Center for Excellence Honoree: Al CarboneIf you're planning to have lunch in Café Q with Al Carbone, associate dean of admissions, you'd better give him a 10-minute head start.
During lunch, he wades right in among the tables doling out a handshake here and a comment there, according to his colleagues. Carbone doesn't stop his involvement once students are admitted. He adds encouragement once they are here.
He's in early, stays late, comes in on a Sunday, drives back from recruiting in New Jersey-whatever it takes to meet and greet the student, the athlete, the parents or the guidance counselors and to make that first view of the University memorable, wrote nominators Mary Wargo, admissions director for transfer and part-time students, Jim Kirby, senior associate director of admissions, and Rand Pecknold, head men's ice hockey coach.
Carbone is also "the unofficial manager and biggest cheerleader and fan of the men's ice hockey team," they said in their nominations. Reid Cashman '07, former captain of the men's hockey team, described Carbone as "a friend, a mentor and a grandfather-like figure not only to me but the entire team."
Carbone earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Quinnipiac in 1972. After graduation, he joined the admissions and financial aid staff, switching to admissions only several years later.
"I am a people person," he said. "I like to help people out." The combination of great students and wonderful colleagues has kept him at Quinnipiac.
"It's hard to pick out one thing. It is enjoyable to work with the students. They keep you young," he said. "There's nothing about my job that I don't like, and the people who work here are absolutely extraordinary."
The application process is the toughest part of his job, and Carbone said he has even reviewed applications on Christmas Day.
Last year the University received some 13,000 applications for a little more than 1,300 slots. Carbone handles all the undergraduate applicants from New Jersey, which last year totaled more than 2,200. He receives invitations to up to 10 college fairs a night.
Carbone lives in Hamden with his wife, Valerie, who is the University bursar. They have two daughters, Heather and Meghan, both Quinnipiac alumnae with degrees in business. The Carbones also have two grandchildren, who, Carbone quips, certainly will attend Quinnipiac, too.