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Pre-Orientation Program Adds Two New Trips for First-year Students

July 19, 2016

Laura Lemire
College Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

"Passages Champlain" participants with Dr. DiSalvo"Passages Champlain" participants with Saint Anselm College president, Dr. Steven DiSalvo


Four "Passages" pre-orientation trips will take thirty-six first-year students to the Champlain region of Vermont, the Adirondack Mountains in New York, historic Gettysburg, and the coast of Maine. The four and five-day adventure leadership program for new students sent the first of four trips out beginning Monday, July 18. Three additional groups will depart in the coming weeks.

Passages provides student-participants with the opportunity to make new friends and challenge themselves to try new things, all before arriving on campus for New Student Orientation in August.

"It's the perfect opportunity for students to acclimate themselves with their peers, learn about our Anselmian lifestyle, and enjoy the vibrant areas we are planning to explore," said Mitch Steffey, assistant director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. "The Passages program has proven to have a direct connection to students' success. It's something our student-leaders and I look forward to every summer."

Two new trips are being offered this year: Champlain will blend service, adventure, culture and spirituality. Based out of Saint Anne's Shrine on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont, participants will visit Montreal for a day to explore historic cathedrals. The group will also engage in a day of service, with plenty of time left to bike, canoe and kayak.

Coastal will head to the Maine shore, where they will be housed in yurts on a 26-acre island accessible only by boat. The trip will offer an experience based on ocean exploration and appreciation. Activities including sailing, sea kayaking, zip lining and climbing will foster leadership, outdoor living skills, and teambuilding.

Two existing trips will engage outdoors enthusiasts and historians: Adirondacks participants will explore the 6.1-million-acre wilderness of upstate New York, while the Gettysburg group will travel to the historic battlefields of Pennsylvania.

Chris Canavan '20, a participant on the Champlain trip, arrived on campus excited to get his college career started. "When I heard about Passages, I knew this was for me. I love being outside, and I'm excited to get involved in service," he said during check in for the program.

His mom, Lynne Caravan, is excited for him as well. "I'm looking forward to Chris continuing his growth as he becomes a well-rounded adult, and strong contributor to society, through the many opportunities he has at Saint Anselm," she said. "The Passages program is a great way for him to explore his spirituality and meet his classmates before he arrives on campus."

The full Class of 2020 arrives on campus on Thursday, August 25 for New Student Orientation.


Story and photo by Cory True '09

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