Saint Anselm College is a nationally ranked, Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Founded in 1889 by Abbot Hilary Pfrängle, O.S.B. of Saint Mary's Abbey in Newark, New Jersey, at the request of Bishop Denis Mary Bradley of Manchester, New Hampshire, it is the third-oldest Catholic college in New England. Named for Saint Anselm of Canterbury , the college continues to have a fully functioning and independent Benedictine abbey attached to it, Saint Anselm Abbey. As of 2014, its enrollment is approximately 2,000.According to the college, the student body is selected not only for their academic abilities but also for their personal character. The college's academic curriculum requires several philosophy and theology courses and the completion of a two-year nationally recognized humanities program entitled "Portraits of Human Greatness." The administration's commitment to an anti-grade inflation policy helped the college receive national media attention from the Fox News Channel in 2006, as well as a Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News and World Report. For 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked the college 120th among national liberal arts colleges, with an admissions rate that is deemed "selective" at 67%. In 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Saint Anselm as the 85th best college in the nation as well as the 40th in the Northeast.Since the 1950s, the college has played an important role in the "first in the nation" New Hampshire primary, and has served as the national stage for many future presidents, candidates, and supporters. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon each delivered important policy speeches there. The college has been home to several national presidential debates which have attracted extensive media attention. The Washington Post recently referred to Saint Anselm College as "the Benedictine college with a box seat on America's most riveting political theater".In 2013, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, the former president of Marian University was named the 10th president of Saint Anselm. DiSalvo replaced Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. after 24 years of service to the college. Father DeFelice was the longest serving college president in the state of New Hampshire. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 25, 2017
As President Trump challenges the status quo in Washington, D.C., CEOs, CFOs and HR decision-makers are preparing for how his administration could impact the employee benefits industry. James Slotnick, AVP, Government Relations, for Sun Life Financial will provide insight into what changes are most likely to make it through Congress. His discussion will focus on the current state of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the likelihood of corporate and individual tax reform, how federal paid family leave could become a reality, and other important issues. To help HR professionals and business owners get prepared for any potential changes to the employee benefits industry, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), in conjunction with Sun Life Financial, will host a webinar—“The Trump Effect: Potential Changes on the Employee Benefits Horizon”—on Wednesday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. To receive complimentary access to the webinar, enter code SLMayWWW at registration. This webinar has been submitted for 1.25 re-certification credit hours from the Human Resource Certification Institute. “While it seems less likely that we will see a full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act in 2017, the law’s future remains in question. Employers need insight more now than ever in order to make the right decisions for their workforce and cost management,” says James Slotnick, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations at Sun Life Financial. ABOUT the Presenter James Slotnick, JD, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations at Sun Life Financial For over a decade, James Slotnick has helped employee benefit brokers, financial advisors, and the end-consumer understand the ever-changing insurance industry. Leveraging his sales and legal backgrounds, James is able to break down complex insurance topics into understandable concepts that help both brokers and end-consumers make informed decisions. Most recently, he has been providing education about the impact that health care reform will have on the employee benefits industry. James also frequently speaks about the legislative climate in Washington, Social Security Disability planning, disability plan design, and income tax planning. From 2002 to 2012, James held numerous sales and management roles at Sun Life Financial. After leaving Sun Life in 2012, James became a Director for Prudential Annuities' Advanced Planning Team. James returned to Sun Life in 2013 to become AVP of Advanced Markets and Broker Education. James holds a BA from Saint Anselm College, an MBA from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar. ABOUT Sun Life Financial® Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2016, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of C$903 billion. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. In the United States, Sun Life Financial is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 60,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of products and services in the U.S. includes Disability and Absence Management, Life, Dental and Vision, Voluntary and Stop-Loss insurance. This includes the acquisition of the U.S. Employee Benefits business of Assurant, Inc., in Q1 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.sunlife.com/us. ABOUT United Benefit Advisors® United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit http://www.UBAbenefits.com.
News Article | November 28, 2016
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of research supporting the water community, has appointed John Albert as Chief Research Officer. Albert will contribute to the strategic direction of WRF as part of the Senior Management Team and as director of Research Services and Subscribers Services. "We are excited that John has accepted the role of Chief Research Officer at the Water Research Foundation,” said Rob Renner, CEO of WRF. “In his 11 years at WRF, John has consistently displayed the knowledge and leadership needed to guide and grow our One Water research and subscription programs.” Albert is a 20-year veteran of the water and wastewater industry. Joining the Water Research Foundation in 2005, Albert has previously served as Subscriber Services Manager, Regional Liaison, and Research Manager. In the last year, he led the development and launch of WRF’s wastewater subscription program, which has already enlisted almost a dozen wastewater utilities as WRF subscribers. Albert has also been instrumental in ensuring that WRF subscribers continue to receive personalized service and substantial value for their investment. “I’m honored to accept the position of Chief Research Officer for an organization built on integrity and sound science,” said Albert. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with WRF’s first-class research and subscriber services teams as we continue to develop and disseminate One Water research solutions for the entire water industry.” Albert is a Miller Award recipient for enhancing the education and outreach programs within the American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section. Prior to WRF, Albert worked as a research associate focusing on on-site wastewater systems and bacterial source tracking. John holds an MPA with a concentration in non-profit management from the University of Colorado–Denver, as well as an M.S. degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. in biology from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH. The Water Research Foundation is a leading not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment. Governed by utilities, WRF plans, manages, and delivers scientifically sound research solutions on the most critical challenges facing the water community in the areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse. Over the last 50 years, WRF has sponsored nearly 1,500 research projects valued at $500 million, and serves more than 1,000 subscribing organizations. For more information, go to www.WaterRF.org.
Plyukhin A.V.,Saint Anselm College
Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics | Year: 2013
A model of an autonomous isothermal Brownian motor with an internal propulsion mechanism is considered. The motor is a Brownian particle which is semi-transparent for molecules of surrounding ideal gas. Molecular passage through the particle is controlled by a potential similar to that in the transition rate theory, i.e. characterized by two stationary states with a finite energy difference separated by a potential barrier. The internal potential drop maintains the diode-like asymmetry of molecular fluxes through the particle, which results in the particle's stationary drift. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
McCarter-Spaulding D.,Saint Anselm College
Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA | Year: 2011
Black women have lower rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration than other racial groups have, but the effects of employment on breastfeeding, specifically for Black women, have not been studied extensively. The purpose of this research was to determine the influence of work or maternity leave on breastfeeding duration in a sample of Black women. Participants were recruited in the first postpartum week, and then followed monthly for six months or until complete weaning. The timing of returning to work significantly influenced the risk of weaning. Women who returned to work prior to 12 weeks were more likely to wean their babies than both those who returned to work after 12 weeks as well as those who remained at home. Policies that allow for at least 12 weeks' maternity leave would be likely to increase breastfeeding duration for employed Black women. Interdisciplinary research is needed to address health and economic issues of maternity leave and to eliminate racial disparities.
Plyukhin A.V.,Saint Anselm College
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics | Year: 2011
We discuss the structure and asymptotic long-time properties of coupled equations for the moments of a Brownian particle's momentum pn(t) derived microscopically beyond the lowest approximation in the weak coupling parameter λ. Generalized fluctuation-dissipation relations are derived and shown to ensure convergence to thermal equilibrium to any order in λ. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Pitocchelli J.,Saint Anselm College
Canadian Journal of Zoology | Year: 2011
Studies of macrogeographic variation in birdsong involve populations incapable of interbreeding because of physical barriers or separation by large distances. Different patterns have emerged from these studies such as (i) little or no variation exists among individuals or populations from the breeding range, (ii) individual variation is greater than among population variation resulting in no geographic structure, (iii) clinal variation, and (iv) macrogeographic variation where all individuals from several populations on the breeding range share a common song type forming a regional dialect or regiolect. I studied macrogeographic variation in song of the Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia (A. Wilson, 1810)). The observed pattern was similar to the fourth category of geographic variation with regiolects. A Western regiolect extended from northern Alberta to western Ontario. An Eastern regiolect stretched eastward from western Ontario and Wisconsin to the Gaspé Peninsula and New England, then southward through the Appalachians to West Virginia. Nova Scotia and Newfoundland each had unique regiolects. Finally, I compared these results to other species with regiolects and assessed the ability of some deterministic hypotheses to explain song divergence (e.g., role of morphology, physical barriers, island isolation).
Troisi J.R.,Saint Anselm College
Journal of General Psychology | Year: 2013
Complex voluntary behaviors occur in sequence. Eight rats were trained in an operant procedure that used nicotine and non-drug (saline) states as interoceptive cues that signaled which of two behavioral sequences led to food reward. The distal and proximal responses in the chain were always maintained on variable interval 30-sec and fixed ratio-1 schedules, respectively, and rate differences between the responses were used as the dependent variable. Extinction and reversal training was conducted. Distal response rates were significantly greater than proximal response rates during training, testing, extinction, and reversal learning. These data suggest that (a) nicotine can establish interoceptive control over different response sequences, and (b) extinction of one response sequence may be state-dependent. The clinical relevance of extinction of complex behavioral repertoires such as drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior that are evoked by specific interoceptive cues is addressed in regard to drug abuse treatment and relapse. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Plyukhin A.V.,Saint Anselm College
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics | Year: 2010
Stochastic processes are proposed whose master equations coincide with classical wave, telegraph, and Klein-Gordon equations. Similar to predecessors based on the Goldstein-Kac telegraph process, the model describes the motion of particles with constant speed and transitions between discreet allowed velocity directions. A new ingredient is that transitions into a given velocity state depend on spatial derivatives of other states populations, rather than on populations themselves. This feature requires the sacrifice of the single-particle character of the model, but allows to imitate the Huygens' principle and to recover wave equations in arbitrary dimensions. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Campus Cyberinfrastrc (CC-NIE) | Award Amount: 300.00K | Year: 2015
Saint Anselm College is a small, liberal arts college in Manchester, New Hampshire participating in targeted big science with partners across New Hampshire and the world. A significant challenge for small institutions is providing access to major data pathways necessary to transfer key scientific data and share major resources at the capacity demanded by todays scientific data sets. This project creates a new network instrument - a Science DMZ to enable scientific collaboration and data sharing. These campus networking activities provide other small colleges and universities a road map for connecting small institutions to larger institutions in the New England region, across the US, and around the world to support research, teaching and learning with students of all backgrounds. The project broadens opportunities for individual and interdisciplinary scientific research, as well as all research occurring at Saint Anselm College. This project is the key component in elevating research collaboration to the next level of connectivity and effectiveness for the Saint Anselm College scientific research enterprise. The implementation of a 10Gbps networking infrastructure connects Saint Anselm College with other established partner research universities in New Hampshire and around the world. The completion of a Science DMZ is expected to have an immediate and transformative impact on several representative science research areas actively in need of such support such as current research in the areas of: Lidar systems and analyses of hyperspectral data, chromosome evolution, variation in spicule network morphology in dorid nudibranchs, and chemical analyses to support archaeological field work.
News Article | December 10, 2016
Less than a week after Donald Trump kicked off his postelection “Thank You Tour” with a visit to the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, the president-elect took to Twitter to slam the head of the union that represents the company’s employees. To those watching the Wednesday night Twitter tirade unfold, Chuck Jones might have initially seemed like an unusual target, given that Trump had just declared victory in persuading Carrier’s parent company to reduce the number of jobs it moved to Mexico in exchange for $7 million in tax credits from Indiana. It quickly became clear, however, that just 20 minutes before Trump fired off his first tweet about the union boss, Jones had appeared on CNN to talk about the Carrier deal. A banner at the bottom of the screen read, “Carrier Union Boss: Trump Lied His A** Off.” The quote came from an interview with the Washington Post earlier in the week. Jones slammed Trump’s claim that, thanks to his dealmaking, “over 1,100 people” would now be able to keep their jobs at the Indianapolis plant. On the contrary, Jones said, Carrier had agreed to keep only 800 jobs in Indiana, a number the company confirmed to the Post. Not only had Trump inflated the figure of jobs saved, said Jones, but he did so in front of a room full of union members — 550 of whom will still end up losing their jobs — during his visit to the plant. Throughout the course of his presidential campaign — and well before — Trump has often used Twitter as his own personal bully pulpit, blasting out insults about his critics to millions of followers. But the attack on Jones was different, many argued. Trump is no longer a businessman turned reality TV star or even a presidential candidate. He is the president-elect. And the object of his ire this time was not another public figure, but a private citizen. This wasn’t the first time a private citizen had gotten caught in Trump’s crosshairs. In light of the Jones feud, a 19-year-old college student revealed to the Washington Post this week that she too had felt Trump’s wrath after she confronted him at a political event in New Hampshire last fall. Lauren Batchelder, who is studying history and gender studies at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, first encountered Trump at the bipartisan No Labels conference last October. Batchelder, then 18, stood to ask Trump a question about reproductive rights and the gender wage gap, telling the Republican presidential candidate, “I don’t think you’re a friend to women.” “I respect women incredibly,” Trump interrupted, praising his mother and pointing to the women he’s hired at his companies in an attempt to prove her wrong. Under pressure from the rest of the crowd, Trump eventually allowed Batchelder to ask her question, but he wasn’t about to let her have the last word. The next day, as coverage of Trump’s testy performance at the problem-solving event emerged, Trump tweeted angrily about “the arrogant young woman who questioned me in such a nasty fashion” at the New Hampshire conference, claiming that she was a “plant” by Republican rival Jeb Bush. The arrogant young woman who questioned me in such a nasty fashion at No Labels yesterday was a Jeb staffer! HOW CAN HE BEAT RUSSIA & CHINA? How can Jeb Bush expect to deal with China, Russia + Iran if he gets caught doing a “plant” during my speech yesterday in NH? Not long after that, Batchelder said, she began receiving threatening phone calls, emails and Facebook messages, many of which, according to the Post, were “sexual in nature.” Her photo was soon being shared on social media, along with her contact information. “I didn’t really know what anyone was going to do,” Batchelder told the Post this week in her first interview since the ordeal. “He was only going to tweet about it and that was it, but I didn’t really know what his supporters were going to do, and that to me was the scariest part.” More than a year after Batchelder’s exchange with Trump in New Hampshire, her experience echoes that of Chuck Jones, who said that he began to get menacing phone calls approximately 30 minutes after Trump lambasted him on Twitter Wednesday. “Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, ‘You better keep your eye on your kids,’” Jones told MSNBC. “‘We know what car you drive.’ Things along those lines.” According to the Washington Post, one caller warned Jones, “we’re coming for you.” After three decades as a union boss, Jones has said he isn’t fazed by the president-elect’s cyberbullying. But with less than two months left until he becomes president of the United States, Trump’s reactionary verbal assault on a self-described “regular working guy” like Jones has raised serious concerns from White House veterans and Washington historians. “When you attack a man for living an ordinary life in an ordinary job, it is bullying,” Nicolle Wallace, a veteran GOP strategist who served as President George W. Bush’s communications director, told the New York Times Friday. “It is cyberbullying. This is a strategy to bully somebody who dissents. That’s what is dark and disturbing.” Frank Sesno, director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, agreed, suggesting that Trump’s use of Twitter to publicly vilify his critics, especially private citizens, could pose a real threat to Americans’ constitutional right to criticize the government. “Anybody who goes on air or goes public and calls out the president has to then live in fear that he is going to seek retribution in the public sphere,” said Sesno, who is also an ex-CNN Washington bureau chief. “That could discourage people from speaking out.” It’s not just Trump’s tweets that have the potential to silence critics, but also the lingering ripple effect his words appear to have on some of his supporters, even long after he’s moved on to his next victim. Since the early days of his presidential campaign, Trump has demonstrated an ability to stoke such a fervor among his more ardent admirers that they are inspired to go after Trump’s critics themselves. Targets have included a protester at one of his rallies, a journalist who Trump believes covered him unfairly, and one of the many women who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct. Donald Trump speaks and Lauren Batchelder listens during a No Labels Problem Solver convention, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (Photos: Jim Cole/AP ) It’s been more than a year since Trump first tweeted about Batchelder, and yet, she told the Post this week, the hateful messages keep coming. “Wishing I could f***ing punch you in the face,” read one message Batchelder said she received on Facebook just five days before the election. “id [sic] then proceed to stomp your head on the curb and urinate in your bloodied mouth and i know where you live, so watch your f***ing back punk.” The Post points out that Trump’s Twitter following has grown from less than 5 million to more than 17 million in the time since he first lashed out at Batchelder last October. And with the acquisition of the official @POTUS account — and its 12.5 million followers — his audience will soon become even bigger. Despite previously stating that he’d kick his Twitter habit if elected president, Trump’s continued postelection tweets suggest otherwise. In a column at the New York Daily News Friday, Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio argued that the president-elect couldn’t stop tweeting “even if he wanted to.” “Long an advocate of responding ’10 times harder’ when his feelings are hurt — and they are very easily hurt — Trump has a tendency to strike with massive force without much concern for the size or vulnerability of the person in his sights,” wrote D’Antonio, suggesting that Trump will likely continue to lash out at private citizens like Jones and Batchelder “because the pain he feels when criticized doesn’t depend on the source. No matter who speaks out, he cannot bear disapproval.” In an interview with the “Today” show this week, the president-elect defended his tweets as “a modern-day form of communication.” “I think I am very restrained,” Trump said. “And I talk about important things.”