Falcons Fly South


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

Alumni Board of Governors: 2014 March Madness Challenge

1800408_686464788059584_1490749972_nVictor Ljuljdjuraj – Photo by Ron Waite.

Albertus Magnus College men’s basketball team certainly stirred up excitement this March with an amazing season. Head coach Mitch Oliver, senior Darius Watson and junior Victor Ljuljdjuraj have been recognized by D3hoops.com as Oliver was named The 2014 All-Northeast Region Coach of the Year, while Watson and Ljuljdjuraj earned All-Northeast Region First Team and Fourth Team honors, respectively. Watson has also been named a 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-American. Watson, one of the Falcons’ three 2,000-point scorers in program history, has been named to the Division III All-America Second Team. With this honor, Watson becomes the second men’s basketball player in the Albertus Magnus program history to earn All-America honors; Ray Askew (2008-12) earned NABC Third Team recognition in 2012.

Net-9s_newthumb_newthumbHead Coach Mitch Oliver – Photo by Leyna Andren ’14.

The team itself produced its most successful season in program history, battling all the way into the NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16′; and finishing an impressive 2013-14 run with a 28-3 overall record, to tie a single-season record in victories.

3_B_newthumb Albertus Magnus senior women’s basketball player Lianna Carrero (left) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). This is the second-straight year in which Carrero has earned this distinguished honor. She has also been named a finalist for the 2014 Jostens Trophy, which is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. In addition, she was named to the D3hoops.com 2014 All-Northeast Regional Third Team and GNAC Player of the Year.

As you can see, in the past few weeks we have seen our future alumni and current student- athletes earn regional and national recognition for their work in the classroom and on the court. Because we, as the Alumni Board, believe in Albertus and are proud of these and many other students’ accomplishments, we wanted to find a way to engage other alumni in giving back.

Therefore, we introduced the March Madness Challenge. Alumni who make a gift to the College on or before March 31 will see their gift doubled by the Board: the Board will match dollar for dollar every gift received, up to $5,000. A gift of $25 = $50, $100 = $200! Your gift, of any amount, shows the students, our future alumni, that you, too, are invested in their future and you believe in an Albertus education.

So far we have raised more than $1,200 = $2,400! There is still time to participate and an opportunity to win great Albertus prizes. Follow The Challenge on Facebook and Twitter or make a gift today.

Albertus was a great experience for me, and will always be one that I can look back on fondly. Giving to Albertus is as simple as thinking back to the good times, and hoping someone else can look back at their undergraduate experience as I do. It’s not about how much you give, but that you do.

Pedro Suncar, March Madness Blog PhotoPedro J. Süncar Jr.