students on stageBe sure to check out the Abbey Players show at the Dana Center.
a family after participating in the Family Fun RunParticipate in the Family 5k Fun Run/Walk Saturday morning.
Saint Anselm volleyballDuring Family Weekend, attend a field hockey or volleyball game.
family photo at Family WeekendFamily Weekend is a great time to spend with your family and explore your Anselmian's home away from home.

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Family Weekend 2014 Schedule of Events - There's No Place Like Home!!

Friday, October 24, 2014


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Registration (Dana Center)
Stop here to check in and pick up any pre-ordered tickets, t-shirts, and Fun Run information. Also, view the weekend schedule that includes athletic events, a variety of tours and other events, take family photos and learn of dining options in the area if you wish to enjoy dinner off campus.

6:00 p.m. -  7:30 p.m. - Parents Program Information Table (Dana Center)
The Parents Program invites you to stop by, say hello and find out how you can "Get Involved!"

7:30 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. College of Saint Rose (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Come cheer on our women's volleyball team as they take on the College of Saint Rose tonight.

8:00 p.m. - Abbey Players Present "Unwritten" (Dana Center Theater)
Everyone has heard that college is the beginning of a whole new chapter in the story called life. But what happens when this story takes an unexpected turn? The Anselmian Abbey Players present "Unwritten," a student written and directed musical in which we see a variety of students using the plot twists of life to mold their stories. Through catchy and popular songs like "Party in the U.S.A" (Miley Cyrus), "Trouble" (Taylor Swift), and "I Got a Feeling" (Black Eyed Peas), these characters experience SBA, changing majors, life as an RA, and even the dreaded grill lines! Based off of Natasha Beddingfield's hit song and presented in unique vignettes, "Unwritten" is sure to show you that life, despite its plot twists and obstacles, will eventually work itself out. You will definitely be laughing and dancing in your seat as you enjoy this must-see Anselmian story!

Saturday, October 25, 2014


9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Registration (Dana Center)
Stop here to check in and pick up any pre-ordered tickets, t-shirts, and Fun Run information. Also, view the weekend schedule that includes athletic events, a variety of tours and other events, take family photos and learn of dining options in the area if you wish to enjoy dinner off campus.

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Parents Program Information Table (Dana Center)
Get Involved!  Please stop by, say hello and find out more about the Saint Anselm Parent Program and our Anselmian Volunteer Network.

9:00 a.m. - Family Fun Run Registration (Dana Center)

10:00 a.m. - Family Fun Run/Walk (Begins in Front of the Dana Center)
This fun run/walk through campus will award prizes to the top male and female runners in the following categories: Saint Anselm College student, parent, sibling (under 12), sibling (over 12), and faculty/staff. Register via order form, during Friday registration or Saturday morning in the Dana Center lobby. All participants must sign in between 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning to receive their runner's bib number. Registration fee is $10 and includes a Fun Run T-shirt.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Family Reception (Cushing North Lounge)
Hosted by Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, President of Saint Anselm College
Family and friends attending Family Weekend are ­invited to enjoy light refreshments and meet ­college faculty and administrators, as well as student ­representatives from various clubs and ­athletic teams.

12:00 p.m. - Women's Field Hockey vs. Southern New Hampshire University (Grappone Stadium)
Watch as our women's field hockey team takes on rival Southern New Hampshire University on the turf field.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Southern Bar-B-Que (Campus Green) [SOLD OUT!]
Catered by KC's Rib Shack (frequently named best Bar-B-Que in both N.H. and New England), the menu includes their award winning pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni salad and corn bread. Veggie option will also be available. Pre-purchase is required for this event. We do have limited availability, so please consider placing your orders early.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Parents Program Information Table (Dana Center)
The Parents Program invites you to stop by, say hello and find out how you can "Get Involved!"

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tours of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library
Meet NHIOP Student Ambassadors who will introduce you to the programs, facilities and opportunities available at the institute.

1:00 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. Le Moyne College (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Come cheer on our women's volleyball team as they take on Le Moyne this afternoon.

1:30 p.m. - Chapel Art Center Gallery Tour
Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center, will lead a gallery tour providing an intimate look at Reverie: Realizing a Collection. This year-long exhibition highlights the rich history of visual arts at Saint Anselm in recognition of the college's 125th anniversary. The tour will provide commentary on the Chapel Art Center's permanent collection and shed light on the mural decorations in the Chapel Art Center's historic gallery, formerly the Saint Anselm College Chapel.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Open Skate (Sullivan Arena)
Bring your skates and hit the ice with friends and family in Sullivan Arena. Please note that rentals are not available.

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Archaeology Dig (Meet in Dana Center at Registration Table)
Embark on an archaeological dig on campus in the Ozone! Equipment will be provided, but wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. For more information, contact classicssociety@anselm.edu

2:00 p.m. - Abbey Players Present "Unwritten" (Dana Center Theater)
Everyone has heard that college is the beginning of a whole new chapter in the story called life. But what happens when this story takes an unexpected turn? The Anselmian Abbey Players present "Unwritten," a student written and directed musical in which we see a variety of students using the plot twists of life to mold their stories. Through catchy and popular songs like "Party in the U.S.A" (Miley Cyrus), "Trouble" (Taylor Swift), and "I Got a Feeling" (Black Eyed Peas), these characters experience SBA, changing majors, life as an RA, and even the dreaded grill lines! Based off of Natasha Beddingfield's hit song and presented in unique vignettes, "Unwritten" is sure to show you that life, despite its plot twists and obstacles, will eventually work itself out. You will definitely be laughing and dancing in your seat as you enjoy this must-see Anselmian story!

2:30 p.m. - Anselmian History (Dana Center, 1D)
To help celebrate the 125th anniversary, the college archivist, Keith Chevalier, will present photographs and information about early student life and the college campus. Attendees will learn what cows, the Civil War, and Newark, New Jersey, have to do with the college's history.

3:45 p.m. - Dedication and Blessing of the Grotto (In the northwest corner of the College Green)
The college has received a generous donation for the construction of a Grotto on our campus in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We are pleased to announce the completion of this beautiful prayer space and invite you to join us for its dedication and blessing.

4:00 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Assumption College (Melucci Field)
Come cheer on our women's soccer team as they take on Assumption this afternoon.

4:30 p.m. - Mass (Abbey Church)
All are welcome to join Saint Anselm College families from near and far in the Abbey Church for the celebration of the Eucharist. The College Choir will perform during the Mass.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Registration (Dana Center)
Stop here to check in and pick up any pre-ordered tickets, t-shirts, and Fun Run information. Also, view the weekend schedule that includes athletic events, a variety of tours and other events, take family photos and learn of dining options in the area if you wish to enjoy dinner off campus.

8:30 p.m. - Shimshi: Mind Play (Dana Center Theatre)
Wynn Las Vegas magician Shimshi is an alumnus of "America's Got Talent" and a star on Penn & Teller's new reality TV show "Wizard Wars". The New York Times called his performance on the show "especially dazzling." Now, Shimshi is coming to Saint Anselm College to dazzle families as the wizard in residence for our "There's No Place Like Home" Family Weekend.  For your viewing pleasure, Shimshi will be presenting Mind Play, his one man Mentalism Show. In this highly entertaining and interactive performance, Shimshi displays extraordinary abilities of the human mind. Shimshi's "Mind Play" has left audiences gasping for the past 20 years in 5 different continents. The show is performed with Shimshi's warm energy, comedy, and his amazing connection to his audiences.

10:00 p.m. - Trivia Night-125 Years of Anselmian Life (Coffee Shop)
How much do you know about Saint Anselm College?  Test your knowledge and join the fun at the Campus Activities Board's Trivia Night!  CAB, a student run organization, regularly programs fun events like this for your son or daughter.  Join them to find out what it's like to be a student on campus!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Sunday Brunch (Davison Hall)
Brunch does require the purchase of a ticket (including current students).  Brunch tickets may be purchased in advance or in the Davison Hall lobby when you arrive Sunday morning.  Students may purchase only one brunch ticket with their meal plan in the Davison Office.

11:00 a.m. - Mass (Abbey Church)
All are welcome to join the monastic community in our celebration of the Eucharist, the College Choir will perform during the Mass. Mass will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. 

General Family Weekend Information


Bring home a pumpkin or squash (decorative and edible). Available outside the Dana Center, while supplies last!

The Campus Bookstore is open during Family Weekend (pick-up a coupon at registration or at the bookstore):

  • Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Geisel Library's Annual Book Sale - Don't miss it! The sale runs throughout Family Weekend and offers a wide selection of books (e.g., cookbooks, art books, foreign language books).