Family Weekend Brings Over 400 Families to the Hilltop

October 27, 2016

By Jasmine Blais '17

Family Weekend 2016 brought more than 1,500 family members and friends to campus between October 21-23. With cooperation from many campus clubs and college departments, the Family Weekend Committee coordinated activities to show students' families what being Anselmian is all about.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night in Dana Center's Koonz Theatre with a performance of Seize the Day!, a student-written and directed musical by the Anselmian Abbey Players. Seize the Day!featured students reflecting on their time on the Hilltop through a series of nine vignettes. The memories they shared-from acceptance and orientation, to finals and graduation-illuminated the Anselmian experience for the audience.

Saturday morning began with a Family Fun Run through campus. Hint of Lime, Saint Anselm's student a cappella group, performed popular songs such as "Closer" by Chainsmokers, "Pompeii" by Bastille, and "Stay with Me" by Sam Smith. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., families were invited to participate in activities on the Campus Green. The college also hosted an open skate in Sullivan Arena, tours of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and an archaeology dig with the Classics Society.

Throughout the day, Saint Anselm family and friends cheered on Hawks athletics. They watched as the football team played Pace University for a 42-7 victory and as the third in the nation DII women's field hockey team defeated Southern Connecticut State 4-0.

The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center invited the college community to their fall exhibition by artist Anne Connell. The Silent Heart: Modern Illumination showcases Connell's paintings and drawings, inspired by traditions past and present to create works from a variety of media and techniques.

On Saturday night, speed-painter and public speaker Rob Surette '93 entertained a packed house, returning to the Hilltop to perform "Amazing Hero Art" in the Dana Center. Surette created a series of six-foot paintings in between one and five minutes each.

Johanna Materazzo '17 commented, "It is a great thing that alumnus Rob Surette has left the Hilltop and has become nationally recognized for his passion. What is even more special is that he has returned to share it with all of us."

The family-favorite Sunday Brunch in Davison Hall brought Family Weekend 2016 to a close, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist in the Abbey Church.

"We had another successful Family Weekend this year; the weather held out enough for families to experience life as an Anselmian," said Jean Couture, director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at Saint Anselm College. "These weekends are such a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their engagement in campus life and the variety of opportunities the college offers to them as students."