Saint Anselm Breaks Ground on a New Addition to Campus
September 6, 2019
On the first Friday in September, students, alumni, and staff gathered together to break ground on an important new addition to the Saint Anselm College campus – the Welcome Center.
“The Welcome Center project has been in the works for over three years and we are very excited to celebrate today’s milestone,” explained Ann Catino, Chair of the Saint Anselm Board of Trustees.
As the Office of Admission’s new home, the Welcome Center, will provide a cohesive, easy to locate, visitor space on campus. It will include a reception space, outdoor patio space, office space for admissions to conduct individual interviews with students and families, space for the Student Ambassadors, and a larger presentation room. In addition to its role in Admission, the Welcome Center will also be home to function space available for alumni reunions, homecoming, and other community events.
“The admission staff are very excited about the new Welcome Center,” says Michael Iorio, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Director of Admissions. “With visits to campus on the rise, the Center will allow for appropriate space to accommodate our many visitors throughout the year and be a true showcase of our Benedictine hospitality at Saint Anselm College.”
“The Welcome Center will serve as a front porch of the college and signify the arrival into our Anselmian community,” says Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, college president. “This hospitality is not only seen in the mission of the Welcome Center, but also in the loyalty and commitment of those who have generously supported the building of the center.”
The Welcome Center would not have been possible without the generous leadership gift made by the estate of Sherwood Blake. Mr. Blake, an alumnus of the class of 1950, developed a close relationship with Father Robert Quirk during his time at Saint Anselm. The two kept in touch throughout the years so when Father Quirk passed away, Mr. Blake set up an endowed scholarship fund in his honor. Mr. Blake is a member of the 1989 Society, and a special honorary member of the President’s Society.
During the groundbreaking, Joshua Hughes ’20 and Jacob Ethier ’20, Saint Anselm College’s student body president and vice president, unveiled the renderings for the new Welcome Center which will remain in place until the project is over. Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., then took a few minutes to provide a Benediction blessing the new project. The construction team in charge has already been hard at work digging the foundation, but Dr. Favazza, Abbot Mark, Ann Catino, and other key members of the college administration were able to dig their shovels in to break new ground. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2020.
The construction of the new Welcome Center is the result of work of a number of people including: Bill Furlong, interim vice president of finance & CFO, Jonathan Woodcock, project manager, John Deloia, vice president of Eckman Construction, Dennis Mires of Dennis Mires - The Architects, Michael Iorio, assistant vice president of enrollment and director of admission, and the entire Office of Admission staff.