Dreams in Graphic Detail

g9ogbsm2Albertus senior Beata Brouard showcases art exhibit featuring classmate Rebecca Samuels.

Senior Rebecca Samuels currently has her exhibit “Circular Somethings” featured inside the Hubert Campus Center at Albertus Magnus College. An East Haven, Connecticut native, Samuels will be graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in art (with a concentration in graphic design) and a minor in computer science. This student exhibit is an opportunity offered through Professor Jerome Nevins’ Senior Project class. After graduation, Samuels plans to continue with her current internship with FastSigns in North Haven, Connecticut. “I think I will work there for a while”, said Samuels. “I learn more and more every day from one of my bosses, who I feel can also be considered my mentor, Kim.” Samuels’ internship has helped her to further develop as a professional, swiftly growing with the skills she has learned while earning her degree.

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Having a lifelong love of art, Samuels began to discover how a lifelong passion could translate into a career through an Albertus degree. “I knew my interest in art could take me further when Professor Nevins noticed how easily Adobe Photoshop came to me (as opposed to others). He said that I should really consider a career in it, and that’s what I plan to do now!” Through her opportunity to showcase her work in the student gallery, Professor Nevins has helped Samuels use her strengths and grow as an artist. For her Senior Show, Samuels found inspiration from the “Flower of Life” found in the Temple of Osiris in Egypt. Dating back to 10,500 B.C., this historical form of radial symmetry represents more than meets the eye. “Although it is only composed of circles, The Flower of Life has a complete other spiritual meaning to those who know it. I would say this is one piece of art that has definitely inspired me with my “Circular Somethings.”

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“Circular Somethings” is a series of graphic images created from photos brought to life with Adobe Photoshop. Samuels gathered photos of different items in her daily life, rotating her work several times to create a star. Each of Samuels’ pieces is very different, including pieces created from the exact same photograph. Turning seemingly “ordinary” objects into beautiful pieces of art, Samuels’ work embodies all she has learned with seamless grace. “Circular Somethings” is on display in the Margaret L. MacDonough Gallery inside the Hubert Campus center. The exhibit continues through Friday, April 4, 2014.

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Beata Brouard
Year: Senior
Major: Communications

Falcons Fly South

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The first week of Albertus Magnus softball has got to be the most exciting week for the team. On March 9, the team traveled down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for spring training and to open up the season. For the five days spent down there we played a total of eight games and finished splitting those games, won 4 and lost 4. Being able to have this chance down in Myrtle allows all the players to get a chance to play in different positions they may have never played before. Having this experience enables the players to understand the game from all areas on the field.We as players know that we have to be prepared to play anywhere that our coach asks us. This is a great opportunity for the team to really get comfortable with one another and build an inseparable bond as well.

While in Myrtle Beach, the team played two games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and played one game Thursday and Friday. Having this schedule allowed the team to have some down time. This down time was spent together, having the chance to go to the Board Walk, go out for team dinners and have a night in and watch movies to prepare for the next day. We knew what we were down there for, to have fun, but to have fun on and off the field, and I think that is something we accomplished. When it came to game time we all put our game faces on and played the best of our ability, win or lose as long as we know we played with heart and enjoyed playing. Being able to spend so much time with one another allows the team to come back home as a family and carry on this relationship into the season.

Sunday, March 23, was the team’s first home game held at West Haven High School’s field. The Falcons faced the Brooklyn College Bulldogs in a double header taking home two victories! We have never been more fired up for this season and truly believe that we will be very successful. Come out and help support softball this year, see you there. Go Falcons!

SeaverJessica Seaver
Year: Freshman
Position: 2nd Base
Major: Sports Management

Caring for College

_TAR0070Caring. It is who we are. It is why we study. It is what we are hoping to do with our lives and what we will leave behind.

Caring gives us meaning, protects us from loneliness and drives us to achieve. Caring wakes us up in the night, pulls us apart and leaves us so tired that we don’t care anymore. Until we do.

As the philosopher Nel Noddings wrote, “It is clearly impossible to establish a caring relationship with everyone in the world.”* But where do you draw the line? If we care for loved ones, must we also care for neighbors we hardly know? If we care for a garden or a pet, must we care for all living things? And what about things? Is it time for spring cleaning? Is there dust under the rug?

Sometimes we care for a favorite place. We pick up stray wrappers from the lawn. This tree, this room, his view from the window are reassuring to us. Then again, when I am writing, I may forget to look out the window. It is already dark out and I never walked outside. How well do we care for ourselves?

In the Dominican tradition, we search for truth in all its dimensions. How do we care for the students and teachers and artists and scholars who are learning from one another, remembering the past and imagining the future? How do we care for ideas?

atrium_008I had a friend and mentor, a revered professor of social work, who seemed to care for everyone he met. He was very humble. He was approaching fifty when he decided to take up ballet. He wanted to empathize with his students by experiencing the difficulties of learning something new. “I can fake anything in words,” he told me, “but there is no faking ballet.”

So caring is the great challenge in returning to college– or perhaps the great challenge in living. How do we keep on caring for others, for the environment, for ourselves and for ideas? How do we find the time to play with our kids and to visit our parents and to celebrate the holidays and to shop for groceries and to do our homework and to pay attention to the news? Maybe the spring cleaning will wait this year.

*Nel Noddings, Caring: A Relational Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, 3rd ed. (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2013), xiv.

lorrie-gardellaLorrie Gardella
Human Services
Vice President of Professional and Graduate Studies