Campus Ministry, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaims and nourishes our faith in God through prayer and work to encourage lives that are creative and generous. At the service of the entire college community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and guests) professional staff and student leaders offer opportunities to develop spiritually and become involved in service to others in light of their faith. Campus Ministry is a welcome environment for students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and seek to support all members of the Saint Anselm community wherever they are in their spiritual journey.
College Health Services
In support of the educational mission of Saint Anselm, College Health Services seeks to educate students to live a healthy life style as an important determinant of overall health, and to ensure the responsibility of the individual as an active participant in maintaining personal health.
College Health Service is a holistic health service which includes medical services, counseling services and health education. In each of these areas, the staff endeavors to assist the student to make responsible life choices which affect future health and well-being and lead to an integrative balance of the many aspects of the self.
Medical Services are available to resident students as part of their room and board. Non resident students may utilize the clinic for a small annual fee. A registered nurse and/or advance practice registered nurse is in attendance at specified times. A physician is available at the clinic twice a week and is available for consultation and referral at other times. All health service visits and records are confidential. Because our approach is multidisciplinary (involving nursing, medical and counseling professionals) in certain instances our staff members confer with one another to better coordinate care. In addition, nursing staff members are available for health related educational presentations in residence halls, to clubs, to athletic teams or in the classroom.
A health assessment form is sent to each student who has been accepted for admission. All students planning to enroll at Saint Anselm College are required to complete this form and to return it to the College. Registration for classes and campus housing assignment will be made only after receipt of a completed assessment form.
Counseling services are available to all resident and non-resident students on a short-term individual basis. The College encourages students who are having difficulties of a personal, emotional or social nature, or who simply need support and encouragement, to seek the services of a personal counselor. All communications are directly between the counselor and student, are confidential, and do not become a part of academic or other college records. Students needing continued long-term counseling will be assisted with resources in the local community. During each semester, counseling services may offer a number of supportive and therapeutic groups and educational programs related to mental health issues.
B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a personal 2-session motivational interviewing format with a counselor which uses a harm reduction approach with a goal of moving a student in the direction of reducing risky behaviors and harmful effects from drinking.
The College Health Committee is composed of administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Committee members meet regularly during the academic year and serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of Health Services on issues of campus health and student support services.
C.H.O.I.C.E.S., an alcohol and other drug education program, is available to students through College Health Services. This program has several different components or levels and is designed to influence lifestyle risk reduction by presenting research based information and exploring attitudes about alcohol and other drug use. Completion of an online AlcoholEDU program is required of all incoming new students pre-matriculation to the college.
The Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Service (SACEMS) includes students who are nationally certified EMT’s and are licensed in the State of New Hampshire. They respond to emergency situations on campus where there is a need for emergency medical attention. These student volunteers work under the direction of and in close cooperation with Health Services and Campus Safety and Security.
Co-curricular and Involvement Activities
While the development of the intellectual life is the primary reason for a student’s enrollment in a liberal arts college, a college education includes more than the hours spent in classrooms, libraries, and laboratories. Students are encouraged to attend and to participate in the liturgical, artistic, cultural, recreational, charitable and social activities which are sponsored by or through the College. Membership and participation in student organizations or activities provide valuable practical experience in interpersonal relations and lead to the development of initiative, leadership, responsibility and fair play, all of which are critical to the realization of a mature personality and a meaningful life.
A listing of opportunities for involvement in clubs and organizations is published in the Student Handbook.
Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center
Saint Anselm College seeks to integrate the visual arts as a vital part of a student’s education. In addition to course offerings relating to the visual arts, Saint Anselm College supports a wide variety of opportunities for enrichment in the visual arts outside the classroom.
The Chapel Art Center organizes several specially curated and traveling art exhibitions each year, ranging in subject from religious and historical themes to modern and contemporary movements. The Chapel Art Center also houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture that is frequently included in exhibitions.
In collaboration with the Fine Arts and other academic departments, the Chapel Art Center organizes student and faculty exhibitions, hosts visiting artists and lecturers, and presents music performances, with the goal of integrating gallery programming with the college curriculum. Receptions, recitals, small seminars, and classroom discussion groups are regularly scheduled within this artful setting, to facilitate visual literacy and artistic knowledge.
A number of students serve as Gallery Attendants and Interns, assisting in exhibition installations and staffing the gallery for public viewing and special events.
Theatre performances at Saint Anselm College are regularly produced by the Anselmian Abbey Players, the student theatre interest organization on campus, and are performed in the Koonz Theatre of the Dana Humanities Center. From their first production in 1949 of Career Angel the Abbey Players have consistently produced high quality theatre performances. This student organization currently presents five annual major productions: the Family Weekend Show, the Fall Production, student-directed One-Act plays, the Spring Musical, and Shakespeare scenes. Students interested in learning about and participating in all phases of theatre production are encouraged to join.