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BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY RECEIVES WIDE READERSHIP
An Op-Ed by President Tom Foley written in response to the Boston Marathon bombing reflected on the wisdom of Fred Rodgers’ counsel to “look for the helpers” when tragedy strikes. The piece ran in numerous journals including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Altoona Mirror, Chicago Tribune, Harrisburg Patriot-News, Allentown Morning Call, Daily News of Huntingdon, and the Scranton Times-Tribune, and was also linked to dozens of websites including ESPN.com and USA Today.com. Read More.
REFLECTIONS ON MARCH MADNESS OP-ED
In a reflection piece considering March Madness from the perspective of a Division III college, President Foley looks beyond the measure of wins and losses and considers the season in terms of life measures: working to improve, playing up to potential, persevering, developing teamwork and selflessness, and building bonds of friendship. Read the Op-Ed.
“FROM IRELAND’S ‘TROUBLES’ TO THE AGE OF TERRORISM: A PERSPECTIVE ON POLITICAL VIOLENCE”— TWO LECTURES DELIVERED TO STUDENTS IN DR. MICHAEL JONES’ POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM CLASS.
President Foley shared his experiences while living in Northern Ireland during the “Troubles” and compared it with current-day examples of political violence. He also shared the peacemaking strategies he learned while working with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization The Peace People—the group credited with dramatically decreasing the level of violence between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Watch the lecture here
A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—MIT SECURITY EXPERT DR. JIM WALSH JOINS PRESIDENT FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON CONFLICT AND POLITICAL REPRESSION
Dr. Jim Walsh, a Research Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joined President Tom Foley for a video chat in the studios of the College’s Digital Grotto. They shared reflections on their personal experiences with restrictive or authoritarian political environments –Northern Ireland in the late 70’s, in the case of President Foley, and present-day Iran and North Korea, in the case of Dr. Walsh. Watch the conversation here
HOSPITALITY OF WRITING LECTURE BY DAVID SHRIBMAN AND CINDY SCRZYCKI—INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
President Foley introduces the inaugural lecture of the 2012-13 Mount Aloysius Speakers Series dedicated to the theme of Finding Home in a Changing World
. The lecture was delivered by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Shribman, and his wife Cindy Scrzycki, a journalist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Watch the highlights here.
BLAIR COUNTY INNS OF COURT PRESENTATION ON CIVIL DISCOURSE
Federal Judge D. Brooks Smith and President Tom Foley presented to members of the Blair County chapter of the American Inns of Court a survey of the issue of civil discourse in society, politics and the media, and discussed its special role in the practice of law and in the conduct of the judicial process. Watch the video here
A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—IRISH AUTHOR AND FILM PRODUCER, MAURICE FITZPATRICK JOINED PRESIDENT TOM FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE POETRY OF SEAMUS HEANEY
The war and peace poetry of Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and his role as an interpreter of modern Ireland was the focus of this video conversation. Selected poems are read and discussed. Watch the conversation here
KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO THE TRI-COUNTY COLLEGIATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
In this keynote address to high school leaders from Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon Counties, President Foley shared his ideas on our society’s current leadership crisis and offered suggestions for promoting the development of effective leaders. Among those suggestions are: the important role solitude and introspection play in developing a leader of vision, the importance of social capital for effective leadership, the need for independent thinking versus the conformity bred by bureaucracies, and the need to cultivate the art of concentration in the age of multi-tasking. View the presentation slides here
“MILLENIALS”—AN E-PUBLICATION OF THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS GIVEN BY PRESIDENT FOLEY AT THE BLAIR CHAMBER’S ANNUAL BASICS EDUCATOR/EMPLOYER WORKSHOP
In his keynote address, President Foley discusses the new challenges (“high stakes testing,” technology, and the complexity of post-high school choices) and the recent paradigm shifts (pace of information, changes in modes of interpersonal relations and the trend toward life-long learning) facing educators today. Read the e-publication here
VIDEO INTERVIEW OF PRESIDENT FOLEY BY BISHOP JOSEPH V. ADAMEC OF THE ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN DIOCESE ON HIS WEEKLY T.V. PROGRAM “CAN WE TALK.”
Bishop Adamec and President Foley discuss the history of Mount Aloysius College and its roots in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the mission of the College to provide students an education that combines both value and values, competence and compassion, faith and service, and which integrates academics and community service. Watch the video here