From the desk of the President

Christmas Message from President Camille

It’s December 22, and today at 3:00 p.m. Albertus Magnus College will close in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. I am now nearly six months into my tenure as the 14th president of this special place, and as our community prepares for a well-deserved respite, I share some observations.

Yesterday, the College’s faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees gathered on campus, as a community, for the annual Christmas luncheon. It was December 21, the first day of winter. As I thought about what I might offer in my remarks, I recalled that this past March 20, the first day of spring, I was introduced to this same community as the president-elect. On that day, I was deeply touched by the warmth of the welcome extended to me from the Albertus Magnus community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, Dominican Sisters of Peace, and Board members reached toward me with handshakes and hugs, open hearts and open minds. Community is more than aspiration at this College. Community here is family. Albertus Magnus may be a small college, but it’s a giant in spirit, impact, and love.

The spirit of Albertus Magnus College was revealed and released ninety two years ago, in 1925, when the Dominican Sisters founded the institution. Four pillars define and inspire this College: Study, Prayer, Community, and Service. The Catholic, Dominican, values- and liberal arts-based education offered to Albertus undergraduate and graduate students, younger and older, continues to emanate in spirit from these four pillars. To work for and earn a college degree is an accomplishment. To put that degree to work not simply for self, but for others, is our calling.

Albertus Magnus College alumni are proud and passionate, prominent and profound. The women who graduated in the College’s early years walk tall and beam. The women and men who graduated more recently continue to carry that torch of pride and continue to positively impact society. Teachers, scientists, physicians, nurses, engineers, corporate executives, civic leaders, religious leaders, counselors, artists, volunteers… but a sampling list of the vocations of Albertus alumni. Our world needs more Albertus Magnus College graduates.

Today, with Christmas approaching and Advent reminding us of the Coming and of our many blessings, it is the Albertus Magnus College family, my new family, for which I am grateful and inspired to serve. One way we describe the Albertus Magnus College experience is that we love our students into being their best selves, soaring as fearless falcons to greater heights. Christmas is the season of love. We come together, as family and friends, and we celebrate the season. Celebrations are about sharing and giving – of ourselves, of our talents and treasure. We are one community, responsible to and for each other. Perhaps the greatest gift at Christmas, our greatest gift at Christmas, is love.

It’s December 22, the first in which days become longer as the Albertus Magnus family sets its sights on the approaching spring semester. May you and yours have a blessed, joy- and love-filled Christmas, and may your New Year ahead be filled with prosperity and peace.

Thanksgiving Message from President Camille

Dear Members of the Albertus Family,

As we prepare to break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I write to offer my personal wishes to you and your for a warm and relaxing Thanksgiving. In this season of gratitude, I am reminded, every day, of the infinite blessings I have in my life. The Albertus family is one of those blessings.

With all that we have going on each day, between work, family, and friends, it's easy to become consumed in the stress and anxiety of trying to balance so many demands. But for those of us who are member of the Albertus CMagnus College family we share a common bond and purpose, inspired by our Catholic and Dominican, values-based mission and identity. We teach, work, and serve on behalf of our students. We do so in pursuit of deeper fulfillment of our mission, and we do so to help our students, younger, and older, to realize their dreams, and fullest potential as Fearless Falcons. For this shared bond and inspiration, new in my life this year, I am blessed and offer thanks.

I'm looking forward to some rest and relaxation over the holiday break. But I'm already looking forward to being back with you on Monday. Enjoy your holiday and time with friends and family.

Reflections on the First One Hundred Days

Today, October 7, marks the 100th day of my presidency here at Albertus Magnus College. It’s hard to believe it’s been one hundred days since June 30; in some ways, it’s been a blur. But what has become crystal clear and is easy to share is the depth of my passion and excitement that has developed for Albertus. As each of the first one hundred days has passed, my appreciation for all that is special about this wonderful college has grown. When I started as president, I launched a new Albertus President Twitter account (@AlbertusPres). I did so because I acknowledge that social media offers an important opportunity to share the Albertus Magnus College story. But, I’ve learned quickly the limitations of 140 characters, so today I write with a bit more detail. And moving forward, while I’ll continue to Tweet, from time to time I’ll use this blog to share Albertus Magnus College stories. There is so much for which the Albertus family should be proud.

The commitment of the Albertus Magnus College community to mission is palpable. Indeed, every college or university has a mission. But at Albertus, the Catholic, Dominican mission and tradition is alive and well, thriving under the care of the faculty and staff who educate today’s Albertus students, preparing them for impactful lives after they finish their programs, just as so many have done before for nearly one hundred years. I sensed a strong commitment to mission as I began my tenure; I’ve now experienced firsthand how mission inspires each of us in the Albertus community to do all we can for the students. Albertus Magnus College was founded to serve students. We should take great pride in celebrating our commitment to continuing to do so. And one hundred days in, I’ve learned:

  • The faculty…I’m in awe of their commitment to the College, its mission, and its students, as well as their talent, teaching, scholarship, and service. They inspire me.
  • The staff…they work tirelessly on behalf of the College and its students, advancing mission in a way that touches lives each day. They motivate me.
  • The Dominican Sisters…so passionate for Albertus and the values on which it stands. They are a living testament to our Catholic, Dominican identity and traditions, and they are among the strongest advocates for the College’s bright future. I feel their hope.
  • The Trustees…they are committed to Albertus and its mission. They support, through their wisdom, guidance, and philanthropy, the Albertus community of educators and students. They hold within their hearts the best interests of the College. I’m grateful to them.
  • The Greater New Haven community…I believe I’ve had more than 50 meetings with various corporate, civic, education, and religious leaders, and I have yet to meet an individual who shares anything other than praise and respect for Albertus Magnus College. I sense in them an openness and excitement around a more proud and bold Albertus in the future, an Albertus that engages even more deeply and meaningfully in the community. I look forward to working with them.
  • Of course, the Albertus alumni… Their passion for and pride in their alma mater has filled me with hope and inspiration. They share their individual and collective dreams for the future. I’ve loved hearing their stories. Some have offered reflections from when the College was women only. Others have told me of how Albertus enabled them, as working women and men, to come back and finish a college degree. Each individual story is woven into the powerful tapestry of Albertus Magnus College. I feel their impact.
  • And impact leads me to the members of the Albertus family for whom I see impact every day…The students. Albertus Magnus College is blessed to enroll a diverse student body. Yes, traditional measures of diversity define our students… racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, religious, etc. But among our Albertus students are traditional 18-22 year olds, embarking upon their college journeys fresh out of high school, as well as working adults, some pursuing undergraduate degrees, others master’s degrees. In this mix of young and older, I see in them the promise of the future; they’ve been called to the values- and liberal arts-based education that has defined Albertus Magnus for 92 years. The 18-22 year olds are ready for transformation, ready to grow in their education, their self-confidence, their character development, their career vocations and preparations. The working adults are ready to advance in life and in work, to further their career success for themselves and for their families.

One hundred days in, I am convinced there never has been a more compelling moment in time, yearning for an Albertus Magnus education, an education that is Catholic, Dominican, values-based, liberal-arts based, and practical in its application. Today’s world and its myriad local, regional, national, and global challenges, calls for students, young and older, to benefit from an Albertus Magnus College education. To take their place in society, bringing forward their knowledge and skills, their competence and conscience to be change agents. To make a difference. To have positive impact.

One hundred days in, and clearly my work is only beginning. There remains so much for me to learn, so many people for me to meet. But my inspiration and passion have been launched. I will be fearless in advocating for this College and its community members. As a shared community, as a family, we will move forward as Fearless Falcons to realize a bright, bold future and the promise it holds for a vibrant, thriving Albertus Magnus College.

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