Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College will honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King through a weeklong series of community service activities that involve students, faculty and staff working with a number of service providers throughout the region. The weeklong commitment to bettering the campus and surrounding community includes community service projects, diversity talks, interpersonal workshops and more.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the school’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King is inclusive and community oriented.
“The College traditionally commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with proactive service contributions to the community, and cultural events that reflect the unique contributions of African-Americans to our national tapestry,” he said. “Rather than a day-off,” added President Foley, “we opt instead for a “day on”, in fact an entire week to reflect on Dr. King’s pivotal place in American and global history, to follow his example of selflessness, and to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity in our region.
The weeklong celebration includes an Open House for prospective students and their families on Monday, January 15th starting at 10:00 a.m. Students are invited to learn more about Mount Aloysius College, the safety and welcoming nature of the campus, excellent academic programs, and successful athletic teams.
Monday events will also include a prayer service, a session on Bystander Intervention session and will end with a Privilege Walk at 8:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, January 16th students will enjoy a soul food special for lunch in the Dining Hall. However the highlight for the week may be a presentation titled “Authentic Passion” delivered by Olympic Medalist Michelle Burgher-Duncan. That event will take place in Alumni Hall at 3:30that afternoon.
School spirit will be flowing on Wednesday, January 17th at the Blue Out Game as Mount Aloysius battles Franciscan University. The College will hold a drive for canned goods in the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center during the game. The donated food will be shared with those in need throughout the community.
Thursday, January 18th will begin with a celebration of Mass at noon. A Festival of Praise will follow. Students will participate in a Diversity Fireside Chat that evening at 7:00 p.m. in Cosgrave Student Center.
On Friday, Mounties will partake in a Healthy Relationship and Prayer Service in the Wolf Kuhn Gallery in the iconic Main Building at 2:00 p.m. From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. that afternoon, there will be Cambria County and Blair County Historical Civil Rights Tour. Participating students will gather in the Ihmsen loop at 2:45 for the tour.
On Saturday, January 20th the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Week will conclude with a food drive in the College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center during the Mount Aloysius Basketball game starting at 1:00 p.m.
Mount Aloysius College was named by the White House as an “engine of opportunity” for low-income students in September 2015 “by contributing to mobility into the middle-class through offering an affordable education.” The College was named by U.S. News and World Report as a Best Regional College and ranked as a College of Distinction with Student Horizons for four consecutive years. Mount Aloysius has earned separate College of Distinction status in Nursing, Business and Education. It has also earned recognition as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. Also designated a Military Friendly School, the College is one of only 245 in the country designated as STEMS JobsSM approved.