Alumni

Alumni Board

Alumni Association Board of Governors
for the 2012-2014 Term

This dynamic group works directly with the Office of Alumni Relations on new and exciting programs for alumni. If you are interested in becoming involved as a potential board member, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (203)773-8502 or email alumni@albertus.edu.

President
Jennifer Paskiewicz '06 '12 MS Human Services

Vice President
Verica Milivojevic '04

Secretary
Sydney McAvoy '12

Immediate Past President
Donna L. Sjogren, '00 MSM

Members
Daniel Bland '07
Melonie K. Bland '05
Virginie Cohen '04
Anne L. Demchak '04
Margaret Hallinan '03
Lauren Kras '10
Dan O'Connor '00
Pedro Suncar Jr. '11
Sheila Wycinowski '72

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Carolyn Behan Kraus '86

Director of Alumni Relations
Stefanie Stevens Seslar

Meet Your Alumni Association Board of Governors

The Alumni Association Board of Governors is a group of dedicated alumni volunteers who work together to support and further the mission and goals of the College through its Alumni Association. The Board assists the Alumni Office in many ways including event programming and fundraising efforts. Below are brief statements from our Board members on why they choose to serve alma mater.

Daniel Bland '07

Albertus is an amazing place that has been instrumental in the development of amazing people. I am so grateful for the many opportunities and experiences that have been afforded to me within these hallowed halls of academia. While working two jobs and attending school as a full-time day student, the professors and staff at Albertus were welcoming and supportive as they encouraged and coached me towards the completion of my undergraduate degree. My service on the Alumni Association's Board of Governors ensures that the generations that are to follow will also come to know and experience this great tradition of excellence and education.

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Melonie K. Bland '05, Liaison to the Student Alumni Association

I love Albertus!!! And that's the main reason I work on the Alumni Association Board. Due to the lessons I learned and friendships I made at Albertus, I am the woman I am today. Albertus allowed me to come out of my shell and taught me how to be a great leader. By being a traditional day resident student I had the opportunity to build many great relationships that have tremendously impacted my life in the midst of a supportive community. Now that I have graduated from Albertus and have obtained my graduate degree I feel it's important for me to give back to a community that gave me so much. I enjoy planning events for the College and being able to visit the College regularly to keep up with the happenings of the school. I'm very excited with the direction Albertus is going in and I'm proud to be a part of Albertus' continued tradition of excellence!

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Virginie Cohen '04

I serve on the Alumni Board to allow me to stay connected with Albertus Magnus, a place where I spent 4 years of my life and learned a great deal, not only academically but also about myself as an individual.

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Anne Demchak '04

For me, attending Albertus Magnus filled an empty spot in my life. I always expected to work, and college was a way to achieve more in my career, but Albertus became more personal to me. The people of Albertus, its faculty and leaders, fellow students and colleagues are a network more akin to family than simply acquaintances. The small campus has grown and advanced but the atmosphere of caring, knowing and validating each person in their own right has never changed and no one is ever forgotten. I feel I am an ambassador for the College, sharing my experience there with a heartfelt appreciation for what I have learned and for the lifelong sense of belonging that has enriched me as a person and a leader in my chosen profession.

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Maggie Hallinan '03

The faculty and students of Albertus Magnus College provided me with skills and opportunities which have enabled me to chart my own future. My life today is a direct result and reflection of my time at Albertus. I give back in order to allow others to experience the immeasurable benefits which reside within the community of Albertus.

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Lauren Kras '10

Graduating from Albertus Magnus College changed my life. Enrolling in college straight out of high school I was unsure what to expect. From the first day I moved on to campus to graduation day, I have always felt Albertus was the perfect college for me. The four years I spent at Albertus allowed me to grow and develop as a person as well as a student. Joining the Board of Governors gives me the opportunity to give back to the college that gave so much to me. I consider Albertus my home, a little place in the world where I shared millions of laughs, and memories, a home that has a very special place in my heart. I feel like every student deserves the same experience both academically and socially that Albertus provided for me. Serving on the board gives me the outlet to share my story.

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Sydney McAvoy '12, Secretary

The moment I set foot on campus, I knew Albertus was my new home; our personalities just "clicked." The intrinsic energy of the school, the way the staff, students and faculty behaved and thought, was that X factor that lead me here. Albertus presented me with so many wonderful opportunities to learn both inside and out of the classroom whether it was a spirited discussion, an internship experience, or working as a math and writing tutor. I am who I am and where I am because of the opportunities Albertus provides to it's students. The opportunity to serve and give back to the school and community that gave me so much is just another wonderful opportunity Albertus has provided me with. Albertus does have a tradition of excellence and successful students, and I want to make sure that the wonderful opportunities I experienced are open for every student who makes it through that iconic archway.

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Verica Milivojevic '04, Vice President

Albertus Magnus College is more than just an institution where I received an education. To me, Albertus is extended family, a place that received me when I was vulnerable and scared, and nurtured me into a confident and conscientious woman. I wish for Albertus to provide the same haven to others. That is why I support its mission by being there as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors.

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Dan O'Connor '00

I serve on the Albertus Magnus College Alumni Board because it is a simple way to give back to a great school that has given so much to me.

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Jennifer M. Paskiewicz '06, '12, President

When I think about my time at Albertus I often smile. Albertus has given me so much; this was a place where I gained not only knowledge but friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Albertus became a second home and family to me, and just like family does, Albertus has impacted who I have become which is something I am truly thankful for. So when I was given the opportunity to give back by serving on the Board I couldn't help but to take the opportunity. I am proud and enjoy being a part of what Albertus is today and am hopeful that the contributions that I make will assist in what the Albertus of tomorrow will be. I truly believe it is an honor to serve on the Board of Governors.

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Donna Sjogren '00, Immediate Past President

Fresh out of high school, I was given the opportunity to attend college, the first person in my family to do so, in part through the generosity of a college-provided scholarship. Without that invaluable gift, I would never have earned an undergraduate degree, which ultimately led me to Albertus and a graduate degree. If it hadn't been for that "someone" who felt a desire to help me achieve my goals through their financial support of the college, I wouldn't be where I am today – a longtime member of the Board of Governors, volunteering my time to ensure that many more students are the beneficiaries of "someone's" invaluable gift.

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Pedro Suncar Jr. '11

My name is Pedro Süncar Jr, I serve on the board because I want to give back to the Albertus community the same energy that was given to me; positive and supportive energy.

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Sheila F. Wycinowski '72

Albertus Magnus College allowed me to grow and develop into the person I am today. I gained many lasting friendships and the faculty provided me with leadership opportunities, skills and knowledge. I received a strong liberal arts education coupled with a teaching certificate. These opportunities led to a successful forty year career in education and educational leadership. I have been committed to the college since 1972 serving more recently on the Advisory Panel for Education. As I begin my retirement, I look forward to serving on the Alumni Association Board of Governors.

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