to be an adjustment for all of us. An adjustment to the amazing food. An adjustment to the friendly atmosphere that's always present on campus. And an adjustment to the sense of community and family that each Anselmian shares with one another.
And because we'll be getting used to all Saint Anselm has to offer together, we consider you to be one of us, Dr. DiSalvo: a part of the Class of 2017. So, here's to four years of learning from each other, growing alongside each other, and becoming Anselmians...together.
On behalf of the entire class of 2017: thank you, Dr. DiSalvo, and welcome to Saint Anselm.
Nolan Varee, Class of 2016
Here at Saint Anselm College I have been lucky enough to hold many posts and be involved all around campus. One of the most exciting things that I have been a part of is New Student Orientation. As an Orientation Leader I was honored to instill knowledge of our campus within the minds of First Year students, so tonight I would like to give Dr. DiSalvo four pieces of advice that may help him begin his new life here at Saint A's as a First Year President.
#1. Dr. DiSalvo, I know your office is on the first floor of Alumni Hall, but every so often I think you should take a walk up the stairs to the fourth floor where we have our language classes. This will give you a greater appreciation for the students and faculty that must walk those stairs every single day, and by the time you get there you may have second thoughts about the language requirement. You may also need a few minutes to catch your breath.
#2. Being that you are from New York and I am from Pennsylvania I consider us to be somewhat neighbors. So from one non-New Englander to another, I'd like to tell you a very important detail about life in New England. Ask any New Englander and they will tell you, the greatest thing that New England has ever brought to this Earth is Dunkin Donuts. They Love It. So, if you're ever feeling lonely or out of place, go grab a coffee at Dunks and proudly display it around campus. You'll have people swarming you in no time.
#3. Because you are in fact a First Year, when you see me walking around campus, you can only wave if I'm alone and not around my upperclassmen friends. Don't embarrass me.
Finally, #4. For as long as you are here, and as long as you are able, please make this place your home as everyone here has done before you. This transition involves every member of our community and we are all here for you if you ever need anything. Have fun, make it your own, and most of all Welcome to Saint Anselm College.
David McKillop, Class of 2015
I stand before you here tonight, to represent the class of 2015 in welcoming President Disalvo into the Saint Anselm community and family. Although I am the Class president and my job is to be the representative of my class, I must apologize to the class of 2015 for not being the most proper gentleman when introducing myself to Dr. Disalvo. The first day of Orientation in August was the first time I met Dr. Disalvo.
As the OL's were entering the NHIOP, everyone stopped to greet Dr. Disalvo with a firm handshake and a warm hello. I chose a different path. When I entered the NHIOP, I used my "charm" and greeted Dr. Disalvo with a nice, "HEY! Mr. President! What's going on?" Probably not my best choice of words. But Dr. Disalvo responded with exactly what I wanted to hear, "Not Much buddy! What's up with you?" That was your first test, you passed.
Throughout the week I would see Dr. Disalvo and greet him with the same, "What's Up!" and without fail he would greet me back with the same words. Later in the week, when I was eating breakfast with my orientation group, Dr. Disalvo stopped by to say hello to my freshmen. While he was talking to one of the freshman, I walked up behind him and started to give him a friendly neck massage. This was your second test.
He received the neck massage and thanked me, by name this time which I was really excited about. About a half hour later, I was sitting with my team and out of nowhere; I was the one receiving the neck massage. This time it was Dr. Disalvo who was returning the favor. You passed your second test.
I tested to see how funny you were. This is important to me because if someone who is leading you can mix humor into your leadership skills, you're one of the best. You passed with flying colors; therefore you're one of the best. From everyone in the Class of 2015, welcome to the Saint Anselm Family!
Guy Sergi, Class of 2014
Good evening everyone. It is an honor and a pleasure to be speaking with you tonight.
Imagine three identical boxes. Two are empty and one contains your heart's desire, perhaps love, perhaps a nice cup of tea. Or maybe some of you would like the winning lottery ticket. A kind, and slightly perverse, person says you can pick one box and own its contents. Let's say you select Box A. The person then shows you that Box B is empty. So either Box A - your choice, or Box C - a mystery, contains your happiness. Now the question becomes do you change your choice to Box C, or stick with Box A? Should you change or not?
If you are like most, you won't want to change. Recall that Dr. DiSalvo said earlier today that change brings about a fear of the unknown. Even if things are not wonderful but are familiar, I believe that people would rather stay with what they know. Why meddle with the Latin phrase: status quo. I'm aware status quo has roots in the longer phrase "in statu quo res erant ante bellum" - the state in which things were before the war. I feel the implication is that without the status quo there would be chaos.
Now you may be asking why am I up here giving this gloomy message on such a happy day?
The answer to this seemingly gloom and doom theory lies here on the Hilltop. Saint Anselm College is a perfect counter example of the theory. This academic institution has gone through so much change in the last decade. From physical changes to the grounds, to changes in the Monastic leadership, to changes in the core curriculum, to the reason we are gathered here today. The College has not accepted the status quo. Change has actually added to the beauty and has highlighted the wonderful tradition that serves as the foundation of this amazing institution. Change has truly made this Anselmian community flourish.
I want to extend a sincere congratulations to you Dr. D and to your family on this momentous day. I would like to propose a toast for Dr. D: I wholeheartedly believe that Saint Anselm College is going to continue to grow and change towards the future under your leadership. With all of our support, we wish you the best of luck sir!"