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President Foley Delivers Veteran’s Day Keynote to American Legion
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley delivered the keynote remarks at the American Legion Veterans’ Day observation in Cresson on November 9th. At the invitation of Commander Scott Eberhart, President Foley joined members Post #238 in honoring all who have given military service to the nation. In his remarks, President Foley offered thanks for the individual sacrifice of those veterans present and for the outstanding model of citizenship that the Legion offers in our local community and across America—citing in particular the Legion’s community service, scholarship and athletic programs, and work with wounded and active-duty soldiers. President Foley noted that Mount Aloysius seeks to emulate the organization’s commitment to community service and strong support of veterans, citing Mount Aloysius’ recognition as a “Military Friendly” and a “Yellow Ribbon” school every year since those programs began, while also being named a “Best for Vets” school three times since 2010. Read his remarks here
PRESIDENT FOLEY JOINS BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK ON HIS WEEKLY T.V. PROGRAM “PROCLAIM!”
Bishop Mark Bartchak invited President Foley to join him on the November 9th edition of Proclaim!
, the weekly television program of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. President Foley discussed the history of Mount Aloysius College and its continuing commitment to the traditions of its founders, the Religious Sisters of Mercy. President Foley also outlined recent successes in a number of the College’s academic programs as well as the accomplishments of the College’s community service program which has been recognized nationally for its local, national and international service activities. Watch the video here
President Foley Shares Hurricane Katrina Relief Experience with Business Continuity Students
In the wake of the Philippines’ typhoon disaster, Professor Jeff Sunseri‘s Business Continuity
class invited President Tom Foley to share his personal experience in disaster management in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure as CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross, President Foley spent weeks leading a team of emergency responders as part of the Red Cross’ efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi. In his lecture, President Foley discussed key lessons learned from the Katrina response, a hurricane disaster which dwarfed all previous Red Cross response and recovery efforts. Among the key organizational lessons that President Foley shared with students were: the importance of infrastructure investment, the need for worst-case scenario planning, the impact of cultural diversity issues, and the development of new communications, distribution and partnering strategies. Click here to view the lecture
Former Aide to Vice President Biden visits Mount Aloysius for Constitution Day Events
President Tom Foley welcomed his friend and former colleague Terry Wright to campus for a three-day visit to celebrate Constitution Day. President Foley and Mr. Wright were colleagues in the Senate office of then Senator Joseph Biden. Wright spent a 27-year career in government service before retiring from his position as a senior aide to Vice President Biden. Along with delivering the 2013 Constitution Day Address entitled, “Citizenship Extended—Public Service from the Nation to the Neighborhood,” Wright participated in ten events during his three-day visit to campus. He led six conversations over meals with different College groups—meeting with business and political science students, the Black Student Union, the Political Awareness Club, as well as with faculty and trustees. He also offered remarks and took questions in four classes including the freshman Connections seminar. Both this year’s Orientation program and the Connections Seminar have incorporated themes exploring the nature and practice of citizenship. Wright was the second speaker to address the campus community on the College’s yearlong theme, Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good. He followed Judge David Klementik of the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas who gave this year’s Fall Convocation address.
President Foley launches new yearlong theme: 21st Century Citizenship: The Common Good
President Tom Foley formally launched the College’s new yearlong theme: Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good in remarks made during the College’s annual Fall Convocation Exercise. President Foley explained to the new students assembled that, “we choose a theme each year and try to coordinate orientation, CLS (now called “Connections”), our Speakers Series and other events around that single idea.” Citing Justice Louis Brandeis’ maxim that, “the most important office in our democracy is that of private citizen,” President Foley noted the important role that education must play in preparing citizens morally and intellectually to meet what Jefferson described as, “the challenges posed by democracy.” Judge David Klementik, of the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas then delivered the Convocation address sharing his reflections on the theme of citizenship. Other speakers slated to participate in the exploration of Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good include a long-time counsel to the Vice President of the United States, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, a four-time European ambassador, and our nation’s Librarian of Congress.
President Foley Appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley was named in March to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. President Foley's term will run through the close of the January 2015 NCAA Convention.
The NCAA President’s Advisory Group was established in response to the desire of the Division III Presidents Council to more directly and effectively engage presidents and chancellors in governance discussions at the national, conference and institutional levels. The Advisory Group provides the Presidents Council with input on key legislative proposals, policies and strategic direction.
Preident Foley's appointment to the NCAA President’s Advisory Group comes as he concludes his term as Chair of the President's Council of the Allegheny Mountain Athletic Conference (AMCC). Mount Aloysius competes in 13 Division III sports.
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.
JOHNSTOWN ROTARY CLUB HONORS HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS—PRESIDENT FOLEY DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Johnstown Rotary’s annual Salute to Area Scholars was held in early May at the Sunnehanna Country Club. Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley delivered the keynote address at the event honoring academic achievers and community-minded students from nine Johnstown-area high schools. President Foley spoke on the theme of community and citizenship. The event was held on May 8, 2013. Read President Foley's remarks here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY VISITS WITH LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS
On a recent trip to Washington, President Tom Foley formally presented a copy of the Mount Aloysius monograph, “The Role of the University in Civil Discourse” to Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Hadley Billington. The Monograph featured the discussion from a symposium held at the College. The symposium participants included Pulitzer-Prize winner David Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Federal Judge D. Brooks Smith; University of Scranton Senior Fellow Sondra Meyers and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor and Professor of Law, Dr. John Murray. The monograph was accepted into our nation’s library as a document deemed important to the historical record. Read More
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MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE--NORTHERN IRELAND CULTURAL EXCHANGES IN THE WORKS
During an Easter visit to Northern Ireland, President Tom Foley met with Nobel Laureate John and, his wife, Pat Hume, and former Counsel to the Irish Ambassador to the United States, James Sharkey, for talks to establish a yearly student cultural exchange. Ambassador Sharkey will inaugurate the exchange next year in the role of Visiting Scholar. President Foley also visited the Corrymeela Community, an internationally recognized center for reconciliation, and met with youth group leaders from West Belfast to arrange for a group of basketball players to visit the campus in June. The Belfast hoopsters will participate in the Mount Aloysius Summer Basketball Camp, scrimmage local teams and travel to Washington to take in the sights.
CAMBRIA COUNTY PRINCIPalS HOLD ANNUAL “SUPERCONFERENCE" AT MOUNT ALOYSIUS
Mount Aloysius College once again hosted the Cambria County Secondary Principals’ annual “Superconference” for student leaders. This year’s event drew over two hundred and fifty participants. The gathering is designed to enhance student’s leadership skills and to promote a sense of pride in school, as well as giving them a chance to engage with local community and business leaders. The seminar also provides Principals an opportunity to collaborate on strategies for developing student leaders. Mount Aloysius College President, Tom Foley, last year’s keynote speaker, hosted a luncheon for students and educators.
THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT INVITES PRESIDENT FOLEY TO DELIVER TERRORISM LECTURES
Dr. Michael Jones invited President Tom Foley to delivered two lectures in February to students in the 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. View the Lectures
MOUNT ALOYSIUS HOSTS MIT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND TERRORISM EXPERT
MIT terrorism, international security, and nuclear proliferation expert Jim Walsh delivered the 2013 Spring Moral Choices Lecture entitled, “Hospitality in the Context of Foreign Policy: My Five Dinners with Ahmadinejad.” Dr. Walsh, a Research Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program, shared his experiences in Track II negotiations with representatives of the North Korean and Iranian governments. Dr. Walsh later joined President Tom Foley for a video chat in the studios of the College’s Digital Grotto for a conversation on their personal experiences with restrictive or authoritarian or political environments of Northern Ireland in the late 70’s and of present-day Iran and North Korea. View the video of their conversation.
FORMER TOP WAWA EXECUTIVE AND SHEETZ CEO DISCUSS “HOSPITALITY AS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE” AT MOUNT EVENT
Harry McHugh, former Wawa Vice President for Operations and Stan Sheetz, President and CEO of Sheetz, Inc. discussed the crucial role that “ hospitality” has played in the success of their respective chains of convenience stores and gas stations. While their companies are competitors, the two executives have been friends for decades. The story of their shared philosophy and surprising friendship was featured in coverage of the event by the Altoona Mirror. Read the article from the Altoona Mirror.
PRESIDENT FOLEY TESTIFIES BEFORE THE GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
President Foley testified before Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on Post-Secondary Education at hearings held in Pittsburgh. His testimony focused on Mount Aloysius College’s model for making college accessible and affordable while also graduating students who contribute to meeting the state’s need for a quality workforce. President Foley was one of seven college presidents from across the state to offer expert testimony before the Commission. Read the Governor's Advisory Commision report here.