We can all agree that Saint Anselm College is special. Our community of students, faculty, staff, monks, and alumni come to us with different backgrounds, beliefs, passions and voices. But there is one uncommon character trait that we all share: Each of us is an Anselmian.
Listen to some of the extraordinary voices of Saint Anselm College.
Meet Valerie Diaz — you’ve probably seen her smiling face in Alumni Hall and definitely received many emails with her name on it. That’s because Valerie is the maestro who makes Dr. Favazza’s office run so smoothly. She is the executive assistant to the College President and has lots of interesting connections at Saint Anselm College. You’ll love to get to know her better by watching our latest Everyday Anselmian video profile!
Valerie tells us what it’s like working for the head honcho, and some funny stories — including one that will make you literally laugh out loud.
Meet our Everyday Anselmians
Salvatore "Sal" Parent '25
Meet Salvatore “Sal” Parent ’25, who is often seen waving to classmates with a smile as he zips to one of his many activities. And Sal is pretty much everywhere. In addition to being the student body president, he’s a men’s club soccer player and Admission Ambassador — previously holding roles as an RA, Meelia Center volunteer and student leader with the Hilltop Academy and Transitions programs. In the latest #EverydayAnselmian video, get to know Sal better as he tells us his funniest story at Saint A’s, reveals who has made the biggest impact on his college experience and much more!
Meghan Cotraro '23
And the student speaker at Commencement is…(🥁 drumroll, please)…Meghan Cotraro ‘23!
Before she delivers her big speech on Saturday, get to know Meghan in this latest #EverydayAnselmian video. Perhaps you’ve seen the Nursing Major in Gadbois Hall or out on the field playing for the Saint Anselm College Women’s Lacrosse team. She talks about what it means to be a Hawk, shares her favorite Saint A’s tradition and more!
Happy National Volunteer Week! We’re celebrating by shining a light on someone who embodies the spirit of community and leadership - Nicole Lora ‘06.
Nickie is the Director of the Meelia Center who works tirelessly to collaborate with community partners and engage Saint A’s students as active citizens. In this latest #EverydayAnselmian video, get to know Nickie better as she tells us how the center shaped her life, a Hilltop memory that made her smile and more!
Anthony Brown '23 came all the way from the Lone Star State to the Hilltop — and we’re so glad he did.
You’ve probably seen the criminal justice major around campus at places like Grappone Stadium where he plays for the Saint Anselm Football Team as a wide receiver. He also had a stint giving tours and helping out prospective students.
In this latest #EverydayAnselmian video, get to know Anthony Brown who brings a Southerner’s perspective to New England. He tells us about the rewards of being a student-athlete, what surprised him most at Saint A’s and more. Plus, a moment that got lots of laughs.
Meet Professor Jaime Orrego, who is the chair of the Modern Languages and Literature Department here at Saint Anselm. He’s been on the Hilltop for 14 years. You have likely seen Prof. Orrego chatting with students in the Language Resource Center, the C-shop or at Hawks games that he attends frequently. He is also one of two professors who are Faculty Athletics Representatives for the college. In this latest Everyday Anselmian video profile, Prof. Orrego talks about his research focus, how he makes connections with students and shares his funniest story.
Meet Grace MacDonald '24, a sophomore history and art history double major!
Before even becoming a student at Saint A’s, Grace MacDonald ’24 considered the Hilltop home. Throughout her childhood, Grace had fun at Hawks games and hung out at the C-Shop alongside her mother, who attended college at Saint Anselm. Get to know Grace better in this latest #EverydayAnselmian video profile. She tells us why she’s proud to be a legacy student, her favorite food story and what she’s been up to around campus.
Meet Terry Newcomb, the assistant manager of the Coffee Shop who has worked on the Hilltop for 21 years!
Terry lights up the C-shop with her smile every day. And, of course, she's a master at making calzones, wraps and all of the tasty treats our students have come to love. In this latest #EverydayAnselmian video profile, Terry tells us why she came to Saint A’s, a funny behind-the-scenes story and much more! 😄🍽
Joe Venuti '22
Joe Venuti ’22 enjoyed his Saint A’s experience so much, he wanted to stick around for another year!
As a graduate student, Joe is now pursuing his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice thanks to the college’s CJ 4+1 accelerated program. You’ve probably seen him at the Savard Welcome Center where he’s worked as a graduate assistant and Admission Ambassador over the last few years.
Get to know Joe in our latest Everyday Anselmian video profile. He shares a funny moment on the Hilltop, advice he’d offer his peers and why he wanted to be part of the college’s first-ever graduate program.
Meet Nicole Gugliucci, assistant professor of physics here at Saint Anselm College. As an astronomer and education researcher, Gugliucci said she’s always been interested in scientific questions and what’s going on in the Universe. Perhaps you’ve even seen her looking through telescopes at the college’s observatory! 🔭⭐️🌞🌛
She has a funny story to tell us, a huge cutout of the Tardis from Dr. Who in her office and a great Instagram name (@noisyastronomer) too. Get to know Gugliucci better by watching this latest #EverydayAnselmian video!
Connor O'Brien '21
"Hi guys, I’m Connor O’Brien and I’m a senior here, which is crazy! I’m an Economics Major from Westminster, Massachusetts. You’ve probably seen me on the Hilltop because I’ve loved getting involved with so many activities.
During my four years here, I first joined Campus Ministry and since then have had the pleasure of working with Student Government Association, Alumni Ambassadors and the New Student Orientation program. I’m excited to be featured in the latest #EverydayAnselmian video. Just wanted to let you know that I have a stutter, so I appreciate you bearing with me at times if my speech gets a little choppy. Thanks so much for watching. Sending a shoutout and lots of love to my fellow Anselmians!"
Jillian Barrett '24
Meet Jillian Barrett '24, a Spanish and Secondary Education major from Worcester, Mass. Jillian has already been making an impact at Saint A's. As a tutor team leader with the Meelia Center, Jillian has formed meaningful connections with high school students in the Manchester School District. She has also given several talks to the college community, including a reading at the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner and a True Life discussion about what it's like growing up biracial. #EverydayAnselmian
Keith Morse is the printing king of campus. Keith has worked for Saint Anselm College for 37 years and is the manager of the print shop. He ensures that designs and communications get on paper and he prints everything from diplomas to COVID signage on campus. You can find him at the shop located in that small but iconic brick building behind Alumni Hall. Get to know Keith in this Everyday Anselmian video, where he gives us a behind the scenes look inside the print shop and talks about some memorable moments.
If you’ve been inside the Jean Center in recent years, you’ve probably seen Brandon Maldonado helping out Anselmians. This Junior Criminal Justice major from Lawrence, Mass. is an Impact Fellow for the Meelia Center For Community Engagement and a peer mentor at the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion. Get to know Brandon in this Everyday Anselmian video where he shares inspiring advice he’s been given, a famous condiment snafu story and more!
Madison Hediger is a biochemistry major and Junior at Saint Anselm College from Marlborough, Massachusetts. Madison said a highlight of her time on the Hilltop has been working as an Orientation Leader. “It’s important to me that when new students come to Saint Anselm, they feel that sense of hospitality and community right away.” Madison also has quite the unique presence on the Saint A’s Instagram page.
Grace D'Antuono is an international relations major, minoring in French, Spanish, and history. Grace is a student ambassador for Admission and NHIOP, and works as a student coordinator in the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, supporting seven sites. Her favorite Saint A's tradition is Road for Hope: "I think it's something that is very Anselmian."
For the past 30 years, Gary Bouchard has been teaching Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature and other special topics and classes including some in the Conversatio program.
His favorite campus memories are "recreated every April 23rd when alumni and others come back to read all of Shakespeare's sonnets ... all day long, in rainy weather, in sunny weather ... those memories themselves become memories and they all compound over the year."
Vicky Cassidy has worked for the campus Bookstore for the past 10 years. Her favorite part of Saint Anselm is the community: "It’s the Anselm, Anselmian tradition, it’s the heart of the campus; it's the students, it’s the faculty, it’s the staff."
Sarah El Khoury is an English major, peer minister, resident assistant, and very active with the Campus Activities Board and student activities; she's the entertainment director for CAB.
Fr. John is a philosophy professor and member of the Board of Trustees for Saint Anselm College - serving on several committees, and the Board of Directors for the Woodside Priory School in California.
Madison Mangles is a politics major with minors in history and campaign management, an NHIOP student ambassador and supervisor in the Survey Center, an Alpha Phi Omega member, a research student for the politics department, and a writer with the broadcast club. She also helps out with the annual Relay for Life.
Josh Hughes is a computer science with business major, SGA President, and an NHIOP student ambassador and orientation leader.
English major Abby St Jean is a member of the Campus Activities Board and future participant in SBA and Road for Hope.
International relations major Dennis Aveta is an NHIOP student ambassador, a member of the men’s soccer club, and he's involved in the Intercultural Center.
Eleni Rizzos is a nursing major, YWCA volunteer, orientation leader, and an ambassador for both the Admission and Alumni Offices.