Thomas P. Foley, J.D.
Thomas P. Foley is in his 7th year as President of Mount Aloysius College. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and received his Juris Doctoris degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Journal of World Public Order, as coach of the undergraduate debate team, and received honors for both legal writing and oral advocacy. Like most Mount Aloysius students, Foley is the first generation in his family to have the opportunity for higher education.
Since coming to Mt Aloysius in 2010, President Foley has been a public presence for the college across the region and state, keynoting over 70 major events at the College and in the region, serving on nine regional, statewide and national boards and commissions and testifying on higher education issues at both the state and federal levels. While helping the College improve its S&P Financial Rating to a full “A” rating, Foley also led the campaigns for four fully financed major construction projects in his first five years—the refurbished Alumni Hall, the Mountie Stables, the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center and the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons, which together expanded the footprint of the College by over 40%.
Mount Aloysius College, founded by Sisters of Mercy from Dublin, Ireland over 160 years ago, encourages students “to synthesize faith with learning, to develop competence with compassion, to put talents and gifts at the service of others and to assume leadership in the world community.” Though the last Sister in service at the College retired in 2014, Mount Aloysius continues to serve a population that includes 59% first generation college students, 55% Pell grant recipients, 40+% associate degree candidates (largely in health care), and 30% mature students.
President Foley led College accreditation efforts in 2014-15, resulting in 10-year accreditations from both the Conference on Mercy Higher Education (CMHE) and the Middle States Committee on Higher Education (MSCHE). He also initiated a Mount Aloysius Speaker Series, whose themes have included: “The Role of the University in Civil Discourse,” “Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good,” “The Good Life” and “Voice.” The series has brought theologians and philosophers, community leaders and activists, college and corporate presidents, leading TV and print journalists, elected officials and appointed ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize winners and academics from some of the top universities in the world to the campus—50 prominent speakers in six years. He also edited two college publications (on the “civil discourse” and “good life” themes) that have been accepted into the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
Before coming to Mount Aloysius, Foley was a leader in multiple sectors. He was a public servant for more than a decade in Washington, DC and PA, working on foreign policy issues as a lawyer and a writer for Congressman James Shannon and then-Senator Joseph Biden in Washington. He completed his public service as the youngest Secretary of Labor and Industry in Commonwealth history, under Governor Robert P. Casey. Foley then spent a decade leading two of the largest Public Charities in PA, the Red Cross and the United Way. He has been a volunteer with community groups wherever he and his wife Michele have lived, a custom he began while on a leave of absence from Yale Law School to serve two years as a full-time volunteer for a Nobel Peace Prize-winning group in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Foley is the author of over 100 Op-Ed, monograph and journal pieces on subjects ranging from job training to higher education, public security to non-profit organizations. He has testified before both federal and state legislatures on more than thirty occasions, has chaired eight statewide Boards and Commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, the Governor’s Office for Citizen Service: PennSERVE, the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the State Worker’s insurance Fund.
Foley is a member of the Presidents’ Council for the NCAA Division III, Vice-chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in PA (AICUP), on the Executive Committee of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and is chair of the Presidents’ Council for the Conference of Mercy Higher Education (CMHE). He also serves on four regional economic development boards and as a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Xavier’s University in Chicago.
Tom and his wife Michele, a former high school English teacher and active duty volunteer at the College, are the parents of three sons, Tom, Matt and Andrew, all in their twenties.Op-Eds & Community Outreach
PRESIDENT FOLEY DISCUSSES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND HIGHER ED DURING AICUP PANEL
President Foley recently participated on the keynote panel at the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in PA (AICUP). Tom was joined on the panel by the President of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry (Gene Barr) and the CEO of the PA American Water Company (Kathy Pape). Their topic was Workforce Development and Higher Education: The Common Ground. Foley was asked to represent the 89 private college presidents at the meeting because of his unique career path — before assuming the Presidency of Mount Aloysius, Foley spent a decade as a state leader on workforce development issues as PA’s Secretary of Labor and Industry and later as an aide to US secretaries of Labor Robert Reich and Alexis Herman. In these remarks, Foley focused on the the sets of skills essential to success in the workforce, and the roles that higher education plays in developing each of those skills. Tom’s remarks can be read here.
FINDING CIVILITY AFTER THE ELECTION
In President Foley’s latest Op-Ed, he describes how colleges and universities can lead the nation to discourse that respects differences and allows room for constructive dissent. Drawing illustrations from a series of distinguished campus speakers, President Foley makes the point that educators can be proud that in these uncertain times many colleges—through commitments to critical thinking, emphasis on service and civic engagement, and the wisdom shared by multiple invited speakers—are meeting their responsibility to students and the community by providing the lessons necessary to democratic life.
Read the Op-Ed, which was featured on the NAICU website and initially published on November 27, 2016, in The Patriot-News, here.
INVESTING IN THE BOOKENDS OF EDUCATION
Preschool and post‐secondary education—often viewed as “optional” steps on the education continuum—yield lifelong benefits to individual learners, and provide important benefits to society at large. The evidence for these “bookends” of education in America is simply irrefutable. President Tom Foley notes that the average person will have seven different careers in their lifetime. Critical thinking skills (the ability to collect info, apply it to a problem and solve it) so central to the higher education experience will be essential for every 21st century worker. And those skills are essential whether you are fixing the latest coolant system in an industrial freezer, working in health care or editing this newspaper.
The article was featured in the Delaware County Times, Altoona Mirror, Patriot-News, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune-Democrat, and the Scranton Times-Tribune. It was also featured on several websites. Read it here.
AMERICA’S PASTIME NEEDS AN OVER-HAUL, PRESIDENT FOLEY DISCUSSES CONCUSSIONS
Foley makes the point that those responsible for the well‐being of college student‐athletes (he serves on the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Council) consider how we can best protect student‐athletes competing in football and other sports from head trauma. The NCAA has produced a series of guidelines to deal with concussions and its recent $75 million lawsuit settlement will provide for increased testing, diagnosis and future research. But more needs to be done, especially the adoption of preventive measures.
The article was published throughout the nation, including in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune-Democrat, the Scranton Times-Tribune and a many websites including PennLive.com and Wn.com. Read the article here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY PENS OP-ED ON CAMPUS VIOLENCE
An Op-Ed written by President Foley appeared in leading newspapers throughout the state. The piece argued that higher education has a role to play in preventing violent acts like the recent shootings on several college campuses. The Op-Ed urged colleges to give students the tools they need to engage constructively with fellow citizens. By promoting critical thinking, civil discourse, a commitment to community, and an openness to “the other,” higher education can give students the tools needed to overcome the kind of intolerance at the heart of many of these violent acts. The Op-Ed has appeared in the Erie Times-News, the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Delco Times and the Allentown Morning Call. It was also featured on the website of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Read the Erie Times-News Op-Ed here. Read the Patriot-News posting here
PRESIDENT FOLEY DISCUSSES HOW YOU CAN WIN AMIDST A LOSS
In a reflection piece considering March Madness from the perspective of a Division III college, President Foley looks beyond the measure of wins and losses and considers the season in terms of life measures. After a season-ending loss, the Mount Aloysius Women’s Basketball Team didn’t crumble. Instead, on a snowy night, fans riding the bus back to campus broke out in song.
Mount Aloysius College hopes to win every game they play, but sometimes the win comes after the buzzard rings. Read President Foley’s piece, that was printed in the Scranton Times-Tribune and the Delaware County Times, here.
OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY ON PROPOSED WHITE HOUSE COLLEGE RATINGS
An Op-Ed by President Tom Foley was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Scranton Times-Tribune. It also appeared as a Presidential Opinion piece on the website of Inside Higher Education, and was a featured link on the website of the National Association of Colleges and Universities.
In the piece, Box Scores and College Ratings, President Foley addressed an open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan to argue for a more nuanced approach to the White House effort to establish a rating system of colleges and universities to benefit consumers of higher education. Using the analogy of a basketball box score to critique the current approach, President Foley argues for inclusion of all students in any formula, not just those who embark on “first-year four-year bachelor degree seeking” paths. He also advocates the use of a “degree of difficulty” metric similar to the “patient acuity index” (used by the healthcare industry) as a way to create a fair and meaningful measure—especially for those institutions serving first-generation to college and economically disadvantaged student populations–and as the best way to determine who meets current higher-education needs. Read the Op-Ed.
VETERANS DAY IS A TIME TO REMEMBER, PRESIDENT FOLEY WRITES
In a 2014 Opinion piece, president Tom Foley shares anecdotes about his own family to illustrate the importance of remembering all those who have served the United States, especially on Veterans Day. The article discusses two memories associated with Veterans Day; one is the celebration of loved ones returning home after completing a tour of duty, the other is a memory of what was truly is — death and destruction.
This op-ed appeared in the Altoona Mirror, Harrisburg Patriot-News, Delaware County Times, Scranton Times-Tribune and in Vital Speeches of the Day. Read it here
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.
OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY & CITIZENSHIP
An Op-Ed by President Tom Foley appeared this past Constitution Day in four Newspapers across the state. Originally published by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, it was reprinted in the Allentown Morning Call, the Scranton Times-Tribune, and the Delaware County Times and was also a featured link on the web site of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (NCLCE).
The piece entitled, “On Constitution Day Celebrate Citizenship and Education,” outlined the important role that higher education plays in preparing citizens for their responsibilities in a democracy, and drew attention to Mount Aloysius College’s yearlong exploration of the theme of “Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good.” Read the Op-Ed Here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY NAMED TO ACCU BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has accepted nomination to the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities. He will fill the seat vacated by President Michael Garanzini, S.J., who is stepping down as President of Loyola University, Chicago. Founded in 1899, the ACCU works to strengthen and promote the Catholic mission and identity of its member campuses. Through research, publications, conferences, consultations, programming, and relationships with other agencies, the ACCU encourages and facilitates the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions. It serves as the collective voice of U.S. Catholic higher education.
PRESIDENT FOLEY ELECTED TO NCAA DIVISION III PRESIDENTS COUNCIL
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has been elected to the NCAA Division III Presidents Council. President Foley’s term will run through the close of the January 2018. The NCAA President’s Council consists of 18 college presidents representing the 500+ institutions at the Division III level. Among the duties of the President’s Council are: establishing and directing the general policy of Division III, establishing the strategic plan for Division III, providing budgetary oversight of Division III, and sponsoring Division III legislation for roll call vote by membership at the annual Convention. President Foley’s appointment to the NCAA President’s Council comes after his service as Chair of the President’s Council of the Allegheny Mountain Athletic Conference (AMCC), and a two-year tenure on the NCAA Division III President’s Advisory Council. He is only the second AMCC member in its history to serve in this capacity. Mount Aloysius College competes in 14 Division III sports.
PRESIDENT FOLEY ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY
President Tom Foley was one of 140 college Presidents (four from Pennsylvania) invited to attend the second White House Summit on College Opportunity. The summit gathered higher education leaders from around the country to consider ways to make college available to more young Americans, and to develop policies to boost graduations rates at our nation’s colleges and universities. The Summit is part of the White House initiative to lead the world in college attainment. The Summit featured addresses by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. President Foley joined eight other presidents in representing the higher education organization Yes We Must—a coalition of small, independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities dedicated to increasing degree attainment among low-income students. Read about the event here. Watch the event here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY ADDRESSES ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS ON NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY
President Tom Foley delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the regional branch of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) held in celebration of National Philanthropy day. At the event hosted by Mount Aloysius College, President Foley offered reflections on “The Challenge of Philanthropy,” drawing on his personal experience in higher education, as a leader of two large domestic non-profits (United Way and Red Cross) and as a long-time board member (and two year full time volunteer) for an international non-profit organization. Referencing some of Claudia Gaudiani’s profound writing on the topic, he offered a survey of key issues in the rapidly changing field of philanthropy. He argued that new models (and even methods of giving) and whole new categories of philanthropists (beginning with millennials) are both reshaping the fundraising landscape and requiring development professionals to adapt in order to help their organizations survive and thrive.
PRESIDENT FOLEY PARTICIPATES IN HIGHER ED SERVICE TRIP TO MIDDLE EAST
President Tom Foley was invited by New York University President John Sexton to serve as a Presidential Observer during a four-day visit to the NYU-Abu Dhabi campus in the United Arab Emirates. President Foley’s visit coincided with an NYU-Abu Dhabi International Admissions Weekend which drew prospective students from 47 countries around the globe.
President Foley participated in the weekend events, including seminars on “The Good Life” and “Religion and the Supreme Court,” and in small group discussions about American higher education and the experience of students who are first-generation to college. He also participated in the students’ formal admission interviews. President Foley was also asked by President Sexton to offer his perspective and suggestions on this fairly recent experiment by NYU to offer an American higher education experience in a Middle Eastern context. Read the article from the Tribune Democrat.
PRESIDENT FOLEY’S VETERAN’S DAY KEYNOTE TO AMERICAN LEGION PUBLISHED IN VITAL SPEECHES
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley delivered the keynote remarks at the American Legion Veterans’ Day observation in Cresson on November 9th. At the invitation of Commander Scott Eberhart, President Foley joined members Post #238 in honoring all who have given military service to the nation. In his remarks, President Foley offered thanks for the individual sacrifice of those veterans present and for the outstanding model of citizenship that the Legion offers in our local community and across America—citing in particular the Legion’s community service, scholarship and athletic programs, and work with wounded and active-duty soldiers. President Foley noted that Mount Aloysius seeks to emulate the organization’s commitment to community service and strong support of veterans, citing Mount Aloysius’ recognition as a “Military Friendly” and a “Yellow Ribbon” school every year since those programs began, while also being named a “Best for Vets” school three times since 2010. Read the keynote here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY JOINS BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK ON HIS WEEKLY T.V. PROGRAM “PROCLAIM!”
Bishop Mark Bartchak invited President Foley to join him on the November 9th edition of Proclaim!, the weekly television program of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. President Foley discussed the history of Mount Aloysius College and its continuing commitment to the traditions of its founders, the Religious Sisters of Mercy. President Foley also outlined recent successes in a number of the College’s academic programs as well as the accomplishments of the College’s community service program which has been recognized nationally for its local, national and international service activities. Watch the video here.
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 visited the Corrymeela Community, an internationally recognized center for reconciliation, and met with youth group leaders from West Belfast to arrange for a group of basketball players to visit the campus in June.
The Belfast hoopsters will participate in the Mount Aloysius Summer Basketball Camp, scrimmage local teams and travel to Washington to take in the sights.
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
PRESIDENT FOLEY SHARES HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EXPERIENCE WITH BUSINESS CONTINUITY STUDENTS
Professor Jeff Sunseri‘s Business Continuity class invited President Tom Foley to share his personal experience in disaster management in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure as CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross, President Foley spent weeks leading a team of emergency responders as part of the Red Cross’ efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi. In his lecture, President Foley discussed key lessons learned from the Katrina response, a hurricane disaster which dwarfed all previous Red Cross response and recovery efforts. Among the key organizational lessons that President Foley shared with students were: the importance of infrastructure investment, the need for worst-case scenario planning, the impact of cultural diversity issues, and the development of new communications, distribution and partnering strategies. Click here to view the lecture.
BLAIR COUNTY INNS OF COURT PRESENTATION ON CIVIL DISCOURSE
Federal Judge D. Brooks Smith and President Tom Foley presented to members of the Blair County chapter of the American Inns of Court a survey of the issue of civil discourse in society, politics and the media, and discussed its special role in the practice of law and in the conduct of the judicial process.
The event was part of a year-long look at “Civil Discourse.” Watch the video here.
May 4, 2017
Ray and Louise Walker Award Presentation
April 24, 2017
Honors Recognition Ceremony
April 6, 2017
Honors Societies Inductions
April 6, 2017
The Annual Alumni Dinner
October 1, 2016
All College Liturgy
September 22, 2016
September 1, 2016
Mount Aloysius Academic Preparation Program
August 13, 2006
May 8, 2016
Class Gift — Final Thoughts
May 5, 2016
Johnstown Rotary — Salute to Scholars
May 4, 2016
Spring Honors Lecture — Opening Remarks
Student Leadership Banquet
April 19, 2016
Mercy Presidential Scholars Banquet
April 1, 2016
Moral Choices Lecture — Opening Remarks
February 26, 2016
Christmas Liturgy — Welcome 2015
December 8, 2015
Scholarship Appreciation Dinner 2015
October 27, 2015
Alumni Weekend Dinner 2015
October 3, 2015
Constitution Day Lecture 2015 — Opening Remarks
September 6, 2015
Fall Convocation 2015
September 6, 2015
Altoona Mirror “20 Under 20” Awards
May 12, 2015
Honorary Degree — Judge Guido Calabresi
May 9, 2015
Baccalaureate Remarks 2015
May 8, 2015
Graduate Salute 2015
May 7, 2015
Athletic Banquet 2015
April 21, 2015
Sister Helen Marie Retirement
December 9, 2014
Mr. David T. Horn Retirement Remarks
October 29, 2014
October 28, 2014
Fall Honors Lecture Remarks
October 16, 2014
October 4 , 2014
ACWC Grand Opening–Remarks
October 3 , 2014
All College Liturgy 2014
September 25, 2014
Fall Convocation 2014
September 4 , 2014
National Society for Leadership and Success 2014
May 3 , 2014
May 1 , 2014
Spring Honors Lecture — 2014 Opening Remarks
May 1 , 2014
Walker Award Presentation 2014
April 22, 2014
Spring Athletic Banquet 2014
April 22, 2014
Moral Choices Lecture — Opening Remarks 2014
April 8, 2014
Mercy Scholars Annual Address 2014
April 1, 2014
Honor Society Induction 2014
March 4, 2014
MLK Day Opening Remarks 2014
January 21, 2014
Cresson American Legion
November 09, 2013
President’s Scholarship Dinner
October 22, 2013
Presidents Council on Mercy Higher Ed. — Introductory Remarks
September 29, 2013
All College Liturgy
September 24, 2013
September 17, 2013
New Student Orientation
August 22, 2013
Alumni Weekend Dinner
July 20, 2013
Spring Athletic Banquet – Walker Award Presentation
April 26, 2013
Athletic Banquet Spring
April 26, 2013
Student Leadership Awards
April 23, 2013
Mercy Presidential Scholars Dinner
March 22, 2013
Moral Choices Lecture–Remarks
March 12, 2013
December Graduation Ceremony
December 7, 2012
Thanksgving Prayer Service 2012
November 19, 2012
“The Hospitality of Writing” — Mount Aloysius Speaker Series
October 25, 2012
Constitution Day Panel — Remarks
September 18, 2012
Blair Bedford Labor Council — Person of the Year Dinner
September 13, 2012
2012 Fall Convocation
September 6, 2012
Alumni Weekend Dinner
June 23, 2012
May 10, 2012
100th Birthday Celebration–Ray S. Walker
April 1, 2012
MLK Day Celebration
January 16, 2012
September 16, 2011
Celebrating the Life of the Honorable Thomas J. Fee
September 5, 2011
Alumni Hall Re-Dedication: 1902-2011
April 18, 2011
December Graduation Ceremony
December 9, 2010
September 23, 2010
September 9, 2010
MOUNT ALOYSIUS GRADUATES 441 STUDENTS
It was a beautiful day inside the still brand new 87,000 square foot Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, and Commencement speaker Jack Brennan was right when he wrote last week that “from the joy on the graduates’ and their families’ faces to every logistical detail, it was a perfect day.” The College awarded 441 degrees, including 179 Associate Degrees, 240 Bachelor’s Degrees and 32 Master’s Degrees. 2500+ guests witnessed Dr. Karen Anne Schneider, RSM MD and longtime Vanguard CEO and Chair of the Board at the University of Notre Dame, Jack Brennan and his wife education activist, Cathy Brennan receive honorary degrees. Jack and student speaker Ajai Timmons delivered outstanding addresses and our student sign language interpreters made Vox Nova’s version of the Irish Blessing especially compelling. 61% of these grads were first generation to College, the class averaged an astounding 3.36 GPA and there were plenty of “Way to Go Mom and Dad” (and one “that’s my wife!!”) to remind us of the breadth of Mount Aloysius’ reach and its direct connection to its Mercy mission. Sister Giuseppe and her niece (and ’17 graduate) Ashley, closed the service with an inspiring Educational Blessing. Thanks especially to Gerry Rubritz (and his team), Chris Lovett (and his team), Carla Nelen, Shelley Campbell, Bill Trexler (and his team) and Michele who together sweated the tons of small details that make an event of this magnitude work. Commencement Highlight Video | Ajai remarks | Jack Brennan remarks | Opening prayer with ASL interpreter | Sr. Giuseppe prayer | Mainliner story
View our Commencement monograph for the full remarks and citations.
CONSTITUTION DAY ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER DAVID SHRIBMAN
The College welcomed back to campus David Shribman (H’13), Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, as part of its 2015 Constitution Day celebration. Mr. Shribman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Washington for the Boston Globe, delivered the Constitution Day address on the theme of “Presidential Voices.” Mr. Shribman selected10 quotations from Presidents spanning more than two hundred years of American history, which gave voice to defining principles that helped to shape us as a people, and some of which marked epochal moments in our history. He also commented on how those quotes reflected on the politics of today. In a lively Q&A session following his address, Mr. Shribman offered reflections on the state of current political discourse and the changing role of media. Read the 2015 Constitution Day address here. Read President Foley’s Opening Remarks here.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL PRESIDENT PORTERFIELD ADDRESSES CONVOCATION, LAUNCHES NEW YEARLONG CAMPUS THEME: “VOICE”
Mount Aloysius College formally launched its new yearlong theme, “Voice”, with an address by Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College. Dr. Porterfield, who has written and lectured on the idea of voice, is himself a leading voice in higher education on the issues of access for lower-income students, the impact of technology on education and the value of the liberal arts, and. He is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and Forbes magazine, and his writings have been featured in major newspapers and other publications across the country. For his efforts to expand college access, Dr. Porterfield was recently profiled on the PBS Newshour program. Prior to delivering his address, “Cultivating Our Voices,” Dr. Porterfield was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Justice for his longstanding and passionate promotion of civic engagement and expanded college opportunity for all students of ability. Read Dr. Porterfield’s Honorary Degree Citation here. Read the 2015 Convocation Address here. Read President Foley’s Opening Remarks here.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE AWARDS POSTHUMOUS HONORARY DEGREE TO MARGARET ANDRINA STEINBEISER, LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER
The 2015 Mount Aloysius College Commencement ceremony included a tribute to Professor Maggy Steinbeiser, a beloved teacher and esteemed member of the English faculty who died suddenly this past semester. Professor Steinbeiser dedicated nearly forty-four years to the College, and as the senior faculty member in terms of years of service, she served as the College Mace Bearer for formal campus ceremonies. Professor Steinbeiser was awarded the posthumous degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, which was accepted by her husband Raymond in the presence of their son and grandsons.
Maggy was recognized as a leader among her peers for her many contributions to the growth of academic programs at the College. She will be remembered for her humor, her fierce intelligence and for the tender care with which she ministered to her students. Read President Foley’s note to the campus community here. Read Professor Steinbeiser’s honorary degree citation here.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS COMMENCEMENT HONORS EMINENT JURIST AND LEGAL SCHOLAR GUIDO CALABRESI
2015 Mount Aloysius College Commencement speaker Guido Calabresi was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the May 9th event. Calabresi is the Senior Judge on the US Court Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a former Dean of the Yale School of Law, and is the youngest-ever professor appointed to its faculty. Calabresi continues service on the Yale faculty as the Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer in Law. President Foley described his former teacher as, “an icon of the legal profession,” and praised his “contributions to legal scholarship, his pioneering work in creating the new branch of tort law known as the Law and Economics Movement, and his caring mentorship of generations of students, including three sitting Supreme Court Justices.” Watch Judge Calabresi’s Commencement address here. Read Judge Calabresi’s Honorary Degree citation here.
DR. TIMOTHY P. SHRIVER DELIVERS 2015 MORAL CHOICES LECTURE
President Tom Foley welcomed Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman of the International Special Olympics to campus for three events. Dr. Shriver delivered the 2015 Moral Choices Lecture on the theme Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most—also the title of his recent best-selling book. His was the penultimate address on the yearlong campus theme of “The Good Life.” Along with the lecture, the College hosted a book signing open to the public and attended by Special Olympics athletes from five Pennsylvania counties. President Foley joined Dr. Shriver in the studios of the College’s Digital Grotto for a conversation on themes from his book and insights on creating “The Good Life.” Watch the 2015 Moral Choices Lecture here. Read the Moral Choices Lecture in monograph form here.
During his campus visit to deliver the 2015 Moral Choices lecture, Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman of the International Special Olympics joined President Tom Foley in the studios of the Mount Aloysius College’s Digital Grotto. The conversation covered a variety of themes from Shriver’s book, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, including faith, family, leadership and lessons learned from his work with the International Special Olympics. The conversation continued the College’s yearlong exploration of what constitutes “ The Good Life.” Watch the Digital Grotto Conversation here
MOUNT ALOYSIUS’ FINANCIAL RATING UPGRADED TO “A”
At a time when many colleges are experiencing downgrades to their financial credit rating, Mount Aloysius College continues on an upward trend. In its most recent rating, S&P awarded the College an “A” rating—improving from a previous rating of “A- with a positive outlook.” The “A” rating marks the third upgrade earned by the College in the last four years. This highly coveted score is all the more exceptional for a school of Mount Aloysius’ size and demographic. In response to the news, President Foley said, “the College is delighted with the rating and grateful for strong financial leadership from successive college Presidents and the Board of Trustees.”
MOUNT ALOYSIUS LEADERSHIP AMONG PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS CENTRAL’S TOP 100 LIST
Four members of the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees joined College President Tom Foley on the 2014 Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 list. The list recognizes regional leaders making the greatest impact on the lives of residents in the publication’s 22-county readership area. The College trustees named to the list are: Mark Barnhart, CEO of NPC, Inc.; T. Scott Lawhead, President and CEO of The Hite Company; Bill Polacek, CEO & Founder of JWF Industries; and Ed Sheehan, President and CEO of Concurrent Technologies Corp. Publisher David Wells noted that those named to the list, “represent the best-of-the-best and have proven themselves to be an asset not only to their company or organization, but also to the communities they serve.” While the list is diverse, representing large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations, all those named are cited for their achievements in the areas of corporate leadership, community involvement and contributions to the region’s economic sector. See the PBC list here.
NYU PHILOSOPHER DELIVERS MOUNT ALOYSIUS 2014 FALL HONORS LECTURE
Dr. Larry Jackson, a professor of philosophy and Director of Global Academic Planning at NYU, delivered the 2014 Fall Honors Lecture as part of the College’s yearlong speaker series theme, “The Good Life.” Dr. Jackson’s address entitled, “Pursuits of Happiness from Aristotle to America,” traced the long tradition in Western philosophy concerning the nature of a good life. He outlined the theoretical development of the concept from Aristotle and Epicurus to Augustine and Jefferson, and through to the ideas of the modern theorist Hannah Arendt. During his stay on campus, Dr. Jackson also met with students and faculty on five occasions. He lectured in Nursing and Political Science classes and shared meals and discussions with film and theater students, with the College technology committee, and with philosophy and theology students. Read President Foley’s introductory remarks here. watch video of lecture here.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS WELCOMES PICA PRESIDENT JERRY MAGINNIS
President Tom Foley hosted Jerry Maginnis, Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office of KPMG, the world’s fourth largest professional services company, and President of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, for a luncheon with Mount Aloysius Accounting students and members of the College’s Business faculty. In his remarks to students on the College’s yearlong theme of “The Good Life,” Maginnis spoke of the roles open to CPA’s in promoting the economic and civic well-being of society and of his own role in coordinating community involvement for KPMG. Maginnis, who has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Free Library, the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University, Gwynedd Mercy University, the Board of Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the United Way, the Red Cross and the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, encouraged Mount Aloysius students to make volunteerism and community service a part of their personal and professional lives. Read Maginnis’ Op-Ed on boardroom diversity here and his Op-Ed on CPA’s giving back to the community here.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION HELD FOR NEW ATHLETIC CONVOCATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Mount Aloysius College celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center (ACWC). President Foley was joined by members of the Board of Trustees, donors, local political leaders, contractors and members of the campus construction committee for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Chairman Emeritus Dan Rullo, serving as master of ceremonies, thanked trustees, supporters and students and read a proclamation from Governor Corbett marking the occasion. Along with the main basketball/events arena, the 87,000 square foot facility contains a state-of-the-art Wellness Center with over 50 pieces of cardio and weight equipment, training and locker rooms, and an auxiliary gym. It also houses three classrooms (where 730 classes have been taught since last January—in 29 different courses), several faculty offices, and the offices of both the Athletic Department and Institutional Advancement. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese blessed the building and all those who will use it to the benefit of body, mind and spirit. Tours of the facility included the history mural opposite the main entrance depicting the story of the college since its founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1853, as well as the numerous art banners depicting important aspects of campus life and life in the wider region of the Pennsylvania Southern Alleghenies. Read President Foley’s remarks here.
COLLEGE CONVOCATION LAUNCHES NEW YEARLONG THEME: “THE GOOD LIFE”
Mount Aloysius College formally launched its new yearlong theme, The Good Life, with an address by the Rev. William Byron, S.J. at the annual Fall Convocation exercise. Father Byron is the University Professor of Business and Society at Saint Joseph’s University, and the former President of both The Catholic University of America and the University of Scranton. He is the author of fourteen books and of the nationally syndicated column “Looking Around.” In opening remarks, President Tom Foley explained to the gathering of new students the College’s practice of engaging each year in a campus-wide exploration of a theme. “We choose a theme each year and try to coordinate Orientation, the Connections courses, our Speakers Series and other events around that single idea,” he said. In the Convocation keynote, Father Byron defined the Good Life as “a life lived generously in the service of others.” He developed his theme by offering a reflection on St. Paul’s “fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness [and] self-control.” He invited students to incorporate these virtues in their own lives, calling them a “nine-word portrait of authentic human existence.” Read president Foley’s remarks and Fr. Byron’s keynote here.
PRESIDENT FOLEY WELCOMES VISITING SCHOLAR AMBASSADOR JAMES A. SHARKEY
Former Irish Ambassador James A. Sharkey spent a month on campus in the role of Visiting Scholar. During his long diplomatic career, he served on four continents in more than a dozen countries. Most recently, he served as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, chairing its Human Rights Committee. While on campus, Ambassador Sharkey delivered the Spring Honors Lecture on “Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century: A Global Perspective,” and presented a Mount Aloysius Community Lecture on the “Crisis in Ukraine.” The Ambassador also gave lectures in five classes: on Irish dramatist Brian Friel, on Irish Nobel laureates John Hume and Seamus Heaney and (with President Foley) on the topics of “Violence as a Social Disease” and “Religious Conflict from the Reformation Forward.” Professors Coakley, Cook, Dragani, Magee, Jones, Neff and Smith hosted the visiting scholar in English, Religion, Theater, History classes and other visits.
The Ambassador’s wife, Sattie Sharkey, shared her experiences practicing nursing and teaching nursing education on four continents with members of the nursing faculty and in Sr. Helen Marie’s “Women and Global Cultures” class. Ambassador Sharkey’s visit culminated with the conferral of an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Justice at the College’s May 10th Commencement. Read Ambassador Sharkey’s Honors lecture here. Read President Foley’s remarks here. Watch the video of the Honors lecture here.
Sharkey joined Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley to discuss the historical roots and more immediate causes leading to the period of violence in Northern Ireland known as the “Troubles.” Sharkey was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he went to school and began lifelong friendships with Nobel Laureates John Hume and Seamus Heaney. He was involved in the Civil Rights movement and personally witnessed the events of “Bloody Sunday” in 1972, when 13 civil rights protesters were shot and killed by British paratroopers. Foley spent two years as a full-time volunteer in Belfast (while on leave from Yale Law School) with the Peace People, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1978. Later, both men had first-hand involvement in the peace process while working in Washington—Sharkey as the political counselor at the Irish embassy and Foley as a congressional aide to Congressman James M. Shannon and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, and as an adviser to the caucus of legislators who spent decades working for a peaceful solution to the “Troubles.” Watch the Digital Grotto Conversation here.
In the second part of their conversation, Ambassador James A. Sharkey interviews Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley about his time working with the Nobel Prize-winning organization The Peace People during the period of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Calling Foley’s work an important example of the early efforts at reconciliation which eventually led to the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement, Ambassador Sharkey asks Foley to share his experiences as the first American elected to the Executive Board of the Peace People, as founder of its award-winning integrated sports program, and as co-founder of the effective (and still active) human rights watchdog group the Committee on the Administration of Justice. Watch the Digital Grotto Conversation here.
OIC PRESIDENT CELEBRATES MLK DAY AT MOUNT ALOYSIUS
During a two-day visit to campus, Mr. Tony Ross, President of OIC of America, delivered the 2014 MLK Day address. The OIC, founded by the Rev. Dr. Leon H Sullivan, is a national non-profit network that provides employment and training programs to over 2.5 million disadvantaged and under-skilled people throughout the country. Mr. Ross and President Foley were colleagues at the United Way of Pennsylvania, and served successive terms as President and CEO of that non-profit.
In his remarks to a packed audience in Alumni Hall, Mr. Ross addressed the College’s yearlong theme of “The Common Good: Citizens in the 21st Century,” speaking of the important legacy of Dr. King and Sullivan in promoting a more inclusive definition of citizen and providing robust models of the core democratic principle of citizen service to the community.
In addition to his speech, Mr. Ross participated in nine other campus events including meals and conversations with student members of the Political Awareness Club, the Black Student Union, and Community Service volunteers. Mr. Ross was also interviewed as part of the Digital Grotto Conversations series. View the full MLK Day address or view highlights from the address. Read the article about Mr. Ross’ visit in the Belltower.
A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—MIT SECURITY EXPERT DR. JIM WALSH JOINS PRESIDENT FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON CONFLICT AND POLITICAL REPRESSION
Dr. Jim Walsh, a Research Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joined President Tom Foley for a video chat in the studios of the College’s Digital Grotto.
They shared reflections on their personal experiences with restrictive or authoritarian political environments –Northern Ireland in the late 70’s, in the case of President Foley, and present-day Iran and North Korea, in the case of Dr. Walsh.Watch the conversation here.
HOSPITALITY OF WRITING LECTURE BY DAVID SHRIBMAN AND CINDY SCRZYCKI—INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
President Foley introduces the inaugural lecture of the 2012-13 Mount Aloysius Speakers Series dedicated to the theme of Finding Home in a Changing World.
The lecture was delivered by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Shribman, and his wife Cindy Scrzycki, a journalist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. | Watch the highlights here. | Click here to view the E-publications of “The Hospitality of Writing.”
A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—IRISH AUTHOR AND FILM PRODUCER, MAURICE FITZPATRICK JOINED PRESIDENT TOM FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE POETRY OF SEAMUS HEANEY
The war and peace poetry of Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and his role as an interpreter of modern Ireland was the focus of this video conversation. Irish author and film producer, Maurice Fitzpatrick, visited Mount Aloysius College and took part in the conversation.
Selected poems are read and discussed in this video produced in the studios of the Mount Aloysius College Digital Grotto. Watch the conversation here.
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