New Year’s Resolution

As 2013 comes to a close and we look out into the wintery start of 2014, we pause to reflect on the year at Albertus as we have for nearly 90 years. To say the least, the scenery has changed throughout a century filled with both triumphs and challenges.

Suddenly, we find ourselves in the age of complication. This is the time of email, text messages, phone messages, social media accounts, and (let’s not forget) good old-fashioned live conversations. We have more ways to connect than ever before, and those connections have changed the way we interact on a very fundamental level.

But that doesn’t mean everything has changed.

One thing that has remained constant, and one thing that will never change, is the faith we have in our students. Everything we do stems from the shared belief that an incredible education opens doors for the lives of our students, no matter what their goals are. Albertus is a jumping-off point; a place you go, that when you come out on the other side you are forever changed. Once we provide our students with the tools they need to begin a new job, or change careers, or enhance their understanding of their world, they simply can’t go back. They’re on the road to success.

Although challenges abound in today’s world, we believe in making it easy to go back to school. Because we recognize the challenges our students have, we have developed more programs than ever to help students succeed: two campuses in New Haven and East Hartford; classes that are in-person and online; and we’re even starting classes on Saturday mornings for those of us who are just too busy during the week. That’s how we show the faith we have in our students—by giving them the ability to succeed on their own terms.
This New Year’s Eve, make a resolution not just for 2014, but for the rest of your life. If you’re ready to change your life for the better, consider coming back to school. We’ll save a place for you at graduation.

Happy New Year from all of us at Albertus Magnus College. We have faith in your future.

Albertus Christmas Traditions

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“Albertinum,” the yearbook of the Class of 1928 —the first to graduate from the College—describes Albertus as a “twentieth century experience of Dominican ideals in education.” Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and you will find that many of the traditions established in those formative years remain.

One of the first organizations founded at the new college was the Glee Club, which participated in various programs arranged by the students. The 1928 yearbook notes that prior to Christmas break, “The resident members instituted the charming traditional custom of caroling about the campus and at the homes of the faculty.” At later annual College Christmas gatherings, the highlight of the evening was the song competition; each class selected a classical or popular piece of music, wrote its own lyrics and performed it from the Rosary Hall staircase. For many years, during the weeks prior to Christmas, a traditional crèche graced Rosary Circle.

This year there were new holiday traditions to celebrate. The Student Alumni Association presented our first annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4 at the front lawn of Aquinas Hall. The tree, a fat albert spruce, donated by John McNamara of Southgate Nurseries, Inc., was planted and blessed in memory of Kevin Panagrossi, former assistant director of enrollment and administrative services for the School of Evening and Graduate Programs (now the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies). The Albertus Choir performed a selection of carols at the event, which the College community, alumni, families and friends attended.

In the spirit of Dominican charism—study, prayer, community and service―the Science Club and the Office of Dominican Ministry sponsored a hat, gloves and scarves drive for people in need during the winter season.

We hope you all have wonderful Christmas and a prosperous new year!

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A little Christmas Leadership

One of the first assignments I give my students as they begin their journey in the Master of Arts in Leadership at Albertus Magnus College is to think of a person they consider a leader and write a bit about what makes them a leader.   Below is one of the most creative essays I have received in my years of teaching on this topic. As we continue along in this holiday season, please enjoy the work of student Fred Gardner as he details his experience with his choice of a leader, Santa Claus.

The first person that comes to mind when I think of a leader is Santa Claus. I recently took a brief trip up to the North Pole (in my dreams) where I was granted a rare interview with the Christmas Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Santa Claus himself. I was amazed to find him very calm, poised, and confidently in control so close to the “big day”, as he reverently called it; right before he leaned back in his chair and bellowed out a jolly “Ho-Ho-Ho.” I asked him how he could be so jolly with such a monumental task at hand.  He said, “It’s a simple thing called ML,” with a twinkle in his crystal clear eyes. I leaned forward and whispered, “what is an ML?” “HO-HO-HO” he responded even louder than before.  Santa

Santa then asked me if I had the time to share a cup of hot chocolate with him so he could share the secret of his success.  Just as I heard the door opening, two giant mugs of cocoa were already being delivered by his efficient elves. I nodded my head as he was already blurting out, “Magical Leadership my dear boy, that’s what the ML is, Magical Leadership.” hot cocoa photo: hot cocoa thHotmug.gif As I intently watched the small little elves bobbing their cute heads from side to side as they scurried across the room without spilling a drop, I thought to myself, couldn’t we all use a ‘ML.’ As the elves scampered away, an approving smile which radiated the room (and actually chimed!) was shown by Santa to his team.

Proudly, Santa then asked me, “Do you see how great my team members are,” publicly praising them as they clicked their little boots and proudly departed with their elbows out.  “I have surrounded myself with an incredible team and I use ML instead of MC (Management and Compliance). Whenever possible, I basically stay out of their way, they are the experts at what they do!” Still a bit amazed at seeing the efficient elves and tentatively sipping my cocoa, I looked up inquisitively as he continued. “The key ingredient of the ML is Christmas Spirit,” he proudly proclaimed as he took a giant gulp of the perfect temperature cocoa. I frowned as I sensed he was telling me the same mumbo-jumbo I heard from my parents when they didn’t have a real explanation for all the presents on Christmas morning. The Christmas Spirit is made up of several magical ingredients which make the leadership part effective. He continued that “the key to magical leadership is passion, inspiration, and the most important element… is the infectious joy I have for my work!”

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Santa continued with a glimmer in his eye, “now you know the secret of the Christmas Corporation’s manufacturing success, but wait to you hear how I deliver the product to the…….” Sadly, I then woke up and found my leadership text hitting the ground. I guess I will need to wait until my next class in My ML, the Master of Arts in Leadership, to learn more ways to lead and perform effectively.

It seems that Fred and Santa have paid attention to the lessons in leadership that we teach here at Albertus.  I’m glad to see that our message has made it to the North Pole.

Here are some more Leadership lessons from St. Nick….enjoy!

 

Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night…

HF

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untitled2Howard C. Fero, Ph.D.
The Leadership Doc
Director, Graduate Leadership ProgramsAssociate Professor of Business and Leadership
Albertus Magnus CollegeDr. Howard Fero, is an Associate Professor of Business and Leadership and the Director of Graduate Leadership programs at Albertus Magnus College. When not teaching classes and overseeing the Leadership programs at Albertus Dr. Fero uses his expertise to help individuals and organizations achieve optimal performance and effectiveness as The Leadership Doc. Dr. Fero will be blogging about different leadership topics throughout the year and speaks about these topics in his classes in the Master of and Arts in Leadership Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership Programs. He welcomes your comments and looks forward to communicating with you in our exciting new blog.