Is Your Deadline Approaching? Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

So you’ve submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and now you think it’s time to kick up your heels and enjoy summer break? Put your beach plans on hold until you’ve confirmed that your financial aid file is complete. A lot of deadlines are approaching, so make sure you don’t lose out on any financial aid opportunities available.

Don’t Let an Incomplete Financial Aid File Sink Your Ship
Nothing to do on that rainy day? Make sure your financial aid file is complete:

  • Outstanding Documents – Friday, August 1, 2014 – We know you’re getting our mailers, emails, and voicemails! Stop procrastinating and submit your documents.

  • Appeals – Friday, August 1, 2014 – Students interested in submitting appeals to reinstate or increase financial aid eligibility must submit all documentation in order to be reviewed prior to the start of classes.

  • Outstanding Federal Work Study Documents – Tuesday, September 1, 2014 – Work study students are not allowed to work until all Federal Work Study documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

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Check that you have completed the following items so that you don’t get sunburned when you try to move in:

  • Payment Plan – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (for four-month payment plans) and Saturday, August 16, 2014 (for three-month payment plans) – Enroll early and spend less time stressing and more time sunning.

  • Alternative Financing – Friday, August 1, 2014 – PLUS and private loan applications should be finalized with the lenders to ensure all balances are covered prior to classes starting.

  • Waiving Insurance – Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – If you are planning on waiving your insurance, and don’t want to pay for it, make sure you’ve submitted your waiver before move in starts. Otherwise, it will be a reimbursement.

  • Scholarships – Rolling Deadline – Check the Alternative Financing Page on the Financial Aid section of the myAlbertus Portal for scholarship opportunities. Be mindful of the submission deadlines and notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships that are being received.Blog - FA Counselor Sign

Want to confirm you’re ready to kick back and relax? Stop in or call anytime. We’re here to help point your raft in the right direction!

Location: Aquinas Hall, Room 107
Hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Phone: (203) 773-8508
Fax: (203) 773-8972


The Joy of the Gospel

On February 28th of this past academic year, a book discussion of Evangelli Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel, by Pope Francis, took place at Rosary Hall. Copies of the book had been distributed earlier to faculty, staff and students. Many more read the book than could attend the discussion, but a large group was able to join in the discussion that morning.

library1_016Deacon John Hoffman, coordinator of Dominican Ministries, facilitated the discussion. All participants were impressed with the easy accessibility of the Pope’s writing, especially how Pope Francis made difficult concepts clear and understandable. A striking part of the discussion was how each person could see that Pope Francis had a message that seemed to apply to them personally. Our discussion could have gone on for several days, but a couple of hours were all we had that day.


The Joy of the Gospel is divided into five chapters. The Church’s Missionary Transformation is treated first, then the Crisis of Communal Commitment, The Proclamation of the Gospel, The Social Dimension of Evangelization, and finally, Spirit Filled Evangelizers. Pope Francis weaves ambitious Church goals with practical suggestions seamlessly, in an easily readable text. The simplicity and humility of our new Pope is readily evident in his work. The joy was recognizable in his words, and in our discussion of his words and their implications for us.

After the discussion, several copies of the book were presented to the Albertus Magnus Library, so this new and exciting work will be available to all in the Albertus Community. In making this work available, and promoting its reading and discussion, Albertus Magnus College has shown again how our Catholic Identity is lived.

To learn more about the Dominican Exercises here at Albertus Magnus College, click here.

Sister AnneSister 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.

Forever A Falcon

Before Graduating on May 18th 2014, we asked Patrick Dornfried to reflect on his Albertus experience and describe the memories that he’ll take with him in the next chapter of his life.

As graduation approaches and I ready myself for the next step in my life, I find it helpful to take a look at the last four years at Albertus and realize how truly blessed I was to be able to call Albertus my home. I will forever be grateful for the friends I made and for the professors and coaches that molded me into the person that I am today.

I came into Albertus as a freshman worried about opening up and meeting new people. However, from my first day at Orientation, it was like I had been a student there for years. I made some of my best friends that first day; friends that I call my best friends now four years later. It also helped that I was on the baseball team, so I had a mutual interest with all of those kids as well.

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The baseball team, coaches and mentors became like a second family to me. Four years of college baseball went by so fast; it’s hard to believe that my baseball career is already over. However, I wouldn’t have wanted to end my career anywhere else other than at Albertus with my coaches and teammates. I have so many fond memories of spring baseball trips down south. The memories from the bus ride and at the condo complex are memories that I will carry with me until the day I die. It would be impossible for me to have a single favorite memory about my four years on the baseball team because there are so many memories that come to mind when I attempt to think of one.

It’s surreal to think that in less than a week, I’ll be walking across the stage with a diploma in my hands. It may sound cliché but the saying that “time flies when you’re having fun” has never felt so true to me. The past four years have flown by so fast that it seems like a blur. I am eternally grateful to all of the professors, coaches, students, and teammates that made my past four years at Albertus the best of my life.

When August comes around and what would have been move in day comes, I know there will be a part of me that wishes I could go back. Albertus has been my home for the last four years. In my heart, it will find a home forever. Much love.

PatrickPatrick Dornfried
Hometown: Berlin, Connecticut.
Year: Senior
Position: Infield Field / Pitcher
Major: Accounting