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 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 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.

The Experiential Experience

ELD2013SMall-32Before coming to Albertus Magnus I had never heard the term “Experiential Learning.” Truth be told I wasn’t even sure I heard people correctly when they used the word “experiential.” Many people around campus confuse the word with “experimental” so I was a bit apprehensive when I was required to attend Experiential Learning Day (ELD) my freshman year. I soon learned that experiential learning is learning by doing and includes direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. During ELD students present their accomplishments in curricular and co-curricular activities. Experiential learning takes many forms at Albertus Magnus including practica and internship, service-learning, independent scholarship, research and student teaching.

ELD2013SMall-107At my first ELD in 2011, I attended a presentation on “Discovering the Real Dominican Republic.” During the talk the presenter shared her experiences interacting with Dominicans living below the poverty line. When you think about the Dominican Republic you think about beautiful beaches and a paradise oasis. In reality over 30% of the population lives in extreme poverty. I remember thinking how the idea of traveling in college is so important. This presentation was more influential than I could have ever expected   and came, into play when picking my classes for this semester.

I am now a second-semester junior and planning to go on a spring break, service-learning trip to Canada. The trip is a component of a service-learning across borders course I am currently taking. During our trip we will volunteer with five different agencies. When we return our class will present at this year’s ELD on March 26. The day’s events run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

ELD2013SMall-3ELD does not only showcase student’s volunteerism and study throughout the world. All types of presentations are welcome. Some students share their internship experiences with television programs like Entertainment Tonight and the Insider, while others share artwork and independent and faculty- mentored research projects dealing with issues such as transit racism, e-waste, Afghani art, healthcare in Peru, pharmacogenomics and market analysis. By sharing these experiences students learn from one another and think about opportunities and projects they may have never discovered on their own. Student presenters get to practice public speaking skills, learn how to prepare conference posters and gain valuable experience that can be put on their resumes.

ELD has become an influential part of the Albertus Magnus College experience. This year students will resent on topics such as a Habitat for Humanity build in Hawaii, a research practicum with the Yale School of Medicine section of Infectious Diseases, public education reform and recognizing the variables that impact intimacy within a relationship, to name a few. Professor Lisa Furman, associate professor of psychology in the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program, will offer a lecture on Ethical Considerations: Clients with Cognitive Degeneration in Art Therapy Research and Treatment. An art show, reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

For more information on experiential learning and other events planned this spring (Business Etiquette Dinner, Money Smart Week and the Veritas Learning Series) please visit us on the web at

Danielle - HeadshotDanielle Thuerling
Experiential Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Intern
Communications major
Class of 2015

Cultivating Exemplary Leadership: Part 6

Modeling the Way

What does it take to be a leader? Well, the first step is acknowledging that to someone, at sometime, you are a leader! We all need to realize that others may at one point or another look to us for guidance, advice or support. Once we recognize this simple, yet important, point, we understand that we need to always present ourselves in a way that represents ourselves and our intentions in the best light. This month’s blog is about the importance of modeling the way so that others who see us will be proud of our actions and be desirous of behaving in the same way that we do.

Kouzes and Posner in their seminal work, “The Leadership Challenge,” point to the importance of a leader’s behavior reflecting their intentions and also reflecting the behaviors that they want their people to emulate. This tenet of leadership can be understood along the lines of, “would you want your mother to see you doing that?”, or, “can you look in the mirror and be happy with who you are,” etc. The point being that if we are happy and proud of our actions then we should continue them; if we aren’t then perhaps we should stop.

OrangLeaderOnPodiumSMLeaders in all walks of life need to be aware of the ways that they present themselves and the ways they represent their values and the values of their organization to their team as well as to the public in general. As discussed in the clip above, some organizations such as Southwest Airlines are known for their employee centric workplace. They have a focus on employee satisfaction, and one of the ways they model this is by having their employees at all levels work in different positions, no matter what their pay grade.

Modeling the way can be as simple as a manager taking time out of his or her day to stop and talk with employees, getting to know a bit about them and what they enjoy and don’t enjoy about their job. I had a student some years ago who worked in a large insurance company. One day, she told me, she was sitting by herself in the cafeteria having lunch when someone who she recognized as a senior vice president came to her table and asked if he could join her. He spent about a half hour eating and talking with her about the organization, his job, her job, and what he hopes his employees feel each day at work. The impact of this 30 minutes of the vice president’s time was huge for my student, she was made to feel valuable to the organization and she felt that her insights and observations were valued; she herself felt empowered after the interaction as she was a part of an organization where executives wanted to get to know their employees and spend time with them.

lunch-at-office-579x333We model the way for our people so that the dedication, excitement and passion that we have for our organization becomes contagious. In an interview I conducted with Bob Melvin, manager of the Oakland A’s, he said that “when you have pride in leadership and you believe in your leader, you come to work with a smile on your face, and pride in playing for the organization.” By coming to work with a smile we are modeling the way and encouraging those around us to do the same.

Your homework for this month, pay attention to your actions, attitude and demeanor at work. No matter what your position, is the way you behave each day the way you think everyone should behave? Remember, a bad apple does spoil the bunch…be a good apple and model positive behaviors.

untitled2Howard C. Fero, Ph.D.
The Leadership Doc
Director, Graduate Leadership Programs
Associate Professor of Business and Leadership
Albertus Magnus College

Dr. Howard Fero, is an Associate Professor of Business andLeadership and the Director of Graduate Leadership programs at Albertus Magnus College. When not teaching classes and overseeing the Leadership programs at Albertus Dr. Fero uses his expertise to help individuals and organizations achieve optimal performance and effectiveness as The Leadership Doc. Dr. Fero will be blogging about different leadership topics throughout the year and speaks about these topics in his classes in the Master of and Arts in Leadership Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership Programs. He welcomes your comments and looks forward to communicating with you in our exciting new blog.