Notes from the Hilltop March 2022

May 4, 2022

By Valeria Mendoza ’22

 Abigail Theobald Presents Thesis at National Conferences

Abigail Theobald ’22, a politics and sociology double major with an environmental studies minor, had her senior thesis project accepted for presentation at both the Midwest Political Science and Association annual meeting and the Eastern Sociological Association annual meeting. The title of her thesis is “An Analysis of the Relationship Between Environmental Racism and Voter Turnout in Black Communities in the United States.” Her thesis examines the relationship between environmental racism and voting trends in the United States. Environmental racism refers to the placement of dangerous and toxic waste in minority and low-income communities.

A Program hosted during Women’s History Month Celebrated Frida Kahlo’s Accomplishments

As part of Women’s History Month, Professor Jennifer Thorn from the English Department, Professor Laura Shea of the Fine Arts Department, and Professor Ines Vaño Garcia of the Modern Languages Department joined forces to offer a program to commemorate Frida Kahlo and her impact on the world. The program, which was hosted on March 23rd, began with a multilingual discussion led by Heisha Trilla Rodriguez ’22 on the film “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo” and was followed by another multilingual discussion by Jillian Barrett ’24, Claire Newhall ’22, and Isabella Brogna-Daly ’22. According to Professor Shea, the film “traces the complexities of the artist's life experiences and their impact on her art, relationships, and outlook on life.” The discussions focused on Kahlo’s iconic portraits  as well as how she challenged gender norms through her portraits and fashion.

The 14th annual Relay for Life Continues to Support of Cancer Awareness

The 14th annual Sr. Pauline Relay for Life on April 1 from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. involved 882 participants. As of April 20, Relay for Life has raised approximately $92,602, but this may increase over the next month. Saint Anselm College has raised more than $1,000,000 for the American Cancer Society over the last 15 years. Pre-Covid, the American Cancer Society ranked its College Relays using a Per Capita measure (participation vs. enrollment). For the last five consecutive years Saint Anselm was ranked in the Top Five, a huge accomplishment for the community. This event is part of a campus tradition dedicated to helping the Anselmian community and other communities attack cancer as well as boost awareness of the disease. Through donations, time and team events, Saint Anselm came together to support survivors and honor those who passed away.

The Meelia Center Hosted their monthly Program supporting Foster and Adoptive Parents

Foster and Adoptive Parents Night Out (FAPNO) is a program sponsored by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement. Usually occurring monthly, the goal of the program is to provide support and help to foster and adoptive parents. Kids from many ages are brought to campus and cared for by college students from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are arts and crafts, games, open gym, a movie, and pizza. March FAPNO’s theme was Spring Has Sprung. About 25-30 foster and adoptive children participated joined by 60-70 student volunteers. The last FAPNO of the year is scheduled for April 28, 2022  and the theme is Summertime Fun.

TEDA holds a LGBTQIA student panel on March 22

In order to educate the Anselmian community about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ students on campus, TEDA hosted a student led panel featuring five speakers from diverse backgrounds  to share their stories. The panel was also open for an audience Q&A. Many faculty members attended and contributed to the event by asking questions such as how to make classes more inviting for LGBTQIA+ students and what kinds of resources are available for identifying students. TEDA will also be hosting Visibility Day on Friday, April 29, another opportunity for the community to engage and educate themselves.

College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week

Benedictine Heritage Week is a celebration of Benedictine cultures and traditions. This year, it was celebrated from March 21-27. Events and programs throughout the week offer the Anselmian community a different perspective on Christian and monastic values. Some of the events included a tour of the Abbey Church and it’s artifacts as well as Beer and Benedictines, which discusses the role Benedictine’s have had in the history of making beer and even included beer sampling.

Students Share Academic Work through Mind over Major Conference

Mind over major, the college’s annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference that celebrates student writing took place on April 8. Students were tasked with making short presentations based on the work written throughout any course. This event was open to all students although a paper proposal was submitted to participate. Some of the presentations included topics like  “Being female made you damageable’: Defying Adult Assumptions about Female Sexuality in Two Stories by Alice Munro” presented by Fiona Thompson ’23, a criminal justice major; “Gendered Hypocrisy and the Soul in the Poetry of Sor Juana” by English major Kristen LaBrie ’22; and “Protest Movements and the Media: A Discourse Analysis on Media Coverage of Black Lives Matter Protest” by Kristen Hinkle ’22, an international relations major.

The Economics and Business Department Host an Event on Women in Finance

On April 5, Professor Jennifer Kelber from the Department of Economics and Business, and three alumni within the finance field discussed and explored different career options within finance. The panel emphasized jobs and opportunities for women in finance. All three panelist are recent graduates of Saint Anselm College and provided different perspectives about their current jobs and experiences.

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