News & Events | Speeches & Remarks | Articles & Presentations
State of the College Addresses | Inauguration
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
| View the Monograph
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 met with youth group leaders from West Belfast and arranged for a visit by twenty young basketball players to the campus in June. The Belfast ballplayers will participate in the Mount Aloysius Summer Basketball Camp, scrimmage local teams and travel to Washington to take in the sites.
CAMBRIA COUNTY PRINCIPLES HOLD ANNUAL “SUPERCONFERENCE AT MOUNT ALOYSIUS
Mount Aloysius College once again hosted the Cambria County Secondary Principles’ 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 Principles 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. Their shared philosophy and surprising friendship was featured in coverage of the event by the Altoona Mirror. Read the article from the Altoona Mirror.