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Roundup of new programs, honors, appointments in Catholic academia
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Kelly Casella, Caprice Medina and Reggie Baylor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore talk with Holy Cross Father Timothy Scully from the University of Notre Dame and Cristo Rey teacher Lee Imbriano last October. Baltimore was one stop on a natio nal bus tour promoting the university's Alliance for Catholic Education, a teacher-training program.
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Kelly Casella, Caprice Medina and Reggie Baylor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore talk with Holy Cross Father Timothy Scully from the University of Notre Dame and Cristo Rey teacher Lee Imbriano last October. Baltimore was one stop on a natio nal bus tour promoting the university's Alliance for Catholic Education, a teacher-training program.
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NEW YORK — Holy Cross Father Timothy Scully, co-founder of the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, or ACE, received a Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations May 10 at a ceremony on Ellis Island.

The coalition presents Medals of Honor every year to a group of American citizens "who live a life dedicated to helping others; preserve and celebrate the traditions and values of their ancestry group; encourage tolerance and acceptance among ethnic, racial and religious groups of the world; and share their gifts for the benefits of humanity "proving themselves valuable citizens of the United States."

Past medalists include six presidents, Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

Father Scully received the award in recognition of his work through ACE.

Founded in 1993, ACE has prepared thousands of individuals to serve as Catholic school teachers and leaders in predominantly underserved communities across the United States and overseas. The program strengthens Catholic schools through an array of research-based programs, including the Notre Dame ACE Academies, which have closed the achievement gap for inner-city students.

Father Scully currently is the Hackett Family director of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he oversees ACE and the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. He also is a professor of political science and a fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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Parish in Los Angeles Archdiocese launches online education program

COMPTON, Calif. — Leaders at Our Lady of Victory Church, a Catholic parish in Compton, have joined with Mexico-based University of Guadalajara to open an online high school and college program at its facilities. It is the first program of its type in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The program, titled "Comunidades de Aprendizaje y Servicios Academicos Universitaria," is part of the University of Guadalajara's Virtual University System and was created to promote affordable and diverse educational services either online or on-site.

The satellite campus will offer online instruction in Spanish throughout high school, undergraduate and graduate college courses to students pursuing a high school diploma or higher education degree in a variety of disciplines, including digital journalism, cultural management and educational development.

An announcement on the program said it is the latest in Our Lady of Victory Church's efforts to improve the quality of life in Compton by providing affordable and accessible education.

In 2007, the parish partnered with the Mexican Education Institute for Adults to offer an online educational program for adults who had not completed their primary education. One year later, the church teamed partnered with the Colegio de Bachilleres de Michoacan to start an online high school program for local students to obtain a high school diploma.

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Catholic Distance University adds graduate certificate in church history

HAMILTON, Va.  -- Catholic Distance University has added a graduate certificate in church history to its online offerings.

The certificate consists of 18 credits -- nine required and nine elective -- and provides "broad exposure to the sweep of church history," a press release said. All credits from the certificate are transferable to the university's master in theology program should a student decide to later pursue a full degree. As with all of the university's programs, there is no residency requirement for the new certificate.

Matthew Bunson, author and Catholic Distance University professor, explained the certificate "will offer rich and detailed academic expertise in a way that independent study could never duplicate."

He said it will "equip the graduate with heightened training in all of the diverse areas of church history at a time when the lessons of the past need to be applied with prudence and clarity to the challenging cultural situations of the modern day."

Robert Royal, Catholic Distance University's graduate dean said his is the certificate "will offer those who desire to learn about the oldest institution in the world ... an avenue to do so via an academic program that results in a formal credential."

Catholic Distance University is a private, nonprofit online university -- www.cdu.edu -- specializing in distance education and is the only Catholic online university in the United States. It was founded by the first bishop of the Arlington Diocese, Bishop Thomas Welsh, in 1984 and offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as continuing education courses, certificates and seminar programs.

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Former DePaul University official new Seton Hill University president

GREENSBURG, Pa.  -- Mary C. Finger began her tenure as the 10th president of Seton Hill University June 1.

Succeeding the late JoAnne Boyle, who was president for 25 years, Finger brings 28 years of higher education experience to her new position.

After serving as vice president for planning and institutional advancement at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, she was senior vice president for advancement at DePaul University in Chicago.

At DePaul, she led and implemented the institution's first comprehensive capital campaign, "Many Dreams, One Mission" and developed a foundation relations program that resulted in increased multimillion dollar national foundation support.

"Dr. Finger's nearly 30 years of experience in various roles in higher education make her well-positioned to lead Seton Hill," said Michele M. Ridge, chair of Seton Hill's board of trustees. "Her professional and personal history shows a deep commitment to Catholic higher education, and she is committed and is inspired by the vision and the ideals set forth by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill."

Sister Catherine Meinert, provincial superior and president of the U.S. province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and vice chair of the university's board of trustees said her religious community knows Finger "will continue to advance our identity and the legacy of our distinctive Setonian tradition."

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University center's ethics app helps people make difficult decisions

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  -- The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University recently released a new iPhone application to help people make ethical choices.

The app, titled "Ethical Decision Making: A Practical Tool for Thinking Through Tough Choices," guides users through a step-by-step process that begins by identifying the facts and stakeholders in the situation.

Once all of this is typed into the program, the app will ask users questions based on the five classic ethical approaches: utility, rights, justice, common good and virtue. As users answer questions such as "Does this action produce the most good and least harm for all who are affected?" they receive a score that indicates whether their thinking is on the right track or whether they should evaluate another option.

The app draws on the Markkula Center's popular "Framework for Ethical Decision Making" that has been online for almost 20 years and viewed more than 1 million times.

"It's like magic!" said Apple co-founder A.C. Markkula Jr., who was chair of the center's advisory board when the "Framework" was developed. "The new 'Ethical Decision Making' app turns the center's classic 'Framework' into an interactive assistant right in your hand -- amazing!"

The ethics center's executive director, Kirk O. Hanson, said the center decided to create the app because it has "always believed that we need a deliberate method to making good ethical decisions. We've used the framework for many years, and we're delighted to offer it in a new medium that may be particularly attractive to a new generation."

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in a press release said it is "the world's leading proponent for practical ethics in personal and professional life." It conducts research and inquiry "into important ethical questions, and provides useful resources to promote ethics into everyday life," the release said.

The center's "Framework" and a download for the new app can be found at: www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/framework.html.

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New president selected for Mount St. Mary's College in New York

NEWBURGH, N.Y.  -- Mount St. Mary College's board of trustees unanimously selected Anne Carson Daly as the school's sixth president, effective July 14.

She will succeed Franciscan Father Kevin E. Mackin, who will step down June 30.

In accepting the appointment, Daly praised Mount St. Mary College as an invaluable educational asset for the state of New York.

"The Mount students excel in business, education, the health professions, media and the social sciences," Daly said in a June 4 statement. "I look forward to working with the faculty and all members of the campus community to build on the college's impressive history and achievements."

Albert J. Gruner, chairman of the board of trustees, said Daly "has proven herself an outstanding leader and manager throughout her impressive careers in academia, government, and business. Her strong academic credentials will build on the college's legacy of excellence, while honoring our Catholic and Dominican traditions."

Daly most recently served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.

During part of the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations, she was second-in-command at the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement, which advises the president of the United States, Congress and the U.S. secretary of education on educational matters nationwide.

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