“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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