Alumni Find a Virtual Hilltop Home During Pandemic

August 18, 2020

By Anna Brennan-Curry

The last five months have been a time of uncertainty for many with more time at home than anyone expected. During this time of isolation, the Office of Alumni Relations has spent the time ensuring that while our alumni have had to keep a physical distance from one another, that their ability to be a part of the community stays strong.

Through weekly emails, webinars, live streams, and online initiatives, the office has been busy creating spaces where alumni can feel supported, informed, and engaged.

"I have greatly enjoyed attending the webinars that Saint Anselm College held during the coronavirus pandemic. It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn something new, hear from faculty and alumni, and connect with the Saint Anselm community in a virtual capacity,” shares Christine Balquist ’17. “If these events were held on campus, I would have been unable to attend, so I was very grateful to be able to tune in during my lunch break while working from home.”

Some highlights of the initiatives have included:

  • The weekly Anselmian Connections newsletter providing alumni events and resources available to them along with calls to action.
  • A free online course, “Robert Frost’s World and Words,” held this spring with Professor Gary Bouchard that took an in depth look at the work of poet Robert Frost, and the homes and landscapes that are built into them.
  • “The Benedictine Way in the Easter season of COVID 19,” a three-week retreat with Fr. Anselm ’93, O.S.B., where participants explored and reflected on how Benedictine insights into daily living might bring forth new growth and life.
  • A webinar led by alumnus Tom E. Curran ’89 called “Tom Brady's a Buccaneer. How did we get there?” that included a discussion Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and much more. There were so many questions asked during this webinar that Curran agreed to a follow up question and answer session later in the spring.
  • The Hire An Anselmian program which encouraged alumni to support current students and recent graduates looking for internships and full-time positions.

For alumni unable to attend the webinars live, the Office of Alumni Relations has posted recordings on their website, and the recordings are also available as a YouTube playlist.

“While we miss connecting with our alumni in person, we have been so impressed by the response from alumni for this virtual programming,” shares Patrice Russell, assistant vice president, alumni relations and advancement programming. “We look forward to continue to provide virtual programming this fall.”

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