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


Albertus Vets Honored at the State Capitol

Celebrated Albertus Vets Carlos Garcia, Merari Antunez and Jonathan Medina with Connecticut State Governor Dannel Malloy

Celebrated Albertus Vets Carlos Garcia, Merari Antunez and Jonathan Medina with Connecticut State Governor Dannel Malloy

A sentiment of pride filled the Connecticut State Capitol as the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LAPRAC) hosted its 8th Annual Tribute to Hispanic Veterans on May 14, 2014.  The ceremony celebrated over 50 outstanding veterans, among them four Albertus Magnus College students and one alumna.

Recognized Albertus Magnus College Students were Merari Antunez, Carlos Garcia, Jonathan Medina and Manuel Montañez. In addition, Yvette Bello, alumna and executive director of the Latino Community Services, Inc. was also acknowledged for her commitment to our nation.”It is rightfully due to pay tribute to our veterans throughout the State of Connecticut,” stated LAPRAC Chairman Richard Cruz. “These valiant men and women committed without hesitation their  service, talent and strength to protect the freedoms so many take for granted.”

Carlos Garcia, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Merari Antu​nez

Carlos Garcia, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Merari Antu​nez

The Albertus Magnus College honorees were acknowledged for their service in the armed forces and their commitment to the United States.

Senior Airman Merari Antunez of  U.S. Air Force Reserve is proud to serve her country and the world as a medical technician for the Air Force Reserve. She is happy in being part of a greater mission that makes a difference and helps the wounded. Antunez is currently obtaining her bachelor of science degree in Business Management and expects to graduate in 2015.

Staff Sergeant Carlos Garcia of the U.S. Air Force National Guard recalls his love for the armed forces at an early age and considers it as is his calling. Upon completing high  school, Garcia enlisted in the United States Army and now continues to proudly serve the United States as a member of the Air Force National Guard.  A member of the Class of 2014, Garcia graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Business on May 18.

Albertus Veteran Jonathan Medina and his role mode, inspiration, and mother Isabel Rodriguez

Albertus Veteran Jonathan Medina and his role mode, inspiration, and mother Isabel Rodriguez

Petty Officer Jonathan Medina of the U.S. Navy takes pride in being a veteran and is committed to serving his community.  He is active in his church, community and is a new member of the Local 40 Union.  Medina plans to graduate in 2015 from Albertus Magnus College with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration.

Tech Sergeant Manuel Montañez of the U.S. Air National Guard knew from a young age that he wanted to serve his country in the military.  His active commitment in the Air National Guard has bought Montañez several honors and recognition. He is studying finance and aims to graduate with his bachelor of science degree.

For more information about the Albertus Magnus College Veterans Support please visit the following link: