Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College certainly likes athletics, but the bedrock value is clearly placed on academics. Any Mount Aloysius coach will ratify that the focus on academics is the tradition on campus. So when graduation time arrives academic achievement is celebrated even if the celebration needs to be a little non-traditional. Mountie catcher, Seth Shaffer and his Mount Aloysius College baseball team made the playoffs again this year, but their success meant that Seth had to miss his Commencement (see the Mount Aloysius College Commencement story atwww.mtaloy.edu/mac-news/mount-
Not deterred, Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley and his wife, Michele were determined to give the graduate the recognition he earned. “We wanted Seth, together with his coaches and teammates, to know that we value his achievement,” said President Foley. “He is exceptional in several ways. Seth Shaffer is an honors graduate who won the Capstone Prize for his Senior Essay. A walk-on baseball player, who didn’t get a lot of `at bats’ in his four years but was nevertheless always admired by his younger teammates for his determination in the field of play and his commitment to excellence academically. In 19 days, he will arrive at Fort Benning to begin training as an Army Airborne Ranger. After four years of service, he hopes to graduate from there to law school. So we wanted those younger teammates to witness, first-hand, the value that Mount Aloysius College places on those intrinsic parts of a person – traits of character that are not measurable but which are very valuable nonetheless. We think they got it. Our hats are off too to the coaches who managed a very young team (Seth was one of just two seniors) through a successful season on all fronts.”
Seth Shaffer, of Schellsburg, Pa., who is off to Fort Benning, Georgia soon, doubled in his last at bat as a college baseball player. He’ll always remember that. The game was a season ending loss to Pitt Greensburg but the season, all-in-all, was a winning one.