Local Albertus Magnus College Campus Leader Earns International Honor

Malcolm Thomas Earns New Professional Award

New Haven, Conn., December 8, 2020 –  Albertus Magnus College is pleased to announce that Assistant Director of Campus Activities, Malcolm Thomas, has received the New Professional Award (Region VIII) from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).  The honor recognizes those who make significant contributions to campus life through their new ideas, enthusiasm, and ability to lay the groundwork for student unions and activities.  Region VIII covers New England, Great Britain, Ireland, and parts of Northeastern Canada.

A current resident of Meriden who grew up in Hamden, Thomas is praised for his positive energy, advice, and keen insight regarding Albertus’ students.  He provides a new twist on traditional events and creates new platforms, including the Campus Recreation Program  -- which has grown tremendously in three years and now features a variety of health and wellness initiatives, sports leagues and competitions, and an internship opportunity.

At Albertus, Thomas is responsible for overseeing all of the campus clubs and organizations, including training and support for both the students and advisors.  He also performs a large number of tasks behind the scenes like the monthly Falcon Flash newsletter, website updates, and student calendar events that provide an extra sense of belonging for our Fearless Falcons.

“This award means the world to me as I strive to always do the best I can for our students and our community.  And knowing that my supervisor and mentor, Erin Morrell, achieved this honor earlier in her career, this validates all the hard work,” said Thomas.

“Some of the qualities that I admire most about Malcolm are his ability to think outside the box, his creative ideas for marketing events, his graphic design skills, and his willingness to try anything.  His smile and personality are a positive aspect of his interactions with faculty, staff, administrators, and especially all of our students.  He is admired by and inspiring to the students, especially our students of color.  He shows that anyone can do anything if they set their mind to it,” said Associate Dean for Campus Activities and Orientation, Erin Morrell.

Prior to his outstanding achievements at Albertus, Thomas garnered a strong foundation at his alma mater, Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.  There he served as a resident advisor, orientation leader, member of the Student Government Association, and President of the Nichols Campus Activities Board.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.