Dive in this Summer

Hi! My name is Lindsey Wiber, head lifeguard at the Albertus Magnus College Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut. I have been a lifeguard here for almost two years. You can find me here Monday through Friday mornings, and around the building in the afternoons and weekends teaching future generations Lifeguard or CPR courses. I love to talk to members and try to get to know the “regulars” by name. If I do not know your name, I apologize. Please introduce yourself!Pool 2

With the dog days of summer upon us, a nice refreshing dip in the pool is a great way to cool down and get some exercise as well. The Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center features a six lane, 25 yard pool that is open year round. Come and join the “regulars” who are here before the sun gets up, also a way to beat the heat and swim before work.Pool

With an open swim section in the middle of the pool, it’s a great place to bring the kids and spend a couple of hours diving for rings, racing and just having fun. For the pool schedule and summer hours click here.

Pool 3Our friendly front desk staff of Jim, Carol and Albertus Magnus College students are always here ready and willing to help answer any questions you may have, and to offer you a smile and a laugh. Of course, once you pass the front desk and enter the pool, you will be greeted by the superb aquatics staff. This month we have a diving team in the mornings, a water polo team and a swim team in the evenings, which always makes the pool a more lively and interesting place to be.

I look forward to seeing many new and returning faces to the pool this summer season! Memberships are available to the public as well as faculty, staff and students and their families. For additional information about membership packages click here or visit AlbertusFalcons.com.

Defining Patriotism

IMG_0893Patriotism defined by the Webster Dictionary is, ‘love that people feel for their country’. As we celebrate Independence Day, we remember the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom. Our veterans and their families deserve our appreciation for their service and our support as they transition from active military duty to their civilian lives. As an institution of higher education, Albertus is proud to provide academic rigor and a supportive environment for our veterans and their families to achieve academic success.

Albertus Magnus College strives to provide the best educational tools and faculty for all of our students. Albertus participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and has financial aid and admission staff who specialize in veteran’s benefits. For the second year in a row, Albertus Magnus College has been recognized as a 2014/15 Military Friendly School. Our student veterans play an active role in our learning community.

We invite you to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all veterans by posting a message on our student veteran Facebook page or Pinterest board.

Meet one of our student veterans:

Further reading:
FREEDOM: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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All in the Family

Graduations tend to make one stop and think about their journey up to this moment. Albertus Magnus College has been a part of my family for longer than I can remember. My aunt, mother, father, and sister have all attended the College, from the mid-seventies up until this past May when I received my bachelor’s degree in Marketing. But my family’s connection with the College goes back even further to cousins and great aunts, making me the 7th person in my family to earn a degree from Albertus. I have grown up hearing stories of all the different traditions and was always struck by how each family member had a different experience but still identified as Albertus graduates, whether as Aggie Maggies, or Falcons. The education and experiences in the classroom and on the campus are the things that define Albertus Magnus College alumni.

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I have loved my time here, I was able to have a unique experience and be a part of the founding of a new and very exciting organization, the Student Alumni Association. This group of like-minded, extremely motivated fellow students, made my experience at Albertus what it was, and provided me with a deeper love for the College and our distinctive traditions, as well as affording me with a connection to the much larger network of alumni outside of the College. This organization will go on to do great things, and build a stronger bridge between current students and our incredible alumni. This exposure to Albertus’ amazing alumni network has not only made me aware of the great things Albertus graduates go on to accomplish, but it has made me proud to be a part of this community.

This connection has made it so that I couldn’t wait to be a part of the system that helps keep alumni connected to their alma mater. A week after graduation I began working in the Alumni and Advancement office here at the College as the Alumni Intern. Even though I wasn’t graduated very long, it still felt like I was coming home. Being newly graduated and beginning to get everything in order for my pending move to England to begin graduate school in London, coming back to campus each day and seeing how much work and care goes into reaching out to our alumni, makes me proud to be a part of this family. This job allows me to help create and distribute alumni materials as well as getting the opportunity to reach out and speak to other alums, especially at Reunion, and meet the fellow alumni in my reunion year.

IMG_8189Even though I have graduated, and by summer’s end will be establishing a new home in another country, I know that I have an entire network of Albertus alums that are no more than an email away at any given moment. A lot of colleges and universities boast of their elaborate alumni networks that are at students’ and graduates’ disposal, but these are often so massive and the alums included had drastically different experiences at their college with no core of traditions or happenings. But the Albertus alumni network, while maybe smaller than some others, has the lifelong bond of our unique traditions and small, familial campus and community. No matter when we graduated, we are all Falcons (or Mags!) forever.

UQ6A1662Liz McGarry ’14, hails from North Haven, CT and graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in Marketing. In the Fall Liz will be attending Richmond, The American International University in London to pursue a master of arts in Advertising and Public Relations.