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On August 1, 2010, Thomas P. Foley took office as the 13th President of Mount Aloysius College. Tom Foley has been frequently honored in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for his leadership, his work ethic and his innovative approach to problem solving, and he has received dozens of awards for his service in both the public and non-profit sectors. 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 as a member of the university’s championship rugby team.

Foley worked in both the public and non-profit sectors, prior to joining academia. Most recently, he spent more than a decade as the CEO of the American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania (2004-2010) and as President of the United Way of Pennsylvania (2000-2004). He also served in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as legislative aide and counsel to Congressman James M. Shannon and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden. Foley spent seven years of his career working for Governor Robert P. Casey, whom he served in two cabinet-level posts, including as the youngest Secretary of Labor and Industry in the history of the Commonwealth.

Prior to his government service, Foley was a Graduate Fellow at University College, Dublin, Ireland, after which he spent two years as counsel to the Nobel Peace Prize winning Peace People in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was the first American elected to the group’s Executive Board, initiated their award-winning integrated sports program and was the co-founder of the widely effective (and still active) Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).

President Foley is the author of over 75 articles, op-ed and journal pieces on a variety of topics, including issues related to work, job training, community service and public security. He has testified in Washington and Harrisburg on matters of public policy on over 30 occasions, appeared often on TV and radio and keynoted numerous events in several states and in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has chaired eight statewide Boards and Commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, PennSERVE, and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation. Tom and his wife, Michele, are the parents of three sons — Thomas, Matt and Andrew.

Mount Aloysius College, founded in 1853 by Sisters of Mercy, who emigrated from Dublin, Ireland, 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.”

Like its new President, 70% of Mount Aloysius students are the first generation in their families to attend college, where today they can choose from over 70 programs of study and develop their skills to a state of the art level.

News & Events

NYU PHILOSOPHER DELIVERS MOUNT ALOYSIUS 2014 FALL HONORS LECTURE

FALL HONORSDr. 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.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION HELD FOR NEW ATHLETIC CONVOCATION AND WELLNESS CENTER

Mount Aloysius College celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Athletic Athletic_Center_Dedication_258Convocation 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

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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 

president-sharkeyFormer 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.

PAST PRESIDENT SISTER MARY ANN DILLON DELIVERS THE 2014 MORAL CHOICES LECTURE

sister-mary-annPresident Tom Foley welcomed back to campus his immediate predecessor Sr. Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, PhD, to deliver the 2014 Moral Choices Lecture. Prior to serving as President of Mount Aloysius, Sr. Mary Ann served as assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, and dean of general education at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA.  She also served on the Advisory Board of the St. Francis Ethics Institute.

Sr. Mary Ann addressed this year’s theme of the common good and citizenship as interpreted through the long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. Dr. Dillon examined the twin pillars of that tradition: the dignity of the human person and the emphasis on the common good.  She explained these concepts through the prism of two paradigmatic biblical stories—the Exodus story of the communal building of the Dwelling House for the Lord, and the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan.  Sr. Mary Ann currently serves as Senior Vice-President of Mission and Sponsorship for Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA. Read Sister Mary Ann’s Moral Choices Lecture and President Foley’s remarks here.

PRESIDENT FOLEY PARTICIPATES IN HIGHER ED SERVICE TRIP TO MIDDLE EAST

abu-dhabiPresident 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.

OIC PRESIDENT CELEBRATES MLK DAY AT MOUNT ALOYSIUS

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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.

PRESIDENT FOLEY DELIVERS VETERAN’S DAY KEYNOTE TO AMERICAN LEGION

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, Presidveterans-day-cresson-legionent 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-and-presidentBishop 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.

PRESIDENT FOLEY SHARES HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EXPERIENCE WITH BUSINESS CONTINUITY STUDENTS

katrina-business-classIn the wake of the Philippines’ typhoon disaster, 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.

FORMER AIDE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN VISITS MOUNT ALOYSIUS FOR CONSTITUTION DAY EVENTS

Constitution-Day-13-WrightPresident Tom Foley welcomed his friend and former colleague Terry Wright to campus for a three-day visit to celebrate Constitution Day. President Foley and Mr. Wright were colleagues in the Senate office of then Senator Joseph Biden. Wright spent a 27-year career in government service before retiring from his position as a senior aide to Vice President Biden. Along with delivering the 2013 Constitution Day Address entitled, “Citizenship Extended—Public Service from the Nation to the Neighborhood,” Wright participated in ten events during his three-day visit to campus. He led six conversations over meals with different College groups—meeting with business and political science students, the Black Student Union, the Political Awareness Club, as well as with faculty and trustees. He also offered remarks and took questions in four classes including the freshman Connections seminar. Both this year’s Orientation program and the Connections Seminar have incorporated themes exploring the nature and practice of citizenship. Wright was the second speaker to address the campus community on the College’s yearlong theme, Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good. He followed Judge David Klementik of the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas who gave this year’s Fall Convocation address.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY RECEIVES WIDE READERSHIP

op-ed-look-for-the-helpersAn 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.

PRESIDENT FOLEY VISITS WITH LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

library-of-congressOn a recent trip to Washington, President Tom Foley formally presented a copy of the Mount Aloysius monograph, “The Role of the University in Civil Discourse” to Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Hadley Billington. The Monograph featured the discussion from a symposium held at the College. The symposium participants included Pulitzer-Prize winner David Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Federal Judge D. Brooks Smith; University of Scranton Senior Fellow Sondra Meyers and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor and Professor of Law, Dr. John Murray.

The monograph was accepted into our nation’s library as a document deemed important to the historical record. Read More | View the Monograph

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE–NORTHERN IRELAND CULTURAL EXCHANGES IN THE WORKS

tom-foley-ireland2During 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

terrorism-lectureDr. 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

MOUNT ALOYSIUS HOSTS MIT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND TERRORISM EXPERT

jim-walshMIT terrorism, international security, and nuclear proliferation expert Jim Walsh delivered the 2013 Spring Moral Choices Lecture entitled, “Hospitality in the Context of Foreign Policy: My Five Dinners with Ahmadinejad.” Dr. Walsh, a Research Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program, shared his experiences in Track II negotiations with representatives of the North Korean and Iranian governments.

Dr. Walsh later joined President Tom Foley for a video chat in the studios of the College’s Digital Grotto for a conversation on their personal experiences with restrictive or authoritarian or political environments of Northern Ireland in the late 70’s and of present-day Iran and North Korea. View the video of their conversation.

PRESIDENT FOLEY TESTIFIES BEFORE THE GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

governors-commishionPresident Foley testified before Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on Post-Secondary Education at hearings held in Pittsburgh. His testimony focused on Mount Aloysius College’s model for making college accessible and affordable while also graduating students who contribute to meeting the state’s need for a quality workforce.

President Foley was one of seven college presidents from across the state to offer expert testimony before the Commission. Read the Governor’s Advisory Commision report here.

 

Speeches & Remarks

2014

Fall Honors Lecture 2014
October 16, 2014

ACWC Grand Opening–Remarks
October 3 , 2014

Fall Convocation 2014
September 4 , 2014

Graduate Salute 2014
May 8 , 2014

National Society for Leadership and Success 2014
May 3 , 2014

Visiting Scholar Dinner–Opening Remarks 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

2013

Cresson American Legion 2013
November 09, 2013

President’s Scholarship Dinner 2013
October 22, 2013

Presidents Council on Mercy Higher Ed. — Introductory Remarks 2013
September 29, 2013

All College Liturgy 2013
September 24, 2013

Constitution Day 2013
September 17, 2013

2013 Fall ConvocationClick here to view Altoona Mirror article
September 6, 2013

New Student Orientation
August 22, 2013

Alumni Weekend Dinner 2013
July 20, 2013

Johnstown Rotary Club – “Salute to Scholars” Awards Dinner
May 8, 2013

Spring Athletic Banquet – Walker Award Presentation
April 26, 2013

Athletic Banquet Spring 2013
April 26, 2013

Student Leadership Awards 2013
April 23, 2013

Mercy Presidential Scholars Dinner
March 22, 2013

Moral Choices Lecture–Remarks
March 12, 2013

2012

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

Altoona High School Graduation – Commencement Address
June 8, 2012

Sheetz Graduation
May 10, 2012

Cambria County Principals Association – 19th Annual Super Conference
May 2, 2012

Blair BASICS Keynote Address “Millennials” | Click here to view E-publication
May 1, 2012

100th Birthday Celebration–Ray S. Walker
April 1, 2012

MLK Day Celebration 2012
January 16, 2012

2011

Inaugural Address
September 16, 2011

Celebrating the Life of the Honorable Thomas J. Fee
September 5, 2011

Alumni Hall Re-Dedication: 1902-2011
April 18, 2011

2010

December Graduation Ceremony 2010
December 9, 2010

All-College Liturgy 2010
September 23, 2010

2010 Fall Convocation
September 9, 2010

Articles & Presentations

A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—FORMER IRISH AMBASSADOR JAMES A. SHARKEY JOINS PRESIDENT FOLEY TO DISCUSS CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE “TROUBLES” IN NORTHERN IRELAND    [PART I]

James A. Sharkey, an Irish ambassador whose diplomatic career included service onDGC four continents, 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.

A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—FORMER IRISH AMBASSADOR JAMES A. SHARKEY JOINS PRESIDENT FOLEY TO DISCUSS CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE “TROUBLES” IN NORTHERN IRELAND   [PART II]

In the second part of their conversation, Ambassador James A. Sharkey interviews DGCMount 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.

OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY ON PROPOSED WHITE HOUSE COLLEGE RATINGS

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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.

SPRING 2014 STATE OF THE COLLEGE: AN INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING REPORT

soc-spring14 coverIn the Spring 2014 State of the College Address, President Foley delivered a status update to the College community on three planning initiatives: the College Strategic Plan, the College Technology Plan, and the Campus Master Plan.  Along with providing progress reports on all three plans, President Foley demonstrated the tools available on the College web site that allow community members to monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan as broken down by: theme, objective, goal, timeline, action step, ownership, and metrics. Read the report here.

PRESIDENT FOLEY JOINS BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK ON HIS WEEKLY T.V. PROGRAM “PROCLAIM!”

bishop-mark-and-presidentBishop Mark Bartchak invited President Foley to join him on 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.

PRESIDENT FOLEY SHARES HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EXPERIENCE WITH BUSINESS CONTINUITY STUDENTS

katrina-business-classIn the wake of the Philippines’ typhoon disaster, 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.

FORMER AIDE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN VISITS MOUNT ALOYSIUS FOR CONSTITUTION DAY EVENTS

Constitution-Day-13-WrightPresident Tom Foley welcomed his friend and former colleague Terry Wright to campus for a three-day visit to celebrate Constitution Day. President Foley and Mr. Wright were colleagues in the Senate office of then Senator Joseph Biden. Wright spent a 27-year career in government service before retiring from his position as a senior aide to Vice President Biden. Along with delivering the 2013 Constitution Day Address entitled, “Citizenship Extended—Public Service from the Nation to the Neighborhood,” Wright participated in ten events during his three-day visit to campus. He led six conversations over meals with different College groups—meeting with business and political science students, the Black Student Union, the Political Awareness Club, as well as with faculty and trustees. He also offered remarks and took questions in four classes including the freshman Connections seminar. Both this year’s Orientation program and the Connections Seminar have incorporated themes exploring the nature and practice of citizenship. Wright was the second speaker to address the campus community on the College’s yearlong theme, Citizenship in the 21st Century: The Common Good. He followed Judge David Klementik of the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas who gave this year’s Fall Convocation address.

OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY & CITIZENSHIP

citizenshipAn 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.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING OP-ED BY PRESIDENT FOLEY RECEIVES WIDE READERSHIP

op-ed-look-for-the-helpersAn 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.

REFLECTIONS ON MARCH MADNESS OP-ED

march-madness-op-edIn 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.

Among those measures: working to improve, playing up to potential, persevering, developing teamwork and selflessness, and building bonds of friendship. Read the Op-Ed.

“FROM IRELAND’S ‘TROUBLES’ TO THE AGE OF TERRORISM: A PERSPECTIVE ON POLITICAL VIOLENCE”— TWO LECTURES DELIVERED TO STUDENTS IN DR. MICHAEL JONES’ POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM CLASS.

terrorism-lecturePresident 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. Watch the lecture here.

A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—MIT SECURITY EXPERT DR. JIM WALSH JOINS PRESIDENT FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON CONFLICT AND POLITICAL REPRESSION

digital-grotto-walshDr. 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

shribman-hosp-of-writingPresident 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.”

BLAIR COUNTY INNS OF COURT PRESENTATION ON CIVIL DISCOURSE

inns-of-courtFederal 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.

A DIGITAL GROTTO CONVERSATION—IRISH AUTHOR AND FILM PRODUCER, MAURICE FITZPATRICK JOINED PRESIDENT TOM FOLEY FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE POETRY OF SEAMUS HEANEY

digital-grotto-fitzpatrickThe 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 MAC and took part in the conversation.

Selected poems are read and discussed in this video by the MAC Digital Grotto. Watch the conversation here.

“MILLENIALS”—AN E-PUBLICATION OF THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS GIVEN BY PRESIDENT FOLEY AT THE BLAIR CHAMBER’S ANNUAL EDUCATOR/EMPLOYER WORKSHOP

millennialsIn his keynote address, President Foley discusses the new challenges (“high stakes testing,” technology, and the complexity of post-high school choices) and the recent paradigm shifts (pace of information, changes in modes of interpersonal relations and the trend toward life-long learning) facing educators today.

The address was later produced into a readable e-magazine. Read the e-publication here.

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