Message from the President
As you read this summer issue of the Magazine, we will have begun the annual autumn ritual of a new academic year. The faculty have returned with fresh ideas to enhance their teaching; students are back, full of high aspirations and firm resolutions. The campus is looking particularly beautiful and late summer afternoons invite leisurely conversations on benches and walkways throughout the grounds. All three residence halls are full and, from my office window, I can see student athletes and others doing laps around the front loop road. This issue of the magazine is like a catalogue of examples of our commitment to dynamic learning experiences for our students. From honor society inductions to undergraduate research to academic fieldwork, you will read about a variety of activities that expand upon traditional classroom education. The cover story illustrates one of the novel learning opportunities of which our criminology students took advantage this spring. Sixteen Special Agents of the IRS/Criminal Investigation Division provided an action-packed training program on campus for students interested in future careers in federal law enforcement. Among the Special Agents was a 2006 graduate of Mount Aloysius! With the dedication of a new baseball field, we can now boast of a full suite of athletic playing fields on campus, including soccer, softball and baseball. The hallmark of NCAA Division III sports, of which we are a part, is the emphasis on student-athletes. In March, Mount Aloysius inaugurated a chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national athletic academic honors society, inducting the first group of student athletes who have met the rigorous academic standards required for admission. Mount Aloysius College is committed to a student-centered education. As our philosophy statement says, “the faculty and staff work to enable each student to reach his or her fullest potential.” As this academic year begins, I am especially grateful to the talented and dedicated faculty and staff whose efforts make living and learning at Mount Aloysius a life-changing experience.
Very best wishes,
Sister Mary Ann Dillon
President Mount Aloysius College