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2019 Honors Discussion

“Mining for Motivation”

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • 3:30 PM
  • Alumni Hall

This event has been approved for convocation credit. The event will look to explore why people are motivated to serve in their communities. The panel will be made up of a Mount Aloysius College student, faculty member, Sister of Mercy, and alumna. Please see the event synopsis below for more information.

“In our various roles, there is often some formative experience or force that draws us to serve. It motivates us to do and be more than we might have expected. Our panelists will seek to highlight what sparked them to serve, how they unearthed or encountered that spark and what keeps them working to serving others”


Full Biography

Sister Mary Giuseppe DaBella

Sister Mary Giuseppe DaBella is a Sister of Mercy of the Mid Atlantic Community located at Merian, PA. Sister was a graduate of Misercordia University at Dallas, PA. Sister Giuseppe was trained in the Montessori Method at the St. Nicholas training center in London; where she received diplomas in the Infant, Nursey, and Kindergarten Programs. Sister was the founder of fiver schools in the in Butler, PA area. She was nominated as the Woman of the Year and the Outstanding Teaching of the Year. Sister received other rewards regarding education. Sister Giuseppe taught both in the Pittsburgh and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in the primary grades. Sister Giuseppe has been a valued member of the Mount Aloysius College community since 2000.

Dr. Elizabeth Mansley

Dr. Elizabeth Mansley is an associate professor of criminology in the Justice, Law and Society Department at Mount Aloysius College.  She obtained her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.  She is a certified Inside-out instructor and volunteer at several prisons.  Her research interests include re-entry, family, intimate partner violence and masculinity. Dr. Mansley has also taught at Delaware State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a valued member of the faculty at Mount Aloysius College for the last seven years.

Mr. Dylan Matta

Mr. Dylan Matta is a senior at Mount Aloysius College with a major in History/Political Science and a minor in religion. He is from Plum, Pennsylvania, a suburban town just outside of Pittsburgh. He played tennis all through his high school years for Plum Senior High School and has continued to play the sport in college at Mount Aloysius. Dylan enjoys working with and understanding the motivations and passions of people, both in modern times and previous times in history. He has a strong faith and is a firm believer in Christianity, gaining joy from the hope that it provides for humanity. Related to this, he has been an active participant in church life since middle school, and through this church experience, took part in many different service trips and volunteer work around him. With Mount Aloysius College, Dylan was able to go to Guyana and Houston, Texas on some memorable service trips, helping those that needed it and learning quite a bit about giving back and himself personally while abroad. He also did some other volunteer work with the college. Dylan will be going on a mission trip to Honduras in March 2019 with Mount Aloysius College.

Ms. Cindy Allison

Ms. Cindy Allison is a 1982 graduate of the LPN program at Indiana County Vo-Tech, a 1985 graduate of the ASN program at Mount Aloysius College, and a 2014 graduate of the BSN program at Slippery Rock University. Ms. Allison has been a licensed registered nurse since 1985 and has worked in a variety of nursing settings. She has worked for Excela Health Latrobe since 2006 where she is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator as well as the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) hospital liaison. Since serving in her CORE role, Ms. Alllison has helped Excela Health Latrobe win various awards in the area of organ donation including being named the #1 Hospital System in PA at Titanium level in 2018, was in the top 5 Hospital Systems in PA in 2017 at Platinum level, and achieved Silver level status in 2015 and 2016. Ms. Allison volunteers her time with CORE working to ensure organ donation compliance audits, promoting education about organ donation to staff members and the community, participating in Donate Life events, participating in community health and wellness events, and educating nursing students on the importance of donation and compliance of organ donation.

Christopher Burlingame, Moderator

The panel’s moderator is Christopher Burlingame. He is in his seventh year as the writing consultant and study skills specialist at Mount Aloysius College where he also teaches developmental reading and writing, Rhetoric I and II, and Creative Writing as an adjunct. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Literature and Criticism program with an interest in transgressive literature and adaptation. He earned his M.F.A in creative writing from Chatham University and continues to write and submit fiction.

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