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Families Visit the Hilltop for Family Weekend

October 26, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Family Weekend 2015More than 1,600 family members and friends visited campus Oct. 23-25 for Family Weekend 2015.

The weekend began with a performance of the Anselmian Abbey Players' student- written and directed musical on Friday evening and concluded with Mass in the Abbey Church on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, families cheered on Hawks athletics teams, participated in a Family Fun Run, listened to performances by student groups (such as acapella group Hint of Lime and the Chamber Music Ensemble), participated in an archeological dig with Classics professor David George, and toured the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP).

"Overall, I feel the weekend was a huge success," said Jean Couture, director of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. "The success comes from our student body showcasing their life at the college. From the kick off of the Family Fun Run to the Hint of Lime performance under the tent immediately before the Family Reception, to the fun novelty items (spin art, sign making, among others), the Campus Green was full of activity from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m."

On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, the Anselmian Abbey Players performed "A Hawk's Life" in the Dana Center's Koonz Theatre. The musical featured popular songs and classic Saint Anselm events such as Orientation, gingerbread competition, housing lottery, finals, and Commencement.

Abbey Players present A Hawk's Life during Family WeekendOn Saturday, the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center presented a collection of sculpture, stained glass, and drawings by renowned artist Sylvia Nicolas. The exhibit presented a selection of her works from the gallery's permanent collection. Later in the afternoon, Father Iain MacLellan O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center, accompanyied by Nicolas, led nearly 100 people on a walking art tour of Nicolas' artwork featured throughout campus.

The day also included a family reception hosted by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., on the Campus Green. Attendees chatted with college faculty, administrators, and student representatives from various clubs and athletic teams. The green was also the site of a series of new activities including spin art Frisbees, balloon art, and caricatures.

Saturday evening's entertainment was comedian Josh McVicar. "McVicar the Trickster" performed to a sold-out audience, combining entertainment with humor, hypnosis, and magic.

The weekend concluded with Sunday brunch in Davison Hall. On Sunday morning, families also gathered in the Abbey Church for a pre-Mass concert by the Saint Anselm College Choir. Afterwards they joined in a celebration of the Eucharist with the monastic community.

Story by Rosemary Lausier '16

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