Orientation 2014

Last summer was one of the best times of my life all due to the fact that I was an orientation leader. Being an orientation leader is an amazing experience that allowed me to show new Saint Rose students what sets our college apart from all the rest.

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Myself, OL Carly, and OL Allyssa having fun in the photo booth

After orientation last year I decided to “re-enlist” for orientation 2014 and promptly applied once applications were made available in January. Thankfully, I was one of 14 students chosen for this year’s orientation and eagerly stepped up to the plate. Nothing is more exciting than being handed a list of names on day one, none of whom you know, and getting close to a group of students over the next 30 hours. Yes, sometimes making the group open up to you is challenging but that is also part of the fun. After those 30 hours you see them become part of the Saint Rose community and see them begin to picture themselves on campus in fall.

Aside from working with the students my month in the orientation house was filled with adventures to swimming pools, trampoline parks, and even to my home state of MA one night to shop at the outlets.

The past two years have given me a chance to rediscover why I fell in love with Saint Rose through my student’s eyes because only three years ago I was in their same position. Now that I am a senior watching them get excited about the upcoming year brings back the memories of my own move in day and about making my first college friends. At a time when my time on campus is coming to end I can not help but get caught up in the class of 2018′s dreams for the next chapter of their lives.

 

 

 

Good to know: Getting beyond the mystery of mystics

When devout individuals connect so closely with God that they achieve a mystical union, scholars look at how that experience compares to those of mystics across eras and faiths.

“Mysticism is pretty universal. Getting in touch with God is universal,” said Dan Haglund, a Saint Rose religious studies major who has devoted his summer to the topic using a College-funded research grant. “We can look at how what a Catholic mystic says compares to what a Jewish mystic says. This broadens the dialogue between traditions.”

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We are more alike than we realize: The peace pole outside the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary reflects the lesson religious studies major Dan Haglund is learning as he compares and contrasts the experiences of two mystics of two different faiths who lived 400 years apart. Haglund is among the Saint Rose undergraduates who has devoted his summer to original research using College-funded grants.

Last fall, Haglund took part in an independent study of Catholic mystics. With the summer grant, he went further, comparing the experience of an Islamic mystic from the eighth century to that of a Catholic mystic who lived 400 years later. Not only does Haglund’s examination cross religions, geography and centuries – it is also distinctive because the subjects were revered women, Rabi’ah al-’Adawiyah and Julian of Norwich.

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Now, Professor Jeffrey Marlett can learn more about the topic of mysticism from a student, Dan Haglund, thanks to Haglund’s focused summer research. They hope to publish Haglund’s detailed paper.

“Classes in Christian and Islamic mysticism are common at universities,” noted Jeffrey Marlett, the associate professor of religious studies who is Haglund’s advisor. “But he has a chance to compare mystical styles of two women of two religions. That takes a lot of time and it hasn’t been done very much. It’s complex, it’s elusive, and involves two traditions.”

Haglund did an extensive study of the lives, religions and writing of Rabi’, an Islamic mystic from Basra, and Julian, a Catholic mystic who lived in England, to see whether they followed a similar process. In his 24-page paper, which he hopes to publish, he identified many common variables despite the vast differences in their belief systems. His paper also highlights the prominent role the women played in their male-dominated religions.

Haglund is one of seven Saint Rose undergraduates awarded summer grants. He said the experience only made him want to continue the work and pursue his studies in graduate school.

“The summer research allowed me to do what I wanted without restrictions because I didn’t have any other classes,” he said. “For six weeks I could think about it all the time.”

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“Did you know?” Instagram series

Did you know?

A few weeks ago we started a new short video series on The College of Saint Rose Instagram, “Did you know?” On it we have been sharing 15-second videos with fun facts about Saint Rose as well as Albany. Check out our Instagram at “collegeofstrose” to see previous videos, including information on the Golden Knight mascot, history of the school newspaper, and campus growth. We’ve partnered with the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Thanks, Amelia Bach– Public Relations Coordinator with the Visitors Bureau and Saint Rose alum!!) to feature one Albany post a month, our first featured art in the Empire State Plaza.

Normally we share videos on Mondays, though this week we had a bonus video featuring our new president, Dr. Carolyn Stefanco. Learn a little more about our 11th president below, and check back here and on the Saint Rose website for more videos in coming weeks!