“Firsts”—Maria Blog

FIRST BLOG CONTEST: One winner announced 4.4.16 Monday Minutes
Question: “What new Bachelor degree programs were first offered at Maria College in Fall 2015?”
Answer: Liberal Arts, Communication Studies & Government Studies

Here we go with the first Maria College blog!

I am really looking forward to sharing all sorts of ideas, information, events, and whatever (!) through my own posts and the posts of other bloggers here at Maria College, and I look forward to getting to know you through your comments too! Since we are kicking off with this first blog entry, I got thinking about “firsts” that have been happening over this past academic year both here at the College and around the world.

February 28, 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first-ever Academy Award for Best Actor after twenty-five years acting in films.

January 2016: The Anatomage virtual dissection table makes its first appearance in BIO 330-Gross Anatomy. The College has two Anatomage tables which are similar to large iPads and allow students to view and dissect life-sized human models.

January 2016: Students from the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology begin the first-ever internships at the College with students gaining real-world experience in businesses and practices related to the field of psychology.

August 24, 2015: Maria College introduces its first Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in government and communications.

October 6, 2015: Microsoft introduces its first laptop, the Surface Book, forty-one years after Microsoft started as a company founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

September 22-27, 2015: Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States which includes saying masses in various cities, meeting with dignitaries and citizens, and speaking in front of a joint session of Congress as he introduces the Year of Mercy which runs from December 2015 to November 2016. Click here to learn more about the Holy Year of Mercy.

September 13, 2015: Sarah Thomas, the first full-time female NFL referee, officiated at her first professional game on between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Ms. Thomas was named the first full-time NFL official in NFL history on April 8, 2015.

Do you have any first events for this year or last year to share?




  • Comment:

    This is Great! And the blog sounds exciting! …for me a BIG first, was taking the FIRST step towards the rest of my life, career life that is. Coming to Albany,NY from out of state and pursuing a career has definitely been challenging with all life has to through at one self. However, I am so happy I chose Maria and continue on my journey today!

    Submitted by Kimberely on

  • Comment:

    Hi, Liz! Congratulations on your induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society! What a well-earned honor for you. I am a firm believer that hard work needs to be recognized and rewarded. Again, congrats!!!

    Submitted by Anne Devlin on

  • Comment:

    What a great idea! A first that was important to me from 2015 was being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This was a goal I set for myself when I started at Maria in May, 2014. As a non-traditional student in my 40s, this is my first time in higher education. I LOVE the experience of learning and meeting new people. On top of all of my other life responsibilities, it can be challenging sometimes to study and get my work done. So it was a very fulfilling experience to be able to do well and meet my personal goal!

    Submitted by Liz Walkden on

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