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July 18, 2013

Mount Aloysius welcomes back its grads

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College is set to host its annual Alumni Weekend today through Sunday, with various activities and events being held throughout the Cresson campus.

College President Tom Foley said he’s looking forward to bringing alumni back to campus.

“It’s great to watch faces when they see the changes that have been made here,” Foley said. “The stories and experiences they share give us newcomers a deeper appreciation of the history and traditions of this great school.”

Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. today with a memorial in Fatima Circle for the Class of 1963 and graduates Eileen Murray Bartlett and Elaine Longua.

The Golden Graduate Reception, a celebration for all alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, will follow in Cosgrave Student Center.

At 6:30 p.m., a Tex-Mex Fiesta will be held in Ihmsen Hall breezeway, followed by a bonfire on Ihmsen Lawn.

Saturday’s activities include breakfast at 7 a.m.; golf at 8 at Summit Golf Course; a nature walk at 8 with Merrilee Anderson, chairwoman of science and mathematics; and campus tours beginning at 9:15 that will be guided by Mercy Presidential Scholars.

A Zumba class will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall.

A panel discussion “Mount Aloysius College – Past, Present and Future,” also will begin at 9:30 in the Cosgrave Meeting Rooms.

The college’s nursing division will hold a  seminar, “Cardiovascular Disease: Stats, Awareness and Health Promotion,” at 10:45 a.m. in the Cosgrave Meeting Rooms. Nurses can receive one continuing education credit for attending.

Lunch will be served at beginning at noon in Cosgrave Dining Room.

A game similar to “Minute to Win It” will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Also at 2:30, parents can drop off their children at Kid’s Corner and experience MAC Outdoor Games. It will feature ladder golf, corn hole and the largest slip ’n slide in Cambria County.

The Mount Aloysius Alumni Art Reunion, a reception and art show to celebrate alumni who graduated from the art program and studied with Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM, will begin at 2:30 in the Cosgrave Student Center. D’Angelo died in November, and her life’s exhibit is featured all weekend in the Wolf Kuhn Gallery.  

Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at 4:30 p.m., followed by a recognition dinner at 6 in the Cosgrave Student Center.

The Rise Band and Show will perform at 8:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The 10-piece rhythm and blues, funk, jazz and Motown ensemble features bandleader Ernest Bennett and vocalist Tennyson Price.

The weekend will conclude Sunday with a farewell breakfast in Cosgrave Dining Hall.

Jennifer Dubuque, vice president of institutional advancement, credits the alumni board with making the event a success year after year.

“I can guarantee that the schedule really has something for every age group and every interest,” Dubuque said. “The entire campus is open and looking forward to the return of these great people to share a fun time.”

For information, call 886-6319 or email

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