Interview with Sister Nancy Murray, O.P.

Interview with Sr. Nancy Murray, O.P.

 “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.”

Matthew 5:9

On January 30, 2014, at lunch time Sr. Nancy gave a presentation to faculty, staff and some members of the Alumni Association on how portrayals of Dorothy Stang and St. Catherine of Siena (another performance Sr. Nancy gives) impact her life.  Albertus Magnus College was fortunate to have Sr. Nancy Murray, O.P., on campus.  In the evening Sr. Nancy presented a one-woman drama entitled, “Rooted in Love: the Life and Martyrdom of Dorothy Stang, SND deNamur”.

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Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, gave her life educating and defending the rights of peasant farm families in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil. Dorothy helped the farmers form communities, improve farming methods and advocate for human rights. In addition she helped to build numerous schools and to join in efforts to save the rain forest land. It was those efforts IMG_0946that enraged illegal ranchers and loggers and led to her violent death by two hired gunmen as she read the beatitudes from Matthew’s Gospel.

While Nancy was at Albertus for her presentation I had the opportunity to interview her for this blog.

How does being a part of the Dominican family impact your presentation?

Sr. Nancy – As a Dominican sister I was able to enter into the world of the Sisters of Notre Dame with reverence. I felt the responsibility to portray Dorothy as someone who lived the values of her congregation. Dorothy loved her family and the Notre Dame family. I was fortunate to be able to interview members of her family and her congregation in preparing my script. All said she was strong-willed, had tremendous courage and a heart that was as expansive as her smile.

What do you think is essential for a Dominican college to promote in today’s world?

As benchmarks for a Dominican college I find the four pillars (study, prayer, community and service) to be a valuable way for a college community to remember and to respond to its mission. I also think Dominican colleges emphasize life-long learning, the connections with God and one another made through prayer, and respond to the needs of others. For me, as a Dominican, there is a special call to be with the poor and to provide opportunities for dialogue when we experience divisions. Above all, I hope those attending a Dominican college can see God present in each person and recognize the interconnectedness of all of creation.

Is there any other comment you want to make?

I am grateful for the invitation to share Dorothy’s story with the Albertus community. Dorothy inspires me, and I hope all of you, to become a loving voice for justice in our world. Dorothy was able to do ordinary and extraordinary things in her life because of her faith, her ability to love and be loved by others, her willingness to share what she knew for the good of others and her courage to face injustice. I hope the “good God” can help you and I continue her legacy.IMG_0926

We invite you to attend the next in the St. Thomas Aquinas Speaker Series:

Brian J. Pierce, O.P., Province of St. Martin De Porres

“What We Have Seen, Heard, and Touched with Our Hands”

March 31, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.
Behan Community Room, Hubert Campus Center.
Please RSVP.
Submitted by Sr. Anne Kilbride, O.P.

Sister Anne Kilbride, O.P., special assistant to the president for the promotion of the Catholic, Dominican Heritage at Albertus Magnus College. She came to the College in 2011 as a consultant to gather ideas and make recommendations on new and creative ways to strengthen the College’s long relationship with the

Dominican Sisters. Now she assists the College in developing academic and social links with national and international Dominican teachers and preachers.

Sister Anne received a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Southern Connecticut State University, and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in theology and Boston College in pastoral ministry; she also pursued further study in counseling, family counseling and theology at the University of Notre Dame, Ohio Dominican University and St. Joseph College.

Deeply involved in congregational ministry and leadership for the past decade, she served as a member of her congregation’s leadership team and as prioress. Her primary focus has been to promote Dominican life and mission now and into the future.

Five Tips to Successfully Navigate a Career Fair

In less than a month, Albertus Magnus College will host its first Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. While many seniors and alumni see the fair as an opportunity to find employment out of college, underclassmen can also benefit from the experience by networking and researching companies for potential internship opportunities.

Career Fairs, simply put, are a great way to practice and refine our professional presence, make contacts, and set tangible goals for our future. They are also a way to hand a resume to a recruiter in person rather than to blindly send a resume to some mysterious, no-reply email address.

Now that we know career fairs provide incredible personal benefits for all college students and alumni, it’s time to examine what we can do on this day to make an outstanding first impression. Here are five tips to help you successfully navigate any career fair:

1. Research companies beforehand. A list of employers attending Albertus Magnus College’s Career Fair will be available two weeks prior to the fair. Review the list ahead of time and then research the companies that you plan to visit. Employers will be impressed that you did your “homework,” and you’ll feel more confident approaching them.

2. Dress for success. If you own a business suite, wear it. If not, then find a flattering “business casual” outfit that’s classy and professional. For tips about how to dress, please visit Albertus Magnus College’s Career Services Pinterest page. (No jeans, sneakers, T-shirts, or sweatpants!)

3. Create your own personal pitch. Your “pitch” or “introduction” doesn’t have to be long, but it should be rehearsed enough so that you exude confidence in your delivery. For example: “Hi, I’m Tonya. I’m a sophomore at Albertus Magnus College, and I’m interested in learning more about your internships for criminal justice majors. Can you tell me about the type of experience or skills you require to intern for your agency?”

4. Bring resumes. Provide a resume after every connection you make. Resumes, unlike personal business cards, allow a recruiter to learn more about you, your skills, your education, and your work experience. A resume printed on resume paper—a thicker paper found at any office store like Staples or OfficeMax—makes the very best impression.

5. Follow-up. Were you impressed by certain companies/recruiters at the fair? Why not stop at their booth one last time to thank them for their time and to reiterate your interest? Ask them for their business card, and then send them a thank you note with another copy of your resume. Follow-up is crucial if you want to remain on a recruiter’s radar.

This event will be held on February 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free for all students and alumni to network with area employers; no registration required.

Looking for a hard-working intern or talented Graduate? Then attend our Career and Internship Fair. If you or your company would like to represent your business, please contact Annette Bosley-Boyce at abosleyboyce@albertus.edu.

Bosely_Boyce_AnnetteAnnette Bosley-Boyce is Director of Career Services at Albertus Magnus College and author of The College Success Plan. As Director of Career Services, Ms. Bosley-Boyce assists students with career planning, resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profiles, job searches, and interview techniques. When she’s not assisting students with their “career education,” she’s developing rapports with employers in the area and coordinating events such as the college’s annual career fair and on-campus recruiting days.

Annette Bosley-Boyce received a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing and women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Sacred Heart University.

Having extensive experience in higher education, Ms. Bosley-Boyce has worked in administrative and faculty roles at various colleges for over 15 years. Her background includes career counseling, admissions, academic advisement, residential life, and enrollment management.

On the road with the Women’s Basketball Team

The Albertus Magnus Women’s Basketball Team is like one big family. On average we spend three to three and a half hours together six days a week as a team. We are now on our 49th practice of the year. Together we have experienced things that most teams never get a chance to do. Last season, we played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. We played on an official NBA court, NBA dimensions and all, and even got to see NBA players up close. The whole experience was something that each one of us will never forget.

This season, the Albertus Magnus Women’s Basketball Team ventured up to Salem, Massachusetts, for a two-day tournament at Salem State University. We got to sleep over in the haunted Hawthorne Hotel, where all the other teams were staying as well. While the Hawthorne Hotel may be old and eerie, it had modern charm to it.

IMG950728After our first game the day we arrived, we went out to dinner together at a local restaurant where the locals were watching the Patriots game. We had many laughs while we cheered on the Patriots with the locals and ate our food. The next morning coach told us to be up and ready to go sightseeing. Since it was my third time in Salem, I knew exactly where to find the Salem Witch Museum. However, first, in order to get to the museum I brought the team through the Burying Point cemetery where families such as the Hawthorne family were buried years ago.

IMG_0375The next place we visited was the Salem Wax Museum, directly next to the cemetery. Here we took pictures with many of the wax figures and read about the history of the Salem Witch Trials. Across the street we went on a guided witch tour. Not only did we learn about the history from our guide, but we also learned about misconceptions about witches and the town.

All in all, the team had a great weekend together we played as a team and came away with a win, but also we grew as a family. This overnight experience is something I hope to experience again in my next two years on the Albertus Magnus Women’s Basketball Team.

OliviaSutherland_newthumbOlivia Sutherland
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut
Position: Guard
Major: Sports Management