Spring Semester 2021

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  • 04/16/2021 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    We are completing our move-back testing and will conclude our state-guided “Stay on the Hilltop” period at the end of Sunday, April 18. Thank you all for your cooperation as we navigated our safe return to the Hilltop.

    There is good news to share: Between April 5-15, we conducted 2,433 on-campus COVID-19 tests and detected only six positives for a positivity rate of 0.24%. Every student has been tested at least two times over the past 10 days. Also of note, as of last night, 401 students are fully vaccinated and 301 students had COVID in the past 90 days, which reduces the probability of community spread. To be clear, it does not eliminate the threat, but we are heading in the right direction. Congratulations for helping put us in a good position to finish the year!

    We now have four weeks remaining in the semester – let’s remain vigilant and continue to follow the Community Care Covenant and the directives related to our Stay on the Hilltop. Unfortunately, a number of students have lost housing privileges for the remainder of the semester due to violations. We ask you to continue following our guidelines; a successful conclusion to the semester depends on it.

    You may have heard that Gov. Sununu has lifted New Hampshire’s mask mandate. Given the density and residential nature of our community, and the importance of reducing the risk of spreading the virus, the college will continue to require mask-wearing. Again, we sincerely appreciate your assistance in protecting our community.

    We are in the home stretch of this year and we are very hopeful for a return to normalcy on the Hilltop in 2021-2022. Of course, this only will be possible if most of the campus is immune to serious illness due to the virus. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine at the earliest opportunity. Beginning Monday, all people 16 and up will be eligible in New Hampshire, regardless of residency. You may sign up at https://vini.nh.gov/providers/s/. If you have already received a COVID vaccine, please share this information with Maura at mmarshall@anselm.edu.

    In the meantime, let’s settle in for a memorable final month of this most challenging year. We can do this!

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.

    President

  • 04/01/21 - Move-back information from the Vice President of Student Affairs

    CRITICAL INFORMATION ….IF YOU NEVER READ ONE OF THESE TO THE END BEFORE, BE SURE TO READ THIS!

    Dear Anselmian,

    First, we hope you had a good Easter break and took some time to restore yourself. Please read this in its entirety and keep as a reference.

    Following the 69 positives in 2 weeks and over 130 students placed in quarantine in that same timeframe, the State Health Department reviewed the outbreaks that transpired. As a result, we have issues to address and directives to follow.

    Most critical is that we are under a State-guided “Stay in Place on the Hilltop” for 10 days upon your return. This starts at the move-in/re-entry testing period. Thus, all students must remain on campus until April 18.

    Before reading on, pause and think about this: we have 10 days of some sacrifice to get 5 weeks to finish and to hold Commencement exercises. This is serious and the campus has no choice but to succeed. We can do this! You must remain focused on compliance in these 10 days, and then keep positives down, with isolation and quarantine spaces low! The State Health Department will continue to monitor our situation.

    This is how the semester will – how it must -- proceed:

    • Stay in Place on the Hilltop means remain here.
    • During the initial testing times (April 6-9) we will open in Orange phase (pick-up meals and eat in room or outside, visitation within designated family units only, all COVID hygiene practices at all times)
    • On-ground classes may begin Thursday and Friday.  Your faculty will be in touch with you.
    • Only College/academic travel is permitted. Students in Nursing, Education (student teaching), and internships may go off campus to assigned placements for academically related reasons.
    • A second round of testing will take place Monday-Wednesday (April 12, 13, 14).
    • Adherence to your testing times throughout the semester is expected and non-compliance will be addressed.
    • Once testing outcomes are known, and based on data, the phase will likely be adjusted.
    • The curfew requirement from the move-out days is lifted.
    • The suspension of alcohol privilege remains in place regardless of age through April 18.
    • The gate times will be expanded.
    • The Care Covenant remains in place.
    • After April 18, only essential travel is permitted and the Travel Form must be completed. You will need a return email granting permission in order to leave campus.  The Form may be found at https://form.jotform.com/210355034193043.

    Also during these days and each subsequent weekend for the remainder of the semester, on-campus events will go later and bigger and will include food trucks, outdoor events, outdoor games, musicians, CABingo, magicians, tournaments, special events, outdoor movies, and more gathering spaces!

    The information on COVID Canvas page will updated and go live on Tuesday with this information and more.

    We are in the last stretch of the semester and many great Anselmian traditions, events, and experiences remain. We all want you to experience these! At the same time, the College must treat compliance with these directives quite seriously.

    Thus this clear warning: if there is non-compliance with the Stay in Place, it will be treated as an advanced level of violation and housing privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the academic year, including Commencement, and students will be required to vacate campus immediately without refund and without a guarantee that their courses can be offered remotely. Do not put yourself or us in this place. Rather, rise as we know you can and will successfully face this challenge!

     

    With belief in you and resolve,

    Dr. Alicia Finn, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • 04/01/21 - Easter Message from President Favazza

    Dear Anselmian Community,

     

    Easter began as both an event and an experience. As an event, it became the familiar and foundational account of the Christian gospel about how Jesus suffered, died and rose again. It was important to tell the story, to pass it down from one generation to the next, to never forget the world-changing implications of such an event. When Christians gather to celebrate Easter, the story is told once again to those who stand this long line of witnesses. But as an experience, encountering the resurrected One was simply transformational. There was something about this New Life that was beyond words, drove out the darkness, and seeped into the world as a balm that healed the poison and pain of individuals and communities. 

    As we celebrate Easter 2021, let’s not just recall the story of an event. Let us do our best to experience it, to open ourselves to the alleluia of New Life at a moment when the pandemic, economic hardship, racial injustice, and the everyday challenges of anxiety, sadness, and separation from loved ones that might otherwise overwhelm us. True hope is not just a pipe dream for a happy ending; rather, it is a way of living courageously and facing the future with confidence.  

    Paddy and I wish you a healthy and joyful Easter celebration. We sincerely hope that you take time away from the grind to experience New Life found in the holy presence of others and in simple pleasures such as taking a walk, eating a meal, or sharing a laugh. Thank you for all that you do for our students and our community.  

     

    Best,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 04/01/21 - COVID Vaccine Information from the Director of Health Services

    Students who are fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine and COVID testing 14 days after the completion of the series of vaccinations unless they have symptoms.

    As most are aware, Governor Sununu and the NH Department of Health have recently made a statement indicating that out-of-state college students are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of NH unless the supply should increase.

    All NH residents ages 16 and up will be able to register for a vaccine 4/2 (Friday). If you fall into this category, please sign up on tomorrow https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/

    In the next few weeks, most states, especially in New England, should be opening their vaccination phases to include residents ages 16 and up. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine in your home state, this is considered essential travel. Please make arrangements to receive the vaccine at home as soon as possible. Just complete the travel form

    If the supply becomes available and the timeframe is such that we could distribute 2 vaccines before the end of the semester, Saint Anselm College is ready to partner with the Manchester Health Department to stand up a vaccine clinic on campus.

    We will keep you informed.

     

    Maura Marshall, APRN, MSN
    Director, Health Services

  • 03/24/21 - An Update from the Vice President of Student Affairs

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    Today, the senior leadership team decided to extend the Easter recess.  While the class schedule will remain the same, classes will be remote and students will be off-campus.  We are doing this to address the following:

    • the notable increase in COVID positive cases and those required to quarantine;
    • our ability to contain the spread of the virus;
    • respond to and manage new COVID variants alongside emerging cases of influenza;
    • provide a much-needed community wide mental health respite;
    • enable on-campus personnel to deep clean all quarantine and isolation spaces;
    • and provide a “reset” of the campus bubble in order to bring us through the remainder of the Spring semester on-campus and to our 2021 Commencement.

    Next Steps:

    • Effective immediately and throughout the Easter recess through Monday, April 12:
      • Alcohol privileges have been suspended (regardless of legal age, no alcohol use)
      • Curfew in place 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and strictly enforced.
      • Particular attention paid to Community Care Covenant compliance.
    • In-person classes will be held on Thursday (03/25/2021).  Students without Thursday in-person classes or those who are fully remote, are expected to depart from campus beginning this evening. Unless exempt (see below), all students must depart campus for Easter Break after their last class, no later than Thursday evening (03/25/2021) at 6 p.m.
    • Exempt- the following students have permission to remain on campus for this Easter recess:
      • Sophomore, Junior, Senior Nursing Majors in clinical who are unable to commute to their clinical site from home;
      • Senior Education Majors in clinical who are unable to commute to their clinical site from home;
      • In season, Spring athletes:  Lacrosse, Tennis, Baseball, Softball
      • International students;
      • Students currently in quarantine and isolation on-campus; and
      • Students scheduled for comprehensive exams Thursday or Friday.
    • For students with significant hardship can apply for a petition to stay over Easter recess.
    • This is only an extended recess.  No need to pack up your entire room; you will be returning after Easter.  What should you pack?
      • Materials needed for remote course work.
      • Valuables:  laptops, chargers, medication…
      • Consider taking home belongings that you may not need with for the remainder of the semester.  (winter clothing/jackets/boots, or anything you may not need for the remainder of the semester)
    • Although the college is maintaining a no-visitor policy, family members are permitted on campus for move-out purposes ONLY.  Family members are NOT allowed in the residence halls.
    • Health Services (CHS) will be open to serve students residing on campus. Students must first call CHS to speak with staff prior to visiting the office.
    • Dining services will remain open.
    • Students required to depart campus will not be allowed back on campus until their assigned return date.
    • In order to expedite departure, we will NOT be able to provide COVID testing before you leave campus.
       

    Academics

    • Classes will be in-session via remote Friday, March 26 thru Wednesday, March 31.
    • There will be no classes Thursday, April 1 or Friday, April 2.
    • Classes will resume remotely Monday, April 5 thru Wednesday, April 7.
    • In-person, on-campus classes will resume on Thursday, April 8.
    • Students who encounter technology challenges should contact Information Technology; those with accessibility challenges should contact the Academic Resource Center.
    • College offices will remain open, staffed, and available to serve and assist students with remote access needs.
       

    Returning to Campus

    • Students will be assigned a return to campus date/time which will include testing for those not exempt. This will be sent in a separate email so check your account.
    • Students without expressed permission and are not in the exempt groups noted above are NOT allowed on campus prior to their assigned return date/time.
    • Please note that the State of New Hampshire has lifted the quarantine requirements associated with domestic travel.

    The faculty, staff and administration remain committed to the success of our students.  To this end, we are providing this extended Easter break in order to successfully complete the remainder of the semester on-campus including Commencement.

    While this message provides comprehensive information relative to this change in schedule, you may have additional questions.  Please know we are standing up a “call center” beginning today through Thursday, and then again on Tuesday, April 6 through Friday, April 9.   The call center is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 603.641.7930 for inquiries.  More information is available at www.anselm.edu/coronavirus .  We will continue to provide updates consistently over the next few days and upon our return after Easter.

    On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration I wish you a rest-filled recess and Blessed Easter. We look forward to your return to campus!

     

    Sincerely,

    Alicia Finn, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Student Affairs

  • 03/24/21 - An Update From the President

    To our Saint Anselm community,

     

    As you may know, our COVID-19 numbers picked up over the past few weeks and have put a considerable strain on our ability to manage the cases. As a result, the Covid Analytics Team (CAT), the senior leadership team and I have agreed that it is in the best interest of the College to pause on-ground instruction and move to remote instruction, beginning this Friday and continuing through Easter, to Wednesday, April 7. In-person classes resume Thursday, April 8.

    We are asking students to depart campus by the end of the day tomorrow, March 25. 

    Students: Please review the move-out and return instructions attached. Please note: since we plan to return after Easter, you do not need to take all of your belongings with you.
     

    COVID STATUS

    Our decision was driven by data related to our cases, containment and capacity metrics. This week, at the conclusion of testing Tuesday, we detected 17 student positives, which continues the trend we saw last week. 

    The College’s COVID positivity rate has been consistently above 1% since the week of Feb. 15. Our Health Services, Residential Life, Campus Safety and Security, and Athletics teams have done an outstanding job managing each week’s cases and I cannot say enough about what this group has done to protect our community. 

    However, the significant uptick in COVID cases compelled this on-campus pause. Among the factors:

    • Cases are high: There were 59 active cases as of last night. The student positivity rate for the past 10 days is 3%. 
    • Containment is a challenge: A few new COVID cases have resulted from students who were already in quarantine, which means they were caught during contact tracing. However, we are discovering an increasing number of new originating sources too frequently. 
    • Capacity for housing is strained: We have 32 students in isolation on campus, which maxes out this designated space. To accommodate new on-campus positive students, we have “borrowed” quarantine space to use for isolation. Earlier this semester, we had waves of positives, usually high at the beginning of a week and low at the end of the week. This allowed us to “catch our breath” with isolation placement, contact tracing, and management of students in isolation and quarantine housing. This has not been possible over the past two weeks.

    Last week CAT recommended we move back to Phase Orange to stem the growing number of cases. The next stage, Phase Red, would be an on-campus quarantine. However, with only three class days next week leading to Easter weekend, the leadership team believed the most prudent step would be to pause and reset our bubble after the holiday. This also will provide an opportunity for a much-needed mental-health break for students.

    We are all fatigued by the pandemic and we yearn for normalcy. But we simply are not there yet. We need to come together as a community to follow health and campus guidelines so as to finish the semester and hold Commencement.  It has been a grueling marathon and we are almost at the finish line, but the race is not done until it is over. And if we stumble in the final mile, we will remember how we finished and not how exceptionally well we ran the race.

    I have every confidence that we will return to campus and have a strong finish to the spring semester. Wishing you health and peace this Easter and always.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 3/19/21 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    As you know, the college’s COVID-19 positivity rate has been consistently above 1% since the week of Feb. 15. This level of cases has posed challenges, but our Health Services, Residential Life, Campus Security and Athletics teams have done an exceptional job managing each week’s new positives. This week, however, we saw a considerable and concerning uptick in COVID cases, which put a significant strain on our housing capacity. As a result, we are returning to Phase Orange, effective immediately.

    The Covid Analytics Team (CAT) weighed several factors in making this recommendation:

    • Cases: At the conclusion of testing yesterday, we had 27 positive cases for a weekly student positivity rate of 2.59%. This is the highest weekly rate in the 2020-2021 academic year. Active COVID cases are currently at 52.
    • Containment: Contact tracing remains strong and 18 positive cases this week were the result of students who were in quarantine. This speaks to our ability to effectively contact-trace. However, there have been multiple originating sources, putting clusters into the moderate to high range.
    • Capacity: We have exhausted virtually all isolation housing. There are currently 27 students moved to on-campus isolation. Another 25 are isolating at home. This was the most compelling factor to CAT.
    • With the consistently +1% positivity rate, we have been unable to reduce the strain on housing. Since our move to Phase Yellow in February, we had consecutive weeks of 18 positives (1.6% positivity rate), 17 (1.28%), and 27 (2.59%).

    As you heard earlier this week, we had our highest one-day number of positives on Monday. While this was concerning, CAT recommended waiting until the week’s testing provided more data before making any changes. However, with 14 positives over three additional days, the team believed it was prudent to step back to Phase Orange. 

    I realize this is not the direction we want to go and I sincerely hope for a brief stay in this phase. We have said from the beginning that we would be guided by data in making our decisions. Let’s work diligently and together to lower our COVID cases and relieve our housing capacity so we may begin moving in the right direction once again.

    Remember, there is hope on the horizon. But we have to hang in there a little longer. Let us take responsible steps as a whole community to keep the virus from spreading on our Hilltop home and finish the semester on a high note.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.

    President

  • 03/17/21 - An Update from the Vice President of Student Affairs

    My dear Anselmians,

     

    Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us!  Happy St. Pat’s ! While the design of this day is to celebrate a saint who brought the Catholic faith to Ireland while understanding the culture of its people, it has become another reason to celebrate --- and with that, I (fully Irish) must sound a cautionary note!

    We sought all year to balance community health with providing a positive college experience that a COVID world would safely allow.  We have all watched our quarantine and isolation numbers wax and wane as the positivity rates rose and then abate.  The problem is that each rise and subsequent drop left our base a bit higher each time.

    Right now, we are very high in terms of our capacities for quarantine and isolation following last week’s totals and adding the highest totals to date for half a week, 20.  This pace is unsustainable.  We have to DIAL THIS BACK!  Each of you, each of us, have to place community before self and make decisions that will move the needle downward and forward to the next phase – which we have every intention of granting IF the trends turn and the alert levels drop from their current “high.”

    We need POSITIVE ACTION to GET NEGATIVE RESULTS and move us into safer zones and better phases:

    • Stay on campus on weekends!
    • Wear your masks beyond 5 pm and as you do during the day.
    • Get a vaccine if given the chance! When vaccinated, alert Maura Marshall and give her the vaccination information.
    • Participate in what is offered for socializing and for supports
    • Use this link if you absolutely, for critical reasons, must travel off-campus   https://form.jotform.com/210355034193043
    • Be resolved that we will finish the semester on-ground.  Support 2021!
    • Rejoice! Our country’s COVID picture is improving --- and hold steady with doing the right things.  Now is NOT the time to ease up too much.
    • FOCUS FORWARD: the road ahead is shorter than the one behind us!
    • Join in the Campus Saint Patrick Celebration in Sullivan, including March Madness viewing!  As we enter this weekend, the College is providing many programs from 6 pm to late night in locales all over campus, including the celebration in Sullivan arena.
       

    All day long, every day: I believe in you and believe together we get to May 15th!
     

    Finally, an Irish prayer for you on this day:

    May God give you:
    For every storm, a rainbow,
    For every tear, a smile,
    And for every care, a promise,
    And a blessing in each trial.
    For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
    For every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.

     

    Best always!

    Alicia A. Finn, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

  • 03/16/21 - COVID Health Update from the Director of Health Services

    Hi Everyone,
     

    Monday, we diagnosed 14 cases of COVID, and 3 additional cases were identified over the weekend. We had one student hospitalized, has been discharged and is recovering. This is the most that we have had in a single day, and it is concerning. The State Department of Health has been alerted.

    If you have any cold or allergy symptoms, sore or scratchy throat, headache, nasal congestion, aches or chills, please quarantine and reach out to Health Services immediately.

    Do not ignore these mild symptoms.

    With what we have seen with COVID, people lose their taste and smell on day 3-4, by that time, they have already spread the virus.

    In some cases, the virus is not identified for a few days and may take more than one test. Health Services can monitor and order the appropriate lab tests.

    If you feel the need to seek medical care off campus, please notify Health Services. This, in some cases, can delay test results.

    The COVID virus incubates over 10 days, one test is a false sense of security.

    Quarantine, distancing, disinfecting and hand washing stops the spread of COVID.

    We have utilized all of our identified COVID isolation rooms on campus and are needing to double up.

    Please have a plan for quarantine and isolation when I call to notify you of your COVID results or that you were a close contact.

    We will be asking students who live in New England to isolate at home if possible.

    As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, please keep in mind that your social practices affect the entire Saint A’s Community.
     

    Thank you,

    Maura Marshall, APRN, MSN
    Director, Health Services

  • 03/12/21 - An Update from the Director of Health Services

    Hi Everyone,

     

    Thank you for all you cooperation this week with contact tracing, testing, and quarantining.

    As the cases in New Hampshire decrease and distribution of the COVID vaccine increase, Governor Sununu is cautiously lightening up a few of the restrictions .

    As our confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine is increasing, we have decided to eliminate surveillance testing for students who are 14 days past their completed immunizations.

    If you have been vaccinated, please forward your documentation to me so that we can exempt you from surveillance testing. (If you submitted your card to the Nursing Department, I already have it).

    Please remember, if, at any time, you have COVID symptoms or a COVID exposure, please call Health Services or email me to request a COVID test. The results and circumstances surrounding testing is confidential under HIPPA.

    In order to be most efficient with contact tracing on campus, if you are living on campus,  please do not test off campus, utilize the rapid test that we have invested in for your convenience and benefit.

    If you test positive off campus, please notify me immediately so that I can guide you in following the proper protocol and keep the community safe from the spread.

    Have a healthy and safe weekend.

     

    Maura Marshall, APRN, MSN
    Director, Health Services

  • 03/12/21 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    This weekly update is a snapshot of a challenging present and a hopeful future. At this time, we continue to see a weekly COVID-19 positivity rate above 1% with on-campus testing. We had 16 positives, 76 students placed in quarantine and 24 in isolation. Our overall weekly positivity rate is 1.21%. Given these numbers and the volatility over the past four weeks, the COVID Analytics Team has recommended we remain in Phase Yellow at this time.

    While COVID positives present a challenge, our most significant issue remains quarantine and isolation capacity. If you live in New England, we ask that you make a plan in advance to quarantine at home if possible. Currently 34 students have agreed to quarantine at home, a significant factor in our ability to remain in our current phase.

    I will share that our testing this week was a reminder that our COVID situation on campus can change very quickly. After several days of low and moderate positive results, we detected eight positives and placed 28 in quarantine on Thursday alone. Please do your part to mitigate the spread of this virus so we may progress forward with our phases. CAT will continue to monitor the data and make recommendations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    In addition to our weekly COVID update, I would like to spend a few moments looking ahead to the next semester and beyond.

    I am very pleased to share that Saint Anselm College is preparing for an exceptional on-campus curricular and co-curricular experience for the 2021-2022 academic year. With the expectation that every adult in the United States will have access to the vaccines by this summer, we anticipate most if not all campus restrictions will be lifted. Our first day of classes is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 23.

    This past year has tested our resiliency and I can say without hesitation that each and every one of you has demonstrated what it means to be Anselmian in this unfamiliar and unfair moment. Let’s hang on a little longer. We can do this!

    Already, signs of hope are on the horizon. Our nursing students have been vaccinated and we are optimistic the rest of campus will follow. Athletic competitions will resume this weekend. Plans are in the works for 2021 commencement in front of Alumni Hall. And the road beyond this spring is even more promising. I hope you join me in this strong sense of optimism and I look forward to seeing you all in person very soon.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 03/05/21 - Update from the Director of Health Services

    Hello Anselmians!

    We are all mentally done with this COVID and its restrictions. We want social interaction and crave human connection, no more Zooms! Well, this pandemic virus is not quite done with us yet, and we need to contain it so that we can enjoy our spring on the Hilltop.

    The Saint Anselm College Community is a congregate living setting which is very conducive to the spread of disease. We need to have more restrictions than in the average home and neighborhood.

    Here is what has been going on since Valentine’s Day:

    • We have had 49 students and 5 employees test positive for COVID and 158 students in Quarantine due to being a close contact.
    • 21 students who were in quarantine ended up testing positive for COVID during their 10 days. 2 students tested positive on their 9th day of Quarantine.
    • The clusters of positive cases that were contained stemmed from a group of underclassmen who went out to a restaurant, a group of upperclassmen who went out to a bar, a group of underclassmen who gathered in the Res. Hall, students traveling in a car together, a student whose parents came to visit, and a student who works off campus.
    • In most of the clusters, there have been student athletes who has tested positive due to a social gathering, and then their team cohort has had to quarantine due to the close contact. Positives have not appeared to be the result of athletic activities.
       

    Quarantine & Isolation:

    • When a student is in quarantine and isolation, this puts a tremendous amount of strain on all of our community resources: Health Services to drop everything and focus on contact tracing and containment, Security to transport students and deliver meals 3x/day, climbing four flights of stairs, Dining Services to prepare meals to go, Physical Plant to disinfect the areas, manage the extra trash, and make up bags of linen, Res. Life to manage the quarantine and isolation housing and supplies needed, and the faculty to adjust their curriculum to accommodate students for remote learning since they are unable to attend classes.
    • When providing the contact tracing, determining who is a close contact, who needs to quarantine and where each student is going to quarantine, I need your help to contain the spread on campus:
    1. Please be honest about who you have been in close contact with. Students are trying to protect their friends from quarantine. Do the right thing.
    2. Please know ahead of time where you will quarantine, on campus or at home. Discuss with your family now. There has been too much time wasted when students have to call their parents to decide, discuss with their friends, or try to make a decision based on if their friends also have to quarantine.
    3. Students who live in New England need to quarantine at home. Please discuss this with your family and have a plan when I call.
    4. If you are gathering within 6 feet of another person for more than 10 minutes, not wearing a mask around others, leaving campus, or traveling in a car with other people, it should not be a surprise when I call you to inform you that you were a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID
       

    Vaccines:

    • Obtain a vaccine whenever and wherever you have the opportunity.
    • A person is exempt from quarantine 2 weeks after receiving their full dose of the vaccine for close contact and for travel outside of New England.
    • We are still hoping for St. A’s to be a dispensing site when the State’s supply and allocation allows. The State oversees all of the vaccine distribution and phases.
       

    Testing:

    • Until we have further guidelines and research, we are still testing students who have had the vaccine because we don’t know if people can be asymptomatic carriers of COVID while vaccinated. For example, you can still have a mild case of the flu if you have received a flu shot, and you certainly know when you have the flu. With COVID, a person might not have symptoms.
    • Our Sofia 2 Rapid Antigen Analyzer is doing a great job. We have performed over 15,000 tests on campus and have experienced 6 false positives.  Our protocols are working effectively.

    I continue to meet weekly with the NH Department of Health and report our data daily.  They are keeping a very close eye on the college campuses to ensure that we are containing our outbreaks and maintaining our protocols.

    We all need to work together and do our part to fight COVID so that we can re-gain the Saint Anselm experience that we all want back.

    Hang in there a little bit longer! We can do this…

     

    Maura Marshall, APRN, MSN
    Director, Health Services

  • 03/05/21 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    Today I am sharing that the COVID Analytics Team has recommended we remain in Phase Yellow at this time, based on this week’s COVID data.

    Last week, we were trending in the right direction with our key indicators, including positivity rate, quarantine and isolation capacity, and cluster containment. Unfortunately, we were not able to maintain the trend into this week. Here are a few of the factors that went into CAT’s recommendation:

    • Positivity rate. Monday-Thursday, we conducted 986 student tests and detected 14 positives for a positivity rate of 1.4%. A rate higher than 1% is concerning. The beginning of the week was of particular concern: The positivity rate for Monday-Tuesday was 2.4%.
    • Isolation and quarantine space. We currently have 48 students in quarantine and 20 in isolation on campus. This falls into the high range.
    • Cluster containment. Last week, many of our 12 cases were from people already in quarantine because they were close contacts to the previous week’s positives. As a result, containment was less of a concern. This week, most of the 14 positives were from new clusters, which has posed challenges to our containment efforts.

    While not a sharp rise, the upward trends in these campus metrics lead us to believe it is best to hold at Phase Yellow for now. Please be assured, it is my sincere intention that we will continue progressing in our phases if our numbers allow. CAT meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to review real-time data and directionality before making recommendations.

    I realize many of you are fatigued by COVID – you are done with it, and so am I – but it is important to remember that COVID is not done with us. Let us remain steadfast in our efforts to limit and contain the spread of this silent virus. I genuinely appreciate your perseverance and thank you for your good spirits and good will.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

     

  • 02/25/21 - Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,

     

    Following the recommendation of the COVID Analytics Team, today I am announcing that we are moving to Phase Yellow with our campus restrictions. The change is effective immediately.

    While active cases remain high, we are now trending in the right direction, particularly with containment and capacity. Two-thirds of cases were detected 7-9 days ago. Since then, 14 new cases were from students already in quarantine and therefore not a concern for further spread. By the end of this week we will have released 76% of the students in isolation (21) and quarantine (63).

    I ask that you review all of the Phase Yellow guidelines on our COVID response page. Specific to visitation, the following changes will commence:

    • Students may visit with “extended family,” which is defined as those within the same residence hall. For example, all residents of Joan of Arc Hall may visit with one another, regardless of wing or floor.
    • An important adjustment to the published Phase Yellow visitation rules for apartments: The following residential areas will be treated as independent “extended families,” similar to residence halls: Fr. Bernard Court (A-J); Fr. Bernard Court K; Fr. Bernard Court L; Saint Benedict Court; and Croydon Court.
    • Residents in each extended family unit may visit with one other person at a time from the building/area in which you live. Gatherings remain limited to less than 10 people in apartments and common lounge areas.

    Going forward, we ask students who live in New England to make a plan with their families to potentially quarantine at home if they are close contacts to students testing positive. This will help avoid a strain on quarantine housing capacity. Students who test positive will continue to isolate on campus unless they choose to go home.

    Let me caution that we must keep our guard up. COVID has not gone away and the new variants are highly contagious. We need your help in following the Community Care Covenant to continue moving forward, rather than backward, with our phases.

    In the meantime, this is a moment we all have anticipated for five weeks. Thank you all for your continued perseverance in this most challenging time.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 02/19/21 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,
     

    This week we saw a rise in COVID cases on campus.  We administered 1,176 tests and found 22 positives for a weekly positivity rate of 1.8%. As a result, the COVID Analytics Team (CAT) has recommended we remain in Phase Orange with our campus restrictions.

    As you may have seen in the news, we are not alone among colleges and universities with COVID spikes. In many ways, we are fortunate. Several New Hampshire schools – including Plymouth State University, Franklin Pierce University and the University of New Hampshire – have instituted full campus quarantines as a result of uncontained outbreaks. At each of those schools, all students must remain in their rooms for 10 days. All activities are cancelled and all classes are remote.

    When COVID levels rise quickly, as they did at these and many other schools, the last resort to control the spread is to issue a campus-wide quarantine or send students home. We are doing our best not to reach that point and we need your help to avoid it.

    As you know, we established a phased approach to campus restrictions this semester. When COVID numbers are under control, our intention is to change phase status and reduce restrictions. We concluded our move-in testing at the end of last week and believed our bubble had been established. Had the numbers continued the favorable trend, we planned to move to Phase Yellow this week. Unfortunately, we had 9 positives on Monday and continued to have positives throughout the week. We now are in danger of moving backward like some of our neighboring schools.
     

    COVID ANALYTICS REVIEW

    CAT has been reviewing our data and making twice-weekly recommendations based on COVID cases; our ability to contain the spread; and our capacity to house and test the community. Here are some of the factors considered:

    • Positivity numbers. Over the first two weeks of the semester, we administered 2,593 tests and had 8 positives for a move-in positivity rate of 0.3% This was a good start. This week, however, 22 cases in four days was a significant and troubling reversal.
    • Cluster/containment. As part of contact tracing, we determine where the cases are spreading and how we can contain them. Identifying clusters is important, because a limited number of positives is not as alarming if we know they are contained and unlikely to spread.
    • Isolation and quarantine space. Our COVID housing capacity is a key metric. If we are running short of beds, our options to safely manage an outbreak become limited very quickly.
    • Other factors. Adherence to the Community Care Covenant, off-campus travel, and positivity rates in the greater Manchester area and New Hampshire.

    While active COVID cases from this week’s outbreak give us pause, our most significant concern is quarantine space. We currently have 52 students in quarantine on campus, which is approaching our limit for housing capacity.

    I would like nothing more than to advance our phase status, but the data makes clear we cannot do so. Please, help us get to where we all want to be this semester; make the right decisions so we can reduce COVID numbers and justify a move to Phase Yellow.
     

    BE ANSELMIAN

    This week I saw an Instagram post from the Meelia Center that featured a quote from Gandhi: “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” Without question, the pandemic is trying the patience of each and every one of us. I feel your frustration – I share it, too. Let us remember that we are all in this together, and we rise or fall as an Anselmian community.

    We all have grown weary and want to return to better times. Let me assure you, those days are coming. In the meantime, let’s focus on what we can do and what we can control rather than what we can’t do and what is out of our control. As I shared with students during our Town Hall on Wednesday evening, please remember to remain calm, be kind and compassionate, and view this semester not as one day or even one week, but as four months that are moving in the right direction.

    Have hope. It has been a long road with COVID, but we are approaching the end.

     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 02/12/21 - Message from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,


    I’m writing today to thank you for the efforts you are making to follow the Community Care Covenant, which allows us to control the spread of COVID-19 on the campus.

    While we are not announcing a change from Phase Orange status today, please be assured the COVID Analytics Team is closely monitoring conditions on campus and in the community. We started the semester with a high number of cases – at the end of last week we had 16 active cases and a significant number of our quarantine and isolation beds were filled – and we have detected four new cases this week. The early numbers were troubling but are heading in the right direction. We are now on a good path and let me say clearly, we will adjust accordingly.

    However, let me also stress that COVID remains a very real threat and the situation can change quickly. Consider what we have seen recently at Stonehill College, Salve Regina University, the University of Massachusetts and, yesterday, the University of New Hampshire, all of which instituted full campus quarantines as a result of rapid COVID spikes. We believe our cautious approach will help us move forward as the semester progresses. I ask that you continue to follow our Community Care Covenant and other campus rules. This weekend’s choices are critical to assure even fewer cases early next week.

    We all have grown tired of the pandemic and want to return to better times. Those days are coming. In the meantime, I would ask that everyone be patient, supportive and hopeful. We will get through this together.


    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President

  • 01/24/21 - From the Dean of Students

    Dear Anselmians,
     

    It is with joy in my heart that I welcome you back, albeit still in these tough COVID-19 times!  I do hope your break was rejuvenating and you come back ready to succeed, to find new experiences, and to face the next portion of our times.

    We start this semester moving with hope towards the promise of vaccines. Until then and likely beyond, we must remain strong in our commitment to each other’s health and well-being. Thus, the College will employ data, science, and feedback as we move through the semester.

    Many of you hold different views and reactions starting this semester. We have received feedback from the anxious, the grateful, the frustrated, and the realists. These voices have been listened to and multiple new resources and adjustments have been made.

    This email contains important information about our reality, the semester’s operations, where to find policies and information about COVID-19, and the resources for wellness, mental health, and academic support.

    PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS… First, straight talk …

    Reality

    Fact: The world and the pandemic is different from what was happening in November. It has worsened.

    Fact: The incident and positivity rates of our immediate surrounding towns as well as Hillsborough County is many times greater than when you left in November.

    Fact: As a result, wearing masks and maintaining distances of 6 feet is as important as ever.  Masks are the #1 protector for you and us. 

    Fact: The College is named an official Point of Distribution of the vaccine per the State of New Hampshire; the timeline has not been affirmed, but we believe within the semester!

    Truth: We can choose how we live this! We can choose to remain focused on what we can do, what new we can experience, how we focus on doing the right things now so that we enjoy the latter parts of the semester. We can choose!

    Truth: It is up to each one of us, each day. Follow the Covenant.

    If we choose wisely and follow the health protocols and recommendations, emerging rapidly from medical and governmental sources, a safer and increasingly social semester awaits.

    Keep reading…

    Phases Program

    Again, we heard the feedback and hopefully better defined the community-living expectations. The College adopted a new system to identify and alert the community of requirements for health practices and permissions/limits to social interactions and travel. The Phases are color-coded, similar to the color-coded national alert systems or phased approach many states have utilized to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Each phase has accompanying permissions to maintain the health and welfare of our college community, as well as to assume our personal and collective responsibility to extinguish the current rates of transmission in our country. The color-coding denotes the severity and activity level permitted in a particular phase. This too will go live next week [and may be viewed at https://www.anselm.edu/covid-19-response/phases-reopening].

    The Phases ideally allow for measured progression to more active and greater gathering opportunities.  It is important to note that the Phases are bi-directional; they can advance or return to a previous phase as needed.  Our health and safety will remain paramount as the semester proceeds. An announcement about the current phase will be made weekly. As mentioned in Dr. Favazza’s letter, the phases are defined by coronavirus cases, containment, and capacity. Decisions about phase-movement will be data-based and the newly announced COVID Analytics Team will examine multiple factors.

    Important Note: The Phases will not happen all at once and are our best chance to successfully complete the spring semester.

     

    … Only a little more, promise !

    Resources

    Over the course of the fall semester, we listened to all of your feedback. We have created:

    • A centralized location for information regarding campus life and COVID-19 called the “COVID-19 Student Resources Page” on Canvas. This page contains important information including academic resources, college COVID-19 policies and procedures, resources for mental health and student support services, support managers if in quarantine or isolation, and health and wellness information. Links will bring you directly to pertinent information and resources.
    • A structured program for wellness and mental health called the Anselmian Anchors. Access to this is via a link and designed to assist students in navigating challenges related to COVID-19 and in caring for their health and wellbeing needs. 

    The site will launch next week in anticipation of student move-in and the Canvas resources page will be updated throughout the spring 2021 semester. It will remain your location for current information regarding COVID-19 on campus! Check the page regularly at canvas.anselm.edu. For information regarding the COVID-19 Student Resources Page, use this link to watch a short video introduction: https://media.anselm.edu/Watch/As8b9RLe . 

    We can choose to be truly Anselmian and the best that it entails. In these times, we are Anselmian Strong, Anselmian Reflective, Anselmian Wise, Anselmian Caring, and Anselmian Always.

    Best wishes and I joyously look forward to seeing you about campus – socially distanced, of course!


    Raise a Mask to Lower the Banner!”
     

    Alicia A. Finn, Ph.D. 
    Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

  • 01/15/21 - An Update from President Favazza

    To the Saint Anselm community,
     

    I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits! Since the last day of classes on Nov. 20, our beautiful Hilltop home has appeared quiet and serene. Upon closer examination, however, our campus has been buzzing with activity as we prepare for a robust and rewarding spring semester. Today I wish to share an update on our progress.

    By now, students should have received information about move-in day and COVID-19 testing procedures. Many student-athletes and some education students have already returned, and soon they will be joined by Resident Assistants and our out-of-region population (Jan. 20), sophomore nursing students (Jan. 25), and the rest of our resident students (Jan. 28-30).

     

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    As you know, we follow guidance issued by Gov. Sununu, the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services and the Manchester Health Department, as well as consulting with the American College Health Association and our local public health professionals, when making our COVID-related plans and decisions.

    This semester the College will continue to provide rapid COVID antigen testing for all students and employees. We created a satellite lab on campus and have a COVID lab technician who manages the testing. Every student is required to be tested when moving onto campus and is expected to follow our random surveillance testing schedule. Two additional Sofia2 testing machines have been purchased and we have a steady supply of testing kits scheduled to arrive throughout the semester.

    While testing provides visibility to the emergence of COVID cases, our ability to create a “bubble” for our campus is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus. Last week we distributed the Community Care Covenant for the spring; please remember, the greatest risk of introducing COVID into our bubble is contact with family members and close friends who have been unknowingly exposed, which is why we emphasize staying on campus and following our health protocols.

     

    ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

    Classes will begin on Feb. 1. As with the fall, there will be a mix of in-person, remote and hybrid classes. At this point, our plan is to start classes in those three modalities, but we will monitor COVID cases on campus and in the greater Manchester community and will pivot to remote instruction for the first week if necessary.

    There will be no classes on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 1-2, leading to Easter weekend. Students are encouraged to remain on campus during this long weekend, but recognizing that some may return home, classes will resume with remote instruction Monday-Wednesday, April 5-7. During this time, we will test all students.

    The last day of exams will be Friday, May 14.  While Commencement is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 22, a change in date is possible. We will assess our COVID cases as the semester proceeds before finalizing our plans. Be assured we are already working on our options for our traditional Commencement-related events.

     

    STUDENT LIFE

    One of the most challenging aspects of COVID is balancing the health and safety of our community with the clear need for co-curricular activities and other socialization opportunities. With this in mind, there will be changes this spring.

    We are planning to implement a phased approach to managing health and safety of the College community. The idea is to have incremental change, rather than an “all-or-nothing” approach to social interaction and gathering, among other things, that will be based on cases, containment and our capacity to manage the situation. I will be asking a team to examine the data on a weekly basis in order to analyze COVID trends and make recommendations about our phase status.

    Another change for the semester will be the launch of “Anselmian Anchors,” a proactive wellness campaign to help us navigate this unprecedented time. We also have created a quarantine and isolation guide for students who test positive or are close contacts.

    There also will be expanded hours in common areas and the use of other indoor spaces for socially distanced groups. We understand the importance of spending time with your friends and we know this will be particularly challenging in the winter. At the same time, we must continue to make the right decisions to protect our community based on the COVID data.

     

    COMMUNICATION

    To be sure, we recognize the need to maintain open lines of communication and promise to reach out in a variety of ways throughout the semester. Look for an invitation to a student Town Hall for Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The COVID-19 website also is being revised and students will receive an invitation to a COVID-19 Canvas page, which will be a key repository of important information and announcements.

    As we approach another unusual semester, let us be thankful for the opportunity to gather together on the Hilltop. My appreciation to the Spring 2021 COVID Response Team, which included many student representatives, for working diligently on our spring plans. While we are not yet out of the woods, I am filled with optimism about our journey over these next four months.
     

    Sincerely,

    Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
    President