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.

Team shot

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

Reunion 2014

IMG_5226The Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Board of Governors look forward to welcoming and celebrating Reunion milestone classes ending in 4 and 9 at Reunion 2014. Alumni, friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday, June 14 to catch up with old friends, rekindle bonds and perhaps learn something new at one of our Enrichment Sessions. Alumni of all classes and all programs are encouraged to attend Reunion, this annual event provides us all with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our beautiful campus and reminisce.

Reunion day has evolved over the years to include a number of new and exciting activities. We will begin the day with a Liturgy in loving memory of deceased classmates and friends at 10 a.m. in the St. Albert Atrium of the Tagliatela Academic Center. The Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. will feature the President’s Address, Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association, presentation of the Alumni of the Year Awards and Golden Society Induction Ceremony with champagne toast honoring the class of 1964.

We are very pleased to announce the Alumni of the Year honorees: Christopher Berg ’06, ’12 M.A. Leadership, Premier Achievement Award and Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen ’85, Alumni of the Year. Read more about your fellow alumni here.

Other highlights of this year’s Reunion include:

045Session 1: Bette Francesconi Isacoff ’68, ’13 M.F.A. presents Memoirs and Memories of Albertus

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Room 101, Hubert Campus Center
Isacoff received her BA in 1968 and her MFA in Creative Writing in 2013 from Albertus Magnus College and the College figures prominently in her book, Star Crossed. Join Bette for a discussion, reading, signing and walk down memory lane.

Session 2: Suzanne Palmieri ’95, The Lost Witch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Room 113, Tagliatela Academic Center
Discussion, reading and signing by Albertus alumna, faculty member and novelist Suzanne Palmieri (Hayes) author of The Witch of Little Italy, (Saint Martin’s Press/Griffin), and co-author of I’ll be Seeing You (MIRA Harlequin). She has two upcoming novels due out in May 2014, The Witch of Belladonna Bay and Empire Girls.

Session 3: Beer Loves Cheese
3:45 – 4:45 p.m., DeDominicis Dining Hall, 2nd floor, Hubert Campus Center
Join Jason Sobocinski, cheese expert, owner and founder of New Haven’s award-winning restaurant/cheese shop, Caseus Fromagerie Bistro, for a guided tasting of beer and cheese.

Session 4: Faculty Panel Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Behan Community Room, Hubert Campus Center
Panelists include: Ross Edwards, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Eric Schoek, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities; Dr. Matt Waggoner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion; and Sarah Wallman, Associate Professor/Co-Director MFA Program. Moderated by Natalie DeVaull, Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Program.

Also available throughout the day will be tours, residence hall visits and an art exhibit presented by the Albertus Magnus College Master of Arts in Art Therapy program faculty and students, “Small Works, Shared Spirits” Exhibit, in the MacDonough Art Gallery, on the first floor of the Hubert Campus Center. Finally, the day will conclude with the Cocktail Soirée featuring live music.038

All reunion details and registration are now available online. Campus Map, Class Lost List, Lodging Information and Questionnaire available upon request, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-773-8502 or email


21st Century Leaders

Have you seen the “news” lately? If so, then you have been inundated with images of people needing our help. Lately, we have witnessed a conflagration of serious ethical conundrums. We are constantly seeing local officials flailing during important press conferences, national politicians trying to explain why they continue failing to serve the best interests of the American people, a cantankerous NBA sports team owner who continues to dig his family further into an inescapable abyss of wretched behavior, and we also see how preventable violence in our beloved Nutmeg state continues to weigh down the strong moral fabric which once existed in our neighborhoods. All of this is enough to make us ask two questions.

Where are the role models?

Why don’t we have ethics in our culture anymore?

_U7C6625Well, thankfully, these two difficult questions have very easy answers! In fact, just this past month we saw firsthand how our College’s role models successfully matriculated through the vibrant leadership program. During our most recent round of Capstone presentations, six graduate students put on full display how they are changing our communities for the better.

Jerica Ortiz and Keshia Tigner presented an exciting program titled Stir Up the Gifts Arts Academy. The academy empowers volunteers to serve as teachers who will train our adolescents to find their voices through meaningful arts and civic curriculums.

Rey Ali, Mike Donegan and Kevin Glenn developed a ready-to-use curriculum for newly-hired and seasoned employees who are interested in developing a sound culture within the workplace. Their Leadership Through Emersion course gives companies the ability to build upon the foundation of their leadership corps from the ground up, instead of from the top down. This new pedagogical method ensures that employees recognize that they are true leaders, no matter the current rank they may hold within an organization’s hierarchy.

Fr. Santhosh Syriac gave us all a glimpse into what he is developing for his community in India. Through the spirit of “Anugraha” [grace] he is changing the culture of his homeland one convalescent home at a time. Fr. Syriac and his peers recognize that the old ways of taking care of India’s expanding elderly population need real progressive change. By challenging current methodologies and cultivating healthcare officials, he has brought out the best core values that are taught at Albertus Magnus College.

These six impressive scholars took the theories they learned from their Master of Arts in Leadership courses and put those lessons into praxis. Their willingness to take part in the Capstone exercise afforded them the ability to affect positive social change in our universe, while simultaneously becoming the ethical leaders we all hope to see portrayed in nightly news stories. Our community is in a much better place, because these students unselfishly “shared the fruits of their contemplation’s” with our world.

The great Mahatma Gandhi said quite simply “Be the change you want to see in the world!” It is in that spirit that I salute these six students who made sacrifices so that we could witness true servant leadership in the making. We are all better people due to the work these scholars have put forward for the benefit of others. It is indeed my honor to know them and to call them tremendous colleagues!

karreem-mebaneKarreem Mebane, MAR
Philosophy And Religion Lecturer