College Raises More than $60,000 to Celebrate Service and Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

December 4, 2020

By Anna Brennan-Curry

This year marks the fourth annual Giving Tuesday campaign at Saint Anselm College. Over 330 donors helped raise more than $62,000 for important initiatives that support students in their service to others, such as the Meelia Center, the Ernie Thorne ’34 Scholarship Fund for Racial Equality, and the Kathleen Mulcahy Miskell Memorial ’06 Scholarship Fund.

“We are truly grateful to our benefactors who made this Giving Tuesday a success,” said James F. Flanagan, senior vice president and chief advancement officer. “Thank you to the administration, alumni, faculty, family members, friends, staff, students, and trustees who joined together to contribute to programs at the heart of our Anselmian community.”

Giving Tuesday is a nationally recognized day of generosity held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving encouraging people to support philanthropic causes. Saint Anselm joined the Giving Tuesday movement in 2017 to inspire Anselmians to collaborate and give back in impactful ways to the college.

Campus Ministry raised funds to support the Kathleen Mulcahy Miskell '06 Memorial Scholarship Fund. While on the Hilltop, Mulcahy Miskell was an active participant in the Service & Solidarity Missions program. After her passing, her family established a scholarship to support future Anselmians participating in the program.

“Service immersion experiences on the Hilltop are part of the fabric of Saint Anselm,” explains Dr. Susan Gabert ’91, director of campus ministry. “[Gifts from Giving Tuesday] help future Anselmians benefit from these uniquely Anselmian transformational educational experiences.”

The Ernie Thorne '34 Scholarship Fund for Racial Equality has been a college priority this year, and honors the first Black graduate of Saint Anselm College. The scholarship will provide financial aid and educational opportunities to underrepresented students from Manchester, southern New Hampshire, and California.

“From health disparities to racial protests, 2020 shone a spotlight on the racial disparities in the U.S.. When Anselmians wonder how to advance racial justice in our nation, we can start by removing barriers to educational access and success,” explains Dr. Ande Diaz, chief diversity officer

Although the Meelia Center for Community Engagement suspended in-person service engagement in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students quickly adapted and stepped up to the challenge. Throughout the fall semester, they supported underrepresented students in the Manchester School District through the Remote Learning Collaborative. The program aims to help students navigate the challenges of remote learning as well as create positive relationships during a time when many are more disconnected than ever.

“One of the things that is so special about Saint Anselm College is our vibrant relationship with the surrounding community, which remains strong even during this challenging time,” explains Nicole Lora ’06, Meelia Center director. “While we have not been able to engage with community in person, we have been able to find new and innovative ways to work together.”

Saint Anselm College would like to thank the generous donors who provided challenge gifts during the campaign: Elizabeth Condron ‘04 & Heather (Martin) Condron ‘04, Sheri and Dana Martin P’24, the Mulcahy Family, and Maire Lynch ‘13.

A special thank you to the Annual Giving team: Julie O’Connor, Ashlee Demers ’08, Shelagh Daly and Moriah Billups; the entire Advancement team; Dr. Susan Gabert ’91 and Riley Casey ’15 in Campus Ministry; Nicole Lora ’06 in the Meelia Center; Dr. Ande Diaz; and the College Communications and Marketing team.

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