August 25, 2016
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The clothes, electronics and academic belongings of the Class of 2020 were transported from over 200 cars and small trucks into Alumni Hall Streets, St. Joan of Arc Hall, Dominic Hall and Baroody Hall this morning as Move-In Day brought first-year students to the Saint Anselm campus.
Within a few hours, the college community's newest members were settled in their residences for the next year. New pillows still in plastic and TVs still in boxes joined oversized bags from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart and others. Up went posters, down went rugs and furniture was arranged to accommodate roommates, many meeting for the first time.
Arriving on Move-in Day were 402 first year students, joining others who reached campus earlier for pre-season athletics and the Transitions pre-orientation program (530 total incoming first year and transfer students).
The new students were warmly welcomed by dozens of student Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, college administrators and staff from departments as diverse as the Geisel Library, Campus Ministry, the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and the Dean of Students Office.
Upperclassmen cheered and unloaded 10 cars at a time within minutes of their arrival. Tori Milner's parents, from Madison, Conn., came expecting the unloading to be "nerve-wracking," but Lynn, her mother, commented that "It was perfect. I didn't even have to get out of the car! Directions were perfect and there were plenty of people to help and answer questions."
"Everyone was so welcoming" said Joan O'Hare '93 from Salem, Mass. "The entire process was easy-breezy!" Her son, Tom, was set up "in 30 minutes flat."
After a Family Mass celebrated at 2:00 p.m. in the Abbey Church, new students and families were officially welcomed to Saint Anselm on the Upper Quad in front of Alumni Hall. Senior Courtney Puccio, Orientation Leader chair and nursing major, reminded the Class of 2020 that although today they may have left one home, "This place is your home now. You are part of our Anselmian family. We want you to love it as much as we do."
Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, Saint Anselm College president, encouraged first year students to take advantage of all the college has to offer, strengthening their ties to family, friends and faith along the way. "Participate in retreats or community service. Take time for personal reflection. Treasure the beauty of this campus. Your future will be shaped in large part by the development of your faith- not only in a higher power, but in yourself and in others," said Dr. DiSalvo.
He then closed the welcoming event by calling on the college's newest students to spend a few final minutes with their parents, and especially to say three important words: "I love you."
Class of 2020 At a Glance
- 39% men, 61% women
- 21 states and 2 foreign countries represented
- Average G.P.A.: 3.26
- Top 5 majors: Nursing, Business, Politics, Biology, Criminal Justice