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Mount Aloysius Invites Public to Authentic Discourse Convocation Lecture

Mount Aloysius Exceptional in Business, Education, and Nursing


CRESSON, Pa. June 29, 2017 – Mount Aloysius College has been notified that three of its academic areas are deemed exceptional by the “College of Distinction” organization.  The College’s Business, Education and Nursing majors have all been awarded the recognition for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Already recognized as a College of Distinction, a Catholic College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, and a Best Value College; the three new designations focus on specific areas of academic excellence at Mount Aloysius .  All three, Business, Education and Nursing have earned recognition for academic rigor and excellence in preparing students for promising careers.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley commended the three department chairs responsible for the academic areas recognized.   “Congratulations to the Chairperson of Business and Information Technology, Ms. Kimberly Asonevich; to the Chairperson of Education and Sign Language, Dr. Marilyn Roseman; and to our Dean of Nursing, Dr. Julie A. Luetschwager, as well as faculty and support staff throughout the College,” he said.  “Business, Education, and Nursing faculty offer our students outstanding engagement in the classroom and exceptional personal support outside the classroom,” added President Foley.  “That same kind of commitment to students is found campus-wide.  It engages the entire faculty and staff and makes Mount Aloysius a great college choice.” 

College of Distinction recognition is reserved for colleges and universities that excel in “student-focused” education.  This citation of excellence allows Mount Aloysius to be featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools across the country for excellence in higher education.  Colleges and universities are nominated for Colleges of Distinction recognition by high school counselor recommendations and quantitative research.

Colleges of Distinction are assessed using four criteria: Engaged Students – the college creates an environment which encourages students to speak up and challenge the status quo; Excellent Teaching–the college’s faculty fosters new ways of thinking; Vibrant Community–students are exposed to community- and career-oriented learning experiences and internships; and Successful Outcomes–the college prepares students with a portfolio for a successful career upon graduation.  Colleges featured on must meet or exceed standards in each of these four categories. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors.  The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents, and other members of campus communities. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors.  The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents, and other members of campus communities.

Mount Aloysius College Nursing program ranks sixth among the largest and best nursing schools in Pennsylvania (nursing schools that routinely have 85 students or more taking the NCLEX nursing license exam).  The College’s pass percentage averages 90.78 percent for first-time test takers.  In the last five years 432 students took the NLCEX exam and 393 passed on their first try.  The College’s web link to its RN Associate’s Degree program is  

Mount Aloysius offers an Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. The program ranks in the top 35 percent in the United States.  Areas of specialization include: Health Care Administration; Human Resources Management; Marketing Communications Media; Marketing and Entrepreneurship; and Sports Management.  To learn more visit

Mount Aloysius College offers four specialized programs in its Education department.  Mount Aloysius students study Early Childhood Education, Early Level (Pre K through fourth grade), Middle Level (fourth through eighth grade), and Secondary Education.  The College’s Early Level web link is

To view Mount Aloysius College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit  To visit the Mount Aloysius College web site go to or call Mount Aloysius College at 814-886-6383.

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CRESSON, Pa. Aug. 31, 2017 – Mount Aloysius College invites the public to the launch of the 2017-2018 Speaker Series featuring prominent philosopher, TED Talk lecturer, and author Michael Patrick Lynch, Ph.D.  Dr. Lynch will set the foundation for the Mount Aloysius’ yearlong campus–wide theme of Authentic Discourse as he delivers the college’s Convocation Address which formally begins its academic year.  The Mount Aloysius Convocation will take place Thursday, September 7th at 3:30 p.m. in the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. 

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley expressed the campus-wide excitement at hosting Dr. Michael Lynch for the day, and hearing his Convocation Address.  “Dr. Michael Patrick Lynch is certainly one of the preeminent philosophers of our time,” said Foley.  “An educator, writer and speaker, Michael Patrick Lynch has authored and edited several books, and essays.  Over a million people have listened to his recent TED Talk and thousands have read his recent thought provoking writing in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher education, and The New York Times.  

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Dr. Michael Patrick Lynch

“Dr. Michael Lynch is the Principal Investigator for Humility & Conviction in Public Life, a $7 million project aimed at understanding and encouraging meaningful public discourse funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Connecticut,” Foley added.  “Lynch’s philosophic focus is Truth, Democracy, Public Discourse and the Ethics of Technology.  Dr. Lynch’s work has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Wired among others.”

The Mount Aloysius 2017 Convocation Speaker serves as Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut.  Lynch is the recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Lynch’s published books include; The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data (2016, A Liveright Book), True to Life: Why Truth Matters (2004, MIT Press), Truth As One and Many (2009, MIT Press), In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy (2012, MIT Press), Neither Slave Nor Master: A BIT of In Praise of Reason (2014, MIT Press). 

 A celebrated teacher, Lynch’s prestigious teaching awards include: the Cora L. Graham Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen Award, University of Mississippi; and the Griffin Award, Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology.  

He received the Outstanding Book of the Year in Philosophy for Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity.  Lynch served as a visiting fellow at the Arché Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Metaphysics, and Mind at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and earned the Bogliasco fellowship, Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

An Illinois native, Dr. Lynch is married to Mary T. Berthelot.  Dr. Michael Lynch earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education, summa cum laude, from SUNY—Albany, and both his Master of Arts and Doctorate from Syracuse University.