Mount Aloysius Convocation Formal Start of 2013-2014 Academic Year

Posted on: September 3, 2013

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Cresson, Pa. –Mount Aloysius College will mark the start of the 2013-2014 academic year with their  traditional Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, September 5th.  The MAC Convocation will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Whalley Plaza, directly in front of the iconic Main Building on the 193-acre Cresson campus. Convocation Speaker will be the Honorable David C. Klementik.  Judge Klementik will address the college’s theme for the new academic year, “The Common Good—Citizenship in the 21st Century.”  The theme was shared just last week by Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley as Mount Aloysius freshman and their parents participated in “Move-in Day” for the class of 2017.

MAC President Foley noted then that the Mount Aloysius College freshman class is the largest ever in the school’s history, coming from the largest pool of applicants. Addressing a tent-full of students and their parents he said, “We are in awe of you.  You arrive here from 18 states, five foreign countries and three continents. Your numbers include 30 Mercy Presidential Scholars, 121 Mercy Service Grant recipients; 21 Honors Fellows; 17 Biology Fellows, four English Fellows and five History and Political Science Fellows. “

Next Thursday’s Convocation will formally open the academic year; allowing students, staff, faculty and members of the Mount Aloysius Board of Trustees an opportunity to convene and set a common tone for the exciting year ahead.

Addressing the theme of “Citizenship,” Judge Klementik–who serves as a Trustee of Mount Aloysius College–comes to the topic with an impressive civic pedigree.

President Foley noted that the Somerset jurist was the best choice to open the college’s year-long theme with remarks on citizenship.  “Judge Klementik’s contributions to our region and, indeed, to our nation are a model for anyone wishing to embark upon a full and generous life of service,” he said.  “In every area of his life Judge Klementik manages to give back. He shares generously of his time and talent and makes life better for all of us who share this beautiful southern Allegheny region. As an active citizen at the local, regional and national levels–Judge David Klementik is intensely engaged and eminently knowledgeable.  We are all looking forward to hearing his remarks.”

Judge David Klementik was raised in Benton, Columbia County, Pa. and attended Benton Area Schools before entering Pennsylvania State University on a full scholarship through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.  He graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics and received a commission in the United States Navy.

Judge Klementik trained as naval aviator and completed two six-month deployments to the Mediterranean.  After his active military career, he entered the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., earning the Juris Doctor degree in 1979.

After serving as law clerk for the Honorable Charles Coffroth, Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County, he established a law practice which led to the formation of the Law Office of Leventry, Haschak, Rodkey and Klementik in Richland Township.

In 1990, Attorney Klementik earned a Master of Law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.  In 1995 he retired from the Naval Reserves with the rank of Captain.  In 2005, he was elected one of the three judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County, and currently serves as the Administrative Judge for both the Civil Division and the Orphans’ Court Division of the Somerset Court.

In addition to his service on the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees, Judge Klementik also serves on the boards of Windber Medical Center where he is chairman; the Windber Research Institute; the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and the Naval Academy Foundation.