It’s Never Too Late To Finish

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We sat down with Business Management graduate Kathy Schmidt to discuss what motivated her to go back to college, and why she chose the Albertus Magnus College New Dimensions Program.

It was my first foray into college. I had always wanted to go to college after high school, and life kind of got in the way because I was interested in other things. Once my children started college I decided it was time for me to go to college.

I had never really worked with a team per se, so it just made my learning experience stronger and also having that team experience helps in my work environment as well.  It developed strong friendships that I’ve just kept the past four years.

Having an intended graduation date was great for me because I had that goal of knowing I will really finish and get my degree in 4 years; I didn’t want to flounder and have it take 6 or 8 years. I knew down the road I could further my career by having a degree, in particular a bachelor’s degree, and I knew I would get ahead by having my degree.

If you are wanting to go back to school to get your degree, and you’re hesitant, you should make the decision to go because it’s well worth it. You’ll never regret it.  Now is the time to go!

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Study, Achieve, (Get) Paid!

Welcome back! We know how busy you’ve been with move-in days, orientations, and the start of classes. Now that you’re getting into the swing of this new academic year, we wanted to stress the importance of making time to study and do homework, and to go to classes. Yes, we know you hear that all the time, but it’s extremely important because all financial aid recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

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What is SAP you say? Basically, it’s a way to measure if you are making headway on your degree. We review your GPA as well as how many courses you complete at the end of every academic year. So be sure to attend and do well, or you risk having to pay for your tuition out of your own pocket next year! Don’t worry if one class is getting you down; work with your professors/advisor and be honest about your concerns with the course. If you think you might be at risk of falling below the minimum standards (2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students or 3.0 for Graduate students), pop in to the Financial Aid Office; we’re always here to help!

Dominican Preaching Conference

This past May 20 through May 25, Deacon John Hoffman, Coordinator of Dominican Ministries, and three students, Esther Hartzell, Earl McCoy and Zaida Velazco attended the Dominican Preaching Conference on the campus of Malloy College in Long Island. Students and staff from Dominican Colleges all over the United States and Puerto Rico were in attendance, with over 90 participants.

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The conference allowed them to immerse themselves in the Dominican Tradition as articulated by the many Dominican Sisters, Brothers and Priests who helped to conduct the workshops and activities. Students were encouraged to see how they can live out the pillars of the Dominican charism; Study, Prayer, Community and Service. The commonality among the different college groups was striking, all of us realizing the central Dominican spirit that underlies all that we do.

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Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, was known to be a joyful preacher.This joy was evident in all the presentations and activities of the conference, and this spirit was put into action in service in a number of areas surrounding the Molloy College campus. Deacon John and the students also worked on strategies to bring back to Albertus, focusing on ways to enhance the Dominican spirit all through the campus community.

This Dominican Preaching Conference has been ongoing for over 20 years, and changes location every two years. This coming May it will be on the campus of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Any present student or staff member of Albertus Magnus College is encouraged to consider attending this most worthwhile conference. At our Dominican forum in the fall at Albertus, the student participants from this past year will present their experiences to the Albertus community.

To learn more, contact Deacon John Hoffman, Coordinator of Dominican Ministries, hjhoffman@albertus.edu.